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New facilities for Cook Islands atoll

A New Zealand-led multinational taskforce has handed over a new fuel depot and refurbished facilities such as schools and a hospital in a Cook Islands atoll.

Two explosions kill 30 in Turkish capital

Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 30 people, the interior ministry says. Another 126 have been injured.

Post-mortem results reveal head trauma

Police say a post-mortem has revealed the 10-year-old Levin boy Alex Fisher suffered head trauma.

Woodcock out of World Cup?

Canterbury front rower Joe Moody is flying out to join the All Blacks squad in England as injury cover for fellow loosehead prop Tony Woodcock.

Two motorbike riders dead after separate crashes

A motorbike rider who is thought to have been riding in a group of five bikes is dead after two of them collided.

CTU president 'used cannabis' for cancer pain

The President of the Council of Trade Unions, Helen Kelly, has admitted using cannabis to help cope with the side effects of lung cancer.

Doubts over All Blacks' Cup hopes

OPINION: Are the All Blacks ready to press on and defend their World Cup title? Barry Guy was a little more optimistic by the end of today's game against Tonga.

Free set of flags offered to help voters decide

Communities wanting to fly the five official alternative flags before the referendum to decide a favourite are being offered a free set to display.

North Korean parade marks 70th anniversary

North Korea is holding a massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party.

'N-bomb' may be deadly, police warn

Police are warning an illegal synthetic drug which put six people in hospital in Christchurch yesterday may have fatal consequences.

Drone gets bird's eye view of SH35 slip

A drone has been used to capture images of a massive slip on State Highway 35 in Eastern Bay of Plenty that's keeping traffic to one lane.

Aus minister denies Christmas Island allegations

Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton denies the New Zealand government is being kept in the dark about people being held on Christmas Island.

Vanuatu deputy PM &13 MPs found guilty in bribery trial

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has found the country's deputy prime minister and 13 other government MPs guilty of bribery charges.

Scottish nurse back in hospital with Ebola symptoms

A Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone last year is in a "serious condition" after being readmitted to an isolation unit in London.

Canterbury beat Southland

Canterbury have confirmed their favouritism for the provincial ITM Cup Premiership playoffs by beating Southland 39-20 in Christchurch.

Rowing club vows to stay put

A rowing club in Levin is refusing to be "bullied" out of its building next to Lake Horowhenua by local Māori who want the club to leave.

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What does happiness actually mean and how do we achieve it? (An RNZ collection)

Critter of the Week - Canterbury mudfish

This threatened species is found only on the Canterbury Plains.

Colour / less

What does it mean to be colour vision impaired (the condition formerly known as colour blind)?

You got big dreams? You want fame?

Hundreds of Wellingtonians danced their hearts out this week in auditions for the massive public event which will kick off next year's New Zealand Festival.

Weekly Listening

The Wireless showcase some of the best new music releases, including Conner Youngblood, Sister Something, Deafheaven and Erykah Badu's cover of Drake.

Why kakariki are losing their feathers

Tiny skin mites are causing mange and feather loss amongst red-crowned parakeets on Tiritiri Matangi Island.

Learning from the dead

This year's coveted 'Major Contribution to the Understanding of Death Award' was presented to Carla Valentine, who is responsible for about 300 preserved human brains.

Don’t let that horse eat that violin!

Julie Sperring explores music inspired by the the early modernist artist Marc Chagall.

Northwood by Brian Falkner

Cecilia lives in an extraordinary giant balloon house in an unusual village near to the forest of Northwood.

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Two NZers awarded French Legion of Honour

Two New Zealanders have been awarded the French Legion of Honour for their services during World War II.

Man stabbed after two days of drinking

A man is fighting for his life in Waikato Hospital after being stabbed in Kawerau late last night, police say.

Push for Yemen investigation, says Amnesty

Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand to use its seat on the United Nations Security Council to push for an independent investigation into the conflict in Yemen.

Bushfires in New Caledonia continue to increase

Authorities in New Caledonia have launched a public awareness campaign as the number of forest fires in the territory continue to increase.

Israeli-Palestinian violence spreads

Renewed violence between Palestinians and Israelis has seen six Palestinians shot dead in Gaza, reports say, and a fresh spate of stabbings.

Junior Football Ferns thrash Samoa

The New Zealand junior women's football team has trounced Samoa 10-0 at the Oceania Women's under-20 Championship in Nuku'alofa.

Homeless artists exhibit work in Auckland

An art exhibition by homeless west Aucklanders has come out of a collaboration between Te Whānau o Waipareira and Corbans Art Estate.

Kiwi hops to two-month high

The New Zealand dollar has hit a near two-month high overnight, touching 67 US cents. So far this month, it has risen more than 4 percent.

Alternative offer a 'dangerous game', says SFF

Silver Fern Farms has challenged an alternative proposal to its deal with China's largest meat processor, Shanghai Maling, calling it a mystery and urging shareholders to ignore it.

Ngā Manu

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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