Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 23rd April 2015

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Afternoons

Your Song - Jungle Drum
Jungle Drum by Emiliana Torrini. Chosen by Iris Richter of Auckland [more]

New Zealand A to Z - Stargazers
Alan Gilmore from the Mt John Observatory in Tekapo Jennie McCormack from Farm Cove Observatory in Auckland Ash Pennell, President of Dunedin Astronomical Society, the oldest star-gazing society in New Zealand Stu Parker, a dairy farmer from Canterbury with a world class record for finding exploding stars [more]

100 year old Biscuit - Bruce Gatward-Cook
Bruce Gatward-Cook talks about the not-so-tasty and very hard biscuit his grandfather brought back from WW1 [more]

Jody Direen
The Wanaka singer-songwriter Jody Direen is described as one of the hardest working musicians in the business today - and that hard work is starting to pay off with big gigs and award nominations rolling in. [more]

Feature Album - Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
Today we feature this Tom Waits album 'Orphans - Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards' [more]

Expats - Andrew Stanisich
Our kiwi expat this week has just launched his third cafe in LA. Two Guns Espresso caters to hoards of people - many of whom have been converted to the kiwi flat white. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for Thurs 23 April 2015
Simon Morris goes to the theatre - the Broadway version of Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco. He also reviews two contrasting features - action movie The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, and The Age Of Adaline - fantasy romance about a women who never ages. [more]

Of Mice and Men - film review
Simon Morris reviews the hit Broadway production of John Steinbeck's classic 1937 play, Of Mice and Men. [more]

The Gunman - film review
Simon Morris reviews action movie The Gunman, starring Sean Penn. [more]

The Age of Adaline - film review
Simon Morris reviews old-fashioned fantasy romance tale The Age of Adaline. [more]

Business News

Transpower can recover some but not all of grid cost overruns
Transpower will be able to charge customers more to recover some, but not all, of the cost overruns on its recently completed North Island Grid Upgrade Project. [more]

Visitor arrivals hit a March high, migration at annual high
Vistor arrivals have hit new highs, helped by the Cricket World Cup. [more]

Markets Disciplinary Tribunal hears twice as many cases in 2014
The NZX has doubled the number of cases it's refererred to the Markets Disciplinary Tribunal in the past year. [more]

Pushpay raised $13.8m for US growth
Pushpay is seeking to raise just under 14-million-dollars to help pay for its expansion in the United States. [more]

Goldman Sachs reports loss
Goldman Sachs's New Zealand arm has reported an annual loss of nearly 3-million dollars. [more]

Midday Markets for 23 April 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Brad Gordon at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar tumbled this afternoon, following a Reserve Bank Assistant Governor's speech which opened the possibility for an interest rate cut, as long as inflationary pressures remain weak. [more]

RBNZ more likely to cut rates, not hike.
The Reserve Bank says it's prepared to cut interest rates if there are signs demand is weakening, as it keeps a watchful eye on near-zero inflation. [more]

ANZ survey reflects strong consumer confidence
Consumer confidence continues to rise reflecting the strength of the New Zealand economy. [more]

Transpower can recover some but not all of grid cost overruns
Transpower says it's satisfied with a Commerce Commission decision to let it to charge consumers more to recover up to 75 percent of cost overruns on its North Island Grid Upgrade Project. [more]

Population expanding at fastest rate in 13 years
Record levels of immigration is likely to cause the population to expand at its fastest pace in 13 years. [more]

Pushpay turns to US investors
Hot off the heels of raising cash from New Zealand shareholders, Pushpay is now turning to American investors to help fund its expansion there. [more]

DNZ Property Fund says it's already rented out retail space
DNZ Property Fund says it's already rented out all the retail space inside its new West Auckland mall, 6 months out from its completion. [more]

Uncertain times offers investors great buying opportunities
A bear or bull market? A United States investment manager says the market is neither, but it still offers great buying opportunities for those with the guts to invest in uncertain times. [more]

Morning markets for 24 April 2015
Wall Street is higher this morning, but jobless numbers have risen again, while Pepsi, 3M and Proctor and Gamble have all missed their earnings targets. [more]

Markets Update for 24 April 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 23 April 2015
Some Carterton balloon passengers could have been saved, Our reporter on the coroner's findings, Civil Aviation responds to claims it was too slow, Peters questioning why police didn't stop Key. Analysis from Mediawatch, No need to worry: Govt advice as new nurse has ebola test. [more]

Some Carterton balloon passengers could have been saved
A coroner says some of the 11 people killed in the burning Carterton balloon could well have been saved if only the pilot had done a standard emergency landing. [more]

Our reporter on the coroner's findings
Our reporter Ruth Hill has been reading the Coroner Peter Ryan's report, which shows he's not convinced the rules as they stand are strong enough to stop stoned pilots taking to the air. [more]

Civil Aviation responds to claims it was too slow
Alan Still holds CAA partly to blame for the tragedy, saying it should not have taken so long to bring in tougher rules on drug and alcohol testing. [more]

Peters questioning why police didn't stop Key
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, is questioning why police did not stop the Prime Minister from repeatedly pulling the ponytail of an Auckland waitress. [more]

Analysis from Mediawatch
The Minister for Women Louise Upston is standing by the Prime Minister. [more]

No need to worry: Govt advice as new nurse has ebola test
A nurse in isolation in Wellington Hospital is being tested for ebola after returning from Sierra Leone on Saturday. [more]

Medical system fell down in Livingstone case
The Livingstone inquest has heard the medical system did not collect important information about the risk posed by the 51 year old who killed his children. [more]

Minister vows to hold slum landlords to account
The Maori Development Minister is vowing to hold slum landlords in Christchurch to account - but doesn't know if he should name and shame them. [more]

radioactive drone found on Japan's parliament building
A drone carrying radioactive material has been found on the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office in Tokyo sparking fears it could be the work of terrorists. [more]

Cafe-goers save woman from a car attacker
Young men at a cafe heard a woman's screams and her frantic tooting in her car, running out and saving her from a man assaulting her. [more]

Seddon emerges unscathed from quakes
The small Marlborough town of Seddon has emerged unscathed from two earthquakes this morning. [more]

Sports News for 23 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Two days out from Anzac Day frantic prep at Gallipoli
With just two days to go before Anzac Day, preparations at Gallipoli are in full swing. Ten thousand New Zealanders and Australians will attend the Dawn Service, followed by an Australian service at Lone Pine and the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. Our Veterans' Affairs reporter Andrew McRae is at Gallipoli. [more]

NZQA cracks down on English language rules
The Qualifications Authority is cracking down on abuse of English-language tests for foreign students. [more]

Clean up begins in Australia's east coast
The clean-up has begun in New South Wales after days of wild weather which killed four people and swept away several homes. [more]

Australian Minister accused of torturing girl, 5
To Australia where a Greens Senator is accusing the Immigration Minister of mentally torturing a disturbed girl by trying to keep her in detention. [more]

Elderly man not guilty of sexually abusing wife with dementia
An elderly American man has been found not guilty of sexually abusing his wife, who is an Alzheimer's patient, by having sex with her. [more]

Dateline Pacific

ADB calls for more political will in Pacific SOE reforms
The Asian Development Banks is calling on Pacific Leaders to put more effort and support behind efforts to reform poorly performing State Owned Enterprises in the region. [more]

Fiji launched child helpline service
Community leaders in Fiji are welcoming the launch of the country's Fiji's first Child Helpline service. [more]

Women activists prepare for Fiji local body polls
Women's groups in Fiji are making plans for local body elections despite no date yet announced for the polls. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 23 April 2015
Women activists prepare for Fiji local body polls; The PACER-Plus regional trade agreement is defended; Fiji and Samoa leaders trade insults over Pacific Islands Forum; Fiji launches child helpline service; The ADB calls for more political will in Pacific State Owned Enterprise reforms. [more]

Solomons look to modernise intellectual property rights law
Solomon Islands is in the process of reviewing its draft intellectual property strategy in a push to modernise the country's protection laws which date back to the early 1900s. [more]

Former Bougainville rebel leader wants to be president
Former Bougainville BRA leader now campaigning for president says changes are still needed to the region's mining laws. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 24 April 2015
A former Bougainville Revolutionary Army leader now campaigning for president says changes still needed for region's new mining laws; women's groups in Fiji are making plans for local body elections despite no date yet announced for the polls; Solomon Islands reviews its draft intellectual property strategy in a push to modernise outdated laws; community leaders in Fiji welcome the launch of the country's first Child Helpline service; the Asian Development Bank calls on Pacific leaders to support reforms to the region's poorly performing state owned enterprises. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 23 April 2015
In this Extra Time this week the Rugby World Cup curse strikes the All Blacks again, with first-five-eighth Aaron Cruden set to miss this year's tournament. A Warrior for life - Winger Manu Vatuvei signs on with the NRL club for another three years. Can the Wellington Phoenix make the A League grand finals? we assess their chances with coach Ernie Merrick. Rally driver Haydon Paddon hits the road in Argentina. And two time Olympic medallist Westley Gough calls time on his track cycling career. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 23 April 2015
Selling Auckland property to Singapore; slum landlords in Christchurch and Fiji launches a child helpline service. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 April 2015
The Prime Minister may be investigated by the Human Rights Commission. Earthquakes rock central New Zealand. [more]

Auckland boost DNZ's portfolio by $33m
Auckland's strong property market has given DNZ Property Fund's portfolio a near 33-million-dollar boost, in first three months of this year. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 April 2015
New Zealand's rugby league coach rules Benji Marshall out of next month's Anzac test. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 24 April 2015
Today we're bringing you stories and interviews from the peninsula, we'll hear from veterans in their own words and we'll tell you all about the preparations for the commemorations of the 100 anniversary of the landings tomorrow. And we reflect on the modern understanding of the battles, and the realities of the moment. Also, 'Ponygate' and its on going toll on the Prime Minister. [more]

Sports News for 24 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Memories of soldiers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli
Here are some sounds of what life was like 100 years ago at Anzac Cove. [more]

RSA President reflects at Gallipoli
The President of the RSA, BJ Clark is at Gallipoli as a guest of the New Zealand Defence Force and is accompanying the 25 New Zealand Youth Ambassadors. [more]

Pacific News for 24 April 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

A walk through the Anzac trenches
Susie Fergusson on her tour of the battlefields with war historian Ian McGibbon. [more]

Sports News for 24 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Susie Ferguson from Anzac Cove, Gallipoli
Ten thousand New Zealanders and Australians are journeying here for the Dawn Service tomorrow. [more]

Aust's Minister for Vet. Affairs - ANZACs dear to both nations
Australia's Minister for Veterans Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson, says Anzac Day is of special importance to both countries. [more]

Anzacs were never meant to land at Anzac Cove
The Anzacs were never meant to land at what became known as Anzac Cove, with its steep hinterland of rough gullies. [more]

Descendants say Anzacs were respected
As Turkey plays host to thousands of New Zealanders and Australians who have descended on the Gallipoli peninsular the locals say they welcome the modern invasion. [more]

New Zealand's epic stand at Chunuk Bair
One of New Zealand's epic stands was at Chunuk Bair, one of the three high points on the Sari Bair range. [more]

Defence Force chaplain says emotions almost overwhelm
The afternoon service at Chunuk Bair on Anzac Day will be led for the third straight year by the New Zealand Defence Force principal chaplain, the Reverend Lance Lukin. [more]

War historian Ian McGibbon
War historian Ian McGibbon joins Susie Ferguson at ANZAC Cove. [more]

Key's ponytail pulling overshadows time at Int Peace Summit
John Key maintains he was simply horsing around when repeatedly pulling the pony tails of cafe worker Amanda Bailey. [more]

Livingstone's therapist wrong and naive to write letter
Edward Livingstone's psycho-therapist says she was naive and wrong to write a letter for court saying he was not a violent man. [more]

Police accused of not noting cultural differences
In a related story, a woman brutally abused by her ex-husband believes the police should rethink their approach to hidden violence, and cultural barriers, in deciding whether to take a protection breach seriously. [more]

Ports of Akl says councillors are close to the "edge"
The Ports of Auckland has given a strong indication it will refuse a request by its council-owner, to halt work on controversial extensions to two wharves. [more]

EU looks at tools to stop criminal gangs
Destroying migrant vessels and targeting criminal gangs are two tools the European Union is looking at to curb the rise in illegal migration. [more]

Sports News for 24 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Australian of Turkish descent reflects on Gallipoli
At the Dawn Service itself, ten thousand Australians and two thousand New Zealanders will stand side by side, having won the right to attend through a ballot. [more]

Defence chief mindful of parallels between Gallipoli and Iraq
On a military front, the centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli landings come as New Zealand troops leave again for the Middle East, this time Iraq. [more]

More memories of soldiers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli
For the men fighting at Gallipoli the weather helped make a miserable situation even more desperate. [more]

Bits of human bone still lie on surface
Much of the ground at Gallipoli is designated a cemetery, and it continues to give up relics from the war. [more]

Ponytail waitress seeks legal, union advice over Herald stoush
The waitress whose hair was repeatedly tugged by the Prime Minister John Key is understood to be seeking legal and union advice, in the latest developments over what's become known as 'ponytailgate.' [more]

Transport Minister vowing to push mandatory drug testing.
The Transport Minister is promising to act on a coroner's recommendation for mandatory, random drug testing in the ballooning industry. [more]

Call for warrants of fitness for squalid rentals
A walk through squalid homes in Christchurch has prompted the Minister for Maori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, to call for a warrant of fitness for private rentals. [more]

Memories of Maori who fought at Gallipoli
For Maori who fought there, Gallipoli may have been a very foreign place, but still there were sounds redolent of home. [more]

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

Last words from Susie Ferguson in Gallipoli
A bugle will echo through time when The Last Post is played at Chunuk Bair on Anzac Day tomorrow. Corporal Kevin Hickman from the Army Band will be playing a bugle which also sounded at the funerals of fallen soldiers in 1915. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 24 April 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 24 April 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 24 April 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Half Nude For Laughs
American comedian Adrienne Truscott is here for the Comedy Fest with her show Asking For It, with performances that will mostly likely make an audience feel uncomfortable. [more]

Poetry
VUW Modern Letters Creative Writing workshop convener Cliff Fell recites the influence of the "classic" poems and poets; more on Russian Anna Akhmatova, who was a great love poet. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Listen on Friday for the answer. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Listen on Friday for the answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Ports of Auckland to push on with wharf extension
Ports of Auckland is digging in its heels on the Bledisloe wharf extension, saying it needs to do what's best for the company - not its owner, Auckland Council. Graeme Hawkins is the chair of Ports of Auckland, Todd Niall is Radio New Zealand's Auckland correspondent and Arthur Anae, Auckland City Councillor and chair of the Economic Development Committee. [more]

ANZAC composer with a personal connection
Michael Williams' ANZAC symphony draws on his own very personal connection with the Gallipoli campaign - the letters of his great-grandfather. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
PM's dispute over Pacific Islands forum. Fijian-Cambodian Islamic State member Neil Prakash. The old bible that facinates the Papua New Guinea parliamentary speaker. [more]

The power struggle in the South China Sea
Bill Hayton is a long-time journalist/foreign correspondent with the BBC, and a large portion of his career has been reporting on events in South East Asia, the dissension and the toxic manoeuverings for access and control. He's written two books; his first book, Vietnam: Rising Dragon looked at the human rights abuses, authoritian rule and the economic rise of Vietnam. Bill will be here next month speaking at the Auckland Writers festival, covering issues raised in his latest book, The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia. The South China Sea is one of the world's major trading routes and the energy resources of the sea are integral to China's foreign policy, causing friction with nearby countries. One of the flashpoints is between Vietnam and China over the Paracel Islands, both countries are claiming the energy rich surrounding waters as their own. [more]

Book review: Children's Books with John McIntyre
'The Last Anzac' by Gordon Winch, illustrated by Harriet Bailey. published by New Frontier Publishing, 'Riding into War' by Susan Brocker, published by Scholastic, and 'Wounds of War' by Diana Menefy, published by Scholastic. [more]

Music review with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies falls back in love with Dunedin's late, great Sneaky Feelings, checks out the third album from Cape Foulwind folkie Mel Parsons, and cranks up a 40-year-old Led Zeppelin classic. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer discusses what impact Aaron Cruden's likely absence due to injury, will have on the All Blacks chances of defending the Rugby World Cup. [more]

The week that was
With comedians James Elliott and Michele A'Court. [more]

Our Changing World

Pateke - New Homes for a Rare Duck
The pateke or brown teal population on Great Barrier Island is increasing due to cat trapping and the creation of new wetland homes [more]

Treating Tendon Injury with a Laser
Physiotherapist Steve Tumilty has been trialling the use of a laser plus exercise to treat tendon injury with positive results [more]

Peat, Pumice and Archaeological Mysteries
Peat uncovered during major roadworks on the Kapiti Coast is shedding light on early Maori occupation, while the discovery of pumice might be the sign of an old tsunami [more]

Pulling Funds out of Fossil Fuels
A discussion with organisations and individuals who decided to move their investments out of the fossil fuel industry. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 23 April 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in American Samoa, Monica Miller. [more]

Pacific Correspondent for 23 April 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in American Samoa, Monica Miller. [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Music 101 Pocket Edition 36
Don McGlashan, Stan Walker, Herbs and Jakob, winners of the 2015 Taite Music Prize. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 23 April 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 24 April 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Marae project to teach coding & computer building
A Whangarei marae's launching a two-year project to teach anyone who wants to learn how to build and use computers, apps and software. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 23 April 2015
A Whangarei marae's launching a two-year project to teach anyone who wants to learn how to build and use computers, apps and software; The son of a Maori Pioneer Battalion soldier is warning tangata whenua not to ignore their heritage, saying it's their responsibility to keep the war stories of their ancestors alive for generations to come; A two-hundred-thousand-dollar project paying tribute to a historical Marae site in the Papamoa Hills is taking shape alongside the Tauranga Eastern Link. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 24 April 2015
Indigenous Australians in Perth are praising Maori both in New Zealand and in Australia for protesting in solidarity with them over the government's plans to shut down their remote communities; A respected Ngati Toa Rangatira member hopes his participation in Anzac Day commemorations will become a family tradition to honour the memory of their tipuna who served during the First World War; An east coast Maori language immersion school is making an attempt to follow the new curriculum for kura kaupapa Maori that was launched earlier this year; A collection of precious Maori taonga has been stolen from a house near Hastings. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 24 April 2015
A respected Ngati Toa Rangatira member hopes his participation in Anzac Day commemorations will become a family tradition to honour the memory of their tipuna who served during the First World War; An east coast Maori language immersion school is making an attempt to follow the new curriculum for kura kaupapa Maori that was launched earlier this year; Indigenous Australians in Perth are praising Maori both in New Zealand and in Australia for protesting in solidarity with them over the government's plans to shut down their remote communities; A collection of precious Maori taonga has been stolen from a house near Hastings. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 23 April 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

Panel intro
What the Panelists Tainui Stephens and Irene Gardiner have been up to. [more]

The Panel with Tainui Stephens and Irene Gardiner (Part 1)
A Nelson woman is being tested in Wellington Hospital for Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone. A sexual harrassment complaint against the PM has been filed with the Human Rights Comission. Dean of law at the University of Canterbury Dr Chris Gallavin joins then Panel to discuss the complaint. A Kudish community leader says some men wanting to fight ISIS in Iraq have been talked out of it. Why? Surely it's their choice? [more]

Nelson nurse being tested for Ebola
A Nelson woman is being tested in Wellington Hospital for Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone. [more]

Sexual harrassment complaint against PM
A sexual harrassment complaint against the PM has been filed with the Human Rights Comission. Dean of law at the University of Canterbury Dr Chris Gallavin joins then Panel to discuss the complaint. [more]

Fifty year tradition ends for band
The 7 Battalion Reserve Army band won't be playing at Wellington's ANZAC dawn service this year. It's the end of a 50 year tradition. We talk to bandmaster Rick Herderson about what that means to the members and where they will be playing this weekend. [more]

The Panel with Tainui Stephens and Irene Gardiner (Part 2)
The 7 Battalion Reserve Army band won't be playing at Wellington's ANZAC dawn service this year. It's the end of a 50 year tradition. We talk to bandmaster Rick Herderson about what that means to the members and where they will be playing this weekend. A report on the origins of our clothes isn't good reading. Gershon Nimbalker of Baptist World Aid Australia talks to the Panel about the The Truth Behind the Barcode: Australian Fashion Report 2015. Some companies with branches in New Zealand don't fare well. The subject of passport-free trans-Tasman travel's been raised again. Should we be opening our borders when we hear so much about the "terrorist" threat? A Wellington flat with a grim past has a new tennant. But he wasn't told by its Council owners about two deaths in the flat where the bodies weren't found until sometime later. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Tainui Stephens and Irene Gardiner are thinking about. [more]

"F" for ethical clothing fail
A report on the origins of our clothes isn't good reading. Gershon Nimbalker of Baptist World Aid Australia talks to the Panel about the The Truth Behind the Barcode: Australian Fashion Report 2015. Some companies with branches in New Zealand don't fare well. [more]

Dead man's flat
A Wellington flat with a grim past has a new tennant. But he wasn't told by its Council owners about two deaths in the flat where the bodies weren't found until sometime later. [more]

The Wireless

Avengers: Age of Ultron review
Stupid fun, beautiful people blowing things up, but the latest Marvel film is not quite right, writes Megan Whelan. [more]

What's up this weekend?
Our guide of where to go, what to see and what to do this weekend. [more]

The Bachelor NZ: Like beautiful poetry
Natasha Hoyland has a theory about the crossover between The Bachelor and The X Factor. [more]

Bulletin: #tailgate
The Prime Minister makes international headlines after apologising for repeatedly pulling a waitress' ponytail. [more]

My one night stand in Auckland City
Sam Te Kani explains that the ultimate kindness is lending your body to a stranger for an hour or two in the name of fun. [more]

Upbeat

Euan Murdoch and Dugal McKinnon
NZSM Lilburn Studios New Zealand School of Music director and head of Sonic Arts preview the reopening of the Lilburn Studios, which were the first electronic music studios in NZ. [more]

Simon Romanos: Frank Sinatra
Upbeat contributor explores the work of Frank Sinatra in his centenary year. [more]

Gavin Strawhan: When We Go To War
Writer of the new First World War series When We Go To War. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 23 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 23 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 23 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 24 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

World War One

Soldiers Diary - Part 19
3 May 1915 - Captain Morton is missing. [more]

Soldier's Diary - Part 20
5 May 1915 - retire to the beach. [more]

YouTube

Eyegum Music Collective - Creating a community vibe
Meet the collective behind the secret house parties that are shaping the Wellington music scene. Filmed and Edited by Gussie Larkin and Ezra Simons. [more]

Mortal Kombat X Review
Mortal Kombat X is easily the best title in the franchise’s history, combining excellent combat with a large and varied cast of characters. Be warned however, it takes the violence to a whole new level. Warning: This review contains violent imagery [more]

News stories:

Samoa-Fiji slanging match risks obscuring Pacific-wide issue
Observers say an important regional issue risks being obscured by the latest trading of insults between the prime ministers of Fiji and Samoa. [more]

Tonga's 'Eua water shortages being addressed
The Tonga Water Board says it is working to resolve water shortage issues on 'Eua. [more]

Frustration vent over running of Pasifika
Members of Auckland's Pacific communities are frustrated by council organisations, saying they're not having enough input into their cultural festival. [more]

Fathers' role linked to child behaviour
A lack of parenting by Pasifika fathers is linked in new research to a significantly higher risk of serious behavioural problems in their children. [more]

Tough weekend ahead for Hayden Paddon
This weekend's Rally Argentina is going to provide the New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon with possibly his biggest challenge so far on the WRC circuit. [more]

Chiefs hope depth is enough now that Cruden has gone
The Chiefs have their fingers crossed that others will step up to cover the loss of All Blacks first five Aaron Cruden. [more]

Search continues for missing hunter
A police search and rescue team will start a fourth day of searching today for a missing hunter in South Canterbury. [more]

NBA to play a game in Africa
The NBA will stage its first ever exhibition game in Africa later this year as part on an ongoing effort to grow the game on a global scale. [more]

Nine murderers among Bougainville escapees
The Bougainville Police in Papua New Guinea has released a profile list of 19 prisoners who escaped from the Buka police cells. [more]

Good start for NZ sailors in France
New Zealand crews have made a good start to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Regatta in France. [more]

Offshore ad says Auckland 'investors' dream'
A property investment company does not believe its advert selling Auckland property as a cash cow for offshore landlords is exploiting New Zealanders. [more]

Iwi buys prison land in $20m deal
Tūwharetoa is purchasing a large amount of land from the Department of Corrections in a buy-to-lease deal. [more]

MPI gets behind 'Fonterra-style' model
The Ministry for Primary Industries is supporting a plan to help Māori get the most out of their undeveloped land. [more]

Calls for independent food safety agency
The Labour Party is renewing calls for a standalone food safety agency following the prosecutions of butchers using sulphates on raw meat. [more]

Farm sales down but prices up
There's been a fall in farm sales but the prices are continuing to rise, according to the latest figures from the Real Estate Institute. [more]

Police didn't explore neighbours' concerns
The second day of a hearing into the shooting of two Dunedin children has heard how police failed to act on information which could have saved their lives. [more]

Council of Women: 'Dear John'
The National Council of Women is disappointed that the Prime Minister is downplaying his repeated pulling of an Auckland waitress' hair as just ''horsing around''. [more]

Traffickers are 21st century 'slave traders'
Italy says it is "at war" with migrant traffickers, and has urged the EU to take robust action to stop more people dying in the Mediterranean. [more]

Collins says hair-pulling wasn't right
It wasn't right for the Prime Minister to repeatedly pull the hair of a waitress, even though he apologised, says National Party MP Judith Collins. [more]

ADB calls for more political will in Pacific SOE reforms
The Asian Development Bank is calling on Pacific leaders to put more support behind efforts to reform their poorly performing state-owned enterprises. [more]

Betel nut penalties floated in Northern Marianas
Lawmakers in the Northern Marianas are looking to implement stricter policies on betel-nut chewing. [more]

Church attacks suspected in France
French police have arrested a man suspected of planning an attack on churches in a Paris suburb, the country's interior minister has said. [more]

Port stand-off about to intensify
The crunch could be coming in the stand-off between Auckland Council and its port company over proposed wharf extensions. [more]

Mike Moore recovering after stroke
New Zealand Ambassador to the United States and former Prime Minister Mike Moore is recovering in a US hospital after suffering a mild stroke. [more]

Thousands without power after deadly storm
About 200,000 homes are still without power in central coast areas of New South Wales following a devastating storm which has killed four people. [more]

#ponytailgate hits world headlines
Prime Minister John Key's #ponytailgate travails appear to have struck a popular chord with overseas media and their readers. [more]

Woman's body found in Fiordland
A body believed to be that of a missing German tramper has been found near the Homer Tunnel. [more]

Samoan visitors held over alleged assault in Pago Pago
Visitors from Samoa attending a Flag Day celebration in American Samoa have been taken in for questioning over an alleged sexual assault. [more]

Students build Gallipoli in Minecraft
Dozens of Auckland teenagers have spent thousands of hours painstakingly recreating a virtual version of 1915 Gallipoli. [more]

England openers unbeaten on day 2
The England cricketers are 78 without loss in reply to the West Indies' first innings of 299 after two days of the second test in Grenada. [more]

LATEST - Earthquake widely felt in top of South Island and Wellington
LATEST - Earthquake widely felt in top of South Island and Wellington [more]

'Unimaginable human suffering' in Syria
New Zealand has challenged the UN Security Council to use its authority to alleviate ongoing carnage in Syria. [more]

Safe driving campaign catches out staffer
A campaign by Auckland Transport to curb the use of mobile phones while driving has caught out one of its own staff members. [more]

Sport: Fiji Bati coach expects strong line-ups for Pacific Tests
Fiji rugby league coach Rick Stone can see both sides of the club vs country debate but expects the Island nations to name strong squads for next weekend's Pacific tests on the Gold Coast. [more]

Sport: Lack of depth a worry for Pacific Oceania Davis Cup team
Oceania Tennis says there is a lack of senior men's players coming through the ranks, which could pose a serious problem in the years to come. [more]

Firms told to pay attention to rules in China
Companies doing business in China must pay close attention to the rules, Dame Jenny Shipley says. [more]

Health insurance claims double to $1b
The amount paid out in health insurance has doubled over the past decade, reaching $1 billion in claims last year. [more]

Most overseas buyers plan to live in NZ - agent
A real estate agent who markets property to international investors says most overseas buyers are planning to move here - not use property as a cash cow. [more]

New Plymouth crash victims named
Police in New Plymouth have identified two women who died when their cars collided - both were named Smith although they were not related. [more]

IS video targets Australian Muslims
Australia's most senior Islamic State fighter has appeared in a propaganda video urging his "beloved brothers" in Australia to attack. [more]

Delegation defends Fiji's treatment of iTaukei
A Fijian government delegation has told a UN meeting that the rights of indigenous people of Fiji are in no way under threat. [more]

Ex-CNMI governor agrees to plea deal with govt
Former CNMI Governor Benigno Fitial has agreed to enter a plea agreement with the government to resolve the criminal case against him, and to avoid going to court. [more]

Aitutaki voters to decide on Sunday flights
Today is the day the people of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands will decide whether Sunday flights to and from their island will continue. [more]

France looks to help Cook Islands anniversary transportation
France is expected to assist Cook Islands with transportation to its outer islands by providing a naval vessel and a transport plane during this year's 50th anniversary of independence celebrations. [more]

Markets Disciplinary Tribunal doubles case load
The NZX has doubled the number of cases it has referred to the Markets Disciplinary Tribunal in the past year. [more]

Business briefs
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters, including Reserve Bank appointments, GeoOp doubles its licenced users and the sale of 20m Trustpower shares. [more]

Test burns on wilding trees postponed
Plans for experimental burns in the MacKenzie Basin have been postponed because the weather has been too unsettled. [more]

China and NZ extend research partnerships
China and New Zealand have extended their research partnerships with farming systems and environmental protection being the focus of three new projects. [more]

Low milk prices could be an advantage
Lincoln University's Agribusiness and Food Marketing Programme director says New Zealand dairy farmers could turn the low milk prices they are struggling with this season to their advantage. [more]

Car rammed in Auckland police chase
Police in Auckland say they had to ram a stolen car to stop it after its driver sped the wrong way along the Southern Motorway. [more]

Vanuatu churches train for disaster counselling
The Uniting Church in Australia has highlighted the need for churches in Vanuatu to tend to the spiritual and emotional needs of victims of Cyclone Pam. [more]

NZ Defence Force wraps up Vanuatu mission
Vanuatu's Prime Minister has thanked New Zealand for its contribution to relief efforts in the country after Cyclone Pam. [more]

Namah voted Governor of PNG's West Sepik province
The Vanimo MP Belden Namah has been elected Governor of West Sepik province after a two year vacancy in the position. [more]

Supervisor not surprised by killings
A woman who supervised visits between Edward Livingstone and his children has told their inquest she was not surprised to hear he had killed them. [more]

Tahiti Senate candidates struck off
Two former candidates for French Polynesia's seats in the French Senate have been ruled to be ineligible to stand for office. [more]

Blues captain Kaino out of Crusaders clash
Blues captain Jerome Kaino has been rested for their Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchuch on Saturday. [more]

Benji not considered for Anzac Test
The international rugby league career of Benji Marshall appears to be over. [more]

OKC fire coach Brooks
The New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams will have a new coach at the Oklahoma City Thunder next season, after the NBA club fired coach Scott Brooks. [more]

Real, Juventus make UCL semis after tight wins
The Champions League final four has been set and it's a case of familiar foes with Real Madrid and Juventus advancing to join Barcelona and Bayern Munich. [more]

Electricity questions for future generations
New Zealand's electricity industry is debating the future of its network, with a view to increasing usage of personal solar electricity generators, leaving much of the existing technology obsolete. [more]

Calls to halt transfer of refugee child to Nauru
The Australian Greens are calling on the government not to send a 5-year-old Iranian girl suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder back to Nauru. [more]

Protecting landowners prompts election bid by Bougainville rebel
A leader of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army during the civil war, wants to see mining restored in the region. [more]

No one hurt in Mt Eden blaze
In the Auckland suburb of Mt Eden, a large fire that started in a local paint shop this afternoon is now under control. [more]

Visitor arrivals hit March high
Visitors to New Zealand came in their droves last month, helped by the Cricket World Cup. [more]

Earthquakes a reminder to be prepared
A series of earthquakes that rattled Marlborough and Wellington has a plate tectonics researcher reminding residents to be ready for future quakes. [more]

Father speaks for dead daughter
Carterton balloon crash victim Alexis Still lived by the creed "be the voice for those that don't have one". Her father is now that voice for her, in the hope the tragedy will never be repeated. [more]

Consumer confidence on the up - ANZ
ANZ's annual consumer confidence survey suggests that consumer confidence is continuing to rise, with positive sentiment on the up. [more]

Police on the hunt for battery thief
Police in South Auckland are trying to identify who has been stealing hundreds of heavy truck batteries during night-time hours and illegally selling them. [more]

Anderson, Milne may miss England tour
Corey Anderson and Adam Milne are flying home from the Indian Premier League with injuries, and both players' involvement with the Black Caps' tour of England is in doubt. [more]

Newspaper responds to claims
The New Zealand Herald has defended its handling of an interview with Amanda Bailey, the 26-year-old at the centre of the so-called #ponytailgate controversy. [more]

Call for Key to face investigation
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters believes Prime Minister John Key should face a police investigation after repeatedly pulling the hair of a waitress. [more]

No appeal for man wanted in China
A Korean man, who is a permanent New Zealand Resident detained on remand for nearly four years in Mount Eden prison, has failed in his latest of a series of bids for freedom. [more]

NZers help develop cancer-fighting compound
Two Auckland-based scientists have helped develop a compound which may help to treat lung, breast and colon cancer. [more]

Second healthcare worker tested for Ebola
A second healthcare worker who has recently returned from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus, but is unlikely to have it, the Health Minister says. [more]

NZQA wants tougher language testing rules
The Qualifications Authority is proposing tougher regulations to stop the abuse of English language testing rules for foreign students. [more]

Flavell labels Christchurch rentals a disgrace
The Māori Development Minister says he is outraged by the squalid state of some private rental properties in Christchurch. [more]

Four changes for Crusaders
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made four changes for their ANZAC Day derby against the Blues on Saturday night at AMI Stadium. [more]

Auckland City reach O-League final
Auckland City Football Club are through to their fifth consecutive Oceania Champions League final after beating New Caledonia's FC Gaitcha 1-0 in Suva. [more]

No rest for Canes' All Blacks
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd won't be resting any All Blacks ahead of Sunday's clash with the Reds in Brisbane. [more]

Vatuvei re-signs until 2018
The Warriors' all-time leading try-scorer Manu Vatuvei has signed a new three-year deal which will extend his career to a record 15 seasons with the NRL club. [more]

Chiefs name Marty McKenzie at 10
Taranaki pivot Marty McKenzie has been named at first five for the Chiefs replacing the injured All Black Aaron Cruden. [more]

EPA cuts Maui gas field hearing time
The Environmental Protection Authority says it is shortening its hearing into the Maui gas field off the coast of Taranaki. [more]

Marae-based digital project aims to close the gap
The architect of a marae-based computer project in Whangarei says it is all about closing the digital divide. [more]

Freedom's Call: New WWII database
An Auckland man has spent eight years researching the names and details of all the Northland soldiers and nurses who served in the Second World War to launch a new database. [more]

'Stepping up to do extraordinary things'
Louise Nicholas has been named Anzac of the Year at a special presentation at Government House in Wellington this evening. [more]

Fiji PM's flag change plan fueled by 'self glorification'
The youth component of Fiji's opposition SODELPA party says the prime minister is using tax-payers money for his plans to change the flag. [more]

Tongan leader's house wrecked by fire
Authorities say the residence of the Prime Minister of Tonga has been rendered uninhabitable by a fire. [more]

German kava ban lift opens doors for Tongan exports
Tonga has welcomed the news that Germany has lifted its ban on importing kava. [more]

Grand Anzac parade for Wellington
Vintage vehicles, a biplane and a hundred people dressed in First World War military uniforms will feature in a parade in the capital ahead of Anzac Day. [more]

From Edna to Emily
New information shows New Zealanders are giving their babies very different names than they did a hundred years ago. [more]

Balloon victims could have lived
The people who died in the Carterton balloon tragedy would likely have lived had its cannabis-using pilot opted to "rip out" when it hit power lines, the Coroner has found. [more]

Keep Maori stories alive says soldier's son
The son of a Maori Pioneer Battalion soldier has warned tangata whenua not to ignore their heritage, saying it is their responsibility to keep the war stories of their ancestors alive for generations to come. [more]