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Rachel Smalley: A bouquet to Fed Farmers for electing female president
For the first time in 118 years, Federated Farmers has elected a woman as its president. Katie Milne is a West Coast dairy farmer. In 2015, she was Dairy Woman of...
Flammable cladding on UK towers more widespread than first thought
Combustible cladding on apartment towers in England is more widespread than first thought. Flammable cladding's being seen as a big factor in London's deadly Grenfell...
Dennis Conner: "Go Team New Zealand"
Dennis Conner is an American yachtsman, known as "Mr America's Cup". He has won the America's Cup four times. He spoke to Rachel Smalley this morning about how...
Do Kiwis care about their favourite chocolate brands being locally produced?
Time constraints and logistical issues have stalled the people-powered bid to keep Pineapple Lumps in Dunedin. Dunedin Manufacturing Holding has pulled out of the...
May forced to drop controversial ideas from govt's agenda
Rather timid and stripped back - the Queen has delivered the speech outlining the British government's agenda. With no majority and no deal with the Democratic...
Team New Zealand's boat could become even faster
Team New Zealand's boat could become even faster. The team is tweaking Aotearoa as they approach Sunday morning's crunch time in the final of the America's Cup. Tactician...
Rachel Smalley: Bill English's squeaky clean image has taken a hit
The Todd Barclay saga has calmed down for now - the MP won't seek re-election in Clutha-Southland and that's in the best interests of the National government and...
Barclay has to go, but can't be pushed
What to do with an elected MP, who can't be sacked? Pressure is mounting on Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay, stemming from a recording he made of staff in his...
Queenstown to become first NZ town with 4.5G
Mobile data is set to become five times faster in our tourism capital. Spark is rolling out the 4.5G system in Queenstown, which is set to be three to five times...
CNN's Brian Stelter: 'A lot of what the Trump administration is doing is abnormal'
White House reporters are fighting an uphill battle as the Trump administration dodges tricky questions. Press Secretary Sean Spicer has held an on-camera media...
Rachel Smalley: National on very dangerous ground with Barclay saga
The curious situation of Todd Barclay’s reign in the Clutha-Southland seat - a seat held by Bill English for 18 years. The story broke on Newsroom, and it revealed...
IS getting 'desperate', says Kiwi soldier in Mosul
The New Zealander in the thick of the battle against Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Mosul says their adversary is getting desperate. Brigadier Hugh McAslan...
Fears more Muslims could be targeted after London mosque attack
There are fears more Muslims could be the targets of attacks, after a van ploughed through worshipers outside a London mosque. Ten people were hurt, while one man...
Peter Lester: Team NZ unlikely to crumble under America's Cup pressure
Team New Zealand largely cruised through the challenger series, aside from that near catastrophe when their boat capsized, and are set to face their arch rival Oracle...
Criminal probe into London's deadly apartment fire
There's now a criminal probe into London's deadly apartment tower blaze. Police aren't saying a crime has been committed, but do say an investigation's needed to...
Deadlocked jury in Bill Cosby trial
The jury in Bill Cosby's trial are deadlocked after more than 30 hours of deliberations. A judge in Pennsylvania has ordered them to resume their consideration...
Rachel Smalley: US relationship with Qatar baffling
There is much that occurs in Washington these days that makes me scratch my head, but the diplomatic issue that recently erupted in the Middle East is one of the...
London fire: 'It's a very distressing time'
The Red Cross in London is running evacuation centres for people who had to flee the 24-storey apartment building razed by fire. 12 people are confirmed dead and...
US Congressman shot at baseball practice
It appears a gunman who shot people at a baseball practice was specifically targeting Republicans. Five people were shot just outside Washington DC, including Congressman...
Pregnant women risking lives of babies by sleeping on backs
Pregnant women could be risking the lives of their babies by sleeping on their backs. New research claims nearly one in ten last trimester stillbirths could be...
National Fieldays expected to give NZ's economy a boost
The biggest agribusiness get together of its kind in the southern hemisphere, starts today. National Fieldays at Hamilton's Mystery Creek, last year generated $430...
DUP's anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage policies could ruffle feathers
The controversial Democratic Unionist Party could play a vital role in propping up Theresa May's Conservative government. Despite only wining 10 seats, the right...
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be grilled on Russia, Comey
An escalation of the political drama in Washington. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be testifying this morning before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating...
Rachel Smalley: We mock, we sneer - NZ fans could learn a lot from Lions fans
Why is a win not just a win anymore? We struggle at times, it seems, to accept that a victory is a victory and while analysis is important -- we like to talk about...
Dana Johannsen: America's Cup race abandoned due to light wind
NZME reporter Dana Johannsen spoke to Rachael Smalley from Bermuda about the abandoned race due to light winds. LISTEN ABOVE AS DANA JOHANNSEN SPEAKS WITH RACHAEL...