Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 1st February 2018

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Business News

Evening business for Thursday 1 February
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 2 February 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 2 February 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 2 February 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Consumer confidence rebounds in January
Consumer confidence has rebounded as the housing market has settled and political uncertainty has faded. [more]

Data shows economy ended year mixed
The economy had a mixed finish to 2017, according to some official figures. [more]

Creditors of Solid Energy getting back more money
Creditors of the failed state coal miner, Solid Energy, are getting back more money than expected, because of rising coal prices. [more]

Midday Markets for Friday 2 February 2018
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite at FNZC. [more]

Briscoe Group expects record full-year profit
Homeware and sporting goods retailer, Briscoe Group, is forecasting a record full-year profit because of strong sales. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell for Thursday, February 1 2018
Watch Thursday's full show here. [more]

State of emergency declared in Dunedin
Sewage has flown on to the streets in Dunedin, prompting the council to warn all stormwater should be treated as contaminated. Civil Defence Controller Sandy Graham joins Checkpoint with the latest. [more]

100 evacuated amid Buller state of emergency
More than 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Westport today, and most will spend the night in evacuation centres. Buller District Mayor Garry Howard describes the flooding. [more]

Westland coast an absolute mess - mayor
Hundreds of trees have come down in Westland on the West Coast. Westland Mayor Bruce Smith describes the carnage, telling John Campbell he's 'never seen anything like this'. [more]

Reporter’s lucky escape as tree crashes down on her car
RNZ's Nelson Marlborough reporter Tracy Neal had a lucky escape as a tree crashed through the parked car she was sitting in as she stopped to file a story. She describes what happened. [more]

Nelson's Boathouse damaged during storm surge
The 112-year-old iconic Boathouse building in Nelson suffered extensive water damage during the storm surge today. Assistant manager Amie-Jo talks to John Campbell. [more]

Nelson storm surges highest in living memory
About 50 people who evacuated their homes in the Nelson/Tasman region today will spend the night in an evacuation centre. Paul Shattock of Nelson City Council has with latest. [more]

Nelson Airport buildings damaged, flights cancelled
Flights were delayed, cancelled and diverted throughout the country today. Some of Nelson Airport's buildings were damaged. Its CEO Rob Evans with the latest. [more]

Waitara residents urged to stay away from homes ahead of high tide
Residents of about 30 properties at East Beach in Waitara are being asked to stay away from their homes ahead of the high tide at about midnight. Robin Martin spoke to some of them. [more]

King tide closes Auckland coastal road
Auckland is preparing for another king tide to hit after the one this morning sparked commuter chaos. Rowan Quinn reports. [more]

Checkpoint weather: Thursday February 1, 2018
MetService meteorologist John Law with the latest weather forecast. [more]

Govt announces Royal Commission into abuse in state care
The government has announced it will hold a Royal Commission into state abuse which will be chaired by former Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand. [more]

Fire in Dunedin destroyed three buildings, threatened homes
People evacuated from a large industrial fire in Dunedin overnight feared their houses would be lost as embers set their backyards alight. [more]

Rare super moon delights star gazers
Lucky astronomers and star gazers across the country were treated to a rare 'super blood moon' combined with a total lunar eclipse overnight. [more]

Drought, fire, now a flood in Dunedin
There were fears flooding in Dunedin could be as bad as the 2015 floods, but it appears the city has "dodged a bullet", RNZ reporter Ian Telfer says. [more]

Wild weather across the West Coast
Hari Hari farmer Murray Wyatt says the storm quickly got worse, ripping trees out of the ground. RNZ reporter Conan Young explores just how extreme the weather was on the West Coast. [more]

King tide and high winds create damaging storm
More than 100 people are preparing to spend the night in evacuation centres in Westport and Buller, and another 50 in the Nelson/Tasman region. Zac Fleming reports. [more]

High tide, strong winds close roads throughout NZ
Neil Walker from NZTA with the latest on road closures throughout the country. [more]

Dateline Pacific

FIFA World Cup visit bittersweet for Solomon Islands
The FIFA World Cup Trophy is in Solomon Islands for the first time but football fans are struggling to see it as it is not allowed out of the airport terminal because of security concerns.       [more]

Dengue outbreak declared in Tonga
Tonga has declared a dengue outbreak following the death of a 12-year-old New Zealand girl in the country last week. [more]

Kiribati holding out hope for more survivors of ferry disaster
People in Kiribati are holding out hope that more passengers lost at sea after their ferry sank a fortnight ago will be found. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 1 February 2018
People in Kiribati are holding out hope that more passengers lost at sea after their ferry sank a fortnight ago will be found; the FIFA World Cup Trophy is in Solomon Islands for the first time but football fans are struggling to see it as it is not allowed out of the airport terminal because of security concerns; Tonga has declared a dengue outbreak following the death of a 12-year-old New Zealand girl in the country last week; Fiji's government says recent attacks on Hindu temples in the country are designed to divide Fiji; the premier of Niue has agreed to delay the introduction of a new regime for businesses importing goods by ship; a student photographer from the Cook Islands hopes her photos of abandoned homes on the island of Mangaia will bring home the country's depopulation problem. [more]

Sport: Contract saga a distraction for Fiji 7s
Fiji sevens players have been mulling over new contracts while trying to prepare for World Series tournaments in Australia and New Zealand. [more]

New Zealand minister helps Nauru celebrate 50 years
The New Zealand minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio this week made the first visit by a New Zealand government minister to Nauru in 12 years. [more]

Catholic Church in PNG's Rabaul tackles land fraud
The Catholic Church in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea says the sale of several large parcels of land to a Malaysian logging company at Putput in East New Britain is fraudulent. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 2 February 2018
The Catholic Church in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea says the sale of several large parcels of land to a Malaysian logging company at Putput in East New Britain is fraudulent; the New Zealand minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio this week made the first visit by a New Zealand government minister to Nauru; people in Kiribati are holding out hope that more passengers lost at sea after their ferry sank a fortnight ago will be found; the FIFA World Cup Trophy is in Solomon Islands for the first time but football fans are struggling to see it as it is not allowed out of the airport terminal because of security concerns; Tonga has declared a dengue outbreak following the death of a 12-year-old New Zealand girl in the country last week; Fiji sevens players have been mulling over new contracts while trying to prepare for World Series tournaments in Australia and New Zealand. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Goodbye heat, hello summer storm
Former Tropical cyclone Fehi is causing chaos across the country, with some residents told to evacuate their homes. Heavy rain has caused flooding in Auckland while the South prepares for the onslaught.  [more]

Traumatic brain injury and dementia
A new study has found that people with traumatic brain injury are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia, decades after the injury.  [more]

An app for co-parenting
School trips, doctors appointments, holidays...organising children can be stressful, even more so when parents aren't together. Now there's a new app to help stop kids being stuck in the middle of feuding, separated parents.  [more]

Great album
Protection by Massive Attack . [more]

Theatre Critic John Smythe
John reviews Joan, which is on at Circa Theatre. [more]

Simon Wilson: Why Cycling is good for drivers
Simon Wilson argues that cycling is good for drivers and good for taxpayers, and should be encouraged in our biggest city. [more]

NZ's most unsuccessful gold-rush
New Zealand has seen some of the greatest gold-rushes in the world. Historian, Grant Morris of Victoria University has been digging into Wellington's past and the brief and unsuccessful Karori gold-rush. [more]

Short Story Club
Today we will discuss Marae Shuffle by Apirana Taylor. Have a read and email us your thoughts, to be in to win a copy of his latest novel, Five Strings. [more]

Tell me about your thesis
For his thesis, mountain biker, Matt Miller invented the invented the Brake Power Meter, which automatically measures braking power and time spent braking while you ride, which is a world first.  [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 1 February 2018
Government releases details of child abuse inquiry, another day in the house, and in Dateline Pacific - People in Kiribati are still hoping passengers on a lost ferry, will be found. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for Friday 2 February 2018
A large slip traps hundreds of tourists in Haast. As other hard hit areas start their cleanup. [more]

Midday Sports News for Friday 2 February 2018
Veteran athletes Dame Valerie Adams and Nick Willis head the 15 strong New Zealand athletics team named this morning for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 2 February 2018
Thousands are without power, roads are closed and people are stranded following yesterday's storm that swept across the country, 115 people are stranded between Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and news is coming of a massive road washout near Punakiki, And a Royal Commission to investigate abuse in state institutions. [more]

Sports News for 2 February 2018
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Weather: Storm Fehi batters NZ, rain persists
Thousands of people are still without power, roads are closed and flights have been disrupted by the remnants of tropical storm Fehi that has swept across the country. Fehi brought winds of up to 160km/h, torrential rain to coastal areas and a destructive combination of storm surges and king tides. Buller District and Dunedin City councils issued states of emergency yesterday so they had the power to order evacuations. In Dunedin the stormwater drains couldn't cope as 40mm of rain fell and overflows forced sewage on to some streets. People were also been forced out of their homes in the Nelson and Taranaki areas. At least 115 motorists including a busload of tourists remain stranded near Fox Glacier by downed power lines and trees blocking the State Highway. Westland Civil Defence's Andrew Thompson says attempts to reach them had to be abandoned for the night. Later on Friday morning, more heavy rain is forecast in the northwest of the South Island and central North Island. The heaviest rain is expected to fall in Westland, Buller, northwest Nelson, and the Canterbury high country. [more]

Weather: Scores of travellers stranded overnight
About 70 travellers stranded on the West Coast by the extreme weather were put up last night in two welfare centres in Hokitika. A further approximately 90 motorists spent the night in their cars near Fox Glacier awaiting further assistance by helicopter early on Friday morning. Derek Blight of the Westland District Council told RNZ's Karen Brown that those being looked after in Hokitika were caught out by the weather and road closures. [more]

Weather: Westport homes flooded in storm Fehi
A couple who live close to an estuary near Westport had their home flooded early yesterday and sat out the day in their caravan. Ruth Vaega and her husband had to get out quickly with their daughter and grandchildren. They fled to their caravan on dry ground nearby, staying there until yesterday evening when they found refuge at a friend's house. Mrs Vaega say they were prepared for king tides and flooding, but not for how fast it unfolded. [more]

Weather: Thousands without power across NZ
At least 2000 homes in Fox Glacier and Iangahua areas are affected while at least 3500 properties in Hokitika, Hari Hari and Whataroa are being supported by local power generators. In the Tasman area, all of Glenduan is without power, as well as Point Road in Monaco and Ranier and Martin Streets in Stoke. Over 500 without power in Christchurch mostly around the Port Hills including Charteris Bay, Governors Bay and Lyttleton. And in the Coromandel about 300 homes are without power in Port Jackson and Little Bay. [more]

Weather: Huge cleanup across NZ after storm Fehi
It's going to be a big cleanup for many parts of the country today after Thursday's storm. The remnants of tropical storm Fehi brought winds of up to 160km/h, torrential rain to coastal areas and a destructive combination of storm surges and king tides. Thousands are still without power across the country and south of Greymouth 115 motorists stranded on the state highway near Franz Josef. They've spent the night in their vehicles after downed power lines and trees blocked the State Highway. They include young tourists on a Kiwi Experience bus. Westland civil defence is hoping to get a helicopter in the air about now to check on. Further north in Buller the high tide has come and gone and thankfully has not resulted in another major storm surge. The district council says all those who had to leave their homes are safe and sound in motels or with friends and family. Buller's mayor Garry Howard says some homes have been affected by untreated sewage after torrential flooding [more]

Weather: Helicopter heads to West Coast stranded travellers
Westland Civil Defence is hoping to get a helicopter in the air about now to check on 115 motorists stranded on road near Franz Josef. They've spent the night in their vehicles after downed power lines and trees blocked the State Highway. They include young tourists on a Kiwi Experience bus. In Wellington there were major flight disruptions because of yesterday's strong winds. Flights in and out of the capital were cancelled and delayed, with many passengers saying they didn't know what was going on. At about 5pm on Thursday Levin woman Barbara Petherick was still waiting for her daughter, who left Melbourne for Wellington more than seventeen hours earlier. She says they were left in the dark and had no idea when she'd finally arrive. In Auckland, Tamaki Drive continued to take a battering overnight. MetService's duty forecaster joins Susie Ferguson with the latest forecast for Friday and the weekend. [more]

Christchurch fights fires as rest of NZ drenched
While much of the country was being drenched, Christchurch continued to swelter yesterday. Fires continued to flare up in the region and one at West Melton that burned through 10 hectares of farmland forced the evacuation of about 50 people living nearby. Their homes were evacuated as a precaution although residents were later allowed to return home. Dave Stackhouse from Fire and Emergency is the Area Commander for Christchurch, and joins us with the latest. [more]

Weather: Helicopter heads to West Coast stranded travellers
Westland Civil Defence is hoping to get a helicopter in the air about now to check on 115 motorists stranded on road near Franz Josef. They've spent the night in their vehicles after downed power lines and trees blocked the State Highway. They include young tourists on a Kiwi Experience bus. In Wellington there were major flight disruptions because of yesterday's strong winds. Flights in and out of the capital were cancelled and delayed, with many passengers saying they didn't know what was going on. At about 5pm on Thursday Levin woman Barbara Petherick was still waiting for her daughter, who left Melbourne for Wellington more than seventeen hours earlier. She says they were left in the dark and had no idea when she'd finally arrive. In Auckland, Tamaki Drive continued to take a battering overnight. MetService's duty forecaster Raveen Das joins Susie Ferguson with the latest forecast for Friday and the weekend. [more]

Sports News for 2 February 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Weather: West Coast, Dunedin battered by storm Fehi
Thousands of people are still without power, roads are closed and flights have been disrupted by the remnants of tropical storm Fehi that swept across the country. Fehi brought winds of up to 160km/h, torrential rain and to coastal areas, a destructive combination of storm surges and king tides. At least 115 motorists were stranded in their vehicles overnight near Fox Glacier after downed power lines and trees blocked the State Highway 6. Further up the island the town of Hokitika pulled out the stops last night to provide beds and food for some 70 stranded travellers caught up in the extreme weather. Two welfare centres were set up, with 30 people at one and a further 70 elsewhere in the town. Council worker Derek Blight said the emergency accommodation was needed and welcomed. In Dunedin the stormwater drains couldn't cope as 40 millimetres of rain fell and overflows forced sewage onto some streets. People were also been forced out of their homes in the Nelson and Taranaki areas. One woman who had to flee from her flooded house near Westport says she is not expecting to be able to get back into her house quickly. King tides rose rapidly and before she knew it, Ruth Vaega and her grandchildren were wading inside their Snodgrass Road house. The grandchildren and their mother were able to get out by car, with Ruth and her husband opting to sit in their caravan on high ground all day. [more]

Weather: West Coast towns cut off, SH6 closed
The West Coast is facing a major clean-up after the region was battered by tropical storm Fehi on Thursday, and the rain is still falling there. The main road, State Highway 6, has been hit by washouts, fallen trees and powerlines. RNZ reporter Conan Young is at Punakaiki and describes the scene to Guyon Espiner. [more]

Weather: Work underway to free stranded travellers
helicopter took off just before 7am to survey roads in West Coast and also to check on the 115 stranded tourists near Franz Josef glacier. The police are coordinating their rescue and evacuation - they did have water and shelter overnight. News of their situation will come after 8am, but first we talk to chief executive of the Westland District Council, Simon Bastion. [more]

Weather: Heavy rain, 4m tides swamp Nelson
The Nelson region was battered on Friday by large four-metre tides, causing damage to roads, the waterfront, the airport and local businesses. Residents in low-lying coastal areas around Tasman Bay in the Nelson region were evacuated as the storm surge breached the usual high tide mark and rolled through homes and businesses. Properties in Nelson city, Mapua and Ruby Bay were flooded by the large waves while pockets of Golden Bay were also affected when the sea rose up over roads. The region has woken to a calm, clear morning and will now be assessing the damage. Nelson reporter Tracy Neal tells Morning Report of her experience. [more]

Sir Anand Satyanand heads state care abuse inquiry
The government has launched a Royal Commission to investigate abuse in state institutions but there is still scope for the inquiry to be widened. It will be chaired by the former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, and will look into abuse between 1950 and 1999. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expects the government will make a state-wide apology for historical state care abuse once the inquiry is complete. Sir Anand joins Susie Ferguson to discuss the inquiry scope. [more]

Weather: Taranaki hit by storm Fehi
At Port Taranaki the lee breakwater, public boat ramp and carpark will remain closed on Friday to allow for emergency repairs. Meanwhile Civil Defence says the properties threatened by the high tide at Waitara had got through the night unscathed. RNZ Taranaki reporter Robin Martin is at the port and describes the scene. [more]

Weather: Buller faces big clean-up after storm Fehi
The West Coast has been battered on Thursday by the remnants of tropical cyclone Fehi. Buller District Mayor Garry Howard tells Guyon Espiner they're glad it's calmed down by Friday morning, but they're expecting another king tide. [more]

Govt ticks off first 100 days - political analysis
In its first major test, the government has managed to largely tick off the list of actions it promised to take in its first 100 days. Saturday marks the deadline. Labour produced an ambitious 100-day list during the election campaign - spanning legisation for a foreign house buyers ban, providing a year's fees free tertiary, resuming payments to the Superannuation Fund and establishing various high level inquiries. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson joins Susie Ferguson to have a look at how they've done. [more]

Sports News for 2 February 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Lorde's Israel scrap: NZ activists surprised at suing
Two New Zealand activists who urged Lorde to cancel her concerts in Israel says they were surprised when they were told an Israeli legal group was suing them. [more]

State care abuse survivors welcome inquiry
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care hopes to begin hearing submissions by the middle of the year. It will cover state run institutions like child welfare homes, borstals or psychiatric hospitals, and where the government contracted services out to other institutions. RNZ Maori correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes has been covering this story and has spoken to many survivors of abuse in state care. [more]

Abuse victims hope Royal Commission will bring closure
Robert Epere was a young teenager when he ended up in state care at the Kohitere Boys Training Centre in Levin in the 1970s, where he was abused. He talked to RNZ political reporter Mei Heron. [more]

Jacinda Ardern starts five days in Waitangi
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern starts her five day trip to Northland with a meeting with iwi leaders on Friday. Ms Ardern along with some of her cabinet ministers will hold a hui with the Iwi Chairs Forum and afterwards she'll meet with the Maori warderns, Northland mayors and members of the Maori womens welfare league. In Waitangi with the Prime Minister is Te Manu Korihi reporter Shannon Haunui-Thompson. She discusses the importance of the Ms Ardern's visit with Susie Ferguson. [more]

Greens co-leadership contest begins - analysis
The contest for the Green Party's co-leadership gets underway in earnest today with nominations opening for the job left vacant when Metiria Turei resigned amid a benefit fraud contoversy. Marama Davidson and Julie-Anne Genter are expected to confirm their candidacy while the party's youngest MP, the high profile Chloe Swarbrick has already ruled herself out of contention. Joining us to discuss how the race is shaping up, and other possible candidates, are poltical commentators Bronwyn Hayward and Morgan Godfery. [more]

Weather: Otago farmer delighted by downpour
While yesterday's rain has been the cause of chaos in some parts of New Zealand, in other parts, it's been a blessing. Farmers in Otago and Southland are rejoicing as the heavy rain has finally marked an end to the drought. Earlier in the week we spoke to Gary Kelliher, a farmer who runs sheep and deer on 500 hectares in the Manuherikia Valley 6km out of Alexandra in Otago. He tells us Thursday's rain was very welcome. [more]

Locals fear airbase water contamination behind illnesses
The Defence Force face prosecution for contaminating groundwater with toxic chemicals used in fire-fighting foam. It has admitted the chemicals have leached into soil and water near bases at Ohakea and Woodbourne and contaminated seven properties. Residents living near Ohakea Airbase say they are still in the dark about the level of threat they face. [more]

What can NZ learn from US opioid crisis?
A forensic pathologist is warning the New Zealand health community to learn from the American opioid crisis before it's too late. In an article published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, Dr Paul Morrow from Auckland City Hospital says data needs to be collected and analysed more quickly about suspected drug overdose deaths. That way the community is given an 'early warning' about a possible impending opioid death epidemic. Dr Morrow joins Guyon Espiner to discuss. [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 Island Maori for 2 February 2018
The latest news in Cook Island Maori language. [more]

News in Niuean for 2 Februaruy 2018
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Samoan for 2 February 2018
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Tongan for 2 February 2018
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Te Reo or Mandarin...or both??
Learning another foreign language, does not have to come at the expense of learning Te Reo Māori according to our first guests this evening. Will Flavell teaches Te Reo Māori and Japanese at Rutherford High School in West Auckland - Lisa Olsen-Brown is doing something similar at Waikirikiri School in Gisbourne - with Reo and Mandarin. [more]

Incoming Tide
With king tides causing problems around the country, Glen Rowe from the New Zealand Hydrographic Authority joins us to share his tidal knowledge. [more]

Nine To Noon

Kiribati calls off aerial search for sunken ferry passengers
The Kiribati government has asked for the search for survivors of the Kiribati ferry disaster to be abandoned. Upwards of 80 people are missing and feared dead, including 23 children. The Kiribati government is also promising a full inquiry. The seven survivors who have been rescued are expected to arrive in the capital on Saturday. Kathryn Ryan talks to New Zealand rescue coordination centre's Kevin Banaghan and the editor of Radio Kiribati News, Rikamati Naare. [more]

ZEALANDIA goes beyond the fence
Wellington's ZEALANDIA wildlife centre is going beyond its predator proof fence and expanding its conservation aims with a new research centre and ambitious new long term goals. In just 22 years the sanctuary has helped the Capital become one of the only cities in the world where the diversity of native birds is increasing. Now it has just announced it will establish a centre to support its ongoing research and new 'Sanctuary to the Sea' strategy. ZEALANDIA is the world's first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with a 500-year restoration vision. [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
Anna Fifield reports from Seoul where Winter Olympics' officials contend with minus 25 degree temperatures and a roof-less stadium ahead of the games starting next week with North Korean athletes participating. [more]

Two groups trapped by storm in Westland
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith with the latest on the aftermath of ex-Cyclone Fehi where two separate groups of travellers are trapped. Also Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn on the damage to his district. [more]

Dr Rob Whitbourne: Going Bush
As a DoC ranger, and Kaitakawaenga doing conservation work on Maori land in the North Island, Dr Rob Whitbourne has hands-on experience of the local environment. After spending much of his life outdoors, and combining practical know-how with a solid academic record, Rob is keen to share his extensive knowledge of the bush, native plants and Rongoa Maori medicine with others. He talks to Kathryn Ryan from the DoC offices in Whakatane. [more]

Unity Books review - Best of 2017
Tilly Lloyd reviews: False River by Paula Morris, published by Penguin. Road to Ruin: the Global Elite's Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis by James Rickards, published by Penguin. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
Having resolutely failed to listen to any new music at all over the New Year period, Jeremy Taylor ponders a (non-existent) soundtrack to Lizzy Goodman's excellent oral history "Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011". [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Ahead of the Winter Olympics, 28 Russian athletes have their Olympic doping bans overturned, throwing the International Olympic Committee's policy on Russian doping into turmoil and there's heavy criticism here from within cricket circles levelled at the IPL T20 auction, described as 'brutal' 'archaic' 'cruel' and 'humiliating'. [more]

The Week that Was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court
Our comedians discuss the funnier stories of the week including how hundreds of highly-classifed Australian Cabinet files ended up in a second hand shop. [more]

Our Changing World

Our Changing World for 1 February 2018
Chemical camouflage is put to the test in the Mckenzie Basin to see if it can protect nesting shore birds from predators, and the discovery of the first male in an all-female population of stick insects. [more]

Discovered - the 'missing' male stick insect
A male stick insect belonging to an all female group of New Zealand stick insects has been discovered for the first time - in the UK. [more]

Chemical camouflage - putting predators off the scent
Could chemical camouflage save rare birds by putting predators off the scent? Ecologists are testing the idea in the Mackenzie Basin. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 1 February 2018
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Northern Marianas. [more]

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Question Time for 1 February 2018
Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What role will the Living Standards Framework play in the Government’s economic strategy? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the accuracy of all his answers to oral questions to date? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: What plans does she have to protect freshwater fisheries and their habitats? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by all of his Government’s Justice policies? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister of Police: What is he doing to support crime prevention for high-risk retail businesses? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the Health portfolio? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Transport: From what source, and in what proportions, is the National Land Transport Fund funded? ANGIE WARREN-CLARK to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What were her key considerations when establishing the Inquiry into historical abuse in state care? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his statements? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: Does she stand by all her answers to written questions? LOUISA WALL to the Minister of Customs: What advice has she received regarding the role Customs plays in reducing harm to New Zealand families, whānau, and communities? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 February 2018
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for Friday 2 February 2018
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The House

Cattle rustling bill passes first reading
A bill to introduce harsher penalties for livestock rustlers has passed its first reading in the House. [more]

The House On Demand

The House for 1035pm Thurs 1 Feb
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 1 February 2018
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 1 February 2018
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Finlay Macdonald (Part 1)
We go to where the weather is hitting the country hardest and an update from Metservice. Lawyer Sonja Cooper who has been representing victims of abuse in state care says she is concerned with the time frame the commission will look into. The Government wants to introduce a framework by 2019 that will look at wellbeing. The Government will consider how money will impact natural, social, human and possibly cultural capital too. Parliament voted 73 votes to 47. Zero support from National and NZ First. Even a few Labour MPs chose to vote against it. [more]

The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Finlay Macdonald (Part 2)
The Panel addresses the threat of robots taking over. This time they're delivering room service and other things at hotels. What panellists Niki Bezzant and Finlay Macdonald want to talk about. RNZ's Robin Martin calls into the show from Taranaki where about 30 homes have been evacuated and residents will have to spend the night away from their houses. Economist Shamubeel Eaqub gives his take on the situation for renters in the capital. The Salvation Army here says it isn't being undercut by online auction sites like it is in Australia. [more]

King tides and downpours smash the west of the country
Weather chaos around the country [more]

Royal Commission of Inquiry into state abuse of children
Lawyer who has represented victims of abuse in state care gives her take on the announcement of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care. [more]

The PM is focussing on wellbeing as measure of economic success
The Government wants to introduce a framework by 2019 that will look at wellbeing. The Government will consider how money will impact natural, social, human and possibly cultural capital too. [more]

Parliament cans medicinal cannabis bill
Parliament voted 73 votes to 47. Zero support from National and NZ First. Even a few Labour MPs chose to vote against it. [more]

Robots delivering your room service
The Panel addresses the threat of robots taking over. This time they're delivering room service and other things at hotels. [more]

The panellists talk
What panellists Niki Bezzant and Finlay Macdonald want to talk about. [more]

The West Coast and Taranaki grapple with rough weather
RNZ's Robin Martin calls into the show from Taranaki where about 30 homes have been evacuated and residents will have to spend the night away from their houses. [more]

The squeeze for rentals in Wellington
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Salvation Army still going strong in NZ
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Coping with suicide in silence may not be a bad thing for young men - study
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Israeli Lorde fans are suing two New Zealand activists
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Dunedin fire: Suburb evacuated overnight
A massive fire has forced the evacuation of 100 homes in Dunedin, burned buildings, and a timber yard with 2000 tonnes of dry logs has been lost. [more]

Bledisloe Cup heading to Japan
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have confirmed the third Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia later this year will be held in the Yokohama Stadium, the venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. [more]

Bledisloe Cup is priority: Castle
New Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle says regaining the Bledisloe Cup is her priority, but the Wallabies could end up facing a 2018 decider in Asia. [more]

Springboks coach claims he was 'set up to fail'
Embattled Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has launched an astonishing attack on South African rugby bosses in reaction to being told of his imminent sacking. [more]

Another senior expat resigns from Fiji govt
Another expatriate senior civil servant has resigned in Fiji. [more]

Formula One to stop using female models on grid
Formula One is ending the use of female models who parade and stand with the drivers' name boards before every grand prix, with immediate effect. [more]

Crews tackle flare-up at wood chip mill in Invercargill
Firefighters are tackling a flare-up at a wood chip mill near Invercargill which has been burning since yesterday afternoon. [more]

Niue govt delays new import regime
The premier of Niue has agreed to delay the introduction of a new regime for businesses importing goods by ship. [more]

Young All Whites joining Nix on loan
Young All Whites striker Monty Patterson is joining the Wellington Phoenix on loan from English club Ipswich Town for the rest of the A-League season. [more]

Student visa moves prompt pushback: They feel 'conned'
The international education sector is pushing back against moves to crack down on the ability of overseas students to a get job and then permanent residence. [more]

Dunedin blaze: 'Deep-seated hotspots' continue to burn
The massive fire in Dunedin that forced people out of their homes is under control but still smouldering despite rain that started overnight. [more]

Northland houses hit $600k
For the first time, the average asking price for a property in Northland has hit the $600,000 mark. [more]

Tamanivalu joins exodus to Europe
The departure of another All Black has been confirmed, with French club Bordeaux announcing the signing of Crusaders and Taranaki utility back Seta Tamanivalu. [more]

USA Gymnastics doctor 'abused 265 girls'
At least 65 victims will confront Larry Nassar in court in the last of three sentencing hearings. [more]

English remains confident of leadership
National Party leader Bill English says he'd be very surprised if any of his MPs raised concerns about the leadership at the party's caucus retreat next week. [more]

Stunning shots: Rare super moon lights up sky
New Zealanders lucky enough to have been under clear skies overnight watched a blue moon turn into a rare 'super blood moon'. [more]

Chloe Swarbrick: MPs out of touch over medicinal marijuana
The Green MP whose medicinal marijuana bill was heavily defeated at Parliament says politicians have demonstrated how out of touch with the public they are. [more]

Live: Flooding closes Auckland road as wild weather hits country
Part of Tamaki Drive on Auckland's waterfront is closed due to heavy flooding. [more]

Tahiti voice against floating island project
A French Polynesian assembly member Valentina Cross has spoken out against placing a planned floating island in the lagoon off her township. [more]

NZ activists sued over Lorde concert cancellations
Two New Zealand activists are being sued by an Israeli legal rights group. [more]

Reported FICAC complaint "laughable" says Prasad
The leader of Fiji's NFP said it is laughable if a complaint has been made to the country's anti-corruption agency over a public policy statement. [more]

American Samoa wants more help to combat drugs
Federal, terroritorial and local community leaders meet to find ways to combat the" scourge" of drugs that is impacting American Samoa. [more]

NZR deny Tuivasa-Sheck move
New Zealand Rugby deny the Warriors captain and Kiwis rugby league star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is set to switch to codes and join a Super Rugby side next year. [more]

Government will hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care
Government will hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care [more]

Wild weather chaos: Residents of East Beach in Waitara told to evacuate their homes
Wild weather chaos: Residents of East Beach in Waitara told to evacuate their homes [more]

Child dies after quad bike rolls in Waikato
A boy has died after a quad bike rolled on a Waikato dairy farm last night. [more]

Wellington's rail stoppage linked to snagged wires
Preliminary investigations suggest Tuesday's rail stoppage in Wellington happened when a train became tangled in the overhead wires that provide it with electricity. [more]

Fiji singled out over political interference in judiciary
The US-based, Freedom House, has singled out Fiji over political interference in the judiciary, police brutality and suppression of opposition activities. [more]

Auckland councillors named in carpark case
Most Auckland councillors have been named as defendants in a legal case to stop the possible sale of a public carpark on the city's North Shore. [more]

10 children among passengers on sunken Kiribati ferry
Ten primary school children have been named among 88 passengers who boarded the ill-fated ferry MV Butiraoi which sank a fortnight ago in Kiribati. [more]

CNMI governor disavows knowledge of CHCC's demise.
The CNMI governor has disavowed any prior knowledge on the creation of a bill that intends to abolish the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation. [more]

Sport: Guam win again in Davis Cup
Guam have made it back to back victories in the Davis Cup tennis competition after beating Turkmenistan 3-0 in their latest pool match. [more]

New Caledonia alarmed at vandalism targeting health sector
The authorities in New Caledonia's northern province are alarmed at the vandalism directed towards health professionals and pharmacies. [more]

Rail proposal could put commuters back on track
A proposal to pay almost $200 million could help bring an end to transport woes for Wellington's beleaguered rail commuters. [more]

Canterbury rivers restored to original Māori names
Two South Island rivers in Waiau have been restored to their original Māori names. [more]

Veteran journalist always 'hunted down the truth'
A public funeral for the veteran journalist Pat Booth will be held next week. [more]

Solomons students rescued at sea
Twenty Solomon Islands students have been rescued after the boat they were on broke down and left them stranded at sea for two days. [more]

Abuse inquiry a chance to confront NZ's history - Ardern
A former governor-general will chair a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. [more]

Sport: Fiji 7s coach admits contract saga a distraction
Fiji sevens coach Gareth Baber admits the issuing of player contracts has been a distraction to the team's preparations for World Series tournaments over the past fortnight. [more]

Wild weather chaos: State of emergency declared in Buller District due to flooding
Wild weather chaos: State of emergency declared in Buller District due to flooding [more]

Wellington rental crisis 'a perfect storm'
A mother in Wellington is "struggling" to find a new place to live with her daughter after her rent went up by $100 a week. [more]

Dog walking industry off the leash, professionals say
Professional dog walkers in Auckland warn the industry's lack of regulation is putting pets and people at risk. [more]

Spat between Warriors and NZ Rugby heightens
The wrangling between New Zealand Rugby and the Warriors rugby league club continues to intensify with teenager Etene Nanai-Seturo again named in the All Black Sevens side. [more]

Former Solomons ministers refusing to return govt vehicles
Former ministers in Solomon Islands are refusing to return government vehicles allocated to them in their former roles despite a directive from the PM to do so. [more]

Former Samoan official pleads not guilty to illegally selling passports
A former Samoa immigration officer has pleaded not guilty to 32 criminal charges relating to the illegal sale of passports. [more]

FIFA World Cup visit bittersweet for Solomon Islands
The FIFA World Cup Trophy is in Solomon Islands for the first time but football fans are struggling to see it as it is not allowed out of the airport terminal. [more]

Dunedin has declared a Civil Defence Emergency as flooding spreads
Dunedin has declared a Civil Defence Emergency as flooding spreads [more]

Fire near Corsair Bay: A witness says the blaze looks like it is burning in a pine plantation
Fire near Corsair Bay: A witness says the blaze looks like it is burning in a pine plantation [more]

Power cuts: 6500 Hokitika residents could face 48hr wait for power
Power cuts: 6500 Hokitika residents could face 48hr wait for power [more]

Not enough plastic surgeons in the Pacific
The CEO of a plastic and reconstructive organisation that provides free surgery in developing countries said the Pacific lacks plastic surgeons to meet the high demand that exists there. [more]

Samoan canoe invited to a NZ waka event
The Samoa Voyaging Society is in New Zealand to promote a part of their culture that is at risk of dying. [more]

Untreated sewage flowing into Dunedin streets as flooding worsens
Untreated sewage flowing into Dunedin streets as flooding worsens [more]

Teacher loses registration over spanking trick
A primary school teacher who tried to trick a female colleague into a spanking session has lost his teacher registration. [more]

Storm Fehi: Untreated sewage flowing in Dunedin's streets
Untreated sewage is beginning to flow into Dunedin's streets as flooding worsens in the city. [more]

Photos: Ex-cyclone Fehi ravages parts of the country
Former Tropical Cyclone Fehi is pummelling parts of the country. Here are photos of the worst-hit places. [more]

'I'm pleased it's not the house ... we are very lucky'
People feared their homes overnight would be lost as embers from a large fire burned industrial buildings in Dunedin set their backyards alight. [more]

Samoa's iconic colourful buses look set to go
The iconic colourful Samoan wooden buses may soon be but a memory to many travellers and visitors. [more]

Statham to launch NZ Davis cup tie
Rubin Statham will play the opening singles rubber for New Zealand in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group 1 tie against China in Tianjin on Friday afternoon. [more]

American Samoa farewells the first Miss South Pacific
The first Miss South Pacific Juliette Spencer Sword of American Samoa has died of pancreatic cancer. Mrs Sword, 56, died at her home in Hawaii over the weekend, surrounded by... [more]

Refugees on PNG in another hellish situation - rights group
A new report accuses Australia of abandoning hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea. [more]

In Buller: 'We had half a metre of water in the stables'
The storm surge which hit the West Coast today is unlike anything Buller residents have seen, with sea water inundating some homes and the surrounding area, they say. [more]

Iconic Nelson waterfront cafe & venue damaged
Nelson's historic Boathouse and Boat Shed Cafe have been badly damaged by today's storm surge. [more]

West Melton fire: Three people taken to hospital for smoke inhalation - CDHB
West Melton fire: Three people taken to hospital for smoke inhalation - CDHB [more]

Forecast: How long will the storm last?
The violent weather which has buffeted the country today is expected to last into Friday morning. [more]

Canterbury fires: Three taken to hospital
Dozens of people have been evacuated and three people taken to hospital because of a fire in West Melton. [more]

Storm Fehi brings destructive rain, winds to NZ
States of emergency have been issued after thousands were left without power and others evacuated in the wake of ex-cyclone Fehi. [more]

Destructive storm: What you need to know
Stormy weather is causing havoc nationwide with road closures, flooding and power outages. Check how the weather is affecting your region. [more]

PNG budget boosted with funds from ADB and World Bank
Papua New Guinea is getting a financial lift from the World and Asian Development Banks. [more]

PNG Catholic Church furious over alleged land fraud
The Catholic Church in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea says a Malaysian logger has illegally acquired a large parcel of its land at Putput in East New Britain. [more]

Toxic foam feared linked to illnesses
Residents around Ōhakea Airbase fear toxic fire-fighting foam, which has contaminated water and soil, is to blame for health problems and sick animals, says the mayor. [more]

From 'unbelievable' summer to 'biblical' storm
People caught up in the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Fehi all put it a little differently but they were capturing the same feeling - astonishment, writes Glen Scanlon. [more]

Storm: At least 115 motorists stranded on road between Fox Glacier and Franz Josef township
Storm: At least 115 motorists stranded on road between Fox Glacier and Franz Josef township [more]

Wellington Universities look at housing more students
Victoria University is planning to build accommodation for students past first year, to help ease the rental shortage and price gouging in Wellington. [more]

Member's Bill aims to crack down on synthetic drugs
MPs are to vote on whether to ramp up the punishment for people who sell synthetic substances, sometimes referred to as synthetic cannabis. [more]

Waitara evacuees fear for their homes
Residents at East Beach in Waitara were asked to stay away from their homes last night, ahead of the high tide about midnight. [more]

Storm Fehi's path of destruction
Thousands of people around the country are without power, perhaps for 48 hours, and others face a long clean-up after the ex-tropical cyclone. [more]

Abuse inquiry: 'The government has got it right'
Opinion - A journalist who has broken several of the stories about the government's response to victims of state abuse, Aaron Smale reflects on the announcement of a Royal Commission of Inquiry. [more]

Storm Fehi: Tourists stranded on Fox glacier highway
At least 115 motorists are stranded on the road near Fox Glacier, with downed power lines and trees blocking the State Highway. [more]