Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 3rd March 2009

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Bluff Oysters
Lovers of Bluff oysters can expect to pay $40 per dozen for the delicacy when they land on restaurant dining tables this week. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Margaret Swift has chosen a song by Cat Stevens, 'The Boy with the Moon and Star on His Head'. [more]

Reeling In The Years
Singer and entertainer Kim Willoughby brings back the good times as we reel in the year 1983. [more]

He Rourou for 3 March 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Darylene Rogers and Kereama Wright about the recent national Maori performing arts competition in Tauranga. [more]

Feature Album - 'Leon Russell'
Released in 1970, the debut solo LP from singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, Leon Russell. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Liz Tuccillo
Liz Tuccillo is the co-author of 'He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys'. [more]

Asian Report for 3 March 2009
Seaview Takeaways is about food, family and fish, all under the one roof in Lyall Bay, Wellington. [more]

Environment Story - The Deep Sea
PhD student Matthew Jones has peered into the guts of more than 2700 deep sea fish. How do they live? What do they eat? [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Jock Anderson and Amanda Miller. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Jock Anderson and Amanda Miller. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 3 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 3 March 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 3 March 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]


Student Arrested After Stabbing
A 17-year old international student has been arrested after a teacher at Avondale College was stabbed in the back this morning. [more]

Student Arrested After Stabbing (Part 2)
Graeme McCann is the chairperson of the PPTA Principals Council. [more]

Brazilian Murder Case
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has been working with the family of a New Zealander in Brazil whose 3-year old daughter was murdered. [more]

ACC Report
The Government's being accused of using a report into a funding shortfall at ACC to soften the public up for privatisation of the Corporation. [more]

Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal has retired to consider whether a man who drove into a crowd killing two people should have his conviction and sentence over-turned. [more]

Cracks in Bridge
Traffic is being held up on a major thoroughfare in Auckland after the discovery of cracks in a bridge. [more]

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

Student Arrested After Stabbing (Part 3)
The Minister of Education Anne Tolley speaks with Mary Wilson. [more]

Medical Workers Safety
The latest case of violence saw a drunk male patient beat up a Waikato doctor at the weekend. [more]

Karen Aim Murder Sentence Delay
The sentencing of a youth who admitted killing Scottish backpaker Karen Aim in Taupo in January last year has been delayed. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police Launch Homicide Inquiry
Police investigating the death of 3 year old Cherish Tahuri-Wright have launched a homicide inquiry. [more]

Dunedin's Enclosed Stadium Project
The Otago Regional Council has confirmed its funding for Dunedin's enclosed stadium project, by 6 votes to 4. [more]

Cuban Cabinet Reshuffle
CNN's Morgan Neil reports from the Cuban capital Havana. [more]

Kaipara Harbour Snapper Nurseries
NIWA scientists have discovered that nearly all the snapper on the west coast of the North Island come from nurseries in just one harbour - the Kaipara. [more]

Student Arrested After Stabbing (Part 4)
The principal of Avondale College, Brent Lewis, spoke to media earlier today. The PPTA Principals Council says todays events represent a loss of innocence for New Zealand schools. [more]

Treasury Accept Fault
Treasury has accepted fault for not disclosing a 1.5 billion dollar ACC funding shortfall in the pre-election economic update. [more]

Armed Robbery in Auckland
Nappies, milk and toffee pops have been the latest target of a teen armed robbery in Auckland - this time involving a 13 year old. [more]

British PM Visits Washington
Gordon Brown has arrived in Washington , the first European head of government to be invited to the White House by Barack Obama. [more]

Senior Police Officer Breath Test
Police Minister Judith Collins says it's "not a good look" for a senior police officer to refuse to take a breath test. [more]

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

Sri Lankan Cricket Team Attacked
Unidentified gunmen have launched an attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team. [more]

NGO Aid Review
Non Government Organisations are fearful that a review of the government aid agency NZ Aid could undo years of good work. [more]

Hillside Engineering Wins Major Contract
Dunedin's counting its gains for a change after company Hillside Engineering won its second major contract in a year. [more]

Guinea Bissau's President Assassinated
Guinea Bissau's President, Joao Bernardo Vieira was assassinated by renegade soldiers. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Serb Protesters Block Judges
The EU judges are part of a mission which was deployed to Kosovo to strengthen the rule of law. [more]

Mexican Drug Traffickers
The United States is offering more military support to Mexico to help it fight drug traffickers. [more]

Workers at Sealord's fish processing plant in Nelson have today begun a fight to retain existing pay levels. [more]

Taranaki Surf Club Theft
Thieves have stolen equipment from a Taranaki surf club just a day after the club won the Taranaki IRB championships. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Bluesman Darren Watson
Darren Watson's song 'All Going Wrong' has made the finals of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 March 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 March 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 3 March 2009
The recession and you. [more]

The Fantail
Listen to the fantail's call. [more]

Mascot Finance say it's too early
To assess just how much taxpayers money will be used to bail out the failed finance company. [more]

Pacific News for 3 March 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 3 March 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

John Key and Kevin Rudd agree on recession strategy
The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia and New Zealand need to work together. [more]

Government says there'll be cut backs
Finance Minister Bill English went on to say the Clarke Administration were in 'fairly land'. [more]

Recession brings Australia and New Zealand closer
Meanwhile, the world's unstable financial system is suffering yet more tremors today. [more]

Receivers will assess what taxpayers will have to pay
Mascot Finance yesterday became the first company covered by government's deposit guarantee scheme, to go into receivership. [more]

Maori Party holds grave fears
A significant number of Maori employed by Sealord may lose their jobs. [more]

Transpower may be able to bypass Electricity Commission
The Government has released its new energy policy which is out for public consultation [more]

Turmoil in the global economy
The value of the New Zealand dollar is at a six year low. 49.12 cents. [more]

Sports News for 3 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

United States secretary of state will arrive in Israel soon
Israel opposes aid to Gaza if there is a chance this may end up bolstering Hamas. [more]

Management at Paremoremo prison in the dog house
23 year old Tue Faavae was attacked by other prisoners after a group of six inmates were let out of their cells on Sunday. [more]

Tough times ahead
Economic conditions in Australia continue to deteriorate. [more]

Nelson fishing industry looking sad
Last year Sealord cut 170 jobs at its shellfish plant but that was before the recession. [more]

Five thousand firefighters brace themselves
Australia: Firefighters will face a potentially devastating day in Victoria, with high temperatures and winds up to 150 km/hr. [more]

The government buys locomotives from China
Kiwirail will borrow seventy five million dollars to buy the new locomotives. [more]

Auckland's North Shore residents threatened by landslip
No action it seems from the council to help these residents. [more]

Kaeo: still wating to rebuild after 2007 flood
The Labour led government pledged half a million dollars last year, however residents haven't seen anything. [more]

Emergency room doctor attacked in the weekend
A drunk patient has punched a doctor in the face four times and also kicked him. [more]

The Civil Aviation Authority
Is warning pilots of small planes against flying in bad weather - one of the leading causes of air accidents. [more]

Waatea News for 3 March 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Largest Mataitai reserve?
A new development is in the planning stage. [more]

The fluff in your button hole
Dr Georg Steinhauser of the Vienna University of Technology has been trying to work out why fluff gets stuck in the belly button [more]


Call for Chindogu
Ingenius or embarrassing inventions, Paul Smith from Dunedin Fringe Festival explains. [more]

Philosophy - Ann Kerwin
Tonight AUT resident philosopher Ann Kerwin discusses Greek female philosopher Diotima. [more]

Conundrum Clue 3
Clue number 3. [more]

Conundrum Clue 4
Conundrum Clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

Elisabeth Wells and Gerard Vaughan
A new Otago University study of 12 thousand young people shows NZ children as young as four are trying alcohol. [more]

Tom Coppel, Tory Regan and Robin Duff
Bullying of gay students in schools. [more]

Jack Hitt
Radio New Zealand's US Correspondent. [more]

Feature guest - Parag Khanna
Parag Khanna featured in People magazine's 2008 Smart List and Esquire's 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. [more]

Book Review - Bone by Bone
By Carol O'Connell, published by Headline and reviewed by Catriona Ferguson. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
Rod analyzes the job summit held last week in Manukau City. [more]

Susan Waugh - Seabird scientist
And her quest to save sea birds. [more]

Media with Denis Welch
Media commentator Denis Welch looks at advertising disguised as news. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Dr Ian Prior Tribute
Peter Mechen looks at the life and work of recently deceased New Zealand Philanthropist. [more]

Christine White and Chris Black
Sonic Artists performing 'Live Feed' as part of the Adam Art Gallery's 'Sound Check' series. [more]

Dhafer Youssef
Tunisian born singer and oud player performing with an acoustic Quartet at the Wellington Jazz Festival this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Homicide inquiry begins after inmate's body found
Police have launched a homicide inquiry after the body of an inmate was discovered at Auckland Prison on Sunday. [more]

Four years before NZ back to pre-recession levels - NZIER
The Institute of Economic Research says it's likely to be four years before New Zealand returns to growth rates seen before the recession. [more]

Alac wants end to cheap alcohol
The Alcohol Advisory Council says law changes are needed to address the availability of cheap alcohol. [more]

Habana injury sours Bulls third consecutive win
South Africa's World Cup winning winger Bryan Habana could miss a month of Super 14 rugby after suffering a suspected broken hand in the Bulls' 16-9 win over the Lions. ... [more]

Windies pile on the runs in fourth test against England
England face a quest for survival after West Indies made a mammoth 749 for nine declared in their first innings of the fourth cricket test in Bridgetown. The tourists, survived ... [more]

Manchester United win Carling Cup on penalties
Manchester United have won English football's League Cup final beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes at Wembley. Spur's manager Harry Redknapp says his players matched United ... [more]

Taranaki surfer impresses in first Dream tour event of the year
The New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb has made a strong start to her career on the Dream Tour, upsetting two higher ranked opponents to win her opening heat of the ... [more]

Drysdale goes one up over Waddell at National Rowing trials
The reigning world champion Mahe Drysdale has beaten Rob Waddell for the second time in the space of a week, winning the first single sculls national trial by a boat ... [more]

Australian clean up South Africa in Joburg
The Australian cricketers have completed a memorable victory over South Africa in the opening match of their three-test series in Johannesburg. Bidding to overturn their series loss to the ... [more]

Samaraweera lashes 214 in Sri Lanka run spree
Sri Lanka amassed 606 on the second day of the second cricket test against Pakistan in Lahore after Thilan Samaraweera scored his second double hundred in a row and Tillekaratne ... [more]

ICC mull Johannesburg, UAE as Trophy venues
Johannesburg, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are being considered as possible venues to host cricket's Champions Trophy this year. The ICC executive board last month moved the premier one-day tournament out ... [more]

Ogilvy moves into world's top four after matchplay win
The Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy has confirmed his superstar status in the game by moving up to number four in the world rankings following his win yesterday at the world ... [more]

Hopme town rider takes first title at track champs
The first elite title at the New Zealand Track Cycling championships in Invercargill has been won by Invercargill's Tom Scully who delighted the home crowd with victory in the Men's ... [more]

Sonny Bill no Origin spoiler, just a crowd puller
The Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill denies the return of the rugby league defector Sonny Bill Williams will turn into a circus. But he suspects the New Zealander's presence ... [more]

O'Neill turns up heat on early season start
The Australian Rugby Union's boss John O'Neill wants to wipe `sunscreen rugby' off the Super 14 calendar after the collapse of Springboks flanker Juan Smith in summer-time Brisbane heat. O'Neill ... [more]

Crisis? What crisis? Australia to push for fifth Super team
There are no financial alarm bells ringing in Australian rugby despite the global credit crunch, with Australia set to renew its push for a fifth Super rugby franchise at an ... [more]

Virus forces Murray out of Britain's Davis Cup tie
The world tennis number four Andy Murray has withdrawn from Britain's Davis Cup match against Ukraine this weekend after failing to recover from a virus. Murray pulled out of last ... [more]

Diamond League series to launch next year
A new series of athletics meetings known as the Diamond League will be launched next year in a bid to offer more head-to-head competition and expand the sport globally. But the ... [more]

United and Spurs facing very different futures
Manchester United are targeting winning three more trophies this season and the longer-term future at Old Trafford is looking extremely bright, too. United's penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham Hotspur in ... [more]

Tough draw for Junior Tall Blacks
New Zealand has been pooled with Argentina, Croatia ad Kazakhstan in group D at the Under 19 men's basketball World Championship in Auckland. The Junior Tall Blacks will be competing ... [more]

Wall Street sinks
Wall Street stocks dropped to new lows on Monday after a new bailout was announced for AIG. [more]

Delays on SH1
Motorists are advised to expect delays on SH1 at Ohingaiti after a truck and trailer unit rolled there just before 3am on Tuesday. The 20 tonne vehicle almost blocks both lanes. [more]

Another deadline for Dunedin stadium
The Carisbrook Stadium Trust is under a deadline to show the Otago Regional Council it has found a capital contribution of $15 million for the project by today. [more]

Rain in Hawkes Bay
Heavy rain during the weekend was a relief for farmers in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Treasury was aware of conditions at Mascot
The Treasury says it was aware of Mascot Finance's financial situation when it accepted its application to be covered by the deposit guarantee scheme. However, Mascot still met the criteria for the guarantee. [more]

Overall Sealord business still strong
Sealord says its overall business remains strong despite reducing its New Zealand presence. [more]

Opel in talks over government aid
Opel is in talks with the German government about a cash injection of 3.3 billion euros ($US4.16 billion) from the government. [more]

European stocks well down
European stocks ended much lower on Monday as banking stocks tumbled after American International Group posted record losses. [more]

More aid for AIG after record loss
The American insurance company AIG has announced a quarterly loss of $US61.7 billion, the biggest in corporate history. [more]

Dow goes below 7,000
The Dow Jones industrial average fell below 7,000 on Monday for the first time in more than 11 years due to growing pessimism about the health of banks. [more]

Deposit guarantee scheme working - PM
Prime Minister John Key says the deposit guarantee scheme is working as it should. [more]

Sydney trip seen as productive by PM
Prime Minister John Key says his Australian visit has been productive for more reason than one. [more]

Total amount of taxpayer payments for Mascot not yet known
The total amount that taxpayers will pay to help investors Mascot Finance may not be known for several months. Mascot went into receivership on Monday. [more]

Book award nominations issued
The shortlist has been issued for this year's New Zealand Post book awards for children and young adults. The awards will be announced in Auckland on 20 May. [more]

NZ Windfarms profit up
A rise in half year profit is reported by New Zealand Windfarms. [more]

Online interest stirred in Ngati Porou Treaty settlements
A campaign to encourage more input to Ngati Porou Treaty settlements has exceeded all expectations. [more]

Oil drops 10% amid economic gloom
Oil prices have dropped nearly 10% as the deteriorating world economy threatens to cut fuel consumption further. [more]

NZ dollar still down
The New Zealand dollar slid to fresh six-year lows on Tuesday after further falls on global equity markets. [more]

AIG bailout unavoidable - White House
The White House says the latest government bailout of the American insurance AIG was unavoidable. [more]

Railway spending will have to be cut - English
National says the previous Government's planned spending on KiwiRail will have to be reduced. It says commitments made by Labour total more than $3 billion. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: Government wants to change the way money is spent by NZAid; children as young as four are trying alcohol and nine-year-olds are using cannabis; teenager plans to retract guilty plea in killing of Karen Aim. [more]

Another armed robbery by teenagers
There has been another armed robbery by teenagers in Auckland. Nappies, milk and biscuits were taken from a superette in Otara. [more]

Dr attacked in hospital emergency dept
A doctor was punched and kicked in the accident and emergency department at Waikato hospital on Saturday night. Security is to be reviewed as a result. [more]

Impasse over consequences of slip
Glenfield residents whose fear their homes are threatened by a landslip say lack of action by North Shore City Council is threatening their health. [more]

Drysdale looks set to get the nod
The singles sculls world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mahe Drsydale looks to have got the selectors' nod for August's rowing World Championships in Poland . They've decided yesterday's race ... [more]

Lights a worry for Black Caps skipper ahead of opening one dayer
Expect a high scoring first one day cricket international between New Zealand and India, a day-nighter starting at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Napier's McLean Park. Until recently, matches at ... [more]

Australian captain admits they were the underdogs going into first Test
The Australian captain Ricky Ponting rates their commanding win last night in the opening test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg as one of his more memorable victories. ... [more]

Govt to streamline approval for minor power projects
The Government wants to change current energy policy so that Transpower will not need approval from the Electricity Commission for projects costing less than $20 million. [more]

Australian golfer moves up to number four on world rankings
The Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy has confirmed his superstar status by moving up to number four in the world rankings following his win over England's Paul Casey in yesterday's final ... [more]

Credit crunch forces relegation rethink in England
An eight-year agreement between the Rugby Union and the English clubs could be torn up after less than a season because of the global financial crisis. An RFU spokesman says ... [more]

Benitez discusses title fade with his squad
Liverpool's manager Rafael Benitez admits he held a meeting with his players in the aftermath of their defeat at Middlesbrough to discuss the team's title meltdown. Benitez's side wasted a ... [more]

England slip to lowest world ranking of eighth
New Zealand, South Africa and Australia remain the top three of rugby's world rankings wioth Argentina fourth. England's Six Nations loss to Ireland in Dublin has sent them to eighth ... [more]

Albie Morkel named in South Africa's Test squad
The all-rounder Albie Morkel has been included in South Africa's 12-man squad for the remaining two Tests of the three-match series against Australia. Morkel clubbed 105 runs at an average ... [more]

Sir Bobby Charlton given freedom of city of manchester
A day after Manchester United's Carling Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur, club legend Sir Bobby Charlton has been honoured with the freedom of the city of Manchester. 71 year old ... [more]

LA Lakers lose along with defending champions Boston Celtics
Kobe Bryant scored 49 points for the Los Angeles A Lakers but it wasn't enough to stop his side from losing 118-111 to the Phoenix Suns in American basketball's NBA, ... [more]

Lower dividend urged to prevent cuts at fishing company
The Maori Party says shareholders in Sealord should take a smaller dividend this year to avoid job losses at New Zealand's biggest fishing company. [more]

AIG fallout pushes Dow under 7,000
Stocks in the United States slid to 12-year lows on Monday after a record loss of $US61.7 billion loss by AIG. The Dow Jones industrial average ended below 7,000. [more]

Cells searched after killing of prisoner
Police are searching cells in the east wing of Auckland Prison in Paremoremo, where the body of an inmate was found on Sunday morning. [more]

90-day jobs law will be monitored - minister
Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says the Government's 90-day probation employment law will help people into jobs while the economy is in unknown territory. The Government will closely monitor how it works. [more]

Airport volumes down
Auckland International Airport Ltd recorded a 0.9% decrease in international passengers in January, compared to the same month last year. [more]

Breath test refusal "not a good look" - minister
Minister of Police Judith Collins says it is "not a good look" for a senior officer to refuse to take a breath test at his house. [more]

Agency providing assistance for Sealords staff
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says Work & Income is providing assistance for employees of Sealords facing job losses in Nelson. [more]

American Samoa paramount chief and senator dies
In American Samoa, paramount chief and senator, Tuitele Tony Tuitele, has died. He collapsed and died at his guesthouse in Leone last night. Tuitele, who is regarded as the highest... [more]

Tonga's first High Commissioner to NZ named
Tonga's Minister of Police, Siaosi 'Aho, has been announced as Tonga's first High Commissioner to New Zealand. The new Tongan High Commission will be in Wellington and is expected to... [more]

USP students from Solomon Islands lose Government scholarships
More than 100 Solomon Islands students at the University of the South Pacific have lost their Government scholarships. The students lost the funding after failing to achieve a 50 percent... [more]

American Samoa's administration wants greater role in monument
American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has asked the U.S. Commerce Department to give the territory a greater role in managing the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument. The reserve was declared... [more]

Gizo Hospital in Solomon Islands will be fully operational soon
The administration of Gizo Hospital in the Western Province of Solomon Islands says the rehabilitation of the facility after the 2007 tsunami is nearing completion. Gizo was one of the... [more]

Two men arrested in American Samoa after death of Vanuatu man
Police have identified a man found dead near the Veterans Memorial Stadium in American Samoa late last week as Jimmy Leo of Vanuatu. The fisherman, who was married to a... [more]

Fiji Commerce Commission chairman disputes his removal
A former Fiji Commerce Commission chairman, Charles Sweeney, says his removal does not identify any grounds for dismissal. The Fiji Times quotes him saying that the letter from the Attorney-General,... [more]

American Samoa's Blue Sky expects no impact from Standford complaints
The U.S. owner of American Samoan-based Blue Sky Communications, eLandia International, does not expect any problems with Blue Sky operations over federal accusations against Sir Allen Stanford and his business... [more]

Gulf Provincial Government in PNG plans to build cement factory
The Gulf Provincial Government in Papua New Guinea has embarked on a plan to build a multi-million-kina cement factory. The proposed factory is part of its preparation to be an... [more]

Pay increase should be based on performance - Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism
The Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association says any wage increase should be based on performance. The Association's president, Dixon Seeto, told the Fiji Times, this would see productivity improve. [more]

CNMI leaders hope to override Governor's veto of budget
In the Northern Marianas, the leaders of the House of Representatives are still not confident that they have the 14 votes needed to override the Governor's veto of the fiscal... [more]

Supreme Court considers issue of judicial bias
The question of whether or not a Supreme Court Judge was biased in his handling of a case is being considered by the Court. [more]

Mediator appointed for Silver Fern Farms - PGG Wrightson dispute
Silver Fern Farms has appointed a retired High Court judge to mediate an agreement over damages between it and PGG Wrightson. [more]

AIG fallout pushes Dow below 7,000
Stocks in the United States slid to 12-year lows on Monday after a record loss of $US61.7 billion for AIG. [more]

Hospital services top priority - Ryall
Health Minister Tony Ryall says hospital services will be the top priority for the public health system this year. DHB chiefs will be held directly accountable for their board's performance. [more]

Beekeeper admits selling toxic honey
A beekeeper has admitted four charges relating to the sale of toxic honeycomb which poisoned about 20 people last Easter. He will be sentenced in three weeks. [more]

Trans-Tasman health products agency back on agenda
The Government is back in talks with Australia over the establishment of a trans-Tasman agency to regulate health products. [more]

NZX trading volume down in February
Trading on the NZX fell 12% in February - a decrease of 36% on the same period last year [more]

Jade profit up
Jade software has reported a rise of almost 8% in operating profit for the past year. Operating revenue rose 31% [more]

UBS denies report of NZ pullout
The Swiss investment bank UBS is denying a report that it is considering withdrawing from New Zealand. [more]

Zespri anticipates price squeeze on kiwifruit
Zespri anticipates a squeeze on prices for kiwifruit in the coming selling season, as overseas markets respond to the economic climate. [more]

233 power projects could be streamlined - Transpower
Transpower has 233 projects which could be advanced under streamlined rules for approving electricity schemes. [more]

Teacher stabbed in classroom - student being interviewed
A teacher has been stabbed in the back in a classroom at Avondale College in Auckland. A student is being interviewed by police. [more]

Graham to facilitate Tamaki-Makaurau claim
Former Treaty Settlements Minister for the previous National government, Sir Douglas Graham, has been appointed a facilitator for the Tamaki-Makaurau claim. [more]

English rules out subsidising 9-day working fortnight
Finance Minister Bill English wants clarification on a proposal for a nine-day working fortnight put forward at Friday's job summit. He says the Government has no intention of subsidising the 10th day. [more]

Council wants certainty before spending on Kaeo
Northland Regional Council says it wants to be sure it is doing the right thing before spending any money in Kaeo where flood victims now face their third winter in damaged homes. [more]

Intruder discouraged with rolling pin
An elderly woman in Hamilton has fought off an intruder at her home with a rolling pin. Afterwards the intruder was so embarrassed, he virtually leapt into a police car. [more]

Finance Minister to look at deposit guarantee scheme
Prime Minister John Key says the Finance Minister will take another look at the deposit guarantee scheme. Mascot Finance went into receivership on Monday owing about $70 million. [more]

DHBs urged to ensure security of emergency staff
Two associations representing doctors are calling for District Health Boards to better protect doctors working in emergency departments. [more]

Govt to underwrite Dunedin stadium shortfall
Otago Regional Council has confirmed its funding for a new stadium in Dunedin, by six votes to four. The Government will underwrite a private sector funding shortfall of $15 million. [more]

PNG gas project claims world output record
The Canadian oil company, InterOil's massive Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project has set a world output record. InterOil's chief executive, Phil Mulacek, speaking at the Antelope 1 LNG... [more]

Cook Islands police chief tackles Treasury over suspension of funding
The Cook Island's Police Commissioner says there are ongoing problems between a number of government ministries and treasury. The monthly bulk funding for the police was almost suspended in February... [more]

French Polynesian call on France to recognise nuclear legacy
The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, says France should recognise that the fall-out from its atmospheric nuclear weapon tests affected more than just the immediate zone of the blasts. The... [more]

Papua Governor plans improvements to education and health services for indigenous Papuans
The Governor of the Indonesian province of Papua, Barnabas Suebu, says all charges for education at the primary and lower middle school level for indigenous Papuans are to be abolished. [more]

Rapist fathers get long prison terms in Samoa
A 36-year-old father in Samoa has been jailed for 20 years for raping his 15-year-old daughter on six occasions. The man had waited four years for the trial and that... [more]

Samoa-based institution vies for accreditation as international medical school
The Samoa-based Oceania University of Medicine is hoping to be fully accredited as an international university by the end of the year. The university's communications officer, Chris Dudley, says the... [more]

Tonga opening High Commission in Wellington because of growing links - Prime Minister Sevele
In early May the Tonga Government is to open a High Commission in New Zealand - its third after London and Canberra. The Tongan Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, says... [more]

Cook Islands solicitor general looks into Treasury suspending funding to other departments
The Solicitor General in the Cook Islands has confirmed that his office has been asked to look into whether it is legal for Treasury to suspend monthly funding to government... [more]

Democracy group in Fiji calls for Commonwealth to back Forum stand on election call
The Movement for Democracy in Fiji says it is vital that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, or CMAG, backs the position on Fiji taken by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders. [more]

Fiji NGO expects interim administration to ignore damning US report on human rights
The Fiji Women's Rights Movement says it expects the interim government will ignore criticism of its human rights record in a US State Department Report. The 2008 report on Human... [more]

Five Australians freed from custody in Indonesia's Papua
Five Australians jailed in Papua Province for entering Indonesia illegally have been released from prison on humanitarian grounds, but remain banned from leaving Merauke until their appeals are heard. Controversy... [more]

Killer driver appeals conviction
The Court of Appeal has retired to consider whether a man who drove into a crowd killing two people should have his conviction and sentence overturned. [more]

Treasury apologises over ACC shortfall disclosure
The Treasury has apologised to Finance Minister Bill English for the failure to include an ACC funding shortfall in a pre-election opening of the Government's books. [more]

Most of west coast's snapper traced to Kaipara
NIWA scientists have discovered that nearly all snapper on the west coast of the North Island come from nurseries in just one harbour - the Kaipara. [more]

Xtra fined $45,000 for breaching Fair Trading Act
Internet service provider Xtra has been fined $45,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act. [more]

International student charged over teacher stabbing
An international student has been charged over the stabbing of a teacher at Avondale College in Auckland. [more]

Bulls winger out for up to four weeks
The Bulls have confirmed their Springbok winger Bryan Habana will be out of Super 14 rugby for up to four weeks. Habana has had surgery on a broken right hand, ... [more]

Cricket update
The New Zealand cricketers need 278 off 38 overs to beat India in the opening one day international in Napier. India made 273 for four, after the match ... [more]

Phoenix CEO not panicking after the club's major sponsor pulls the plug
The Wellington Phoenix football side have lost their major sponsor Sony. The sponsorship of the A league side is reportedly worth $3 million a year although club CEO Tony Pignata ... [more]

Henderson score first win in Europe
The former world track cycling champion New Zealand's Greg Henderson's has scored his first win of the pro-cycling season in Europe. Henderson who is riding for the Columbia Highroad team ... [more]

Possible buyer for Honda Formula One team on the horizon
Honda's reportedly close to to a deal to sell its Formula One motor racing team. The Yomiuri Daily newspaper, says the team's expected to test a new vehicle ... [more]

Sir Bobby Charleton has belief Man United can win five trophies this season
A day after Manchester United's Carling Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur, club legend Sir Bobby Charlton has been honoured with the freedom of the city of Manchester. 71 year old ... [more]

Armstrong to ride in two European races before Tour de France
The seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will continue his build-up to this year's Tour with two races in Europe later this month. The 37-year-old American - who has ... [more]

Change in approach from AC Milan in bid to keep Beckham
There's been a change of approach from Italian football club AC Milan who are are working to extend David Beckham's loan from Los Angeles Galaxy until the end ... [more]

Bowls NZ to host four year extravaganza
Last year's successful World Championship have helped Bowls New Zealand and Christchurch secure the right to stage a four year extravaganza of bowls, including the 2016 World Championship. The world ... [more]

National Party president to retire
National Party president Judy Kirk is to retire from the position in August after seven years in the job. [more]

Review of NZ aid agency ordered
The Government has ordered a review of New Zealand's aid agency, NZ Aid. It has a budget of $480 million. [more]

Stabbing represents loss of innocence for schools - PPTA
A stabbing at an Auckland college represents a loss of innocence for New Zealand schools, the Secondary Teachers Union says. [more]

Government won't ban cigarette displays in shops
The Government has decided against banning cigarette displays in shops. [more]

Auckland overbridge closed after cracks discovered
An Auckland overbridge which serves as a main thoroughfare has been shut after contractors discovered cracks in its structure. [more]

Speculation over officer 'damaging trust in police'
Police Minister Judith Collins says continuing speculation about a senior officer refusing to take a breath test at his house is damaging public trust in police. [more]

US Air Force begins operating special aircraft around Guam
The United States has begun operating two types of radar-evading aircraft, a bomber and a fighter, for the first time together in the Pacific in Guam. The pairing follows United... [more]

PNG capital's hospital hampered by nurse strike
In Papua New Guinea, the Port Moressby General Hospital faces closure as the nurses' strike enters a seventh day. The Post Courier reports that the nurses are on strike over... [more]

Another increase in water-borne illness in Fiji
There's been another increase in water-borne illness in Fiji following the flooding in January. The floods killed eleven people, while four people have died in the aftermath from leptospirosis. The... [more]

Asia-Pacific stocks slide
Stocks in Japan hit a 25-year low on Tuesday and most major indexes in the Asia-Pacific region also fell, caught in the downdraft of risk aversion sparked by renewed concern over the global financial sector. [more]

NZ, South Korea to negotiate free trade deal
Prime Minister John Key says negotiations on a free trade agreement with South Korea will begin as early as possible. [more]

Sentencing for Scottish tourist's murder delayed
The sentencing of a youth who admitted killing a Scottish backpacker in Taupo in 2008 has been delayed. [more]

Police say child's death not accidental
Police investigating the death of a three-year-old girl have confirmed her injuries were not accidental and have launched a homicide inquiry. [more]

Bill passed targeting drug, cellphone use in prisons
A bill which aims to assist a prison crackdown on drug use and to eliminate illicit use of cellphones passed into law on Tuesday. [more]

Champions of cheese honoured
Old favourites and newcomers have taken top honours at the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards. [more]

Australia's central bank leaves cash rate unchanged
The Reserve Bank of Australia is keeping "its powder dry" in the face of coming tough times for the economy, leaving the official cash rate unchanged on Tuesday. [more]