Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 1st March 2018

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Lately, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Outspoken, Pacific Correspondent, Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time, RNZ Music, Rural News, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, YouTube

Business News

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

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

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

Consumer confidence perks up in February
Consumer confidence has perked up to its highest level in five months as a strong labour market buoyed optimism. [more]

Flat half-year profit for Ports of Auckland
The Ports of Auckland has made a flat profit as it invests to meet future demand and growth. [more]

Scales Corp eyes expansion into forestry
The apple grower and logistics company, Scales, is eyeing a possible expansion into the forestry sector as the government unveils plans for large scale plantings to boost regional development. [more]

Midday Markets for 2 March 2018
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Ed Glennie from Hobson Wealth Partners. [more]

Checkpoint

RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 1st March 2018
Watch Thursday's full programme here. [more]

Homeowners left in limbo after faulty EQC repairs
Christchurch homeowners who discovered faulty repairs on the houses they bought are heading to court in what lawyer Andrew Hooker describes as a David and Goliath battle that must be fought. [more]

EQC committed to re-repairs, or cash if 'not trusted'
EQC's Chief Customer Officer Trish Keith says EQC is not taking legal action against Fletchers, but says she's "not prepared" to talk about the company beyond that. [more]

Guilty verdict in Auckland Riverhead quarry trial
Colin Mitchell abducted a woman and assaulted her at a West Auckland quarry. He bowed his head and clamped his eyes closed as he was found guilty today. Edward Gay has the details. [more]

Power still out in rural Taranaki after Cyclone Gita
Residents of the remote eastern Taranaki settlement of Matau have been without power for about 10 days and phone services have been down too. [more]

Evening business for 1 March 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint weather for 1 March 2018
The latest weather forecast with Metservice Meterologist John Law. [more]

Bill English signs off with emotional speech
The 56-year-old farmer from Dipton has officially signed off with a final emotional speech in Parliament where he spoke about his 27 year-career. [more]

Government looks for solutions to polytech crisis
Mergers are being considered as a way of resolving the crisis confronting New Zealand's 16 polytechnics and institutes of technology, which may all be making deficits within five years. [more]

Rugby talent being poached by overseas clubs
New Zealand rugby boss Steve Tew says potential future All Blacks as young as 15 are being plundered by overseas clubs. [more]

Banned from Krispy Kreme competition for being Filipino
Philippine Ambassador Jesus Domingo says he's appalled a Filipino woman was turned away from Krispy Kreme's official opening because she's not a New Zealander. [more]

Aucklanders waste 80 hours a year in traffic
New data shows Aucklanders spend 80 hours in traffic each year and it's only going to get worse. Mayor Phil Goff says every potential fix is an option, including staggering school start times.  [more]

Govt called on to allow more short-term workers from Pacific
A dire shortage of travellers picking up seasonal work is threatening to derail the harvest of apples, kiwifruit and grapes around the country. [more]

Protesters march against Tegel chicken farm
Tegel Foods wants to build 32 poultry sheds on farmland at Arapohue, with the farm raising nine million chickens a year. [more]

Child devastated by fake Bruno Mars tickets
A nine-year-old boy was left in tears last night when he found out the Bruno Mars tickets he and his mother got for Christmas were fake. But as Laura Tupou reports, there was a happy ending. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Disaster response a focus for Anglican church leaders' fono
Oceania leaders of the Anglican church gathering in Fiji will be looking at better preparing their people for natural disasters at a fono this week in Suva attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury. [more]

A Tonga NGO helping get people back into their homes
The Tongan branch of aid agency Live and Learn is still busy helping people patch up their homes two weeks on from the battering dished out by Cyclone Gita. [more]

Emerging crisis in quake-hit PNG region
Disaster teams in Papua New Guinea are still struggling to reach parts of the country hit hard by Monday's 7-point-5 earthquake. It's understood dozens of people in the Highlands region around the quake's epicentre have died, and possibly many more, as a picture of widespread destruction begins to emerge. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 1 March 2018
Disaster teams in Papua New Guinea are still struggling to reach parts of the country hit hard by Monday's 7-point-5 earthquake: the Tongan branch of aid agency Live and Learn is still busy helping people patch up their homes two weeks on from the battering dished out by Cyclone Gita: Oceania leaders of the Anglican church gathering in Fiji will be looking at better preparing their people for natural disasters at a fono this week in Suva attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury; Pacific people call for more influence on global issues that affect the region's rapidly changing climate; a mould problem in Australia's refugee detention centre on Nauru posed a serious health threat. [more]

PNA holds just 2nd leaders summit since 1982
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement holds just its second leaders summit since inception in 1982. [more]

Tongan minister's resignation just a ploy says Moala
Tongan publisher and commentator, Kalafi Moala, says a cabinet minister's resignation this week was a ploy. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 2 March 2018
Tongan publisher and commentator, Kalafi Moala, says a cabinet minister's resignation this week was a ploy; The Parties to the Nauru Agreement holds just its second leaders' summit since inception in 1982; Disaster teams in Papua New Guinea are still struggling to reach parts of the country hit hard by Monday's 7.5 magnitude quake; Aid agency Live and Learn Tonga is still busy helping people patch up their homes two weeks on from the battering dished out by Cyclone Gita; Anglican church leaders from Oceania are meeting in Fiji and will be looking at better preparing their people for natural disasters. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 2 March 2018
In Extra Time this week - just how Super was the opening round of Super Rugby? Ross Taylor goes into bat for Pacific cricketers, Winter Olympic medalists Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous reflect on their success and Kate McIIroy talk about her Commonwealth Games hatrick. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Auckland's water woes
A popular Auckland swim race has had to change its venue over the state of the water. There's concern the locations aren't safe for swimming due to ongoing issues.  [more]

RNZ reporter Jessie Chiang on Chinese names
One of our colleagues in the RNZ newsroom has written a great first person piece about why she doesn't use her Chinese name.  [more]

Puns, puns, puns!
I hope you've got your wits about you because our next interview is pun-tastic. Dad jokes, word play and wise-cracks are the order of the day as Wellington's Pun Battle kicks off tonight.  [more]

Great album
The Sound of Music soundtrack. [more]

Your money test audio clip second try
A test Your money audio clip. [more]

Simon Wilson on arts festivals
Simon Wilson asks whether or not arts festivals actually benefit cities? Not just culturally but economically too. Simon is a senior writer for the New Zealand Herald. [more]

Arts Festival review with Mark Amery
On Friday Night, thousands of people gathered on Wellington's waterfront for the opening of the NZ Festival of the Arts.  [more]

The history of gun control in NZ
The recent school shooting tragedy in Florida has once again sparked the gun debate in the US. But what about NZ? Why have we generally avoided the carnage that we regularly see in the US? [more]

Short Story Club
Today we discuss Dog Farm, Food Game by Eamonn Mara. Email us your thoughts to be in to win the latest issue of the short story collection, Sport. Jesse@radionz.co.nz [more]

Tell me about your thesis
Natalia D'Souza tells us about her thesis looking at cyberbullying in the workplace - the public nature of the bullying and the ability to reach a victim 24/7. [more]

Lately

Lately with Karyn Hay 1 March 2018
New sounds from old tech The Auckland commute in the spotlight. 20 Something [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 March 2018
There's confusion among some seniors as the online census looms. The Supreme Court rules in favour of some Indonesian fishermen who were treated like slaves. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 March 2018
The Hurricanes and All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett says his body is good to go, but concedes he's a tad rusty when it comes to match readiness. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 2 March 2018
Abuse inquiry: Privacy breach laid against Sir Anand Satyanand; NZ Census 2018, explained; Black Caps star Ross Taylor aims to inspire Pasifika players; UK sex abuse inquiry demands govt pay victims; Auckland traffic driving up costs - building industry. [more]

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

Jackson to step up efforts to get youths into jobs or training
The Employment Minister, Willie Jackson, says the $50 million dollar fund set up by the last government to get more young New Zealanders into work or training is nowhere near enough. [more]

Trump's top aide Hope Hicks quits White House
The White House's revolving door continues to spin. The latest departure is long-serving Trump aide Hope Hicks, who's resigning from her job as Communications Director. Hicks joined Mr Trump's presidential campaign and then rose to one of the top positions in the White House. Brent Budowsky from the Hill joins us with his analysis. [more]

Northland elderly giving up on census
There's four days to go until this year's census - but people in some parts of the country say they're yet to receive the access numbers needed to be counted. And the manager of a Northland retirement village says elderly residents there who can't go online to fill in the census and who even find using the phone a challenge, are giving up rather than taking part. Hillary Sumpter, manager of Kerikeri retirement village, joins us to explain. [more]

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

Abuse inquiry: Privacy breach laid against Sir Anand Satyanand
A man sexually assaulted at a Catholic school has laid a breach of privacy complaint against the head of the Royal Commission into state abuse. The man is now calling for Sir Anand Satyanand to be removed. The Privacy Commission can do nothing about the complaint. Phil Pennington reports. [more]

NZ Census 2018: From mould to marital status
Does your home have a working kitchen sink? And do you have mould growing that's larger than an A4 piece of paper? Those are just a couple of the questions in the new-style census, which takes place on Tuesday, but time is running out for people to provide details for the five-yearly snapshot. Statistics New Zealand has moved most of the census online - with around half a million people already filling it their details - but as Nita Blake-Persen reports, not everyone's ready. [more]

NZ Census 2018, explained
There's a digital-first push for this year's census with people being delivered access codes and encouraged to do the census online. It includes new questions about how much mould is in houses, whether they're warm, and how well the kitchen sink works. Around half a million people have already completed the census online, but there are concerns the elderly or those without access to computers will have trouble being counted, and stories of people in remote parts of the country being unaware it's census time. 2018 Census general manager Denise McGregor joins Susie Ferguson in the Wellington studio to explain. [more]

UK sex abuse inquiry demands govt pay victims
In Britain, an independent inquiry into child sex abuse says the Government must pay compensation to people forcibly sent abroad as children in the years after the Second World War. About 4000 children were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, between 1945 and 1970. Norman Johnson was sent to Australia at the age of 7 in 1950 and says he and other victims want to die knowing justice has been served. [more]

Black Caps star Ross Taylor aims to inspire Pasifika players
The star Black Caps cricketer Ross Taylor says he would like the sport to promote him as a role model to Pacific Islanders. Taylor is one of the top scoring batsmen in New Zealand cricket history. But as the commentators praise his on-field exploits, less often mentioned is his Samoan heritage. He told RNZ reporter Te Aniwa Huringanginui how he hopes his achievements might inspire other Pacific people. [more]

Auckland traffic driving up costs - building industry
A report from the Automobile Association yesterday claimed Auckland motorists are losing an average of 80 hours each a year thanks to peak time traffic congestion. But the Building Industry Federation says congestion is costing money as well as time, with delayed deliveries of materials driving up building costs. The federation's chief executive Bruce Kohn talks to Guyon Espiner. [more]

Unique state housing high rise to be demolished
A large and architecturally unique state housing high-rise in central Auckland is set to be demolished. Number 139 Greys Avenue was built in 1957 to house 87 tenants but Housing New Zealand says with its leaking roof and decaying structure, its time is up. Housing NZ says a 'world class' development will take its place. [more]

NZ Festival - Bless the Child
A fiercely honest portrayal of a Maori family under intense scrutiny after the death of a baby, has premiered as part of the New Zealand Festival in Wellington. Hone Kouka has written Bless the Child in the hope of getting people talking about what is a blight in our society: violence against children. Lynn Freeman was at the premiere. [more]

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

Toxic foam: Chris Darby demands answers to contamination news
A north shore councillor says he's been kept in the dark about foam contamination in his suburb. This week the New Zealand Defence Force began testing a tidal area at Ngataringi Bay, in the Auckland suburb of Devonport. Information released to Radio New Zealand under the Official Information Act has revealed banned toxic firefighting chemicals from Devonport naval base have contaminated nearby waters. [more]

Unemployment down but youth numbers unchanged
Despite unemployment being at a nine-year-low, the rate of youth who're not in employment, training or education - known as NEETs - is at virtually the same level as is was 14 years ago. [more]

South African expat criticises farm confiscations
A South African expat in New Zealand is devastated by the news that the government in his home country plans to start confiscating land owned by white farmers without compensation. Earlier this week, the South African parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of a motion seeking to change the constitution, which would allow the confiscation process to legally take place. Susie Ferguson speaks to a South African ex-pat in New Zealand earlier, Piet Robbertze, who used to be a dairy farmer in the Northern part of South Africa before he moved to New Zealand in 2005. He says he can understand why some people are happy about the decision, but he believes its unfair. [more]

Antarctica endurance swimmer urges Air NZ to drop video
Yesterday on Morning Report we spoke to Nicholas Bennett whose father was the chief purser on the Air New Zealand DC10 which crashed into Mt Erebus in 1979, killing all 257 on board. He was upset that Air New Zealand has chosen to feature nearby Scott Base in its latest safety video. It turns out our interview with Nicholas Bennett was heard in South Africa by British endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh who is also the United Nations' Patron of the Oceans. Lewis Pugh is no stranger to the Antarctic himself, having swum the Ross Sea - clad only only in his trademark speedos. He later helped broker the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea. He also has strong feelings about Air New Zealand's video and he's on the line from Cape Town. [more]

Ardern in Australia for first formal visit
The Prime Minister is in Sydney for her first formal visit and will be meeting with her Australian counterpart. Jacinda Ardern has taken a group of cabinet ministers and a large business delegation with her as the trip also coincides with the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum. RNZ deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell, is in Sydney and joins us with the latest. [more]

Bill English bids final farewell to Parliament
The former Prime Minister and National Party leader Bill English farewelled politics last night, delivering his valedictory speech to Parliament where he looked back on a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. [more]

Auckland City Limits closes NZ's summer music season
The Auckland City Limits festival tomorrow will be the last big event in New Zealand's summer music festival season. The lineup is an eclectic mix, ranging from the international heavyweights Grace Jones and Beck, to local talents SWIDT and Aaradhna. RNZ Music 101 host Alex Behan is with us in the studio before he heads along to the event at Western Springs on Saturday. [more]

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

News in Pacific Languages

News in Cook Island Maori for 2 March 2018
The latest news in Cook Island Maori language. [more]

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

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

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

Nights

Brighton Rocks
Will Flockton is in Brighton in Sussex and brings us his pick of the top stories from the UK [more]

Nine To Noon

'I'm surprised people are surprised' - former lawyer
A lawyer who left the profession after suffering years of inappropriate sexual behaviour from male colleagues is appalled at what she calls 'inaction' by the Law Society in the wake of the Russell McVeagh scandal. Yesterday it was announced the Law Society will establish a working group to look at how to improve reporting of sexual harassment in the legal profession. Kathryn Ryan gets reaction from former litigation lawyer Olivia Wensley and Wellington barrister Wendy Aldred. [more]

Women's VC fund reaching critical stage
A new crowd-funded venture capital fund for women entrepreneurs is gathering support but organisers say the next four weeks will be crucial. SheEO is an initative seeking 500 women to contribute one thousand dollars each to create a funding pool for five winning female businesses. So far, 325 so-called women investors have signed up to contribute. One of them is Auckland business woman Kirsty Reynolds, who tells Kathryn why she's compelled to be involved. [image_crop:52745:full] [more]

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
Plans that would allow China's president to stay in office indefinitely, while in Manlia there are signs its President doesn't plan to stick around; discussions around the pressures on women in Bollywood following the death of Sridevi, and with the Winter Olympics now over attention is turning the mascot for the Tokyo summer games in 2020. [more]

Tara Westover: Off grid childhood to Cambridge PhD
Tara Westover's memoir begins with scenes from her Mormon childhood in an isolated mountain valley in Idaho. The youngest of seven, she was home schooled by her mother, a midwife. Her father, obsessed with the End of Days, stockpiled food and ammunition and hid his children from the Feds. Her memoir charts how she broke free, educated herself and kept going, eventually making it to the Univeristy of Cambridge for a PhD in history. Now separated from her family, Tara Westover joins Kathryn to talk about how her journey has transformed her, and the pain of leaving her family behind. [more]

Book review - Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil
Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil, published by Faber. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
Slow Boat Records' Jeremy Taylor goes full audiophile nerd with vinyl reissues from Gillian Welch and My Bloody Valentine, and has a huge crush on the new Breeders album. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
England's form in all phases at Mt Maunganui in the second cricket one dayer suggests strongly that the Black Caps will have to lift their game; Sky TV uses its strong sport portfolio to try and arrest the big loss of subscribers over the past twelve months; and what now for our popular medal winning Olympians freestyle skier Nico Porteous and snowboarder Zoe Sadowski-Synott? [more]

The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther
Our comedians look at the lighter stories of the week including the Canadian couple which adopted a Vietnamese potbellied pig from an animal shelter only to kill and eat her. [more]

Our Changing World

Our Changing World for 1 March 2018
Waikato University researchers are training pet dogs to sniff out pest fish that are a problem in Waikato lakes and rivers. [more]

Dogs that sniff out pest fish
Waikato University researchers are training pet dogs to sniff out pest fish such as koi carp. [more]

Outspoken

Solar power is on the way
Solar power still has minimal market penetration in New Zealand - and even in Australia, despite its endless sunshine. But it is growing fast, and that growth will only get faster as the price comes down. This raises a question mark over the value of existing means of generating electricity, such as hydro dams, and the long term viability of costly transmission systems. Despite that, power companies are embracing solar technology and insist it will not undermine their current investments with their huge sunk costs. To talk about this, Outspoken hosted a debate in the studio with Neal Barclay, (correct spelling) the current CEO of Meridian Energy, Keith Turner, the former CEO, solar power supporter and energy consultant and John Carnegie, of the Business New Zealand Energy Council. Eric Frykberg was in the chair. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 1 March 2018
Today we hear from our Marshall Islands' correspondent, Giff Johnson. [more]

Parliament - Live Stream and Question Time

Question Time for 1 March 2018
MARK PATTERSON to the Minister of Defence: What progress has been made on the coalition Government’s commitment to expand the Limited Service Volunteer Scheme? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What discussions did he have on economic issues on his trip to South Korea and Singapore? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Does he still intend for all new capital expenditure in Budget 2018 to fit within the $3.4 billion capital allowance as stated in the 2018 Budget Policy Statement? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he stand by all his statements on the proposed Kiwibuild programme? GOLRIZ GHAHRAMAN to the Minister of Statistics: How is this year’s census different from previous years? MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media: Does she believe it is important for State-owned broadcasters to be independent? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: Does he stand by all the decisions and statements he has made regarding the Provincial Growth Fund? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: What steps has she taken to speed up the fair resolution of outstanding claims relating to the Christchurch earthquakes that occurred seven years ago? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? Hon MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by all his statements? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: What concerns does he have about the future provision of vocational education in New Zealand’s regions? [more]

RNZ Music

NZ Festival Review: Thundercat
Nick Bollinger caught the melodic motifs, deep funk grooves and furious jazz improvisations of L.A.'s Thundercat last night at Wellington's Festival Club, as part of the NZ Festival. [more]

Rural News

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

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

The Panel

One Quick Question for 1 March 2018
Traffic, golf and spelling. [more]

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

The Panel with Sandy Hodge and Steve McCabe (Part 1)
The Mental Health Commission has set a suicide reduction target of 10 per cent. Is this the right approach? New Zealand born prisoners are being sent back from Australia. How well are they being looked after? Many are uprooted from the only support they have. We talk to Helen Murphy of PARS. The latest Air New Zealand safety video is set in Antarctica and it's upset some of the Erebus victims families who don't like the area being used for the airlines promotional gain. An University of Otago study into a prison smoking ban has found that half of prisoners continue to smoke in jail. While even more actually take up smoking while they're inside. [more]

The Panel with Sandy Hodge and Steve McCabe (Part 2)
Google says it's defending the public's right to information by refusing to remove certain information at people's request. What the Panelists Sandy Hodge and Steve McCabe want to talk about. A High Court judge's decision to allow a murderer to wear his wig in prison as a right has been over-ruled. Dean of Law Mark Henaghan discusses the tension between the two decisons. Man in undies shoots at drone. Probably very tempting for a lot of us. Mark Henaghan tells us how much trouble you'd get in for shooting a drone. The Law Society is now investigating Russell McVeagh in light of its sexual harassment scandal as five universities break ties with the firm. [more]

Mental health
The Mental Health Commission has set a suicide reduction target of 10 per cent. Is this the right approach? [more]

NZers deported from Aus
New Zealand born prisoners are being sent back from Australia. How well are they being looked after? Many are uprooted from the only support they have. We talk to Helen Murphy of PARS. [more]

Air NZ in Antarctica
The latest Air New Zealand safety video is set in Antarctica and it's upset some of the Erebus victims families who don't like the area being used for the airlines promotional gain. [more]

Prison smoking ban fails
An University of Otago study into a prison smoking ban has found that half of prisoners continue to smoke in jail. While even more actually take up smoking while they're inside. [more]

The right to be forgotten on the internet
Google says it's defending the public's right to information by refusing to remove certain information at people's request. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Sandy Hodge and Steve McCabe want to talk about. [more]

Toupee taken away again
A High Court judge's decision to allow a murderer to wear his wig in prison as a right has been over-ruled. Dean of Law Mark Henaghan discusses the tension between the two decisons. [more]

Drone spying
Man in undies shoots at drone. Probably very tempting for a lot of us. University of Otago's dean of law Mark Henaghan tells us how much trouble you'd get in for shooting a drone. [more]

Universities shun Russell McVeagh
The Law Society is now investigating Russell McVeagh in light of its sexual harassment scandal as five universities break ties with the firm. [more]

The Wireless

Comedy inspired by the #MeToo movement
Cameron McLeod’s “Toxic Mas” show is part of the Auckland Fringe Festival. [more]

Rosie Muir used Givealittle to fund a trip to Thailand. And a vagina.
'I'm transgender. I don't like what I've got downstairs. It causes me distress, and I'd like to renovate.' [more]

D Brief - Should we ban the plastic bag?
Is it time to put an end to plastic bags? Lana and Mata deep dive on the issue. [more]

Upbeat

Trailblazing Orava Quartet & their colourful socks
Australia’s Orava Quartet makes its New Zealand debut today. The four young men have close family connections which means they don’t hold back in rehearsals. Brothers Daniel and Karol Kowalik, with good friends David Dalseno and Thomas Chawner discuss bringing passion and vitality to the classics of the string quartet repertoire.  [more]

A feast of music making in Christchurch
Tony Ryan looks at the first in this year’s Christopher’s Classics chamber music series at The Piano, with violinist Natalia Lomeiko and pianist Kirsten Robertson in action. Having just heard Lomeiko play a concerto on Saturday with the Christchurch Symphony, Tony takes the measure of her recital quality.   [more]

Upbeat for Friday 2 March
Justin Gregory reviews the new look Giselle, Lynn Freeman faces the hard truths in Bless The Child, Tim Dodd explores how Phil Dadson is starting From Scratch & we celebrate past Concerto competition winners. [more]

National Concerto Competition 2018
It’s that time of year again, when some of the best rising stars compete for the National Concerto Competition. [more]

World & Pacific News

2pm Pacific Regional News for 1 March 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 1 March 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 1 March 2018
The latest regional Pacific news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 2 March 2018
The latest bulletin of Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific Regional and Sports for 2 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

YouTube

D Brief - Should we ban plastic bags?
Is it time to put an end to plastic bags? Lana and Mata deep dive on the issue. D-Brief: 1 topic, 2 comedians, 3 minutes. [more]

News stories:

Political puppetry leaves Bridges unsculpted
While DJ Jacinda Ardern has been immortalised in puppet form at the Backbencher pub, the owner was hesitant to give new National Party leader Simon Bridges his own caricature. [more]

America's Cup: No alternative site for big mast maker
One of the country's biggest marine manufacturers says its future in New Zealand could be in doubt if a waterfront site it uses is lost to accommodate an America's Cup Village in Auckland. [more]

Major US retailer pulls assault-style rifles
As students at the Florida school where 17 people were recently killed returned to classes, a major gun retailer has announced it will stop selling the kind of weapon used in the attack. [more]

Delays on Auckland motorway after serious crash
There is heavy congestion on Auckland's southern motorway this morning, after part of the city-bound route was closed for several hours by a serious crash. [more]

IOC lifts Russia's Olympic suspension
Russia's Olympic suspension has been lifted with immediate effect by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). [more]

Slim pickings: Worker shortage leaves apple farms frantic
Apple growers in Hawke's Bay are preparing to work around the clock to cope with what's being described as an extreme shortage of seasonal workers. [more]

Archbishop of Canterbury in Suva for fono
The Archbishop of Canterbury arrives in Suva today for a three day fono, meeting with fellow archbishops from the region. [more]

Peters' legal action against National party continuing - lawyer
Winston Peters' legal action against the National Party over the leak of his superannuation overpayments is continuing, according to his lawyer, despite the NZ First leader paying some costs. [more]

Governor Moliga calls for better emergency comms in American Samoa
The governor of American Samoa has called for improvements to the territory's emergency communications. [more]

Wellington council spends up on housing
Wellington City Council is planning to spend nearly $28 million on getting more homes built in the capital. [more]

Next level: Woman conquers Mount climb 38 times in one day
Many people have been trying to do the Mount Everest Challenge, which involves climbing Mount Maunganui 38 times in 50 days, but this woman did it in just one. [more]

Tonga changes new Parliamentary venue
Tonga's government has again changed its venue for parliament after Tropical Cyclone Gita destroyed the country's Legislative Assembly earlier this month. [more]

Air NZ's controversial new Antarctic safety video launched
Air New Zealand has launched its controversial new safety video, which has been filmed in Antarctica. [more]

Golf club carve-up: 'Why sell the lungs of your city'
There were emotional scenes at a packed New Plymouth council meeting last night when the public got to have its say on a controversial plan to carve up the city's only public golf course. [more]

Polytech leaders hold crisis meeting
Polytech leaders are in a crisis meeting today as they try to work out a cure for the struggling sector. [more]

Te Puea puts homeless families in touch with employers
Ihaka Rehua, who has been at Te Puea Marae in their temporary housing for four weeks with his wife and six children, is one of several at a meeting with potential employers. [more]

Plenty of reasons for Breakers to beat Melbourne
Mika Vukona and the New Zealand Breakers will have no shortage of reasons to beat Melbourne United in their NBL semi-final series. [more]

Chiefs need to be more clinical
Forget about injury management, the Chiefs believe the key to beating the Blues in their Super Rugby derby is to be more clinical. [more]

Ocean swim race moved due to water quality fears
The organisers of a popular ocean swim race in Auckland have been forced to shift the event to another beach because of ongoing water quality issues. [more]

Cheaper Sky rates 'not enough' to turn tide
Sky Television's halved its cheapest plans in a bid to lure back customers, but industry commentators say the move may not be enough. [more]

Pacific ship operators under a lot of pressure from the public
The deputy director of the Pacific Community's transport programme says regional ship operators are being put under a lot of pressure from the public resulting in overloaded boats. [more]

Hela community in confusion after big PNG quake
Much of Papua New Guinea's Hela province remains cut off due to disrupted telecommunications and transport links after Monday's 7.5 earthquake. (video) [more]

Two New Caledonian leaders quit
Two members of a small high profile New Caledonian leaders group have resigned. [more]

Fanning to retire after Bells Beach
One of Australia's greatest surfers Mick Fanning will end his career at Bells Beach in Victoria after admitting he's lost the drive to compete. [more]

NZ sprint team miss out on medals
The New Zealand men's sprint team has failed to defend their title at the World Track Cycling Championships in the Netherlands. [more]

No leak investigation in American Samoa
The US Coast Guard said it is not conducting an investigation into the ammonia leak that caused the evacuation of the main dock and closed the entrance to the Port of Pago. [more]

Close Trump aide Hope Hicks to resign
Hope Hicks, White House communications director and one of President Trump's longest serving advisers, to step down. [more]

Colin Jack Mitchell - the man accused of the quarry abduction - has been found guilty
Colin Jack Mitchell - the man accused of the quarry abduction - has been found guilty [more]

What's in a name: Why I do not use my Chinese name
First Person - The only time I used Chinese was to talk to my parents, and as far as I knew it wasn't needed, but over the years I've felt more pressure to claim my identity, writes Jessie Chiang. [more]

PNA leaders summit begins in Marshall Islands
The powerhouse of tuna fishing in the Pacific, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or PNA, is holding its second leaders summit since inception in 1982. [more]

Injuries could derail Black Caps campaign
New Zealand's fortunes in the one-day international cricket series against England could hinge on medical diagnoses for batting kingpins Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. [more]

Black Caps injury concerns ahead of third ODI
After being outplayed by England in Mount Maunganui, acting Black Caps captain Tim Southee may have more to worry about ahead of the third ODI international against England. [more]

Former CNMI cop sentenced
A former police officer in the CNMI has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for robbing two restaurants on Saipan. [more]

Motor Industry Association urges faulty airbag recall
The Motor Industry Association is calling for the Transport Agency to join Australia in ordering a mandatory recall of cars containing dangerous airbags. [more]

No new volcanic activity in PNG Highlands, says Observatory
The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory in Papua New Guinea said there has been no unusual volcanic activity in the Highlands. [more]

Pregnant woman's car hit by teenage driver fleeing police
A pregnant woman was taken to hospital after an underage driver being chased by the police crashed into the back of her car yesterday. [more]

French tech firm sets up in Samoa
More job opportunities are expected in Samoa after the setting up of a new depot to service 19 submarine cable systems in the region. [more]

Inadequate drainage blamed for Gita severity in Tasman
Some Riwaka residents are calling for better maintenance of waterways and culverts, as the area recovers from Cyclone Gita. [more]

Bridges says government is deflecting
The National Party's new leader says the government's attacking him to deflect attention from its own incompetence. [more]

Tonga PM refuses to accept minister's resignation
Tonga's Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, says he has refused to accept the resignation of Mateni Tapueluelu from cabinet. [more]

NZ expert to probe Fiji Cessna crash
The Fijian Government has appointed a New Zealand air accident investigator to determine the reason a Cessna 172 crashed on Monday. [more]

Commuters waste 80 hours stuck in traffic
Tens of thousands more people and cars travelled on Auckland's roads last year, with the average commuter wasting nearly 80 hours stuck in traffic. [more]

Environmental safeguards being ignored for deep sea mining
A Guam-based lawyer says the international community's legal position largely ignores environmental safeguards when it comes to deep sea mining. [more]

Sport: Auckland and Lautoka advance in OFC league
New Zealand's Auckland City FC and Fiji's Lautoka FC are through to the OFC Champions League football quarterfinals after confirming themselves as the top two in Group C at Auckland's Trusts Arena yesterday [more]

Sport: Samoa women look to kick on from nines
A coach from Samoa's women's rugby league nines team says there is now an opportunity to kick on from last week's Commonwealth Championship in Queensland. [more]

Sport: Cook Islands Olympic SG sacked
The board of the Cook Islands National Olympic Committee has dismissed secretary-general, Robert Graham, following a review of his performance. [more]

Law Society working group to tackle sexual harassment reporting
The Law Society is to establish a working group to look at how to improve reporting of sexual harassment in the legal profession. [more]

NZ King Salmon reports strong first-half profit
New Zealand King Salmon has reported a strong first-half profit, reflecting increasing demand and margin growth in its New Zealand and North American markets. [more]

Fiji diplomat leaves role as Chief Negotiator at climate talks
Fiji's Nazhat Shameem Khan has left her role as Chief Negotiator during Fiji's presidency of the UN climate negotiations. [more]

Tension over Gita relief distribution in American Samoa
American Samoa's government is calling for patience amid tension over the distribution of relief to victims of Cyclone Gita. [more]

Secret hearing involves passport case
A secret hearing taking place in Wellington involves a legal challenge to the cancellation of a New Zealand passport, the Chief High Court Judge has confirmed. [more]

Tractor sales at record high
Tractor sales have hit a record high, up 13 percent from last year. [more]

Flooding in Solomon Islands after torrential rain
Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are urging people to take precautions as widespread flooding grips the capital. [more]

'No one wants to see honey bees die'
An analysis of a group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids has confirmed that they are harmful to wild bees and honey bees. [more]

Ratepayers cover a $566 laundry bill and a $1.75 snack
Analysis - Should Auckland ratepayers be paying for the overseas laundry bills of its highest paid executives? Todd Niall goes through the receipts. [more]

Wgtn motorway: Truck cleared but expect hour delays
A truck which has lost its trailer after its axle broke has been cleared from a Wellington motorway but there is heavy congestion, the Transport Agency says. [more]

Helicopter 'landed heavily' then rolled - CAA
A helicopter landed heavily and rolled at Wanaka Airport as a trainee and flight instructor were practising an emergency landing procedure, the Civil Aviation Authority says. [more]

Funding available for some farmers hit by Gita
Government funding is being made available to some farmers hit by cyclone Gita. [more]

English: 'I took my turn at the chisel'
Look back at RNZ's live coverage of Bill English's valedictory speech in Parliament this afternoon. [more]

State of emergency continues in Tonga
Tongan disaster officials said 15 families remain in five evacuation centres after Cyclone Gita hit the islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua. [more]

Teenagers signing deals? NZ rugby stocks under threat?
New Zealand rugby boss Steve Tew believes future All Blacks are being plundered by overseas clubs, both union and league at schoolboy level. [more]

Todd ruled out for Crusaders
The Crusaders have lost All Black openside Matt Todd for Saturday's clash with the Stormers in Christchurch and up to six weeks of the Super Rugby season due to a broken thumb. [more]

Dead last Phoenix part ways with coach
The Wellington Phoenix coach Darije Kalezic is to leave the A-League club, paying the price for what's been a woeful season. [more]

Black Ferns to get paid
New Zealand's women's rugby players are set to get professional contracts for the first time after chief executive Steve Tew announced a record breaking profit of $33.4 million for NZR in 2017. [more]

National raises questions about RNZ commentator
The National Party has raised an allegation of conflict of interest in Parliament relating to a commentator who appeared on RNZ show 'The Panel'. [more]

Riverhead quarry attack: Colin Jack Mitchell found guilty
The jurors deciding the case of the man accused of abducting a woman and driving her to a quarry north-west of Auckland have delivered a guilty verdict. [more]

New airport terminal opens in Tuvalu
Tuvalu has opened a new international airport terminal. [more]

Mould threatened refugee health on Nauru
A mould problem in Australia's refugee detention centre on Nauru posed a serious health threat, a microbiologist says. [more]

Milo washes off milk-powered health rating
Nestle is removing its 4.5 health star rating from Milo drinking powder. [more]

Fake Mars tickets: 'Buyer beware'
A tearful 9-year-old and his mother, turned away from a Bruno Mars concert after finding out their $700 tickets were fake, have been helped out by two kind individuals. [more]

Worker killed at Manus refugee facility
A crane driver has been killed in an accident at one of the refugee facilities on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. [more]

NZ's law schools cut ties with Russell McVeagh
All six of New Zealand's university law schools have cut ties with law firm Russell McVeagh. [more]

Emerging crisis in quake-hit PNG region
Dozens of people have died in Papua New Guinea after Monday's 7.5 earthquake caused mass landslides in the Highlands. (video) [more]

Strike planned in French Polynesia over pension reform
A general strike has been called in French Polynesia for next Tuesday in a bid to stop pension reform. [more]

PM angling for business deal in Australia
The Prime Minister is hoping to get a better deal for New Zealand's small and medium businesses operating in Australia, when she meets her Australian counterpart tomorrow. [more]

Protest over planned mega chicken farm
Nearly 100 people have protested against plans to build New Zealand's biggest chicken farm next to a marae. [more]

Polytechnic mergers not ruled out - Hipkins
Polytechnic mergers are not being ruled out as the sector tries to find a way to survive mounting financial pressures. [more]

RBNZ explains move on insurance company
The Reserve Bank moved against insurance group, CBL, because it feared an international scramble to grab its assets and the company defied an order not to send money overseas. [more]

NZ terms of trade at new record high
The country's purchasing power with the rest of the world has hit new highs, thanks to record lamb and butter prices. [more]

Arthur Taylor still too dangerous to release - Parole Board
High-profile criminal and prison escapee Arthur Taylor has lost his latest bid for parole. [more]

Spotify plans to list shares, fend off Apple and Amazon
Music streaming service Spotify has filed for a direct listing of shares, laying out financial data for the first time. [more]

English bids farewell, talks of privilege of public service
Former Prime Minister and National Party leader Bill English has given a funny and emotional valedictory speech in Parliament this afternoon. [more]

NZ to increase aid to the Pacific - Peters
Foreign Minister Winston Peters is promising to boost aid to the Pacific as part of what he calls the government's Pacific reset. [more]

Fruit growers need to pay pickers more - Minister
Fruit growers will have to pay pickers more if they want to entice more workers into jobs, the Immigration Minister says. [more]