Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th March 2015

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

Afternoons

Your song - I Love You Suzanne
Liz from Wellington has chosen 'I Love You Suzanne' by Lou Reed. [more]

New Zealand A to Z - AmDrams
Today's A to Z explores New Zealand's Amateur Dramatic Societies. Jenny Quin is vice president of Upper Hutt Musical Theatre. Craig Ogilvie is the marketing manager and board member for Showbiz. Grant Meese is an Auckland based freelance director [more]

Kiwi Slang
Stephen Adams talks Kiwi on the BancFirst (Oklahoma) Ad [more]

Solar Storm! - Bob Evans
A massive solar storm has caused an impressive aurora, most easily seen in the south of the country. Bob Evans runs the Aurora and Solar section of the Royal Astronomical Society. [more]

Afghan Adventures - Heidi Godfrey
For more than a decade this country has built a particular relationship with Afghanistan. That's because of the Defence Force, which has worked in reconstruction and training in a country which has long suffered from conflict. Now another New Zealander, involved in a different type of work, has just returned from Afghanistan. Heidi Godfrey says she wants to dispel any notions that it's a dangerous place to be. [more]

Feature album - Silk Degrees
Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees [more]

The Expats - Simon Moffatt
This week's Expat is Simon Moffatt, who is living and working (and skiiing on a daily basis) in Banff, Canada [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 19 March 2015
Simon Morris looks at the latest sci-fi from South Africa's Neill Blomkamp, of District 9 fame. He also reviews a new film directed by actor Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos, and a brilliant little British film called Still Life. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 20 March 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 March. This week.....how the media coped with the announcement of a potential poisoning threat to infant milk powder; food spies - protecting us all; exploring the impacts of digital weapons; central government's new Auckland management; understanding and rewriting our past through modern science; revisiting the chase to find moa on the West Coast; 48 hours of mind-altering drugs in Ireland; the deadly mating rituals of spiders; actor Alan Rickman - Causing Chaos; and highlights from WOMAD Taranaki. [more]

Business News

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar has remained relatively steady after a sharp rise early this morning. [more]

GDP growth set to remain robust
Economists are expecting the economy will continue to grow strongly, despite the effects of drought. [more]

Sky City to begin making plans to enhance Adelaide Casino
Sky City Entertainment says it will begin making plans to enhance its Adelaide Casino after securing a 20-year lease on carparking. [more]

APN requests a trading halt pending a sell-down of shares
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp says it will buy up to a 15 percent stake in APN News and Media. [more]

Mainfreight shares fall after update signals slower growth
Shares in Mainfreight have fallen almost 1-and-a-half percent after the transport and logistics company indicated slower annual earnings growth. [more]

Skellerup unit signs distribution deal for greater US access
A foam products unit of Skellerup Holdings has signed a distribution deal that gives it access to the lucrative North American market. [more]

Precinct says it's completed part of its capital raising
Trading in Precinct Properties shares are on hold until this afternoon when a retail bookbuild is completed. [more]

Wynyard Group says ASX listing part of growth strategy
Trading in Precinct Properties shares are on hold until this afternoon when a retail bookbuild is completed. [more]

Morning markets for 20 March 2015
The Dow Jones Index is down 85 points to 17,991. [more]

Markets Update for 20 March 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Pumpkin Patch reports a six-fold rise in first half net profit
Pumpkin Patch says its half year earnings result demonstrates the business is heading in the right direction. [more]

Migration continue to hit record highs
The growing economy is continuing to attract foreigners and keep New Zealanders at home. [more]

Auckland leads growth in demand for workers
Auckland's continuing to lead the charge in the call for workers. [more]

Midday Markets for 20 March 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 19 March 2015
Multiple failures by police investigatiing a teenage sex ring. Waitemata's District Commander admits to failings and stepping up the aid mission in Vanuatu. [more]

Multiple failings by police investigating teen sex ring
The police watchdog has found the Waitemata's Child Protection Team failed to properly investigate a teenage sex ring in which girls as young as 13 were sexually violated. [more]

Waitemata's District Commander admits to failings
Waitemata's District Commander Bill Searle says he accepts that the officers who investigated the girls complaints did not get it right. [more]

Defence opens in Prasad trial
In the Auckland High Court a forensic scientist says Shalvin Prasad was most likely unconscious and lying down when he had petrol poured over his body and was set on fire. [more]

NZ medical team figures out what to send to Vanuatu
The Vanuatu government will start handing out aid to cyclone-ravaged villages tomorrow, amid criticism it's been sitting on its hands while supplies stock up in warehouses. [more]

Tourism spending boosts economic growth
A jump in tourist spending has helped underpin economic growth. [more]

Workers at Harvestpro told they're out of a job
Workers in Northland at one of the country's biggest logging companies were told they were out of a job when they turned up to work on Tuesday morning and were left stranded in the forest. [more]

Lundys' relationship back under the microscope at murder trial
A High Court jury has heard that Mark Lundy told a police officer he'd been a 'bit of a naughty boy' when he used a prostitute. [more]

Police Minister says officers' failings make for grim reading
The Police Minister says today's report into the police's mishandling of their investigation into a teenage sex ring in Auckland makes for grim reading. [more]

Sports News for 19 March 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Multiple failings by police investigating teen sex ring
The police watchdog has found the Waitemata's Child Protection Team failed to properly investigate a teenage sex ring in which girls as young as 13 were sexually violated [more]

More from Police Commissioner Mike Bush
Here's the Police Commissioner Mike Bush. [more]

NZ to send military ship to Vanuatu
The Navy ship Canterbury will head soon to cyclone-devastated Vanuatu. [more]

NZ and Vietnam agree to double trade.
New Zealand and Vietnam have agreed to try to double trade between the two countries by 2020. [more]

Labour accuses Shane Reti of lying
Labour is accusing the Whangarei MP Shane Reti of having misled roading campaigners about taking their plea to Cabinet. [more]

Audit of child protection team after police failings
The child protection team with Waitemata police is under scrutiny in case it's still making mistakes, following its multiple failings in the so called Roastbusters inquiry. [more]

Disability advocates call for review of services and funding
Parents of children with disabilities say there needs to be a culture change within Government, and a review of how it supplies services and funding to families with disabled children. [more]

Australia running pop up hospital
The aid mission in Vanuatu ramps up tomorrow with large quantities of supplies going into cyclone-ravaged villages, amid criticism it's been sitting in warehouses. [more]

MPI urges parents to remain vigilant for tampered tins
The Ministry for Primary Industries is urging parents to remain vigilant in looking for infant formula tins that may have been tampered with in the wake of the 1080 poisoning threats [more]

Dateline Pacific

Elephant orphan quarantined on Niue till June
Auckland Zoo says Niueans and tourists to Niue will soon be able to visit an elephant currently quarantined on the island. [more]

Climate change impacts increasing severity of extreme weather
A specialist in physical geography says there is a link between climate change impacts and the extreme weather events like Cyclone Pam. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 19 March
Climate change impacts increasing severity of extreme weather; The entire population of a Tuvalu atoll displaced by flooding; Efate's largest village starts the rebuild in earnest in Vanuatu; Commission of inquiry into Fiji labour breaches likely; Elephant orphan quarantined on Niue till June. [more]

CNMI hospital no longer viable
The only hospital in the Northern Marianas may not have the means to continue operating in the foreseeable future. [more]

Vanuatu economy to suffer from main industry losses
A disaster economics expert says the next few years will be difficult for Vanuatu's economy with many of its major exports impacted by Cyclone Pam. [more]

PNG looks to cut maternal death rates
Continued efforts are being made to decrease Papua New Guinea's maternal mortality rates. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 20 March 2015
PNG looks to cut maternal death rates; Climate change impacts increasing severity of extreme weather; Vanuatu's economy could take years to recover from cyclone Pam; The Northern Marianas' only hospital struggles to survive; Elephant orphan quarantined on Niue till June. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 19 March 2015 - evening edition
Questions and urgent debate about IPCA report into Roastbusters. MFAT officials up before Foreign Affairs Committee. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 20 March 2015 - morning edition
Questions and urgent debate about IPCA report into Roastbusters. MFAT officials up before Foreign Affairs Committee. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for Thursday 19 March 2015
First the air force, now the navy joins the Vanuatu aid effort, what Shane Jones does now he's not working for the Labour Party and in Dateline Pacific, the elephant in the room in Niue. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 20 March 2015
Residents in Vanuatu's outer islands are desperate for water. Hundreds petition police to consider laying charges over a teenage sex ring. [more]

Midday Sports News for 20 March 2015
Australia are the runaway favourites to advance to the Cricket world cup semi-finals. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 20 March 2015
Vanuatu's government denies moving too slowly on delivering aid. Police are criticised over the handling of teenage sex ring complaints and the West Indies vow to spoil the Black Caps' world cup party. [more]

Sports News for 20 March 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens call for independent taskforce to change police culture
The Green Party wants an independent taskforce to change police culture saying it doesn't trust the police to the job themselves. [more]

Pacific News for 20 March 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Vanuatu government's promising to get more supplies out
A week after Cyclone Pam crashed into Vanuatu, and many of the worst hit islands in the archipelago are still without aid. [more]

National continues getting hammered over Northland
Questions and accusations over brand new bridges and dusty old roads are continuing to dog the Government in the run up to the Northland by-election. [more]

Sports News for 20 March 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

One week after Cyclone Pam and some islands are without aid
It has been a week since Cyclone Pam tore through the archipelago of Vanuatu, and some of the worst-hit islands are still without aid. [more]

Police under fire after IPCA criticises Roastbuster case
Police have come under fire for their interpretation of the law around sexual assaults in the wake of a report on the Roast Busters case. [more]

Police understanding of law under fire
Deputy Police Commissioner Grant Nicholls has direct responsibility for New Zealand's various police districts including Waitemata which handled the investigations. [more]

West Indies talking up their quarter final chances
The West Indies are talking up their unpredictability and winning history at the Cricket World Cup ahead of tomorrow's knockout quarter final against New Zealand in Wellington. [more]

Peters dealt a potential trump for Northland campaign
Fate has dealt Winston Peters a potential trump card as he heads into the final week of campaigning in the Northland byelection. [more]

Food safety officials say people should be vigilant
The police and food safety officials say people should continue to be vigilant and check infant formula for any signs of tampering. [more]

The latest from Tunisia as PM declares war on terrorism
Islamic State has now reportedly claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on Bardo Museum in Tunisia. [more]

Problems with rising Indian student numbers
Immigration officials are turning down almost four of every 10 student visa applications from India. [more]

Auckland Arts Festival success, but not unqualified
With just three days left, the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival is nearly over. [more]

Sports News for 20 March 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Govt and aid agencies struggling with logisitcal problems
People on the worst-hit outer islands in Vanuatu are still without aid one week after Cyclone Pam struck. [more]

Frantic campaign underway to vaccinate against measles
And still in Vanuatu, a frantic campaign to vaccinate children against the measles enters its fourth day today. [more]

Police rotation a factor in Roast Busters failure
An Auckland anti violence campaigner says staff rotation policies mean Police are not building sufficient familiarity and trust with youth that would have enabled them to identify and tackle behaviour like that of the Roast Busters group. [more]

NZ and Vietnam developing closer defence ties.
Forty years after being enemies New Zealand and Vietnam have agreed to develop even closer defence ties. [more]

Lundy jury told of another possible suspect in murders
A jury has been told a man who had once worked with Christine Lundy, and was receiving psychiatric treatment, was a possible suspect in the murders of Mrs Lundy and her daughter Amber. [more]

The latest from the Kumar/Permal murder trial in Auckland
Jurors deciding the case of the two men accused of murdering a man by dousing him in petrol and setting him on fire have heard conflicting evidence about whether he was conscious at the time he was set alight. [more]

Residents concerned quarry will contaminate Chch water
Residents say a planned expansion of quarrying on the western outskirts of Christchurch could threaten the city's water supply for decades into the future. [more]

Thai ex-Prime Minister to stand trial
Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces up to a decade behind bars, after a Supreme Court ruled she needs to stand trial for alleged negligence. [more]

Kiwifruit growers' group to say no to referendum
An independent kiwifruit growers group is calling on other growers to reject a referendum which could change the industry. [more]

HMNZS Canterbury bound for Vanuatu
The Navy ship Canterbury will head to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu this weekend. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 20 March 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 20 March 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 20 March 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Mathematics
Making the numbers add up is Dr Dillon Mayhew from Victoria University's School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research - mathematics is different from other sciences. [more]

Electronic Music with DJ B-Low - part one
The evolution of music made with devices powered by electricity and/or computers, with Paul Berrington aka DJ B-Lo. From Léon Theremin and Karlheinz Stockhausen's early experiments, through movements in industrial cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Sheffield, and up until the networked society of today, electronic music is always linked to technological change. [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

Independent Police Conduct Authority's highly critical review
Kim McGregor, Director of Auckland Rape Prevention Education. [more]

Is over-assessment to blame for rising anxiety and stress
Anxiety and stress is on the rise among college students and over assessment by schools is being partially blamed. An Education Review Office report has found that over assessment for NCEA can put student welfare at risk. Wellington Girls College Principal Julia Davidson and Evaluation Services manager for the Education Review Office, Stephanie Greaney, discuss. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Advance warnings about Cyclone Pam and the lessons form the aftermath. [more]

Ugly old town
Urban designer Garth Falconer has spent eight years examining how different cities came to be as they are, their faults, the opportunities and where to from here. [more]

Book review: 'He Wants' by Alison Moore
Published by Salt Publishing, reviewed by Kiran Dass. [more]

Music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies looks at the seventh album from Auckland singer/ songwriter, Sean James Donnelly, and his live-band follow-up to 2013's Taite Prize- winning solo electronic LP, Elastic Wasteland. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer discusses the Cricket World Cup - 2 of the 4 Quarter Finals completed with a new favourite emerging; how will the Black Caps fare against the West Indies tomorrow in Wellington.. their first taste of knock-out cricket at this World Cup; and a truly bizarre incident in the season's finale of the Wairarapa Senior cricket competition. [more]

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

Our Changing World

Measuring Gravity With Atoms
A gravimeter is an instrument that measures local gravity and Mikkel Andersen is developing one that uses atoms instead of springs or light [more]

Waitaha Penguin Out, Yellow-Eyed Penguin In
A new study shows that yellow-eyed penguins colonised New Zealand within just a few decades of the Waitaha penguin becoming extinct [more]

Spider Chatter on the Web
Massey University zoologist Anne Wignall explains how web-building spiders use vibrations to communicate and to make sense of their world. [more]

The Dark Side of Being An Urban Parrot - Kaka and Lead
The kaka from Zealandia Sanctuary are an urban success story, but they are developing lead poisoning, probably from chewing roofing nails and old lead paint. [more]

Scott Base Beginnings
This programme marks the 50th anniversary of Scott Base, New Zealand's science station in Antarctica. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 19 March 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 19 March 2015
PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Did Cabinet consider a proposal for sealing roads in the Pipiwai area, as claimed by Dr Shane Reti; if so, why has no funding for this work been announced? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Finance: In light of his statement in the House on 11 March that low inflation "makes it more challenging for the Government because higher inflation pushes up the tax base and enables us to collect more tax in a growing economy", does he agree that this phenomenon of fiscal drag is just another description for an increase in effective tax rates? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on New Zealand's economic growth? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does he have concerns with the Police's handling of the alleged offending in the "Roast Busters" case given the release of the report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority today; if so, what are those concerns? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he propose to implement the Environment Canterbury model in other regional and unitary councils by replacing nearly half the elected councillors with ministerial appointees? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve mental health services for New Zealand families? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to Cyclone Pam "We will continue to do all we can to help our Pacific neighbours"? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about progress on the Government's $1.137 billion Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Plan? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with Moody's Analytics that "New Zealand has a 'two-speed' economy as strong domestic demand cushions a weaker export sector"? TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Small Business: What online tools has the Government provided to help small businesses make informed decisions? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he believe students and staff at every university should have the right to participate in the election of university councils? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "There is not a housing crisis" in New Zealand? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Police Commissioner Mike Bush talks on IPCA findings
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found there were a number of significant deficiencies in the original police investigation into a teenage sex ring in Auckland...http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/269049/police-failed-victims-of-teen-sex-ring-ipca [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 20 March 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 20 March 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Hauraki iwi fears mining will pollute waterways
A Hauraki iwi, Ngati Tamatera, fears its tribal waterways could become polluted because of mining work by a company running tests at Karangahake, south of Paeroa. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 March 2015
A Hauraki iwi, Ngati Tamatera, fears its tribal waterways could become polluted because of mining work by a company running tests at Karangahake, south of Paeroa; The company, New Talisman Gold Mines, is making it clear no contaminates would end up in the water; East coast tribes and the Maori language community are mourning the death of a "fighter of Te Reo Maori"; The Government is introducing special leglislation for a joint venture between Riccarton Park Racecourse Trustees and Ngai Tahu Property to develop areas of land on the edge of the racecourse ready for around 600 new homes. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 March 2015
After four decades of litigation, petition and negotiations five Epa or Maori storehouse panels that were stolen from a swamp have returned home to Taranaki; Controversy at a Northland kura has continued with the Ministry of Education removing the commissioner put in charge to sort out the troubled school; The path's being smoothed for Ngai Tahu to build 600 homes on land shouldering Christchurch's Riccarton Racecourse - after the tribe's 'rough start' to a partnership with the site's owners. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 March 2015
Controversy at a Northland kura has continued with the Ministry of Education removing the commissioner put in charge to sort out the troubled school; The path's being smoothed for Ngai Tahu to build 600 homes on land shouldering Christchurch's Riccarton Racecourse - after the tribe's 'rough start' to a partnership with the site's owners; After four decades of litigation, petition and negotiations five Epa or Maori storehouse panels that were stolen from a swamp have returned home to Taranaki. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 19 March 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Ellen Read and Gordon McLauchlan (Part 1)
Topics - what the Panelists Ellen Read and Gordon McLauchlan have been up to. The Independent Police Conduct Authority report finds deficiencies in the Police handling of the case. Feminist commentator Dr Deborah Russell joins the Paenl with her assessment of the report. A yin and yang economy with strong domestic demand pulling against a weaker export sector. What's going to give? [more]

Panel intro
What the Panelists Ellen Read and Gordon McLauchlan have been up to. [more]

IPCA report on "Roastbusters"
The Independent Police Conduct Authority report finds deficiencies in the Police handling of the case. Feminist commentator Dr Deborah Russell joins the Paenl with her assessment of the report. [more]

Two-speed economy
A yin and yang economy with strong domestic demand pulling against a weaker export sector. What's going to give? [more]

Local body democracy
Is a mixed-model of elected and appointed councillors the way to go? Or will it erode the will of the people? We ask the major of Ashburton District Angus McKay. [more]

The Panel with Ellen Read and Gordon McLauchlan (Part 2)
Topics - what the Panelists Ellen Read and Gordon McLauchlan have been thinking about. Two contestants on the reality TV show The Bachelor have now been outed as having criminal convictions. Is it a deliberate ratings grab or shoddy production? Find out what TV critic Jane Bowron thinks. A pregnant woman was refused alcohol service when she was out for dinner. What do the Panelists think? The EDAP will ask young people about their drinking in the hope some of them will wake up and realise they may have a problem. Stuff says "Hundreds of dreams have been stolen by thieves nicking coins from the wishing well at Pukekura Park's fernery." [more]

Partner, husband, wife, lover, other half, significant other
Partner, husabnd, wife, lover, other half, significant other. Are you ok with any of these terms? [more]

Panel says
What the Panelists Ellen Read and Gordon McLauchlan have been thinking about. [more]

Arresting viewing
Two contestants on the reality TV show The Bachelor have now been outed as having criminal convictions. Is it a deliberate ratings grab or shoddy production? Find out what TV critic Jane Bowron thinks. [more]

Pregnant woman refused wine
A pregnant woman was refused alcohol service when she was out for dinner. What do the Panelists think? [more]

Emergency Department Alcohol Project
The EDAP will ask young people about their drinking in the hope some of them will wake up and realise they may have a problem. [more]

Stolen wishes
Stuff says "Hundreds of dreams have been stolen by thieves nicking coins from the wishing well at Pukekura Park's fernery." [more]

The Wireless

What's up this weekend?
Kele plays one NZ show, Dunedin's Lines of Flight festival and the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals. [more]

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When does standing up to bullies become bullying?
The creator of the online petition to take Natalia Kills off X Factor says bullying is not what we stand for in New Zealand. [more]

Roast Busters report finds victims failed by police
A report has found significant deficiencies in the police investigation of the Roast Busters case. [more]

Kills seeks forgiveness as new judges named
Natalia Kills and Willy Moon break their silence as two new X Factor judges announced. [more]

The Bachelor NZ: A hurricane of girls
Natasha Hoyland is on a quest to remember everyone's names, but finds they are all the same. [more]

Upbeat

Christian Pohlers and Lukas Lomtscher: Ensemble Nobiles
Members of Ensemble Nobiles from Leipzig, Germany who are presenting a concerts to celebrate Bach's 330th Anniversary. [more]

Sasha Huber: Visual Artist
Swiss-born artist in New Zealand for the Te Whare Hera Wellington International Artist Residency. [more]

Raewyn Whyte: Auckland Festival Dance Reviews
Raewyn Whyte: Auckland Festival Dance Reviews Review of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Akram Kahn at the Auckland Arts Festival. [more]

World & Pacific News

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 19 March 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 19 March 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 19 March 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 20 March 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 March 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 March 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 March 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 March 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 March 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Mixed response to prison education places
The offer of more places for people wanting to study while in prison is being hailed as a step in the right direction, but not a cure-all. [more]

Lundy trial: witness accused of being dishonest
A lawyer has accused a man of being prepared to put Mark Lundy in jail for the rest of his life in return for a comfortable time in jail himself. [more]

Repossession highlights industry fragility
The Forestry Industry Contractors Association says reports of a large forestry contractor going out of business highlight the fragile state of the industry. [more]

Record number of tickets for Rugby World Cup
A record number of tickets will be sold for this year's Rugby World Cup in England and Wales. [more]

Proposed Canterbury council structure questioned
Cantabrians say the Government is sending a message that democracy can not be trusted. [more]

Kiribati President fears for country
The President of Kiribati says he fears his country won't be able to carry the cost of the damage caused by natural disasters. [more]

Meat industry cautious on new report
Meat company reaction to a newly released report on restructuring the industry has been muted so far. [more]

UN says Bougainville elections pivotal
The United Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea says this year's elections in Bougainville will play an important part towards a referendum on the province's future status. [more]

Myanmar sentence appeal will take ten days
A New Zealander's appeal against a two and a-half year jail sentence in Myanmar for breaching the country's Religion Act will take about ten days to file. [more]

Watchdog to release teen sex ring report
The Independent Police Conduct Authority will this morning rule on whether the investigation into an Auckland teenage sex ring was adequate. [more]

Vanuatu economy could take years to recover
A disaster economics expert says the next few years will be difficult for Vanuatu's economy with many of its major exports impacted by Cyclone Pam. [more]

Fiji sends relief team to Vanuatu
Fiji has sent a relief team to Cyclone-battered Vanuatu to assist in disaster recovery efforts. [more]

Peters says roading leader was blackmailed
New Zealand First leader and Northland candidate Winston Peters says a call from a National MP to the leader of a roading action group amounts to blackmail. [more]

Serious crash closes Canterbury road
A serious crash near Templeton in Canterbury has closed a section of the West Coast Road and police advised drivers to take alternate routes. [more]

'Better training needed' for Māori to become judges
The Māori legal profession is calling for better training for tāngata whenua to become judges. [more]

Vanuatu counts economic cost
With its economy led by tourism, experts say Vanuatu could take years to return to the growth it has been enjoying for the past decade. [more]

Water supplies in Vanuatu released today
Aid supplies are expected to be released today in Vanuatu to meet the urgent needs of those affected by Cyclone Pam. [more]

Forced to dig for spoilt food
Villagers just outside of Port Vila in Vanuatu say they're having to dig up crops from under floodwater so they have food to eat. [more]

Tourists killed at Tunis museum
At least 22 people, including 20 foreign tourists, have been killed in a brazen daytime attack by gunmen on a museum in the Tunisian capital. [more]

Forestry jobs increasingly at risk - contractor
The owner of a Māori forestry company is warning redundancies at one of the country's largest forest contractors will have a huge impact. [more]

Far North tribe refutes land claims
A Far North iwi leader says he has evidence to refute claims by a neighbouring tribe that it has rights over Ngāi Takoto lands in the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill. [more]

Alonso completes time in simulator
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has completed a day's work in the McLaren simulator without problems as he prepares for his return to the cockpit. [more]

Kiwi up after US rate rise news
The New Zealand dollar has continued to rise since the United States Federal Reserve early today signalled fewer interest rate hikes in the future. [more]

Man's body found by Waikato River
Emergency services tried unsuccessfully to revive a 67-year-old man found lying by the Waikato River at Huntly this morning. [more]

UNICEF flies aid to Tuvalu
UNICEF is sending emergency supplies to cyclone victims in Tuvalu where nine of its 11 atolls are under a state of emergency. [more]

Shooting related arrests in American Samoa
The police in American Samoa arrested two men yesterday in connection with the search of a fourth suspect in the shooting of the Leone police substation last November. [more]

Chch development requires law changes
The Government wants to pass special legislation to allow 600 new homes to be built on the edge of Christchurch's Riccarton Racecourse. [more]

Auckland road closure after fatal crash
An 18-year-old man has died after crashing a car into a power pole in rural south Auckland this morning. [more]

Parliament rejects free school lunch bills
Two members' bills, both aiming to provide free food to children in schools, have failed to gain enough support in Parliament. [more]

Destiny school integration bid rejected
The Destiny Church says it is disappointed its application for one of its schools to become state-integrated has been declined. [more]

LATEST - IPCA finds police failed victims of teenage sex ring
LATEST - IPCA finds police failed victims of teenage sex ring [more]

Windies unpredictability the worry for Hesson
NZ cricket coach Mike Hesson is a meticulous planner, but coming up with a plan to counter the West Indies in a World Cup quarter-final requires a few contingencies. [more]

Coles forced out of Hurricanes lineup
All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has been forced out of the Hurricanes lineup to take on the Highlanders in their Super Rugby clash in Dunedin on Friday night. [more]

Rapira to leave Warriors
Warriors prop Sam Rapira will leave the National Rugby League club at the end of the season for a stint in the United Kingdom's Super League competition. [more]

ITF bans US tennis player
The ITF has confirmed the American player Wayne Odesnik has been banned from tennis for 15 years following a second doping violation. [more]

Black Caps favourites for World Cup
The Black Caps have been named the favourites to win the Cricket World Cup by an international poll. [more]

Just two changes to Highlanders lineup
Just two injury enforced changes to the Highlanders team for their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Dunedin. [more]

NBL delays free agency
The Australian National Basketball League has put its free agency period on hold as three clubs work to secure their futures. [more]

Sport: Tonga Under 20s face Australian test
The Tonga Under 20 rugby team take on the Australian Barbarians in Canberra today, in the opening match of the Australian Nations Under 20s Championship. [more]

Sport: Fiji Warriors, Argentina XV into Pacific Challenge final
The Fiji Warriors set up a grand final rematch with the Argentina Pampas XV in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge. [more]

Sport: Ticket prices set for All Blacks v Samoa test
Ticket prices for the All Blacks test against Samoa have been finalised and are due to go on sale on Monday. [more]

GDP grows robustly, dollar driven by Fed
The pace of economic activity has eased slightly, but remains robust thanks to higher tourist and household spending. [more]

One dead in Christchurch crash
One person has been killed in a two-car crash on State Highway 73, known as the West Coast Road, on the western outskirts of Christchurch this morning. [more]

South Africa demolish Sri Lanka to reach semis
The South African cricketers have ended their World Cup playoff drought with the shortest knockout match in the history of the tournament. [more]

Kennedy faces ban from NRL
The Sydney Roosters prop Martin Kennedy faces a two-year ban from rugby league after being caught up in the ASADA investigation into the code. [more]

Penney future with Tall Blacks unclear
The international career of the New Zealand basketball veteran Kirk Penney is up in the air with the new coach Paul Henare unsure if he'll play for the Tall Blacks again. [more]

Reading into FA Cup semi-final
English Championship football club Reading have booked an FA Cup semi-final meeting with holders Arsenal at Wembley after beating 10-man Bradford City 3-0 in their replay. [more]

McIlroy replaces Tiger on video game
Rory McIlroy, who has replaced Tiger Woods as golf's world number one, will also supplant the 14-time major champion on EA Sports' PGA Tour video game. [more]

Black Caps appoint new bowling coach
New Zealand Cricket has appointed Dimitri Mascarenhas as the Black Caps bowling coach for the upcoming tour of England. [more]

Extra Tests for Black Sticks
The New Zealand women's hockey team will play one-off Tests against Korea and Japan in Auckland next month as part of their build-up to the Hawke's Bay Cup in Hastings. [more]

Future Rugby World Cups could have more teams
World Rugby boss Brett Gosper says a future World Cup could have more teams taking part without losing competitiveness. [more]

Police boss froze during Hillsborough disaster
The Hillsborough police match commander has agreed his failure to close a tunnel "was the direct cause of the deaths of 96 people". [more]

Armstrong charity ride "disrespectful": UCI
Lance Armstrong's plan to ride part of this year's Tour de France route for charity has been branded "disrespectful" by the head of cycling's governing body Brian Cookson. [more]

Advocaat takes over at Sunderland
The English football club Sunderland has appointed Dick Advocaat as their new manager until the end of the season. [more]

Pulse pick up first win
The Central Pulse have beaten the Tactix 48-41 in the battle of the winless sides in the ANZ netball Championship. [more]

Manly have big hole to fill after star halves leave
Manly's chief executive Joe Kelly has vowed to spend big to lure some of rugby league's best players following the departures of star halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans. [more]

Hamburg is Germany's preferred choice for Olympic bid
The northern port city of Hamburg has been picked as Germany's preferred choice for a 2024 Summer Olympics bid ahead of Berlin. [more]

Liverpool sneak past Swansea City
Liverpool has beaten Swansea City 1-0 in their English Premier League football clash at the Liberty Stadium. [more]

Waerea-Hargreaves sticks with Roosters
The Sydney Roosters have received a boost with the Kiwis prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves re-signing with the NRL club for a further two years. [more]

Henare takes over Tall Blacks
Paul Henare's rise in New Zealand basketball continues after being named the new Tall Blacks coach. [more]

NZ womens sevens dominate Atlanta tournament
The New Zealand women's rugby sevens team continues to dominate the World Series after scoring a comprehensive win in the final of the Atlanta tournament. [more]

Prasad unconscious when set on fire, court told
A British forensic fire expert has told the High Court in Auckland it is likely Shalvin Prasad was lying down and unconscious when the fire that killed him was lit. [more]

Boy urges MPs for stricter foreign driver rules
A nine-year-old Canterbury boy whose father was killed by a tourist on the road has told MPs that foreign drivers should have to sit a competency test. [more]

Aid workers in race to immunise in Vanuatu
Unicef aid workers in Vanuatu are aiming to immunise a thousand children a day over the next ten days. [more]

Pam death toll confirmed at seven
The disaster management authorities in Vanuatu say the confirmed death toll as a direct result of Cyclone Pam is seven. [more]

'I hope she remembers'
With New Zealand set to meet the West Indies in their do-or-die clash, Glen Scanlon revisits a golden time. [more]

Damage 'like a tsunami'
The damage in Vanuatu caused by Cyclone Pam is much worse than previously thought. [more]

Sport: Big turnout for Oceania Wrestling Championships
Athletes from 16 Pacific nations have descended on the Marshall Islands to contest the Oceania Wrestling Championships in Majuro from Friday. [more]

Concern at rise in illegal hunting
The police in Nelson are worried about an increase in illegal hunting, with reports hunters are wandering around in the dark with guns with silencers and night-vision equipment. [more]

Driver at fault in Shotover Jet accident - Maritime NZ
A Maritime New Zealand investigation has found driver error was to blame for a jet boat accident that injured six people earlier this year. [more]

New Caledonia stalemate persists
There is continued acrimony within New Caledonia's anti-independence camp as the territory has entered a fourth month without a president. [more]

Business Briefs
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association chief retires; Chair of Chorus steps down and a former Mainfreight director dies. [more]

Rowing stalwart Sir Don Rowlands dies
New Zealand rowing stalwart Sir Don Rowlands has died aged 88. [more]

PNG to set up disaster risk reduction body
Papua New Guinea's Government says it is setting up a commission to liaise with domestic and international organisations dealing with disaster-related issues. [more]

McCaw out, Dagg in for Crusaders
Richie McCaw has been left out of the Crusaders squad to play the Cheetahs in Christchurch on Saturday, while fullback Israel Dagg returns from injury. [more]

Kiribati cyclone recovery boat sets off today
The Kiribati government says a boat will be leaving this afternoon with aid supplies for the three islands most affected by Cyclone Pam. [more]

Tahiti court hears defamation case against Le Monde
The criminal court in French Polynesia has heard the defamation case brought against two French journalists over a book and a 2013 article in the French newspaper, Le Monde. [more]

Fruit fly restrictions set to last
The Ministry for Primary Industries says restrictions on the movement of fresh fruit and vegetables within an Auckland suburb look set to continue for some time. [more]

New bills drawn from members' ballot
Three new bills have been drawn from the members' ballot and will be considered by Parliament. [more]

Cooks group opposes FADs
A Cook Islands environmental group says the government's plans to assign further purse seine fishing allocations could work against plans for a large marine park. [more]

Dairy woman of the year named
The dairy woman of the year has been awarded to West Coast farmer, Katie Milne. [more]

Meat co-ops open to further merger discussions
The farmer owned meat co-operatives Silver Fern Farms and the Alliance Group say they remain open to discussions on restructuring the industry, including merging the two. [more]

Fragile forestry industry causing concern
The body representing forestry contractors says 200 people could lose their jobs as the result of one of the country's largest logging contractors ceasing operations. [more]

Winners of Northland Farm Awards announced
Pakotai dairy farmers Rachel and Greig Alexander are the Supreme winners of the Northland Farm Environment Awards. [more]

Barcelona end City's hopes
Barcelona have ended English involvement in the Champions League, beating Manchester City in their second leg round of 16 match at the Nou Camp. [more]

ECan proposal would favour rural views - expert
A government proposal for Environment Canterbury would leave the council weighted in favour of representing rural views, an environmental policy expert says. [more]

Confirmed sighting of missing boy
Police say they have confirmed a sighting of the 11-year-old Invercargill boy who is believed to have been taken from school by his estranged stepfather. [more]

NZ and Vietnam set $2.2 billion trade target
New Zealand and Vietnam have agreed to try and double trade between the two countries by 2020. [more]

Second case of measles in Christchurch
A second case of measles has the Canterbury District Health Board worried the disease is circulating through the community. [more]

Disability allowances 'a battle' for parents
Following a drop in disability allowances, some parents have said they have to fight government agencies to get funding for their children. [more]

Australia helps Tuvalu after Cyclone Pam
The Australian government is providing an initial 760,000 US dollars in urgent humanitarian support to Tuvalu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. [more]

Football Ferns named to tackle USA
Football Ferns coach Tony Readings has named his 20-player squad on Thursday for April's clash with world No.2 the United States in St Louis. [more]

Mass immunisation in Vanuatu
UNICEF aid workers in Vanuatu are aiming to immunise 1000 children a day over the next ten days. [more]

Indian student jailed for Facebook post
A teenage student has been jailed in northern India for allegedly posting a comment on Facebook criticising a state minister. [more]

Police identify teenage train-surfers
Police have identified three teenagers involved in a train-surfing incident caught on camera in Lower Hutt. [more]

Police, MPI defend 1080 investigation
Police and officials have defended the handling of a threat to poison infant formula, while the results of a tin that may have been tampered are due back within 24 hours. [more]

Oil and gas worth $2.8 billion - report
New Zealand's oil and gas industry is worth $2.79 billion dollars to the nation's economy, up from $2.5 billion in 2010, a new report says. [more]

Quarantined elephant settles in Niue
Auckland Zoo says Niueans and tourists to Niue will soon be able to visit an elephant currently quarantined on the island. [more]

Bali smugglers' execution delayed
Two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia may not be executed for some months, Indonesia's vice-president Jusuf Kalla says. [more]

Antarctic explorer evacuated due to illness
A seriously ill Antarctic expeditioner is being evacuated from Australia's Davis Station. [more]

Cancer Council: Plain cigarette packaging successful
The first comprehensive evaluation of Australia's ground-breaking plain packaging tobacco laws shows they are working, the Victorian Cancer Council says. [more]

Stork brings new takahe to Motutapu
Auckland's Motutapu Island is welcoming its latest resident - a newborn takahe chick. [more]

Hotel tax proposed for American Samoa
The American Samoa government is proposing a hotel occupancy tax of 5% of the daily room rate. [more]

Constitution Commission would be unconstitutional, Fiji tells UN
Fiji's Attorney General has told the United Nations Human Rights Council that establishing a Constitution Commission to review the 2013 constitution would breach the constitution. [more]

Respected Māori language teacher dies
East coast tribes and the Māori language community are mourning the death of a "fighter of Te Reo Māori". [more]

Iwi fears mining will pollute waterways
A Hauraki iwi, Ngāti Tamaterā, fears its tribal waterways could become polluted because of mining work by a company running tests at Karangahake, south of Paeroa. [more]

LATEST - Infant formula suspected of possible tampering tests negative for 1080
LATEST - Infant formula suspected of possible tampering tests negative for 1080 [more]

Charity's concern for malnourished children
The children's charity UNICEF is preparing for what could be an influx of malnourished children at Port Vila's hospital. [more]

Police: Lundy told of being 'naughty'
Mark Lundy told a police officer soon after the bodies of his wife and child had been found he had "been a naughty boy", the High Court at Wellington has been told. [more]

IPCA: Police failed victims of teen sex ring
The officers criticised for how they investigated a teenage sex ring in Auckland will not be sacked, Police Commissioner Mike Bush says. [more]

Report makes grim reading - Police Minister
Police Minister Michael Woodhouse says he is extremely disappointed police failed to do their job properly in investigating a teenage sex ring in west Auckland. [more]

Infant formula samples clear of 1080
Police have confirmed that samples of infant formula suspected of potential tampering have all tested negative for 1080. [more]

Founding father of Singapore critically ill
Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, remains in intensive care in hospital. [more]

Why so many shiny new trucks?
If you think you've spotted more shiny utes and trucks on our roads, you're dead right, writes Gareth Thomas. [more]

Crash causes delays on Kapiti Coast
A truck that overturned on State Highway One on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington will be moved shortly, more than eight hours after it crashed. [more]