Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 26th June 2014

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Birds, 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, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best song ever written - You Raise Me Up
Jan Ludemann of Te Anau has chosen 'You Raise Me Up' by Josh Groban. [more]

Simon's A-Z
Europeans didn't arrive until 1835, when Wesleyan missionaries, the Rev James and Mary Wallis arrived and were welcomed by the locals. By 1850 large-scale conversion of land to pasture began after generous tracts were sold by Chief Wiremu Neera Te Awaitaia. He, along with Wallis, are credited as the founding fathers of the township which, in 1858, was named in honour of Fitzroy Somerset, the first Lord Raglan, the same man who ordered the charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava four years earlier. [more]

No Big Day Out - Duncan Grieve
It was announced this morning that the Big Day Out festival won't be returning to New Zealand's shores in 2015. The annual festival had been sold to an American-based company called C3 Presents, and the company has now axed all shows in Australia and New Zealand. Freelance writer and music critic Duncan Grieve says the festival provided him with some of his best musical memories. [more]

Comic Wrestler - Michel Mulipola
He's a comic book artist and a professional wrestler and his new graphic novel, 'Headlocked', is just about to be launched in San Diego. New Zealand-born Samoan, Michel Mulipola dreamt of illustrating comic books since he was five years old. He's just finished drawing his 115th page for a new US pro-wrestling comic book. [more]

Feature album - Seventh Sojourn
The Moody Blues' seventh album - and last successful record with the classic line-up: Justin Hayward - vocals, guitars, John Lodge - vocals, bass, guitar, Ray Thomas - vocals, flute, tambourine, saxophone, oboe, Graeme Edge - drums, percussion, vocals and Mike Pinder - vocals, chamberlin, mellotron, piano, organ. [more]

Hauraki Gulf
Hauraki Gulf is a playground, wildlife hotspot, foodbasket and highway - and local councils hope the Sea Change project will help turn around the Gulf's poor health and struggling ecology [more]

The Panel pre-show for 26 June 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

At The Movies

At the Movies for 26 June 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris and International Film Festival Director Bill Gosden launch this year's programme: 140 movies that cover the usual astonishing range of subjects - from Jimi Hendrix to the end of the world, from a murder mystery on the Galapagos Islands to a New Zealand film about a South Auckland speed-chess player. In other words, an overview of some of the best films of 2014. [more]

Birds

Pārera
Listen to the grey duck. [more]

Business News

Port of Tauranga signs a 10-year container deal
Port of Tauranga has formed a 10-year freight alliance with Kotahi, a freight company owned by Fonterra and Silver Fern Farms, which it says will immediately add to earnings. [more]

Ryman Healthcare buys land for retirement village in Pukekohe
Ryman Healthcare has bought a site in Pukekohe on which it plans to build a 100-million-dollar retirement village. [more]

Refining NZ announces new low carbon plant
The country's only oil refinery has unveiled plans for a new low-carbon plant at Marsden Point in Northland. [more]

Midday Markets for 26 June 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks at First NZ Capital. [more]

Evening Business for 26 June 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Port of Taurange deal is worth 5 to 6 billion dollars
Port of Tauranga's 10-year freight deal with Kotahi, a freight company owned by Fonterra and Silver Fern Farms, will be worth more than 5 to 6 billion dollars in revenue to the port. [more]

Cavalier downgrades its earnings forecast
Cavalier has again downgraded its earnings estimate because of poor sales in May in Australia of broadloom carpet. [more]

Restaurant Brands expects a higher profit this year
Restaurant Brands expects current positive sales trends to continue for the rest of the current financial year and so normalised annual profit should exceed the 20 million dollar result it reported last year. [more]

BDO Spicers settles for $18.5 mln with company liquidator
BDO Spicers has reached an 18.5-million-dollar settlement with the liquidator of Capital + Merchant Finance. [more]

Morning markets for 27 June 2014
Stocks are down on Wall Street this morning, following comments from a top official at the Federal Reserve who predicts interest rates will rise sooner, and inflation will hit two percent later this year. [more]

Markets Update for 27 June 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Question Time for 26 June 2014
Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: What changes has the Government made in recent years to make the tax system fairer and to help families and businesses get ahead? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Internal Affairs: On what basis was the recall and cancellation of New Zealand Passport LN138690 undertaken? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Associate Minister of Finance: Does he still believe that a 33 cent top marginal income tax rate is the reason for fewer departures to Australia in 2014? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Did she write a new preference factor for Partnership School applicants on the 14 November education report "Confirming Round Two of Applications to Operate Partnership Schools"; if so, on what advice? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Conservation: What reports has he received on the extent of the damage to West Coast forests from Cyclone Ita and what estimates are there of the area affected and the volume of wood felled? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: How many homes out of the 5,000 earthquake damaged Housing New Zealand homes have completed repairs as part of its Repair 5000 programme? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made to celebrate and recognise highly effective and innovative practice happening across the education system? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Has there been a reduction in the capacity of the Army in the last three years to sustain an overseas deployment; if so, why? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What support is the Ministry of Social Development providing to people in Christchurch still dealing with the impact of the earthquakes? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Does he agree with the statement given on behalf of the Minister of Energy and Resources that "there has not been a single observation of a Māui's dolphin in the block offer area"? CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Justice: Given the magnitude of the problem of family violence, is it acceptable to her that none of the Family Violence Death Review Committee's recommendations from their last annual report have been completed, and no action has been taken on a number of recommendations around funding family violence training for professionals, and addressing the need for better multi-agency practice addressing family violence? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Statistics: What is the Government doing to modernise the next census? [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 26 June 2014
Investigators find jet passengers were put at risk in a landing in fog. A man is killed fleeing the police in Christchurch and that bite at the Football World Cup - will Fifa now sink its teeth into striker Luis Suarez? [more]

Jet passengers at risk in fog landing
A hundred and twenty eight Air New Zealand passengers were put at risk when a pilot decided to land in fog despite not having clear view of the landing strip. [more]

Fatal motorcycle crash in Christchurch
A 26-year-old man has been killed crashing his motorbike into a car while fleeing from the police in Christchurch this afternoon. [more]

Man found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity
A High Court Judge has found a man who bludgeoned a stranger to death on an Auckland street eight years ago not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. [more]

Dunedin council investigation searches for missing vehicles
Cars, scooters and even dog control vans may have gone missing at the Dunedin City Council. [more]

Suarez awaits verdict in Cup bite case
Whether or not it drew blood, Luis Suarez's shoulder bite is continuing to draw flak around the footballing and advertising world. [more]

Sports News for 26 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Queenstown votes to put $32 million into convention centre.
A publicly funded convention centre for Queenstown has got the go ahead with district councillors voting to commit 32 million dollars to it. [more]

Final consent ruling out but Ruataniwha Dam could be unworkable
The final resource consent decision on the 600 million dollar Ruataniwha water storage project is out. [more]

The axe falls on Capital's trolley buses
It's final - trolley buses will soon be a thing of the past in Wellington. [more]

Phone hacking scandal continues to dog British PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure over his decision to employ a communications director who has now been convicted over conspiring to hack phones. [more]

Govt ploughs on with back-room mergers despite bungling
The Government is pressing on with merging parts of some departments, undeterred by the fact that its trailblazing merger at three big agencies was bungled. [more]

Hamilton to put fluoride back in the water - for now
Hamilton people will get fluoride back in their water within a week after the High Court today threw out a bid by an anti fluoride group to stop it. [more]

Poppy contract returns to Christchurch, but not to disabled
Anzac Day poppies are going to be made in Christchurch again, but not by the disabled people who used to make them. [more]

CAA sees no need to change pilots' medical checks
The Civil Aviation Authority says it sees no need to change the medical checks that commercial pilots undergo. [more]

Trolley buses to be taken off line
Wellington's fleet of 60 trolley buses have been consigned to the scrap heap despite a last ditch attempt by one councillor to stave off their axeing. [more]

Cairo researcher says journalist jailing politically motivated
Australian journalist Peter Greste says he is "devastated and outraged" by what he calls the "gross injustice" of being sent to prison by an Egyptian court for seven years. [more]

Future of Queen Elizabeth Square
Auckland councillors are going head to head over the potential sale of the city's iconic Queen Elizabeth Square. [more]

Sports News for 26 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Self defence law to be revisited
A law professor says there is a strong case to look at redefining the scope of self-defence, a move that's being pushed by the latest inquiry into family violence. [more]

Search for Malaysia Airlines jet shifts south
Australia's deputy prime minister has announced the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will shift south along a narrow arc identified as the most likely resting place of the plane. [more]

Kangaroo conservationists find 'new species' in PNG
Australian scientists believe they've discovered up to three new species of previously unidentified mammals in Papua New Guinea, in one of the country's first crowd-funded scientific expeditions. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 26 June 2014
Kiribati's high rates of violence against women comes under the spotlight; A French Polynesia court rules in favour of the president; Politicians embrace social media in Cook Islands election race; NZ looking to support Pacific fisheries with surveillance technology; Sport: World Cup or bust for Fiji and Cook Islands rugby teams. [more]

Court rules in favour of French Polynesia's president
The French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse has been given a reprieve after a ruling by a Papeete court. [more]

Kiribati's anti-violence bill under spotlight
Anti-violence campaigners in Kiribati say a bill that aims to stop domestic violence has been misunderstood and cannot be blamed for a spate of murders in the country. [more]

Agencies in CNMI urged to stand strong
The head of an NGO in the Northern Marianas which helps victims of human rights abuses says law enforcement agencies need to remain vigilant in the fight against human trafficking. [more]

Pacific NGOs react to Australia's aid adjustments
Non Government Organisations in the Pacific are cautiously optimistic about a heightened focus on the region by the Australian government's revamped aid programme. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 27 June 2014
Pacific NGOs react to Australia's revamped aid programme; the CNMI is urged to stand strong in the fight against human trafficking; Kiribati's high rate of violence against women comes under the spotlight; a French Polynesia court rules in favour of the president. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 26 June 2014
It's the end of the Big Day Out, Luis Suarez's shoulder bite continuing to draw flak from the world's media, and in Dateline Pacific Cook Island politicians embrace social media. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 June 2014
A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity eight years after a fatal hammer attack and the Government is pressing on with its one-organisation policy to support several departments. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 June 2014
France have gone to the top of their group at the football World Cup while 10-man Ecuador have been eliminated after a nil-all draw at the Maracana stadium. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 27 June 2014
Scientists and environmentalists say the go ahead for the Ruataniwha dam has implications far beyond the Hawke's Bay. As tempers flare in the House and two Labour MPs cross the floor over West Coast logging legislation, there's a warning it may allow loggers to get access to the West Coast's rimu forest. and search for missing MH370 plane moves south of original search area. [more]

Sports News for 27 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pacific News for 27 June 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Suarez hit with four month ban
The Uruguay and Liverpool star player, Luis Suarez, has been banned from all football for four months. [more]

Report released into Savile abuse in hospitals
An investigation into the late BBC radio and TV star, Jimmy Savile, has revealed he sexually abused victims between the ages of 5 and 75 for decades at British hospitals. [more]

Board of Enquiry dam decision could cause problems
The tension between protecting rivers and intensifying farming is writ large in a decision from the Board of Inquiry into the Ruantaniwha dam - which could make the water storage project unworkable. [more]

Govt accuses Labour of disarray over logging bil
The Government has accused Labour of being in disarray after two of its MPs voted against the party last night to support the logging of fallen trees on conservation land. [more]

Govt accuses Labour of disarray over logging bil
The Government has accused Labour of being in disarray after two of its MPs voted against the party last night to support the logging of fallen trees on conservation land. [more]

Sports News for 27 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Scientists happy with Board of Inquiry decision for river
The tension between protecting rivers and intensifying farming is writ large in a decision from the Board of Inquiry into the Ruantaniwha dam - which could make the water storage project unworkable. [more]

Hawke's Bay reporter looks at dam's prospects
Our Hawke's Bay reporter, Peter Fowler, has been following developments closely. He joins us. [more]

Labour MPs cross the floor to vote
Two Labour MPs have voted with the Government to allow storm-damaged trees to be harvested on conservation land. [more]

Political editor discusses latest grim poll for Labour
A second opinion poll within a week has put support for Labour below 30 per cent - in psychologically damaging territory. [more]

Search for missing MH370 plane moves south of original area
The next phase of the hunt for missing Malaysian plane MH370, will move hundreds of kilometres south of where extensive searching has taken place in recent months. [more]

Irag PM alleges Syrian jets have bombed Iraq border
The Iraqi Prime Minisiter, Nouri al-Maliki, says Syrian fighter jets have bombed Sunni militant positions on the border with Syria. [more]

Jimmy Savile's hospital victims aged between 5 and 75
An investigation into the late BBC radio and TV star, Jimmy Savile, has revealed he sexually abused victims between the ages of 5 to 75 for decades at British hospitals. [more]

Drug Foundation urges more support, less punishment
The Drug Foundation is urging schools to support, not punish, students caught using drugs and alcohol. [more]

Fluoride is going back in Hamilton's water - for now
Fluoride will be back in Hamilton's water within the week. [more]

Final teams decided this morning for football world cup
Off the field, FIFA have bared their teeth at serial biter, Luis Suarez, with a four month ban, while on the pitch , the final group matches are being played in Brazil this morning. [more]

Sports News for 27 June 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Scientists and environmentalists cheer Ruataniwha dam ruling
Scientists and environmentalists are cheering yesterday's ruling on the Ruataniwha dam, saying it has far-reaching repercussions for the Government's fresh water management plans. [more]

Dam decision could cause problems for river clean up plans
The Environmental Science lecturer from Massey University, Mike Joy, has been an outspoken critic of the state of New Zealand's rivers. [more]

Message for National Party conference is 'forget the polls'
The National Party is riding high in the opinion polls but the message for delegates at its annual conference in Wellington this weekend is forget them. [more]

Another poll brings more bad news for Labour
The fall in support for Labour in that poll Brent was talking about wasn't the only bad news for the party. [more]

SCF witness outlines souring relations with Hubbard
A key witness for the defence of three former South Canterbury Finance directors has heaped praise on the defendants, at the same time as lambasting the late Allan Hubbard. [more]

Nadal taken to four sets at Wimbledon
The world men's tennis number one, Rafael Nadal, was taken to four sets this morning, before progressing to the third round at Wimbledon. [more]

Tsunami rebuild put to the side for Olympics work
In Japan, construction companies are leaving the tsunami rebuild zone to work on projects for the Olympics, prompting fears it may slow down reconstruction even further. [more]

NoTW editor says she feels vindicated
The former editor of the News of the World newspaper, Rebekah Brooks, says she feels vindicated after a jury found her not guilty of all phone-hacking charges against her. [more]

Polluted water ways putting our eels at risk.
A hui has been told that the quality and quantity of our water must play a major role in the restoration of our eels, which are threatened with extinction. [more]

The shot that rang out around the world 100 years ago
A hero or a villain? A hundred years after Gavrilo Princip ignited the First World War by assassinating the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, there's still bitter division - in the Balkans at least - about his legacy. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 27 June 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 27 June 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 27 June 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Super Bananas
Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Bio-commodities at Queensland University of Technology, Prof. James Dale is developing vitamin-enhanced and disease-resistant banana crops, and the first harvest ready for human clinical trials is about to be grown in Uganda. [more]

Science - Biophysics
Molecular biophysicist at Massey University Prof. David Parry has a long-held fascination with fibrous proteins. You'd be leading a very sterile life if you haven't touched one thing today that's been grown by a tree. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Scrap over trolley buses in Wellington
The Greater Wellington Regional Council is fronting up to the Wellington City Council to explain its 10 year transport plan, which it has just signed off. The plan will see the capital city's famous trolley buses taken off the road in three years, and replaced with hybrid diesel-electric buses. Fran Wilde is the Wellington Regional Council chair; and Nicola Young is a Wellington City Councillor. [more]

Drilling the Alpine Fault to know how earthquakes are produced
The project's co-leader is Rupert Sutherland of GNS Science. [more]

Asia correspondent Jamil Anderlini
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visits Britain, corruption audit of Chinese businesses and concerns over high debt accumulation levels of local governments in China. [more]

Harvard Economics Professor Edward Glaeser
Edward Glaeser proves in this myth-shattering book, Triumph of the City, cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. [more]

John McIntyre reviews new Children's Books
'Where's Spot' by Eric Hill, published by Puffin, 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell, published by Puffin and 'The Noisy Book' by Soledad Bravi, published by Gecko. [more]

New Music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies plays country folk Swedish sisters 'First Aid Kit', punk indie rockers Parquet Courts, and funky soul man Lee Fields. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer discusses the Suarez biting ban, Tiger Woods returning to golf this morning and the Black Caps' third test against the West Indies. [more]

The week that was
With Radar and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Our Changing World

Deep-diving Ocean Floats
Oceanographers aboard NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa are testing a deep-diving Argo float to monitor changes in the oceans at depths to 6000 metres. [more]

Hauraki Gulf
Hauraki Gulf is a playground, wildlife hotspot, foodbasket and highway - and local councils hope the Sea Change project will help turn around the Gulf's poor health and struggling ecology [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 26 June 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 27 June 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 June 2014
A Northland school has delayed spending money on digital technology, and is instead diverting its funds to a successful Maori teaching programme; A Far North iwi has taken over the lease for land it will take ownership of in a Treaty of Waitangi settlement next year; The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is keeping his pre-election promise to live in an Aboriginal community; A Wairarapa-based agricultural training school says a pilot farming programme for Maori college students will earn them NCEA credits. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 June 2014
A Northland school has delayed spending money on digital technology, and is instead diverting its funds to a successful Maori teaching programme; The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is keeping his pre-election promise to live in an Aboriginal community; A Far North iwi has taken over the lease for land it will take ownership of in a Treaty of Waitangi settlement next year; A Wairarapa-based agricultural training school says a pilot farming programme for Maori college students will earn them NCEA credits thanks to government funding. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 27 June 2014
A leader of a Maori mental heath service says tangata whenua need to own up to the high rates of child abuse in their whanau and find solutions within Maori culture; Public servants have have been warned that the lives of tangata whenua will deteriorate if government departments fail to create equality for Maori; Allegations that some tribal groups had not been consulted about the proposed Ruataniwha Dam have been dismissed by the Board of Inquiry; Three hundred elders from across the country are taking part in this year's New Zealand Post Kaumatua Kapa Haka event being held in Wellington this weekend. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 27 June 2014
A leader of a Maori mental heath service says tangata whenua need to own up to the high rates of child abuse in their whanau and find solutions within Maori culture; Allegations that some tribal groups had not been consulted about the proposed Ruataniwha Dam have been dismissed by the Board of Inquiry; Public servants have have been warned that the lives of tangata whenua will deteriorate if government departments fail to create equality for Maori; Three hundred elders from across the country are taking part in this year's New Zealand Post Kaumatua Kapa Haka event being held in Wellington this weekend. [more]

The Panel

The Panel with Stephen Franks and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)
Topics - Labour's modest (they've been called, no frightening of the horses) tax proposals to start the discussions. Those earning more than $150k would pay an extra 3 cents in the dollar. About two percent of the electorate are affected, but they are the major tax payers, the Taxpayers Union has reminded us. They pay nearly a quarter of all income tax. It's speculated that up to 100 Dunedin City Council cars have disappeared. The DCC has launched an investigation to find out what has happened to all these vehicles that are no longer in its Citi fleet. The Wellington City Council has today gone ahead with scrapping the city's trolley buses. [more]

The Panel with Stephen Franks and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)
Topics - the OECD has just unveiled a new website, with much hoopla. It's oecdregionalwellbeing.org. And what it does is compare regions within countries as the most desirable places to live and work. This big wellbeing engine compares living standards throughout the world in eight categories, including safety, health, education, income and access to services. Auckland council staff have been zipping around the city in special shuttles because it's faster than public transport when they want to get to meetings in another building across town. Embarrassing for Auckland Transport because they have a train and bus station outside their building. The ever-considerate Renumeration Authority, wants to give MPs thousands more in allowances. Its proposal's gone out to MPs this week and would see an extra $4-thousand go to parliamentarians for accomodation in the capital. Mere Mps would get I think $538 a week but for cabinet ministers it'd be up around the $7/800 mark. [more]

The Wireless

Under the influence: A helping hand
Jake Carlson used to call the ambulance service for help when his mother was suffering with cancer. Now he volunteers alongside the same people who helped his mum. [more]

Beach Pigs: 'Ruckus, ruff and ready'
Auckland band Beach Pigs introduce their new album Grom Warfare – and explain some surfing slang. [more]

Jake: A team effort
If finding time to make films can like 'pulling teeth', putting out a full-length feature can be its own rough form of DIY dentistry. [more]

Upbeat

Jason Bae: Pianist
Jason Bae is back home from London where he's doing his masters at the Royal Academy. He's putting the break to good use - playing with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Manukau Symphony, as well as giving solo recitals in Wellington and at the Wallace national Piano Festival where he won the inaugural competition last year. [more]

Colin Morris: Rare Soul
Colin introduces a trio of gems by Freda Payne, Little Archie and George Jackson. [more]

Tim Wilkinson and Louise Webster: NZ Doctors' Orchestra
This year's New Zealand Doctors' Orchestra concert programme includes Brahms' Second Symphony, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and a new work by Louise Webster, who joins the orchestra's founder Tim Wilkinson to talk about this year's concert. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 26 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 26 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 27 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional News and Sport for 27 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news and sport. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 June 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Corruption allegations won't sway NZ Cricket
New Zealand Cricket says it will support the appointment of an Indian official at the centre of corruption allegations, in becoming the most powerful figure in the game. Narayanaswami Srinivasan,... [more]

Paceman Wagner in, spinner Sodhi out.
The Black Caps have made one change to their playing XI as they chase history with a win in the third and deciding cricket test against the West Indies starting... [more]

Ruthless Murray has no time for sentiment
The defending Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray made no apologies for blasting Slovenian Blaz Rola out of the second round at Wimbledon, pointing out that he has let leads slip... [more]

Defending mens champ cruises into Wimbledon third round
The defending Wimbledon men's champion Andy Murray has hardly raised a sweat in his opening two matches, brushing aside his second round opponent, Slovenia's Wimbledon rookie Blaz Rola 6-1 6-1... [more]

Biter Suarez' World Cup could be over
Uruguay's serial biter Luis Suarez seems almost certain to miss the rest of the World Cup after FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against him surrounding his apparent biting of an Italian... [more]

Rain causes slips in Tauranga
Heavy rainfall in Bay of Plenty has caused slips and brought down trees. Crews were on site before daylight clearing debris from Welcome Bay Road and State Highway 2. [more]

Ruataniwha decision may be delayed
A decision on the controversial Ruataniwha dam could be delayed for months because Hawke's Bay Regional Council may launch a legal challenge against a Board of Inquiry final decision. [more]

Djokovic lives to fight another day
Top seed Novak Djokovic showed that Wimbledon was no place for a 35-year-old warrior as he beat battle-scarred Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(5) in a hugely entertaining contest... [more]

Nauru Speaker accuses MPs of treason
Nauru's Speaker of parliament, Ludwig Scotty, has accused five MPs suspended from the house of high treason. [more]

University to investigate Fiji academics
A statement by two journalism academics about media freedom in Fiji will be investigated by their employer, the University of the South Pacific. [more]

American Samoa's hospital accreditaion in jeopardy
American Samoa's only hospital has been given 20 days to submit a corrective action plan, or else it faces losing its accreditation. [more]

Judge signals Flosse risks losing office
France's highest court has given a strong signal that French Polynesia's president Gaston Flosse may fail in his bid to overturn a corruption sentence, and risks losing office next month. [more]

Plan to attract public to Lyttelton
Attracting people back to the Lyttelton waterfront is one aim of the Lyttelton Port Company's $1 billion long-term vision, released on Thursday. Immediate work is already under way. [more]

Taranaki hit by crime wave
Taranaki police are appealing for public help following a spate of burglaries. Up to 150 homes and businesses have been burgled in the past month alone. [more]

Hundertwasser arts centre scrapped
The Whangarei District Council has scrapped its plan to build a Hundertwasser Art Centre in the Northland town after years of argument in the community over the $13 million project. [more]

Call to dispel tourism stereotypes
Efforts need to be made to dispel stereotypes visitors have of Maori tourism, Maori Tourism Trade Day organisers say. Businesses from the Chatham Islands to the Far North will attend. [more]

Move to protect fishery
The Arowhenua Runanga in the South Island want to make a fisheries area off the coast of Timaru which they have been harvesting for more than 500 years a mataitai reserve. [more]

Gentrack boss pleased with float
Specialist utilities and airports software provider Gentrack has started trading after earlier raising $99 million at $2.40 a share. It opened at $2.58 and closed at $2.49. [more]

RB restrictions hurt SBS, boss says
The Reserve Bank's Loan to Value Ratio restrictions have hurt the earnings growth of Southland-based SBS Bank, its boss says. The bank's total income fell 1 percent to $91 million. [more]

Z-Energy working on efficiencies
Service station operator Z-Energy is trying to make a refiner it partly owns more efficient following shareholder concern about the investment, chief executive Mike Bennetts says. [more]

Farmers welcome HBRC's dam move
Farmers backing the Ruataniwha dam plan have welcomed the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's decision to invest $80 million in the project - if they are happy with the business case. [more]

China log market tipped to pick up
The log export trade to China will eventually recover from its slump but until it does it is positive for the local timber and building industry, the Timber Industry Federation says. [more]

One beekeeping organisation mooted
One organisation to represent the beekeeping industry is essential as it faces challenges such as biosecurity management, the National Beekeepers Association says. [more]

Report highlights abuse of tamariki
Maori children are five-and-a-half times more likely to die of abuse and neglect than children of other ethnicities, according to a new report released on Thursday. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu cricketers stay unbeaten
Vanuatu maintained their unbeaten start to the Pasifika Under-17 Cricket Tri-Series, crushing Tonga by 10 wickets on day two of competition in Suva. [more]

Sport: New 200m champions at Oceania Champs
New 200m champions were crowned on day one of the Oceania Athletics Championships in Rarotonga. [more]

CNMI trying to combat trafficking
A group in the Northern Marianas which helps victims of trafficking says its not surprised by a report that has tagged the CNMI as a destination for the illegal movement of people. [more]

Otumoetai Intermediate takes top prize
A Tauranga school has won the top prize in the inaugural Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards. Otumoetai Intermediate took the supreme award. [more]

Labour to hit tax avoiders
The Labour Party is promising it would crack down on tax avoidance to help get the Government books into surplus. The plan is part of its alternative Budget released on Wednesday. [more]

Shuttle could stay if it pays
Auckland Transport is standing by its decision to trial a private shuttle service for its staff, and says it may become permanent. It is costing $122,000 over six months. [more]

US Congress seat for Guam challenged
A challenger to Guam's delegate to the US Congress in Washington D.C had declared their candidacy. [more]

Tall Blacks coach won't close door on Southland players
The Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic won't rule out a return to the New Zealand basketball team for the Southland Sharks players awaiting sentencing for assault charges. Former Tall Blacks... [more]

Excitement over rare frog discovery
A frog expert is excited by the discovery of 44 critically endangered frogs. The frogs were found near Whangamata in 2012 but the discovery only recently come to light. [more]

Ryman buys site for large development
New Zealand's largest retirement village operator has bought a site south of Auckland to build a new facility. Ryman Healthcare will build a $100 million village in Pukekohe. [more]

Low carbon plant for Marsden Point
The country's only oil refinery has unveiled plans for a new low-carbon plant at Marsden Point in Northland. It's hoped the plant will be fully operational by the end of 2015. [more]

Port of Tauranga signs container deal
Port of Tauranga has formed a 10-year freight alliance with Kotahi, a freight company owned by Fonterra and Silver Fern Farms, which it says will immediately add to earnings. [more]

Jobs to go at Coromandel sawmill
Up to 60 jobs are expected to be lost at a Coromandel sawmill after the operation was sold. A union says it's just the latest in a string of restructurings and closures in the timber industry. [more]

Hort exports benefit from competition
A large horticultural conference has heard fruit and vegetable exporters are benefiting from growing competition between traditional markets and emerging markets in Asia. [more]

Study to look at wind protection
A new study has been launched to look into how farmers can better protect themselves from high winds in extreme weather events after last year's big blow in Canterbury. [more]

Agreement to limit stream pollution
An agreement to stop dumping treated wastewater in a Rotorua forest is supported by a former Tuhourangi Trustee, who says it will limit pollution in the Puarenga Stream. [more]

Second supply drop for kayaker
A rescue plan has dropped off more supplies to Scott Donaldson as he battles his way across the Tasman in an attempt to be the first to make the solo trip by kayak. [more]

PNG police warn against further protests
Papua New Guinea's police chief of operations has warned people in the capital not to take to the streets today in protest against the Prime Minister. [more]

Upset at continuing absence of American Samoa leader
An American Samoa senator says he believes governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is violating the law by governing from outside of the territory. [more]

Kiribati editor says media might encourage 'copycat' crimes
The editor of the Kiribati Independent says he is worried local media reports might play a role in encouraging copycat violent crimes. [more]

Aust aid changes worry Tonga NGO
Tonga's Civil Society Forum says it is concerned a focus on private sector involvement in aid by the Australian government may lead to further suffering of vulnerable people. [more]

French Polynesia's Temaru renaming roads to embarrass rivals
The former president of French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru, plans to name the roads leading to the prison in Faa'a, where is mayor, after Gaston Flosse and Jacques Chirac. [more]

PNG to pay for Vanuatu flights to arts festival
The Papua New Guinea government is paying for the Vanuatu delegation to fly to Port Moresby, to ensure they can take part in this year's Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture. [more]

Milestone sailing for Arahura
The Interisland ferry Arahura has reached a milestone notching up 50,000 crossings of Cook Strait. The landmark crossing was made with its 3am crossing on Thursday. [more]

Auckland rates to rise 2.5 percent
Auckland Council rates will increase by an average of 2.5 per cent next year, as widely expected, while the city's uniform annual general charge will remain unchanged at $373 a year. [more]

Cycleways network for Christchurch
Cyclists in Christchurch will have a network of 13 mayor cycleway routes built in the city within five years. Councillors voted on the proposal during deliberations on the Annual Plan. [more]

No decision on commissioners
The Government will not make any decision about the future of Crown-appointed commissioners at the Canterbury Regional Council until after the general election on 20 September. [more]

Mayor sad at Hundertwasser outcome
Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai says she could have done more to sell the benefits of a Hundertwasser building for the city. The district council has abandoned the $13 million project. [more]

Chaplain stabbed in hospital attack
A chaplain at Taranaki Base Hospital is in a comfortable condition after being stabbed in the hospital's chapel. [more]

Fiji's Labour palmed off by Electoral Commission
Fiji's Labour Party says it has been told to contact the solicitor-general over its request that symbols be included on the ballot papers for the September the 17th election. [more]

Pacific trafficking threat greater in downturn
The head of an NGO in the Northern Marianas which helps victims of human rights abuse says economic conditions have made people more vulnerable to human trafficking. [more]

MSG leaders likely to knock back West Papuan bid
Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders meeting this week in the Papua New Guinea capital are expected to formulate a decision on a West Papuan bid to join the grouping. [more]

Kiribati police chief wants cultural change
The police commissioner of Kiribati says the country needs cultural change rather than legislation to stop high rates of violence against women in the country. Ioeru Tokantetaake's comments follows a... [more]

FIFA still deliberating over Suarez punishment
Football's governing body FIFA has not yet decided whether to expel the Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from the World Cup for biting an opponent with deliberations set to continue tomorrow. [more]

Dollar and shares both up
The dollar is up against all the currencies of its major trading partners. It also hit a record on the Trade-Weighted Index, which is the currencies the Reserve Bank looks at. [more]

Moderate quakes shake lower North Island
Moderate earthquakes rocked the lower North Island on Thursday. [more]

Motorcyclist killed fleeing from police
A man in his mid-20s died in a motorcycle crash on Thursday after police say he fled from officers in the Christchurch suburb of New Brighton. An investigation has begun. [more]

Queenstown centre approved by council
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has voted to proceed with a publicly funded convention centre, despite a private developer offering to fund his own. [more]

Maori programme for Kerikeri High
Northland's Kerikeri High School has delayed spending money on digital technology and is instead diverting its funds to a successful Maori teaching programme. [more]

Far North iwi take over station lease
A Far North iwi has taken over the lease for land it will take ownership of in a Treaty of Waitangi settlement next year. A blessing has been held on the 3300ha Te Paki Station. [more]

Rangatahi learning about land
A pilot farming programme for Maori college students will earn them NCEA credits thanks to government funding, the Wairarapa agricultural training school says. [more]

Nauru finds more refugees
More of Australia's asylum seekers on Nauru have been found to be refugees. [more]

Kiribati Govt says squatter numbers exaggerated
The secretary of the Kiribati Ministry of Line and Phoenix Islands Development says the reported arrest of 300 people on Kiritimati Island is exaggerated. [more]

Kiribati's Minister for Women defends new anti-violence bill
The Minister for Women in Kiribati says she is worried a bill aiming to stop domestic violence is being unfairly blamed as contributing to a spate of violent attacks against women. [more]

Tonga's churchmen called on to promote health
The King of Tonga has called on church leaders to help promote a healthier Tonga. [more]

PNG's Koim back after Australia trip
The corruption investigator Sam Koim has returned to Papua New Guinea after visiting Australia where he met with Foreign minister Julie [more]

Vanuatu women want more security
Vanuatu Women Against Crime is calling on the government to organise an urgent forum on crime prevention. [more]

World Bank Tonga plane report waits on Tonga, NZ comment
The World Bank says it will not publish a report on Tonga's transport sector until it receives more input from Tonga and other stakeholders. [more]

Quake-hit youth missing places to relax
A survey on youth wellbeing in Christchurch shows understanding young people will be crucial for the earthquake-hit city's rebuild. Many are missing places to relax or play sport. [more]

Big demand for broadband in Whangarei
Fifty customers a week are hooking up to Whangarei's new ultra-fast broadband network and 200 are on the waiting list. [more]

Insanity ruling 8 years after conviction
Eight years after carrying out a fatal and random hammer attack on an Auckland street, a man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity and remanded to a psychiatric unit. [more]

Inquiry into delivery of public services
The Productivity Commission will investigate ways to improve the delivery of public services. [more]

Labour's parental bill stymied
The Labour Party's paid parental leave bill is effectively dead in the water after National MPs prevented it from getting through its committee stage. [more]

Safety reforms don't go far enough, MPs told
The Council of Trade Unions has told MPs proposed health and safety reforms do not go far enough in holding company owners to account for the lives of their workers. [more]

Big Day Out festival scrapped
Popular music festival the Big Day Out has been cancelled next year. The festival, which is held in Auckland and Sydney, has had a chequered history. [more]

Govt stands by public service merger
The Government is pressing ahead with its policy of using one organisation to support several government departments, despite criticism from the Auditor-General. [more]

Fears tree bill will benefit loggers
Conservation Minister Nick Smith says legislation being rushed through Parliament will only allow storm-damaged trees to be harvested on conservation land. [more]

Poppy contract returns to RSA
The contract to make New Zealand's Anzac day poppies is back with Christchurch's Returned and Services Association after three years of manufacturing in China. [more]

Quake-stressed pilot made unsafe landing
Air New Zealand says it is satisfied with the capability of its staff in Christchurch after stress from recent strong earthquakes was one reason given for 128 passengers being put at risk. [more]

Council inquiry into missing vehicles
A Dunedin City Council investigation into its vehicle fleet and parking departments is trying to find a number of missing vehicles. The council called in business firm Deloitte four weeks ago. [more]

Hamilton council wins fluoride battle
The High Court has refused to grant a request to stop the Hamilton City Council reintroducing fluoride into its water supply before a judicial review on the issue can be heard in September. [more]

Board of Inquiry releases dam decision
The Board of Inquiry into the Ruataniwha Dam appears to have upheld some conditions which the Hawke's Bay Regional Council has said makes the project unworkable. [more]

Legal support for provocation defence
Many in the legal profession want the partial defence of provocation reintroduced, a criminal lawyer says. His comments follow a review which recommends re-introducing it. [more]

Extra spending for second tramway
The Christchurch City Council has voted to spend an additional $1.69 million to enable the completion of a second tramway loop through the central city. [more]

Digital literacy programme for schools
A $200,000 digital literacy programme is being launched in Christchurch's schools. [more]

Council puts rates up nearly 7.5%
Tough financial decisions will be needed to bring rates rises in Christchurch under control, the city's council says. Despite major cost-cutting rates are to go up nearly 7.5 percent from next week. [more]