Radio New Zealand - Friday, 17th April 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, The Vault, Upbeat

Afternoons

The Best Song Ever Written - Come Rain or Come Shine
Kate Turner chooses 'Come Rain or Come Shine' performed by Joe Williams singing with Count Basie and his band. [more]

Birdlife survival
New research has highlighted the ongoing struggle for survival faced by some of New Zealand's most iconic birdlife. [more]

Rejected cubs
Faced with the prospect of Cheetah cubs either starving or freezing Orana Park staff made the unusual decision to intervene. [more]

He Rourou for 17 April 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Tame Kuka, a longtime advisor to schools regarding the Maori language. [more]

What's on
Events expected to occur this weekend. [more]

Weekend weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Julie Biuso
Award winning food writer Julie Biuso on Fresh Fast Food with some great weekend treats. [more]

Sports Story
The latest in sport with Murray Williams [more]

NZ Society - The Vault
Telling Tales: stories of Charlie Hovell, a man who has seen it all. [more]

The Panel (part one)
With Bomber Bradbury and Richard Langston. [more]

The Panel (part two)
With Bomber Bradbury and Richard Langston. [more]

Business News

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

Market Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 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
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Checkpoint

ASB freezes staff pay, reduces bonuses
The ASB is freezing the pay of thousands of staff earning over fifty thousand dollars in an effort it says to save jobs. [more]

Bank workers union criticises pay freeze
Andrew Campbell is from the bank workers union Finsec. [more]

The price of food rises
The price of food has risen half a percent in March and overall it's shot up by almost 9% over the past year. [more]

Clutha dam may increase electricity price
A new proposal to look at building more hydro electric schemes on the Clutha River, could lead to higher electricity prices. [more]

Green Party opposed to more hydro dams
Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons on hydro electric schemes on the Clutha River. [more]

V8 fans converge on Hamilton
It's petrol head heaven in Hamilton with the start of the second Hamilton-400. [more]

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

Further scientific evidence in the Bain retrial
More scientific evidence was heard in Christchurch today as the sixth week of David Bain's retrial drew to a close. [more]

Credit cards cancelled because of fraud threat
Several banks are cancelling some travellers' credit cards once they've returned from overseas to prevent fraud. [more]

Investigation into boat explosion underway
An investigation has begun into the cause of an explosion that killed three Afghan asylum seekers on a boat off West Australia. [more]

Amnesty for CIA interrorgators
Barack Obama says CIA officials won't be prosecuted for having used harsh interrogation methods on terrorism suspects. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Navy says vessels mark new era for defence
It's the end of an era for Whangarei and the beginning of a new one for the navy. [more]

Earthrace stops in Wellington on NZ tour
The powerboat Earthrace has arrived back in New Zealand after circling the globe in record time. [more]

Gorbachev speaks of reducing nuclear stockpiles
The former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says he has no doubts that the world can get rid of all its nuclear weapons. [more]

Communities react to Clutha dam proposals
Contact Energy is looking at building more hydro dams on the Clutha River. [more]

Investigation over train driver who overran stop
An investigation into why a freight train driver overran a stop says it's just luck there was no other train heading his way. [more]

Indian election
It's democracy on a truly vast scale, polling has begin in India's general election where over 700 million are eligible to vote. [more]

Political rowing over fatal boat explosion
The Australian government is trying to dampen the debate that's erupted over the explosion on an asylum seekers fishing boat. [more]

US Middle East envoy visits Israel
The United States Middle East envoy George Mitchell is making his third visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. [more]

US President targets Mexico drug violence
The U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Mexico to confront a security threat on America's doorstep. [more]

Manuka scrub a potential goldmine
Researchers at Waikato Uni may have found a way of identifying whether your patch of manuka scrub could be a money spinner. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Violence as Indians vote in general election
Violence marred the polling in some areas but the turnout was generally good in the rest of the country. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Regional Wrap
It's extremely dry in Poverty Bay, elsewhere in the North Island is dry but still looks green. The South Island also needs rain. [more]

Cows in space
Lely Dairy Project Manager Christian Pearse-Danker talks about the Astronaut 3, a totally robotic milking machine. [more]

Clutha Dam Comment
Different perspectives on Contact Energy's Clutha River dam proposals. [more]

The big apple
It's apple harvesting time in the Nelson region and Dennis Cassidy's orchard near Rabbit Island is a hive of activity. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 17 April 2009
A look back at the New Zealand government's response to the events which have unfolded in Fiji over the past week. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for April 17th 2009
Clutha Dam Project, Asylum Seeker's boat sinks, Fiji media concerns, Key's trip to China. [more]

Pacific News for 17th April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Contact Energy proposes construction project.
In what would be the largest construction project in decades, Contact Energy wants to build a hydro dam on the Clutha River. [more]

Key wraps up China trip
The Prime Minister, John Key, is describing his formal meeting with the Chinese leadership as 'extremely successful'. [more]

OECD warns NZ over rising cost of health
The Government has been told district health boards should no longer own public hospitals. [more]

Veitch may sue media outlets
Sports broadcaster Tony Veitch has finally had his day in court. [more]

Fiji media
Local media are coming under increasing pressure from the interim government. [more]

Radio New Zealand advertising denied on Fiji broadsheets
The interim government's spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, appears to have had a change of heart with foreign media. [more]

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

CPI figures tipped to show a 0.3 percent rise
The consumer price index is out later with most analysts predicting a 0.3 percent increase. [more]

Insults fly over Maori rehab unit proposal
The Maori Affairs Minister has accused a Labour Party MP of playing the race card in the debate over the proposed units. [more]

The world's largest piano built in Timaru
It's taken four years and more than 20 litres of varnish to create what is thought to be the world's biggest piano. [more]

Contact Energy considers major new hydro electric schemes.
Contact Energy has just gone public with four different proposals, and is asking the public for their preferred choice. [more]

NZ warned cost of health care a major financial threat.
The Government's been told that district health boards should not own public hospitals. [more]

Govt signs off at last on four new navy ships
The government has signed off on four new inshore patrol vessels for the navy. [more]

Hamilton V8 race organisers sure first year problems ironed out
The Aussie V8 Supercars take to the streets of Hamilton today. [more]

Sports News
The latest sports news. [more]

Crown pathologists say Robin Bain suicide unlikely
Three pathologists have now given opinions that suicide was unlikely to have been the cause of Robin Bain's death. [more]

Fiji blogger reveals the pressures of life under censorship
Reports are coming out of Fiji that the interim government is now trying to restrict the use of the internet. [more]

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

More New Zealand birds considered endangered
A study of New Zealand's bird populations shows the list of endangered species is growing. [more]

'Nimble Thimble' prepares for National Monopoly Championship
This weekend, gamers will fight it out in the National Monopoly Championship at MOTAT to become The New Zealand Champion. [more]

Australia
With correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

Nights

Generation why - Hayden Tee
Music and stage shows, and a current fascination with the demographic of people that he was born with. [more]

Conundrum
This week's answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Tony Veitch case
The former TVNZ broadcaster yesterday pleaded guilty to one charge, of injuring with reckless disregard. [more]

Clutha dam project
Contact Energy has announced it will proceed with discussions for another hydro electric dam on the Clutha River in Otago. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Mike Field discusses the latest from Fiji. [more]

Response to Pacific correspondent Mike Field's comments
RNZ International response to Pacific correspondent Mike Field's comments on media permits in Fiji. [more]

Feature Guest - Rob Moodie
Global health expert warns that the economic crisis will have a devestating effect on people's health in developing countries. [more]

Book Review
Rae McGregor reviews Ransom by David Malouf. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Jacqui Fitzgerald, The Eastern and Bruce Springsteen. [more]

Sports
Sports commentator Martin Devlin wraps up the week in sport. [more]

Week that Was
Radar and Elisabeth Easther look at the light side of the news. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Vault

The Vault - Charlie Hovell
The trials and tribulations of Charlie Hovell - a man who spent his youth in Auckland during the 1860s. Cheeky Charlie Hovell's mischievous nature and thirst for adventure lead to more than just boarding school... [more]

Upbeat

Barbara Hill
Berlin based NZ Flautist touring the country with 'Serenata a Tre' on behalf of Chamber Music NZ. [more]

Jo Randerson
Script writer of 'Witches Over Wanaka' - premiering at this month's Wanaka Festival of Colour. [more]

David Bremner
Director of Education for Brass Band Association of NZ judging 2009 National Brass Contests in Napier this week. [more]

News stories:

Another Fiji journalist detained over report
Another journalist had been detained in Fiji over reports published in an Australian newspaper. Pita Ligaiula, who writes for the news agency Pacnews, and is a correspondent for AAP, was... [more]

Opus cuts costs, but NZ business holding up
Infrastructure manager Opus International is cutting its capital expenditure in half and bringing the pursuit of new acquisitions to a virtual standstill as it responds to the global downturn. [more]

All Blacks skipper to return for Crusaders after month off
The All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is set to make a timely return for the Crusaders when they play Super 14 competition leaders the Sharks in Durban on Sunday morning. ... [more]

Prince re-signs with Titans until 2014
The Gold Coast co-captain Scott Prince has become a "Titan for life" after re-signing with the National Rugby League club until the end of 2014. The classy halfback was contracted ... [more]

Five New Zealand drivers in Hamilton V8 field
Five New Zealand drivers are in the running for the Hamilton V8 Supercar race this year but the prospects of a Ford taking out the honours are slim if history's ... [more]

Cabrera vows more success will come
The Masters golf winner Angel Cabrera has told a hometown crowd welcoming him back to Argentina that he looks good in green. "Green suits me," Cabrera said smiling and sporting ... [more]

Australia third in one day rankings
The South African cricketers' success in winning seven out of nine 50 over matches against Australia this year has consigned Ricky Ponting's side to its lowest ranking in the ICC ... [more]

UEFA hail Chelsea-Liverpool among 10 'classics'
European football's governing body has included Chelsea's thrilling 4-4 Champions League quarter-final draw with Liverpool in a list of 10 classic matches to have graced the competition. Chelsea went into ... [more]

Pakistan World Cup hosting in doubt as ICC meets
Pakistan could lose its right to co-host the 2011 World Cup as a result of last month's terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore when the International Cricket ... [more]

Ireland qualify for 2011 World Cup
Ireland beat Netherlands by six wickets in Pretoria to clinch a second consecutive appearance at the Cricket World Cup. The Dutch were all out for 222 as captain William Porterfield ... [more]

Flower confirmed as new England cricket coach
Andy Flower has been charged with the responsibility of trying to restore English cricket's reputation after being confirmed as the new head coach. The 40-year-old Flower, who had a Test ... [more]

Britain mourns, 20 years after Hillsborough disaster
Liverpool fans bowed their heads as Britain mourned on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 fans were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final. Families of ... [more]

Moa snactioned and fined but cleared to play
The Blues' first-choice halfback Taniela Moa will be able to play in tonight's Super 14 match against the Highlanders in Auckland after being charged with assault and granted diversion then ... [more]

FIA decision favours Brawn, Toyota teams
There's no change to the Formula One drivers' championship after the decision last night of motorsport's world governing body in favour of the legality of the Brawn GP car's diffuser. ... [more]

Brawn relief at FIA diffuser ruling
Ross Brawn has hailed the FIA verdict confirming the legality of the aerodynamic device used on the team's car which has kept Jenson Button on top of the Formula One ... [more]

Tahu denies he's looking to return to NRL
The Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs centre Timana Tahu has strongly denied sounding out a return from rugby union to the National Rugby League. A newspaper report had suggested ... [more]

Man U, Arsenal and Chelsea all looking for trip to Rome
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all have their sights set firmly on European football glory in Rome reaching the Champions League semi finals, but a trip to Wembley comes first ... [more]

Hartley gets late call-up to Formula Renault 3.5 series
New Zealand's Brendon Hartley has been given an eleventh-hour call-up to compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series opening round at Barcelona in Spain this weekend. The French Tech 1 ... [more]

New Zealand cricketer's county debut delayed
The New Zealand pace bowler Iain O'Brien should be opening the bowling for England county cricket side Leicester - instead he's still in Wellington playing a waiting game. O'Brien's waiting ... [more]

Questions whether Magic are under salary cap
Feisty on the court as a player, the former Australian netball captain Vicki Wilson is proving she's just as capable of needling the opposition off it as a coach. Wilson, ... [more]

Federer out of Monte Carlo
Roger Federer is free to enjoy the rest of his honeymoon after a shock loss to his Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round of the Monte Carlo ... [more]

Ron Dennis hands over McLaren reigns
McLaren's long time boss Ron Dennis has called time on 43 years in Formula One, handing complete control of the company's racing affairs to team principal Martin Whitmarsh. McLaren have ... [more]

First big basketball tournament in NZ set to be a 2009 highlight
The full schedule for FIBA's 2009 under-19 basketball world championship in Auckland in July has been confirmed. Sixteen nations from all corners of the world have qualified for the basketball ... [more]

Magic suggest pressure getting to Wilson over salary cap claims
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic have suggested the pressure of coaching in the trans-Tasman netball competition may be getting to the former Australian captain Vicki Wilson. Wilson, who coaches ... [more]

Wilkinson in talks with Toulon
English rugby's injury-plagued first five Jonny Wilkinson is in talks with Toulon over a switch to the French club from Newcastle. Wilkinson has been out of action since dislocating his ... [more]

Reprieve at Rangers for Ferguson and McGregor
The Scottish Football Association is to stand by its decision to ban Rangers pair Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor for life despite the players' club coach Walter Smith granting them ... [more]

ARL to meet over two referees
The Australian Rugby League board will meet next Tuesday to discuss whether to use one or two referees for this year's State of Origin series. The ARL and New Zealand ... [more]

Moyes no fan of Riley as he raises Man U bias fears
The Everton manager David Moyes admits he's concerned by the Football Association's decision to appoint Mike Riley as referee for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United at Wembley. Riley ... [more]

IPL to add strategy breaks to speed up play
The Indian Premier League will introduce new regulated strategy breaks and stiff fines for the upcoming Twenty20 cricket tournament in South Africa, in a bid to prevent games from finishing ... [more]

Fairbrother may move to Force in Wallabies bid
The Wellington prop Tim Fairbrother is set to leave New Zealand rugby to have a crack at Wallabies selection. The 27-year-old Hurricanes and Lions veteran has confirmed that he's weighing up ... [more]

Chiefs keen to get back into action
The Chiefs return from their bye week to take on the Cheetahs in round 10 of the Super 14 rugby competition in Kimberley this weekend. The Cheetahs clash is the ... [more]

Veitch sentenced on domestic violence charge
Former sports broadcaster Tony Veitch has admitted a serious domestic violence charge and been sentenced to supervision, community service and a $10,000 fine. [more]

Netball salary cap accusation dismissed
Officials of the trans-Tasman netball competition have dismissed an Australian claim that the competition leaders, the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, may be in breach of the salary cap. [more]

JPMorgan announces profit of $US2.1 billion
US banking giant JPMorgan Chase has reported better-than-expected earnings. [more]

NZ supports carbon-capture initiative
The Government has announced its strong support for a global initiative to promote storage of carbon dioxide underground. [more]

Senior Samoa judge pleads not guilty to assault charge
A senior judge in Samoa has entered a not guilty plea to one count of assault when he appeared in the district court this week. The complaint was lodged by... [more]

American Samoa Flag Day celebrations begin today
American Samoa's pre Flag Day 2009 celebration kicks off this morning with two fautasi (long boat) heat races to select the teams to compete in Saturday's regatta and later this... [more]

Former Samoan cabinet minister convicted on murder charge admitted to hospital
A former Samoan cabinet minister serving a life sentence for the assasination of another minister, Toi Aukuso, has been admitted to the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in critical condition. The... [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
OECD warning over NZ economy; Tony Veitch guilty plea; gang members accused of torching rival's car outside Dunedin courthouse. [more]

Wall Street gains on bank profit announcement
US shares rose on better-than-expected profits from banking giant JPMorgan Chase and data showing a drop in new US jobless claims. [more]

Solomons PM cautions region against swift action over Fiji hiatus
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, is calling on the Pacific Islands Forum not to rush into implementing sanctions against the Fiji military regime. Dr Sikua says the... [more]

Minister's visit to taxi driver called into question
The Labour Party is again questioning Richard Worth's suitability to remain a minister, after he visited the family of an Auckland taxi driver allegedly attacked at the weekend. [more]

Price rises for some wool types, others unsold
There was strong interest for specific wool categories at Thursday's South Island wool sale, however about 40% of the wool offered failed to sell. [more]

More Indonesians police sent to Papua amid ongoing violence
Indonesian national police have deployed more paramilitary police to Papua province to counter a growing number of attacks. The Jakarta Globe reports that 80 members of the elite Mobile Brigade... [more]

CNMI loses nephrologist after cutting his pay
The Commonwealth Health Center in Saipan in the Northern Marianas no longer has a full-time nephrologist following Dr. Raphael Loutoby's refusal to renew his contract after a 20-percent cut in... [more]

Tautua Samoa Party welcomes government action on TVNZ drugs/guns story
The Tautua Samoa Party is welcoming government action on a recent news report by Television New Zealand alleging a growing culture of illicit drugs and gun smuggling in Samoa. Samoa's... [more]

Changes to securities regulation proposed
The Government is seeking feedback on proposals to make it easier for firms to raise money, and improve the level of disclosure to investors. [more]

Govt orders slowdown on Hobsonville housing project
The Government is putting the brakes on a major housing development in Auckland because it is worried the houses will not sell. [more]

More irrigation bans in Hawke's Bay
A lack of autumn rain in Hawke's Bay has forced the Hawke's Bay regional council to put a major river under an irrigation ban. [more]

Sixty four Samoa college students deny brawl charges
64 students of the Don Bosco vocational school in Samoa have restated not guilty pleas to charges of wilful damage, fighting in public place, and stone throwing, in the District... [more]

Decree paves way for new Fiji judiciary, with appointments still pending
A presidential decree has been issued in Fiji to pave the way for the appointment of new judges following the sacking of the judiciary last weekend. The decree establishes a... [more]

Supercar crowd guaranteed good view this year - organisers
Organisers of the Hamilton-400 Supercars street race say spectator numbers at the three-day event, which starts on Friday, have been reduced to allow for better viewing. [more]

Sleepy train driver overran stop
An investigation has found extreme sleepiness caused a locomotive driver to overrun a stop on the South Island's Main north line and travel an additional 15 kilometres. [more]

Solomons opposition unhappy with Forum's approach to Fiji crisis
The Solomon Islands opposition leader says he's unhappy with the approach taken on Fiji by the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum. The Solomon Star reports that Manasseh... [more]

Papuan church accuses Indonesian military of engineering violence
The Union of Papuan Baptist Churches has added its voice to claims that the Indonesian military is engineering attacks in the province and blaming them on Papuan separatists. The head... [more]

ICJ urges Fiji regime to restore constitution and judiciary
The International Commission of Jurists has condemned recent events in Fiji and has called for the immediate restoration of the constitution and the reinstatement of the judiciary. An ICJ statement... [more]

Nailatikau sworn in as Fiji vice-president
A minister in the Fiji interim government, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has been sworn in as vice-president. His appointment was made under the eighth decree by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, a... [more]

Live bullet near Bain body not misfired, trial told
A forensic scientist has given evidence that a live bullet found beside the body of Robin Bain was not the result of a misfiring of the rifle used to kill him. [more]

Three charged over tomahawk attack in Waihi
Three people have been charged over the aggravated assault on a man in Waihi in Hauraki district. [more]

ABs captain set for Super 14 return
The All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw says he'll have to take a measured approach to his comeback this weekend for the Crusaders Super 14 match against the competition leaders the ... [more]

Trans Tasman netball organisers says Magic books clean
ANZ netball officials have dismissed an Australian claim that the competition leaders, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic may have breached the salary cap. The Queensland Firebirds coach and former Australian ... [more]

Davison turns in record breaking lap at Hamilton V8 practice
The Holden driver Will Davison has turned in a record-breaking performance in practice at the Hamilton 400 V8 Supercars this afternoon. Davison broke the track record and continued Holden Racing ... [more]

Marks says this has been his best NBA season yet
The New Zealand basketball player Sean Marks is hoping to build on what he believes is his best season in the NBA, as his New Orleans Hornets side enter the ... [more]

Venus bundled out in straight sets at Family Circle Cup
Second seed Venus Williams has tumbled out of the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina after succumbing 6-4 7-6 to Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the third round. The American, who had ... [more]

New stadium can't save Yankees as Cleveland crash house-warming party
The Cleveland Indians erupted for nine runs in the seventh inning to romp to a 10-2 victory and ruin the New York Yankees's house-warming party at their new $1.5 billion stadium. ... [more]

Red Star handed one match home ban after derby violence
The Serbian football club Red Star Belgrade must play one home match behind closed doors after their fans caused trouble in last week's derby with Partizan. The ban will be ... [more]

Man City out of UEFA Cup
Manchester City has been knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the quarter-finals by the German football club Hamburg. Needing to overturn a 1 - 3 away deficit in the ... [more]

Laureus sports awards scaled back due to global financial crisis
The Laureus World Sports awards will not be presented at a full-scale gala ceremony this year due to the economic crisis and winners will receive their prizes individually. The organisers ... [more]

Armstrong should be at Giro d'Italia
The cycling great Lance Armstrong will almost certainly take part in May's Giro d'Italia, according to race organisers. The seven-times Tour de France winner broke his collarbone in a race ... [more]

New patrol vessel handed over to Navy
The Navy is formally taking possession of the first of four new $35 million ships on Friday. [more]

Supermarket chain to charge for plastic bags
Foodstuffs will start charging customers for plastic bags at its New World, Four Square and Pak'n'Save stores from August. [more]

Travellers' credit cards cancelled to prevent fraud
Banks in New Zealand are cancelling overseas travellers' credit cards when they return home to prevent fraud. [more]

Army officer charged with indecent assault
An army officer facing a charge of indecent assault is to go before a court martial later this month. [more]

Papua union says indonesian military is engineering attacks
The Union of Papuan Baptist Churches has added its voice to claims that the Indonesian military is engineering attacks in the province and blaming them on Papuan separatists. The head... [more]

Australian firm wins right to develop geothermal resources in Vanuatu
One of Australia's leading geothermal energy companies has been given the right to explore and develop geothermal heat resources in Vanuatu. KUTh Energy Ltd was granted two exploration licenses by... [more]

Fiji's Oceania volleyballers still awaiting visas
Neither the Fiji men's nor women's national volleyball teams know whether they'll be taking part in the Oceania Zonal Championships in Porirua next week because they're still awaiting their travel... [more]

Security measure added to skifield website
Mt Ruapehu skifield has made changes to its website to stop people accessing other people's personal information. [more]

Growers against sports facility get day in court
Fruit growers opposed to the process which allowed Hastings District Council to start development on a $57 million sports facility are to have their day in court. [more]

Sanford agrees on joint venture
Fishing company Sanford has reached agreement with a Korean fishing company to buy out smaller shareholders in a seafood processing plant in China, to form a 50-50 joint venture. [more]

Investors believe economy will deteriorate further - survey
Wealthy New Zealand investors are gloomy about the economy's prospects in the second quarter, and appear to be among the most conservative in the Asia-Pacific region. [more]

Google profit beats expectations, shares flat
Internet search company Google has reported a rise in quarterly profit to $US1.42 billion, helped by cost controls. [more]

Food Holdings to buy Cooks Food Group
Australasian food group Food Holdings is planning to buy the recently-listed Cooks Food Group for $4 million. Major shareholders in Cooks support the deal. [more]

NZ market ends week higher
The New Zealand share market ended the trading week higher, up 1.8%. [more]

Judge urges progress on coolstore fire case
A Hamilton District Court Judge has urged the two companies and their directors charged over the fatal coolstore fire at Tamahere near Hamilton to make progress on the case for the good of the victims. [more]

Accusations traded over Maori rehab unit proposal
A war of words has erupted between the Maori Party and the Labour Party over a proposal for new Maori rehabilitation units. [more]

OECD warns of rising NZ healthcare costs
Costs are rising rapidly in New Zealand's health system without significant extra benefits, an OECD report warns. It suggests the ownership of public hospitals be removed from district health boards. [more]

Bank freezes staff pay, reduces bonuses
ASB Bank is freezing pay for all New Zealand staff earning more than $50,000 to save jobs and maintain its financial strength. [more]

Contact Energy plans new hydro dam for Clutha
Contact Energy has announced it will proceed with discussions for a new hydro electric dam on the Clutha River in Otago. [more]