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Could the Tasmanian tiger still be alive?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:55:00 +1300

Researchers in Cairns have launched a full search for the Tasmanian tiger, thought to have died out from the Australian mainland two thousand years ago, after 'plausible' possible sightings of the animal in northern Queensland.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0855-could_tasmanian_tiger_still_be_alive-128.mp3




Nelson's cathedral needs millions for seismic strengthening

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:53:00 +1300

Nelson's Christ Church Cathedral needs millions of dollars worth of seismic strengthening. And tthe public might be asked to help raise the funds so the building can lift its earthquake rating and be insured again. But questions are being asked about why the asset-rich diocese trust can't get on with the job by itself.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0853-nelsons_cathedral_needs_millions_for_seismic_strengthening-128.mp3




UK begins divorce process from EU

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:50:00 +1300

Matthew Elliott , the former chief executive of the successful Vote Leave campaign, says the 350 million pounds a week the campaign pledged to the NHS may still happen.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0850-uk_begins_divorce_process_from_eu-128.mp3




Post Debbie cleanup could 'take weeks'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:44:00 +1300

"There is debris everywhere, there are signs down, trees across roads, trees across cars, trees across everything." Reporter Tessa Hardy is in Bowen where they are mopping up after Cyclone Debbie.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0844-post_debbie_cleanup_could_take_weeks-128.mp3




RMA overhaul gets thumbs up from Environmental Defence Society

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:39:00 +1300

The Environmental Defence Society chief executive Gary Taylor explains why his organisation is welcoming the Productivity Commission's proposal to rewrite the Resource Management Act.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0839-rma_overhaul_gets_thumbs_up_from_environmental_defence_society-128.mp3




Cancer screening programme more limited than hoped

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:37:00 +1300

The Health Ministry is strongly defending a decision that means people in their 50s must keep waiting to be screened for a bowel cancer, a major killer.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0837-cancer_screening_programme_more_limited_than_hoped-128.mp3




Markets Update for 30 March 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:29:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170330-0829-markets_update_for_30_march_2017-128.mp3




Children's Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:18:00 +1300

The Children's Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft says for the new children's social welfare agency - Oranga Tamariki - is going to be well resourced and professional social work services. He says 1 April "won't be a nirvana" but by that date, they need to know where their prioirty areas are.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0818-childrens_commissioner_judge_andrew_becroft-128.mp3




CYF pinning hopes on new Ministry for Vulnerable Children

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:16:00 +1300

Just two days before Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, comes into existence, it's short of frontline social workers. Surprisingly it says it's still analysing data and can't yet say where the shortages are. The lack of resources has been highlighted by a crisis in Masterton, where staff had to be called in from other areas after Family Court judges said they were concerned a backlog of cases was putting families in danger.The Ministry of Social Development's Chief Social Worker, Paul Nixon, says urgent steps have been taken to make sure the Masterton CYF office performs properly.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0816-cyf_pinning_hopes_on_new_ministry_for_vulnerable_children-128.mp3




Stranded passengers get run around from Air NZ

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:14:00 +1300

One of the passengers who have been stuck in Wellington is Vickie Davis of Ngatimoti near Nelson. She stepped up to help out some of the older passengers and those who needed a bit of extra help. "We were pretty much told there is a pile of pillows and blankets and you'll be bunking down for the night."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0814-stranded_passengers_get_run_around_from_air_nz-128.mp3




Flights at Wellington airport starting to resume as fog lifts

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:10:00 +1300

Flights at Wellington Airport are starting to resume after more than one hundred were cancelled due to fog yesterday. The airport says one Air New Zealand flight has managed to land this morning, and Jetstar flights have departed from Auckland and Christchurch to the capital.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0810-flights_at_wellington_airport_starting_to_resume_as_fog_lifts-128.mp3




Sports News for 30 March 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0806-sports_news_for_30_march_2017-128.mp3




E-cigarettes just replace one addiction with another-

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:50:00 +1300

The Government says vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking cigarettes, with associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner encouraging journalists to try it, as Joanna MacKenzie reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0750-e-cigarettes_just_replace_one_addiction_with_another--128.mp3




Security analyst Paul Buchanan sifts through Hit & Run claims

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:42:00 +1300

Amid claim and counter claim about the exact location of the deadly SAS raid at the centre of the Hit and Run allegations, the Prime Minister Bill English says there is still no credible evidence of civilian casualties. But security analyst Paul Buchanan this has to be investigated. "These are very serious charges."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0742-security_analyst_paul_buchanan_sifts_through_hit_and_run_claims-128.mp3




Britain triggers Article 50 to start 'historic' Brexit process

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:36:00 +1300

Britain has formally begun the process of exiting the European Union. Overnight, the country's Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50. "This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back," she told the UK parliament.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0736-britain_triggers_article_50_to_start_historic_brexit_process-128.mp3




More allegations of tertiary education problems

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:27:00 +1300

Academic staff say government targets and tight finances are resulting in dumbing down and dubious practices, as our education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0727-more_allegations_of_tertiary_education_problems-128.mp3




CYF pinning hopes on new Ministry for Vulnerable Children

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:20:00 +1300

Child Youth and Family pinning its hopes for improvement on the change to the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, following a scatching Family Court ruling, suggesting the agency was 'fiscally driven.'


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0720-cyf_pinning_hopes_on_new_ministry_for_vulnerable_children-128.mp3




Locals help out stranded passengers at Wellington airport

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:19:00 +1300

Wellingtonian Jeff Weir went to the airport last night to offer a bed to a couple of stranded passengers. "One's in the sleep out, one's in the lounge... We don't need to wait for an earthquake to help somebody who's stranded."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0719-locals_help_out_stranded_passengers_at_wellington_airport-128.mp3




Foggy rage descends on Wellington airport

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:09:00 +1300

Wellington airport is still closed because of fog. Our reporter Jacob McSweeny is at the airport where some passengers spent a frustrating night. He says passengers need to go through their individual airlines to find out when they will be flying.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0709-wellington_airport_still_closed_because_of_fog-128.mp3




Sports News for 30 March 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0706-sports_news_for_30_march_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 30 march 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170330-0649-business_news_for_30_march_2017-128.mp3




CYF admits shortage of social workers ahead of ministry change

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:46:00 +1300

Lucy Sandford-Reed, the executive officer at the Association of Social Workers, says a 2014 review shows a shortage of social workers is not new. "What I hear from my members is that very little has changed and I find it slightly strange that they're now saying they're only now looking at and analysing staff needs and where the shortages are."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0646-cyf_admits_shortage_of_social_workers_ahead_of_ministry_change-128.mp3




MetService says fog will clear

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:36:00 +1300

It's still foggy in Wellington and that is preventing any flights in or out of the capital. And Dunedin also has fog shrouding its airport- and there are no flights to or from there.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0636-metservice_says_fog_will_clear-128.mp3







Early Business News for 30 March 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170330-0620-early_business_news_for_30_march_2017-128.mp3




Ball is in Brussels' court after Britain triggers Brexit

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:15:00 +1300

After 44 years of membership, Britain has formally notified the European Union that it is leaving. Overnight, the country's Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 -- the exit clause of the Treaty of Lisbon.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0615-ball_is_in_brussels_court_after_britain_triggers_brexit-128.mp3




Hundreds of would-be passengers slept at Wellington Airport

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:09:00 +1300

"Nobody's around and every now and then they will come past and give you a bottle of water if you're lucky." Frustration as plane passengers have to sleep in the Wellington airport terminal after fog stops flights.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0609-hundreds_of_would-be_passengers_slept_at_wellington_airport-128.mp3




Sports News for 30 March 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0606-sports_news_for_30_march_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Thursday 30 March 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +1300

Wellington airport still closed because of fog, Locals help out stranded passengers at Wellington airport, CYF pinning all hopes on change to new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, More allegations of tertiary education problems, Britain triggers Article 50 to start 'historic' Brexit process, Security analyst Paul Buchanan sifts through Hit & Run claims


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170330-0600-top_stories_for_thursday_30_march_2017-128.mp3




New resource to help Maori raising gay, gender-diverse children

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:51:00 +1300

A booklet's been published that aims to help Maori families who are struggling to talk with their young gay people, as Leigh Marama McLachlan reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0851-new_resource_to_help_maori_raising_gay_gender-diverse_children-128.mp3




Council criticised over plan to rezone land for housing

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:47:00 +1300

A plan to rezone 125 hectares of low lying land in Christchurch faces opposition, with critics saying enough land is already available for housing in the city, as our Christchurch reporter Logan Church explains.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0847-council_criticised_over_plan_to_rezone_land_for_housing-128.mp3




Tertiary staff stressed, overworked

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:43:00 +1300

The Tertiary Education Union is warning of a crisis in universities and polytechnics, as our education correspondent John Gerritsen explains.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0843-tertiary_staff_stressed_overworked-128.mp3




Waikato medical school proposal fights off challenge

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:38:00 +1300

The battle comes as a Waikato GP celebrates an anniversary that is becoming rare in rural communities struggling to attract doctors, as Jo O'Brien reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0838-waikato_medical_school_proposal_fights_off_challenge-128.mp3




Markets Update for 29 March 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:29:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170329-0829-markets_update_for_29_march_2017-128.mp3




Government advised to rip up RMA and start again

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:25:00 +1300

The Productivity Commission has told the government that it should rip up the Resource Management Act and start again. The Finance Minister Steven Joyce says New Zealand political parties need to think about the Commission's arguments going into the election "You can't complain about the RMA and not be prepared to make changes."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0825-government_advised_to_rip_up_rma_and_start_again-128.mp3




Wairarapa's CYF services in 'dire need' of improvement- mayor

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:21:00 +1300

Masterton's mayor Lynn Patterson says there is a shortage of social workers in the region, and that's putting pressure on the level of service being offered to the Wairarapa community.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0821-wairarapas_cyf_services_in_dire_need_of_improvement-_mayor-128.mp3




Lead exposure in 1970s and 80s leads to lower IQ - study

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:16:00 +1300

New research by the Dunedin Study has found a small but significant drop in the IQ levels of children exposed to high levels of lead in petrol in the 1970s and 80s.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0816-lead_exposure_in_1970s_and_80s_leads_to_lower_iq_-_study-128.mp3




Northern Queensland's wakes to damage from Cyclone Debbie

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:11:00 +1300

Northern Queensland is waking this morning to the destruction caused overnight by tropical cyclone Debbie. We cross to reporter Kate Kyriacou in Mackay.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0811-northern_queenslands_wakes_to_damage_from_cyclone_debbie-128.mp3




Sports News for 29 March 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0806-sports_news_for_29_march_2017-128.mp3




Scientist captures sounds of rare whales

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:55:00 +1300

The haunting sounds of whales travelling through Cook Strait have been captured in a pioneering sound project. NIWA marine ecologist Kim Goetz and her team put seven hydrophones in the Strait last June and after retrieving them in December are starting to see preliminary results.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0755-scientist_captures_sounds_of_real_whales-128.mp3




Black Caps in strong position on fourth day against Proteas

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:53:00 +1300

The Black Caps need just five more wickets to secure a test series-levelling victory over South Africa. New Zealand made quick work of the Proteas' top order, leaving the visitors on 80 for five at the close of day four of the third test in Hamilton.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0753-black_caps_in_strong_position_on_fourth_day_against_proteas-128.mp3




IT sector complains big companies not making enough money

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:50:00 +1300

The telecommunications industry body says big companies like Vodafone and Spark are not making enough profit. It blames too much competition, forcing them to cut prices to customers, as Eric Frykberg reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0750-it_sector_complains_big_companies_not_making_enough_money-128.mp3




Energy analyst says Trump's move gives miners false hope

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:46:00 +1300

Coal workers might have false hope in Donald Trump's executive order today to scale back climate change policies, says a former US State Department climate official.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0746-trump_to_sign_order_sweeping_away_obama-era_climate_policies-128.mp3




Trump to overturn Obama's plan to curb global warming

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:41:00 +1300

"We are going to put our coal miners back to work." President Donald Trump has signed an executive order which will roll back most of President Barack Obama's climate change legacy.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0741-trump_to_overturn_obamas_plan_to_curb_global_warming-128.mp3




Hit & Run villagers back authors account of SAS raids

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:36:00 +1300

Lawyer Deborah Manning is representing Afghans from the two villages that the books authors Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hager claim were raided by the New Zealand SAS in 2010. She says they'll be writing to the ministers later today about new information they say adds to the case for an inquiry.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0736-hit_and_run_villagers_back_authors_account_of_sas_raids-128.mp3




CYF responds Judge's criticism

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:33:00 +1300

Child Youth and Family deputy chief executive Murray Edridge responds. In a written statement he says "I am disappointed that we have not met the standards that the court, lawyers, caregivers and young people have a right to expect."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0733-cyf_responds_to_interview_over_unsolicited_photos-128.mp3




CYF threaten to take four kids off couple who sought help

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:27:00 +1300

A Masterton Family Court judge has accused CYF of wiping their hands of four children in a bid to save money, and ruled the children should stay with the couple - their great aunt and uncle - as Catherine Hutton reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0727-cyf_threaten_to_take_four_kids_off_couple_who_sought_help-128.mp3




Mother shocked court sent her pictures of dead son

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:21:00 +1300

"They were graphic, and they were horrific, and once you've seen that, it cannot be unseen". The mother of a dead teenager wants answers as to why she received a dozen photos of his body from court officials.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0721-mother_shocked_court_sends_her_pictures_of_dead_son-128.mp3




Report: Children exposed to leaded petrol suffer drop in IQ

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:17:00 +1300

The findings from the long-standing Dunedin Study suggest children exposed to high levels of lead in petrol ended up getting lower skilled jobs as a result. Our health correspondent Karen Brown reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0717-report_children_exposed_to_leaded_petrol_suffer_drop_in_iq-128.mp3




Cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc in Queensland

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:10:00 +1300

9 News reporter Tessa Hardy has been sheltering from Cyclone Debbie in Bowen, north Queensland. She says power is out where she is and nobody has been able to get out to assess the damage because it is still dark and too dangerous.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0710-cyclone_debbie_wrecks_havoc_in_queensland-128.mp3




Sports News for 29 March 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0706-sports_news_for_29_march_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 29 March 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170329-0649-business_news_for_29_march_2017-128.mp3




Grandparents group welcomes judge's crticism of CYF

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:40:00 +1300

The organisation Grandparents Raising Grandchildren says all too often Child Youth and Family is foisting vulnerable children on to family members with little or no help. A Family Court judge has harshly criticised CYF for not helping an elderly Masterton couple


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0640-grandparents_group_welcomes_judges_crticism_of_cyf-128.mp3







Early Business News for 29 March 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170329-0620-early_business_news_for_29_march_2017-128.mp3




New report suggests scrapping RMA and starting over

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:15:00 +1300

In a new report on urban planning this morning, the Productivity Commission says the Resource Management Act is constraining development while failing to protect the environment properly. But Commission chairman Murray Sherwin told our economics correspondent Patrick O'Meara it's possible to fix both of these problems.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0615-new_report_suggests_scrapping_rma_and_starting_over-128.mp3




Sports News for 29 March 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0606-sports_news_for_29_march_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Wednesday 29 March 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +1300

Cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc in Queensland, Report: Children exposed to leaded petrol suffer drop in IQ, Mother shocked court sends her pictures of dead son, CYF threaten to take four kids off couple who sought help, and


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170329-0600-top_stories_for_wednesday_29_march_2017-128.mp3




River relay breathes life into Whanganui River and marae

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:55:00 +1300

Local Maori have taken part in a relay along the winding banks of the Whanganui River to breath life into the area, as Leigh Marama McLachlan reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0855-river_relay_breathes_life_into_whanganui_river_and_marae-128.mp3




Final whistle for Lancaster Park

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:53:00 +1300

The Christchurch City Council has confirmed the demolition of the earthquake-damaged Lancaster Park sports stadium will begin this year. Lancaster Park Cricket club was one of the sports ground's first tenants when it was established in 1881. An act of parliament means the ground has to be used for sport and recreation. "We're certainly looking foward to being able to get back on the ground and for it to be turned back into green space," Ric Horsfall from the cricket club says.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0853-final_whistle_for_lancaster_park-128.mp3




Fired-up Invercargill residents form ratepayers group

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:49:00 +1300

Proposed rate rises, council conflicts of interest and a planned Chinese Garden are issues which have fired some Invercargill residents up so much, they've established a new ratepayers group, as our Otago Southland reporter Lydia Anderson reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0849-fired-up_invercargill_residents_form_ratepayers_group-128.mp3




Energy report on solar self serving - solar lobbyist

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:43:00 +1300

The chairman of the Sustainable Electricity Association, Brendan Winitana, says the report that says alternative energy is too expensive for low income families overlooks the different ways that consumers can buy solar energy - including a leasing arrangement that many people are taking up.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0843-energy_report_on_solar_self_serving_-_solar_lobbyist-128.mp3




New data shows investors shying away from property market

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:40:00 +1300

The investment property market appears to be cooling with Reserve Bank figures showing investment figures have eased off compared with a year ago. The figures show new measures designed to halt investment are starting to take effect.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0840-new_data_shows_investors_shying_away_from_property_market-128.mp3




Markets Update for 28 March 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:32:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170328-0832-markets_update_for_28_march_2017-128.mp3




Flavell defends Maori Land Reform bill

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:28:00 +1300

Minister of Maori Affairs and co-leader of the Maori Party, Te Ururoa Flavell, is sticking by his Ture Whenua Maori bill which makes sweeping changes to the governance and administration of more than 27,000 Maori land titles.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0828-flavell_defends_maori_land_reform_bill-128.mp3




International test of 5-year-olds raises fears

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:26:00 +1300

The International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study will assess children's emerging literacy and numeracy, and their social and emotional skills, as our education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0826-international_test_of_5-year-olds_raises_fears-128.mp3




Australia prepares for intense cyclone to hit Queensland

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:22:00 +1300

Towns along the coast are being "thrashed" as Cyclone Debbie closes in on Queensland. Hundreds of ml of rain have already fallen, there have been wind guts of up to 200km/hr, and the eye of storm is still several hours away. Allyson Horn of the ABC joins us with the latest on the catergory four cyclone.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0822-australia_prepares_for_intense_cyclone_to_hit_queensland-128.mp3




Lobby group says Belt and Road project to lead to better trade

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:17:00 +1300

Reviving the ancient Silk Road trade route and creating a new maritime 'Silk Road' could be a huge opportunity for New Zealand, the New Zealand China Council says. China's so called "Belt and Road" initiative will make trade with China easier by land and sea and New Zealand's just become the first Western nation to sign up. "This is really an opportunity for us to think about how we can contribute to this initiative which, as it goes forward. could well define the way in which trade and investment is done along that Belt and Road," says Stephen Jacobi, the executive director of the New Zealand China Council.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0817-lobby_group_says_belt_and_road_project_to_lead_to_better_trade-128.mp3




RNZ political editor discusses Defence position on SAS

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:10:00 +1300

Almost a week after a book made explosive claims about a New Zealand-led raid on two villages in Afghanistan, the chief of the Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating fronted up to media to say he's open to an inquiry being held. Our RNZ political editor Jane Patterson was there..


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0810-rnz_political_editor_discusses_defence_position_on_sas-128.mp3




Sports News for 28 March 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0806-sports_news_for_28_march_2017-128.mp3




Leptospirosis more common in dairy herds than thought

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:53:00 +1300

The first nationwide survey of dairy herds has found about a quarter have cattle with the potentially lethal disease, leptospirosis.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0753-leptospirosis_more_common_in_dairy_herds_than_thought-128.mp3




New house lending restrictions hit investors hard

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:50:00 +1300

Reserve Bank figures show loans to landlords slumped by a third to $1.15 billion in February compared with a year ago, as our economics correspondent Patrick O'Meara reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0750-new_house_lending_restrictions_hit_investors_hard-128.mp3




New Zealand First critical of Belt and Road partnership

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:42:00 +1300

Winston Peters has a number of questions about the promises being made by the government on infrastructure projects - where is the money coming from, who will get the contracts to do the work, and will the jobs go to locals?


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0742-new_zealand_first_critical_of_belt_and_road_partnership-128.mp3




Little says Defence inquiry still warranted

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:35:00 +1300

Labour's leader Andrew Little says there are still grounds for an inquiry into Operation Burnham. " I think the problem for the New Zealand Defence Force is that a few years ago they were denying there were civilian casualties.' Then it was 'if there were it was nothing to do with New Zealand. Now it's 'there may have been but it's unfounded.' I think for the sake of their reputation and New Zealand's reputation we still need to know what the facts are and we still need tht independent inquiry."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0735-little_says_defence_inquiry_still_warranted-128.mp3




Corrections union disturbed by Paremoremo privacy breach

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:27:00 +1300

"It's a situation that they shouldn't be in. Unfortunately it's not the first time this has happened but we want to make sure this is the last time it happens." The Corrections Association's national president, Alan Whitley, is concerned about a privacy breach by the NZ Police that put the personal details of six prison guards in the hands of violent inmates.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0727-corrections_union_disturbed_by_paremoremo_privacy_breach-128.mp3




Defence Force open to inquiry over Afghanistan raid

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:24:00 +1300

Lieutenant General Tim Keating has acknowledged there may have been multiple civilian casualites during Operation Burnham, which was carried out following the death of Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell who was killed when insurgents attacked his patrol.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0724-defence_force_open_to_inquiry_over_afghanistan_raid-128.mp3




'One Belt, One Road' significant to New Zealand

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:19:00 +1300

David Mahon, a China investment specialist and the chairman at Mahon China, says New Zealand signing up to China's 'One Belt, One Road' plan is significant. "It's a genuine first if you look at the MoU... It means China recognises New Zealand's historical relationship and it probably improves our chances of upgrading our FTA agreement."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0719-one_belt_one_road_significant_to_new_zealand-128.mp3




Belt & Road initiative could be huge opportunity for NZ

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:16:00 +1300

More Chinese investment in New Zealand and booming tourism numbers were a key part of talks yesterday between the Prime Minister and China's Premier, Li Keqiang, as our political reporter Demelza Leslie explains.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0716-work_begins_next_month_on_upgrading_china_fta-128.mp3




Tropical cyclone Debbie bears down on northern Queensland

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:12:00 +1300

25,000 people in northern Queensland have been evacuated as Cyclone Debbie nears the coast. The tropical cyclone is expected to bring torrential rains and winds of up to 300 kilometres an hour when it makes land fall. We cross to Bowen in the Whitsundays to talk to 9 News reporter Tessa Hardy.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0712-tropical_cyclone_debbie_bears_down_on_northern_queensland-128.mp3




Sports News for 28 March 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0706-sports_news_for_28_march_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 28 March 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:50:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170328-0650-business_news_for_28_march_2017-128.mp3




Aid workers in South Sudan fearing for their own safety

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:45:00 +1300

Aid workers in South Sudan are now fearing for their own safety after six were ambushed and killed over the weekend. Alex Snary from World Vision, has been in South Sudan recently where he says the crisis is building to the largest humanitarian disaster since 1945. He says we need to act now to get the food aid in when it's most needed. "The longer the delay, the more people are going to be affected and the greater the casualties at the end of the day."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0645-aid_workers_in_south_sudan_fearing_for_their_own_safety-128.mp3




Who will build Whangarei's new 4-lane highway to Marsden Pt?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:39:00 +1300

A rail campaigner says bringing in big state-owned China Rail is the only way the Government can get the 4-lane highway from Whangarei to Marsden Point built quickly.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0639-who_will_build_whangareis_new_4-lane_highway_to_marsden_pt-128.mp3







Early Business News for 28 March 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170328-0620-early_business_news_for_28_march_2017-128.mp3




New house lending restrictions hit investors hard

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:17:00 +1300

The chief forecaster at Informetrics, Gareth Kiernan, says tighter rules around lending to investors may keep a lid on the housing market for longer this time round.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0617-new_house_lending_restrictions_hit_investors_hard-128.mp3




Hager: Defence Force is trying to confuse public

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:13:00 +1300

"If Tim Keating is confident that they have done nothing wrong, there is a simple solution, they should have that full inquiry." Nicky Hager, co author of Hit and Run, says the Defence Force has not answered the central premise of the book - and is trying to confuse the public to dodge an inquiry.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0613-hager_defence_force_is_trying_to_confuse_public-128.mp3




Sports News for 28 March 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0606-sports_news_for_28_march_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Tuesday 28 March 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +1300

Tropical cyclone Debbie bears down on northern Queensland; Work begins next month on upgrading China FTA; 'One Belt, One Road' significant to New Zealand; Defence Force open to inquiry over Afghanistan raid; Corrections union disturbed by Paremoremo privacy breach; Little says Defence inquiry still warranted; New Zealand First critical of Belt and Road partnership.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170328-0600-top_stories_for_tuesday_28_march_2017-128.mp3




Restoring a history embedded in glass

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:56:00 +1300

A long-running project to preserve rare photographs held by the Nelson Provincial Museum, has been given a last-minute financial boost to help it over the finish line, as our Nelson reporter Tracy Neal reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0856-restoring_a_history_embedded_in_glass-128.mp3




Forget the red vs white debate- blue wine is the latest trend

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:53:00 +1300

"We wanted to create an innovation in the market, we wanted to make something different, we wanted to target people the traditional wine indsutry cannot target." Iñigo Alday, one of the founders of the Spanish start-up Gik, explains why they are making blue wine.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0853-forget_the_red_vs_white_debate-_blue_wine_is_the_latest_trend-128.mp3




Researchers want replacement for deciles

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:49:00 +1300

Education researchers are worried replacing the decile system will make it harder to monitor the impact of disadvantage on children, as our education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0849-researchers_want_replacement_for_deciles-128.mp3




Report: Electricity technology will harm the poor

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:45:00 +1300

The report says technology such as solar panels and high-performance batteries are likely to make 80 percent of low income people worse off, as Eric Frykberg reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0845-report_electricity_technology_will_harm_the_poor-128.mp3




Tax specialist with NZ link sues Uber for tax avoidance

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:39:00 +1300

A tax specialist whose early life was spent in New Zealand is taking Uber to court over tax avoidance. If he succeeds, the company would owe the British government hundreds of millions in tax.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0839-tax_specialist_with_nz_link_sues_uber_for_tax_avoidance-128.mp3




Markets Update for 27 March 2017

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:29:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170327-0829-markets_update_for_27_march_2017-128.mp3




"What Price Power" Former Green MP Sue Bradford slams Greens' deal with Labour

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:28:00 +1300

Left think tank spokesperson, Sue Bradford raises concerns that the Greens are making a mistake in their agreement with Labour. Dr Bradford says the Greens need to remember that not only centre and right wing votes matter. "This is the death knell for the Greens as a left party in any way, shape or form."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0828-sue_bradford_warns_greens_of_trap_with_labour-128.mp3




MPI senior manager taking Kaikohe's youth crime in hand

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:22:00 +1300

Youth crime in Kaikohe is about to get straightened out as an unlikely ally steps in. Senior MPI manager, Ben Dalton, who's from Kaikohe, is on a mission to help fix the problem.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0822-mpi_senior_manager_taking_kaikohes_youth_crime_in_hand-128.mp3




Chinese enterprises in talks to house workers on cruise ship

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:18:00 +1300

Chinese are among the bidders lining up now for what amounts to the country's biggest ever infrastructure project, the $3.5 billion city rail link, as Phil Pennington reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0818-chinese_enterprises_in_talks_to_house_workers_on_cruise_ship-128.mp3




Afghan Raids: requires police investigation not public inquiry

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:11:00 +1300

The Prime Minister has ruled out any immediate inquiry into into allegations New Zealand SAS officers were involved in civilian deaths in Afghanistan in 2010. But Wellington lawyer, Graeme Edgeler, says for New Zealand to meet its international obligations the allegations of war crimes should be investigated, but he thinks it shouuld be the New Zealand Police.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0811-afghan_raids_requires_police_investigation_not_public_inquiry-128.mp3




Sports News for 27 March 2017

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170327-0806-sports_news_for_27_march_2017-128.mp3