Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 3rd February 2016

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This page features: Appointment, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Morning Report, New Zealand Society, News in Pacific Languages, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rancho Notorious, Rural News, The Panel, The Wireless, The World in Sport, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Appointment

Interrupted Cadences - Beethoven's last summer
John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Beethoven's last summer. What if he had indeed taken his life at the age of 31? Only two symphonies, no middle period, no late quartets … [more]

Business News

Evening Business for 3 February 2016
Lots of action in business today. Nona Pelletier is here to talk about what's been going on, the Reserve Bank Governor's speech and why he's in no mood to cut interest rates cuts [more]

Early business news
Our business reporter, Jonathan Mitchell, is in with what's happening in the financial world. [more]

RBNZ Gov not fixated on low headline inflation rate
The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Graeme Wheeler, hosed down notions of interest rate cuts any time soon in a key speech yesterday. [more]

Briscoes sees more challenging year ahead with fluctuating NZD
The sporting goods and homeware retailer, Briscoe Group, is expecting to make a record high profit for the year just ended, but the current year will be more challenging as currency fluctuations put pressure on margins. [more]

Strong start for vehicle registrations
Demand for commercial vehicles has pushed new registrations to a record start to the year, but they're still expected to fall over the coming months. [more]

Insurance brokers, advisors feel pressure of industry changes
Insurance brokers and advisors are feeling under pressure as digital innovation disrupts business as usual. [more]

Morning markets for 4 February 2016
Wall Street has come off lows as oil prices rise - with investors taking advantage of a drop in the US dollar. [more]

Business briefs
This morning... the assistant governor, John McDermott, will present a speech titled 'Forward guidance - enhancing monetary policy in New Zealand'. [more]

Markets Update for 4 February 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint wth John Campbell, 3rd February 2016
Watch Wednesday's full programme. It begins at 5 minutes in. [more]

The TPP will be signed tomorrow
The events around the signing, from the nature of the Maori welcome, to the details of the signing ceremony, to who's here to sign it, to to the size of the protests outside... ...all of them remain varying degrees of uncertain. [more]

Whangarei hikoi joins TPP protest
Close to 3-hundred people marched through Whangarei this afternoon to protest the signing of the TPP. [more]

New Lynn locals give their views on John Key going to Waitangi
Natasha Frost went to New Lynn to ask locals whether or not they think he should attend the commemorations. [more]

Mihingarangi Forbes reports from Te Tii Marae
Maori Issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes is at Te Tii Marae. [more]

Lawyer for uninsured Christchurch homes returns to High Court
The lawyer for 68 owners of uninsured homes, or empty sections, in Christchurch's red zone is going back to the High Court. [more]

Quake outcasts under pressure
Ian Gibson is another quake outcast. Or rather his wife's aunty Jean was. [more]

Convicted murderer says police set him up
The man found guilty of murdering Auckland woman, Blessie Gotingco, says the police fabricated the case against him, including stabbing her twice themselves. [more]

Unemployment drops to near six-year low
Unemployment has dropped to the lowest level in nearly six years. [more]

Tens of thousands unaware of Hepatitis B infection
Tens of thousands of Maori, Pasifika and Asians are believed to be infected with Hepatitis B and don't know they've got the liver disease. [more]

WHO warns Africa, Asia vulnerable for Zika virus
The World Health Organisation cautions that the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to birth defects, could spread to to Africa and Asia which have the highest birth rates in the world. [more]

Black Caps facing famous foes Australia at Eden Park
The Black Caps are playing Australia in their first One-Day cricket Interational in the Chappell-Hadlee series at Eden Park. [more]

Afghan boy with plastic bag Messi jersey to meet his hero
An Afghan boy who gained internet fame due to a series of photographs of him in a homemade Messi shirt made out of a rubbish bag, is waiting to meet his hero. Here's Katie Sargent from Reuters. [more]

High-paid bank worker turned bus driver
Unemployment has unexpectedly fallen to a six year low. But while the jobless rate fell to 5.3 percent in the last three months of 2015, though 21,000 jobs were created, an estimated 14,000 people actually gave up looking for work. [more]

Government could help fund buying Abel Tasman beach
The government is investigating how it may be able to financially contribute to the public purchase of private land in the Abel Tasman National Park. [more]

Australian High Court throws out challenge
267 people, including 90 babies and children, will be going back to Nauru as early as this weekend after Australia's Highest Court threw out a challenge to offshore detention centres. [more]

PM will attend Waitangi celebrations depite protest action
Prime Minister John Key put an end to the "will he" or "won't he" speculation today, confirming that he would be going to Waitangi on Friday, to the lower marae, or Te Tii. [more]

Safety fears about iron sands loading operation
New Zealand Steel collects iron sands and transports them via an undersea pipeline to a giant Japanese bulk carrier moored off the open coast near Kawhia - but NZ First claims the process is hazardous. [more]

Dateline Pacific

New Nauru election law draws criticism
A Nauru opposition MP says a new law that requires public servants intending to stand for parliament to quit their jobs three months before the election is designed to eliminate political rivals. [more]

Former Fiji resident fears return after profanities
A former aide to two former prime ministers in Fiji says he is afraid of returning to the country after receiving an apparent threat from Fiji's police chief via Facebook. [more]

Australian High Court affirms offshore detention
Australia's highest court has thrown out a challenge to the lawfulness of the country's offshore detention of asylum seekers. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 3 February 2016
Australia's highest court throws out a case challening offshore detention in PNG and Nauru; Claims of an apparent threat to by Fiji's police commissioner; New electoral laws in Nauru draw opposition criticism; Paris meets to prepare New Caledonia's looming independence vote; A New Zealand volunteer organisation and the Pacific community together; And, a long ride hopes to highlight Pacific and Maori health issues in New Zealand. [more]

Niue broadcaster defends programming quality
Niue's state broadcasting says it has no option but to occasionally run repeats, because of the cost of programming. [more]

Vanuatu coalition govt-in waiting forms
An agreement has been signed by over two thirds of the Vanuatu's 52 MPs, or 36 members, to commit to forming a new coalition government. [more]

Suspension of Fiji party prompts complaints of excessive force
There's a dispute in Fiji over whether the suspension of a political party, the National Federation Party, was an excessive move by the Supervisor of Elections. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 4 February 2016
Suspension of Fiji party prompts complaints of excessive force; Vanuatu coalition government-in waiting forms; Niue broadcaster defends programming quality; Australia's highest court throws out a case challening offshore detention in PNG and Nauru; Claims of an apparent threat to by Fiji's police commissioner; New electoral laws in Nauru draw opposition criticism. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

First song
'Heartaches by the number' by Cyndi Lauper. [more]

Unemployment rate has fallen to a six-year low
Statistics out today, show the unemployment rate has fallen sharply to 5.3 percent in the three months ended December. [more]

Drone-Intercepting Raptors - Debbie Stewart
Police in the Netherlands are experimenting with the use of Eagles to bring down illegal drones. Could our New Zealand birds of prey offer a similar service? [more]

Sound Archives - Sarah Johnston
It's Waitangi Day this Saturday. And this week, Sarah Johnston from Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, is going to play us a recording from the 1940 celebrations which marked the centenary of the signing of the Treaty. [more]

Favourite Album
'Who's Zoomin' Who?' - Aretha Franklin. Chosen by Robert Hardman. [more]

High Tea At The Oscars - Sophie Howard
We're speaking with a Wellington mother of two, who's been selected to serve high tea at the Oscars. She's one of 40 people to be hand-picked. [more]

Roadmap - National Park
Today we follow the New Zealand Road Map to the highest urban township in the nation. It's on State highway 4 and just 20 minutes drive from two of our largest, and best known, skifields. Tourism is the main industry - 15 hundred visitor beds here, in a town with a population of just 174 at the last official count. The main attraction is our largest active volcano and her two smaller sisters which sit in close proximity. [more]

Technology And Innovation
Paul Brislen discusses a new survey that finds telcos are really bad at answering their phones and it's back to school time, with all the technology challenges that presents for students and their parents. Our innovator of the week is Marie-Claire Andrews from ShowGizmo which is an app that helps event organisers get conference goers involved in the conference. [more]

The Wireless
Rebecca Kamm from RNZ's online magazine The Wireless talks about her recent article on Selective Mutism. An anxiety disorder that renders sufferers unable to speak. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 3 February 2016
The Christchurch quake - the disaster that keeps on giving for the legal sector; Nine to noon investigates red heads; and in Dateline Pacific, Australia's highest court throws out a case challenging offshore detention. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 4 February 2016
We're live at Sky City Casino as Auckland braces for protests over the signing of the TPP. And tensions are running high within Nga Puhi at Waitangi... we'll cross to our Maori Issues Correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes. A woman who went to Wellington hospital fearing her drink was spiked says she was treated with comtempt. [more]

Sports News for 4 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Former Prime Minister backs decision to go to Waitangi
Former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley is backing John Key's decision to go to Waitangi tomorrow. [more]

Australia throws out asylum seeker challenge
Australia's highest court has thrown out a challenge to the lawfulness of the country's offshore detention of asylum seekers. [more]

Tertiary education minister promises more funding
Universities are bracing themselves for a big drop in student numbers that could leave them more than 100-million-dollars a year worse off by 20-18. [more]

Business Forum welcomes signing of TPP
Trade ministers from 12 countries will be at Auckland's Sky City today to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership. [more]

Government celebrates lowest unemployment in seven years
The Government's celebrating the lowest unemployment figures in seven years. [more]

Sports News for 4 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Hikoi heads to Auckland for TPP signing
The controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement will be signed in Auckland this morning. [more]

Security tight outside SkyCity ahead of TPP signing
Our reporter Murielle Baker is outside Sky City. [more]

Business leaders back TPP, say protests incomprehensible
A group of prominent business leaders say its incomprehensible that people are protesting against the TPP, arguing the controversial agreement will boost exports, growth and jobs. [more]

Feelings raw in build up to Waitangi Day
There's no let up in the tensions at Waitangi over the decision to invite the Prime Minister on to Te Tii marae tomorrow. [more]

Woman refused testing after suspected drink spiking
A woman says she was treated with contempt when she asked Wellington hospital for help after suspecting her drink had been spiked. [more]

Black Caps smash Australians at Eden Park
Australia was thrashed by the Black Caps at Eden Park yesterday to go one-up in the three match Chappell-Hadlee series. [more]

Nauru ruling a 'sad time in Australian history'
An Australian paediatrician who worked on Nauru predicts appalling suffering will continue after Australia's top court ruled yesterday overseas detention centres are lawful. [more]

Tertiary institutions face big enrolment drop
Universities and other tertiary institutions are facing the loss of 10-thousand students over the next three years - a drop that will leave them more than a hundred-million dollars a year worse off. [more]

Will the TPP undermine Maori sovereignty?
And as we've been reporting the Trans Pacific Partnership is due to be signed in a few hours [more]

Lincoln appoints new vice chancellor
Would you be as open and frank with your new boss as you would be with a visiting academic? [more]

Real Me service mixes up Work and Income accounts
In the wake of a string of privacy breaches, Real Me identity verification system was touted by the Government as a secure way for New Zealanders to access online services. [more]

Sports News for 4 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

TPP protesters gathering at Aotea Square
Our reporter Carla Penman is at Aotea Square. [more]

US response to TPP signing
While the hot topic of the day is the Trans Pacific Partnership deal, there's still a couple hoops to be jumped through in the United States before it can go ahead. [more]

Former US trade negotiator responds to TPP
Clayton Yeutter, was the United States Trade Representative for the Reagan government and helped launch the Uruguay Round of global trade negotiations. [more]

Winston Peters backs Key's decision to attend Waitangi
The MP for Northland, Winston Peters, is backing the Prime Minister's decision to show up at Waitangi tomorrow. [more]

Does NZ need the sushi police?
You've heard of the Michelin stars for restaurants -- the one, two and coveted three stars? Well, now Japan's poised to bring in the gold, silver and bronze awards for sushi. [more]

Drop in forecast university enrolments mean massive funding cut
Universities are being told to expect to lose 10-thousand students over the next three years, and the drop in enrolments could cut their income by more than 100 million dollars. [more]

Demand for better ecoli signs at Rere Rockslide
A woman who jumped into one the Gisborne's best known swimming spots, without realising it was contaminated with ecoli, is demanding better warning signs. [more]

Karamea nurse worried by plan to ditch local constable
One of Karamea's only nurses suspects losing the community's only constable will increase the West Coast town's isolation and vulnerability. [more]

Reporter outlines TPP-signing preparations inside SkyCity
The formal beginning of the Trans Pacific Partnership signing is about to get under way in Auckland. We can cross now to Sky City and our economics correspondent, Patrick O'Meara. [more]

Crowd starting to gather at Aotea Square TPP protest
Carla Penman is at Aotea Square. [more]

Potential shake-up of transport in Christchurch
Public transport in Christchurch could be in for a major shake-up if a new super committee for transport gets the go ahead today. [more]

New Zealand Society

Paddling abroad
Hundreds travel to the Cook Islands to compete in its annual paddling competition, Vaka Eiva, but getting the locals onto longer ocean voyages can be more of a challenge. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 4 February 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 4 February 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 4 February 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Entropy and Extropy
What is entropy (mathematically), and accordingly, is it's complement measure, extropy? - with Dr Frank Lad, research associate in Mathematical Statistics at University of Canterbury. [more]

Nights' Overseas Reports - India
Bangalore based author and journalist Shoba Narayan from the second-most populated nation of the world, India, the purpose of the caste system and how does it work in modern day India. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 5 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Audio clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

What is behind the fall in the unemployment rate?
The country's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in almost seven years, at 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, with strong growth jobs in the construction sector as well as in retail and hospitality businesses. But the data also showed that 14,000 people had stopped looking for work for various reasons, even though the size of the workforce had increased, driven by record immigration. We examine who is leaving the labour market and why, as well as the flow on effects. Nick Tuffley - ASB's chief economist. [more]

Jo Marchant - Why placebos can work
How is it that placebos can be effective..even when someone knows they are taking fake medicine? What impact can meditation and slow, regulated breathing have on your nervous system and immune response? And why do burns victims report much less pain undergoing treatment, if they are immersed in a virtual reality? Jo Marchant is a science writer in the UK who has written a book on the remarkable healing that can happen because of what people believe in or think. Cure - A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body delves into the research that shows the mind can have enormous power over the progression and symptoms of disease. [more]

Our Changing World

UK gives go-ahead for DNA editing of human embryos
The UK approves the use of new gene editing techniques on human embryos for research purposes. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Todd McClay on the TPP
Ahead of the signing of the TPP in Auckland, John Campbell runs into Minister of Trade, Todd McClay [more]

Should John Key go to Waitangi commemorations?: RNZ Checkpoint
So what do New Zealanders think about John Key's plan to go to Waitangi this year? Natasha Frost went to New Lynn to ask locals whether or not they think he should go. [more]

John Campbell meets Todd McClay ahead of TPP signing: RNZ Checkpoint
Seldom, in New Zealand life, has such an occasion managed to simultaneously be so controversial, so heated, and so low key as the signing of the TPP, taking place on 4 February 2016. John Campbell went down to SkyCity on Federal Street to meet Todd McClay ahead of the signing. [more]

Mihingarangi Forbes reports live from Te Tii Marae: RNZ Checkpoint
Ahead of Waitangi Day commemorations, Mihi Forbes reports live from Te Tii Marae - and shows us where the action will unfold. [more]

Christchurch quake outcasts' lawyer returns to High Court: RNZ Checkpoint
The lawyer for 68 owners of uninsured homes, or empty sections, in Christchurch's red zone is going back to the High Court. The Supreme Court last year effectively upheld a High Court decision, twice appealed by the Crown, that the Government's 50 percent offer for uninsured property was not lawful. We spoke to some of the residents affected. [more]

Australian High Court throws out detention centre challenge: RNZ Checkpoint
267 people, including 90 babies and children, will be going back to Nauru as early as this weekend after Australia's Highest Court threw out a challenge to offshore detention centres. Lawyer Daniel Webb, from the Human Rights Law Centre, spoke to Checkpoint about the court's finding. [more]

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Wednesday 3rd February 2016
This channel is used to live-stream Checkpoint with John Campbell - RNZ's multi-platform drive-time news and current affairs programme, tackling the national and international stories of the day. [more]

John Campbell talks to TPP protesters
"We're here today to send a really strong message ... that we don't want this agreement here in Aotearoa!" Julia tells John. [more]

"Why are you here?" John Campbell asks TPP protesters: RNZ Checkpoint
"I disagree with the idea of a corporate model being the model for an international world," a protester tells John. [more]

Rancho Notorious

RN 4/5: The Producers
A temporarily Kailey-free episode featuring interviews with two of New Zealand's most successful screen producers: Two-time Oscar nominee Finola Dwyer and 2016 Sundance success Carthew Neal. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 4 February 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 3 February 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Mike Williams and Simon Pound (Part 1)
What the Panelists Mike Williams and Simon Pound have been up to. John Key says he has been invited to Waitangi this weekend but protestors may stop him reaching his destination at the Marae. Dr Carwyn Jones discusses the fears Maori have over the Trans Pacific Partnership deal. Police were shot at in Auckland's Manurewa. Is it all downhill for society from now on? Team New Zealand could get up to $17.25m from the Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant for research and development. The Overseas Investment Office's hands are tied over the sale of a private island, Motukawaiti, north of Kerikeri, despite suspicions around the deal. Last month 20 or so staff were asked to meet and be interviewed one-on-one with a "visiting academic" preparing a report for the university's council. [more]

The Panel with Mike Williams and Simon Pound (Part 2)
Research from the United States asking the question does an elite education lead to an elite well-paid life? What the Panelists Mike Williams and Simon POund have been thinking about. Chef Jacob Brown of Miramar's The Larder talks about the life of chefs and the pressure they're under. The Iowa Caucus results, and what they mean. The West Indies u-19 cricket team is being harshly critised for "mankading". The world's largest hunting group the Safari Club holds its annual convention and auction in Las Vegas, 20,000 hunters from around the world. [more]

Panel intro
What the Panelists Mike Williams and Simon Pound have been up to. [more]

PM intends to visit Waitangi
John Key says he has been invited to Waitangi this weekend but protestors may stop him reaching his destination at the Marae. [more]

Maori and the TPP
Dr Carwyn Jones discusses the fears Maori have over the Trans Pacific Partnership deal. [more]

Police car shot at
Police were shot at in Auckland's Manurewa. Is it all downhill for society from now on? [more]

Team NZ gets taxpayer-funded grant
Team New Zealand could get up to $17.25m from the Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant for research and development. [more]

OIO powerless over island sale
The Overseas Investment Office's hands are tied over the sale of a private island, Motukawaiti, north of Kerikeri, despite suspicions around the deal. [more]

Lincoln University staff upset
Last month 20 or so staff were asked to meet and be interviewed one-on-one with a "visiting academic" preparing a report for the university's council. [more]

Does an elite education lead to an elite job?
Research from the United States asking the question does an elite education lead to an elite well-paid life? [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Mike Williams and Simon POund have been thinking about. [more]

The pressured life of top chefs
Chef Jacob Brown of Miramar's The Larder talks about the life of chefs and the pressure they're under. [more]

The Iowa Caucus
The Iowa Caucus results, and what they mean. [more]

Mankad
The West Indies u-19 cricket team is being harshly critised for "mankading". [more]

Safari Club annual convention
The world's largest hunting group the Safari Club holds its annual convention and auction in Las Vegas, 20,000 hunters from around the world. [more]

The Wireless

Weekly Listening: Zayn, Lontalius, Rihanna and more
New music you need to hear this week from Zayn, Lontalius, Rihanna and more. [more]

The World in Sport

World in Sport for 3 February 2016
This week, the Papua New Guinea Football Association fronts over visa problems; A PNG delegation visits Tonga to help with the Pacific Games; Disappointment for Pacific teams at the Wellington Sevens ; And Samoa's Kiwi FC qualifies for the Oceania Champions League. [more]

Upbeat

Alexander Ekman: Royal New Zealand Ballet
Swedish choreographer restaging his work "Cacti" as part of the RNZB's "Speed of Light" tour. [more]

Samantha Cockerill: NZSO National Youth
NZSO Education Manager previews the National Youth Orchestra's upcoming concerts in Tauranga and Hamilton. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 3 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 3 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 3 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Spots News for 4 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 4 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 4 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 4 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]