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Taika Waititi the big winner at the Matariki Awards

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:56:00 +1200

Matariki celebrations are under way around the country - and filmaker and New Zealander of the year Taika Waititi was the big winner at this year's annual Matariki awards. The awards celebrate the brightest Maori stars from the arts, sport, community, language, research and business worlds.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0856-taika_waititi_the_big_winner_at_the_matariki_awards-128.mp3




Teacher went 2 years without protection order

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:53:00 +1200

A school teacher threatened by her abusive ex husband spent two years without a protection order, when she should have had one. In a highly criitical decision, the Court of Appeal overruled two lower court rulings, stating she had clearly been the victim of prolonged domestic violence.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0853-teacher_went_2_years_without_protection_order-128.mp3




8 dead, 30 injured as a result of human trafficking in Texa

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:48:00 +1200

Eight people are dead and thirty others in hospital suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion after being discovered in the back of a truck trailer in Texas. iHeart media correspondent Jim Forsyth is in San Antonio and says the death toll could possibly rise.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0848-8_dead_30_injured_as_a_result_of_human_trafficking_in_texa-128.mp3




In attempt to curb housing crisis, new agency established

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:42:00 +1200

In the latest instalment in RNZ's pre-election series 'Is this the Brighter Future,' we look at National's latest attempts to curb Auckland's housing crisis and cool the housing market by establishing a new agency to help fund the infrastructure that goes alongside it.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0842-in_attempt_to_curb_housing_crisis_new_agency_established-128.mp3




Government not doing enough to fight child obesity - report

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +1200

The government is failing in the fight against childhood obesity, a new report says. University of Auckland health researcher Professor Boyd Swinburn says the country is still well behind international standards.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0835-government_not_doing_enough_to_fight_child_obesity_-_report-128.mp3




Markets Update for 24 July 2017

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:30:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170724-0830-markets_update_for_24_july_2017-128.mp3




Heathcote water levels are down and Chch flood recedes

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:20:00 +1200

The mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, says the contamination caused by the flooding is 'very real'. She says the state of emergency will still remain in place because of high tides that are due.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0820-heathcote_water_levels_are_down_and_chch_flood_recedes-128.mp3




Chris Froome wins largely ceremonial final stage of le Tour

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:51:00 +1200

The final stage of le Tour de France was cycled overnight into the Champs Elysee in Paris - but it was largely ceremonial. Michael Tomalaris is in France covering the race for SBS in Australia and says Team Sky's Chris Froome has ridden with consistency.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0751-chris_froome_wins_largely_ceremonial_final_stage_of_le_tour-128.mp3




Govt may backtrack on changes to skilled migrant visas

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:50:00 +1200

The Government may now backtrack on changes to the skilled migrant visas after complaints from businesses and the regions. The Prime Minister Bill English says it's listening to those complaints, and any decisions will be made over the next few weeks.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0750-govt_may_backtrack_on_changes_to_skilled_migrant_visas-128.mp3




Flood waters slowly recede at Henley, south Dunedin

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:49:00 +1200

David Wilson who farms at Henley near Dunedin airport in a protected zone that's designed not to flood, says half of his farm is still under water.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0749-flood_waters_slowly_recede_at_henley_south_dunedin-128.mp3




Slips evacuate St Clair properties

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:45:00 +1200

Keith Kelsall, whose home in St Clair was evacuated due to a slip, says his family were evacuated at the right time as the damage could've been much worse.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0745-slips_evacuate_st_clair_properties-128.mp3




New White House comms dir. deleting old tweets

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:40:00 +1200

Donald Trump's new communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been busy deleting old tweets so he can get on with the job of serving the US President. Senior Whitehouse correspondent for news website Politico, Josh Gerstein, says the internet won't forget about the tweets, even if they've been deleted.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0740-new_white_house_comms_dir_deleting_old_tweets-128.mp3




Two new AK announcements approve 17,000 homes of rural fringe

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:24:00 +1200

The construction of 17,000 new homes on Auckland's rural fringe will be sped up by two new Govt funding announcements made at the weekend, but for a city that wanted to go up not out, the Government and mayor Phil Goff insist this isn't a return to urban sprawl.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0724-two_new_ak_announcements_approve_17_000_homes_of_rural_fringe-128.mp3




State of Emergency in Dunedin, Waitaki, to finish 9am today

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:18:00 +1200

The state of emergency in Dunedin and the Waitaki District will be lifted at nine o'clock this morning. The mayor, Dave Cull, says it may be some days before dozens of families are able to get back into their homes in Taieri and Henley, south of Dunedin.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0718-state_of_emergency_in_dunedin_waitaki_to_finish_9am_today-128.mp3




Chch residents counting cost of flood

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:15:00 +1200

It's all hands to the pump in some of Christchurch's southern suburbs, like Beckenham, St Martins and Opawa, which were worst affected by heavy rain at the weekend caused the Heathcote River to burst its banks. Locals are expecting the clean up to take weeks; and they're frustrated with the council's response to the flooding.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0715-chch_residents_counting_cost_of_flood-128.mp3




Dozens of Otago homes damaged by widespread flood

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:11:00 +1200

Outram residents have never seen anything like it. The Taieri Plains bore the brunt of the weekend's torrential downpours which saw dozens of homes around Otago damaged and 220 homes evacuated. It was the second worst flood on record.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0711-dozens_of_otago_homes_damaged_by_widespread_flood-128.mp3




Sports News for 24 July 2017

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0706-sports_news_for_24_july_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 24 July 2017

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:50:00 +1200

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170724-0650-business_news_for_24_july_2017-128.mp3




Otago and Waitaki roads open and safe to drive

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:47:00 +1200

All Otago roads are open for the first time in a fortnight. Nic Rodger is the Transport Agency's maintenance contract manager in Otago and says it's rapidly moving into 'clean-up mode'.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0647-otago_and_waitaki_roads_open_and_safe_to_drive-128.mp3




State of emergency to be lifted from Dunedin, Waitaki at 9am

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:43:00 +1200

A State of Emergency that has been in place in Dunedin and Waitaki is to be lifted this morning and the areas will transition into business as usual. 130 families remain out of their homes in Taieri and Henley until floodwaters have sufficiently receded.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0643-state_of_emergency_to_be_lifted_from_dunedin_waitaki_at_9am-128.mp3







Early Business News for 24 July 2017

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:20:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170724-0620-early_business_news_for_24_july_2017-128.mp3




Cancer Society support Labour's idea for a national agency

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:15:00 +1200

The Cancer Society's Mike Kernaghan tells Mei Heron his organisation supports the Labour Party's proposal to create a National Cancer Agency.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0615-cancer_society_support_labours_idea_for_a_national_agency-128.mp3




A very hard night - Outram resident recounts flood battle

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:12:00 +1200

An Outram resident, John Gallaher, tells our reporter Ian Telfer about his battle to try and stop the flood waters from entering his home.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0612-a_very_hard_night_-_outram_resident_recounts_flood_battle-128.mp3




Govt rejects new housing initiative driving urban sprawl

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:10:00 +1200

The government's rejecting the idea that its new housing infrastructure initiative will drive urban sprawl in Auckland. The finance minister Steven Joyce describes the just-announced Crown Infrastructure Partners company, as helping cash-strapped councils.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0610-govt_rejects_new_housing_initiative_driving_urban_sprawl-128.mp3




Sports News for 24 July 2017

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0606-sports_news_for_24_july_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Monday 24 July 2017

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +1200

Dozens of Otago homes damaged by widespread flood; Chch residents counting cost of flood; State of Emergency in Dunedin, Waitaki, to finish 9am today; two new AK announcements approve 17,000 homes of rural fringe; grandparent caregivers 'humiliated' by Work and Income; new White House comms director deleting old tweets.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170724-0600-top_stories_for_monday_24_july_2017-128.mp3




Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:56:00 +1200

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-20170721-0856-kerry-anne_walsh_with_news_from_australia-128.mp3




Is mountain biking the new golf?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:51:00 +1200

A boom in mountain biking has led to a massive jump in the number of people getting injured. ACC figures obtained by Insight show more than 7,500 claims for mountain biking related injuries were made last year, costing the taxpayer almost $15 million.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0851-is_mountain_biking_the_new_golf-128.mp3




Hotel Industry insiders discuss the controversial "bed tax"

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:47:00 +1200

The Auckland Council's controversial new bed tax was one of the issues discussed at this week's Hotel Industry Conference.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0847-hotel_industry_insiders_discuss_the_controversial_bed_tax-128.mp3




Construction industry says Fletcher's problems are widespread

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:41:00 +1200

Construction Industry Council chair David Kelly spoke to Morning Report about problems besetting Fletcher Building and others in the construction industry.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0841-construction_industry_says_fletchers_problems_are_widespread-128.mp3




Otago chocolate carnival not so sweet - Jaffa race postponed

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:37:00 +1200

Every year, thousands of Dunedin residents and tourists gather on Baldwin St to watch 75,000 Jaffas bounce down the steep slope. It's part of the annual Chocolate Carnival, which may not have a future after Cadbury quits production in Dunedin next March. However, this year's Jaffa race has been postponed due to bad weather.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0837-otago_chocolate_carnival_not_so_sweet_-_jaffa_race_postponed-128.mp3




Markets Update for 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:32:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170721-0832-markets_update_for_21_july_2017-128.mp3




Land use rules blamed for high Auckland house prices

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:25:00 +1200

The Government says rules over land use could be adding up to $500,000 to the price of Auckland houses. Finance Minister Steven Joyce says the Government has been aware of it for a long time, but there's not a majority in Parliament to make "sufficient" changes to the Resource Management Act.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0825-land_use_rules_blamed_for_high_auckland_house_prices-128.mp3




UK doctor jailed for child porn worked in NZ

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:15:00 +1200

A UK paediatrician who worked in three hospitals in New Zealand has been jailed in the United Kingdom for making and sharing child pornography. New Zealand's Medical Council chairman Andrew Connolly says there is no evidence any Kiwi children were involved in Jonathan Walsh's offending, but says if anyone does have concerns they are encouraged to come forward.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0815-uk_dr_jailed_for_child_porn_worked_in_nz-128.mp3




Researcher welcomes whistleblowing changes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:10:00 +1200

Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor Michael Macaulay says new standards will help protect whistleblowers.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0810-researcher_welcomes_whistle-blowing_changes-128.mp3




Sports News for 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0806-sports_news_for_21_july_2017-128.mp3




Super Rugby quarter-finals this weekend

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:55:00 +1200

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles is back to play in the Super Rugby playoffs this weekend.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0755-super_rugby_quarter-finals_this_weekend-128.mp3




Labour would pay schools to stop asking for donations

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:50:00 +1200

The Labour Party education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says a Labour-led government will pay schools $150 per child if they stop asking parents for donations.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0750-labour_wold_pay_schools_to_stop_asking_for_donations-128.mp3




Education, lifestyle factors have big impact on dementia

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:44:00 +1200

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if people took more care of their daily health, new research reveals. Dr Vasiliki Orgeta, co-author of the research, says it shows things we can change like our lifestyle, as well as genetic factors, have a big impact on dementia.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0744-education_lifestyle_factors_have_big_impact_on_dementia-128.mp3




Multimillion-dollar problems at Fletcher Building

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:37:00 +1200

Business commentator Brian Gaynor says a big cut in Fletcher Building's projected earnings is disappointing.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0737-multi-million-dollar_problems_at_fletcher_building-128.mp3




Sandbags out, roads cleared as Dunedin braces for storm

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:30:00 +1200

Dunedin is preparing for heavy rain this afternoon. The Mayor Dave Cull says rubbish will be collected early, roads and drains have been cleared and sandbags will be out and available to the public as the city awaits the storm.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0730-sandbags_out_roads_cleared_as_dunedin_braces_for_storm-128.mp3




Investigators warn of flaws in way pilots are medically assessed

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:27:00 +1200

Transport investigators are warning a fatal helicopter crash in 2015 has exposed serious flaws in the way pilots are medically assessed for flying. In a statement the CAA says it will look at whether the current system could be more robust and it will be telling doctors about the reporting requirements.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0727-investigators_warn_of_flaws_in_way_pilots_are_assessed-128.mp3




OJ Simpson seeks early release from prison

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:16:00 +1200

US correspondent Patrice Howard has been covering the OJ Simpson parole hearing.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0716-oj_simpson_seeks_early_release_from_prison-128.mp3




Whistleblowers 'very happy' with State Services finding

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:14:00 +1200

Political reporter Benedict Collins spoke to the Transport Ministry whistleblowers who were forced out of their jobs by Joanne Harrison in 2015.. They say the State Service Commission has treated them far better than the Ministry of Transport. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0714-political_reporter_talks_to_whistleblowers-128.mp3




Whistleblowers 'vindicated' by State Services Commission inquiry

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:10:00 +1200

A State Services Commission investigation has found that Ministry of Transport staff who raised concerns about fraudster Joanne Harrison were hurt, humiliated and forced out of their jobs after earlier speaking up. State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes is unhappy with how the whistleblowers were treated.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0710-whistleblowers_vindicated_by_ssc_inquiry-128.mp3




Sports News for 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0706-sports_news_for_21_july_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:50:00 +1200

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170721-0650-business_news_for_21_july_2017-128.mp3




Whistleblower protection 'inadequate' - Ombudsman

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:39:00 +1200

The chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says there is insufficient protection for whistleblowers.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0639-whistleblower_protection_inadequate_-_ombudsman-128.mp3







Early Business News for 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:21:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170721-0621-early_business_news_for_21_july_2017-128.mp3




Brexit: Eu negotiator says "fundamental difference" remain

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:12:00 +1200

After four days of Brexit talks the United Kingdom and European Union are still at odds over citizens' rights and the amount Britain will pay to leave the bloc. Correspondent Jack Parrock has the latest from Brussels.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0612-brexit_eu_negotiator_says_fundamental_difference_remain-128.mp3




Investigators concerned with the medical checks for pilots

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:09:00 +1200

Transport investigators say a helicopter crash in 2015 has exposed serious flaws in the way pilots are medically assessed for flying. Transport Accicdent Investigation Commission spoke to reporter Katy Gosset.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0609-investigators_concerned_with_the_medical_checks_for_pilots-128.mp3




Sports News for 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0606-sports_news_for_21_july_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Friday 21 July 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +1200

Political reporter talks to whistleblowers; whistleblowers "vindicated" by SSC inquiry; OJ Simpson seeks early release from prison; investigators warn of flaws in way pilots are medically assessed; sandbags out, roads cleared as Dunedin braces for storm; multi-million-dollar problems at Fletcher Building.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170721-0600-top_stories_for_friday_21_july_2017-128.mp3




New Zealander returns Burmese treasures

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:54:00 +1200

New Zealander Gareth Bodle is in Myanmar to return treasures his military ancestors ransacked from a Burmese pagoda in 1852.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0854-new_zealander_returns_burmese_treasures-128.mp3




Children from damp homes add to burden on hospitals

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:50:00 +1200

Children being re-admitted to hospital after being discharged to cold, damp homes are putting extra strain on already stretched hospital emergency departments.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0850-children_from_damp_homes_add_to_burden_on_hospitals-128.mp3




Aucklanders blamed for growing homelessness in Dargaville

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:45:00 +1200

Empty council buildings in Dargaville could be turned into emergency shelters as the town grapples with a fast-rising homelessness problem. Aucklanders heading north for cheaper homes is being blamed.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0845-aucklanders_blamed_for_growing_homelessness_in_dargaville-128.mp3




IHC wants more help for disabled prisoners

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:40:00 +1200

The IHC is disappointed new pilot programmes to help mental ill prisoners do not include better services for intellectually disabled offenders. Trish Grant is the director of advocacy at IHC.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0840-ihc_wants_more_help_for_disabled_prisoners-128.mp3




Markets Update for 20 July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:29:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170720-0829-markets_update_for_20_july_2017-128.mp3




Pay equity claim bright spot in still dire gender pay landscape

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:28:00 +1200

One of the first things the National governmnent did when it came to power was to scrap the Labour Department's Pay and Employment Equity unit. As part of our 'Is this the Brighter Future?' series, Megan Whelan takes a closer look at what's being done to eradicate the gender pay gap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0828-pay_equity_claim_bright_spot_in_still_dire_gender_pay_landscape-128.mp3




Mayor says NZTA working as fast as possible on Manawatu Gorge

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:24:00 +1200

Angry locals either side of the closed Manawatu Gorge packed out public meetings on Wednesday night to demand a permanent solution. The Tararua district mayor, Tracey Collis, was at one of the meetings at Woodville, and says the NZTA is working as fast as it can.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0824-mayor_says_nzta_working_as_fast_as_possible_on_manawatu_gorge-128.mp3




Labour's alt budget described as plan to waste more money.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:17:00 +1200

National's Finance Minister Steven Joyce says Labour will be spending less next year than what the government spent in 2017.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0817-labours_alt_budget_described_as_plan_to_waste_more_money-128.mp3




Labour MP says whistleblowers deserve compensation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:10:00 +1200

Labour MP Sue Moroney called for an inquiry into redundancies of whistle-blowers at the Transport Ministry. She explains why the State Services Commission's report is important.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0810-labour_mp_says_whistleblowers_deserve_compensation-128.mp3




Sports News for 20 July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0806-sports_news_for_20_july_2017-128.mp3




BBC women getting paid less, considerably less,

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:55:00 +1200

Our correspondent in London, Natalie Powell, says it's not clear whether female staff at the BBC were aware of how much money their male colleagues were making.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0755-bbc_women_getting_paid_less_considerably_less-128.mp3




Trump's second meeting with Putin revealed

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:48:00 +1200

It's been confirmed that the US President held a second, previously undisclosed meeting, with Vladimir Putin during a dinner at the G20 summit. Washington correspondent Simon Marks has the latest.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0748-trumps_second_meeting_with_putin_revealed-128.mp3




NZ may be banned from building foreign America's Cup boats

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:45:00 +1200

The executive director of the Marine Association discusses how a rule change requiring America's Cup boats be built in teams' home countries would affect New Zealand's boatbuilding industry.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0745-nz_may_be_banned_from_building_foreign_americas_cup_boats-128.mp3




Disease rates spark fear kauri could be extinct within 20 years

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:41:00 +1200

Auckland Council figures show that from 2011 to 2016 the spread of kauri dieback disease has more than doubled in the Waitakere Ranges. In some areas, like Piha, up to almost 60 percent of trees are infected. Laura Tupou talks to those trying to fight the disease.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0741-disease_rates_spark_fear_kauri_could_be_extinct_within_20_years-128.mp3




Technology replacing 1800 IRD jobs by 2021

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:31:00 +1200

The Public Service Association says Inland Revenue is planning to cut nearly a third of its 6,000 jobs by 2021 and PSA national secretary Erin Polaczuk says the "roles that continue to exist will be undervalued". The announcement follows a major computer upgrade. Erin Polaczuk says she accepts technology will change the way we work and we need to look at how me help move people into other jobs.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0731-technology_replacing_1800_ird_jobs_by_2021-128.mp3




Labour's economic plan puts social spending ahead of tax cuts

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:17:00 +1200

Labour's finance spokesperson, Grant Robertson, says the plans shows how the party is going to take the country in a new direction.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0717-labours_economic_plan_puts_social_spending_ahead_of_tax_cuts-128.mp3




Locals fill town halls to demand Manawatu Gorge solution

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:16:00 +1200

Angry locals filled town halls on both sides of the blocked Manawatu Gorge on Wednesday night, calling for the New Zealand Transport Agency to find a solution.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0716-locals_fill_town_halls_to_demand_manawatu_gorge_solution-128.mp3




Fraudster forced whistleblowers out of Transport Ministry

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:09:00 +1200

RNZ political reporter Benedict Collins says an inquiry has concluded that convicted fraudster Joanne Harrison made sure whistle-blowers at the Ministry of Transport lost their jobs.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0709-fraudster_forced_whistleblowers_out_of_transport_ministry-128.mp3




Sports News for 20 July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0706-sports_news_for_20_july_2017-128.mp3




Business News for 20 July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:49:00 +1200

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170720-0649-business_news_for_20_july_2017-128.mp3




Man with chopped finger waits seven hours to at hospital

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:43:00 +1200

Overloaded Middlemore Hospital leaves man who sliced off a finger tip waiting in pain for seven hours.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0743-man_with_chopped_finger_waits_seven_hours_to_at_hospital-128.mp3




Voters given choice between tax cuts and higher social spending

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:40:00 +1200

Labour have unveiled the party's economic plan ahead of the election. National's tax cuts - worth nearly 2-billion-dollars a year - would be scrapped, to help fund a big spend on health, education and housing, and on Labour's families package.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0640-voters_given_choice_between_tax_cuts_and_higher_social_spending-128.mp3







Early Business News for 20 July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:20:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170720-0620-early_business_news_for_20_july_2017-128.mp3




Locals desperate for proper solution to Manawatu Gorge woe

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:09:00 +1200

Locals packed out a sports centre in Woodville last night demanding a solution to the difficulties posed by the closed Manawatu Gorge road. Ray Cook lives in Woodville but has to get to Manawatu for regular medical care -- he told our reporter Jacob McSweeny it's only a matter of time before the Manawatu Gorge's diversion, the Saddle Road, completely fails.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0609-locals_desperate_for_proper_solution_to_manawatu_gorge_woe-128.mp3




Sports News for 20 July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:06:00 +1200

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0606-sports_news_for_20_july_2017-128.mp3




Top Stories for Thursday 20 July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +1200

Fraudster forced whistleblowers out of Transport Ministry, Locals fill town halls to demand Manawatu Gorge solution, Labour's economic plan puts social spending ahead of tax cuts, Disease rates spark fear that kauri could be extinct within 20 years


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170720-0600-top_stories_for_thursday_20_july_2017-128.mp3




Tough life for urban little blue penguins

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:54:00 +1200

Kate Gudsell meets volunteers who are trying to raise awareness of how people and their pets are hurting populations of urban little blue penguins around the Wellington region.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0854-tough_life_for_urban_little_blue_penguins-128.mp3




DoC moves to protect marine life in Marlborough Sounds

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:50:00 +1200

The Department of Conservation has temporarily stopped issuing new permits for ventures wanting to view marine wildlife while it to finds out what's happening in the Sounds, and whether further steps are needed to protect the animals.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0850-doc_moves_to_protect_marine_life_in_marlborough_sounds-128.mp3




Brighter Future: Govt's Chch earthquake decisions

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:44:00 +1200

'Is this the Brighter Future?': Rachel Graham looks at how the Government's decisions have impacted the lives of people in Christchurch.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0844-brighter_future_govts_chch_earthquake_decisions-128.mp3




Kiwis in Australia bemused by Key's honour

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:40:00 +1200

The spokesperson for the organisation Oz Kiwi Timothy Gassin reacts to Sir John Key getting Australia's top honour.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0840-kiwis_in_australia_bemused_by_keys_honour-128.mp3




NZ cyclist George Bennett's Tour de France cut short by illness

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:37:00 +1200

Illness forces New Zealand cyclist George Bennett out of the Tour de France.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0837-nz_cyclist_george_bennetts_tour_de_france_cut_short_by_illness-128.mp3




Markets Update for 19 July 2017

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:29:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20170719-0829-markets_update_for_19_july_2017-128.mp3




Cold weather stalls myrtle rust spread

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:26:00 +1200

Ministry for Primary Industries incident controller Catherine Duthie provides an update on efforts to control the myrtle rust infection.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0826-cold_weather_stalls_myrtle_rust_spread-128.mp3




Kiwifruit growers plan new rules for contractors

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:19:00 +1200

The chief executive of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc, Nikki Johnson, says a new system will help ensure contractors pay kiwifruit workers fairly.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0819-kiwifruit_growers_plan_new_rules_for_contractors-128.mp3




Emergency departments ask patients to see GP first

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:10:00 +1200

The clinical director at Waikato Hospital's emergency department, John Bonning.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0810-emergency_departments_ask_patients_to_see_gp_first-128.mp3




Sports News for 19 July 2017

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0806-sports_news_for_19_july_2017-128.mp3




Lost musical manuscripts unearthed in Tauranga

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:57:00 +1200

A 1906 work, handwritten and signed by English composer Gustav Holst has been found in the Bay of Plenty Symphonia's library. Orchestra member Bronya Dean says as soon as she saw the sheets she thought there was something special about them.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0757-lost_musical_manuscripts_unearthed_in_tauranga-128.mp3




Business study finds iwi outperforming top listed companies

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:53:00 +1200

Our Maori Issues Correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes has been looking at a report by the ANZ bank on the financial position of 31 iwi and hapu. It shows they're recording an average return on assets that's higher than New Zealand's top 40 listed companies.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0753-business_study_finds_iwi_outperforming_top_listed_companies-128.mp3




ObamaCare safe, for now.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:48:00 +1200

Republican efforts to approve new healthcare legislation have collapsed again after the last minute defection of two republican senators.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0748-obamacare_safe_for_now-128.mp3




Debating the merits of a universal basic income

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:39:00 +1200

The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan and inequality researcher Max Rashbrooke debate the merits of a universal basic income.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0739-debating_the_merits_of_a_universal_basic_income-128.mp3




Migrant workers rep says he's fed up with exploitation here

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:35:00 +1200

An investigation by the Labour Inspectorate found more than half of the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit companies they looked into were failing to provide the minimum wage, correct holiday pay or even give workers written contracts. A representative for migrant workers says he's sick of hearing about desperate foreigners being exploited and says more needs to be done to protect them.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0735-migrant_workers_rep_says_hes_fed_up_with_exploitation_here-128.mp3




Transport Ministry playing "ducks and drakes" with OIA requests

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:27:00 +1200

Emails obtained by RNZ News show the Transport Ministry's knew information about convicted fraudster Joanne Harrison's time at the Ministry existed, but was going to refuse to release it to Labour MP Sue Moroney under the Official Information Act.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0727-transport_ministry_playing_ducks_and_drakes_with_oia_requests-128.mp3




Aucklanders now putting the squeeze on housing in Dargaville

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:22:00 +1200

A Dargaville church leader is calling for help to tackle a new problem of homelessness in the town. Our Northland reporter Lois Williams has been covering this.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0722-aucklanders_now_putting_the_squeeze_on_housing_in_dargaville-128.mp3




Auckland taxis among world's most expensive

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:19:00 +1200

A new international index ranks Auckland the 12th most expensive city for taxi fares. The Taxi Federation doesn't believe the index gives an accurate representation of Auckland cab fares. They say it's not fair the survey lumps New Zealand, which has a deregulated taxi industry, in with countries that are regulated. The man who created the index says it will give international visitors to Auckland a better idea about what to expect when they catch a cab.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20170719-0719-auckland_taxis_among_worlds_most_expensive-128.mp3