Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 7th December 2017

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This page features: Birds, Business News, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, Go Ahead Caller, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pants on Fire, Rural News, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News


Kawau paka
Silent except at nesting colonies and during courtship, the little shag's greeting call is used when approaching the nest to change over or to bring food. [more]

Business News

WeChat offers opportunities for NZ businesses
Local businesses are being urged to get on board with Chinese-based social media to capture business from tens-of-thousands of Chinese visitors and residents. [more]

Simple errors in the cloud expose small businesses to big risks
Businesses which store their own and client data in cloud-based software services are being warned to take steps to guard against growing risks to their security. [more]

Midday Markets for 8 December 2017
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Kate Tyro at Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Business briefs
Manufacturing is likely to have contributed little -- if anything -- to economic growth in the past quarter. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Better access to justice for Tongan women
Tonga's Ministry of Justice says a free legal service planned for Nuku'alofa aims to protect families and help victims of domestic violence. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 8 December 2017
RNZ Sport dissects the Black Caps start to the summer, New Zealand is set to host some of the world's top athletes at a series of track and field meetings, controversy continues to follow weightlifter Laurel Hubbard after her medal win at the world championships, and New Zealand backs Russia's ban from the Winter Olympics. [more]

Go Ahead Caller

Go Ahead Caller Ep 4 - 'Helen's Tips and White Supremacy'
Sage advice from Helen and fun ways to celebrate white supremacy. Written by Lee Baker Produced by Paul Casserly Voices - Darlene Mohekey and Paul Casserly Engineered by Rangi Powick [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Short Story Club 7 December
We discussed Floating by Laurence Fearnley.  [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 December 2017
Traces of a chemical have been found in milk from farms near Ohakea. Auckland avoids traffic snarl ups during train strike. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 December 2017
71 nominations from 27 sports have been received for the annual Halberg sports awards. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 8 December 2017
Auckland train workers are striking on Friday following plans by rail operator Transdev to reduce staff on Auckland trains to be driver-only. A medical trial has shown Pharmac was right when it made a controversial decision to fund the breast cancer drug Herceptin for just nine weeks of treatment. Christmas cheer, peace and goodwill are in short supply on the streets of Bethlehem with sporadic violence breaking out in the Occupied West Bank following Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Education Review Office is calling for a review of teacher training saying some institutions are teaching outdated methods and many of their graduates are not well prepared to do their job.  [more]

Sports News for 8 December 2017
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Sports News for 8 December 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sports News for 8 December 2017
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Nine To Noon

Changes for trainee teachers
The Education Council will unveil changes to the way new teachers are supported and mentored today. This follows a report by the Education Review Office which finds that too many new teachers are not well prepared enough to do their job. The ERO report finds that some teacher training courses use outdated teaching methods, and that trainee teachers should be required to meet higher standards. Lynn talks with Professor Letitia Fickel, head of school at Canterbury University's School of Teacher Education and Jack Boyle, President of the PPTA. [more]

Our threatened marae
Māmari Stephens Senior Lecturer, Te Kura Tātai Ture - Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington explores the threats facing marae despite their importance in our society. Her thoughts on the subject form part of this year's Journal of Urgent Writing, which contains a collection of stimulating essays with the aim of sparking national conversations. [more]

Concern over falling royal albatross numbers
The very hot summer is causing concern at the royal albatross colony at Tairoa Head on the tip of the Otago Peninsula. The breeding season got off to a promising start, but several weeks of searing temperatures has the potential to cause some nests to fail. The Department of Conservation has set up a camera link for the past couple of years, following the fortunes of a selected royal albatross chick until it flies away. Lynn Freeman speaks to the Royal Albatross Centre Operations Manager, Chris McCormack. [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
North Korea's denouncement of the joint military exercises between the South Korean and American militaries, and are we any closer to resolution on the Rohingya crisis? [more]

Rob Ruha: Māori music, mentorship and 'Moana'
2017 has been a massive year for self-described 'haka soul' musician Rob Ruha. In a track on his new album Survivance, Ruha pushes back against what he says is harmful misinformation about Māori history. [more]

Children's book review
Sarah Forster from the Sapling reviews It's my Egg (and you can't have it) by Heather Hunt and Kennedy Warne, and Toroa's Journey by Maria Gill and Gavin Mouldey. Both books are published by Potton and Burton. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor plays a mixed bag of singer-songwriters, from the Southern soul styles of Curtis Harding, to 80's mining Aussie Alex Cameron, indie doyen Angel Olsen, and the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel Of Love". [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics following an IOC investigation into state organised drug abuse, the Ashes seem destined to be returned to Australia following their second straight test win and the latest developments on the Ben Stokes saga. [more]

The week that was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court
A lighter look at the week including Christchurch's cold beer crisis and the British family who've decked out their house with Christmas lights just to annoy their neighbour! [more]

Our Changing World

Our Changing World for 7 December 2017
Penguin researchers head to Fiordland's forests to study the mysterious tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin. [more]

Tawaki - the mysterious forest penguin
Scientists are discovering that tawaki, or Fiordland crested penguins, living in MIlford Sound are thriving - and breaking all the penguin rules. [more]

Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire Ep 5 - The Tangled Web
Do our politicians lie to us? What are the lies that really matter in politics? Should we be worried, or do we just like to think all politicians lie? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 8 December 2017
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 8 December 2017
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

Tourist drivers
Less than 20% of NZTA's $25 million to make roads safer around tourists has been spent. [more]

House prices up again
There is now an over-supply of houses on the fringes of Auckland, in the west and south, and that means cheap buying. [more]

The Wireless

Best of the year 2017: Animals of NZ
As the year draws to a close, it is finally time to reflect. First up: the best Animals of 2017. [more]

A Dunedinite is launching a dating website for disabled people
Josh Perry, who has cerebral palsy, wants to break down barriers. [more]

Jackie Clark and The Aunties
How the pampered, private schooled daughter of Crown Lynn's founder became a breast baring battler for women. [more]


Spending the Festive season with Moses MacKay
Love it or hate it, Christmas music is everywhere this time of year. And it seems Sol3 Mio love Christmas, and the public love their new Christmas themed album. A Very Merry Christmas, which launched a couple of weeks ago and has already gone gold, features a uniquely Pacific flavour that only Moses Mackay and Pene and Amitai Pati can bring. Baritone Moses Mackay tries to convince a self-confessed Christmas Grinch, producer Zoe George that spending the festive season with Sol3 Mio is the way to go. [more]

World & Pacific News

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 8 December 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World , Pacific and Sports News for 7 December 2017
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

NZ unlikely to follow Oz move to ban foreign donations
The Prime Minister says the government is not planning to follow Australia's move to ban foreign political donations. [more]

Sri Lanka draw third test in India
Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva struck a heroic hundred and Roshen Silva made a gallant unbeaten 74 to help secure a morale-boosting draw in the final test against India. [more]

Smith pops sleeping pills during Ashes Test
The Australian cricket captain Steve Smith admits he had a couple of rough days during the second Ashes test and needed to pop a sleeping pill on the fourth night. [more]

Russian athletes appeal bans
Twenty-two Russian athletes banned for life by the International Olympic Committee for doping offences at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are appealing their ban. [more]

Clean water: 'It's the communities that have to pay'
Many councils would struggle to pay for mandatory water treatment and other proposed measures to make drinking water safer. [more]

Serena entered for Australian Open
Serena Williams has entered the Australian Open in January. [more]

'Silence Breakers' named Time's Person of the Year
Time magazine has named "the Silence Breakers" - women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment - as its "Person of the Year". [more]

What slowdown? House prices accelerate
The housing market has picked up pace again, according to the latest QV data. [more]

NZ weightlifting team united around Hubbard
Weightlifting New Zealand says their team is united heading towards the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. [more]

March in protest of oil spill pollution in New Caledonia
An estimated 250 people have marched in Noumea in protest at the authorities' silence over recent oil pollution in New Caledonia. [more]

Supermoon tides spare Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands has been spared damage from high tides and the effects of the recent supermoon but locals are on alert for next month. [more]

Insurance claims from bad weather top $240m
This year has seen record insurance payouts for weather-related claims with damage of more than $240 million. [more]

Concerns in Kiribati at high prices in outer islands
The Kiribati government says it will investigate claims of high charges put on commodities sold in the outer islands. [more]

US recognises Jerusalem as Israeli capital
Donald Trump's reversal of decades of US policy has been condemned by Palestinian leaders and prompted warnings from world leaders. [more]

Number of children in poverty dropping, but still severe - report
The number of children living in poverty is dropping, but thousands are still living in severe situations. [more]

Fonterra cuts milk price forecast
The dairy co-operative reduced its forecast payout to farmers because of volatile prices. [more]

World Rugby simplifies law book
Probably the most complicated rule book in world sport has just got a good deal clearer with World Rugby simplifying its version. [more]

Sport: Table tennis underlines golden day for Vanuatu
Vanuatu have made history with their double success in table tennis at the Pacific Mini Games. [more]

Health Ministry 'needs to be accountable'
There needs to be more accountability at the Health Ministry following a damning report on its performance, says a leading family doctor. [more]

New Caledonia fire services slams destruction of vehicle
The fire service in New Caledonia has condemned the theft and destruction of one of its vehicles. [more]

Formation of New Caledonia govt complete
The formation of New Caledonia's new government has been completed with the allocation of portfolios. [more]

Please tell us that is not your quote of the year
Politics and a Shortland Street cliff-hanger have dominated the annual quote of the year competition. [more]

Duck-like dinosaur discovered in Mongolia
Scientists have discovered a new duck-like dinosaur, which looks so strange that fossils were originally thought to be a fake. [more]

'It's all eroded, it's all gone. It's really sad'
Hotter days, more floods and landslides from rising sea levels are on the cards for Auckland by the end of the century. [more]

'Don't let your past predict your future'
Scholarships and prize-money have been awarded to 20 young people in state care at the annual William Wallace awards in Wellington. [more]

How much should you save for retirement?
Analysis - People often want an easy formula for how much they need to save for retirement - but working out how much they'll need to spend is crucial, writes Mary Holm. [more]

Archive project returns taonga to East coast iwi
Three Gisborne iwi will soon have access to more than 350 hours of historic audio from hui, wānanga and broadcasts through a planned radio series by Gisborne's Tūranga FM. [more]

Liverpool make it into the last 16
Five-time European kings Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League knockout phase with a 7-0 hammering of Spartak Moscow. [more]

Auckland Airbnb could be hit hard by new rates
Aucklanders who rent out entire properties to visitors for more than 20 weeks a year could be hit hard by new rates being pondered by the council. [more]

Auckland City out of Club World Cup
Auckland City have been eliminated from the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE after going down 1-nil to local side Al Jazira. [more]

Sport: Hard work ahead for Samoa 2019
The Samoa Olympic Committee is taking a keen interest in the Mini Games in Vanuatu as they prepare to host the next Pacific Games in 2019. [more]

Detained Kiwis say they are being offered cash to leave Australia
"I believe they're trying to do a big dump, get everybody out that they can" - Iwi n Aus co-founder. [more]

Sport: Cook Islands net fourth consecutive win
The Cook Islands netball side has continued their stunning run at the Nations cup tournament in Singapore. [more]

Cocaine bust: Three arrested in Wellington
Police have arrested three foreign nationals after seizing 1kg of cocaine in a police raid. [more]

Asbestos found in water supply of South Canterbury town
Asbestos has been found in the water supply of Temuka, but the council says it's safe to drink. [more]

Stokes named in England ODI squad
The Ben Stokes "circus" will continue throughout England's tour of Australia, with the allrounder provisionally included in the tourists' ODI squad. [more]

Briefings to incoming government ministers released
The briefings to incoming ministers - giving them an overview of their portfolios - have been released publicly today. [more]

Village-based women urged to seek Samoan chiefly titles
The number of women taking up Samoan chiefly titles is on the rise but a Samoan academic is urging for more village-based women to put themselves forward. [more]

Government agencies are investigating potential water contamination around Ohakea and Woodbourne airbases
Government agencies are investigating potential water contamination around Ohakea and Woodbourne airbases [more]

Nutritionist urges people of Guam to choose fresh local products
A nutritionist from Guam is urging the public to consume more fresh, local products as part of an effort to tackle health issues facing the country. [more]

New centre for Tongan women experiencing violence
Tongan women will be offered free legal advice over domestic violence incidents at a centre due to open early next year. [more]

Fiji Airways to resume flights to Japan
Fiji Airways says it will re introduce direct flights between Fiji and Japan next year. [more]

No relief from hot, dry weather in the near future
Regions left parched by the hot, dry weather across the country can expect little relief as two fronts are set to hit the South Island over the next few days. [more]

Mental health patients held in Cook Islands jail
The Cook Islands Minister of Health says mental health patients are being held in prison because their is no dedicated mental health facility. [more]

Tourist who went missing after going for a run in the Blue Lake area near Rotorua found
Tourist who went missing after going for a run in the Blue Lake area near Rotorua found [more]

Tourist found after going missing during short run
A British woman missing in the Blue Lake area near Rotorua since last night has been found safe and well. [more]

Agencies investigating potential water contamination
Government agencies are investigating potential water contamination around Ohakea and Woodbourne airbases. [more]

Rural schools struggle to fill key high school teaching jobs
A school principal says potential applicants are put off by the isolation. [more]

Waikato DHB misses health targets
The embattled Waikato District Health Board has failed to meet some key government health targets in the past year. [more]

Huge 'head-sized' avo in world record bid
A woman in Hawaii may have found the world's biggest avocado, reports say. [more]

No memory of letter alleging abuse - headmaster says
A former headmaster of Wanganui Collegiate has told a court he has no recollection of getting an anonymous letter making allegations about one of his teachers. [more]

Fiji govt urged to legislate for more women in leadership
Fiji opposition whip says the government needs to stop paying lip service to gender equality in leadership. [more]

2017: Are we there yet?
Hands up who thought we'd all be living through a nuclear winter by now? Kate Newton takes a non-exhaustive look at an exhausting year. [more]

NZ commits funding for Tokelau cable link
New Zealand is committing an extra $US15.1 million to Tokelau for a new undersea internet cable. [more]

Police officer's 'high-risk' carotid hold not justified - IPCA
A police officer used excessive force by putting a man in a carotid hold during an arrest in Wellington, the IPCA has ruled. [more]

Council chooses cheapest option for stalled cycle track
Southland's council has chosen the cheapest option to finish a controversial cycle trail that has been stalled for several years. [more]

Pacific women MPs inspired by New Zealand PM
Pacific women MPs say New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern is a real inspiration for them. [more]

150 households near Ohakea and Woodbourne airbases may have contaminated drinking water.
150 households near Ohakea and Woodbourne airbases may have contaminated drinking water. [more]

Helicopter crash revealed a culture of pilots pushing limits
A fatal helicopter crash shows there is a culture of pilots pushing aircraft to their limits, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission says. [more]

Russia won't stop athletes from competing
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if they want to. [more]

Swim Australia hire former HPSNZ boss
Swimming Australia (SA) have appointed former High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ) boss Alex Baumann in the new role of high performance chief strategist. [more]

Sitak shocked by teen at NZ champs
Defending men's champion Artem Sitak has suffered shock quarterfinal defeat at the New Zealand Tennis Championships in Auckland. [more]

NZ parliamentary committee gets West Papua briefing
A New Zealand parliament select committee has heard there is currently no pathway for West Papua to be put on the UN decolonisation list. [more]

Kiwis still trying to travel to join extremist groups
New Zealanders are still attempting to travel overseas to join extremist groups, a briefing to the minister says. [more]

Some polytechnics are at risk - briefing warns
Some polytechnics are at risk of tipping over and more needs to be done for children with special needs, government agencies are warning the Education Minister. [more]

Auckland rail strike could affect 30,000
More than 30,000 Auckland commuters' travel plans could be derailed tomorrow, with trains to grind to a halt due to a planned 24-hour strike. [more]

Long haul delays, cancellations to last weeks
Air New Zealand is cancelling some flights and delaying others because of engine problems with its long haul fleet. [more]

One month without tap water around airbases
People living near Ohakea and Woodbourne defence bases are being told not to drink their tap water for at least a month while the supply is tested for contamination. [more]

NZ won't follow Trump's lead on Jerusalem - Govt
Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital will make it more difficult to reach peace in the region, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. [more]

PNG civil servants locked out
A group of public servants in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby have been locked out of their offices since Tuesday. [more]

Caledonian Union general-secretary suspended
The general secretary of the Caledonian Union has been suspended over unspecified wrongdoing. [more]

Russia and Indonesia hold military exercise in Papua
Russian military personnel are in Indonesia's Papua this week for what is described as navigation and sightseeing. [more]

Free medical clinics in American Samoa get huge numbers
There have been large crowds of American Samoans taking advantage of free medical clinics provided by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. [more]

NZ teen flew to US to meet sex offender
A New Zealand teenager travelling on a one-way ticket to the United States to meet a convicted sex offender was stopped at the border. [more]

Former teacher on trial for sexual abuse
A former Wanganui Collegiate music teacher groomed and sexually abused a student over four years, the Crown says. [more]

Manus Island refugees still short of water, food and power
Men exiled to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island by Australia say they continue to experience food, water and electricity shortages despite being moved to three new facilitites. [more]

'I've never known a year like it'
Wellington's unusually long spell of sunny weather has forced authorities to dip into its storage lakes two months earlier than usual. [more]

Man jailed for armed robberies trying to feed family - court told
A man who robbed three businesses in the Porirua area was trying to find money to support his family, a court has been told. [more]

Surge in demand for social housing revealed in briefing paper
Demand for social housing has sky-rocketed, increasing by 72 percent in the past two years, according to a new briefing paper. [more]

Auckland housing shortage worsens
Auckland's housing shortage has worsened, to 45,000 homes. [more]

Milk prices could drop more
Another drop in milk prices could be on the cards for farmers this season, says a dairy analyst. [more]

Chlorine for Christchurch?
The government could force Christchurch to put chlorine in its drinking water. [more]

Australia approves same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after a groundbreaking bill was passed in the House of Representatives. [more]

Light quake near Nelson
A 5.0 quake in Nelson has jolted the South Island, and parts of the lower North Island. [more]

'How is a parent supposed to survive on $20?'
Alana Takimoana's daughter is five years old - some days she can't afford to buy her breakfast or lunch. [more]