Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 21st September 2017

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Election 2017 Stories, 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, Te Ahi Kaa, The Listen Anytime Library, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Business News

Economy grows 0.8 pct in second quarter
The economy has had a solid quarter of growth, on the back of free-spending consumers and a rebound in dairy prices. [more]

Cooks Global Foods partners for rapid Middle East growth
The Esquires coffee brand company, Cooks Global Foods, is partnering with a large Middle East food distributor to lead its expansion in the region, as well as North Africa and West Asia. [more]

Commonwealth Bank sells Sovereign for A$3.8b
A Hong Kong-based company AIA is to buy the insurance businesses of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, including its New Zealand business, Sovereign. [more]

Midday Markets for 21 September 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
Fonterra has appointed Marc Rivers to the role of chief financial officer, who will take over the role from March. [more]

Evening business for Thurs 21 Sept
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 22 September 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 22 September 2017
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 22 September 2017
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 21st September 2017
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Desperate search for survivors after Mexico quake
Rescuers are desperately searching for survivors after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake devastated Mexico City. More than 230 people are dead and many more are missing, including school children. [more]

English votes as party leaders near end of election campaign
Political leaders are making their final push for votes as the spectacular 2017 election campaign hurtles towards an end. [more]

Fuel pipeline won't run at 100% until next year
The amount of fuel being piped out of the country's main refinery won't exceed 80 percent until at least the start of next year. [more]

ACC confesses to using false names on legal documents
ACC is the second government agency that's admitted using fake names for difficult clients. Lawyers and beneficiary advocates condemn it, but managers argue it's necessary to protect the safety of their staff. [more]

Pensioners in poverty: Quarter of caravan park residents over 65
Increasing numbers of pensioners are struggling so much to make ends meet they're turning to campgrounds and caravan parks for accommodation. Zac Fleming reports. [more]

Strongest storm in Puerto Rico in almost 100 years
Hurricane Maria has slammed into Puerto Rico as the strongest storm to hit the US territory in nearly 90 years. Juan Pablo Abreu describes the scene to John Campbell. [more]

Victim's family upset at killer's sentence
Family members of Leslie Putt swore and yelled at the High Court in Auckland today as the man who fatally shot him was sentenced to six years and three months. [more]

Rohingya Muslims living in ‘unimaginable conditions’
Charlotte Glennie, an ex-pat New Zealand journalist working for Unicef on the border of Bangladesh, describes the conditions 400,000 Rohingya people are living in after fleeing Myanmar. [more]

Dhb deficit $117.5m, but not finalised – Coleman
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the combined dhb deficit for the 16/17 year is $117.5m and the audited result is unlikely to change. But Checkpoint understands it could be much higher. [more]

Both Labour and National could form Govt according to final election poll
RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson joins John Campbell in the studio to discuss the latest poll which has National on 46 percent and Labour on 37 percent. [more]

Who is paying for remedies to the ruptured pipeline...
Are tax payers footing the bill for the ruptured pipeline? John Campbell talks to Energy Minister Judith Collins. [more]

Nurses told euthanasia may be legal in a decade
Nurses have been warned that assisted dying may soon be legal in New Zealand, and that they will be at the front line if it is. Health Correspondent Karen Brown reports. [more]

Go Bus says its Otago Peninsula bus isn't being used - but is it...
At least 100 school children face longer travel and walks of several kilometres crossing busy roads, but Go Bus says it has no choice because of falling passenger numbers and fares. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Sport: Waisale Serevi to captain "Fiji Legends"
Rugby legends from Fiji and Australia to play in star-studded sevens curtain-raiser to the Fijian Drua's match against Perth Spirit. [more]

NZ political parties outline Pacific policies ahead of election
New Zealand political parties outline their Pacific-related policies ahead of the election. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 21 September 2017
Mixed feelings on Manus Island over US resettlement; New Zealand political parties outline their Pacific-related policies ahead of the election; Papua New Guinea's government has been accused of watering down the powers of an Independent Commission Against Corruption; Fiji Airways says it may have no choice but to divert or even cancel some flights as jet fuel supply problems spread; Rugby legends from Fiji and Australia to play in star-studded sevens curtain-raiser to the Fijian Drua's match against Perth Spirit. [more]

Student's Samoan myths and legends debut in Auckland
Student's Samoan myths and legends debut performance staged in iconic Auckland fale. [more]

New Aust Pacific labour scheme a positive development
The Australian government is to allow more Pacific Islanders into the country under a new labour scheme. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 22 September 2017
We talk with the ANU about the expansion of Australia's Pacific Labour Scheme; Political parties in New Zealand outline their Pacific policies ahead of the election this weekend; Samoan myths and legends come alive through a deput performance at an iconic fale in Auckland; And in sport Waisale Serevi to captain "Fiji Legends" when they take on the Classic Wallabies in Suva. [more]

Election 2017 Stories

ELECTION17 LIVE RESULTS - PARTY VOTE
ELECTION17 LIVE RESULTS - PARTY VOTE [more]

ELECTION17 LIVE RESULTS - MĀORI SEATS
ELECTION17 LIVE RESULTS - MĀORI SEATS [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

First poem: Poetry Slam
Word the Front line is the country's biggest poetery slam competition, and this year's winners were four teenagers from Dilworth School in Auckland. Jayden Osbourne, Phillip Toriente, Nathan Su'a and Jai Selkirk perform their winning poem for us. [more]

Is it time for an international agreement on marine plastic pollution?
It's time the global community take what's been learnt from climate change agreements and apply it to reducing the estimated 4-12 million tonnes of plastic making its way into the ocean every year, says scientist Stephanie Borrelle. [more]

The ethics of predator control
It's been a goal for a long time, for New Zealand to be predator-free by 2050. There are many issues to tackle in the quest to wipe out pests but one that is often overlooked is the ethical questions it raises. Now there's a panel to help answer these questions, we speak to one of the experts heading it up, conservation biologist Dr James Russell, from the University of Auckland. [more]

The knife edge electorates
The polls have both Labour and National pretty much neck and neck when it comes to the party vote. But what about our electorate votes - could we see any sitting electorate MP's ousted on Saturday? [more]

Great album: Bjork - Post
Post is the second solo studio album by Icelandic musician Björk. It came out in 1995 [more]

Theatre Critic, Hadleigh Pouesi
Hadleigh Pouesi, the Director of Freshmans Dance Crew, reviews the new Cirque du Soleil show, TORUK The First Flight - which is on at Spark Arena in Auckland until Sunday. [more]

Your Money with Mary Holm
Mary Holm is a columnist, author and educator. She discusses investment, shares, mortgages, Kiwisaver and other personal finance issues with Jesse Mulligan every second Thursday. Today she responds to a listener's challenge on index and active share funds. [more]

Short Story Club for Thurs 21st September
We discussed The Fylgja by Emma Neale. [more]

Tell me about your thesis
The fallout from the Global Financial Crisis prompted Bruce Dyer to look at the scope for making his region of Nelson economically self-reliant using Sarkar's Progressive Utilisation Theory (PROUT), an economic theory with a spiritual basis. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 21 September 2017
Is it right to erradicate possums, Kathryn Ryan interviews Jacinda Aderne, and in Dateline Pacific - Mixed feelings on Manus Island over US resettlement. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 September 2017
Mexico continues to search for survivors following yesterday's 7.1 quake. Wellington's city council votes in favour of overhauling its housing policy. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 September 2017
The Olympic champion rower Hamish Bond has next year's Commonwealth Games in his sights after a disappointing debut in the men's time trial at the Road Cycling World Champs in Norway. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 22 September 2017
Election day is just a day away. Tomorrow voters head to the polls after a campaign full of surprises. The jet fuel crisis at Auckland airport has eased with rationing cut back and fewer flights being cancelled today. Judith Collins joins us with the latest details. Rescuers are racing against the clock in hope of finding survivors from Tuesday's earthquake in Mexico. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years has destroyed hundreds of homes and knocked out power across the entire island. It's now barrelling toward the islands of Turks and Caicos. The US President Donald Trump has tightened the noose around North Korea, announcing new US sanctions on companies who do business with the nuclear state. There are plenty of predictions being made ahead of Election Day tomorrow. So what's the one for the weather?  [more]

Sports News for 22 September 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Greens plead with TOP supporters for party vote
Despite The Opportunities Party consistently polling well below the five percent threshold to make it in to Parliament, Gareth Morgan is adamant his party will be there after all the votes are counted on Saturday. [more]

Bolger advises National leader on dealing with Peters
Former Prime Minister and former National Party leader Jim Bolger has given Bill English a word of advice on any post-election negotiations with New Zealand First. Mr Bolger, who met Mr English on the campaign trail north of Wellington yesterday, says he expects National will do well in the polls tomorrow, but the party may need Winston Peters' party to form a government. [more]

Election 2017: A look back at twists, turns in campaign
Election day is just a day away. Tomorrow voters head to the polls after a campaign full of surprises. Alex Perrottet has reviewed the campaign. [more]

Sports News for 22 September 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Election 2017: Stardust vs status quo on last campaign day
On the last day of campaigning we talk to our reporters who have been out in with the party leaders for the entire campaign. Whoever comes out on top in tomorrow's election, Bill English or Jacinda Ardern may well be calling New Zealand First's Winston Peters on Sunday morning to try to form a government. [more]

Fuel crisis eases as tankers deliver
The jet fuel crisis at Auckland airport has eased with rationing cut back and fewer flights being cancelled today. Judith Collins joins us with the latest details. [more]

Mexico quake: Rescuers race to find life in rubble
Rescuers are racing against the clock in hope of finding survivors from Tuesday's earthquake in Mexico. Two hundred and thirty people are known to have died nationwide in the devastating quake which reduced many buildings to rubble. In Mexico City the rescue focus has been a primary school that collapsed. Correspondent Jesus Daza lives near the collapsed school and says the latest report is that 11 children have been rescued, but 25 people in total were killed in the building. One person, possibly a janitor, may still be stuck inside, he says.  [more]

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico
The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years has destroyed hundreds of homes and knocked out power across the entire island. It's now barrelling toward the islands of Turks and Caicos. We spoke with resident of the islands, Sean O'Neill, about what he's expecting to happen over the next few days. [more]

Trump sets new sanctions on North Korea
The US President Donald Trump has tightened the noose around North Korea, announcing new US sanctions on companies who do business with the nuclear state. Speaking at the UN in New York, he said he'd signed an executive order allowing sanctions against individuals and companies that provide goods and financial services to Kim Jong Un's dictatorship. [more]

Weather: Election day a warm one
There are plenty of predictions being made ahead of Election Day tomorrow. So what's the one for the weather? NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino says a heatwave in New South Wales will send some warmth over here at the weekend. [more]

Sports News for 22 September 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Election 2017: Early votes up, but 300k not enrolled
A day out from the election and there are still more than 300,000 people who aren't enrolled to vote. Just under half of them are 18 to 24-year-olds. While much has been made of the record numbers of people voting early it's still unclear whether that means a higher turnout overall. [more]

Election 2017: Too close to call after surprising campaign
As a tumultuous campaign comes to a close, our final election panel share their thoughts on the last two months and what could happen on Saturday. Former Greens co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, former Labour cabinet minister Steve Maharey and former National cabinet minister Wayne Mapp join us. [more]

Army helps ease fuel crisis with tanker drivers
The Defence Force is helping ease the crisis by driving fuel tankers full of jetfuel to and from Marsden Point. Leading that operation is Major General Tim Gall, the Commander of the Joint Forces. He told us more about the involvement of the Defence Force in the crisis. [more]

MPI minister slammed for fishing boat cameras report dismissal
Newly released emails have called into question the way the Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy dismissed a report into cameras on fishing boats. The Minister said in June scientists told him the report was "rubbish". But a top science adviser in an email says it was "robust and sound". The Green Party says the Minister has misled the public. [more]

Parker WBO title defence looms after lead-up trash talk
There's been plenty of trash talking in the leadup but it's finally decision time. Joseph Parker's WBO heavyweight title defence against England's Hughie Fury in Manchester on Sunday morning. [more]

Dunedin lawyer frustrated by fake names in state services
A Dunedin barrister says there's no way to hold ACC's Remote Claims Unit to account when its staff members use fake names. The use of pseudonyms by staff fearful of client abuse has come to light at the Ministry of Social Development. Now ACC admits its staff also use pseudonyms. Dunedin lawyer and ACC researcher Warren Forster tells us it's too hard for people to build relationships with their case managers when fake names are used. [more]

Home care cut without warning - Hutt Valley residents
Some Hutt Valley residents say they are shocked to learn their home-help is being cut back without warning. One caregiver says seven of her clients have had their care reduced, but they knew nothing about it until she told them. Her employer, Access, which is contracted by the DHB to look after 1,500 people in their homes, insists no-one would have their allocated care cut without being reassessed. [more]

NASA launches first asteroid-collecting mission
NASA will conduct their first-ever mission to collect an asteroid tomorrow, and it will likely get a boost from Mother Earth. Earth's gravity will slingshot Osiris-Rex towards an asteroid that's near Earth named Bennu. Scientists believe Bennu may have seeded the Earth with organic compounds that made life possible. Dr Christina Richey is the programme's deputy scientist. [more]

Chatham Islanders first to the polls tomorrow
They didn't get the right the vote until 1922, but Chatham Islanders will be be the first to get the opportunity tomorrow when their polling booth opens, three quarters of an hour ahead of the mainland. We spoke to the mayor, Alfred Preece, about how the election is tracking on the Chathams. [more]

Election on minds of Nga Manu Korero competitors
The general election has been on the minds of rangatahi taking part in the Nga Manu Korero national secondary schools' speech competition in New Plymouth. More than 52 schools from around Aotearoa are competing at the TSB Stadium in front of a panel of judges and hundreds of classmates, whanau and supporters. [more]

Election on minds of Nga Manu Korero competitors
The general election has been on the minds of rangatahi taking part in the Nga Manu Korero national secondary schools' speech competition in New Plymouth. More than 52 schools from around Aotearoa are competing at the TSB Stadium in front of a panel of judges and hundreds of classmates, whanau and supporters. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Cook Islands Maori for 22 September 2017
The latest news in Cook Islands maori (te Reo Maori Kuki Airani) - brougt to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Samoan for 22 September 2017
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Niuean for 22 September 2017
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Tongan for 22 September 2017
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Nights' Culture - Fergus Barrowman
Swing into the second hour of Nights with the smooth sound of jazz. Our culture vulture with sax appeal tonight is Fergus Barrowman who's intruducing us to the joy of sax...and all that jazz. (...and I think we've run out of jazz cliches!) [more]

Nine To Noon

Why are so many young people failing to engage in politics?
Today is the last day to enroll and already than 800,000 have had their say. But still more than 300-thousand people haven't done so - and just under half of them are 18 to 24 year olds. We are joined by year 13 student at Aucklands Ormiston Senior College, Anthony Hua - who says youth would vote if they thought their voice was heard and Laura O'Connell-Rapira who is the co-founder of Rock Enrol, an organisation that encourages young people to get out and vote. [more]

Costume designer & WOW judge Mio Guberinic
The annual spectacle and extravaganza that is WOW kicks off in Wellington tonight. Drawing an audience of over 55 thousand, the international design competition, which began in Nelson 30 years ago, attracts hundreds of entries - around half of them from overseas. Kathryn meets 2016 finalist, New York based costume designer Mio Guberinic, who's here to speak to this year's finalists and has been judging the store window-display competition among local retailers. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Digital disruption is creating a quiet sovereignty battle over who controls the upper air space over the South Pacific, a beetle is threatening disaster for Papua New Guinea's important coffee industry, and two fascinating new books on Fiji's divisive politics. [more]

Zen and the art of dog training
If you want to change a dog's behaviour get yourself a clicker, says animal behaviour consultant Mark Vette. Hercules – the beloved star of Toyota's 'bugger' ads – was one of Vette's dogs. [more]

50 years of Unity Books
Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books celebrates 50 years of the independent book shop and discusses the 'Unity Books at 50' anthology and Robert McCrum's "Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the End-Game" Tilly also reviews "Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the End-Game" by Robert McCrum. [more]

Music reviewer Grant Smithies?
Built around four feisty sisters, pioneering NYC punk-funk band ESG played live in punk dive bars while their records got a thrashing in early dance clubs Paradise Garage and Danceteria. We hear two key early tracks, alongside singles from local surf-rock reprobate The Mysterious Tape Man and slacker-rock super duo, Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Lydia Ko is back in the country ahead of next week's NZ Open - has she got her confidence and form back? [more]

The week that was with James Elliot and Elisabeth Easther
Where is Nambia? The world's longest golf hole at 20,000km long; and the mystery mourner who's been crashing every funeral at a local church for 14 years. [more]

Our Changing World

SOFIA - a flying telescope with a unique view of space
NASA's SOFIA observatory is a 2.5m telescope mounted in the back of a plane. It observes the birth and death of stars and the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 21 September 2017
Today we hear from our correspondent in the CNMI. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 21 September 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 22 September 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Ahi Kaa

Tāmaki Makaurau: the Te Wero debate 2017
Candidates for the Māori seat of Tāmaki Makaurau debate the issues of this election. The speakers are Peeni Henare, the sitting MP from the Labour Party, Shane Taurima from the Māori Party and Marama Davidson from the Greens. Chaired by Julian Wilcox, the debate was produced by Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, with the support of Te Māngai Paho. [more]

The Listen Anytime Library

The Changeover by Margaret Mahy - Ep 15
There is still the unfinished business of Laura's relationship with Sorrenson Carlisle - and the relationship of her mother with Chris Holly. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 21 September 2017
Dock & nettles, fish & plastic and NZ weather patterns. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 21 September 2017
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jane Clifton and Damon Salesa (Part 1)
Jacinda Ardern advocates kindness while Phil Twyford accuses National of setting a bad example for the kids. John Kerr from the Rail and Maritime Transport Union says more security is needed on Auckland trains. Boxer Jake "Raging Bull" LaMotta has died at the age of 95. NZ Rugby's chief medical officer Dr Ian Murphy explains how someone can survive so long after being bashed about the head like that. [more]

The Panel with Jane Clifton and Damon Salesa (Part 2)
A new study' found we get more emotional at altitude. What the Panelists Jane Clifton and Damon Salesa want to talk about. Road Safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson clears up the dazzle factor of LED and HID car lights. Is it ok to voice your opinion about anything and everything? [more]

Is kind politician an oxymoron?
Jacinda Ardern advocates kindness while Phil Twyford accuses National of setting a bad example for the kids. [more]

Auckland train security
John Kerr from the Rail and Maritime Transport Union says more security is needed on Auckland trains. [more]

Raging bull dies
Boxer Jake "Raging Bull" LaMotta has died at the age of 95. NZ Rugby's chief medical officer Dr Ian Murphy explains how someone can survive so long after being bashed about the head like that. [more]

Emotions ride high in the sky
A new study' found we get more emotional at altitude. [more]

Panel Says
Damon Salesa on the privilege of voting and Jane Clifton worries about electronic voting. [more]

Blinded by the (car) light
Road Safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson clears up the dazzle factor of LED and HID car lights. [more]

Having an opinion
Is it ok to voice your opinion about anything and everything? [more]

The Wireless

The Singles Life: What happened to political music in New Zealand?
In these trying times, political music feels like it would be more vital than ever - so where is it? Has political engagement in music disappeared? Or is something else going on? [more]

The Grow Room Profiles - Villette
This R&B songstress/producer has a forecast for women in the music industry. [more]

test - ignore
[more]

Upbeat

Women in the spotlight for APO 2018 season
Women step into the spotlight for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2018 season. Women appear in different roles across the season including A Woman’s Place marks 125 years of the suffragette movement, female conductors Gemma New, Xian Zhang and Tianyi Lu and Argentinan pianist Ingrid Fliter. [more]

Anahera will make you question everything
Liz and Peter Hunter have it all. A great marriage, successful careers, a beautiful house and two wonderful children. Until their son Harry goes missing. But all is not what you think. Anahera written by Emma Kinane, provokes a strong reaction while shining the spotlight on a big issue facing all layers of New Zealand society. [more]

Stars that burned too bright
Singer, actor, musician: all those skills are required when Cameron Goodall performs his solo show The Sound of Falling Stars. The cabaret work was created with Australian theatre veteran Robin Archer, who in 1979 did her own show about female singers who died young. From soul singer Sam Cooke to country artist Hank Williams and rock bad boy Kurt Cobain the question remains: why does the music business take such a huge toll on its favourite stars?    [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 21 September 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 21 September 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 21 September 2017
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 22 September 2017
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 September 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 September 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 September 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 September 2017
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 September 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

French Polynesian nuke victims group meeting again
The French Polynesia body looking at the aftermath of nuclear weapons tests by France has held its first meeting since the death of Bruno Barrillot earlier this year. [more]

MSD staff used false names, fearing attacks
Staff on the Ministry of Social Development's benefit review committee kept their identity secret on legal documents because they feared volatile clients. [more]

France offers $275 million to host World Cup
France is willing to pay World Rugby $275 million as a hosting fee to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup. [more]

England women's football coach sacked
England has sacked it's women's national team soccer head coach Mark Sampson as a consequence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour in a previous position. [more]

Maori Party president not concerned about Tongan endorsement
The New Zealand Maori party president says it's not his concern whether the Tongan king endorsed one of his candidates or not. [more]

Pakistani batsman banned for match-fixing
Pakistani batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban for his role in a spot- fixing scandal during this year's Pakistan Super League. [more]

Debate a reality TV spectacle
Opinion - Both leaders are worthy finalists in the battle to be New Zealand's Next Prime Minister, judging by last night's debate, writes David Slack. [more]

Quake topples Mexico City paralympic events
The world para swimming and powerlifting championships to be held in Mexico City later this month have been postponed following the devastating earthquake this week. [more]

Leaky homes: 'If you can't afford to pay for it, then tough luck'
Leaky home owners are struggling with escalating repair costs, adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to their debt. [more]

PNG diplomat takes up role at MSG
The Papua New Guinea diplomat Peter Eafeare has been appointed as the deputy director-general of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. [more]

Auckland's fuel crisis - what you need to know
A week after a pipeline failure caused a major aviation fuel shortage, airlines are adjusting to rations and the first tanker is on its way. [more]

Aviation fuel tanker to hit road for Auckland
The first of a fleet of tankers will hit the road today to transport jet fuel to Auckland Airport, as airlines say the worst of the disruption is over. [more]

First group of Australia's offshore detainees bound for US
Fifty-four refugees detained by Australia on Nauru and PNG's Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the United States. [more]

Call for Cooks death to be investigated
The family of a woman who died in the Cook Islands' Rarotonga Hospital earlier this month have called on the government to hold an inquiry into her death. [more]

US Geological Survey reports 6.4 magnitude earthquake near Vanuatu
US Geological Survey reports 6.4 magnitude earthquake near Vanuatu [more]

Puncture blows Bond's time trial hopes
A puncture has wrecked the chances for Olympic and World Champion rower, Hamish Bond in his cycling debut in the elite men's time trial at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Norway. [more]

Hurricane Maria: Power lost in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million people, emergency officials say. [more]

Vanuatu airline board sacked
The board of Vanuatu's international airline, Air Vanuatu, has been sacked. [more]

Frantic search for survivors at quake-hit Mexico school
A young girl has been dug out of the rubble of a school in Mexico City in the aftermath of yesterday's earthquake, which has left at least 225 dead. [more]

Rashford double helps Man Utd sink Burton
Marcus Rashford scored twice as holders Manchester United brushed aside second-tier Burton Albion 4-1 at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round of English football's League Cup. [more]

Whakamā to speak Te Reo? Don't be, teacher says
Many Māori are embarrassed to speak Te Reo, according to a new project, but its organiser says all they need is more support. [more]

Environmentalists object to firm's coal mine bid
A 100-year-old family firm is applying for a new coal mine on the West Coast, but will face opposition. [more]

US deal bittersweet for Manus Island detainees
Refugees detained on Manus Island say they have mixed feelings about news that 54 of Australia's offshore detainees have been accepted for resettlement in the US. [more]

Asylum seekers 'left couch surfing'
Asylum seekers given refugee status in New Zealand are being left to fend for themselves, ending up sleeping in churches and on couches, advocates say. [more]

Solomon Islands vulnerable to cyber-crimes
The Solomon Islands Director of Public Prosecution says the country does not have any existing laws to prosecute people who are engaged in cyber-crimes. [more]

A vote from the heart
Opinion - This election, who will you be casting your vote on behalf of, Deborah Mahuta-Coyle asks. [more]

Spain cracks down on Catalonia independence vote
Spain's national police have detained 14 Catalan officials and raided regional government ministries after declaring the independence vote illegal. [more]

VIDEO: Jacinda Ardern on Nine to Noon
Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern tells Kathryn Ryan her government would have to intervene to lift home ownership rates to what they once were. [more]

1000 coffee growers in Vanuatu certified organic
In Vanuatu, 1000 organic coffee farmers have been certified organic coffee farmers under Organic Pasifika`s certification standard. [more]

Sport: Waisale Serevi to captain Fiji Legends v Classic Wallabies
Waisale Serevi will dust off his boots to lead a Fiji Legends team against the Classic Wallabies in a sevens exhibition match in Suva this weekend. [more]

Tongan Consulate denies royal endorsement of Maori Party
Tonga's Consulate in Auckland has denied claims by Maori Party candidate Manase Lua that he was endorsed by King Tupou VI ahead of New Zealand's election on Saturday. [more]

Search continues in Catlins for missing man
Experts in searching waterways are joining the search in the Catlins Conservation Park for a missing Dunedin man. [more]

Gatland cost the Lions All Black series says Irish flanker
The British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland cost the side the series against the All Blacks says Irish flanker Sean O'Brien. [more]

Vege growers battle hail, humidity
Recent weather in the market garden town of Pukekohe is causing the perfect storm for crops to be affected by diseases, the local Vegetable Growers Association says. [more]

Miniscule amounts of neonic pesticides harmful - research
Neonic pesticides are "extremely harmful" to bees and other non-target species, even in barely-measurable amounts, new research shows. [more]

Police cleared by IPCA over machete threat shooting
Police were justified in shooting a man dead after he threatened officers with a machete, the police watchdog says. [more]

PNG PM and IMF at odds over district grants
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister says he is confident a supplementary budget will balance the books. [more]

Theft from Samoa church in Auckland funded gambling habit
An employee of the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in Auckland, who had been convicted of theft, has been jailed for two years and nine months. [more]

Raging Bull rages no more
Jake LaMotta, the former boxing champion whose life of violence in and out of the ring was portrayed in the movie "Raging Bull" has died. [more]

NZ Rugby says Smith investigation "on-going"
New Zealand Rugby is not putting any time frame on the on-going investigation into All Black Aaron Smith's conduct surrounding last year's "toilet tryst" at Christchurch airport. [more]

Immigration remains high, despite decrease in student migrants
Immigration levels remain high, with 72,100 people coming to live in New Zealand in the year ending August. [more]

Kerr youngest player to be offered NZ Cricket contract
The teenage Wellington leg spinner Amelia Kerr has become the youngest player to be offered an international contract by New Zealand Cricket. [more]

Strong Vanuatu quake a timely safety reminder
The manager of Vanuatu's geo-hazards department says this morning's 6.4 magnitude quake is a timely safety reminder. [more]

Sport: PNG Hunters claim underdog tag for final
The Papua New Guinea Hunters are claiming underdog status for this weekend's Intrust Super Cup rugby league grand final. [more]

New Caledonia courts told of school shooting incident
The public prosecutor in New Caledonia has given details about the shooting incident in which a bullet was fired into a classroom. [more]

Meeting in FSM by PNG central bank called an insult
An opposition MP in Papua New Guinea says a trip by the board and senior staff of the Bank of PNG to the Federated States of Micronesia for a meeting is an insult to the people of PNG. [more]

Auckland cafe fined for migrant worker exploitation
An Auckland cafe has to pay over $30,000 for a series of employment breaches against two migrant workers. [more]

Guam senator faces censure for role in CNMI power deal
A Guam senator, James Espaldon, is facing censure in the Guam Legislature for his role in the Northern Marianas Commonwealth Utilities Corporation's controversial generator purchase earlier this year. [more]

Samoa Airways explores Boeing 777 as next plane of choice
Samoa's national airline, Samoa Airways is exploring the acquisition of the world's largest twin jet airplane, the Boeing 777, as it's next plane of choice. [more]

Timaru to clear the air: Council brings in burner ban
A plan to tackle air pollution in Canterbury has been approved by the regional council, but councillors say it will not be fining people straight away. [more]

ACC admits its staff also use pseudonyms
ACC has confirmed it also uses fake names for staff, after it emerged the Ministry of Social Development uses pseudonyms to protect employees from "volatile clients". [more]

Tongan governor says he did no wrong in development spend
The Governor of Tonga's Ha'apai island group says the allocation of funds for the outer islands needs to be reviewed. [more]

Sporting events drive economic growth
Strong exports and solid retail spending from big sporting events are helping drive New Zealand's economic growth. [more]

Wellington council passes affordable housing plan
The council has voted unanimously in support of a taskforce's recommendations on a revamp of the city's housing policy. [more]

'Death trap' cycleway criticised over car parks
A Christchurch cyclist who was using the cycleway - which has been open less than a year - was left badly injured after a car turning into off-street parking hit him. [more]

Fuel crisis puts heat on flower industry
Flower growers and exporters are being hit hard by the airline fuel shortage, with some already losing business. [more]

$1.6m stolen from church to fund gambling habit
A staff member who stole more than $1.5 million from an Auckland church to fund a gambling habit has been jailed. [more]

Mānuka roots found to assist water quality
A new study has found that mānuka and kānuka plants reduce nitrate leaching into waterways. [more]

PARLIAMENT FIRE - Eyewitnesses say a person has caught fire in the Parliament grounds
PARLIAMENT FIRE - Eyewitnesses say a person has caught fire in the Parliament grounds [more]

$1bn Hamilton city 'gateway' planned
A $1 billion residential, tourism and recreational development is being proposed for just north of Hamilton. [more]

Deadly shooting sentencing: 'You stole my son's life'
Emotions boiled over at the High Court in Auckland as a man was jailed today for a fatal shooting. [more]

Heritage enthusiasts fear domino effect
Heritage enthusiasts are afraid there could be a domino effect if the owners of a 110-year-old building in Whanganui are allowed to demolish it. [more]

Whangarei pizza delivery driver killed in crash
Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash yesterday in which a pizza delivery driver was killed. [more]

REID POLL - National 45.8, Labour 37.3, Green 7.1, NZ First 7.1
REID POLL - National 45.8, Labour 37.3, Green 7.1, NZ First 7.1 [more]

Neck and neck: Nats near equal Labour-Greens in latest poll
Winston Peters appears to have the chance to choose between a relatively equal National Party or Labour-Green combination based on the latest Reid Research poll. [more]

Fuel crisis: No flight cancellations tomorrow - Air NZ
Air New Zealand says no flights will be cancelled tomorrow at Auckland airport because of fuel shortages, as repairs on the broken fuel pipe continue. [more]

Environmental group criticises coal-fired milk plant
The Coal Action Network is appalled that a brand new dairy factory near Gore will be powered by coal burners, despite the region developing cleaner options. [more]

Instinct, not policy, still winning at the ballot
Opinion - After seven weeks of policy debate, the right face at the right time could still be all it takes to change the government, Finlay Macdonald writes. [more]

Man set himself on fire at Parliament - police
Police say they have no idea why a man set himself on fire in the grounds of Parliament this afternoon. [more]

Fijian fisherman's family receives compensation
Fiji's minister for employment Jone Usamate has presented a cheque for compensation to family members of Fesaitu Riamkau. [more]

Petitioners call to allow 'ghost' votes after woman's death
Mehara Tamaki, 19, died this month and her whānau and friends are looking to honour her by pushing the government to change the law so votes like hers will count. [more]

US adds NZ dolphins to endangered species list
The United States has added the Hector and Māui dolphins to its list of endangered species. [more]

6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Vanuatu
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit Vanuatu, 85km northwest of Isangel, the US Geological Survey says. [more]

DairyNZ focused on wrong systems - farmer
DairyNZ only focuses on environmentally damaging grass-fed dairy systems, a farmer says, but the industry organisation has backed its science on the issue. [more]

Election17: The anxiety election
First Person - From nowhere, this election suddenly got interesting, and it has Craig McCulloch and the campaigning politicians he covers on edge. [more]

Strike forces cancellation of New Caledonia flight
A strike by some pilots has forced New Caledonia's international carrier to cancel Thursday's return flight from Noumea to Sydney. [more]

National party bus starts journey to finish line
The National Party leader is making his final run into the election, leading a two-day bus trip through the North Island to Auckland. [more]

Mongrel Mob members encouraged to vote
Two Electoral Commission staff have visited the Mongrel Mob headquarters in Wairoa to try to get more members there to enrol. [more]

North Korea says Trump's UN speech 'a dog's bark'
North Korea's top diplomat has called US President Donald Trump's speech to the UN "the sound of a barking dog". [more]

Those bloody women: Could they shift the vote?
Analysis - A sharp shift to the left in the UK election was down to the young vote - and young women in particular. Kim Griggs asks if the same thing could happen in New Zealand this Saturday. [more]