Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th February 2017

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Business News

Evening Business for 16 February 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 17 February 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 17 February 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 17 February 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Auckland Airport's profit grows
The country's biggest airport has reported a solid lift in its first half profit on the back of the tourism boom and record immigration. [more]

Other earnings news
The steel products manufacturer, Steel & Tube, has delivered a weaker first half result, in line with expectations. [more]

Steady picture for retail trade
Retail spending remains robust with a clear appetite for vehicles. [more]

NZ CEOs maintain business confidence as new risks emerge
New Zealand chief executives are optimistic about growth and plan to hire more people, but are worried about a shortage of skilled candidates. [more]

Midday Markets for 17 February 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Brad Gordon at Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Business briefs for 17 February 2017
In other business news, dental company, Abano Healthcare, says it will not give the company trying to take control of it, access to its financial books. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 16 February 2017
Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 16 February 2017. [more]

Mayors defend how they responded to Port Hills fire
John Campbell talks to Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel, Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton, and Principal Rural Fire Officer Douglas Marshall. [more]

House singed, but everything else lost
Ken and Denise McKenzie didn't lose their house. But they lost everything else. The Early Valley Road residents show John Campbell what is left. [more]

Port Hills family lose house and over 40 classic cars
A Port Hills family had no idea their house and more than 40 classic cars had been lost until they returned home the next morning. Zac Fleming reports. [more]

Man watches family home burn down in Port Hills fire
Henry Reese watched his family home in Worsley Road in Governors Bay burn down. RNZ reporter Joelle Dally was with him. [more]

Fire comes within metres of Port Hills house
A Port Hills family that had to evacuate their home found their house was still standing after the fire came within metres of it. [more]

Port Hills fire location narrowed to "couple of metres square"
Ken Legat of Fire Investigation Services spent the day on Early Valley Road says they're yet to determine whether the cause of the Port Hills fire is suspicious, but they have located its origin. [more]

End of the line for New Zealand Cadbury production
Up to 380 jobs may go at the Dunedin Cadbury factory after it was announced the city will stop producing the chocolate after 130 years. [more]

Cadbury owner says not economic to keep Dunedin factory open
Mondelez International, Cadbury's owner, says the factory's distance from its Australia, low volume and complex product portfolio, make it expensive to run. [more]

Solid Energy chair says he'll resign if forced to enter mine
The bosses of Solid Energy have told a select committee hearing into the Pike River mine disaster that allegations of a cover up are "insulting". [more]

Questions emerge as authorities work to control fire
The Port Hills blaze has now been burning for nearly four days but the 20 square kilometre fire is not under control, and is not expected to be for weeks. [more]

Pflaum's home destroyed by fire but prized possessions saved
Doug and Vikki Pflaum's home has been completely destroyed, but extraordinarily, they were able to save their most prized possessions thanks to a quick thinking friend. [more]

Cadbury closure shows manufacturing not city's future - mayor
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says the closure of the city's Cadbury factory is devastating, but has reassured workers they will receive help from local agencies. [more]

New Finance Minister rules out Auckland regional fuel tax
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff now has to find an alternative way to fund major transport projects, and may have to hike rates by around 15% after the Finance Minister ruled out an Auckland regional tax. [more]

Could plans for a new highway be the death-knell for Wellsford?
Could plans for a new highway north of Auckland be the death-knell for the small town of Wellsford? [more]

Pedal power for new Team NZ boat
The team hopes the use of pedals to power hydraulics will provide more power to the boat's control systems. [more]

Thousands offer to pet-sit Port Hill evacuees
In less than a day thousands of people have offered assistance to people staying in hotels and other temporary accommodation who can't look after their pets due to the Port Hills fire. [more]

Coastal Weather

Coastal Weather Forecast for [Date Month Year]
Coastal weather report. [more]

Dateline Pacific

NZ Foreign Minister flies the flag in parts of Melanesia
The New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has been meeting with government officials in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville and Solomon Islands this week. [more]

Deported refugee to plead not guilty
The lawyer representing Loghman Sawari says his client will plead not guilty to the charge of supplying false information for the purpose of obtaining a passport. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 16 February 2017
Refugee deported from Fiji is to plead not guilty; NZ Foreign Minister flies the flag in parts of Melanesia; Tonga's government faces a motion of no confidence; Samoa's struggling to raise enough money to go to this year's softball champs. [more]

Sport: Fiji 7s squad offered contracts after six month delay
Fiji's top sevens players have been offered contracts by the Fiji Rugby Union, six months after the previous arrangement ended. [more]

New Solomons' welfare seen as vital for struggling families
The Minister of Health in Solomon Islands says there is strong backing for his Child and Family Bill. [more]

Northern Marianas shocked by abuse allegations
Sexual abuse allegations against a former bishop shock the Northern Marianas, as the Vatican's investigation into abuse on Guam steps up. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 17 February 2017
Abuse allegations against a former bishop shock the Northern Marianas, as the Vatican's investigation into abuse on Guam steps up; the Minister of Health in Solomon Islands says there is strong backing for his Child and Family Bill; refugee deported from Fiji is to plead not guilty; NZ Foreign Minister flies the flag in parts of Melanesia; Fiji's top sevens players have been offered contracts by the Fiji Rugby Union, six months after the previous arrangement ended. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 14pm

Cadbury to close Dunedin factory
Cadbury used to be this country's most trusted brand. But things began to change when it admitted changing its recipe to use palm oil rather than cocoa butter. A clever marketing campaign by its local rival, Whittakers, saw that company dramatically increase its market share. Now the owner of Cadbury, Mondelez International, says it is closing its Dunedin factory and move production to Australia. The factory has produced Cadbury products at the site for 80 years. Auckland University of Technology marketing professor, Roger Marshall talks about how it has come to this.   [more]

Inside Gloriavale
In 2015, photographer Cam McLaren, got an inside look into the closed religious community of Gloriavale. And he describes it as 'A place where people are the currency and the outside world fades out of mind'. During his stay, he captured a series of black and white images, of an otherwise inaccessible world. And they'll be on show from today at Black Asterisk Gallery in Auckland. [more]

Untranslatable Emotions
Dr Tim Lomas is trying to drive the English language into new, uncharted territory. He's creating an index of words, that have no direct English equivalent, that represent emotional experiences. And he hopes we can understand ourselves better, and live a richer life, if we started using these words as English speakers. It's called The positive lexicography project. Tim is lecturer in positive psychology, at the University of East London. [more]

PM in Chch for briefing on fire control effort
The huge bushfire on the Port Hills in Christchurch has now destroyed 11 houses. Ian Telfer reports. [more]

Favourite Album
Hayley Theyers has picked Mala by Devendra Banhart. [more]

Fire update with Lyn Bailey
The huge bushfire on the Port Hills in Christchurch has now destroyed 11 houses. Around 450 homes have been evacuated. Lyn Bailey is a resident who has chosen not to evacuate. [more]

Theatre Critic: Lindsay Clark
Theatreview critic Lin Clark takes a look at Ropable, the latest production at Christchurch's Court Theatre. [more]

Masterpieces with Ant Timpson
Ant Timpson the man behind the New Zealand film awards tells us about his favourite Kiwi movie of all time. [more]

The Expats: Kristen Ng in Chengdu, China
Kristen moved from Wellington to Beijing as a student in 2013. She is now working as a freelance writer, translator and promoter in Chengdu. Blogs about NZ/China music and culture at kiwiese. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Money with Mary Holm
Mary Holm answers more listener questions on Kiwisaver, particularly for people who are near retirement or already 65. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for Thursday 16 February
This is late edition and in the programme tonight: the port hill fire is contained - for now cadbury plans to closes its Dunedin factory and in Dateline Pacific samoa's softball ambitions [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 February 2017
Port Hill homeowners will learn today when they'll be allowed back in their homes. Donald Trump says he's about to issue a new order banning muslim refugees. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 February 2017
South African bowlers concerned over Eden Park's short boundaries ahead of tonight's T-20 game. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 17 February 2017
The latest on the port hills fires, including the Civil Defence Minister concerned about the speed of the response, and Mayor says Port Hills fire will take weeks to manage [more]

Sports News for 17 February 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Conan Young with the latest on Port Hills fire
Our reporter Conan Young tells of a couple of hotspots flaring up in the Port Hills overnight. He says this has become the country's largest wildfire in 16 years. [more]

Ecavuated Christchurch residents determined to go home
Guyon Espiner speaks with Ian Bougen, an evacuated resident just who wants to go home. [more]

Pike River families eye Supreme Court in a bid for justice
The families of the 29 men who lost their lives in the Pike River Mine disaster want to take their fight for justice all the way to the Supreme Court. Reporter Edward Gay spoke with Anna Osborne. [more]

Maori Party threatens to walk away over child legislation
The Maori Party is threatening to walk away from its support deal with the National Party over changes it says could create another "stolen generation". [more]

Fire Service gives us the latest update on Port Hills blaze
Selwyn District principal rural fire officer, Douglas Marshall says reinforcing containment lines will be the focus for three hundred firefighters battling the Port Hills blaze. [more]

The latest Chch forecast as firefighters battle the blaze
Weather forecaster Richard Green has the latest forecast for those fighting the Port Hills fires in Christchurch. And there may be good news with some rain on the way today and tomorrow. [more]

Goff: What now if no regional fuel tax?
The Government has crushed the Auckland mayor's hopes of raising funds for transport projects through a regional fuel tax, once and for all. [more]

Sports News for 17 February 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Conan Young with the latest on Port Hills fire
Our reporter in Bengal Drive describes how the fire has consumed almost everything in it's path. [more]

Maja Burry with the latest on Port Hills fire
Our reporter says the glowing red hills of the past couple of days are now a smoking, blackened backdrop to Christchurch city. [more]

Frustrations growing for some Port Hills residents
Guyon Espiner speaks with frustrated Christchurch evacuee Steve who was stuck at a cordon- despite his family already being let through. [more]

Port Hills residents manage to grab priceless possessions
"We're just happy we've got the family, everyone's in one piece". Alan McKinney speaks to Guyon Espiner in Christchurch. [more]

Civil Defence controller updates situation says "the time for review is later"
Civil Defence controller John Mackie says it's hard to get a measure on the numbers of homes impacted [more]

Mayor says Port Hills fire will take weeks to manage
Joint effort by Christchurch and Selwyn councils praised by Mayor Lianne Dalziel as she defends early response decisions. [more]

Civil Defence Minister concerned about the speed of the response
Massive devastation detailed by Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee. He also expresses concerns about the speed of the response and announces a review of the Civil Defence. [more]

DHB finds "good standard of care" in mental health case
The Waikato District Health Board will today apologise to the family of Nicky Stevens. Reporter Tim Graham has the details. [more]

Government rules out regional fuel tax
The government has ruled out a regional fuel tax for Auckland, leaving the city's mayor, Phil Goff, looking for new ways to fund transport projects. Auckland correspondent Todd Niall has the latest. [more]

US President lays into media
The US President Donald Trump has laid into the media and defended his administration at a media briefing at the WhiteHouse [more]

Sports News for 17 February 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Conan Young with the latest on Port Hills fire
It's expected to be weeks before this fire is fully out. Our reporter Conan Young reports from Cashmere on the latest in the effort to douse the blaze. [more]

Maja Burry with the latest on Port Hills fire
Timeline for evacuees to be allowed back in expected to be released later today. [more]

Firefighters are satisfied with their work so far - but the job is not done yet
"It's encouraging isn't it? You come out here and they're having a chat to you and they're still smiling". Guyon Espiner catches up with incident controller Rob Hands last night while some of the firefighters were having a much needed meal break. [more]

Chch biz at pains to reassure suppliers the city is open
Canterbury's Chamber of Commerce keen to make clear Christchurch city is still open for business despite the raging Port Hills fire. [more]

Student Volunteer Army keen to help in wake of Port Hills blaze
Canterbury's famous Student Volunteer Army now looking at ways to help in the cleanup of the Port Hills' blaze [more]

Investigators will be back at Chch's Port Hills early today
Fire investigators are heading back up the Port Hills in Chch this morning, determined to find the cause of the fires which have ravaged the area this week. [more]

Helen Clark shortlisted for top job at The Global Fund
Helen Clark has made the shortlist for the top job at one of the world's largest aid agencies. Our New York correspondent Nick Harper has the latest. [more]

NZDF joins in the race against time to stop the Chch blaze
An Air Force Hercules is expected back in Christchurch today after flying to Australia to pick up supplies to fight the Port Hills fire. [more]

Opportunistic begging, gang tactics on rise in Capital
Wellington businesses are worried that there a group of beggars who are running shifts at prime spots in the city. [more]

Calls for change in South Auckland skills training
There are calls for a greater effort to connect young people to jobs in the poorer parts of south Auckland. Reporter Todd Niall investigates for RNZ's Insight. [more]

Greatest shot put field ever in NZ lines up this weekend
The greatest shot put field to ever line up in New Zealand will compete in Christchurch this weekend - with more next week. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
It's Friday so we cross the Ditch to Canberra to talk to our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 17 February 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Niuean for 17 February 2017
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue). [more]

News in Tongan for 17 February 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Dennis Gordon Jelly Fish expert
Time to take a break from the drylands for a moment and head to the beach - and something you often see washed up on one, especially at this time of year, jellyfish. Dr Dennis Gordon from NIWA is a specialist in Jellyfish, and he's with me now. [more]

Nights' Culture - Hip Hop
University of Auckland ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke raps about hip hop music and culture... [more]

Nine To Noon

"It's a whitewash": family of mental health patient
Kathryn Ryan talks with Dave MacPherson, the father of Nicky Stevens, who died in a Waikato DHB mental health facility, while on suicide watch. The DHB has conducted a review of the case, concluding that Mr Stevens' care was "overall of a good standard". The family reject the report, labelling it a whitewash. [more]

Eureka! Why science is good for primary kids
Fed up with primary students' poor grasp of science, Chris Duggan, a secondary school science teacher, set up the House of Science. And it's going from strength to strength. [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
New Zealander Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo. She talks to Kathryn about the death of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, the disappearance of a Chinese billionaire, India's space race, and body positivity in Japan. [more]

French-Malian hip-hop artist Inna Modja: 'I didn’t want to stay broken'
Whether she’s singing in French, English or Bambara, French-Malian hip-hop artist Inna Modja is speaking out against injustice. [more]

Children's Book Review - John McIntyre
John McIntyre reviews titles three titles by Babette Cole: Dr Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg and Hair in Funny Places. [more]

Maja Burry
RNZ's Maja Burry with the latest on Christchurch fires. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
A new album from charming Swede Jens Lekman, Ryan Adams classic-rocking out in a moping fashion, and a collection of early 70's English prog/ psyche/ folk have Jeremy Taylor all a-quiver. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer on Team New Zealand's new boat with leg power instead of arm power, Ross Taylor's ommission from tonight's T20 match and The Warriors' Kieran Foran's return to action. [more]

The Week that Was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew
Te Radar and Pinky Agnew present their funny picks of the week including a self-service checkout scam and how winning millions might actually make you a little miserable. [more]

Our Changing World

Uncovering the past
Archaeologists have been working alongside the Milton community to excavate an old Anglican cemetery, to find 'lost burials' and restore the stories of early Otago farmers. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 16 February 2017
We hear from our Correspondent in the CNMI. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 16 February 2017
Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that the current level of investment into public health facilities and services is meeting acceptable standards and patient needs? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: How would he describe the state of Aotearoa’s rivers and lakes this summer? NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Civil Defence: Can the Government provide an update on the response to the Christchurch and Selwyn District fires? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: What was the increase in the housing shortfall in Auckland between June 2008 and June 2016, given that the population increased by 208,900, meaning at 2.7 people per household 77,370 additional houses would be needed? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Immigration: Does his department monitor New Zealand-based businesses to ascertain whether they are employing New Zealanders ahead of visa-holding foreigners; if so, how? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government using a social investment approach that aims to improve the lives of vulnerable New Zealanders and reduce costs for taxpayers? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he believe his predecessor and officials have fully briefed him on the value and effectiveness of all existing programmes in his portfolio? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made regarding Public Protection Orders? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he believe that it is fair that the Indian students seeking sanctuary in an Auckland church should be deported for visa fraud if they have not been charged with that offence? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Is he concerned about the announcement by KiwiRail on 21 December 2016 that it intends to de-electrify the North Island’s Main Trunk railway system? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway north of Wellington? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Development: Is she concerned that the Superu report released last week showed that 1 in 4 former beneficiaries return to the benefit within 24 months after they come off? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Checkpoint broadcasts from Christchurch
Eleven houses have been destroyed and more than 130 firefighters are battling the fire in the Port Hills. John Campbell talks to Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel, Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton, and Principal Rural Fire Officer Douglas Marshall. [more]

Man watches family home burn down in Port Hills fire
Henry Reese watched his family home in Worsley Road in Governors Bay burn down. RNZ reporter Joelle Dally was with him. [more]

House singed, but everything else lost
Ken and Denise McKenzie didn't lose their house. But they lost everything else. The Early Valley Road residents show John Campbell what is left. [more]

Fire comes within metres of Port Hills house
A Port Hills family that had to evacuate their home found their house was still standing after the fire came within metres of it. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 16 February 2017
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]

Solid Energy chair says he'll resign if forced to enter Pike River mine
The bosses of Solid Energy have told a select committee hearing into the Pike River mine disaster that allegations of a cover up are "insulting". [more]

Port Hills family lose house and over 40 classic cars
A Port Hills family had no idea their house and more than 40 classic cars had been lost until they returned home the next morning. Zac Fleming reports. [more]

Pflaum's home destroyed by fire but prized possessions saved
Doug and Vikki Pflaum's home has been completely destroyed, but extraordinarily, they were able to save their most prized possessions thanks to a quick thinking friend. [more]

Could plans for a new highway be the death knell for Wellsford?
Could plans for a new highway north of Auckland be the death-knell for the small town of Wellsford? [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Music in Parks celebrates Auckland summer
Lucky old Auckland is halfway through this year's Music in Parks Series and the crowds keep growing. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 February 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 February 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The House

The House of empathy and angst
A committee ruckus over Pike River Mine, the Christchurch fires, a confidence vote, and RNZ brings the begging bowl to its annual review. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 16 February 2017
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 16 February 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Chris Gallavin and Peter Fa'afiu (Part 1)
The latest on the fires raging around Christchurch; Local and panelist Lisa Scott on what Cadbury closure means for Dunedin; Trumps' administration keeps hitting problems. [more]

The Panel with Chris Gallavin and Peter Fa'afiu (Part 2)
Posh resturant terms confusing diners; What the panelists have been up to; Police association President against blood tests for officers. [more]

The latest on the fires raging around Christchurch
The latest on what's happening in Christchurch and a homeowner waiting to hear if his house has been spared. [more]

Lisa Scott on what Cadbury closure means for Dunedin
Dunedin local and regular panelist Lisa Scott speaks to the Panel about the impact the closure of the Cadbury factory will have on the city. [more]

Trumps' administration keeps hitting problems
Trump's administration keeps hitting problems with the people they've hired or want to give jobs to. [more]

Posh resturant terms confusing diners
Posh restaurant terminology is confusing diners who don't know what they're ordering. [more]

Panel Says
What panelists Chris Gallavin and Peter Fa'afiu have been up to. [more]

Police association President against blood tests for officers
Mandatory blood testing for police officers is being slammed as "heavy handed" and showing "a trust problem". [more]

Former advertising exec: lack of older people in advertising
Former advertising executive, Mike Hutcheson, joins the panel to talk about a lack of experienced older people in advertising and why marketing is always pitched at 25 - 54 year olds. [more]

The Wireless

What we know about the Port Hills fire
Today is day four of a Christchurch blaze that has destroyed homes and killed one. [more]

Four photos that show how New Zealand is changing
Photographer Chris Corson-Scott shares what these locations say about our environment. [more]

A love letter to the Nokia brick phone
Jo Holsted pooh-poohs the smartphone [more]

Upbeat

Operas leading lovers
With names like Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo it’s hard to take New Zealand Opera’s The Mikado seriously. But while they are having fun, leading lovers Amelia Berry – as Yum-Yum - and Jonathan Abernethy – as her suitor Nanki-Poo - take their roles very seriously on stage. The Gilbert and Sullivan opera, directed by Stuart Maunder, opened this week to favourable reviews. [more]

Summer school success
Students at the Adam Summer School have been soaking up the knowledge of some of the best musicians in the country, including the New Zealand String Quartet’s Monique Lapins. She’s been mentoring some of the 27 students - aged between 15 and 25 - including Nathan Pinkney, ready for their Finale Concerts this Sunday. [more]

World & Pacific News

2pm Pacific Regional News for 16 February 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 16 February 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 16 February 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional News and Sport for 17 February 2017
The latest Pacific regional news and sport. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 February 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News in Samoan for 17 February 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 February 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 February 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 February 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 February 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

BREAKING NEWS - Civil Defence corrects report of 40 Port Hills homes destroyed, says "two to three" houses burnt
BREAKING NEWS - Civil Defence corrects report of 40 Port Hills homes destroyed, says "two to three" houses burnt [more]

Homes razed as Port Hills fire spreads
Firefighters were focused on protecting people's homes overnight as wildfires in the Port Hills continued to spread ever closer to residential areas. [more]

LIVE - Port Hills fire: Day 3
The Port Hills fires forced hundreds of Christchurch residents to be evacuated on Wednesday. See how day three unfolded here. [more]

Family demand answers over toddler's death
The family of a Southland toddler who died want to know why his mother was put in charge of protecting him when she was suspected of injuring him. [more]

BREAKING - Port Hills fires: homes downhill of the Sign of the Takahe on Dyers Pass Road being evacuated
BREAKING - Port Hills fires: homes downhill of the Sign of the Takahe on Dyers Pass Road being evacuated [more]

Aussie swimming legend arrested after 'breakdown'
Australian long distance swimming great Grant Hackett was arrested and detained by police in the Gold Coast after a "breakdown" at his parents' home. [more]

Nauru requests incidents at Australian centre be censored
Official Australian Government data about incidents at the country's immigration detention centre in Nauru has been censored as a result of a request from the Nauru Government. [more]

Samoa skincare range hopes for a global market
The producer of a Samoa luxury skincare range is hoping the products may soon be available around the world. [more]

Team NZ call on Olympic cyclist
London Olympics bronze medallist Simon Van Velthooven has been training with Team New Zealand's for this year's America's Cup regatta as the syndicate turned to pedal power for their challenge. [more]

Laidlaw out for remainder of Six Nations
The Scotland rugby captain Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations. [more]

Opposition to powers overhauled RMA would give Smith
There is overwhelming opposition to the new powers the Environment Minister Nick Smith will receive if the government succeeds in overhauling the Resource Management Act. [more]

PORT HILLS FIRE LATEST - The Prime Minister has cancelled his engagements for the day to fly to Christchurch
PORT HILLS FIRE LATEST - The Prime Minister has cancelled his engagements for the day to fly to Christchurch [more]

Barrett brothers to team up in Waverley
Brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett will take the field together for the Hurricanes for the first time in tomorrow night's Super Rugby pre-season trial against the Crusaders. [more]

Greenberg sympathises with Parramatta
NRL boss Todd Greenberg has empathised with Parramatta fans hurting over the decision to allow Kieran Foran back to the game in round three. [more]

North Korea asks for Kim Jong-nam's body
North Korea has asked Malaysia for the body of a man believed to be leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, after a woman was arrested in connection with his death. [more]

Trump hits back on Russia contacts
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the US intelligence community and media after new reports of contacts between his team and Russia. [more]

NZ issues Tokelau a 'please explain' chopper purchase
The New Zealand Government hopes discussions this week in Tokelau will shed light on the reported purchase of two helicopters by the territory. [more]

NZ discussing post RAMSI security with Solomons
The New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully says his country has plans for how it can assist Solomon Islands when the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI, pulls out in July. [more]

Ko hopes wholesale changes lead to stellar year
Golf world number one Lydia Ko has never been more excited to kick off her LPGA season after changing her caddie, coach and clubs as she seeks her way back to the winner's circle. [more]

Vatican to hear from former altar boy accusing Guam Archbishop of abuse
Vatican representatives are due to hear evidence today from one of the former altar boys who accused Guam's Archbishop Anthony Apuron of sexual abuse. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - A body has been found in Auckland's Woodhill Forest
BREAKING NEWS - A body has been found in Auckland's Woodhill Forest [more]

NZ to help support PNG election
New Zealand says it will help ensure the Papua New Guinea election is a success. [more]

Banks to find it tougher to increase profits - survey
Banks are going to find it tougher to increase their profits as their margins are squeezed and interest rates rise, according to a new survey. [more]

Hard times forecast for NZ equity markets
The New Zealand equity markets are heading for another tough year, with more companies leaving the stock exchange than are listing, and little interest in the smaller company markets. [more]

Body found in Auckland forest
A member of the public has found a body in west Auckland's Woodhill Forest, police say. [more]

Dads suffer post natal depression too - study
Research on the mental wellbeing of fathers has prompted a call for expectant dads to be screened for symptoms of depression. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Dunedin's Cadbury factory is to close and 350 jobs will be lost
BREAKING NEWS - Dunedin's Cadbury factory is to close and 350 jobs will be lost [more]

Gas main ruptures in Auckland
A gas leak has closed part of Te Atatu Road in West Auckland. [more]

Port Hills fire: In pictures
As the fight to extinguish the huge fire in Christchurch's Port Hills enters its fourth day. Residents and reporters have been documenting the battle. [more]

Pest problems continue to plague native ecosystems - study
There are almost two new pest invasions every day somewhere around the world, a new study reveals. [more]

Trump relaxes US policy on Middle East two-state solution
US President Donald Trump has dropped decades of US policy that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be resolved by a two-state solution. [more]

Sky-Vodafone merger to proceed as soon as approval given
Sky Television has rejected a call to delay its planned merger with telecommunications company Vodafone if the deal is approved by the competition watchdog. [more]

PORT HILLS FIRE LATEST - 11 houses and two sheds have been destroyed, officials have confirmed
PORT HILLS FIRE LATEST - 11 houses and two sheds have been destroyed, officials have confirmed [more]

Port Hills fire: 'That house that just caught fire ... that's our house'
A man who watched the Port Hills fire raze his family home this morning says he doesn't want to believe the devastation is real. [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers end Australian tour with best performance
The Papua New Guinea cricketers have finished their Australian tour on a winning note, narrowly beating the ACT XI by three runs in their T20 clash in Canberra. [more]

Criticism over apology for te reo Facebook rant
The man who exposed a New Plymouth councillor's social media rant suggesting the Mori language be left to die, says the subsequent apology was disappointing. [more]

Spark first half profit jumps due to IT services and mobile
The telecommunications company, Spark, has reported a near 13 percent rise in its first half profit on the back of a lift in mobile earnings and IT services. [more]

PORT HILLS LATEST - Prime Minister says time taken to call state of emergency for fires will be reviewed
PORT HILLS LATEST - Prime Minister says time taken to call state of emergency for fires will be reviewed [more]

Sport: PNG league champions to honour late owner
Papua New Guinea rugby league champions Lae Snax Tigers will dedicate this weekend's Melanesian Club Championship Cup to the late Sir Henry Chow. [more]

Tonga Dialysis Foundation says Govt delaying treatment
A group aiming to provide dialysis for kidney disease sufferers in Tonga says its being held back by Government inaction. [more]

Parker's WBO heavyweight title defence to be at home
Joseph Parker's first WBO heavyweight title defence will be at home in New Zealand, according to his opponent British boxer Hughie Fury. [more]

Some tickets still available for Lions series
The three British and Irish Lions Tests in New Zealand this year are sold out but tickets are still available for most of the other games. [more]

Sri Lankan PM: asylum seekers 'forgiven'
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister says Sri Lankan asylum seekers living in Australian-run camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island are welcome to return home. [more]

'Apocalyptic' sight as the Port Hills burn
First Person - The Port Hills are Christchurch's playground, but this morning, Sean Scanlon says, they offered an apocalyptic sight. [more]

Rain warning issued for New Caledonia
An orange alert has been issued in New Caledonia for unusually heavy rain in the south of the main island. [more]

Fiji elections minister rejects criticism
The Fiji Elections Minister has accused opposition MPs of politicising issues and misinforming voters over the Electoral Act. [more]

Stay in PNG push to dismiss Task Force Sweep
The work of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team will remain in effect in Papua New Guinea while the Supreme Court expedites the hearing of an appeal against the dismissal of its judicial review. [more]

Sport: Support for Tongan skier at World Alpine Champs
Tongan skier Kasete Skeen makes his debut at the World Alpine Ski Champs in St Moritz later today. [more]

Paris concert for Tahiti flood victims
A benefit concert has been held in Paris for the victims of last month's floods in French Polynesia. [more]

Focus on communities, not hate crime legislation - lawyer
There is no need to create hate crime laws and the focus should be on creating more resilient communities, says a Muslim community development lawyer. [more]

Australian swim great accuses brother of assault
The Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has posted a photo of himself on social media with cuts and bruises to his face and accused his brother of assault, a day after the triple Olympic champion was arrested for a disturbance at his family home. [more]

Highlanders and Waratahs to play for special trophy
Results may count for little in pre-season Super rugby matches but the Highlanders and the New South Wales will being playing for some newly minted silverware tonight in Sydney. [more]

NZ considers more airport development in Solomons
New Zealand is looking to provide more help for the development of tourism in Solomon Islands. [more]

Doubt over Vatican investigation of Guam abuse allegations
A lawyer representing former altar boys on Guam is casting doubt on the trial being held by the Vatican to investigate allegations the island's Archbishop abused them. [more]

PNG power disconnected because of government debt
Power has been disconnected from Papua New Guinea's Government House and Parliament House because of outstanding bills. [more]

Port Hills: Your questions answered
The Port Hills fire has raised a swathe of questions about how to tackle a blaze of its proportions and our readiness to do so. See what our expert had to say with our live chat. [more]

New funding to seal dusty roads in Northland
Relief is in sight for people living on one of Northland's dustiest logging routes. [more]

Consumer confidence holds steady in February
Consumer confidence is holding steady, which points to a solid reading for the New Zealand economy. [more]

Guest nights jump 5.1 percent in November
The devastating effect of the Kaikura earthquake on accommodation providers in the region has been officially calculated. [more]

Solid energy chair would resign if Pike River re-entered
The chair of Solid Energy has said he would resign if the company was forced to re-enter an unsafe Pike River mine. [more]

Four charged with using forged documents to get $40m loan
Four people involved in a central Auckland development have been charged with using forged documents to get a $40 million loan. [more]

Police let unruly driver go after taiaha brandished
Kaitaia police have been criticised for backing down when an errant driver defied them and claimed immunity under Mori sovereignty. [more]

Family's consent needed before Bremner review released
A review by the Waikato DHB into its care of a man who killed three people, including his mother, in October has been completed but won't be released until discussed with family of the victims. [more]

Nia Glassie's mother paroled for second time
The mother of the murdered Rotorua toddler, Nia Glassie, will be released from prison for a second time next month. [more]

Sea lions startle kayakers, trapping them on rocks
Two kayakers had to be rescued from rocks on the Otago coast today after they were scared by sea lions in the water. [more]

CNMI mulls part-time legislature
A lawmaker in the Northern Marianas says he wants to turn the legislature into a part-time one, arguing that it could save taxpayers lots of money. [more]

Permanent committee to review Super rugby foul play
A permanent three-member committee will review all incidents of foul play in Super Rugby this year in an effort to bring more consistency to the disciplinary process. [more]

Tongan govt aims to manage diabetes rates
The Tongan government does not have the finances to provide dialysis treatment but is aiming to address rates of renal failure and kidney disease by managing rates of diabetes first. [more]

NFP suspension was lawful, says Fiji court
The High Court in Fiji has confirmed that last year's suspension of the National Federation Party was lawful. [more]

West Papua media access still fettered - PFF
The Pacific Freedom Forum says Indonesia is yet to deliver on its promise of full and free access for journalists to West Papua. [more]

American Samoa key building unsafe
In American Samoa, a senior official says the Government's Executive Office Building are unsanitary, unhealthy and not safe for people working in it. [more]

Cadbury closure: 'You are not in this alone' - mayor
The closure of the Cadbury factory in Dunedin, with the loss of up to 380 jobs, will be devastating for staff and their families, says the local mayor. [more]

Govt rules out regional fuel tax for Auckland
The government has ruled out a regional fuel tax for Auckland, leaving the city's mayor looking for new ways to fund transport projects. [more]

No conviction over officer's waterfront police chase
A police officer who pursued a fleeing motorist in a dramatic chase along Wellington's waterfront will escape conviction. [more]

Court of Appeal dismisses Pike families' legal bid
The Court of Appeal has dismissed a bid by two Pike River families to challenge the decision that let the mine's chief executive escape prosecution. [more]

Clark shortlisted to head global aid fund
After missing out on the top UN role, Helen Clark is reportedly in the running for a high-ranking global aid job. [more]

Lam fires back at All Blacks coach
Connacht coach Pat Lam has fired back at his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen after being singled out for criticism and called an "ex-New Zealander". [more]

Climate increasing future risk of big wildfires - rural fire expert
Fires like the huge one burning in the Port Hills are rare in New Zealand but are likely to become more common, a rural fire expert says. [more]

Police shooters to have compulsory blood tests
Any police officer who shoots a firearm will now be subject to mandatory blood testing, a move the Police Association says is 'invasive'. [more]

Hawke's Bay wildfires contained
Bushfires in Hawke's Bay that broke out at the beginning of the week have now been contained, the fire service says. [more]

Oracle play down Team NZ's pedal power
America's Cup holders Oracle are playing down Emirates Team New Zealand's radical pedal powered catamaran. [more]

As it happened: Port Hills Fires - day four
Christchurch families watched their homes burn today as police evacuated more residents while the fire in the Port Hills continued to burn for a fourth day. See how it unfolded with RNZ's live updates here. [more]

Death of fisherman in American Samoa still unresolved
In American Samoa no arrests have yet been made after an American fisherman was found dead on board his vessel a week ago. [more]

Businesses accuse beggars of using 'gang tactics'
Some Wellington businesses are worried about what they say is a rise in opportunistic and strategic begging. [more]

Higher tax take boosts govt surplus
A higher tax take has put the Government's books in the black. [more]

Port Hills fire: Couple's house destroyed after all-night vigil
With their home on the frontline of the fight against the Port Hills fire, Doug and Vikki Pflaum spent the night hoping, but in the morning the worst news came. [more]

Mixed reaction to planned new highway in Wellsford
Could plans for a new highway north of Auckland be the death-knell for the small town of Wellsford? [more]

Port Hills fire: Firefighters make good progress against blaze
Strong progress has been made in the fight against the Port Hills Fire, the Fire service says, but the Christchurch mayor is warning the battle is far from over. [more]

Final reading for bill consolidating other legislation
A government bill that consolidates numerous contract and commercial Acts into a single piece of legislation passed its third and final reading at Parliament today. [more]

Mana and Mori to confirm election plan
The Mana and Mori Parties will confirm the details of their co-operation agreement for this year's election on Monday. [more]

Team New Zealand's different tack: pedal power
Team New Zealand has launched its America's Cup bid, hoping it is too late for rivals to copy its pedal-powered hydraulics. [more]