Radio New Zealand - Sunday, 23rd November 2014

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This page features: At The Movies, Birds, Business News, Dateline Pacific, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nine To Noon, One In Five, Rural News, Smart Talk at the Auckland Museum, Sounds Historical, Spiritual Outlook, Standing Room Only, Te Ahi Kaa, Te Kupu o te Wiki, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat, War Reports, William Shakespeare 450, World & Pacific News

At The Movies

At The Movies for 23 November 2014
Kailey Caruthers reviews My Old Lady, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1, Amazonia 3D and Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? [more]

Birds

Subantarctic snipe
Listen to the Subantarctic snipe. [more]

Business News

Ryman already looking for 3rd and 4th Melbourne village sites
Ryman Healthcare says its progress in Melbourne has been better-than-expected and it is looking for sites for its third and fourth village there. [more]

The Warehouse aims to become NZ's number 1 digital retailer
The Warehouse Group is aiming to become the number one multichannel and digital retailer in New Zealand, with a new corporate structure designed to meet the challenges from technological change. [more]

Netflix will be a johnny-come-lately in New Zealand
Even though it's a global leader, Netflix will be very much a johnny-come-lately when it launches its internet-based movie and television service in New Zealand in March. [more]

Australian financial advisors reel as consumer protections stay
The bank-dominated financial advice industry is reeling after the Australian Senate rejected government attempts to water down consumer protections. [more]

Markets Update for 24 November 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Net migration surged to a record in October
Net migration surged to record levels in both the month of October, and the year ended October. [more]

Precinct Properties sells SAP Tower for $97 Mln to Robert Jones
Precinct Properties has sold its SAP Tower, on Auckland's Queen Street, to Robert Jones Holdings for 97-million dollars. [more]

Scales will pay dividend and on track to exceed profit forecast
The apple grower, Scales, will pay a 3-cent-a-share interim dividend in December, as it has less debt now than it had forecast in its prospectus, issued prior to listing on NZX in July. [more]

Analyst: Kathmandu best-placed to benefit from online sales
An analyst says Kathmandu is the best-placed of the listed retailers to benefit from the shift in retail sales online. [more]

Midday Markets for 24 November 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by James Malden at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Mobile eye clinic for Fiji a first
The Fred Hollows Foundation says access is a huge hurdle for people with eye problems and it hopes a new mobile clinic will reach more people in remote areas. [more]

Advocate says Tongan youth lack political knowledge
A youth and women's advocate in Tonga says young people in the kingdom don't have the political knowledge to participate effectively in next week's elections. [more]

Chikungunya outbreak escalates in French Polynesia
The head of surveillance at French Polynesia's Ministry of Health says medical resources are stretched with over 8000 people consulting doctors and the deaths of two elderly people linked to an escalating outbreak of chikungunya. [more]

US faces lawsuit over 'violating' tuna quota
Environmental groups are suing the US fisheries service over a new rule they say allows the doubling of the quota for the endangered bigeye tuna. [more]

Regional body calls for Pacific nations to invest in youths
A new report by the United Nations Population Fund points to the need for developing countries to invest in their youth. [more]

Vanuatu opposition MP says suspension will be unconstitutional
An opposition MP in Vanuatu says if the government's move to get the opposition leader and 15 of his MPs suspended from Parliament is successful, then it will be unconstitutional and likely be challenged in court. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 24 November 2014
Opposition MP in Vanuatu warns government moves could be unconstitutional; a regional body calls for Pacific nations to invest in their youth; environmental groups sue the US fisheries service over a new rules; resources stretched by chikungunya in French Polynesia; a youth advocate says young people in Tonga lack political knowledge; and a boost for people with eye issues in the Pacific. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 24 November 2014
Andrew Little unveils his shadow cabinet and a coroner's inquest into the 2011 death of a prisoner at Otago prison begins. [more]

Midday Sports News for 24 November 2014
New Zealand's Lydia Ko is coming to terms with earning the biggest payday in women's golf. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 24 November 2014
Labour leader calls for State Services Commissioner resignation; Greens: New foreign fighter legislation seriously flawed; Maori back mayor's calls for equal representation in local government; Major prisoner death inquest begins for Jai Davis; NZ Chinese community concerned over SS Ventnor's future; Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia. [more]

Sports News for 24 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens: New foreign fighter legislation seriously flawed
The Green Party says new legislation aimed at protecting New Zealand from those who join Islamist terrorist groups is seriously flawed. [more]

Pacific News for 24 November 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Lawyers say woman with Sutton complaint has good case to sue
An employment law specialist says the woman who made a sexual harrassment complaint against the CERA chief executive Roger Sutton, could take legal action for breach of confidentiality. [more]

Prime Minister defends handling of Sutton Inquiry
The Prime Minister John Key is criticising State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie for his handling of the resignation of CERA chief executive Roger Sutton. Labour leader Andrew Little is calling for Mr Rennie to stand aside. [more]

Greens: New foreign fighter legislation seriously flawed
The Green Party says new legislation aimed at protecting New Zealand from those who join Islamist terrorist groups is seriously flawed. [more]

Major prisoner death inquest begins for Jai Davis
One of the biggest inquests in years into the death of a prisoner opens in Dunedin today. 30-year-old Jai Davis died in February 2011 of a suspected drug overdose at the Otago Prison. [more]

Mt Eden assaults top prison table
The privately-run Mt Eden Prison has had the highest number of prisoner assaults, of any prison, for the last three years. [more]

Smith could challenge deportation order
The murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith could be deported back to New Zealand at any time in the next week, but a legal challenge to the deportation order is still possible. [more]

MH17 debris in transit to Netherlands for investigation
The wreckage of flight MH17 is finally on its way to the Netherlands. The remains of the plane is being transported by train from Eastern Ukraine overseen by Dutch experts. [more]

Japan quake traps people in homes
A 6.7 magnitude quake in central Japan early yesterday morning collapsed buildings, trapped people in their homes, and caused multiple injuries. [more]

Good season for All Blacks, what will 2015 bring?
The All Blacks win over Wales sealed a successful year for the team, ending their 2014 season with a record of 12 wins, one loss and one draw. [more]

Sports News for 24 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Rennie controversy a PR nightmare
The Prime Minister John Key is criticising State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie for his handling of the resignation of CERA chief executive Roger Sutton but is stopping short of making him step aside. The decision to hold a joint press conference with Roger Sutton being allowed to speak has been widely criticised. Andrew Little says Mr Rennie had taken leave of his senses having Mr Sutton at the media conference. [more]

David Shearer comments on foreign terrorist fighter legislation
The Prime Minister has released the final draft of legislation aimed at protecting New Zealand from those who join Islamist terrorist groups. The bill would extend the period the Minister of Internal Affairs can cancel a passport to up to three years from the existing law's 12 months. [more]

Maori back mayor's calls for equal representation in local government
The Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, wants half of all councillors to be Maori. Mr Judd says local government should reflect the Treaty of Waitangi and he is calling on the government to change the law to increase Maori representation across the country. [more]

State Services Minister statement
Morning Report asked Paula Bennett's office if the State Services Minister was aware a media conference about Roger Sutton's actions was to be held. [more]

Queensland police continue to investigate death of Napier man
Police in Cairns say it may be several more days before DNA results can confirm that a body found brutally stabbed, dismembered and dumped in a chilly bin is that of Napier man Campbell Paterson. Mr Paterson disappered in far north Queensland more than a week ago, and police believe he is the deceased man. [more]

NZ Chinese community concerned over SS Ventnor's future
Members of the New Zealand Chinese community are upset at the lack of respect being shown towards their ancestors. The Ventnor sunk off the Hokianga coast in 1902 while carrying the exhumed bones of 499 Chinese gold miners back to China. [more]

Environmentalists hope Antarctic deal may help Ross Sea reserve
Environmentalists are hoping China will be more sympathetic to the creation of an Antarctic marine reserve now it will be working more closely with New Zealand on the ice. [more]

Ko aiming for US$1.5 million payday at LPGA tour championship
New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is well on the way to earning a US $1.5million payday at the LPGA tour championship finale in Florida. [more]

100-year old religious icon discovered in church storage room
A 100-year old religious icon has been discovered by chance in a church storage room. The crozier, or pastoral staff, was gifted to the church by four Northland Maori tribes in 1914 to mark 100 years since Anglican missionaries arrived in New Zealand. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Phil Kafcaloudes talks about what's happening in Australia. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 24 November 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 24 November 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in French for 24 November 2014
The latest news in French language. [more]

Nine To Noon

Why are unqualified people able to practise as social workers?
The Social Workers Registration Board is urging the government to make registation mandatory, where currently it is voluntary. It says that there are 12 thousand people who identified their profession as Social Worker in last year's census who by law are able to practice without qualification, police clearance, supervision or professional development. The Chief Executive of the Social Workers Registration Board Sean McKinley, says his organistion has deregistered social workers for convictions for theft, violence, drug and alcohol offences, indecent assault, rape and attempted murder. [more]

How the health system can best deal with musculoskeletal pain
Musculoskeletal pain was estimated in 2012 to cost the country more than $5.5 billion a year and sends as many as 15% of New Zealanders to the GP each year. It's also responsible for a major chunk of claims to ACC, as well as those on benefits for sickness or invalid purposes. And with New Zealand's over 65 year old population due to double by the year 2030, the problem of muscle, bone and joint pain is only set to grow. Talking about the best way for health systems to approach and deal with the issue is Suzanne McDonough, Health and Rehabilitation Professor at the University of Ulster's Institute of Nursing and Health Research. [more]

Youth depression phone app wins award
An New Zealand company's mobile phone app to help to deal with youth depression has just won an award in the US. Siobhan Bulfin is the founder of NZ company Social Code. [more]

Africa correspondent - Debora Patta
Debora Patta reports on Ebola in Africa, and what has happened to the kidnapped school girls in Nigeria. [more]

Pixar co-founder, Alvy Ray Smith
Alvy Ray Smith is one of the pioneers of the computer graphics industry. His work with computers started with the very birth of the personal computer in the 1960s, and the development of the computer graphics tools which revolutionised the way we watch films. He directed the first computer graphics sequence in a motion picture, the Genesis sequence from Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan in 1982. He went on to direct the world's first computer animated short film in 1984 - The Adventures of Andre & Wally B. He also went on to found Pixar with Ed Catmull. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about his career and what the future holds for CGI. [more]

Book Review: Revolution by Russell Brand
Comedian and actor Russell Brand expands on an fiery interview on BBC's Newsnight a year ago, in which he took on legendary interviewer Jeremy Paxman. In it, Brand lamented the state of the world and exhorted people to not vote, in order to help spark a revolution. Now Brand - whose previous two autobiographies centred mainly on his sex addiction, drug addiction, and self-destructive antics in various television jobs - gets serious about how he thinks the global political elite can be brought down. Does it work? Reviewed by Charlotte Graham. Published by Century. [more]

Politics with Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton
Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton discuss Labour's shadow cabinet as the new Labour leader and the ongoing criticism of Iain Rennie over his handling of the Sutton sexual harassment case. [more]

Korean street food recipes with stall owner Eunmi Kang
28 year old Eunmi Kang learned to cook in her hometown of Busan, Korea - and she's now bringing her own twist on Korean street food to Wellingtonians through her stall, Miss Kangsta, at the Willis Street food court. She takes traditional Korean fare and combines it with kiwi favourites - including plenty of cheese - to create delicious food that suits Western palates. Eunmi discusses recipes for Jeyuk (Marinated Spicy BBQ Pork with Kimchi) and Bulgogi (Marinated BBQ Beef). [more]

Urbanist Tommy Honey
Tommy Honey discusses technology in the classroom: is it a blessing or a curse? [more]

One In Five

Things They Make
Denis talks Amelia through the range of things they make at the Shed Project. [more]

One In Five for 23 November 2014 - The Shed Project
Denis Wood is founder of The Shed Project – a wide reaching initiative in Paraparaumu which offers opportunities and choices to differently abled people and youth. [more]

Community Relations
Denis Wood talks about negotiating positive relationships in the community. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 24 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 24 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Smart Talk at the Auckland Museum

Smart Talk at the Auckland Museum: From Slacktivism to Activism
Russell Brown talks about activism online and on the streets with the National Director for ActionStation Marianne Elliott; the author Nicky Hager; the political commentator Matthew Hooton; and Co-Founder of RockEnrol, Laura O'Connell Rapira. [more]

Sounds Historical

Sounds Historical Hour One - 23 November 2014
Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan is the programme that gives listeners their chance to learn about the colourful, dramatic and often remarkable events and people of New Zealand's past. [more]

Sounds Historical Hour Two - 23 November 2014
Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan is the programme that gives listeners their chance to learn about the colourful, dramatic and often remarkable events and people of New Zealand's past. [more]

Spiritual Outlook

Spiritual Outlook for 23 November 2014
If you want to say your daily prayers or read the Bible, but don't have the right books, the Internet has an answer for you. [more]

Standing Room Only

Movies with Kailey Carruthers
Movie blogger Kailey Carruthers standing in for Simon Morris. [more]

Thomas LaHood
He gets strange looks when he hands over his passport with Clown as his profession, but Thomas LaHood is taking the performance art in new directions. Thomas and his wife Jo Randerson have created a clowning show White Elephant they hope will bring communities together. [more]

Jeremy Mayall: Mozart Fellow
Mozart Fellow at Otago University, Hamilton composer Jeremy Mayall talks about collaborating with writers, film makers and other musicians, plus the upcoming premiere of new works amidst butterflies at Otago Museum, and he premiers a new work on SRO. [more]

Kickstarter: A year in NZ
Kickstarter's Michael McGregor on the 110 projects funded in a year since the global crowdfunding platform set up shop in New Zealand. [more]

David McGill
Prolific ex-journalist turned author and social historian David McGill on his new book, a memoir called Kingfisher, Kingfisher, Take My Luck. Published by Silver Owl. [more]

Adnan Yildiz
Auckland's Artspace Gallery has just appointed their new director. Adnan Yildiz trained in Turkey and has worked as a curator and researcher throughout Europe - and he's been given a license to change the way Artspace operates. Justin Gregory asked him about his plans and why he wanted the job. [more]

Te Ahi Kaa

Whakatāuki mō 23 o Whiringa ā Rangi (November) 2014
Haere mai ki ahau, ki Te Papa-O-Rotu ki te au Te Rena, ki te urunga te taka, ki te moenga te whakaarahia. Ahakoa iti taku iti, he rei kei roto. Come to me, to Te Papa-O-Rotu to the unstirred current, to the pillow that falls not and to the undisturbed sleep. Although I am small, I have teeth. This whakatāuki originates from Te-Papa-o-Rotu marae. [more]

Chris Huriwai and his Burning Bush moment
With an Anglican Mum and Ringatu Dad where's the middle ground if you're having a religious calling? Maraea Rakuraku catches up with Anglican priest Chris Huriwai who left for Jerusalem via America last week for an exchange with St Georges College. [more]

Hui Takataapui 2014 with David Kukutai Jones
David Kukutai Jones is a healer, maker of rongoa, librarian and the Chairman of the Māori Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender gathering - Hui Takataapui 2014 which this year was hosted at Te-Papa-o-Rotu Pā, Whatawhata. [more]

Mālama Honua Hōkūle'a, and Hikianalia with Kat Lobendahn and Moani Keliikuli Heimuli
Maraea Rakuraku receives Waka101 tutelage from Kat Lobendahn and Moani Keala Keliikuli Heimuli members of the Mālama Honua Waka Voyaging crew traversing across Te Moananuiakiwa (The Pacific Ocean) bringing attention to the pollution of our seas. It's an opportunity to ask all those pressing questions, like, does it get boring? what is the waka equivalent of cabin fever and just how awkward is it, toileting over the side of the waka? [more]

Te Kupu o te Wiki

Te Kupu o te Wiki: pāremata - parliament
The Māori word of the week is: pāremata - parliament. Kōtahi rau e rua tekau mā tahi ngā mema pāremata. There are 121 members of parliament. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 24 November 2014
The Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, is calling on the government to change the law so that half of all councillors are tangata whenua; A fishing firm says its Maori partners have failed to grasp opportunities to break into the sector; A Maori biomedical reseacher is motivated to find a cure for cancers largely affecting tangata whenua; The grandson of the late Maori politician, who's face is on the $50 note says the Reserve Bank is making an effort to reflect New Zealand's bicultural heritage. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 24 November 2014
A fishing firm says its Maori partners have failed to grasp opportunities to break into the sector; The Mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, is calling on the Government to change the law so that half of all councillors are Maori; A Maori biomedical reseacher is motivated to find a cure for cancers largely affecting tangata whenua; The grandson of the late Maori politician featured on the fifty dollar note says the Reserve Bank is making an effort to reflect New Zealand's bicultural heritage. [more]

Upbeat

Allan Badley: University of Auckland Music School
New Head of the Music School at the University of Auckland. [more]

Jennifer Shennan: Dance reviews
Jennifer reviews works by Lucy Marinkovich and Anita Hunziker and Sydney Dance Company. [more]

Peter Mechen: NZSO Review
Peter reviews the Wellington performance of the NZSO's In the Hall of the Mountain King. [more]

War Reports

War Report - 23 November
As yet there are no New Zealand casualties in action and newspapers must look for local links in overseas news. In New Zealand there's a feeling of urgency as men hurry to enlist before the war is over. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 117: Accuse me thus, that I have scanted all
Read by Donogh Rees. Music details: Dowland: Mr Langton's Galliard (Glossa GCD 920 109) [more]

World & Pacific News

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 24 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Push for 2nd New Zealand NRL team
A bid for a second New Zealand NRL rugby league team based in Wellington has been launched with the aim of entering the competition in the 2018 season. [more]

Aussie job prospects fading for expats
The chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce says he had seen hundreds of expat New Zealanders who are eager to return as job prospects in Australia fade. [more]

Smith has extra money says lawyer
The lawyer for the convicted murderer, Phillip John Smith, says he understands his client has more money available to him than the $10,200 he declared when he fled New Zealand. [more]

Hamilton Lotto player wins $16m
Someone from Hamilton has won more than $16 million on the Lotto with the winning ticket being sold at a Countdown supermarket in the city, last night. [more]

Power back on in Lyttleton after 15 hrs
Electricity has been restored to Lyttleton after a power cut that affected about 1,500 properties in the town and lasted nearly 15 hours. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - All Blacks win 34-16 against Wales in Cardiff
BREAKING NEWS - All Blacks win 34-16 against Wales in Cardiff [more]

Big demand for 'Do Not Knock' stickers
Consumer New Zealand says there has been huge demand for its 'Do Not Knock' stickers with almost 100,000 already handed out. [more]

Toddler still in critical condition
A toddler remains in a critical condition in hospital after being rescued from a burning house in Auckland. A man also pulled from the house remains in a serious condition. [more]

Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole
Nico Rosberg beat title favourite Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the decisive Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix as Mercedes locked out the front row in qualifying. [more]

Bakkies Botha retires from Springboks
The Springbok lock and Rugby World Cup winner Bakkies Botha has announced his retirement from international rugby. [more]

All Blacks end tour unbeaten
Five second half tries have helped the All Blacks to a 34-16 win over Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the victory marking Richie McCaw's 100th test as captain. [more]

Football Ferns fall to France
The New Zealand women's football coach Tony Readings wants his team to display more self belief after going down 2-1 to world number four France in Laval this morning. The... [more]

Two dead after Christchurch crash
Two people are dead after a car crashed into a tree in Christchurch early this morning, police said it is believed the driver lost control while speeding past another car. [more]

Norman's warning over Chinese trade
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman warns New Zealand should not compromise its principles on human rights for trade with its biggest export market China. [more]

Charge over New Zealander's murder
A 32-year-old man charged with murdering a New Zealander and dismembering his body in North Queensland is due back in court on 17 December. [more]

Manchester United into top four
Manchester United's much-maligned defence stood firm to inspire their team to a 2-1 victory at Arsenal as the visitors climbed into the top four of the English Premier League. [more]

West Coast hunter airlifted to hospital
A hunter on the West Coast has been airlifted to hospital after he accidentally fired into rocks which shattered, injuring his face and upper body, this morning. [more]

Wins for England, Scotland, Pumas and Boks
England did enough to beat a physical Samoa 28-9 at Twickenham, ending a five-game losing run ahead of next week's tougher test against Australia. [more]

Ireland pip Wallabies in Dublin
Ireland's New Zealand born rugby coach Joe Schmidt watched on with suspected appendicitis as the hosts edged past Australia 26-23 in a frantic test in Dublin. [more]

NZ workers offer to help fight Ebola
The Health Minister says 34 health professionals from New Zealand want to join the International efforts to combat Ebola as part of an Australian-led mission in Sierra Leone. [more]

McCullum into top 20
Pakistan and New Zealand cricketers have risen up the ICC Test Player Rankings following the drawn second Test in the United Arab Emirates. [more]

Flower fined by Wigan
Ben Flower has been found guilty of gross misconduct by his club Wigan after his attack on St Helens playmaker Lance Hohaia during October's Super League grand final. [more]

Black Sticks end with draw
The New Zealand men's hockey team have finished their four test series against Japan with a 3-3 draw on the Kapiti Coast. [more]

New swing coach for Woods
Tiger Woods, who plans to return to competition in less than two weeks after a three-month absence, is working on his swing with a new coach Chris Como. [more]

Call for strategy on population change
A group of researchers is calling on the Government to develop a strategy around the country's population change and growth to avoid problems such as regional decline. [more]

Ko moves up to 5th in Florida
The teenage New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has moved up five places into a tie for 5th after the third round of the last LPGA event of the year in Florida. [more]

Chinese dairy giant to invest in NZ
A major Chinese dairy company has announced plans to invest a further $400 million in New Zealand dairy projects as well as research work with Lincoln University. [more]

Mayoral campaign fund complaint
A complaint has been laid about a trust used to fund two of Auckland mayor Len Brown's election campaigns. The complainant says she laid the complaint with the council a year ago. [more]

Collins inquiry results due this week
The findings of an inquiry into allegations former Justice Minister Judith Collins was involved in a smear campaign are expected this week. Ms Collins resigned in September. [more]

Foreign fighter draft legislation released
The Prime Minister has released the final draft of legislation which addresses the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. The final draft contains previously announced proposals. [more]

Crozier gifted to Anglican Maori Bishop
A bishop's crozier gifted to the Anglican Bishop of Auckland in 1914, is being gifted to the Anglican Maori Bishop at a ceremony on Sunday. The crozier is an intricately carved pastoral staff. [more]

Man missing off Hawke's Bay coast
The police dive squad is being called in to help search for a man missing off the Hawke's Bay coast. The 56-year-old was snorkelling with another man but never made it back to shore. [more]

Call for Rennie to quit over Sutton case
Labour leader Andrew Little says State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie should step down over his mishandling of the resignation of the CERA head Roger Sutton. [more]

Light plane crash near Winton
Three men are in hospital in Southland after a plane crashed as it tried to take off for a hunting trip. Police say the pilot tried to land the plane but skidded, hit a fence and the plane flipped over. [more]

Monarch butterfly population down
The Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust is warning that the monarch butterfly population is down due to wasps and believes this spells danger for native butterflies. [more]

Future of shipwreck relics to be decided
The future of items recovered from the shipwreck SS Ventnor is expected to be decided this week. It sunk in 1902 with the coffins of nearly 500 Chinese miners on board. [more]

Prison death inquest gets underway
A major coroner's inquest begins this morning into the death of an Otago prisoner of a suspected drug overdose amid allegations prison staff failed in their duty of care. [more]