National News

Climate refugee takes fight to Supreme Court

A climate refugee seeking asylum in New Zealand is taking his fight to the Supreme Court.

Military wages lag inflation, labour market

Figures released by the Ministry of Defence show the wages of military personnel are not increasing at anywhere near the rate of inflation.

Coroner critical of midwifery training

Midwifery training has been criticised by a Coroner in his findings into the death of a mother and her new born child.

Group welcomes nuclear test veteran compo

The New Zealand Nuclear Test Veterans group says Fiji's decision to compensate its nuclear test veterans will encourage others still fighting for recognition.

Region-wide LVRs 'too complicated'

Some banking experts say restricting home loans regionally would be too complicated and could undermine their effectiveness in reining in the housing market.

Catton's father hits back at 'traitor' claims

The author, Eleanor Catton, has described personal attacks on her this week as inflammatory, vicious and patronising, but says she will not be silenced.

Two thirds of rivers unsafe for swimming

Most New Zealand rivers were unsafe to swim in last summer according to local authorities figures obtained by the Green Party.

Botched circumcisions put boys in hospital

At least eight young Pacific Island boys have been treated in hospital for severe infections caused by botched circumcisions carried out at home.

NZ peacekeepers take cover in Sinai attack

New Zealand peacekeepers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were forced to take cover during a series of attacks by a group associated with Islamic State that killed at least 26 people.

Rules could make mortgages harder to get

Analysts are predicting it could become harder to get a mortgage if the Reserve Bank introduces new rules to try to cool heated property markets. (AUDIO)

Scare as plane aborts take-off

Passengers on a Hawaiian Airlines plane bound for Auckland were shocked and frightened when the the aircraft skidded to a stop just before take-off.

False customs declaration results in fine

An Auckland woman has been fined $3000 for filing a false declaration on the contents of a container arriving from China.

NZ 'set to become fattest nation'

New Zealand is on target to become the fattest country within five years, according to a surgeon who says not enough weight loss surgery is being done. (AUDIO)

Bowel cancer costs predicted to soar

A new study estimates the cost of treating bowel cancer will rise by nearly 20 percent by 2026.

Science and public: worlds apart

New research shows a considerable gap between what scientists believe and the general public's views on controversial topics.

Boaties cool on tighter licensing

Recreational boat users are slamming suggestions a licensing system be introduced, saying it will add a level of bureaucracy without making boating safer. (AUDIO)

House prices more out of reach

New Massey University research shows housing affordability dropped an average 14 percent last year. (AUDIO)

NZQA confirms review of UE

The Qualifications Authority has confirmed it will review the causes of the surprise drop in the number of students achieving University Entrance this year.

Kiwifruit orchard values bounce back

Kiwifruit orchards in the Bay of Plenty are now selling for the same, or more, than before the deadly PSA disease hit New Zealand. (AUDIO)

Ethical fund standard called for

Kiwisaver funds claiming to be ethical or sustainable are being urged to put their money where their mouth is, with calls for a industry-wide standard.