Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th March 2009

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Jim's Essay
It's homily week. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
For Joy Lauchlan of Tauranga it is 'Amazing Grace' sung by Judy Collins. [more]

Your Place - Nightcaps
One of those places with an intriguing name but it is so far from any of our main highways that it gets few visitors. [more]

Rat Revolt
Donna Lee is Manager of the Hunters Corner Business Association. [more]

Best Job In The World
Hamish Johnston is one of 50 finalists in line for the job of caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef's islands. [more]

He Rourou for 19 March 2009
Rotorua-based tribe Ngati Rangiwewehi recently had a youth stand at the Matatini Kapa Haka festival in Tauranga. [more]

Feature Album - 'Tommy'
The classic rock opera 'Tommy' by The Who, who play a one off greatest hits concert at North Harbour Stadium this weekend. [more]

The Arts Report
Theatre director Trevor Schmidt on taking New Zealand plays to Canada. Simon Morris talks to Film Festival Director Bill Gosden. [more]

Christchurch Story - 'Funket'
People who look after children have the right to party but not always the opportunity, one man has set about making it happen. [more]

Science Story - Andrill Project
Scientists and engineers have drilled deep into the seafloor near Scott Base to study Antarctica's climate history. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Josie McNaught and Gary McCormick. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Josie McNaught and Gary McCormick. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 19 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 19 March 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 19 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Baby born on plane
NZ authorities are treating the case of a baby born on an inbound flight from Samoa and possibly abandoned as a critical priority. [more]

David Bain retrial
The court in the retrial of David Bain has heard crucial evidence about a computer on which a message was left the morning his family were found dead. [more]

Roads of national significance
The Government has named seven roads of national significance in an effort to get them built or upgraded sooner. [more]

NZ dollar up
The NZ dollar surged a cent and a half today after a shock move by the US Federal Reserve to flood the financial system with a trillion dollars in cash. [more]

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

Tax cuts to charity
The Prime Minister's suggesting those who don't need next month's tax cuts should give the money to charity. [more]

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

American insurance giant AIG
The CEO of AIG faced nationwide scorn over his decision to payout 165 million dollars in bonuses. [more]

Nurse infected with tuberculosis
The Capital and Coast District Health Board has suspended its dealings with a recruitment agency which supplied a casual nurse infected with tuberculosis. [more]

Pensioner rejects claims
A Wanganui pensioner is rejecting claims he fired an air rifle at youths who were smashing a for-sale sign outside his home. [more]

Natasha Richardson
The British actor Natasha Richardson has died from head injuries following a skiing accident in Canada on Monday. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Murder trial
Two men have been committed to trial charged with the murder of Sergeant Don Wilkinson and the attempted murder of his collegue. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme
MPs looking into the Emissions Trading Scheme have been urged to introduce a carbon tax instead. [more]

Pharmacy ram raid
The Christchurch police are on the hunt for a man they believe ram raided a pharmacy. [more]

District Courts opening hours
The District Courts in Auckland will be extending their opening hours to speed up the legal process. [more]

Police lose camera
In December last year while conducting a search at a house in Lower Hutt, an officer left behind a digital camera. [more]

NZ dollar up (Part 2)
With foreign exchange analyst Derek Rankin. [more]

David Bain retrial (Part 2)
Tests run on the Bain family computer have been under scrutiny today as David Bain's murder retrial continues. [more]

Shipping ports
Tentative improvements by the owners of New Zealand's notoriously inefficient shipping ports are slowly gathering pace. [more]

Carpet to be auctioned
A carpet, believed to have been created for the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed in Medina, is to be auctioned in Qatar. [more]

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

New Plymouth District Council's investment fund
The New Plymouth mayor Peter Tennant is with us now. [more]

EU officials swap suits for overalls
The European Union wants its agriculture officials to swap their suits and laptops for overalls and a tractor. [more]

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

Police lose camera (Part 2)
Wellington District Commander Piere Munro describes what happened. [more]

American insurance giant AIG (Part 2)
The U.S. House of Representatives will tomorrow consider a new law aimed at recovering millions of dollars in bonuses paid to AIG executives. [more]

Josef Fritzl changes plea
Josef Fritzl faces life in prison, after admitting charges of murder and slavery. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Victorian government lures Tiger
The Victorian government in Australia has spent up big to lure one of the world's most famous sportsmen to the state. [more]

Treating logs
A visiting Amercian official is suggesting a new method for treating logs, avoiding the use of the chemical methyl bromide. [more]

Africa's farmers
Africa's farmers are struggling because of high food prices, the global financial downturn and drought. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 March 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 March 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 19 March 2009
Top stories for 19 March 2009 [more]

The Hihi
This morning's bird. [more]

Businesses in danger of bankruptcy
The Institute of Chartered Accounts says many firms will this year struggle to pay their tax bills. [more]

Pacific News for 19 March 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 19 March 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Confidential police papers left at house after raid
The Police Minister wants answers after the Police admitted they lost confidential papers which got into the hands of the Mongrel Mob. [more]

Police admit massive blunder
The police have admitted a confidential document detailing a raid on gang houses was left behind during the raid. [more]

Joseph Fritzl has pleaded guilty to all charges
Charges include incest and murdering his baby son through neglect. [more]

April 7 tax deadline causes stress for some businesses
The Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Robert Russell joins Morning Report. [more]

Bain jury shown exhibits from house
These include a rifle, jersey and video footage taken of the scene. [more]

A friend of the two men stabbed in Auckland speaks out
Baseem Al Amery was yesterday jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 18 years. [more]

New research shows carbon dioxide out of control
We speak to Professor Tim Naish of Victoria's Antarctic Research Centre [more]

Sports News for 19 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Telecom urged to compensate customers after yesterday's faults
A lobby group for phone and internet users says these faults are happening too often. [more]

Prisoner's conviction quashed after 27 years in jail
British police have re-opened the case and say they are committed to finding the culprit. [more]

Identical twins celebrate 100th birthday
Tilly Hanlon and Beryl Baguley are planning to celebrate in style, one in Auckland and one in Waiuku near Glenbrook. [more]

Police Minister comments on loss of confidential documents
The documents we left behind during a raid on a Lower Hutt house. [more]

Call for AIG executives to return bonuses
There is widespread anger over one hundred and sixty five million US dollars worth of bonuses paid to company directors. [more]

Funding gap for Auckland transport projects
$200 million worth of projects face uncertainty because of changes to fuel tax. [more]

Health concerns for lone Pitcairn Island prisoner
He was one of eight men convicted of a string of sex attacks on the remote island. [more]

Preview of second day of the first cricket test
India will start the second day of the test match at Hamilton on 29 without loss. [more]

Wellington Regional Council considering water meters
Some community groups are concerned that it will be a first step towards privatisation. [more]

A submarine volcano has erupted close to Tonga
The eruption though spectacular so far poses no danger to residents. [more]

Waatea News for 19 March 2009
News from the Waatea team [more]

Burt Munro's motorcycle sales exceeds estimates
The 1936 Duncan Meikle Velocette bike was expected to fetch only half of the 71 thousand dollars paid. [more]

Live lions to appear in Opunake cinema
The roaring lion once so common on cinema screens will be replaced with the real thing. [more]

Bob Dylan garden toilet offends neighbours
The noxious fumes coming from the 'porta-potty' on his property are so bad the neighbours have abandoned their upstairs rooms. [more]


Dr Ian Mercer is a physicist at University College in Dublin where he's part of a team taking photos of photosynthesis. [more]

World Weather
Erick Brenstrem, severe weather forecaster from the Met Service. [more]

Clue number seven. [more]

Final clue of the week plus a recap of the other clues. [more]

Nine To Noon

Dr James Faed and Noela Vallis
Clinical trials into use of stem cells for treating spinal injuries. [more]

Melissa Wardlaw on the three strikes law
Melissa Wardlaw is an Attorney in the Public Defenders office is Santa Clara County, California. California has a 3 strikes law. [more]

UK correspondent Michael White
A man is freed after 27 years in jail; the state of UK banks; and the "hospital of death". [more]

Feature guest - Anthony John
26 year old Anthony John has just come out of almost a year in rehab for his gambling addiction. [more]

Book Review - First Touch of Light
By Ruth Pettis, published by Penguin NZ and reviewed by Mary McCallum. [more]

New Technology
With Colin Jackson. [more]

Gabriel Weston
Young British surgeon and author of Direct Red which is based on what it is like to be a surgeon in a city hospital. [more]

Television Review
With Simon Wilson. [more]

Our Changing World

Core reveals five million years of Antarctic climate history
An Antarctic sediment core that covers five million years of climate history reveals disappearance of world's largest ice shelf. [more]

Jewelled Geckos
Zoology student Rosi Muller is an expert at finding well camouflaged jewelled geckos on the Otago Peninsula. [more]

Evolution of Pacific Languages
Evolutionary genetics techniques help understand the evolution of Austronesian languages and the settlement of the Pacific. [more]

Genetics of Mohua, or Yellowhead, Populations
Zoologists have analysed the genetics of mohua populations to advise on the optimum number of birds for island translocations [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Anthony Ritchie
Dunedin based NZ composer premiering his new work 'A Portrait of Frances Hodgkins' with the Southern Sinfonia this week. [more]

Diana Blom
Sydney based NZ composer, musician and lecturer talks about her work. [more]

Marion Potts
Associate Artistic Director of Australia's Bell Shakespeare company - performing 'Venus and Adonis' at Auckland Festival. [more]

News stories:

Better productivity key to NZ recovery, says PM
Prime Minister John Key says improvement in productivity is critical to New Zealand's chances of coming out of the recession stronger than other countries. [more]

NZ fisheries overseen by 8000 regulations
A report into New Zealand fisheries by PricewaterhouseCoopers says the sector must overcome conflict and bureaucracy. It is governed by 8000 regulations. [more]

Biotech company hits sales milestone
Botry-Zen says sales for its biological fungicide have topped $500,000 for the first time. [more]

New tourism centre bucks recession
A central North Island incorporation is bucking the recession by opening a new tourism centre focused on the ecological and cultural benefits of flax. [more]

Water warning issued for Wellington region
City councils in the Wellington region are on notice that urgent action is needed to safeguard water supplies. Wellington Regional Council says population growth is outstripping its drought scenario predictions. [more]

Big day ahead for Black Caps
The New Zealand cricketers have a big day ahead of them in the field if they're to remain in contention in the first test against India in Hamilton. Captain Daniel ... [more]

3 changes to White Ferns team
The New Zealand women's cricket coach Gary Stead, has made three changes to his line up for their must win World Cup match against Pakistan in Drummoyne, Australia today. A win ... [more]

FA waiting on spitting report
The English Football Association is waiting for the referee's report before deciding whether to take any action against Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas following an allegation he spat at Hull City ... [more]

ECB unhappy with Counties hiring Australians
England cricket chiefs have expressed dismay over counties hiring Australians ahead of this year's Ashes series because it will give them time to adjust to local conditions. England and Wales ... [more]

Welsh midfield stars at last reunited
The Welsh rugby team's midfield stars Tom Shanklin and Gavin Henson have finally been re-united for Sunday morning's Six Nations championship finale against Ireland in Cardiff in the expectation ... [more]

Chinese tennis players can now look after themselves
China's decision to free its top tennis players from the state system could provide a blueprint for other sports working in a rapidly changing society, according to a senior tennis ... [more]

South Korea and USA advance in World Baseball Classic
South Korea have beaten bitter Asian rivals Japan 4-1 to advance to the World Baseball Classic semi-finals, while the United States also moved on by downing Puerto Rico in dramatic ... [more]

Big names continue at Indian Wells
World men's tennis number one Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a semi-final showdown with third-round triumphs in the Indian Wells Masters series in California. ... [more]

Hauraki gets two weeks for grapple tackle
The Parramatta league player Weller Hauraki has been suspended for two weeks by the NRL Judiciary for a grapple tackle on the Warriors fullback Wade McKinnon. Hauraki pleaded guilty to ... [more]

Fittler says clubs should look after player punishments
Sydney Roosters coach Brad Fittler says banning footballers from playing due to alcohol indiscretions is "pretty severe" and is adamant clubs should be responsible for handing out punishment. The Roosters ... [more]

Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh further postponed
Bangladesh has postponed Pakistan's cricket tour because of security concerns following last month's mutiny at a military base in the capital, dealing a fresh blow to international sport in South ... [more]

Funding for transport projects will be resolved - minister
The Government is confident it can allay fears held by Auckland Regional Council that some public transport projects will left without funding after a regional fuel tax is axed. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: Health board chiefs face the sack unless they reduce waiting times for cancer treatment; PM urges people to donate their tax cuts to charity; confidential police manual left in hands of Mongrel Mob. [more]

Woolhandling champion dies
Reigning New Zealand woolhandling champion Gina Nathan died in the South Island this week. [more]

Special Trade Ambassador to return to NZ
New Zealand Special Ambassador and chair of the WTO Doha Round agriculture negotiations, Crawford Falconer, will return to New Zealand in April. He will take up the role of deputy secretary at MFAT. [more]

$110m fund raising offer extended
Nuplex has had to extend a share offer after it failed to raise the money by the open of market trading on Wednesday. The resins maker is trying to raise $110 million. [more]

Settlement reached between Hanover, property developer
Hanover Finance and property developer Andrew Krukziener have reached a settlement over a loan of $7 million owed, but the amount is confidential. The settlement will end any court action. [more]

More jobs cuts foreseen in UK by Opus
Infrastructure consultancy firm Opus International cannot rule out further job losses after saying it plans to cut its workforce in Britain by a fifth because of the economic downturn. [more]

Tax problems expected for more companies
The Institute of Accountants says more companies will have trouble meeting their tax bills this year. Provisional and terminal taxes are coming due. [more]

Answers wanted over police papers obtained by Mob
The Minister of Police wants answers after the Police admitted they lost confidential papers which got into the hands of the Mongrel Mob. They contained information about which officers were carrying firearms in a raid. [more]

Fed to buy long-term US govt debt
The US Federal Reserve is to buy up to $US300 billion worth of longer-term US government debt over the next six months. [more]

European stocks close mixed
European stock markets were mixed on Wednesday. [more]

Jurors nervous about rifle used in Bain family killings
Nervous jurors asked a judge to have a murder weapon checked when it was presented at the David Bain retrial in the High Court in Christchurch on Wednesday. [more]

Hooker nervous ahead of starting team return vs Bulls
The Hurricanes hooker Andrew Hore admits to a few butterflies ahead of his first Super Rugby start of the year, against the Bulls in Wellington tomorrow night. The 2008 New ... [more]

Claims of sexisim by Swedish swimmer
The Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar has accused the authorities of being almost sexist, after she was denied a world record at the Australian Championships in Australia. Alshammar set a new ... [more]

South Africa won't be bullied over Super 14 expansion
South Africa have warned the New Zealand and Australian rugby unions not to bully them in talks over an expanded Super 14 competition, and they're pressing ahead with their bid ... [more]

Oil falls as stocks rise in US
Oil fell in price by $US1.02 per barrel on Wednesday after crude inventories in the United States reached their highest level in nearly two years. [more]

'Dangerous' man sought in Canterbury
Police in Canterbury are looking for a man they say is dangerous and may be armed. He is the subject of five arrest warrants. [more]

Wall St rallies as Fed buys long-term US Treasuries
Stocks in the United States rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it will buy long-term Treasury bonds for the first time in four decades. Trading was heavy on the New York Stock Exchange. [more]

Arrest made over National Bank robbery
Police have arrested a man for the robbery of a branch of the National Bank in Manukau City centre on Friday. [more]

Airport company calls in unpaid capital from shareholders
Hamilton International Airport Ltd is to call up $12 million in unpaid capital from its shareholders: Hamilton City and the Waipa, Otorohanga, Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Councils. [more]

Reservoirs and dams mooted
Hawke's Bay Regional Council is investigating the feasibility of large water reservoirs to store water to meet future needs more effectively. Six potential sites have been identified. [more]

Larger holding sought in Port of Napier
Hawke's Bay Regional Council is negotiating with the Manawatu -Wanganui Regional Council to buy its 8% holding in the Port of Napier. [more]

Tongan officials to travel to site of underwater volcano
Tongan officials will today travel to the site of a underwater volcano which has sent plumes of steam and smoke a thousand metres into the air. The volcano is about... [more]

ING Property Trust sells more assets
ING Property Trust has sold three properties for a total $22.3 million. The trust has already sold 16 properties this financial year, for a total of $112 million. Sale proceeds are being used to reduce debt. [more]

Defence lawyer in Fiji's Rabaka trial files an appeal
The defence lawyer in the high-profile Sakiusa Rabaka trial, Haroon Ali Shah, has filed for an appeal against the four year jail terms handed down to his clients. Eight soldiers... [more]

Palau senior official gets jail time
In Palau, the Speaker of the Koror State government found guilty of three counts of perjury and three counts of misconduct in public office has been sentenced to six years... [more]

New Plymouth fund shrinks
An investment fund set up by New Plymouth District Council has lost $28.5 million. It was set up in late 2004 after the council sold its stake in Powerco and peaked last June at $324.7 million. [more]

Police intelligence compromised - Goff
Labour leader Phil Goff says police intelligence has been seriously compromised after a confidential document was left at a gang house raided by the police. [more]

150th anniversary of introduction of colonised bees
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the introduction of New Zealand's hardest working immigrant: the honey bee. [more]

Court order obtained in Sri Lanka by Fonterra
Fonterra says a district court in Sri Lanka has issued an order to prevent a newspaper from re-publishing claims that its milk powder contains vegetable oils. [more]

Record year for NZ oil production
Last year was a record year for New Zealand oil production. [more]

Opposition to livestock tracing scheme outvoted
Meat & Wool New Zealand levy payers are against calls to stop funding a national livestock traceability system and hold a referendum on the proposal. [more]

Compensation wanted for internet outage
Telecom is being advised to pay compensation to companies caught in an internet outage in Wellington that lasted three hours on Wednesday. [more]

Person found dead near burning car known to police
A body found beside a burning car on Mahanga Beach at Mahia is that of a person known to police. [more]

$71,000 paid for Burt Munro's bike
A man who paid $71,000 for a motorbike once owned by Burt Munro says it was an impulse buy. The 1936 Duncan Meikle Velocette was marketed as a piece of history. [more]

Man arrested over tourist thefts
Police in Whangarei have arrested a man suspected of stealing large sums of money from Chinese tourists in Hamilton. [more]

Pensioner disputes firing air rifle
A pensioner disputes claims he fired an air rifle at youths hanging around his property in Wanganui. Police say the gun has been confiscated. [more]

Transmission Gully decision by end of year - minister
Transport Minister Steven Joyce says he expects a final decision by the end of the year on whether to build the Transmission Gully road, north of Wellington. [more]

New US funded hospital for Marshall Islands
The United States government will fund a new hospital for the capital of the Marshall Islands with a price tag that could go as high as 30 million US dollars. [more]

Dengue on rise in French Polynesia
French Polynesian health officials say dengue fever is on the rise in the territory. The four types of dengue are transmitted by day-biting mosquitoes and one person has died from... [more]

Worry over sole remaining prisoner in Pitcairn's prison
A California researcher says the Govenor of Pitcairn Island should release the sole remaining prisoner because of health concerns. Eight men were convicted of a string of sex attacks on... [more]

American Samoa Treasurer calls for better budgetting
American Samoa's Treasurer has told a House hearing on the hospital off island referral program that the government's general fund can not pay for everything Magalei Logovii said that what... [more]

Baby born on flight from Apia to Auckland
A baby born on an international flight to New Zealand is doing well, as airport police continue to investigate whether it was abandoned. The woman gave birth on a Pacific... [more]

Fiji judges responde to IBA report
Fiji's judiciary is reported to have released an unsigned statement in response to an International Bar Association report highly critical of the state of the judiciary following the 2006 military... [more]

White Ferns post big total against Pakistan
Centuries to captain Haidee Tiffen and Suzie Bates have helped the New Zealand women's cricketers post an imposing 373 for 7 in their world cup match against Pakistan in Sydney. ... [more]

India three down at tea break
The New Zealand cricketers first innings lead is shrinking fast on day two of the first test against India in Hamilton, with the tourists 197 for 3 at tea in reply ... [more]

Statham through to quarterfinals in Hamilton
The New Zealand tennis number one Rubin Statham is through to the quarterfinals of the Futures tournament being played in Hamilton. Statham, cruised into the last eight with a 6-1 ... [more]

Meli finally gets clearance to return to the field for Leeds
St Helens have been handed a boost ahead of their 2008 Super League Grand Final re-match against Leeds this weekend with former Warriors winger Francis Meli finally being ... [more]

Stacey Jones to pick up where he left off with Warriors
The 'little general' Stacey Jones will be playing in a repeat of his last National Rugby League match, when he makes his eagerly anticipated return to the NRL ... [more]

US Olympic committee lays off more than ten percent of staff
The US Olympic Committee has laid off 54 employees as part of its plan to trim its budget by five per cent to deal with the tougher global economic climate. ... [more]

Wilkinson suffers further setback as he recovers from injury
Jonny Wilkinson's latest return to rugby from injury has been delayed by yet another setback. The England first five, whose career's been blighted by a succession of injuries ... [more]

Woodcock set to play this weekend
The All Black prop Tony Woodcock is set to play for the Blues in their Super 14 rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday night. Woodcock was a ... [more]

Cricket to start at 11:15
Overnight rain has forced a slight delay to the start time on the second day of the opening cricket test between New Zealand and India in Hamilton. The covers have ... [more]

Benitez staying with Liverpool
The Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has ended speculation over his future at Anfield by signing a new deal that will keep him at the English football club until 2014. Benitez's long-term ... [more]

Crusaders welcome back halfback Ellis
There is just one change to the Crusaders starting lineup for their Super 14 rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on saturday night. Halfback Andrew Ellis ... [more]

Investigation in American Samoa into smuggling stalled by lack of passenger list
In American Samoa, investigations into the smuggling of marijuana from Manu'a on the ship, MV Sili have been stalled as there is apparently no passenger list for domestic voyages. The... [more]

Tonga enters into bilateral co-operation with Cuba
Tonga is the latest to join the growing number of Pacific countries entering into bilateral co-operation with Cuba. Cuba's ambassador in New Zealand José Luis Robaina García says that the... [more]

Parliamentary allowances in PNG set for huge increase
Papua New Guinea's members of Parliament are set to give themselves a 42% rise in accommodation allowances and a further 50% increase in vehicle allowances. The newspaper, The National, reports... [more]

Trade between Tuvalu and Fiji's Rotuma set to take off
Rotuma is gearing up for its first trade of agricultural produce with the Tuvaluan market after it gained status as one of Fiji's ports of entry status. The decision came... [more]

Investor interest in Vanuatu continues to grow
Foreign investor interest in Vanuatu is increasing according to the 2008 annual report of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority. The Daily Post quotes the report as saying that compared to... [more]

Budgets for F1 teams shouldn't be the priority says Renault boss
Formula One teams have expressed outrage at radical new changes claiming they'll will destroy "the very essence" of the sport. Among the most contentious rule changes is the move to ... [more]

Cricket stumps score
India are just one run behind New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the first cricket test in Hamilton with the tourists 278 for four. India started the ... [more]

Chiefs welcome back key players for Blues clash
The Chiefs have received a timely boost for their clash against the leading New Zealand Super 14 rugby side the Blues in Hamilton on Saturday night, with the return of ... [more]

Sri Lankan cricketer discharged from hospital after Pakistan attack
The Sri Lankan cricketer Thilan Samaraweera has been discharged from hospital, two weeks after he suffered a bullet wound when the team bus was attacked by terrorists in Pakistan. Doctors ... [more]

Crusaders welcome back Ellis for match against NSW Warratahs
The Crusaders will welcome back All Blacks halfback Andy Ellis for Saturday's Super 14 match against a New South Wales Warratahs team coach Todd Blackadder predicts will play ... [more]

Missing inmate arrested in Rotorua
Police have found a prisoner who escaped from Waikeria Prison in Waikato. [more]

Melbourne scores Tiger for Aussie Masters
Melbourne has signed the world golf number one Tiger Woods to play in the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath in November. The Victorian premier John Brumby says the coup ... [more]

England rugby players concerned about apparent threat
England's rugby players' union is taking legal advice about a letter warning stars they could jeopardise their international places by moving abroad. The four-page letter, signed by Rugby Football Union ... [more]

Contrasting fortunes for New Zealand cricketers
It's been a day of contrasting fortunes for the New Zealand men's and women's cricket teams. India's just one run behind the Black Caps at stumps on the second day ... [more]

White Ferns trounce Pakistan at Cricket world
New Zealand will play England in the final of the women's cricket world cup in Sydney after trouncing Pakistan by 223 runs in their final play off match. The White ... [more]

200 to be screened for TB in Wellington region
About 200 people in the Wellington region must be screened for tuberculosis after they unknowingly came into contact with an infected person who is a health care worker. [more]

Concern over Govt funding for community sector
Community and voluntary organisations are welcoming the Prime Minister's call for people to give tax cuts to charity, but say funding to the sector must not be cut. [more]

Carbon tax urged instead of emissions trading scheme
MPs reviewing the Emissions Trading Scheme have been urged to introduce a carbon tax instead. [more]

Seven roads of national significance named
The Government has identified seven roading projects as "nationally significant" in an effort to speed up their construction. [more]

Extended hours to be trialled at Auckland courts
District courts in Auckland will extend their opening hours during a pilot programme aimed at speeding up the legal process. [more]

CNMI government layoffs about to begin
The Northern Marianas administration is giving government department heads until the end of the week to prepare a list of employees whose jobs could be laid off. The governor's special... [more]

PNG parliament to give itself large boost in allowances
Papua New Guinea's members of Parliament are set to give themselves a 42% rise in accommodation allowances and a further 50% increase in vehicle allowances. The newspaper, The National, reports... [more]

US to fund new 120-bed hospital in Majuro
The United States government will fund a new hospital for the capital of the Marshall Islands with a price tag that could go as high as 30 million US dollars. [more]

American Samoa hospital fund not just a cash cow, says Treasurer
American Samoa's Treasurer has told a House hearing on the hospital off island referral program that the LBJ government's general fund can not pay for everything Magalei Logovii says what... [more]

Fiji health centres to extend open hours to cut patient queues
Two health centres in in Suva and Nausori, Fiji, are extending their opening hours during the week to help relieve issues like patient waiting times. Under the Ministry of Health,... [more]

Tonga links up with Cuba
Tonga is the latest to join the growing number of Pacific countries entering into bilateral co-operation with Cuba. Cuba's ambassador in New Zealand José Luis Robaina García says that the... [more]

PNG parliament motion for women seats to be reintroduced in May
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's motion for nominated women seats will be reintroduced in May when Parliament reconvenes. "PNG's Community Development Minister Dame Carol Kidu told The... [more]

Solomon Islands Government seeks financial help to restore flood damaged highway
The Solomon Islands Government is appealing for financial assistance to rehabilitate the West Guadalcanal highway. Last month's floods caused extensive damage to parts of the road surface and many bridges... [more]

CNMI female victims of slave labour vulnerable to financial climate
The assistant US attorney for the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas says the collapse of the clothing industry has left many female victims of human trafficking vulnerable. Eric O'Malley says... [more]

Geothermal power production up
Production of electricity from geothermal power plants rose to 11% of New Zealand's total generation in the three months to December. [more]

Pair to stand trial for murder of sergeant
Two men will stand trial for the death of a police officer during a covert operation in South Auckland in December. [more]

Police admit another crime scene blunder
Police fear photographs of victims from a police camera could end up on the internet. It is the second crime scene blunder in as many days. [more]

NZ, Australian markets higher, Nikkei slips
New Zealand and Australian markets were higher on Thursday, but Japan's Nikkei index slipped for the first time in five days. [more]

Reserve Bank moves may be boosting dollar - expert
A foreign exchange expert says the New Zealand's Reserve Bank could be helping to strengthen the currency. [more]

Inquiries begin into woman giving birth on plane
New Zealand authorities are investigating how a Samoan woman who gave birth on an international flight was allowed to board the plane, before possibly abandoning the baby. [more]

Computer evidence linking Bain to killings disputed
The jury in the retrial of murder-accused David Bain has heard crucial evidence about a computer at the house where his family was killed. [more]

Spate of fatal crashes in South Island
Emergency services were kept busy on Thursday night following a spate of fatal car crashes in the South Island. [more]