Morning Report

Tuesday 9 February 2016, with Susie Ferguson & Guyon Espiner

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Top Stories for Tuesday 9 February 2016

6:00 AM. John Key talks to us about the decision to stay away from Waitangi. Health authorities in Tonga are now reporting up to seven people have contracted the Zika virus. Retiring Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum ended his one day career in style yesterday.

Sports News for 9 February 2016

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

Mosquito muting Rio's olympic buzz

6:14 AM. It's six months to the start of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics- but a shadow remains over the world's most revered sporting event.

Early business news

6:21 AM. Our business editor Gyles Beckford joins us.

Morning Rural News for 9 February 2016

6:27 AM. News from the rural and farming sectors.

Titewhai Harawira says PM turned back on Ngapuhi

6:38 AM. Ngapuhi kuia Titewhai Harawira says they worked harder than ever before to ensure the Prime Minister's safety, and he turned his back on them by not going.

Australian clergy offer their churches as safe havens

6:41 AM. Clergy in Australia are offering sanctuary to asylum seekers who face being sent back to the Nauru detention centre, even if it means risking prosecution.

Direct flights to Townsville on cards

6:43 AM. New Zealanders wanting a dose of sunshine may be able to fly direct to Townsville, in Australia, if plans by tourism leaders there get the go ahead.

Corporate reporting season kicks off

6:50 AM. The corporate reporting season gets underway this week, as the bulk of the stock exchange's listed companies report their first half results for the six months ended December.

RBNZ off beam with monetary policy - economist

6:53 AM. An economist is unimpressed by the Reserve Bank governor's defence last week of its interest rate policy.

Jim Parker in Australia

6:55 AM. Let's turn our attention to Australia and our correspondent Jim Parker.

Week ahead

6:57 AM. And it's the start of the half year earnings season ... over the next three weeks we'll have a torrent of earnings results.. the first out of the blocks is casino operator Sky City Entertainment on Thursday ...

Morning markets for 9 February 2016

6:58 AM. Wall Street hurt by weaker oil prices and technology stock sell off

Sports News for 9 February 2016

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

John Key on his Watangi Day no-show

7:16 AM. The Prime Minister says his failure to appear at Waitangi this year after a dispute over his speaking rights is not a sign the Government's relationship with Maori is failing.

Seven reported Zika cases in Tonga: hundreds more suspected

7:20 AM. Health authorities in Tonga are now reporting up to seven people have contracted the Zika virus.

Black Caps taste sweet victory in McCullum's last ODI

7:26 AM. Retiring Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum ended his one day career in style yesterday.

Tramping on and off the the beaten track

7:29 AM. Bookings on the South Island's famous tracks are running at an all time high, raising concerns about overcrowding and potential damage to New Zealand's reputation overseas.

Labour's leader stands by his pledge

7:36 AM. Andrew Little has turned the tables on the Prime Minister John Key with a pledge to visit Waitangi every year if elected Prime Minister.

US Primaries road-show rolling on in New Hampshire

7:42 AM. The U.S Presidential Primaries roadshow is rolling on in New Hampshire, where the Republican Donald Trump and the Democrats' Bernie Sanders have a strong lead in the polls over their rivals.

Ratepayers pay thousands for council seats at PM speech

7:47 AM. Auckland ratepayers have picked up a four and a half thousand dollar tab for council staff to attend a speech by the Prime Minister at a top city hotel.

Calls for govt to increase cost of tobacco

7:52 AM. The health organisation trying to encourage Maori to stop smoking is urging the Government to keep increasing the cost of tobacco, and by greater amounts.

One week left to raise cash for Abel Tasman slice of beach

7:55 AM. A crowdfunding campaign to buy a private beach in the Abel Tasman National Park has raised one point three-four million dollars.

Sports News for 9 February 2016

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

John Key on his Watangi Day no-show

8:11 AM. The Prime Minister rejects suggestions he broke a long-standing promise by refusing to go to Waitangi this year.

Jones slams Te Tii trustees over Waitangi day debacle

8:13 AM. Former Northland-based Labour MP Shane Jones is among those calling for a shake up of Waitangi Day commemorations after this year's debacle.

Holidaying Affco meat workers could face disciplinary action

8:18 AM. Dozens of meat workers who enjoyed their Monday-ised Waitangi Day off yesterday could face repercussions today for defying their bosses.

Greens welcoming Westpac's report on Paris Agreement

8:21 AM. One of the country's biggest banks says the Government's decision to go easy on farming's greenhouse gas emissions will cost the country dearly.

Markets Update for 9 February 2016

8:31 AM. A brief update of movements in the financial sector.

Northland rugby's gang patch ban non-negotiable.

8:37 AM. Northland rugby's gang patch ban is put to the test next month, after it was brought in to save a division of minnows from falling apart

Maori slate Chris Finalyson's response to report

8:40 AM. Treaty negotiations minister Chris Finlayson has fired back at criticism of his government's plans to reform management of Maori land.

Changes could be on horizon for Twitter

8:44 AM. Twitter users went into overdrive at the weekend, fearing the popular social media site would make changes to its timeline.

As the Superbowl turns 50, its appeal in NZ increases

8:47 AM. Superbowl has turned 50 years old.

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia

8:54 AM. Time to chat to our Melbourne correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes.

Midday Rural News for 9 February 2016

12:35 PM. News from the rural and farming sectors.