Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 27th May 2009

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The best song ever written
Velha Chica' by Portuguese singer Dulce Pontes. Chosen by Graeme Leary. [more]

Link 3 for 27 May 2009
Did you get the link? [more]

Vinyl Revival
Music lovers are getting back in the groove thanks to a worldwide revival of vinyl. [more]

The crusher
Draft legislation to curtail the activities of boyracers has the potential to put an end to one of the country's most popular classic car meets. [more]

He Rourou for 27 May 2009
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks to Pat Ruka about the reasons that they travelled from Auckland to Palmerston North to support their friend. [more]

Feature album - Lost in Love by Air Supply
Released in 1980.The Air Supply story started in Sydney in 1975, when Graham Russell met Melbourne born vocalist Russell Hitchcock during rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar. They became instant great friends, shared a common passion for the Beatles. [more]

Virtual world with Helen and Chelfyn Baxter
Kiwis Win Full Code Press 2009; G2009: There's no deal, XMediaLab Auckland on Twitter; Website of the week: [more]

David Steemson's Auckland story
The Auckland Harbour Bridge is 50 years old on Saturday. [more]

Science story for 27 May 2009
In our science story, we dip into the weird, microscopic world of quantum theory. [more]

The Panel - part 1
Today topics: More on the vigilantism issue in Martinborough; A group of chemists who've stopped selling pseudoephedrine-based cold and flu pills have called on their contemporaries to join them. [more]

The Panel - part 2
With Neil Miller and Mary McCallum. Topics include;"The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness,"is the subject of a provocative paper from the economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers; Kiwi owners and breeders of cocker spaniels are reported to be up in arms over a Spanish study that singled the breed out as one of the most aggressive; And of course Panal Says. [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 27 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 27 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 27 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Zoo keeper mauled by tiger in Whangarei
The attack happened late this morning at the Zion Wildlife Gardens, and was witnessed by a group of eight tourists, understood to be English and French. [more]

Haier to take cornerstone shareholding in Fisher and Paykel
The Chinese appliance and electronic maker Haier is to take a 20 percent shareholding in Fisher and Paykel Appliances. [more]

Ministerial adviser can charge $2000 a day
Documents released under the Official Information Act show the Government is paying a ministerial advisor the equivalent of two thousand dollars a day. [more]

Canterbury farmer describes police catching fugitive
A South Canterbury farmer who spotted fugitive William Stewart early this morning just before he was finally caught says the police had been secretly camping nearby. [more]

Fonterra announces lower than expected payout
Fonterra is blaming the higher New Zealand dollar and lower dairy prices for a reduced forecast payout to its eleven thousand farmers. [more]

Sports news for 27 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour says Key and English at odds over Budget priority
The Prime Minister says it is"semantics"to say he and his Finance Minister don't have the same priorities for the Budget after giving differing views today. [more]

New Waikato to Auckland tranmission line looks likely
A string of massive power pylons stretching from South Waikato to Auckland looks set to become a reality, with a draft decision approving resource consents for the seven hundred million dollar project. [more]

Defence winds up in David Bain retrial
The defence have closed their case in the retrial of David Bain, but not before the unusual step was taken of allowing the crown to call rebuttal evidence. [more]

Waatea news for 27 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

MPs told 'three strikes' law could endanger witnesses
MPs have been warned that the proposed US-style"three strikes"sentencing law could result in offenders killing witnesses to try to avoid a third conviction. [more]

More on the fallout over the Kawarau Falls development
Queenstown is coming to terms with the fact its construction industry could be wiped out after the receivers were called in yesterday to take over the billion dollar Kawarau Falls development. [more]

Last year's Agnew case reaches the Court of Appeal
Liam James Reid was convicted of raping and murdering a twenty year old deaf woman, Emma Agnew near Christchurch in 2007, and raping and attempting to murder a twenty one year old university student in Dunedin nine days later. [more]

Investors welcome Chinese buy-in of Fisher and Paykel
Plans by a Chinese appliance and electronics maker to take a cornerstone shareholding in Fisher and Paykel Appliances have been welcomed by investors. [more]

Fugitive's capture a relief say Canterbury farmers
The man who dubbed himself Billy the Hunted One was captured this morning after dodging the police for months, prompting some locals to question why it's taken so long. [more]

Parent reps back on Correspondence School Board
Parent representatives are back on the board of trustees of the Correspondence School after a six year absence. [more]

Disappointment with transmission line decision
A string of massive power pylons stretching from South Waikato to Auckland looks set to become a reality, with a draft decision approving resource consents for the seven hundred million dollar project. [more]

Everton searching for football talent in New Zealand
The English football giants and FA Cup finalists Everton are helping to create New Zealand's first ever Premier League affiliated youth academy. [more]

Sports news for 27 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Three strikes sentencing proposal is 'bad law'
The Law Society today dismissed as bad law the 'three strikes' sentencing proposal, and warned it could put potential witnesses at risk. [more]

Pakistan's capital rocked by an apparent suicide blast
Local media say the explosion in Lahore has killed at least ten people and wounded 80, many are buried in the rubble. [more]

Waatea news for 27 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

California's Supreme Court backs ban on gay marriage
California's Supreme Court has upheld a ban on gay marriage backing a decision by voters last November that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. [more]

Obama appoints new Supreme Court justice
For the first time, an Hispanic-American has been selected to sit on the highest court in the US. [more]

Police show people how to break into cars
The police in Auckland have given a demonstration of how to break into cars, as an example of how easy it is for thieves. [more]

Russian rocket ready for launch
If everything goes according to plan the permanent population of the International Space Station is about to double from three to six. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 27 May 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 27 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 27 May 2009
Fugitive caught by police, queenstown development in receivership, boy racer legislation. [more]

Australia's ETS is unlikely to pass
Australia's Emissions Trading Scheme is looking like it will be defeated by the country's senate, with fears growing that it may prompt an early election. [more]

Aung San Suu Kyi testifys at her trial
Myanmar's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been testifying in her trial on charges she violated her house arrest. [more]

Queenstown development goes into receivership
The future of one of the country's largest developments, Queenstown's billion dollar Kawarau Falls project, is on a knife edge and along with it 500 construction jobs. [more]

New York Times misses Watergate Tip Off
There's been a new twist in the one of the great political scandals of the twentieth century, Watergate. [more]

Pacific news for 27 May 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Queenstown's construction industry waits for receiver verdict
Queenstown is nervously awaiting a judgement on the future of a billion dollar development that's gone into receivership. [more]

Crusher Collins lives up to her name
Crusher Collins has lived up to her name, introducing legislation allowing cars of repeat offender 'boy racers' to be seized and destroyed. [more]

Fugitive caught by police after months on the run
He was described as a folklore hero by some for evading Police capture, however fugitive William Stewart was caught early this morning by Police in Canterbury. [more]

Kawarau Falls receiver says construction will continue for now
The receiver involved is Brendon Gibson of KordaMentha. [more]

Budget to include sizable home insulation fund
Tomorrow's budget will reveal a sizeable fund to insulate homes. [more]

Christchurch residents welcome boy racer legislation
New laws to clamp down on illegal street racing can't come soon enough for Christchurch businesses and residents whose lives, in their words, have been"plagued"by boy racers. [more]

Car crusher powers to target only few worst offenders
We're joined by the Police Minister Judith Collins. [more]

Police pleased with capture of fugitive William Stewart
Canterbury District Commander Dave Cliff tells of the capture of fugitive William Stewart who was caught early this morning by Police in Canterbury. [more]

Arrest warrant issued for final Bain witness
An arrest warrant has been issued for the final witness sought in the David Bain retrial. [more]

North Korea not backing down on nuclear tests
North Korea has fired two more short range missiles, just a day after nuclear weapons tests drew international criticism. [more]

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

Relief at crackdown on state tenants
Some state house tenants say Housing New Zealand's tough new rules about convicted or accused criminals will make them safer. [more]

Trade figures give pre-Budget boost
On the threshold of Budget day the Government has received a last minute helping hand as it tries to stave off a drop in New Zealand's credit rating. [more]

Pharmacy Guild resists idea of ban on P ingredient
The Pharmacy Guild is resisting calls for a ban aimed at cutting availability of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used in the illegal drug P. [more]

Relief in rural Canterbury after arrest of William Stewart
Canterbury farmers say they can finally breath a sigh of relief, following the arrest of fugitive William Stewart early this morning. [more]

Health sector expects sizeable increase in Budget
The health sector is expecting the Government to provide 750 million dollars more in tomorrow's Budget. [more]

Queenstown region reels at property crunch
Queenstown is reeling at news the region's largest property development, the billion dollar Kawarau Falls project, has gone into receivership. [more]

Power companies should pay for insulation says Age Concern
Tomorrow's Budget is expected to introduce a fund of around 300 million dollars to insulate homes over the next four years. [more]

Green Party co-leader on insulation fund
The insulation fund in the Budget is a joint effort between National and the Green Party. [more]

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

Labour downplays car crushing bill
Labour is downplaying the government's new car crushing bill, calling it 'window dressing'. [more]

Psychiatrists boycott conference over drug firm presence
Some psychiatrists are boycotting their own trans-tasman conference over concerns about drug firm sponsorship. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Horowhenua rate hikes put squeeze on coastal land
Horowhenua residents say rates rises of up to 60 percent could force them to sell up, and they're pressing the district council to rethink its spending plans. [more]

New twist to the Watergate Scandal
There has been a new twist in the Watergate Scandal that toppled American President Richard Nixon in 1974. [more]

RAF private lives exposed by theft of sensitive data
There are fears senior staff in Britain's Royal Air Force could be at risk of blackmail after computers were stolen containing information about their sex lives. [more]


Public accountability in Samoa
Dr Iati Iati, researcher and lecturer, Comparative Politics in the Pacific, University of Canterbury. [more]

A leaf of words - Poetry
Chris Price - poet, curator and artist discusses NZ poetry set to music. [more]

Clue 5. [more]

Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Government reliance on Microsoft
The NZ government software licence negotiations with Microsoft have broken down. [more]

Heather Brooke
The journalist who first started digging around 5 years ago to get details of MPs' expenses in the UK. [more]

Australia correspondent - Ray Moynihan
There are over 50 new cases of swine flu in Australia. [more]

Feature guest - Richard Taylor
The Oscar-winning special effects wizard who co-founded special effects company Weta Workshop. [more]

Book Review - The Little Stranger
Written by Sarah Waters, reviewed by Catriona Ferguson and published by Virago. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Marty's Artist Of The Week is Ramblin' Jack Elliot. [more]

Law - Robert Lithgow
Wellington Barrister discusses changes to the criminal justice system. [more]

Film - Graeme Tuckett
Bottle Shock, Trouble Is My Business and The Hokianga Film Festival. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 27 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 27 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Patrick Spottiswoode
Director of Education at London's Shakespeares Globe who's visiting Wellington this week for the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand's University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shapespeare Festival.. [more]

Lizzie Dobson
Waikato University composition student who's travelling to the U.S. in July to attend the 'Bang on a Can Contemporary Music Festival'. [more]

Contemporary Composition
Contributor Samuel Holloway talks about Britain's NMC Records and 'The NMC Songbook'. [more]

News stories:

Fears of homelessness under state house bail rules
Community workers say they fear new state housing rules will leave many people without a home. Those released from prison on bail now need written permission to live in a state house. [more]

Pharmacists resist ban on cold medicines
The Pharmacy Guild is resisting calls for a ban aimed at cutting availability of the main ingredient used in manufacturing the illegal drug P. Pseudoephedrine is used in cold and flu medicines. [more]

Ravensdown enters Queensland market
The Ravensdown fertiliser co-operative has confirmed it will set up an operation in eastern Australia after securing support from Queensland sugarcane growers. [more]

Little support from farmers for wool promotion funding
The chairman of Meat and Wool New Zealand does not think there will be enough support to resurrect spending on wool promotion, based on feedback from farmers so far. [more]

New mobile operator accuses Telecom of bullying
Fledgling mobile operator 2 Degrees is accusing Telecom of bullying and says it has lodged a complaint with the Commerce Commission. The company wants access to Telecom's fixed line network. [more]

Facebook sells stake to Russian company
The social networking website Facebook has sold an almost 2% stake to a Russian internet firm for $US200 million. Facebook is seeking a cash buffer as it grows rapidly through ... [more]

Leinster beat Leicester to win Heineken Cup
The Irish province Leinster won European rugby's Heineken Cup for the first time when they beat newly-crowned English Premiership champions Leicester 19-16 in an entertaining final at Murrayfield. Leinster, appearing ... [more]

Counties Manukau will be part of top comp
Counties-Manukau will be part of this year's national provincial competition, says the New Zealand Rugby union - despite a media report to the contrary. A newspaper report's suggested Counties-Manukau were ... [more]

Dislocated shoulder could spell the end of 2009 for All Blacks winger
A dislocated shoulder means All Blacks and Chiefs winger Sitiveni Sivivatu will not only miss next weekend's Super 14 final against the Bulls in Pretoria, but quite likely the entire ... [more]

Rangers win Scottish football title
Rangers have won the Scottish Premier League football title with a 3-0 victory at Dundee United while Celtic could only draw nil-all with Hearts. Kyle Lafferty, Pedro Mendes and Kris ... [more]

Latvala wins rally of Italy
Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala won the Rally of Italy after his Ford bosses decided against ordering him to let his team mate Mikko Hirvonen take maximum points. A win for Hirvonen ... [more]

Henderson finishes Catalunya Tour with a win
The New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson has won the final stage of the Tour of Catalunya. Henderson, who rides for the American Columbia-Highroad team, took home the sprint victory on ... [more]

Casey scoops big prize at Wentworth
The English golfer Paul Casey has won the PGA Championship at Wentworth after a great battle with his countryman Ross Fisher. Casey birdied the par-five last hole from out of ... [more]

Good regatta for NZ kayak team
The New Zealand Kayak team has completed what High Performance Manager Wayne Maher has described as a very encouraging World Cup regatta in Poland. The New Zealanders raced in 10 ... [more]

Vili wins again in Brazil
New Zealand's Olympic shot put champion Valerie Vili has completed a hat-trick of wins in Brazil. Vili has won a meeting in Belem, again beating Belarussian Natallia Mikhnevich. Vili's winning ... [more]

Mauresmo already out of French Open
Amelie Mauresmo's French Open tennis dreams have been dashed on the first day at Roland Garros. The former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Germany's Anna-Lena ... [more]

Warriors not as good as they think they are
The New Zealand Warriors coach Ivan Cleary admits they were outplayed in every department in their 38-12 loss to the Raiders in Canberra in the National Rugby League. The Raiders ... [more]

David Smith arrested for drink driving
The Hurricanes winger David Smith was arrested in Wellington on Sunday morning for drink-driving, just over 24 hours after playing for the Hurricanes in their Super 14 semi-final loss to ... [more]

NZ sevens team beaten in final in London
The New Zealand sevens rugby team has been beaten 31-26 in extra time by England in the final of the London leg of the IRB series. The New Zealanders scored ... [more]

Newcastle relegated from Premiership
Newcastle have become the biggest English Premier League football casualties since Leeds dropped out of the top flight five years ago after a final-day defeat at Aston Villa condemned Alan ... [more]

Button wins again in Monaco
The Monaco Grand Prix has been won by Jenson Button, making it five wins out of six races in this season's world motor racing championshp. The 29-year-old Englishman drove a ... [more]

Castroneves wins Indianapolis again
Brazilian Helio Castroneves has won his third Indianapolis 500 title, breaking into tears in the Winner's Circle after capping a month that could have seen him jailed for 35 years. ... [more]

Lee has best finish in US
The teenage New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has had his best finish on the US PGA tour, tied for 13th at the Byron Nelson Classic in Texas. Lee was in ... [more]

FIA may delay introduction of budget cap
Formula One's governing body has suggested that a budget cap could be postponed to 2011 while teams called for next year's rules to be scrapped in return for a pledge ... [more]

Gary Neville back in England squad
The England football coach Fabio Capello has surprisingly named Manchester United's veteran defender Gary Neville in his 24-man squad for World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra. The 34-year-old Neville, ... [more]

Kazakhstan beat Hong Kong
Kazakhstan have beaten Hong Kong 25-6 in Almaty to secure second place in the Asian Five Nations rugby tournament, a two-place improvement on last season. They finish runners-up behind Japan, who ... [more]

Top young amateurs secure Cambo scholarships
New Zealand Golf has announced Auckland's Larissa Eruera, Masterton's Ben Campbell and Wellington's Peter Spearman-Burn are the recipients of the 2009 Michael Campbell Foundation scholarships. The promising amateurs will receive ... [more]

Added incentive for New Zealand cricket
New Zealand cricket teams have added incentive to win the domestic Twenty20 championship with confirmation of Otago's participation in October's Indian Champions League, which will have prize money of $10 ... [more]

NZ women's waterpolo surprises China
New Zealand has produced one of the surprises of the World Womens Water Polo league in Adelaide in matching China in the middle half of their match before the world ... [more]

Magic beat Steel
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic have beaten the Southern Steel 48-39 in netball's trans-tasman Championship in Invercargill. The second-placed Magic led by five after the first quarter and by eight ... [more]

Cowboys too good for Knights
The North Queensland Cowboys made it three straights wins in the National Rugby League with a commanding 36-10 result over the Newcastle Knights in Townsville on Monday night. The Cowboys ... [more]

3 withdrawls from French rugby team
The French rugby squad to play Tests next month in New Zealand and Australia has been badly hit by injuries with three experienced players pulling out. First to withdraw was ... [more]

Strachan resigns as Celtic boss
Gordon Strachan has quit as manger of Celtic, the day after the club lost their Scottish Premier League football title battle with arch-rivals Rangers. Strachan joined Celtic from Southampton in ... [more]

Top seeds start French Open campaigns
The women's number one Dinara Safina couldn't have made a better start to her campaign at the French Tennis Open. Russia's world number one, and last year's runner up whitewashed ... [more]

Williams team enters 2010 F1 championship
Williams has become the first current Formula One motor racing team to sign up for the 2010 championship despite an ongoing stand-off over the regulations that has left Ferrari threatening ... [more]

Hopes for no violence at dream final
Europe's top football official Michel Platini has appealed to Manchester United and Barcelona fans to turn this week's UEFA Champions League final into a soccer festival and not tarnish the ... [more]

Foster used to being without top players
While the coach Ian Foster concedes the absence of All Blacks winger Sitiveni Sivivatu is a major ahead of the Super 14 rugby final against the Bulls, it is a ... [more]

Boonen to take part in Le Tour warm-up event
Former world cycling champion Tom Boonen will take part in next month's Dauphine Libere after his Quick Step team lifted the Belgian's ban for failing an out-of-competition drugs test for ... [more]

Inflation expectations drop further
The Reserve Bank's latest survey shows business managers' inflation expectations continue to fall. Managers now expect annual inflation to average 2.2% over the next two years. [more]

Lee well into six figures on PGA tour
Despite an expensive last hole at the Byron Nelson golf championship in Texas, the 18-year-old New Zealander Danny Lee is more than paying his way on the PGA tour. Lee's ... [more]

David Smail qualifies for next month's US Open
The Hamilton golfer David Smail has booked a place in next month's US Open championship at Bethpage Park in New York. Smail, a Japan tour regular, ran away from a ... [more]

Lions arrive in South Africa
The British and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan has arrived with his squad in South Africa promising that his team will rise to the challenge that lays before them. The ... [more]

Jose Mourinho extends Inter contract
Jose Mourinho has extended his contract as manager of Italian football's Serie A champions Inter Milan by a year until 2012 and is rumoured to now be the highest-paid man in ... [more]

Kimberley Smith wins top London road race
The New Zealand runner Kimberley Smith has won the prestigious London 10,000-metre road race. The 27-year-old Olympic Games finalist shot to the lead from the start leaving the rest of the ... [more]

Otago Cricket play down McCullum transfer
Otago Cricket is playing down suggestions Brendon McCullum could transfer to New South Wales for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India . New South Wales is reported to be ... [more]

Wallabies to play for Nick Shehadie Trophy
The Wallabies will play the Barbarians for the inaugural Nick Shehadie Trophy in their ground-breaking rugby clash at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday week. Sir Nicholas Shehadie is a Wallabies ... [more]

Lockyer captains no surprises Maroons
Darren Lockyer returns to lead a stable, experienced Queensland rugby league side looking for a record fourth straight State of Origin series win. Lockyer missed last year's 2-1 series win ... [more]

Stewart to fight dangerous throw charge
The New South Wales back-rower Glenn Stewart is to front the National Rugby League judiciary tonight hoping to be cleared to play in the opening State of Origin clash a week ... [more]

Warriors coach rings changes for Tigers clash
The Warriors' loss in Canberra has seen coach Ivan Cleary bring in Kevin Locke and Aaron Heremaia to make their National Rugby League debuts in Sunday's round 12 clash against ... [more]

Breakthrough wins for NZ triathletes
New Zealanders Kate McIlroy and Callum Millward have scored breakthrough victories at the Pan American Cup triathlon at Austin in Texas. It's the first win in a fledgling triathlon career ... [more]

Chinese predict Yao-Lebron pairing after investment report
Chinese basketball fans are already gleefully predicting Yao Ming will join LeBron James at the Cleveland Cavaliers after reports in the United States that a Hong Kong-based company is set ... [more]

Nuggets down Lakers to even series
Denver's beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101 to even their National Basketball Association Western Conference final at two games apiece. Chauncey Billups scored 24 points and a determined Denver made ... [more]

Ten-team Air NZ Cup looking likely
It looks as if there'll be 10 teams in rugby's Air New Zealand Cup provincial championship from 2011. The NZRU has disclosed further principles for the restructured competition following last ... [more]

England make it tough for Windies in last ODI
The England cricketers have won their third and final one day international against the West Indies by 58 runs at Edgbnaston on Birmingham to take series 2-0, with game one ... [more]

Booze restrictions at Champions League final
Local authorities in Rome have ordered alcohol restrictions in the city and on public transport to help curb trouble at tomorrow's Champions League European football final. Manchester United take on ... [more]

Ferdinand declares himself fit for final
The Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has declared himself fit for tomorrow's Champions League European football final against Barcelona. The England centre back has been troubled by a calf problem and ... [more]

Barcelona stars should be fit for Champions League final
Barcelona and Manchester United should both be at full fitness for tomorrow morning's Champions League final in Rome. Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola is confident Thierry Henry and Andres Iniesta will ... [more]

Carter into light jogging before coming home
The All Black first-five Daniel Carter could be on his way home within a week or two, unless his Perpignan club makes the Top 14 final in France. Although Carter's ... [more]

Bulls delay Olivier decision
The Northern Bulls will leave it until late on Friday before deciding on the fitness of their midfield back Wynand Oliver for the Super rugby 14 final against the ... [more]

Lions coach says tour will be harder
The British and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan has arrived with his squad in South Africa promising his team will rise to the challenge. The Lions kick off their ... [more]

Wednesday's newspaper headlines
$1 billion Budget boost for home insulation; New laws allow boy racers' cars to be seized and crushed; Future uncertain for luxury Kawarau Falls hotel development. [more]

Black jersey helps keep Fien in NRL
New Dragons signing Nathan Fien says the lure of a black jersey was definItely a factor in his decision to stay in the National Rugby League. The 29-year-old Fien has ... [more]

"Real number one" nearly upset first up in Paris
The world women's tennis number two Serena Williams has narrowly avoided a major embarrassment in her opening match at the French Open. After recently claiming to be the game's "real number ... [more]

Should Djokovic be considered a better player?
The fourth seed Novak Djokovic strolled into the second round of the French tennis Open after his opponent Nicolas Lapentti retired in the second set with an ankle injury. There has ... [more]

Fiji RFU receives funding from IRB to host Pacific Nations Cup
The Fiji Rugby Union will receive just under a million US dollars from the International Rugby Board to help the Pacific Island host the Pacific Nations Cup. IRB Chairman Bernard ... [more]

4.3 quake hits south Canterbury
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck in south Canterbury at 7:57am on Wednesday. [more]

Boy racer legislation hailed as positive step
Businesses and residents in central Christchurch say new legislation targetting boy racers is a positive step. Two bills tackling the problem have been introduced to Parliament. [more]

Oil prices hit new six-month high
Oil prices climbed to a new six-month high on Tuesday. Traders viewed a jump in US consumer confidence as a signal for an economic rebound and increased energy demand. [more]

US stocks gain more than 2% on confidence data
US stocks climbed more than 2% on Tuesday as data showing the biggest monthly jump in consumer confidence in six years lifted hopes of an economic rebound. [more]

Tonga's PSC says vital services will not be cut due to pay rise
The Public Service Commission in Tonga says a 10 percent pay rise for civil servants won't be paid for by cuts to vital services. The government has approved the pay... [more]

Mobile phone users in Samoa will soon see a drop in rates
A big drop in retail rates for the use of mobile phone services in Samoa is expected as a result of the country's only Telecommunication company's success in an appeal... [more]

Samoa soon to join other countries already linked to under water cable
Samoa will soon join other countries already linked to the under water marine fibre optic cable when the completion of the project will be launched sometime this week. This will... [more]

Price of alcohol and spirits is to increase across in Fiji
The price of alcohol and spirits is to increase across the board in Fiji. The Fiji Times reports Fosters Group Pacific Limited said the price varies according to range with... [more]

Police in Samoa know identity of man's body found in boot of a car
Police in Samoa have confirmed that a man found dead in the boot of a taxi over the weekend was the driver. He was 54 years old and the father... [more]

Murder charge over Western Springs death
An Auckland man has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body may have lain in her home for more than a month. The accused had previously been charged with assault. [more]

Honey map aims to stop rip-offs
A Dunedin-based company is looking to develop a honey map of New Zealand in a bid to provide some authentication to overseas markets and prevent local producers being ripped off. [more]

Rakon profit drops nearly 60 percent
Weak demand in New Zealand and a higher tax rate has seen technology company Rakon's full year profit plunge almost 60%. It made $4.5 million in the year to the end of March. [more]

Fiji awaits UN and Commonwealth response on political forum
Fiji is waiting for a response to letters it sent to the United Nations and the Commonwealth requesting that a team be appointed to mediate in the President's Political Dialogue... [more]

Amendments drawn up for French nuclear compensation law
The French defence ministry is reported to have made some changes to the nuclear victims' compensation law due to be approved by the government ahead of its presentation to parliament. [more]

Funding cut leaves Piango in limbo
The region's NGOs are in limbo following a cut in funding for the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs. New Zealand's aid agency, NZAid, was a year into a three-year commitment... [more]

Samoa membership of WTO under review
Samoa's membership for the World Trade Organisation will be reviewed this week at a meeting of the WTO in Geneva. A delegation of Samoa's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade... [more]

Fiji lawyer Fa undeterred by regime antics
The lawyer for Fiji's ousted Prime Minister says his detention by police will not deter him from speaking out or doing his job. Tevita Fa, a lawyer for Laisenia Qarase,... [more]

Man arrested after threats to parking warden
Police in Auckland are speaking to several people in the suburb of Grey Lynn after a parking officer was threatened with what was thought to be a firearm. A paintball gun has been seized. [more]

PNG land slide assessment continues
Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Management Office says it's still unclear how many people have been affected by a landslide in Morobe Province. The landslide wiped out a village, killing... [more]

Three bodies recovered and 16 still missing in PNG following a landslide
Three bodies have been recovered and 16 people are missing, feared dead, after a massive landslide wiped out a remote Papua New Guinea village. Villagers had to walk three hours... [more]

Warning of deaths due to electricity prices
Lobby group Age Concern says people will die unless urgent action is taken on energy poverty. It has written to the Government requesting a full investigation into electricity prices. [more]

Japan to fund water supply upgrade in Solomons
The Japanese Government has agreed to spend nearly 22 million US dollars to implement drinking water improvement projects in Honiara and Malaita's provincial capital, Auki. The paper, the Solomon Star,... [more]

Fiji group urges Forum countries to also apply travel ban
The Australia-based Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement is calling on island countries in the Pacific to apply the same travel sanctions that New Zealand and Australia impose on Fiji. Since... [more]

Samoa group says NZAid shares blame for Piango woes
The National President of the Samoa Umbrella of NGOS, or SUNGO, says NZAid, needs to take some responsibility for mismanagement issues at the regional organisation. New Zealand's aid agency, NZAid,... [more]

Samoa chiefs urged to support campaign against incest and rape
Samoa's Victim Support Group says they need village matais or chiefs to support their nation-wide awareness campaign about incest and rape. A spokesperson Viliamu Paese says something has to be... [more]

New Fiji judges accused of treason for accepting military order
The lawyer for Fiji's ousted Prime Minister says judges who take up appointments under the interim government are committing treason. Last week the first judges were appointed since the judiciary... [more]

Shearer to be offered four-year Newcastle deal
Alan Shearer is set to be offered a four-year contract to stay on as manager of the English football club Newcastle who've just been relegated from the Premier League. Shearer's ... [more]

Blake out as Serena scraps past stubborn Czech in Paris
A little-known tennis player from Argentina has posted the biggest upset so far at the French Open on the third day, knocking the 15th-seeded American James Blake out in straight ... [more]

Everton to open football academy near Christchurch
Young New Zealand footballers striving to play in England or Europe now have a clear path to chase their dreams. The Asia Pacific Football academy will open in Lincoln, near Christchurch ... [more]

Waldrom's All Blacks hopes stymied
Any plans the All Black selectors plans had for Scott Waldrom to back up to skipper Richie McCaw in the openside flanker role have been dealt a blow with Hurricanes ... [more]

Todd posts first win in international competition in ten years
The two time Olympic champion Mark Todd has won his first international eventing competition in ten years, taking out the Houghton International Horse Trials in England. Todd, riding Walk the ... [more]

Changes to NZ sevens squad
There are two changes to the New Zealand rugby sevens team to for the final leg of the World Series in Scotland. Auckland's Edwin Cocker and Southland's Willie Rickards will ... [more]

Magic one win away from NBA finals
Dwight Howard scored 10 points in overtime as Orlando defeated Cleveland 116-114 to push the top-ranked Cavaliers to the brink of elimination in the National Basketball Association playoffs. The Magic ... [more]

Stewart goes before NRL judiciary with State of Origin debut on the line
The New South Wales and Manly forward Glenn Stewart will face the National Rugby League judiciary in Sydney tonight in an effort to save his place in the Blues side ... [more]

Jackson fined for refereeing outburst
The Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has been fined $40,000 by the National Basketball Association for publicly criticising game officials. The Lakers organisation was also fined $40,000 for ... [more]

Moyes best manager, again
The Everton football club manager David Moyes has won the League Managers' Association's manager of the Year award for a record third time in the perfect boost ahead of Sunday's ... [more]

Assault prompts PNG diplomat to leave Honiara
Reports from Papua New Guinea says one of its diplomats in Solomon Islands has left Honiara after being assaulted. The Post Courier reports that the unnamed individual had angered the... [more]

Court reserves ruling on Reid appeal
The Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in the case of a man convicted of two high-profile sex crimes. [more]

$250,000 of alcohol stolen in Auckland
The owner of a central Auckland liquor store is hoping insurance will be able cover at least some of the expensive and rare liquor taken in a heist. Thieves looted about $250,000 of stock on Monday. [more]

ACC set to axe more staff
Seventy people look set to lose their jobs as restructuring at the Accident Compensation Corporation continues. [more]

Fonterra milk payout lower than expected
New Zealand cooperative Fonterra is blaming volatile currency conditions and continuing low dairy commodity prices for a lower than expected opening milk payout forecast for the 2009-2010 season. [more]

Job concerns as F and P sells shares to Chinese firm
New Zealand whiteware manufacturer Fisher and Paykel says it cannot rule out future job losses, following the announcement a Chinese company is to take a 20% shareholding. [more]

Parent reps back on Correspondence School board
Parent representatives are back on the board of the Correspondence School after a six-year absence. [more]

Fiji lawyers caught between rock and a hard place after decree, says Fa
A lawyer for Fiji's ousted Prime Minister says most lawyers will have little choice but to apply for practising certificates under a new presidential decree. Under the Legal Practitioners Decree,... [more]

UAE keen to link up with Fiji - report
Reports from Fiji say there is renewed interest on the part of the United Arab Emirates to get an air services agreement with Fiji. The Fiji Times quotes the civil... [more]

PNG opposition accuses PM of corruption over immigration deals
The Papua New Guinea Opposition Leader, Sir Mekere Morauta, has accused the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, of corruption over his failure to control questionable activities within Foreign Affairs. Sir... [more]

Fiji Police seize large swag of dope
Fiji police are reported to have have uprooted large quantities of marijuana plants on Viti Levu. Fiji Live quotes a police spokesman, Sergeant Atunaisa Sokomuri, as saying the operation saw... [more]

Hillary lecture at Auckland museum cancelled
A lecture about adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary's legacy has been cancelled because of a dispute between his children and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. [more]

ING adds Nelson to investor meetings
Financial services company ING New Zealand has included Nelson in a national roadshow after pressure from disgruntled investors with millions of dollars tied up in two frozen funds. [more]

Canterbury police recapture wanted man
The man who eluded Canterbury police for more than three months has finally been caught and remanded in custody. William Stewart was captured near Mayfield on Wednesday morning. [more]

North Island pylon transmission line approved
A proposed new high-voltage transmission line between South Waikato and Auckland has been approved in a draft decision by the Board of Inquiry set up to hear the application. [more]

New US distribution deal for Fisher and Paykel
Fisher & Paykel Appliances has signed two new agreements with one of the biggest appliance retailers in the United States. Sears Holdings is to become the distributor for the Elba brand. [more]

60% rates rises for some coastal properties
Some Horowhenua residents are calling on their district council to rethink rates rises of more than 60%, which they say could force them to sell their homes. [more]

Everton backs Canterbury football academy
An Asia Pacific Football academy is to open in Canterbury next year in partnership with English Premier League Club Everton. The programme will provide full schooling for 13 to 18 year olds. [more]

Fears 'three strikes' law may put witnesses at risk
The Law Society has warned Parliament that the proposed "three-strikes" sentencing law could lead to offenders killing witnesses to avoid a third conviction. [more]

Crown, defence present final evidence in Bain trial
The evidential part of the retrial of murder-accused David Bain has ended and the jury has been dismissed until next week. [more]