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Highlanders triumph, 'Canes fumble

The Highlanders have been crowned Super Rugby champions for the very first time after upsetting the Hurricanes 21-14 in a thrilling final in Wellington.

Alcohol sachets 'cunningly' smuggled to events

Alcohol Healthwatch has joined the National Addiction Centre in calling for the sale of alcohol powder sachets to be banned or tightly regulated.

Does water on Mars mean life on Mars?

Space scientists have seen water vapour in the planet's atmosphere, but in theory Mars should be too cold to support liquid water. (AUDIO)

Highlanders savour Super victory

Super Rugby - The Highlanders have beaten the Hurricanes in the Super 15 final. Look back at the full match commentary here:

A new Tongan King is crowned

Festivities are continuing in Tonga as the country celebrates the official crowning of King Tupou VI, which took place in Nuku'alofa this morning.

Police investigate death of baby in Christchurch

Police in Canterbury say a forensic investigation of the house where a 15 month-old boy was found unconscious last night will take three or four days to complete.

Fans flock to capital for final showdown

Fans are flocking to Wellington's city centre as momentum builds towards tonight's Super Rugby final.

Rare WW2 Spitfire restored to flight

A rare example of an iconic aircraft - a Mark 1 Spitfire painstakingly restored after being shot down during WW2 - is to be sold in London.

Homicide investigation after Dunedin death

A homicide investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in Dunedin last night.

Dotcom argues assets were seized 'improperly'

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is appealing an American ruling that seized property and assets, including cash, jet skis, luxury watches and cars.

Up to 1800 new homes for Auckland

The Building and Housing Minister has announced the development of two new special housing areas in south Auckland, providing up to 1800 new homes.

Martin says Mark is best NZ First deputy

The former deputy leader of New Zealand First has endorsed her replacement as the best person for the job. (AUDIO)

Detained Nauru MPs want Supreme Court to hear their case

Two opposition MPs on Nauru want the Supreme Court to rule on their right to a lawyer of their choice, after their Australian lawyer was refused a visa to enter the country.

Greek PM urges voters to reject 'blackmail'

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has called on voters to reject "blackmail" when they vote in a bailout referendum on Sunday.

Lee one shot off the pace

The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee is tied for third place after the second round of the latest PGA tour event in West Virginia.

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A Martian sends a postcard home

Cliff Fell talks to Bryan Crump about the school of Martian poetry.

Sounds new

Young NZ composer Celeste Oram finds hot air balloons and belly dancing with drones on her pilgrimage to the 2014 Darmstadt Courses for New Music.

Secrets of Antarctic orca

Researchers have finally managed to confirm that some of the orca seen around Northland are, in fact, commuters from Antarctica.

New Music: Daughn Gibson

Jim Pinckney reviews Carnation from this twisted troubadour, which conjures up dark atmospheric scenes from motel rooms and strip malls.

Land of the Long White Stain

A film documenting a tour by four local music acts uncovers the challenges of capturing live performance and being musicians on the margins.

Brewing your own kombucha

A drink made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast, that's riding the wave of popular enthusiasm for all things fermented.

Upbeat: the best of music and the arts

Featuring Belgian cornet virtuoso Harmen Vanhoorne, Roger Horrocks on Len Lye's writings, and a new music director for the NZSO.

Best longreads on the web

Lontalius on the honesty of Tumblr, Magic Mike and male objectification, and America's postracial fantasy.

Live: Youssou N'Dour, Jupiter & Okwess International

Electrifying performances from two of Africa's finest musical exports, live at WOMAD Taranaki 2015, recorded exclusively by Radio NZ.

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June's weather was extreme - NIWA

Meteorologists say June was a month of weather extremes with parts of the country getting double the normal amount of rain, and others getting much less.

Hospital loses teaching role over alleged bullying

Auckland City Hospital has applied to get its accreditation back, after it was stripped of its teaching role over bullying and harassment concerns.

ACC defends vehicle registration system

The ACC Minister has defended New Zealand's new vehicle licensing system saying the Government will work through the problems affecting tens of thousands of cars. (COMMENTS)

Typhoon alert lifted, but Majuro still battered

A typhoon formation alert has been lifted for the Marshall Islands, but the country's main atoll of Majuro is still counting the cost of damage done by rough seas and high winds.

Tunisia shooting response too slow - PM

Tunisia's prime minister says that the slow response of police to last week's deadly attack on a tourist resort was a major problem.

OPINION: Super final expected

Who's going to win their maiden Super Rugby title? Radio New Zealand's Rugby Editor Barry Guy previews tonight's final.

Harris plans to see how leadership play out

The Northland Conservation Board chair says he is not about to resume his seat on the Tūhoronuku board just because Sonny Tau had stepped down.

Pumpkin Patch shares plunge

Shares in the struggling Pumpkin Patch have fallen 13 percent after the company signalled a modest annual loss, and a sharp fall in future earnings.

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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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