5 May 2017

Top Stories for Friday 5 May 2017

From Morning Report, 6:00 am on 5 May 2017

It was the bad news the Ministry for Primary Industries had been expecting since myrtle rust first appeared in Australia... the airborne fungus is now in Northland and a full-scale biosecurity operation is now underway in Kerikeri. MPI's response director Geoff Gwyn says myrtle rust has never been eradicated sucessfully internationally but there are a lot of things they can do in the long term. He says at the moment "we have a contained and isolated find and we are throwing the kitchen sink at it." Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip will retire in August. Ben Lewis, a correspondent in London for Australia's Channel Seven, says many people were concerned for the Queen and Prince Philip when the emergency meeting was called - but fortunately it wasn't the news some of them expected. There are warnings Cyclone Donna could become a severe category 4 storm with very destructive wind gusts as high as 260 kilometres an hour. The Cyclone was forecast to make landfall overnight in Vanuatu. RNZI's Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor has the latest. A review of the Kaikoura earthquake has revealed it generated an almost 7 metre tsunami but the minimal impact of the wave was down to luck. Sarah Stuart-Black, the director of Civil Defence, says the situation with the earthquake was changing rapidly overnight and it initially looked like an onshore earthquake which wouldn't trigger a tsunami. Gill Jolly, GNS's natural hazards division director, says that due to complexity of the quake they are still trying to unravel the pieces of the jigsaw. Changes to Working for Families appear to be on the cards, as the Government talks about ways to raise the incomes of low and middle income earners. The Finance Minister is preparing to deliver his first budget later this month and says one of the best ways to raise those incomes is changing Working for Families. Women in the Mongrel Mob say the gang culture is changing, and there are fewer instances of rape and violence towards women, with members attending leadership workshops and even holding events to celebrate their wives, mothers and daughters.