Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th April 2016

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

At The Movies

Orphans and Kingdoms
Simon reviews an independent New Zealand drama, directed by Paolo Rotondo, about three street-kids who invade a home on wealthy Waiheke Island. [more]

The Jungle Book
Simon reviews the remake of the animated hit of the 1960s, The Jungle Book, featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johanssen. [more]

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Simon reviews a comedy set in Afghanistan, starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie as two freelance journalists in a war-zone. [more]

Business News

End in sight to RBNZ rate cuts
The Reserve Bank this morning held its cash rate steady at 2-point-2-5 percent, as expected, but left the door open for further cuts. [more]

Fed takes a more positive view but June rate hike not certain
Earlier this morning, the U.S. Federal Reserve also held its benchmark rate steady, as had been expected. [more]

Genesis confirms more life for Huntly units
Genesis Energy has secured more life for its two coal and gas fired power units in Huntly, after making new deals with other electricity firms. [more]

Small and medium sized business want fast broadband
A survey by the MYOB Business Monitor indicates a number of small and medium sized businesses are fed up with the time it takes to connect to the internet. [more]

Midday Markets for 28 April 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks at First NZ Capital. [more]

Pacific Brands proposals to sell the company to HanesBrand
Hard on the heels of a turnaround in its fortunes, the Australian-based clothing manufacturer, Pacific Brands, says it's made a deal to sell the company. [more]

Evening Business for 28 April 2016
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Nearly 130 owners register menacing dogs for free in Akld
More than 120 dogs are already waiting to be registered, for free, under the Auckland Council's newly announced crackdown on menacing dog breeds. [more]

Early Business News for 29 April 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Z Energy will know today whether it can buy rival Caltex
The fuel retailer, Z Energy, looks set to get the green light today to buy its rival Caltex for 785-million dollars. [more]

RBNZ seen holding rates for a few years
The Reserve Bank could end up leaving interest rates steady for the next three or more years. [more]

FMA says Asian trade agreement increases investment options
The Financial Markets Authority says a new Asian trade agreement will increase the number of investment choices for New Zealanders. [more]

Social bonds unknown investment territory for NZ
A fund manager says it remains to be seen whether social bonds will be a fit for wholesale investors in New Zealand. [more]

Morning markets for 29 April 2016
Wall Street is weaker after US economic growth fell sharply in the first quarter to the slowest pace in two years as consumer spending softened and a strong dollar continued to hit exports. [more]

Markets Update for 29 April 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 28th April 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

Calls for public inquiry into EQC after settlement
What's being called a landmark settlement with the Earthquake Commission has been reached today, which may have far-reaching consequences for Canterbury home-owners. [more]

Chch homeowner considers legal action against EQC
After today's landmark settlement, home-owner David Townshend, who was not part of the original 98 claimants, says he is considering legal action. [more]

EQC acting head defends approach
Acting EQC CEO Bryan Dunne has defended the organisation after today's settlement, saying it had always taken the correct approach. [more]

Onehunga serial sex attacker on the loose
Women in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga are on edge, with some even taking up self defence lessons, because a young, serial sex attacker is yet to be caught. [more]

Nails on cycleway causing outrage in Wellington
Hundred of tiny nails have been deliberately scattered along the $1.7m Island Bay Cycleway, which has proven controversial in the capital. [more]

Nearly 130 owners register menacing dogs for free in Akld
More than 120 dogs are already waiting to be registered, for free, under the Auckland Council's newly announced crackdown on menacing dog breeds. [more]

Rally calling for new hospital meal contract in Dunedin
Dunedin residents will rally outside Dunedin Hospital tomorrow over ongoing concerns about the DHB's meal contract with the Compass Group. Peter Newport reports. [more]

Man jailed over university degree fraud
A man who bought fake university degrees and used them to get a job at the Financial Markets Authority has been jailed for four and a half years. [more]

Queenstown housing crisis leaves workers in lurch
Queenstown workers hit hard by the town's housing crisis have been forced to live in tents or cars as rents soar to over $600 a week. [more]

PM downplays Mossack Fonseca farm purchase
The Prime Minister has played down potential issues with the purchase of a Taranaki farm by a corporate client of the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca. [more]

Canterbury homeowners feel vindicated with EQC settlement
After a three year legal battle, a landmark settlement has been reached with the EQC over the standard of quake repairs in Canterbury. [more]

Chch homeowner on the landmark EQC settlement
Christchurch homeowner Denise Meadows is one of the 98 claimants in the landmark settlement. [more]

Acting CEO of EQC defends approach
Acting EQC CEO Bryan Dunne has defended the organisation after today's settlement, saying it had always taken the correct approach. [more]

Call for ban on junk food advertising near schools
A charity is asking for a ban on all junk food advertising within 300 metres of schools, including on dairies. [more]

Greens say foreign trust industry influenced Govt
The Green Party is accusing the foreign trust industry of using its influence with the Government to stop Inland Revenue from clamping down on the sector. [more]

Williamson takes the helm at Black Caps
Kane Williamson was today named captain of the Black Caps cricket team in all three formats. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Pacific urged to be cautious over seabed mining
A new report by the World Bank says Pacific Island countries should be cautious over any plans for mining of the seabed. [more]

Fate of illegally detained asylum seekers in PNG in the balance
The fate of 850 asylum seekers and refugees detained illegally on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island hangs in the balance. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 28 April 2016
The fate of illegally detained asylum seekers in PNG hangs in the balance; A Nauru asylum seeker burns himself in protest; Pacific Island nations are urged to be cautious over seabed mining; There are calls for local body elections in Fiji after cyclone Winston; And in sport Fiji League bosses disappointed after Semi Radradra is picked for Australia. [more]

Lessons from Christchurch earthquakes used to heal in Fiji
An expert in psychosocial care working with the Fiji Red Cross is using her experience after the Christchurch earthquakes to help people in Fiji recover from Cyclone Winston. [more]

Norfolk Islanders seeking UN oversight
Norfolk Islanders present a petition to the UN accusing Canberra of violating their right to self-determination. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 29 April 2016
Norfolk Islanders are seeking UN oversight; Lessons from the Christchurch earthquakes are being applied in Fiji to help heal; The fate of illegally detained asylum seekers in PNG hangs in the balance; Pacific Island nations are urged to be cautious over seabed mining. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

The Future Of Huntly - Allan Sanson
Two fossil fuel power plants in Huntly signalled for closure are to remain open until 2022, Genesis Energy, has revealed today. Genesis had previously announced it would close Huntly's two coal-fired rankine units at the end of 2018, but it said a deal with other generators would see them stay open for another four years. But what does this mean for the community in Huntly? Allan Sanson is the Waikato District Mayor. [more]

$20,000 Donation Keeps Youthline Afloat - Stephen Bell
Auckland Youthline health clinic has been thrown a lifeline today. The help service for young people was set to close, unless about $50,000 was raised. And one donor, has stepped up to offer some, of what is needed. CEO for Youthline, Stephen Bell, talks about the future of the service. [more]

Real Life CSI - Dion Sheppard
Crime scene investigation programmes have exploded on our tv screens, over the past few years. And now New Zealand has its own. Forensics NZ has started on Prime recently, so we thought we'd talk to a real life forensics expert, to find out what it's really like. Dion Sheppard is a Forensic Research & Development Programme Manager at Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) in Auckland. [more]

Favourite Album
Eels - Daisies of the Galaxy [more]

Money - Mary Holm
Mary summarises the main types of investments. [more]

Chris Parkinson - Derek Lowe
Veteran of the Radio Hauraki Pirates and founder of Radio Pacific, Derek Lowe, remembers his friend and colleague Chris Parkinson, who has died in Auckland aged 74. [more]

Masterpieces - Gaylene Preston
Filmmaker, Gaylene Preston, picks her favourite New Zealand film. [more]

The Expats - Christopher Foulkes
International citizen, Christopher Foulkes, talks about life in Hawaii, Washington, Bangkok and Afghanistan. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 28 April 2016
The difference between new - and pre quake, the Brit who ended up governing a chunk of Iraq and in Dateline Pacific, the fate of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea remains uncertain [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 April 2016
A legal settlement between the Earthquake Commission and a group of Canterbury homeowners over the standard of quake repairs, is being described as a milestone for house owners throughout the country. The Reserve Bank has left the cost of borrowing unchanged at a record low 2-point-25 percent, athough it is signalling further cuts remain on the cards. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 April 2016
Kane Williamson is set to be confirmed as the New Zealand Cricket captain across all three formats of the game. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 29 April 2016
John Key faces awkward questions in the fallout over the Panama Papers. Rules around using Kiwisaver funds for home buying are being changed and HomeStart scheme given second chance. [more]

Sports News for 29 April 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

E Tu Union celebrates victory at Tiwai Pt
Hundreds of smelter workers at the Tiwai Point aluminion smelter are in line for their share of a multi-million dollar payout. [more]

Manus court decision has Canberra scrambling for solution
The fate of 850 asylum seekers and refugees detained illegally on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island is uncertain after a PNG court struck a blow to Canberra's policy of sending its asylum seekers abroad. [more]

Farm at centre of an OIO inquiry
The Prime Minister says the overseas buyers of a Taranaki farm in 2014 could be made to sell it if the Overseas Investment Office determines they are not of good character. [more]

At least 27 dead in Syria hospital bombing
At least 27 people have been killed in an airstrike overnight against a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo. [more]

Sports News for 29 April 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Foreign land buyers have conviction for toxic waste leak
Ripples from the Panama Papers continue to throw up awkward questions for the Government. [more]

RNZ's political editor on latest into Panama papers
Listening to that was RNZ's political editor Jane Patterson. [more]

HomeStart scheme given second chance.
The Government's KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme is about to be opened up to people who have already owned homes. [more]

Three 'objectionable' Wicked campervans ordered off the road
Three Wicked Campers vans have been ordered off the road by the chief censor. [more]

Red Cross condems bombing of Syrian hospital
At least 27 people are dead after an airstrike on a hospital overnight in the Syrian city of Aleppo, with the number of casualties expected to rise. [more]

Little visits troops - but doubts remain
Despite being opposed to the deployment of New Zealand troops to Iraq, the Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, says he is proud of the work the troops are doing. [more]

A shakeup for the fire service is on the way
A single national fire service is expected to be announced by the Government today. [more]

Community on alert for Onehunga's young groper
A young serial sex attacker linked to daylight gropings in Onehunga remains on the run this morning. [more]

Ban on frameless toughened glass fast tracked
A ban is being fast tracked on frameless toughened glass being used around decks and pools or as any type of balustrade because of safety fears. [more]

Prince found to have prescription drugs
New reports out of the US suggest Prince was found to have prescription drugs on him when he died last week. [more]

Leicester City seeks to defy 5000:1 odds
Calling Leicester City the underdogs doesn't go far enough to describe team's rise to the top of European football. [more]

Sports News for 29 April 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Huge quake hits off Vanuatu
There's been a magnitude 7.3 quake off Vanuatu. Tthe quake occurred just after 7.30 this morning and at a depth of 10 kilometres. RNZ International's Johnny Blades joins us. [more]

Govt bowed to pressure from the foreign trust industry
It's claimed the Government bowed to pressure from the foreign trust industry to leave its rules unchanged, despite warnings that the country's reputation could be harmed. [more]

The Greens, The PM, his lawyer and a review of foreign trusts
The Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has been listening to that. [more]

Are there flaws in latest plans to cool the housing market?
The Property Institute says the Government's latest idea to cool the housing market could have the opposite effect. [more]

Northland Council defends dairy pollution stats.
The Northland Regional Council's defending its track record in dealing with dairy pollution. [more]

Lack of government guarantee could be holding up social bonds
The Government's plan to use private investors to front up the cash for social services, rather than using tax payer money, may have hit a stumbling block, and it could be the lack of a government guarantee holding it up. [more]

Future still unclear for asylum seekers and refugees
The Australian government says it could take several months to resolve the future of the refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus Island. [more]

Wellington airport lodges resource consent
Wellington Airport has formally applied for approval to lengthen its runway and opponents of the plan say they'll be fighting it all the way. [more]

Stokes Valley residents want more police.
Residents of a Lower Hutt suburb have launched a petition calling for a greater police presence after a spate of violent crimes in the area. [more]

Tui take off in Canterbury
Tui are making a dramatic comeback in the lowlands of Canterbury. [more]

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

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 29 April 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 29 April 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 29 April 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Drugs and warfare
From Vikings high on mushrooms to soldiers on speed in Vietnam... Historian Lukasz Kamienski traces the relationship between drugs and war. [more]

Nights' Culture - Hip Hop
University of Auckland ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke raps about the cultural politics of hip hop and protest. [more]

Nine To Noon

Uber drivers could be breaking law, says NZTA
The New Zealand Transport Agency says Uber drivers will be breaking the law if they start driving without getting the required certification. As of last week, the smartphone-based driver service dropped its requirements for drivers to have a passenger class endorsement for their driver's license or a certificate of fitness for their vehicle. The NZTA says it's illegal to drive paying passengers under those conditions and would remain so even if law changes proposed to ease restrictions on ride-sharing services like Uber go ahead. Ben Wilson is an Uber driver in Auckland, and he's spoken out against Uber's change in policy on the blog site Public Address. [more]

Too many apartments are "mediocre": architecture judge
As Auckland house prices continue to soar, and the Auckland Council grapples with housing intensification, the convenor of the Auckland Architecture Awards says too many multi-unit developments are "mediocre". Many of Auckland's apartments and multi-unit buildings are mediocre and poorly designed, says the convenor of Auckland's Architecture Awards. Architect and Auckland University lecturer Michael O'Sullivan says too often, projects are developer driven with financial return as the priority, not liveability. He's even heard of developers showing plans depicting furniture that is smaller than the actual, to make the dwelling appear more spacious. The Auckland Architecture Award winners were announced last night. [more]

Michael 'Eddie' Edwards - unlikely ski jumping hero
Michael Edwards - better known as 'Eddie the Eagle' - was Britain's unlikely ski jumping hero of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. The plasterer-turned-ski jumper was the first Briton to qualify for the Olympic Games in ski jumping. With no official funding and second-hand equipment, Eddie made it to Calgary. A film about Eddie's life starring Taron Egerton as Eddie and Hugh Jackman as his trainer has just been released. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Tokelau has a new ferry supplied by the NZ government but a leading maritime publication says it is a debacle and implies it is unsafe, a disastrous South Pacific cyclone season ends tomorrow and PNG's troubles continue. [more]

The CEO whistle-blower
What led the head of a Japanese multi-national,  to blow the whistle on his own company? Kathryn Ryan talks to Micheal Woodford the British Executive and former President and CEO of Olympus, the Japanese camera and endoscope maker. [more]

Children's book review with John McIntyre
John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop in Wellington reviews 'The Road to Ratenburg' by Joy Cowley, published by Gecko Press, and 'Raymie Nightingale' by Kate DiCamillo, published by Walker Books. [more]

Jeremy Taylor's music review
Collaboration and side-projects are the order of the week, as Jeremy Taylor lends an ear to new releases from punk forefather Iggy Pop, Iron And Wine-man Sam Beam's joint album with Jesca Hoop, and Arctic Monkey Alex Turner's other band, The Last Shadow Puppets. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
The Olympics. Altitude training. [more]

The week that was
With Te Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Our Changing World

Survivors - New Zealand's tiny native frogs
After 35 years of counting threatened Archey's frog on the Coromandel Peninsula, Ben Bell has seen their numbers crash due to the chytrid fungal disease, and the population slowly recover. [more]

Nematodes from the deep
Sediment samples collected from 6,000 - 9,000m deep in the Kermadec Trench were teeming with tiny nematode worms – over 100 new species were collected from just four samples. [more]

Thar she goes! On the tail of the Kermadec humpback whales
Satellite tagging has revealed that humpback whales that breed in Oceania socialise at Raoul Island in the Kermadecs and has shown where in Antarctica they go to feed. [more]

Acting on climate change - Royal Society of NZ report
In its latest report on climate change, the Royal Society of New Zealand lays out options for how we coudl reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Flicking the switch for electric cars
A switch to electric transport could go a long way towards reducing New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. Veronika Meduna takes a road trip with other electric car owners. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 28 April 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Overwhelming response for free dog registration: RNZ Checkpoint
More than 120 dogs are already waiting to be registered, for free, under the Auckland Council's newly announced crackdown on menacing dog breeds. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 28th 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]

Ella Henry
Ella Henry was born in Kaitaia and moved to West Auckland as a child. In 1969, as a young teenager, she “discovered sex and drugs and rock and roll” and swiftly decided “that was a more interesting place to live than New Lynn.” After being expelled from school and leaving home, she spent time in a State-run home for girls before escaping to the centre of Auckland. Sleeping rough in Grafton Cemetery, she was found by poet James K. Baxter who invited her to live at his home in Auckland and also at the commune he had established at Jerusalem near Whanganui. She would stay in Baxter’s orbit for nearly two years until his death in 1972. After a difficult period in her life, Ella Henry cleaned up and went on to work in film and television. She would eventually earn a doctorate in Maori Development and now lectures at AUT University in Auckland. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 28 April 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 29 April 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 28 April 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Barry Corbett and Irene Gardiner (Part 1)
What the Panelists Irene Gardiner and Barry Corbett have been up to. Morgan foundation economist Geoff Simmons joins The Panel to talk about today's OCR decision. Property Investors Assocation Executive Officer Andrew King talks about a court ruling which is allowing tenants to get away with damaging property. [more]

The Panel with Barry Corbett and Irene Gardiner (Part 2)
The Number One workout song as decided by Billboard research - Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. .What the Panelists Irene Gardiner and Barry Corbett have been thinking about. Auckland real estate is at such a premium that any spare space such as car parks are also going to hit people hard in the pocket. Duncan Webb explains the settlement today between home owners and EQC regarding the standard of repairs to damaged homes. Affco Talley's is apparently trying to control what its staff say on social media about the company. [more]

The Panel Intro
What the Panelists Irene Gardiner and Barry Corbett have been up to. [more]

Geoff Simmons talks about OCR remaining at a record low
Morgan foundation economist Geoff Simmons joins The Panel to talk about today's OCR decision. [more]

Andrew King, NZ Property Investors Association
Property Investors Assocation Executive Officer Andrew King talks about a court ruling which is allowing tenants to get away with damaging property. [more]

Workout songs
The Number One workout song as decided by Billboard research - Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Irene Gardiner and Barry Corbett have been thinking about. [more]

It's not just house prices in Auckland that are out of control
Auckland real estate is at such a premium that any spare space such as car parks are also going to hit people hard in the pocket. [more]

EQC settlement has implications for Canterbury repairs
Duncan Webb explains the settlement today between home owners and EQC regarding the standard of repairs to damaged homes. [more]

Talley's tries to control social media comments by it's staff
Affco Talley's is apparently trying to control what its staff say on social media about the company. [more]

The Wireless

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

Meet the woman who’s bringing African fashion to New Zealand
The only thing brighter than the clothes at this show is the organiser’s spirit. [more]

Upbeat

Frances Moore
Director Frances Moore brings her company UnstuckOpera to Auckland's Basement Theatre for the first time. She's directing Purcell's Dido and Aeneas recomposed and conducted by Alex Taylor. Singers run riot and witches wreak havoc in this playful, heartbreaking promenade opera. [more]

Tommy Tiernan
Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan has a reputation for being controversial due to his ability to make fun of each country's scared cows. What he will pillory on his Out of the Whirlwind New Zealand tour starting tomorrow is anyone's guess but you can be guaranteed it won't be tame. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 28 April 2016
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 28 April 2016
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 28 April 2016
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 29 April 2016
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News fior 29 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 April 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World,Pacific and Sports News for 29 April 2016
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

YouTube

Kick Out The Jams: Saturnian Noise Collective
Interviews and live sets from the New Zealand music underground. This week we catch Auckland free noise outfit Saturnian Noise Collective. Video shot by John Lake and Jonathan Shirley. Edited by John Lake. [more]

News stories:

Dirty dairying declining, or hidden?
Fewer rule-breaking farmers is proof the Water Accord is working, DairyNZ says, but lobby groups say not all dirty dairying is being recorded. [more]

Mayoral candidates 'independent' but politically-linked
Leading Auckland mayoral candidates say they are politically independent, even though one is a Labour MP, another ran for National and a third is running on a centre-right ticket. [more]

Trade deficit tipped to affect income and jobs
New Zealand's trade deficit will widen further and is likely to hit jobs and income, an economist has warned. [more]

Black Sticks in action early at Rio
The Black Sticks men will play Australia on the opening day of the Olympic hockey competition, while the New Zealand women play Korea a day later. [more]

Day-night Proteas-Black Caps Test ruled out
NZ Cricket has ruled out the possibility of the Black Caps playing a day-night Test in South Africa, as the Proteas look for a warm-up ahead of possibly playing Australia. [more]

GDT takes its services to the world
New Zealand-based GlobalDairyTrade, the world's largest online dairy trader, is in the US promoting its new services. [more]

Wimbledon stepping up drug testing
Players competing at Wimbledon are set to be drug-tested more than ever before in the build-up to this year's championships as organisers focus resources on out-of-competition testing. [more]

PNG lawyer says refugees have strong damages case
The lawyer who successfully argued the Manus Island detention centre in PNG was illegal says the refugees have a strong case if they wish to sue for damages. [more]

Trump vows to 'shake rust off' US foreign policy
Donald Trump has vowed to and make US allies in Europe and Asia shoulder more defense costs if he becomes president. [more]

Fatal crash on SH27 in Waikato
A person has been killed in a collision between a truck and a car collided on State Highway 27 in Waikato. The crash occurred near Te Puninga about 6am today. [more]

Public have say on planned animal welfare law changes
The public and animal rights groups have had their say at the first meeting on government's proposed changes to animal welfare laws. The Ministry for Primary Industries hosted a public... [more]

PINA says Tonga govt should remember what they fought for
The Pacific Islands News Association says it is disturbed by what it sees as government harassment and targeting of a media manager in Tonga. [more]

LATEST: Reserve Bank keeps OCR on hold at 2.25 percent
LATEST: Reserve Bank keeps OCR on hold at 2.25 percent [more]

Atletico take advantage over Bayern
A breathtaking individual goal from Saul Niguez gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in a tense Champions League semi-final, first leg in Spain. [more]

Aucklanders pay and display like they're away
The cost of parking in Auckland is now almost as expensive as parking in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. [more]

Police chief suspended over Hillsborough deaths
A British police chief has been suspended following the Hillsborough inquests that found 96 football fans were unlawfully killed. [more]

Paris attack suspect fronts up to French judge
Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has appeared before a French judge hours after his extradition from Belgium. [more]

CNMI school to appeal gun ruling
A Northern Marianas school association has filed a motion to appeal the March court ruling which threw out the Weapons Control Act. [more]

French Polynesian president to be given matai title
One of Samoa's chiefly matai is to be bestowed on the President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch. [more]

Suspected Zika cases in American Samoa top 500
The number of suspected Zika cases in American Samoa has topped 500. [more]

Toddler accidentally shoots mother dead in US
A two-year-old American boy has shot and killed his mother after finding a gun in the back of their car in Milwaukee. [more]

PNG university students call for PM's resignation
Papua New Guinea university students have decided to boycott classes in protest against the prime minister Peter O'Neill. [more]

Sport: Baby Manu storm into Under 20 trophy final
Samoa thrashed Uruguay 56-22 overnight to advance to the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy final against Spain. [more]

Sport: Rugby league's eligibility rules labelled too "complex"
Fiji says rugby league's eligibility laws are so complex that a number of players and countries don't fully understand them. [more]

Huntly power plants to stay open until 2022
ANALYSIS: Two fossil fuel power plants in Huntly signalled for closure are to remain open, Genesis Energy has revealed [more]

Samoa tourism looks to reassures visitors after cyclone
Samoa'sTourism Authority is reassuring visitors that the islands have been left relatively unscathed by cyclone Amos. [more]

Affco wants Facebook gag - union
Affco Talleys is trying to stop its workers talking about the company on Facebook and other social media, says the Meatworkers' Union. [more]

Palau tops region's press freedom list
Palau has come out on top in an assessment of press freedom in the Asia-Pacific region. [more]

Radio Hauraki pirate dies
Radio Hauraki co-founder Chris Parkinson has died at the age of 74. [more]

HNZ opens tenders for 120 Wellington units
Housing New Zealand is asking builders to tender for the construction of 120 one bedroom homes in Wellington. [more]

Sport: Flying Fijians extended squad named
Fiji have named an extended 53-man squad for the upcoming June rugby internationals. [more]

Man on trial over drone flight
A man on trial after using a drone to film a fire told a court it did not fly close to the helicopter fighting the blaze. [more]

Pacific urged to be cautious over seabed mining
A new report by the World Bank says Pacific Island countries should be cautious over seabed mining. [more]

ERO reports on three charter schools
Three new charter schools have made a good start, according to the Education Review Office. [more]

New Caledonia hit by strikes
A strike by New Caledonia's air traffic controllers has prompted the territory's domestic airline to cancel more than a dozen of today's scheduled flights. [more]

Man injured in Christchurch assault
A man is in hospital after being seriously assaulted in Christchurch. Police said the 52-year-old was attacked on the corner of Ferry and Palinurus Street about 9pm yesterday. They are... [more]

Minor volcanic eruption by Bay of Plenty's White Island
The volcanic alert for White Island in Bay of Plenty has been raised a notch. GNS said an eruption was recorded on the Island late last night. It said the... [more]

Man who used fake uni degrees jailed
A man who bought university degrees and used them to get a job at the Financial Markets Authority has been sent to prison. [more]

Reserve Bank holds OCR rate steady
The Reserve Bank has held its Official Cash Rate steady at a record low 2.25 percent, but left the door open for further cuts. [more]

Ram raid caught on camera
VIDEO: A ram raid on a West Auckland service station, involving three cars and up to 10 offenders, has been caught on camera. [more]

Stage set for US rivals' third act
ANALYSIS: The crazy US presidential primary season is now into its third act and shows no sign of slowing down or maturing, writes Phil Smith. [more]

Father jailed for four years for killing son
A Whangarei man will spend four years in prison for killing his son after a struggle with a knife. [more]

Future uncertain for asylum seekers on Manus
The future of 850 asylum seekers held illegally on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island is shrouded in uncertainty as Canberra scrambles to find a solution. [more]

SpaceX breaks military space launch monopoly
SpaceX have been awarded a US Air Force satellite launch contract, breaking a decade-long monopoly held by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. [more]

Panama firm bought NZ land - Labour
The Labour Party says it has identified the Mossack Fonseca client who got approval to buy sensitive land in New Zealand. [more]

Injured Iranian refugee flown out of Nauru
Nauru says an Iranian refugee who suffered severe burns after setting himself alight has been flown to Australia. [more]

Manus centre contractor suspends share trade
Shares in Broadspectrum, the company which runs Australia's asylum seeker detention centres in the Pacific, have been placed in a trading halt. [more]

Owner sentenced for Irish wolfhounds' attack
The owner of three dogs that left a Dunedin woman with injuries that required surgery has been ordered to pay $8000 in reparation. [more]

CNMI one step away from sugar tax
A bill introducing a sugar tax has cleared the Northern Marianas legislature and is set to become law. [more]

Union hails smelter stat day victory
Hundreds of smelter workers are in line to share in a multi-million dollar payout after a court ruling on public holidays, E Tū says. [more]

Body found by Canterbury lake was set alight
The man whose body was found near a Canterbury lake earlier this week had been brutally assaulted and his body set alight, police say. [more]

ADB grant to assist Marshalls with drought
The Asian Development Bank and the Marshall Islands have signed a deal to help the country tackle the effects of a severe drought. [more]

Police search Levin property after man disappears
Police investigating the disappearance of a Horowhenua man have been searching a property in Levin today. Palmiro MacDonald, who is associated with the Nomads gang, has been missing for about... [more]

Boy as young as 12 attacking women
Police in Auckland are hunting for a serial sex attacker they believe is as young as 12. [more]

Wellington Airport files for runway extension
Wellington Airport has lodged a resource consent application to extend its runway, which surfers say will wreck the surf in Lyall Bay. [more]

Norfolk Islanders seeking UN oversight
Norfolk Islanders are making a stand for their right to self-determination as efforts to have an amicable dialogue with Australia have faltered. [more]

Iraq situation still 'hugely challenging'
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Labour Party leader Andrew Little have teamed up to visit New Zealand troops based at Camp Taji in Iraq. [more]

Northland farmers caught out breaking effluent rules
Northland Regional Council says the high number of dairy farmers still breaching resource consents is a reflection of its rigorous monitoring system. The Sustainable Dairying Water Accord's annual report shows... [more]

PM's lawyer lobbied for foreign trusts
Prime Minister John Key's personal lawyer lobbied the government about proposed changes to the foreign trust regime, a newly released email shows. [more]

Mother jailed for killing baby over crying
A young mother who killed her baby by shaking him when she couldn't cope with his crying has been sent to jail for two years. [more]

Nauru latest Pacific country to discover zika
The zika virus has been found in Nauru - the sixth country in the Pacific to be affected by the mosquito borne virus. [more]

Three Wicked Campers vans banned
Three of Wicked Campers' van designs have been banned by the Chief Censor, in the first classification involving vehicles in New Zealand. [more]

Norfolk calls for resignation of island's administrator
Residents on Norfolk are calling for the resignation of the island's Australian administrator, accusing him of misrepresenting their views to the people and government of Australia. [more]

Temp closure of plant will affect nickel production in PNG
Papua New Guinea mineral resource company Highland Pacific says the temporary closure of the Ramu Nickel processing plant in Madang will affect nickel production this year. [more]

Fiji seasonal workers complain of bad treatment in Australia
Two Australian companies which employ seasonal workers from Fiji are under investigation by the Fair Works Ombudsman. [more]

EQC defends approach, says no changes needed
The Earthquake Commission is defending its handling of Canterbury earthquake claims, following what a group of homeowners is calling a landmark settlement. [more]

'It takes more than a few nails to put people off cycling'
Nails found scattered along a controversial cycleway might have been planted by someone against the project, but it won't stop cyclists using it, a campaigner says. [more]

Woman searches for 13-year-old daughter's long-lost father
A woman is searching for the father of her 13-year-old daughter, who was conceived in New Zealand in 2002. The woman, who says her name is Kerryn-Leigh, was living and... [more]

Crackdown on online live sports betting in Australia
The Australian government says it is closing a loophole that enables live sports betting on the internet. Currently, so-called in-play betting is only allowed over the phone, but some betting... [more]

Taking a tour of Dunedin Hospital's kitchens
How bad are the meals provided by Compass? RNZ's Peter Newport visits its catering operations at Dunedin Hospital ahead of Friday's planned protest. [more]

Australia's rights record problematic for the Pacific
ANALYSIS: This week's Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruling has underlined how Australia's adherence to human rights norms is regressing and causing problems in the Pacific. [more]

Call to ban junk food ads within 300m of schools
The Morgan Foundation is calling for a ban on junk food advertising within 300 metres of schools - including on dairies. [more]

'Strong' magnitude 4.4 quake felt near Milford Sound
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck near Milford Sound. The quake happened at 9.44pm, 35 kilometres north-east of Milford Sound. Geonet earlier said it was 15km deep and 'moderate', but... [more]