Morning Report

Friday 28 August 2015, with Susie Ferguson & Guyon Espiner

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Top Stories for Friday 28 August 2015

6:00 AM. The Principal Youth Court Judge, Andrew Becroft, tells us too many children in state care end up in his court. Dozens of migrants bodies are found in the back of a truck in Austria and Opposition MPs condemn health and safety legislation as it passes its final hurdle.

Sports News for 28 August 2015

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

Pacific News for 28 August 2015

6:17 AM. The latest from the Pacific region.

Morning Rural News for 28 August 2015

6:19 AM. News from the rural and farming sector.

Politicians look back on Kevin Ikin's career at RNZ

6:23 AM. Today our colleague Kevin Ikin retires. Kevin's been bringing us the rural news for nearly thirty years. Here's the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy.

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 August 2015

6:26 AM. Submissions close today for a proposal for Wanganui District to be spelled with an H; Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Pukeiti near the slops of Mount Taranaki tomorrow to witness the signing of Taranaki Iwi Treaty Deed of Settlement; A new educational model has been developed to boost Maori secondary school student's participation in science; Three students from a Palmerston North Maori language immersion primary school have won awards in a competition that honours the 28th Maori Battalion.

CYF report 'harsh wake up call' for MPs

6:39 AM. An urgent debate took place in Parliament yesterday on the Childrens Commissioner's highly critical report on state care of children with MPs from both sides of the house saying not enough has been done.

Fisher & Paykel lifts profit guidance

6:49 AM. Fisher & Paykel says the lower New Zealand dollar is having a big impact on its bottomline.

Regional economic activity slows

6:50 AM. The latest survey on economic activity has one economist calling it anemic.

Hellaby Holdings is selling its footwear business

6:51 AM. Hellaby Holdings' is putting its footwear businesss up for sale after reporting record full-year earnings.

Tourism Holdings posts record profits, up 81%

6:53 AM. Tourism Holdings says it's turning its focus to revenue growth after slashing its campervan fleet.

NZOG posts loss due to asset writedowns

6:55 AM. New Zealand Oil and Gas is concentrating on buying cheap assets and wringing more out of its Kupe field.

TVNZ lifts full-year result

6:56 AM. The state-owned broadcaster, TVNZ, will continue to focus on grabbing more market share and reducing costs.

Entrepreneur doesn't favour gender quotas on boards

6:57 AM. The entrepreneur, Diane Foreman, has written a how-to-book with tips on how to be successful in business.

Morning markets for 28 August 2015

6:58 AM. Wall Street has made gains after strong economic data from the United States.

Sports News for 28 August 2015

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

Judge says courts left to deal with CYF's failings

7:11 AM. The Principal Youth Court judge is welcoming promises to overhaul Child Youth and Family, saying youth courts are becoming a clearinghouse for CYF's failures.

Dozens of migrants found dead in back of truck

7:18 AM. Dozens of migrants have been found dead inside a truck in Austria.

Fears people will die as a result of Health and Safety reforms

7:23 AM. The Government's controversial health and safety law passed its final hurdle in Parliament last night with opposition MPs saying so many corners have been cut, workers will pay with their lives.

All Black world cup squad to be named on Sunday

7:26 AM. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen names his 31-player World Cup squad this Sunday.

Niwa withdraws support for the Association of Scientists

7:36 AM. Niwa says it will no longer pay membership fees for its staff to belong to the Association of Scientists, saying the group actively lobbies against science and the integrity of scientists.

Fire rips through Glenmark Rugby Club

7:41 AM. Fire has ripped through Glenmark Rugby Clubrooms in North Canterbury, destroying it.

New Zealand nurse tells of horror in South Sudan

7:47 AM. A New Zealand nurse working for a humanitarian organisation in South Sudan has spoken about the death of two of her colleagues last week.

Recognition for forestry safety improvements

7:50 AM. Unions are acknowledging that progress has been made to improve safety in the forest industry.

Taranaki economy takes a hit

7:53 AM. The wider Taranaki economy is taking a hit from reduced dairy payouts and declining oil and gas activity, according to the latest reports from two of the major banks.

Leaning tower of Wellington gets the go-ahead

7:57 AM. The so-called Leaning Tower of Wellington is getting the go-ahead, after it was granted resource consent yesterday.

Sports News for 28 August 2015

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

Profoundly concerning link between CYF issues and crime

8:11 AM. The Principal Youth Court Judge says the link between how well Child, Youth and Family does its job, and the number of cases coming before his court, is profound -- and concerning.

Former chief social worker disappointed with CYF

8:14 AM. A former chief social worker at Child, Youth and Family says it's disappointing the services for children in state care haven't improved in decades.

Untreated illness driving force in Virginia murders

8:18 AM. It's being called a social media murder, but an America professor of psychiatry says the shooting of two Virginia journalists was more likely the result of untreated mental illness.

Council has "declared war" on residents through coastal zoning

8:23 AM. Beachfront residents in Christchurch are vowing to fight the city council's decision to classify their neighbourhoods as being in an official coastal hazard zone.

Rising sea could engulf Florida, Tokyo

8:27 AM. NASA scientists say low-lying US states such as Florida are at risk of disappearing, as are some of the world's major cities such as Singapore and Tokyo.

Markets Update for 28 August 2015

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

Northlanders worried power prices will rise

8:39 AM. A Northland power company says it would be cheaper to build its own transmission lines than pay the vastly higher charges it will face if a proposed new pricing system is adopted.

Work on another major section of Waikato Expressway

8:42 AM. The first sod's being turned today on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway.

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 August 2015

8:46 AM. Submissions close today for a proposal for Wanganui District to be spelled with an H; Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Pukeiti near the slops of Mount Taranaki tomorrow to witness the signing of Taranaki Iwi Treaty Deed of Settlement; A new educational model has been developed to boost Maori secondary school student's participation in science; A 13-year-old student from Palmerston North has won the Supreme Award in a competition honouring the 28th Maori Battalion.

Veteran rural reporter Kevin Ikin packs away his gumboots

8:50 AM. Today our rural reporter Kevin Ikin retires after more than 40 years with Radio New Zealand.

Kevin Ikin looks back over 40 years of reporting RNZ rural news

8:54 AM. We're joined in the studio now by Kevin Ikin.