Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 5th February 2009

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The best song ever written
And for Mark Hossteede of Lower Hutt (when he remembers), it's Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon. [more]

Your place - Piha
With black sand beach and verdant bush, you can look out to sea, towards the setting sun over Lion Rock, this can only be Piha. [more]

Emails and texts
Some of what you've had to say about what we have today. [more]

Struth it's hot!
The lucky country's not feeling quite so right now as a record heatwave continues to seer their already scorched red earth. [more]

Comedy King turns Treaty emissary
Mike King talks about presenting Maori TV's new series Lost in Translation, chronicling the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. [more]

He Rourou for 05 February 2009
Ana Tapiata speaks with Wellington Kuia, Pai Ruha about the many changes she's witnessed in her time including the advent of a black man in the White House. [more]

Emails and texts
Some more of what you've had to say about what's been said on the show today. [more]

The Arts Report
The life's work of artist Ted Dutch, plus ballet dancer turned educator and filmmaker, Nicholas Rowe talks about his latest film. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Katy meets a couple who've just gone a year without rubbish. [more]

Science story - Harry Kroto
Nobel laureate Harry Kroto discusses advances in nanotechnology. [more]

Tha Panel (part 1)
Josie McNaught and Gordon Campbell join Noelle McCarthy to opine and entertain. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
We hear the Panellists get to gripe and opine about the week that was and perhaps more. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 5 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 5 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business update
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


The Prime Minister at Waitangi
The PM was assaulted and we hear from him and our Political Editor, Brent Edwards who witnessed the attack. [more]

Karen Aim murder trial
The family of murdered Scottish backpacker Karen Aim says it's a relief they don't have to sit through a lengthy trial. [more]

Let them eat cake
The government's removing a requirement for schools to provide only healthy options when it sells food and drink on its grounds. [more]

Murupara murder arrest
Police investigating the death of a teenager in Murupara last month have made an arrest. [more]

Sports news
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Umemployment figures
Our economics correspondent has a look at the latest figures and what they mean. [more]

Waitangi Day celebrations
Kiwis in the Bay of Islands and London are getting ready to celebrate of our national day. [more]

Asbestositis risk in Patea
The Taranaki Regional Council says the risk of asbestos escaping the former Patea meat works is increasing. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team, live from Waitangi. [more]

Fiji post-flood maladies
As if the floods and ill organised relief effort weren't bad enough, waterborne illness has compounded the disaster's effects. [more]

Sevens fever
The Wellington Rugby VII's celebrates its 10th birthday this year. [more]

Karen Aim murder trial (part 2)
The officer in charge of the investigation says the admission of guilt from the accused will make life easier for everyone. [more]

Auckland powers up
Auckland has got through the day without any more power outages. [more]

PM attacked at Waitangi
Kaumatua and other tangata whenua are embarrassed and apologetic about the attack, but PM unfazed. [more]

Australian advice for English
The Finance Minister says he'll be taking advice from Australian officials on how to get big infrastructure projects going. [more]

Beast of Blenheim
Blenheim's beast has been burdened with no early release from his sentence for rape, indecent assault, bestiality and more. [more]

Obama regulates excess
The new US president has once again rounded on what are being seen as the excesses of Wall Street. [more]

The fossilised remains of a giant snake, measuring 30 metres long, have been discovered in South America. [more]

Sports news
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team, live from Waitangi. [more]

Picton boat blaze
Boats valued at about two million dollars were destroyed in a spectacular marina fire in Picton this morning. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics
Chris Bramwell looks at the relationship between the Maori Party and their once unlikely National bedfellows. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for Thursday 5th February 2209
Auckland power cuts, Prime Minister John Key in Waitangi and sentencing in the Nia Glassie trial. [more]

Pipipi - Brown Creeper
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Toursim yet to slow down in New Zealand
New statistics show visitor arrivals dropped by under one percent last year, much less than expected. [more]

Pacific News for 5 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Transpower still warns users to conserve power
Aucklanders say living with the threat of rolling power blackouts is an absolute nightmare. [more]

Update on Auckland power cuts
From Transpower chief Executive Dr Patrick Strange. [more]

Analysis from an energy expert
Dr Keith Turner is an energy expert and the former head of major state owned power company Meridian. [more]

Prime Minster John key from Waitangi
He will be the first Prime Minister to go on to the Te Tii Marae since Helen Clark was jostled in 2004. [more]

Political ananlysis of Waitangi
Joining us now is our political editor, Brent Edwards from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. [more]

Accused sentenced for Nia Glassie murder
A judge yesterday handed down sentences totalling a minimum of 50 years to five people involved in the abuse. [more]

High school rolls swell
High school principals say they are 'bursting at the seams' with final year students choosing to stay at school. [more]

Dressing up for the Wellington Sevens
Forget about the rugby, it's all about the costumes. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Unemployment statistics published this morning
The number of people out of work is set to pass 100,000 for the first time in seven years. [more]

Warm reception for tax changes but could be bigger
The ACT Party says the tax changes announced for small and medium businesses are a good step but nowhere near radical enough. [more]

Wine industry booms
The wine industry has propelled its exports up almost 20 percent to nearly a billion dollars last year. [more]

Fire on three boats in Waikawa Bay Picton
Peter Beech lives across the bay from the marina, and was involved in fighting the fires. [more]

Fears that asbestos may be blowing into Patea
An acrylic coating sprayed onto the meatworks has disintegrated, raising possibilities asbestos could contaminate the town. [more]

Wiremu and Michael Curtis jailed for murdering Nia Glassie
Craig Horsley, Wiremu Curtis's lawyer, joins the programme. [more]

Fears protectionism in US may delay NZ-US Free Trade Agreement
Under the $US800 billion stimulus package only US made goods would be used in publicly-funded projects. [more]

NZ Trade Minister Tim Groser
The Trade Minister speaks about the US protectionism from Brussels. [more]

Live from Waitangi
Our reporter Eru Rerekura joins the programme live from the Treaty grounds. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

West Coast council against 1080 aerial drops
Farming and conservation groups say the stand conflicts with national guidelines for poisoning possums. [more]

Westland Mayor Maureen Pugh
To discuss the opposition to the 1080 aerial drops. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Auckland's Chinese Lantern Festival marks its 10th anniversary
The three-day Asian festival will feature lanterns, cultural performances and food stalls. [more]

Haddin - Vettori incident fuels tensions for tomorrow's game
Both teams are saying they've been in touch, and moved on, since clashing over Neil Broom's controversial dismissal. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Kerry-Anne Walsh joins the programme from Canberra. [more]


Street Art
Australian pavement artist Ulla discusses her art at the upcoming Auckland Buskers Festival [more]

Barometer World Weather
Paul discusses climate change and weather with severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrem [more]

Nine To Noon

DNA sampling
Inspector Pat Hancock and human rights lawyer Michael Bott talk about the benefits of DNA sampling in catching criminals. [more]

Education Panel - John Hattie and Frances Nelson
Education professor John Hattie's research shows smaller class sizes and homework have little impact on student achievment. [more]

Controversial environmental ideas
Professor Strand believes dumping agricultural waste in oceans will minimise CO2 emissions. [more]

Europe Correspondent
Michael White updates us from the UK. [more]

Feature Guest - Norah Vincent
Author of"Voluntary Madness"and"Self Made Man." [more]

Book Review - Girl in a Blue Dress
Written by Gaynor Arnold, published by Allen and Unwin and reviewed by Sonja de Freiz. [more]

New Technology
With Colin Jackson. [more]

Feature guest - Professor Bob Hancox
Professor Bob Hancox is the Deputy Director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study. [more]

The week that was
With Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther [more]

Our Changing World

Bringing Seabirds Back To Mana Island
Department of Conservation ecologist Colin Miskelly checks the success of efforts to reintroduce seabirds to Mana Island. [more]

Pittosporum Evolution And Migration
Waikato University researchers use the genetic diversity of Pittosporums to track their migration to New Zealand. [more]

Nobel laureate Harry Kroto
Nobel laureate Harry Kroto recalls the discovery of a new carbon molecule in interstellar dust. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Jonathan Crayford
NZ pianist, composer and recipient Edwin Carr Scholarship talks about his upcoming research trip to Paris. [more]

Vincente Major
Peter Downes talks about the life and works of top NZ soprano and singing teacher who passed away last month. [more]

News stories:

Rugby Sevens fans stream into Wellington
The hospitality sector says hotels and bars in Wellington are filling up fast, as thousands of rugby fans stream into the capital for the International Sevens weekend that starts on Friday. [more]

Mitsubishi pulls out of rallying
Mitsubishi will pull out of cross country rallying, including the Dakar Rally which the Japanese team has dominated in recent years, as part of cost-cutting measures caused by the global ... [more]

Milan still keen on Beckham staying
David Beckham's lawyers are discussing with Los Angeles Galaxy the possibility of extending his loan spell at Italian football club AC Milan. The 33-year-old midfielder, who has been in fine ... [more]

Australia to play Pakistan in UAE
Pakistan and Australia have agreed to play a five-match one-day cricket series and a Twenty20 game at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates in April and May. Australia pulled ... [more]

Top lineup for Halle
Beaten Australian Open tennis finalist Roger Federer and world number 3 Novak Djokovic are set to play the Halle ATP tournament in June as a warm-up for Wimbledon. Swiss star ... [more]

Zimbabwe beat Kenya
The Zimbabwe cricketers have completed a 5-nil series clean sweep over Kenya, winning the fifth and final match by seven wickets in Nairobi. ... [more]

Phelps could face charges
The record-breaking Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps could face criminal charges following the publication of a photograph allegedly showing him smoking marijuana. A South Carolina law enforcement official says he would ... [more]

Brothers set to take the field together for England
Steffon and Delon Armitage will become the ninth set of brothers to play for England when they take the field for Saturday's Six Nations opener at home to Italy. And few ... [more]

Waitemata DHB boss resigns over funding issues
The chairperson of the Waitemata District Health Board has resigned, citing inadequate funding to deliver expected services. [more]

Hundreds of jobs to go in GE Capital merger
GE Capital Australia & New Zealand announced on Wednesday it will merge its two main finance businesses, with the loss of 400 jobs. [more]

Brothers jailed for life for killing toddler
Two brothers have been jailed for life for the murder of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie, with a minimum non-parole period of 17-and-a-half years. [more]

Complaint over Dunedin stadium funding ads upheld
A complaint about promotional material used to encourage private investors to commit funding to Dunedin's proposed new stadium has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority. [more]

Forensic help sought over bus tunnel hit-and-run
Police in Wellington are hoping forensic scientists can shed some light on the person responsible for a hit-and-run in a tunnel that left a man critically injured. [more]

Senior police officer in Samoa appears in court on sex charges
The court case of a senior police officer in Samoa facing sex charges including, one count of sodomy and five of indecent assault, has been adjourned until the 24th of... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
New police approach to DNA testing; Auckland should brace itself for more power outages; proposed Dunedin stadium could have $35m funding shortfall. [more]

PNG Govt signs up its equity participating interest in liquefied natural gas project
Papua New Guinea's National Government has signed up its equity participating interest in to the country's liquefied natural gas project. The National newspaper reports this week the Governor-General signed on... [more]

Guardian investors vote to wind up fund
Guardian Trust is shying away from saying exactly when it will repay 3,700 investors the $249 million they are owed, after investors voted on Wednesday to wind up the mortgage fund. [more]

Small business tax help worth $480m unveiled
Prime Minister John Key has announced tax changes worth $480m over the next four years, targetted at helping small and medium-sized businesses. [more]

PNG's Department of Labour and Industrial Relations urged to register wage board
Papua New Guinea's Department of Labour and Industrial Relations has been urged to immediately register the 2008 Minimum Wage Board determination to speed up the implementation of the proposed new... [more]

Solomon Islands Fisheries officials hold bilateral talks with Japan, Korea and Taiwan
The Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources officials are holding bilateral fisheries talks this month in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The three member team includes the Minister for... [more]

Samoan company looks at manufacturing flour locally
A company looking into manufacturing flour locally in Samoa is hoping to get its first product on shelves by the end of the year. Papali'i Grant Percival, the managing Director... [more]

Tinian casino investors in CNMI affected by Federalization
Placing the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana's immigration under federal control by June the 1st will affect the operation of the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino and the business strategies... [more]

Fiji blames torrential rains and global financial crisis for quiet tourist season
Fiji blames torrential rains and the global financial crisis for its quietest tourist season on record. Visitor numbers from its two biggest markets, Australia and New Zealand, are well down... [more]

American Samoa's Congressman says key issues for Pacific nations on his agenda
American Samoa's Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says key issues raised by Pacific island nations will be on the agenda of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines signs e-ticketing agreements with Air France and Virgin Blue
Hawaiian Airlines has signed interline e-ticketing agreements with Air France and Virgin Blue of Australia, the carrier that jointly owns with the Samoa government Polynesian Blue airline. Hawaiian says the... [more]

American Samoa lawmakers meet with bank officials
Three territorial lawmakers met with officials from the ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank, Bank of Hawaii and the government owned Development Bank of American Samoa to discuss ways to improve banking... [more]

Inflation in American Samoa remained at double digits at end of 2008
Inflation in American Samoa remained at double digits at the end of 2008 despite the softening in oil prices, according to the latest Consumer Price Index or CPI report. The... [more]

Palau state and private sector officials explore fishing ventures in Philippines
Palau state and private sector officials are visiting the Philippines in a two-day visit to explore joint fishing ventures with counterparts in southern Mindanao. Business World online reports the delegation... [more]

Emergency supplies needed in flood-stricken Solomons
People in the flood-stricken areas of Guadalcanal and Savo in Solomon Islands are in dire need of clean water, food and emergency shelter. Heavy rain caused massive flooding, killing nine... [more]

Profit warning, rescue plan fears hit Wall Street
US stocks fell on Wednesday as a glum profit forecast from Kraft Foods signaled consumers are skimping even on the basics and investors worried that government efforts to rescue banks could wipe out their shareholders. [more]

Oil price slips as stockpile rises
Oil settled near $US40 a barrel on Wednesday, down slightly after the US stock market fell and a government report showed a larger-than-expected build in U.S. crude inventories. [more]

Meeting planned over Westland 1080 decision
Three agencies involved in the use of the pesticide 1080 want to meet the Westland District Council to clear up any confusion over the safety of the poison's use. [more]

Vanuatu disputes incorrect findings which could see it lose LDC status at UN
The Vanuatu government says it can't accept the country's graduation to developing country status at the United Nations if it's based on incorrect facts and statistics. A government delegation has... [more]

More talks in French Polynesia amid political deadlock
French Polynesia's political leaders have held more talks today in a bid to form a new majority after President Gaston Tong Sang's coalition lost control over the assembly. The opposition's... [more]

Study finds no link between A1 milk, health problems
A review by the European Food Safety Authority has found no direct link between the A1 protein in milk and non-communicable diseases. [more]

American Samoa governor issues new conduct guidelines
American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono has laid down some ground rules for directors in terms of professional and personal conduct. In his first cabinet meeting of the year, the governor... [more]

US Homeland Security allocates funds for Pacific territories
The United States Department of Homeland Security has allocated more than one million US dollars in security grant for the three U.S. Pacific territories of American Samoa, Guam and CNMI. [more]

Four die in PNG bus crash
Four Papua New Guineans were killed and seven were critically injured when a bus veered off the road and rolled down a slope. The newspaper, The National, says the accident... [more]

Niue MP to submit vote of no confidence in government
A Niue MP is poised to submit a vote of no confidence in the government. Niue's assembly is in session today, considering the passage of a bill to introduce a... [more]

AMP office trust full-year dividend to rise
Commercial landlord AMP NZ Office Trust says it is on track to pay investors a higher distribution for the full year, bucking the trend of delaying dividends. [more]

APN sells online business directory
Australian media company APN News and Media has sold its New Zealand online business directory Finda to the directories group, Yellow, for an undisclosed sum. [more]

Mixed prices received in wool sale
There were mixed results at the combined North and South Island wool sale on Wednesday. Demand and favourable currencies pushed up prices for some types of wool, while others fell. [more]

FIA plans further cost cutting for F1
Formula One's governing body has proposed further cost cutting measures that will allow teams to compete in 2010 on less than a quarter of the amount some were spending last ... [more]

Dragons still on top in ANBL
The South Dragons have cemented their place at the top of the Australian National Basketball League table after a 97-77 victory over the sixth-placed Adelaide 36ers. In the night's other ... [more]

Alleged dope cheats using new drug
The Russian media is reporting the discovery of a completely new performance-enhancing drug. Three Russian biathletes are alleged to have failed drug tests - but not for the popular blood ... [more]

Phoenix defend Smeltz issues
The Wellington Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata has hit back at claims the A-League football club is trying to cash in on Shane Smeltz by agreeing to let the newly-crowned ... [more]

Wales backline star injured
The Welsh rugby team's glamour boy Gavin Henson has been injured in the build-up to Wales' defence of their Six Nations title. Coach Warren Gatland has revealed the injury-prone Henson ... [more]

Swimming chiefs solidly in behind Phelps
The World Swimming Federation has glowingly supported the Olympic great Michael Phelps despite his recent admission of inapproriate behaviour at a university party in South Carolina last November. The News ... [more]

Defending champions beaten in Twenty20 cricket
Reigning State Twenty20 cricket champions Central Districts were beaten in their opening match by Wellington in a rain-affected match in Napier. Wellington made 160 off 20 overs and when play stopped ... [more]

First up win for NZ Fed Cup team
The New Zealand Fed Cup women's tennis team has beaten India 3-0 in their opening match of their Asia-Oceania group one tournament in Perth. Dianne Hollands and Marina Erakovic started ... [more]

Another draw for Black Sticks
The New Zealand men's hockey team has drawn nil-all with Germany in their latest match at the Punjab Gold Cup in India. The Black Sticks drew 2-2 with the Olympic ... [more]

Woods progressing well after knee surgery
Tiger Woods says he's practising fullbore without any restrictions following major knee surgery. Still clearly the world golf number despite more than six months off, Woods says he hasn't had ... [more]

Ponting says Symo needs international cricket
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is convinced a return to international cricket is still a major priority for the troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds. Cricket Australia has ruled Symonds unavailable ... [more]

Deans says Springboks should be number one
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has ignored rugby's rankings and 2008 results to rank South Africa, not the All Blacks, as the best team in the world. In an assessment which ... [more]

Judge to investigate Dakar Rally death
An Argentine judge is to investigate the circumstances behind the death of French motorcyclist Pascal Terry in last month's Dakar Rally. Terry was found dead three days after disappearing while ... [more]

Record number of entries for Ironman NZ
A record number of athletes will line up for the New Zealand Ironman in Taupo in March. The world's oldest international Ironman race has attracted 1495 entries, exceeding the previous record ... [more]

Canadian snowbaorder backs Phelps
A Canadian snowboarder who nearly lost his Olympic gold medal in a marijuana controversy has come to the defence of US Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps. The New World Times ... [more]

Carter surgery venue changes
There has been a change in venue for Dan Carter's surgery on his injured achilles tendon. Originally scheduled for Paris on Thursday night (New Zealand time), his Perpignan club says ... [more]

French rugby fans caught up in rugby ticket scam
Seven hundred French Rugby fans have been swindled out of more than a million dollars after buying travel and ticket pakages to the Six Nations opener this weekend. The fans ... [more]

Mealamu re-signs with NZRU
The All Blacks hooker and Blues captain Keven Mealamu has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the New Zealand Rugby Union and Auckland Rugby. The 29-year old has re-signed ... [more]

Everton beat Liverpool in Cup
Teenager Dan Gosling scored deep into extra time to give Everton a 1-0 win over city rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park in their FA Cup fourth-round replay. The Merseyside neighbours, ... [more]

Meat companies join forces in China marketing drive
Three meat companies have joined forces with the Meat and Wool organisation to identify opportunities for New Zealand meat in China's high-value food sector. [more]

Fire hits Auckland school auditorium
An early morning blaze at the Maungawhau School in Mt Eden has damaged the school auditorium. [more]

Three boats sink after Picton marina blaze
Three boats at the Waikawa Bay marina in Picton caught fire and sank early on Thursday morning [more]

Police concerned for missing Christchurch boy
Police in Christchurch are concerned for the welfare of a 12-year-old boy who has been missing from his home for a week. [more]

Solomons flood zones declared disaster areas
The Solomon Islands Home Affairs minister, James Tora, has declared 12 flood stricken areas on Guadalcanal Province a disaster area. Mr Tora made the declaration under the Natural Disaster Council... [more]

Niue MP expects consumer tax bill to pass
A Niue MP says he expects a bill to introduce a controversial consumer tax will pass into legislation. The Niue Consumption Tax bill, which was introduced in the Assembly by... [more]

Vanuatu worried about interest rates if it loses LDC status at UN
Vanuatu's Finance Minister says the government's recurrent budget could be hit hard by rising interest rates if the country graduates to developing country status at the United Nations. A government... [more]

Solomons opposition wants RAMSI framework talks
The Solomon Islands opposition leader Manasseh Sogavare says he believes there should be no specific timetable for the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI, to withdraw from his country. This follows... [more]

CNMI's tourism revenue projected to plunge by hundreds of millions
The Marianas Visitors Authority projects that the CNMI will lose 400 million US dollars in annual tourism revenue largely because of three factors causing a drop in visitor numbers. The... [more]

FAO encourages Pacific root crop flour production
The United Nations Food Agriculture Organisation says it is encouraging more Pacific states to manufacture their own flour from traditional root crops, instead of importing it. A company in Samoa,... [more]

Samoa Central Bank lowers interest rates
Samoa's Central Bank board has decided to reduce its lending rate for local commercial banks from 7.85 percent to 5 percent. The decision comes as the governor of the central... [more]

Arrests at court appearance of murder-accused
Two people were arrested in the Hastings District Court following the appearance on Thursday of a gang associate charged over the fatal stabbing of a Central Hawke's Bay contractor. [more]

Asbestos cover at Patea works building disintegrating
A coating sprayed onto the remains of the former meatworks at Patea has disintegrated, raising the possibility of asbestos blowing into the town. [more]

Fears over effect of recession on US trade deal
There are fears a mood of protectionism in the United States amid a deepening recession could delay a New Zealand-US Free Trade Agreement. [more]

NZ film picks up Australian distribution deal
A highly anticipated film from New Zealand movie-maker Taika Waititi has been picked up by an Australian film acquisitions and distribution company Transmission Films. [more]

Tourism decline predicted despite recent strong figures
New Zealand's tourism sector is bracing for a tough year as the credit crunch catches up on consumers and fewer foreigners book holidays. [more]

Police DNA policy criticised as 'draconian'
Human rights lawyer Michael Bott has described the actions of Palmerston North police as draconian and overkill in taking DNA samples from a man convicted of stealing vegetables. [more]

'Beast of Blenheim' stays in jail
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Corrections Department followed proper procedures when deciding to keep the man dubbed the 'Beast of Blenheim' in prison beyond his scheduled release date. [more]

Taranaki, Otago health board credit ratings worsen
Credit ratings for the Taranaki and Otago District Health Boards have deteriorated in credit reviews for 2008. [more]

Aim murder confession 'right thing to do'
A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to murdering Scottish woman Karen Aim in Taupo last year. His lawyer says the boy felt it was the right thing to do. [more]

Many overweight girls believe size normal - study
Research into how teenage girls view their weight has shown many of those overweight believe their size is normal. [more]

Teen charged after group attack on officer
A youth has been charged in connection with a massed attack on a lone police officer in Christchurch. [more]

One-third of NZ under total fire ban
More than a third of New Zealand is now under a total fire ban. [more]

Penney a late scratching for Breakers road trip
The New Zealand Breakers shooting guard Kirk Penney has stayed home as the team travelled to Sydney for a double header weekend on the road in the Australian National Basketball ... [more]

Harry hurries off after problems with eligibility emerge
Chris Harris has withdrawn from the Canterbury Wizards Twenty20 cricket squad due to his involvement potentially having repercussions on Canterbury participating in the Indian Champions League Twenty20 competition. Canterbury Cricket CEO ... [more]

Man accused of murdering Murupara teen
A man has been charged with the murder of a teenager in the Bay of Plenty town of Murupara. [more]

Motorway accused apologises to shot teen's family
The man alleged to have taken part in a high-speed chase with police which lead to an innocent teenage courier driver being shot on an Auckland motorway has written to the dead man's family. [more]

Convicted killer Antonie Dixon found dead in cell
Convicted killer Antonie Dixon has died in Auckland Prison at Paremoremo. He was found dead in his cell on Wednesday night. [more]

NZ, Australia to share ideas on infrastructure
Finance Minister Bill English says the Australian and New Zealand governments are to exchange ideas on private sector involvement in infrastructure projects. [more]

Jobless numbers exceed 100,000
Official figures show the number of people out of work hit 105,000 at the end of December - the first time in six years the number of unemployed has exceeded 100,000. [more]

Key 'not intimidated' by assault at Waitangi
Prime Minister John Key says he will not be intimidated and intends returning to Te Tii Marae next year despite being attacked during Waitangi celebrations on Thursday. Two men have been charged with assault. [more]

Govt bans school requirement to sell only healthy food
Schools will no longer have to sell only healthy food on their premises, with the Government scrapping the requirement to do so. [more]

Maori leaders urge action over ailing economy
Maori leaders have used a closed door meeting with Prime Minister John Key at Waitangi to push for action on the New Zealand economy. [more]

Mixed day's trade for Asia-Pacific markets
Markets in Japan and Australia fell on Thursday, but the New Zealand benchmark index ended the trading day slightly higher. [more]