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Melanesian Update for 1 December 2020

December 01, 2020 07:30 - 22 minutes - 20.5 MB

The latest news from Melanesia.

8pm Pacific Regional News for 1 December 2020

December 01, 2020 07:00 - 8 minutes - 8.09 MB

The latest regional Pacific news

The Football Match That Kicked off a War

December 01, 2020 06:12 - 18 minutes - 16.8 MB

Our Military Historian Damien Fenton takes a look at the 1969 'Football War' between Honduras and El Salvador.

Parliament works on festival drug testing, more sick leave and a new tax bracket

December 01, 2020 05:55 - 4 minutes - 5.63 MB

Drug testing at festivals, a new tax bracket, more sick leave, and a quicker change in Covid-19 alert levels will be worked on at Parliament under urgency this week. 

Crowds to walk Rarotonga to promote healthy living

December 01, 2020 05:25 - 3 minutes - 3.28 MB

Hundreds of people in the Cook Islands will walk around the whole of Rarotonga tomorrow morning to promote a more active and healthy lifestyle. The 32 kilometre Leaders Walk for Life was inspired by the hugely successful Cook Island Games will also raise money for sports equipment for schools. RNZ Pacific's Talei Anderson has the details.

Abuse survivor doubts Church's response has changed

December 01, 2020 05:20 - 2 minutes - 2.65 MB

A man abused while at a Catholic boarding school in the early 1950s says he's not convinced the church's approach to dealing with abuse has changed. RNZ reporter, Andrew McRae has been at the hearing in Auckland - a warning - parts of his report are distressing.

Aucklanders face $100 more in rates under proposed budget

December 01, 2020 05:19 - 1 minute - 1000 KB

The average Auckland household will pay more than $100 more in rates next year if Auckland Council's proposed budget gets the tick. Mayor Phil Goff has announced a proposed one-off five percent rates rise as part of its Covid-19 recovery plan. The council is forecast to lose $1 billion in revenue because of Covid-19, over the next four years. Goff says the budget prioritises Auckland's recovery from the pandemic. He said the rates rise will return to 3.5 percent after next year's one-off...

Drug-checking stations confirmed for summer festivals

December 01, 2020 05:16 - 2 minutes - 2.58 MB

The summer festivals have been given the all-clear to have drug-checking stations on site to test whether people's pills have been laced with pesticides or paint compounds. The government has announced it will rush through legislation under urgency to bring the service out of the shadows before Christmas. Here's our deputy political editor Craig McCulloch.

Ardern dismisses Whakaari Royal Commission suggestion

December 01, 2020 05:13 - 3 minutes - 2.91 MB

The Prime Minister has poured cold water on a Royal Commission into Whakaari, which could leave unanswered questions about the rescue and recovery mission. WorkSafe has completed its investigation into the disaster, but only up until the point of the eruption. It has charged 13 parties, including the National Emergency Management Agency and GNS Science. Ministers are now at odds over whether scrutiny should be applied to the likes of emergency services and the NZDF, and the way they resp...

Govt under more scrutiny over skyrocketing house prices

December 01, 2020 05:07 - 4 minutes - 3.96 MB

The government's come under more scrutiny today for skyrocketing house prices. The Prime Minister and her deputy say they are seeking advice on ways to slow down the rampant price increases. Today that discussion focused on a possible extension of the bright line test, but economists say that's merely a distraction and won't solve the disastrous cost and supply issues unfolding. Nita Blake-Persen reports.

A Christmas miracle? Moutere church's stolen items returned

December 01, 2020 04:54 - 4 minutes - 4.26 MB

It's not a typical Christmas story but arguably it involves grinches, what some may describe as a miracle, and even a touch of redemption. On Sunday thieves stripped a church near Nelson of all its precious items - everything from the sound system to the communion plate and even a Gottfried Lindauer painting. Pieces of the ceiling were left hanging after the burglars tried to pull the heaters down. Pastor Andy Marr of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Upper Moutere turned up ahead of Sunday s...

Covid-19 Christmas: Screens, masks, no sitting on Santa's knee

December 01, 2020 04:47 - 6 minutes - 5.72 MB

Christmas is just around the corner but things are looking a bit different for Covid-19-style festivities. Visits to Santa aren't quite the same and some traditions have been scrapped altogether, to avoid large gatherings. Checkpoint reporter Louise Ternouth and camera operator Nick Monro filed this report.

Porirua seeks more accommodation for flood-hit locals

December 01, 2020 04:44 - 2 minutes - 2.76 MB

Porirua City Council is expecting to have to find more accommodation for people whose houses have been ruined in recent flooding. Seventeen houses in total have been made uninhabitable. Harry Lock reports.

Evening business for 1 December 2020

December 01, 2020 04:42 - 4 minutes - 4.28 MB

News from the business sector, including a market report.

Unilever trials four-day working week with NZ staff

December 01, 2020 04:39 - 4 minutes - 4.44 MB

Global consumer giant Unilever is using its New Zealand workers as a test run for a four-day working week. From Monday, its New Zealand-based employees will start a trial working a shorter week, and if successful it will be rolled out to 155,000 of its workers around the world. It follows what Vodafone calls a successful trial last summer allowing its workers more time in the sun, and a four-day work week already in place in a handful of companies in New Zealand. RNZ Tasman reporter Trac...

Adventure tourism warned of tighter rules after Whakaari tragedy

December 01, 2020 04:27 - 4 minutes - 3.85 MB

The tourism industry is warning that tightening rules around managing risks could hit the sector hard in the wake of the Whakaari White Island eruption. At least two tourism operators - White Island Tours and Volcanic Air Safaris - are among the 13 parties charged by WorkSafe. The eruption has also sparked a review by MBIE into regulations governing adventure activities that operate near natural hazards. Tourism reporter Tess Brunton has more.

Adventure tourism warned of tighter rules after Whakaari traged

December 01, 2020 04:27 - 4 minutes - 3.85 MB

The tourism industry is warning that tightening rules around managing risks could hit the sector hard in the wake of the Whakaari White Island eruption. At least two tourism operators - White Island Tours and Volcanic Air Safaris - are among the 13 parties charged by WorkSafe. The eruption has also sparked a review by MBIE into regulations governing adventure activities that operate near natural hazards. Tourism reporter Tess Brunton has more.

SIS 'questionable' for not reporting abuse - Inspector-General

December 01, 2020 04:19 - 7 minutes - 7.07 MB

The country's spy agency watchdog says the SIS behaved in a "questionable" way when it decided not to tell police it knew a serious crime was being committed. The report by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security comes after RNZ revealed in September that a former SIS agent made a complaint to the security watchdog after being haunted by the memory of what he found during a covert operation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Investigative journalist Guyon Espiner explains what...

Embattled dog breeder ordered to pay client's vet bills

December 01, 2020 04:15 - 4 minutes - 3.9 MB

A prolific Hawke's Bay dog breeder, at the centre of a Checkpoint investigation into the commercial trade of puppies, has been ordered to cover an unhappy client's vet bills. Auckland woman Justine van Zyl purchased her boxer pup, Cooper, from Margaret Harkema earlier this year, but quickly noticed the new family pet was unwell. Harkema sold the boxer litter through a Hawke's Bay couple acting as intermediaries. The trio's lawyer says Cooper's conditions were invisible to his clients. Bu...

NZ backs Australia in escalating row with China

December 01, 2020 04:11 - 4 minutes - 3.75 MB

New Zealand has sided with Australia over an escalating row with China, after a Chinese foreign affairs official sent a tweet featuring a doctored picture of an Australian soldier. The rhetoric's ramped up as Australia demands an apology over what it calls the "repugnant" tweet, showing the soldier holding a knife to an Afghan child's throat. It references a recent report that found Australian soldiers were responsible for at least 39 unlawful killings in Afghanistan. Last night New Zeal...

Northland shooting: Police dog, gunman treated for bullet wounds

December 01, 2020 04:07 - 3 minutes - 3.17 MB

A police dog is being treated for at least one bullet wound this evening after being shot by a wanted man as he tried to get away from Northland police. The man who allegedly pulled the trigger is in Hospital in Auckland after he was shot multiple times by officers returning fire during the standoff near Dargaville. Police says he was wanted on drugs and firearms charges. RNZ reporter Chen Liu is in Northland, and filed this report.

Northland shooting: Police dog, gunman treated for wounds

December 01, 2020 04:07 - 3 minutes - 3.17 MB

A police dog is being treated for at least one bullet wound this evening after being shot by a wanted man as he tried to get away from Northland police. The man who allegedly pulled the trigger - is in Hospital in Auckland after HE was shot multiple times by officers ...returning fire during the standoff near Dargaville. Police says he was wanted on drugs and firearms charges. RNZ reporter Chen Liu is in Northland, and filed this report.

New privacy laws come into force

December 01, 2020 03:50 - 9 minutes - 8.98 MB

Professor Gehan Gunasekara, chair of the Privacy Foundation, speaks to The Panel about the changes.

Govt to double sick leave entitlements in late 2021

December 01, 2020 03:46 - 6 minutes - 6.22 MB

But the number of days that can be stockpiled will remain at 20. The Panel speaks to CTU President Richard Wagstaff.

Govt to allow drug-checking at summer festivals

December 01, 2020 03:40 - 6 minutes - 5.53 MB

The Government will rush through legislation to allow drug-checking programmes to take place at festivals this summer without fear of prosecution. The Panel speaks to Wendy Allison is the managing director of Know Your Stuff.

Stuff reviews letters to the editor

December 01, 2020 03:25 - 6 minutes - 5.56 MB

The Panel discusses an article out today about the history of letters to the editor in the Timaru Herald.

Auckland Council proposes 5 percent rates rise

December 01, 2020 03:20 - 7 minutes - 7.07 MB

The Panel speaks to Simon Wilson, a senior writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Lawyer Hazel Armstrong on White Island investigation

December 01, 2020 03:08 - 9 minutes - 8.89 MB

The Panel speaks to Lawyer Hazel Armstrong who is calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry. 

The Panel with Kathryn Burnett and Anton Matthews (Part 2)

December 01, 2020 03:07 - 23 minutes - 21.7 MB

Govt to allow drug-checking at summer festivals; Govt to double sick leave entitlements in late 2021; New privacy laws come into force;

The Panel with Kathryn Burnett and Anton Matthews (Part 1)

December 01, 2020 03:06 - 24 minutes - 22.8 MB

Lawyer Hazel Armstrong on White Island investigation; Auckland Council proposes 5 percent rates rise; Stuff reviews letters to the editor.

4pm Pacific Regional News for 1 December 2020

December 01, 2020 03:00 - 7 minutes - 7.12 MB

The latest regional Pacific news.

What panellists Anton Matthews and Kathryn Burnett have been thinking

December 01, 2020 02:55 - 4 minutes - 3.91 MB

What panellists Anton Matthews and Kathryn Burnett have been thinking.

What panellists Anton Matthews and Kathryn Burnett have been th

December 01, 2020 02:55 - 4 minutes - 3.91 MB

What panellists Anton Matthews and Kathryn Burnett have been thinking.

Story of the day with Robert Kelly - Bar snack scotched in UK controversy

December 01, 2020 02:50 - 8 minutes - 7.68 MB

The humble scotch egg has found itself at the heart of a heated political dispute in the UK over what constitutes a "substantial meal". Rob Kelly rolls the controversy in breadcrumbs and drops it in the deep fryer.

Lawrence Douglas - I knew Donald Trump wouldn't go quietly

December 01, 2020 02:10 - 19 minutes - 17.8 MB

Legal scholar Lawrence Douglas predicted that Trump wouldn't go quietly if he lost the US Presidential election more than two years ago. He speaks to Jesse about what can be expected next.

A defence of maps at the start of books

December 01, 2020 01:10 - 12 minutes - 11.1 MB

Rob Kelly thinks that sometimes a book warrants a map at the start, but only if they're clever and match the book.

Question Time for 1 December 2020

December 01, 2020 01:02 - 48 minutes - 44.6 MB

Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in relation to accepting policy recommendations on housing, “The appetite for some of these policies also needs to come from the public”? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: What response has he seen to Government initiatives to support training and apprenticeships? ANDREW BAYLY to the Minister of Finance: ...

Hollywood dreams on hold for 'mature' starlet

December 01, 2020 00:55 - 3 minutes - 3.68 MB

Like many in the entertainment industry, Auckland actor Julie Collis, has been forced to return from pursuing her career as a "mature" actor in Hollywood.

New varieties of avocado developed in Gisborne

December 01, 2020 00:35 - 11 minutes - 10.6 MB

A Waerenga-a-Hika couple has developed three new varieties of avocado that are attracting interest around the world.

Calls for a trans-Tasman travel bubble to start now

December 01, 2020 00:35 - 11 minutes - 10.9 MB

A leading New Zealand epidemiologist at Melbourne University says it is now safe for trans-Tasman quarantine free travel to open up.

How to fix the country's housing crisis

December 01, 2020 00:20 - 11 minutes - 10.4 MB

A former adviser to the minister of housing and development believes there is an easy way to fix the current housing crisis without penalising landlords in the extreme.

Big increase in youth and Māori voter turnout at October election

November 30, 2020 23:46 - 2 minutes - 2.3 MB

This years election saw the biggest youth voter turnout in more than two decades. 82 percent of young people voted - with 94-point-1 percent of people aged between 18 - 24 enrolled - the highest since 1999. Māori voter turnout in both the general and MÄori roll increased by 15 percent on last election. Māni dunlop spoke to the Chief Electoral Officer. Alicia Wright.

Big increase in youth and Māori voters in 2020 election

November 30, 2020 23:46 - 2 minutes - 2.3 MB

This years election saw the biggest youth voter turnout in more than two decades. Eighty-two percent of young people voted - with 94.1 percent of people aged between 18 - 24 enrolled - the highest since 1999. Māori voter turnout in both the general and Māori roll increased by 15 percent on last election. Māni Dunlop spoke to the Chief Electoral Officer. Alicia Wright.

Four-day work week benefits everyone - academic

November 30, 2020 23:43 - 3 minutes - 3.23 MB

A New Zealand academic who's studied the effects of a four-day work week says they really do benefit companies and workers. Global consumer goods company, Unilever, has announced it will use its staff in Aotearoa to trial a four-day working week, at full pay. If successful, the scheme will be rolled out to Unilever's 155,000 employees around the world. Jarred Haar is a professor of human resource management at AUT, and has studied the impacts of a four-day work week. He spoke to Māni Dun...

Midday Rural News for 1 December 2020

November 30, 2020 23:35 - 6 minutes - 5.83 MB

New research finds big horticulture possibilities in Taranaki. Eric Frykberg has mo nga korero e pa ana ki te taiwhenua.

Long Range Weather Forecast for 1 December 2020

November 30, 2020 23:32 - 2 minutes - 1.88 MB

Long Range Weather Forecast for 1 December 2020.

Midday Sports News for 1 December 2020

November 30, 2020 23:28 - 2 minutes - 1.96 MB

The Breakers will head to Melbourne for next year's Australian national basketball league. Stephen Hewson has te pūrongo hakinakina.

Midday Business News for 1 December 2020

November 30, 2020 23:20 - 8 minutes - 7.66 MB

Sky television's chief executive resigns. Gyles Beckford has te pūrongo pakihi.

Ardern says Whakaari Royal Commission unnecessary

November 30, 2020 23:17 - 2 minutes - 2.69 MB

The Prime Minister says she doesn't think a Royal Commission into last year's Whakaari White Island eruption is necessary. Jacinda Ardern says both the health and safety regulator and the Coroner are invesitgating, and a Royal Commission would add little more to that. She made the comments less than 24 hours after WorkSafe announced it was charging 13 parties over the explosion, which killed 22 people. Māni Dunlop spoke to National's workplace relations spokesperson, Scott Simpson.

PM: Whakaari Royal Commission unnecessary

November 30, 2020 23:17 - 2 minutes - 2.69 MB

The Prime Minister says she doesn't think a Royal Commission into last year's Whakaari White Island eruption is necessary. Jacinda Ardern says both the health and safety regulator and the Coroner are investigating, and a Royal Commission would add little more to that. She made the comments less than 24 hours after WorkSafe announced it was charging 13 parties over the explosion, which killed 22 people. Māni Dunlop spoke to National's workplace relations spokesperson, Scott Simpson.

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