Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 8th December 2016

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Business News

News from the business sector, including a market report.
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 9 December 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Growing govt surpluses give options
Prime Minister designate Bill English's fiscal cups look to be running over after the Treasury upped its forecasts of budget surpluses and economic growth, while it pointed to spending on infrastructure, schools, housing, roads, the cost of the recent quakes, repaying debt and in due course, possible tax cuts. [more]

KiwiSaver changes recommended
The Commission for Financial Capability is recommending swift changes to KiwiSaver. [more]

Morning Markets for 9 December 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Unsolicited mystery offer for Fairfax's NZ papers
An unsolicited, mystery offer has emerged for the New Zealand operations of Australia's Fairfax Media. [more]

Markets Update for 9 December 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Electronic card spending falls
Consumer spending using electronic cards has fallen as last month's earthquakes dented activity. [more]

Roholm raising capital to fund global expansion
The hair product manufacturer, Roholm, is hoping to raise 1-and-a-half million dollars of capital before Christmas, to fund its global expansion plans. [more]

Strong funds growth points to opportunity for entrepreneurs
The year ahead is expected to be a good for entrepreneurs and deal-makers, with plenty of venture capital and growth funds looking to make long-term investments. [more]

Australian budget forecasts under pressure
New Zealand's government is basking in the glow of yesterday's revised budget forecasts .. as the economy staying stronger-for-longer boosts the treasury coffers, with bumper tax payments. [more]

Midday Markets for 9 December 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Kate Tyro at Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Business briefs
Burger Fuel Worldwide has reduced its half year loss as it continues to invest to grow the business overseas. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 8th December 2016
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Bill English has PM job in the bag
Bill English is set to be New Zealand's next Prime Minister after more than half of National's MPs publicly declared their support for him. Chris Bramwell reports.  [more]

Bill English set to become NZ's next PM
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is set to be promoted to Prime Minister after Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman withdrew from the race. He joins Checkpoint from Wellington. [more]

Bill English the only one left in race for PM
Three MPs put their names forward to lead National and New Zealand after John Key resigned earlier this week, but Bill English is only one left. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson has the latest. [more]

Power restored to Far North after towers damaged
Power is back on in the Far North after three transmission towers went out of action this morning. Transpower suspects the towers were vandalised. Lois Williams reports. [more]

Lydia Ko's dumped coach concerned about golfer's future
New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has dumped her coach David Leadbetter. Mr Leadbetter told Checkpoint the 19-year-old's father should stop interferring in her career. [more]

Napier police officers found not guilty of assault
Four Napier police officers will remain on full duties, after being cleared of assaulting a man during an arrrest. Edward Gay reports. [more]

Quake-damaged Lancaster Park set to face the wrecking ball
Christchurch's quake-damaged stadium Lancaster Park will most likely be demolished after the city's mayor Lianne Dalziel said it would be uneconomic to repair it, at a cost of $250m. [more]

Former Telford horse students say closing it a tragedy
Former students of the South Island's only residential horse-training course say shutting it down will stop others getting into the industry. [more]

Tiny settlement of Rakautara marooned after quake
People living in Rakautara, north of Kaikōura, have been cut off since the 7.8 quake struck last month. And authorities have told them it could be months before slips are cleared. [more]

Checkpoint plays Nats in the Hat to find NZ's next deputy PM
Checkpoint heads to Auckland streets to ask who should serve as Bill English' deputy, in a completely unscientific game of (mostly) Nats in a Hat. [more]

Competition for deputy role alive, English says
Bill English's early victory in the leadership battle leaves just the deputy's job up for grabs when the National Party caucus meets on Monday. He says the battle is very much alive. [more]

Kaikoura cuts government surplus as half year books revealed
The government's projected bumper surplus has been cut back significantly by the cost of the Kaikoura earthquakes. [more]

Shearer to leave Parliament for UN job in South Sudan
Labour MP David Shearer looks likely to leave Parliament to take up a top United Nations job in South Sudan - leaving the Mt Albert seat empty. [more]

Auckland mayor sets up taskforce to fix city's housing woes
Auckland mayor Phil Goff has set up a taskforce to come up with ways to address the city's housing crisis, in the council's latest attempt to stem the shelter shortage. [more]

Wellington's inner-city residents want financial help to streng
People living in inner-city Wellington want more help from the government, if it is going to tighten the rules for earthquake-prone buildings. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Villagers on alert after major Solomons' quake aftershock
Villagers on alert after major Solomons' quake aftershock [more]

All eyes on NZ Samoan boxer as he fights for world title
Samoan boxer Joseph Parker will be the first New Zealand fighter to contend the WBO world heavyweight boxing title. [more]

Vanuatu needs to be on UN Committee of 24 - Sope
A former Vanuatu prime minister Barak Sope wants Vanuatu to become a member of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation to counter Indonesia's influence. [more]

Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation & management
Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 8 December 2016
Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation and management measures; A former Vanuatu prime minister wants the country on the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation to counter Indonesia's influence; All eyes on NZ Samoan boxer as he fights for world title; Upset at end of ABC shortwave; More land reforms on the horizon in Vanuatu. [more]

Women's network launched in Solomon Islands
Women leaders in Solomon Islands will have a chance to network and learn new skills after the launch of a new association aimed at promoting equal opportunities for women. [more]

Woman deported for swearing at Fiji President
The Fiji government says a woman was deported at short notice for swearing at the President of Fiji. Karen Seaton, who owns land in Fiji, was put on a plane to the US after she made a submission at parliament protesting against land laws. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 9 December 2016
Women leaders in Solomon Islands will have a chance to network and learn new skills after the launch of a new association aimed at promoting equal opportunities for women; Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation and management measures; A former Vanuatu prime minister wants the country on the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation to counter Indonesia's influence; All eyes on NZ Samoan boxer as he fights for world title. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 9 December 2016
The country gears up for Joseph Parker's heavyweight title fight in Auckland… Lydia Ko's former coach says the 19 year old's parents are influencing her game too much…. the hunt for a new Wellington Phoenix coach begins after Ernie Merrick's shock resignation…. Shane van Gisbergen ends the Australian Supercars championship in style and the Black Sticks men's hockey coach Colin Batch leaves New Zealand for his dream job. [more]

Go Ahead Caller

Go Ahead Caller - Ser 3, Ep 4 by Paul Casserly
Ken has an opinion about the right to die issue but has to field a call from Alistaire who has an opinion on a foot-care product and its tendency to turn his feet into some sort of  meat product. Features Bill Kerton, Mahoney Harris, Graeme Hill, Paul Casserly Studio engineer Rangi Powick [more]

In Parliament

Today In Parliament Thursday 8 November 2016 - evening edition
MPs take a break from speculating about John Key's successor as National Party leader and Prime Minister to pass the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill through all its remaining stages. The bill was back in the debating chamber after spending almost a week with the Local Government and Environment Committee whose chairman, Scott Simpson, related how government MPs on the committee heard of Mister Key's resignation announcement. National's Kaikoura MP, Stuart Smith, reports on aspects of his electorate's recovery from the 7.8 magnitude quake. [more]

The Day In Parliament Friday 9 December 2016 - morning edition
The Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, says the House will start the long summer break next Wednesday at the end of the Adjournment Debate. Hinaya Ahu reports on the Local Government and Environment Committee's consideration of a petition requesting that "swimmable" be made the minimum standard for fresh water and TVNZ's annual financial review by the Commerce Committee. MPs take a break from speculating about John Key's successor as National Party leader and Prime Minister to pass the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery Bill through all its remaining stages. The bill was back in the debating chamber after spending almost a week with the Local Government and Environment Committee whose chairman, Scott Simpson, related how government MPs on the committee heard of Mister Key's resignation announcement. National's Kaikoura MP, Stuart Smith, reports on aspects of his electorate's recovery from the 7.8 magnitude quake. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Whitebait debate: Mike Joy
There are concerns our whitebait stocks are on the decline and more needs to be done to protect the delicacy. Freshwater ecologist Mike Joy believes that we should be putting controls in place to keep the stock at healthy numbers. He says whitebait should be treated the same as our native trout and not be available for commercial sale. [more]

Quake Desk: Nick Maarhuis
Lower Hutt inventor Nick Maarhuis has come up with a desk designed to withstand the debris which might fall on it during an earthquake. He has been showcasing his work around Wellington and tested it's strength by dropping a BMW on it. He hopes to be able to make these to sell in the future. [more]

Virtual Kaikoura Shopping: Ina Kinski
An entrepreneurial Southlander has come to the aid of Kaikoura retailers. A virtual personal shopper will take people around the town to make their purchases. The brainchild of Ina Kinski is a bid to help struggling shop owners through what should have been a busy time for them. [more]

Favourite album - Hymns of the 49th Parallel
Today's favourite album is chosen by Dorothy Wales. [more]

Theatre Critic: Dione Joseph
Dione is a writer, director and dramaturge. She has an academic and practical background in live performance and her work has an emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse communities. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Today Mary looks at why some people are still not in KiwiSaver, or are on a contributions holiday: Part 2. Previously she has discussed people with worries and fears and ethical concerns. This time she's looking at the more practical reasons. [more]

Masterpieces: Dick Frizzell
Our guest on Masterpieces today is iconic artist Dick Frizzell, whose latest artwork is designed to keep you dry. [more]

The Expats: Alison Paulin
Today's expat is living in San Jose, USA. She joins Jesse to talk about her life in California, the early school run and access to fabulous Mexican food. [more]

This Way Up: As Seen on TV
The Big Boss Expandable Hose and The Renovator Paint Runner Pro....just a a couple of As Seen on TV products flogged by excitable people with loud voices on the telly. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 8 December 2016
Bill English gets another shot leading the National Party. Visiting Kaikoura's shops online and in Dateline Pacific, the ABC cuts its shortwave service to the islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 December 2016
Reports of quake damage and building collapse from Solomon Islands. Paula Bennett is confident she'll be the next deputy Prime Minister. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 December 2016
The New Zealand wicketkeep BJ Watling concedes the Black Caps haven't performed well in the field and says he must take some reponsibility for that. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 9 December 2016
Is an early election on the cards for the incoming Prime Minister?, Bill English outlines his plans ahead of Caucus vote, The talk from the back bench, RNZ's political editor looks at the political changes, Tsunami Alert sparked for Pacific, and Steven Joyce responds to Kaikoura business demands [more]

Sports News for 9 December 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Collins and Coleman bow out of leadership race
Bill English will be New Zealand's new Prime Minister. The two other contenders for the leadership of the National Party withdrew from the contest yesterday. [more]

Changes to land laws are forcing foreigners to abandon Fiji
Some foreign landowners say they've been through hell because of changes to Fiji's land laws. [more]

Fresh faces likely in English cabinet
New Zealand's new Finance Minister will be Steven Joyce. The man who will take over as Prime Minister, Bill English, signalled he would ditch the Finance portfolio he's held for eight years and give it to Mr Joyce. [more]

"You tell me where the justice is in that?"
Survivors who receive compensation for their abuse in stae care, have to spent the money within 12 months, or it could effect any other benefits they recieve. [more]

Questions raised about how LGNZ conference ended up at casino
Auckland councillor Cathy Casey is appalled Local Government New Zealand did not choose a council venue for its annual conference next year and decided instead to use the Sky City conference centre. [more]

Sports News for 9 December 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Is an early election on the cards for the incoming Prime Minister?
The Opposition are agitating for an early election, once Bill English takes the reigns from John Key on Monday. But those are not the only issues the new Prime Minister will have to grapple with, as Demelza Leslie reports from parliament. [more]

Will Bill English call an early election?
"If we just reorganise and rethought what government was doing then we could help hundreds and thousands of people have better lives." [more]

The talk from the back bench
National list MP Chris Bishop says Bill English offers stability and continuity as the new Prime Minister. [more]

RNZ's political editor looks at the political changes
RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson says an election earlier than November could be on the cards when Parliament comes back. [more]

Tsunami Alert sparked for Pacific
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake has struck 70 kilometres off of the Solomon islands sparking a tsunami alert for much of the Pacific [more]

Potential tsunami threat following Solomon Islands quake
Civil defence controller Sarah Stuart-Black says a tsunami would take about three hours to travel to New Zealand, so the situation is being monitored. [more]

Kaikoura businesses hope Steven Joyce brings good news today
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce will visit Kaikoura today and business owners hope he'll arrive with a promise of more economic aid. [more]

Joyce to meet with quake-affected business owners
Steven Joyce flies to Kaikoura to address locals about the future of their businesses. [more]

Joseph Parker says he's ready for world title fight
Joseph Parker faces off against Andy Ruiz for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight world title in Auckland tomorrow night. [more]

Lawyer appalled abuse victims being penalised
People paid compensation for abuse suffered while in state care are being told their welfare payments could be docked as a consequence. Lawyer Sonja Cooper says the state is giving with one hand and taking with the other. [more]

Corrections refuses Ombudsman's request to remove some cameras
Corrections is refusing to remove cameras from some parts of prisons despite an Ombudsman's report they amount to degrading treatment under the Crimes of Torture Act. [more]

Sports News for 9 December 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Tsunami warning for Pacific after massive quake near Solomons
RNZ International's Moera Tuilaepa Taylor has more on the quake off the coast of the Solomon Islands [more]

Latest updates on the tsunami alert for the Pacific
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake has struck 70 kilometres off of the Solomon islands sparking a tsunami alert for much of the Pacific [more]

Budget surpluses forecast to soar
Budget surpluses are set to rise to levels not seen since before the global financial crisis. Economics correspondent Patrick O'Meara looks at what Treasury's forecasting. [more]

Labour's Little urges government to hold early election
The Labour party leader Andrew Little is calling for an early election [more]

Solomon locals talk about magnitude 7.7 quake
A huge quake hits the Solomons. There are Pacific-wide tsunami warnings [more]

Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands
Civil Defence says the potential tsunami threat for marine and beach areas in New Zealand has been cancelled. [more]

Should NZers get free access to watch important matches
A bill has been drawn from parliament's ballot to debate whether or not to guarantee free live coverage of All Blacks matches and other significant sporting events. [more]

Boxing legend Bob Arum and Duco unite to promote Joseph Parker
Joseph Parker's promoters, Duco Events, are joining forces with American boxing legend Bob Arum to push the South Auckland heavyweight on to the world stage. [more]

Iwi treaty settlements grow in value to around $6 billion
Ngati Whatua o Orakei and Ngai Tahu are star performers, returning healthy profits on treaty settlements according to Maori Issues Correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes [more]

Auckland mayor has plans for new taskforce on housing
Auckland's mayor Phil Goff has announced plans for a Taskforce on the city's housing crisis, but says he didn't consult key people on the council who've spent years working on housing policy. our Auckland Correspondent Todd Niall has more detail. [more]

More Maori doctors heading into the work force
A commitment some years ago to increase the number of Maori doctors is bearing fruit. Tomorrow 45 will graduate from the University of Otago. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 9 December 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 9 December 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 9 December 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Dallas Goldtooth - Standing Rock
Dallas Goldtooth is an organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, and is currently on the ground at Standing Rock, where water protectors remain vigilant despite the good news that the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline. [more]

Nights' Culture - Jazz
Jivester, editor and publisher Fergus Barrowman on the sizzle and pop of a snazzy beat... [more]

Nine To Noon

Political commentators: Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills
The anointing of Bill English as PM just over 72 hours after John Key’s resignation was a ‘perfectly executed coup’, political commentator Matthew Hooton says. [more]

Measuring brain signals to ID criminals
Lynn Freeman talks with Harvard neuroscientist and researcher Dr Larry Farwell, who invented brain fingerprinting or forensic brainwave analysis. The technique which measures electrical brain signals, can establish whether a person has knowledge of given information or not. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
The latest on the Magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the Solomon Islands, some breaking news on a "Fonterra tax" that is lurking in Tonga and Pacific Bluefin tuna face disaster. [more]

Death in a cold climate
'Vera' and 'Shetland' author Ann Cleeves talks to Nine to Noon about what makes a cracking murder mystery. Her latest book 'Cold Earth', is Ann's thirtieth book in 30 years. [more]

Children's Book Review - John McIntyre
The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda, published by Walker Books. Refuge by Anne Booth, illlustrated by Sam Usher, published by Nosy Crow. Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells by Deano Yipadee, illlustrated by Paul Beavis, published by Scholastic. [more]

Revelling in Dadrock
Jeremy Taylor goes fully Dadrock with the new Rolling Stones blues covers album, Kate Bush's live tour de force, and a star-studded tribute to the magnificent Emmylou Harris. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Black Caps have a dismal showing in the Chappell-Hadlee series, tomorrow's heavyweight title fight between Jo Parker and Mexican Any Ruiz and Lydia Ko parts with her coach. [more]

The week that was
With Te Radar and Irene Pink. [more]

Our Changing World

Climathon - new ideas to deal with climate change
Take a hundred people motivated to do something about climate change, give them 24 hours to brainstorm ideas about practical solutions, do that around the world and you have a Climathon. [more]

When the Kekerengu Fault ruptured
Geologists are combing the ground in the wake of the 7.8M Kaikōura earthquake looking for clues, to understand what happened when 9 faults rupture at the same time. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 8 December 2016
We hear from our correspondent in Vanuatu. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 8 December 2016
JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has he made showing the Government is on track to continue delivering surpluses and supporting a growing economy? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “Ministers find it a little bit irritating” when asking for funding, and which Ministers was he referring to? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcement has she made about strengthening the independent oversight of the Corrections system? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Health: What is the name of the major global study on a sugary drinks tax by the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology that he referenced in QWA 13827 (2016) and where was it published? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What indication, if any, has the Minister of Finance given him for Vote Health in Budget 2017 that led him to say “I think we’ve got to be very careful before we look at tax cuts. We’ve got to make sure we are properly funding health and education to the level that people expect”? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Revenue: What recent reports has he received regarding the time, money, and effort that small and medium-sized businesses spend on meeting their tax obligations? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all of his statements in relation to the Te Tai Tokerau Northland Regional Growth Study and Action Plan; if so, how? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she believe that partnership schools should report NCEA results using the same methodology as state schools; if so, why hasn’t this been the case so far? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Disability Issues: What recent announcements has she made regarding initiatives that will help New Zealand to become a non-disabling society? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: When she said in an interview with Paul Henry yesterday that the “over-engineering and overthinking that can happen when a government or a party has been in government for quite some time” means “it is really important just to get on with the job”, was she referring to the fact that she has been working on a plan since June for more police but still nothing has been delivered? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Is she still intending to introduce the second amendment to the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 this year, now that the Māori Women’s Welfare League has filed a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal challenging the proposed changes? STUART SMITH to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: How is the Government supporting the planting of new forests? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Bill English has PM job in the bag
Bill English is set to be New Zealand's 39th Prime Minister after more than half of National's MPs publicly declared their support for him. [more]

Bill English set to become NZ's next Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is set to be promoted to Prime Minister after Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman withdrew from the race. He joins Checkpoint from Wellington. [more]

Bill English the only one left in race for PM
Three MPs put their names forward to lead National and New Zealand after John Key resigned earlier this week, but Bill English is only one left. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson has the latest. [more]

News from the business sector, including a market report
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Quake damaged Lancaster Park set to face the wrecking ball
Christchurch's quake-damaged stadium Lancaster Park will most likely be demolished after the city's mayor Lianne Dalziel said it would be uneconomic to repair it, at a cost of $250m. [more]

Former Telford horse students say closing it a tragedy
Former students of the South Island's only residential horse-training course say shutting it down will stop others getting into the industry. [more]

Tiny settlement of Rakau marooned after quake
People living in Rakautara, north of Kaikoura, have been cut off since the 7.8 quake struck last month. And authorities have told them it could be months before slips are cleared. [more]

Checkpoint plays Nats in the Hat to find NZ's next deputy PM
Checkpoint heads to Auckland streets to ask who should serve as Bill English' deputy, in a completely unscientific game of (mostly) Nats in a Hat. [more]

Leadership competition for deputy role drops out
Bill English's early victory in the leadership battle leaves just the deputy's job up for grabs when the National Party caucus meets on Monday. He says the battle is very much alive. [more]

Auckland mayor sets up taskforce to fix city's housing woes
Auckland mayor Phil Goff has set up a taskforce to come up with ways to address the city's housing crisis, in the council's latest attempt to stem the shelter shortage. [more]

Wellington's inner city residents want financial help to strengthen buildings
People living in inner-city Wellington want more help from the government, if it is going to tighten the rules for earthquake-prone buildings. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 8th December 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

I am a satellite: the orbit of Keith Urban
In New Zealand for his first ever show in his country of birth, Keith Urban speaks with Yadana Saw about his eclectic music collection and the conundrum of his famous Hollywood marriage. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 December 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 December 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 8 December 2016
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 8 December 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Sally Wenley and Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Part 1)
David Shearer leaving politics;Bill English garners more support;Fathers and sons talking about sex;Motorway ettiquette. [more]

David Shearer leaving politics
Political reporter Tracy Watkins talks about Labour MP David Shearer calling it quits. [more]

Bill English garners more support
Political reporter Tracy Watkins discusses the gathering support for Bill English as John Key's replacement. [more]

Fathers and sons talking about sex
Emanuel Kalafatelis talks about the latest poll on fathers being unable to talk to sons about sexual consent. [more]

Motorway ettiquette
Is it rude to barrell up on the inside lane? [more]

The Panel with Sally Wenley and Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Part 2)
Disappearing Christmas traditions;Panel says;Opportunities Party tax policy;Whitebait ban. [more]

Disappearing Christmas traditions
Which Christmas traditions do you hold on to? [more]

Panel says
What the panellists have been thinking about. [more]

Opportunities Party tax policy
Geof Nightingale of Price Waterhouse Coopers on the pros and cons of the Opportunities Party tax policy. [more]

Whitebait ban
Whitebaiter Ian McCracken talks about why a ban on fishing for whitebait won't work. [more]

The Wireless

NZ's next prime minister will be Bill English
John Key's right-hand man has no more opponents. [more]

Upbeat

Ancient college choir tours
Corpus Christi College is part of the ancient colleges at the University of Cambridge, and its choir, made up of 20 undergraduate and post grad students, is touring the country this month. Singing and composing for the Choir is Paul Newton-Jackson, originally from Hamilton. [more]

Personal growth through performance
John Ure is retiring after 36 years with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He’s had a huge influence with the group, from being a principal player, to artistic manager and director of operation. He talks about how the APO has changed from a player run ensemble to a large professional orchestra. [more]

Christmas in Levin
The annual Christmas show at the Basement Theatre is here once again, and this year it’s about an amateur dramatic society putting together their festive show, set in Levin. The cast are waiting for a celebrity to arrive, and from there the cast and special guest are thrown in the deep end. Writer Thomas Sainsbury talks about why Levin is the perfect place to set this year’s show and how they managed to convince some of NZ’s biggest acting names to participate. [more]

World & Pacific News

2pm Pacific Regional News for 8 December 2016
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 8 December 2016
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 8 December 2016
The latest world, regional Pacific news and sport. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 9 December 2016
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 December 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

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

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

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 Decembewr 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 December 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Charter school NCEA reporting to be brought into line
Education officials are moving to change the way charter schools report their NCEA results, following concerns they are not being held to the same standards as state schools. [more]

Is New Zealand's whitebait population fried?
'Skyrocketing' prices and lacklustre catches have sparked calls for whitebait fishing to be better regulated. [more]

Crown gives closing address in officers' assault trial
Four police officers accused of assault during an arrest deployed their weapons but failed to deploy time during the incident, a jury has been told. [more]

Red cards for cricket
A red-card penalty is set to be introduced into the laws of cricket for the first time. [more]

Becker says Djokovic didn't work hard enough
Novak Djokovic's former coach Boris Becker says the Serbian star was toppled as the tennis world number one because his work-rate dropped. [more]

At least 26 dead in Pakistan plane crash
A Pakistan International Airlines flight with 48 people on board has crashed in the north of the country. [more]

ARU stands by Cheika
The Australian Rugby Union has backed Michael Cheika to remain Wallabies coach until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, despite leading the team to nine losses this year. [more]

All Australians have a role to play in ending racism says UN expert
The UN Special Rapporteur on racism has called on all Australians to strengthen efforts to end racism, xenophobia and other forms of racial discrimination in the country. [more]

Kaikōura tourism say lack of road info hurting business
Kaikōura tourist operators are demanding answers about the main road south, accusing authorities of leaving them in the dark. [more]

Black Caps hurting but won't show it
The Black Caps are hurting following their limp Chappell-Hadlee series loss to Australia, though it's not the only pain firing the side up before Friday's third and final one day cricket international in Melbourne. [more]

Crack down on tourists working for food and board
A dozen backpackers have been caught employing travellers to work as volunteers, prompting the government to issue a warning about immigration laws. [more]

Corruption increasing in Solomons says watchdog group
The chairperson of Transparency Solomon Islands says corruption continues to rise in the country despite increased efforts to combat it. [more]

PNG police chief urges people to respect electoral process
Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner has called for people to respect the role of police and the Electoral Commission in next years' general election. [more]

Assange says texts show he is innocent of rape
Julian Assange has gone public for the first time with his version of events surrounding a rape allegation made against him, saying it was "clearly consensual sex between adults". [more]

Govt urged to speed up Youth Court age change
The government should not delay changes to allow 17-year-old offenders to be dealt with in the Youth Court, a justice advocacy group says. [more]

Trump named Time's person of the year
Time Magazine named US President-elect Donald Trump its person of the year, citing the upheaval in American politics brought about by the New York businessman's election campaign and victory. [more]

Breakers look to veterans to lift them from slump
The New Zealand Breakers will look to arrest their horror run of form when they host the Brisbane Bullets in their NBL basketball clash tonight in Auckland. [more]

Farrell, Howley and Borthwick join Lions coaching team
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has named Andy Farrell, Rob Howley and Steve Borthwick as his three assistants for next year's tour of New Zealand. [more]

Bolt 'let down' by Jamaica Athletics vote
Sprint king Usain Bolt has says he was shocked by the decision of Jamaica's athletics federation to abstain from an IAAF vote on a sweeping reform package at the governing body of world athletics. [more]

Sport: Ben Ryan linked with Lions role
Former Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan is being linked with a coaching role with the British and Irish Lions. [more]

US fleets sign up to South Pacific Tuna Treaty
The US purse seiner fleets can choose the number of fishing days to purchase under the newly signed six-year Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries with sixteen Pacific nations. [more]

Aleppo battle: Syria rebels call for truce to evacuate civilians
Syrian rebels have called for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians, after withdrawing from their last strongholds in Aleppo's old city. [more]

NZ sprinters shine at Oceania Champs
The Rio Olympic silver medallists men's team sprint led the way for the New Zealand team on the opening day of the Oceania Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne. [more]

Bad weather cancels Kaikōura convoy
Today's convoy from Mount Lyford to Kaikōura has been cancelled after the road was closed this morning due to rain and low cloud. [more]

Samoa PM announces violence inquiry commissioners
Samoa's prime minister has launched a Commission of Inquiry into domestic violence in Samoa. [more]

Boy actor faces dangerous driving charge
Actor James Rolleston has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving over a crash that injured him and another man. [more]

Worst asparagus season in 10 years
One asparagus grower has had to lay off nearly half of his staff after a wet and cold spring affected the quality and production of produce this season. [more]

Sport: PNG still keen to host Commonwealth Games
The Papua New Guinea government says hosting the Commonwealth Games remains a long-term goal. [more]

Statue for Sir Colin
Former All Black Sir Colin Meads is to be honoured in his home town of Te Kuiti with a life size bronze statue in the main street. [more]

David Shearer to quit, Labour 'ready' for early election
Labour's foreign affairs spokesperson David Shearer is set to leave Parliament, which could prompt a byelection in Auckland's Mt Albert. [more]

Police put people at risk during Auckland chase
Police officers who rammed their patrol cars into a vehicle they were chasing broke pursuit rules and put road users at risk, the police watchdog has found. [more]

Home detention sentence for P possession
An Auckland woman has been sentenced to 11 months home detention and 100 hours of community work for possessing methamphetamine for supply. [more]

Tonga submits extradition request for US murder suspect
Tonga has officially submitted a request to the US to extradite Dean Jay Fletcher, the US citizen wanted for the murder in Tonga. [more]

Serious concerns for missing Whangarei man's safety
Northland Police are urgently seeking sightings of a Whangarei man, saying they have serious concerns for his safety. [more]

Fifa boss still wants 48 teams at World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is still recommending a 48-team World Cup in 2026 but now prefers to have 16 first-round groups of three teams each. [more]

Bennett says she's right for deputy as she's about people
Paula Bennett would bring her skills in engaging with people to a role as deputy Prime Minister, she says. [more]

Parker's 'heavy security team' keeping close watch
Joseph Parker's parents will be watching closely as their son contends the WBO world heavyweight boxing title this weekend - the first New Zealand fighter to do so. [more]

Champions League last 16 found
Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City will represent England in the knockout stage of European football's Champions League following the conclusion of group games. [more]

Bill English's backing builds in PM battle
Votes for Bill English are stacking up in the National Party leadership contest but there has yet to be any public declaration of support for Jonathan Coleman or Judith Collins. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Steven Joyce to be Finance Minister if Bill English wins National leadership contest
BREAKING NEWS - Steven Joyce to be Finance Minister if Bill English wins National leadership contest [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Four police offers found not guilty of assaulting a man who later died
BREAKING NEWS - Four police offers found not guilty of assaulting a man who later died [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Judith Collins withdraws from National leadership race, will back Bill English
BREAKING NEWS - Judith Collins withdraws from National leadership race, will back Bill English [more]

Fiji again seeks visa-free EU access
Fiji has again asked the European Union to grant it citizen visa-free access to the 26 countries making up the Schengen Area. [more]

Sport: OFC champs Auckland City prepared for Club World Cup
The Auckland City assistant coach Ivan Vicelich believes his side is as prepared as they can be for the FIFA Club World Cup, which starts in Japan tonight. [more]

New Caledonia nickel plant strike suspended for talks
A meeting has been called in New Caledonia on Monday between the government and striking workers of the Koniambo nickel plant. [more]

Ardern could stand for Mt Albert if Shearer steps down
Labour Party list MP Jacinda Ardern is considering a tilt at the seat of Mount Albert, if a by-election is held when sitting MP David Shearer steps down. [more]

Fiji real estate agent says land laws costing jobs and investment
A real estate agent in Fiji says jobs and investment are being lost by land laws that are driving foreigners to sell their properties. [more]

Auckland mall evacuated after fire at supermarket
A switchboard that caught fire, forcing a west Auckland shopping centre to be evacuated, has been put out by fire fighters. [more]

New Ireland governor casts more doubt on PNG seabed mining
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's New Ireland province has cast further doubt on the viability of seabed mining. [more]

Sport: Parker v Ruiz tipped as fight of the year
Joseph Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, says Saturday's WBO world heavyweight title fight in Auckland will be the "best heavyweight matchup of the year". [more]

LATEST: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman confirms he's still in the race to become NZ's next PM
LATEST: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman confirms he's still in the race to become NZ's next PM [more]

Positive re-tests from Olympics hit 100
Re-tests of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics have found another three positive tests to take the tally to 101 and more are expected. [more]

World Tuna Day announced by UN
The United Nations General Assembly has voted today to make May 2nd World Tuna Day. [more]

Too expensive to repair Christchurch stadium - mayor
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says a report has found restoring Lancaster Park would cost at least $250m, making it uneconomic. [more]

US seeks more info from Fiji over deportation
The US Embassy in Suva is investigating last week's deportation of a woman from Fiji to Los Angeles over allegations she swore at the President Jioji Konrote. [more]

Joyce to be Finance Minister if English PM
Bill English will appoint Steven Joyce as Finance Minister if he wins the National Party leadership, he says. [more]

Vanuatu parliament sitting deferred after boycott
The speaker of Vanuatu's parliament has adjourned today's sitting because of an opposition boycott. [more]

Rena wreck ruling hailed as landmark
A ruling by the Environment Court, which found councils could control fishing to protect native species, sets a nation-wide precedent, Forest & Bird says. [more]

Quake creates 'gnarly' river rapid
Toby Johnstone's home was red-stickered after the Kaikōura earthquake, but the kayaker has found a silver lining to the shake. [more]

'Games of national significance' bill to get a go
An NZ First MP's bill, which would require significant sports matches to be broadcast live free-to-air, has been drawn from the ballot. [more]

BREAKING NEWS: Jonathan Coleman withdraws from leadership race, Bill English to become PM
BREAKING NEWS: Jonathan Coleman withdraws from leadership race, Bill English to become PM [more]

LATEST: Coleman withdraws from leadership race, would back either Bennett or Bridges for deputy PM
LATEST: Coleman withdraws from leadership race, would back either Bennett or Bridges for deputy PM [more]

UN weighs in on PNG coal debate
The United Nations Development Programme has weighed into the debate in Papua New Guinea on whether to develop a coal industry. [more]

Fiji's top judge disappointed at lack of constituencies
Fiji's Chief Justice Anthony Gates says he is a bit disappointed the parliament has no constituency seats. [more]

LATEST: 'Healthy' to have had a contest, English will be 'excellent' PM - Coleman
LATEST: 'Healthy' to have had a contest, English will be 'excellent' PM - Coleman [more]

LATEST: English - in line to become NZ's new PM - thanks Coleman and Collins
LATEST: English - in line to become NZ's new PM - thanks Coleman and Collins [more]

LATEST: Caucus will still need to meet on Monday to formally decide next PM - English
LATEST: Caucus will still need to meet on Monday to formally decide next PM - English [more]

Economy expected to stay stronger for longer
The government is expecting economic growth of 3.6 percent this year, easing to about 2.3 percent by 2021, ahead of its May forecast. [more]

LATEST: No decisions yet on Cabinet make-up, deputy leader, own portfolios - English
LATEST: No decisions yet on Cabinet make-up, deputy leader, own portfolios - English [more]

LATEST: No decisions yet on Cabinet make-up, deputy leader, own portfolios - English
LATEST: No decisions yet on Cabinet make-up, deputy leader, own portfolios - English [more]

LATEST: 'I'm not Prime Minister yet' - Bill English live now on Checkpoint
LATEST: 'I'm not Prime Minister yet' - Bill English live now on Checkpoint [more]

LATEST: 'No indication' of any other contenders for the top job at this point - English live now on Checkpoint
LATEST: 'No indication' of any other contenders for the top job at this point - English live now on Checkpoint [more]

LATEST: 'No indication' of any other contenders for the top job at this point - English live now on Checkpoint
LATEST: 'No indication' of any other contenders for the top job at this point - English live now on Checkpoint [more]

LATEST: Bill English set to become NZ's 39th Prime Minister on Monday
LATEST: Bill English set to become NZ's 39th Prime Minister on Monday [more]

Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation
Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission. [more]

The race to be PM: how it happened
Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have cleared the path for Bill English. Look back at this afternoon's live online coverage here. [more]

Goff to set up new housing taskforce
Auckland mayor Phil Goff has confirmed he is setting up a wide-ranging taskforce to tackle the city's housing shortage. [more]

Acting students conspired against teacher - defence
The defence counsel for an actor facing sex charges has argued four students conspired together because they were embarrassed about kissing their teacher. [more]

Two injured in bus crash north of Auckland
A bus carrying 42 people has collided with a van on State Highway 1 north of Auckland. [more]

Shanton Fashions back in receivership
Women's clothing retailer Shanton Fashions is in receivership again - just 16 months after a new buyer took possession of the troubled chain. [more]

Who is NZ's likely new prime minister?
Analysis - After a 26-year apprenticeship, Bill English will be confirmed as Prime Minister on Monday. There are plenty of challenges ahead, writes Brent Edwards. [more]

Inmates found being filmed while using toilets
The Ombudsman has unearthed evidence of some prisoners being filmed while strip-searched or using the toilet. [more]

Wgtn's Reading Cinema car park to be demolished
The parking building, in the capital city's CBD, was badly damaged during the recent 7.8 magnitude quake. [more]

$4 million funding boost for colonoscopy tests
The government is giving district health boards an extra $4 million to deliver more colonoscopy tests. [more]

Australian redback spider found in Northland
A venomous Australian redback spider has been found in Northland. [more]

Inmates get a taste of saving, investing and budgeting
A financial literacy workshop has given inmates at Rimutaka Prison insights into saving, setting up a bank account and getting a loan. [more]

TAIC releases results of train crash investigations
Inquiries into three separate train crashes, including one which critically injured an excavating machine driver, have been released. [more]

Ko parts ways with coach
New Zealand's world golf number one Lydia Ko and her coach David Leadbetter have parted ways. [more]

Another hotel resort to go up on CNMI's Saipan
An international investor group, led by the former chairman of the board of the Northern Marianas' Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino, plans to build a $US75 million hotel on Saipan. [more]

Power cut: Bullet casings found at transmission towers
Power has been restored to thousands of homes and businesses in the Far North after a suspected vandalism attack on transmission towers. [more]

Police hunt armed man after AOS call-out
Police are still looking for a man in New Plymouth they say is armed and dangerous, after the Armed Offenders Squad failed to find him. [more]

Officers cleared of assault to face other inquiries
Four police officers found not guilty of assaulting a man during an arrest in Napier last year will now face employment and IPCA investigations. [more]

English set to be PM as rivals drop out
Bill English is set to replace John Key as Prime Minister, after the only other contenders bowed out of the contest for National's leadership. [more]

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plunges
A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years is worrying conservationists. [more]

NZ's steepest street to get its own toilet
New Zealand's steepest known street will finally get a public toilet for the droves of tourists who visit daily, alleviating demand on local businesses. [more]

More by-elections than you can shake a stick at
Analysis - David Shearer's early exit would push the taxpayer's by-election bill this term to $3m. Would a snap election save some pain? [more]

Easy as pie? English still has lessons to learn
Power Play - Bill English is known to celebrate Budget Day with a meat pie, and deserves a pastry treat today, writes Jane Patterson [more]

Horse-training course closure 'absolutely ridiculous'
Former students of the South Island's only residential horse-training course say shutting it down will stop others getting into the industry. [more]