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More than 60 creative problem solvers were finalists in the Fieldays Innovation Awards this week. Taking refuge from the rain, Country Life's Leah Tebbutt went inside and discovered what the future could look like if these inventions are anything to go by.
 
This week's critter is the pepe pouri / black mountain ringlet butterfly to help celebrate International Mountain Day, which is next Wednesday. This critter is a unique butterfly that spends its whole life in the mountains of Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island. Life on high can be harsh and cold so the pepe pouri has come up with clever ways to stay …
 
This week's critter is the pepe pouri / black mountain ringlet butterfly to help celebrate International Mountain Day, which is next Wednesday. This critter is a unique butterfly that spends its whole life in the mountains of Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island. Life on high can be harsh and cold so the pepe pouri has come up with clever ways to stay …
 
A Phase One clinical trial has provided promising results for an HIV vaccine. International researchers say the vaccine, which is being tested in humans, helps create antibodies which can recognise the globally diverse strains of HIV, and could protect against infection. Victoria University faculty of health associate professor Clive Aspin spoke to…
 
Women's groups are calling on the organisers of the Rhythm and Vines music festival to drop UK artist Dizzee Rascal over a domestic violence conviction. The rapper, whose real name is Dylan Mills, received a 12-month restraining order and a curfew this year for assaulting his ex-partner. An open letter by advocacy group Beneath the Glass Ceiling, w…
 
It's been a rollercoaster ride for the final round of Group E at the football world cup in Qatar. Japan and Spain have qualified but Germany have failed to get past the group stage for the second straight tournament Japan beat Spain 2-1 to finish top, while Spain held onto second spot via goal difference from Gemany, who beat Costa Rica 4-2. Having…
 
Police are looking for four people responsible for a ram-raid at a Gun City store in Christchurch. Police say they used a vehicle to break into the Cranford Street shop at 3.20am. RNZ reporter Anna Sargent spoke to Māni Dunlop from outside the shop
 
A child advocacy group is underwhelmed by an independent report into the death of Malachi Subecz, saying it is not aspirational and minimises the urgent call to action. Dame Karen Poutasi released her findings yesterday on the failings of six agencies that made Malachi invisible - which led to his murder in November 2021. There were 14 recommendati…
 
Sam reflects on a big sporting week in this country - from the legacy left by Sir Murray Halberg to the futures of other New Zealand athletes and teams being up in the air. Also the action from the FIFA world cup, including Australia advancing.
 
Mellissa Oliver from Unity Books Wellington reviews What Writers Read: 35 Writers on Their Favourite Book edited by Pandora Sykes, published by Bloomsbury In this love letter to reading, curated by Pandora Sykes in aid of the National Literacy Trust, bestselling and beloved writers share their favourite books: the ones they hold most dearly, that t…
 
There's plenty going on in the City of Sails under new Mayor,Wayne Brown, Stuff's Senior Auckland Affairs Journalist Todd Niall talks to Kathryn about the financial challenges facing the council, replacing directors and relationship building.
 
American author Celeste Ng is best known for her novel Little Fires Everywhere, a family drama set in Celeste's own hometown; the upscale suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio. bvShe now has a new book, Our Missing Hearts. Set in a dystopian, but chillingly realistic America, a political and economic crisis has led to anti-Asian racism and violence.…
 
At Manurewa West Primary School the standardised maths assessment was rewritten to reflect real-life contexts and cultures of the school, student achievement has shot through the roof. The driving force behind this is one of the school's deputy principals, Shea Bowden. She joins Kathryn to talk about how the programme was built and tailored to her …
 
DNA ancestry tests might solve some personal curiosity - but are they gifting a treasure trove of data to third parties? Professor Peter Dearden, from the Department of Biochemstry at the University of Otago, and Director of Genomics Aotearoa, says a growing number of people are choosing home test kits without understanding the consequences.…
 
Hundreds of blades of flax are being weaved to raise awareness of safe baby sleeping practices in Christchurch. Between 40 to 60 babies die each year from sudden unexplained death in infancy, where bed-sharing is a main risk factor. This week Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust is restarting its wahakura or woven co-sleeping basket workshop after a tw…
 
A Gun City store was ram raided in Christchurch overnight. Police say they were called to the Cranford Street store at about half-past-two this morning In a separate incident, another store was burgled on Marshland Road at about 20-past-5. Reporter Niva Chittock spoke to Corin Dann outside the Gun City store on Cranford Street.…
 
Sir Murray Halberg, one of our greatest athletes who has died at the age of 89, has died. After a running career that included Olympic glory in 1960, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and four world records, Halberg became better known for his philanthropic work. In 1963 he founded what is now known as the Halberg Foundation - aimed at helping phy…
 
The Hamilton West by-election is fast-approaching but voters aren't rushing to the polls despite heightened concern about crime and the cost of living. Candidates have been campaigning for weeks now but daily figures published by the Electoral Commission show advance votes are only trickling in. Political reporter Anneke Smith filed this story from…
 
A youth advisory panel that advocates for the children of incarcerated parents has urged the government to make legislative change after Malachi Subecz's murder at the hands of his carer while his mother was imprisoned. Pillars - Ka Pou Whakahou - says the lack of support for children of prisoners means they are likely to experience abuse, trauma a…
 
A youth advisory panel that advocates for the children of incarcerated parents has urged the government to make legislative change after Malachi Subecz's murder at the hands of his carer while his mother was imprisoned. Pillars - Ka Pou Whakahou - says the lack of support for children of prisoners means they are likely to experience abuse, trauma a…
 
The Chief Ombudsman says from next year he will be monitoring Oranga Tamariki weekly to ensure children in need of care and protection recieve it. This follows the publication of an independent report yesterday into five-year-old Malachi Subecz's torture and murder by his carer. Dame Karen Poutasi's review proposes major changes - including making …
 
After parents of new-born twins were told one of their daughters would die due to a rare pregnancy condition, medical staff suggested turning off the machines keeping their other child alive. The Palmerston North parents refused, and their surviving daughter has just turned two. She's doing well, but her mother feels let down by the medical system …
 
San Francisco police will now be allowed to use robots that can kill. Authorities say there are no plans to arm the robots with guns, but they could be strapped with explosives and deployed in extreme circumstances. Opponents say it'll further militarise an overly-aggressive police force. Electronic Frontier Foundation policy analyst Matthew Guarig…
 
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