Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 18th March 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Jim's essay
There are 92,000 voluntary organisations in New Zealand. So how come we have any social problems? [more]

The best song ever written - Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield
Today from Mark Graham in Auckland. [more]

Link 3
What do the performers have in common, and which song is the odd one out, and why? Did you get the link? [more]

Xenox Booming
State of the art bottling, incorporating world first technology will soon be exporting its way from Palmerston North to Brazil. [more]

He Rourou for 18 March 2009
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata caught up with Geoff at the Matatini Kapa haka festival. [more]

Feature Album - Parachutes by Coldplay
Their 2000 debut album. Coldplay play at Vector Arena tonight after glowing reviews form across the Tasman. [more]

Virtual World
With Helen and Chelfyn Baxter from Mohawk Media. [more]

David Steemson's Auckland Story
Today's topic: Brent Wheeler Supercity. [more]

Environment story
New Zealand's a world leader in many areas of conservation, and in particular in using islands as sanctuaries for rare species. [more]

The Panel - part 1
With Chris Trotter and Irene Gardiner. Topics include, police testing and home loans. [more]

The Panel - part 2
Second half includes, what's on the panels minds and a most unusual court case. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 18 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Midday Business News for 18 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 18 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Palmerston North man appears in court
The man is charged with the manslaughter of 18 year old Catherine Peters. [more]

Baseem Al Amery jailed for 18 years
Baseem Al Amery fatally stabbed two men at an Auckland apartment complex in July last year. [more]

Government backs trade union campaign
Political editor Brent Edwards with more on the 90-day trial law. [more]

AIG could be forced to repay the US treasury
AIG has already received billions of dollars in support from the government. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary's house auctioned
So, who bought the house Sir Ed lived at for fifty years? [more]

Hearing into the death of Sergeant Don Wilkinson
A hearing's been continuing to decide whether Iain Clegg and John Skinner will stand trial for the murder of Sergeant Wilkinson. [more]

Sports News for 18 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bain trial jury shown graphic footage
Footage of the Bain family home immediately after the killings was shown in the High Court in Christchurch. Monique Devereux is covering the trial. [more]

Auckland Regional Council may put transport projects on hold
The two projects are at the top of a catalogue of uncertainty laid out before the committee this afternoon. [more]

"Employment law changes, off the agenda" - John Key
The Government is seeking to boost the country's poor productivity. [more]

Official Information Act requests increase in Whangarei
The Whangarei district council says it's seen a marked increase in Official Information Act requests. [more]

Waatea News for 18 March 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Queenstown jet boat operator told to cease operations
It's been ordered to stop operating by the Queenstown Lake District Council and must now reapply for consent. [more]

West Coast anti 1080 campaigners claim important victory
Campaigners believe the move could set a precedent for ending aerial drops of 1080 elsewhere. [more]

A theory into night shift worker's health
Trade union leaders in Europe are demanding compensation for those who have developed cancer due to working night shifts. [more]

Dangerous Prisoner sending death threats
New South Wales Crime boss Abdul Darwiche was killed over the weekend and his death has lead to fears of reprisal violence. [more]

Auckland Regional Council putting transport projects on hold.
Peter Winder, the chief executive of the Auckland Regional Council joins Checkpoint. [more]

AIG not making friends
Everyone from American politicians to television hosts is dragging the ailing insurance giant over the coals. [more]

An economic and environmental summit in the Bay of Plenty
The symposium in Tauranga included workshops on prosperity and sustainability. [more]

World Bank slashes China's growth forecast to 6.5 percent
Our China correspondent, Quentin Sommerville has more. [more]

Sports News for 18 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The 90-day trial law
Chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Northern, Alasdair Thompson joins Checkpoint. [more]

Daylight robbery
Christchurch police are warning people to be extra vigilant after a jump in the number of daylight burglaries. [more]

Waatea News for 18 March 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The parks are in Manakau city are now smokefree
Len Brown made the announcement as he opened the Polyfest Secondary Schools cultural competition in South Auckland. [more]

The European Space Agency launches a satellite
The Goce spacecraft was sent into orbit, and will spend two years studying the force which keeps our feet on the ground. [more]

The president of Madagascar has resigned
Now the country's military officers have endorsed the opposition head Andry Regolina. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 March 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for Wednesday 18 March 2009
Housing NZ give out staff details to Mongrel mob, Tourism NZ focuses on Oz and Public Sector cuts. [more]

Toroa - Royal Albatross
Listen to todays birdcall. [more]

Tourism NZ pushes promotion in Australia
The tourism industry's crossing its fingers an increased spend on advertising in Australia will help it through the recession. [more]

Pacific News for Wednesday 18 March 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour vows to reclaim West Coast
The Labour Party winds up a three-day visit to the West Coast today, vowing to reclaim its former stronghold. [more]

Housing NZ Mongrel Mob bungle
Housing NZ has apologised for a bungle that resulted in the Mongrel Mob being given the addresses of a senior employee. [more]

Housing NZ Chief Exeutive
Dr Lesley McTurk is Housing New Zealand's chief executive. [more]

The Govt pours funds into encouraging Australians to visit NZ
Already 40 percent of tourists coming here are Australians and now the government wants to see that increased even more. [more]

Public Service to cut operating budgets
Chief executives across the public sector are on notice they are to make significant savings in their operating budgets. [more]

Independent Police Conduct Authority on Wallace shooting
The Authority found that Senior Constable Keith Abbott acted in self defence when he shot 23-year-old Steven Wallace. [more]

Josef Fritzl trial
The Guardian's Kate Connolly has been covering the trial and joins us now live from Austria. [more]

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

Sri Lankan newspaper sued by Fonterra
The newspaper, 'The Beacon' alleges the company's milk is contaminated with palm or vegetable oil. [more]

David Bain Retrial update
The 111 call David Bain made to alert emergency services to the tragedy has been played to the jury hearing his trial. [more]

Auckland transport leaders meet to discuss road tax
Our Auckland Correspondent Todd Niall has been following the story. [more]

Australian tourists greatest hope in tough times
The Government and Air NZ have announced a five million dollar plan to boost visitor numbers from Australia by 34-thousand. [more]

Govt review of the Overseas Investment Act
The Government says it wants to make New Zealand more attractive to foreign investment by simplifying the act. [more]

Green Party's Kennedy Graham on Overseas Investment Act
The Green Party's Kennedy Graham says wants to know which of the overseas investment criteria is going to be dropped. [more]

Principals Federation message from this week's summit
School principals say the government should drop its plan to send young offenders to boot camps and use the money more wisely. [more]

Court hearing over undercover police officer's death
What happened to an undercover police officer the night he was fatally shot in South Auckland is expected to be revealed today. [more]

Calls for Internet Security watchdog
There are calls for a specialist internet security watchdog to be set up in this country. [more]

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

Steven Wallace's family devastated by report
The family has been left devastated by a report exonerating the police officer involved in his fatal shooting. [more]

Westland District Council stops aerial drop of 1080
The Animal Health Board has decided to back down on a proposed aerial 1080 drop near Hokitika. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Building boom in Queentown on the retreat
The building industry in the Queenstown is fast retreating from a construction boom unlike any in its history. [more]

Sir Ed's home goes up for auction
Hillary's home in Auckland goes under the hammer this afternoon - with last ditch attempts to preserve it having failed. [more]

Dinosaur remains found in artic Norway
Espen Madsen Knutsen is a paleontologist from the University of Oslo that made the discovery. [more]

Nights

Montessori
Cheryl Ferreira talks about teaching children the Montessori way [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Housing NZ managers details revealed to the Mongrel Mob
Fats is from the Mongrel Mob, he thinks the story has been blown out of all proportion. [more]

Report on Steven Wallace's shooting released
Assistant Police Commissioner Viv Rickard and Greg O'Connor of the Police Association comment. [more]

Christine Richmond on how to teach difficult students
Christine Richmond is the keynote speaker at Ministry of Education Behaviour Summit. [more]

Best scholarship exam student in the country - Emily Adlam
Emily Adlam shares her secret to success in learning. [more]

Feature guest - Azar Nafisi
Iranian academic and writer, now residing in the United States. [more]

Book Review - 'Drood'
Quentin Johnson reviews 'Drood' by Dan Simmons. Published by Quercus. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Artist Of The Week is The Supremes. [more]

Legal commentator
Jonathon Krebs is a Napier based barrister. [more]

Film review
Graeme Tuckett reviews new films. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Andrew Uren
Auckland based clarinetist and recipient of Composer Association of New Zealand's Citation for Services to NZ music. [more]

Aidan Lang on La Traviata
First part in a series highlighting some of the core operatic repetoire. [more]

Eroica Trio review
James Tennant reviews Friday night's concert in Hamilton. [more]

News stories:

Government tables private prison legislation
The Government has tabled legislation paving the way for the privatisation of the prison service. [more]

Wallace family to consider options
The family of Steven Wallace are considering their options after a report into his death cleared the police of misconduct. A lawyer says they will review the report carefully. [more]

Foreign Affairs Minister to visit Cook Islands
Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully is visiting the Cook Islands for three days this week. [more]

White Ferns on course for World Cup final
New Zealand's five wicket win over India keeps the White Ferns on course for final showdown with England at the women's cricket World Cup in Sydney. They have six points ... [more]

Half year loss posted by mining company
Orion Minerals has posted a loss for the half year, and says it needs global economic conditions to improve before it can start its operations in Chile. [more]

Maori Party to discuss newspaper item about Waitangi incident
The Maori Party is to discuss a newspaper column in which one of its MPs explains his support for two men accused of assaulting the Prime Minister at Waitangi last month. They were his nephews. [more]

Air NZ to match Govt tourism spending in Australia
Air New Zealand is to match the Government's extra $2.5 million funding to promote New Zealand in Australia: $500,000 will be spent on marketing plus $2 million in the form of free domestic fares. [more]

Labour sees strategic assets as being readied for sale
The Labour Party says the Government is priming strategic assets for sale to overseas interests. [more]

India chase rare series win in New Zealand
New Zealand Cricket claimed an early victory ahead of the opening test against India when they kicked out a proposal to delay the start of the match by an hour, ... [more]

Wins not points to decide F1 title
Formula One chiefs have ruled that as of this season the coveted drivers' championship title will be awarded to the driver who wins the most races, and not whoever ... [more]

Formula One introduces optional budget cap
Formula One teams will be allowed to compete with greater technical freedom from next year if they accept an $80 million budget cap. The International Automobile Federation says all teams ... [more]

Gatland says Waleas have a lot to do
Coach Warren Gatland says his second-string side's narrow win over Italy in Rome has left Wales with a stiff task if they are to retain their Six Nations title against ... [more]

Dallaglio backs Wales to beat Ireland
Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has backed Wales to win the final game of rugby's Six Nations championship on Sunday and deny Ireland their first grand slam for 61 years. ... [more]

Heaslip, Flannery, O'Leary and D'Arcy start for Ireland
Halfback Thomas O'Leary, number eight Jamie Heaslip and hooker Jerry Flannery have been recalled for Ireland's Six Nations rugby decider against Wales on Sunday while Gordon D'Arcy retains his place ... [more]

Antigua ground banned from hosting internationals
The International Cricket Council has decided the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua will not be allowed to host international matches for at least 12 months following the pitch fiasco ... [more]

NRL considers handing ownership to clubs
The National Rugby League is considering handing ownership of the competition to its clubs in what would be the biggest structural overhaul of its history. News Limited and the ... [more]

Banned Olympic swimmer qualifies for world champs
The 21 year old Queensland swimmer Nick D'Arcy qualified last night for Australia's team to the world championships, but he might be going to jail instead. Darcy qualified for ... [more]

Alshammar disqualified, denied world record
Therese Alshammar of Sweden has been stripped of a world record after it was found she wore two swimsuits during a race at the Australian national championships. Swimming Australia banned ... [more]

More NRL players in trouble
The National Rugby League plunged further into turmoil yesterday with one player charged with high range drink driving and another involved in an alleged alcohol-fuelled incident at a Cronulla nightclub. ... [more]

Scotland's oldest international Henderson dies aged 101
Scotland's oldest former Test rugby union player Mac Henderson, has died at the age of 101. James McLaren Henderson, known as Mac, enjoyed a 100 per cent winning record as ... [more]

Tour de France rubber-stamp 20-team invitation
Tour de France chiefs have confirmed their previously announced list of teams for this year's race, where seven-times winner Lance Armstrong will continue his comeback to cycling. Twenty teams of ... [more]

FIFA confirms bids for 2018 and 2022 World Cups
Football's world governing body FIFA says all 13 countries which had expressed an interest have submitted their initial bids to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. Australia, England, Indonesia, ... [more]

1080 drop near Upper Hutt this winter
A 1080 possum control campaign is due to begin in May covering 11,000 hectares of hill country near Upper Hutt. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's papers: Housing New Zealand manager flees her home after her address was revealed to the Mongrel Mob; Independent Police Conduct Authority recommends mandatory testing for drugs and alcohol after incidents such as police shootings. [more]

Europe shares fall
European shares fell on Tuesday after rising for five consecutive sessions, after metal prices dropped. Copper declined 1.7%, nickel dropped 1.5% and zinc slipped 2%. Gold also came under pressure. [more]

Penalties imposed for effluent discharges
Penalties totalling more than $15,000 have been imposed on a dairy farmer and a dairy farming company in Canterbury after they breached effluent discharge conditions. [more]

Half year loss at Landcorp
Landcorp blames a sharp fall in milk prices, last year's drought and increased farm costs for a half year operating loss of $10.5 million. It previously made a profit of $9 million for the same period in 2007. [more]

Changes expected under new Commerce Commission regime
Changes in style are expected at the Commerce Commission as a new leader takes control. [more]

Further cuts in rate expected by RBA
The Reserve Bank of Australia has hinted there will be further interest rate cuts after the release of minutes of its last meeting earlier this month. [more]

Re-instatement of funding urged for Bioethics Council
The Dean of the Anglican Cathedral in Auckland says the Government should reverse its decision to cut funding for the Bioethics Council. [more]

Special internet security units wanted
Netsafe is urging the Government to set up special security units to monitor the internet for hacking attacks. [more]

Principals against boot camps for young offenders
The Principals Federation says the Government should drop its plan to send young offenders to boot camps. [more]

Pilot course in marae catering
A group of 20 Papakura High School students is learning the kai hunting and gathering ways of their ancestors as part of a marae catering course their school is offering. [more]

Polyfest festival now 34
The ASB Polyfest - the largest Maori and Pacific Island cultural festival in the world - starts on Thursday in Manukau. The four day festival has been going for 34 years. [more]

Surplus of commercial office space in Queenstown
A property broker says worries about a massive oversupply of commercial office space in Queenstown have been tempered by careful planning. [more]

So'oialo re-signs with NZRU
The All Black number eight Rodney So'oialo has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union through until after the 2011 World Cup. So'oialo is the latest in a group of ... [more]

Asian Tour feels pinch of global credit crunch
Golf's Asian Tour has been offered the venue free of charge for this week's SAIL Open in India which will go ahead with substantially reduced prize money as a result ... [more]

Bangladesh postpones Pakistan team tour
The future of cricket tours on the Indian sub-continent has becope even bleaker after Bangladesh postponed Pakistan's tour because they cannot ensure players' safety. Pakistan was due to tour Bangladesh ... [more]

Clijsters considers comeback
The former world tennis number one Kim Clijsters is said to be considering a comeback to the women's tour. The Belgian retired from the sport in May 2007 and had her ... [more]

Armstrong undergoes '24th' anti-doping control
The American cyclist Lance Armstrong says he's been subjected to his 24th anti-doping control since August 2008, a month before he officially announced his comeback to professional road cycling. The ... [more]

Button puts Brawn back on top
Britain's Jenson Button has put Brawn GP back on top of the timesheets in the Formula One team's final pre-season test while McLaren and world champion Lewis Hamilton continued to ... [more]

India set to break long drought in New Zealand
The pitch for the first New Zealand-India cricket test starting this morning at Seddon Park in Hamilton should favour the tourists. It's expected to be flat rather than bouncy as ... [more]

Student still in custody after classroom stabbing
A student charged with wounding a teacher has been further remanded in custody following a brief appearance in the Auckland District Court. He was remanded without plea for a further two weeks. [more]

Markets rally on surprise jump in housing
Stocks in the United States surged on Tuesday. An unexpected rise in housing starts pushed Home Depot and other retailers higher. [more]

Confidence in Auckland commercial property market at new low
Investor confidence in the commercial property market in Auckland is at its lowest level ever. [more]

Mayor pleased at change of plan over 1080 drop
Westland District Council is pleased the Animal Health Board will abandon plans for an aerial drop of 1080 poison near Hokitika. [more]

Fishing boat to be checked after double fatality
Maritime New Zealand will inspect a boat that sank off the Manawatu coast, claiming the lives of two anglers early on Tuesday morning. [more]

Shell to boost production, lessen green investment
Royal Dutch Shell says it will increase production by 2% - 3% per year over the next four years and will scale back investments in green energy. [more]

NZ troops leave for Solomon Islands
Forty-four army troops, the bulk of them from the territorial force, left Whenuapai Air Base in Auckland this morning for a four-month deployment in Solomon Islands. The contingent will replace... [more]

PNG's Namaliu faces opposition from Fiji groups
The former Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, has faced strong opposition from some political parties in Fiji on whether he should chair the President's Dialogue Forum. The... [more]

Fiji Sun's editor in chief resigns
The editor-in-chief of Fiji's second largest newspaper, the Fiji Sun, Samisoni Kakaivalu has resigned. Mr Kakaivalu confirmed to Fijlive he handed his two-month notice to management, effective on Monday. He... [more]

'P' component intercepted at airport
Customs says a seizure of about 15kg of Contac NT at Auckland international airport has prevented up to $4.8 million worth of methamphetamine from reaching the streets. Contac NT is a component of "P". [more]

Trial begins in Samoa for church minister facing sex charges
The trial of a church minister in Samoa charged with one count of attempted rape and one of indecent assault is now underway. The police are calling four witnesses including... [more]

American Samoa's LBJ hoping to pay debt
American Samoa's LBJ Hospital will have to wait until the government closes its books for fiscal year 2008 to determine if there's any leftover money to pay a 1.3 million... [more]

American Samoa House of Reps told to stop wasteful budget spending on funerals
American Samoa representative Galumalemana Bill Satele has called on House Speaker Savali Talavou ale and members to reconsider a practice which has been observed by the Fono for funeral contributions. [more]

FBI says human trafficking victims need to know they have rights
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says more effort is needed to communicate to victims of human trafficking their right to speak up. The FBI says human trafficking is a big... [more]

Major supermarket chain in PNG take in receivership
A major supermarket chain in Papua New Guinea which has been facing bankruptcy, has been placed under receivership. The Post Courier reports Best Buy Group Limited and its Lae-based parent... [more]

Fiji's interim Government on a fact finding mission north of Fiji
Fiji's interim Government is on a fact finding mission in the north this week to decide on a new international port of entry. The possibilities include Malau, Wairiki in Bua... [more]

Shop in Solomon Islands capital carrying illegal foreign exchange trading
A shop in Honiara is reportedly carrying out illegal foreign exchange trading despite a warning from the Central Bank. The Solomon Star says a shop provides foreign exchanges to fishermen... [more]

Fiji trade unionist has concerns over NPF's new withdrawal policies
A Fiji trade unionist says the new withdrawal policies set by the Fiji National Provident Fund will deny many children tertiary education. Yesterday the Fund announced that short courses will... [more]

Solomon Islands Island named after JFK has a new owner
In Solomon Islands, the historical Kennedy Island in Western Province is now in private hands. Gizo Hotel is the new owner. The hotel, owned by an Australian Shane Kennedy, bought... [more]

Nuplex running out of time to raise new capital
A $110 million lifeline for Nuplex is in doubt after it failed to raise the money by the time market trading opened on Wednesday. [more]

More work needed on mandatory testing, say police
Police say more work needs to be done before they can implement a policy of testing officers for drug and alcohol after involvement in incidents such as shootings. [more]

Forum to discuss exports of dolphin from Solomon Islands
The Ministry of Environment and Conservation in Solomon Islands is organizing a forum to discuss the capture and trade of indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. A forum will bring together representatives from... [more]

Visa waiver exemption almost definite for visitors to CNMI and Guam from Russia and China
An official of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration Services says the exclusion of China and Russia from the soon-to-be implemented Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Programme has already been decided. [more]

Tourist numbers for last October up in Fiji
Visitor arrivals to Fiji for October last year totalled 50,118, an increase of 3.7 per cent over 2007. The Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics says visitors from Continental Europe recorded... [more]

Solomon Islands parliament passes Companies Bill
The Solomon Islands National Parliament has passed the Companies Bill 2009 into an Act of Parliament. The Bill aims to ease impediments facing both local and Foreign Investors wishing to... [more]

New claims of misappropriation against PNG National AIDS Council
New claims of administrative processes abuse and misappropriation have been levelled against the Papua New Guinea National AIDS Council. The AIDS council had already been accused of massive corruption and... [more]

Hopes for 3,000 new jobs in Hawaii
Hawaii State officials are hoping that a big new portion of the federal stimulus package will generate more than 3,000 jobs in local construction for transportation projects. Governor Linda Lingle... [more]

American Samoa Chamber of Commerce wants to know about stimulus projects
The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce is hopeful that it will be kept in the loop about projects and programmes that the administration is proposing to implement with funds from... [more]

Tonga's Taimi Media Network to take over Tonga Chronicle on Friday
Tonga's Taimi Media Network says it plans to take over Tonga's oldest language newspaper on Friday. "The network won the contract for the running of the 44-year old government-owned weekly... [more]

Solomon Islands villages affected by floods will today begin receiving food relief
Villages affected by floods in the Solomon Islands last month will today begin receiving food relief from the National Disaster Management Office. The Government has approved a pay out of... [more]

Silence over identity of bank robber
Police in Manukau City say they are disappointed at a complete silence from the public on the identity of a bank robber. [more]

Council to charge more for OIA requests
It is about to become more expensive to ask Whangarei District Council questions under the Official Information Act that take time to answer. However, requests that can be answered within an hour will be free. [more]

Bill proposed in American Samoa to use off shore accounts to pay hospital debts
A bill introduced this morning in American Samoa's House of Representatives proposes tapping into funds in government off island accounts to pay overruns in the hospital off- island medical referral... [more]

Mother relieved with Fiji high court ruling over death of her son
The mother of a 19-year-old man who died after an assault while in military custody in Fiji says she's relieved the nine men responsible will be sent to prison for... [more]

Dengue infections continue to climb in New Caledonia
The number of people suffering from dengue in New Caledonia continues to climb, with more than 3000 now being infected. Dengue is transmitted by day-biting mosquitoes and one person has... [more]

New island might be emerging off Tonga
It's possible that a new volcanic island has been emerging in Tonga on the Western side of Tongatapu near the island of 'Atata. Speaking to Radio Tonga News the government's... [more]

Hard to prove link between cancer and shift work - expert
A legal expert on accident compensation says an official link between cancer and shift work is unlikely to be made in New Zealand. [more]

Manslaughter charge laid over gorge death
A man has appeared in court charged with manslaughter following the death of a teenager at Manawatu Gorge. [more]

Man jailed at least 18 years for 'vicious' murders
A judge who jailed a man for murdering two people at an Auckland apartment block says few murders in history have approached this level of brutality. [more]

Health warnings after wastewater overflow
Health warning signs have been posted in Tauranga harbour and estuaries after an overflow of wastewater on Tuesday. Some warnings are likely to be in place for a week. [more]

Jet boat company determined to get back on water
Queenstown jet boat operator Thunder Jets says it will do whatever it takes to get back on the water after a judicial review quashed its resource consent. [more]

No funds for ineffective, low quality public services - English
Finance Minister Bill English says the Government will stop funding what it calls "ineffective public sector services of low quality". [more]

Fault affecting Wellington businesses fixed
Telecom says it has fixed a fault that affected several large businesses in Wellington. [more]

Fears Auckland transport projects will stall
Two major transport projects will halt within months unless the Government comes up with new funding for them, the Auckland Regional Council says. [more]

Children injured after bus collides with tanker
Several children have been injured after a bus and tanker carrying hot tar collided in Canterbury. [more]

Hillary's house sells for $1.9m
Sir Edmund Hillary's house has sold for $1.9 million after some fierce bidding between two parties in Auckland. [more]

Court told of frantic efforts to find officers
A detective has described frantic efforts to find two policemen who fled after they were discovered trying to install a tracking device. [more]

Bush fire under control in Waikawa Bay
Up to a dozen residents at Waikawa Bay near Picton have been allowed back into their homes following a bush fire on Wednesday. [more]

Child killed, four injured in crash near Hamilton
A child has been killed and four people injured in a collision between a truck and trailer unit and a four-wheel-drive near Hamilton. [more]

Two centuries but New Zeland post disappointing first innings
Despite two centurions in their ranks the New Zealand cricketers have only been able to muster 279 in their first innings in the first test against India in Hamilton. Teetering ... [more]

Eastwood remains hopeful of joining McLennan at Leeds
The Kiwis international Greg Eastwood remains hopeful of securing a move to England despite signing a three-year National rugby league deal with the Bulldogs. The former Brisbane forward ... [more]

Arsenal through to FA Cup semi final
Arsenal will play Chelsea in English football's FA Cup semi finals, after the Gunners beat Hull City 2-1 in their quarter final replay. Arsenal came back from a goal down ... [more]

Motor racing-Former team boss Todt leaves Ferrari board
The Ferrari team boss Jean Todt has parted ways with the Italian car company after 16 years. The Frenchman, who presided over the Formula One team's most successful period with six ... [more]

Training squad for Hong Kong sevens named
A 17-strong has assembled in Mount Maunganui to prepare for the Hong Kong and Adelaide legs of the IRB Rugby Sevens World Series. New Zealand Coach Gordon Tietjens has had ... [more]

Statham through to second round
The New Zealand tennis number one Rubin Statham is through to the second round ASB Pro Circuit Futures tournament in in Hamilton. Statham ranked 433 in the world beat New ... [more]

First World Cup finals tickets given away
The first tickets to the 2011 Rugby World Cup final were given away in Wellington today. Brendan Bartlett's name was drawn from around 500 fans who turned up at Westpac stadium ... [more]

Gatland stirs things up ahead of Six Nations Championship decider against Ireland
The Wales and former Waikato rugby coach Warren Gatland's wasted little time has wasted little time in stirring things up ahead of this weekend's Six Nations Championship title-decider ... [more]

Pakistan to pocket cash from Champions Trophy
Pakistan will still pocket $US2.75 million from the Champions Trophy despite the event being shifted to South Africa for security reasons. South Africa was approved on Monday as the new host ... [more]

Death at plastics factory investigated
The Department of Labour has begun an investigation after a man died while working at a plastics factory in Canterbury. [more]

Synlait looking for $100m to finance expansion
Synlait is going ahead with expansion plans at its plant in mid-Canterbury and is seeking to raise $100 million to finance them. [more]

Trail of blood found in Bain family home
The jury in the retrial of David Bain has been shown graphic video footage and told of a trail of blood found in the family's Dunedin home. [more]

Warning stolen bottle of cocaine may be lethal
A bottle of industrial strength cocaine stolen from Palmerston North Hospital could be fatal if used, police warn. [more]

New Caledonia takes extra measures to help contain dengue spread
New Caledonia is continuing to take extra measures to help contain the spread of dengue fever. One woman has died from dengue this year, and the territorial health service says... [more]

Fiji's law system is independent, says Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission in Fiji says the sentencing of eight soldiers and a policeman to time in prisons shows the independence of the country's law system. The nine men... [more]

Guadalcanal Province being encouraged to fund own relief efforts
The Premier of Guadalcanal Province in Solomon Islands is encouraging victims of last month's floods to be proactive in solving problems that have surfaced. The National Disaster Management Office today... [more]

Mongrel Mob given complainant's address
Housing New Zealand is apologising for giving the Mongrel Mob the contact details of a woman who complained about them. The woman and her children were forced to flee a state house, blaming intimidation and bullying. [more]

Markets mixed after rise on Wall Street
Japanese shares ended at a fresh five-week high on Wednesday, rising for a fourth straight day on a positive lead from Wall Street. The New Zealand index was also higher, but the Australian bourse was down slightly. [more]

Employers warned not to abuse a 90-day job law
The Government has warned small employers not to abuse a law which allows them to employ new employees on a 90-day trial. [more]