Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 12th May 2015

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Sampler, The Wireless, Tradewinds, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Your song - Forevermore
Richard from Breaker Bay in Wellington nominates Forevermore by Chris de Burgh. [more]

TV Review with Phil Wallington
Phil Wallington reviews Lost and Found, a local production on TV3;Our Girl, a BBC drama, TV1; and Body Shockers on TV3. [more]

Music with Zac Arnold
Zac's music today includes Polydactyl by Wellington producer Wywy Brix from his new album Clear Liquorice, and Intoxicated Man, a Sere Gainsbourg cover by Mick Harvey. [more]

Books with Mary McCallum
Mary MacCallum reviews new releases and some new publishing presses. [more]

Web review with Ele Ludeman
Ele reviews online cards that express real feelings and a blog called Days of the Year, which informs us of strange and funny days and celebrations. [more]

Killing dolphins
New research has just been published on the impact of 'drive-hunting' dolphins in the Solomon Islands. [more]

Self Drive
Google's self-driving cars have been in 11 traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago. [more]

Feature album - Breakaway
Following on from the announcement that the reality TV show American Idol is coming to an end, our feature album today is from Kelly Clarkson, the most successful American Idol in the history of the show. [more]

Classic rock photographer - Henry Diltz
Think of any of big albums from the 60s and 70s:The Mamas & The Papas, the Eagles, and Jackson Browne and chances are photographer Henry Diltz took the picture for their album cover. [more]

Business News

Diligent's 1st quarter revenue up 19%, profit up 59 percent
Diligent Board Member Services says its quarterly net profit has more than doubled - rising 59 percent to 3-point-1 million US dollars. [more]

CHH formally considers IPO
The wood products company, Carter Holt Harvey, could list on Australasian stock markets as early as July, after formally announcing it's considering a share float. [more]

Truckometer sends mixed signals on the economy
The latest traffic report has mixed signals about the economy. ANZ Bank's Truckometer, which measures the traffic flow on certain roads to provide a snapshot of how the economy is doing, indicates that growth has slowed in April, while the light traffic index indicates the economy is speeding along. [more]

Midday Markets for 12 May 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Bryan Shepherd at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar is down ahead of a Reserve Bank of New Zealand statement tomorrow morning. [more]

House prices and volumes rise in April
The housing market has continued to strengthen, led inevitably by Auckland. [more]

LendMe sees high level of interest from borrowers and lenders
Meanwhile, a new peer-to-peer lender says there's a high level of interest from would-be borrowers and lenders interested in making loans outside of the Reserve Bank's mortgage lending restrictions. [more]

Nuplex upgrades full-year profit, all regions growing
Nuplex Industries has upgraded its full-year profit forecast, due to strong performance in Europe, steady growth in Asia and North America, and continued improvement in Australasia. [more]

CHH formally considers IPO
The wood products company, Carter Holt Harvey, could list on Australasian stock markets as early as July, after formally announcing it's considering a share float. [more]

Australia and Britain tackle tax evasion
Tax experts think New Zealand would be better off working on an international approach to taxing multinational-company profits, rather than joining forces with Australia and Britain. [more]

Markets Update for 13 May 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Markets Update for 13 May 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 12 May 2015
Adult with hunting boys did not have firearms licence;Pawn shop-accused 'wild, possessed';Work visa changes to fuel Christchurch rebuild;Royal fever in Christchurch;Australian Budget: $450m to fighting homegrown terrorism;Possible tornado hits North Taranaki town. [more]

Adult with hunting boys did not have firearms licence
Police have revealed that the adult with a 15 year old boy killed in a hunting accident on Sunday did not have a firearms licence. [more]

Pawn shop-accused 'wild, possessed'
The partner of a man charged with murdering two men at a south Auckland pawn shop says the accused looked wild and possessed after attacking them. [more]

Work visa changes to fuel Christchurch rebuild
Work visas for low skilled migrants are being extended from one year to three to help attract the 5000 construction workers needed for the Christchurch rebuild. [more]

Royal fever in Christchurch
Royal fever spread to Christchurch today; thousands of people crammed into the city's Cashel Mall to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry. [more]

Australian Budget: $450m to fighting homegrown terrorism
To Australia, where the Government is about to release its Budget. And amid a plethora of cuts is one notable jump in spending, with 450 million Australian dollars extra to go on fighting homegrown terrorism. [more]

Possible tornado hits North Taranaki town
A tornado hit the small North Taranaki town of Urenui in the early hours of this morning. it severely damaged some buildings and uprooted trees. [more]

Book claims bin Laden already captured by the Pakistan military
Was the daring US raid on a Pakistani compound that killed Amerca's most wanted, a lie? [more]

Northland leads way in extra house sales
Northland is leading the way in how many extra houses are being sold. [more]

Ex-CIA sentenced to jail for leaking information
A former CIA officer has been sentenced to 3 and a half years jail for leaking classified information to a journalist about a failed US mission to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons programme. [more]

Auckland graffitti artist wins international comp
An Aucklander who had to 'paint on fast forward' has won an international graffiti competition in Tahiti. [more]

Sports News for 12 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Gun deaths and poaching prompt fresh look at rules
The deaths of two young hunters have prompted a new look by the Government at unsafe and illegal gun use. [more]

Business group of Chch rebuild propose visa changes
Work visas for low skilled migrants are being extended and freed up to help attract the 5000 construction workers needed for the Christchurch rebuild. [more]

Could tax reform ease property owners quake woes?
Proposed changes to the earthquake building code are re-igniting debate over tax breaks for property owers facing massive strengthening costs. [more]

Antartica ice melting faster
Too much ice in the Antarctic doesn't sound like a problem - but the lack of melt is making it harder for scientists to do their jobs. [more]

Thousands of dolphins killed by Solomon Island villages
Thousands of dolphins are hunted in Solomon Islands each year for their teeth and marine scientists are worried the mass culls could wipe some species out. [more]

Stewart Island school desperate for more students
As we know Prince Harry had a great time on Stewart Island. If you saw that and thought life there is attractive, well here's your chance. [more]

Bands stretched to meet war commemorations
New Zealand's military bands have had to turn down offers to play at some First World War Commemorations after funding cuts left them stretched. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Money v country debate back ahead of Rugby World Cup
The Rugby Players Association discuss World Rugby funding models, international eligibility laws and the uneven playing field faced by rugby players from the big nations and those in the lower tiers. [more]

Academic slams NZ's aid direction
A scathing critique is given of New Zealand's foreign aid programme. [more]

Hope for foreign media access to West Papua
Hopes have been raised for greater access to the Pacific's hidden region after the Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised West Papua would be open to foreign media. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 12 May 2015
Hope that foreign media will take chance to access West Papua freely; Academic slams NZ's aid direction; The non-communicable disease crisis in the Pacific intensifies; More than a million people expected to pass through the Tuvalu pavillion at a prestigous exihibition. [more]

61st anniversary of film that helped put Samoa on the map
The Lefaga district of Samoa is celebrating the 61st anniversary of the Hollywood film that put Samoa on the world map. [more]

New PNG police chief aims to solve discipline issue
The new police commissioner in Papua New Guinea warns the force will face more changes in its leadership. [more]

Jokowi calls for greater economic cooperation with PNG
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has called for a strengthening of economic ties with Papua New Guinea during a business breakfast in Port Moresby. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 13 May 2015
Jokowi calls for greater economic cooperation with PNG; Hopes raised for foreign media access to West Papua ; New PNG police chief aims to solve discipline issue; Academic slams NZ's aid direction; 61st anniversary of film that helped put Samoa on the map. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 12 May 2015
The Salvation Army reports from the regions; the impact of dolphin hunting; and in Dateline Pacific a possible media thaw in West Papua. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 May 2015
Labour demands half a billion dollars of ACC levies are cut right away. The potential for interest rate rises appears to be scaring off more prospective property buyers. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 May 2015
NZ sevens coach makes S.O.S call for injury replacement. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 13 May 2015
World Vision ready to mobilise as another quake hits in Nepal; Another big earthquake strikes Nepal; Hopes of the trans pacific free trade deal being agreed this year have been dealt a blow by American politicians; Australian treasurer Joe Hockey's second budget delivered; labelled hangover budget; NZ finance minister Bill English reacts to Aust Budget; Reserve Bank to try again to put a brake on Auckland property market. [more]

Sports News for 13 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Another major earthquake has struck Nepal
The quake which occurred just after 7 last night our time was magnitude 7-point-3 quake. It was just 19 kilometres deep and centred near Mount Everest. [more]

Pacific News for 13 May 2015
The latest from the Pacific region.\ [more]

Emirates backs Team NZ for another America's Cup campaign
Team New Zealand says Emirates' return as its major sponsor for the next America's Cup campaign is a boost for the credibility of the organisation. [more]

Second deadly Nepal quake felt across region
As we've been reporting, Nepal's been struck by another deadly earthquake which has left more than 40 people dead and another thousand injured. [more]

Australian Budget has been dubbed the 'have a go' budget
The Australian Budget, delivered last night, has already been dubbed the 'have a go' budget. [more]

Sports News for 13 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

World Vision ready to mobilise as another quake hits in Nepal
Another major earthquake has struck Nepal. The quake which occurred just after 7 o'clock last night our time, was magnitude 7-point-3. It was just 19 kilometres deep and centred near Mount Everest. [more]

Another big earthquake strikes Nepal
Rupa Joshi, of UNICEF in Nepal, says the latest quake seemed to last even longer than the one that struck 2 and a half weeks ago. [more]

Hopes for trans pacific free trade deal dealt blow
Hopes of the trans pacific free trade deal being agreed this year have been dealt a blow by American politicians. [more]

Australian treasurer Joe Hockey's second budget delivered; labelled hangover budget
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced a 35-billion-dollar budget deficit but is promising to be back in the black by 2020. [more]

NZ finance minister Bill English reacts to Aust Budget
Finance Minister Bill English delivers the New Zealand Budget next week. [more]

Reserve Bank could put a brake on Auckland property market
The Reserve Bank could begin putting the brakes on the Auckland housing market this morning. [more]

RBNZ looks to target policy at Auckland housing market
Earlier I spoke to the former Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash about the likelihood of specific moves on the Auckland market. [more]

Emirates confirms Team NZ America's Cup campaign sponsorship
Team New Zealand bosses are breathing sighs of relief after locking in their major sponsor Emirates for the next America's Cup campaign. [more]

Potential pitfalls in new rules for migrant workers
There are concerns in Christchurch that new immigration laws could lead to workers being poached by rival employers. [more]

Questions raised over gun review
Questions are being raised over a government review into unsafe and illegal gun use. [more]

NCEA needs a PR campaign
A panel of education experts says the NCEA needs a major PR campaign. [more]

Sports News for 13 May 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

UNICEF reacts to latest quake in Nepal
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has killed more than 50 people and spread panic across Nepal, less than three weeks after April's devastating tremor. [more]

Is the latest quake in Nepal an aftershock?
It's only three weeks since Nepal was rocked by a devastating 7-point-8 magnitude quake. [more]

T.P.P.A. dealt blow
The American senate has dealt a blow to President Obama's ability to deliver the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement before the end of his Presidency. [more]

Little's pre-Budget speech to Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce
It's a week to go to the New Zealand Budget, and this morning the Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, has been delivering his verdict on the Government's economic management. [more]

Small business the winner from Australia's budget
Treasurer Joe Hockey delivered his financial plan last night to turn the country's 35-billion-dollar deficit into a surplus by 2020. [more]

Housing NZ could keep managing sold social housing properties
Government officials are considering keeping Housing New Zealand involved in the management of some state houses after they're sold off to other social service providers. [more]

Taranaki exporters urge port action
Taranaki exporters say they are being hit in the pocket and some may have to relocate if a container shipping service cannot be re-established at Port Taranaki. [more]

Auckland psychology researcher probes real world issues
Matilda Rice managed to snag Arthur Green in the recent hit series of The Bachelor, but it appears life isn't so easy for single women out in the real world. [more]

Game Animal Council says room for improvement in gun safety
The Game Animal Council is facing criticism that it's not up to the task of implementing changes to gun safety. [more]

Wellington's wind wand sculpture returns
Wellington's zephyrometer, otherwise known as the wind wand, is returning to its rightful place in Evans Bay this morning. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 13 May 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 13 May 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 13 May 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odyssey : Ben Hancock
Ben Hancock found himself on Isla de Barro Colorado, which is an island located in the man-made Gatun Lake in the middle of the Panama Canal. [more]

NZ History
Gavin McLean is a senior historian for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. He discusses our structural relationship with cement and concrete. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 3 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Audio clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

Right to Die case: Andrew Butler, lawyer for Lecretia Seales
Andrew Butler is the lawyer for terminally ill woman, Lecretia Seales, who is going to the High Court seeking the right for a doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution. www.lecretia.org [more]

The secrets of Blood Falls
Jill Mikucki is an Antarctic researcher who's been studying the evocatively named Blood Falls at the McMurdo Dry Valleys. She's discovered the falls are part of an extensive network of interconnected lakes and rivers packed with strange microbial life that's survived for millions of years locked away in the cold and dark of the frozen continent. [more]

Reserve Bank announces measures to cool housing market
The Reserve Bank has released its 6 monthly Financial Stability Report on Wednesday, in which it has announced measures to cool the Auckland housing market. [more]

Australia correspondent Karen Middleton
Karen Middleton talks about the Australian budget; politics and weather. [more]

Futurist Mark Pesce - Planet of the Apps
Mark Pesce is an inventor, educator, author and futurist. He is the keynote speaker at the tech innovation conference, Digital Disrupt next week. Mark Pesce predicts that within five years, every business will be an app, and the way we use money in 20 years won't look anything like it does today. [more]

Book Review: Villa America by Liza Klaussman
Villa America by Liza Klaussman. Published by Macmillan RRP$34.99. Reviewed by Anne Else. [more]

Marty Duda with the music of Faith No More
The band Faith No More releases their first new album in 18 years. With roots that stretch back to the late 1970s, Faith No More made their first musical impression in the mid-80s with lead vocalist Chuck Mosley. At that point the San Francisco-based band was one of the few blending hard rock, funk and hip-hop elements into their music. By the end of the decade Mosley was out and vocalist Mike Patton was in and Faith No More's success kicked in with the hit record Epic. The band continued to excite and confound fans with a myriad of musical styles and a rebellious attitude until they disbanded in 1998. The band reformed a few years ago…they recently performed in Auckland at this year's Westfest. The band's first new studio album since 1997, titled Sol Invictus, is due out this week. [more]

Media law with Ursula Cheer
Professor Ursula Cheer of Canterbury University discusses media law issues - today she's looking at looming changes to in-court media coverage. [more]

Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles
Siouxsie Wiles discusses new research on internet self diagnosis, otherwise known as cyberchondria, which shows most information people receive in a medical Google search is irrelevant. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 12 May 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 13 May 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi for 12 May 2015
A Maori artist is pushing for the National flag to display more symbols representing tangata whenua. [more]

Te Manu Korihi for 12 May 2015
A Maori artist is pushing for the National flag to display more symbols representing tangata whenua; The Global Asthma Network is desperately in need of funding to undertake asthma reasearch, which it says results in high death rates for Maori and Pasifika; A native American language expert has developed a smartphone app to promote First Nation languages, following the success of a Maori language app. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 May 2015
A Maori trust has announced it's keen to buy state houses in the Papamoa rohe of Tauranga from the Government; New data that's found more Maori are getting bachelor's degrees, also reveals people with the tohu make nearly 27-thousand-dollars more than those without the qualification; The leader of a Ngai Tahu hapu is pleased that the greenstone industry is finally starting to understand its role as kaitiaki or guardians of pounamu; The Mayor of the Kapiti Coast District Council believes that his council has an ideal Maori representative body and is a example for other local authorities to follow. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 May 2015
A Maori trust has announced it's keen to buy state houses in the Papamoa rohe of Tauranga from the Government; New data that's found more Maori are getting bachelor's degrees, also reveals people with the tohu make nearly 27-thousand-dollars more than those without the qualification; The Mayor of the Kapiti Coast believes that his council has an ideal Maori representative body and is an example for other local authorities to follow; The leader of a Ngai Tahu hapu is pleased that the greenstone industry and public are finally starting to understand its role as kaitiaki or guardians of pounamu. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 12 May 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Josie Pagani and David Farrar (Part 1)
What the Panelists Josie Pagani and David Farrar have ben up to;Wellington weather;Hairy question;Prince Harry; Auckland housing. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Josie Pagani and David Farrar have ben up to. [more]

Wellington weather
Our two Wellington based Panelists have braved the wild weather to join us today. [more]

Hairy question
A Christchurch schoolboy is staying off school after it insisted he shave. His mother says it's his body to do with as he likes. She's turned to lawyer Jol Bates who represented Lucan Battison when he refused to have a hair cut to meet school requirements. We talk to Jol Bates about the striking similarities. [more]

Prince Harry
Prince Harry's in the country - what do we get out of a Royal tour? [more]

Auckland housing
New lending rules are on the horizon, a new peer-to-peer housing lender is on the horizon and Standard and Poors is seeing a crash on the horizon. [more]

The Panel with Josie Pagani and David Farrar (Part 2)
Panel says; Polls, opinions and real debate; Quaxing; terrorism. [more]

Guy Carawan
Guy Carawan is dead at the age of 87. He was a middling sort of folk singer and social-justice advocate, and his great moment of inspiration was when he adapted the African-American spiritual `'We Shall Overcome" into a unifying anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement. [more]

Panel says
What the Panelists Josie Pagani and David Farrar have been thinking about. [more]

Polls, opinions and real debate
Is inaccuracy in political polls because people are afraid to express their true opinions? And is debate about a range of issues actualy discouraged? [more]

Quaxing
The evolution of a word. The origins of the term "quaxing" comes from Auckland City Councillor Dick Quax and has a transport-related meaning. [more]

Terrorism
Australia says Canberra could be the next terrorist target, while New Zealand's Andrew Little says we don't need to worry so much. [more]

The Sampler

Last Year's Savage by Shilpa Ray
Nick Bollinger checks an album from the Nick Cave-endorsed New York singer and harmonium player Shilpa Ray. [more]

Wilder Mind by Mumford and Sons
Nick Bollinger considers the "plugging in" of Mumford & Sons on their latest album. [more]

The 9th by Sam Hunt with David Kilgour and the Heavy 8s
Nick Bollinger reviews a new collaboration between poet Sam Hunt and guitarist David Kilgour. [more]

The Sampler for 12 May 2015
This week in The Sampler Nick Bollinger reviews a new collaboration between poet Sam Hunt and guitarist David Kilgour; an album from Nick Cave-endorsed New York singer and harmonium player Shilpa Ray; and the album where Mumford and Sons plug in. [more]

The Wireless

The X Factor NZ: The end begins
As we bid adieu to Stevie Tonks, the collective national fantasy that is The X Factor NZ is almost at a close. [more]

My Top 5: Antagonist A.D.
Antagonist A.D.'s Sam Crocker tells us about the local songs he always comes back to. [more]

Interview: Charli XCX
Charli XCX talks to Music 101's Emma Smith about her rave beginnings, succinct lyric writing and synaesthesia. [more]

Tradewinds

Tradewinds for 12 May 2015
Pacer Plus talks in Vanuatu; Samoa breadfruit growers eye new markets; New Zealand may soon start drug test people for kava; Tonga Broadcasting gets a new truck. [more]

Upbeat

Allan Badley: Concerto Auckland
Concerto Auckland' is a new concert series, run by Auckland University's Pettman National Junior Academy of Music. Allan Badley is Head of Music at Auckland University, and he tells David Morriss what the series has in store. [more]

Elizabeth Kerr: Composer Connections Review
Elizabeth reviews Chamber Music New Zealand's 'Composer Connections' series. [more]

Rosalyn Anderson: Royal New Zealand Ballet
Rosalyn Anderson was part of the original team of repetiteurs for Jirí Kylián's 'Soldiers' Mass' with the Netherlands Dance Theatre. She's currently working with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, who perform it as part of their season of 'Salute'. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 12 May 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 12 May 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 12 May 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific and Sports News for 13 May 2015
The latest Pacific and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 May 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Military band cuts affect some WWI events
New Zealand's military bands have had to turn down offers to play at some World War One commemorations after funding cuts have left them stretched. [more]

Permits still needed for Papua reporters
A West Papua journalist says although the Indonesian President Joko Widodo has promised West Papua will be open to foreign media, a cabinet minister is saying special permits are still needed. [more]

Dunedin plans to rein in street parties
Dunedin Council, Otago University Students Association and eight other organisations say they will work together to bring an end to big, unruly street parties. [more]

Quake rattles Canterbury
Canterbury has been rattled by a moderate magnitude 4 earthquake, centred north west of Oxford. [more]

Solid recent wool auction - Agri HQ
Farmers have been getting decent returns for their wool over the last month, an analyst with Agri HQ Nick Handley says. [more]

Pietersen scores double ton, in line for England recall?
Kevin Pietersen is set for peace talks with new England cricket chief Andrew Strauss after the exiled batsman blasted a career-best score of 326 not out to boost his hopes of an international recall. [more]

Joyce dismisses 'two New Zealands' warning
New Zealand fares better than most OECD countries in terms of the difference between regions and main centres, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says. [more]

Maori in regions disadvantaged - report
A Salvation Army report released today reveals that Māori who live in regional areas such as Northland and Gisborne are getting a "bad deal". [more]

Samoan matai jailed following compensation case
Nine residents of Tanugamanono village in Samoa, including several village matai, have been arrested and incarcerated at Tafaigata prison. [more]

World Bank funding Vanuatu airport upgrade
The World Bank is providing Vanuatu with a concessional loan to improve the safety and efficiency of the country's aviation sector. [more]

Miliband's brother slams Labour's campaign
Britain's former foreign minister David Miliband has criticised his brother Ed's leadership of the Labour Party, saying voters "did not want what was being offered". [more]

Sea level rise accelerating - study
Sea level rise accelerated faster in the past two decades than it did for the majority of the 20th century according to a new study. [more]

MP property debate shut down
The National Party has shut down debate over its MPs investments in the Auckland housing market. [more]

Payout for quake-risk properties unlikely
The government is all but ruling out a large-scale payout for Wellington property owners who cannot afford to bring their buildings up to the earthquake code. [more]

Solomons' govt consults about free economic zones
The Solomon Islands government is beginning public consultations on the establishment of free economic zones to foster investment. [more]

Council urged to scrap asset sales
Asset sales are shaping as a major issue for those submitting on the Christchurch City Council's proposed Long Term Plan. [more]

Tepid Arsenal sunk by Swansea
Arsenal's hopes of catching Manchester City for second place in the Premier League suffered a setback after Swansea City won 1-0 in London. [more]

Massey bans watches during exams
Massey University is banning students from wearing watches during exams. [more]

One dead after being hit by train
A person is dead after being hit by a train near Ashley, in North Canterbury, early this morning. [more]

Second Solomons bauxite miner could go
The Solomon Islands Government is threatening to cancel a company's lease to mine bauxite on Rennell Island. [more]

NZ aid programme 'fundamentally flawed': academic
A New Zealand academic says his country's foreign aid programme is fundamentally flawed and geared to supporting New Zealand Inc. [more]

Hollywood legend back in Samoa after 61 years
The Lefaga district of Samoa will welcome Hollywood legend Roberta Haynes today to mark the 61st anniversary of a famous move made in Samoa. [more]

Fiji has ministerial reshuffle after resignation
The Fiji Prime Minister has appointed new ministers, following the resignation of Pio Tikoduadua due to ill health. [more]

Kiribati solar system feeding into grid
Kiribati has installed a solar power system that will feed into the South Tarawa electricity grid in Bikenibeu. [more]

Pacific banks combine to help Islanders
A Pacific Islands Regional Initiative aimed at increasing financial inclusion in the Pacific Islands is being launched this week. [more]

'Many' voters turned away in Bougainville
The Bougainville Electoral Commission has come under fire as allegations emerge of voters being turned away from ballot stations during elections in the self-ruling PNG province. [more]

Stena Alegra back with new name
Kiwirail is bringing back the Stena Alegra for its Cook Strait ferry run, but under a different name. [more]

Auckland Council transport spending steady
Auckland Council has produced figures countering a government claim that the council's spending on transport in the next three years will be lower than in the past three. [more]

Scientists call for monitoring of Solomons dolphin hunt
The South Pacific Whale Research Consortium are calling for more scientific monitoring of traditional dolphin hunting practices in Solomon Islands. In 2010, the Earth Island Institute was able to negotiate... [more]

Zimmerman hurt in Florida shooting
George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder over the killing of black teen Trayvon Martin, has been injured in a shooting in Florida. [more]

Brady banned for first 4 NFL games
The New England Patriots will start the defence of their NFL Super Bowl title without the services of the franchise's greatest all-time player. [more]

Sport: Auckland City donates football equipment to Vanuatu
Oceania Champions League winners Auckland City FC have donated football equipment to Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam. [more]

Sport: Fiji and Tonga ready for Under 20 promotions bid
The waiting is almost over for the Fiji and Tonga Under 20s, who begin their bid for promotion from the World Rugby Junior Trophy early tomorrow morning. [more]

NZ troops on ground in Iraq
The New Zealand Defence Force training mission contingent is in place at Taji Military Complex in Iraq. [more]

Queenstown Airport flying high
Queenstown Airport is the world's most scenic airport to land at, according to an international poll. [more]

'Horses for courses' for radio voices
Radio New Zealand's Presentation Standards Manager Hewitt Humphrey on the public's criticism of some broadcasters' voices. [more]

Maori closer to Taranaki committee representation
Maori are likely have permanent representation on two of the Taranaki Regional Council's powerful standing committees by the end of the year. [more]

Bad time to buy a house, public believe
The number of people who think it is a bad time to buy a house has risen because of a fear of higher interest rates and escalating prices. [more]

Arrests during Widodo's PNG visit
Reports from Papua New Guinea say seven people were locked up in police cells for demonstrating for West Papua at the start of a visit of the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo. [more]

Christian elected new FSM President
Pohnpei's Senator Peter Christian is the new President of the Federated States of Micronesia and Kosrae Senator Yosiwo George is the country's new Vice President. [more]

Aucklander wins with street art
New Zealander Charles Williams has won an international graffiti competition in Tahiti, fending off almost 30 other artists from around the world. [more]

Picasso breaks records at New York auction
A Picasso painting from 1955 has smashed the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction fetching $US179.4 million at auction. [more]

Councillor opposes increasing numbers
Increasing the number of city councillors would lead to inefficiency and make it harder to get things done, a Christchurch councillor says. [more]

Fiji's accounts committee tables report in Parliament
Fiji's Public Accounts Committee has taken a major step in what its Chair has described as clearing a "backlog" of outstanding reports since the most recent military coup. [more]

Tahiti seeks COP21 stage
French Polynesia's president, Edouard Fritch, has told the French foreign minister that he would like to put his territory at the centre of debates during the COP21 climate change conference in December. [more]

Govt accused of manufactured ACC crisis
The Government is being accused of overcharging businesses and workers for their ACC cover. [more]

Blessie accused refuses to stand
The man accused of the rape and murder of North Shore mother-of-three Blessie Gotingco refused to stand for the jurors as they filed into court this morning. [more]

Business Briefs
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporter;Snakk secures funding to expand, ANZ CPI gauge shows slight fall and Mowbray gets stamp of approval. [more]

No decision yet on Cooks flight
The Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna isn't ready to make a decision on last month's referendum, where the majority of people on Aitutaki said they wanted Sunday flights to the island scrapped. [more]

Academic calls on NZ/Aust to redefine Pacific roles
A New Zealand academic says there is a need for his country and Australia to redefine their roles in the Pacific amid the ongoing standoff with Fiji's leader. [more]

Nauru's Facebook ban only temporary
A Nauru government briefing paper says a ban on Facebook in the country is temporary and will be lifted when protection mechanisms are put in place to stop 'criminals and sexual perverts.' [more]

CHH could list by July
Wood products company, Carter Holt Harvey, could list on Australasian stock markets as early as July, after formally announcing it is considering a share float. [more]

Govt urged to spend more on road safety
The government could be spending more on safety measures to reduce fatalities on the road, the Local Authority Traffic Institute says. [more]

Auckland Cup day to change
One of the biggest days on the New Zealand racing calendar, Auckland Cup Day, is to be moved to a Saturday. [more]

Feds welcome climate change consultation
Federated Farmers has welcomed the opening of public consultation on reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Holiday blues hit Tahiti flight
An Air New Zealand flight to Tahiti had to circle for four hours dumping fuel before landing back in Auckland thanks to a hydraulics problem. [more]

Stock transport reminders for Gypsy Day
Regional councils and the police are urging farmers and stock transport companies to be vigilant about effluent management on Gypsy Day. [more]

School funeral for hunting victim
The former school of a teenager who died while duck shooting in the eastern Bay of Plenty will close for his funeral. [more]

Two cases of measles in Hamilton
Waikato District Health Board says it has been notified of two cases of measles in Hamilton in the same family. [more]

Tribes in PNG bury hatchet after shooting death
A Papua New Guinea MP says there won't be proper development in the country until warring parties make significant steps towards peace. [more]

Paris accused of spreading hatred in New Caledonia
A leading anti-independence New Caledonian politician, Pierre Frogier, has accused the French government of spreading hate and discord in the territory, saying it is more sectarian and ideological than ever. [more]

Jokowi calls for greater economic cooperation with PNG
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has called for a strengthening of economic ties with Papua New Guinea during a business breakfast in Port Moresby this morning. [more]

Cooks women in business set to get tailored help
A new project between Cook Islands businesswomen and the government will see 330,000 US dollars spent over two years on boosting local opportunities for women. [more]

Samoa tourism trade fair underway
Travel writers from around the world have converged on Apia for the Samoa Tourism Exchange. [more]

Tinian casino investor says military plans could limit investment
The company building the massive casino complex on Tinian in the Northern Marianas says the United States' military plans could limit the investment. [more]

Waikato students win horticultural scholarships
Two University of Waikato students have won horticultural scholarships that they hope will help open doors for them in the sector. [more]

Man sentenced over racist rant
A man who went on a racist rant on a Hutt Valley bus has a history of nuisance-type offending, a court has heard. [more]

Steak of Origin judge talks about competition
Farmers were told at last night's Steak of Origin awards to be careful about who is processing their stock. [more]

Dairy warning comes too late - consultant
A warning from the dairy industry that farmers have over-intensified and should reassess their farming systems has come far too late, an agricultural consultant says. [more]

When Harry met his matron
Prince Harry's former matron is delighted that she got the reunion she wanted in Christchurch today. [more]

Volunteer Army impresses Prince Harry
Prince Harry had a message for the students who mucked in to help after the Christchurch quakes: "Community comes first." [more]

Deluge scuppers graduation parade
Torrential downpours in Wellington caused minor flooding and forced the cancellation of a graduation parade. [more]

Regions don't miss out - Key
The Prime Minister says the regions do not miss out but there are places with deep-seated problems. [more]

Feds climate change stance 'disappointing'
The Green Party says it is disappointing the country's farming lobby group is denying the scientific evidence behind climate change. [more]

Australians want tax reform for NZ winemakers
New Zealand winemakers could end up paying more money to be part of the Australian market once a tax review by the Australian government is completed. [more]

Pawn shop-accused 'wild, possessed'
The partner of a man who is charged with killing two men in a south Auckland pawn shop says she only found out what he had done later that night. [more]

Tornado timing lucky says fire chief
The Urenui fire chief says people may have been injured if a tornado that struck the North Taranaki town had hit during the day. [more]

Govt extends visas to meet rebuild demands
The Government is extending the essential-skills visa for lower-skilled workers in Canterbury from one to three years, to help meet the demands of the rebuild. [more]

Waitaki man dies following crash
Police have confirmed a 23-year old man who was part of a Canterbury rugby club group has died after a crash on the Hakataramea Valley Road at the weekend. [more]

Illegal use of firearms focus of review
A review into the use of firearms will have more of a focus on their illegal use and associated activities Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne says. [more]

Calls for tāngata whenua symbols in flag
A Māori artist is pushing for the National flag to display more symbols representing tāngata whenua. [more]

Smartphone app promotes First Nation languages
A native American language expert has developed a smartphone app to promote First Nation languages, following the success of a Māori language app. [more]

More asthma research needed for Maori
The Global Asthma Network is desperately in need of funding to undertake asthma research, which it says results in high death rates for Maori and Pasifika. [more]

LATEST - Reports of buildings collapsing in Nepal quake
LATEST - Reports of buildings collapsing in Nepal quake [more]

Longer Vanuatu runway not needed - World Bank
The World Bank says the runway at Vanuatu's Bauerfield Airport will not be lengthened as part of a multi-million dollar update of aviation services. [more]

New PNG Commissioner warns of more changes
The new police commissioner in Papua New Guinea has warned the force will face more changes in its leadership. [more]

Govt lacks support for highway proposal
The MP for West Coast says roading links are not necessarily the answer to the economic challenges facing the region. [more]

West Papua activist claims arrest by PNG police illegal
A Free West Papua activist who was arrested at a demonstration for the arrival of Indonesia's President in Papua New Guinea's capital says his arrest was illegal. [more]

Australian budget announced
Australian treasurer Joe Hockey's second budget will see a $35 billion deficit for 2015-16, with a fall to $7 billion by 2018-19. [more]

Deaths, destruction in new Nepal quake
The death toll is rising in the latest powerful earthquake to jolt Nepal. It measured 7.3, slightly down on the magnitude 7.4 in early reports. [more]