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Losing weight can 'boost sperm'

Obese men who lost weight are more likely get their partners pregnant new research suggests.

Thousands rally against TPP

Rallies around the country against the Trans Pacific Partnership are beginning to wind down.

Live commentary: South Africa vs Pakistan

Cricket World Cup action: The covers are coming off in Auckland where Pakistan are about to resume on 5/175 from 37 overs after South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl. Follow live commentary of the match here.

Man dead after Milford Track fall

A 65-year-old Auckland man has died after a hiking accident on Fiordland's Milford Track.

Heavy rain hits Wellington

Heavy rain has prompted a police warning to motorists to take care on the roads.

Container remains in Wellington harbour

One of three containers swept into Wellington Harbour by strong winds yesterday remains in the water, Wellington's Harbourmaster says.

Live commentary: Zimbabwe vs Ireland

Cricket World Cup action: Zimbabwe take on Ireland in Hobart. Follow live commentary of the match here.

Worst weather over - MetService

The mayor of the Buller District says with the worst rain almost over, locals are keen for fine weather so they can get on with the clean up.

Land gifted to New Zealanders

A ceremony to celebrate the biggest ever gift of private land into conservation covenant has taken place in Arrowtown.

Officials track passengers exposed to measles

Public health officials are asking Aucklanders who fear they have measles to phone ahead of GP visits so they can be kept away from other people in waiting rooms.

Pilots call for safer Wellington airport

The Airline Pilot's Association says it is concerned Wellington airport's proposed runway extension is being done at the expense of safety.

Fiji could capitalise on NZ spy fallout - academic

Fiji is likely to use the New Zealand Government's spy revelations as leverage in its bid to oust New Zealand from the Pacific Islands Forum, a Pacific academic says.

Nauru government alleges threatening behaviour by refugees

Nauru's Justice Minister has accused refugees on the island of threatening other refugees who haven't taken part in protests this past week.

IS destruction of ancient site 'war crime'

Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the 'bulldozing' of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Paddon spins out in Rally Mexico

Geraldine driver Hayden Paddon's Rally Mexico hopes have been dealt a cruel blow after he crashed on the fourth stage and his car too damaged to continue.

Featured

The Sampler Summit: Madonna

Nick Bollinger and guest musicians talk about Madonna’s 13th album Rebel Heart and the controversial career that has brought the 56-year-old pop icon to this moment.

Mogwai

They set the template for the loud-quiet-loud instrumental band, though Mogwai shun the term ‘post-rock'.

Better dementia care

English novelist Nicci Gerrard was so concerned at the way her father was treated in hospital that she started a fight for dementia sufferers and their carers.

Are mushrooms the next plastics?

A company in New York is replacing plastic and styrofoam packaging materials with biodegradable alternatives made from agricultural waste and mushrooms.

Where our plastic washes up

Plastic packaging is often designed to be used once and then thrown out, but the environmental impact shouldn't be ignored.

The Week in Review

Pacific spying, the Privy Council’s Teina Pora decision, a serial stalker allowed to write to women, Work Safe charges the Ministry of Social Development, NASA balloons over Wanaka.

“A fisherman caught my shark!”

Tracking rig sharks is proving to be difficult at the best of times for shark researcher Warrick Lyon, let alone when the electronic tags keep getting ‘stolen’ off the sharks.

Focus on Politics

Claims New Zealand is involved in the mass collection of data across the Pacific, then passing that on to America's NSA have reignited the debate about actions of the GCSB.

Slow-cooked Lamb with Moroccan Spices

Entertaining this weekend? Here's a simple and absolutely foolproof mouth-watering recipe to impress your friends.

More Features

Scott Watson attempts to clear name

The legal team for the convicted double-murderer Scott Watson is gathering a team to research the evidence against him and clear his name.

Fire could burn for weeks

It could be weeks before a Northland fire spread out over 200 hectares is officially out, the Department of Conservation says.

PM: Spying complaint political stunt

John Key has dismissed a Green Party complaint over claims of illegal spying as a political stunt. (AUDIO)

Women's equality progress 'painfully slow'

A United Nations report on the status of women has found progress on equality over the past 20 years has been painfully slow.

Geary second heading into final round

Yesterday's co-leader, golfer Josh Geary, has fallen to second heading into the final round of the NZ PGA Championship in Auckland.

Te Matatini heats up for the final

Christchurch's Hagley Park is alive with the sound of kapa haka as the competition heads towards the finals.

Research to safeguard manuka industry

Manuka honey producers have commissioned scientists to find a way to protect the multi-million-dollar export business from counterfeiters.

The big day for the Golden Shears

New Zealand takes on Australia on the final day for the country's premier shearing and wool handling event, the Golden Shears, in Masterton.