Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 15th February 2018

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time, Rural News, The House, The House On Demand, The Panel, The Wireless, World & Pacific News

Business News

Evening Business for 15 February 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 16 February 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 16 February 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 16 February 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Auckland Airport's profit continues to rise
Auckland Airport's profit has risen strongly driven by booming passenger numbers and growing demand for aeronautical and travel services. [more]

Tourism Holdings expands stake in global RV market
Tourism Holdings is investing more than 64-million dollars on a joint venture to expand its global campervan business. [more]

Manufacturing activity rises in January
Activity in the manufacturing sector has perked up at the start of the year. [more]

Midday Markets for 16 February 2018
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
The clothing retailer, Hallenstein Glasson, says its half-year sales and margins have risen. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell for Thursday, February 15
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Florida school massacre kills 17
Nikolas Cruz, a former student who was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last year, returned today with a cache of weapons. [more]

More people caught up in bowel screening bungle
Eight people developed cancer and three died after they missed out on bowel screening due to a computer glitch. It could be months before its known just how many of the 2500 people who missed out have bowel cancer. [more]

Law interns complain of sexual assault, harrassment
Several Victoria University law students on internships at Russell McVeigh have complained of being sexually assaulted by lawyers two years ago. [more]

Frustration mounts in Christchurch over 7 years battling EQC
Nearly seven years on from the Christchurch earthquake, some quake damaged homeowners with unresolved insurance claims say they are being driven to the point of complete exhaustion. [more]

Jacinda Ardern keeps promise, meets CTV families
CTV families and victims expressed they were happy how the meeting with the Prime Minister went, and would be meeting soon to discuss their next move. [more]

Free tertiary education scheme 'compromised' now penalty reduced
The penalty for students who try to rort the scheme has been significantly scaled back, to a fine of up to $5000 from an original penalty of up to three years in jail. [more]

Checkpoint weather: Thursday 15 February 2018
Metservice Meterologist John Law with the latest weather forecast. [more]

The cost of looking after a disabled adult child
Diane Moody has cared 24/7 for her disabled son for 51 years, but had to take the government to court to be paid a 40-hour week for doing so. John Campbell spent a day with Diane and her son Shane.  [more]

Lack of power, water hampering Tonga cyclone cleanup
With more than 1000 homes and farms devastated, the Kingdom now faces months of recovery, as Laura Tupou reports. [more]

Ex student arrested after school shooting that leaves 17 dead
Seventeen people were killed and 14 injured when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida. It is the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.   [more]

Rapist one of the last people to see woman before abduction
The rapist, who has name suppression, was one of the last to see the victim of the Riverhead quarry attack before she was taken off an inner-city Auckland street. [more]

Akld tour operators say council agencies are hurting business
Small Auckland tour operators say they are being shut out of the lucrative cruise ship market thanks to a mish-mash created by a group of council agencies. [more]

Eels die as Taranaki streams dry up
A Kaitiaki at Parihaka says poor land management and the effects of climate change are to blame for the mass death of eels in a coastal Taranaki stream. Robin Martin reports. [more]

Dateline Pacific

4pm Pacific Regional News for 15 February 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

Cyclone recovery well underway in Tonga
Tonga's disaster authorities say good progress is being made getting emergency shelter provisions out to more remote villages on Tongatapu after damage from cyclone Gita. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 15 February 2018
Tonga's disaster authorities say good progress is being made getting emergency shelter provisions out to more remote villages on Tongatapu after damage from cyclone Gita; Gita the worst cyclone in living memory on Fiji's Ono-i-Lau; leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries have referred a West Papuan application for full membership of the group to its secretariat for processing, amid concerns that the group is losing sight of its founding principle; researchers find that Tuvalu is growing not sinking; And it could be a long time before residents of the volcanic island of Kadovar in Papua New Guinea can return home. [more]

An academic talks about his long tenure at USP in Suva
This year the University of the South Pacific is marking 50 years operation after being set up by 12 Pacific Island countries back in 1968. [more]

West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MSG
Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries have referred a West Papuan application for full membership of the group to its secretariat for processing, amid concerns that the group is losing sight of its founding principle. [more]

RNZ journalist gives first impression of Tonga cyclone impact
RNZ Pacific journalist says the destruction on Tonga's Tongatapu was immediately obvious when he landed. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 16 February 2018
Tonga's disaster authorities say good progress is being made getting emergency shelter provisions out to more remote villages on Tongatapu after damage from cyclone Gita; RNZ Pacific journalist says the destruction on Tonga's Tongatapu was immediately obvious when he landed; leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries have referred a West Papuan application for full membership of the group to its secretariat for processing, amid concerns that the group is losing sight of its founding principle; This year the University of the South Pacific is marking 50 years operation after being set up by 12 Pacific Island countries back in 1968. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

First song: Wilde Taylor
Auckland Singer Songwriter and Guitarist Jesse Wilde joins us with his latest project - a duo called 'Wilde Taylor'. [more]

Farmers low on confidence
A Federated Farmers survey shows a bleak outlook for 2018 from the perspective on the farm [more]

You can now rent a bach on Rangitoto Island
The baches became available in December last year and have been a real hit with holidaymakers. [more]

Rubbish runner keeps on plogging
Keen runner Matt Akehurst set himself a challenge to pick up 7000 pieces of litter in 70 days – and it’s turning out to be depressingly easy. [more]

Great album
Donny Hathaway - Live. [more]

Tech talk with Paul Brislen
The Government is in the process of appointing a Chief Technology Officer. Why do we need one? [more]

Geoff Simmons: financial meltdown 101
Geoff Simmons brings his economic nous to the show [more]

The history of NZ political hit jobs
Political hit jobs aren't a new revelation says historian Grant Morris [more]

Short Story Club
Chris Price joins us to talk about 2 New Zealand poems, which are featured in a special NZ issue of the international magazine, Poetry. [more]

Tell me about your thesis
Therese Crocker joins us from Palmerston North to tell us about her thesis on Settling Treaty Claims [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition 15 February 2018
In tonights programme... the sex scandel surrounding Oxfam booking a bach on Rangitoto island and in dateline pacific - findin g shelter in the wake of cyclone Gita [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 February 2018
Tonga extends the capital's curfew as the cleanup continues. A crackdown on freedom camping around Queenstown comes into effect today. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 February 2018
The New Zealand skeleton racer Rhys Thornbury is confident he can push for a podium place in this afternoon's finals at the Winter Olympics. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 16 February 2018
Florida shooting: Trump avoids gun control talk; Tonga rebuilds after Cyclone Gita - Koro Vaka'uta; Christchurch Muslims to monitor radicalised teenager; South Africa leadership: Zuma out, Ramaphosa in; lawyer initiates law firm harassment survey. [more]

Sports News for 16 February 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More teens completing NCEA in summer holidays
Increasing numbers of young people are making a last-ditch effort to get NCEA and University Entrance by completing NCEA standards in the summer holidays. More than 1,200 students enrolled in this year's summer school at Te Kura, the correspondence school - nearly double last year's number. [more]

Florida school shooting: 'Answer hate with love' - Trump
Donald Trump has told America's children they are never alone and never will be. In an address following yesterday's mass school shooting in Florida the US President said no child or teacher should ever be in danger at a US school. Seventeen teachers and students were killed in the shooting fifteen more are in hospital and at least three are in a critical condition after yesterday's mass shooting. For the latest on the investigation into the mass shooting our correspondent Steve Mort, is outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. US correspondent Steve Mort joins us, speaking from outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. [more]

Tonga after Cyclone Gita: NZers want to give more than money
Aid agencies are calling for cash rather than supplies for cyclone-stricken Pacific Islands but local community groups want to contribute more than money. Tonga was worst hit by the category 4 cyclone that swept the area four days ago, while parts of Fiji and Samoa also suffered damage. [more]

Sports News for 16 February 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Florida shooting: Trump avoids gun control talk
Donald Trump has told America's children they are never alone and never will be. Addressing the nation after yesterday's mass school shooting in Florida the US President said no child or teacher should ever be in danger at a US school and he urged children who felt lost alone or confused to seek help. The 19-year-old shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is being charged with 17 counts of premediatated murder. It is the 18th school shooting this year, and it's only the middle of February. Our US correspondent in Florida Matthew Peddie joins us with the latest details. [more]

Tongans in good spirits despite struggle after Cyclone Gita
It's been over three days since Cyclone Gita swept through the Tongan islands of 'Eua and Tongatapu leaving most people without power and water and others without a home. Despite this, people in the kingdom are still maintaining good spirits, Koro Vaka'uta reports from Nuku'alofa. [more]

Tonga rebuilds after Cyclone Gita - Koro Vaka'uta
It's been over three days since Cyclone Gita swept through the Tongan islands of 'Eua and Tongatapu leaving most people without power and water and others without a home. RNZ Pacific reporter Koro Vaka'uta caught an RNZAF aid flight to Tonga, and joins us on the phone to describe what he's seen, and how the country is rebuilding. [more]

Christchurch Muslims to monitor radicalised teenager
The Christchurch Muslim community will be involved in intensive monitoring of a radicalised teenage boy sentenced for a violent attack last July that police say terrified a large number of people. All details of what happened have been suppressed. The teenager was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court yesterday to two years intensive supervision. Hazim Arafeh is the president of the Federation of Islamic Associations. He told RNZ reporter Laura Dooney he's pleased the boy has now been sent to prison. [more]

South Africa leadership: Zuma out, Ramaphosa in
A few hours ago Cyril Ramaphosa was elected unopposed, and then sworn in as the President of South Africa. His appointment follows days of tension where the African National Congress gave the previous president Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign. Mr Ramaphosa told parliament he would work with all the different parties for the benefit of South Africa. [more]

Lawyer Elizabeth Hall initiates law firm harassment survey
The government says it's already looking at ways to crack down on sexual harassment in the workplace, as stories emerge of young interns suffering sexual assaults at a top Wellington law firm. Victoria University has confirmed several of its students on internships at the firm, Russell McVeagh, reported being sexually assaulted by two senior lawyers two years ago. The law firm at the centre of sexual misconduct complaints says its focus was always on the welfare of the young women involved. Elizabeth Hall is a barrister in Wellington who is rolling out a survey to investigate bullying and harassment across lawyers in New Zealand. She tells Susie Ferguson the women who have spoken out are to be commended. [more]

Takapuna beach unswimmable for five days
As Auckland swelters, people are being told to stay away from some beaches again. Thats the sixth day in a row. Heavy rain at the weekend washed raw sewage or other bacteria into the sea, prompting the Auckland Council to issue its highest risk warning to 60 out of the city's 84 beaches. That's now downgraded to 21 'no swim' warnings due to wastewater, which includes some city beaches and Manukau harbour beaches, as well as Oneroa on Waiheke Island. Events had to be cancelled and some businesses are starting to worry about the risk to their reputation. [more]

NZ 'behind times' with fishing boat cameras - Forest and Bird
New Zealand is behind the times when it comes to putting cameras on fishing boats. The claim is being made by Forest and Bird which has pointed to the likes of Australia as a model of how cameras can be used effectively to cut down on the bycatch of mammals and birds. All of this as the government here considers scrapping cameras altogether. [more]

Sports News for 16 February 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Florida shooting: Securing schools a priority - Trump
President Trump says securing America's schools is now his administration's top priority, after yesterday's school shooting in Florida. Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premediatated murder. Fifteen victims remain in hospital, three of them in a critical condition. [more]

Florida the 18th US school shooting in weeks
Florida is the 18th US school shooting this year and its only the middle of February. Chris Murphy is a Senator for the state of Conneiticut, where five years ago, 20 children aged between six and seven-years-old were shot at a primary school in Sandy Hook. He is angry at the political inaction on the issue of gun control. In other developments, the FBI has confirmed that it was warned about Nikolas Cruz. A member of the public alerted authorities to the post by Cruz on a YouTube video last year stating: "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." [more]

National demands drug testing answers
The National Party is trying to drive a wedge between two Ministers over their positions on whether to introduce roadside saliva testing for drugs. Yesterday RNZ revealed the Minister responsible for road safety has major concerns about saliva testing motorists for drugs, despite her own officials recommending it. But National MP Chris Bishop told Parliament that's at odds with the Police Minister's views. [more]

Stephanie Dyhrberg speaks out on law firm culture
The law firm at the centre of sexual misconduct complaints by law students doing internships says its focus was always on the welfare of the young women involved. Victoria University has confirmed several of its students on internships at Russell McVeagh a top law firm in Wellington reported being sexually assaulted by lawyers two years ago. A senior partner at the Russell McVeagh Pip Greenwood told RNZ that staff had not been explicitly told about a zero tolerance of sexual misconduct at the time of the incidents. Stephanie Dyhrberg is an employment lawyer and worked at Russell McVeagh from 1990 to 1997. She tells Susie Ferguson of her experiences. [more]

Challenging Maori wards on local councils 'racist' - councillor
Legislation allowing council decisions to establish Maori electoral wards to be challenged has been slammed as racist by a local body politician. The Manawatu and Whakatane district councils voted in favour of Maori wards last year, but a petition by lobby group Hobson's Pledge has since gained enough signatures to force referendums that could overturn those decisions. No other ward on a council can be forced into a referendum, and councillors in support of Maori wards say that is unfair. Te Manu Korihi's Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports. [more]

Kaikoura tourism reaps benefits of earthquake repairs
Earthquake-ravaged Kaikoura has seen a boost in tourist numbers this summer, as visitors head back to the region following the rebuild of State Highway One north of the town. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
It's Friday so we cross the ditch to Canberra to talk to our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Cook Islands Maori for 16 February 2018
The latest news in Cook Island Maori language. [more]

News in Niuean for 16 February 2018
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Samoan for 16 February 2018
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Tongan for 16 February 2018
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Kauri Dieback
Nights' big league botanist, Bec Stanley from Auckland Botanic Gardens joins us to share her expertise on the oomycete that's killing trees. What is it and what can we do about it? [more]

Understanding Young Men's Experiences of Suicide Bereavement
In the first study of its kind, Dr Chris Bowden, who is a lecturer in Victoria's School of Education, found that young men aged between 17-25 who lost a close male friend to suicide, suffered, grieved and eventually changed in silence. [more]

Nine To Noon

Lid lifted on sexist culture within law profession
Senior women lawyers say revelations about mistreatment of young female law interns in one of the country's top law firms has lifted the lid on a serious broader cultural issue within the profession. Several Victoria University law students on summer clerkships at the firm Russell McVeagh reported being sexually assaulted by two lawyers two years ago at social functions. It's prompted calls for the Law Society to immediately institute a sexual harassment policy, and appoint a sexual harassment officer. Kathryn talks with Wellington barrister Wendy Aldred, former convenor of the Wellington Women Lawyers' Committee and member of the Law Society's women in law committee. [more]

Ramaphosa takes over Zuma as South African president
Africa's largest economy has a new leader - and it happened less than 24 hours after the last one was forced out. Now Cyril Ramaphosa is pledging to tackle endemic corruption. Kathryn Ryan speaks with our South Africa correspondent Debora Patta about whether he is the man to turn the country's fortunes around. [more]

The next step in personalised health
Personalised medicine, tailored to the characteristics of each individual patient's needs, has become a key focus for medical researchers. With this comes the need for implantable devices that can be inserted into the body to provide data for clinical and research use. Simon Malpas from Auckland University's Bio-Engineering Institute is one of the scientists who's been at the forefront of this work. [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
Anna Fifield reports from Seoul with a diplomatic coup scored at the opening of the Olympics by North Korea, the arrest of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, Malaysia's "gay checklist" and it's the Chinese New Year of the Dog! [more]

AC Grayling: the crisis of democracy
Is democracy on the ropes? Some would have you believe that it's a dark time for democracy with the result of the Brexit referendum described as the greatest fraud ever and claims that the Trump administration has facilitated the erosion of American democratic standards. The author and philosopher AC Grayling, has written in depth on the subject in Democracy and its Crisis he talks to Kathryn Ryan about whether democracy be saved. AC Grayling will speak at two sessions (10th & 11th March) during Writers & Readers at the New Zealand Festival. Professor Grayling will also be a guest of the Auckland Writers Festival, which runs from 15th to 20th May. The full public programme will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 14th March. [more]

Unity Books review
Feel Free by Zadie Smith. Reviewed by Kiran Dass, published by Hamish Hamilton. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
The second album from Lyttleton singer-songwriter Marlon Williams finds him getting his swagger and swoon on in a cohesive collection only hinted at by his debut, while German composer Nils Frahm brings us his 9th album, and SZA's debut album of edgy, sexy urban nu-soul from 2017 just keeps on creeping up... [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Lydia Ko leading the Australian Open after the first round, the 'war of the wharves' as Auckland City and the government come up with yet another new proposed location for the 2021 America's Cup base and former English cricket captain Mike Atherton goes against public opinion in criticising England Cricket's decision to send Ben Stokes to New Zealand. [more]

The week that was with James Elliot & Melanie Bracewell
Our comedians look at the lighter stories of the week including a potentially embarrassing "wardrobe malfunction" of a South Korea skater at the Winter Olympics. [more]

Our Changing World

Our Changing World for 15 February 2018
The 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prizes have been awarded to Plant and Food Research for their work on kiwifruit Psa, a chemist using silver nanoparticles to stop tooth decay, and a science film-maker. [more]

Science film-maker a winner
Film-maker Damian Christie has won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize to help tell science stories on film. [more]

Science speed dating leads to top award
A four minute conversation led to a revolutionary tooth decay treatment using silver nanoparticles and a PM's science award for the chemist who worked on it. [more]

Science to solve kiwifruit crisis a winner
A 100-strong team of researchers from Plant and Food Research have won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize for using science to solve the kiwifruit PSA crisis. [more]

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Question Time for 15 February 2018
Dr LIZ CRAIG to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement in the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation Report that “it is clear that the benefits of this recent strong economic growth have not been shared across the board, or trickled down, as theory would have it”; if so, why? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education): What discussions and visits has he had with schools to discuss Maori education and any opportunities for improved achievement? DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding trade and export growth? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Other than those already signalled by the Minister, what new policies does he intend to pursue in response to the findings of the Stocktake of New Zealand’s Housing Report released this week? Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Forestry: How much land has been secured for the Speech from the Throne initiative of a “new planting programme planting 100 million trees a year to reach a billion more trees in ten years”? VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of State Services: What is the Government doing to bolster the public’s trust and confidence in Crown entities? CHRIS BISHOP to the Associate Minister of Transport: Does she stand by all her statements? Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister for Economic Development: What discussions has he had with Team New Zealand since yesterday’s announcement of the Government and Auckland City Council’s preferred option for an America’s Cup base? RAYMOND HUO to the Minister of Revenue: What measure has he recently announced to address property speculation? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Education: Can he guarantee that the existing partnership schools will continue so long as they have registered teachers, teach the New Zealand curriculum, and have the same level of funding as state schools? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he still stand by all of his statements? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 February 2018
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 February 2018
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The House

MPs seek information on Manus refugees
People smugglers will use any opportunity to get more 'bums on boats' a select committee has been told. [more]

The House On Demand

The House for 655pm Thu 15 Feb
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 15 February 2018
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. Today we answered a question about RNZ's emergency plans, a query about the monarchy, and Pat's pondering about the Earth's weight.  [more]

The Panel pre-show for 15 February 2018
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. Story of the day today is about Google trialing robots that can text your friends for you!  [more]

The Panel with David Cormack and Jenna Raeburn (Part 1)
The panelists discuss the latest in international news today today, begining with a school shooting in Floriday that left at least 17 people dead. The suspect, a 19-year-old former student who had been expelled, is in custody. Meanwhile South African President Jacob Zuma resigns after increasing pressure to step aside for his Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. Zuma has been in power since 2009 and will leave his role immediately. And in other news Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died at age 65 after reportedly suffering colon cancer. Tsvangirai spent his career battling against former President Robert Mugabe. Many criticisms against Simon Brdiges becoing the new National leader has centered around his accent. We ask if this is a genuine concern or pure snobbery? The panelists also discuss whether the National party will attempt a "generational change" and what that really means for the candidates. The Prime Minister's Vogue article has been released, with the fashion magazine describing Ms Ardern as the "anti-trump". The panelists discuss the articel and weigh in on whether they agree with that title. Fletcher Building's announcement that it will stop looking for big new construction projects has worried unions, who say it will mean job losses. The company is in a tail-spin after huge financial losses in its building and interiors division. The use of sub-contrators is being blamed for the losses. E tu union Christchurch organiser Paul Johnston tells us what went wrong and what it means for the sector. One of New Zealand's top law firms, Russell McVeagh, is under scrutiny over serious sexual allegations levelled against its staff members two years ago. Two staff members reportedly left the firm after inappropriate behaviour with young, female law-clerk students. Details are hazy but the company has put in place extra HR practices to deal with this kind of behaviour. We talk to employment lawyer Maria Berryman about the actions of lawyers. [more]

The Panel with David Cormack and Jenna Raeburn (Part 2)
What ever happened to the frilendly 'toot toot' from passing vehicles when you pull over? A listener asks why she no longer sees the wave of acknowledgement or flashes of headlights when she pulls her caravan over during the summer. The panelists debate if this is the end of friendliness, at leats on our roads. What the panelists David Cormack and Jenna Raeburn want to talk about. The discussion around the retirement age has come up again, with former ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie stating it's "inevitable" that it will have to be raised. Previous governments have refused to touch the retirement age and while Labour had once campaigned on the issue, Jacinda Ardern promised not to alter eligibility while Prime Minister. We ask Mr Bagrie how long the country can go before the money runs out. Councils in Britain are struggling to close budget deficits, with many facing huge shortfalls. Local authorities are looking at cutting services to children to make ends meet. It's a situation that can be seen around the world. The panellists discuss whether this is a product of modern society - there's simply not enough money to keep everything running. Team New Zealand and the government continue to be at odds over the location and design of the America's Cup base. Chief executive Grant Dalton expressed his surprise todsay at the joint release of a new plan by the Government and Auckland Council for the 2021 regatta. Levaing aside the merits of either plan, the panelists discuss why there's so much public hostility. Associate Transport Minister Julie-Anne Genter isn't convinced saliva testing is the righ approach to cracking down on drugged drivers. The Transport Ministry says it's a significant issue with 1 in 13 drivers killed on the roads having medications in their system that could have impaired their dirving. But Ms Genter says the saliva testing is inexpensive and the current testing system is effective. The panelists tell us what they think. A listener has responded to our story yesterday about the Salvation Army's State of the Nation report by asking why humans never learn from history? In response to the country's rising methamphetamine problem and inequality levels, the listener poses that while humanity advances technology in leaps and bounds we are unable to address living standards. The panelists tell us what they think of that opinion. Online retailer Amazon is expected to cut hundreds of jobs in Seattle as it focuses resources on developing its popular work like voice assistant Alexa. It seems at odds with the company, which has always been behind the argument that robots won't take our jobs. Meanwhile production automation around the world is accelerating. We ask the panelists what they make of this. [more]

International news of the day
The panelists discuss the latest in international news today today, beginning with a school shooting in Florida that left at least 17 people dead. The suspect, a 19-year-old former student who had been expelled, is in custody.  [more]

A generational change
Many criticisms against Simon Bridges becoming the new National leader has centered around his accent. We ask if this is a genuine concern or pure snobbery?  [more]

The "anti-trump"?
The Prime Minister's Vogue article has been released, with the fashion magazine describing Ms Ardern as the "anti-trump". The panelists discuss the article and weigh in on whether they agree with that title. [more]

Will there now be job losses at Fletcher?
Fletcher Building's announcement that it will stop looking for big new construction projects has worried unions, who say it will mean job losses.  [more]

Serious allegations against lawyers
One of New Zealand's top law firms, Russell McVeagh, is under scrutiny over serious sexual allegations levelled against its staff members two years ago.  [more]

Toot Toot
Whatever happened to the friendly 'toot toot' from passing vehicles when you pull over? A listener asks why she no longer sees the wave of acknowledgement or flashes of headlights when she pulls her caravan over during the summer.  [more]

What the panelists want to talk about
What the panelists David Cormack and Jenna Raeburn want to talk about. [more]

The inevitability of raising the retirement age
The discussion around the retirement age has come up again, with former ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie stating it's "inevitable" that it will have to be raised.  [more]

Where is all the money?
Councils in Britain are struggling to close budget deficits, with many facing huge shortfalls. Local authorities are looking at cutting services to children to make ends meet. It's a situation that can be seen around the world.  [more]

Team NZ v Government
Team New Zealand and the government continue to be at odds over the location and design of the America's Cup base.  [more]

Drugged driving tests
Associate Transport Minister Julie-Anne Genter isn't convinced saliva testing is the right approach to cracking down on drugged drivers.  [more]

Learning from history
A listener has responded to our story yesterday about the Salvation Army's State of the Nation report by asking why humans never learn from history?  [more]

Amazon cuts job, robots instead?
Online retailer Amazon is expected to cut hundreds of jobs in Seattle as it focuses resources on developing its popular work like voice assistant Alexa.  [more]

The Wireless

Law firm admits 'naivety' over sexual misconduct allegations by young students
Two older male lawyers are no longer with Russell McVeagh. [more]

World & Pacific News

2pm Pacific Regional News for 15 February 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 15 February 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 16 February 2018
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 16 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

News stories:

Stokes unlikely for first ODI in NZ
The England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but says the allrounder is unlikely to play the first one-day international of the New Zealand series. [more]

Froome vows to race on, despite probe
Chris Froome intends to ride in the Giro d'Italia this year and try to defend his Tour de France title, even if an investigation into his adverse doping test is ongoing. [more]

Warner a different breed of Aussie captain
One is unflappable on the field, a fitness fanatic and a family man who cherishes time with his kids. [more]

Gunfire, car crash at US's NSA headquarters
Several people have been injured and a suspect was taken into custody after a car crashed outside the National Security Agency's headquarters in the US state of Maryland. [more]

Olympic debut delayed yet again
The debut of New Zealand's youngest Winter Olympian has been delayed yet again. [more]

Concerns in Samoa over lack of updates on Cyclone Gita
Concerns are being raised in Samoa about the lack of emergency communications and updates during Cyclone Gita. [more]

Roadside saliva testing intrusive - Genter
The minister in charge of road safety is unimpressed with a recommendation from her officials to introduce roadside saliva testing of motorists for drugs. [more]

An unlimited general strike is set to start in French Polynesia
An unlimited general strike is set to start in French Polynesia tomorrow after talks between the government and unions failed to find common ground. [more]

White offers praise after epic snowboard showdown
In an Olympic gold medal showdown between US snowboard star Shaun White and 'the next Shaun White' on Wednesday, there was only ever going to be one winner -- the original. [more]

Scrapped cars blaze prompts cordons, detours
Police are diverting traffic in Palmerston North because a pile of cars is on fire in a scrap metal yard. [more]

Crackdown on dairy farm employment records planned
The government plans to crack down on dairy farm employment records this year. [more]

Tuvalu's PM keen for private sector to take bigger role
Tuvalu's premier, Enele Sopoaga, says he would like to see the private sector take a role in helping economic development and fighting climate change in his country. [more]

Not so Cool Runnings as "destructive" coach quits Jamaica team
The romantic "Cool Runnings" tale of Jamaica's Winter Olympic bobsleigh return has been shattered spectacularly as the team's German coach resigned on the eve of the competition and was condemned as a destructive influence by a senior official. [more]

MSG to process West Papua membership bid
Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries have referred a West Papuan application for full membership in the group to its secretariat for processing. [more]

Trump lawyer admits paying porn star
The long-term personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump has admitted privately paying an adult film star $US130,000 in 2016. [more]

'Being a white and Catholic priest ... it's a paradise for him'
A paedophile priest who spent time in the Philippines and New Zealand highlights the need for a state care abuse inquiry to include the Church, Filipino community leaders say. [more]

Teachers contributing to Māori under-achievement
Teachers are contributing to Māori children's poor performance at school, the head of the Education Ministry says. [more]

More police officers being threatened with guns - union
More police officers than ever are getting threatened with firearms and tighter regulations are needed, the Police Association says. [more]

Young woman attacked and killed in Tonga in wake of Gita
Police in Tonga are dealing with the alleged murder of a young woman in the wake of Cyclone Gita. [more]

Third time lucky for Robinson?
It'll be hopefully be third time lucky for New Zealand slalom skier Alice Robinson at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang today. [more]

Cyclone Gita: Tonga recovery could take months
Tonga could take six months to recover from what's being called the worst storm there in 60 years, while nearly half a Fiji island's residents are still in evacuation centres. [more]

South Africa President Jacob Zuma says he has 'come to the decision to resign'
South Africa President Jacob Zuma says he has 'come to the decision to resign' [more]

Cyclone Gita: Samoa schools, churches remain closed
All government and some church and private schools in Samoa remain closed following Cyclone Gita. [more]

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies
Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said. [more]

Govt: Cup Village plan not a done deal
Team New Zealand has yet to commit to staging its defence of the America's Cup in New Zealand, the Economic Development Minister says. [more]

Govt lowers penalty for fees-free fraudsters
The government is softening the penalty for students who try to rort the fees-free tertiary study scheme, but it says it will make it easier to punish lawbreakers. [more]

PNG govt to extend public radio services
Papua New Guinea's communications minister, Sam Basil, says he plans to grow radio services in PNG. [more]

Oxfam sex abuse scandal widens
The sex scandal involving one of the world's biggest charities deepens with the Haitian government seeking the arrest of a former Oxfam employee accusing him of paying locals for sex. [more]

Firefighter warns of fatal bend near Cape Reinga
There's an urgent need for warning signs on the road to Cape Reinga, where a motorcyclist was killed at the weekend, a Far North firefighter warns. [more]

Hawaiians urged not to ignore cesspool issues
The US state of Hawaii is being urged not to ignore an array of cesspool problems that are causing public health concerns. [more]

Lockdown lifted at Taranaki high school
Stratford High School has been taken out of lockdown after police discovered no sign of a person or a gun in the area. [more]

Police release video of brutal west Auckland assault
Police have released footage of a brutal assault on a 20-year-old man who was hit with a piece of wood as he lay unconscious on the ground last month in west Auckland. [more]

17 dead in Florida high school shooting, local police confirm
17 dead in Florida high school shooting, local police confirm [more]

Man cleared of sheltering Paris attackers
A man who lent his flat to two jihadists has been cleared in the first trial over the 2015 Paris attacks. [more]

Cyclone Gita heading towards New Caledonia
Fiji's Meteorological Service says Cyclone Gita is likely to pass very close to New Caledonia tomorrow afternoon bringing gale force winds. [more]

Fiji relief supplies loaded for Lau islands
Fiji's National Disaster Office says two government vessels are on standby ready to take vital water and food supplies to cyclone survivors in Fiji's southern Lau group. [more]

Fears job losses will stem from Fletcher's fall
Unions fear Fletcher Building's decision to quit bidding for big new construction projects will mean job losses, and say using subcontractors is a big part of the company's downfall. [more]

Police confirm 17 dead in Florida school shooting
A former student has killed 17 people and wounded at least 14 after opening fire at a Florida High School, police say. [more]

Pacific dance show pushes cultural boundaries
A Pacific LGBTQI dance collective in New Zealand aimed to push cultural boundaries with a new show in the Auckland Pride Festival. [more]

Fears over deportations to cyclone-ravaged Tonga
Hundreds of Tongans could face being sent back to their cyclone-ravaged country before it has recovered from the storm's devastation, an immigration lawyer says. [more]

National's next leaders: Lining up the contenders
Power Play - Phones will be running hot in the National Party, now Adams, Bridges and Collins have shown their hand. [more]

Election and drought blamed for farmer uncertainty
Farmer optimism levels have dropped for the first time in two years. [more]

Bougainville welcomes new local head of UN
The new United Nations Resident Coordinator for Papua New Guinea, Gianluca Rampolla, is in Bougainville for discussions on peace building, women in leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals. [more]

No pollution from fishing vessel aground in American Samoa
The US Coast Guard says a fishing vessel grounded in American Samoa doesn't pose a pollution threat. [more]

VIDEO: Oxfam NZ responds to UK org's sex scandal
Oxfam New Zealand has checked all its employee files and found two cases of sexual misconduct, but says the employees are no longer working for the organisation. [more]

Coleman keeps out of National leadership race
National MP Jonathan Coleman has confirmed he will not contest the party's leadership. [more]

Port of Westport to close to foreign shipping
Buller District Council has voted to revoke the security status of its port, meaning ships from overseas will no longer be able to enter the West Coast town. [more]

Bright-line test on house sales extended to five years
The bright-line test on residential property sales will be extended from two to five years, the government has confirmed. [more]

Woman dies after mobility scooter crash
An elderly woman on a mobility scooter has died after she collided with a vehicle in Tauranga this afternoon. [more]

American Samoa acquires second tugboat
American Samoa's Port Administration Department has bought a second tugboat, ensuring it meets US Coast Guard requirements. [more]

Usamate's NZ visit aims to boost Fijian RSE worker numbers
Fiji's employment minister Jone Usamate is on a visit to New Zealand exploring opportunities for more Fijians to work on the country's orchards and vineyards. [more]

January house sales highest in 19 months
The number of properties sold during January rose 2.7 percent compared to the same time last year. [more]

Protesters confront PM over EQC delays
Dozens of protesters have complained to the Prime Minister over their seven-year wait for earthquake insurance claims to be resolved. [more]

Historian seeks information about 28th Māori Battlion's D company
A Māori historian is searching for the stories and photos of war veterans from the 28th Māori Battalion's D Company. [more]

Florida shooting suspect was 'crazy about guns' - classmate
The teenager accused of shooting dead 17 people at a Florida high school loved guns and had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. [more]

Rika recalled for questioning by Fiji police
The Fiji publication Islands Business says its former publisher Netani Rika has been recalled by the police for questioning over a story on the ATS workers dispute. [more]

Cyclone delays arrival of Tongan fruit-pickers
The apple industry is concerned worker shortages are being exacerbated just as fruit is ripe for the picking, with many Tongans held up by Cyclone Gita. [more]

New Caledonia prepares for Cyclone Gita
New Caledonia's civil defence authorities have put the country on alert in preparation for Cyclone Gita. [more]

Indonesia warns MSG states not to meddle in other countries' affairs
Indonesia has warned Melanesian Spearhead Group member states against meddling in other countries' affairs. [more]

Taking tap helping Sodhi learn
The Black Caps legspinner Ish Sodhi says he's getting used to getting hit for six but it's only improving his bowling. [more]

McFadden leaving Warriors
Warriors assistant coach and ex-head coach Andrew McFadden will bring his six- year stay in Auckland to a close at the end of 2018. [more]

Krishna signs contract extension
The Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna is sticking with the struggling A-league club despite recent speculation he was on the outer. [more]

Cyclone Gita: Emergency shelters reach Tongan villages
Tonga's disaster authorities say good progress is being made getting emergency shelter out to the remote villages lashed by Cyclone Gita. [more]

Barnaby Joyce to take leave amid pressure over affair
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced deputy PM Barnaby Joyce will take leave next week, so will not take up the role of acting prime minister. [more]

NZ UFC star targets Middleweight title
New Zealand mixed martial artist Israel Adesanya may have made his UFC debut in Perth on the weekend but is by no means a stranger to the game. [more]

Guptill ready to hit home track
Twenty20 cricket is a funny old game, Martin Guptill says - one night you're fizzing - the next you're off the pace. [more]

Euthanasia trial: Warning letters sent to drug importers
Most people who tried to import a controlled drug linked to euthanasia received a warning letter from Customs but were not prosecuted, a Wellington jury has heard. [more]

Fatal shooting 'proportionate to the imminent threat' - police watchdog
A police officer who fatally shot a man in Porirua last year acted lawfully, the police watchdog has found. [more]

Quarry assault trial: Convicted rapist gives evidence
The victim of the Riverhead quarry attack unknowingly spent time with a convicted rapist, shortly before she was abducted. [more]

Waikato woman charged with New Year's Day murder
A woman has been charged with the murder of a 26-year-old man on New Year's Day in the Waikato. [more]

Thornbury in contention in men's skeleton
Skeleton racer Rhys Thornbury has been the pick of the bunch from New Zealand's Winter Olympics team in Pyeonchang today. [more]

Law interns' sexual assault complaints come to light
Victoria University has confirmed several of its students on internships at a top law firm reported being sexually assaulted by lawyers two years ago. [more]

PM holds closed-door meeting with CTV families
Families of the CTV victims have been told that work is underway to review a law that prevented anyone being prosecuted for the building's collapse. [more]

Zero-fees tertiary policy labelled a rort
The fees-free tertiary policy has been dubbed 'Rorts R Us' by the ACT Party, after the penalty for false claims was significantly scaled back. [more]

Govt urged to confirm Northland's SH1 upgrade
Northland needs certainty about the future of State Highway 1 to Auckland, a community leader says. [more]

Cyclone Gita: Samoa clean-up effort making progress
The Samoan authorities expect phone communications to be up to 90 percent restored by the end of the week after Cyclone Gita struck at the weekend. [more]

Bill aims to ease US citizenship path for American Samoans
New legislation in Washington aims to give American Samoans a more affordable and streamlined process to US citizenship. [more]

Opposition MP in Fiji dies
A member of the opposition SODELPA party in Fiji, Ratu Sela Nanovo, has died. [more]

Vanuatu and France hold border negotiations
Officials from Vanuatu and France are meeting on neutral ground in Sydney this week for negotiations on their dispute over the ownership of the Matthew and Hunter islands. [more]

Kayaking tourists blown into Wellington's shipping lane
A group of tourists from a cruise ship have been rescued while kayaking in Wellington harbour, after wind scattered them across the main shipping channel. [more]

Two dead after car collides with truck near Christchurch
Two people were killed when their car collided with a truck at an intersection near Christchurch this evening. [more]

Govt moves forward with education reforms
The government has moved a step closer to officially ending both the charter schools model and national standards in reading, writing and maths. [more]

Cyclone Gita: New Caledonia starts preparations
New Caledonian civil defence authorities have issued a first warning in preparation for Cyclone Gita. [more]

Australian PM bans sex between ministers and staffers
Australian government ministers will be banned from having sexual relationships with staffers but deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has clung on to his job. [more]

The aftermath of Cyclone Gita: 'It's just decimated'
Lack of power and no running water in Tonga is hampering the cleanup effort, locals say. [more]