Summer Report

Friday 16 January 2015, with Ian Telfer & Teresa Cowie



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Top Stories for Friday 16 January 2015

7:00 AM. Kea Petroleum closes its Taranaki oil field, blaming lower prices and could the death toll in Nigeria be worse than previously estimated.

A challenging year ahead for NZ oil industry

7:09 AM. Kea Petroleum has decided to shut its Puka Field in Taranaki, because of plummeting oil prices.

Satellite images show catastrophic damage in Baga

7:14 AM. The horrific scale of devastation inflicted by Boko Haram in North Eastern Nigeria last week, has been revealed in shocking satellite images, by the human rights group, Amnesty International.

Technical prowess dominates NZ's effort at Oscar nominations

7:19 AM. New Zealanders are up for three awards in the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards.

West Coast mayor wants spa-tourism for region investigated

7:23 AM. Could the tiny township of Whataroa become the new Hanmer Springs?

Sports News for 16 January 2015

7:26 AM. An update from the team at RNZ Sport.

House sales rose 24 percent in December

7:33 AM. House sales in December have experienced their strongest showing since 2006, reflecting pent-up demand, falling fixed mortgage rates and population growth in Auckland.

Xero signals focus on the US with electronic filing development

7:34 AM. Xero is signalling it's still very focused on expanding in the United States.

Morning markets for 16 January 2015

7:35 AM. The key Wall Street stock indicies have continued their downward slide but most European shares have soared after Switzerland ditched its three-year old policy of capping its currency's rise.

Looming drought pushes farmers to act quickly

7:41 AM. A North Canterbury farmer has sold 14-hundred of his lambs in anticipation of a looming drought.

Air Line Pilots warn of drone use ahead of conference

7:44 AM. Airline pilots are warning of the risks drones pose to the country's airspace.

Sea Shepherd takes up pursuit of illegal fishing vessels

7:47 AM. The conservation activist group Sea Shepherd is promising to take over the pursuit of three illegal fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean.

Insured drivers say uninsured vehicles should get off the road

7:49 AM. A survey of insured drivers has found most want uninsured drivers and cars off the road.

NZ historians explore lesser-known First World War objects

7:52 AM. Aprons and ostrich feathers don't always spring to mind when thinking about the First World War.

NZ oil industry facing a challenging year ahead

8:09 AM. An oil field in Taranaki may be the first casualty of falling petrol prices.

Fears for residents after house fire in Tolaga Bay

8:14 AM. Police and fire crews from the East Coast are worried about the occupants of a house that burnt to the ground in Tolaga Bay in the early hours of this morning.

Jump in rheumatic fever no cause for concern: MOH

8:16 AM. The rates of rheumatic fever in New Zealand are rising, despite the Government's renewed financial commitment to combating it.

Criminal lawyers not compensated for extra work from law change

8:23 AM. The Criminal Bar Association says defence lawyers aren't being paid for the extra work created by a new restorative justice law.

Pushpay meets December targets: plans 50% further growth

8:26 AM. The payments company, Pushpay, says it's easily met its December targets and is on track to grow its customer base by a further 50 percent by the end of March.

Gull opens its 65th petrol station, plans 7 more this year

8:27 AM. The petrol station operator, Gull, has just opened its 65th site at Forest Hill in Auckland and plans to open another seven this year.

Markets Update for 16 January 2015

8:28 AM. Most European shares have soared after Switzerland ditched its three-year old policy of capping its currency's rise, although the key Wall Street stock indicies remain firmly in the red, the S&P 500 down half a percent a short while ago.

Millions expected to see Pope during Philippines visit

8:33 AM. Pope Francis has waded into the debate on freedom expression following the massacre at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Heineken Open reaches semi -finals

8:37 AM. It's been a troubled week for the Heineken Open men's tennis tournament, with a number of key players withdrawing.

Bottled treasures in the old Foxton Fizz factory

8:40 AM. The old Foxton Fizz factory in Manawatu holds treasure from not only the companies own heritage, but also the history of the local fizzy drinks from around the country, that all but died out in the 80s and 90s when America's big cola companies came to town.

Country's largest ecological island mainland reserve

8:44 AM. This country's largest mainland ecological restoration project has been going for over ten years and is being hailed a success.

Nelson success gene runs in family

8:53 AM. One of Nelson's biggest success stories has passed on the entrepreneurial genes to his daughter.

All Black legend Ali Williams

8:56 AM. All Black legend Ali Williams is vowing to spend his time fishing and hunting after announcing his retirement from rugby.