Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 7th May 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, Music 101, News Extras, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

Afternoons

Your Song - Je T'aime
Dom Blaazer from Auckland has chosen Je T'aime by Serge Gainsbourg. [more]

Our New Zealand A to Z - Knitting
It's knitting today! With: Teacher, designer, knitter and spinner Margaret Stove; Royal shawl knitter Cynthia Read; Prison volunteer Coralie Curtis, on knitting in Hawkes Bay Prison; Jenna Todd and her granny Sandy Todd. [more]

The Ugly Shakespeare Company
For 20 years the Ugly Shakespeare Company has toured theatre to schools the length and breadth of the country, introducing 800-thousand school kids to the Bard. [more]

Could you travel the world on $10 a day?
Croatian stockbroker-turned broke traveller, Tomislav Perko, has been doing just that for five years. He's hitchhiked across the Indian Ocean, traversed five continents, and now he's in New Zealand. [more]

Feature Album - Judith by Judy Collins
Our Feature Album is 'Judith' by American singer/songwriter Judy Collins. Her 12 LP came out in 1975 and is still her best selling album. [more]

The Expats - Baden Campbell
This week we speak to Baden Campbell who's on his way home from London. Instead of flying, he's taking the best part of two years to travel back by bike. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 7 May 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two films about music: Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman and Eddie Izzard, is the latest in a new genre - the choir movie; Montage Of Heck is a documentary about Nirvana front-man, the late Kurt Cobain; And It Follows is creating a buzz among fans of horror films. [more]

Boychoir - film review
Simon Morris reviews the latest in a new genre - the choir movie. In Boychoir another troubled kid meets another inspirational teacher… [more]

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - film review
Simon Morris reviews a documentary about Nirvana front-man, the late Kurt Cobain. Montage Of Heck is not quite all you ever wanted to know about Nirvana. [more]

It Follows - film review
Simon Morris reviews It Follows which writes the next chapter in the history of horror, and is creating a buzz among fans of the genre. [more]

Business News

Z Energy's profit slumps
The slump in oil prices has dragged down Z Energy's net profit by 93 percent to 7-million dollars. [more]

BNZ first half profit rises 28 percent to $510 million
The Bank of New Zealand's first half net profit has jumped 28 percent, driven by strong revenue growth and cost management. [more]

Team Talk says its on track to meet FY profit guidance
Team Talk share price has risen nearly 20 percent after saying it's on track to meet its profit guidance for the year, with second-half revenue that is slightly better than the first half. [more]

European Union has unveiled a new framework
The European Union has unveiled a new framework for the internet, dubbing it the Single Digital Market. [more]

Imperial Tobacco posts profits
The world's fifth largest cigarette maker, Imperial Tobacco, is proving there's still a lot of money to be made in the business. [more]

Tax freedom day is today
Today is tax freedom day, the day when New Zealand taxpayers stop paying tax and start earning for themselves. [more]

Midday Markets for 7 May 2015
The sharemarket falls [more]

Today's market update
The New Zealand Top 50 index has fallen 35 points. [more]

Z Energy expects to lift operating profit
Z Energy expects to lift operating profit in the next 12 months as it faces another year of low oil prices and intense discounting at the petrol bowser. [more]

BNZ says strong growth reflects increased focus on Auckalnd
The Bank of New Zealand says its strong growth is linked to a greater focus on the Auckland market -- not just in housing, but on migration as well. [more]

Coal prices could stay depressed for two years
Minerals analysts say coal prices could stay depressed for more than two years. [more]

Slowdown in China's economy prompts calls for greater stimulus
The slowdown in China's economy is turning up the pressure on the government to do more to stimulate growth. [more]

Chinese owner of Crafar Farms wins major business award
The Chinese-owner of the Crafar Farms has won a major business award for turning the dairy units around by using New Zealand management, labour and skills, and creating jobs at the same time. [more]

Spark launches public appeal to keep copperline charges down
Spark is appealing to the public for help in battling against higher wholesale internet charges, which it says are out of whack with the rest of the world. [more]

Morning markets for 8 May 2015
A rebound in tech stocks and upbeat jobs data has pushed Wall Street higher. [more]

Markets Update for 8 May 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 7 May 2015
Westport's Stockton miners dealt another devastating blow; Solid Energy responds; Westport reacts to Stockton mine news; Auckland households to pay $114 a year for transport projects; Trial underway in China for NZer accused of drug-smuggling; Hit and run driver dies in car crash fire; Shalvin Prasad's family say questions remain over his murder. [more]

Westport's Stockton miners dealt another devastating blow
A hundred miners are losing their jobs as the country's largest opencast coal mine axes more than a quarter of its workforce. [more]

Solid Energy responds
The chief executive of Solid Energy is Dan Clifford. [more]

Westport reacts to Stockton mine news
Our reporter Georgina Stylianou is in Westport, and was outside the meeting waiting for the workers to come out. [more]

Ak households pay $114 a year for transport projects
Auckland households will pay an extra one hundred and fourteen dollars a year to fund transport projects which their council says won't otherwise go ahead. [more]

Trial underway in China for NZer accused of drug-smuggling
The trial of a New Zealander accused of drug smuggling and who could face the death penalty is underway in China. [more]

Hit and run driver dies in car crash fire
A hit-and-run driver's suffered a fiery death avoiding police road spikes in Whanganui. [more]

Shalvin Prasad's family say questions remain over his murder
The mother of a man doused in petrol and burned alive says seeing photos of him now feels like daggers to her heart. [more]

Fast-track for abuse victims fails to impress lawyer
The lawyer for hundreds of victims of historical abuse in state care says a new fast-track process to deal with claims is underfunded and deeply flawed. [more]

Police officer goes beyond bounds with pig hunters
A policeman who trespassed two pig hunters in a threatening way has been found to have gone beyond the bounds. [more]

Catering firm to take over southern hospital kitchens
Catering giant Compass is taking over at Dunedin's and Invercargill's hospital kitchens in the face of heated community and union opposition. [more]

Farmer waits nervously for swaps payout
A man forced to sell his farm after losing millions in notorious interest rate swaps is waiting to see how big an imminent payout is before deciding whether to fight on. [more]

Sports News for 7 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Buller District Mayor on Stockton Mine
Stockton mine's axed more than a quarter of its workforce today and within months the entire coalmine could be forced to shut down. [more]

UK voters on a knife edge
In the last few minutes polls have opened in Britain's most unpredictable general election in decades. [more]

Govt: Auckland's transport plan won't work
Auckland households will pay $115 a year extra in special rates for a plan the government says is misguided and which it won't help to fund. [more]

Student gives evidence in Auckland District Court
A student has described seeing a teacher sitting at his classroom desk in front of a computer with his pants down and touching his crotch. [more]

Te Puke freezing worker won't back down over Facebook post
A Te Puke freezing worker who's been threatened with the sack because of a Facebook post says she's not backing down. [more]

MPs asked to consider different flag process
MPs considering a national flag change have been told the public should have the right to say whether or not they want a new one, before considering alternatives. [more]

Masseur jailed for 21 months
A Christchurch masseur has been jailed for sexually assaulting three women on the massage table. [more]

Men with advanced prostate cancer desperately need more help
New evidence shows the chances of surviving the disease in New Zealand is much worse than other countries. [more]

Dateline Pacific

A drug test for kava requested by some NZ companies
The Drug Detection Agency in New Zealand says many companies are requesting a drug test for kava and it's only a matter of time before one is available. [more]

PNG to organise its SOEs into the Kumul Structure
PNG government readies to introduce new system for running its business arms. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 7 May 2015
PNG to organise its SOEs into the Kumul Structure; A drug test for kava requested by some NZ companies; Human rights under scrutiny in the Marshalls; Reform urged in PNG to boost private sector performance; And Conversation on post-cyclone aid distribution needed in Vanuatu. [more]

Move to curb illegal guns in Tonga
There is concern in Tonga that guns are being smuggled into the country and police want the help of local residents to find them. [more]

Fiji youth want more say, less tokenism
The National Youth Council of Fiji says young people are being used as tokens in important issues like the flag change and they're calling for a bigger say in decisions of the state. [more]

Samoa counsellor calls for culture change
A Samoan counselling service is hoping to break down cultural barriers in its efforts to address what it says is an alarming suicide problem. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 8 May 2015
Samoa counsellor calls for culture change to address an alarming suicide problem; Fiji youth want more say, less tokenism; Move to curb illegal guns in Tonga; A drug test for kava requested by some New Zealand companies; Papua New Guinea to organise its SOEs into the Kumul Structure. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 7 May 2015 - evening edition
Winston Peters makes submission on the Flag Referendum Bill to Justice and Electoral Committee; Trevor Mallard presents his petition on that Bill to the same committee; Te Ururoa Flavell fields questions about Whanau Ora. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 8 May 2015 - morning edition
Nanaia Mahuta pays tribute to Ngati Hine leader Erima Henare; Winston Peters makes submission on the Flag Referendum Bill to Justice and Electoral Committee; Trevor Mallard presents his petition on that Bill to the same committee; Te Ururoa Flavell fields questions about Whanau Ora; David Wilson appointed as new Clerk of the House. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 7 May 2015
Britain votes; Solid Energy cuts jobs on the coast and re-thinking disaster aid post-Pam. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 7 May 2015
Life sentences have been handed to the pair who burnt a man to death; A new option for people with unresolved claims of historic abuse. [more]

Midday Sports News for 7 May 2015
The Hurricanes will be without four All Blacks as they seek to cement their place at the top of the super rugby standings. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 8 May 2015
With more than a hundred jobs to go in the latest blood letting -- it seems the Stockton mine could yet face complete closure. This hour, the seemingly limited options for a struggling industry. Parliament may be the ultimate hall of power -- but that doesn't always help vulnerable MPs. A new study reveals the levels to which they're regularly harrassed, abused and stalked and British voters are out in force in the tightest race for years. [more]

Sports News for 8 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pacific News for 8 May 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Business group says Westport is a dying town
Westport has been described as a dying town, with a further 113 jobs to be axed at the Stockton mine. [more]

Man abused in state care scoffing at new fast-track process
An advocate for sexual abuse victims says fast-tracking of historical abuse cases is only part of the answer. [more]

Sports News for 8 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bleak outlook for Westport after more mining job cuts
The future of Wesport looks grim after Solid Energy's announcement yesterday 113 more jobs are to go at the Stockton mine. [more]

EPMU reacts to Solid Energy announcement
The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union West Coast organiser, Garth Elliott, was at yesterday's company announcement. [more]

Research exposes level of MPs harrassment
Research has exposed the high rate of harrassment of the country's MPs, their staff and families. [more]

Latest updates from UK polling day
Our London correspondent Olly Barratt has been following developments on polling day. [more]

New Zealander appears before court in China
New Zealander Peter Gardener could have left his Australian girlfriend to carry the can for trying to smuggle nearly 30 kilograms of methamphetamine out China. [more]

Abuse survivor scoffing at government settlement plan
A man who was physically and sexually abused in state care is scoffing at the fast-tracking of historical abuse cases. [more]

Social Development Minister responds
Listening to that is the Minister for Social Development, Anne Tolley. [more]

University-CRI link to boost international rankings
Universities could get a leg up in international league tables by having closer links with the government's Crown Research Institutes. [more]

Out-of-control Russian capsule is about to burn up.
An out of control Russian spacecraft could re-enter the earth atmosphere anytime in the next 24 hours. [more]

Sports News for 8 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government reacts to Solid Energy layoffs
Westport's future looks bleak in the wake of Solid Energy's announcement that it will be cutting more than a quarter of the jobs at at the Stockton mine. [more]

87% of MPs harrassed - study
More detail has been published about the public abuse of MP's. [more]

Hung parliament a real possibility in UK
The United Kingdom is staring at the possibility of another hung parliament. [more]

Mining industry expects coal woes to last for two more years
Back now to our lead story and the effect the state of the coal industry is having on the West Coast. [more]

MPs have revealed the gifts, assets and investments they own
The Prime Minister and the nation's MPs have revealed the gifts, assets and investments they own in this year's Register of Pecuniary and other specified interests. [more]

Is test match cricket dying?
The New Zealand cricketers begin preparations for their tour of England with a warm-up match against Somerset tonight. [more]

Farm debt negotiator urges farmers to fight banks
Farmers are being urged to keep fighting for more compensation from banks that misled them into signing up for an interest rate swap deals. [more]

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

Music 101

Music 101 Pocket Edition 37
Blur return, Kimbra at Coachella, Kane Strang defends pop and Marlon Williams [more]

News Extras

Mark Harrison interview excerpt
Inspector Mark Harrison on the hit-and-run driver dying in a fiery crash avoiding police road spikes in Whanganui. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 8 May 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 8 May 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 8 May 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Getting The Gamers Going
Gaming magazines, from the 1980s to the nineties, were direct contributors to the development of 'gaming culture' - with Dr. Graeme Kirkpatrick, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. [more]

Video Games
Joystick ninja and GamePlanet editor Matt Maguire solves the riddles, beats the bad guys and saves the Earth countless times on a myriad of gaming platforms... rhythm games that use special plastic controllers - Guitar Hero and Rock Band are coming back from the dead. [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

UK election: counting gets underway
Matt Dathan is a political reporter for The Independent in the UK and has been covering the election campaign. [more]

NSA phone record spying ruled illegal
The US Court of Appeal says the National Security Agency has been breaking the law by sweeping up and storing the phone records of millions of Americans. It's directed congress to modify the programme and the most likely candidate for reform is the USA Freedom Act. Kim Zetter is an author and journalist for "Wired". [more]

How to speak cat
In his book, How to Speak Cat, veterinarian Dr Gary Weitzman has endeavoured to decipher just what a cat is saying with its meows, tail movements and purring. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Tonga still debating CEDAW. Backlash against moves in Solomon Islands to offer tax-free salaries to federal members of parliament. Tuvalu takes climate message to Venice Biennale. [more]

The Happiness U-Curve - Carol Graham
Carol Graham researches what makes people happy, finding that the lowest times in peoples' lives occurs when they are in their forties, but after that their life satisfaction improves. It's called the happiness u-curve and it's a pattern that's repeated all over the world, no matter what the socio-economic conditions of the country. So why do people get unhappy in their forties, but then get happier in their fifties? Carol Graham is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland who has written several books about happiness, including one about the paradox of "happy peasants and miserable millionaires". [more]

Book Review: Children's Books
John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop in Wellington reviews: 'Playing Rugby' with Aaron Cruden by Aaron Cruden - Random House, 'Play in the Garden' by Sarah O'Neill - New Holland and 'The Walking Tree - A Story from the Islands of Vanuatu' by Jill MacGregor - Puriri Paddocks. [more]

Music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies drops into a Manchester tower block to appraise Lonelady, checks out some local roots reggae from Wellington's Israel Starr and straps on his pork-pie hat for some nostalgic skanking to The Specials. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Should New Zealand consider hosting the Olympic games? Richie McCaw's concussion. Kiwi's wins the Rugby league against Australia. An ongoing scandal in American Football. [more]

The Week that Was
Comedians James Elliott and Irene Pink look back at this week's issues that hit the headlines. [more]

Our Changing World

A Devilish Cancer - Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease
In less than 20 years a rare contagious cancer has decimated Tasmanian devil numbers by 85 percent, but a vaccine may be on the way [more]

Exploring Seabed Methane Seeps
A team of NIWA marine scientists investigates methane seeps that bubble up from the seabed off the North Island's east coast. [more]

Exercise is the Best Medicine
The exercise physiology clinic at the University of Auckland combines exercise for rehabilitation with teaching and research [more]

Language and Sensory-Motor Experience
Alistair Knott is teaching a computer "baby" to speak different languages to see if syntax and sensory-motor experiences are linked [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 7 May 2015
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister with regard to achieving a budget surplus that "If we had to take $300 million out of the health budget or something to achieve that, I think most people would think that's a bit silly"; if so, why did he reduce the new operating spending allowance by $500 million for 2015/16 after the Treasury forecast a deficit for that year? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to get on top of its spending? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for Māori Development: Does he agree with the Auditor-General that one-third of the $137.6 million appropriated for Whānau Ora was spent on administration and could have been spent "on those people and providers who Whānau Ora was meant to help"? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to increase access to elective surgery? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that determining who is foreign for the purposes of restricting residential property ownership by foreign speculators is a "swamp"? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "the recent oil spill was not a disaster for the Tauranga environment"? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How is the Government investing in more collaborative and innovative research? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Immigration: Does he agree with the statement made by the Hon Michael Woodhouse in Parliament last week with regard to Chinese engineers repairing KiwiRail trains that the Minister of Immigration "is very satisfied that the Chinese workers in this instance were on short-term visas, and these were generally for no more than 3 months per year"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on strengthening New Zealand's global air links? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he think that there is sufficient competition in the pre-paid retail electricity market to keep prices low for consumers? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the report of the Labour inspectorate that found that it is unclear whether New Zealand minimum standards law would apply to Chinese workers employed by CNR and working in New Zealand? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What changes has the Government made to better protect New Zealand's business reputation? [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 7 May 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 8 May 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Respected Ngāti Hine leader dies
The people of Te Tai Tokerau and Māoridom are mourning the death of a leading advocate of Te Reo Māori. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 7 May 2015
The people of Te Tai Tokerau and Māoridom are mourning the death of a leading advocate of Te Reo Māori; Iwi leaders have scolded Maori MPs who are critical of the Whānau Ora policy; Five young Māori tertiary students have been awarded Ngārimu VC scholarships to help them further their academic studies. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 8 May 2015
Discussions are taking this morning as to where the tangihanga or funeral will be held of the widely respected Ngati Hine elder, Erima Henare; A Maori health specialist says racism and discrimination are partly resposible for Maori men's poor survival rate for prostate cancer; A large portion of land in Australia's Northern Territory is being finally being returned to its traditional owners, Yanyuwa people, after a nearly 40-year campaign to get it back. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 8 May 2015
Discussions are taking this morning as to where the tangihanga or funeral will be held of the widely respected Ngati Hine elder, Erima Henare; A Maori health specialist says racism and discrimination are partly resposible for Maori men's poor survival rate for prostate cancer; A large portion of land in Australia's Northern Territory is being finally being returned to its traditional owners after a nearly 40-year campaign to get it back. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 7 May 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Linda Clark and David Slack (Part 1)
Otago Poly considering drug and alcohol testing; Should athletes be discharged without conviction?; NZ down in world tourism rankings. [more]

The Panel with Linda Clark and David Slack (Part 2)
The British election; Panel says; Germanwings pilot rehearsed French Alps crash; What is the appeal of The Bachelor? [more]

Otago Poly considering drug and alcohol testing
Otago Polytechnic is considering drug and alcohol testing for most students and staff. Where do you draw the line? Employment lawyer Alastair Espie, from Cullen Law in Wellington ponders the question. [more]

Should athletes be discharged without conviction?
To what extent should athletes be discharged without conviction, on the basis it would affect their employment and their ability to travel or compete in international competitions? [more]

NZ down in world tourism rankings
New Zealand has slipped down the world tourism rankings. What does this mean for our future? [more]

The British election
The Panelists share their thoughts on the British election. [more]

Panel says
What the panelists, Linda Clark and David Slack, have been thinking about. [more]

Germanwings pilot rehearsed French Alps crash
The Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz rehearsed the French Alps crash, putting the plane into a controlled dive on the outward journey. Should this action somehow have alerted authorities? [more]

What is the appeal of The Bachelor?
What is the appeal of tv show The Bachelor? [more]

The Wireless

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

The Bachelor NZ: The End
It's been very intense, but The Bachelor NZ is over. We’ve all been through so much. [more]

A ticking time bomb
Charlotte Reynolds explains why pregnancy was a bit more full-on than she expected. [more]

Phases of flatting: The middle ground
Mon Barton is caught between a couch and a soft place. [more]

Kiwi drug-accused Peter Gardner on trial in China
A New Zealander who could face the death penalty in China goes on trial today. [more]

Driver caught in T2 lane with dummy
A driver is $150 poorer after police foiled his attempt to pass off a mannequin as a passenger so he could take advantage of a T2 lane. [more]

My Top 5: Fortunes
For NZ Music Month, Fortunes talk about why songs from Che Fu, Sheelaroc, Trinity Roots, Aaria and Opensouls mean so much to them. [more]

Upbeat

Gemma New: Music Director
New Zealand conductor recently announced as Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. [more]

Scilla Askew and Gillian Whitehead: Jack Body biography
Co-editors of Jack!: Celebrating Jack Body composer discuss the book which will launch this evening in Wellington. [more]

Peter Hoar: APO review
Peter reviews last night's Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert featuring conductor Eivind Gulberg Jensen. [more]

Lynn Freeman: Venice Biennale report
Lynn reports from the Venice Biennale which opens this weekend. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 7 May 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 7 May 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

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

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 8 May 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 8 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 8 May 2015
the latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

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

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

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 8 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

Phases of flatting: Letting go
Although Gus MacKenzie revels in the lifestyle of his flat (naked man on couch; empty 42 Below bottles atop the fridge; a series of TV screens attached to various Xboxes), he’s ready to let go. Story produced by Kirsti Whalen with help from Rose Archer. Video shot and edited by Connor Strati. This content is brought to you with funding support from NZ On Air. [more]

News stories:

Government 'experimenting on vulnerable'
The Government is being accused of experimenting on some of the most vulnerable people with its plans to sell state houses in Invercargill and Tauranga. [more]

Forensic testing begins on car
Police expect to know within a few days whether there is any evidence of a missing Southland boy and his stepfather inside a car recovered from the sea. [more]

Vigil for Nepal quake victims
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has signalled that council staff may be sent to Nepal to help earthquake recovery. [more]

Push to involve young Māori in local politics
A National MP of Ngāi Tahu descent is encouraging young Māori individuals to become involved with local community boards to advocate for tāngata whenua. [more]

Hapū calls for answers over waahi tapu bid
A Motiti Island sub-tribe has accused Heritage New Zealand of incompetence because it hasn't dealt with an application the hapū says it submitted more than a year ago. [more]

NZ and Australians still Fiji's friends: Bainimarama
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says Fiji's stance on the Pacific Islands Forum should not affect its relations with Australia and New Zealand. [more]

Uenuku prepares for land claim negotiations
A Whanganui tribe is galvanising its members to strengthen its negotiating position with the Crown. [more]

Cut dollar's value to help farmers - Peters
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is calling on the Government to do more to help dairy farmers - including by changing the Reserve Bank Act. [more]

Top cop assaulted in PNG
Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Don Polye has condemned the alleged assault of a top anti-corruption investigator. [more]

Blaming farmers for emissions 'too easy'
A food security expert is pointing the finger at consumers and saying, if the world is to successfully fight climate change, people need to eat less meat. [more]

Quake rattles lower South Island
A magnitude 5 earthquake has given some residents in and around Queenstown an early morning shake. [more]

Patriots aware of under-inflated balls
The New England Patriots were "generally aware" of a scheme to under-inflate the balls used by his team during an NFL play-off game. [more]

Ex-MP claims two-tier justice system
A lawyer and former MP says the discharge without conviction of Blues rugby player George Moala demonstrates a broken justice system. [more]

Interpol warns against diet pills bought online
Interpol has issued an international warning about buying diet pills online after a woman in Britain died from multiple organ failure. [more]

Vanuatu's Mataso gets shelter two months after Cyclone Pam
A New Zealand company has provided a semi-permanent meeting house, church and some housing for the 120 people living on the Vanuatu island of Mataso, which was badly hit by cyclone Pam. [more]

Factory growth creates Hokitika rental strain
Expansion at Hokitika's milk factory is thought to be behind a shortage of rental properties in the West Coast town. [more]

UN visits Australian detention camp on Nauru
The United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture has ended its first visit to Nauru. [more]

Massive deployment for Widodo's Papua visit
At least 6,000 soldiers and police officers will be deployed to maintain security during the visit of Indonesia's President Joko Widodo to the country's eastern region of Papua starting Friday. [more]

Fiji youth want more say, less tokenism
The National Youth Council of Fiji says young people are being used as tokens in important issues like the flag change and they're calling for a bigger say in decisions of the state. [more]

Sport: Funding an ongoing challenge for Oceania Tennis
Oceania Tennis admit the pressure is on to find the funding for the Davis and Fed Cup teams for Pacific Oceania in 2016. [more]

PNG SDP considers options after Court declines to hear case
The International Court for the Settlement of Investment Disputes has declined to hear PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd's claims against the Government of Papua New Guinea. [more]

Sport: Tim Nanai Williams raring to go for Samoa
Tim Nanai Williams will be given a prominent role for Samoa in this weekend's penultimate round of the World Sevens Series in Glasgow. [more]

Pacific voyagers sail to join Cook Islands festival
The Cook Islands vaka, Marumaru Atua, has begun its journey home to Rarotonga, after leaving Auckland on Tuesday following a conservation congress in Australia. [more]

Further reaction to proposed tourist tax in Fiji
There has been further opposition expressed in Fiji to a proposed introduction of a service fee on foreign tourists. [more]

Kava test could be developed for workers
The Drug Detection Agency gets many requests from New Zealand companies for a test for kava and says it is only a matter of time before one is available. [more]

Employer fined for unfair dismissal
A firm that fired a worker for serious misconduct without proving the misconduct has been ordered to pay more than $11,000. [more]

APEC head predicts TPP's ratification
APEC head and former Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard says he thinks the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be signed soon. [more]

Co-pilot practised rapid descent - investigators
The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps in March appears to have practised a rapid descent on a previous flight, a report says. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Killers of Auckland man Shalvin Prasad sentenced to minimum 17 years jail
BREAKING NEWS - Killers of Auckland man Shalvin Prasad sentenced to minimum 17 years jail [more]

Iwi dismisses fears of imported labour
A Far North iwi leader is dismissing fears the Chinese company expanding a luxury resort on the Karikari Peninsula will import Chinese labour to build it. [more]

Staff cut amid New Caledonia government rift
Reports from New Caledonia say the new president, Philippe Germain, has refused to renew staff contracts of ministers who he considers to have sided with the opposition. [more]

Hunt continues for 1080 threat culprit
More than six months after someone threatened to poison infant formula with 1080, police say they are still looking for the person - or people - responsible. [more]

Migrant workers underpaid $70,000-plus
Two Canterbury companies have been ordered to pay five migrant workers more than $70,000 in unpaid wages and holiday pay. [more]

Former teacher on trial in Auckland
A former teacher accused of performing an indecent act in a classroom of a well-known Auckland school has gone on trial. [more]

Fiji Health Ministry monitors chikungunya
Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services has advised the general public to focus efforts on reducing the risks of Chikungunya circulation in the country. [more]

Warning over website extortion campaign
Several New Zealand organisations have been sent emails threatening to knock them offline unless they pay, the National Cyber Security Centre says. [more]

Pike River Mine equipment to be auctioned
Solid Energy is auctioning off equipment from the Pike River Mine more than four years after a series of explosions there killed 29 men. [more]

Bruce Edgar to leave New Zealand Cricket
National selector Bruce Edgar is to leave New Zealand Cricket. [more]

Black Caps coach calls for longer series
The New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson believes his side is worthy of longer series than their upcoming two-Test campaign in England. [more]

Bird suspended for eight games
The Australian rugby league enforcer Greg Bird will miss the entire State of Origin series after copping an eight-game ban at the NRL judiciary. [more]

Rutherford to play for Derbyshire
The New Zealand opening batsman Hamish Rutherford has signed to play for English county cricket side Derbyshire. [more]

Changes to Blues lineup
Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has made a number of changes to his side, some through injury, for Friday night's Super Rugby game against the Rebels in Melbourne. [more]

Messi sets up Barcelona win
Barcelona's Lionel Messi grabbed a double and set up the third as they beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg tie. [more]

Magpies keen on Zac Guildford
The Hawke's Bay Rugby Union is keen to get Zac Guildford playing for them in this year's ITM Cup. [more]

Another All Blacks first-five injured
All Blacks and Hurricanes first-five-eight Beauden Barrett will miss the next four weeks of the Super Rugby competition with a knee injury. [more]

NZ under 20's on track for Oceania rugby title
Australia and New Zealand will meet in what is effectively the final of the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship with the winner of the match to be crowned champions. [more]

Black Sticks beaten by Australia
The Australian men's hockey team avenged their loss to the Black Sticks at the recent Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final with a 3-0 win in the Hobart Challenge in Tasmania. [more]

Luatua to lead Blues
All Black loose forward Steven Luatua will captain the Blues for the rest of the Super Rugby season after regular skipper Jerome Kaino was ruled out with injury. [more]

Sleepless nights for Tiger
Tiger Woods has admitted to sleepless nights as he wrestles with the anniversary of his father's death and recent breakup with Lindsey Vonn. [more]

Trott pulls stumps on international career
The England batsman Jonathan Trott has retired from international cricket with immediate effect after a disappointing tour of the West Indies. [more]

Cull begins at the Phoenix
The cull has started at the Wellington Phoenix in the wake of their disappointing A-League playoff performance. [more]

England cricket coach under pressure
England cricket captain Alastair Cook denies there is any need for a review of the team's failure to win the Test series against West Indies. [more]

Blatter opposition may unite
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein is considering withdrawing from the FIFA presidential election race to allow a single candidate to challenge Sepp Blatter. [more]

Golden State's Curry named NBA's MVP
The Golden State Warriors sharpshooting guard Steph Curry, who set a single-season record for three-pointers made, has won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. [more]

Move to suspend Israel from FIFA
Football's world governing body FIFA is to discuss a proposal from the Palestinian Football Association to suspend Israel. [more]

Kiwis create more history
The New Zealand rugby league team's win over Australia was significant in more ways than one. [more]

Team NZ to give private funders oversight
Team New Zealand will not immediately replace their former chairperson Keith Turner because they say private funders should have greater oversight. [more]

Super Rugby leaders missing four All Blacks
Super Rugby competition leaders the Hurricanes will be without four All Blacks for their match against the South African side the Sharks in Wellington. [more]

Prostate cancer survival rates in NZ grim
The survival of New Zealand men with advanced prostate cancer is bleak and worse than in comparable countries, according to a study released today. [more]

Sport: Pacific rugby players forced to choose between money and tests
Manu Samoa lock Daniel Leo says some Pacific Island players face losing up to 40 percent of their salary by opting to play in the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Govt wants foreigners to pay fair share of tax
The Government is calling for feedback on how to tax foreign investors for interest earned in New Zealand. [more]

NZer on trial in China over drugs
A New Zealander who could face the death penalty in China goes on trial today accused of trying to smuggle 30 kilograms of methamphetamine. [more]

Prison for Linwood woman's murder
Tim Foley, 55, has been sentenced to almost 12 years in prison for murdering his on-again-off-again girlfriend in her home in Christchurch in 2012. [more]

Fitial pleads guilty in CNMI deal
A former Northern Marianas governor, Benigno Fitial, has entered a guilty plea to two offences under an agreement submitted to the Superior Court. [more]

Samoa counsellors say communication key to address suicide
A Samoan counselling service is hoping to break down cultural barriers in its efforts to address what it says is an alarming suicide problem. [more]

Boost for BNZ's six-month profit
The Bank of New Zealand says strong revenue growth and careful cost management have boosted its first-half net profit by 28 percent. [more]

Oil price slump hits Z Energy's books
The slump in oil prices has dragged down Z Energy's net profit by 93 percent. [more]

Easier NZ Pacific pensions closer
It will soon be easier for Cook Islands, Niuean and Tokelau retirees to access their New Zealand superannuation. [more]

Prosecution 'would have done nothing'
The Commerce Commission has explained its reasons for choosing settlements rather than prosecutions with banks that sold interest rate swaps to farmers. [more]

Plastic passenger ploy fails
A young man is $150 poorer after police foiled his attempt to pass off a mannequin as a passenger so he could take advantage of a T2 lane. [more]

Killing 'broke the whole family to pieces'
Shalvin Prasad's mother says each time she looks at his photo now, it is like a dagger through her heart. [more]

Solomons police find armed Bougainvilleans in Honiara
Police in Solomon Islands are investigating recent incidents of firearms being brought into the country through the border with Papua New Guinea's Bougainville. [more]

No NGO contribution to PACER-Plus talks 'concerning'
The Fiji-based NGO, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, or DIVA, says civil society groups not being allowed to have a voice in the PACER-Plus negotiations this week is of concern. [more]

Police receive number of Gloriavale calls
Police have received a number of calls from people airing concerns about the Gloriavale community. [more]

Bird flu hits turkeys in US
A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza hitting the poulty industry in the United States is having traumatic emotional and financial impacts on farmers. [more]

Swede risk not flagged, group says
A group investigating the deaths of Southland stock which ate herbicide-tolerant swedes last winter was never told there was a risk with the crop, it says. [more]

Fiji, Solomons farmers to learn Cuban farming techniques
Organic farmers from Fiji and Solomon Islands are in Cuba to learn new techniques to improve food security back home. [more]

French Polynesia president accused of harassment
French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has accused the president and his backers of harassment and blackmail in the lead-up to the next assembly meeting. [more]

SkyCity pressured over zero hour contracts
Unite union says the pressure is on SkyCity to follow fast food companies and end its zero hour contracts. [more]

Student denies making up teacher porn story
A student has denied making up a story about seeing his teacher looking at pornography and touching his crotch in the classroom at lunchtime. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Solid Energy announce 113 redundancies at Stockton Mine
BREAKING NEWS - Solid Energy announce 113 redundancies at Stockton Mine [more]

Murder followed footy training
Shalvin Prasad had just finished football training before heading home for a shower, followed by what he said would be a few games of pool. [more]

Research funding for universities
Four research institutes focusing on earthquake resilience, as well as the future of food and pest management, have won government funding of up to $5 million a year for five years. [more]

Wild weather sweeping northwards
The front that swamped the West Coast of the South Island is moving across the lower North Island towards Taranaki, bringing heavy rain with it. [more]

Masseur jailed for sexual assaults
A Christchurch masseur guilty of sexually assaulting three of his female clients was sentenced to 21 months in prison at the Christchurch District Court this afternoon. [more]

Govt cool on Auckland transport plans
Auckland households are to pay an extra levy towards improving transport, but the Government remains cautious about signing up to the plan. [more]

MPs asked to consider different flag process
MPs have been told an initial referendum on changing the country's flag should give the public the choice of keeping the status quo. [more]

Ngati Hine leader Erima Henare dies
Ngapuhi is in mourning for Erima Henare, who has died suddenly in Wellington. [more]

Hit and run driver suffers fiery death
A driver trying to avoid police road spikes has been killed after his vehicle burst into flames when it hit a truck in Whanganui. [more]

Britons head to the polls
Millions of people have started casting their votes in the UK general election. [more]

Surgery funding 'drop in the bucket'
Doctors are dubbing the government's $98 million injection into elective surgery a dead duck. [more]

Family following as man crashes motorcycle
Police say family members of a man critically injured in a motorcycle crash in Opotiki this afternoon were travelling behind him at the time. [more]

Nobody to face charges for PNG Police killing
Leaders of a village in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, say they are shocked to learn that nobody will be held responsible for the deaths of two betel nut vendors who were killed by police in January. [more]

Three PNG Police officers arrested for buai robbery
Three police officers in Papua New Guinea's Central Province have been charged with four counts of armed robbery, stealing with violence and official corruption. [more]

Pig-hunting police officers cleared
The police watchdog has found two pig-hunting police officers who had two suspected poachers prosecuted did not act corruptly. [more]

Failed Fiji Casino operator to appeal court ruling
One Hundred Sands Limited plans to appeal a recent High Court judgement in Fiji that found the Government's decision to revoke its casino licence was legal and justified. [more]

Stockton job losses confirmed
More than 100 people will lose their jobs at Solid Energy's Stockton Mine, in Buller, the State-owned company has announced. [more]

Southern DHB will outsource hospital kitchens
The Southern DHB has approved a controversial plan to outsource its hospital kitchens to the international catering company Compass for 15 years. [more]

Car seized after shellfish bust
A woman who took more than 2300 shellfish has had to hand over the keys to her $130,000 car as punishment. [more]

Five students awarded prestigious scholarships
Five young Māori tertiary students have been awarded Ngārimu VC scholarships to help them further their academic studies. [more]

Junior All Whites beat Panama
The Junior All Whites have bounced back from their opening loss of the World Cup warmup series to beat Panama 2-1 at North Harbour Stadium. [more]

No changes for Highlanders
The Highlanders have named the same starting side for the opening game of their South African Super Rugby tour against the Lions in Johannesburg. [more]

Bid to clear historical abuse claim backlog
People with unresolved claims of historical abuse while in state care are being given the option of speeding up the settlement process. [more]

Woman found guilty of advertising scam
Two women have been found guilty in the High Court in Wellington today, for their involvement in a scam offering advertising to businesses. [more]

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes near Bougainville
Tsunami warnings for Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have been lifted after a magnitude 7 earthquake on Thursday evening. [more]

Farmer waits nervously for swaps payout
A man forced to sell his farm after losing millions in an interest rate deal is waiting to see how big an imminent payout is before deciding whether to fight on. [more]

Second typhoon spares FSM states still reeling from the first
Disaster officials in the Federated States of Micronesia say they were lucky a typhoon this week didn't cause more damage to already vulnerable communities. [more]

Composer Jack Body honoured
Composer Jack Body has been honoured with the Arts Foundations' Icon Award - an award that can only be held by 20 living artists. [more]

Woman charged over respite care death
A Palmerston North woman has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a teenager in respite care. [more]

Henare's death 'end of era'
The people of Te Tai Tokerau and Māoridom are mourning the death of a leading advocate of Te Reo Māori. [more]