Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th January 2014

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Late Edition, Midday Report, News Stories, Nights, Our Changing World, Summer Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report, The Wireless, World & Pacific News

Business News

Morning Business for 16 January 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 16 January 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Dunedin's West Harbour in shock at family shooting
Dunedin's West Harbour community is in shock today after two children were seemingly shot dead by a man who had no gun licence and protection orders against him. [more]

Another forestry worker death
Another forestry worker is dead today following an accident in the Wairau valley in Marlbrough, while another forestry worker was injured felling trees in Whakatane. [more]

Bus carrying prisoners breaks down and damaged
A bus carrying 20 prisoners, including two with a maximum-security classification, broke down on the Desert Road last night and was damaged by those on board. [more]

TPP opponents claim Govt prepared to trade away environment
Opponents of a proposed Pacific-wide trade deal say the future health of the environment is being put at risk. [more]

Evening Business for 16 January 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Kim Dotcom cancels his big birthday bash
Kim Dotcom, has cancelled his album release and birthday party after being advised by the Electoral Commission it could break electoral law. [more]

Sports News for 16 January 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Mount Cook now 30 metres shorter
New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook, is now 30 metres shorter. [more]

Nine whales euthanased
Nine whales were euthanased at Farewell Spit this morning after they beached themselves again after attempts were made to refloat them last night. [more]

Boscawen throws hat in the ring for Epsom
The ACT party president, and former ACT MP, John Boscawen, is putting his hat in the ring as a nominee for the party in the Epsom electorate. [more]

Opponents of Auckland motorway link claim victory
Transport officials say they haven't caved into public pressure by scrapping most of their options for a contentious stretch of Auckland road. [more]

NZ ranks among worst for obesity rates
New Zealand has been ranked among one of the worst countries in the world for obesity. [more]

Erakovic knocked out of Australian Open singles
The New Zealand tennis player, Marina Erakovic, has been knocked out of the Australian Open singles competition by a woman ranked 100 places below her. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 16 January 2014
Kim Dotcom cancels his album release and birthday party after being advised it could break electoral law, and New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook, is now 30 meters shorter. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 January 2014
The police say a prison worker at the centre of a multiple fatal shooting in Dunedin had previously breached family protection orders. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 January 2014
The Black Caps are looking ahead to playing India after beating the West Indies in the Twenty20 series. [more]

Nights

Stan Taylor on US Intelligence
The history and structure of the US intelligence community, and what repercussions that has had on the global events of recent years. Stan Taylor is an Emeritus Professor at Brigham Young University, a former senior staffer to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and is currently in Dunedin teaching a summer school paper at Otago University. [more]

Our Changing World

Kauri Dieback Disease
While scientists try to understand kauri dieback disease and its effects, people have to take precautions to prevent it spreading. [more]

Legal Highs - Student Podcast
It is still possible to buy synthetic cannabinoids or legal highs, but they can be addictive and have side effects. [more]

Three Kings Islands Expedition
Auckland Museum's Three KIngs Islands Marine Expedition saw scientists collecting a range of fish, invertebrates and seaweed. [more]

Urban Bats
Endangered long-tailed bats are making a come-back in suburban areas of west Auckland and the Waitakere Ranges. [more]

Summer Nights

Actors Jed Brophy and Riley Brophy
Father and son duo Jed and Riley Brophy talk about theatre, podcasts, a life in acting, and keeping it in the family for their new two-man play. Jed Brophy will be familiar to fans of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Minister of Chance - among many others. Riley Brophy has a number of TV and film credits, and this is his theatre debut. [more]

Stan Taylor on US Intelligence
The history and structure of the US intelligence community, and what repercussions that has had on the global events of recent years. Stan Taylor is an Emeritus Professor at Brigham Young University, a former senior staffer to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and is currently in Dunedin teaching a summer school paper at Otago University. [more]

Musical Mystery Tour
Journalist Christopher Gilbert makes links between songs spanning decades, genres and ideas, in a journey of music appreciation. In final part of his tour, Christopher stops off at songs that he considers works of musical genius. His choices are on Spotify. [more]

Comfort Food
Laura Vincent is a Wellington cookbook author, food blogger and restaurant reviewer. She blogs at Hungry & Frozen, and her book of the same name was published by Penguin in 2013. [more]

Soundtracks to Sunsets
We want to hear your favourite sunset stories, and the music that accompanies them. Where were you when the sun went down? Who was there? What were you doing? And what would be your ideal soundtrack to that moment? It could be an exotic experience or something incredibly ordinary. It might be last night's sunset or one from 20 years ago. Tonight it's the turn of John Rhodes in Greytown, he has chosen Te Namo by Te Vaka. His choice is on Spotify. [more]

Summer Noelle

Panel discussion - communications
With Finlay Macdonald and Mike Hutcheson. [more]

Australia correspondent - Donna Field
Australians have been sweltering in temperatures over forty degrees and it doesn't look like it's going to cool down any time soon. [more]

Homefront: The Friendly Invasion - Part 2
Our guide, Jack Perkins, takes us to the Paekakariki Station Museum to look through some of the relics and memorabilia of those US marines who found themselves living on our shores. [more]

Book review with Tom Sainsbury
Tom Sainsbury reveiws 'Bravo Jeeves' by P.G. Wodehouse. [more]

Modern health worries
With Dr Nathan Consedine. [more]

Guest interview - Roger Hall
Playwright Roger Hall is with us to talk about creativity. [more]

Museum visit - Coaltown
Joining us from Westport's 'Coaltown' museum is Chris Hartigan who began working at the museum when he was at high school, 13 years ago. [more]

Song I never want to hear again
With broadcaster John Hawkesby. [more]

Summer Report

Top Stories for Thursday 16 January 2014
A father and two children are dead after a shooting overnight in Dunedin. The US tries to scale back environmental protections in the TPP acording to new leaked documents and Kim Dotcom attracts some interesting supporters to his new party. [more]

Shooting in Dunedin
A father and two children are dead after a shooting in Dunedin last night. [more]

WikiLeaks exposes deep rifts over environmental policy in TPP
WikiLeaks has exposed new details about trade talks between the United States, New Zealand and 10 other Pacific Rim nations that show deep rifts over environmental policy. [more]

Scoop founder resigns over involvement in Dotcom party
The internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom hasn't launched his new political party yet, but he's already recruited a key member. [more]

Oxfam NZ working with Tongan authorities
Emergency workers from Oxfam New Zealand have started assessing the damage from the category five storm that devastated Tonga over the weekend. [more]

Sports News for 16 January 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Weather update
With Dan Corbett from the Met Service. [more]

Law experts not convinced private prosecution will succeed
Electoral law experts say a Wellington man's attempt to privately prosecute the Auckland Mayor, Len Brown, is likely to falter at the first hurdle. [more]

Stranded whales will have to be put down
The Department of Conservation says the eight whales it's been trying to refloat at Farewell Spit, have restranded and they will now have to be euthanaised. [more]

School may not be demolished for road
An Auckland community's received a stay of execution after a surprise change-of-heart by Auckland Transport and the Transport Agency. [more]

Dropping costs don't mean reforms are working
An Auckland University economist says the Government hasn't yet proved its social welfare reforms are working, despite a new report that showing a significant drop in the forecast cost of beneficiaries. [more]

Vinyl records, making a comeback
Vinyl records might seem like strictly historical items these days, but the large black discs have been making a steady comeback in recent years, proof that good things never die. [more]

More on Dunedin shooting
A man and two children are dead after a shooting at a Dunedin house last night, in what appears to be a domestic incident. [more]

New wikileaks documents made public
WikiLeaks has revealed more details exposing the secret US-Pacific trade negotiations - this time about its highly contentious environmental chapter. [more]

British man arrested over courtside betting a Australian Open
A British man has been arrested at the Australian Open in Melbourne for courtside gambling. [more]

Convicted police prosecutor warns of meth perils
The police prosecutor convicted for using drugs, including methamphetamine, is warning others about use of the drug. [more]

Sports News for 16 January 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Obama to introduce new rules on surveilance
President Obama is to issue new guidelines later this week to curtail government surveillance, but is not expected to embrace the most far-reaching proposals of his own advisers. [more]

Push for smacking law changes in Australia too
An Australian paediatrician says the Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig is wrong to look to Australia for a model for child smacking laws. [more]

New personal camera could revolutionise film.
If you've ever missed a moment with your digital camera, or wasted hours trying capture a special moment a new invention from a group of new Zealanders could be just what you're looking for. [more]

Housing pressure high in Chatham Islands
In the last year, there have been hundreds of column inches on the spiralling cost and shortage of homes, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch. [more]

The Wireless

A night in Lafayette
Jack Barlow takes a trip to Southern Louisiana for some foot stompin' good times. [more]

Surviving Big Day Out
Whether you're a newbie or a veteran, we've tips and picks you'll want for the Big Day Out. [more]

World & Pacific News

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 January 2014
The latest world, Pacific, New Zealand and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 January 2014
The latest world, Pacific, New Zealand and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 January 2014
The latest world, Pacific, New Zealand and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 January 2014
The latest world, Pacific, New Zealand and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 January 2014
The latest world, Pacific, New Zealand and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 January 2014
The latest world, Pacific, New Zealand and sports news. [more]

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 16 January 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 16 January 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 16 January 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

Aid agency urging Tongan government to ask for help after cyclone
Tear Fund New Zealand says it is urging the Tongan government to formally ask for international help following Tropical Cyclone Ian before it is too late. Its chief executive, Ian... [more]

American Samoa visitors group says law change needed
The American Samoa visitors Bureau says a law which prohibits foreign carriers from flying between the territory and the United States mainland needs to change before new airlines are welcomed. [more]

'Too many' dying or injured on farms
State-owned farming company Landcorp says a huge change is needed in the health and safety culture within the farming industry. It says in 2013, a person was killed every three weeks on a farm and 20,000 people were injured. [more]

Ha'apai police concerned over post-cyclone looting
The police in Ha'apai island group in Tonga which bore the brunt of cyclone Ian have raised concerns of looting. The Ha'apai superintendent of police, inspector 'Okusitino Peleki told Television... [more]

Measures to protect beekeeping in French Polynesia
A meeting has been held between French Polynesia's ministry of agriculture, rural development and the directorate of health and beekeepers as part of a plan to eradicate the zika virus. [more]

Black Caps win T20 series
The New Zealand cricketers will head into the upcoming India series with some confidence after sweeping the West Indies 2-0 in the Twenty20 series. The Black Caps won by four... [more]

Roosters stars won't play Nines: Robinson
Sonny Bill Williams' manager Khoder Nasser's already signalled the Kiwis star won't play in next month's inaugural Auckland Nines tournament - now Williams' Sydney Roosters star team-mates appear unlikely to... [more]

Djokovic, Serena keep it quick to beat the heat
Tournament favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams raced into the third round of the Australian tennis Open on the third day, while controversy over play continuing in scorching temperatures rumbled... [more]

NZ series significant for touring Indian cricketers
The Indian cricket team is planning to use the tour of New Zealand as preparation for next year's World Cup. The series includes five one day internationals and two Tests. [more]

Upsets on first day of cricket World Cup qualifying
There have been upsets on the first day of the cricket World Cup qualifying tournament with the unfancied Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong both getting wins. Papua New Guinea... [more]

Economist dismisses welfare reforms
An economist says the Government has not yet proved its social welfare reforms are working, despite a new report which shows a significant drop in the forecast cost of beneficiaries. [more]

Auckland mayor taken to court
Papers have been filed in the Auckland District Court taking a private prosecution against mayor Len Brown, alleging bribery and corruption of a public official. [more]

Dengue statistics in Fiji high but no deaths reported
A total of 904 cases have tested positive for the Dengue 3 strain between 30th October last year and yesterday. Fiji Village reports the Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry... [more]

Setback for admission of West Papuan group into MSG
Vanuatu's Foreign Minister Edward Natapei believes recent events will make it more difficult to push for the admission of a West Papuan group into the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The Vanuatu... [more]

Threat to take American Samoa Governor to court over budget changes
At the start of American Samoa's new legislative session there's been a call to take Governor Lolo Moliga to court for not following the budget law. Senator Soliai Tuipine says... [more]

News site reputation damaged, says owner
One of the owners of online news agency Scoop says its reputation has been damaged by the involvement of its editor in the creation of internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's new political party. [more]

Phillips joins Foxes
Former England striker Kevin Phillips has joined the English second division football club Leicester City on loan until the end of the season. Phillips, who's 40, scored a winning penalty... [more]

Namibia upsets Netherlands
Namibia opened their qualifying campaign for next year's Cricket World Cup in style with a 91-run victory over the Netherlands in a Group B clash at Mount Maunganui. An all-round... [more]

Pietersen in England's provisional T20 World Cup squad
Kevin Pietersen's test cricket future may be in doubt but the mercurial batsman was named in England's provisional 30-member squad for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh. The swashbuckling... [more]

IMF head warns of recovery risks
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has warned about the risks to global economic recovery of deflation. [more]

Online retail sales increase
Online retail sales continued to grow at a double-digit pace in December, although purchases from offshore merchants outpaced domestic online sales more than three to one. [more]

Apple to refund parents over app bills
Apple has agreed to pay back at least $US32.5 million to parents who didn't know their children were running up huge bills via mobile apps. [more]

The Warehouse buys school uniform brand
The Warehouse is buying the Schooltex school uniforms brand from Postie Plus for $9 million. [more]

Councillor objects to media exclusion
A Hawke's Bay regional councillor, Rex Graham, is upset the public and media have been excluded from a ratepayer-funded workshop on a proposal to amalgamate local councils. [more]

Teenagers arrested in Nelson
Five teenagers have been arrested in Nelson after an underage party got out of hand in Victory Square on Wednesday night. [more]

NZ boosts aid for Syria refugees
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand will give another $5 million to help people displaced by the conflict in Syria, bringing its total contributions to $12.5 million. [more]

Solomon Islands re-advertises police chief’s post
The Solomon Islands government is again advertising the role of Commissioner of Police in the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. The post is being re-advertised after Government House rejected the... [more]

Gale warning for Solomon Islands as tropical depression nears
The Solomon Islands meterological service is warning of gale force winds within the next 12 to 24 hours as a tropical disturbance watch is in place for all provinces and... [more]

Alcohol ban being brought back
Christchurch City Council is to reinstate an alcohol ban around Canterbury University to coincide with the return of students for the new term. [more]

Z Energy petrol market share declines
Z Energy's share of the petrol market continued to decline in the December quarter although industry margins lifted. [more]

Second man jailed for tourist attack
A Tauranga man has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for attacking and robbing two French tourists. [more]

Fire crews battle plantation blaze
A fire that spread to a pine forest in Northland has been contained though rural firefighters say it will take a day or two to fully extinguish. [more]

Sexual abuse teacher jailed
Nelson teacher Lawrence Shaw has been jailed for two years and three months for sexually abusing children. [more]

Ono to return to Japan
The Western Sydney Wanderers have confirmed marquee player Shinji Ono will leave the A-League club at season's end to return to Japan. The popular playmaker will remain at the... [more]

No Laureus Sports Awards this year
The Laureus World Sports Awards, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro this year, have been cancelled. The star-studded ceremony, known as the "Oscars of Sport", was due to... [more]

Man injured felling trees
A man has been injured while felling trees in eastern Bay of Plenty. [more]

Bainimarama to step down from Fiji military in March - report
Reports from Fiji say the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, will resign in March to contest the election promised for September. This is being reported by the Fijivillage website, which... [more]

Tongan ministry of health working to fix destroyed water systems
The Tongan Ministry of Health says it is working to fix cyclone damaged water and sanitation systems as a waterborne disease outbreak becomes a possibility. The health inspector in charge... [more]

Little notice for Vanuatu over MSG plan change
Vanuatu's foreign minister, Edward Natapei, says he was told a day before his planned departure for Indonesia last week that Jakarta rejected the condition for him joining a Melanesian Spearhead... [more]

Tuvalu by-election sees former speaker win seat
Tuvalu's parliament has a new MP after a by-election was held to fill the Namuga seat left vacant by Dr Falesa Pitoi, who has been ill since late 2012. A... [more]

Former NFL player to head American Samoa Youth and Women's Affairs
A former National Football League player, Jonathan Fanene, has been named to head the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs in American Samoa. The governor, Lolo Moliga, said at a... [more]

CNMI Senate wants Obama to delay submerged lands proclamation
The Senate of the Northern Marianas says it wants the US president, Barrack Obama, to delay his proclamation conveying submerged lands surrounding the CNMI so that both sides can resolve... [more]

Fall in deaths of young people
The Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee says figures shows fewer babies and young people are dying. [more]

Forecaster says cyclone for NZ possible
Meteorologists are monitoring weather conditions near the Solomon Islands they say could lead to a tropical cyclone forming and hitting New Zealand's North Island next week. [more]

Dollar at 8-year high against Australian
The New Zealand dollar has surged to its highest level in more than eight years against its Australian counerpart after weaker than expected Australian jobs figures. [more]

Air NZ resumes Singapore alliance
Air New Zealand will resume flying into Singapore for the first time in more than eight years as part of a new alliance with Singapore Airlines. [more]

Fiji's CCF queries constitution's application
The Chief Executive of Fiji's NGO, the Citizens Constitutional Forum, says the country's constitutional process is still flawed, despite the appointment of a new seven-member election commission. The Reverend Akuila... [more]

Digicel says vital communications restored in Tonga
The telecommunications company Digicel says all vital communication has been restored to cyclone-hit areas of Ha'apai in Tonga. It says communication has been down since the category-5 storm struck on... [more]

UN report on Tonga cyclone damage released
A United Nations report on the cyclone that struck Tonga earlier this week says almost all houses in the affected areas of Ha'apai have been damaged. The Coordination of the... [more]

PNG Task Force Sweep team clears PM O'Neill
Anti-corruption investigators in Papua New Guinea have cleared the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill of any involvement in the alleged illegal payments to a law firm. The investigations into how 28... [more]

Solomons GG confirms police commissioner dismissed over age
The office of the Solomon Islands governor general has confirmed that the police commissioner who was suspended in September has been dismissed because he is too old. Police say Peter... [more]

Two girls in PNG handed over as compensation payment
A human rights lawyer in Papua New Guinea has condemned the decision by villagers in Jiwaka to give away two girls as part of a compensation payment. The newspaper, The... [more]

PNG's capital looking to tackle drunk and disorderly behaviour
The governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District says he is considering a law change to give police greater power, as part of plans to tackle drunk and disorderly... [more]

American Samoa launches immigration amnesty programme
American Samoa's immigration amnesty programme was officially launched at today's cabinet meeting. The committee which developed the policies for the programme expects that thousands of undocumented individuals will register. Under... [more]

Ambulance robbed of drugs
The Ambulance Association says the robbery of an ambulance of drugs after being flagged down for a fake emergency may have been avoided if the vehicle had been double-crewed. [more]

Pike entry work nearing end of phase
The owner of the Pike River coal mine says the first phase of work to re-enter the West Coast mine is nearly finished. [more]

Two seriously hurt in North Otago crash
Two people have been seriously injured in a crash near Oamaru in North Otago. [more]

Inmates damage bus after breakdown
The Corrections Department says prisoners stuck on a broken-down bus on the Desert Road in the central North Island smashed windows and damaged its interior after becoming restless. [more]

Govt says TPP deal still worth it
The Government says it should not be a surprise that trying to reach an agreement to create a Pacific-wide trade deal is not easy. It was responding to Wikileaks revelations which highlighted country differences over the environmental chapter of the TPP. [more]

Aoraki/Mount Cook drops 30 metres
Thirty metres is to be shaved off the official height of Aoraki/Mount Cook - New Zealand's highest peak. [more]

Vodafone pays out over free offer
Mobile phone company Vodafone has paid almost $270,000 to reimburse customers after charging them for what was supposed to be a free promotion. Many people ended up paying for the service. [more]

Dotcom warned over party plan
The Electoral Commission says it warned internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom that his birthday and album release party could break electoral law. [more]

Chances of survival against whales
The Department of Conservation says there is only one month a year they do not have to deal with whale strandings. [more]

Children hurt in Sth Auckland crash
Several children have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash in South Auckland and police say it's a miracle no one was killed near the Massey Road off-ramp. [more]

Road officials admit failure
Transport officials in Auckland say they should have consulted better with anxious locals who were in the way of a key new piece of road planned through a small south Auckland community. [more]

Man dead in shooting had arrest history
A prison worker at the centre of a multiple shooting in Dunedin had breached family protection orders and didn't have a firearms licence, police say. The man and two children were found dead at a house in the suburb of St Leonards. [more]

'Change needed' in forestry industry
WorkSafe New Zealand says a forestry death in Marlborough so early in the new year shows the sector needs to change its behaviour. Last year, 10 forestry workers died and more than 150 were seriously injured. [more]

Ambulance robbed of drugs
The Ambulance Association says the robbery of an ambulance of drugs after being flagged down for a fake emergency may have been avoided if the vehicle had been double-crewed. [more]

NZ ranked among worst for obesity
Aid agency Oxfam says New Zealand ranks in the worst third of countries for obesity. It has released its first food study, including the quality of what's eaten, which gives a snapshot of 125 nations. [more]