Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 29th June 2017

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Business News

Rubicon takes full ownership of ArborGen
Listed forestry firm Rubicon has taken full ownership of the US-based forestry genetics company, ArborGen after buying out its partners International Paper and WestRock. [more]

Trilogy buys majority of Christchurch skincare business
The skincare and fragrance company, Trilogy International, is buying the majority of a Christchurch-based beauty products maker Lanocorp. [more]

Australian listings been a disappointment for NZ companies
Small New Zealand companies that snubbed the New Zealand stock exchange and headed across the Tasman to raise money probably haven't found the investing grass greener over there. [more]

Midday Markets for 29 June 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
Small telecommunciations company Team Talk has signed a new three year banking arrangement with Westpac. [more]

Early Business News for 30 June 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 30 June 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 29 June, 2017
Watch Thursday's full show here [more]

Peter Thiel granted citizenship after just 12 days in NZ
The Government says Peter Thiel is a great ambassador for New Zealand, but is less forthcoming on why Kiwis didn't know he was a citizen for so long. [more]

Peter Thiel not investing in NZ 'like he did'
Icehouse CEO Andrew Hamilton supported Peter Thiel when his citizenship was being considered. He tells John Campbell he's done great things for the country, but doesn't invest like he once did. [more]

Revoke Thiel's citizenship, some New Zealanders argue
Checkpoint reporter Zac Fleming hit the streets to ask Aucklanders what they think about Peter Thiel being granted citizenship after spending just 12 days in the country. [more]

New approaches needed to mental health - Coleman
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched a new free 24-7 phone and text number for people to connect to mental health and addiction professionals. But is the Government doing enough? [more]

Evening business for 29 June 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Labour would lift minimum wage for a 'fairer deal'
The Labour Party would stop what it says is a 'race to the bottom' by lifting the minimum wage and softening the government's 90-day trial period for workers. [more]

Plan to boost deceased organ donations
The Health Minister has unveiled a long-awaited national strategy to lift New Zealand's low organ donation rate, including making it easier for people to donate organs after their death. [more]

Black Ferns winger: 'I wouldn't want to do anything else'
Black Ferns winger Michaela Blyde scored 40 tries for the team in the World Series Sevens competition, which they won. She's been recognised as one of the global stars, but the 21-year-old tells John Campbell it's a team sport. [more]

Cope hopper Laumape realises childhood dream
Ngani Laumape is set to fulfill a lifelong dream when he makes his All Blacks debut against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. [more]

Govt says Peter Thiel 'a great ambassador' for NZ
The Government says Peter Thiel promotes New Zealand "all the time" to people in the United States, as it defends granting billionaire Peter Thiel citizenship after he had spent just 12 days in the country. [more]

Endangered birds set up camp in farm paddock
A colony of 300 critically endangered birds has found an unlikely place to nest - in the middle of a Canterbury paddock full of dairy cows. [more]

Music back at the Christchurch Town Hall
For the first time in six years, music has filled Christchurch's Town Hall, which suffered significant damage in the February 2011 earthquake. [more]

Weetbix vs Weetabix
'A Little bit of Britain' shop co-owner Lisa Wilson refuses to back down over what she says is her right to sell British cereal Weetabix, after Sanitarium seized a shipment, claiming it was a trademark violation. [more]

Council hits back at Lions campervan park criticism
Lions fans parking up in a Wellington waterfront carpark for the next few nights will pay more than four times the usual cost of $30 a night. But Wellington City Council says the $130 fee just covers costs. [more]

Dateline Pacific

All of Tokelau now on main power grid
As Tokelau's last village is connected to the country's power grid, the goal of a 100 percent sustainable energy supply, 100 percent of the time gets closer. [more]

Understanding RAMSI success key to Solomon's future
Understanding the success of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands holds the key to the country's future. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 29 June 2017
Talks in Solomon Islands focus on the success of the Regional Assistance Mission; Tokelau edges towards round the clock energy sustainability with the last village linked up to solar power; the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru - Australia's worst maritime disaster is remembered; dissension in Samoa over the candidate for the high paramount chief title of Malietoa. [more]

Bougainville govt's forthright support for BCL at Panguna
The Bougainville Government says it won't give way to a landowner group that says it will not allow Bougainville Copper Ltd, or BCL, to return to the troubled Panguna mine. [more]

NZ's Pasifika men gather to challenge social ills
The over-representation of New Zealand's Pacific people in negative statistics is being targeted at an event in Porirua this weekend. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 30 June 2017
The over-representation of New Zealand's Pacific people in negative statistics will be targeted at an event in Porirua; The Bougainville Government says it will not give way to a landowner group that says it will not allow Bougainville Copper Ltd to return to the troubled Panguna mine; Talks in Solomon Islands focus on the success of the Regional Assistance Mission, and; Tokelau edges towards round the clock energy sustainability. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

The sexualisation of socks
A Nelson College for Girls student wants to start a conversation about how and why the over-sexualisation of teenage girls occurs. And she's doing it by talking about long socks. [more]

America's specialist food poisoning lawyer
As we reported earlier this week - there's a bit of fuss over new rules that prohibit restaurants from grilling medium-rare burgers. A visiting specialist food poisoning lawyer from the US, Bill Marler's first major food poisoning case in the US was defending people who became ill after eating burgers which weren't cooked properly. He has been litigating foodborne illness cases since 1993 - and has won more than 500 million US dollars for victims of food poisoning from the biggest US food companies. Bill Marler is in the country for a food integrity conference. [more]

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo made crowdfunding history last year, by raising over a million dollars to create the children's book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. 100 Tales Of Extraordinary Women. The book features 100 illustrated stories of inspiring women, in a bid to inspire girls to dream big. [more]

Te Awamutu's Sharing Shed
Sarah and Shaun O'Dea have started a sharing shed, to encourage the townspeople of Te Awamutu to start conversations and exchange goods. But getting the balance between givers and takers can be a bit of a challenge. [more]

Great Live Album: James Brown live at the Apollo
Live at the Apollo by James Brown and the Famous Flames was recorded at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on the night of October 24, 1962 at Brown's own expense. It was released the following year and spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, peaking at number 2. In 2003, the album was ranked number 25 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and was also ranked as the number 1 live album in its 50 greatest live albums list. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame [more]

How to avoid investment scams
Don't ever succumb to pressure when it comes to investing your money, says personal finance expert Mary Holm. She looks at the red flags which can help you spot and avoid scams. [more]

Short Story Club 29th June
We discuss Butterflies by Patricia Grace. Email us your thoughts and the best emailer wins a copy of her recent novel, Chappy. And next week we will discuss a non-fiction short story; Ashleigh Young's Te Kuiti Underground [more]

Tell me about your thesis
Today Leo Browning, a PhD Candidate with the MacDiarmid Institute tells us about his thesis which involves manipulating nano-wires to make neural networks that behave like living neurons. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 29 June 2017
raising disabled kids - a nine to noon perspective the law and food poisoning and in the house - reports on government funding for univeristies and RNZ [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 29 June 2017
The Humans Rights Commissioner speaks up on paid leave for domestic violence victims. Interpol tells companies not to give in to demands by cyber attackers. [more]

Midday Sports News for 29 June 2017
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is forewarning the British and Irish Lions saying the tourists will face a vastly improved New Zealand side in Saturday night's second test in Wellington. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 30 June 2017
Govt digs in over Thiel citizenship call, Northland luxury resort's water plans angers Maori, landowners, and Top Australian priest charged with sex offences [more]

Sports News for 30 June 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Rural, urban and career firefighters to merge into one body
Tomorrow will mark the start of the new era for firefighters around the country - with the establishment of a new organisation - Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Its National Commander of Urban Fire and Emergency, Paul McGill spoke to reporter Adriana Weber about the changes. [more]

Iraqi forces take key Mosul mosque
Iraqi government forces confronting Islamic State militants in Mosul have fought their way into the compound of the city's famous Nuri mosque. New Zealand journalist Campbell MacDiarmid is in nearby Erbil. [more]

Govt digs in over Thiel citizenship call
Immigration advisors say the Government was wrong to grant an American billionaire citizenship after he'd spent just 12 days in the country. Internal Affairs yesterday revealed Peter Thiel's length of stay in New Zealand before he was granted citizenship in 2011. [more]

Cardinal George Pell to face sex abuse charges in Aust
The most senior Roman Catholic to be caught up in the long-running abuse scandal Cardinal George Pell is returning to Australia to face charges. The editor of Crux, a news site reporting on the Vatican, John Allen says what's different about this case is the way the Vatican has responded to it. [more]

Trumps revised travel ban starts today
After months in the courts, Donald Trump's much revised travel ban will go into effect again today. Our US correspondent Giles Gibson says people with close family ties to the six banned countries will also not be allowed to travel into the country. [more]

Sports News for 30 June 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Govt digs in over Thiel citizenship call
The entrepreneur Peter Thiel helped put New Zealand on the world business stage by investing in businesses such as the accounting software firm Xero but critics say he's bought his way in and shouldn't have been given citizenship after just 12 days in the country. [more]

Peter Thiel's citizenship a joke, says Winston Peters
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Peter Thiel's citizenship is a joke and he essentially bought his citizenship. [more]

Northland luxury resort's water plans angers Maori, landowners
A luxury resort north of Whangarei want to take water from a local stream to water its lawns, but is facing opposition from neighbours and local iwi who say it has already damaged the stream's ecology and will damage it further by taking more water from it. [more]

Top Australian priest charged with sex offences
Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer and the Catholic Church's third most senior official, has strenuously denied any wrongdoing after being charged with historical sex assault charges in Australia. The ABC's religion expert Noel Debien says the charges are a significant blow to the Catholic Church. [more]

Employers call Labour's workplace policy old-fashioned
The Labour party's fair pay policy would lift wages, and change the 90 day trial period in employees' favour, but businesses say it will lower productivity and it's not flexible enough to suit the needs of different businesses. [more]

Fire service merger could still be problematic - union
Change is afoot across the Fire Service, as rural, urban, career and volunteer fire services merge into one, but there are still fear the boundaries between rural and urban fire authorities are still in place and could prove problematic when big fires hit. [more]

Social media star has been enlisted to get young Maori voting
Maori social media star William Waiirua joins the movement to target Maori youth or rangitahi to convince them to vote, part of a programme designed to increase awareness and participation of young Maori voters. [more]

Wheelchair users still struggling with access in Christchurch
Wheelchair users say Christchurch is frustrating and difficult to navigate around since the earthquakes, especially roads and footpaths, which is leaving people feeling isolated. [more]

Research shows pesticide damage to bees
Just-released research has confirmed that pesticides containing neonicotinoids are harmful to bees. Meriel Watts is the coordinator of the Pesticide Action Network says the results are a wake up call to New Zealand. [more]

Microsoft wants public-private funding of school devices
The tech giant Microsoft doesn't think the government's spending enough to make sure some children can make the most of new digital technologies on offer at school. [more]

Sports News for 30 June 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Charges against Cardinal Pell 'extremely significant'
An Australian organisation that supports adults who have survived childhood trauma and sexual abuse, The Blue Knot Foundation, says the charges against Cardinal George Pell send a powerful message that no-one is above the law. [more]

Labour denies its workplace policy is a return to the 80s
Labour's Workplace Relations spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway [more]

MBIE has lost its chief architect in overhaul
Architects are worried they've lost a prized top position in the building ministry at a time when all construction groups are struggling to cope with the strain of an unprecedented building boom. RNZ's Phil Pennington is following the latest ructions. [more]

Lions tour visitors give us an insight into life on the road
As the British and Irish Lions prepare to face the All Blacks for a second test tomorrow night, Brits visiting for the month-long tour join us in the studio for a look at life on the road in NZ. [more]

Maori economy worth $50 billion and climbing
The Maori economy is currently estimated to be worth $50 billion and according to one report it is only going to get bigger. A new report says Maori businesses are still largely concentrated in the primary industries like foresty and fishing but are increasingly diversifying into other areas. [more]

Landlords welcome new meth testing and contamination standards
Landlords are welcoming new meth testing and contamination standards for residential properties, saying millions of dollars are being wasted on unnecessary clean-ups. Andrew King is the executive officer of the Property Investors' Federation says [more]

NZ rugby urged to embrace Maori and Pasifika culture
A new approach to managing Maori and Pacific Island rugby players is starting to emerge. A seminar in Palmerston North looks at how rugby stereotypes need to change to better connect with Maori and Pasifika player. [more]

'The Gathering of the 3000' addresses issues Pacific men face
Pacific men get together at Porirua's Te Rauparaha events centre to find solutions to issues of health, financial matters and family violence facing Pacific peoples. [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 30 June 2017
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 30 June 2017
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Tongan for 30 June 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Creativity and mental health
"Affirming identity through art" - that's the mission of the gallery directed by my first guest, Deidre Dahlberg. She runs Pablo Art Studios - where art is a form of healing as well as expression. [more]

Nights' Culture - Miles Buckingham
This week's cultural ambassador - our man with a hankering for Jamaican music - Miles Buckingham from the still active Radio Active. [more]

Nine To Noon

New meth standard addresses industry cowboys
Standards New Zealand has released its long awaited benchmark for the testing and remediation of P contaminated properties. Massey University environmental chemist Nick Kim, a top expert in P testing, says the standard will deter the meth testing cowboys, but won't prevent P from getting into houses in the first place. He says meth contamination in the home, from smoking the drug, is one of the smallest health risks associated with problem. [more]

Midwives negotiate overhaul of funding
From July community based midwives will get a 6 per cent pay rise. The $8 million dollar package was agreed to by the government in return for the College of Midwives withdrawing its high profile equal pay court challenge, lodged in 2015. Under the deal, the pay rise is an interim measure, while a fundamental overhaul of the way community midwives are paid is negotiated. Kathryn talks with the Acting Chief Executive of the College of Midwives, Alison Eddy. [more]

Doctor and champion piper Brendon Eade
Champion bagpiper Brendon Eade has won every major bagpiping prize in going and when he's not playing the pipes he's a doctor in the Waikato. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Samoa's prime minister has used a new book to slam Helen Clark for her apology to Samoa over colonial excesses - he says she doesn't understand politics - and he reveals that he believes he was the target of an assassination plot. [more]

Julee-anne Bell: seeing with sound
Julee-anne Bell has never perceived light. The Brisbane singing teacher used to be afraid to venture out alone, but after learning echolation – a way of navigating using sound – she can now move through the world with confidence. [more]

Book review - Kingdom of Olives & Ash
Unity books' Tilly Lloyd reviews 'Kingdom of Olives & Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation', edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Published by Fourth Estate. [more]

Music reviewer Grant Smithies?
Wellington band Glass Vaults say they want to give the listener a "brain orgasm" with their new record, but Grant Smithies takes the risk and listens to it regardless. Verdict? It's sonically arousing, alright. During the post-coital afterglow, we also hear tracks from Sydney "heavy soul" duo Polish Club and some obscure singer/ songwriter bloke named Paul McCartney. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer on the America's Cup - what happens next? Teams are selected for the All Blacks' second test against the British and Irish Lions in Wellington; and Susie Bates at the Women's Cricket World Cup in sight of a special century. [more]

The week that was with Michele A'Court & Raybon Kan
Should Peter Thiel sponsor the America's Cup team? [more]

Our Changing World

Southern island sanctuary for rare birds
Putauhinu, one of the southern Tītī Islands, has become a remarkable rat-free sanctuary, gifting rare land birds to other islands. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 29 June 2017
PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he agree with Mainfreight founder and Chairman Bruce Plested that housing is a “social disgrace”, that the market cannot sort out this problem, and that real leadership and intestinal fortitude is needed now? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on real after-tax wages rising in New Zealand? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Will she apologise on behalf of the Government for the flawed handling of the Canterbury school mergers and closures after the 2011 earthquakes; if not, why not? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has the Government made in improving the tenancy laws and guidance for dealing with the problem of methamphetamine testing and contamination? CARMEL SEPULONI to the Associate Minister for Social Housing: What motels has the Government purchased in response to the increased emergency housing demand, and how much has this cost? RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the Clutha-Southland electorate office issue even if facts known to him make doing so extraordinarily difficult? MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Corrections: How is Budget 2017 investing in rehabilitation and reintegration outcomes for offenders? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Local Government: Does she agree with the Prime Minister’s answer yesterday that drinking-water contamination in Havelock North was “about local government performance and overseeing ratepayer-funded assets whose purpose is to deliver clean and healthy water to its local people. The extensive inquiry into that incident was warranted by widespread illness in the area ... it is about local body performance in overseeing their clean water system”? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Local Government: What recent announcements has she made regarding Wellington’s resilience to natural hazards? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Will the Government start building rail to the airport sooner if Auckland hosts the next America’s Cup regatta or will Aucklanders still have to wait 30 years? STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she have any concerns about any of the results of the New Zealand Police Workplace Survey 2017; if so, what in particular? ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has he made to improve school infrastructure in the Wairarapa? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Tim Minchin on being a composer, activist and comedian.
Minchin tells RNZ Concert Producer Zoe George about the effect ‘Come Home’ had, anti-intelligence, music making and whether he’ll be returning to NZ any time soon. [more]

Peter Thiel not investing in NZ 'like he did'
Icehouse CEO Andrew Hamilton supported Peter Thiel when his citizenship was being considered. He tells John Campbell he's done great things for the country, but doesn't invest like he once did. [more]

Revoke Thiel's citizenship, some New Zealanders argue
Checkpoint reporter Zac Fleming hit the streets to ask Aucklanders what they think about Peter Thiel being granted citizenship after spending just 12 days in the country. [more]

New approaches needed to mental health - Coleman
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched a new free 24-7 phone and text number for people to connect to mental health and addiction professionals. But is the Government doing enough? [more]

Evening business for 29 June 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Black Ferns winger I wouldn’t want to do anything else
Black Ferns winger Michaela Blyde scored 40 tries for the team in the World Series Sevens competition, which they won. She’s been recognised as one of the global stars, but the 21-year-old tells John Campbell it’s a team sport. [more]

Reb Fountain performs 'Gold' live
[more]

Music back at the Chch Town Hall for first time in six years
For the first time in six years, music has filled Christchurch's Town Hall, which suffered significant damage in the February 2011 earthquake. [more]

Weetbix vs Weetabix
'A Little bit of Britain' shop co-owner Lisa Wilson refuses to back down over what she says is her right to sell British cereal Weetabix, after Sanitarium seized a shipment, claiming it was a trademark violation. [more]

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 29 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]

Southern island sanctuary for rare birds
[more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 29 June 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 30 June 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The House

The House for 655pm Thurs 29 June
The latest from the House [more]

Debating the freeze - RNZ funding under scrutiny
Does RNZ get enough funding? It's a question they've been debating at Parliament. [more]

The House On Demand

The House for 1035pm Thurs 29 June
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 29 June 2017
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 29 June 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Julia Hartley-Moore and Selwyn Manning (Part 1)
Tom Moore of Aura information security explains what the future of viruses is likely to look like and how our lives could be impacted. Lisa Wilson from A Little Bit of Britain shop talks about the action Sanitarium is taking against her company because of trademark issues. US President Donald Trump is being criticised for complimenting a reporter on her smile. US billionaire Peter Thiel was in New Zealand for only 12 days as a resident before becoming a citizen [more]

The Panel with Julia Hartley-Moore and Selwyn Manning (Part 2)
Is paying of the house a sign that you've "made it" in life? What the Panelists Julia Hartley-Moore and Selwyn Manning want to talk about. Chef Martin Bosley has a story to tell about tourists flying back and forth from Australia for the Lions games in New Zealand because the accomodation is cheaper. Visiting British professor of palliative medicine Ilora Finlay is concerned our proposed legislation is dangerous. [more]

Deadly headphones
Headphone use is linked to pedestrian accidents and deaths. [more]

Is the future a digital virus war?
Tom Moore of Aura information security explains what the future of viruses is likely to look like and how our lives could be impacted. [more]

Weetbix vs Weet-a-bix
Lisa Wilson from A Little Bit of Britain shop talks about the action Sanitarium is taking against her company because of trademark issues. [more]

What's wrong with a compliment?
US President Donald Trump is being criticised for complimenting a reporter on her smile. [more]

Peter Thiel's 12-day citizenship trajectory
US billionaire Peter Thiel was in New Zealand for only 12 days as a resident before becoming a citizen. [more]

Paid off the house? You've made it
Is paying of the house a sign that you've "made it" in life? [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Julia Hartley-Moore and Selwyn Manning want to talk about. [more]

Accommodation costs during Lions tour
Chef Martin Bosley has a story to tell about tourists flying back and forth from Australia for the Lions games in New Zealand because the accomodation is cheaper. [more]

A stark warning about euthanasia
Visiting British professor of palliative medicine Ilora Finlay is concerned our proposed legislation is dangerous. [more]

The Wireless

We have 3 years to sort out carbon emissions, according to these scientists
The clock is ticking. [more]

The Singles Life: The Fate of the Furious Gin Wigmore
Gin Wigmore is back and she’s also fed up with an industry that, once fawning, has grown frigid. Can Gin carve her own path? [more]

Upbeat

From accompanist to conductor to musical director
Thomas Nikora is stepping up to a new role, moving from accompanist to conductor and now to musical director for Cantoris Choir in Wellington. The young conductor brings extensive choral experience to the choir, having sung in choirs himself including Orpheus, Nota Bene and Victoria Voices. He explains the leap between the three roles, and how he’s hoping to develop Cantoris in future. [more]

Finding your voice through music therapy
For just the second time Music Therapy New Zealand is holding an awareness week starting this Saturday. It’s a nationwide celebration under the Theme “Finding Your Voice”. Music therapy is tailor-made to suit each client as Kathryn Stevenson explains. She is New Zealand’s only vision impaired music therapist and is presenting at the International Music Therapy Congress in Japan and talks about the latest therapy techniques being used. [more]

Larger than life
Chris Rex Martin, Shadrack Simi and Brady Peeti play three musical brothers who get the opportunity of a life time… to open for Kiwi music legend John Rowles. Their show Larger than Life, which is on at the Herald Theatre in Auckland this week, really is larger than life and features music from Prince Tui Teka, the Top Twins, Tim Finn and everything in between. They play live in our studio for Producer Zoe George. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 29 June 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 29 June 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 29 June 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 30 June 2017
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

6am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 30 June 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 30 June 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 30 June 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 30 June 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

10am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 30 June 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

News stories:

Savea on the outer as Naholo gets nod
Hurricanes' wing and 53-test veteran Julian Savea has again been left out of the All Blacks team to face the British and Irish Lions in Saturday's second test in Wellington. [more]

Curry raining threes of a different kind
Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, one of the best shooters in basketball history, will get to see how he stacks up against professional golfers after receiving a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic. [more]

Payne suspended after positive drug test
Michelle Payne, the first woman jockey to ride a Melbourne Cup winner, has been stood down after failing a doping test. [more]

Djokovic and Federer rank highly at Wimbledon
Three-times champion Novak Djokovic has been bumped up to second seed for next week's Wimbledon championship despite slipping to fourth in the world rankings. [more]

Free chickenpox vaccine for 60,000 Kiwi kids
A Hamilton mother whose daughter nearly died of chicken pox is welcoming a free vaccine being rolled out, and says people should take the disease more seriously. [more]

Body of missing climber found on Mt Taranaki
Search and rescue teams have found the body of a man who had been reported overdue from a climbing trip. [more]

Claims of irregularities around 2014 Fiji election are dismissed
Fiji's Electoral Commission has dismissed political parties' claims of irregularities in the 2014 election. [more]

New Pacific political group to back Maori Party
A Pacific political group has aligned itself to the Maori Party ahead of this year's election in New Zealand. [more]

Tapu Te Ranga Marae founder Bruce Stewart dies
Māori activist and playwright Bruce Stewart, who founded Wellington's Tapu Te Ranga Marae, has died aged 80. [more]

Residents urged to check apartment cladding for fire risk
An Auckland litigation lawyer is recommending clients take a sample of any aluminium composite cladding on their apartments to test whether it is combustible. [more]

Criminal charges laid over Hillsborough disaster
Six people face criminal charges over the 1989 football stadium disaster in which 96 fans died, Britain's state prosecution service says. [more]

New US ambassador: NZ needs to give Trump a chance
The new United States Ambassador has asked that New Zealanders give him, and US President Donald Trump, a fair go. [more]

Landlords told to come clean on rental insulation
Landlords are failing to disclose how much insulation is in their rental properties when they sign up new tenants, the Building and Construction Minister says. [more]

Ministry struggled to explain water standards, emails show
The Environment Ministry's own officials struggled to explain the government's proposed freshwater standards to the public, emails reveal. [more]

Sport: Samoa, PNG prove quickest at Oceania Athletics Champs
Samoa and Papua New Guinea have proved quickest one day one of the Oceania Area Athletics Championships in Suva. [more]

'Unique' school's struggle blamed on funding decisions
A Catholic Māori high school would not be facing closure if a Crown land grant had been used as it was intended, the Waitangi Tribunal has been told. [more]

Frew running on adrenaline in final
The Southern Steel continued their unbeaten season run comfortably beating the Central Pulse in the ANZ netball premiership final in Invercargill last night. [more]

Phoenix sign Australian international
The Australian under-23 football international Scott Galloway has signed a one year deal with the Wellington Phoenix. [more]

Japanese airline forces disabled man to crawl aboard
Japan's Vanilla Air has apologised after a wheelchair user was forced to crawl up a set of stairs to the plane. [more]

NZ scientists to check health of Antarctica's largest ice shelf
A team of New Zealand scientists is heading to Antarctica to test the vulnerability of the Ross Ice Shelf to climate change. [more]

Pressure grows on commissioner as PNG election continues
As polling continues in PNG's general election, the Electoral Commissioner is under more pressure to resign. [more]

Asylum seeker crisis: Italy threatens to shut ports
Foreign vessels may be blocked from landing after 10,000 people tried to travel from North Africa in the past four days. [more]

FBI investigates award of 2021 Athletics World Championships
The controversial decision to award the 2021 World Athletics Championships to Eugene, Oregon is being investigated by the FBI and the Criminal Division of America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to the BBC. [more]

Trilogy pays $13.8m for stake in fellow NZ beauty business
Skincare and fragrance company Trilogy International is buying the majority of Christchurch-based beauty products maker Lanocorp. [more]

Kids on Chch red zone: 'It's important that we have a say'
The Children's Commissioner is calling for children to be more involved in Christchurch's rebuild, and says the government needs to do more to include them. [more]

Māori economy now worth $50bn - report
Maturing Treaty of Waitangi settlements are on track to help significantly grow the Māori economy, which is estimated to be worth $50 billion, a new report says. [more]

Sport: Tahiti, NZ, Australia excel at Va'a World Champs
Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia have dominated the early races at the inaugural Va'a World Distance Championships in French Polynesia. [more]

Taxi van driver killed in early morning crash
A three-year-old was among the injured in a fatal taxi van crash in rural south Auckland today. [more]

Slow starting Bolt wins 100m in Czech Republic
Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to win the men's 100 metre sprint at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in the Czech Republic as he gears up for a final world championships in London this summer. [more]

McEnroe regrets Serena Williams comments
The seven time grand slam winner John McEnroe says he regrets saying Serena Williams would be ranked 700th in the world if she had to play on the men's tennis circuit. [more]

The year of Ferns' comebacks and bolters?
There will be plenty of fresh young faces in the mix when as many as 28 players are named for the Silver Ferns' trials on Friday and one or two could well make the final cut. [more]

BREAKING - US billionaire Peter Thiel spent 12 days in NZ before being granted citizenship, officials confirm
BREAKING - US billionaire Peter Thiel spent 12 days in NZ before being granted citizenship, officials confirm [more]

Anti-nuclear marches planned in Tahiti
A French Polynesian anti-nuclear group says it will hold two peaceful marches on the Tahiti peninsula on Friday and Saturday in the lead-up to the weekend commemorations of France's first nuclear weapons test in the Pacific. [more]

Manhunt for officer in Venezuela helicopter attack
The Venezuelan military is hunting for a rogue elite police officer suspected of carrying out a helicopter attack on the country's Supreme Court. [more]

Australian cardinal charged with historical sexual abuse
Australian cardinal George Pell has been charged with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offences. [more]

Warburton gets the call up
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has made a raft of changes to his side to face the All Blacks in the must-win second test in Wellington on Saturday. [more]

US tightens aviation screening to avoid laptop ban
The new security measures, including tighter screening of smartphones and laptops, are a good outcome, Air NZ says. [more]

Evidence backs domestic violence leave, MPs told
Any fears that giving victims up to 10 days' paid leave would hurt businesses are completely unfounded, the Human Rights Commissioner says. [more]

Feeling insulted, Solomons PM wants history of tensions rewritten
The Solomon Islands prime minister has called on academics to rewrite their analyses of the causes of the country's ethnic tensions and the role of leaders - including himself - during that period. [more]

Police justified in Manurewa shooting, IPCA finds
The Independent Police Conduct Authority found the only realistic option for officers confronted by an armed man under a house in South Auckland was to shoot him. [more]

Injured Lions head home
Welsh winger George North and Irish midfielder Robbie Henshaw have been ruled out of the remainder of the Lions tour through injury. [more]

New meth testing standards released
The government has released new higher methamphetamine testing and contamination standards for residential properties. [more]

Sport: Tonga embraces home support ahead of must-win clash
The Tonga rugby team are enjoying home comforts and insist they won't be overcome by expectation when they host their first rugby international in eight years at the weekend. [more]

Cyber attack forces NZ port onto manual systems
Port of Tauranga is using workarounds to get Maersk container ships moving after the shipping firm's global booking system was hit by the latest global cyber attack. [more]

Plea to Bougainvilleans to all work for common good
The President of Bougainville is calling on everyone in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region to work for the good of all. [more]

Infant reportedly thrown from bus in Vanuatu
The Family Protection Unit of the Vanuatu police is investigating reports an infant was thrown from a bus in Port Vila. [more]

US billionaire spent 12 days in NZ before citizenship
Peter Thiel spent 12 days in New Zealand before being granted citizenship under exceptional circumstances by the then Internal Affairs Minister in 2011. [more]

John Banks makes no contact with court on paternity case
Former cabinet minister and Auckland mayor John Banks has been given just over two weeks to file any intention to oppose a paternity claim. [more]

Prison population soars in CNMI
The Northern Marianas prison population is soaring and the authorities are seeking funds for more prison staff. [more]

Canada's policies depress milk prices
Ten global dairy industry organisations, including one from New Zealand, are fighting for Canada to remove milk policies they say are depressing milk prices. [more]

Nepalese refugees moved off Pohnpei wharf
Four Nepalese refugees who'd been detained on a ramshackle boat in Pohnpei for months have been moved to a house as they wait resettlement. [more]

Nauru begins celebrations for 50th anniversary
Nauru is launching its 50th Independence Day anniversary this Saturday with what the government calls a mega-carnival. [more]

New hospital theatre opens in Vanuatu
A new hospital theatre has been opened on North Pentecost in Vanuatu's Penama Province. [more]

'We've got to act now': Mayor hails Wellington housing plan
A taskforce set up to deal with the city's impending housing crisis has recommended converting office blocks and increasing suburban density. [more]

Guam Education Dept worried about US budget cut
Guam's Education Superintendent says US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget, if passed, could mean up to $US8 million in funding cuts for the island's public schools. [more]

Samoa looks to new abattoir to boost exports
Cattle farmers in Samoa may soon have a modern abattoir that the government hopes will help improve their chances of exporting beef to American Samoa. [more]

Lions fans 'happy' with parking price hike
Some Lions fans say they're happy to pay $130 to park in Wellington overnight considering the location, access to toilets and hot water, and a special licence to have a wee dram. [more]

Who is Peter Thiel?
American tech billionaire, philanthropist, libertarian, "seasteading" and life extension enthusiast - and, since 2011, a New Zealand citizen. [more]

Labour would boost minimum wage to $16.50
The Labour Party promises to lift the minimum wage and soften the government's 90-day trial period for employees, if it is elected to government. [more]

Fiji peacekeepers' case adjourned
A hearing in an historic compensation case brought by former Fiji peacekeepers has been deferred until 21 July. [more]

Bobby calf abuser's jail time reduced
A man jailed for cruelty to bobby calves has had his two and a half year prison term reduced by the Court of Appeal to 18 months. [more]

Agriculture, commodities boost confidence
Strong commodity prices and a buoyant agriculture sector have helped push business confidence to a nine-month high. [more]

UN says New Caledonia rolls can be improved
A United Nations report says New Caledonia's electoral rolls could be improved as the territory nears next year's referendum on independence from France. [more]

Opposition parties not sold on Thiel deal
The government is standing by its decision to make the controversial American billionaire Peter Thiel a citizen, but opposition parties aren't having a bar of it. [more]

Bill to create Māori wards voted down
A Private Members Bill to enable better Māori representation in local government has been voted down. [more]

Music returns to the Christchurch Town Hall
Music has rocked Christchurch's town hall for the first time since the devastating February 2011 quake. [more]

Second murder charge over gang associate's death
Police have charged a second man with the murder of Levin gang associate Palmiro MacDonald. [more]

Rare birds flourish in Canterbury cows' paddock
A colony of 300 critically endangered birds has found an unlikely place to nest - in the middle of a paddock full of dairy cows. [more]

Palmerston North packs down to break world scrum record
The combined might of high school students, soldiers, teachers and Lions fans went into the effort today. [more]

'I'm innocent of these charges' - Cardinal Pell
The Pope has given leave to Cardinal George Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic cleric, to defend himself over allegations of historic sexual abuse. [more]

New strategy aims to boost organ donation
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has launched a new strategy to lift the low rate of organ donation from people who have died. [more]

Hopes Fiji medical supplies shortage will end soon
The acting director of one of Fiji's main hospitals says a lasting solution to regular drug and supply shortages will hopefully be reached soon. [more]

Fiji church leads petition against asphalt plant
The Methodist Church in Fiji has handed a petition to the government complaining about pollution from an asphalt plant built by the China Railway Company. [more]

'He shook my hand and walked away' - Webster
All the witnesses have been heard in the trial of professional basketball player Corey Webster, who is facing two charges of assault. [more]

Trump travel ban: US sets out visa criteria
The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a "close" family or business tie to the US. [more]

Tenths Trust takes Skiffington to court
A Wellington iwi organisation is taking court action against the former partner of Sir Ngatata Love to claw back money it lost in a property development the pair promoted. [more]

New 'Need to Talk' number for mental health help
A new 24/7 free text and call number has been launched to provide people with easier access to mental health and addiction services. [more]