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Police are approaching innocent young people, photographing them, collecting their personal details and then using a phone app to send it all to a national police database. RNZ first reported on young Maori being stopped and photographed by police in Wairarapa last year, but we can now reveal it has happened across the country. Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.
News from the business sector, including a market report.
The government is being urged to decriminalise cannabis, despite the bid to push forward legalisation narrowly failing last year. A new poll, which surveyed a thousand New Zealanders who voted in the referendum, shows about two-thirds want the drug legalised or decriminalised. The poll was conducted by the market research firm UMR for the Helen Clark Foundation. The Foundation's executive director Kathy Errington says a lot of the benefits that would have been seen with the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, could still be achieved by decriminalisation.
Many whanau are angry their young family members have been stopped and photographed by police. RNZ can now reveal this has happened to rangatahi across the country, after first reporting young Maori were photographed by police in Wairarapa. A frontline police officer, who did not want to be named, says in an effort to crack-down on youth crime, officers are strongly encouraged to collect intelligence, including photographs, on any young person they see, even if they are not linked to an offence. They say the information can become useful if the same youth are caught offending in the future. Sisters Naomi and Charlene Sadlier told Te Aniwa Hurihanganui this happened to their two nephews in Whanganui six years ago. Police say they have no record of the Whanganui case and they can legally take photographs of young people in limited circumstances, including under the Oranga Tamariki Act.
News from the rural and farming sector.
A brief update from the business sector.
Visiting seafarers will have better access to internet, toll calls and support services thanks to a funding boost from the government. A law change will see part of the maritime levy go towards support services run by the Seafarers Welfare Board. Transport Minister Michael Wood told Sally Murphy Covid-19 has hit seafarers hard.
University tutors and casual lecturers are facing a bleak year as universities cut back their working hours. The eight universities are trying to save money to make up for the loss of foreign student fees. Luke Oldfield from the Tertiary Action Group told RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen the universities have been cutting casual roles since early last year.
A vaccinologist says the two-dose Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be about 95 percent effective and ensuring every New Zealander can get it is a very wise move. The government's has named Pfizer as it's primary Covid-19 vaccine provider. It's purchased enough doses for the whole population to receive the two doses needed to protect against the virus. Auckland University's Dr Helen Petousis-Harris is part of an independent panel giving the government scientific advice on covid vaccines. She told RNZ's Yvette McCullough she was "delighted" by the move - and isn't bothered about the government having all of its eggs in one basket.
New Zealand's Israel Adesanya has come up short in his quest to become a mixed martial arts world champion in two different divisions. The UFC middleweight champion stepped up a weight class and unsuccessfully challenged Poland's Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight world title in Las Vegas last night. The unanimous decision defeat was also the first loss of Adesanya's professional MMA career, after he had come into the contest with a perfect 20 wins from 20 fights. Clay Wilson reports.
A 79-year-old puzzle has been solved after the remains of a New Zealand World War II airman were confirmed at a wreckage site in Germany. Southland man, sergeant Henry Pullar, was the rear gunner in a heavy bomber which was shot down over Vechta in December, 1942. Only the pilot's body had previously been recovered but excavation work in 2019 uncovered the 75th New Zealand Squadron RAF plane, which carried six other airmen. DNA testing has recently confirmed the remains of Henry Pullar, who at 25 was the oldest person on board. Sergeant Pullar's niece Pam Compton spoke to Corin Dann.
A Masterton business analyst has completed what might be called the "Everest" of climbing in this country - scaling 100 great New Zealand peaks. Don French reached the milestone at the age of 62 when he knocked off the tricky Mount Unicorn on the West Coast. He's the first person to reach a goal that was unofficially set for Kiwi climbers thirty years ago, when the New Zealand Alpine Club created the 100 Peaks Challenge. A methodical, safety-first approach has served French well. It's taken him eight years to knock off the last five climbs. He spoke to Susie Ferguson.
New Zealand have finally grabbed hold of netball's Constellation Cup, which has spent the last nine years residing in Australia. Sunday's 45-43 win in Christchurch featured another stunning second-half fightback from the Silver Ferns, something that became a trademark of the series, which they won 3-1. RNZ sports reporter Bridget Tunnicliffe and former Australian captain Liz Ellis spoke to Corin Dann.
A brief update of movements in the financial sector.
The future of water rights in Otago is headed to court today. Some irrigation rights date back to the gold mining days, but that will change in October when a new regime comes into force. Timothy Brown has more.
The government is being accused of failing Māori and Pasifika queer people by not involving them directly in the development of new law. Justice Minister Kris Faafoi has committed to passing legislation to ban gay conversion "therapy", which involves attempts to change a person's sexual or gender orientation.  Takatāpui and other indigenous queer people say the practice has long been part of church efforts to colonise and reshape Māori and Pasifika sexuality and identity.  Long time campaigners say being forced to wait until select committee before having any input could result in bad law.
Researchers from Victoria University have brought us one step closer to more accurately forecasting when large earthquakes could occur. Using data from the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, they have been able to prove that sediment in under water landslides - called Turbidites - can be used to find out how many large earthquakes have happened in a particular area in the past. By assessing this pattern, they can then estimate when the next high magnitude earthquake could occur. It's the first time this method has been proven to work. Lead author of the study and senior lecturer in Victoria University of Wellington's School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences Jamie Howarth spoke to Corin Dann.
Plastic clips used in freezing works are being found washed up on beaches around the country. The oesophagus clips stop the contents of an animal's stomach from spilling out during processing, but one ended up in the stomach of a fish caught in the Catlins last month. Councils say they can't prove the source of the clips. Meanwhile the meat industry says its making its own investigations. RNZ's Anusha Bradley reports.
The government has poured cold water on the call for an inquiry into the Valentine's Day Covid-19 outbreak. The National Party wants a full investigation - it's says we're a year into the pandemic and costly mistakes are still being made. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says that's not necessary, but the government will take a look to see if some of the messaging is confusing, and needs changing. The same day National made its call, news came through of a new case at the border - an airline crew member who returned to New Zealand from Japan in late February, and returned a negative test. Here's RNZ political editor Jane Patterson.
The Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua says her players will enjoy yesterday's Constellation Cup victory over Australia, but their programmes are already being plotted for the upcoming ANZ Premiership.
A 97-year-old woman is among those who fear they will be deported from New Zealand to countries ravaged by coronavirus. Others are in their 70s and 80s and say they face a life of fear and isolation if they have to return to their home countries. They're among thousands of people affected by the freeze on Immigration's parent category. Gill Bonnett reports.
South Island exporters have breathed a sigh of relief after news more empty shipping containers will be making their way down to southern ports. Next weekend the international shipping firm Maersk will begin a new service carting containers away from the logjammed Auckland port, down to Timaru, Lyttleton, Nelson and Dunedin. Emma Hatton reports.
The Chinese Foreign Minister has hit back at allegations of ethnic genocide against the Uighur people in Xinjiang province, calling the claims 'ridiculously absurd'. At the annual news conference on Sunday, Minister Wang Yi insisted that China was eradicating extremism. International condemnation is growing with accusations of rape, forced sterilisations and the separation of children from their families within re-education camps. BBC's asia pacific editor Michael Bristow spoke to Corin Dann.
Hours before the netball win, our men's cricketers swept aside Australia at Wellington's Sky Stadium to clinch the T20 series 3-2. Chasing Australia's 142 for eight, the home side cruised to 143 for three with 27 balls remaining. Player of the Series and Black Caps spin bowler Ish Sodhi spoke to Corin Dann.
A severe earthquake near the Kermadec Islands sparked tsunami alerts around the Pacific and left thousands of New Zealanders fleeing to higher ground on Friday. It took five hours for that the evacuation notice to be lifted - in part because the earthquake happened in such a remote part of the ocean. So can anything be done to make that information available sooner? University of Auckland earthquake researcher Jennifer Eccles spoke to Susie Ferguson.
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RNZ
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Started
Mar 17th, 2019
Latest Episode
Mar 8th, 2021
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13436
Avg. Episode Length
5 minutes
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