Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 14th April 2009

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Best song ever written
Troy Michie in Hamilton has chosen The Ink Spots 'I don't want to set the world on fire'. [more]

Reeling in the years - 1968
The year that Time magazine said"shaped a generation". Judy Donaldson from the Chicks helps in the countdown. [more]

Record producer Phil Spector found guilty of murder
L.A. correspondent Peter Bowes reports on the news that Phil Spector has been found guilty of second-degree murder. [more]

Australia's car manufactoring industry faces tough times
Clive Matthew Wilson comments on the fall of the mighty Holden. [more]

He Rourou for 14 April 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Mahara Okeroa, the former Southern Maori MP and Cabinet Minister. [more]

Asian report for 14 April 2009
Appo Hocton is one of a group of Chinese Settlers documented in a book called"Before Gold - Early Chinese Settlers in NZ". [more]

Science story for 14 April 2009
When a fish biologist and a geologist put their heads together the result was much more than either expected. [more]

The Panel - Part 1
With Richard Griffin and Neil Miller. [more]

The Panel - Part 2
With Richard Griffin and Neil Miller. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 14 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 14 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


The military crackdown in Fiji intensifies
The turmoil in Fiji is intensifying with the military take over of the country's Reserve Bank today and the arrest of the President of the Fiji Law Society. [more]

Fiji correspondent
Matelita Ragogo with the latest on today's developments in Fiji. [more]

"Critical shortage"of junior doctors
A massive shortage of junior doctors may force the Waitemata District Health Board to temporarily close more of its services. [more]

NZ under fire over domestic violence record
A highly criticial report has been released into this country's high levels of violence against women. [more]

Phil Spector found guilty of murder
Music producer Phil Spector has been found guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. [more]

Power companies criticised over gas availability
Power companies are being criticised for the lack of availability of natural gas for homes in Auckland. [more]

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

Qantas axes jobs as profits dive
Qantas has announced its planning to axe up to 1750 jobs over the next few months. [more]

Inquest into 1996 Christchurch nightclub death
Barry Coleman died after falling down a flight of stairs at Wicked Willies early on Christmas Day 1996. [more]

Danny Lee signs multi million dollar pro golf deal
The 18 year old from Rotorua has signed a deal with sports management giant IMG reportedly worth over NZ$17 million. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

John Key to meet Chinese President
In his first trip to Asia as Prime Minister, John Key, is due to meet the Chinese President, Hu Jintao. [more]

Former Fiji military leader speaks out
Colonel Baledrokadroka was Land Forces Commander until he challenged the attacks on the elected government. [more]

U.S. lifts travel bans for Cuban Americans
Money transfers to family members in Cuba will be also be allowed. [more]

Government hasn't ruled out sanctions on Fiji
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully will speak to his Pacific Forum counterparts before any decisions are made. [more]

Fiji military dictatorship"disastrous for Pacific"
Jon Fraenkel from the Australian National University says of immediate concern is the regime's move on the Fiji Reserve Bank. [more]

Thai protestors say they will disperse
Comments from Dr Andrew Walker a senior lecturer of Thai politics at the Australian National University. [more]

Profit dives prompts Qantas job cuts
The company has slashed its profit forecast by more than half and is blaming it on a global slump in demand for air travel. [more]

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

US ship captain praises military for his rescue
The crew of Captain Phillips' American cargo ship have called on President Obama to do more to tackle piracy. [more]

Police miss Madrid train bomb suspect
The Spanish government has admitted that a suspect in the Madrid train bombings in 2004 was observed by a police surveillance team three months after the attacks - but not arrested, because the officers didn't recognise him. [more]

Eight die after footbridge breaks
Local officials say nearly 80 people were crossing the bridge when it gave way. [more]

Queensland hit by flash floods
A 12-year-old girl is still missing after being swept away in flash flooding on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Four Lebanese soldiers killed in drug war
Four Lebanese soldiers were killed yesterday in an attack mainly linked to Lebanon's on-going drug war near the Israeli border. [more]

Music producer Phil Spector guilty of murder
A court in Los Angeles has found the American music producer Phil Spector guilty of murdering the actor Lana Clarkson in 2003. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 14 April 2009
Fiji political crisis, protests in Bangkok, man appears in court on rape charge, US navy shoot pirates, and John Key in China. [more]

Tara - The Black Fronted Tern
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Fiji threatens to expel New Zealand, Australian journalists
Yesterday the Fijian government stepped up its media onslaught, asking TV3 reporter Sia Aston, and cameraman, Matt Smith to leave Suva. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

Fiji constitution author warns of international isolation
One of the authors of Fiji's constitution warns the country is courting international isolation as it moves closer to a military dictatorship. [more]

MFAT head returns home after summit evacuation
Many of Asia's top dignitaries have returned home after the cancellation of the East Asian summit. [more]

Fear prevades Fiji as military regime tightens grip
Commodore Frank Bainimarama's government has been reinstated, moving swiftly to muzzle the media, and its critics. [more]

Fiji political crisis intensifies ripples around Pacific
With our correspondent in Fiji Matelita Ragogo. [more]

Fiji political crisis intensifies ripples around Pacific
With the Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully. [more]

Thai troops firing shots to quell Bangkok protests
At least two people have been killed and dozens injured as troops and anti-government protesters continue to clash. [more]

Man to appear in court charged with rape of 13-year-old girl
The rape occurred in the Auckland suburb of Waterview on Sunday morning. [more]

US Navy snipers shoot pirates
The crew of an American container ship are elated after US Navy snipers shot dead three pirates holding their captain hostage. [more]

Key plans to discuss economy with China's leaders
John Key meets China's leaders tonight - with the world economic recession at the top of the agenda. [more]

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

Fighting between Auckland's mayors intensifies
Auckland's mayors aim to meet this week, as do outraged local Maori amid talk of protest action. [more]

Single fund mooted for groups helping troubled families
Government is considering setting up a single fund to distribute money to community and iwi groups dealing with troubled families. [more]

Essex County Council recruit staff from NZ
The Essex County Council in England is finding it so hard to recruit social workers that it's trying to tempt staff from NZ. [more]

Fiji Law Society tells judges to ignore government ruling
Dorsami Naidu, the president of the Fiji Law Society, says the situation is spiralling out of control. [more]

Business says more nuanced dealing with Fiji needed
The NZ Pacific Business Council says the government must take care over Fiji as it's an export market worth 500 million dollars. [more]

East Asia Summit canned after Thai protests
Our political reporter Chris Bramwell was in Pattaya as the events unfolded. [more]

Sharples says Maori inmates need Maori focus
The Maori Affairs Minister wants an alternative rehabilitation centre to be established for Maori prisoners. [more]

Doctors warn health boards against cutting services
Senior doctors say budget blowouts by District Health Boards should not be used as an excuse to cut health services. [more]

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

Fire at hostel for homeless in Poland
At least 21 people have been killed in a fire at a hostel for homeless people in north-western Poland. [more]

Applications invited for second best job in the world
The Aroha Island Charitable Trust is riding on the coat tails of Queensland Tourism's successful campaign, with their own island caretaker job. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

Candy maker's sweet story of survival
73 year old Archie Marlin and his family have run The Alps candy store outside Leavenworth, near Seattle, since 1945. [more]


Youtube Orchestra
Classical music gets a global cyber transformation. [more]

A nations administration (Political systems)
How and why the world's diverse political institutions came to be. [more]

Clue 1. [more]

Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Violence in New Zealand
A new international human rights report is highly critical of New Zealand's attempts to eliminate domestic violence. [more]

US Correspondent
News from the USA with our correspondent Jack Hitt. [more]

Feature guest - Paul Potts
Paul Potts is a British tenor who shot to international stardom in 2007 after winning UK television show, Britian's Got Talent. [more]

Book review - 'An Illustrated History of Maori Rugby'
'Beneath the Maori Moon: Maori Rugby an Illustrated History' by Malcolm Mulholland. Published by Huia. [more]

With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Guest chef
Lauraine Jacobs talks about seasonal produce with recipes for Figs. John Hawkesby discusses wines to suit. [more]

With media commentator Denis Welch. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 14 April 2009
The latest from the farming and rural communities. [more]

Midday Rural News for 14 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


The Last Seven Words of Christ
Sara Brodie and Dinah Hawken talk about the multi-media production of Haydn's masterpiece with the NZSQ. [more]

Robert Oliver
Soloist with the Handel Consort and Quire's talks about the performances of Handel's La Resurrezione in AK this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Secretary General of Pacific Islands Forum concerned by Fiji events
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has expressed his deep concern and disappointment at recent developments in Fiji since the Fiji Court of Appeal ruling last week. [more]

Govt considering single fund for community and iwi groups
The Government is considering setting up a single fund to distribute money to community and iwi groups which deal with troubled families. [more]

Trampers ill-prepared for walk in forest park - police
Police in Wellington say two women trampers who had to be rescued from the Rimutaka Forest Park on Monday night were ill-equipped and under-prepared. [more]

Easter rabbit hunt at Alexandra
An annual Easter rabbit hunt accounted for 14,799 rabbits around Alexandra in Central Otago at the weekend. Thirty nine teams of shooters took part. [more]

Cabrera takes green jacket home
Argentina's Angel Cabrera is back home in Argentina a national hero after becoming his country's first winner of The Masters golf tournament. The 39-year-old made his first major breakthrough at ... [more]

Wolves on the verge of promotion
Wolverhampton Wanderers are within touching distance of English Football's premier league after a 3-2 win at Derby. A win against QPR this weekend would guarantee Mick McCarthy's side promotion to ... [more]

South Africa go 3-1 up against Australia
South Africa have made it three straight wins over Australia to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in their one day cricket series. Herschelle Gilbbs clubbed 110 off 116 balls in ... [more]

Ennis the menace gets Bulldogs home
The Bulldogs beat South Sydney 14-12 in Monday night's National Rugby League match. The Doggies' serial pest Michael Ennis got under the Rabbitohs' skin and was in the thick of ... [more]

Liverpool ready to risk Gerrard for Chelsea return
The Liverpool football club Rafael Benitez says he may risk his injured captain Steven Gerrard for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Chelsea. Gerrard sat out Liverpool's 4-0 Premier ... [more]

CPI expected to rise 0.3%
A fall in fuel costs is expected to drive a further fall in inflation, when Consumer Price Index for the March quarter is issued on Friday. The CPI is expected to rise 0.3%. [more]

Eight in hospital after SH25 intersection crash
Eight people were taken to hospital on Monday night after a crash at the intersection of State Highway 25 and Front Miranda Road, about 23km from Thames. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: Waitemata DHB so short of doctors it is considering stopping the admission of acutely unwell patients; man to appear in court on charges of raping a girl on Easter Sunday; DoC wants to remove wild horses from St James Station. [more]

Research to reduce minimise bird damage to crops
A new research project is looking to minimise bird damage to arable crops, by understanding bird behaviour. Birds cause an estimated $15 - $30 million damage per year to cereal crops. [more]

Upgrade of rural top dressing strips seen as commercial decision
Federated Farmers considers upgrading farm airstrips to take aircraft delivering bigger top-dressing loads is a commercial, rather than a safety, issue. [more]

Air NZ doubles premium economy seating
Air New Zealand is hoping an expansion of its premium economy seats on its 777 planes will pay off in tougher times, as it doubles the number of seats available at the expense of economy class. [more]

Solomon Islands PM to introduce paper on special measures for women
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister will today introduce a paper to Cabinet, outling suggestions for special measures for women. Dr Derek Sikua will be seeking cabinet's approval to move immediately... [more]

French Polynesia nuclear testing victims group says compensation law PR stunt
The head of a group representing the victims of nuclear testing in French Polynesia says a law to provide them compensation is a public relations exercise. France's Minister of Defence... [more]

Cook Islands PM says his country struggles to monitor illegal fishing
The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Jim Marurai, says his country still struggles to monitor illegal fishing in its EEZ, although international assistance has helped. The Forum Fisheries Agency says it's... [more]

Calls in Samoa for police inquiry into alleged rape of school girl
There are calls in Samoa from several concerned parents for the police to investigate the alleged rape of a school girl in which the alleged offender is the son of... [more]

New government to be formed in French Polyensia after Tahoeraa pull-out
The French Polynesian president Oscar Temaru is this week expected to present a new government after last week's collapse of his side's two-year-old union with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira of Gaston... [more]

Nuclear testing group in French Polynesia calls for Pacific support
The president of the group representing victims of nuclear testing in French Polynesia is calling for backing from all Pacific organisations against a French compensation law. France's Minister of Defence... [more]

Mass rally in New Caledonia targets politicians
There has been a union-led mass rally in New Caledonia's capital to express range of grievances. The protest was joined by an estimated 1,000 people and was led by the... [more]

No need for traffic lights on Savaii island, says Samoa MP
An opposition MP in Samoa, Levaopolo Talatonu, has called for a stop to the installation of traffic lights in Salelologa on Savaii island. Levaopolo says there is no need for... [more]

Shanel, out of jail, seeks re-election to Solomons seat
A former Solomon Islands MP, Peter Shanel, will be seeking re-election to the seat he lost last year after he was jailed for attacking a student with a knife. The... [more]

CNMI awaits immigration rule amendments
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus is applauding President Barack Obama's push for immigration legislation, including a plan to make legal status possible for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. [more]

Fiji's interim attorney general says media need to focus on positives
Fiji's interim attorney general is urging the media to take a more collaborative approach to its dealings with the Government. Emergency regulations in force have seen the government issue guidelines... [more]

Fiji group likens abrogation of constitution to treason
The Movement for Democracy in Fiji has condemned last week's abrogation of the constitution, likening the move to treason and rape of democracy. Its chairperson, Attar Singh, says this strategy... [more]

Fiji Law Society calls meeting after ditching of judiciary
The Fiji Law Society has written to the country's judges and magistrates offering advice on taking up appointments in the new legal order announced by Fiji's President on Friday. With... [more]

Coach gives Malaysian trip a pass mark
The New Zealand men's hockey coach Shane McLeod is confident the national team is heading in the right direction, following the Azlan Shah Tournament in Malaysia. Despite being without a ... [more]

Afghanistan dream virtually over after loss to Canada
Afghanistan's hopes of clinching a 2011 Cricket World Cup place just eight years after the national team was formed were all but dashed after a loss to Canada. The sporting ... [more]

Luton relegated from Football League
Luton Town's 89-year stay in the Football League came to an end when they were relegated from League Two, the fourth division of English football. A 0-0 draw with Chesterfield ... [more]

Stoner pulls the strings as he triumphs in Qatar
Australia's 2007 World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner won his third successive Qatar Grand Prix in a race that was held over from Monday because of heavy rain. Stoner eased home ... [more]

The Duck - from poverty to the first Major of the year
Angel Cabrera's victory in the The Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National course in Georgia yesterday has seen him jump 51 places in the world rankings to number 18, ... [more]

SANZAR officials worried about TV ratings
SANZAR rugby officials are worried that falling Super 14 television ratings and attendances could affect their bargaining power when they renegotiate their deal later this year. The current five-year deal ... [more]

Danny Lee an instant multi-millionaire
As of now, Danny Lee the teenage New Zealand golf sensation is a multi-millionaire as he starts the first week of his life as a professional golfer. The 18-year-old from ... [more]

NZ's McCully says tough sanctions will be considered against Fiji
New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs says he will enter into talks with other Pacific forum members today as the nations consider sanctions against Fiji. Fiji's is in political turmoil... [more]

Air Rarotonga plans Christmas flights between northern Cooks and Samoa
Air Rarotonga says it plans to provide a direct air link from the Northern Cook Islands to Samoa this Christmas. The carrier plans to link Penrhyn, Manihiki, and Pukapuka to... [more]

Good first year for Tonga carrier despite economic downturn
The only airline still flying in Tonga says it's had a good first year of operation, despite the economic downturn. Chathams Pacific, formerly Air Chathams, took over as the second... [more]

Firearms incident in Karangahake Gorge
Three students are likely to face firearms charges after an incident which closed State Highway 2 in the Karangahake Gorge near Paeroa. [more]

GM stock hit by bankruptcy report
General Motors has seen its shares fall sharply after a report that the US government wants the firm to start bankruptcy proceedings by 1 June. [more]

US stocks mixed
Stocks in the United States ended mixed on Monday in choppy trading. Many financial centers were closed in Europe and parts of Asia for Easter. [more]

Mayoral scrapping a bad look - Harvey
Waitakere City Mayor Bob Harvey says it is not a good look for the region's mayors to be scrapping publicly and they must present a unified voice over the Government's supercity plans. [more]

Care urged in NZ dealings with Fiji
The New Zealand Pacific Business Council says the Government must take extreme care over Fiji, because it's an export market which is being eyed by other countries. [more]

DHB budget cuts impact on disabled services
The Southland and Otago District Health Boards say Government demands on budgets mean services for the disabled are being reduced. [more]

Goldman Sachs reports strong results
US bank Goldman Sachs has reported a net quarterly profit of $US1.8 billion, beating analyst expectations and a day early. [more]

NZ Pacific Business Council says care must be taken over Fiji
The chair of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council says the Government must take extreme care over Fiji, because it's an export market which is being eyed by other countries. [more]

Villagers in Fiji's North oppose plans by international developer
Villagers in Fiji's North have opposed plans by an international developer to build a resort at Naqere on Vanua Levu over fears they would lose their fishing ground. The Fiji... [more]

ADB welcomes Companies Registry Office in Solomon Islands
The Asian Development Bank, ADB, is welcoming the opening of the new Companies Registry Office in Solomon Islands. The office will be responsible for the administration of the new Companies... [more]

Tonga to introduce Electronic Company Registration
Tonga is to introduce Electronic Company Registration in September. Penisimani Latu, the Deputy Registrar of Companies, at the Ministry of Labour Commerce and Industries, says a trial of the new... [more]

Fiji's interim attorney general says emergency regulations precautionary
Fiji's interim attorney general says emergency regulations that have been put in place are simply a precautionary measure. One clause of the emergency regulations allows the police to take necessary... [more]

Fiji interim government to formally take up office today
The Fiji interim government sworn on Saturday will today formally take up office. The line-up was named by the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, a day after the head of... [more]

Fiji military irked by response to its censorship
Fiji's interim regime is reportedly unhappy with the media's response to the regime's censorship which follows last week's presidential decision to throw out the constitution. Fiji Times staff were summoned... [more]

Fiji political party says foreign leaders have no choice
One of Fiji's small political parties says foreign leaders have no choice but to accept Fiji's interim Government, because it has been decreed by the President. A spokesperson for the... [more]

Fiji faces expulsion from Commonwealth according to observers
Fiji faces expulsion from Commonwealth according to observers. The country's President threw out the constitution and sacked the judiciary last week, before reinstating the government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama, which... [more]

Fiji's General Voters Party Forum needs to respect Fiji's sovereignty
Fiji's General Voters Party, which supports the interim government, says the Pacific Islands Forum needs to respect Fiji's sovereignty. The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has expressed... [more]

Greens to contest Mt Albert by-election
Despite concerns from the Labour Party, the Green Party intends to run a candidate in the Mount Albert by-election. [more]

New government to be formed in French Polynesia after Tahoeraa pull-out
The French Polynesian president Oscar Temaru is this week expected to present a new government after last week's collapse of his side's two-year-old union with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira of Gaston... [more]

Kiribati government shipping company ordered to honour agreeement
Kiribati High Court Judge. Robin Millhouse, has ordered government's Kiribati Shipping Company, or KSC, to pay 390,000 US dollars to local businessman and former parliamentarian Waysay Kum Kee for the... [more]

Fiji's General Voters Party says Forum needs to respect Fiji's sovereignty
Fiji's General Voters Party, which supports the interim government, says the Pacific Islands Forum needs to respect Fiji's sovereignty. The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has expressed... [more]

Argentina to drop US dollar
Argentina is to stop using the US dollar as its main means of exchange. [more]

Retail spending slightly up
Retail spending rose marginally in February following a fall in January. [more]

Call for extra High Country funding supported
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has received support for a call for increased Government funding to eradicate wilding conifers and other weeds in the South Island High Country. [more]

Benefits seen from more competition in phone market
The Commerce Commission says it appears business and consumers have benefited from increased competition in the phone market, following the opening of Telecom's network to rivals. [more]

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

Claiming normalcy in services, Fiji regime clamps down on public institutions
There are conflicting reports from Fiji about the functioning of some key government and public institutions. Security forces have taken over the premises of the Reserve Bank in Suva, with... [more]

Fiji prosecutor not at work, Fiji Law Society head in police custody
It has been confirmed that the director of public prosecutions, Josaia Naigulevu, was advised by his staff this morning not to come in to work because the office was being... [more]

Solomons logging industry hit by global crisis, says minister
The Solomon Islands Human Resources Development Minister, Mathew Wale, has told parliament that the economy is being affected by the current world recession. According to the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation,... [more]

American Samoa to counter teenage pregnancy increase
Moves are underway in American Samoa to reduce the soaring numbers of teenage pregnancies. There were 121 babies born to teenage mothers in 2008, a 30 percent increase on the... [more]

New Cooks routes to offer cheaper links to NZ and Australia
Air Rarotonga says providing direct flights between the Northern Cooks Islands and Samoa will be faster and cheaper for travellers. The carrier plans to link Penrhyn, Manihiki and Pukapuka to... [more]

Unicef knitting project to boost HIV campaign
Unicef in New Zealand is encouraging people to pick up knitting needles in a bid to raise awareness of mother to child transmission of HIV. The Unite for Mothers campaign... [more]

Remuneration Authority head to step down
Remuneration Authority chair David Oughton is to step down when his term expires in July. He has been with the authority for six years. [more]

Factory fire in Hamilton
The Fire Service in Hamilton is investigating a blaze at Inghams factory on Bisley Road. The fire was confined to machinery, but there was significant damage. [more]

WWF New Caledonia wants halt to Vale Inco operations
The organisation, the World Wildlife Fund, in New Caledonia is calling for all activity at the Vale Inco nickel plant to be stopped following an acid spill. The massive leak... [more]

Air Rarotonga to offer Xmas flights between Northern Cooks and Samoa
Air Rarotonga says it will be providing eight return flights between the Northern Cook Islands and Samoa this Christmas. The carrier plans to link Penrhyn, Manihiki and Pukapuka to Apia... [more]

Tongan magistrate scolded for comments on domestic violence
A magistrate in Tonga has been criticised for making remarks in court that justify domestic violence. According to the Tonga Chronicle, Uikilifi Taukei'aho was sentenced to one year's probation for... [more]

Banished Samoan MP returns home after village reconciliation
The village council of Vaisala in Samoa has welcomed back one of the paramount chiefs and Member of Parliament for Vaisigano number one constituency on Savaii island, Va'ai Solia Papu... [more]

PNG PM deplores Fiji developments, offers help
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has expressed regret over the current political situation in Fiji. Sir Michael says in a written statement that actions by Fiji's President... [more]

Sanctions against Fiji unproductive, says NZ academic
A New Zealand academic with long links to the Pacific is warning that further sanctions against Fiji will not hasten a return to democracy there. Since the abrogation of the... [more]

11 killed in Indonesian-Papuan clash
Eleven people have been killed - six of them Indonesian soldiers and five Papuan separatists - in a fight at the border of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea at the... [more]

Young Italian star set to sign big deal
Manchester United could offer the football player Federico Macheda a five-year deal when he turns 18 in August after the Italian striker scored two goals in his first two Premier ... [more]

Brown edges van Dyk for local shooting honours
The Canterbury Tactix not only beat the Perth-based West Coast Fever 52 - 44 in Christchurch in the trans-Tasman netball competition last night, their goal shoot Jodi Brown also pipped ... [more]

Fifth New Zealander plays in Premier League
Hamilton's Chris Wood has become the fifth New Zealand footballer to take the field in the English Premier League. Wood, an under-17 international for New Zealand, came on as a ... [more]

Dragons new favourites for NRL title
Australian bookmakers have installed St George Illawarra the new favourites to win the National Rugby League after the club's best start since they became a joint venture. The Dragons are ... [more]

Price and Vantuvei named in Warriors side for Roosters match
Captain Steve Price and winger Manu Vatuvei have both been named to return from injury for the Warriors' sixth-round National Rugby League match against the Sydney Roosters in Auckland on ... [more]

Cavs pound Pacers to secure best record in NBA
The Cleveland Cavaliers have locked up the best record in American basketball this season and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs with a victory over the Indiana Pacers. LeBron James ... [more]

Matthew Sinclair wins inaugural MVP award
The Central Districts captain and former New Zealand batsman Mathew Sinclair has been awarded domestic cricket's first Most Valuable Player award . Sinclair finished well ahead of Wellington's Graham Napier ... [more]

'Mick the Kick' leaves All Blacks for Japan
Kicking guru Mick Byrne is to leave New Zealand rugby taking up the role of forwards coach with the Japan national side. Byrne, a former Aussie Rules player, has been ... [more]

Family thanks worldwide rugby community for their support after death of son
The family of Brumbies lock Shawn Mackay have thanked the worldwide rugby community for their support following his death last week. The 26-year-old died from complications following surgery after he ... [more]

IMG confirms Danny Lee has turned pro
The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has signed with the giant sports management company IMG in a deal believed to be worth about $17.5 million. IMG's David Rollo says there'll ... [more]

Botha gets three week ban for striking
The Bulls and Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has received a three match ban for striking New South Wales skipper Phil Waugh in the Bulls 20-6 Super 14 rugby win ... [more]

Luton Town's 89 year stay in the Football League comes to an end
Luton Town's 89-year stay in the Football League has come to an end after being relegated from the fourth division. A nil all draw with Chesterfield condemned Luton to ... [more]

Valuev to defend WBA title against only fighter to have beaten him
The WBA heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev will defend his title against the only man to beat him, Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan. The bout will be held at ... [more]

Where's the gas? Auckland underserved, say experts
Power companies are being criticised for failing to make natural gas more available to Auckland homes. [more]

Hiddink will leave, no Mourinho return
Guus Hiddink will definitely not be staying on as the manager of the London football club Chelsea next season and Jose Mourinho is not coming back. That's the official word ... [more]

Bolton can score three quickly at Chelsea, so can we: Benitez
The Liverpool football club manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed his injured captain Steven Gerrard is closer to being fit for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final decider at Chelsea. Gerrard was rested ... [more]

F1 international court of appeal to decide on legality of diffusers
Formula One's international court of appeal will meet tomorrow to decide on the legality of the Brawn GP car that took Jenson Button to victory in the first two ... [more]

Phoenix appoint the first of two assistant coaches
The experiencd Australian football coach Luciano Trani has been appointed as the first of two assistant coaches to work with Phoenix head coach Ricki Herbert. Trani joins the Phoenix from ... [more]

St George Illawarra to face stern test with prop suspended
St George Illawarra prop Michael Weyman will miss Saturday night's National Rugby League match against Newcastle after taking the early guilty plea on a high tackle charge. Weyman ... [more]

First step towards supercity: a transition agency
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says the first piece of legislation needed to establish an Auckland supercity will be processed under urgency. A transition agency is to be set up first. [more]

Worst junior-doctor shortage may force more cuts
A serious shortage of junior doctors may force the Waitemata District Health Board to temporarily close more of its services over the coming months. [more]

Violent street attack on student group
The police in Hamilton say a violent attack that left a young man with serious facial injuries was planned and unprovoked. [more]

11 reported killed in Indonesian-Papuan clash on PNG border
Eleven people have reportedly been killed - six of them Indonesian soldiers and five Papuan separatists - in fighting at the border of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea at the... [more]

Nightclub fight alleged before man's death
An inquiry into the death of a man at a Christchurch nightclub more than 12 years ago has heard evidence about a fight at the club before his death. [more]

Fiji Law Society head could be held for 24 hours, says interim AG
Fiji's interim attorney general says the president of the Fiji Law Society Dorsami Naidu could be held by police for 24 hours under emergency regulations. Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum has confirmed that... [more]

New Caledonia govt plans laying charges against Vale Inco over acid leak
The New Caledonian government is planning to lay charges against the Vale Inco nickel company and the southern province following a massive acid spill. The leak which killed thousands of... [more]

Tonga teacher who beat student cops meagre fine
A teacher in Tonga who admitted to beating an eleven year old student with a table leg, has been fined just over 20 US dollars or 50 Tongan Pa'anga as... [more]

Maori input needed in regulating natural health products - Greens
The Green Party says Maori need to have representation on a proposed board for regulating natural health products. [more]

Lee signs with IMG agency
Golfer Danny Lee has signed with the IMG sports management company in a deal believed to be worth about $17.5 million. He will play his first tournament as a professional next week in New Orleans. [more]

Easter road toll three down on last year
The Easter holiday road toll rose to six with the death of a motorcyclist on Monday night. [more]

Early return to Samoa likely for woman who left baby on plane
Immigration officials are to talk with a woman who abandoned her newborn baby on a flight from Samoa about arrangements for her return home soon. [more]

Domestic violence: we're onto it, say the police
The police deny that they are not tackling the issue of domestic violence adequately, as claimed by an international human rights group. [more]

Single fund for community, iwi groups under consideration
The Government is considering setting up a single fund to distribute money to community and iwi groups that deal with troubled families. [more]

One killed in Northland road crash
Diversions are in place on State Highway 1 near Te Hana in Northland after a fatal car crash involving a truck. [more]

NZ, Australian sharemarkets up at close
New Zealand and Australian sharemarkets were up at close of trading on Tuesday, but the Dow Jones dipped overnight and Japan's Nikkei index followed suit. [more]

Yacht split in half by Picton collision
Four children and five adults were on a yacht that split in two when it collided with a launch north of Picton on Tuesday afternoon. No one was seriously hurt. [more]

Green light for big aquaculture farm
The Ministry of Fisheries has given preliminary approval for a large aquaculture farm to be developed in the Firth of Thames. [more]

Sharples calls for Maori-only prisoner rehab centre
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples wants an alternative rehabilitation centre to be established for Maori prisoners. Inmates in Maori focus units are reportedly 7% less likely to re-offend than those in the general prison population. [more]