Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 29th October 2015

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This page features: At The Movies, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, First Person, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

At The Movies

At the Movies for 29 October 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the Steven Spielberg collaboration with the Coen Brothers, Bridge of Spies, and a comedy-drama about celebrity chefs, Burnt. And, straight from the Film Festival, a fascinating documentary about acting legend Marlon Brando - Listen To Me Marlon. [more]

Bridge of Spies - Movie Review
Simon Morris reviews a real-life Cold War drama, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Tom Hanks as a man charged with negotiating a spy swap. [more]

Listen to me Marlon - Movie Review
Simon Morris looks at a fascinating documentary of the late Marlon Brando - often cited as one of the best movie actors ever - entirely in his own words. [more]

Burnt - Movie Review
Simon Morris finds this comedy-drama - starring Bradley Cooper as a bad-boy, celebrity chef - a little over-cooked. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 30 October 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 October. This week........advertising products to children and obesity; DIY funerals; the blind comic book writer and illustrator Richard Fairgray; state housing for native fish; celebrating 20 years of the Black Grace dance company; singing Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins on The Simpson; the impact of begging on Auckland streets for our drama producer; probiotic bacteria which may benefit stress and memory and hanging at the Bays with Fat Freddy's Drop. [more]

Business News

Today's market update
The country's biggest bank - ANZ - has reported a slight lift in its annual profit to 1-point-7-7 billion dollars, driven by growth in mortgage and business lending. [more]

ANZ confident it can maintain momentum
Frustrated ANZ Bank customers were left in the lurch last night when the bank's Eftpos cards, internet banking, ATMs and the goMoney App stopped working. [more]

More interest rate cuts needed - economist
A shaky global economy has at least one economist saying further interest rate cuts are needed in New Zealand. [more]

Restaurant Brands net profit up 17%
The fast food group, Restaurant Brands, says it's looking at introducing new international brands to New Zealand, as well as the possibility of expanding into Australia and South East Asia. [more]

Freightways sees steady growth: positioned for expansion
The courier and information management company, Freightways, says the Australian business is growing, and New Zealand customer numbers are increasing, despite softer economic conditions. [more]

KiwiRail pushes land transport strategy
KiwiRail says it needs to be seen as part of the solution to the country's transport challenges and not part of the problem. [more]

Morning markets
American stocks are weaker as investors weigh the spinoffs of an interest rate hike in the US on other economies. [more]

Markets Update for 30 October 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Building consents fall
The number of building consents has fallen for the second month in a row. [more]

New rules take effect from Sunday
The Reserve Bank's revamped lending restrictions to try to cool the hot housing market in Auckland are about to come into effect. [more]

Midday Markets
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Brad Gordon at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 29 October 2015
The bungled investigation, into the Fox Glacier skydiving crash. Flood waters buckle a bridge and sixty people are cut off and first a two million dollar french painting and now he's stolen a rare motorbike. [more]

No apology despite skydiving crash investigation falling short
Victims' families feel betrayed but the Transport Accident Investigation Commission is refusing to apologise to them over its investigation into the Fox Glacier skydive crash [more]

TAIC's chief investigator
Tim Burfoot is TAIC's Chief Investigator says it's not the best outcome but is defending the original investigation as thorough and useful. [more]

Our Queenstown reporter has more
Our Queenstown reporter Peter Newport has been following the case from the beginning and was part of the team which dug up the wreckage.sh [more]

Valley residents stranded as flood waters take out bridge
Sixty people in Akatarawa near Upper Hutt in Wellington are cut off tonight because floodwaters have taken out their local bridge. [more]

Reporter at scene of flooding
Our reporter, Tom Furley, is next to the slumped bridge in Upper Hutt. [more]

Art thief turned motorbike thief
The man who stole a two million dollar French painting at gunpoint in 1998 has today been sentenced for stealing a rare motorbike described as a mechanical piece of art. [more]

Dying woman pleads for her NZ partner
Carmel Stanwell is dying from lung cancer while her partner wrestles to get out of immigration detention to care for her. [more]

Somali sex offender in holding pattern
A Somalian refugee with a long list of convictions since he arrived in New Zealand in 1999, is to be held as a special patient in a secure psychiatric unit, while attempts continue to deport him. [more]

Catholic church closes Hato Petera to boarders
At an emergency meeting held today at the Māori boarding school Hato Petera the Bishop of Auckland Pat Dunn has closed the boarding halls once and for all. [more]

Kiwirail makes impassioned plea for support from Government
Kiwirail has made an impassioned plea for support from the Government and from the the public. [more]

Anti-oil campaigners unhappy with Auckland vote
Anti-oil campaigners say they've been let down by the Auckland Mayor for not taking a stance against the government's plan for deep sea oil exploration off the west coast. [more]

Police inquiry into farmer's wife being run over questioned
A lawyer for the children of a Lincoln woman run over by her farmer husband says the police dropped the ball when they looked into her death. [more]

Reserve Bank leaves interest rates at 2.75%
The Reserve Bank has left the cost of borrowing on hold at 2 point 75 percent - at least for now. [more]

NZ U-17 Football team loses to Brazil in final moments
The New Zealand under-17 football team has suffered a heartbreaking 1-nil loss to Brazil in their World Cup round of 16 game in Chile. [more]

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

Air crash investigators have admit errors
TAIC does concede its original conclusion that weight and balance issues caused the crash is probably wrong. [more]

Accident Consultant says TAIC investigation result is poor
Andrew Mc Gregor is a consultant accident investigator who wrote a report for the families of the skydiving crash victims. [more]

Valley residents stranded as flood waters take out bridge
Sixty people in Akatarawa near Upper Hutt in Wellington are cut off tonight because floodwaters have taken out their local bridge. [more]

AgResearch confirms 21% of science technician jobs to go
AgResearch says it's confident the work it's currently doing won't be stopped or slowed after making 21-percent of its science technicians redundant. [more]

Drone footage shows native forests like skeletons in Northland
Forest and Bird have release drone footage showing extensive damage to Northland's native forests. [more]

NZ detainee in plea to be at his dying partner's side
A New Zealander is fighting to get out of immigration detention in Sydney to look after his partner who's dying of lung cancer. [more]

Moderators dodge punches in Republican debate
The moderators of the third Republican debate had to dodge just as many swings as the candidates in Boulder, Colorado this afternoon. [more]

Live-alones are the fastest growing segment of population
People living alone are the fastest growing households in the country according to new projections. [more]

Supplement developed for people with chronic kidney disease
Thousands of patients with chronic kidney disease who struggle to get the nutrients they need from food now have another option. [more]

Kapa haka expert and cultural entrepreneur wins Laureate Award.
A Kapa haka exponent and cultural entrepreneur is one of five artist recognised with the Arts Foundation Laureate Award. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Monorail proposed to connect CNMI islands
A Macau-based investment group has come up with a proposal to build a monorail connecting the Northern Marianas islands of Tinian and Saipan. [more]

Former Fiji Secretary General says Govt should facilitate tours
A former Fiji Secretary General of Parliament says the opposition leader should be able to make trips and visit civil servants. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 29 October 2015
A former secretary general of Fiji's parliament says the opposition leader should be able to visit civil servants; A company proposes linking two Northern Marianas islands by monorail; It's hoped a conference in Fiji this week will give the region a strong platform ahead of a major summit in Paris, but others aren't so sure ; we look at the Indonesian government's progress with its grassroot development approach in Papua; and a Pacific trade ministers meeting in Rarotonga is hoped to accelerate PACER Plus talks. [more]

Study underway into algal bloom on Cook's Muri Lagoon
A marine scientist says the water quality in the Cook Islands Muri Lagoon is good despite the impact of an algal bloom. [more]

A Samoa oil spill vessel cops large fine
The owners of a fishing vessel which caused an oil spill in American Samoa last year have been fined just over one million US dollars, but still deny any wrongdoing. [more]

Jakarta looks to empower Papuans in modern mechanisms
Jakarta focuses development approach in Papua on enabling grassroots communities to become equipped with the tools and skills to compete in modern market mechanisms. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 30 October 2015
Indonesia looks to develop grassroots communities in its Papua region; a large fine for the owners of a fishing vessel which caused an oil spill in American Samoa last year; we look at concerns over the water quality in Rarotonga's famed Muri lagoon; a former Fiji parliamentary official says the opposition leader should be able to visit civil servants; a company proposes linking two Northern Marianas islands by monorail. [more]

First Person

First Person with John Campbell: Apple's high ideals and low tax bill
The news that in the last financial year Apple New Zealand had revenue of $568 million and paid tax of only $6.8 million confused John Campbell. So he went on a hunt to find out why.  [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

First song
'Play it On My Radio' - Niki and the Dove. [more]

Pocket Neighbourhoods - Ross Chapin
Urban sprawl to accommodate increasing populations of people has often come at a cost to small neighbourhoods and communities. But many forward-thinking town planners around the world and here in New Zealand are beginning to see small clusters of homes - or "pocket neighbourhoods" - as a more desirable way to build homes while limiting sprawl. American architect Ross Chapin coined the phrase "pocket neighbourhoods" and has spent 20-years working on the concept of more communal living spaces. [more]

Vision Testing - Jason Turuwhenua
How do you test how well a toddler can see - when they can't exactly read out numbers and letters from a chart? A new research project, led by Dr Jason Turuwhenua, is developing a device that will test small children's sight, catching problems early so they can be treated more effectively. [more]

The Broken Heartbreakers - Rachel Bailey
Rachel Bailey, one half of the song-writing duo behind the Dunedin-based Broken Heartbreakers, talks about their new album. [more]

Favourite album
August And Everything After - Counting Crows. [more]

Money - Mary Holm
This week: Investing in rental property - the pluses and minuses. [more]

Upper Hutt bridge failure
As you'll have heard in the news, heavy rain is causing havoc in the lower North Island and has even caused a bridge to slump and become impassable across the Hutt River in Upper Hutt. About 70 properties are cut off, and Naomi Hutchinson is home stranded there at the moment. [more]

Food Guest - Tama Toki
Today's foodie is Tama Toki, founder of Ahi Ka Tonics. [more]

The Expats
Lower Hutt-based artist on a residency in Vietnam [more]

Masterpieces - Lynda Hallinan
Famous gardener Lynda Hallinan discusses her favourite garden. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 29 October 2015
Air crash investigators admit flaws in their report into the Fox Glacier skydiving crash. A new book an Australia's treatment of asylum seekers. What's on the country's most endangered list. In Dateline Pacific......plans for a monorail on the Marianas Islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 October 2015
The government says there's no need for an independent inquiry into the 2010 Fox Glacier plane crash; An emergency doctor says paracetamol is potentially dangerous. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 October 2015
The All Blacks are wary of the Wallabies' loose forward trio. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 30 October 2015
Just 40 hours to go to the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham .. we have lots of coverage. Sixty Upper Hutt houses remain cut off this morning with no word yet when the bridge damaged by flood waters yesterday will be repaired and the Fox Glacier crash review sparks calls for heads to roll as TAIC's handling of the accident comes under heavy scrutiny. [more]

Sports News for 30 October 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Australia will not bow to pressure from Amnesty
The Australian government is standing firm on its border protection policies despite yesterday's scathing report by Amnesty International. [more]

Talks set to start to resolve Syrian war
Talks begin in Vienna tonight in a bid to resolve the Syrian war [more]

Rugby World Cup tickets got for $18,000 plus
The exodus of northern hemisphere teams from the Rugby World Cup means there are still tickets available for the final at Twickenham. [more]

MBIE to restructure mediation services
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is getting ready to tell its staff that it will be restructuring its nationwide mediation network. [more]

All Blacks name team for final against Australia
The All Blacks have named their team to play Australia in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday. [more]

Fox Glacier crash review sparks calls for heads to roll
There are calls for heads to roll after a review into a Fox Glacier sky diving plane crash found key errors in the original investigation [more]

Sports News for 30 October 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Lack of injuries in All Black squad may pay off in RWC finals
In just over 40 hours the All Blacks will be taking on Australia in the Rugby World Cup final. [more]

Fans gearing up for trans-Tasman clash
For fans here it will be an early rise on Sunday morning, but as Alex Ashton reports, the five-am kick off time isn't putting many off. [more]

Views on the RWC from former RNZ reporters in London
So what's it like being a New Zealander in London? Joining us now Craig McCulloch and Carla Gray, two former RNZ reporters.. [more]

Water supply restored last night to Upper Hutt householders
Sixty two homes in Upper Hutt remain cut off this morning after a surging Akatarawa River damaged a narrow bridge in the suburb of Birchville. [more]

Residents survey broken bridge
One of the residents unable to get home is Terry Horn. [more]

Son of Skydive NZ director irate with TAIC
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has been accused of overpowering egos and bureaucratic government speak over its handling of the 2010 Fox Glacier crash. [more]

Chris Cairns' perjury trial
It's all about 20/20 cricket but the Chris Cairns' perjury trial has gone past test match proportions, with the prosecution closing its case today after four weeks of evidence. [more]

Surprising results found in home mould tests
The results are in from tests done by students in their own south Auckland homes to see how many of them have mould - and they've come as a shock. [more]

Five years since creation of Auckland Council
It's five years since the Auckland Council was created in the country's biggest local body shake-up, merging eight councils into one. [more]

Age someone can get a firearms licence.questioned
The Police say it may be time to look at the age someone can get a firearms licence. [more]

Trade Minister sets his sights on Europe
After concluding negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and signing a Free Trade Agreement with Korea... New Zealand is turning its attention to wooing Europe. [more]

Opposition say Maori Language Commission is gone
Known to many as the language police, Te Taura Whiri or the Maori Language Commission has dutifully promoted the use of Te Reo Maori for nearly 30 years. [more]

Report shows dwindling resources available for diabetes
As the incidence of insulin-dependent Type One diabetes grows, New Zealand's ability to cope appears to be getting worse. [more]

Sports News for 30 October 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

McCaw and Carter's home towns commemorate the RWC.
Win or lose on Sunday morning, the Rugby World Cup final will be the last time two of Christchurch's favourite players, Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, will play in an international rugby game together. [more]

Rugy World Cup match statistics
Here are a few stats we've googled for you ahead of the weekend's game. [more]

Tensions rise ahead of rugby final
In less than 48 hours New Zealand rugby fans are either going to be rightfully smug or terribly disappointed. [more]

Four politicians going to rugby world cup final
Just a handful of New Zealand politicians will be at the RWC final. [more]

Buckled bridge causes headaches for residents
More than 60 properties were cut off last night in the Upper Hutt suburb of Birchville after a bridge buckled following heavy flooding. [more]

Aviation commentator calls on TAIC to apologise to families
One aviation commentator says the families of those who died in the 2010 Fox Glacier crash are owed an apology. [more]

Wellingtonians prepare for a big Halloween
People are busy preparing for the scariest night of the year. [more]

Forget your passport? No problem says Australian government
New Zealanders may soon be able to pack one less thing for their next holiday across the ditch - their passport. [more]

ERO watchlist reaches record low
The number of schools on the government's watchlist for poor performance has reached its lowest point ever. [more]

Taumaunu to sign off with Silver Ferns
For the past eight years Wai Taumaunu has been part of the Silver Ferns coaching staff, the last four as head coach, but tonight marks her last test in charge of the New Zealand netball side. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Australia has called Richie McCaw a cheat and a Richetty grub and some commentators are refusing to refer to New Zealand as the All Blacks. Time now to chat to our Melbourne correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 30 October 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 30 October 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 30 October 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Rugby analysis from Sri Lanka
The thoughts of Colombo based Kiwi ex-pat and author of Return to Rugbyland, David Scott, as we hurtle towards the final between New Zealand and Australia at this year's English-hosted Rugby World Cup. [more]

Contemporary Classical Music
RNZ Concert's Sound Lounge host Kate Mead raises the baton on both contemporary classical music plus recent releases of old masters. [more]

Conundrum Clue 5
Conundrum clue 5. [more]

Conundrum Clue 6
Conundrum clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Botched TAIC investigation
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is refusing to apologise to the families of the 2010 Fox Glacier crash victims for its mistakes. TAIC's chief commissioner Helen Cull, QC, says it 's not necessary, and that criticism of the commission was driven by grief. [more]

Have the All Blacks got what it takes?
Former All Blacks captain Anton Oliver looks ahead to the All Blacks' chances of becoming the first nation to defend a Rugby World Cup win. The clash will mark the first time the two countries have played each other in the Rugby World Cup final, and the winner will create history, by becoming the first nation to lift the trophy three times. [more]

Rural communities transforming themselves into booktowns
The booktown movement started in the Welsh town of Hay on Wye 1961 when Richard Booth decided to try and make it a mecca for book lovers to try and save the town's struggling rural economy. The concept gained international attention, when in 1977 he proclaimed himself as King of Hay on Wye - and appointed his horse as Prime Minister. The movement has spread throughout the world, there are book towns across Europe and in Malaysia, Korea, and Australia - they are filled with second hand bookstores, and host book festivals [more]

Pacific correspondent Michael Field
Mike Field reports on the descendants of the original Bikini Islanders, moved for American nuclear testing, who are seeking to relocate to the United States as their substitute island goes underwater. Also Tokelau is marking its annual language week - it raises the question, what is the future of the lovely place? and can more be done to protect it? [more]

Child Genius, Thomas Frith
Twelve-year-old Thomas Frith who has an IQ higher than Einstein and Stephen Hawking, has read everything from Ulysses to Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century,  plays the piano, cello, trombone and bassoon and can easily win two games of chess at the same time.   [more]

Book review: I'll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones
Reviewed by Kiran Dass, published by Simon & Schuster [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor admires the dark, creepy stylings of former Brunette Jonathan Bree's second solo album, the soaring, glacial Nordic pop of a-Ha, and a long overdue reissue of Michael Head & The Strands 1997 dreamy folk-rock classic. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
The Rugby World Cup. The Phoenix Football team. Lydia Ko is number 1 again. [more]

The Week that Was
With Te Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Our Changing World

Saving the rarest of the rare - Endangered Species Foundation
The newly launched Endangered Species Foundation has identified some key threatened species that need urgent conservation work [more]

Bending light in search for alien planets
Light has helped astronomers to discover many of the almost 2000 planets that orbit around stars outside our own solar system, thanks to Einstein. [more]

Eat better, think better - diet and the brain
Psychologists and nutritionists at the University of Otago are studying how diet can have a positive impact on heart and brain health [more]

Eat better, think better - diet and the brain
Psychologists and nutritionists at the University of Otago are studying how diet can have a positive impact on heart and brain health [more]

Kokopu condos and tuna townhouse
A housing project for native fish in suburban streams is hoping to provide safe refuges for giant kokopu and long-finned eels [more]

Kokopu condos and tuna townhouses
A housing project for native fish in suburban streams is hoping to provide safe refuges for giant kokopu and long-finned eels [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 29 October 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Review: Bridge of Spies
Dan Slevin’s video review of the new Steven Spielberg thriller, Bridge of Spies, for RNZ Widescreen. There are extra links and goodies at: http://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/widescreen/story/201776369/review-bridge-of-spies [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 October 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 October 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 29 October 2015
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Damon Salesa and Jock Anderson (Part 1)
What the Panelists Damon Salesa and Jock Anderson have been up to. Inspector Steve Darroch of the Police Training College talks about driver training in light of revelations about the number of crashes officers are responsible for. Has the gentle past-time of whitebaiting lost its innocence? If you get the right answer does it matter how you get there? [more]

The Panel with Damon Salesa and Jock Anderson (Part 2)
Thames Valley Police in the Uk has made a video using the analogy of offering a cup of tea to gaining consent for sex. What the Panelists Damon Salesa and Jock Anderson have been thinking about. The Principal of Wellington College Roger Moses talks about food vending machines in schools. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed 116 things and circumstances that cause cancer. The capital of Spain Madrid has been named as the world's most segregated city. Australia and New Zealand could soon be trialling "cloud passports". Where your biometric information is stored in the cloud - spelling the end to paper passports. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Damon Salesa and Jock Anderson have been up to. [more]

Police crashes
Inspector Steve Darroch of the Police Training College talks about driver training in light of revelations about the number of crashes officers are responsible for. [more]

Whitebait netting big bucks
Has the gentle past-time of whitebaiting lost its innocence? [more]

Different equations equals maths debate
If you get the right answer does it matter how you get there? [more]

Tea analogy for sexual consent
Thames Valley Police in the Uk has made a video using the analogy of offering a cup of tea to gaining consent for sex. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Damon Salesa and Jock Anderson have been thinking about. [more]

School vending machines
The Principal of Wellington College Roger Moses talks about food vending machines in schools. [more]

116 ways to get cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed 116 things and circumstances that cause cancer. [more]

World's most segregated cities
The capital of Spain Madrid has been named as the world's most segregated city. [more]

Cloud-based passports
Australia and New Zealand could soon be trialling "cloud passports". Where your biometric information is stored in the cloud - spelling the end to paper passports. [more]

The Wireless

What's up this weekend?
The best on offer this weekend, including shows from Average Rap Band, Salad Boys, Ron Gallipoli and Violent Soho. [more]

The movie in my head
A dead body, big secrets, and not letting go when you should. Julia Croft shares a different kind of love story. [more]

Live session: Ciaran McMeeken
Up-and-coming guitar slinger Ciaran McMeeken brings his trusty steel string and stomp box in for a live session. [more]

Upbeat

Sara Brodie: Arts Laureate
The Arts Foundation announced this year's group of Laureate Award winners at last night's ceremony at Auckland's Mercury Theatre. Director Sara Brodie is among the recipients, and she tells Clarissa what it means to her. [more]

John Miller: Maori Land March
Photographer John Miller joined the 1975 Māori Land March at Porirua, following it through to Parliament in Wellington. He looks back on some of his photographs of those events, 40 years on. [more]

Uwe Grodd: 'Missa Solemnis'
Auckland Choral perform Beethoven's 'Missa Solemnis' this weekend, with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and a quartet of strong vocal soloists. Conductor Uwe Grodd previews their performance. [more]

World & Pacific News

2pm Pacific Regional News for 29 October 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 29 October 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 29 October 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 30 October 2015
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 30 October 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 30 October 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 30 October 2015
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

YouTube

Kick Out The Jams: Punkfest 2015
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. This week, we head out to Christchurch Never Mind the Punkfest. Read more at thewireless.co.nz Video shot and edited by John Lake. [more]

News stories:

Chris Cairns' anger in police interview
The jury in Chris Cairns' perjury trial has heard a police interview in which the cricketer says he is struggling financially because of match-fixing allegations. [more]

Career highs for Webster and Wesley in Breakers win
The New Zealand Breakers have notched up their third win of the National Basketball League season with a 90-67 win over the Cairns Taipans in Auckland last night. [more]

Swarm of minor quakes hit North Island
At least 10 small earthquakes have shaken the Turangi area in the central North Island. [more]

Philippines not keen on Australia's refugees
The Philippines says it will not accept any refugees sent by Australia if they are expected to live there permanently. [more]

Nauru govt launches attack on foreign media
Nauru's justice minister has rejected foreign journalists' calls for greater access, saying the country's government has no obligation to answer to foreign media. [more]

PNG Attorney General asked to hand himself in to police
Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has dismissed an application by the attorney general, Ano Pala, to restrain police from enforcing an arrest warrant against him. [more]

More accountability for high emissions needed - Tuvalu
A Pacific Island health minister says countries who contribute significantly to climate change should be held more directly responsible. [more]

Police at fault in 60 percent of police car crashes
New figures show police staff were to blame in 500 out of just over 800 police car crashes in the past year. [more]

Calls for PNG state of emergency over drought
The governor of the Papua New Guinea province of Madang has called for the government to declare a nationwide state of emergency as a result of the severe drought in the country. [more]

Troubled waters: Lake Horowhenua row escalates
A long-running dispute between Lake Horowhenua's rowing club and one of the lake's Māori owners has come to a head. [more]

Security guards get living wage
Despite threats of judicial reviews, fiscal blowouts, and political fallout, Wellington City Council's contracted security guards will now earn a living wage. [more]

Fewer HPV jabs may be on the cards
A three-dose vaccine might be dropped in favour of a two-dose one in an effort to encourage more girls to be immunised against the cervical cancer-causing virus. [more]

Calls for law change to protect disabled children
The Disability Rights Commissioner and IHC are calling for greater safeguards for children with disabilities after a girl received treatment to stunt her growth. [more]

EQC response approaching resolution
The number of people working for the Earthquake Commission has halved since the peak of the Canterbury earthquake crisis. [more]

New dairy 'fingerprints' a game-changer
New milk testing technology designed by Fonterra will effectively give each dairy farm a milk fingerprint. [more]

LATEST - Reserve Bank holds the Official Cash Rate at 2.75 percent
LATEST - Reserve Bank holds the Official Cash Rate at 2.75 percent [more]

New Solomons ministers sworn in
Seven new ministers have been sworn in to office in Solomon Islands in a move designed to save the government of the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. [more]

Proposal for 'leaner, fitter Fonterra' rejected
The Fonterra Shareholders Council has rejected a proposed change to the co-operative's constitution that would shrink its board from 13 members to nine. [more]

Pregnant refugee on Nauru to return to Australia
Australia's immigration minister, Peter Dutton, says a Somali refugee who became pregnant after she was allegedly raped on Nauru will return to Australia for medical advice on seeking an abortion. [more]

Polynesian Airlines waiver continues
American Samoa has again extended a waiver of international fees to Samoa's Polynesian Airlines. [more]

Fiji AG cleared of false declaration
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has confirmed the country's Attorney General has been cleared of allegations of making a false declaration of his assets. [more]

Fiji police being trained on human rights
The United Nations is running a human rights training workshop for Fiji police this week. [more]

PNG's AG says he's not evading arrest
Papua New Guinea's attorney general says he is not trying to hide or evade arrest, but he is not handing himself in to police because he has to be at Parliament. [more]

New plan to boost BoP jobs, investment
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has launched a new plan to boost employment and investment in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Te Kotahitanga 'overjoyed' at Crown offer
Ngāpuhi hapū fighting for the right to settle their own treaty claims have taken a step towards talks with the Crown. [more]

Motion of no confidence lodged in PNG
Papua New Guinea's opposition has formally given notice that it will move a motion of no confidence in the government. [more]

An after-party for the record books
OPINION: Win or no win, there will be serious celebrations after Sunday's Rugby World Cup final as some heavyweight All Blacks bid farewell to the team. [more]

American Samoa's climate change taskforce begins its work
A climate change task force in American Samoa has identified six areas of concern in its inaugural meeting. [more]

Priest decries 'inhuman' treatment of gay Catholics
A senior Vatican priest, stripped of his post after admitting being in a gay relationship, has launched a scathing attack on the Roman Catholic Church. [more]

Homeless quake victims at risk of death from cold
Aid workers have warned that some Afghans and Pakistanis made homeless by Monday's earthquake could die from exposure. [more]

Avon-Heathcote tidal barrier plan rejected
A proposal for a tidal barrier on the Avon-Heathcote estuary has been rejected by a full meeting of the Christchurch City Council. The council has been in the early stages... [more]

Australian woman hit by car named
Police have named the Australian woman who was hit by a car on the Bluff Highway in the early hours of Monday morning. Tamara Maree Schmidt, who was 37 and... [more]

Secret weapons of the World Cup final
OPINION: After yesterday's 'How to win a Rugby World Cup final', which was all about the mental game, today things just go mental, says Glen Scanlon. [more]

Seven candidates for FIFA presidency
Seven candidates will stand in FIFA's presidential election on February 26th. [more]

Meyer picks top side for Argentina clash
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has named his strongest possible team for the third and forth play-off at the Rugby World Cup against Argentina. [more]

Sydney FC denounce prospect of a third Sydney A-League team
Sydney FC have denounced the prospect of a third Sydney A-League team, accusing the FFA of trying to cut their market in half. [more]

Phoenix players shocked at FFA decision
Phoenix players are shocked the club's failed to get a 10-year A-League licence extension. [more]

Pocock a tough nut but Wallabies a threat all over
Loose forward David Pocock has grabbed the headlines with his World Cup displays but All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu says Australia pose a threat all over the pitch. [more]

Argentina make 9 changes
Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has made nine changes to his team to face South Africa in the World Cup bronze medal match. [more]

Savea up for try of the year award
The contenders for the International Rugby Players' Association Try of the Year have been revealed with All Blacks winger Julian Savea appearing twice. [more]

Mourinho will sleep easy desite another loss
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declared he would "sleep well" despite seeing his team's wretched football season continue with a loss to Stoke City. [more]

Murray and Bond remain top ranked rowers
They may have missed out on the rowers of the year award, but Eric Murray and Hamish Bond remain the top-ranked rowers in the world. [more]

Plenty more Mr Nice Guy from the Black Caps
The Black Caps intend remaining cricket's nice guys in the three-Test series against Australia regardless of whether they receive a verbal barrage from the home side. [more]

Rossi commits to last race
MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi said he would race in the final grand prix of the season in Valencia, despite receiving a contested penalty. [more]

'This is the moment'
The All Blacks are focusing on how to stop the Wallabies rather than reflecting on the careers of five greats who will play their final Tests at Twickenham on Sunday. [more]

'The Australians just don't want us' - Ifill
The Wellington Phoenix's all-time leading goal-scorer Paul Ifill says Football Federation Australia simply don't want the Wellington club in the A-League competition. [more]

The Rugby World Cup winner will be...
Three rugby legends make their predictions about what will happen when the All Blacks meet Australia in Sunday's final. [more]

McCaw in the clear
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is free to play in Sunday's Rugby World Cup final against Australia. [more]

Owens to referee WC final
Welsh referee Nigel Owens wishes his mother was still alive to see him officiate Sunday's Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at Twickenham. [more]

Milner-Skudder's breakout year continues
All Blacks wing Nehe Milner-Skudder's outstanding season has continued with the Manawatu flyer shortlisted for World Rugby's Breakthrough Player award. [more]

Sport: Tonga Rugby League on the lookout for more test matches
Having sealed qualification for the Rugby League World Cup, Tonga is working hard to arrange some extra test matches in the countdown to 2017. [more]

Sport: Guam footballers remain confident about qualifying hopes
The Guam national team remains confident of it can advance to the next round of World Cup qualifying. [more]

Sport: Pacific clubs say they can still contend for O-League football title
The Papua New Guinea Football Association believes Pacific Island clubs are still capable of challenging for the Oceania Champions League title. [more]

Art gallery robber sentenced for Ducati theft
A man who held up the Auckland Art Gallery at gunpoint nearly two decades ago has been sentenced for stealing a rare $130,000 motorbike. [more]

Secondary teachers agree 3-year pay deal
The Post Primary Teachers Association says its members have agreed to a pay deal providing a pay rise of about 6.5 percent over three years. The agreement increases secondary teachers'... [more]

Man who ran over wife 'self-absorbed'
A coroner's inquest has heard details of the volatile relationship between a husband and wife before he fatally ran her over. [more]

Niue's WWI dead remembered
The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, has paid homage to Niue's First World War soldiers buried in a church graveyard in England. [more]

Reserve Bank leaves benchmark interest rate unchanged
The Reserve Bank has left the Official Cash Rate unchanged but has again indicated that further cuts are likely. [more]

Two men charged with murder
Two men have been charged with murder after the death of another man in a Nelson boarding house in July. [more]

Porn video raises ire of former Tonga students
There have been calls for changes at one of Tonga's most celebrated schools after a student appeared in a pornographic video. [more]

Unchanged OCR no shock to farmers
An independent rural finance consultant says farmers were expecting the official cash rate to remain unchanged, even though they'd like it to be reduced. [more]

Kiwifruit central to BoP action plan
Kiwifruit growing is central to a plan to boost employment and investment in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Tahiti agency boss detained in fraud probe
Reports from French Polynesia say the head of a public works agency, Bruno Marty, has been detained for questioning on suspicion of abuse of large sums of public funds. [more]

Former Vanuatu PM calls for end to impasse
A former prime minister in Vanuatu is calling for both the government and the opposition to form a government of national unity to overcome a political impasse. [more]

Companies responsible for American Samoa oil spill fined US$1m
The owners of a fishing vessel, which caused an oil spill in American Samoa, have been fined just over over US$1 million by the US Justice Department. [more]

PACER Plus negotiations continue
New Zealand's associate trade minister says he hopes a meeting with the region's trade minister in Rarotonga this week will accelerate negotiations for the regional PACER Plus free trade agreement. [more]

Amnesty accuses Australia over people-smuggling
Amnesty International says there is good evidence that Australian officials acted illegally towards refugees, paying boat crews to return them to Indonesia. [more]

Low dairy prices behind surge in Wagyu interest
A Wagyu cattle primary growth partnership is gaining momentum as dairy farmers look to increase value. [more]

Anchor makes foray into Ethiopia
New Zealand's oldest dairy brand Anchor has opened up new markets with its first consumer foray into Ethiopia and Australia with products geared to market needs. [more]

Pacific interests may be 'sacrificed' at Paris climate talks
The Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama says the Pacific must not give an inch when it comes to demanding action on climate change. [more]

Comet gives clues to Earth's beginning
The Rosetta spacecraft has detected significant levels of molecular oxygen coming from a comet, in a discovery that has taken astronomers by surprise. [more]

Worker admits to raping sleeping victim
A Tongan orchard worker living in Nelson has admitted raping a woman while she lay sleeping in her home. [more]

China to rebuild school in Cooks
China has signed a US$6 million agreement to rebuild a school in the Cook Islands. [more]

ADB lays out path for Cooks business growth
An improving business environment in the Cook Islands will help attract the private sector investment needed to ensure the future of the tourism industry, develop other sectors, and improve living standards. [more]

One-way fatality prompts Council action
A double fatality on one of Christchurch's one-way streets has prompted the Council to look at ways to make the road system safer. [more]

Claim Fiji's PM grandstanding on climate change
The Fiji opposition says the country's prime minister should stop blaming Australia for its emissions and focus on what Fiji is doing over climate change. [more]

Young NZ footballers 'devastated' after loss
The under-17 New Zealand football side is trying to come to terms with losing their World Cup round of 16 elimination match against Brazil in Chile. [more]

Freightways sees steady growth
Courier and information management company Freightways says its first-quarter result reflects the success of its growth strategy and resilience to softer economic conditions in Australia and New Zealand. The company's... [more]

$51m unspent in education budget
The Education Ministry boosted education spending during the last financial year, but not all the extra money was needed, its annual report shows. [more]

Doubt cast on Sanford's Hauraki fishing offer
There are just too many fish hooks in Sanford's offer to stop harvesting the Hauraki Gulf for it to work, a recreational fisherman says. [more]

Victims of fishing boat tragedy named
The three men who died in the sinking of a fishing boat off the Canterbury coast last week have been named. [more]

KiwiRail calls for support for trains
State transport company KiwiRail has made an impassioned plea for support from the government and public. [more]

Art thief sentenced over luxury bike grab
The man who stole a two million dollar French painting at gunpoint in 1998 has been sentenced for stealing a rare motorbike. [more]

Living wage defended
Wellington's deputy mayor says he's unafraid the city council will be taken to court for extending the living wage to some contractors. Councillors last night defied the advice of the... [more]

PNG no confidence motion rejected
A motion of no confidence submitted against the Papua New Guinea government has been rejected. [more]

Dotcom's bid to stop hearing rejected
Kim Dotcom's bid to stop his extradition hearing has been rejected and his lawyers will open his defence on Monday. [more]

Refugee to be held pending deportation
A Somalian refugee with a long list of convictions will be held as a special patient in a secure psychiatric unit while attempts continue to deport him. [more]

AgResearch to lay off 5 fewer scientists/techs
AgResearch has confirmed it is laying off 51 scientists and technicians next year, five fewer than it first proposed. [more]

KFC drives sales at Restaurant Brands
A craving for KFC has helped drive fastfood operator Restaurant Brands' first half net profit almost 17 percent higher. [more]

ANZ profit nudges higher
ANZ, the country's biggest bank, has reported a slight lift in its annual profit to $1.77 billion driven by growth in mortgage and business lending. [more]

Council backs away from oil exploration stance
Anti-oil campaigners say they've been let down by the Auckland Mayor for not taking a stance against the government's plan for deep sea oil exploration off the west coast. [more]

Kiwi detained while partner dies alone
Ra Fowell just wants to go home to look after his dying partner, but Australian authorities refuse to release him from a Sydney detention centre. [more]

Bridge with 'broken back' cuts off homes
Rescue personnel in four-wheel drive vehicles are on call to ferry residents trapped on either side of a collapsed bridge in the Upper Hutt suburb of Birchville. [more]

No apology for families of sky dive crash victims
Families of victims who died in the Fox Glacier sky diving plane crash will not receive an apology from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission - despite admitted problems with its investigation [more]

Lifestyle block death investigation criticised
A lawyer for the children of a woman killed when she was run over by her husband has told a coroner's court there were shortcomings in the police investigation. [more]

Giant Richie McCaw mural goes up in Taupo
Richie McCaw may be in London, ready to defend the Rugby World Cup, but a giant painting of the All Black captain is now gracing a wall in Taupo. [more]

Google's 'Project Loon' goes global
"Project Loon" - a Google project from 2013 which saw it launch 30 helium balloons from Tekapo to provide internet links to 50 people in Canterbury - is going global. [more]

Kapa haka expert: 'I'm still a student'
Kapa haka expert Wetini Mitai-Ngatai has been recognised at the Westpac NZ Arts Awards for something he has been doing since he was 8 years old, but says he is still no master of the form. [more]

Auckland fugitive found after stabbing in Titirangi
Auckland police have found a man they were hunting after a stabbing in Titirangi. Parts of the Auckland suburb were cordoned off this afternoon after a man was stabbed in... [more]

Ship flying Cooks flag in huge dope haul
A Cook Islands-flagged ship has been detained by Italian police after the vessel was found carrying more than 20 tonnes of cannabis, valued at 226 million US dollars. [more]

Passport-less travel to Australia on the table
New Zealand and Australia are discussing trials of passport-less travel between the two countries, in which all the information normally carried on travel documents will be held in a "cloud". [more]

US Republicans spar in fiery presidential debate
US Republicans have traded blows in a heated presidential debate in Colorado that featured several angry exchanges. [more]

Boarding halls at Māori college Hato Petera closed
The Bishop of Auckland, Pat Dunn, has closed the boarding halls at the Māori college Hato Petera. The hostels house about 60 of the school's 70 students and will be... [more]

ANZ glitch catches out customers
Some ANZ customers have had to leave their groceries behind and have been unable to pay their restaurant bills because of a technical problem with the bank. [more]