Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th July 2017

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Rural News, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Business News

National house price growth rate continues to slow
National house price growth is continuing but tighter bank lending restrictions are having an impact on investor demand. [more]

Cooling housing market not a sign of a sharp market correction
And it could be that the softness that's now affecting the housing market is likely to stay with us for much of the rest of the year. [more]

NZ firms need to bone up on Brexit
New Zealand companies doing business in the European Union are being told to keep abreast of Britain's exit from the trade bloc to make sure they aren't hurt in the process. [more]

Midday Markets for 13 July 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Rupert Lister at Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Evening Business for 13 July 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 14 July 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 14 July 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 14 July 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 13th July 2017
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Evacuations, power cuts as wild weather moves north
People have been evacuated due to heavy flooding in Wairarapa, while power has been cut to several areas throughout the country. The central North Island towns of Raetihi and Ohakune are cut off. [more]

Ohakune cut off by snow
The Desert Road is closed and the ski town of Ohakune is cut off after a dumping of snow described as the heaviest in more than 20 years. [more]

Dunedin puts on Scottish welcome for final America's Cup parade
Thousands of people braved the cold to welcome home and congratulate Team New Zealand, in its final America's Cup parade. [more]

'This is going to set a precedent' - council applying to evict homeowners
A precedent enabling councils and the government to evict victims of climate change from their homes may be about to be set. [more]

Community mental health services 'heading into a crisis'
The government is being warned of a potential crisis in mental health as community workers leave for higher pay in the aged care and disability sectors. [more]

Pokie machine fraudster jailed for four and a half years
Marlborough racing personality Michael O'Brien was jailed today for taking millions of dollars in backhanders, in what a judge has described as "sophisticated" fraud. [more]

Govt moves to diversify West Coast away from coal
The West Coast will get a new mining research institute and improved roads under the Government's regional action plan. [more]

High quality gold struck near Paeroa
New Talisman Gold Mines has been prospecting at Karangahake Gorge and has found over 300,000 ounces of high quality gold - now it's in a battle to mine it comercially. [more]

Ohakune cut off amid heaviest snow storm this century
The Desert Road is closed and the ski town of Ohakune is cut off after a dumping of snow described as the heaviest in more than 20 years. Snow even fell on the outskirts of Rotorua. [more]

Roads closed, power out, properties flooded: Storm wreaks havoc
A wild winter storm is lashing the central and North Island, cutting power to thousands, shutting roads and causing widespread flooding in the Wairarapa. [more]

Landlord lets US family's cafe stay open while they fight deportation
Realising the Jensen's appeal was less compelling if they didn't have a business to return to, the co-owner of the building the cafe's in has decided to keep Java Point open. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Conservation project in PNG goes ahead
A conservation agreement has been signed this month in Papua New Guinea that will focus on promoting sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in the provinces of East and West New Britain. [more]

Fiji govt looks to inject youth into sugar industry
The Fiji Government wants to see young farmers coming into the sugar industry. [more]

CNMI backs review of National Monument
The Northern Marianas has welcomed President Trump's review of US National Monuments, submitting a letter to the Interior Secretary supporting the move this week. [more]

Battle lines drawn as PNG election counting advances
Leading players in Papua New Guinea's fluid political landscape are setting up camps in the hope of forming the next government. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 13 July 2017
Battle lines drawn as PNG election counting advances; CNMI backs review of National Monument; Fiji govt looks to inject youth into sugar industry; Conservation project in PNG goes ahead; Academic says Polynesian explorers finally recognised; Calls for planning around climate-induced migration. [more]

Guam students may study self-determination
Guam's department of education and the Commission for Decolonisation are working on an education plan to add topics around the self-determination vote and decolonisation to the curriculum. [more]

Cooks Parliament passes Marae Moana bill
The Cook Islands parliament has now formally established its Marae Moana - one of the biggest marine reserve areas in the world. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 14 July 2017
The Cook Islands formally establishes one of the biggest marine reserve areas in the world; Guam students may study self determination; Battle lines drawn as PNG election counting advances; The CNMI backs review of US National Monuments; A growers rep says a Fiji government plan to inject youth into the sugar industry won't work; A new conservation project in PNG goes ahead. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 14 July 2017
This week, we bid farewell to Warriors legend Manu Vatuvei, find out what Netball NZ thinks about players heading across the Tasman and meet some of our medal hopefuls off to the Youth Commonwealth Games, plus Michael Venus talks about his time at Wimbledon. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Aldous Harding in session
Aldous Harding has spent the past year playing sell-out shows around the globe and she's just announced a New Zealand tour. [more]

Donald Trump Jr's Russia Emails
The White House is in turmoil again, after Donald Trump Jr released a series of emails showing he was prepared to meet with a Russian lawyer, in exchange for information to incriminate Hillary Clinton during the election campaign. Senator Tim Kaine, says the actions go beyond collusion with a hostile foreign government. And says it's beyond obstruction of justice moving into perjury, or even treason. Professor Azizian has worked for both American and Russian administrations and has wide-ranging experience in international relations and diplomacy. He's now the director of Massey University's Centre for Defence and Security Studies. [more]

Can Spiders Really Count?
Portia the jumping spider can count. [more]

Great Album: ZZ Top - Eliminator
Eliminator is the eighth studio album from American rock band ZZ Top and was released in March 1983. Eliminator is ZZ Top's most commercially successful release, reaching number four in the NZ album chart and achieving sales of over 10 million copies in the United States. Influenced by new wave, Eliminator's tracks were recorded with a combination of the synthesizer, drum machine and sequencer. [more]

Theatre Critic - John Smythe
John reviews two shows at Circa theatre, Weed and Destination Beehive. [more]

Money with Mary Holm: 10 years of KiwiSaver
It's the ten years since the KiwiSaver scheme was launched and Mary Holm has been looking what impact it's had on New Zealanders' nest eggs. [more]

Short Story Club 13th July
This week's story was Black Milk by Tina Makereti [more]

Tell me about your thesis
Today Natalie Schiller tells us about her thesis, titled Critical reflections on the intricacies of female body image through deconstructing pole dance with the symbol of a cross. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 13 July 2017
Iceberg alert Spiders that count and in Dateline Pacific planning for climate change refugees [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 July 2017
Power cuts, road closures and flights stopped as storm moves north and the South Island gets its biggest snow dump of the year. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 July 2017
The Hurricanes have named their strongest possible line-up to play the Super Rugby competition leaders the unbeaten Crusaders in Wellington on Saturday. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 14 July 2017
Snow dumps, flooding, power cuts and traffic worries. Our reporters have the latest updates as the polar blast moves north. The Ruapehu District is experiencing power outages, road closures, and their waste water plant is struggling. The Mayor of the Ruapehu District Council, Don Cameron, updates us on the situation "we are asking people to keep an eye on each other." A New Zealand woman dies in the Caribbean after a jet engine blast knocks her to the ground. The 57 year old, whose identity isn't yet known, was doing what's known locally as fence surfing when tourists hang onto a fence to get blown back as jets take off. The Independent's travel contributor Cynthia Drescher, whose tried out fence surfing, says cruise ships tell their passengers about the stunt but the authorities warn against it. Twenty-seven-year-old Kelly Savage died after spending ten days tied to a bed in a Japanese psychiatric ward. The struggle of his family to get answers about exactly what happened and hold people accountable brings back painful memories for Christine Wilson, who lost her son, Hans Dalton, in a Samoan prison in 2012, and has been thwarted in her quest for justice ever since. On current polling both the Green Party and New Zealand First would need to support Labour if it's to lead the next Government. This weekend both parties are holding their annual conferences and they told RNZ's Mei Heron that the focus will be on themselves, not each other. The ACT Party's new deputy leader Beth Houlbrooke says parents who cannot afford to have children should not be having them. She says giving handouts increases dependency and says to really address poverty, housing and education need to be the focus. [more]

Sports News for 14 July 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Power out for thousands of homes across Nth Island
The lines company Powerco has had 25 crews working through the night to fix any hazardous broken lines. But there are still thousands without power. Powerco's network operations manager, Phil Marsh, says the company plans to get helicopters out to assess the wider damage and target the worst hit areas, but it will take some time. [more]

NZTA updates Wellington traffic
The Transport Agency's Mark Owen says the roads are still wet and flooded, so there's still a chance of slips. So he says drivers need to be careful. [more]

NZTA updates central North Island traffic
The central North Island's all closed due to snow - and State Highway 1 is closed all the way down to Hunterville because the snow the storms dumped on middle of the country. Ross I'Anson from NZTA says they are hoping to get roads open later today - if the snow stops falling. [more]

Movements in Manawatu hampered by weather
The central plateau is a white out with all roads closed. Alexander Robertson tried to get to his family farm at Rangiwahia, on the western edge of the Ruahine ranges north of Palmerston North yesterday but had to turn back because of heavy snow on the road. [more]

MetService weather update
Tom Adams from the MetService has the latest on the weather. [more]

Sports News for 14 July 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Polar blast dumps snow on central North Island
Snow dumps, flooding, power cuts and traffic worries. Our reporters have the latest updates as the polar blast moves north. [more]

Ruapehu Mayor updates situation
The Ruapehu District is experiencing power outages, road closures, and their waste water plant is struggling. The Mayor of the Ruapehu District Council, Don Cameron, updates us on the situation. "We are asking people to keep an eye on each other." [more]

NZer killed 'fence surfing' jet blast at Caribbean beach
A New Zealand woman dies in the Caribbean after a jet engine blast knocks her to the ground. The 57 year old, whose identity isn't yet known, was doing what's known locally as fence surfing when tourists hang onto a fence to get blown back as the jets take off. The Independent's travel contributor Cynthia Drescher, whose tried out fance surfing, says cruise ships tell their passengers about the stunt but the authorities warn against it. [more]

New Zealand families battle to get justice for overseas deaths
Kelly Savage, 27, died after spending ten days tied to a bed in a Japanese psychiatric ward. The struggle of his family to get answers about exactly what happened and hold people accountable brings back painful memories for Christine Wilson, who lost her son, Hans Dalton, in a Samoan prison in 2012, and has been thwarted in her quest for justice ever since. [more]

Donald Trump leaves behind worries for France visit
Donald Trump is in Paris, but he can't escape the simmering tensions back in Washington. Paris-based journalist Peter Allen is covering Mr Trump's Paris trip and says the row about Donald Trump Jr is oveshadowing the event. [more]

NZ First and Greens head into AGMs this weekend after scuffles
On current polling both the Green Party and New Zealand First would need to support Labour if it's to lead the next Government. This weekend both parties are holding their annual conferences and they told RNZ's Mei Heron that the focus will be on themselves, not each other. [more]

Should only people who can afford children have them?
The ACT Party's new deputy leader Beth Houlbrooke says parents who cannot afford to have children should not be having them. She says giving handouts increases dependency and says to really address poverty, housing and education need to be the focus. [more]

Sports News for 14 July 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Govt urged to move fast on America's Cup decisions
After a series of victory parades, Team New Zealand will turn its attention to criticial decisions on the timing and nature of the next regatta. Auckland has not yet been confirmed as the host city but is considered a certainty, and would have some major challenges ahead of it. [more]

Immigration clampdown could lead to economic slump
Gareth Kiernan, the chief forecaster of the economic consultancy Infometrics, argues we should not be too quick to slash immigration. [more]

North Island skifields expecting big weekend
The snow's good news for the central North Island skifields. "We love it when it snows," says Matt McIvor from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts . "This one's a doozy." [more]

South Wairarapa floods "It's a serious amount of water."
South Wairarapa has been badly affected by floods. Our reporter Jacob McSweeny traveled to near Martinborough. "There's vicious freezing sideways rain - and that's flooded the rivers and the paddocks in the area. It's a serious amount of water." [more]

NRL Nines likely to head to Australia after one year hiatus
The NRL has confirmed that the Nines tournament, hosted by Auckland since it began, is being suspended next year so players have time to rest after the World Cup. They've also said Australian cities will be given a chance to host the tournament when it returns in 2019. [more]

Charlie Gard case continues in the High Court overnight
The fate of 11 month old Charlie Gard is being decided in a London court room today - but earlier his parents walked out after a disagreement with the judge. Haroon Siddique has been covering the case for The Guardian. [more]

More and more children need English as second language lessons
A growing number of students in New Zealand schools need English lessons to make the most out of school. In the past decade it has increased by 50 percent. But teachers in some parts of the country say they aren't getting adequate training and the cash available for extra tuition runs out before some students have become fluent. [more]

Day ten at Wimbledon - The action from the women's semi finals
Venus Williams has beaten the UK's Johanna Konta on the centre court at Wimbledon overnight. Dave Luddy has the latest centre court action. [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 Cook Islands Maori for 14 July 2017
The latest news in Cook Islands Maori (Te Reo Maori Kuki Airani)- brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Samoan for 14 July 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Niuean for 14 July 2017
The latest news in Niuean (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Tongan for 14 July 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Crocheting and connection
Sosefina Andy is on the show tonight to talk about her art which is entwined with her culture, and family. She is the first recipient of the Helen Hitchings scholarship for postgraduate fine art students. [more]

Nights' Culture - Jazz
Fergus Barrowman is sharing some new jazz releases. [more]

Nine To Noon

Polar blast causes chaos in Central North Island
At least 6,000 homes in the Central North Island are still without power, and the main roads through the region are closed, with another dumping of snow expected to cause more problems. In the Ruapehu District the roads are still very dangerous and the power situation is patchy. All of the State Highways around the volcanic plateau remain closed and there are power outages in several towns and settlements including Waiouru and Taihape. Meanwhile, half a metre of snow has fallen on Turoa ski-field over the past 24 hours and its blizzard conditions there again. Alan Proud farms in the Ohakune area and his farm is still without power. He says it's the worst storm he can remember. [more]

Predator-free plea: 'We need more than just a rallying cry'
One year on, support for Predator Free 2050 – the bold government-backed project to rid NZ of possums, rats and stoats by 2050 – is gathering pace, but scientists are warning it's an impossible goal. [more]

Betting on Wimbledon? Learn to read the grunts
The grunts of tennis players reveal a lot about their game and give clues to the outcome of the match, according to a researcher of nonverbal vocalisation. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Amidst voting chaos, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill looks to be returning to power; a new World Heritage site is declared in French Polynesia; and where are Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonen - really? [more]

Could the age of the steam train return?
Sam Mackwell, 23, is a man with a plan. He wants to bring back the sound of steam engines to Christchurch, and with it environmentally friendly commuter rail.  [more]

Book review - The Answers by Catherine Lacey
Kiran Dass reviews The Answers by Catherine Lacey. Published by Granta. [more]

Music reviewer Grant Smithies
It must be cold, surely, moving from Auckland to Norway? But Ryan McPhun of The Ruby Suns has done just that, strapping together his fifth album Sprite Fountain in an old schoolhouse near Oslo, fueled by reindeer burgers and akvavit. We also hear from Wellington synth-pop maestro Disasteradio and Liverpool post-punk frowners, Echo and the Bunnymen. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer with the latest ahead of this weekend's Wimbledon finals; a wrap up of the Lions tour; and a big weekend for some of our leading sportswomen. [more]

The Week that Was
With James Nokise and Irene Pink. [more]

Our Changing World

Migraines - much more than a headache
Migraines are debilitating headaches, and Debbie Hay says that new drugs targeting the pain hormone CGRP are showing lots of promise. [more]

Canine DNA and 'Darwin's Dogs'
Kiwi canine DNA has been collected as part of a global project, called Darwin's Dogs, investigating the genes behind the personalities of dogs. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 13 July 2017
We hear from our Correspondent in Samoa. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 13 July 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 14 July 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 13 July 2017
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 13 July 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Rob Hosking (Part 1)
Severe southern storm moves north and Wellington civil defence manager Bruce Pepperall talks about the battering the capital has had. US Politicial scientistt Gary Jacobson talks about the ramifications and implications of Trump junior talking to the Russians. Hamilton councillor, Siggi Henry, given the title of the most dangerous city councillor for her extreme views on medicine and pharmaceutical companies. [more]

The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Rob Hosking (Part 2)
Fitbit numbers show New Zealanders get in the least amount of steps per day compared with other countries. What the Panelists Niki Bezzant and Rob Hosking want to talk about. Antarctic researcher, Christina Hulbe, talks about the massive ice shelf which has broken away from Antarctica and what can be learnt from the natural event. Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood has doubts the IwiRail scheme will be economic. Smelling food can cause weight gain - research in the US found. [more]

Bad weather moves north
Severe southern storm moves north and Wellington civil defence manager Bruce Pepperall talks about the battering the capital has had. [more]

US political scientist talks latest Trump Russia scandal
US Politicial scientistt Gary Jacobson talks about the ramifications and implications of Trump junior talking to the Russians. [more]

Hamilton councillor called craziest in the country
Hamilton councillor, Siggi Henry, given the title of the most dangerous city councillor for her extreme views on medicine and pharmaceutical companies. [more]

Research shows New Zealanders don't walk as much as others
Fitbit numbers show New Zealanders get in the least amount of steps per day compared with other countries. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Niki Bezzant and Rob Hosking want to talk about. [more]

Antarctic Massive iceberg breaks free
Antarctic researcher, Christina Hulbe, talks about the massive ice shelf which has broken away from Antarctica and what can be learnt from the natural event. [more]

Maori party has rail policy to boost regional employment
Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood has doubts the IwiRail scheme will be economic. [more]

Smelling food can cause weight gain
Smelling food can cause weight gain - research in the US found. [more]

The Wireless

The Singles Life: When did Naz become New Zealand’s BBQ Reggae it-girl?
Bachelor NZ babe Naz was always destined for greater things and her latest project is no exception - though at first glance it does raise some questions. [more]

Farewell Burger Queen, the neighbourhood will never be the same
After 15 years in business, a beloved Mt Albert burger joint is shutting down. Loyal subject Kate Newton reports. [more]

Upbeat

Te Kōkī Trio’s first release
Te Kōkī Trio from New Zealand School of Music in Wellington has just put out its first release on the Rattle label, a CD of Debussy sonatas and Piano Trio. Violinist Martin Riseley, cellist Inbal Megiddo and pianist Jian Liu have been totally egalitarian: each gets their moment in the spotlight as the three play a Debussy violin sonata, a cello sonata and a piano trio. The trio discuss their music choices and their collaborative work at the New Zealand School of Music. [more]

The Road That Wasn’t There leads to Edinburgh
The Road that Wasn’t There, by Trick of the Light Theatre Company, is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after performances in Auckland and Wellington. The play has its roots in the magic realism of writers like Margaret Mahy. The story follows a young woman who strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper world. It seems a land of possibilities but she soon discovers what happens in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences. [more]

The Black Seeds’ new beat
Wellington reggae-soul band The Black Seeds are back with a new beat and a new album. 2018 will mark 20 years of the band and their new album Fabric offers a mix of funk, soul, and Afrobeat. Lead vocalist Barnaby Weir talks about the musical ideas behind the album and the new single Freakin’, representing NZ on the international stage and how the band keeps on evolving. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 13 July 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 13 July 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 13 July 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 14 July 2017
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

6am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 14 July 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 14 July 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 14 July 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 14 July 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports [more]

10am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 14 July 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

News stories:

White Ferns thumped by England
The New Zealand women's cricket team must win their final pool game to reach the semi-finals at the World Cup in England following a 75 run loss to the hosts in Derby. [more]

Container ship runs onto a reef off New Caledonia
A large container ship has run onto a reef off New Caledonia. [more]

Fiji opposition challenges govt growth claims
The leader of Fiji's opposition National Federation Party says the government's claims of unprecedented growth during its time in power don't hold up. [more]

Trump's pick for FBI vows 'loyalty to the rule of law'
The man nominated to be the next director of the FBI is promising to pursue justice impartially. [more]

Queensland make it 11 from 12
It was supposed to be the end of an era but Queensland's dominance does not look like ending anytime soon after their 22-6 win over NSW in Brisbane clinched their 11th series triumph in 12 years. [more]

Kittel keeps winning, Bennett holds strong
German Marcel Kittel was once again a cut above as he claimed his fifth victory in this year's Tour de France, winning the 11th stage in emphatic style. [more]

CNMI endorses Trump review of monument
A letter from the Northern Marianas Governor has backed the controversial US review of National Monuments. [more]

Call for answers after NZ man dies in Japan hospital
The family of a 27-year-old who died after being tied to a bed for 10 days in a Japanese psychiatric ward say his care was an abuse of human rights. [more]

Murray and Djokovic out
The top two men's seeds Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, have both crashed out of Wimbledon following quarter final defeats this morning. [more]

'Special economic zone' idea gets local government backing
The idea of special economic zones - which could suspend rules for the environment, overseas investment and possibly immigration - is getting strong support from local government. [more]

Car dealers fined $65k over employment breaches
"If an employer cannot meet these basic obligations, then they should not be an employer," the Labour Inspectorate said of the two Hamilton car sales companies. [more]

Preferred site of new Hamilton theatre complex announced
The preferred site of a new Waikato Regional Theatre in Hamilton to replace the Founders Theatre has been announced. [more]

NZ detainees claim abuse on Christmas Island
Two New Zealanders at the Australian detention centre say they've been punished for trying to expose guards abusing an asylum seeker. [more]

Fed firms as favourite
Roger Federer turned his 100th Wimbledon match into an exhibition as he outclassed Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6(4) to reach the semi-finals for a record 12th time. [more]

Vote rigging allegations in PNG Highlands
Allegations of vote rigging have surfaced in another Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. [more]

Struggling Kiwi families hard hit by cold snap
As a wintry blast makes its way up the country, social services are busy making sure those without a place to stay are coping. [more]

Brazil's Lula convicted of corruption
The former president has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison in what he says is a politically motivated trial. [more]

Power prices spike as chill sets in
Icy conditions have caused electricity prices to increase eightfold, with one Wellington resident swapping the heater for hot water bottles to avoid paying a hefty bill. [more]

150 transport staff protest staff cuts in Auckland
About 150 transport workers stopped working today in Auckland to protest against new plans the union says could cost 300 of its members their jobs. [more]

Strikes halts domestic flights in New Caledonia
A strike has halted all domestic flights in New Caledonia. [more]

Critics query viability of Māori Party's 'IwiRail'
The Māori Party's ambitious plan to resurrect rail in the regions is being questioned, with critics worried it is doomed to fail. [more]

London calling F1
Organisers are looking at the possibility of hosting Formula One's British Grand Prix on the streets of London. [more]

Plans for Samoa to have funeral expenses insurance
Samoa has been cited by two groups as a place where funeral expense insurance could help families meet funeral costs. [more]

Sport: Pacific teams struggle as Youth Netball Champs
Fiji will face Uganda in the quarter finals of the Netball World Youth Cup after suffering their first defeat of the tournament. [more]

Auckland house prices steady as regions on rise
National house price growth is continuing, with strong demand in the regions offsetting weaker prices in Auckland. [more]

American Samoa seeks federal cabotage waiver
American Samoa's governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, says for tourism to develop the federal cabotage law must be waived. [more]

Rich roasts: Kumara, meat, butter among rising food prices
Food prices have edged higher, with meat, butter and soft drinks among top price hikes. [more]

Nuclear wasteland teeming with coral could yield cancer insights
While Bikini Atoll is a radiation-saturated no-go zone that still bears the scars of dozens of atomic bomb detonations, life under the water is fighting its way back. [more]

Canes call in the cavalry
The Hurricanes have named their strongest possible line-up to play the Super Rugby competition leaders Crusaders in Wellington on Saturday. [more]

Faumuina gets the 99 call
The All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina will be left stranded on 99 Super rugby matches, after being named in the starting line-up for his last game for the Blues in Tokyo on Saturday night. [more]

Wild weather: July's storm in pictures
Here's the day's weather in pictures - from Ohakune's giant carrot, dipped in snow, to waves slapping at the window of a train on the Hutt Valley Line. [more]

CNMI group call for govt say in marine sanctuary
An environmental group in the Northern Marianas is urging President Donald Trump to give the CNMI government equal co-management of the Marianas Trench Marine Monument. [more]

Sport: Piutau advocates for Pacific rugby players in Europe
Charles Piutau has become the latest high profile player to join the board of Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, which advocates for the interests of Pacific rugby players in the UK. [more]

Ngauranga Gorge reopens
State Highway 1 at Ngauranga Gorge has reopened after strong winds loosened an overhanging sign north of Wellington, forcing its closure. [more]

Wild flights turn stomachs for Welly passengers
The stormy weather has thrown up some unpleasant experiences for passengers flying into Wellington Airport. [more]

'All the roads are shut ... and the power went out'
A Hawke's Bay family on a skiing holiday near Ohakune are snowed in, with no power and no log burner. [more]

French Polynesia airport operator scales back investment
The company running French Polynesia's main airports, ADT, says investment plans have been scaled back because of uncertainty over any future contract. [more]

CNMI storm victims still struggle two years after typhoon
A total of 48 families made up of 177 individuals are still waiting for help to rebuild their homes, close to two years after Typhoon Soudelor ravaged the Northern Marianas island of Saipan in August 2015. [more]

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica
One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded - about 6000 sq km - has broken away. [more]

Snow hits North Island farms: 'This is a really good dump'
An Ohakune farmer says this week's snow storm is the worst he's seen in at least ten years. [more]

Former PNG leader comes to the aid of censured blogger
A former Papua New Guinea prime minister has come to the defence of blogger Martyn Namorong. [more]

Auckland loses NRL Nines
Auckland has lost the hosting rights for rugby league's annual nine-a-side tournament. [more]

Marijuana shortage: Nevada considers emergency measures
State officials in Nevada are considering emergency measures to deal with a lack of marijuana. [more]

Russia warns dairy restrictions possible after butter tests
Russia is warning of a potential restriction on New Zealand dairy products after finding butter from this country tested positive twice for the antibiotic tetracycline. [more]

Disgraced FIFA whistleblower dies
Chuck Blazer, the former US football official turned FIFA whistleblower, has died, according to the New York Times. [more]

Coalition lobby groups set up camp in PNG
Leading players in Papua New Guinea's fluid political landscape are setting up camps in the hope of forming the next government. [more]

ADB and USP to share regional knowledge
The Asian Development Bank and the University of the South Pacific have teamed up to share regional knowledge and expertise. [more]

Pets seek shelter amid ruff weather
Wild weather can inspire a need for animal companionship. Recognising this, RNZ put out the call for pics of pets enjoying, or avoiding, the weather. [more]

PNG's New Ireland hit by 6.7 quake
A major earthquake occurred off Papua New Guinea's New Ireland province this afternoon. [more]

Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea
A magnitude-6.7 earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea but there are no reports of damage and no tsunami threat, United States Geological Survey says. [more]

America's Cup makes it to Otago
Dunedin put on a stirring Scottish welcome for Emirates Team New Zealand on their final victory parade today. [more]

Govt invests millions to diversify West Coast economy
The government is pumping millions of dollars into the West Coast in an effort to move its economy away from coal mining. [more]

Hundreds affected by dengue in Palau
The Palau Ministry of Health has confirmed over 200 cases of dengue with a surge in cases in recent weeks. [more]

Record June for Guam tourism
Last month was the best June on record for Guam tourism, according to the governor's office. [more]

Man jailed for multi-million pokie machine fraud
Michael O'Brien, 58, has been jailed for over four years for taking backhanders from groups benefiting from his pokie machine trust. [more]

Moresby South MP-elect gives message to supporters, critics
The ruling People's National Congress party has won the first two seats where results have been declared in Papua New Guinea's national election. [more]

RECAP: Winter white out across Aotearoa
It's been snowing as far north as Rotorua today, as a wintry blast affected much of the country. Look back at how the storm's impact here. [more]

Thousands of people still without power overnight
About 4500 households are still without power tonight after a powerful storm battered the lower and central North Island throughout the day. [more]

Turbulent Thursday: What you need to know
Strong winds and rain are bearing down on the central and lower North Island as heavy weather closes roads across the country. Get the essential information here. [more]

'Probably the biggest floods we've had here'
There's been widespread flooding, power cuts and some evacuations in the bottom of the North Island as the winter storm advances up the country. [more]