Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 18th February 2016

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

At The Movies

At The Movies for 18 February 2016
Simon Morris looks at the Bafta Film Awards announced this week, and reviews three films about heroes – superheroes in the case of Marvel Comics’ Deadpool, real-life heroics by the US Coast Guards in The Finest Hours, and popular culture heroes in the supermodel spoof Zoolander 2. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best Of The Week - 19 February 2016
This week..... Just how does newspaper coverage of politicians affect the way we think about them? a look at the impact of US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spending and tax proposals on the American economy, it's been held up for decades as a story of ecocide, so what really happened on Easter Island? why do we sigh 12 times per hour on average? making a living as a news photographer is tougher than ever, we hear from one of the lucky ones, feminist blogger Deborah Russell on flirting, harassment and sexual assault, one of Christchurch's best loved arts venues reopens its doors to the public five years after the big quake, the President of Kiribati talks about the Paris agreement to keep global temperature rise under two degrees, a visit the Lead Foot festival and the Spectrum documentary team go behind bars. [more]

Business News

Business news with Nona Pelletier
Another busy day on the corporate reporting calendar. [more]

Early business news for 19 February 2016
Another of the market heavyweights has reported. The telecommunications and digital services company, Spark, has delivered a solid first half net profit, with revenue growth from its mobile and IT services more than offsetting the fall in landline voice and old fashioned data products. [more]

Spark mobile helps drive 9% increase in first half net profit
Telecommunications company Spark says it's ready to take on whatever curve ball the fast changing digital economy throws its way, on the look-out for opportunities that keep it ahead of the pack. [more]

Port of Tauranga expects payback to capital projects in 2017
The country's biggest export port - the Port of Tauranga - says it expects that next year will deliver a meaningful lift in earnings as it reaps the benefit of dredging the port to accommodate bigger ships. [more]

Steel & Tube's looks to stronger H2
Steel goods and building products manufacturer, Steel and Tube, is looking to a levelling out in the slump in steel prices and strength in the local construction sector to help bolster growth and earnings in the second half. [more]

Global headwinds for consumer confidence
An economist says global volatility will be one of the key things that may upset consumer confidence. [more]

Asia to drive growth for Nuplex
The resins manufacturer and takeover target, Nuplex, is expecting earnings growth will come from Asia offsetting the impact of low oil prices on its Middle East performance. [more]

Morning markets for 19 February 2016
American stocks are pretty flat, bobbing between positive and negative .. a poor sales report from Walmart dampening sentiment. [more]

Markets Update for 19 February 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Chorus H1 profit slashed by price controls
The telecommunications operator, Chorus, has seen its first-half profit slashed by price controls on access to its broadband and copper wire networks, but it will resume shareholder payouts. [more]

Auckland Airport's 1H profit rises 25%
Auckland International Airport, has seen its first-half net profit rise by a quarter, lifted by growth across all parts of its business. [more]

Hellaby H1 profit falls on tough conditions
Diversified investment company Hellaby Holdings has reported a 2/3 fall in its first-half profit amid tougher economic conditions and a squeeze on margins. [more]

GST off the menu in Australia
A rise in Australia goods and services tax is off the agenda, as politics seems to have triumphed over economics. [more]

Midday Markets for 19 February 2016
Bryan Shepherd at Macquarie Private Wealth does the Midday Markets. [more]

Checkpoint

Man arrested in Palmerston North in kidnap case
As you've heard in the news - there's been a development in the case of the little girl who was kidnapped last week in Palmerston North. [more]

Which way will MPs vote in the flag referendum?
Voting in the flag referendum opens on March the 3rd, and what was meant to be a process divorced from politics, now seems increasingly politicised. [more]

PM's public support for the Lockwood flag at sod turning
Prime Minister John Key has worn the challenger flag, not the country's actual flag, on his lapel, for months now. [more]

Suspended meatworker's wife says 130 families are struggling
130 meatworkers and their families still have no news on what's happening at the Prime Range meat works, says Shirley, the wife of one of the workers. [more]

Poi rule change slammed as sexist
A storm is brewing in the world of Maori performing arts. Kapa Haka is one of the fastest growing Maori cultural activities, with tens of thousands of school children competing in mini regional competitions, vying for a place at the national competition. [more]

Willie Te Aho comments on poi rule change
Iwi leader Willie Te Aho speaks to John Campbell about the poi rule change, on behalf of the National Secondary Schools kapa haka organising committee. [more]

Officials confirm $3m abattoir could be gift to Saudi Govt
Officials have confirmed the Government's spending three million dollars on an abattoir that may well end up being a gift to the Saudi Government, which recently executed its political opponents. [more]

Privacy Commissioner seeks transparency of information requests
A trial by the Privacy Commission has highlighted the vast number of personal information requests made to companies by the police and government agencies. [more]

Auckland commuters brace for bus strikes tomorrow
Auckland Transport is urging commuters to come up with a plan for getting to work tomorrow as more than a thousand bus drivers walk off the job for 24 hours. [more]

Change the Flag chair says flag video stars unpaid
Lewis Holden, chair of the Change the Flag campaign, speak to John Campbell about the video released today promoting the challenger flag. [more]

Pop-up Globe Theatre opens tomorrow in Auckland
Tucked in behind the Auckland Town Hall, in a non-descript car park, a mysterious structure has slowly been taking shape this year. [more]

High-profile NZers try to bolster pro-flag change campaign
Dozens of high-profile New Zealanders are lending their star power to the pro-flag change campaign, with just two weeks to go until the binding referendum. [more]

Tonga braces for Cyclone Winston
In Tonga, the country is bracing itself for what could become a Category 5 cyclone over the next 24 hours. [more]

Matt Chatteron live from the Halberg Awards red carpet
The winners of the 53rd Halberg Awards, New Zealand's pre-eminent sports awards, will be revealed in a couple of hours. [more]

Could netball adopt the 3-pointer?
The three-point shot has excited basketball fans for decades, and it's been at the heart of many of the sport's most memorable moments. [more]

Revolutionary blood cancer treatment makes headlines
A revolutionary American blood cancer therapy that uses the body's own immune cells to attack metastatic tumours has made headlines around the world. [more]

Dateline Pacific

CNMI groups threaten legal action over endangered species
Environmental groups in the Northern Marianas are moving to take two United States government bodies to court, over an alleged failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act. [more]

Engagement of men needed for Pacific sexual health
A new report says more engagement of males will improve sexual and reproductive health in the Pacific, including combatting high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. [more]

High water temperatures trouble the Pacific
Thousands of dead fish have been washed up on the shores of Fiji and Vanuatu as El Niño causes high water temperatures. [more]

Tears and hope "in the eye of the storm"
There were tears and tales of panic as well as messages of hope from Pacific islanders at a climate change conference in New Zealand this week. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 18 February 2016
Tears and hope "in the eye of the storm" - climate change in the Pacific; High water temperatures trouble the Pacific; Engagement of men needed for Pacific sexual health; Funding for PNG elections still lacking; CNMI groups threaten legal action against US over endangered species; Fulton Hogan contracted to repair Vanuatu's Bauerfield Airport. [more]

PNG misses out on millions from loggers' widespread tax evasion
Papua New Guinea is losing out on hundreds of millions of much needed dollars because of a complex web of tax evasion by overseas logging companies. [more]

World Bank funds Vanuatu's aviation overhaul
The World Bank says a 60 million US dollar loan to Vanuatu will be used for a much needed overhaul of its entire aviation industry. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 19 February 2016
A World Bank loan will be used to overhaul Vanuatu's entire aviation industry; PNG is losing out on hundreds of million dollars from a complex web of tax evasion by logging companies; Tears, fears and tales of hope told by Pacific islanders at a large climate change conference; High water temperatures trouble the region; And, Engagement of men needed for Pacific sexual health. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 18 February 2016 - evening edition
Bill English fields questions from NZ First's Ron Mark about the upcoming flag referendum; Questions also about housing intensification for Building & Housing Minister Nick Smith; Labour's David Clark seeks details of TPPA negotiations in Select Committee and Question Time. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 19 February 2016 - morning edition
Social Housing reforms spark fierce ideological debate, with three Housing bills eventually passing final readings by 63 votes to 56; New Zealand's Chief TPPA Negotiator David Walker faces questions in Select Committee; TPPA, Flag Referendum & Housing also subjects of questions to Ministers in the Chamber; House adjourned until March 1st. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

First Song
Marlon Williams - 'Hello Miss Lonesome'. [more]

Easter Island Mysteries - Professor Carl Lipo
It's been held up for decades as a story of ecocide. A group of polynesian settlers land on the shores of Easter Island or Rapa Nui - they build farms and erect the giant stone statues which still stand on the islands today. But the introduction of the polynesian rat together with rampant deforestation wipe out all the natural food sources and farms fail as soil fertility drops. Society breaks down and descends into warfare and cannibalism. In the end all that is left is the giant stone statues, obsidian spearheads and a small number of survivors. Well that's one theory, but my next guest - Archaeologist Carl Lipo from Binghamton University, says it's not so simple. [more]

Flamenco - Isabel Rivera Cuenca
The passionate, emotional sounds of Flamenco. Spanish Flamenco dancer, Isabel Rivera Cuenca, is here to talk about the art form. She'll be performing in Auckland next week at Q Theatre. [more]

Flying Dogs - Mark Vette
In the past he's taught dogs to drive and now he's teaching dogs to fly. New Zealand animal trainer, Mark Vette, is making an attempt to teach our furry friends to pilot a plane. It's part of a new reality show being filmed in the UK, called Dogs Might Fly. [more]

Favourite Album
Gravelled And Green - The Actual Tigers. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Mary Holm is the author of several books about personal finance. She's a newspaper columnist, financial commentator and leader of seminars on financial matters. Today she's answering your questions. [more]

Food Guest
Ray McVinnie shares his recipe for apricot cake. [more]

Food Guest
Ray McVinnie. [more]

Masterpieces
Today's guest on Masterpieces is Simon Wilson, Editor-at-large of Metro magazine, discusses his favourite essay. [more]

The Expats
Time for our weekly catch-up with an Expat. And today we're speaking with New Zealander, Kelly Charles Bolton. Kelly has been living in Japan and he has a rather unusual job, he's a fake priest. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 18 February 2016
In the programme tonight the number of teenage mothers falls; Richie McCaw is New Zealander of the year and in Dateline Pacific - it's warming - the Pacific that is. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 February 2016
A lawyer is baffled by emergency call centre delays over shooting reports, and John Key is talking with his Australian counterpart about the plight of New Zealanders there. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 February 2016
The Phoenix are given a 10-year A-League licence extension. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 19 February 2016
Traffic flows heavier than usual as bus drivers strike; Auckland commuters have to find other ways to get to work; Emergency transport management team stands by; Union defends disruption to Auckland commuters; Police confusion and inaction over 111 calls in gang shooting; Iraqi court orders 40 men to death over 2014 massacre near Tikrit; All Blacks dominate Halberg awards; NZ Bus sticks to its guns in face of commuter disruption; McCullum prepares to bow out of international cricket. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Auckland bus driver strike expected to cause road congestion
A bus-driver strike today in Auckland is expected to cause severe congestion on the city's roads. [more]

Williamson humbled by Sportsman of the Year award
The Black Caps batsman, Kane Williamson, was named the Sportsman of the Year at the Halberg Awards in Auckland last night. [more]

Pope says Trump's views on immigration "not Christian"
Pope Francis says U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is "not Christian" because of his views on immigration. [more]

Ministry responds to housing trust's plea for help
The Ministry of Social Development has admitted it can't meet the current demand for social housing in Whangarei. [more]

Auckland commuters face disruption as bus drivers strike
There's no sign yet of any major congestion on Auckland roads. [more]

Fire crews spend night battling forest fire in Canterbury
More than 10 fire crews have spent the night battling a large forest fire in North Canterbury. [more]

Law change gives Government power to sell state homes
The Government now has the power to sell thousands of state homes to community housing groups. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Traffic flows heavier than usual as bus drivers strike
Traffic on Auckland's motorways and main roads into the city is heavier than usual because of the strike by Auckland bus drivers. [more]

Auckland commuters have to find other ways to get to work
An update on traffic flow on Mt Eden Road. [more]

Emergency transport management team stands by
RNZ reporter updates from the Auckland Transport control centre. [more]

Union defends disruption to Auckland commuters
Today's strike comes after weeks of industrial action by drivers, including a week of continuous "work to rule" action and stop-work meetings. [more]

Police confusion and inaction over 111 calls in gang shooting
Court records show police confusion and inaction when an East Cape woman called for help. [more]

Iraqi court orders 40 men to death
A court in Iraq has sentenced 40 men to death over the massacre in June 2014 of hundreds of military recruits near Tikrit. [more]

All Blacks dominate Halberg awards
The All Blacks stole the show at the Halberg Awards in Auckland last night. [more]

NZ Bus sticks to its guns in face of commuter disruption
As we've been reporting, traffic is heavier than usual around Auckland city where bus drivers walked off the job leaving seventy thousand commuters to try to make their own way to work and school. [more]

McCullum prepares to bow out of international cricket
The reign of Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum is about to end. [more]

Community meeting in Pomare
Residents in a former gang stronghold came together last night to discuss ongoing safety and crime problems in the neighbourhood. [more]

John Key in Sydney to meet Australian PM
The Prime Minister is in Sydney today for talks with his Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull and the fate of 267 aslyum seekers, including 37 babies, is likely to be on the agenda. [more]

Poi row drags on
The poi has hit the fan over changes to the rules for the national secondary schools kapa haka championship in July. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Aucklanders walk, cycle to work as buses stop for day
An update on traffic congestion from RNZ reporter on the Hopetoun bridge overlooking the Auckland motorway. [more]

Traffic crawls along Dominion Road
An update on traffic congestion from RNZ reporter on Dominion Road. [more]

Some buses still running
RNZ reporter updates from a major bus stop on the North Shore. [more]

unpatched gang member criticises police for inaction
Back to our earlier story about a gang member who was shot dead in the East Coast settlement of Te Araroa in February last year. [more]

Student was teacher's 'seer and true friend'
A teacher facing disciplinary charges over his relationship with a 13-year-old girl, who later died, had referred to her as his "partner in crime". [more]

Brendon McCullum - 101 then out
Tomorrow the Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum will head to Hagley Park in Christchurch for his last test match. [more]

Turkey blames Kurdish militia for Ankara bomb blast
Turkey's prime minister has blamed Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria for yesterday's fatal bomb blast in Ankara which killed 28 people and injured 61. [more]

Relief after arrest in abduction case
People in Palmerston North say they're relieved a man's been arrested after the abduction of a five year old girl last week. [more]

Fire Service says it has learnt lessons from Feb 2011 quake
With the fifth anniversary of the February 22nd earthquake being marked next week, the Fire Service says it is now in a better position to respond to a similar emergency. [more]

Whangarei turns legal guns on Wicked Campers' lurid livery
Wicked Campers and the provocative slogans spray painted on their vehicles are again under fire and Whangarei District Council is training its legal guns on the company. [more]

Surge of interest in milking sheep and goats in NZ
Dairy alternatives in New Zealand, such as sheep and goat, are picking up momentum with several new exporters planning to build million dollar factories this year. [more]

Rowers with an eye to Rio competing at NZ Champs
Rowers hoping to compete at the Rio Olympics in August are at Karapiro this week for the New Zealand Rowing Championships. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
A chat on Australian event with our Canberra correspondent. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 19 February 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 19 February 2016
The latest news in Niuean language [more]

News in Tongan for 19 February 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Haggis' Not Scottish
Scottish butcher Joe Callaghan on why haggis should not be claimed as the national dish of Scotland as it is more properly, a Viking recipe... [more]

Nights' Culture - Hip Hop
University of Auckland ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke raps about hip hop music and culture. Tonight, the Chicago scene. [more]

Conundrum clue 7
Conundrum clue 7. [more]

Conundrum clue 8
Conundrum clue 8. [more]

Nights' Sport - United Kingdom
BBC sports journalist Russell Fuller keeps the score court side. The race for the English Premier League title is one of the most exciting of all time; all because of Leicester City; the Six Nations Championship has begun; the English cricket tour of South Africa; and a rare victory for football fans who have been protesting about the cost of tickets. [more]

Nine To Noon

Trump in spat with the Pope
The Pope has questioned the American Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Christianity because of his call to build a border wall with Mexico. The Guardian's US political reporter Ben Jacobs on the campaign trail with Donald Trump in South Carolina. [more]

The everyday battle to reduce food waste
A campaign to cut down the amount of wasted food in New Zealand says the waste is "morally, economically and environmentally outrageous", but small changes can have big impacts. [more]

A level playing field?
The practice of poaching top sports players by secondary schools is spreading around the country, according to the Secondary Schools Sports Council. It says the age of players being eyed-up is also getting younger.Executive Director of the Secondary Schools Sports Council Garry Carnachan, plus rugby commentator, and former international rugby player Ken Laban. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Tropical Cyclone Winston and Russian arms for Fiji. [more]

Carrie Brownstein: Why Hunger Makes her a Modern Girl
Carrie Brownstein is a musician, writer and actor who first became widely known as the guitarist and vocalist of the American rock band Sleater-Kinney, and later as co-star and co-creator, of the award winning TV satire Portlandia. Her memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl reveals her turbulent family life, and how she used the intoxicating power of rock and roll to escape it. [more]

Book Review: Children's Books
John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop in Wellington reviews three books Allis the Little Tractor by Sophie Siers illustrated by Helen Kerridge, published by Millwood Heritage Productions isbn 978-0-473329-59-4 The Roadman Boogie by Nikki Slade Robinson, published by Duck Creek Press isbn 978-1-927305-12-6 A Hippo Lives in Havelock by Brett Avison illustrated by Scott Tulloc, published by Bateman isbn 978-1-86953-931-3 [more]

Music review with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor presents a wilfully eclectic grab-bag of recent new music releases including the sophomore effort from London quartet Savages, an expanded reissue of Badly Drawn Boy's superb Mercury Prize winning debut, a new Tricky album, and an intriguing collaboration between Israeli Qawwali devotional singer Shye Ben Tzur and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood". [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Thoughts on last nights Halbery Awards. [more]

The week that was
The week that was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Our Changing World

Beetle versus spider
Jackie Spencer is investigating how the introduced venomous redback spider is affecting the threatened Cromwell chafer beetle, and what role rabbits play in the one-sided battle [more]

Cheaper, greener and bendier solar cells
Victoria University chemist Jonathan Halpert discusses nano-scale materials he investigates for future photovoltaic cells. [more]

Spotted skinks on the move
Nearly a hundred spotted skinks were recently transferred from Matiu Somes Island to Zealandia Sanctuary in Wellington. [more]

Eye of the storm - climate change in the Pacific
Kiribati president Anote Tong calls on political leaders to help low-lying Pacific island nations to adapt to the impacts of climate change. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 18 February 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 18 February 2016
RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the flag referenda? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Will he make good on the promises he made on radio yesterday to the Canterbury District Health Board that "if they need more money for mental health this year, they need to just tell me exactly what they need, because the Government is listening"? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made around its programme of Social Investment? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: When the Prime Minister said first-home buyers in Auckland might have to consider an apartment in order to get on to the property ladder, did he mean that the Government supports the increased intensification now being considered by the Independent Hearings Panel? JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received on the number of children living in benefit-dependent households? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: What is the Government's estimate of the likely extra cost faced by Pharmac for each of the TPP's provisions relating to transparency processes, patent term extensions for pharmaceuticals, and data protection extension for biologics? RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Has he had cause for concern about the effects of the current Government's immigration policy; if so, what are the concerns? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about the growth in number of tourist guest nights? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Trade: Did his predecessor Hon Tim Groser ask MFAT officials negotiating the TPP agreement to preserve the right for a future New Zealand Government to ban the purchase of residential land by non-resident foreign speculators? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on growth in seafood exports? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he have full confidence in the Tertiary Education Commission's oversight of tertiary education funding? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: When she said this week at the Pacific climate change conference that "Pacific voices are heard loud and clear at the negotiating table, and there are some things that we hold different views on", what were the specific points of difference that she was referring to? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

PM's public support for the Lockwood flag: RNZ Checkpoint
Perhaps the most consistently high profile advocate of changing the flag has been the Prime Minister, who's worn the challenger flag, not the country's actual flag, on his lapel, for months now. Is this appropriate? John Campbell spoke to the Prime Minister, at the sod turning ceremony for Sky City's National Convention Centre. [more]

Poi rule change slammed as sexist: RNZ Checkpoint
Kapa Haka is one of the fastest growing Maori cultural activities, with tens of thousands of school children competing in mini-regional competitions, vying for a place at the national competition. But a rule change which effectively rules out the "Poi" for the boys has been slammed as sexist. John Campbell asked Maori Issues Correspondent Mihi Forbes how big the rule change was. [more]

Pop-up Globe Theatre opens tomorrow in Auckland: RNZ Checkpoint
Tucked in behind the Auckland Town Hall, in a nondescript car park, a mysterious structure has slowly been taking shape this year. The Pop-Up Globe - a full-scale replica of William Shakespeare's famous London theatre - will open for its first performance tomorrow, with nine of the bard's plays being staged over the next two months. Kate Newton reports. [more]

Checkpoint with John Campbell, 18th 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]

Willie Te Aho comments on poi rule change: RNZ Checkpoint
Iwi leader Willie Te Aho joined John Campbell live from RNZ's Parliament office to discuss changes to the kapa haka rules that prevent boys from using poi. Mr Te Aho is speaking on behalf of the National Secondary Schools kapa haka organising committee. [more]

Privacy Commissioner seeks transparency of information requests: RNZ Checkpoint
A trial by the Privacy Commission has highlighted the vast number of personal information requests made to companies by the police and government agencies. Over three months, the 10 companies surveyed received close to 12,000 requests for information about their customers. The Privacy Comissioner, John Edwards, presented the results to the Justice and Electoral select committee this morning. [more]

Virtuoso Strings Porirua Community Orchestra
Virtuoso Strings Porirua Community Orchestra rehearsing at Porirua College [more]

Virtuoso Strings Porirua Community Orchestra
Virtuoso Strings Porirua Community Orchestra in rehearsal ahead of its South Island concerts. [more]

Review: Dad’s Army
The new version of the beloved British TV series fails to reach the heights of the original but everyone involved seems to be having fun, reports Dan Slevin. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 February 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 February 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 18 February 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Chris Gallavin and John Barnett (Part 1)
What the Panelists Chris Gallavin and John Barnett have been up to. Barrister and law lecturer Anne Stevens discusses the procedures around David Bain's bid for compensation for wrongful imprisonment. A man with measles who went out in public despite being told not to won't be punished by health authorities. An Auckland Airport employee has been fired after nearly $2m went missing. Are you ok with striking bus drivers even if you're inconvenienced? [more]

The Panel with Chris Gallavin and John Barnett (Part 2)
Objects of desire kept in short supply. What the Panelists Chris Gallavin and John Barnett have been thinking about. Dr Claire Mathhews of Massey University talks about the future of cash. Ritchie McCaw is this year's New Zealander of the Year. [more]

Panel intro
What the Panelists Chris Gallavin and John Barnett have been up to. [more]

Bain compo bid fails
Barrister and law lecturer Anne Stevens discusses the procedures around David Bain's bid for compensation for wrongful imprisonment. [more]

Should measles carrier be punished?
A man with measles who went out in public despite being told not to won't be punished by health authorities. [more]

Airport employee fired over missing money
An Auckland Airport employee has been fired after nearly $2m went missing. [more]

Auckland bus strike
Are you ok with striking bus drivers even if you're inconvenienced? [more]

Exclusivity
Objects of desire kept in short supply. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Chris Gallavin and John Barnett have been thinking about. [more]

The future of cash
Dr Claire Mathhews of Massey University talks about the future of cash. [more]

Ritchie McCaw
Ritchie McCaw is this year's New Zealander of the Year. [more]

The Wireless

What's up this weekend?
Where to go, what to see and what to do this weekend. [more]

Interview: Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington tells us what to expect of his upcoming performance at Auckland City Limits. [more]

What is this year’s best NZ album?
See the full list of finalists for this year’s Taite Music Prize. [more]

Upbeat

David Burchell, Lois Johnston and Jenny Burchell
Dunedin Music Director David Burchell, director Dr Jenny Burchell and soprano Lois Johnston discuss their new initiative The Little Box of Operas. They plan to produce opera in the southern city using local professional performers. Their first production takes to the boards in just over a fortnight: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is to be performed using authentic styles, with the musical accompaniment played on period instruments. [more]

Li-Wei Qin
Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin is back in New Zealand to perform Walton's concerto at the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's grand opening concert. Li-Wei has an international performing career as well as teaching in Singapore. [more]

World & Pacific News

1.29pm Pacific Regional News for 18 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 18 February 2016
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 18 February 2016
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 19 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

Kick Out The Jams: Chronophonium
Chronophonium is a not-for-profit festival, which this year ran at Lake Ngatu over Waitangi weekend. The collective behind it say their vision is to encourage people to “forget their capitalist conditioning” and to promote a community where “everyone contributes either by paying for a ticket, volunteering, providing art or playing music”. Three stages were curated by different Auckland music collectives and a fourth “free stage” was setup for bands who were attending, but couldn’t make the official line-up. We caught up with some of the organisers, volunteers, musicians and punters to talk about what makes Chronophonium different to other festivals. Video shot and edited by Ezra Simons and Gussie Larkin for The Wireless. This content is produced with funding support from NZ On Air. [more]

News stories:

McCaw wins New Zealander of the Year
Former All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has been named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2016. [more]

Military chopper sent in to rescue tourists
A military helicopter has rescued two men stranded in only their swimming togs in atrocious weather on an island off Farewell Spit. [more]

Rivals quiet on record home loan rate
Most of the major banks are keeping quiet on whether they'll match what's being touted as the lowest home loan rate in five decades. [more]

Mannering gives up Warriors captaincy
Kiwis skipper Simon Mannering is stepping down from his role as captain of the New Zealand Warriors. [more]

Black Caps want green monster
The Black Caps pace bowlers are hoping for a grassy deck in Christchurch for the second cricket Test against Australia. [more]

Jurgensen back in Black Caps
New Zealand cricket has reappointed Shane Jurgensen as the Black Caps bowling coach. [more]

Rousey contemplated suicide following loss
Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey says she contemplated suicide after being knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne. [more]

PSG beat Chelsea in ECL
Paris St Germain have beaten Chelsea 2-1 in their Champions League last 16 first leg clash in Paris. [more]

Neymar's assets frozen
A court in Brazil has frozen assets of football star Neymar. [more]

Erakovic battles to win in Rio
New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has won her opening singles match at the Rio Open in Brazil, but it took her just over three hours to do it. [more]

Man who sparked measles scare won't be prosecuted
Health officials will not prosecute a man who defied quarantine instructions by entering Sky City Casino and an apartment block while infected with measles. [more]

Melbourne coach praises Breakers
The Melbourne United coach says they'll be coming up against a genuine basketball dynasty in the Australian NBL basketball semi-finals. [more]

Brain drain hinders Nauru in climate change battle
A Nauru climate change activist says a brain drain and a generation's worth of school drop outs are preventing the country from tackling climate challenges. [more]

Child hurt in car crash
A child is in a critical condition in hospital after a car crash in Southland. Police say a man, woman and the six-year-old were in the car when it left... [more]

Apple will fight order to unlock gunman's phone
Apple will contest a court order asking it to help the FBI access data on the phone belonging to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook. [more]

Power restored to Lower Hutt homes
Power has been restored to close to 800 homes in Lower Hutt, near Wellington. Wellington Electricity said the power cuts affected 817 properties in 20 streets in the suburbs of... [more]

Should strangulation be a crime separate to assault?
New Zealand is expected to follow other countries in making non-fatal strangulation a crime separate to assault, but only one person is doing training on how to gather evidence. [more]

Emergency workers out in Niue as Winston passes
Niue is on blue alert, which means only emergency staff are working, as cyclone Winston passes [more]

Explosion in Turkish capital kills 28
A car laden with explosives has detonated next to military buses in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing at least 28 people. [more]

China sets up missiles on contested island
China has called reports that it deployed surface-to-air missiles to a disputed island in the South China sea "hype". [more]

Rooney faces spell on sidelines
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has suffered a knee injury and faces a spell on the sidelines. [more]

Another three weeks of dam discharge
Work has started to halt the discharge of sediment from Waihi Dam near Wairoa in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Coral bleaching to impact fisheries
The regional organisation, the Pacific Community, says high water temperatures in the Pacific are making the "third global coral bleaching" event even worse. [more]

Engagement of men needed for Pacific sexual health
A new report says engagement of males will improve sexual and reproductive health in the region, including combatting high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. [more]

PNG diplomats angry about poor communication
Papua New Guinea heads of mission say lack of prudent communication between Port Moresby and overseas missions plus delays in the release of funds are major setbacks affecting the country's diplomatic missions. [more]

Tautua Samoa wants Samoa caretaker govt dissolved
The opposition Tautua Samoa party is to go to court to seek the dissolution of the caretaker government. [more]

NGO calls for reversal of changes to Fiji standing orders
The Fiji Coalition on Human Rights is calling on parliamentarians to reverse two of the changes made to parliamentary standing orders last week which it says may stifle democratic engagement and debate. [more]

Port of Tauranga first half profit eases
The country's biggest export outlet, Port of Tauranga, has reported a lower first half profit, with cargo volumes largely flat. [more]

NZ wants improved military co-operation with Fiji
New Zealand's foreign minister, Murray McCully, who is visiting Fiji, says New Zealand wants to strengthen bi-lateral defence ties. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Woman charged with murdering four-year-old Maggie Watson
BREAKING NEWS - Woman charged with murdering four-year-old Maggie Watson [more]

Minister yet to consider new David Bain report
Justice Minister Amy Adams has confirmed she has received a report on David Bain's compensation claim but has not yet considered it. [more]

Brendon McCullum's legacy
Sports Call - The retiring Black Caps captain played from his gut and only knew one speed and that was full-speed. [more]

Warning that deportees will flood NZ prisons
The government is "completely underestimating" the number of Australian deportees who will enter New Zealand's overcrowding prisons, say those working in the system. [more]

Spark mobile boosts first-half profit
Spark has reported an improved first-half profit after a lift in mobile revenue and a fall in costs. [more]

Sport: Australia, NZ dominate Oceania Badminton Champs
Australia and New Zealand stamped their authority on the Oceania Mixed Team Badminton Championships in Auckland, after wins over Tahiti and New Caledonia. [more]

Sport: Rebels clash a chance for Samoan players to impress
The Samoa A rugby coach Potu Leavasa says tonight's clash against the Melbourne Rebels is a good chance to expose their young and local players to a new environment. [more]

Akl mayor tries to defuse housing density division
Auckland's mayor is trying to defuse political division over future housing density by putting the issue before a special council meeting next week. [more]

Clean-up begins after weather chaos
Debris is being mopped up in parts of the Nelson region heaviest hit by overnight rain and strong winds, and authorities say the area was lucky to escape a worse situation. [more]

Tears and hope "in the eye of the storm"
Claire Anterea, a climate activist from Kiribati, says the phrase "climate refugee" always brings her to tears. "I have the energy, the passion to speak out, but it always makes... [more]

Sport: Fiji sevens team dreaming of Rio gold
The Fiji Sevens team believe they're the best in the world and are increasingly confident of turning that potential into an Olympic gold medal. [more]

Chch mental health cuts 'put lives at risk'
Funding cuts to mental health services in Canterbury will put lives at risk, says the Public Service Association. [more]

Tears and hope "in the eye of the storm"
Claire Anterea, a climate activist from Kiribati, says the phrase "climate refugee" always brings her to tears. [more]

Woman jailed for helping to dispose body
A woman who helped dispose of a body down a bank on the Kapiti Coast has been jailed for three years and four months. [more]

Hesson wants more from Hagley Oval pitch
Black Caps coach Mike Hesson hopes the Hagley Oval pitch for the second cricket Test against Australia will be greener than the pitch at the Basin Reserve. [more]

Real in charge over Roma
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 12th Champions League football goal of the season as Real Madrid took a firm grip on their last-16 tie with a 2-0 first leg win at AS Roma. [more]

'Decades' of damage to Fiji's reefs
A scientist and Director of Reef Explorer Fiji says the coral reef bleaching in recent days has caused decades of damage. [more]

Ok Tedi management looks to reopen next month
The management of the Ok Tedi copper mine in Papua New Guinea's Western Province says it's confident of reopening next month. [more]

Woman charged with murder of 4-year-old
A woman who's been charged with the murder of a four-year-old girl just over six months ago, has been remanded in custody. [more]

Govt asked for private data 12,000 times in 3 months
Government agencies made nearly 12,000 requests to 10 companies for their customers' personal information during a three-month trial. [more]

IPCA criticise police push at party
The police watchdog has found officers should not have used force against a woman worried about her teenage son at an out-of-control Hamilton party. [more]

Court for Wgtn defence forum protestors
Dozens of people arrested following a protest outside a weapons conference in the capital last November have reappeared in the Wellington District Court. [more]

USO cyclists continue health mission
With sore legs and aching muscles a group of more than 40 cyclists is continuing its mission to deliver key health messages to Pacific and Maori communities across New Zealand. [more]

Māori WWI pics wanted
A new book about Māori participation during World War I hopes to get more photos for its pages. [more]

Family a boon in Maori farming award
The re-development of a farm has helped a family with a sense of history reach the finals in the country's top Maori farming awards. [more]

Filmmaker says Pacific needs to celebrate local heroes
A Film Producer in French Polynesia says the Pacific has been focusing on European explorers for too long, and needs to start celebrating local heroes. [more]

PNG works to update radioactivity laws
Work is underway to develop laws in Papua New Guinea to regulate the disposal of radioactive or nuclear waste. [more]

NZ signs Fiji aid deal
Fiji's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, and his New Zealand counterpart, Murray McCully, have signed a multi year aid agreemeent. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Man arrested in relation to an incident last week where a child was taken in Palmerston North
BREAKING NEWS - Man arrested in relation to an incident last week where a child was taken in Palmerston North [more]

Even louder regional voice needed in international arena
The newly appointed head of the region's main environmental agency says the Pacific should aim for an even louder voice at future international negotiations on climate change. [more]

Black Caps should be careful what they wish for warn Aussies
The Australian fast bowling camp is warning the New Zealand cricketers to be careful what they wish for ahead of the second test starting at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday. [more]

Chiropractor found guilty of indecent assault
An elderly Wairarapa chiropractor has been found guilty of indecently assaulting three former patients. [more]

Campaign for flag change launches new video
All Black great Dan Carter and other high-profile Kiwis are trying to boost support for changing the flag with a new video. [more]

Intensifying Cyclone Winston turns back towards Tonga
Cyclone Winston has turned back towards Tonga's northern islands and has intensified into a category four storm. [more]

Accused teacher apologises to girl's parents
A teacher charged with serious misconduct over his relationship with a student, who has since died, has apologised to the parents. [more]

US still to decide on fewer fishing days offer
American tuna operators are yet to decide whether they will accept the reduced terms on fishing access in the Pacific offered last week by the Forum Fisheries Agency. [more]

World Bank says Bauerfield runway repairs just start of work
The World Bank says emergency repairs to the runway at Port Vila's international airport are just the start of a much-needed upgrade of the aviation sector there. [more]

CNMI concerned about impact of US Military
The Northern Marianas government says it is concerned with the US military's impact on the territory's environment. [more]

MSG chair on tour of Melanesia
The chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group and prime minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, has embarked on a tour of Melanesia. [more]

CNMI to fix transportation woes
The Northern Marianas island of Tinian is looking to improve its transportation services in the lead up to an expected tourism boom following the construction of two casino resorts. [more]

Arrest over Palmerston Nth abduction
The arrest of a man in connection with the abduction of a five-year-old girl is reassuring for the community, the Mayor of Palmerston North says. [more]

'Bigger issue than just the flag' - PM
The Prime Minister intends wearing the Blue and Black Silver Fern flag design at every opportunity, saying it is well known that he supports change. [more]

Wainuiomata gunshot sparks police hunt
A firearms incident in Wainuiomata has led to a police search for a man. [more]

PNG govt denies it is broke
Papua New Guinea's government insists that the country is not broke and that the economy continues to grow. [more]

NZers told to consider retirement and finances
The Commission for Financial Capability wants to do more to engage New Zealanders about retirement policies as it undertakes its first major review since 2013. [more]

Slater fined for contempt of court
A court has ordered the blogger Cameron Slater to pay a $1500 fine for contempt of court. [more]

Slide company banned from Hamilton Gardens
A company operating an inflatable slide which collapsed while children were playing on it at the Hamilton Gardens has been banned from operating there. [more]

Wellington dredging would not mean port sale
Dredging Wellington harbour and other developments would not force CentrePort to be partly privatised, it says. [more]

Turnbull unlikely to accept NZ's refugee offer
New Zealand's offer to accept asylum seekers is an embarrassment for Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a refugee group says. [more]

Northland dairy gleans cleaner record
Dairy farms in Northland are lifting their environmental performance, with record numbers achieving full compliance. [more]

Call to ditch cars as bus drivers strike
Commuters are being asked not to drive when more than 1000 bus drivers strike for 24 hours tomorrow. [more]

Student was teacher's 'seer and true friend'
A teacher called a 13-year-old student his "seer", his "partner in crime", and told her he wanted to climb in her window. [more]

If you're a boy, forget the poi
Rules stopping boys schools from performing with poi in a kapa haka competition will only be reconsidered if regions that voted for the change want that. [more]

American Samoa Zika response: Free health checks if pregnant
The American Samoa Department of Health is offering help to pregnant women to ensure they don't miss any check ups and are well protected from the Zika virus. [more]

Weapons protester pleads guilty to disorderly behaviour
A woman arrested after a protest outside a weapons conference in Wellington has pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour. Eliana Darroch appeared in the Wellington District Court this... [more]

Sleepy, slippery driving likely killed driver
Driver fatigue and slippery roads could have been the cause of a fatal crash between a car and a truck in Waikato last night. District road policing manager Inspector Freda... [more]

Shallow quake hits near Christchurch
Christchurch has been shaken by a strong earthquake felt by 1000 people. The 4.3 magnitude shake at a depth of 13 km struck at about 7.20 pm, 15km east of... [more]

Bionic sheep a stepping stone from paralysis
A sheep with a robotic spine could help paralysed soldiers get back on their feet. [more]

Baby chimp welcomed to Hamilton zoo
Hamilton Zoo has welcomed a highly anticipated baby chimpanzee to its ranks. [more]

Tonga warned to expect more damage from Winston
Authorities say Tonga's northern islands of Vava'u can expect to suffer more significant damage from Cyclone Winston the second time it blows through the group. [more]

Tonga confirms 19 Zika cases
Health authorities in Tonga report a total of 19 people have now contracted the Zika virus. [more]

Halbergs latest - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen wins Coach of the Year.
Halbergs latest - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen wins Coach of the Year. [more]

Halbergs latest - Black Caps batsman Kane Williamson wins Sportsman of the Year.
Halbergs latest - Black Caps batsman Kane Williamson wins Sportsman of the Year. [more]

Halbergs latest - All Blacks win Team of the Year.
Halbergs latest - All Blacks win Team of the Year. [more]

Halbergs latest - Golfer Lydia Ko has won Sportswoman of the Year
Halbergs latest - Golfer Lydia Ko has won Sportswoman of the Year [more]

Halbergs latest - The All Blacks have won the Supreme Halberg award
Halbergs latest - The All Blacks have won the Supreme Halberg award [more]