Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd August 2017

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Business News

TSB Bank takes over Fisher Funds
The owner of the TSB Bank is taking over the investment manager, Fisher Funds, but is keeping the same management and bringing in a partner. [more]

Briscoe Group sales impacted by warm weather, Lions rugby tour
The homewares and sporting goods retailer, Briscoe Group, says first half sales have gained despite a late start to winter and the impact of the Lions rugby tour on retail sales. [more]

Kathmandu updates guidance and sales
The outdoor clothing retailer, Kathmandu, is forecasting a rise of more than 10 percent in full-year profit because of sales growth. [more]

Job ads ease in July
Job advertisements have come-off record levels, but employers still want skilled-staff. [more]

Midday Markets for 3 August 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Brad Gordon at Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Suncorp NZ profit falls sharply
A series of natural disasters have more than halved the profit of the New Zealand arm of Australian insurer Suncorp [more]

Business briefs
Small businesses are expecting the upcoming election to have tax implications. [more]

Early Business News for 4 August 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 4 August 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 4 August 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 3 August, 2017
Watch Thursday's full show here. [more]

'Crisis of patient care' at Southern DHB urology dept
A "crisis of patient care" has been described at the Urological Department at Dunedin Hospital, where staff say there are not enough urologists to cope with the wait list. [more]

PM on Southern DHB treatment delays
Prime Minister Bill English says if Southern DHB isn't able to meet target times for operations, they should be transferred elsewhere. [more]

Southern DHB Commissioner on urology dept wait times
Kathy Grant says the delays at the Dunedin Hospital urology department are regrettable. [more]

Auditor Gen. falls on sword over Transport Ministry fraudster
The country's highest public watchdog, Auditor-General Martin Matthews, has fallen on his sword. [more]

Redundant Thames engineering workers waiting for pay a week on
One week on from the sudden closure of Thames engineering firm A & G Price, staff say they're yet to receive their final pay or any redundancy. [more]

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

Skipper convicted of manslaughter
Taranaki skipper convicted of manslaughter following the death of a passenger on his boat who was not wearing a lifejacket. [more]

Tributes paid to former All Black & educator Sir John Graham
Tributes for former All Black and educator Sir John Graham who died last night aged 82. [more]

Christchurch council third in country to adopt living wage
Christchurch City Council commits to paying employees the living wage, benefitting 470 staff. [more]

Dunedin ED doctor says hospital system’s 'backing up’
The Acting head of the Emergency Department Dr John Chambers says a lack of ICU beds at the hospital means surgeons are being paid to do nothing. [more]

A quarter of urgent Middlemore cancer patients not seen on time
Counties Manukau DHB cancer patients are missing out on timely treatment because of stretched resources. [more]

Report that prompted Auditor Gen.to resign won't be made public
RNZ political reporter Benedict Collins discusses Martin Matthews resignation from his role as Auditor General. [more]

Abuse survivors encouraged to share stories
A man who was abused as a child encourages other survivors to share their stories as the 10 year anniversary of Nia Glassie's death is marked. [more]

More questions raised about Metiria Turei's benefit fraud
Metiria Turei admits she was recorded as living at the same address as her baby's partner while claiming the DPB but says she wasn't actually living at the property. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Nauru judge decision vindication for protest defendants
A former Nauru cabinet minister, who is one of 16 people facing charges over a protest, says the government's decision to have the case heard by an Australian judge vindicates their stand over interference in the judiciary. [more]

Green light for Pacific Ocean Science Centre
The establishment of a Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science has been given the green light. [more]

PNG has a new govt but questions still about legitimacy
Despite the emergence of a government in Papua New Guinea, questions remain over the legitimacy of the general election. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 3 August 2017
Despite the emergence of a government in Papua New Guinea, questions remain over the legitimacy of the general election; The establishment of a Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science has been given the green light; A former Nauru cabinet minister, who is one of 16 people facing charges over a protest, says the government's decision to have the case heard by an Australian judge vindicates their stand over interference in the judiciary; One man dead, several injured in West Papua police shooting; Latest figures show glaring PNG govt financial mismanagement; Forum review of gender and human rights underway in Vanuatu. [more]

Sport: Pacific teams aim high at the AFL International Cup
Pacific sides are among the contenders for the AFL International Cup, which gets underway in Melbourne this weekend. [more]

People "sad and worried" after shooting death in West Papua
A relative of villagers in Indonesia's Papua region caught up in a fatal police shooting says they're calling for the police to take responsibility for the incident. [more]

Success of Solomons RAMSI mission still in the balance
The true success of the Pacific region's peacekeeping intervention is now being tested in Solomon Islands as the country charts its own course. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 4 August 2017
The true success of the Pacific region's peacekeeping intervention is now being tested in Solomon Islands as the country charts its own course; A relative of villagers in Indonesia's Papua region caught up in a fatal police shooting says they're calling for the police to take responsibility for the incident; Despite the emergence of a government in Papua New Guinea, questions remain over the legitimacy of the general election; The establishment of a Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science has been given the green light; A former Nauru cabinet minister, who is one of 16 people facing charges over a protest, says the government's decision to have the case heard by an Australian judge vindicates their stand over interference in the judiciary; Pacific sides are among the contenders for the AFL International Cup, which gets underway in Melbourne this weekend. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 4 August 2017
We look at our athlete's chances of winning medals at the World Athletics Championships and whether the Crusaders can end their nine-year drought. We also pay tribute to a forefather of NZ sport, John (DJ) Graham. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Sir Graham Henry remembers former All Black Sir John Graham
Former All Black captain, educator and sports administrator Sir John Graham has died. He was 82 and had been ill for some time. Graham played 22 Tests for the All Blacks betweeen 1958 and 1964, including three as captain.He was headmaster of Auckland Grammar School from 1973 to 1993, former president of the New Zealand rugby union and manager of the New Zealand Cricket side in the late 1990s. [more]

Auditor general Martin Matthews has resigned
He had stood down while an independent review into his suitability for the job was carried out. Our political reporter Benedict Collins has more on this story. [more]

Is the pursuit of happiness making us depressed?
In the west, the high value we place on happiness leads us to see sadness as a failure – and because sadness is inevitable we end up depressed, says social psychologist Brock Bastian. [more]

Where There is Life
For four years, Wellington filmmaker Gwen Isaac documented the Lee family after Margaret (wife of Stephen and mother of Imogen) was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The resulting documentary is called Where There is Life. [more]

Theatre Critic - Heidi North Bailey
Heidi North-Bailey reviews 'Cock' by Mike Bartlett (Britain), directed by Shane Bosher, a co-presentation with Auckland Live and Silo Theatre, [more]

Economics with Shamubeel Eaqub
How game theory relates to the economy. [more]

The most famous trials in New Zealand's history
There have been many famous trials in our history but only a few that have become part of our cultural consciousness. [more]

Short Story Club August 3
Writer, librarian and reviewer, Alisha Tyson joined us to discuss Day Out by Barbara Anderson. [more]

Tell me about your thesis
William Cottrell tells us about his thesis on early colonial furniture, which he recently completed at Canterbury University. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition 3 August 2017
The man taking a resthome company to court for failing to take care of his mother why we all need a little sadness in our lives if we wish to be truly happy and in Dateline Pacific - making sense of Papua New Guinea's election [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 August 2017
Claims lives are at stake because of failings by Dunedin hospital's urology service. The Government is to make multi-national companies pay their fair share of tax. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 August 2017
West Ham defender Winston Reid has been named to make his return for New Zealand in next month's World Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 4 August 2017
Auditor-General faced 'quit or be ousted' ultimatum by MPs, Auditor-General quits over fraud case: Speaker of the House David Carter responds, and Metiria Turei's changing benefit admissions [more]

Sports News for 4 August 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Hundreds of penguins dying in fishing nets - Forest & Bird
Hundreds of penguins are dying in fishing nets each year, according to the conservation group, Forest & Bird. Eric Frykberg reports. [more]

Damning report on Auditor-General kept from public
The $27,000 report at the centre of the Auditor-General's resignation is now complete - but the Officers of Parliament committee won't release it, saying the matter's now closed because Martin Matthews' has resigned. Demelza Leslie reports. [more]

Trump telephone transcripts leaked
The transcripts of Donald Trump's first phone calls with the Mexican President and Australian Prime Minister have been leaked. Washington correspondent Giles Gibson joins us to discuss the details. [more]

Sports News for 4 August 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Auditor-General faced 'quit or be ousted' ultimatum by MPs
RNZ understands the former Auditor-General Martin Matthews was given an ultimatum by the MPs who appointed him - either resign or face a parliamentary vote of no confidence. Political reporter Benedict Collins discusses the details with us. [more]

David Carter defends call to keep fraud report private
The $27,000 report at the centre of the Auditor-General's resignation won't be released by the Officers of Parliament committee. The MP in charge, David Carter, joins us. [more]

Metiria Turei's changing benefit admissions - analysis
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says she falsely gave an address when she enrolled to vote in the 1993 election so she could vote for a friend. It's the latest revelation as questions surround Ms Turei about fraud in her past. Political editor Jane Patterson joins us to discuss the saga. [more]

Family fears they'll be on the streets after mother's death
A south Auckland family, including a one-month-old baby, fear they will end up on the streets after Housing New Zealand gave them just four weeks to leave their state house. Our social issues reporter Sarah Robson met with them. [more]

Massive Auckland transport package announced by government
The Transport Minister Simon Bridges has confirmed the government will announce a signficant new election year transport package for Auckland. Todd Niall joins us with the details. [more]

Child rape victims harmed by investigation, advocates say
Child advocates say reports that two young girls were raped while living at a state-run house in Upper Hutt last year point to major problems with the handling of complaints. Ruth Hill reports. [more]

Govt to crack down on multinationals' tax avoidance
The government has announced plans to crack down on multinational companies avoiding taxes in New Zealand. Revenue Minister Judith Collins joins us with the details. [more]

Southern DHB commissioner 'sorry' about 7-month surgery delays
The Southern District Health Board commissioner has apologised after 10 prostate cancer patients at Dunedin Hospital had to wait seven months for urgent surgery meant to be done within weeks. Labour health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark joins us. [more]

Crusaders vs Lions: Who'll win the Super Rugby final?
This could be a super year for Cantabrians, as the Crusaders take on the Lions in the Super Rugby final on Sunday morning. Rugby reporter Barry Guy tells us who he thinks will win. [more]

Sports News for 4 August 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Turei 'likely' broke the law - law professor
Law professor Andrew Geddis joins us to discuss the legal implications around news Metiria Turei enrolled to vote at the wrong address in the past. [more]

Window washers say they'll lose their livelihoods if charged
Parliament yesterday voted to give police the power to move window washers away from intersections and give them instant fines. Window washers tell Jessie Chiang they're just trying to make a living. [more]

Parliament gives police the power to fine window washers
Police will soon have the power to move window washers away from intersections and give them instant fines. The MP for Botany, Jami-Lee Ross, says Counties-Manukau police have been asking for powers to better deal with crime allegedly linked to the window-washers for some time. [more]

A busy week in politics - Fran O'Sullivan, Khylee Quince, Stephanie Rodgers
This time last week it looked like the election campaign was not such a close contest, but Jacinda Ardern appears to have changed that. Our panel discusses the turbulent political week. [more]

Is new technology a threat to the building industry?
Will new technology overwhelm our building industry or be its saviour? Industry leaders are being warned about the future, Tom Furley reports. [more]

Seven years of Ngapuhi hearings draw to close
A tumultuous seven years in Ngapuhi history draw to a close today at the Waitangi Tribunal's long-running Northland inquiry. Lois Williams went along to listen. [more]

Success of Pacific peacekeeping mission hangs in the balance
The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands led by New Zealand and Australia is over, after 14 years helping to restore law and order. RNZ Pacific's Koroi Hawkins, travelled to Honiara... [more]

Usain Bolt ready to race, then retire
Usain Bolt is ready to race and ready to retire. The athletics superstar is set to retire after the world champs which start in London on Saturday. Sports editor Stephen Hewson looks back at his career. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
It's Friday so we talk talk to our Melbourne correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Cook Islands Maori for 4 August 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 4 August 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Niuean for 4 August 2017
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Tongan for 4 August 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Teaching mindfulness in prisons
Naivasha GK Prison is Kenya's largest maximum security prison. A couple of years ago Inma Adarves-Yorno started a mindfulness training programme. Mindfullness is about as Inma describes ' being present in the moment, and paying attention without judgement to what's happening within and around you. Inma Adarves-Yorno is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership Studies, University of Exeter. [more]

Nights' Culture - Latin American Music
The music of Latin America from Mona Lynn Courteau. [more]

Nine To Noon

Jacinda Ardern rules out Peters for PM
Kathryn Ryan talks with the new leader of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern. She's been taking stock of the campaign strategy and definitively rules out Winston Peters as PM in any Labour led coalition. [more]

DNA deciphering: families, surprises and skeletons
Genealogy is now the second most popular hobby in the United States (after gardening), according to Time magazine. NZ genealogist Michelle Patient is an expert in using DNA tests to help people find their roots. [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
Anna Fifield reports from Bangkok where there's high political drama this week as Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister who was ousted in a May 2014 coup and banned from politics for five years, appeared in court to defend herself against corruption charges. [more]

Adrian Fisher: Magical mazes
Kathryn Ryan meets world leading maze designer, Adrian Fisher, who has designed more than 700 mazes in 35 countries over the past 40 years - including hedge mazes, panel mazes, paving mazes, mirror mazes, water mazes and even maise mazes. He says labyrinths are an antidote to our technology-laden lives. [more]

Book review - The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
Jonathan Mosen reviews The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. [more]

Brian Eno: bringing the fringe to the mainstream
Celebrating the re-release of the first four solo albums from former Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno, Jeremy Taylor casts an eye over the man, his music and its influence. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
This week marks the end of the Super Rugby tournament with the Lions and Crusaders facing off in the final in Johannesburg; and this weekend the sporting world will witness one of the greatest sportsmen of the 21st century, Usain Bolt, who's in action for the last time at the World Championships in London. [more]

The week that was
With James Elliot and Elizabeth Easther. [more]

Our Changing World

The low-down on electric cars in New Zealand
Flip the Fleet is a citizen science project looking at the performance of electric vehicles under New Zealand conditions. [more]

Solving the mystery of the Kaikōura bubbles
Mysterious bubbles and warm water, known as Hope Springs, which appeared after the Kaikōura earthquake, appear to be coming from deep in the earth's crust. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 3 August 2017
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 3 August 2017
MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What decisions has the Government made to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax? 2.      JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? 3.      GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Has the number of 15 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment, or training according to the Household Labour Force Survey increased since the same quarter last year; if so, by how many? 4.      MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Health: What announcement has he made in relation to filling the Chair positions at Canterbury and South Canterbury District Health Boards? 5.      RON MARK to the Minister of Finance: Is he satisfied with Government policy on overseas investment? 6.      PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Construction: Do MBIE officials still advise that the shortfall of housing in Auckland is projected to continue beyond 2030? 7.      MAUREEN PUGH to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcement has she made regarding a partnership between the Department of Corrections and employers to get offenders into work and reduce their chance of reoffending? 8.      CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that after nine years of a National-led Government all children and young people are receiving all the support that they need to succeed in education? 9.      RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by all her statements? 10.  CHRIS BISHOP to the Associate Minister for the Environment: How is the Government supporting the recycling of PET plastics in New Zealand? 11.  JENNY SALESA to the Minister of Health: Does he think it’s acceptable that after nine years of a National-led Government the Ministry of Health’s budget bid shows it does not have “an understanding of the mental health population, workforce, and interventions”, according to Treasury? 12.  JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: What are the differences between the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles and the pay equity bill that the Government has introduced? [more]

Rural News

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

Morning Rural News for 4 August 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The House

Ending the Long Game
Sometimes Parliament delegates powers to people so that they can help it keep a check on the potentially unbridled power of the Executive. Now one of these ‘demi-parliaments’ is about to retire. [more]

The House On Demand

The House for 655pm Thurs 3 August
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 3 August 2017
Citizenship,flood-hit fish and microbiomes. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 3 August 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and David Farrar (Part 1)
Auditor-General Martin Matthews has resigned ahead of the release of a critical report by Sir Maarten Wevers into whether he's fit for the role. More on the Jacinda Ardern-effect, Meteria Turei's grilling by the Ministry of Social Development and Karl Kane of Massey University has some ideas for a new Labour election campaign slogan. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and David Farrar (Part 2)
Unrequited and lost love are top on the list of life's regrets. The CTU is underwhelmed by a 4.8% unemployment rate which it says is stuck in a rut. Chris Leitch of the Democrats for Social Credit outlines his party's formula to get UBIs off the ground. Is ending smoking just a pipe dream? [more]

Auditor General resigns
Auditor-General Martin Matthews has resigned ahead of the release of a critical report by Sir Maarten Wevers into whether he's fit for the role. [more]

Jacinda's cool, Metiria is grilled and a new slogan for Labour
More on the Jacinda Ardern-effect, Meteria Turei's grilling by the Ministry of Social Development and Karl Kane of Massey University has some ideas for a new Labour election campaign slogan. [more]

Regrets
Unrequited and lost love are top on the list of life's regrets. [more]

Unemployment stats
The CTU is underwhelmed by a 4.8% unemployment rate which it says is stuck in a rut.. [more]

Universal Basic Income
Chris Leitch of the Democrats for Social Credit outlines his party's formula to get UBIs off the ground. [more]

Going smoke-free
Is ending smoking just a pipe dream? [more]

The Science Of…

The Science Of ... series 2
A new series of The Science Of ... sees Simon Morton and Alison Ballance getting sweaty in the name of science - and a horse on a treadmill (of course, a horse!). [more]

The Wireless

Redemption Ireland: Can the Black Ferns win their fifth Rugby World Cup?
We talk trophy dreams and the future of women’s rugby with NZ captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili. [more]

A brief history of celebrities jumping off the Sky Tower
Auckland's favourite very tall tower is turning 20. To celebrate we remember the best and the brightest to hurl themselves off of it. [more]

The Singles Life: How NZ hip-hop artists are telling stories that no one else can
Avondale emcee MeloDownz is making waves with tales of the suburb he knows best. Katie and Hussein talk about why setting the scene is essential for the stories Kiwi artists have to tell. [more]

Upbeat

The man behind The Proms
The Proms is underway in the UK, with RNZ Concert broadcasting many concerts over the next six weeks. BBC Proms Director David Pickard talks to us during a rehearsal from the Royal Albert Hall about this year’s programming, why he included Welsh pop singer Tom Jones in the line-up, and the fallout the BBC has faced since conductor Daniel Barenboim’s speech on the need for European unity. [more]

“Chamber music royalty” return to NZ
Takács Quartet is known for its unique blend of drama, warmth and humour in its performances. The quartet is here for a flying visit playing Wellington and Auckland this weekend. Violist Geraldine Walther and violinist Edward Dusinberre discuss their unique combination, why they put a NZ composer on the programme and whether the quartet is “chamber music royalty”. [more]

World & Pacific News

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

7pm Pacific Regional News for 3 August 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 4 August 2017
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

6am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 4 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 4 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 4 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 4 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

10am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 4 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

News stories:

CCTV footage of prison assault released
A former inmate who is suing Corrections has made public a video of his brutal prison assault. [more]

Historic ferry's future floating in limbo
Despite being rescued once from a watery grave, the future is uncertain for the 112-year-old ferry Kestrel. [more]

Investigation launched into missing cyclone funds in Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister has ordered an investigation into over 600-thousand US dollars worth of missing money that was meant to go towards cyclone recovery. [more]

World record fee for Neymar
Barcelona has confirmed Neymar's highly anticipated move to Paris Saint-Germain. [more]

Ardern spurns baby questions, looks to policy
The new Labour leader has had her first full day in the job, and already there has been debate around the questions that she's being asked as a young, female leader. [more]

Two-for-one deal for Te Tai Tokerau?
Kelvin Davis' appointment as deputy leader of the Labour Party has reinvigorated the race for his Te Tai Tokerau seat. [more]

Henare disappointed as Tall Blacks fall
Paul Henare says his side took a backwards step in loss to Lithuania. [more]

Wawrinka in doubt for US Open
Reigning US Open tennis champion Stan Wawrinka is battling to be fit for this year's tournament. [more]

Girls report sexual assault while in state care
Two young girls have reported being sexually assaulted by boys while in state care in Upper Hutt. [more]

Casino developer on Saipan has been given more time to complete its casino resort projects
A casino developer on Saipan has been given more time to complete its proposed integrated casino resort projects. [more]

McCartney good to go for London
Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney has shaken off her injury worries before this weekend's Athletics World Championships. [more]

Scott drops Steve Williams for major
Adam Scott has benched New Zealand caddie Steve Williams for next week's PGA Championship. [more]

Manus Island refugee protest enters second day
Protest action has entered a second day at the refugee prison camp on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. [more]

Asylum seekers fleeing US put pressure on Canada
Montreal's Olympic Stadium has been opened to shelter a sudden increase in asylum seekers arriving into Canada from the US. [more]

'It's the same Labour Party'
Changing the messenger won't help Labour as it goes into the election with policies that haven't evolved with time, National's campaign manager says. [more]

Reid back to captain All Whites
West Ham defender Winston Reid has been named to make his return for New Zealand next month. [more]

Call for flag change if New Caledonia chooses independence
New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement has proposed making its flag the official flag of the country should the French colony choose independence. [more]

Hapū support for revised Waitara land bill conditional
The bill, designed to end New Zealand's longest running land disputes, goes to Parliament for a second reading but hapū say the "jury is still out" on whether they'll support it. [more]

Euthanasia report 'deeply disappointing'
The final report on the public's attitudes towards assisted dying is 'deeply disappointing' and more like a cowardly essay, the former MP who instigated the inquiry says. [more]

German carmakers agree diesel pact to cut pollution
German politicians and carmakers have reached an agreement to cut inner-city pollution to avert bans of diesel vehicles. [more]

Ferns won't adopt Steel style
The Silver Ferns have no intention of bringing the all-conquering Southern Steel's netball style to the international stage. [more]

Rain eases power crisis fears
New Zealand is clawing its way back towards safety after an electricity supply scare earlier in the winter. [more]

Year of the flood?
There's little reprieve in sight from a year of torrential rain with further extreme rainfall possible this month, MetService says. [more]

Turei shaken after grilling by MSD investigators
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has been questioned about her benefit history at a meeting with investigators from the Ministry of Social Development. [more]

Former FBI boss signs book deal
Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by US President Donald Trump, has signed a deal for a book on leadership and decision-making that will come out in spring 2018, the publisher says. [more]

Protesters block Canterbury irrigation project
Greenpeace protestors who chained themselves to machinery and pipes at a mid-Canterbury irrigration scheme early this morning have come down. [more]

BSP Samoa to bring in more security against card scammers
The Bank of the South Pacific is bringing in more security to stop card scammers from stealing money in Samoa. [more]

Govt confirms tax changes aimed at multinationals
The government will introduce legislation by the end of the year to make multinational companies pay their fair share of tax, the Finance Minister says. [more]

Auditor-General Martin Matthews has resigned after critical report on fraud case, sources tell RNZ
Auditor-General Martin Matthews has resigned after critical report on fraud case, sources tell RNZ [more]

PNG Electoral Commissioner offers clarity on Gumine
Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says Nick Kuman is the winner of the contentious Gumine seat in the national election. [more]

Kiri Wills to coach Stars
Victorious New Zealand under-21 coach Kiri Wills has been named to coach the Northern Stars in the ANZ Premiership. [more]

One man dead, several injured in West Papua shooting
Reports from West Papua say one man is dead and up to 16 people have been injured in a police shooting. [more]

Sport: NZ Hawks confident of success at International Cup
AFL New Zealand is backing its Aussie rules team to come out on top at the International Cup. [more]

Samoa to come under UN spotlight
Human rights experts from the United Nations will carry out a fact-finding visit to Samoa next week. [more]

Double deckers need kerbside strips to avoid hazards
Auckland Transport is adapting big rubber speed humps to act as barriers to keep double-decker buses away from roadside hazards. [more]

Lodge's 60,000 litre a day consent to water lawns on hold
An application by a luxury lodge to take water from a Northland stream to water its lawns is on hold while the owners consult their Māori neighbours. [more]

Landlords place little importance on heating - survey
Mouldy and damp homes are huge problems for renters while landlords place little importance on heating and ventilation, a survey says. [more]

World Bank looking into missing cyclone money in Tonga
The World Bank says it is working closely with Tonga's government to investigate missing cyclone funding worth over 600-thousand US dollars. [more]

Pacific film about grief wins international award
A short feature Pacific film has won the Peoples Choice award at the recent international Public Broadcasting Service Online Film Festival. [more]

Nitrogen allowances aim to improve lake quality
New rules aimed at cutting the amount of nitrogen leaching into Lake Rotorua have been given the go-ahead. [more]

Mid-range option considered for Manuherikia water
A new option is on the table for a water scheme in central Otago. [more]

Nauru protest defendants say judge decision is vindication
A former Nauru cabinet minister who is one of 16 people facing charges over a protest says the government's decision to have the case heard by an Australian judge vindicates their stand over interference in the judiciary. [more]

Gender and human rights must be in Vanuatu govt planning - review
The head of the team reviewing gender and human rights in Vanuatu says the team is trying to normalise such ideas in government policy and planning. [more]

Record cocaine haul burnt in Noumea
A record haul of cocaine seized off Tonga has been burned by authorities in New Caledonia. [more]

NZ govt rejects West Papua human rights petition
A parliamentary committee in New Zealand has turned down a call to push for a UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression to visit West Papua. [more]

Man jailed for Taumarunui assault
A man has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for the severe assault of a man in Taumarunui last year. [more]

Further restrictions for Norfolk importer
A Norfolk Island business operator is facing further restrictions on what goods he can bring onto the island from Australia. [more]

US sanctions 'full-scale trade war' - Russian PM
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a "full-scale trade war" against Moscow. [more]

Commodity prices level out, but are 'important substitute'
Commodity prices remain relatively steady, but meat prices have hit the chopping block. [more]

Global blindness set to triple by 2050
The number of blind people across the world is set to triple within the next four decades, researchers suggest. [more]

Educator and former All Black captain Sir John Graham dies
Former All Black captain, educator and sports administrator Sir John Graham has died at the age of 82. [more]

Search for man missing after car slid down bank suspended
Police have suspended their search for missing Taranaki man Karl Roberts. [more]

TSB Community Trust takes over Fisher Funds
The owner of the TSB Bank is taking over the investment manager Fisher Funds but is keeping the same management and bringing in a partner. [more]

Auditor-General resigns over fraud investigation
Auditor-General Martin Matthews says he feels "as angry and aggrieved as anyone" over the Transport Ministry fraud that occurred on his watch. [more]

Heat could make parts of Asia uninhabitable by 2100
Millions of people living in South Asia face a deadly threat from heat and humidity driven by global warming, according to a new study. [more]

Fears of more violence as Polye defeated in Kandep
Enga Province is bracing itself for more violence after another big name of Papua New Guinea politics lost his seat in the general election. [more]

'People will die waiting for the attention they need'
There is a "crisis of patient care" at Dunedin Hospital, says a medical body head, but the DHB says there is no quick fix for the problem of cancer patients left waiting for urgent surgery. [more]

Boat skipper convicted of manslaughter in landmark case
In a landmark case, a Taranaki skipper has been convicted of manslaughter following the death of a passenger on his boat who was not wearing a lifejacket. [more]

Late winter and Lions tour affect retail sales
Listed retailers are welcoming the cooler winter weather because consumers are out splashing the cash. [more]

Living wage adopted for Chch council workers
The Christchurch City Council has become the third local body to adopt the living wage for those it employs directly. [more]

Death of man found near river treated as suspicious
Police are treating the death of a man found beside a South Canterbury river as suspicious, saying he had several injuries. [more]

One third of Spring Hill inmates assaulted - Ombudsman
About a third of inmates surveyed at one of the country's largest prisons report being assaulted. [more]

Job ad index falls slightly
Job advertisements have dipped slightly after record levels but employers still want skilled staff. [more]

Natural disasters hit Suncorp's bottom line
Cyclones and earthquakes have more than halved the profit of the New Zealand arm of Australian insurer Suncorp. [more]

20 arrested after sorcery related arson in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands police are investigating the sorcery related torching of two houses at a village in Central Kwara'ae on Malaita. [more]

Sir John Graham: More than just a headmaster
As principal of Auckland Grammar School, Sir John Graham had an unwavering sense of what was right, a ready smile and a genuine interest in the fortunes of his students, writes Finlay Macdonald. [more]

'I remember blood dripping down the backs of my legs'
A man who was abused as a child believes getting survivors to share their stories is one way to help tackle the nation's high rates of child abuse. [more]

Aus bank accused of breaking money-laundering laws
An Australian bank has been accused of systemic breaches of anti-money laundering and terrorism financing laws. [more]