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Nepal quake: Over 1000 dead

A devastating earthquake in Nepal has killed at least 1300 people, and the death toll is climbing rapidly. (AUDIO)

'Rubble was falling down'

When the powerful earthquake in Nepal struck, Prue Smith says her thoughts immediately went to her family in New Zealand.

New legal challenge to Ports of Auckland

Fresh legal action is being taken in the wrangle over Ports of Auckland's controversial expansion plans.

Anzac Day 2015 - in images

Small towns and cities around New Zealand have remembered their fallen, as shown in this collection of yesterday's most striking images.

Morning ReportMidday Report and Checkpoint set the news agenda, and there is news every hour.

Insight and Focus on Politics provide in-depth coverage of current issues.

National News

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Deadly crashes on Anzac Day

Three people died on the roads in the North Island yesterday.

Hurdles for private #ponytailgate prosecution

Private criminal proceedings filed against the Prime Minister for pulling a waitress' hair are unlikely to go very far, the Criminal Bar Association says.

Triplets' parents call for justice

The parents of two-year-old New Zealand triplets killed in a Doha mall fire three years ago say they are distressed one of those convicted has avoided prison.

Disruptions to Anzac commemorations

Man who burned Australian flag banned from Anzac Day services (VIDEO)

Refugee quota 'more important than ever'

Amnesty International New Zealand is calling for an increase in the country's refugee quota following a speech by Prime Minister John Key in Turkey.

Looking back on Anzac Day

Services around the country have been held to mark 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign, with tens of thousands turning out to remember those who died far from home. (VIDEO)

Regional News

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Fatal capsize near Auckland wharf

A man is dead after a small dinghy with three people on board capsized just 10 metres from shore in Auckland.

Police suspect hit-and-run in Waikato

Police say they have identified a car that may have been involved in a suspected hit-and-run in Waikato.

New Anzac honours boards for Alton

About three hundred people turned out to see new honours boards unveiled at Anzac Day commemorations in the South Taranaki village of Alton today.

Political News

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'End game' for TPP - Trade Minister

Trade Minister Tim Groser is optimistic the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will be reached by the middle of this year.

Taking stock after ponytail pulls

Powerplay: As John Key becomes known internationally for pulling on a ponytail, Brent Edwards takes a closer look at the questions it raises about power.

Increase in refugee numbers unlikely - PM

The Prime Minister says it is unlikely there will be an increase in the number of refugees New Zealand takes.

Sports News

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Titans crush Warriors

The Warriors have been beaten by the Gold Coast Titans 32-28 in the first Anzac Day match the club has ever hosted at Mount Smart stadium.

Pulse and Swifts play out Anzac day draw

The Central Pulse and the New South Wales Swifts have played out a 47-all draw on Anzac Day in Wellington.

St Kilda still winless in Wellington

The Australian rules football team St Kilda have lost their annual Anzac day fixture in Wellington to fellow Melbourne side Carlton.

World News

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UN must do more in Syria - NZ

Despite yesterday's announcement that New Zealand will not increase its number of refugees, the country has told the UN Security Council that more must be done in Syria.

Gallipoli: PM happy with security

Prime Minister John Key has given his approval to the massive security operation at Gallipoli ahead of the dawn service in Turkey.

Human rights activist killed in Pakistan

Leading Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi.

Pacific News

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On Anzac day, Pacific countries reflect on their role in war

Anzac Day ceremonies have been held across the Pacific this morning, as the region commemorates its role in war. (AUDIO)

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa changes membership rules amid rift

French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has revised its statutes to change its procedure of dismissing members.

Solomon Islands MPs allegedly remove need to pay tax

The anti-corruption body, Transparency Solomon Islands, says the country's MPs no longer have to pay tax under new regulations.

Cricket World Cup 2015 News

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ICC president quits over CWC snub

The President of the International Cricket Council has resigned after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy after the final in Melbourne.

Vettori retires from Black Caps

The cricketer Daniel Vettori has announced his retirement from the Black Caps after an 18-year career with the national team.

Hesson hopes McCullum stays on

There is little doubt that Brendon McCullum's captaincy has been one of the key elements to the Black Caps' runners-up finish at the Cricket World Cup.

Te Manu Korihi

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'To die was the accepted way of a warrior'

A direct descendant of the creator of a renowned haka says its use during the First World War by unarmed Māori soldiers provoked fear in both their European countryman and their enemy.

'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.

Aboriginal support demo turns violent

While a Māori rights movement in South Australia is organising protest marches about the government's plans to close down rural Aboriginal communities, a demonstration yesterday in Perth turned violent.

Business News

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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.

Abano expects loss of up to $1.9m for year

Abano Healthcare expects to make a full year loss of up to $1.9 million for the year to May, after selling Aotea Pathology for just $1.

Business briefs

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters, including Mercer Group resignations and Pan Pacific Petroleum investors urged to reject takeover offer.

Rural News

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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.

Council agrees clean up for Lake Ellesmere

Canterbury Regional Council has agreed to new rules for the Selwyn District and Lake Ellesmere catchment which will increase environmental restrictions on farmers there.

Disappearance of bees a mystery

Bee scientists are baffled by the disappearance of thousands of honey bees from hives last spring, saying unless it happens again, the cause will remain a mystery.

Taking stock after ponytail pulls

Powerplay: As John Key becomes known internationally for pulling on a ponytail, Brent Edwards takes a closer look at the questions it raises about power.

How real is terror threat to NZ?

Rebecca Kitteridge became director of the SIS 11 months ago and since then, she tells Insight, the threat of a terrorist attack in New Zealand has risen. (VIDEO)

Housing: a crisis or a success story?

Powerplay with Jane Patterson - Housing is the monkey on the back of the Government that it just cannot shake.