Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 8th June 2017

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Business News

Auckland Airport sets new prices to support $1.8B upgrades
Auckland Airport plans to increase some of its charges to cover 1-point-8-billion dollars of spending on new infrastructure over the next five years. [more]

Facebook and Google revenue competition - PwC
The business consultancy, PwC, says traditional media companies are being squeezed for the advertising dollar by Facebook and Google. [more]

Midday Markets for 8 June 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Belinda Stanley at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
The power company, Mercury, has raised its forecast of operating earnings for the current year by 10-million dollars because of increased hydro generation. [more]

Evening business for 8 June 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 9 June 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 9 June 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 9 June 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 8th June 2017
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Farmers fear Bluff oyster crisis is 'imminent'
Oyster farmers says a crisis is imminent if all the infected oyster beds at Stewart Island aren't removed immediately. [more]

Tourist's ACC refund offer rejected
A guilt-ridden tourist who killed two men in a car crash tried to pay back ACC for his medical costs, but was told it couldn't take his money. [more]

Euthanasia, medicinal cannabis bills drawn from ballot
The leader of the House, Simon Bridges, says there is a slight chance the bills will come before Parliament before the September election. [more]

Defence Force smoking ban may not apply to combat soldiers
Defence Force Minister Mark Mitchell says he'd be reluctant to tell soldiers in combat zones they can't smoke, despite the force's plans to go smoke-free. [more]

Corbyn or May... UK heads to the polls
Polls show the gap between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's chances is narrowing, as the UK election nears. [more]

Unprecedented coalition forms to tackle water quality
Groups from the health, tourism, recreation, science and the environment sectors have united to push a new strategy. [more]

Team NZ relieved at racing postponement
News that racing was postponed at the America's Cup in Bermuda this morning was a welcome respite for Team New Zealand. [more]

Steve Hansen on his new All Blacks
All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen talks to John Campbell about his selections. [more]

Brighter Future - nine years on the dairy rollercoaster
During the nine years of the National-led Government the dairy industry has been on a wild rollercoaster ride, and one family wants it to slow down. [more]

Stewart Island oyster farmer talks to John Campbell
A Stewart Island Oyster farmer says lifting all the oysters to rid the parasite in Big Glory Bay will be a logistical nightmare. [more]

Euthanasia bill expected to pass first reading
ACT's David Seymour says the intention of the bill is to allow people with a "grievous and irremediable medical condition" to obtain medical aid to die. [more]

Medicinal cannabis advocates ecstatic after bill drawn
The House will soon debate whether to legalise medicinal cannabis, after Green MP Julie-Anne Genter's bill was pulled from the ballot today. [more]

Close to 10,000 sign young woman's mental health petition
Lucy McSweeney, 21, took a petition to the steps of Parliament today calling for better mental health education in schools. [more]

Concern new Wellington reservoir could fail in quake
Wellington City councillors today voted to send a proposal for a water resevior out for consultation, after residents expressed concern it could create a landslide after an earthquake. [more]

Team NZ boat down to one wing after crash
Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby says although repairs on the boat are complete, the boat will be flying with just one wing in three races tomorrow. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Calls for more time to assess impacts of PACER PLUS
The Pacific Network on Globalisation is calling for more time to be given to Pacific civil society organisations and the private sector to assess the impact of the proposed regional free trade deal known as PACER Plus. [more]

Calls to stop dumping by fleets supported by Pacific leaders
SPREP director-general receives support for his call at UN Oceans Conference to end waste dumping by fishing fleets in the region. [more]

Pacific Games Council threatens legal action against Tonga
The Pacific Games Council is threatening legal action in reponse to the Tonga government unilaterally withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Games. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 8 June 2017
Pacific Games Council threatens legal action against Tonga; Calls to stop waste dumping by fishing fleets supported by Pacific leaders; Calls for more time to assess impacts of PACER PLUS; Fiji's NFP proposes health reforms; Cultural diversity seen as the key to achievement rates for Maori and Pasifika students in NZ. [more]

Celebrating Pacific women through dance in NZ
Works from four female choreographers from the Pacific will open the second Pacific Dance Festival in Auckland with a show called Wahine Toa. [more]

Plastic-bag ban to benefit Solomons' tourism
The premier of Western Province in Solomon Islands says banning plastic bags will benefit tourism. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 9 June 2017
The premier of Western Province in Solomon Islands says banning plastic bags will benefit tourism; the Pacific Games Council threatens legal action against Tonga; SPREP receives support for its call to end waste dumping by fishing boats; the Pacific Network on Globalisation is calling for more time to understand the PACER plus before the trade deal is signed and works from four female choreographers from the Pacific will open the second Pacific Dance Festival in Auckland. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 9 June 2017
Team New Zealand moves onto the next round in the America's Cup; The British and Irish Lions try to turn their tour around, while the All Blacks name their squad to meet them in the 3 test series; and the Wellington Phoenix start a new era by naming their new coaches. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Jane Goodall on her hopes for the natural world
Dr Jane Goodall – the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees – says the essential starting point for positive change is each of us thinking about the consequences of the small choices we make each day. [more]

The search for life on other planets
It's probably human-kind's most persistent obsessions - wondering if there is life out there on other planets. And one of those people at the centre of the actual scientific search for extra terrestrial life is Astronomer, Dr Pete Worden. He is the former head of NASA's Ames Research Centre, and is now with the organisation Breakthrough Initiatives, which is a 10-year multidisciplinary science programme aimed at accelerating the search for intelligent life in the Universe. He is delivering a public lecture tonight at Auckland University. [more]

Twenty Years of NZ Music Videos
Writer, Robyn Gallagher, has watched and chronicled 20 years of New Zealand music videos. She started in 2011 with the idea to watch every NZ On Air-funded music video ever made. And she's watched nearly 2,000 videos for her project named 5000 Ways to Love You. [more]

Great Movie Soundtrack: Wizards of the Water
The 1981 Australian surf documentary featured music by some of the biggest Australian bands of the time, including Cold Chisel, INXS, Icehouse and Mental as Anything. [more]

Modern Humans older than we thought
Fossilised skulls from Morocco have pointed to modern humans being around a lot longer than first thought. In fact the analysis of the five ancient skulls discovered in the north African nation point to modern humans actually existing 100 thousand years earlier. That means our current species had already evolved 300 thousand years ago the African continent. Among the researchers who helped to determine the age of the fossils is Rainer Grun, director of the Australian Research Centre of Human Evolution at Griffith University [more]

Theatre Critic: John Smythe
John compares Three Days In The Country with Tiki Taane Mahuta in terms of staging and overall production values. [more]

Shamubeel Eaqub on Kansas' failed tax reform experiment
Shambubeel Eaqub discusses supply side economics and how the experiment hasn't worked in Kansas. [more]

The history of the vaccination debate in NZ
With an Anti-vaccination film making headlines in New Zealand, historian Grant Morris looks at the history of the anti-vaccination movement here. He says it goes back 150 years. [more]

Short story club!
Today Jess and Claire Mabey discuss Reflections in a Moving Surface by Vincent O'Sullivan. Email us your thoughts, jesse@radionz.co.nz. And next Thursday, June 15th, we will discuss Double Helix by Eileen Merriman. [more]

Tell me about your thesis: exercise and motivation
Today Matt Jenkins tell us about his thesis on the influence of mindfulness on motivation and physical activity behaviour. [more]

This Way Up
Mavis Cheyne sees beauty in small things - she's a miniaturist, building tiny homes complete with all their fittings and fixtures in minute scale, and with meticulous detail. This Way Up's Simon Morton pops in for a visit. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 8 June 2017
More on the problems facing the Bluff Oyster industry and what's on the minds of the Australian people. In Dateline Pacific, the Pacific Games Council threatens legal action against Tonga. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 June 2017
NZDF says extending a smokefree policy to military housing would be a step too far. Apartment owners are calling for local and central government help on earthquake strengthening. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 June 2017
The All Blacks have included plenty of players under injury clouds in a 33-man squad for the British and Irish Lions test series, including Dane Coles, despite coach Steve Hansen conceding the hooker may not play at all. [more]

Morning Report

Sports News for 9 June 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Manukau housing plan collapses after council pulls the plug
The New Zealand Housing Foundation says the Auckland Council's property arm has pulled the plug on it's Panuku Development which planned to build more than 200 houses in Manukau, leaving the region's biggest community housing developer with nine months of wasted work and tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket. [more]

Ex-FBI director James Comey's explosive testimony
Ex-FBI chief James Comey has told Congress that the Trump administration's comments about him and the FBI were "lies plain and simple". The Hill's political columnist Brent Budowsky is covering the hearing and says it was interesting that Comey admitted leaking information to the press. [more]

Team NZ now 4-2 up against Britain's BAR
Britain's BAR have fought back to beat New Zealand in the latest race of the America's Cup challengers series. Our reporter in Bermuda is Todd Niall who says Team NZ could be in trouble with its boat. [more]

Sports News for 9 June 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

"Lies, plain and simple" testimony from James Comey
The former FBI chief James Comey has lashed out at the Trump administration saying the comments about him and the FBI were "lies plain and simple". Our Washington correspondent Simon Marks has been covering the hearing and says it could be several months before it's decided whether there's been an obstruction of justice. [more]

Manukau housing plan collapses after council pulls the plug
Auckland's biggest community housing developer is furious a 140 million dollar plan to build hundreds of homes in Manukau has collapsed at the last minute. [more]

Team New Zealand are through to the the finals
Team New Zealand are through to the the finals of the challenger series of the America's Cup. Our reporter in Bermuda is Todd Niall. [more]

Craig turns legal guns on former press secretary
The former head of the Conservative Party Colin Craig has filed papers in the High Court in Auckland to sue his former press secretary for defamation. Mr Craig confirmed to RNZ the papers had been filed but said the case against Rachel MacGregor would only go ahead if his case against Cameron Slater did not go in his favour. [more]

MPI decision on infected oyster farms imminent
The Ministry for Primary Industries is expected to announce today whether it will order the destruction of two infected oyster farms on Stewart Island. Our reporter Ian Telfer is in Bluff. [more]

UK heads to polls amid tightened security
Armed police have been patrolling polling stations as millions of voters across the United Kingdom cast their ballots in the general election. Abi Wilkinson is a journalist based in London and says people haven't been put off voting amid terror concerns. [more]

Thousands of home buyers could be knocked out of housing market
Thousands of home buyers could be knocked out of the market under proposals to limit the amount people can borrow. Finance Minister Steven Joyce says he's 50-50 on whether the Reserve Bank should have those powers. [more]

Hundreds expected at Parihaka today for historic apology
After lengthy negotiations, the Parihaka Papakainga Trust agreed on a reconciliation package last month which culminate in the He Puanga Haeata ceremonies today. Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Parihaka in Taranaki today to hear the Crown formally apologise for atrocities committed when government troops sacked the village 1881. [more]

Taranaki's Barrett brothers make rugby history
The Barrett brothers' former coach says it's an incredible achievement for the boys, the school and the community. Tim Stuck says the Barrett boys showed great skill at rugby early on. [more]

Sports News for 9 June 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

White House rejects Comey claims Trump is a liar
The White House has rejected James Comey's claims President Donald Trump is a liar. Ron Hosko is a former assistant director of the FBI and says it would have genuinely hurt Comey to testify. [more]

MPs will have to draw a line in the sand on euthanasia
It's long been a political hot potato, and best avoided before a general election....but before September's election, MP's will have to say whether or not they support the issue of voluntary euthanasia for terminally-ill patients, after Act leader David Seymour's members' bill was pulled from the ballot yesterday. [more]

Britons head to the polls - amid terror concerns
New Zealand political commentator Josie Pagani is in the UK for the elections and says the polls have been all over the place. She says she's been hearing that it's an 'election of two losers'. [more]

Rise in ecoli highlights need for action over waterways-
A professor of Public Health at Otago University in Wellington says the increased prevalence of a new, nasty form of E-coli in our waterways is real health risk and people could die from it. [more]

Brighter Futures - Has Chch become more accepting of newcomers?
In today's Brighter Futures series, RNZ political editor Jane Patterson speaks to people who have settled in Christchurch, about whether they think the city has become more diverse, and more accepting of newcomers. [more]

Schools nervous about major policy
The Government wants schools to form groups and pay the best teachers more to lead improvements, but principals and teachers around the country say without big changes to the policy, it will fail. [more]

Christchurch prepares for for Lions vs Crusaders game
Christchurch is gearing up for its one and only British and Lions tour match tomorrow night at AMI Stadium. But hospitality providers aren't expecting as abig a boom as the 2005 tour, because the city's new stadium is much smaller than its pre-quake one. [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 9 June 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Tongan for 9 June 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Learning to fly
Grant Amos helps people conquer their fear of flying. He's on the show to talk how and why he started his business. [more]

Nights' Culture - Tabletop Games
Morgan Davie is taking us on a whirlwind tour across four games to look at how stories emerge from playing games with cards. [more]

Nine To Noon

Exit Poll: UK General Election
UK political correspondent Gerri Peev as counting starts in the UK's 650 seats, and where first exit polls make early predictions. Is Theresa May on course for a clear majority? [more]

Are you paying too much in KiwiSaver fees?
What are the range of fees charged by KiwiSaver providers and what recourse does a consumer have if unhappy? Kathryn Ryan talks with Jose George from research and ratings organisation Canstar, and Liam Mason - director of regulation for the Financial Markets Authority. [more]

Could Comey's testimony lead to impeachment?
Former FBI director James Comey has accused President Donald Trump of lying and defaming him in three hours of testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Comey. Mr Comey said he had no doubt he was fired from the FBI due to his investigation into Russian meddling with the US election. However Mr Comey stopped short of saying the president obstructed justice and agreed that Mr Trump did have the authority to ask him to stop investigating Flynn. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
North Korea's response to the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate accord; the fate of activists in China investigating working conditions in factories making shoes for Ivanka Trump's business; and after 45 years on the run, the arrest of a man accused of murdering a police officer. [more]

John Price: adventure photographer
Kathryn Ryan talks to photographer John Price, whose efforts to dispel the myth of his "perfect life" on social media is the subject of a new documentary screening at this year's mountain film festival. You can view a trailer for the documentary here and find more of John's images on Instagram and on his website. [more]

UK exit polls predict a knife edge result
Kathryn Ryan talks to UK correspondent Matthew Paris as exit polls predict a potential hung parliament. [more]

Book review - The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Niki Ward reviews 'The Princess Bride' by William Goldman. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
eremy Taylor considers the 20th anniversary re-issue of Radiohead's seminal 'OK Computer', and whether they chose the right songs to include and exclude; along with a glorious collection of devotional music from Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda; and the curiously polarising second album from Aldous Harding. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan runs the ruler over the British and Irish Lions' performance so far, and looks at progress in the America's Cup. [more]

The week that was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew
David Lange's life to become opera, and a Southland school delcares war on fidget spinners. [more]

Our Changing World

Engineering better stem cells
Stem cells have the potential to cure many diseases, but first, we need to find the best ways of growing them in the lab - and their physical environment may be key. [more]

Kauri dieback and how microbes sense the world
Microbes, such as the fungi-like kauri dieback disease, use chemicals to sense their world - and understanding this might help us to develop new treatments. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 8 June 2017
We hear from our Correspondent in Samoa. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 8 June 2017
PHIL TWYFORD to the Prime Minister: Did he as Minister of Finance in 2010 tell Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army that Auckland faced a looming housing crisis; if so, why? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with Radio NZ that “fresh water is shaping up to be one of this year’s critical election issues”? MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Finance: How much is the Government planning to spend on infrastructure over the next four years? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “When the quake happened, the Government immediately moved to provide support to the affected towns, with the earthquake job subsidy, primary sector and tourism support packages, extra housing assistance through MSD, additional health sector support, and grants to help with the restoration of important local infrastructure, including the Kaikoura Harbour”; if so, why then are Kaikoura residents and businesses unhappy with the level of Government support? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has she made about further tourism infrastructure support for the regions? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Minister for Social Housing: Is she concerned that the Ministry of Social Development recommends boarding houses as a form of temporary accommodation, given recent reports on the slum-like conditions people are living in? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by his reported statements that the current drug law doesn’t really work that well, and that cannabis should be regulated under the Psychoactive Substances Act; if not, why not? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What announcements has he recently make regarding New Zealand’s continued presence in Antarctica? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Did he take a specific package of new initiatives for mental health and addiction services for Budget 2017 to a Cabinet committee before 31 March this year? Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding funding to help people move off benefits and into work? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Why did the Government provide 285 fewer sworn police and $167 million less funding than Police themselves said they needed to “change the trajectory of rising crime”? RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements regarding Police resourcing; if so, why? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Farmers fear Bluff oyster crisis is 'imminent': RNZ Checkpoint
Oyster farmers says a crisis is imminent if all the infected oyster beds at Stewart Island aren't removed immediately. [more]

Euthanasia, medicinal cannabis bills drawn from ballot: RNZ Checkpoint
The leader of the House, Simon Bridges, says there is a slight chance the bills will come before Parliament before the September election. [more]

Defence Force smoking ban may not apply to combat soldiers: RNZ Checkpoint
Defence Force Minister Mark Mitchell says he'd be reluctant to tell soldiers in combat zones they can't smoke, despite the force's plans to go smoke-free. [more]

Corbyn or May UK heads to the polls: RNZ Checkpoint
Polls show the gap between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's chances is narrowing, as the UK election nears. [more]

Evening business for 8 June 2017: RNZ Checkpoint
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Team NZ relieved at racing postponement: RNZ Checkpoint
News that racing was postponed at the America's Cup in Bermuda this morning was a welcome respite for Team New Zealand. [more]

Steve Hansen on his new All Blacks: RNZ Checkpoint
All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen talks to John Campbell about his selections. [more]

Brighter Future nine years on the dairy rollercoaster: RNZ Checkpoint
During the nine years of the National-led Government the dairy industry has been on a wild rollercoaster ride, and one family wants it to slow down. [more]

Stewart Island oyster farmer talks to John Campbell: RNZ Checkpoint
A Stewart Island Oyster farmer says lifting all the oysters to rid the parasite in Big Glory Bay will be a logistical nightmare. [more]

Euthanasia bill expected to pass first reading: RNZ Checkpoint
ACT's David Seymour says the intention of the bill is to allow people with a "grievous and irremediable medical condition" to obtain medical aid to die. [more]

Medicinal cannabis advocates ecstatic after bill drawn: RNZ Checkpoint
The House will soon debate whether to legalise medicinal cannabis, after Green MP Julie-Anne Genter's bill was pulled from the ballot today. [more]

Close to 10,000 sign young woman's mental health petition: RNZ Checkpoint
Lucy McSweeney, 21, took a petition to the steps of Parliament today calling for better mental health education in schools. [more]

Concern new Wellington reservoir could fail in quake: RNZ Checkpoint
Wellington City councillors today voted to send a proposal for a water resevior out for consultation, after residents expressed concern it could create a landslide after an earthquake. [more]

Team NZ boat down to one wing after crash: RNZ Checkpoint
Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby says although repairs on the boat are complete, the boat will be flying with just one wing in three races tomorrow. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 8th 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]

Kauri dieback zoospore
A University of Otago team have captured amazing video of how kauri dieback zoospores swim through wet soil and infect kauri trees. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 8 June 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 9 June 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The House On Demand

The House for 655pm Thurs 8 June
The latest from the House [more]

The House for 1035pm Thurs 8 June
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 8 June 2017
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 8 June 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)
The Auckland Blues brought down the British and Irish Lions on home turf last night. Bronwyn Hayward of the University of Canterbury talks about the UK political polls and if anything can be predicted in this electiuon. Vodafone in New Zealand says a move by the company overseas isn't designed to shut down freedom of speech or the expression of robust views. An Australian Muslim organisation wants to have government funding for "safe spaces" in which they can make "inflammatory" comments. [more]

The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)
Researchers have found that terminally ill people find "dying is "less sad and terrifying - and happier - than you think". What the Panelists Jo McCarroll and Bernard Hickey want to talk about. Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. The president of the National Rifle Association Malcolm Dodson talks about why leting children handle a gun isn't all bad. Just what is the Rusian President Vladimir Putin's staunch manliness all about? [more]

Blues lord it over Lions
The Auckland Blues brought down the British and Irish Lions on home turf last night. [more]

Brits off to the polls
Bronwyn Hayward of the University of Canterbury talks about the UK political polls and if anything can be predicted in this election. [more]

News blacklist from Vodafone
Vodafone in New Zealand says a move by the company overseas isn't designed to shut down freedom of speech or the expression of robust views. [more]

A place for Muslims to vent
An Australian Muslim organisation wants to have government funding for "safe spaces" in which they can make "inflammatory" comments. [more]

Dying's ok when you get used to the idea
Researchers have found that terminally ill people find "dying is "less sad and terrifying - and happier - than you think". [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Jo McCarroll and Bernard Hickey want to talk about. [more]

Comey tells of eyeballing Trump
Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. [more]

What's wrong with a kid handling a gun?
The president of the National Rifle Association Malcolm Dodson talks about why leting children handle a gun isn't all bad. [more]

Macho Putin in new documentary
Just what is the Rusian President Vladimir Putin's staunch manliness all about? [more]

Upbeat

Michael Hill International Violin Competition Semi Finals
The semi-finals of the Michael Hill Violin Competition are underway in Auckland. Last night featured three of the semi-finalists, while the other three, including New Zealander Benjamin Baker, perform tonight. He, along with Executive director Anne Rodda and judge Vesa-Matti Leppanen discuss the competition. [more]

Award winning comedy comes to Auckland
The rollicking story about orange seller turned actress and King Charles’ lover Nell Gwyn comes to the Waterfront Theatre in Auckland in August. Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the kiwi incarnation stars Claire Chitham and is directed by Colin McColl. He explains how he’ll be bringing the Royal Court to Auckland. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 8 June 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 8 June 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 8 June 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 9 June 2017
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

6am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 9 June 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

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

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 9 June 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Race conditions were within safe limits - officials
As America's Cup racing is postponed, officials rejected criticism that yesterday's racing should have been called off due to high winds that damaged three boats. [more]

Blues slip past the Lions
A brilliant late try to helped the Blues topple the Lions 22-16 in the tourist's second game of the tour at Eden Park. [more]

Twin attacks in Tehran kill 12
Twin attacks on the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in the capital, Tehran, have killed at least 12 people and injured many more. [more]

Djokovic dumped out as Nadal, Murray advance
Novak Djokovic's season reached a new low with the defending champion falling to a crushing defeat to Dominic Thiem in the French Open quarter-finals. [more]

Social workers to prove they are fit for the job
Social workers will have to be registered under a proposed new law designed to put them under greater scrutiny. [more]

Myanmar military plane vanishes
Ships and planes were scouring the coast of southern Myanmar after a military aircraft vanished with 122 people on board, the army and civil aviation officials said. [more]

Feijoa yield 40 percent down on last year - farmer
With the feijoa season drawing to a close one farmer in Waikato says he has 40 percent less fruit than last year. [more]

Lions tour: Sonny Bill gives Lions the blues - British media
The Lions botched a perfect chance with the first loss of their 2017 tour to the Blues last night, with British media left lamenting a piece of Sonny Bill magic, writes Michael Reid. [more]

More should be done to keep shoppers safe in quakes - Countdown
A major supermarket chain which is taking action to stop heavy items falling from ceiling spaces in an earthquake says building regulations are being routinely ignored. [more]

SPREP welcomes support for a call to end dumping waste at sea
The Pacific's environmental agency chief says he has got heartening support for his call to stop fishing fleets dumping waste. [more]

Comey says Trump demanded his loyalty
US President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey to back off from a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Mr Comey has revealed in a new statement. [more]

London Bridge attack: Death toll rises to eight
The death toll from the attacks in London on Saturday night has now risen to eight, after another body was recovered from the River Thames. [more]

Locals band together for post-quake support
A gig and a comedy show are just some of the ways the residents of Ward are coming together to support one another after the Kaikōura earthquake. [more]

Horse head coke trial: 'I knew it was dodgy ... but my house was leaking'
One of the men charged with importing 35kg of cocaine hidden inside a jewel encrusted horse's head says he was not making ends meet and his greed got the better of him. [more]

Samoa minister takes colleague to court
A Samoa cabinet minister who was last year cleared of fraud and forgery allegations is now suing the minister who made the allegations against him. [more]

Fiji opposition says it will raise minimum wage if it comes to power
Fiji's National Federation Party says it will raise the minimum wage and bring in major health reforms if it gets into power after the election next year. [more]

Heart disease markers seen in 3 year olds - study
Overweight children as young as three are showing signs they will develop heart disease, new research from Otago University has found. [more]

Pasifika female dancers unite for the Pacific Dance Festival
Four Pacific female choreographers will contribute a piece each towards a show called Wahine Toa that will kick off the Pacific Dance Festival in New Zealand. [more]

Govt wary of internet controls in wake of terrorist attacks
The government is in no rush to join Australia's demand that big online companies share encryption secrets with authorities. [more]

Pedestrian killed on Upper Hutt highway
A man struck by a van on State Highway 2 in Upper Hutt this morning died at the scene, police say. [more]

Steel seal top spot with another win
The Southern Steel narrowly escaped an overtime challenge to beat the Northern Mystics 68-67 in Dunedin last night and seal a home final in the ANZ Netball Premiership. [more]

Transport Minister defends attempt to block information request
Simon Bridges says his officials had every right to urge KiwiRail to keep details of a proposed new $50m Auckland railway line secret. [more]

New charges for Auckland Airport's $1.8bn expansion
Auckland Airport's $1.8 billion expansion over the next five years is to be paid for with extra passenger and other charges. [more]

ALL BLACKS LINE-UP - Three Barrett brothers named in squad to face Lions
ALL BLACKS LINE-UP - Three Barrett brothers named in squad to face Lions [more]

Japanese fugitive arrested after 45 years on run
Left-wing revolutionary Masaaki Osaka has been arrested and charged for murdering a police officer during Tokyo street protests more than 45 years ago. [more]

Mines and lives: 100 years since Battle of Messines
The Battle of Messines, hailed as the turning point for the Allies in the World War I and which New Zealand had a major role in, took place 100 years ago today. [more]

PM spoke of housing crisis in 2010 - Sallies
Bill English denies there is a housing crisis in Auckland but seven years ago he privately warned a major crisis was looming, a senior Salvation Army official says, [more]

BREAKING - David Seymour’s euthanasia bill has been pulled from the members' ballot and will go before Parliament
BREAKING - David Seymour’s euthanasia bill has been pulled from the members' ballot and will go before Parliament [more]

Two newcomers to All Blacks
Most of the players in doubt because of injuries and two debutants have been included in the 33-man All Blacks squad to take on the British and Irish Lions. [more]

Invercargill police investigate suspicious death
A person has died following a serious assault near Stadium Southland. [more]

Sport: Pacific Games Council threats legal action over Pacific Games
The Pacific Games Council is threatening legal action in reponse to the Tonga government unilaterally withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Games. [more]

Sport: Fiji fight back for draw against New Caledonia
Fiji fought back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with New Caledonia yesterday in their FIFA World Cup qualifying match at Churchill Park in Lautoka. [more]

Sport: Cricket PNG appoint first woman chair
Helen Macindoe has been appointed Cricket PNG's first woman chairperson. [more]

Auckland pre-school to pay $265k for overcharging parents
Kowhai Montessori Pre-school asked parents to make up a funding shortfall, indicating it was receiving a subsidy of $4.70 per child per hour when it was actually receiving $10.32. [more]

Gang leader Jamie Pink sentenced
The Tribal Huk leader was sentenced for weapons possession after a gang-led campaign to rid the Waikato town of meth dealers. [more]

NZ refutes aid underspending claims
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says there is no underspending in its aid budget. [more]

CYF manager asked if spin should be put on letter
Child Youth and Family officials asked if they should put a spin on a Minister's letter to a man worried about the safety of his 3-year-old daughter. [more]

Three Barrett brothers in AB squad to take on Lions
Most of the players in doubt because of injuries, two debutants and three Barrett brothers have been included in the 33-man All Black squad to take on the British and Irish Lions. [more]

Police divers join search for missing man
Police divers are being brought in to the search for missing Christchurch builder Michael McGrath. [more]

Iriti gets top role in Tahiti's Tahoeraa
French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira party has chosen Teura Iriti as its new leader in the assembly. [more]

New caps and experience for Maori All Blacks
There are three new caps and six former All Blacks in the Maori All Blacks squad to play the British and Irish Lions. [more]

Fiji employers dismissive of NFP's minimum wage hike
The CEO of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation Nesbitt Hazelman says the National Federation Party's plan to raise minimum wage is unrealistic. [more]

Team NZ sailing close to the wind on gear
Team New Zealand will head into tomorrow's third day of America's Cup challenger semi-finals without a spare wing. [more]

Protection of PNG rainforests a global responsibility - UN
The United Nations says the protection of tropical rainforests in Papua New Guinea is a global responsibility. [more]

Solomons leader seeks UN help post RAMSI
The prime minister of Solomon Islands is proposing a partnership between the United Nations Peace Building Commission and his government. [more]

$1.7m pledged to keep Cadbury classics local
Hundreds of people have pledged to invest more than $1.7 million to ensure the manufacture of Jaffas, Pineapple Lumps and Buzz Bars stays in Dunedin. [more]

Strong Crusaders team to take on Lions
The Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has included six All Blacks to take on the Lions in Christchurch on Saturday. [more]

European based players bolster Black Sticks
A number of players have returned from Europe to bolster the New Zealand men's hockey side to contest the World League semi-final. [more]

Fiji to invite the 'Terminator' to Suva for climate talks
Fiji is to invite the former governor of California, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to visit Fiji in October for a meeting ahead of the COP 23 climate summit in Bonn. [more]

Samoas discuss cyclone season
Weather forecasters and disaster management officials from the two Samoas are meeting to discuss what they have learned from the just concluded tropical cyclone season. [more]

Airport disrupted, roads promised as PNG election nears
Flights in and out of the main airport in Papua New Guinea's Highlands city of Mt Hagen have been disrupted by some election candidates. [more]

CNMI trailer resort riles tourist body
A resort made out of dozens of trailer homes is being opposed by the Northern Marianas' tourism body, which says it goes against its aim to create a high-end destination. [more]

Golden State one win from title
The Golden State Warriors have taken a 3-0 stranglehold over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. [more]

Cooks leader pushes at UN for oceans' legal status
The Cook Islands has growing support in its call to give the oceans the same legal rights a human being has. [more]

Reserve Bank asks for debt-to-income powers
Sixty percent of Auckland home owners have mortgages greater than five times their income, the Reserve Bank says. [more]

Wallabies drop Stephen Moore
Australia have dropped captain Stephen Moore and handed debuts to Karmichael Hunt and Ned Hanigan for Saturday's rugby test against Fiji in Melbourne. [more]

Laumape always dreamt about being an All Black
Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape says he always had a dream to be an All Black. [more]

BREAKING - Police say man charged with murder after 19-year-old's death in Invercargill
BREAKING - Police say man charged with murder after 19-year-old's death in Invercargill [more]

Jones to captain Lions against Crusaders
The British and Irish Lions have named a strong side with three times tourist Alun Wyn Jones to captain them against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday. [more]

Jordie surprised by All Blacks selection
A Steve Hansen hunch late last year paid off when uncapped 20-year-old Jordie Barrett joined brothers Scott and Beauden in the All Blacks squad for the Lions series. [more]

North Korea fires 'surface-to-ship' missiles
North Korea has fired several anti-ship cruise missiles off its east coast, South Korea's military says. [more]

Drink-driving numbers plummet
The number of people convicted for drink-driving has nearly halved in the last seven years. [more]

NZ slammed again for lack of protection of Māui dolphins
New Zealand has again been heavily criticised by international experts for its lack of progress on protecting Māui dolphins. [more]

Wellington residents worried about reservoir landslide risk
Some residents are worried a proposed water reservoir could fail in a big earthquake, causing a potentially deadly landslide. [more]

Euthanasia bill: MPs give current voting positions
ACT leader David Seymour's euthanasia bill has been pulled from the members' ballot and will go before Parliament. [more]

Plea to sacrifice farmed oysters to save Bluff's iconic shellfish
Farmed oysters in Stewart Island need to be pulled out of the sea if the Bluff oyster industry is to be saved, a local community board says. [more]

Medicinal cannabis bill to be debated by Parliament
Parliament will debate whether to legalise cannabis for medical use, after a Green Party member's bill was pulled from the ballot today. [more]

Military smokefree policy a drag, Minister says
Extending a smokefree policy to military housing areas would be a step too far, the Defence Minister says. [more]

Petition to be presented to Tongan King for Pac Games
The head of Tonga's amateur and Olympic committee, Lord Vaea, is putting his final hopes of the country hosting the 2019 Pacific Games in a petition to the King. [more]

Can 'super coral' save bleached reefs?
The discovery of coral species living in extreme environments has led to research into whether coral reefs destroyed by global warming can be regrown. [more]

New coalition forms to tackle freshwater quality
A cross-sector group says successive governments' inaction on degraded waterways has spurred them to come together to forge a new plan. [more]

New Māori All Blacks jersey revealed
The Māori All Blacks will have a fresh look when they take to the field to battle the British and Irish Lions in Rotorua. [more]

Quake-prone building owners plead for financial help
An urgent plea has gone out for financial help to strengthen apartment buildings in Wellington to make them earthquake-resilient. [more]

Historic pay equity deal unanimously backed by MPs
A $2 billion pay equity settlement that will give a pay rise to about 55,000 aged-care and disability workers has passed with unanimous support. [more]

Man charged with murder over Stadium Southland death
Police have charged a 20-year-old man with murder after a 19-year-old's death in Invercargill. [more]

Bodies found in search for missing Myanmar plane
Bodies and aircraft debris have been found by a navy ship searching for a military transport plane that vanished with 122 people on board. [more]

New Plymouth Airport upgrade to go ahead
The airport is to get a state-of-the-art new terminal, but not everyone is happy with the price tag of up to $29 million. [more]

Man likely to face charges after Richmond manhunt
A man who was at the centre of an Armed Offenders Squad callout in Richmond, near Nelson, has been found. [more]

Student fights for better mental health education
A 21-year-old has collected nearly 10,000 signatures to push for improved mental health education in high schools, after struggling to seek help herself. [more]

UK goes to the polls in general election
Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country. [more]