Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 14th July 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, Tagata o te Moana, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

At The Movies

At The Movies - BFG Review
Steven Spielberg's first full-on fairy tale, based on a book by Roald Dahl, and starring Spielberg favourite Mark Rylance. [more]

At The Movies - Sing Street review
Following the interview with director John Carney a few weeks ago, we look at Eighties school-band movie itself. [more]

At The Movies - NZ International Film Festival
The unruly side-bars to the Festival proper - Animation and Incredibly Strange - are unveiled by curators Malcolm Turner and Ant Timpson. [more]

At The Movies 647
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at The BFG, based on the Roald Dahl children's favourite and directed by Steven Spielberg… and Sing Street, set in a Dublin boys school in the early Eighties. He also talks animation and Incredibly Strange movies with the Film Festival's Malcolm Turner and Ant Timpson. [more]

Business News

Goodman Property sells Auckland office buildings
The industrial property developer, Goodman Property Trust, says it's made a deal to sell three Auckland office properties for 206 million dollars. [more]

Commerce Commission aims Vodafone/Sky decision by November
The Commerce Commission says it's aiming to make a decision on the proposed merger between Vodafone and Sky Television, by early November. [more]

Manufacturing activity holds up
Activity in the manufacturing sector is holding up, with a strong run on new orders. [more]

Shareholders oppose plan to change handling of market notices
A proposal to change the way the stock exchange flags price sensitive notices to the market isn't sitting well with the Shareholders Association, concerned it will disadvantage small companies and retail shareholders. [more]

NZX welcomes proposed changes to financial advisor rules
The head of the stock exchange company NZX says planned changes to the rules covering financial advisors should prove a plus for small investors. [more]

Midday Markets for 14 July 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by James Grigor Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Evening Business for 14 July 2016
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 15 July 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Bank of England surprises with rate hold
The Bank of England has surprised overnight by opting to hold interest rates steady although it siognalled a rate cut could be as close as three weeks away. [more]

Reserve Bank to provide brief economic assessment next week
Expectations have been raised that the Reserve Bank will cut rates next month after the bank said it will issue an economic update next week. [more]

Economy flagging growth towards four percent
A slew of economic news shows the economy is picking up pace, and has one analyst suggesting growth of between three and four percent in the coming year. [more]

NZ company chooses overseas market over NZX
A Christchurch agricultural firm is focused on an Australian Stock Exchange listing after raising over half a million dollars through crowd funding.. [more]

FMA says deadline looming for the licencing of fund managers
The Financial Markets Authority is reminding funds managers to apply for their new licence before the end of August, if they want to operate when new rules come into affect on December 1st. [more]

Morning markets for 15 July 2016
The Dow Jones is touching a record high, up 0.6 percent or 139points to 18513. [more]

Markets Update for 15 July 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 14th July 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. It begins 5 minutes in. [more]

Rotorua man hospitalised after being shot by police
A man is in a serious condition after being shot by the police in Rotorua - the second police shooting in less than 48 hours. [more]

Quitline charity under legal spotlight
The Government has called in lawyers for advice over a charity that is holding onto millions of dollars in public funds and continued paying its trustees several months after it stopped operating. [more]

Akld families under pressure in house-hunt
In Auckland, young families searching for affordable housing in special housing areas say it's proving Mission Impossible. [more]

What is Hobsonville Point's affordable housing?
In Auckland, young families searching for affordable housing in special housing areas say it's proving Mission Impossible. [more]

Live from Rotorua Police news conference
We go back to the Rotorua Police station now where a police conference has just begun following the the shooting of a man near a shopping centre earlier today. [more]

Large fire in central Christchurch
Our reporter Conan Young joins us from Christchurch. [more]

Theresa May appoints new cabinet in first day as PM
New British Prime Minister Theresa May has just spent her first night at number 10 Downing Street after a day in which she picked her new Cabinet. [more]

Grey Power internal stoush over cannabis
Grey Power members wanting to plant marijuana between their broccoli and oregano are standing firm in the face of mounting opposition from within their own organisation. [more]

Derelict HNZ properties a magnet for crime
Residents of a New Plymouth suburb filled with dozens of derelict Housing New Zealand properties say they feel increasingly unsafe in their own homes. [more]

Horton Media opposes Fairfaz-NZME merger
The Commerce Commission has many of the submssions they've received on the NZME-Fairfax merger public, including one from Horton Media - related to the family who owned the NZ Herald. [more]

Pokemon fan quits job to catch virtual monsters
A 24-year-old Aucklander hooked on Pokemon Go has recently quit his job and booked twenty buses up and down the country to try to catch 'em all. [more]

Man shot by police in Rotorua in a critical condition.
The police say the man was wielding a slasher knife and heading towards a shopping centre when they fired at him on Te Ngae Road, at about one o'clock this afternoon. [more]

Christchurch school closures harmed communities
A new report has heavily criticised how the Ministry of Education handled the post-earthquake Christchurch school reshuffle nearly four years ago. [more]

AA says clamping should be banned amidst growing complaints.
The AA is calling for a ban on wheel clamping amidst growing complaints against the practice. [more]

Billy Apple exhibition opens in Christchurch
John Britten's record-setting motorbike was unveiled at the Christchurch Art Gallery today at the launch of a new exhibition by acclaimed artist Billy Apple which officially opens this weekend. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: Pacific countries alert to safety risks in Rio
Pacific countries say they have been keeping well informed about health and security concerns around the Rio Olympics. [more]

Kun trapped on Nauru due to witness role in bribery probe
The former Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun says he was prevented from leaving Nauru partly because of his role in a bribery investigation involving a government minister. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 14 July 2016
A former Nauru MP says his role in a bribery investigation led to his being kept on the island; Pacific countries are alert to the risks ahead of the Rio Olympics; PNG's opposition is confident ahead of a no confidence motion in the Prime Minister; No clear evidence of large-scale strikes in PNG; And, American Samoa can't afford to test all people with symptoms of Zika. [more]

Refugees in PNG traumatised after Port Moresby attack
Asylum seekers in the Papua New Guinea capital want to be sent back to Manus island after their motel was attacked by a group of armed men. [more]

Moves in Samoa to ease tensions between custom and law
Helping to resolve tensions between customs and law is a focal point between members of the Maori and Samoa Law Societies who recently formed a new network. [more]

Hopes US shark fin trade ban bill could help save species
A bill that would ban the trade of shark fins in the US could set an example for the whole world if it's passed. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 15 July 2016
Hopes a US shark fin ban could save the species; There are moves afoot in Samoa to ease the tension between custom and law; Refugees in PNG traumatised after Port Moresby attack; A former Nauru MP says his role in a bribery investigation led to his being kept on the island; And, Pacific countries are alert to the risks ahead of the Rio Olympics. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Part Stingray, Part Robot
It's part robot, part stingray. A bioengineered robot that mimicks the movement of a living stingray using living cells and synthetic materials.   [more]

Poet, Hera Lindsay Bird
Hera Lindsay Bird's poetry is making waves both in New Zealand and overseas. She talks about her eponymous debut collection of poetry. [more]

Favourite album
'The Black Light' by Calexico, chones by John Dean. [more]

Theatre Critic: Dione Joseph
Badjelly The Witch - at The Pumphouse, Takapuna, until 23rd July. Purapurawhetu - at The Herald Theatre until 16th July. [more]

Geoffonomics: The price of clean, green electricity
Can we have clean, green electricity without blowing the power bills? [more]

The history of New Zealand comedy
Victoria University law historian, Grant Morris looks at the beginnings of New Zealand comedy. [more]

Masterpieces with Jeff Thomson
Jeff Thomson is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded sculptors. He's exhibiting in this year's Sculpture on the Gulf, which he's been a part of since its inception. He's here for Masterpieces, to tell us about his favourite New Zealand sculpture. [more]

The Expats: Helen Simmons in Oslo
Helen Simmons has lived in the Norwegian capital for 12 years, and loves the changing seasons, but the very short winter days can take their toll. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 14 July 2016
The beneficiary debt trap, a young poet in hate, and in Dateline Pacific; island nations prepare for the rio olympics. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 July 2016
It's all change at Westminster as a new PM takes power and criticism for the post-quake reshuffle of Canterbury schools. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 July 2016
The Hurricanes flanker Ardie Savea has joined a small group of All Blacks to have committed to New Zealand rugby beyond next year's British and Irish Lions tour. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 15 July 2016
A man shot by police in Rotorua remains in a critical condition in hospital. It was the second police shooting in two days. Acting Police Commissioner Mike Clement says in both cases he's satisfied officers had no options and used excellent judgment. A commercial fisherman will be prosecuted after the deaths of 38 albatrosses. The Ministry of Primary industries says he failed to use a mandatory device to scare birds away from baited hooks. [more]

Sports News for 15 July 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

May stamps authority with British government shake up
Britain's new prime minister Theresa May has made more sweeping changes to her Cabinet lineup. For more on the latest changes we talk to our London correspondent Dan Whitehead. [more]

Maori Party in re-building phase
The Maori Party is confident it will be ready in time for next year's election, despite being in what it calls a re-building phase. Our political reporter Mei Heron has the details. [more]

Man shot by police in Rotorua in critical condition in Waikato
Man shot by police in Rotorua remains in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit. Police say they had no option but to shoot after attempts to pepper spray and taser the armed man failed. [more]

How regular Iraqi men became Islamic State militants
Two Islamic State militants have given a telling insight into why they joined the terrorist group. They told the ABC's Middle East correspondent Matt Brown their stories. [more]

Sports News for 15 July 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police say they had no choice but to shoot man on meth
A man shot by police in Rotorua remains in a critical condition in hospital. It was the second police shooting in two days. Acting Police Commissioner Mike Clement says in both cases he's satisfied officers had no options and used excellent judgment. [more]

Fisherman to be prosecuted in relation to 38 albatross deaths
A commercial fisherman will be prosecuted after the deaths of 38 albatrosses. The Ministry of Primary industries says he failed to use a mandatory device to scare birds away from baited hooks. [more]

Boris Johnson appointment receives a mixed response
There's been a mixed international reaction to Boris Johnson's appointment as Britain's foreign secretary - a former Belgian prime minister's response was to say British humour has no limits. More on this from BBC political correspondent Rob Watson. [more]

Central Chch warehouse fire to be investigated today
A fire in a derelict Christchurch warehouse, once part of entertainment hotspot Sol Square, took hours to bring under control. It will be investigated today as fire safety investigators arrive on site. [more]

Old pub to house homeless in Kaitaia
An old Kaitaia hotel has been renovated as an emergency shelter for homeless families in the Far North. He Korowai Trust has installed every service a whanau in trouble could need. Lois Williams reports. [more]

Union unhappy over MIT course shake-up
A teachers' union derides some accounting, economic and law courses at Manukau Institute of Technology as "fast food" degree papers. [more]

Council spends thousands contesting RNZ coverage
The Taranaki Regional Council spent 85 thousand dollars unsuccessfully contesting Radio New Zealand's coverage of how it deals with oil industry waste. Our reporter Benedict Collins has been covering this story and he has the details of the council's spending. [more]

NZ warned to prepare for flood of climate change refugees
The Government is being warned to prepare for an impending flood of refugees from the Pacific as low-lying atolls are swamped by sea-level rise over the coming decades. Chris Bramwell visited Kiribati recently and has been talking to worried locals. [more]

Donald Trump to name running mate
Donald Trump is poised to announced his presidential running mate. Three names are being tipped. We talk to Josh Gerstein from Politico. [more]

A new spinal chord registry is set to go live next month
A national register for people with spinal injuries is being set up and doctors expect it to help patients recover more quickly [more]

'Joyous', 'spectacular' 'really good' - first reviews of Poi E
'Joyous', 'spectacular' 'really good' - some of the first reaction to the movie about Poi E. Our reporter Mohamed Hassan talked to some happy punters after the premiere. [more]

Sports News for 15 July 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Methamphetamine use causing issues for police and health sector
Addiction experts say they're not surprised police tasers and pepper spray had no affect on an offender high on methamphetamine. [more]

Forest and Bird support MPI response to albatross deaths
Forest and Bird welcomes the prosecution of a fisherman who killed 38 albatross but says the problem is bigger than a single incident. [more]

Wellington economist thinks Govt nowhere close to finding a housing crisis solution
Morgan Foundation economist Geoff Simmons reviews a busy week of political fiddling while the Auckland housing market continues to burn. [more]

Political controversy on both sides of the Atlantic
The appointment of Boris Johnson as the UK's foreign secretary has capped a tumultuous week in British politics. And in the US, Donald Trump is continuing to cause outrage. Julia Langdon in London and Brent Budowsky in Washington compare notes on transatlantic political upheaval. [more]

ERO puts pressure on schools to improve achievement
The Education Review Office is turning up the heat on schools where children are doing badly. It's ordering them to draw up improvement plans and returning after six months to check on progress. Our education correspondent John Gerritsen has the details. [more]

Karearea scares off Canterbury University's pigeons
A native falcon that's being used to scare away pigeons at Canterbury University has managed to get rid of about half of the pests from the campus. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
It's Friday so we cross the Ditch to Canberra - where there is finally a government - to talk to our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 15 July 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 15 July 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 15 July 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

Nights

Nick Pope - Official UFO investigator
Nick Pope spent 21 years working for the British Ministry of Defence and headed their official UFO Project in the 1990s. [more]

Augmented Reality - Paul Spain
Why has Pokemon Go been so instantly successful? Technology Commentator Paul Spain explains why augmented reality's time has come. [more]

Nine To Noon

School Hack
36 Schools have had their domain names stolen and put up for sale online. Jeremey Nees from the goverment owned educational IT service N4L explains. [more]

Warning over off the shelf drug tests
The Employers and Manufacturers Association is sounding a warning about off-the-shelf drug tests being marketed to employers.... saying they need to be aware of the legal aspects of workplace drug testing and the level of evidence required to justify firing staff. [more]

What NZ can learn from Victoria, Australia's Royal Commission
Retired Supreme Court judge Marcia Neave in Victoria, Australia recently chaired that state's Royal Commission into Family Violence. Its aim was find out how to prevent family violence, improve early intervention, support victims, make perpetrators accountable and better coordinate community and government responses. [more]

Asia correspondent Charlotte Glennie
Charlotte Glennie reports from Asia on suggestions Japan's Emperor is to abdicate. [more]

Remembering when not everyone was Free to Run
Kathrine Switzer challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event in 1967. She and her New Zealand husband and fellow running pioneer Roger Robinson join Kathryn Ryan to talk about the new documentary Free to Run which traces the running movement over the past 50 years. [more]

Book review - Labour: the NZ Labour Party 1916-2016 by Peter Franks and Jim McAloon
Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd, published by Victoria University Press. [more]

Music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies risks terminal genre confusion this week as he ponders fresh releases from local hero Lawrence Arabia, Ohio art-punks Pere Ubu and Long Island hip hop trio De La Soul. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Russia looks likely to compete at the Rio Olympics, Lydia Ko's busy week and the final round of conference super rugby before the play-offs [more]

The Week That Was with James Elliott and Irene Pink
Emus and British politics [more]

Our Changing World

Exactly where is sea level? Gravity can tell us
After two years of measuring gravity from a plane, LINZ has just released a new vertical datum for New Zealand and its coastal seas. This allows the accurate measurement of sea level. [more]

Marine science round-up
A medley of marine science news including the challenges facing mussel bed restoration in the Hauraki Gulf, a multi-level habitat cascade that depends on cockles at its base, the discovery that prickly dogfish eat the eggs of other deep sea sharks, and Antarctic toothfish eggs, discovered for the first time in the Ross Sea in mid-winter. [more]

Changing times at Our Changing World
As Our Changing World is about to change to a shorter format, Veronika Meduna looks back at some of her favourite stories about science and the environment. [more]

Antipodes Island mouse eradication successfully completed
The Million Dollar Mouse project has successfully completed the mouse eradication on Antipodes Island. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 14 July 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in American Samoa. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Britten bike burnout before exhibition
Champion motorcycle racer Andrew Stroud does a burnout in front of the Christchurch Art Gallery on John Britten's famous motorbike ahead of the Billy Apple exhibition on John Britten. [more]

What is Hobsonville Point's affordable housing?: RNZ Checkpoint
Hobsonville Point has been held up as the ideal for the Governments' special housing areas - but how does it work? [more]

Horton Media opposes Fairfaz-NZME merger: RNZ Checkpoint
The Commerce Commission has many of the submssions they've received on the NZME-Fairfax merger public, including one from Horton Media - related to the family who owned the NZ Herald. [more]

Rotorua man hospitalised after being shot by police: RNZ Checkpoint
A man is in a serious condition after being shot by the police in Rotorua - the second police shooting in less than 48 hours. [more]

Pokemon fan quits job to catch virtual monsters: RNZ Checkpoint
A 24-year-old Aucklander hooked on Pokemon Go has recently quit his job and booked twenty buses up and down the country to try to catch 'em all. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 14 July 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]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 14 July 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 15 July 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Tagata o te Moana

Tagata o te Moana for 16 July 2016
West Papua's quest for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has been dealt a setback of sorts by the group's leaders; Roland Kun trapped on Nauru due to witness role in bribery probe; Hopes US shark fin trade ban bill could help save species; Bougainville MPs to meet over Rio Tinto move; Harvest not yet optimal in PNG; More trained journalists and educators needed in Pacific; Cooperative launched for Pacific storytellers; Sport: Pacific countries alert to safety risks in Rio. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Maori get chance to learn from Silicon Valley innovators
A group of young Maori will be getting a peek into just what the future could hold for them when they head to Silicon Valley in San Francisco this weekend. The 26 Taranaki students will visit Google and Stanford University with the aim to help them see the digital possibilities in their careers. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 14 July 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Finlay MacDonald and Michael Deaker (Part 1)
What the Panelists Finlay MacDonald and Michael Deaker have been up to. Dr Tim Malloy of the Royal College of General Practitioners talks about attracting doctors to small towns. The Dunedin Council isn't keen on making a Warrant of Fitness for rental properties mandatory. The Christchurch City Council is going to crack down on shipping containers and other structures being used as homes. [more]

The Panel with Finlay MacDonald and Michael Deaker (Part 2)
Fatal falls from a great height or drowning are the the main causes of selfie-related deaths. What the Panelists Finlay MacDonald and Michael Deaker have been thinking about. The AAs Mark Stockdale talks wheel clamping and why he wants to see an end it it. Will Boris Johnson find the diplomat in him as British Foreign Secretary? Donald Trump's becoming evermore relient on a smaller group of white voters for the 2016 US Presidential election. Actress Jennifer Aniston has spoken out for the first time about being the constant fodder of the gossip media. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Finlay MacDonald and Michael Deaker have been up to. [more]

Lack of community GPs critical
Dr Tim Malloy of the Royal College of General Practitioners talks about attracting doctors to small towns. [more]

Rental WOFs
The Dunedin Council isn't keen on making a Warrant of Fitness for rental properties mandatory. [more]

Crack down on container homes
The Christchurch City Council is going to crack down on shipping containers and other structures being used as homes. [more]

Selfie-related calamities
Fatal falls from a great height or drowning are the the main causes of selfie-related deaths. [more]

Panel says
What the Panelists Finlay MacDonald and Michael Deaker have been thinking about. [more]

AA calls for wheel clamping ban
The AAs Mark Stockdale talks wheel clamping and why he wants to see an end it it. [more]

Boris Johnson as UK Foreign Secretary
Will Boris Johnson find the diplomat in him as British Foreign Secretary? [more]

Donald Trump and the white vote
Donald Trump's becoming evermore relient on a smaller group of white voters for the 2016 US Presidential election. [more]

Jennifer Aniston adresses gossip
Actress Jennifer Aniston has spoken out for the first time about being the constant fodder of the gossip media. [more]

The Wireless

Interview: Hera Lindsay Bird
The poet talks love, oversharing, and getting to the bottom of your shit. [more]

Accepting my asexuality
I would like a loving, romantic relationship – but I don’t want a sex life. [more]

One Love Festival 2017: First line-up announced
Summer is coming. [more]

Upbeat

The things we do for love
Coming home from the UK for his first performance in Verdi's La Traviata, is baritone Phillip Rhodes. He's had a hectic twelve months since last year's star turn as Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca for New Zealand Opera and now has to age up to play the older Germont opposite Madeleine Pierard as Violetta. New Zealand Opera's La Traviata opens in Christchurch tonight. [more]

Curious Thinkers
Susan Haldane has developed a course for parents, teachers, and others who interact with teenagers who think differently. Her workshop series, Mind Over Manner, is designed to teach strategies to cope with the stressful situations that can develop interacting with young people with learning difficulties caused by Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, or OCD. Curious Thinkers is a workshop she runs next month in collaboration with Auckland Theatre Company's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. [more]

A choral collaboration
A new collaboration between the Hamilton Civic Choir and the University of Waikato School of Music is allowing young voices to soar. Students of Dame Malvina Major's vocal program gain experience performing with the choir and orchestra, and in turn the choir and musicians benefit from working with top soloists. Sally Rosenberg explains more. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 14 July 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 14 July 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 14 July 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 15 July 2016
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports news. [more]

6am World,Pacific and Sports News for 15 July 2016
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

7am World,Pacific and Sports News for 15 July 2016
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

8am World,Pacific and Sports News for 15 July 2016
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

9am World,Pacific and Sports News for 15 July 2016
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

10am World,Pacific and Sports News for 15 July 2016
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

News stories:

Data use doubles as Kiwis spend more time online
New Zealanders' appetite for the internet is growing in leaps and bounds, with customers doubling their data usage with Chorus since last year. [more]

Council to look at affordable housing buyer guide
Auckland Council will look at setting up a help guide for first home buyers trying to find affordable housing. [more]

NSW avoid Origin whitewash
New South Wales has pipped Queensland at the death to avoid a State of Origin series whitewash with centre Michael Jennings scoring a last gasp try to seal an 18-14 victory. [more]

Privacy row over FBI iris scan 'trial'
The FBI has collected nearly 430,000 iris scans over the past three years, an investigation by a technology website has revealed. [more]

A right royal aquaculture occasion
A scampi named after the Duchess of Cornwall has celebrated its first birthday and a significant milestone for New Zealand's aquaculture industry. [more]

Dallas Cowboys top Forbes' list
The Dallas Cowboys have unseated Spanish football club Real Madrid for top spot on the Forbes list of the world's 50 most valuable sports teams. [more]

Weightlifter must return Olympic bronze
Ukrainian weightlifter Yulia Kalina has been stripped of the bronze medal she won at the 2012 London Olympics after a re-analysis of her samples from the time tested positive for a steroid. [more]

By-election on Tonga's Vava'u today
Nearly 2,800 voters have the opportunity to vote in a by-election in Tonga today. [more]

Call for police cameras after shooting
A criminal barrister is calling for police to wear body cameras after the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old Hamilton man by officers. [more]

NZ rider crashes as Froome retains lead
New Zealand cyclist George Bennett suffered a nasty fall during the 11th stage of the Tour de France, as British cyclist Chris Froome extended his overall lead. [more]

Hawaiian Air passenger arrested after bite
A passenger on board an Hawaiian Air flight from Pago Pago to Honolulu was this week taken into custody on landing. [more]

Out-going PNA chair calls for cooperation
The outgoing director of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement says Pacific countries should work with each other to take control of the ocean's resources. [more]

Claim of cover-up in NZ detainee's death
The mother of a New Zealander who died in immigration detention in Australia believes authorities are covering up what she maintains was a violent death. [more]

May names Johnson Foreign Minister
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May has been officially appointed by the Queen and has named Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson as Foreign Minister. [more]

Sport: Pacific Oceania beat Turkmenistan in Davis Cup
Pacific Oceania have beaten Turkmenistan to get their Davis Cup tennis campaign back on track. [more]

Mother and children rescued from mountain
A family of four have been rescued from Mt Pirongia in Waikato. [more]

Pacific media issues under the spotlight
Media and journalism standards will be addressed at a global journalism conference in New Zealand. [more]

IS confirms key commander Omar Shishani dead
A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State has confirmed the death of key leader Omar Shishani, who the US said it killed in March. [more]

Sogavare takes over chair of PIDF
The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare has taken over as chairperson of the Pacific Islands Development Forum. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Andrew Little on flight hit by lightning. Air NZ plane has now landed safely in Auckland
BREAKING NEWS - Andrew Little on flight hit by lightning. Air NZ plane has now landed safely in Auckland [more]

Savea to stay in black
All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea has signed a new two-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes. [more]

Former Wallabies captain dies
The former Wallabies captain Peter Johnson has died. [more]

A song, a legend and now a film
A film about the iconic 1984 song Poi E premieres in Auckland tonight. [more]

VP speculation grows as Trump meets Pence
Donald Trump has met Indiana governor Mike Pence as speculation grows that he could be his vice-presidential pick. [more]

Ex-Pitcairn mayor loses child sex image appeal
The former mayor of Pitcairn Island has lost his appeal against convictions for downloading more than 1000 child sex images and videos. [more]

Plans for remote Aboriginal communities revealed
The Western Australia government has laid out its plans for Aboriginal communities four years after widespread protests over their fate. [more]

American Samoa hospital funds used elsewhere - candidate
A candidate for governor says problems at LBJ hospital are plagued by the government sitting on its funds. [more]

Italy train crash probe looks at human error
The investigation into a head-on train crash in Italy that killed 27 people is focusing on outdated alert systems and human error. [more]

West could benefit from Pacific health strategies
A New Zealand health academic says Western countries can learn a lot from the way Pacific communities approach health issues. [more]

Kun keen to be witness in Nauru bribery probe
Former Nauru MP Roland Kun says he is still willing to help an investigation into alleged bribery. [more]

Praying away climate change
An environmental campaign wants people to raise awareness by praying against climate change. [more]

Little on Air NZ plane hit by lightning
Labour Party leader Andrew Little was on a flight hit by lightning that has now landed safely in Auckland. [more]

AB games boost 'adult entertainment' spend
People spend as much as 20 percent more on jewellery, flowers and adult entertainment when the All Blacks play, new figures show. [more]

New Black Cap enjoying his induction
The sole newcomer in the Black Caps squad is coping much better with his induction into the team than he did with his initial arrival in New Zealand 12 years ago. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Police shoot man in Rotorua
BREAKING NEWS - Police shoot man in Rotorua [more]

PNG Opposition confident it has support to topple PM
MP Sam Basil says a no confidence motion in the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will be successful despite not knowing whether his bloc has the numbers. [more]

Man on the run for week faces court
A Taranaki man described by police as "armed and dangerous" will appear in court today after handing himself in. [more]

Construction boom fuels growing economy
The housing market boom is continuing to underpin growth in the manufacturing sector and rising job ads. [more]

Thunder, lightning in the southwest
There is a risk of severe thunderstorms, with wind gusts over 110km/h and possibly a small tornado in Westland, Buller and Fiordland, MetService has warned. [more]

Nauru government criticises media
The Nauru government has again hit out at overseas media saying they are spreading lies about Nauru. [more]

PNG opposition pursues PM's ousting
The opposition says next year's election will be too late to try and push out the Prime Minister. [more]

Manufacturing stays in positive territory
Activity in the manufacturing sector is holding up, with a strong run on new orders. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Man shot by police in Rotorua is in hospital in a serious condition
BREAKING NEWS - Man shot by police in Rotorua is in hospital in a serious condition [more]

Truck drives off ferry and into teen
A teenager is in a hospital after a truck drove off a ferry on Waiheke Island and clipped him. [more]

Guam calls on China to respect South China Sea ruling
Guam's Delegate to the US Congress has called on China to respect a ruling in favour of the Philippines over the disputed waters of the South China Sea. [more]

Big money golfers won't play for glory
Opinion - The mass defection of male golfers ahead of the Olympic Games does not reflect well on them, writes Joseph Romanos. [more]

Police still looking for Bay of Plenty woman
A child has been found safe after going missing with a 47-year-old woman and another child in Bay of Plenty. [more]

Decision looms on West Papua's MSG bid
The leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group are expected to announce whether or not West Papua will gain full membership this afternoon. [more]

Bougainville MPs to gather over Rio Tinto exit
A special meeting of parliament will take place next week to discuss Rio Tinto's controversial decision affecting the key Panguna mine. [more]

Parliamentary campaigner speaks out in Tonga
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association says there can be no democracy if citizens' voices aren't heard. [more]

New PNG taskforce to protect national security
A National Joint Security Taskforce has been set up in Papua New Guinea to investigate threats against the State. [more]

Nauru result distorted by housing "slush fund" -Kun
Former Nauru MP Roland Kun says the recent Nauru election result was distorted by a housing "slush fund". [more]

ROTORUA LATEST: Officers used pepper spray and Taser before firing at man armed with slasher - police
ROTORUA LATEST: Officers used pepper spray and Taser before firing at man armed with slasher - police [more]

Quake-hit school closures 'created trauma'
A new report has heavily criticised the way in which the Ministry of Education handled the post-earthquake Christchurch school reshuffle in 2012. [more]

Skiers hit slopes after heavy snowfalls
The winter storm that swept over the country in the last 24 hours has brought relief to ski field operators. [more]

Spending eases back to average
Consumer confidence has remained upbeat but restrained amid a buoyant labour market and rising house prices. [more]

Our website is changing
Next week this website is going to change. Why? RNZ Head of Digital Glen Scanlon explains the exciting changes coming to rnz.co.nz. [more]

Vanuatu to start police commissioner search again
The search for a new police commander in Vanuatu has been delayed for at least another month. [more]

Solomons to soon have special economic zones
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says his government will soon put in place legislation to guide the establishment of Special Economic Zones. [more]

Ten people escape burning house in Auckland
Eight children and two adults have escaped from a large house fire in South Auckland unharmed. [more]

Banks' $190,000 legal costs claim dismissed
Former ACT Party leader John Banks, who was last year acquitted of filing a false election return, has had his legal costs application dismissed. [more]

Exhibition inspired by 'great Britten'
Petrol heads and art lovers alike gathered to watch a world champion motorcyclist complete a burnout on John Britten's legendary V1000 motorcycle. [more]

Grey Power sees red over green dream
A Grey Power chapter wanting to plant marijuana between its broccoli and oregano is standing firm in the face of opposition within its own organisation. [more]

AA wants wheel clamping banned
The Automobile Association is calling for a ban on wheel clamping amid growing complaints against the practice. [more]

Govt calls lawyers over 'quit' charity
Officials are seeking legal advice over an anti-smoking charity that is holding on to millions in public funds several months after it stopped operating. [more]

Hunting for an 'affordable' Auckland home
An Auckland mother says she has given up trying to buy a home in the city, despite increasing her budget from $550,000 to $750,000. [more]

No job but plenty of Pokemon
A 24-year-old Aucklander hooked on Pokemon Go has quit his job and booked 20 buses up and down the country to try to catch 'em all. [more]

'It was a good area once and could be again'
Residents of a New Plymouth suburb filled with dozens of derelict Housing New Zealand properties say they feel increasingly unsafe in their own homes. [more]

Undersea mining investigation planned in Wallis and Futuna
The French Government says an exploration and educational mission is being sent to Wallis and Futuna to assess undersea mineral wealth. [more]

Flights cancelled out of Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea's state owned airline Air Niugini suffered disruptions to services in Port Moresby yesterday, as the company offered assurances its flights were not being affected by strike action. [more]

China looks into deep sea mining in PNG waters
The Chinese deep-sea explorer ship, Zhang Jian, has set sail from Shanghai to the New Britain Trench in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Taser used before shooting, police say
Police tasered and pepper-sprayed a man wielding a slasher in Rotorua before they shot and critically injured him. [more]

Large fire in Christchurch CBD under control
A fire that broke out in an abandoned building in the centre of Christchurch late this afternoon has been brought under control. [more]