Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 21st April 2016

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This page features: At The Movies, Business News, Checkpoint, Curtain Raiser, Dateline Pacific, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, Music 101, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, The Panel, The Week In Review, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

At The Movies

At the Movies for 21 April 2016
Simon Morris looks three films with women stars. The Boss is a Melissa McCarthy comedy, Phoenix is a drama with a Hitchcockian twist, starring German favourite Nina Hoss and Helen Mirren leads a military mission by remote control in Eye In The Sky. [more]

The Boss
Simon reviews the Melissa McCarthy comedy, The Boss, about the richest woman in America. [more]

Simon reviews the new drama from the star/director team Nina Hoss and Christian Petzold (Barbara), about a woman returning to Berlin after years in a concentration camp. [more]

Eye in the Sky
Simon reviews a film about modern drone-warfare, starring Helen Mirren and - in his final screen role - the late Alan Rickman. [more]

Business News

Job ads rise in March
An economist says employers are still wanting to hire staff despite challenges to the economy. [more]

Migration and tourism bound to new highs in March
The numbers of people coming here to live or take a holiday remained at record levels in March. [more]

NZ Oil & Gas's developed Kupe reserves rise again
Estimates of the reserves in the Kupe oil and gas field off the Taranaki coast have been increased by 15 percent. [more]

Clive Palmer in a spot of bother
Over to Australia and our correspondent, Jim Parker. He reports that the larger-than-life mining billionaire, Clive Palmer, is in a spot of bother. [more]

Midday Markets
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Brad Gordon at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Business briefs
Air New Zealand carried more passengers in the month of March;Retirement village and rest home company operator Metlifecare has sold its Masterton establishment for 6-million dollars saying the Wairarapa town offers fewer opportunities for growth;NZ Bus is going electric after a 30 million US dollar deal signed between its parent Infratil and the California-based Wrightspeed. [more]

Evening business for 21 April 2016
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 22 April 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Consumers seem to be shrugging off talk of economic slowdowns
Consumers seem to be shrugging off talk of economic slowdowns and growing headwinds, and instead are basking in the prospect of rising house prices. [more]

Migration and tourism bound to new highs in March
The country is expected to keep reaping the economic gains from record numbers of people coming here to live or take a holiday for some time yet, according to one economist. [more]

Electric buses for NZ Bus
The country will have its first all electric bus in operation by the end of the year, but it may cost taxpayers and ratepayers more. [more]

Craig Presland appointed chief executive of Coop Business
The new head of the industry body, Cooperative Business New Zealand, says cooperatives are a relevant and valid business structure but they need to keep up to date in the thinking and financing. [more]

AAA rating under threat in Australia
Over to Australia, and the lucky country's triple-A rating is under threat. [more]

Morning markets for 22 April 2016
Wall Street weaker today after a mixed bag of earnings reports and lower oil prices. [more]

Business briefs
The economy is facing further headwinds and turbulence along with more interest rate cuts according to ratings firm, Moodys. [more]

Markets Update for 22 April 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]


Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 21 April 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

Infrastructure in Dunedin found to be sub-par
A report into the severe flooding in Dunedin last year finds 75 percent of mud, overflow and storage tanks were non compliant. The South Dunedin MP, Clare Curran, says the report is damning. [more]

Report author explains findings
The author of the report, Ruth Stokes, says Dunedin City Council has not done its job properly by letting the stormwater system get into such disrepair. [Dunedin City Council, stormwater infrastructure] [more]

Insurance Council says flooding payouts will grow
Insurers say not enough is being spent on infrastructures, as the number of flooding claims increases - and the Insurance Council says that will eventually mean higher premiums. [more]

Akld cracks down on unregistered, menacing dogs
The Auckland Council has announced a crackdown on unregistered menacing dog, in the wake of a spate of dog attacks. [more]

Te Aroha turns out for Queen's birthday celebrations
Royal family look-a-likes turn out in Te Aroha, to mark Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday. [more]

Temporary ban on freedom camping extended
The Christchurch City Council is extending a temporary ban on freedom camping until May next year. [more]

Landlords must pay for tenants' damage - Court
A court has ruled that landlords are liable for accidental damage caused by tenants - but one property manager is warning it could push up rents, and make it harder to find a home. [more]

Chernobyl anniversay
It's thirty years next week since the Chenobyl nuclear explosion, and some are still living in the highly-contaminated area directly surrounding the blast. [more]

Stars align for navy students in cyclone wake
Navy cadets get navigation by stars training courtesy of a cruise ship, after the boat they were due to train on was sent to help with the Cyclone Winston clean up. Kate Pereyra Garcia explains. [more]

Auckland pound houses "menacing" dogs
Auckland dog owners can register so-called 'menacing' dogs for free until the end of next month. But after that, the council will seize any unregistered aggressive dogs and take them to animal shelters. Alex Ashton visited one of those pounds. [more]

New centre for NZ business opens in China
A Wairarapa-based wine and agribusiness company is leading the way for New Zealand businesses in China by setting up an international trade centre. Demelza Leslie reports from Xi'an. [more]

Mitsubishi admits making emissions appear more favourable
Japanese car giant Mitsubishi Motors says it used improper fuel economy testing methods to make emissions levels appear favourable. That's wiped 1.2 billion US dollars from its market value. [more]

Sports chat with Stephen Hewson
Sports Editor, Stephen Hewson, discusses the sports stories of the day. [more]

Queen looking for twitter expert
And finally, as we mentioned earlier, the Queen is advertising for someone to manage her Twitter and Facebook accounts. [more]

Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: Strauss - Ein Heldenleben
In the summer of 1889 Strauss wrote that: "Beethoven's Eroica is so little beloved of our conductors, and is on this this account now only rarely performed, that to fulfil a pressing need I am composing a largish tone poem entitled Heldenleben, admittedly without a funeral march, but yet … with lots of horns, which are always a yardstick of heroism". [more]

Dateline Pacific

Mental health, finances a focus for Pacific rugby initiative
The importance of off-field support for Pacific Island rugby players is underlined in a new initiative including career, financial and mental health education. [more]

Reported domestic violence in Fiji 'the tip of the iceberg'
Domestic violence in Fiji rose 13 percent for the first quater of this year compared to the same period last year. [more]

Fear of reprisal limiting human rights journalism
A media forum in Fiji has heard the fear of retribution is a barrier to reporting human rights stories in the Pacific. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 21 April 2016
Fear of reprisal limiting human rights journalism; reported domestic violence in Fiji "the tip of the iceberg"; Solomons courts revoke MPs tax free salaries; Tongans encouraged to take part in politics and make history; a dissident ends his Fiji Times commentary; and mental health and financial education a focus for Pacific rugby initiative. [more]

Kindles open up world of possibilities for kids on Bougainville
An Australian scheme to get more children on Bougainville reading, using Kindles, is hoping to expand its aid project [more]

Protest in American Samoa over donations from Indonesia
An American Samoan has protested against the government for accepting donations from Indonesia. [more]

High rates of desperation in Fiji after Cyclone Winston
Counsellors helping people in Fiji recover after Cyclone Winston say up to two people in each village they're visiting are in a desperate state psychologically and many others are severely affected. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 22 April 2016
Increasing desperation in Fiji after Cyclone Winston; protests in American Samoa over donations from Indonesia; fear of reprisal limiting Pacific human rights journalism; books for Bougainville kids, using Kindles, looks to expand; increased reporting of domestic violence in Fiji; and mental health and financial education a focus for Pacific rugby initiative. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

How To Drive A Dinosaur - Scott Wright
One of the world's greatest dinosaur puppeteers coming to Auckland. Scott Wright is the co-founder of Erth Visual and Physical Inc and has been the artistic director for the last 26 years. He started by making life-like dinosaur puppets for museums throughout the world and from there, the show Dinosaur Zoo, was born. He talks about how to drive a dinosaur. [more]

The light and shade of workplace humour
Humour in the workplace can create harmony, pleasure and happiness but it also has the potential to incite outrage, dissension and chaos - according to Dr Barbara Plester, is a senior lecturer at Auckland University's Business School. [more]

Comedy Festival - Ben Hurley
Ben Hurley provides us with a sneak preview of his new show. [more]

Favourite Album - Jumpin' Jive
Jumpin' Jive - Joe Jackson [more]

Money - Mary Holm
Mary Holm is a prolific author and columnist and eduator in the field of personal finance. This week: Good borrowing: How gearing boosts returns - and losses. [more]

Critter of the Week - Nicola Toki
DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki discusses the critter of the week, the black stilt. [more]

Masterpieces - Richard Till
Chef Richard Till is an avid collector of tea towels and he tells about his favourites on Masterpieces today. [more]

The Expats - Mike Noakes
Our Expat of the week is serving the people of Nova Scotia well. He's taken the humble, and mighty, New Zealand pie to Canada's eastern province Halifax. Mike Noakes runs the Humble Pie Company. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 21 April 2016
Auckland council's plans to clamp down on unregistered aggressive dogs after an amnesty month. An Oxford Professor weighs in on the likely effectiveness of a New Zealand sugar tax in tackling obesity. Who ate all the pies? Canadians if an ex pat kiwi pie-man has his way and in Dateline Pacific - the importance of off-field support for Pacific Island rugby players. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 April 2016
A landmark court ruling makes landlords liable for tenant damage. Auckland Council offers an amnesty for menacing dogs. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 April 2016
Lydia Ko chases a three-peat in San Francisco's Swinging Skirts. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 22 April 2016
Prince fans - the world over - mourn the death of their idol at the age of just 57. John Key gets access for New Zealand chilled meat into China and Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff claims 16 of the city's police stations are to close. [more]

Sports News for 22 April 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pop singer Prince found dead at his Minnesota home
The US pop legend Prince has been found dead at his Minnesota home. [more]

Amway incentive event in Queenstown coup for NZ
Queenstown's business community is welcoming what it calls the biggest sales event in New Zealand's history. [more]

Paris Agreement to be signed but will it be ratified?
The historic Paris Agreement to tackle climate change will be signed tomorrow at a high-level ceremony in New York. [more]

Sports News for 22 April 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pop singer Prince found dead at his Minnesota home
His purple reign is over. Music legend Prince has been found dead at his Paisley Park studios in Minneapolis. [more]

NZ gains access to export chilled meat to China
The Government has gained access for chilled meat into China. [more]

Amway's elite salespeople heading to Queenstown
They were there to hear the Prime Minister - and Minister of Tourism - John Key announce Queenstown will host 10-thousand Amway sales staff from China in two years time. [more]

Police refute claims 16 Auckland stations are closing
Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff says 16 of the city's police stations are about to close. [more]

High rates of desperation in Fiji after Cyclone Winston
Counsellors helping people in Fiji recover after Cyclone Winston say there are people in every village they visit in a desperate state psychologically and many others are severely affected. [more]

New rules for taxis and uber will even the playing field.
The Taxi Federation says the government's shake-up of their industry will help even the playing feild. [more]

This Anzac Day marks 100 years since the beginning
Anzac Day is almost upon us, and this year marks a century since the very first Anzac Day. [more]

75 years of the Royal Navy
New Zealand's Navy is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. [more]

Sports News for 22 April 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Tributes pour in for Prince
Tributes are flowing in for music legend Prince who was found dead at his Paisley Park, Minneaopolis home this morning. [more]

Women convicted of manslaughter given home detention
In what's believed to be a legal first, a woman who fatally stabbed her partner has been sentenced to home detention. [more]

Councils urgeed to do more on dog control
Pressure is on for local councils to follow the lead of Auckland Council and grant amnesty to owners of unregistered menacing dogs. [more]

$50 million deal secured for Queenstown resort
As we've been reporting this morning ten thousand Amway workers from China are coming to Queenstown as part of the company's sales incentives reward scheme. [more]

Landlords responsible for accidental damage by tenants
The Insurance Council says a landmark court of appeal decision removes the incentive for tenants to take care of their landlord's property. [more]

Cyclone-affected Fiji struggles to recover
As we have been reporting Fiji has ended its official State of National Disaster in the last couple of days, two months after Cyclone Winston slammed into the country. [more]

Claims Pistorius beat girlfriend with cricket bat
A new book says Oscar Pistorius attacked his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with a cricket bat before shooting her dead. [more]

Akl move to control menacing dogs 'step in right direction'
Moves by the Auckland Council to control menacing dogs are being hailed as a step in the right direction but still short of what's needed to stop people being seriously injured. [more]

Budding young leaders tested in Nelson's outdoors
More than 50 of the country's aspiring young environmental leaders, and a few from the Pacific, put their studies to the test in Nelson this week. [more]

NZ Bus signs on Calfornia company to refrofit trolley buses
Trolley buses have been quintessentially Wellington for more than 60 years and now they're about to get a new lease of life. [more]

400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death
Saturday will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the poet and playwright many consider to be the finest master of the English language. [more]

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

Music 101

Taite Music Prize 2016
Highlights from 2016's Taite Music Prize ceremony, held on Wednesday the 20th of April.  [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 22 April 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 22 April 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 22 April 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]


Empowering Bangladeshi Women
Larry Stillman from Monash on a project to empower Bangladeshi women, particularly those working in rural communities, with mobile phone technology. [more]

Nights' Culture - Poetry
Former convener at VUW Modern Letters Creative Writing workshop, Cliff Fell on the work of New Zealand poet Rachel Bush. [more]

Nine To Noon

Botched Beirut abduction - lawyer speaks out
Sally Faulkner, Journalist Tara Brown and her film crew are back in Australia now - after the plan to abduct Ms Faulkner's children went horribly wrong. They have now been released after charges against them were dropped by Ms Faulkner's estranged husband. But four men from Child Abduction Recovery International, who carried out the plan, remain in custody in Beirut - we speak to Joe Karam, the Beirut based lawyer for two of them. [more]

Cost of failed science proposals could eclipse funding
The New Zealand Association of Scientists is warning this year's contestable funding round may have the lowest success rate yet. The NZAS says this year MBIE has put fewer restrictions on the type of projects being considered and says the success rate could end up being so low that the cost of writing up all the unsuccessful proposals could eclipse the total amount of funding on offer. The Association is discussing this issue and others at a conference celebrating its 75th anniversary this weekend. [more]

Giving big data a voice
Dr Robert Dale talks to Kathryn Ryan about using Natural Language Generation to get the most out of big data. [more]

Asia correspondent Charlotte Glennie
Charlotte Glennie analyses John Key's visit to China and discusses the aftermath of the recent earthquakes in Kyushu, Japan. [more]

James Portnow - ethical gaming
Like many teens growing up in the 90s James loved video games... but in his high school years that love became a damaging addiction. Eventually he overcame that compulsion and after a stint touring the United States as a rock musician James became a game designer. In his career James has worked on games ranging from the massively popular first person shooter series, Call of Duty, to the Facebook craze FarmVille. But he's best known as the writer of Extra Credits, a web-series tackling the promise and pitfalls of games. James is also interested in how game systems can be used for education - which he's explored through a side project, Extra History. [more]

Book review - At the Existentialist Cafe
'At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, & Apricot Cocktails' by Sarah Bakewell. Reviewed by: Tilly Lloyd, published by: Chatto & Windus. [more]

Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor pays tribute to the singer, songwriter and performer Prince, as well as checking in on former Husker Du man Bob Mould's latest solo offering, along with a classic from the vault from Graham Nash. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Sports Awards. Players who don't want to go to the Olympics. [more]

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

Our Changing World

Report brings climate change home
A new report published by the Royal Society of New Zealand highlights six key climate change implications for New Zealand. [more]

Shy fish, bold fish - insights into the lives of native fish
To understand the food webs of ponds and lakes you need to understand the personalities and lives of individual fish [more]

Marine maternity ward
Staff at the Island Bay Marine Education Centre have played midwife to baby carpet sharks that hatched almost a year after a female shark deposited the egg cases in a tank. [more]

Points, lines and polygons - the art of making maps
The 451 topographic maps that cover the length and breadth of New Zealand are a testament to the skils of a team of map-makers at LINZ [more]

Points, lines and polygons - the art of making maps
The 451 topographic maps that cover the length and breadth of New Zealand are a testament to the skills of a team of map makers at LINZ. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 21 April 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Cook Islands Florence Syme-Buchanan. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Play On
'Play On' featured 12 of Shakespeare's soliloquies set to music composed by Tui-nominated songwriter Paul McLaney. This video contains Maisey Rika performing 'Sonnet 18', Mara TK performing 'Sound & Fury' and Esther Stephens performing 'Loves Labours Lost', live at the Pop Up Globe on the 3rd of April 2016. More about this project here: Audio: Andre Upston Camera Operator: Geraldene Clermont Editor: Zac Arnold [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 21st April 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]

Ahakoa Te Aha Kapa Haka Group
Any week on a Tuesday night at an Auckland marae you'll hear the members of the Takatapui community singing for their dead transgender sister Natasha. Ahakoa Te Aha is a community kapa haka group in Auckland and member join because they're either part of the queer community or they're friends of it. Features producer: David Steemson Visual Journalist: Claire Eastham-Farrelly [more]

Interview with Tim Grafton, CEO of the NZ Insurance Council. Checkpoint with John Campbell.

Alex Ashton visits a dog pound in Auckland. Checkpoint with John Campbell.

Conan Young reports on freedom camping in Christchurch. Checkpoint with John Campbelll.

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 21 April 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 22 April 2016
News from the rural and farming sector [more]

The Panel

The Panel Pre-Show for 21 April 2016
What the world is talking about with Zara Potts. [more]

The Panel with Sue Wells and Jeremy Elwood (Part 1)
Panel intro;Violent robberies;60 Minutes compo payout;Landlords responsible for tenant damage. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Sue Wells and Jeremy Elwood have been up to. [more]

Violent Robberies
Youth legal advocate Don Kennedy discusses the new level of violence committed by young people in shop robberies. How are the teen offenders handled? [more]

60 Minutes compo payout
Estimates for the payment made by Australia's Channel 9 to free its TV crew from jail range from hundreds-of-thousands to millions. [more]

Landlords responsible for tenant damage
Lawyer Duncan Webb discusses a new landmark Court of Appeal ruling which will mean landlords are liable for accidental tenant damage to properties. [more]

The Panel with Sue Wells and Jeremy Elwood (Part 2)
Twitter exodus; Panel says;China extradition treaty;Z Energy and Wicked Campers;$400 fine for Christchurch litter bugs;Dog rego amnesty for Auckland. [more]

Twitter exodus
British comedian Stephen Fry has finaly quit Twitter after getting sick of the feedback. He likens social media to a dystopian world. [more]

Panel says
What the Panelists Sue Wells and Jeremy Elwood have been up to. [more]

China extradition treaty
Immigration consultant Bill Milnes talks about the murky area of Chinese criminals gaining entry to New Zealand. [more]

Z Energy and Wicked Camper Co
Z Energy is deciding if it will try and ban Wicked Campervans from its forecourts. [more]

$400 fine for Christchurch litter bugs
Dropping rubbish in Christchurch could soon attract a $400 fine. [more]

Dog rego amnesty for Auckland
The Auckland Council is giving people with unregistered dogs a chance to make them legal. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week In Review for 22 April 2016
A review of the week's news including... Auckland Council has the owners of unregistered menacing dogs in its sights, ten thousand Amway workers from China are coming to Queenstown while chilled New Zealand beef could be soon appearing in top Chinese restaurants, organisers of a protest against the sale of land with attached water rights are eager to see if they will get a response from their council, Winston Peters calls for water exporters to pay a royalty, the future of the Maori Council looks unstable, Scenic Hotel Group owners reject any suggestion of impropriety after their company won a tender to manage a luxury resort in Nuie, taxi and ride-sharing companies such as Uber will now be governed by the same set of rules, in a turnaround an Iranian film maker will now be allowed to visit New Zealand, the Government moves to prevent small community groups from objecting to local government amalgamations after they've taken place, should New Zealand establish an extradition treaty with China? the Police may be asked to investigate a Greyhound New Zealand board member, the construction industry wants to get more women into building and New Zealand's Navy is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. [more]

The Wireless

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

Tenants don't need to pay for accidental damage, says court ruling
A landmark court ruling means landlords are now liable for any damage accidentally caused by tenants - whether or not they have insurance. [more]


Michael Hurst
Actor Director Michael Hurst knows his Shakespeare better than most. A few years ago he created No Holds Barred his hilarious take on all his favourite Shakespearean heroes bundled into one solo show. Accolades followed and the show rolls on. But in the meantime Michael has a large new job on his hands: he directs King Lear for Circa Theatre's 40th anniversary and the 400th anniversary of the Bard's demise. [more]

Madeleine Pierard
Tonight Wellington audiences have a rare chance to hear award winning composer Ross Harris' Symphony No. 2 performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and soprano Madeleine Pierard, for whom it was written. The text by Vincent O'Sullivan remembers the New Zealand soldiers who were shot for desertion in World War One. Spirit of Anzac: Voices from the Field conducted by Hamish McKeich also features music Australian Frederick Septimus Kelly and Englishman George Butterworth, who both died during the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Spirit of Anzac: Voices from the Field is repeated in Auckland tomorrow and will be broadcast on Anzac Day evening on RNZ Concert. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 21 April 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 21 April 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 21 April 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 22 April 2016
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]


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

News stories:

Affco fined over worker who was impaled
A meatworker whose face was impaled on a hook has been awarded $25,000 in damages. [more]

Samoa could find itself in path of storm
There is a high change a tropical depression which is currently sitting to the North North-West of Wallis and Futuna could turn into a cyclone, forecasters say. [more]

Tonga's Sika gets vacant Cabinet seat
The Tonga government has appointed Semisi Sika as the new Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism, replacing Etuate Lavulavu. [more]

Smith back in Highlanders XV
All Black fullback Ben Smith will make his Super Rugby return for the Highlanders this Friday against the Sharks in Dunedin. [more]

Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62
The British television comedian and writer Victoria Wood has died of cancer at the age of 62. [more]

Auckland City, Team Wellington into OFC final
It'll be an all New Zealand affair in Oceania Football's Champions League final this Saturday. [more]

Hub aims to help NZ businesses in China
A Wairarapa-based wine and agribusiness company is leading the way for New Zealand businesses in China, by setting up an international trade centre. [more]

Norway mass murderer wins human rights case
Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has won part of a human rights case against the Norwegian state. [more]

McGregor pulled from UFC 200
Irish fighter Conor McGregor, who said on Twitter that he was walking away from the sport of mixed martial arts, has been pulled from the UFC's main event in July. [more]

American Samoan protests Indonesian hold of Papua
An American Samoan has demonstrated her support for West Papuan independence during the territory's Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pago Pago. [more]

Hong Kong cricketer banned for anti-corruption breach
Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed has been banned for two-and-a-half years by the ICC for failing to disclose corrupt approaches made to him. [more]

Mental health a focus for Pacific rugby initiative
The importance of off-field support for Pacific Island rugby players is underlined in a new initiative including career, financial and mental health education. [more]

Debt to income ratios 'at record levels'
New Zealanders are being warned they are back on a debt-fuelled splurge that could end in tears. [more]

More questions about asylum seekers on Manus
More questions have emerged over the Papua New Guinea Immigration department's refugee assessments at the Manus Island asylum seeker processing centre. [more]

Dunedin 90-year-olds give royal advice
Residents of a Dunedin rest home share their advice to the monarch as she turns 90: eat plenty of seafood and catch up with your pals. [more]

Woman killed in Waikato car crash
A woman has died in a road accident at Horotiu, south of Ngaruawahia, and another woman had to be cut from the wreckage and is in hospital with serious injuries. [more]

New cyclone in the Pacific
A new tropical cyclone has developed in the Pacific. [more]

Sport: PNG Open tees off in Port Moresby
The Australian golfer Damien Jordan is hoping his hot form continues at the Papua New Guinea Open, which teed off in Port Moresby this morning. [more]

Sport: Samoa 7s rule out overseas stars for Olympic push
Samoa has admitted defeat in its efforts to secure some high profile fifteen-a-side stars to boost their chances of qualifying for the Olympic sevens competition [more]

Sport: Auckland City and Team Wellington set-up repeat final
Auckland City and Team Wellington have set-up a repeat of last year's Oceania Champions League football final. [more]

More workers laid off on Norfolk Island
There is further turmoil on Norfolk Island with about 20 more government workers losing their jobs. [more]

Council considers extending freedom camping ban
Banks Peninsula residents are pleading with the Christchurch City Council to bring in a permanent ban on freedom camping. [more]

Extract royalties from water bottlers, says Peters
Companies should pay a royalty if they are sending New Zealand water overseas, New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters says. [more]

Record arrivals touch down in March
The numbers of people coming to live or take a holiday in New Zealand are at record levels. [more]

Syria siege evacuations begin
Hundreds of wounded or sick people and their families are being evacuated from besieged towns in Syria, after New Zealand's UN representative highlighted their plight at the Security Council. [more]

CNMI opposes legal fees award in gun case
The Northern Marianas government is questioning whether it owes over $US100,000 dollars in legal expenses, following a successful challenge to its 40-year old handgun law. [more]

Man charged with murder after fatal stabbing attack
A man has been charged with murder following the stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in Lower Hutt over the weekend. [more]

Top sports doctor John Mayhew out of induced coma
Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew is out of an induced coma, following his cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. A statement from the family said Dr Mayhew - who has... [more]

Shots fired over front-end loader dispute
A young Northland man has minor injuries after an armed fight in the Far North. Police said they were called to Houhora, north of Kaitaia, just before 9pm yesterday after... [more]

Former head of PNG superannuation fund acquitted
The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has acquitted the former head of the National Provident Fund, Jimmy Maladina, after the national Court found him guilty of misappropriating close to one million US dollars. [more]

Whangarei pizza worker cut by knife-wielding robber
Police in Whangarei are appealing for witnesses to a knife attack in a local pizza shop left a worker with minor cuts. Dominos Pizza on Water Street was robbed about... [more]

Māori Council split 'not significant' - chairman
Sir Taihakurei Durie says he won't walk away from the chairmanship of the Māori Council, despite an apparent split in the organisation. [more]

Survey shows employers hiring
Employers may be feeling more cautious about their business prospects but they don't appear to be holding off hiring new staff. [more]

First African-American woman on US banknote
An African-American woman is to appear on the American currency for the first time. [more]

Deadly explosion at Mexican oil plant
A large explosion at an oil facility in the south-east Mexican state of Veracruz has killed at least three people and injured 30 more. [more]

Consumer confidence continues to climb
Consumer confidence remains upbeat with the latest survey showing people are still happy to spend money. [more]

Fiji govt says 63 villages need to move
Sixty-three villages in Fiji have been earmarked for relocation following Cyclone Winston, according to a government assessment team. [more]

Home detention for woman who killed partner
A woman who fatally stabbed her partner at their Porirua home while he was on bail for assaulting her has been sentenced to 12 months' home detention. [more]

Fuel-efficiency fraud cars unlikely to be in NZ - Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi says it's unlikely cars in New Zealand have been caught up in fuel-efficiency fraud. The Japanese carmaker has admitted falsifying fuel-efficiency data in more than 600,000 vehicles. A Mitsubishi... [more]

Littering fines likely to jump in Chch
The Christchurch City Council is clamping down on litter bugs. A council committee today recommended raising the maximum fine for those caught dropping rubbish from $100 to $400. Only businesses... [more]

Amos could bring winds up to 85 knots near Wallis
A tropical cyclone in the Pacific has started a change in direction, from the west to the east. [more]

Two-year-old died after choking on food
The two-year-old that died suddenly in Christchurch house last night had choked on a piece of food, police say. [more]

Call for Cook Islands unit to oversee foreign workforce
A Cook Islands lawyer and former Deputy Prime Minister has called on the government to create a unit to investigate the mistreatment of foreign workers. [more]

PM not worried about Niue resort deal
As Labour stands by its call for an inquiry, Prime Minister John Key says he has no concerns about a government contract involving a National Party donor. [more]

No more tattoos for Ko
The New Zealand world golf number one Lydia Ko is chasing a third straight Swinging Skirts title when she tees off in the latest LPGA tour event in San Francisco. [more]

Boy killed in Hawke's Bay crash
A young boy has died and another girl is seriously injured after a crash on the Hawke's Bay Expressway this morning. [more]

Australia confirms cyber-attack ability
The Australian Prime Minister has admitted, for the first time, his government can carry out cyber attacks. [more]

Decoding New York and the race ahead
ANALYSIS: It's possible that Donald Trump has decided he would actually like to win, writes Phil Smith. [more]

Tyre-dumping accused in court
A company accused on dumping large piles of tyres in Bay of Plenty has appeared in court, but the case has been adjourned. [more]

Al Qaeda video shows NZ drone victims
A propaganda video released by Al Qaeda pays tribute to two New Zealand residents killed in Yemen in 2013. [more]

Jury retires in motel murder trial
A jury which must decide if two teenagers murdered a man in an Auckland motel room so they could rob him of cash has retired for the night. [more]

Fatal crash on SH1 in Mid Canterbury
Police are at the scene of a fatal crash on State Highway One in Mid Canterbury. The highway near Chertsey is closed, with diversions in place. [more]

Amnesty offer to help control dangerous dogs
Auckland Council has granted an amnesty to owners of unregistered menacing dogs but says it will crack down when the amnesty ends. [more]

Senior member of Head Hunters gang arrested on drugs charges
A senior member of the Head Hunters gang has been arrested on drugs charges in Auckland. Police said the 59-year old man has been charged with the possession of class-A... [more]

Measles risk from Waikato kapa haka festival
People at a kapa haka festival in Hamilton last weekend could be at risk of catching measles after someone who was highly infectious attended the gathering. Waikato Population Health says... [more]

Drug raids: Guns, cash and house seized
Assets have been seized, dozens of people arrested and 17 children referred to CYF during a major drug operation in greater Wellington. [more]

Think tank sour on sugar tax idea
New Zealand should avoid a sugar tax as there is little evidence it reduces obesity, a public policy think tank says. [more]

A right royal look-alike tour
A party of royal look-alikes paid a visit to a small Waikato town today to share in its birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. [more]

Couple offered $1115 to fix quake-hit land
A Kaiapoi couple are considering legal action against the Earthquake Commission, after being offered just over $1000 to fix their land. [more]

Màori Battalion legacy being protected
Responsibility for the 28th Màori Battalion name, emblem and trademark is to be protected in perpetuity. It will now be officially administered by the Ngarimu VC and 28th Màori Battalion... [more]

Fatal sinking case adjourned in PNG
The Papua New Guinea trial regarding the MV Rabaul Queen, which sank in 2012 killing more than 170 people, has been adjourned until June. [more]

American Samoa agency to review constitutional matters
The American Samoa governor Lolo Moliga has set up an agency to look at constitutional issues that could go to a vote at this year's election, or in subsequent polls. [more]

CNMI sells off half its bigeye quota
The Northern Marianas government has sold half of its bigeye tuna quota to the Hawaii Longline Association for US$250,000 dollars a year. [more]

Two Fiji parties risk deregistration
Fiji's Registrar of Political Parties has suspended the One Fiji Party and the People's Democratic Party for 30 days with immediate effect for contravening the Political Parties Decree. [more]

Asylum seeker processing on Manus labelled a farce
Australia's Refugee Action Coalition says reassurances that asylum seeker applications on Manus Island in PNG are being processed are a farce. [more]

Morauta tells PNG PM no quick fixes for economy
A former Papua New Guinea prime minister says the government's push to borrow from the International Finance Corporation is a smoke-screen. [more]

$43m deal to power up city buses
NZ Bus owner Infratil plans to go part-electric for its bus services in Auckland and Wellington. [more]

Freedom camping ban to be extended into 2017
Freedom campers heading to Christchurch or Banks Peninsula next summer might have to think again, with a temporary ban extended to May next year. [more]

Govt call centres on alert over scams
International scammers are targeting government agency call centres in an attempt to extract money out of staff. [more]

One rule for fee-charging rides
Taxi and ride-sharing companies such as Uber are to be governed by one set of rules, after pressure for a shake-up from both sides. [more]

Cyclone Amos still over open water but strengthening
Cyclone Amos is now moving southeast and intensifying but remains largely over open water. [more]

Dunedin 'warned about old drains before flood'
The Dunedin City Council was told about its stormwater network's poor condition before last year's damaging flood, Fulton Hogan says. [more]

Landlord liability 'matter for Parliament'
A dispute over landlords' liability for accidental damage by tenants is now a matter for lawmakers, the insurer at the centre of it says. [more]

Police reject Auckland station closure claim
Police say Labour MP Phil Goff's claim 16 stations in Auckland could soon be closed to the public is wrong. [more]

Claims $20m trust 'iwi-centric' rejected
Lawyers for Māori fisheries body Te Ohu Kaimoana have rejected claims a fund set aside to help urban tāngata whenua is favouring those with iwi affiliations. [more]

Queenstown tourism deal '$50m boost'
Queenstown has won a major business contract with a Chinese company to host thousands of visitors in 2018. [more]

Second AFFCO worker impaled by hook
The meat company that has been fined thousands of dollars after a worker was impaled on a hook is being investigated for a similar case. [more]