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How KFC chickened out

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:56:00 +1300

There are more than a few ruffled feathers in Britain as fans of KFC can't get their favourite treat. Seven hundred and fifty KFC outlets across the UK and Ireland have been forced to close because they have run out of chicken. A new delivery contract with DHL is being blamed. A food procurement expert Steve Jones says there are many questions that need answering. Joining us now is the BBC's Will Flockton who is also a KFC aficionado.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0856-how_kfc_chickened_out-128.mp3




Govt signs off on billion-dollar regional fund

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:52:00 +1300

Cabinet has given the final sign-off for the billion-dollar-a-year Regional Development Fund, and the checks and balances that will be put in place for any money allocated. The details of contestable fund - to be overseen by the New Zealand First Minister Shane Jones will be officially announced on Friday. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson joins us now to talk about how the fund is likely to operate.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0852-govt_signs_off_on_billion-dollar_regional_fund-128.mp3




Fletcher Building releases half-yearly results

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:51:00 +1300

Fletcher Building has just released its half year result. To tell us about it we're joined by our business editor Gyles Beckford.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0851-fletcher_building_releases_half-yearly_results-128.mp3




Revised TPP text to be revealed

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:46:00 +1300

The text of the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership and the effects of the trade deal on the economy will be revealed on Wednesday. The government will release the wording of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was agreed by the eleven nations involved last month. The National Interest Analysis, which estimates the benefits and costs of the deal to New Zealand, will also come out. RNZ economics correspondent, Patrick O'Meara, is in the studio.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0846-revised_tpp_text_to_be_revealed-128.mp3




Ardern, Peters payments Ministerial Services' fault - Hipkins

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:42:00 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters have been overpaid $12,000 and $9000 respectively in accommodation allowances. Ministerial Services Minister Chris Hipkins says the department is to blame. Ms Ardern and Mr Peters live in the last remaining ministerial residences, and that was the reason they were the only two ministers with overpayments. Mr Hipkins tells Guyon Espiner it's unacceptable and he's initiating a review of the system.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0842-ardern_peters_payments_ministerial_services_fault_-_hipkins-128.mp3




Hobson's Pledge action 'disgusting, racist' - Andrew Judd

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:38:00 +1300

A former New Plymouth mayor says the government needs to change the law that allows groups like Hobson's Pledge to challenge plans for Maori council wards. Hobson's Pledge has been organising petitions in five districts that are looking to bring in Maori wards. The group's spokesperson Don Brash says he's confident they will have the numbers ahead of today's deadline to force referendums in at least four of those five districts. A Maori ward can be challenged if five percent of residents who were enrolled at the last local body election petition for a referendum. Andrew Judd was the mayor of New Plymouth when the council's move to introduce a Maori ward was voted down in a landslide in a referendum. He joins us now.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0838-andrew_judd_speaks_out_on_hobsons_pledge_racism-128.mp3




Markets Update for 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180221-0830-markets_update_for_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Ardern, Peters overpayments unacceptable - Seymour

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:27:00 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Foreign Minister Winston Peters have been overpaid just over $12,000 and $9000 respectively by the Department of Internal Affairs. The payments were 'out-of-town' allowances MPs receive for accommodation in Wellington, but as ministers, Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters are not entitled to it. The money was overpaid during the period between late October to early February. Both have reimbursed the money and have received apologies from the ministry. ACT MP and member for Epsom David Seymour says it's unacceptable.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0827-ardern_peters_overpayments_unacceptable_-_seymour-128.mp3




Midwives 'dread every shift' at ADHB - Nurses Organisation

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:24:00 +1300

Auckland City Hospital managers have been accused of ignoring midwives' concerns about a staffing crisis for at least two years. Midwives, as RNZ reported this week, say they're over-worked, stressed and unable to provide proper care to mums and babies. And now the Nurses Organisation has backed them - saying Auckland DHB's claim that it's providing an excellent standard is a far cry from what's happening on the wards.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0824-midwives_dread_every_shift_at_adhb_-_nurses_organisation-128.mp3




Gita forces Kaikōura SH1 closure

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:21:00 +1300

State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikōura is once again shut, this time because of the weather. The highway north of Kaikōura was closed for more than a year after the 2016 earthquake and didn't reopen until just before Christmas. Kaikōura was drenched by more than three months' worth of rain yesterday, forcing the closure of both the main highway and for a time, the alternative inland route. The town's mayor Winston Grey joins Guyon Espiner with an update.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0821-gita_forces_kaikoura_sh1_closure-128.mp3




Gita: Buller checks for damage after strong wind, rain

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:18:00 +1300

Buller District Mayor Garry Howard tells Susie Ferguson they're checking for damage in the area on Wednesday morning, but they've got away relatively unscathed.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0818-gita_buller_checks_for_damage_after_strong_wind_rain-128.mp3




Gita: West Coast endures another major storm

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:15:00 +1300

It's been a rough night on the West Coast, as ex-cyclone Gita headed across New Zealand from the Tasman Sea. Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn tells us there's a huge amount of campers up and down the coast, and they're the major concern.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0815-gita_west_coast_endures_another_major_storm-128.mp3




Gita: Takaka Hill hit hard, tourists cut off

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:11:00 +1300

People may have to be ferried out of the Tasman region's Golden Bay, and food supplies may be shipped in if SH60 can't be opened quickly. About 5000 residents and about 1000 tourists are trapped by the road closure. Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne tells us many locals are waking up to flooded homes and farms. The worst hit is Takaka Hill he says. Engineers and Civil Defence have looked at the roads, and alternative routes for stranded tourists are being considered - including ferries, barges or flights. Another major issue is for dairy farmers trying to get milk out, he says.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0811-gita_takaka_hill_hit_hard_tourists_cut_off-128.mp3




Sports News for 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0806-sports_news_for_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Black Caps try to deny Australia the top spot

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:55:00 +1300

A win tonight over Australia in the tri series Twenty20 cricket final will not only give New Zealand some much overdue success against their trans-Tasman rivals, but also deny the Australia the mantle of world number one. Before the series Australia were ranked a lowly seventh - four wins in the trot over New Zealand and England has seen them shoot them up the rankings. But despite being odds on favourites, the fickle nature of T20 means the Black Caps can't be written off as RNZ sports editor Stephen Hewson reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0755-black_caps_try_to_deny_australia_the_top_spot-128.mp3




Hobson's Pledge 'confident' in fighting Maori wards

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:53:00 +1300

The lobby group Hobson's Pledge is confident it will have the numbers today to force referendums in four districts that are looking to introduce Maori wards. Its spokesperson Don Brash says there's no place for separate race-based political representation in New Zealand. But a former mayor says the government is allowing Hobson's Pledge to stir up and divide communities. Political reporter Benedict Collins has more.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0753-hobsons_pledge_confident_in_fighting_maori_wards-128.mp3




Homelessness on the rise in Tauranga

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:49:00 +1300

The number of homeless in Tauranga has jumped by almost 20 percent in the past year. The steep rise in house prices and the competition for jobs in the Bay of Plenty city has led to the number of people without homes rising to 470. But a hui on how to help the homeless in Tauranga is putting in place new ways to fix the problem. Sophia Duckor-Jones went to the hui and also spoke to some of the homeless.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0749-homelessness_on_the_rise_in_tauranga-128.mp3




Computer glitch forces 120 doctors to resit test

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:46:00 +1300

Some senior doctors will have to re-sit career-defining tests after an IT meltdown meant 120 of them couldn't finish online exams. The doctors who want to specialise as physicians and paedeatricians will now have to resit one of the most difficult tests they will ever have to do, and it's pushed some of them to breaking point.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0746-computer_glitch_forces_120_doctors_to_resit_test-128.mp3




Hundreds of drivers lose licences after bribery scandal

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:37:00 +1300

Up to 350 drivers have had their licences cancelled or have been required to re-sit tests after an investigation into bribes being paid for licences. RNZ has been looking at the official papers about the drivers licence fraud, which includes details of public complaints. One includes an allegation that for between $500 and $600, the testing officer parked up for the duration of the test and then passed the driver. Another complaint alleges for $3000 drivers could buy a heavy vehicle licence. RNZ Auckland reporter Edward Gay has the documents and he explains the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0737-hundreds_of_drivers_lose_licences_after_bribery_scandal-128.mp3




Toxic foam: Investigation spreads to Hobsonville Pt

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:33:00 +1300

Investigations into toxic firefighting foam contamination have spread to the Hobsonville Point development in northwest Auckland, and to Devonport and Whenuapai. The state-owned company building 1600 homes on the former Air Force base at Hobsonville still does not know if the Defence Force used the now-banned foam there. But it is saying it knows for sure it's not in the drinking water.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0733-toxic_foam_investigation_spreads_to_hobsonville_pt-128.mp3




Gita: Christchurch relatively unscathed by storm

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:26:00 +1300

In Christchurch the flood-prone Heathcote river had been expected to burst its banks around high tide on Tuesday night and residents were warned to be ready to evacuate. But less rain fell than expected and there were no forced evacuations and no reports of homes being flooded. Farmers have had a rough time though, and a number of roads have been closed. RNZ reporter Conan Young is out on the streets, and describes the scenes.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0726-gita_christchurch_relatively_unscathed_by_storm-128.mp3




Westport faces major mess after Gita, Fehi

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:23:00 +1300

RNZ reporter Charlie Dreaver is in Westport, one of the areas hit hard by ex-cyclone Gita. The sun is shining there now but more wild weather is expected, she says. Looking at the debris washed up on the coast, she tells Guyon Espiner it's hard to tell what damage is from Fehi and what's from Gita.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0723-westport_faces_major_mess_after_gita_fehi-128.mp3




Gita: Nelson-Tasman worst hit by wind, rain

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:20:00 +1300

The Nelson-Tasman region has been amongst the worst-hit areas of New Zealand as ex-cyclone Gita swept over the country. The state of emergency remains in place on Wednesday morning. RNZ reporter Tracy Neal tells Susie Ferguson the Takaka Hill road damage is significant - with large slips and large chunks of road washed away. About 1000 stranded tourist may be evacuated by boat, she says.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0720-gita_nelson-tasman_worst_hit_by_wind_rain-128.mp3




Gita: States of emergency remain in place

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:17:00 +1300

Thousands have been left without power and states of emergency remain in place after former tropical cyclone Gita whipped through New Zealand. Christchurch City, Taranaki, Nelson Tasman, Westland, Grey and Selwyn councils have states of emergency in place to deal with widespread flooding and disruption. The Buller District was also under a state of emergency but that has now been lifted. Civil Defence director Sarah Stuart-Black joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0717-gita_states_of_emergency_remain_place-128.mp3




Gita: Thousands without power, stranded after storm

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:12:00 +1300

Thousands of people are without power and Kaikoura and Collingwood are cut off after the tail of Cyclone Gita lashed the South Island and Taranaki last night. Winds gusting up to 140km/h brought down powerlines, trees, and flipped vehicles on the West Coast and Taranaki. States of emergency were in place in Christchurch City, including Banks Peninsula, and Selwyn, Buller, Grey and Westland Districts, and Taranaki and Nelson Tasman regions. The road on the Riwaka side of the Takaka Hill has been severely damaged in several places stranding 5000 Golden Bay residents and a thousand tourists. Emergency services will meet about 9am Wednesday to assess the situation. More than 1000 holiday makers are said to be stranded in Golden Bay, and dairy farmers will have business hampered by damage to the Takaka Hill. In Christchurch the flood prone Heathcote river had been expected to burst its banks around high tide late on Tuesday night and residents were warned to be ready to evacuate. But less rain fell than expected and there were no forced evacuations and no reports of homes being flooded there.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0712-gita_thousands_without_power_stranded_after_storm-128.mp3




Sports News for 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0706-sports_news_for_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Business News for 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180221-0649-business_news_for_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Tourists flock to Westland pub to wait out storm

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:48:00 +1300

It was a busy night at the Whataroa pub with dozens of tourists heading there to shelter during the storm. Two tour buses, with about 45 tourists on board, were forced off the road by strong winds and parked up in the small Westland town for the evening. Paul Campion was driving one of the buses and told RNZ reporter Nita Blake-Persen the pub had made them very welcome.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0648-tourists_flock_to_westland_pub_to_wait_out_storm-128.mp3




Gita brings heavy rain, wind, dozens of roads closed

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:45:00 +1300

Cyclone Gita has brought heavy rain and wind, downing trees and causing slips on roads around the South Island. Also SH1 on the Kapiti Coast is closed after a high tide washed water over the road, causing damage to the northbound lane. New Zealand Transport Agency's Neil Walker joins Guyon with the latest details on closures.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0645-gita_brings_heavy_rain_wind_dozens_of_roads_closed-128.mp3




Gita: SH1 closed, flooded at Pukerua Bay

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:41:00 +1300

The remnants of tropical cyclone Gita lashed the upper South Island and Taranaki overnight. The wild weather is expected to ease on Wednesday morning but many roads remain closed, including SH1 on the Kapiti coast between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki, where a surging tide swept over the road, causing damage. With the latest details, RNZ's Laura Dooney joins us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0641-gita_sh1_closed_flooded_at_pukerua_bay-128.mp3







Early Business News for 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180221-0620-early_business_news_for_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Gita: Takaka farmer 'lucky' to escape worst of storm

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:18:00 +1300

Paul Sangster is a Takaka dairy farmer and district councillor. He was out and about last night checking on the river levels as ex-cyclone Gita brought heavy rain. He tells Susie Ferguson he was lucky to escape the worst of the storm, but there are reports Takaka Hill was hit hard. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0618-gita_takaka_lucky_to_escape_worst_of_storm-128.mp3




Ex-cyclone Gita tears up Taranaki, South Island

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:09:00 +1300

First up the weather, the remnant of Cyclone Gita lashed the upper South Island and Taranaki overnight. It has now moving offshore to the south-east, allowing wind and rain to ease in many areas. In Taranaki and the top of the South Island, thousands of households are still without power after gales felled trees and power lines. Many roads remain closed.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0609-ex-cyclone_gita_tears_up_taranaki_upper_south_island-128.mp3




Sports News for 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0606-sports_news_for_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Top Stories for Wednesday 21 February 2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +1300

Roads are closed, power's cut and people are out of their homes after last night's big storm, it's been revealed hundreds of drivers have been caught out bribing testing officers to get a licence, and David Warner says tonight's T20 tri-series final in Auckland could be a record breaker


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180221-0600-top_stories_for_wednesday_21_february_2018-128.mp3




Plastic problem hitting NZ beaches, US experts warn

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:56:00 +1300

Plastic experts visiting from the US are warning New Zealand's beaches are covered in far more plastic-waste than we realise. Staff from the Five Gyres Institute - an international organisation working to reduce plastic pollution - are in New Zealand for a month-long tour looking at the problem. Nita Blake-Persen spoke to them.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0856-plastic_problem_hitting_nz_beaches_us_experts_warn-128.mp3




Farmers face hefty riparian planting bills

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:52:00 +1300

Taranaki farmers face hefty bills as the regional council toughens enforcement of its riparian planting programme to clean up waterways.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0852-farmers_face_hefty_riparian_planting_bills-128.mp3




Hobsonville Pt popularity too much for ferries

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:47:00 +1300

The unexpected boom of Auckland's biggest housing development at Hobsonville Point has left residents worried their commuter ferry may soon not have room for them. The development was created by the government and council as a model of medium-density living, built on public transport connections. But the ferry service which started with two sailings in each peak period, has become a victim of the development's own success. RNZ Auckland correspondent Todd Niall went out to the new suburb to have a look.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0847-hobsonville_pt_popularity_too_much_for_ferries-128.mp3




Josephine Bartley Auckland's first Pasifika woman councillor

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:46:00 +1300

Josephine Bartley made history this week, becoming the first Pasifika woman to be elected to Auckland Council since it became the super city. Ms Bartley was elected in a by-election for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward after Councillor Denise Lee stepped down, when she was elected as National MP for Maungakiekie in September.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0846-josephine_bartley_aucklands_first_pasifika_woman_councillor-128.mp3




First person to live 500 years is already alive - futurist

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:38:00 +1300

The first person who'll live for 500 years is already among us. That's the view of futurist Graeme Condrington, who is attending the Digital Nations 2030 summit taking place in Auckland this week. Mr Condrington is among the international guests joining local digital leaders for the conference, which intends to help plan for New Zealand's future as a digital nation. He talks to Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0838-first_person_to_live_500_years_is_already_alive_-_futurist-128.mp3




Markets Update for 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180220-0830-markets_update_for_20_february_2018-128.mp3




Auckland Council steps up kauri dieback fight

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:27:00 +1300

Patrols with enforcement powers could be headed for the Waitakere and Hunua ranges in new changes proposed by Auckland Council to combat kauri dieback. The council wants to extend closures to the parks and make footwear cleaning compulsory - with "stern penalties" for those who break the rules. The chair of the council's environment committee is Penny Hulse. She joins Guyon Espiner with the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0827-auckland_council_steps_up_kauri_dieback_fight-128.mp3




Lyttelton Port workers to strike after talks fail

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:23:00 +1300

The union representing the Lyttelton Port workers is planning to strike after a breakdown in talks about hours and pay. The Lyttelton Port wants to change people's hours of work so the port can operate 24 /7. The Rail and Maritime Transport Union's South Island organiser is John Kerr. He joins us now.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0823-lyttelton_port_workers_to_strike_after_talks_fail-128.mp3




National leader race up to five - political analysis

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:19:00 +1300

Steven Joyce has just put his hand up to lead the National Party, becoming the fifth candidate going for the leadership. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson discusses the race with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0819-national_leader_race_up_to_five_-_political_analysis-128.mp3




Complaint laid after Oranga Tamariki bungles child's report

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:14:00 +1300

A Masterton family lawyer says she'll be lodging an official complaint that Oranga Tamariki put out a misleading public statement about the welfare of a young girl. This follows the social agency's Wairarapa manager appearing before a judge yesterday to explain months of delays around the child's case. RNZ reporter Phil Pennington went to Masterton for the manager's appearance.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0814-complaint_laid_after_oranga_tamariki_bungles_childs_report-128.mp3




Westport still ravaged by Fehi, waits for Gita

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:11:00 +1300

MetService says the former cyclone Gita is running late but it remains on course to bring heavy rain, gales and heavy seas. Central areas are in for a stormy day, with widespread flooding likely and winds of up to 150 km/h. West Coast will bear the brunt of the storm. All schools in the Buller and Grey district are closed today and tomorrow. RNZ reporter Charlie Dreaver is in Granity, north of Westport. She's at the beach where a lot of debris from ex-cyclone Fehi has been washed up. It's expected to get worse, she tells Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0811-gita_storm_hits_westport_still_cleaning_up_after_fehi-128.mp3




Sports News for 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0806-sports_news_for_20_february_2018-128.mp3




US jury deliberates in murder trial of NZer Clinton Thinn

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:53:00 +1300

The jury in New Zealander Clinton Thinn's murder trial in California is considering its verdict. Thinn is the step-brother of National MP Nikki Kaye. Neal Putnam is a reporter with The Star News in Chula Vista and has been covering the case - he gives Susie Ferguson an update on the trial.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0753-us_jury_deliberates_in_murder_trial_of_nzer_clinton_thinn-128.mp3




Mark Mitchell joins National Party leader race

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:45:00 +1300

Former Defence Minister, police officer and war zone security consultant Mark Mitchell has confirmed he will contest the National Party leadership. Mr Mitchell is said to be a popular figure within the caucus but he admits he hasn't worked up his public profile in the media as much as his rivals Judith Collins, Simon Bridges or Amy Adams. He joins Guyon Espiner in the studio to discuss why he should lead the party.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0745-mark_mitchell_joins_national_party_leader_race-128.mp3




Steven Joyce joins National Party leader race

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:38:00 +1300

Former Defence Minister, police officer and war zone security consultant Mark Mitchell has confirmed he will contest the National Party leadership. Mr Mitchell is said to be a popular figure within the caucus but he admits he hasn't worked up his public profile in the media as much as his rivals Judith Collins, Simon Bridges or Amy Adams. He joins Guyon Espiner in the studio to discuss why he should lead the party.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0738-steven_joyce_joins_national_party_leader_race-128.mp3




'Life is not long enough for him' - sexual abuse victim

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:26:00 +1300

A man who was sexually abused by a Catholic brother when he was just six years old says a 33-year-jail sentence for the paedophile is not long enough. The convicted sex offender Bernard McGrath preyed on children in New Zealand and Australia where he's just been sentenced to decades in prison.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0726-life_is_not_long_enough_for_him_-_sexual_abuse_victim-128.mp3




Ardern 'not reading into' Labour's poll surge

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:20:00 +1300

Support for Labour has jumped strongly in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton political poll. The Party is now at 48 percent its highest level of support in 15 years but has come at a cost to its coalition partners. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is welcoming the result but says she's not reading too much into it. She talks to Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0720-ardern_not_reading_into_labours_poll_surge-128.mp3




Buller hunkers down as storm Gita hits West Coast

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:16:00 +1300

The West Coast of the South Island is expected to once again be walloped by heavy rain, wild winds and surging tides. More than 200mm of rain is expected along with 150km/h winds, and swells of more than six metres. The region has not called a state of emergency yet, but it has shut the Port of Westport and all schools in the Buller and Grey district are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Mayor of Buller is Garry Howard. He describes the morning scene.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0716-buller_hunkers_down_as_storm_gita_hits_west_coast-128.mp3




Flooded roads expected with ex-cyclone Gita

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:15:00 +1300

Flooding on State Highways 1 and 2 is likely as ex-cyclone Gita hits the country. In Kapiti there are predictions of waves up to 6.5 metres high. Joining us now is Neil Walker from the New Zealand Transport Agency.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0715-flooded_roads_expected_as_ex-cyclone_gita_hits-128.mp3




Gita: 'Significant' impact expected from storm

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:12:00 +1300

Cyclone Gita has been downgraded as it approaches New Zealand, but the storm is still bringing deluges of rain and gale-force winds. Wellington roads are expected to be hit hard, and authorities are urging commuters to stay home. About 60mm of rain is expected to fall before midday. RNZ's Eric Frykberg is on Wellington's streets and joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0712-gita_wellington_traffic_chaos_as_storm_hits-128.mp3




Sports News for 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0706-sports_news_for_20_february_2018-128.mp3




Business News for 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180220-0649-business_news_for_20_february_2018-128.mp3




Ex-cyclone Gita: Taranaki Port closes as storm hits

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:40:00 +1300

The Taranaki Port has been preparing for the stormy weather ex-cyclone Gita is bringing to New Zealand. Taranaki Port's chief executive officer Guy Roper tells us what the coast is looking like. "We'll close from 10 o'clock this morning, we'll put two ships to sea just ahead of the high tide at midday and we'll close the lee breakwater for safety which we normally have open for the public," he said. "The weather is relatively calm, the wind is strengthening, we've had quite a bit of rain overnight but it's pretty much on forecast." He said waves of 4.5m to 5m were forecast, which was not as high as the previous storm. "It's really the energy that we have in the harbour round the vessels. So it's the sea and the forecast waves that we've got - the breakwaters will do their job but it's a precautionary measure. "We're expecting the winds to be strong mid to late afternoon but what is of most interest to us is the high tide early on Wednesday morning so we'll have a review mid to late morning to update the position."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0640-ex-cyclone_gita_taranaki_port_closes_as_storm_hits-128.mp3







Early Business News for 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180220-0620-early_business_news_for_20_february_2018-128.mp3




Gita: Commuters urged to wait as wild storm hits

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:13:00 +1300

The Transport Agency says morning commuters in Wellington may miss the worst of the storm, but they could face a hard journey home. Commuters in Wellington were told to consider staying home, as the storm is expected to batter the capital. Highway manager Neil Walker told Morning Report the capital's transport network was prone to flooding in some areas, and that may cause delays later on Tuesday.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0613-gita_commuters_urged_to_wait_as_wild_storm_hits-128.mp3




DoC shifts thousands of campers as Gita strikes West Coast

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:10:00 +1300

Cyclone Gita has been downgraded as it approaches central parts of New Zealand. A big band of rain is still expected to hit the west coast from Taranaki down to Buller and Nelson. Rain is falling in Wellington, Nelson and around Westport. The storm is due to strike the region later on Tuesday morning is expected to bring gale force winds, heavy rain and storm surges. In preparation the Department of Conservation has been trying to shift an estimated 10,000 visitors on the South Island's West Coast out of coastal campsites and into towns for the approaching ex Cyclone Gita. DoC's West Coast operations manager Mark Davies spoke to RNZ reporter Ian Telfer last night and told him DoC is doing everything it can to keep campers and trampers safe.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0610-doc_shifts_thousands_of_campers_as_gita_strikes_west_coast-128.mp3




Sports News for 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0606-sports_news_for_20_february_2018-128.mp3




Top Stories for Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +1300

It's running behind schedule but Gita's on the way and chaos and damage is expected, Jacinda Ardern responds to a big surge for Labour in the latest poll, and Steven Joyce has just put his hand up to lead the National Party


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180220-0600-top_stories_for_tuesday_20_february_2018-128.mp3




Black Caps qualify for 20-20 tri series final

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:55:00 +1300

The Black Caps have qualified for the 20-20 tri series final against Australia at Eden Park this Wednesday, despite narrowly losing to England in Hamilton last night.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0855-black_caps_qualify_for_20-20_tri_series_final-128.mp3




Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:51:00 +1300

Thirteen Russians and three entities have been criminally charged for interfering with the 2016 United States presidential election on behalf of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton. A 37-page indictment alleges that Russian operatives "communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign". It does not however address the question of whether Mr Trump or his team knowingly colluded with the Russians. Meanwhile, Mr Trump couldn't help himself on Twitter - rather than discussing the deaths caused by gun violence in Florida last week, he instead chose to link the shooting with the Russia investigation. He wrote: "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0851-mueller_charges_13_russians_with_interfering_in_us_election-128.mp3




Stink bug forces three ships from NZ ports

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:44:00 +1300

Three ships carrying up to 12,000 cars in total have been turned away from the country's ports because of a noxious pest called the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. The insects were found on all levels of the three ships but the standard chemical used to control them would damage the cars' upholstery, making them unsellable - while another insecticide that kills the bugs is banned in New Zealand. And while the problem could cause a shortage of new and used cars, representatives from the horticulture industry are concerned about what the stink bug could do to their crops. Minister for Biosecurity Damien O'Connor discusses the problem with Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0844-stink_bug_forces_three_ships_from_nz_ports-128.mp3




National leadership race: Will Joyce, Mitchell join?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:40:00 +1300

Lobbying for the top job in the National Party will reach fever pitch this week, with Mark Mitchell and Steven Joyce also likely to declare their intentions on Monday. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson discusses how the contest is shaping up.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0840-national_leadership_race_heats_up_-_political_analysis-128.mp3




Markets Update for 19 February 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:34:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180219-0834-markets_update_for_19_february_2018-128.mp3




Tension grows between Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:28:00 +1300

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had a reportedly fiery meeting with his embattled deputy Barnaby Joyce at the weekend. As leader of the National Party, Mr Joyce is crucial to the stabilty of Mr Turnbull's coalition government and he's under mounting pressure to resign over his affair with a parliamentary staffer. The affair led to Mr Turnbull instituting a ban on ministers sleeping with their staff and publicly rebuking Mr Joyce's behaviour. In turn Mr Joyce lashed out at Mr Turnbull saying his comments on his affair were "inept and unneccessary". Yesterday, Mr Turnbull was playing down any fireworks that occurred during his meeting with Mr Joyce. Michelle Grattan from The Conversation joins Susie Ferguson with her analysis.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0828-tension_grows_between_turnbull_joyce-128.mp3




Māori Party to focus on kaupapa, relevance - president Che Wilson

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:24:00 +1300

The Māori Party held its AGM in Rotorua over the weekend where it elected a new president to replace Tukoroirangi Morgan. Mr Morgan's replacement has the difficult task of steering the party back from political oblivion and back into Parliament. He's 41-year-old Che Wilson from Ngati Rangi. He tells Susie Ferguson the party needs to focus on its kaupapa & how it can become more relevant.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0824-maori_party_elects_new_president_che_wilson-128.mp3




Civil Defence asks NZ to prepare for Cyclone Gita

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:20:00 +1300

Cyclone Gita is expected to move southeast across the upper South Island and lower North Island late on Tuesday and Wednesday bringing heavy rain and gales. Niwa's principal forecasting scientist is Chris Brandolino.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0820-civil_defence_asks_nz_to_prepare_for_cyclone_gita-128.mp3




Cyclone Gita to hit NZ with heavy rain, strong gusts - NIWA

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:15:00 +1300

Cyclone Gita is expected to move southeast across the upper South Island and lower North Island late on Tuesday and Wednesday bringing heavy rain and gales. Niwa's principal forecasting scientist is Chris Brandolino joins Guyon Espiner in the studio with the latest forecast.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0815-new_zealand_watching_out_for_cyclone_gita_this_week-128.mp3




Improving NZ cancer treatment 'not just about new drugs'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:10:00 +1300

The Cancer Society says 2,500 more New Zealanders would have survived cancer if they'd lived in Australia. The claim is based on cancer survival statistics in a new international report published in the Lancet. Doctor Richard Sullivan is a senior cancer specialist at Auckland City Hospital and the director of the Northern Cancer Network.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0810-australias_cancer_treatment_is_better_than_new_zealand-128.mp3




Sports News for 19 February 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0806-sports_news_for_19_february_2018-128.mp3




Intern abuse not confined to legal professsion

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:55:00 +1300

After last week's revelations about sexual abuse of interns at a large Wellington law firm, Universities and student groups have now confirmed abuse and harrassment is widespread across internships and work placements. The Union of Students Associations says young interns are particularly vulnerable and university managers are meeting next month to tighten their rules and better protect students. Their comments follow revelations several Victoria University students on internships at law firm Russell McVeagh reported being sexually assaulted by two senior lawyers two years ago.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0755-intern_abuse_not_confined_to_legal_professsion-128.mp3




Opposition leader must be flexible - Gerry Brownlee

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:47:00 +1300

The race to replace Bill English as National Party leader is in full swing with Simon Bridges, Amy Adams and Judith Collins launching their bids last week. Other contenders may come forward this week but in the meantime, rather than having Mr English on the programme for the National leader's regular slot, Gerry Brownlee speaks with Guyon Espiner from the Christchurch studio.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0747-opposition_leader_must_be_flexible_-_gerry_brownlee-128.mp3




Midwives slam staff shortages, culture at Auckland Hospital

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:42:00 +1300

The College of Midwives is so worried about the working conditions at Auckland City Hospital they've gone to the DHB's board. Midwives say low-staff numbers combined with a bad culture stemming from management - has led to some senior midwives leaving. But the Auckland DHB says it's affected by a global shortage of midwives and still provides an excellent standard of care.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0742-midwives_slam_staff_shortages_poor_culture_at_akl_hospital-128.mp3




Medicinal cannabis: Police opposed Health Ministry plan

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:37:00 +1300

The Health Minister went ahead with a plan to give the terminally ill full legal protection to use cannabis despite opposition from the police. Legislation now before Parliament means anyone terminally ill who's caught with cannabis will not have to rely on the discretion of the police or the courts. If their case gets to court they can present certification from their practitioner to avoid prosecution. In official advice to the minister some agencies were worried some people could use this defence as a cover to supply illicit cannabis.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0737-medicinal_cannabis_police_opposed_health_ministry_plan-128.mp3




Florida school shooting survivor describes traumatic day

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:25:00 +1300

In the wake of the last week's high school shooting in Florida, American gun laws are under fire from survivors of the massacre. Rising from the shock and horror of the shooting, in which 17 students were killed, is a survivor-led campaign to tighten gun laws. A march on Washington is being organised for March 24. One of the founding members of the #neveragain movement is Alfonso Calderon, he's a 16-year-old student at the school and survived the massacre by hiding in a closet with classmates for three hours. He tells Susie Ferguson about the traumatic experience.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0725-florida_school_shooting_survivor_describes_traumatic_day-128.mp3




Tongans gather in church in thanksgiving after Gita

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:23:00 +1300

It's been a week since tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga leaving many people homeless and some still without power. Despite this Tongans everywhere gathered in church on Sunday in a show of unity and thanksgiving. RNZ Pacific's Koro Vaka'uta reports from Nuku'alofa.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0723-tongans_gather_in_church_in_thanksgiving_after_gita-128.mp3




West Coast faces Cyclone Gita, just weeks after Fehi

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:19:00 +1300

Civil defence is warning people to prepare for power cuts, road closures and possible evacuation as Cyclone Gita approaches. MetService says the west coast of the lower North Island and the top of the South Island are in for a hammering when Gita hits. Civil Defence is warning people in its path to prepare for power cuts, road closures and possible evacuation. Ruth Vaega's living in a Westport rental - her house is still drying our after Cyclone Fehi ripped through and flooded the estuary side-home three weeks ago. She told RNZ reporter Laura Dooney she and her family are taking the threat of Cyclone Gita very seriously. The chief executive of the West Coast Regional Council is Mike Meehan. He tells Guyon how they're preparing.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0719-west_coast_faces_cyclone_gita_just_weeks_after_fehi-128.mp3




NZ cancer care falling behind Australia - Cancer Society

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:14:00 +1300

The Cancer Society says adult cancer care has stalled and a gap with Australia will widen unless more is done. Based on the latest international cancer survival results, the society adds that 2,500 more New Zealanders would have survived cancer if they'd lived across the ditch. A melanoma survivor, Leisa Renwick, says she needed strong family backing and funding to overcome barriers here. The society's calling for a 10-year strategy, greater planning and coordination and other fixes to improve care for key cancers. RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown joins Susie Ferguson with the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0714-nz_cancer_care_falling_behind_australia_-_cancer_society-128.mp3




Oranga Tamariki in court after botched care of child report

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:11:00 +1300

An Oranga Tamariki manager is being hauled before a judge in Masterton on Monday to explain an almost 3-month delay in giving the courts a crucial report on a young girl. The state child welfare agency says the girl's safety is not an issue but her lawyer disputes this. She says the agency eventually came up with a report in just two days, but only after the judge intervened. The girl's being looked after by an aunt.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0711-oranga_tamariki_in_court_after_botched_care_of_child_report-128.mp3




Sports News for 19 February 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0706-sports_news_for_19_february_2018-128.mp3




Business News for 19 February 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:50:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180219-0650-business_news_for_19_february_2018-128.mp3




Cancer Society calls for major changes to save lives

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:44:00 +1300

The Cancer Society is calling for major changes to cancer services to save lives. It says 2,500 more New Zealanders would have survived cancer if they'd lived across the ditch. The claim is based on cancer survival statistics in a new international report published last month in the Lancet. It shows the chances of surviving cancer in this country are among the best in the world. But Australia does better - specially over colorectal, prostate and lung cancer. The society's medical director, oncologist Chris Jackson, told health correspondent, Karen Brown, why.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0644-cancer_society_calls_for_major_changes_to_save_lives-128.mp3




Weather: Nelson braces for sting in Gita's tail

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:40:00 +1300

Nelson's mayor is warning residents to prepare as cyclone Gita heads towards the city. Just a few weeks ago homes were flooded and debris scattered up and down the coastline when cyclone Fehi hit. MetService says the west coast of the lower North Island and the top of the South Island are in for a hammering when Gita hits. Civil defence is warning people in its path to prepare for power cuts, road closures and possible evacuation. Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management director Sarah Stuart-Black says people should have grab-bags with essentials such as clothes, food and water, and a plan for where to go if they're evacuated. Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese tells Guyon Espiner about preparations the city is making.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0640-weather_nelson_braces_for_sting_in_gitas_tail-128.mp3







Early Business News for 19 February 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:21:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180219-0621-early_business_news_for_19_february_2018-128.mp3




Oranga Tamariki delays crucial child custody report

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:12:00 +1300

Wairapapa's chief social worker has been ordered to appear before a judge in Masterton on Monday afternoon to explain an almost three-month delay in providing a crucial report on a young girl. State child welfare agency Oranga Tamariki says the delay is unacceptable but insists the girl's safety is not in question. Her lawyer says it is. An aunt is currently looking after the girl. A Section 132 report in a custody dispute helps a judge decide who a child should live with long-term, and this one should have been done by the end of November last year. The girl's lawyer Jess Hunt told RNZ's Phil Pennington she's appalled at the delay, but says she's also alarmed that a report has now been hastily put together in just two days.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0612-oranga_tamariki_delays_crucial_child_custody_report-128.mp3




Sports News for 19 February 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0606-sports_news_for_19_february_2018-128.mp3







Top Stories for Monday 19 February 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +1300

Oranga Tamariki in court after botched care of child report; NZ cancer care falling behind Australia - Cancer Society; West Coast faces Cyclone Gita, just weeks after Fehi; Tongans gather in church in thanksgiving after Gita; Florida school shooting survivor describes traumatic day; medicinal cannabis: police opposed Health Ministry plan; midwives slam staff shortages, poor culture at Akl Hospital.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180219-0600-top_stories_for_monday_19_february_2018-128.mp3




Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:57:00 +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-20180216-0857-kerry-anne_walsh_with_news_from_australia-128.mp3




Kaikoura tourism reaps benefits of earthquake repairs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:48:00 +1300

Earthquake-ravaged Kaikoura has seen a boost in tourist numbers this summer, as visitors head back to the region following the rebuild of State Highway One north of the town.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180216-0848-kaikoura_tourism_reaps_benefits_of_earthquake_repairs-128.mp3




Challenging Maori wards on local councils 'racist' - councillor

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:41:00 +1300

Legislation allowing council decisions to establish Maori electoral wards to be challenged has been slammed as racist by a local body politician. The Manawatu and Whakatane district councils voted in favour of Maori wards last year, but a petition by lobby group Hobson's Pledge has since gained enough signatures to force referendums that could overturn those decisions. No other ward on a council can be forced into a referendum, and councillors in support of Maori wards say that is unfair. Te Manu Korihi's Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180216-0841-challenging_maori_wards_on_local_councils_racist_-_councillor-128.mp3




Markets Update for 16 February 2018

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:28:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180216-0828-markets_update_for_16_february_2018-128.mp3




Stephanie Dyhrberg speaks out on law firm culture

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:23:00 +1300

The law firm at the centre of sexual misconduct complaints by law students doing internships says its focus was always on the welfare of the young women involved. Victoria University has confirmed several of its students on internships at Russell McVeagh a top law firm in Wellington reported being sexually assaulted by lawyers two years ago. A senior partner at the Russell McVeagh Pip Greenwood told RNZ that staff had not been explicitly told about a zero tolerance of sexual misconduct at the time of the incidents. Stephanie Dyhrberg is an employment lawyer and worked at Russell McVeagh from 1990 to 1997. She tells Susie Ferguson of her experiences.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180216-0823-russell_mcveigh_ex-staffer_speaks_out_on_work_culture-128.mp3