Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 27th August 2015

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

At The Movies

At The Movies for 27 August 2015
Simon Morris reviews Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled boxer; Vacation - a sequel/remake of the old 80s comedy; and She's Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich's tribute to the classic comedies of the forties. [more]

Southpaw - film review
Simon Morris reviews boxing drama Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forrest Whitaker. [more]

Vacation - film review
Simon Morris reviews a belated sequel to the 1980s gross-out comedy, National Lampoon's Vacation, featuring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and star of the first film, Chevy Chase. [more]

She's Funny That Way - film review
Simon Morris reviews Peter Bogdanovich's attempt to revive the old Forties "screwball comedy" in She's Funny That Way, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. [more]

Business News

Tourism Holdings posts record profits, up 81%
Tourism Holdings says it's now focused on strong revenue growth after an 81 percent jump in its annual profit. [more]

Vodafone posts heavy loss
Vodafone has reported a heavier full year loss. [more]

NZOG posts loss due to asset writedowns
New Zealand Oil and Gas has reported a full year loss, due to asset writedowns. [more]

TVNZ lifts full year result
The state-owned broadcaster, TVNZ, has lifted its full year profit result by a half, due to taking greater market share and selling property. [more]

Delegat Group makes record high profit - sees growth continuing
Delegat Group has made a record high operating profit, following record case sales. [more]

Scales first half profit up 60%
Scales half year profit has risen more than 60 percent, resulting from a strong performance across all parts of its apple production, processing and export business. [more]

Midday Markets for 27 August 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by James Grigor at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Today's market update
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare has upgraded its earnings forecast due to the lower dollar. [more]

Fisher & Paykel lifts profit guidance
Fisher & Paykel says the lower New Zealand dollar is having a big impact on its bottomline. [more]

Regional economic activity slows
The latest survey on economic activity has one economist calling it anemic. [more]

Hellaby Holdings is selling its footwear business
Hellaby Holdings' is putting its footwear businesss up for sale after reporting record full-year earnings. [more]

Tourism Holdings posts record profits, up 81%
Tourism Holdings says it's turning its focus to revenue growth after slashing its campervan fleet. [more]

NZOG posts loss due to asset writedowns
New Zealand Oil and Gas is concentrating on buying cheap assets and wringing more out of its Kupe field. [more]

TVNZ lifts full-year result
The state-owned broadcaster, TVNZ, will continue to focus on grabbing more market share and reducing costs. [more]

Entrepreneur doesn't favour gender quotas on boards
The entrepreneur, Diane Foreman, has written a how-to-book with tips on how to be successful in business. [more]

Morning markets for 28 August 2015
Wall Street has made gains after strong economic data from the United States. [more]

Checkpoint

'Dump and run' in state care
A woman who spent years in multiple foster homes says the system is broken and cannot be repaired. [more]

Woman recalls her experience in multiple foster homes
A woman in her late 40s has told us about her horrific experiences in state care and multiple foster homes in the late 70s. She was eleven when she was taken away from an abusive family member and put in Bollard Girls Home in Auckland where she spent the first few weeks in isolation. [more]

Maori trust hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red
A Far North Trust board is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and now subject to a ministerial inquiry. [more]

Fired journalist 'a human powder keg'
A sacked journalist who gunned down two former colleagues during a live television broadcast in Virginia had described himself as a human powder keg just waiting to go boom. [more]

Urgent review needed of crossings at train stations
Flashing lights and bells weren't enough to stop Tejaskumar Patel who was killed when he walked in front of a train at Morningside Station in Auckland, in January. [more]

Landcorp's profit slumps
Profits at the country's largest farmer, Landcorp, are down by about 80 percent. That's a drop from 30 million last year to just just four-point-nine-million-dollars. It's also carrying a debt of 2 hundred and 10 million dollars. [more]

No extra cash for CYF despite critical report
The Social Development, Anne Tolley, is refusing to throw money at Child Youth and Family despite a grim report into how it looks after children in care. [more]

31 out of 32 truck shops in dodgy dealings
An investigation into 32 truck shops has found all but one of them engaged in dodgy dealings. [more]

Mother makes emotional plea to MPs
A Taranaki mother has made an emotional plea to MPs urging them to change the law so parents are told if their under-age child seeks an abortion. [more]

Denver movie theatre killer to die in prison
The guman who murdered 12 people and wounded 70, when he opened fire in a Colorado movie theatre, has been sentenced to 3,318 years in prison. [more]

Sports News for 27 August 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Former CYF ward says he felt like a prisoner
As a blistering report of state care for children is released, one former ward says he felt like a burden, worthless, and like a prisoner. [more]

Stop using multiple foster homes - carer
A Wellington woman who's taken on the care of two young children says the practice of using multiple foster homes has got to stop. [more]

Live TV murders of camera crew unlikely to lead to copycats
The murder of a reporter and camerman - as they were going live into a news broadcast in the United States - has triggered fears of copy cat killings because of the way their killer publicised their deaths. [more]

Court action to clear up overlapping Treaty claims
High Court action's been instigated to clear up overlapping Treaty claims on Auckland. [more]

Dairy owner's killer seeks continued name suppression
The teenager convicted of the manslaughter of Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar has gone to the Court of Appeal in a bid to stop his name being published. [regions [more]

Fewer people admitted to hospital with rheumatic fever
Fewer people are being admitted to hospital with rheumatic fever but the Minister of Health says there is still a lot to do. [more]

Community group to keep fighting development despite failed bid
A community group opposing a Special Housing Area in south Auckland says the fight's not over yet, despite losing round one in an Auckland Council meeting today. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Pacific women at higher risk of pregnancy depression
A new study shows Pacific women in New Zealand are twice as likely to be affected by antenatal depression. [more]

PNG drought shaping up to be worse than '97
A specialist in Papua New Guinea agriculture and food says the drought gripping the country will place a range of great strains on many people. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 27 August 2015
Papua New Guinea's drought is expected to place great strain on many people; A new study shows Pacific women in New Zealand are twice as likely to be affected by antenatal depression; Three rescued from sorcery attack in PNG Highlands; Pacific missing gravity of youth unemployment issues: SPC. [more]

First round of Oceania men's qualifying gets underway this week
The road to the next Football World Cup begins early for four Pacific Island nations when the first round of Oceania men's qualifying gets underway this week. [more]

NZ high school delivers sports facilities in Fiji
A recent high school service trip to Fijian village Wailoku has capped off a five year relationship between the village and Auckland's Diocesan School for Girls. [more]

Catholic church petitions against death penalty in PNG
The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is lobbying for support for a petition opposing the use of the death penalty. [more]

Cooks police backing sought for compulsory helmets
Cook Islands police are being called on to take a stronger position over the community's push for motorcyclists to use helmets. [more]

Former owner disputes Solomons' mine environmental claim
Australian miner St Barbara dismisses claims by the new owner of the Solomons' gold mine Gold Ridge that they are facing an environmental disaster. [more]

Development spurs creation of Tonga's first Heritage Society
An historic site threatened by government development has triggered the creation of Tonga's first Heritage Society. [more]

Expert says UN seat behind Modi's support for Pacific
Expert says "game-changing" Indian summit aimed at securing region's support at UN. [more]

Bougainville's disaster resources stretched to the limit
Bougainville's disaster coordinator says the autonomous Papua New Guinea region has been stretched to the limit as it deals with several natural disasters. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 28 August 2015
An analyst says India's hopes of making it to the UN Security Council is driving its stronger links with the Pacific; Former gold miner, St Barbara, is rejecting claims from the new owners of the Gold Ridge mine in Solomon Islands that it is facing an environmental disaster; The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is not giving up on its campaign to stop the death penalty being applied there; PNG's growing drought fear is expected to place great strain on many people; A new study shows Pacific women in New Zealand are twice as likely to be affected by antenatal depression. [more]

A PNG police chief says no choice but to use guns in protest
Police shoot at protesting students in PNG's Goroka but deny hitting them. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 27 August 2015 - evening edition
Government pushes through its Health & Safety Reform legislation with just minutes to spare before the House rises; Questions and Snap Debate on Children's Commissioner's State of Care report; Electoral Commission chairman laments declining youth enrolment rates in a submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee's inquiry into the 2014 election. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 28 August 2015 - morning edition
Government and Opposition trade barbs during final reading of Health & Safety Reform legislation, which passes with just minutes to spare before the House rises for a one-week adjournment; Speaker grants snap debate on Children’s Commissioner’s latest State of Care report; Electoral Commission chairman Sir Hugh Williams laments declining youth enrolement rates in a submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee's inquiry into the 2014 election. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Song You Have To Hear - Little Wing
It's the 25th Anniversary of the day a helicopter went down traveling from Alpine Valley to Chicago, after a legendary show that featured Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray.  Guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan was on that helicopter, with three other members of his team: bodyguard Nigel Brown, tour manager Colin Smythe and legendary agent Bobby Brooks. [more]

Dunedin Butchers - James Biggs and Ben Henry
A couple of Dunedin lads are sharpening their knives. They're about to head off to the National Butchers competition final in Auckland next month. James Biggs is representing the Lower South Island in the '2015 Young Butcher' final, and Ben Henry's made it into the 'Apprentice of the Year' final. [more]

New Zealand Fashion Week - Kelly Thompson
It's day four of New Zealand Fashion Week and today we're speaking with expat fashion illustrator and photographer, Kelly Thompson. She's based in Melbourne where she's worked on major international campaigns for Covergirl, Escada Paris, Maybelline and Saatchi and Saatchi. We catch up with her at the delegates lounge just before she nips into another fashion show. [more]

Sister Anzac - Amanda Rees
With the 100 year commemorations of Gallipoli and Chunuk Bair we've heard a lot recently about the battles and sacrifice thousands of New Zealand men made in World War One. But we don't hear much about what women did. A theatre show about to open in Auckland, Sister Anzac, will shed more light on womens' stories of war, in particular the nurses who went to Gallipoli on the hospital ship, The Maheno. [more]

Feature Album
London Grammar - If You Wait. Chosen by Judith McNeill. [more]

Dunedin Hotels - Norcombe Barker
Does Dunedin need to lift it's game on hotel accommodation? [more]

Road map: Kaeo
It's Kaeo on the roadmap today, a little village tucked into a green valley at the top of a magnificent Harbour in Northland. [more]

The Expats - Chris Byrne from Woodstock Ontario
Chris has more than 30 years experience in the radio industry, and is using these skills to help stations across Canada improve their ratings and performance. He also owns his own FM radio station in Ontario. [more]

Masterpieces - Don McGlashan
Singer/songwriter Don McGlashan talks about his favourite NZ song - SJD's Beautiful Haze. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 27 August 2015
A damning report on the government's care of vulnerable children, a pay rise for some workers caring for the elderly, a guide to surviving the school holidays, and in Dateline Pacific, confusion over Cooks Islands' population. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 27 August 2015
Children's Commissioner highlights chronic staffing problems at Child Youth and Family and Parliament is urged to keep parents in the loop about underage abortions. [more]

Midday Sports News for 27 August 2015
Our Olympic track silver medallist Nick Willis is hoping several weeks of altitude training will give him an edge at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 28 August 2015
The Principal Youth Court Judge, Andrew Becroft, tells us too many children in state care end up in his court. Dozens of migrants bodies are found in the back of a truck in Austria and Opposition MPs condemn health and safety legislation as it passes its final hurdle. [more]

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

Pacific News for 28 August 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

CYF report 'harsh wake up call' for MPs
An urgent debate took place in Parliament yesterday on the Childrens Commissioner's highly critical report on state care of children with MPs from both sides of the house saying not enough has been done. [more]

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

Judge says courts left to deal with CYF's failings
The Principal Youth Court judge is welcoming promises to overhaul Child Youth and Family, saying youth courts are becoming a clearinghouse for CYF's failures. [more]

Dozens of migrants found dead in back of truck
Dozens of migrants have been found dead inside a truck in Austria. [more]

Fears people will die as a result of Health and Safety reforms
The Government's controversial health and safety law passed its final hurdle in Parliament last night with opposition MPs saying so many corners have been cut, workers will pay with their lives. [more]

All Black world cup squad to be named on Sunday
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen names his 31-player World Cup squad this Sunday. [more]

Niwa withdraws support for the Association of Scientists
Niwa says it will no longer pay membership fees for its staff to belong to the Association of Scientists, saying the group actively lobbies against science and the integrity of scientists. [more]

Fire rips through Glenmark Rugby Club
Fire has ripped through Glenmark Rugby Clubrooms in North Canterbury, destroying it. [more]

New Zealand nurse tells of horror in South Sudan
A New Zealand nurse working for a humanitarian organisation in South Sudan has spoken about the death of two of her colleagues last week. [more]

Recognition for forestry safety improvements
Unions are acknowledging that progress has been made to improve safety in the forest industry. [more]

Taranaki economy takes a hit
The wider Taranaki economy is taking a hit from reduced dairy payouts and declining oil and gas activity, according to the latest reports from two of the major banks. [more]

Leaning tower of Wellington gets the go-ahead
The so-called Leaning Tower of Wellington is getting the go-ahead, after it was granted resource consent yesterday. [more]

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

Profoundly concerning link between CYF issues and crime
The Principal Youth Court Judge says the link between how well Child, Youth and Family does its job, and the number of cases coming before his court, is profound -- and concerning. [more]

Former chief social worker disappointed with CYF
A former chief social worker at Child, Youth and Family says it's disappointing the services for children in state care haven't improved in decades. [more]

Untreated illness driving force in Virginia murders
It's being called a social media murder, but an America professor of psychiatry says the shooting of two Virginia journalists was more likely the result of untreated mental illness. [more]

Council has "declared war" on residents through coastal zoning
Beachfront residents in Christchurch are vowing to fight the city council's decision to classify their neighbourhoods as being in an official coastal hazard zone. [more]

Rising sea could engulf Florida, Tokyo
NASA scientists say low-lying US states such as Florida are at risk of disappearing, as are some of the world's major cities such as Singapore and Tokyo. [more]

Markets Update for 28 August 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector [more]

Northlanders worried power prices will rise
A Northland power company says it would be cheaper to build its own transmission lines than pay the vastly higher charges it will face if a proposed new pricing system is adopted. [more]

Work on another major section of Waikato Expressway
The first sod's being turned today on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. [more]

News Extras

Meet the Newsmaker - Michael Woodhouse
Meet the Newsmaker: Michael Woodhouse,Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, interviewed by RNZ Political Reporter Amelia Langford. [more]

Korakotaiwaha Kawana's waiata: Moe mai ra nga toa maia
Year 8 student Korakotaiwaha Kawana won the junior section of nation-wide competition that honours the 28th Māori Battalion for a song he composed: Moe mai rā ngā toa maia.   [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 28 August 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 28 August 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 28 August 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

The growth delusion
The history of the economic tool known as Gross Domestic Product (or GDP), which has become a universal measure of progress (regardless of its unsuitability for this purpose). With Dr Dirk Philipsen, professor of Economic History and Sustainability at the Kenan Institute. His latest book is The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do about It. [more]

Comics
Shading in the heroes and villains of an animated realm is cartoonist, writer and illustrator Adrian Kinnaird. Reviews of The Sculptor by Scott McCloud and Here by Richard McGuire. [more]

Conundrum Clue Seven - Thursday 27 August
Conundrum Clue Seven. [more]

Conundrum Clue eight - Thursday 27 August
Conundrum Clue eight. [more]

Nine To Noon

Len Brown on Akl's housing crisis and transport problems
Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland has signed two major deals on transport and housing in recent days, will they deliver? [more]

The effect of sleep on memory
Professor Ted Abel, director of the Biological Basis of Behaviour Program, University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert on sleep and memory, and has studied how sleep deprivation hampers memory abilities. He is speaking at the "Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Memory" Symposium at Otago University today (Friday 28 August). [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Pacific correspondent Mike Field reports issues in the Pacific including the US Tuna treaty and the deepening risks across the region as El Nino sets itself up for a record year. [more]

Diane Foreman: In the Arena
Diane Foreman, with her husband Bill, oversaw the sale of plastics giant Trigon in 1994 and went on to form her own multi-million dollar export company the Emerald Group. She talks to Kathryn about success and failure and how she forged her own style, while seeking out mentors. She has been involved in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, property, recruitment, food manufacturing and charitable organisations. She has a newly-released book, In the Arena. [more]

Children's Books with John McIntyre
John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop in Wellington reviews graphic novels. 'Steve Jobs - Insanely Great' by Jessie Hartland, published by Random House. 'Gallipoli The Landing' by Hugh Dolan illustrated by Mal Gardiner, published by New South Books. 'War Brothers' by Sharon McKay illustrated by Daniel Lafrance, published by Walker Books. [more]

Music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies warms his manly mainframe to the the blissful cyborg soul of Kody Nielson's new Silicon project, then samples a vintage Stax soul collection and a classic single from pioneering Auckland post-punk band, The Features. [more]

Sport with Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer discusses the athletics world champs in Beijing - has it been clean of doping? [more]

The Week that Was
With Te Radar and Irene Pink. [more]

Our Changing World

Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
On 13 March 2015, Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu. It was the worst natural disaster in the nation's history, and four months on, we ask how people are doing. [more]

Volcanic Hazard at Mt Taranaki
Mt Taranaki is one of New Zealand's most distinctive volcanoes, with a history of euptions and the potential to erupt again in the future. [more]

The Bugs are in the House
After a year it's time to find out what's taken up residence in Lincoln University's Bug Hotels [more]

Berry Good News for the Brain
Plant and Food Research have shown that blackcurrants can help in tasks involving memory and concentration [more]

Neutrinos - a Poem
Neutrinos is a poem by Janis Freegard from her collection The Glass Rooster, published by Auckland University Press [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 27 August 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Cook Islands,Florence Syme-Buchanan. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 27 August 2015
To be announced. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

RNZ Music Masterclass: Throat Singing with Jonny Marks. Part Three, Breathing and Core Fitness
Jonny Marks of The All Seeing Hand presents an introduction to throat singing with Emma Smith and Sophie Yana-Wilson. Audio: Jeremy Ansell Video: Zac Arnold Editing: Emma Smith [more]

RNZ Music Masterclass: Throat Singing with Jonny Marks. Part Four, Vocal Production
Jonny Marks of The All Seeing Hand presents an introduction to throat singing with Emma Smith and Sophie Yana-Wilson. Audio: Jeremy Ansell Video: Zac Arnold Editing: Emma Smith [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 27 August 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 28 August 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Politicians look back on Kevin Ikin's career at RNZ
Today our colleague Kevin Ikin retires. Kevin's been bringing us the rural news for nearly thirty years. Here's the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy. [more]

Veteran rural reporter Kevin Ikin packs away his gumboots
Today our rural reporter Kevin Ikin retires after more than 40 years with Radio New Zealand. [more]

Kevin Ikin looks back over 40 years of reporting RNZ rural news
We're joined in the studio now by Kevin Ikin. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Call for roll out of wahakura to curb Maori SUDI rates
The alarmingly high rates of sudden unexpected death in Maori infants is prompting calls for a nationwide roll out of wahakura or baby sleeping pods. Between 2008 and 2012, 31 babies unexpectedly died in the Wellington region alone, 70 percent of them Maori. More than 100 people gathered at Kokiri Marae in Petone today to address the problem, and Te Manu Korihi reporter Leigh Marama McLachlan was there. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 27 August 2015
Ngati Whatua Orakei are heading to court to get clarity from the Crown on overlapping Treaty claims; A Far North Maori trust board which received 1.4 million dollars in Government funding last year is under a ministerial investigation; The alarmingly high rates of sudden unexpected death in Maori infants is prompting calls for a nationwide roll out of wahakura or baby sleeping pods; [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 August 2015
Submissions close today for a proposal for Wanganui District to be spelled with an H; Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Pukeiti near the slops of Mount Taranaki tomorrow to witness the signing of Taranaki Iwi Treaty Deed of Settlement; A new educational model has been developed to boost Maori secondary school student's participation in science; Three students from a Palmerston North Maori language immersion primary school have won awards in a competition that honours the 28th Maori Battalion. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 August 2015
Submissions close today for a proposal for Wanganui District to be spelled with an H; Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Pukeiti near the slops of Mount Taranaki tomorrow to witness the signing of Taranaki Iwi Treaty Deed of Settlement; A new educational model has been developed to boost Maori secondary school student's participation in science; A 13-year-old student from Palmerston North has won the Supreme Award in a competition honouring the 28th Maori Battalion. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 27 August 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Niki Bezzant (Part 1)
What the Panelists Bernard Hickey and Niki Bezzant have been up to. The bill has passed allowing bars to open to screen Rugby World Cup matches outside of the usual trading hours. A firefighter says being issued with a parking ticket when crew stopped to get some food was an over-the-top move by the parking warden. Telecommunications company Spark is laying off 400 workers. But it says it's business as usual and we won't feel a thing. How woried should we be about the Chinese economy and how it effects the rest of the world? [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Niki Bezzant (Part 2)
When, where and for how long is it ok to be on your mobile phone in public? What the Panelists Bernard Hickey and Niki Bezzant have been thinking about. The UK's controversial Labour candidate Jeremy Corbyn is being derided for suggesting a way to stop violence against womenon trains is to separate the genders. Dr Deborah Russell tells the Panel if she thinks this is a good idea. There's debate around comments by a former rugby league player about Labour MP Jacinda Ardern. What's the harm in calling Jacinda Ardern a "pretty little thing?" Dr Deborah Russell explains. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Bernard Hickey and Niki Bezzant have been up to. [more]

Which party's managed state housing best?
What the Panelists Bernard Hickey and Niki Bezzant have been up to. [more]

Pubs to open for RWC
The bill has passed allowing bars to open to screen Rugby World Cup matches outside of the usual trading hours. [more]

Fire truck parking ticket
A firefighter says being issued with a parking ticket when crew stopped to get some food was an over-the-top move by the parking warden. [more]

Spark jobs going
Telecommunications company Spark is laying off 400 workers. But it says it's business as usual and we won't feel a thing. [more]

The Great Fall of China
How woried should we be about the Chinese economy and how it effects the rest of the world? [more]

Mobile phone etiquette
When, where and for how long is it ok to be on your mobile phone in public? [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Bernard Hickey and Niki Bezzant have been thinking about. [more]

Women only train carriages
The UK's controversial Labour candidate Jeremy Corbyn is being derided for suggesting a way to stop violence against womenon trains is to separate the genders. Dr Deborah Russell tells the Panel if she thinks this is a good idea. [more]

Pretty litttle thing
There's debate around comments by a former rugby league player about Labour MP Jacinda Ardern. What's the harm in calling Jacinda Ardern a "pretty little thing?" Dr Deborah Russell explains. [more]

The Wireless

Listening session: Silicon
Kody Nielson sits down with Music 101's Sam Wicks to talk through his new album, Personal Computer. [more]

Off The Runway: Christchurch
Christchurch fashion is a little bit conservative on top but dark and dirty underneath. [more]

Walking to the call of Hape
Once the only street in Auckland with a Māori name, Karangahape Rd is haunted by ghosts. Nisha Madhan walks through its storied history. [more]

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

Upbeat

William Barton: Digeridoo player
William Barton talks about playing Peter Sculthorpe's Earth Cry for didgeridoo and orchestra with the Auckland Philharmonia. The work is the Australian composer's howl of rage at environmental destruction. [more]

Mona Lynn Courteau: World Music
Mona-Lynn introduces French-speaking Belgian Euro-pop star Stromae and his most recent album in which the artist satirizes contemporary consumer culture. [more]

Elizabeth Lau and Sarah Spence
Wairua Sinfionetta The director of the newly formed Wairua Sinfonietta Elizabeth Lau and her principal cellist Sarah Spence explain how the ensemble is bringing positive changes to the community through music. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 27 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 27 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 27 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 28 August 2015
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 28 August 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 28 August 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 28 August 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 28 August 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 28 August 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

Kick Out The Jams: HDSPNS
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. This week, we catch Auckland band HDSPNS. Read more at thewireless.co.nz [more]

News stories:

Bars will open during Rugby World Cup
Bars and pubs will be able open for all Rugby World Cup matches after new legislation was passed in Parliament. [more]

Bolt and Gatlin set for another showdown
Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin are set for another showdown in the 200 metres final after clocking the fastest times in the semi-finals at the world athletics championships in Beijing. [more]

Tourism to eclipse dairy as top earner
After a dramatic drop in foreign dairy sales, tourism looks set to become New Zealand's number one export earner. [more]

Attempt to smuggle bullets to Papua foiled
Indonesian police have foiled an attempt to smuggle close to 3,000 bullets and shells to Papua. [more]

Six community centres to be built in Vanuatu's Shefa
The United Nations Development Programme is delivering building materials for the construction of six community centres in six islands of Vanuatu's Tongoa and Shepherds Group of islands in Shefa Province. [more]

Improving rental housing a must for Maori, say Greens
A comprehensive warrant of fitness for rental properties would benefit thousands of Maori, the Green Party says. [more]

Sport: PNG close in on Oceania Cup rugby title
Papua New Guinea have all but sealed the Oceania Cup rugby title after beating American Samoa 36-22 in the second round of matches in Port Moresby yesterday. [more]

Sport: American Samoa to play first football match in 4 years
American Samoa play their first senior football international in four years this evening against Fiji in Nadi. [more]

Heart of the City reaches settlement with trusts
Auckland's downtown promotion agency has reached a settlement with trusts linked to its former chief executive Alex Swney, who has been jailed for defrauding the agency. [more]

Dunedin tar pit site highly contaminated
A former gasworks tar pit in South Dunedin has jumped into the top ten list of the country's most contaminated sites. [more]

Our hearts are broken, say colleagues of shot journalists
The colleagues of a journalist and cameraman who were shot dead during a live broadcast are in shock at the violent attack by a former colleague. [more]

Beyond 'haka, hongi and hāngi' tourism
The organisation that represents Māori tourism operators says visitors want more than just a "haka, hongi and hāngi" experience and are looking something more authentic. [more]

Wool sector sees good times ahead
A wool industry leader says there is plenty to be optimistic about in that sector, despite the economic slow down in China. [more]

Asia says yes please to cheese
Asia's growing taste for New Zealand cheese is driving Fonterra to increase its capacity to process milk into cheese products. [more]

Decade-low slump in US farm incomes
The United States Department of Agriculture is forecasting a 36 percent drop in US farm incomes this year to the lowest level in nearly a decade. [more]

'Dust lady' from 9/11 dies of cancer
A woman who featured in one of the defining images of 9/11 has died of a cancer she blamed on inhaling dust in the World Trade Center. [more]

Washington zoo's ignored panda twin dies
One of the panda cubs recently born at the National Zoo in Washington, DC has died after its mother refused to nurse it. [more]

Battle-weary quake victims sue insurer
Frustrated Canterbury homeowners say legal action against their insurer is a last resort, after years of arguments over quake repairs. [more]

KiwiSaver kick-start axed 'based on flawed info'
The Government axed the $1000 KiwiSaver kick-start based on flawed information, a lobby group says. [more]

New blood test predicts breast cancer relapses
An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether breast cancer will return months before new tumours become detectable. [more]

Digging to start on Auckland's new rail tunnel
Auckland Transport expects to start digging up one of the central city's main streets next year to build the City Rail Link. [more]

US share prices rise sharply
Shares on Wall Street finished with their biggest rise in four years ending another rocky day of trading on global markets. The mood was lifted by comments from US Federal... [more]

Palliative care review announced
The government has announced it will look at how to improve palliative care services, and what future demand could look like. The review, to be conducted by the Ministry of... [more]

Govt want in on Statoil meeting
A Northland regional councillor arranging a meeting between local hapu and the oil company says Government officials now want a seat at the table. [more]

Landcorp's profits plunge by $25m
State-owned enterprise Landcorp has recorded $4.9 million profit for the year to the end of June 2015, down from $30 million the year before. [more]

Wait, save and sacrifice if you want kids - Seymour
Act Party leader David Seymour says he doubts there are merits in extending paid parental leave for all parents to 26 weeks. [more]

Kathmandu plans to cut head office staff
Outdoor gear retailer Kathmandu has revealed it is planning to axe up to a tenth of its head office workforce. [more]

Hawking: Black holes store information
Black holes preserve information about the stuff that falls into them, according to Professor Stephen Hawking. [more]

Vodafone quadruples its losses
Vodafone has quadrupled its full year loss to $120 million from a $27 million loss the year before. [more]

Gillard changes her mind on same-sex marriage
Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has changed her mind about same-sex marriage and now supports it. [more]

Man accused of Nelson rape appears in court
A man has appeared in the Nelson District Court today to face charges of rape following an early morning attack on woman in her Richmond home. A couple woke on... [more]

Manus asylum seekers seek permanent halt to deportations
Lawyers representing asylum seekers whose bids for refugee status have been rejected on Manus Island will return to court today. [more]

Construction begins on Tonga's St George Palace
The King of Tonga, Tupou VI, has this week officially launched the construction of a new government building, named in honour of his brother. [more]

Samoa appoints its first female Supreme Court judge
Samoa's first appointed female District court judge, Mata Tuatagaloa, will become the country's first woman to be inaugurated as permanent judge of the Supreme Court. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu volleyballers claim another scalp
Vanuatu beach volleyball pair Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu claimed another big scalp on day one of the World Tour event in Poland. [more]

Sport: Player release still a problem for smaller rugby nations
The International Rugby Players Association says issues around player release will continue to be a problem at World Cups until a commercial solution is found. [more]

Sport: Samoa's Dodson bows out in 200m semis
Samoa's Jeremy Dodson has bowed out in the semi finals of the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. [more]

Tough road to overcome trade deficit
The annual trade deficit has narrowed slightly, as a sharp lift in exports more than offset higher import costs. [more]

Mt Eden prison inquiry to report in October
The investigation into organised prisoner fighting at Mt Eden jail has been extended by two months because of the high number of complaints from prisoners and their families. The final... [more]

Akl worker falls 5 floors down lift shaft
A construction worker is in a critical condition after falling down a lift shaft on the building site of a new Countdown supermarket. [more]

Drilling mud spills into New Plymouth stormwater system
Up to to 300 litres of synthetic drilling mud has been spilt into the stormwater system near New Plymouth. Taranaki Regional Council says is working with the company responsible, M-I... [more]

Auckland Council turns down bid to move housing development
The Auckland Council has voted against a motion to revoke a Special Housing Area development in south Auckland. Fletcher Residential is proposing to build up to 480 houses on 33... [more]

Govt agencies need to work together - English
Government agencies need to arrange themselves around families, not the other way around, the Housing New Zealand minister says. [more]

PNG PM visits drought-stricken areas; promises aid
Papua New Guinea's prime minister has visited areas affected by drought and frosts as the government deploys almost 9 million US dollars in relief funds to affected parts. [more]

Rising sea could engulf Florida, Tokyo
The latest satellite data from NASA suggests that sea level rises of one metre or more are unavoidable in the next two hundred years. [more]

Evacuees moved from CNMI shelters as schools reopen
Three weeks after Typhoon Soudelor ravaged Saipan, the Northern Marianas only College has made public the significant damage it sustained. [more]

PNG central bank paints positive picture of economy
Papua New Guinea's central bank says the country's economy is still growing fast, even though forecast growth levels have dropped from 15.5 percent to about 11 percent. [more]

Vanuatu's oldest school to receive major facelift
Vanuatu's oldest English senior secondary school, Malapoa College, is to receive a major facelift with plans for US$9 million worth of renovations paid for by China. [more]

Winemaker racks up record profit
Delegat Group has made a record high operating profit, following record case sales. The winemaker's profit fell almost a quarter to $32.5 million in the 12 months to June, due... [more]

Teenage killer seeks to keep identity hidden
The teenager found guilty of the manslaughter of an Auckland dairy owner during a robbery has gone to the Court of Appeal in a bid to keep his identity hidden. [more]

Christchurch Council to cut 60 jobs
Sixty jobs are expected to be cut at the Christchurch City Council as part of a planned restructure. [more]

More time needed for prison fighting investigation
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-liga says the investigation into assaults and fight clubs at Mt Eden prison has been extended until the end of October. Corrections took over the management of... [more]

Community group vows to keep fighting development
A spokesperson for a community group opposed to a Special Housing Area in south Auckland says the group will keep fighting the development. [more]

Canterbury social services receive $2.8m injection
Social services in Canterbury have received a $2.8 million dollar injection. The Canterbury Community Trust has provided funding grants to more than 100 organisations struggling with increased demand and Government... [more]

Right to die inquiry will have few limits
The chair of Parliament's Health Committee says he wants to have as broad a discussion as possible about a person's right to end their own life. [more]

Commerce Commission cracks down on 'truck shops'
More than 30 mobile traders - commonly known as "truck shops" - do not comply with the law, according to the Commerce Commission. The commission has released a report on... [more]

American Samoa teachers told to raise the bar
Teachers in American Samoa have been told bluntly they will need to raise the bar this year. [more]

American Samoa drug test plans lack funding
The American Samoan Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale, says funding needs to be identified for plans to drug test government workers. [more]

Fiji's Sodelpa continues push for flag referendum
Fiji's Sodelpa Youth Council is continuing to push for a referendum to allow the public to vote on whether Fiji should change its national flag. [more]

Solomons PM calls for people to embrace change
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says people must be ready to embrace change if the country is to progress. [more]

Reshuffled Solomons ministers unhappy about change
Solomon Islands cabinet ministers who were reshuffled last week are reportedly unhappy about the change. [more]

Fatal stabbing accused 'said he caked it'
A friend of the boy accused of fatally stabbing Luke Tipene in a street fight says his friend told him he'd "caked it" - meaning he'd made a mistake. [more]

Media content regulations up for review
The rules that govern media content are up for review to make sure they are fit for purpose. [more]

Hui aims to cut rates of Maori infants dying
Alarmingly high rates of sudden unexpected death among Maori infants in the Wellington region have prompted community action. [more]

Farmers warned about contaminated wool.
Farmers are being warned they need to wake up to the growing issue of contaminated wool. [more]

World-class soil programme 'misused'
A soil scientist who was involved in the initial development of the controversial nutrient management system, Overseer, agrees with critics who say it is being misused. [more]

Drought set to place severe strains on PNG communities
A specialist in PNG agriculture and food says the drought gripping the country will place a range of strains on many people. [more]

Tonga tourism focuses on culture and heritage
Tonga's Tourism Authority is joining with local villagers in a campaign to promote the culture and heritage of the Kingdom to visitors. [more]

Kids probably no better off in state care
Children are bounced from one placement to the next and may not be better off as a result of state intervention, the Children's Commissioner says. [more]

Are China's problems bigger than first thought?
A Singapore-based economist warns China's economy is slowing more dramatically than the official line from the Chinese government suggests. [more]

Tonga banks under fire from Prime Minister Pohiva
Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva says banks should cut interest rates and keep their annual profits below $US900,000. [more]

The Newsmaker - Michael Woodhouse
In our Newsmaker series, we talk to the people who are dominating the news headlines. This week: the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Woodhouse. [more]

'The kids never came home from school'
A Porirua family, who have fostered children, explain the problems they and their relatives have had with CYFS bouncing kids from family to family. [more]

Minister vows to get CYF overhaul right
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley will not throw money at Child Youth and Family despite a scathing report into the agency's performance, she says. [more]

Warning for truck shops targeting poor
The Commerce Commission is warning mobile traders, or truck shops, it will take enforcement action if they do not improve their compliance. [more]

Tell parents about children's abortions - mother
A mother has made an emotional plea to MPs urging them to change the law so parents are informed if their under-age child seeks an abortion. [more]

Kiwirail to install electronic gates at level crossing
Kiwirail plans to install electronic gates at a level crossing in central Auckland where a pedestrian was killed earlier this year, it says. [more]

Ni-Vanuatu urged to prepare for extended dry spell
People in Vanuatu have been urged to prepare for low rainfall leading into a drought that may last until next year. [more]

ABU to help Pacific media embrace digital
Pacific media executives from around the Asia/Pacific region have been looking at how they can help Pacific operators adapt to digital media. [more]

Vanuatu PM's loses restaurant and suspected arson
A series of alleged arsons on Vanuatu's Malekula island have destroyed a restaurant owned by the Prime Minister Sato Kilman and Norsup airport's only toilet. [more]

'Not a good illness for a kid to have'
Fewer people are being admitted to hospital with rheumatic fever but the Minister of Health says there is still a lot to do. [more]

Flu rates on the way back down
Though flu appears to have reached a peak and the number of cases is on the way down, free flu vaccinations are being extended another two weeks for at-risk groups. [more]

Health and Safety Reform Bill passes
The Government's Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed its third and final reading tonight in Parliament. [more]

NASA says sea level up a metre in next 100-200yrs
NASA says the latest satellite data suggests that one metre or more of sea level rise is unavoidable in the next 100-200 years. [more]

Auckland Council signs transport accord with Govt
The Government and Auckland Council have signed an accord intended to agree on which transport projects should be built in the next 30 years. [more]

Maori trust board under ministerial investigation.
A Maori trust board which received $1.4 million in Government funding last year is under a ministerial investigation. [more]

High Māori SUDI rates sparks call for wahakura
The alarmingly high rates of sudden unexpected death in Māori infants is prompting calls for a nationwide roll out of wahakura or baby sleeping pods. [more]