Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 7th April 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

Asian Report for 7 April 2009
Montessori believed that children are born with a unique potential for learning. [more]

The best song ever written
Sandy Powis has chosen John Williams' The Deer Hunter. [more]

Reeling in the years - 1970
Record producer, Mike LePetit takes you back to 1970. Featuring, Frankie Stevens, The Beatles and more. [more]

Native Police
A Waikato-based group of volunteer police risk a run-in with the law unless it scales back its operations. [more]

Night Sky
The dark night sky above Tekapo is another step closer to being named a world heritage site. [more]

He Rourou for 7 April 2009
The Maori history of Wellington harbour brought forward. [more]

Feature album - Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You
Lily Allen opened a MySpace account in 2005, posted demos and her life stories and quickly had hundreds of thousands of friends. [more]

Fit and fabulous for life after babies
In tune your engine this week; the busiest job of all. [more]

Science story for 7 April 2009
The collapse of a major ice bridge in Antarctica has been in the headlines this week. [more]

The Panel for 7 April 2009
With David Farrar and Linda Clarke. Today's topics; Auckland the Super City and earthquake prediction. [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 7 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 7 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 7 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

The Government confirms Auckland will be a super-city
Instead of a middle tier of six local councils, the government is proposing up to 30 local boards. [more]

The latest from David Bain's re-trial
Mr Bain is charged with the murders of his parents and three siblings in Dunedin in 1994. [more]

Thousands are homeless after quake hits Italy
Emergency services in central Italy have been working throughout the night after a massive earthquake. [more]

Michael Cullen farewells Parliament
Dr Cullen will become a director on the board of New Zealand Post, and he will take over as deputy chairman in October. [more]

Sports news for 7 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government scraps Maori seats for super-city
Maori have been left out in the cold as the the government confirms Auckland will be a super city by the end of next year. [more]

Two National ministers under fire
The Internal Affairs Minister, Richard Worth, for the ongoing controversy over his business interests. [more]

ACT stands by"three strikes"policy
The ACT Party is standing by its controversial"three strikes"sentencing policy, despite fresh claims it would be ineffective. [more]

Waatea news for 7 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Warnings over Tenure Review
Tenure review lets high country farmers freehold some of their leasehold land. [more]

Car bombings in Baghdad
The capital of Iraq has been shaken by a series of car bombings in which at least 34 people have been killed and 140 injured. [more]

Male vs female behaviour explained
University of Otago researchers say they've discovered a new way to understand the subtle differences. [more]

US Secretary of Defence announces budget plan
The budget plan will make sweeping changes to the kind of weapons the Pentagon buys. [more]

Waitakere mayor says super-city"sanitised"
Bob Harvey doubts the structure will meet the multi-cultural needs of West Auckland. [more]

Michael Cullen announces resignation
Michael Cullen never intended to see out this parliamentary term, but defeat at the last election has hastened his departure. [more]

Aftershocks rattle central Italy
Aftershocks are rattling the central Italian region of Abruzzo. [more]

Trampers rescued after cold night outdoors
Six people first activated a distress beacon last night but, when the weather allowed helicopter access this morning. [more]

Recession appears to be getting worse
This blows out the Reserve Bank's forecast that it could be over by the middle of the year. [more]

Sports news for 7 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Economist defends exchange rate idea
An economist who suggested fixing the exchange rate is defending the idea. [more]

Ministerial review of Foreshore and Seabed Act
A leading Maori lawyer and activist says a review is the only chance for Maori to finally right the wrongs of the Crown. [more]

Call for national register of P-lab houses
A West Auckland mother wants more information on potential former-P-lab houses before moving in. [more]

Relevance of Samoan matai meeting questioned
About 700 members of the Samoan community are debating fa'alavelave or cultural giving. [more]

Waatea news for 7 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australia to build national broadband network
Kevin Rudd says the new fibre-to-the-home network will take eight years to build, cost 43 billion Australian dollars. [more]

Obama says US not at war with the Islamic world
On his first visit to a predominantly Muslim country as President, he spoke of a future of co-operation and friendship. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 7 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 7 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 7 April 2009
Italian earthquake, Auckland super city, titular honours, No national school test, stranded yachties. [more]

Hoiho - The Yellow Eyed Penguin
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Pacific news for 7 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Economist says dollar volatility will continue
The New Zealand dollar has soared to its highest levels in months against other currencies. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Meeting voices concern at prospect of supercity
Last night, more than a 100 people met in Papatoetoe to discuss the issue with the city's mayor. [more]

130 now confirmed dead in Italian earthquake
Rescuers are labouring into the night in central Italy to pull people from the rubble as the death toll rises. [more]

South Aucklanders voice concen over supercity
The government is expected to unveil its response to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance today. [more]

Majority of those eligible for titular honour accept
More than half of New Zealanders eligible to become a Sir or a Dame have decided to accept their new title. [more]

Minister forced to give reassurance over national test
The Minister of Education remains adamant there will be no single national test for primary school children. [more]

Stranded yachties await rescue in Pacific
Two Italian sailors remain stranded halfway between New Zealand and Chile in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. [more]

Internal Affairs minister receives further reprimand
It's the third time Mr Worth has been pulled up on issues perceived conflict of interest. [more]

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

Wanganui council sends H to referendum
The Geographic Board ruled that Wanganui should be spelt with an H, inviting public submissions on the change. [more]

The death toll in Italy's earthquake rises
Several villages have also been flattened and up to 50 thousand people made homeless. [more]

Scientific evidence now focus in Bain retrial
Detailed scientific evidence of how the members of the Bain family died is now being discussed in David Bain's retrial. [more]

Dollar's volatility poses headaches for business
The New Zealand dollar is making a comeback, easing the pain for importers and making things a little tighter for exporters. [more]

New Zealand urged to back US's disarmament push
The Government is being encouraged to get behindBarack Obama's drive to rid the world of nuclear weapons. [more]

Samoan leaders to tackle issue of cultural giving
Samoa community leaders will be tackling the thorny issue of fa'lavelave or cultural giving in South Auckland this morning. [more]

Zuma has charges dropped
The man likely to become South Africa's next president in two weeks has had corruption charges against him dropped. [more]

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

Wreckers say State Insurance abusing power
Wrecking yards are accusing the country's biggest car insurer of abusing its market power to drive down the cost of repairs. [more]

War crime judge deplores political interference
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen however has expressed disdain for the trial of five of Pol Pot's henchman. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Zealanders love of the arts on increase
A survey from Creative New Zealand, suggests two thirds of New Zealanders see the arts as part of everyday life. [more]

Castaway dog home after four months lost at sea
In a tale of amazing survival, an Australian pet dog's just arrived home after been lost at sea. [more]

Nights

Korean Breakdancing
South Korean b-boy culture,battling and travelling the world [more]

Philosophy
Musings on how,what and why we think what we do.....Jeremy Bentham-british philosopher,jurist and social reformer,1748-1832 [more]

True or false
The question [more]

True or false
The answer [more]

Nine To Noon

National education standards
Education Minister Anne Tolley and President of the Primary Teachers Union Frances Nelson. [more]

Geoff Mulgan - Social Innovation
Director of Policy at 10 Downing Street for Tony Blair. He's also one of Gordon Brown's former advisors. [more]

US correspondent - Richard Adams
President Obama aims to reform climate change policy and draft a nuclear weapons treaty. [more]

Feature guest - Stephen Jennings
A kiwi / Russian billionaire. In NZ to deliver the Sir Ronald Trotter lecture at Te Papa. [more]

Book Review - Women's Murder Club
Written by James Patterson, reviewed by Crystal Beavis and Published by Century. [more]

Meg Daley Olmert
The biology of the human animal bond. [more]

Media - Denis Welch
TVNZ's purchase of the rights to TiVo. [more]

John Banks, Tony Mayow and Arthur Anae
Auckland City mayor, a Manukau City councilor and Chairman of the Waitakere Trust discuss super city plans. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 7 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 7 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Brian Law
Christchurch based conductor and choral director leading Cantores Youth Choir's Easter concert tomorrow evening. [more]

The Bridge Project Review
Jonanthan Hendry reviews The Bridge Project's production of The Cherry Orchard and other recent theatrical events. [more]

News stories:

Indian cricketers set for victory
The Indian cricketers are on the brink of their first series win in New Zealand since 1968 with the Black Caps struggling in their second innings in the third and ... [more]

Extra qualifying session for V8 Supercars
Hamilton 400 organisers believe race fans are the winners with changes announced to the V8 Supercar Series format. V8 Supercars officials have added a separate qualifying session on the second ... [more]

Canberra secure first win of season
The Canberra Raiders are finally on the board after hanging on for a 23-18 win over North Queensland in last night's National Rugby League match. The Raiders played a virtually ... [more]

Magic and Swifts win opening matches
Last year's two finalists both scored convincing victories to open up their new campaigns in the ANZ trans-tasman netball competition. Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic got straight back into top form ... [more]

Suprise win for men's hockey team
The New Zealand men's hockey team has scored a suprise 3-2 victory over Pakistan in their opening match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. Newcomer Priyesh Bhana opened ... [more]

Pathologist kept two hours from seeing Bain bodies
A pathologist has told the High Court in Christchurch that by the time he was allowed into the Bain house 15 years ago, it was too late to test the core body temperatures of the dead family members. [more]

Decision on dogs at meatworks goes to top
The Government is to decide how sheepdogs are used in the movement of stock at meatworks. [more]

Fullers Ferries sold for $40m
Infratil-owned NZ Bus has sold Auckland-based Fullers Ferries for $40 million to Souter Holdings. [more]

Samoa and Australia agree on WTO membership terms
The governments of Samoa and Australia have signed an agreement in accordance with special World Trade Organisation guidelines for the accession of Least Developed Countries. The deal will provide security... [more]

Immigration officer in American Samoa gets 3 months in jail
An immigration officer in American Samoa has spent three months in jail for issuing false ID cards to two alien students so they can attend school. Chief Justice Michael Kruse... [more]

Treatment of asylum seekers has improved says Australia's Refugee Council
The President of the Refugee Council in Australia, John Gibson, says the treatment of asylum seekers to Australia has improved since the abolishment of its detention centre on Nauru. Last... [more]

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira says Tong Sang takes orders from Paris
French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party says the opposition leader, Gaston Tong Sang, has taken his orders from Paris in trying to bring about a split between it and the pro-independence... [more]

Australia's so-called Pacific Solution still exists says advocate
An advocate for asylum seekers says a fragment of Australia's so-called Pacific Solution still exists despite the closure of the detention centre on Nauru. The facilities were shut down last... [more]

Cook Islands deputy PM says govt has responded to G20 communique
The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Terepai Maoate, has responded to the communiqué issued recently by the G20 by pledging to push through tax sharing information legislation. The communique... [more]

American Samoa group says overseas groups raises sexual abuse issue
A group in American Samoa working to help victims of sexual abuse says support from overseas groups lifts the awareness of the issue in the territory. The US based, National... [more]

Motion of no confidence in Marshall Islands' govt may be tabled this week
A motion of no confidence in the Marshall Islands government looks likely to be introduced this week. Ousted foreign minister, Tony deBrum is one of seven ministers bringing the motion... [more]

Environmentalists in New Caledonia angered by major acid leak
Environmentalists in New Caledonia are in uproar after a major acid leak at the Vale Inco nickel plant killed thousands of fish and other species. The incident happened last week... [more]

Solomon Islands PM seeks Cabinet approval to improve status of women
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua says he will be seeking cabinet approval to move immediately to take certain initiatives to improve the status of women in the country. [more]

PM plays down differences over economic outlook
Prime Minister John Key is playing down differences with his deputy, Finance Minister Bill English, on the outlook for the economy. [more]

Police in New Caledonia investigate massive acid leak
The police in New Caledonia are investigating a massive acid leak at the Vale Inco nickel plant that killed thousands of fish and other species. Thousands of litres of sulphuric... [more]

Samoa delegation in NZ to discuss fa'alavelave
The Samoan community begins debating fa'alavelave, or cultural giving, in South Auckland this morning, helped by a delegation of 30 matai or chiefs from Samoa who were ceremonially welcomed last... [more]

Legality of 2006 coup in Fiji continues in court today
In Fiji, a lawyer representing the State on the legality of the 2006 coup says the President had the powers to make decisions outside the Constitution. Fiji Live online says... [more]

Clean up efforts continue in Tonga after cyclone Lin
Clean up efforts are still continuing in Tonga after a cyclone tore through the Kingdom over the weekend. Cyclone Lin brought storm force winds to most of Tonga gusting up... [more]

Farm lending increases to more than $44bn
The level of lending to the agriculture sector is still rising despite the recession and the credit squeeze, Reserve Bank figures show, while loans to businesses have been declining. [more]

Japan reveals scope of economic stimulus plan
Japan plans another stimulus package worth $US100 billion or more to rescue Asia's biggest economy from its worst crisis since World War II. [more]

Go to Gallipoli, but be careful - Key
Prime Minister John Key says New Zealanders should be careful when visiting Gallipoli, but he doesn't want to see them stay away from Anzac commemorations there. [more]

Tuesday's newspaper headlines
A further 60,000 job losses predicted; Government to give grassroots more say in Auckland super-city; 46 honours recipients will accept titles. [more]

Wall Street rally stumbles over bank fears
US stocks broke a four-day winning streak after a prominent analyst revived worries over the health of banks and the potential collapse of a takeover of Sun Microsystems bruised sentiment in the technology sector. [more]

Carlos Spencer may be moving home
The former All Black first five eighth Carlos Spencer could leave English club Gloucester at the end of the season after admitting to being homesick and keen on a return ... [more]

Brumbies in shock after teammate's death
Grief counselling will be offered to shattered players and officials coming to grips with the death of the Brumbies rugby forward Shawn Mackay. 26 year old McKay passed away ... [more]

Jordan makes B'ball hall of fame
Five-time NBA MVP Michael Jordan has been elected into America's Basketball Hall of Fame along with David Robinson, John Stockton and Jerry Sloan. Also making the class of 2009 was ... [more]

FSM fishing delegate says his country is doing its best to monitor illegal fishing
A delegate from the Federated States of Micronesia at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency or FFA meeting underway in Honiara says his country is doing its best to monitor... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines adds third weekly flight between Honolulu and Pago Pago
Hawaiian Airlines is adding a third weekly flight between Honolulu and Pago Pago beginning June 16. The additional flight is for the busy summer traveling period. Hawaiian Air currently operates... [more]

Samoa's Chamber of Commerce keen to enter call centre business
The Chamber of Commerce in Samoa has urged the government to give members of the local industry the opportunity to discuss with New Zealand's largest call center experts of setting... [more]

Woman arrested over Auckland car chase crash
Police have arrested the last person they were seeking in connection with a pursuit that ended with a car crashing off an Auckland wharf. [more]

Small quake in Nelson, no reports of damage
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale was felt the Nelson area at 8.10am on Tuesday. [more]

46 say yes to being a sir or a dame
Most of the New Zealanders eligible to become sirs or dames under the reformed honours system are happy to take up the titles. [more]

Insurance premiums too cheap, say repair companies
Companies that repair damaged vehicles say they are bearing the brunt of cheap car insurance, while suppliers of used car parts believe price is being driven down by an insurance company's market dominance. [more]

Promising varieties of milling wheat identified
The Foundation for Arable Research says the latest trials of autumn-sown milling wheat in Canterbury have identified several promising new cultivars. [more]

Masters field finalised
The field has been finalised for golf's first major championship of the year, and 96 players will tee off in the opening round of The Masters at Augusta National in ... [more]

Robinho not charged over alleged sexual assualt
British prosecutors will not charge the Brazil forward Robinho over an allegation the Manchester City football player committed a serious sexual assault at a nightclub in northern England. The 25-year-old, ... [more]

Lazio upset about losing Macheda
The president of the Italian football club Lazio, Claudio Lotito, has called for a change in regulations to prevent home grown players such as Manchester United's Federico Macheda from moving ... [more]

Black Sticks control game against Pakistan
The New Zealand men's hockey team put in an impressive second half performance to open the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia with a 3-2 win over Pakistan. Playing in ... [more]

Taurua reserves judgment of teams performance
The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic netball coach Noeline Taurua is reserving judgment on her side's opening performance of the new trans-Tasman netball competition. Last year's runners-up beat the Northern Mystics ... [more]

Birmingham beat Wolves
Birmingham have strengthened their hold on the second automatic promotion place to the English football Premiership as they beat Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 despite being reduced to 10 men. ... [more]

Player to play Masters for the last time
South African golfing legend Gary Player says this week's US Masters, his record 52nd appearance at the year's opening grand slam event, will be his last. The 73-year-old, a three-times ... [more]

Ferdinand out of Champions League clash
Defender Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United's Champions League football quarter-final first leg against Porto at Old Trafford tomorrow after failing to recover from a groin injury. The problem forced ... [more]

AWOL Adriano holed up in a Rio slum
The Brazil football player Adriano reportedly spent three days with childhood friends in a Rio de Janeiro slum after failing to return to his Italian club Inter Milan. Police inspector ... [more]

Grieving Brumbies under no pressure to play
Brumbies players struggling with teammate Shawn Mackay's death won't be asked to play the next Super 14 rugby match on Saturday if they don't feel up to it. The Brumbies ... [more]

Fiji Appeal Court gets new judge
In Fiji, Francis Maxwell Douglas QC has been sworn in by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo to serve in the Fiji Court of Appeal. Mr Douglas, who is an Australian, has... [more]

Last Solomons woman MP appreciated PM's gender initiative
Solomon Islands last woman MP, Hilda Kari, says it is good to see the Prime Minister supporting moves to increase women's role in politics. Derek Sikua says he will be... [more]

PNG worried about flood related diseases in Central Province
Provincial disaster and emergency officials in Papua New Guinea say there are fears water supplies are running dry and water-borne diseases are rising. More than 30,000 people in Central Province... [more]

French Polynesian pressure grows to sideline Flosse
The French Polynesian coalition government is putting pressure on the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party to curb the influence of its leader, Gaston Flosse, as President Oscar Temaru is considering striking a... [more]

Test case begins over finance penalty fees
The lawyer for a finance company has told an appeal court the penalty fees charged to borrowers who pay off their loans early are reasonable. [more]

Freightways raising $45m in share placement
Transport and logistics company Freightways is on a trading halt while it undertakes a $45 million institutional share placement, which is fully underwritten at $2.44 per share. [more]

New queries about planned American Samoa air traffic tower
American Samoa's US Congressman has called for the Fono to hold oversight hearings to find why there is a delay in the construction of an air traffic control tower for... [more]

Fiji soldier gets jail term for Verebasaga killing
The Fiji soldier found guilty of killing Tailevu villager Nimilote Verebasaga has been given a three-year jail sentence. The Fiji Times reports that Private Maika Vuniwawa was convicted of manslaughter... [more]

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter of police officer
The man charged with murdering Porirua police officer Derek Wootton has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter. [more]

Rescuers fly out 11 from national park
Rescuers who went to the aid of six trampers in Mt Aspiring National Park on Tuesday ended up finding five more missing people. [more]

Wanganui to vote on the 'h' question
The people of Wanganui are to get a say on whether the town should be spelt with an 'h'. [more]

Samoa Police Chief promises action over smuggling and trafficking claims
Police in Samoa are to call a gun amnesty in the wake of a report on Television New Zealand that guns are being smuggled into the country from America. The... [more]

Key warns Internal Affairs Minister again
Prime Minister John Key has again had words with his Minister of Internal Affairs, the third time he has done so since questions were raised about a perceived conflict of interest. [more]

Australian Government called on to investigate latest violence in Papua
An Australian group says, with the increasing violence in Indonesia's Papua region, the Australian Government should be sending observers to investigated the human rights situation there. This comes after several... [more]

Boy to stand trial for Kerikeri murder
A Northland boy charged with the murder of a girl in Kerikeri has been committed for trial in the High Court. [more]

Pacific economies expected to lag in recovery from global economic crisis
It could be 2011 before Pacific economies begin to recover from the global economic crisis. The Asian Development Bank's Asian Development Outlook 2009, says economic growth in the region is... [more]

Expectations that key parties will be shut out of Fiji democracy talks
There are reports that the interim government in Fiji may seek to shut out some political parties from talks aimed at building a consensus towards elections. The general secretary of... [more]

Maori independence group has no authority - police
Police are warning a Maori independence group that it has no authority to enforce policing laws. [more]

Rain forces draw in third cricket Test
New Zealand has managed to hold on for a draw in the third cricket Test against India in Wellington, after persistent rain forced the umpires to abandon play on the ... [more]

D'Arcy kicked off Australian swim team
The controversial swimmer Nick D'Arcy has been kicked off the Australian swimming team for the 2009 world championships in Rome. D'Arcy was convicted for his attack on former swimmer Simon ... [more]

North Carolina beats Michigan State for US college crown
North Carolina has beaten Michigan State 89-72 to win its fifth National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championship. Ty Lawson led a record-setting first half and the Tar Heels coasted to ... [more]

Vatuvei outside chance for Newcastle game
Winger Manu Vatuvei is rated a chance of making his return from a knee injury for the Warriors' fifth-round National Rugby League clash at Newcastle on Sunday. Warriors coach Ivan Cleary ... [more]

Cronulla trio hit with bans after early guilty pleas
Cronulla's tough start to the National Rugby League season looks set to continue with captain Paul Gallen, Misi Taulapapa and Kade Snowden all suspended after taking early guilty pleas to ... [more]

DeVere hangs up his boots after brief NRL comeback
The veteran Brisbane rugby league centre Michael De Vere has retired one game into his NRL comeback. De Vere, who had not played in the National Rugby League since 2004, was ... [more]

Raft of appointments to state boards
A raft of new appointments to the boards of state owned enterprises have been announced, including former deputy prime minister Michael Cullen, who will leave Parliament at the end of April. [more]

Minister criticised for $1800 helicopter 'joyride'
Education Minister Anne Tolley has been criticised in Parliament for what the Labour Party calls a helicopter "joyride" over Auckland. [more]

New Zealander likely to chair WTO farm talks
New Zealand's new ambassador to the World Trade Organisation, David Walker, is likely to be appointed chairman of the organisation's sensitive agriculture negotiations, a senior European Union official says. [more]

Fugitive believed to have struck again
Police in Canterbury believe a fugitive has struck again - this time targetting a shop in Darfield. [more]

Strauss's nose not out of joint over Twenty20 omission
England's Test and one-day cricket captain Andrew Strauss apparently doesn't mind being left out of the national squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in June. England selector Geoff Miller says ... [more]

Squad for ICC World Twenty20 2009 announced
There's one debutant and four recalled players in the New Zealand cricket squad for June's ICC Twenty20 world cup in England. Brendon Diamanti was part of the squad against Australia ... [more]

Coach has high expectations for new crop
Despite opting to leave a number of experienced internationals at home, the New Zealand men's hockey coach Shane McLeod says he still expects his young players to perform at the ... [more]

Scientists look at differences between male, female behaviour
University of Otago researchers say they have discovered a new way to understand subtle differences between male and female behaviour by looking at the effect of a hormone on the behaviour of mice. [more]

Suspect package found on train detonated
Commuter services are expected to return to normal on Tuesday night after a suspicious package was detonated on a South Auckland railway line. [more]

Pair jailed for possessing child porn
Two men have been jailed for possessing child sex abuse images after Department of Internal Affairs inspectors found evidence on their computers. [more]

Warning for Wellington region's roads
Police are warning drivers in the Wellington region to take care due to low cloud and rain. [more]

Michael Cullen resigns from Parliament
Former Labour finance minister Michael Cullen has announced he will resign from Parliament at the end of April and will take up a position on the board of New Zealand Post. [more]

NZ opposition concerned about impact of Super City plan on Pacific people
Opposition politicians in New Zealand have voiced concern about the impact of the idea to make the Auckland region a supercity on local Pacific communities. Labour's Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson,... [more]

No signs of will to move towards elections by Fiji regime, says academic
An Australian National University academic says he has seen no evidence the interim government in Fiji is making progress towards holding elections, less than a month out from a Pacific... [more]

Cook Islands looks at deepening lagoon to accommodate Mini Games event
The Cook Islands organising committee for the Pacific Mini Games is looking at deepening part of Rarotonga's picturesque Muri Lagoon so the outrigger canoeing events can be held there. The... [more]

$80,000 rare stamp collection stolen
Thieves trying to sell an $80,000 rare stamp collection will have a difficult time, the New Zealand Philatelic Federation believes. [more]

Samoan community discusses donations
A delegation of 30 matai from Samoa is taking part in a debate in south Auckland on the practice of fa'lavelave, or cultural giving, which is putting strain on New Zealand-based families. [more]

Pay restraint, but no state sector freeze, says PM
Prime Minister John Key has again called for restraint in state sector pay negotiations but says he is not imposing a pay freeze. [more]

Rapist again fails to have evidence heard early
A multiple rapist has again failed to have evidence from a witness brought forward that he says is crucial to his case that he was abused in prison. [more]

Dollar's volatility makes life difficult, say companies
A rapid rise in the New Zealand dollar is less concerning than the currency's volatility, say both importers and exporters. Economist Ganesh Nana has called for a change to the exchange rate system. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets down
Markets in Asia and the Pacific were down by the close of trade on Tuesday. [more]

Too much haste over school standards system, say principals
The Principals Federation is concerned at the rate at which the Government is pushing through its plan to have national standards for primary school children. [more]

Baby boomers lead push for mortgages
Credit information company Veda says mortgage applications were up 38% in March compared with a year ago, and are the highest monthly total since November 2007. [more]