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Over 3200 dead in Nepal quake

Vast tent cities have sprung up in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced by Saturday's earthquake which killed more than 3200 people.

Rough weather almost over, says MetService

Rough weather has hit much of the country today, bringing down trees and blowing out a window at a city intersection but MetService says the worst is almost over.

NZ to send USAR team to Nepal

A specialist Search and Rescue team will leave for Nepal tonight to help search for victims from the devastating earthquake.

Ngapuhi board accepts mediation offer

The board accused of hijacking the Ngapuhi Treaty settlement negotiations says it will accept a mediation offer by the Taitokerau District Maori Council.

US election may postpone TPP, says group

A group opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership says if the trade deal is not done by mid-year, it's likely to die for the next 18 months because of the US election season.

Avalanches and confusion

Following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal, eighteen are dead after an avalanche hit the Everest Base Camp, a toll that is expected to rise. (VIDEO)

Stones represent friendship of Turkey and NZ

About 150 people gathered in Christchurch today to rededicate an Anzac sculpture and plant 500 native trees and bushes on the fringe of the city's red zone.

Australian PM pleads for clemency

The Australian Prime Minister has written to the Indonesian President to plead for clemency for two drug smugglers in a last-ditch effort to stop their execution.

Navy ship returns from Vanuatu

The navy ship, HMNZS Canterbury, has returned home after a four-week round trip to help with the relief effort in Vanuatu.

Lack of smokefree signs in schools

Researchers have found only about 30 percent of schools have smokefree signs at their entrances, despite a law requiring them to display them.

Christchurch school group escape Nepal quake

A group of Christchurch school girls and teachers on a trip just outside Kathmandu escaped the earthquake unscathed.

'Next level relationship' for the Gulf, NZ

The Prime Minister has wasted little time trying to drum up support for a valuable free trade deal with Gulf states on his visit to the region.

Solomons commission wants tax-free public service

The Chairman of Solomon Islands Parliamentary Entitlements Commission which controversially removed taxes from MPs salaries this month says he wants income taxes removed for all public servants.

SBS presenter sacked for 'despicable' tweets

SBS sports presenter Scott McIntyre has been sacked for "disrespectful" tweets about Anzac Day, the Australian broadcaster says.

Ko wins Swinging Skirts in a playoff

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has won the latest LPGA Tour event, the Swinging Skirts Classic, in a playoff in San Francisco.


The fall of the Ottomans

Historian Eugene Rogan talks to Kim Hill about the impact of the Gallipoli campaign, the fall of the Ottoman empire and the post-war agreement on the region.

The growth of modern yoga

American academic Andrea Jain explores the growth of modern yoga from fringe practice to global popularity.

The soldier-making game: Sport in WW1

Jesse Mulligan explores the role of sport in WW1 with sport historian Greg Ryan and Dr Ron Palenski, chief executive of the New Zealand Hall of Fame.

TV, women and power

As we farewell the varied, complex women of ‘Mad Men’, where should we turn to next for a regular dose of ambitious career women?

Anzac music with The Eastern

Lyttleton band The Eastern perform in Christchurch with a series of Anzac-themed songs.

Te manu o te ra - Snares crested penguin

Listen to the Snares crested penguin, a portly bird with a mysteriously late breeding season.

Pioneering wine

When Graeme and Linda Cowley bought Auntsfield Estate in Marlborough there was no sign of the vineyard that had been established in 1873.

When we go to war

A new local television series starting this weekend looks at New Zealanders and World War One. Co-writer Gavin Strawhan explains the genesis of the project.

Whats' Be Happen?

Pioneering Pacific reggae group Herbs talk about the politics and times behind their Classic NZ Record Award-winning 1981 mini album.

More Features

Six dead in crashes since Friday night

It has been a bad weekend on the roads, with six people killed in five separate crashes since 9pm on Friday.

Asset sales concern for Chch residents

Asset sales are the number one issue among the 1000 people who have so far handed in submissions on the Christchurch City Council's Long Term Plan.

70 percent chance of TPP fast-track, says Minister

Tim Groser, the Minister for Trade Negotiations, is cautiously optimistic in an agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership in the next few months.

Cooks Government says FAD ban 'in place'

The Cooks Islands Government has defended its fishing policies following a protest and march against the use of fish aggregation devices.

Harper Lee saves local play

Author Harper Lee has started a non-profit company to produce a play of her iconic book To Kill a Mockingbird in her hometown of Monroeville, after a dispute was set to end the show.

Hurricanes lock escapes ban

The Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst won't lose any match time after receiving a warning for a dangerous charge during his side's 35-19 Super Rugby win over the Reds.

'Ponytail-puller' shouldn't change flag, says elder

A Northland Maori elder and army veteran says the Prime Minister has no mandate to change the flag so many people fought and died under.

Oceans' economic value plunging - report

A new report says the economic value of the world's oceans is eroding fast, due to pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing and a host of other ills.

Downturn could last longer - DairyNZ

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle is warning farmers not be complacent about the challenges they face due to reduced payouts this season.