Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 12th March 2009

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The best song ever written
And for Mike Smith of Te Aroha, it's Woodie Herman's Third Herd. [more]

Your place - Havelock
We mussel on in to the charming hamlet at the inner most point of Pelorus in the Marlborough Sounds. [more]

Historic plane wreck
Parts of the plane, thought to have been stolen from the Tararuas have turned up at an aviation museum in Masterton. [more]

Wandering horseman
Keith Roberts is following his childhood dream to travel the country by horseback. [more]

AK09 Festival Review
Paul Bushnell appraises some of the highs and lows from this week. [more]

He Rourou
Ana Tapiata talks to Nanny Laurie who travelled from Australia to support the Brisbane Kapa Haka group. [more]

The Arts Report
Passchendaele: the Belgians Have Not Forgotten and AK09 feature this week. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Katy talks to a Lyttleton grafitti/guerilla/stensil artist that some may describe as a vandal. [more]

Environment story - the Tuatara
They're endemic to NZ and not a lizard. Their closest relatives died out 60-million years ago. Find out more. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
Environmental laws and Conflict of Interest are covered. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
Teen gunmen, arms dealers go Bolliwood and hair loss is exposed this second half. [more]

Business News

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

Business update
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 12 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Offical Cash Rate warning
The Reserve Bank Governor, Alan Bollard warns people not to expect the OCR to fall much further even if the recession worsens. [more]

Official Cash Rate warning questions
Our economics correspondent Nigel Stirling discusses. [more]

And the Rugby World Cup hosting goes to...
Mostly Auckland it would seem. [more]

Bain retrial update
Monique Devereux joins us live from Christchurch with the latest. [more]

ACC gagged?
ACC minister rejects allegations he's effectively gagged the corporation from speaking publicly about government criticism. [more]

Hone Harawira peace broker
The Maori Party MP may try to broker a meeting between the PM and the two men charged with assaulting him at Waitangi. [more]

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

Midwife adoption broker
A Central Otago midwife has told a Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal how she felt like piggie in the middle. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea Team. [more]

German teen's killer rampage
German police say they have no clues to the motive behind a teenager's rampage through his former school and two small towns. [more]

Operation Sutomo
The drug sting has been underway for two months and is a proven success though details from the police are not forthcoming. [more]

OCR warning response
Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Charles Finney responds to Dr Bollard's warning. [more]

Bain retrial update (part 2)
More detail of the fit or seizure that David Bain was said to have had on the morning his family was killed has been revealed. [more]

2011 Rugby World Cup host cities
Thirteen centres from Whangarei to Invercargill will host pool games, although the majority have gone to the Auckland region. [more]

Taxi driver rape retrial
The defence case began this afternoon at the retrial of a former Wellington taxi driver accused of raping a passenger. [more]

Auckland council contracts under review
All contracts being considered have been put on hold, after a council officer accepted a Christmas ham. [more]

Sports news
An update from the RNZ sports desk. [more]

Auckland reviews contracts
10 contracts, totaling more than a-hundred-million dollars are under review after a council officer accepted a Christmas ham. [more]

Hone Harawira doesn't speak for his whanau
But he is trying to get two of them in front of the PM, the man they allegedly assaulted at Waitangi. [more]

Fiji snorkelling death
Blenheim woman, Rebecca Stockwell died after a boat propeller struck her on the head at Matamanoa Island Resort in Fiji in 2007. [more]

Cina Ma kidnap hearing update
A man who kidnapped a five-year-old Auckland girl and attempted to hold her ransom has apologised to her and her family. [more]

Wellington prison can reopen
The mothballed prison can reopen at short notice is inmate demand calls for it. [more]

Clean streams
Govt. says polluting dairy farmers are testing the public's patience - but refuses to take action to get cows out of streams. [more]

Queensland oil slick
Fears are mounting that a major environmental disaster may occur from oil slicks after a cargo ship was damaged yesterday. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Less billionaires
This recession appears a bit of a leveler as the world's wealthiest are falling into a mere millionaire category. [more]

Billionaire on the run
One Russian still thought to be worth billions, mobile phone retail oligarch Yevgeny Chichvarkin, is on the run from the law. [more]

Oz docs stand by their oaths
Dr Rosanna Capolingua is prepared to do jail time to protect patient confidentiality as Canberra cracks down on medical fraud. [more]

Midday Report

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

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for 12 March 2009
Shooting in Germany, Mass shooting in Alabama, Nine day fortnight, Tariq Aziz jailed. [more]

Black Robin
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Nurses pay for training
A survey shows nurses having to pay for their own training in a system that relies heavily on their goodwill. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Shooting in Germany
The 17 year old gunman, named by German media as Tim Kretschmer, killed 15 people in southwest Germany. [more]

Mass shooting in Alabama
The shooting rampage is being described as the single deadliest crime recorded in Alabama. [more]

Nine day fortnight
Some in the business community say the Government's latest initiative to stave off job losses doesn't go far enough. [more]

Tariq Aziz jailed
The public face of Saddam Hussein's government has been jailed by an Iraqi tribunal for crimes against humanity. [more]

Low cash rate hurts investors
Those relying on interest payments from term deposits are bracing themselves for another big hit. [more]

Bain trial continues
Sergeant Murray Stapp is giving evidence in the retrial of David Bain, who is charged with the murders of his family. [more]

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

ACC defended by the commercial sector
A financial adviser is speaking out in defence of the beleagured Accident Compensation Corporation. [more]

NZ Open begins
The New Zealand Open golf championship has returned to Arrowtown for the second hosting of the event at The Hills course. [more]

Shooting in Germany (part 2)
17 year old Tim Kretschmer killed nine pupils and three teachers at Albertville school in the town of Winnenden near Stuttgart. [more]

Faavae family seek justice
The family of Tue Faavae is vowing to seek justice after he was stabbed to death at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo. [more]

Super fund payment delays
The Prime Minister, John Key, said yesterday the Government was looking at reducing next year's payments to the Fund. [more]

Airfare subsidies for tourists
The airline industry is welcoming the Government's move to look at subsidising airfares for tourists coming to New Zealand. [more]

Jail for Otago DHB fraudsters
The board's former IT manager Michael Swann was sentenced to nine and half years in jail yesterday. [more]

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

India stamped their mark on one day cricket last night by comprehensively beating New Zealand in Hamilton. [more]

Polluting farmers
The dairy industry will be marked today on its promises to clean up streams, lakes and wetlands. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Internet law in doubt
The future of a law aimed at stopping internet piracy is in doubt after industry giant Telstra Clear said it won't participate. [more]

Kakapo numbers improve
There's been good news for the future of the rare kakapo, with a baby boom underway on remote Codfish Island. [more]


Professor Richard Bentall
Richard Bentall discusses with Bryan whether child abuse and neglect are causes of mental health problems [more]

Professor Jean Fleming
Bryans discusses the biology of the human body boiled down with Jean Fleming, tonight, the stomach [more]

Nine To Noon

Banking loan break fees
As the official cash rate falls again this morning the banking ombudsman is flooded with complaints about banks loan fees. [more]

Stem cell research
David M Scadden is the co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. [more]

The Wiggles
Sam, the new Wiggle tells us about being a member of the most successful kids entertainers in the world. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Paris
Northern Ireland sees a renewal of violence. [more]

Feature guest - Titewhai Harawira
The veteran Maori activist Titewhai Harawira, one of the country's true characters, reflects on her life. [more]

Book review - The To Do List
Written by Mike Gayle, reviewed by Dan Slevin and published by Hodder and Stoughton. [more]

New Technology
Nat Torkington talks about Ebooks. [more]

With parenting guru, author and clinical psychologist Nigel Latta. [more]

Televison Review
With Simon Wilson. [more]

Our Changing World

Tracing the Great Pacific Migration
Anthropologist Lisa Matisoo-Smith uses human and animal DNA to trace the migration routes of people around the Pacific [more]

Kakapo Rediscovery and Frozen Sperm Bank
A kakapo is rediscovered after being missing for 21 years, and the Sperm Team create a frozen sperm bank [more]

Realise the Dream Awards for Young Scientists
Twenty nine young scientists were finalists in the 2009 Realise the Dream secondary school science competition [more]

Tuatara Mating Systems
PhD student Jennifer Moore looked at the mating systems of tuatara on Stephens Island [more]

Rural News

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

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

Storytime Treasure Chest

Dirt is Freedom
Joe's ambition in life is to have really stinking feet. [more]

Cat Crush
Oscar the cat loves Tim so much, it's embarrassing. [more]

Texting Monster
Gran buys a big old phone... that leads to trouble. [more]

The Real Neat Soccer Team
The coach is so neat he probably presses his socks every morning. [more]


Pietari Inkinen
NZSO Music Director talks about upcoming Auckland performances of Mahler's 3rd Symphony. [more]

Louise Potiki Bryant
Atamira Dance Collective choreographer presenting Taonga at the Auckland Festival. [more]

Susie Park
New York based Eroica Trio violinist - touring the country on behalf of Chamber Music NZ. [more]

Michael Hurst
NZ theatre director and actor narrating Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' with the NZSO this weekend. [more]

Camille O'Sullivan
Irish singer and cabaret artist performing 'Dark Angel' at the Auckland Festival's Spiegeltent. [more]

News stories:

Success of nine day fortnight now up to employers - CTU
The Council of Trade Unions says the success of the Government's nine day fortnight scheme will depend on how much employers are prepared to contribute. [more]

Warning of job losses at Justice Ministry
Labour says the Ministry of Justice is the next Government department in line for restructuring and warns of job losses there. [more]

Quake near Blenheim
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake occurred about 50km south-east of Blenheim on Wednesday night. [more]

Sehwag smashes Black Caps
Virender Sehwag smashed an unbeaten 125 as the Indian cricketers beat New Zealand by 10 wickets in a rain-affected 4th ODI match in Hamilton to win the series 3-nil with one ... [more]

ICC decides on South Africa for Champions Trophy
The International Cricket Council has decided that South Africa should host this year's Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka ruled out due to possible rain interruptions in September and October. Pakistan ... [more]

Tiffen and Pulford back for White Ferns
The New Zealand women's cricket captain Haidee Tiffen is back to full fitness and will play against South Africa in their third match at the ICC World Cup in Australia. ... [more]

"Caveman" returns to French back row
France have switched their popular powerhouse Sebastien Chabal back into their back row and made three other changes for their Six Nations showdown with England at Twickenham. Sale Sharks forward ... [more]

ANBL grand final goes to 5th and deciding game
The Melbourne Tigers centre Chris Anstey beat suspension, then beat the South Dragons virtually single-handedly last night to send the Australian National Basketball League grand final series into a deciding ... [more]

Pool host venues announced today
The list of venues for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand will be announced this afternoon and it appears the matches will be well spread around the country. ... [more]

O'Neill thinks out loud about South African options
The Australian Rugby boss John O'Neill has urged South Africa to cut one of their struggling high veldt outfits to open the Super Rugby door to a black team from ... [more]

Police won't take action against Watmough
New South Wales police say the sponsor allegedly hit by the Manly forward Anthony Watmough during a boozy function to launch the National Rugby League champions' season will not pursue ... [more]

Manly accept Stewart ban, will appeal massive fine
Manly have accepted the National Rugby League's decision to ban their fullback Brett Stewart from playing but plan to appeal the club's $128,500 fine for hosting the booze-fuelled season launch. ... [more]

Price joines elite 300 club
The Warriors skipper Steve Price, the elder statesman of rugby league, says he's proud to be joining an elite group of sportsmen when he racks up a triple century this Saturday. ... [more]

Gallop under fire over league's misbehaviour woes
The NRL's chief executive David Gallop has been forced to defend his performance in combating repeated outbreaks of anti-social behaviour by rugby league players. In the latest in a string ... [more]

Less Govt funding for Super acknowledged by Commissioner
The Retirement Commissioner says she reluctantly accepts that the Government will put less money into the Superannuation Fund. [more]

Whale bone sculpture not wanted
Opunake Maori have rejected an offer of a whale bone sculpture by the the New Plymouth District Council because it illustrates an East Coast legend, which has no connection to Taranaki. [more]

Latest dairy accord review to be issued
The latest assessment of the Dairying & Clean Streams Accord is due on Thursday from the Ministry of Agriculture. [more]

Maori could run prisons better than department - MP
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says Maori can do a better job running prisons than the Corrections Department. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: Footpath contracts worth almost $20 million on hold over a gift of a Christmas ham; Banking Ombudsman puts complainants on a waiting list; community group wants to takeover hospital at Wakatipu. [more]

European markets end mixed
European stock markets were mixed on Wednesday. [more]

New private equity fund hopes to raise $150 million
A new private equity fund, Endeavour Capital, is confident it can raise up to $150 million to invest in growing New Zealand companies. [more]

Central Districts field days begin
The Central Districts field days begins on Thursday at Manfield Park near Feilding. Last year's event drew a record attendance of 40,000 over the three days. [more]

Nurses pay for their own training
Nurses say they have to sacrifice their own time and money to keep up with the latest developments in their field. [more]

UK to liaise with international agencies for Olympics
Britain's House of Lords is recommeding that its government start working with international security agencies immediately to prepare for any attack on the 2012 London Olympics. The upper chamber's European Union ... [more]

Ogilvy a tough match for Woods
World number one Tiger Woods will have to contend with an in-form Geoff Ogilvy when he continues his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery at this week's WGC-CA Golf Championship at Doral. ... [more]

Roulston 43rd in latest Paris-Nice race stage
The New Zealand cyclist Hayden Roulsten has slipped to 47th after three stages of the Paris-Nice race. Roulston finished 43rd in the 178-kilometre Orval - Vichy stage overnight. Roulston is more ... [more]

Ferns into last four at Cyprus Cup
The New Zealand women's football team has upset The Netherlands 2-0 at the Cyprus Cup to ensure a top four finish in the tournament. It's New Zealand's biggest scalp in ... [more]

Lee says he feels like a professional
The top amateur golfer Danny Lee says he already feels like a professional and he's playing like it. Lee lines up for his last New Zealand tournament as an amateur this ... [more]

Hampton Downs gets A1GP race
The New Zealand round of the A1GP motor racing series will now be held at Hampton Downs in north Waikato. Taupo has hosted the event for the last three years, but ... [more]

Ponting praises team after series win
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says he's delighted with how his new look team continues to perform and grow. The Australians have taken an unassailable two-nil Test series lead against ... [more]

Liverpool storm in Champions League quarters
The English football club Liverpool has stormed into the Champions League quarter-finals, thrashing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield with a dazzling display of attacking football. Dynamic captain Steven Gerrard celebrated 100 ... [more]

Winides hold on in Trinidad
The West Indies cricket team have held on in Trinidad to claim a dramatic 1-0 Test series win over England. After being set 240 to win on the final day of ... [more]

Rude welcome in store for Beckham when he returns to LA
David Beckham can expect a rude welcome from LA Galaxy football fans when he returns to the United States, says the man who signed him. The Former Galaxy general manager ... [more]

Players condemn NRL suspension of Stewart
The Rugby League Players' Association has condemned the NRL's move to stand down Manly star Brett Stewart from playing until round five. Stewart's been charged with the sexual assault of ... [more]

Sir Bob keeping close eye on the weather forecast
Nobody in the 156-strong field for this week's New Zealand Golf Open will be studying the Queenstown weather forecast more anxiously than legendary New Zealand left-hander Sir Bob Charles. With ... [more]

Three changes to England rugby team
The England rugby manager Martin Johnson has made three changes to his team to face France in the Six Nations this weekend as he resisted the urge for a widespread ... [more]

Vettori says Sehwag just too good
The Indian batting continues to impress, but is getting somewhat annoying, especially for the New Zealand cricketers. Virender Sehwag scored the fastest one-day century ever by an Indian as they ... [more]

Sehwag says it was tough for NZ bowlers
The Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag has some sympathy for the New Zealand bowlers who so far in the one day series have failed to trouble him or any of ... [more]

Prince dumped as captain
The South Africa cricket selectors have dumped Ashwell Prince as captain only one day after announcing the team's regular vice-captain would lead the side in the absence of injured skipper ... [more]

Chambers says he considered suicide
The British sprinter Dwain Chambers says he considered suicide during a two-year doping ban. Chambers, who won gold at the European Indoor championships in Turin this week, says he had ... [more]

Golfers hoping for good weather
All the golfers will be hoping for a bit better weather around Queenstown over the next four days as the New Zealand Open gets underway on the Hills Course today. ... [more]

Manly impose restrictions on players
The National Rugby League club Manly will impose strict restrictions on players at official functions. The NRL has suspended Manly fullback Brett Stewart for four games for getting drunk at ... [more]

Top dogs a bit slow heading into new F1 season
Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton's new McLaren needs to be faster but the team have time to get it up to speed, according to the team boss. Ron ... [more]

American Vande Velde wins Paris-Nice fourth stage
The American rider Christian Vande Velde of the Garmin-Slipstream cycling team has won the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race, a 173.5 kilometre ride from Vichy to St Etienne. France's ... [more]

Hungarian MotoGP put off until 2010
The first Hungarian leg of MotoGP is being put off until spring 2010 due to financing difficulties. The Spanish organisers of the Hungarian Grand Prix say the delay is due ... [more]

New Zealand star Webb ends injury nightmare
The Kiwis rugby league fullback Brent Webb has handed Super League champions Leeds Rhinos a major boost ahead of the weekend's home game against Wigan. Webb has been out of ... [more]

Spain still top, New Zealand move up in FIFA rankings
New Zealand have moved up three places in the latest international football rankings to 79th, ahead of Albania and Oman and behind Angola. European champions Spain remain top of FIFA's ... [more]

Money for "touchy feely" projects better spent elsewhere - Smith
Environment Minister Nick Smith says cutting what he calls "touchy feely" green projects is all about priorities. He says money that would have been spent on them, can be better spent elsewhere. [more]

Chiefs captain helps to keep young Maori out of trouble
Chiefs captain Liam Messam is taking a hands-on approach to keeping young Maori out of trouble at the South Pacific Islands Institute in Hamilton. [more]

Cook Islands buffeted by strong winds
The southern group of islands in the Cook Islands are feeling the effects of tropical cyclone Joni. The latest report we have says Cyclone Joni is about 41 nautical miles... [more]

American Samoa wins extra funds for language course
American Samoa's Department of Education is to receive 618,000 US dollars from the American government for its Samoan language programme for grades K to 12. The funds will be used... [more]

Hawaii to provide ambulances to American Samoa
The City and County of Honolulu is donating three ambulances for American Samoa; two for the Manu'a Island group and one for the main island of Tutuila. Early last year,... [more]

International medical organisation ending work in Indonesia
After 14 years of humanitarian work in Indonesia, the international medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres will leave the country by the end of this month. MSFdelivers emergency aid in... [more]

Copyright Act unworkable - Telstra Clear
Telstra Clear will not support a Code of Practice under Section 92a of the new Copyright Act. It considers the Act is unworkable. [more]

"Give nine-day fortnight a chance" - Minister
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is calling on the public to give the nine-day working fortnight scheme a chance before passing judgement. She says it will save jobs. [more]

Reserve Bank cuts interest rate again
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has lowered the Official Cash Rate again. It is now 3% - a new record low. [more]

New Zealand Foreign Minister denies heavy-handed approach to Pacific nations
New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs has rejected an accusation that his officials take a heavy-handed approach to trade negotiations with Pacific Island countries. The claim comes from Roman Grynberg... [more]

Wall St up for second day
Stocks in the United States have risen for a second day on expectations that the financial sector is beginning to show some signs of recovery. [more]

Freddie Mac loses $US50.1 billion for 2008
US mortgage agency Freddie Mac has reported a 2008 net loss of $US50.1 billion, nearly half of which occurred in the fourth quarter. [more]

More claims of intimidation of Fiji media
There are claims of further media intimidation in Fiji. The latest concern comes after police searched the offices of the Fiji Times and Fiji TV. They were looking for letters... [more]

Record export earnings boost PNG coffee industry
Papua New Guinea's coffee industry has posted record export earnings of more than 180 million US dollars for last year - the highest earnings achieved by the industry so far. [more]

Cook Islands banks announce rate reductions
Banks in the Cook Islands have announced a reduction in interest rates from the start of this week. "Westpac has reduced rates by 0.25 percent on various products ranging from... [more]

NZ Football close to finding replacement match for All Whites
New Zealand Football is close to finalising a replacement fixture, after the Indonesian leg of their Asian tour was cancelled last week. The All Whites will play Thailand in Bangkok on ... [more]

Button puts Brawn on top, Hamilton struggles
Ex-Honda driver Jenson Button has put the new Brawn GP Formula One team on top of the testing timesheets in Barcelona, as World Champion Lewis Hamilton struggled. The Brit was more ... [more]

FIFA boss wants single nation World Cup bids
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reiterated his preference for single-nation bids for the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups. Spain and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium have both ... [more]

Family seeking answers over death of prisoner
The family of a prisoner found dead after being attacked by fellow inmates in Auckland Prison at Paremoremo has hired a lawyer to find answers to questions about how he died. [more]

Jockey found guilty of taking illegal drugs
The Judicial Control Authority has found top jockey Lisa Cropp guilty of taking illegal drugs. The case relates to races at Te Rapa in 2005. [more]

Plant gift turns into business
The gift of a bromeliad 25 years ago has turned into a successful business for Poppy Fuller from Ngati Kahungunu, Tuhoe, and Tuwharetoa. [more]

Collective effort wanted against respiratory illness
The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation is calling for a collective effort by health workers to fight the high rates of Maori dying from respiratory illness. [more]

Professional boxing returns to Fiji
After a lapse of two years, professional boxing returns to Fiji. This Saturday's return to the ring will feature Fiji's hero - Zulfikar Joy Ali against Samoa's Middleweight champion -... [more]

Mt Crawford Prison being kept ready to re-open
The Department of Corrections is keeping Mt Crawford prison in Wellington, ready to re-open at short notice should the need arise. The prison was moth-balled in September. [more]

Food prices up
Food prices rose 0.2% in February, despite lower prices for fruit and vegetables. [more]

Erakovic beaten in first round at Indian Wells
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has been beaten in the first round of the Indian Wells tournament in California. Erakovic went down in straight sets to Tsvetana ... [more]

Ramdin takes over Windies captaincy
The West Indies cricket captain Chris Gayle has been ruled out of this weekend's one-off Twenty20 match against England because of injury with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin taking over the reigns. ... [more]

Warehouse half year profit down
Half-year profit at The Warehouse has taken a hit from costs associated with its exit from food and liquor sales. In addition, overall sales were down by almost 3%. [more]

OCR cut will hurt savers but Reserve Bank is listening - Greypower
Greypower says the latest cut to the Official Cash Rate will hurt superannuitants' investment income by way of lower interest rates. But the group is heartened that views of retirees are being heard by the Reserve Bank. [more]

Accommodation numbers down as tourists fall
Guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation were 3% lower in January than the same month last year. The drop was mainly due to a decrease of 7% in international visitors. [more]

Not guilty pleas entered over charges of assault on PM
Two brothers charged with assaulting Prime Minister John Key at Waitangi this year have entered pleas of not guilty. [more]

Manufacturing activity falls further
Manufacturing activity in New Zealand is now at its second lowest level on record. [more]

Commerce Commission deputy chair resigns
Commerce Commission deputy chair Donal Curtin has resigned from the position, effective immediately. [more]

Retail price of petrol and diesel cut
BP and Shell have cut their retail price of petrol by five cents per litre and diesel by two cents per litre. [more]

Reports say two of Fiji's major political parties have been banned from political forum
Two of Fiji's major political parties have reportedly been banned from attending tomorrow's political forum. The forum is to discuss a way forward for Fiji which includes the convening of... [more]

Fiji teachers call for staggered introduction of retirement age reduction
Teachers in Fiji are calling on the interim government to stagger the introduction of a lower retirement age. The Court of Appeal has ruled that the drop in the retirement... [more]

Cyclone Joni moving away from Cook Islands
The Cook Islands meteorological service says while tropical Cyclone Joni is now slowly moving away from the group, strong winds associated with the system are still being felt in the... [more]

Samoa government liberalising telecommunications market
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Samoa says liberalising the international telecommunications market will create more competition which may drive down prices. The Government will be terminating its... [more]

Calls for another shipping service in the Cook Islands
The Chamber of Commerce in the Cook Islands is calling for another shipping service to be established as the current service is being strained by the amount of imports. Reef... [more]

Australia could look to copy Pacific archiving techniques
The director of Strategic Relations at the National Archives of Australia says its Government could learn how to improve its achiving system by adopting a technique used by Pacific countries. [more]

PNG's air safety regulator to be audited by international aviation body
The United Nations body for aviation safety will audit Papua New Guinea's air safety regulator next week amid claims it's entirely dysfunctional. A team from the International Civil Aviation Organisation... [more]

Another setback in Merauke five's bid for freedom from Papua
A member of the community in North Queensland where five Australians recently freed from jail in Papua province come from says the group's latest setback highlights the unfairness of Indonesia's... [more]

US airline security directive could hamper exporters from the Marshalls
A newly announced U.S. airline security directive is sparking concern among businesses and individuals in the western Pacific who send freight on Continental Micronesia airlines. The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration... [more]

Police woman in Samoa testifies against an Assistant Police Commissioner
The trial has started for an assistant police commissioner in Samoa facing two indecent assault charges and three of common assault. Moto'otua Tiatia was charged by police in October 2007... [more]

Fiji Opposition leader says suggestions Fiji does not need international community are
Fiji's ousted opposition Leader, Mick Beddoes, has described as 'silly' and 'counterproductive', suggestions made by the Interim PM that Fiji did not need anything from members of the Commonwealth or... [more]

American pair lead after day one at golf open
The first day leaderboard at the NZ Open golf championship in Arrowtown has remained virtually unchanged since a strong wind sprang up at lunchtime turned The Hills course into a survival ... [more]

Marshall expected to re-sign with Wests Tigers
The New Zealand rugby league test star Benji Marshall's expected to re-sign with Wests Tigers today and turn his back on any chance of playing rugby in Japan. Marshall ... [more]

NZ humiliate South Africa at women's cricket world cup
The New Zealand women's cricket team has humiliated South Africa, posting a 199 run win in their pool game at the world cup in Australia. Batting first the White Ferns ... [more]

NZ dollar up after cut in OCR
The New Zealand dollar gained more than half a cent following a cut in the Official Cash Rate by the Reserve Bank to 3% on Thursday. [more]

Ham gift puts $100 million of contracts on hold
All contracts being considered by an Auckland City Council committee have been put on hold, after a council officer accepted a ham from a company whose tender he was considering. [more]

Two month drug operation nets nine arrests
Police in south Auckland have arrested nine people and charged them with methamphetamine-related offences, after a series of properties were targeted in a two month long drug operation. [more]

Defence case begins at former taxi driver rape trial
The defence case began on Thursday at the re-trial of a former Wellington taxi driver accused of raping a passenger. [more]

No new Government action on dirty dairy streams
The Government is to take no new action to improve the quality of dairy farm streams despite little progress lately towards cleaner waterways. [more]

Flat half-year profit at NZ Post
Half-year profit at New Zealand Post is almost flat at $52.8 million. KiwiBank contributed $25.8 million to the result. [more]

2011 Rugby World Cup venues announced
The schedule for the 2011 Rugby World Cup tournament in New Zealand has been announced. The Auckland region is getting the most games. [more]

Taupo girl suffers serious injuries falling from deck
A three year old Taupo girl has serious head injuries after falling from the deck at her home in Taupo. [more]

The Warehouse's profit falls after liquor and fresh food exit
The Warehouse's profit has fallen 24% to $49 million in the January half year, due to costs associated with exiting liquor and fresh food retailing. [more]

All Fiji political parties expected to attend political leaders' meeting
All of Fiji's major political parties will be attending tomorrow's political leaders' meeting, despite earlier announcements from the interim Prime Minister some parties were no longer.. Local media reported during... [more]

PNG govt looks to pass motion to nominate three women to parliament
Papua New Guinea's Government will attempt again next week to pass a motion to nominate three women to parliament. The motions fell 13 votes short of the required 73 to... [more]

Fiji Attorney General says lower retirement age not "catastrophic"
Fiji's Attorney General says lowering the age of retirement by five years will not leave a vacuum at senior levels of public service. The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday to... [more]

Equality between men and women in Pacific on agenda at UN meeting
The equal sharing of care-giving responsibilities between men and woman, including in the Pacific, has been tackled at a UN meeting in New York. The Commission on the Status of... [more]

Kidnapper pleads guilty
A man accused of kidnapping an Auckland girl last July has admitted the charge. He will be sentenced at the High Court on 12 May. [more]

Shouting match at select committee over ACC
A select committee hearing into ACC descended into a shouting match on Thursday, with opposition MPs outraged over the ACC minister appearing in place of the board's new chairman because he is away cycling. [more]

Bain did not have a seizure - ambulance officer
The former top ambulance officer in the Otago region has told a High Court retrial that he did not think murder-accused David Bain had suffered a seizure. [more]

NZ women's hockey tour to India cancelled
Security concerns have led to the cancellation of the New Zealand women's hockey tour to India next month. [more]

NZ market down
The New Zealand and Australian stock market were down at the close of trading on Thursday. [more]

Three banks respond to cut in Official Cash Rate
Three banks have responded so far to the latest drop in the Official Cash Rate. [more]

Midwife found guilty of professional misconduct
A central Otago midwife has been found guilty of professional misconduct after she tried to broker a private adoption deal between a patient and a member of her own family. [more]