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Aircraft fight Arthur's Pass blaze

A fire burning near Arthur's Pass is intensifying and is not expected to be under control until morning, the Department of Conservation says. (AUDIO)

Quad bikes not for kids - safety advocates

Young children should not be using quad bikes and motorcycles, safety advocates say. The comments follows the death of a six-year-old girl in Wairarapa yesterday. (AUDIO)

Elderly man plunges 60m off cliff

An 85-year old man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after falling 60 metres down a cliff on Auckland's North Shore this afternoon. (AUDIO)

Police name drowned brothers

Police have named a man who drowned at Gisborne's Makarori Beach on Saturday as Paul Wakelin and say his brother, John, is missing presumed drowned. (AUDIO)

Flounder fishers likely to face charges

Two fishers are likely to be prosecuted after being caught with 261 flounder in Timaru; the daily limit is 30 per person.

Australia knights Prince Philip

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has knighted Prince Philip, saying the honour recognises his contribution to Australia. (AUDIO)

Father drowned helping son, coroner finds

A man drowned last year after attempting to rescue his son from a swimming hole near Gisborne, a coroner has found. (AUDIO)

LIVE with all the Laneway action

Thousands of music fans are enjoying the sounds at Laneway in Auckland, where they are being entertained by the likes of St Vincent, Future Islands, Belle and Sebastian. LIVE with The Wireless.

Lazy, hazy days of summer

The last week of school holidays is shaping up to be hot and humid nationwide.

Seatbelt could have saved tourist - coroner

An Israeli tourist would probably have survived a car crash if she had been wearing a seatbelt, the Christchurch coroner has found.

Two nominated for Labour Party president

Two people have been nominated for the position of Labour Party president, the Labour Party says.

Authority settles with Otago lines company

The Electricity Authority has settled out-of-court with an Otago power lines company which refused to reconnect a rural customer following a storm. (AUDIO)

Little progress in Papua shooting probe, says Amnesty

The Indonesia researcher for Amnesty International says there is little sign of progress being made in the investigation into five students who were killed by the military in West Papua.

US braces for 'historic' storm

Large parts of the United States east coast are bracing for a "possibly historic" blizzard which is expected to dump as much as 1m snow and disrupt transport for millions of people.

Serena Williams battles through to quarterfinals

The top seed Serena Williams has avenged last year's French Open loss to Garbine Muguruza to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne.


A short history of stupid

Wallace Chapman talks to writer Helen Razer about the decline of reason and other things that make her want to scream.

Sole central: swapping sneakers

Lauren Baker checks out a collector culture where fans get together to trade, sell and talk all things sneakers.

Complete heartbreak

Long-time Björk aficionado Dudley Benson reviews the Icelandic musician's ninth album, Vulnicura.

Rātana pā and the holy temple

For thousands of Rātana followers, the annual pilgrimage to Rātana pā is a must-do over the summer period. An archival recording outlines the history of the faith and the symbolism of the church's holy temple.

Climb every mountain

Chris Jensen Burke, who has climbed to the summit of the world's tallest peaks on all seven continents, talks to Kim Hill about mountains, climbing and risk.

Design for life

New Zealanders are being encouraged to future-proof their homes when they build or renovate to suit their changing needs as they age.

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.

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