Radio New Zealand - Friday, 15th May 2009

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Best song ever written - 'Roadrunner'
Financial writer James Surowiecki chooses 'Roadrunner' by The Modern Lovers. [more]

Cold trains
Blankets have become a staple for Wellington rail commuters who are struggling aboard the region's ageing passenger trains. [more]

The Chiminee
A chimney pot that doesn't smoke is an idea that's firing up the imaginations of Nelson locals. [more]

He Rourou for 15 May 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Toma Waihirere, a teacher from the total immersion Maori language school in Invercargill. [more]

Weekend weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh fast food
Phillip Kraal of The Crumpet Club joins us with a couple of different ways to treat mince. [more]

Sports story
A look at the issues in sport for this week and the coming weekend. [more]

NZ society - Monumental New Zealand (episode 3)
Justin Gregory looks at all the old memorials to dead politicians and wonders why there don't seem to be many recent ones. [more]

The panel (part one)
With Don Donovan and Irene Gardiner [more]

The panel (part two)
With Don Donovan and Irene Gardiner. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 15 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 15 May 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 May 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]


Job cuts at Lane Walker Rudkin
More than 180 workers at the clothing manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin have been told today they no longer have jobs. [more]

Record fall in retail sales for March quarter
People have steered clear of the car yards and appliance stores with retail figures showing by far the biggest slump on record. [more]

Sir Ed's family heads to court
A former director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum says the dispute with Sir Edmund Hillary's children doesn't look good. [more]

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

Vietnamese Catfish to hit NZ market
Commercial fishers are fuming over a decision by MAF Biosecurity to allow Vietnamese Catfish to be sold in New Zealand. [more]

Treasury warns of false dawn and rising debt
Today figures were released showing the biggest quarterly fall in retail sales ever. [more]

Greens release their stimulus package
The Green Party has come up with a $3.3 billion economic stimulus package that it says could save or create 18 thousand jobs. [more]

Southland sawmill closes as 60 jobs lost
60 workers at a sawmill in the tiny Southland town of Otautau are coming to grips with the fact that the mill is to close. [more]

Fish and Game defends itself from Agriculture Minister
Agriculture Minister David Carter is questioning the leadership and direction of Fish and Game New Zealand. [more]

Court hearing into Holcim plant finishes
The Environment Court has heard that a massive cement plant planned for near Oamaru will be a blight on the landscape. [more]

180 jobs lost at Lane Walker Rudkin
More than 180 jobs have been axed by clothing manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin today - the bulk of them in Christchurch. [more]

Sales suffered biggest fall on record
Retail sales have suffered their biggest fall on record, down almost three percent in the March quarter. [more]

Capital's rotten waterfront needs major repairs
Wellington ratepayers face a skyrocketing repair bill to fix the city's picturesque waterfront. [more]

House still in urgency as supercity debate continues
The Labour party is managing to squeeze another day's debate out of the passage of a law to create an Auckland supercity. [more]

Human suffering in Sri Lanka a catastrophe
In Sri Lanka tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped between the Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces. [more]

Chemical waste dumps affects tens of thousands
Documents show that waste dumped in the Ivory Coast city of Aber-zharhn contained a dangerous cocktail of chemicals. [more]

Calls for NRL players to come forward over sex scandal
School principals in Australia say they don't want rugby league players visiting their schools. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The biggest global health threat of the 21st century
Climate Change is the biggest global health threat in the 21st century according to a report in the medical journal The Lancet. [more]

Country Life

Intro and guest
Brian Megaw runs River Valley Lodge near Taihape. Eighty-five percent of its visitors are from overseas. [more]

Regional wrap
The North Island was battered by cold, wet weather and in the South Island dairy farmers are drying off earlier that usual. [more]

Wool away
New Zealand school principal Sheree Alabaster is the current world champion wool handler. [more]

Art that mooves you
Artist Sally Burton in her studio on the Waimea plains near Nelson on her latest body of work. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 15 May 2009
Julian Robins looks at the political risks associated with reforming local government in the country's major population centre. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 May 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories of the day for 15 May 2009
The national government has come to the end of it's worst week of power. [more]

More signs that traditional media are in trouble
There are more signs the mainstream media is in trouble during the economic recession. [more]

Defence Minister considers East Timor draw down
New Zealand Police and defence forces based in East Timor will remain in the country for the forseeable future. [more]

Pacific news for 15 May 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 15 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

PM has 'cordial' chat with US President
The Prime Minister spent about 15 minutes on the phone with the US President Barack Obama yesterday. [more]

UK MPs' expenses scandal claims first victims
The row in Britain over MPs' expenses has claimed its first two scalps. [more]

Aung San Suu Kyi faces 'trumped up' charges
The pro-democracy leader in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, is back behind bars. [more]

Government ends week under pressure
John Key however has accepted Melissa Lee's apology. [more]

Min of Maori Affairs says Rankin appointment is fait accompli
Many Maori have expressed anger with the appointment of former Winz boss Christine Rankin. [more]

Fijian Government clamps down further on the media
Fiji's military government is to use two leading media organisations to promote its own view of the news. [more]

Fiji media forced to run propaganda
Tim Pankhurst of the Commonwealth Press Union's Media Freedom Committee. [more]

Threatened breakaway averted for rugby's Super 14
A threatened breakaway by South African teams involved in rugby's Super 14 competition has been averted. [more]

David Bain trial nears conclusion
Mr Bain is the sole survivor of his family, after his parents and 3 siblings were shot dead in June 1994. [more]

Sports news for 15 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Hillary children take legal action over museum bequest
Sir Edmund bequeathed his personal papers, slides and photos to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. [more]

Mass exodus from Sri Lanka's 'Hell on Earth'
Our correspondent in Colombo, Amal Jayasingag says the exodus to escape shelling, disease and hunger was on a huge scale. [more]

New Zealand nurse heads to conflict torn Sri Lanka
New Zealand nurse Glenys Ewans leaves tomorrow on a three-month mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross. [more]

Labour filibustering slows supercity legislation
The House finally rose at midnight after nine hours of constant voting on hundreds of amendments put up by Labour. [more]

Divisiveness marks supercity transition
National candidate Melissa Lee has apologised for her comments made on reguards to a new motorway in South Auckland. [more]

Court Security to be beefed up in Budget
The Government is to spend nearly 10 million dollars to boost security in courthouses around the country. [more]

Increase in prisoners may strain mental health services
One of the country's top forensic psychiatrists is warning that mental health services could struggle. [more]

Women drivers become more aggressive and impatient
A new survey by the AA says female drivers are becoming increasingly impatient and aggressive, along with men. [more]

Fears the shellfish industry at risk of acidic oceans
Scientists are warning the shellfish industry, including Bluff's famous oysters, could be at risk. [more]

Sports news for 15 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Dunedin stadium continues apace despite legal bids
Stadium opponents have initiated two court actions which, if successful, could scupper the project. [more]

South American Exporters pursue Fiji market
New Zealand's 360 million dollar a year export trade with Fiji is under threat. [more]

Waatea news for 15 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Council promise to clean up the Avon river not enough
Users of Christchurch's Avon and Heathcote rivers want more thought put into it. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh
Australia in a nut shell, with gusto. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]


Jimmy Sturr musican, band leader and radio host. [more]

This weeks answer. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Conundrum Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Sir Ed Hillary's papers
The Director of Auckland's War Memorial Museum responds to claims by Sir Edmund Hillary's son. [more]

Professor Mark Hanson
On how the nutritional environment children grow up in affects their future health and susceptibility to disease. [more]

Kevin Carroll talks about the phenomenon of geocaching which combines GPS with orienteering and treasure hunting. [more]

Pacific update
With Mike Field from Fairfax. [more]

Feature guest - Richard Holloway
Richard Holloway, Former Bishop of Edinburgh. [more]

Book Review - Dead Men's Dust
By Matt Hilton, published by John Murray and reviewed by John King. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
This week new music from Wild Bill Ricketts, Richard Adams/Nigel Gavin and David Kilgour/Sam Hunt. [more]

Sport update
with commentator Richard Boock. [more]

The week that was
With Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

This Way Up

Consumer protection in Tokyo
New laws to protect shoppers by keeping transvestites, buskers and manga fans off the streets. [more]


Rhonda Sherman
Founding director of The New Yorker Festival and chair of the New Yorker Night at Auckland's 'Readers and Writers Festival'. [more]

John Elmsly
Auckland based composer talks about the Karlheinz Company's concert of contemporary works on this Sunday at Auckland Uni. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Peter Hoar reviews last night's APO concert under Principal Guest Conductor Roy Goodman. [more]

Marina Endicott
Canadian novelist and finalist in Commonwealth WritersÂ'Prize to be awarded at Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. [more]

News stories:

Supreme court says AmCup will be in February
A New York supreme court judge has upheld an earlier decision of the Court of Appeals to stage the America's Cup in February 2010. BMW Oracle spokesman Tom Ehman says ... [more]

Brewer out of contention for Scotland coaching job
The Scotland Rugby Union will interview a shortlist of candidates for the vacant Head Coach position in the coming weeks - but Mike Brewer is out of the running. Rugby chiefs ... [more]

Fairfax credit rating slashed
Standard & Poor's has cut Fairfax's credit rating, citing an ongoing deterioration in the company's advertising revenue and uncertainty about how it will recover earnings. [more]

Maori insights in science being published
A new publication aims to put a Maori face on Maori science: Te Ara Putaiao - Maori Insights in Science, has been launched at Auckland University. [more]

NCEA ethnic breakdown seen as assisting Maori education
A leading researcher on Maori education says the release of ethnic breakdowns for NCEA passes will help identify ways to improve Maori achievement levels. [more]

Text message voting reminder deemed successful
The Electoral Commission is hailing its text message reminder campaign - on the day of last year's general election - as a success. [more]

McCully departs for EU talks
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will leave for Brussels on Saturday for New Zealand's regular six-monthly consultations with the European Union. He will also meet NATO about Afghanistan. [more]

Whare to be built in new mental health unit
The Northland District Health Board is to include a whare in its acute mental health unit as part of a $25 million hospital upgrade. [more]

Property investor selling
Goodman Property Trust says it may look to sell more properties due to the recession: $50 million worth have been sold so far and another $57 million are under contract. [more]

AMP predicts tough year ahead
AMP expects markets to remain tough this year and next at the very least. The the insurer and fund manager continues to focus on preserving capital to strengthen its balance sheet. [more]

Meat industry group to keep up pressure
The Meat Industry Action Group has decided to continue its battle for a better performing meat industry because it still needs to be won. The group says there is now even more pressure on the industry to change. [more]

ERMA bans use of herbicide
ERMA has revoked approvals for the import, manufacture and use of a herbicide used to control pest grasses in fine turf. Methylarsinic acid contains arsenic. [more]

Farm prices settle as sales rise
Signs of consolidation in the rural property market are seen by the Real Estate Institute. These include an increase in the number of farms sold and a settling of prices. [more]

Wool prices bolstered by China
Continued Chinese interest bolstered prices for some wools at the South Island sale on Thursday. Some 80% of the 17,000 bales put up for auction, were sold. [more]

Europe stocks snap three-day losing run
European shares rose on Thursday, snapping a three-day losing run. Major banks rose. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's papers: Burgled students find $800 "conscience money" under their door; Government to spend $50 million on national cycleway; Waterloo Wharf in Wellington to close for safety reasons. [more]

Maori music funding rules widened
Te Mangai Paho - the Maori broadcast funding agency - has relaxed its rules for music funding. it will now consider bi-lingual proposals also. Applications for the current funding round close on Monday. [more]

Fiji TV to air government "development programmes"
A spokesperson for the Fiji military regime has confirmed one of two media outlets it approached for air time has agreed. Yesterday, Radio New Zealand revealed it had obtained a... [more]

Health authorities in American Samoa to screen cruise passengers for swine flu
The Unified Health Command in American Samoa will conduct "passes surveillance" for two separate cruiseships scheduled to call into the Port of Pago Pago over the weekend. The Dawn Princess... [more]

Sex workers' group renews call for decriminalisation in PNG
The sex workers group Scarlett Alliance is renewing its call for the decriminalisation of prostitution in Papau New Guinea. The call follows the death of one worker allegedly at the... [more]

Call for compulsory DNA testing to exclude young teens
The Human Rights Commission wants a revision of a new bill that would require every person arrested for a crime punishable by prison to give DNA. [more]

Profits, sales flat at Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart has announced flat profits and slightly lower sales for the first three months of this year compared with a year ago. Net profit was $US3.02 billion - the same as the previous period last year. [more]

Sharples joins criticism of Rankin appointment
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says he would not personally have chosen Christine Rankin as a Families Commissioner. Ms Rankin has previously labelled Maori the culprits in child abuse. [more]

End of worst week for Government
The Government is coming to the end of its worst week in power after almost six months of relatively trouble-free political management. [more]

Nike to cut 1750 jobs
Nike is to cut about 1750 jobs, comprising 5% of its global work force. Like many businesses, the shoe and apparel company has seen demand for its products slow due to the global economic recession. [more]

National acknowledges slim chance of Mt Albert win
Prime Minister John Key has admitted the National Party faces a "herculean" task to win the Mount Albert by-election. Mr Key is standing by his candidate after controversial comments she made. [more]

Call for more resources for prison mental health services
A top forensic psychiatrist says mental health services for prisoners need a major injection of resources to cope with the rise in inmate numbers. [more]

Government pledges $9m for court security
Courts Minister Georgina Te Heuheu has announced an extra $9 million to upgrade court security over the next four years. The funding will be used for both new staff and equipment. [more]

Warnings of health risk from sewage overflows
Environmental groups and medical officials in Canterbury say it is a potential health risk to increase the amount of sewage contaminated overflows into Christchurch rivers. [more]

Boost for Wall Street
Stocks in the United States rose on Thursday as investors returned to financial and technology shares. However volume was light. [more]

Justin Collins ruled out for Blues
Blues rugby flanker Justin Collins has withdrawn from tomorrow night's clash with the Crusaders, after suffering headaches post training. Collins, suffered a concussion in the Blues' match against the Reds late ... [more]

Second man charged over Auckland stabbing
A second man has been charged in connection with a fatal stabbing on Auckland's north shore this week. Paul Chong was found dead in an industrial part of Glenfield on Monday. [more]

Motorists becoming more aggressive, survey shows
A survey of New Zealand drivers reveals motorists are showing more aggression. Both men and women are losing their cool. [more]

Nationwide raid accused appear in court
The people charged in relation to nationwide police raids in 2007 have been arraigned at the High Court in Auckland. The matter was previously being dealt with in the District Court. [more]

Court allows Polish restraining order on alleged assets
A Polish man has lost his final legal bid to overturn a Polish restraining order placed on his New Zealand property. Slawomir Bujak is suspected of criminal offending in Poland. [more]

Property trust reports $169m loss
Kiwi Income Property Trust made a loss of $169 million in the year to March - compared to a profit of $123 million the previous year. The loss is due to a sharp drop in the value of its properties. [more]

Economic stimulus package issued by Greens
The Green Party has issued its ideas for an economic stimulus package worth $3.3 billion that it says could save or create 18,000 jobs. It includes 6000 more state houses and home insulation. [more]

Fundraising by Nufarm
Nufarm plans to raise $300 million in vapital via a fully underwritten institutional share placement. Proceeds will be used to repay debt. [more]

Submissions sought on intellectual property proposals
The Government is calling for submissions on a range of intellectual property proposals that may be considered during ongoing discussions around a proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. [more]

Recycling service launched for farm plastic wraps
A new service has begun to recover and recycle plastic silage wrapping on farms. An estimated 4000 tonnes of wrapping are used in New Zealand every year. [more]

Farm safety seminars held to reduce deaths
Federated Farmers is holding a series of seminars in a bid to reduce the number of deaths from on-farm accidents. There were 20 farm-related fatalities in New Zealand last year. [more]

Samoa village has workers plant extra taro before heading to New Zealand
A village in Samoa has moved to ensure that there's no shortage of taro while their villagers are working in orchards in New Zealand. A matai of Poutasi Falealili and... [more]

UNICEF says Pacific children should get first call on resources in recession
UNICEF is calling on Pacific governments not to cut back on resources for children as the global financial crisis hits their economies. UNICEF Pacific's chief of policy, Dr Will Parks... [more]

International co-operation makes north Pacific yearly fishing surveillance successful
Participants in a fishing surveillance operation in the north Pacific are crediting its enhanced success to a greater level of international co-operation. The ten-day, annual Rai Balang Operation between Palau... [more]

More bad weather expected
MetService expects more bad weather over the weekend. The Upper Waitaki hydro storage lakes are already at 97% of their average level for this time of year. [more]

4.5 quake in Marlborough
An earthquake measuring 4-point-5 was recorded in Marlborough just before midday on Friday. It was felt in Marlborough and Wellington. [more]

American Samoa Governor says loss of foreign workers will hurt economy
American Samoa\'s Star Kist Samoa tuna cannery is maintaining its silence over reports that at least 200 employees are being laid off. This comes a week after fellow cannery Samoa... [more]

Tonga's Prime Minister calls for new approach to Fiji crisis
The Prime Minister of Tonga, Dr Feleti Sevele, says he thinks it is time for a re-think on the Fiji issue. Dr Sevele is in New Zealand for talks with... [more]

Journalist in Fiji released after seven hours of detention by military
A Fiji Times journalist is now free from police custody after being arrested yesterday. The reporter, Theresa Ralogaivau, was released yesterday evening after being detained for about seven hours. It... [more]

PNG to repatriate 700 Indonesians
Papua New Guinea has agreed to repatriate 700 West Papuans to neighbouring Indonesia. The Jakarta Post reports that PNG's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare reached the agreement in a meeting... [more]

Australia and Solomon Islands commit to economic development on Malaita
Australia and Solomon Islands are working together to increase cocoa production and improve road rehabilitation and maintenance in Malaita Province. In a joint release the Governments say this partnership will... [more]

Samoa schools to benefit from reconditioned computers
More than ten schools in Samoa will soon benefit from free computers from New Zealand. 180 reconditioned computers are being provided by Ark Computers and its managing director, Bill Lawrence... [more]

UNICEF says change in NZAID's emphasis should not affect its work in Pacific.
UNICEF says it does not believe NZAID's shift in emphasis to economic development will have a severe impact on its work in the Pacific. UNICEF Pacific's policy chief, Dr Will... [more]

Tuvalu looks for help to rescue seamen held captive by Somali pirates
Tuvalu's Transport Minister is seeking the support of other countries in the Pacific to put pressure on the Government of Somalia to release 12 Tuvaluan sailors being held hostage by... [more]

Prostitute found guilty of murdering lover
An Auckland High Court jury has found a prostitute guilty of the murder of her lover. [more]

More violence in Papua New Guinea directed at Chinese businesses
Chinese nationals in Papua New Guinea have been subjected to attacks and protests for a third straight day, leading police to use tear gas against the rioters. Chinese-owned stores were... [more]

Former government minister in Samoa faces sex charges
Police in Samoa have filed two sex charges against a former government minister, including one count of attempted rape and one of indecent assault. The two complainants in the case,... [more]

Power back for most Makara homes
The power is back on to all but 10 of the 270 households in the Wellington suburb of Makara which were cut off when strong winds caused a network fault. [more]

Court told Laniet Bain planned to reveal incest
Laniet Bain was planning to reveal to her family that she had been a prostitute and was having an incestuous relationship with her father, a High Court jury has been told. [more]

Funeral held for Napier gunman
The funeral of Napier gunman Jan Molenaar has been held in Hastings. Police found his body in his house following a two-day siege. [more]

Two more confirmed swine flu cases
New Zealand has confirmed two more cases of swine flu, taking the country's tally to nine. The number of probable and suspected cases has dropped since Thursday. [more]

Spot checks of companies not seen as job of NZX
NZX rejects claims that it should carry out spot checks of the books of listed companies. The Shareholders Association claims 20 publicly-listed companies are at risk of defaulting on their loans. [more]

Big loss for Sony
Sony has announced an annual loss of 98.9 billion yen ($US1.04 billion - its first net loss in 14 years after a big drop in sales. The giant electronics company made a profit of 369.4 billion yen the previous year. [more]

Profit drops for brewer
SABMiller has reported a 9% fall in annual profits to $US2.96 billion, despite putting up the prices of its beers. However, global sales increased 5% to $US25.3 billion. [more]

BT to cut 15,000 more jobs
BT is to cut about 15,000 more jobs this year, mostly in Britain, and has reported an annual loss of Stg 134 million. [more]

Union disappointed at call centre job cuts
The EPMU says the relocation of 144 call centre jobs from Palmerston North to Manila is disappointing. The jobs will go over the next two-and-a-half months. [more]

No redundancy payout for sawmill workers
A union says the 60 workers at a closing Southland sawmill will not receive any compensation for losing their jobs. The Bright Wood mill is to close in June. [more]

Homicide inquiry into Western Springs death
Police are now treating the death of a woman who may have lain dead in her Auckland home for up to a month as a homicide. [more]

A former owner of a Vanuatu resort pleads guilty to fleeing the US
The former owner of Vanuatu's Erakor Island resort, baseballer Troy Neel, has pleaded guilty to fleeing the United States to avoid paying more than US$700,000 in child support. However the... [more]

American Samoa Congressman looks to help soon to be unemployed workers
American Samoa's US Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, is seeking assistance from the US Department of Labor to help local workers who will be without jobs when the Samoa Packing tuna... [more]

Police in Samoa isolate escaped prisoners
The police in Samoa have locked 41 prisoners who escaped earlier this week in punishment cells, to avoid any confrontation with other inmates who supported the break out but did... [more]

Commonwealth Press Union passes resolution deploring Fiji censorship
The Commonwealth Press Union's media freedom committee has passed a resolution deploring the indefinite extension of censorship in Fiji. The chairman of the committee which represents major media organisations in... [more]

Auckland mayor backs roading plan
Auckland City Mayor John Banks threw his support behind the Waterview connection proposal on Friday, dismissing the protesters as "squeaky wheels". [more]

Collins withdrawal signals likely end
The veteran Blues flanker Justin Collins has played what will probably be his last Super Rugby match, after being ruled out of Saturday's final round robin match against the Crusaders because ... [more]

Magic force Celtics to decider
The National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference semi-final series will go to seven games after the Orlando Magic beat the defending champions Boston 83-75 in game six in Florida. The Celtics ... [more]

Hillary family wants will clarified
Sir Edmund Hillary's son says his family is being denied full access to the personal items their father gifted to an Auckland museum. The family is seeking clarification over his will. [more]

Decision reserved over Oamaru cement plant
Appeals against resource consents granted to a proposed $300 million cement plant near Oamaru have concluded at the Environment Court. The decision has been reserved. [more]

Treasury warns debt must be brought under control
The head of the Treasury on Friday warned of lurking threats to economic recovery and emphasised the need to bring rising debt under control - or risk a costly credit downgrade. [more]

Wellington wharf repairs expected to cost millions
Wellington ratepayers face a multimillion-dollar repair bill to fix the capital's ageing wharves. [more]

Immigration welcome to investigate MP, says Key
Prime Minister John Key says the Immigration Service is welcome to keep investigating one of his MPs if it believes there are still outstanding issues. [more]

Review sought into hunting, fishing licence fees
Agriculture Minister David Carter is to urge the Minister of Conservation to investigate whether the Fish & Game Council is spending the money it gets from licence fees appropriately. [more]

Schoolboy killed crossing Matamata road
Police are investigating a car accident that killed a boy in the Waikato town of Matamata on Friday. [more]

NZ clothing manufacturer slashes 180 jobs
A Christchurch clothing manufacturer has slashed 180 jobs without notice or any guarantee of redundancy and holiday pay. In total, 384 people lost their jobs in New Zealand on Friday. [more]

Retail sales take record dive
Retail sales in New Zealand took a sharp dive in the first three months of this year, as consumers cut spending amid a deep recession and rising unemployment. [more]

Asia Pacific markets end week higher
Markets in Asia and the Pacific ended the trading week higher on Friday. [more]

Fishermen fear impact of Vietnamese catfish imports
Commercial fishermen fear a recent decision by MAF Biosecurity to allow imports of Vietnamese catfish could cripple the industry. [more]