Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 30th January 2014

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This page features: Checkpoint, Morning Report, News Stories, Our Changing World, The Wireless


Governor General think the time is right for a flag debate
The Governor General says the country's flag may be outdated, weighing in to the debate a day after the Prime Minister put changing the design back on the agenda. [more]

Morning Report

Flag must be bold says accademic
A branding expert from Massey University says choosing a national flag isn't a black and white matter, and in fact colour is crucial. [more]

Our Changing World

Vibrations on Mountain Bikes
Paul Macdermid is measuring the impacts of vibrations experienced by mountain bikers [more]

Earthquake Engineering
Earthquake engineers at the University of Canterbury are world-leaders in designing buildings that will be better able to withstand earthquake shaking. [more]

Great Spotted Kiwi at Arthur's Pass
Stoat trapping by the Arthur's Pass Wildlife Trust is good news for a thriving population of great spotted kiwi. [more]

Stoat Toxin and the Spitfire Trap
The Spitfire trap is being developed to accurately deliver a single dose of a fast-acting toxin that is specific to stoats. [more]

The Wireless

How police deal with the dregs
Senior Sergeant Mark Buttar says he's not out to stop people having a good time. [more]

Lorde sings out to home crowd
Lorde received a superstar welcome from fans in Auckland. [more]

Dotcom on making music
Kim Dotcom celebrated his birthday by releasing Good Times, an ├╝ber electronic dance music album six months in the making. [more]

News stories:

NZ eyes Australian obesity programme
The Government is to adopt a community-based programme that's helping reduce obesity in Australia. More details will be revealed before the Budget. [more]

Lots of calls to MP about blogger
West Coast MP Damien O'Connor says he's has been flooded with calls from constituents over a Whale Oil blog headline about the death of a Greymouth man. [more]

Call for people to design flag
A Maori sovereignty group says the people should be responsible for any re-design of the national flag - not the Government. [more]

Maori trust to build East Coast dam
A Maori organisation has won the right to build a dam on the East Coast. [more]

Revamped wharenui opens
Bay of Plenty's Te Puke High School has opened its revamped wharenui. [more]

Iwi seeks dam benefits
Hawke's Bay iwi Ngati Kahungunu wants to know how it might benefit financially from a proposed dam, without becoming an investor. [more]

Protection for sea cucumber
Greater protection is being proposed for sea cucumber off the east coast of the South Island. [more]

Big, tasty apples on way
Pipfruit New Zealand says the apple industry is harvesting some of the largest and tastiest fruit for years. [more]

Irrigators urged to lift game
Irrigation New Zealand says its members will need to lift their game in water conservation if they want to continue receiving consents to take water. [more]

Budget date set for 15 May
Finance Minister Bill English says this year's Budget will focus on supporting more jobs and higher incomes. It will include about $1 billion of new spending. [more]

Stronger day for share market
The New Zealand share market had a stronger day after four days of declines, the benchmark Top 50 Index gaining 34 points to 4883. [more]

Growth forecast warning sounded
First NZ Capital economist Chris Green is warning people to be aware of the underlying drivers behind some of the latest economic growth forecasts. [more]

Auckland construction builds growth
Auckland Council says construction in Auckland looks set to join the Christchurch rebuild as a major contributor to New Zealand's economic growth this year. [more]

SeaDragon lands capital
Fish oil maker SeaDragon is speeding up its growth plans after a strong response from shareholders to its latest capital raising. [more]

Loader coaching national swimmers
The double olympic gold medalist Danyon Loader and national record holder Kelly Bentley have joined the High Performance coaching ranks with Swimming New Zealand. Loader and Bentley have taken up... [more]

Indonesia finalises draft for Papua Special Autonomy Law
The Indonesian government says it is finalising the draft revision to the 2001 Papua Special Autonomy Law for the resource-rich provinces of Papua and West Papua. Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang... [more]

Solomons Govt sets date for voter registration
The Solomon islands government has set a new date for voter registration ahead of this year's planned general election. Registration is to begin on March 10 and run for 40... [more]

Surgeons want new cash to last longer
Orthopaedic surgeons say a one-off, $10 million cash injection for elective surgery this year would be better as part of on-going funding built into the health budget. [more]

Forest industry launches safety review
The forest industry has launched a safety review with the appointment of an independent panel to conduct the investigation. [more]

Waterfall man saved by kayakers
Police say a group of kayakers undoubtedly saved the life of a tourist who fell at a waterfall near Murchison while taking photographs. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Possible referendum on the New Zealand flag; limited searches won't stop knives and screwdrivers being brought into the classroom; Jonah Lomu to be an ambassador for the Wellington 7s. [more]

Brother questions Crewe investigation delay
The brother of a man convicted but then pardoned for the Crewe double murders has questioned why a police investigation has taken so long. [more]

Last of 35,000 chemical toilets removed
The last of the 35,000 chemical toilets issued in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes has been removed. [more]

Dunedin to establish new marketing agency
Dunedin City Council is to establish an in-house city marketing agency, taking over the role of Tourism Dunedin. [more]

Strike prompts cancellation of New Caledonia flights
Strike action by air controllers in New Caledonia has forced the domestic airline to cancel most of its flights today. Air Caledonie says 13 of today's 20 services from or... [more]

$NZ down against USD
The New Zealand dollar has fallen a cent against the US dollar after the Central Bank left its key interest rate unchanged and the US Federal Reserve reduced its money printing programme further. [more]

Traveller numbers top 10 million
The number of people travelling in and out of New Zealand exceeded 10 million for the first time ever in year to December. [more]

Kiwis abroad liable for NZ tax
Audit and tax company KPMG has advised New Zealanders living overseas they may need to sever all ties with this country in order to stop paying tax here. [more]

American Samoa's Governor in Samoa for meetings
American Samoa's Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga left for Samoa yesterday for meetings with the Government there. The governor's executive assistant, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, says Governor Lolo will be in Apia... [more]

$1m security ordered in Feltex case
A firm backing a class action filed by investors in the failed carpet-making company Feltex has been ordered to pay $1 million into a trust account by the end of business on Friday. [more]

Police justified in force used on gang associate
The Independent Police Conduct Authority says officers in Palmerston North were justified in using a police dog on a gang associate who was angry at rival members visiting next door. [more]

Power sales down in Spring
Mighty River Power says sales volumes fell in the last three months of 2013 as residential customers used less electricity in an unusually warm Spring. [more]

Evacuation centres open in Fiji amid flood alert
People in Nadi are being urged to remain on alert because of heavy rain. A flood alert is in force for the low lying areas of Nadi town and downstream... [more]

OIO ruling awaited on offer for farms
Synlait expects a decision by the Overseas Investment Office within the next few days on an offer by Shanghai Pengxin for a majority stake in its farming operation. [more]

Good apple harvest this season
The apple industry is harvesting some of the largest and tastiest fruit for years. [more]

Double purpose to Fiji regime official's Wellington visit, says Fiji academic
An academic says Fiji will be hoping to get ideas for a leaner, more efficient public service from New Zealand following the visit of a top regime official to Wellington... [more]

Record profit for wool co-operative
Primary Wool has announced a record profit of $1,962,165 for the year ended 30th September. [more]

NZCTU supports bid for UN inquiry into Fiji labour rights
New Zealand's Council of Trade Unions says it's supporting a bid by the International Trade Union Confederation for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into labour rights in Fiji. The... [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers focusing on the positives
Papua New Guinea accept it would take a minor miracle for them to win a berth at next year's Cricket World Cup but insist there are still plenty of positives... [more]

Sport: FRU says a number of factors behind coach sacking
The Fiji Rugby Union says a number of factors led to the decision to sack Flying Fijians coach Inoke Male. Male was one of five FRU employees to have their... [more]

Sport: FRU says it will respond to IRB when it's ready
The Fiji Rugby Union says it will re-engage with the International Rugby Board on its own terms. Earlier this month the IRB suspended direct funding of more than 1.5 million... [more]

Fiji's Nadi River at critical levels, people warned to evacuate
People in Fiji's second largest town, Nadi, have been advised to get out after the Nadi River reached critical levels around lunchtime. Evacuation centres have been opened and schools closed... [more]

Vanuatu public prosecutor Tavoa quits over alleged negligence
Vanuatu's public prosecutor, Kayleen Tavoa, has been forced to resign after reports of her allegedly neglecting her duties. The Daily Post says she was given the chance to resign after... [more]

$100,000 cricket catch offer doubled
Tui is doubling its offer of a $100,000 catch at the final one-day cricket international between New Zealand and India in Wellington on Friday night. [more]

ANZAC of the year nominees sought
Comradeship, compassion, courage and commitment are the qualities sought for this year's ANZAC of the year award. Nominations are now being sought. [more]

Refugee Action Coalition welcomes challenge against PNG's asylum-seeker deal
The Refugee Action Coalition in Australia says a ruling by Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court allowing a legal challenge against the asylum-seeker deal between Australia and PNG is a very... [more]

NZ crews to fight Victoria bushfires
Twenty-two rural firefighters from New Zealand will fly to Australia on Thursday to help contain bushfires across the state. [more]

Niue government ministers walk out of no-confidence debate
A Niue opposition MP says a number of government MPs don't have the ability to debate issues, and are going to great lengths to avoid it. Government ministers walked out... [more]

MPs support Russia's gay community
Parliament has unanimously passed a motion expressing support for the gay community in Russia. [more]

Deported former media advisor decries Nauru as one-man dictatorship
A former media adviser to the Nauru government who was deported on Wednesday says the justice minister has become a dictator thanks to the new immigration law. The law was... [more]

Low levels of young people with insurance
A study of students has concluded tens of thousands could face huge bills for liability over insurance events because less than a third have contents cover. [more]

Wandering cattle in Ruapehu District shot
Cattle shot near National Park in the Ruapehu District on Wednesday had been wandering in the Tongariro National Park for two years. [more]

Self-styled Tahiti king arrested amid alleged rebellion
Police in French Polynesia have arrested the king of the self-styled Pakumotu republic, Athanase Teiri, after officers were being shot at from within the group's compound in Tahiti. The Pakumotu... [more]

Fiji minimum wage set at US$1.05
Fiji's labour ministry has set the country's minimum wage at $US1.05 an hour, 17 cents less than the rate recommended by an independent consultant last year. FBC reports the Labour... [more]

Environmental group concerned about vessel stranded in FSM
The Conservation Society of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia says the environmental impacts of a stranded fishing vessel in its reef could be disastrous. A Kiribati-flagged Chinese vessel,... [more]

Former Black Caps coach slams Cricket Australia
Dumped Australian assistant and former Black Caps coach Steve Rixon has taken a parting swipe at Cricket Australia and high performance manager Pat Howard. Rixon's role on the Australian team... [more]

Floods trigger Fiji curfew
A 12-hour curfew has been declared in Fiji's west because of flooding. The National Police Command Centre in Lautoka says the directive has been given by the Commissioner Western for... [more]

Anderson top newcomer to IPL auction
New Zealand cricket's new sensation Corey Anderson tops the list of newcomers for next month's Indian Premier League auction. Anderson's international summer has featured a spectacular world record one day... [more]

Black Caps want to keep Indians winless
Keeping the reigning World Cup holders winless in the one day series is the aim of the New Zealand cricketers ahead of Friday night's fifth and final match against India... [more]

Schumacher remains in coma one month after crash
One month after his skiing accident in France, the German Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma. Doctors in Grenoble have ruled out giving a prognosis... [more]

Adams to play at All Star weekend
The New Zealand NBA basketball player Steven Adams has been named to play at the All-Star weekend in New Orleans next month. Adams will play in the Rising Stars Challenge... [more]

Man City go top in EPL
Manchester City enjoyed another goal glut against Tottenham Hotspur, winning 5-1 away to go top of the English Premier football League. They were helped by Tottenham losing a player early... [more]

Ko calm and confident despite short time to prepare
Teenage golf sensation Lydia Ko has arrived in Christchurch less than 24 hours before beginning the defence of her New Zealand Open title at Clearwater. The 16-year-old is coming off... [more]

Two chances to catch big at final ODI
The brewing company Tui is doubling its offer of a $100,000 catch at Friday night's final one-day cricket international between New Zealand and India in Wellington. There has been just... [more]

Woods calm about form
World golf number one Tiger Woods has shrugged off concerns that his Torrey Pines nightmare might follow him to the Middle East for this weekend's Dubai Desert Classic. Last weekend... [more]

Thunder sink defending champion Heat
New Zealander Steven Adams' NBA basketball team the Oklahoma City Thunder have beaten the defending champion Miami Heat 112-95 on the road to remain top of the Western Conference. All-star... [more]

Ashton Agar suspended for showing dissent
Last year's Ashes golden boy Ashton Agar has been suspended from Western Australia's next four-day match for breaching the Cricket Australia code of behaviour. Agar was found guilty of showing... [more]

Sri Lanka build massive lead against Bangladesh
The Sri Lankan cricketers built a lead of nearly 500 runs before declaring at 730 for six on day three of their first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Mahela Jayawardene... [more]

NZ blow chance to go the distance against China
New Zealand's Davis Cup tennis team blew at least a chance of going the distance in their Asia-Oceania group one tie in Tianjin. Rubin Statham won the opening two sets... [more]

Federer decides to play Davis Cup
Roger Federer has done a U-turn and decided to join the new Australian Open tennis champion Stanislas Wawrinka in Switzerland's Davis Cup team for this weekend's first round tie in... [more]

Vink leads Cycle Classic
The Christchurch cyclist Michael Vink will take a four-second lead into today's second stage of the New Zealand Cycle Classic in Manuwatu. Vink won the opening day time trial from... [more]

Banks to wear 10 for the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes head coach Mark Hammett has left his All Blacks out the team to face the Blues in their first warm-up game in Masterton on Saturday. The star goal-kicker... [more]

Andrew Mehrtens joins NSW Waratahs coaching staff
The former All Blacks first five Andrew Mehrtens says he'd be chuffed to see his new employers, the New South Wales Waratahs, beat a New Zealand side by a penalty... [more]

Tuivasa-Shek fit for World Club Challenge
The rugby league winger of the year Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is set for a surprise return from injury for the Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge. The 20-year-old Kiwis representative... [more]

Renault sent into spin at pre-season testing
Renault mechanics were rushing to fix a problem with their new Formula One power unit after Red Bull's world motor racing champion Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his first pre-season test... [more]

Li's Open bonus angers Chinese
Chinese official media and web users have poured scorn on local government officials for giving tennis star Li Na a six-figure bonus for winning the Australian Open. Li was presented... [more]

Record prize on offer for hole-in-one.
Rory McIlroy says he could be tempted to have a crack at winning the glittering prize on offer for a hole-in-one at the Dubai Desert Classic's short par-four 17th -... [more]

New qualification system for women's cricket
A new competition to determine qualification for the next Women's World Cup has been announced by the International Cricket Council. The top eight ranked teams; England, Australia, West Indies, New... [more]

England retain Women's Ashes
England have retained the Women's Ashes after recording a nine-wicket win over Australia in the first Twenty20 at Hobart. The home side made 150 for three from their 20 overs,... [more]

Lehmann dumps former NZ coach
Australian cricket's head coach Darren Lehmann has dumped his assistant Steve Rixon, saying the former head coach of New Zealand no longer fits into his plans for the team. The... [more]

Nadal's bad back won't affect schedule
Rafael Nadal has taken anti-inflammatories and undergone intensive physiotherapy to alleviate the lower back problem that forced him to a shock defeat in last week's final of the Australian Open. [more]

Quade Cooper wins second bout
The Wallabies first five eighth Quade Cooper has won his second professional boxing bout. Cooper scored a fourth round technical knockout victory against Warren Tressider in Brisbane. Cooper, who has... [more]

Hamilton crashes on first day of F1 testing
Lewis Hamilton has walked away from a heavy crash after putting in the first laps of Formula One's new turbo era in testing with Mercedes in Spain. The 2008 world... [more]

Mehrtens joins NSW Waratahs
The former All Blacks first five Andrew Mehrtens is joining the New South Wales Waratahs coaching staff. Now based in Sydney, Mehrtens will take on a part-time role as the... [more]

Boxing useful for Cooper
Boxing keeps Quade Cooper sane and the Wallabies vice-captain is determined to keep fighting after he negotiates his next Australian rugby contract. Cooper has just had his second professional fight,... [more]

Vicelich announces retirement from All Whites
The All Whites defender Ivan Vicelich is retiring from international football for a second time. Vicelich, who's 37, has played 88 internationals for New Zealand having made his debut in... [more]

Liverpool trounce Everton in Merseyside derby
Liverpool's thrashed Everton 4-0 in the Merseyside derby to solidify their position in the top four of English football's Premier League, while competition leaders Arsenal were held to a 2-2... [more]

New Zealand wins ODI series against India
A century from Ross Taylor has helped the New Zealand cricketers to a series victory over India with a seven-wicket win in the fourth one-dayer in Hamilton. Taylor hit and... [more]

Super Bowl fans crowd New York streets
The largest show on Broadway opened in New York when the city turned over a 1.2-kilometre stretch of Midtown for a "Super Bowl Boulevard" street fair, drawing thousands of locals... [more]

Woods, McIlroy paired in Dubai
Two of the world's top-ranked golfers Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will been paired together for the first two rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic later this week. The world's... [more]

Commission allows Orion to raise prices
Electricity prices in Canterbury are set to rise with confirmation from lines company Orion it will increase prices by 3 percent from April this year. [more]

Cunliffe accused of misleading voters
Finance Minister Bill English has called on Labour leader David Cunliffe to apologise for misleading voters about his party's baby bonus policy. [more]

Latest figures show NZ attracting more migrants
The strong New Zealand economy appears to be luring more people to this country, and many New Zealanders are choosing to stay, rather than head across the Tasman. [more]

Dollar falls on OCR and Fed decisions
The New Zealand dollar fell as much as 1 cent against the American dollar on Thursday after the Reserve Bank left its key interest rate unchanged and the US Federal Reserve further reduced its money printing. [more]

Sharemarket falls on US news
The sharemarket reacted badly to news that the Reserve Bank left its key interest rate unchanged and the US Federal Reserve further reduced its money printing, with the NZX falling 32 points to 4849. [more]

Child hit by car critically ill
A 10-year-old child is in hospital with critical injuries after being hit by a car in Pukekawa, south of Auckland. [more]

Christchurch Central MP seeks re-election
The MP for Christchurch Central has announced she plans to seek re-election this year, despite previously saying that boundary changes will make the seat unwinnable. [more]

Akaroa buildings to be restored
The Christchurch City Council has agreed to cover the insurance shortfall of $1.1 million for repairs to a popular heritage homestead and community hall in Akaroa. [more]

Dengue-related deaths in Fiji
Health authorities in Fiji say they suspect dengue fever may have claimed up to three lives as the outbreak of the mosquito borne illness worsens. The Fiji Times reports the... [more]

Two PNG military officers accused of siphoning off social funds
An independent investigation has uncovered more than 422 thousand US dollars of alleged fraud at the Papua New Guinea Defence Force's headquarters in Port Moresby. The newspaper, The National, reports... [more]

USP assures Kiribati university construction to start soon
The University of the South Pacific has assured Kiribati that construction of its replacement campus will begin within a few months. The USP vice chancellor, Rajesh Chandra, announced last year... [more]

Charge against lawyer Donna Hall thrown out
A professional misconduct charge against the Treaty solicitor, Donna Hall, has been thrown out. [more]

Anti-mining hikoi to Waitangi
A group of mining protesters will hikoi (march) from Cape Reinga to Waitangi to confront politicians who will gather there next week. [more]

Te Arawa to create tribal flag before Waitangi Day 2015
The Bay of Plenty tribal collective of Te Arawa aims to design a collective tribal flag to fly in Rotorua alongside the country's national flag by Waitangi Day - next year. [more]

Sea cucumber count wanted
A marine scientist says a national stocktake of sea cucumber needs to be carried out. [more]

Fiji flood concerns ease
Rain appears to have eased in Fiji's west after posing a major threat for Nadi and other towns. Authorities had earlier declared a 12-hour curfew to apply from this evening,... [more]

French Polynesian health authorities say epidemics under control
The head of health surveillance in French Polynesia says two mosquito borne epidemics over the past three months now appear to be under control. Dr Henri-Pierre Mallet says the zika... [more]

Urgency concerns left out of rights report
The Law Society says a recent report to the United Nations failed to include its concerns about the use of Parliamentary urgency. [more]

ACT candidates hold public meeting
Candidates vying for the ACT Party leadership and the chance to run in the Epsom electorate are holding their one and only public meeting in Auckland on Thursday night. [more]

Indefinite prison spell for serial rapist
A judge has jailed a serial rapist indefinitely telling him that, as things stand, the community would not be safe if he was freed. [more]

Mighty River shares at all-time low
Mighty River Power shares have hit an all-time low after the company revealed it is losing market share and sales volumes are falling. Its shares were down 1.5 cents at $1.945 at the close of trade on Thursday. [more]

Dunne dodges spy question in House
New Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has dodged giving a direct answer in Parliament on whether he leaked a report into the Government's spy agency. [more]

Huge insurance payout for schools
One of the largest insurance pay outs in New Zealand's history has been made, with a $200 million insurance settlement for earthquake damage to Canterbury schools. [more]

Flag referendum a 'major exercise'
The Electoral Commission says a referendum on changing the New Zealand flag at this year's general election would be a major logistical exercise. [more]

Easy Rider owner says no rules broken
The woman facing five charges over the sinking of the Easy Rider in Foveaux Strait believes she is nothing more than a scapegoat for Maritime New Zealand. [more]

Factory expansion boost for Kawerau
A $60 million expansion of a tissue paper plant in Kawerau is expected to double its output. [more]

Govt seeks to speed up disputes process
The time taken to resolve more than three-quarters of tenancy disputes could be greatly reduced under a new initiative announced by the Government. [more]

Big boost in 1080 v rats and stoats
The Government has announced a massive expansion of 1080 poison drops to combat a predicted explosion in the number of rats and stoats due to a big glut of beech tree seeds. [more]

Key fends off rate critics
The Prime Minister has said there is no silver bullet to reining in rising house prices, amid criticism his Government is to blame for the prospect of interest rate increases this year. [more]

Review of search for Nina
Maritime New Zealand says international pressure is not the reason for a review of the way it handled the search for the missing yacht Nina. [more]

Foreign exchange dealer jailed
A foreign exchange dealer has been jailed for four years and three months after admitting to accessing his clients funds for personal benefit. [more]

$1m security ordered in Feltex case
A firm backing a class action filed by investors in failed carpet-making company Feltex has been ordered to pay $ 1 million into a trust account by the end of business on Friday. [more]

Whale Oil site back online
Blog website Whale Oil is back on the internet after being taken down by a cyber-attack on Tuesday. [more]

Charge against lawyer thrown out
The disciplinary body for lawyers has cleared Treaty solicitor Donna Hall over a land sale near Taupo. [more]

Mayor apology for uprooting garden
Auckland mayor Len Brown will formally apologise to a Japanese counterpart over the uprooting of most of a friendship garden at Auckland Zoo. [more]

P-lab explodes in Northland
A man seriously injured in a suspected methamphetamine laboratory explosion in Northland remains in a stable condition at Middlemore Hospital. [more]

Smoke-free social housing supported
The Christchurch City Council plans to instil a non-smoking policy in its social housing units. [more]

NZ operation nets online child abusers
New Zealand investigators have cracked an international child abuse network, helping rescue one child and arrest six men. [more]

Breakers get up in crunch game over Kings
The New Zealand Breakers have beaten the Sydney Kings 105-87 in their crunch Australian basketball league clash in Auckland. The Breakers led by 19 points at half-time. Swingman Tom Abercrombie... [more]