Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 31st March 2016

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This page features: At The Movies, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, In Parliament, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Mediawatch, Nights, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Parliament - Question Time, Radio New Zealand YouTube, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

At The Movies

At the Movies for 31 March 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris gets repeat helpings of some old favourites. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took over 10 years to get here. Batman versus Superman - Dawn of Justice manages to be a sequel to two franchises. And Kung Fu Panda 3 takes Po the panda back home. [more]

Batman v Superman review
Simon reviews the long-awaited superhero mashup, starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck and directed by Zack Snyder. [more]

Kung Fu Panda 3 review
Simon reviews the "threequel" to the popular Chinese-American animated comedy. Starring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Bryan Cranston. [more]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 review
Simon reviews a sequel to the well-loved family comedy, once again starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett and Lainie Kazan. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best Of The Week - 1 April 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 April, this week.. the war on drugs is deemed a failure, how can media respond in ways that doesn't give the perpetrators of terrorist acts the publicity they want? a vet who's pretty quick with the snip, portraying aviatrix Jean Batten on stage, a man described as a Pakeha priest among Maori who is about to celebrate 50 years in the priesthood, what is adblocking all about? a book about women of the Catlins, celebrated cartoonist Tom Scott shares a few of his favourite things, how have misguided theories of finance led to an unhealthy relationship between debt and the modern economy? we hear about a marae-based geology workshop and the 13 year old star of the new Taika Waititi film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. [more]

Business News

Evening Business for 31 March 2016
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, 31st March 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

NZ SIS has carried out warrantless surveillance
We begin tonight with the news that the NZ SIS, as revealed in their interim report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, has carried out warrantless surveillance. [more]

No changes for Holidays Act
The Labour Party is calling for an independent inquiry into why at least 24,000 employees have been short-changed in their holiday pay. [more]

Labour concerned payroll problem could be more widespread
Labour leader Andrew Little joins Checkpoint to discuss the MBIE payroll issues. [more]

Redcliffs School makes last plea to remain open
The Redcliffs community, a seaside suburb in Christchurch, is hoping its final submission to Education Minister Hekia Parata will keep their school open. [more]

Police bust large scale meth ring.
The police have found more than $300,000 worth of chemicals used to make methamphetamine hidden in tyres, during a large-scale operation into an alleged meth ring. [more]

Risk of negative equity for coastal homeowners
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says climate change could cause coastal homeowners' equity to plummet, unless the government and private sector intervene. [more]

Reports find problems with PPP school designs
Independent reviewers have poked holes in the design of the first two schools built as public-private partnerships at Hobsonville Point. [more]

Living in a legal cannabis society - what is it like?
Colorado Correspondent Mary McCarty joins Checkpoint to describe life in a state where cannabis is not just legal but readily available on almost every street. [more]

New Zealand's high melanoma rate preventable
Melanoma experts have argued that the disease's rise in New Zealand is preventable. Professor David Whiteman joins Checkpoint. [more]

Lisa Carrington headlines Olympics
Lisa Carrington, New Zealand's most successful world championship athlete, was named in the country's Olympic rowing team today. She joins Checkpoint. [more]

Payroll companies say pay error revelations are no shock.
Payroll companies say revelations that hundreds of thousands of workers could be owed millions of dollars in holiday pay should not be a shock to employers - or the Government [more]

MPI investigates potentially devastating plant pest
The Ministry of Primary Industries is investigating cases of the potentially devastating plant pest, velvetleaf. Ian Telfer reports. [more]

US hosts Nuclear Security Summit
Delegations from 56 nations including the Prime Minister John Key have arrived in Washington to participate in the fourth Nuclear Security Summit. [more]

Do businesses need defibrillators on-site?
St John Ambulance says having access to a defibrillator in the workplace dramatically increases the change of survival in the event of staff illness. [more]

White Ferns hold NZs only hope of World T20 cricket title
New Zealand's T20 cricket world cup hopes now lie squarely on the shoulders of the White Ferns, after their male counterparts were defeated in their semi-final against England this morning. [more]

Finalists in this year's Canon Media Awards
The finalists in this year's Canon Media Awards have been announced. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Solomons Ports crisis deepens
The Solomon Islands government says it is looking to investigate allegations of bribery and financial misuse in the country's ports raised by local businesses in a meeting with caucus this week. [more]

PNG govt committed to Indonesia relationship
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says his government has an excellent relationship with Jakarta but doesn't want to do anything to displace the trust that Indonesia has placed in it, such as discussing West Papuan self-determination. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 31 March 2016
PNG govt committed to Indonesia relationship; Solomons' Ports crisis deepens; Oceania Natural debuts on NXT market, first NZX listing this year; New tranche of NZ aid to Fiji goes to dairy sector; Public transport operators in Vanuatu want level playing field; Fiji union still concerned over worker rights despite ILO decision. [more]

Dewatering starts at Solomons gold mine
The local owners of Solomon Islands Gold Ridge gold mine have begun the dewatering process at the mine's overfull tailings dam. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 1 April 2016
An assessment of New Zealand's aid performance shows a need for improvements in some areas; Dewatering begins at a Solomon Islands dam that's on the brink of spilling toxic sludge; Oceania Natural plans South Pacific expansion after debuting on New Zealand's sharemarket; The Solomon Islands government might investigate allegations of financial mismanagement in the ports company;The Papua New Guinea government says it's committed to its Indonesia relationship. [more]

NZ aid survey shows faults in system
An assessment of New Zealand's aid performance shows a need for improvements in some areas. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament for 31 March 2016 - evening edition
Government uses questions to its ministers to highlight law changes in paid-parental leave, workplace health and safety and increased support for families in need, effective from April 1, while the Opposition seeks to expose problems with hospital food, petty rules for paddling pools and short-payment of holiday pay in computerised payrolls. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Sexism in science - Dr Nicola Gaston
A well known and respected Associate Professor of nanotechnoloy and related sciences has addressed the ongoing battle of sexism in her field. Dr Nicola Gaston is also a prominent science communicator and advocate for women in academia, and was the President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists in 2014 and 2015. She's also, somehow, found time to publish a book called Why Science is Sexist. Last night she was a key note speaker at Refactor NZ's quarterly gathering which is made up of women in New Zealand's tech industry. Dr Gaston joins Jesse to discuss the ongoing issues women are up against in science. [more]

Porbeagle Shark - Rob Lewis
The University of Otago Department of Marine Science is keen to lay its hands on the jaw missing from a porbeagle shark that washed up on Warrington Beach on Wednesday. [more]

Sleep Experiment - Akshat Rathi
Akshat Rathi spent a year sleeping just three-and-a-half hours a night. He managed to fit in three 20-minute naps a day - but he is not in any kind of a hurry to give up the mostly monophasic routine he has returned to now. In total, he only slept for four and a half hours in a 24 hour period. [more]

Favourite Album
Jeff Beck Group - The Jeff Beck Group. [more]

Money - Mary Holm
Financial journalist and author Mary Holm returns to the basics of savings. [more]

Food Guest - Murray Thom
Murray Thom's in to talk food with Jesse. He's the same man who managed to convince 80 of New Zealand's top chefs to provide him with recipes for The Great New Zealand Cookbook. [more]

Masterpieces - Graham Mathews
Graham Mathews is a bridge expert. The company he's part of is also responsible for maintaining Auckland's Harbour Bridge. Today he's going to talk about his favourite one, the Makekoke Viaduct bridge. [more]

Expats - Scott Newman
Scott Newman's our expat currently living in the UK , but before that he had lived in New York working in logisitics and organisation for the Duke and Duchess of York. He's also the founder of Newman Construction and has been involved with the building industry since 2002. He's with Jesse to talk about his travels. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 31 March 2016
Tonight: In defence of solar panels; getting by on 4.5 hours sleep a day; and in Dateline Pacific, Solomon Islands ports in a storm. [more]

Mediawatch

Mixed messages on property in the papers
Mixed messages on property in the papers   [more]

Nights

Between Debt & the Devil
How misguided theories of finance have led to an unhealthy relationship between debt and the modern economy - with Lord Adair Turner of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (London), and author of Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance. [more]

Nights' Culture - Contemporary Classical Music
Chamber Music New Zealand's Hannah Darroch reviews contemporary classical music as well as recent releases of old masters. [more]

Our Changing World

Hands-on geology at the marae
GNS Science scientists work together with Ngati Kahungunu to run marae-based workshops on geological hazards, natural resources and climate change. [more]

Dunnocks - and what bird sperm can tell us
Bird sperm from native species such as robins, as well as introduced dunnocks from Dunedin, may shed light on problems with male fertility and infertile eggs. [more]

The art of science advice
New Zealand's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, and Australia's newly-appointed chief scientist Alan Finkel discuss how their countries could work together for the good of science and innovation. [more]

Sir Peter Gluckman
New Zealand's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, addresses a dinner audience at the Australian High Commission. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 31 March 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in American Samoa, Monica Miller. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 31 March 2016
ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What changes is the Government making to increase support for families in need from 1 April? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "We have anti-nuclear legislation and New Zealanders wear it as a badge of honour"? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "Only National can deliver more services while reducing district health boards' deficits"? CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Associate Minister of Transport: Does he have confidence in Maritime New Zealand's management of the safety issues at Taharoa ironsands export operation? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What changes are being made on 1 April that will help support sole parents into work? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Who has provided payroll services to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment since it was formed in 2012? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Can he confirm the Government is helping young families get ahead by expanding the eligibility for paid parental leave from tomorrow, as well as increasing its length? Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister responsible for HNZC: Is he satisfied that the resources allocated to Housing New Zealand are being used in the best possible way? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister for Building and Housing: What progress has the Government made in growing the rate of new house construction, particularly in Auckland? POTO WILLIAMS to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Is she reviewing family violence and sexual violence services as part of the Ministry's line-by-line review of contracts? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting sustainability in our fishing industry? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Will he double the refugee quota? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Kyaw Hla Aung, Rohingya leader.
Interview with Kyaw Hla Aung, Rohingya leader. [more]

Living in a legal cannabis society - what is it like?: RNZ Checkpoint
Colorado Correspondent Mary McCarty joins Checkpoint to describe life in a state where cannabis is not just legal but readily available on almost every street. [more]

Lisa Carrington headlines Olympics: RNZ Checkpoint
Lisa Carrington, New Zealand's most successful world championship athlete, was named in the country's Olympic canoeng team today. [more]

Payroll problems persist: RNZ Checkpoint
The Labour Party is calling for an independent inquiry into why at least 24,000 employees have been short-changed in their holiday pay. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 31st 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]

MPI investigates potentially devastating plant pest: RNZ Checkpoint
The Ministry of Primary Industries is investigating cases of the potentially devastating plant pest, velvetleaf. Ian Telfer reports. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 31 March 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Allan Blackman and Tony Doe (Part 1)
What the Panelists Tony Doe and Allan Blackman have been up to. The Prime Minister John Key has told the US Chamber of Commerce that you can't build a wall around a country. Has he got the wrong end of the stick over Donald Trump's anti-Mexican stance? Criminal lawyer Tony Bamford talks about whether decriminalising cannabis will make much of a difference to gangs. Data on the salaries of tertiary graduates shows the money is in the more qualified professions. [more]

The Panel with Allan Blackman and Tony Doe (Part 2)
Gadgets like satnav and GPS mean we don't need to use our natural navigation skills. Will we lose it if we don't use it? . What the Panelists Tony Doe and Allan Blackman have been thinking about. We ask the CEO of the Employers and Manufacturers Association Kim Campbell about the pros and cons of working from home. Visiting UN Development Programme head Helen Clark says New Zealand is a model of religious tolerance. For how much longer? Sting, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias have performed at the lavish wedding of Mikahil Gutseriev's son. Should they have? [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Tony Doe and Allan Blackman have been up to. [more]

John Key smashes Trump's wall
The Prime Minister John Key has told the US Chamber of Commerce that you can't build a wall around a country. Has he got the wrong end of the stick over Donald Trump's anti-Mexican stance? [more]

Decriminalising cannabis
Criminal lawyer Tony Bamford talks about whether decriminalising cannabis will make much of a difference to gangs. [more]

Graduates' salaries
Data on the salaries of tertiary graduates shows the money is in the more qualified professions. [more]

Police as social workers
A new recruitment video casts Police in a caring light. Do we want Police officers to be social workers or law enforcers? [more]

Gadgets taking away our skills
Gadgets like satnav and GPS mean we don't need to use our natural navigation skills. Will we lose it if we don't use it? [more]

Panel says
What the Panelists Tony Doe and Allan Blackman have been thinking about. [more]

Working from home
We ask the CEO of the Employers and Manufacturers Association Kim Campbell about the pros and cons of working from home. [more]

NZ the pillar of religious tolerance
Visiting UN Development Programme head Helen Clark says New Zealand is a model of religious tolerance. For how much longer? [more]

Cotton wool wrapped universities
Can a safe utopia for learning be created to protect students from any possible cause of discomfort? [more]

Top stars perform for Russian oligarch
Sting, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias have performed at the lavish wedding of Mikahil Gutseriev's son. Should they have? [more]

The Wireless

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

Verse Chorus Verse: Pacific Heights
The story behind the new song from Pacific Heights and Louis Baker. [more]

Flocking Kiwis Singapore - Jordan Telfer
A look into how young New Zealanders transition into life away from home. [more]

Upbeat

Mezzo Soprano Charlotte Hellekant
Swedish born mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant is in New Zealand to perform Mahler 3 with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edo de Waart. She tells Eva about how she wants to make the most of what New Zealand has to offer. [more]

Theatre etiquette at the Pop-up Globe
What were crowds like in Shakespeare's day? And is it acceptable to behave the same today? The Pop-up Globe replica has been a huge success in Auckland attracting thousands of people. Juliette Sivertsen decided to find out if it's alright to fling fruit like our forefathers, and if we can be discourteous with a digital device. [more]

Rebecca Turner
New Zealand born cellist Dr Rebecca Turner is home at the moment to perform the work Hearing Voices. The piece combines solo cello and electrically modified cello; Rebecca will talk about this new area of research after her performance in a free lecture at the New Zealand School of Music tonight. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 31 March 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 31 March 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 31 March 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

YouTube

Flocking Kiwis: Singapore - Melanie Edmonds
Flocking Kiwis is a series about young New Zealanders living abroad and how they transition into life away from home. Video shot and edited by Julian Vares. This content is brought to you with funding from Asia New Zealand Foundation and NZ On Air. [more]

Flocking Kiwis: Singapore - Anna Hamill
Flocking Kiwis is a series about young New Zealanders living abroad and how they transition into life away from home. Video shot and edited by Julian Vares This content is brought to you with funding from Asia New Zealand Foundation and NZ On Air. [more]

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