Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 26th May 2016

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This page features: At The Movies, Business News, Checkpoint, Coastal Weather, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, In Parliament, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Mediawatch, 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 Budget, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

At The Movies

X-Men: Apocalypse
Dan Slevin reviews the 9th X-Men movie (if you include the two Wolverine and one Deadpool spinoffs). [more]

Tickled: Dylan Reeve interview
Dan Slevin chats to Tickled co-director Dylan Reeve about the making of the film and what makes a documentary 'cinematic'. [more]

City of Gold review
Dan Slevin reviews Laura Gabbert's documentary about Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. [more]

Business News

Mainfreight makes record profit, says it could have been better
One of the country's biggest transport firms, Mainfreight, has reported a record full-year profit and sales, but says it's only a satisfactory result. [more]

Fonterra picks a conservative forecast - economist
An economist says the dairy giant, Fonterra, has been conservative when setting its opening forecast price for the new season. [more]

Sanford almost doubles half-year profit
The listed fishing company, Sanford, has almost doubled its half-year profit, as it focuses on selling premium fresh fish rather than frozen products. [more]

Metro Performance Glass post solid maiden profit
The country's biggest glass manufacturer, Metro Performance Glass, has posted a maiden full-year profit in line with forecasts, on the back of strong construction demand. [more]

Midday Markets for 26 May 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Belinda Stanley at Craigs Investment Partners [more]

More company results
There've been a number of other company results and announcements today. [more]

NZX says it is changing the way it deals with share prices
The sharemarket operator, NZX, is changing the way it deals with unusual movements in share prices. [more]

Evening Business for 26 May 2016
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 27 May 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

No surprises budget stirs few business passions
The government's budget fulfilled most business expectations offering no surprises, sticking to a consistent and middle of the road approach to spending and economic management. [more]

Mainfreight sees strong sales and profit margins continuing
One of the country's biggest transport firms, Mainfreight, sees continued growth in revenue and profit after reporting a strong full-year result. [more]

Sanford optimistic about growth ahead
The listed fishing company, Sanford, is optimistic about growth ahead, but says the weather remains a key headwind. [more]

NZX steps up investigation into unusual price movements
The sharemarket operator, NZX, is stepping up its efforts to find out what's going on behind unusual movements in share prices. [more]

Morning markets for 27 May 2016
The sharemarket operator, NZX, is stepping up its efforts to find out what's going on behind unusual movements in share prices. [more]

Markets Update for 27 May 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 26th May 2016
Watch Thurday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

Predictable budget from Bill English
The Prime Minister, John Key, says Budget 2016 paints a picture of a country with a sparkling economy. But opposition parties say the Budget was a missed opportunity. [more]

Finance Minister: Budget invests in innovation & social issues
The Finance Minister, Bill English, discusses his eighth budget. [more]

What's waiting for those who take up offer to move to regions?
A grant of up to five-thousand dollars is being offered to people to leave Auckland - but what's waiting for them when they arrive in their new, regional home? [more]

Brother pleads guilty to murdering Alex Fisher
The man charged with murdering his 10-year-old brother, Alex Fisher, has pleaded guilty. Ruth Hill was in court. [more]

Queenstown hotel room shortage could deter filmmakers
A hotel room shortage in Queenstown is raising concerns that international film productions could be deterred from bringing their business to the region. [more]

Labour leader says Budget won't fix NZ's problems
The Labour leader, Andrew Little, says today's Budget is not enough to fix New Zealand's biggest problems. [more]

550 people narrowly avoid death after boat capsizes
More than 550 people narrowly escaped drowning on Wednesday after their smugglers' boat capsized in the Southern Mediterranean. [more]

Hesson signs on for third term as Black Caps coach
The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has had a change of heart and will continue as the New Zealand Cricket coach until 2019. He spoke with Stephen Hewson. [more]

Wellingtonians could have to desex and register cats
Wellington City Council has been applauded for taking a bold move to regulate cats and protect the city's native wildlife today. [more]

Airport CEO, health leader & economist look at the Budget
Budget 2016 has already been dubbed the "boring Budget". Auckland Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood, Hapai Te Hau-ora General Manager Papa Nahi and economist Shamubeel Eaqub share their insights. [more]

Coastal Weather

Coastal Weather Forecast for27 May 2016
Coastal weather report. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Cooks to welcome a jet for charters and medivacs
Air Rarotonga to bring in a small jet for charters and medical evacuations. [more]

Remittances still vital for Tonga
An economist says remittances continue to form a pillar of the Tongan economy, despite their decline following the global financial crisis. [more]

Strike at Air Tahiti widens and continues to hamper territory
A strike at Air Tahiti has spread to other companies in French Polynesia, which further hampers air travel. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 26 May 2016
An Air Tahiti strike widens and continues to hamper the territory; remittances seen as vital for Tonga despite their decline; the Cook Islands welcome a jet for charters and medivacs; eviction looms for University of PNG students; and a target date is set for self-determination referendum in Bougainville. [more]

Norfolk's push at the UN to regain some autonomy
Norfolk Island's push to be listed on the United Nations list of non-self- governing territories is not a straight process, according to a legal expert. [more]

PNG Govt maintains bout against anti-fraud police
Efforts by the police fraud squad in Papua New Guinea to probe a major corruption case implicating the Prime Minister are still tied up in court. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 27 May 2016
PNG govt maintains bout against anti-fraud police; Norfolk's push at the UN to regain some autonomy; an Air Tahiti strike widens and continues to hamper the territory; remittances seen as vital for Tonga despite their decline; and the Cook Islands welcome a jet for charters and medivacs. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 27 May 2016
In Extra Time this week we hear from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as he prepares to announce his first squad since the World Cup also RNZ's rugby reporter takes a look at the possible side to take on Wales next month. We also find out how New Zealand Rugby is trying to gain a stronger footing in Auckland. Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has decided to stay on for another 3 years, while one of New Zealand's most successful netball coaches hits a milestone. And where to now for Joseph Parker. [more]

In Parliament

Today in Parliament for 26 May 2016
Finance Minister, Bill English, delivers his eighth Budget. Opposition leader, Andrew Little, launches the 11-hour Budget debate with the now-traditional amendment calling on the House to support a no-confidence vote in John Key's National-led minority government. Mister Key responds with a personal attack on the Opposition leader. Budget Debate adjourned after a couple of hours for the Government to take urgency to pass two bills flowing from the Budget - phasing out the transitional one-for-two surrender obligation measure from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and amending the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to make four cumulative 10% increases to the duties on all tobacco products. [more]

The Day In Parliament for 27 May 2016 - morning edition
Finance Minister Bill English delivers his 8th budget, and outlines its content in the Budget Statement - followed by replies from party leaders including John Key, Andrew Little, James Shaw, Te Ururoa Flavell, David Seymour, Peter Dunne and Winston Peters; KiwiRail representatives voice concern over the Government's Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, saying it could lead to more level-crossing accidents. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Growing tourism pressure on regions
It's budget day, and among the wish lists for regional leaders is more money to help tourist areas cope with the growing number of international visitors. Tourism is expected soon to overtake dairying as this country's leading export earner within the next year. [more]

Update on St Dominic College ball dress controversy
You may remember yesterday we spoke to the principal of St Dominic Girls college about the rules around what kind of the dresses senior girls can wear to their ball. However since that interview we've received several emails from students at the school who strongly dispute what Ms Coddington said. [more]

Mouse eradication for Antipodes Islands
DOC staff have left Port Timaru on a ship, bound for a small set of islands 900 kilometres south east of New Zealand. Their mission is to eradicate mice from Antipodes Islands, a campaign which they say has massive logistical challenges but will help restore the islands' incredible wildlife, including a flightless parakeet and the Antipodes Snipe, not to mention some uncharismatic but fascinating beetles. [more]

Last trip for old Wellington trains
Tomorrow afternoon at 3:18 that last Ganz Mavag train will arrive at Wellington station on a regularly scheduled service from Melling in the Hutt Valley. The trains have been taking passengers in the region since 1982. [more]

Favourite album
Wishbone Ash - "Argus". Chosen by Alan Kiddle. [more]

Masterpieces with Dunedin Astronomer, Ian Griffin
Astronomer Dr Ian Griffin is the Director of Otago Museum in Dunedin. He is the former CEO of Science Oxford and the former head of public outreach at NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute. He talks about his masterpiece, which is Hoopers Inlet on the Otago Peninsula, which he says is a great place to see the Aurora Australis. [more]

Expat: Chris Holm in Jakarta
Our expat this week is a New Zealander living in Jakarta, Indonesia. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 26 May 2016
Tourism pressures on small town NZ. The remote island that captured the design world and in Dateline Pacific, why Tongans still look to their overseas relations for help. [more]

Mediawatch

Ex-editors team up to provide 'news of importance'
Two of New Zealand's top news men are going into business together - and aim to provide communications advice and quality journalism at the same time. Mediawatch asks how that's going to work. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 May 2016
A guilty plea from the man charged with murdering his ten-year old brother and Fonterra concedes its latest forecast is conservative. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 May 2016
New Zealand tennis player Marcus Daniell says his fitness is at a career best following his first ever win at the French Open with American Brian Baker in the men's doubles. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 27 May 2016
The Budget -- who wins and who misses out? We're joined by a panel for expert analysis. Disappointed dairy farmers react to Fonterra's milk price forecast and relief in Christchurch as police charge a 31-year-old man with Renee Duckmanton's murder. [more]

Sports News for 27 May 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government budget slammed for only addressing hot spots
The Government's 2016 budget is being criticised by opposition parties for lacking vision but the Prime Minister says it builds on eight years of solid management. [more]

$200m for CYF overhaul just the start
The 200 million dollars announced in the Budget for the overhaul of Child Youth and Family is just initial funding for the project. [more]

Vanuatu tourism bouncing back from Cyclone Pam
Tourism leaders in Vanuatu say the industry is bouncing back from the hits taken by Cyclone Pam and concerns about the safety of its international runway. [more]

Delight and frustration greet long-awaited bowel cancer move
A long-awaited Government commitment in the Budget to begin national screening for bowel cancer has been greeted with approval and frustration. [more]

Schools react to surprise targeted funding in Budget
School principals and teachers are divided by the Government's surprise decision to devote a funding increase to the students who need it most. [more]

Maori arts set to flourish at the new 'Fame' for Aotearoa
Two polytechnics have joined together to launch an ambitious creative arts hub on Wellington's Cuba Street with a strong focus on Maori performing arts. [more]

Sports News for 27 May 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The good, the bad and the ugly of Budget 2016
Finance Minister Bill English delivered his eighth Budget yesterday - and with the books back in the black, science and health got the lion's share of the new money. [more]

Farmers' cost cutting measures will flow on to hurt the economy
Federated Farmers says the provincial economies will suffer from the flow-on effects of another season of low dairy payouts. [more]

Christchurch sex industry relieved after murder arrest
A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton whose badly burnt body was found near Rakaia 12 days ago. [more]

Obama: world leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump
Donald Trump has secured enough delegates at the Republican convention in July to become the Party's Presidential candidate. [more]

Non-immunised visitors asked to wear masks to hospital
As soon as the flu season hits Waikato DHB will be asking all hospital visitors who aren't immunised to wear a [more]

A new era for the All Blacks
A new era begins for the All Blacks on Sunday when coach Steve Hansen names his first squad since winning the World Cup. [more]

Sports News for 27 May 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bill English reviews Budget 2016
Finance Minster Bill English has confirmed he'd like to see tax cuts for middle income earners next year. [more]

Labour: 'Sticking plaster' budget fails the test
The Labour Party's finance spokesperson is Grant Robertson -- he's in our Wellington studio and has been listening to that. [more]

Political editor Jane Patterson comments on Budget
Listening to that is our political editor Jane Patterson. [more]

Hiking the price of cigarettes
There are doubts among smokers and anti-smoking groups alike that hiking the price of cigarettes to 30-dollars a packet will reduce smoking rates. [more]

Property Institute says Budget 'misses opportunities'
The Property Institute says it's naive to think freeing up more Crown land will reduce house prices in Auckland. [more]

Tourist tax could cover cost of 'negative side effects'
As tourist numbers hit new records, there's growing support in the industry for a border tax or 'green levy' to cover the cost of hosting them. [more]

NZ will take part in Battle of Jutland commemorations
New Zealand will take part in commemorations in the United Kingdom next week to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. [more]

Northland councils and Air NZ in talks over cuts
Northland leaders and Air New Zealand are in talks over the airline's plans to cut services to the region. [more]

Cook Strait Whale Survey scrapped for 2016
The Cook Strait Whale Survey will not go ahead this year after a corporate sponsor pulled out and the Department of Conservation was unable to cover the costs [more]

Australian election news with Kerry-Anne Walsh
The election campaign in Australia is the big news across the ditch and one person who is loving every minute of it is Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 27 May 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 27 May 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 27 May 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Gender vs Genitals
Dr Pani Farvid on the dangers of binary thinking when it comes to gender and why we need to learn to divorce gender from genitals. [more]

Nights' Culture - Electronic Music
Poms grab the flame - 1989-1991 - The evolution of music made with devices powered by electricity and/or computers, with Paul Berrington aka DJ B-Lo. [more]

Nine To Noon

Are tough times ahead for schools and parents?
The budget saw no increase in school operation funding which goes to pay for teacher development, learning support, power and water bills, technology and sports funding. Instead, the government announced a plan to provide 43 million dollars in extra funding for the children of long term beneficiaries. We discuss this with the PPTA General Secretary Michael Stevens and Sandy Pasley the President of the Secondary Principals' Association. [more]

Adult vaccinations, is 50 too young for the shingles shot?
There's concern that accurate information isn't getting through to adults about vaccination boosters, and when, or, if they should consider getting innoculated for conditions that can affect the elderly, such as shingles. Dr Nikki Turner is the director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre. She says with shingles in particular, there's no point getting innoculated prematurely. [more]

The slippery problem of eels
Eels can live for up to a 100 years in the creeks and rivers of New Zealand but eventually they have to migrate out to sea and when they do they tend to get sucked into the turbines of hydrodams. As you might imagine, not many of them survive. Don Jellyman has spent much of his career studying New Zealand's eels as a NIWA scientist. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
China's luxury food demand is turning sea cucumber into a lucrative but boom-to-bust business in the Pacific - threatening the environment and lives; Samoa and Tonga re-assert themselves as Christian states and remote Wallis Island is in a real game of thrones. [more]

Finding dinosaurs in Antarctica
More than a hundred years ago on his fatal expedition to the South Pole Robert Falcon Scott and his unlucky team discovered the very first fossils in Antarctica while trekking over the Transantarctic Mountains. The rocky remains hinted at much warmer past for the frozen continent and more finds since have revealed Antarctica was once covered in dense forest inhabited by all kinds of plants and animals - including dinosaurs. One of the members of the latest expedition to dig for fossils in the deep south was Australian palaeontologist Steven Salisbury from the University of Queensland. [more]

Budget 2016
Finance Minister Bill English on why he'd like to see tax cuts for middle income earners next year. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
The covers album; does it signify an artist who has run out of ideas? Can a cover really be better than the original? Did a Grateful Dead tribute album really need to run to 5 discs? Jeremy Taylor lends an ear to covers sets from Bob Dylan, Mark Kozelek and the hefty Grateful Dead tribute set "Day Of The Dead" [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Is Joseph Parker ready to challenge for the World Heavyweight boxing title and what's happened to our Sevens teams? [more]

The Week that Was
With Te Radar and Michele A'Court. The dangers of shopping on-line and why playtime whistles have been deemed 'too aggressive' at a school in England. [more]

Our Changing World

Birds, feather colour – and sex
Why are some male birds brighter and showier than females of the same species, and sometimes both are bright? Sexual selection, size and living in the tropics are all part of the answer. [more]

Learning from past floods
University of Waikato professor of environmental planning Iain White argues that our 'same again' response to flooding is hindering our ability to plan more effectively. [more]

Solar storms and electricity supply
Craig Rodger explains how large solar storms can overwhelm the protective shield of the earth's magnetic field and disrupt national power grids. [more]

Healthy homes: a breath of fresh air
Veronika Meduna joins BRANZ physicist Manfred Plagmann as he equips a home with sensors that track how heat and moisture move through the rooms. [more]

Up, up and away
Last week, NASA finally successfully launched a super pressure balloon from Wanaka Airport, following several attempts that had been thwarted by foul weather. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 26 May 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

What's waiting for those who take up the offer to move to the regions?
A grant of up to five-thousand dollars is being offered to people to leave Auckland - but what's waiting for them when they arrive in their new, regional home? [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 26th May 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]

Finance Minister Bill English discusses the 2016 Budget.
Bill English begins discussing the 2016 budget by describing its stand out points. [more]

Queenstown hotel shortage for Film crews
Kevin Jennings is the Executive Officer of Film Otago Southland. The film industry is calling for the Government to think about how to attract and keep overseas productions and films as Queenstown faces a hotel room shortage. [more]

Airport CEO, health leader & economist look at the Budget
Budget 2016 has already been dubbed the "boring Budget". Auckland Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood, Hapai Te Hau-ora General Manager Papa Nahi and economist Shamubeel Eaqub share their insights. [more]

Morning Report Post Budget Live Panel
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Promo for 'Te Auaha'
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Rural News

Midday Rural News for 26 May 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 27 May 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Budget

Special coverage of the Budget 2016
Susie Ferguson presents coverage of the 2016 Budget, plus expert analysis and commentary from Radio New Zealand's correspondents. [more]

Budget 2016
Bill English presents his budget to the house. [more]

Budget speech - Andrew Little
Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition. [more]

Budget speech - John Key
.John Key Prime Minister. [more]

Budget speech - David Seymour
Leader of the Act Party David Seymour. [more]

Budget speech - James Shaw
Co-Leader of the Green Party James Shaw. [more]

Budget speech - Peter Dunn
Budget speech - Peter Dunn [more]

Budget speech - Winston Peters
Leader of NZ First Winston Peters. [more]

Budget speech - Te Ururoa Flavell
Co-leader of the Maori Party Te Ururoa Flavell. [more]

Budget speech - Peter Dunne
.Leader of the United Future Party Peter Dunne. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 26 May 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Paula Penfold and Duncan Webb (Part 1)
What the Panelists Paula Penfold and Duncan Webb have been up to. Economic commentator Bernard Hickey shares some insights on Budget 2016. Construction sector commentator Mark Graham addresses some listener questions about building more homes. [more]

The Panel with Paula Penfold and Duncan Webb (Part 2)
The future is now. A Chinese manufacturer which supplies parts for Apple has replaced 60,000 human jobs with robots. What the Panelists Duncan Webb and Paula Penfold have been thinking about. Nutrition professor Jim Mann on the vegan body and whether that diet contributed to a death on Mt Everest. On average people check Facebook 14 times a day. New Plymouth car parking spaces are to be measured after man got off paying a fine by proving his was too small. Branded bottled water has become a status symbol. Comedian Ricky Gervais has compared Donald Trump to the Big Brother TV villain - you just want to keep watching him. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Paula Penfold and Duncan Webb have been up to. [more]

2016 Budget analysis with Bernard Hickey
Economic commentator Bernard Hickey shares some insights on Budget 2016. [more]

Is the free market to blame for housing crisis?
Construction sector commentator Mark Graham addresses some listener questions about building more homes. [more]

Company replaces 60k human jobs with robots
The future is now. A Chinese manufacturer which supplies parts for Apple has replaced 60,000 human jobs with robots. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Duncan Webb and Paula Penfold have been thinking about. [more]

Vegan dies on Everest
Nutrition professor Jim Mann on the vegan body and whether that diet contributed to a death on Mt Everest. [more]

Car park dimensions fall short
New Plymouth car parking spaces are to be measured after man got off paying a fine by proving his was too small. [more]

Checking in on Facebook
On average people check Facebook 14 times a day. [more]

Water snobbery
Branded bottled water has become a status symbol. [more]

Trump as Big Brother villain
Comedian Ricky Gervais has compared Donald Trump to the Big Brother TV villain - you just want to keep watching him. [more]

The Wireless

My Top 5: Zen Mantra
Sam Perry gives us a short and sweet rundown of the New Zealand songs he loves the most. [more]

DIY Touring The World: Australia
For the Kiwi musician, the grass has always seemed greener in Australia. [more]

What's up this weekend?
Where you'll want to post up this weekend. [more]

Film review: The Nice Guys
Ryan Gosling saves The Nice Guys from being overshadowed by some particularly cringeworthy moments. [more]

Upbeat

Sleeping with the Steinway
The Nelson School of Music is having a celebration that will run throughout the night this weekend. It includes a range of performances, including the debut of new work by composer Gareth Farr. He'll be joined by Sarah Lewis from the Nelson School of Music to discuss the magic of the music of the night. [more]

Laughter is the best medicine
Did you know adults only laugh 20-30 times a day while a child will laugh more than 300. Why is that? Are we also less happy when we don't laugh as much? Laughter coach Hannah Airey has been helping people find their voice following difficult times. [more]

Wave, Rock, Beat
The SMP Ensemble is back, celebrating the music of John Elmsly, the current Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence. The performance combines classical with electroacoustic elements, covering works by Elmsly and people who inspired him including David Farquhar and Douglas Lilburn. [more]

Budget 2016: What's in it for the arts?
The 2016 Budget announced by Finance Minister Bill English today offers some increases in funding within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector over the next four years. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 26 May 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 26 May 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 26 May 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 27 May 2016
the latest Paciffic regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 May 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 May 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 May 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 May 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 May 2016
the latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Budget: Decoding the dollars and sense
ANALYSIS: The Finance Minister will deliver his eighth Budget this afternoon. Patrick O'Meara explains what it will mean and who is likely to benefit. [more]

Artillery rounds to be fired at dawn
Dawn will be broken with a bang in some places this morning as the Royal New Zealand Artillery fires off rounds to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Artillery in the United Kingdom. [more]

Cooks water project plugged until court hearing
The stalled Te Mato Vai water project on Rarotonga will be held up until landowners have their day in court according to a Cook Islands government official. [more]

Legal costs mount in battle over Southland cycleway
A million dollar legal battle is delaying completion of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail in Southland, which is already $6m over budget. [more]

Huge sinkhole opens up in central Florence
A section of the embankment of the River Arno in central Florence has collapsed, sending part of the road and at least 20 parked cars into a newly formed ditch. [more]

NRL star charged with drug offences
Parramatta star Corey Norman has been charged with drug offences following an investigation into MDMA capsules allegedly seized from the player at a Sydney casino. [more]

Murray into French Open third round, just.
Andy Murray avoided suffering his earliest grand slam defeat for eight years by clawing his way into the French Open third round with a five-set win over French journeyman Mathias Bourgue. [more]

Highlanders bracing for a Hurricane in Wellington
Luke Whitelock has kept his place for the Highlanders' Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes tomorrow after a string of performances that prompted coach Jamie Joseph to say he was worthy of an All Blacks recall. [more]

Benitez sticking with Newcastle
Rafael Benitez has signed a three-year contract to stay on as Newcastle United manager, after agreeing to lead their quest for an immediate return to the Premier League. [more]

Arrest warrant for Julian Assange upheld by Swedish court
A Swedish court has upheld the arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations he committed rape in 2010. He denies... [more]

News of higher payout to dairy farmers expected this morning
Dairy co-operative Fonterra is expected to announce a higher initial milk payout forecast later this morning. Most analysts agree on a price of about $4.50 per kg of milk solids... [more]

Suspicious fire at Auckland car yard destroys tow truck
Police are investigating a fire in a car yard in central Auckland early this morning. Emergency services were called to the yard on Mt Eden Road shortly after 2am. Fire... [more]

What do we want from the Budget?
Cash to cut class sizes, a solution to Auckland's housing crisis and better early childhood education are among people's hopes for this year's Budget. [more]

Aust supermarkets 'ripping off farmers'
The Green Party in Australia is calling for regulation of the milk market to protect struggling dairy farmers. [more]

Samoa's solar panels will save on diesel costs
The Samoa Government's target to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2017 moved one step closer with the opening of a 2.1 mega watt solar plant. [more]

Beneficiaries' rent should go direct to landlords - investor
A landlord who has provided low-cost rentals in Nelson for 50 years says the government has the tools available to ensure families remain in stable rental housing. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Fonterra forecasts increased milk solid price of $4.25 per kg
BREAKING NEWS - Fonterra forecasts increased milk solid price of $4.25 per kg [more]

Fonterra's milk price tipped to be below break-even
Fonterra's forecast farmgate milk price for the upcoming season is expected to be well below the break-even point for farmers. [more]

Film reignites Bastion Pt memories
It's been 38 years since police evicted protesters from Takaparawhau and restored footage of the occupation has reignite memories for those who occupied the land. [more]

One dead after Northland road crash
A man has been killed in a road crash in Northland. The accident happened shortly after 1am on State Highway 10, just north of the Puketona Road intersection. Police said... [more]

Vanuatu resort reopening after Cyclone Pam
The manager of a resort in Vanuatu says they're excited to be re-opening 15 months after Cyclone Pam forced its closure. [more]

$5000 moving grant 'laughable' without work
A woman living with her two children in a state house in Auckland says a $5000 payment to move away is laughable, when there are no job prospects to go with it. [more]

French Open success for Daniell
New Zealand tennis player Marcus Daniell has won his first ever match at the French Open, teaming with American Brian Baker to advance to the second round of the men's doubles. [more]

Tyson against pros boxing at the Olympics
Mike Tyson has branded the Amateur International Boxing Association's decision to let professional fighters take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics as "ridiculous" and "foolish". [more]

Fonterra hikes milk solid price to $4.25
Dairy giant Fonterra has announced an increased milk solid price of $4.25 per kg, slightly below the $4.50 analysts predicted for the new season. [more]

East Chch residents 'too nice' about red zone
Christchurch residents frustrated at being shut out of decision-making want the new agency in charge of the red zone to talk to them. [more]

Strike hits New Caledonia airports
The French High Commission in New Caledonia has ensured a minimum air service to soften the effects of today's French airport strike. [more]

Clark attack 'won't affect' UN bid
The reporter who wrote an article critical of Helen Clark's leadership of the UN Development Programme doubts it will hurt her bid to become Secretary-General. [more]

Clinton faulted over email security
A state department inquiry has accused Hillary Clinton and other former US secretaries of state of poorly managing email security. [more]

Marae 'in for the long haul' with homeless
A steady stream of people have arrived at an Auckland marae looking for help since it opened its doors to the homeless yesterday. [more]

Eleven US states fight transgender directive
Eleven US states claim the White House's directive that students be allowed to use the toilet that matches their gender identity is "a massive social experiment". [more]

Mainfreight profit up - a 'satisfactory' result
Transport firm Mainfreight has reported a record full-year profit and sales, but says it was no more than a satisfactory result. [more]

Sport: PNG footballers happy to be home
Papua New Guinea intend to embrace the pressure of home advantage when the Oceania Nations Cup football competitions kicks off this weekend. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu cricketers notch first win
Vanuatu have broken their win drought in World Cricket League Five competition, outclassing Nigeria by 110 runs in Jersey overnight. [more]

More charges for jogger murder accused
The man charged with murdering a woman jogging in Remuera is facing 12 other charges, which can now be reported for the first time. [more]

Lataste New Caledonia's next French HC
The chief of staff of the French president Francois Hollande is to become the new French High Commissioner to New Caledonia. [more]

Human bone washes up on Timaru beach
A bone that washed up on a Timaru beach yesterday has been confirmed as human. [more]

Freed Ukrainian pilot vows to fight on
Russia has freed jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko in a prisoner swap with two Russians held by Ukraine. [more]

PNG restates West Papua concerns
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says he has expressed his government's concerns about human rights and autonomy in West Papua directly to Indonesia's President. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Parliament in lock down after smoking truck drove onto grounds
BREAKING NEWS - Parliament in lock down after smoking truck drove onto grounds [more]

BREAKING NEWS - One person arrested after driving a vehicle onto Parliament's forecourt
BREAKING NEWS - One person arrested after driving a vehicle onto Parliament's forecourt [more]

World titles for two young BMX riders
Two young New Zealand BMX riders are on top of the world after winning titles on the opening day of the BMX world champs in Colombia. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Police clear suspicious vehicle at Parliament, man in custody
BREAKING NEWS - Police clear suspicious vehicle at Parliament, man in custody [more]

Anti-smoking youth protest at Parliament
Young demonstrators, including students from several Wellington high schools, dropped to the ground outside Parliament today in a protest against smoking. About 5000 people die in New Zealand each year... [more]

School bus crash causes minor injuries
Some children have sustained minor injuries after a school bus crash north of Auckland. [more]

Auckland housing deadline may be extended
A deadline for landowners to gain approval for fast-track Auckland housing projects could be extended, to ensure thousands of homes get built. Eleven landowners fear they may not make the... [more]

Mayor questions whether protesters 'respectful'
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has accused an anti-asset sales group of showing a lack of respect by protesting during a public part of council meeting. [more]

Mighty River may try to recover fraud money
Mighty River Power says it could take legal action to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs after being defrauded by an ex-engineer. [more]

Man admits murdering young brother
Eric McIsaac has admitted murdering his 10-year-old brother, Alex Fisher, at Waitarere Beach in October. [more]

No clear way home for UPNG students
Mixed messages are reported from the PNG government as to whether it will pick up the cost of transporting students back to their homes. [more]

Rings 'made by Neanderthals' found in French cave
Mysterious stone rings found in a French cave were probably built by Neanderthals 175,000 years ago. [more]

Transpower predicts line failures as solar takes off
The country's power grid operator is predicting a massive shake-up in the electricity sector, including the failure of some line companies. [more]

Red blanket may hold clues to gun theft
Police investigating the theft of high-powered firearms in Northland are looking for a distinctive red blanket that may have been used to wrap them. [more]

Metro Performance Glass post solid maiden profit
Metro Performance Glass has posted a maiden full-year profit in line with forecasts on the back of strong construction demand. [more]

NZ diplomat involved in incident with Seoul police
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has contacted Korean authorities, following an incident involving a New Zealand diplomat in Seoul, it says. [more]

Britain bans "legal highs"
A ban on drugs previously known as legal highs has come into force in Britain, bringing them in line with traditional drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. The chemical substances, sometimes... [more]

Hesson re-signs as Black Caps coach
The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has re-signed with New Zealand Cricket until after the 2019 World Cup. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Security investigating a new threat at the rear of Parliament building
BREAKING NEWS - Security investigating a new threat at the rear of Parliament building [more]

Alternative bid for Ashburton bottling plant
Ashburton District Council has received a confirmed alternative bid for a piece of land with attached water consents. [more]

NZX changes how it deals with "unusual movements"
The sharemarket operator, NZX, is changing the way it deals with unusual movements in share prices. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Lock down at Parliament is over, with the all-clear given by police
BREAKING NEWS - Lock down at Parliament is over, with the all-clear given by police [more]

Cooks' medivacs to provided by a jet from August
Air Rarotonga is to provide medical evacuations in the Cook Islands using its own jet by early August. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Lock down at Parliament is over, with the all-clear given by police
BREAKING NEWS - Lock down at Parliament is over, with the all-clear given by police [more]

PNG health workers warned not to protest
Papua New Guinea health workers have been warned not to join protests against the prime minister Peter O'Neill. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - SIS and GCSB get extra $178.7 million over four years
BUDGET 2016 - SIS and GCSB get extra $178.7 million over four years [more]

BUDGET 2016 - The price of a packet of 20 cigarettes will increase from about $20 now to $30 in 2020.
BUDGET 2016 - The price of a packet of 20 cigarettes will increase from about $20 now to $30 in 2020. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - An extra $100 million over four years goes to freeing up Crown land for Auckland housing
BUDGET 2016 - An extra $100 million over four years goes to freeing up Crown land for Auckland housing [more]

Air Tahiti strike spreads, negotiations fail
A strike at Air Tahiti has spread to other companies in French Polynesia, which further hampers air travel. [more]

Fruit to advance Pacific health
An Australian academic hopes his research will improve the health of Pacific people by advancing fruit production in the region. [more]

Budget offers little for business
The budget offers little for business, with the already announced tax simplification package likely to deliver the most benefit. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - $39 million for a national bowel screening programme
BUDGET 2016 - $39 million for a national bowel screening programme [more]

BUDGET 2016 - $200m goes toward reviewing Child, Youth and Family
BUDGET 2016 - $200m goes toward reviewing Child, Youth and Family [more]

Budget signals national bowel cancer screening
BUDGET 2016 - The first signs of a national rollout of screening for bowel cancer are included in today's Budget. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - New $100 million fund to support projects to clean up rivers, lakes and aquifers
BUDGET 2016 - New $100 million fund to support projects to clean up rivers, lakes and aquifers [more]

BUDGET 2016 - $882.5 million to build nine new schools and 480 new classrooms
BUDGET 2016 - $882.5 million to build nine new schools and 480 new classrooms [more]

Govt forecasts stronger economic growth
BUDGET 2016 - The government is forecasting stronger economic growth and surpluses in this year's budget. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - $40.9m more for SuperGold card off-peak travel scheme
BUDGET 2016 - $40.9m more for SuperGold card off-peak travel scheme [more]

Hesson concedes there was some pressure to stay
The re-appointed Black Caps coach Mike Hesson concedes he did feel some pressure to stay on given the changes the side has been through recently. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - Whanau Ora to receive $40 million in extra funding
BUDGET 2016 - Whanau Ora to receive $40 million in extra funding [more]

Budget 2016: What you need to know
BUDGET 2016 - The Finance Minister has revealed this year's Budget - here's what you need to know. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - Economy forecast to grow at an average 2.8 percent over the next five years
BUDGET 2016 - Economy forecast to grow at an average 2.8 percent over the next five years [more]

Budget promises funding for nine new schools
BUDGET 2016 - The Budget featured a mixture of spending on education pressure points such as school property and special education and relief for tertiary institutions. [more]

BUDGET 2016 - Unemployment is forecast to fall gradually to 4.6 percent by 2020
BUDGET 2016 - Unemployment is forecast to fall gradually to 4.6 percent by 2020 [more]

BUDGET 2016 - Corrections receives $356 million extra funding
BUDGET 2016 - Corrections receives $356 million extra funding [more]

BUDGET 2016 - $8.8 million for electronic monitoring of highest risk offenders
BUDGET 2016 - $8.8 million for electronic monitoring of highest risk offenders [more]

The Budget blow-by-blow
BUDGET 2016 - Look back on our LIVE coverage of Finance Minister Bill English's 8th Budget, with Chris Bramwell in the House and Michelle Cooke in our newsroom. [more]

Māori language gets $34.6m cash injection
BUDGET 2016 - The revival of the Māori language has been given a cash injection of $34.6 million. [more]

Tahiti's Fritch wants to attend UN General Assembly
The French Polynesian president Edouard Fritch says he would like to attend the October session of the UN General Assembly when decolonisation issues will be discussed. [more]

ACP group to converge on PNG
Leaders attending next week's Port Moresby summit of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific group are to consider a review of the organisation's relevance. [more]

Budget focuses on housing, families
BUDGET 2016 - This year's budget earmarks $300m to ease the pressure on the Auckland housing market. [more]

LeBron leads Cavs to game five win
LeBron James led the Cavaliers as the dismantled the Toronto Raptors 116-78 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. [more]

NZ female mechanic to make 'herstory' in Supercars
Two female mechanics are set to make Supercar history by taking control of pit lane for Erebus Motorsport driver Aaren Russell. [more]

Remains found on Timaru beach
More human remains have been found on a Timaru beach, after a member of the public discovered a bone washed up there yesterday. A police spokesperson said search teams found... [more]

UPNG trying to salvage semester
The University of Papua New Guinea is trying to secure additional funding in order to reincorporate the suspended first semester into an extended academic year. [more]

Melanesian Free Trade Agreement to start in 2017
A Melanesian Free Trade Agreement is expected to come into force after negotiations for a new deal concluded in Vanutau this week. [more]

Deed settlement 'powerful milestone' for Wairoa iwi
Wairoa iwi have initialled their deed of settlement with the Crown, more than 30 years after they lodged claims with the Waitangi Tribunal. [more]

SPCA supports council's move to regulate cats
The SPCA strongly supports moves by the Wellington City Council to better regulate cats, it says. [more]

Millions to help mark war commemorations
New Zealand war commemorations held around the country will now get financial help. [more]

Man arrested, Parliament locked down
A man was arrested and Parliament locked down after a suspicious vehicle drove on to the forecourt. [more]

Marketing push to help revive Vanuatu's tourism industry
A tourism leader in Vanuatu says a new marketing push will help revive the industry after the twin blows of Cyclone Pam and the loss of some international flights. [more]

Hurrell signs with Gold Coast
The Gold Coast Titans have agreed to terms with former Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell on a deal for the remainder of this season and 2017. [more]

Cheika springs several suprises in Wallabies squad
The Australia rugby coach Michael Cheika has sprung several surprises in naming his initial squad for the next month's three-test series against England. [more]

Tourism boom leaves no room for film
Film industry leaders say the tourism boom is preventing some film and television productions from being made in New Zealand. [more]

Vanuatu backs China in sea border row
The Vanuatu government has issued a statement to say it endorses China's position on the disputed maritime borders in the South China Sea. [more]

Whānau Ora to get $40m over four years
Whānau Ora is getting new funding of $40 million over four years. Together with $11.38m announced earlier this month, that will lift the social agency's annual operating budget to $72m... [more]

Opposition parties attack Budget 2016
BUDGET 2016 - The budget has failed New Zealanders and does nothing to address the issues Kiwis are facing, opposition parties say. [more]

Principals and teachers disappointed by budget
The Budget was disappointing and lack-lustre for schools, say groups representing principals and teachers, while a major early childhood group says it's a slap in the face. [more]

Media heavyweights plan quality news site
Top former news editors Mark Jennings and Tim Murphy want to strike out on their own and start their own news site. [more]

Northlanders urged to immunise against measles
Northland immunisation levels are still too low to stop the spread of measles, warn health officials. [more]

$5k to shift from Auckland - but what about a job?
A $5000 grant is being offered to people to leave Auckland - but what's waiting for them when they arrive in their new, regional home? [more]

More charges laid over abuse of bobby calves
More charges have been laid over the abuse of bobby calves in Waikato as seen on video circulated last year. [more]

Vaccine or mask policy gets go-ahead
Visitors to Waikato hospitals will be required to wear a face mask during the flu season, if they have not had the influenza vaccine. [more]

Council backs residents over quarry depths
Canterbury's regional council ECAN is opposing plans by eight companies to expand their gravel quarrying operations near Christchurch. [more]

Second peer review terms approved over sea level rise report
A controversial report which said 18,000 coastal properties are at risk of sea level rise has had terms approved for a second peer review after opposition from residents. Christchurch City... [more]

Debris discovered in search for missing MH370
Three newly found pieces of debris are "of interest" in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister says. [more]

70 NZ soldiers return home from training Iraqi security forces
About 70 New Zealand soldiers who went to the Middle East to help train Iraqi security forces have returned home. The soldiers formed part of a second rotation deployed to... [more]

4.3 magnitude quake strikes Marlborough
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has been recorded in Marlborough, 30 kilometres east of Seddon. GeoNet says the quake struck at 7.21pm and was 24 kilometres deep. [more]

Budget's housing solutions a 'band-aid'
BUDGET 2016 - Budget announcements aiming to remedy Auckland's housing crisis are just "band-aids", one lobby group says. [more]

Fonterra forecasts prices will improve
Fonterra is taking a conservative approach to next season's payout, but is expecting prices to improve, the co-operative's chairman John Wilson says. [more]

Person dies after being hit by train
Trains in the Hutt Valley have been cancelled after a person was killed by a train in Lower Hutt. Police say they're currently at the scene at Manor Park, with... [more]

Police looking for missing Wellington woman
Police in Wellington say although people may have been in contact with a young woman reported missing by her parents, they need to speak to her themselves. [more]

BREAKING: Man arrested over Renee Duckmanton murder
BREAKING: Man arrested over Renee Duckmanton murder [more]