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Over 2,500 dead in Nepal quake

Tent cities have sprung up for those displaced by the earthquake in Nepal, with hospitals struggling to keep up with demand.

'Next level relationship' for the Gulf, NZ

The Prime Minister has wasted little time trying to drum up support for a valuable free trade deal with Gulf states on his visit to the region.

US election may postpone TPP, says group

A group opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership says if the trade deal is not done by the middle of this year, it is likely to die for the next 18 months because of the United States election season.

NZ climbers and guides stranded

New Zealand climbers and guides high on Mt Everest have been trapped by dozens of avalanches triggered by Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake in Nepal. (AUDIO)

Bali Nine: 'We all feel this is a grave injustice'

Following the formal notice of their executions, the brothers of Bali Nine convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have pleaded for mercy.

Council-controlled investment company for Christchurch

The Christchurch City Council will vote this week on setting up a council-controlled company to manage investment in some of the city's rebuild projects.

Lack of smokefree signs in schools

Researchers have found only about 30 percent of schools have smokefree signs at their entrances, despite a law requiring them to display them.

Suspicious fire at Auckland school

A fire at a school in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is being treated as suspicious, with an investigation expected this morning.

Gallipoli 'incredibly poignant'

New Zealanders who travelled to Gallipoli for yesterday's Anzac Day services say the trip was well worth it. (AUDIO)

Six dead in crashes since Friday night

It has been a bad weekend on the roads, with six people killed in five separate crashes since 9pm on Friday.

Boy airlifted to hospital after wasp stings

A boy is in Waikato Hospital in a critical condition after having being stung by wasps.

Key to raise concerns with Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister John Key says he will raise human-rights concerns with Saudi Arabia when he becomes the first New Zealand Prime Minister to go there.

Protests in Rarotonga against foreign fishing

About 400 people rallied in Rarotonga on Friday to protest the use of purse seine fishing and fish aggregation devices by foreign vessels in Cook Islands waters.

Rescue efforts intensify in Nepal

Rescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after at least 2000 people were killed in the country's worst earthquake in more than 80 years. (VIDEO)

Auckland going back to Club World Cup

Auckland City have won the Oceania Champions League football title for the fifth season in a row with a 4-3 penalty shoot out win over Team Wellington in the final in Suva last night.


Anzac music with The Eastern

Lyttleton band The Eastern perform in Christchurch with a series of Anzac-themed songs.

Te manu o te ra - Snares crested penguin

Listen to the Snares crested penguin, a portly bird with a mysteriously late breeding season.

Pioneering wine

When Graeme and Linda Cowley bought Auntsfield Estate in Marlborough there was no sign of the vineyard that had been established in 1873.

When we go to war

A new local television series starting this weekend looks at New Zealanders and World War One. Co-writer Gavin Strawhan explains the genesis of the project.

Whats' Be Happen?

Pioneering Pacific reggae group Herbs talk about the politics and times behind their Classic NZ Record Award-winning 1981 mini album.

The effect of war

Te Papa curator Puawai Cairns shares the story of Roy Delaney, who served in the Māori contingent in WWI, and Tiaki Makitanara, who died of wounds on a hospital ship.

A new direction

Meet some of the students at Salisbury School in Nelson, which caters for girls with intellectual disabilities and social and learning difficulties

Gallipoli - The Australian story

Journalist and historian Peter FitzSimons talks to Kim Hill about the Australian experience of the Gallipoli campaign.

At the Movies

Timeless fantasy romance The Age Of Adaline, the Broadway version of Of Mice and Men, and action movie The Gunman, reviewed by Simon Morris.

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PM quizzed again on #ponytailgate

The Prime Minister says he will have to be more careful in his public interaction in the future following criticism over his pulling the ponytail of a waitress.

Heavy rain and gale warnings widespread

MetService has issued a heavy rain and gale warning for most parts of the country for tonight and Monday.

'End game' for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trade Minister Tim Groser is optimistic the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will be reached by mid-2015.

Human rights issues highlighted in Marshalls

Prison conditions, government corruption and domestic violence are the main human rights problems in the Marshall Islands, according a report.

Architects' striking designs stir imagination

Australian architect couple Rob McBride and Debbie Ryan explain the influences on their extraordinary designs - from driftwood to Harry Potter. (AUDIO)

Hurricanes extend lead in Super rugby

The Hurricanes have bounced back after suffering their first loss of the season last week to trounce the Queensland Reds 35-19 in Brisbane and go back to the top of the Super Rugby standings.

'Ponytail-puller' shouldn't change flag, says elder

A Northland Maori elder and army veteran says the Prime Minister has no mandate to change the flag so many people fought and died under.

Oceans' economic value plunging - report

A new report says the economic value of the world's oceans is eroding fast, due to pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing and a host of other ills.

Downturn could last longer - DairyNZ

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle is warning farmers not be complacent about the challenges they face due to reduced payouts this season.