Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 18th June 2015

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, Checkpoint, Curtain Raiser, Dateline Pacific, In Parliament, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, Music 101, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Parliament - Question Time, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

Afternoons

Your song - She moves on
She Moves On by Paul Simon. Chosen by Dennis Nuberg. [more]

New Zealand A to Z - Owaka
New Zealand A to Z - Owaka. Anne Marie Holland JR Burgess Peter McNab Gail Ramsey - Director of the Owaka Museum. [more]

Flag feedback
A Massey University design student has created a web site for New Zealanders to discuss and debate the thousands of flag designs that have been submitted through the Flag Consideration Project. Thomas Le Bas, who launched "flagpost" this week, says the website allows the public to feed their views back in a way the current government process does not. [more]

The Orpheus Disaster
It was, and still remains, this country's worst maritime disaster. In 1863, 189 people were killed when the HMS Orpheus hit a sandbar off the coast of West Auckland. Local Waitakere historian Bruce Harvey speaks about what went wrong, who came to rescue 70 of the crew, and who spent most of their life being wrongly blamed for the disaster. [more]

Feature Album - Back to Black
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse (2011) [more]

Expats - Rod Fry in Paris
Rod Fry is living in the heart of Paris, amongst what the locals refer to as the 'bobos' - the bourgeois bohemians. He and his wife run the Moaroom, where they promote New Zealand designer furniture and lighting to the discerning French. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 18 June 2015
Simon Morris reviews the all-conquering Jurassic World, and the rather more minor hit Hot Pursuit, starring Reese Witherspoon. And the Spanish Oscar-nominated Marshlands delivers to the True Detective audience. [more]

Jurassic World - film review
Simon Morris reviews the all-conquering Jurassic World, which ups the stakes for the competition. [more]

Hot Pursuit - film review
Simon Morris reviews minor hit Hot Pursuit, the old "cop escorting the witness" story, with one difference. [more]

Marshlands - film review
Simon Morris reviews the Spanish Oscar-nominated Marshlands, which delivers to the True Detective audience. [more]

Business News

GDP growth slows in the March quarter
The New Zealand dollar has fallen three-quarters of a cent to below 69 US cents after the pace of economic growth slowed by more than expected. [more]

Milford pays $1.5m to settle market manipulation case
The fund manager, Milford Asset Management, will pay 1-point-5 million dollars, following an investigation by the capital markets regulator over claims of market manipulation. [more]

Milford pleased investigation over
Milford's managing director, Anthony Quirk, says it's pleased the investigation is over. [more]

Fletcher Building sets out growth strategy
Fletcher Building has told investors that profit margins and revenues have improved in New Zealand, while margins in Australia have fluctuated following a period of steady improvement. [more]

Midday Markets for 18 June 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks at First NZ Capital. [more]

Evening Business for 18 June 2015
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

US puts Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal back on track
Lawmakers in the United States have voted to give President Barack Obama the negotiating power to resurrect the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. [more]

Air NZ's share price falls 10 percent on Jetstar expansion news
Air New Zealand's share price has fallen nearly 10 percent after its rival, Jetstar, announced plans to begin competing on some of Air New Zealand's most profitable routes. [more]

GDP growth slows in the March quarter
Analysts say the chances of another interest rate cut next month are high, after weaker-than-expected economic growth at the start of the year. [more]

Milford confident oversight improved
Milford Asset Management is confident that steps it's taken to improve the oversight and monitoring of its trading activities will ensure that it won't face allegations of market manipulation again. [more]

Synlait to supply milk to Munchkin
The milk processor, Synlait, has moved to reduce its dependence on the Chinese market. [more]

Morning Markets for 19 June 2015
Wall Street is up following a jump in consumer prices in May. [more]

Markets Update for 19 June 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 18 June 2015
Jetstar choosing four towns to start regional flights;Port company pleads guilty; widow hoping no one else is killed;Severe weather causing disruptions in the South Island;Closing arguments in dairy murder trial;Confusion over the cause of sheep deaths in Saudi Arabia;Not enough troops to train to fight Islamic State. [more]

Jetstar choosing four towns to start regional flights
Jetstar is holding out the prospect of up to a 40 percent drop in regional airfares when it begins flying out of at least four towns later this year. [more]

Port company pleads guilty, widow hoping no one else is killed
The woman who's husband was crushed to death at Lyttelton Port is desperately hoping it's a safer place to work now and no one else is killed. [more]

Severe weather causing disruptions in the South Island
Severe weather has closed roads, schools and disrupted flights and caused flooding in Otago and Southland. Reuben Mama was on a bus trip between Christchurch and Wanaka, which stopped in Tekapo and then couldn't go any further. [more]

Closing arguments in dairy murder trial
The Crown has rubbished the idea that a knife-wielding thief stabbed a dairy owner in self-defence. [more]

Confusion over the cause of sheep deaths in Saudi Arabia
Labour says blaming sand storms for the deaths of lambs on the government backed Saudi farm is another ludicrous attempt to disguise a bribe for a wealthy Saudi Arabian businessman. [more]

Stolen digger taken on joy-ride through Christchurch streets
A teenager's joy-ride in a stolen digger only came to an end when police officers threw tear gas into the cab - but not before he'd bashed into several cars and fences. [more]

Sikhs to meet over club's turban ban
Sikh leaders will meet in Auckland this weekend to discuss how to prevent religious discrimination after a club barred a Sikh man because of his turban. [more]

Not enough troops to train to fight Islamic State
The United States top general and its defence secretary say not enough Iraqis are willing to be trained to fight Islamic State. [more]

Cyclist aggrieved at being fined
A cyclist has been fined $150 for holding up traffic on a narrow stretch of Dyers Pass Road above Christchurch in the Port Hills. [more]

Tree felling leaves eyesore
Protester says the felling of 23 pohutukawas on the Waitara riverbank today has left the township looking out on to a concrete wall topped with barbed wire. [more]

Sports News for 18 June 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Jetstar takes on Air New Zealand
Jetstar is taking on Air New Zealand in the regions, but it hasn't decided where. [more]

Power cut to hundreds of properties in Mackenzie District
Hundreds of properties in the South Island's Mackenzie Country are without power this evening. Heavy snowfall today has knocked out Alpine Energy's Geraldine network. [more]

Meatworkers say they're now forced to sign individual contracts
A union representing meatworkers says its members are being forced to sign individual contracts that mean more work for less money. [more]

English concedes lower dairy prices hurting but still confident
The Finance Minister has conceded lower dairy prices are hitting the economy but Bill English says growth is still expected to remain strong over the next four years. [more]

Four trampers lucky to be alive
Rescuers had to battle their way through cloud and thick ice to reach four trampers who were hurt and suffering from hypothermia. [more]

Saviour of children in burning car gets award
A mother of two's been honoured for diving into a burning car to save two girls while on a trip to the supermarket. Tamsin Duckmanton, chopper pilot John Oakes and mountaineer Ben Dare all received bravery medals from the Royal Humane Society today. [more]

Gisborne Boys High teacher awarded for work engaging Maori boys
A woodwork teacher at Gisborne Boys High has been awarded for his work in getting Maori boys who hate school to love it. [more]

FMA and Milford reach $1.5 million settlement
A high profile funds manager Milford Asset Management will pay one point 5 million dollars in a settlement after being found at fault in an investigation over market manipulation. [more]

Housing Minister 'remains confident' over Auckland plan
The Labour Party is accusing the Housing Minister, Nick Smith, of picking a fight with iwi over the right of first refusal for surplus Crown land in Auckland. [more]

Official tightlipped on NZ's measures for dying Saudi lambs
Trade and Enterprise is not saying what killed hundreds of lambs in the Saudi desert even though it knows what happened. [more]

Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: Elgar - Enigma Variations
Elgar's set of 14 variations are sketches of his friends ... well, actually 12 other people, the composer himself, and a dog. Indra Hughes presents an introduction. [more]

Dateline Pacific

3pm Pacific Regional News for 18 June 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

Sport: Guam footballers continue World Cup qualifying run
The Guam men's football team reflect on winning their first two Under-20 Football World Cup qualifying matches. [more]

Former president condemns current Nauru leadership
Nauru protestors are re-grouping and still demanding that David Adeang and Baron Waqa stand aside while five suspended MPs be re-admitted to parliament. [more]

Arrest warrant for PNG PM considered valid
The head of Papua New Guinea's anti-corruption investigative unit Taskforce Sweep says a high profile conviction emphasises the legality of an arrest warrant against the prime minister. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 18 June 2015
Arrest warrant for PNG PM considered legitimate; A former president condemns the current Nauru leadership; A suspended Nauru MP has his passport seized amid anti-government protests; The PNG Police Minister says the major programme to provide housing for a growing force is slowly making inroads; Porgera women appeal for the PNG government to takeover the local hospital; in Sport: Guam footballers continue their World Cup qualifying run. [more]

Dutch journo confronts dangerous task of reporting in Papua
A Dutch journalist who has been travelling and working undercover in Indonesia's Papua region dispells claims by Jakarta that it is opening up the region. [more]

Key Nauru hotel might be forced to close by protest
Plans on Nauru to shut down a hotel housing Australian asylum centre staff if the government does not act on protestors' concerns. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 19 June 2015
Nauru landowners threaten to shut down a major hotel; A former president says the current president and justice minister are besmirching the name of Nauru; a journalist in West Papua says there's no sign of heavy restrictions being lifted; the head of PNG's anti-corruption unit says a high-profile conviction shows an arrest warrant against the PM is legitimate and Guam's football team continues its fairytale run. [more]

In Parliament

The Day In Parliament for 18 June 2015
Trade Minister Tim Groser defends desert farm in Saudi Arabia despite high death rate among lambs; Foreign Affairs Committee hears petitions on Syrian Christian refugees & TPP trade deal. Bill extending life of NZ passports from 5 to 10 years sent to Government Administration Committee while bill implementing portability of NZ super to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau also receives uninanimous support for its third and final reading. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 18 June 2015
Trade Minister Tim Groser defends desert farm in Saudi Arabia despite high death rate among lambs; Foreign Affairs Committee hears petitions on Syrian Christian refugees & TPP trade deal. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 19 June 2015 - morning edition
Trade Minister Tim Groser defends desert farm in Saudi Arabia despite high death rate among lambs; Foreign Affairs Committee hears petitions on Syrian Christian refugees & TPP trade deal. Bill extending life of NZ passports from 5 to 10 years sent to Government Administration Committee while bill implementing portability of NZ super to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau also receives uninanimous support for its third and final reading. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 18 June 2015
Why improving the national grid might make your electricty more expensive, a doctor calls for the de-criminalisation of the drug exstasy and in Dateline Pacific, a warrant for the arrest of Papua New Guinea's prime minister. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 June 2015
Sacked board members hit back at criticism of Southern DHB's management, and GDP growth slows in the March quarter. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 June 2015
Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum surprised by England's successful run chase. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 19 June 2015
Much of the West Coast is cut off by floods - and there's no way out alpine passes clsoed..we'll have all the details. In breaking news, the man suspected of killing nine people in a African American church in South Carolina has been caught after an intense manhunt. The crime has shocked the nation and an American importer of New Zealand swamp kauri defends his sales . [more]

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

West Coast has been cut off by heavy rain
Much of the West Coast has been cut off by heavy rain overnight, and several people have had to leave their flooded homes. [more]

Pacific News for 19 June 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Floods hit Hokitika
Much of the West Coast has been cut off by floods. Hokitika has fared the worst as the town's drains failed to cope with the heavy rain and a high tide at midnight. [more]

Swamp kauri exported to USA
New information is emerging about the export of New Zealand Kauri. Only finished kauri products can be exported -- timber in a raw state cannot leave New Zealand, unless they are stumps or roots. [more]

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

Much of the West Coast has been cut off
Much of the West Coast has been cut off by heavy rain overnight, and more than 20 Hokitika people have had to leave their flooded homes. [more]

West Coast mayor on flooding situation
The Westland District Council mayor Mike Havill, is flying to Hokitika we hope to speak to him after 8, the Grey District Council mayor, Tony Kokshoorn is with us. [more]

Elsewhere in the South Island many roads are closed
Elsewhere in the South Island many roads are closed by snow. Our Christchurch chief reporter Belinda McCammon is in our Chch studio and joins us. [more]

Metservice warning heavy rain
The Metservice is warning heavy rain will hit the Kapiti Coast this morning. [more]

Charleston church shooting suspect arrested in North Carolina
The young white man suspected of killing nine people at an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina has been arrested. Sarah Ellis is a reporter for The State newspaper in South Carolina. [more]

Colin Craig could be about to become victim to a coup
Colin Craig could be about to be axed as leader of his own Conservative Party today. [more]

US company that sells swamp kauri
Large slabs of New Zealand swamp Kauri are being sold overseas. [more]

MPI swamp kauri regulation under more scrutiny
MPI's director of forestry and land management, Aoife Martin is back with us again. [more]

US lawmakers give Obama authority to complete TPP talks
The United States House of Representatives has given President Obama the authority to complete the trans-Pacific partnership trade pact. [more]

Fifa u20 world cup wraps up tomorrow with finals
Brazil have been the favourites throughout the Fifa under 20 world cup in New Zealand and in line with the formbook, will line up against Serbia in tomorrow's final. [more]

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

Much of the West Coast has been cut off
Much of the West Coast has been cut off by heavy rain overnight, a rest home was evacuated and about 30 Hokitika people have had to leave their flooded homes. [more]

Westland mayor heads toward Hokitika
The Westland District Council mayor Mike Havill, has just arrived in Hokitika. [more]

Peters backs calls for inquiry into swamp kauri exports
The MP for Northland is the New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters. [more]

Suspected gunman expected to be charged soon
21-year-old Dylann Roof is in police custody and is likely to be charged with the shooting of 9 black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina . [more]

Civil rights activists responds to massacre
Kevin Alexander Gray is a longtime civil rights activist and a community organizer in Columbia, South Carolina. [more]

Govenrment accused of endangering NZ's reputation
The Government is facing fresh accusations that it has endangered New Zealand agriculture and the country's corruption-free reputation with its controversial Saudi farm deal. [more]

DO NOT KNOCK a sticker stitch up
Consumer New Zealand's Do Not Knock stickers have been proving incredibly popular, with hundreds of thousands households receiving the stickers already. [more]

Jetstar's cheaper regional flights could be shortlived
Regional city councils are welcoming Jetstar's plans to expand but commentators are warning the joy could be shortlived. [more]

Beneficiaries angered by abuse profiling
Beneficiaries are angry they would be unfairly singled-out it if the Government decides to start profiling parents to find out how likely they are to abuse their children. [more]

Fifa tournament hailed a success
A sellout crowd of more than 25-thousand will pack North Harbour stadium tomorrow for the finals of the FIFA Under 20 World Football Cup. [more]

Speculation rife John Kirwan quits as coach of Blues
Speculation is swirling that Sir John Kirwan has quit as coach of the Blues Super Rugby team. [more]

DNA project uncovers the secrets of NZers origins
Two hundred New Zealanders living in London have had their DNA tested in the culmination of a project to trace our genetic makeup. [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 43
South Auckland institution Groovehouse Records, beats and pieces with Tokimonsta, the life and legacy of Ornette Coleman, and Kraus shreds us a mean solo.  [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 19 June
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 19 June 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 19 June 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Instant Waterfall
How an Icelandic canyon, which is home to Europe's most powerful waterfall, was created within a matter of days by extreme flooding - with Edwin Baynes from the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences. [more]

Comics
Shading in the heroes and villains of an animated realm is cartoonist, writer, illustrator Adrian Kinnaird, who looks at 'High Water', an anthology of local cartoonists featuring stories themed around climate change; and the re-release of 'White Trash'. [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

Jetstar expansion - boon for provinces?
The Qantas-owned budget airline plans to fly to at least four new regional centres, using 50-seater planes. But some regional leaders are sounding a note of caution. Mayor of Napier Bill Dalton, and Mayor of Nelson, Rachel Reese. [more]

Wild weather update
Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding throughout the West Coast and sent water through about 30 properties in Hokitika. The rain is continuing and moving north. John Law is a Met Service Meteorologist. [more]

Robin Chase - collaborative business is reinventing capitalism
One of the pioneers of the car sharing movement, Robin Chase believes peer to peer businesses like Air BNB are helping reinvent capitalism. In her book Peers Inc, the co-founder of Zipcar looks into the collaborative economy, and how businesses like AirBNB and Uber, as well as new web enabled platforms and apps are redefining how businesses work. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Pacific correspondent Mike Field with news from the Pacific region. [more]

Gretchen Rubin on happiness and good habits
Gretchen Rubin is the best-selling author of the Happiness Project. Her latest book is Better than Before. Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Her thesis is that habits make change easier as they are the invisible architecture of daily life and remove the need for decision making and using self control to make changes. But she says before we try to form new habits, we have to know ourselves, and know what will work, and what won't. [more]

Children's book review with John McIntyre
'Keys' by Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan, published by Huia, 'I Am No A Worm' by Scott Tulloch, published by Schloastic, and 'Little Red Riding Hood... Not Quite' by Yvonne Morrison, illustrated by Donovan Bixley, published by Scholastic. [more]

Music review with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies rounds up re-issues of classic Flying Nun releases from Able Tasmans and The Stones and gets an earful of the new album from veteran Wellington band, The Warratahs. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Sir John Kirwan quits as Blues coach. New Zealand Netball. The Football Ferns. FIFA Under-20 World Cup. New Zealand Cricket. [more]

The week that was
With comedians Te Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Our Changing World

Protein, Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes
Massey University researchers are looking at whether why protein after interval training could help type II diabetics with their blood sugar levels [more]

Kelp and Climate Change
Warming ocean temperatures and increasing sediment as a result of more extreme weather events may have profound effects on the health of our coastal kelp ecosystems [more]

Brain Training to Slow Progression of Huntington's Disease
University of Auckland neuroscientist Melanie Cheung has developed a Maori-focused brain resilience programme which could slow the progression of Huntington's Disease [more]

Brain Training to Slow Down Huntington's Disease
University of Auckland neuroscientist Melanie Cheung has developed a Maori-focused brain resilience programme which could slow the progression of Huntington's Disease. [more]

Rare Mudfish, the Farmer and the School
A population of rare South Canterbury mudfish are benefiting from a community project involving the St Andrews School, the farmer and the Working Waters Trust [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 18 June 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent Mark Rabago, in the CNMI. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 18 June 2015
1. Economy—Reports DAVID BENNETT (National—Hamilton East) to the Minister of Finance 18 Jun 15 2. Finance, Minister—Statements GRANT ROBERTSON (Labour—Wellington Central) to the Minister of Finance 18 Jun 15 3. Emissions Trading Scheme—Effectiveness GARETH HUGHES (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues 18 Jun 15 4. International Students—Enrolments JONATHAN YOUNG (National—New Plymouth) to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment 18 Jun 15 5. Building and Housing, Minister—Statements PHIL TWYFORD (Labour—Te Atatū) to the Minister for Building and Housing 18 Jun 15 6. Canterbury, Recovery—Housing New Zealand Properties STUART SMITH (National—Kaikōura) to the Minister for Social Housing 18 Jun 15 7. Cage Diving—Measures to Prevent CLAYTON MITCHELL (NZ First) to the Minister of Conservation 18 Jun 15 8. Health and Safety, Workplace—Number of Deaths since Pike River Mine Disaster IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY (Labour—Palmerston North) to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety 18 Jun 15 9. Transport Planning, Auckland—Freight JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Transport 18 Jun 15 10. Immigration—Refugee Quota DENISE ROCHE (Green) to the Minister of Immigration 18 Jun 15 11. Resource Management Act Reforms—Forestry BARBARA KURIGER (National—Taranaki - King Country) to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries 18 Jun 15 12. Saudi Arabia—Trade Agreements Hon DAVID PARKER (Labour) to the Minister of Trade [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

John Key on Jetstar flying to regional destinations
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John Key on legalizing ecstasy
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Rural News

Midday Rural News for 18 June 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 19 June 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi for 18 June 2015
Te Reo Maori has been given a boost with the revival of an influential languague society based at the Victoria University of Wellington. In the seventies the Maori Language Society was pivotal in pushing the Government to declare Maori an official language. [more]

Te Manu Korihi for 18 June 2015
A Far North iwi with vast resources of swamp kauri is refusing to sell the taonga - despite the high prices it's fetching overseas; A Te Atiawa hapu says it is devasted that four rare yellow-flowering pohutukawa have been cut down in Waitara; Aotearoa Fisheries say a new fishing vessel project is set to change the face of fishing and provide numerous benefits for Maori; Te Reo Maori has been given a boost with the revival of an influential languague society based at the Victoria University of Wellington. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 June 2015
The Maori owners of Poroti Springs near Whangarei say they're not the ones who've put up a big protest banner near the site - and they won't be taking it down; A forestry safety council has been set up to try and combat the high number of deaths in the industry; A Māori researcher says parents who are raising their tamariki in te reo Maori need more support; A unique marae experience is being credited with helping to attract record numbers to the Whanganui Journey - a 145 kilometre canoe trip down the river. [more]

The Panel

The Panel Pre-Show for 18 June 2015
What the world is talking about. With Zara Potts. [more]

The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)
The state of our deficit; The Panel discusses Maori TV cancelling the screening of a debate about Whanau Ora. Political columnist John Armstrong joins in to talk about the Saudi sheep deal and the spend up at the Ministry of Business Innivation and Employment;Private club repeats turban trouble;cyclists. [more]

Panel intro
What the Panelists Bernard Hickey and Catherine Robertson have been up to. [more]

NZ deficit
The state of our deficit. [more]

Saudi sheep deal
The Panel discusses Maori TV cancelling the screening of a debate about Whanau Ora. Political columnist John Armstrong joins in to talk about the Saudi sheep deal and the spend up at the Ministry of Business Innivation and Employment. [more]

Private club repeats turban trouble
A real estate agent wasn't allowed into the Manurewa Cosmopolitan club because he was wearing a turban. The Sikh man is complaining to the Human Rights Commission. [more]

Cyclists
The Panel voice their opinions on cyclists. [more]

The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)
200th anniversary of Waterloo;Panel says;water;Ecstasy safer than alcohol. [more]

Water
The world is running out of water. [more]

Panel says
What the Panelists Bernard Hickey and Catherine Robertson have been thinking about. [more]

Ecstasy safer than alcohol
An emergency department doctor says the drug ecstasy is safer than alcohol. He wants to see its main ingredient MDMA legalised. [more]

The Wireless

Wellington doctor wants MDMA legalised
A toxicologist at Wellington Hospital's emergency department is calling for MDMA to be legalised. [more]

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

A hard road to finding the perfect job
Matthew Crawley loves his job. But when it comes to employment, he’s had a dark history. [more]

Premiere: Dudley Benson - ‘Muscles (Murderbike Remix)’
Take a listen to Dudley Benson's new track, remixed by Dunedin duo Murderbike. [more]

Flocking Kiwis: Sam Blakelock
Sam Blakelock is a young New Zealander who has found his options wide open after winning the green card lottery. [more]

Upbeat

Henry Wong Doe and Peter Scholes
Auckland Chamber Orchestra Piano soloist and conductor for this weekend's Auckland Chamber Orchestra Concert. [more]

Simon Romanos: Steely Dan
Upbeat contributor looks at the musical output of American band Steely Dan. [more]

Leila Adu: Orchestra Wellington
New Zealand singer and composer working with Orchestra Wellington this week. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 18 June 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 18 June 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 19 June 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 June 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 June 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 June 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 June 2015
The latest world, Pacifc and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 June 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

Flocking Kiwis | Henry Hargreaves | Episode 4
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News stories:

Winter storm heading for South Island
A cold blast is expected to sweep the South Island this morning bringing snow and severe gales to parts of Otago and Canterbury. [more]

NZ won't follow US on trans fat ban
The United States has decided to ban artery-clogging trans fats from food, but authorities in New Zealand will not be following suit. [more]

Blues level State of Origin series
New South Wales sent the State of Origin series to a game three decider with a thrilling 26-18 victory over Queensland at the MCG. [more]

Hurunui works to co-ordinate drought help
A drought-stricken North Canterbury district is working to get assistance to those who need it most. [more]

Police speaking to man over attack
A man is helping the police with their inquiries in relation to a sexual assault on a woman in Lower Hutt.. [more]

'High losses' of lambs at Saudi farm
A large number of New Zealand-bred lambs have died on a controversial demonstration farm in the Saudi Arabian desert. [more]

How 1080 threat details controlled
Government officials kept a tight lid on the threat to contaminate infant formula with 1080 to control how the information would be revealed to the public. [more]

Suspended Nauru MP blocked from leaving island
Nauru's former finance minister Roland Kun has been stopped from leaving the island with his passport confiscated. [more]

Tiger from flooded Georgia zoo kills man
A tiger that ran loose from a zoo in Georgia after disastrous floods at the weekend has killed a man in central Tbilisi. [more]

Tongan women activists celebrated
An American photojournalist is featuring young Tongan women addressing domestic violence in a new book celebrating female activists around the world. [more]

Water on Pacific Environment Conference agenda
Finding ways to ensure Pacific people have access to safe drinking water is at the top of the agenda at this year's Pacific Islands Environment Conference. [more]

Sport: Samoa appoint interim sevens coaches
The Samoa Rugby Union has appointed Fata'ali'i Milovale Moke as interim coach of the Manu Sevens team for next month's Pacific Games. [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers facing uphill battle
Papua New Guinea face an uphill battle to avoid defeat with two days remaining in their Intercontinental Cup cricket match against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. [more]

Elliot re-signs with Chiefs
The former All Black hooker Hika Elliot has re-signed with the Chiefs side for another two years. [more]

Fed still on track for rate rise this year
The Federal Reserve in the United States is still picking interest rates to rise at least once this year. [more]

Cruise passengers take ferry to last stop
The biggest-ever cruise ship to visit Auckland will have to moor in the Waitemata Harbour and ferry its nearly 5000 passengers ashore. [more]

Solomons govt looks to revive major industries
The Solomon Islands government wants to revive major industries in the country. [more]

Ngāti Tama content to let leases rollover
Ngāti Tama says it is unlikely to oppose the extension of leases at the historic bach settlement at Tongaporutu. [more]

Medications may not be as effective for Māori
New research shows many medications and treatments may not work as effectively for Māori and Pasifika as they do for people of European descent. [more]

Call for better engagement with Māori over mining
An Australian mining expert says there needs to be better regulations around how the extractive industry engages with Māori. [more]

'All I have to do is not fall off my horse'
It's 200 years tomorrow since the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo - and a New Zealander will play the 'Iron Duke'. [more]

Call for inquiry into swamp kauri exports
A Northland conservation group has asked the Auditor-General to conduct a formal inquiry into the way MPI has been regulating the export of swamp kauri. [more]

Report details health board failings
Radio New Zealand has obtained a confidential report on Southern District Health Board revealing some of the reasons behind the board's sacking. [more]

Quake wall not ready for anniversary
Christchurch's $11 million earthquake memorial will not be finished in time for the fifth anniversary next year as first hoped. [more]

Vanuatu MPs bribery trial on Tuesday
The trial of 16 members of the Vanuatu parliament charged with bribery offences is due to be heard in court next Tuesday. [more]

Sport: Commonwealth Youth Games facilities close to completion
Organisers of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia say all facilities are on target to be ready by the end of next month. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu footballers win Friendship Cup
The Vanuatu Under 23 football team has won the inaugural Four Nations Friendship Cup after beating Fiji 1-0 in front of over 4000 fans in Port Vila. [more]

Sport: Flying Fijians name 40-man training squad
Flying Fijians rugby coach John McKee has named a 40-man squad to attend a training camp in Suva next month. [more]

Counselling service hits back at claims
Relationships Aotearoa has hit back at Social Development Minister Anne Tolley's claims it may have charged for more clients than were on its books. [more]

Five Pacific countries on EU tax blacklist
The European Union has put five Pacific countries on its first list of international tax havens as part of a crackdown on multinational companies trying to avoid paying tax. [more]

'Give more refugees an opportunity'
A Rohingya refugee is calling on the Government to take in more asylum seekers forced to flee violence in their home countries. [more]

Residents baulk at removal of razor wire in PNG capital
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's capital has defended his administration's removal of razor wire from fences and gates around the city. [more]

American Samoa to get federal boost
American Samoa could be looking at increased federal assistance under a new programme called 'Strong Cities, Strong Communities'. [more]

Parata losing patience with Kohanga board
Education Minister Hekia Parata is "highly dissatisified" and losing patience with the Kohanga Reo National Trust Board, she says. [more]

Lucky rescue for trapped trampers
Four trampers plucked off Mt Ngauruhoe last night would probably not have survived until morning, given how cold it was, police say. [more]

Underfunding partly to blame - board member
Two members of the sacked Southern District Health Board are hitting back at a report highly critical of the the board's financial management. [more]

Man remanded over Glock theft charges
A security officer facing charges related to the theft of two police-issue Glock pistols was remanded at large until next month when he appeared in court this morning. [more]

Auckland triathlon cut from World Series
Triathlon New Zealand says Auckland won't feature in next year's World Triathlon Series as the event is not economically viable. [more]

Moore takes over Black Ferns
Blues assistant coach Glenn Moore has been named interim coach of the Black Ferns for their tour of Canada. [more]

Brazil vs Serbia in U-20 World Cup final
Brazil will meet Serbia in the under-20 World Cup football final in Auckland, following the Serbs' extra-time win over Mali, and Brazil's 5-0 romp past Senegal. [more]

Wawrinka upset at Queen's
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was scythed back to earth by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson at the Queen's Club in London. [more]

No New Zealanders in All-Star netball team
This year's ANZ netball Championship All-Star Team doesn't feature a single New Zealand player for the first time. [more]

Blackhawks win Stanley Cup
The Chicago Blackhawks have won ice hockey's Stanley Cup after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in the best of seven series. [more]

Nadal stunned in opening round at Queens Club
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal's suffered another horror show at the hands of Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Queen's Club. [more]

NZ coach defends snub of Chinese counterpart
The Football Ferns coach has defended his decision not to shake hands with his Chinese counterpart after their draw at the World Cup that ended their tournament. [more]

Defending golf champ hiding from spotlight
Martin Kaymer will defend his US Open title this week at Chambers Bay but is happy for other players to command the spotlight. [more]

Cardinals cyber-criminals?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors in America are investigating the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for hacking. [more]

Woods positive despite form slump
It has been seven years since Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 major titles and he heads into his week's US Open with his game under a glaring question mark. [more]

NZ equestrians prepare for Luhmühlen
New Zealand's top eventers are preparing for one of the year's elite four star events, the Luhmühlen International Horse Trials in Germany. [more]

Ko loses number one world ranking
New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has been usurped as the women's world number one by Korean Inbee Park. [more]

Gear back to France
The former All Blacks wing Hosea Gear will return to French rugby later this year for the Top 14 side Clermont. [more]

Cane re-signs for another two years
The All Blacks and Chiefs openside flanker Sam Cane has signed on with New Zealand Rugby for another two years. [more]

FIFA informant squeeling since 2011
Prosecutors in America have revealed the former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer was secretly providing authorities information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt. [more]

Kumwenda sticks with Tactix
Malawi international Mwai Kumwenda has extended her playing contract with the Mainland Tactix and signed on for a third trans-Tasman netball campaign in 2016. [more]

Del Potro going under the knife again
Former US Open tennis champion Juan Martin Del Potro will have a third operation on his left wrist on after playing only four matches this year. [more]

Stand-off at Manus detention centre - report
The Refugee Action Coalition says the forced strip search of an Iranian asylum seeker yesterday morning sparked a tense stand-off between asylum seekers, Wilson's guards and Papua New Guinea police at Australia's detention centre on Manus Island. [more]

Milford to pay $1.5m over trading breach
Fund manager Milford Asset Management will pay $1.5 million following an investigation by the capital markets regulator over claims of market manipulation. [more]

ILO reminds Fiji of its obligations
The International Labour Organisation has reminded the Fiji government that a commission of inquiry into the country's labour practises could be launched if an agreement it signed earlier this year is not fulfilled. [more]

Suspended Nauru MP to appear in court
A suspended Nauru MP and former justice minister, Mathew Batsiua, is expected to appear in court shortly after spending the last two nights in custody. [more]

Hamilton CBD cordons lifted
Police cordons set up in central Hamilton after the discovery of a suspicious package at a bank this morning have been lifted. [more]

Growth strategy set out to Aus investors
Fletcher Building has told investors that profit margins and revenues have improved in New Zealand, while margins in Australia have fluctuated. [more]

Nauru protestors regroup but maintain demands
A former president of Nauru, who has been involved in anti government protests this week, says opposition MPs are waiting for a response to their demands. [more]

Cooks PM to pursue UN drive
The Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna says he plans to continue talks with the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on his wish for the Cook Islands to become a member of the United Nations. [more]

Dismantled govt of Norfolk considers plans
Norfolk Island's outgoing chief minister says the island can seek outside help from the United Nations and others about the dismantling of its democratic system. [more]

PNG's Gulf Governor arrested while on bail
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Gulf Province has been arrested on a new charge of misuse of public funds while out on bail. [more]

UK business forum hears about stability, growth in PNG
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and several of his ministers have attended the inaugural United Kingdom - PNG Trade and Investment Forum in London. [more]

Former PNG police chief convicted over PM arrest
A former Papua New Guinea police commissioner has been convicted on contempt charges for obstructing an arrest warrant for the prime minister last year. [more]

Dutch journo attests to huge West Papuan support for MSG bid
A Dutch journalist who has been travelling in Indonesia's Papua region says the depth of local support for a West Papuan application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group is huge. [more]

Beef+Lamb shelves marketing plan
A joint meat marketing plan has been canned after processing companies sent it to the offal pit. [more]

Irrigation NZ rejects dam criticism
Irrigation New Zealand has hit back at an economist's criticism of proposed Wairarapa dam projects, calling it short-sighted. [more]

Fonterra retail revamp source of dispute
A trade name dispute between Fonterra and a New Zealand stock feed and animal health products company could be headed for the High Court. [more]

Fossil find reveals new 'walking' bat
New Zealand researchers have discovered the fossilised remains of a previously unknown species of bat - three times larger than its modern cousins. [more]

Suspended guards return to Nauru jobs
A group of Australian security guards stood down after they posted a series of posts on social media hostile to Muslims have reportedly returned to work at Canberra's asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru. [more]

Workers being forced to sign contracts - union
Workers at a Talleys-owned site near Te Puke are being forced to sign individual contracts under duress, the Meatworkers Union says. [more]

Arrest after incident at Nelson WINZ
A man has been arrested after an incident earlier today that closed Work and Income's office in Nelson. [more]

Jobs to go in telephone helplines change
Jobs will be lost when a company takes control of several telephone helplines. [more]

Gillard: Ex-govt did not pay people smugglers
Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard says her government did not pay people smugglers to turn back boats during her tenure. [more]

Full support for 10-year passports
Legislation to extend the validity of adult passports has unanimously passed its first reading in Parliament. [more]

Proposed bill could stop CNMI land lease for military training
A mayor in the Northern Marianas has welcomed a proposed Senate bill that would stop the Department from Public Lands from leasing land for any military live-fire or bomb training. [more]

Hopes high for Jetstar's regional plans
Jetstar is holding out the prospect of at least a 40 percent drop in regional airfares when it begins flying out of four new towns in New Zealand. [more]

Govt, company at odds over lamb deaths
The Government and the company which sent pregnant sheep to a farm in Saudi Arabia are at odds over what killed a number of the lambs born to them. [more]

Crown rejects teen stabbed man in self-defence
The Crown has rubbished the idea that a knife-wielding thief stabbed a dairy owner in self-defence. [more]

Baby Blacks into final
The New Zealand under-20 rugby team is through to the final of the world championship in Italy. [more]

South Island: What you need to know
Snow and high winds are causing disruption across the South Island. Check weather and road updates here. [more]

English optimistic despite slow GDP growth
Finance Minister Bill English concedes lower dairy prices are having an effect on the economy but says growth is still expected to remain strong over the next four years. [more]

Nine dead after church shooting in US
Nine people have died in a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, officials say. [more]

Tear gas stops 16-year-old in loader pursuit
Armed Offenders Squad officers fired tear gas into the cab of a front end loader to stop a teenage driver during a 90-minute pursuit in Christchurch. [more]

Protesters: Pohutukawa felling 'absolutely shameful'
Protesters say the felling of 23 pohutukawa trees on the Waitara riverbank has left the township looking out on to a concrete wall topped with barbed wire. [more]

Sikh leaders to meet after turban ban
Community leaders are planning a meeting to discuss religious discrimination after Gurpreet Singh was denied entry to the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club. [more]

Seven changes for Chiefs
The Chiefs have made seven starting changes for Saturday's Super Rugby preliminary final against the Highlanders in Dunedin. [more]

Tonga pays thousands to Forbes for PM interview
The Tongan government has confirmed it paid thousands of dollars to Forbes, which recently ran a feature on Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva. [more]

McCullum surprised by England run chase
Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum was a bit surprised by how easily England chased down the target to win the fourth one-dayer in Nottingham. [more]

Influential korero club makes comeback
In the 1970s, the Māori Language Society was pivotal in pushing the government to declare Māori an official language. Now, it's making a comeback. [more]

Iwi says kāore to swamp kauri mining
A Far North iwi with vast resources of swamp kauri is refusing to sell the taonga - despite the high prices it is fetching overseas. [more]

Smith accused of 'picking fight' with iwi
The Labour Party is accusing the Government of picking a fight with iwi over the right of first refusal for surplus Crown land in Auckland. [more]

Convicted cyclist says he was not at fault
A cyclist convicted for impeding traffic on a narrow stretch of road on Christchurch's Port Hills insists he was not at fault. [more]

Hapū mourns rare yellow-flowering pōhutukawa
A Te Ātiawa hapū says it is devastated that four rare yellow-flowering pōhutukawa have been cut down in Waitara. [more]

Getting NZ Super now easier for some Pasifika peoples
New Zealanders wanting to return permanently to the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau will now be able to do so after the age of 55 without losing their eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation. [more]

Fiji denies playing countries off against each other
Fiji's attorney general has denied the country is trying to play foreign partners against each other through the formation of new diplomatic ties. [more]

Bravery award for saving children from fire
A mother of two has been honoured for diving into a burning car to save two girls while on a trip to the supermarket. [more]

Lyttelton Port admits guilt over worker death
The Lyttelton Port Company has admitted it failed to ensure the safety of an employee who died on the job. [more]

'Drastic steps' needed at Hato Petera school
Police are investigating an incident at Auckland's Hato Petera College, as more allegations about serious bullying surface. [more]

'Snow everywhere' as winter storm hits
Severe weather has closed roads and schools, cut power, disrupted flights and caused flooding in Otago, Southland and the West Coast. [more]

Should New Zealand legalise MDMA?
A toxicologist at Wellington Hospital's emergency department is calling for the purest form of ecstasy, MDMA, to be legalised. [more]

Lift in lines charges could hit poor regions
Some of the poorest regions in the country could be paying more for power if the findings of a working paper on transmission prices is adopted. [more]