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Housing market hotter than ever

House prices are rising ever higher, shooting up an average of 7.7 percent in the year to March.

Third day of deliberations for Lundy jury

The jury deciding whether or not Mark Lundy murdered his wife and child has entered its third day of deliberations.

Celebrate the Anzac spirit with your story

We want you to help us mark the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings. Learn how you can share your story.

Pet industry rejects puppy mill claims

The pet industry is rejecting claims it promotes puppy mills, following concern about online puppy sales encouraging intensive breeding for commercial gain. (AUDIO)

Sex assaults rise as crime rate falls

The number of sexual assaults jumped last year though the overall crime rate fell. Figures released by Statistics New Zealand and the police show the crime rate dropped in 2014...

Immigration NZ seeks out imposters

Immigration New Zealand says it is working hard to keep up with the new and inventive ways some immigrants are coming up with to beat the system. (AUDIO)

Group looks at goals to combat rape culture

Prominent campaigners against rape and sexual violence have formed a national set of goals to combat what they call rape culture.

Environmental authority under fire

The Environmental Protection Authority has been subjected to some blistering criticism at an energy conference in Auckland.

Morning Report turns 40

Morning Report has covered four decades of major national and international news and this morning marks its 40th year on air. (VIDEO)

Retailers warned over fake banknote use

Police are warning retailers about an increase in the number of counterfeit notes being used.

Call for deployment deal details

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says NZ troops now have the right to defend themselves in Iraq but Labour and NZ First are calling for more details. (AUDIO)

Second night's wait for Lundy verdict

The jury deciding whether or not Mark Lundy murdered his wife and child has retired for the day.

'Champions don't need trophies'

The New Zealand cricket team has been welcomed home by cheering fans at Auckland International Airport and The Cloud on Queen's Wharf. (VIDEO)

Sepuloni's mother sentenced for benefit fraud

The mother of Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni has been sentenced to four-and-a-half months home detention for illegally receiving benefits totalling about $34,000. (AUDIO)

Anti-oil groups accused of using bogus science

Greenpeace and other anti-oil lobbyists have been accused of using bogus science in their attacks on the oil industry.

Stricter rules for online puppy sales

Trade Me and animal rights groups are tightening regulations governing the sale of puppies online in response a campaign against the practice known as puppy milling. (AUDIO)

Philip Blackwood's parents plead for his release

The parents of the Wellington man jailed in Myanmar for insulting the Buddhist faith say they need more help from the New Zealand Government.

Claims of student poaching by tertiary institutions

A group of tertiary institutions says cut-price competitors are poaching their foreign students and taking millions of dollars in fees. (AUDIO)

Not guilty pleas over Upper Hutt axe attacks

A man accused of carrying out an axe attack in Upper Hutt in December last year which left one person dead and three injured, has reappeared in the High Court in Wellington.

Lundy jury continue deliberation

The jury deciding whether or not Mark Lundy murdered his wife and child is into its second day of deliberations.