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Scientists find teeth that prove mankind comes from Europe
Professor of Anthropology at University of Toronto David Begun spoke to Rachel Smalley about teeth that have been found which prove mankind are from Europe, not...
Budget Day Panel: Joyce's two roles could blur in today's Budget
A reminder ahead of the Budget. Steven Joyce holds two critical roles - he's the Finance Minister and the National Party Campaign Chair. Editor at Newsroom Tim...
Rachel Smalley: Vaccinations should be compulsory
He was the 2014 New Zealander of the Year, and I think we should make him the 2017 New Zealander of the Year too. Dr Lance O'Sullivan. He's dedicated much of his...
Tax changes expected in Steven Joyce's first Budget tomorrow
Tax changes are expected in tomorrow's Budget, which will be delivered by someone other than Bill English for the first time in six years. The pressure is building...
Targeting children 'one of the worst trends of terrorism'
Dr Natasha Ezrow, senior lecturer and terrorism expert at University of Essex, speaks with Rachel Smalley about whether ISIS has changed its target group to children,...
Parents still desperately trying to find children after suicide bombing
Parents are still desperately trying to find their children in the wake of the attack on the Manchester Arena. The suicide bomb attack has claimed 22 lives and...
Rachel Smalley: Manchester attacks were not an act of cowardice
Politicians in Britain have been quick to call the attack on Manchester arena an act of cowardice. And that's what they always do. Terrorists are cowards, they...
Dr James Renwick: NZ wouldn't have to spend billions if it reduced carbon emissions
Dr James Renwick, Victoria University climate scientist, spoke with Rachel Smalley about carbon credit spending, which is forecast to be in the billions. LISTEN...
Cost to attend Hamilton Sevens 'substantially lower' than Wellington
A promoter is promising Sevens fans a cheaper tournament in Hamilton, than in Wellington. The Waikato city's won the hosting rights for the event after 18 years...
Rachel Smalley: Would a tipping culture in NZ improve service?
A colleague of mine, Matt Heath wrote a column this week on tipping. He's been travelling around New Zealand and he says the service in our restaurants is patchy. He's...
Jury selection begins in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial
Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has started today with the beginning of the selection of the jury. Up to 60 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, with...
Dr Grant Christie: Space is a very important economic step
The planned launch of the country's first commercial space rocket could prove to be lucrative in the long-term. The window for take off from Mahia Peninsula - near...
Bottlers use small percentage of water compared to other industries
Water bottlers say they only use a small percentage of water compared to other industries so people shouldn't be complaining about them. A New Zealand Herald investigation...
Rachel Smalley: Cigarette vending machines would help protect dairy owners
David Seymour, the ACT leader has hatched a plan to make our dairies safer. He wants the Government to give back tobacco tax to diaries so they can use it to improve...
Sarah Haywood: Pippa Middleton's big day
Sarah Haywood, a celebrity wedding planner, talks to Rachel Smalley about Pippa Middleton’s big day this weekend. LISTEN ABOVE TO THE FULL INTERVIEW
Theresa May reveals manifesto, promises 'mainstream' Govt
Theresa May has promised a mainstream Government, that will deliver for mainstream Britain. The Prime Minister has launched her Conservative Party's manifesto ahead...
Rachel Smalley: NZ is becoming increasingly more violent
You’re at work and you’re doing whatever it is that you do. You could be in an office, or in the dairy sheds. You might be driving a truck or a bus. Perhaps you’re...
Govt far too weak on crime, say dairy owners
Dairy owners say the Government is far too weak on crime, and New Zealanders have had enough. Members of a newly-formed community action group are planning a hunger...
Time running out to eradicate dangerous disease
Time is running out for scientists to eradicate the potentially dangerous myrtle rust plant disease which has begun spreading throughout the country. A nursery...
Trump could face impeachment if FBI interference claims are true
A US political veteran says Donald Trump could face impeachment, if allegations he tried to interfere with an FBI investigation are true. The US Senate Intelligence...
Govt backed Chinese buy-in, now 370 meatworkers lose their jobs
The closure of Silver Fern Farms' Fairton plant has prompted questions about government's support of the sale of half the company to Chinese interests last year. It...
Rachel Smalley: Kids need to be taught to cook
We're expecting more and more from our teachers these days. They tend to pick up where our parenting skills fall short. Heart Foundation research shows that we...
John Tookey: Who will build 34,000 new homes?
Some concern over just who will build the 34,000 houses the government has promised for Auckland over the next decade. AUT Professor of Construction Engineering...
Syria burning bodies to hide mass killings of prisoners, US says
Deputy Director at Amnesty international in Lebanon, Lynn Maalouf, speaks with Rachel Smalley about alleged mass executions by the Syrian government. LISTEN TO...
Trump says he had an 'absolute right' to share intelligence with Russians
Washington remains in uproar over what President Trump did or didn't reveal to the Russians. While the President met with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan...