Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 4th August 2016

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Business News

Kathmandu expects FY net profit near top of guidance range
The outdoor clothing and sporting goods retailer, Kathmandu Holdings, says its full year net profit will be close to the top end of its forecast range, following better-than-expected gross margins. [more]

Ebos looks to buy Aussie pharmacy business
Listed healthcare and animal products company, Ebos, plans to buy into an Australian pharmacy chain as it looks to take part in a rationalisation of the sector there. [more]

Go Bus to buy Johnston's Coachlines
The country's largest bus operator, Go Bus, is buying the luxury coach firm, Johnston's. [more]

Financial Markets Authority wants better company disclosure
The Financial Markets Authority wants companies to improve the quality of their disclosure of information to investors. [more]

Midday Markets for 4 August 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Brad Gordon at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Company connected with Tiwai Point in liquidation
A company connected with Tiwai Point aluminium smelter has gone into liquidation. [more]

Business briefs
The Wellington-based brewery, ParrotDog, is about to launch a crowd funding campaign for a new brewery in Lyall Bay. [more]

Evening business for 4 August 2016
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 5 August 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Suncorp NZ targets double digit growth but quake claims drag on
Insurance company Suncorp is banking on 12 percent growth in operating earnings in the coming year. [more]

Ebos out to maximise vertical integration
Listed healthcare and animal products company Ebos is out to maximise the value of its group assets and boost earnings of its latest target, Australian pharmacy chain the Ted White Group. [more]

Financial Markets Authority wants better company disclosure
The Financial Markets Authority says there are many easy steps companies can take to improve the quality of information disclosed to investors. [more]

Go Bus eyes tourism boom
The country's largest bus operator, Go Bus, says its new purchase is important as it rides the booming tourism wave. [more]

FMA guidelines fuzzy law, with statutory basis
Meanwhile, the guidelines to finance sector companies on the standards of behaviour expected of them which the FMA released last week, have been described by a lawyer as fuzzy and without proper statutory foundations. [more]

Morning Markets for 5 August 2016
Wall Street is fairly flat - Dow Jones down a handful of points. [more]

Markets Update for 5 August 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Cambell, Thursday 4 August 2016
Watch tonight's full episode of Checkpoint with John Campbell here. It starts 5 minutes in. [more]

Chiefs CEO says he takes stripper allegations seriously
An investigation is being launched into allegations about the treatment of a stripper who alleges Chiefs players sexually abused her.  [more]

Chiefs sponsor Gallagher stands by the franchise
The Chiefs' naming rights sponsor Gallagher stands by the players who allegedly assaulted a stripper during the team's end of season event on Monday night.     [more]

Stripper 'scared and intimidated' by Chiefs
The stripper who alleges she was sexually abused by Chiefs players says she was frightened and had to physically hit a man who wouldn't stop touching her.  [more]

WINZ puts man with Hodgkin's lymphoma on jobseeker benefit
An Auckland man diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, for a second time, is calling for a change to the law after Work and Income put him on a jobseekers benefit while undergoing chemotherapy. [more]

Video emerges of chaos after Emirates crash
Video filmed inside the cabin of a crashed Emirates Boeing 777 in India shows the chaos unfold as passengers scrambled to evacuate via emergency chutes.  [more]

Katikati locals emotional ahead of meeting with Minister
Emotions are running high in Katikati as locals prepare to confront the Transport Minister about a stretch of State Highway Two where five Tongan workers were killed in a crash. [more]

Fire Service defends new fleet after union blacklists vehicle
For the first time in 20 years the Firefighters Union has blacklisted a new engine over safety fears. [more]

SFO witnesses give evidence in Ngatata Love's trial
A Serious Fraud Office investigator has told the High Court in Wellington about searches done at the property of prominent Maori leader, Sir Ngatata Love and elsewhere. [more]

Who'll carry the NZ flag at the Rio opening ceremony..
The Olympics Opening Ceremony is just over 36 hours away, but the question remains - who will carry the New Zealand flag? [more]

TradeMe wants tougher restrictions on ticket selling
TradeMe is calling for ticket companies to impose tougher restrictions on the sale of bulk tickets. [more]

Fiery scenes as Wgtn City Councillors vote to microchip cats
There were fiery scenes at Wellington City Council today as councillors voted in favour of compulsory microchipping of cats in the city. [more]

Sponsor stands by Chiefs after stripper claims
A major sponsor of the Chiefs is standing by the franchise after an investigation was launched into claims players swore, threw gravel, and inappropriately touched a stripper. [more]

One dead, five injured in London knife attack
One woman was killed and five others injured by a man with suspected mental health issues who went on the rampage with a knife in central London. [more]

Womens Refuge responds to Chiefs sponsor
Women's Refuge CEO Ang Jury responds to the Chiefs' sponsor's comments that a stripper could expect to be touched after she made allegations against the players.  [more]

Deputy PM gets policy advice from college students
The Deputy Prime Minister, Bill English, dropped in on a Hutt Valley secondary school for a bit of policy advice today. [more]

Black has been exchanged for blue
Former All Black Glen Osborne was one of 60 new police officers who graduated as constables today. [more]

Athletes at Rio harness technology in bid for gold
The difference between winning and losing at the Rio Olympics will come down to just hundredths - if not thousandths - of a second for some athletes. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: Vanuatu Volleyballers hoping for Rio callup
Vanuatu's Olympic beach volleyball team is fighting for a spot in Rio after an Italian player failed a drugs test. [more]

Tongan PM responds to criticism
The Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva is staring down a motion of no confidence when he returns from his trip to New Zealand, but says he has the support of cabinet. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 4 August 2016
Tongan PM responds to criticism ahead of no confidence motion; Bay of Plenty community still reeling after death of five Tongan kiwifruit workers; Higher fishing revenue for Pacific countries from PNA Vessel Day Scheme; Political scientist says governance issues are still lingering over Nauru; And in sports Vanuatu Volleyballers are hoping for a Rio callup after an Italian player failed a drugs test. [more]

Students eligibility under investigation at PNG Unitech
Students in PNG who committed criminal acts during the unrest surrounding protests over the past months will not be allowed to continue with their studies. [more]

Vanuatu justice system fails women
Nearly 23,000 Vanuatu women have been subjected to violence but between 2012 and 2014 police laid only 380 charges - less than two percent.   [more]

NGO says Australia could do far better by Nauru detainees
Australia's government has refuted most allegations in a new report from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International finding that Australia continues to intentionally ignore appalling human rights abuses against people being held in detention on Nauru. Human Rights Watch's Elaine Pearson claims Canberra could do a lot more to improve the situation for asylum seekers and refugees detained in the offshore processing centre. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 5 August 2016
NGO says Australia could do far better by Nauru detainees; A new report says the Vanuatu justice system fails women; Students eligibility under investigation at PNG Unitech; Tongan PM responds to criticism ahead of no confidence motion; And in sport: Vanuatu Volleyballers are hoping for a Rio callup after doping scandal. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Auckland school talent contest
Stand Up, Stand out and is run by Auckland council, and we meet one of the competitors, Arjuna de Simas-Oakes from Avondale College, who will perform for us. [more]

Own a cat in Wellington? You'll have to microchip it
Wellington City Councillors have today, voted in favour of compulsory microchipping for cats. It will make it the first city in New Zealand to do so. RNZ's reporter, Emile Donovan, was at the council meeting in Wellington. [more]

Seeking future engineers
Encouraging more young people to choose a career in engineering. [more]

Mastering Te Reo, one Monday at a time
Manuel Springford has been speaking Maori every Monday, no matter where he is. It hasn't always been easy. [more]

Favourite album: So by Peter Gabriel
Chosen by Helen Strevens. [more]

An ATM that only deals in feelings
An ATM that only accepts your feelings, not your cash, has just landed in Whangarei. [more]

Theatre Critic: Maryanne Cathro
Maryanne reviews Ali Harper's "Legendary Divas" currently playing at Wellington's Circa theatre. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Personal finance expert Mary Holm looks at clever and not-so-clever moves with mortgages. [more]

Masterpieces with Peter Collis
Ceramicist Peter Collis discusses his favourite New Zealand plate [more]

The Expats: Paora Stanley on working with the Listuguj Nation
Paora Stanley spent three years working as Chief Executive of the Listuguj First Nation in Quebec, where he even had his own police department. [more]

How the humble shopping trolley's transformed the way we shop
It's got 4 wheels, waits patiently in lines, can travel at speeds of up to 120 kilometres an hour, and embodies the inherent contradictions of modern capitalist society. Simon Morton from This Way Up celebrates the shopping trolley and all it has to offer [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 4 August 2016
When post season parties turn toxic and microchips in cats. [more]

Mediawatch

Ad-land under spotlight for galloping sexism
Former Saatchi and Saatchi executive Kevin Roberts isn't the only New Zealand adman called out by one of the industry's most outspoken women over sexism lately. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 4 August 2016
Fresh allegations of inappropriate behaviour by the Chiefs rugby team and the Olympic torch gets a chaotic welcome in Rio. [more]

Midday Sports News for 4 August 2016
The New Zealand women's football team lost their opening match at the Rio Olympics, goiing down 2-0 to defending champions the United States. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 5 August 2016
NZ judge quits as head of child sexual abuse inquiry, Official booed at meeting over Katikati roads, Bridges promises more consultation after Katikati meeting, NZ judge releases statement about why she quit inquiry, Mad Mondays "not a good look" for rugby - Players Association, and Drug Foundation critical of meth contamination evictions. [more]

Sports News for 5 August 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More Russian athletes escape Rio ban
Rio-based correspondent surprised at sheer number of Russians allowed to compete and expresses concern that olympic protests could escalate. [more]

Pathologist says system in danger of collapse
An Auckland pathologist says the service is in danger of collapse from chronic understaffing. She says it can now take several days before bodies are returned to families for funerals. [more]

ANC trails in South Africa's local elections
South Africa expecting dramatic change as ANC receives worst electoral result since end of apartheid. [more]

Katikati residents demand SH2 bypass
A rowdy meeting in Katikati demand a bypass of State Highway 2. The deaths of five Tongan men on Tuesday in a crash on that stretch of road have just added to locals' anger. [more]

Clint Eastwood sneers at sensitive Americans
Clint Eastwood calls Americans weak and overly sensitive, says "we're a pussy generation" and backs Donald Trump. [more]

Historic Olympics beckons for the Pacific
Pacific Islands tipped to win first ever Olympic gold - with Fiji sevens team hot favourites. [more]

Sports News for 5 August 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

NZ judge quits as head of child sexual abuse inquiry
New Zealand Judge Lowell Goddard has just quit as head of UK independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. [more]

Official booed at meeting over Katikati roads
Katikati residents jeered transport officials when they tried to tell a public meeting last night a bypass for the town isn't necessary. Residents say they've been demanding a bypass for more than 40 years. Our reporter Tom Furley was at the meeting. [more]

Bridges promises more consultation after Katikati meeting
The Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, promises more consultation on roads after fiery Katikati meeting. [more]

NZ judge releases statement about why she quit inquiry
Dame Lowell Goddard releases a statement about her resignation from the UK independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. [more]

Mad Mondays "not a good look" for rugby - Players Association
Rob Nichol, the chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Players' Association says Chiefs players unlikely to lose their jobs over the stripper scandal. [more]

Drug Foundation critical of meth contamination evictions
The Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, says the tests for meth-contamination in state houses will have to be used until something better comes along. [more]

Dunedin schools closed, opening late due to snow
We bring you the latest on the weather. Snow's closed schools or delayed the opening of some Dunedin schools. [more]

Up to 270 Russian athletes could be allowed to compete in Rio
The latest twist in how many Russians will goto Rio. Now there are 271 Russian athletes have been cleared to take part in the Rio Olympics. We talk to our correspondent in Russia for the latest. [more]

Can the Hurricanes shake off their hoodoo?
A flood of optimism reaches Wellington this weekend, as the Hurricanes prepare for tomorrow night's Super Rugby final at home. If the side wins, it'll be Wellington's first Super Rugby title. [more]

Sports News for 5 August 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

UK papers criticised Goddard's salary - and holidays
Dame Lowell Goddard has quit as the head of UK independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. She's been criticised for her high salary - and her holidays. [more]

Delivering new melanoma drugs to cost DHBs over $1 million
While Pharmac's decision to fund the hotly-debated melanoma drug Keytruda is being welcomed, cash-strapped district health boards face costs of more than a million dollars to deliver the long-awaited new drugs to patients. [more]

Southland toxic waste company folds leaving Southland
Southland authorities are scrambling to deal with tens of thousands of tonnes of toxic waste after a company responsible for dealing with it has liquidated [more]

Cancer Society wants changes in benefits system
The Cancer Society says people with serious illnesses should be treated the same as ACC patients - not as unemployed. [more]

NZ pathologists fear system is on the brink of collapse
New Zealand pathologists are warning the service is on the brink of collapse, with one of the six so exhausted, she may not last much longer. The Government's been warned it could be hugely embarassed if a major tragedy happens, and urgent ation's needed. [more]

Drysdale confident going into Rio rowing heats
Defending Olympic single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale will be the first New Zealander to compete in Rio when he rows in the heats tomorrow night. He tells Stephen Hewson he got a few things wrong in the leadup but he's confident he's hitting peak form. [more]

UK abuse support group hopes inquiry won't be derailed
A UK child abuse support group hopes the inquiry into child sexual abuse won't be derailed by Lowell Goddard's sudden resignation. He says she's been hounded by the press and that hasn't helped. [more]

Iwi leaders to sign covenant promising to treasure children
Iwi leaders are supporting and signing a Covenant for New Zealand's children today. The Covenant, or Kawenata, was written by Judge Carolyn Henwood and is a promise to the children of New Zealand to ensure they are treasured, respected and enjoy a good life full of opportunity. [more]

Third time's a charm for the Hurricanes?
Could it be third time lucky for the Hurricanes this weekend? [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
And it's Friday so we have all the latest political news from cross the Ditch. We talk to our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh in Canberra. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 5 August 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 5 August 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 5 August 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Central Auckland Walking Tour (Part 2)
Historian Edward Bennett takes Bryan on a Central Auckland Heritage Tour. [more]

Nights' Culture - Electronic Music
Paul Berrington aka DJ B-Lo on the Sound of Belgium - 1991-1993. [more]

Nine To Noon

Forensic pathologists critically understaffed
The head of the National Forensic Pathology Service says the Auckland region currently operating with less than half the staff it needs. Dr Simon Stables says if there was a serious accident or disaster where 20 or 30 people died they would need to call in help from overseas to cope. [more]

Shock resignation of Lowell Goddard
Kathryn Ryan speaks to Phil Johnson, a spokesperson for MACSAS - Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors about the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard as chair of Britain's independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. Phil is a "designated core participant" of the Independent Inquiry. She also speaks with David Greenwood, a lawyer representing some victims of child abuse. [more]

Shay Wright: growing Maori business
Kathryn Ryan talks to Maori social entrepreneur Shay Wright. From growing up on a farm in the Far North to being named on the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list, Shay Wright is teaching iwi how to manage their economies in order to get better social outcomes for Maori, as the co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka. [more]

Pacific correspondent Michael Field
Tonga is in political crisis as the PM faces a vote of no confidence from the Kingdom's nobles, the latest in the debate over tuna fisheries and a rundown of the Pacific Island's prospects for the Rio Olympics. [more]

Graeme Kendall: sailing the Northwest passage solo
Kathryn Ryan speaks with Auckland yachtsman Graeme Kendall on his record setting solo non-stop voyage through the Northwest passage. It's considered the Everest of the sea - the treacherous waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans above Canada and Alaska in the Arctic circle. It is only navigable for a short time each year, due to pack ice. Graeme Kendall's just published a book about his 2010 journey - 28 thousand miles, across 32 oceans and seaways. [more]

The death of the dictionary
Is the dictionary dead? John McIntyre of The Children's Bookshop says people don't buy physical dictionaries anymore, as technology has taken over. Should we care? [more]

New music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies gets an earful of a little known Link Wray album recorded in a stinky old chicken coop, and checks out splendid singles from NZ/Portland band Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Chicago dad-rock stalwarts, Wilco. [more]

Sports correspondent Gael Woods
RNZ reporter Gael Woods live from Rio on the eve of the Olympic opening ceremony. [more]

The week that was
With Te Radar and Elizabeth Easther. [more]

Our Changing World

Climate Kit - when technology meets climate action
Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson are American designers whose projects include using Twitter to help Jakarta residents know about floods, and creating accessible solar charging stations. [more]

A conservation summit on Predator Free NZ 2050
Three leading eradication experts talk about Predator Free New Zealand 2050, including the social aspects of engaging communities and the need to develop new tools to better control rats, stoats and possums. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 4 August 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Christchurch Dilemmas - Trailer
Christchurch Dilemmas is a new series coming soon from Frank Film, the creators of When a City Falls. Funded by NZ On Air and created with assistance from Radio New Zealand, the six-part series examines the major decisions facing Christchurch 5 years on from the earthquakes that devastated the city. The first episode will launch on Monday 8th August with a new episode each Monday for 5 weeks. See the stories and have your say on Christchurch's future at www.chchdilemmas.co.nz. [more]

Former All Black coach John Hart inspects new police officers.
[more]

Chiefs CEO says takes stripper allegations seriously: RNZ Checkpoint
We begin tonight with The Chiefs rugby team... ...and what, exactly, happened at the team's Mad Monday end of season party, at the Okoroire hot springs, about 45 minutes drive from Hamilton. [more]

Chiefs sponsor Gallagher stands by the franchise: RNZ Checkpoint
The Chiefs' naming rights sponsor is Waikato company, Gallagher. [more]

'Scarlette' says she was scared & intimidated when stripping: RNZ Checkpoint
So, what does the woman at the centre of all this say? [more]

Video emerges of chaos after Emirates crash: RNZ Checkpoint
Video filmed inside the cabin of a crashed Emirates Boeing 777 shows the chaos onboard as passengers scrambled to evacuate via emergency chutes. The flight from India caught fire after slumping onto the runway in Dubai. [more]

Evening business for 4 August 2016:RNZ Checkpoint
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Who'll carry the NZ flag at the Rio opening ceremony: RNZ Checkpoint
With the Games officially getting underway with the Opening Ceremony in just over 36 hours from now, the question, as it always does at this time in the Olympic cycle, turns to who'll be carrying the flag. [more]

Womens Refuge responds to Chiefs sponsor: RNZ Checkpoint
Joining us now is Dr Ang Jury who is the Chief Executive of the National Womens Refuge Collective. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 4 August 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]

One dead, five injured in London knife attack: RNZ Checkpoint
One woman was killed and five others injured by a man with suspected mental health issues who went on the rampage with a knife in central London. [more]

Black has been exchanged for blue: RNZ Checkpoint
Former All Black Glen Osborne was one of 60 new police officers who graduated as constables today. [more]

Athletes at Rio harness technology in bid for gold: RNZ Checkpoint
The difference between winning and losing at the Rio Olympics will come down to just hundredths - if not thousandths - of a second for some athletes. [more]

Third3ye - Old Soul
Third3ye performs 'Old Soul', in session at RNZ for Music 101. Audio - Andre Upston Video - Zac Arnold [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 4 August 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 5 August 2016
News from the rural and farming sector [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 4 August 2016
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 4 August 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Linda Clark and Clare Delore (Part 1)
What the Panelists Linda Clark and Clare Delore have been up to. There's financial concerns about Rio in the long term and there's also questions about how much money some athletes earn. US political correspondent Karen Kasler joins the discussion on Donald Trump and the divisions he's causing in the Republican Party. [more]

The Panel with Linda Clark and Clare Delore (Part 2)
More people are choosing life on the road than settling down in one place as a lifestyle. What the Panelists Linda Clark and Clare Delore have been thinking about. Employment lawyer with Port Nicolson Chambers, Maria Berryman, joins the discussion on the ramifications facing the Chiefs players who hired a stripper for their end of season party and Chiefs sponsor Margaret Comer is on board. Kevin Roberts has gone as executive chairman from Saatchi & Saatchi in the wake of after his remarks about gender diversity in advertising agencies. [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Linda Clark and Clare Delore have been up to. [more]

Money matters are dominating discussions about the Rio Olympics
There's financial concerns about Rio in the long term and there's also questions about how much money some athletes earn. [more]

Donald Trumps causing ructions within the Republican party
US political correspondent Karen Kasler joins the discussion on Donald Trump and the divisions he's causing in the Republican Party. [more]

Nomadic lifestyle increasinly appealing to many people
More people are choosing life on the road than settling down in one place as a lifestyle. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Linda Clark and Clare Delore have been thinking about. [more]

Possible big fines for the Chiefs Players who hired a stripper
Employment lawyer with Port Nicolson Chambers, Maria Berryman, joins the discussion on the ramifications facing the Chiefs players who hired a stripper for their end of season party and Chiefs sponsor Margaret Comer is on board. [more]

Kevin Roberts stands down from Satchi & Satchi
Kevin Roberts has gone as executive chairman from Saatchi & Saatchi in the wake of after his remarks about gender diversity in advertising agencies. [more]

The Wireless

The long road to New Zealand feeling OK about women doing sport
According to 100-year-old newspapers. [more]

What NZ’s universities have said about supplying free tampons
Spoiler alert: not enough. [more]

When writing consumes your life
Courtney Sina Meredith was told that her second book would be even harder to get out than her first. Here's how she got it done. [more]

We need to talk about how bad Suicide Squad is
Yes, it’s as hideously incoherent as you’ve heard. [more]

Interview: PNC on taking inspiration from Sonny Bill Williams and Jonah Lomu
As PNC explains to Sam Wicks, athletic feats serve as fuel for his penmanship. [more]

Upbeat

Q & A with Q Theatre
CEO of Q Theatre in Auckland, James Wilson, gives an insight into life behind the curtain running a theatre, and it’s not all razzle dazzle; and the Matchbox development programme fostering New Zealand artists and their works. [more]

Bass baritone on highs and lows
US bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood is in the country as a guest of the New Zealand School of Music, sharing his extensive knowledge with staff, students and public alike. He’ll also perform a concert this weekend featuring a work commissioned from New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson. [more]

Indian classical music
Tabla player and Indian classical music specialist Basant Madhur shares the intricacies of the hand drum and performs live. He comes from a musical family, has trained more than 300 students in Indian classical music, and performed with some of the leading international musicians in this style of music. [more]

Fulbright poet
Clare Jones will spend four more months in NZ, soaking in the flora and fauna, which drives her poetry. The Fulbright scholar has been attending Victoria University and explores ecology, Darwinism and global warming through her written words. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 4 August 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 4 August 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 4 August 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

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

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 August 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World Pacific and Sports News for 5 August 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 August 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 August 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 August 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Te ao Māori mourns 'Godfather of kapa haka'
The death of Kapa Haka expert Ngāpō Wehi yesterday has left the world of Māori perfoming arts to mourn his loss and remember his great contribution. [more]

Another Kiwi clashes with ANZ over insurance
A New Zealander who paid $10,000 in life-insurance premiums is taking ANZ to the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission after finding out it would not have paid out. [more]

Chch cycleway design 'compromised' - Greens
People using Christchurch's multi-million-dollar cycleway will have to share the road with motorists. [more]

Call for 'radical change' after Saatchi resignation
Saatchi & Saatchi has an opportunity to effect radical change for equality in the advertising industry after Kevin Roberts' resignation, a New York-based marketing consultant says. [more]

SUVs now most popular vehicle
For the first time ever, SUVs have become the most popular light vehicle for people to buy new. [more]

The big chill begins
Parts of the South Island are on alert as a severe weather warning remains in place for heavy snow to low levels in South Canterbury, and Queenstown wakes to freezing temperatures. [more]

Pacific fishing windfall won't last forever - PNA
Pacific countries are hauling in huge amounts from fishing licenses but the windfall may not last forever. [more]

Nauru opposition MP says returned Govt has plenty to do
A re-elected Nauru opposition MP says the government has a number of pressing issues to attend to this term. [more]

Second company keen on sea bed mining around Cook Islands
The Cook Islands says there is interest from a second mining company wanting to explore the country's seafloor for minerals. [more]

Hearing told of abuse by Catholic Church members on Guam in 1950s
A 73 year old man has told a public hearing on Guam he was sexually abused by a priest and two other church members in the 1950s. [more]

Suicide Squad fans hit back at scathing reviews
Scathing reviews for the new comic book anti-hero movie Suicide Squad are driving angry fans to target reviewers online. [more]

Freshwater eels focus for Pacific marine researchers
Eels will be on the mind of two scientists from the Pacific Community's Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, who set out today on a Japanese research vessel. [more]

$800k homes: Behind the headlines
Analysis - Saying most Unitary Plan homes would cost more than $800,000 makes a good headline, but is just one outcome of computer modelling, writes RNZ's Todd Niall. [more]

Police call centre staff only get one day suicide-call training
A suicide prevention group is 'absolutely shocked' police call centre staff have only one day of training to deal with suicide calls, and has called for police to improve training. [more]

Italy attacks food waste with doggy bags, softening best-before date rules
Italy has passed into law a raft of new measures to try to reduce the mountain of food wasted in the country each year. [more]

Tonga's PM will face no confidence motion
Tonga's Prime Minister has sounded a defeated tone ahead of facing a motion of no confidence on 15 August.. [more]

Passengers escape but firefighter dies in Dubai plane crash
An Emirates plane carrying 300 people has crash-landed at Dubai International Airport and erupted in flames on the runway. [more]

Kathmandu increases forecast profit
Kathmandu Holdings has updated its forecast full year net profit, which will be close to the top end of its guidance, after making better-than-expected gross margins. [more]

Palliative care set for big budgeted increase
Another 60 palliative care positions are being established around the country, with the largest numbers in hospices in Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury. [more]

Failed bridal boutique owes customers $100k
The directors of a bridal boutique who shut up shop and fled to Britain owe customers more than $100,000 in deposits for dresses they may never get. [more]

City Mission sees rising number of struggling students
There has been an increase in tertiary students who are struggling with high rent and living costs asking for assistance, Christchurch City Mission says. [more]

Sport: Family affair for Cook Islands' Nicholas family in Rio
The Rio Olympics will be a particularly memorable occasion for the Nicholas family from Cook Islands. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Chiefs CEO says he regrets comments he made about a stripper and investigations into players has begun
BREAKING NEWS - Chiefs CEO says he regrets comments he made about a stripper and investigations into players has begun [more]

Stripper says Chiefs players touched, scared her
A stripper hired by the Chiefs rugby team for their end-of-season celebration says the players were drunk, swore at her and touched her inappropriately. [more]

Tongan PM says NZ and China 'unfair' over MA-60 inaction
The Tongan Prime Minister says New Zealand and China have been unfair in their handling of the dispute over a controversial Tongan plane. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu Volleyballers hoping for Rio callup after Italian fails drugs test
Vanuatu is hopeful of a last-minute Olympic reprieve after reports an Italian beach volleyball player has tested positive for doping. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - One woman dead, several hurt in London knife attack
BREAKING NEWS - One woman dead, several hurt in London knife attack [more]

Sport: Vijay Singh back for Fiji International
Local favourite Vijay Singh is returning to compete in the Fiji International golf tournament for the third year running. [more]

Drought report a Pyrrhic win for 'Bung the Bore' - campaigners
An admission by the Canterbury regional council that groundwater levels are very low is being described as a sad victory for those who fought to stop a water bottling plant being established in Ashburton. [more]

Kanaks march in Noumea on call for rebalancing
Unionists have taken to the streets of New Caledonia's capital to protest about the lack of jobs and positions for the territory's indigenous Kanaks. [more]

Vanuatu president urges neutrality for police force
Vanuatu President, Baldwin Lonsdale, says current and future governments must make sure they maintain the neutrality of the Vanuatu Police Force. [more]

PNG university to expel some students after unrest
Students in PNG who committed criminal acts during recent unrest will not be allowed to continue with their studies. [more]

Global 10s game launched
14 rugby teams from across the world will compete in the inaugural global tens competition staged in Brisbane. [more]

Vanuatu president urges neutrality for police force
Vanuatu President, Baldwin Lonsdale, says current and future governments must make sure they maintain the neutrality of the Vanuatu Police Force. [more]

Community leader says Tongan PM should have made Katikati trip
A community leader says he is disappointed Tonga's Prime Minister has cancelled his trip to Katikati to visit the families of five Tongan men who died in a car crash. [more]

Time for golden point to go?
The New Zealand Warriors coach, Andrew McFadden, has joined the growing chorus of NRL coaches calling for an end to the controversial golden point concept. [more]

Far too few new homes suit elderly people - lobby group
Just 2 percent of new houses are designed to suit the elderly - and New Zealand's ageing population makes that a problem, a housing lobby group says. [more]

Right-leaning Auckland Council tickets square off
Two centre-right groups have backed different candidates for Auckland Council wards. [more]

All-staff email breached patient's family's privacy
The Capital and Coast District Health Board is resisting a call for its chief executive to resign over an all-staff email at the centre of a privacy complaint. [more]

Johnston's luxury coaches sells to Go Bus
Bus operator Go Bus is buying luxury coach firm Johnston's. [more]

Liquidation for Bahrain-owned smelter dross company
A company connected with Tiwai Point aluminium smelter has gone into liquidation. [more]

How to choose a US presidential running mate
Opinion: Finding the perfect running mate is a tough ask, as John McCain will attest. Luckily, Phil Smith is here to guide you through your options. [more]

IRD chasing employers failing to pay into KiwiSaver
Inland Revenue is chasing employers for unpaid KiwiSaver contributions worth tens of millions of dollars. [more]

"We want to return together and take them home"
The local community of Katikati are in mourning after the tragic death of five local Tongan kiwifruit workers on Tuesday night. [more]

Firefighters blacklist truck over safety fears
The Fire Service is defending the use of its new fleet of vehicles after the firefighters' union blacklisted an Auckland truck that refused to start. [more]

Coles '80 percent' to make final for Canes
The Hurricanes' captain Dane Coles rates himself an 80 percent chance to play the Super Rugby final against the Lions in Wellington. [more]

Rule of the 'fratriarchy'
Analysis - A hyper-masculine culture has created the conditions for this week's Chiefs fracas, a sports sociologist tells Kate Newton. [more]

Man dead after being hit by train on level crossing
A man has died after being hit by a train at a level crossing on Budge Street in Blenheim this afternoon. [more]

One dead, five injured in central London knife attack
A woman is dead and five people are injured after a knife attack in Russell Square in central London. [more]

Rio athletes seek finest edge through technology
Sports Call - The difference between winning and losing at the Rio Olympics will come down to just hundredths, if not thousandths, of a second for many athletes. [more]

Cane stays home as he battles concussion
The All Blacks flanker, Sam Cane, has been told to stay at home as he recovers from a head knock suffered in the Chiefs' Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes last weekend. [more]

Police should not have tried to ram car - IPCA
Police should not have tried to ram a car off the road in Christchurch shortly before it was involved in a crash, an IPCA investigation has found. [more]

Auckland Council considers public smoking ban again
The Auckland Council is to again consider a ban on smoking in some public places. [more]

Sir Ngatata Love's document destruction bins searched, fraud trial told
The Serious Fraud Office searched document destruction bins from the house of a prominent Māori leader as it investigated a property deal, a court has been told. [more]

Bodies of five crash victims released to families
The bodies of five Tongan men killed in the Bay of Plenty earlier this week have been released back to their families. [more]

Students on school deciles: 'It's sad to have this label stuck'
A group of secondary school students has urged Deputy Prime Minister Bill English to give school decile numbers the chop. [more]

Independent assessor to inspect Vanuatu runway repairs
Air Vanuatu has engaged an airport assessor from Australia to inspect the remediation works at Bauerfield airport, once completed. [more]

Tongan PM calls for solidarity on Papua ahead of Forum
The Tongan Prime Minister is calling on Pacific leaders to unite on a call for United Nations intervention in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. [more]

Vanuatu Govt giving annual grant to churches
The Vanuatu Council of Churches chairman, Allan Nafuki, has thanked Prime Minister Charlot Salwai for being the first head of government to make a grant to the country's churches. [more]

Leadership strategies for Pacific police in Auckland
A leadership programme for senior police officers from around the Pacific is underway in Auckland. [more]

Wgtn councillors vote for cat microchip proposal
A Wellington City Council committee has voted in favour of compulsory microchipping for all cats over 12 weeks old after a fiery debate, amid threats of possible legal action. [more]

Ebos looks to buy Aussie pharmacy business
Listed healthcare and animal products company Ebos plans to buy into an Australian pharmacy chain. [more]

Canberra rejects report on Nauru abuses
Australia's government has rejected a report which found that it is ignoring appalling human rights abuses against people held in detention on Nauru. [more]

Former All Black swaps black uniform for blue
Learning how to study to pass the police exams was the hardest thing he has ever done, ex-All Black Glen Osborne says. [more]

Ancient Pacific city thrown lifeline
An ancient ruined city in the northern Pacific, at risk from rising seas, has been thrown a lifeline by the international community. [more]

Work and Income apologises to cancer patient
An Auckland man suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma for a second time says a change to the law is needed after he was put on a jobseeker's benefit. [more]

Body found on moored boat in Nelson
The death of a Nelson man whose body was found on a boat on Thursday is being treated as suspicious. [more]

'If someone is saying no to you, it means no'
The stripper who says members of the Chiefs touched her inappropriately has told Checkpoint with John Campbell she had to slam a man's head into the ground to "enforce that I meant no". [more]