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Minister should resign, says Fish and Game

Dr Nick Smith.

The Fish and Game Council wants Conservation Minister Nick Smith to resign, accusing him of threatening its future if it continues to question irrigation projects and intensive farming. (AUDIO)

Balloon firm owner admits failing duty

Police officers at the site of the crash in January 2012.

A director of the company that owned a hot-air balloon that crashed in Wairarapa has admitted he should have been aware that the pilot's medical certificate had expired. (AUDIO)

Job losses at Stockton mine confirmed

Large dump truck hauling coal at Stockton coal mine, Granity, West Coast.

Solid Energy has confirmed the total number of job losses at its Stockton mine on the West Coast will be 184 as it seeks to reduce production by a quarter in the next financial year.

SCF business practices defended

South Canterbury Finance accused, from left, Edward Sullivan, Robert White and Lachie McLeod.

The last defence witness called to give evidence at the trial of three former South Canterbury Finance directors has defended the business practices of the company.

Tech forum calls for data law reform

NZ Data Futures Forum members Stephen England-Hall, Evelyn Wareham and John Whitehead with Minister of Finance Bill English and moderator Rod Oram (L-R), at an event in Auckland in June 2014.

A technology forum has recommended reviewing laws and establishing an independent data council to help New Zealand harness the power of the internet.

Bathroom fan heaters banned

Model 3108

Two models of Goldair's wall-mounted bathroom fan heaters have been banned after some caused fires.

Government defends science challenges

AgResearch is shifting 150 science staff to new hubs.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has defended the Government's $133.5 million National Science Challenges after criticism from the scientific community. (AUDIO)

CTU wants to stem quake build injuries

The number of construction sites issued prohibition notices and shut down for being unsafe last year was 224, compared to 13 in 2010.

The CTU is calling for fresh legislation to address the rise of work place injuries in the Canterbury rebuild. More than 200 construction sites were shut down for being unsafe last year.

People rally against factory farming

Animal rights protestors rally in Wellington.

People turned out in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Saturday to protest against the practice of factory farming.

NZ-born Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

Guy Boyland

The father of a New Zealand-born man killed in Gaza had planned to bring his children home before they had to go into service in Israel, the dead man's grandfather says. (AUDIO)

Benefit of tablets in schools challenged

A new entrant uses a class iPad for learning at Omata Primary School.

Concerns are being raised about the benefits of new technology in the classroom, with a suggestion that tablets do not enhance student performance.

Muslims await new moon sighting

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Muslims in New Zealand will celebrate the end of Ramadan on Tuesday, after the new moon proved elusive. The end of the holy month is marked by the lunar sighting.

Urewera apology 'postive step'

Tame Iti and Mike Bush.

Tuhoe people targeted in the 2007 Urewera police raids say an apology to several families by Police Commissioner Mike Bush, though overdue, is a step towards reconciliation.

Auckland soprano wins Song Quest

Isabella Moore

A young Auckland soprano, Isabella Moore, has won the 2014 Lexus Song Quest. Six finalists performed at the grand final of New Zealand's premier competition for classical singers.

Plane crash victim 'an ordinary chap'

St John's Church, Johnsonville.

The family of New Zealander Rob Ayley, who was killed in the Malaysian airliner crash over eastern Ukraine, will hold a memorial service for him in Wellington on Monday.

More alcohol use before arrests - study

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New research shows the number of alcoholic drinks people say they've had before getting arrested has climbed to 17 - backing up the police belief that alcohol is a driver of crime.

Tourism NZ takes drones to the slopes

280714. Photo Tourism NZ. Tourism New Zealand’s drone #NZDronie.

Tourism New Zealand is to start using technology more associated with warzones in an effort to promote the country. It's offering "dronies" - selfies taken using drones. (AUDIO)

Law against exploitation at sea urged

fishing boat

The Maritime Union wants the Government to urgently push through the Fisheries Amendment Bill for foreign vessels saying it will combat what it calls 'slavery on the seas'.

Tourism NZ takes drones to the slopes

Tourism NZ has come up with a novel way to take photos in South Island hotspots.

Tourism New Zealand is to start using technology more associated with warzones in an effort to promote the country. It's offering "dronies" - selfies taken using drones. (AUDIO)