Radio New Zealand - Sunday, 8th February 2015

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This page features: Business News, Dateline Pacific, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nine To Noon, One In Five, Rural News, Sounds Historical, Standing Room Only, Te Ahi Kaa, Te Kupu o te Wiki, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat, War Reports, World & Pacific News

Business News

New Zealand corporate reporting season gets underway
A number of small listed companies are expected to report strong earnings results over the next few weeks. [more]

Popularity of larger cars surges as petrol prices plummet
Larger cars are growing in popularity again as the cost of petrol nose-dives. [more]

NZX gears up to welcome companies to NXT
The New Zealand sharemarket operator, NZX, is gearing up to welcome firms to its new market for smaller, high growth companies. [more]

Sydney Correspondent Jim Parker
Across the Tasman, and the Reserve Bank of Australia's first interest rate cut in 18 months has highlighted mounting concerns about the economy. [more]

Morning Markets for 9 February 2015
The New Zealand dollar fell last week following the release of strong United States jobs data and reports of increased tension between Greece and the European Central Bank. [more]

Markets Update for 9 February 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

TSB Bank experiencing overwhelming demand for 10-year mortgages
TSB Bank won't say how much money it has available to lend on its 10-year fixed home loan but says it's experiencing overwhelming demand. [more]

NZX figures show slight improvement in gender diversity
The number of women in executive and directors ranks has improved slightly, but their representation remains low. [more]

NZMEA survey of members
The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association's latest survey has found confidence has picked up, due to stronger sales. [more]

MYOB has significantly less than half Xero's cloud customers
Figures released by the accounting software firm MYOB shows that although its total customer numbers are nearly double its challenger, Xero, it has significantly less than half the number of its rival's cloud-based customers. [more]

Midday Markets for 9 February 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite at First NZ Capital. [more]

Business briefs
The agricultural chemicals company, Nufarm, will axe 50 jobs as part of plans to reduce its European manufacturing operations and save at least 16 million euros a year. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Calls for action at Solomons mine
Landowners in Solomon Islands living below the country's closed gold mine are calling for swift action to drain the mine's tailings dam as heavy rains continue in the country. [more]

Cook Islands to review minimum wage
The Cook Islands government is appealing to the public for input on the local minimum wage. The Minimum Wage Review Panel is compiling a report which will be submitted to the Internal Affairs Minister. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 9 February 2015
Sacked Fiji TV executives take their complaints to police; Human rights are backsliding in PNG; Hospitals struggle with effects of climate change; The Cook Islands reviews its minimum wage; Calls for action at Solomons mine. [more]

Hospitals threatened by climate change
The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion. [more]

Human rights backsliding in PNG
A new report from Human Rights Watch says Papua New Guinea's human rights record took a turn for the worse in 2014. [more]

Sacked Fiji TV executives take their complaints to police
The fallout from the Fiji Government's dispute with Fiji TV and World Rugby has continued, with the sacked executives filing a complaint with the police against the Attorney General. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 February 2015
Tony Abbott will stay on as Australia's Prime Minister and the Ngati Porou leader, Dr Apirana Mahuika, has died. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 February 2015
A double from Portia Woodman has lifted the New Zealand women's sevens team to a 17-10 victory over Australia in the final of the World Series tournament in Sao Paulo. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 9 February 2015
Tony Abbott concedes he could lose vote, PM surprised by turn of events in Australia, No guarantee state houses will not be sold on, DHB wants guardianship of young boy to ensure HIV treatment, Jordan continues airstrikes against Islamic State, Houses near large fire in Timaru, Auckland's killer level crossings set to get riskier and Labour cries foul over Cricket World Cup jobs. [more]

Sports News for 9 February 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pacific News for 9 February 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Tourists credited for bumper summer for Nelson's shops
An influx of tourists with money to spend has helped boost the local economy in Nelson. [more]

Sports News for 9 February 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Abbott concedes he could lose vote
Liberal MPs and senators will vote this morning whether to declare the prime minister's job - and that of his deputy - vacant. [more]

PM surprised by turn of events in Australia
Prime Minister John Key speaks with Guyon Espiner. [more]

No guarantee state houses will not be sold on
Phil Twyford speaks with Susie Ferguson. [more]

DHB wants guardianship of young boy to ensure HIV treatment
A District Health Board is going to court today to seek guardianship of a nine-year-old boy, whose father refuses to treat him for HIV. [more]

Jordan continues airstrikes against Islamic State
Jordan has launched dozens of airstrikes against Islamic State following last week's brutal execution of one of its fighter pilots. [more]

Houses near large fire in Timaru
Houses near to a large fire at an industrial building in Timaru have been evacuated over concerns that chemicals in the smoke may be dangerous. [more]

Auckland's killer level crossings set to get riskier
The increased number of trains planned for Auckland's rail network is stirring up concern from lobbyists, who say the city's killer level crossings will become more hazardous than ever. [more]

Woman behind trust says she's determined to stay
The woman who set up a Christchurch trust for troubled young people is determined to carry on despite claims the trust is doubling as a men's sex club. [more]

Lab workers demand more transparency over restructure plan
Medical laboratory workers want public hospital labs in the Wellington region upgraded, but they want more openness around the process. [more]

Labour cries foul over Cricket World Cup jobs
With less than a week to the first Cricket World Cup match, the Labour Party is crying no-ball over the number of foreigners being employed to broadcast it. [more]

Christchurch prepares for Cricket World Cup
Hoteliers and bar owners in Christchurch are flat out and the finishing touches are being placed on Hagley Oval in time for the Cricket World Cup opening ceremony. [more]

Sports News for 9 February 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Tony Abbott puts his leadership to caucus vote
Australian Liberal Party MPs and senators meet this morning to vote on a motion to spill the leadership . [more]

Lundy re-trial beginning today
Mark Lundy goes back on trial today, accused of bludgeoning his wife and daughter to death 15 years ago. [more]

Iwi on course to play big role in state housing selloff
Iwi leaders believe they're on course to buy a sizeable share of state houses when the Government starts selling them. [more]

Sea Shepherd shuts down illegal fishing
The Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, says it has shut down an attempt by the Interpol-listed vessel, Thunder, to poach in the southwest Indian Ocean. [more]

Summit planned for diplomatic solution to Ukraine conflict
The leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia aim to meet on Wednesday, to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. [more]

"Never revealed evidence" could form new legal appeal
The former lawyer of two Australians pair sentenced to death in Indonesia has made a shock announcement that "never revealed evidence" could form the basis of a new legal appeal. [more]

National Library stands firm on cut to school service
The National Library is defying a backlash over what librarians are calling a disastrous cut to its school service. [more]

Can sea lion become grizzly bear of the south?
The endangered New Zealand Sea Lion could be in line for an image makeover to try to save it. [more]

Poi E the movie being shot
A chart hit in each of the past three decades, The Patea Maori Club's 1984 smash Poi E is now being turned into a movie. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Time to chat to our Melbourne correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 9 February 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 9 February 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in French for 9 February 2015
The latest news in French language. [more]

Nine To Noon

Call for independent tribunal for abuse victims in state care
Advocates for victims of abuse while in state care say delays of up to 15 years in resolving historic claims are unacceptable, and they're calling for an independent Tribunal to be established. Judge Carolyn Henwood is the Chair of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service. Wellington human rights lawyer Sonja Cooper specialises in representing victims of abuse. And Garth Young is the Chief Analyst, Historic Claims for the Ministry for Social Development. [more]

How mindfulness can help treat asthma
Dr. James Carmody is a New Zealander who's Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has extensively studied the effects of mindfulness training on brain structures. More recently, Dr. Carmody has measured the effects of mindfulness on asthma control. His team found long-term reduced use of rescue meds, and improvements in asthma quality of life, stress and anxiety, and the work now been funded for a wider study. [more]

Europe Correspondent Seamus Kearney
Greek election, Ukraine battles, debate over tackling extremism in France. [more]

Neurologist and Pegasus Bay wine pioneer Ivan Donaldson
Ivan Donaldson was head of neurology at Christchurch Hospital for nearly 20 years and is a past-president of the Neurological Society of New Zealand. He has been widely published in medical journals, and his most significant work is the internationally regarded Marsdens' Book of Movement. He has been on the board of the New Zealand Brain Research Institute since 2006 and established Friends of the New Zealand Brain Research Institute to raise funds for neurological research. Book: The Truant from Medicine by Ivan M Donaldson published by Random House. [more]

Book review: 'Five Minutes Alone' by Paul Cleave
Reviewed by Ralph McAllister. Published by Penguin. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
Our political commentators discuss the Prime Minister at Waitangi, the fight against Islamic State and the Australian liberal party's leadership vote. [more]

Tony Abbott survives leadership vote
The critical vote on the leadership of Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Karen Middleton is the chief political correspondent for SBS Australia. [more]

Traditional Scottish whiskey distillery to open in Wanaka
Former dairy farmer, Desiree Whitaker has always loved whiskey, and always wanted to make it herself. After selling her Canterbury farm she is setting up a traditional Scottish whiskey distillery in Wanaka. But their main product, single malt whisky, will have to age in special oak casks for 10 years before it can be sold. [more]

Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne
Kennedy Warne explores the Olivine Wilderness Area, an 83 square km area of forest, rivers, lakes and mountains within Mt Aspiring National Park. [more]

One In Five

A Job Well Done
Until a few months ago, Selwyn Cook had no idea how many people he'd employed who live with disabilities. He says he doesn't count them and just employs the best person for the job. It turns out that in the past 3 years, Selwyn has employed more than 70 staff with disabilities. His business runs 12 'Z' service stations in Waikato. Late last year Selwyn received the Employer Award at the Attitude Awards. Each year the honour goes to a person who sees opportunities and not barriers in their work place for people with disabilities. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 February 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 February 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Sounds Historical

Sounds Historical for 8 Feburary 2015 ( Part 1 )
Stories of yesteryear from around New Zealand. [more]

Sounds Historical for 8 Feburary 2015 ( Part 2 )
Stories of yesteryear from around New Zealand. [more]

Standing Room Only

Anya Whitlock - Fabric phantoms
Anya Whitlock, is an artist in her own right and she works in art departments for TV shows like the mega new fantasy TV series Shannara being filmed in New Zealand. Her new Fabric Phantom series exhibition which uses textiles collected from around the world, is on at the Pierre Peeters Gallery. [more]

Auckland Fringe Festival
Fringe Festivals are usually great opportunities for testing new and edgy kinds of art and performance. But this year's Auckland Fringe sees a slightly older avant-garde form making a strong comeback. Standing Room Only's Justin Gregory talks to Stephen Bain of Winning Productions and Fiona McNamara from Binge Culture collective. [more]

Introducing new New Zealand literary journal, Headland made for the online generation. Laura McNeur and Liesl Nunns are the founding editors of this journal, which concentrates on short stories and creative non-fiction. Writers are currently invited to submit their work for the second issue by 20 February 2015. [more]

Late night comedy
With Prime recently picking up The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, we look at the massive beast that is American late night comedy. Bill Carter has written two books about some of the seismic late night television manoeuvrings. 1994's The Late Shift documented Jay Leno's rise to be the successor of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, and the fallout resulting in David Letterman setting up a direct competitor. 2011's The War For Late Night focused on Jay Leno giving up the Tonight Show to Conan O'Brian but taking back the Tonight Show crown a year after retiring from it. Bill Carter has been a media reporter for decades and covers the television beat for The New York Times. He spoke to Shaun D Wilson. [more]

High Mountain Flowing Water
Lynda Chanwai-Earle met renowned New Zealand composer Jack Body and a group of visiting Chinese virtuoso performers at a special one-off performance in Wellington recently, to learn more about the art of collaboration with one of our very best. [more]

Te Ahi Kaa

Whakatāuki for 8 o Hui-Tanguru (February) 2015
He honore, he kororia, maungarongo ki te whenua, whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa. Honour and Glory on high, peace on earth and goodwill to all people. This week's whakatauki is explained by Kurt Komene no Te Ati Awa. [more]

Treaty Debates 2015 - Healing the past, building a future
This year's Treaty Debate panel is Peter Douglas CEO of Te Ohu Kaimoana; Jamie Tuuta CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa; Matiu Rei Executive Director at Ngati Toa Rangatira and Rahui Papa, Chairman of the Executive Board of Waikato-Tainui iwi, Te Arataura. Highlights of the Treaty Debate (recorded on the 29th January 2015) includes discussion about the settlement process, the relationships formed during this process both within iwi and the crown, and the way forward. [more]

Te Ra o te Raukura - Star Olsen
Every year Star Olsen sets up his stall at the Te Ra o te Raukura, the two day whanau festival, the trouble is he actually doesn't sell anything. His stall is his trusty van and he spends time soaking up the music and atmosphere. As one of the key organisers of the event, that attracts thousands to Te Whiti Park, Lower Hutt, Star recalls how the event came about, and the logistics of organising Te Ra o te Raukura every year. [more]

Experiencing Te Ra o te Raukura
Kurt Komene is the tutor of the kaumatua kapahaka group Te Roopu Taikura o Te Kahui Herekawe, this year the group performed on stage at Te Ra o te Raukura. Kurt talks about the iwi connections and why the festival is another way to strengthen those ties. Frank Crawford and Frank Topia are both skilled weavers who set up a stall to sell their wares, from clutch purses to bangles, hats and backpacks, they both talk about their kaupapa with Justine Murray. [more]

What does Waitangi day mean to you?
Justine Murray asks the question at Te Ra o te Raukura whanau festival, Lower Hutt on February 1st, 2015. [more]

Ngā Tāonga Kōrero - Sir Apirana Ngata at Waitangi
In an archival recording from 1940, Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata is at the opening of the Whare Runanga meeting house at Te Tii Marae, Waitangi. The opening coincided with the centenary celebrations of the signing of the Treaty. In his speech, Ngata talks about the relationship between maori and pakeha. [more]

Te Kupu o te Wiki

Te Kupu o te Wiki: īPapa - iPad
The Māori word of the week is: īPapa - iPad. Kua ngaro i a ia tana īPapa. She lost her iPad. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Waonui for Week Ending 8 Febuary
There's ongoing division within Ngapuhi, Maori are being urged to wake up to the issue of earthquake prone marae and the pop song Poi E is being turned into a movie. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 9 February 2015
Waitangi wrap up; Ngati Kahungunu wants to assert greater influence over a pan-iwi-owned fisheries company; A Wairarapa tribe wants to study the age of an ancient argillite adze - which could prove who rightfully owns it; New research shows time, money and travel are the main reasons people struggle to get home to their Marae. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 9 February 2015
Waitangi wrap up; Ngati Kahungunu wants to assert greater influence over a pan-iwi-owned fisheries company; A Wairarapa tribe wants to study the age of an ancient argillite adze - which could prove who rightfully owns it; For the first time, iwi can see how their children are doing in the education system. [more]


Keith Lewis: NZ Tenor
New Zealand tenor previews his recital tour. [more]

Gareth Watkins: Composed in light
NZ Photographer exhibiting his collection 'Composed in Light' at the Pah Homestead. [more]

War Reports

War Report - 8 February 2015
From C A L Treadwell's memories of New Zealand troops in Egypt and VD and the Wazzir incident. His description of reinforcements marching over the Rimutakas to Trentham. Jack Mullins recalls inter-platoon rugby. [more]

World & Pacific News

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 9 February 2015
the latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World Pacific and Sports News for 9 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Man in ICU after falling from moving van
A 25-year-old Alexandra man is in Dunedin Hospital's intensive care unit with serious head injuries after falling from a moving van, last night. [more]

Dry weather adds to financial worries
The country's largest farming corporation, Landcorp, says this summer's exceptionally dry weather is adding to its financial worries. [more]

Man seriously injured during street fight
Police say a man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident during a street fight in the Waikato town of Ngaruawahia overnight. [more]

Call for Fifty Shades boycott
Christian lobby group Family First is calling for a boycott of the upcoming film Fifty Shades of Grey. [more]

Leave coal in the ground - study
A British study has found most of the world's coal reserves need to be left alone in order to keep global warming within the two-degree safe limit. [more]

Hastings pursuit ends in crash
Police in Hastings say charges of dangerous driving and theft are likely to be laid after a pursuit through the city ended in a single-car crash. [more]

Injury concerns for Sri lanka and India
Sri Lanka and India have both suffered injury blows ahead of the Cricket World Cup. [more]

Chelsea clear out in EPL
Chelsea has gone clear at the top of the English football's Premier League as they beat Aston Villa, while Manchester City were held by Hull. [more]

Warriors beaten in trial match
An inexperienced New Zealand Warriors side has been beaten 22-12 by the Gold Coast in their first National Rugby League trial of the season. [more]

Lundy to go on trial tomorrow
Sixteen months after the Privy Council quashed his previous convictions, Mark Lundy will go on trial again tomorrow in the High Court at Wellington. [more]

Pope's support of smacking criticised
A victim of child sexual abuse by clergy has criticised Pope Francis for speaking in favour of smacking. [more]

Toddler hit in driveway accident
A one-year-old child suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car in a driveway in Tauranga. [more]

MSD releases arrest warrant figures
Ministry of Social Development figures show more than 5000 beneficiaries have been sent arrest warrant notifications since welfare reform changes in 2013. [more]

Auckland motorists warned of likely delays
Motorists returning to Auckland after the long weekend are being warned to expect delays. [more]

Part of road closed after fatal crash
One person is dead and a section of McEntee Road in semi-rural West Auckland is closed after a car overturned. [more]

Man dies during sailing regatta
A man has died after falling off a sailing boat during a regatta at Plimmerton north of Wellington. [more]

Govt grants for LGBTI youth support
The Government has announced it is putting up $85,000 in grants for queer youth support services. [more]

Black Sticks sweep Canada
The New Zealand women's hockey team have swept the series against Canada with a 5-1 victory in the dead rubber third Test in Whangarei. [more]

Snakes win in Sydney, consolidate top spot
The Cairns Taipans have beaten the Sydney Kings 98-72 on the road to consolidate their hold on top spot over the Breakers in the Australian basketball league. [more]

Van crash victim on holiday from Israel
Police say a woman who died in a van crash on State Highway One in North Canterbury yesterday was on holiday from Israel. [more]

Crayfish diver missing in North Canterbury
Police dive teams have been searching for a woman who went diving for crayfish in North Canterbury this morning and has not been seen since. [more]

Police officer not following the rules
The Police Association says that an officer who claimed that he routinely carries a firearm while out on the job is not following the association's advice. [more]

Another of Walker's records falls to Willis
Nick Willis has broken another one of Sir John Walker's national running records with victory in the Boston Indoor Grand Prix. [more]

Man injured after being struck by yacht
Police say a man was seriously injured this afternoon when struck by a 15 metre yacht near Motuhie Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. [more]

Marlborough firefighters may scale back
The Rural Fire Authority says it could take another two days to contain a blaze which has destroyed almost 600 hectares of farmland and forest in Marlborough. [more]

Woman crashes following police pursuit
A woman is in a serious condition following a police car chase down Centaurus Road in Christchurch. [more]