Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 22nd December 2016

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Business News

Early Business News for 23 December 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

RBNZ set to sit on sidelines despite rampant growth
The rapid expansion of the economy at above average rates is unlikely to prompt the Reserve Bank into action with interest rates next year. [more]

Gull purchase may be first step in bigger plan
Caltex Australia's purchase of New Zealand fuel company Gull could be the first step in a bigger plan to become a major player in the country's fuel market. [more]

KiwiBank designing its own ethical investment fund
One of the country's biggest KiwiSaver providers, Kiwi Wealth, has decided to build its own ethical investment fund, rather than join others in the industry and buy a newly designed overseas product. [more]

US dollar expected to keep kiwi under pressure
The US dollar is expected to keep the kiwi under pressure, as the United States economy is set to expand under Donald Trump's policies, driving up inflation and interest rates there. [more]

Morning Markets for 23 December 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Tenon looking to sell last remaining asset
Wood products company Tenon is facing the possible sale of its last remaining asset and winding up its business. [more]

US dollar expected to keep kiwi under pressure
The New Zealand dollar is expected to hold its ground against the US dollar, which has risen on the back of a strenghtening United States economy. [more]

Uncertainty expected to continue into 2017
China, Brexit and Trump - three words that drove market and economic behaviour in 2016. [more]

Midday Markets for 23 December 2016
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
Auckland Airport's international passengers numbers rose 13 percent to nearly 800-thousand last month, over the year earlier, with strong growth across all regions. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 22 December 2016
Watch Thursday's full show here. [more]

Three die and three escape Auckland house fire
A five-year-old boy was among three people killed in a house fire in South Auckland overnight. Three people escaped, including a 47-year-old man who is in critical condition. [more]

Family friend speaks about man critically injured in fire
Deborah Manning is a family friend of a man critically injured in a fire in South Auckland this morning, which killed three people. She joins Checkpoint. [more]

Household spending and construction boost GDP by 1.1%
A building boom and bumper household spending has helped gross domestic product grow by 1.1 percent in the three months to September. Economics Correspondent Patrick O'Meara reports. [more]

Stores seek compo for disruption from Akld's City Rail Link project
Auckland's Kaffeine cafe says it has to close as a result of the City Rail Link construction. But City Rail Link says there are other factors and it's not solely at fault. [more]

Govt called on to help restore Auckland's St James Theatre
Advocates for Auckland's troubled St James Theatre are calling on the government to fund the final stages of its restoration to bring it back into public use. [more]

No Chch cathedral decision this side of Christmas
An announcement on whether the Christchurch Cathedral will be restored, or torn down, now won't be made until next year. [more]

Checkpoint looks back on the stories from 2016, part four
Checkpoint looks back on the stories of 2016 which surprised, delighted and shocked New Zealanders. Part four. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Tonga Airways still intent on getting service off the ground
The board of Tonga Airways says it is still intent on getting its services off the ground despite having to cancel the launch of its domestic flights, via a Fiji Airways charter, today. [more]

Heavy rain hastens mosquito eradication efforts in Cook Is
Efforts underway to destroy potential mosquito breeding sites as the Cook Islands seeks to stay free of diseases such as dengue and zika [more]

New website shows coastal risk for Vanuatu from climate change
A new interactive map showing how the sea levels will rise in Vanuatu as a result of climate change can now be accessed online. [more]

Call for GCF to focus on climate change refugees
The New Zealand opposition Labour Party's Pacific climate change spokesperson, Su'a William Sio, has welcomes funding commitments from the Green Climate Fund, but says finding ways to cater for climate refugees should be the main focus. [more]

PNG quake strong and long, but leaves minimal damage
Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Management Office has confirmed there was little damage from the large earthquake in the weekend. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 22 December 2016
The recent PNG quake although powerful and longlasting has apparently caused minimal damage; There are calls for the Green Climate Fund to focus on climate change refugees; A new website shows coastal risks for Vanuatu based on different climate change scenarios; Heavy rain makes mosquito eradication efforts in the Cook Islands more vital; Tonga Airways still intent on getting service off the ground; And Samoa's Prime Minister aims for more control over his police chiefs. [more]

Marshall Is seats to be hotly contested
Politicians, traditional chiefs, and the public vying for seats in historic Marshall Islands constitutional convention [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 23 December 2016
Seats for the Marshall Islands constitutional convention are expected to be hotly contested; The recent PNG quake although powerful and longlasting has apparently caused minimal damage; There are calls for the Green Climate Fund to focus on climate change refugees; A new website shows coastal risks for Vanuatu based on different climate change scenarios; Heavy rain makes mosquito eradication efforts in the Cook Islands more vital; And Tonga Airways still intent on getting its services off the ground. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 23 December 2016
In the final Extra Time of the year, a look back at 2016. From the Rio Olympics to the All Blacks record unbeaten run and more. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Embracing nature on the alternate route to Christchurch
The Department of Conservation wants Christmas holiday travellers to take their time and enjoy the sights on the alternate route between Picton and Christchurch. [more]

Community wants to buy home for local family
Locals in Paekakariki are throwing their support behind a special family. [more]

The Real Santas of New Zealand
The team at The Wireless got together to share stories of the Real Santas of New Zealand. People who make the effort to do good stuff all year round. Reporter, Susan Strongman, shares her stories. [more]

Favourite album: Blue Christmas by Elvis
Chosen by Kimberley Kemp. [more]

Theatre Critic John Smythe
John Smythe looks back at 2016 in NZ theatre. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Personal Finance Expert Mary Holm continues her talk about Kiwisaver and why some people have still not joined. She also answers more questions from listeners. [more]

Masterpieces: James Everett of the NZ Game Developers Assn
The New Zealand game development industry is one of our fastest growing. In the year to March it grew 13 percent to earn almost 90 million dollars. Our guest on Masterpieces today is the chair of the New Zealand Game Developers Association, James Everett. [more]

The Expats: the New York fashion blogger
Isaac Hindin-Miller was the first New Zealander to ever be fired for writing a blog post, back in 2008. As it turned out, his story was correct and he won a payout, which he used to travel to New York. [more]

This Way Up: Helping kids see
This Way Up meets a couple who wants every child in New Zealand to have the best possible eyesight. Mr Foureyes sells prescription glasses, and for every pair the opticians sell, a free pair of specs is given to a child who needs them. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition 22 December 2016
In the programme new age pyrimid schemes affordable homes in Paekakariki and in Dateline Pacific saving up for climate change refugees [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 December 2016
The long battle for Aleppo is over and a Christmas Day terror plot is uncovered in Melbourne. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 December 2016
New Zealand's top doubles player and defending champion Michael Venus has been given a wildcard to the main draw doubles for next month's ASB tennis Classic in Auckland. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 23 December 2016
Mother puts blame of daughter's death at MSD doorstep; Sri Lankan community rallies around family after fatal fire; suspicious road death in BoP upgraded to homicide; Glen Anthony Douglas to become first resident of PPO facility; Biggest ever cruise ship to come to NZ docks in Wellington; cool Xmas temps for North Island, it'll be a pearler down South; What's the best free gift you can give someone for Christmas?; Berlin Christmas market where dozens were killed has reopened; overhaul fish industry to guarantee jobs - union; and police gearing up to monitor Christmas traffic hotspots. [more]

Sports News for 23 December 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sri Lankan community in mourning after Flatbush fire tragedy
The 11-year-old survivor of a house fire which killed three members of her family is beside herself with grief. A family friend says the community is rallying around and supporting her. [more]

Ovation of the Seas sails into Wellington Harbour
The largest cruise ship to sail New Zealand's seas, the Ovation of the Seas, is sailing into Wallington harbour this morning to dock in New Zealand for the first time. It will bring six-thousand guests and crew to the Capital. [more]

GDP is up but unions warns of stagnant economy
The GDP may've increased by 3.5 percent this year...but that's not enough for the Council of Trade Unions, which says the economy is stagnant. [more]

Donald Trump appoints Peter Navarro to head new trade team
Donald Trump has named Peter Navarro, a stern critic of China's commercial practices, to head his new trade team. Our Washington correspondent Priscilla Huff has the latest. [more]

New charter schools prepare for new year
In recent years many charter schools have opened with fewer students than they were aiming for. But as John Gerritsen reports this is not the case for Hamilton's first partnership school. [more]

First Pastafarian wedding in NZ - and now a little noodle
The first legal wedding of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster took place in Akaroa back in April. Listen back to what the happy pair planned - and find out who's arriving next year. [more]

A Christmas message from the Act Party
A Christmas message from Act Party leader David Seymour. [more]

A Christmas message from United Future
A Christmas message from United Future leader Peter Dunne. [more]

Sports News for 23 December 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Mother puts blame of daughter's death at MSD doorstep
A mother says her daughter would still be alive had the Ministry of Social Development not sent letters threatening an unwarranted prosecution for welfare fraud. [more]

Community rallies around family after fatal fire
A family friend says this is such an unexpected tragedy and everyone is praying Kailesh Thanabalaginsham wakes up soon to be reunited with his daughter. [more]

Suspicious road death in BoP upgraded to homicide
Police have upgraded the fatal road crash last month of a travelling Tribesmen gang member to a homicide. They're now appealing for sightings of the vehicle which hit Don Henry Turei Junior. [more]

Glen Anthony Douglas to become first resident of PPO facility
We talk to Corrections about its new public prosecution order high-risk facility to open next month in Christchurch. Glenn Anthony Douglas, a convicted paedophile, has been confirmed as the facility's first resident. [more]

Biggest ever cruise ship to come to NZ docks in Wellington
The largest cruise ship to sail New Zealand's seas docked for the first time in Wellington Harbour this morning, bringing 6,000 guests and crew to the Capital. [more]

Cool Xmas temps for North Island, pearler down South
NIWA's Chris Brandolino forecasts cool weather with a few showers across the North Island, but says it'll be mainly warm and sunny in the South. [more]

What's the best free gift you can give someone for Christmas?
Not every present has to be purchased. We took to the streets to hear what free gifts people are giving this year. [more]

A Christmas message from Bill English
A Christmas message from the Prime Minister, Bill English. [more]

A Christmas message from Andrew Little
A Christmas message from the Labour Party leader Andrew Little. [more]

Berlin Christmas market where dozens were killed has reopened.
Berlin correspondent Ira Spitzer describes the reopening of the Berlin Christmas Market, as the hunt for the man thought to be behind the attacks continues. [more]

Overhaul fish industry to guarantee jobs - union
The E Tu union is calling on the fisheries regulator to overhaul the industry to ensure three-quarters of jobs go to New Zealanders. [more]

Police gearing up to monitor Christmas traffic hotspots
National Road Policing Manager, Superintendent Steve Greally with a reminder for drivers to take extra care this Christmas holiday. [more]

A look at the year in US politics
Guyon Espiner looks back at the year in US politics with Republican Lenny McAllister and Democrat Mary Anne Marsh. [more]

Age no barrier to expert driving - a 100-year-old gives it a whirl
How safe are elderly drivers? We sought the view of Auckland man Gordon Brown who started driving in a Model-T Ford when he was 13 .... meaning that at 100 years old, he'd been at the wheel for 87 years. [more]

Sports News for 23 December 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Kiwi workers make busy beavers at Christmas
Many workers across the country will knock off today for a summer break, but for many industries, the festive season is not a time to slow down. [more]

Mackenzie basin clearances halted for the time being
Environmental Defence Society spokesman Gary Taylor and Mackenzie district mayor Graham Smith discuss the deal which has halted dairy conversions in the region. [more]

Bar Bodega closes its doors after final gig tonight
Bar Bodega has been a haven for live music lovers for the past 25 years. But Wellington's live music institution closes its door tonight after one final gig. Music 101's Kirsten Johnstone looks back on its history. [more]

Accents - this year we found out even fish have accents
Professor Steve Simpson, a marine biologist from Exeter University, on one of the big scientific questions of our time: do fish have accents? [more]

Christmas greetings from New Zealand First
A Christmas message from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. [more]

A Christmas message from the Greens
A Christmas message from the Green Party co-leaders, James Shaw and Metiria Turei. [more]

If money was no object, what gift would you want for Christmas?
If money were no object, what would the perfect Christmas gift be? We find out. [more]

Royal nonagenarians do get away on holiday - by chopper
This year the Queen turned 90 - we crossed to some of the more far-flung parts of her realm - Te Aroha and Whangarei - where there were big plans to celebrate the day in right royal style. [more]

Just what was on the bottom of Loch Ness?
Imagine scouring the depths of Scotland's Loch Ness for one of nature's most elusive beasts and finding a "monster". Listen back to what the leader of the project, Adrian Shrine, had to say. [more]

What happens when the public interjects in an interview
Gerry Brownlee, being interviewed live on-air during the anniversary of Christchurch's February quake, gets some feedback from a passing motorist. [more]

A reminder to always treat your microphone as live
Two veteran British MPs, ken Calrke and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, were recorded exchanging frank views on the candidates vying to replace David Cameron as UK Prime Minister. [more]

A Christmas message from Maori Party
A Christmas message from Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox. [more]

Parker ready to rule world heavyweight boxing
Joseph Parker says his goal for 2017 is to become the undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion. [more]

Time for mistletoe and holly - the New Zealand versions
So the pine trees are up and the carolers are singing about decking the halls with boughs of holly. With Christmas hard on our heels, Katy Gosset asks if we should revisit our festive flora. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
And it's Merry Christmas to - and from - our correspondent in Canberra, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 23 December 2016
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 23 December 2016
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 23 December 2016
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Tongan Christmas in Salt Lake City
Bev Uipi is a city councilor in Millcreek City, a township bordering Salt Lake City. Utah is home to more people of pacific descent than anywere else in continental USA. We'll ask her about her community and what a Pasifika Christmas in Utah looks like. [more]

Nights' Culture - Electronic Music
For a break from Christmas music we have Paul Berrington aka DJ B-Lo. playing music by Octave One, Carl Craig, Underground Resistance , and Drexciya. a group of Detroit DJs and producers who followed in the footsteps of techno's big three, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, and Juan Atkins. [more]

Nine To Noon

Reeling in the year 2016
Rod Oram, Siouxsie Wiles, Lara Strongman and Gavin Ellis look back on the year in business, science, viewing and media [more]

The history of Christmas Dinner
Kathryn Ryan talks to Katie Cooper, a historian at Te Papa who's an expert in the social history of food in New Zealand with a particular interest in rural areas during the colonial period. She's just recently written an article digesting the history of Christmas Dinner in New Zealand. [more]

The magical Rotorua Redwoods Nightlights
Kathryn talks with award winning lighting and furniture designer, David Trubridge, whose latest project is the installation of 30 huge lantern creations in Rotorua's redwood Treewalk, to create the Redwoods Nightlights. Visitors can now view the 110 year old trees at night, from a series of 23 suspension bridges. Also Treewalk Director, Kellie Thomasen. [more]

Reeling in the year 2016 (part 2)
Rod Oram, Siouxsie Wiles, Lara Strongman and Gavin Ellis look back on the year in business, science, viewing and media. [more]

Sonny "running man" Iosefo
Kathryn Ryan meets South Auckland Police Sergeant Sonny Iosefo, who took the world by storm with the running man challenge. [more]

Jeremy Taylor's best music of 2016
After much deliberation and gnashing of teeth, Jeremy Taylor of Slow Boat Records selects top tracks from his fave 5 albums of 2016. [more]

Nine to Noon Christmas special
Kennedy Warne, Tommy Honey, Te Radar and Pinky Agnew help us bid farewell to 2016, with the help of Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene. [more]

How are things in Kaikoura?
Kathryn Ryan checks in with Kaikoura Maori warden, Ari Boyd. Since the earthquake last month a small team of local Maori Wardens have been on the go, checking on locals. [more]

Nine to Noon Christmas special (part 2)
Kennedy Warne, Tommy Honey, Te Radar and Pinky Agnew help us bid farewell to 2016, with the help of Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene. [more]

Christmas in the Republic of Hat
Where exactly is the Republic of Hat and how do you spend Christmas there? We find out from a chap known as Hat who's lived in the area for more than 30 years. [more]

Nine to Noon Christmas special (part 3)
Kennedy Warne, Tommy Honey, Te Radar and Pinky Agnew help us bid farewell to 2016, with the help of Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene. [more]

Best of Nine to Noon 2016
We're off-air for the summer break, returning at 9am on January 23, 2017. Here are our top picks of 2016. Thanks for listening! [more]

Our Changing World

Uplifted - marine life on the Kaikōura coast after the quake
The Kaikōura Peninsula was uplifted 1 metre during the magnitude 7.8 earthquake - and marine life on the rocky shore was left high and dry. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 22 December 2016
We hear from our Correspondent in American Samoa. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

A not so normal Christmas in Kaikoura
Four weeks on from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the nation, things have settled down for most. But while many others around the country are planning their Christmas dinner, putting the finishing touches on the decorations and wrapping the last of the gifts, Gary Melville is busy trying to get life back to normal. [more]

Stores seek compo for disruption from Auckland's City Rail Link project
Auckland's Kaffeine cafe says it has to close as a result of the City Rail Link construction. But City Rail Link says there are other factors and it's not solely at fault. [more]

Govt called on to help restore Auckland's St James Theatre
Advocates for Auckland's troubled St James Theatre are calling on the government to fund the final stages of its restoration to bring it back into public use. [more]

No Christchurch cathedral decision this side of Christmas
An announcement on whether the Christchurch Cathedral will be restored, or torn down, now won't be made until next year. [more]

Checkpoint looks back on the stories from 2016, part four
Checkpoint looks back on the stories of 2016 which surprised, delighted and shocked New Zealanders. Part four. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 22nd 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

Car Seat Headrest - A coming of age classic
Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest tells us what lead to his huge success in 2016. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 December 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 December 2016
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 22 December 2016
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 22 December 2016
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Greg O'Connor and Clarke Gayford (Part 1)
Julian Neal who runs Auckland Jet Boat Tours talks about the speed rules in the harbour. Deborah Price of Larnarch Castle discusses what the cruise ship industry means for Dunedin and for the tourist attractions. The landowner who controls the access road to Pike River mine has withdrawn permission for protesters to occupy his land.What's our behaviour around drinking during festivities? [more]

The Panel with Greg O'Connor and Clarke Gayford (Part 2)
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his new invention, something he has dreamed up for himself at home. What the Panelists Greg O'Connor and Clarke Gayford want to talk about. Liz Mahoney of the Goose Bay Motorcamp talks about how they're going as the road reopns after the Kaikoura earthquake. Steve Templeton of Lewis Pass Motors talks about how they've been flat out since the post-Kaikoura earthquake traffic detour. How much planning do you put into your Christmas road trips? [more]

Fines for speeding boaties
Julian Neal who runs Auckland Jet Boat Tours talks about the speed rules in the harbour. [more]

Dunedin cruise cancellations
Deborah Price of Larnarch Castle discusses what the cruise ship industry means for Dunedin and for the tourist attractions. [more]

Pike family protestors denied access to land
The landowner who controls the access road to Pike River mine has withdrawn permission for protesters to occupy his land. [more]

A Christmas drink or three
What's our behaviour around drinking during festivities? [more]

Jarvis software
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his new invention, something he has dreamed up for himself at home. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Greg O'Connor and Clarke Gayford want to talk about. [more]

Christmas at Goose Bay
Liz Mahoney of the Goose Bay Motorcamp talks about how they're going as the road reopns after the Kaikoura earthquake. [more]

Business boooming for some post-quake
Steve Templeton of Lewis Pass Motors talks about how they've been flat out since the post-Kaikoura earthquake traffic detour. [more]

Business boooming for some post-quake
Steve Templeton of Lewis Pass Motors talks about how they've been flat out since the post-Kaikoura earthquake traffic detour. [more]

On the road at Christmas
How much planning do you put into your Christmas road trips? [more]

The Wireless

This poet flips the script on being racially-profiled by Customs
We thought Mohamed Hassan’s poem was so good, we made a video with him. [more]

'I’d never let the cancer be my defining factor'
A year on from delivering a high school leavers speech that went viral, Jake Bailey talks to us about surviving cancer. [more]

Passengers tries to sell a horror movie as a love story
Passengers is the new sci-fi blockbuster with a twist but, writes Katie Parker, it’s not as advertised. [more]

The Real Santas of New Zealand
Some people do good stuff all year round. We talk to a few of them. [more]

Upbeat

Best of Upbeat 2016 - Christina Conrad
Christina Conrad is a New Zealand born feminist, outsider artist, filmmaker, poet and performer was always way ahead of her time in her exposure of convention, prejudice, injustice and the chauvinism of the art world.  We spoke to the outrageously fabulous artist in August.   [more]

Best of Upbeat 2016 - Benson Wilson
Auckland baritone Benson Wilson took away first prize in the 2016 Lexus song quest in July ahead of Tenor Filipe Manu, and soprano Madison Nonoa.  Judge Yvonne Kenny described Benson as the complete package, ready to take advantage of the win which gives him a cash prize and a Study Scholarship plus money for  international travel. Benson was on Upbeat a few days after the Grand Final.   [more]

Best of Upbeat 2016 – Chris Booth
Chris Booth is a sculptor and environmental artist who makes work for specific communities. The works are installations of made from stone and natural materials. His inspiration comes from the place he’s working so the sculpture will mean something to the people who live there.  His commission from Waiheke Island’s headland Sculpture on the Gulf will be revealed in January.   [more]

Best of Upbeat 2016 – Larry Koonse
  The Wellington Jazz festival in mid-winter featured a collection of artists from the US, including guitarist Larry Koonse. We spoke to him in June about what it was like recording at Abbey studios and his enjoyment of collaboration.     [more]

World & Pacific News

2pm Pacific Regional News for 22 December 2016
The latest Pacific news with Walter Zweifel. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 22 December 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 22 December 2016
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional News for 23 December 2016
the latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 December 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 213 December 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 December 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 Decemebr 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 December 2016
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

Customs: A Love Poem
Poet Mohamed Hassan flips the script on being racially-profiled by Customs. Video filmed, edited and produced by Luke McPake. This content was made with funding support from NZ On Air. [more]

News stories:

India near impossible to beat at home - Hesson
Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says India's 4-nil trouncing of England in the test series further underlines just how difficult the world's top test nation is to beat at home. [more]

Kvitova out for six months after stabbing
Two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will reportedly not be able to play competitive tennis for around six months. [more]

McCullum stars in Heat win
The former New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum was named man of the match as he helped the Brisbane Heat to a 10 run win in their Big Bash T20 match against the Adelaide Strikers. [more]

'No excuses' for boaties without lifejackets or speeding
Boaties caught speeding or without lifejackets this summer could face a $300 fine in a 'no excuses' crackdown. [more]

Former South Africa cricketer banned
The former South Africa player Alviro Petersen has been banned from cricket for two years after admitting sitting in on meetings where plans were hatched to fix matches in the domestic Twenty20 competition. [more]

Diesel engines will help environment, KiwiRail says
A move away from electric to diesel powered trains in the central North Island will help the environment, not harm it, says KiwiRail. [more]

PNG authority confirms minimal damage after quake
Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Management Office has confirmed there appears to be little damage from the large earthquake in the weekend. [more]

Cooks health officials identifying mosquito sites
Cook Islands health officials are concerned about a potential rise in mosquito breeding sites following recent heavy rainfall. [more]

Otago head off Central Districts in T20 record breaker
Otago have set a new domestic record in narrowly beating Central Districts in thrilling domestic Twenty20 cricket match in New Plymouth on Wednesday. [more]

Teacher shortage: Graduate gets job 6 hours after applying
Schools are so desperate for physics teachers that one new graduate applied for a job in the morning and was offered it at lunchtime. [more]

'Mintgate' appeal rejected
The South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has lost his appeal against a ball-tampering conviction, but will be free to play in the first test against Sri Lanka starting on Boxing Day. [more]

Farmers' confidence in beef and lamb drops
A new report shows that farmers' confidence in the Beef and Lamb sector has dipped 11 percent down to 32 percent in the past four months, driven by uncertainty in sheep meat markets. [more]

Local wisdom could help Pacific's students achieve more
Students in the Pacific could achieve more for themselves and their communities if their learning focused more on local knowledge and culture. [more]

Second junior doctor strike looking likely
Talks between junior doctors and their district health board employers over rosters appear to have broken down. [more]

Northland council setup prompts transparency concern
Northland's Regional Council is making big changes to the way it operates, sparking a warning that it may be seen as doing business behind closed doors. [more]

Dairy farmers told to keep spending in check
Rural shopkeepers are being told not to expect a spend-up from dairy farmers for at least a year despite the overall rise in global dairy prices. [more]

Pike River families vow to continue mine road protest
Families of some of the men killed in the Pike River disaster will allow Solid Energy access to the mine but will continue to protest there. [more]

Rugby 'experimenting on players brains'
Rugby authorities are "experimenting on players' brains" by failing to address concussion, a former World Rugby medical advisor says. Rugby authorities are "experimenting on players' brains" by failing to address... [more]

Call for safe farming in most dangerous period
It is the peak time of year for injuries in agriculture - one of New Zealand's most dangerous occupations - and WorkSafe is urging farmers to be aware of new safety regulations. [more]

National to stand controversial young MP again
The National Party has decided its youngest MP will stand again in the Clutha-Southland electorate at next year's election. [more]

Flood alert cancelled in Fiji but damage from storm extensive
Unprecedented flooding around the Fiji town of Rakiraki has washed away building material meant to repair homes damaged and destroyed after Cyclone Winston. [more]

Glandular fever keeps Bennett low after top season
The Nelson cyclist George Bennett is enjoying an extended break after his most succesful season on the world stage. [more]

Franks signs on for 2019 World Cup
The All Blacks world cup winning prop Owen Franks has signed on with New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders through to the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan. [more]

Syrian MP defends regime: 'Would you send Al-Qaeda roses?'
A pro-regime MP for Aleppo is defending the Syrian government's approach to tackling terrorism within the country. [more]

Kaikōura Cheese keeps going after quake
It was deja-vu last month for Kaikōura Cheese owners Daniel and Sarah Jenkins, who moved to the coastal town after the Canterbury earthquakes. [more]

Settlement grants extra protection to Mackenzie Basin
The brakes will put on rampant dairy conversions of the Mackenzie Basin following an out-of-court settlement. [more]

Autistic boy says arm was twisted by school staff member
A police report into a special needs school that used a seclusion room details how one child said his arm was twisted 25 times. [more]

Berlin suspect 'had been under surveillance'
The Tunisian man wanted for the Berlin truck attack which killed 12 people had been under surveillance but it ended due to a lack of evidence. [more]

No plea on assault charges for Corey Webster
New Zealand Breakers star Corey Webster will not enter a plea to assault charges until his next court appearance in the New Year. [more]

Intueri expects to breach debt arrangements
Intueri Education expects to be in breach of its debt arrangements while it waits for updates on a regulatory review of two of its Australian training schools. [more]

Future of Auckland long-distance bus terminal unclear
Uncertainty surrounds the future of long-distance coach services through Auckland, with one suggestion the CBD bus terminal should be relocated to Manukau. [more]

Woman caught smuggling cat into NZ in handbag
A Canadian woman has been barred from entering the country after declaring dirty boots but not the cat she had in her handbag. [more]

Foreign homeowner in Fiji criticises land laws
A foreign homeowner in Fiji says they are not prepared to sell their house in a fire sale despite changes to the land laws. [more]

Vanuatu PM reiterates West Papua support
The prime minister of Vanuatu says his country's position on West Papua remains unchanged and will not change. [more]

Man charged with ill-treating bobby calves
The Ministry for Primary Industries has filed charges against another person over bobby calf abuse. [more]

GDP rises due to household spending and construction
The economy has expanded at a faster pace over the past three months, thanks to the building boom and household spending. [more]

Sport: Pacific Games Council and Vanuatu Govt on "same page"
The Pacific Games Council says it's finally on the same page as the Vanuatu government regarding preparations for next year's Mini Games. [more]

Tool launches to show how fake news spreads
A new tool that shows how fake news and unverified stories spread through social media has been developed by researchers at a US university. [more]

Murder charges follow New Caledonia killing
The man who admitted to killing New Caledonia's most wanted fugitive Ramon Noraro this week has been charged with murder. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - A five-year-old boy is among the three dead following a house fire in Auckland's Flat Bush
BREAKING NEWS - A five-year-old boy is among the three dead following a house fire in Auckland's Flat Bush [more]

Council spends $400k developing rejected bill
The New Plymouth District Council has spent more than $400,000 on consultants drawing up a bill aimed at resolving historical land issues at Waitara, which Te Ātiawa has rejected. [more]

Speed limits reduced on road between Piction and Chch
Speed limits on parts of the alternative road between Picton and Christchurch are to be lowered as a safety precaution. [more]

Customs returns seized tobacco to grower
The High Court has ordered Customs to return almost five tonnes of tobacco it seized from a Motueka grower six years ago. [more]

Fiji works on repairing utilities and roads post-flood
Disaster agencies in Fiji say their priority is getting utilities and roads repaired in flood-stricken communities. [more]

Akl Housing Accord falls short of homes target
The government's Housing Accord - designed to accelerate home building in Auckland - has failed to meet its target. [more]

Fatal motorcycle crash was homicide - police
Police now believe Don Henry Turei Junior, 38, was purposefully hit and killed by someone driving a white van. [more]

New terms for Exxon takeover of Interoil
A committee reviewing ExxonMobil's takeover offer for the Papua New Guinea-concerned energy company InterOil has unanimously recommended that the deal go ahead. [more]

Caltex's Gull purchase could lead to lower petrol prices - AA
Caltex Australia's purchase of New Zealand fuel company Gull could increase competition and lower prices in parts of the country, the AA says. [more]

CNMI opposition to marine sanctuary
A group in the Northern Marianas is opposed to designating the Marianas Trench as a marine sanctuary. [more]

Seven to contest $104k Auckland local board by-election
Seven candidates will contest a local board by-election in Auckland, prompted by a politician who resigned within minutes of being sworn in. [more]

Solomons builder charged over depleted health fund
A businessman in Solomon Islands has been charged in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from a public health fund. [more]

Dangerous escaped prisoner sought in Vanuatu
Vanuatu police have issued a call seeking the help of the public on Efate to find an escaped prisoner they say is dangerous. [more]

$1m for central North Island flood relief
Areas in the North Island seriously damaged by flooding in June 2015 have received almost $1 million in further government relief. [more]

Recent heavy rainfall prompts warning to boil water in Cooks
Health authorities in the Cook Islands are advising people visiting the country over the festive season to boil the water. [more]

2016 one of my best - Carrington
New Zealand triple Olympic medallist canoer Lisa Carrington says winning this year's Lonsdale Cup signifies the great year she had on and off the water. [more]

Seats in Marshalls' constitutional convention to be hotly contested
More than 140 people have registered to run for 45 seats in next year's constitutional convention in the Marshall Islands. [more]

Fiji water supplies could take two weeks to repair
Fiji's Water Authority says it could take up to two weeks for utilities to be fully repaired after flooding hit the country. [more]

Most cyber bullying complaints from adults
More than three quarters of online harassment complaints received by NetSafe's new hotline were from adults. [more]

Labour MP to lead iwi's treaty negotiation
Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta's new role as Ngāti Maniapoto's lead negotiator will not affect her current job, she says. [more]

Auckland Zoo grant available for South Pacific conservation projects
Small conservation initiatives in the South Pacific are being invited to apply for small grants for 2017 from the Auckland Zoo's conservation fund. [more]

Cronk rugby league's best player
Australian halfback Cooper Cronk has capped a stellar year by winning his first Golden Boot Award as the world's best rugby league player. [more]

IKEA urges teens to stop in-store sleepovers
Ikea is urging teenagers to stop creeping into its stores and having illegal sleepovers. [more]

McDonald's worker awarded $1200 over roster battle
A 19-year-old woman has won her battle with fast food chain McDonald's for $1200 backpay, after not being rostered on for three consecutive weeks. [more]

Govt gives extra $3m to GeoNet
Monitoring service GeoNet has received a $3 million funding boost after last month's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. [more]

Man convicted for throwing rock at garbage-rummaging dog
A man has been convicted for throwing a rock at a dog's head, injuring the animal so severely that it had to be put down. [more]

Bapcor gets OIO approval for Hellaby takeover
Australian automotive company Bapcor is sounding more confident it will succeed in taking over investment firm Hellaby Holdings. [more]

Cathedral's fate won't be known until next year
An announcement on the fate of Christchurch's quake-damaged cathedral will not be made this year, the government says. [more]

New Zealand's biggest gold miner to expand
Oceana Gold has been given consent to expand its operations in the South Island. [more]

Canterbury DHB warned to cut costs
The Canterbury District Health Board is being asked to cut costs to reduce a ballooning deficit. [more]

Warning over potentially toxic algae in Waikirikiri
A health warning has been issued after potentially toxic algae was found in the Waikirikiri River at Glentunnel in the Selwyn District. [more]

NZ's first public protection order granted
A convicted paedophile who has completed his sentence will be detained under New Zealand's first ever public protection order. [more]

Man fighting for life after fatal house fire
A refugee advocate has been badly injured in a fire that killed his son, wife and mother-in-law in Auckland. [more]

Beijing lifts smog red alert
Blue skies have returned to Beijing but other parts of northern China remain choked by dangerous smog. [more]

Christian lobby HQ blast 'not a terrorist act'
A van explosion outside the headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby was not politically or religiously motivated, police say. [more]

New Zealanders cut back on electricity use
New Zealanders are using less electricity, according to new figures, which show that average energy consumption has dropped by almost 5 percent. [more]