Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th June 2014

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Parliament - Question Time, Radio NZ National Music, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best song ever written - Into the Mystic
Laurina Wylie from Wellington has chosen 'Into the Mystic' by Van Morrison. [more]

Simon's A-Z
Bannockburn, a small historic gold-mining town located outside of Cromwell in Central Otago. It was that rich alluvial gold field that first attracted Europeans and a number of Asians in the 1860s. Many of them chose to settle on higher ground, away from the rising water levels of the Clutha and Kawerau rivers. Plans for the actual township were drawn up in 1862, and by 1868 the original settlement was strung out along what is now the Bannockburn-Nevis road. [more]

Mystery bangs in Auckland
Some thought it was thunder, some said explosions, one person even suggested a meteor strike. A series of mysterious sounds had thousands of people grasping for answers across western and northern parts of Auckland. [more]

Running man
Ultra-marathon runner Kevin Carr is running up the country, in an attempt to become the fastest person to run around the globe. The 33-year-old UK-based athlete has already run halfway around the world, and is trying to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation. [more]

Feature album - Post
Our feature album today is from the quirky and creative Icelandic artist, Bjork. 'Post' was released in 1995, and was the singer's second solo album following her split from the alternative rock group, The Sugarcubes. [more]

Driving sorry
There are lots of car crashes in this country, and Emily Short is the victim of one of them. A drunk driver crashed head-on into Emily's car, nearly killing the 20-year-old and her unborn baby. It happened at Lewis Pass late last month. Yet Emily says she feels sympathy for the drunk driver. He is Colin George Martin, and he admitted to charges of dangerous driving causing injury and driving with an excess breath alcohol level. Emily says she wants to explain to him just how the crash has impacted on her life. [more]

Joan Wiffen and her Dinosaurs
A tribute to Joan Wiffen, a self-taught palaeontologist who discovered New Zealand's first dinosaur bone in a Hawke's Bay streambed in the 1970s. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 19 June 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 19 June 2014
Simon Morris talks to Drive screenwriter, Englishman Hossein Amini, about his first film as a director, Two Faces Of January, starring Viggo Mortensen. He also reviews American comedy, 22 Jump Street and Irish film Good Vibrations - punk-rock in Belfast at the height of the Troubles. [more]

Business News

Chatham Rock Phosphate says its proposal is different
Chatham Rock Phosphate says its application to mine the seabed off the Chatham Islands can't be compared with a seabed mining project just rejected by the Environmental Protection Authority. [more]

The economy grew slightly slower than expected
The economy grew marginally slower than expected in the March quarter but still advanced 1 percent. [more]

Infratil could reap more than 500 million dollars
Infratil could realise more than 500 million dollars from selling its Australian energy assets. [more]

Postie Plus administrators to close 12 of the 82 stores
The administrators of the Postie Plus chain are closing 12 of the 82 stores by the end of July at the cost of 64 jobs. [more]

Kiwi dollar leaps after US Fed announcement
The New Zealand dollar leapt to a six-week high today after the US Federal Reserve cut its growth forecast for 2014. [more]

Midday Markets for 19 June 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Evening Business for 19 June 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Economic growth likely to ease somewhat
The pace of economic growth is likely to ease somewhat but should continue to be faster than the long-term average for the next couple of years. [more]

The dollar has fallen overnight
The dollar has fallen overnight, but still remains above 87 US cents. [more]

Exporters looking online to overcome high exchange rate issues
Separately, the latest survey has found the strong New Zealand dollar is still the biggest challenge facing exporters, though it found exporters are looking at innovative ways to combat it. [more]

PGW result exected to be slightly better than forecast
The rural services firm, PGG Wrightson, has issued an earniings upgrade. [more]

Infratil's Aust energy arm worth half a billion dollars
Analysts say the value of Infratil's Australian energy arm is likely to top half a billion dollars. [more]

Morning markets for 20 June 2014
There's so far little reaction from Wall St to President Obama's announcement on Iraq. [more]

Markets Update for 20 June 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

CEISMIC

CER Act used to speed up redevelopment of Lyttelton Port
Lyttelton Port is applauding a government decision to use the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act to speed up the redevelopment of the badly damaged port. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 19 June 2014
David Cunliffe accuses the Government of running a smear campaign. James Takamore's body to be returned to Christchurch and heartache as Spain crashes out of World Cup. [more]

Cunliffe accuses Govt of running a smear campaign
The Labour leader, David Cunliffe, is accusing the Government of running a smear campaign against him, as he faces a volley of attacks over his trustworthiness. [more]

Update from Brent Edwards
For the latest on today's developments our political editor Brent Edwards is with us. [more]

Heartache as Spain crashes out of world cup.
Spanish football fans are devastated the reigning champions have been knocked out of the World Cup with a 2 - nil defeat by Chile in Rio de Janeiro this morning. [more]

James Takamore's body to be returned to Christchurch
The body of a man taken by his family and buried in the Bay of Plenty against his partner's wishes, could be returned to Christchurch as early as August. [more]

Building boosts economic growth to strongest level in years
Spanish football fans are devastated the reigning champions have been knocked out of the World Cup with a 2 - nil defeat by Chile in Rio de Janeiro this morning. [more]

Sports News for 19 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour says accusations designed to distract the public
Labour' s general secretary says allegations against the Party are designed to distract the public in an election year. [more]

Final push for UN seat goes for six
The Prime Minister's final push to impress UN permanent representatives included hauling in cricketing great, Sir Richard Hadlee for a game on the United Nations lawn in New York. [more]

Poverty group says govt early childhood policy harms children
The Child Poverty Action Group says children from poor families are paying the price for the Government's rush to increase enrolments in pre-school education. [more]

Young men beating each other up more since drinking age lowered
New research shows young men have been beating each other up more since the drinking age was lowered. [more]

Cunliffe attacks Govt over Liu scandal.
The Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe, has used a parliamentary question on income inequality to attack the Government over the Donghua Liu scandal. [more]

Iraq seeks US air strikes against militants
The United States is not saying yet how it will respond to a formal request by the Iraqi government for air strikes against militant positions. [more]

A correspondent has more
The UK Telegraph's reporter Richard Spencer is in Erbil in northern Iraq and joins us. [more]

Afghan interpreters and their families moving again
Afghan interpreters and their families settled in Palmerston North by the Red Cross a year ago are moving away because there's no Shi'ite mosque in the city. [more]

Workers at Postie Plus shocked at job losses
Twelve stores from the troubled Postie Plus clothing chain will close and 64 people will lose their jobs. [more]

Body taken against partner's wishes could be returned by August
The body of a man taken by his family and buried in the Bay of Plenty against his partner's wishes, could be returned to Christchurch as early as August. [more]

World Cup shock for reigning champions
One of the greatest dynasties in modern football came to a shattering end when reigning champions Spain lost to Chile and crashed out of the World Cup. [more]

Sports News for 19 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Professor on call for better quality pre-school education
The Child Poverty Action Group says children from poor families are paying the price for the Government's rush to increase enrolments in pre-school education, with quantity winning out over quality. [more]

15 year old inventor proving winner at Fieldays
A 15 year old Taranaki inventor has collected another award for her unique wood chopper called the 'Kindling Cracker '. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 19 June 2014
Sam Koim vows to keep probing high-level corruption in PNG despite Taskforce Sweep being sidelined; the spiralling legal battle around police attempts to question PNG's Prime Minister; we consider the ruling of an Australian court which upholds Australia's asylum seeker policy; relations bloom between Indonesia and Fiji. [more]

Australia's asylum seeker policy upheld in court
A barrister and human rights advocate considers Australian court ruling on legality of PNG as an offshore processing centre. [more]

Sam Koim vows to keep probing high-level corruption in PNG
The head of PNG's anti-corruption unit Taskforce Sweep vows to keep on investigating high-level graft despite being sidelined. [more]

Australia rolls out 'aid for trade'
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced reforms to her country's aid policy saying it needs to be more innovative and work more creatively with the main drivers of economic development to reduce poverty. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 20 June 2014
Australia rolls out 'aid for trade' reforms; PNG's anti-corruption Taskforce vows to keep probing corruption despite being sidelined; We consider the ruling of an Australian court which upholds Australia's asylum seeker policy; Fiji Airport announces deal to redevelop Nadi International; A bat thought to be extinct has been rediscovered in PNG. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for Thursday 19 June 2014
Talking Chimpanzee on Nine to Noon, two games in and Spain has already lost hold of the world cup and in Dateline Pacific, an Australian court upholds Australia's asylum seeker policy. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 June 2014
Key and English at odds over the release of David Cunliffe's letter and a boost in construction activity boosts overall economic growth. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 June 2014
The defending champions are dumped out of the Football World Cup in Brazil. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 20 June 2014
John Key denies a dirty tricks campaign as he hints more revelations are coming about donations to the Labour Party. Iraq's government pleads for American military help but President Obama says no and a pilot heads off on a mission to save a kayaker who's run out of vital supplies in the Tasman Sea. [more]

Sports News for 20 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Critics say leaked trade services deal extend rules
A critic of a global trade deal in services has warned that leaked details show New Zealand is in danger of giving up control of its finance industry. [more]

Pacific News for 20 June 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Govt hasn't acted on "most important" mining recommendations
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says the Government has failed to implement her most important recommendations for mining on conservation land. [more]

Labour MPs publicly support the leader
Labour Party MPs are publicly backing their leader, David Cunliffe, for now, saying he'll be the man who'll lead them into the election. [more]

50th anniversary of Beatles' New Zealand tour
Tomorow is the 50th anniversay of the Beatles' arrival in Wellington for their one and only tour of New Zealand. During a media conference George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon spoke to New Zealand radio personality Doreen. [more]

Sports News for 20 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Key says he's 'very confident' Liu gave big donation to Labour
The Prime Minister John Key is denying there is a dirty tricks campaign against Labour over its link with the businessman Donghua Liu. [more]

Further questions emerge about Labour and Liu
Joining us is David Cunliffe. [more]

More from our political editor
Joining us is our political editor, Brent Edwards. [more]

No US combat troops for Iraq
American president, Barack Obama, has ruled out sending combat troops to Iraq but says he may take military action in the future. [more]

Pilot prepares for mercy dash to kayak
A Hamilton man attempting to become the first person to cross the Tasman in a single kayak is dangerously low on food and water. [more]

Fifty years ago, the Beatles came to New Zealand
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrived in Wellington for their one and only tour of New Zealand. Reporter Christopher Gilbert tracks down a local family connection, John Lennon's second cousin Lynda Matthews. [more]

Key mets Kerry
Prime Minister John Key has just finished a meeting with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. [more]

Govt hasn't acted on "most important" mining recommendations
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says the Government has failed to implement her most important recommendations for mining on conservation land. [more]

Conservation Minister responds to Environment Commissioner.
Listening to that - the Minister of Conservation, Nick Smith. [more]

Half-time in England v Uruguay game
And it's currently half-time in today's big game. England against Uruguay. Uruguay is up 1 nil. Joining us from the stadium in Sao Paulo is the Daily Mirror newspaper's chief football writer, Martin Lipton. [more]

Sports News for 20 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pundits discuss Cunliffe's future in Labour
The Prime Minister John Key says there is more to come in the controversy over Labour's link with the businessman Donghua Liu. [more]

Cairns wont face UK charges - report
Reports from Britain say the New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns won't face any match fixing charges from the England and Wales Cricket Board. [more]

Single kayaker in trouble in Tasman
A Hamilton man who is attempting to become the first person to successfully cross the Tasman in a single kayak is dangerously low on food and water. [more]

Education technology a promising market for NZ
New Zealand companies are poised to make hundreds-of-millions of dollars from education software that does things like help children learn their sums. [more]

Silvia Cartwright to be on UN Panel on Sri Lanka
The former Governor-General, Silvia Cartwright, has accepted a position on a United Nations panel that will investigate allegations of mass killings at the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009. [more]

Uruguay and England play must-win match
Uruguay is currently leading England in a must-win match for both teams, in order to keep their hopes of making the second round of the football world cup firmly in their own hands. [more]

NZ capture of Samoa from Germans marked at Ak Museum
The legacy of the act which started the First World War for New Zealand is being commemorated at the Auckland Museum. [more]

Queenstown parties to celebrate 40 years of Winter Festival
The Queenstown Winter Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary, with a spectacular fireworks display planned for tonight. [more]

Split Enz founder Mike Chunn brings back Beatlemania
Fifty years ago tomorrow The Beatles touched down in New Zealand and Beatlemania gripped the country. [more]

World Football Cup update
Joining us again is the former All White, Sam Malcolmson. [more]

MIT's new Manukau campus opens
An ambitious project to get more Maori and Pacific island students into tertiary education will be officially opened today. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
This time each Friday, we bring you news from Australia. Usually we speak to Kerry Anne Walsh but she's away on holiday this week, but over here on a short break is Phil Kafcaloudes and he's popped into the studio to chat to us. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 20 June 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 20 June 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 20 June 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Pain Sensations
The mechanisms and meanings of pain, in particular chronic pain, with Dr. Fernando Cervero, director of The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain at McGill University. [more]

Science - Astronomy
Mt John University Observatory superintendent Alan Gilmore raises our gaze to the planets and stars and beyond. Why the date of the winter solstice doesn't quite match up with the day of the earliest sunset or even the day with the latest sunrise. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Listen in on Friday night for the answer. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Listen in tomorrow night for the answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Report says 80% of schools have inadequate health services
Dr Simon Denny is a senior lecturer in Youth Health from the University of Auckland. Allan Vester, Chair of the Secondary Principal's Council and Principal of Edgewater College in Pakuranga. [more]

Out on the Fields - homophobia in sport
Professor Sue Rankin on the first large scale international survey into homophobia in sport. Sue is one of the researchers behind Out in the Fields, a survey collecting data from the UK, USA, Ireland, Australia, Canada and New Zealand and comparing the results. [more]

Christchurch church leader launches tenants' advocacy service
Lyndon Rogers, legal researcher at the Anglican Social Justice Unit in Christchurch. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field of Fairfax
Political turmoil in PNG, report into the worst air crash in PNG, fishing, over-fishing in the Pacific and sanctuarys to stem the problem. [more]

From the psychiatric ward to the United Nations
Former Mental Health Commissioner, Mary O'Hagan on her memoir, 'Madness Made Me'. [more]

Unity Books' Review - 'Carsick'
Kiran Dass reviews 'Carsick' by John Waters, published by Corsair. [more]

Jeremy Taylor with new music
Jeremy Taylor checks out new releases from New York songstress Sharon Van Etten, former White Stripe Jack White, and pop princess Lana Del Rey. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer discusses Spain crashing out of the Football World Cup; the All Blacks on the threshold of a world record which they can equal in Hamilton tomorrow; and whether an 11-year-old girl be allowed to play in the United States Women's Open golf championship which started this morning in Pinehurst North Carolina. [more]

The week that was
With Radar and Elisabeth Easther. [more]

Our Changing World

Joan Wiffen and her Dinosaurs
A tribute to Joan Wiffen, a self-taught palaeontologist who discovered New Zealand's first dinosaur bone in a Hawke's Bay streambed in the 1970s. [more]

Monitoring Water Quality in the Kaipara Harbour
Three estuarine monitoring buoys have been installed in the Kaipara Harbour to identify sources of fine sediment pollution [more]

Global Ranking for Invasive Alien Species
An international group of experts have suggested a new way of ranking invasive aliens by environmental impact to produce 'Black Lists' [more]

Sight Singing App
A team of University of Otago researchers has developed an iPad app to help people practise sight-singing music at home. [more]

Spectrum - Joan Wiffen
In this Spectrum programme, recorded in 1996, Alistair McAlpine joins Joan Wiffen on a fossil hunting trip in her favourite Hawke's Bay stream. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 19 June 2014
We hear from our correspondent in Samoa,Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 19 June 2014
CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress in building a growing economy that can support more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Is he concerned about rising inequality in New Zealand? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Commerce: Has he received any reports on anti-competitive behaviour in the banking sector? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What progress is being made on the Christchurch Hospitals' redevelopment? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Which of the statements, if any, by NZIER chief economist, Shamubeel Eaqub does he agree with most: that interest rate rises will punish the provinces, that "one of the biggest issues of this generation is the widening gap between the haves and have-nots", or that "The gaps opening up in New Zealand are really big across geographical, race and education lines"? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with Professor Jonathan Boston that there are New Zealand children living in "houses that don't have heating, in caravans that don't have running water, and in families that simply don't have enough food of the right kind every day"; if so, will she guarantee these children have immediate access to the State support they need? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: On how many occasions has he discussed the current pay negotiations for Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment staff with the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and on what dates did those discussions take place? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent announcement has he made regarding the biocontainment facility at Wallaceville? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 7 yesterday? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does the draft Government Policy Statement on transport funding identify any funding for the Auckland City Rail Link in the transport budget over the next decade? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that schools receive sufficient funding to deliver the New Zealand Curriculum; if so, why? Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What recent reports has she released relating to enduring powers of attorney? [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Beatle John Lennon's kiwi connection
Radio New Zealand reporter Christopher Gilbert talks to John Lennon's second cousin Lynda Mathews of Upper Hutt, about the day she met her famous relation, fifty years ago. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 19 June 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 20 June 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 June 2014
The partner of a man whose body was taken by his Tuhoe whanau and buried in Bay of Plenty against her wishes, is counting down the days till his body is returned; Ngati Whatua Orakei is calling on its members to take part in a Census, which it says be the first of its kind in Aotearoa; The Auckland Council tourism body says Maori entrepeneurs and businesses are missing opportunities to connect; Two Crown forestry blocks are to be given to Tuhoe as part of its Treaty of Waitangi Settlement. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 June 2014
The Auckland hapu, Ngati Whatua Orakei, is calling on its members to take part in a Census thought to be the first of its kind in Aotearoa; The partner of a man whose body was taken by his Tuhoe whanau and buried in the Bay of Plenty against her wishes, is counting down the days till his body is returned; The Auckland Council tourism body says Maori entrepreneurs and businesses are missing opportunities to connect; Two forestry blocks belonging to the Crown are to be given to Tuhoe as part of their Treaty of Waitangi Settlement. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 June 2014
A Tuhoe leader is praising the decision by the Crown to give two forestry blocks to the iwi as part of its Treaty of Waitangi Settlement; Ngati Whatua Orakei says information from its tribal Census will help direct where resources are assigned; The Federation of Maori Authorities has signed an agreement it hopes will open doors for its sheep and beef farmers; Five new Maori webseries, mostly targetted at younger audiences, have been selected for a new project with Te Mangai Paho and New Zealand on Air. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 June 2014
A Tuhoe leader is praising the decision by the Crown to give two forestry blocks to the iwi as part of its Treaty of Waitangi Settlement; Ngati Whatua Orakei says information from its tribal Census will help direct where resources are assigned; Five new Maori webseries, mostly targetted at younger audiences, have been selected for a new project with Te Mangai Paho and New Zealand on Air; The Federation of Maori Authorities has signed an agreement it hopes will open doors for its sheep and beef farmers. [more]

The Panel

The Panel with David Slack and Dita de Boni (Part 1)
Topics - the David Cunliffe memory lapse saga goes on. There were crisis meetings with his senior MPs and staff this morning, and an unfortunately-timed Stuff Ipsos public opinion poll has Labour plummeting 6 percentage points down to 23. National on 56. Meanwhile, Winston Peters says offers of cash for immigration favours are creeping into politics more and more - and even he's been approached. He says he declined more than $250,000 to go to China and talk to a group about immigration issues when he wasn't an MP. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Dita de Boni (Part 2)
Topics - John Key says of David Cunliffe, politics is all about trust and to coincide with that the annual Reader's Digest Most Trusted List is out today. Whakatane gang member Skip Taitapanui - an active gang member - is upset after the James St School said he couldn't be a helper on a school camp after initially being told he could. He's already been involved in school activities, successfully it seems. The government in Iraq is not succeeding so far in stoping the advance of the ISIS fighters. The government there has asked the US for airstrikes after the Sunni insurgents battled their way into the biggest oil refinery in Iraq. Auckland's Medical Officer of Health has got involved now in the stoush over the bottle store over the road from the school gate, from the Southern Cross Campus in Mangere. [more]

The Wireless

The value of your vote
If you don’t vote, do you have any right to complain about what politicians do? Join us for a panel discussion. [more]

Loading Docs: Homing
What elements make up a home? Andrew Scott explores in this Loading Docs film. [more]

South of Heaven: A history of New Zealand extreme metal - Part 2
Extreme metal is a "truly tenacious beast" says Craig Hayes in the second part of his South of Heaven extreme metal series. [more]

Upbeat

Hannah Cooke: Pick and Mix
Theatre Marketing Executive for Auckland Live talks about their Pick & Mix initiative which runs from Saturday from 21 June to 6 September 2014, for families to get a taste for the performing arts. [more]

Yves Lafoy and Nathalie Buckrell : La Fete de la Musique
Yves Lafoy, Official Representative of New Caledonia to New Zealand and Nathalie Buckrell, the Director at the Wellington Alliance Française preview La Fete de la musique (Music day) taking place around NZ this week. [more]

Robert Leonard: Wellington City Gallery
Chief curator at City Gallery Wellington talks about upcoming events including Chris Marker: Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 19 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 19 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 19 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 20 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Indonesia and Fiji to push relationship
An expert on Melanesia says the Indonesian president's presence at the Pacific Islands Development Forum demonstrates both countries' push to develop international relationships. [more]

Fekitoa gets first start for the All Blacks
The Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa's fairytale season continues with the 22-year-old named to make his first start for the All Blacks in Saturday's third and final test against England in... [more]

Windies dominate day three in Port of Spain
It's been an unrewarding third day for the New Zealand cricketers in the second test against the West Indies in Port of Spain. The Black Caps managed to... [more]

CORRESPONDENT - Patrick O'Meara
The latest house sales figures highlight that the market is not nearly as strong as it once was. REINZ data for May put sales down 15 percent compared with a year ago. [more]

Black Caps start their second innings in Port of Spain
The New Zealand cricketers are 4 without loss in their second innings, trailling the West Indies by 235 runs at tea on the third day of the second Test in... [more]

PNG PM says no more
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says the government will continue to remove anyone who undermines its work. [more]

Black Caps struggling in second innings in Port of Spain
The New Zealand cricketers are 23 for 1 in their second innings, trailling the West Indies by 216 runs late on the third day of the second Test in Port... [more]

China 'priority market' for kiwifruit
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri predicts at the current rate of growth, China will become its biggest export market in five years. China is New Zealand's third biggest kiwifruit market. [more]

Rural professionals needed - Vet Assn
The Veterinary Association says the lack of young people wanting to take up careers in agribusiness and sciences is likely to affect the number of vets being produced in this country. [more]

Research to focus on environment
Dairy industry research funded by farmer levies will have a stronger focus on environmental issues. The levy spending will follow the industry's sustainable dairying strategy. [more]

Current account deficit tipped to widen
New Zealand's current account position is likely to deteriorate from now but it probably won't become as large as it was during the last economic upswing. [more]

Seabed mine rejection 'sets precedent'
A Taranaki iwi says the rejection of a seabed mining project has set the precedent for any future applications. It was the first ever proposal for that type of project. [more]

Author relieved at Maori land victory
Author Patricia Grace is encouraging people with Maori land not to give it up if they don't want to, after winning a fight to keep hers in Waikanae. She said the decision was a relief. [more]

Maori league seeks to improve profile
The Maori Women's Welfare League general is striving to get itself back on the radar and build its profile in government circles and amongst rangatahi, says general manager Awhimai Reynolds. [more]

Changes proposed for TPK
A union representing workers at the Ministry of Maori Development says Te Puni Kokiri is proposing staff changes including some positions being lost. [more]

Prisoner's art on display in Hawke's Bay
The creative efforts of Hawke's Bay prisoners are up for sale and on display at Hastings' Toimairangi Art Gallery. [more]

Economist warns dairy prices could fall
An economist is warning that global dairy prices could fall later in the year if production in other countries starts ramping up. Europe is heading to the height of its dairy season. [more]

New Skellerup factory grows capacity
Skellerup is allowing for a 20 percent capacity increase at the new $30 million factory it's building in Christchurch. The factory is expected to be completed by December 2015. [more]

Slow progress for New Zealand batsmen in Port of Spain
The New Zealand cricketers are 60 for 1 in their second innings, trailling the West Indies by 179 runs late on the third day of the second Test in Port... [more]

Meth focus reduced - Police Assn
The police have defended their allocation of resources after a warning the temporary disbanding of up to four organised crime squads could boost the methamphetamine trade. [more]

Kua urges PNG Govt to refrain from dismissals
The man sacked as Papua New Guinea's Attorney General is calling for calm from all those involved in the legal battle to stop a police investigation of the prime minister. [more]

Vanuatu Govt told not to ignore women
Vanuatu's government has been told to stop treating women like they don't exist when it comes to workforce development. [more]

Community urged to fight liquor ruling
Auckland's Medical Officer of Health is publicly urging others to appeal against a bottle store that's earmarked to go opposite a school gate. [more]

Sport: Pacific Players Association spreading message to next generation
The Pacific Islands Players Association have been speaking to the next generation of Pacific rugby stars about the trials and tribulations of the professional game. [more]

Sport: Cooks beaten by Blues Development team
The Cook Islands have been beaten 31-14 by the Blues Development team in their final hit-out before next weekend's Rugby World Cup qualifying match against Fiji. [more]

Chimp expert Jane Goodall visits NZ
Jane Goodall's studies of the chimpanzees of Gombe in the 1960s changed the accepted definition of humanity forever. She talked to Nine to Noon about her life's work. [more]

EQC increases reinsurance cover
The Earthquake Commission has increased its reinsurance against future earthquakes by about a quarter. It now has $4.5 billion worth of protection arranged. [more]

Murder charge over baby death
A Hamilton man has now been charged with the murder of a baby in the city on Sunday. The 33-year-old re-appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday morning. [more]

SCF trial hears from lawyer
The High Court in Timaru has been told a former director of South Canterbury Finance did not have a conflict of interests when his law firm advised a subsidiary of the now-collapsed company. [more]

Quakes over 4 magnitude in S Island
Two quakes measuring more than magnitude 4 have rocked the South Island this morning - a 4.4 west of Te Anau and a 4.5 near Seddon. [more]

Crown tactics 'sneaky' - Dotcom author
David Fisher who wrote a book about Kim Dotcom says the Crown has taken a bizarre step to try to get information from him, calling the Crown's tactics "sneaky". [more]

Kopua only Kiwi in ANZ All Star team
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netball captain Casey Kopua is the only New Zealander named in the 2014 ANZ Championship All-Star team, while her coach at the Magic, Julie... [more]

Laurie Daley hails NSW win as finest hour
The New South Wales rugby league coach Laurie Daley has hailed the Blues drought-breaking State of Origin win as the highlight of his glittering career. Trent Hodkinson's try and conversion... [more]

New Springbok Test record for Victor Matfield
The Springbok veteran Victor Matfield will become the most-capped Test rugby player in the history of South African rugby when he leads the side against Wales in his 112th Test... [more]

Lou Vincent handed match-fixing ban
The former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent and a past Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful have been handed lengthy bans from all forms of cricket for their roles in a Twenty20... [more]

City v Newcastle on opening day of EPL
Manchester City will open the defence of their English Premier League football title with a trip to Newcastle United. The 2014/15 fixture list shows a tough start for the defending... [more]

Dutch come from behind to beat Australia at World Cup
The Netherlands have beaten Australia 3-2 in their World Cup group B match which featured stunning goals and non-stop action as the 2010 runners-up made it two wins out of... [more]

Close call for Netherlands against Australia
A long-range strike by substitute Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a thrilling 3-2 win over Australia in their World Cup football clash in Brazil after an underdog Socceroos side had... [more]

Phelps doubles workload for next comeback meet
The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, has dramatically increased his workload for the next stage of his comeback to competitive swimming, offering more possible clues to his... [more]

Two decathletes to represent NZ at Comm Games
Decathletes Scott McLaren and Brent Newdick will represent New Zealand at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games which start at the end of next month. The two decathletes have been confirmed by... [more]

Hansen says Read is fizzing to get back on the park
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says No.8 Kieran Read is fizzing about getting back on the field. Read, who has played just one Super Rugby match since mid-April because... [more]

Hansen says they didn't want to make too many changes in the backline
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Beauden Barrett misses out on a start this week because they didn't want to have two new combinations in the backline. Malakai Fekitoa... [more]

Willis third in Czech Republic with another good time
New Zealand's Nick Willis has continued his good form, setting a national record in finishing third in a 3,000 metre race in the Czech Republic. Willis ran a personal best... [more]

Russia and South Korea draw in Cuiaba
Russia and South Korea have drawn 1-1 in their opening group H World Cup match in Cuiaba. Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov came to the rescue in the 74th minute, scoring three... [more]

Gatlin fastest again
The American sprinter Justin Gatlin hs improved on his own world-leading 100 metres time, clocking 9.86 seconds at the Golden Spike meet in the Czech Republic. The 32-year-old, who won... [more]

Rooney hits out
Wayne Rooney has criticised sections of the media who've questioned his form and speculated that the England forward has been relegated to training with the reserves at their base in... [more]

Murray gets seeding boost for Wimbledon defence
Andy Murray's defence of his Wimbledon title has been boosted after the Scot was bumped up to third seed, meaning he won't face Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer... [more]

NZ softball team open tour with draw
The New Zealand men's softball team have started their tour of Canada with a 1-1 draw in a nine-innings exhibition game in Ontario against a powerful Scarborough Force side featuring... [more]

Crusaders well beaten by England
The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says his side struggled with the gulf between Super Rugby and Test match level after they were beaten 38-7 by England in Christchurch on Tuesday... [more]

Form hard to follow in Eastbourne
Form was hard to follow in the women's draw on the opening day at the Eastbourne grass court tennis tournament in the lead-up to Wimbledon. The third, fourth and seventh... [more]

Belgium beat Algeria at World Cup
Two goals in 10 minutes in the second half has given Belgium a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Algeria in their group H football World Cup match. Algeria had not scored... [more]

Binny takes 6 wickets for 4 runs against Bangladesh
Stuart Binny achieved the best bowling figures by an Indian in one-day cricket internationals, taking six for four against Bangladesh in a low-scoring contest in Dhaka. The 30-year-old medium-pacer sealed... [more]

Brazil and Mexico go goal-less in Fortaleza
Brazil and Mexico have played out a scoreless draw in their group A football World Cup match in Fortaleza. The Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made two outstanding saves to deny... [more]

Infratil looks to sell Australian assets
Infratil could realise more than $500 million from selling its Australian energy assets. It has provided a confidential memorandum on the assets to potential buyers. [more]

Health programme under attack
The chief financial officers of district health boards have written a group letter to express "severely diminished confidence" in a flagship Government health programme. [more]

PNG PM claims Taskforce leaked to media
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says Taskforce Sweep had gone astray by waging its anti-corruption campaign through the media. [more]

PNG PM's response a joke, says Koim
The head of the Papua New Guinea anti-corruption unit, Taskforce Sweep, has described statements by the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill about its work as a joke. [more]

Australian focus on aid for trade
The Director of the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University says Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishops 'aid for trade' agenda will put more emphasis on the private sector and innovation. [more]

Legacy of NZ's WW1 invasion of Samoa on display
New Zealand's taking of Samoa from the Germans in 1914, it's first act of the First World War, and the legacy of this, is being commemorated at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. [more]

Indonesia to co-lead Fiji observer force
Indonesia is to co-lead the multi-national group of observers which will monitor Fiji's general election in September. [more]

Opposition to Apia site for Samoa fish plant
Samoa's Opposition Leader Palusalue Faapo II says the location of a proposed fish loin plant will destroy the Apia township. [more]

Sport: Star-studded Pacific Barbarians named to face Tonga
The Pacific Barbarians have named a star-studded team for Sunday's one-off match against Tonga in Auckland. [more]

Heritage group criticises hospital plan
A heritage watchdog is criticising Christchurch Hospital's plans to build in an area vulnerable to earthquake damage, including two 48.5-metre towers in Hagley Park. [more]

Queenstown centre plans lodged
A Queenstown developer has lodged plans to build a private convention centre near the resort town, a week before a vote on whether to proceed with a publicly funded venture. [more]

Internet Party names candidates
The Internet Party says its candidate list is young and fresh and will bring a strong support base to the Internet Mana Party. Rankings reflect, among other things, use of digital technology. [more]

Police make arrests and seize drugs
Police in the Wellington region have arrested 21 people and seized thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine. [more]

Chatham Rock unperturbed by EPA call
An application to mine the seabed off the Chatham Islands can not be compared with a seabed mining project just rejected by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Chatham Rock Phosphate has said. [more]

Antimicrobial resistance worries vets
Growing resistance to antimicrobials has vets worried and the New Zealand Veterinary Association regards it as one of the greatest threat to human and animal health. [more]

Farmers urged to attend pro dam rally
Hawke's Bay Federated Farmers is urging farmers and others to join a rally in Waipukerau on Friday supporting the much debated Ruataniwha water storage scheme. [more]

Green light for Denniston mining
Final permission has been given for work to start on a controversial mining project on the West Coast's Denniston Plateau. Building work could start in two weeks, but it will be smaller than first planned. [more]

Tutaia confirms she'll stick with Mystics
The Northern Mystics netball side have re-signed Silver Ferns shooter Maria Tutaia for the 2015 season. Tutaia, who was captain this year, will return for her sixth season with the... [more]

Postie Plus to close 12 branches
Twelve branches of the beleaguered Postie Plus clothing chain are to close. As a result, 64 staff will lose their jobs in July; the remaining 70 stores will stay open. [more]

Air Force responsible for mystery noise
The Air Force says it is responsible for a mysterious jolt that rippled across Auckland, alarming residents. It was dropping bombs at a secure site while testing its P3K Orion. [more]

Wind farm planned for Bluff
A $16 million wind farm is to be built near Bluff, with eight turbines producing nearly 7 megawatts of power. [more]

Croatia beat 10-man Cameroon at World Cup
Croatia have given themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knockout phase after beating Cameroon 4-0. The Africans, who are now eliminated, didn't help themselves by having a... [more]

Roads closed near Ohoka
Two roads in north Canterbury are closed due to damage to bridges in last week's floods, which swept through north Canterbury in Rangiora, Kaiapoi, and the surrounding areas. [more]

PNG police rally for management
Regional Papua New Guinea police commanders have reportedly arrived in Port Moresby to show support for the current police management in its legal wrestle with the Prime Minister. [more]

PNG's Sam Koim says Paraka scam extensive
The head of the Papua New Guinea anti-corruption unit, Taskforce Sweep, says the corruption case engulfing the arms of government is massive and will require more probing. [more]

Call for locals to write Vanuatu Development Plan
Vanuatu's Director for Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination Benjamin Shing has launched an attack on the Asian Development Bank. [more]

Indonesia to strengthen links with Fiji's PIDF
The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Indonesia will intensify its involvement with the Pacific Islands Development Forum. [more]

Murderer on run found in Auckland
Michael John Hindman, a convicted murderer on the run for several months, has been arrested in west Auckland. [more]

Apiata tops most trusted survey again
Victoria Cross recipient Willie Apiata is the most trusted New Zealander in 2014, according to an annual survey of 100 people. Mana leader Hone Harawira ranks last. [more]

Spain eliminated from World Cup
Holders Spain have been eliminated from making the playoffs at the football World Cup after their 2-0 group B loss to Chile brought an end to one of the greatest... [more]

Economy grows in first quarter
The economy grew by 1 percent in the first three months of the year, boosted by a jump in construction activity - although the figure was slightly weaker than most economists expected. [more]

Man's body to return to Christchurch
The partner of a man whose body was taken by his Tuhoe whanau and buried in Bay of Plenty against her wishes, is counting down the days till his body is returned. [more]

Maori businesses 'need to connect'
The Auckland Council tourism body says Maori entrepreneurs and businesses are missing opportunities to connect. [more]

NZ dollar up against most currencies
The New Zealand dollar was up against most of the currencies of the country's major trading partners on Thursday, though it had fallen slightly against its Australian counterpart. [more]

Southee fined for conduct breach
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been fined after a confrontation with a West Indian batsman in the second Test in Port of Spain. [more]

Takamore's body to return to Christchurch
The body of a man taken by his family and buried in the Bay of Plenty against his partner's wishes could be returned to Christchurch as early as August. [more]

Yudhoyono Fiji visit questioned
Pacific civil society groups have questioned the attendance of Indonesia's president at the Pacific Islands Development Forum. [more]

PNG cancels illegal land leases
The Papua New Guinea Government has reportedly officially cancelled all Special Agricultural Business Leases obtained fraudulently. [more]

Greens says aid plans put Australia first
The Australian Greens say the Abbott Government's revamped aid plans hark back to the discredited aid policies of the 1980s with Australian companies set to profit at the expense of impoverished communities in the Asia Pacific region. [more]

Solomons developing election code for media
The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says it will be consulting local media for the first time before developing its new code of conduct for journalists covering the upcoming national elections. [more]

PNG political storm fosters public anger
Public frustration is mounting in Papua New Guinea about the political storm surrounding the Prime Minister's implication in a major corruption case. [more]

Excitement builds for Melanesian Festival in PNG
Excitement is building in Papua New Guinea, as the country prepares to host the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture. [more]

Fiji leader says global effort on climate change receding
Fiji's Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, has accused the global community of abandoning Pacific island nations to "sink below the waves" instead of tackling climate change. [more]

American Samoa teachers' salaries to be reviewed
The Government in American Samoa is to review the salary structure in its public school system to ensure teachers are fairly paid. [more]

Poverty group criticises early childhood policy
The Child Poverty Action Group says at-risk children are paying the price for the Government's rush to increase enrolments in early education. [more]

Case for sugary drinks tax goes to Parliament
Public health experts are taking the case for a 20 percent tax on sugary drinks to Parliament. [more]

Vulnerable children's bill passed
Legislation aimed at providing better protections for vulnerable children has been passed by Parliament. Some people will be banned from working with them. [more]

Relations with US 'won't hinder' UN bid
Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand's closer relations with the US are unlikely to hinder the country's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. [more]

Cunliffe accuses Govt of smear campaign
Labour Party leader David Cunliffe is accusing the Government of running a campaign to discredit him, as he fights the political backlash over controversial businessman Donghua Liu. [more]

More trouble for Aratere ferry
KiwiRail's problem-plagued Aratere ferry has run into another problem, even before it managed to get back to New Zealand from a trip to Singapore for repairs. [more]