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Raising the Bar: Obesity in the womb

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +1300

Liggins Institute Ph.D. student Jasmine Plows explores the state of current research into obesity in the womb.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/stories/story-20171217-1630-raising_the_bar_obesity_in_the_womb-192.mp3




Raising the Bar: Sharks and the brain

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:06:00 +1300

Professor John Montgomery on the connection between sharks and the study of the brain, speaking in this instalment of the University of Auckland's Raising the Bar event.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/stories/story-20171217-1606-raising_the_bar_sharks_and_the_brain-192.mp3




The sobering science of drinking and driving

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:07:00 +1300

Waikato University research shows that drinking socially makes it harder to tell when you're too drunk to drive - and even a low blood alcohol level makes our driving unsafe.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20171214-2107-the_sobering_science_of_drinking_and_driving-128.mp3




Scientific curiosity and Koraunui School

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:06:00 +1300

Scientific curiosity was the order of the day when Koraunui School, in the Hutt Valley, hosted its recent Bioblitz.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20171214-2106-scientific_curiosity_and_koraunui_school-128.mp3




Our Changing World for 14 December 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Some sobering science advice about why drinking alcohol and driving cars don't go together well, and Koraunui School gets curious about their neighbourhood during a Bioblitz.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ocw/ocw-20171214-2105-our_changing_world_for_14_december_2017-128.mp3




Student blogging programme may be key to beating 'summer slump'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:55:00 +1300

Students can often lose a year or more of their academic progress in writing during the summer holiday, and it can take months to recover the following year. Blogging may be the answer.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1755-student_blogging_programme_may_be_key_to_beating_summer_slump-128.mp3




Ardern says Australia being overly sensitive about Manus offer

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:48:00 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was responding to Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce yesterday when he effectively warned Ms Ardern to mind her own business.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1748-ardern_says_australia_being_overly_sensitive_about_manus_offer-128.mp3




Waitara leaseholders fear being forced out of their homes

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:46:00 +1300

Leases in the Taranaki town have gone from an average of $400 annually to about $4700 - an increase of more than 1000 percent.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1746-waitara_leaseholders_fear_being_forced_out_of_their_homes-128.mp3




KidsCan denied meeting with Govt before funding change

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:39:00 +1300

The Minister for Children Tracey Martin's office has confirmed that KidsCan CEO Julie Chapman did request a meeting 10 days after Ms Martin took over the portfolio of Children's minister.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1739-kidscan_denied_meeting_with_govt_before_funding_change-128.mp3




Evening business for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:35:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-ckpt-20171213-1735-evening_business_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Police track down youth who stoned cat to death

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:33:00 +1300

A video of five young people stoning a cat to death is so disturbing police investigating the case say they were sickened by it.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1733-police_track_down_youth_who_stoned_cat_to_death-128.mp3




Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race, blow to Trump

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1300

Democrat Doug Jones has won a special election to take the Senate seat of Alabama from the Republicans for the first time in 25 years. US correspondent Kevin McAleese has the details. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1730-democrat_defeats_moore_in_alabama_race_blow_to_trump-128.mp3




Public sector CEOs named and shamed over pay

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:20:00 +1300

The State Services Commissioner says the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, ACC and auditor Telarc pay over and above what was recommended by the Commission.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1720-public_sector_ceos_named_and_shamed_over_pay-128.mp3




Immigration NZ punishing overstayers 'regardless of humanitarian pain'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:14:00 +1300

Immigration NZ is becoming increasingly punitive towards over-stayers, denying them entry back to New Zealand despite having children and partners here, immigration lawyer Alistair McClymont says.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1714-immigration_nz_punishing_overstayers_regardless_of_pain-128.mp3




Indian student with NZ child denied entry back into the country

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:08:00 +1300

At least two of the Indian students who were deported from New Zealand for overstaying fathered children while in the country, but have been denied entry back into New Zealand.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20171213-1708-immigration_punishes_overstayers_regardless_of_pain-128.mp3




Money, money, money

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:58:00 +1300

A new report has found that just 1000 people own 40 per cent of the Bitcoin market, as it surges in value. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1658-money_money_money_part_2_bitcoin-128.mp3




Fighting fire with fire

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:57:00 +1300

The Crime Prevention Group is meeting with Government Ministers today to discuss the ongoing violence dairy owners are facing.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1657-fighting_fire_with_fire-128.mp3




Money, money, money

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:50:00 +1300

Money matters today: Will Adrian Orr stack up as the new reserve bank boss? His work as the head of the NZ Super Fund seems to have earned him glowing endorsements. Meanwhile a new report has found that just 1000 people own 40 per cent of the Bitcoin market, as it surges in value. But another has found that many of them can't remember their passwords so are watching their investment rise without any chance of reaping the reward. We ask the panellists if they're tempted to get in the Bitcoin game.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1650-money_money_money-128.mp3




Is the 'drop dead' drug in NZ?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:40:00 +1300

The drug that caused President Trump to declare an Opioid epidemic, Fentanyl, has now been connected to a string of deaths in Australia. New Zealand Customs says they're monitoring the situation carefully.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1640-is_the_drop_dead_drug_in_nz-128.mp3




The panelists bring their topics

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:35:00 +1300

What the panellists Steve McCabe and Mai Chen want to talk about.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1635-the_panelists_bring_their_topics-128.mp3




Christmas dinner

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +1300

As we get closer to Christmas and all it entails, the panellists tell us their plans for the season, and what they plan to eat on the big day.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1630-christmas_dinner-128.mp3




Jobs, techonology and the future

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:25:00 +1300

Thousands of Indian tech workers have turned to online therapy services to seek solace after being let go. We ask if embracing online counselling could be worthwhile for kiwis and the panellists discuss more about job growth in the future.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1625-jobs_techonology_and_the_future-128.mp3




Physical restraint

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:15:00 +1300

Following on from yesterday's discussion about teacher's having to physically restrain students, if they are endangering themselves or others, we ask our panellist school teacher Steve McCabe his view.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1615-physical_restraint-128.mp3




No more pay rises

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:10:00 +1300

The state services commissioner wants to crack down on Crown entity boards hiking the salaries of their bosses. Dr Geoff Plimmer, director of Victoria University's School of Management, tells us why boards continue to give such high pay rises.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1610-no_more_pay_rises-128.mp3




The Panel with Mai Chen and Steve McCabe (Part 2)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:07:00 +1300

Christmas dinner: Is the 'drop dead' drug in NZ?: Money, money, money.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1607-the_panel_with_mai_chen_and_steve_mccabe_part_2-128.mp3




The Panel with Mai Chen and Steve McCabe (Part 1)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:06:00 +1300

No more pay rises: Physical restraint: Jobs, techonology and the future.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1606-the_panel_with_mai_chen_and_steve_mccabe_part_1-128.mp3




Dateline Pacific evening edition for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:05:00 +1300

Fiji's prime minister is back on the world stage urging action on climate change in Paris at the One Planet Summit; a conservationist working to save tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea is urging NGOs working in the Pacific to listen to the communities they work in; a reports shows the catch of Thailand's distant-water fishying fleet fishing is almost seven times higher than what it reports, and a recently formed Samoan rights group plans to fight government corruption.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/pacn/dateline-20171213-1605-dateline_pacific_evening_edition_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Paris climate summit kickstarting a green global economy

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:03:00 +1300

Fiji's prime minister is back on the world stage urging action on climate change in Paris at the One Planet Summit.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/pacn/dateline-20171213-1603-paris_climate_summit_kickstarting_a_green_global_economy-128.mp3




Conservationist in PNG urges NGOs to listen to communities

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:02:00 +1300

A conservationist working to save tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea is urging NGOs working in the Pacific to listen to the communities they work in.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/pacn/dateline-20171213-1602-conservationist_in_png_urges_ngos_to_listen_to_communities-128.mp3







The Panel pre-show for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:46:00 +1300

Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. Story of the day today is about regifting! Bad or not? 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1546-the_panel_pre-show_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




One Quick Question for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:45:00 +1300

We find the answers to any queries you can think up. Today we answered William's question about post and Sally's query about airline seats. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/panel/panel-20171213-1545-one_quick_question_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




War on the Waterfront

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:30:00 +1300

Five months without work, scant food and the whole nation against you... Katy Gosset hears a first-hand account of the 1951 Waterfront Dispute.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/witness/witness-20171212-1700-war_on_the_waterfront-128.mp3




Best of 2017: RNZ Music's favourite local tracks

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:30:00 +1300

It's been the strongest year for local music, perhaps ever, evidenced by the fact that three kiwis have topped local and international 'best of' lists. The RNZ Music team discuss Lorde, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid and more.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/natmusic/natmusic-20171213-1530-best_of_2017_rnz_musics_favourite_local_tracks-192.mp3




How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +1300

For more than 10 years Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam have been sharing advice on how to host the perfect dinner party on a podcast for National Public Radio in America.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20171213-1510-how_to_save_the_world_by_throwing_a_dinner_party-128.mp3




Bookmarks with Ellen Read

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:20:00 +1300

The National business editor for Fairfax Ellen Read talks about her favourite books and music.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20171213-1420-bookmarks_with_ellen_read-128.mp3




Music with Dianne Swann

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:10:00 +1300

Dianne talks about the music scene in Laurel Canyon in the late 60s and early 70s. You can find Dianne's recommended playlist from Spotify here.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20171213-1410-music_with_dianne_swann-128.mp3




Question Time for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:03:00 +1300

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne: “Building a truly prosperous country means sharing the wealth generated by our economy”; if so, under current law how much less tax will a teacher without children on the full-time average wage pay per year from 1 April 2018 compared to now? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he support using a wider set of measures of success for the economy; if so, why? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: Does she consider material deprivation as an important indicator of children in poverty; if so, will her Government use it as one of their measures to show any reduction in child poverty? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: Does he accept that there is a major shortage of teachers going into the 2018 school year; if so, what will he do to address it? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Is it his intention that in the year commencing 1 April 2018, each superannuitant couple will receive $681 less in New Zealand superannuation payments than they otherwise would under the law as it currently stands? Hon NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by all his statements? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What reports has he received on cost pressures within Defence projects? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Does he agree with the Treasury statement that the removal of National Standards should “be delayed until the new assessment framework is ready for implementation. This is to prevent a gap in systems-level information on the overall performance of primary schools and the foundational skills of reading, writing and maths, which are critical to later success in education and training”; if not, why not? CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Police: Has he received any advice from officials about recruiting 1,800 additional police over the next 3 years; if so, on what dates did he receive that advice? RINO TIRIKATENE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about the Southern Partnership Group? Hon LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: Of the 276,041 people currently on working-age benefits, how many have been on a benefit for more than 20 years and how many people will she reduce it by in the next year? ANAHILA KANONGATA'A-SUISUIKI to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent reports has she received on Māori and Pacific adults’ access to primary health care?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/parl/parl-20171213-1403-question_time_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3







Great album: Morcheeba with Susie Ferguson

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:00 +1300

Morcheeba's Blood Like Lemonade with Morning Report's Susie Ferguson


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20171213-1345-great_album_morcheeba_blood_like_lemonade-128.mp3




New scholarship to study link of dance and dementia

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:00 +1300

A new Scholarship to research dance and dementia has been established. The Lady Rosemary Buchanan Dance Scholarship is named after the high-profile Kiwi Expat and will encourage and support a PhD student in the Dance Studies programme at the University of Auckland. Associate Professor Ralph Buck explains why it's needed.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20171213-1345-new_scholarship_to_study_link_of_dance_and_dementia-192.mp3







Beyond the Bars

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:30:00 +1300

In the past five years New Zealand’s female prison population has almost quadrupled to nearly 800. The new minister for Corrections, Kelvin Davis pledged to reduce the prison population by 30 percent in the next 15 years. New initiatives have been introduced to help grow skills. One such initiative is a joint venture between Corrections and the Royal New Zealand Ballet at Arohata Women’s Prison. Producer Zoe George goes beyond the bars.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20171213-1330-beyond_the_bars-192.mp3




Gender equality in local government

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:25:00 +1300

In the same week a Hamilton City Councillor sent lewd messages to a woman journalist, Auckland councillor Cathy Casey stopped to think about the gender balance of her council and others.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20171213-1325-gender_equality_in_local_government-128.mp3




Jackie Clarke: no more tinned tomatoes!

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:15:00 +1300

The women's refuge charity, The Aunties, is fed up with receiving tinned tomatoes.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20171213-1315-jackie_clarke_no_more_tinned_tomatoes-128.mp3




Tiny Ruins performs new song 'Sparklers'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:10:00 +1300

Hollie Fullbrook – aka Tiny Ruins – is supporting US band Fleet Foxes for their two NZ concerts this summer. She chats to Jesse Mulligan and plays a song from her upcoming album.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20171213-1310-first_song_tiny_ruins_performs_live-128.mp3




Simon O’Neill at the top of his game

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +1300

  New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill has performed and recorded his first Siegfried, after multiple appearances as Siegmund in Wagner’s demanding Ring Cycle.  The new Siegfried recording has just been released by Naxos, and Simon is already receiving good reviews for his performance with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He talks about his hectic calendar, working with people like Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim, and his long hours travelling so he can also spend time being a Dad in Auckland.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20171213-1300-simon_oneill_at_the_top_of_his_game-192.mp3




Midday Rural News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:35:00 +1300

Hawke's Bay farmers are taking in the news that the cow disease mycoplasma bovis has made its way to their region.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/rural/rur-mdr-20171213-1235-midday_rural_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3







Midday Sports News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:26:00 +1300

FIFA fines Peru after fans pointed lasers at the All Whites.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mdr/mdr-20171213-1226-midday_sports_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Business briefs for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:25:00 +1300

The head of the healthcare and animal products company, Ebos, is stepping down: Kiwi Property Group has confirmed it's sold 125-million dollars worth of bonds.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mdr-20171213-1225-business_briefs_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Midday Markets for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:23:00 +1300

For the latest from the markets we're joined by Melika King at Craigs Investment Partners.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mdr-20171213-1223-midday_markets_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




America's Cup expected to boost retail spending

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:00 +1300

The America's Cup is expected to boost retail spending by as much as 250-million dollars over a three-month period, and may tempt international retailers to set up shops.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mdr-20171213-1221-americas_cup_expected_to_boost_retail_spending-128.mp3




Housing market still soft

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:19:00 +1300

An economist says the housing market remains subdued and will likely continue to be so into next year.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mdr-20171213-1219-housing_market_still_soft-128.mp3




November house sales rebound, with record prices in 7 regions

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:17:00 +1300

The housing market had a modest lift in prices, with a rebound in the number of properties sold last month.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mdr-20171213-1217-november_house_sales_rebound_with_record_prices_in_7_regions-128.mp3




Midday News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +1300

A warning to Crown Entities overpaying their CEO's: The government announces a 9 million dollar package to tackle the teacher shortage.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mdr/mdr-20171213-1200-midday_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +1300

This week sees the announcement that a fossil penguin discovered in New Zealand is a new species and one of the oldest known; new research suggests countries need to take heed of climate projections when planning how much to rely on wind energy; and researchers have discovered that microbes in Antarctica have a previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in the extreme conditions.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-1145-science_commentator_siouxsie_wiles-128.mp3




Ruatoria pushing to be first medicinal cannabis grower

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:20:00 +1300

Ruatoria-based charitable trust Hikurangi Enterprises is looking at developing hemp as a potential industry for medicinal cannabis. Last year they planted a trial of 5,000 low-THC hemp plants as a field crop. A group of students are now involved in the first-ever low-THC hemp course. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the trust's managing director Panapa Ehau.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-1120-ruatoria_pushing_to_be_first_medicinal_cannabis_grower-128.mp3




Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:05:00 +1300

A celebration of top Kiwi female music artists, featuring music from Nadia Reid's 2017 album Preservation. Graeme Downes is a founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-1105-music_with_graeme_downes-128.mp3







Book review - "A Pleasure To Be Here"

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Leah McFall reviews A Pleasure To Be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe by John Clarke, published by Text.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-1035-book_review_-_a_pleasure_to_be_here-128.mp3




Jack Charles: 'a reformed and rehabilitated old coot'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Aboriginal actor and activist Jack Charles brings the show Jack Charles V The Crown to next year's Auckland Arts Festival. Everyone likes the story of a "reformed and rehabilitated old coot like myself," he tells Kathryn Ryan.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-1005-jack_charles_v_the_crown-128.mp3







Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:45:00 +1300

A high-profile Opposition Senator has resigned from federal parliament over his controversial links to China, the first same-sex couples planning to marry in Australia have set January 9th as their wedding date, and former Netball NZ chief Raelene Castle has been announced as Rugby Australia's new chief executive.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-0945-australia_correspondent_peter_munro-128.mp3




'Schools shouldn't be finance companies' - Principal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:20:00 +1300

An NZEI survey of more than 600 primary and intermediate schools has shown that despite the pressure on school operational budgets, four in five could scrap donations. About 82 per cent of the respondents said they planned to take up the Labour Party's campaign pledge for $150 per student in compensation, with three-quarters saying their school would be better off. The poll also found that 44% of respondents plan to cut teacher aide hours to meet budgets in 2018, while 14% expect to be short of teachers. Kathryn speaks with NZEI President Lynda Stuart, Berhampore School principals, Mark Potter, and Wayne Jenkins, principal of Ross Intermediate School.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-0920-survey_shows_schools_keen_to_dump_donations-128.mp3




Are community pharmacies under threat?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:10:00 +1300

What does the future hold for community pharmacies numbered as competiton ramps up from a large Australian super-store chain and Countdown supermarkets? The Australian giant, The Chemist Warehouse, has launched in Auckland - slashing prescription charges to zero and heavily discounting merchandise. Meanwhile pharmacies located in Countdown supermarkets around the country are also cutting charges. Kathryn talks with Wellington pharmacist Andrew Gaudin, Andrew Gaudin from the Pharmacy Guild and Alison van Wyk from Green Cross Health.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20171213-0910-are_community_pharmacies_under_threat-128.mp3







Tourists warned as crocodiles appear on Cairns beaches

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:57:00 +1300

A local councillor in Cairns says it's only a matter of time before Queensland's growing crocodile population leads to tragedy. Croc sightings are becoming more frequent in popular swimming spots. In one case at the weekend, a two-metre crocodile lazed on a Cairns beach as people posed for photos, seemingly oblivious to the danger. Brett Olds is a Cairns regional councillor - he says the problem is getting out of hand.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0857-crocodiles_taking_over_queensland_beaches-128.mp3




Auckland iwi sign agreement on mana whenua

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:54:00 +1300

Two Auckland iwi have reached an agreement to work together on land issues in what is being seen as a slap to Hauraki-based iwi who have also been making claims in the region. Ngati Whatua Orakei and Ngati Paoa first signed a kawenata in January to work on overlapping claims and last week confirmed the finer details of that agreement. Te Manu Korihi reporter John Boynton has more.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0854-auckland_iwi_sign_agreement_on_mana_whenua-128.mp3




Sale of teachers college disappoints Karori locals

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:49:00 +1300

Many Karori residents are disappointed a retirement village will replace a teaching campus they've long relied on for recreation. The old Wellington teachers' college was sold to Victoria University for ten dollars in 2014, and yesterday the university said it had sold the site to Ryman Healthcare for an undisclosed amount.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0849-sale_of_teachers_college_disappoints_karori_locals-128.mp3




Alabama voters head to polls in tight Senate election

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:42:00 +1300

Alabama is voting for its next Senator. The party's candidate, Roy Moore, is under scrutiny for multiple accusations of child sex abuse. But US President Donald Trump has thrown his full support behind Mr Moore, a move which is at odds with most of the Republican establishment. Brent Budowsky is a political opinion writer and columnist for The Hill - he joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0842-alabama_voters_head_to_polls_in_tight_senate_election-128.mp3




Trump shoots for moon, and a little further

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:37:00 +1300

57 years ago John F Kennedy announced America would put men on the moon.Yesterday Donald Trump said America will go back.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0837-trump_shoots_for_moon_and_a_little_further-128.mp3




Markets Update for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171213-0830-markets_update_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Big investors put pressure on worst climate polluters

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:29:00 +1300

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund is among a group of powerful investors putting pressure on the world's biggest polluters to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The global campaign, dubbed the 'Climate Action 100 plus', was launched at the One Planet Summit in Paris last night, marking two years since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0829-big_investors_put_pressure_on_worst_climate_polluters-128.mp3




Manawatu Gorge new route choice delayed

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:18:00 +1300

A decision on a new route to replace the landslide-prone Manawatu Gorge road has been delayed. The Transport Agency had hoped to have a final version ready by the end of this year, but now says more work is needed to get a final version. It now expects to have done its analysis by March. Ken Shirley is the chief executive of the Road Transport Forum and joins us with his reaction.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0818-manawatu_gorge_new_route_choice_delayed-128.mp3




Government scraps National Standards

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:14:00 +1300

Schools are free to scrap National Standards next year, after the Government pulled the plug on the controversial reporting standards for reading, writing and maths. Introduced by National in 2010, the Education Minister Chris Hipkins says schools and parents have lost confidence in National Standards, calling them too narrow, and neither national nor standard. Martin Thrupp is a professor of education at Waikato University and joins us with his reaction.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0814-government_scraps_national_standards-128.mp3




Auckland 'halo' effect reaches Far North

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:09:00 +1300

The so-called 'halo' effect of the Auckland housing market has finally reached the Far North. What the locals call the real Far North, that is. The town of Kaitaia - after years in the economic doldrums - is experiencing the unfamiliar phenomenon of growth.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0809-auckland_halo_effect_reaches_far_north-128.mp3




Sports News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0806-sports_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3







Teina Pora's lawyer signs on to help Scott Watson

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:52:00 +1300

One of the lawyers who helped free Teina Pora after he was wrongly convicted for murder is turning his attention to another high profile case. Jonathan Krebs will be acting for Scott Watson in his application for a Royal Prerogative of Mercy. Watson is in prison for the murders of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart, who disappeared in the Marlborough Sounds on New Year's Day, 1998. Jonathan Krebs joins us to discuss the case.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0752-teina_poras_lawyer_signs_on_to_help_scott_watson-128.mp3




News in Niuean for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:52:00 +1300

The latest news in Niuean language (Vagahau Niue) - brought to you by our partner - Pacific Media Network.


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http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/paclangnews/paclangnews-20171213-0752-news_in_niuean_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




'When I get figures' Children's Minister to consider KidsCan funding

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:45:00 +1300

KidsCan says it's been told it will lose its funding on 30 June next year. The charity feeds 30,000 children a week across 700 New Zealand schools. Its executive Julie Chapman told Checkpoint last night KidsCan provides 30,000 pairs of shoes, 50,000 pairs of socks, and 40,000 raincoats a year. Ms Chapman says Oranga Tamariki told her the $350,000 would not be renewed on July 1, 2018. Minister for Children Tracey Martin joins us with her reaction.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0745-when_i_get_figures_childrens_minister_to_consider_funding-128.mp3




Police complaint follows 'sickening' video kitten stoned to death

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:41:00 +1300

n animal welfare group is laying a complaint with police after being sent a video of a teenager bashing a kitten to death with a rock. Paw Justice put the video online after it was sent to them by an Invercargill resident in a bid to try to identify the offenders. The Facebook video has now been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and shows a young woman throwing a large rock onto the head of a kitten until it dies.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0741-police_complaint_follows_sickening_video-128.mp3




News in Samoan for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:40:00 +1300

The latest news in Samoan language (Gagana Samoa).


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/paclangnews/paclangnews-20171213-0740-news_in_samoan_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Trump's sexual harassment accusers urge Congress investigation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:29:00 +1300

Donald Trump has denied accusations that he sexually harassed multiple women before becoming US President. Three of the women who've previously spoken out against Mr Trump reiterated their claims yesterday, while Kirsten Gillibrand became the fifth Democratic Senator calling for his resignation. Mr Trump has tweeted an attack on her earlier saying Ms Gillibrand was a 'lightweight' who would 'do anything' for campaign contributions. Politico reporter Josh Gerstein joins us with the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0729-trumps_sexual_harassment_accusers_urge_congress_investigation-128.mp3




Mycoplasma bovis spread a major setback for farmers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:21:00 +1300

Mycoplasma bovis has been found in Hawke's Bay and Southland for the first time. The Ministry for Primary Industries says a fifth property near Ashburton is also likely to be infected. The spread of the disease is a major setback for farmers and biosecurity officials. Hastings district dairy farmer and rural board member, Nick Dawson, says farmers will be devastated if herds have to be killed.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0721-mycoplasma_bovis_spread_a_major_setback_for_farmers-128.mp3




Kaikoura road to open, but truckies not celebrating yet

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:19:00 +1300

The countdown to Friday's re-opening of State Highway 1 through Kaikoura has started, but truck drivers won't be celebrating just yet.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0719-kaikoura_road_to_open_but_truckies_not_celebrating_yet-128.mp3




Patients' suicide attempts not recorded by most DHBs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:14:00 +1300

Eleven of New Zealand's 20 District Health Boards are not keeping any records of people attempting suicide or self-harming at respite centres for mental health patients. Advocates say the lack of monitoring is a disgrace and there needs to be urgent change. And many of the DHBs don't have clinical staff on site at any given time, Charlie Dreaver reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0714-patients_suicide_attempts_not_recorded_by_most_dhbs-128.mp3




Whangarei Hospital's blood blank loses accreditation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1300

Whangarei Hospital's blood bank has lost its accreditation and the New Zealand Blood Service has been forced to step in to help. The hospital doesn't have enough scientists in the lab. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0710-whangarei_hospitals_blood_blank_substandard-128.mp3




Sports News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0706-sports_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3







Business News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171213-0649-business_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Many respite centres not recording suicide attempts

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:47:00 +1300

Many respite centres for mental health patients don't have clinical staff on hand at all times, and eleven of the country's 20 district health boards don't require the centres to record suicide attempts. The Waikato DHB is among those that doesn't collect information on suicide attempts or self harm incidents. Jane Stevens, whose son Nicky killed himself while in a Waikato health unit, is calling for change. She told RNZ's Charlie Dreaver that Nicky's experience of respite care showed the system has been failing for a long time.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0647-many_respite_centres_not_recording_suicide_attempts-128.mp3




NZ soldiers to stay in Iraq for at least another year

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:39:00 +1300

New Zealand is being urged to pressure Iraq into political reform in return for training its government security forces, to help ensure the victory Iraq has declared against Islamic State will hold. Iraq announced this week it had has defeated ISIS after a bloody, three year war. However, that won't affect New Zealand's joint training mission in Taji, which will be in place for at least another year.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0639-nz_soldiers_to_stay_in_iraq_for_at_least_another_year-128.mp3







Early Business News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171213-0620-early_business_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3







Sports News for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171213-0606-sports_news_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Dateline Pacific morning edition for 13 December 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:06:00 +1300

Thai fishing report shows worrying signs for Pacific; Samoan activism group brings public issues to the fore; Another global summit on climate change gets underway, this time in Paris, and this time the aim is to get industry and finance involved in the fight against global warming; two opposition parties in Fiji have joined forces to contest the next election as political manoeuvring starts for the polls due next year; new health and wellness hub in American Samoa to focus on traditional healing practices.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/pacn/dateline-20171213-0606-dateline_pacific_morning_edition_for_13_december_2017-128.mp3




Thai fishing report shows worrying signs for Pacific

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:05:00 +1300

The author of a report tha t shows catches by Thailand's distant-water fleet fishing throughout the Indo-Pacific are almost seven times higher than what it reports, says it is is a worrying sign for the Pacific fishing industry.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/pacn/dateline-20171213-0605-thai_fishing_report_shows_worrying_signs_for_pacific-128.mp3