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Fire forces evacuations in Marlborough

Five houses have been evacuated as about 50 firefighters battle to contain a large forest fire burning in the Waikakaho Valley near Blenheim.

Australia not budging on deportation

Australia is refusing to budge on its policy of deporting New Zealand criminals despite a plea from the Labour Party for more leniency. (AUDIO)

Southern DHB on notice over interns' training

The Southern District Health Board has been put on notice by the Medical Council because it is failing to properly train new doctors at its hospitals. (AUDIO)

Russian marine killed on rescue mission

A Russian marine has been killed on a helicopter mission to rescue the crew of a jet downed by Turkey near the Syrian border, the BBC reports.

'Monster in the ring'

They're sisters, but they're part of the "brotherhood". Rebecca Kamm enters the world of New Zealand's women pro wrestlers. (COMMENTS)

Christchurch school losing fight to stay open

Christchurch's Redcliffs Primary School looks set to be closed down due to an ongoing risk from rockfall. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

Bomb squad called to Wellington CBD

Hundreds of people and buses were disrupted in central Wellington after a suspicious package was found on Lambton Quay. (VIDEO)

Academic freedom under threat - TEU

Criticism of the police and the government is growing after a leading researcher on gangs was stopped from accessing police data. (AUDIO)

Piha rescuers 'absolute heroes'

Two members of the public - including an American tourist - braved treacherous waters on Auckland's west coast to help rescue two young women. (AUDIO)

Fox Glacier drone survey completed

A drone has shot footage less than 10 metres above the crashed helicopter on the Fox Glacier, providing mapping vital for recovering the remaining bodies. (AUDIO)

Fire destroys Takaka artist's life's work

Hundreds, if not thousands, of artworks have gone up in flames at a Takaka artist's house. (AUDIO)

'Challenges' ahead for Auckland Housing Accord

The Auckland Housing Accord is ahead of its two-year target but still faces a "challenge" to reach its final target of 39,000 consents in the next year. (AUDIO)

PNG police violence claims believable to NGO

PNG Police has dismissed claims by an Australian whistleblower that he witnessed extra-judicials killings by PNG police.

Twelve dead in Tunis bus explosion

An explosion has hit a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunisian capital Tunis, killing at least 12 people, officials say.

Williamson brushes off Australia's taunts

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says Kane Williamson is undeterred by Peter Siddle's comments about him.

Māori legal advice strategies discussed

Too many Māori in need of legal advice are going without it, the Community Law Centres o Aotearoa says. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

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Te manu o te rā - kūaka

Listen to the bar-tailed godwit, whose annual 11,000-kilometre migration is the longest known non-stop flight undertaken by any bird.

The Sampler: Art Angels by Grimes

Nick Bollinger investigates the intense electronic art-pop on Grimes' fourth album Art Angels.

Do self affirmations work?

Self affirmations - positive messages about self worth - might sound like new-age nonsense, but a new study suggest they do work, as long as they mean something important to you.

'This issue will define my generation'

A New Zealand youth delegation will join thousands of other young people from countries throughout the world calling for stronger action on climate change.

The Reading: An Awfully Big Adventure

An Awfully Big Adventure: New Zealand World War One veterans tell their stories is a chronological oral history of WW1 selected and edited from interviews with veterans in their 80s.

How can we effect a sea change

The upcoming climate talks give New Zealand the opportunity to address one of the most pressing and complex challenges of our time, says Volker Kuntzsch.

Māori told to take more investment risks

Māori organisations and iwi need to take more risks with their investments, economic advisors say.

Fa'afafine tell stories through dance

Behind the makeup, laughter and jokes, a group of fa'afafine/akava'ine/fakaleiti is hoping to empower the next generation and challenge cultural and social norms.

The New Zealand suicide bomber

Suicide bombing is seen by most New Zealanders as a foreign problem. But 33 years ago, an anarchist punk blew himself up trying to destroy 'New Zealand's Big Brother'.

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Why COP21 musn't go down in flames

OPINION: The Tobys on the Paris climate change talks, cow farts and why it's time to swim or sink. (COMMENTS)

Mayoral team challenges Environment Canterbury Bill

The Christchurch mayor and deputy mayor have delivered a hard-hitting submission to a select committee hearing on the Environment Canterbury Bill. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

Govt moves to tighten financial advice

The government is moving to improve financial advice laws and has released an options paper setting out ways to improve the legislation governing financial advisors.

Domestic concerns come first for Tonga PM

Tonga's Prime Minister says his absence from this month's international meetings is because of more pressing domestic matters to deal with.

Appeal for calm as US shooting video released

US officials have released dashboard camera video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times in Chicago last year.

Ana Ivanovic joins strongest ASB Classic field

The strongest field in the history of the tournament has been announced for the ASB women's tennis classic in Auckland in January.

Young Māori awarded for digital ideas

A financial educational programme for kids and an app that encourages face to face meetings with friends are two of the winning ideas of the DigMyIdea Māori Innovation Challenge. (AUDIO)

Fonterra insists there are better times to come

Fonterra has told its farmer shareholders to expect a higher payout for its milk next year but warns the volatility in global markets will continue.

Rural exports help drive Napier Port growth

Napier Port has opened a new administration building this week and says an increase in agricultural exports going through the port is helping drive its growth and development.

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The Birds

From our mountain parrot, the kea, to the bush-dwelling pipipi, to the urban house sparrow, a collection of bird stories and songs.

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