Radio New Zealand - Friday, 21st August 2015

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This page features: Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, Focus on Politics, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Midday Report, New Zealand Society, News about New Zealand, News Extras, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, Saturday Morning, Sound Lounge, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Week In Review, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 21 August 2015
........A second Australian community housing organisation wants to buy or lease state housing in this country, the response to claims of a wealthy white male monopoly on primetime broadcasting, a new hi-tech system to combat invasive pests, writer Bill Bryson on Robert Redford portraying him in a movie, the Wellington Community Choir celebrates a decade of performance, what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century, a documentary on the history of student radio, the "people's diva" Amercian soprano Renee Fleming, hunting the reclusive trapdoor spiders, the work of photographer Fiona Pardington, and wearable art from farm materials. [more]

Business News

RBNZ delays tougher lending rules for property investors
The Reserve Bank will delay tougher lending rules for property investors in Auckland by a month. [more]

Spark reports a fall in full year profit
Shares in Spark have jumped 8 percent after earnings rose and the phone and broadband retailer, forecast higher dividends. [more]

Visitor arrivals surpass 3 million for the first time
Visitor arrivals to New Zealand have surpassed 3 million for the first time. [more]

Sky TV delivers best ever result, but customer numbers down
Sky Network Television says it's made its strongest ever financial result, with revenue at an all time high. [more]

Global stocks fall
Stocks have fallen globally, sparked by renewed fears over the health of the global economy. [more]

Midday Markets for 21 August 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite at First NZ Capital. [more]

Today's market update
The Reserve Bank will delay tougher lending rules for property investors in Auckland by a month. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 21 August 2015
Maori King signals start of treaty claim in Auckland;Family in mouldy home angered by treatment;Disbelief and anger at takahe shooting;Principals call for staff to deal with violence;NASA puts dampner on warnings of world wrecking asteroid;A bad report card for many public organisations;Rugby bosses look to change draw for 2019 World Cup. [more]

Maori King signals start of treaty claim in Auckland
The Maori King has launched a new bid for Waikato-Tainui to gain a substantial part of the Auckland region. [more]

Family in mouldy home angered by treatment
An Auckland mother who's been living in a mouldy state home says grocery vouchers flung at her from Housing New Zealand won't buy her son a new set of lungs. [more]

Disbelief and anger at takahe shooting
The Deerstalkers Association says there's 'considerable confusion' over which hunter killed four endangered takahe on a pukeko cull on Motutapu Island. [more]

Principals call for staff to deal with violence
Northland principals dealing with violent children say it's time they were funded for permanent staff to help them. [more]

NASA puts dampner on warnings of world wrecking asteroid
NASA is putting an end to internet rumours that the earth will shortly be struck by a devastating asteroid. [more]

A bad report card for many public organisations
Many public organisations, including large city councils, government ministries and District Health boards have been slated for the way they deal with companies whom they contract to do work for them. [more]

Ashley Madison hackers claim first celebrity scalp
The Ashley Madison hacking scandal has taken a celebrity scalp with a US TV reality star and darling of American Conservatives admitting to being unfaithful to his wife. [more]

Rugby bosses look to change draw for 2019 World Cup
It's cold comfort for thousands of rugby fans, but World Rugby bosses will try to avoid another pool of death like the one for next month's World Cup in future. [more]

Truancy figures worsen
Truancy from schools has reached its highest point in a decade. [more]

Sports News for 21 August 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Minister acting against Ministerial advice
The decision from the Minister for Workplace Relations to classify sheep, beef and dairy farming as low risk in terms of health and safety flies in the face of Ministerial advice. [more]

Opposition parties shocked at mouldy house
Opposition parties say it's shocking and utterly unacceptable that an Auckland family was left to live in a state house that is riddled with mould. [more]

Country Life

Regional Wrap
Around the country North Island farms are generally pretty short of pasture after a more typical, colder winter, while in the south lambing and calving is underway. [more]

A Nelson farm owned by the same family since European settlement is still going strong, despite wars, politics and all kinds of weather. Nelson reporter Tracy Neal went for a walk around Oaklands with its most senior guardian, Richard Raine, his daughter Nikki and son-in-law Jeremy Cooper. [more]

Young Grower of the Year
The winners of five regional competitions compete for the national title of 2015 Young Grower of the Year in Christchurch. During the final, contestants face a series of practical and theoretical challenges designed to replicate those faced in an orchard or on-farm working environment. [more]

Get in Behind - a Shepherd's Tale
Anita Kendrick is a shepherd on an 1,800 hectare North Island station. In her spare time she trains working dogs and breeds border collies. Anita also has a broken back. The farm bike she was riding landed on top of her in October 2011. She was 18. It wasn't clear whether Anita would be able to continue working as a shepherd, but with a modified farm vehicle and a huge amount of determination Anita is back doing what she does best. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Marshall Island copper hunters warned of radiation risk
Marshall Islanders are being warned that digging for copper around a nuclear waste dump could expose them to harmful radiation. [more]

Fiji opposition party's leadership under scrutiny
An MP with Fiji's opposition SODELPA party says he is among several MPs in the party who have lost confidence in its leader. [more]

Cooks PM reciprocates NZ counterpart's visit
The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, and his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, have met in Auckland to discuss a range of challenges facing the Cook Islands. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 21 August 2015
The Cook Islands Prime Minister meets his New Zealand counterpart for the second time this month; Fiji opposition party's leadership under scrutiny; Marshall Island copper hunters warned of radiation risk; Hundreds of thousands affected by worsening drought conditions in PNG; A Fiji lawyer says getting justice for those accused of sedition is proving a challenge. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 21 August 2015
On Extra Time this week: we look ahead to the All Blacks Rugby World Cup team naming; Sonny Bill Williams and Ardie Savea discuss their inclusion in next season's All Blacks Sevens's squad for the Rio Olympics; We look back at the Silver Ferns campaign in the recent Netball World Cup in Australia; Laura Langman talks to us about her decision to cross the ditch in next season's trans-tasman championship; Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis talks about his ambitions for the upcoming Athletics World Championships in Beijing, and Shaun Johnson updates us on how his rehabilitation is going following surgery on his broken ankle. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 21 August 2015
The workplace safety legislation that was supposed to be a response to the Pike River deaths has ended up the subject of ridicule, mainly because of how various industries have been categorised according to risk. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Song You Have To Hear - Pancho and Lefty
PANCHO AND LEFTY by Townes Van Zandt. [more]

Songs from the Inside
The popular Maori TV programme is in to its third season. The show follows four musicians as they teach prison inmates how to write and perform their own songs. Musician and actor, Troy Kingi, is part of the latest programme, and he joins us on the show. [more]

Wairoa, Gateway to the Galaxy?
While many small towns around New Zealand struggle to retain businesses, people and jobs - others like Wairoa in Hawkes Bay has its sights set on attracting new business from outer space. The town already hosts New Zealand's answer to NASA, Rocket Lab - and now there are plans for the company to expand its satellite launch base. The Mayor, Craig Little, tells us what the plans are, and how it will benefit the community. [more]

The Darlimurla Letters
Joe and Mary Macky were both passengers on the ill-fated ocean liner, the Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland in 1915. Mary was offered a place on one of the lifeboats but insisted on staying with her husband. The pair perished, along with about 1,200 others. They were both prolific letter writers - and early adopters of the camera - and a bundle of their letters and photos has been preserved, named the Darlimurla letters after their home in Devonport. Now great grandaughter, Trish Macky, has compiled a 27-chapter book based on the 500-thousand words worth of letters they wrote. She joins us to discuss the project, and why she's crowdsourcing to get the books published. [more]

Feature Album - Salty
Salty - The Muttonbirds. Chosen by Ian Butler. [more]

Paneer with Julie Biuso
Julie has got a delicious dish of fried paneer with a spicy tomato topping. She will also cover off making paneer which is pretty easy and great for dishes like Mattar Paneer. [more]

Weekend Wine - Belinda Jackson
Belinda's got some news from the world of wine and her recommended wine selections in three categories. [more]

Movie Review - Alexander Bisley
Alexander has been to see Southpaw and Banksy on our behalf. [more]

Music 101 Preview
Zac Arnold is here to tell us what's coming up on Music 101 this weekend and to play us a song. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 21 August 2015
A new Treaty Claim from Tainui; Housing NZ offers Grocery vouchers as compensation for a mouldy state house; Topp radio with the Topp Twins; and in Dateline Pacific, worsening drought conditions in PNG. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 August 2015
Labour calls a mould ridden state home unacceptable; Ageing water assets are set to cost councils. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 August 2015
New Zealand golfers continue to impress around the world. [more]

New Zealand Society

Willing to spend a penny?
New Zealand Society lifts the lid on the history surrounding Auckland's heritage toilets. [more]

News about New Zealand

News About New Zealand for 21 August 2015
A summary of news around New Zealand over the past week. [more]

News Extras

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Nigel Gaynor
Theatres throughout New Zealand are being transformed into mythical fairylands for the Royal New Zealand Ballet's latest offering. World-renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett has joined up with the ballet company to produce A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on Shakespeare's play and with Mendelssohn's music. The ballet premiered in Wellington on Thursday and tours Christchurch, Auckland, Rotorua, Palmerston North and Napier. A Midsummer Night's Dream is a co-production with the Queensland Ballet. Juliette Sivertsen speaks with Music Director for the RNZB, Nigel Gaynor. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Niuean for 22 August 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]


Wheelchair Rugby
NZ Wheel Black coach Andrew Chittick on preparations of the team to attend the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in London in October this year. [more]

Nights Conundrum : the answer
All eight clues and this weeks answer. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Darren Watson - Love Is An Ocean
Darren Watson and Delia Shanly on drums. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 21 August 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Bojan Pancevski: a bridge in Croatia
EU correspondent for The Sunday Times, discussing the giant bridge that Croatia is planning to build across part of the Adriatic Sea, bypassing a ten-kilometre stretch of roading through Bosnia and Herzegovina, and examine the growing problem with displaced people in Europe. [more]

Braden Cameron: the Mongol Rally
Braden Cameron breeds and trains endurance horses on his Wellington farm, and represented New Zealand in endurance riding at 2014 World Equestrian Games. He was one of four New Zealanders in the top ten finishers of the 2015 Mongol Derby, the longest and toughest horse race in the world. [more]

Robert Gordon: birth of the culture wars
Co-director of the documentary feature Best of Enemies, about the 1968 series of television debates between writer and intellectual Gore Vidal and conservative author and commentator William F Buckley. [more]

Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: Caravaggio's Nativity
District Court Judge, and member of Interpol's DNA Monitoring Expert Group, with a special interest in crimes involving artistic masterpieces. He discusses the theft of Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence, by the painter Caravaggio, and the upcoming Art Crime Symposium. [more]

Playing Favourites with Luke Di Somma
Freelance conductor, musician, composer, musical director, and founder of the Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School and Christchurch Pops Choir. He is co-creator of That Bloody Woman, a musical about suffragist Kate Sheppard, which has its world premiere at the Christchurch Arts Festival. [more]

Lisa Reihana: pursuing Venus
Artist of Nga Puhi descent who works in multimedia, photography and sculpture, discussing her 26-metre-long video projection, In Pursuit of Venus [infected], depicting British explorers and Pacific people meeting on a Tahitian landscape. [more]

Poetry with Gregory O'Brien: Morgan Bach
Painter, poet, curator and writer discussing the new collection by Morgan Bach, Some of Us Eat the Seeds, and anticipating National Poetry Day. [more]

Two extra poems by Morgan Bach
Morgan Bach reads two additional poems, 'Instructions for Herbovores' and 'Raw Ginger' from her new poetry collection, Some of Us Eat the Seeds. [more]

Listener Feedback to Saturday 22 August 2015
Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 22 August. [more]

Sound Lounge

Sonic World of Cinema - Good For Nothing
John Psathas talks to Eva Radich about his score to the New Zealand-made 'Pavlova Western' Good For Nothing. [more]

Sonic World of Cinema - Eternity and a Day
Ryan Smith explores some tracks from Eleni Karaindrou's timeless score to the poetic film Eternity and a Day by Greek director Theo Angelopoulos. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Consultant hired to help keep Maori Boarding school open
A Maori boarding school that the government is considering closing down has brought in a consultant to help it find ways to keep the kura open. [more]

Te Manu Korihi for 21 August 2015
Waikato-Tainui says its expecting a challenge from Auckland iwi to its claim to the greater part of the Auckland region; Credit Union Central's decision to provide some banking facilities in Ruatoria has been met with relief by residents, after Westpac decided to close its branch - the only bank in town; South Island iwi, Ngai Tahu, is labelling the recent deaths of four protected native takahe as a tragic accident; There's a push for marae in the Far North to get on board with the recyling kaupapa. [more]

Te Waonui a Te Manu Korihi for week ending 21 August 2015
Maori farmers feeling the dairy squeeze, Te Puni Kokiri's 4 million dollar blow-out, Are Puna Reo favoured over Kohanga? And more on Sonny Tau and the kereru incident. [more]

The Panel

The Panel Pre-Show for 21 August 2015
What the world is talking about. With Paul Brennan, Jim Mora and Julie Moffet. [more]

The Panel with Andrew Clay and Neil Miller (Part 1)
Arming Police;Maori pronounciation;Open church robbed;Speed limit;Takahe shootings. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Andrew Clay and Neil Miller have been up to. [more]

Arming Police
Dr Darren Palmer of Australia's deakin University on what to expect if New Zealand police are armed. [more]

Takahe shootings
Bridget Winstone of the Motutapu Restoration Trust talks about the accidental shooting of four endangered takahe. [more]

The Panel with Andrew Clay and Neil Miller (Part 2)
Job interviews;Panel Says;Board games;A couple of legal niggles;Ashley Madison stunt. [more]

Job interviews
The questions that can throw people being interviewed for jobs. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Neil Miller and Andrew Clay have been thinking about. [more]

Board Games
Board games are making a comeback. Baord game designer Amanda Milne talks about her game. [more]

A couple of legal niggles
Are these laws an ass? We ask lawyer Michael Smyth. [more]

Ashley Madison stunt
An Australian woman is told live on air that her husband's cheated on her. [more]

The Week In Review

Week In Review for week ending August 21 2015
A review of the week's news including... An Auckland mother who says mould in her state house is killing her children, a man accused of shooting at two police officers and sparking a day-long manhunt appears in court, there have been farcical exchanges between MPs in Parliament over the serious issue of reducing New Zealand's rate of workplace death and injuries, international dairy prices rise sharply in this week's overnight global dairy trade auction, the Conservation Department says deerstalkers taking part in an official pukeko cull on a Hauraki Gulf island could face charges after they shot and killed four endangered takahe, social workers and volunteers say the number of homeless pregnant women asking for help is rising with some still without anywhere to live just weeks before they're due to give birth, Australian health advocates believe big tobacco companies are stooping to new lows to market cigarettes to teens, more people are calling and texting behind the wheel than ever before, the number of the endangered bottlenose dolphin population in the Bay of Islands drops almost 90 per cent in the past 20 years and a university dean who has developed a fleet of robots that can play musical compositions impossible for a human has been awarded one of the country's highest teaching honours. [more]

The Wireless

Kick Out The Jams: New Gum Sarn
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. This week, we catch Auckland band New Gum Sarn. [more]

Ketamine could lead to new depression treatment
An Auckland scientist experimenting with Special K says the downer could be used to develop new treatments for depression. [more]

Student told 'you have no rights' - lawyer
Held by Customs for carrying too many ciggies into the country, an international student was told she had no human rights, her lawyer claims. [more]

The Pencilsword: The Garfield principle
Success doesn’t always equal quality, says Toby Morris. [more]

Weekly Reading: Best longreads on the web
This week: What's missing from Straight Outta Compton, the Ashley Madison hack, why dating will never die and more. [more]


Fabienne Séveillac and Joshua Hyde: Soundinitiative
Soundinitiative is a Paris-based contemporary music ensemble that prides itself on a strong stage presence and physical interaction with its audience. Eva talks to Australian saxophonist Joshua Hyde and mezzo soprano Fabienne Séveillac about making challenging music user friendly. [more]

Jennifer Shennan: RNZB Review
Jennifer Shennan reviews the world premiere of Liam Scarlett's A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The young British choreographer has an impressive reputation for creating exciting new work for top ballet companies worldwide. [more]

Jeremy Bell
Hamilton theatre manager Jeremy Bell directs a visionary play from the 1920's: Rossum's Universal Robots, the play that brought the word 'robot' into the language and almost invented the genre of science fiction. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 21 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 21 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 21 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 22 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2015
The latest world. Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World and Pacific Regional News for 22 August 2015
The latest world and Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

Greek PM quits and calls early poll
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced he is resigning and has called an early election. [more]

Workplace safety plans open can of worms
The Workplace Relations Minister is getting a ribbing over plans to label worm farming and mini-putt as high-risk, but not sheep, beef and dairy farming. [more]

Wool price rises come to a halt
The rise in wool prices seen in recent weeks came to a halt at yesterday's South Island sale. [more]

Concerns over rural road upgrades
Federated Farmers said it was unclear if the government intended to upgrade dangerous rural roads as part of its 30 year Infrastructure Plan. [more]

Hui about geothermal plant to be held
People concerned about Top Energy's plans to further develop its geothermal power plant at Ngāwhā will have an opportunity to ask questions. [more]

Bangkok bomb suspects cleared by police
Two men identified as suspects in the Bangkok bombing have been cleared of involvement, police say. [more]

Officers told man to drop weapon - witness
A witness to the police shooting of a man in Motueka yesterday says officers repeatedly asked the man to drop the firearm he was carrying. [more]

Nauru police facilitate complaints process at camps
The Nauru Government says it is improving opportunities to make complaints by posting two police at the Australian run detention camp for asylum seekers. [more]

Jimmy Carter's cancer has spread to his brain
The former US President has revealed he is to be treated for cancerous tumours on the brain, in his first public comments on his illness. [more]

Homosexuality debate intensifying in Cooks
Reports from the Cook Islands say there is increasing debate on social media over the question of decriminalising homosexuality in the country. [more]

July was the hottest month on earth
Last month was the Earth's hottest since records began, according to US scientists. [more]

Swamp kauri export figures questioned
The Ministry for Primary Industries has grossly under-estimated the volume of ancient swamp kauri that has left the country, an environmental group says. [more]

PNG drought impact expected to worsen
The drought in Papua New Guinea is expected to linger for several more months as efforts get underway to help hundreds of thousands of people in the Highlands facing food shortages. [more]

Seven arrests over police manhunt
The police have got the last person they were looking for in connection with yesterday's central North Island manhunt. [more]

Farming sector 'needs to stand up' over safety
The Labour Party leader is calling on farmers to improve workplace safety despite being largely excluded from new health and safety legislation. [more]

When is an asset sale not an asset sale?
Apparently, when government-owned companies sell off part of their asset base, as opposed to a share float carried out by the Government, says Jane Patterson in Power Play. [more]

Cooks' PM criticises NZ on climate change
The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, says New Zealand and Australia's emissions targets are not enough to ensure small island states are protected from rising sea levels. [more]

Law change in Samoa needed for female participation
Samoa's Ombudsman suggests new guidelines to boost participation of women in political and economic life. [more]

Labour accuses Govt of property meeting 'rort'
A Government taskforce set up to get rid of red tape in the building industry has been labelled a 'National Party rort'. [more]

'NZ edging closer to recession'
An investment bank says dairy prices, Fonterra's pay out reduction, and a fall in business and consumer confidence hint at hard times to come. [more]

$2b 'not enough' for school repairs
Secondary school principals say the Government's plan to spend $2 billion on improving school buildings over the next seven years will not be enough. [more]

Immigration 'told teen student she had no rights'
An international student about to be deported for bringing too many cigarettes into the country was told she had no human rights, her lawyer says. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Manawatu Prison is in lockdown due to a bomb scare
BREAKING NEWS - Manawatu Prison is in lockdown due to a bomb scare [more]

Party drug could lead to new depression treatment
An Auckland scientist has discovered how a drug known on the street as Special K could help lead to fast new treatments for depression. [more]

Sport: Tonga close to confirming final Rugby World Cup spot
Tonga rugby coach Mana Otai hopes to confirm the final berth in the country's Rugby World Cup squad in the coming days. [more]

Sport: Fiji cricketers depart for World Cricket League
The Fiji men's cricket team depart today for the World Cricket League Six tournament in the United Kingdom. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu beach volleyball pair grab win
Vanuatu beach volleyball pair Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu have won their final pool match at the Long Beach Grand Slam event in California. [more]

Sport: Samoa women's sevens team bid for World Series spot
The Samoa women's sevens team are optimistic of doing well but say it won't be easy in this weekend's World Series qualifying tournament in Dublin. [more]

Bolt sad over doping allegations
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has expressed sadness that doping issues rather than track talk is dominating the build-up to the world championships. [more]

Burling and Tuke on top in Rio
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are well placed to secure the gold medal at the 2015 Rio sailing test event, after another stellar day on the water. [more]

Carrington into K1 500 final
Lisa Carrington has cruised into the K1 500 final at the canoe racing world champs in Milan, although her rivals will be waiting eagerly for her. [more]

Prison bomb scare was a hoax
Manawatu Prison has been given the all clear after a tip off about a potential bomb forced it into lockdown this morning. [more]

Family clutch ashes at murder accuseds' hearing
The family of a man who died after a prison assault held his ashes as three men accused of his murder appeared in court this morning. [more]

Australia start well in final Ashes test
Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 78 to lift Australia to 287 for three on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England at The Oval. [more]

Martin Guptill on the improve
The New Zealand cricketers are hopeful opening batsman Martin Guptill will be able to play in the remaining matches of their South African tour. [more]

Nicholson knows he was lucky
The New Zealand equestrian Andrew Nicholson is back home after his recent fall and says he now realises how lucky he was. [more]

Call for answers over takahē killings
One of the founding members of the Motutapu Restoration Trust is calling for accountability over the shooting of four takahē on the island. [more]

'Mould family not the only one suffering'
A family living in a moudly state home and struggling with health problems are not the only ones suffering, says the Child Poverty Action Group. [more]

Final opportunities for All Blacks to impress
Seventeen All Blacks squad members have been cleared to play for their provinces over the next couple of weeks ahead of the naming of the World Cup squad. [more]

Chung runs for FIFA president
South Korea's Chung Mong-joon said that his French rival for FIFA president, Michel Platini, was too close to outgoing chief Sepp Blatter. [more]

Hollywood sends warning about Minions
Christchurch cleaning company Minions and Me has captured the attention of lawyers for a Hollywood film studio. [more]

State of NZ's ageing water assets to be revealed
New Zealand's local councils are about to find out the true state of their ageing water assets, say Local Government New Zealand. [more]

Ten complain over Irish comments
The Human Rights Commission has received ten complaints against Fletcher Construction's chief executive over his comment about Irish builders. [more]

Ministry may target rogue company directors
The MBIE is looking to increase its powers to target rogue company directors and stop the practice of phoenixing. [more]

Plea for permanent teacher aides in North
It's time teacher aides are given permanent staff jobs to help schools manage violent pupils, a Northland school principal says. [more]

JBS wants controlling stake in Scott Tech
Scott Technology is asking shareholders to consider a capital raising plan which will give one of its key customers a controlling interest in the business. [more]

How's this for a selfie?
The US space agency Nasa has issued another of the selfie portraits acquired by the Curiosity rover on Mars. [more]

Man shot by police in Motueka remains in critical condition
The man shot by police in Motueka yesterday remains in a critical condition in Wellington's intensive care unit. [more]

Refining NZ posts a $65m half year profit
Refining New Zealand will pay a dividend for the first time in two years, thanks to higher margins. [more]

Māori workers in TV the 'most exploited in NZ'
Māori workers in television production are the most exploited in the country, according to the Māori Screen Guild of Aotearoa. [more]

'Mould is killing my children'
An Auckland woman says mould in her state house is killing her seven-year-old son, who has holes in his lungs. [more]

University spins out over meetings
If the prospect of yet another meeting puts you in a spin - you may want to avoid Auckland University, where they are cycling as they chat. [more]

Australia tightlipped on latest Nauru evacuation
Australian Immigration officials will not say why an asylum seeker was medivacced from Nauru to Australia yesterday. [more]

Looming PNG weather crisis spurs action
PNG disaster authorities are preparing a massive assessment exercise of provinces which have been severely affected by frosts and drought. [more]

New Caledonia blockades resume after talks fail
Blockades staged by protesting truck drivers continue to disrupt traffic and the flow of business activity in New Caledonia. [more]

Puna challenges Cooks diaspora to help country
The Cook Islands Prime Minister looks at compelling Cook Islanders abroad to contribute to the development of the country. [more]

Fiji opposition leader losing MPs' confidence
Several MPs with Fiji's opposition SODELPA party appear to have lost confidence in their leader. [more]

Quality family time - what's that?
Nearly one third of New Zealanders say they don't spend enough quality time with their family, a new Statistics New Zealand survey finds. [more]

No further investigation into wastewater scheme
The Auditor General has decided not to carry out another investigation into the Mangawhai wastewater scheme . [more]

Spate of teen fights in Auckland
Police say they are cracking down after a spate of teenage fights broke out, a month after a school brawl at a suburban train station. [more]

Hive mind questioned on state of bees
A national survey of beekeepers is underway to shed more light on whose bees are successful, and what may be causing significant honey bee losses in some parts of the country. [more]

Armed man who went on the run arrested
An armed man who went on the run in central Hawke's Bay today has been caught and arrested by the Armed Offenders Squad. [more]

Main road out of Auckland reopens after crash
The main road north of Auckland has reopened after a serious three-car crash this morning. [more]

Minister, WorkSafe at odds on farm safety
The Government's decision to classify sheep, beef and dairy farming as low-risk for health and safety flies in the face of advice from WorkSafe NZ. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - High Court rejects plans for controversial Basin Reserve Flyover
BREAKING NEWS - High Court rejects plans for controversial Basin Reserve Flyover [more]

Another person charged with sedition in Fiji
Another person has been charged with sedition in Fiji and remanded in custody, the sixty-fourth in a current batch to be charged [more]

More waiting for Nauru MP wanting passport back
A Nauru MP will have to wait at least another month for a Supreme Court hearing challenging the legality of the seizure of his passport. [more]

Sky TV posts record profit, despite customer drop
Sky Network Television says it's made its strongest ever financial result, despite a drop in customer numbers. [more]

Vanuatu Biosecurity firm on illegal food imports
Biosecurity authorities in Vanuatu have promised to punish a Chinese company over illegal food imports. [more]

Future of South Island newspaper still uncertain
The future of one of the country's oldest newspapers, the Oamaru Mail, is uncertain following a meeting today. [more]

Australia asked to expand role in fight against IS
Australia has been formally asked by the United States to expand its role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria. [more]

North Korea orders troops on war footing
Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops to be on a war footing, state media says, after an exchange of fire with South Korea. [more]

Lino to debut with Townsend ill
Halfback Mason Lino has been called up to make his NRL debut for the Warriors against North Queensland at Mount Smart Stadium. [more]

White, Horwill miss the cut for Wallabies
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has picked just two halfbacks and two hookers in his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad. [more]

PI kids need to cut down on white bread - researcher
A study has found energy dense foods, such as bread and cereal, make up about half of Pacific Island children's food intake. [more]

Banned fisherman receives home detention over illegal paua
A Kaikohe man has been sentenced to six months' home detention for taking illegal paua while banned from fishing. Daniel Elvis Moke, 32, was sentenced yesterday in the Kaikohe District... [more]

Half of absent school kids are wagging
Education Ministry figures show school truancy rates reached their highest point in a decade last year. [more]

Australian actress to appeal conviction
Australian actress Maggie Kirkpatrick has filed an appeal over her conviction for child sex offences committed 31 years ago. [more]

Auckland property investor rules pushed back
The Reserve Bank is delaying tougher lending rules for property investors in Auckland by a month. [more]

Public bodies given poor marks for dealing with contractors
A group of public bodies, including major city councils and ministries, have been given poor marks for the way they deal with companies contracted to do work for them. [more]

More foreign pork on menu for NZ
Russia's new import sanctions are pushing more foreign pork into New Zealand, an industry body says. [more]

Mouldy home: Grocery vouchers 'an insult'
An Auckland mother says grocery vouchers and a motel offer from Housing NZ are an insult, given how much her mouldy home has cost her in medical bills. [more]

Record number of tourists visit New Zealand
A record number of tourists visited New Zealand in the past year. [more]

Missing 12-year-old girl found
Auckland police have found a 12-year-old Mt Albert girl who went missing this afternoon. [more]

American Samoa considers drug testing public servants
Another effort is being made in American Samoa to have government workers and elected officials undergo drug testing. [more]

PNG forcibly repatriates Iranian asylum seeker
An Iranian asylum seeker who was held in detention on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has been forcibly repatriated. [more]

Namah set to defy marching orders in PNG province
Papua New Guinea MP, Belden Namah, maintains that he will continue to be the Governor of West Sepik regardless of the result of the current by-election. [more]

LATEST - Missing 14-year-old boy found safe and well in Hamilton
LATEST - Missing 14-year-old boy found safe and well in Hamilton [more]

Cooks Govt struggling to get Pa Enua teams home
The Cook Islands Government is running out of money to transport the people home to the outer islands after this month's celebrations. [more]

Efforts to save troubled boarding school
A Māori boarding school has brought in a consultant to help find ways to keep the kura open. [more]

Missing teenager found in Hamilton
A 14-year-old boy who went missing while in the care of Child Youth and Family has been found in Hamilton. [more]

NZ Live: Darren Watson - in studio
Blues guitarist Darren Watson, who is also known for satirical song 'Planet Key', performs a song from his album Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy. [more]

Dunedin man jailed for series of rapes and sexual assaults
A Dunedin man has been given a long prison sentence for a series of rapes and sexual assaults. Mateo Nixon, 30, was convicted in July on six charges of rape,... [more]

Australia to apply GST to all online purchases from July 2017
Australia is to apply GST to all online purchases bought overseas from July 2017. It currently only applies to overseas online purchases worth $AU1000 or more. After talks with his... [more]

Māori King's renewed claim for Auckland
The Māori King has launched a new bid for Waikato-Tainui to gain a substantial part of the Auckland region. [more]

Ruatoria residents' fight for bank rewarded
A credit union's decision to provide banking facilities has been met with relief by residents after Westpac decided to close the only bank left in town. [more]

Basin Reserve flyover appeal rejected
The High Court has rejected NZTA's appeal against a decision to deny resource consent for a controversial development in Wellington. [more]

Marae recycling scheme heads north
There's a push for marae in the Far North to get on board with the recycling kaupapa. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Pastor found guilty on three of seven charges relating to sex offences against girls
BREAKING NEWS - Pastor found guilty on three of seven charges relating to sex offences against girls [more]