Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 2nd April 2009

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


The best song ever written - 'Green green grass of home'
For Bill Perry the best song ever written is Green green grass of home by Tom Jones. [more]

Your place - Hunterville
Hunterville is a modern town that straddles State Highway One in the foothills of the North Island's Central Plateau. [more]

Young pianist - Jaroslav Novak
Today we meet the first New Zealander to be awarded the Fellowship Diploma of The St Cecilia School Of Music. [more]

SMART - 'Students managing Alcohol responsibly Together'
SMART is group of Massey students who have formed an organisation to promote healthy drinking habits amongst their peers. [more]

He Rourou
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks Te Ati Awa elder Sam Jackson about his thoughts on Shelley Bay buy back. [more]

Feature album - The Stone Roses
It's the first album from Manchester outfit The Stone Roses and no discography of the late 80s would be complete without it. [more]

Arts report with Lynn Freeman
The debate that's not going to go away - which New Zealand city can claim to be the cultural capital? [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
The city's central RSA has invited war gamers to re-enact their battles in a setting steeped in military history. [more]

Environment story - South Island robins
Robins are pretty much confined to areas such as National Parks, although one remnant population survives near Dunedin. [more]

The panel ( Part 1 )
Today's guests are Emily Perkins and Jock Anderson. [more]

The panel ( Part 2 )
Today's guests are Emily Perkins and Jock Anderson. [more]

Business News

Morning business
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 2 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


70 jobs axed at the Tertiary Education Commission
It's the first casualties of the government's drive to cut costs in the public service. [more]

NZ Post to cut up to 100 jobs
New Zealand Post has announced its axing up to 100 mail centre and administrative jobs. [more]

State Services official resigns over critical report
The deputy State Services Commissioner Laurence Millar, has resigned, following the release of a critical report. [more]

Protestor killed on G20 eve in London
A protester has died in London during a day of demonstrations, as world leaders gather for the G20 summit. [more]

Erebus remembrance book safely returned
A local homeless man found the book among rubbish at a cemetery on Karangahape Road. [more]

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

Burton stretches court with weekly appearances
Burton is charged with attempted murder after an assault on a fellow prisoner at Auckland Prison. [more]

ACC chair warns finances are about to worsen
The new chairperson of the ACC has told MPs the Corporation's liabilities are set to rise significantly. [more]

Green Party questions new ACC pilot scheme
The Better at Work programme, being trailed in Taupo, aims to help patients stay at work after an injury. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Easter strike canned, but struggle not over
The EPMU, which represents the staff, today called off a strike that would have disrupted Easter travel for many people. [more]

MCK Metals wants to keep its foreign workers
The government has cancelled work visa changes that allowed six Filipino welders to do general work at a Taranaki factory. [more]

G-20 leaders at odds over economy
The G20 summit officially begins in a few hours time with world leaders sharply divided over what to do about the economy. [more]

The Postal Workers Union on NZ Post job losses
New Zealand Post has announced its axing up to 100 mail centre and administrative jobs. [more]

Visa hold-up worries Queenstown hoteliers
Hoteliers in Queenstown say changes in the way temporary work visas are being issued will spell disaster for their businesses. [more]

Forensic scientist on Bain's blood-soaked socks
Forensic scientist Dr Peter Cropp has given evidence about bloodstains, which the Crown says, links Mr Bain to the killings. [more]

Key: Dalai Lama's visa will be processed as usual
The Prime Minister says there are no plans to block a visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. [more]

No religion please, we're New Zealanders
Massey University researchers found that 40 per cent have no religious affiliation, compared to 29 per cent 17 years ago. [more]

Australia to change stance on indigenous rights
The Australian government has set a date for a symbolic change on indigenous rights. [more]

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

Sustainability Council on ETS
MPs reviewing the Emissions Trading Scheme have been told aligning it with Australia's scheme doesn't make sense. [more]

Suspected cyanide poisoning for DOC contractor
A Department of Conservation contractor is tonight recovering at home, after a suspected cyanide-poisoning scare. [more]

Dunedin Harbor appeal
The Otago Chamber of Commerce is one of seven entities to appeal against the DCC rezoning of the city's harbourside area. [more]

Violent demonstrations kick off G-20
The BBC's Nick Childs has been stationed outside Prime Minister Gordon Brown's official residence, Number 10 Downing Street. [more]

A new era in US-Russia relations
The United States President is welcoming, what he says, is a new era in America's relationship with Russia. [more]

Australian police still searching for arsonist
Police in Victoria say they've already conducted more than a thousand interviews, in their efforts to find an arsonist. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 2 April 2009
Violence at G20 summit, rising interest rates, energy sector review, legal aid review, memorial book stolen. [more]

Titi Wainui - The Fairy Prion
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

dollar flies in face of bollard advice
The New Zealand dollar has surprisingly staged what's being described as a moderate rally. [more]

Inmates to appear in relation to prison death
Six prisoners charged in relation to the killing of an inmate in Paremoremo Prison will appear in court this morning. [more]

commercial fishers accused of selling catch on black market
It's alleged the men were supplying bluecod, rock lobster and oysters caught in Foveaux Strait to associates who then sold it. [more]

Pacific news for 2 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Helen Clark's confirmation in UNDP job marks end of an era
It's the end of a long career in New Zealand politics. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fights break out in London ahead of the G20 Summit
Protesters say they were hit with batons when they tried to leave a protest outside the Bank of England. [more]

G20 Summit of world leaders
The twenty most powerful leaders in the world will soon sit down to dinner and officially start the G20 Summit in London. [more]

Banks say don't blame us for rising mortgage rates
The wrestle over household mortgage interest rates appears to be at a critical juncture. [more]

The government undertakes a review of the electricity sector
The Government says bringing down power bills will be a primary focus as it begins a review of the electricity industry. [more]

A memorial book of the Erebus crash has been stolen
A memorial book to the victims of the Erebus crash has been stolen from Auckland's St Matthew in the city church. [more]

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

Showdown looms over rest breaks for teachers
The secondary teachers union, the PPTA is at odds with the Education Ministry over guidelines sent to schools. [more]

David Bain's defence counsel quizzes forensic scientist
A retired scientist has defended his decision not to retain carpet from the Bain family home in 1994. [more]

Photographer gets close look at Tongan volcano
There's more of Tonga than there used to be, thanks to an undersea volcano two weeks ago. [more]

Protests at G20 summit
Violent clashes between police and protesters have marred the start of the G20 summit in London. [more]

Helen Clark's farewell
She was given a standing ovation in Parliament yesterday following a series of sending off speeches. [more]

Review of legal aid underway
The government's major review of legal aid will put a priority on making it more cost effective. [more]

Departing chair of Commerce Commission finally speaks
A high profile person stepping down this week is Paula Rebstock, the chair of the Commerce Commission. [more]

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

Super Utility could increase user pays for water costs
There are concerns Aucklanders might have to pay more for water. [more]

Rural community says Govt must do more on broadband
Farmers are accusing the Government of shortsightedness and ignorance over broadband in rural areas. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Mathematician predicts divorce
Before you consider walking up the aisle with your beloved, perhaps you should do the maths. [more]

All eyes on the heavens for global astronomy event
Today astronomers around the world will be setting up telescopes in the likes of shopping centres and parks. [more]

Privacy Commission to investigate claims privacy breached
Claims some schools are breaching the privacy of girls as part of a cervical cancer vaccination campaign. [more]


Folksters On Tour
Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and Kate Fagan are travelling and performing around NZ at the moment. [more]

Salty Water - oceans
With Craig Stevens - oceanographer, NIWA. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clues 1 - 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Bill English
The Finance Minister talks about the state of the economy as interest rates rising despite lower official cash rates. [more]

Dr Andrew West and Frank Brenmuhl
Plans for a merger between the Crown Research Institute, Agresearch and Lincoln University. [more]

UK correspondent - Michael White
Violence in London as the G20 summit is due to begin tomorrow. [more]

Feature guest - Rupert Isaacson
Author of new book, The Horse Boy - about his journeys to Mongolia and experiences with his autistic son. [more]

Book Review - Dead People's Music
Written by Sarah Laing, reviewed by Carole Beu and published by Vintage. [more]

New Technology - Colin Jackson
The governments new ultra broadband scheme for New Zealand may eliminate data caps for many users. [more]

Wayne Brady
US comedian, best known here as a star of American TV improv show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [more]

Television - Simon Wilson
The weeks best and worst on the small screen this week. House and Mad Men. [more]

Dame Margaret Bazley
Will a new Auckland supercity model cure the regions social problems? [more]

Our Changing World

St Bathans Fossil Site
Trevor Worthy, Alan Tennyson and Paul Scofield report on the latest fossil findings from St Bathans [more]

Paul Callaghan's Vision for Young Kiwis
Paul Callaghan has a vision to reverse the Brain Drain and bring young Kiwis home [more]

Robins in Douglas Fir Plantations
Zoologists Graham Parker and Ian Jamieson are interested in whether Douglas fir plantations make good robin homes [more]

Genes and Ethics
Human Genome Research Project leader Mark Hanaghan and clinical geneticist Ingrid Winship discuss genes and ethics [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Anna Lamont-Lowe
US based New Zealander and mezzo-soprano soloist for Bach Musica's upcoming performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. [more]

Frans Helmerson
Swedish cellist in the country on behalf of the Adam Cello Festival and Competition in Christchurch. [more]

News stories:

Farm environment awards
An organic dairy farming partnership has scored the top award in the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards, while the Canterbury award went to Temuka arable farmers. [more]

Injured tramper well-equipped to survive ordeal
A tramper who survived eight days with serious injuries in South Westland says he is thankful he was well-equipped in rugged terrain. [more]

Midwife worked far away as client full term, tribunal told
A Northland midwife was carrying out locum work hundreds of kilometres away from where her client was expecting a baby, a health tribunal has been told. [more]

Clark formally approved for UN role
Former prime minister Helen Clark hopes to take up her new role as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April after the position was unanimously confirmed by the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. [more]

Farmers reminded secure fencing needed, after stock hit
Farmers are being reminded to ensure stock in paddocks next to roads or railway lines are securely fenced in to prevent them straying and being run down. Seven cows have had to be put down after being hit by vehicles in the Waikato. [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Reserve Bank Governor yanks reins of money market; Helen Clark receives standing ovation in Parliament; restructuring of New Zealand Post's mail services to begin next week. [more]

Change in Auckland waste water system 'could affect poor'
Opponents of a partial user-pays waste water system throughout Auckland say such a move could mean poorer families paying more. [more]

More pathologists needed, says college
The professional body covering pathologists says training numbers must increase to help address a crisis in the dwindling pathology workforce. [more]

Outline of electoral reform review process released
The Government has released an outline of how it will carry out its review of electoral finance legislation. [more]

Commission chair says it was her decision to step down
The outgoing chair of the Commerce Commission, Paula Rebstock, says it was her decision to step down. There has been speculation that Ms Rebstock may have been forced to resign. [more]

Leading US anti-violence organisation in American Samoa
In American Samoa, government agencies and community groups providing services for victims of sexual assault have been meeting with a leading US organisation that works in the field. Three officials... [more]

Australian firm gets nod for lucrative contract in PNG
The Australian infrastructure contractor Cardno has won a 106-million US dollar contract under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Law and Justice Partnership, The Queensland Business Review reports that the five-year, AusAID-funded... [more]

Fiji's Supreme Court grants leave to Associations to appeal retirement age issue
Fiji's Supreme Court has granted the Fiji Public Service Association and the Fijian Teachers Association leave to appeal the retirement age decision. Supreme Court Judge Justice Randall Powell further ordered... [more]

Pacific countries managed marine areas highlighted in Conference
The first International Conference for Marine Mammal Protected Areas has highlighted challenges faced by countries to include all marine habitats in their ocean sanctuaries. More than 150 delegates from 40... [more]

One in five prepared to miss mortgage payment - survey
One in five home mortgage holders would choose to miss a payment if it came to a choice between that or their other bills, a survey suggests. [more]

Workers pessimistic about prospects in recession
Confidence among workers has slumped to a record low as the recession has many people fearing for their jobs, a new survey says. The Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence ... [more]

US sales reports offer hope for vehicle sector
Modest signs of hope have emerged for the troubled auto industry as US sales reports for March showed heavy declines from a year ago but increases from weak levels a month earlier. [more]

Wall St rallies on manufacturing, homes data
US stocks climbed on Wednesday as factory and home sales data raised hopes the economic downturn is moderating. [more]

Samoa's NPF contributors get seven percent interest
Almost eighty thousand contributors to Samoa's National Provident Fund, are getting seven percent interest on their contributions this week, to allow them to apply for loans from the government fund... [more]

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce president pleased with TWIC
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce president, David Robinson, says he is pleased with the federal government's final rule which waives the Transportation Worker Identification Credential requirement for maritime workers entering... [more]

American Samoa Congressman recommends new WindJet Energy power
American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he recommends the new WindJet Energy wind power generation system to supplement American Samoa's energy needs. The new design was invented by Brad... [more]

Fiji's Air Pacific pursues talks with Air Cal├ędonie International
Fiji's international flag carrier Air Pacific is pursuing talks with New Caledonia's Air Cal├ędonie International, dubbed AirCalin on a code share agreement on the Japanese destination, after Air Pacific's direct... [more]

American Samoa's InfoTech negotiates with Samoa
Information Technology American Samoa Incorporated, the company given exclusive rights to operate a call center in the territory, is negotiating with the Samoan government for a similar operation. But InfoTech... [more]

CNMI airline puts Seoul to Saipan flights on hold
Asiana Airlines from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has temporarily halted its daily flights between Seoul and Saipan through the end of June. Governor Benigno Fitial says the... [more]

Final report of 2006 riots in Solomon Islands leaves many unanswered questions
The final report on the Commission of Inquiry into the 2006 riots in Solomon Islands has left many unanswered questions. The document which has taken two years to complete was... [more]

New Zealand make three changes to sevens side for Adelaide
The New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has had to make three changes to his squad for the Adelaide International Sevens, the sixth leg of the IRB Sevens World ... [more]

Ballesteros speaks for first time about recovery from tumour
The champion golfer Seve Ballesteros says life has given him "a second chance", since undergoing emergency brain surgery last year. In his first interview since the operation, the five times ... [more]

No promises of cheaper power in electricity review
Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee says a review of the electricity sector will look at the affordability of power. However, he is not promising it will deliver cheaper electricity. [more]

Warriors lose Price for South Sydney match
A throat injury has ruled Warriors captain Steve Price out of Sunday's National Rugby League match against South Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium. The 35-year-old prop received a blow to ... [more]

Auckland in box seat for cricket final
Auckland are in the box-seat for next week's State Championship cricket final after finishing top of the standings after round-robin play. This means they will take the national title if their ... [more]

All Black doc says Carter has to walk before he can run
The All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson says Dan Carter will have to get used to walking properly again before he'll be able to resume running, let alone resume playing rugby. ... [more]

Maul makes a comeback
The maul is set to become a major feature in rugby again after a two-day IRB conference in London voted to throw out an Experimental Law Variation which had allowed ... [more]

Henson feels cursed after latest injury
The Welsh rugby centre Gavin Henson says he feels cursed and he's wondering about his future in the game after apparently dashing his hopes of touring South Africa with the ... [more]

Toyota won't appeal Trulli penalty
The Toyota Formula One team have decided not to appeal against the 25-second penalty imposed on Jarno Trulli which cost the Italian third place in last Sunday's season opening Australian ... [more]

Edwards into World Cup decider
The New Zealand lawn bowler Jo Edwards has qualified for the final of the World Cup indoor women's singles in Australia. In what may be her last appearance in New ... [more]

Broke Southampton on the brink of relegation
Southampton are on the brink of becoming English football's first major casualty of the credit crunch after missing an end-of-March deadline to secure new financing. Trading in the shares of ... [more]

Swanepoel breaks record in Christchurch
The North Shore swimmer Corney Swanepoel has broken his own national record in the final of the 100 butterfly at the New Zealand Open Swim Championships in Christchurch. The 23-year-old ... [more]

Question mark over Indian captain on eve of decider
On the eve of the deciding cricket Test in Wellington there's still a question mark over the fitness of India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lead the side at the ... [more]

Chiefs feeling good ahead of next clash
The Chiefs are in a reasonably good position heading into another tough stint in the Super 14 rugby competition. They'll be without their in-form All Black winger Sitiveni Sivivatu for ... [more]

Lee in winning form heading for Augusta
New Zealand's teenage golf sensation Danny Lee has only one more event to play - next week's Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia - before embarking on his professional career. The ... [more]

$31 million deal for college basketball coach
An eight-year, $31.65 million contract with the University of Kentucky has made John Calipari the highest paid collegiate basketball head coach in the United States. Calipari signed after nine seasons at ... [more]

Cycling coach, doctor handed lifetime bans
Canadian Olympic cyclist Genevieve Jeanson has been suspended for 10 years and her coach and doctor given lifetime bans for administering performance-enhancing substances. The penalties were imposed following an investigation ... [more]

Cayless calls for clarity on player guidelines
Parramatta's captain Nathan Cayless has called for the National Rugby League to establish a set of guidelines on player behaviour, because he says the current rulings on the hot topic ... [more]

Palu escapes jail after latest driving offence
The Wallabies flanker Wycliff Palu has been given a suspended sentence after being caught driving without a valid licence for the second time in two years. The New South Wales ... [more]

Super 14 coaches bemoan key ELV deferral
Australia's Super 14 rugby coaches have predicted a dire return to dour, forward-oriented penalty-goal shootouts after being disappointed by a deferral of a key law change. A two-day International Rugby ... [more]

Ryder says team confident of squaring series
New Zealand batsmen Jesse Ryder says the feeling is good in the Black Caps camp ahead of the third and final cricket Test against India, beginning in Wellington tomorrow. Ryder, ... [more]

Late Terry goal gives England victory
John Terry kept the England football team firmly on course for next year's Fifa World Cup finals in South Africa as his late winner at Wembley sank Ukraine and made it ... [more]

America's Cup likely for mid 2010
The America's Cup event authority, AC Management, has signed a host venue agreement for the Spanish city of Valencia to hold America's Cup pre-regattas there in July and October. And ... [more]

Faamausili-Banse lays down challenge to swimming sprinter
The 18-year-old Aucklander Orinoco Faamausili Banse has qualified fastest in the 50-metres freestyle on the second morning of the New Zealand Open Swim Championships in Christchurch. The Beijing Olympic relay ... [more]

Bolivia beat Argentina in La Paz
Bolivia have ended Argentina's 100 percent record under Diego Maradona in style by thrashing them 6-1 at high altitude in a Fifa World Cup qualifier in La Paz. Striker Joaquin ... [more]

Shearer confirmed as Newcastle manager
The former striker Alan Shearer will take over as manager of the Premier League football club Newcastle United for the final eight games of the season. Shearer, the club's record ... [more]

Death of man found in burned-out not suspicious - police
The death of a man whose body was found in a burnt-out car near Motueka is not being treated as suspicious. [more]

Man stabbed in stomach during party
A 20-year-old man stabbed in the stomach during a fight at a party in West Auckland on Wednesday night remains in critical condition. [more]

Fritch rules out French Polynesia assembly president election next week
The president of French Polynesia's assembly, Edouard Fritch, says there won't be an election for his position next week. In an interview with the Depeche de Tahiti newspaper, Mr Fritch... [more]

PNG court lifts heavy fuel import ban
The anticipated ban on the importation of heavy fuel oil by the government of Papua New Guinea has been lifted by the National Court. The newspaper, The National, says blackouts... [more]

Property trust raises $50m
Kiwi Income Property Trust has also raised $50 million from institutional investors in a share placement. [more]

Fletcher Building raises $406m
Fletcher Building has successfully raised $406 million by issuing new shares to institutional investors. [more]

Price of whole milk powder rises
Dairy giant Fonterra says firm demand is behind a rise in whole milk powder prices for the second successive month. [more]

Tonga fish exporters say economy can't cope with cancelled flights
The Fishing Industry Association in Tonga says the sector cannot cope with any disruption to scheduled air freight exports. The comment follows the cancellation of a flight two Saturdays ago... [more]

Former Solomons AG Moti plans stay application in child sex case
A former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti plans to apply for a stay of proceedings in a child sex case against him. Lawyers indicated in the Supreme Court in Brisbane... [more]

Solomons 2006 riot probe inconclusive
A Commission of Inquiry report in Solomon Islands has found there is an absence of facts to identify who spearheaded the 2006 riots in Honiara. The report is unclear on... [more]

Next Fiji political forum due next week
The next political party forum to discuss the way forward for Fiji is now due to be held on April the 9th, just under a month since the last one. [more]

Burton choosing to make weekly court appearances
Convicted murderer Graeme Burton may be stretching resources as he continues to exercise his legal right to make weekly court appearances. [more]

Canterbury council to consider 1080 for wallabies
An increase in wallaby numbers is creating a nuisance for South Canterbury farmers and landowners. The regional council says it will consider using 1080 to control the pest. [more]

CNMI gets six-month deferral of federalised US immigration law
The US Department of Homeland Security's Secretary has announced that the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas federalisation law won't come into effect on June the 1st but be delayed by... [more]

Indonesia suspected of sponsoring fake Papua rebel group
The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says the Indonesian military may be sponsoring militia groups to masquerade as the Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, in ongoing fighting in... [more]

Tongan government says Sunday flying law already in place
The Tongan government says a law permitting airline flights on Sundays if there is a disruption to Saturday's schedule is already in place. An Air New Zealand flight on which... [more]

Cooks relieved WSBC case settled
The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister says he doesn't think the settlement of the Wall Street Banking Corporation Bank case will deter potential offshore banking clients from investing in the... [more]

Five men in Samoa found guilty of arson in burning judge's home
Four chiefs and an untitled man from Falelatai village in Samoa have been found guilty of arson in burning down the family home of a Lands Titles court judge, Misa... [more]

Fiji military warns against destructive criticism
Fiji's Land Force Commander, Colonel Pita Driti, has again warned some parties and groups that they might be excluded from planned political dialogue meetings. In a statement, Col Driti says... [more]

Solomons marks second anniversary of Gizo tsunami
Today marks the second anniversary of the 2007 earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 50 people in Solomon Islands. Thousands of the tsunami victims in Gizo are still sleeping... [more]

Poor policing a factor in 2006 Solomons riot
A report into the riots in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, in 2006 has found that poor policing was one of its causes. The Commission of Inquiry report catalogues a... [more]

DoC worker poisoned by cyanide out of hospital
A Department of Conservation worker who told emergency services he had ingested cyanide has been discharged from hospital. [more]

Call for Socceroos to get more credit for their success
The Australia football coach Pim Verbeek says his side should be given more credit for their achievements in their Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign. Australia are on the brink of ... [more]

Air NZ flight attendant Easter strike called off
The union representing flight attendants has withdrawn its notice of a four-day strike that was due to start on 8 April. [more]

Jo Edwards (possibly) bows out in style
The New Zealand lawn bowler Jo Edwards has won the final of the World Cup indoor women's singles in Australia. In what may be her last international appearance Edwards beat the ... [more]

Indian cricketers pleasantly surprised at Basin Reserve wicket
A green seamer is what the Indian cricketers expected for the third and deciding Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve starting on Friday. What they've got is a ... [more]

Inconsistency plays on skipper heading into final Test
The tendency of New Zealand cricket teams to follow up a good performance with a poor one is lurking at the back of captain Dan Vettori's mind heading into the ... [more]

Blues number nine in bottle-throwing probe
The New Zealand Rugby Union says it's investigating an incident involving the Blues player Taniela Moa. The NZRU general manager Neil Sorensen says they're looking into the incident, which involved ... [more]

Injury change to New Zealand sevens squad
The New Zealand sevens rugby team has been forced to make another change to their squad for the Adelaide leg of the IRB World Sevens Series. Debutant Tutu Tairea from ... [more]

Federer to meet Djokovic in Florida
The world tennis number two Roger Federer has reached the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 hardcourt tournament in Miami, Florida, beating Andy Roddick 6-3 4-6 6-4. The Swiss second seed ... [more]

Celebrities and legends set to pad up for Hollywood Ashes
Hugh Jackman, Rupert Murdoch, Ozzy Osborne, Shane Warne and former British prime minister John Major have thrown their support behind the second annual Australia versus England Hollywood Ashes cricket match ... [more]

Two NZ surfers into last 16 at junior worlds
The Mount Maunganui surfers Matt Hewitt and Alex Dive have made the last 16 of the under-18 boys division at the 2009 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. The fourth day of ... [more]

Paraguay snatch injury-time draw in Ecuador
South American group leaders Paraguay have scored an injury time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw away to Ecuador in their football World Cup qualifier. Substitute Edgar Benitez scored in ... [more]

Djokovic books semi-final berth in Miami
The third-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic has reached the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 hardcourt tennis tournament in Florida with a 6-3 6-4 victory over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic now ... [more]

Teachers' union tells schools to ignore rest break advice
The union representing secondary teachers says schools should ignore advice from the Ministry of Education about how to implement the new legal entitlement to rest breaks. [more]

Stolen Erebus book returned to church
A memorial book to the victims of the Erebus crash stolen from Auckland's St Matthew-in-the-City church has been found. [more]

Marshalls government faces another no confidence motion
The Marshall Islands government is facing its second vote of no confidence in six months. The move follows the sacking by President Litokwa Tomeing of outspoken foreign minister Tony deBrum... [more]

Air Tahiti Nui lodges complaint for defamation
French Polynesia's international carrier, Air Tahiti Nui, is to lodge a complaint for defamation after claims that the airline's safety could be compromised. This comes after the territory's veteran politician,... [more]

New Caledonia president refuses to accept airline bosses' resignations
New Caledonia's president, Harold Martin says he won't accept the resignation of the director of the domestic airline, William Ihage, who stepped down amid a strike by the mainly Kanak... [more]

Covert militia being used in fight against OPM, says West Papua Coalition
The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says Indonesian-backed militia are playing an increasing role in the fight by security forces to attack the Free West Papua Movement, or OPM,... [more]

Ambulance investigates delay claim over toddler
St John Ambulance says initial findings of its investigation into the treatment of a critically injured toddler suggest its actions did not contribute to her death. [more]

Retaining Filipino welders will create jobs, says firm
A New Plymouth engineering firm that kept on foreign welders while sacking local workers says it is close to securing a contract which will create 24 new jobs. [more]

Pair charged over kidnapping Taranaki teens
Two men have been charged with the gunpoint kidnapping of two teenagers in Taranaki on Wednesday. [more]

Fire restrictions for Far North imposed
Fire restrictions have been imposed the Far North, as the district basks in a warm, dry autumn. [more]

Markets surge as US data boosts hopes of recovery
World stock markets soared on Thursday, with Hong Kong's benchmark vaulting more than 7%, as stronger-than-expected US economic figures boosted confidence the world's largest economy is on the mend. [more]