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Forest and Bird worried for environment

A DoC worker checks a trap for pests. Thousands of hectares were missed last year due to staff shortages following restructuring.

Leading environment protection agency Forest and Bird says habitat that has missed out on pest control in the past year is now worse off than before.

Disney film good news for graduates

wellington sign near airport

The head of a Wellington-based film school says the production of Disney feature Pete's Dragon in the region will provide steady employment for graduates.

Second Pakistan test ends in draw

Ross Taylor

The second cricket test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Dubai has ended in a draw after Pakistan held on for the draw after being set a challenging target of 261.

Multimillion-dollar deals with China

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan as they arrived at Auckland International Airport.

Millions of dollars of deals in dairying, telecommunications and food research have been announced during the Chinese President Xi Jingping's visit to New Zealand.

Secondary teachers back Govt pay plan

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The secondary teachers' union says the Government's flagship education policy could fundamentally change the school system and it is critical primary teachers get on board with it. (AUDIO)

DoC claims it now has 'resources to do its job'

Director General of the Department of Conservation, Lou Sanson.

Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson claims the deparment now has the resources to do its job after its annual report showed it failed to meet key goals in pest controls. (AUDIO)

Four firms vying to fly Far North route

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Aviation companies are lining up to provide regular flights to Kaitaia after Air New Zealand's decision to abandon the service at the top of the North Island as it was uneconomic. (AUDIO)

Key elected chair of conservative union

John Key

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has been unanimously elected chair of the International Democrat Union, a global group of conservative and centre-right political parties.

Mexico protests over missing students

A protest at the Eje Central Avenue in Mexico City.

Relatives of 43 missing Mexican students, who the authorities say were murdered by a drugs gang, have led mass protests in the capital. The marches were generally peaceful.

Third day of counting begins in Solomon Islands

Vote counting underway in Solomon Islands

More election results have come in overnight from Solomon Islands as counting enters its third and probably final full day.

McCaw's All Blacks captaincy comes full circle

Richie McCaw has "no regard for his body" says fellow All Black Kieran Read.

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will bring up yet another milestone at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend when he captains the side for the 100th time in a Test match. (AUDIO)

WITT students could be reimbursed

Western Institute of Technology

A Taranaki polytechnic wants to talk to every student who enrolled in its failed Maori performing arts course so it can work out how to help them.

Ryman posts another record result

Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker, Ryman Healthcare managing director Simon Challies and Ryman regional construction manager David Gibson at the Valley Rd site.

Ryman Healthcare has posted another record first-half result and is forecasting its second-half will be even stronger.

Record prices paid for dairy farms

farm gate - sale sign

The slump in farm gate milk prices has not taken the wind out of the market for dairy farms, if the latest farm sales figures are anything to go by.