Radio New Zealand - Sunday, 4th March 2018

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This page features: Art, Life, Music, Business News, Dateline Pacific, Midday Report, Morning Report, New Horizons, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Standing Room Only, Te Ahi Kaa, The Wireless, Upbeat, Voices, World & Pacific News

Art, Life, Music

Art, Life, Music - Kushana Bush
Kushana Bush is creating an entirely new style of art. Her works, gouache on paper, draw on an enormous range of styles and epochs from Renaissance fresco to Japanese Shunga woodblock to the  Mughal tradition of Indo-Persian miniatures that inspire Kushana’s name. Old traditions, all of them, but catapulted into the modern world in way that is wholly contemporary and wholly her own. [more]

Business News

Early Business News for 5 March 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Business News for 5 March 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 5 March 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Xero founder and CEO stepping down
The founder and chief executive of the cloud accounting software company, Xero, is stepping down at the end of the month. [more]

Annuities provide guaranteed income in retirement
Retirement savings could get a much needed boost and last longer if people consider getting into annuities -- according to a visiting executive. [more]

Midday Markets for 5 March 2018
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Business briefs
A date has been set for media companies NZME and Stuff to appeal their blocked merger bid. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Academic examining links between NZ and Pacific mental health
New research from the Stout Research Centre in Wellington has begun on uncovering stories about mental health in Pacific countries that have a relationship with New Zealand. [more]

Re-usable rocket to launch Pacific satellite
Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to launch a satellite that will beam the internet to remote parts of the Pacific. [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]

Young women issues highlighted in new declaration
The 5th Fiji Young Women's Forum saw a new declaration drawn up highlighting areas of concern for young women that plans to be shared to leaders and the community. [more]

Help is slow to come, nearly a week after PNG quake
Nearly a week after a devastating magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands, aid is only starting to trickle in.   [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 5 March 2018
A week on from PNG's devastating earthquake, aid is starting to trickle in; Young women in Fiji make a declaration for their rights; Pacific ship operators are under public pressure, says the Pacific Community; A reusable rocket, a satellite, and internet for the remote Pacific; And, we speak to a researcher looking at links between NZ and Pacific mental health. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 March 2018
New Zealand is giving three-million dollars to Samoa to help the Cyclone Gita recovery. More strong aftershocks rock Papua New Guinea's Highlands. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 March 2018
Leading Commonwealth Games medal contender middle distance runner Nick Willis has pulled out of the New Zealand team for Gold Coast because of injury. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 5 March 2018
A woman left blind and disfigured by her abusive partner speaks out in the hope it will help others, The mother of a severely disabled man vows to continues her fight to be paid for caring for him for 40 hours a week, and A new report shows two thirds of councils surveyed are doing substandard safety checks on buildings [more]

Sports News for 5 March 2018
A update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]

'Grey area' over paternity of Barnaby Joyce's love child?
Australia's former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has cast doubt on whether he is the father of his new partner's baby. Mr Joyce has been quoted by Fairfax media saying the identity of the child's biological father is a "grey area". However he says he won't be getting a paternity test and is planning to raise the child as his own regardless of who the father is. Mr Joyce was forced to resign as deputy prime minister and leader of The Nationals over his relationship with his former staffer Vikki Campion and the subsequent break up of his marriage. Mr Joyce has conducted a number of interviews about his relationship with Ms Campion but this is the first time he has raised any doubts that it may not be his biological child. Former Australian cross-bench senator Nick Xenophon says it's time for Mr Joyce to stop talking about his personal life. [more]

Tough summer for quake, cyclone-hit Kaikoura
Earthquake and Cyclone hit Kaikoura business owners say finding staff in the seaside town has been next to impossible over summer. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake in November 2016 shattered State Highway 1 north and south of the town, cutting off the Kaikoura lifeblood - tourists. This year the road was briefly shut again due to more slips brought down by Cyclone Gita. The road is now open, but a shortage of staff is making it hard for business owners to cope with huge volumes of travellers. Jason Hill, the owner of Coopers Catch, a popular Kaikoura Fish and Chip store, says the summer has been challenging. [more]

Govt food hardship spending jumps by $10m
Government spending on food hardship grants jumped $10 million last year, with Work and Income handing out more grants than ever before. Ministry of Social Development figures show that almost 498,00 grants for food were made in 2017 - an increase of close to 100,000 on the year before - at a cost of $52 million. Kathleen is a solo mum of one. She lives in Auckland, is on a benefit and says at times, she's struggled to put food on the table and she's had to resort to getting a grant from Work and Income. She spoke with RNZ social issues reporter Sarah Robson. [more]

Stalled RCEP trade pact raises questions about NZ involvement
Negotiations to establish a massive Asian trade pact appear to be going backwards with some now questioning whether New Zealand should pull out. The latest round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership took place in Singapore over the weekend. It comes as a global trade war looms, with the US president Donald Trump promising to slap high tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. [more]

Ardern kicks of first Pacific trip with visit to Samoa
The government has kicked off what it calls the "Pacific reset" with Jacinda Ardern beginning her first trip to the region as Prime Minister. It comes after Foreign Minister Winston Peters promised to boost aid and embark on a new strategy with New Zealand's Pacific neighbours. Mr Peters will accompany Jacinda Ardern for the week long trip which visits Samoa, Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands. RNZ political reporter Mei Heron is in Samoa with the Prime Minister. She speaks about the importance of the visit. [more]

Otago Uni may ditch law camp after misbehaviour claims
An annual Otago University camp for law students could be canned after complaints about excessive drinking, nudity and jelly wrestling. It's organised by law sudents association, knowns as SOULS, but senior staff, including the faculty Dean, have also attended over the ten years the camps have been running. The university now wants to hear from anyone else who may want to complain. [more]

Sports News for 5 March 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Abuse survivor speaking out in hope to help others
A woman left blind and disfigured by her abusive partner is speaking out in the hope it will help others. Police have described it as one of the worst domestic violence cases they've seen. The woman, who cannot be named, eventually escaped after 16 years. The offender, who can't be named to protect their children's identities, was last month sentenced to 12 years in jail on 38 charges of abuse. RNZ reporter Sally Murphy spoke to the woman about starting a new life and the violence she eventually fled. [more]

Mother of disabled man keeps fighting for 40 hours care pay
A mother who took health officials to court demanding to be paid for caring for her disabled adult son says the Crown's offer of higher compensation misses the point. Diane Moody, who is 76, has cared for her severely disabled son Shane Chamberlain for most of his 51 years. Mrs Moody rejected an offer to pay her for 17 hours a week at the minimum wage and took health officials to court, asking to be paid the maximum of 40 hours a week. In February, the Court of Appeal ordered health officials to set aside the 17 hours and reassess her application. Now health officials doubled her paid hours to 37 a week, at the minimum wage. But Mrs Moody says the needs assessment on which the offer was based is flawed and she will continue to fight for 40 paid hours a week. Not just for herself, but for the sixteen hundred families who have been identified as being eligible for 40 hours of funding. Minister of Health David Clark declined an interview, but sent us this statement: "I completely understand the depth of feeling on this issue and have the upmost respect for those families that care for high-needs family members at home. I have asked for advice on options for reforming the Funded Family Care policy. "That work is at the very early stages and I am not yet ready to comment on it in detail." [more]

Most councils' building safety checks 'substandard' - report
An official new report shows two thirds of councils surveyed are doing substandard safety checks on buildings. Some have failed to issue a single order to get deficient buildings fixed for six or more years - which officials put down to being too 'friendly' with building owners. But the Ministry says it can't force the councils to improve. [more]

Trump's tariffs threaten trade war, China reacts
China has responded to Donald Trump's threat of a trade war with a warning that it won't sit idly by if its economy is hurt by new protectionist policies by the United States. The US President openly talked of starting a trade war late last week when he announced stiff new tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. He tweeted: "Trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don't trade anymore-we win big. It's easy!" Mr Trump also threatened to impose a tax on EU-made cars. His comments have drawn strong criticism from the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organisation and trading partners including Canada and China. Professor of Applied Economics at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University and a former senior economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, Steve Hanke, has described Mr Trump's proposed new tariffs as a "horror". [more]

Simon Bridges critical of govt's foreign policy 'reset'
The new leader of the National Party disagrees with the 'tone' of the new government's approach to foreign policy. The government has kicked off what it calls the "Pacific reset" with Jacinda Ardern beginning her first trip to the region as Prime Minister. It comes off the back of the Foreign Minister Winston Peters promising to boost aid and embark on a new strategy with New Zealand's Pacific neighbours. Mr Peters also hinted the government might rethink China's One Belt One Road initiative. Simon Bridges tells Guyon Espiner it's concerning there's been a lack of emphasis on Asia by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. [more]

Nearly 100k more NZers seeking food hardship grants
Government spending on food hardship grants have reached record levels, jumping by $10 million last year. Ministry of Social Development figures show that close to half a million food grants were made in 2017 - an increase of close to 100,000 on the year before. RNZ social issues reporter Sarah Robson has the story. [more]

Sir Peter Snell recalls Sir Roger Bannister's achievements
Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-four-minute mile has died following a seven year battle with Parkinson's disease. Sir Roger made history in 1954 when he ran a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on a track in Oxford. Later that year he won gold over the same distance at the Commonwealth Games. It's likely the Englishman's achievements were an inspiration to a young New Zealand athlete Peter Snell who would win gold over one mile at the Perth Commonwealth games eight years later. Sir Peter joins us from Texas with his memories. [more]

NZ Festival: Lynn Freeman on the week that was
The New Zealand Festival in Wellington has had a week full of events. Standing Room Only presenter Lynn Freeman joins Susie Ferguson with her take on what she's experienced, including the NZ Symphony Orchestra, the Kings Singers, and the Future Playground Interactive show. [more]

Sports News for 5 March 2018
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Last officer of the 28th Māori Battalion laid to rest
More than 200 people gathered at Manuka Point in the Chatham Islands yesterday to lay to rest the last remaining officer of the 28th Māori Battalion. Lieutenant Alfred Preece died on Friday morning at the age of 96. He was a father of seven children, a husband and a community man, but his life was also remembered as one of extraordinary survival in a war where thousands of New Zealanders lost their lives. [more]

Wellington City Council evicts tenant with 'no cause'
A man suffering mental health problems is facing homelessness after receiving an eviction notice. But his landlord, Wellington City Council, is refusing to tell him the reason why. It's legal - but the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has criticised the law as unfair to tenants and vowed to change it. [more]

NZ seeks exemptions to Trump's trade tariffs
US President Donald Trump's open talk of stiff new tariffs on imported steel and aluminium has drawn strong criticism from its trading partners and the International Monetary Fund. New Zealand is joining the queue of countries seeking exemptions from the new tariffs. Trade Minister David Parker discusses the issue. [more]

Trump's tariff plans could bring more global tensions
US President Donald Trump has suggested tariffs on the imports of steel and alumunium into the US, as he tries to revive the local industry. But the suggestion is causing tense reactions from trading countries. New Zealand trade expert Charles Finny says the most concerning issue is the indirect impact of tariffs. Retaliation in other product areas could impact us as well, he tells Susie Ferguson. [more]

Finding staff in Kaikōura nearly impossible - businesses
Earthquake and cyclone hit Kaikōura business owners say finding staff in the seaside town has been next to impossible over summer. A seven-point-eight magnitude earthquake in November 2016 shattered State Highway 1 north and south of the town, cutting off Kaikōura's lifeblood - tourists. Last month the road was briefly shut again due to more slips brought down by Cyclone Gita. The road is now open, but a shortage of staff is making it hard for business owners to cope with huge volumes of travellers. [more]

Govt pay equity considerations 'encouraging'
The Workplace Relations Minister says Cabinet will now consider ways to make lodging a pay equity claim easier. The Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles was reconvened in January, and has reported its recommendations. Its findings are partly based on the experience of those who lodged some of the early claims. One recommendation is to remove the requirement to show at the very initial stages a pay equity claim has 'merit'. Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says that was creating unintended barriers. Angela McLeod is the spokesperson for the Pay Equity Coalition. She tells Guyon Espiner the move is encouraging. [more]

Flu vaccine delayed by improvements for NZ winter
The public is being reassured that this year's flu vaccine will be effective. The Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre Nikki Turner tells Guyon Espiner there's been a slight delay this year, with some strains changed. She also says she'd like to see the vaccine made free for all. [more]

'Grave concerns' for Christopher Bates in week 4 of search
Police say the search for missing Alexandra man, Christopher Bates, is being treated as a missing persons case, but they are keeping an open mind about the circumstances of his disapperance. Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Bates hasn't been seen since February 11 when he left a service station in Alexandra. This weekend a group of 40 Search and Rescue volunteers and police carried out searches east of Alexandra, a helicopter explored areas more difficult to reach, and commercial boats looked along the Clutha River. Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw tells Susie Ferguson they have grave concerns as they enter week four of the search. [more]

Europe's bad weather has upside for Amsterdam's canals
The bad weather hitting Europe has had an upside for skaters in Amsterdam. Plummeting temperatures has seen the city's famous canals freeze over, something that hasn't happened for 20 years. Our correspondent in the Netherlands Hans Andringa describes the scenes. [more]

Oscars: #metoo expected to be prominent at show
The 90th Academy Awards are taking place in Los Angeles today and will feature a live performance from Keala Settle, the half-Kiwi songstress who stars in the musical The Greatest Showman. The song she's performing is up for the best song Oscar, and has already won a Golden Globe. Keala's Levin-based aunt Lorraine Minnell spoke to RNZ and said her niece's vocal chops are in the genes. And there's a couple of other New Zealand connections to today's award ceremony - with Weta Digital's getting two nominations for best visual effects for their work on War for the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Our Hollywood correspondent Brad Pomerance joins us with the details. [more]

New Horizons

New Horizons: Laurie Anderson's Landfall
William Dart looks back at the career of Laurie Anderson and her latest album, Landfall, about Hurricane Sandy, created with the help of Kronos Quartet. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 5 March 2018
The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa). [more]

News in Tongan for 5 March 2018
The latest news in Tongan language (Lea Faka-Tonga). [more]

Nine To Noon

Only nine beds nationwide for most extreme addicts
A new law has come into force enabling the compulsory treatment of some of the most extreme alcohol and drug addicted patients, but only nine beds are funded for the whole country - all of them in Christchurch, and not all of them available for patients yet. The Substance Addiction Act, which replaces the 1966 Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act, was passed through parliament a year ago, and became law 12 days ago. It allows any third party, such as police, health services or family members to apply for a person to receive compulsory treatment, provided it is signed off by a specialist. Kathryn speaks with Wellington addiction clinician Roger Brooking; Salvation Army's National Director, Addictions, Lynette Hutson; and response from the Ministry of Health Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Dr John Crawshaw. [more]

Report: NCEA failing too many students
A new report from the New Zealand initiative is calling for a reform of NCEA because it is failing too many students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The think tank says too many young people are taking an easy path through qualifications, leaving school without the necessary skills. The report outlines that since the early 2000s, the country's 15-year-olds' reading and maths skills have declined, while NCEA pass rates have risen dramatically. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the report's author and former deputy principal and maths teacher from the UK, Briar Lipson. [more]

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney
Italians vote in elections that could see 81-year-old Berlusconi return as a kingmaker, or see a 31-year-old become PM, and the latest reactions in Europe over Trump's threats and outbursts over import tariffs. [more]

Bex Skerman: NZ's youngest female principal
Bex Skerman was 26 when she became New Zealand's youngest female school principal at a tiny primary school in Hawkes Bay. The community of Bridge Pa school near Hastings faces many challenges, not least from poverty, unemployment and fractured families. But the school role is now growing, and Bex Skerman, who's taught in Auckland and London, says she's lucky to be part of a such a special community. [more]

Book review - Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Graham Beattie reviews Still Me by Jojo Moyes, published by Penguin Random House. [more]

Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills
A look at the recent National Party leadership shuffle - what will the makeup of the new Cabinet look like? And reaction to Jacinda Ardern's visit to Australia. [more]

Intrepid eating in Tokyo
Two New Zealanders have turned their love of Japanese cuisine into a business venture offering foodie tours to the country’s capital. [more]

Urban issues with Bill McKay?
What happens when you buy a house that used to be a P-Lab? And Upper Greys Avenue, the Housing NZ apartment building, is facing demolition. Bill McKay is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 March 2018
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 March 2018
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Standing Room Only

John Parker's love of puppets - and chickens!
John Parker tells Lynn Freeman he's loved puppets from childhood. Still life with chickens premieres at the Mangere Arts Centre on Thursday before seasons at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, Palmerston North and Wellington. [more]

Julianne Schultz
Australia's Griffith Review, a quarterly journal that investigates Australian and New Zealand literature and current affairs, is encouraging this discussion by bringing authors from around the Commonwealth to various Writers Festivals, including the one in Wellington. [more]

Following in the footsteps of painter Gottfried Lindauer
Lindauer settled in Woodville in 1890 and remains better known here than in his hometown of Pilsen, now part of the Czech Republic. Though an exhibition of his New Zealand paintings there a couple of years ago made his compatriots more aware of his work. [more]

Elizabeth Thomson's Cellular Memory
Elizabeth has filled gallery walls with dozens of fish and white butterflies and plunged us into the ocean around the distant Kermadec Islands. She brought together works at Aratoi Gallery in the Wairarapa recently and now that collection has been gather together in a book - Cellular Memory - edited by her curator, Greg O'Brien. [more]

Irene Gardiner's Screen Gems - food on the screen
These days every second programme on TV is some sort of cooking show, but it's hardly a new thing. There have been TV cooking shows as long as there's been TV. [more]

Te Ahi Kaa

Reconnecting the disconnected: Tackling homelessness in Tauranga
Delwyn Rowan has lived in Tauranga for fifty years, she's a social worker and says homelessness in the area is only going to get worse. As part of her job she feeds up to 40 homeless people every week and tries to get to those hard-to-reach people that sleep under bridges and bushes on the fringe of the city. It's a job that at times places her in harms way but she's determined to help those with mental health problems, she shares her story. [more]

The Wireless

Auckland City Limits 2018 review
Grace Jones and Beck turned up (albeit late) and delivered, but was the crowd spoilt with too much choice? [more]


Upbeat for Monday 5 March
Men’s voices are today’s feature. We find out how you condense Don Giovanni into a solo show with singer Stuart Coates. Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Simon O’Neill talk Tosca, we celebrate 50 years of the King’s Singers and find out who won this year’s National Concerto Competition. [more]

Don Giovanni as a one man show
Mozart’s Don Giovanni – not, perhaps, a cast of thousands, but certainly with eight principal singers. But not in this production for the Wellington Fringe Festival – Stuart Coates has condensed the opera into a 50 minute one-man show. We find out how it all works. [more]


Combating a mono-linguistic New Zealand
Why do we need a second language in our lives? New Zealand is still lagging behind on the international stage, as far as second language learning in school goes. That could be about to change. [more]

World & Pacific News

6am World and Sports News for 5 March 2018
The latest bulletin of Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 March 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 March 2018
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Turkish air strike 'kills 36 in Afrin'
The targeted pro-Syrian government troops had entered the region to back Kurdish militiamen. [more]

Homeless in Hamilton: Shelter reports soaring demand
Hamilton's homeless population is continuing to rise steadily, with large groups of people congregating on the main street. [more]

Melon listeria kills three in Australia
A third person has died in Australia after eating melon contaminated with listeria bacteria. [more]

Man shoots himself outside White House
The US Secret Service says the man shot and killed himself outside the north fence of the building. [more]

Tonga cabinet minister is arrested on fraud charges
Tonga's Minister of Internal Affairs, 'Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, former cabinet minister 'Etuate Lavulavu, were arrested on Saturday on fraud related charges. [more]

Missing rafters found
Two rafters who went missing on the Hutt River in the Akatarawa Valley have been found. [more]

NZ could get caught in international trade crossfire - trade expert
New Zealand's trade experts are concerned about what US President Donald Trump's proposed steel tariffs could mean for New Zealand. [more]

French woman fined for walking wrong way
Social media has reacted with outrage after a pregnant Frenchwoman was fined $102 for walking the wrong way at a Paris metro station. [more]

'Children's views add richness, and we need to be listening'
As families across the country come together to celebrate National Children's Day, the Children's Commissioner says more young voices need to be heard. [more]

PM wants to scrap departure cards
The Prime Minister wants to stop people having to fill out departure cards when they leave the country. [more]

Reid concussed, injured in nasty fall
All Whites captain Winston Reid has been at the centre of concerning scenes during the latest round of the English Premier League. [more]

US Northeast still facing flooding, outages after killer storm
At least seven people are dead, millions are still without power and communities on the New England coast face more flooding. [more]

Trump threatens tax on EU cars
The US president steps up the war of words on trade, condemning the "big trade imbalance". [more]

Hurricanes dominate Jaguares in Buenos Aires
The Hurricanes scored five tries to none as they picked up their first points of the season with a 34-9 mauling of Argentina's Jaguares at Velez Sarsfield. [more]

President Trump declares disaster in American Samoa
United States president Donald Trump has declared a state of disaster for American Samoa, nearly three weeks after Cyclone Gita tore through the territory. [more]

Talks with Ngāpuhi 'constructive' - Little
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says his talks with Ngāpuhi leaders over the weekend have been helpful. [more]

Call for state housing high-rise to be saved
An architecture commentator is calling for a state housing high-rise in central Auckland to be saved from demolition. [more]

Gisborne councillor wants 'Poverty Bay' name dropped
A Gisborne councillor says a decision to have both Māori and English names for her region doesn't go far enough and the name Poverty Bay should be dropped entirely. [more]

Behaviour complaints at Otago University's law camp investigated
Otago University is investigating a complaint about jelly wrestling and drunken antics at a law student camp in 2012. [more]

Blessing same-sex marriage just 'half-step' - Rainbow Church
Auckland's Rainbow Church is calling a move to bless same-sex marriage by Christchurch's Anglican church a "pathetic, half-step forward". [more]

Barnaby Joyce says baby paternity a 'grey area'
Australia's former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has cast doubt on whether he is the father of his new partner's baby. [more]

Search for Alexandra man continues - police
Police say the search for missing Alexandra man Christopher Bates is being treated as a missing persons case, but they are keeping an open mind. [more]

Departure cards could be gone by Xmas - Stats NZ
Paper-based departure cards for people leaving the country could be removed by Christmas, Statistics New Zealand says. [more]

Search underway after distress signal near Tuvalu
The Royal New Zealand Airforce has joined a search for an emergency beacon that's been activated in the South Pacific. [more]

Trump: 'I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un'
President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States will be meeting with North Korea but says he has told Pyongyang it must first "denuke." [more]

Desert Road to be closed for 36 hours mid-week
The Desert Road, State Highway 1 in the central North Island, will close for 36 hours from Wednesday morning to allow for bridge repairs. [more]

Man set alight after car's fuel explodes
A man is in a serious condition in Middlemore Hospital after he caught fire while working on his car in Papatoetoe this afternoon. [more]

Italy election: Polls open in unpredictable contest
Italians are voting after a divisive campaign dominated by concerns over immigration and the economy. [more]

One person dead after crash near Temuka
One person has died and three others injured following a crash in South Canterbury. [more]

Locals want decision on Birkenhead carpark reviewed
A review of the decision-making is needed after council staff chose to only monitor a North Shore carpark that later collapsed, an Auckland councillor says. [more]