Morning Report

Thursday 30 July 2015, with Susie Ferguson & Guyon Espiner

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Top Stories for Thursday 30 July 2015

6:00 AM. Aviation expert says if part from 777, plane part likely to be from MH370. Russia rejects MH17 tribunal. Housing Minister forecasts 'unprecedented' construction activity. Confidence NZ won't sell its soul for sake of Trans Pacific Partnership this week. The Taliban's leader confirmed dead, in 2013. Fire at a block of flats in Auckland. Calls for preventive detention getting louder.

Sports News for 30 July 2015

6:06 AM. An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

One injured and three others rescued from house fire in Auckland

6:10 AM. A woman had to be given CPR and three others have been rescued from a house fire in Auckland.

Pacific News for 30 July 2015

6:19 AM. The latest from the Pacific region.

Morning Rural News for 30 July 2015

6:22 AM. News from the rural and farming sector.

Te Manu Korihi News for 30 July 2015

6:27 AM. Embracing te reo and tikanga Maori is paying dividends for a the Taranaki arm of an international accountancy firm; The Maori Party is supporting the Minister of Corrections because it says he's prepared to consider rehabilitation programmes for Maori prisoners; The first stage of the 1080 drop on Auckland's Hunua Ranges begins today with the support of the Wharekawa marae at the foothills of the range.

Builders worried about skill shortage amid 'unprecedented growth'

6:42 AM. Builders say they're concerned about a shortage of skilled tradespeople ahead of unprecedented growth in construction forecast for the next six years.

Reserve Bank rules out large interest rate cuts

6:47 AM. The Reserve Bank says further interest rates cuts are likely, but it's not entertaining the notion of significant reductions.

Abano expects to grow by acquisition

6:49 AM. Abano Healthcare Group is expecting to continue to grow, by buying dental businesses in Australia and Southeast Asia.

Fed leaves door open to September rate hike

6:51 AM. The Federal Reserve in the United States has left the door open for a possible rate hike.

Investors aim to keep listed firms honest

6:53 AM. A group of institutional investors is aiming to keep listed firms honest by making sure their rules and processes are open and fair, and ensure their decisions can be accounted for.

Mainfreight takes a swipe at the Treasury

6:55 AM. Mainfreight has taken a swipe at the Treasury's call to shut down KiwiRail.

Ryman buys Hamilton site, close to buying in Melbourne

6:56 AM. The retirement and aged care provider, Ryman Healthcare, has bought more land in Hamilton and is close to confirming a third site in Melbourne as part of its plan to increase its resident numbers by 70 percent in the next five years.

IkeGPS considers plans to attract American investors

6:57 AM. IkeGPS is considering plans to attract American investors, including the option of listing in the United States.

Morning markets for 30 July 2015

6:58 AM. Wall Street is up after a meeting of the Federal Reserve.

Sports News for 30 July 2015

7:08 AM. An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Aviation expert says plane part could be from MH370

7:15 AM. Mary Schiavo is an aviation lawyer and a former inspector general of the US Department of Transportation.

Russia rejects MH17 tribunal

7:20 AM. The United Nations' Security Council is voting on a bid for an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing the Malaysian Airlines plane, MH17, over the Ukraine last year.

Housing Minister forecasts 'unprecedented' construction activity

7:24 AM. A new Government report shows construction activity during the next six years is expected to top two-hundred billion dollars.

Confidence NZ won't sell its soul for sake of Trans Pacific Partnership this week

7:29 AM. New Zealand's special agricultural trade envoy, Mike Petersen, is confident the Trans Pacific Partnership can be wrapped up this week.

The Taliban's leader confirmed dead, in 2013

7:37 AM. The government of Afghanistan have confirmed that the reclusive leader of the Afghan Taliban movement, Mullah Omar, is dead.

Fire at block of flats in Auckland

7:42 AM. As we reported earlier this morning firefighters rescued four people from a blaze at a block of flats in Remuera.

Calls for preventive detention getting louder

7:45 AM. A former Police detective and the father of a murder victim are backing calls for preventive detention to be made an option for some offenders when they've completed their prison sentence.

A former US trade representative talks TPP

7:48 AM. The wide-ranging TPPA deal involves 12 Pacific Rim countries and covers such diverse areas as investment rules, intellectual property protection and market access.

More details come to light on Cecil the lion

7:53 AM. The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion is continuing to dominate social media around the world.

Another ineligibility scandal for New Zealand Football

7:57 AM. New Zealand Football is facing fresh allegations of using ineligible players less than a fortnight after the team's disqualification from the Rio Olympics qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea.

Sports News for 30 July 2015

8:07 AM. An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Wiping Japan's high tariffs the focus of Beef and Lamb NZ during TPP talks

8:11 AM. New Zealand's special agricultural trade envoy, Mike Petersen, is confident the Trans Pacific Partnership can be wrapped up this week.

TPP documents suggest clampdown on SOEs

8:16 AM. Guyon Espiner talks to Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey.

Master Builders encouraged but wary of new construction forecast

8:20 AM. The Master Builders Association says while it's encouraging to see construction activity is forecast to peak at an all-time high, New Zealand has an unfortunate history of compromising on quality during a boom.

Majority of our packaged foods unhealthy - study finds

8:24 AM. A new study has found more than 80 per cent of packaged foods available in supermarkets are ultra-processed - and are the least healthy option.

1080 drop begins in Auckland's Hunua Ranges today

8:27 AM. The first stage of the 1080 drop on Auckland's Hunua Ranges, home to 60 per cent of the city's water supply begins today.

Markets Update for 30 July 2015

8:32 AM. A brief update of movements in the financial sector.

Former Conservative Party board member won't back down

8:38 AM. One of the men at the centre of a defamation claim by the former leader of the Conservative Party Colin Craig says he won't back down.

Graduates say their livelihoods haven't improved after university

8:40 AM. Earlier this week a survey has revealed the number of students in financial distress has more than doubled since 2012.

Te Manu Korihi News for 30 July 2015

8:47 AM. Embracing te reo and tikanga Maori is paying dividends for a the Taranaki arm of an international accountancy firm; The Maori Party is supporting the Minister of Corrections because it says he's prepared to consider rehabilitation programmes for Maori prisoners; The first stage of the 1080 drop on Auckland's Hunua Ranges begins today with the support of the Wharekawa marae at the foothills of the range.

Miners families vow to fight for safer workplaces

8:51 AM. The family of two men who died in the Pike River mine disaster have taken their fight for workplace safety to Parliament.

High mileage Hilux to be used as courtesy car

8:54 AM. A Kiwi ute with enough miles on the clock to have travelled to the moon and back three times, has found a new home in Christchurch.

Kiwi author Anna Smaill makes 2015 Man Booker long-list

8:58 AM. New Zealand author Anna Smaill has been long-listed for this year's Man Booker prize.