Radio New Zealand - Sunday, 30th March 2014

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This page features: Business News, CEISMIC, Dateline Pacific, Mailbox, Midday Report, Morning Report, New Horizons, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nine To Noon, One In Five, Rural News, Sounds Historical, Spiritual Outlook, Standing Room Only, Te Ahi Kaa, Te Manu Korihi, TED Radio Hour, The Drama Hour, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Business News

Morning Business News for 31 March 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 31 March 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 31 March 2014
Market high-flyer, Xero forms a strategic alliance with accounting firms, KPMG. Housing consents fell nearly 2 percent in February and the sharemarket's little changed. [more]

CEISMIC

Coroner rules rescuers didn't contribute to deaths at CTV
The coroner has ruled the search and rescue effort at Christchurch's CTV building did not contribute to the deaths of eight people who survived the initial collapse. However Gordon Matenga criticised nearly every aspect of the fire service's response to the tragedy that claimed 115 of the 185 lives lost in the February 2011 earthquake. [more]

Coroner report into CTV collapse critical of Fire Service
Professor Maan Alkaisi, a spokesman for the Christchurch Earthquake Families Group speaks with Geoff Robinson. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Fiji media authority shooting itself in the foot
Journalism educator says Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority is shooting itself in the foot. [more]

New book promotes sandalwood cultivation in Vanuatu
A guide to cultivating sandalwood trees in Vanuatu has been published with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. [more]

Yaws eradication to continue in Vanautu - WHO
World Health Oganisation aims to completely eliminate the highly contagious skin disease yaws in Vanuatu following a successful campaign in the province of Tafea. [more]

New leader of Fiji's NFP party calls for economy debate
The newly elected leader of Fiji's National Federation Party Biman Prasad has challenged the leader of the Fiji regime, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, to an economic debate before the election. [more]

HRW calls for Commission of Inquiry into Fiji labour rights
Human Rights Watch is calling for the ILO to enact a Commission of Inquiry into Labour Rights in Fiji. [more]

Bainimarama in breach of Political Parties Decree - UFDF
UFDF says Bainimarama should be held accountable for his apparent breach of the Political Parties Decree. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 31 March 2014
Fiji's main opposition grouping says regime leader needs to be held accountable; Also in Fiji, a human rights group calls for an urgent inquiry into labour rights; And a journalism educator says Fiji's media authority is shooting itself in the foot; In Vanuatu, efforts to eradicate an infectious skin disease are continuing; book released in Vanuatu promoting the cultivation of the sandalwood tree. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 31 March 2014
Fiji's main opposition grouping says regime leader needs to be held accountable; Also in Fiji, a human rights group calls for an urgent inquiry into labour rights; And a journalism educator says Fiji's media authority is shooting itself in the foot; In Vanuatu, efforts to eradicate an infectious skin disease are continuing; book released in Vanuatu promoting the cultivation of the sandalwood tree. [more]

Mailbox

Mailbox for 31 March 2014
In this edition presented by Myra Oh; Kevin Hand has the latest on what is happening on the short-wave Utility bands; Mike Bird has all the Solar propagation news; And Frequency Manager Adrian Sainsbury acknowledges some recent email QSL reports. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 31 March 2014
Police link the body of a woman found in Christchurch with an attack on two backpackers on the West Coast. Twice convicted murderer Teina Pora is granted parole. [more]

Midday Sports News for 31 March 2014
Sri Lanka's stand-in captain, Lasith Malinga, is bullish about his side's chances in tonight's do-or-die match against New Zealand at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 31 March 2014
Coroner rules rescuers didn't contribute to deaths at CTV, mother still looks for answers three years after CTV building collapse, Coroner report into CTV collapse critical of Fire Service, man arrested after two tourists assaulted while hitchhiking, New Zealander wingsuit diver dies in Switzerland, two political polls out. [more]

The search continues for flight MH 370
Planes involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have returned to base in Perth after another day without any major breakthrough. CNN's Kate Bolduan joined the New Zealand Orion on another disappointing search. [more]

Changes at the Family Court take effect from today
Couples will be encouraged to solve their custody disputes through mediation in an overhaul of the Family Court which takes effect today. [more]

Pacific News for 31 March 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

More resources & a better structure may have helped CTV victims
The coroner has criticised the New Zealand Fire Service's response to the search and rescue efforts at Christchurch's CTV building. [more]

Govt should change paid parental leave
The government is being told it should change the paid parental leave law so employees aren't forced to lie about their plans to return to work. [more]

Coroner rules rescuers didn't contribute to deaths at CTV
The coroner has ruled the search and rescue effort at Christchurch's CTV building did not contribute to the deaths of eight people who survived the initial collapse. [more]

Mother looks for answers 3 years after CTV building collapse
The plight of Alec Cvetanov was central to the CTV building inquiry. His wife was unable to be rescued despite her making several calls to him and emergency services as she was trapped in the rubble. Marlene Sumalpong's 25 year old daughter, Rhea, was also in the CTV building. [more]

Man arrested after two tourists assaulted while hitchhiking
A man has been arrested after a 12 hour manhunt following a brutal assault on two women who had been hitchhiking on the West Coast. [more]

New Zealand wingsuit diver dies in Switzerland
One New Zealand wingsuit skydiver has died and another man is seriously injured, after a jump in Switzerland went horribly wrong. [more]

Fresh finds on Saturday have led to a dead end
It was a disappointing weekend for the New Zealand Orion searching for evidence of the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. [more]

Two political polls out
Two new political polls out last night had more bad news for the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe, with support for his party falling in both. [more]

Sports News for 31 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Paid parental leave forcing employees to lie
A lawyer says the inflexibility of paid parental leave is forcing employees to mislead, and employers to needlessly hold positions vacant. [more]

Homicide inquiry after body is found in boot
The police in Christchurch say they will not comment yet on the homicide inquiry they have launched after a body was found in the boot of a car at the New World carpark on St Johns Street in Woolston. [more]

Ballot to attend Gallipolli ceremony to be released today
Nineteen hundred people will get an official email today to say they can attend centenary commemorations at Gallipoli on Anzac Day next year. [more]

Colin McCahon's house open to public for rare lost painting
A never before seen painting by Colin McCahon was on display for art enthusiasts over the weekend inside the very house where he made it. [more]

Fire Service responds to coroner's report into CTV collapse
The Fire Service's Chief Executive and National Commander Paul Baxter talks to Geoff Robinson. [more]

Lawyer for Alec Cvetanov responds to Coroner's findings
Geoff Robinson talks to Nigel Hampton QC, the lawyer for Alec Cvetanov whose wife Dr Tamara Cvetanov was trapped in the rubble of the CTV building. [more]

Mayor shocked at attack on tourists
A man has been arrested after a dramatic 12-hour manhunt following a brutal assault on two women who had been hitchhiking on the West Coast. [more]

Polls a concern for Labour
Two political polls out last night are bad news for Labour with both the party's vote and leader David Cunliffe's popularity slipping. [more]

Sports News for 31 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Homicide inquiry after body is found in boot
A homicide inquiry is underway, after a body was found in the boot of a car at a suburban supermarket carpark in Christchurch yesterday. [more]

Chinese relatives of MH 370 passengers in Kuala Lumpur
More relatives of Chinese passengers who were on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have arrived in Kuala Lumpur. [more]

NZ team wins 5-medals at Rowing World Cup
The future of New Zealand rowing looks strong after a relatively young squad clinched won five medals at the first Rowing World Cup event of the year in Sydney over the weekend. [more]

Changes at the Family Court take effect from today
Angry couples will be encouraged to solve their custody disputes through mediation rather than the courtroom in sweeping changes to the Family Court which take effect from today. [more]

Hammer thrower nets 20th national title
Philip Jensen claimed a record-breaking 20th national hammer throw title at the Track & Field Championships over the weekend. [more]

New Horizons

New Horizons - 30 March 2014
With two new albums to feature from one of his favourite artists, William Dart looks back at the long career of Van Dyke Parks. The new albums are Songs Cycled and Super Chief. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 31 March 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 31 March 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in French for 31 March 2014
The latest news in French language. [more]

Nine To Noon

Coroner's report into the collapse of the CTV building
The Coroner has criticised the Fire Services response to the CTV building collapse. [more]

Community budgeting organisations cash strapped
Some community budgeting organisations say they are cash strapped and struggling to stay open while their umbrella body in Wellington is flush with funds. [more]

Europe correspondent - Seamus Kearney
Seamus Kearney on the Ukraine - Crimea situation and local elections in France. [more]

Geoff Robinson: retiring radio broadcaster
Morning Report presenter Geoff Robinson reflects on almost 40 years at the programme's helm, ahead of his retirement. With Kathryn Ryan. [more]

Book Review - The Mighty Totara
The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk by David Grant; published by Random House; reviewed by Michael Cullen. [more]

Los Angeles Fire Dept on coroner's report
Captain Ernesto Ojeda talks about his role in the coroner's report on the CTV building collapse. [more]

Politics with Chris Trotter and Matthew Hooton
Polls show the left right block remains the same and the Internet and Mana parties look for common ground. [more]

Old school sausages on the West Coast
How to make sausages at home and what goes into making salami with Phil Russ from The Blackball Salami Company. [more]

Tommy Honey - Urbanist
Shared - space transport solutions. [more]

One In Five

One In Five for 30 March 2014
Tim Bardrick says, after some 40 years of driving himself around, his loss of independence was frustrating and caused complications for work and family life. But as his health has improved, he has undergone a driving test under the watchful eye of Barbara Steptoe, an occupational therapist who specialises in assessments for people with disabilities or who have experienced a health event. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 31 March 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 31 March 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Sounds Historical

Sounds Historical (part one) for 30 March 2014
8pm to 9pm. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed. [more]

Sounds Historical (part two) for 30 March 2014
9pm to 10pm. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed. [more]

Spiritual Outlook

Spiritual Outlook for 30 March 2014: The gospel in New Zealand
Christmas 2014 will mark the 200th anniversary of the gospel first being proclaimed in New Zealand. Or does it? Justin Gregory investigates the arguments for and against. [more]

Standing Room Only

Competition winner
The winner of last week's Hollywood sound effects competition and we announce the next curly creative competiton. [more]

Auckland's Local arts policy
Last week SRO investigated complaints about the new direction Mangare's Art Centre is taking under Auckland Council control. The former director of another local gallery, Suzette van Dorsser contacted us after hearing that interview to voice her concerns that now the council's running the Franklin Arts Centre, it's is losing touch with its community. [more]

Future MC's
At Whitireia Polytechnic 16 students are studying to become Hip Hop MC's. Some have performance experience and have toured around New Zealand, whilst others have little or no experience in the public domain. The course is the first of its kind in New Zealand and has come to fruition as a result of the successful Dj'ing school, headed by Ian Seumanu aka DJ Raw. The DJ school has produced professional DJ's who make music and compete on the world stage, and the hope is, that the MC course will do the same. Sonia Sly meets the tutors and talented students who have a desire to tell their stories and make a change, both for themselves and the wider community from which they're from. [more]

Opus Orchestra
Music director Peter Walls explains why Waikato's professional orchestra, Opus, gets heaps of praise from people in high places, but needs heaps more cash to reach its full potential. [more]

Author Thomasin Sleigh
In Ad Lib, first time novelist Thomasin Sleigh offers us the story of a young woman who inherits a Reality TV show from her famous mother. [more]

Twenty-five years as curator
David Colquhoun has just retired after a 25-year-long career as the Alexander Turnbull Library's curator of manuscripts. [more]

Te Ahi Kaa

Haka exponent, composer and singer Robert Ruha
With a background in waiata composition and Kapahaka Robert Ruha nō Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngāti Pōrou was encouraged by his whanau and friends to produce Māori music for the masses, cue Tikitapu his debut EP. Robert talks with Justine Murray about why writing songs is another level of storytelling. [more]

Whakatāuki mo 30 o Poutū te Rangi (March) 2014
Nā te werawera o te tinana me te waewae rara, me kimi he kōrero a, ka mārama. From the energy of the body and the pounding of the feet, this enables us to find a story, from this we find clarity. Explained by Moss Patterson no Ngāti Tūwharetoa. [more]

Moss Patterson
Artistic Director of Atamira māori dance company, Moss Patterson talks about the upcoming production Moko with Justine Murray. [more]

Zoe Williams and Kelly Nash
As producer and in charge of marketing with Atamira Māori Dance Company Zoe Williams role is varied, but with a recent re-branding of the group, one of her goals is to make Atamira a household name. Kelly Nash is one of the main choreographers and explains the logistics of setting up a dance production, from the set and costume design to the interpretation of moko in dance. [more]

Nga tāonga kōrero Merata Mita (1942 - 2010)
Whenua programme producer Libby Hakaraia interviewed film maker Merata Mita about māori stories portrayed in film. [more]

Nga tāonga kōrero 1983 Utu premiere
From Radio New Zealand's morning report coverage of the Utu movie premiere, in Napier. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 31 March 2014
The Post Primary Teachers Association says the education of students at a new charter school - not properly set up - is suffering because they're unable to settle into the environment; A scientist is appealing to Ngai Tahu muttonbirders for their help obtaining feathers from the titi so he can check if they've been exposed to radiation; The art of ta moko or Maori tattooing is helping people struggling in life to deal with problems including attempted suicide; A Ngati Awa spokesperson says the iwi is hoping to eventually get back an image of one of its revered rangatira despite it being auctioned off next month. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 31 March 2014
The Post Primary Teachers Assocation says the education of students at a new charter school - not properly set up - is suffering because they're unable to settle into the environment; The art of ta moko or Maori tattooing is helping people struggling in life to deal with problems such as attempted suicide; A scientist is appealing to Ngai Tahu muttonbirders for their help obtaining feathers from titi so he can check if they've been exposed to radiation; A Ngati Awa spokesperson says the iwi is hoping to eventually get back an image of one of its revered rangatira despite it being auctioned off next month. [more]

TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour: The Unquiet Mind
We've all had that moment when you see or hear something and wonder: am I going crazy? In this episode, TED speakers share their experiences straddling the line between madness and sanity. Neurologist Oliver Sacks explains a peculiar condition called Charles Bonnet syndrome - when people of sound mind experience lucid hallucinations. Law professor Elyn Saks shares stories about her schizophrenic episodes and how she was able to rise above her grave diagnosis. Plus, author Jon Ronson goes psychopath spotting, and wonders who among us is truly completely sane. [more]

The Drama Hour

Evolution by Louise Harness
While staying with her grandparents Cat learns that nature is all powerful. Accepting the cycle of life and death is one of life's challenges. [more]

Clouds by Emma Kinane
A touching play about the tragedy of senile dementia. On Cuba Street where they used to live, Brian's wife's memory returns to her. However as the developers move in, the triggers to her fading memories are being pulled down one by one. [more]

Upbeat

Pietari Inkinen: NZSO Conductor
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra music director talks about his current and recent appearances. [more]

Jeffrey Grice: NZ Pianist
Paris-based New Zealand pianist returns home for a recital tour. [more]

World & Pacific News

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 31 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 31 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 31 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 31 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 31 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 31 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Inmate complains to UN official
Career criminal Arthur Taylor has told a United Nations official that New Zealand prisons are regularly breaching inmates rights. [more]

Auckland housing plans gaining pace
A host of initiatives aimed at building more, cheaper homes are ramping up this year to tackle Auckland's housing shortage. Auckland correspondent Todd Niall reports for Insight. [more]

Blues up to sixth overall
The Blues are right in playoff reckoning in the Super Rugby competition after the Auckland-based side beat the Highlanders 30-12 on Saturday night at Eden Park. That moves the Blues... [more]

Black Sox win series aginst Australia
The New Zealand men's softball team has won the series against Australia 2-1 after splitting the double-header on Auckland's North Shore on Saturday. The Black Sox won the second Test... [more]

South Korea sweeps hockey series
The New Zealand women's hockey team have again lost 4-3 to South Korea in their second Test at Auckland Grammar School in Mt Eden. The Koreans sweep the series after... [more]

Ko improves in California
The teenage New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has climbed up the leaderboard to be tied for 22nd after the second round of the Kia Classic LPGA tournament in california. Ko's... [more]

England knocked out by Proteas
The South African cricketers have eliminated England from the playoffs at the World Twenty20 competition in Bangladesh with a three-run win at Chittagong. England won the toss and sent South... [more]

All Blacks Sevens unbeaten in HK
The New Zealand men's rugby sevens side have swept their pool games at the Hong Kong Sevens and will play Wales in the Cup quarter-finals. The All Blacks Sevens added... [more]

Chelsea shocked by Palace
English Premier League football leaders Chelsea have suffered a shock 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace to leave Manchester City firmly in the driving seat to win the title, after City... [more]

Bulldogs thrash Storm
The Canterbury Bulldogs have upset the Melbourne Storm, and ended their unbeaten start to the National Rugby League season, with an impressive 40-12 comeback win in Perth. It follows a... [more]

Lee misses cut again
For the second time in a fortnight the New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has had a shocking second round in a US PGA event and fallen from the lead to... [more]

Blackadder frustrated by reset scrums
The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder is certainly sounding frustrated by the time being lost in Super Rugby matches because of reset scrums. Taking the hit out of scrums frustrated many... [more]

Gunners in comeback draw with City
Arsenal have come back to draw 1-1 with Manchester City in London, after Premier League leaders Chelsea were earlier upset 1-0 at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace. That's led the Chelsea manager... [more]

Hundreds rally for living wage
Primary teachers and other school staff have rallied in Auckland demanding the so-called living wage of $18.80 an hour for support workers. [more]

Chiefs squeak out a draw
Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have snatched a dramatic 34-34 comeback draw with the Bulls in South Africa. The Chiefs scored three tries in the final 11 minutes, sealed by... [more]

Warriors break winless Wellington streak in style
The New Zealand Warriors have snapped their Wellington hoodoo, coming from behind to trounce the Wests Tigers 42-18 and win their first-ever National Rugby League match at Westpac Stadium. Winless... [more]

Williams beats Li to claim seventh Miami title
American tennis great Serena Williams has won a record seventh Miami Masters title, beating China's Li Na in straight sets in Florida. Proving there's no place like home, world number... [more]

Nadal and Djokovic to meet in Miami final
Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet in the men's final of the Miami Masters tennis tournament. Both ended up with walkovers as Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych... [more]

Hurricanes upset Crusaders
The Hurricanes have posted a shock 29-26 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch. The home side were outscored three tries to four, spoiling captain Kieran Read's 100th game for the... [more]

Farquhar claims lucky 13th
Hamilton's Stuart Farquhar has won his 13th straight national men's javelin title, and his 14th in total at the New Zealand Athletics Championships in Wellington. The 2010 Commonwealth Games silver... [more]

Nervous grandfather a champion
A Christchurch motorcycle racer who's a grandfather has clinched the New Zealand Superbike Championship at Manfeild - and Dennis Charlett went slow to make sure of the title. The 45-year-old,... [more]

Mariners beat Wanderers
Bernie Ibini scored a dramatic late winner to hand the Central Coast a 2-1 victory over Western Sydney in the A-League. Ibini's 90th-minute strike secured the three points for the... [more]

Asia fight back to share EurAsia Cup
Asia rallied from a 5-0 whitewash on the opening day to share golf's inaugural EurAsia Cup with Europe with a strong performance in Saturday's singles matches at the Ryder Cup-style... [more]

Windies chase down Australia
Darren Sammy thumped consecutive sixes to all but knock Australia out of the Twenty20 World Cup. He had just executed a remarkable comeback victory, blasting an astonishing 34 off 13... [more]

India through to World T20 semis
India have qualified for the semi-finals of the Twenty20 cricket World Cup after coasting to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over hosts Bangladesh. Chasing 138, India only lost two wickets with... [more]

Man U. denies Qatari buy-out
Reports that former Manchester United star David Beckham is to front a Qatari buy-out of the faltering English champions have been dismissed as "rubbish" by the club. According to reports... [more]

Rebels stun Brumbies
The Melbourne Rebels have tossed out the form book to upset the high-flying ACT Brumbies 32-24 in their Super Rugby clash in Victoria. The Rebels went into the match on... [more]

Black Caps stay alive at World T20
The New Zealand men's cricketers have kept their semi-final hopes alive at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with a six-wicket win over the Netherlands. New Zealand won the toss and... [more]

Kenya dominate World Half Marathon
Kenyan runners have dominated the World Half Marathon Championships, with Geoffrey Kamworor taking the men's title and Gladys Cherono triumphing in the women's race in Copenhagen. Kamworor won with a... [more]

Shallow quake near Christchurch
A moderate but shallow earthquake has been felt widely across Christchurch. The 4.0 magnitude quake at 10:25am was centred just south-east of the city. [more]

Wood leads Leicester closer to EPL
New Zealand international Chris Wood was heavily involved as his Leicester City moved another step closer to the English Premier League. The All Whites striker created the opening goal and... [more]

Two gold medals for New Zealand rowers
Two gold medals for New Zealand rowing crews at the World Cup regatta in Sydney. Emma Twigg overtook Australian world champion Kim Crow in the last couple of metres to... [more]

USA qualifies for Rugby World Cup
The United States overturned a 10-point deficit to beat a tiring Uruguay 32-13 in Atlanta to qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup in England. Trailing 13-3 at halftime... [more]

Ko slips a little in California
The teenage New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has slipped to a tie for 28th after the third round of the Kia Classic LPGA tournament in California. Ko fired a 1-under-par... [more]

Dixon 5th on grid in St Petersburg
The Auckland driver Scott Dixon has qualified 5th for tomorrow's opening round of the Indycar series in Florida. The Japanese driver Takuma Sato is on pole for the Grand Prix... [more]

Another Brazilian construction worker dies
A Brazilian construction worker has died after falling 8 metres at the Sao Paulo stadium where the football World Cup is due to start on June 12th. The man suffered... [more]

Mickelson in doubt for Masters
The American golfer Phil Mickelson's bid for a fourth Green Jacket is in doubt after he pulled out of the Texas Open with a muscle strain less than two weeks... [more]

Hamilton proud to have won another pole
The Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton says he's proud to equal Jim Clark's record for most pole positions by a British driver. The Mercedes driver beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel... [more]

Plea for public input on TPP agreement
The union representing nurses is asking the Government to allow some public input into the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. [more]

Jenson wins another hammer throw title
46-year-old Philip Jenson has won his 20th national hammer throw title at the National Athletics Championships in Wellington. The Wellingtonians throw of 61.85 metres also gave him his 17th straight... [more]

Call for public to have say on trade deal
The union representing nurses is asking the Government to allow some public input into the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks. Protests were held in 16 centres on Saturday. [more]

'Threats' to former anti-gambling chair
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says he has never heard of threats being made to Problem Gambling Foundation staff by government officials. [more]

Future of search to be decided soon
Officials involved in the search for a missing pilot and his light plane will make a decision very soon whether or not to call off the search. [more]

Steel upset Thunderbirds
The Southern Steel have scored their first ever win in Australia, beating the defending champion Adelaide Thunderbirds 61-59 in their ANZ netball clash. The Steel led throughout and held on... [more]

Phoenix beaten by Adelaide
The Wellington Phoenix have been beaten 1-nil by Adelaide in their A-League football match in the capital. The visitors scored from the penalty spot midway through the second half to... [more]

NZ into semi-finals at Hong Kong Sevens
The New Zealand rugby sevens side has beaten Wales 28-5 in their quarter-final at the Hong Kong tournament. In the semi-finals New Zealand will play Australia and Fiji will play... [more]

Northern Districts to host one-day cricket final
Northern Districts will host the Ford Trophy one day cricket final next weekend after beating Canterbury by 4 wickets in their semi-final in Christchurch. Canterbury made 224 for 9 in... [more]

Two hitchhikers suffer serious injuries
Two German hitchhikers suffered stab wounds and broken bones after being picked up in South Westland. [more]

Man stable after allergic reaction
A man is in a stable condition after being winched from the Hunua Ranges, with an allergic reaction to a bee sting. [more]

NZ 'must take' wildfire threat seriously
A fire ecologist says New Zealanders will have to change their way of thinking to prepare for predicted devastating wildfires. [more]