Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 2nd March 2017

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Business News

Evening business for Thursday 2 March
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News 3 March 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 3 March 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 3 March 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Govt set of proposals to stop multinationals from dodging taxes
As you may heard in the news the government's unveiled a set of proposals to stop multinationals from dodging taxes. [more]

A2 Milk takes 8 pct stake in Synlait dairy company
A2 Milk has bought an 8 percent stake in Synlait Milk, the dairy company which makes its specialty infant formula. [more]

T&G Global strengthens US business with joint venture
T&G Global -- formerly Turners and Growers -- plans to strengthen its marketing and distribution business in the United States, through a joint venture with another international supplier. [more]

NPT says taking longer to tie up Kiwi Property deal
The small property investment firm, NPT, says it's taking longer-than-expected to tie up an ownership and property deal with Kiwi Property Group. [more]

Jobs ads pick up in February
Job ads have risen but there are signs the growth may have found its peak. [more]

Midday Markets for 3 March 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite at FNZC. [more]

Business briefs
The fast food operator, Restaurant Brands, says it's deal to buy the Honolulu-based Pacific Restaurants, has been approved by the parent company of Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 2nd March 2017
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Work to repair SH1 north of Kaikoura is taking too long, locals say
The government isnt acting fast enought to repair State Highway One north of Kaikoura, frustrated locals tell Checkpoint. [more]

Transport carriers frustrated by delay in fixing SH1
No one travels the alternative route along SH7 to or from Kaikoura as often as professional carriers. Marlborough Road Carriers Association chairman Peter Heagney joins Checkpoint. [more]

Roading contractors working long hours to clear road - NZTA
NZTA's Earthquake Recovery Manager Steve Mutton says contractors are on site from 6:30am most days and are working hard to repair State Highway One. [more]

Family forced to live in tent in Cromwell due to rising rent
Despite both parents having jobs, a couple and their three children have lived in a tent since Christmas because they cannot afford to rent a house. [more]

Wgtn students living in tents, caravans due to rental shortage
A combination of record prices and fewer rentals available is forcing university students in Wellington to find alternative accommodation. [more]

Martin Guptill stoked with one day performance
Martin Guptill talks to John Campbell about his innings of 180 against South Africa, and what he think he needs to do to get a spot in the test team. [more]

New Hunter Valley Station owner forced to allow public access
The Overseas Investment Office has forced the station's new owner to allow walkers and cyclists access. [more]

Labour nominates Peters for Intelligence and Security Committee
The vacancy is a result of David Shearer's resignation, and Winston Peters is telling people not to read between the lines and to not assume the nomination means a working relationship with Labour. [more]

European students group accused of promoting white supremacy
A new Auckland University club says it wants to celebrate European culture, but critics fear it is being given a platform to promote white supremacist values. [more]

Mother of five finally able to buy a house
John Campbell revists a mother of five who after tirelessly saving, has been able to put a deposit on her first home in Dannevirke. [more]

Anger building in Kaikoura over 'slow' roadworks
Kaikoura locals say it's taking too long to get SH1 re-opened after it was seriously damaged in the November earthquake. But NZTA says contractors are working six days a week and progress is fast. [more]

US Attorney General failed to disclose contacts with Russia
Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose contacts he had with the Russian ambassador to the US during last year's election campaign, and is now in jeopardy of losing his job. [more]

Corrections defends tieing prisoners to beds
The Corrections Association is defending its use of the tie-down bed, saying it's a last option when dealing with extreme prisoners. [more]

300 hours community work for man after dog mauled his son
Orlando Shepherd was looking after his friend's dog when it mauled his four-year-old son almost three years ago. Today he was sentenced to 300 hours community work. [more]

Half as many rentals available in Wgtn compared to normal
A Wellington property manager says there are 500 rentals available in the capital at the moment, but he expects there to be around 1000 at this time of year. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Transparency Solomons says anti-corruption bills may never pass
Solomon Islands stalled anti-corruption legislation may never be passed according to the chairperson of Transparency Solomon Isands. [more]

PNG Govt advised to seek help from the IMF
An Australian academic who has analysed the struggling Papua New Guinea economy says the Peter O'Neill Government should seek financial help from the International Monetary Fund. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 2 March 2017
PNG's urged to seek help from the IMF for its flailing economy; Stalled anti-corruption legislation in Solomon Islands may never be passed; Tonga hosts an historic whales conference; The latest dengue outbreaks suggest it's spreading across the Pacific; And, a traditional Hawaiian canoe takes its message to Rapa Nui. [more]

Controversial PNG leases still not cancelled
Papua New Guinea's government is pushing ahead with plans to convert controversial Special Agriculture Business Leases to registered land using Incorporated Land Groups. An NGO says this is not addressing the land grab problem. [more]

Cook Islands inter-island shipping difficulties laid bare
A Cook Islands shipping operator, Tapi Taio, says the only way any inter island shipping service can survive is if subsidies are given. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 3 March 2017
The difficulties of inter-island shipping in Cook Islands are laid bare; PNG's government still seems reluctant to cancel fraudulent leases; PNG's urged to seek help from the IMF for its flailing economy; Stalled anti-corruption legislation in Solomon Islands may never be passed; And, Tonga hosts an historic whales conference. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

More Blue Whales found off Taranaki
Dr Leigh Torres has just completed her research survey of the South Taranaki Bight, where she found 68 blue whales this year - more than twice the number they saw last year. The area is New Zealand's only known blue whale foraging ground. [more]

Maths & crafts: Using crochet and origami to teach mathematics
Most of us probably think of things like crocheting and origami as sitting in the field of arts and crafts... but could they also be a pathway to mathematics? [more]

Motorbike Book Club
A mobile literacy project run by two sisters, is delivering books via motorbike to children living in some of Vietnam's poorest rural villages. [more]

Favourite album - The Cult "Love"
Chosen by Jason Roxburgh. [more]

Theatre Critic - Nik Smythe
Nik Smythe reviews the open Play in the 2017 season at Auckland's Pop Up globe theatre. This year it is situated in a garden setting at Auckland's Ellerslie Race course. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Personal finance expert Mary Holm looks at what savers and investors are entitled to. [more]

Masterpieces: Sports journalist Chris Rattue
Sports journanlist Chris Rattue joins us for masterpieces to talk about his favourite New Zealand sportsperson of all time. [more]

The Expats: Selling pizzas to the Chinese
Kiwi, Jade Gray runs a pizza company in Beijing, China. [more]

This Way Up: Dead Animal Tales
When the human world and the animal kingdom collide, the results aren't always pretty. This Way Up's Simon Morton speaks to Kees Moeliker, the curator of the Dead Animal Tales exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 2 March 2017
The ombudsman speaks out against prisoner treatment on morning report. Is the future of generation rent, generation tent? And in Dateline Pacific, a traditional Hawaian canoe sails to Easter Island. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 March 2017
The head of Corrections is under fire for defending staff over tying down prisoner. The Government unveils a suite of tax proposals aimed at global giants. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 March 2017
Offspinner Jeetan Patel has been recalled to the New Zealand test squad for the three test series against South Africa starting in Dunedin next week. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories Friday 3 March 2017
The Government will outline its plan today for making global corporate giants pay their fair share of tax in New Zealand. Labour says they'd like to see the announcement today to be a serious plan, not a lightweight one. "It's about fairness," Labour's revenue spokesman, Michael Wood, says. "A nurse pays her tax. A guy who runs a concreting company pays his tax. We shouldn't have some of the biggest companies in the world coming to New Zealand and not paying their fair share of tax." Shares in the image messenging app Snapchat have jumped after its listing on the NYSE. Financial Times United States equities correspondent Nicole Bullock says it was a very exciting day on the trading floor. "People were just so happy to have another big deal like this because we've basically had a drought for big hot tech company listings for the last couple of years." Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal has quit New Zealand. Transparency International argues a clean reputation could be worth billions of dollars to New Zealand over time, and is far more important than a small and secretive foreign trust industry. Donald Trump's top law enforcer Jeff Sessions is in hot water over claims he met with Russian officials twice last year during the election campaign. Now Democrats want him gone from the position and some Republicans want his to recuse himself from any investigations involving Russia. A Kumeu facility built for a one-off film production will be used as the basis for a permanent film studio, which hopes to attract more overseas productions. [more]

Sports News for 3 March 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Act joins call for inquiry into historical abuse in state care
All three of National's support partners support an inquiry into the historical abuse of children in state care. The Prime Minister, Bill English, has knocked back calls for an inquiry, questioning what it would achieve. [more]

Tenant of rundown flat shocked by PM's comment
The Prime Minister has called the shortage of rental homes in Wellington a "problem of success" and says there's no housing crisis in the capital. But that's a shock to a Wellington mother living with her partner and newborn baby in a rundown flat with rats in the walls. [more]

Law expert critical of new MSD demands
The Ministry of Social Development is insisting social services hand over clients' personal details. But Dean of Law at University of Canterbury, Ursula Cheer, says the new rules have an element of compulsion and raise questions of consent. [more]

Mayor welcomes new owner of Hunter Valley Station near Wanaka
Queenstown Lakes Mayor says access to the lake has been controversial for several years, with the current leesee refusing public access. Jim Boult describes the sale as a satisfactory outcome. [more]

European Union lifts Marine Le Pen's EU immunity
French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen loses her European Union immunity, opening her up to prosection for positing graphic images of Islamic State victims. [more]

Sports News for 3 March 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour cautiously eyeing Govt's corporate tax reform
Labour says they'd like to see action today serious end or the lightwesight enc "It's about fairness. Your pay your tax A nurse pays her tax. A guy who runs a concreting company pays his tax. We shouldn't have some of the biggest companies inthe world coming to New Zealand and not paying their fair share of tax" Labour's revenue spokesman, Michael Wood. [more]

Collins to announce tax crackdown on multinationals
The Government will outline its plan today for making global corporate giants pay their fair share of tax in New Zealand. [more]

Snapchat opens on NY Stock Exchange - up 40% on IPO
Shares in the image messaging app Snapchat have jumped. Financial Times United States equities correspondent Nicole Bullock says it was a very exciting day on the trading floor "people were just so happy to have another big deal like this because we've basically had a drought for big hot tech company listings for the last couple of years" [more]

Panama papers firm Mossack Fonseca quits NZ
Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal has quit New Zealand. Transparency International argues a clean reputation could be worth billions of dollars to New Zealand over time, and is far more important than a small and secretive foreign trust industry. [more]

Government breaching privacy laws
From July, any social services seeking funding will be required to hand over their clients' personal details - a move law experts have criticised as a breach of privacy. [more]

Democrats in US want Attorney-General Jeff Sessions gone
Donald Trump's top law enforcer Jeff Sessions is in hot water over claims he met with Russian officials twice last year during the election campaign. Now Democrats want him gone from the position and some Republicans want his to recuse himself from any investigations involving Russia. [more]

Maori Women's Welfare League opposed new CYFs bill
Today's the last day to make submissions on the bill setting up the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children. [more]

Waiau firefighters forced to rely on borrowed water pump
Waiau's fire brigade had to rely on water from a borrowed pump to fight this week's Hanmer Springs scrub fire....after the brigade's own pump was stolen three months ago. [more]

Huge response to Wellington's free trip offer to IT workers
Global tech job seekers are being offered free flights and accommodation to attend at least three job interviews in Wellington. Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency's general manager David Jones says "it's pretty much gone viral" [more]

Jackie Kennedy's long-lost love letters for sale
Letters between former US First Lady Jackie Kennedy and a then-British ambassador have been uncovered and are about to be sold by a London-based auction house. [more]

Sports News for 3 March 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Govt set to outline plan to combat multinational tax dodges
The Government will set out a draft plan for making sure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax in New Zealand Revenue Minister, Judith Collins [more]

A taste of Lorde's new single 'Green Light'
More than three years after her album Pure Heroine took the world by storm, Lorde is back with a new single. Here's a taste of "Green Light" [more]

PWC's Geof Nightingale previews govt's corporate tax rejig
PWC tax partner Geof Nightingale will be at the tax announcement today. He says it sounds as if the government is moving in line with what the OECD recommends. And that means the proposed changes won't share businesses away. "If we are moving along in step with our major trading partners it should be okay." [more]

PM says high Wellington rent prices a "problem of success"
As rental prices continue to sky rocket in Wellington, Prime Minister Bill English continues to deny a housing crisis - which is angering many struggling tenants in the capital. [more]

From buskers to front of stage at Homegrown
From busking on the streets of Wellington, to a spot on the main stage at Homegrown. Wellington's Waterfront will tomorrow play host to 49 New Zealand bands and DJs ... and 20-thousand people. Former buskers, Shaan Singh and Ben O'Leary of Drax Project, will be there - and they're stoked. It's just great that there's a festival in Wellington that's of that calibre. It's an awesome festival." [more]

Doctors angry government slow to fix GP funding woes
Doctors are angry about what they believe is government inaction over growing financial troubles in their sector. a year on since a working group recommended sweeping changes to a hotly debated aspect of general practice funding. [more]

More legal action over swamp kauri exports planned
Northland environmentalists plan to appeal against a judge's ruling there are no legal grounds for curtailing exports of ancient swamp kauri. A disappointed Fiona Furrell, the chair of the Northland Environmental Protection Society, says"the implications for the environment are terrible." [more]

Pressure mounts on US Attorney general to resign
A former FBI assistant director says under-fire attorney general Jeff Sessions has damaged more than just trust, over claims he met with the Russian ambassador twice during last year's election campaign. [more]

Large Film Studio future secured in Auckland's Kumeu
A Kumeu facility built for a one-off film production will be used as the basis for a permanent film studio, which hopes to attract more overseas productions. [more]

Is it finally the Warriors' year"?
The consistently underachieving Warriors begin the pursuit of their first National Rugby League title at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.But the team is confident that with a league legend as the new coach, and a charismatic player signing, their 22nd season in the NRL will be their best yet. [more]

Lorde returns to centre stage with Green Light
"An assured step." That's the verdict on Lorde's new single 'Green Light' from Yadana Saw from RNZ Music. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 3 March 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Niuean for 3 March 2017
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue). [more]

News in Tongan for 3 March 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Bullets and stamps
Scott Flutey has just finished an Honours degree in History, and he's been looking at the world of stamps and postal history. [more]

Nights' culture - James Brown
James Brown shares some poetry in particular Flarf poetry. [more]

Nine To Noon

Ministry responds to privacy concerns
Yesterday Nine to Noon spoke to Brenda Pilott from ComVoices about concerns from many in the NGO sector about the Ministry for Social Development requiring them to provide the private details of their clients in exchange for funding. Brenda said she was particularly concerned that people in sensitive situations - including victims of domestic violence - might be reluctant to accept services due to fears around privacy. Murray Edridge - the Ministry's head of Community Investment responds to her concerns. [more]

Are the muddy waters any clearer?
It's been exactly a week since the government announced its best efforts on improving freshwater- swimmable lakes and rivers in 90 percent of the country in just over two decades. Massey University's Nigel French says what we need to be asking now are three key questions: "Is there shit in the water? Is it dangerous shit ? Where has it come from?" Professor Russell Death, a specialist in freshwater ecology, also at Massey, says we should be more ambitious and better value the health of the ecosystem of our waterways. [more]

Voting with the wallet
Kathryn Ryan meets Shannon Coulter is the co-founder of Grab Your Wallet, which encourages shoppers to stay away from retailers selling Trump goods, as well as avoid Trump properties such as golf courses and hotels. [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
The latest on the scandal that triggered the impeachment of South Korea's president Park Geun-hye. While in North Korea, and after Malaysia's revelation that Kim Jong Nam was killed by a WMD chemical, attention is turning to what can be done. [more]

Designer shoes for larger feet
An Auckland woman who created a shoe business after struggling to find pairs to fit size 10 and above has found plenty of other women face the same problem. [more]

John McIntyre - Childrens Book Review
'Frankie Potts and The Sparkplug Mysteries', 'Frankie Potts and The Bikini Burglar', 'Frankie Potts and The Postcard Puzzle', 'Frankie Potts and he Wicked Wolves', all titles by Juliet Jacka. 'The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler' by Lisa Shanahan and 'Helper and Helper' by Joy Cowley. [more]

Music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor is in awe of a huge artistic progression from local artist Nadia Reid on her sophomore album, tries Kathryn Ryan's patience with yet another lengthy track from yet another Sun Kil Moon album, and seeks to make amends with a track from a superb new budget priced 3CD compilation entitled The Legacy Of Soul. [more]

Sport with Brendan Telfer
Martin Guptill 's record-breaking test cricket display, Amy Satterthwaite just missing on becoming the first cricketer to score five consecutive ODI centuries and Ali Williams and his cocaine bust in Paris. [more]

The Week that Was with Te Radar and Alice Brine
Te Radar and Alice Brine with the stories that made us chuckle this week - including the 99 year old woman who's ticked off another bucket list item; getting arrested - and the speedboat mishap caught on camera that's gone viral. [more]

Our Changing World

Haven - the story of a tropical seabird island
A visit to tropical Cousin Island in the Seychelles reveals that predator-free islands the world over are a haven for wildlife. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 2 March 2017
We hear from our Correspondent in Samoa. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Work to repair SH1 north of Kaikoura is taking too long, locals say
The government isn't acting fast enough to repair State Highway One north of Kaikoura, frustrated locals tell Checkpoint. [more]

Transport carriers frustrated by delay in fixing SH1
No one travels the alternative route along SH7 to or from Kaikoura as often as professional carriers. Marlborough Road Carriers Association chairman Peter Heagney joins Checkpoint. [more]

Roading contractors are on site early most days
NZTA's Earthquake Recovery Manager Steve Mutton says contractors are on site from 6:30am most days and are working hard to repair State Highway One. [more]

Family forced to live in tent in Cromwell due to rising rent
Despite both parents having jobs, a family with three children has been living in a tent since Christmas because they can't afford to rent a house. [more]

Martin Guptill stoked with one day performance
Martin Guptill talks to John Campbell about his innings of 180 against South Africa, and what he think he needs to do to get a spot in the test team. [more]

Evening business for Thursday 2 March
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

New Hunter Valley Station owner forced to allow public access
The Overseas Investment Office has forced the station's new owner to allow walkers and cyclists access. [more]

Mother of five finally able to buy a house
John Campbell revists a mother of five who after tirelessly saving, has been able to put a deposit on her first home in Dannevirke. [more]

Anger building in Kaikoura over 'slow' roadworks
Kaikoura locals say it's taking too long to get SH1 re-opened after it was seriously damaged in the November earthquake. But NZTA says contractors are working six days a week and progress is fast. [more]

US Attorney General failed to disclose contacts with Russian ambassador
Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose contacts he had with the Russian ambassador to the US during last year's election campaign, and is now in jeopardy of losing his job. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 2nd March 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]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 March 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 March 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 2 March 2017
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 2 March 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel - plus a very awkward government job ad. [more]

The Panel with Scott Campbell and Patrick Morgan (Part 1)
Ali Williams twitter apology falls short of public expectations. Dame Susan Devoy believes there needs to be an inquiry into state care for Maori and how it relates to the high proportion of Maori in prison. A European Students association at Auckland university is accused of being a front for a white supremacist group. Farming recruitment agency, Ben De'Ath says the lack of workers in dairy is complex but drug use is prevelant and compounding the issue. [more]

The Panel with Scott Campbell and Patrick Morgan (Part 2)
Twitter putting in place ways to get rid of nasty anonymous account holders. What panelists Patrick Morgan and Scott Campbell have been up to. Questions asked about what Jacinda Ardern can do to turn about Labour's fortunes as their deputy. There's talk of Oprah Winfrey considering having at run at the US presidency. Lawyer Katherine Dalziel talks about the legalities of an ad for a sharemilker which says that co-habitating couples need not apply. What panelists Patrick Morgan and Scott Campbell have been up to. Lorde's new album due out tomorrow after two years since her debut hit single. [more]

Ali Williams online apology for buying cocaine
Ali Williams twitter apology falls short of public expectations. [more]

Dame Susan Devoy says sorry to Maori
Dame Susan Devoy believes there needs to be an inquiry into state care for Maori and how it relates to the high proportion of Maori in prison. [more]

Suspicion around Aucklalnd University group
A European Students association at Auckland university is accused of being a front for a white supremacist group. [more]

Recruiter says there's a farming drug problem
Farming recruitment agency, Ben De'Ath says the lack of workers in dairy is complex but drug use is prevelant and compounding the issue. [more]

Twitter addressing trolls online.
Twitter putting in place ways to get rid of nasty anonymous account holders. [more]

Deputy Jacinda Ardern's strengths.
Questions asked about what Jacinda Ardern can do to turn about Labour's fortunes as their deputy. [more]

Talk of Oprah Winfrey standing for president
There's talk of Oprah Winfrey considering having at run at the US presidency. [more]

Defactos need not apply for sharemilking job
Lawyer Katherine Dalziel talks about the legalities of an ad for a sharemilker which says that co-habitating couples need not apply. [more]

What the panelists have been up to
What panelists Patrick Morgan and Scott Campbell have been up to. [more]

Lorde's new music out tomorrow
Lorde's new album due out tomorrow after two years since her debut hit single. [more]

The Wireless

‘Don’t just bang them on the pill’
Increasing access to the pill comes with risks, especially when it’s prescribed for reasons other than birth control. Story by Janie Cameron. [more]

Video premiere: Gareth Thomas 'Weird Fever'
Gareth Thomas unveils the new video for his song ‘Weird Fever'. [more]

'European' campus club rejects claims of racism
Facebook images have students concerned about the group's motives. [more]

Upbeat

Moving naturally with grace
Former deputy artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet, Henning Albrechtsen is in New Zealand to coach at the New Zealand School of dance. He’s a specialist in the Bourneville method, a style created by Danish ballet master August Bournonville, which encourages students to perform with dramatic impact, natural grace and harmony between them and the music. [more]

Welsh alternative folk group 9Bach: language immersion bears musical fruit
Total language immersion is at the heart of 9Bach - an alternative folk group formed by Welsh singer-songwriter and pianist Lisa Jen and her husband English guitarist Martin Hoyland. [more]

World & Pacific News

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

4pm Pacific Regional News for 2 March 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 2 March 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional News and sport for 3 March 2017
The latest Pacific regional news and sport. [more]

7am World, Pacific and sports News for 3 March 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and sports News for 3 March 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and sports News for 3 March 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and sports News for 3 March 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and sports News for 3 March 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and sports News for 3 March 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Writing on the wall for Durban Comm Games
Durban will find out later this month whether they will be able to keep the rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games but chances are looking slim. [more]

Bid to stop swamp kauri exports fails
A conservation group argued kauri was exported under the guise it was a table top or carved log, then milled overseas. [more]

Annette King 'could cross the divide'
MPs say departing Labour deputy leader Annette King is a unique politician, who is respected and well-liked across the divide. [more]

Deadline to fix quake-prone buildings unlikley to be met - owners
Building owners say they may not be able to afford to fix their quake-prone buildings, and are unlikely to meet the 12-month deadline, even if they could afford it. [more]

Train looters avoid conviction
Two teenagers have avoided convictions after they were caught taking items from a train trapped between landslides after the Kaikōura earthquake. [more]

Agreement to boost Timor Leste economy
New Zealand and Timor Leste have signed a five-year agreement aimed at diversifying the Southeast Asian nation's economy away from oil. [more]

Guptill rides in to save the day
Martin Guptill underlined his importance to the New Zealand one-day side with a blistering match-winning century against South Africa. [more]

Nathan McCullum pulls out of PSL final
The former Black Caps cricketer Nathan McCullum is among a number of foreign players that have decided not to play in the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore. [more]

Police slash spending on snitches
Police are spending less on informants and the Labour Party wants to know why. [more]

Large security deployment outlined for PNG elections
Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner has announced that over 10,000 security personnel will be deployed during this year's elections. [more]

Govt tried to keep critical housing report secret
A report for Treasury says the government had no robust plan to boost Auckland's housing supply. [more]

Football Ferns beaten in Cyprus
The New Zealand women's football team has been beaten 3-2 by Scotland in their opening game at the Cyprus Cup. [more]

Parihaka rejects $9m Crown payment offer
Parihaka, the village at the centre of non-violent resistance to land confiscations in Taranaki during the 1870s, has rejected the cash on offer as part of a deal with the Crown. [more]

Rule changes coming for golf
The elimination of "ball moved" penalties and reduction of time allowed to search for a lost ball are among several fundamental golf rule changes to be considered. [more]

Taliban attacks kill 16 in Kabul
Almost simultaneous attacks in Kabul have left at least 16 people dead and 44 injured, the health ministry says. [more]

Tonga mourns following death of Queen Mother
Ten days of national mourning is now being observed in Tonga following the death of the Queen Mother. [more]

Ali Williams says he's sorry
Former All Black Ali Williams has publicly commented for the first time following his arrest in Paris on drugs charges. [more]

Economist encourages PNG to seek IMF help
An Australian academic who has analysed the struggling Papua New Guinea economy says the Peter O'Neill Government should seek financial help from the International Monetary Fund. [more]

All parties committed war crimes in Aleppo - UN
War crimes were committed by all parties against Syrian civilians during the battle for Aleppo last year, UN human rights investigators say. [more]

Ko wants 2020 Olympic venue to allow women
World No.1 Lydia Ko is also hoping that the golf venue for the next Olympics makes changes to its policy of barring female members. [more]

Bottas goes quickest in testing
Valtteri Bottas lapped faster than any driver in the V6 turbo era as F1 champions Mercedes enjoyed another trouble-free day of pre-season testing. [more]

All Black trio back for Hurricanes first home clash
All Blacks Dane Coles, Beauden Barrett and Nehe Milner-Skudder have been named to start the Hurricanes first home match of the Super Rugby season. [more]

Conference aims to map out Pacific whale conservation
An historic conference in Tonga hopes to map out the future of whale conservation for the region. [more]

House of Lords deliver Brexit legislation setback
Britain's upper house of parliament said ministers should guarantee EU nationals' right to stay in the UK after Brexit. [more]

Second strong quake rattles northern Canterbury
Two strong earthquakes and multiple smaller ones have hit northern Canterbury this morning, including a 5.2 magnitude tremor just after 8am. [more]

$230,000 secret prize for Wellington writer
The first Ashleigh Young knew of the Windham-Campbell prize was the call to say she had won it. [more]

Return of El Nio
An El Nio weather pattern may develop this year, according to a Niwa forecaster, and there's outside chance it could be a strong one. [more]

Three dead after fire in Melbourne squat
Three bodies have been after an overnight fire at an abandoned factory in Melbourne known to be occupied by squatters. [more]

Manchester City into FA Cup quarter-finals
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City survived an early scare to romp into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Huddersfield Town. [more]

McCullum lines up another T20 gig
The retired Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum's busy year continues having just re-signed with Middlesex for the English T20 competition. [more]

Smith out but the Barracuda is back
Loose forward Elliot Dixon will replace fullback Ben Smith as Highlanders captain, for their southern derby against the Crusaders in Dunedin on Saturday night. [more]

Court allows extradition of torrenting site owner to US
A Polish court has opened the way for the extradition of the owner of the file-sharing website Kickass Torrents to the US to face copyright charges. [more]

Sport: Samoa govt could do u-turn over Opeloge's medal
Pressure is mounting on the Samoa government to do more to recognise Ele Opeloge's achievement of winning the country's first ever Olympic medal. [more]

Mass killer Breivik loses human rights case
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has lost a human rights case that his near-isolation in a three-room cell is inhuman. [more]

Sport: Junior Fed Cup success a boost for Pacific tennis
Pacific Oceania are riding high after sweeping to victory in their Junior Fed Cup tennis tournament in India. [more]

'Very extreme' prisoner restrained to save life - Corrections
Corrections chief executive Ray Smith says restraining a prisoner for up to 16 hours at a time was a 'very extreme' measure to save his life. [more]

Sport: Final round to decide OFC Champions League Group B
Team Wellington and Ba chalked up victories in the OFC Champions League to set the scene for a crucial final day showdown in Group B. [more]

Absence of Rio medallists opens way for new faces
Rowing New Zealand has named a 39 strong team to compete at rowing world cup events in Poland and Lucerne later this year. [more]

Major power outage being investigated
Transpower is investigating power outages that affected its grid from Timaru through to the top of the South Island. [more]

Reserve Bank reinforces interest rates on hold
The Reserve Bank has signalled interest rates could stay at a record low until 2019. [more]

East Coast-based group takes out Te Matatini
East Coast-based Kapa Haka group Whāngārā mai Tawhiti has won Te Matatini 2017. [more]

Te Matatini winners: 'Be true to yourself'
Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti pushed themselves to a new level during their award winning performance at the Matatini kapa haka competition, the team's leader says. [more]

'Oldest fossils on the planet' found in Canadian rock
Tiny filaments, knobs and tubes in 4.28-billion-year-old Canadian rocks could be fossils of some of the earliest living organisms on Earth, say scientists. [more]

Gun amnesty extended in PNG's Hela province
The police and military in Papua New Guinea's Hela province have extended a gun amnesty until Friday, promising to show no mercy to anyone caught with illegal firearms after then. [more]

Samoa's fourth female judge appointed
Samoa's judiciary council has appointed the fourth woman to become a judge in the country. [more]

Court ruling 'of huge interest' to Wellington Mori
The Wellington Tenths Trust is looking closely at a landmark Supreme Court ruling that the Crown must honour a land deal agreed with Nelson Mori in 1839. [more]

Inquiry a 'start' in addressing institutional racism
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy believes children were more likely to be taken off their families and put into state homes if they were Mori. [more]

Fiji govt accused of failing on post-Winston housing initiative
Fiji's Sodelpa party leader has called on the Prime Minister to admit the failure of the government's Help for Homes initiative that was supposed to assist those hardest hit by last year's Cyclone Winston. [more]

Privacy Commission investigates data-for-funding proposal
Sexual violence and counselling services are among groups from which the government is demanding private client information in exchange for funding. [more]

Vanuatu man killed during land dispute
Vanuatu police are appealing for help after a man was killed during a land dispute in South Pentecost. [more]

Pacific concern relayed at UN over West Papua abuses
Concern over human rights in West Papua has been voiced by seven Pacific Island nations at the UN, prompting denials by Indonesia. [more]

Lions ready for shake, rattle and roll and in NZ
The preparations for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand include contingency plans for an earthquake, according to the Daily Telegraph newpaper. [more]

Labour nominates Peters to intelligence and security committee
Labour leader Andrew Little has nominated New Zealand First leader Winston Peters to sit on Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee. The committee, chaired by the Prime Minister Bill English, and... [more]

Australian tourist blocked from entering NZ
An Australian cruise ship passenger has been blocked from entering New Zealand on character grounds, officials say. [more]

Body found in Fox Glacier crevasse
Police have been unable to recover a body found in a crevasse at Fox Glacier due to poor weather conditions. [more]

'Every moment, there's a chance they will get killed'
Afghan interpreters who worked for the Defence Force fear their families will die if they are not allowed visas to settle in New Zealand. [more]

Police still seek leads over 'disturbing' quarry attack
Police have identified a man they wanted to talk to over the attack on a woman in an Auckland quarry. [more]

Rescued Canadian caver still recovering in hospital
A Canadian caver who fell into a sinkhole in Abel Tasman National Park on Tuesday remains in Nelson Hospital. [more]

Increasing competition for quality assets - report
A lot of cash is expected to be chasing a few investment opportunities this year, according to a new report. [more]

Australia level Rose Bowl series
The Australian women's cricket team has won the second one day international against New Zealand in Tauranga, levelling the three match Rose Bowl series at one-all. [more]

University group rejects 'white pride' accusations
A student group accused of promoting white supremacy rejects any accusations of it being a racist club. [more]

Tonga enters 10-days of mourning for late Queen Mother
The Kingdom of Tonga entered 10 days of national mourning on Friday, after the late Queen Mother was buried amidst a series of processions filled with pomp and circumstance. [more]

Judge rejects jail for mauled boy's father
An Auckland man whose bull-mastiff cross attacked his four-year-old son says he had no idea the dog was dangerous before the attack. [more]

Prison inspectorate 'beefed up' after fight clubs scandal
The government is increasing staff at the prison inspectorate in the wake of the Mt Eden fight clubs scandal, but will not make it a stand-alone entity. [more]

Solomons police chief seeks to reassure an anxious public
The Solomon Islands police commissioner is seeking to reassure communities anxious about units taking up arms again that the police force is ready. [more]

Frustration at delays re-opening SH1
Freight drivers and locals say work on SH1 north of Kaikura is not happening fast enough. [more]

Suspended Samoa prosecutor and assistant resign
Samoa's suspended director and assistant director for the National Prosecution Office have resigned. [more]

US Attorney-General under fire over Russia talks
US Democrats have called on Attorney-General Jeff Sessions to resign after he reportedly failed to disclose two meetings with Russia's ambassador. [more]