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Eight executed in Bali - report

Eight people convicted of drug smuggling, including two Australians, have been executed in Indonesia, local media reports say.

Women's rights not raised in Saudi Arabia

The Prime Minister says he was not able to specifically raise women's rights in talks with Saudi Arabian leaders but did raise wider human rights concerns.

Home support providers 'slowly going broke'

Providers of home support services for more than 100,000 New Zealanders are going broke and need help urgently, says the association that represents them.

Govt to make further social service changes

The Government will make further changes to the way people access social services in next month's budget, Acting Prime Minister Bill English says.

Villages 'wiped off the face of the earth'

Aid is not reaching outlying regions of Nepal because the country's government is concentrating resources on Kathmandu, a New Zealand alpine guide says. (AUDIO)

Hitchhikers' backpacks stolen after lift

Two hitchhikers have had their luggage stolen by the driver of a car who gave them a lift.

Future of Maui gasfield under examination

Managers at one of New Zealand's oldest and biggest gasfields go before a special hearing this morning to seek the right to keep on operating.

Residents unhappy with road plans

Increased traffic congestion and major safety issues are among the concerns Christchurch residents have about multimillion-dollar roading proposals.

Cave Creek families reflect

Those speaking at Cave Creek commemorations reflected on the changes to safety standards that have occurred in the 20 years since the tragedy which killed 14 people.

McDonald's pull out of negotiations

McDonald's has walked out of negotiations to end zero-hour contracts, the union representing fast-food workers says.

Auckland port standoff to be tested

The Auckland Council is trying to navigate its way to a compromise with its port company over the controversial extensions to Bledisloe Wharf.

English faces music over ponytail pulling

Acting Prime Minister Bill English has been left to defend the actions of the Prime Minister John Key and his ponytail pulling antics in Parliament this afternoon.

Solomons PM to address tax free MPs salaries

The Solomon Islands prime minister has acknowledged there is public outrage over MPs' salaries being made tax free.

Eight million affected in Nepal

The UN says eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal and prime minister Sushil Koirala says the death toll could reach 10,000. (VIDEO)

Phoenix penalty takers given the boot

The Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is to give his penalty takers the boot ahead of their A-League elimination final against Melbourne City on Sunday.


Ruthanasia and Rogernomics

Andrew Dean explores the lives of the generation of young people brought up in the shadow of the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s.

An Alice in Bakingland retro picnic

Self-taught baker Alice Arndell shares a pressed picnic sandwich, baked cream cheese cob loaf and caramel and salted chocolate rice bubble cake.

'First Step' in reducing methane emissions

Scientists have identified five compounds that could reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from livestock by up to 90%.

The Sampler

Nick Bollinger reviews roots rockers Phosphorescent and the dance-pop of The Very Best. Melody Thomas says hello - and goodbye - to Rose Windows.

Stirring the Imagination

Award-winning Australian architects Rob McBride and Debbie Ryan reveal the influences on their - at times "unlikely" - designs.

Anzac Day in Gallipoli

Following the commemorations from the Dawn Service at Gallipoli through to Chunuk Bair, how have those attending responded to the occasion?

'A great advocate for Māoridom'

A National list MP of Ngāi Tahu descent is validating the position of a Christchurch local body politician who is retaining his seat from his new location in Whanganui.


Reflections on the philosophy, science, economics and psychology of what it means to be happy.

Peat, pumice and archaeological mysteries

Peat being dug up during large-scale road works might provide key pieces to the puzzle of historic Maori occupation along Kapiti Coast.

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Blessie run down, raped - jury told

The Crown says Blessie Gotingco was a small woman in her mid fifties who did not stand a chance when she was attacked by a 28-year-old man. (AUDIO)

Trout poacher jailed for a year

A trout poacher has been given a jail sentence for carrying out what a judge labelled a slaughter in a stream near Rotorua. (AUDIO)

John Key 'has duty' to raise human rights

The Prime Minister is under pressure to take a harder stance on Saudi Arabia's human rights record during his historic visit to the country.

International rallies to call for West Papua access

A number of international rallies are taking place today to call for foreign journalists and non government organisations to be allowed in to Indonesia's Papua region.

Life sentence for South Korean ferry captain

An appeals court in South Korea has found the captain of a ferry that sank a year ago guilty of murder and increased his sentence to life imprisonment.

Nightingale says he'll play despite moonboot

The Dragons winger Jason Nightingale says he's ready to take on the Australian's in Friday night's Anzac rugby league test in Brisbane, despite turning up to camp wearing a moon boot.

Majority Wellington Māori oppose supercity

Most of Wellington region's grassroots Māori oppose the plan for a supercity that would see them lose their voice on local councils. (AUDIO)

NZF will not buy Inventory Tech

Financial services shell company NZF Group said it will not be buying Inventory Technologies, ending plans for a reverse listing of the Christchurch-based high tech company. (AUDIO)

Online sales slash Chinese formula prices

A new infant formula from New Zealand being sold exclusively online in China has cut retail prices there by up to 75 percent, a Lincoln University analyst says.