Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 23rd April 2009

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Jim's essay
Diet betting. [more]

The best song ever written - Down by the Riverside
Carol Gunn chooses 'Down by the Riverside'. [more]

Your Place - Kurow
We speak to Steve Hotton, Karen Cossens and Tony Greene about their home; Kurow in North Otago. [more]

William Stewart
After more than 10 weeks on the run, police believe the net's slowly but surely closing in on Canterbury's most wanted. [more]

Lentil as Anything
Melbourne's 'Lentil as Anything' restaurants have a policy where diners pay only what they can afford. [more]

He Rourou for 23 April 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Rotorua Lakes high student, Matariki Cribb about the new Maori language curriculum for her school. [more]

Feature Album - Tapestry
The Feature Album is Carole King's 1971 LP 'Tapestry'. [more]

The Arts Report for 23 April 2009
Michael Galvin's new play is based on the life of conscientious objector Archibald Baxter plus musical theatre and young actors. [more]

Christchurch Story for Thursday 23 April 2009
Katy Gosset paid a visit to the RSA to find out how they keep the doors open for those who need it most. [more]

Environment Story for 23 April 2009
Looking after kakapo is a more than full-time job for a whole team of people on Codfish Island. [more]

The Panel part 1
The Panel with today's guests Kevin Milne and Matt Nippert. Part 1. [more]

The Panel part 2
Part 2 of The Panel with today's guests Kevin Milne and Matt Nippert. [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 23 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


RMA changes could increase complexity and cost
MP's have been told parts of a bill designed to streamline the Resource Management Act may in fact further complicate the process. [more]

David Bain's fingerprints on the murder weapon
Kim Jones has given evidence this afternoon at the trial where 37-year-old David Bain stands accused of the 1994 murders. [more]

Ruling South African party takes early lead
In South Africa the ruling African National Congress has taken a commanding early lead . [more]

Nine-day fortnight expanded to cover smaller companies
The Government's has confirmed its nine-day working fortnight scheme to save jobs is being extended. [more]

Little support for increased passenger screening
Airport operators are against increased screening of passengers on domestic flights. [more]

Evening Business News for 23 April 2009
Business news update. [more]

Christchurch low-earners face rent hike
Some of Christchurch's lowest earners face a 14 per cent rent hike this year. [more]

Sports News for 23 April 2009
Sports news update with Stephen Hewson. [more]

Covert operation leads to teacher's arrest
A covert operation by a group of mothers worried about the safety of a child has led to the arrest of a school teacher. [more]

UN calls on Tamil Tigers to lay down their arms
The United Nations Security Council has called on the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka to lay down their arms. [more]

Tamils protest in Auckland
New Zealand's Tamil community is calling on the Government to help bring about an immediate cease-fire to the war in Sri Lanka. [more]

Defence says ex-MP is at the centre of a witch-hunt
Lawyers for Taito Phillip Field say the former MP has been at the centre of a public witch hunt. [more]

Waatea News for 23 April 2009
Waatea News with Eru Rerekura. [more]

Fiji could have judges sworn in next week
Fiji could have judges sworn in and back operating in the Supreme and High Courts next week. [more]

Ratepayers pick up tab for failed shows
Auckland City ratepayers have been left with Million dollar bill, after the failure of three shows underwritten by the council. [more]

Jury hears Bain fingerprint evidence
Fingerprint expert, Kim Jones has given new evidence at the High Court in Christchurch. [more]

Major banks holding up well during recession
New Zealand's major banks will continue to be profitable. [more]

Censor criticises lack of G rated films
The Chief Censor has criticised movie labels for not releasing enough G-rated films during the school holidays. [more]

New television funding package good news for viewers
A new 15 million dollar fund will mean more quality local programming. [more]

Evening Business News for 23 April 2009
Business update with Nadine Chalmers-Ross. [more]

The latest news from China
180 hidden miles of the Great Wall has been found after a two-year government mapping study. [more]

Sports Update for 23 April 2009
Sports update with Stephen Hewson. [more]

Hackers take over 2 million computers
Reports say that around 10 thousand New Zealand computers have been infected. [more]

Waatea News for 23 April 2009
Waatea News update with Eru Rerekura. [more]

Situation in Pakistan poses 'mortal threat' to US
US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton delivered the reproach after Taliban militants took control over territory 100 kilometres from Islamabad. [more]

Israeli military cleared of misconduct in Gaza
The findings suggest Israeli soldiers operated in accordance with international law. [more]

More bad news for British economy
Britain is one of the countries the International Montary Fund has predicted will be in a deep recession for some time. [more]

Russia braces for public anger over IMF report
The Russian government is bracing itself for a wave of public anger over the economic recession. [more]

Global warming may increase sea ice
The study shows ice has grown by 100 thousand square kilometres each decade over the past 30 years. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday sport
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 23 April 2009
Tax cuts in jeopardy, A deeper recession, bad economic news, mining in campsite, IRD workers, Fiji. [more]

Pacific news for 23 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Government spending under scrutiny ahead of budget
Labour leader, Phil Goff says the Government is softening the public up for a budget of broken promises. [more]

Finance Minister and Labour Leader on tax cuts
The Finance Minister yesterday painted a bleak picture of rising debt and said spending must be reined in. [more]

Recession deeper, recovery slower says IMF
The IMF is predicting the world economy will contract in the deepest recession since the Great Depression. [more]

Bad economic news ahead
Yesterday's projection for the Government's debt is even worse than the Treasury's most pessimistic forecasts. [more]

A potential coal mining area is taken out of conservation land
The Government has changed the boundaries of a new conservation park so part of it can be mined for coal. [more]

Calls for IRD workers made redundant to man phones
Tax accountants say Inland Revenue is failing its customers, and the department needs to boost its frontline staff. [more]

Fiji tries to portray an image of"business as usual"
Many people in Fiji are still too scared to express their views over the actions of the interim regime. [more]

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

Solid Energy clears campsite to prepare for mining
The Police and Solid Energy contractors cleared the site yesterday, with materials removed by helicopter. [more]

Super city protests gather pace
About 700 people took to the streets last night to protest against the planned Auckland super-city. [more]

South Africans go to the polls
There have been angry scenes at polling stations in South Africa where ballot papers have run out. [more]

Tax cut debate
The Finance Minister Bill English has thrown fresh doubt on the viability of the government's tax cuts. [more]

International calls for end to Sri Lanka offensive
Calls are mounting for an end to the military offensive in Sri Lanka where thousands of civilians remain trapped. [more]

Petrol road users losing out
The Automobile Association says petrol tax paid by motorists is 8 cents a litre more than it should be. [more]

Prosecutor outlines case against Taito Phillip Field
The former MP is defending 12 charges corruption, and a further 23 charges of obstructing the course of justice. [more]

Jury hears of David and Laniet Bain's relationship
The jury in David Bain's retrial have been told Laniet Bain was obssessive about her brother and that their relationship. [more]

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

Australians accused of ignoring New Zealand's war efforts
As ANZAC day approaches, Australians are being accused of ignoring New Zealand's wartime efforts. [more]

Player stood down in third incident involving rugby teams
It's been a bad couple of weeks for the image of professional rugby. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

More money to speed up Treaty negotiations
There will be additional funding for the Office of Treaty Settlements in this year's Budget. [more]

Iwi allege health board misled ethics committee
Far north iwi are demanding answers from Northland Health, after claiming they support a fluoridation study. [more]


Evolving Snail Study
One of the largest evolutionary studies ever taken exploring how banded snails in the UK have adapted over the past 40 years. [more]

Body Parts - The Stomach
Biology of the human body, continuing with the gut. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Economic deterioration
Economist Brian Easton and Business New Zealand economist John Pask. [more]

Tim Burns -Executive Director of Volunteering NZ, Maureen Pitman and Te Arikirangi Mamaku. [more]

Professor Dianne Brunton
Bellbird song - new research has discovered how the females are very aggressive to neighboring females. [more]

UK correspondent - Jon Dennis
The delivery of United Kingdom's budget with Economic woes and rising unemployment. [more]

Feature guest - Billy Apple
Kiwi artist talks about his life since returning home. [more]

Book Review - 100 New Zealand Poems About Animals
Edited by Siobhan Harvey, reviewed by David Hill and Published by Godwit. [more]

New Technology - Colin Jackson
The energy costs of computers and the Internet. [more]

Parenting - Nigel Latta
Avoiding the spoiling of children. [more]

Television - Linda Burgess
Reviews Dancing With the Stars and Skins. [more]

Our Changing World

Daily Chores in Kakapo Management
The final episode of the kakapo series traces the daily routines of managing the flightless parrots. [more]

Adelie Penguin Genetics
Evolutionary biologists ask why a high evolution rate in Adelie penguins results in few, if any, morphological changes. [more]

The Fate of the Moa
Moa specialist Richard Holdaway investigates whether moa populations were heathy or declining before the arrival of people. [more]

Albatrosses on Campbell Island
Alison Ballance visits the main breeding ground of the southern royal albatross with DOC scientist Peter Moore. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Peter Walls
Opus Chamber Orchestra Music Director previews the ensembels upcoming concert tour 'Beethoven to the Fore'. [more]

Kristen Darragh
Lexus Song Quest finalist speaks to Eva in between rehearsals with the NZSO this week. [more]

Wade Kernot
Lexus Song Quest finalist speaks to Eva in between rehearsals with the NZSO this week. [more]

Aivale Cole
Lexus Song Quest finalist speaks to Eva in between rehearsals with the NZSO this week. [more]

News stories:

Fiji's Human Rights Commission continues to take complaints
Fiji's Human Rights Commission is continuing to take complaints, although it no longer has commissioners to oversee them. When President Josefa IloIlo abrogated the constitution a number of bodies were... [more]

Man U can go back on top this morning
Manchester United can go back on top of the English football Premiership with a victory over Portsmouth at Old Trafford this morning. United are second on the table on goal ... [more]

Afridi runs through Aussie batting lineup in Dubai
The Pakistani cricketers have beaten Australian by 4 wickets in their opening one day international at the neutral venue of Dubai. Australian were bowled out for 168... losing their last ... [more]

In form Wellingtonian early leader at national champs
The country's amateur golfer of the moment Peter Spearman-Burn was in good touch on the first day of the NZ amateur championship in Auckland. Spearman-Burn, the current North and South ... [more]

Pakistan protest loss of World Cup matches
Pakistan have lodged a protest with cricket's governing body over the shifting of 2011 World Cup matches to other nations because of security concerns. Last week the International Cricket Council ... [more]

Bulldogs lose appeal against docked points
The National Rugby League has rejected an appeal by the Canterbury Bulldogs against the docking of two competition points after they briefly had 14 men on the field in ... [more]

NZ young footballers 1 win away from finals
New Zealand are one win away from the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria later this year after a 2-nil win over New Caledonia in the Oceania football Championship in ... [more]

Western Force player heading back east
The Western Force Super 14 rugby franchise is expected to lose another Wallaby soon with winger Drew Mitchell tipped to be joining the NSW Waratahs. First five Matt Giteau ... [more]

Changes to Crusaders lineup
The Crusaders rugby coach Todd Blackadder has made a number of rotational changes to his side for Sunday morning's Super 14 clash with the bottom placed Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Following ... [more]

Inland Revenue seeks voluntary redundancies
The Inland Revenue Department plans to cut up to 250 jobs throughout the country. [more]

Fiji's SDL Party says appointing judges should be a priority for interim govt
Fiji's SDL Party, says it should be an urgent priority for the interim Government to continue to appoint judges. The magistrates court is in its third day of sitting, after... [more]

Broughton says NZ netball teams shouldn't be overawed by Aussies
The Southern Steel netball coach Robyn Broughton says New Zealand teams should have no fears about playing in Australia in the ANZ trans-Tasman Cup. Not one New Zealand team has ... [more]

Late tee time for Danny Lee in pro debut
New Zealand's newest professional golfer Danny Lee has a long wait tomorrow before playing his first shots in the paid ranks. 18 year old Lee has been drawn in the ... [more]

Auckland ready for OFC clash
The Auckland City football side's on the way to Solomon Islands to play Koloale FC in the first leg of their O-League final on Saturday afternoon. The second leg's in ... [more]

Amcup teams meet tonight
The two waring factions in the America's Cup will meet tonight to try and sort out the next regatta. The Golden Gate Yacht Club and its team, BMW ORACLE Racing, ... [more]

Braid could stay at Reds
The battling Queensland Reds may yet retain Daniel Braid after the marquee flanker's deal with Welsh club Llanelli Scarlets hit an injury-induced snag. The former Blues player recently-signed three-year Scarlets ... [more]

AC Milan still want beckham
The AC Milan football vice-president Adriano Galliani says he's still hopeful David Beckham will return to the Italians next season despite reported interest from Tottenham. Under his current loan deal ... [more]

Leuluai to stay with Wigan
The Kiwi Test halfback Thomas Leuluai has signed a new three-year contract with Super League side Wigan that will keep him at the English club until the end of the ... [more]

Sky City raises $185m overnight
Sky City Entertainment has raised $185 million since Tuesday by issuing new shares. If the full offer is taken up, the casino operator expects to reduce its debt by about 27%. [more]

More Govt money to speed up Treaty negotiations
The Government says there will be extra funding in next month's Budget to assist its goal of completing all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014. [more]

Free offer leads to cut in Abano full-year profit
A hugely successful response to an advertising campaign has ironically resulted in Abano Healthcare cutting its full-year profit forecast. However the company expects to reap the benefit of the campaign next year. [more]

Auckland residents concerned at super-city plans
Hundreds of people turned out across Auckland on Wednesday to voice concerns over the Government's plan for a super-city. [more]

Man United gone 3 points clear
Manchester United have gone 3 points clear at the top of the English football Premiership after a 2-nil victory over Portsmouth at Old Trafford. United still have a game in ... [more]

Cougars need some money to stay in NBL
The Christchurch Cougars says they'll find it difficult to complete the National Basketball League if they don't get some financial assistance. The new franchise currently sits top of the standings, ... [more]

Ports of Auckland plans to lay off 30 staff
Ports of Auckland wants to lay off 30 staff as part of a major restructuring. [more]

Research institute aims to provide expertise to industry
A new research institute backed by some big names aims to provide innovative ideas to meet the needs of industry and to help address industry's skills shortage. [more]

Helen Clark awarded honorary doctorate
The University of Auckland is to give former Prime Minister Helen Clark an honorary degree, describing her as one of its most illustrious graduates. [more]

Wall St stumbles on bank worries
The Dow and S&P fell on Wednesday after Morgan Stanley revived concerns about the banking sector and the wider economy after it posted its second straight quarterly loss and slashed its dividend. [more]

NZAid highlights importance of Oxfam's Right to Survive report
The New Zealand aid agency, NZAid, says it highly values a new report calling for reforms that could help save lives of climate disaster victims. The Right to Survive report... [more]

Australia's new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands named
Australia's acting high commissioner in New Zealand has been given the top diplomatic posting in the Solomon Islands. Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says Frank Ingruber will take up his... [more]

American Samoa's treasury reduces accounts receivables
The American Samoa treasury has been able to reduce accounts receivables by more than half. Treasurer Magalei Logovii says account receivables were five million US dollars when he took over... [more]

Fiji sugar cane farmers face increase in cane fertiliser
Fiji sugar cane farmers will soon be paying an extra five US dollars per bag of locally blended cane fertiliser sold by South Pacific Fertilizer Limited. FijiLive is reporting the... [more]

Nine sugar producers keen to invest in sugar plantations in West Papua
Nine sugar producers have taken up a government invitation to invest in sugar plantations in Merauke, West Papua Province in Indonesia. A report by Jakarta Globe quotes a senior official... [more]

Archbishop Tutu to launch Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission
A Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be launched by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu next week. Officials say the Nobel Peace laureate will next Wednesday start the commission,... [more]

Sister worried about upsetting David Bain, trial told
A former girlfriend of David Bain says his sister Laniet was worried about upsetting him in the months before members of the family were killed. [more]

Canada Geese management could be taken from Fish and Game
Fish & Game could lose partial control of Canada Geese management after heavy lobbying from Federated Farmers and some regional councils. [more]

Wool Equities signals sale of Keratec subsidiary
Wool Equities has decided to sell its Keratec subsidiary to a US-based company because it found it was going to take too long for it to become profitable. [more]

Marshall Islands copra mill seeks subsidy as price falls
The copra processing mill in the Marshall Islands is seeking government approval of an urgent subsidy and a cut in the purchasing price from local producers. The CEO of Pacific... [more]

Missing Christchurch woman found
An elderly woman who went missing in Christchurch has been found. [more]

Auckland rail system to get $90m upgrade
KiwiRail is to spend $90 million on new signaling and train control systems for Auckland's rail network. Key routes between Otahuhu and Britomart, Newmarket and Morningside will be the first to be upgraded. [more]

Police raid Auckland gang headquarters
Police have raided a gang headquarters in central Auckland. [more]

18-month-old New Caledonia bus strike settled
A long-running strike at New Caledonia's Carsud bus company has been settled. The president of the southern province, Philippe Gomes, and the leader of the USTKE union, Gerard Jodar, are... [more]

Widespread abuse prompts punch-in rule from American Samoa government
American Samoa's Treasurer says widespread abuse of the timesheet system by government employees has prompted a change to using a time clock. Magalei Logovii says from May the 31st staff... [more]

No legal avenue left to restore Fiji constitution, says academic
A lawyer who helped successfully argue that Fiji's constitution could not be abrogated in 2001 says there is no legal avenue left to challenge the latest abrogation. Professor George Williams... [more]

Increase in bad bank loans likely to slow profits - KPMG
An increase in bad loans is expected to slow profit growth at the country's major banks this year as the recession continues to grip New Zealand, consultancy firm, KPMG, says. Banks continue to be profitable, however. [more]

Some resource management reforms 'could add delay'
Local Government New Zealand says aspects of a bill designed to streamline the Resource Management Act are fundamentally flawed and some have the potential to add delay. [more]

Jobs hard to fill despite recession
Despite increasing job cuts and a shrinking employment market 47% of businesses have been finding vacanies hard to fill. [more]

Snapper card users in capital overcharged
Some Wellington commuters who use a prepay card were overcharged on Tuesday due to a technical glitch. [more]

Fiji NFP leader says people feel helpless after legal system's abolition
The leader of the National Federation Party in Fiji, Pramod Rae, says people in the country feel helpless. The constitution has been abrogated and the interim government rules by decree. [more]

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa loses another top member
French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira has lost another key member, with the former health minister, Jacques Raynal, quitting the party which was founded and is being led by Gaston Flosse. [more]

Westland co-op to meet farmers over payout fall
The new chief executive of Westland Milk Products dairy co-operative, Rod Quin, will be holding a series of district meetings with farmer shareholders about the dramatic fall in this season's milk payout. [more]

Mining allowed in former conservation site
Critics say the Government is being irresponsible by allowing the possibility of coal mining in what was part of Oteake Conservation Park in Central Otago. Boundary changes now exclude 195 hectares of lignite deposit from the park. [more]

Teens deny savage sheep killing at Mt Maunganui
Three 17-year-olds have appeared before the Tauranga District Court where they denied responsibility for what police describe as the savage killing of a sheep at Mount Maunganui. [more]

Shell in court over fuel economy product
The Commerce Commission has laid charges against the petrol company Shell over alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act. [more]

F and P may have to extend funding deadline
Fisher and Paykel Appliances says the deadline to repay an $80 million funding facility may need to be extended. [more]

Suspicious mums followed teacher accused of abuse
A group of concerned mothers tipped off police about an Auckland teacher's alleged sexual abuse of a student, it has been revealed. [more]

UNDP security conference attendance list revisited
It's unclear who will attend a conference in Tonga next week about security issues in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. The Security Sector Governance Regional High... [more]

West Papuan activist allegedly assaulted by Indonesian prosecutors, police
Lawyers for West Papuan activist Buchtar Tabuni claim he has been assaulted by Indonesian police and three public prosecutors. Buchtar Tabuni was allegedly beaten and kicked as he refused to... [more]

Samoa police yet to comment on TVNZ affadavit
A Television New Zealand journalist criticised for a news item on gangs, drugs and gun smuggling in Samoa has provided a sworn affidavit in support of her reporting. Samoa's Attorney... [more]

Calls for Pacnews to leave Suva over Fiji gagging
There are calls for the regional news agency PACNEWS to leave Fiji after reports that media censorship has led it to stop reporting on the country. The wire service, which... [more]

No further cases of stomach bug at hospital
An outbreak of gastro-enteritis at a hospital in Hastings has been contained, Hawke's Bay District Health Board says. [more]

Fiji NFP uncertain over Fiji's direction
Fiji's National Federation Party says the interim government needs a game plan for where the country is heading. Since the abrogation of the constitution and sacking of the judiciary nearly... [more]

Stadium could cost ratepayers double, court told
A lawyer acting for oponents of a proposed sports stadium in Dunedin has told a court it could cost ratepayers twice as much as the city council has claimed. [more]

After repeated delays, Fiji judges now due back next week
Senior judicial appointments are now expected to be made in Fiji by the beginning of next week. When the 1997 constitution was scrapped two weeks ago, the judiciary was sacked,... [more]

What former MP told told inquiry at issue, trial told
What former MP Taito Phillip Field provided to the Ingram inquiry is central to the obstruction of justice charges he is facing, the High Court in Auckland has been told. [more]

Christchurch social housing rent rises 14%
Rents paid by social housing tenants in Christchurch will leap 14% this year, following a city council vote on Thursday. [more]

Bounty cannon returned to Pitcairn
A cannon recovered from the watery grave of the HMS Bounty has been returned to Pitcairn Island . The cannon had been lying on the seabed at Bounty Bay until... [more]

Indonesia tells ICRC to leave Papua
Indonesia has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to leave the Papua region after its officials visited separatists in jail. The foreign ministry in Jakarta says the government... [more]

Faleomavaega urges new US focus on Fiji issue
The United States secretary of State Hillary Clinton has requested the American Samoan Congressman's direct advice and support in dealing with the crisis in Fiji and developing a more comprehensive... [more]

American Samoa Chamber of Commerce welcomes new time punch-in system
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce says a new system whereby government employees will use a punch-in time clock is one of a number of badly needed, overdue reforms. The Treasurer,... [more]

NZ rugby union laments yet another top player getting in trouble
Yet another top rugby player is in trouble with the law. The Blues winger Rene Ranger has been stood down by the Blues and the New Zealand Rugby Union for ... [more]

Wellington golfer Mark Brown picks up where he left off in Beijing
The Wellington golfer Mark Brown has continued his good recent form to hold a one shot led after the first round of European tour sanctioned Ballantine's Championship in South Korea. ... [more]

Triples titles decided at national club champs in Rotorua
A mammoth last ditch win, which earned her team 19 differential points, has given gave Manawatu's Fran Frith a dramatic come-from-behind win at the national club women's triples bowls champs ... [more]

United go three points clear
Manchester United have returned to the top of the English football Premiership with Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick scoring in their 2-nil victory over Portsmouth that turned the screws in ... [more]

Lola shows interest in returning to F1
Lola are considering entering the Formula One championship next year now that the sport has moved to slash costs. Lola say they've commenced a major project comprising a full technical, ... [more]

Ipswich keen on Keane
The former Manchester United captain Roy Keane may soon be back in English football. The 37-year-old has been out of work since December when he resigned as Sunderland manager having been ... [more]

Phelps to change style
The American swim star Michael Phelps will be trying out a new freestyle technique when he returns to competition next month. Phelps isn't revealing what he's changed, but he says ... [more]

RPA to continue work with rugby players
The executive director of the Professional Rugby Players' Association Rob Nicol says they'll be using a few initiatives this year as they continue their work of trying to keep their ... [more]

CNMI school suspensions soar
In the Northern Marianas, the number of public school students in middle and high school who have been suspended has risen to 3,000, compared to just 400 cases five years... [more]

Pacnews has no plans to quit Suva despite Fiji censorship
The regional news agency Pacnews, says it has no plans to shift its base from Fiji after becoming subject to the same censorship as the local media. Earlier this week,... [more]

Police in Samoa move to gain public confidence
Samoa's Ministry of Police and Prisons is looking at improving their services in enforcing the law and maintaining public confidence in police work. Public confidence in the force has waned... [more]

Solomons to tighten security ahead of football match
Solomon Islands police will deploy more than 100 officers across Honiara town boundary limits to beef up security for key events. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says Operation Time's up... [more]

Vanuatu programme trials wristbands to boost vaccination
An Australian-run programme to help vaccinate Vanuatu women for cervical cancer is trialling the use of coloured wristbands as a reminder for those being vaccinated to come back for follow-up... [more]

Report raises concerns over mental health services
A parliamentary select committee report has raised serious concerns about the lack of co-ordination within mental health services. [more]

Competitive fund for NZ-made TV programmes
The Government is putting $15.1 million previously allocated to TVNZ into a funding pool for New Zealand-made television programmes, which all six free-to-air national broadcasters will compete for. [more]

NZ pressure sought to end war in Sri Lanka
New Zealand's Tamil community issued a plea to the Government on Thursday to help bring an immediate ceasefire to the war in Sri Lanka. [more]

NZ sharemarket edges down
The New Zealand sharemarket was lower at the close of trade on Thursday, down 4 points to 2658 on turnover of $67 million. [more]

Takeover offer made for Lion Nathan
Alcoholic beverages company Lion Nathan has been approached by its largest shareholder, Japanese beer-maker Kirin Holdings, to buy the remaining stock in the company. [more]

Auckland City loses $2.5m after musical, plays flop
Auckland City Council's entertainment arm, The Edge, has lost $2.5 million after three major shows flopped. [more]

Free rugby tickets for RSA members this weekend
Veterans, returned servicemen and servicewomen and all current serving military personnel will get free entry to the three Super 14 rugby matches in New Zealand this weekend, to mark Anzac Day. [more]

Australians take 'NZ' out of Anzac
Some Australians are being accused of ignoring New Zealand's wartime efforts by taking the NZ out of Anzac when reflecting on the events at Gallipoli. [more]

Drivers paying too much, says AA
The Automobile Association says drivers are paying too much for petrol because of a law change last year. [more]

Happy Valley protesters' camp removed
The site of one of the country's longest running environmental occupations, the Save Happy Valley Coalition campsite in Buller, has been removed to make room for a mining extension. [more]

Government looks to reduce debt, tax cuts in doubt
Finance Minister Bill English has set out the priorities for next month's Budget, saying it will focus on containing rising debt, and has cast further doubt on tax cuts in 2010 and 2011. [more]