Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 1st June 2017

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Mediawatch, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Parliament - Question Time, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, The House, The House On Demand, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

Business News

Air New Zealand expects higher earnings from increased loads
Strong growth in passenger numbers and revenue has prompted Air New Zealand to increase its earnings forecast. [more]

Intueri placed in voluntary administration
The troubled vocational school company, Intueri, has been placed in voluntary administration, after failing to trade its way out of debt. [more]

Terms of trade jump to highest level since early 1970s
The terms of trade -- the broad measure of how we pay our way in the world -- hit its highest level in 44 years, thanks to stronger commodity prices. [more]

Midday Markets for 1 June 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Rupert Lister from Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Business briefs
The fast-food operator, Restaurant Brands, has had strong first quarter sales, boosted by its Australian and Pacific businesses. [more]

Evening business for Thurs 1 June
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 2 June 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 2 June 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 2 June 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 1st June 2017
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Auckland passes controversial 'bed tax'
Councillors voted 11 to eight in favour of the targeted rate on accommodation providers, in a victory for mayor Phil Goff who proposed it as a new source of income for the council. [more]

Christchurch sitting on mental health 'time bomb'
Dr Sue Bagshaw, the head of a youth health clinic Christchurch, fears the high rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among children will skyrocket due to the earthquake. [more]

Search continues for missing man Michael McGrath
Let's head to Christchurch, and the search for Michael McGrath, who's been missing for more than a week. [more]

Family launch legal battle over Asbestos related death
An Auckland family is vowing to carry on their battle for justice for a woman believed to have been one of New Zealand's youngest victims of a rare asbestos-related cancer. [more]

Dairy owners get millions to combat robberies
The Government's unveiled a $1.8 million fund to help stop robberies at up to 600 dairies, superettes and other local stores [more]

The hot buffet lunch Auckland Councillors get for free
Auckland Council spends around $150,000 a year catering lunches for its meetings. We sent Zac Fleming down to Auckland's Town Hall to take a look. [more]

Bonamia parasite could threaten Bluff oyster industry again
Marine farmers are being urged to limit the movement of boats and equipment after the discovery of a parasite that could devastate New Zealand's oyster fisheries. [more]

Gatland v Gatland in first game of Lions tour in Whangarei
It's going to be Gatland vs Gatland this weekend - after Lions coach Warren Gatland's son was named in the provincial barbarians side taking on the tourists. [more]

Northland player recalls Lions tour days
When the Lions take to the field on Saturday night, 93-year-old fan and veteran player Richard Langdon will be cheering them on from the crowd. [more]

Decoding Trump’s #covfefe
A tweet by Donald Trump has unleashed a wave of speculation about what the US President actually meant by writing "covfefe" in a Twitter post. [more]

Hospitality NZ on ‘bed tax’ vote
Hospitality NZ general manager of accommodation Rachel Shadbolt discusses the Auckland Council's decision to press ahead with a controversial 'bed tax'. [more]

Afghan president condemns deadly Kabul bombing
At least 90 people were killed and around 400 injured in a suicide truck bombing in the country's capital yesterday [more]

Trump expected to announce he's pulling out of Paris climate de
US President Donald Trump appears poised to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, saying he will announce his decision on Friday. [more]

Saturday Night Fever’s dance floor up for sale
The dance floor where John Travolta captured the 1970s disco craze is going up for sale and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: Blues and Reds to make history in Apia
Apia will host the first Super Rugby match in Samoa on Friday.     [more]

Former Fiji official - civil servants work in climate of fear
A former senior public servant in Fiji Robin Nair says civil servants in the country are working in a climate of fear. [more]

Opponents warn pressure mounting on Tongan PM
Pressure mounts on the Tonga prime minister to resign as Parliament resumes. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 1 June 2017
Pressure mounts on the Tonga prime minister to resign as Parliament resumes; a former senior public servant in Fiji Robin Nair says civil servants in the country are working in a climate of fear; improvements to medical treatment for Pacific children with cancer; a last ditch meeting to save Tonga's hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games is set for next Tuesday and Apia will host the first Super Rugby match in Samoa on Friday. [more]

Samoan born doctoral researcher explores identity in traditional and contemporary music
Samoan born doctoral researcher explores his identity in traditional and contemporary music. [more]

FFA welcomes bigger faster Pacific patrol boats
The Forum Fisheries Agency has welcomed a move by Australia to provide Pacific countries with bigger, faster patrol boats. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 2 June 2017
Bigger faster patrol boats to be rolled out for security and fisheries surveillance in the Pacific; Tonga's prime minister is expected to face more challenges to his leadership as parliament resumes; former public servant in Fiji describes working in a climate of fear; Samoan born doctoral researcher explores his identity in traditional and contemporary music; in sport Blues and Reds to make history in Apia. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Opetaia Foa'i and Olivia Foa'i: 'We Know The Way'
In 2017, Disney blockbuster Moana took Pacific music to the world. Opetaia Foa'i and his daughter Olivia perform 'We Know The Way' from the Moana soundtrack. [more]

The Future of Retail
Hundreds turn out, some before sunrise, for the opening of a new Kmart in Petone this morning. But what will the store opening mean for retail in the area? And what does this mean for smaller retailers? Chris Wilkinson is the managing director of First Retail in Wellington. He is a retail consultant, planner and strategist. [more]

The Future of Biosecurity
Scientists have been working to predict what the future of biosecurity will look like. The team of international researchers proposed 14 major issues they believe will shape biosecurity and border protection in the coming decades. And they say we need to prepare for more incursions of pests, diseases and weeds driven by our rapidly transforming world. The study is called Invasion Science: A Horizon Scan of Emerging Challenges and Opportunities. New Zealand contributor, Professor Philip Hulme, is from the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University. [more]

'An Interesting place, a dark place'
A short documentary about the utopian '70s Coromandel commune Mahana, and its lone original resident Arthur, has been released on VICE New Zealand. [more]

Favourite Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
It was 50 years ago today that Sgt. Pepper's was released. [more]

Podcasts with Katy Atkin
This week Katy reviews "Masters of Scale" by LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman who tests theories on business with other famous company founders including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix's Reed Hastings and Google's Eric Schmidt. This is a masterclass of how to make rich. She has also been following "Up and Vanished" a Real crime, investigative podcast which explores the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead. Payne Lindsey, a documentary maker turned amateur investigator, works his way though this 11-year-old cold case. [more]

Money with Mary Holm: Investment Risks
Investment risks Part 3: Looking over your shoulder, overseas and overconfident. In a four-part series, Mary talks about the risks described in the newly updated Upside Downside - a guide to risk for savers and investors [more]

Short Story Club 1st June
Today we discuss Welcome to Paradise by Mandy Hager. [more]

Tell Me About Your Thesis
Today Jane Ashworth tells us about her thesis on the polychrome hammerbeam roof of All Saints North Street Church in York. [more]

This Way Up
A local board games designer has just been nominated for an international award that could change his life forever! Shem Phillips lives on the Kapiti Coast and his Viking-themed game, Raiders of the North Sea, is a finalist in the Game of the Year awards in Germany. This Way Up's Simon Morton went to meet him. [more]

Mediawatch

Ad-free content for kids to go online
A publicly-funded online platform for commercial-free children’s programmes will launch in 2018. Mediawatch says it's a response to modern kids' new media habits and our TV broadcasters’ lack of interest in their youngest viewers. But it won’t reach all Kiwi kids.  [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 June 2017
The country's terms of trade hit a 40-year peak. A decision looms on Auckland's controversial bed tax. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 June 2017
The Silver Ferns defender Anna Harrison has announced her retirement from international Netball. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 2 June 2017
There are reports the US will withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. Simon Marks is covering this from Washington and says the signs suggest that President Donald Trump will make the call to pull out of the agreement. A longtime social worker says she's deeply concerned about what will happen to youth in Auckland as three million dollars of spending on crime and gang prevention comes to an end this month. Chief executive of the Strive Community Trust Sharon Wilson Davis told our reporter Rowan Quinn she was devistated her organisation will not be able to continue its vision. Accommodation providers vow to fight back against Auckland council's targetted rate. But they say they can't afford the rate, but neither can they afford to take the council to court. New Zealand's climate change minister says the government will not follow suit and pull out of the Paris Agreement, as the U-S has done. Paula Bennett is the Minister for Climate Change and says it's very disappointing and so much of what he says is wrong. The British and Irish Lions kick off their tour of New Zealand against a provincial barbarians side in Whangarei tomorrow, as they seek to write their names into rugby folklore. But is it too tall a task for the team? The sector says it'll fight the targetted rate and may take legal action. The Mayor Phil Goff says the proceeds from the rate will help fund work to market Auckland to visitors. One in four crew members on commercial fishing vessels have suffered a significant injury during work which has prompted a campaign to address the sector's alarming workplace safety record. The Green Party has condemned Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change deal. The Party's co-leader James Shaw says it's a leap backwards, but thinks the rest of the world will "keep calm and carry on." [more]

Sports News for 2 June 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Bed tax will unfairly penalise small Auckland motels
As Auckland Council pushes ahead with the so-called bed tax, in an effort to raise 14 million dollars a year, the plan has been labelled disappointing by tourism operators and unfair by moteliers. But the industry is also talking to its lawyers, indicating legal action could be on the horizon. [more]

Team NZ back in the water in Bermuda
Team New Zealand has proved too good for the UK's Ben Aislie this morning. Our reporter Todd Niall is in Bermuda and says it's a critical day for New Zealand and the team has 'done its part'. [more]

Sports News for 2 June 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

US pulls out of Paris climate change agreement
There are reports the US will withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. Simon Marks is covering this from Washington and says the signs suggest that President Donald Trump will make the call to pull out of the agreement. [more]

Youth workers warn of impending crime spree
Auckland youth workers are warning of a crime spree as three million dollars of spending on crime and gang prevention comes to an end this month. Up to eight programmes across the city will have to close because they no longer fit the criteria in a new government funding model. [more]

Akld hotels, motels consider legal action over targeted rate
Accommodation providers vow to fight back against Auckland council's targetted rate. But they say they can't afford the rate, but neither can they afford to take the council to court. [more]

Dairy security fund criticised as too small to make an impact
Dairy owners say the government's 1.8 million dollar fund to help some businesses buy security equipment is nowhere near enough to protect them. Steve Roberts is the director of Fortress Security and says installing security equipment isn't a cheap task. [more]

NZ to continue 'ambitious' climate change work, despite Trump
New Zealand's climate change minister says the government will not follow suit and pull out of the Paris Agreement, as the U-S has done. Paula Bennett is the Minister for Climate Change and says it's very disappointing and so much of what he says is wrong. [more]

All Blacks to wear Lions pelts in 3-nil series whitewash
The British and Irish Lions kick off their tour of New Zealand against a provincial barbarians side in Whangarei tomorrow, as they seek to write their names into rugby folklore. But is it too tall a task for the team? [more]

Phil Goff says accomm tax will ease overall rates burden
The sector says it'll fight the targetted rate and may take legal action. The Mayor Phil Goff says the proceeds from the rate will help fund work to market Auckland to visitors. [more]

One in four fishing crew suffer significant injuries at work
One in four crew members on commercial fishing vessels have suffered a significant injury during work which has prompted a campaign to address the sector's alarming workplace safety record. [more]

Sports News for 2 June 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens condemn US pulling out of Paris climate change deal
The Green Party has condemned Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change deal. The Party's co-leader James Shaw says it's a leap backwards, but thinks the rest of the world will "keep calm and carry on." [more]

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Ak youth workers warn of impending crime spree as prevention
Auckland youth workers are warning of a crime spree as three million dollars of spending on crime and gang prevention comes to an end this month. Up to eight programmes across the city will have to close because they no longer fit the criteria in a new government funding model. [more]

Retailers turn shops into fortresses
Z Energy's manager of health and safety says removing posters from dairy windows would probably do just as much for the safety in dairies as getting smoke canons and tobacco dispensing machines. Julian Hughes says making shops more open plan and more viwsible from outside would help. [more]

Whangarei buzzing ahead of Lions match tomorrow
It's been all go at Whangarei's Toll Stadium this week, with work crews installing big screens, temporary grandstands, security fences and media facilities for the teams of journalists arriving, ahead of today's first Lions tour match. The Lions match is expected to pump up to $7m into the Whangarei economy. [more]

Sideswipe forces truckie to cut speed limit, ban night-driving
A trucking boss says a near-miss has forced him to take urgent safety measures as winter closes in on the main Picton-to-Christchurch route. Chris Carr recounted to reporter Phil Pennington the close shave for one of his drivers - we agreed not to use Brenda's last name. [more]

Defence Force soilders return from six month deployment
More than 100 NZ Defence Force troops have just returned from a deployment to Camp Taji. They touched down in Christchurch yesterday. They firmly believe they've made a difference in the fight against Islamic State. Our reporter Maja Burry went to greet them. [more]

Maori and Pacific Island takes the stage in capital
The Kia Mau Festival kicks off in Wellington today - a chance for Maori and Pacific Island actors to take centre stage, with fourteen different plays or shows across the Wellington region till later in the month. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 2 June 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Niuean for 2 June 2017
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Tongan for 2 June 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

A leg and boot: The battle of Messines
The discovery of an Anzac soldier's boots and foot bones six years ago at the WWI Battle of Messines site in Belgium inspired Dr Jeff McNeill to learn more and he's on tonight's show to talk about his discoveries. [more]

Nights Culture - Mona-Lynn Courteau
The music of Latin America. [more]

Nine To Noon

The USA is out...
President Donald Trump has announced the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement saying the deal would hamstring the economy, weaken American workers and undermine US sovereignty. [more]

Hauraki Gulf Bryde's whale crisis averted
Conservation crisis averted in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf - Bryde's whales no longer under threat, University of Auckland marine scientist, Rochelle Constantine tells Kathryn Ryan why. [more]

One-armed Kiwi tennis player holds nothing back
NZ tennis player Alex Hunt was born without his left arm, but at a recent international tournament in Thailand, he beat eight able-bodied players. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
An invasive snake is destroying Guam's ecosystem but there is a fight back with bombing of forests with dead mice. Ramsi, the regional peacekeeping operation in the Solomon Islands, ends this month after 14 years. And NZ aid - has it actually been cut? [more]

Jenevieve Chang: The Good Girl of Chinatown
Kathryn Ryan meets Australian actor, dancer and now writer, Jenevieve Chang, whose journey of self discovery took her to the heart of Shanghai's burlesque scene. Her memoir The Good Girl of Chinatown traces the stories of her parents and grandparents who fled China for Taiwan, and then Australia, with her own story of finding herself - partly through a time spent as a showgirl in Shanghai. [more]

Book Review - The Wanderers
Cassie Richards has been reading The Wanderers by Meg Howrey. Published by Simon and Schuster. [more]

Music reviewer Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies scratches the greying fuzz on his chin as he considers the new album from California's Mountain Goats, a mind-melting EP from London cosmic jazz trio The Comet Is Coming and some dusty old 45s by the late, great San Francisco soul man, Darondo. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Kathryn Ryan speaks with Brendan Telfer about the infamous Tiger Woods mugshot after he was taken into custody by Florida police this week. Also, McLaren -- the movie, the man and the director; and the bizarre public stand taken by Australia's greatest ever female tennis player-Margaret Court who won't fly Qantas again because she disapproves of the airline's support of gay marriage. [more]

The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther
The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther. [more]

Our Changing World

The looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance
As more microbes develop resistance to every kind of antimicrobial treatment, the threat of dying from even common infectious diseases is increasing - so what should we be doing about it? [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 1 June 2017
We hear from our RNZ International reporter, Koro Vaka'uta currently in Tonga. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 1 June 2017
METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Housing: Can she guarantee that all 3,422 people on the Priority A Housing Register who urgently need a place to live will be housed within a month; if not, why not? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Police: What does she believe is the cause of the recent increase of violent robberies of dairies? JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Health in light of the Office of the Auditor-General report on mental health; if so, why? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the prospects of the New Zealand economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement in response to statements his Budget was not visionary, “Well, no, I don’t even know why people would ever, sort of like what’s innovative, what’s visionary”? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent Budget announcements has the Government made regarding investment in irrigation? PHIL TWYFORD to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: How many extra emergency housing places available to take referrals have been delivered over and above the 737 he reported for March 2017, if any? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she stand by all her statements? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What support does Budget 2017 provide for New Zealand’s arts, culture and heritage? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Will she apologise to a young woman, who had a child conceived through rape, whose benefit was reduced for years because she didn’t want to name the father? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: How does Budget 2017 invest in the financial capabilities of young New Zealanders? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: How many more New Zealanders are accessing district health board mental health and addiction services nationally now than in 2007/08, expressed as a percentage increase; and what is the corresponding percentage growth in funding for mental health and addiction services over the same time period? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

A high country way of life
RNZ reporter Alexa Cook heads out on the Muzzle Station calf weaning muster in Autumn 2017. [more]

We know the way (from 'Moana') - Opetaia Foa'i and Olivia Foa'i
Opetaia Foa'i and Olivia Foa'i perform 'We know the way' (from the movie 'Moana') live in the RNZ Auckland studios. [more]

Search continues for missing man Michael McGrath: RNZ checkpoint
Let's head to Christchurch, and the search for Michael McGrath, who's been missing for more than a week. Police have searched two properties in the suburb of Halswell and two vehicles were examined by specialist teams yesterday. [more]

Family launch legal battle over Asbestos related death: RNZ Checkpoint
An Auckland family is vowing to carry on their battle for justice for a woman believed to have been one of New Zealand's youngest victims of a rare asbestos-related cancer. [more]

Dairy owners get millions to combat robberies: RNZ Checkpoint
The Government's unveiled a $1.8 million fund to help stop robberies at up to 600 dairies, superettes and other local stores. [more]

Evening business for Thurs 1 June: RNZ Checkpoint
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

The hot buffet lunch Auckland Councillors get for free: RNZ Checkpoint
Auckland Council spends around $150,000 a year catering lunches for its meetings. We sent Zac Fleming down to Auckland's Town Hall to take a look. [more]

Bonamia parasite could threaten Bluff oyster industry again: RNZ Checkpoint
Marine farmers are being urged to limit the movement of boats and equipment after the discovery of a parasite that could devastate New Zealand's oyster fisheries. [more]

Gatland v Gatland in first game of Lions tour in Whangarei: RNZ Checkpoint
It's going to be Gatland vs Gatland this weekend - after Lions coach Warren Gatland's son was named in the provincial barbarians side taking on the tourists. [more]

Northland player recalls Lions tour days: RNZ Checkpoint
When the Lions take to the field on Saturday night, 93-year-old fan and veteran player Richard Langdon will be cheering them on from the crowd [more]

Decoding Trump’s #covfefe: RNZ Checkpoint
A tweet by Donald Trump has unleashed a wave of speculation about what the US President actually meant by writing "covfefe" in a Twitter post. [more]

Hospitality NZ on ‘bed tax’ vote: RNZ Checkpoint
Hospitality NZ general manager of accommodation Rachel Shadbolt discusses the Auckland Council's decision to press ahead with a controversial 'bed tax'. [more]

Afghan president condemns deadly Kabul bombing: RNZ Checkpoint
At least 90 people were killed and around 400 injured in a suicide truck bombing in the country's capital yesterday. [more]

Saturday Night Fever’s dance floor up for sale: RNZ Checkpoint
The dance floor where John Travolta captured the 1970s disco craze is going up for sale and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 1st June, 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

Midday Rural News for 1 June 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 2 June 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The House

A parliamentary food show and tell
Submitters arguing for and against a country of origin food labeling law brought a tasty array of props to Parliament this week. [more]

The House On Demand

The House for 1035pm Thurs 1 June
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 1 June 2017
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 1 June 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Scott Campbell and Jennie Moreton (Part 1)
The UK Labour Party leader was caught off-guard when asked about figures for childcare policies. Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett on ways to make Auckland pay its way.More conservative mortgage rules seem to be helping cool the housing market. Shop owners lobbyist Sunny Kaushal reacts to the $1.8m government help for security measures. Don't expect a big payrise this year. [more]

The Panel with Scott Campbell and Jennie Moreton (Part 2)
Young musician Nic Montgomery talks about what The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album means to him. What the Panelists Scott Campbell and Jennie Moreton want to talk about. Lawyer Gareth Abdinor on how "liking" something on Facebook can lead to a defamation case. Listener feedback on gender, youth and KFC. Australian tennis great Margaret Court has pronounced her conservative Christian views by commenting on gender and sexuality. [more]

No head for numbers
The UK Labour Party leader was caught off-guard when asked about figures for childcare policies. [more]

Taxing tourists
Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett on ways to make Auckland pay its way. [more]

Cooling housing market
More conservative mortgage rules seem to be helping cool the housing market. [more]

Govt fund for shop security
Shop owners lobbyist Sunny Kaushal reacts to the $1.8m government help for security measures. [more]

No payrise
Don't expect a big payrise this year. [more]

Sgt Pepper turns 50
Young musician Nic Montgomery talks about what The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album means to him. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Scott Campbell and Jennie Moreton want to talk about. [more]

"Like" leads to defamation
Lawyer Gareth Abdinor on how "liking" something on Facebook can lead to a defamation case. [more]

Feedback on gender, youth and KFC
Listener feedback on gender, youth and KFC. [more]

Tennis veteran offending all sorts
Australian tennis great Margaret Court has pronounced her conservative Christian views by commenting on gender and sexuality. [more]

The Wireless

Dance with my coloniser, dance with my culture
In an inconspicuous corner of Wellington, Kahu Kutia finds members of the Māori and Pasifika theatre community preparing for Kia Mau Festival. [more]

Wonder Woman is a wake-up call for superhero movies
Superhero origins and kick-butt girl power are two of the tiredest tropes in cinema. Wonder Woman is here to bring them back to life. [more]

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa
Ma'au i lou ofaga, maua'a i lou faasinomaga: Keep your identity alive to thrive. [more]

Upbeat

Review: Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard415
Maestro Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard 415 are touring the country as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand tour. They played an entirely Bach programme at Wellington’s Michael Fowler on Tuesday. Dominic Groom delves into why Suzuki is a true master by bring out the best in the young performers. [more]

50 years of Sgt Pepper
50 years ago today The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Yes really… half a century. Nick Bollinger explores why it was such a revolutionary record, examines who contributed to its creation, and the influence the album has had on other artists. [more]

Michael Hill Violin Competition – A judge’s perspective
Enjoy the opportunity. That’s the advice for the competitors in the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. The competition starts this weekend in Queenstown before heading to Auckland. Russian born violinist Ilya Gringolts has some sage words for those who will be standing in front of him and the other judges in the coming days. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 1 June 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 1 June 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 1 June 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional News and Sport for 2 June 2017
The latest Pacific regional news and sport. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

The Grow Room Profiles – Yayné
Yayné discusses her journey as a singer, the formation of her band, and the inspiration behind her debut solo EP 'Simple Pleasure'. Visuals by Auckland Collective The Grow Room. [more]

News stories:

Closing addresses in Slater vs Craig trial
Colin Craig and Cameron Slater's lawyer spent much of their closing addresses arguing about the nature of the relationship at the centre of the case. [more]

Blues romp to opening Origin win
New South Wales have romped to a 28-4 win over Queensland in the opening match of the State of Origin series in Brisbane. [more]

Myrtle rust putting pōhutukawa at dire risk
Officials are warning the iconic pōhutukawa could be one of the worst affected plants and even die off completely as the outbreak spreads. [more]

Trump poised to quit Paris climate deal - reports
US President Donald Trump is planning to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media are reporting. [more]

Tennis 'full of lesbians' says former Australian champion
The Australian 24-time grand slam winner Margaret Court says tennis is "full of lesbians", courting controversy again just a week after expressing her opposition to same-sex marriage. [more]

Mystics put dent in Pulse's finals hopes
The Northern Mystics have leapfrogged the Central Pulse into third place in netball's ANZ Premiership after a 64-53 win in Auckland. [more]

America's Cup racing called off for day
There will be no racing in Bermuda today due to light winds, with today's racing now taking place on a planned rest day tomorrow. RNZ's Todd Niall has been covering the day's events. [more]

Baby Blacks enjoy winning start to world champs
The New Zealand under-20 rugby side has started their world championship campaign with a 42-20 win over Scotland in Georgia. [more]

Samoa PM promises a sequel to Palemia - in 30 years
Samoa Prime Minister Tu'ilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's sense of humour was to the fore when he launched his memoir 'Palemia' in Apia. [more]

Racing called off in Bermuda
Racing has been called off for the day in the America's Cup qualifying series in Bermuda. [more]

NZ and Australia urged to persist over Fiji
A former civil servant in charge of Foreign Affairs in Fiji says New Zealand and Australia should persist in raising concerns over democracy in the country. [more]

House price growth pulls back
The annual rate of growth in house prices has dropped to below 10 percent, the slowest rate in two years. [more]

Kabul bomb: Afghan leader condemns 'cowardly' attack
President Ashraf Ghani has condemned a massive bomb attack in the capital Kabul, which killed at least 90 people, as "cowardly". [more]

Warburton to lead Lions in tour opener
Players who have been training together for the past two weeks make up the bulk of the British and Irish Lions rugby side to play the tour opener this weekend. [more]

Urgent housing need 'big concern going into winter'
The number of people registered as urgently needing housing has doubled in the past two years. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme needs 'big changes'
New Zealand must make big changes to its Emissions Trading Scheme to even come close to meeting its Paris Agreement climate requirements, says a new report. [more]

Chinese investment offer a 'win-win' - councillor
A billion dollar investment offer from a Chinese company is nothing to get anxious about, a Far North councillor says. [more]

Posthumous marriage for slain French policeman
The officer who was killed in an attack by an Islamist militant on Paris' Champs Elysees has been married in a posthumous ceremony with his gay partner. [more]

King to open fresh session of Tongan parliament
The King of Tonga will open this morning what promises to be a dramatic session of parliament. [more]

FFA welcomes bigger faster Pacific patrol boats
The Forum Fisheries Agency has welcomed a move by Australia to provide Pacific countries with bigger, faster patrol boats. [more]

Sport: Fiji tennis rep in critical condition
Fiji tennis star William O'Connell is in critical condition in hospital in the United Kingdom. [more]

Deportation of Vietnamese poachers begins in Solomons
Four crew members from Vietnamese blue boats have been deported from Solomon Islands after they were convicted of poaching. [more]

Pediatrician, student advocate back Labour rentals bill
A bill for heating and insulation standards in rental properties is the only way for the government to reach its target for healthier children, a pediatric expert says. [more]

NZ and Indonesia move towards stronger defence ties
The New Zealand defence minister and his Indonesian counterpart have signaled stronger defence ties between the two countries. [more]

Housing market could collapse on 7 percent mortgage rates
Some borrowers would be unable to pay for food and power if mortgage rates rise to 7 percent, potentially triggering a housing collapse, says the Reserve Bank. [more]

Djokovic and Nadal cruise into third round
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time winner Rafa Nadal cruised through to the third round with comprehensive wins at the French Open. [more]

Wenger staying with Arsenal for another two years
Arsene Wenger ended months of speculation about his future by signing a new two-year deal with Arsenal that will keep the Frenchman at the Emirates Stadium until 2019. [more]

IAAF rejects Russians bid for neutrality
The IAAF has rejected bids from 28 Russians to compete as neutral athletes and approved only three. [more]

Passenger's 'bomb' threat forces plane back
A Malaysia Airlines plane has been forced to turn back to Melbourne's Tullamarine airport after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit. [more]

Solomon's province to ban plastic bags
The Western Provincial Government in Solomon Islands has announced a ban on plastic bags. [more]

Lack of genetic diversity hinders native birds
A shrunken gene pool is posing a threat to the long-term survival of New Zealand's native birds, scientists say. [more]

Sport: Samoa U20s thrashed by England
Samoa have been thrashed 74-17 by title holders England in their first match at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Georgia. [more]

Social workers trapped in 'crisis situation'
The government is out of touch with how broken the mental health system is, according to an Auckland social worker. [more]

Lauren Boyle to miss world champs
Lauren Boyle has withdrawn from the New Zealand team to contest next month's World Swimming Championships in Budapest. [more]

34 Auckland Airport flights cancelled by fog
Almost three dozen flights have been cancelled and 15 have been delayed at Auckland Airport this morning because of fog. [more]

O le key o lou atanu'u o lou gagana lea
Giving back to family and building up confidence are just a couple of reasons why young Samoans in Aotearoa New Zealand are learning their language. [more]

Stokes a concern for England cricketers
The New Zealand born Ben Stokes is a fitness concern for the England cricketers heading into tonight's opening Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh. [more]

Parasite threatens Bluff oyster populations
Fisheries officials are trying to stop a parasite lethal to oysters from spreading across Foveaux Strait from Stewart Island. [more]

Harrison retires from international netball
The Silver Ferns defender Anna Harrison has announced her retirement from international Netball. [more]

Lions tours - a cash safari since Victorian times
Opinion - The British and Irish Lions tour has faced some criticism as an cynical cash-grab - but that's really just living up to a well-worn tradition of rugby touring, writes Jamie Wall. [more]

Dog gone no longer - stolen bulldog pups recovered
Police in south Auckland have sniffed out a couple of very expensive, very wrinkly, stolen bulldog puppies. [more]

Malaita farmers call for help with Rhinoceros Beetle
Farmers in northern Malaita have called on the Solomon Islands government for help to eradicate the rhinoceros beetle. [more]

Sport: Reds select six Samoans for Blues clash in Apia
The Queensland Reds have named six players with Samoan heritage in their matchday squad for tomorrow night's historic Super Rugby game against the Blues in Apia. [more]

Huge reduction in rogue fishing vessels in the Pacific: FFA
The Forum Fisheries Agency says there has been a major reduction in illegal fishing vessels in the South Pacific tuna fishery. [more]

Samoa celebrates 55 years of independence
Samoa celebrates 55 years of independence today with the New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English and other overseas dignitaries in attendance. [more]

Australian hunter dead after fall in Fox Glacier
An Australian man has died after falling down a ravine while on a hunting trip in the Fox Glacier Valley. [more]

Calls in New Zealand to separate climate change and aid
There are calls for New Zealand's funding for Pacific climate change mitigation and adaptation to be separate from overseas development assistance. [more]

Dairy pushes NZ export power to 44-year high
New Zealand's purchasing power with the rest of the world has hit its highest level in 44 years, thanks to the recovery in dairy prices. [more]

May under fire for missing UK election debate
British Prime Minister Theresa May's political rivals have criticised her for her absence from a seven-way televised general election debate. [more]

Ultimatum for PNG Electoral Commissioner
Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has been given a seven-day ultimatum to revoke the appointment of two electoral officials in Western Highlands. [more]

BREAKING - Councillors vote 11 to 8 in favour of Auckland mayor's 'bed tax' proposal
BREAKING - Councillors vote 11 to 8 in favour of Auckland mayor's 'bed tax' proposal [more]

Taiwanese president to visit Pacific
The Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is to visit Taiwan's six diplomatic allies in the Pacific in July according to reports from Taipei. [more]

Fight against TB in PNG receives huge boost
The fight against tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea has received a boost with funding from the World Bank and Australia. [more]

Tourists stranded outside Rarotonga airport
Eighteen tourists from New Zealand were forced to sleep outside Rarotonga airport last Friday after their Virgin Australia flight unexpectedly returned to the Cook Islands. [more]

16 vessels boarded in Fiji-NZ patrol
More than 16 ships were boarded during the initial patrol by the New Zealand naval vessel HMNZS Hawea in Fiji's exclusive economic zone. [more]

Judge reserves decision in Craig vs Slater trial
The judge in the defamation case between the former Conservative Party leader and the blogger expects it will take him some time to deliver his judgement. [more]

'One of the lowest points in Lions history'
Feature - Ahead of the Lions' first match on Saturday, Matt Richens looks back at the 2005 test match they'd likely rather forget. [more]

The All Black Lion tamers: A special rivalry
It's almost 50 years since the British and Irish Lions beat the All Blacks in a series. [more]

Former top diplomat says 'iron fist' rules Fiji
A former senior public servant in Fiji Robin Nair says civil servants in the country are working in a climate of fear in a militarised democracy. [more]

Nehe back, Dagg dropped and Beaver fever
All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder makes his long-awaited return and Beauden Barrett is back in the Hurricanes team play the Western Force in Perth on Saturday. [more]

BREAKING - Police still hope to find Michael McGrath alive, are speaking to a 'person of interest'
BREAKING - Police still hope to find Michael McGrath alive, are speaking to a 'person of interest' [more]

Man charged with receiving stolen Lions tickets
A Lower Hutt man has been charged with receiving stolen tickets to an All Blacks Lions test match. [more]

Samoa promised a Budget to build resilience
Samoa's Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, is confident his government can build a resilient economy and ensure the community gets the service it demands. [more]

Tuvalu to sign regional trade deal
Tuvalu's cabinet has agreed to sign the PACER-Plus regional trade agreement following a two-day national consultation last week. [more]

NZ aid to boost Samoa tourism
New Zealand is to contribute $US5.15 million dollars to help boost tourism in Samoa. [more]

Vanuatu president says security personnel suffering
The president of Vanuatu, Father Baldwin Lonsdale, has told members of parliament that the security of their country is a priority that leaders need to address. [more]

Concern grows for missing Christchurch man
Police say they still hope to find Michael McGrath alive and are speaking to a "person of interest". [more]

Family continues legal fight after hugs blamed for cancer death
The family of a 45-year-old who died of a rare asbestos-related cancer is continuing her court battle, saying she was exposed through her father's work. [more]

A retired Samoa judge is to lead police inquiry
A retired Supreme Court judge in Samoa, Lesatele Rapi Va'ai, will chair a Commission of Inquiry investigating three police officers. [more]

Gatland vs Gatland for Lions opener
The father, coaching the Lions, will face the son, playing for the Barbarians, as the visitors kick off their tour of New Zealand in Whangarei on Saturday. [more]

Approved bed tax 'not fair and equitable' - Hospitality NZ
Accommodation providers are devastated Auckland Council has voted in favour of a targeted rate for them, an industry group says. [more]

Vocational training provider in voluntary administration
Troubled vocational training company Intueri has been placed in voluntary administration after failing to trade its way out of debt. [more]

Antarctica to spawn 5000 sq km iceberg
A massive section of floating ice is about to break away, creating one of the largest known icebergs. [more]

Auckland Council votes to introduce living wage
The lowest paid workers at Auckland Council will get a pay rise to about $21 an hour by October 2019. [more]

Bermuda gets first Premier League player in 14 years
First Person - The America's Cup has taken over the small island nation of Bermuda, but as Todd Niall finds, it's the English Premier League the locals are talking about. [more]

Asbestos scare shuts down renovations in Fiji's Suva
The Fiji Government has shut down work on the renovations of the Suva Civic Centre after concerns about asbestos. [more]

Vanuatu's Sope honoured by Timor Leste
A former Vanuatu prime minister, Barak Sope, has received the 'Order of Timor Leste' - that country's highest honour. [more]

Govt unveils $1.8m security fund for crime-hit dairies
A new $1.8 million fund to help small shops pay for extra security is a good step but it will not address the root problem, an Auckland dairy owner says. [more]