Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th June 2018

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This page features: Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Gone Fishing, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Lately, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, The House On Demand, The Panel, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Business News

RBNZ holds cash rate
The Reserve Bank has left its cash rate unchanged at 1.75 percent amid subdued inflation, weakening business confidence and slowing growth. [more]

FMA takes issue with NZX's ability to monitor markets' conduct
The Financial Markets Authority has given the stock exchange operator -- the NZX -- a black mark in its annual review for its standard of supervision. [more]

Businesses rebuke IRD's GST system
Over the past couple of days Inland Revenue has come for some stern criticism 's over its new online processing system. [more]

Midday Markets for 28 June 2018
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie of Craigs Investment Partners. [more]

Evening business for 28 June 2018
News from the business sector, including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 29 June 2018
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]


Checkpoint with John Campbell, Thursday 28th of June 2018
Watch Thurday's full programme here. [more]

MPI 'incompetent' handling animal welfare - Farmwatch
Ministry for Primary Industries is "incapable" of properly investigating animal abuse and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor must immediately move to fix that or resign, Farmwatch says. Warning, the footage in this video is disturbing. [more]

Waverley crash: Community searches for answers amid grief
South Taranaki locals say they're at a loss as to what caused two cars to collide head-on yesterday morning killing seven people. [more]

Nelson farmers prepare for Mycoplasma Bovis
Dairy and beef farmers in the top of the South Island met in Nelson today to discuss the disease. They have a message for authorities that it's a matter of when, not if, Mycoplasma bovis reaches their area. [more]

Germany out of FIFA World Cup after 2-0 defeat to South Korea
Defending FIFA champions, Germany, have crashed out of the Football World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by South Korea. [more]

Accountants' complaints force IRD to push back deadline
Inland Revenue has effectively pushed back today's deadline for thousands of people to file their GST returns because of technical glitches with its online system. [more]

Lifejackets would have saved boaties on Francie from capsize
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission says it's almost certain more people would have survived the capsize of the Francie fishing boat if they had been wearing lifejackets fitted with straps to hold them on. [more]

Hutt Valley DHB ramps up SUDI support
The Moe Ora program will provide hundreds of wahakura or safe sleeping baskets to babies most at risk, and provide greater support to help parents quit smoking. [more]

Stephen Stone claims innocence from behind bars
Stephen Stone was jailed for life after being convicted for the rape and murder of Leah Stephens, and the murder of Deane Fuller-Sandys. Gary Stone told Adam Dudding his son has a long and serious criminal record, but he says his son maintains he's no killer. [more]

Meet the 88-year-old running his 84th marathon
Ray Urbahn is 88-years-old and staring down his 84th marathon. He's fitter, healthier, and more active than many people half his age, and credits it all to his running. [more]

Northland farmers deplore cow bashing captured on video.
Northland farmers are reacting with revulsion to the video of a Mangapai sharemilker, seen bashing his cows with a metal bar. [more]

Meka Whaitiri on animal abuse and MPI's processes
Associate Minister for Agriculture, Meka Whaitiri is the first ever Minister dedicated to animal welfare. She spoke to John Campbell about the shocking footage that has emerged of a farmer abusing cows. [more]

Relatives of seven killed in Taranaki crash in state of shock
The family of an elderly couple who died in the horrific head-on crash which killed seven people in Taranaki yesterday say they are devastated, and still can't believe it's happened. Our Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin has been on the ground in Stratford and New Plymouth today. [more]

Man survives crash after plunging 60m off roadside
A 65-year old man has survived a crash that saw him drive off the Paekakariki Hill Road in Kapiti and plunge 60 metres into the bush below. [more]

Dateline Pacific

American Samoa citizenship case aims for Supreme Court hearing
A US attorney argues that denying automatic US citizenship to those born in American Samoa is unconstitutional. [more]

Barbs fly in Fiji between Bainimarama and opposition
Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has made a stinging attack on the opposition accusing parties of peddling lies and sowing division between different ethnic groups and religions, but opposition leaders have hit back. [more]

Judge orders big payment to Nauru 19 lawyers
A Supreme Court judge in Nauru has declared legislation passed earlier this month 'null and void'. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 28 June 2018
A judge orders a big payment to the lawyers of the so-called Nauru 19; Barbs fly in Fiji between the prime minister and the opposition; A US attorney argues for US citizenship for American Samoans; Bougainville's determined to get results from a top level meeting this week on the independence referendum. [more]

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing: The Trials of Gail Maney
Gail Maney goes on trial for a murder she says she had nothing to do with. Episode 7. Produced by Amy Maas and Adam Dudding. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Nadia Reid performs live
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Nadia Reid is currently on a 13 date tour of the country before she heads to the US to record her third album, the High and Lonely. She joins in studio to perform one of her new songs. [more]

Solar-powered rubbish bins pop up on NZ streets
Solar-powered 'Bigbelly' rubbish bins have been munching up New Zealand waste since 2015. The managing director of an Auckland waste firm tells Jesse Mulligan how they work. [more]

Waiheke Island's weekly Gulf News going strong after 45 years
Every Thursday morning, the shops of Waiheke Island fill up with Gulf News fans in Zimmer frames. A locally-owned publication that truly advocates for its community will always get readers, says owner and editor Liz Waters. [more]

Great album
First Rays of the New Rising Sun - Jimi Hendrix. [more]

Theatre Critic - Sam Trubridge
Meremere which is on at Circa. [more]

Your Money with Mary Holm How to improve Kiwisaver
Mary discusses suggestions made by a panel of experts at a recent conference on how to improve KiwiSaver. She's not keen on making the scheme compulsory, and wants to see an end to "total remuneration". [more]

Short Story Club
We discuss Frank, It's Raining by Anthony McCarten Email us your thoughts, the best email wins a copy of his non fiction book on Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour. He also wrote the script for the film of the same name. [more]

Tell me about your thesis
Barb Gilchrist from Timaru tells us about her masters thesis, in which she looked at nurses on TV, and whether or not this attracts or puts people off a career in nursing. [more]


Lately with Bryan Crump
Is the building code good enough? Update on Tauranga Marine Reserve. Talking film scores with Mahuia Bridgman Cooper. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 June 2018
Video footage showing cow abuse in Northland surfaces. The 8-year-old girl killed in yesterday's Waverley car crash is named. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 June 2018
The Germany football coach Joachim Loew says he'll take time to consider his position after the defending champions tumbled out of the World Cup in the opening round for the first ime since 1938. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 29 June 2018
Kiwifruit growers expect victory in PSA court battle, MPI defends actions in cow-beating case, Fuel tax not fair, Aucklanders say, Construction worker shortage no deterrant for KiwiBuild plans, Taranaki fatal crash victim had survived earlier crash [more]

Govt's Families Package comes into effect this Sunday
Thousands of people will have more money in their pockets next week. The Government's Families Package kicks in on Sunday, providing more for low income families, beneficiaries and pensioners, and giving new parents up to 60 dollars a week. Charlie Dreaver has the details. [more]

Housing Minister reprimanded for unsatisfactory answers
The Housing Minister's been called out for abusing parliamentary process and giving flippant answers to written questions. Ministers are expected to answer questions fully and promptly, and Phil Twyford has been rapped over the knuckles by the Speaker of the House for not doing that. It was National's Judith Collins who lodged the questions and she says if Mr Twyford doesn't want to answer them, then he shouldn't want to be a Minister. Here's RNZ political reporter Gia Garrick. [more]

Football World Cup tense as England, Belgium kick off
Right now it's half time of the England Belgium game insert something about score here. Both teams are already safely through to the final 16 - the outcome on Friday will just decide who they'll play in the knockout stage. Our correspondent in Russia watching the game is Coen Lammers. [more]

Kiwifruit growers expect victory in PSA court battle
Kiwifruit growers are understood to be on the verge of victory in their long running battle with the Government over the vine-killing disease PSA. The High Court will deliver its decision today on a 400 million dollar negligence claim brought by growers over the spread of the disease. RNZ rural reporter, Eric Frykberg discusses the details with Guyon Espiner. [more]

MPI defends actions in cow-beating case
The Ministry of Primary Industries is rejecting accusations that it is incompetent when it comes to animal welfare issues. Farmwatch, a farm monitoring group, has published footage of a sharemilker beating cows, at times with a metal pipe. The group says MPI should be stripped of its animal welfare responsibilities because it was told about the abuse, but nothing was done, and that this was not the only time MPI had failed to act. Gary Orr is MPI's manager of compliance investigations. He talks to Susie Ferguson. [more]

Fuel tax not fair, Aucklanders say
Auckland businesses say its not fair they're having to cough up for fuel taxes now but wait years to see any of the desperately needed benefits. The government has announced a nationwide fuel excise increase of 3.5 cents a litre a year from October for the next three years. For Aucklanders, that's on top of a 11.5 cents a litre regional fuel tax that comes into effect on Sunday. The government says its going to save Auckland $1 billion of lost productivity a year but the Chamber of Commerce is asking when that will be. Rowan Quinn reports. [more]

Construction worker shortage no deterrant for KiwiBuild plans
A huge shortage of construction workers is not detering the new head of Kiwibuild, who reckons the Government will hit its target of building 6,000 affordable homes over the next two years. Stephen Barclay told a local government forum in Wellington on Thursday that large scale developments on Crown and council land and proposals from developers seeking government funding to complete stalled projects, will account for the majority of homes. RNZ economics correspondent, Patrick O'Meara, reports. [more]

Taranaki crash exposes need for road upgrades - Ross Paterson
In the wake of the horror crash in Taranaki, a former mayor is wondering whether the Government has its transport priorities right. Ross Paterson was Western Bay of Plenty mayor in August 2016 when five men were killed near Katikati on their way home from work. But despite promises that money would be spent to make the road safer, nothing has happened. And Mr Paterson says the new government's priorities don't give him confidence that that will change any time soon. [more]

Taranaki fatal crash victim had survived earlier crash
One of seven people killed in a horrific head-on smash near the Taranaki town of Waverly on Wednesday had just recovered from another serious crash a year ago. Several of the local volunteer fire fighters who cut her from the wreckage attended the fatal crash this week. Ruth Hill reports. [more]

Rissington demands action after two floods in three months
Residents living in the small Hawke's Bay settlement of Rissington have been flooded twice in three months and say lives are at risk unless a stop bank is built and the river is cleared of debris to prevent it from happening again. Torrential rain caused the Mangaone River to burst its banks on March the 8th, and again on June the 12th, flooding several properties in the area. Those affected say the Hawke's Bay Regional Council needs to take immediate action or their homes will become uninsurable. Our Hawke's Bay reporter Anusha Bradley has more. [more]

Annapolis newspaper office shooting - update
We cross to Washington with the latest on the active shooting at the Capital Gazette office - a newspaper in the Maryland city of Annapolis. Our correspondent John Bevir is in Washington. He talks to Susie Ferguson. [more]

Doctors back govt over ditching health targets
Family doctors are backing the government's decision to scrap targets set under National. The government quietly stopped work on measuring the targets in August last year - a move the National Party says could lead to more illness and deaths. National introduced targets in 2009 that included cancer treatment times, response times in emergency departments and helping smokers to quit. Richard Medlicott is the medical director for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He talks to Susie Ferguson. [more]

New Caledonia crows learn to use tools
New Caledonia crows are able to make tools by remembering what's worked for them before. It's known the clever crows can make basic stick tools but it's not been clear until now if they learnt from other crows or improved their designs by themselves over time. One of the researchers, Alex Taylor from the University of Auckland, talks to Guyon Espiner. [more]

Annapolis shooting at newspaper office - latest
There are now reports of fatalities and multiple injuries at the scene of a shooting in the offices of a local newspaper in the US state of Maryland. Police and emergency services have swarmed around the building housing the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis. Footage shows people being led out of the building with their hands up. It's understood the shooting happened in the newsroom. Lieutenant Ryan Fraser has just given a quick press briefing at the scene. There are reports that one person is in custody but the incident is still being described as an active shooter situation. [more]

Farmwatch, SAFE not reassured by MPI response
Earlier in the programme, the Ministry of Primary Industries defended its response to allegations of a Northland sharemilker beating his cows. Disturbing video of the abuse was viewed around the country on Thursday. Farmwatch, the group that used a secret camera to get the footage, says the ministry should be stripped of its animal welfare responsibilities because it knew what was happening, but failed to act. The ministry says it wasn't until it saw the video last Thursday that it had enough evidence to begin an investigation. MPI's manager of compliance investigations, Gary Orr, told us earlier that they have a strong track record of taking action on cases of animal abuse. But Hans Kriek from SAFE tells Susie Ferguson: "When [MPI are] told by a credible source that animals are being treated badly, they just walk away & let it carry on for another year." [more]

Abuse tagged in Blenheim emergency housing centre lawn
The words 'scum' and 'scabs' have been stained into the front lawn with weedkiller outside an emergency housing centre in Blenheim. The manager of the Blenheim Emergency Transitional Housing Service is Janette Walker. [more]

Queenstown fears foreign buyer ban will push up house prices
There are fears the Government's foreign buyer ban may have drastic consequences for communities like Queenstown. Queenstown is both the most unaffordable place to live in New Zealand and has the highest rate of foreign home ownership. But those in the community say the government's proposed ban will have little effect and may in fact make the problem worse. Timothy Brown reports. [more]

NZ banks urged to offer low interest loans to eco-home builds
New Zealand banks are being urged to catch up with international trends and offer special low interest lows to people building eco-homes. An Auckland couple is pushing for change arguing it will help improve the country's cold draughty housing stock. Meriana Johnsen reports. [more]

US-Israeli teen convicted over global bomb threat hoax
A court in Tel Aviv has convicted an American-Israeli teenager of making hundreds of threats to bomb or attack Jewish schools, community centres and other institutions in the US, Britain Australia and even New Zealand. A threatening pre-recorded message had been phoned in to schools in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Gisborne, Palmerston North, Masterton and Christchurch in 2016 and 2017. The prosecution said the nineteen-year-old had spread panic for several months. The teenager told investigators he'd just wanted to stave off boredom. We spoke to Times of Israel military correspondent Judah Ari Gross. [more]

Govt taking action on road safety - Genter
Earlier, we spoke to a former Mayor who wondered if the Government has its transport priorities right, especially in light of this week's tragic crash near Waverley. Speaking yesterday during a transport announcement at the Kiwirail yard in Onehunga, associate transport minister Julie Anne Genter gave her assurance that the government was taking action on road safety. She also said the NZTA is already identifying the areas where roads are the least safe, such the stretch of road where Wednesday's tragedy in Taranaki occured, and figuring out how the greatest improvements can be made in the shortest period of time. [more]

Thailand cave rescue difficult in rain
The search for twelve missing boys and their football coach in a cave complex in Northern Thailand has been suspended again due to rain. They've been missing for five days and now American and British cave divers have been called in to assist the search. Outside the caves families and friends are holding vigil and have not given up hope the boys will be found alive. Richard Ehrlich is our correspondent in Thailand. He speaks to Susie Ferguson. [more]

Several killed in Annapolis newspaper shooting
One person is in custody and several people have been killed following a shooting at a newspaper office in the US state of Maryland. Police have just given a media update. [more]

Football World Cup drama, surprise continues
It's down to the final 16 in the Football World Cup. Max Towle and Emile Donovan are the hosts of RNZ's Football World Cup podcast, and they discuss the latest results with Guyon Espiner. [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 28 June 2018
The latest news in Cook Island Maori (Te Reo Maori Kuki Airani) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network. [more]

Nine To Noon

Christchurch’s outdoor smokefree stoush
Christchurch City Councillor Jamie Gough says new Council rules banning smoking in outdoor dining areas it owns are draconian and over-the-top. Yesterday, councilors voted to extend the council's smokefree public places policy to include council-owned footpaths used for outdoor dining. The council already bans smoking at council playgrounds, parks, reserves, bus stops and shelters, and the spaces outside the main entrances and exits of all council-owned buildings. Councillor Phil Clearwater is defending the moves. [more]

Cycling the Tour de France for mental health awareness
Victoria University lecturer John Randal is part of Team NZ - a group of Kiwi cyclists taking on the full Tour de France circuit to raise awareness and money for the Mental Health Foundation. He tells Kathryn Ryan about his motivation. [more]

Fruit trees restoring a forgotten way of life in Northland
Hundreds of citrus, feijoa, plum and apple trees are being planted in remote parts of Northland as part of a rural regeneration plan to help Ngāpuhi whānau return to a culture of living off the land. [more]

Blackbirding in the Pacific, and moves to ban plastic
RNZ Pacific correspondent Sara Vui-Talitu looks into the history of blackbirding (the Pacific slave trade), and Samoa's moves to ban plastic next year. [more]

London's Shard engineer Roma Agrawal
Roma Agrawal loves all things to do with buildings; how they're designed, constructed, used and she wants to share her passion. She is a 34 year old structural engineer with credits including The Shard in London and now a book detailing the amazing engineers behind many of the greatest buildings. The book is called, Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures. Roma also works hard to encourage other women and girls into engineering and other make dominated professions. She joins Kathryn to talk about her career, the history of engineering and being scared of heights. [more]

Book review - Happiness by Aminatta Forna
Carole Beu from the Women's bookshop reviews Happiness by Aminatta Forna, published by Bloomsbury. [more]

Love and lust in the music of Boycrush and Princess Chelsea
Music reviewer Grant Smithies looks at the primary themes of requited and unrequited love, which run through the music of Auckland-based artists Boycrush and Princess Chelsea. We also hear new music from both acts today, alongside a Jamaican dancehall classic from Don Carlos. [more]

Shock at the Football World cup and extraordinary fanaticism
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer with a comprehensive look at the Football World Cup, including the elimination of Germany and the lengths some extreme fans will go to to celebrate their teams scoring a goal. [more]

The week that was with Te Radar and Melanie Bracewell
Te Radar and Melanie ponder why more of your clothes are being ruined by moths, a US flamingo's great escape and why a mural in Los Angeles for social media 'influencers' is sparking outrage. [more]

Our Changing World

Asteroids, dinosaurs and international tension
Astronomer Duncan Steel is an expert in detecting asteroids and comets, and in defending the earth from potential impacts. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 28 June 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating after Farmwatch released video footage, which the animal rights group says shows a Northland sharemilker beating cows in a milking shed. [more]

The House On Demand

The House For 655Pm Thurs 28 June
The latest from the House [more]

The Panel

One Quick Question for 28 June 2018
Maori language inflections, different kinds of highways and the effects of drinking quickly or slowly. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 28 June 2018
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Guy Williams and Mai Chen (Part 1)
It looks like we'll all be paying much more for the maintenance of New Zealand. Big rates rises in Otago and Aucklanders to be hit with a fuel tax on Sunday. The rest of the country won't be able to avoid a fuel tax though. Economist Cameron Bagrie crunches the numbers for us. He also discusses the state-of-the-nation's building projects - do we really not have the right skills to cope with building the much-needed housing stock? And what about wages? An anti-fluoridation group took their demands to stop adding fluoride to South Taranaki's water. The Court has ruled against them and the South Taranaki District Council will now proceed with its fluoridation plans. Dr Michelle Dickinson says scince has been the winner. [more]

Taxes building and wages
It looks like we'll all be paying much more for the maintenance of New Zealand. Big rates rises in Otago and Aucklanders to be hit with a fuel tax on Sunday. The rest of the country won't be able to avoid a fuel tax though. Economist Cameron Bagrie crunches the numbers for us. He also discusses the state-of-the-nation's building projects - do we really not have the right skills to cope with building the much-needed housing stock? And what about wages? [more]

Supreme Court favours fluoridation
An anti-fluoridation group took their demands to stop adding fluoride to South Taranaki's water. The Court has ruled against them and the South Taranaki District Council will now proceed with its fluoridation plans. Dr Michelle Dickinson says scince has been the winner. [more]

Jackson family patriarch Joe has died
He's been painted as a controlling tryrant who bullied his sons. Joe Jackson the father of Michael and the other Jackson siblings has died at the age of 89. Jermaine Jackson has justified his father's behaviour saying it was designed to keep his sons off the streets and focussed on something else. Would the Jackson 5 have been as successful with a tender touch? [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Guy Williams and Mai Chen want to talk about. [more]

South Korea beats Germany
Resident football aficionado Emile Donovan eats his words after Germany was beaten by South Korea at the World Cup in Russia. [more]

No kitchen houses
The purpose of having a fully-functioning kitchen in every house is being questioned by designer Anna Puigjaner. She's received the Wheelwright Prize from Harvard for her project "Kitchenless". She says most people don't need full-size kitchens and predicts they'll disappear from most houses. [more]


Review: Heath Quartet
The Heath Quartet, one of Britain’s most exciting chamber ensembles, performed Gareth Farr’s new commission Te Kōanga, meaning Spring or planting season last night at the Michael Fowler Centre. Elizabeth Kerr shares her thoughts on the new work and the Quartet’s performance of Haydn and Britten string quartets and Bach’s Chorale Preludes. [more]

Upbeat for Friday 29 June
We have an update on the restructure of the University of Auckland’s School of Music, conductor Riccardo Muti stops the Chicago Symphony Orchestra mid-performance and Chamber Music New Zealand’s Peter Walls discusses his diverse involvement in the local music scene. [more]

World & Pacific News

1pm Pacific Regional News for 28 June 2018
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 28 June 2018
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 28 June 2018
The latest Pacific regional newds. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 June 2018
The latest bulletin of world, Pacific and sports news [more]

News stories:

Israel Folau banned for one game
Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been handed a one-match ban by World Rugby for aerial challenges during their loss to Ireland last weekend, although Rugby Australia are set to appeal the decision. [more]

Serena Williams seeded at Wimbledon
Seven-times Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has been seeded 25th at next month's tournament despite a world ranking of 183 as she continues her return from maternity leave. [more]

Magic end Mystics run in Netball Premiership
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic have halted the Northern Mystics recent winning run to an end with a comprehensive 67-52 win in their domestic netball clash in Hamilton. [more]

Eight-year-old girl in critical condition dies after Taranaki horror crash yesterday
Eight-year-old girl in critical condition dies after Taranaki horror crash yesterday [more]

Newborn baby among six victims of fatal Taranaki crash
Police have confirmed a newborn baby was among the six victims of a head-on crash on SH3 north of Waverley this morning. [more]

Trump gets chance to reshape top court
The top US court's Anthony Kennedy, the second oldest justice, says he will retire in July. [more]

Germany crash out of World Cup
Champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea on Wednesday that eliminated them in the opening round for the first time in 80 years. [more]

Man dies as van crashes over bank
A man has died early this morning in a crash on SH1 south of Taihape. [more]

Claim of unauthorised, excessive spending at Counties-Manukau DHB
National MP Jami-Lee Ross has used parliamentary privilege to claim an audit has found hundreds of thousands of dollars of unauthorised and excessive spending at Counties-Manukau DHB. [more]

PNG MP needs to back-up allegations - media council
A social media campaign alleging corruption against two Papua New Guinea daily newspapers has been heavily criticised by the local media council. [more]

Bainimarama attacks opposition in latest speech
Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has again hit out at opposition parties calling them liars and accusing them of sowing division in the ethnically diverse country. [more]

Alleged cheating services for students to pay $2m in settlement
A couple at the centre of a website that allegedly sold completed assignments to students have settled with the Police Commissioner outside of court. [more]

Large cargo ship runs aground on French Polynesia reef
A French vessel has been sent to Raroia atoll in French Polynesia to try to dislodge a large cargo ship stuck on a reef. [more]

'Suspicious approaches' of girls by man in black sedan
Police are appealing for information after two young girls were approached by a man in Christchurch this week. [more]

Democratic Party's Tina Browne 'feeling positive' about Cook Islands election result
The Cook Islands Democratic Party leader says she is feeling positive on the last day of vote counting for the General Election. [more]

Taranaki horror crash: Eight-year-old victim to be flown to mother
The body of an eight-year-old girl killed in a horror Taranaki crash, which left six others dead, will be flown to Wellington to be with her mother. [more]

Tonga's Justice Minister welcomes historic court appointment
Tonga's Justice Minister has welcomed the appointment of Laki Niu as to the Supreme Court bench saying he is the first Tongan to be appointed in over 100 years. [more]

Govt raises excise duty on fuel by 10.5 cents
The government is raising the excise duty on petrol by 10.5 cents a litre over the next two years, on top of a regional fuel tax for Aucklanders coming into effect this weekend. [more]

Govt raises excise duty on fuel to help fund roads and public transport initiatives
Govt raises excise duty on fuel to help fund roads and public transport initiatives [more]

Annick Girardin defends French Polynesia institutional reforms
The French overseas minister Annick Girardin has defended planned institutional reforms which are being challenged by French Polynesian politicians. [more]

Missing Kiwis test will serve Johnson well
The Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson says the value of him missing the Kiwis rugby league test in Denver will be borne out in the NRL when the Warriors host Cronulla. [more]

Man freed from car that plunged off Paekākāriki Hill Road
A person has been freed from a car that went off Paekākāriki Hill Road and fell 60m down a bank, police say. [more]

Waverely horror crash: Police name victims
The family of an elderly couple who were among seven people who died in a Taranaki horror crash yesterday say they are absolutely devastated. [more]

Plans under way for rooftop solar power trial in Papua New Guinea
Moves are under way to trial a rooftop solar power programme in Papua New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby. [more]

IRD to waive penalties over online payment glitches
Inland Revenue will not penalise any traders who file late GST returns because of technical glitches that have affected its online payment system. [more]

Bougainville leader wants Papua New Guinea to talk civil war compensation
A former prominent leader in Bougainville says Papua New Guinea has to start discussing compensation for the damage it caused during the civil war. [more]

Samoan church remains defiant as PM states tax to stay
The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa says their defiant stance against the government's taxing of ministers won't change in the near future. [more]

Hurricanes forward returns the worse for wear from England test duty
Brad Shields has returned to the Hurricanes much the worse for wear after his test debut for England in South Africa. [more]

Tonga parliament forced to correct Budget error
Tonga's parliament had to conduct an emergency session this week to correct an error in the $US293 million Budget that was passed last week. [more]

Fiji's NFP decries 'desperate' Bainimarama speech
Fiji's prime minister should reveal any evidence the National Federation Party (NFP) is sowing division in the country, the party's leader says. [more]

Sports survey shows low participation in club sports
If you've taken a yoga class, gone for a walk or played table tennis recently, you're in good company. [more]

Police seize $300k in cash, vehicles from jailed drug dealer
A Palmerston North man jailed for drug dealing has had more than $300,000 in cash and vehicles seized by police. [more]

Language the key to knowing a person - te reo Māori expert Sir Tīmoti Kāretu
Māori language experts Sir Tīmoti Kāretu and Wharehuia Milroy have released a book for the 'serious' te reo learner. [more]

School bus involved in crash in Albany
Three people have been taken to hospital after a school bus and two vehicles crashed in the Auckland suburb of Albany. [more]

Green Tall Blacks side ready for Hong Kong
Tall Blacks centre Rob Loe believes fellow big man Jack Salt is a player Kiwi basketball fans should keep their eye on in the team's World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong in Rotorua on Thursday night. [more]

Phil Twyford told off by Speaker for 'unacceptable' abuse of process
The Housing Minister Phil Twyford has been told off for abusing the process of Parliament in several of his answers to written questions. [more]

FIFA World Cup England vs Belgium: competing for defeat?
Opinion - When England lines up in Kaliningrad for their final pool match against Belgium on Friday morning, both teams will know exactly on which side of the draw they want to be for the knock-out stages of the FIFA World Cup. [more]

Christchurch Hospital: Ministry keeps quiet on cost overruns
The Health Ministry is refusing to say how large the cost overruns are at one of the country's most expensive hospital projects in Christchurch. [more]

Auckland Council signs off on 10-year plan
Auckland Council has officially signed off on its 10-year plan with its largest ever transport investment of $12 billion. [more]

'Heartbreaking' footage of cow beating released by animal rights group
Checkpoint - The farm monitoring group that took hidden camera footage showing a contract milker hitting cows with a steel pipe says MPI is "incompetent when it comes to animal welfare issues". [more]

Rising water in Thai cave stops divers searching for missing boys
Rising water levels have interrupted efforts to find 12 teenagers and their football coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand. [more]

Takaka grandstand to remain, community group takes reins
The 119-year-old Takaka grandstand is to stay put after the Tasman District Council back-tracked on an earlier decision to remove the building. [more]

National's Jami-Lee Ross hounds health minister David Clark over audit claims
National MP Jami-Lee Ross is hounding the health minister with claims that an audit has found unauthorised and excessive spending at Counties Manukau District Health Board. [more]

Plucky opposition to CNMI cockfighting ban grows
A Northern Marianas lawmaker is hoping to drum up support for a resolution opposing a proposed ban on cockfighting in US territories. [more]

American Samoans discriminated against in US military
The US military has begun discriminating against service men and women born in American Samoa, a US lawyer has said. [more]

Mycoplasma bovis fears rise in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman
Mycoplasma bovis reaching the top of the South Island is a matter of if, not when, dairy and beef farmers say. [more]

Tauranga's Bella Vista development liquidators seek $4.1m
Creditors are claiming $4.1 million from the failed Bella Vista Homes development in Tauranga. [more]

Kenilorea to run in Solomon Islands election
The son of one of the founding fathers of Solomon Islands announces his political ambitions. [more]

What We Do In The Shadows TVNZ spinoff Wellington Paranormal: trailer released
The first trailer for Wellington Paranormal - a spin-off TV series from the creators of What We Do In The Shadows - has been released. [more]

Francie capsizing in Kaipara report : MTA calls for Skippers' exam
A charter vessel industry group says the findings into the capsize of the boat Francie in the Kaipara harbour two years ago are a bit light. [more]

Woman dies in quad bike accident near Nelson
A woman was killed and a second woman was injured in a quad bike accident near Nelson this afternoon. [more]

Tall Blacks too much for Hong Kong
The Tall Blacks basketballers have romped to a 124-65 victory over Hong Kong in their World Cup qualifying game in Rotorua. [more]