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Appeal for calm after US officer cleared

United States authorities have appealed for calm after a policeman was cleared of all charges relating to the killing of an unarmed black couple in Cleveland.

One dead after boat overturns on Waikato

One person has died after being swept down the Waikato River after their boat overturned.

PM defends scrapping of KiwiSaver kickstart

Prime Minister John Key believes people will still join KiwiSaver despite the $1000 kickstart being scrapped in last week's budget.

Heavy snow forecast for South Island

Snow has started to fall over pockets of the lower South Island as the region braces itself for a severe bout of wintry weather.

Australia not swayed by Irish gay marriage vote

Australia's Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of a referendum on same-sex marriage in his country, after an Irish referendum voted to legalise them.

Astronomers show ancient Rome's sun

New Zealand astronomers have helped re-create the skies above ancient Rome for the History Channel.

$25m for scientific research institutes

The Government's putting up $25 million over the next three years to launch new scientific research institutes.

Wild NZ geckos set age record

New Zealand geckos have set a world record for being the longest living in the wild.

Indonesia begins migrant boat rescues

Indonesia has begun search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants believed to be adrift in its waters. (AUDIO)

Need to streamline vaccine info - expert

Immunisation Advisory Centre head Dr Nikki Turner wants national guidelines put in place for vaccination information given to pregnant woman.

Overhaul planned for North Shore buses

Bus services on Auckland's North Shore are being overhauled for the first time in seven years, both to boost peak capacity and run more frequently.

Time to close welfare, work gap - English

The income gap between those on welfare and those in work is the largest it has ever been, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Japan pledges $453m to fight climate change in the Pacific

Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has pledged US$453 million in aid to the Pacific to help the countries fight climate change and natural disasters.

Eurovision: Sweden victorious, Australia fifth

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow has won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia and Italy. (AUDIO)

Cloud cover could swing Test NZ's way

The New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson says cloud cover over London will dim England's chances of resisting the Black Caps' swing bowlers.

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Coping with dementia

Nurse, writer and researcher Professor June Andrews discusses the rise of dementia and global approaches to dementia care.

At The Movies

Simon Morris is deep in the heart of blockbuster season with Mad Max: Fury Road, A Royal Night Out and (the smaller) Wild Tales.

From The Vaults: Dudley Benson live 2007

Choirboy turned pop composer with choir and string quartet in the candle-lit, white marble surrounds of St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland.

The exemplary eccentric Lord Berners

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson guide us through the composing career of one of England's more unusual composers.

Hymns for Samoan Language Week

Pentecost hymns including a rendition of the Samoan hymn Vivi’i Ia Ma Fa’afetai sung by the Youth Choir of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, in Papatoetoe.

Country Music Awards 2015

Tami Neilson’s Dynamite! is the nation’s Best Country Music Album for 2015, while Kaylee Bell and Jared Porter’s 'Pieces' is the Best County Music Song.

In praise of the Southern oyster

The oyster festival that celebrates the uniqueness of the southern town of Bluff and its special relationship with the sea.

Lucky Iron Fish

Christopher Charles has come up with a simple solution to the problem of iron deficiency in Cambodia; a small piece of iron shaped like a fish that gets added to the cooking pot.

Hair is the mirror of your diet

Scientist believe a few strands of hair can provide a window into what we eat.

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VIDEO - Two musicians and an election

The Fugees' Pras Michel talks to Sunday Morning's Wallace Chapman about his campaign to elect Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly in Haiti. (VIDEO)

Minister suggests Christchurch land sell-off

The Government should sell off un-needed land in central Christchurch to encourage growth in the city, the Finance Minister says.

'Yes' to same-sex marriage in Ireland

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex civil marriages in a world-first referendum.

NZ women 5th in Amsterdam

The New Zealand women's sevens team have finished fifth at the last tournament of the World Series in Amsterdam.

Coffee, kai and kōrero at Wellington cafe

Having a coffee, kai and kōrero in Te Reo Māori are proving popular at a Wellington cafe where the language is being served up by its staff.

Business Briefs

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters: Consumer confidence eases, Ryman Healthcare lifts profit, Commission questions airport's margins and Serko reports loss.

Budget good news for farmers says Guy

This year's Budget brings good news for farmers, with extra funding for animal welfare and biosecurity, the Primary Industries Minister says.