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NASA's mission to Pluto is about to get under way in earnest and its New Horizons probe will take the first of a set of critical pictures on approach to the icy world.
A six-year-old girl from the Hutt Valley died this afternoon when the quad bike she was riding fell on her after she hit a fence.
A 42-year-old Invercargill man has drowned at Ocean Beach in Bluff this afternoon.
New Zealand has won the sixth one day cricket international in Dunedin, giving them an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the series with one match to play.
The head of the Auckland SPCA says ethnic and cultural factors are partly responsible for the high number of dog attacks in south Auckland.
Greeks are voting in a general election which could result in Greece trying to renegotiate the terms of its bailout with international lenders.
Difficult surf conditions forced police divers out of the water this afternoon in the search for an 18-year-old man, who is presumed drowned north of Gisborne.
A man who fell 100 metres down a cliff while trying to help his son who had also fallen remains in a serious condition in intensive care.
Investigators from the Civil Aviation Authority are struggling to determine the cause of a fatal microlight crash in Timaru.
The head of the organising group for the FIFA Under-20 football World Cup being held in New Zealand this year, says security will be a high priority at the tournament.
The National Party has surged to its highest rating since the election, sitting at 52 percent in the latest Roy Morgan poll.
Police in Hamilton say a search of the Waikato River continues for a man who disappeared while trying to swim across it.
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has apologised for the recent water problems and pollution in the Suva area, saying much of the infrastructure around the capital dates back to colonial times.
Australian cricketer Daniel Hughes has been ruled out of a match this week after being concussed in an incident reminiscent of that which killed Phillip Hughes.
Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals after a seesaw 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over Romania's Irina Begu in their fourth round clash on Rod Laver Arena.
Using sound to help blind people see the world around them is proving as effective as surgeries such as retinal implants.
In the 1940s jazz musicians moved away from playing music to accompany dancing towards making music to be listened to, showcasing their virtuosity and improvisation.
From 1916 to 1918, 60,000 soldiers were trained at the Featherston Military Training Camp, which included 16 dining halls, 17 shops, several picture theatres, three billiard rooms, a large hospital compound and a post office.
A forum chaired by Kim Hill explores the idea of "natural capital" and what it means in a New Zealand context.
Norman Meehan looks at the life and music of the American jazz pianist whose remarkable musical career spanned more than six decades.
Residents of the Quaker Settlement in Whanganui aim to live lightly on the land and use permaculture practises on their eight hectares near Virginia Lake.
Traditional and modern hymns chosen by our listeners, including 'O for a thousand tongues to sing' and 'The Servant Song'.
Lee Kofman considers whether traditional romantic love can co-exist with sexual freedom - can you be non-monogamous in an ethical way?
Music industry insider Mark Rye tells Trevor Reekie about his memories of the many people he has worked with in the UK music scene.
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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