Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 25th February 2016

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

Appointment

Four Last Songs
Peter Shaw looks at Richard Strauss's final years and in particular his Four Last Songs, today one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. He surveys some of the many recordings [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 25 February 2016
Simon Morris goes to the reboot of TV classic Dad's Army, to Will Smith's real-life drama Concussion, and to the delightful independent Samoan comedy-drama, Three Wise Cousins. He also talks to English film-maker Andrew Haigh about the Oscar-nominated 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best Of The Week - 26 February 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26 February. This week..... the war on drugs, we hear from the chair of a West Yorkshire voluntary gardening initiative called Incredible Edible, in the online era does putting the word 'naked' or 'nude' in a headline prompt people to click on an online story and are those stories actually newsworthy? the politics of US Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, what are robopets? we'll heqar about a show described as 'the funniest show you'll ever see about depression', we are at the opening launch of Puhoro, the Maori Science Academy, two of our finest songwriters Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter talk about playing their favourite songs from each others back catalogue at an upcoming performance at the Auckland Arts Festival, how hot rocks used to cook kai capture a record of the direction and intensity of the Earth's magnetic field as they cool and we drop in on 'The Forage North Canterbury' event. [more]

Business News

Business news with Gyles Beckford
The very latest business news with RNZ Business Editor Gyles Beckford. [more]

Early business news for 26 February 2016
If you add 3 million plus tourists, cheap oil and cheap airfares ... what do you get? [more]

Dick Smith to close after receiver couldn't find a buyer
The receivers of the electronics retailer, Dick Smith, have pulled the plug on the business and will close it in the next couple of months after no buyers were found. [more]

A lower dollar and more Chinese feeds tourism boom
Official figures show close to 3-point 2 million tourists came here in the January year - a record high - bolstered by an influx of Chinese on holiday here for their New Year celebrations. [more]

Air NZ rides tourism boom
A major beneficiary of the tourism boom is Air New Zealand, and yesterday it showed the extent its fortunes are being driven by overseas visitors. [more]

Analyst says Air NZ conservative in profit forecast
Meanwhile, the head of research at broking house Forsyth Barr, Andy Bowley, says Air New Zealand is probably being conservative in its forecast of pre-tax earnings of more than 800-million dollars in the 12 months ended June. [more]

Institute of Directors supports increase in company reporting
The Institute of Directors is in support of tightening up the reporting requirements for New Zealand's public-listed companies. [more]

Morning markets for 26 February 2016
Wall Street is fairly flat after data pointed to a recovery in its sluggish manufacturing sector. [more]

Markets Update for 26 February 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sky TV sees first-half profit fall 5.8%, revenue up 2.4%
The pay tv operator, Sky Network Television, has seen its first half net profit fall, hit by an increase in programming costs and the rollout of new digital technology. [more]

Vector H1 profit rises
As you heard in the news, the energy network company Vector has posted a bigger half year profit. [more]

SLI Systems' loss reduces
The online search firm, SLI Systems, has reported a smaller loss as it retains earnings and grows its customer base. [more]

Other earning news
The premium wine company, Delegat Group, has delivered a record first half profit of 19-million dollars for the six months ended December, up 96 percent on last year. [more]

Jim Parker reports on Dick Smith closures
As we've been reporting today, the electronics store, Dick Smith, will progressively shut down its remaining 360 shops in Australia and New Zealand after receivers failed to find a buyer. [more]

Midday Markets for 26 February 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite at First NZ Capital. [more]

Ron Brierley offers to buy Kirkcaldie's rump
Veteran corporate raider Sir Ron Brierley is making a swoop to buy the shell of Wellington retailer Kirkcaldie and Stains. [more]

Small trade surplus in January
The country posted a small trade surplus in January as growth in exports and imports kept pace. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 25th February 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

Double murder accused removed from court
Double murder accused Russell Tully has been removed from court after a loud outburst, Conan Young reports. [more]

Death toll rises in wake of Winston
Alice Clements, from Unicef, tells Checkpoint about the pain behind the smiles of Fijian children, whose future is uncertain after Winston's devastation. [more]

Remote Fiji island flattened after cyclone
The death toll in Fiji from Cyclone Winston has now hit 44, with the island Koro hit particularly hard. Joseph Hing, from Unicef, told Checkpoint what he had seen. [more]

Dick Smith stores to close
The receivers of electronics chain Dick Smith have announced all stand alone stores in New Zealand and Australia will close. [more]

Commentator Bernard Hickey on failed intensification proposals
The receivers of electronics chain Dick Smith have announced all stand alone stores in New Zealand and Australia will close. [more]

Hacking iPhone a dangerous precedent, says Apple CEO
Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out about breaking into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino gunman, in an exclusive interview with ABC America. [more]

Cat Management Group wants feral feline free NZ by 2025
The National Cat Management Strategy Group has announced its aims to rid New Zealand of its feral cats within a decade. [more]

Johnson & Johnson to pay millions after US court case
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay US$72 million in damages to the family of a woman whose death from cancer has been linked to talc-based Baby Powder. [more]

Petition to fund cancer drug to be presented to Pharmac
Nearly 8000 people have signed a petition calling for Pharmac to fund Keytruda, a cancer drug which fights advanced melanoma. Checkpoint speaks to two people with stage four melanoma. [more]

Joseph Parker one fight away from world title
New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is now one fight away from a shot at a world title and will soon do battle with Cameroonian-French Carlos Takam. Joe Porter reports. [more]

Dick Smith to shut all NZ & Aus stores
As the sorry saga of electronics retailer Dick Smith comes to an end, with almost 3000 staff affected, Matt Ryan, an analyst from Forager Funds Investment, tells John Campbell what went wrong. [more]

Fijian mother uses suitcase to save life in Koro
A Fijian mother and her two sons narrowly avoided death as Cyclone Winston ripped the walls and roof of their house from around them. Joseph Hing describes what happened. [more]

Fiji's crops suffer extensive damage from Winston
With tourism, sugar and agriculture forming the backbone of Fiji's economy, Cyclone Winston's impact looks likely to be a long-lasting one. RNZ International's Alex Perrottet reports from Fiji. [more]

First Syrian refugees under new quota to arrive in Wgtn
The first of the Syrian refugees to enter the country under the emergency quota will arrive in Wellington tomorrow to begin their new lives. Kate Pereyra Garcia reports. [more]

PM gets jumbo-sized gift in Sri Lanka
The Prime Minister has been gifted a baby elephant during his visit to Sri Lanka, but not everyone is happy about the present. Animal rights activist Sagarica Rajakarunanayake joins Checkpoint from Sri Lanka. [more]

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Friday 26 February 2016
Watch Friday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: FIFA Presidential candidates court Oceania votes
Oceania countries are still to decide on who to back in FIFA Presidential election. [more]

Tokelau receives new ferry from NZ govt
A new ferry is called a game changer for the people of Tokelau. [more]

As Rakiraki cleans up, chiefs and mothers are calling for help
Chiefs and families in the province of Ra in Fiji's western division are walking to Rakiraki town to ask for help. [more]

45,000 people in evacuation centres across Fiji
The Fiji government says there are more than 45,000 people, or about five percent of the population, in evacuation centres following Cyclone Winston. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 25 February 2016
45,000 people in evacuation centres across Fiji; as Rakiraki cleans up, chiefs and mothers are calling for help; a new ferry is called a game changer for the people of Tokelau; American Samoa evaluating zika transmissions; and in sport, FIFA Presidential candidates court Oceania votes. [more]

Efforts underway to curb Zika in American Samoa
The government in American Samoa is to begin a three day clean-up of the main island Tutuila, in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. [more]

Winston inflicts significant blow to Fiji's economy
The Asian Development Bank says Fiji's economy could face losses of tens of millions of dollars following Cyclone Winston. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 26 February 2016
Fiji's economy to be hit in cyclone aftermath; as Rakiraki cleans up, chiefs and mothers are calling for help; efforts underway to curb Zika in American Samoa; and in sport: FIFA Presidential candidates court Oceania votes. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Prince - Simon Sweetman
Prince played his first ever concerts in Auckland last night, and there was plenty of hype around about the sold-out shows. Music writer and curator of the website Off The Tracks, Simon Sweetman, was there. [more]

The Tiaki Fishing Approach - Rachel Taulelei
A new way to fish, that uses innovative nets and a mobile app, to track how fish are caught and where they come from. The Tiaki fishing approach is the latest stage in the six-year Primary Growth Partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries and commercial fishing companies - Sanford, Sealord and Aotearoa Fisheries. Rachel Taulelei is the CEO of Kono New Zealand and founder of Yellow Brick Road, and she's here to tell us more about it. [more]

Creating a Tribal Economy - Associate Professor Te Maire Tau
The University of Canterbury Ngai Tahu Research Centre is hosting an international conference this week on what is needed to create a tribal economy. But what exactly does this mean? Director of the Ngai Tahu Research Centre, Associate Professor Te Maire Tau explains. [more]

Fiji situation update - Arish Naresh
It's been five days since Cyclone Winston ripped though the islands of Fiji. At least 42 people were killed in the category-five cyclone at the weekend. Close to 20-thousand people are staying in evacuation centres. Arish Naresh is on the board of trustees for Unicef New Zealand. And remembers well, the emotional impact of Fiji's cyclones. [more]

Favourite Album
Gratte moi la puce - Thomas Fersen. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Mary offers some tips on buying and selling property. [more]

Food Guests
Featuring Kylee Newton, the modern preserver, and Matt Lambert, chef and owner of The Musket Room, a New Zealand themed restaurant in New York. [more]

Masterpieces - David Downs
Today on the show, David Downs will be looking at his favourite lesser-known NZ inventions. How a tobacco company kept the world fit; why Ernest Rutherford is the SECOND most famous person from the small town of Brightwater, Nelson; how a kiwi stopped people yelling at sport matches; and how a kiwi vet revolutionised health across the world. And, rather sadly, David will highlight little known kiwi heroes of invention that reached recognition on the world stage but not here in their home country. [more]

The Expats - Simon Oscroft
Time now for our weekly catch-up on the Expats. Where we check-in with New Zealanders living overseas. And today, we are off to New York, to speak with musician Simon Oscroft. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 25 February 2016
The financial pressure on farmers and a decline in albatross numbers. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 February 2016
A man who stabbed his estranged wife to death gets at least 17 years and the dairy slump's knock-on effect could be huge. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 February 2016
The crucial role coach Wayne Smith has played in New Zealand Rugby has led the national body to do all it can to keep him in the country. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 26 February 2016
Hutt GPs to turn away Syrian refugees, blame Govt funding; The downfall of Dick Smith; Mum sees 'ghost' when daughter feared drowned turns up; Solution needs for hoax school calls - IT investigator; Fiji evacuation centres full six days on from Cyclone Winston; Patea rocked by triple fatality milk tanker crash; RNZ business editor discusses Dick Smith collapse; Ashburton shooter had history of beefs with Winz staff. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Australian Govt warns of potential terror attack in Indonesia
New Zealanders in Indonesia are being reminded of the high threat of a terror attack. [more]

Lack of funds Hutt Union Health unable to treat new refugees
The biggest GP service for refugees in the Hutt Valley is going to turn away the 30 Syrians who arrive today, saying lack of government funding makes it unsafe to treat them. [more]

Greece orders Austrian ambassador home over migrant crisis
Greece has ordered its ambassador to Austria home after being left out of discussions between Balkan countries about how to deal with the migrant crisis. [more]

Opposition parties withdraw support for Christchurch bill
Opposition parties say a bill that governs the next step of the Christchurch earthquake rebuild leaves too much power with central government. [more]

More incompetent teachers reported to council
The Education Council says complaints about incompetent early childhood and primary school teachers have doubled in the past two years. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Hutt GPs to turn away Syrian refugees, blame Govt funding
The biggest GP service for refugees in the Hutt Valley is going to turn away the 30 Syrians who arrive today, saying lack of government funding makes it unsafe to treat them. [more]

The downfall of Dick Smith
Hundreds of people will be out of work when Dick Smith closes its doors in eight weeks, after receivers failed to find a buyer for the company. [more]

Mum sees 'ghost' when daughter feared drowned turns up
Trauma turned to elation in Gisborne last night, when a young girl feared drowned turned up alive and well. [more]

Solution needs for hoax school calls - IT investigator
A cyber security expert says New Zealand needs stricter regulations to stop the kind of hoax calls that have been made to 33 schools in the past two days. [more]

Fiji evacuation centres full six days on from Cyclone Winston
Fiji's government estimates the damage caused by Cyclone Winston will cost close to 700 million dollars to fix. [more]

Patea rocked by triple fatality milk tanker crash
Three people were killed in the small Taranaki town of Patea yesterday when their car was hit by a milk tanker. [more]

RNZ business editor discusses Dick Smith collapse
Back now to the closing of the Dick Smith chain [more]

Ashburton shooter had history of beefs with Winz staff
A high court murder trial in Christchurch has heard the man accused of gunning down two Ashburton Work and Income workers, had multiple run-ins with staff before the shooting. [more]

Jamie Joseph: Highlanders want to retain Super Rugby title
The Super Rugby season will kick off tonight but it's going to look a little different than usual. [more]

Rural debt expert says dairying in dire straits
A rural debt negotiator says the dairy industry is in dire straits, and more farmers are likely to lose their farms. [more]

NZ Festival gets under way today
The New Zealand Festival marks its 30th anniversary tonight with a performance by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a dead dog in a suitcase. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Community Law also short of funds to help Syrian refugees
Another key refugee service is considering turning away new migrants. [more]

Govt warned against keeping asylum seekers in Mt Eden
The Government is being warned that detaining asylum seekers in prison is dangerous and it's just matter of time before someone takes their own life. [more]

Amnesty faults NZ's collection of Pacific data
Amnesty International's Annual Human Rights report has highlighted the New Zealand government's breach of the right to privacy through the mass collection of data in the Pacific. [more]

More than 45,000 in evacuation centres across Fiji
The Fiji government says about five percent of the population is now in evacuation centres following Cyclone Winston. [more]

Mayoral candidates weigh in on Unitary Plan row
It's possible more people will struggle to afford to rent or buy, in Auckland after the council did a U-Turn on its proposed changes to the Unitary plan. [more]

Lawyer says prison is no place for traumatised refugees
An immigration lawyer says New Zealand is acting no better than Australia when it comes to dealing with people fleeing war zones. [more]

Sheikh Salman set to replace Blatter in Fifa vote
Voting gets underway later today to elect a replacement for the disgraced Sepp Blatter to lead football's troubled governing organisation Fifa. [more]

The bucket is back
The large yellow bucket that vanished from Wellington's Cuba Street on Sunday night has reappeared. [more]

Efforts underway to curb Zika in American Samoa
The government in American Samoa has begun a three day clean-up of the main island Tutuila, in an attempt to eradicate mosquitoes which carry the zika virus. [more]

Super Rugby new era with addition of Japan and Argentina
The Super Rugby competition kicks off today with three new teams and a complicated and controversial new format. [more]

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

News Extras

Yosef Livne part two
A few weeks ago the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, strongly condemned the stabbbings, vehicle attacks and shootings by some Palestinians on Israeli civilians. Mr Ban called for the full force of the law to be brought down on the perpetrators. But he did go on to say that " Security measures alone won't stop the violence or address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians." Hanan Ashrawi of the Palestinian Authority made no such condemnation of the attacks.. but she did basically back what Mr Ban said. In this second part of John Greaves' conversation with the Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand, he asked Yosef Livne for his response to those comments. [more]

Yosef Livne part three
His Excellency the Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand Yosef Livne has been speaking with John Greaves on World Watch.. In this final part of their conversation John asked him if a peace treaty could be reached bewtween Israel and Palestine, would other Arab neigbours follow suit with Israel ? [more]

Three dead in Patea crash
Three dead in Patea crash [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 26 February 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 26 February 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 26 February 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Whose River
that moment when one must apply their skills as a fluvial geomorphologist in determining a centuries-old border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua - with Prof. Colin Thorne, Chair of Physical Geography at Nottingham University... [more]

Nights' Culture - Video Games
'Birth. Movies. Death' & GamePlanet reviewer Andrew Todd on saving the planet via a myriad of gaming platforms... how playing with friends online makes gaming more fun... [more]

Conundrum - clue number 7
Conundrum - clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 8
Conundrum - clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

The dairy downturn starts to bite in rural New Zealand
A Southland rural vet and business owner says the ripples from the dairy downturn are already striking other sectors of the rural economy. Mark Bryan is based in the small rural town of Winton in Southland. The region is home to 11 percent of the country's dairy herds and according to Statistics New Zealand it has one of the least-diversified economies in the country. Mark Bryan says he knows of farms which have already been foreclosed on, leaving their suppliers out of pocket. Mr Bryan says rural businesses in his area have been suffering cashflow problems for nine months and many have already shed staff and downsized their operations. [more]

New ways to analyse data from social agencies
AUT Economics Professor, Rhema Vaithianathan discusses the revolutionary ways data from social agencies is being used by academic researchers. For the first time, almost all the information on people that is gathered by social agencies, including the education and health systems - is being made available to academic researchers. The data is anonymised, but allows for cross referencing across different agencies. Professor Vaithianathan says specialists like herself are best placed to analyse this information to assess whether different programmes are working, and what the gaps are in terms of those most in need. [more]

Fiji correspondent on the aftermath of Cyclone Winston
RNZ International's Alex Perrottet with the latest from Fiji. [more]

Historian Richard Bulliet on the history of the wheel
Columbia University Historian, Richard W Bulliet has written the book, The Wheel, which traces the history of the invention that changed the world. He begins in 4-thousand BC when wheels were first affixed to axles, through to the caster, a single rotating and pivoting wheel. But he also busts many misconceptions and myths around its invention and use. [more]

Book review: On Me Bike: Cycling Round NZ 80 Years Ago
Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd, published by Steele Roberts Publishing, Sir Lloyd Geering's intrepid cycling journeys around NZ as a young man in the 1930s and '40s. [more]

Music reviewer Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies, fresh from the Prince concert in Auckland, plays one of his favourite Prince tunes. He also checks out some songs from Dunedin musician, Kane Strang, and plays a relatively unknown David Bowie song. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer reflects on a mixed week for New Zealand cricket. [more]

The week that was
with Te Radar and Irene Pink [more]

Our Changing World

Technology and learning
Veronika Meduna joins a school group for a morning at MindLab, using fruit and vegetables to build musical instruments. [more]

Antarctica's ice sheets more sensitive to warming
An international team of scientists found that Antarctica's land-based ice sheets are more vulnerable to rising temperatures than they previously thought. [more]

Booming kakapo numbers
The endangered kakapo is in the middle of a bumper breeding year that looks set to be the best ever, and conservationists are looking foward to the resulting population boom. [more]

Taiko take off
With just 120-or-so known adult birds, 21 new chicks are a very welcome addition to the Chatham Island taiko population. [more]

An albatross chick's flowerpot is its castle
The Chatham Island Taiko Trust has made flowerpot nests for 50 Chatham Island albatross chicks that are part of a pioneering translocation from The Pyramid to the main Chatham Island. [more]

Facing the reality of climate change
Climate scientist Will Steffen, at the Australian National University, argues that to limit the impacts of climate change on island nations in the Pacific may require technology that takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. [more]

Hangi stones and magnetism
Hangi or oven stones are a record of the earth's magnetic field at the time they were heated and cooled, and they show a remarkable history of New Zealand's magnetic field for the past 600 years. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 25 February 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Remote Fiji island flattened after cyclone: RNZ Checkpoint
The death toll in Fiji from Cyclone Winston has now hit 44, with the island Koro hit particularly hard. Joseph Hing, from Unicef, told Checkpoint what he had seen. [more]

First Syrian refugees under new quota to arrive in Wgtn: RNZ Checkpoint
The first of the Syrian refugees to enter the country under the emergency quota will arrive in Wellington tomorrow to begin their new lives. Kate Pereyra Garcia reports. [more]

Death toll rises in wake of Winston: RNZ Checkpoint
Alice Clements, from Unicef, tells Checkpoint about the pain behind the smiles of Fijian children, whose future is uncertain after Winston's devastation. [more]

Auckland may be 200,000 houses short, says commentator: RNZ Checkpoint
Where to now for Auckland Council's failed proposal to build more houses on less land? Financial analyst Bernard Hickey was at yesterday's meeting. [more]

Fijian mother uses suitcase to save life in Koro
A Fijian mother and her two sons narrowly avoided death as Cyclone Winston ripped the walls and roof of their house from around them. Joseph Hing describes what happened. [more]

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 25th 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]

Petition to fund cancer drug to be presented to Pharmac: RNZ Checkpoint
Nearly 8000 people have signed a petition calling for Pharmac to fund Keytruda, a cancer drug which fights advanced melanoma. Checkpoint speaks to two people with stage four melanoma taking the drug. [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Danny Boyle on the tracks of T2 Trainspotting
Director Danny Boyle on the art of soundtrack selection. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 February 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 February 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 25 February 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Lisa Scott and David King (Part 1)
What the Panelists Lisa Scott and David King have been up to. Animal rights activists are looking a gift elephant in the mouth. Bernard Hickey discusses Bill English's stance on housing reform in New Zealand. There are still unanswered questions about the tender process around Awaroa Beach. Residents in an exclusive Remuera street have united to rescue a character home. They have blocked a developer's plan to remove a 90-year-old house. Auckland's councillors bowed to public pressure and decided to change their minds about not consulting the public over extra density in the city. [more]

The Panel with Lisa Scott and David King (Part 2)
Having a partner with healthy diet and exercise habits decreases your own risk of being obese, whereas having an obese one does the opposite. What the Panelists Lisa Scott and David King have been thinking about. The cricket crowd at Hagley oval have been decribed as "deeply offensive" for their abuse of Australian cricketers. Wellington lawyer Tim Vogel discusses why the family wants to fight Vogel House being handed over to a charity. Is now the time to stop Auckland's growth? [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Lisa Scott and David King have been up to. [more]

Sri Lanka's elephant calf gift
Animal rights activists are looking a gift elephant in the mouth. [more]

Housing reform
Bernard Hickey discusses Bill English's stance on housing reform in New Zealand. [more]

The secrets of Awaroa Beach
There are still unanswered questions about the tender process around Awaroa Beach. [more]

Residents unite to rescue a character home
Residents in an exclusive Remuera street have united to rescue a character home. They have blocked a developer's plan to remove a 90-year-old house. [more]

Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland's councillors bowed to public pressure and decided to change their minds about not consulting the public over extra density in the city. [more]

Marrying a body type
Having a partner with healthy diet and exercise habits decreases your own risk of being obese, whereas having an obese one does the opposite. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Lisa Scott and David King have been thinking about. [more]

Bad form at the cricket
The cricket crowd at Hagley oval have been decribed as "deeply offensive" for their abuse of Australian cricketers. [more]

Vogel family want their house back
Wellington lawyer Tim Vogel discusses why the family wants to fight Vogel House being handed over to a charity. [more]

City vs small town living
Is now the time to stop Auckland's growth? [more]

The Wireless

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

Shake Up: Richard Sewell from R.A.D Bikes
Five years into the rebuilding of Christchurch, in our Shake Up series we talk about the legacy of the earthquakes with some of the people making the city a better place. [more]

Upbeat

Michael Joel
London based NZ conductor working with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for their Opera in the Vines concert at Pegasus Bay vineyard. [more]

Dejan Lazic
Croatian pianist making his New Zealand debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, performing Brahms Piano Concerto No 1. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 25 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 25 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 25 February 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 26 February 2016
The latetest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 26 February 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

Kick Out The Jams: Echo Beach
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. This week we catch up with Wellington act Echo Beach. Video shot by John Lake and Jonathan Shirley. Edited by John Lake. [more]

News stories:

Trump bags third win in Nevada
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has easily won the US state of Nevada, cementing his lead in the race for the party's nomination. [more]

Coles out of Hurricanes Super Rugby opener
Hurricanes captain Dane Coles has withdrawn from the side to play the Brumbies in their Super Rugby opener on Friday after suffering a minor calf strain in training. [more]

Wairarapa man in custody after armed police callout
A Wairarapa man has been taken into police custody after firing a shot in the air. [more]

Former girlfriend testifies against Kenny-Dowall
The former partner of Kiwi and Sydney Roosters star centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall has told a Sydney court she was head-butted and kicked by the NRL footballer. [more]

Durante sticks with the Nix
Andrew Durante has signed on with the Wellington Phoenix for another two years. [more]

Guildford to start for the Waratahs
Former All Black Zac Guildford will start for the New South Waratahs in their Super Rugby opener against Queensland in Sydney on Saturday night. [more]

Mourinho ready to return to coaching
Jose Mourinho remains coy on the Manchester United manager job, but is hoping to be back in football this year. [more]

Fifa upholds bans on Blatter and Platini
FIFA's appeal committee has upheld bans on longtime President Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for ethics violations but reduced them to six years from eight. [more]

Firefighter injured in Auckland house blaze
A family of five escaped unharmed from a blaze at a house in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn but a firefighter was injured. [more]

Relief supplies head for Tonga's Vava'u
A Tongan patrol boat will depart for Vava'u tonight loaded with relief supplies for areas struck by cyclone Winston last week. [more]

Cyclone Winston: Where is the help?
Five days after Cyclone Winston tore though the islands of western Fiji, there are no signs substantial aid is getting through to those who need it. [more]

Icebreaker runs aground in Antarctic blizzard
Nearly 70 people are sitting out an Antarctic blizzard on the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis which has run aground near their base, Mawson Station. [more]

F1 changes qualifying format
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says the sport faces a brighter future after teams agreed a new qualifying format from this season. [more]

'Incredibly exciting' pancreatic cancer breakthrough
Pancreatic cancer is at least four separate diseases each with a different cause and needing a different treatment, scientists have discovered. [more]

Samoa election fails to interest young voters
Thousands of young people have failed to register to vote in Samoa's upcoming general election. [more]

Cooks civil service to clear potential Zika sites
All Cook Islands public servants will be released from work this Friday to clean up potential mosquito breeding grounds in a bid to prevent Zika. [more]

Author laments ignorance about PNG in Australia
The author of a new book says Australia's relationship with its neighbour, and former colony, Papua New Guinea, barely features in his country's school curriculum. [more]

New era for Black Caps after McCullum
Sports Call - Outgoing skipper Brendon McCullum's last match marks the end of an era for the Black Caps. Stephen Hewson looks ahead. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme: What you need to know
ANALYSIS: As New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme is reviewed, Kate Gudsell explains the need-to-know details - from agriculture to petrol to NZ Units. [more]

Jeremy Clarkson apologises to Top Gear producer
Jeremy Clarkson has apologised to the Top Gear producer he punched after settling a £100,000 racial discrimination and injury claim. [more]

CNMI takes Zika precautions
The Northern Marianas is increasing alert levels to try and ensure Zika doesn't reach the territory. [more]

Council dumps housing density changes
Auckland Council could be excluded from crucial hearings on the future shape of housing in the city after a vote to dump housing density plans. [more]

Johnson & Johnson talc in $72m cancer case
The pharmaceutical giant has been ordered to pay $US72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. [more]

Foreign companies 'shipping whole NZ forests overseas'
Northland sawmills are increasingly worried about timber shortages, as overseas companies swoop in to harvest mature pine forests in the region. [more]

'He has captured how we feel'
A painting of three Taranaki kuia with facial moko, wearing traditional cloaks, has won the 2016 Adam Portraiture Award. [more]

UN makes first air drop of aid in Syria
The UN has carried out its first air drop of aid in Syria to help civilians in an eastern city besieged by Islamic State militants. [more]

Crayfish, snapper numbers drop at Goat Island reserve
Crayfish and snapper numbers are falling at the Goat Island Marine Reserve and scientists blame commercial fishing on the boundary. [more]

Man City impress in Kiev
Manchester City moved within touching distance of a first appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals after their 3-1 last-16 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev. [more]

Smith fined 30 percent of match fee
Steve Smith has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for dissent after a confrontation with the umpires in the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch. [more]

Platini appalled at FIFA decision
Banned UEFA President Michel Platini has launched a vitriolic attack on the FIFA Appeals Committee after it upheld his suspension from the game for ethics violations. [more]

Stop asking victims to protect themselves - report
Agencies working to combat family violence need to help victims more, instead of expecting them to keep themselves safe, a report says. [more]

Dunedin council company still waiting for payment over subdivision
A Dunedin City councillor says the public has been kept in the dark for too long about a council company owed millions of dollars from a subdivision. Details are emerging... [more]

Research shows clozapine side effects
A group representing psychiatrists says careful monitoring of those who are prescribed a key anti-psychotic medicine is needed. New Zealand-led research published this week says clozapine, which is used by... [more]

Drilling finally starts on Wairarapa water project
Exploratory drilling has finally started on a water project in Wairarapa first mooted in the late 1990s. The aim is to take some of the Tararua Ranges' 5-6 metres of... [more]

Minister tight-lipped on missing KiwiSaver millions
Thousands of firms owe nearly $30m in KiwiSaver contributions to their staff. Should the government introduce a guarantee? [more]

Feeling dense about housing density?
Have you got lost in the heated debate over Auckland housing density? Todd Niall provides a dummy's guide. [more]

Air NZ flies high with record profit
Air New Zealand has reported a record half-year profit on a rise in passengers and lower fuel prices. [more]

Teenage driver seriously hurt in police chase
A stolen car being pursued by police in West Auckland crashed into a tree and caught fire, leaving the 15-year-old driver with serious injuries. [more]

Lorde bowls over Brits with Bowie tribute
The young New Zealand singer received a standing ovation for her David Bowie tribute at this year's Brit music awards. [more]

Student's $100 helps hand family bach to NZ
Sephrah Rayner never imagined $100 would one day buy her the chance to return to a place she calls home. [more]

Next steps for RNZ's Māori strategy
OPINION: RNZ is embarking on a new long-term strategy around high-quality Māori content, te reo Māori and Māori journalism, explains Paul Thompson. [more]

Sport: PNG Kumuls coach to be announced
A new Papua New Guinea Kumuls rugby league coach will be announced today. [more]

Sport: Fiji's Volavola focused on Super Rugby
Ben Volavola is keen to add to his nine test caps but admits his immediate focus is on cementing a spot with the Crusaders Super Rugby team. [more]

Prisoners used to clean up cyclone-hit towns in Fiji
Prisoners have been deployed around Fiji's Viti Levu to assist with the clean-up operation after Cyclone Winston. [more]

ETS isn't working, Contact Energy says
Listed power company Contact Energy has added its voice to growing criticism of the the Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

99% of Tongan adult population impacted by NCDs
Tonga's Prime Minister says 99 percent of the adult population in the country are impacted by Non-Communicable Diseases. [more]

Samoa's ruling HRPP retains 4 seats ahead of the poll
Samoa's ruling HRPP party has retained four seats in the 49 seat parliament following yesterday's Supreme Court decisions on six cases questioning the eligibility of some candidates. [more]

Environmental groups condemn Hollande speech
An umbrella group of French environmental organisations has condemned the announcements made in Tahiti by the French president Francois Hollande about helping nuclear weapons test victims. [more]

Dairy industry's $38b debt problem
The future of the dairy industry in this country is looking depressing as farm debt reaches $38 billion, an agribusiness consultant says. [more]

Superannuation to rise a fraction
The superannuation and veteran's pension rates will go up on 1 April - by the equivalent of $10 a week for a single person living alone. [more]

Peeping principal likely to face disciplinary action
A Northland principal who lurked on the property of a woman teacher over the holidays is likely to face disciplinary action from the Education Council. [more]

NZ says Fiji will need assistance with rebuild post-Winston
New Zealand's foreign minister says there will need to be a major infrastructure rebuild in Fiji to minimise the impact on the economy in the wake of Cyclone Winston. [more]

Drilling begins for Wairarapa water project
Exploratory drilling has started on a Wairarapa dams project first mooted in the late 1990s, but construction remains several years off. [more]

Buildings cordoned off after Valentine's Day quake
Five buildings in Christchurch's historic New Regent St have been cordoned off because of safety concerns following the Valentine's Day earthquake earlier this month. [more]

IMF downbeat on global economy
The global economy has weakened further and it is "highly vulnerable to adverse shocks", warns the International Monetary Fund. [more]

Huge wet wipes blockage hauled up in NSW
An enormous wet wipes sewer blockage in a New South Wales water pipe points to a global waste issue, the region's water manager says. [more]

Parker one fight away from world title shot
New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is now one fight away from a shot at a world title. [more]

Messam set for sevens return in Vegas
World Cup winning All Black Liam Messam is in line to make his New Zealand sevens return at next weekend's next leg of the World Series in the United States. [more]

Police investigate Christchurch death
Police are investigating a death in the Christchurch suburb of Spreydon. An ambulance was called to the Gleig Place property this morning and the paramedics called in the police. Police... [more]

NZ among most vulnerable for cyber attacks in Asia-Pacific
New Zealand is being identified as one of the most vulnerable countries for cyber attacks in the Asia-Pacific region. Deloitte's Asia-Pacific Defence Outlook for this year - to be published... [more]

Petrol prices should be lower - AA
The Automobile Association thinks there is a strong case for petrol prices to be lower. The oil refinery at Marsden Point has just announced what its managers call one of... [more]

Family housing advocate retracts HNZ criticism
A family housing advocate is retracting criticism of a Housing New Zealand home as a health and safety risk. [more]

Decoding the Republicans in Nevada
ANALYSIS: It's the Republican Party leadership's worst nightmare: Donald Trump has won a third state in a row. Here are the take-aways. [more]

Cruden returns for Chiefs
All Blacks first-five Aaron Cruden will make his long awaited return for the Chiefs in their Super Rugby season opener against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday night. [more]

Police investigate numerous hoax school calls
Police are investigating the source of numerous hoax calls to schools throughout the country today. [more]

Homeowners drown out other voices
OPINION: At what point do the rights of property owners trump the rights of renters, young people and other affected parties to be heard, asks Alex Johnston. [more]

PNG civil servants waiting for millions in unpaid wages
Public sector unions have expressed concern that the Papua New Guinea government has failed to pay public servants on time. [more]

Tonga to tackle food culture to curb NCD epidemic
Tackling Tonga's food culture will be a major focus in the government's latest plan to curb NCDs, the chief executive of the Tonga Health Promotion Foundation says. [more]

Motorcyclist dead, SH1 closed in North Otago
A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision that has closed part of State Highway 1 in North Otago. The New Zealand Transport Agency said the highway at Hampden, south... [more]

American Samoa hospital still in debt
American Samoa's long struggling LBJ Hospital has debts of nearly ten million dollars. [more]

WINZ murder-accused's court outburst
Double murder-accused Russell Tully has been removed from the High Court in Christchurch after a loud outburst. [more]

Fiji Govt: scale of damage immense, more help needed
Fiji is likely to need more international assistance as it rebuilds after Cyclone Winston, says a government spokesperson. [more]

What's not to like with FB's new emotions?
Facebook has introduced a range of new 'reactions' for its users. No longer confined to 'like' - love, laughter and sadness have joined the emotional spectrum. [more]

Crusaders rookies have big boots to fill
The Crusaders have named several debutants for their Super Rugby opener, with Tim Boys having to fill Richie McCaw's boots and Richie Mo'unga taking over from Dan Carter. [more]

Dick Smith to close
Electronics retailer Dick Smith is to close after the receiver failed to find a buyer for the company. [more]

Tokelau receives new ferry from NZ govt
The New Zealand government says a new ferry being handed over to Tokelau today will allow for easier travel between the territory's atolls and Samoa. [more]

Concerns American Samoa cleanup may lead to more contracting Zika
Some government employees in American Samoa are worried that participating in a Zika mosquito cleanup campaign may lead to them contracting the virus. [more]

Fiji's Methodist Church sets out cyclone relief plan
Fiji's Methodist Church says it has mapped out its response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston, which includes filling in gaps in current relief efforts. [more]

Welfare cost savings estimated at $12b
Finance Minister Bill English has updated cost savings from the government's welfare reforms, saying $12 billion in future costs have been cut. [more]

A Sri Lankan elephant for Auckland
Prime Minister John Key has been given a certificate to a baby elephant during his visit to Sri Lanka, as part of an agreement with Auckland Zoo. [more]

Travel records continue to tumble
The number of people coming to New Zealand to work and play is continuing to break records. [more]

Aussie opener blasts NZ crowd abuse
Australia vice captain David Warner has accused New Zealand cricket fans of going "too far" in their abuse of the tourists during the two-test series. [more]

As Rakiraki cleans up, village leaders, mothers call for help
Village leaders and families in the province of Ra in the northern part Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, are walking to Rakiraki town to ask for help in the clean up after Cyclone Winston. [more]

Drug saved my life - melanoma survivor
A petition calling for Pharmac to fund a new drug for advanced melonoma will be presented to Parliament next Tuesday. [more]

45,000 people in evacuation centres across Fiji
The Fiji government says there are more than 45,000 people, or about five percent of the population, in evacuation centres following Cyclone Winston. [more]

Motorists driving slower than 20 years ago
New Ministry of Transport information shows people are driving their cars more slowly these days. [more]

Cyclone Yalo develops near the Cooks
Another cyclone has been named in the Pacific. [more]

Fiji govt estimates Winston damage US$460 million
Fiji's minister for finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has put the cost of damage caused by Cyclone Winston at 1 billion Fiji dollars, or US$460 million. [more]

Girl missing in Gisborne found safe and well
A Gisborne school girl feared dead by her family and the police has been found safe and well. A big search was mounted for Riqueal Wharehinga, 11, when her mother... [more]

Three dead after milk tanker and car crash
Three people are dead after a milk tanker and a car collided in the main street of the South Taranaki town of Patea. [more]