Morning Report

Friday 3 July 2015, with Susie Ferguson & Guyon Espiner

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Top Stories for Friday 3 July 2015

6:00 AM. We'll talk shortly to the officer in charge of the investigation into the deaths of woman and three children at an Ashburton home. Tenancy laws could change in favour of renters who have lost hope of ever owning their own home - but landlords are pushing back and rugby fans hit the capital.

Sports News for 3 July 2015

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

Pacific News for 3 July 2015

6:16 AM. The latest from the Pacific region.

Morning Rural News for 3 July 2015

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

Te Manu Korihi News for 3 July 2015

6:26 AM. A leading health expert working to reduce obesity levels among Maori is renewing a call for a tax on fizzy drinks; The leader of the Mana Movement says the controversy over Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau has caused deep divisions within northern Maori; Massey University is celebrating the importance of Te Reo by extending its Maori Language Week activities for the entire month of July; A South Waikato trust says it will eventually rebuild its dilapidated community marae, but not until thousands of dollars in rates arrears are paid.

Ashburton home where four died under police guard

6:39 AM. An Ashburton home where a woman and three children were found dead yesterday remains under police guard this morning

Hurricanes coach says team well set for Super 15 final

6:42 AM. There was a bonus for those waiting in line when Hurricanes players arrived to distribute slices of pizza and drinks.

ASB and ANZ forecast OCR falls to 2.5%

6:48 AM. Low inflation and slowing economic activity has two banks forecasting the Reserve bank will return interest rates to their record low of 2-and-a-half percent

Economist says NZD in the 50s may help dairy farmers

6:51 AM. ANZ economist, Con Williams, has downgraded his milk price forecast to $4.50 a kilo of milk solids for the new season.

Small business confidence dips

6:52 AM. Small business owners say they will be hiring fewer people, investing less and expect turnover to drop in the coming year as the economy wanes.

Analyst says Briscoes will have to raise takeover offer

6:53 AM. An analyst says Briscoe Group will have to sweeten its takeover bid for Kathmandu to win over investors.

TPP deal soon - academic

6:54 AM. An academic supporter of a Pacific-wide trade deal is expecting an agreement soon, and he says New Zealand stands to benefit significantly from greater access to the American and Japanese markets.

Yealands says sale good for company and region

6:57 AM. Winemaker Peter Yealands says selling 80 percent of his company to a local power firm is the best deal for his company and the region.

Morning markets for 3 July 2015

6:58 AM. The Dow Jones Index is down 57 points 17,701

Sports News for 3 July 2015

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

Woman and three children found dead in Ashburton

7:11 AM. Police officers are guarding the Ashburton home where four people -- a woman and three children -- died.

Neighbours allowed into homes in Ashburton suburb

7:17 AM. Our reporter Conan Young is in Ashburton.

Government considers tenancy law changes for long-term renters

7:19 AM. The Government is considering changes to tenancy laws, to support the growing number of 'forever renters.'

BP to pay 18.7 billion US dollars for Gulf oil spill

7:23 AM. BP has been ordered to pay the single largest fine in US history for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wellington gears up for massive rugby weekend

7:25 AM. It'll be a sea of yellow and black in Wellington this weekend as the city's rugby fans prepare to cheer on their side in tomorrow's Super Rugby final.

Highlanders invade the capital for Super Rugby final

7:27 AM. In the Highlanders' home city of Dunedin, Ian Telfer has found there's growing confidence of taking the trophy for the first time.

Councillor: Red tape in Wellington won't work

7:35 AM. A Christchurch City Councillor says having more layers of bureaucracy and red tape in Wellington isn't conducive to a good recovery in Christchurch.

Chch mayor wants more powers handed to city council

7:40 AM. The Christchurch Mayor, Lianne Dalziel wants more powers given back to the city council.

Mahon unfazed as China markets stumble

7:43 AM. While the world's attention has been focused on Greece's financial woes, China's sharemarket has been plunging and its wider economy slowing markedly from the cracking pace in recent years.

Economic Development Minister responds

7:48 AM. Listening to that was Economic Development Minister, Steven Joyce

MPs say Smith misled parliament over kauri exports

7:54 AM. Two Northland MP's are accusing Cabinet Minister Nick Smith of misleading Parliament on the laws governing the export of swamp kauri.

In a first, Joe Biden sends NZ a Fourth of July message

7:58 AM. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July -- the day America celebrates its founding.

Sports News for 3 July 2015

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

Ashburton mayor's thoughts go out to family and friends

8:11 AM. A team of 30 police staff are investigating the tragic death of a woman and her three children in Ashburton

More from our reporter in Ashburton

8:15 AM. We can cross to Ashburton and our reporter Conan Young.

Highlanders remain confident ahead of Super Rugby final

8:17 AM. The Highlanders fly into Wellington today confident they can continue their unlikely run in the Super Rugby competition when they take on the Hurricanes in Wellington tomorrow night.

Greek fin minister will resign if creditor proposals accepted

8:22 AM. The Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is confident Greece will vote against accepting the creditor's proposals.

ACC defends new vehicle registration system

8:26 AM. The ACC Minister is defending New Zealand's new vehicle licensing system, saying the Government will work through the problems affecting tens of thousands of cars.

Chinese scientists ask can animals predict earthquakes

8:29 AM. Chinese scientists are investigating an age old belief that animals can help predict earthquakes.

Markets Update for 3 July 2015

8:33 AM. A brief update of movements in the financial sector.

Press Council upholds "ponytailgate" complaints

8:39 AM. The New Zealand Herald has received a dressing down from the Press Council over its "ponytailgate" interview.

Tonga prepares for coronation of King Tupou VI

8:42 AM. There have been ongoing festivities in the Kingdom of Tonga to mark the coronation of King Tupou VI.

Te Manu Korihi News for 3 July 2015

8:46 AM. The leader of the Mana Movement says the controversy over Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau has caused deep divisions within northern Maori; A leading health expert working to reduce obesity levels among Maori is renewing a call for a tax on fizzy drinks; A South Waikato trust says it will eventually rebuild its dilapidated community marae, but not until thousands of dollars in rates arrears are paid; Massey University is celebrating the importance of Te Reo by extending its Māori Language Week activities for the entire month of July.

New Zealand Eden to be unveiled in Christchurch's red zone

8:50 AM. A New Zealand Eden is being planned for Christchurch's Red Zone.

Marina Erakovic wins doubles at Winbeldon

8:52 AM. The two-time Wimbledon champion, Rafael Nadal, has been knocked out by the relatively lowly ranked Dustin Brown.

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia

8:55 AM. Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh.