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Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 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-20180427-0856-kerry-anne_walsh_with_news_from_australia-128.mp3




Mt Eden church hall remains quake prone

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:53:00 +1200

A derelict church hall in Mt Eden has had no strengthening done on it five weeks after engineers said it needed immediate work. The heritage-listed St James hall is in the middle of a bitter tug of war between those who want it saved, and the Presbyterian Church and a developer which wants to build apartments on the expensive land. In March we reported the Presbyterian church had sent an extrordinary letter to Auckland Council, warning lives were at risk and demanded footpaths be closed and neighbouring houses evacuated. Instead the council asked for different engineers to investigate. RNZ reporter Phil Pennington has obtained Tonkin and Taylor's report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0853-mt_eden_church_hall_remains_quake_prone-128.mp3




Shane Jones' bureacracy comments 'dangerous' - expert

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:48:00 +1200

An academic is warning that giving politicians the power to hire and fire top civil servants at will - as proposed by Regional Development Minister Shane Jones - would be dangerous. Mr Jones is blaming a sluggish bureaucracy for dragging the chain on infrastructure and says the public service needs what he calls "a political laxative". Dr Chris Eichbaum is with Victoria University's School of Government. He talks to Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0848-shane_jones_bureacracy_comments_dangerous_-_expert-128.mp3




Tracey Martin learns from UK before Oranga Tamariki review

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:35:00 +1200

Ahead of its review of Oranga Tamariki, Minister for Children Tracey Martin is in the UK, where she's investigating how they deal with vulnerable children there. Ms Martin speaks to Susie Ferguson from Glasgow.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0835-tracey_martin_learns_from_uk_before_oranga_tamariki_review-128.mp3




Markets Update for 27 April 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:30:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180427-0830-markets_update_for_27_april_2018-128.mp3




Euthanasia bill 'dangerous' - palliative care doctors, nurses

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:26:00 +1200

Doctors and nurses who care for the dying have criticised the euthanasia bill as dangerous and an "easy way out" for doctors who aren't equipped to deal with terminally-ill patients. Five palliative care experts have joined forces to condemn Act MP David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. Mr Seymour has responded by saying they can "go jump in a lake".


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0826-euthanasia_bill_dangerous_-_palliative_care_doctors_nurses-128.mp3




$28b for Auckland's transport future - analysis

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:16:00 +1200

The government's $28 billion transport plan for Auckland is being described as transformational, lacking in ambition, and a copy of the previous government's plans. The ten-year Auckland Transport Alignment Project will build light rail, roads and cycle lanes, and upgrade heavy rail and buses. And Auckland people will have to pay for some of it. A new road linking the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and the Northern Motorway will be a toll road, and the government expects to raise $1.5 billion over the next ten years from a regional fuel tax. Matt Lowrie is the editor of the transport blog Greater Auckland, and Steven Selwood is the chief executive of Infrastructure New Zealand. They discuss the policy with Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0816-_28b_for_aucklands_transport_future_-_analysis-128.mp3




Sports News for 27 April 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0806-sports_news_for_27_april_2018-128.mp3




Italian documentary on Māori Batallion premieres in Wellington

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:56:00 +1200

The strong bonds between the 28th Maori Battalion and the people of Italy have been celebrated in a documentary that had its New Zealand premiere last night. The film called Kia ora is an Italian production that tells the story of what the Battalion meant to the people it helped liberate. Te Manu Korihi reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui was there.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0756-italian_doco_on_maori_batallion_premieres_in_masterton-128.mp3




Levy on petrol car imports considered by govt

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:52:00 +1200

Consumers are set to pay more for petrol, energy and possibly even their cars, under new proposals being considered by the Government. Climate Change Minister James Shaw says he's looking at putting a tax on imported petrol vehicles and using that money to subsidise electric cars, in a bid to bring down carbon emmissions. A new draft discussion paper by the Productivity Commission says New Zealand is one of the worst emitters of carbon on a per-person basis and it calls for a shift from fossil-fuels to clean electricity. Mr Shaw tells Guyon Espiner consumers can expect price rises if they don't convert their household energy sources and buy an electric car.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0752-levy_on_petrol_car_imports_considered_by_govt-128.mp3




Bill Cosby reacts angrily to guilty verdict

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:46:00 +1200

The man once known as America's dad is now facing the prospect of 10 years in jail, after being convicted on three charges of sexual assault. Bill Cosby reacted angrily to the verdict, shouting a profanity as lawyers discussed whether he should be granted bail, while he awaits sentence. The prosecutor told the judge that Cosby was a flight risk as he had a private jet to which Cosby responded by shouting "I don't have a plane, you asshole". The judge has granted bail and Cosby has now been taken away from the courthouse. RNZ correspondent Nick Harper was in court when the verdicts were announced and joins us now from the courthouse in Pennsylvania.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0746-cosby_reacts_angrily_to_guilty_verdict-128.mp3




Majority of prisoners use meth in lead up to jail - Insight

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:40:00 +1200

The meth epidemic sweeping New Zealand it not only causing personal heartache, it costing the prison service millions. Recent research done by the Department of Corrections suggests more than half of prisoners have used methamphetamine in the lead up to entering prison. Insight's reporter, Teresa Cowie went inside some of New Zealand's prison's as part of RNZ's Broken Bad investigation, to talk to those dealing with the fallout out from the destructive substance which has recently overtaken alcohol as the number one drug of choice for those in prison rehabilitation. For more on meth and the prison service, listen to Insight just after the 8 o'clock news on Sunday morning. Also tune in on air and online on Monday for more of RNZ's Broken Bad investigation into methamphetamine in New Zealand.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0740-majority_of_prisoners_use_meth_in_lead_up_to_jail_-_insight-128.mp3




Mental health and addiction inquiry begins

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:35:00 +1200

A government inquiry has started asking New Zealanders for their thoughts on how to help the increasing number of people suffering mental health and addiction problems. Public consultation for the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction begins today and the government has already said the sector needs significant change. It says about 20 percent of New Zealanders meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental disorder each year and about half get no treatment at all. Former Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson is chairing the inquiry.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0735-mental_health_and_addiction_inquiry_begins-128.mp3




No 'jailhouse snitches' review planned - Little

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:21:00 +1200

Following the lifting of name suppression of 'Witness C' in the David Tamihere case, Mr Tamihere says there needs to be a review of the use of jailhouse snitches. But Justice Minister Andrew Little says he is not planning a review. "There's nothing on the plan at the moment, I'm not proposing to initiate anything myself," he says. Mr Little says the Criminal Cases Review Commission is expected to be set up by April 2019. David Tamihere could potentially apply to take his case to the Commission.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0718-nothing_planned_for_jailhouse_snitches_review_-_little-128.mp3




Witness C was 'recruited' - David Tamihere

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:18:00 +1200

David Tamihere, convicted for the murders of Swedish tourists Heidi Paakkonen and Sven Hoglin is calling for a rethink on the use of "jailhouse snitches". Roberto Conchie Harris - a convicted double murderer - was yesterday revealed to be Witness C. He was one of three inmates who gave evidence against Tamihere. His identity has been kept secret for almost 30 years. Harris' evidence at Tamihere's 1990 trial included claims Tamihere had confided in him, disclosing how he had sexually abused Swedish tourists Heidi Paakkonen and Sven Hoglin before murdering them. Tamihere was found guilty and was sentenced to life. He was paroled in 2010 and has always maintained his innocence. Last year Roberto Harris was convicted of giving false evidence in the trial. David Tamihere tells Susie Ferguson the secret witnesses had been hugely damaging to his case.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0721-witness_c_was_recruited_-_david_tamihere-128.mp3




Transport project 'too little, too late' - south Aucklanders

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:17:00 +1200

It's been billed as New Zealand's largest ever civil construction project - but South Aucklanders say a government transport plan doesn't go far enough. Yesterday $28 billion was announced for roads, rail and cycleways across the city over the next decade. For those living out south, the money is being funnelled into improvements on Mill Rd, the electrification of trains to Pukekohe and the widening of the Southern Motorway from Papakura to Drury. RNZ's Jessie Chiang took a drive to Papakura to see what locals thought.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0717-transport_project_too_little_too_late_-_south_aucklanders-128.mp3




NZ warned of fuel, energy price rises in low carbon move

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:14:00 +1200

Households are being warned to expect substantial jumps in fuel and energy prices from any shift to a low carbon economy. In a 508 page draft discussion document, the Productivity Commission estimates a twelvefold increase in carbon emission prices to reach the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, as well as bringing farmers into the Emissions Trading Scheme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0714-nz_warned_of_fuel_energy_price_rises_in_low_carbon_move-128.mp3




Bill Cosby found guilty on three charges of sexual assault

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:09:00 +1200

The comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty on three charges of sexual assault. He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of the charges. The 80-year-old has been accused of drugging and raping dozens of women over decades. The Cosby Show was the highest-rated TV programme in the 1980s and Cosby's jokes about his family life and parenting had him dubbed as the world's favourite father. It was a retrial for Cosby - an earlier jury failed to reach a verdict. The lawyer Gloria Allred represents some of the women who have made accusations against Cosby - she spoke outside court a short time ago.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0709-bill_cosby_found_guilty_on_three_charges_of_sexual_assault-128.mp3




Sports News for 27 April 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0706-sports_news_for_27_april_2018-128.mp3




Business News for 27 April 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:49:00 +1200

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180427-0649-business_news_for_27_april_2018-128.mp3




NZ artist Luke Willis Thompson nominated for Turner Prizw

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:46:00 +1200

A New Zealand artist is in the running for one of the British art world's top awards, the Turner Prize. Luke Willis Thompson has been nominated for a film featuring Diamond Reynolds, an American woman who live-streamed police shooting her boyfriend Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop in 2016. Art gallery owner Danae Mossman told RNZ reporter Jessie Chiang the nomination is a big deal.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0646-nz_artist_luke_willis_thompson_nominated_for_turner_prizw-128.mp3




Tamihere case secret witness revealed

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:42:00 +1200

The use of secret prison witnesses is under scrutiny after the identity of a jailhouse informant who gave evidence at David Tamihere's 1990 murder trial was revealed. Double murderer Roberto Conchie Harris - until now only known as Witness C - was convicted last year of eight counts of perjury after a successful private prosecution by the jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor. Harris was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison, various appeals mean that his name suppression has only been lifted now. RNZ reporter Sarah Robson has been looking into the case.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0642-tamihere_case_secret_witness_revealed-128.mp3




Govt stole vision for Auckland, National says

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:35:00 +1200

The National Party says the government has simply adopted its vision for transport in Auckland. The 28 billion dollar Auckland Transport Alignment Project will fund roads, rail, buslanes and cycleways across the city over the next 10 years and is aimed at easing Auckland's awful congestion. National says almost all of the specific projects being funded are very familiar.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0635-govt_stole_vision_for_auckland_national_says-128.mp3







Early Business News for 27 April 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:20:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180427-0620-early_business_news_for_27_april_2018-128.mp3




Northland 'gutted' to lose transport funding to Auckland

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:13:00 +1200

Northland people are gutted the government has announced a $28 billion spend on transport in Auckland just a week after dumping plans for a major roading upgrade in their region. The previous government had planned to make the road from Whangarei to Warkworth into a four-lane highway. Northland's Transport Committee chairperson, John Bain, told our Northland reporter Lois Williams it appears the project has been shelved to help pay for the Auckland scheme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0613-northland_gutted_to_lose_transport_funding_to_auckland-128.mp3




Fuel, energy prices to rise in shift to low carbon economy

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:09:00 +1200

Households are being warned to expect big jumps in petrol and electricity prices to persuade them to shift to low carbon options. In a draft discussion document, the Productivity Commission estimates carbon prices may need to jump twelvefold to reach the Government's goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The report has 50 recommendations in it to achieve what the Commission's chair, Murray Sherwin, says is a challenging, but achievable, target. While motorists will pay more at the pump, Mr Sherwin told our economics correspondent Patrick O'Meara that higher prices alone won't be enough.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0609-fuel_energy_prices_to_rise_in_shift_to_low_carbon_economy-128.mp3




Sports News for 27 April 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:06:00 +1200

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0606-sports_news_for_27_april_2018-128.mp3




Top Stories for Friday 27 April 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +1200

Bill Cosby found guilty on three charges of sexual assault, NZ warned of fuel, energy price rises in low carbon move, Transport project 'too little, too late' - south Aucklanders


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180427-0600-top_stories_for_friday_27_april_2018-128.mp3




Black cockatoo flees Auckland Zoo for North Shore

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:55:00 +1200

A cockatoo that escaped during a flight training at Auckland Zoo has been returned safely to the keepers, after a night out. Mabo the red-tail cocktatoo was on his second free-flight training session outside his enclosure. The session teaches the bird how to fly outside the enclosure, and then back down. However things didn't quite go according to plan. Lizzie Perret - Auckland Zoo's team leader of Animal Experiences, told RNZ reporter Sophia Duckor-Jones about his escapade.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0855-black_cockatoo_flees_auckland_zoo_for_north_shore-128.mp3




Treasury report shows scale of transient student problem

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:50:00 +1200

Treasury research shows NCEA pass rates plummet and truancy rises if children move schools a lot. It says schools need to share information about transient students quickly and effectively, but a separate Education Review Office report warns that is a major weakness in the school system.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0850-treasury_report_shows_scale_of_transient_student_problem-128.mp3




Auckland building owners seek second opinions on quake checks

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:45:00 +1200

More than 150 Auckland building owners have opted to shell out thousands of dollars in a bid to reconsider their earthquake prone status. After earthquake assessment legislation was passed last year the Auckland Council identified 1800 buildings as earthquake prone. Since October it's been contacting owners and giving them a choice - accept the rating, or get a second opinion.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0855-auckland_building_owners_seek_second_opinions_on_quake_checks-128.mp3




Notorious 'Golden State Killer' arrested

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:40:00 +1200

A 72-year-old former police officer has been arrested in the decades-old "Golden State Killer" case in California. Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested without a struggle in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County. He's believed to have killed at least 12 people, raped at least 45 people and committed multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s in crime sprees throughout California. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters the arrest came after a long manhunt. Susie Ferguson talks to our correspondent in San Francisco Rachel Silverman.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0840-notorious_golden_state_killer_arrested-128.mp3




'Jumping through hoops' pushing up building costs

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:40:00 +1200

A group of fire engineers say illegal demands from councils are pushing their design fees up by thousands of dollars without improving safety. They have now obtained a legal opinion that says councils cannot require a couple of key design documents that currently many are routinely demanding.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0840-jumping_through_hoops_pushing_up_building_costs-128.mp3




Dominion Museum urges govt for funding

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:34:00 +1200

The owners of an historic building that houses Sir Peter Jackson's Great War exhibition say they want it back, and are urging the Governmment to end uncertainty about its future. For the past four years, Massey University has leased the old Dominion Museum building in Wellington to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The lease is up at the end of the year but the ministry says it has the funds to run the exhibition for another two years, and it's keen to stay.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0834-dominion_museum_urges_govt_for_funding-128.mp3




Markets Update for 26 April 2018

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180426-0830-markets_update_for_26_april_2018-128.mp3




Emmanuel Macron in US - analysis

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:17:00 +1200

French President Emmanuel Macron has wrapped up a three-day state visit to the United States with a speech to congress in Washington. In it he said he hoped Mr Trump would reconsider joining the Paris climate agreement as well as not abandoning the Iran nuclear deal. The visit also garnered international attention for the ease with which the two leaders appeared to get on - despite their disagreements on key issues. Following the visit closely was our correspondent in Washington, Harry Horton. He discusses the outcome with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0817-emmanuel_macron_in_us_-_analysis-128.mp3




Govt bureaucracy needs 'political laxative' - Shane Jones

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:10:00 +1200

The New Zealand First cabinet minister, Shane Jones, says he wants to "soften the line" between governance and bureaucracy. In an interview with Stuff, Mr Jones describes the bureaucratic system as "treacle-ridden" and says he wants Ministers to have the power to bring in, quote "shit kickers" to get things done. He discusses with Guyon Espiner how he would like to see an executive model more like that of Australia.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0810-govt_bureaucracy_needs_political_laxative_-_shane_jones-128.mp3




Sports News for 26 April 2018

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0806-sports_news_for_26_april_2018-128.mp3




Veteran remembers the Māori Battalion

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:55:00 +1200

One of the last three living soldiers of the 28th Māori Battalion attended the dawn service in his hometown of Masterton yesterday. Ninety-six-year-old Epineha Ratapu served in the battalion's C Company and saw action in the desert campaigns, Italy and Japan during the Second World War.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0755-veteran_remembers_the_maori_battalion-128.mp3




PSA 'disappointed' in Jones' bureacracy comments

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:50:00 +1200

New Zealand First Cabinet Minister Shane Jones says politicians need more control over the state sector. By law, state sector workers must be politically neutral. But Mr Jones says the government bureaucracy is like treacle and needs to speed up. He told Stuff he wants to "soften the line" between governance and bureaucracy, and would like ministers to be able to appoint people to senior roles to get things done more quickly. Glenn Barclay is the national secretary of the Public Service Association. He tells us ultimately, he's disappointed in the comments.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0750-psa_disappointed_in_jones_bureacracy_comments-128.mp3




Work & Income overhaul: Families in need 'can't wait'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:45:00 +1200

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says an announcement on the promised overhaul of the welfare system can be expected in the next three to four weeks. Questions have been raised again about Work and Income's culture and processes, following RNZ's story this week about a south Auckland mother who was told her benefit was cut because she'd been on two Tinder dates. The government isn't going into details about just how far the overhaul will go, but people working with the country's poorest say changes can't come soon enough.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0745-poor_families_cant_wait_for_work_and_income_changes-128.mp3




Green Party to stand in Northcote by-election

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:41:00 +1200

The Green Party has decided to stand a candidate in the upcoming Northcote by-election. That will be held in June and was triggered by the resignation of National's Jonathan Coleman, who won the seat with a 9,000 vote majority at last year's general election. The Green Party's candidate Rebekah Jaung gained just 2,400 of the votes in September. The party's co-leader Marama Davidson tells Susie Ferguson they will announce the candidate soon, but cannot say exactly when.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0741-green_party_to_stand_in_northcote_by-election-128.mp3




Major Auckland transport projects announced

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:38:00 +1200

A new 10-year funding package for Auckland transport will be released on Thursday by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. Minister of Transport Phil Twyford discusses the details with Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0738-major_auckland_transport_projects_announced-128.mp3




Gallipoli bus fire: Passports, belongings lost

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:28:00 +1200

A New Zealand woman who escaped from a bus that went up in flames while travelling to Gallipoli says a lot of people lost all their belongings. The bus carrying Australians and a group of fifteen New Zealanders was making its way from the Turkish city of Izmir to Gallipoli for the Anzac day commemorations.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0728-gallipoli_bus_fire_passports_belongings_lost-128.mp3




Anzac Day: Crowds turn out for 103rd commemoration

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:26:00 +1200

People across the country turned out in droves for Anzac Day services commemorating the men and women who've served New Zealand. Yesterday marked the hundred and third anniversary of the Gallipoli landings during the First World War and those attending say the occasion is about keeping family stories alive.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0726-anzac_day_crowds_turn_out_for_103rd_commemoration-128.mp3




Emergency housing braces for another tough winter

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:22:00 +1200

The Housing Minister, Phil Twyford, says the government is doing everything it can to mobilise extra resources ahead of another gruelling winter for the country's homeless. Emergency housing providers say the need for homes in the colder months remains as high as previous years and urgent plans must be made to make sure people are sheltered.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0722-emergency_housing_braces_for_another_tough_winter-128.mp3




Submarine murder: Inventor Peter Madson gets life in prison

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:18:00 +1200

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison. Madsen was convicted of murdering and mutilating the body of freelance journalist Kim Wall (Vahl) after she boarded his home-made submarine to write a story about him. Kim Wall boarded the submarine with Madsen in August last year, but a day later the inventor was rescued from the sinking vessel while his passenger was nowhere to be found - Madsen claiming she disembarked near Copenhagen. From Denmark we're joined by correspondent Thomas Djursing.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0718-submarine_murder_inventor_peter_madson_gets_life_in_prison-128.mp3




Toronto van attack: Driver linked to controversial online group

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:10:00 +1200

Alek Minassian, the van driver accused of killing 10 people in Toronto has been linked to a misogynistic online group called Incel. Incel is short for "involuntarily celibate" and in particular refers to online groups of men who feel that they can't enter into sexual relationships. The attitudes of men who visit the boards vary widely, but online they frequently vent anger against sexually prolific men ("Chads") and women ("Stacys"). More generally, incel forums often include rants aimed at feminism and women. Toronto residents remain shocked by the lunchtime attack. They've been gathering at a vigil near the scene. For the latest on the Toronto attack we're joined by Laura McQuillan who is a New Zealand journalist in Toronto.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0710-toronto_van_attack_driver_in_controversial_reddit_group-128.mp3




Sports News for 26 April 2018

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0706-sports_news_for_26_april_2018-128.mp3




Business News for 26 April 2018

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:49:00 +1200

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180426-0649-business_news_for_26_april_2018-128.mp3




Welfare overhaul needs balance - Upston

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:40:00 +1200

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says an announcement on the promised overhaul of the welfare system can be expected in the next three to four weeks. Questions have been raised again about Work and Income's culture and processes, following RNZ's story this week about a south Auckland mother who was told her benefit was cut because she'd been on two Tinder dates. RNZ social issues reporter Sarah Robson asked National's social development spokesperson, Louise Upston, about her concerns.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0640-welfare_overhaul_plans_due_in_weeks_-_sepuloni-128.mp3







Early Business News for 26 April 2018

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:20:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180426-0620-early_business_news_for_26_april_2018-128.mp3




Students moving schools are falling behind - Treasury report

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:12:00 +1200

A Treasury report shows some children are moving schools five times or more between the ages of 8 and 14 and it's hurting their academic achievement. The working paper on student mobility says 57 percent of highly mobile students got level one of the NCEA, compared with 90 percent of students who changed schools no more than three times. Mike Williams from the Secondary Principals Association told our education correspondent, John Gerritsen, transience has a big impact on students' academic achievement.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0612-students_moving_schools_are_falling_behind_-_treasury_report-128.mp3




Govt overhaul of welfare system 'imminent'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:09:00 +1200

The Government's overhaul of the welfare system - promised as part of Labour's confidence and supply agreement with the Greens - is imminent. The Social Development Minister, Carmel Sepuloni, says she'll be announcing more details in the next three to four weeks. Excessive sanctions, ensuring access to entitlements and a review of Working for Families will be included in it.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0609-govt_overhaul_of_welfare_system_imminent-128.mp3




Sports News for 26 April 2018

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:06:00 +1200

A update from the team at RNZ sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0606-sports_news_for_26_april_2018-128.mp3




Top Stories for Thursday 26 April 2018

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +1200

Toronto van attack: Driver in controversial Reddit group, Submarine murder: Inventor Peter Madson gets life in prison, Emergency housing braces for another tough winter, Anzac Day: Crowds turn out for 103rd commemoration


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180426-0600-top_stories_for_thursday_26_april_2018-128.mp3




Mural of soldier reminds Waimate residents of Anzac Day

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:57:00 +1200

Waimate residents will commemorate Anzac Day tomorrow under the gaze of a famous New Zealand soldier. One of the town's 35-metre high silos has been painted with a huge mural of Eric Batchelor, a local man who was twice awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous bravery during the Second World War. Waimate Transport director Barry Sadler owns the property that the mural is painted on. He talks to Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0857-mural_of_soldier_reminds_waimate_residents_of_anzac_day-128.mp3




Waihi Anzac event honours tunnelers, canaries

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:54:00 +1200

Canaries will have a special place in Anzac Day commemorations in Waihi tomorrow. The mining town is honouring the role of New Zealand's World War One tunnelers, and also of animals that served in wartime. Canaries and horses are expected in a parade through the town and local people will share their stories. Kit Wilson is one of the organisers. He talks to Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0854-waihi_anzac_event_honours_tunnelers_canaries-128.mp3




Migrants struggle to settle in Nelson-Tasman

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:47:00 +1200

Immigrants in the Nelson Tasman region complain of widespread racial discrimination and some say they can't get jobs because of their accent. A study found migrants face significant difficulties, including negative stereoptypes, difficulty in finding rental housing, name-calling and bullying. Nelson has the country's third largest migrant population, behind Auckland and Wellington. One of the solutions proposed is an increase in interpreters, particularly in the health sector. Brigid Ryan is from the Nelson Multicultural Council which conducted the study. She talks to Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0847-migrants_struggle_to_settle_in_nelson-tasman-128.mp3




Live Nation buys Rhythm & Vines

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:35:00 +1200

Rhythm and Vines - New Zealand's biggest New Year's Eve music festival - has been sold to global music company Live Nation.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0835-live_nation_takes_a_controlling_interest_in_rhythm_and_vines-128.mp3




Markets Update for 24 April 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:29:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0829-markets_update_for_24_april_2018-128.mp3




Social workers want registration law scrapped

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:26:00 +1200

Social workers want the goverment to scrap a proposed law to make registration mandatory saying it excludes half the country's workforce and doesn't do enough to protect the public. The Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill aims to raise professional standards but still still leaves it up an employer to decide who is and isn't a social worker.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0826-social_workers_want_registration_law_scrapped-128.mp3




Peters' North Korea trade comments 'in jest' - Parker

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:16:00 +1200

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Foreign Minister Winston Peters have been talking up the possibility of a Commonwealth trade agreement. The pair have just had a succesful week in Europe which included the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with 53 nations. Trade expert David Henig told us the chances of a Commonwealth deal going ahead were not good. Trade Minister David Parker joins Guyon Espiner to discuss this, as well as Winston Peters' comments about trade with North Korea.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0816-peters_north_korea_trade_comments_in_jest_-_parker-128.mp3




Van hits pedestrians in Toronto, driver arrested

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:10:00 +1200

Nine people have been confirmed dead and at least 16 injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians at speed on a Toronto street. NZ reporter Laura McQuillan is in Toronto and joins Susie Ferguson to describe the scene.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0810-van_hits_pedestrians_in_toronto-128.mp3




Sports News for 24 April 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0806-sports_news_for_24_april_2018-128.mp3




Anzac Day light show planned for Auckland Harbour Bridge

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:57:00 +1200

Tens of thousands of people will gather thoughout the country to commemorate Anzac Day. This year's events take place in the final year of the centenary of the First World War, which ran from 1914 to 1918, and that conflict will feature strongly in many of tomorrow's dawn services. Robyn Henry from Auckland Council is overseeing the city's events, including the dawn service at the Auckland Domain and a light show on the harbour bridge.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0757-anzac_day_light_show_planned_for_auckland_harbour_bridge-128.mp3




Oil & gas ending: Taranaki mayors take concerns to Minister

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:50:00 +1200

Taranaki mayors have asked the Government for help them diversify their local economies as the country moves away from oil and gas exploration. Three mayors from the region met Energy Minister Megan Woods yesterday and raised concerns about the government's recent decision to stop issuing new offshore oil and gas exploration permits. New Plymouth mayor Neil Holdom was at the meeting. He talks to Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0750-oil_and_gas_ending_taranaki_mayors_take_concerns_to_minister-128.mp3




Boulcott building evacuees out for six months

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:46:00 +1200

The 700 people evacuated from a central Wellington building two weeks ago have now been told they can't go back for at least six months. That's how long it will take to earthquake strengthen the 13-storey office block at 79 Boulcott St. Wellington City Council's Manager for City Consenting and Compliance Mark Pattemore joins Guyon Espiner to discuss the plan.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0746-boulcott_building_evacuees_out_for_6_months-128.mp3




Benefit cut mistake 'not acceptable' - Jacinda Ardern

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:36:00 +1200

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is back in the country after a week-long trip to Europe where she met the Queen, talked trade and security with France, Germany, Canada, the UK and Australia, and attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She discusses the trip, as well as issues in New Zealand, with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0736-prime_minister_returns_from_europe-128.mp3




Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn announces retirement

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:25:00 +1200

The Grey District's long-serving mayor, Tony Kokshoorn, has announced he'll retire from politics next year when his current term ends. Mr Kokshoorn says the mayoralty is a demanding job and he wants to spend more time with his wife and family. His 15-year tenure included the Pike River disaster in 2010, when a coal mining explosion killed 29 men.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0725-tony_kokshoorn_stepping_down_as_grey_district_mayor_next_year-128.mp3




Towbar recall could be devastating for trucking industry

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:23:00 +1200

A blanket ban on more than 800 heavy vehicle towbars is being described as potentially devastating for truckies. The towbars' certification has been revoked after investigators found serious safety problems.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0723-towbar_recall_could_be_devastating_for_trucking_industry-128.mp3




Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to third child

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:18:00 +1200

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have presented their third child, a boy, to media for the first time on the steps St Mary's Hospital in London, posing briefly for pictures before heading home to Kensington Palace. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child on Monday at 11.01am London time. His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge is fifth in line for the throne and weighed in at eight pounds seven ounces - or 3.8kg - and is yet to be named. Joining us now with the latest is our correspondent in London Natalie Powell.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0718-duchess_of_cambridge_gives_birth_to_third_child-128.mp3




Woman's benefit cut without investigation a 'one-off' error

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:14:00 +1200

The Ministry of Social Development is insisting it made a one-off mistake in stopping a woman's benefit before they'd investigated a tip off she was cheating the system. The Auckland solo mother of three was initially wrongly told her benefit had been cut because she had been on two Tinder dates - but the real reason was a complaint she was living with a man and was working. The accusation turned out to be untrue and the case has reignited calls for a culture change at Work and Income.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0714-womans_benefit_cut_without_investigation_a_one-off_error-128.mp3




Van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:11:00 +1200

Police in Toronto have arrested the driver of a van that mounted a curb and ran down several pedestrians. Officials say as many as 10 people were injured. New Zealand journalist Laura McQuillan is based in Toronto, she joins us with the latest details.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0711-van_hits_pedestrians_in_toronto-128.mp3




Sports News for 24 April 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0706-sports_news_for_24_april_2018-128.mp3




Business News for 24 April 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:51:00 +1200

News from the business sector, including a market report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180424-0651-business_news_for_24_april_2018-128.mp3




Woman's benefit cut after Tinder date, MSD apologises

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:44:00 +1200

The Ministry of Social Development says it doesn't make a habit of cutting people's benefits off, before they've investigated allegations they've been cheating the system. A solo mother in south Auckland had her payments stopped and was wrongly told it was because she went on two Tinder dates. But her case manager said nothing about any allegations she had been cheating the system - which weren't able to be substantiated. Kay Read from the Ministry of Social Development told RNZ social issues reporter Sarah Robson it was a one-off mistake.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0644-womans_benefit_cut_after_tinder_date_msd_apologises-128.mp3







Early Business News for 24 April 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:22:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180424-0622-early_business_news_for_24_april_2018-128.mp3




Whangarei pool inspections after failed saftey checks

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:18:00 +1200

Whangarei's council is planning to inspect every swimming pool in town after an audit indicated many might fail safety standards. Council staff found 10 out of 11 Whangarei pools they checked had problems such as insecure fencing or trees that children could use to climb over pool fences. The council's chief executive Rob Forlong told our Northland reporter Lois Williams it realised there was a problem after staff found a fence approved years ago was not safe.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0618-whangarei_pool_inspections_after_failed_saftey_checks-128.mp3




Nelson-Tasman migrant community suffer major barriers - study

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:15:00 +1200

A long-term study on the needs of the migrant community in Nelson-Tasman has revealed the cost of living is a barrier to settling, racial discrimination is widespread, and language barriers are preventing some from getting jobs. Nelson now has the country's third largest migrant population, behind Auckland and Wellington, according to the last census. The head of the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency, Mark Rawson, says the the region has miseed out on private sector opportunities through not identifying the value of diversity. He says a programme is underway to focus more resources on developing this part of the regional economy.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0615-nelson-tasman_migrant_community_suffer_major_barriers_-_study-128.mp3




Sports News for 24 April 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0606-sports_news_for_24_april_2018-128.mp3




Top Stories for Tuesday 24 April 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +1200

Van hits pedestrians in Toronto; woman's benefit cut without investigation a 'one-off' error; Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to third child; towbar recall could be devastating for trucking industry; Tony Kokshoorn stepping down as Grey District mayor next year; Prime Minister returns from Europe.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180424-0600-top_stories_for_tuesday_24_april_2018-128.mp3




E-bike sales booming in NZ

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:54:00 +1200

The number of New Zealanders using electric bicycles is on the rise with bike shops across the country reporting sales of one or two a day. This is backed up by Statistics New Zealand figures showing within the last year, there's been a 37 percent increase in imports of two-wheeled powered vehicles, which includes electric bikes, mopeds and motorcycles. Katie Scotcher took an E-Bike out for a spin.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0854-e-bike_sales_booming_in_nz-128.mp3




Charges against Fiji magazine were 'intimidation' - director

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:50:00 +1200

In a win for freedom of the press in Fiji, the public prosecutor has decided a news magazine has no case to answer following its story on a magistrate losing his job. The managing director of the magazine Islands Business Samisoni Pareti was taken in by police in February along with two of his journalists. It was in response to their reporting of the workers' dispute at Nadi Airport, which contained a tip-off that Magistrate Andrew See had his contract terminated, three weeks after he ruled in favour of the employees. The journalists say the police case was designed purely to intimidate, and police were assisted by a rival newspaper, the Fiji Sun. Now the public prosecutor has ruled the police file lacked any evidence. Samisoni Pareti told RNZ Pacific's Jamie Tahana he stands by the story and the judge's contract will expire on June 25, this year.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0850-charges_against_fiji_magazine_were_intimidation_-_director-128.mp3




Commonwealth Heads meeting likely Queen's last

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:43:00 +1200

The weekend's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London is likely to be the last time the meeting will be hosted by the head of the Commonwealth, the Queen. Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday at the weekend and avoids long distance travel. She now sends Prince Charles to represent her at the meetings. And he will continue in that role when she dies. The Commonwealth leadership is not hereditary but the leaders have agreed Charles will eventually succeed the Queen. The Queen lobbied for Charles to be assured of the position - was this a sign she's preparing the monarchy for her inevitable departure? Ingrid Seward is the editor of Majesty magazine and has just published a book, My Husband and I, chronicling the Queen's 70 year marriage to Prince Philip. She talks to Guyon Espiner.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0843-commonwealth_heads_meeting_likely_queens_last-128.mp3




Markets Update for 23 April 2018

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:00 +1200

A brief update of movements in the financial sector.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/business/bus-mnr-20180423-0830-markets_update_for_23_april_2018-128.mp3




New gonorrhoea superbug reaches Australia

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:26:00 +1200

An infectious diseases expert says a new gonorrhoea superbug that's reached Australia will eventually hit New Zealand too. Australian health experts say two men there have been diagnosed with multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea. It follows a case in the United Kingdom involving a heterosexual man who has now been successfully treated. Auckland University associate professor of infectious diseases, Mark Thomas, says it's not a question of if but when New Zealand gets its first case. Dr Thomas talks to Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0826-new_gonorrhoea_superbug_reaches_australia-128.mp3




Iwi warned Treaty settlements not an immediate fix

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:22:00 +1200

Māori are being warned that treaty settlements will not solve their problems straight away. Of the $2.2 billion in settlements between the Crown and iwi, more than half have been under $20 million. As our economics correspondent, Patrick O'Meara reports, that doesn't necessarily go very far in creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0822-expectant_maori_warned_treaty_settlements_are_not_a_panacea-128.mp3




Commonwealth free trade idea may have exciting outcomes - Finny

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:10:00 +1200

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Foreign Minister Winston Peters have been talking up the possibility of a Commonwealth trade agreement. The pair are arriving back in the country after a succesful week in Europe as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. While there, Ms Ardern met with Emmanuel Macron, Teresa May and Angela Merkel, with trade front of mind with both the European Union and the UK in a post-Brexit world. Trade expert Charles Finny tells Guyon Espiner: "These things, if you give them time, may lead to exciting outcomes."


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0810-commonwealth_free_trade_idea_may_have_exciting_outcomes_-_finny-128.mp3




Sports News for 23 April 2018

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:06:00 +1200

An update from the team at RNZ Sport.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0806-sports_news_for_23_april_2018-128.mp3




A snake, a bear, a shark - man meets wildlife the hard way

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:58:00 +1200

It's said that good things come in threes, and that can be the case with bad things too. Twenty-year-old Dylan McWilliams from Colorado loves the outdoors, but the world of nature hasn't been altogether welcoming. Three years ago he was bitten by a rattlesnake. Last summer he woke up while camping to find a bear crunching on his head. And last week while swimming in Hawaii, he was attacked by a shark. He's still at the beach and tells Susie Ferguson of his experiences.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0758-a_snake_a_bear_and_a_shark_-_meeting_wildlife_the_hard_way-128.mp3




Explosion in rodent numbers after long summer

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:54:00 +1200

An unusually long, dry summer has caused an explosion in rat and mice numbers, creating extra work for groups working towards a predator-free New Zealand. Pest controllers say they're gearing up for an especially busy winter as hoardes of pests head indoors to find food and warmth during the colder months. Nita Blake-Persen filed this report.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0754-long_dry_summer_leads_to_explosion_in_rodent_numbers-128.mp3




Motor industry flat out as airbag recall drives up business

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:50:00 +1200

Owners of cars fitted with potentially lethal Takata airbags face wait-times of up to ten days to get them replaced following the compulsory recall just two weeks ago. The Alpha-type airbags, thought to be installed in around 50,000 New Zealand new and imported cars have the potential to deploy with explosive force and have killed 23 people internationally. RNZ's Emma Hatton reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0750-motor_industry_flat_out_as_airbag_recall_drives_up_business-128.mp3




Nurses to vote on strike action - Cee Payne

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:43:00 +1200

Nurses will begin voting from today about whether they back strike action to resolve the pay impasse with their district health board employers. An independent panel met for the first time last week in a bid to find a way through the dispute beween hospital nurses and DHBs. In the meantime the union is going ahead with a ballot about possible strike action, a plan that was endorsed by its national delegates last week. It means about 27,000 nurses will get ballot papers from today and start voting immediately. Nurses Organisation industrial services manager Cee Payne discusses what will happen with Susie Ferguson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0743-nurses_to_vote_on_strike_action_-_cee_payne-128.mp3




Peters' N Korea free trade suggestion 'insane' - Paula Bennett

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:37:00 +1200

National seems less than enthused about the possibility of a 53-nation Commonwealth free trade agreement coming together anytime soon. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters talked up the idea in London at the weekend after he and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. He also suggested the possibility of a free trade deal with North Korea, and hasn't completely abandoned the idea of an agreement with Russia. National's deputy leader Paula Bennett tells Guyon Espiner Mr Peters' North Korea suggestion is "insane". "This N Korea talk, even mentioning Russia at the moment..." could be setting New Zealand back in trade negotiations with other countries, she says.  However she says she does think Jacinda Ardern looked beautiful in her korowai at Buckingham Palace, and did a good job overall in the EU and UK.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0737-peters_n_korea_free_trade_suggestion_insane_-_paula_bennett-128.mp3




Rescue helicopter cuts: Mayors urge Clark to reconsider

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:27:00 +1200

The mayors of Taupo, Rotorua and Ruapehu District will today meet with the Health Minister David Clark over the possible loss of rescue helicopter services in the region. Under a proposed re-design of the national air ambulance service, the Central North Island would be left without helicopter bases, meaning it would have to rely on choppers coming from Taranaki, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier or Palmerston North. And that has the mayors - and locals - worried. Sarah Robson has the story.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0727-rescue_helicopter_cuts_mayors_urge_clark_to_reconsider-128.mp3




Takaka relief fund 'too complicated' - businesses

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:24:00 +1200

Some storm affected business owners in Golden Bay say applying to a special relief fund is so complicated they're tossing the paperwork in the bin. One has even hired an accountant to help fill out their application. Tracy Neal reports.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20180423-0724-takaka_relief_fund_too_complicated_-_businesses-128.mp3