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A true wonder woman: Rachel Smalley's best moments on air
After four years hosting Early Edition, Rachel Smalley signed off this morning for the final time. Over her time at Newstalk ZB, and throughout her 20-year career...
Rachel Smalley: The life changing moments of being a journalist
It’s a funny thing, your last day. You’re moving on but you also glance back, and for me, that means looking back over more than 20 years in the media. I’ve been...
Powerful women unite: Niva's tribute to Rachel
Rachel 'Wonder Woman' Smalley thought she was going to be talking to someone about the Super Fund - however, Niva Retimanu had other ideas. After 20 years of friendship,...
British MP's upset May's Brexit plans
A spanner in the works of Brexit for British Prime Minister Theresa May. MPs have voted 309 to 305 to limit ministers’ power to make major changes to the law before...
Scientists: Glacier ice flow can still be reversed
Renewed calls to reduce our greenhouse gases, as our glaciers shrink at an alarming rate. New figures reveal they've melted by a third over the past 40 years and...
NZ needs to change attitudes towards child abuse, charity says
A domestic violence service provider has said we need to change our attitudes towards child abuse. The Coroner's report into the death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri...
Star Wars super fan's amazing tattoo
One Star Wars fan is so devoted she's going to get her entire right leg tattooed. The latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, has hit the big screens. Thousands...
Rachel Smalley: There must never be another baby Moko
This story never gets any easier to talk about. The death of baby Moko. The three-year-old suffered the most horrific abuse at the hands of his carers, Tania Shailer...
Seymour: 'There will be a campaign of fear' over euthanasia bill
People are being urged to make their views on euthanasia known. The End of Life Choice Bill passed its first reading in Parliament last night, with MP's voting...
Anxious end of year wait for cancer patients
An anxious end of year for many Kiwis, as cancer patients around the country wait months before their first treatment. Hospitals are struggling to keep up with...
Rachel Smalley: Why Lance O'Sullivan is what politics needs
Will Dr Lance O'Sullivan, the New Zealander of the year, be the next leader of the Maori Party? He’s already put his hand up. He said before this year's election...
US Republicans could face embarassing defeat
The polls have opened, but Roy Moore's race to the Alabama Senate remains too close to call. The Republican candidate is neck-and-neck with Democrat rival Doug...
Internet safety consultant on the problem with social media
Our need to be connected through social media and technology is putting a lens on our world. Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya has come out saying...
Farmers concerned over spread of cattle disease
A Hawke's Bay farmer is calling for more information on the cattle disease outbreak in the region. Mycoplasma bovis was first reported in South Canterbury in July. It's...
Rachel Smalley: Why it's time to be fearless
I spent the weekend on a training camp for a women's running charity that's just launched here in New Zealand. It’s called '261 Fearless' and its part of a global...
Warnings over buying unsourced homekill
If you're trying to source homekill this Christmas, be wary of where it comes from. It's illegal to sell homekill - but it seems some people are trying to get a...
'Range of factors' driving teacher drought
There are a range of factors driving our teacher drought, the teachers union says. Its survey of primary and intermediate school principals has found 44 percent...
Surgical expert hopes the surgical mesh crisis does not happen again
A medical expert says the benefits of surgical mesh in vaginal surgeries were never worth the risk. Medsafe has restricted supply of the product for transvaginal...
Warnings over Lake Taupo toxic algae
Water-users in Lake Taupo are being urged to take a potentially toxic algae seriously. Samples from six sites throughout the lake are being tested after being collected...
Rachel Smalley: ACC is being a real ASS
The three family members struck down by suspected botulism after eating wild boar face a six-figure bill to cover their medical expenses. Poisoning by disease...
Two sections of road raise speed limit to 110 km
The speed limit's increasing on two major roads but it isn't likely to happen elsewhere anytime soon. From today motorists can drive 110 kilometres on parts of ...
British MP under fire for comments about disabled people
A senior British MP's under fire for suggesting disabled people are slowing down the workforce. The comments come as the Conservative government is pressured to...
Wildfires continue to burn across California
Four major fires are raging in California and are set to be fuelled by winds of up to 80 kilometres an hour today. Tens of thousands of people are affected. New...
Australian MP goes off the rails in marriage equality speech
An Australian MP's gone off the rails as the country takes a step closer to marriage equality. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the legislation...
Crackdown on animal selfies
People who post selfies with wild animals could now be challenged for doing so. They may get a message saying the photo may have been taken in abusive circumstances. World...