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Chief Justice let off with warning

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias and businessman Hugh Fletcher have been given a let-off after cattle they owned were seen wading in a high country Canterbury lake. (COMMENTS)

Lovers get 17 years jail for killing husband

Amandeep Kaur and her lover have been sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 17 years for murdering her husband.

After five years, family gets state house

A family of six, listed as in high priority need, have have been offered a West Auckland state house nearly five years after they first applied. (COMMENTS)

Inmate admits stomping on murderer's head

A prisoner has admitted stomping on the head of a murderer in the maximum security prison at Paremoremo.

Hay, whitebait! Come back to Christchurch

Scientists are using hay bales to try and get whitebait to spawn in Christchurch rivers. (AUDIO)

Beneficiaries being monitored online

The Ministry of Social Development is monitoring social media to catch beneficiaries who are defrauding the system. (COMMENTS)

The upshot of uptalk

A new book is providing fresh insight into the classic Kiwi trait of making statements sound like questions. (AUDIO)

Uber slams government industry review

Ridesharing service company Uber says a government review of the industry has taken too long and could lead to a "worsening of the status quo".

Podiatrist must take anger management classes

A senior podiatrist who attacked his ex-wife's partner has escaped suspension but must attend anger management classes.

Tribunal rules on 'marriage of convenience'

A tribunal has ruled that Immigration New Zealand was right to have concerns a Sri Lankan man had entered into a marriage of convenience to stay in the country.

Ministry refit: 'gold-plated' or money saving?

Labour has accused the Ministry of Education of carrying out a 'gold-plated' refit of its building, but the Ministry says the overhaul will save $27m.

Qiliho to stay as acting Fiji police chief

Fiji's acting police commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho will reportedly continue in the role for another three months.

Walkabouts and voting in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, where voting has started in a key American presidential primary, Jane Patterson is caught up in a Bernie Sanders media scrum.

Ko wins Lonsdale Cup

Women's world number one golfer Lydia Ko has been awarded the Lonsdale Cup for 2015.


In pursuit of the yellow octopus

The elusive yellow octopus is arguably the smartest among invertebrates. They are playful, even mischievous. And they make excellent mothers. (AUDIO)

Treaty Times Thirty

The English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi will be translated into 30 additional languages this year. (AUDIO)

Identity muddling

During Pride Festival a new play - Puzzy - will put the lives of Pacific Island lesbians front and centre. (AUDIO)

Chasing the story: from Chch to Canada

As the fifth anniversary of Canterbury's Feb 22 earthquake approaches, Colin Peacock speaks with a reporter who helped document the disaster. (AUDIO)

Seclusion without peace

Mental health services are supposed to avoid locking patients up in isolation – also known as seclusion. But it still happens.

Mo' mohair

New Zealand's remaining angora goat farmers are perplexed at why more people don't join their industry. (AUDIO)

Ice cream for ewe and ewe and ewe

Guy and Sue Trafford are about to start milking sheep on their Canterbury property to make ice cream and yoghurt. (AUDIO)

More Features

Students in last-ditch effort to get NCEA

Giving former students one last chance to get final NCEA standards is not a soft option, principals say. (COMMENTS)

Key, Little clash on TPP and Waitangi

Parliament's back - with Prime Minister John Key using his opening statement to attack Labour's position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (AUDIO)

Legal cannabis cultivation on cards in Australia

The cultivation of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes may become legal in Australia with legistlation to be introduced by the Federal Government today.

All Blacks back for Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have named five World Cup winning All Blacks in their squad for Saturday's Super Rugby preseason game against the Blues in Eketahuna.

Teen accused of Te Atatu murder named

The teenager accused of sexually violating a 69-year-old woman in her Te Atatu home before murdering her can be named for the first time.

Protests over Māori land law review

Protests are being planned for consultation hui about the government's proposed changes to Māori land laws.

Global markets face another rough day

All eyes are on Wall Street after panic hit world stock markets for a second day, with prices dropping sharply in Asia and Europe. (AUDIO)

Marlborough farmers battle two-year drought

Farmers in Marlborough are making the best of some of the toughest climatic conditions in a long time, Beef and Lamb New Zealand says.

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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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