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Margaret Wilson: Parliament acoustics 'appalling'
A former Speaker of the House says if Speakers don't comment to the media, they could be accused of not cooperating or hiding something. National MP Gerry Brownlee...
Doctor: People smoke for the nicotine, but they die from the tar
Maori and Pacific smoking rates are still too high for us to become a smokefree nation by 2025. The target is to have less than five percent of smokers in New Zealand...
Real estate chief: Letting fees needed to cover our costs
Real estate agents say letting fees are paying for a service - and need to be retained. The Government's considering what it should do about them. Submissions closed...
Ultra-clean homes could trigger childhood leukaemia
Ultra-clean homes could trigger childhood leukaemia. A UK study has found an alarming set of events could be set in motion when kids susceptible to leukaemia aren't...
EU trade deal could add billions of dollars to export market
A free trade deal with the European Union could add tens-of-billions of dollars to our export market. New Zealand will enter into free trade talks with the EU next...
Concerns less breath testing's led to increase in drink driving
There's concern less random breath testing has led to an increase in drink driving. A report from Auckland Transport has found there was 28 percent more alcohol-related...
Now could be the time to build energy efficient homes
The housing crisis could be a key opportunity to build more green homes. That's according to Passive House Canada, that says green homes are healthier, more energy...
Forum about online bullying aims to tackle the issue head on
A forum taking place today will tackle online bullying. Internet New Zealand's " Hate and the Internet" forum was sold out before its panel was even finalised -...
Government urged to review law to protect whistleblowers
The Government's being urged to review a law that's designed to protect whistleblowers. Nigel Murray's lawyers are arguing confidential statements made to the State...
Kate Hawkesby: Markle the saviour of the royal family
This is our final show from London and as the saying goes, it’s amazing how much can happen in a week. Meghan Markle, in the eyes of the British press, has gone...
Royal wedding described as 'empowering'
Royal commentators have been blown away by Harry and Meghan's wedding - with one describing it as "perfection." Statistics show it was also one of the social media...
Minister: No clear signal yet on bovis eradication
A tough test for the Prime Minister today - she's meeting with Waikato farmers, just days after Mycoplasma bovis was found on a Cambridge farm. Jacinda Ardern will...
Royal wedding saw uptick in British tourism
A showcase moment for Britain. Over two billion people tuned in to watch Harry marry Meghan on Saturday, with over 100,000 people packing the streets of Windsor...
Royal wedding frenzy greater than Kate and William's
Media attention on Harry and Meghan's wedding is thought to be even greater than William and Kate's big day. At least three billion people are expected to tune...
Kate Hawkesby: Nothing can dampen Royal wedding now
So tomorrow’s the big day and what a build up we’ve had. Talk about a soap opera. I do wonder how much of this drama will have ensnared more people into watching...
Amy Adams: Budget mean-spirited, unbalanced
National's finance spokesperson is harshly criticising the Government's budget as mean-spirited and unbalanced. Amy Adams says keeping their coalition partners...
Royal Wedding: 25 lucky school kids invited
A number of lucky school children from Windsor will attend the Royal wedding from inside the castle walls. The Royal School is situated in the Great Park and was...
US North Korea summit shaky, but still likely
The United States remains hopeful next month's summit with North Korea will go ahead. Kim Jong-un is threatening to pull out of the historic peace talks over America's...
Kate Hawkesby: Things finally looking up for 'invisible generation'
Today we will inevitably hear a lot about the pay gap, the rich-poor gap, the class gaps and every other gap highlighted in the Budget. But what about the generation...
Govt overstretched by Budget juggling act - political commentator
The expectation of a Budget that will involve a fine juggling act between sectors. Right-wing commentator Ben Thomas says large sectors including health, education,...
Americans excited over royal wedding: 'She's one of our own'
There's excitement among Americans about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Leslie Carroll is the author of 'American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan...
NZ Royal superfan: We're having high tea and a wedding cake
A Royal super fan is gearing up for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding - in Northland. Bev Long has three thousand pieces of Royal memorabilia. She's holding...
Kate Hawkesby: Meghan Markle’s family a 'dysfunctional circus'
The dysfunctional circus that is Meghan Markle’s family is consuming the British media. It appears to be a train wreck we cannot take our eyes off. As if the revelations...
Mental health advocate excited by royal wedding invite
A guest invited to the royal wedding thought it was all an April Fool's prank. Pamela Anomneze runs a social enterprise in London to empower local disadvantaged...
Shared-equity housing 'a good idea'
Praise for the Government's shared-equity musings from an industry leader. It's considering fronting some of the money needed for a mortgage temporarily, to make...