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NZ children struggling to speak

Fewer children starting school can speak in sentences, prompting an investigation by education chiefs.

Cricket: Consolation win for England

Cricket: Consolation win for England

Joe Root's fine century saved England from the ignominy of a series whitewash on home soil as they beat India by 41 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer at Headingley.

UN to investigate IS crimes in Iraq

UN to investigate IS crimes in Iraq

The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

Lorde's Dunedin concert sells out in an hour

Lorde's Dunedin concert sells out in an hour

Tickets for Lorde's Dunedin concert went on sale at noon, and were sold out within an hour.

Lorde's Dunedin concert sells out in an hour

Lorde's Dunedin concert sells out in an hour

Tickets for Lorde's Dunedin concert went on sale at noon, and were sold out within an hour.

Hawaii lava flow could threaten homes

Hawaii lava flow could threaten homes

State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood.

Rugby: Wallabies captain to lead Brumbies

Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore has been named captain of the ACT Brumbies, despite the likelihood of missing part of next year's Super Rugby season as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

John Christie to leave Chamber of Commerce

John Christie to leave Chamber of Commerce

Otago Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Christie has been appointed the new Enterprise Dunedin director.

It's 'bone-appétit' for California canines

It's 'bone-appétit' for California canines

California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises.

Rugby: Northland thump hapless Wellington

A gorgeous afternoon in Whangarei delivered two salutary lessons: statistics don't win rugby games, and Wellington are in crisis.