Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 30th April 2015

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, In Parliament, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, New Zealand Society, 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 find your love
Colin Newel of West Auckland has chosen 'I find your love' by Beth Nielsen-Chapman. [more]

New Zealand A to Z - Beekeeping
With hundreds of new beekeepers signing up for the hobby every year, there's a real buzz around the humble honey bee. As well as being a hot new hobby, beekeeping has long been a business in New Zealand, with commercial hives making a significant contribution to the agricultural sector every year. [more]

Giant turtle - Mark Pengelly
One man's mission to find out why a rare species of turtle died in the Marlborough Sounds [more]

Feature album - Sound and Color
Sound and Color is the second album from American rock band Alabama Shakes. The group was first formed in 2009 in a town called Athens in Alabama, where lead singer-guitarist Brittany Howard and bassist Zac Cockrell went to high school together and started writing songs. Then drummer Steve Johnson and Guitarist Heath Fogg joined. [more]

The Expats - Hester Moore
Recent Canterbury law graduate, Hester Moore, talks to us from Egypt where she is working with refugees. [more]

70th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's death
We've heard from one of our listeners today who says his cousin was one of the first officers to enter the bunker where Hitler had killed himself. Sebastian Wilberforce is on the line. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 30 April 2015
Simon Morris welcomes the blockbuster season - or at least big films. Avengers Age Of Ultron tackles trendy Artificial Intelligence… Testament of Youth is a film version of a famous First World War memoir… and the award-winning Leviathan takes a critical look at Putin's Russia. [more]

Avengers: Age of Ultron - film review
Avengers: Age Of Ultron starts off with good intentions, and tackles trendy Artificial Intelligence. [more]

Testament of Youth - film review
Testament of Youth is a film version of a famous First World War novel… can it do justice to a classic memoir? [more]

Leviathan - film review
The award-winning Leviathan takes a critical look at Putin's Russia, and what better metaphor than the Biblical monster? [more]

Business News

NZD falls following RBNZ decision to leave OCR unchanged
But first, the New Zealand dollar fell more than one cent against the US dollar to 75.90 cents this morning, after the Reserve Bank left the official cash rate unchanged at 3-point-5 percent and Fonterra cut the forecast payout to farmers. [more]

RBNZ is unlikely to raise the OCR as housing demand continues
Economists say there is less than a 50-50 chance of the central bank lowering the key interest rate before the end of the year, particularly given an increasing population and Auckland's red hot housing market. [more]

Response to milk price drop
An agricultural analyst at Harbour Asset Management, Oyvinn Rimer, says Fonterra's latest cut to its forecast payout is not surprising. [more]

Tourism Holdings lifts profit forecast
Tourism Holdings' shares jumped nearly 12 percent after it lifted its profit forecast by up to 18 percent as it benefits from the tourism boom. [more]

Building consents in March rise to nine-year high
New building consents for March are at their highest level in nine years. [more]

Midday markets for 30 April 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar fell more than one cent against the US dollar this morning, after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand removed the prospect of an increase to the official cash rate. [more]

RBNZ is unlikely to raise the OCR as housing demand continues
Economists say the Reserve Bank is unlikely to cut the offical cash rate before the end of the year, unless something is done to cool Auckland's over-heated housing market. [more]

Building consents in March rise to nine-year high
Building consents for March have hit a nine-year high, driven by new townhouses, units and retirement villages. [more]

Supply remains sticking point for dairy prices
An agricultural analyst says a major sticking point with dairy prices is the global over-supply. [more]

American mining giant sells Waihi, quits NZ
Oceana Gold's deal to buy the Waihi open cast mine from Newmont Minining signals an end to Newmont's business in New Zealand. [more]

Tourism Holdings calls for strategic review
Tourism Holdings is not ruling out returning cash to shareholders as part of a strategic review of the company. [more]

TruScreen wins access to $1 billion cervical screening market
The cervical cancer screening firm TruScreen has won Chinese authorities' approval to sell its device in China, giving it access to a billion dollar a year market. [more]

Tomizone to list on the ASX: hopes to raise up to A$8 million
Auckland-based Tomizone will list on the Australian Stock Exchange later this month in a backdoor listing through PHW Consolidated. [more]

Angel investors pour next $56 million into NZ growth companies
Angel investors poured a record 56 million dollars into young New Zealand companies last year, powered by enthusiasm for software investment. [more]

Morning markets for 1 May 2015
Wall street is weaker after a mixed batch of economic figures. [more]

Markets Update for 1 May 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 30 April 2015
A partial backdown by the Ports of Auckland over its extension plans. The slow pace of the relief in Nepal and the forecast milk payout drops again. [more]

Mayor breaks stalemate over surprise wharf extension offer
One of Auckland's two controversial wharf extensions has won the go ahead by the narrowest of margins. [more]

Protester says compromise is "one-fingered salute"
One of the organisers of the public campaign against the wharf extension says the port's offer to halt one of them is a one-fingered salute to the people of Auckland. [more]

$25m awarded to owners of leaky Auckland high-rise
A court has awarded 25-million dollars in compensation to the residents of a leaky Auckland high-rise apartment that was flawed from top to bottom. [more]

New Zealand mountaineer heads up small rescue team in Nepal
In Nepal, the slow pace of the relief effort, especially in remote areas, is prompting a Wanaka mountain guide to set up his own rescue team. [more]

Len Brown on the wharf extension vote
More now on our lead story. And a casting vote by Auckland's Mayor this afternoon has given the go-ahead to one of two controversial wharf extensions. [more]

Hastings District Council sentenced
The Hastings District Council must pay 65 thousand dollars to the family of a small boy run over and killed in a park by a tractor mower. [more]

2800 state houses to transfer - but questions over expertise
The head of the company taking over thousands of Auckland state houses says they may have to hire Housing New Zealand staff to help run them. [more]

Blessie Gotingco hit while on footpath - crash expert
A police crash expert says he believes Blessie Gotingco was walking on the footpath when she was hit by a car. [more]

Farmers face tight times ahead
A Waikato dairy farmer has described today's drop in forecast milk payout as just another blow for farmers still recovering from extreme weather which brought drought and flooding in different parts of the counrty. [more]

American mining giant sells Waihi, quits NZ
The American mining giant Newmont is quitting this country after a quarter of a century, selling its Waihi mine to Oceana Gold. [more]

Sports News for 30 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

One port extension in Auckland gets the go ahead
A divisive extension of Auckland's wharves has won the go ahead but only because the mayor used his casting vote to break a council deadlock this afternoon. [more]

Port chief has more
The Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson is with us. [more]

Business community labels proposed Akl transport levy "unfair"
Auckland's Chamber of Commerce says a proposed council levy to fund Auckland's major transport projects is lazy and unfair. [more]

Antony De Malmanche currently facing the death penalty
The lawyer for a New Zealander currently facing the death penalty in Indonesia says he doesn't want the government interfering, yet. [more]

Call for school students to vote on new flag
A call today for the Government to allow school students to vote on the future of New Zealand's flag has fallen on deaf ears. [more]

New Zealand mountaineer heads up small rescue team in Nepal
A New Zealand mountaineer, frustrated at the time it's taking to get desperately needed aid to remote areas, is setting up his own rescue team. [more]

No interest loans to comply with Muslim sharia law
An Auckland fund manager says he's hoping to meet a huge untapped demand for home loans that comply with Muslim sharia law. [more]

Government confirms state houses transfer in Tamaki
The Government says tenants will be well looked after when it hands over ownership of thousands of state homes, but Labour's casting doubt on that. [more]

New Zealand risks missing opportunities in China
The New Zealand China Council is calling for many more New Zealanders to learn Mandarin. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Fiji tourists shouldn't pay extra fee: Seeto
A proposal to hit tourists in Fiji with a service fee has been criticised by the tourism industry. [more]

Rally planned to support suspended Nauru MPs
Suspended Nauru MP says there is growing public concern that the government lacks proper scrutiny. [more]

Solomons Prime Minister says salary concerns are taxing
The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands says he acknowledges the public outrage over MPs' salaries being made tax free earlier this month by the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 30 April 2015
Solomons PM acknowleges public outrage over tax-free salaries for MPs; Fiji police say action will be taken on police brutality cases; Rally planned to support suspended Nauru MPs; Radio Kiribati editor sacked over 'unbalanced' reporting; A proposal to hit Fiji tourists with extra fee has been criticised; And Two PNG MPs risk losing seats over misconduct. [more]

Pacific rugby league under the spotlight
Pacific rugby league gets its moment in the spotlight this weekend, with an international double-header on the Gold Coast. [more]

Fear new plans could alienate Samoans from land
The Samoan government and the ADB are being criticised for not properly consulting the country on its plans to promote the economic use of customary land. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 1 May 2015
There are fears that new plans could alienate Samoans from their land; Solomons Prime Minister acknowledges tax free salary outrage; Rally planned to support suspended Nauru MPs; A proposal to hit tourists in Fiji with a service fee has been criticised; and Pacific rugby league under the spotlight. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 30 April 2015 - evening edition
Korean trade deal up for consideration by Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee - who hear from Auckland University Law Professor Jane Kelsey; Free trade issues also subject of questions to Todd McClay; Phil Twyford puts questions to Housing Minister Nick Smith. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 1 May 2015 - morning edition
Opposition disappointed in government's funding of the Ombudsmen's office.Korean trade deal up for consideration by Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee - who hear from Auckland University Law Professor Jane Kelsey; Free trade issues also subject of questions to Todd McClay from new Zealand First MP, Fletcher Tabuteau; Phil Twyford puts questions to Housing Minister Nick Smith about transfer of 2,800 properties to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 30 April 2015
Selling infant formula to China online and should we be allowed to forget when we sign up for insurance? [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 April 2015
A big hit for the country as Fonterra cuts its forecast milk payout again and the dollar falls after the Reserve Bank hints the Official Cash Rate could drop. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 April 2015
The world rugby player of the year, All Black and Chiefs lock Brodie Rettallick faces another stint on the sidelines after suffering another shoulder injury. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 1 May 2015
Joy in Kathmandu as two quake survivors are pulled from the rubble. Protesters vow to keep fighting after the Auckland council agrees to a port extension and dairy farmers come to terms with a near halving of their income. [more]

Sports News for 1 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pacific News for 1 May 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

MPs warned about risks of law suits
MPs have been warned that a disputes provision in the South Korea trade deal could expose the New Zealand government to multi-million-dollar lawsuits from foreign corporations. [more]

Sports News for 1 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Aid workers mobbed as frustration in Nepal mounts
Near the epicentre of the quake, the situation is beyond grim. The United Nations says it will take a five-day trek to reach some of them. [more]

Ports of Auckland Chief Executive on wharf compromise
The political stand-off between the Auckland Council and its ports company is over but public protest is continuing. [more]

Freddie Gray investigative files go to prosecutors
The police investigation into the death of Freddie Gray is now in the hands of the prosecutors office. [more]

McDonalds agrees to drop zero hour contracts
All the major fast food chains have now committed to ending zero hours contracts. [more]

Farmers - drops in milk payout will put them in the red
Industry experts say the drop in Fonterra's forecast milk payout will take 7 billion dollars out of the economy. [more]

Falling dairy payout spells end of rockstar economy
And that potential seven billion dollar hole from the lower payout could puncture any remaining claim the New Zealand economy has to rockstar status. [more]

Development group to control thousands of state houses
The Government is being criticised for handing the ownership and management of 2-thousand-8 hundred state houses in Tamaki to a company that has never been a landlord before. [more]

Maori meeting house in UK survives major fire
The only Maori meeting house in Britain, Hinemihi, has survived a major fire. [more]

Sports News for 1 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Uneasy compromise reached between Council & Ports of Auckland
Auckland's council-owned port company says it will eventually need the second wharf extension which it has had to put on hold after a stand-off with its owner [more]

Auckland councillor responds to Port stoush
Listening to that is the Auckland councillor Chris Darby. [more]

Elders worried protest brewing at Poroti Springs
The Waitangi Tribunal's hearings into Maori water rights three years ago began with a Northland hapu challenging the Prime Minister John Key's claim that no one owns water. [more]

Immigration NZ sticking to its guns on privacy 'breach'
The Privacy Commission says Immigration New Zealand has breached privacy laws by refusing to give information to foreigners accused of over-staying their visas. [more]

Government accused of dragging its feet
The Government is being accused of dragging its feet over foetal alcohol damage, which is said to be creating a huge burden for the education and justice systems, as well familes and individuals. [more]

Palestinian Foreign Minister visits New Zealand.
The Palestinian Authority wants New Zealand to use its United Nations Security Council seat to help push forward the stalled Middle East peace process. [more]

Russian spacecraft spinning out of control back to Earth
A Russian spacecraft that is tumbling around the Earth after it malfunctioned en route to the International Space Station could remain in orbit for more than a week before crashing down to Earth. [more]

Longterm support for Nepal needed
In Christchurch a candle lit vigil is being held in tonight to raise money for Nepal. [more]

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

New Zealand Society

Creating Co-operatively
Raewyn Theobald can barely contain her excitement at the mention of the natural disaster that ended up providing her with a windfall of surplus porcelain: "An earthquake is a mosaic artist's dream, because you get bins and bins, and I did." In her Gisborne studio at the time of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake (2007), she was subsequently delivered a lifetime supply of porcelain, more than enough to create a large artwork. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 1 May 2015
The latest news in Samoan language,. [more]

News in Niuean for 1 May 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 1 May 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Mt John to Star Wobbles
How being a student at Mt John Observatory set Prof. Gerry Gilmore on a path to be an Experimental Philosopher in an Institute of Astronomy, studying the delicate wobbles of stars and being part of the Gaia spacecraft mission. [more]

Hip hop
University of Auckland ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke raps about hip hop music and culture. Latin hip hop. [more]

Nine To Noon

Auckland deputy mayor on wharf extension stoush
The Auckland council has okayed continued work on one of the controversial Bledisloe Wharf extensions. Auckland's Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse. [more]

Elderly residents forced to sign up for broadband
Elderly and disabled pensioners in Wellington say they've been forced to sign up to and pay for ultrafast broadband when none of them even has a computer. Brian is a resident of a new council housing development in Mirimar. Vicki McLaren is Wellington City Council's Manager of City Housing [more]

If they're so good, why haven't electric cars taken off yet?
Electric vehicles have long been touted as the answer to many environmental problems from the potential to make a serious dent in emissions which harm human health and warm the planet - to reducing the demand on diminishing oil supplies. But after years of being talked up as a great alternative to the combustion engine, so far electric vehicles have yet to take hold in any market in the world, even as prices become more comparable with those of other new vehicles. So when might there be a tipping point for electric vehicles and what kind of infrastructure do countries need to make that happen? Chris Binns is the City of Sydney's manager of strategy and assets who, in 2009 made a plan to cut the city's vehicle fleet emissions by 20 percent in five years. That target's been exceeded by introducing electric cars and hybrid-diesel trucks and Chris Binns is in our Auckland studio. And there with him is the chief executive of Mighty River Power, Fraser Whineray who is leading the corporate charge for adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations [more]

Asia correspondent Jamil Anderlini
News from the Asian region with our correspondent Financial Times Beijing Bureau chief, Jamil Anderlini. Jamil reports on the Nepal earthquake, which killed more than 5,000 people. Some countries have been trying to play politics with the rescue effort; the execution of Australian, Brazilian and other drug dealers in Indonesia by firing squad which has caused a diplomatic incident; and the discovery that smog impedes foetal development in China. [more]

The fight to get back Nazi looted art
California Lawyer, Randol Schoenberg fought the Austrian government for the return of five Klimt paintings stolen by the Nazis, a story that was turned into the film The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren. [more]

Book review: 'The Green Road' by Anne Enright
Published by Jonathan Cape. Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor investigates the reformed Blur's first album since 2003, a new album from British pastoral folk ensemble The Lilac Time, plus the frankly bizarre sophomore album from oddball Wellington supergroup Labcoats. [more]

Sports commentator, Brendan Telfer
Lydia Ko turns 18 and keeps on winning. Extreme seat prices of an upcoming boxing match in the USA. [more]

The Week That Was
With James Elliot and Gemma Gracewood. [more]

Our Changing World

'First Step' in Reducing Methane Emissions
An AgResearch team identifies five compounds that reduce methane emissions from livestock by up to 90 per cent in initial trials. [more]

How Electrical Stimulation Might Help Stroke Recovery
Researchers hope that electrical brain stimulation, like that used to treat Parkinson's disease, may help people who've had a stroke regain their movements [more]

How Electrical Stimulation Might Help Stroke Recovery
Researchers hope that electrical brain stimulation, like that used to treat Parkinson's disease, may help people who've had a stroke regain their movements [more]

Genes for Bulbing in Onions
University of Otago scientists have discovered the genes for bulbing in onions which may result in more reliability and bulbs better tailored to climate [more]

Web Only Special: Long and Short Day Onions
Jiffin Khosa is continuing with the research on bulbing in onions to look at the difference between the short and long day varieties [more]

Underwater Soundscape of the Hauraki Gulf
Underwater sounds as varied as sea urchins and boats, fish and whales, as well as dolphins and waves are helping build an underwater sound map of the Hauraki Gulf [more]

Out-of-control Russian Space Capsule
Space scientist Duncan Steel explains what will happen to the out-of-control Russian space capsule that failed to reach the International Space Station. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 30 April 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in The Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 30 April 2015
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements? FLETCHER TABUTEAU to the Minister of Trade: Can he explain why he is "reasonably confident of getting the numbers in the vote" given the growth in international opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to deliver better public services, and how is this benefiting the Government's books? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Does he stand by his statement "The Government owns 1 in 16 houses in Auckland and we need to do a better job with them for the sake of tenants and aspiring homeowners, as well as for the neighbourhoods they live in and the wider city"; if so, what experience does the Tamaki Redevelopment Company have that will allow them to do a better job for tenants than Housing New Zealand? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "Auckland must have a transport system that meets the demands of its growing population and we are committed to working with the Auckland Council to help make sure Auckland succeeds"? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister for Building and Housing: How will today's announcement of transferring 2,800 Housing New Zealand properties to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company and a $200 million loan facility contribute to increasing the supply and quality of housing in Auckland? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "If those partnership schools don't succeed the Government will be just as quick to close them down as we have been to establish them"? MAHESH BINDRA to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied with all aspects of the running of Spring Hill Corrections Facility? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Education: How is the Government ensuring that Māori and Pasifika children are engaged in education from an early age? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he still committed to the Government's goal of lifting exports from 30 percent to 40 percent of GDP by 2025? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Transport: What reports has he received recently on the Government's Urban Cycleways Programme? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What plans has the Government put in place to ensure as many New Zealanders as possible participate in the national earthquake drill ShakeOut? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Save the Crystal Palace
Film makers rally to save an old picture theatre. Interview David Steemson Camera Diego Opatowski [more]

Marlon Williams - Everyone's Got Something To Say
Marlon Williams performing 'Everyone's Got Something To Say' live at Radio New Zealand. April 29th 2015. Audio Andre Upston Video Diego Opatowski and Dru Faulkner [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 30 April 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 1 May 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Iwi firm takes food from Palmy to Dubai
An iwi-owned company has landed a new deal to supply Dubai with emergency food pouches. The wealthy Arab emirate is buying relief packs from New Zealand to dispatch to countries hit by disasters. From Te Manu Korihi news, Laura Bootham reports. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 30 April 2015
An iwi-owned company has landed a new deal to supply Dubai with emergency food pouches; The Te Matatini National Committee has announced the dates of when the next national kapa haka competition will take place; Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi is in the middle of two days of graduation celebrations in Whakatane. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 May 2015
Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi says a proposal to abolish the Maori fisheries body - Te Ohu Kaimoana - is very short-sighted. One of New Zealand's most celebrated authors, Patricia Grace, says New Zealand should not be going to war anywhere, including places in the Middle East such as Afghanistan. An Australian Aboriginal rights movement says tangata whenua around the world are gearing up for what could be the biggest demonstration of indigenous rights her country has ever seen. In the wake of the Teina Pora case, there is renewed focus on an action plan to help counter the impacts of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 May 2015
An Australian Aboriginal rights movement says tangata whenua around the world are gearing up for what could be the biggest demonstration of indigenous rights her country has ever seen. One of New Zealand's most celebrated authors, Patricia Grace, says New Zealand should not be going to war anywhere, including places in the Middle East such as Afghanistan. Te Runanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi says a proposal to abolish the Maori fisheries body - Te Ohu Kaimoana - is very short-sighted. In the wake of the Teina Pora case, there is renewed focus on an action plan to help counter the impacts of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 30 April 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Andrew Clay and Julia Hartley Moore (Part 1)
What the Panelists Andrew Clay and Julia Hartley-Moore have been up to. Select committee submitter says give kids the vote on the flag. How should New Zealand act towards Indonesia after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran? West Coast religious community Gloriavale is getting massive media attention. We ask religious historian Prof Peter Lineham of Massey University if putting the pressure on will change its reclusive ways. [more]

The Panel intro
What the Panelists Andrew Clay and Julia Hartley-Moore have been up to. [more]

NZ flag
Select committee submitter says give kids the vote on the flag. [more]

NZ and Indonesia
How should New Zealand act towards Indonesia after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran? [more]

Hounding Gloriavale
West Coast religious community Gloriavale is getting massive media attention. We ask religious historian Prof Peter Lineham of Massey University if putting the pressure on will change its reclusive ways. [more]

Panel with Andrew Clay and Julia Hartley Moore (Part 2)
From an ancient Roman festival to a boatswain's pipe the wolf whistle alerts men to the presence of women. How predatory is it? What the Panelists Andrew Clay and Julia Hartley-Moore have been thinking about. Housing affordability is major cities around the world is hetting worse. We talk to NZIER senior economist Shamubeel Eaqub about what the social outcomes of this will be. Charging interest on loans goes against Muslim principles. One woman trying to convince a bank to give her an interest-free mortgage. She says thousands of Muslims are being forced to choose between their religion and economic stability. Ham radios are being used in Nepal after the devastating earthquake knocked out much of the modern communication systems. [more]

Wolf whistle
From an ancient Roman festival to a boatswain's pipe the wolf whistle alerts men to the presence of women. How predatory is it? [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Andrew Clay and Julia Hartley-Moore have been thinking about. [more]

Housing affordability
Housing affordability is major cities around the world is hetting worse. We talk to NZIER senior economist Shamubeel Eaqub about what the social outcomes of this will be. [more]

Muslim lending
Charging interest on loans goes against Muslim principles. One woman trying to convince a bank to give her an interest-free mortgage. She says thousands of Muslims are being forced to choose between their religion and economic stability. [more]

Communications in Nepal
Ham radios are being used in Nepal after the devastating earthquake knocked out much of the modern communication systems. [more]

Wolf whistle extra
Mary listeners have been feeding in their comments on this subject. [more]

The Wireless

Rose Matafeo is finally dead
Charlotte Graham speaks to an extremely sleep-deprived and stressed comedian, Rose Matafeo. [more]

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

The stories I grew up with
In this story from The Watercooler, Robin Kelly talks about the impact mental illness has on his family. [more]

Kiwi Muslims want to escape the rent cycle
An Auckland woman is rallying banks around the country to provide interest-free mortgages to Muslims looking to buy their first home. [more]

Cleaning up in Baltimore
As the investigation into Freddie Gray’s death comes to a close, the clean up in the West-Baltimore community is just starting. [more]

A head for numbers
Expect a flurry of budget announcements over the next few weeks - we explain what's going on. [more]

The Bachelor NZ: Family matters
Arthur meets the parents of the remaining Bachelorettes and it's as confusing and awkward as you might expect. [more]

Upbeat

Amelia Berry and Rachelle Pike
NZ Opera Soprano and mezzo playing the wicked sisters in NZ Opera's production of Rossini's La Cenerentola. [more]

Anna Edgington: Experimental Music
Upbeat contributor on contemporary vocal music and techniques. [more]

Erin Helyard: NZ Barok
Australian fortepianist previews his performances of Mozart's Concertos K413 in F major and K415 in C major with NZ Barok in Hamilton and Auckland. [more]

Erin Helyard: NZ Barok
Australian fortepianist previews his performances of Mozart's Concertos K413 in F major and K415 in C major with NZ Barok in Hamilton and Auckland. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 30 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 30 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 30 Apirl 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 1 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7pm World, Pacific and Sports News for 1 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 1 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 1 May 2015
the latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 1 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Impact of rival infant formula downplayed
Members of the infant formula industry are playing down the impact on New Zealand from a new range targeting the Chinese market. [more]

Police probe Beckenridge sightings
Police are investigating reported sightings of 11-year-old Mike Zhao-Beckenridge and his estranged stepfather from north of Auckland to Southland. [more]

Port saga puts councillors in a bind
Auckland councillors will today struggle to navigate through the increasingly thick political fog of the Ports of Auckland stand-off. [more]

More concerns in Fiji over police brutality
A citizens' group has expressed concern over allegations of police brutality in Fiji. [more]

Tonga PM appeals for Nuku'alofa clean up
The prime minister of Tonga has appealed to the public to help clean up Nuku'alofa for the coronation of the king in July. [more]

PNG Union complains about Bible collection
A Papua New Guinea union says it will make a complaint to the Ombudsman Commission over the actions of the Parliament Speaker, which they say infringes upon people's constitutional rights. [more]

Iwi finds out about oil spill via media
A Tauranga iwi is unhappy to have found out about an oil spill only through the media and press releases from Bay of Plenty Regional Council. [more]

Woods confirms US and British Open entries
Tiger Woods has confirmed he plans to play in the US Open and British Open this year as he attempts to build on a top-20 finish at the Masters. [more]

Trade tour to Gulf will pay off - PM
The Prime Minister says the likelihood of passing a lucrative free trade deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council is better than it was before his visit. [more]

'Gobsmacked' by Nepal effort
The speed of donations to help earthquake-stricken Nepal has astounded some charities in New Zealand. [more]

Armoured vehicles guard million dollar boxing belt
A massive police operation is guarding the belt that either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao will win on Sunday. [more]

Religion or home ownership?
An Auckland woman is rallying banks around the country to provide interest-free mortgages to Muslims looking to buy their first home. [more]

Coffee cart stolen in Hamilton
Fancy a coffee to go? Some criminals in Hamilton did this morning. [more]

O'Sullivan crashes out of world champs
The five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been eliminated from the world snooker champship in Sheffield, beaten in the quarter-finals by fellow Englishman Stuart Bingham. [more]

Samoa school apologises for alleged sex crimes
A Samoa school has issued an apology after rape charges were brought against two students and an adult associated with the school during American Samoa's Flag Day celebrations. [more]

Water hearing time to be decided
The Waitangi Tribunal has called a judicial conference to sort out when a second round of hearings will be held into Māori rights to freshwater and geothermal resources. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Reserve Bank leaves Official Cash Rate unchanged at 3.5 percent
BREAKING NEWS - Reserve Bank leaves Official Cash Rate unchanged at 3.5 percent [more]

Formal diplomatic action unlikely over killings
New Zealand is unlikely to take any formal diplomatic action over Indonesia's execution of eight drug smugglers, the Prime Minister says. [more]

Chelsea close in on title
Chelsea came from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1 and close in on the English Premier League title for the first time in five years. [more]

Olympic president to visit NZ
The International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will make a two-day visit to New Zealand next week. [more]

Westland lowers milk payout forecast
International dairy prices have forced the country's second biggest dairy co-operative, Westland Milk Products, to drop its milk payout forecast. [more]

Meat giant playing catch-up on antibiotics
Plans by a major meat producer to stop using human antibiotics in its chickens means it will be playing catch-up with New Zealand, this country's industry says. [more]

FBI joins CNMI investigation into security guard's homicide
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation into the fatal shooting of a security guard inside a poker arcade in the Northern Marianas last week. [more]

Sport: Oceania rugby champs ideal prep for Samoa U20s
Samoa coach Semo Sititi says the inaugural Oceania Under 20 Rugby Championship, which kicks off on Friday, is a perfect chance to fine-tune preparations for the World Championship in Italy in June. [more]

Sport: Barramundi's skipper backs team to qualify for T20 World Cup
Papua New Guinea cricket captain Jack Vare believes the Barramundi's can take the elusive final step and qualify for the Twenty20 World Cup. [more]

Sport: O-League winner believes professional comp has merit
Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx says a professional Oceania Champions League would be an exciting step forward for football in the region. [more]

Sport: Meninga calls for league eligibility laws to be relaxed
Papua New Guinea rugby league coach Mal Meninga has called for eligibility rules to be relaxed, to help grow the international game. [more]

Sport: Fiji cricketers earn work scholarships to Australia
Fiji cricket internationals Marica Vua and Manase Ravula have been selected by the Australian Government to attend a three-month education and work experience program later this year. [more]

CYF caregiver's abuse appeal rejected
The Court of Appeal has rejected a Whangarei Child Youth and Family caregiver's appeal against his conviction for sexually and physically assaulting children in his care. [more]

New move to curb New Caledonia gun ownership
The French overseas minister, George Pau-Langevin, has tabled a law proposal aimed at curbing gun ownership in New Caledonia as part of measures to modernise provisions applied in overseas territories. [more]

Bailey re-signs with Breakers
The Breakers have re-signed forward Duane Bailey for the 2015/16 Australian basketball season. [more]

Youth and experience in Kangaroos: Cronk
Australian rugby league halfback Cooper Cronk is welcoming the inclusion of four new players in the Kangaroos for Friday's ANZAC Test with the Kiwis. [more]

Hayne non-commital on NFL chances
NFL hopeful and former Australia league international Jarryd Hayne says he is enjoying his time training with the San Francisco 49ers but still has a long road ahead. [more]

McCaw ruled out of Hurricanes game
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been ruled out of this weekend's match against the Hurricanes after being knocked out in the Crusaders' win over the Blues. [more]

Slater ruled out of Anzac Test
Kangaroos fullback Billy Slater has pulled out of Friday night's rugby league Test against the Kiwis because of a shoulder injury. [more]

Steel draw with Thunderbirds
The Southern Steel have played out a dramatic draw with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in their trans-Tasman netball championship clash. [more]

Ko feeling the love
Lydia Ko says she's "feeling the love" after capping her 18th birthday celebrations by defending her LPGA tour Swinging Skirts title in San Francisco. [more]

Auckland going back to Club World Cup
Auckland City have won the Oceania Champions League football title for the fifth season in a row with a 4-3 penalty shoot out win over Team Wellington in the final. [more]

Price falls to second in Kentucky
New Zealand equestrian Tim Price and his horse Wesko have finished second at the Kentucky three-day event in the United States. [more]

Chairman's figures challenged over dam
Hawke's Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson has been accused of misleading the public with claims of 80 percent support for the Ruataniwha Dam. [more]

Whangarei farmer banned from owning stock
An elderly Whangarei farmer convicted of neglecting his animals has been fined $7500 and disqualified from owning stock for 20 years. [more]

Newmont sells Waihi mine to Oceanagold
New Zealand's biggest goldmining company is buying the open-cast goldmine in Waihi. [more]

New barley world record - in Timaru
A Timaru cropping farmer has received long-awaited confirmation that he's the new world record holder for the largest barley crop yield. [more]

Dane Coles back for Hurricanes
All Blacks hooker Dane Coles returns to the Huricanes lineup for Saturday's Super Rugby game against the Crusaders in Wellington. [more]

Morale not results the key says Merrick
Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is playing down his side's disappointing recent results, saying they're confident going into their knockout against Melbourne City. [more]

Winds cut Tomahawk power
High winds in Dunedin have cut the power to a southern city suburb twice in the past 24 hours. [more]

LATEST - Hastings District Council ordered to pay $94,500 over mower death safety breach
LATEST - Hastings District Council ordered to pay $94,500 over mower death safety breach [more]

Would you like Te Reo with that?
One of Wellington's newest restaurants is serving its diners Te Reo Māori as an extra language on its menu. [more]

New sentence date for Alex Swney
The former head of Auckland's downtown promotion agency Heart of the City will now be sentenced in June. [more]

Warning against money mule scam
Police are warning people not to fall for a tax rebate scam that uses unsuspecting people as money mules to forward stolen money overseas [more]

NZDF confirms troops are in Middle East.
The Defence Force has confirmed troops have travelled to the Middle East as they prepare for their deployment in Iraq. [more]

Four refugees agreed to resettle in Cambodia - report
The Refugee Action Coalition says despite ongoing pressure from the Australian government, just four refugees on Nauru have agreed to resettle in Cambodia under a controversial 30 million dollar deal. [more]

Minimum wage increase called on for American Samoa
An American Samoa senator, Galea'i Tu'ufuli, says the minimum wage should be raised to at least US$7.50 per hour across all industries. [more]

Nauru to block porn sites
The Nauru government says it will block access to internet sites that show pornography, particularly those featuring children. [more]

Niue leader hails new history
The premier of Niue says the first full history on the colonial era on the island will be the second most important book there, after the Bible. [more]

Ko to donate winnings to earthquake victims
Women's world golf number one, New Zealand's Lydia Ko, will donate any winnings from this week's LPGA event in Texas to the relief effort for the Nepal earthquake. [more]

Sleepy cows sorting insomniacs
Synlait Milk is using sleepy cows to help insomniacs get a better night's rest. [more]

Retallick out for four weeks
The world rugby player of the year, the All Black and Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick, faces another stint on the sidelines with another shoulder injury. [more]

Fonterra drops forecast milk payout
Fonterra's latest cut to its dairy payout forecast means up to $7 billion could be knocked out of the economy compared to last year's payout. [more]

Forum test number 6
New Zealanders will now be able to express themselves publicly in a new online forum attached to RNZ stories. [more]

Vanuatu moves to tighten control on donor funds
Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman says he wants a legislative change to ensure all disaster relief assistance goes to the National Disaster Management Office. [more]

Aucklanders could be hit with transport levy
Auckland ratepayers are about to be hit in the pocket as the council struggles to find money to pay for major transport projects. [more]

Council told to pay $94,500 over boy's death
Hastings District Council has been ordered to pay $94,500 in relation to the death of a four-year-old boy who was run over by a tractor mower. [more]

Levels of domestic violence in Marshalls a concern
A women's rights adocate in the Marshall Islands is not surprised by a US government report describing levels of domestic violence there as chronic. [more]

Refugees being forced out of PNG detention centre - NGO
The Refugee Action Coalition says authorities on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea are removing basic rights from refugees in an effort to force them to move out of the detention centre. [more]

New history recovers Niue's stories - academic
Auckland University Pacific Studies lecturer, Damon Salesa, says a new book on Niue history is a vital collection of the islanders' stories. [more]

American Samoa tested for lymphatic filariasis
Two scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in American Samoa to survey whether the territory is free from the painful and disfiguring disease lymphatic filariasis. [more]

CNMI senator wants trade zones for Pagan
A senator in the Northern Marianas wants to amend a law that would immediately allow the development of free trade zones on Pagan, at a time when the US military wants to use the island for live-fire training. [more]

Efforts to heal young cyclone victims in Vanuatu
The children of Mele kindergarten school on the island of Efate in Vanuatu were treated to a fun day of activities today, as part of efforts to help them recover mentally from the impacts of Cyclone Pam. [more]

OCR on hold, dollar falls
The dollar has fallen in the wake of Reserve Bank hints that New Zealand's base interest rate could eventually drop. [more]

Hohaia seeks medical advice after quitting league
Former Kiwis international Lance Hohaia will seek medical advice about potential long-term health problems after announcing his retirement. [more]

Concern over Tahiti jail rape case
The lawyer of a jailed rape victim in French Polynesia says the state failed in its duty by keeping a minor among inmates who jointly raped his client. [more]

Sky City and Govt agree on design deadline
The Government and SkyCity have agreed to settle on a revised design for the Auckland Convention Centre by the end of next month. [more]

Record crops for South Island farmers
With the confirmation that a cropping farmer from South Canterbury has broken the world record for the largest barley yield, it now puts three world cropping titles in the hands of South Island farmers. [more]

Nepal struggles to deliver aid
The United Nations is calling for relief efforts to help millions of Nepalis reeling from the aftermath of the massive earthquake to be scaled up. [more]

Minister biffs school problem back to church
Ongoing problems at Hato Petera College in Auckland need to be resolved by the school and the Catholic Church, which runs the Maori boarding kura, says the Education Minister Hekia Parata. [more]

Maori farm 'vitally important' for community
A Northland sheep and beef farm in the running for the top Maori farming award has impressed the judges with its strong ties to a small local community. [more]

2800 state houses transferred
The Government has confirmed it will transfer the ownership and management of thousands of Housing New Zealand homes in Auckland. [more]

Flag referendum 'waste of money'
The New Zealand flag referendum has been criticised as a waste of money and an insult to the country's heritage by members of the public at Parliament. [more]

CCC calls for control of public transport
Christchurch City Councillors say if non-democratic leadership of the Canterbury Regional Council continues, they should gain control over city's public transport system. [more]

Cladding behind Australian fire used here
The combustible aluminium cladding of the type implicated in a fire at a Melbourne apartment building is still sold widely in New Zealand. [more]

Company aims to attract rebuild investment
Christchurch City councillors have unanimously voted to set up a council-controlled company to manage investment in some of the city's rebuild projects. [more]

Prominent NZer to stand trial in 2016
A prominent New Zealander accused of sex offences will not stand trial until next year. [more]

Price drop another blow for dairy farmers
An already grim season just got tougher, with Fonterra's announcement today that it has cut its forecast milk price to farmers by another 20 cents. [more]

Burns named player of the year
The Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns has been named the A-League's player of the year by Australia's football media. [more]

Blessie on footpath when hit says crash expert
A police crash expert says he believes Blessie Gotingco was walking on the footpath when she was hit by a car. [more]

Mining giant sells Waihi mine, quits NZ
American mining giant Newmont is quitting this country after a quarter of a century, after selling its Waihi mine to Oceana Gold. [more]

Te Matatini 2017 dates announced
The Te Matatini National Committee has announced the dates of when the next national kapa haka competition will take place. [more]

Team Japan enters America's Cup
It's still unclear whether former Team NZ skipper Dean Barker will be a part of the new Japanese syndicate that's just been confirmed for the next America's Cup regatta. [more]

Govt shouldn't interfere - lawyer
The lawyer for a New Zealander currently facing the death penalty in Indonesia says he does not want the Government interfering. [more]

Auckland wharf delay offer accepted
Auckland Council has accepted its port company's offer to delay one of two controversial wharf extensions. [more]

An 'h' on the cards for Wanganui district?
The Geographic Board is to seek the public's view on the Wanganui District Council's proposal to add an 'h' to the spelling of the district's name. [more]

Leaky high-rise residents to be compensated
A court has awarded $25 million in compensation to the residents of a leaky Auckland high-rise apartment. [more]

Unjust criticism has unified Nauru - President
The Nauru president Baron Waqa says foreign criticism has unified the Nauruan people. [more]

Fiji PM's gender balance pledge welcomed
Fiji's Women's Rights Movement has welcomed the Prime Minister's commitment to work towards gender balance in national decision-making. [more]

Samoa teacher arrested on sexual assault allegations
Police in Samoa are investigating a 40-year-old primary school teacher after he was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct involving underage boys. [more]

Jailed PNG MP to appeal
The jailed Papua New Guinea MP Francis Potape has appealed his conviction before the country's Supreme Court. [more]

Dunedin councillor won't comply with sanctions
A censured Dunedin city councillor says he will not comply with suspension from committee meetings because he has been advised the suspension is illegal. [more]

Moral principle or economic pragmatism?
Power Play with Brent Edwards - John Key's visit to the Gulf States has forced him to make a call between pragmatism and principle this week. [more]

Medical examinations or digital conversions?
Hewitt Humphrey talks about when the misuse of similar sounding words can lead to sticky situations. [more]

Russian spacecraft 'out of control'
A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) is out of control and will fall back to Earth, officials say. [more]

Antarctic history preserved
Archive New Zealand has received what is believed to be the world's largest collection of Antarctic photographs, totalling more than 40,000 images. [more]

NZers missing Chinese chances
A new report suggests this country risks missing out on opportunities in China if the amount of people learning Mandarin remains low. [more]

Sea lion pulls unsuspecting fisherman overboard
A hobbyist fisherman posing for a photo with his latest catch got a nasty surprise when a sea lion leaped out of the water and dragged him - and the fish - overboard. [more]

Boost for cycle lanes in Wellington
The Wellington City Council has decided to prioritise cycle lanes over car parks in its new cycling plan. [more]