Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd March 2016

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This page features: At The Movies, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, 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, Rancho Notorious, Rural News, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

At The Movies

At The Movies for 3 March 2016
Simon Morris looks back at the troubled Oscars, attacked from all quarters for its lack of diversity. But are the haters missing the point? He also looks at three undeniably diverse films. The Lady in the Van features the dream team of writer Alan Bennett and star Dame Maggie Smith. Gods of Egypt features a generally overlooked mythology. And the Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Film, Hungary's Son of Saul achieves the impossible - a new look at the Nazi Holocaust. [more]

2016 Oscars
Simon Morris looks back at the troubled Oscars, attacked from all quarters for its lack of diversity. But are the haters missing the point? [more]

The Lady in the Van
The Lady in the Van features the dream team of writer Alan Bennett and star Dame Maggie Smith. [more]

Gods of Egypt
Gods of Egypt is a mostly Australian production, directed by Alex Proyas, and starring Nikolaj Koster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Gerard Butler (300). [more]

Son of Saul
Oscar-winner Son of Saul is directed by Hungarian film-maker László Nemes. It takes an uncompromising look at a Nazi concentration camp. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 4 March 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4th March. This week....criticism of the level of Maori content on RNZ National, tributes for cricketing great Martin Crowe who died this week, using conscious movement to bypass Parkinson's tremors, exposing poaching kingpins in Africa, a project to educate young people about human trafficking/slavery , a six month swim to become the first person to swim across the Pacific, the Lake Ohau Climate History project, Bibliotherapy - solving your problems with literature, a New Zealand-Samoan movie Three Wise Cousins is an unexpected hit in the cinemas. [more]

Business News

Evening business for 3 March 2016
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Early business news for 4 March 2016
Jonathan Mitchell with news from the business sector. [more]

Value of building work at 26 year high in Q4
The value of building work done in the final quarter of last year has hit a 26-year high. ANZ Bank senior economist Mark Smith expects the momentum will continue into this year. [more]

Commodities notch small gain in February
The ANZ Bank's commodity price index rose for the first time in four months in February. [more]

NZ bond market sees noticable increase in corporate issues
Big companies have wasted no time in going direct to the investing public with bond issues since the start of the year, carrying on last year's momentum. [more]

Another solid year of mergers and acquisitions seen this year
The year is barely two months old but we've already had several large takeovers announced. [more]

Financial reporting could be clearer - External Reporting Board
A crown entity in charge of setting standards in financial reporting by companies says there's room to make things clearer. [more]

Morning Markets for 4 March 2016
The New Zealand sharemarket ended on a record high and the Australian 200 index rose more than 1%. [more]

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

Restaurant Brands to buy large NSW KFC franchise for A$82.4M
New Zealand's Restaurant Brands has seen its share price rise 10 percent this morning, on news that it's buying the largest KFC franshise business in New South Wales. [more]

More schemes of arrangements picked as takeover method
A scheme of arrangement requires a lower level of acceptances be completed thus avoiding the more strict provision of the takeovers code. [more]

Australian growth surprise rekindles lucky country tag
The Australian economy appears to be perking up and emerging from the slump in commodity prices that has savaged the mining sector. [more]

Midday Markets for 4 March 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
The cinema software company, Vista Group, says it's established a new venture with the Beijing Weying Technology Company, to take advantage of the expanding film market in China. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 3rd March 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme. It starts five minutes in. [more]

Cricket community pay tributes to Martin Crowe
Tributes have been flowing for one of New Zealand's greatest cricketers, Martin Crowe, who has died of lymphoma, aged 53. Rowan Quinn reports. [more]

Fellow NZ cricketer remembers Crowe
Andrew Jones, a former team-mate of Martin Crowe's, took part in a record test-partnership with the batsman that endures nearly 25 years on. [more]

Police name woman who fell from car
Police have named the woman who died overnight after she fell out of the boot of a moving car, bound and gagged, in South Auckland. [more]

Zika virus possibly transmitted in NZ
A case of the Zika virus which may have been sexually transmitted in New Zealand is being investigated by health officials. The Ministry of Health's Dr Don Mackie joins Checkpoint. [more]

Macedonian border situation worsening
Aid workers have expressed their concern about the situation on the Greek-Macedonian border, where more and more refugees are arriving. Danny Savage reports from Inedora. [more]

Breakers must win game to win series
In a best of three finals series to find the top basketball team in Australasia, Auckland's Breakers are one nil down after a narrow loss to the Perth Wildcats,last night. Coach Dean Vickerman joins Checkpoint. [more]

RNZI reporter returns to Suva via boat
RNZ International reporter Alex Perrottet caught a boat from Fiji's Vanua Balavu to Suva after his flight was cancelled. He tells Checkpoint about the experience. [more]

Councils say Govt should set rules about shops on Easter Sunday
A law change is being considered in Parliament to change the rules around opening hours for shops and restaurants on Easter Sunday. [more]

Akaroa residents fed up with freedom campers
Akaroa resident Chris Goldspink is one of many who have had enough of freedom campers stretching facilities to the limit at French Farm. [more]

Climbers killed on Mt Cook chose to press on
A mountain guide who escaped a fatal icefall on Aoraki Mt Cook says he told the three overseas climbers with him that conditions were too dangerous. Eric Frykberg reports. [more]

Pitcairn Island 'jury' finds former mayor guilty
In a judgment that took just 45 minutes, two residents of Pitcairn Island found their former mayor did have indecent material in his possession. Edward Gay reports. [more]

Space station departure 'bittersweet', says astronaut
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have returned to earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station. [more]

Grant Fox reflects on Martin Crowe's life
Former All Black Grant Fox met Martin Growe as a teenager at Auckland Grammar, where they became fast friends. He joins Checkpoint to reflect on the cricketing great's life. [more]

Black Cap Kane Williamson on Martin Crowe
Black Cap Kane Williamson said Martin Crowe's death had come as a shock to the team despite knowing he was unwell. [more]

Aftershocks continue in Indonesia after quake
Strong aftershocks have continued to rock Indonesia today, after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra early this morning. GNS geologist Kelvin Berryman joins Checkpoint. [more]

Hundreds more pay their respects to Ranginui Walker
The Wharenui at Orakei was full again today as hundreds more mourners paid their respects to noted Maori academic Dr Ranginui Walker. [more]

Kathryn Ryan's 2013 interview with Martin Crowe
We thought it would be fitting to end the show tonight by giving the last word to the cricketing great himself. [more]

Dateline Pacific

NGO outlines co-ordinated aid approach to Fiji disaster
Care Australia outlines the co-ordinated approach being taken by the Fiji government, donors and NGOs to ensure a co-ordinated approach to helping cyclone Winston victims. [more]

Fiji aid commander in Lau says he is 800 tents short
An army commander in charge of the aid mission to the Lau group in Fiji says tarpaulins are not good enough and he needs 800 more tents for people to live in for up to two years. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 3 March 2016
Fiji aid commander in Lau says 800 tents are urgently needed; NGO outlines co-ordinated aid approach to the Fiji disaster; Winston could reset "troubled" Fiji international relations; Senior PNG policeman under misconduct spotlight; and the Pacific receives a boost for cervical cancer research. [more]

US Pacific tuna Treaty deal salvaged for 2016
The Forum Fisheries Agency says United States vessels are to resume tuna fishing in the region in a matter of days, thanks to what it says is extraordinary effort by Pacific Island countries. [more]

Vanuatu govt releases 100-day list
Political reform is an overriding concern for the new Vanuatu government in a list of policies and activities to be achieved in its first 100 days in office, released this week. [more]

Fiji's tourism industry galvanises to get visitors back
The tourism industry in Fiji has wasted no time in banding together to pull overseas visitors back in the wake of Cyclone Winston. [more]

Sport: Winston weighs heavy on minds of Fiji's sevens team
The Fiji sevens team are hoping to put some smiles on the faces of people back home this weekend, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 4 March 2016
Fiji's tourism industry wastes no time in trying to pull back visitors; A Fiji military commander in Lau says tents are urgently needed for people to live in for up to two years; Political reform is a main concern for Vanuatu's new Charlot Salwai-led government; A tuna deal with the United States is salavaged; And, Cyclone Winston weighs heavily on Fiji's sevens team as they prepare for Las Vegas. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 4 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 4 March 2016
In Extra Time this week we remember New Zealand's greatest batsman Martin Crowe. The Warriors kick off the National Rugby League season full of hope, but can they deliver? Changes are in store for netball's ANZ championship - just how much longer will it truly be a trans-Tasman competition? New Zealand Football boss Andy Martin defends the credibility of the organisation after a troubled 12 months. What have the Olympic hammer throw and economics at Princeton University got in common? Julia Ratcliffe explains. And we hear from golfer Ryan Fox, another athlete who hopes to tee off in Rio. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 3 March 2016 - evening edition
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Labour's Health Spokeswoman Annette King go head-to-head in Question Time; Former MP John Carter makes a submission to the Commerce Committee on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 4 March 2016 - morning edition
Employment Standards Legislation Bill passes second reading with the support of Labour - whose Workplace Relations Spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway outlines his party's demands if the Government wants their support for the Bill's final reading; Far North Mayor - and former MP - John Carter and Family First Director Bob McCoskrie make submissions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill; Health Minister continues to face questions about funding cuts from Labour's Annette King; Tributes paid to cricket great Martin Crowe. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Tackling Rugby - Professor Eric Anderson
Health experts in the UK are calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby. An open letter from than 70 doctors and health experts urges schools to move to touch or non-contact rugby to avoid serious injuries, such as concussion and fractures. One of the signatories is Professor Eric Anderson of the University of Winchester. [more]

Martin Crowe - Obituary
One of New Zealand's most talented cricketers and greatest batsmen has died after a battle with lymphoma. [more]

Martin Crowe - Brian Waddle
Cricket commentator Brian Waddle speaks with Jesse Mulligan, and together they remember Martin Crowe who died today. [more]

History Found At The Dump - Jason Blair
An historic piece of alpine history has turned up at a most unusual place. The very first log book of the West Coast Alpine Club has been found, dumped at the Greymouth tip. It dates back to the founding meeting of the club on 7 May 1936. And includes writings, photos and hand-drawn maps, documenting the clubs history into the 1950's. Jason Blair is a photographer, and the president of the West Coast Alpine Club. [more]

Nazi Persecution of Gay And Lesbians - William J Spurlin
Our next guest has been re-examining gender and sexuality in Nazi ideology, and how history views the persecution of gays and lesbians. William J Spurlin is professor of english and director of teaching and learning for Arts & Humanities at Brunel University London. He has written extensively on the politics of gender and sexual dissidence and is widely known for his work on queer theory. And Professor Spurlin is in New Zealand to give a talk at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand this weekend. It's called What we know from the Historical Record: The persecution of Gay Men and Lesbians under the Third Reich. [more]

Favourite Album
Gravelled & Green - Actual Tigers. [more]

Remembering Martin Crowe - Neil Doherty
Martin Crowe, one of New Zealand's most talented cricketers, has died after a battle with lymphoma. He was 53. Neil Doherty remembers Martin as a child when he often played cricket on his front lawn. [more]

Remembering Martin Crowe - China Gillman
China Gillman remembers Martin Crowe as a very good personal friend and workmate. [more]

Money - Mary Holm
Mary Holm is a columnist and author who has written several books on personal finance matters. She also runs seminars on the subject. Today, part two of her advice on the sale and purchase of property. [more]

Food Guests
Today's foodies are Eastbourne Wild Food Challenge organiser Bill Manson and champion cheesmaker, Jeanne Van Kuyk of Te Aroha. [more]

Masterpieces
Chelsea Nichols is an art historian whose collection-based research addresses the relationships between international and New Zealand modern art in the period between 1900-1970. Today she tells us about her favourite painting. Louise Henderson, Les deux amies (The two friends), 1953, oil on canvas. Purchased 2011, with the assistance of the Molly Morpeth Canaday fund. Te Papa (2011-0012-1) [more]

The Expats
We're off to Niue and the capital city, Alofi. Mark Blumsky is a New Zealander living on the island. He's our Expat for today. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 3 March 2016
Cricketer Martin Crowe has died after a long battle with cancer and Grant Fox reflects on his life. Which flag should New Zealand choose? RNZ debates the choice. In Dateline Pacific, Fiji's recovery from cyclone Winston gets well underway. [more]

Late Edition for 4 March 2016
Several injured after balcony collapses at free Six60 concert, a cleaner tried to apologise while impaled and a woman who avoided a lengthy jail term for importing cannabis hopes her case will help other medicinal users [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 4 March 2016
Meat giant Affco is found to have ignored its own safety rules and the police deny racist treatment of Africans. [more]

Midday Sports News for 4 March 2016
The reigning Olympic champions, single sculler Mahe Drysdale along with the men's pair of Hamish and Eric Murray head a team of 31 rowers named at Lake Karapiro just a short time ago for the Rio Olympics in August. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 4 March 2016
Many in African community feel unfairly treated by police, Fiji's tourism industry galvanises to get visitors back, Stabbed liquor store owner too scared to go back to work, Criminal underworld, kidnappers remain focus in victim's death, NZ reports possible case of sexual transmitted Zika virus, Young Africans say they're being unfairly targeted by police, and Half Fiji's homes need to be rebuilt. [more]

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

Republican's Mitt Romney labels Trump as 'phony', 'fraud'
Republican ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney has delivered a stiniging attack on Donald Trump calling him a conman and a fake. Our Washington correspondent is Simon Marks. [more]

Tributes flooded in cricketing great
Tributes from around the world are flowing in for Martin Crowe. Scyld Berry from the Telegraph says the cricketer found a niche in cricket history no one else has occupied. [more]

Many in African community feel unfairly treated by police
Some young Africans say they've been racially profiled, harrassed and in some instances, physically beaten by the police. The accounts are part of a report put out by the Auckland University of Technology's social services department. [more]

Former teammate says Crowe was "all class"
A former teammate of Martin Crowe says he felt like a mere mortal playing alongside the world-class batsman. John Morrison spoke to RNZ sports editor Stephen Hewson. [more]

Fiji's tourism industry galvanises to get visitors back
The tourism industry in Fiji is banding together to attract overseas visitors back in the wake of Cyclone Winston, but as Bridget Tunnicliffe reports the industry has already leapt to action. [more]

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

Young Africans say they're profiled, harrassed by NZ police
Young Africans say they've been racially profiled, harrassed and in some instances, physically beaten by police. Mohamed Hassan reports. [more]

Sir Richard Hadlee remembers Martin Crowe as
A close friend of Martin Crowe's has described the cricketing great as a very obsessive cricket player, always striving for perfect. Sir Richard Hadlee says Martin Crowe's death wasn't unexpected but it's still come as a shock. [more]

Crowe remembered as "New Zealand's best batsman"
The journalist and author Joseph Romanos wrote the book Tortured Genius about Crowe in 1995 and went on to help edit Crowe's own book Raw in 2013. [more]

Stabbed liquor store owner too scared to go back to work
Sarabjit Singh, the liquor store owner who was stabbed in the back outside his own store says he's too scared to go back to work. He spoke with Kim Baker Wilson from his hospital bed. [more]

Criminal underworld, kidnappers remain focus in victim's death
Auckland's criminal underworld and the identity of the kidnappers of a woman who died trying to escape them remain the focus of the police homicide investigation. Murielle Baker reports. [more]

NZ reports possible case of sexual transmitted Zika virus
A woman in New Zealand has tested positive for Zika, without having visited an affected country. Auckland University's Dr Siouxsie Wiles is with me in the studio joins Morning Report. [more]

MPs outraged at prison visit letter
MPs are accusing the Corrections Minister of being overly controlling. Judith Collins has sent a letter to all MPs asking them to go through her office before visiting prisons and to give a reasonable amount of notice. Demelza Leslie reports. [more]

HB regional councillors vent frustration over Ruataniwha Dam
A group of Hawke's Bay regional councillors say the 600-million Ruataniwha water storage project is a ratepayers nightmare that can only be stopped at the ballot box. [more]

New Zealand Festival preview
Standing Room Only's Lynn Freeman joins the show to talk about the New Zealand Festival. [more]

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

Book of memories for Martin Crowe
Tributes are flowing in from all around the world for cricketing legend, Martin Crowe who died yesterday, aged 53, after a long battle with cancer. Tiana Barns looks back at the life of the batting great. [more]

Young Africans say they're being unfairly targeted by police
A number of young Africans say they are being unfairly treated by a racist justice system. Their accounts are part of a report put out by the Auckland University of Technology's Social Sciences department. Dr Camille Nakhid is the author of the report and an associate professor at AUT. [more]

Half Fiji's homes need to be rebuilt
Damage assessors are estimating that about half of Fiji's homes will need to be rebuilt. A ship carrying aid and damage assessment teams around the remote Lau island group that was heavily hit by Cyclone Winston, returned to Suva last night. Alex Perrottet was on board. [more]

Coroner: Avalanche killed trio on Aoraki Mount Cook
The veteran mountain guide who escaped a fatal icefall that killed three overseas climbers on Aoraki Mt Cook says the conditions that day were too bad for him to continue. Dave McKinley was the last person to make contact with Johann Viellehner and his son Raphael from Germany, and Michael Bishop from Australia. [more]

Who would be a better President for NZ?
Who would be a better President from New Zealand's point of view? Our political editor Jane Patterson reports. [more]

NZ Warriors hopes high as NRL season kicks off
The National Rugby League competition is underway. After finishing a disappointing 13th placing in last year's comeptition, there's a lot of expectation on the Warriors to make the playoffs this year, as Matt Chatterton reports. [more]

Mitchell Pearce handed down heaviest fine in NRL history
The drunken Australia Day antics of a Sydney Roosters player have scored him the heaviest fine in Australian rugby league history. [more]

Wanganui newspaper bucks national decline in readership
While most of the nation's mastheads are losing readers, a few daily newspapers are bucking the trend. The editor of the Wanganui Chronicle is Mark Dawson. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 4 March 2016
the latest news in Samoan language. [more]

Nights

Gabriele Hufschmidt - Consequences from Cologne
The fallout from Cologne's New Year's Eve sexual attacks, particularly in regards to the pressures the migration crisis has bought to Germany - with Dr. Gabriele Hufschmidt from the Institute of Geography at University Bonn... [more]

Nights' Culture - Jazz
Jivester, editor and publisher Fergus Barrowman on the sizzle and pop of a snazzy beat... the Rodger Fox Big Band plays New Zealand, Dave Douglas and the Monash Art Ensemble plus Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's Live in Cuba... [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Listen on Friday for the answer. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Listen on Friday for the answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

MH370 search head on new debris find
New debris found on a beach in the southeast African nation of Mozambique has been tentatively identified as a part from the same type of aircraft as MH370. A massive grid search of the Indian Ocean floor is underway, lead by the Australian Transportation Safety Board. Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan talks to Kathryn about the significance of the latest find and how much longer the search will continue. [more]

Nelson medical cannabis case
A Nelson woman who avoided a lengthy jail term for importing cannabis hopes her case will help other medicinal users. Rebecca Reider, who has complex chronic pain syndrome, was facing five charges for possession of cannabis oil and other products. She was also charged with importing cannabis products - chocolate bars with edible cannabis; a conviction which could have resulted in an eight-year jail term. She was discharged without conviction. Her lawyer Sue Grey argued the law allows exemptions where the medication was prescribed overseas. [more]

Why have so many schools banned kids from climbing trees?
The Principals Association estimates that most primary schools have banned tree climbing for safety reasons. AUT Sport and recreation researcher, Dr Scott Duncan says this is short sighted and limits kid's opportunities to challenge themselves physically and get closer to nature. He'll join other parenting and recreation experts next week to speak at event called Rewild the Child - hosted by visiting British documentary maker David Bond, whom we interviewed back in 2014 about his attempts to get his kids off their screens and into the outdoors. [more]

Pacific issues correspondent, Michael Field
The US tuna treaty and how it has led to a bill tabled in the US Congress to ban American aid to the South Pacific. Is Fiji coping with Cyclone Winston and has it changed the relationship with Australia and New Zealand? [more]

Ice fishing huts of Canada
Ice fishing is as quintessential a winter activity in Canada as ice hockey, skiing and curling. In temperatures as low as -20 Celsius, fishermen and women - but mostly men - head out onto Canada's many frozen lakes and bays, erecting temporary shelters, inside which they cut a hole in the ice and get fishing. Toronto-based Richard Johnson has spent more than nine winters traveling to all of Canada's provinces photographing the quirky, personalised ice huts. [more]

Children's Book Review with Lesley Stead
Lesley Stead of Paige's Book Gallery in Whanganui reviews four picture book biographies for children; Swan. The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, Coco Chanel, Manfish, A Story of Jacques Cousteau, and Shackleton's Journey. [more]

Grant Smithies on Womad
Founded by Peter Gabriel in 1982, WOMAD launched here in NZ a decade later (1992), with this year's event taking place March 18th-20th at Taranaki's Bowl of Brooklands. Grant Smithies checks out three key acts from this year's festival (Songhoy Blues, Asha Bhosle and De La Soul) and also unleashes a classic single from Manchester punk band, Buzzcocks, who are touring around the same time. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
On Martin Crowe and what did we learn from the first week of the new expanded 5 country Super rugby competition. [more]

The week that was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court
How Pretty Faces Affect Your Memory and more form the week that was. [more]

Our Changing World

Deterring sharks with electricity
Sunkita Howard is developing an electrical deterrent to discourage spiny dogfish from getting caught on fishing hooks used in the ling longline fishery. [more]

Poetry and science inspired by Transit of Venus
A book of poetry celebrates the inspiration poets, scientists and the Uawa/Tolaga Bay community have drawn from the 2012 Transit of Venus. [more]

A new future for marine protected areas in New Zealand
Environment Minister Nick Smith is championing new legislation for marine protected areas, and Raewyn Peart from the Environmental Defence Society has some thoughts on its strengths and weaknesses. [more]

Lake Ohau reveals climate history
Scientists reveal the climate history hidden in the mud at the bottom of Lake Ohau, reaching back to the end of the last Ice Age some 18,000 years ago. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 3 March 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in Vanuatu, Len Garae. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 3 March 2016
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What was core Crown health expenditure as a percentage of GDP in 2010/11 and what is it in 2015/16? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to move its books from an $18 billion deficit in 2011 back to surplus? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Building and Housing: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 1 in the House yesterday? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received about the contribution tourism is making to the economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Revenue: Does he stand by all of his answers to Oral Question No. 4 yesterday? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Trade: Why does he continue to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in light of the analyses in the Expert Paper Series supported by the New Zealand Law Foundation? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement that "schools have never been more well-funded than under this Government"; if so, why are some schools charging parents a fee to participate in out-of-zone ballots and income from parental donations has increased by 45 percent since 2008? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on competition in the electricity market? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Trade: Does New Zealand's exception for residential property under the Investment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement allow a future Government to implement a ban on non-resident foreign speculators buying any existing residential house, flat, or apartment? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Trade: What consultation has the Government undertaken throughout the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and what further consultation will occur? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in his Associate Minister of Primary Industries? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Police name woman who fell from car: RNZ Checkpoint
Police have named the woman who died overnight after she fell out of the boot of a moving car, bound and gagged, in South Auckland. Detective Inspector Dave Lynch told media the police were looking at the possibility of any connection to organised crime. [more]

Macedonian border situation worsening: RNZ Checkpoint
Aid workers have expressed their concern about the situation on the Greek-Macedonian border, where more and more refugees are arriving. Danny Savage reports from Inedora. [more]

RNZI reporter returns to Suva via boat: RNZ Checkpoint
RNZ International reporter Alex Perrottet caught an aid boat from Fiji's Vanua Balavu to Suva after his flight was cancelled. He tells Checkpoint about the experience. [more]

Kane Williamson Pays Tribute Martin Crowe
TRIBUTE: Martin Crowe will be remembered as New Zealand's greatest batsman but also as one who demanded the utmost high standards of himself and those around him...http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/298029/martin-crowe-nz's-greatest-batsman [more]

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 3rd March 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]

Grant Fox reflects on Martin Crowe's life: RNZ Checkpoint
Former All Black Grant Fox met Martin Growe as a teenager at Auckland Grammar, where they became fast friends. He joined Checkpoint to reflect on the cricketing great's life. [more]

Mahana interview: Temuera Morrison and Akuhata Keefe
Widescreen’s Dan Slevin chats to Kiwi screen legend Tem Morrison and screen debutant Akuhata (Augs) Keefe about their new film, Mahana. To listen to the complete interview (approx. 18 mins) go here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/widescreen/story/201791773/rancho-notorious-4-7-actually-there-is-such-a-thing-as-'society' [more]

Rancho Notorious

RN 4/7: “Actually, there is such a thing as ‘society’.”
Kailey and Dan are joined by Chris Hormann, President of the Wellington Film Society, to talk about this year's programme and the health of the film society movement across New Zealand. Dan interviews Temuera Morrison and Akuhata Keefe about their roles in the new film Mahana, and Kailey reviews The Lady in the Van and Three Wise Cousins. [more]

Rural News

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

Midday Rural News for 4 March 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

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

The Panel with Jane Bowron and Neil Miller (Part 1)
What the Panelists Neil Miller and Jane Bowron have been up to. After a long illness cricket great Martin Crowe has died at the age of 53. The UK is considering banning school children from tackling in rugby. Physiotherapist Chris Pratt talks about the injuries children get playing sport. Madonna is performing her first ever concert in New Zealand this weekend. She's been criticised before even setting foot on stage. Is President Trump a done deal? [more]

The Panel with Jane Bowron and Neil Miller (Part 2)
A study's found that increasing a person's water intake reduces how many calories they consume. What the Panelists Neil Miller and Jane Bowron have been thinking about. Melbourne is undergoing an apartment transformation. Melbourne is undergoing an apartment transformation. Real estate agent Paul Osbourne talks about what's happening in his city and compares it to Auckland. Auckland neurologist Dr Jen Pereira talks about the condition that's being associated to birth defects in Brazil. There have been record vehicle sales in New Zealand for the month of February. The choice of a new flag or remaining loyal to the current one is being made as voting in the referendum gets underway. [more]

Intro
What the Panelists Neil Miller and Jane Bowron have been up to. [more]

Martin Crowe death
After a long illness cricket great Martin Crowe has died at the age of 53. [more]

Banning kids rugby tackles
The UK is considering banning school children from tackling in rugby. Physiotherapist Chris Pratt talks about the injuries children get playing sport. [more]

Madonna in NZ
Madonna is performing her first ever concert in New Zealand this weekend. She's been criticised before even setting foot on stage. [more]

US politics
Is President Trump a done deal? [more]

More water - fewer calories
A study's found that increasing a person's water intake reduces how many calories they consume. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Neil Miller and Jane Bowron have been thinking about. [more]

Moving out of houses and into apartments
Melbourne is undergoing an apartment transformation. Real estate agent Paul Osbourne talks about what's happening in his city and compares it to Auckland. [more]

Zika and Guillain-Barre syndrome
Auckland neurologist Dr Jen Pereira talks about the condition that's being associated to birth defects in Brazil. [more]

The attraction of cars
There have been record vehicle sales in New Zealand for the month of February. [more]

Flag vote underway
The choice of a new flag or remaining loyal to the current one is being made as voting in the referendum gets underway. [more]

The Wireless

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

Justice outside a courtroom
How one woman found justice without the police, a lawyer or violence. [more]

Upbeat

Josh Thomas
Dunedin Fringe opened last night with a show case event featuring 28 acts in two hours, offering a taster of what is to come over the next 11 days. Festival director Josh Thomas explains how he manages to attract artists from throughout New Zealand and overseas to the southernmost festival of its kind. [more]

Rachel Hyde
Premiering last night at New Zealand Festival was John Psathas' epic work No Man's Land, a symphony with pictures featuring musicians from the many countries who fought in the First World War. Rachel Hyde reviews the result. [more]

Richard Wigley
New Zealand born orchestral manager Richard Wigley has just taken over as the new Managing Director of Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. He comes to Northern Ireland after a decade managing the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. Richard speaks about the challenges of turning something that was in danger of going flat into something rather sharp. [more]

World & Pacific News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 4 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 4 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

7.8 earthquake off Indonesia
A powerful earthquake has struck near the Indonesian island of Sumatra, but initial region-wide tsunami alerts have been cancelled. [more]

BREAKING - Woman who escaped from boot of moving car has died
BREAKING - Woman who escaped from boot of moving car has died [more]

Chastised Canes name unchanged XV
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has named an unchanged starting XV to play the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday in a replay of last year's Super Rugby final. [more]

Crusaders coach keeps faith
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has kept the same starting XV for tomorrow night's Super Rugby game against the Blues in Christchurch. [more]

All Blacks and Carter up for top awards
The All Blacks and former first-five Dan Carter have both been nominated for the Laureus World Sports Awards. [more]

Breakers beaten in game one
The Perth Wildcats have won game one of the Australian National Basketball League grand final series with an 82-76 win over the Breakers in Perth. [more]

Phoenix re-sign All Whites midfielder
The Wellington Phoenix have re-signed another key player with midfielder Michael McGlinchey inking a two-year contract that will keep him in Wellington until May 2018. [more]

NZ Football CEO sees no reason to resign
The chief executive of New Zealand Football Andy Martin says at no time did he feel he should offer to resign despite the own goals the organisation has scored over the past year. [more]

Marshalls declares state of health emergency over zika
The President of the Marshall Islands has declared a state of health emergency to push the country's response to the Zika virus into high gear. [more]

Johnson found guilty of sexual activity
English footballer Adam Johnson, who was sacked by Sunderland last month, is facing jail after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. [more]

Ko wants more off the tee
Lydia Ko could not really ask for much more after becoming golf's World No. 1 and claiming her first major, yet the teenager is keen to pack a bigger punch off the tee. [more]

Fewer than half the tickets sold for Rio Olympics
Organisers for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have sold fewer than half of all tickets so far with about five months to go until the first Games in South America. [more]

Bubbles could be marine pest buster
New technology - in the form of bubbles - being trialled in Nelson could revolutionise anti-fouling methods used to prevent the spread of marine pests on boats. [more]

When cars get to put on the brakes
The Automobile Association expects automatic braking systems in cars to become almost universal over time. [more]

Kayaker dead after getting caught in rapids
A man is dead after he got into trouble while whitewater kayaking on the West Coast The police say the 20-year old man was kayaking with a group down the... [more]

Fire damages South Auckland panelbeating factory
Fire has badly damaged a panelbeating factory in South Auckland. Up to 18 fire engines were sent to Waokauri Place in Mangere about 11pm yesterday. The Fire Service said people... [more]

Fiji tourism industry bands together to pull visitors back
A committee has been activated in Fiji for the time since the 2006 coup, to get tourists back to the country. [more]

US-FFA fish agreement reached
The American Tunaboat Association has confirmed an agreement has been reached for US vessels to purchase treaty licenses from the Fisheries Forum Agency. [more]

Teens arrested over liquor store owner stabbing
Two teenagers have been arrested in relation to the stabbing of a liquor store owner in Auckland on Sunday night. [more]

Ngāi Tahu calls for more bassinets
Ngāi Tahu is calling on its weavers around the country to help make enough bassinets for its newest arrivals. [more]

Hunt for MH370 shifts to Mozambique
There is a "high possibility" debris found in Mozambique came from the same model as missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. [more]

A new flag for NZ?
Morning Report's Guyon Espiner has hosted a debate on the flag, with Maggie Barry, Winston Peters, Lizzie Marvelly, Chris Mullane and David Slack. [more]

Flag debate: 'Get out and vote'
As voting papers are dispatched for the final flag referendum, views on whether to change the flag remain passionately divided. [more]

Search fails to find man who fled police
A search has failed to find a man who fled police near the Hutt River. [more]

PNG Governor to keep fighting illegal logging
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Oro Province has vowed to keep fighting companies conducting illegal logging in his province. [more]

Winston could reset ANZAC-Fiji relations
International relations experts say there could be a silver lining to Cyclone Winston's massive devastation in Fiji. [more]

Paedophile scheme falls foul of Smith case
The Corrections Department is axing a programme aimed at the worst paedophiles, in the fallout from the case of convicted killer and child abuser Phillip Smith. [more]

Pakiri Beach plans upset locals
People living near Pakiri Beach are accusing developers, the local iwi and the council of ambushing them with plans to develop their last wild stretch of coastline. [more]

Man badly injured after stormwater drain fall
A man has life-threatening injuries after falling into a stormwater drain on Auckland's North Shore. The accident happened just before 9am at a residential property in Hillcrest where work was... [more]

New standards for energy sector possible
The Government is considering setting new environmental standards for the energy sector. It already has a plan, inherited from an earlier government, of requiring 90 percent of electricity to be... [more]

Has Palino got the Trump touch?
OPINION: With his Trump-style bluntness and promise to cut rates, could Auckland mayoral candidate John Palino pose a challenge to Phil Goff, asks Bevan Rapson. [more]

NZ men's sprinters claim World Champs gold
The New Zealand men's team sprint have won gold at the Track Cycling World Championships in London, reclaiming the rainbow jerseys they lost last year. [more]

Tottenham squander chance to go top of EPL
Tottenham have squandered the chance to move to the top of English football's Premier League, beaten 1-nil at London rivals West Ham [more]

Lapasset to stand down as World Rugby boss
Bernard Lapasset will not seek re-election as chairman of World Rugby in May so that he can focus his attention on spearheading Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics. [more]

Football Ferns beaten by Brazil
The New Zealand women's football team has been beaten 1-nil by Brazil in their opening game at the Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal. [more]

Billion-dollar plan for Europe's refugee crisis
The European Commission is planning a $1b (€700m) emergency aid fund to help with the asylum seeker crisis in Greece and elsewhere. [more]

Sport: Oceania backs new FIFA President Gianni Infantino
Oceania countries say Gianni Infantino is the right choice to lead the reform of football's world governing body. [more]

Sport: Tongan taekwondo athlete always believed he would reach Olympics
Rio-bound Tongan taekwondo athlete Pita Taufatofua says he always believed he would achieve his dream of qualifying for the Olympics. [more]

Sport: PNG Golf Open joins Australian PGA Tour
After many years as a successful pro-am event, the Papua New Guinea Golf Open will become a fully fledged tournament on the Australian PGA Tour. [more]

Sport: PNG Hunters to base themselves at the new National Football Stadium
The Papua New Guinea Hunters have chosen the newly renovated National Football Stadium to be their home base for the 2016 Queensland Cup. [more]

Ranginui Walker: A man of two worlds
Māori academic and leader Ranginui Walker is being remembered as a mediator between the Māori and Pakeha worlds. [more]

WHO warns of rising betel nut and tobacco use
The WHO says betel nut use is growing at alarming rates. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has died
BREAKING NEWS - New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has died [more]

Tahiti's Flosse ineligible until 2019
The French justice ministry has quashed hopes of French Polynesia's disgraced former president to be able to stand for office in two years. [more]

Child dies after being hit by car in Waikato
A child has died after being hit by a car on State Highway 25 at Waitakaruru, on the Hauraki Plains, this morning. A police spokesperson said the 18-month-old had wandered... [more]

Tasmanian farms sale boosts council fund
The sale of its Tasmanian farms has boosted the result of the New Plymouth District Council's investment fund. Its after tax return for the six months to the end of... [more]

Decoding Super Tuesday's aftermath
ANALYSIS: With roughly 15 states down and 35 to go, Phil Smith considers yesterday's voting in the US. [more]

Aoraki Mt Cook as dangerous as Everest - guide
The mountain guide who escaped a fatal icefall that killed three climbers on Aoraki Mt Cook says the mountain deserves as much respect as Everest. [more]

New Caledonia roll row worsens
The dispute over who will be allowed to vote in New Caledonia's provincial elections has worsened. [more]

PNG PM to address Australia's Press Club
The prime minister of PNG is delivering an address to Australia's National Press Club in Canberra. [more]

Jailed Vanuatu MPs' pardon hopes may rest with committee
The Vanuatu government says consideration of pardons for jailed former MPs would have to be made by a parliamentary committee. [more]

Average Auckland asking price up $101,656
The price of a house in Auckland has hit an annual record, with the average asking price jumping more than $100,000 in the past year. [more]

Scrums to stay in NZ school rugby
The New Zealand Rugby Union has no plans to remove contact rugby from schools, despite calls from British doctors to ban it there. [more]

Flag debate: one school makes its choice
Students at a Wellington primary school gave themselves a head start on the flag referendum this week - and a clear winner has emerged. [more]

Tully's DNA found at scene of WINZ shooting
DNA on swabs taken from a helmet at the scene of the Ashburton WINZ shooting confirm the accused Russell Tully was there, a court has been told. [more]

Martin Crowe 1962-2016
One of New Zealand's most talented cricketers has died after a battle with lymphoma. [more]

NZ newspapers continue to lose readers
A survey of New Zealand's major newspapers shows a general decline in print readership. [more]

Elderly man's body found in Wellington apartment
The decomposed body of 78-year-old man has been found in an apartment in central Wellington. A police spokesperson said he was found yesterday during an assessment of the building in... [more]

New flag would be ready for Rio - PM
A new flag will be ready for use at the Olympics in August - if New Zealanders vote to change it, Prime Minister John Key says. [more]

NZ Toyotas not in latest airbag recall
No Toyotas in New Zealand are part of the latest international airbag recall, the company says. [more]

Taranaki council accused of shutting down debate
The Green Party has accused the Taranaki Regional Council of shutting down public debate over resource consents activity in the region. [more]

UN's North Korea sanctions welcomed
New Zealand is welcoming the adoption of a United Nations Security Council resolution imposing new, strengthened sanctions against North Korea. [more]

Bail delay for one-punch attack accused
A New Zealander jointly charged over a one-punch attack that killed a Brisbane teenager has had his bail bid postponed due to visa issues. Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell is one... [more]

Teen charged with Kawerau man's murder
The police have charged an 18-year-old with the murder of Kawerau man. The victim, who was 23, died at Hall Street property in the Bay of Plenty town. The arrested... [more]

Auckland Unitary Plan can be completed by deadline - panel
The judge presiding over hearings on Auckland's Unitary Plan says it can be completed on time, despite calls for a one-year extension. Judge David Kirkpatrick has told today's hearings that... [more]

Bill Falconer to retire from MIA
The Meat Industry Association has announced chairman Bill Falconer will retire next month. [more]

$280,000 for Saudi deal project manager
The government has spent $280,000 hiring a project manager for its Saudi sheep deal, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says. [more]

Manslaughter charge over Waikato woman's death
A Hamilton man charged with the manslaughter of a woman in the city last month has appeared in court. Raewyn Green, 50, died in hospital on 11 February three days... [more]

BREAKING NEWS - First possible case of sexual transmission of Zika virus in NZ investigated
BREAKING NEWS - First possible case of sexual transmission of Zika virus in NZ investigated [more]

Little change to Taranaki's alcohol hours
Taranaki Medical Officer of Health Jonathan Jarman is disappointed alcohol trading hours will barely change in the district. The New Plymouth District Council originally wanted its Local Alcohol Policy to... [more]

Police plead for man to contact them
The police are pleading for a man who was last seen fleeing towards the Hutt River, near Wellington, to contact them. The man, who they described as a slender African... [more]

Martin Crowe: NZ's greatest batsman
TRIBUTE: Martin Crowe will be remembered as New Zealand's greatest batsman, but also as one who demanded the utmost high standards of himself and those around him. [more]

Muscat to leave Phoenix
After eight years with the Wellington Phoenix, defender Manny Muscat is returning home having signed a two year deal with Melbourne City. [more]

Liquor ban for Samoa's election
Samoa's general election will come with a temporary liquor ban to ensure the smooth running of polling on Friday. [more]

Guilty verdict for former Pitcairn mayor
Two members of the tiny Pacific Island community of Pitcairn Island took just 45 minutes to find their former mayor had indecent material in his possession. [more]

Oliver: We can no longer ignore Trump
REVIEW: Comedian John Oliver has laid into Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. And he wants the politician to change his name. [more]

Boatbuilding tops sport at top of South Island - study
Forget rugby or mountainbiking - boatbuilding contributes the most to the Top of the South's sport and recreation industries. [more]

Push for more Maori surgeons
Plans are underway to get more Maori doctors to become surgeons with the aim of developing a more culturally appropriate surgical workforce. [more]

Theories put forward for Micronesia's high cervical cancer rates
Geography and lack of understanding are considered reasons for Micronesia having some of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. [more]

PNG could see US$80m benefits from seabed mining
A new report says seabed mining could see Papua New Guinea reap economic benefits of US$80 million over two years. [more]

New aid pact between Australia and PNG
A new aid pact between Australia and Papua New Guinea aims to reduce poverty and ramp up economic growth. [more]

Ranginui Walker tangi: 'His pen was his taiaha'
Hone Morris, a lecturer at Massey University, told listeners at the tangi of Ranginui Walker today: "Ranginui, your pen was your taiaha". [more]

Sexual transmission of Zika virus investigated
The chances of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex in New Zealand are rare, despite officials investigating a possible case. [more]

Tributes pour in for Martin Crowe
Tributes have been flowing in for New Zealand cricketing legend Martin Crowe today, with players and fans hailing his legacy to the game. [more]

Head injury inflicted before car fall
The woman who died after falling from the boot of a car while tied up had at least one serious head injury before she hit the road, say police. [more]

New Zealander arrested in Taiwan on drug-related charges
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a New Zealander has been arrested in Taiwan on drug-related charges. The Taiwanese news channel, Focus Taiwan is reporting the man was held at... [more]

Stink about freedom camping in Akaroa
An urgent request has been made to Christchurch City Council to close down two freedom camping sites because the toilets can not cope with the large numbers of visitors. [more]

Australia boosting diplomatic presence in PNG
Australia is to expand its diplomatic presence in Papua New Guinea by setting up a consulate-general's office in Lae. [more]

Former Labour Party leader will vote for new flag
Former Labour Party leader David Shearer says he will be voting for the alternative blue and black flag in this week's final flag referendum. Voting packs are being sent out... [more]

Missing three-year-old girl found safe and well
A 3-year-old girl called Mila who went missing in the Yaldhurst area of Christchurch has been found. [more]

Keep Easter Sunday as family day, MPs told
MPs considering whether shops should be open on Easter Sunday have been told it should be kept as a day for family. [more]

Calls for Maori signs at banks and airports
A Māori language advocacy group is calling on the government to force major airports and banks to have Māori signage. [more]

Fiji commander amazed there was not greater loss of life
The commander of the Fiji aid mission to Lau says he's amazed that the death toll is not higher from Cyclone Winston. [more]

US tuna treaty deal salvaged for 2016
The FFA says US vessels are to resume tuna fishing in the region, thanks to an effort on the part of Pacific countries. [more]

1/3 of Cook Islands adults said to have an NCD
In the Cook Islands a third of all adults has a non-communicable disease and health authorities are this week trying to make people aware of the threat. [more]

Experts tell American Samoans to kill mosquito larvae
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have told American Samoans the best way to deal with disease spreading mosquitoes is to get rid of the larvae. [more]

Dog owner pleads guilty after young son mauled
A dog owner has pleaded guilty after his 4-year-old son was horrifically mauled by a bull mastiff cross at his South Auckland home. [more]

North Korea fires projectiles into sea hours after UN vote
North Korea has fired several short-range projectiles into the sea, hours after the UN voted to impose some of its strongest ever sanctions. [more]

Man falls in creek at centre of ongoing dispute
Police are investigating how a 64-year-old man fell into a creek on Auckland's North Shore and ended up in hospital. [more]