Radio New Zealand - Friday, 10th July 2015

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Your Song - While I Shovel The Snow
While I Shovel The Snow - The Walkmen. For Norm Brown of Mohaka. [more]

Motutapu Restoration Trust - Belinda Vernon
Trustees of the small island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf are celebrating 21 years of volunteer conservation work. The island has had many uses over the years - Maori lived there more than 700 years ago, European settlers had whale boat races there, it was used as a military base in World War Two and more recently it's been a popular day tripping and camping spot. But in the past two decades, teams of volunteers have transformed the island into a pest-free, save haven for many of our most vulnerable native birds. [more]

Feature album - 'Born To Run'
Todays feature album is ' Born To Run' by Bruce Springsteen. This was the album which announced Springsteen to the world - it landed him on the cover of Time and Newsweek in the same week. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown tells us about his recipe for Jerusalem Artichoke Cakes. [more]

Weekend Wine - Yvonne Lorkin
Yvonne Lorkin brings the wine [more]

Movie Review - Sarah McMullan
Sarah McMullan reviews Magic Mike XXL and Madame Bovary. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 10 July 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10th July. This week.....possible changes to tenancy laws to support 'forever renters'; how will the new Harmful Digital Communications Act affect the news media ; the philosophy of Dr Lance O'Sullivan - who's been awarded accolades such as Maori of the Year and New Zealander of the Year ; does Apple Music - the new streaming and curated content service live up to the hype ; bright lights, loud bangs, even breaking stuff in the studio .... all in the name of science; the stories of women who served overseas in the Great War; how to make the fermented drink Kombucha; the 175th anniversary of the ocean liner ; and a production of Romeo and Juliet in Te Reo. [more]

Business News

Sky City closer to building convention centre
The casino operator, Sky City Entertainment Group, is one step closer to building its controversial convention centre sooner rather than later. [more]

Z Energy should know takeover outcome by December
Z Energy won't know until the end of the year whether it's got the green light to buy its rival, Caltex, for 785-million dollars. [more]

Long haul returns expected - fund
A government angel investment firm is warning potential investors to prepare for the long term, rather than expect quick returns. [more]

Midday Markets for 10 July 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite at First NZ Capital [more]

Evening Business for 10 July 2015
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 10 July 2015
Thousands of people lose benefits because of paperwork, Road closures, power cuts continue on East Coast, Power being restored to most households in Gisborne, Sky pulls red card against small Auckland rugby club, Fraudster gets home dentention for kick-backs, and Rebecca Hayter remembers her encounter with Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur. [more]

Thousands of people lose benefits because of paperwork
Thousands of people are having their benefits cut off because they are not filling in the complicated paperwork required. [more]

Road closures, power cuts continue on East Coast
Hundreds of people in the Gisborne area face another cold night without power. [more]

Power being restored to most households in Gisborne
About 500 customers are still without power in the Gisborne area. [more]

Sky pulls red card against small Auckland rugby club
Sky Sport has pulled a red card against Auckland's Otahuhu Rugby Club for showing Wednesday's historic All Blacks / Samoa game on the big screen in front of hundreds of people illegally. [more]

Fraudster gets home dentention for kick-backs
A former All Blacks coach, a sports broadcaster, and a high-profile businessman have all written to the High Court, backing a man sentenced to home detention for fraud charges [more]

Nauru's democracy hot topic at Sydney meeting
The Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has given the clearest hint yet that aid to Nauru could be in jeopardy over human rights abuses and a failing justice system. [more]

Jobs to go at New Plymouth District Council
New Plymouth's council is axing 52 leadership jobs as part of a major restructure. [more]

No feedback on SkyCity potentially unlawful
The decision by a panel of independent commissioners not to seek public feedback on SkyCity's convention centre in Auckland has been slammed as a travesty and potentially unlawful. [more]

Rebecca Hayter remembers her encounter with Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur
30 years on Rebecca Hayter still remembers very clearly her encounter with a French terrorist. [more]

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

Hundreds without power around Gisborne
Hundreds of homes and farms in the Gisborne area are facing another cold night without power. [more]

Gisborne freight companies struggle to get trucks out
The road closures both north and south of Gisborne have been a headache for freight companies getting farm produce to the markets and ports, and supplies back to the city. [more]

Mexico wants 250-thousand sheep a year
The Mexican government wants 250-thousand sheep sent to them every year following last months New Zealand shipment of 45-thousand. [more]

Top three seeds in action at Wimbledon
It's a match-up some tennis commentators are describing as too close to call. [more]

Another cyber attack on US government worker records
In the U.S there's been yet another massive cyber attack affecting millions of government workers and once again it's being blamed on China. [more]

South Island misses out on Lions test in 2017
The South Island has missed on hosting a British and Irish Lions rugby test when the side visits our shores in two years time. [more]

Country Life

Matt Bell Young Farmer of the Year Winner
Last weekend Mid Canterbury dairy farmer Matt Bell won the National Young Farmer Contest ... this year the three day, annual competition was held in Taupo. Matt says when he was young he really looked up to those farmers competing in the final, and to be finally taking the crown is humbling. He hopes to use the win to speak out about the careers that are possible in the farming industry. [more]

Regional Wrap
Taranaki and Whanganui hill country farmers are still struggling to cope after storms two weeks ago caused major slipping and floods, bull dozers can't be moved yet to help clear tracks. Meanwhile East Coast farms are in a precarious position with snow down to sea level. [more]

Hunter for Hire
John Knight reckons he has shot and killed thousands animals during his hunting career. He spent much of it deer culling from helicopters on the West Coast. This involved hanging off the side with a shotgun or dangling on a chain thirty metres below the helicopter with a load of dead animals being carried off a mountain. He decided to call it a day after being involved in a helicopter accident while hunting near Karamea. [more]

Wairoa Vet
Vet Christine Hahn is used to working on lions, snakes and vultures but now she is turning her attention to working dogs and kunekune pigs. Christine moved to New Zealand earlier this year from South Africa and is now tending animals in the Wairoa region. [more]

Apples in a Tin
Blocks of new apple trees have been planted in the Wairoa region...but none of the locals or even people overseas will get to crunch on them. The plantings are part of a new venture for fruit and vegetable processing and ingredients company, Cedenco. The Gisborne-based company has contracted a handful of people to grow Braeburn apples purely for processing. It will process the apples using the same equipment as it does for tomato paste. The ingredient will then be used by a New Zealand food manufacturer as a base for its fruit bars. Growers won't be paid as much for their apples as those who grow for export, but because the apples don't have to be perfect, growing and harvesting costs will be lower. [more]

Dateline Pacific

3pm Pacific Regional News for 10 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

Tonga has new plans to expand tourism
Tonga plans to expand its tourism industry and accommodate more visitors. [more]

Concerns to be raised in meeting with Nauru's president
Australia's foreign minister says she'll again raise concerns about the rule of law on Nauru when she meets with the island's president, but one senator is doubtful. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 10 July 2015
An Australian Senator is doubtful that anything will come out fo a meeting between the foreign minister and Nauru's president to address rule of law on the island; After the coronation, Tonga looks to capitalise on increased visitor numbers; people forced to migrate from Bougainville's endangered Carteret Islands ae hoping to produce food for those left behind; And, how gold teeth helped identify a US Marine missing in Kiribati for more than 70 years. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 10 July 2015
On Extra Time this week, we look back at the historic All Blacks match against Samoa in Apia, Steve Tew discusses the upcoming Lions Tour and looks back at the success of the Samoa test. Professional golfer Danny Lee becomes the first New Zealander since Michael Campbell to win on the PGA Tour. Black Sox coach Mark Sorenson shares his thoughts on the team's efforts at the Softball World Champs. Radio New Zealand International reporter Vinnie Wylie shares all the details from the Pacific Games and New Zealand Warriors prop Charlie Gubb talks about playing in the top tier of Rugby League. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 10 July 2015
This week the Government announced it aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions eleven percent by 2030 from 1990 levels. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 10 July 2015
Mistakes in paperwork denies some people access to benefits; the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior....we hear from the woman who helped police arrest the bombers; celebrating 21 years of volunteer conservation work on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf and in Dateline Pacific, the remains of a United States marine found in Kiribati have been identified. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 July 2015
Public get no say on SkyCity's new convention centre, and Power cuts in Gisborne leave some medical patients freezing, without equipment. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 July 2015
Christchurch and Dunedin won't get to host a Test match between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions in 2017. [more]

New Zealand Society

Sharing some sweetness with Good Bitches Baking
New Zealand Society spends the morning with Good Bitches Baking - a group of Wellingtonians who are spreading some sweetness on the Capital's most deserving. [more]

News about New Zealand

News About New Zealand for 10 July 2015
A summary of news around New Zealand over the past week. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Niuean for 11 July 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]


Sport - Pacific Games
Vinnie Wylie from Radio New Zealand International reports from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, which is hosting the 2015 XV Pacific Games. [more]

Conundrum Answer
This weeks winner is Nel. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Gin Wigmore - 'Written In The Water ' in Session at Radio New Zealand
Gin Wigmore performs 'Written In The Water' in session at Radio New Zealand, for Music 101. Director: Zac Arnold Audio: Andre Upston Camera Operator: Zac Arnold [more]

SJD - Superman You're Crying
SJD performing 'Superman You're Crying' live at Radio New Zealand. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 10 July 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Anna Guenther
CEO and co-founder of equity crowdfunding platform PledgeMe, which has just celebrated its third birthday. [more]

Richard Randerson
Anglican Bishop who tells his story in Slipping the Moorings: a Memoir Weaving Faith with Justice, Ethics and Community. [more]

Deborah Cameron: language and gender
Deborah Cameron Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University who is visiting New Zealand to deliver two lectures: Our Tremendous Opportunity: a Look at the Hidden History of BBC English, and Sex, Lies and Stereotypes: Do We Ask the Right Questions About Language and Gender? [more]

Stefan Andreas Meyer: open source electric car
Driving force for the past few years behind a project to design and build an open source electric car, which he details at Blitz Conversions Limited. [more]

Playing Favourites with Murray Gray
Former bookseller in Titirangi, Auckland, and founder and programme director of the Going West Books and Writers Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary. [more]

Mary Brennan: domination and submission
Professional dominatrix (as Mistress Mariah) who since 2006 has owned one of New Zealand's most successful fantasy and full-service brothels, and author of Some Kind of Fantasy: the Amazing Life Story of New Zealand's Top Dominatrix. [more]

Emily McKewen
Wellington stay-at-home mother and writer who started the Ballet is for Everyone venture when her two-year-old son decided he wanted to learn to dance. [more]

Listener Feedback to Saturday 11 July 2015
Noelle McCarthy reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 11 July 2015. [more]

Tagata o te Moana

Tagata o te Moana for 11 July 2015
The latest on the troubles in Nauru; memories of the Rainbow Warrior's last voyage; A call to cct now over climate change or the ocean will be lost;unease lingers of major project on PNG's Madang lagoon; Prospective Pacific exporters told to tell the history of their food; Closer ties for tourism and agriculture in Pacific; and the struggles to make the grade for some of the nations at the Pacific Games. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Council faces grilling about its role in mining swamp kauri
Maori in Northland are challenging the Regional Council's role in the mining of swamp kauri. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 10 July 2015
Maori in Northland are challenging the Regional Council's role in the mining of swamp kauri; Rotorua is celebrating the announcement that the Maori All Blacks will play in the city in 2017; Wahine Maori Entrepreneurs are being encouraged to share their stories at a conference in Tauranga early next week. [more]

Te Waonui For Week Ending 12 July
The Manu Korihi news team brings you highlights of the weeks' Maori news, including: Maori medical experts call for more action to address health problems; the fallout after the Whanganui floods; and a Hawkes Bay iwi gets a step closer to signing its Treaty settlement [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 10 July 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Chris Wikaira and Simon Pound (Part 1)
Topics - Kiwi Rail, and Auckland tension between apartments and houses [more]

The Panel with Chris Wikaira and Simon Pound (Part 2)
Topics - Happy heavy metal, Kiwi Saver enrolments, Weekend weather, Pop star licks donuts, and Greece agrees to austerity for some concessions [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Chris Wikaira and Simon Pound have been up to. [more]

Kiwi Rail
Treasury's told the government it should consider closing down the rail network. Transport economist Neil Douglas joins the Panel to discuss what the pros and cons are for keeping Kiwi Rail. [more]

Auckland tension between apartments and houses
Hugh Pavletich the co-author of the annual Demographia housing affordability survey joins the Panel to talk about the conflict between the the yearning for more stand alone houses and how practical that is. [more]

Happy heavy metal
A study's found those who were fans of heavy metal in their youth have turned out happier 30 years later. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Chris Wikaira and Simon Pound have been thinking about. [more]

Kiwi Saver enrolments
Was John Key misleading parliament or mistaken when he said canning the $1000 kickstart for Kiwi Saver wouldn't affect the numbers of people enroling in the savings scheme? We ask Fairfax Media political editor Tracey Watkins. [more]

Pop star licks donuts
Pop singer Ariana Grande has been videoed licking donuts in a shop and putting them back on the shelf. [more]

Weekend weather
Another brass monkeys night. Weather commentator Richard Green tells us what's in store for the weekend. [more]

Greece agrees to austerity for some concessions
The Greek government has backed reforms and spending cuts worth €13bn to secure a third bailout and a small debt writeoff. [more]

The Week In Review

Week In Review for week ending July 10 2015
A review of the week's news including... Manu Samoa take the All Blacks down to the wire in the historic Apia test match, the Prime Minister rejects suggestions from economists that the Government will need to spend more money to stimulate the economy while also rejecting advice to close down KiwiRail but it has still put it on notice, a judge tells former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd that his rockstar lifestyle has finally caught up with him, the Government commits to what it says is a more ambitious emissions reduction target, could West Auckland become home to the country's biggest film studios?, thousands living in cold, damp private rentals will have to wait up to four years until their landlords are forced to insulate their homes, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister cancels drinks to avoid publicity about suggestions of an improper relationship with the event's sponsor, New Zealand's first celebration of all things truffle and this week marked the 175th anniversary of the ocean liner. [more]

The Wireless

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. [more]

Weekly Reading: Best longreads on the web
Our weekly recap highlighting the best feature stories from around the internet. [more]

Rent rise could come with new housing law
New rental housing laws have left tenants worried about being exploited by landlords. [more]

Game review: Lego Jurassic World
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]

Loading Docs: Conversations With Pets
Have you ever wondered what your pets think of you? Faye Rogers can answer your questions. [more]

Premiere: Westley Holdsworth - 'Temple'
The Wireless is proud to present the premiere of Westley Holdsworth’s first single ‘Temple’. [more]


Rebecca Tansley and Flavio Villani: Cross Rachmaninoff
Documentary maker and subject of 'Crossing Rachmaninoff' at the New Zealand International Film Festival [more]

Ray Chan: Conductor
Conductor for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Open Orchestra South performance [more]

Jennifer Shennan: Footnote NZ Review
Jennifer reviews the season opening performance of Footnote NZ's NOW 2015 Season. [more]

The Best of Upbeat for 10 July 2015
In this week's episode: Eva speaks to British architecture writer Owen Hatherley, before catching up with the star Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko ahead of his New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concerts. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 10 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 10 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 11 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 11 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 11 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 11 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am Pacific Regional News for 11 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

'Akl housing at crisis point' - budget advisor
An Auckland budget advisor says the lack of affordable housing in the city has now reached crisis point. [more]

Care of at-risk Aboriginal kids reconsidered
Northern Territory Government is reviewing child protection legislation over concerns that placing at-risk Aboriginal children with relatives might put them in danger. [more]

Native American actors welcomed with Powhiri
Two well-known Native American actors have arrived in Aotearoa to help Māori learn more about their culture. [more]

State of disaster declared at Solomons mine
A state of disaster has been declared as unseasonal rains continue to fill the Gold Ridge tailings dam. [more]

Crash spells end for Tour de France leader
Tour de France leader Tony Martin has abandoned the race after breaking his collarbone in a crash that also sent 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali and others tumbling in the final 500 metres. [more]

Sport: Games organisers apologise for medals gaffe
Pacific Games organisers have apologised for an embarrassing gaffe in which countries were awarded medals in team shooting despite the event not being a part of the Games programme. [more]

Akl housing tax 'could have negative impact'
The Finance Minister says the Government never seriously contemplated a Treasury proposal to tax Auckland landlords on their properties. [more]

Tube strike causes misery for London commuters
The evening rush hour in London on Thursday was thrown into chaos by the network-wide closure of the Tube over an employment dispute. [more]

English talks down surplus predictions
Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Government now looks set to achieve a surplus, so why is Bill English talking down the achievement? [more]

Nitrogen fertiliser plant may be redeveloped
The fertiliser co-operative Ballance Agri-Nutrients is investigating the redevelopment of the country's only nitrogen fertiliser plant, to take it through the next 30 years. The ammonia-urea plant at Kapuni, in... [more]

Farm animals take shelter from snow
Sheep and cattle find sniff out shelter after severe weather warnings are issued for the hill country between Mohaka and Gisborne. [more]

England-All Blacks World Cup final prediction
Former England international Mike Tindall expects England to reach the World Cup final and believes only the All Blacks stand in their way. [more]

Assessment teams set out to assess Solomons storm damage
Assessment teams are setting out today to measure the full extent of the damage to Solomon Islands from last week's storm. [more]

Greens expect Australia will remain silent on Nauru
Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, is not expecting the Australian Government to speak out over the political unravelling in Nauru. [more]

Sport: PNG power ahead at Pacific Games
A powerful display in the PNG Power Dome has kept Papua New Guinea at the top of the Pacific Games medal table. [more]

Cook Islands anger at NZ columnist's 'inhumane' comments
Cook Islands locals have come out swinging against a New Zealand gossip writer for describing the death of Cook Islanders in the South Island as 'natural selection'. [more]

Exporters urged not to rely too heavily on China
The Finance Minister Bill English says China's stock market crisis underlines the importance for New Zealand exporters to look to other markets as well. [more]

One killed in Helensville crash
One person has been killed by a collision between a truck and a car on State Highway 16 north-west of Auckland. [more]

Sport: Flying Fijians expect bruising encounter with Maori ABs
The Fiji rugby coach, John McKee, says he is expecting an exciting, end-to-end encounter with the Maori All Blacks tomorrow. [more]

Tenants worried about new rental laws
Tenants are wary of being exploited by landlords under new laws requiring rentals to be insulated and to have smoke alarms. [more]

Taxing bread 'is lunacy'
The Food and Grocery Council says a study calling for a 20 percent increase on staples such as bread, milk and cereal is lunacy. [more]

Fiji media amendments are cautiously welcomed
Journalists in Fiji can no longer be fined for breaches of the country's controversial Media Industry Development Decree, after the parliament unanimously passed amendments. [more]

Police close in on Chch lingerie thief
Police in Christchurch have recovered more than 30 pairs of stolen women's lingerie after reports of underwear and bra thefts. [more]

England hold upper hand in Ashes test
England have the upper hand at stumps on day two of the first Ashes cricket Test in Cardiff, with Australia 264 for five, still 166 runs behind. [more]

Greece submits economic reform plan
Greece's government has agreed a reform programme and will submit its proposals to its international lenders soon, the defence minister has said. [more]

Strawbridge remains in critical condition
Efforts are being made to bring the critically ill Chiefs assistant coach, Andrew Strawbridge, back to New Zealand. [more]

Difficult decisions ahead for KiwiRail
KiwiRail says it has difficult decisions ahead as it scrambles to save whatever money it can, with its least profitable services in its sights. [more]

New Plymouth council cuts 52 positions
New Plymouth District Council is axing 52 leadership positions as part of a major restructure. [more]

Honda recalls cars over airbag concerns
Honda is recalling nearly 10,000 vehicles in New Zealand because of concerns about airbags. [more]

Man remanded over Kapiti baby death
A man charged in connection with the death of a baby on the Kapiti Coast has been remanded in custody until 2 September. [more]

Julie Bishop seeks to raise Nauru concerns at Forum meeting
Australia's foreign minister has reiterated her concerns about the rule of law on Nauru. [more]

Two separate by-elections to begin in PNG
Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner says things are on target for polling to begin tomorrow in two separate by-elections. [more]

In Maternal health, Papua continues to trail Indonesia
The United Nations Population Fund says maternal health in Papua continues to lag behind the rest of Indonesia. [more]

Business Briefs
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - Spending using cards rises; Commerce Commission generally happy with Chch Airport, Healthy profit boost for Orion and Truckometer gauge shows reversing economy. [more]

8,500 involved in NZ RSE scheme this year
New Zealand's Immigration Minister says about 8,500 Pacific people have taken part in the country's Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme this year. [more]

NZ striker White joins Liverpool
Football Ferns striker Rosie White has joined reigning FA Women's Super League champions Liverpool Ladies. [more]

Public service CEOs to reveal expenses
Public service chief executives are making their expenses public in the coming week as part of efforts to promote more transparency in the sector. [more]

Solomons dam likely to be drained to avoid breach
Thousands of litres of waste water containing cyanide and arsenic could be released into Solomon Islands' Matepona River as early as next week. [more]

Tongan authorities struggle to locate typhoid carriers
The Director of Health in Tonga says health authorities are struggling to locate carriers of typhoid following two new cases in the last month. [more]

'Give KiwiRail certainty' - Greens
The Greens say the Government is preoccupied with cars and trucks and must provide KiwiRail with more certainty over its future. [more]

Wine merchant sentenced over fraud charges
A former wine merchant sentenced today to eight months home detention for fraud has the support of a former All Blacks coach and a high-profile businessman. [more]

Ko makes solid start at US Open
New Zealand's world golf number two Lydia Ko has completed an even par round of 70 on the opening day of the US Open in Pennsylvania. [more]

Nauru and NZ to meet further, disagree on some issues
New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand and Nauru will have further meetings over concerns about alleged violations of civil and political rights on the island. [more]

American Samoa's congresswoman appeals for continued support
American Samoa's congresswoman has used her maiden floor speech in the United States Congress to appeal for continued federal support for the territory. [more]

Thousands require assistance in storm-hit Solomons
Thousands of people in remote areas of the Solomon Islands require emergency assistance following last week's heavy rains. [more]

Quake rocks building in Solomon Islands
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Solomon Islands this afternoon and was felt by people in the capital, Honiara, who say the shaking was strong enough to rock buildings. [more]

Sport: Tuvalu remain hopeful of more Games medals
Despite managing their first medal of the Pacific Games, Tuvalu's Chef de Mission Nakibae Kitisane, believes he let the chance of another slip from his grasp. [more]

Labour to lay breach of privilege complaint
The Labour Party says it has taken a breach of privilege complaint against the Prime Minister over comments to Parliament about scrapping KiwiSaver's kickstart. [more]

Nauru's Waqa says NZ concerns "eased"
The president of Nauru Baron Waqa says he believes he has eased concerns over Nauru after meetings in Sydney. [more]

Travelling? What you need to know
The Transport Agency has reopened most central North Island roads today, as a bitterly cold southerly continues to grip large parts of the North Island. [more]

South Island misses out on Lions Tests
Christchurch and Dunedin won't get to host a Test match between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions in 2017. [more]

Barbarians named to play Māori
The New Zealand Barbarians have named a strong squad to face the Māori All Blacks at Eden Park next Saturday. [more]

Council faces a grilling over swamp kauri
Maori in Northland are challenging the regional council's role in the mining of swamp kauri. [more]

Dengue claims another life in American Samoa
The death toll from dengue fever in American Samoa is now three with confirmation that the death last week of a woman in her early 20's was due to the mosquito borne virus. [more]

Azarenka gives boozy Wimbledon fans a serve
Former women's world tennis number one Victoria Azarenka claims women players are being unfairly criticised for on-court shrieking and grunting. [more]

Warriors prop off to Gold Coast
Young Warriors prop Nathaniel Peteru is leaving the club, having signed with Gold Coast until the end of the 2016 NRL season. [more]

No public input on SkyCity convention centre
The resource consent bid for SkyCity's contentious international convention centre will go ahead without public input. [more]

Thousands losing benefits due to paperwork
Thousands of people are having their benefits cut off because they are not filling in the complicated paperwork required. [more]

Auckland club falls foul of Sky Sport
An Auckland rugby club that showed the historic Samoa / All Blacks rugby game to hundreds of fans has fallen foul of Sky Sport. [more]

Mexico wants more live NZ sheep, says broker
Timaru livestock dealer Peter Walsh, who organised the sale of 45,000 sheep to Mexico, says Mexico wants more live sheep from New Zealand. [more]

Māori All Blacks to return to Rotorua
Rotorua is celebrating the announcement that the Māori All Blacks will play in the city in 2017. [more]

'Rainbow Warrior was our home'
Crew members of the Rainbow Warrior and police detectives who investigated the ship's bombing commemorate the 30th anniversary of its sinking. [more]

Gisborne battles snow, power cuts
Additional lines crews are being brought in from Bay of Plenty and Wellington to restore power to about 200 properties still without power because of heavy snow bringing down lines and poles in the Gisborne area. [more]

Poet wins chance to work with Witi
A Māori poet has been chosen for an all-expenses paid trip to Canada for an indigenous writing residency with Witi Ihimaera. [more]

Indonesia closes airports due to volcano
Five airports in Indonesia have been shut, including in the tourist hotspot Bali, because of a volcanic eruption, transport officials say. [more]

Fine weekend expected after big freeze
After a week of wet, cold weather MetService is forecasting a fine, but frosty weekend for the country. [more]

Man charged with people trafficking
A Fiji man has appeared in an Auckland court after being charged with 16 counts of people trafficking. [more]