Radio New Zealand

NASA set to get Pluto pictures

NASA's mission to Pluto is about to get under way in earnest and its New Horizons probe will take the first of a set of critical pictures on approach to the icy world.

Girl dies after being crushed by quad bike

A six-year-old girl from the Hutt Valley died this afternoon when the quad bike she was riding fell on her after she hit a fence.

Man drowns in sea near Bluff

A 42-year-old Invercargill man has drowned at Ocean Beach in Bluff this afternoon.

Black Caps win again

New Zealand has won the sixth one day cricket international in Dunedin, giving them an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the series with one match to play.

Ethnicity a factor in dog offences - SPCA

The head of the Auckland SPCA says ethnic and cultural factors are partly responsible for the high number of dog attacks in south Auckland.

Greeks go to the polls

Greeks are voting in a general election which could result in Greece trying to renegotiate the terms of its bailout with international lenders.

Conditions force police divers from water

Difficult surf conditions forced police divers out of the water this afternoon in the search for an 18-year-old man, who is presumed drowned north of Gisborne.

Man falls 100 metres down cliff

A man who fell 100 metres down a cliff while trying to help his son who had also fallen remains in a serious condition in intensive care.

CAA investigates fatal microlight crash

Investigators from the Civil Aviation Authority are struggling to determine the cause of a fatal microlight crash in Timaru.

Football World Cup NZ planning underway

The head of the organising group for the FIFA Under-20 football World Cup being held in New Zealand this year, says security will be a high priority at the tournament.

National jumps six percent in polls

The National Party has surged to its highest rating since the election, sitting at 52 percent in the latest Roy Morgan poll.

Man feared drowned in Waikato River

Police in Hamilton say a search of the Waikato River continues for a man who disappeared while trying to swim across it.

Fiji PM apologetic over Suva water problems

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has apologised for the recent water problems and pollution in the Suva area, saying much of the infrastructure around the capital dates back to colonial times.

Concussed Hughes to miss cricket game

Australian cricketer Daniel Hughes has been ruled out of a match this week after being concussed in an incident reminiscent of that which killed Phillip Hughes.

Sharapova, Bouchard, and Makarova advance to last 8

Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals after a seesaw 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over Romania's Irina Begu in their fourth round clash on Rod Laver Arena.


Augmented reality for the blind

Using sound to help blind people see the world around them is proving as effective as surgeries such as retinal implants.

Bebop and all that jazz

In the 1940s jazz musicians moved away from playing music to accompany dancing towards making music to be listened to, showcasing their virtuosity and improvisation.

A military camptown

From 1916 to 1918, 60,000 soldiers were trained at the Featherston Military Training Camp, which included 16 dining halls, 17 shops, several picture theatres, three billiard rooms, a large hospital compound and a post office.

Our natural capital

A forum chaired by Kim Hill explores the idea of "natural capital" and what it means in a New Zealand context.

Dave Brubeck

Norman Meehan looks at the life and music of the American jazz pianist whose remarkable musical career spanned more than six decades.

Quaker Acres

Residents of the Quaker Settlement in Whanganui aim to live lightly on the land and use permaculture practises on their eight hectares near Virginia Lake.

Hymns on Sunday

Traditional and modern hymns chosen by our listeners, including 'O for a thousand tongues to sing' and 'The Servant Song'.

Love, sexuality and identity

Lee Kofman considers whether traditional romantic love can co-exist with sexual freedom - can you be non-monogamous in an ethical way?

Rock History

Music industry insider Mark Rye tells Trevor Reekie about his memories of the many people he has worked with in the UK music scene.

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