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Ancient skull clue to exodus

An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.

McCully's low fuel flight drama

A plane with Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully was running out of fuel and had passed the point of safe return during a flight to Antarctica. (AUDIO)

Church fears the Mass in Maori may die out

The Catholic Bishop in Christchurch is warning that the celebration of Mass in Te Reo Maori is diminishing.

Hostage killed by police bullet

An inquest into the deaths during Sydney's Lindt cafe siege has been told a hostage died after being hit by fragments of a police bullet. (AUDIO)

Hovercraft at ready for rescues

Auckland Airport has shown off its multi-million dollar upgrade to its marine rescue fleet, with a $3 million hovercraft at the centre. (VIDEO)

Changes blamed for huge drop in UE passes

Education leaders are blaming changes to University Entrance for an unexpectedly big drop in the number of teenagers gaining the qualification. (AUDIO)

NZ dollar falls after OCR decision

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest level against the US dollar in nearly four years after the Reserve Bank opened the door to possible interest rate cuts. (AUDIO)

CERA staff farewell Sutton

About 100 staff at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority today turned up to an afternoon tea to farewell former chief executive Roger Sutton.

New crime scene tool unveiled

Forensic scientists have unveiled a cutting edge 3D scanner which will give jurors a new insight into crime scenes. (VIDEO)

Ditched helicopter's engine likely to have failed

An investigation into the ditching of a helicopter in Lake Rotorua in February 2013 has found the most likely cause was engine malfunction.

Investment safe as houses?

Minister for Social Housing Paula Bennett expects institutions like banks will invest in state houses being sold by the Government. (AUDIO)

Auckland train death

A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a train at Auckland's Morningside station. About 140 people were on the train.

Food supplies low in American Samoa due to US strike

American Samoa is beginning to feel the effects of shipping delays due to a workers strike on the west coast of the United States.

Errant "s" sends British company bust

Scrabble players know what an 's' is worth but in their wildest dreams, it is nowhere near what one little letter could cost the British government. (AUDIO)

Black caps beaten by Sri Lanka in final one-dayer

Sri Lanka has won the seventh and final one-dayer in Wellington against New Zealand by 34 runs.


Music 101 pocket edition

Dudley Benson reviews Björk's surprise-release Vulnicura, Mark Rye shares stories from a life in the British music industry and hear from Tom Krell, aka How To Dress Well.

Project Kiwi: a call to dog owners

A conservation group which cares for one of the last remaining kiwi strongholds on the Coromandel Penisula is urging dog owners to use aversion training and leads when out with their pets.

Dishing the dirt on flies

The warm summer is great for holidays - but not so good if you dislike flies! Get the facts on these often unwelcome - yet necessary - visitors from bug-expert Ruud Kleinpaste.

Going underground

Dig deep with three experts on caves who discuss how New Zealand's many caves are formed and explored, and their value to the tourism industry.

Healthy gadgets

Pioneering technology blogger Richard MacManus' diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes triggered his interest in ways technology can help us improve our health.

South Sudan Cinema

Auckland-born film-maker Samuel Richards is providing a solar-powered cinema to more than two hundred orphaned children in South Sudan.

Why do people fall in love?

Scientists delving into the centuries-old question of the nature of love have come to some surprising conclusions.

She'll be right on the water

Seventeen people have already died in the water this year – why aren't water safety messages getting through?

Crossing planetary boundaries

"We are becoming future eaters, weather makers, biodiversity destroyers. How ever you want to put it, we’ve become a planetary force."

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