Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 9th July 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, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

Afternoons

Your Song - Heart Of Gold
'Heart Of Gold' - Neil Young. Chosen by Sandy Connon from wellington. [more]

New Zealand A to Z - Endeavour Inlet
Today's New Zealand A to Z takes us to Endeavour Inlet in the Marlborough Sounds. Named after Captain Cook's ship the inlet is a natural harbour about the same size as Wellington harbour, just next door to Ship Cove. That is the spot where Cook anchored five times throughout his exploration of New Zealand to rest, restock and refit. With guests: John Hellstrom, Tony Crapper and Rob MacLean. [more]

Red House Fire - Andrew Faith
Te Horo's one and only landmark has been destroyed by fire. We speak to local dairy farmer, Andrew Faith, who lives and works near the Red House - and whose great grandfather built the historic building in 1911. [more]

Westport Stories - Julie Benjamin
Oral historian Julie Benjamin has been speaking to Westport expats and residents about what it was like to live in the small West Coast town. [more]

Feature album - Blood To Bone
Today's feature album Blood to Bone was released just 3 weeks ago. Gin Wigmore started writing tracks that ended up on Blood to Bone in December 2013 - she'd recently broken up with her Australian fiance, moved to LA and shockingly settled down with a new man she'd met through her last tour. [more]

The Expats - Sally Gates
This week we're talking to Sally Gates, who plays lead guitar in a heavy metal band in Florida. [more]

Business News

Retail spending using electronic cards rises in June
Retail spending using electronic cards has risen, due to people spending more on fuel. [more]

Traffic flow grows but marginally - prompting warning.
The traffic volume report for June is reporting a rise for the first time in six months, but warns that growth is weak, and a shrinking GDP is likely. [more]

Nervousness about China
Nervousness about sharp falls on China's stock market has led to selling on New Zealand's bourse. [more]

Greece and China thought to be behind overnight NZD bounce
Greek negotiations and the diving Chinese stock market are thought to be behind a bounce back of the New Zealand dollar overnight. [more]

Commerce Commission says Chch Airport could do more
The Commerce Commission says Christchurch Airport could do more to show how it works out its charges, but the regulator remains generally happy with the airport's improved level of disclosure. [more]

Midday Markets for 9 July 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks at First NZ Capital [more]

Retail spending using electronic cards rises in June
Waning consumer confidence has analysts picking spending growth will lose steam. [more]

Truckometer economist predicts 0.5% GDP growth
ANZ Bank's monthly Truckometer index, which measures economic activity using both heavy and light traffic flows, rose one-point-six percent for June. [more]

Greater tie up for Qantas Airways and American Airlines
Australia's competition watchdog has given initial approval for a greater tie up between Qantas Airways and American Airlines, despite objections from Air New Zealand. [more]

China's stock's recovered some lost ground
China's stock's recovered some lost ground yesterday, as the Government introduced further measures to calm the markets. [more]

Rainbow's End aims to attract more children and teens
The Rainbow's End theme park is aiming to attract more children and teenagers, and build up a loyal following. [more]

Only so much climate change action governments can take
A former climate change negotiator says there's only so much action governments can take when it comes to improving the environment, and that individuals can also make a difference. [more]

Morning markets for 10 July 2015
Wall Street is up as deadline looms for Greece to present concrete reform proposals. [more]

Markets Update for 10 July 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 9 July 2015
Renters have to wait four years for insulation, UN calls for release of sex offender with an intellectual disability, Chinese stocks partially rebound, Police offer 30-thousand for info on missing woman, and AC/DC drummer is sentenced to home detention. [more]

Renters have to wait four years for insulation
Thousands of people living in cold, damp private rentals will have to wait up to four years until their landlords are forced to insulate their homes. [more]

Calls for release of sex offender with intellectual disability
A child rapist with an intellectual disability who has spent 45 years in mental hospitals and prisons has won a landmark ruling from the United Nations Human Rights Committee that his detention is unlawful. [more]

Chinese stocks partially rebound
Chinese stocks have partially rebounded today, after shareholders with large stakes in listed firms were banned from selling. [more]

Police offer 30-thousand for info on missing woman
More than six years after a woman vanished from her home the police are offering 30-thousand dollars to anyone who has information about what happened to her. [more]

Evening Business for 9 July 2015
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Labour says Treasury nuts over rail network.
The Labour Party has accused the Treasury of being nuts for suggesting the country's rail network should be closed because it costs too much. [more]

Pawn shop murderer jailed for at least 17 years
Zarn Tarapata armed himself with a knife and left his kids in the car before walking into the Takanini Pawn shop where his partner worked. [more]

AC/DC drummer is sentenced to home detention
A judge has told the former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd that his more than 40 year-long rockstar lifestyle has finally caught up with him. [more]

Lorries turned back as Gisborne-Wairoa rod closed.
The closure of the Gisborne Hawkes Bay road has come at a critical time for market farmers and citrus orchardists. [more]

Exporters worried about long term prospects in China
Exporters are hoping to weather China's stock-market storm in the short-term but long-term loss of confidence in China could harm sales. [more]

Sports News for 9 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Landlords have 4 years to insulate their houses
Thousands of people living in cold, damp private rentals may never get their homes insulated. [more]

Hawkes Bay hit by heaviest snow falls in 35 years.
The freezing conditions have brought the heaviest snow to the Hawkes Bay in 35 years, making driving hazardous on State Highway 5 - the Napier to Taupo Road and closing State Highway 2, north to Gisborne through Wairoa [more]

One of the best dinosaur hunters has one named after her
One of the best dinosaur hunters in the world has finally had one named after her. [more]

Fourth men's seed falls as women gear up for semis
The French tennis player, Richard Gasquet, has upset the fourth seed, Stan Wawrinka, at Wimbledon this morning in a thrilling five-set quarter-final. [more]

Panic and fear on Chinese stockmarkets
Now to the fear and panic on the Chinese stockmarkets. [more]

Four Waikato schoolkids win world literacy prize.
Four children from a Hamilton school have won a world literacy prize, answering questions on books from Homer's Odyssey to Harry Potter. [more]

Athletes overcome obstacles at Pacific Games
Cyclones, transport woes and lack of competition at home are just some of the obstacles faced by athletes from tiny island countries in the Pacific who are competing at this year's Pacific Games. [more]

Rugby's eligibility rule raises its head
The final whistle has been blown on the first official All Blacks Test in the Pacific, with all sides pledging to try and make it a regular event . [more]

Battle between IS and Egypt expected to worsen
The battle between Islamic State and Egyptian forces in Sinai is expected to get worse over the next few weeks after the last bold attack by IS. [more]

Concerns closing cancer committee will put NZ further behind
The Government is dumping an independent committee which advises the Health Ministry on cancer. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: Athletes overcome obstacles at Pacific Games
It's a feat for some competitors in the 2015 Pacific Games to just get to the start line. [more]

Communications breakage in the Northern Marianas
Emergency services communications has been restored in the Northern Marianas after an undersea cable breakage cut off communications into and out of the CNMI. [more]

SPC hopeful for COP 21
Scientists at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community have joined a growing global voice urging world leaders to come up with an ambitious agreement to address climate change at Paris COP21 in December. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 9 July 2015
Regional scientists join the call for world leaders to come up with an ambitious climate change agreement in Paris; emergency links have been restored to the Northern Marianas after a break in telecommunications overnight; the World Bank says the cost of natural disasters in the Pacific will continue to rise without risk reduction measures; the Forum Fisheries Agency says Pacific leaders are ready to up the ante on sustainable Fisheries; Samoa is proposing changes to village by-laws to curb rising levels of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse; we look at look at the obstacles overcome by many competitors in this year's Pacific Games. [more]

Body of US marine identified by the gold in his teeth
Gold fillings help solve a 70 year old mystery in Kiribati [more]

The struggle to help Bougainville's Carteret Islanders
An NGO in Bougainville hopes people relocated from the disappearing Carteret Islands will be able to grow food to feed those who stay behind. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 10 July 2015
People forced to migrate from Bougainville's endangered Carteret Islands are hoping to produce food that they can send back to those left behind; The gold teeth of a United States marine lost for 70 years have helped in his recent discovery in Kiribati; Scientists at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community have joined the call for world leaders to come up with an ambitious Climate Change agreement in Paris; The Guam-based Pacific Telecom Inc has apologised for an undersea cable breakage that has taken Northern Marianas off the grid; And Papua New Guinea leads the medals table as the Pacific Games approach the halfway mark in Port Moresby [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 9 July 2015
In tonight's programme; it's a long way back to the top if Phil Rudd wants to rock and roll, and in dateline pacific a broken cable cuts Northern Marianas off from the rest of the world. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 July 2015
The U-N calls on the Government to release a sex offender, and Tenancy law is being strengthened. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 July 2015
Fresh from his All Blacks debut against Samoa in Apia yesterday Charlie Ngati will captain the Maori All Black side in their match against Fiji in Suva on Saturday. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 10 July 2015
Gisborne is virtually cut off by snow. We'll talk to our reporter, Murray Robertson, in Gisborne shortly and we'll get the latest on the roading network from the Transport Agency. The Government ignores Treasury advice to shut down Kiwirail, but puts the rail network on notice - Labour sees red and we look back at the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, 30 years ago today. [more]

Sports News for 10 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Govt not keen on Treasury's plan to tax Auckland's landlords
The government has dismissed a Treasury proposal to tax Auckland landlords 1 per cent of the value of their investments each year. [more]

Just what's the lure of the north for Auckland baby boomers?
Returning to our story from yesterday about the rise in property sales in Northland. It's Auckland buyers real estate firms say are partly responsible - investors, looking for affordable rentals; and baby boomers - seizing the chance to cash up and down size. [more]

Pacific News for 10 July 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Winter's grip brings snow in Gisborne, black ice down south
Many roads in the central North Island remain closed this morning because of snow and ice. [more]

Labour accuses says Treasury 'barmy' over rail suggestion
The Labour Party is accusing the Treasury of being barmy for suggesting the country's rail network be closed down because it costs too much. [more]

Decimal Currency
Today is Decimal Currency day - introduced July 10 1967. [more]

Sports News for 10 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Snow continuing to cause havoc on North Island roads
Snow is continuing to cause havoc on North Island roads this morning, with no way through the central plateau and Gisborne all but cut off. [more]

Weather report from Waitara Station
Lloyd Holloway farms at Waitara Station on the highpoint of the Napier Taupo road. [more]

Snow, ice play havoc with roads around New Zealand
For the latest on which roads are open and where you'll need to slow down and watch for ice, I'm joined by the Transport Agency's Mark Owen. [more]

Government has put KiwiRail on notice
The Government has rejected advice from the Treasury to close down KiwiRail but it has still put the company on notice. [more]

Critics say rental law changes miss the mark
Some tenants are worried about rent rises on the back of new laws announced yesterday which will require rental properties to be insulated, and have smoke alarms. [more]

Rollercoaster ride continues on Beijing's sharemarket
Beijing's increasingly frantic attempts to stem a stock market rout were finally rewarded yesterday when Chinese shares bounced back. [more]

Rainbow Warrior crew, police, mark 30th anniversary of bombing
It's the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. [more]

Rudd's lawyer says his client plans to appeal
The AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is appealing against his conviction and sentence. [more]

Brownlee cancels drinks over concerns
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee, has cancelled drinks he was hosting ahead of the the All Blacks test in Christchurch against Argentina. [more]

Greece staring down barrel of Eurozone exit
Greece has a little over two hours to present its proposals for a third bailout and avoid exiting the eurozone. [more]

Wimbledon finals this weekend
It's the business end of Wimbledon this weekend. The women's singles final will held be Saturday afternoon and the men's singles finals are Sunday. [more]

Food and Grocery Council says 20-pct food tax 'lunacy'
The Food and Grocery Council says an Auckland and Otago University study calling for a 20 percent tax on staples such as bread, milk, meat and cereal is lunacy. [more]

New Zealand selfie takers need to watch their teeth
We decided to check out if there are any woes with selfies here in New Zealand. [more]

Sports News for 10 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Snow is continuing to cause havoc
Snow is continuing to cause havoc in the central North Island with no way through the central plateau and Gisborne all but cut off. [more]

Improved standards of rental accommodation
The government is promising to improve the standard of rental accommodation by requiring landlords to install insulation and smoke detectors. [more]

NZ Finance Minister says China is facing challenges.
Beijing's efforts to halt a rout in Chinese stocks finally bore fruit yesterday and its market rallied. [more]

NZ watching China share bubble
Patrick English-no relation - is the Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council. [more]

Nauru critics fear there will be little censure
Critics of the Nauru government's treatment of opposition MPs fear there will be little censure for the Pacific nation after a meeting of foreign ministers in Sydney. [more]

John Kerry wont be rushed into Iran nuclear deal
American Secretary of State John Kerry appears to be in no rush to finalise a nuclear deal for Iran. [more]

Cyclists in Paris to be allowed to ride through red lights
It's an issue which irks motorists the world over....but now it'll be okay for cyclists in Paris to run red lights. [more]

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

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 10 July 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 10 July 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 10 July 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

The Bold Lapita
The Pacific archaeology community are getting together in Vanuatu for the 8th conference focussing on the Lapita, the first peoples of the Pacific - Veronika Meduna of Radio New Zealand's Our Changing World is also in attendance. [more]

Hip Hop
University of Auckland ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke raps about hip hop music and culture; white females rappers. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 7
Conundrum - clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 8
Conundrum - clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

KiwiRail on notice - what is its future?
The government has put KiwiRail on notice, giving it two years to identify savings and reduce Crown funding required. What is the future of the rail network and what is its importance to regional New Zealand? The Hawkes Bay Regional Council. Regional leaders are fighting to retain rail links, and in Hawkes Bay to re-open its rail service. The Napier - Gisborne line was mothballed back in 2012 after it was washed out by a major storm. The Hawkes Bay Regional Council is fighting for its resurrection and has put up five-and-a-half million dollars to part fund the line. Liz Lambert is the Chief Executive of the Hawkes Bay Regional Council. Lawrence Yule is the mayor of Napier and chairman of Local Govenrment New Zealand. Joanne Black is the spokesperson for Kiwi Rail. [more]

Schools as the hub of the community
US educator and researcher Pedro Noguera, whose work has largely focussed on poor children, and why they have poor educational outcomes. He says that under privileged children can be locked into patterns of poverty if they don't receive a rich education. He contends that low expectations can also lead to low outcomes, and that there is no point in repeatedly assessing children if that data is not going to be used to intervene. Professor Noguera says schools need to become community hubs, serving whole families, and he's studied examples of this in a range of communities experiencing hardship in the United States. [more]

Asia correspondent Tom Mitchell
Tom Mitchell from the Financial Times in Beijing reports on China's stock market crash and the drastic action by its government to intervene. [more]

Psychosomatic illness, the very real power of the subconscious
British neurologist, Suzanne O'Sullivan talks about her most intriguing cases of psychosomatic illness. The supermarket worker, 'Yvonne' who lost her sight, 'Camilla', the lawyer with the perfect life - except for her unexplained seizures, and the university student 'Shanina' who lost the use of her hand. Doctors found nothing wrong, but they weren't faking it. Suzanne O'Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology in the UK since 2004, and has just published, It's All In Your Head - true stories of imaginary illness. [more]

Book review: 'Age of Earthquakes'
'Age of Earthquakes' by Douglas Coupland, Shumon Basa and Hans Obrist. Published by Penguin, RRP $26.00. Reviewed by Briar Lawry. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor introduces a ragbag selection of tracks from the soundtrack to a record store and label from Belfast, the authentic country stylings of Eilen Jewell, Richard Thompson's new Jeff Tweedy-helmed solo set, and a bunch of rollicking songs o' the sea from local duo Wellington Sea Shanty Society. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer talks the big game between the All Blacks and Samoa. There are calls now for a regular All Blacks tour of various pacific islands. [more]

The week that was
With comedians Radar and Gemma Gracewood. [more]

Our Changing World

Spinetail Devil Rays
Electronic tags used to measure the survival of spinetail devil rays released after being caught by tuna fishing boats have revealed long journeys to the tropics and deep dives [more]

Spookfish and Other Deep Sea Sharks
Long-nosed spookfish and other chimaeras are among a suite of weird, little known deep sea sharks that sport spiky sex organs on their head, enormous noses, fierce spines and long tails [more]

Improving Stent Design with MRI
Susann Beier is using MRI and computational models to analyse flow of blood like fluid in 3D-printed replicas of coronary arteries with the aim of improving stent design [more]

The Sshhmute - A Practice Mute for Brass Instruments
In his New Plymouth workshop, Trevor Bremner designs and produces the sshhmute, a practice mute for brass instruments [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 9 July 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in Papua New Guinea, Todagia Kelola. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 9 July 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 10 July 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Hawkes Bay iwi initials its deed of settlement
A Hawkes Bay iwi is one step away from signing its full and final Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 9 July 2015
A Hawkes Bay iwi is one more step away from signing its full and final Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown; Snow fall and freezing conditions are causing more misery for Whanganui residents, just weeks after the region experienced its biggest flood in recorded history; Two well-known Native American actors have arrived in Aotearoa to help Maori learn more about their culture. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 10 July 2015
An Auckland budget advisor says a lack of affordable housing even for people working and receiving a low income has reached a crisis point. In Australia, the Northern Territory Government is reviewing child protection legislation because of concern that placing at-risk Aboriginal children with relatives might be putting some of them in more danger. The Families Commission says New Zealand Families and whānau faring well with the exception of single parents. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 10 July 2015
An Auckland budget advisor says a lack of affordable housing even for people working and receiving a low income has reached a crisis point. In Australia, the Northern Territory Government is reviewing child protection legislation because of concern that placing at-risk Aboriginal children with relatives might be putting some of them in more danger. The Families Commission says New Zealand Families and whānau faring well with the exception of single parents. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 9 July 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Nevil Gibson and Penny Ashton (Part 1)
Topics - China's economy and NZ, and Unhealthy food tax to save lives [more]

The Panel with Nevil Gibson and Penny Ashton (Part 2)
Topics - What your hands have to say, Teen gets off wrongly dated ticket, ACDC drummer gets home detention, Federer defends Kyrgios, and George W Bush $100k charity appearance. [more]

Panel Intro
What today's Panelists Penny Ashton and Nevil Gibson have been up to. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Penny Ashton and Nevil Gibson have been thinking about. [more]

China's economy and NZ
Forbes magazine predicted the demise of New Zealand's economy last year. With China on the decline are we to follow? We ask economist Bernard Hickey [more]

Unhealthy food tax to save lives
A New Zealand study has found over 2000 deaths a year could be prevented by a tax on unhealthy food. Lead researcher Cliona Ni Mhurchu of the University of Auckland joins the Panel to explain the findings. [more]

What your hands have to say
The ratio of our finger lengths says alot about us biologically. Maybe palm readers were on to something. [more]

Teen gets off wrongly dated ticket.
Police have waived the fine for a teenaged driver having an unauthorized passenger while driving on a restricted license. The police officer who issued the ticket dated it for October 22, 2015. In the future. Lawyer Steve Cullen joins the Panel to tell us if the driver should still pay the fine. [more]

ACDC drummer gets home detention
Phil Rudd has been handed a sentence of eight month home detention for threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. [more]

Federer defends Kyrgios
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has defended Nick Kyrgios's performance at Wimbledon. He's been accused of tanking but Federer says his performance in one game was probably tactics. [more]

George W Bush $100k charity appearance
The former US president charged $100k for an appearance at a wounded veterans charity event. [more]

The Wireless

Introducing: Gasp
Introducing 17-year-old techno/house producer Gasp. [more]

Lecturers: It's hard to survive as a student
Students are working long hours and shouldering huge debt - and it’s leaving them exhausted, sick and unable to get the most out of their education. [more]

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

The closest thing to being a rockstar
Andrew Tidball used to review music behind his Geekboy moniker. Then he decided to make something out of it with Cheese On Toast. [more]

Investigation after fire breaks out at St James Theatre
The fire service are looking into what caused a fire to break out at Auckland's historic St James theatre. [more]

Upbeat

Vasily Petrenko: Russian Conductor
Guest conductor for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Power and Passion [more]

Uther Dean and Sam Brookes: Young and Hungry
Playwrights preview their works for the Young and Hungry festival [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 9 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 9 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 9 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 10 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

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

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

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

YouTube

Style File: Deadly Ponies
Deadly Ponies designer Liam Bowden shares his secret to success. [more]

Kick Out The Jams: Spook The Horses
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. This week, Spook The Horses dish out some riffage. See more at thewireless.co.nz [more]

Game review: Lego Jurassic World
Score: 6/10 It might be a lot of fun to explore a Lego world full of dinosaurs, but this game ends up feeling like a cash grab. [more]

News stories:

Dishonest immigration advisers failing to pay
Rogue immigration advisers responsible for defrauding vulnerable clients have not paid a cent of the hundreds of thousands of dollars they were ordered to repay. [more]

China regulator takes action after slide
China's regulators are taking fresh steps to try to quell volatility in the country's financial markets. [more]

Root helps England on day one in Cardiff
Joe Root hit a century to defy Australia as England recovered from a poor start to post 343 for seven on the first day of the first Ashes cricket test in Cardiff. [more]

Watson disputes Parole Board report
The convicted killer Scott Watson has complained about a psychologist's report given to the Parole Board. [more]

Covering Manu Samoa test 'a privilege'
Witnessing history unfold and coming to Samoa to cover the historic test between the All Blacks and Manu Samoa was a privilege, says Matt Chatterton. [more]

Lack of mapping rules out Pacific for Cruise Liners
The Chief Executive of Carnival Australia says a lack of hydrographic maps for much of the Pacific rules out many potential destinations for cruise liners. [more]

New York Stock Exchange suspends trade
The New York Stock Exchange has resumed trading after shutting for more than three and a half hours because of what it calls an internal technical issue. [more]

Mixed reactions to ECan election plan
Cantabrians will have to wait another four years before being able to fully elect their regional councillors. [more]

Evidence that food taxes would help poorest
New research shows that food taxes and subsidies could improve diets and reduce deaths in Aotearoa, particularly among Māori. [more]

Call for halt to all grape imports
Labour's biosecurity spokesman is calling for a halt to grape imports until the Government can provide assurances that the grapes are safe to eat and don't pose a pest or disease risk. [more]

Pacific body wants strong commitment at COP 21
Scientists at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community say there must be an ambitious climate change agreement by world leaders when they meet in Paris in December. [more]

Heavy rain in Solomons increasing risk of infectious disease
The Solomon Islands government is warning of an increased risk of infectious disease outbreaks following recent heavy rain and strong winds associated with Cyclone Raquel. [more]

Most dairy farmers will run at loss this season
The national dairy industry body says at current forecast milk prices, in Fonterra's case $5.25 a kilo, most dairy farms will run at a loss this season. [more]

Farmers sign petition over H and S changes
The ministry driving new work place safety laws says farmers have had plenty of opportunities to raise their concerns over changes to the Health and Safety Act. [more]

All Blacks help spread the healthy word
The final whistle may have blown on the historic All Blacks-Manu Samoa Test match but the World Champions can leave the Pacific nation knowing they've left something behind. [more]

Farm worked by same family for 171 years
A Nelson farm owned by the same family for 171 years is still going strong - and that's despite the slump in dairy prices. [more]

Claim that false information being spread about e-cigs
Some health researchers and officials are spreading negative and false information about electronic cigarettes, a Maori health academic says. [more]

First association for Vanuatu market women
Around 1000 women market vendors in Vanuatu have come together to form the Silae Vanua Market Vendors Association in Port Vila. [more]

SPORT: Big day for New Caledonia in pool
Papua New Guinea remain atop the medal table after six days of competition at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Zarn Tarapata sentenced to life with minimum non-parole for pawnshop murders
BREAKING NEWS - Zarn Tarapata sentenced to life with minimum non-parole for pawnshop murders [more]

SH16 open again after crash
Part of State Highway 16 in Auckland is open again after a crash, north of Kumeu. [more]

Sport: Tokelau's only Pacific Games athlete ready
Tokelau's only competitor at the Pacific Games - 33-year-old squash player Sam Iasona - only picked up a racket for the first time a little over a year ago. [more]

Manu Samoa know what's needed for World Cup
Manu Samoa rugby coach Stephen Betham says his team now knows what they need to work on following their 25-16 loss to the All Blacks in Apia yesterday. [more]

Sport: Hope for future Tongan champions
Amini Fonua won his second gold medal at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby last night and hopes his performances will one day be emulated by the next generation of Tongan swimmers. [more]

Cooks PM advisor defends cost of trip to Penrhyn
The Cook Islands advisor to the Prime Minister, Trevor Pitt, has defended the cost of Henry Puna's recent trip to Penrhyn to open the Te Tautua village solar project. [more]

Pulse sign former Australian international
Former Australian international Chelsea Pitman has joined the Central Pulse for next year's ANZ netball championship. [more]

Final four decided at Wimbledon
The Wimbledon men's semi-finalists have been decided after a marathon quarter-final between Frenchman Richard Gasquet and French Open champ Stan Wawrinka. [more]

Milestone in Milwaukee for Dixon
New Zealand driver Scott Dixon will bring up an IndyCar milestone when he competes in his 250th race in Milwaukee on Monday. [more]

Housing too pricey for working poor
Social service agencies say census data has highlighted the new working poor - those who can not afford to put a roof over their heads. [more]

Muguruza makes Spanish history at Wimbledon
Garbine Muguruza has become the first Spanish woman in 18 years to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals. [more]

German Martin takes Tour de France lead
The British cyclist Chris Froome has lost the race leader's yellow jersey despite surviving a day on the cobbles at the Tour de France. [more]

Oly Whites into Pacific Games semi finals
The New Zealand men's under 23 football side will play Vanuatu in the semi-finals at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea on Friday. [more]

Larsen becomes Black Caps selector
Former international Gavin Larsen has been appointed as a New Zealand Cricket selector, filling the truncated role recently vacated by Bruce Edgar. [more]

Brain tumour can't stop NZ rower
Eight years after having a brain tumour removed, New Zealand rower Toby Cunliffe-Steel is enjoying success on the international stage. [more]

Phoenix re-sign Fenton
Phoenix utility Louis Fenton has re-signed with the Wellington based A-League football club for two more years. [more]

Bird flies north to the Chiefs
Former All Black lock Dominic Bird is leaving the Crusaders after signing with the Chiefs for the next two Super Rugby seasons. [more]

White Ferns miss chance to win series
India have beaten the New Zealand women's cricket team by eight wickets to force their five match one-day series on the subcontinent to a decider. [more]

Dawkins topples Sir Chris Hoy
New Zealand cyclist Eddie Dawkins grabbed a notable scalp when the track sprint team competed in the Grand Prix of Poland at the weekend. [more]

Kopua and de Bruin pair up again
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic has re-signed all but one of its New Zealand conference winning trans-Taman netball squad for 2016. [more]

USA reclaim Women's Football World Cup title
The United States women's football team have beaten defending champions Japan 5-2 to win the Women's World Cup. [more]

Kiwis hooker in trouble with NRL judiciary again
South Sydney have been dealt a blow with influential Kiwis hooker Issac Luke possibly out up to two weeks on the sideline for a dangerous throw. [more]

Dam 'will be scrapped' if water isn't sold
The chairman of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council says if the council can't sell the minimum amount of water required to make the Ruataniwha dam viable, then it won't go ahead. [more]

Bauer suffers broken hip in Tour de France
New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer has been forced to pull out of the Tour de France after he suffered a broken hip. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd sentenced to 8 months home detention
BREAKING NEWS - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd sentenced to 8 months home detention [more]

Call for new approach to Māori health
Māori are living shorter, sicker lives than non-Māori and a change in approach is needed, a health advocate says. [more]

Minister's cancer committee call questioned
The Cancer Control Trust, which advocates for better cancer care, is protesting against the health minister's decision to disband a ministerial advisory committee. [more]

Retail spending using electronic cards up
Official figures show that retail spending using electronic cards has risen. [more]

Former PNG fund boss to be sentenced after stay request denied
The former chairman of Papua New Guinea's National Provident Fund has failed in his bid to have the Supreme Court stay his sentencing later this month. [more]

Forbes says Tongan PM feature was advertorial
Forbes magazine says its journalists did not write an advertorial piece on Tonga, rather the work was done by an independent company that onsells to Forbes. [more]

Cruise company praised for employing Ni-Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Prime minister, Sato Kilman, is praising the cruise ship company, Carnival Australia, for providing work opportunities to Ni-Vanuatu who lost their jobs after Cyclone Pam. [more]

Queensland are Origin champions again
Queensland are State of Origin rugby league champions again after crushing New South Wales 52-6 in the decider in Brisbane. [more]

All Blacks coach made Samoan Matai in 'special' ceremony
The head coach of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team has been bestowed with the chiefly matai title Tupuivao in the village of Vaiala in Apia Township. [more]

Electrical fault caused St James blaze
A trustee of the historic St James Theatre says an electrical fault is to blame for the fire there overnight. [more]

Fire Service to investigate Te Horo blaze
The Fire Service is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a restaurant on State Highway 1 in the township of Te Horo, north of Wellington last night. [more]

Cable fault cuts all communication with Northern Marianas
The sole communications cable to the Northern Marianas has broken, cutting all phone, internet, banking and other communication with the outside world. [more]

Fiji MPs vote to reduce sitting time in parliament
Fiji MPs will spend less time in the debating chamber next year after the parliament voted to cut the number of sitting days by nearly half. [more]

Pacific Games organisers give themselves a pass mark
With the halfway stage of the Pacific Games fast approaching, the organising committee has given itself a solid pass mark, while acknowledging there is room for improvement. [more]

Carter helps All Blacks win over Samoa
Daniel Carter slotted 20 points to give the All Blacks a tense 25-16 victory over Samoa in their first visit to Apia. [more]

Murder accused remanded to High Court
A 27 year-old Nelson man charged with murder following the death of a man at the weekend has been remanded in custody to appear in the High Court later this month. [more]

New leaders call for Ngāpuhi unity
The new leadership of Tūhoronuku - the authority mandated to start negotiations for Ngāpuhi's treaty settlement - appears to be reaching out to detractors. [more]

Property market picks up in Northland
The property market in Northland has sprung back to life for the first time since the global financial crisis. [more]

Tuvalu wants far sighted climate change pact
The Prime Minister of Tuvalu has called for world leaders to reach a "bold, far-sighted, global pact to address climate change, without fear or favour." [more]

Thefts at PNG mine site sparks cyanide concern
Reports from Papua New Guinea say containers of cyanide have been forced open, spilling their contents into waterways around the closed Sinivit gold mine in East New Britain. [more]

Limited communications restored to CNMI
Emergency services communications have now been restored in the Northern Marianas, but most of the territory remains cut off from the outside world. [more]

Single-parent families "most vulnerable"
A new report looking at family welfare has highlighted the vulnerability of single-parent households. [more]

Scottish police take 3 days to rescue couple
A dead man and a seriously injured woman were found in a crashed car three days after the accident was reported to police. [more]

Officials preferred housing payment increase
Budget papers reveal officials preferred increasing accommodation payments to help poor families rather than raising benefit rates. [more]

ABs injury report OK, now for Pumas
The All Blacks have no real injury concerns after the Samoa Test, and the selectors will now sift their options for the Christchurch Test against Argentina. [more]

The Chinese stock meltdown and NZ
ANALYSIS: Economists have spent the day considering what the Chinese stock market falls may mean for New Zealand, with some predicting immediate rather than long term pain. [more]

Berlusconi found guilty of bribery
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been found guilty of bribing a senator in 2006 in an attempt to bring down the then centre-left government. [more]

Origin Blues continue
Three New South Wales forwards have been banned for foul play after their thrashing in the State of Origin decider against Queensland. [more]

Hefty sentence for pawn shop killings
Relatives tell convicted murderer of their pain as he is sentenced to life in prison for murdering two men at an Auckland pawn shop. [more]

Man dies after farm accident
A man has died following a farm accident near Oamaru this morning. [more]

Fiji in first high level Forum meeting in 6 years
Fiji is taking part in its first high level meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum since it was suspended in 2009. [more]

West Papua leadership within West Papua proposed
The West Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma says his personal preference is that the leader for his people's self-determination movement be based within West Papua. [more]

Close down rail, advised the Treasury
The Labour Party has accused the Treasury of being "nuts" for suggesting the country's rail network should be closed because it costs too much. [more]

$30k reward for missing woman info
Police are offering a $30,000 reward for information about Yoon Sook Chun, a 47-year old Korean woman who went missing six years ago. [more]

Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to appeal sentence
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is appealing after he was sentenced to eight months home detention for threatening to kill and drugs charges. [more]

Brownlee cancels drinks over allegation
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has cancelled drinks he was hosting after suggestions of an improper relationship with the event's sponsor. [more]

McCullum staying home during upcoming tour
Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum is among four members of the team's tour to England left out of the side for next month's limited overs tour of Africa. [more]

Greece extends bank closures
The Greek government has extended bank closures and a €60 daily limit on ATM withdrawals until Monday. [more]

To mark coronation, Tonga releases 23 prisoners
23 prisoners in Tonga have been released as part of the coronation of King Tupou VI. [more]

UN calls for release of disabled sex offender
The United Nations Human Rights Committee says a sex offender with an intellectual disability who has been locked up for 45 years should be released and paid compensation. [more]

Snow hampers Whanganui relief efforts
Snow fall and freezing conditions are hampering relief efforts for Whanganui residents, just weeks after the region experienced its biggest flood in recorded history. [more]

Hawke's Bay iwi initials its deed of settlement
A Hawke's Bay iwi is one step away from signing its full and final Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown. [more]

The big freeze: What you need to know
The bitter southerly weather system is expected to ease but motorists are being warned to be vigilant, carry chains and drive to the conditions. [more]

Govt says tenancy laws could push up rents
The Government's proposed insulation and smoke alarm standards for rental properties could push up rents by more than $3 a week. [more]

Manawatu Gorge closed after tanker crash
The Manawatu Gorge is closed after a tanker carrying blood supplies hit a rock and is hanging off a guard rail. [more]

Home Truths - I bought a house
Home Truths with Eileen Cameron - Affordable homes in Auckland bear a striking resemblance to unicorns, but I finally managed to buy one. [more]