Morning Report

Friday 27 November 2015, with Susie Ferguson & Guyon Espiner

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Top Stories for Friday 27 November 2015

6:00 AM. More crews are called in overnight to fight an out of control forest fire in Marlborough. An anti-obesity campaigner calls it quits, saying 14 years of work has achieved nothing and Francois Hollande meets with Vladamir Putin in Moscow.

Sports News for 27 November 2015

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

Marlborough forest fire continues to burn

6:10 AM. A huge forest fire in Marlborough has continued to burn throughout the night and extra fire crews have been brought in from around the South Island in a bid to bring it under control.

Cameron pushes case for British airstrikes in Syria

6:13 AM. British Prime Minister David Cameron has set out his case in Parliament for British air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. At present Britain is involved only in military operations over Iraq.

Brussels eases security alert

6:15 AM. Brussels has been on edge for almost a week over the threat of Paris style attacks.

Controversial 'pink' ball to be tested in clash

6:18 AM. Is it a well-needed revival of test cricket, or an experiment sure to fail? Whatever side you're on, today's inaugural day-night test between the Black Caps and Australia will be under the microscope for one very obvious reason.

Early business news

6:21 AM. Our business reporter, Jonathan Mitchell, is in with what's happening in the financial world.

Morning Rural News for 27 November 2015

6:25 AM. News from the rural and farming sector.

Residents evacuated as Marlborough fire keeps burning

6:39 AM. A huge forest fire in Marlborough has continued to burn throughout the night and extra fire crews have been brought in from around the South Island in a bid to bring it under control.

Two dead in South Australia bushfire

6:40 AM. In South Australia families are starting to return to their fire ravaged homes.

Annual trade deficit stays close to 6-year high in October

6:50 AM. The country's trade picture doesn't look any more rosy heading in to the end of the year with the latest official data showing an annual deficit of more than 3-point-2 billion dollars last month.

Arvida rest homes deliver strong H1 profit

6:52 AM. Resthome and retirement village operator Arvida Group is looking to build a solid base for future growth, as the recent acquisition of three Auckland retirement villages will drive its full year profit above expectations.

Gentrack expects to grow at rate of 10 percent a year

6:54 AM. Software company Gentrack says it is on track to grow at a rate of 10 percent a year, with its best prospects in Australia and Britain.

Morning markets for 27 November 2015

6:57 AM. Wall Street is shut as the United States celebrates Thanksgiving.

Business briefs

6:58 AM. Online experts says cyber-thieves are planning spamming campaigns to catch retailers and shoppers in the United States in the lead-up to Christmas.

Sports News for 27 November 2015

7:07 AM. An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Marlborough blaze still burning fiercely

7:11 AM. Firefighters have worked through the night to battle the forest fire that's burned through more than 400 hectares in Marlborough.

Darwin man saves Adelaide home from burning down

7:12 AM. In South Australia where they're also fighting forest fires.

Forestry bloc owner says fire may cost them 3 million dollars

7:16 AM. Di Sutton owns the forestry block that's burning.

Fire controller says crews working flat out

7:20 AM. We can now speak to the incident controller is Rob Hands from the National Fire Authority.

Leading anti-obesity campaigner calls it quits in frustration

7:22 AM. A leading obesity campaigner is quitting the battle saying she has achieved nothing in the last 14 years with the obesity rate continuing to climb.

Talks continue between France and Russia amid rising tensions

7:27 AM. Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin are meeting in Moscow with the French President keen to build a coaltion against Islamic State, following the attacks on Paris.

Dunedin set to offer southern hospitality to Syrian refugees.

7:38 AM. Dunedin has succeeded in its bid to host some of the 750 Syrian refugees coming to New Zealand over the next two and half years.

Labour leader says visit validates his view

7:41 AM. The Labour Party leader says Australia is wasting its money keeping New Zealanders in its detention centres.

Focus turns to cause of Fox Glacier tragedy

7:45 AM. A week on from the crash of a tourist helicopter crashed on Fox Glacier.

Farmer urges more cadmium testing

7:48 AM. A Northland dairy farmer is calling for intensive research on the build- up of cadmium in New Zealand soils and streams.

Waikanae river wins award for most improved water quality

7:52 AM. From contamination to clean up and a small stream on the Kapiti Coast which was once so polluted its water was white, has been awarded the country's most improved river.

Test cricket hopes pink ball will be a success.

7:56 AM. The long story of Trans-Tasman cricketing rivalry will get a new twist tomorrow when Australia and New Zealand play their first ever day-night test match.

Sports News for 27 November 2015

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

Will RMA changes help solve Auckland's housing crisis?

8:11 AM. Faster consents, less interference if you want to extend your deck and a national standard for how to measure a building.

Maori Party secures several changes to the RMA bill

8:14 AM. In order to get the legislation through parliament there was long and involved discussion with National's coalition partner - the Maori Party.

Asylum seekers witnessed Australia paying smugglers

8:17 AM. Two asylum seekers have told an Indonesian court they witnessed Australian authorities paying the crew of their boat a cash payment before escorting them back to Indonesian waters.

Auckland plan to boost te reo Maori speakers

8:21 AM. Plans are underway to get everyone in Auckland speaking te reo Maori.

Rare piece of rugby history to go under the hammer

8:25 AM. As we reported yesterday, a rare piece of New Zealand's rugby history will go under the hammer in Wales today.

New study shows reality of runaway ice loss in Antarctica

8:29 AM. A new study suggests it only takes a very small amount of climate change for Antarctic glaciers to thin at a rapid rate.

Markets Update for 27 November 2015

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

Court application to stop purse seiners in Cooks

8:38 AM. The Cook Islands High Court is set to hear an application which aims to stop the government from allowing more purse seiners to fish in its waters.

New talking barbie raising hacking concerns

8:45 AM. It could be one of the hottest tickets for young girls this Christmas.

Uber and SPCA brings Kittens to the workplace

8:50 AM. It could be a cute and fluffy end to the working week in some Auckland and Wellington offices this afternoon.

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia

8:56 AM. Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh.