Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 18th August 2016

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Business News

Spark reports flat FY result, expects slow rate of growth ahead
Telecommunications company Spark has reported a flat full-year profit -- with stronger mobile phone, IT and internet revenues offsetting a fall in fixed landline and a higher tax bill. [more]

Port of Tauranga profit dips on weaker log traffic
The Port of Tauranga has reported a slight fall in its annual profit on the back of higher costs and a fall in log exports. [more]

Trade Me profit dips on weak dating site
Online trading and advertising platform Trade Me has seen its profit fall, after it wrote down the value of its poor performing dating website. [more]

Skellerup FY result meets guidance, has positive growth outlook
The industrial rubber manufacturer, Skellerup's net profit fell six percent to 20-point-5 million dollars, which was in line with guidance it gave earlier in the year. [more]

Job advertising rises again
Job advertising is on the rise again, which an economist says points to solid economic growth. [more]

Midday Markets for 18 August 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie from Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
Fonterra is paying out another 10 cents a share dividend for the 2015/16 season, taking the full pay out to 50 cents a share. [more]

Early Business News for Friday 19 August
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Spark sees global competiton as biggest rise to profitablity
The telecommunications company, Spark, says the biggest risk to its business is big multi-national companies using their muscle to undercut them on value added products and services, perhaps a dig at the proposed Vodafone-Sky TV merger. [more]

Port of Tauranga counting down to bigger ships
The country's biggest export port, the Port of Tauranga, is looking to an earnings boost from the arrival of bigger container ships. [more]

Trade Me upbeat on year ahead
The online trading site, Trade Me, is upbeat with further growth expected from its key classified business [more]

More earnings due today
We're expecting a number of companies to report their financial results today. [more]

Consumer confidence remains elevated
The winds appear to be blowing in consumers' favour with the outlook for the economy in reasonable shape. [more]

Markets
Wall Street is flat weak technology stocks offsetting higher energy stocks . [more]

TrustPower demerger will bring medium term shareholders gains
The proposed splitting of Trustpower into a retail power company and a renewable energy generator will bring benefits to shareholders over the medium term, according to an independent report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 18th August 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Hawke's Bay water crisis escalates
Thousands of people in the Hastings District are now under a boil water notice after an E coli 'indicator' was found in a water tanker that took water from the Hastings aquifer. [more]

Hastings District Mayor Lawrence Yule on water crisis
Hastings District Mayor Lawrence Yule joins Checkpoint to discuss the latest on the region's drinking water crisis. [more]

Full investigation into water crisis needed - Health Minister
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who has just returned from Rio, joins Checkpoint to discuss the Havelock North water contamination crisis and the government inquiry announced today. [more]

New Ministry for Vulnerable Children raises doubts
There's no evidence the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children - Oranga Tamariki will do a better job than Child, Youth and Family, Labour says. [more]

PM dismisses concerns about KiwiSaver investments
The government is dismissing concerns about some KiwiSaver funds being invested in companies making bombs and mines. [more]

Evening business for 18 August 2016
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

High hopes Walsh and Carrington will win medals overnight
New Zealanders didn't win any medals at the Olympics in Rio today, but there are high hopes overnight for Tom Walsh in the shotput and Lisa Carrington on the water. [more]

Kapiti Coast council proposal on ashes 'bonkers'
A proposed ban on scattering ashes in public places in Kapiti, north of Wellington, is being called "stupid" and "unworkable". [more]

Music industry wants TPP copyright phase in to be dropped
The music industry says the phase in period to extend copyright from 50 to 70 years under the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is cumbersome and costly. [more]

Music centre The Piano opens in Christchurch
A world class centre for music and the arts has opened in Christchurch, after The Music Centre of Christchurch was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquakes. [more]

Dancing baby kiwi video goes viral
The night-time habits of a dancing baby kiwi caught on camera at Dunedin's Orokonui Ecosanctuary is going viral. [more]

Te Mata Mushrooms owner open to investigations
Te Mata Mushrooms is near the bores where Havelock North's water comes from and forms part of the council's investigation. Its owner Michael Whittaker joins Checkpoint. [more]

Chch locals fed up with late night noise
The agency in charge of fixing earthquake damaged pipes and roads in Christchurch was last night issued an excessive noise notice after keeping residents awake in the early hours. [more]

Think tank calls for interest on student loans
Public policy think tank New Zealand Initiative is calling on the government to start charging interest on new student loans from 2018. [more]

Dateline Pacific

American Samoa police leaving in extraordinary numbers
American Samoa's government is attempting to deal with the high rate of officers leaving the police for better opportunities. [more]

National summit called for on asylum seeker issue
Human Rights Professor says closure of Manus detention centre a sign of cracks in Australia's offshore processing policy. [more]

Ball in Australia's court for Manus Centre closure
It remains unclear where men held at the offshore processing camps on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island will go when the centre is closed. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 18 August 2016
Ball in Australia's court for closure of Manus offshore processing centre; As Australian academics call for national summit on asylum seeker issue; Misinterpretation of religion in the Pacific hindering struggle to end violence against women; Questions raised over viability of NZ's multi-million dollar upgrade of Solomons airport; And American Samoa police are leaving in extraordinary numbers. [more]

Confusion over latest gifting of Bougainville mining shares
Bougainville's government is anxious to ensure shares in the mining company Bougainville Copper Limited being gifted by the Papua New Guinea government go to it. [more]

Conspiracy guilty verdicts shows strength of judiciary
Governance expert says guilty verdicts for Vanuatu MPs charged with conspiring to defeat the course of justice shows resilience of country's constitutional systems. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 19 August 2016
There is praise for the judiciary in Vanuatu after guilty verdicts this week when already jailed former MPs were convicted on conspiracy charges;In Bougainville there is gratitude, anger and consternation after the latest development in the divestment of shares by mining multi national Rio Tinto; Ball in Australia's court for closure of Manus offshore processing centre; Australian academics call for national summit on asylum seeker issue. [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament Thursday 18 August 2016 - evening edition
The Government announces an inquiry into the contamination of drinking water in Havelock North, but only after Labour's deputy leader and health spokeswoman, Annette King, raises the issue again in the House. Speaker upholds complaints from New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, and Labour's chief whip, Chris Hipkins, about the Prime Minister's delay in correcting a mistake in an answer to a correction. Instead of making the correction by way of a personal statement, Mister Key waited to include it as a clarification when answering another question the following day. But the Speaker rules that Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley, was in order to refuse to admit the imminent creation of a ministry for vulnerable children the day before the official announcement of its formation. [more]

The Day In Parliament Friday 19 August - morning edition
The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, overhauling legislation governing the country's spy agencies, passes its first reading by 106 votes to 15 - with National, Labour, New Zealand First, the Maori Party and ACT in favour and the Greens and United Future's Peter Dunne opposed; Questions about Havelock North's water contamination lead the Government to announce an inquiry into the issue; Speaker upholds complaints from Winston Peters and Chris Hipkins about the Prime Minister's delay in correcting an answer; Speaker rules Social Development Minister Anne Tolley was in order when she refused to admit the imminent creation of a ministry for vulnerable children; Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee gives a preview of the week ahead. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Havelock North Contamination Crisis widens
The water contamination scare in Havelock North continues, with news a tanker delivering 'clean' water to residents, is also suspected of containing E coli. [more]

Anger over Vietnam's cancellation of war commemoration service
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, and Vietnam has abruptly banned the commemoration service. [more]

10,000 new blood donors needed
The New Zealand blood service wants 10 thousand new donors so it can continue to meet demand. [more]

Favourite album: John Martyn - Solid Air
Chosen by Nik Curry. [more]

Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship Saved
After an intensive fundraising effort - the Winn-Manson Menton Trust, and the Arts Foundation have managed to raise 800 thousand dollars, which means the Katherine Mansfield Menton fellowship has been saved. [more]

Theatre Critic, Terry MacTavish
Reviewing 'Grounded' By George Brant, directed by Jonathon Hendry and on at the Fortune Theatre, Dunedin. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Mary Holm discusses kiwisaver and ethical investment, and her approach to investing in shares - is it really 'dangerous'. [more]

Masterpieces with Vincent Ward
Each week we get a well known guest on the show to nominate what they consider to be a masterpiece in their field. This week that masterpiece is a person, who has been nominated by Vincent Ward, the New Zealand filmmaker and artist. [more]

The Expats: Nathan Morris, NYC film-maker
Filmmaker Nathan Morris is a lad from the Hutt Valley now based in New York, and his first short film is making critical waves there. [more]

This Way Up
This Way Up's Simon Morton met some of the dogs being trained to assist people with epilepsy. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 18 August 2016
Getting the right amount of sleep on Nine to Noon and Morning Report goes to the movies.. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 August 2016
Government confirms Child Youth and Family's replacement and E-coli is found in water tanker stationed at a Havelock North high school. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 August 2016
The New Zealand women's hockey coach, Mark Hager, says Great Britain's grit and determination was too good for his team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday Friday 19 August 2016
Stunning performance at Rio wins NZ four medals, Ian Ferguson impressed by golden Carrington in Rio, Fire crews confident people have escaped Pukekohe fire, Health Minister orders inquiry into gastric outbreak, Children's advocate not keen on 'Vulnerable Children' as name, Anne Tolley stands behind name of new children's ministry, Govt says Kiwisaver providers must obey the law, and Carrington says she couldn't have hoped for 'better Olympics' [more]

Sports News for Friday 19 August
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Carrington wins bronze to take medal tally at Rio to two
Lisa Carrington has won a bronze after coming in third in the individual 500-metre kayak race. Her win makes her the the first New Zealand woman to win two medals at the same Olympics. [more]

Another Bonneville record for NZ Mini crew
The NZ crew who claimed the World's Fastest Mini at the Bonneville Salt Flats earlier this week have done it again. In their first record they used petrol, and last night switched to methanol, going even faster and claiming a second world record. We speak to the team. [more]

Burling and Tuke take gold on the water
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke seal the deal for a gold medal in their final 49ers race, taking New Zealand's gold medal tally at Rio to four. [more]

Fire fighters search for people trapped in Pukekohe fire
Fears people are trapped in a major fire in a Pukekohe mall [more]

Gov inquiry into water contamination
The Govt has announced an independent inquiry into Havelock North's contaminated water supply, a week after [more]

Pacific Steel wants better process for steel dumping complaints
Pacific Steel says cheap, subsidised Chinese steel is pouring into New Zealand but the process for complaining about it is excessively time-consuming. [more]

Sports News for Friday 19 August
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Stunning performance at Rio wins NZ four medals
A gold, two silvers and a bronze. That's been New Zealand's stunning performance at Rio overnight. We cross to Rio for all the latest. [more]

Ian Ferguson impressed by golden Carrington in Rio
Lisa Carrington's early mentor Ian Ferguson recounts his delight at the kayaker's second medal. [more]

Fire crews confident people have escaped Pukekohe fire
Relief as fire crews believe all the residents caught up in a shopping mall fire have escaped. [more]

Health Minister orders inquiry into gastric outbreak
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North is a very serious situation but says it doesn't need a declaration of emergency [more]

Children's Commissioner won't use English name of new Ministry
The Children's Commissioner will only be using the Maori name of the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, saying the English name is far to negative. But Judge Andrew Becroft says the new ministry is much more than just a name. [more]

Anne Tolley stands behind name of new children's ministry
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says Vulnerable Children the appropriate name for new ministry. She says it's a ministry that ia aiming to give the vulnerable the best chance at a great life. [more]

Govt says Kiwisaver providers must obey the law
The Government says Kiwisaver providers must follow the law but it's not the Government's job to make ethical judgments on behalf of individuals. [more]

Pacific Steel wants govt to act against steel dumping
Pacific Steel says there's a massive over-supply of steel from China, and the government should do something about it. The company is understood to have laid an anti-dumping complaint against China. [more]

Pacific Steel wants govt to act against steel dumping
Pacific Steel says there's a massive over-supply of steel from China, and the government should do something about it. The company is understood to have laid an anti-dumping complaint against China. [more]

All Blacks meet Wallabies in first Bledisloe test on Saturday
Two rugby greats go head to head on Morning Report as the trans Tasman rivalry between the All Blacks and Wallabies ramps up agaun with the first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney tomorrow night. [more]

Sports News for Friday 19 August
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Local sailing clubs overjoyed by Tuke, Burling victory in Rio
Celebrations at two of the country's yacht clubs watching sailors' Blair Tuke and Peter Burling take gold at Rio. We speak with the two clubs who provided the sailors with the start in the sport. [more]

Carrington says she couldn't have hoped for 'better Olympics'
Lisa Carrington says she's excited at her win but sad the Rio Olympics are over. She told our reporter she couldn't have hoped for a better Olympics. [more]

Scientist studies bacteria's movement in aquifers
Astonishment from a water bacteria scientist after Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule doubted any link betwen the current water contamination and one last year when a bore was contaminated by heavy rain [more]

Hopes and worries about low Auckland voter turnout
Auckland's local body electioneering has yet to hit full stride and worries persist that voter turnout could be dismal. Barely a third of Aucklanders voted in 2013. [more]

Markets Update for Friday 19 August 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Investigations continue into claims US swimmers were robbed
We cross to Rio where Brazil police are continuing to investigate claims four American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint. Officials say the group fabricated their story and should apologise to residents. [more]

Sick Havelock North residents becoming increasingly frustrated
As the government confirms an independent inquiry into Havelock North's contaminated water supply, residents in the town are becoming increasingly frustrated with Hastings District Council. [more]

Rangiriri battles sites to be returned to Waikato-Tainui
Sites at the centre of epic 19th century battles are being returned to Waikato-Tainui today. [more]

Low-cost health centre to open care for South Dunedin
A major new iwi-led health centre is being launched to bring low-cost health care to South Dunedin, one of the most deprived areas in the country. [more]

Tonnes of kiwifruit delivered to cyclone-hit Fiji
It's fruit aid for Fiji - a bunch of New Zealand companies are banding together to send Fiji children twenty tonnes of kiwifuit because fruit's still in short supply after Cyclone Winston. [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 19 August 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 19 August 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 19 August 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Alicia Sudden, Researcher
Victoria University Student Alicia Sudden has looked at the changes to the welfare system introduced in July 2013 and beneficiaries told her the reforms are failing to help them get into quality employment. Alicia Sudden is with Bryan Crump to discuss her research and what the beneficiaries told her. [more]

Nights' Culture - Charlotte Wilson
Tonight Charlotte covers the inuaugural Maori Music Month and Dame Gillian Whitehead, currently in the UK for the world premiere of her new opera. She also looks at a new venue in in Christchurch, The Piano and her favourite New Zealand piano music album, Lilburn by Michael Houston, who also has a Bach concert in Wellington this weekend. She's also looking at the great classical musical festival - the 122nd season of The BBC Proms. [more]

Nine To Noon

Fears over substandard steel imports
Are the regulations that test steel imports for large public and private projects tough enough? Over the past few months RNZ news has reported serious concerns over steel quality used in some major public and private projects. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Stewart Askey who has 31 years' quality control experience on huge steel projects in Australia and has spent a lot of time in Chinese factories. [more]

Free dental care for those on low incomes
In the last week or so 850 low income people have had urgent dental work done for free. It's part of an initiative - Smile NZ - by the New Zealand Dental Association and Southern Cross Health Trust. Poor oral health can lead to gum disease and other more serious problems, including those of the heart. Deepa Hughes is Project Manager and Senior Oral Health Educator with the New Zealand Dental Association and David McKelvey is a Wellington dentist. [more]

Too hot to host ? Climate change hangs over future olympics
New research is warning that most cities could be too hot to host the Summer Olympics before the end of the century. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Bruno Lemke from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Fearing it is emptying the seas China cuts its domestic fishing fleet, but will they move to the Pacific? [more]

Courtney Sina Meredith - poet, writer off to Iowa
From writing poems as a child growing up in Glen Innes to the renowned Iowa University writers residency, poet, writer and performance artist Courtney Sina Meredith is well on her way. She as just released her second book, Tail of the Taniwha, it is a collection of 18 short stories, some with a poetic feel. It draws on her life experiences, growing up in Taniwha Street in Glen Innes, and also her Samoan, Cook Island Maori and Irish roots. Her first published work was a book of poems, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick. [more]

Children's Book Review - John McIntyre
How Maui Found his Mother Peter Gossage. Reviewed by John McIntyre. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor basks in the warm, rose-tinted nostalgic hue of Lawrence Arabia's debut release with the Reduction Agents getting the remastered/reissued treatment, stares down one man's singer-songwriter comic delusions with the soundtrack to the forthcoming David Brent movie, and dips into the panoramic pop-soul-funk of Blood Orange. [more]

Brendan Telfer? in Rio
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer talks to Kathryn Ryan from Rio, where the Olympic games will soon wrap up. [more]

The week that was with Te Radar and Irene Pink
Comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink with their take on what the Olympic swimmers robbery story was really all about. [more]

Our Changing World

When the ground starts shaking - GeoNet turns 15
There are about 57 earthquakes every day in New Zealand - and over 15 years GeoNet has recorded more than 314,000 of them. [more]

Online dating and the game of love: a psychologist’s approach
Online dating is a popular way of meeting people, and Sonia Sly finds out some of the benefits and pitfalls of starting relationships online. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 18 August 2016
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 18 August 2016
To be announced. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Govt claims it funded captioning paid for by deaf foundation - CAPTIONS INCLUDED
National Foundation for the Deaf has paid for live captioning of free-to-air Olympic coverage on Prime TV, but the government claims it also paid for it. So who is correct? (Captions Included.) [more]

Hastings District Mayor Lawrence Yule on water crisis
Hastings District Mayor Lawrence Yule joins Checkpoint to discuss the latest on the region's drinking water crisis. [more]

Full investigation into water crisis needed, Health Minister says
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who has just returned from Rio, joins Checkpoint to discuss the Havelock North water contamination crisis and the government inquiry announced today. [more]

New Ministry for Vulnerable Children raises doubts
There's no evidence the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children - Oranga Tamariki will do a better job than Child, Youth and Family, Labour says. [more]

Evening business for 18 August 2016
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

High hopes Walsh and Carrington will win medals overnight
New Zealanders didn't win any medals at the Olympics in Rio today, but there are high hopes overnight for Tom Walsh in the shotput and Lisa Carrington on the water. [more]

Kapiti Coast council proposal on ashes 'bonkers'
A proposed ban on scattering ashes in public places in Kapiti, north of Wellington, is being called "stupid" and "unworkable". [more]

Music centre The Piano opens in Christchurch
A world class centre for music and the arts has opened in Christchurch, after The Music Centre of Christchurch was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquakes. [more]

Dancing baby kiwi video goes viral
The night-time habits of a dancing baby kiwi caught on camera at Dunedin's Orokonui Ecosanctuary is going viral. [more]

Chch locals fed up with late night noise
The agency in charge of fixing earthquake damaged pipes and roads in Christchurch was last night issued an excessive noise notice after keeping residents awake in the early hours. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 18 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]

Radio NZ National Music

Dave Weir - Food For Thought
Dave Weir, former bassist for New Gum Sarn gives us food for throught with his debut EP. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 18 August 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for Friday 19 August
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 18 August 2016
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 18 August 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Julia Hartley-Moore and Tony Doe (Part 1)
What the Panelists Julia Hartley-Moore and Tony Doe have been up to. Lisa Carrington, Lydia Ko, Ryan Lochte and Emma Trott. Irish boxer Michael Conlan hasn't held back on amateur boxing cheats. We talk to former champ Billy Graham. Law lecturer Marcelo Rodriquez-Ferrere of Otago talks about why Corrections doesn't want Mike White there when Gerald Hope meets Scott Watson. [more]

The Panel with Julia Hartley-Moore and Tony Doe (Part 1
Is love never having to say you're sorry - as the character in the film Love Story says? What the Panelists Julia Hartley-Moore and Tony Doe have been thinking about. The re-fit of the TVNZ building in Auckland has cost more than double the original budget. New research finds interest-free student loans have led to increased borrowing and students taking longer to pay them off. A High Court judge says the safety risk of foreign drivers is an issue of "widespread public concern [more]

Panel Intro
What the Panelists Julia Hartley-Moore and Tony Doe have been up to. [more]

Rio update
Lisa Carrington, Lydia Ko, Ryan Lochte and Emma Trott. Irish boxer Michael Conlan hasn't held back on amateur boxing cheats. We talk to former champ Billy Graham. [more]

Journalist barred from Scott Watson meeting
Law lecturer Marcelo Rodriquez-Ferrere of Otago talks about why Corrections doesn't want Mike White there when Gerald Hope meets Scott Watson. [more]

Love and romance
Is love never having to say you're sorry - as the character in the film Love Story says? [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Julia Hartley-Moore and Tony Doe have been thinking about. [more]

TVNZs $60m revamp
The re-fit of the TVNZ building in Auckland has cost more than double the original budget. [more]

Interest-free student loans
New research finds interest-free student loans have led to increased borrowing and students taking longer to pay them off. [more]

Foreign drivers
A High Court judge says the safety risk of foreign drivers is an issue of "widespread public concern". [more]

Beneficiaries debt
The Government has no idea how much money it lends to beneficiaries to stay in motels, the Ministry for Social Development has admitted [more]

The Wireless

What it's like to meet your birth mother for the first time on live TV
'They said, we've got a surprise for you.' [more]

War Dogs isn’t the movie you’ve been sold
But that's not exactly a bad thing. [more]

The Singles Life: Video killed the reality TV star
Welcome to The Singles Life, where we peruse, ponder and pontificate on the latest and (maybe) greatest in New Zealand music. [more]

What's Sonny Bill Williams gonna do now?
Sonny Bill Williams (totally not Lucy Zee in a paper mask) hit the streets of Auckland to ask the public what they think his next career move should be. [more]

Retrospective: Lawrence Arabia on The Reduction Agents’ excellent debut album
To mark the 10th anniversary of The Dance Reduction Agents, James Milne looks back on where it all started. [more]

Upbeat

The new generation
St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra in Auckland has a fabulous pairing for their next concert on Sunday: virtuoso violinist Andrew Beer and charismatic New Zealand conductor Holly Mathieson. Holly is one of the new generation of trail blazing woman conductors who know no fear. And Andrew is sure to shine as he plays virtuoso works by Ravel and Chausson. [more]

The en pointe trailblazer
Nicolette Fraillon is the only woman to hold the job of chief conductor and musical director of a professional ballet company. She busted the glass ceiling years ago as top dog of The Australian Ballet. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 18 August 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 18 August 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 18 August 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional News and Sports News for 19 August 2016
The latest regional Pacific news and sport. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 August 2016
The latest world, regional Pacific news and sport. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 August 2016
The latest world, regional Pacific news and sport. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 August 2016
The latest world, regional Pacific news and sport. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 August 2-16
The latest world, regional Pacific news and sport. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 August 2016
The latest world, regional Pacific news and sport. [more]

News stories:

OLYMPIC LATEST - Kayaker Carrington has won her heat and moves into the K1 500m semis
OLYMPIC LATEST - Kayaker Carrington has won her heat and moves into the K1 500m semis [more]

OLYMPIC LATEST - Carrington into the women's K1 500m final
OLYMPIC LATEST - Carrington into the women's K1 500m final [more]

PNG students lawyer could face court over contempt
The University of Papua New Guinea has served a contempt charge against the lawyer for the students representative council, Laken Lepatu Aigilo. [more]

Calls for Australia to end offshore processing of asylum seekers
Hundreds of Australian academics are calling for an end to their Government's policy of processing asylum seekers offshore. [more]

Carrington makes the finals in the K1 500m
Rio 2016 Olympics - Two controlled performances have secured champion kayaker Lisa Carrington a place in the K1 500m finals. [more]

Top Olympic official arrested in ticket sale probe
Rio 2016 Olympics - Europe's top Olympic official Pat Hickey is arrested in relation to an investigation into ticket touting. [more]

Cautious optimism over latest employment figures
Analysts are confident the economy is creating more jobs, despite warnings that new employment figures need to be treated with care. [more]

Round Up report 'not thorough enough'
A common herbicide should not be cleared for use because the recent safety review by the government was fundamentally flawed, says GE Free NZ. [more]

Barrett to start at 10 against Wallabies
Beauden Barrett has beaten Aaron Cruden to start at first-five for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies in Sydney. [more]

ETS changes needed to meet Paris Agreement
The Emissions Trading Scheme will need to be tweaked to meet climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement, the government says. [more]

Trump overhauls campaign team again
Down in polls, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has overhauled his campaign team for the second time in two months. [more]

PACER Plus negotiators defend process and transparency in Auckland
Difficulties with negotiating the PACER plus trade agreement for Pacific islands have come to light at a public presentation in Auckland. [more]

Steel in huge sewage tank not independently tested
One of the country's largest sewage tanks has been built using steel that was not independently tested. [more]

Olympics hockey semi-final: Great Britain lead Black Sticks women 1-0 at half-time
Olympics hockey semi-final: Great Britain lead Black Sticks women 1-0 at half-time [more]

Water contamination 'could happen anywhere in NZ'
Any unchlorinated water supply could be contaminated in the same way as has happened in Havelock North, the head of a water industry group says. [more]

Repairs underway on Port Hills cliff face
Part of a crucial road linking Sumner to Lyttelton is being repaired, five years after being damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. [more]

Man stabbed in Hutt Valley
One person has been arrested over the stabbing of a man in the Hutt Valley. [more]

Michael Hill pays IRD $30m to end tax dispute
Jewellery retailer Michael Hill International has admitted defeat and settled a long running tax dispute with Inland Revenue (IRD). [more]

Marking 50 years since the Vietnam War
Commemorations are being held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. [more]

Female enrolments fall at Canterbury University
The proportion of women students dropped below 50 percent at a major New Zealand university for the first time in a decade last year. [more]

'Evolution, not revolution' to turnaround Southern DHB
The country's most troubled district health board says it will turnaround its fortunes by improving its services, not cutting them. [more]

OLYMPICS HOCKEY - Black Sticks women to play for bronze, after losing semi-final 3-0 to Great Britain
OLYMPICS HOCKEY - Black Sticks women to play for bronze, after losing semi-final 3-0 to Great Britain [more]

Solomons rearranges govt spending
The Solomon Islands government has rearranged its budget spending to ensure funds are not wasted and prioritised for essential services. [more]

Olympics hockey: NZ lose to GB
Rio 2016 Olympics - The New Zealand women's hockey team will play for bronze after losing 3-0 to Great Britain in their semi-final. Look at how the game unfolded here: [more]

No date given by Australia or PNG for Manus closure
No timeline has been given by either Australia and Papua New Guinea for the closure of the Manus offshore detention centre. [more]

Fall friends: US runner pulls out of final, will root for Hamblin
Rio 2016 Olympics - The US runner who fell, along with New Zealander Nikki Hamblin, while racing has pulled out of the 5000m final and will cheer on Hamblin. [more]

Baby with head injury airlifted to hospital
A three-week-old baby has been airlifted to Tauranga Hospital after sustaining a serious head injury. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Tanker used to supply water to campylobacter-hit Havelock North may contain E coli
BREAKING NEWS - Tanker used to supply water to campylobacter-hit Havelock North may contain E coli [more]

Former Fiji finance ministry officer goes to jail on corruption
A former worker in Fiji's ministry of finance has been sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of abuse of office. [more]

Sport: Solomon's Siosi sets new best time
Solomon Islands runner Rosefelo Siosi has set a new personal best time in the men's 5000m in Rio. [more]

Sport: NZ bids to host Futsal World Cup
New Zealand Football has bid to host the FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2020. [more]

Rio Olympics: New Zealand's golden waterworld
Opinion - New Zealand's gold rush at Rio has come on the water and Jamie Wall has a few ideas for some more water-based sports to bulk out our medal count. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Havelock North water crisis spreads to Hastings
BREAKING NEWS - Havelock North water crisis spreads to Hastings [more]

Guilty judgment for Vanuatu MPs sets 'significant' precedent
A Melanesian governance expert says a ruling that 11 former Vanuatu MPs are guilty of conspiring to defeat the course of justice sets a significant precedent. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Hastings water supply chlorinated as precautionary measure, after Havelock North E coli positive
BREAKING NEWS - Hastings water supply chlorinated as precautionary measure, after Havelock North E coli positive [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Hastings mayor calls for calm, says chances of E coli infection low
BREAKING NEWS - Hastings mayor calls for calm, says chances of E coli infection low [more]

Spark's profit flat, mobile and IT revenues up
Telecommunications company Spark has reported a flat full year profit. [more]

Tonga comfortable with Maori trust agreement
Tonga's government says it respects a Maori trust involved in its forestry sector, despite negative media reports about the trust's registration. [more]

Freed Nigeria Chibok schoolgirl 'misses militant husband'
The first Nigerian schoolgirl from Chibok to be rescued from Boko Haram says she misses the father of her baby, a suspected Islamist militant. [more]

Convicted rapist in court on escaping custody charge
A convicted Christchurch rapist who was arrested in Nelson last night has been remanded in custody without plea on a charge of escaping custody. [more]

Fiji PM says flag won't be changed
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has announced that the Fiji flag will not be changed for the foreseeable future. [more]

TradeMe profit dips on weak dating site
Trade Me has had its profit fall, after it wrote down the value of its poorly performing dating website. [more]

Port of Tauranga profit dips on weaker log traffic
The Port of Tauranga has reported a slight fall in its annual profit as it has had higher costs and a fall in log exports. [more]

Police in Florida capture 'The Ghost'
US police have announced the arrest of a Cuban fugitive who had been on the run for 26 years. [more]

Masked men use sledgehammer in attempted robbery
Two balaclava-wearing men used a sledgehammer to smash down the door of a Christchurch bakery, in an early morning robbery. [more]

Uproar after Egypt TV presenters suspended over weight
Egypt's state broadcaster has suspended eight of its female TV presenters and told them to go on a diet, sparking uproar among women's rights groups. [more]

'Biggest ever' avocado crop predicted
Good news for avocado lovers: the season is under way, and volumes are expected to hit a record high. [more]

Samoa Police and Prosecution heads suspended
Samoa's Cabinet has suspended the Police Commissioner and the Director of Public Prosecutions to await the outcome of two separate court cases involving them. [more]

Cooks needs tourists to stay longer, spend more: academic
Tourism planners in the Cook Islands will have to start focussing on having visitors stay longer and spend more. [more]

$1bn Taranaki urea plant upgrade in doubt
Plans by Ballance Agri-Nutrients to rebuild its ammonia urea plant at Kapuni in Taranaki are in serious doubt after a potential partner withdrew. [more]

Senators say UN calling American Samoa a 'colony' is offensive
Senators from American Samoa say the United Nations' labelling the territory a 'colony' is offensive. [more]

Solomons' to seek donor help with infrastructure projects
The Solomon Islands government will seek donor financing help to build the Tina Hydro and the Under Sea Internet cable projects next year. [more]

Neighbours want child sex offender moved from Wgtn suburb
Residents in a Lower Hutt suburb are angry that a child sex offender is living in the area and want him to be moved. [more]

US swimmers stopped at airport as robbery investigation continues
Rio 2016 Olympics - Two American swimmers have been stopped from boarding a flight leaving Rio, following an investigation into their account of being robbed at gunpoint. [more]

Sprinkler investigation keeps Te Papa closed
Te Papa will be closed again on Friday as staff try to work out what set off part of the museum's sprinkler system. [more]

Solomon airlines chief says a terminal is needed for multi-million dollar runway
Solomon Airlines says an international terminal needs to be built in order for a runway upgrade in Munda to be of full use to airline operators. [more]

PNG community braces for Manus closure
The MP for Manus in PNG says the local community is bracing itself for the closure of Australia's offshore processing centre on the island. [more]

Consumer confidence remains strong
Consumer confidence remains strong, pointing to continued momentum for the New Zealand economy. [more]

Homeless seeking driveways to rent
Some homeless Aucklanders are seeking driveways to rent so they can sleep in their cars. [more]

KiwiSavers fund cluster bombs, land mines
Hundreds of thousands of KiwiSaver members in default schemes may be unknowingly investing in cluster bombs and land mine manufacturers. [more]

Internet woes in French Polynesia
Internet users in French Polynesia's outer islands report frequent and prolonged problems with their connections. [more]

Rio Olympics: Timaru shot putter's home town support
Rio 2016 Olympics - Hundreds of pupils and staff from Timaru Boys High School have turned out for a public show of support for former pupil Tom Walsh, as he prepares to compete in Rio tomorrow. [more]

Quiet day for New Zealand athletes
Rio 2016 Olympics - It was a relatively subdued day for New Zealand athletes at the Rio Olympics today. [more]

Govt to hold own inquiry into water contamination
The government has changed its mind and will hold an inquiry into the contamination of Havelock North's water supply. [more]

Bougainville unclear on PNG intentions over Rio shares
The President of Bougainville says he is grateful the Papua New Guinea Government is giving the region a portion of its shares in Bougainville Copper Ltd. [more]

PM dismisses KiwiSaver weapon investment concerns
The government is dismissing concerns about KiwiSaver members unknowingly investing in companies making bombs and mines. [more]

'It's stupid': Student groups reject loan interest proposal
Students' associations have rubbished suggestions the government should reintroduce interest on new student loans. [more]

Australia urged to meet moral obligation on Manus
Australia has a moral obligation to bring refugees and asylum seekers held in offshore processing centres back to the mainland, according to a prominent human rights lawyer. [more]

Queenstown drone forces plane to divert
An incident where a plane in Queenstown had to change course to avoid hitting a drone was extremely dangerous, the Civil Aviation Authority says. [more]

Cook Islands by-election date set
The Cook Islands Chief Electoral Officer has announced a by-election in Aitutaki's Arutanga-Reureu-Nikaupara constituency on 13 October. [more]

Triathletes embrace choppy Rio waters
Rio 2016 Olympics - Two New Zealanders are set to dive into the choppy waters off Copacabana Beach in Rio in the men's triathlon tomorrow morning. [more]

American Samoa Govt plans better health services
American Samoa's governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is planning a feasibility study for a new medical centre in the territory. [more]

Police recruitment underway in American Samoa
American Samoa's territorial government is trying to address the high numbers of officers leaving its police force. [more]

Govt confirms new Ministry for Vulnerable Children
A new Ministry for Vulnerable Children will be set up from April next year, the government has confirmed. [more]

NZ hoping for Fantastic Friday in Rio
Rio 2016 Olympics - Without tempting fate, Friday could be New Zealand's greatest day of the Rio Olympics as Lisa Carrington goes for back-to-back golds. [more]

Turkey car bomb: Three killed, about 100 wounded
At least three police officers have been killed and about 100 people have been by a car bomb at a police station in the eastern Turkish city of Elazig [more]

'Please, we ask that you bring our fallen home'
Veterans have used a service marking 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam to call for soldiers buried overseas to be brought home. [more]

Plastic pistol and knife used in robbery attempt
Police are looking for a getaway car, and its occupants, following an armed robbery attempt at a dairy in Tauranga. [more]

Hunt for source of water contamination continues
The cause of Havelock North's water contamination remains a mystery, with the Health Minister saying he wants answers as soon as possible. [more]