Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 28th July 2015

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, In Parliament, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Sampler, The Wireless, Tradewinds, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Business News

2 degrees offers its first broadband plans
The telecommunications provider, 2degrees, has entered the broadband market. [more]

Investors await opening of China's stock market
The money markets are awaiting the opening of China's stock market following the biggest one-day fall in eight years. [more]

Summerset buys Parnell land - 3rd purchase since last week
Summerset has purchased another development site in Auckland - this time next to the Auckland Domain. [more]

Midday Markets for 28 July 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite at First NZ Capital. [more]

Today's market update
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

2degrees may find success harder - analyst
An analyst says it'll be harder for 2degrees to succeed in broadband compared with the mobile phone market. [more]

Little chance of money for out-of-pocket investors
The capital markets watchdog has ended its legal action against the directors of the failed finance firm Capital and Merchant Finance, saying there's little chance it will secure any money for out-of-pocket investors. [more]

Green Cross Health's share price spikes on special dividend
Green Cross Health's share price has surged more than 4 percent after announcing a special dividend of 15 cents a share. [more]

Business NZ gives thumbs up to government reform plans
Government plans to improve New Zealand's rules and regulations have been wholeheartedly supported by the business community. [more]

Regional development plan needed - manufacturing group
A manufacturers' lobby group says the Government's initiative to encourage more migrants to settle in the regions needs to be coupled with a coherent regional development plan. [more]

Morning markets for 29 July 2015
Wall Street is up as investors eye earnings and merger news. [more]

Markets Update for 29 July 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 28 July 2015
GPS monitoring fails to stop Blessie Gotingco's killer;Corrections defends monitoring of Gotingco's killer;Fired guard suspected of helping smuggle phones into Mt Eden;PM promises to give Pharmac more money to buy drugs under TPP;Health Minister says he's open to reviewing DHB funding;Was McCaw's match winning try illegal? [more]

GPS monitoring fails to stop Blessie Gotingco's killer
The authorities knew exactly where Tony Douglas Robertson was every minute of every day but they couldn't stop him abducting, raping and murdering a North Shore mother of three. [more]

Corrections defends monitoring of Gotingco's killer
Correction's northern regional commissioner Jeanette Burns is with us now. [more]

Fired guard suspected of helping smuggle phones into Mt Eden
Drug raids across the upper North Island this morning targetting the Headhunters gang have also snared three Mt Eden prisoners and a former guard. [more]

PM promises to give Pharmac more money to buy drugs under TPP
The Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman, says he's open to reviewing the way DHBs are funded, but at the same time is reassuring voters there won't be any wholesale changes. [more]

Health Minister says he's open to reviewing DHB funding
The Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman, says he's open to reviewing the way DHBs are funded, but at the same time is reassuring voters there won't be any wholesale changes. [more]

Was McCaw's match winning try illegal?
A retired top rugby referee is crying foul over All Black captain Richie McCaw's match-winning try against the Springboks at the weekend. [more]

A Gotingco family spokesperson
More now on the disturbing history revealed today about the man who abducted, raped and murdered North Shore mother of three, Blesse Gotingco. [more]

Corrections Minister refuses to address claims of corruption
The Corrections Minister is refusing to address claims of corruption at Mt Eden prison, following revelations this morning that some inmates had been arrested as part of a major police operation. [more]

Headhunter arrests appear in court
Some of those arrested in the Head Hunter raids have appeared in court. [more]

Basketball star skips Olympic qualifiers
Basketball New Zealand says Steven Adams' American club did not interfere in the star's decision to pull out of next month's Olympic qualifiers against Australia. [more]

$75m spent on convention centre but details still unknown
More than 75-million-taxpayer-dollars have been spent on the Christchurch convention centre, even though there's is no date for construction to begin and the total cost is still unknown. [more]

Sports News for 28 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The long criminal history of Blessie Gortingco's murderer
Blessie Gotingco's killer and rapist can at last be named after he lost his final appeal to keep name suppression just days out from his sentencing. [more]

Police speak out on Headhunters drug raid
The private prison operator, Serco, is under fire yet again, with three inmates at its Mt Eden prison arrested and a guard being questioned about a methamphetamine selling operation. [more]

Investors outnumber first home buyers
Three times as many mortgages are being approved for property investors as they are for first-home buyers. [more]

Rise in dangerous excavations in Auckland
Dangerous excavations are on the rise at Auckland building sites and the blame is being put on geotechnical engineers and builders. [more]

Male video gamers sore losers: more so when women win
Bad shooters, sore losers. Men are taking aim at female video gamers who turn out to be better than them. [more]

Treasure hunters find Spanish bullion off Florida
A family of treasure hunters based in Florida has found more than one-and-a-half million dollars (NZ) worth of gold and silver lost when a Spanish fleet sank in a storm in 1715. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Closer ties for tourism and agriculture in Pacific
A conference was held in Fiji last week linking Pacific farmers with the tourism industry, to encourage greater agricultural development in the region. [more]

Sharks swarm in Solomons' volcano
Marine scientists are dumbfounded by the discovery of sharks swimming inside an active underwater volcano in Solomon Islands. [more]

Former Vanuatu prime minister Edward Natapei dies
Edward Natapei, a leading political figure in Vanuatu for the past 20 years, has died suddenly. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 28 July 2015
A leading political figure in Vanuatu Edward Natapei has died; mass lay-offs at Papua New Guinea's Ok Tedi mine signal a bleak outlook for the future of the operation; the International Organisation for Migration works to stop people smuggling in Papua New Guinea; the Samoa Rugby Union is facing a deficit after hosting the All Blacks test; marine scientists are amazed by the sharks swarming in the crater of an underwater volcano in Solomon Islands. [more]

Forced retirement worries Cooks union
A Cook Islands workers' association says compulsory retirement could eliminate a wealth of knowledge from the public service sector. [more]

Solomon MPs run up 100K hotel tab
Three MPs in Solomon Islands are reported to have asked the Government to pick up their US$100,000 tab at the country's premier hotel. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 29 July 2015
Three ministers in Solomon Islands want the government the government to pick up their hotel tab; NZ's prime minister isn't sure whether a UN Security Council debate will lead to definitve action on climate change; Fears compulsory retirement in the Cook Islands will drive out a valuable knowledge base; Edward Natapei, a leading political figure in Vanuatu, has died; And Marine scientists are amazed by sharks found in the crater of an underwater volcano in Solomon Islands. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 28 July 2015
New Zealand Flags Referendums Bill passes second reading; Winston Peters kicked out by Speaker, to which the entire New Zealand First caucus walk out in protest; David Parker complains about quality of minister's answers. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 29 July 2015 - morning edition
Opposition complains about Select Committee process as the New Zealand Flags Referendums Bill passes its second reading; Winston Peters kicked out by Speaker, to which the entire New Zealand First caucus walk out in protest; David Parker complains about quality of minister's answers; Andrew Little and John Key square off on issue of foreign property investors. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Song You Have To Hear - Liquid Spirit
Liquid Spirit by Gregory Porter. [more]

'Ridley' the Sea Turtle - Wellington Zoo
Ridley the turtle is continuing to recover at Wellington Zoo. The 25kg Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, was discovered at Lyall Bay beach just over two weeks ago. The endangered turtle was was found hypothermic and barely responsive. And the chance of recovery was looking 50/50, when we last spoke with the zoo. Wellington Zoo updates us. [more]

The Art and Science of Firewalking - Dr John Campbell
About 300 people turned up to learn about the science of firewalking last night. And, some of the brave gave it a go. Christchurch physicist, Dr John Campbell, gave a public lecture at the University of Otago before the punters took to the glowing charcoal. [more]

No Free Man: To No One Deny Justice - Dr Erin Griffey
A new photographic exhibition is opening next week, to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. It's a series of portraits aimed at promoting public discourse around the criminal justice system in New Zealand. It features portraits of Teina Pora, Lousie Nicholas and four prisoners who are currently incarcerated. It's called No Free Man: To No One Deny Justice, and the images are taken by Nigel Swinn. Curator of the exhibition, Dr Erin Griffey, is an expert on portraiture and Head of Art History from the University of Auckland. [more]

Feature Album with Haidee Tiffen
White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen chooses 'I am Sasha Fierce' by Beyonce. [more]

Greatest NZ concert you've ever seen - James Brown
This time every Tuesday, we'll be revisiting a great New Zealand concert. Today, to kick it off, we're going all the way back to 1978, when a musical phenomenon touched down on Auckland's North Shore. Yes, it was The Godfather of Soul himself, Mister James Brown. The first time James Brown played in Auckland, the first time he played in New Zealand in fact, he didn't play at a venue in the central city, but rather at a caberet club across the bridge on the North Shore, the Shoreline in Takapuna. [more]

Feature Interview - Robert Yehling on surfer Clay Marzo
Surfer Clay Marzo knows waves. At the age of 15, he became the first surfer to receive two perfect 10's at the US Men's National Competition. He knows waves, but often he had a hard time understanding people. After years of feeling isolated from his peers, years when the only peace he felt was in the surf, he was diagnosed with Asperger's. Author Robert Yehling tells his story in the new book, 'Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant's Journey with Asperger's'. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 27 July 2015
An inmate of mt eden prison speaks out, what to do with the nation's glass bottles, and in dateline pacific why women are donating bras in the cook islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 July 2015
Mt Eden prison controversy takes a new twist. The Prime Minister concedes medicines may cost more under the TPP. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 July 2015
NZ basketball coach not surprised by Steven Adams' Tall Blacks no show. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 29 July 2015
The director of a medicines lobby group says final Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will mean many countries will not be able to afford lifesaving drugs. The family of Blessie Gotinko say Corrections should have done a better job of monitoring the man convicted of murdering her, Tony Douglas Robertson. We'll talk to Corrections' Northern Regional Commissioner, Jeanette Burns to get her response, shortly. Also a leaked Government document shows schools could be allowed to vary their opening hours, and have one principal running several schools. [more]

Sports News for 29 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Secondary principals react to govt plans
The president of the Secondary Principals Association, Sandy Pasley, says small schools could benefit from a government plan to let a principal run more than one school. [more]

Pacific News for 29 July 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Tim Groser says TPPA finish line is in sight
Talks aimed at wrapping up the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal begin today in Hawaii. [more]

Sports News for 29 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Final TPP negotiations begin in Hawaii this morning
Trade officials and ministers from the twelve countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks meet in Hawaii today to begin what's being billed as the last push to wrap up an agreement. [more]

Blessie Gotingco's murder could have been prevented
Corrections has been blamed for a series of botched decisions that led to the murder of Blessie Gotingco in May last year. [more]

Govt proposes major school changes
A leaked document shows the Government is considering giving schools more power to vary their opening hours, and allowing one principal to run several schools. [more]

Government says it has public support for flag change
The Government maintains it has public support for its referendum to change the flag, in response to calls from the opposition to scrap the upcoming referenda. [more]

Obama ends his tour to Africa
The United States President, Barack Obama, has ended his Africa tour with a speech to regional leaders in which he said the continent's progress depended on democracy, freedom and human rights. [more]

Maori voice their TPP-related claims on eve of negotiations
Back now to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations which are going down to the wire in Hawaii this week but many Maori are voicing their concerns over the trade deal. [more]

Black Monday on Chinese sharemarket causes commentator concern
Chinese stocks endured another miserable day yesterday with investors seemingly not reassured by government moves to calm the market. [more]

Sports News for 29 July 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Smoke screen put up on ballooning medicine costs - TPP objector
What's being billed as the final push to wrap up the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal gets under way today in Hawaii. [more]

TPPA and Canadian concerns about any agreement
Continuing with TPP and Canadian concerns about any agreement that meant it had to dial back its tarriffs which run as high as 250 percent. [more]

Call to change law for preventive detention
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling for a law change so preventive detention can be re-considered when an offender has reached the end of their sentence. [more]

ACC refunds more than half a million in rego overcharges
The Government has been forced to refund more than half a million dollars to motorists after overcharging them for their vehicle licenses. [more]

TPPA from the Canadian angle
For more on the Canadian angle to this story Steven Chase of Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper is in Hawaii covering the talks. [more]

Unused drug disposal a 'national disaster'
The way the country disposes of unused drugs is being called a 'national disaster'. [more]

Mystery surrounding convention centre deepens
The mystery surrounding the size and cost of the Christchurch Convention Centre has deepened, with the release of new figures to Radio New Zealand. [more]

Christchurch ram raids
Two young men suspected of using vehicles to ram raid petrol stations in Christchurch are on the run from police after one of them allegedly drove his vehicle at an officer. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 29 July 2015
The latest News in Samoan Language. [more]

News in Niuean for 29 July 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 29 July 2015
The latest News in Tongan Language. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys: The Daily Commute
London writer and blogger Amy Dicketts found it interesting that people didn't really talk to each other while commuting on the Tube, so she started to converse with them, and take their photos. [more]

Religion: Douglas Pratt
Waikato University's Religious Studies Professor Douglas Pratt on faith, the Bible and religion in New Zealand's 'secular' schools. [more]

Conundrum Clue Three for Tuesday 28 July
Conundrum Clue Three for Tuesday 28 July. [more]

Conundrum Clue Four for Tuesday 28 July
Conundrum Clue Four for Tuesday 28 July [more]

Nine To Noon

Clinicians alarmed over impact of TPP on drug costs
John Key has admitted that patents on medicines will be extended under the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is being locked down at a trade meeting in Hawaii this week. That means it will take much longer for cheaper generic versions of key drugs to become available. Cancer clinicians, the Medical Association and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists have all expressed alarm about the impact of the TPP on the costs medicines, and have urged the government to ensure public health is protected. Dr Bernie Fitzharris is a medical oncologist at Christchurch Hospital; and Dr George Laking is a medical oncologist who works in Auckland and Northland; he is an advisor to Pharmac and is a spokesperson for Doctors for Healthy Trade. [more]

Long term impact of rugby on player's brains
A three-year international study shows the long term health impacts of contact sports like rugby. The study was commissioned by the International Rugby Board, and undertaken by Auckland University of Technology. It has found retired rugby players have more arthritis, more cardiovascular issues and more concussions than retired non-contact sports players. The participants also had their brain functions tested and former elite rugby players performed worse in four key cognitive areas. Professor Patria Hume is a sports injury prevention expert at Auckland University of Technology; and Martin Rafferty is the Chief Medical Officer for the IRB. [more]

Australia correspondent Karen Middleton
Karen Middleton reports on the decision by the Premier of New South Wales to audit school prayer groups to counter potential extremist messages. [more]

Graeme Lay's epic look into the life of Captain James Cook
Graeme Lay has completed a fictional trilogy with his latest work- James Cook's Lost World. His series began with The Secret Life of James Cook and continued with James Cook's New World. The three books are based on the life and expeditions of British explorer James Cook and the enigma of a man who rose above his lowly origins to command a fleet of ships on three long voyages of discovery across the vast Pacific Ocean. Graeme Lay is a full-time writer and editor. He has published short stories, fiction for adults and young adults and collections of travel writing. He has a deep interest in the history and cultures of the South Pacific islands. [more]

Book Review: The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons
'The Song Collector' by Natasha Solomons, published by Hodder, RRP$37.99. Reviewed by Gail Pittaway. [more]

Marty Duda's artist of the week: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
Siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis began recording when they were in their early teens. Their retro sound, built around old analogue equipment blends elements of jump blues, hillbilly, ska and 50s rock & roll. Both of their parents were involved in the English music scene…mother Ingrid Weiss was a member of post-punk band The Raincoats, while dad Graeme was a respected sound engineer. The trio have just released their third album, full of self-penned compositions and will play three dates in New Zealand this week. [more]

Intellectual Property Law
Paul Sumpter will talk about copyright, patents, trade marks and other intellectual property elements. He teaches intellectual property law at the University of Auckland's law faculty. He is a barrister and solicitor and a registered patent attorney. He is also a consultant with the law firm Chapman Tripp. Book: Intellectual Property in New Zealand : A user's guide to copyright, patents, trademarks and more by Paul Sumpter, published by Auckland University Press. [more]

Arts commentator Courtney Johnston
Courtney Johnston discusses an exhibition about the seemingly endless appeal of cats on the internet and a new collection of essays by one of the founders of feminist art history. [more]

Our Changing World

A Treasure Trove of Natural Sciences at Puke Ariki
New Plymouth's museum Puke Ariki is catalogueing its vast natural sceinces collections to make them more accessible to the public. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 28 July 2015
  ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "I don't want to ban foreigners from buying residential property"? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy and what do these reports show? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he or his office first briefed on the contents of the draft New Zealand Health Strategy? JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "New Zealand is never going to sign up to the TPP unless we believe it is in New Zealand's best interests"? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Social Housing: What work is being done to ensure social housing is available for those most in need? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement that the slowdown in growth this year had come at the right time in the electoral cycle? DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Corrections: How many Final Warning Notices, in accordance with SERCO's contract with the Crown, have been issued since SERCO took over management of the Mt Eden Corrections Facility? KELVIN DAVIS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with the statement made by the Department of Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith that "not everything is broken" in relation to SERCO's management of Mt Eden Corrections Facility? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Immigration: What measures has the Government announced to help spread the benefits of migration across New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: Is the effect of Article 139 of the New Zealand–China Free Trade Agreement that it allows restrictions to be introduced on foreign buyers of New Zealand homes, including Chinese buyers, so long as subsequent agreements with other countries are no more generous? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Education: He aha ērā mahi āwhina kia kaha kē atu ai te ako o te hunga rangatahi i Te Reo Māori? [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 28 July 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 29 July 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Māori language vowels 'not like in the old days'
When kuia and kaumatua say Māori language vowels are 'not pronounced like they used to be', they'd be right - over the years their sound has changed dramatically. [more]

Te Manu Korihi for 28 July 2015
When kuia and kaumatua say that Maori language vowels are 'not pronounced like they used to be', they'd be right - over the years their sound has changed dramatically; Labour's Corrections spokesperson is accusing both the Corrections Minister and the private company Serco of being incompetent in its management of Mount Eden Prison; Taranaki iwi Ngati Maru is to hold a series of hui next month which could set it on the road to entering into Treaty negotiations with the Crown. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 29 July 2015
The Māori Party is pushing for a Māori Focus Unit to be set up inside Mount Eden Prison as a way to rehabilitate the inmates and steer them away from fighting other prisoners; An oncologist is warning an increase in medicine costs under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could divert attention away from providing more equitable access to medicines for Māori; Landcare research says they have seen a shift in Māori's attitudes with land toward a more commercial and strategic approach; The Māori media funding agency Te Māngai Pāho is boosting its funding for digital media to one-point-five million dollars in this financial year. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 29 July 2015
An oncologist is warning an increase in medicine costs under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could divert the focus away from providing more equitable access to medicines for Māori; The Māori Party is pushing for a Māori Focus Unit to be set up inside Mount Eden Prison as a way to rehabilitate the inmates and steer them away from fighting other prisoners; Landcare research says they have seen a shift in Māori's attitudes with land toward a more commercial and strategic approach; The Māori media funding agency Te Māngai Pāho is boosting its funding for digital media to one-point-five million dollars in this financial year. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 28 July 2015
What the world is talking about. With Jesse Mulligan, Jim Mora and Noelle McCarthy. [more]

The Panel with Nicky Pellegrino and Barry Corbett (Part 1)
What the Panelists Barry Corbett and Nicky Pellegrino have been up to;Marlborough Sounds environmental harm;Refugees for the regions?Boy's bike barred from bus. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Barry Corbett and Nicky Pellegrino have been up to. [more]

Marlborough Sounds environmental harm
The Marlborough Sounds are being damaged by forestry, by dredging, flooding and anchoring boats. We talk to the Commodore of the Pelorous Boating Club Michael Connolly. [more]

Refugees for the regions?
Paul Spoonley from Massey University joins the Panel to talk about an idea to relocate refugees from detention centres to New Zealand's regions. Would that work? [more]

Boy's bike barred from bus
Was a Dunedin bus driver right to not allow a six year-old boy take his bike on an empty bus? [more]

The Panel with Nicky Pellegrino and Barry Corbett (Part 2)
Treasure found off Florida;Panel Says;Jetstar set to struggle in regions;Coke snorting peer sits tight;Child's remains in suitcase. [more]

Treasure found off Florida
A company dedicated to recouping the valuables on a ship that sank almost 300 years ago after departing Havana made one of the biggest finds so far - recouping more than $1 million worth of gold coins and chains. [more]

Panel Says
What the panelists Barry Corbett and Nicky Pellegrino have been thinking about. [more]

Jetstar set to struggle in regions
A new report from Macquarie Group is predicting difficult times ahead for Jetstar's foray into New Zealand regional air routes. Aviation commentator Peter Clark says the airline will still forge ahead. [more]

Coke snorting peer sits tight
Lord Sewel has no intention of giving up his seat in the British Parliament's House of Lords. The 69 year-old has been photographed snorting cocaine and partying with prostitutes. [more]

Child's remains in suitcase
Speculation that the remains of a young girl found in a suitcase in South Australia could be those of missing British girl Madeleine McCann. [more]

The Sampler

The Sampler: Tame Impala, Aron Ottignon, The Chemical Brothers
Jim Pinckney checks the pulse on Tame Impala's Circuits, presides over a new EP from Auckland piano prodigy Aron Ottignon checks in on the The Chemical Brothers latest offering. [more]

Starfish by Aron Ottignon
Jim Pinckney presides over the latest EP from Auckland piano prodigy Aron Ottignon. [more]

Currents by Tame Impala
Jim Pinckney takes the pulse on Tame Impala's electrifying Currents. [more]

Born in the Echos by The Chemical Brothers
Jim Pinckney checks the formula in the The Chemical Brothers' latest album. [more]

Currents by Tame Impala
Jim Pinckney checks the pulse on Tame Impala's electrifying Currents [more]

The Wireless

Loading Docs: Fantasy Cave
Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of Fantasy Cave. [more]

Game review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a supernatural exploration game that feels strongly like the modern love child of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft. [more]

Inside the world of The Wolfpack
Not many people have literally chased after a story, but that’s exactly what Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle found herself doing. [more]

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Place names
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week - is on this week. Here are a few commonly mispronounced place names you should master. [more]

10 student loan myths busted
There are a lot myths about student loans and it’s time to get to the truth. [more]

Tradewinds

Tradewinds for 28 July 2015
The long term future of Papua New Guinea's Ok Tedi mine in doubt with mass sackings and production shut down; New labour mobility conditions bring fresh outlook for Pacer plus trade negotiations; New Zealand Government names prominent Pacific Islanders to new Pacific Advisory Council; And the Samoa Rugby Union facing massive deficit for hosting All Blacks test. [more]

Upbeat

William Yang: Photographer
William Yang: Photographer Australian photographer talks about his film Blood Links ahead of its International Film Festival screenings. [more]

Mara TK: City Gallery Wellington
New Zealand musician previews his performance of The Collective Prophet at City Gallery Wellington. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 28 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 28 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 28 July 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional News and Sport for 29 July 2015
The latest Pacific and Sports News. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 July 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports News. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 July 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports News. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 July 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports News. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 July 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports News. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 July 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports News. [more]

News stories:

What next for Lima Sopoaga?
OPINION: Is there a place for Lima Sopoaga in the All Blacks World Cup squad? [more]

Adams won't play for Tall Blacks
The NBA basketball player Steven Adams won't be available to play for the Tall Blacks this year. [more]

Black Caps open tour with win
The New Zealand cricketers have opened their tour of Southern Africa with a convincing Twenty/20 win over a club side in South Africa. [more]

Teens reading less, say school librarians
Some school libraries are reporting big drops in the number of books teens are reading, and they're blaming social media and computer games for the fall. [more]

Māori Tourism supports travellers' levy
The organisation that supports Māori tourism is supporting the introduction of a levy on international travellers, which it says will take the burden off the taxpayer. [more]

Prisons must not ignore violence - network
Turning a blind eye to violence in prisons would prevent inmates' rehabilitation, the Māori caucus of the National Network for Stopping Violence says. [more]

Avalanche that claimed lives 'probably silent'
A mountaineering expert says two tourists walking the Kepler Track probably would not have even heard the avalanche that killed them. [more]

FIFA's reform plans in doubt
Reform plans by scandal-plagued FIFA have been thrown into doubt by its choice to head a task force, the Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, who says he won't take on the job unless he's guaranteed full independence. [more]

Cowboys stay second, Bromwich cited
North Queensland has thrashed Parramatta 46-4 in their National Rugby League game in Townsville to maintain second place in the tightly congested top eight. [more]

Large NZ parliamentary group to Cooks 50th
The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, will lead a large parliamentary delegation to Rarotonga next week for the Cook Islands' 50th independence celebrations. [more]

No work for government-trained Solomons pilots
Solomon Islanders, who have been undergoing pilot training in Fiji, are struggling to find work once they return home. [more]

Immigration policy 'won't be game changer'
A family owned meat processing plant in north Canterbury, which is struggling to find and keep staff, says new immigration policies will help, but they won't be a game changer. [more]

Non-dairy food exports on the up
ASB says falling confidence in the agriculture sector is being offset by flourishing exports of non-dairy foods. [more]

Duggan wins Young Viticulturist title again
Cloudy Bay's Matt Duggan has been named the Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the year for the third time. [more]

Serco 'may have broken law' - human rights expert
A human rights lawyer says the alleged treatment of a Mt Eden prison inmate possibly breaches both the Corrections and Bill of Rights Acts. [more]

Hudson says South American team is just another game
The New Zealand men's football coach Anthony Hudson says it makes no difference who they play in World Cup qualifying. [more]

Polls: Labour and Greens' support overtakes National's
The latest polls show combined support for Labour and the Greens creeping past National's, with Labour at its highest since March 2014. [more]

Sport: SRU says relationship with players improving
The Samoa Rugby Union says significant progress is being made in restoring the relationship between the Union and senior players. [more]

PNG Fisheries body pays healthy dividends
The Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority has made a dividend payment of almost 12 million US dollars to the national government. [more]

No invite for suspended Nauru MPs to meet Forum chief
Nauru's suspended opposition MPs have not been invited to meet the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum during her visit to the island. [more]

American Samoa embracing more solar power
The American Samoa Power Authority is looking for 12 hectares of land around Tutuila Island where it can install solar arrays. [more]

PNG's Belden Namah slammed by West Sepik candidate
A candidate in Papua New Guinea's West Sepik provincial by-election says the winner of the vote will become the Governor, contrary to claims by Belden Namah. [more]

Sport: Ambitions for League to achieve Olympic status
It's hoped rugby league will feature at the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held in Australia. [more]

Tall Ferns beaten in Taiwan
The New Zealand women's basketball team has been beaten 77-66 by Chinese Taipei B in their opening game at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan. [more]

Rogers fit to play third Ashes Test
The Australia batsman Chris Rogers is fit to play in this week's third Ashes Test after recovering from dizzy spells, according to team-mate Mitchell Starc. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - At least 10 arrested in Head Hunters raid
BREAKING NEWS - At least 10 arrested in Head Hunters raid [more]

TPP must restrict foreign buyers, says Little
Labour Party leader Andrew Little says his party will not support the TPP if there are no measures to restrict foreign property buyers. [more]

Strong quake hits Indonesia
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck Irian Jaya in Indonesia. [more]

Marshallese fear impact of radioactive waste
There are concerns that residential areas of Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands have been washed over with radioactive waste, after the island was hit by Typhoon Nangka earlier this month. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Mt Eden Prison inmates arrested in Head Hunters raid
BREAKING NEWS - Mt Eden Prison inmates arrested in Head Hunters raid [more]

BREAKING NEWS - NZ will have to pay more for some medicines under TPP - John Key
BREAKING NEWS - NZ will have to pay more for some medicines under TPP - John Key [more]

Outcome of UN climate debate uncertain
The Prime Minister is not sure whether a New Zealand-initiated debate on small island states at the UN Security Council will lead to any definitive statement on climate change. [more]

Brierley lifts stake in Kirkcaldie & Stains again
Sir Ron Brierley has continued to lift his stake in Wellington retailer Kirkcaldie & Stains. [more]

Magnitude 7.0 quake hits Papua
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has hit the Indonesian province of Papua. [more]

PNG Ok Tedi facing precarious future
A Papua New Guinea commentator says the Government is facing a serious blow to its revenue with a shut down at the OK Tedi mine. [more]

Search on after Fijian rugby player racially abused
The Canterbury Rugby Union says it is committed to tracking down those who racially taunted a Fijian rugby player on Sunday. [more]

Marlborough marine areas rapidly deteriorating
Calls have been made for urgent protection of fragile marine areas, which are rapidly disappearing. [more]

Investors dominate first home buyers in mortgage market
Figures released by the Reserve Bank show three times as many mortgages are being approved for property investors as they are for first home buyers. [more]

DHB inspection should go further - patient's father
The father of a man who died while in the care of the Waikato District Health Board's mental health services says a proposed inspection of the services is overdue. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Police speaking to former Mt Eden guard as part of Head Hunters inquiry
BREAKING NEWS - Police speaking to former Mt Eden guard as part of Head Hunters inquiry [more]

Manly sack Toovey
The Manly coach Geoff Toovey has been sacked, with the club confirming he will stay in his post until the end of the season with Trent Barrett to take over in 2016. [more]

All Blacks increase lead in rugby rankings
The All Blacks have increased their lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings as they continue their preparartions for this year's World Cup title defence. [more]

'Shark spa' in Solomons amazes scientists
Marine scientists are dumbfounded by the discovery of sharks swimming inside an active underwater volcano in Solomon Islands. [more]

Serco review to include Wiri Prison management
Serco's operations at Wiri Prison will be scrutinised as the company's performance at Mt Eden prison is reviewed. [more]

Vanuatu's former leader Natapei has died
The former Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei, has died. [more]

Vanuatu's Natapei remembered as a great leader
The former Vanuatu prime minister, Edward Natapei, who died early this morning, is being fondly remembered as a great leader. [more]

China vows market support as shares tumble
Chinese regulators say they are buying shares in an effort to prop up the stock market, following the biggest one-day fall for more than eight years. [more]

Govt efforts to save sea lion 'will probably fail'
A new study says the Government needs to change its focus and look at protecting adult female sea lions rather than pups. [more]

French Polynesia applies for Forum membership
A Pacific Islands Forum mission has been in French Polynesia to assess its bid for membership of the Forum. [more]

Concerns for road safety in the Cooks
A lax approach to road safety in the Cook Islands has prompted calls for reforms on enforcing the wearing of helmets. [more]

Business Briefs
A round-up from Radio NZ's business desk - SeaDragon expects small profit and households switch to small and medium sized electricity companies. [more]

Summerset buys Parnell land
Summerset has purchased another development site in Auckland - this time next to the Auckland Domain. [more]

2degrees enters broadband market
Telecommunications provider 2degrees has started offering broadband plans. [more]

Blatter deserves Nobel Prize says Putin
The head of football's world governing body Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize, says Russian president Vladimir Putin. [more]

McCully meets with US Secretary of State
Foreign Minister Murray McCully discussed New Zealand's presidency of the UN Security Council with John Kerry. [more]

Human trafficking high in Marshalls, PNG and Solomons
The Marshall Islands has dropped further in the world rankings for human trafficking. [more]

Dengue numbers in American Samoa expected to climb
The number of suspected dengue fever cases in American Samoa has now gone past 150. [more]

Poor communication hampers PNG treasury arrest
Papua New Guinea's police commissioner has called for a warrant to be immediately executed on the Treasury Secretary, Dairi Vele. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Blessie Gotingco murderer named as Tony Douglas Robertson, a convicted child sex offender.
BREAKING NEWS - Blessie Gotingco murderer named as Tony Douglas Robertson, a convicted child sex offender. [more]

Turkey and US 'plan IS-free zone'
Military plans are underway to clear the Islamic State (IS) group from parts of northern Syria, American officials say. [more]

More than 23,000 EQC complaints lodged
The Earthquake Commission has received more than 23,000 complaints about its Canterbury home repair programme since the September 2010 earthquake. [more]

Coroner reports on death after jetboat accident
A coroner has found a man who died after a jetboat accident last year may have survived if he had not had pre-existing health conditions. [more]

TRC grants $500,000 to flood-hit farmers
The Taranaki Regional Council has announced a $500,000 storm recovery package for farmers who suffered damage in last month's extreme weather. [more]

New forest safety council meets
The newly created Forest Industry Safety Council is holding its first meeting today. [more]

Food for thought at horticulture conference
A key note speaker at the national horticulture conference in Rotorua today has given fruit and vegetable growers some serious food for thought. [more]

Green light for second season of Westside
A second season of Westside, from the makers of Outrageous Fortune, has received millions in NZ On Air funding. [more]

Blessie killer's paedophile past revealed
The man who raped and murdered Blessie Gotingco wanted his name kept secret to hide his criminal past - a past which includes sex offending against children. [more]

Deadline for Canterbury recovery submissions
Cantabrians have only two days left to have their say on the plan that will dictate the next five years of the region's earthquake recovery. [more]

'Twice as many students in financial distress'
A survey has found there are more than twice as many university students in financial distress as there were in 2012. [more]

World Rugby calls for more concussion research
Further research is needed to determine whether concussions affect the long-term health of players, rugby's international governing body says. [more]

TPP: Key admits medicine costs will rise
The Prime Minister concedes New Zealand will have to pay more for some medicines under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [more]

Govt promises to help Pharmac if needed
The Prime Minister has promised the Government will give Pharmac extra money if the Trans-Pacific Partnership pushes up drug prices. [more]

Minister quiet on new prison allegations
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga is refusing to address claims of corruption at Mt Eden Prison, despite revelations today some inmates had been arrested. [more]

Seven in court after Head Hunters raids
Seven people have appeared in court on drugs, firearms and money-laundering charges after raids on Head Hunters properties today. [more]

DHB shakeup plan is '1990s in drag'
More leaked documents reveal the funding of health boards could be overhauled and the proposed changes are being described as "the 1990s in drag". [more]

Gang raid police talk to prison officer
Police are interviewing a former Mt Eden Prison officer after raiding Head Hunters properties today. [more]

$75m spent on Chch centre but still no details
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has spent more than $75 million on Christchurch's convention centre but key details remain unknown. [more]

Man caught three times over fish limit - MPI
The Ministry for Primary Industries has caught a man taking over 100 fish from Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury. [more]

Solomon Islands MPs election results challenged this week
Election challenges against five Solomon Islands MPs are due to be heard in Honiara on Thursday. [more]

Guam fails to secure addditional EPA help
The United States' Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down a second appeal for assistance from individuals on Guam whose homes were damaged by Typhoon Dolphin. [more]

Four women saved from burning in PNG
Reports from Papua New Guinea say police have saved four women from being burnt to death after they were accused of practising sorcery. [more]

Balance needed between old and new in Cooks
The Cook Islands Workers Association says compulsory retirement may drive out a valuable knowledge base. [more]

PIF urged to discuss rights abuse in West Papua
The Australia West Papua Association is calling on Pacific Islands Forum leaders to address the human rights situation in Indonesia's Papuan provinces. [more]

Consultations extended on US military plans for CNMI
Public consultations on US military training plans for the Northern Marianas have been extended by another fortnight. [more]

Malaysia PM Najib Razak sacks deputy
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has replaced his deputy amid a continuing financial scandal. [more]

One dead, four injured in logging truck crash
One person has died and four others are injured after a crash between a logging truck and two other vehicles southwest of Rotorua. [more]

Ngāti Maru to begin series of hui
Taranaki iwi Ngāti Maru is to hold a series of hui next month which could set it on the road to entering into treaty negotiations with the Crown. [more]

The changing sound of Māori vowels
When kuia and kaumātua say Māori vowels are not pronounced like they used to be, they'd be right. [more]

School prayer groups in NSW face audit
The New South Wales Government has announced a state-wide audit of public school prayer groups, following allegations of radical Islam being preached in Sydney. [more]

Blessie's family calls for public inquiry
The family of Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco is calling for an independent public inquiry into how high-risk offenders are managed by Corrections. [more]