Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 10th August 2017

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, 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, Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time, Rural News, The House, The House On Demand, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Business News

RBNZ to hold interest rates in Wheeler's last statement
As you will have heard in the news the Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler left the cash rate unchanged at 1-point-75 percent , as expected, and signalled there's no need for a change for the next couple of years. [more]

Westpac sees no rate rises anyt ime soon
Meanwhile, there's no surprise at either the Reserve Bank's decision or the content and tone of its statement. [more]

Zeta aims for control of NZ Oil & Gas with partial takeover
The Singapore-based but Australian owned oil and gas investment company, Zeta Energy, is making a partial takeover offer for New Zealand Oil and Gas. [more]

Vital Healthcare's FY net profit up 86 percent
The hospital developer, Vital Healthcare Property Trust, has increased its full year net profit by 86 percent, helped by strong revaluation gains. [more]

Midday Markets for 10 August 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Evening business for 10 August 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 11 August 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 11 August 2016
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 11 August 2016
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 10 August, 2017
Watch Thursday's full show here. [more]

Greens face prospect of rebranding, reprinting
The Green Party has just over six weeks to turn around a disastrous run, which has culminated in a dive in two major political polls. Mei Heron reports. [more]

Firm given permission to dig for ironsands off Taranaki
Trans Tasman Resources is the first company allowed to mine in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone. But opponents vow to fight the Environmental Protection Authority's decision. [more]

PM announces details around new Christchurch convention centre
Bill English was in Christchurch today, where he opened a new building at the city's major polytech, met students and made announcements about the city's proposed $240 million Convention Centre. [more]

Ardern talks politics in home town of Morrinsville
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern headed to her hometown of Morrinsville in the Waikato today where she visited her old school and an old work place. Sarah Robson asked locals what they thought of her chances. [more]

PM staying quiet on 450 texts to Todd Barclay’s staff member
Prime Minister Bill English will not join Checkpoint to discuss the 450 texts he sent to Glenys Dickson in the months leading up to her resignation. John Campbell investigates. [more]

Giant chicken symbol of protest against Trump
A giant inflatable chicken with a hair style resembling the US president has been placed on the White House lawn to protest against his "game of chicken" with North Korea. Collette Luke reports. [more]

Two women appear in court over kidnapping
Two women, one of whom was in New Zealand on holiday, appeared in court today after an 11-day-old child was kidnapped in Auckland yesterday. Reporter Tom Furley was in court. [more]

Local darts champ to take on legendary Phil "the Power" Taylor
The Flying Scotsman, Snakebite and The Machine are among some of the darts players who are in New Zealand for the third Auckland Darts Masters games. Joanna Mackenzie met some of the players. [more]

Veteran Labour MP Annette King bids farewell to Parliament
Long serving Labour MP and former deputy Annette King is bidding farewell to Parliament after a political career spanning more than 30 years, 11 elections and nine leaders. [more]

Greens assess damage after co-leader resignation & poll plunge
Green Party leader James Shaw is confident the party will do well at the election, even after a couple of poor polls which showed the party dropping to 8 percent support. [more]

Mining company gets approval to dig for ironsands
Trans Tasman Resources has won the right to dig 50 million tonnes of ironsands a year from the South Taranaki ocean floor and extract 5 million tonnes of iron ore from it. [more]

RSA home: 'This is something different...it's crazy'
An Auckland couple who relocated to Taranaki to be closer to family say they plan to turn the Stratford RSA into their dream home. [more]

New documentary targets Canterbury's waterways
Documentary makers' film about water quality challenges the Government to take the issue more seriously. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: PM confident Samoa will host Pacific Games
Samoa's Prime Minister expects the country's bid to host the 2019 Pacific Games will be successful. [more]

NGO tackling PNG teacher shortage
A Papua New Guinea NGO that's addressing the country's teacher shortage has started work this week in Manus province. [more]

Bougainville tells PNG to meet constitutional obligations
Bougainville has again called on the Papua New Guinea Government to meet its constitutional obligations and fund the autonomous region properly. [more]

Guam residents trusting in God and the military
A Guam mayor says people on the island have put their faith in God and the US military to protect them North Korean missile attacks. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 10 August 2017
A Guam mayor says people on the island have put their faith in God and the US military to protect them North Korean missile attacks; Bougainville has again called on the Papua New Guinea Government to meet its constitutional obligations and fund the autonomous region properly; a Papua New Guinea NGO that's addressing the country's teacher shortage has started work this week in Manus province; Peaceful refugee protests on Nauru have been met with violent arrests and Samoa's Prime Minister expects the country's bid to host the 2019 Pacific Games will be successful. [more]

Lawyer: Aus govt to blame for latest refugee death on Manus
A human rights lawyer says Australia's government is responsible for the latest death of a refugee on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and will likely be responsible for more. [more]

Bougainville tells PNG to meet constitutional obligations
Bougainville tells PNG to meet constitutional obligations. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 11 August 2017
Lawyer says Australia government to blame for latest refugee death on Manus; a Guam mayor says people on the island have put their faith in God and the US military to protect them North Korean missile attacks; Bougainville has again called on the Papua New Guinea Government to meet its constitutional obligations and fund the autonomous region properly; a Papua New Guinea NGO that's addressing the country's teacher shortage has started work this week in Manus province; and Samoa's Prime Minister expects the country's bid to host the 2019 Pacific Games will be successful. [more]

Sport: PM confident Samoa will host Pacific Games
Sport: PM confident Samoa will host Pacific Games [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

First song: Jenny Mitchell
Songwriter, Jenny Mitchell, original hails from Gore. She blends country, folk, and Americana into her own style. And she explains why 2017 has been a cracker of a year. [more]

Bronwyn Hayward: Who's Left on The Left?
We last spoke to political scientist, Bronwyn Hayward on Tuesday when Green Party held a crisis caucus after MP's Kennedy Graham and David Clendon withdrew from the party list in protest at the revelations made by then co-leader Metiria Turei. A lot has happened since then. [more]

Political Activity Book
Wellington mum of two and self-published author, Rowena Fry, was shocked when someone told her they wouldn't vote in the election. So, she started to dig into why some people chose not to exercise their right. Back in 2014 she started a satirical political book, with the aim to engage people in the electorial process. Three years on, and the book's grown somewhat. [more]

Fine dining at Rimutaka Prison
One night a year, Rimutaka Prison inmates prepare and serve food within the prison walls for an event called Gate to Plate. It's an opportunity to break down stereotypes on both sides, says one of the guys participating. [more]

Great Debut Album
'Greetings from Asbury Park' by Bruce Springsteen. [more]

Tech talk with Paul Brislen
Paul continues his chat on personal cyber security. [more]

Money with Mary Holm
Picking a KiwiSaver or other share fund. [more]

Short Story Club August 10th
Today's story is Fiona Farrell's Paradise Ducks, Let us know what you think. Email jesse@radionz.co.nz and the writer of the best email wins a copy of Fiona Farrell's new novel Decline & Fall on Savage Street and next week's story is Clean Hands Save Lives by Kirsten McDougall [more]

Tell me about your thesis
Dr Nicola Surtees of Canterbury University tells us about her thesis Narrating connections and boundaries: Constructing relatedness in lesbian known donor familial configurations. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 10 August 2017
Sir Bob Jones puts his faith in a wooden future. Prison food cooked by prisoners and in Dateline Pacific, Guam puts its faith in god and the US military to protect it from North Korea. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 August 2017
South Taranaki ironsands will be mined and the Greens regroup after losing a co-leader. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 August 2017
World champion shot-putter Tom Walsh will continue on the European circuit this season despite carrying an injury. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 11 August 2016
Auckland's transport funding gap widens to $1 billion, Fixing Auckland's traffic woes - Phil Goff discusses the $1b needed, 'Breathe through your noses' - Shaw to Green MPs, and Seabed mining a 'dangerous precedent' - Taranaki locals, conservationists [more]

Sports News for 11 August 2016
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Hundreds of thousands of potentially contaminated eggs pulled
Almost three quarters of a million eggs sent to the UK are thought to have been contaminated with insecticide. London correspondent Ben Lewis told us the eggs were used in a lot of products there. [more]

Locals upset at seabed mining proposal
South Taranaki locals are upset consent has been granted to mine ironsands off the coast. Local Hemi Ngarewa told RNZ reporter Robin Martin he's gutted. [more]

Bottling factory to go ahead, locals urged to oppose
Whangarei District Councillor Trish Cutforth told RNZ reporter Lois Williams she is urging people to make submissions on plans by an Auckland company to build a water-bottling factory at Poroti Springs near Whangarei. [more]

Govt says it can pay for Auckland's $1b transport blowout
A leaked copy of the latest Auckland transport plan shows light rail is among the projects being fast-tracked for the city. It also shows a funding gap of about $1 billion. Transport Minister Simon Bridges told Demelza Leslie the government will cover the shortfall. [more]

Greens leader James Shaw calls for calm, defends media
Greens' leader James Shaw has defended the media's role in the controversy which drove Metiria Turei to resign. RNZ's Craig McCulloch reports. [more]

Sports News for 11 August 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Auckland's transport funding gap widens to $1 billion
Auckland's transport funding gap is looking $1 billion bigger as the council and government decide more needs to be done sooner for the quickly growing city. Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the government will cover the gap, but it's not clear who is paying for what. Auckland correspondent Todd Niall explains the details. [more]

'I'm in negotiations with govt' - Phil Goff hints at rates rise for transport costs
Auckland needs another $1 billion to speed up its public transport projects. The government says it can cover it. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff tells us he's been in talks with the government and has suggest a rates rise, and an extension of the interim transport levy.  [more]

'Breathe through your noses' - Shaw to Green MPs
The Greens' now-sole leader James Shaw is advising his MPs to keep a level head as passions run high following the sudden resignation of Metiria Turei [more]

Mixed reaction from residents in Guam on North Korea tension
Residents on the island of Guam are frustrated with the local government's approach, saying it isn't taking the threat of missile attack from North Korea as seriously as neighbouring countries. [more]

'Fire and fury' comment not tough enough - Trump
Donald Trump has doubled down on his inflammatory words aimed at Kim Jong Un, as tension grows between Pyongyang and the White House, US correspondent Simon Marks tells us. [more]

Seabed mining a 'dangerous precedent' - Taranaki locals, conservationists
Environmental groups are warning a dangerous precedent has been set, paving the way for more seabed mining in the country's waters. [more]

Taranaki seabed decision doesn't set precedent - mining CEO
After consent was granted for seabed mining off South Taranaki, Chatham Rock Phosphate mining company chief executive Chris Castle, who's application was recently denied by the Environmental Protection Agency, says the decision doesn't set a precedent. [more]

Muncipal water users would be exempt from water charges
Some of the biggest multinational bottlers operating in New Zealand would be exempt from Labour's planned water charges. Eva Corlett reports. [more]

Kiwi pilot fighting 'enormous' wildfires in Canada
New Zealand helicopter pilot Steve Boyce is fighting enormous wildfires in Canada, he tells us he's working in the worst conditions he's experienced in 25 years [more]

Growing risk of water contamination in Canterbury
Selwyn District residents were told at a meeting on Thursday there's a growing risk of drinking water in the area becoming contaminated as more dairy cows are farmed in the area. RNZ reporter Conan Young was there. [more]

Puletasi, Ta'ovala to be welcome in Parliament
Parliament has the potential to get a lot more fashionable, with changes to the definition of formal wear, allowing Pacific clothing to be worn. Josiah Tualamali'i joins us to explain how it happened. [more]

Sports News for 11 August 2016
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Two weeks a long time in politics - former MPs talk turmoil
After a tumultous two weeks in politics, former Labour Cabinet minister Steve Maharey and former National minister Wayne Mapp discuss the changes. [more]

Despair over water bottling application at Poroti Springs
Hapu near Whangarei are appealing for help to challenge plans to build a large water-bottling factory across the road from Poroti Springs. Lois Williams reports. [more]

Greenpeace goes to court over surveillance, alleges links to govt
Greenpeace is hoping a court case will help protect the privacy of its staff and volunteers after confirmation they were spied on. Its director Dr Russel Norman joins us. [more]

New report on euthanasia Bill 'debunks' critics' claims - David Seymour
A new report assessing the End of Life Choice Bill says with strict controls the law would not affect human rights to life. David Seymour is behind the Bill, and joins us now. [more]

Is Trump's strong warning to North Korea necessary?
Donald Trump says it's time some one stick up for the US and he's reiterated his warnings to North Korea. US-Korea expert Professor Sung-Yoon Lee joins us to discuss the potential consequences of the tense relations between the countries. [more]

Will $11m West Coast research centre boost economy?
An $11 million research centre for the West Coast is being hailed as the flagship project of a government economic development plan for the region. But can it really deliver on the investment or is it just pre-election window-dressing? Tracy Neal reports. [more]

Breastfeeding among Maori lower than any other groups
Breastfeeding among Maori mothers once thrived but today rates among Maori are lower than any other group, a new report shows. [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 11 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 11 Aug 2017
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Samoan for 11 August 2017
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 11 August 2017
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

Nights

Alcohol in space
Alexander MacKinnon is a Senior Lecturer of Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow. He's going to be talking about how the universe and how it's full of alcohol, not the bottled stuff, in the atmosphere. [more]

Nine To Noon

ACC targets students in anti-sexual violence initiative
ACC a new initiative aims to help reduce the amount of sexual violence suffered by young people.   [more]

Detecting skin cancer through smart phone apps... Do they work?
A New Zealand-made mobile app has joined the fight against skin cancer to provide remote consultations with local skin specialists, and to encourage people to get suspicious skin lesions checked. Firstcheck was launched late last year and has already been downloaded tens of thousands of times. While New Zealand has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, a recent survey has shown fewer than 4 percent of New Zealanders get an annual skin check. Lynn Freeman speaks with Firstcheck's chief executive, Hayden Laird, and Monika Janda from Queensland University. [more]

Athletes are top candidates for jobs too
Professor David Lavallee's research shows athletes are more employable than people who don't do sport. Sports psychologist and former head of the School of Sport at Stirling University in Scotland, Professor Lavallee tells Lynn Freeman how the attitudes and abilities of people who compete in elite sport can shape them up to be potential business and community leaders. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
China's security raid on Fiji raises questions of justice and sovereignty, controversy about plans to mine for phosphate in French Polynesia and debate over the control of the air space over the South Pacific. [more]

Crisp close-ups of creepy crawlies
Rotorua-based Bryce McQuillan is a passionate wildlife photographer. He's been taking extreme close-ups of insects with a macro lens for seven years. His specialty is spiders. He also takes photos of moths, slugs, beetles and many other invertebrates. You'll find his amazing shots in A Photographic Guide to Spiders of New Zealand, which has its 2nd edition coming out in November. His pictures have also been in National Geographic and are in demand around the world. [more]

Book review - Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
Unity Books' Kiran Dass reviews Solar Bones by Mike McCormack. Published by Canongate. [more]

Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor pays tribute to the late, great Glen Campbell, and plays dark rock trio Mermaidens and indie rock quartet Ride. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
A flying start for the Black Ferns at the Women's Rugby World Cup, Tom Walshe's amazing shot put gold at the World Athletic Championships, and the decision by South African rugby authorities to ditch the traditional green Springbok jersey and replace it with an all red one. [more]

The Week That Was with James Elliot and Pinky Agnew
Our comedians discuss some lighter stories of the week including the BBC employee caught watching a woman undress while a newsreader read out the latest sports news. [more]

Our Changing World

Micronutrients and their link to mental health
Julia Rucklidge is investigating whether micronutrients can relieve stress and anxiety, help people quit smoking and treat ADHD. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 10 August 2017
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Question Time for 10 August 2017
RON MARK to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by all his statements on immigration fraud? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for New Zealand’s economy? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he think Aucklanders should have the opportunity to contribute to the cost of the city’s transport projects, or does he think taxpayers throughout New Zealand should pay all the costs of Auckland’s growth? JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he support the mining of 50 million tonnes of seabed in the South Taranaki Bight where blue whales feed? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied that after 9 years of a National Government that all children and young people are receiving all the support that they need to succeed in education? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for the Environment: How will the Government’s changes to the National Policy Statement on Fresh Water, to be gazetted today, improve the recreational and ecological health of our lakes, rivers, and aquifers? Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister of Health: Why did he say yesterday in the House, “I do not need to check with DHBs around that”, when asked if he was sure about his claim that every other district health board is currently “managing to deliver the operations that are needed”? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s reported statement that there is no need for a fuel tax to pay for Auckland’s transport? RON MARK to the Minister of Transport: How much was originally funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency to complete the Brynderwyn Hills Road improvements; and how much is it now? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister for Primary Industries: What reports has he received on horticulture’s contribution to New Zealand’s economic and social wellbeing? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in Hon Dr Nick Smith? BRETT HUDSON to the Minister for Communications: What progress can he report on the rollout of the Ultrafast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiatives? [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 10 August 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 11 August 2016
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The House

House adopts satire rule change
Parliament has loosened up rules for satirising footage of MPs in the debating chamber as part of a review of Standing Orders. [more]

The House On Demand

The House for 1035pm Thur 10 Aug
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 10 August 2017
Ukuleles, stars in your eyes and gales. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 10 August 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Dellwyn Stuart and Michael Moynahan (Part 1)
Journalist Rob Hosking discusses re-writing this year's election campaign. Matt Nippert on his revelations around US businessman Peter Thiel's New Zealand citizenship. [more]

The Panel with Dellwyn Stuart and Michael Moynahan (Part 2)
What would your message to intelligent life on another planet be? What the Panelists Dellwyn Stuart and Michael Moynahan want to talk about. Neuroscientist Sir Richard Faull on what differences there are in the male and female brain. Mike Turner of Trendez describes his experience of being kicked out of Westfield's Riccarton Mall because of a multi-national. [more]

Topsy turvy time in politics
Journalist Rob Hosking discusses re-writing this year's election campaign. [more]

Black-out on Peter Thiel's citizenship
Matt Nippert on his revelations around US businessman Peter Thiel's New Zealand citizenship. [more]

Tweeting extra-terrestrials
What would your message to intelligent life on another planet be? [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Dellwyn Stuart and Michael Moynahan want to talk about. [more]

Gender and the brain
Neuroscientist Sir Richard Faull on what differences there are in the male and female brain. [more]

Shop booted out for multi-national chain store
Mike Turner of Trendez describes his experience of being kicked out of Westfield's Riccarton Mall because of a multi-national. [more]

The Wireless

David Duchovny is coming to New Zealand
OMG, OMG, OMG [more]

The Singles Life: Meet New Zealand's answer to Ed Sheeran
Is Mitch James worth the hype? Katie and Hussein have some reservations. [more]

Lessons from Metiria Turei’s resignation
What does it say about us, the public? [more]

Upbeat

Dangerous Liaisons with NZSQ
Love and desire are at the heart of the New Zealand String Quartet’s 30th season celebration this week. They’ll take the audience on an emotional journey through the works of Mendelssohn, Janáček and Jack Body. Rolf Gjelsten explains his love of music, why kiwis still have a string desire for the NZSQ and what his secret (possibly dangerous!) talent is. [embed] https://youtu.be/5TTsUJvPQ-0   [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 10 August 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 10 August 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 10 August 2017
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 11 August 2017
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

6am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 11 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 11 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 11 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 11 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

10am World, Pacific Regional and Sports News for 11 August 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

News stories:

North Korea would lose any conflict it initiates - Mattis
North Korea should stop actions that would lead to the "destruction of its people", US Defence Secretary James Mattis says. [more]

FBI raided ex-Trump chairman's house
The FBI has conducted a pre-dawn raid on the home of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, his spokesman confirmed. [more]

Black Ferns dominate Wales in opening cup match
The New Zealand women's rugby team has opened its World Cup campaign with a 44-12 win over Wales in Dublin. [more]

Women accused of kidnapping 11-day-old to appear
Two women accused of kidnapping an 11-day-old baby will appear in the Auckland District Court today. [more]

Arrest after Paris soldiers hit by car
Police in France have shot, wounded and arrested a man after a dramatic car chase along a motorway in the north of the country after an attack on soldiers in Paris. [more]

Tonga told to front up over money collected for Pac Games
Tonga's government has been given until Monday to explain what is happening to money collected under legislation for the now-cancelled Pacific Games. [more]

Samoa's Attorney General supports alcohol control bill
Samoa's Attorney General says cheap alcohol is fueling violent crime and an increase in the alcohol tax is necessary. [more]

Greens' James Shaw: David Clendon understood to have no intention of returning to caucus, Kennedy Graham's future less clear
Greens' James Shaw: David Clendon understood to have no intention of returning to caucus, Kennedy Graham's future less clear [more]

Greens' James Shaw confident the party can return to 'natural level of polling around 10 or 11 percent' or better
Greens' James Shaw confident the party can return to 'natural level of polling around 10 or 11 percent' or better [more]

Phoenix sign defender Mullen
The Wellington Phoenix have signed the Australian defender Daniel Mullen on a one-year contract. [more]

Tiger Woods denies drink drive charge
Golfer Tiger Woods is expected to enter a driver education programme to resolve charges filed against him after he was found asleep at the wheel. [more]

No-one is discussing what the Greens actually stand for
Opinion - Metiria Turei knew her public admission was a risk and now no-one is discussing what the Greens actually stand for, writes Andrew Geddis. [more]

Sprinter's solo run to finals
The Botswana sprinter Isaac Makwala has celebrated his reprieve at the World Athletics Championships in London by qualifying for the men's 200 metres finals. [more]

Nauru govt working to remove collapsed cantilever
The Nauru Government is working with a private company to remove a cantilever that collapsed into the sea. [more]

Greens' tough week 'entirely recoverable' - Shaw
The Green Party is in "a bit of a tough spot" after Metiria Turei's resignation and a dip in the polls, but can recover, its leader says. [more]

Solomons' police investigate assault on NZ naval officers
Police in Solomon Islands are investigating an attack on two New Zealand naval personnel at a night club in Honiara on Friday. [more]

Diamonds defender out of Quad Series
Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander says the sudden withdrawal of star defender Sharni Layton will galvanise the squad ahead of this month's Quad Series. [more]

Reserve Bank leaves OCR unchanged at 1.75 percent as expected
Reserve Bank leaves OCR unchanged at 1.75 percent as expected [more]

Bok captain out for 6 weeks
The Springbok captain Warren Whiteley will miss the majority of the Rugby Championship after it was confirmed he'll be out for another 6 weeks with a groin injury. [more]

RNZAF confirms military exercise in threatened Guam
The Defence Force has confirmed an Air Force aircraft is in Guam as part of a military exercise, but will not comment on the North Korean threat against the country. [more]

Walsh takes on circuit despite injury
World champion shot-putter Tom Walsh will continue on the European circuit despite carrying an injury. [more]

Cheers and fears as bypass proposed for notorious Northland hill
The latest plan for bigger and better highways in the region has road advocates cheering but rail enthusiasts dismayed. [more]

Second poll shows jump for Labour, slump for Greens and NZ First
The Green Party and New Zealand First are down by half in the second poll since Jacinda Ardern took over as Labour leader. [more]

Cook Islands by-election scheduled for next week
A political newcomer will be elected in the Cook Islands next week when two candidates contest the Ivirua by-election on 17 August. [more]

Turei's exit no fairytale ending
Opinion - The Greens' Metiria Turei was a knight in shining armour for the disenfranchised, but the story ended too soon, Toby Morris suggests. [more]

Doctors demand action on NZ's unhealthy housing
Thousands of children are being re-admitted to hospital every year because of poor living conditions, a child health specialist says. [more]

Early nerves for Black Ferns in Cup opener
The Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili says there were some early nerves in the team's World Cup opening game against Wales in Dublin this morning. [more]

Horticulturists dismayed by Labour water plan
Fruit and vegetable growers say a royalty charge on commercial water use would hit consumers as produce prices go up. [more]

Sport NZ says match-fixers target NZ athletes
Sport New Zealand says it's reasonable to assume New Zealand athletes are being targeted by match-fixers. [more]

Spieth chases history at PGA Championship
Jordan Spieth begins his quest tomorrow to become the youngest man to complete the career grand slam as occasional thunderstorms and devilish new greens set the stage for an unpredictable... [more]

Federer astounded by his own recovery
Roger Federer admits he remains astounded at how fast he's been able to bounce back to near-unbeatable form following his first-ever operation 18 months ago to fix a knee problem. [more]

Sport: Third major champion joins Fiji International field
Another major champion has joined the field for the Fiji International golf open, with Argentina's Angel Cabrera to tee off at Natadola Bay next week. [more]

Breakers sign second import
The New Zealand Breakers have signed a second import for the upcoming ANBL basketball season. [more]

Cooks to begin hearing submissions on Crimes Bill
Public submissions to a select committee on the long-awaited Cook Islands Crimes Bill begin in parliament today. [more]

NZ regrets lack of notice to Vanuatu for vessel's trip
New Zealand has expressed regret that Vanuatu was not informed in advance of a science expedition venturing into the Matthew and Hunter islands area. [more]

Environmental Protection Authority approves Trans-Tasman Resources' application to mine iron sand off South Taranaki
Environmental Protection Authority approves Trans-Tasman Resources' application to mine iron sand off South Taranaki [more]

Solomon's police still investigating sorcery-related arson
Police in Solomon Island's Malaita province are continuing to investigate last week's sorcery-related arson. [more]

Refugees crossing into Canada from US swell
The Canadian military is building a camp to house the growing number of refugees crossing the US border, officials have said. [more]

Violent arrests at peaceful refugee protest on Nauru
Violent arrests have been reported at the Australian run refugee detention centre on Nauru. [more]

Newcastle child sex network convicted
Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing girls in the English city who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex. [more]

Smuggler deliberately drowned dozens of teen migrants - UN
At least 29 teenagers drowned after being forced off a boat by a smuggler who feared arrest, a UN agency says. [more]

Lecren to lose New Caledonia ministry
The pro-independence Caledonian Union will drop one of its ministers when the collegial government is renewed in the coming weeks. [more]

Sport: NZ lead AFL International Cup as PNG bounce back
The New Zealand Hawks are top of the AFL International Cup standings after thrashing Fiji 76-6 in their latest pool match in Melbourne. [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers open up lead on rivals
Papua New Guinea are one win clear of the chasing pack following a mammoth 212 run victory over Samoa at the East Asia Pacific qualifiers for the Men's Under 19 Cricket World Cup. [more]

Fog covering Christchurch delays PM
Heavy fog this morning forced the airplane flying Prime Minister Bill English south to return to Wellington. [more]

Sumitomo to quit Solomons
Japan's Sumitomo mining company is abandoning its nickel exploration project in Isabel Province in Solomon Islands. [more]

US-based carrier hopes to launch China-CNMI service
An airline based in Florida wants to start operating flights from China to the Northern Marianas from September. [more]

Māori welcome Labour's freshwater royalties plan
Māori involved in freshwater disputes are welcoming the prospect of some commercial use royalties going to resolve treaty claims. [more]

UN 'gravely concerned' over conditions on Manus Island
The United Nations refugee agency says it is gravely concerned over the deteriorating conditions in Australia's refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. [more]

Pharmacists strike in New Caledonia
New Caledonia's pharmacies will stay closed from Monday as part of what is being described as an open-ended general strike. [more]

Fiji jobless stats lowest in 15 years
The Fiji Bureau of Statistics has released preliminary findings of an employment survey done last year which it says shows unemployment is at 5.5 per cent - the lowest rate in 15 years. [more]

Teen accused of kidnapping newborn faces court
An 18-year-old accused of kidnapping a baby girl from an Auckland home has been allowed to keep her name secret until her next hearing. [more]

PNG PM to keep fighting arrest warrant
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says he will appeal a National Court decision to uphold the legality of an arrest warrant issued for him [more]

Greens regroup after Turei's shock resignation
The Green Party is locked in back-to-back campaign meetings as they scramble to pick up the pieces from Metiria Turei's shock resignation. [more]

New and old hands on portfolios in unveiled PNG cabinet
Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has unveiled his cabinet, featuring a mix of new and old hands on key ministerial portfolios. [more]

BRED bank to open in Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands' first European bank will open its doors in Honiara on Friday. [more]

Information law further enforced in Vanuatu
Seven government departments in Vanuatu are now formally obliged to provide access to information after a signing ceremony this week. [more]

Kauri dieback treatment depends on the right dose
A test treatment for kauri dieback has seen some dramatic results, but scientists warn that getting the dose right is still critical. [more]

Forest on Wallis depleted by a third
A survey has found that the French Pacific island of Wallis has lost about a third of its forests in the past decade. [more]

Kiribati opposition warns of excessive copra subsidy
An opposition MP in Kiribati is urging the government to review its copra subsidy, saying it cannot be sustained in the long run. [more]

Indonesia denies claims of Papuan rights restrictions
Indonesia has again rejected claims that rights to the freedom of expression and assembly are restricted in Papua region. [more]

Christchurch Convention Centre contract awarded - PM
Prime Minister Bill English spoke to media in Christchurch today, and announced the contract for the planned Christchurch Convention Centre had been awarded to CPB contractors. [more]

Fatal truck crash near Palmerston North
A man is dead after a car and truck collided in Bunnythorpe near Palmerston North. [more]

Seabed mining approved in split decision
An application to mine millions of tonnes of iron sand off South Taranaki has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority. [more]

PNG Police chief to invite PM for interview
PNG's Police Commissioner says he will invite prime minister Peter O'Neill to come in for an interview over fraud allegations. [more]

North Korea says it will develop Guam strike plan within weeks
North Korea says it will develop a plan to land missiles 30-40km from the US territory by mid-August, and will fire if Kim Jong Un gives the go-ahead. [more]

Bougainville's Momis pleas for PNG to pay up
The President of Bougainville says the autonomous Papua New Guinea region has never been paid the funding it's been promised. [more]

Tonga Leitis Association working to reform current laws
The president of the Tonga Leitis' Association wants the criminal offences act of 1988 to be looked at, to avoid it being used against the LGBT community. [more]

Children to remain in state home after mum's death
The children of a solo mother who had been told to leave their Auckland state house after their mother's death have now been told they can take over the tenancy. [more]

'Sad and frightening' One Plan issues - Horizons chair
The Horizons Regional Council's issues with nutrient leaching requirements in its One Plan are frightening and sad, it says. [more]

Burling set to chase sailing's triple crown
America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling appears set compete in the Volvo Ocean race after he was spotted on boad Dutch entry Team Brunel in England. [more]

I will remember Metiria Turei differently
Opinion - Will the benefit and electoral fraud allegations be what's recorded in the history books? It's the story's handling that'll stick with me, Stephanie Rodgers writes. [more]

Police raids net haul of 'zombie' drug precursors
Police raids around the country have recovered large quantities of "zombie" drugs with an estimated value of $1.5 million. [more]

Real estate agent who sent faeces in post loses appeal
A former Auckland real estate agent has lost his appeal to revoke his license after he sent faeces, condoms and soiled sanitary pads in the mail to a former employer and its lawyer. [more]

Two men arrested over taxi driver kidnapping
Wellington police have arrested two men over the kidnapping and serious assault of a taxi driver yesterday morning. [more]

Local darts player to take on Phil 'The Power' Taylor
It'll be a David and Goliath meeting when local darts player Darren Herewini steps up to the oche to take on the legendary Phil 'The Power' Taylor at the Auckland Darts Masters. [more]

Teachers in Manus province given training opportunity
A Papua New Guinea NGO that is addressing the country's teacher shortage has started work this week in Manus province. [more]

By the numbers: Winston in the driver's seat
Opinion - Metiria Turei's decision to highlight welfare policy with her own benefit fraud may have given Winston Peters a tidy choice between National and Labour, writes Stephen Mills of UMR Research. [more]

Annette King valedictory: 'Women have waited long enough'
Long-serving Labour MP Annette King has used her valedictory speech to tell Parliament that she's ashamed women still do not have pay equity. [more]

Why North Korea and the US won't go to war (probably)
Analysis - Tough talk between the US and North Korea has ramped up this week, with fears it could be a precursor to military conflict. But experts say you should not panic - just yet. [more]

Empty 'brutalist' flats saved from demolition
A decrepit, condemned building in Wellington that was in line to be demolished has been saved after an appeal in the Environment Court was upheld. [more]