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Family preparing for private search for Gulf Livestock 1 crew

Family preparing for private search for Gulf Livestock 1 crew

The family of a New Zealander missing from a capsized livestock ship are preparing to launch a private search and rescue.It's been two weeks since the Gulf Livestock 1 carrying 43 crew and nearly 6000 cattle, on 2 September.So far, three crew members have been found, two alive and one dead.The Japanese Coast Guard , but the family of one of the two missing New Zealanders who were on board are still hopeful for the crew to be found alive.The family of Lochie Bellerby said they are bewildered the New Zealand Government has not done more to help the rescue.In a statement they said they were...

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Aboriginal man sues Australian govt after immigration detention

Aboriginal man sues Australian govt after immigration detention

An Aboriginal man is suing the Australian government for more than $4 million for false imprisonment and trying to deport him to New Zealand.Brendan Thoms was held for 501 days in an immigration detention, in February that no one with Aboriginal heritage can be judged "alien" to Australia and deported].Thoms, 31, is a native title holder as a member of the Gunggari people, lived in Australia from age six, and has a young son there, but never became a citizen.His father is a New Zealander.His lawyer Claire Gibbs said it was time to hold the federal government accountable."At about $4.1...

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Gulf Livestock 1: Family says expanded search should be top priority

Gulf Livestock 1: Family says expanded search should be top priority

The family of a New Zealander missing from a capsized livestock ship says the rescue operation should be prioritised over searching for the ship's black box.Nearly 6000 cattle and 43 crew, including two New Zealanders, were on board the Gulf Livestock 1 when it capsized in the East China Sea on 3 September.Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said New Zealand is data recorder from the ship.Peters said it would mean a lot to the crew's families if they could find out what happened.He said officials are working with international partners such as Panama, Japan, Australia, the...

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'We would love some help' - parents of NZ man on cattle ship urge govt to help search

'We would love some help' - parents of NZ man on cattle ship urge govt to help search

The family of a New Zealander who was onboard the cattle ship that sank in the East China Sea say they've received information that survivors may still be found.Lochie Bellerby is a herd manager on board the Gulf Lifestock 1 and has not been located since the ship hit a typhoon last week.The Japanese Coast Guard has called off its full-time search, with 40 crew members still unaccounted for."The latest information we have heard - this come from the interview with one of the surviving Filipinos - and we hadn't heard this interview until last night," Lochie's father Guy Bellerby told...

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Sep 11
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Moria migrants and Greek islanders protest over new camp

Moria migrants and Greek islanders protest over new camp

Thousands of migrants and refugees left without shelter after a fire on the Greek island of Lesbos have been protesting against the construction of a replacement camp.Almost 13,000 people had been living in squalor in the overcrowded Moria camp and are desperate to leave the island.The island's residents also oppose the reconstruction of the camp and have blocked roads to stop aid deliveries.But the Greek army has already begun setting up replacement accommodation.Families have been sleeping in fields and on roads after fleeing the blaze on Wednesday, as authorities struggle to find...

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Rio Tinto CEO, execs quit over blasting of Aboriginal sites

Rio Tinto CEO, execs quit over blasting of Aboriginal sites

The boss of mining giant Rio Tinto will resign from the company "by mutual agreement" following the destruction of some of Australia's oldest heritage sites by the company this year.Chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will be followed out the door by two other executives; the company's head of iron ore Chris Salisbury and head of corporate relations Simone Niven have also stepped down and will leave by the end of the year, following handover periods with their replacements.Jacques, who has been CEO for more than four years, will stay at the company until 31 March next year or until his...

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Sep 11
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Niki Caro: Female-driven Mulan an industry game-changer

Niki Caro: Female-driven Mulan an industry game-changer

All the qualities that made Whale Rider so special have gone into the making of the Disney blockbuster Mulan, says acclaimed film-maker Niki Caro.  One of the most anticipated movies of 2020, Mulan was shot on location in New Zealand, with a cast that included 17 Kiwis and a crew that was 90 percent local. But it will also be remembered for the fact that Caro helmed a production team that also included a producer, first assistant director and director of photography who are also women.Caro joined the show to discuss the filming of Mulan and what it means for the film industry, both in New...

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Sep 5
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Gulf Livestock 1: Search for crew of capsized cattle ship called off

Gulf Livestock 1: Search for crew of capsized cattle ship called off

The search for the missing crew, including two New Zealanders, in the East China Sea has been called off.The ship, the Gulf Livestock 1, sent a distress call from the west of Amami Oshima island in south-western Japan last Wednesday as Typhoon Maysak lashed the area with strong winds and heavy seas. It was carrying 43 crew members and thousands of cows.Three people were found, two were alive but oneThe search and rescue was suspended over the weekend, when a second typhoon battered the area and resumed on Monday but daily searches using planes and boats found no clues.On Wednesday evening,...

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Sep 10
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern changes election date to 17 October

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern changes election date to 17 October

Jacinda Ardern has moved the election date to 17 October and says she will not be changing it again.Missed the announcement? Watch it hereThe Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland has forced the suspension of political campaigning and prompted calls to postpone the general election.The election will now be held on 17 October.It follows calls from coalition partner New Zealand First and both opposition partners to delay the election because of the effects Covid-19 restrictions would have on electioneering.Jacinda Ardern said she would not change the election date again.If a further outbreak...

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Covid-19: New cases push New Zealand into resurgence plan

Covid-19: New cases push New Zealand into resurgence plan

There have been four positive cases of Covid-19 outside of managed isolation or quarantine, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.Watch here:After 102 days without community transmission they are the first cases acquired from an unknown source. New Zealand is now activating a resurgence plan.Ardern said we must take a "precautionary" approach as no origin had been found, or link to isolation facilities or people who work at the border.As a result, Auckland moves to level 3 restrictions from 12 noon tomorrow. The restrictions will last three days until midnight Friday. The rest of New Zealand...

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Aug 11
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Covid-19: 100 days of no community spread, no new cases reported

Covid-19: 100 days of no community spread, no new cases reported

The latest Covid-19 milestone is being described as something to celebrate, but comes with a warning that New Zealand can't afford to let its guard down.In a statement, the Health Ministry said there were still 23 active cases of the coronavirus in managed isolation facilities.Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield thanked everyone who had been tested and those doing the testing."Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can't afford to be complacent."We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread...

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Aug 9
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China accuses New Zealand of violating international law over extradition treaty

China accuses New Zealand of violating international law over extradition treaty

China's Embassy in Wellington is accusing New Zealand of interfering in international relations with its decision to suspend extradition with Hong Kong.Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today after the passing of a controversial law.China passed a at the end of June which criminalises forms of political protest in Hong Kong with penalties, including life imprisonment.Peters said the legislation had "eroded rule-of-law principles" and undermined the 'one country, two systems' rule.A spokesperson for China's embassy said the suspension was a "gross interference in China's internal...

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New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong after the passing of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong.Beijing introduced the security law at the end of June, creating new offences which could see Hong Kong residents sent to mainland China for trial.Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters made the announcement today, saying the legislation had "eroded rule-of-law principles" and undermined the 'one country, two systems' rule."In light of this, it is important that New Zealand responds proportionately and deliberately to the passage of the national security...

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Covid-19: No new cases in New Zealand for 21st day

Covid-19: No new cases in New Zealand for 21st day

New Zealand has now marked three weeks since its last new case of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.In a statement, the Ministry confirmed another significant cluster had also been closed, bringing the total number of significant clusters closed to 10 out of 16.A significant cluster is 10 or more cases connected through transmission who are not all part of the same household, and is considered closed when there are no new connected cases for 28 days after the last case is no longer isolated.The last day that New Zealand reported an active case of Covid-19 was on .The ministry...

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New Caledonia Congress wants referendum delayed to 25 October

New Caledonia Congress wants referendum delayed to 25 October

A majority in New Caledonia's Congress wants the postponed referendum on independence from France to be held on 25 October.The vote was set for 6 September but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, French prime minister Edouard Philippe proposed to reschedule it to 4 October.35 of 54 members said they wanted the later date of 25 October.The largest bloc, however, the anti-independence Future with Confidence coalition was for an early vote.The pro-independence FLNKS movement had argued that municipal elections had also been delayed, and it feared an earlier referendum vote would see a mix-up...

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New Caledonia lifts remaining Covid-19 restrictions

New Caledonia lifts remaining Covid-19 restrictions

New Caledonia has lifted the last restrictions imposed over the Covid-19 pandemic but will keep its borders closed.This means that from Monday meetings of any size as well as all sports competitions are again allowed.The wearing of masks on public transport can be discontinued and bars and restaurants no longer need to register patrons.The president Thierry Santa said there was no local circulation of the virus and that all 21 cases were imported.One person is still in hospital care.The border remains closed except for flights from Wallis and Futuna which is the only French-run territory...

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals move to level 1 from midnight

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals move to level 1 from midnight

PM Jacinda Ardern has revealed New Zealand will move to its lowest restrictions - alert level 1 - at midnight tonight.Watch the announcement here:After praising New Zealand's response to the virus, she revealed the country would be moving to alert level 1 from midnight tonight."At level 1 we expect the continuation of recovery."She said the country was ready, now 40 days since the last recorded case of community transmission, 26 days after entering alert level 2, 17 days since a new case, and less than 24 hours since having .Ardern said New Zealanders did something "remarkable" by uniting...

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No active cases and no new cases of Covid-19 in NZ

No active cases and no new cases of Covid-19 in NZ

There are no active cases and no new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.The ministry says they were notified by Auckland Regional Public Health that its remaining case has been symptom free for 48 hours and is regarded as recovered.The person has now been released from isolation, they said.Their case had been linked to the St Margaret's Hospital and Rest Home cluster in Auckland."This is really good news for the person concerned, and it's also something the rest of New Zealand can take heart from," Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a...

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Heavy cannabis smokers can have badly damaged lungs for life - study

Heavy cannabis smokers can have badly damaged lungs for life - study

Heavy cannabis users - who are prone to destructive lung disease sometimes known as "bong lung" - can suffer irreversible lung damage, a study suggests.Smoking cannabis can cause bronchitis and, in heavy users, can lead to irreversible lung damage, the shows.Respiratory specialists from Otago and Waikato Hospital reviewed research from New Zealand and overseas involving thousands of people and found heavy users were prone to a destructive lung disease sometimes known as 'bong lung'.Author and University of Otago Professor Bob Hancox said heavy users could end up with badly damaged lungs for...

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May 18
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2018 and 2019 gun crime rates highest in ten years

2018 and 2019 gun crime rates highest in ten years

New figures obtained by RNZ show the last two years had the highest rates of gun crime and deaths involving firearms for nearly 10 years.Despite that rise, there hasn't been a corresponding increase in officers taking out or using their guns.Police reporter Ben Strang reports.To embed this content on your own webpage, cut and paste the following:<iframe src="https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/remote-player?id=2018746871" width="100%" frameborder="0" height="62px"></iframe>See .for easy access to all your favourite programmes

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Sheep art in drought area 'something to smile about'

Sheep art in drought area 'something to smile about'

A farming family near Dannevirke having to put out extra feed for stock during the drought are using the opportunity create sheep art.Armed with a camera, a quad bike and feed, Garth Coleman and daughter Lucy strategically place feed on the ground, creating striking patterns as their sheep munch away."As a result of the lack of grass due to the drought, we've had to put our animals on supplementary feed to ensure they are healthy and happy, Lucy Coleman said."One day I was out on the farm and saw Dad had 'drawn' the word 'Hi' into the side of the hill and it all went from there...

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Rates of gun crimes and killings using guns at highest levels in a decade

Rates of gun crimes and killings using guns at highest levels in a decade

New figures obtained by RNZ show last year had the highest rates of gun crime and deaths involving firearms for nearly 10 years.But despite that rise, there has not been a corresponding increase in officers taking out or using their guns.The figures, obtained from police under the Official Information Act, show the rates of gun crime went up in both 2018 and 2019.Last year, there were 3540 occasions where an offender was found with a gun.And in both of the last two years, the rate of deadly incidents involving a firearm was the highest it had been since 2009.The number of guns seized by...

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No new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand for second day running

No new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand for second day running

There have been no new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today for the second day in a row, the Health Ministry has confirmed.Watch the latest briefing here:The total number of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1497, of which 1147 have been confirmed.Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said 1402 people have now recovered - up 12 on yesterday, and 94 percent of all cases in this country have now recovered.There are still just two people receiving hospital-level care, neither are in ICU.He said 5961 were carried out yesterday and there had now been more than 200,000...

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No new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand for third day in row

No new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand for third day in row

No new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in New Zealand for the third day running, the Health Ministry has confirmed.There have also been no further deaths.The total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand remains at 1497, of which 1147 are confirmed.There are two people receiving hospital level care for Covid-19 - one each in Auckland and Middlemore hospitals. Neither are in ICU.The Ministry of Health said there were 6568 tests carried out yesterday, bringing the total number of tests to 209,613.There are still 16 significant clusters, and while the Health Ministry had...

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Police trial of facial recognition technology 'a matter of concern' - Andrew Little

Police trial of facial recognition technology 'a matter of concern' - Andrew Little

Minister of Justice Andrew Little says police failed to get any of the necessary clearance before trialling controversial facial recognition software.It follows RNZ revelations that police without consulting their own bosses or the Privacy Commissioner."I don't know how it came to be that a person thought that this was a good idea," Little said."It clearly wasn't endorsed, from the senior police hierarchy, and it clearly didn't get the endorsement from the [Police] Minister nor indeed from the wider cabinet ... that is a matter of concern."Clearview, which is used by hundreds of law...

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