Radio New Zealand

NY shooter told people to watch

The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say.

Supreme Court out of aged care pay battle

The Supreme Court has decided that it will not intervene in a landmark case over low pay rates in the aged care sector. (AUDIO)

Routeburn reprimand for DoC

The Ombudsman is questioning DoC's decision to allow a private company to increase the number of walkers it takes on the Routeburn Track. (AUDIO)

Aust push to reduce quad deaths

New Zealand is not the only country trying to drive down the number of people killed in quad bike accidents - Australia is making a push, too.

Rudd lawyers working on damages

A team of international lawyers is working to find out what damages they believe AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd should receive for a dropped charge.

Big rescue job for small injury

Police are slamming the actions of a pair of unprepared Auckland men who sparked an expensive rescue operation over a minor injury.

All Black MacDonald confronts thieves

Former All Black Leon MacDonald confronted burglars who stole 15 international rugby jerseys from his Blenheim home. (AUDIO)

Some SkyCity public funding looks likely - academic

A tourism professor says it is hard to see the SkyCity convention centre going ahead without some public funding now. The cost of building the centre in Auckland has soared by $130 million. (AUDIO)

Human rights for shy orangutan

An Argentinian court has ruled a shy orangutan who spent the past 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.

Fiji TV says letter supporting govt stance legit

Fiji TV Executive Director Nouzab Fareed says the station did in fact write a letter to World Rugby supporting the government's call to share their broadcasting rights.

Smith back with All Blacks

Wayne Smith is to rejoin the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 World Cup season as a specialist defence coach and will step down from the Chiefs.

No word on how much MRP deal worth

Ngati Tuwharetoa, which has struck a deal with Mighty River Power over the use of water from Lake Taupo, won't disclose how much its commercial agreement is worth.

MRP, Maori reach Taupo deal

Mighty River Power and Ngati Tuwharetoa have reached a deal over the use of Lake Taupo's water.

Signs of new interest in soil science

Soil scientists worried about a decline in the numbers working in that field have taken heart at signs that interest may be growing among a new generation of scientists.


Breaking out of poverty

Stories from around Aotearoa from those who struggle day to day and questions about what might make a difference.

Continuing the conversations that need to be had

Indigenous arts curator and commentator Ngahiraka Mason talks to Maraea Rakuraku about cultural poaching.

A New Zealand Toy Story

A tale of New Zealanders and their toys - from Maori voyagers to 21st century gamers - picking up knucklebones, kites, Buzzy Bees, Tonka Toys and much, much more along the way.

Tips for delicious barbecuing

Gone are the days of burnt sausages and chops – barbecues in New Zealand can now be quite sophisticated affairs and you don't need fancy gear to make gourmet summer food.

Te Kupu o te Wiki - whakatā

The Māori word of the week is: whakatā - rest. Mutu ana te Kirihimete, ka whakatā te nuinga. After Christmas many people take holidays.

Best Books

Author Kate De Goldi and director of Adelaide Writers’ Week  Laura Kroetsch join Kim Hill to discuss 2014 in publishing and their favourite reads of the year.

Spying on wild animals

Calling all citizen scientists. A wildlife biologist is hoping keen members of the public with a few minutes to spare will be able to help him identify wild animals in photographs taken by remote cameras.

Crafting a new copyright strategy

Cory Doctorow argues that the use of copyright take down notices and 'three strikes' legislation can be used by businesses and governments to silence criticism or suppress other material they might find embarrassing.

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