Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th July 2016

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This page features: At The Movies, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, 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, Radio NZ National Music, Rural News, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

At The Movies

At The Movies for 28 July 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the 13th Star Trek movie, Star Trek beyond, and a film called Demolition, in which Jake Gyllenhaal has to break up his life to put it back together again. He also talks to Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, whose film Rams was a big winner at the Cannes Film Festival last year. [more]

Star Trek Beyond Review
The latest in the franchise, with Fast and furious director Justin Lin taking over from J J Abrams. Written by co-star Simon Pegg. [more]

Demolition Review
An independent American film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, and directed by Jean-Marc (Dallas Buyers Club) Vallee. [more]

Interview Rams Director Grimur Hakonarson
An extended interview with Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, whose film won the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival last year. [more]

Business News

FMA issues code of conduct for finance companies
Financial services companies are being helped to improve their standards of behaviour and treatment of customers in a proposed Good Conduct guide from the Financial Markets Authority. [more]

Dollar holds after Fed keeps rates steady
The New Zealand dollar has held its recent gains despite signs the United States will likely raise interest rates at the end of the year. [more]

Russell Investments sees good returns in emerging markets
The financial services firm, Russell Investments, says Asia offers some good returns for long-term savers, but warns that an emerging market portfolio requires careful management. [more]

Midday Markets for 28 July 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

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

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

Mainfreight resists pressure to change board, auditors
The board of the transport company, Mainfreight, is resisting pressure by institutional investors to introduce fresh blood around the table and replace their long-serving auditors with someone new. [more]

FMA says finance sector behaviour needs to improve
Behaviour and attitudes among finance companies and the people who work for them need to improve according to the Financial Markets Authority. [more]

Macpac says new owner a good fit as growth plans take-off
The outdoor clothing and goods retailer, Macpac, says it's poised for growth after it was taken over by an Australian private equity firm, late last year. [more]

Interest in possum sector turns into family run business
Basically Bush, which collects fur for possum-merino yarn as well as selling retail items, was first established by husband and wife Sue and Steve Boot in 1998. [more]

Markets
Wall Street is mixed after a weaker results from the car-maker Ford - it has reported fewer sales in China. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 28 July 2016
Watch Thursday's full show here. [more]

Twelve sign up for govt relocation offer
A total of 12 people have been paid out a government grant to move from Auckland to regional towns including Tawa and Invercargill. [more]

Tweets cause employment row
The Meatworkers' Union and Talley's-owned meat processing company AFFCO are caught up in a stoush over the Union's tweets, which AFFCO says are untruthful, derogatory and breach the duty of good faith. [more]

Pharmac announces funding for chickenpox, HPV vaccines
Chicken pox and HPV may become things of the past after New Zealand's drug buyer Pharmac announced further funding today for vaccines to prevent them. [more]

Auckland councillors try to exclude Maori members
As Auckland's councillors assess their response to the Unitary Plan, a group has failed in its bid to exclude Maori representatives from the final debate. [more]

Home ownership out of sight for working poor
The voices of young, poor people are often missing from debates on housing supply and demand, with no obvious lobby group to speak for them. John Campbell went to Manukau to investigate. [more]

Man sentenced for mistreating bobby calves
A Waikato man has been given ten months' home detention and 200 hours' community work for wilfully and recklessly mistreating bobby calves at a pet food plant in Te Kauwhata last August. [more]

Charity under pressure to provide hygiene kits
Children's charity Kidscan says low-decile schools are increasingly asking them to provide hygiene packs for students whose parents are unable to afford deodorant, soap and toothbrushes. [more]

Hollande attends mass for murdered priest
French President Francois Hollande joined hundreds at a mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral to honour the 85-year-old priest killed in a knife attack by terrorists earlier this week. [more]

Tongan PM promises action on passports
Controversy over the sale of thousands of Tongan passports has dominated the first day of Tongan PM 'Akilisi Pohiva's visit to New Zealand. [more]

National kapa haka festival in 16th year
The national secondary schools' Kapa Haka festival is underway in Hawke's Bay this week, with hundreds of students taking part. [more]

David Jones opens in Wellington
Hoards of people queued for hours on Wellington's Lambton Quay this morning, desperate to get inside the new David Jones department store. [more]

Crackdown on freedom camping in Christchurch
Christchurch councillors today voted to permanently ban freedom campers travelling without toilets on board. [more]

Blackadder signs with English club Bath
Outgoing Crusaders rugby coach Todd Blackadder is heading to England having signed a three year deal with club side Bath. [more]

Prisoner advocates unhappy with Parole Board slip-up
After the Parole Board sent a prisoner's private information to the wrong victim, prison reform proponents have spoken out in support of prisoners' rights. [more]

Smith shows off Auckland SHAs
Minister of Housing and Building Nick Smith took John Campbell on a tour around Grey Lynn, Three Kings' Quarry and Weymouth ahead of the Unitary Plan announcement. [more]

Will Rio be free of dopers?
The New Zealand men's rowing four will not compete at the Rio Olympics after Russia confirmed it would put together a crew for the event. [more]

NZ audiences still favour TV, radio
This year's NZ on Air survey has shown TV and radio are still the nation's favourite form of media, despite the rapid rise in popularity of online platforms. [more]

Mini-housing building boom in Niue
An increase in tourism to the island of Niue has prompted the need for many new houses - though a broken supply ship has caused hiccups in the building process. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Building boom in Niue
Tourists and expats returning to Niue have prompted a mini housing boom on the island. [more]

Samoan family wants resolution of 13 old year legal battle
A Samoan New Zealand family is demanding that a decision be made on a land transfer that went to court in Apia 13 years ago. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 28 July 2016
A Samoan family seeks a resolution to its 13 old year legal battle; Niue experiences a mini building boom; the Solomons police chief explains plans for co-operating with other forces in the region; the Marshall Islands Foreign Minister responds to US criticism on its handling of human trafficking. [more]

Tonga struggling to rein in corruption, convert aid to projects
The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has welcomed his Tongan counterpart in Auckland, on a first diplomatic visit, with both leaders dealing with concerns over the sale of Tongan passports. [more]

Samoa MP condemns govt support for cigarette factory
One of the three opposition MPs in Samoa is condemning the government's support for a planned cigarette factory in Apia. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 29 July 2016
Tonga struggling to rein in corruption, convert aid into projects; Samoa opposition MP condemns govt support for cigarette factory; Five female Pasifika doctors to be honoured; A Samoan family seeks a resolution to its 13 old year legal battle; Niue experiences a mini building boom. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 29 July 2016
The Rio Olympics takes up the bulk of Extra Time this week... on the eve of the games we discuss the future of the Olympics, while the fall out of Russian doping continues to do its best to take the shine of the event, we'll also hear about how one of our rowing crews came close to getting to Rio. It's Super Rugby semi-finals time and we'll also hear from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on his contract extension and we hear from outgoing Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

The War For Auckland
The Spinoff is at war. For Auckland. [more]

A Whale of a Mystery
A mysterious new breed of whale has been discovered, after washing up on an Alaskan shore. A whale corpse, more than seven metres-long, was discovered in 2014 and has helped researchers identify the new species. It's believed the species lives in the in the Bering Sea between Japan and Alaska. Phillip Morin, is a molecular geneticist, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. [more]

From Puppet shows to film costumes
Young Gisborne woman, Brighde Penn has been sewing for as long as she can remember. As a child she would make dresses and puppets for her own puppet shows. After training as a costume maker at Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama school, she is now heading to Britain to do a masters in costume design at the prestigious Royal Welsh College of music and drama. [more]

Favourite album:
They Might be Giants - 'Here comes Science', chosen by Karen Monks. [more]

Theatre Critic
Dione Joseph reviews the Auckland Theatre Company's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. [more]

Geoffonomics: The Economics of Cannabis
A recent Official Information Act request revealed some back of the envelope Treasury calculations about the legalisation of marijuana. Economist Geoff Simmons asks if this something we should really be looking at or is it just smoke and mirrors? [more]

History - Rivers
We hear a lot of about rivers and water quality in the news - and its an issue that has been on the mind of our history commentator, Law Professor, Jacinta Ruru - who is the Co-Director of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga - which is NZ's Maori Centre of Research Excellence. Today she's looking at the history and laws around our rivers. [more]

Masterpieces with Mana Magazine Editor Leonie Hayden
Our guest this week is Leonie Hayden, editor of Mana magazine. She's appearing at Hamilton's Spark festival in August talking about the representation of Maori in the media. [more]

A kiwi in Abu Dhabi
Like many kiwi's who've moved overseas, Liz Jones did it in part for the money. She lives in Abu Dhabi - the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, where she works at the government University. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for Thursday 28 July 2016
Barack Obama speaks out for Hillary Clinton; an unlikely doctor; the economics of dope; and in Dateline Pacific there's info on peacekeeping in the Solomon Islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 July 2016
Pharmac funds the anti cancer vaccine Gardasil and a lobby group considers a legal challenge to Auckland's Unitary Plan. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 July 2016
The Hurricanes captain Dane Coles has been bracketed in the starting lineup for their Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Wellington on Saturday. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 29 July 2016
A 29-year-old miner has died in Waihi after the front end loader he was driving rolled last night; Rudd's bid to be world's top diplomat going off the rails; reports: Indonesia carries out executions; Chinese control of new dairy factory 'lunacy', says Peters; schools battle it out today for national kapa haka title; fears Unitary Plan won't answer affordable housing need; Teina Pora back to court to try to get inflation on payout; report says each suicide a $3.4 million cost in lost opportunity. [more]

Calls for overhaul of Reserve Bank's inflation target
The emergence of persistently low inflation has led to calls for an overhaul of the Reserve Bank's inflation target. And as Patrick O'Meara reports, some pundits say the bank's actions have done little except fuel a debt binge. [more]

Merkel - refugees welcome in Germany, despite wave of violence
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not abandon her policy of welcoming refugees, despite a spate of Islamist attacks in her country. [more]

Awaroa fundraiser says Givealittle's fee gave him 'jolt'
The man who was the face of the campaign to buy Awaroa Beach says news Givealittle is now going to charge a fee gave him "a bit of a jolt." [more]

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

Missing miner found dead at Waihi mine
A 29-year-old miner has died in Waihi after the front end loader he was driving rolled last night. Our reporter Andrew McRae is there. [more]

Rudd's bid to be world's top diplomat going off the rails
Kevin Rudd's bid to join the line up of those vying for the UN Secretary General's job is in Malcolm Turnbull's hands. He's been left to make a "captain's call" on whether to back Mr Rudd. Our correspondent Dennis Shanahan says all the signs are that Kevin Rudd won't be a rival to Helen Clark. [more]

Reports: Indonesia carries out executions
Indonesian media are reporting that executions have been carried out on the island of Nusa Kambangan. [more]

Chinese control of new dairy factory 'lunacy' says Peters
Winston Peters is warning that too many Chinese companies have controlling interests in key New Zealand infrastructure. It comes as Mataura Valley Milk announced a deal which will see them partner with the China Animal Husbandry Group to open a milk powder manufacturing plant. The Chinese state-owned-enterprise will hold a 71.8 percent controlling interest in the new factory. [more]

Nine schools battle today for national kapa haka title
Six months of training for just 30 minutes on stage. Today the top nine teams from secondary schools around the country will battle it out in the national kapa haka competition. [more]

Fears Unitary Plan won't answer affordable housing need
Community housing groups say Auckland's revised Unitary Plan may not mean more quality homes for those on low incomes. Joanna MacKenzie reports. [more]

Teina Pora back to court to try to get inflation on payout
Teina Pora is headed back to court to try to get the interest on his $2.5 million dollar payout for being wrongly locked up. [more]

Report - each suicide a $3.4 million cost in lost opportunity
New reasearch is counting not only the personal cost of suicide, but also the economic cost of each life lost. A report by the office of the Auditor General estimates the lost opportunity of each death amounts to $3.4 million. [more]

Police give more details about Waihi miner fatal accident
Police still unwilling to name the miner who died after his front-end loader rolled in an underground mine. But they have just outlined more details about the accident. [more]

Democrats accuse Trump of soliciting espionage
The Republican US presidential candidate, Donald Trump, says he was being sarcastic when he said Russia should look for thousands of e-mails his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, deleted from a private server when she was Secretary of State. [more]

Bugs, guns, sewage stand between NZ athletes, Rio success
Zika, superbugs, sewage and security concerns all stand in the way of success for New Zealand athletes at the Rio Olympics ... and that's even before they have got to the start line. Our Sports editor Stephen Hewson looks at some of the non-sporting challenges ahead for our athletes. [more]

Should the rest of NZ care about the Unitary Plan?
The economist Shamubeel Eaqub says the implementation of Auckland's new unitary plan will pay dividends for the rest of the country. [more]

Auckland's housing boom may not boom quite so much
Auckland's predicted housing boom won't be as great as previously thought. Tom Furley looks at new figures which show the estimates of the number of homes to be built in the city have been downgraded. [more]

Clinton to accept nomination as Democratic Convention wraps up
Hillary Clinton will officially accept the Democratic nomination for President as the party's national convention wraps up today. [more]

Just what do polls sometimes do to get it so very wrong
Why do polls on some of the big political decisions - be it Brexit or the rise of Donald Trump - get it wrong? We ask veteran election analyst Antony Green from the ABC. [more]

New Zealand teams square off in Super Rugby semi-final
Injuries, and returns from injury, could play a decisive role in this weekend's Super Rugby semi-finals. We talk to our sports reporter Joe Porter who has been keeping an eye on who is fit to take the field. [more]

Gore District mayor welcomes Chinese investment in the region
The Mayor of the Gore District Council is welcoming the Chinese investment that will see a $200 million dollar diary manufacturing plant in the region. [more]

Give-a-little becomes take-a-little with a new fee
Crowd-funding website Givealittle will soon charge fundraisers a 5 percent fee to help cover administrative costs. [more]

David Jones arrival challenge for local shops
The opening of Wellington's David Jones department store, yesterday, is being hailed as proof the retail sector is alive and well despite high rents and the lurking threat of the internet. Eric Frykberg reports on the hazards, and the hype, of retail. [more]

Mandatory registration for social workers on the cards
Mandatory registration for social workers seems likely from next year. Our political reporter, Demelza Leslie, explains why some are welcoming the change from the current voluntary system. [more]

Māori musicians get behind Māori Music Month
High profile Māori musicians are getting behind a new initiative - Māori Music Month. This August they'll be showcasing their talents, and mentoring young performers in Aotearoa and Australia. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
It's Friday so we cross the ditch to Canberra to talk to our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

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

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

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

Nights

The Problem with Fighting Cancer
Dr Dhruv Khullar is a resident in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital with interests in health policy, bioethics, and journalism. We'll ask him why we use metaphors when talking about disease and the issues with using of military metaphors around cancer. [more]

Central Auckland Walking Tour (Part 1)
Historian Edward Bennett takes Bryan Crump on a Auckland Heritage Tour. [more]

Nine To Noon

Are banks giving best advice on nest egg investments?
The Financial Markets Authority has put out a draft set of guidelines for the standards of good conduct from finance companies and the people who work for them. At the heart of the guidelines is a requirement to put a client's interests first. But has the FMA gone far enough? Bay of Plenty based independent financial advisor Brent Sheather says the watchdog should have the big banks in their sights. He says bank financial advisors sell only their own often high cost products which may not be anywhere near the best deal for the investor. Karen Scott-Howman is the Chief Executive of the NZ Bankers' Association. [more]

Marlborough leads on seabed protection
The Marlborough District Council has become the first in the country to include protections for important seabed habitat in its annual plan. Last year a report by marine biologist Rob Davidson found that 13 hundred hectares of biologically significant seabed in the Marlborough Sounds had been destroyed in the four previous years, more than 71 percent of the area originally surveyed. [more]

Super delegate at the Democratic National Convention
Cordelia Lewis Burks is a super delegate and the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party in Indiana. She's a 79-year-old great grandmother who has been at some of the most significant civil rights events in her lifetime, including the March on Washington and the funeral of Emmett Till. [more]

Asia Corresondent Anna Fifield
Washington Post Tokyo Bureau Chief Anna Fifield discusses an escalation in tensions between North and South Korea. [more]

Katey Forth: NASA researcher, entrepreneur & frisbee whizz
Katey Forth is a a former NASA researcher in neurophysiology who's headed out into the world of entrepreneurship. British born and educated, she was working for NASA researching the impact of space flight on astronauts when she began to think about other applications. She and a colleague developed a technology to help the elderly avoid catastrophic falls, called ishoe. Katey's also a high achiever in another way - she just represented the United States at the World Ulitmate Frisbee champs. [more]

Unity Books Review: White Sands by Geoff Dyer
Reviewed by Kiran Dass, published by Text. RRP $37. [more]

Music reviewer Grant Smithies
Long-lost American funk singer Betty Davis turned 71 this week, but it's you who gets the presents when Grant Smithies revisits her first two albums, alongside killer cuts from LA soul crew The Internet and the late, great Gil Scott-Heron. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Sport with Brendan Telfer. [more]

The Week that Was with Michele A'Court and Alice Brine
Michelle A'Court and Alice Brine on the things that made us laugh this week.   [more]

Our Changing World

Project Activate - swimming in a flume
Project Activate involved a group of 12-year-old Pacific Island students learning about healthy living and science - and it included a swim in a research flume pool. [more]

Inspired by Science
Year-6 students Ava Beens and Eilish Cassidy take part in the 2016 International Science Festival in Dunedin, and give a 2-minute speech on what inspires them about science. [more]

Rogue waves
Rogue waves are rare, massive waves and Craig Stevens explains that although 'we know one when we see one' we don't understand how they form. [more]

Predator Free NZ - ambitious and under-funded
The Government has announced ambitious plans to make New Zealand predator-free by 2050 - but how achievable is it? [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 28 July 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Mark Rabago. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Tom Odell - Magnetised
Tom Odell performs 'Magnetised', in session at RNZ for Music 101. Audio - Andre Upston Video - Zac Arnold [more]

Smith shows off Auckland SHAs
Minister of Housing and Building Nick Smith took John Campbell on a tour around Grey Lynn, Three Kings' Quarry and Weymouth ahead of the Unitary Plan announcement. [more]

Twelve sign up for government relocation offer: RNZ Checkpoint
A total of 12 people have been paid out a government grant to move from Auckland to regional towns including Tawa and Invercargill. [more]

Evening business for 28 July 2016: RNZ Checkpoint
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Man sentenced for mistreating bobby calves: RNZ Checkpoint
A Waikato man has been given ten months' home detention and 200 hours' community work for wilfully and recklessly mistreating bobby calves at a pet food plant in Te Kauwhata last August. [more]

Charity under pressure to provide hygiene kits: RNZ Checkpoint
Children's charity Kidscan says low-decile schools are increasingly asking them to provide hygiene packs for students whose parents are unable to afford deodorant, soap and toothbrushes. [more]

Hollande attends mass for murdered priest: RNZ Checkpoint
French President Francois Hollande joined hundreds at a mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral to honour the 85-year-old priest killed in a knife attack by terrorists earlier this week. [more]

David Jones opens in Wellington: RNZ Checkpoint
Hoards of people queued for hours on Wellington's Lambton Quay this morning, desperate to get inside the new David Jones department store. [more]

Crackdown on freedom camping in Christchurch: RNZ Checkpoint
Christchurch councillors today voted to permanently ban freedom campers travelling without toilets on board. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 28th 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]

The Mixtape with John Campbell
A taste of John Campbell's mixtape selections for RNZ Music's 'The Mixtape'. [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Tom Odell in Session
Tom Odell performs 'Magnetised' and 'Concrete' live in session. [more]

Rural News

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

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

The Panel

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

The Panel with Lavina Good and Peter Elliott (Part 1)
What the Panelists Lavina Good and Peter Elliott have been up to. Will the Ministry of Vulnerable Children just be CFY under a different name? Should Teina Pora's compensation for wrongful imprisonment be inflation adjusted? The CEO of the Council for Infrastructure Development Stephen Selwood talks about the Auckland Unitary plan and what it will do for traffic. [more]

The Panel with Lavina Good and Peter Elliott (Part 2)
A bouncy castle has been set up at the US Democrats' National Convention to bring awareness to world poverty. What the Panelists Lavina Good and Peter Elliott have been thinking about. Outgoing US president Barack Obama has taken several swings at the Republican candidate Donald Trump. Employment lawyer Steph Dhyrberg discusses Rene Ranger's drink drive case and what Brendan McCullum can and can't say about Chris Cairns. Rio has been dogged by bad publicity, environental and crime problems around the Olympics. Is it time to flag it? [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Lavina Good and Peter Elliott have been up to. [more]

A new government department replacing CYF
Will the Ministry of Vulnerable Children just be CFY under a different name? [more]

Teina Pora's compensation
Should Teina Pora's compensation for wrongful imprisonment be inflation adjusted? [more]

Unitary plan and traffic
The CEO of the Council for Infrastructure Development Stephen Selwood talks about the Auckland Unitary plan and what it will do for traffic. [more]

Bono's bouncy castle for poverty
A bouncy castle has been set up at the US Democrats' National Convention to bring awareness to world poverty. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Lavina Good and Peter Elliott have been thinking about. [more]

Obama disses The Donald
Outgoing US president Barack Obama has taken several swings at the Republican candidate Donald Trump [more]

Some legal insights on Rene Ranger and Brendan McCullum
Employment lawyer Steph Dhyrberg discusses Rene Ranger's drink drive case and what Brendan McCullum can and can't say about Chris Cairns. [more]

Is this the last Olympics?
Rio has been dogged by bad publicity, environental and crime problems around the Olympics. Is it time to flag it? [more]

The Wireless

Premiere: Hear the new EP from The Strowlini Orchestra
Allow us to introduce you to The Strowlini Orchestra, the latest project from Wellington producer Pat Stewart. [more]

Personal Shopper doesn't deserve your applause
NZIFF's Personal Shopper has all the hallmarks of a terrible film, writes Katie Parker. [more]

Upbeat

Deep listening with sound artists
Gerry Hemingway and Sarah Weaver are sound artists who are currently touring the country with a series of concerts, films and workshops relating to the art of listening. Hemingway is considered to be one of the greatest improvisational percussionists in the world, while Weaver is an experimental composer who works with telematics music – live music performed via the web by musicians in different locations around the world. [more]

The musical balancing act
Mark Menzies recently became Head of Music Performance at the University of Canterbury; he’s doing a balancing act juggling his new role in the Garden City with his performance commitments in California. The viola/violin virtuoso has been described by the Los Angeles Times as an “extraordinary musician”. [more]

Celebrating organ music
The organ might not seem like an instrument the younger generation would be interested in, but this week in Wellington young musicians from around New Zealand and Australia will perform at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of Organ Month. Among them are year 13 student from Auckland Rebecca Soojung Lee and from Melbourne Edwin Kwong. [more]

World & Pacific News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10am World, Paciific and Sports news for 29 July 2016
the latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Rene Ranger convicted for drink driving
Blues player and former All Black Rene Ranger has been convicted for drink driving after an incident earlier this month. [more]

Former All Black's drink drive woes
New Zealand Rugby and the Blues have initiated misconduct proceedings against former All Black Rene Ranger following a drink driving incident earlier this month. [more]

Massive bomb blast in Syrian city
Forty-four people have been killed in a massive bombing in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in north-east Syria, Syrian state TV reports. [more]

Day struggles for golf time ahead of US PGA
Jason Day's lead-up to his US PGA Championship title defense has been far from ideal as a mix of untimely circumstances meant he had just one practice round. [more]

Paddon keen on Rally Finland
The New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon may have contested the Rally of Finland more times than any other European rally but this year's event is still a journey into the unknown. [more]

Councillors handed Unitary Plan hot potato
Analysis - The pumped-up Unitary Plan for Auckland has dumped a saucepan of political hot potatoes into the hands of the city's councillors, writes Todd Niall. [more]

More in arrears as Christchurch rates climb
Christchurch homeowners are feeling the strain of repeated rates increases, with the city council now owed more than $11 million in late payments. [more]

Apology after victim receives wrong files
The Parole Board is being accused of cavalier handling of information after a registered victim was mistakenly sent a decision on an unrelated offender. [more]

Williamson honoured to be leading Black Caps in a Test
The New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson says he's honoured to be leading the side for the first time in a Test as cricket returns to Zimbabwe for the first time in five years . [more]

Sport: Tonga eyes 2018 Winter Olympics
The Royal Tonga Ski Federation has high hopes for Winter Olympic success after last month's admission to the International Ski Federation in Switzerland. [more]

Asylum-seeker families threatened with being sent back to Nauru
One of the authors of a report on families in detention in Australia says some have been told not to get settled as they may go back to Nauru. [more]

Samoa electricity rates cut from August
Samoa's electricity provider is to cut its charges across the country, from 1 August. [more]

PNG students still not home, a month after unrest
A group of students from Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province have been unable to return home from Port Moresby a month after university unrest. [more]

Man who tried to assassinate Reagan to be released
The man who tried to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan is to be released from a psychiatric hospital next month, after 35 years. [more]

South China Sea ruling could affect local EEZs
Some Pacific countries' claims to marine resources could be limited by a landmark ruling on the South China Sea. [more]

Trump urges Russia to dig up Clinton's emails
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sparked a fresh controversy by calling on Russia to find and make public the emails of his Democratic rival. [more]

Girls using 'telephone books, rags' as sanitary products
Students skipping school and university or using "newspaper, telephone books, rags," as sanitary products has prompted a campaign to provide the necessary items to those in need. [more]

Crown lawyer backs 'Mr Big' undercover police technique
There is no doubt about the credibility of mother-and-child killer Kamal Reddy's murder confession despite the type of undercover police operation used to bring him to justice, a crown lawyer says, [more]

NZ four won't compete in Rio
The New Zealand men's four will not be competing in the rowing competition at the Rio Olympics. [more]

Concern tax ruling may hurt development
Lawyers and accountants are warning a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court could deter big new business projects across New Zealand from getting started. [more]

'I unashamedly love it'
Opinion - The Unitary Plan for Auckland's future land use planning is bold, visionary and pragmatic, writes Shamubeel Eaqub. [more]

Cardinal Pell faces abuse allegations - report
Victoria police are reportedly investigating multiple child abuse allegations against Australia's most senior Catholic priest, Cardinal George Pell. [more]

Phoenix win stormy match in Beijing
The Wellington Phoenix has beaten Beijing BG 2-1 in a pre-season football match played in stormy conditions in Beijing. The Phoenix went down 1-nil early in the match but levelled... [more]

Ko has confidence despite a couple of major misses
New Zealand's Lydia Ko is putting to bed her near misses at the recent majors on the LPGA Tour as she prepares to tee off at the British Open. [more]

Have the Olympics lost their way?
Sports Call - The biggest show on Earth kicks off in Rio shortly, and while one survey suggests NZ could enjoy its most successful Olympics ever, there is also scepticism about the Games themselves. [more]

Last charges dropped in Freddie Gray case
All charges against the last Baltimore police officers facing trial over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray have been dropped. [more]

Sport: Fiji's lone track rep aiming for PB
Athletics Fiji's lone track athlete Sisilia Seavula is hoping to cut a fair chunk off her personal best during the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics. [more]

Niue sees house building boom
The Niue Government says a housing building boom is a positive sign its investment in tourism is paying off. [more]

Nothing dopey about IOC's Russia stance
Opinion - The issue of drugs in sport is full of hypocrisy, as was illustrated again this week over the International Olympic Committee's decision not to ban Russia, writes Joseph Romanos [more]

'Boy' star James Rolleston still in hospital
The star of the hit New Zealand film Boy, is now in a stable condition in hospital after being seriously injured in a car crash. [more]

Group considers legal challenge to Unitary Plan
A legal challenge to Auckland's Unitary Plan is being considered by a group which opposed widespread housing intensification. [more]

Shoppers head to Wellington's newest store
Eager shoppers queued up on a chilly Wellington morning for the opening of the first David Jones department store outside Australia. [more]

Cook Islands PM disputes corruption reports
The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has taken issue with recent media reports suggesting there are concerns with corruption within the country's leadership. [more]

CNMI man jailed over stabbing attack
A Northern Marianas man who stabbed a doctor in the neck with a fishing spear has pleaded guilty and been jailed for 15 years. [more]

How boysenberries could help you breathe easier
Scientists have found regular boysenberry consumption may reduce symptoms associated with inflammation of the airways, which can cause conditions such as asthma. [more]

Calls to replace vandalised Cook statue
One of three Gisborne memorials of Captain James Cook could be replaced following repeated vandalism. [more]

Lawsuit filed against US military plans in the CNMI
Environmental and cultural preservation groups have filed a lawsuit opposing the US military's decision to conduct live-fire training on islands in the Northern Marianas. [more]

Unique contribution of five female Pasifika doctors to be honoured
The Pasifika Medical Association says the honouring of five female doctors is recognition of the unique contribution they are making to healthcare in New Zealand. [more]

Teina Pora to appeal compensation decision
Teina Pora, wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 22 years, will challenge the government's refusal to add inflation to its $2.5m compensation offer. [more]

Crusaders sign former Wallabies winger
The former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane has signed a two year deal with the Crusaders. [more]

Signs not good for Coles
The signs aren't good for the Hurricanes that captain Dane Coles will be fit for Saturday's super rugby semi final against the Chiefs. [more]

AFFCO takes union to court over 'derogatory' comments
A stoush between the Meat Workers Union and AFFCO Talleys over social media posts will go to the Employment Court. [more]

RNZ to share content with Stuff
RNZ is to share content with the Fairfax website Stuff. [more]

Enrolment restriction could be discriminatory - lawyers
Lawyers for a residential special school near Nelson say its enrolments are being limited by rules that could breach the Bill of Rights Act. [more]

Mother who starved didn't want a doctor, daughter says
The daughter of a woman who was found starved to death in her own bed told police that she never wanted her mother to die like that. [more]

PNG PM urges opposition to not "mislead"
Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has urged the opposition leader Don Polye not to mislead the public about having the numbers in parliament to remove him. [more]

Māori reoffending too complex to blame on Corrections, Crown says
The Department of Corrections is disputing a claim before the Waitangi Tribunal that it is failing to rehabilitate Māori offenders. [more]

Push to ban plastic bags in Chch
Christchurch City Council is being urged to ban single-use plastic bags. [more]

Give a little to Givealittle: Crowdfunding charity to start charging fundraisers
Popular crowdfunding website Givealittle is about to start charging fundraisers a flat fee of 5 per cent of the total funds they raise. [more]

'Not me, not Bill - nobody more qualified than Hillary'
US President Barack Obama has given full-hearted support to Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the country's first woman president. [more]

All White suspended for one month
The young All Whites midfielder All Whites international Clayton Lewis has been suspended for a month for a doping violation. [more]

Solomons police arrest gunman and seize firearm
Four men have been arrested in Solomon Islands and a gun has been seized, proving the police force's readiness to police, according to the country's police chief. [more]

Body found in fire-damaged Christchurch flat
A body has been found in a flat that was extensively damaged by an early morning fire in the Christchurch suburb of Woolston. [more]

Live commentary: Day 5 - Black Caps vs Zimbabwe
International cricket: The Black Caps take on Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Day 5 of the first Test. Follow LIVE commentary of the match here. [more]

Live commentary: Highlanders vs Lions
Super Rugby: The Highlanders take on the Lions in the second semi-final in Johannesburg. Follow LIVE commentary of the game here. [more]

Live commentary: Day 4 - Black Caps vs Zimbabwe
International cricket: The Black Caps beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 117 runs in the first cricket Test in Bulawayo. Look back at our match commentary here. [more]

Live commentary: Day 3 - Black Caps vs Zimbabwe
International cricket: The Black Caps take on Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Day 3 of the first Test. Follow LIVE commentary of the match here. [more]

Live commentary: Day 2 - Black Caps vs Zimbabwe
International cricket: The Black Caps take on Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Day 2 of the first Test. Follow LIVE commentary of the match here. [more]

Live commentary: Day 1 - Black Caps vs Zimbabwe
International cricket: The Black Caps take on Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Day 1 of the first Test. Follow LIVE commentary of the match here. [more]

Warriors win golden point thriller
The Warriors have beaten the Penrith Panthers 20-16 in Auckland. Look back at match commentary here. [more]

Fight over Māori reps' right to debate Akl Unitary Plan
Several councillors have unsuccessfully tried to exclude Māori representatives from the final debates on the Auckland Unitary Plan. [more]

Graeme Hart still tops rich list after $2bn drop
Businessman Graeme Hart remains at the top of the country's rich list, but his wealth has been knocked lower because of his debt-laden businesses. [more]

Anti-cancer vaccine now free for boys
The anti-cancer vaccine Gardasil will be free for all boys and girls, and access to a vaccine against chicken pox will be widened. [more]

Radio problems 'didn't affect' Saddle Hill firefighting
The Otago Rural Fire Authority says it does not believe radio problems during last year's Saddle Hill fire made the outcome worse than it would have been. [more]

Councillors vote to outlaw Christchurch freedom camping
Christchurch city councillors have today voted in favour of making permanent a temporary ban on freedom campers without toilets on board their vehicles. [more]

Schools ask for help to provide hygiene kits
Schools are asking for help to provide deodorant, soap and toothbrushes to students whose parents are unable to afford the items, KidsCan says. [more]

A month in, 12 Auckland exit grants given out
Twelve applicants in need of social housing have so far received the government's $5000 grant to move out of Auckland. [more]

Dairy downturn, plant repairs hit Ballance payout
Fertiliser company Ballance has more than halved its farmer rebate and is distributing $46 million less than last year. [more]

Fiji airport revamp delayed by bad steel
Fiji's international airport overhaul, being done by a New Zealand contractor, went months behind schedule because of bad steel. [more]

Lack of workouts leaves world economy worn out
British scientists have concluded that people who do not exercise every day are costing the global economy about $US67.5 billion a year. [more]

The poi are flying as kapa haka festival begins
Hundreds of high school students and their supporters are in Hawke's Bay this week for Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa, the national secondary schools kapa haka festival. [more]

NZ to spend millions to finish Solomons airport
The New Zealand government is allocating more funds to complete a Solomon Islands airport extension. [more]

Call in PNG for strict controls on discretionary funds
Papua New Guinea's deputy opposition says the bulk of the district service improvement program funds should be a constitutional grant to stop abuse. [more]

Will the Rio games be clean?
Sports Call - This week the International Olympic Committee stopped short of handing Russia a blanket ban from next month's Olympics, so how clean can we expect the Rio Games to be? [more]

US accused of goalpost shift on Marianas military plans
A lawsuit against US military proposals for two Northern Marianas islands claims due to its military realignments, the US has shifted the goalposts on its plans in the territory. [more]

Samoa govt accused of pushing cigarette factory through
One of the three opposition MPs in Samoa says he fears the government will go ahead with its support for a planned cigarette factory in Apia regardless of advice from health officials. [more]

Home detention for bobby calf abuser
A Waikato man who admitted to the cruel treatment of bobby calves has been sentenced to 10 months home detention and 200 hours community work. [more]

Prisoners 'still have a right to privacy'
Prison reform supporters are frustrated that human error is being blamed for a prisoner's private information being sent to the wrong victim. [more]

NZ wary of Tongan passports following ongoing scandal
The Tongan Prime Minister has arrived in New Zealand amidst renewed concerns over the sale of Tongan passports. [more]

Missing siblings' whānau call for solution
The mother of two children who have been missing since they left a CYF home 10 days ago says she is desperate to sort out their situation. [more]