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Round the Bays fun run allows kids on scooters

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:55:00 +1300

The annual Round the Bays run around Wellington's waterfront next month will for the first time allow some children to do the event on their scooters. The children who get to use the scooters are involved in the Green Prescription Active Families programme, a nationwide scheme funded by DHBs which offers fitness sessions and nutrition advice for the whole whanau. RNZ reporter Catherine Hutton got her trainers on and went along to one of the training sessions.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0855-round_the_bays_fun_run_allows_kids_on_scooters-128.mp3




Tauranga to address housing unaffordability

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:51:00 +1300

Tauranga plans to open up new sites of land and increase housing density to address its impending housing crisis. Survey results released yesterday show the city has usurped Auckland as New Zealand's least affordable city for housing. Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless tells Guyon Espiner he expects the government's infrastructure fund and house-building plans will help, but he says "the horse has bolted a bit on foreign buyers".


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0851-tauranga_to_address_housing_unaffordability-128.mp3




Improbable victory by 97th seed at Australian Open

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:47:00 +1300

A 21-year-old South Korean has beaten Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in one of the biggest shocks of the tournament so far. Hyeon Chung became the first South Korean to ever reach the quarter-finals of a grand slam when he beat Djokovic in three straight sets. In another upset, the 97th ranked Tennys Sandgren - that really is his name - has knocked out the fifth-seed to become the second debutant to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in 20 years. For more on the day's action we're joined from Melbourne by correspondent Dave Luddy.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0847-improbable_victory_by_97th_seed_at_australian_open-128.mp3




Kaikoura cancels Seafest after 23 years

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:43:00 +1300

After 23 years, Kaikoura's Seafest event is being cancelled for good. The organisers of the festival, Destination Kaikoura, cite rising costs and drinking that's become harder to control as some of the reasons why it's no longer worth the investment. The General Manager of Destination Kaikoura, Glenn Ormsby, tells Susie Ferguson what it means for the Canterbury town.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0843-kaikoura_cancels_seafest_after_23_years-128.mp3




Woman saves disabled neighbour from fatal Dunedin fire

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:35:00 +1300

A fatal house fire in South Dunedin is still under police guard this morning as neighbours come to terms with the tragedy on their street. Mel Ryall was one of the first on the scene, her stepson alerted the fire department to the blaze. She says she acted on instinct when she helped a disabled neighbour to safety and woke others up seconds before the heat from the fire smashed one of their windows. The two victims have not been named yet but the police are expected to hold a media conference later this morning. The public have been asked to help by reporting any suspicious behaviour they may have seen in the area at the time the fire started.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0835-woman_saves_disabled_neighbour_from_fatal_dunedin_fire-128.mp3




Markets Update for 23 January 2018

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180123-0830-markets_update_for_23_january_2018-128.mp3




Bees decimated after suspected poisoning

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:29:00 +1300

Hundreds of thousands of bees are dying near Murchison in what their owner thinks must have been a poisoning. The bees in 220 hives on Ricki Leahy's property and in 70 hives next door all suddenly started dying. The veteran beekeeper says they spotted the problem last Friday.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0829-bees_decimated_after_suspected_poisoning-128.mp3




1080 poisoning ruled out for illness in wild boar case

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:27:00 +1300

Yesterday we spoke to Sue Grey the lawyer for a Putaruru family struck down with a mystery illness initially thought to be botulism after eating wild boar. They are battling to have that diagnosis overturned and access to ACC reinstated. Ms Grey said yesterday the hospital hadn't excluded 1080 poisoning. We asked the Waikato District Health Board to respond. They sent a written statement and said 1080 poisoning could not have caused the paralysis suffered by the members of the family. The DHB says initial indications pointed to botulism and the family responded to a botulism anti-toxin. Testing for botulism later came back negative, and doctors had since told the family they believe they ingested an unspecified neurotoxin with the meat. The DHB says the cause of the illness may never be known but there's no evidence to suggest it's a public health issue. It adds that if 1080 had been present it would have been identified, but the clinical signs and time lines involved rule it out as a possible cause.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0827-1080_poisoning_ruled_out_for_illness_in_wild_boar_case-128.mp3




Mental health inquiry 'an investment in NZ doing better'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:22:00 +1300

Later today the government will announce details of an inquiry into what Labour in Opposition labelled a mental health crisis. Labour pledged to hold the inquiry as part of its 100-day action plan.The Health Minister David Clark has said the inquiry needs to be broad covering primary and secondary care, with a focus on prevention. Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson tells Susie Ferguson the inquiry "is an investment in New Zealand doing well and doing better".


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0822-mental_health_inquiry_an_investment_in_nz_doing_better-128.mp3




Queenstown to crack down on freedom camping

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:19:00 +1300

Queenstown's planning a major crackdown on freedom campers after a petition from thousands of people from around the world unhappy at the mess they leave. Residents around Lake Hayes Reserve started the petition six days ago after an influx of campers who regularly left toilet waste around the grounds. The tourism industry is backing the plan.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0819-queenstown_to_crack_down_on_freedom_camping-128.mp3




Petrol companies under the pump over bad gas

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:14:00 +1300

Fuel companies say motorists will be able seek compensation for damage to their vehicles caused by a batch of bad petrol last month. High levels of sulphur in 91 and 95 octane petrol led to fuel gauges giving false readings and many motorists ran out of petrol as a result. Fuel companies are still investigating the fuel contamination. With the latest Guyon Espiner talks to Leigh Taylor who is speaking for BP, Z and Mobil.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0814-petrol_companies_under_the_pump_over_bad_gas-128.mp3




US govt shutdown: Senate reaches deal

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:13:00 +1300

A deal has been reached in the US Senate to reopen the government after it was in shutdown for several days. Washington DC correspondent Kevin McAleese says the process has a way to go yet. The deal comes as the Democrats agreed to a promise from the Republican government to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0813-us_govt_shutdown_senate_reaches_deal-128.mp3




Tiwai fire: Department of Conservation fears for land

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:09:00 +1300

The blaze on the Tiwai Peninsula, which came within metres of threatening the Smelter's power lines, has been contained but significant conservation land remains at risk. Elton Smith, the principal Rural Fire Officer for Southland was the incident commander overnight. He told Morning Report earlier that the conditions were pretty intense through the night, and access for crews was fairly difficult early on. Flames got really close to the power lines running in to the smelter. Overall about 130 hectares have been burning - a lot of it land with high conservation values. Tony Preston is the Murihiku Operations Manager for the Department of Conservation and joins Susie Ferguson with the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0809-tiwai_fire_department_of_conservation_fears_for_land-128.mp3




Sports News for 23 January 2018

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0806-sports_news_for_23_january_2018-128.mp3




Glenn Turner assays Black Caps' golden run

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:57:00 +1300

The Black Caps extended their record winning streak to 13 matches with an emphatic victory in the first match of their T20 series against Pakistan in Wellington yesterday. And that's led to talk the team might be shaping up to be one of the greatest New Zealand cricket sides. Former New Zealand skipper and coach Glenn Turner has kept a close eye on the sport for five decades. He discusses the success with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0757-glenn_turner_assays_black_caps_golden_run-128.mp3




Talks about alternative America's Cup village options continue

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:53:00 +1300

Auckland Council, government officials and a multinational fuel company are meeting today to discuss America's Cup Village plans today. The multinational Stolthaven has told the government it is prepared in principle to move its tanks out of the way on Wynyard wharf. However there are far bigger uncertainties about the plan, and time is running out to resolve them. Auckland correspondent Todd Niall discusses the details with Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0753-talks_about_alternative_americas_cup_village_options_continue-128.mp3




Australians demand NZ man be deported for one-punch attack

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:45:00 +1300

More than 29,000 Australians have signed an online petition demanding a New Zealand man be deported after he avoided jail time for a one-punch attack on another man. It's a crime that carries a harsh penalty in Queensland, but Caleb Maraku was not even convicted for the attack in Surfers Paradise last year.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0745-australians_demand_nz_man_be_deported_for_one-punch_attack-128.mp3




Bill English returns to Ratana a week after te reo remarks

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:45:00 +1300

While the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be spending five days at Waitangi commemorations this year, Opposition leader Bill English will once again stay away altogether. However, Mr English will be going to Ratana celebrations. Last year as Prime Minister he was lauded for his use of te reo at the event. Last week he said it wasn't the government's job to keep the language alive. Mr English discusses the events with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0745-bill_english_returns_to_ratana_a_week_after_te_reo_remarks-128.mp3




Arson suspected at Auckland high-rise fire

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:40:00 +1300

There's heightened security at an unfinished Auckland high-rise apartment building on Tuesday, following a series of suspicious fires. The first fire broke out yesterday morning, but several more blazes later in the day on different levels of the Albert Street building suggests the fires were deliberate. RNZ reporter Gill Bonnett is at the scene...


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0740-arson_suspected_at_auckland_high-rise_fire-128.mp3




Tiwai fire: More firefighters to help after overnight battle

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:29:00 +1300

More ground crews and aircraft are headed to Tiwai Point to battle a scrub fire covering up to 130 hectares that has been threatening the electricity lines that power the smelter. Firefighters have been working all night to protect the lines that deliver electricity there. Two helicopters, flown by pilots wearing night-vision goggles, have been fighting the fire overnight, along with six ground crews.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0729-tiwai_fire_more_firefighters_to_help_after_overnight_battle-128.mp3




Why Jacinda Ardern's Waitangi visit could make history

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:25:00 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will spend more than five days at Waitangi this year. She is expected to speak during the formal welcome - a move that will set her apart from former female leaders. Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare is from Northland. He told RNZ it's time for change and the right decision for the leader of our nation. With more on the significance of the Prime Minister's visit, Māori Issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes joins us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0725-why_jacinda_arderns_waitangi_visit_could_make_history-128.mp3




Govt to announce mental health inquiry

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:19:00 +1300

The details of an inquiry into mental health services will be announced by the Government today. It's one of the promises Labour made in last year's election campaign - and something it pledged to do in its first 100 days in government. The Labour caucus has just finished up its two day meeting in Wairarapa. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's told reporters after the meeting she's confident her party can achieve everything promised in the 100-day plan.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0719-govt_to_announce_mental_health_inquiry-128.mp3




Drivers may get compensation for poor petrol

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:15:00 +1300

Hundreds of drivers left running on empty after low quality petrol damaged their fuel gauges will be in line for compensation. But some of those who were affected in November and December say they're not happy with the way fuel companies have handled the issue.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0715-drivers_may_get_compensation_for_poor_petrol-128.mp3




Tiwai fire: More firefighters to help after overnight battle

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:09:00 +1300

More ground crews and aircraft are headed to Tiwai Point to battle a scrub fire covering up to 130 hectares that has been threatening the electricity lines that power the smelter. Firefighters have been working all night to protect the lines that deliver electricity there. Two helicopters, flown by pilots wearing night-vision goggles, have been fighting the fire overnight, along with six ground crews.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0709-tiwai_fire_more_firefighters_to_help_after_overnight_battle-128.mp3




Sports News for 23 January 2017

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0706-sports_news_for_23_january_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 23 January 2018

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180123-0649-business_news_for_23_january_2018-128.mp3




Germany coalition talks: Merkel faces hurdles to form govt

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:48:00 +1300

German political party the Social Democrats have given the go-ahead for coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. It comes after months of uncertainty following elections in September 2017, when there was no overall majority for any party. Correspondent in Bonn Thomas Sparrow tells us it's been a major breakthrough, but Ms Merkel still faces hurdles to form a government.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0648-germany_coalition_talks_merkel_faces_hurdles_to_form_govt-128.mp3




Jacinda Ardern to spend a week at Waitangi

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:47:00 +1300

Today the Government is announcing details of its proposed mental health inquiry, as the deadline for its first-100-days looms. The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says the Labour caucus has spent the past two days at a retreat in the Wairarapa sorting out a plan for the rest of the year. She told reporters she will also reveal employment law changes in the coming days.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0647-jacinda_ardern_to_spend_a_week_at_waitangi-128.mp3




Queenstown freedom campers may face crackdown

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:43:00 +1300

Lake Hayes locals want a zero tolerance approach when it comes to people setting up camp and leaving a mess on their shores. The residents have been drumming up support for a major crackdown on freedom campers with thousands of people from around the world signing a petition they started six days ago. Local woman Justine Farquharson is behind the petition, she told RNZ Otago-Southland reporter, Ian Telfer, that it had hit a nerve.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0643-queenstown_freedom_campers_may_face_crackdown-128.mp3




Dodgy petrol causes grief as fuel gauges go awry

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:35:00 +1300

An Auckland man believes dodgy fuel sold by petrol companies before Christmas damaged the fuel gauge of his family car. Kaukapakapa local, Luke, says his Chrysler's fuel gague broke two weeks ago, but he only found out through media reports yesterday that it could have been due to fuel found to have elevated levels of sulphur that was sold by BP, Z and Mobil in November and December. Luke says he buys all his fuel at Z, and it should have done more to alert its customers about the issue.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0635-dodgy_petrol_causes_grief_as_fuel_gauges_go_awry-128.mp3







Early Business News for 23 January 2018

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180123-0620-early_business_news_for_23_january_2018-128.mp3




America's Cup: Wynyard wharf option still possible

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:14:00 +1300

Auckland Council and government officials are meeting to look again at whether an alternative plan for the America's Cup village is feasible. They'll talk to a fuel storage company that has agreed to shift out of the way of the government's preferred village layout - but the real cost of that is unclear. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says there's not much time left to settle on a way forward, but he's happy for the government to take a closer look at the the alternative based more on Wynyard Point.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0614-fuel_storage_tanks_may_make_way_for_americas_cup_village-128.mp3




Tiwai fire: Helicopters, firefighters battle blaze overnight

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:09:00 +1300

Emergency services have been battling a major scrub fire burning near the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter in Southland overnight. It has been threatening the electricity lines that power the plant.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0609-tiwai_fire_helicopters_firefighters_battle_blaze_overnight-128.mp3




Sports News for 23 January 2018

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0606-sports_news_for_23_january_2018-128.mp3




Top Stories for Tuesday 23 January 2017

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:00:00 +1300

Tiwai fire: More firefighters to help after overnight battle, Drivers may get compensation for poor petrol, Arson suspected at Auckland high-rise fire, Govt to announce mental health inquiry, Why Jacinda Ardern's Waitangi visit could make history


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180123-0600-top_stories_for_tuesday_23_january_2017-128.mp3




Bulmer Cave explorers come up short

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:57:00 +1300

A group of intrepid cavers have surfaced after exploring previously unexplored reaches of the Bulmer Cavern near Murchison. It was a 17-day expedition and they hoped to prove the cave system to be the most extensive in the Southern Hemisphere. Ultimately they came up short but in spite of failing in their goal, their expedition was still a exceptionally special speleological experience. Cave diver Kieran Mackay tells Guyon Espiner what they found down there.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0857-bulmer_cave_explorers_come_up_short-128.mp3




Māori football teams win indigenous clash

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:55:00 +1300

At the weekend the Aotearoa Māori football sides were able to clinch the inaugural Clash of Cultures series against their Australian First Nation Mariya rivals in Auckland. Both the Māori men's and women's teams scored wins - but more importantly the two indigenous football organisations cemented their growing relationship. Te Manu Korihi reporter John Boynton was there.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0855-maori_football_teams_win_indigenous_clash-128.mp3




Tainui welcomes Treaty settlement top-up

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:50:00 +1300

Earlier on Morning Report we spoke to the Minister for Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little on the $370 million settlement top-up given to Ngai Tahu and Tainui iwi. The payout is thanks to a clause included during the settlement process in the 1990s, to ensure the amounts received remain in proportion to more modern agreements. Out of the $370 million, Waikato-Tainui received $189.6 million. Rukumoana Shchaafhausen is the chair of Tainui's executive board Te Arataura. She tells Susie Ferguson their focus now is talking to tribal members about how the payout should be used.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0850-tainui_welcomes_treaty_settlement_top-up-128.mp3




Putāruru family fights for ACC after mystery illness

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:43:00 +1300

A Putaruru family struck down with a mystery illness initially thought to be botulism are battling to have that diagnosis overturned and access to ACC reinstated. Shibu Kochummen, his wife Subi, and his mother Alekutty Daniel became paralysed after eating the boar meat in November last year. The family has praised the life-saving medical care they received but still have questions about why they were continually told it was botulism when all the tests had ruled it out. Sue Grey is the family's lawyer and tells Guyon Espiner there's no reason why they shouldn't get ACC cover.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0843-putaruru_family_fights_for_acc_after_mystery_illness-128.mp3




Australian Open: Dimitrov beats Kyrgios

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:35:00 +1300

Nick Kyrgios lost to world number three Grigor Dimitrov in a four-set thriller last night at the Australian Open. It means there is no local left in the men's singles. No Australian has won the major tennis tournament in 43 years. Correspondent Dave Luddy joins us from Melbourne.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0835-australian_open_dimitrov_beats_kyrgios-128.mp3




Markets Update for 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180122-0830-markets_update_for_22_january_2018-128.mp3




Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government over arrest

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:28:00 +1300

Kim Dotcom has filed papers seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the government over an erroneous arrest warrant. The papers accuse the government of pursuing an erroneous arrest warrant with malice, and without proper legal disclosure. Mr Dotcom is claiming damages for lost profits and business opportunities, legal costs and loss of reputation. His lawyer, Ira Rothken tells Guyon Espiner the claim is about holding people responsible for mistakes made.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0828-kim_dotcom-128.mp3




Major housing markets in New Zealand 'severely unaffordable'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:24:00 +1300

New Zealand's major housing markets are "severely unaffordable" according to the latest Demographia survey, out today. Auckland homes have been ranked the ninth most unaffordable in a survey of more than 400 major cities in nine countries. But Tauranga is even less affordable than Auckland. Hugh Pavletich is a co-author of the Demographia study and joins Susie Ferguson to discuss the results.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0824-major_housing_markets_in_new_zealand_severely_unaffordable-128.mp3




Silver Ferns suffer defeat to England in Quad Series opener

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:20:00 +1300

The Silver Ferns suffered a shock loss yesterday at the hands of England in their opener at the Netball Quad Series in London. By half time the Ferns were behind by just one point and their luck seemed to have changed in the second half, with a six goal lead after three quarters. However, it wasn't meant to be, and after a 49-all draw at the end of regulation time, England fought back and ultimately came up tops, with a final score of 64-57. Former Silver Ferns Coach Yvonne Willering joins us to dissect the Silver Ferns' loss.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0820-silver_ferns_suffer_defeat_to_england_in_quad_series_opener-128.mp3




Rocket Lab's Electron reaches orbit

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:13:00 +1300

Rocket Lab successfully launched a rocket into orbit for the first time yesterday. The small Electron rocket reached orbit and deployed three miniature satellites shortly after taking off from the Mahia Peninsula. The successful launch puts the company in a position to soon start serving the burgeoning small satellite market. Rocket Lab's chief executive Peter Beck tells Guyon Espiner why the launch is so significant for the futue of Earth and Space.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0813-rocket_labs_electron_reaches_orbit-128.mp3




NZ's road toll: Extra road police money fails to improve safety

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:10:00 +1300

Police have failed to restore the numbers of officers dedicated to traffic duties even though the 2017 road toll was the worst in five years. They were given an extra $10 million in April to boost numbers but only a handful have been reappointed. Philippa Tolley has been investigating the reasons behind the number of fatal crashes and joins Susie Ferguson to discuss.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0810-nzs_road_toll_extra_road_police_money_fails_to_improve_safety-128.mp3




Sports News for 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0806-sports_news_for_22_january_2018-128.mp3




'A bit cool' - Kiwi conquers Antarctica's Mount Spectre

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:52:00 +1300

Braving temperatures of -35degC, polar winds and crevasses, a kiwi adventurer has returned home after the trip of a lifetime in Antarctica. Landing on the ice on the November 15, British team leader Leo Houlding, Frenchman Jean Burgun and New Zealander Mark Sedon, embarked on a 1700-kilometre journey to reach the summit of Mount Spectre. To get there they has to both kite-ski and climb. The expedition's chief photographer, Mark Sedon tells Susie Ferguson the temperatures were 'a bit cool'.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0752-a_bit_cool_-_kiwi_conquers_antarcticas_mount_spectre-128.mp3




Govt pays $370m to Ngāi Tahu, Tainui Treaty settlements

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:49:00 +1300

A relativity clause in Ngāi Tahu and Tainui's Treaty settlements means the government is likely to make further big payments to them as more iwi settle their claims. It was revealed yesterday the government paid an additional $370 million dollars to the two iwi late last year under the terms of their 1990s settlements. Tainui received an extra $190m and Ngāi Tahu $180m. The clause was included to ensure the settlements remain in proportion to later agreements. Minister for Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little tells Guyon Espiner he made the call "not to bury the announcement before Christmas".


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0749-govt_pays_370_million_to_ngai_tahu_tainui_-treaty_settlement-128.mp3




US senate hoping to end government shutdown

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:46:00 +1300

Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until February 16 did not receive the required 60 votes. The failure of the US Senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services. Washington DC correspondent Nina-Marie Potts discusses the details with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0746-u_s_senate_hoping_to_end_government_shutdown-128.mp3




Rich, poor in New Zealand: Oxfam report shows huge wealth gap

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:38:00 +1300

New Oxfam research claims the richest 1 percent of New Zealanders banked almost a third of all of the wealth created last year. The report out later today also reaffirms the finding from the same research last year - that two New Zealand men own more wealth than the poorest 30 percent of our adult population. Oxfam New Zealand's executive director Rachael Le Mesurier discusses the report with Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0738-rich_poor_in_new_zealand_oxfam_report_shows_huge_wealth_gap-128.mp3




Two killed in Dunedin house fire - update

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:37:00 +1300

Two people have died in a house fire that broke out in Dunedin just after 5am on Monday. RNZ reporter Tim Brown is at the scene and joins Susie Ferguson with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0737-two_killed_in_dunedin_house_fire-128.mp3




Auckland homes amongst most unafforable in major cities

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:37:00 +1300

Auckland homes have been ranked the ninth most unaffordable in a survey of more than 400 major cities in nine countries. But Tauranga is even less affordable, according to the annual Demographia survey. The Demographia survey lists Hong Kong, Sydney and Vancouver as the world's most unaffordable big cities.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0737-auckland_homes_amongst_most_unafforable_in_major_cities-128.mp3




Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:22:00 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy announcement has largely been met with positive messages of support around the world over the weekend. Ms Ardern will take six weeks off after the baby is born in June. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will step up to cover her duties during this period. She discusses her plans with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0722-prime_minister_jacinda_ardern_announces_pregnancy-128.mp3




Rocket Lab launches Electron satellite into orbit

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:21:00 +1300

Rocket Lab successfully launched a rocket from the Hawke's Bay's Mahia Peninsula on Sunday, sending it's Electron satellite into orbit. The triumph means Rocket Lab will soon be ready to forge ahead in the commercial space industry. To discuss the significance of the launch we're joined by Nick Rattenbury, an astrophysicist at the University of Auckland.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0721-rocket_lab_launches_electron_satellite_into_orbit-128.mp3




Two killed in Dunedin house fire

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:15:00 +1300

Two people have died in a house fire that broke out in Dunedin just after 5am on Monday. RNZ reporter Tim Brown is at the scene.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0715-two_killed_in_dunedin_house_fire-128.mp3




Road police numbers drop as road toll climbs

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +1300

The number of police on New Zealand roads has been slashed since 2013, coinciding with a 50 percent increase in the road toll. Even though the police received a multi-million dollar payment in April to boost road police numbers, the head count has increased by only ten, leaving more than 100 jobs still vacant. In 2017, 380 people died on New Zealand roads.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0710-road_police_numbers_drop_as_road_toll_climbs-128.mp3




Sports News for 22 January 2017

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0706-sports_news_for_22_january_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180122-0649-business_news_for_22_january_2018-128.mp3




Labour meets for first 2018 caucus as govt nears day 100

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:40:00 +1300

With less than two weeks until Labour marks its 100th day in office, the Prime Minister is confident she can tick off all the party promised to achieve in that time. Labour MPs are currently in the Wairarapa for a two day gathering, which serves as their first caucus meeting of the year.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0640-labour_meets_for_first_2018_caucus_as_govt_nears_day_100-128.mp3




Road toll rises 50 percent since 2013 road police cuts

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:37:00 +1300

Dedicated road police numbers have been slashed by nearly 100 officers since 2013, and there's been a 50 percent increase in the road toll over that time. The police association says road policing has been a victim of stretched funding, which has forced police to cut back on personnel in some key areas. Dave Cliff was the associate police commissioner with responsibility for road policing between 2012 and 2015. He now heads the Global Road Safety Partnership, based out of Geneva in Switzerland. He speaks with RNZ's Emile Donovan.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0637-road_toll_rises_50_percent_since_2013_road_police_cuts-128.mp3







Early Business News for 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180122-0620-early_business_news_for_22_january_2018-128.mp3




Rocket Lab Electron reaches orbit from Māhia launch

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:10:00 +1300

Yesterday Rocket Lab launched it's Electron rocket reached orbit and deployed three miniature satellites after taking off from the Māhia Peninsula. The successful launch means Rocket Lab will soon be ready to forge ahead in the commercial space industry. Former NASA launch programmes manager Kris Walsh spoke to Morning Report about the success.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0610-rocket_lab_electron_reaches_orbit_from_mahia_launch-128.mp3




Sports News for 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0606-sports_news_for_22_january_2018-128.mp3




Top Stories for monday 22 January 2018

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:00:00 +1300

Road police numbers drop as road toll climbs, Two killed in Dunedin house fire, Rocket Lab launches Electron satellite into orbit, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy, Auckland homes amongst most unafforable in major cities, Two killed in Dunedin house fire


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180122-0600-top_stories_for_monday_22_january_2018-128.mp3




Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:53:00 +1300

It's Friday so we cross the ditch to Canberra to talk to our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0853-kerry-anne_walsh_with_news_from_australia-128.mp3




Film maker asked to brush up on cultural awareness skills

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:41:00 +1300

The Department of Conservation in the top of the South Island/Te Tau Ihu is urging the film and television industry to brush up on its cultural awareness when applying to film on Crown land. The eight iwi in the northern South Island, still trying to bed in systems post Treaty settlement, are struggling to cope with late requests for permits. Film makers say they'd like to comply, but there's a lack of information on how.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0841-film_maker_asked_to_brush_up_on_cultural_awareness_skills-128.mp3




Homelessness on the rise in Hamilton

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:38:00 +1300

One year since Hamilton was declared homelessness-free, organisations working with those in need say the number is on the rise again. Last December The People's Project said it had housed all but two of the 80 rough sleepers it began with, but now they say they're working with 16.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0838-homelessness_on_the_rise_in_hamilton-128.mp3




Season's greetings from James Shaw

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:32:00 +1300

Season's greetings from the co-leader of the Green Party, James Shaw.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0832-seasons_greetings_from_james_shaw-128.mp3




Christmas greetings from Winston Peters

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:31:00 +1300

Holiday wishes from the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0831-christmas_greetings_from_winston_peters-128.mp3




Markets Update for 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 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-20171222-0830-markets_update_for_22_december_2017-128.mp3




'I don't think anyone would've bet on that' - Ardern's 2017 rise

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:26:00 +1300

At the beginning of the year Jacinda Ardern would not have put money on becoming Prime Minister. But, against the odds, by October she was. In this second report on the political year Brent Edwards looks at the events that propelled her to the top.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0826-ardern_would_not_have_put_money_on_her_being_pm-128.mp3




Urge for vaccine push after 'rapid rise' of mumps in Auckland

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:21:00 +1300

The Health Ministry is under pressure from Auckland district health boards and others to mount a nationwide effort to combat mumps. There have been more than a thousand cases of mumps in Auckland this year, prompting the regional public health service to label it an epidemic. Both the three DHBs and the health service say there's a real chance of mumps spreading as families move about during the holidays. They're also worried that unless gaps in those vaccinated with the Measles Mumps and Rubella, or MMR vaccine, are tackled, a more serious measles outbreak will follow. The public health director at the Health Ministry is Dr Caroline McElnay, she joins Susie Ferguson with the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0821-urge_for_vaccine_push_after_rapid_rise_of_mumps_in_auckland-128.mp3




Jewish community disappointed NZ bowing to 'UN bullies'

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:15:00 +1300

New Zealand has voted for a UN resolution criticising the United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In total, 128 countries voted for the the resolution. Only nine countries voted in support the US. This was in spite of threats from President Trump to cut financial aid to those nations who voted against his decision. Thirty-five nations abstained. Earlier this month, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters reacted to the news the US was to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Minister has declined to be interviewed, but says: "You will be aware of the outcome of the vote in the UN General Assembly on the Status of Jerusalem. New Zealand voted in favour of the resolution, alongside the majority of UN Member States. The resolution reflects New Zealand's long held support for a two state solution to the conflict. The resolution called for the acceleration of efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. This is something we all can support." But the Director of the Israel Institute of New Zealand David Cumin tells Guyon Espiner he's disappointed at the vote.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0815-jewish_community_disappointed_nz_bowed_to_un_bullies-128.mp3




A New Zealander one of 18 injured in Melbourne

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:10:00 +1300

A New Zealander is one of 18 people who were injured by a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians in Melbourne. Eighteen people were injured, four critically, after a man drove the car at 100 kilometres an hour into Christmas shoppers outside Melbourne's Flinders Street Railway Station. Police say it was a deliberate act but do not suspect a terrorism link. The ABC's Jonathan Hair is in Melbourne, he joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0810-a_new_zealander_one_of_19_injured_in_melbourne-128.mp3




Sports News for 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0806-sports_news_for_22_december_2017-128.mp3




Auckland City Mission expects 2000 for Christmas lunch

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:49:00 +1300

A lot of people are already feeling the stress of getting the perfect Christmas lunch ready knowing there's going to be a lot of people at the family dinner table. Spare a thought then for the Auckland City Mission. It's putting on its traditional Christmas lunch on Monday, and is expecting to feed 2000 people. The head of the City Mission in Auckland is Chris Farrelly. He tells Guyon Espiner what they're planning.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0749-auckland_city_mission_expects_2000_for_christmas_lunch-128.mp3




Police urge caution as road toll highest since 2010

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:46:00 +1300

Four people have been killed on the roads this week, and the road toll is now the highest since 2010 when 375 people died. And with the festive holiday season about to begin, police want motorists to make road safety a top priority. Assistant Commissioner of Road Policing Sandra Venable joins us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0746-police_urge_caution_as_road_toll_highest_since_2010-128.mp3




Hopes sea lion deaths will drop with Fisheries limit

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:41:00 +1300

The number of sea lions the fisheries industry is allowed to kill accidentally each year is being cut - from 68 to 38. The new limit is in the southern squid fishing plan, published yesterday by the Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash. If more than 38 sea lion deaths are recorded then the squid fishery will be closed. The lower limit is being welcomed by Forest and Bird as a positive step forward. It's spokesman is Geoff Keey, he joins us to discuss.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0741-fisheries_plan_hopes_to_reduce_number_of_sea_lion_deaths-128.mp3




OIO rejects questions about Chinese company

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:38:00 +1300

A business journalist based in China says there are major unanswered questions about the Chinere firm whose bid to buy UDC Finance has been rejected. The ANZ Bank agreed to sell UDC to China's HNA Group for $660 million in January. But that got the thumbs-down yesterday from the Overseas Investment Office, which cited a lack of clarity over HNA's ownership for refusing to allow the sale. The Asian editor of the Financal Times, Jamil Anderlini, says ownership of the massive firm is murky, and China's government is worried too.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0738-oio_rejects_questions_about_chinese_company-128.mp3




Merry Christmas from National leader Bill English

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:35:00 +1300

Holiday greetings from the leader of the National Party, Bill English.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0735-merry_christmas_from_national_leader_bill_english-128.mp3







The forecast of Christmas day from Metservice

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:28:00 +1300

It's been a hot and dry December and the big question for many is will it be that way on Christmas Day? MetService's Lisa Murray joins us with the forecast.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0728-the_forecast_of_christmas_day_from_metservice-128.mp3




Police pay thousands after destroying legal hemp crop

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:26:00 +1300

The Police will be reimbursing a legal hemp grower after destroying an estimated $16,000-worth of plants. Just one day after the government took the first step to open up the gates for the medical cannabis industry, police officers ripped out an entire crop of legal hemp in Ruatoria. The owner of the crop is Willie Kaa who was growing the hemp for Hikurangi Hemp. Hikurangi Hemp's director is Manu Caddie.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0726-police_pay_thousands_after_destroying_legal_hemp_crop-128.mp3




Mumps epidemic: Calls for Health Ministry help

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:25:00 +1300

Auckland health leaders are calling for help from the Health Ministry as an epidemic of mumps grows. There have been more than a thousand cases of mumps in the region this year, because of gaps in immunisation among those aged 10 to 29. The region's district health boards and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service want action to boost immunisation, using the Measles Mumps and Rubella, or MMR vaccine. They warn that if it doesn't happen, the Auckland epidemic will continue spreading nationwide, and could result in a measles outbreak too. Following it closely is the head of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, Nikki Turner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0725-mumps_epidemic_calls_for_health_ministry_help-128.mp3




NZ votes against US at UN over Jerusalem

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:14:00 +1300

New Zealand is one of 128 nations who supported a UN resolution criticising the United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Thirty five nations - including Australia, Fiji and Canada - abstained. Only nine nations voted against the resolution - Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. The non-binding resolution illustrates the lingering repercussions of Donald Trump's decision, which upended decades of American policy, defied world opinion and undercut the United States' position as a potential broker of a peaceful deal in the region. Ahead of the vote, President Trump threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that went against America. Speaking to the General Assembly ahead of the vote, the United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley reiterated that. US correspondent LiLing Tan says it pips the US against the other members of the UN.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0714-nz_votes_against_us_at_un_over_jerusalem-128.mp3




Sports News for 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0706-sports_news_for_22_december_2017-128.mp3




David Seymour wishes NZ a Merry Christmas

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:52:00 +1300

Season's greetings from the leader of the Act Party, David Seymour


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0652-christmas_from_the_act_party-128.mp3




Business News for 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 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-20171222-0649-business_news_for_22_december_2017-128.mp3




Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision struggling, urges more funding

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:44:00 +1300

New Zealand's only national audiovisual archive says it will have to cut back services if it doesn't get more money. Nga Taonga has already dumped the ambitious targets the Government set for allowing people to view old television footage online when it became obvious it couldn't deliver.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0644-struggling_audiovisual_archive_calls_for_more_funding-128.mp3







Early Business News for 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 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-20171222-0620-early_business_news_for_22_december_2017-128.mp3




Stories of beneficiaries' lives delivered to Parliament

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:20:00 +1300

A book telling the stories of 200 beneficiaries have been hand delivered to Parliament by a group of artists demanding a more compassionate welfare system. The book, called We Are Beneficiaries was collated by the artist Sam Orchard, who says the work was motivated by the former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei's decision to speak out about her life as a beneficiary.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0620-stories_of_beneficiaries_lives_delivered_to_parliament-128.mp3




Sports News for 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0606-sports_news_for_22_december_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Friday 22 December 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:00:00 +1300

Christmas carnage as a motorist deliberately mows down shoppers on Melbourne's busiest street, New Zealand has gone against the US in a UN vote over Israel's capital, and Auckland health authorities plead for help to contain the widening mumps epidemic.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171222-0600-top_stories_for_friday_22_december_2017-128.mp3




'Jacindamania' wins Public Address' Word of the Year

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:56:00 +1300

'Jacindamania' is picked by Public Address readers as the 2017 Word of the Year. Last year readers of the blog, Public Address, picked an international array of words in the annual Word of the Year poll, with post-truth becoming the winning word. This year, readers of Russell Brown's blog have voted for a word that's a little closer to home.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171221-0856-jacindamania_wins_public_address_word_of_the_year-128.mp3




Taranaki tourism booming off back of Lonely Planet gong

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:52:00 +1300

Taranaki is enjoying a tourism boom after the travel bible Lonely Planet named it the second best region in the world to visit in 2017. But while visitor numbers are up and they're spending more, not everyone is cashing in just yet and it appears some tourists, at least, didn't get the memo.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171221-0852-taranaki_tourism_booming_off_back_of_lonely_planet_gong-128.mp3




Fitting power safety devices a 'massive task' - holiday parks

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:45:00 +1300

The friend of a man electrocuted after cutting through a power cord at a campsite says a coroner's recommendations could save lives. Holiday parks across the country are working to install safety devices at power boxes - but there'll still be 20,000 power sites without them this summer.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171221-0845-fitting_power_safety_devices_a_massive_task_-_holiday_parks-128.mp3