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BREAKING NEWS - Police speaking to former Mt Eden guard as part of Head Hunters inquiry

TPP: Key admits medicine costs will rise

The Prime Minister concedes New Zealand will have to pay more for some medicines under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (COMMENTS)

Mt Eden inmates among raid arrests

The controversy over Mt Eden prison deepens with the revelation two of those arrested in police drug raids are inmates. (AUDIO)

Serco review to include Wiri Prison management

Serco's operations at Wiri Prison will be scrutinised as the company's performance at Mt Eden prison is reviewed.

Search on after Fijian rugby player racially abused

The Canterbury Rugby Union says it is committed to tracking down those who racially taunted a Fijian rugby player on Sunday.

Lawson quins break silence on abusive childhoods

New Zealand's famous Lawson quins turn 50 and release a biography, revealing childhoods ruled by an abusive stepfather. (AUDIO)

Marlborough marine areas rapidly deteriorating

Calls have been made for urgent protection of fragile marine areas, which are rapidly disappearing. (COMMENTS)

Investors dominate first home buyers in mortgage market

Figures released by the Reserve Bank show three times as many mortgages are being approved for property investors as they are for first home buyers. (COMMENTS)

Former Vanuatu Prime Minister dies

Leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister of Vanuatu Edward Natapei has died.

Outcome of UN climate debate uncertain

The Prime Minister is not sure whether a New Zealand-initiated debate on small island states at the UN Security Council will lead to any definitive statement on climate change.

DHB shakeup plan is '1990s in drag'

More leaked documents reveal the funding of health boards could be overhauled and the proposed changes are being described as 'the 1990s in drag'. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

'Witch doctors operating in South Auckland'

Witch doctors are using "evil things to do evil acts" to vulnerable people, an Indian community leader says. (COMMENTS)

TPP must restrict foreign buyers, says Little

Labour Party leader Andrew Little says his party will not support the TPP if there are no measures to restrict foreign property buyers. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)

Marshallese fear impact of radioactive waste

There are concerns that residential areas of Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands have been washed over with radioactive waste, after the island was hit by Typhoon Nangka earlier this month.

Turkey air strikes 'changing game'

Turkey's air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants and Kurdish PKK separatists could "change the regional game", the prime minister has said.

Henare not surprised by Adam's unavailability

Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare concedes losing NBA basketball player Steven Adams for next month's Olympic qualifying series against Australia is a major blow, but the centre's reasons for pulling out are understandable.

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Place names

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week - is on this week. Here are a few commonly mispronounced place names you should master.

Little Criminals

The abuse and victimisation of many New Zealand children in state care is explored in a TV documentary inspired by a memoir by writer David Cohen.

Te manu o te rā - pōpokatea

Listen to the whitehead, a gregarious songbird that lives in noisy groups of up to eight members and are often heard before they are seen.

Art and motion forever

Curator Paul Brobbel explains how New Plymouth became home to the work of New Zealand's most influential modern artists, Len Lye.

Loading Docs: Wilbur Force

Larger than life former pro-wrestler Wilbur Force commands the screen and battles his ‘worst self’ in this short film. (VIDEO)

Appointment with Inspector Morse

Real ale and opera are the main consolations for the lead character in this popular T.V. series. Investigate the integrated use of music in the whodunnit.

New Music: Chemical Brothers

Musical pharmacist Jim Pinckney tests the formula for the The Chemical Brothers' latest album Born in the Echos.

What it's really like to be a New Zealander in Australia

Five young New Zealanders lay down the truth about what it’s really like living across the ditch.

Child trauma mars Australia's refugee policy

Prospects for refugees processed on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea look bleaker than ever.

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Serco 'may have broken law' - human rights expert

A human rights lawyer says the alleged treatment of a Mt Eden prison inmate possibly breaches both the Corrections and Bill of Rights Acts.

Mixed responses to leaked DHB proposal

A Dunedin academic says elected district health boards do not necessarily produce the best outcomes for the health system.

TPP 'shaping up quite well' - Key

Prime Minister John Key says the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is not perfect but is shaping up well.

No invite for suspended Nauru MPs to meet Forum chief

Nauru's suspended opposition MPs have not been invited to meet the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum during her visit to the island.

'Huckabee should apologise to Jews for oven comment'

The US Democratics deamand an apology from Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. (COMMENTS)

All Blacks increase lead in rugby rankings

The All Blacks have increased their lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings as they continue their preparartions for this year's World Cup title defence.

Prisons must not ignore violence - network

Turning a blind eye to violence in prisons would prevent inmates' rehabilitation, the Māori caucus of the National Network for Stopping Violence says.

China vows market support as shares tumble

Chinese regulators say they are buying shares in an effort to prop up the stock market, following the biggest one-day fall for more than eight years.

Immigration policy 'won't be game changer'

A family owned meat processing plant in north Canterbury, which is struggling to find and keep staff, says new immigration policies will help, but they won't be a game changer.

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