Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 26th January 2017

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Business News

Evening business for 26 January 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 27 January 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Inflation may eventually feed through to higher wages
The latest inflation figures have offered a few surprises. As expected the annual rate edged back into the Reserve Bank's 1-3% target [more]

Retail price inflation takes industry by surprise
Stronger-than-expected inflation in retail prices was one of the surprises in yesterday's official numbers. [more]

Entrepreneurs meet to improve government services
More than 130 entrepreneurs are meeting in Wellington this weekend to help government agencies develop better ways to do business with business. [more]

Morning Markets for 27 January 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Markets Update for 27 January 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

US wine imports give good opportunity to New Zealand
New Zealand's booming wine exports to the United States are set for a further boost because of growing demand there for premium wines. [more]

Lukewarm demand for apartments in Auckland's hot market
Auckland's apartment market may be facing a few headwinds even as demand for houses shows no sign of easing. [more]

Tourism boom sets accommodation records
The tourism boom is filling the country's commercial accommodation outlets at record levels. [more]

Midday Markets for 27 January 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Mark Fowler at Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 26th January 2017
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

US/Mexico wall 'will kill'
A 3000km long wall dividing the US and Mexico hasn't stopped illegal immigration, but made it more desperate and deadly, the founder of Border Angels says. A longer wall will kill, Enrique Morones says. [more]

Trump signals review of 'black site' prisons
Draft documents show US President Donald Trump may order a review that could result in the return of a CIA programme which holds terrorism suspects in secret prisons. [more]

PM English defends Peter Thiel citizenship
Prime Minister Bill English has defended the Government's decision to grant US tech billionaire Peter Thiel, and Donald Trump advisor, New Zealand citizenship. [more]

Who is Peter Theil?
The founder of payment site Paypal has invested millions of dollars into New Zealand companies since he was granted citizenship. But who is Peter Thiel? Kate Newton reports. [more]

Inflation back over 1 percent for first time in two years
The surging housing market is taking its toll on household budgets, driving the cost of living to its fastest pace in more than two years. Patrick O'Meara reports. [more]

Driverless electric vehicle launched at Chch Airport
A driverless electric shuttle was launched at Christchurch Airport today, and will eventually transport passengers and their bags around the airport. [more]

Report - more timely response needed on Havelock water problem
An independent report into the Havelock North water poisoning has found there was a delay in letting elderly rest homes know of the problem. [more]

Review of Wgtn mental health services finds serious errors
The review, set up after five people being treated for mental illness were involved in homicides. It found serious errors in the way the service is run. [more]

Peter Dunne launches petition to move summer holidays
United Future leader Peter Dunne says New Zealand should shift its summer holidays to February and March to make the most of good weather. [more]

Former youth detainee says police cell was like "torture"
A former youth detainee says being held in a police cell when she was 15 was like "torture". More than 150 youths spent nights in police cells in the 2016/16 year, against UN guidelines. [more]

New Marlborough salmon farms could cutdown pollution
The Government has chosen six spots in the Marlborough Sounds to shift salmon farms to, in an effort to cut down seabed pollution. [more]

Usain Bolt stripped of gold medal after teammate caught doping
The Jamaican sprinter is being forced to return one of his nine golds after one of his teammates in the mens 4x100 metre relay at the 2008 Beijing Games tested positive. [more]

Trump to push ahead with Mexico wall & crack down on immigrants
US President Donald Trump is forging ahead on some of his most controversial promises, including restrictions on Muslim immigration. [more]

Grave fears for impact Trump will have on Central American families
CNN Worldwide's Senior Latin American Affairs Editor, Rafael Romo, says Donald Trump's move to isolate Mexico and Central America will have a grave financial impact on the countries. [more]

Elderly man attacked in front of grandchildren at Auckland park
Police won't reveal what was said to a 72-year-old man before he was attacked in front of his young grandchildren at a park in the Auckland suburb of Remuera yesterday. [more]

Engineers needed in Wellington for quake strengthening work
Engineers may have to be brought in from outside Wellington, to complete Government-ordered strengthening work on building facades in the inner city and Lower Hutt. [more]

Two days out, 15k Sevens tickets still to sell
Despite sluggish ticket sales at the Wellington Rugby Sevens, tournament director Steve Dunbar is still upbeat about the event. [more]

Auckland family describe Rotorua 'hotel hell'
An Auckland woman has taken to social media to try and get a Rotorua hotel shut down, saying it was moudly, dirty, and run down to the point of being a health risk. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Japan supporting Tonga breadfruit project
A rural development NGO in Tonga says aid funding of the kingdom's breadfruit industry will enhance food security and expand exports. [more]

Sanctuary status wanted for Marianas Trench
Mariana Islands residents are continuing to push for the deepest part of the world's oceans to be made a sanctuary. [more]

Prendergast optimistic about Solomons future
Solomon Islands outgoing former police commissioner says he leaves the country optimistic about its future. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition 26 January 2017
Outgoing former Solomon Islands Police Commissioner optimistic about the country's future; New research urges solutions be found for Solomons housing problems; The US abortion gag to impact Pacific women; Guam is on alert over Agent Orange allegations; Sanctuary status wanted for Marianas Trench; And Japan is supporting a Tonga breadfruit project. [more]

Nauru, Manus Island refugees distressed by Trump
The distress of refugees detained offshore by Australia has deepened with news US President Donald Trump will suspend refugee resettlement. [more]

West Papuan demographics update highlights disparity
New statistics show indigenous Melanesians are not yet the minority they were thought to be in West Papua. But while the proportion of Papuan people as a percentage of the population continues to decline, this process varies widely between different regencies. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 27 January 2017
Indigenous Melanesians are not yet the minority in West Papua; The new United States president's immigration plans distress asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru; The outgoing Solomon Islands police commissioner is optimistic; The fight continues for protection of the Maraianas Trench; And, Japan is supporting a Tonga breadfruit project. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 27 January 2017
Why aren't fans flocking to the Wellington Sevens anymore? Plus Usain Bolt loses one of his gold medals and the New Zealand Blind Cricket Team prepare to take on the world. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

How Quantum Technology is Changing the World
There's a global race to become leaders in quantum technology with billions being invested worldwide. New Zealand, who are pioneers in the field, are contributing at top level to the race. The Dodd Walls Centre's aim is to train a workforce competent in quantum technology who can grow high value industries that provide jobs, attract smart young people and contribute to creating tomorrow's life-changing technologies. Professor Ian Walmsley heads of one of the UK's new multi-million dollar Quantum Technology Hubs, and he's in Dunedin speaking at the centre's annual symposium. [more]

Hello Pork Pie
It has remained one of the most iconic films in New Zealand history, so how on earth, can you improve on the original Blondini epic. No doubt you'll have heard there's a reboot of the 1981 classic, Goodbye Pork Pie, to be released in February. And director, Matt Murphy, has been the man driving the project. [more]

United Noshes: a meal for every UN country
United Noshes is a series of 194 dinner parties, one for each member of the United Nations. Now they've reached ‘N’ – New Zealand is up this weekend. [more]

Favourite Album
Christy Harcourt has picked Graceland by Paul Simon. [more]

Theatre Critic
John Smythe from Theatreview.org.nz reviews PUBLIC WORKS and THE LANDEATERS two of the plays in the four part series THE UNDERTOW. This is true community theatre presented by The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University at Soundings Theatre - Te Papa until Sunday. [more]

Economics with Shamubeel Eaqub
Auckland is now the fourth least affordable city in a survey of 92 cities around the world. Our economics commentator Shamubeel Eaqub says it's all down to a failure of politics. Shamubeel Eaqub is an economist and partner at Sense Partners, a boutique economic consultancy. @SEaqub [more]

The history of the celebrity wedding
Victoria University Historian, Grant Morris looks back at celebrity weddings in New Zealand. [more]

Masterpieces: Sculptor Denis O'Connor
Award winning sculptor, Denis O'Connor tells us about his favourite sculpture. [more]

The Expats: Taking NZ craft beer to the UK
A kiwi couple is at the forefront of the growing craft beer culture in London. Jen Ferguson and Glenn Williams started their speciality store, Hop Burns and Black in south London, where they sell craft beers, hot sauce and vinyl. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition 26 Janurary 2017
The benefit of talking to babies before they can talk back Auckland - punching above its weight - at least with house prices And in Dateline Pacific agent orange contamination in Guam [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 27 January 2017
America reveals how it will make Mexico pay for the border wall and calls for the Government to do more to curb online hate speech. [more]

Midday Sports News for 27 January 2017
The Australian cricket team heads to New Zealand full of confidence after beating Pakistan 4-1 in their one day series. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 27 January 2017
Mexican President cancels meeting with Trump in Washington, Mexico president condemns Trump's wall, refuses to pay, Animal welfare assurance wanted for Chinese cow shipment, United Nations Dispatch looks back on Helen Clark's career,Debate about shifting Marlborough salmon farms and Principals say holiday move a good idea - in theory [more]

Sports News for 27 January 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Salmon farms need to be shifted if jobs to remain
A hundred jobs and tens of millions of dollars a year will be lost if salmon farms are not relocated within the Marlborough Sounds. Phil Pennington speaks with Marlborough district mayor John Leggett. [more]

Sports News for 27 January 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Mexican President cancels meeting with Trump in Washington
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has scrapped plans to meet Donald Trump. Washington correspondent Simon Marks has the latest [more]

Mexico president condemns Trump's wall, refuses to pay
The Mexican president has been widely praised south of the border for refusing to meet with President Trump. Mexico correspondent Shannon Young has the latest. [more]

Animal welfare assurance wanted for Chinese cow shipment
'Economic treason.' That's how NZ First leader Winston Peters is describing a decision to ship more than 5,000 dairy cows to China. [more]

A look back on Helen Clark's career at the UN
Helen Clark's decision to step down from her UN role was a shock to many aid agencies. But UN Dispatch's Mark Leon Goldberg says it wasn't entirely unexpected. [more]

Debate about shifting Marlborough salmon farms
Debate is heating up over the relocation of salmon farms in Marlborough Sounds as the axe hangs over the industry. [more]

Principals say holiday move a good idea - in theory
Prompted by one of the wettest, wildest and coldest Christmas holiday season in years, the United Future Leader Peter Dunne wants to put the sun back in summer. [image:96095:full] He's launched an online petition seeking support to move school holidays so they fall during the late January early February period which usually has sunnier and warmer weather. [audio_play] Principals Sandra McCallum and David Hodge think it's easier said than done [more]

Nooks and crannies of NZ getting super-fast Internet
Super fast internet access is coming to the outer edges of New Zealand. The mayors of Whangarei and Winton say it's a big step forward for their communities. [more]

Water crisis resulting in water thefts from fire hydrants
The water shortage in the Far North is so severe it's created a black market, with some of the water illegally coming from council fire hyrdrants. Far North mayor John Carter says anyone offered such water needs to come forward. [more]

Wellington Sevens kicks off this weekend
It's the Wellington Sevens this weekend, but it's likely to be a pale imitation of what it once was. Is the party well and truly over or is there life in the Sevens weekend yet? Joe Porter asked some diehard fans. [more]

Desperately Seeking: the South Island kokako
A reward has been offered to anyone who can confirm the South Island kokako is still alive. South Island Kokako Charitable Trust's Nigel Babbage says the person who finds it will be a conservation hero [more]

Sports News for 27 January 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Trump dumps entire State Department management team
The entire senior level of management officials at the State Department has been fired by the Trump administration. Political columinst Brent Budowsky says it would have been wise to keep at least some of them on. [more]

Review critical of Wellington region's mental health services.
A review set up after four homicides and an assault which all involved mental health patients from the Wellington region has found serious errors in the way the service is run. [more]

Govt cut worsened Auckland teacher shortage, says Labour
New figures show the current shortage of teachers in Auckland comes as the Government spends less promoting teaching as a career - about a million dollars a year less for the past four years. Labour says the Government knew this shortage was looming. [more]

Children in care to gain a voice with new advocacy service
The government establishes an independent service to advocate for children in care. Tindall Foundation manager John McCarthy says we have to do better for young people. [more]

University fined after students almost died during experiment
A British university has been fined after two students suffered "life-threatening" effects when they were accidentially given 300 cups of coffee. [more]

Williams sisters to face off in Saturday's Australian Open
Serena and Venus Williams have locked in a historic Grand-slam final. The siblings will play each other at the Australian Open final tomorrow. Roger federer has been confirmed as the first mens finalist. Dave Luddy has all the action. [more]

Quake-affected Kaikoura tourist operators still fretting
Tourism operators in Kaikoura fretting about a wasted summer are finding new ways to promote themselves and the town...and the council's marketing arm is right behind them with new ideas, as Belinda McCammon discovered [more]

No cheer for refugees detained by Australia
US President Donald Trump's decision to suspend refugee resettlement has thrown uncertainty into the mix for refugees detained by Australia on Nauru and Manus Islands; and refugees there say the uncertainty is torturous. [more]

New ambulances hoped to reduce back injuries for paramedics
St John ambulance service is spending almost 9 million dollars on 43 new vehicles in an effort to avoid paramedics getting injured when dealing with heavy patients [more]

New doco charts history of Chinese in New Zealand
Just in time for the start of Chinese New Year celebrations, a new documentary opens today highlighting the lives of New Zealand's Chinese goldminers and immigrants. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 27 January 2017
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 27 January 2017
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 27 January 2017
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

The faces of 'back-row' America
Since 2012, Chris Arnade has travelled deep into small-town America, photographing America’s poor. [more]

Nights' Culture - Dance
Toi Whakaari movement tutor and artistic director of Limbs Dance Company Chris Jannides explores equipment based dance pieces, which allow dancers to be airborne or interact with gymnastic-like environments and structures. [more]

Nine To Noon

More inmates, more prisons, what next?
The prison population has never been higher, requiring big spending on new jails. Kathryn Ryan asks Corrections head Ray Smith what his department is doing about it. [more]

Do taxes on foreign buyers work?
What are some of the world's most expensive cities doing to fight housing affordability? Originally from London, Mukhtar Latif is Vancouver's Chief Housing Officer, where last year a 15% tax on foreign buyers was implemented. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about what the effect has been. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
New Caledonia, Guam and Bougainville are preparing for unusual self-determination referendums; CIA files reveal why the Soviet Union wanted bases in Tokelau and Tonga; and several Pacific countries outraged over public release of fishing boat tracks in exclusive economic zones - and in a New Zealand marine reserve [more]

How do you decide where you belong?
Renee Liang talks to Kathryn Ryan about her play, the Bone Feeder, which is being turned into an opera for this year's Auckland Arts Festival. It tells the story of a young Chinese man searching for his roots & is inspired by the true story of the SS Ventnor. It is performed in three languages with Western, Maori and Chinese instruments. [more]

Book review - Best of 2016 - Cassie Richards
Cassie Richards of Unity Books shares her picks of the best books from 2016. ' Pond' by Claire-Louise Bennett, published by Picador. 'The Vegetarian' by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith, published by Portobello Books. [more]

New music with Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies falls head over heels in love with a compilation of rare jazz, funk and soul tracks from Brazil, Trinidad and Ghana, strapped together by Brighton label, Mr Bongo. Oh, and also the latest single from Wairarapa's finest, Lord Echo. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Team NZ breaks ranks with the other 2017 Americas Cup syndicates over the new agreement for future Americas Cups, Stephen Fleming advises up and coming cricketers to think long and hard before putting test cricket ahead of limited over cricket and a preview Australian Open Tennis finals this weekend. [more]

The week that was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther
Te Radar and Elizabeth Easther consider the plan to standardize symbols for high tech Japanese toilets, plus the news that US "doomsday preppers" are making a beeline for New Zealand. [more]

Our Changing World

Quantum mechanics - do deep-sea bacteria do it?
Quantum mechanics describes how our universe behaves at an atomic level. It involves waves and particles, and deep-sea bacteria use it to harvest light very efficiently. [more]

Winners or losers? Antarctic starfish and climate change
Warming temperatures and increasing ocean acidity are looming climate change threats in Antarctica - and scientists are looking at their effect on Antarctic starfish. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 26 January 2017
We hear from our Correspondent in Samoa. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Border Angels founder says it's one of saddest days after Trump order
A 3000km long wall dividing the US and Mexico hasn't stopped illegal immigration, but made it more desperate and deadly, the founder of Border Angels says. A longer wall will kill, Enrique Morones says. [more]

Trump signals review of 'black site' prisons
Draft documents show US President Donald Trump may order a review that could result in the return of a CIA programme which holds terrorism suspects in secret prisons. [more]

Driverless electric vehicle launched at Chch Airport
A driverless electric shuttle was launched at Christchurch Airport today, and will eventually transport passengers and their bags around the airport. [more]

Evening business for 26 January 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Review of Wellington mental health services finds serious errors
A review of Wellington's mental health services, set up after five patients were involved in homicides, has found serious errors in the way the service is run. [more]

Peter Dunne launches petition to move summer holidays
United Future leader Peter Dunne says New Zealand should shift its summer holidays to February and March to make the most of good weather. [more]

Usain Bolt stripped of gold medal after teammate caught doping
Jamaican sprinter Ussain Bolt is being forced to return one of his nine Olympic gold medals after one of his teammates at the 2008 Beijing Games tested positive. [more]

Grave fears for impact Trump will have on Central American families
CNN Worldwide's Senior Latin American Affairs Editor, Rafael Romo, says Donald Trump's move to isolate Mexico and Central America will have a grave financial impact on the countries. [more]

Elderly man attacked in front of grandchildren at Auckland park 1
Police won't reveal what was said to a 72-year-old man before he was attacked in front of his young grandchildren at a park in the Auckland suburb of Remuera yesterday. [more]

Engineers needed in Wellington for quake strengthening work
Engineers may have to be brought in from outside Wellington, to complete Government-ordered strengthening work on building facades in the inner city and Lower Hutt. [more]

Two days out, 15k Sevens tickets still to sell
Despite sluggish ticket sales at the Wellington Rugby Sevens, tournament director Steve Dunbar is still upbeat about the event. [more]

Auckland family describe Rotorua 'hotel hell'
An Auckland woman has taken to social media to try and get a Rotorua hotel shut down, saying it was moudly, dirty, and run down to the point of being a health risk. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell
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]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 27 January 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 27 January 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 26 January 2017
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 26 January 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Peter Elliott (Part 1)
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has resigned from her post heading the United Nations Development Programme. An Australian boy's dad talks about his son's close encounter with a Great White Shark. There has been much ado about billionaire Trump supporter Peter Thiel's New Zealand citizenship. [more]

The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Peter Elliott (Part 2)
A study has pinpointed five traits happy people have. What the Panelists Niki Bezzant and Peter Elliott want to talk about. Katina Michael of the University of Wollongong talks about the privacy dangers in biometric security. Bad wine? Add salt. Wine connossieur Belinda Jackson tells us what she thinks of this. [more]

Helen Clark resigns from UN
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has resigned from her post heading the United Nations Development Programme. [more]

Boy shares wave with Great White
An Australian boy's dad talks about his son's close encounter with a Great White Shark. [more]

Billionaire immigrants
There has been much ado about billionaire Trump supporter Peter Thiel's New Zealand citizenship. [more]

Five keys to happiness
A study has pinpointed five traits happy people have. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Niki Bezzant and Peter Elliott want to talk about. [more]

Biometric borders
Katina Michael of the University of Wollongong talks about the privacy dangers in biometric security. [more]

Just add salt
Bad wine? Add salt. Wine connossieur Belinda Jackson tells us what she thinks of this. [more]

The Wireless

Why Casey Affleck’s alleged misdeeds matter when watching Manchester by the Sea
The film and its performances are undeniably excellent. So why doesn’t Manchester by the Sea’s star deserve an Oscar? [more]

Talking beats, politics and Elon Musk with Mr Carmack
Going deep with a pioneering producer. [more]

Tastes Like it Sounds - Cut Off Your Hands
In the final episode of Tastes Like it Sounds Cut Off Your Hands talk Stooges-esque coconuts with no reverb. [more]

Women in short skirts are still being blamed for their own sexual assaults - survey
There needs to be a serious discussion about male privilege, says a Waikato University professor. [more]

Upbeat

Going on a musical adventure
Story telling is at the heart of musician Jamie McCaskill’s new one man show Mata and the Mysterious Musical Maunga which he performs as part of Capital E’s National Arts Festival for children in March. It’s a hectic time for Jamie whose play The Biggest, which uses comedy to examine the racism inherent in small town New Zealand, is on at Auckland arts Festival in March.   [more]

Snarky Puppy not snarky at all
Horns, hooks and improvised jazz all make up the spectacle that is a Snarky Puppy concert. The band, which has a roster of 25 musicians, returns to Auckland in April. Band founder and bassist Michael League explains how Snarky Puppy make jazz concerts sell-outs wherever they go and why they are returning to NZ so soon after their last visit.   [more]

World & Pacific News

4pm Pacific Regional News for 26 January 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 26 January 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 26 January 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 January 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 January 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 January 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 January 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 27 January 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Serena makes semi-finals in Melbourne
Serena Williams has continued her pursuit of a record seventh Australian Open singles title with a straight-sets quarter-final win over Johanna Konta. [more]

Nadal storms into Aussie Open semis
Rafael Nadal wound back the clock to move within a match of the Australian Open title decider with a straight-sets win over Milos Raonic in their quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena. [more]

Bolt loses perfect record as teammate tests positive
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals and his perfect triple treble of Games' sprint victories after teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping. [more]

Trump pledges 'major investigation' on voter fraud
President Donald Trump has promised a "major investigation into voter fraud", after making claims about millions of illegal ballots. [more]

Quake rules could affect historic monastery
Part of St Gerard's monastery could be caught up in a government crackdown on unsafe buildings. [more]

Team NZ not signing up to new America's Cup framework
Changes to rules around the America's Cup framework don't have Emirates Team New Zealand on board. [more]

Screen all babies for heart disease, specialists urge
Some hospitals already carry out screenings on newborns, but others don't. Researchers are now looking at the feasibility of introducing the practice across the country. [more]

Scientists raise $13k for women to study
Three Auckland scientists who helped raise money for a scholarship want to raise the profile of Māori and Pacific women working in the sciences. [more]

CNMI plans to outlaw plastic bags
A bill that would ban the use of plastic checkout bags in the Northern Marianas has been introduced in the House of Representatives. [more]

New checks for Vanuatu government vehicle use
The use of Vanuatu government vehicles is to be subject to new controls. [more]

Netherlands government to counter Trump abortion funding ban
The Netherlands is to set up an international fund to support abortion services hit by US President Donald Trump's order to cut US foreign aid. [more]

Chinese man cycles 500km in wrong direction to get home
A man hoping to cycle home cross-country for Chinese New Year realised 30 days into his trip that he had been travelling in the wrong direction. [more]

Dow Jones passes 20,000 mark for the first time
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 20,000 for the first time at the start of trading on Wednesday. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Actress Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
BREAKING NEWS - Actress Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80 [more]

Farmers doing it tough along 'eerily quiet' highway
It is more important than ever to check on neighbours and friends, says Doug Avery, a leader for mental health and resiliance in farming. [more]

Long-distance bus operators want new central Auckland space
Sky City wants the Intercity terminus moved from its Hobson Street complex, while bus operators want to stay in the CBD. [more]

Business booms along temporary main highway
Business owners in St Arnaud and Murchison say turnover has doubled and they struggle to cope with crowds queuing for fuel, coffee, food and accommodation. [more]

Trump signs order for Mexico wall
New US President Donald Trump has authorised a "large physical barrier" on the US southern border. [more]

West Papuans not yet a minority in homeland
New statistics on the ethnic composition of Indonesia's Papua region indicate that the indigenous West Papuans are not yet the minority there. [more]

Mary Tyler Moore dies
The Emmy-winning actress has died at the age of 80, surrounded by friends and her husband, according to the star's publicist. [more]

Iwi confronted by residents angry over housing plans
An angry Point England resident has accused Ngāti Paoa of hiding behind protocol when questions were raised about its controversial plans for a local housing development. [more]

Students needed dialysis after accidental caffeine overdose
A university in the United Kingdom has been fined after two students suffered "life-threatening" effects when they were given 100 times too much caffeine in an experiment. [more]

Orwell's '1984' back as bestseller amid 'alternative facts'
George Orwell's 1984 - a novel about a dystopian future under an authoritarian regime - is back as a bestseller as readers grapple with Donald Trump's "alternative facts." [more]

Facebook, Tinder pose new problems for protection orders
A man allegedly "super-liked" his ex-partner on Tinder, while another sent a woman a Snapchat photo of himself with a gun. [more]

Urgent Chch repairs done but roads need work
Some damaged Christchurch roads could remain rougher than they were before the Canterbury earthquakes for several decades. [more]

'Denials of a housing crisis are now simply lies'
Opinion - Every government policy to make housing affordable since the early 1990s has been a failure, and it's time for the political classes to deliver on their responsibilities, writes Shamubeel Eaqub. [more]

Traffic hotspots identified ahead of two long weekends
Potential traffic hotspots in the upper North Island have been highlighted by NZTA, with two back-to-back long weekends ahead. [more]

Watling out for three weeks
The New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been ruled out of cricket for three weeks because of injury. [more]

Hayden Parker to miss Super Rugby season
The Highlanders back Hayden Parker's horror run of injuries continues after being ruled out for the entire upcoming Super Rugby season. [more]

Inflation rises to 1.3 percent
Annual inflation is back above 1 percent for the first time in more than two years. [more]

Southampton knock Liverpool out of League Cup
Southampton upset Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield to reach the English League Cup football final with a 2-0 aggregate victory in their last-four clash. [more]

Judge halts indecent assault trial of health worker
The trial of a Wellington health professional accused of indecently assaulting a patient by kissing her has been halted. [more]

Mixed emotions for NZ Para-Skier
The New Zealand para-skier Corey Peters has won a silver medal in the Downhill on the opening day at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Italy. [more]

American Samoa district governor dies after sudden illness
American Samoa's Western District Governor Lualemaga Faoa has died in the territory's LBJ Hospital after a sudden illness. [more]

French Polynesia customs nets 1.4 tonnes of cocaine
Reports from French Polynesia say customs officials found 800 kilograms of cocaine on a yacht seized in Tahiti only days after finding 600 kilograms of the drug on another yacht off the Marquesas. [more]

Wanted: South Island kōkako - $5k reward
A $5000 reward has been offered to anyone who can confirm the South Island kōkako is still alive. [more]

Pastoral farmers lagging in recycling
A recycling service for farmers is struggling to get pastoral farmers on board to safely dispose of plastic containers and chemicals. [more]

Seasonal worker housing complex planned in Blenheim
A Marlborough vineyard contracting business is part of a newly formed company planning a large-scale project to house seasonal workers. [more]

Bill to raise salaries of CNMI elected officials now law
A huge leap in salaries for the top officials in the Northern Marianas has become law but funds for the increase are still to be found. [more]

Govt deficit almost $1 billion smaller than expected
The government is in better financial shape than expected, posting a deficit of almost $1 billion smaller than forecast. [more]

Cordon lifted after bomb squad Pukekohe callout
The bomb squad has dealt with a suspicious object found at a south Auckland property. [more]

PNG looks to World Bank for gear to combat TB
Papua New Guinea's government is looking to engage more World Bank assistance to deploy equipment for laboratory testing and screening for tuberculosis. [more]

Sport: Cook Islands football champs Puaikura FC eye history
The Cook Islands football champions Puaikura FC are looking to make history in the Oceania Champions League. [more]

Sport: Strong Pacific flavour to Cabramatta rugby league 9s
The Pacific Islands have contributed to a strong international line-up attending the Cabramatta Nines rugby league tournament in Sydney this weekend. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Helen Clark to step down as director of UN Development Programme - AFP
BREAKING NEWS - Helen Clark to step down as director of UN Development Programme - AFP [more]

Sport: Tietjens says Samoa 7s will be much fitter in Wellington
Sir Gordon Tietjens expects major improvements in Samoa's on field performance at the Wellington Sevens, after putting the squad through a gruelling fitness regime. [more]

White Ferns squads named to take on Australia
The New Zealand women's cricket coach Haidee Tiffen admits the squads she's named to take on Australia are the toughest she's had to select. [more]

Fa'afafine govt employee lays discrimination complaint
A transgender public servant in American Samoa has laid an official complaint against her employer, the Department of Human Resources, for sex discrimination. [more]

Bid underway off New Caledonia to recapture poachers
The French military has launched an operation to catch two Vietnamese so-called blue boats fishing illegally which have escaped from custody in New Caledonia. [more]

Helen Clark stepping down from UN role
The former New Zealand prime minister will step down from her high-level role at the United Nations in April. [more]

Cook Islands community to take action against shipping company
A Cook Island community is set to take legal action against a shipping company it claims has failed to deliver vital supplies. [more]

More women reporting domestic violence in Marshall Islands
More women in the Marshall Islands are reporting domestic violence thanks to a new process for requesting temporary protection orders against abusive spouses or partners. [more]

Romanov plans in Kiribati yet to be approved
The Kiribati Government says it is yet to decide whether to lease land to a Russian monarchist who plans to revive the Romanov Empire in Kiribati. [more]

PNG parliament to elect new vice-regal
Papua New Guinea's parliament is expected to elect a new Governor-General next month. [more]

Pest-free kiwi sanctuary near Wellington doubles in size
A pest-free kiwi sanctuary in the Rimutaka Forest Park will double in size, with hopes the number of birds there will flourish when pests are out of the picture. [more]

Cooper wins Cycle Classic
The Wellington rider Joseph Cooper has won the New Zeland Cycle Classic in the Wairarapa. [more]

Driverless car hits the tarmac
Christchurch Airport has shown off its new driverless car, the first of its kind in the country. [more]

Water contamination response fell short - report
The decision not to declare a state of emergency in Havelock North last year aggravated the situation, says the author of an independent report. [more]

Man stabbed in unprovoked attack at Auckland park
A 72-year-old man was stabbed in the neck in an unprovoked attack at an Auckland park yesterday afternoon. [more]

Man, 47, arrested after bicycle bank robberies
Police accuse the man of holding up two Christchurch banks in a week. [more]

Parker and Fury camps unable to agree
The Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury camps have been unable to come to an agreement over their WBO Heavyweight Championship bout, forcing the governing body to step in. [more]

Body found in search for missing swimmer
A body has been found in the search for a 21-year-old man who went swimming in the Waikato River early yesterday morning. [more]

Campaign for later summer holidays
New Zealanders' dreams of BBQs at the beach are being replaced with days at home with the kids as bad weather hits, United Future's Peter Dunne says. [more]

US abortion gag endangers Pacific women
Unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths in the Pacific could be about to rise after new US President Donald Trump re-enacted the Mexico City policy. [more]

New border rules likely for emigrants to US
New Zealanders wanting to live in the US may find it more difficult if US President Donald Trump approves new border rules. [more]

Hawke's Bay pair banned
The Hawke's Bay United football coach Brett Angell and midfielder Corey Chettleburgh have both been banned for four games for abusive language. [more]

Govt brain fade on Thiel citizenship 'not credible' - Labour
Prime Minister Bill English says American billionaire Peter Thiel did not buy his way into New Zealand citizenship, but Labour wants proof. [more]

Pharmacist struck off after child pornography conviction
A New Plymouth man convicted of possessing child pornography has been struck off as a pharmacist. [more]

Mexico president: 'We won't pay for wall'
Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto has condemned US President Donald Trump's order for a "large physical barrier" on the border. [more]

Peter Thiel's citizenship 'never discussed'
US billionaire Peter Thiel's decision to invest $15m in a Crown-owned venture fund had nothing to do with him gaining New Zealand citizenship, the fund says. [more]

Proposed new salmon farm locations revealed
Moving six salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds would help clean up the seabed and boost production, the government says. [more]

Chicago to pay nearly $US5m for police misconduct cases
Shawn Whirl, who was tortured into confessing a murder, has been awarded $US4m ($NZ5.5m) in one of two major settlements in the US city. [more]

Two injured in Auckland hit-and-run
Police are searching for a driver who hit two people in Mt Eden just before 5pm, then took off. [more]

Two arrests after police car stolen, torched
While a Waikato police officer breath-tested the driver, two passengers got out - and took off in the patrol vehicle. [more]

Police and protesters clash in Australia Day rally
A police officer has been injured and a man arrested after clashes between police and protesters at an indigenous rights march through inner-city Sydney. A police officer has been injured... [more]

Dad captures Jaws-dropping pic of child surfer and shark
An Australian man has captured the moment his 10-year-old son caught a wave alongside a white pointer this week. [more]

Mental health services criticised after attacks
A highly-critical report says Wellington's mental health services need to change after five patients were involved in attacks - four of them fatal - in 15 months. [more]