Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 12th February 2009

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Jim's essay
Common misconceptions. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
In My Place performed by Coldplay and chosen by Mike Ponting. [more]

Your place
Today we travel to Culverden in the south island. [more]

Flood warnings
Wanganui prepares for floods as heavy rainfall is predicted. [more]

Council tries to gag piper
Bagpipe noise complaint compromise reached in Dunedin. [more]

He Rourou for 12 February 2009
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Levi Bristowe, one of the presenters of gay lesbian and transgender series, Takataapui. [more]

Feature Album
Elton John by Elton John. His second album from 1970. [more]

The Arts Report
Charles Darwin is recreated on stage to celebrate his 200th birthday and Renee Liang, blogger, writer and playwright. [more]

Christchurch story
A local man says he wants to save the planet using his electricity powered runabout. [more]

Science Story
Evolutionists discuss why Darwin took so long to publish his ideas on evolution and what it all means for the descent of humans. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Wena Harawera and Chris Trotter. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Wena Harawera and Chris Trotter. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 12 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 12 February 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


Concerns over Auckland power
The Auckland City Council is demanding a u turn by the Electricity Commission over a vital power line. [more]

Reports of arson suspects in Australia
Police in Australia are warning the media not to jump the gun after the widespread reporting of arrests. [more]

Kiwi arrested in Pakistan
The government is waiting for information on a New Zealand man who was picked up by Pakistani Security Forces. [more]

Court decision on lab testing
It's the end of a legal battle over who provides half a billion dollars worth of community laboratory services in Auckland. [more]

Power share in Zimbabwe
Millions of people in Zimbabwe have been celebrating an event many thought would never come. [more]

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

Building industry slows
The profits at New Zealand's biggest construction company are plummeting as property markets slow down. [more]

Victoria bushfires ease
The bushfire threat has eased in the Australian state, with no towns under threat after rain overnight and cooler conditions. [more]

Questions over prison escape
The Minister of Corrections says she is not convinced security ratings given to prisoners are robust enough. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pasifika festival bailout
There's been a bailout of Auckland's Pasifika festival amid accusations the Government's behind the funding pullout. [more]

Louis Vuitton finishes
There's to be a re-match of the 2007 America's Cup in Auckland, after the Swiss Alinghi crew won through to the finals. [more]

Wasps invade school
Children at a mid-Canterbury school have been forced to eat their lunches inside, to avoid aggressive wasps. [more]

Court decision on lab testing (part 2)
It's the end of the battle over who provides half a billion dollars worth of community laboratory services in Auckland. [more]

Cuts in public housing
The Labour party has accused the Government of slashing the number of new state houses to be built. [more]

Hot Auckland day
Auckland has today recorded it's equal hottest temperature since records began. The mercury today hit 32.4 degrees. [more]

Kiwi firefighters in Victoria
New Zealand firefighters from an international forestry company are in Australia helping to battle the bushfires. [more]

For the latest news from China we're joined now by our correspondent in Beijing, Quentin Sommerville. [more]

New vote in French Polynesia
French Polynesia is holding a second round of voting to elect a new president after this morning's inconclusive vote. [more]

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

More international students
The falling Kiwi dollar is making New Zealand a popular destination for studying. [more]

Warning from UK banker
The governor of the Bank of England has warned that the UK's economy is in dire shape. [more]

Police want better restraints
The Police Association says waist restraints are not suitable for police use. [more]

Sewage pipeline for Northland
The Whangarei District Council has come up with a plan it says will dramatically reduce sewage spills into the harbour. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fire survivors finance woes
The survivors from the Australian communities hit by the fires are now facing the difficult task of what to do next. [more]

Foraging in France
The economic downturn in France is forcing people to take desperate measures. [more]

Egyptian stolen treasure
Germany lied to Egyptian customs officers to smuggle out of the country a priceless bust of Queen Nefertiti. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 12 February 2009
New Zealand man arrested in Pakistan and the governments half billion dollar infrustructure package. [more]

The call of the Weka
Did you miss the bird this morning? [more]

New Zealander in the heart of Israel's election
Michael Lawrence is a Jewish lawyer and political commentator, and was born and educated in New Zealand. [more]

The Methyl bromide debate
Planned protest action to rally against the use of a highly toxic fumigant at a South Island port has been shelved. [more]

Pacific News for 12 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 12 February 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Zealand man arrested for smuggling himself
"Mark Taylor", was smuggling himself into a Taleban and Al Qaeda stronghold area on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. [more]

New houses new schools and new roads
A half billion dollar infrustructure package designed to buffer the New Zealand economy was unveiled yesterday. [more]

Victorian firefighters fear for Melbourne's water supply
The death toll from the fires has now reached 181 but authorities expect the final total to pass 200. [more]

Police could use waist restraints
The Police Minister has asked officials what law changes are necessary to allow police to use the restraints. [more]

Morgan Tsvangirai sworn in as Prime Minister
The beginning of a power-sharing government that hopes to bring Zimbabwe back from the brink of economic collapse. [more]

Sports News for 12 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

A new report about Maori students in schools
The government's annual report on Maori education, Nga Haeata Mautauranga, shows Maori achievement is improving. [more]

Fisherman faces dolphin fine
A Dunedin fisherman is facing a $250,000 fine over his refusal to carry an official dolphin observer on his boat. [more]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs are aware of the arrested Kiwi
Professor Anita Weiss, a Pakistan Expert from the University of Oregon. [more]

Government to spend half a billion on infrastructure
New Zealand some economists argue fiscal stimulus just stores up bigger problems down the line. [more]

Australia's worst natural disaster stands at 181
New Zealander Lynley Lightburn moved from Timaru to Australia several years ago. She joins Morning Report. [more]

Treaty settlement by the end of the year
Yesterday, letters of agreement were signed for a 300-million dollar deal with Northern South Island and lower North Island iwi. [more]

Israel's close election
A man labeled by the left in Israel as a "fascist" and "racist" is now the country's new kingmaker. [more]

The brakes are coming
the search for oil and gas in New Zealand is on as finance dries up and oil prices stagnate. [more]

Waatea News for 12 February 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pacific population called to cut back
Porirua deputy Mayor Litea Ah Hoi says many Pacific Islanders use an expensive funeral. [more]

The Godwits
Christchurch has bid its annual goodbye to some of its most treasured winged visitors. [more]


Typographic Evangelist
Stephen Banham is guest speaker at the Type Shed 11 symposium,and explores the notions and voices of typography. [more]

Astronomer Alan Gilmore discusses the Kaikoura UFO sightings. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Dr Najibullah Lafraie
Mark Taylor, a man holding a NZ passport has been detained trying to enter a remote militant stronghold in Pakistan. [more]

Harlene Hayne - Brain Hayne
Otago University Professor of Developmental Psychology. [more]

Clinton Duffy
Great White Sharks in New Zealand. [more]

Kate Adie
UK correspondent. [more]

Feature guest - Graeme Downes
Founder and frontman of NZ group, Verlaines. Now senior lecturer at Department of Music at University of Otago . [more]

Book Review - Fidel and Che
By Simon Reid-Henry, published by Sceptre and reviewed by Penny Ashton. [more]

New Technology
With Nate Torkington. [more]

Dick Frizzel
Renowned artist who has made a name for himself with his distinct style influenced by his work in advertising. [more]

Television Review
With Metro senior writer, Simon Wilson. [more]

Couch Surfing
Couch Surfing - the new way to see the world on a budget. [more]

Our Changing World

Rimu Fruit And Kakapo Breeding
Kakapo scientists explain of role rimu fruit in synchronising kakapo breeding and providing food for chicks. [more]

Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday Anniversary
Veronika Meduna discusses Darwin's ideas, struggles and impact with evolutionary biologists and science historians . [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Sue Patterson
Recently appointed Executive Director of the New Zealand International Arts Festival. [more]

Nicolas Alstaedt
German cellist in the country to perform a series of concerts with the NZSO. [more]

Ross Gumbley
Director of Auckland Theatre Company's current production of John Buchan's novel The 39 Steps. [more]

News stories:

French Polynesia's assembly scheduled to elect a new president today
French Polynesia's assembly is scheduled to meet this morning to elect a new president following last weekend's resignation of Gaston Tong Sang. It is the third presidential in less than... [more]

Win or lose - Rosebowl is ideal buildup to Cricket world cup say White Ferns
Ironically the New Zealand men's and women's cricket teams find themselves in the same situation - both having lost the chance in recent days to wrap up a five match ... [more]

Clarke in doubt for one day decider
The Australian cricket team's vice captain Michael Clarke is in doubt for the Chappell-Hadlee one day series decider in Brisbane tomorrow. Clarke has developed a painful upper back condition ... [more]

Black Caps say.decider will be good test of team's psyche
The New Zealand cricketers have quantified the immense value they place on the Chappell-Hadlee series decider in Brisbane by mentioning it in the same sentence as the World Cup final. The ... [more]

First Twenty20 win for CD
The defending champions Central Districts have edged Northern Districts by two runs in Hamilton for their first win four rounds into the State Twenty-20 match championship. The home side was set ... [more]

Duminy denies Prince's return to national side
JP Duminy, one of the stars of South Africans successful Australia cricket tour, has retained his place ahead of Ashwell Prince in South Africa's squad for the first two home ... [more]

Hiddick takes over at Chelsea
Russia's national football coach Guus Hiddink has confirmed he'll be taking over as caretaker manager of the English premier league club Chelsea next week. Following the sacking of Luiz Felipe ... [more]

Australia step closer to World Cup qualification
The Socceroos have taken a big step towards next year's World Cup football finals by pinching a point from a scoreless draw with Japan. Under crushing pressure for long periods, ... [more]

Record-breaking quarterback retires again
The New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre has retired from the National Football League after 18 record-breaking seasons and one Super Bowl championship. 39 year old Favre's decision comes ... [more]

Phoenix midfielder Richard Johnson to retire
The Wellington Phoenix midfielder Richard Johnson will retire from all football at the conclusion of his contract with the A-League club in June . Johnson says he's had trouble with ... [more]

Injury crisis hits Western Force
An injury crisis has hit the Western Force just as the dust settlers on the Super 14 rugby club off-field woes. The former Waratah Josh Valentine and fellow halfback Justin Turner ... [more]

Tigers touch up Townsville
Melbourne has denied Townsville a home quarter-final in the Australian National Basketball league after overpowering the visitors 103-87. Townsville arrived in Melbourne full of confidence following a morale-boosting last start win ... [more]

Sonny Fai to be remembered
The Warriors forward Sonny Fai will be remembered at each of the club's first two National Rugbty League trial matches, the first in Hamilton tonight and the second at North Harbour ... [more]

ICC confirms Asif doping ban
The International Cricket Council has confirmed the Indian Premier League tribunal decision to ban fast bowler Mohammad Asif for a year after finding him guilty of a doping violation. The ICC ... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Mongrel mob forces terrified woman and children from home; Dunedin stadium receives regional council funding pledge; financial crisis brings overseas students to NZ. [more]

Levin poultry processor fined
An egg and poultry processor from Levin has been fined $16,000 for operating without a registered risk management programme in the face of repeated warnings from the New Zealand Food Safety Authority. [more]

Lakers Kobe Bryant reaches milestone
The American basketball star Kobe Bryant has become the youngest player to score 23,000 points in his NBA career. Bryant reached the landmark at 30 years and 171 days, five ... [more]

Asif handed one-year IPL ban
The Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif says he is talking to his lawyer about appealing a one-year ban from the Indian Premier League for failing a dope test. Asif tested positive ... [more]

Warriors Captain to miss first NRL trial
World Cup winners Lance Hohaia, Manu Vatuvei and Sam Rapira plus Kiwi great Stacey Jones and new signings Denan Kemp and Joel Moon will all feature for the Warriors in ... [more]

-Drivers appear divided in F1 licence fee row
Three Formula One drivers have paid up for their mandatory racing super-licences despite a row between the drivers' union and the governing body over the fees demanded. The International Automobile Federation ... [more]

PCB to lift ban on its ICL players
The Pakistan Cricket Board says it will respect an interim Sindh High Court decision lifting the ban on its players competing in the non-sanctioned Indian Cricket League. The hearing was adjourned ... [more]

Government reveals measures to stimulate economy
Five new schools and 69 state houses will be built and five large state-highway projects fast-tracked under the Government's $500 million infrastructure package announced on Wednesday. [more]

Slade to start at first five for Crusaders
First five Colin Slade will make his debut for the Crusaders in their opening Super 14 match against the Chiefs in Christchurch on Saturday. Slade starts in the number 10 ... [more]

Hawaii businesses want lawmakers to bag several proposals
Hawaii merchants want lawmakers to bag several proposals they say would cost their customers dearly. Three bills before the state Senate would either prohibit the use of plastic bags by... [more]

Niue's financial secretary loses his job
Niue's financial secretary, whose wages are partly covered by the New Zealand aid agency, has been sacked by the Government. The Premier, Toke Talagi, is blaming Mike Fleming for the... [more]

French Polynesia's assembly opens to elect a new president
French Polynesia's assembly has opened its sitting to elect a new president following last weekend's resignation of Gaston Tong Sang. It is the third presidential in less than year after... [more]

Solomon Islands' commission says it has a right to summon journalists
The Solomon Islands'leadership code commission says it has the right to summon journalists to help in its investigation. The commission has issued the summons to two reporters, who had written... [more]

Chinese govt does not suppress media freedom - says Ambassador
China's ambassador to Tonga has denied a claim made at the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association regional conference in Nuku'alofa that the Chinese government suppresses media freedom. This follows a diplomatic incident... [more]

rain hits 5th women's ODI in Wgtn
Rain in Wellington looks set to scupper any chance of the 5th and deciding Rosebowl cricket match between New Zealand and Australia being played. The covers are still on at the ... [more]

Easy win for Alinghi in challenger final decider
Alinghi has easily beaten BMW Oracle to win the best of three the challenger final at Louis Vuitton regatta being sailed off Auckland. After coming from behind to win last ... [more]

NZ's Aids Foundation's Pacific branch welcomes Pacific police initiative
The New Zealand Aids Foundation's Pacific branch is in full support of a programme being designed by police officials in the Pacific who plan to help fight the spread of... [more]

Marshall Islands company hopes to benefit from tuna
A Marshall Islands-based company is preparing to buy and operate high-tech fishing vessels, hoping to benefit from the tuna industry. The Marshall Islands Service Corporation, an off-shoot of the Bank... [more]

Food takes centre stage in American Samoa
Food takes centre stage in American Samoa at a two-day conference to discuss Food Security next week. It's organised by the Department of Agriculture and Land Grant Division of the... [more]

Pacific police to help in fight against HIV/AIDs
Pacific Police from 21 Pacific countries plan to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in their communities by raising awareness about the disease. This comes after police officials from Asia... [more]

First round of French Polynesia presidential election inconclusive
French Polynesia's assembly will hold a second round of voting to elect a new president after this morning's inconclusive vote. Four candidates stood this morning, with a recess now to... [more]

Chinese government does not suppress media freedom - says Ambassador
China's ambassador to Tonga has denied a claim made at the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association regional conference in Nuku'alofa that the Chinese government suppresses media freedom. This follows a diplomatic incident... [more]

Solomon Islands commission says it has a right to summon journalists
The Solomon Islands'leadership code commission says it has the right to summon journalists to help in its investigation. The commission has issued the summons to two reporters, who had written... [more]

Second vote needed to choose French Polynesia president
French Polynesia's assembly will hold a second round of voting to elect a new president after this morning's inconclusive vote. Four candidates stood this morning, with a recess now to... [more]

Review of weekend parole before Samoa cabinet today
Samoa's acting police commissioner says a review of the weekend parole system is before cabinet today. The programme, which has been in place for 40 years, was put on hold... [more]

Call for televising American Samoa House sessions
An American Samoa lawmaker Larry Sanitoa has won public support for his request to House leadership to consider airing on local television the House sessions and committee hearings. Several residents... [more]

CNMI warned about fake bank notes
Police in the Northern Marianas are warning of a serious problem with counterfeit money circulating on Saipan. The Crime Stoppers Programme coordinator, Jason Tarkong, says the fake bills are apparently... [more]

Pressure mounting on Vanuatu government to stop issuing new bus and taxi licenses
Pressure is mounting on the Vanuatu government to stop issuing new bus and taxi licences in Port Vila. The Port Vila Land Transport Association says it has received complaints from... [more]

Niue premier says consumption tax will boost revenue
The Premier of Niue says the island's new consumption tax will boost Government revenues. The Niue Consumption Tax, which imposes a 12.5 percent tax on goods and services, comes into... [more]

Police continue search for driver
Police in mid-Canterbury are still looking for a man who sparked an armed offenders squad callout on Tuesday. [more]

Credit crunch, price drop chills oil prospecting
The search for oil and gas in New Zealand is slowing as finance dries up and oil prices stagnate. [more]

Hundreds turn out to farewell godwits
More than 500 people turned out to a ceremony in Christchurch on Wednesday night to bid the annual farewell to some of the city's most treasured winged visitors - the godwits. [more]

Treaty deal likely with Ngati Porou this year - minister
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is confident a Treaty of Waitangi deal can be reached with Ngati Porou this year. [more]

Maori student achievement still lagging - report
An annual Government report says most schools are still struggling to meet the educational needs of Maori students. At the end of their schooling 35% of Maori students leave without qualifications. [more]

Increase in overseas student numbers predicted
An education sector group says the economy may get a boost from an increase in international students this year. [more]

Food prices rise again
Food prices increased 0.8% in January, driven higher by big increases in fruit and vegetable prices, bringing the annual increase in food prices to 9.5%. [more]

Fletcher Building half-year profit falls
Fletcher Building has reported a fall in half-year profit to $172 million as it faces more exposure to the economic crisis and world property markets slow down. It warns of a 40% full-year profit fall. [more]

Pasifika Festival cut to one day due to funding shortfall
The Pasifika Festival in Auckland is being scaled down because sponsorship is $335,000 below budget. [more]

Girl charged with murder following Pukekohe fire
A teenage girl has been charged with murder after a fatal house fire in Pukekohe, south of Auckland, in January. [more]

Sheep numbers continue to fall
The number of sheep on New Zealand farms dropped to just under 34 million in 2008, a 12% drop on the year before. [more]

Record aquaculture export earnings
Export earnings in the aquaculture sector grew by 17% last year to more than $265 million despite a smaller harvest of some farmed fish species. [more]

Retail spending remains flat
Consumers kept a tight reign on their spending at the start of the year, despite expectations of interest rate cuts. [more]

Fall in ASB Bank profits
ASB Bank's profit has dropped almost 11% in the half year to the end of December. [more]

Rate cuts, stimulus fail to buoy Australian consumers
Consumer gloom in Australia has deepened despite interest rates plunging to 1960s levels and the promise of a $A42 billion economic stimulus package, a key report says. [more]

Mobile phone network confident of 2009 launch
The country's third mobile network builder says it will launch its service this year and will seek to win customers from Telecom and Vodafone. [more]

Peugeot Citroen announces huge loss, job cuts
French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen has announced a net loss of 343 million euros for 2008 and plans to reduce its workforce by about 11,000. [more]

Large drop in oil demand predicted
The International Energy Agency said global energy demand this year would post its biggest decline since 1982 under the weight of the economic crisis. [more]

Steel and Tube profit rises
Steel and Tube has reported a 143% rise in its half-year net profit. [more]

Pacific countries take part in tsunami and earthquake meeting
Pacific countries are taking part in a meeting in Samoa this week to improve tsunami and earthquake monitoring and warning response. The meeting has been organised by the United Nations... [more]

Second vote under way to choose French Polynesia president
French Polynesia's assembly has resumed its sitting to elect a new president after this morning's inconclusive vote. Four candidates stood this morning, but only two decided to seek the presidency... [more]

Samoa PM stands firm on commenting on post-coup Fiji
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says that commenting on the political situation in Fiji is the responsible thing for Pacific Islands leaders to do. This is in response to... [more]

Samoa victims' supporter calls for wider parole board representation
The Samoa Victim Support Group is calling for wider representation on the parole board, as the government today considers a review of the weekend parole system. The programme, in place... [more]

Marshalls college regains US accreditation
A United States education agency has removed sanctions against the College of the Marshall Islands, giving it full academic accreditation for the first time in seven years. While the two-year... [more]

American Samoa's dengue rate drops without public clean-up campaign
The number of dengue fever cases in American Samoa continues to drop, despite the fact that the island-wide campaign expected to start in January has not yet been launched. Well... [more]

Gisborne water use falls, further restrictions possible
Gisborne residents have responded well to water restrictions, however further measures may still be needed, Gisborne District Council says. [more]

Protest action against toxic fumigant dropped
Planned protest action against the use of methyl bromide at Picton has been dropped, after the local port said it will make sure emissions of the toxic fumigant will be kept to a minimum. [more]

12-year-old hitchhiker found safe
A 12-year-old girl who went missing after hitchhiking in Wairarapa has been found. [more]

Oscar Temaru elected French Polynesia's president for fourth time in five years
French Polynesia's assembly has elected Oscar Temaru as the next president following last weekend's resignation of Gaston Tong Sang. In the second round of voting, Mr Temaru won 37 votes,... [more]

Submissions for Emissions Trading Scheme extended
The parliamentary committee investigating the Emissions Trading Scheme has extended the period for receiving submissions. [more]

Pacific Islanders urged to consider cheaper funerals
Pacific Islanders should focus on buying food and paying bills as the recession deepens and spend less on funerals, Porirua's deputy mayor says. [more]

MLS wants answers on possible Beckham transfer
Major League Soccer has given the Los Angeles Galaxy deadline of this weekend to resolve David Beckham's request for a permanent move to Italian football giants AC Milan. Beckham, who ... [more]

Alinghi and Team New Zealand to square off for first time since America's Cup
America's Cup holders Alinghi have shut out arch rivals Oracle Racing in the challenger's final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series to set up a showdown with Team New Zealand ... [more]

Australia retain Rosebowl with decider abandoned
Continual rain has seen the fifth and deciding women's cricket one dayer between New Zealand and Australia in Wellington, abandoned without a ball being bowled. The Rosebowl series was level ... [more]

Beckham makes history against Spain
The English football star David Beckham secured his place in the history books today but couldn't stop Spain outclassing England 2-nil in Seville. Beckham took the field as a halftime ... [more]

Michael Campbell after another major golf title
The 2005 US Open golf champion Michael Campbell believes he still has at least another five years in top flight golf and says he's yet to achieve all his ambitions. ... [more]

Michael Campell sees advantage in lack of preparation
The New Zealand golfer Michael Campbell admits he'll be underdone at the Masters tournament in Augusta in April but says every injury cloud has a silver lining. Campbell has spent ... [more]

Stacey Jones says he's there to help
The former Kiwi and Warriors halfback Stacey Jones isn't expecting a return to his role as "The Little General" tonight in his first appearance for the National Rugby League club ... [more]

Cleary likes meeting Storm first up
The Warriors will face a strong Melbourne side in Hamilton tonight in the first of three trial matches before their National Rugby League season starts on the 14th of March ... [more]

Phill Jones says Breakers have to play without fear
A prized home quarter-final beckons for the Breakers in their last home match of the Australian National Basketball League regular season at the North Shore Events centre tonight. They're hosting ... [more]

Breakers welcome back Kirk Penney
The return of star shooting-guard Kirk Penney should boost the Breakers chances of breaking a five game losing streak tonight and secure a home quarter-final in the Australian National Basketball ... [more]

Beckham equals Moore's record for England
David Beckham has equalled the late Bobby Moore's outfield record of 108 caps for England after coming on as a substitute in England's 2-nil loss to Spain in their international ... [more]

Breakers eye first home playoff
The Breakers can finish the Australian National Basketball League regular season in third and secure their first home playoff match if they beat Cairns at the North Shore Events Centre ... [more]

American golfer charged with tax evasion
The American golfer Jim Thorpe, a 13-time winner on the senior Champions Tour, has been charged with failing to pay more than 2 million dollars in federal income taxes. US ... [more]

Northland council backs down over moving staff
The Far North District Council has backed down on a controversial proposal to move council staff from Kaikohe to Kerikeri, after vigorous public protest. [more]

Waist restraints considered for prisoners in custody
The Government is considering allowing police to use waist restraints on prisoners similar to those used by the Corrections Department. [more]

$50m upgrade of power network fast-tracked
Transpower has announced a $50 million upgrade of the national transmission grid, but almost none of the money will be spent in Auckland, despite recent crippling power outages. [more]

Supreme Court reserves decision over kahawai quotas
The Supreme Court has reserved its decision after hearing a case about the setting of kahawai quotas taken by the New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council. [more]

Driver sought over death of Christchurch woman
Police investigating the homicide of a Christchurch woman have released a description of a man seen driving in the area she was working on the night she was killed. [more]

Auckland swelters as many reach for raincoats
As many New Zealanders dragged out their raincoats and umbrellas once more on Thursday, Aucklanders baked in the heat. [more]

PNG doctors call for action on betel nut use
The Papua New Guinea Medical Society says the mildly intoxicating betelnut is claiming at least two thousand lives a year. It wants the chewing and selling of betelnut to be... [more]

PNG provides financial support for Australia's fire and flooding victims
The Papua New Guinea Government has donated around 1.3 million US dollars to the Australian Government for disaster relief in Queensland and Victoria. The PNG Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare,... [more]

Busking bagpiper agrees to keep it brief
A compromise has been reached between the Dunedin City Council and a busking bagpiper who was silenced after three noise complaints - one from a council staff member. [more]

Irrigation ban lifted on Hawke's Bay river
Hawke's Bay Regional Council has lifted an irrigation ban on one of the region's major rivers. [more]

Asian markets down over US stimulus fears
Asian stock markets fell on Thursday as a compromise over a $US789 billion stimulus bill for the United States only left investors wondering if the money will reach the economy fast enough. [more]

DNA bill passes first hurdle in Parliament
Legislation requiring every person arrested for a crime punishable by prison to give DNA has passed its first hurdle in Parliament. [more]

Electronics giant to slash 10,000 more jobs
Japanese electronics giant Pioneer Corp said on Thursday it would cut 10,000 jobs worldwide and quit the television business as it braces for a record loss in the year to March. [more]