Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 23rd July 2015

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At The Movies

At the Movies for 23 July 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the new Marvel Comics movie, Ant-Man. He also talks to former Marvel villain, Sir Ben Kingsley - aka The Mandarin - about his new film Learning To Drive, and a career that has spanned Mahatma Gandhi, Ringo Starr and the Olsen Twins! [more]

Ant-Man - film review
Simon Morris looks at the new Marvel Comics movie, Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd playing a reformed burglar. [more]

Learning to Drive - interview with Sir Ben Kingsley
Learning to Drive stars two people who know what they're doing - Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley… and it turns out the versatile Sir Ben hasn't quite played everything yet… Simon Morris talks to the extraordinary actor. [more]

Learning to Drive - interview with Sir Ben Kingsley
Learning to Drive stars two people who know what they're doing - Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley… and it turns out the versatile Sir Ben hasn't quite played everything yet… Simon Morris talks to the extraordinary actor. [more]

Business News

Livestock Improvement's full year net profit falls 24%
The Livestock Improvement Corporation says its full year net profit has fallen by a quarter, reflecting increased spending needed to keep its core technogy and infrastructure up-to-date. [more]

Reserve Bank signals more interest rate cuts on the way
The Reserve Bank has signalled more interest rate cuts are on the way, after reducing the official cash rate for the second successive time. The central bank lowered the benchmark interest rate from 3.25% to 3%, citing sharp falls in dairy prices and tame inflation. [more]

Intueri Education to buy Institute of Sport, College of Massage
Intueri Education says it's buying the New Zealand Institute of Sport for about $19 million. The private education provider says the purchase is conditional on obtaining regulatory approval and includes the sport institute's subsidiary - the New Zealand College of Massage. [more]

Midday Markets for 23 July 2015
Belinda Stanley at Craigs Investment Partners with the latest from the markets. [more]

Reserve Bank cuts interest rate
The Reserve Bank has looked past Auckland's red hot housing market cutting the benchmark interest rate to help farmers grappling with plunging dairy prices. [more]

Evening Business for 23 July 2015
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Finance Minister agrees economy will soften
The Government has acknowledged economic growth will slow but insists the economy's prospects are good, as the Reserve Bank made another cut to the official cash rate today. [more]

Economists are expecting another interest rate reduction
Economists are expecting another interest rate reduction from the Reserve Bank at its next review in September, but some argue there's no guarantee further cuts will happen after that. [more]

Comvita expects full year net profit rising 35%: CEO resigns
Comvita says its annual profit is expected to rise by a third, supported by a larger than normal stock of honey, strong Asian demand and better margins. [more]

Clear policies about who owns an employee's LinkedIn contacts
An employment lawyer says firms should have clear policies about who owns an employee's LinkedIn contacts. [more]

Morning markets for 24 July 2015
On Wall Street, stocks have fallen after disappointing results from bellwether companies such as 3M and Caterpillar. [more]

Markets Update for 24 July 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 23 July 2015
Black eye for Health Ministry in big win for gambling workers; More failings by private prison company are revealed;; Reserve Bank cuts interest rate; Call for stronger policing of security industry - inquest. [more]

Black eye for Health Ministry in big win for gambling workers
The High Court's delivered a comprehensive defeat to the Health Ministry, overturning an unfair tendering process that threatened to scupper the Problem Gambling Foundation. [more]

Grant will extend Dr. Lance's tele health service
A company headed by the Kaitaia GP Lance O'Sullivan has won a $30 thousand grant for a pioneering internet health service for children. The grant from the lines company Top Energy, will extend a remote diagnosis and treatment system that's already up and running in Kaitaia. [more]

More failings by private prison company are revealed
The Corrections Minister has revealed Serco has been fined $300,000 in the last year for breaching its contract with the Government. Sam Lotu-Iiga met the prison company's bosses today and put them on notice after video footage of inmates fighting, smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol, and reports of other assaults at Mt Eden remand prison. [more]

Call for stronger policing of security industry - inquest
A security expert has told an inquest into the death of a security guard that his lack of training may have contributed to his death and he's calling for much strong accountability and policing of the industry. [more]

Whale Oil blogger accused court of contempt.
The Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater could face jail time if he is found to be in contempt of court. The businessman Matthew Blomfield is accusing Mr Slater of breaching a confidential Settlement Conference at the High Court in Auckland. [more]

How bad was violence when Corrections ran Auckland prison?
A former inmate says it was worse when the jail was run by Corrections and the company Serco has made things better. Martin Lyttelton spent two years on remand there in 2008 and 2009. Serco took over in 2011. [more]

Ten year old girl wins third BMX world title
A ten year old New Zealand girl has just clinched her third world BMX title at the championships in Belgium. Leila Walker, who's from Cambridge, only took up the sport three and a half years ago. [more]

New rules to police spying in the skies
After a long wait, rules are finally coming in around drones to boost safety and curb snooping, but at the same time opening up the chance to fly them at night. From next week, anyone with a drone, from commercial operators to children with toy machines, will need consent to fly over someone's property - or over the person themselves. [more]

Auckland Council agrees to look into selling assets
The Auckland Council has decided to look into alternative sources of financing, which includes the possibility of selling its assets. The council's budget committee agreed to set up the review in May, in order to take the heat off Auckland's spiraling rates. [more]

Sports News for 23 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Anti-gambling jobs saved by High Court
The High Court's delivered a big black eye to the Health Ministry, overturning an unfair tendering process that threatened to rip the heart out of the Problem Gambling Foundation. Its ruling this afternoon sets aside the ministry's decision last year to strip the foundation of most of its funding and give most of its contracts to the Salvation Army. [more]

Auckland housing unaffordability pales against Vancouver's
If Auckland housing affordability is bad, spare a thought for Vancouver where it's worse and sparking a fiercer backlash against foreign buyers. [more]

Latest on Mt Eden prison violence
The head of Corrections Ray Smith has just said he learned today that another prisoner transported this week from Mt Eden Prison to another prison arrived there with injuries That prisoner has made serious allegations about his treatment at Mt Eden. [more]

Drone users face tougher regulations from next month
Anyone with a drone, from commercial operators to children with toy machines, will have to comply with new, tougher rules . [more]

Govt says annual benefit re-application will help
The Minister of Social Development is denying that plans to have sole parents on a benefit re-apply every year is a cost-saving exercise. [more]

China cracks down on the legal profession
In Beijing, human rights lawyers have been paraded on television accused of corruption and fraud in a state crack down on the legal profession. [more]

Nelson's Trafalgar Centre is expected to reopen next year
Nelson's Trafalgar Centre will soon be open again for the conferences, concerts and sports events it's missed out on since the venue was closed 18 months ago. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: Tahiti capable of going all the way
Tahiti are being backed to go even better at the next Beach Soccer World Cup after the Tiki Toa impressed at this year's tournament in Portugal. [more]

Former Nauru social worker looks at legal action
An Australian social worker falsely accused off making up stories about asylum seeker abuse and kicked off Nauru is looking at suing Immigration officials. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 23 July 2015
A social worker falsely accused of making up stories about asylum seekers on Nauru looks to legal action; Federal help arrives as American Samoa tries to tackle a dengue fever outbreak; Two people are dead, and 11 are missing after a spate of bad weather in PNG; A new university course aims to improve Pacific health; And, Tahiti are tipped for a stellar Beach Soccer World Cup after an impressive tournament in Portugal. [more]

PNG's medical helicopter service keeps reaching new heights
Papua New Guinea's only medical helicopter service is expanding, but its chief executive says funding it is still a problem. [more]

Pacific's Pacer Plus deal close
The Pacific's Chief Trade Advisor says significant progress has been made with the Pacer Plus trade agreement and it should be concluded by September next year. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 24 July 2015
Pacer Plus trade agreement on track to be concluded by September next year; Papua New Guinea's only helicopter medivac service is fighting to expand, despite funding problems; An Australian social worker falsely accused of making up stories after being kicked off Nauru is looking at suing immigration officials; And bright future predicted for Tahiti in Beach Soccer after a maiden World Cup final in Portugal. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 23 July 2015 - evening edition
Justice & Electoral Committee receives calls for automatic voter registration; Corrections Minister faces more questions about problems at Mt Eden Prison. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 24 July 2015 - morning edition
Rafael Gonzalez-Montero appointed Deputy Clerk; Brownlee & Hipkins iron-out next week's schedule; Justice & Electoral Committee receives calls for automatic voter registration; Corrections Minister faces more questions about problems at Mt Eden Prison. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Your Song - End Of The Line
Neville Aitcheson chooses 'End Of The Line' by The Traveling Wilburys [more]

Our New Zealand A to Z - Naseby
This time it's N for Naseby, in the Maniototo, and also 'C' for the ancient sport of curling. Nearly 300 curlers from around the country were in Naseby, dressed in scottish gear and wielding their brooms as curlers celebrated their first bonspiel, or tournament in 3 years. The icemasters made the nationwide call to curlers last weekend, that Naseby would be hosting the bonspiel, which is only called when there is sufficent ice to support the games. [more]

Two men, eight wheels, one crazy trip
Two kiwi adventurers are making a webseries following their epic rollerblading trip which took them from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The plan quickly came unravelled, as neither could rollerblade very well and the terrain was too difficult. But the resulting journey which involved a lot of hitchhiking has made for some great footage, and interviews, with people in small town New Zealand. [more]

Turing Centre Zurich
A University of Canterbury professor has set up the Turing Centre at one of the leading universities in Europe. Having spent much of his academic career researching Alan Turing, Professor Jack Copeland, knows more about the man than most - and can dispell many of the inaccuracies of his portrayal in the recent blockbuster, The Imitation Game. [more]

Feature Album - Unplugged
1992's 'Unplugged' was recorded for the MTV Unplugged series, and includes two big hits by Eric Clapton. [more]

The Expats - Rachel Jacobsen
Rachel Jacobsen is New Zealand's honorary consul in Seattle. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 23 July 2015
The global reach of high house prices, a guide to parent teacher interviews and in dateline pacific wild weather in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 July 2015
Mortgage rates are down after a cut to the Official Cash Rate; and Serco and the Corrections Minister meet over Mt Eden prison assaults. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 July 2015
Fiji's set to learn more than the SIlver Ferns in a one-off test. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 24 July 2015
Corrections considers action against Serco amid reports of yet another prisoner being injured at Mt Eden prison. We'll talk to the father of one of the prisoners who says his son was pushed of a balcony. Two thirds of GPs tell researchers they would help hasten ill patients die..and some have gone further. The Medical Association says it's not euthanasia and Nasa discovers a new planet - which could be remarkably similar to Earth. [more]

Sports News for 24 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pacific News for 24 July 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Another serious injury at Mt Eden this week revealed
The Corrections Department has revealed the case of yet another prisoner being injured at Mt Eden, and subsequently transferred to another prison. [more]

British teen pleads guilty to taking part in ANZAC terror plot
A 15 year-old British boy has pleaded guilty to inciting an attack on this year's ANZAC day parade in Melbourne. [more]

Sports News for 24 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Corrections considers legal options over prison scandal
The Department of Corrections is considering what action it can take against prison manager Serco after discovering yet another inmate has been injured at Mt Eden prison. [more]

Labour repeats call to cancel Serco contract
Neither the Department of Corrections or the Minister would agree to an interview on the programme, saying they were still waiting for legal advice. [more]

2/3 of doctors admit to helping terminally ill patients die
Two-thirds of GPs in a new study say they have helped terminally ill patients in ways that could hasten their deaths. [more]

The finance minister on the state of the economy after OCR drop
Banks have been quick to lower their interest rates after the Reserve Bank cut its Official Cash Rate yesterday. [more]

A step closer to Earth 2.0? NASA thinks so
Nasa's Kepler mission has discovered an earthlike planet scientists say could host alien life. [more]

Forecasts of Auckland's population growth may be too high
A new analysis suggests Auckland's population won't grow as quickly as previously forecast - but even so, housing supply may still fall dramatically short. [more]

NZ King Salmon plans major expansion in Southland
Salmon farmer, King Salmon, wants to set up a major operation in Southland. [more]

Doctors out to stop strokes killing people
Doctors are getting aggressive with the country's third biggest killer. [more]

All Blacks concede there's no bigger game than Sunday's match
Two new All Blacks will take the field when the All Blacks play South Africa on Sunday morning. [more]

Wellington celebrates 150 years as NZ's capital city
The grey marble facade of parliament is having a makeover this weekend in celebration of Wellington's 150th year as the capital city. [more]

Sports News for 24 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Serco contract questioned after more injuries at Mt Eden
As we have been reporting this morning, the Corrections Department has revealed yet another case of a prisoner being injured at the privately run Mt Eden facility. [more]

Our panel looks back at a 'Hell' week for Labour
Labour has had a tough week. [more]

Faltering economy likely to weigh on minds
The faltering economy is likely to weigh heavily on the minds of National Party delegates at their annual conference in Auckland this weekend. [more]

Melbourne Cup tours New Zealand
The Cup's been won 42 times by horses bred in New Zealand, including the winner of the 1987 race we heard in that clip. [more]

Red hot Sydney property market
Sydney's red hot property market is now even hotter with median selling prices cracking one million dollars. [more]

2000 state home need repairs - just 'tip of iceberg'
Poverty groups say news that 2000 state homes need work after just a month of checks means that's probably just the tip of the iceberg. [more]

Japan poised to switch nuclear power back on
Japan is on the verge of returning to nuclear power more than four years after the Fukushima meltdown -- the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl. [more]

North Island brown kiwi genome
An international team of researchers have decoded the entire genetic blueprint of the North Island brown kiwi. [more]

Dazzling new Len Lye art gallery set to open in New Plymouth
A new art gallery in New Plymouth devoted to showing the works of the artist Len Lye opens its doors to the public tomorrow [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 24 July 2015
The latest News in Samoan Language. [more]

News in Niuean for 24 July 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 24 July 2015
The latest News in Tongan Language. [more]

Nights

Mathematics
Making the numbers add up is Dr Dillon Mayhew from Victoria University's School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research: game theory. John Nash (the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind) died in a car crash a little while ago. He was one of the pioneering figures in game theory, which is the branch of mathematics that considers situations where competing players try to gain advantage over each other. [more]

Jazz
Jivester, editor and publisher Fergus Barrowman on the sizzle and pop of a snazzy beat... Aaron Diehl, Joe Harriott & Amancio D'Silva, and Hayden Chisholm. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Conundrum Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Conundrum Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

What do doctors do when faced with patients who are dying?
A just released article in the New Zealand Medical journal is exploring what actions GPs take in end of life medical care. It found a small number of doctors give patients drugs with the express purpose of ending their lives. Many others gave drugs or modified treatment knowing it could increase the likelihood of death. The author of the survey, Dr Phillipa Malpas, is a researcher at Auckland University's school of medicine. She is also a member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society and a strong advocate for the legalisation of physician assisted dying. [more]

Wonderful sheds - UK Shed of the Year competition
Andrew Wilcox started a competition in 2007 to find the best and quirkiest sheds after years of running a website devoted to the subject. This year there were over 2400 entries with the winner being an old hen house converted into a gin distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Other entries include reading sheds at the beach, writing sheds, boat sheds, sheds in trees - there's even an entire category for Tardis sheds. [more]

Nepal Correspondent Kunda Dixit
Hundreds of thousands of Nepalese are still homeless after the earthquake in April. The editor of the Nepali Times, Kunda Dixit, discusses the long, slow rebuild. [more]

The most good you can do
In his book The Most Good You Can Do, philosopher Peter Singer presents a compelling argument for effective altruism. He says donations to charities should be based on the evidence of their effectiveness rather giving to whichever one tugs on the heartstrings the most. He says we can and should be more ambitious in our giving. What's more, he makes a strong case for 'earning to give' and says you don't have to have an 'ethical career' to do the most good. He's the author of more than 20 books, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University, and laureate professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Peter Singer will be in New Zealand at the Christchurch Arts Festival in association with WORD Christchurch. [more]

Book review: 'The Mountain Can Wait' by Sarah Leipciger
Published by Tinder Press, trade paperback, RRP$38.00. Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor reviews new music from Wilco, Ricki Lee Jones and Marlon Williams. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer discusses the surprise naming of a debutant in the key position of first-five eight in the All Black side for Sunday morning's test against South Africa in Johannesburg; Shaun Kenny-Dowall, regular member of the Kiwis team was arrested last Saturday on 10 charges of domestic violence brought by his former partner; and The Black Caps on their way to South Africa as we speak, with no Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult or Tim Southee. [more]

The week that was
With comedians Radar and Elizabeth Easther. [more]

Our Changing World

From Egg to Dinner – Breeding Better Salmon
Veronika Meduna visits a salmon hatchery to find out more about how salmon are bred and farmed, and about the family tree of each fish. [more]

Sea Urchins and Their 'Landscape of Fear'
Do sea urchins live in a 'landscape of fear' and is the mere presence of predatory crayfish and snapper enough to change their behaviour? [more]

Sleep Apnoea
Ruth Beran's award-winning feature on sleep apnoea follows Maui Stewart to the sleep clinic on a journey to better health. [more]

North Island Brown Kiwi Genome
The genome of the North Island brown kiwi has just been published by an international team of researchers [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 23 July 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 23 July 2015
DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: What specific events has he been made aware of at the SERCO-run Mt Eden Correctional Facility that could trigger a specific deduction from the performance-related fee, and which of those events have resulted in a specific deduction? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on dairy prices and their effect on the New Zealand economy? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the Government is adequately resourcing the public health workforce? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Given criticisms that the carbon target he set is inadequate, will he set a more ambitious target ahead of the Paris climate negotiations in December? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government seeding more high-tech start-ups in the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank Governor's statement that "the growth outlook is now softer than at the time of the June Statement. Rebuild activity in Canterbury appears to have peaked, and the world price for New Zealand's dairy exports has fallen sharply"? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on education in regional New Zealand? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: How does he intend to reduce the shortfall of Auckland houses in the next two years, given that under this Government the shortfall is increasing by 5000 a year, and the Productivity Commission predicts on current rates the shortfall – now 32,000 – will hit 60,000 by 2020? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support people off benefits and into higher education? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Why did he state that he only learned about the practice of dropping this week, when he was directly told about it one month ago at select committee? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received on the progress on the New Zealand Cycle Trail? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements in regard to the provision of social services? [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 23 July 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 24 July 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 23 July 2015
The Waitangi Tribunal has been hearing opposing arguments from the Crown and Māori on whether it should hold an urgent inquiry into the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal; A company headed by the Kaitaia GP Lance O'Sullivan has scooped up a 30-thousand dollar grant for a pioneering telemedicine service for children; Three new Māori aquaculture agreements between the Crown and iwi have been signed in Parliament today. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 24 July 2015
The Waitangi Tribunal questioned the Solicitor General about the secrecy surrounding the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement at a hearing yesterday; The Ngapuhi board aiming to settle the iwi's Treaty claims, says the vast majority of Ngapuhi hapu are now on board the settlement waka; The Māori Development Minister is challenging Members of Parliament to brush up on their Māori language pronunciation in the House next week during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 24 July 2015
The Waitangi Tribunal questioned the Solicitor General about the secrecy surrounding the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement at a hearing yesterday; The Ngapuhi board aiming to settle the iwi's Treaty claims, says the vast majority of Ngapuhi hapu are now on board the settlement waka; The Māori Development Minister is challenging Members of Parliament to brush up on their Māori language pronunciation in the House next week during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 23 July 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Wena Harawira and Phoebe Fletcher (Part 1)
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga has told private prison operator SERCO there will be serious consequences if allegations of violence and intimidation between prisoners at Mt Eden remand prison are proven true. Lawyer Steve Cullen joins the Panel to discuss the retrospective speeding law passed this week. This was to make up for an oversight in putting council speed limits on local roads. The Auckland Council has released the breakdown of where its rates bills go - just over 1% are sent to overseas adresses. John Key sideswipes Labour over flag policy. [more]

The Panel with Wena Harawira and Phoebe Fletcher (Part 2)
The Campaign for Better Transport wants the Government to consider saving billions of dollars by building a rail-only crossing under Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Economist Neil Douglas speaks about if this would still be a great idea in 30 years time. The Queenstown Lakes District Council will spend a year in consultation about its alcohol policy. The Medical Officer of Public Health South Dr Derek Bell joins the Panel to discuss why this will take a year. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Wena Harawira and Phoebe Fletcher have been up to. [more]

Inmate fall
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-liga has told private prison operator SERCO there will be serious consequences if allegations of violence and intimidation between prisoners at Mt Eden remand prison are proven true. [more]

Retrospective speeding law
Lawyer Steve Cullen joins the Panel to discuss the retrospective speeding law passed this week. This was to make up for an oversight in putting council speed limits on local roads. [more]

Overseas Auckland home ownership
The Auckland Council has released the breakdown of where its rates bills go - just over 1% are sent to overseas adresses. [more]

John Key sideswipes Labour over flag policy
Is it a measure of how short our political memories are now that we'd all forgotten that Labour was in favour of a flag referendum going into the last election? Labour would review the design of the New Zealand flag, involve flag design experts and have public consultation and involvement. [more]

The death of the Fiddler on the Roof
Theodore Bikel who was best know for playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof has died. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Wena Harawira and Phoebe Fletcher have been thinking about. [more]

Possible rail only tunnel for Waitemata crossing
The Campaign for Better Transport wants the Government to consider saving billions of dollars by building a rail-only crossing under Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Economist Neil Douglas speaks to The Panel about if this would still be a great idea in 30 years time. [more]

Queenstown alcohol policy
The Queenstown Lakes District Council will spend a year in consultation about its alcohol policy. The Medical Officer of Public Health South Dr Derek Bell joins tThe Panel to discuss why this will take a year. [more]

The Wireless

Chasing love in the most romantic city ever
Brendon Green made a true connection on his last night in Paris. Lost in a haze of ‘What If’, he went back. [more]

A Wilbur to be reckoned with
Yes, pro wrestling does exist in New Zealand - and one of it’s stars is poised to make a comeback. [more]

Video premiere: Anna Coddington 'Slate'
The Wireless presents the premiere of ‘Slate’, the new video from Anna Coddington. [more]

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

Upbeat

Andrew Patterson: Len Lye Centre
The new Len Lye Centre at New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery will be the first ever New Zealand museum dedicated to the work of a single artist. Architect Andrew Patterson tells Eva how they approached the design for one of the country's most highly anticipated building projects. [more]

Donald Armstrong: Chamber Music
Violinist Donald Armstrong is part of an adjudication panel with the unenviable task of picking a winner in the 2015 Chamber Music Contest. Eva asks him what they'll be looking for in the 12 semi-final groups. [more]

Vincent O'Donnell: Antarctic Pavilion
During his travels at this year's Venice Biennale, Upbeat correspondent Vincent O'Donnell came upon the Antarctic Pavilion and, of course, went inside. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 23 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 23 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 23 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional News and Sport for 24 July 2015
The latest Pacific and Sports News. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 July 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports News. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 July 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports News. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 24 July 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

Kick Out The Jams: The All Seeing Hand
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. Read more at thewireless.co.nz [more]

News stories:

Corrections Minister rejects resignation call
The Corrections Minister is rejecting calls for his resignation over the scandal surrounding the privately run Mt Eden prison. [more]

SH3 reopens after police pursuit crash
A serious crash during a police pursuit closed State Highway 3 north of Te Kuiti for much of the night. [more]

Drink-driving rates falling - but why?
The Auditor-General has called on police to do more to show whether breath-testing is effective in reducing drink-driving. [more]

Schmidt staying with Ireland until 2017
New Zealander Joe Schmidt will remain as Ireland rugby coach until at least June 2017 after signing a one-year contract extension. [more]

Gallipoli painting may stay in NZ
The famous Gallipoli watercolour, Simpson and his Donkey, looks set to stay in New Zealand after a local man purchased it at auction for $420,000. [more]

Team in American Samoa to help with dengue outbreak
A federal epidemiology team has arrived in American Samoa to help with the response to a dengue fever outbreak that has gripped the territory. [more]

Reports Kenny-Dowall is in hospital
Roosters and Kiwis back Shaun Kenny-Dowall has reportedly been admitted to hospital ahead of his court appearance on domestic violence charges. [more]

Remembrance art sale to help preserve church
An exhibition, which has adorned the outside Auckland's St David's Church in honour of those New Zealanders who served in the First World War, comes to an end tonight. [more]

Springboks make changes for All Blacks clash
The Springboks have been forced to make an injury-enforced late change to their team to take on the All Blacks at Ellis Park this weekend. [more]

Jail fight allegations never proven - Tolley
Allegations of fighting inside prisons have been around for years but there have been no claims of prisoners dropped from balconies, a former Corrections Minister says. [more]

PNG activists dedicate win to anthropologist Nancy Sullivan
Activists working to resolve issues around a controversial industrial zone in Papua New Guinea say they will dedicate their win at court to the eminent anthropologist Nancy Sullivan. [more]

Pacific tourism numbers up
There was a surge in tourist numbers into the Pacific in the first quarter of this year. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Reserve Bank cuts Official Cash Rate to 3 percent
BREAKING NEWS - Reserve Bank cuts Official Cash Rate to 3 percent [more]

ACC dispute changes needed - Kaye
ACC minister Nikki Kaye says the Government has already begun working on changes that will make the playing field fairer for people mounting legal challenges to ACC decisions. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - OCR down to 3 percent; Reserve Bank signals more cuts on way
BREAKING NEWS - OCR down to 3 percent; Reserve Bank signals more cuts on way [more]

Kererū quota clause for iwi supported
A Ngāti Awa cultural advisor in Whakatāne said there could be individual cases where iwi can include a small kererū quota clause in their Treaty settlements. [more]

Regional Eye Centre opens in Solomon Islands
The capacity for eye operations in the Pacific has increased by 30 percent with the opening of the state-of-the-art Regional Eye Centre in Solomon Islands. [more]

Tonga pastors get counselling but no ministries
Three pastors of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga held responsible for the loss of millions of dollars of church property in Sydney have been refused new ministries. [more]

Bougainville MP pleas for better inter-island boating
The new MP for the Atolls of Bougainville, Raymond Masono, has called on the government to improve shipping to his region. [more]

Govt ignored Treasury climate advice
Official documents reveal the Government ignored advice to take the impact of climate change into account whenever it developed new policy. [more]

'Priority' hospital still waiting for UFB
A Central Otago hospital is still not connected to the Government's ultra-fast broadband network, three years after high-speed cables were laid to the door. [more]

Ministry urged to help Maori quit
The Maori Affairs Select Committee says the Ministry of Health needs to engage with whanau more effectively to help them stop smoking. [more]

Fears more benefit paperwork will hurt kids
The Government's plan to have sole parents reapply for their benefits after a year has raised fears it may put vulnerable children further at risk. [more]

Penalty over barge death disappoints widow
The widow of a man killed on a barge at West Park Marina in Auckland says if the industry does not get serious about safety, there will be more deaths. [more]

Councillor's link to real estate overseas promotion
A public relations firm owned by an Auckland councillor is helping a real estate firm promote itself as a good way to sell property to overseas buyers. [more]

English downplays lower KiwiSaver membership
Finance Minister Bill English is playing down a drop in KiwiSaver membership since the Government scrapped the $1000 kickstart payment in the May Budget. [more]

NZ health workers urged to learn about Pacific people
A Tongan dietician says it is essential that health workers in New Zealand have better knowledge of Pacific communities. [more]

'Oldest' Koran fragments found
What may be the world's oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. [more]

Sport: PNG Hunters to spread home games around country
The Papua New Guinea Hunters plan to spread their home matches across a number of venues next season in an effort to boost revenues, with the bulk of games to be played in the capital Port Moresby. [more]

NRL confirms changes to interchange rule
The NRL has confirmed changes to the interchange rule and the introduction of a shot clock for scrums and drop-outs starting next season. [more]

Black Sticks qualify for Rio 2016
The International Hockey Federation has confirmed the New Zealand women's place in next year's Rio Olympics. [more]

Northern Districts offer Kuggeleijn contract
The Northern Knights cricket team have offered 23-year-old Scott Kuggeleijn a contract for the 2015-16 season. [more]

Froome retains lead in Tour de France
Chris Froome emerged unscathed from a treacherous first Alpine stage of the Tour de France to retain his lead. [more]

Bae forced to return to Korea to complete military duty
South Korean golfer Sang-Moon Bae, who has won twice on the PGA Tour, has been ordered to return home to complete his military service. [more]

Dialysis units recalled for second time in American Samoa
Dialysis treatment at American Samoa's hospital has been suspended again, after another chemical recall. [more]

Australian diplomat leaves PNG posting early
Australia's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea has concluded her posting early, with Canberra declining to give a reason why. [more]

Pacific Games Council backs Tonga to deliver in 2019
The Pacific Games Council remains confident Tonga will deliver a successful event in 2019 despite preparations being already more than a year behind schedule. [more]

Gift replaces stolen water pump at Bougainville hospital
A company in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville region has donated a water pump to Buka Hospital after the hospital's was stolen. [more]

Sport: PNG coach hints at changes for World T20 qualifying match
Papua New Guinea cricket coach Dipak Patel says some new faces may come into the starting eleven for tonight's ICC World T20 qualifying match against Afghanistan. [more]

Sport: Fiji coach says Pearls must step up and cut errors against Silver Ferns
Fiji netball coach Kate Carpenter says her players need to step up across the board in tonight's one-off test against New Zealand in Porirua. [more]

Setting of ACC premiums slammed
BusinessNZ has slammed the Government's recent setting of ACC premiums, saying it reeked of political interference and made public consultation on setting the levies a farce. [more]

Horta backs Jokowi to solve Papua problems
East Timor's former president Jose Ramos Horta says he doesn't think an independence campaign for Indonesia's West Papua province will be successful. [more]

Crown defends TPP consultation
The Solicitor-General has defended the Crown's consultation on the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Wellington today. [more]

Prisoner injured in fall, says Corrections
An inmate at Mt Eden jail was injured when he fell from a landing after being chased by another prisoner, the Department of Corrections says. [more]

Jailed Alex Swney declared bankrupt
Auckland businessman Alex Swney has been declared bankrupt, a month after being jailed for fraud and tax evasion. [more]

Two saved from Auckland house fire
Two people were saved from a house fire in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu this morning. [more]

Council votes to upgrade Trafalgar Centre
Nelson city councillors have agreed unanimously to upgrade the city's earthquake-prone Trafalgar Centre. [more]

China funds upgrade of Samoa's airport
China is to fund a 20 million US dollar upgrade of Samoa's main Faleolo International Airport. [more]

Nauru opens new court facility
There are hopes a newly opened court facility in Nauru will speed up the legal process on the island. [more]

Fiji's north urged to use water sparingly
People in Fiji's Northern Division are being urged to use water sparingly, with reports of receding water levels entering a critical danger zone. [more]

Zespri boosts price for bumper gold crop
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri has boosted its latest price forecast for gold kiwifruit, but lowered it slightly for the main green variety as it works through a record production season. [more]

Speedy passport scanners for airports
Customs is promising swifter processing of visitors in and out of the country with the introduction of new passport gates. [more]

Finnian awed by reaction to Maori speech
"Pretty awesome" is how Kapiti College student Finnian Galbraith describes the response to his speech on the importance of pronouncing Maori words correctly. [more]

Labour loses bid to tighten farmland sales
A bill aimed at limiting the sale of rural land to overseas investors has failed to make it past its first stage at Parliament. [more]

Councillors: Hands off the family jewels
Several Auckland councillors say a serious lack of funding by the Government is forcing them to consider selling assets, and they want some protected. [more]

Brown kiwi's genetic secrets revealed
A team of European scientists has, for the first time, decoded the genes of the North Island brown kiwi. [more]

Crew of arrested ship to receive some money
The crew of a ship, detained at the Port of Tauranga, have finally received some money after not being paid for a number of months. [more]

Minister: Serco told to lift game
Serco was penalised $300,000 for failing to reach performance targets for Mount Eden Prison in 2014/15, the Corrections Minister says. [more]

Greek MPs back crucial bailout reforms
Greek MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a second batch of reforms, clearing the way for talks on a new €86 billion international bailout. [more]

Silver Ferns nervous ahead of Fiji test
Silver Ferns coach Wai Taumaunu admits she has a few nerves ahead of what should be a straightforward win in the one-off Test against Fiji in Wellington. [more]

No plans to sell SOE 'relics' - English
The Finance Minister says KiwiRail, New Zealand Post and the country's public broadcasters will remain in state ownership despite him questioning their future. [more]

Cyclone struck islanders in Vanuatu set to weave again
Efforts are underway to help cyclone struck Shepherd Islanders in Vanuatu start weaving their colourful mats again. [more]

Man's death in Northland due to natural causes
A post-mortem examination has revealed that a 42-year-old man involved in a fight in the Northland town of Omapere on Tuesday died of natural causes. [more]

Drone rules tightened
New regulations for drones mean operators of the unmanned aircraft will have to get permission from owners of property they plan to fly over unless they have an operating certificate. [more]

Marshalls foreign minister says UN climate text too complex
The Marshall Islands foreign minister says political leaders working on a new United Nations deal to tackle climate change need a better negotiating text. [more]

New acting police commissioner in Vanuatu
Vake Rakau has been sworn in by the President Lonsdale Baldwin and he replaces Job Esau. [more]

Livingstone's psychotherapist named
A Dunedin psychotherapist criticised by the chief coroner in the Livingstone shooting case can be named for the first time. [more]

Business Briefs
A round-up from Radio NZ's business desk - today, featuring the NZ Institute of Sport, Livestock Improvement Corp, Chatham Rock and Air NZ. [more]

National standards results improve
The number of children meeting national standards in reading, writing and maths has increased slightly but a report warns the results lack dependability. [more]

Man faces fraud charges of nearly $4.3m
A 58-year-old Tauranga man has been charged with defrauding people out of nearly $4.3 million over an Australian property development over the past 25 years. [more]

Elderly man missing in South Otago
Police in South Otago say they have concerns for a missing elderly man. [more]

Conservationists struggle to repair Solomons turtle habitats
Village conservationists in Solomon Islands are struggling to repair turtle habitats in the Arnavon Islands damaged by cyclone Raquel. [more]

American Samoa church group accused of child trafficking
American Samoa's police chief, Save Liuato Tuitele has confirmed his staff are looking into allegations of child trafficking and exploitation involving a church group. [more]

CDC experts help American Samoa cope with dengue
The team from the United States Centers for Disease Control is calling for American Samoans to take precautions to contain the spread of dengue. [more]

Guam braces for thunderstorms and flooding
Guam's Homeland Security Office and Civil Defense are calling for people to stay off the roads if possible with heavy rain forecast late this afternoon local time. [more]

Mortgage rates down after OCR cut
Mortgage rates have begun to fall in response to the Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate. [more]

The world's most stunning press photos
A selection of the winners from the 2015 World Press Photo Contest, chosen from almost 100,000 images from around the world, is touring New Zealand. [more]

Steep learning curve for Team NZ
The first heavyweight showdown in the lead-up to the 2017 America's Cup in Bermuda takes places in Portsmouth this weekend. [more]

Slater accused of contempt of court
Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater could be facing jail time if he is found to be in contempt of court. [more]

Seven changes for Wallabies
The Wallabies coach has overhauled his team, making seven starting changes to play Argentina, with Michael Hooper and Quade Cooper among the casualties. [more]

CHH ordered to pay fine after illegal drug test
The Employment Relations Authority has ordered Carter Holt Harvey to pay the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union $10,000. [more]

Bag with $1m cash lost in Hong Kong
A security firm is denying responsibility over a bungle in which a bag containing $1 million in New Zealand currency went missing at Hong Kong Airport. [more]

Extent of dairy price drop 'unexpected'
Dairy prices have fallen further than expected and could go even lower, the Government says. [more]

Corrections: New allegations at Mt Eden
Corrections CEO Ray Smith says he has learned another prisoner transferred from the Serco-run Mt Eden Prison to a different prison arrived with injuries. [more]

'Incredible potential' for telemedicine project
A company headed by Kaitaia GP Lance O'Sullivan wants to expand its pioneering service beyond Northland - and possibly beyond New Zealand. [more]

Legal triumph for anti-gambling body
The High Court has overturned the Ministry of Health's decision to cut funding to the Problem Gambling Foundation in favour of a different provider. [more]

Chikungunya spreads in Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands is reporting over a thousand cases of chikungunya, with the mosquito-borne illness spreading out to numerous remote outer islands. [more]

Food delivered to another hail struck area of Papua
Reports from Indonesia's Papua province say thousands of people in Lanny Jaya have received food supplies to help them survive a recent series of hailstorms. [more]

Moves to ease tension after mosque attack in Papua
The Indonesian president and the country's security leaders have moved to calm tension in the aftermath of the burning of a mosque in the country's Papua region. [more]

Fiji Airways pays first dividend in seven years
Fiji Airways has paid its first dividend in seven years, with its major shareholder, the Fiji government, receiving 1.7 million US dollars. [more]

Māori aquaculture deal signed in Parliament
Three new Māori aquaculture agreements between the Crown and iwi have been signed in Parliament today. [more]

Eastern BOP schools to be merged
The Ministry of Education has met with communities and local iwi in eastern Bay of Plenty for the second time over plans to merge three schools. [more]

Man acquitted of guard's murder gives evidence
The man acquitted of the murder of a security guard has told an inquest into his death that he threw a piece of wood at the guard to scare him but it did not hit him. [more]

How fast is New Zealand's internet?
An interactive map released today aims to help New Zealanders check their internet speed and figure out whether they can upgrade it. [more]