Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 22nd February 2018

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Business News

Evening Business for 22 February 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Early Business News for 23 February 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 23 February 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 23 February 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Port of Tauranga first half profit steams ahead
Record container traffic has driven the Port of Tauranga's half year profit to an all time high. [more]

Steel & Tube first half profit slides
Building supplies company Steel and Tube has posted a sharply lower half year profit because of restructuring costs, the write down in the value of stock, and higher overheads. [more]

Retirement village operator makes strong full year net profit
The retirement village operator, Summerset Group, has made a strong full year profit, reflecting gains in the value of its assets and improved margins on the sale of new units. [more]

Declining letter volumes hit NZ Post
Falling letter volumes and a reduction in its Kiwibank stake have hit New Zealand Post's earnings. [more]

Delegat has flat first half as total case sales fall
Wine exporter, Delegat Group, had a flat first half result as strong growth in sales to North America was offset by a fall in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. [more]

Midday Markets for 23 February 2018
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Don Lewthwaite of FNZC. [more]

Business briefs
The investment banker and business leader, Rob Cameron, died yesterday at 67. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint with John Campbell for Thursday, February 22nd 2018
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins bronze at Winter Olympics
16-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won New Zealand's first Winter Olympics medal in 26 years. Her dad Sean talks to John Campbell. [more]

Barges deliver food supplies to Gita-damaged Golden Bay
Barges arrived in Golden Bay today, bringing much needed supplies to residents and tourists who have been cut off by road following ex-Cyclone Gita. [more]

No power or water in Waitara in wake of ex-Cyclone Gita
Many Waitara residents were still without power today - and now have no running water - as Taranaki continues to struggle with the aftermath of ex-Cyclone Gita. [more]

Christchurch quake victims remembered at memorial service
The names of each individual killed by the Christchurch earthquake were read one after the other at a memorial service to commemorate the quake's seventh anniversary today. [more]

EQC settles with homeowner on quake's 7th anniversary
A Canterbury woman has finally settled an insurance claim seven years to the day her family home was damaged in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.   [more]

Trump suggests arming teachers to prevent mass shootings
As survivors and parents of those who have been killed in school shootings pleaded for stricted gun controls, US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a solution. [more]

Checkpoint weather: Thursday 22 February
The latest weather forecast from MetService meteorologist John Law. [more]

National MP’s husband, son charged over animal cruelty
National MP Barbara Kuriger's husband and son have been charged with animal cruelty offences. [more]

Chinese students stuck in limbo after Auckland college shut down
Overseas students say they're stuck in limbo and need government help after their college, New Zealand National College in Auckland, was shut down by the Qualifications Authority. [more]

Spike in female offending partly due to social media - police commissioner
Police Commissioner Mike Bush says young women are increasingly committing crimes and he thinks the attraction of social media notoriety could be fuelling that offending. [more]

'We've had enough of racism in NZ'
Almost 60,000 people have now signed a petition calling for Sir Bob Jones' knighthood to be removed. The woman behind the petition - Renae Maihi - tells John Campbell why she's had enough. [more]

Sadowski-Synott makes history in Pyeongchang
Two teenagers have today broken New Zealand's quarter-century Winter Olympic medal drought. Zoi-Sadowski Synnott won bronze in the big air competition and Nico Porteous won a bronze in the half pipe. [more]

Riwaka in recovery mode following ex-Cyclone Gita
Many Riwaka residents only had time to grab their children and pets before fleeing to safety, out of the way of ex-Cyclone Gita. They're starting to return home to assess the extent of the damage. [more]

Christchurch couple reflects on quake's seventh anniversary
Javier and Jackie Garcia Knight look back on the earthquake that changed Christchurch and New Zealand forever. [more]

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins bronze at Winter Olympics
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott broke New Zealand's Winter Olympic medal drought when she won bronze in the big air competition. She talks to John Campbell from PyeongChang, Korea. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Nauru refugee begs NZ PM for help
A refugee detained by Australia on Nauru begs the New Zealand prime minister for help. [more]

Tongans in NZ filling containers for Gita victims in Tonga
The Tongan community in New Zealand has begun a drive to fill containers with supplies for the vicitims of Cyclone Gita. [more]

Tonga's PM believes country will bounce back from Gita
The Prime Minister of Tonga is confident the country will bounce back from the devastation caused by Cyclone Gita. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 22 February 2018
Tonga's prime minister is confident the country will bounce back, while the large Tongan diaspora in New Zealand tries to help; A Nauru refugee begs for New Zealand help; Subchiefs in the Cook Islands call for tighter immigration law; A community driven off their island by a PNG volcano is unlikely to return; And, Fiji's women's crisis centre gets global recognition. [more]

Cooks to leave UN quest off the agenda for NZ visit
The Cook Islands government won't raise its quest for a seat at the UN when New Zealand's PM visits next month, but many say a wider debate on the relationship is inevitable. [more]

Disgust at Canberra's approach to Nauru refugees
A doctor who looked after refugees on Nauru says Australia's neglect of their medical needs is disgusting. [more]

PNG Govt accused of facilitating illegal logging
Papua New Guinea's government has been accused of allowing loggers to operate illegally without landowner approval. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 23 February 2018
Papua New Guinea's government has been accused of allowing loggers to operate illegally without landowner approval; a doctor who looked after refugees on Nauru says Australia's neglect of their medical needs is disgusting; the Cook Islands government won't raise its quest for a seat at the UN when New Zealand's PM visits next month, but many say a wider debate on the relationship is inevitable; Tonga's prime minister is confident the country will bounce back, while the large Tongan diaspora in New Zealand tries to help; A Nauru refugee begs for New Zealand help. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 23 February 2018
In Extra Time this week; New Zealand's 26 year medal drought at the Winter Olympics is ended by two teenagers. Super Rugby kicks off for New Zealand teams tonight, we analyse each franchise's chances. Kirk Penney calls time on his 20 year professional basketball career and David Nyika considers professional boxing following April's Commonwealth Games. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Caribbeanz Southern Stars - LIVE!
This Saturday you can experience a slice of the Caribbean at Auckland's Silo Park. It's the first ever Aotearoa Steel Band Festival.Camille Nakhid talks to Jesse about the band, the festival and steel drums.  [more]

President Trump backs arming teachers
President Trump's told gun violence survivors and their families he'd consider arming school teachers with guns.  [more]

Forget taste, texture is in
Have you watched a cooking show lately and heard them talk about mouth-feel? It sounds over the top but texture is fast becoming the new flavour of the month, with researchers looking at how to make food feel good. [more]

Living the change
Kiwis doing their bit to reduce their impact on the earth and making a difference have been profiled in a new New Zealand documentary about to be released called, Living the Change.  [more]

Great album
Shrine 69 by the original Fleetwood Mac. [more]

Lucy Rose in session
Acclaimed British singer songwriter, Lucy Rose rose to fame quickly after releasing her debut album in 2012. She's currently in New Zealand - performing in Auckland and Christchurch. [more]

Theatre Critic, Tania Kopytko
Tania Kopytko tells us about a play that's on at Palmerston North's professional theatre, Centrepoint. The Love List. [more]

Your Money with Mary Holm
When insurance isn't boring - when you need it but haven't got it. [more]

Short Story Club
Today Claire Mabey joins us to discuss Hummingbird Heart by Eileen Merriman. Best emailer wins her book, Catch Me When You Fall. Jesse@radionz.co.nz [more]

Tell me about your thesis
Toiroa Williams tells us about his thesis, which lead to an internship at the prestigious Sundance Institute in LA. His masters thesis at AUT included a documentary looking at successful Opotiki youth.  [more]

Lately

Lately with Karyn Hay 22 February 2018
tonight we look at one rule for the rich and one for the poor, Queenstown Lakes District Council wants luxury homes to be exempt from the Government's foreign ownership ban...we'll chat to Sir Eion Edgar about that: he's a supporter of the idea... We'll talk about Trump and guns in schools ...to Professor Kevin Clements who is the Chair of The National Centre For Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago.. Jenny Marshall from Love Food Hate Waste will drop into the programme and we'll play some great new music from some great women... Bjork and PJ Harvey.. and it's not as scary as it sounds... [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 February 2018
The government's making good with its Provincial Growth Fund with an initial 60 million dollars for the regions. People are getting out of Golden Bay any way they can and Kaikoura is also facing major roading problems. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 February 2018
The Black Ferns are close to finally being on New Zealand Rugby's payroll. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 23 February 2018
US gun debate surges as NRA reacts to Florida, Support for NZ's Olympic teen medallists 'overwhelming', 'If you work hard, anything's possible' - Nico Porteous, Kupe waka heads for spectacular NZ Festival welcome, Fuel a worry for stranded Golden Bay locals, tourists, Brown stink bug could cost NZ $3 billion, Obama's NZ visit nears confirmation, National MP's family facing charges of animal cruelty, 'I'd like to contribute to the country' - overseas worker. [more]

Sports News for 23 February 2018
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

Gita flooding worst in years - Tasman evacuees
Three days on from Cyclone Gita and locals are still making sense of what happened to them. Riwaka couple Katie and Pete Ferguson say the flood they've just been through is the worst in the eight years they've lived in what is a flood-prone part of the Tasman district. The rural enclave in the shadow of the Takaka Hill near two large rivers, is used to flooding. But the severity of this week's deluge wrought by Cyclone Gita caught residents by surprise. Many, like the Fergusons, just had time to grab their children and pets before fleeing to safety, they told RNZ's Nelson reporter Tracy Neal. [more]

'Spectacular' opening expected for NZ Festival
The New Zealand Festival opens tonight in Wellington with a performance of kapa haka, music and theatre on Wellington's waterfront The performance, A Waka Odyssey, has been inspired by the arrival of navigator and explorer Kupe in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Festival Director, Shelagh Magadza, who's stepping down after this festival, told Music 101's Yadana Saw the opening night will be spectacular. [more]

Snow Sports NZ eyes more Olympic medal wins
Snow Sports New Zealand is already eyeing greater success at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after the success of teenagers Zoi Sadowski Synnott and Nico Porteous at the Winter Olympics. The 16-year-olds both won bronze medals - with Sadowski Synnott finishing third in the women's big air snowboard competition while Porteous was third in the men's ski halfpipe. There medals are the first by New Zealand athletes since alpine skier Annelise Coberger's silver medal in 1992. The chief executive of Snowsport New Zealand Marty Toomey told RNZ sports editor Stephen Hewson it was an historic day for the sport. [more]

Closing addresses given at euthanasia advocate's trial
The High Court trial of a euthanasia advocate Susan Austen accused of helping another woman kill herself is entering its final stages with Justice Thomas due to sum up the case for the jury this morning. [more]

Sports News for 23 February 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

US gun debate surges as NRA reacts to Florida
The main US gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association, has responded to the Florida high school massacre by denouncing what it calls socialist politicians who want to destroy freedoms granted to Americans by God. Seventeen students and staff were killed last week when a lone gunman went on a rampage at the Stoneman Douglas High School with an assault rifle. As the gun debate in the US grows, Andrew Patrick from the Washington-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence joins us with his reaction. [more]

Support for NZ's Olympic teen medallists 'overwhelming'
New Zealand won two Olympic medals in two hours on Thursday afternoon, breaking a 26 year drought. Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won bronze in the inaugural women's Big Air event, becoming for about an hour, New Zealand's youngest Olympian. An hour later freestyle skier Nico Porteous also won a bronze in the half pipe. He's also just 16 and is New Zealand's youngest Olympian ever. Here's how the excited - and impressed - Sky Sport commentators described his run. They are New Zealand's first medals since Annelise Coberger won silver in 1992. [more]

'If you work hard, anything's possible' - Nico Porteous
Nico Porteous is New Zealand's youngest Olympic medallist after winning bronze on Thursday in the half pipe. He speaks with Susie Ferguson about the win. [more]

Fuel a worry for Golden Bay residents and tourists
It's been three days since Golden Bay was cut off due to slips on the only access road, and food and other supplies are having to be shipped and flown into the area. There is still no time frame for when SH 60 over Takaka Hill, which was badly damaged by Cyclone Gita, will reopen. Two barges full of food and other supplies arrived in Golden Bay's main harbour, Port Tarakohe, yesterday, much to the relief of locals and business owners. But so far these deliveries have not included any petrol, with stores in Golden Bay having to ration their stock. Logan Church is in Golden Bay and joins us with the latest update. [more]

Brown stink bug could cost NZ $3 billion
An invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug - the pest discovered recently in three Japanese car shipments - would devastate New Zealand's fruit, vegetable and wine industries, destroying more than $4 billion of export value, a new report warns. Biosecurity patrols have unearthed previously unheard of quantities of the invasive beetles over the last two years. [more]

Deal to see Obama visit NZ close to completed
It's understood a deal is close to being clinched to get the former American president Barack Obama to visit New Zealand next month. [more]

National MP's family facing charges of animal cruelty
Barbara Kuriger is remaining the National Party's rural communities spokesperson despite her husband and son facing charges of animal cruelty. Oxbow Dairies, a company which Mrs Kuriger has shares in, also faces the same 11 charges. Mrs Kuriger herself is not facing charges. She says her family holds animal welfare as one of its strongest values. [more]

'I'd like to contribute to the country' - overseas worker
The construction industry is struggling to attract skilled workers, prompting a big overseas recruitment campaign. That need for workers - from labourers to highly skilled engineers - has been well documented as the booming sector struggles to meet demand. More than 13,000 people from overseas have registered their interest in filling the local skills gap and making the move here. Fifty of them were invited to Auckland to attend the Looksee recruitment session and spend a week looking for a foothold in New Zealand. [more]

Highly anticipated NZ Festival opens with Kupe
Kupe, the great Polynesian navigator and explorer, as imagined by playwright Apirana Taylor, in one of the first shows of the 2018 New Zealand Festival in Wellington. It's also part of a week long Kupe inspired series of events starting with tonight's Waka Odyssey. This is also the farewell festival for its three time Artistic Director, Shelagh Magadza. Standing Room Only presenter Lynn Freeman is hoping for three weeks of jaw-dropping shows and new experiences. She joins Susie Ferguson in the studio. [more]

Sports News for 23 February 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Olympics NZ boss 'over the moon' for 2 medals
New Zealand's 26-year-medal drought at the Winter Olympics is over thanks to two teenagers. Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won a bronze medal in the women's big air competition, and Nico Porteous won a bronze in the free-ski halfpipe. Both are 16-years-old. New Zealand Olympic Committee chief executive Kereyn Kerrin Smith joins Susie Ferguson with her reaction. [more]

Dead eels, carp and insects in wake of algal bloom
Hundreds of eels have died, along with carp and flying insects, in the wake of a massive algal bloom at Lake Omapere near Kaikohe. Blue-green algae in the shallow lake erupted last Saturday, turning the Utakura River into a frothing green soup. Lois Williams has been speaking to unhappy locals. [more]

Kaikoura road closed for days with slips after Gita
It only reopened two months ago after the Kaikoura quake, but State Highway 1 to the north and south of the town is set to remain closed again until at least the middle of next week thanks to ex-cyclone Gita. The town itself was drenched with more than a quarter of its normal annual rainfall in just 18 hours when Gita struck with even heavier falls in surrounding areas. That's washed a huge amount of material from already unstable hillsides onto the highway. With more on the big clean up job we're joined by the Transport Agency's Earthquake Recovery Manager Tim Crow. [more]

Super Rugby is here, can anyone usurp the Crusaders?
With former cyclone Gita and a rash of wild weather dominating this week's headlines, one could be forgiven for forgetting about the approaching Super Rugby storm. The New Zealand sides kick off their campaign's this weekend and rugby reporter Joe Porter runs his eye over the contenders and pretenders to the Crusaders' throne. [more]

'I love my job' - care worker, NZer of the Year Kristine Bartlett
Equal-pay advocate Kristine Bartlett changed the lives of thousands of New Zealand's lowest paid workers, which is why she has been announced as the New Zealander of the Year. Ms Bartlett was the face of a long-running campaign that successfully argued aged care workers were underpaid because theirs was a female-dominated sector. Her efforts culminated in a $2 billion settlement which boosted the wages of 55,000 workers by between 15 and 50 percent. She joins us in the studio and talks to Susie Ferguson about the achievement. "Women workers have obviously been left behind for too long, & this is a great opportunity to get that gap closed," she says. [more]

Trump suggests raising gun-buying age to 21
In the past hour the American President Donald Trump has suggested raising the gun-buying age limit from 18 to 21. It's the latest development in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida. Mr Trump has already said he wants to see teachers carry concealed guns to ward off potential school shooters and has described the National Rifle Association members as great people and great American patriots. Washington correspondent Giles Gibson talks to Guyon Espiner about the recent developments. [more]

NZ First's Kiwi Saver fund plan moves ahead
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' ambition of establishing a publicly-owned KiwiSaver fund has moved a step closer. NZ First MP Fletcher Tabuteau's Kiwi Fund Bill passed its first reading on Thursday. Should it go all the way, the bill will establish a working group to look at issues around the KiwiSaver industry including high fees, unethical investments and profiteering. It would also look at the viability of establishing a state-owned KiwiSaver provider carrying a government guarantee. Mr Tabuteau talks to Guyon Espiner. [more]

Hearing loss from digital devices to hit the young
A wave of hearing loss in young people is being predicted as we spend more time listening to devices through headphones and earbuds, Insight's Teresa Cowie reports. [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 Niuean for 23 February 2018
The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

News in Samoan for 23 February 2018
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Tongan for 23 February 2018
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nights

Nights Culture-Jazz
We're kicking off with some Jazz this evening. Nights' cultural ambassador Fergus Barrowman joins us with the best of Jazz music including music from the Bobo Stenson Trio. [more]

Nine To Noon

Another day, another America's Cup plan
The latest plan to host the 36th America's Cup on Auckland's waterfront is an alternative to the plan put forward last week by the Auckland Council and the government. But is it any good? Its backers say it'll be cheaper and won't encroach as much on the harbour, but it's been shot down by Team NZ. Kathryn Ryan talks to Viaduct Harbour Holdings Chief Executive Angela Bull and RNZ Auckland correspondent, Todd Niall. [more]

Facebook, fake news & the future for tech giants
Could this year could be big tech's version of the 2008 financial crisis? Professor Charlie Beckett of the London School of Economics says there is a crisis in public information, which digital giants must address. Professor Beckett is the founding director of LSE's think-tank for research and debate around international journalism and society and lead commissioner for the University's Truth, Trust and Technology Commission. [more]

Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta
The clean up in Tonga continues after Cyclone Gita which hit the island last week - the tail end of which wreaked havoc in New Zealand this week. RNZ Pacific's Koro Vaka'uta has just returned from Tonga. [more]

Stories of the second Great Maori Migration
Exploring what being Māori means today, author and historian Bradford Haami (Ngāti Awa) looks back to the experiences of those who formed part of the second great Maori migration. He has traced the development of an urban Māori identity over the last century in his book, Urban Maori: The Second Great Migration. He spoke to more than 60 people capturing personal stories of whanau who moved to the cities and Australia, away from their Iwi. Bradford Haami has written extensively about Maori history and culture; his books include the bestselling True Red: The Life of an ex-Mongrel Mob Leader and the award-winning Ka Mau Te Wehi: Taking Haka to the World. Brad is also a film writer and consultant whose credits include the series Mataku and the film Mahana. [more]

Book review - Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz
Sally Wenley reviews Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz, published by Penguin Random House. [more]

Music reviewer Grant Smithies
Grant plays Wellington band Black Minnaloushe, acid folk troubadour Arthur Ahbez and Detroit space-soul renegades Funkadelic. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Two medals at the Winter Olympics, making PyeongChang 2018 easily our best ever Winter Olympics; what's happened to the Black Caps, thumped again by Australia in the final of the T20 Tri-Series and the new Super rugby season starts back. [more]

The week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood
Our comedians Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood discuss the lighter stories of the week including Britain's KFC chicken crisis! [more]

Our Changing World

Our Changing World for 22 February 2018
Sonia Sly meets three psychologists investigating aspects of cultrual diversity,and discovers that we should look for commonalities rather than differences. [more]

Beyond face value: re-shaping our thinking about diversity
As ethnic and cultural diversity increases in New Zealand, psychologists discuss their work and the challenges posed by this increasing diversity. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 22 February 2018
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia. [more]

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Question Time for 22 February 2018
Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all of her Ministers? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the health portfolio? JAN LOGIE to the Associate Minister of Finance: What recent progress has there been on development of the Living Standards Framework and other sustainable development indicators? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he believe that the Regional Development (Provincial Growth) Fund is going to make a difference in the Tairāwhiti region? VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of Justice: What announcement has he made regarding recent concerns about the handling of reported allegations of sexual harassment at the Human Rights Commission? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by all of his Government’s policies on youth employment; if so, what is the number of 15 to 24-year-olds not in employment, education, or training? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Local Government: Does she stand by all of her answers to oral and written questions? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister for Trade and Export Growth: How will workers benefit from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership? SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all of his statements? TODD MULLER to the Minister for Climate Change: What aspects of a Zero Carbon Bill are up for discussion in the consultation planned for later this year? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What reports has he seen on the damage caused by ex-tropical Cyclone Gita? BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister for Biosecurity: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to brown marmorated stink bugs? [more]

RNZ Music

The head of Lava Records on signing Lorde: "What the f**k did I just listen to?!"
The man who signed Lorde in America - Jason Flom has been called ‘one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years’. He tells  American music commentator and critic Bob Lefsetz about how he first came across her music. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 February 2018
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 February 2018
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 22 February 2018
We find the answers to any queries you can think up. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 22 February 2018
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Julia Hartley Moore and James Nokise (Part 1)
New Zealand has been ranked as the least corrupt country in the world. But is that really the case? The rating from Transparency International looks at the "perceived level of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople." Deloitte's forensic director Lorinda Kelly says perceptions differ from reality and corruption is most definitely occurring in New Zealand. Following calls from two Auckland councillors for personal fireworks to be banned, The Pannelists give their thoughts on the matter. The Census forms are being delivered. The Panel talks to demographer Dr Natalie Jackson about what shape the country is taking and what types of jobs we need. The Queenstown Lakes District Council wants luxury homes exempt from the Government ban on foreign buyers. The council says it is benefitting significantly from people purchasing luxury homes. [more]

The Panel with Julia Hartley Moore and James Nokise (Part 2)
The famous evangelist preacher, Billy Graham, has died age 99. Salvation is the topic of today's half-time discussion on The Panel. Julia Hartley Moore and James Nokise each have topics they want to talk about. One of the heroes from the Christchurch earthquake gives his take on where the city is at today and what needs to be done. Will beer-wine be a terrible idea or will it kick off? Worst. Olympian. Ever... with full stops between the words. That is a real Twitter-sryle putdown. It's alluding to Hungarian halfpipe skier Elizabeth Swaney. This year's New Zealander of the year will be announced at an award ceremony in Auckland tonight. It's between Mike King, Kristine Bartlett and Dr Siouxsie Wiles. [more]

New Zealand least corrupt in the world
How corrupt is New Zealand? [more]

Should personal fireworks be banned?
Following calls from two Auckland councillors for personal fireworks to be banned, The Pannelists give their thoughts on the matter. [more]

Census 2018: the shape of New Zealand
The Census forms are being delivered. The Panel talks to demographer Dr Natalie Jackson about what shape the country is taking and what types of jobs we need. [more]

Overseas buyers in Queenstown
The Queenstown Lakes District Council wants luxury homes exempt from the Government ban on foreign buyers. The council says it is benefitting significantly from people purchasing luxury homes. [more]

Billy Graham and salvation
The famous evangelist preacher, Billy Graham, has died age 99. Salvation is the topic of today's half-time discussion on The Panel. [more]

What the Panellists have to say
Julia Hartley Moore and James Nokise each have topics they want to talk about. [more]

What Christchurch needs 7 years on
One of the heroes from the Christchurch earthquake gives his take on where the city is at today and what needs to be done. [more]

Beer-wine hybrid the bridge for the indecisive
Will beer-wine be a terrible idea or will it kick off? [more]

Worst Olympian Ever
Worst. Olympian. Ever... with full stops between the words. That is a real Twitter-sryle putdown. It's alluding to Hungarian halfpipe skier Elizabeth Swaney. [more]

New Zealander of the year tonight
This year's New Zealander of the year will be announced at an award ceremony in Auckland tonight. It's between Mike King, Kristine Bartlett and Dr Siouxsie Wiles. [more]

The Wireless

5 questions for National’s 5 contenders
We ask what issues they think are important for rangatahi, and where they stand on uni fees, jobs and cannabis. [more]

D Brief - The Russell McVeagh Scandal
Keep your hands to yourself! [more]

Upbeat

Favourite daughter helps celebrate CSO’s 60th
The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 60th anniversary on Saturday. Violinist Natalia Lomeiko, who’s been a soloist  with the CSO since she was seventeen, will play Bruch's romantic Violin Concerto. She speaks to Eva Radich about the joy of being back home with the orchestra where it all began for her   [more]

Organ rising from the rubble
Canterbury organist Martin Setchell gives the inaugural recital on an organ that’s more than 100 years old. He explains how the instrument survived the February 22nd earthquake even though the church crumbled around it, why it was important to save it, and how the latest technology has being integrated into the restored organ.. [more]

Upbeat for Friday 23 Feb
We celebrate Wellington Film Society’s 2018 season launch with some cinematic story telling through music with Chris Hormann, then Love, Longing, Loss and opera at the Auckland Art Gallery. [more]

World & Pacific News

2pm Pacific Regional News for 22 February 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 22 February 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 22 February 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 23 February 2018
The latest Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 23 February 2018
The latest World, Pacific Regional and Sports News [more]

YouTube

D Brief - Russell McVeagh Scandal
Keep your hands to yourself! Lana and Mata talk sexual harassment in law firms. The Wireless presents D-Brief: 1 topic, 2 comedians, 3 minutes. [more]

News stories:

Australia clinch Tri Series
Australia's new-look Twenty20 side have claimed tri-series honours with victory over New Zealand in a rain-disrupted final in Auckland. [more]

Recap: T20 FINAL - Black Caps vs Australia
The Black Caps take on Australia in the final of the Twenty20 Tri-Series in Auckland tonight. Follow live updates with Jamie Wall and Megan Whelan. [more]

Samoa govt ban on couples working together called slammed
A former Samoa police constable says a government directive banning married couples from working together in the force is discriminatory. [more]

Samoa entrepreneur urges more support, less jealousy
Businesses in Samoa are being urged to support each other and collaborate with other entrepreneurs around the region. [more]

Influential US evangelist Billy Graham dies
US evangelist Billy Graham, one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century, has died aged 99. [more]

Sodhi called into ODI squad
Northern Districts leg spinner Ish Sodhi has earned a recall to the Black Caps One Day International squad for the first two matches against England in their upcoming series. [more]

New Caledonia town shuts in protest at crime
A small town in the north of New Caledonia will shut down all its services for the day in protest at recent lawlessness. [more]

Fiji police say they are probing brutality complaints
The Fiji police say they are already investigating allegations of police brutality in the Nadarivatu area in western Fiji. [more]

Watch: West Coast residents on Gita - 'Glass and pieces of iron were flying around'
Video - While many West Coast residents were relieved Cylone Gita did not pack as big of a punch as Fehi, places like Barrytown were still lashed by the strong winds. [more]

PNG resettlement impossible for Manus refugees - advocate
An advocate says the arrest of nine Manus Island refugees in Port Moresby on Tuesday shows men detained in Papua New Guinea by Australia cannot be resettled there. [more]

Council wants luxury homes exempt from sale ban
The Queenstown Lakes District Council wants luxury homes to be exempt from the government's foreign buyers ban. [more]

Syria enclave crisis 'catastrophic'
A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta says the international community has abandoned the people living there. [more]

Tourists huddle on van roof to escape flood waters
Four German tourists had to be rescued early this morning after their campervan was caught in rapidly rising waters in Canterbury, police say. [more]

Tradies outnumber profs for visas for first time - figures
Immigrants filling trade and technical jobs are outnumbering those taking professional roles for the first time on record. [more]

Disaster risk finance a priority for Pacific countries, says Samoa PM
Samoa's prime minister says Pacific Island countries need access to finance for the climate change realities they face every day. [more]

NZ speed skaters finish fourth
New Zealand's speed skaters have backed their race tactics after finishing fourth in the team pursuit at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. [more]

Nyika hoping to go back to back
Glasgow gold medallist David Nyika headlines an eight strong team of boxers representing New Zealand at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. [more]

Tahiti unions defer planned general strike to March
Unions in French Polynesia say they have decided to defer this week's second general strike against planned pension reform until next month. [more]

Australian abuse survivors criticise NZ inquiry
New Zealand's plan to leave the Church and other non-state groups out of the Royal Commission of inquiry into abuse is getting some bad press in Australia today. [more]

Minister wants anchor projects in Christchurch completed
Seven years on from Christchurch's devastating earthquake, the Minister responsible for the city's rebuild wants to see outstanding anchor projects in the CBD completed. [more]

New mayor promises fresh start for Kaipara
The new mayor of Kaipara is promising to make good on his election promise of a fresh start for the debt-ridden district. [more]

Solomons police hunt for Bougainvillean fugitives
Police in Solomon Islands' western province are calling for calm as they search for a group of Bougainvilleans who escaped from custody in the provincial capital Gizo yesterday. [more]

'Don't call police over KFC crisis'
KFC lovers in the UK are being urged not to call the police over the fried chicken "crisis". [more]

NZ govt focuses on educational outcomes for Pacific children
A three-year work programme to improve educational outcomes for Pacific children and youth in New Zealand has been announced by the New Zealand government. [more]

'Fundamental flaws' in handling of sexual harassment case at HRC
There were fundamental flaws with the way a sexual harassment complaint at the Human Rights Commission was handled, the Justice Minister says. [more]

Gita: Clean-up may take 'longer than a year'
Tasman people are being told to prepare themselves for a long and frustrating cleanup after what's been described as the worst storm in living memory. [more]

Ditched newspapers the 'lifeblood' of rural communities
Stuff's decision to ditch 28 publications is shocking and will further isolate rural communities, Rural Women New Zealand says. [more]

Valls favours New Caledonia staying French
A former French prime minister Manuel Valls says the French government should say before New Caledonia's referendum what its preferred outcome is. [more]

Florida survivors' gun control rally draws thousands
US students have organised a rally at Florida's state capital after lawmakers voted not to consider banning some assault weapons following a school shooting there that left 17 people dead. [more]

Detected faecal matter closes popular swimming spot
A popular swimming family spot in Napier has been closed after high levels of faecal matter were detected. [more]

Elusive medal hunt continues for Kiwis in Pyeonchang
New Zealand has four genuine medal opportunities today at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. [more]

Coromandel local fuming after police pollute beach
Police are apologising after an operation in the Coromandel, allegedly targeting cannabis, went slightly awry when blue liquid was left staining sand at a popular local beach. [more]

Peru bus plunges off highway killing dozens
A coach travelling along the Pan-American Highway in Peru has plunged off the road, killing at least 35 people, local police say. [more]

Fuel costs burn through Air NZ profits
Air New Zealand's profit has lost some altitude because of rising fuel costs. [more]

Penney calls time at the Breakers
The veteran New Zealand basketball player Kirk Penney has announced he will retire from the sport at the end of the season. [more]

Unpaid Chinese workers in CNMI campaign for their money
Five remaining unpaid Chinese workers from the Saipan casino have reminded Northern Marianas Governor Ralph Torres of their plight after he appeared to forget about them during a US Senate hearing. [more]

Police fired at in New Caledonia's south
Reports from New Caledonia say police have been fired at near Noumea. [more]

Government open to reviewing Māori ward law
The government is refusing to condemn as racist the law that allows Māori wards to be contested with referendums. [more]

Sport: Fiji 7s players sign new deals, eye back-to-back titles
The contract saga hanging over the Fiji sevens team has been resolved, with 17 players signing on the dotted line for the remainder of the season. [more]

Final pre-season trial the 'real deal' for Warriors
The Warriors coach Stephen Kearney will treat Saturday's pre-season rugby league trial against Gold Coast Titans as essentially the real deal. [more]

Hawaiian artefacts welcomed to Auckland Museum
Hawaiian people living in New Zealand say they're excited to see historical Hawaiian artefacts in the Pacific Communities Access Project. [more]

Trump backs guns for teachers
United States president Donald Trump says he will look closely at the idea of secretly arming teachers and coaches in high schools so they can respond to school shootings quickly. [more]

Kāpiti flooding: 'It started coming through the floor'
A Kāpiti Coast resident's home is covered in mud after heavy rain flooded houses in the area last night. [more]

Gita: Motueka orchards hit hard
Orchards in the Motueka area have been hit hard by flooding from Cyclone Gita, prompting fears fruit will not make it to market. [more]

Farmland supply and demand 'more in balance'
Farms sales are down 24 percent compared to a year ago, but for the past four months sales have remained flat. [more]

Climate Minister: New cyclone category may be needed
Scientists may need to create a new Category 6 for cyclones as the effects of climate change make them more extreme, the Climate Change Minister says. [more]

PM: More mental health support for Canterbury
Help for parents will be included in a mental health support programme for children in Canterbury, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. [more]

Man arrested over body found in car in Wellington
A Lower Hutt man has been arrested and charged with murder over the death of a young woman whose body was found in a car in Wellington's Aro Valley two weeks ago. [more]

Cooks won't raise UN issue during Ardern visit
The Cook Islands government will not be raising the issue of a seat at the United Nations when New Zealand's prime minister visits next month. [more]

What to expect from your team: Super Rugby storylines for 2018
Analysis - The posts have gone up and we're ready to kick off another season of footy. Jamie Wall lays out the predictions for the coming year. [more]

Nyika considering 'pro' career after Comm games
New Zealand heavyweight boxer David Nyika has announced that he will turn professional after this year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast if a decision is not made on amateur boxing's future at the Olympic games. [more]

BREAKING: Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, 16, wins bronze at Winter Olympics - NZ's first medal in 26 years
BREAKING: Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, 16, wins bronze at Winter Olympics - NZ's first medal in 26 years [more]

Pohiva expects Tonga to bounce back after Gita
Tonga's prime minister says Pacific people are resilient and he expects his country to bounce back from the devastation caused by last week's Cyclone Gita. [more]

Samoa electronic voting plan welcomed by locals
Samoa's plan to introduce electronic voting at the next election is being welcomed by many locals as it will fast track results. [more]

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott's path to medal glory
Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott - who has broken NZ's 26-year medal drought at the Winter Olympics - first started snowboarding at the age of 9. Find out more about the bronze medal winner here. [more]

Drones help Tonga's cyclone damage assessment
The World Bank is using drones to support the government of Tonga in its Rapid Damage Assessment after Cyclone Gita. [more]

BREAKING: Nico Porteous wins NZ's second bronze of the day at Winter Olympics in freeski halfpipe
BREAKING: Nico Porteous wins NZ's second bronze of the day at Winter Olympics in freeski halfpipe [more]

PNG improves ranking in global corruption index
Papua New Guinea has improved its ranking in Transparency International's newly released global corruption index. [more]

Japanese doctor convicted after falling asleep at the wheel
A Japanese doctor convicted of careless driving fears he will have to quit his job at the University of Tokyo because of media coverage of his case. [more]

Excluding Church from inquiry would be an 'abject failure'
A world-leading authority on child sex abuse in the Church says it would be a colossal waste of money if a Royal Commission excluded churches. [more]

44-year-old arrested after AOS callout in Ahipara
A man has been arrested in connection with an AOS callout in the Far North town of Ahipara where shots were fired at a local house. [more]

National MP says party informed of animal cruelty charges
National's rural communities spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says she has kept the party leadership fully informed about animal cruelty charges laid against her family. [more]

Four members' bills drawn from ballot
The proposed laws cover disability support for political candidates, changes at Youth Court, improved gender pay equality and reducing volunteer organisation's requirements. [more]

Second medal for NZ: Nico Porteous wins bronze in freeski halfpipe
Nico Porteous, 16, has won bronze for New Zealand in the freeski halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. [more]

NZ Tongans packing containers for relatives hit by Gita
The Tongan community in New Zealand hopes to send six containers of supplies to victims of Cyclone Gita in Tonga this weekend. [more]

Cook Islands subchiefs call for tighter immigration laws
Subchiefs in the Cook Islands are calling for the government to tighten immigration and permanent residency rules. [more]

NZ police to cross ditch to study saliva testing
Police are sending staff to Australia to investigate whether New Zealand should begin saliva testing drivers for drugs. [more]

Chinese students in limbo after school closes
A group of overseas students desperately need the government's help after their college closed unexpectedly. [more]

Cyclone devastates 'up to 50 percent' maize crops
The drought has been tough for Taranaki farmers but maize crops were flourishing. Now Cyclone Gita has torn through those too. [more]

MBIE faces questions over using Russell McVeagh services
Ministry executives have faced questions over whether it's appropriate to keep using top law firm Russell McVeagh given recent revelations of sexual assault complaints. [more]

MPI failed to notice inaccurate increase in dolphin deaths
The Ministry for Primary Industries is being accused of falling asleep at the wheel for failing to notice an error that incorrectly said there had been a 20-fold increase in the number of dolphins caught by fishers. [more]

Stark warning over Auckland's beaches and waterways
The future of Auckland's beaches and waterways will be doomed if the council is granted a consent to discharge stormwater for at least three more decades, a researcher is warning. [more]

Taranaki struggles in aftermath of Gita
Many Waitara residents are still without power - and now have no running water - as Taranaki continues to struggle with the aftermath of Cyclone Gita. [more]

Commonwealth scheme to ensure no child left behind
The Commonwealth Secretary General wants to see member countries collaborate more to improve the quality of education. [more]

Australian and NZ workers helping restore Tonga power
Australia has sent 10 technicians to Tonga to help restore power following the destruction caused by Cyclone Gita. [more]

Abused students' complaints ignored at Hawaiian school
Complaints by students who suffered decades of horrific abuse were ignored and key evidence destroyed, says their Honolulu lawyer. [more]

Search dogs leave Rangitoto after no sign of cat
No sign of a cat has been found on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands after earlier reported sightings, the Department of Conservation says. [more]

'Some of those crimes are committed for notoriety'
The police are concerned about a rise in the number of crimes being committed by women. [more]

Euthanasia advocate acted with 'true nobility of spirit'
A euthanasia advocate accused of helping another woman kill herself acted with "compassion" and "nobility", a jury has been told. [more]

NZ whistleblowers need more protection - Chief Ombudsman
New Zealand's ranking as the least corrupt country in the world comes as no surprise, but more can be done, the Chief Ombudsman says. [more]

Sadowski-Synnott wins first medal for New Zealand in Pyeongchang
New Zealand snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has won a bronze medal in the women's big air competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. [more]

How two Kiwi teens created sporting history in Pyeongchang
Analysis - Twenty-six years after NZ's last Winter Olympics medal, two teens have added to the tally today with a fine balance of natural guts and natural talent, writes Ben Stanley. [more]

'Overwhelming' storm recovery begins in Riwaka
A Civil Defence manager in Riwaka says they have been dealing with a lot of distraught people suffering upheaval since the Cyclone Gita storm. [more]