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Ross Taylor joins Martin Crowe at top of NZ century scorers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:54:00 +1300

Ross Taylor's 107-not-out against the West Indies in Hamilton yesterday means he joins his mentor, the late Martin Crowe, and Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson at the top of the list of New Zealand test century scorers, each with 17. Shortly after Taylor reached his hundred, the Blackcaps declared their second innings at 291/8, setting the Windies a whopping 443 to win. Taylor's record-equalling feat is another step on the long journey from his days as a Wairarapa schoolboy cricketer under the tutelage of former coach Dermot Payton, who joins us on the line.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0854-ross_taylor_joins_martin_crowe_at_top_of_nz_century_scorers-128.mp3




Waipukurau's Agrilab turning cow placentas into beauty products

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:49:00 +1300

A small business in rural Hawkes Bay is cashing in on global demand for its health and beauty ingredients made out of animal by-products such as placentas, brains, and eyes. The ingredients are sent all over the world, and celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Simon Cowell and Victoria Beckham have used beauty products created from them. Rural reporter Alexa Cook headed to Hawkes Bay to find out more.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0849-waipukeraus_agrilab_turning_cow_placentas_into_beauty_products-128.mp3




Power companies keep anxious eye on dry weather

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:44:00 +1300

Electricity companies are becoming anxious about the weather. Weeks of blue skies are leaving water levels in their hydro dams sinking at a time of the year when they should be rising. Eric Frykberg reports that this raises a question mark over the certainty of the supply of electricity as far ahead as next winter.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0844-power_companies_keep_anxious_eye_on_dry_weather-128.mp3




Stretched school budgets force teacher-aide cuts

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:39:00 +1300

Many primary school principals have told their union they'll have to cut spending on teacher aides when the new school year starts because of budget shortfalls. Others say they're not sure they'll start the year with enough teachers. The Education Institute survey interviewed from more than 600 school principals. Forty-four percent said they were reducing teacher aide hours to keep costs down. NZEI president Lynda Stuart joins us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0839-stretched_school_budgets_force_teacher-aide_cuts-128.mp3




Markets Update for 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171212-0830-markets_update_for_12_december_2017-128.mp3




NZ resident fears for house in path of California blaze

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:28:00 +1300

Fires are now threatening houses in California's Santa Barbara County and thousands of people have been told to leave. The flames have burned through $230,000 acres in the past week and have destroyed more than 800 buildings. It's one of the worst fires in the state's history. Several firefighters have been injured and a 70-year-old lady has died. Lee Heller, who lives in Golden Bay, used to live in Santa Barbara and is monitoring her home there, which is in the path of the fire. She joins us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0828-nz_resident_fears_for_house_in_path_of_california_blaze-128.mp3




Lyttelton port workers stunned at boss' $955k pay

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:24:00 +1300

The port workers' union says revelations the Lyttelton Port chief executive was paid 955-thousand dollars last year is a slap in the face for his staff. Peter Davie was paid a salary of $597,000 and received two incentive payments - one was $209,000 and the other $149,000. The port's workers are in the middle of wage talks and have been offered a 3 percent pay rise. John Kerr is the acting general secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and tells us the payout is inflammatory, given they're in wage talks.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0824-lyttelton_port_workers_stunned_at_boss_955k_pay-128.mp3




Christchurch's long dry spell expected to end

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:20:00 +1300

The longest dry spell in Christchurch since records began is forecast to end today. Yesterday was the 46th straight day without rain in the city - eclipsing the record of 45 days that had stood since 1954. MetService is predicting rain will fall today. RNZ reporter Maja Burry is in Christchurch and tells us the lawn is very brown.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0820-christchurchs_long_dry_spell_expected_to_end-128.mp3




Greyhound trainer accused of using live bait

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:19:00 +1300

A top trainer could be kicked out of the greyhound racing industry if it's proved he used live animals as bait to train his dogs. The SPCA is investigating Brendon Cole after receiving photos in July which appear to show him tying what looks like an animal to a baiting lure. Eva Corlett reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0819-greyhound_trainer_accused_of_using_live_bait-128.mp3




Surgical mesh another 'unfortunate experiment'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:12:00 +1300

Another "unfortunate experiment" is how one woman is describing New Zealand's handling of surgical mesh. Yesterday MedSafe announced that from January 4 mesh implants will not be used for pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence because of the risks. It will still be used for other surgeries, including hernia repair. ACC has paid out more than $13 million in injury claims to hundreds of patients who had problems with the mesh in the past decade. Some of the injuries include the mesh eroding in the body, binding with other tissue, and causing extreme pain. Co-founder of the "Mesh Down Under" online support group Carmel Berry joins us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0812-surgical_mesh_another_unfortunate_experiment-128.mp3




Sports News for 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0806-sports_news_for_12_december_2017-128.mp3




New RBNZ governor 'very well equipped' - Don Brash

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:56:00 +1300

The chief executive of the Superfund, Adrian Orr, has been appointed as the new Reserve Bank governor. Mr Orr was deputy governor and head of financial stability at the Reserve Bank from 2003 to 2007. The appointment was announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson who says he has the right skills to lead the bank through a period of change under the new government. Don Brash is a former governor of the Reserve Bank and joins us to discuss the role.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0756-new_rbnz_governor_very_well_equipped_-_don_brash-128.mp3




'We need to pave way for our rangatahi' - Marama Fox

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:50:00 +1300

Tukoroirangi Morgan, the president of the Maori Party, has announced his resignation and has called for the party's co-leaders to follow suit. It follows a disastrous election result which saw the party pushed out of Parliament. One of the party's co-leaders,Te Ururoa Flavell, who lost the Waiariki seat to Labour's Tamati Coffey, has already announced he has no intention of standing in the next election. Marama Fox is the other co-leader of the Maori Party and joins us to talk about the future of the party.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0750-we_need_to_pave_way_for_our_rangatahi_-_marama_fox-128.mp3




Waikato DHB loses accreditation to assess water

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:47:00 +1300

The Waikato District Health board has lost its accreditation to assess drinking water safety because it lacks competent staff. The country's accrediation agency IANZ says the DHB is chronically short staffed with only one full time water assessor and one part-timer to do the job of 5 people. Just last week, the Havelock North inquiry revealed similar problems.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0747-waikato_dhb_loses_accreditation_to_assess_water-128.mp3




National left govt 'in good shape' - Bill English

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:33:00 +1300

Briefings to the new government's ministers have highlighted a series of problems they'll have to deal with. The documents were made public last week and show, among - other things - Auckland's housing shortage has steadily become worse over the past nine years, demand for social housing has sky-rocketed, the primary health system is not helping the most vulnerable, and pressures on New Zealand's natural resources are reaching a critical point. Opposition leader Bill English discusses the issues with Kim Hill.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0733-national_left_govt_in_good_shape_-_bill_english-128.mp3




Merry Christmas for some Edgecumbe residents

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:29:00 +1300

The Bay of Plenty township of Edgecumbe has fallen well short of getting all its flood-hit families back in their homes for Christmas - but not for want of trying. About half of the 250 families forced out by April's stopbank failure are back, including a score who'd feared the worst because they lacked insurance.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0729-merry_christmas_for_some_edgecumbe_residents-128.mp3




Surgical mesh limit long overdue - sufferers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:20:00 +1300

Women who've suffered acute pain from surgical mesh say it should have been banned years ago. Medsafe yesterday announced New Zealand would be the second country to limit the way the mesh is used. Surgical mesh will no longer be used for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, because Medsafe says the risks outweigh the benefits. But it will still be used in other types of surgery like hernia repair. Dr Stewart Jessamine is the Director of Protection, Regulation and Assurance at the Ministry of Health, and joins us to discuss the decision.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0720-surgical_mesh_limit_long_overdue_-_sufferers-128.mp3




'Attempted terrorist attack' near Times Square

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:14:00 +1300

New York authorities are calling an explosion at a bus station near Times Square an 'attempted terrorist attack'. Twenty-seven-year-old Akayed Ullah detonated a homemade device at the Port Authority bus terminal, injuring four people including himself. He is now in custody. New York correspondent Nick Harper joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0714-attempted_terrorist_attack_near_times_square-128.mp3




Head Hunters gang leader linked to money laundering

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1300

A High Court judge says there is evidence suggesting trusts and companies associated with the president of the Head Hunters gang have been involved in money laundering. An accountant with the Serious Fraud Office has filed an affadavit with the High Court saying the entities associated with Wayne Doyle received nearly $20 million in deposits - half of it in cash. RNZ's Auckland court reporter Edward Gay has been looking following the case and explains the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0710-head_hunters_gang_leader_linked_to_money_laundering-128.mp3




Sports News for 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0706-sports_news_for_12_december_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171212-0649-business_news_for_12_december_2017-128.mp3




Devastating California wildfires threaten Santa Barbara

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:45:00 +1300

The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City.And as thousands of firefighters try to tackle the flames, evacuations in Santa Barbara are underway as fires fanned by winds move quickly. US correspondent Patrice Howard describes the latest.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0645-devastating_california_wildfires_threaten_santa_barbara-128.mp3




SPCA investigates claims of live bait in greyhound training

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:45:00 +1300

The SPCA is investigating allegations leading greyhound trainer Brendon Cole used live animals as bait to train his racing dogs. Using live animals to train greyhounds is illegal. The SPCA's chief executive Andrea Midgen told RNZ reporter Eva Corlett it began investigating after being sent photos.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0645-spca_investigates_claims_of_live_bait_in_greyhound_training-128.mp3




Surgical mesh ban welcomed by campaigners

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:40:00 +1300

Women who have been fighting for a ban on surgical mesh for years feel vindicated health officials have finally acted, but wish it had happened years ago. From 4 January, mesh implants will not be used for pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence because of the risks. ACC has paid out more than $13 million in injury claims to hundreds of patients who have suffered chronic pain and infection from the implants in the past decade.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0640-surgical_mesh_ban_welcomed_by_campaigners-128.mp3







Early Business News for 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171212-0620-early_business_news_for_12_december_2017-128.mp3




Waikato DHB loses water-testing accreditation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:13:00 +1300

The Waikato District Health board is to continue checking Waikato's drinking water, even though it has lost its official accreditation to do the testing. The country's accreditation agency IANZ says the DHB is chronically short-staffed with only one full-time water assessor and one part-timer to do the job of five people. IANZ chief executive Llewellyn Richards told RNZ's Tom Furley there was no option but to suspend accreditation. He says the DHB's testing labs do remain accredited, and the Ministry of Health says DHB staff will continue doing tests until the situation is resolved.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0613-waikato_dhb_loses_water-testing_accreditation-128.mp3




Sports News for 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:06:00 +1300

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0606-sports_news_for_12_december_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:00 +1300

Head Hunters gang leader linked to money laundering, 'Attempted terrorist attack' near Times Square, Surgical mesh limit long overdue - sufferers, Merry Christmas for some Edgecumbe residents


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171212-0600-top_stories_for_tuesday_12_december_2017-128.mp3




Dogs sniff out invasive weed in Marlborough

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:55:00 +1300

Dogs are being used to sniff out the invasive weed Chilean Needle Grass. Dr Fiona thomson has been training Tahi and Narla to find the weed in the hope of helping prevent its spread.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0855-dogs_sniff_out_invasive_weed_in_marlborough-128.mp3




Te Puea Marae celebrates Kirihimete, thanks community

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:51:00 +1300

Hundreds of people filled Te Puea Memorial Marae this weekend to help spread a bit of festive cheer at Christmas at the Pa. It was a chance for marae staff to thank the community for backing the Marae's efforts to house and support homeless whanau during the last two years.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0851-te_puea_marae_gives_back-128.mp3




Waikato drivers hit new 110km/h limit on expressway

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:47:00 +1300

A new 110km/h speed limit has come into effect on two of the country's roads. One is a section of the Waikato Expressway between Cambridge and Tamahere. The other road is the Tauranga Eastern Link. RNZ reporter Laura Tupou was enjoying travelling the Waikato Expressway, but came to a crawl in traffic close to Hamilton when the speed limit dropped to 70km/h. She joins us with the latest.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0847-waikato_drivers_hit_new_110kmh_limit_on_expressway-128.mp3




Roadworks blamed for bottleneck at end of 110km/h road

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:42:00 +1300

A new 110km/h speed limit has come into effect on two New Zealand roads. One is a section of the Waikato Expressway between Cambridge and Tamahere. The other road is the Tauranga Eastern Link. Harry Wilson, New Zealand Transport Agency's road safety director, tells Kim Hill it's a balanced approach, as some road speeds will drop to 80km/h.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0842-roadworks_blamed_for_bottleneck_at_end_of_110kmh_road-128.mp3




Iraqis in Wellington celebrate IS defeat

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:39:00 +1300

Iraqis living in Wellington are happy to hear the Government there has defeated Islamic State - but say it will take a long time for the country to recover. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced yesterday the Government had won the war against IS, after taking control of the its last few strongholds.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0839-iraqis_in_wellington_celebrate_is_defeat-128.mp3




Markets Update for 11 December 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171211-0830-markets_update_for_11_december_2017-128.mp3




Australia-China relations rocky after Prime Minister's comments

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:23:00 +1300

Australia's relationship with China has become more fraught after Chinese officials took issue with comments made by the Australian Prime Minister about Chinese influence in domestic politics across the Tasman. Introducing legislation which cracks down on foreign political donations last week, Malcolm Turnbull pointed to media reports about covert interference in Australian politics by the Chinese Communist Party. The comments drew criticisim from the Chinese government, but Mr Turnbull is standing by the claims. Chief political correspondent at The Conversation Michelle Gratton joins us with the latest analysis.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0823-australia-china_relations_rocky_after_prime_ministers_comments-128.mp3




West Auckland bus routes face uncertain future

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:19:00 +1300

The new competitive system for contracting out public transport services appears to have hit speed wobbles in Auckland, with one operator trying to relinquish recently won routes. Pavlovich Coachlines would not comment but RNZ understands from industry sources that two other operators have declined to take over the routes. First Union which represents drivers, is blaming the new Public Transport Operating Model, introduced in 2013 by the previous government. RNZ Auckland correspondent Todd Niall has been looking into this, and joins us to explain.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0819-west_auckland_bus_routes_face_uncertain_future-128.mp3




CTV families hold protest in Christchurch

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:15:00 +1300

Some of the families of the 115 people who dies in the CTV building during the 2011 Canterbury earthquake protested in Latimer Square yesterday over the police decision not to prosecute the designers of the CTV building. They say they do want to see a prosecution go ahead, and they are seeking legal advice about what their options are.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0815-ctv_families_hold_protest_in_christchurch-128.mp3




NZ First takes a hit in Poll of Polls

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:10:00 +1300

The first RNZ Poll of Polls since the election shows voters are not flocking to the governing Labour Party, but the numbers for the three parties which formed the government are holding up well. National is still the most popular single party, but Labour and the Greens combined are now ahead of National. New Zealand First however, has taken a bit of a hit, compared with its election result. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson joins us now.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0810-nz_first_takes_a_hit_in_poll_of_polls-128.mp3




Sports News for 11 December 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0806-sports_news_for_11_december_2017-128.mp3




National shrugs off warnings about next election

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:53:00 +1300

The National Party is shrugging off warnings it does not have the allies it needs to help it get back into government after the 2020 election. Both the Maori Party and United Future lost their seats at this year's election. But as Brent Edwards reports, National's campaign manager Steven Joyce says it is too early to worry about that.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0753-national_shrugs_off_warnings_about_next_election-128.mp3




Callaghan funding favours business over research - scientists

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:50:00 +1300

Prominent New Zealand scientists are warning the government research funding agency Callaghan Innovation isn't working. The agency, named in memory of Sir Paul Callaghan, was created to strengthen the ties between the science and the business community through grants. But as Charlie Dreaver explains, scientists believe the focus and money has favoured business, rather than the research.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0750-callaghan_funding_favours_business_over_research_-_scientists-128.mp3




110km/h in force on two North Island highways

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:46:00 +1300

Higher speed limits of 110km/h are now in effect on two major North Island roads. The two roads - the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road on State Highway 2 and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway on State Highway 1 - were chosen because they're the safest in the country. RNZ reporter Laura Tupou just drove the Waikato section and tells us it felt like you owned the road.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0746-110kmh_in_force_on_two_north_island_highways-128.mp3




California wildfires rage into second week

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:42:00 +1300

Southern California's wildfires have raged their way into their second week, with authorities warning the fires could still continue spreading. The flames have burned through 80,000ha since last week and have destroyed more than 800 buildings. One person has died as a result of the fires. Correspondent in California Rachel Silverman joins us now.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0742-california_wildfires_rage_into_second_week-128.mp3




'Distinct parties, working together, that's MMP' - Ardern

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:28:00 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joins Guyon Espiner to discuss the latest political poll, tensions within the Green Party, foreign influence in New Zealand, and measures to introduce targets for issues like poverty into law.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0728-distinct_parties_working_together_thats_mmp_-_ardern-128.mp3




Green Party staff complain of poor treatment

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:24:00 +1300

Despite being part of the new Government, there's been some post-election blues for the Green Party with staff complaining of been poorly treated. RNZ has obtained a letter from disgruntled staff to MPs, highlighting problems of low morale, poor communication and unfair treatment. The year hasn't been easy for the party, which suffered untimely controversy around its leader Metiria Turei and an election result that saw the caucus almost halve.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0724-green_party_staff_complain_of_poor_treatment-128.mp3




Schools closed in race to fix Morrinsville water pipe

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:19:00 +1300

A broken pipe lead to a major leak last night which left some residents in the Waikato town without water. Half a dozen Morrinsville schools have been advised not to open today as a precaution. The Matamata Piako District Council Mayor is Jan Barnes joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0719-schools_closed_in_race_to_fix_morrinsville_water_pipe-128.mp3




Fuel shortages likely after Marsden Pt pipeline false alarm

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:16:00 +1300

Even though it was a false alarm, the shutdown of the Marsden Point pipeline could result in shortages at the petrol pump. The oil pipeline that runs from the Marsden Point oil refinery in Northland to Wiri in South Auckland was restarted last night after an alarm caused it to be shut down on Sunday morning. BP New Zealand says the outage is unlikely to impact ongoing fuel supplies, but any fuel shortages at service stations are expected to be intermittent and short-lived. BP's Managing Director Debi Boffa, who's also the spokesperson for the customers of Refining NZ, joins us with the details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0716-fuel_shortages_likely_after_marsden_pt_pipeline_false_alarm-128.mp3




Police appeal for witnesses after Papamoa beach fight

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:14:00 +1300

Police are appealing for witnesses after a large fight in Papamoa on Sunday night. A woman is in hospital with a suspected broken leg. Other residents say they heard gun shots, as well as people fighting with sticks, garden tools and bats. Several people were seen running through properties and multiple vehicles were seen leaving the address.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0714-police_appeal_for_witnesses_after_papamoa_beach_fight-128.mp3




Briscoes boss fights to land helicopter at Herne Bay home

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:11:00 +1300

The managing director of Briscoes is appealing against an Auckland Council decision that restricts how often he can land his helicopter at his new home. Rod Duke and his wife Patricia Duke are building a mansion on Sarsfield Street in Herne Bay - one of the wealthiest suburbs in the city. Their property has a boat shed which overlooks the popular Sentinal Beach Reserve. They have consent to transform it into a helicopter pad - but one of the conditions is that they only land and take off three times in the space of seven days. Sally Murphy has been looking in to this. She says the Dukes have taken their appeal to the Environment Court.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0711-briscoes_boss_fights_to_land_helicopter_at_herne_bay_home-128.mp3




Sports News for 11 December 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0706-sports_news_for_11_december_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 11 December 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:50:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171211-0650-business_news_for_11_december_2017-128.mp3




Family with botulism ineligble for ACC after eating wild pig

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:47:00 +1300

Supporters of the Putaruru family who contracted botulism after eating wild boar last month are in shock after being told they're ineligible for ACC. Subi Babu, her husband Shibu Kochummen and his mother Alekutty Daniel are now all out of hospital after being admitted nearly a month ago. The family's spokesman Joji Varghese says he doesn't understand ACC's position.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0647-family_with_botulism_ineligble_for_acc_after_eating_wild_pig-128.mp3




Iraq declares Islamic State war over

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:40:00 +1300

Iraq has declared a final and complete victory over Islamic State. Three years ago the militant group took control of about a third of Iraq's territory, but the country's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi says troops have now driven out the last remnants of the group. Iraq correspondent Fazel Hawramy has been following the story and joins us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0640-iraq_declares_islamic_state_war_over-128.mp3







Early Business News for 11 December 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:23:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171211-0623-early_business_news_for_11_december_2017-128.mp3




Future uncertain for west Auckland bus routes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:21:00 +1300

Uncertainty surrounds some bus services in West Auckland, with one operator trying to relinquish runs, just months into a new contracting regime. Pavlovich Coachlines would not comment, but RNZ understands at least two operators have declined to take over the services, because of the terms agreed with the city's transport agency. First Union which represents some bus drivers, blames the new, more competitive tendering system brought in by the previous government, and now part-way through it's Auckland rollout.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0621-future_uncertain_for_west_auckland_bus_routes-128.mp3




Sports News for 11 December 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0606-sports_news_for_11_december_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Monday 11 December 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 +1300

Police appeal for witnesses after Papamoa beach fight; Fuel shortages likely after Marsden Pt pipeline false alarm; Briscoes boss fights to land helicopter at Herne Bay home; schools closed in race to fix Morrinsville water pipe; Green Party staff complain of poor treatment; 'Distinct parties, working together, that's MMP' - Ardern; California wildfires rage into second week.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171211-0600-top_stories_for_monday_11_december_2017-128.mp3




Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:56:00 +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-20171208-0856-kerry-anne_walsh_with_news_from_australia-128.mp3




Herceptin study: 'Shorter therapy just as good'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:51:00 +1300

A new study has revealed that women taking the expensive anti cancer drug, Herceptin, have similar survival rates regardless of whether they take it for nine weeks or a year. In 2007 Pharmac was embroiled in controversy when it opted to fund just nine weeks of the costly drug, rather than a year. The incoming National Government went around the drug-buyer, paying for 12 months of treatment. The findings of the study, involving New Zealand women, were published at a breast cancer conference in the United States today. Vernon Harvey was the leader of the NZ part of the study, and discusses the findings with Kim Hill.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0851-herceptin_study_shorter_therapy_just_as_good-128.mp3




LA wildfires: Hundreds of thousands flee

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:47:00 +1300

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in Southern California as massive wildfires rip through the south of the state. The fires have already caused massive damage in Ventura, just north of Los Angeles. LA itself is covered in a thick layer of smoke for more than 24 hours as flames start to move closer to the city. Frances Read is in Los Angeles and joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0847-la_wildfires_hundreds_of_thousands_flee-128.mp3




No surprise at surge in social housing need - provider

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:42:00 +1300

Social housing providers say there is a huge demand for their services. A briefing paper to incoming Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has revealed demand has increased by 72 percent in the past two years. The providers says more people have become aware of the service and are now looking for help.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0842-no_surprise_at_surge_in_social_housing_need_-_provider-128.mp3




Govt considers changes to give Parliament more clout

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

The Labour-led Government is considering changes which could give Parliament more clout under MMP and force governments to share power. Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, wants to change the seating arrangement in Parliament and has suggested giving select committees more authority, including being able to change elements of the Budget. This could all be considered as part of a review of Parliament to better reflect MMP. For the full story, listen to Insight on Sunday at 8am.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0841-govt_considers_changes_to_give_parliament_more_clout-128.mp3




Senator Al Franken steps down over past harassment claims

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:40:00 +1300

The US Democratic Senator Al Franken has announced he will step down over allegations of sexual misconduct. More than 30 Democrat colleagues in the Senate had called for the resignation of Mr Franken, a former comedian who had been seen as a rising star in the party. Addressing the Senate, he said he been shocked and upset by the accusations from a number of women, some of which he has flatly denied.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0840-senator_al_franken_steps_down_over_past_harassment_claims-128.mp3




Markets Update for 8 December 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171208-0830-markets_update_for_8_december_2017-128.mp3




Widespread outrage follows US recognising Jerusalem as capital

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:25:00 +1300

Israeli security forces are using water cannon and teargas to quell Palestinian protests against Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city. Mr Trump's move has been condemned by international allies and rivals alike including Russia's Vladimir Putin and France's Emmanuel Macron. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Mr Trump's announcement is simply an acknowledgement of reality. Mouin Rabbani, senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies, joins us from Jordan. He says Trump's claim it will help the peace process is "beyond me".


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0825-widespread_outrage_follows_us_recognising_jerusalem_as_capital-128.mp3




MBIE admits to $10 million payroll problem

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

The Government has set aside $10 million to fix a payroll mess affecting 9,000 current and former staff at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Mistakes with holiday pay at MBIE came to light almost two years ago but so far no corrective payments have been made. The Ministry says it's a complex problem and is taking time to sort - it expects to resolve the problem some time next year. MBIE is the ministry responsible for ensuring all employers pay staff properly according to the Holidays Act. Meanwhile, its briefing to the incoming minister says it wants a whole new payroll system that ensures it is fully compliant with the law. David Jenkins heads the 1,100-member Payroll Practitioners Association. He tells us it's strange that MBIE has time to see others comply with the law, while neglecting to pay its own staff.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0821-mbie_admits_to_10_million_payroll_problem-128.mp3




Workers race to finish SH1 north of Kaikōura

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

Workers rebuilding State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura are scrambling to finish the job, with just one week left until it reopens. The South Island's main transport corridor was severely damaged in last year's seven-point eight magnitude earthquake. The road south of Kaikōura was reopened months ago, but the route north, which had nine major slips, has involved a massive reconstruction effort and is expected to open next Friday. One of worse slips was at Ohau Point, famous for its seal colony. The site manager, Clark Butcher, told RNZ reporter Logan Church it's been a hard push to the finish line.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0815-workers_race_to_finish_sh1_north_of_kaikoura-128.mp3




Train staff striking over safety concerns

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:13:00 +1300

John Kerr from the Rail and Maritime Union tells Guyon Espiner Auckland trains need full time staff working on them. The Auckland system is not like cities like London where the system is designed well for un-staffed trains.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0813-train_staff_striking_over_safety_concerns-128.mp3




Traffic management truck behind Gt North Rd chaos

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:09:00 +1300

Traffic on Auckland's motorways is heavy, but running smoothly as the city's trains go offline. Train staff are striking for 24 hours from 2am, over the introduction of driver-only trains by the rail-operator Transdev. Todd Niall tells us he was caught in huge gridlock on Great North Rd, but it was caused by a traffic management truck breaking down on its way to fix another truck.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0809-traffic_management_truck_behind_gt_north_rd_chaos-128.mp3




Sports News for 8 December 2017

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

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0806-sports_news_for_8_december_2017-128.mp3




Government introduces multinational tax legislation

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:56:00 +1300

The Government says a crackdown on multinationals should generate an extra $200 million in tax revenue. Yesterday it introduced legislation aimed at stopping multinationals avoiding tax by shifting profits out of New Zealand to countries with lower tax rates. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash tells Kim Hill what the new law will achieve.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0756-government_introduces_multinational_tax_legislation-128.mp3




Rolls-Royce maintenance disrupts Air NZ flights

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:51:00 +1300

There will be cancellations and delays to Air New Zealand long- haul flights for weeks as Rolls-Royce does urgent maintenance to is Boeing 787 engines. Earlier this week a flight to Japan had to turn back 20 minutes after take-off and shut down an engine as a precaution. In a second incident on Wednesday, a flight to Argentina was also forced to turn back. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is investigating the two incidents. Mary Schiavo is an aviation lawyer and a former inspector general of the US Department of Transportation. She tells Guyon Espiner the main problem is with the turbine blades, which could spit out of the engine and hit a fuel line or a passenger.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0751-rolls-royce_maintenance_disrupts_air_nz_flights-128.mp3




Teacher trainers using 'outdated methods' - ERO

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:46:00 +1300

The Education Review Office is calling for a review of teacher training saying some institutions are teaching outdated methods and many of their graduates are not well prepared to do their job. The office has found widespread concern among principals and early childhood centre managers about the selection and education of trainee teachers. It wants the Education Council to raise the standards that students must meet in order to graduate from initial teacher education and says it could also raise entry requirements. Chief review officer Nicolas Pole joins us to discuss the changes needed.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0746-teacher_trainers_using_outdated_methods_-_ero-128.mp3




NZDF kept quiet on contamination for months

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:43:00 +1300

The Defence Force has known for months that toxic chemicals could have contaminated local water supplies near two of its air bases, but the people living nearby are only just being told. Residents near Ohakea and Woodbourne who get their water from bores are being told not to drink it for at least a month while tests are carried out to make sure it's safe.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0743-nzdf_kept_quiet_on_contamination_for_months-128.mp3




US recognises Jerusalem: Peters maintains two-state solution

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:30:00 +1300

Christmas cheer, peace and goodwill are in short supply on the streets of Bethlehem with sporadic violence breaking out in the Occupied West Bank following Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, has called for a new intifada - or popular uprising and the powerful Lebanese group Hezbollah is backing his call. Meanwhile, US allies including Britain and France, along China and Muslim nations have criticised Mr Trump's move. NZ's new Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters joins Guyon Espiner with his response to the move.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0730-us_recognises_jerusalem_peters_maintains_two-state_solution-128.mp3




Herceptin trial shows 9 weeks as good as a year

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:24:00 +1300

A medical trial has shown Pharmac was right when it made a controversial decision to fund the breast cancer drug Herceptin for just nine weeks of treatment. The former National government overturned the decision in 2008 and agreed to fund patients for a full year of treatment. The results of a trial involving New Zealand women is being published in the United States - it shows nine weeks of treatment is almost as good as a full year. Pharmac says current funding of a year of Herceptin for eligible women is unlikely to change, but it may be considered.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0724-herceptin_trial_shows_9_weeks_as_good_as_a_year-128.mp3




Todd Niall reports from bus as rail strike proceeds

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:22:00 +1300

Gridlock is expected on Auckland's roads as more than 30,000 rail commuters are forced to find alternative ways to get to work. Auckland reporter Todd Niall is making his way into the city from New Lynn on a bus, and joins us with the latest from the road.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0722-todd_niall_reports_from_bus_as_rail_strike_proceeds-128.mp3




Transdev promises safety on trains, despite staff changes

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:14:00 +1300

Auckland train workers are striking on Friday following plans by rail operator Transdev to reduce staff on Auckland trains to be driver-only. Transdev managing director Michel Ladrak joins Guyon Espiner to discuss the issue.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0714-transdev_ensures_safety_on_trains_despite_staff_reductions-128.mp3




Protests at Auckland train station for rail workers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:09:00 +1300

Gridlock is expected on Auckland's roads as more than 30,000 rail commuters are forced to find alternative ways to get to work. Rail workers are striking for 24 hours and there are only a handful of extra buses to cope with the massive disruption. The strike is over a long running dispute between workers and the train operator Transdev over plans to have a single driver on trains. People are being urged to carpool, work from home or delay their travel. RNZ reporter Eva Corlett is in Papakura.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0709-gridlock_on_auckland_roads-128.mp3




Sports News for 8 December 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:06:00 +1300

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0706-sports_news_for_8_december_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 8 December 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:49:00 +1300

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171208-0649-business_news_for_8_december_2017-128.mp3




DoC responds to potential pest threat on Whenua Hou

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:44:00 +1300

It looks like a rat has made it onto a predator-free island off the coast of Stewart Island. Whenua Hou is the home of the Kakapo Recovery Programme. DoC's Tony Preston joins us with details of the incident.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0644-doc_responds_to_potential_pest_threat_on_whenua_hou-128.mp3




Commuters sympathetic as rail strike ensues

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:42:00 +1300

As many as 30,000 Auckland train commuters are having to make other plans to get to work today because of a rail worker strike. They walked off the job at 2am Friday for 24 hours after pay talks stalled over rail operator Transdev's demand to introduce driver-only passenger trains. RNZ Auckland correspondent is in New Lynn.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0642-new_lynn_train_station_quiet_as_rail_strike_ensues-128.mp3







Early Business News for 8 December 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:20:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171208-0620-early_business_news_for_8_december_2017-128.mp3




$2m in cybercrime losses reported to new agency

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:18:00 +1300

Almost $2 million in cybercrime losses have been reported to New Zealand's computer crime agency since it began operating in April. More than half of the 400 incidents reported to the Computer Emergency Response Team, CERT NZ, between July and September this year related to unauthorised attempts to obtain information such as usernames or passwords, and credential harvesting.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0618-new_cyber_security_agency_getting_a_handle_on_kiwis-128.mp3




Herceptin study involving NZ women reveals survival rates

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:10:00 +1300

Survival rates for women taking Herceptin for breast cancer are similar whether they take a short or long course of treatment on the drug. That's the result of a long-awaited study involving New Zealand women being published in the US today. Drug-buyer Pharmac faced intense debate over its decision in 2007 to fund nine weeks of the costly drug, not a year. The National government over-turned the decision, funding Herceptin for a year, which continues. Pharmac's chief executive Steffan Crausaz, told RNZ health reporter Karen Brown the slight advantage of a full year's treatment has to be weighed against the risk of side-effects.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0610-herceptin_study_involving_nz_women_reveals_survival_rates-128.mp3




Auckland road chaos feared as rail strike begins

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:09:00 +1300

Thousands of Auckland commuters travel plans have been derailed this morning due to strike action. Rail staff walked off the job this morning after talks between the union and Transdev stalled.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0609-auckland_road_chaos_feared_as_rail_strike_begins-128.mp3




Sports News for 8 December 2017

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

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0606-sports_news_for_8_december_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Friday 8 December 2017

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

Auckland train workers are striking on Friday following plans by rail operator Transdev to reduce staff on Auckland trains to be driver-only. A medical trial has shown Pharmac was right when it made a controversial decision to fund the breast cancer drug Herceptin for just nine weeks of treatment. Christmas cheer, peace and goodwill are in short supply on the streets of Bethlehem with sporadic violence breaking out in the Occupied West Bank following Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Education Review Office is calling for a review of teacher training saying some institutions are teaching outdated methods and many of their graduates are not well prepared to do their job. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171208-0600-top_stories_for_friday_8_december_2017-128.mp3




'Toothless sheep' or 'a different shade of brown'?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:55:00 +1300

Ten memorable phrases that have been shortlisted in Massey University's annual Quote of the Year competition. Given this year's general election, politics dominates the finalists. Such as this tweet by Ali Ikram about the coalition negotiations: "For overseas observers, in NZ elections, we all vote then take the ballots, chuck them out, and ask a man called Winston Peters who won." Dr Heather Kavan is the competition organiser and tells Guyon Espiner what other great quotes are in the final list.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171207-0755-toothless_sheep_or_a_different_shade_of_brown-128.mp3




State care children get helping hand at awards ceremony

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:51:00 +1300

Twenty young people in state care were given a helping hand to pursue their dreams at a ceremony in Wellington yesterday. The William Wallace awards celebrate people in the care of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, who have overcome significant challenges in life. Awards included scholarships for tertiary study, vocational training and a three-week outward bound course.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171207-0851-state_care_children_get_helping_hand_at_awards_ceremony-128.mp3




Ngā Taonga project returns historic audio to East Coast iwi

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:47:00 +1300

Three Gisborne iwi will soon be given a window into their past, with historic audio from hui, wānanga and iwi events set to play on the local iwi radio station, Tūranga FM. Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision collected and processed 300 hours of historic audio for the station as part of a nationwide project to protect and preserve records of Te Reo Maori by the country's 21 iwi radio stations. Anei te purongo o te kairipoata no Te Manu Korihi ko Te Aniwa Hurihanganui.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171207-0847-nga_taonga_project_returns_historic_audio_to_east_coast_iwi-128.mp3




'Unspeakable' atrocities reported by Rohingya refugees

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:47:00 +1300

The United Nations human rights chief says Myanmar's security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who has previously described the situation as a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing," was addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday. RNZ's former Asia correspondent Charlotte Glennie is now working with Unicef Australia. She's recently returned from Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have arrived from Mynamar in the past three months. She describes what she has seen to Kim Hill.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171207-0847-unspeakable_atrocities_reported_by_rohingya_refugees-128.mp3




Sudden closure of Best Pacific leaves students in debt

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:42:00 +1300

The sudden closure of a Pacific tertiary training provider in Auckland has left a lot of Pacific people out of pocket. The Best Pacific Institute of Education prided itself on providing courses for mainly Pacific students. But shareholders resolved to appoint liquidators after determining that the institute could no longer continue to trade after a funding cut.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171207-0842-sudden_closure_of_best_pacific_leaves_students_in_debt-128.mp3




Housing prices rise with 'spring surge'

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:42:00 +1300

The housing market has picked up pace. The latest QV data shows nationwide house prices rose 6.4 percent over the year to November, compared with the previous month's annual growth of 3.9 percent. The average price is now $664,500.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171207-0842-housing_prices_rise_with_spring_surge-128.mp3




Markets Update for 7 December 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:30:00 +1300

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20171207-0830-markets_update_for_7_december_2017-128.mp3




Rural schools struggling to find teaching staff

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:28:00 +1300

Like their big city colleagues, rural school principals are also worried about securing enough teachers for next year.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20171207-0828-rural_schools_struggling_to_find_teaching_staff-128.mp3