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Radio studios burn in mystery arson gallery

Radio host Doreen Kelso, right, interviews Margaret David for her programme Person To Person at Broadcasting House in August 1976.

Wellington's world-class Broadcasting House radio studio met a grim end - first bowled, then burned.

National gets third-termitis

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse: likeable, but out of his depth.

OPINION: John Key warned his Cabinet crew not to become arrogant and pick up that dreaded disease third-termitis. Unfortunately, the vaccination hasn’t worked.

Unfit for jail. Unfit to be freed

Alfred Vincent, top row, third from left, was a smiling 12-year-old schoolboy in his Standard 2 class photo at Kaiapoi School in 1949. He was 25 when first convicted of sex offending against children, but claimed he started at age 15.

Alfred Vincent wants freedom after 47 years in jail.

Kiwi fashion pioneer dies

Peppertree Fashions founder Peter Nola is pictured in this undated photo with models wearing some of his designs.

The man who joyfully brought hot pants and flares to a generation of fashion-hungry New Zealanders has died.

A trail of perilous sinkholes

Israel's shrinking Dead Sea leaves a trail of perilous sinkholes

The Dead Sea, a top spot for tourists, is shrinking at a rather alarming rate.

Killings tailored for the Twitter age

Alison Parker and Adam Ward had worked together regularly, posting photos on the job to Twitter.

Rage, narcissism, a gun and social media combine for a particularly excruciating display of horror.

Sea levels will not stop rising: Nasa

The village of Ilulissat, in Greenland, is seen near icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier on July 24, 2013. A sea level rise of 91.44cm has likely been "locked in" by warming that's already happened, but some predict that's just the tip of the problem.

A glacier that has just shed a massive chunk of ice alone holds back enough ice for a significant sea level rise.

Rena cleanup worked well - scientists

The Rena soon after its grounding on Astrolable Reef.

The cleanup of the Rena wreck in the Bay of Plenty has cost hundreds of millions of dollars but long-term environmental damage is slight, scientists say.

Oodles of cash as darts makes a splash

Darts superstar Phil "The Power" Taylor, in New Zealand for the Auckland Darts Masters, reportedly earned more than $6 million in endorsements in 2014 alone.

From pub sport to global industry, professional darts is really hitting the target.

Kids are big business gallery

Cameron Sigmund, 5, with a selection of collectables from the New World Little Shop promotion of 2014.

Is the little collectables craze harmless family fun, or ethically questionable marketing?

Start again with flag design

The flag consideration panel's longlist includes many designs that look like advertising logos, including one very similar to

OPINION: It's not too late to ditch the proposed flag designs and start again.

Inside the museum that hates America

An Iranian cleric walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran.

A tour through this ghostly place unearths the sins of what is now known as the "US den of espionage".

We need to celebrate divorce

Is it sometimes better to cut your losses and run?

"I find it odd that a marriage can be celebrated simply for enduring. What about those who had a lucky escape?"

Put Mongolia on your bucket list

Beautiful views can be found at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, which is one of the most scenic lakes in Mongolia.

Huge distances. Broad vistas. Big skies. Bright stars. That's what you'll find in Mongolia.

A big salary is no dream

there is mounting evidence that the executive lifestyle is not all it is cracked up to be.

Having heaps of cash but no time may be a nightmare for your health and your relationships.

Living with a wrongful diagnosis

Dan Moreau, along with his wife, Dianne, lived with his dire diagnosis of an incurable brain disease.

Dan Moreau was told he had an incurable brain disease. It took years to discover the truth.

Flag debate: Letterbox painting

It is very hard not to see the flag referendum as signifying a limited vision of New Zealand's "independence", says Jon Johansson.

OPINION: It's hard not to see the flag referendum as signifying a limited vision of NZ's "independence".

$60b find renews border dispute

Energy stocks have been the other significant underperformer as they respond to the fall in the oil price.

Exxon has found huge oil reserves off the coast of Guyana - but Venezuela wants it.

Time to ditch 'sweetie', guys

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Comedian Michele A'Court.

"Sweetie" and "bitchy" are among the words men should be banned from using, Michele A'Court writes.

Building Brazil's capital

The Brazilian National Congress by architect Oscar Niemeyer is now a UNESCO World Hertiage site.

This city was purpose-built to be a capital. But it also became a masterpiece.

House of the Week: Island Bay gallery

“I like beauty for beauty’s sake. I’ll collect rococo, Georgian, baroque, whatever holds my eye and gives me joy. It’s a real mash-up and changes all the time. Most people who come to the house get asked to help me move something.” The painting above the sofa is The Believer by George Underwood.

A foot in each hemisphere suits this TV reporter turned media trainer turned vintage-furniture hunter.

Life locked up is not one of luxury

Prison is not a place anyone wants to be.

OPINION: Prison is a vile place everywhere, and I'm unsure how much good it ever does.

No lift for Otis in China

Otis installed its first elevator in Shanghai in 1900, and has six factories that make lifts and escalators for markets in China and elsewhere.

As China's economy grew, Otis Elevators went along for the ride. Now the US firm faces a steep and embarrassing fall.

Ebola survivors are not OK

Musa Pabai holds his son Oliver and walks with his girlfriend Hannah Wright, right, upon meeting them for the first time after surviving Ebola

The survivors of Ebola continue to suffer unexplained ailments.

Does Christchurch have a racism problem?

Christchurch club player Sake Aca left the field in tears after copping racist abuse from Lincoln University supporters during the Christchurch senior club rugby final.

When Sake Aca was subject to racist taunts on the rugby field last month, many expressed shock and outrage.

10 years of post-Katrina rebuilding

Dolores Putman, Katrina survivor, is photographed on July 15, 2015 at Columns Hotel in New Orleans.

The bustling 19th-century-era market in New Orleans' Eighth Ward is a gleaming example of the city's renaissance from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.

Starting a family in your 50s

Laura Wade-Gery is set to become a mother for the first time at the age of 50.

Many think it's more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all mums look exhausted, however old they are.

Fire chief called for help, no-one was left

Firefighters are doused with flame retardant from an airplane while fighting the Twisp River fire near Twisp, Washington on August 20.

As the flames drew closer, the fire chief called and called for help. But other fires were burning and there was no help to give.

Why we shoud ban killer robots

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from Terminator Genisys.

Here's the argument for banning killer robots before we're swarmed by them.

Skudz missile has England as target

Nehe Milner-Skudder beats the tackle of Australian captain Stephen Moore in the Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park last weekend.

Nehe Milner-Skudder is poised to become the All Blacks' next big thing.

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