Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 25th February 2015

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, In Parliament, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, New Zealand Society, News Extras, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, Stranger Things, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, The World in Sport, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Your Song - The Walk of Life
The Walk Of Life - Dire Straits. Chosen by Rick Croft of Kaukapakapa. [more]

Music Trivia game
No clues here. Sorry! [more]

Smoking Research - Professor Emily Banks
A new study has found that two thirds of smokers will die from a smoking-related illness. But it's also found that if people quit before they turn 45 they have a good chance of recovering from much of the damage tobacco is doing to their bodies. The study from the Australian National University, published in BMC Medicine, provides what the researchers say is the first large-scale direct evidence on the relationship of smoking to mortality in Australia. Professor Emily Banks speaks with us from Sydney. [more]

Feature album - What's Goin' On
Today's feature album is Marvin Gaye's 'What's Goin' On' from 1971. [more]

Tech News with Paul Brislen
Today: Radiation, Bit rot and Lenovo putting rootkit software on its laptops. [more]

Business News

Evening Business for 25 February 2015
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Xero shares jump on capital raising, appointment of new US head
Xero shares leapt as much as 27 percent yesterday after the accounting software company raised almost 150 million dollars and appointed a new head of its operations in the United States. [more]

Air New Zealand plans a global expansion
Air New Zealand will extend its presence globally, starting flights to Argentina from the end of the year. [more]

Ebos has about $300m to make acquisitions
Ebos has about 300 million dollars available to make further acquisitions without needing to raise more capital. [more]

Precinct Properties seeks $174.1m to fund development plans
Precinct Properties is seeking to raise 174 point 1 million dollars from shareholders to fund future developments. [more]

A2 Milk says US launch won't spread its resources too thinly
A2 Milk says it won't be spreading its resources too thinly when it launches in the United States in the fourth quarter of this year. [more]

Wynyard Group full-year loss doubles
Wynyard Group has almost doubled its annual loss, as it accelerated its growth plans. [more]

Tourism Holdings on track for full-year net profit of $17m
Tourism Holdings says it's on track to deliver a full-year profit of 17 million dollars, with strong demand to rent its campervans from international visitors. [more]

Multinational companies in China struggle to recruit
Multinational companies operating in China are struggling to recruit top executives. [more]

Morning markets for 26 February 2015
The Dow Jones Index is up 17 points to 18,226. [more]

Markets Update for 26 February 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Migration gains hit records
New Zealand gained a record 5500 net new residents in January, taking the annual increase in net migrants to nearly 54-thousand people. [more]

Fonterra holds forecast milk price
The dairy co-operative, Fonterra, has held its forecast milk price steady, saying the recent rises in dairy auction prices are not enough to raise the payout to its farmers at this point. [more]

Scales' annual profit fell 10% but beat forecast by 15.4%
Scales' annual net profit has fallen 10%, but the apple grower exceeded its prospectus forecast by more than 15%. The company made a net profit of $18.4 million in 2014, after sales dropped 3% to $263 million [more]

Turners & Growers full year net profit falls 2%: revenues flat
Turners and Growers' full year net profit has fallen, due to difficult international trading conditions, price pressures and lower export volumes, resulting from damaging hail. [more]

Trade surplus for January
Lower dairy and oil prices have weighed on the trade balance. Official figures show a trade surplus of $56 million in January. [more]

Vital Healthcare's first half net profit falls 16%
Vital Healthcare Property Trust's half year profit has fallen 16%, reflecting the impact of a $4.7 million tax expense and other tax adjustments. The hospital and healthcare property trust made a net profit of 13.945 million dollars in the six months to December. [more]

MYOB lifts annual loss by half as products costs near double
MYOB has increased its annual loss by half as costs nearly doubled on new product development and launch costs. [more]

Midday Markets for 26 February 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Melika King at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 25 February 2015
PM adamant NZ troops will only be in Iraq for two years; Critics say Aucklanders lose key open space in council land sale; French sailor convicted for hiding jars of pate; Minister leaves open option for extra parental leave for disabled and prem, multiple births; Fire strands passengers on Wellington train; More tourists have car keys taken off them and Police respond on seizing car keys. [more]

PM adamant NZ troops will only be in Iraq for two years
The Prime Minister is adamant that New Zealand troops will only be in Iraq for two years and he rejects suggestions their role will expand to include combat duties. [more]

Critics say Aucklanders lose key open space in council land sale
Critics say Aucklanders have lost important public space after a land deal between Auckland Council and a property company. [more]

French sailor convicted for hiding jars of pate
Hiding jars of pate, packets of ham, bananas and two limes has earned a French yachtie a three thousand dollar fine for breaching bio-security rules. [more]

Minister leaves open option for extra parental leave for disabled and prem, multiple births
The Government says it's now willing to consider extra paid leave for parents in special circumstances, with a long running Labour Party bill about to be voted down in Parliament. [more]

Fire strands passengers on Wellington train
80 passengers are stranded on a Wellington commuter train because of a scrub fire nearby. [more]

More tourists have car keys taken off them
Another tourist in the South Island has had their rental car keys snatched off them by a motorist so scared by their driving they recorded video of it on their phone. [more]

Police respond on seizing car keys
As well as keys being taken off tourist drivers, there's been a swathe of cases before the courts in which foreigners face charges, including from two fatal road smashes since the weekend. [more]

Police to investigate Human Rights Commission complaint
Australia is poised to send additional troops to Iraq for a joint training mission with New Zealand soldiers. [more]

Golfer Lydia Ko back in NZ since becoming world number 1
The 17 year old, Lydia Ko, is back in New Zealand for the first time since becoming the world number one earlier this month. [more]

Dunedin business celebrate coming of gigabit internet
A Dunedin start-up company says getting the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere changes everything. [more]

Precinct Properties defends public land deal
The head of the property company building a half billion dollar skyscraper in downtown Auckland is defending the public land deal with Auckland Council. [more]

Sports News for 25 February 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Former marine talks about working at Taji Base in Iraq
A former US marine who worked at Iraq's Taji Base near Bagdad says he doubts local soldiers can ever form an effective united army against Islamic State. [more]

PM avoids answering questions about his relationship with Liu
The Prime Minister has neatly side-stepped answering questions in Parliament this afternoon about his relationship with businessman Donghua Liu. [more]

Haast woman seized the rental car keys off a tourist
A Haast woman seized the rental car keys off a tourist after getting such a fright she recorded the wayward driving on her cellphone. [more]

Labour stands down Carmel Sepuloni from social development role
The Labour Party has stood down its social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni - following charges of benefit fraud being laid against her mother. [more]

Iraq training must help protect civilians - Amnesty
The Prime Minister's been defending the upcoming mission to Iraq in Parliament this afternoon, stressing it won't expand to include combat. [more]

China's role in the Pacific examined
Samoa's Prime Minister expects alarmist portrayals of China's intentions in the Pacific will be challenged at a conference in Apia this week. [more]

President Obama vetoes controversial pipeline
President Obama has used his veto power to block, for the time being, the controversial Keystone XL project for a massive oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Tonga police work to solve school fights
Tonga police devise ways to try and end years of clashes between students from rival schools. [more]

Chance for Fiji to send strong message against torture
A human rights researcher says Fiji's ratification of both the UN Convention Against Torture and its optional protocol would send out a strong message internationally. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 25 February 2015
Chance for Fiji to send strong message against torture; Tonga police work to solve school fights; Vanuatu farm grows from RSE experience; and Grim coral bleaching forecast for 2015. [more]

Programme sought for Solomons USP campus
The University of the South Pacific and the Solomon Islands government set their sights on 2018 to complete the $15million US dollar campus. [more]

First Fiji RSE workers arrive in NZ
The first Fijian seasonal workers allowed into New Zealand since the military coup in 2006 have arrived in Hawke's Bay for the apple harvest. [more]

Tonga set to finally sign CEDAW
Tonga is preparing to finally ratify the United Nations convention on eliminating all forms of discrimination against women but with conditions. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 26 February 2015
Tonga's set to finally sign a UN convention regarding women, but with conditions; Fiji could send a strong message against torture; First seasonal workers from Fiji arrive in New Zeland; Program sought for Solomon's USP campus; The Tongan police work to solve school fights. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 25 February 2015 - evening edition
First General Debate of the year kicked off by Andrew Little. Mr Little and Metiria Turei put questions to the Prime Minister. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 26 February 2015 - morning edition
First General Debate of the year kicked off by Andrew Little. Mr Little and Metiria Turei put questions to the Prime Minister. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 25 February 2015
A former US marine who worked at Iraq's Taji Base outlines New Zealand soldiers can expect and taking the keys off dangerous foreign drivers. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 February 2015
Remuneration Authority is urged notto lift MP's salaries, and disgraced lawyer Davina Murray is found to be unfit for her job and is struck off. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 February 2015
Breakers remain confident heading into their NBL final's campaign. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 26 February 2015
Baby formula exporters are crying foul, they say they're being pushed out of business as China sets up formula plants here. Early childhood centres say new food safety regulations are another bit of red tape they don't need and Labour stands down Carmel Sepuloni as its social development spokesperson, her mother is in court on benefit fraud charges. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Paid parental bill fails...kind of
Allegations of political betrayal and deception were levelled in Parliament last night as the Government killed off a bill that would have given new parents in exceptional circumstances more time off work. [more]

Pacific News for 26 February 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Blood found on ceiling, walls, hallway, of Lundy home
Graphic details of blood at the Lundys' home being found on the ceiling, walls, hallway, spare room and even as far as the kitchen sink was presented in the High Court in Wellington yesterday. [more]

Chinese investment in NZ is bigger then expected
A Wall Street Journal correspondent who was in New Zealand this month says Chinese investment here appears much larger than the figures indicate. [more]

Australia considering hefty new fees for foreign home buyers
Foreign investors buying Australian houses or businesses may be hit with hefty new fees. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Chinese firms dominating NZ infant formula sector
China is grabbing control of New Zealand's infant formula industry - halving the amount of exports and shutting smaller players out of the market, according to a group representing the exporters. [more]

Challenging times for baby formula exporters.
And, listening to that is the Honorary Professor of Agri-food systems at Lincoln University, Keith Woodford. [more]

ECE groups see threat in food regulations
Early childhood centres say new food safety regulations will force many of them to stop feeding children. [more]

Labour's social development spokeswoman stood down
It wasn't a good day for Labour yesterday with Labour's social development spokeswoman Carmel Sepuloni being stood down after it was revealed her mother is facing multiple charges of welfare fraud. [more]

Buses replace train services between Wellington and Porirua
Buses will replace train services between Wellington and Porirua this morning after a branch fell on overhead lines yesterday, causing major disruptions. Our reporter Paloma Migone has more on this situation. [more]

Queensland fruit fly bumps the Pasifika Festival from venue
Auckland's fruit fly infestation has forced organisers to move The Pasifika Festival. [more]

Report into codeine overdose angers father
The father of a boy who was given 10 times the intended amount of codeine before routine surgery, is appalled those who made the error have not been punished. [more]

Iraqi ambassador says NZ troops in Iraq will be safe
The Iraqi Ambassador to New Zealand says he hopes New Zealand military trainers will be stationed in Iraq for months rather than years. [more]

Tourism New Zealand should do more to help overseas drivers.
Tourism New Zealand is defending the job it's doing in driving home the road safety message for to overseas visitors. [more]

Haast residents frightened by tourist drivers
People living on the South Island's west coast are so concerned about some of the driving by tourists that they're having to take matters into their own hands. [more]

Wgtn city council proposes rates hike of 3.9%
The Wellington City Council is proposing to raise rates and borrow more money to kickstart projects including a new film museum and a longer airport runway. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Infant Formula Exporters association
China is grabbing control of New Zealand's infant formula industry - halving the amount of exports and shutting smaller players out of the market, according to a group representing the exporters. [more]

Early childhood centres say lunches could go
Early childhood centres say a tough new stance by food safety authorities means some could have to stop giving food to children. [more]

Buses replace train services between Wellington and Porirua
Train services from Porirua to the city have been replaced by bus services due to a branch over the track. [more]

Iraqi ambassador happy NZ has committed troops
The Iraqi Ambassador to New Zealand says he's happy New Zealand has committed military troops to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State. [more]

Comparison of IS to Nazi Germany 'ludicrous'
As fears grow for even more Christians possibly captured by Islamic State, the movement's comparisons with Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union are being watered down. [more]

Paris drone mystery deepens with more sightings
Drones have appeared over landmarks in central Paris for the second night running and police are no closer to knowing who is operating them. [more]

Mobile phone harm study finds falling brain cancer in NZ.
A New Zealand study has concluded that cellphone use does not not increase the risk of brain tumours. [more]

Study shows cancer survival worse in NZ than Australia
Another study has been published showing New Zealanders are more likely to die from cancer than Australians. [more]

Farmers reliant on Opuha Dam take financial hit
Farmers reliant on South Canterbury's Opuha irrigation scheme are set to take a big financial hit now that the tap has been turned off. [more]

Christchurch public consider quake memorial options
The husband of a woman who died in the CTV building during the February 2011 earthquake is encouraging the public to have their say on a memorial to honour the 185 people who lost their lives four years ago. [more]

New Zealand Society

Gamers and Gaming
From old-school arcade machines to consoles, PC's and hand-held devices… gaming has changed and it's more accessible than ever, with a multitude of games to cater to every need. If you are a lover of fashion there are styling games that enable players to start up their own boutiques; the strategy game Dota 2 has its audience pegged, with international tournaments providing professional players with the opportunity to compete in large-scale, televised events that turn the players into celebrity super heroes. Yes, the world of gaming has shifted considerably, and the availability of new technology means that games are now at our finger tips-anywhere, anytime. [more]

News Extras

Christine Wardell interview
Otago woman Christine Wardell recounts taking the keys off a foreign driver after a *555 operator told her to, after some scary driving through the Lindis Pass. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 26 February 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 26 February 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 26 February 2015
The latest news in Tonagn language. [more]

Nights

Murray Thomson - Teeth Talk
Did you know that humans form two sets of teeth over the course of their lives - Professor of Dental Epidemiology and Public Health, also editor of New Zealand Dental Journal, Murray Thomson from the University of Otago is armed to the teeth with toothy tales... is tooth loss on the rise? [more]

Indonesia
Editor of Asia Calling Rebecca Henschke reports from the world's fourth most populous nation with the largest population of Muslims, the Republic of Indonesia, pop. 237,424,363 (census. 2011). [more]

Conundrum - clue number 5
Conundrum - clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 6
Conundrum - clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Supercity rifts within Wellington Regional Council
Paul Swain is on the Wellington Regional Council. Fran Wilde is the chair of the Wellington Regional Council [more]

As NZ commits to Iraq, what's the true human rights situation?
As the militant group Islamic State has carved a swathe through Iraq, Syria and Libya, it has become known for high-profile murder videos - posted online - of journalists, aid workers, a pilot, and Egyptian Coptic Christians. It comes along with horror stories about widespread rape, public beheadings and floggings, and reports of suspected homosexuals being thrown from buildings, in cities that IS has taken control of. Will Western-led air strikes, and shoring up the Iraqi army - as New Zealand is planning to do in a training capacity - help prevent such atrocities? Yifat Susskind is the executive director of Madre, an international women's rights organisation, and has been working closely with human rights activists on the ground in Iraq. [more]

UK correspondent, Jon Dennis
Jon Dennis reports on the three British schoolgirls feared to have flown to Syria to join Islamic State, Ex-foreign secretaries caught in cash-for-access. [more]

Gluten: the villain of the food world?
Millions of people around the world claim to be gluten intolerant. But is this a food fad that has got out of hand?  [more]

Book review: 'The Chimes' by Anna Smaill
Published by Hodder. Reviewed by Carole Beu. [more]

New technology with Sarah Putt
Sarah Putt discusses why Spark and Chorus are at odds over pricing, Apple's diverse emojis and Open Source academy turns five. [more]

Girl Bullying
Social exclusion, silent treatment, gossip, and put downs. What are the best ways to help girls deal with cruelty disguised as friendship? [more]

Film Review with Dan Slevin
Dan Slevin discusses Academy Award-winning documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Citizen Four. [more]

Our Changing World

Using a Scanning Electron Microscope - long version
A scanning electron microscope uses a focused beam of electrons to produce images and in this extended version, Ruth Knibbe demonstrates how it works [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 25 February 2015
METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "Get some guts and join the right side"? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What are the features of the new social investment approach the Government will use in Budget 2015 and in future Budgets? ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We recognise ISIL is not a short-term threat and there is a lot of work to be done in the long-term"; if so, does he accept this means New Zealand's deployment may last longer than two years and involve more than training? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What reports has he received about employment growing across New Zealand? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 4 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support older New Zealanders receiving New Zealand superannuation? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he agree with KPMG that banks are warning that the "significant deals done at ridiculous pricing" for New Zealand land and property could spell disaster for them? SARAH DOWIE to the Minister for Small Business: What measures has the Government implemented to support small businesses in accessing the Government procurement process? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf last year about his contact with Mr Liu that: "As Prime Minister and the leader of the National Party, Mr Key attends a number of functions up and down the country which are attended by a large number of people. While we don't have a record of who attends these events, Mr Key recalls seeing Mr Liu at various functions, including a dinner as part of a National Party fundraiser"? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "we're actually going to stand up for human rights…"? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: What was the "range of price escalation" for the New Zealand International Convention Centre as recorded in advice to the Minister dated 26 February 2014? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

John Key gives further detail about Iraq deployment
Speaking to reporters in Auckland, Prime Minister John Key gives more information about the decision to send troops to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 February 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 February 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Stranger Things

Thursday 26th Feb - approx 1.15am
Lloyd Scott's All Night Programme interrupted. Four people affected by the moon. [more]

Thursday 26th Feb - approx 4.45am
Lloyd Scott's All Night Programme interrupted by a woman's voice. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Arawa entity aims to develop new tribal leaders
Kaumatua dying and their knowledge being lost is prompting a confederation of tribes to develop new leaders. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 February 2015
The government says Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board will start talking to whanau next month about changes to the way the body controls the network of language nests; An Anglican Maori Bishop, who recently provided refuge to a Christchurch family to avoid being deported to Chile, has been stood down from his post as head of the church's Te Waipounamu Diocese; Labour's Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says the Maori Language Bill needs more input from language experts, iwi and educators before it can proceed any further; Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou has appointed a new leader, Selwyn Parata; Kaumatua dying and their knowledge being lost is prompting a confederation of tribes to develop new leaders. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 February 2015
A former Maori Language Commissioner is blaming some iwi for the loss of the Maori language; A Whanganui sports organisation has added the letter 'h' to its name, saying the change reflects the positive relationship it has with local iwi; Ngati Kahungunu elders are banning swimming, waka ama and fishing from a popular harbour attraction in Hawke's Bay after a body was found in the waterway; The latest group of Maori political candidates have gained the respect of Te Arawa Kaumatua, Sir Toby Curtis, as competent leaders. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 February 2015
A guardian of the Maori pre-school movement says she's never known a time when Maori have been so disparate; A Whanganui sports organisation has added the letter 'h' to its name, saying the change reflects the positive relationship it has with local iwi; Ngati Kahungunu elders are banning swimming, waka ama and fishing from a popular harbour attraction in Hawke's Bay after a body was found in the waterway; The latest group of Maori political candidates have gained the respect of Te Arawa Kaumatua, Sir Toby Curtis, as competent leaders. [more]

The Panel

The Panel Pre-Show for 25 February 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Tainui Stephens and Steve McCabe (Part 1)
What the panelists Steve McCabe and Tainui Stephens have been up to; the reality of Iraqi situation and warnings about commercial property deals. [more]

Panel Intro
What the panelists Steve McCabe and Tainui Stephens have been up to. [more]

Reality of Iraqi Situation
Will NZ Training Make A Difference in Iraq? We ask Iraqi Dr Hussam Razzaq who now lives in NZ. [more]

Warnings About Commercial Property Deals
Dr David Tripe of Massey University's School of Economics and Finance joins the Panel to discuss if "ridiculous" commercial property deals will break the banks? [more]

The Panel with Tainui Stephens and Steve McCabe (Part 2)
The showering habits of British women; what's on the minds of panelists Steve McCabe and Tainui Stephens; Fran Wilde responds to Stephen Franks and trouble in Glenorchy. [more]

The Showering Habits of British Women
The dirty truth about the hygiene habits of UK women. Too tired to wash. [more]

Panel Says
What's on the minds of panelists Steve McCabe and Tainui Stephens. [more]

Fran Wilde Responds To Stephen Franks
We are joined now by Fran Wilde to respond to Mr Franks' remarks on Monday's Panel. [more]

Trouble in Glenorchy
The newly resigned secretary of the Glenorchy Community Association John Glover tells us about a new campgound and store that's dividing the community. [more]

The Wireless

Bulletin: So we're going to Iraq
Seven reactions to the Prime Minister's announcement that NZ is sending troops to Iraq. [more]

Weekly Listening: Heems, Blur, Carb On Carb, Calexico and Metz
The Wireless and Music 101 showcase some of the best new music releases from the past week. [more]

On the Dial: Facebook, friendships, and drinking
A social media heavy On The Dial this week, plus Auckland theatre, and karaoke. [more]

Interview: A Place To Bury Strangers
The New York based band talk about pushing through thresholds of noise and chaos. [more]

The World in Sport

World in Sport for 25 February 2015
This week; The PNG government is adamant that all venues and infrastructure will be ready for the start of the Pacific Games in July; The Barbarians to play Manu Samoa; World Rugby visits Apia; And Vanuatu fall short in their bid to win the New Zealand Beach Volleyball Open. [more]

Upbeat

Gergely Madaras: APO Conductor
Hungarian conductor working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this week. [more]

Mei Lin Hansen: Auckland Writer
Writer of Mooncake and the Kumara previews its Auckland Festival season. [more]

Adrian Hollay: Composer and Recording Engineer
Melbourne-based composer talks about his recent and upcoming projects. [more]

World & Pacific News

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 25 February 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 25 February 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 25 February 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 26 February 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2015
The latest wodl, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

'Some pain' to fix Queenstown transport
Commuters in Queenstown may have to get used to taking the bus as the local council tries to solve the resort town's traffic woes. [more]

Indigenous food sales fall short
A Crown-run indigenous food brand has missed its takings target, earning four times less than it wanted. [more]

NZQA defends Maori exams
The Qualifications Authority is defending criticism from a kura body over how two Maori language exams are credited. [more]

How well does the education system support Māori?
The Auditor General says some schools believe they have better relationships with whānau than whānau think they do. [more]

Farmers urged to prepare for worst
Farmers in drought-stricken areas are being urged to prepare stock feed plans with a worst case scenario in mind. [more]

Scientists assess thistle control
Scientists are assessing the effectiveness of a tiny green beetle in helping control one of the country's worst pasture weeds. [more]

More water storage in works for Canterbury
A new 30-million cubic metre water storage pond could be on the cards for mid-Canterbury. [more]

Black Caps dream team?
What New Zealand need to help beat Australia on Saturday is Chris Harris and Shane Bond, with a dash of Ewen Chatfield on the side -- if you believe the stats. [more]

Setback to curb Auckland urban sprawl
There is an early setback to the Auckland Council's ambition to curb urban sprawl, with only limited backing from an independent panel considering the city's development blueprint. [more]

Two thirds of smokers will die of the habit - study
Research from Australia has found that up to two thirds of smokers will die from a smoking-related illness. [more]

Double ton for Chris Gayle
The West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the first double century in Cricket World Cup history as he guided his side to a victory over Zimbabwe in their group match in Canberra. [more]

Fiji's CCF says Fiji making headway against torture
Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum has welcomed moves by the government to eradicate acts of torture in the country. [more]

Horrors of Lundy home revealed
It was, the police said on the opening day of Mark Lundy's trial for the murder of his wife and daughter, a "modest little home" in Palmerston North. [more]

Samoa exporter sees positives in Investment Bill
A Samoa exporter says the government's proposed Citizenship Investment Bill would foster economic stimulation in the country, but may have set too high an investment threshold. [more]

Politicians deaf to tourist driver problem: family
A family calling for a competency test for all tourist drivers says political leaders are not listening. [more]

Dame Thea Muldoon dies
Dame Thea Muldoon, the wife of the late former prime minister, Sir Robert Muldoon, has died in Auckland aged 87. [more]

Sport: Fiji cricketers stun PNG
Fiji are in the box seat to qualify for the Under 19 Cricket World Cup after a stunning upset victory over Papua New Guinea at the East Asia-Pacific Trophy on Tuesday. [more]

American Samoa businessman charged with bribery
An American Samoa businessman has been charged with bribery after he allegedly tried to pay off a Tax Office employee to make his tax problems go away. [more]

Christchurch faces big rates rise
Rates in Christchurch could rise 26 percent over the next three years as part of a proposal from the city council to meet a $1.2 billion budget shortfall. [more]

New bug threat looms over NZ
The Northland Regional Council is sounding an early warning about an insect that could do more damage than the Queensland fruit fly. [more]

Iraq deployment 'waste of time'
The decision to send New Zealand troops to Iraq to train local soldiers has been criticised by some Iraqi people in New Zealand as pointless. [more]

Elderly woman robbed in Mt Maunganui
A woman in her 70s has been robbed by two boys who looked as young as 13, in Mount Maunganui, police have said. [more]

Warner baits McCullum and NZ fans
Australian batsman David Warner says the scalp of counterpart Brendon McCullum will be one of the keys to winning Saturday's World Cup match and he's confident his bowlers can do that. [more]

Missing Dunedin teenager found
A missing Dunedin teenager has been found. Judith George was reported missing early yesterday morning. [more]

Air New Zealand reports profit drop
Air New Zealand has attributed its drop in profit to the effect of the high New Zealand dollar on the value of its hedged investments. [more]

Inflation expectations have slumped
The Reserve Bank has come under pressure to cut the Official Cash Rate after the release of the results of its latest survey on inflation expectations. [more]

Banks made record profits in 2014 - survey
While the latest survey from auditor KPMG shows record profits for banks last year, unions claim bank workers are not being fairly recompensed. [more]

Legal-high hearing begins
A hearing is underway in Wellington over the city council's draft policy to restrict the location of legal-high retailers away from sensitive sites. [more]

Man in court charged with hospital rape
A man charged with raping a woman in a hospital after she gave birth has appeared in court. [more]

Norman has doubts about Tiger's future
The Australian golf legend Greg Norman says Tiger Woods is mentally unravelled, his body is breaking down and he doubts he'll return to top form. [more]

Bluesky expands into Cook Islands
The American Samoa-based telecommunications company Bluesky has expanded to the Cook Islands, after its subsidiary bought a 60 percent stake in Telecom Cook Islands from Spark New Zealand for about 17 million US dollars. [more]

Sport: NZ talent scouts take interest in Samoa
New Zealand's biggest rugby talent agency is in Apia this week to look at players at the recently established Rugby Academy of Samoa. [more]

Solomons repatriates US WWII victims
In a solemn ceremony at the weekend, Solomon Islands farewelled the remains of several US soldiers who had died on Guadalcanal during the Second World War. [more]

Dentists dismiss fluoride fears
The Dental Association has dismissed a recent study that associates fluoridation with hypothyroidism. [more]

Hutt Council to tackle stray cat problem
The Hutt City Council is looking into ways to tackle a problem with unwanted cats in the area. [more]

'Time to stand up and be counted'
The Government has a responsibility to keep New Zealanders safe, Prime Minister John Key says, and he is attempting to do that with the deployment of non-combat troops to Iraq. [more]

Dunedin gets fastest internet downunder
The fastest internet service in the Southern Hemisphere has just been turned on in Dunedin. [more]

World Bank visiting cyclone-hit Ha'apai
The cyclone-ravaged Ha'apai island group of Tonga will today host the Vice President of the World Bank for East Asia and the Pacific, Axel van Trotsenburg. [more]

Business Briefs
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - Fletchers appoint Matt Crockett; Airwork Holdings lifts profit and Snakk Media sales jump. [more]

Ebos lifts first-half net profit
Ebos has lifted its first-half net profit more than 9 percent, fuelled by both organic growth and acquisitions. [more]

Fiji inmates to be upskilled
The Fiji Corrections Service is planning on expanding its programme to upskill inmates, in areas of sheep farming and pine planting, to bee keeping and ginger farming. [more]

Positive feedback to safety campaign
Farmers are responding positively to a Government safety programme according to leaders in the agricultural community. [more]

Boats to snare PNG betel nut smugglers
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's capital says his administration will establish a fleet to monitor the seas around Port Moresby and intercept betel nut smugglers. [more]

Minimum wage to increase
The Government will increase the adult minimum wage from $14.25 to $14.75 from 1 April of this year. [more]

BREAKING - Arrest of second wanted man in Hamilton fatal shooting
BREAKING - Arrest of second wanted man in Hamilton fatal shooting [more]

Opuha dam to stop water supply
Irrigation from the Opuha dam in South Canterbury will be turned off this evening for the first time in its 17 years of operation as a result of the drought. [more]

China-Pacific conference opens in Samoa
A conference aiming to shed light on China's role in the Pacific has opened in Samoa with an address by the prime minister. [more]

American Samoan residents rely on Chinese - governor
American Samoa's governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga says residents are enticing Chinese people with money into the territory in order to survive and live. [more]

Wellingtonians oppose super-city - poll
A new poll commissioned by the Wellington City Council shows that almost three quarters of residents surveyed are against the proposed super-city. [more]

French fruit smuggler convicted
The Ministry for Primary Industries hopes the conviction of a French woman who tried to smuggle fruit and meat into New Zealand on a yacht will set a stern example. [more]

Fijian sailor still missing after Kiribati accident
The Kiribati High Commission in Fiji says one Fijian sailor has been found and another is still missing after what is being reported as a fatal accident over the weekend in the Phoenix islands in Kiribati. [more]

Top Tonga law official dismisses PM attack
Tonga's acting attorney general, Aminiasi Kefu, has defended his involvement in the Lord Tu'ilakepa gun case, saying he was advising the court as his position requires. [more]

Missing Christchurch man found
Police have found a missing elderly Christchurch man suffering from Parkinson's disease. [more]

Gallipoli ballot approaches final stages
The Minister of Veterans' Affairs has urged those on the Gallipoli ballot waiting list to confirm that they are still interested in attending. [more]

Australia pulls plug on Forum talks
The Australian government has decided to delay holding a Pacific Leader's meeting to discuss the structure of regional bodies. [more]

American Samoa food stocks back up
Store shelves in American Samoa should be restocked by the end of today with the arrival of the Polynesia Line vessel SeaJade. [more]

Week-long stand-off after death in PNG Police cells
A blockade of Papua New Guinea's Highlands Highway that lasted a week is over after four detectives arrived from Port Moresby to investigate the death of a villager in police cells. [more]

Xero raises Silicon Valley cash
Xero has raised $147.2 million of fresh capital from a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. [more]

Push for more support for women
Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls is calling for more support for women in the private sector and parliament. [more]

NZ needs work on human rights - report
In its annual report on the state of the world's human rights, Amnesty International says New Zealand still has work to do on fundamental human rights. [more]

PM avoids questions about relationship with Liu
The Prime Minister has avoided answering questions in Parliament this afternoon about his relationship with businessman Donghua Liu. [more]

Live: Ireland vs United Emirates
Cricket World Cup action: Ireland take on the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane today. Follow live commentary of the match here. [more]

Chance for strong message against torture in Fiji
A human rights researcher says Fiji's ratification of both the UN Convention Against Torture and its optional protocol would send out a strong message to the community. [more]

Tonga police could can sports after brawls
Police in Tonga say if fighting between schools does not end, this year's intercollegiate sports competition will be cancelled. [more]

Christine Lundy's blood on walls
The weapon used to kill Christine Lundy left a trail of blood across the ceiling and walls of her bedroom as it was swung through the air, the High Court has been told. [more]

Bishop suspended over comments
A South Island Bishop who made controversial comments about Jews and Muslims has been suspended from his duties. [more]

Second arrest in Hamilton shooting
Police investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Hamilton on Friday evening are yet to find a weapon. [more]

Breaking - Fruit fly infestation forces Auckland's Pasifika festival to move to Hayman Park
Breaking - Fruit fly infestation forces Auckland's Pasifika festival to move to Hayman Park [more]

Fruit fly disrupts Pasifika fest
It's been confirmed one of Auckland's biggest festivals will be moved this year, because of the city's fruit fly infestation. [more]

Another car key seized in South Island
For the second time in six weeks a member of the public has taken car keys from a tourist in the South Island because of fears about unsafe driving. [more]

Auckland's QE Square sold for $27 million
Auckland Council has sold Queen Elizabeth Square to developer Precinct Properties for $27 million. [more]

Country's most toxic mine to get cleanup
The country's most toxic site will get a $3 million cleanup by the Government. [more]

Teen charged over fatal stabbing denied bail
A teenager charged with fatally stabbing a promising young rugby league player outside a Grey Lynn party will remain in prison until his trial in August. [more]

Nauru lets 20 asylum seekers out temporarily
The Nauru government is allowing access to the community for what it calls a select number of asylum seekers from the Australian run detention camps. [more]

PNG NGO says money needed alongside law changes to protect kids
The founder of a charitable group that works with vulnerable children in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, says the updating of child protection laws needs to be backed by a boost in resources. [more]

NZ and Fiji link up to fight drug trafficking
New Zealand authorities are helping Fiji set up a detector dog unit aimed at combating drug trafficking. [more]

Pacific finance firm prefers to loan to women
The head of a microfinance organisation in the region says investing in women has produced better results than loaning money to men. [more]

Businesswoman says Vanuatu food waste horrific
The head of an organic food company in Vanuatu says the amount of food wasted from markets is horrifying. [more]

Tonga's Niuafo'ou airport closed
The Niuafo'ou airport in Tonga's far north has been closed for nearly a week due to heavy rainfall on the island. [more]

Selwyn Parata to lead Ngati Porou Runanganui
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou has appointed a new leader, Selwyn Parata. [more]

Te Arawa entity wants to develop new leaders
The fear that valuable knowledge will be lost when the present generation of Kaumatua die is prompting a confederation of tribes to develop new leaders. [more]

Disruption to rail services in Wellington
Train services between Wellington and Porirua will not be running tomorrow morning after a big branch from a tree fell on overhead lines today. [more]

Arrests made in Woodville homicide
A man has been charged with murder and three others have been arrested over the killing of a Woodville man last month. [more]

Paid parental bill killed in parliament
A member's bill that would have given the parents of premature and disabled babies, and those of multiple births more time off work was voted down in Parliament tonight. [more]

Teina Pora decision due within a week
The Privy Council in London says a decision in the case of Teina Pora will be announced next Tuesday. [more]