The police Child Exploitation Team has carried out a raid on a building in Auckland this morning.
Police executed the search warrant in Eden Terrace along with the Armed Offenders Squad. Two people have been arrested in the call out.
The warrant relates to an ongoing investigation by the Auckland City District Child Exploitation Team.
- Newstalk ZB
Whitney Houston's funeral will be held this Sunday in the church where she first demonstrated her vocal talent.
Her family has chosen to remember her in a private service rather than in a large event at an arena. No public memorial service is planned.
- Newstalk ZB
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Shanghai Pengxin remains confident about buying the Crafar farms.
That's despite being halted by a court decision and a legal battle to stop the sale going ahead. The High Court has ordered the Government to review its decision that allows the sale of the Crafar farms to the Hong Kong-based conglomerate.
Shanghai Pengxin spokesman Cedric Allan believes it's just a blip on the radar and he isn't fazed. He says the judge ruled the decision to grant consent has to be revisited, which he puts down to a mild flaw in the Overseas Investment Act used to assess the application.
- Newstalk ZB
Further video footage of alleged military training camps has been shown to the jury in the Urewera trial.
The selection of clips show people mainly dressed in camouflage, with some wearing balaclavas or other face coverings and some holding firearms. Most were carrying rucksacks through a track, and at one point crouching before being given a signal to keep walking.
Another clip showed a four-wheel-drive vehicle going through the track, before the occupants got out and took out a number of backpacks from the boot of the vehicle.
- Newstalk ZB
Bike Wise month
February is “Bike Wise month”, and the AA is reminding motorists and cyclists they need to work together to safely share the roads.
This morning in several parts of the country today it’s also “Go-By-Bike Day!”
The AA wants to see more people to get out of their cars or public transport and onto a bicycle and this morning to encourage people they set up five free breakfast food stations in Auckland.
The food stations were located in Takapuna, central Auckland, Orewa, Mangere Bridge and New Lynn.
AA’s Motoring Affairs spokesman, Dylan Thomsen talked about the Go-By-Bike day, and let us in on how the free food stations went.
Listen below for more.
Online Foetal Alcohol Help Site
There’s a new online tool helping GPs inform expectant mothers about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. It’s a welcome resource in a country that has a high rate of babies born with alcohol-related problems.
National Addiction Centre director Professor Doug Sellman discusses more below.
Sentencing and Sex Offenders
The director of child protection agency ECPAT Child ALERT, Allan Bell says the 3 year prison sentence given to the New Zealand man for organising child sex tourism to Asia, is seen as ground breaking, and hopes the “sentence” will deter others involved in or considering this illegal practise.
However, the Law Commission is seeking the public's view on criminal trials, which comes after the Government asked the commission to review the trial process, particularly cases involving sexual offending.
Gareth McVicar, national spokesman for the Sensible Sentencing Trust, shared his view on the issue.
Mojo Mather's Hearing
The Greens are asking Parliament's Speaker to bring forward a meeting to resolve the issue of who will pay for electronic note taking for deaf MP Mojo Mathers.
The meeting is scheduled for March the 7th but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei believes the issue needs to be sorted before then.
The equipment needed will cost $30,000 a year, and John Key says he thinks the party's grandstanding on the issue and it's not being harsh to argue the Greens should foot some of the bill for that.
Ms Mathers also delivers her maiden speech to Parliament this afternoon.
CEO of Deaf Aotearoa, Rachel Noble, discusses the issues of funding for Mojo Mathers needs in parliament.
Rachel is in Wellington to watch Mojo Mathers maiden speech to Parliament.
Listen below for the full story.
(Note to listener: The interview was done over the phone with a sign translator, hence the quality of the interview.)
Dan Wooding - Assist News
Dan discusses the situation in Iran where Christians, who hold meetings in house churches, are being arrested by the secret police.
Barry talks about government finance and the different treatment between consultants and public servants.
Darren Ward - CBM
Darren discusses Mojo Mathers and accomplishments she has made by getting into parliament. He also talks about the issues surrounding her note-taking and how new Zealand society is responding.
The New Zealand Christian network is hosting a series of seminars covering big issues facing the Church and it's engagement with culture. Aaron Ironside talks with Mark McConnell from Laidlaw College.
Aaron Ironside talks with Julianne Hickey, the new Director for the Catholic Social Justice agency "Caritas".
Libby Kirkby McCleod talks about the reasons why we Celebrate Valentines Day and the history behind it all.