Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 24th March 2016

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This page features: At The Movies, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Dateline Pacific, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Top Hat story, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

At The Movies

At The Movies for 24 March 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks one mainstream thriller - London Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler - one Japanese art-film - An (ARN) - and a niche Christian film called Risen, with an unexpectedly good cast, including Joseph Fiennes and Peter Firth. [more]

London Has Fallen review
Simon reviews a sequel to the thriller, Olympus Has Fallen. It stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Echkart and Morgan Freeman. [more]

An review
Simon reviews a small, heart-warming Japanese film, about three lonely outsiders and a very Japanese snack - an, or sweet beans. [more]

Risen review
Simon reviews a rare American "faith-based" film to reach New Zealand. This one, out in time for Easter, features Cliff Curtis as Jesus and Shakespeare in Love's Joseph Fiennes as a Roman tribune. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 25 March
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 March. This week.... An RNZ Insight Investigation uncovers evidence the Transport Accident Investigation Commission has been underfunded for more than a decade, the fight for justice for convicted murderer Teina Pora by a former policeman turned private investigator, the fuss over our 5 dollar note finding favour overseas wasn't quite what it seemed in the media, a highly acclaimed book by a doctor confronting his own death, whats involved in saving the Kakapo, the creation of a nature sanctuary in Nelson, a plagiarism scandal rocks the crossword puzzle world, research into how being a southpaw or a rightpaw affects everything - including the way you vote, a survey on the health of marine life on the Waitara reef, what it takes to create a good TV soap opera, and we go to the 24th Pasifika festival in Auckland. [more]

Business News

Evening business for 24 March 2016
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 24th March 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

186 evacuated in West Coast floods
186 people were rapidly evacuated after flooding on the West Coast. Alan Wilson, the Westland District's Civil Defence Controller, explains what happened. [more]

Guests evacuated after Waiho river floods
DOC Conservation Services Manager Wayne Costello helped evacuate guests after the Waiho river burst its banks. [more]

Report from Conan Young in Franz Josef
Our reporter Conan Young is in Franz Josef. [more]

Ko Haapu arrives in NZ after months in Australian detention
Former New Zealand soldier Ko Haapu, held without charge in a maximum security prison in Perth since early November, has arrived back in New Zealand. [more]

Preliminary flag referendum results to be released
Prime Minister John Key says he won't be disappointed if the flag doesn't change, because the process has got people talking. [more]

Survey of MPs shows slight preference for flag change
A survey of 121 MPs carried out by RNZ showed 57 had voted for change and 54 in favour of keeping the current flag. 6 did not respond. [more]

Police shoot man in head and leg in Whanganui
Police in Whanganui have revealed they shot a man twice -- including once in the head -- when he pointed a gun at them this morning. [more]

National MP accused of driving into protestor
Whanganui MP Chester Borrows may be in hot water after he allegedly drove over the foot of a TPP protester. [more]

Brussels terrorists' identities confirmed
The identities of three of the four men who carried out Tuesday's suicide attacks in Brussels have now been confirmed by Belgian officials. [more]

US lawyer's MH370 wreckage find confirmed
US lawyer and blogger Blaine Alan Gibson is on a year-long search for missing airliner MH370, and found a piece of the wreckage on the coast of Mozambique last month. He joins Checkpoint. [more]

Sports News for 24 March 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Franz Josef evacuee describes damaging floods
Last night's torrential rain on the West Coast led to the evacuation of 186 people in the West Coast town of Franz Josef. Photographer Jakob de Zwart is on holiday there. [more]

Conan Young reports from Franz Josef
Our reporter Conan Young is in Franz Josef. [more]

Sports News for 24 March 2016
The latest news from the RNZ Sport team. [more]

Amnesty International calls for release of political prisoners
Amnesty International's Laura Haigh joins Checkpoint from Yangon to explain why the organisation is calling on the new government to release its political prisoners. [more]

Legendary surfer the star of Easter Masters Championship
Australian surf legend, Bob McTavish, is the star attraction at the Easter Masters Surfing Championship in Taranaki this weekend. [more]

Country Life

Regional Wrap
Taranaki, Manawatu and Horowhenua have had wonderful rain, but facial eczema is rampant and some dairy farmers have had to dry off their whole herd, or at least some cows, early. Even farmers taking every precauction possible are finding their stock coming down with clincial signs of eczema. Marlborough's had most welcome rain, while the West Coast's had a bit too much this week. [more]

New Zealand's Oldest Gumboots: Part four
John Forde has a pair of Skellerup Ashley gumboots which should have laces up the front. But instead he has a carefully placed piece of Number 8 wire, "it makes them easy to take on and off." Winners of the Skellerup gumboots: Iona MacDonald and Bob Bos. [more]

Diary of a Dairy Farmer: Re-grassing
Sharemilker Andrew McPherson is drilling seed on his Waikato dairy farm. He re-grasses a portion of the farm each year but is finding more and more land looks like it needs a fresh lot of seed because of the damage caused by black beetle. topics] rural, farming [more]

Teaser Bulls
Teaser Bulls are vasectomised bulls that identify cows that are ready to be mated. Jennie Macky leases the 15 month old bulls to farmers to do what they do best in their herds. She says having a teaser bull in a paddock with the cows leaves farmers in no doubt whether a cow is cycling or not. [more]

Milk for Mozzarella
A herd of horned beasts provides milk for Methven cheese makers. Tucked away on an isolated farm near the foothills of the Southern Alps is the only commercial dairy buffalo herd in the South Island. Lucy Appleton and Christo Keijzer brought the core of the dairy herd over from Australia several years ago and have been building it up ever since. This year it numbers over 50 and the milk, which has 100% more fat content than cow's milk, is fuelling Lucy's cheese making business. As well as producing the traditional Italian Mozzarella di Bufala, she also uses the milk to make halloumi, ricotta and yogurt that are sold at farmers markets in Christchurch. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Tonga Rugby working with govt on financial 'rescue package'
The Tonga Rugby Union has approached the government for help after being unable to service debts incurred in the past three years. [more]

Toilets give Vanuatu village bite of tourist cherry
It's hoped a fancy set of public toilets in the north of Efate in Vanuatu will help attract tourists there. [more]

Pacific focus on building better in response to disaster threat
Cyclones in the Pacific are becoming more devastating. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 24 March 2016
Pacific focus on building better in response to disaster threat; report finds regional deep sea mining laws lacking; new Pacific research programme launched in NZ; Pacific tradespeople to get NZ training; toilets give Vanuatu village bite of tourist cherry; and Tonga Rugby working with government on financial 'rescue package'. [more]

Solomons crisis looms as port reforms stifle business
The prime minister of Solomon Islands has promised action to avert a looming economic crisis fuelled by increased fees and longer processing times at the country's international ports. [more]

Republican candidates target American Samoa
Republican candidates hoping to secure their bid to run for the United States presidency, are showing unprecented interest in American Samoa. [more]

Fiji women's groups united against sexual violence
Fiji women's groups say the country's high rates of gender-based sexual violence exacerbated by natural disaster, enhance the vulnerability of women and children. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edtion for 25 March 2016
Pacific focus on building better in response to disaster threat; report finds regional deep sea mining laws lacking; new Pacific research programme launched in NZ; Pacific tradespeople to get NZ training; toilets give Vanuatu village bite of tourist cherry; and Tonga Rugby working with government on financial 'rescue package'. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Australia Election Campaign - Phil Kafcaloudes
It looks as if the election campaign in Australia will kick-off early. Phil Kafcaloudes is in Melbourne to talk us through what it all means. [more]

Self-Cleaning Clothes - Dr Rajesh Ramanathan
Sunshine could be the new way to clean your clothes. RMIT University, is using nanotechnology to develop a new generation of self-cleaning textiles. And it means that stains and grime breakdown, when exposed to light. Dr Rajesh Ramanathan is a postdoctoral fellow from the School of Science at the university and he's leading the Melbourne-based team. [more]

Critter Of The Week with Nicola Toki
Nicola Toki, DOC's threatened species ambassador introduces us to a lesser-known, uncharismatic or generally unlovable threatened species. This week's critter is the giraffe weevil. [more]

Favourite Album - Stories
'Stories' by Maura O'Connell. Nominated by Julie Metcalfe. [more]

Food - Plum and Toasted Hazelnut Cake
Emma Galloway's recipe for plum and toasted hazelnut cake. [more]

Weekend Wine with Yvonne Lorkin
Weekend Wine - Yvonne Lorkin's tips on differentiating dessert wines. [more]

Movie Review - Richard Swainson
Movie Review - Richard Swainson has been to see Grimsby and 45 years. [more]

New music - Yadana Saw
Yadana Saw previews this weekend's Music 101 programme. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 24 March 2016
The Union Jack stays on the New Zealand flag, the politics of left handers and in Dateline Pacific, preparing for future disasster. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 25 March 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 25 March 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 25 March 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Inside-Out Piano
The Inside-Out Piano, is it the instrument for the future?!! with inventor Sarah Nicolls, UK-based experimental pianist at the forefront of innovations in piano performance and senior lecturer in Music at Brunel University... [more]

Nights' Culture - Dance
Body movements, usually to music - with Chris Jannides, Toi Whakaari movement tutor and founding dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Limbs Dance Company... melding interactive digital technologies with dance performance... [more]

Our Changing World

Tracking the health of kaimoana off Taranaki coast
A local hapu, New Plymouth residents and marine scientists have set up a group to monitor the health of kaimoana on the reefs off Waitara, on the Taranaki coast. [more]

Making sense of the code of life
BBC broadcaster Adam Rutherford discusses how genomics is changing how we think about medicine, agriculture, conservation and even our relationship to our nearest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. [more]

Restoring nature at Nelson's Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
A 14.5 kilometre-long pest proof fence will soon be keeping nature safe from invasive animals, in a nearly 700-hectare forest sanctuary on the outskirts of Nelson [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 24 March 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Ko Haapu arrives in NZ after months in Australian detention: RNZ Checkpoint
Former New Zealand soldier Ko Haapu, held without charge in a maximum security prison in Perth since early November, has arrived back in New Zealand. [more]

Franz Josef evacuee describes damaging floods: RNZ Checkpoint
Last night's torrential rain on the West Coast led to the evacuation of 186 people in the West Coast town of Franz Josef. Photographer Jakob de Zwart is on holiday there. [more]

Preliminary flag referendum results to be released: RNZ Checkpoint
Prime Minister John Key says he won't be disappointed if the flag doesn't change, because the process has got people talking. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 24th 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]

Internally Displaced Persons Camp
A short view of an Internally Displaced Persons Camp. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Waonui a Te Manu Korihi for 24 March 2016
Welcome to the Easter special from our Maori news team who look at Maori religions. [more]

The Panel

Panel Pre-Show - Jesse & Jim & Zara
What the world is talking about with Jesse Mulligan, Jim Mora and Zara Potts. [more]

The Panel with Nicky Pellegrino and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)
Panel intro;Fonterra negotiations with contactors;Harmony in society. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Nicky Pellegrino and Bernard Hickey have been up to. [more]

Fonterra negotiations with contactors
Bernard Hickey addresses Fonterra's arrangement where it get potential contractors to pitch for business. [more]

Harmony in society
Greg Barton of Melbourne's Deakin University addresses some listener comments after yesterday's discussion on the Brussels bombings. [more]

The Panel with Nicky Pellegrino and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)
Life imitating bad art;What the Panelists Nicky Pelegrino and Bernard Hickey have been thinking about;Ever changing grammar;Growing an economy;Flag change. [more]

Life imitating bad art
Ted Cruz uses a line from a movie while the Australian Prime Minister and other MPs use a slogan from a US sitcom. [more]

Panel says
What the Panelists Nicky Pellegrino and Bernard Hickey have been thinking about. [more]

Ever changing grammar
Language is evolving and sometimes what we knew as being "right" no longer applies. Linguist Dr Sharon Marsden addreses one grammar conundrum. [more]

Flag change
It may have been his idea but the Prime Minister insists changing the flag is not something he saw as being part of his legacy. [more]

Growing an economy
Bernard Hickey talks about the obsession with economic growth. [more]

Homes demolished for carpark
Residents of Auckland Council houses have been given 90 days to move out as their homes are demolished for a car park. [more]

The Top Hat story

The Top Hat Story
A look back at the glory days of Napier's 'Top Hat' nightspot, popular during the 1960s. [more]

The Wireless

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

Weekly Reading: Best longreads on the web
This week: Paying tribute to Phife Dawg, why Zayn's ready to make his mark, and the story behind Iran's female surfers. [more]

The Bachelor NZ: Sayonara Claudia, hello heartbreak
Natasha Frost weighs in on this week's episodes of The Bachelor NZ. [more]

Kick Out The Jams: Red Sky Blues
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. This week we catch up with Wellington rock disciples Red Sky Blues. [more]

Upbeat

Liam Ryan
The National Jazz Festival is on in Tauranga over Easter. Liam Ryan talks about the Jazz Awards that will be presented on Saturday, the Tui for Best Jazz Album of the Year and the APRA Best Jazz Composition. Liam is also Director of the National Youth Jazz Competition, which involves hundreds of aspiring jazz players. [more]

The art of traditional Fijian female tattoo
Juliette Sivertsen visits the Veiqia Project in Auckland. She talks with curator Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo about how the once taboo art form has become an important part of the cultural identity for Fijian women. [more]

Susan Wilson
Circa Theatre is celebrating its 40th birthday in 2016. Susan Wilson directs Robert Lord's Joyful and Triumphant with three of the actresses from her original production from 1992. That production scooped the Chapman Tripp Awards winning 'Playwright of the year', 'Production of the Year', 'Director of the Year' and later received rave reviews for seasons in Adelaide, Sydney and London as well as touring throughout New Zealand. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 24 March 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 24 March 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 24 March 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional News for 25 March 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 March 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

School Trustees left red-faced over submission
The School Trustees Association is apologising profusely to schools and to politicians for a submission it made to a select committee opposing extending paid parental leave for new parents. [more]

Kenny-Dowall sets sights on Roosters record
Shaun Kenny-Dowall has set himself the task of overhauling Anthony Minichiello as the Sydney Roosters' greatest tryscorer ahead of his 200th NRL game. [more]

Homes to be demolished for carpark
Residents on the edge of a Auckland park say they are frustrated and confused why their homes are being demolished to build a carpark. [more]

Fonterra's 'Dragons Den' plans for contractors
Fonterra is forcing its contractors who do maintenance to drop their prices in a 'Dragons Den' style process. [more]

Vietnamese blogger jailed for five years
A prominent Vietnamese blogger has been sent to prison for five years after being accused of misusing his democratic freedoms. Nguyen Huu Vinh's blog was a mixture of news, commentary... [more]

One person dead after head-on crash south of Auckland
One person has died after a head-on collision south of Auckland last night. Police said the two cars crashed in Waiuku at about 8pm. One driver died at the scene,... [more]

Singapore couple admit to starving their maid
A couple from Singapore have admitted to starving their Filipino maid - who weighed just 29 kilograms when she finally managed to escape. A court heard how Thelma Gawidan was... [more]

Smaller steel mesh-makers more likely to use proper testing
More small steel mesh-makers are using proper lab testing of their product than at the big end of the market. [more]

SA Rugby crackdown on match-fixing
South African Rugby has taken a proactive step in a bid to block potential match-fixing after signing an agreement with Swiss-based betting data provider Sportradar. [more]

Top notch loos in Vanuatu village could spark tourism
Villagers in the north of Vanuatu's main island are hoping to tap into the tourist dollar that comes in and out of Port Vila with the erection of first world toilet facilities. [more]

India tame Tigers by skin of their teeth
India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a dramatic one-run win over Bangladesh. [more]

Academic says NZ needs robust advice on Pacific
The Auckland University of Technology's head of Pacific Advancement, Walter Fraser, says it's important that New Zealand is given robust advice on matters of foreign policy in the Pacific region. [more]

Alaskan firm lures American Samoa workers
Dozens of young people have turned out in American Samoa to hear about job opportunities at a salmon processing plant in Alaska. [more]

NZ remains open to Nauru partnership
The New Zealand Foreign Minister says the government has not closed its mind in terms of trying to re-establish a partnership with Nauru. [more]

Nelson marina charges could be doubled
Nelson boaties could have to pay twice as much to tie up in the city's council-owned marina. [more]

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz for president
Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for president, calling him a "principled conservative". Mr Bush, the former governor of Florida, dropped out of the... [more]

Sport: Georgia to play three rugby tests in the Pacific
The Georgian rugby team will play Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in June in an historic test series in the Pacific Islands. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Offender injured after being shot by police in Whanganui
BREAKING NEWS - Offender injured after being shot by police in Whanganui [more]

Bennett set to stay at Broncos
Rugby league super coach Wayne Bennett is poised to re-sign with the Brisbane Broncos for another two NRL seasons. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Four people trapped after mini-bus with 21 on board rolls at Fitzgerald Glade near Rotorua
BREAKING NEWS - Four people trapped after mini-bus with 21 on board rolls at Fitzgerald Glade near Rotorua [more]

Keeping kids sweet - without the sugar hit
Easter's just a hop away and if you ask kids what that means their answer is likely to be chocolate. [more]

Thousands expected for Tūhoe festival
About 20,000 people are expected to descend on the Rūātoki Valley in eastern Bay of Plenty over Easter for the biggest event on the Tūhoe calendar. [more]

Second Brussels Airport bomber named
French and Belgian news outlets have identified the second suicide bomber at Zaventem Airport as Najim Laachraoui. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Man charged with abducting and indecently assaulting 5-year-old girl in Palmerston North pleads guilty
BREAKING NEWS - Man charged with abducting and indecently assaulting 5-year-old girl in Palmerston North pleads guilty [more]

Jury picked for American Samoa murder trial
In American Samoa, an eight-member jury has finally been picked for the murder trial of Siaumau Siaumau Jr. [more]

SH1 closed at Warkworth after crash between truck and caravan
State Highway 1 has reopened after it was completely closed at Warkworth, north of Auckland, due to a crash between a truck and a car towing a caravan. Police said... [more]

Man admits snatching, assaulting girl
A 46-year-old man who grabbed a five-year-old girl off a Palmerston North street as she walked to school has pleaded guilty to abducting and indecently assaulting her. [more]

Sport: Guam closing in Asian Cup football berth
The Guam national football team can move closer to a historic berth in the Asian Cup with a positive result against Oman in Muscat tomorrow morning. [more]

American Samoa republicans endorse delegates
The Republican Party of American Samoa caucus has endorsed the party's nine delegates going to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland in July for the selection of the Party's candidate... [more]

Wellington Sevens stays in capital
Wellington City Council has confirmed its Sevens tournament will be staying in the capital for another two years. [more]

Solomon Islands to host 2016 PIDF summit
Solomon Islands is to host the Pacific Islands Development Forum later this year. [more]

FFA ponders options for new US tuna treaty
A working group of the Pacific Island parties met last week with the United States to hammer out some options for a possible structure for the US Pacific Tuna Treaty. [more]

Case daunting for boat people: Minister
Asylum seekers will be less likely to use boats to reach New Zealand after people smugglers were prosecuted, the immigration minister says. [more]

Hallenstein Glasson's first-half net profit falls 21 percent
Hallenstein Glasson's first-half net profit is down 21 percent, impacted by tighter margins and a weak currency. [more]

Four teenagers arrested over Auckland city assault
Police have arrested four teenage girls after an attack on Auckland's Queen Street overnight. Police said two young women were accosted, one of them beaten and kicked on the ground... [more]

Sport: PNG Hunters change kick-off times after security concerns
The PNG Hunters rugby league team have brought forward the kick-off times for two home matches in response to concerns from supporters about security. [more]

Noel Gallagher cancels Auckland show after equipment failure
British rocker Noel Gallagher has cancelled tonight's sold-out Auckland show at the ASB Theatre in Auckland because his equipment has been delayed. Promoter Live Nation Entertainment said the stormy weather... [more]

Support firms up for Solomons police rearmament
The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says people living in the Western Province have expressed support for the staged limited rearmament of the police. [more]

Lee loses opening round of WGC match play
Danny Lee has started his World Golf Championship match play tournament in Austin Texas with a loss to 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. [more]

Paddon to drive in NZ Rally Championship
WRC driver Hayden Paddon is to compete in two rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship this year. [more]

Armed police called to Whangarei
Armed police have gone to a rural road north of Whangarei. A large number of police cars are at the scene on Cinder Way, leading to a local quarry. Police... [more]

Three men in Palmerston North armed robbery
The police are investigating an aggravated robbery at a petrol station in Palmerston North. The police say three men confronted the sole station attendant at the Mobil Service Station on... [more]

Chinese $130m vaccine scam leads to 37 arrests
Thirty-seven people have been arrested in eastern China over a huge vaccine scandal. The case involves $130 million worth of illegal vaccines suspected of being sold in dozens of provinces. [more]

Second flag referendum closes today
By the end of today, New Zealand will know if it has a new flag. [more]

Sudanese law clerk racially harassed and bullied
A Sudanese law clerk who was found to have been racially harassed and bullied at an Auckland firm has been awarded $7500. [more]

Record number of students graduate from USP in Fiji
A record number of students have graduated from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. [more]

Arrest after AOS callout in Hawke's Bay
A man is in custody after the Armed Offenders Squad was called to a small rural settlement north of Napier. [more]

Papua government urges restraint from minister
The Papua Provincial Government has urged Indonesia's Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs to stop making statements that provoke anxiety in Papua. [more]

Two brothers on the run in Northland
Police in Whangarei are on the hunt for two brothers who have cut off their electronic monitoring bracelets. [more]

Fiji man in court for breaching electoral decree
A Fiji man has appeared in court charged with breaching the Electoral Decree in 2014. [more]

Collective appproach needed to fight Fiji sex crimes
Women's rights groups in Fiji are calling for more to be done to combat sexual violence after Cyclone Winston. [more]

Wild weather: What you need to know
With wild weather lashing much of the country this morning, RNZ News' guide provides the latest key information. [more]

Drought hit Palau gets rain but not enough
Rain has fallen in Palau for the first time in months but it has not been enough to avert a serious water shortage. [more]

Solomons crisis looms as port reforms stifle business
The prime minister of Solomon Islands has promised action to avert a looming economic crisis fuelled by increased fees and longer processing times at ports. [more]

PNG health opens lab to test for TB drug resistance
PNG's Department of Health has launched its first laboratory to test for drug resistant tuberculosis. [more]

Man arrested after AOS callout near Whangarei
The police have arrested a man after an Armed Offenders Squad callout near Whangarei. The police went to Hikurangi this morning after reports a man had pointed a gun at... [more]

Maori Catholics to celebrate in Whanganui
The Maori Catholic community is coming together in Whanganui for a long weekend of kapa haka and choir competitions. Thousands of people are heading to the annual Hui Aranga event,... [more]

Top businessman's name used in scam
A Facebook user has lost about $200,000 thinking they were dealing with high-profile businessman Sir Ralph Norris, when in fact they were not. [more]

Bad weather to hop it for Easter
The wild weather lashing the country today should be but a distant memory as people tuck into their Easter eggs on Sunday, the MetService says. [more]

Tahiti's Tahoeraa loses another assembly member
French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has lost another assembly member who is siding with the ruling majority. [more]

Highlanders welcome back players from injury
The Highlanders have welcomed back a number of players from injury for their Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday night. [more]

'Loud bangs' heard in Lower Hutt quarry fire
A quarry fire in Lower Hutt is under control and no radiation from a nearby cellphone tower has been found. [more]

Trapped tourists freed from rolled mini bus
A man whose cafe turned into a temporary triage centre after a minibus rolled near Rotorua is calling for the speed limit to be lowered in the area. [more]

Flooding hits West Coast, Nelson, Tasman
A state of emergency has been declared on the West Coast, with flooding also hitting Nelson and Tasman - and strong winds cutting power in Auckland. [more]

Beaver set for a return for Chiefs
Stephen "Beaver" Donald is set to play his first Super Rugby game for the Chiefs in five years, after being named on the bench for their game against the Western Force. [more]

MPs split down party lines on flag vote
A survey of MPs by RNZ News showed them almost evenly split between the current flag and the alternative blue-and-black Kyle Lockwood design. [more]

Phoenix sign Finkler from Victory
The Wellington Phoenix have signed the Melbourne Victory playmaker Gui Finkler on a two-year contract. [more]

'Why are my signs any different?'
Auckland mayoral candidate Victoria Crone is challenging the Auckland Council's request for her to alter or remove campaign billboards. [more]

Child rapist case shows need for change
The case of a sex-offending school bus driver shows the Ministry of Education should look at new protocols, the school's lawyer says. [more]

Mozambique debris matches Malaysia 777
Two plane parts found in Mozambique "almost certainly" came from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister says. [more]

Detainee accuses prison guards of assault
Former New Zealand soldier Ko Haapu, who has arrived back in New Zealand, says he was assaulted by guards while in detention in Australia. [more]

WHANGANUI LATEST: Man, 49, charged with burglary, kidnapping and using a firearm against an officer
WHANGANUI LATEST: Man, 49, charged with burglary, kidnapping and using a firearm against an officer [more]

Iraq training mission 'having impact'
A review of New Zealand's training mission in Iraq says the operation is having a tangible impact, although much of the information in the report is blacked out. [more]

Man charged over Whanganui incident
A 49-year-old man has been charged in relation to an incident in Whanganui, where a man was shot by officers who faced a man with a gun. [more]

Locals credited with saving guests' lives
People could have died when a hotel was flooded overnight if two locals hadn't raised the alarm, Westland Civil Defence says. [more]

Kaitaia's WWI angel gets new marble arm
One of the country's earliest war memorials has been re-dedicated in Kaitaia today - 100 years after it was first unveiled. [more]

Offshore drilling boosts NZ's trade surplus
New Zealand has recorded a trade surplus, bolstered by the export of a large drilling platform. [more]

UN assembles group to reduce disaster risk in Pacific
The United Nations is assembling an informal working group to help reduce the risk of disasters in the Pacific. [more]

PlaceMakers staff walk off job in South Auckland
Workers at a PlaceMakers' plant in South Auckland went on strike today after six months of deadlocked collective contract negotiations. First Union organiser Mark Muller says workers at PlaceMakers' Frame... [more]

Plea deal ends American Samoa murder trial
The murder trial of Siaumau Siaumau Jr in American Samoa has ended after he opted to take a plea deal and not go through a jury trial. [more]

Republicans candidates woo American Samoa
Republican candidates hoping to secure their bid to run for the United States presidency, are showing unprecedented interest in American Samoa. [more]

PNG minister says cuts won't reduce health services
The Papua New Guinea health minister has told parliament that public health will not be compromised by cuts of $US16 million dollars. [more]

PNG police open 18th unit to focus on family and sexual violence
Papua New Guinea police have officially opened their 18th unit to combat family and sexual violence. [more]

Lemon-smuggler sent home
A plane passenger who deliberately smuggled six lemons in her trousers into New Zealand has been sent home. The lemons were sniffed out by one of Auckland Airport's biosecurity detector... [more]

Doctor accused of assault can still treat patients
A doctor accused of stupefying and indecently assaulting patients will be able to continue treating patients for two more weeks after a ruling by the High Court yesterday. The doctor,... [more]

NZ FLAG LATEST - Returned Services Association welcomes decision to keep existing flag
NZ FLAG LATEST - Returned Services Association welcomes decision to keep existing flag [more]

NZ flag result - how it happened
Prime Minister John Key says he is disappointed but New Zealand "gave it a good go". Look back at Megan Whelan's blog of the result and reaction. [more]

Kiwis have their say; flag's here to stay
New Zealand has voted to keep the status quo in the second flag referendum. With 2 million votes cast, the current flag was backed by 56.6 percent of voters. [more]

MP accused of driving into protester
Police are investigating a complaint that Whanganui MP Chester Borrows drove his car into an anti-TPP protester. [more]