Morning Report

Friday 27 May 2016, with Guyon Espiner & Susie Ferguson

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Top Stories for Friday 27 May 2016

6:00 AM.The Budget -- who wins and who misses out? We're joined by a panel for expert analysis. Disappointed dairy farmers react to Fonterra's milk price forecast and relief in Christchurch as police charge a 31-year-old man with Renee Duckmanton's murder.

Sports News for 27 May 2016

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

Government budget slammed for only addressing hot spots

6:10 AM.The Government's 2016 budget is being criticised by opposition parties for lacking vision but the Prime Minister says it builds on eight years of solid management.

$200m for CYF overhaul just the start

6:13 AM.The 200 million dollars announced in the Budget for the overhaul of Child Youth and Family is just initial funding for the project.

Vanuatu tourism bouncing back from Cyclone Pam

6:16 AM.Tourism leaders in Vanuatu say the industry is bouncing back from the hits taken by Cyclone Pam and concerns about the safety of its international runway.

Early Business News for 27 May 2016

6:21 AM.A brief update of movements in the financial sector.

Morning Rural News for 27 May 2016

6:26 AM.News from the rural and farming sector.

Delight and frustration greet long-awaited bowel cancer move

6:38 AM.A long-awaited Government commitment in the Budget to begin national screening for bowel cancer has been greeted with approval and frustration.

Schools react to surprise targeted funding in Budget

6:42 AM.School principals and teachers are divided by the Government's surprise decision to devote a funding increase to the students who need it most.

Maori arts set to flourish at the new 'Fame' for Aotearoa

6:45 AM.Two polytechnics have joined together to launch an ambitious creative arts hub on Wellington's Cuba Street with a strong focus on Maori performing arts.

No surprises budget stirs few business passions

6:50 AM.The government's budget fulfilled most business expectations offering no surprises, sticking to a consistent and middle of the road approach to spending and economic management.

Mainfreight sees strong sales and profit margins continuing

6:53 AM.One of the country's biggest transport firms, Mainfreight, sees continued growth in revenue and profit after reporting a strong full-year result.

Sanford optimistic about growth ahead

6:55 AM.The listed fishing company, Sanford, is optimistic about growth ahead, but says the weather remains a key headwind.

NZX steps up investigation into unusual price movements

6:57 AM.The sharemarket operator, NZX, is stepping up its efforts to find out what's going on behind unusual movements in share prices.

Morning markets for 27 May 2016

6:58 AM.The sharemarket operator, NZX, is stepping up its efforts to find out what's going on behind unusual movements in share prices.

Sports News for 27 May 2016

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

The good, the bad and the ugly of Budget 2016

7:11 AM.Finance Minister Bill English delivered his eighth Budget yesterday - and with the books back in the black, science and health got the lion's share of the new money.

Farmers' cost cutting measures will flow on to hurt the economy

7:38 AM.Federated Farmers says the provincial economies will suffer from the flow-on effects of another season of low dairy payouts.

Christchurch sex industry relieved after murder arrest

7:44 AM.A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton whose badly burnt body was found near Rakaia 12 days ago.

Obama: world leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump

7:47 AM.Donald Trump has secured enough delegates at the Republican convention in July to become the Party's Presidential candidate.

Non-immunised visitors asked to wear masks to hospital

7:51 AM.As soon as the flu season hits Waikato DHB will be asking all hospital visitors who aren't immunised to wear a

A new era for the All Blacks

7:56 AM.A new era begins for the All Blacks on Sunday when coach Steve Hansen names his first squad since winning the World Cup.

Sports News for 27 May 2016

8:08 AM.An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

Bill English reviews Budget 2016

8:11 AM.Finance Minster Bill English has confirmed he'd like to see tax cuts for middle income earners next year.

Labour: 'Sticking plaster' budget fails the test

8:17 AM.The Labour Party's finance spokesperson is Grant Robertson -- he's in our Wellington studio and has been listening to that.

Political editor Jane Patterson comments on Budget

8:21 AM.Listening to that is our political editor Jane Patterson.

Hiking the price of cigarettes

8:27 AM.There are doubts among smokers and anti-smoking groups alike that hiking the price of cigarettes to 30-dollars a packet will reduce smoking rates.

Markets Update for 27 May 2016

8:29 AM.A brief update of movements in the financial sector.

Property Institute says Budget 'misses opportunities'

8:35 AM.The Property Institute says it's naive to think freeing up more Crown land will reduce house prices in Auckland.

Tourist tax could cover cost of 'negative side effects'

8:39 AM.As tourist numbers hit new records, there's growing support in the industry for a border tax or 'green levy' to cover the cost of hosting them.

NZ will take part in Battle of Jutland commemorations

8:43 AM.New Zealand will take part in commemorations in the United Kingdom next week to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland.

Northland councils and Air NZ in talks over cuts

8:46 AM.Northland leaders and Air New Zealand are in talks over the airline's plans to cut services to the region.

Cook Strait Whale Survey scrapped for 2016

8:50 AM.The Cook Strait Whale Survey will not go ahead this year after a corporate sponsor pulled out and the Department of Conservation was unable to cover the costs

Australian election news with Kerry-Anne Walsh

8:55 AM.The election campaign in Australia is the big news across the ditch and one person who is loving every minute of it is Kerry-Anne Walsh.