Radio New Zealand - Friday, 5th June 2009

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


Best Song Ever Written
Mark Harrison from Auckland chose The Final Countdown by Europe. [more]

NZ Live
New Zealand Live features Helen van der Linden, winner of last weekend's New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards. [more]

Sign of the times?
The writing's on the wall for the Sign of the Kiwi, the much-loved tearoom located on Canterbury's Port Hills. [more]

He rourou for 5 June 2009
In the Bay of Plenty tribe of Te Arawa, women are not permitted to deliver whaikorero or formal speeches on the marae. In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Te Poroa Malcolm about the reason behind that 'seemingly-sexist' tradition. [more]

Weekend Weather
With Metservice weather guru Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Julie Biuso
This week Julie prepares for us Jacket Potatoes with Bacon and Sweet Chilli Sauce. [more]

Sport - Stephen Hewson
Today cricket, with the Twenty 20 world cup about to get underway in London tomorrow. [more]

The Vault - Heaven's Helper
The story of a man who seeks truth and meaning after his experience in the bombing of Nagasaki. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Gary McCormick and Simon Pound. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Gary McCormick and Simon Pound. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 5 June 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 5 June 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


David Bain trial verdict
A High Court jury has found David Bain not guilty of the murders of five of his family members. [more]

A David Bain supporter reacts to the verdict
Patti Napier, a member of 'The friends of David Bain' group, talks about the not guilty verdict. [more]

David Bain's former defence lawyer
We hear from Michael Guest, David Bain's lawyer in the first trial. [more]

David Bain trial verdict
Monique Devereux reports live from outside the High Court in Christchurch. [more]

Joe Karam on the David Bain verdict
Joe Karam - long time supporter of David Bain - reacts to the jury's not guilty verdicts. [more]

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

Justice Minister reacts to Bain verdict
We are joined by Justice Minister Simon Power. [more]

Nigel Hampton QC on the David Bain verdicts
As we've heard, after a 13 week-long retrial, David Bain has been found not guilty of murdering his family 15 years ago in Dunedin. [more]

PM yet to meet with Worth complainant
A meeting planned between the Prime Minister John Key and an Indian woman accusing one of his MPs, Richard Worth, of sexual harassment, has failed to eventuate today. [more]

David Bain's lawyer
David Bain's lawyer, Michael Reed, on the jury's not guilty verdicts. [more]

Loan interest rates rise
The first of the major banks ASB has raised its long term fixed home loan rates. [more]

Prison manager charged over drug supply operation
A Rimutaka prison manager with 16 years experience is one of six people, including three prisoners, arrested and charged with setting up a cannabis growing and supply operation. [more]

Dunedin 'student pub' bans 18 and 19 year olds
Starting tonight, an infamous Dunedin student pub is barring 18 and 19 year olds from its premises - despite them being legally old enough to drink. [more]

David Bain found not guilty
David Bain has been found not guilty of murdering five members of his family 15 years ago in Dunedin. [more]

Reaction in Dunedin to the David Bain verdicts
Our reporter in David Bain's hometown of Dunedin has been out gauging local reaction to the not guilty verdicts. [more]

Prison drug ring shut down
Six people, including a Rimutaka prison manager and three inmates, have been arrested and charged with setting up a cannabis growing and supply operation. [more]

US citizens honoured with Erebus medals
Eleven US citizens who assisted with search and recovery following the Erebus disaster have been presented with Special Service Medals at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington. [more]

Francis Shaw wins case at Court of Appeal
A man twice convicted and twice acquitted of burning down an historic church in Otaki could be back before the court for a third time. [more]

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

Focus on Politics for 5 June 2009
The National-led Government has lost its first minister after just six months in power with the resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Gordon Brown's government in crisis
Another day - another resignation from the British government, but this one could be crucial. [more]

Public reaction to the David Bain verdicts
After deliberating for just under 6 hours, a jury has found David Bain not guilty of murdering his family 15 years ago in Dunedin. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Marlborough sounds barge operator Peter Johnson. [more]

Going nuts
Darfield couple Jenny and Malcolm Lawrence purchase walnuts in shell from properties throughout New Zealand. The walnuts are then stored, cracked and graded for sale to the hospitality and retail sectors. [more]

Taihape Area School
Taihape's new area school opened its doors in February. It boasts the most up-to-date technology and a particularly talented, hamonica-toting teacher. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 June 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 June 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 5 June 2009
Pressure mounts on PM over handling of Richard Worth, Royal commission criticises super-city changes. [more]

Developers accuse Christchurch Airport
A group of developers is accusing the Christchurch International Airport of double standards after plans to develop a holiday park nearby were rejected. [more]

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

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

Former Labour Minister unsurprised by critical report
The Immigration Service has been heavily criticised by the Auditor General for inconsistent visa decisions, poor management, and a dysfunctional workplace. [more]

Port of Napier sees recession as temporary glitch
Although some ports are experiencing downturns, the Port of Napier is avoiding the effects of the recession, so far. [more]

Pressure mounts on PM over Richard Worth
The Prime Minister, John Key has been forced to consider meeting with a woman who claims Richard Worth sexually pursued her while making her job offers as a minister. [more]

PM defends handling of Worth affair
The Prime Minister John Key says if the first of two allegations of inappropriate behavior against MP Richard Worth are proved - he'll seek his expulsion from the National Caucus [more]

Political editor on John Key's handling of Worth story
Joining us is our political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Royal Commission chair criticises supercity changes
The chair of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance has spoken out for the first time on the changes made by the Government to his super-city plan, and he's not impressed. [more]

Jury retires to consider verdict on Bain
A High Court jury in Christchurch will today retire to consider its verdicts in the retrial of David Bain. [more]

US President Barack Obama in Cairo
US President Barack Obama has told a crowd in Cairo it's time for a new beginning between the US and the Muslim world. [more]

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

Greens first to reveal MP expenses
The Green Party has become the first to release details of its MPs expenses. It shows its nine MPs each spent an average of almost 14-thousand dollars on air travel in the first four months of this year. [more]

Corrections paying police to accomodate inmates
Prison reform advocates want the Ombudsmen to investigate what they claim is a sharp deterioration in prison living standards. [more]

Birdsong radio axed
Until a few days ago Birdsong radio, in the UK, played ambient twitter from an English garden from 6 in the morning to midnight. Now the birds have been axed, silenced forever in favour of a more commercial mix of urban, indie, rock and jazz music. [more]

Pressure mounts on PM over Richard Worth
The labour leader Phil Goff talks to Sean Plunket. [more]

Auditor General report on Immigration Service
The Auditor General's report on the Immigration Service has highlighted a series of failings within the department. [more]

Immigration Minister says service improvements will take time
The Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman joins us. [more]

Transport Minister slates KiwiRail value slump
Transport Minister Steven Joyce is warning his government is very reluctant to fund KiwiRail, as the latest valuation reveals another multimillion dollar slump in the asset's value. [more]

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

Twenty-20 world cup
Embraced by the masses but despised by the traditionalists Crickets Twenty 20 world cup gets underway at the traditional home of cricket, Lord's in London tonight. [more]

Union says fresh agreement could save jobs
The Union representing workers at Oamaru's Summit Wool Spinners says a fresh agreement with North Otago's second largest employer could save jobs in the long run. [more]

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

Ambulance Association
The Ambulance Association says a Government injection of 100 new paramedics won't solve the industry's biggest problem of single-crewing. [more]

Correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh
Kerry-Anne Walsh on former Australian Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Andrew Symond's latest exploits. [more]


Geoff Ostling
Bequeathing skin. [more]

This weeks answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Website records racial abuse
Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, and Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham, comment on a new web site set up to record instances of racial abuse. [more]

Investment in conservation
Julia Marton-Lefevre is the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She says that despite the recession, richer countries such as NZ must not focus only on economic hardship - at the expense of the environment. [more]

Relationship between media and politics
Terry Michael is head of the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism, currently visiting NZ. [more]

Asia correspondent
Phil O'Sullivan talks about current events in Asia. [more]

Feature guest - Conal Coad
Conal Coad is New Zealand's eminent bass, in constant demand on the world stage with singing engagements. Currently performing in The Italian Girl in Algiers in Auckland. [more]

Children's Book Review
John McIntyre reviews 'Salt River' by Elizabeth Hegarty and 'Return For The Gold' by Margaret Hall. Note: Also reviewed is 'The Mine's Afire!: The Journal of Tommy Carter' by Susan Battye and Thelma Eakin, however the title is misquoted. [more]

Manu Taylor reviews albums by Iron and Wine, Calico Brothers and Yusef (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens). [more]

Sports commentator Joseph Romanos discusses the Queen's Birthday Honours awarded to sports people. [more]

Week That Was
Jon Bridges and Pinky Agnew offer some advice. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 June 2009
The latest from the farming and rural communities. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 June 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Playing Favourites with Jim Wilson
Founder of Christchurch-based Phantom Billstickers,a nation-wide postering and printed matter distribution firm. [more]

The Vault

The Vault - Heavens Helper
The journey of a man who turns to God and devotes his life to helping the disabled. It's the story of a man who seeks truth and meaning after his experience in the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. Leonard Cheshire was a 25-year-old bomber pilot involved in the bombing. The impact of his experience led him on a life-long quest to help others. [more]


Bella Hristova
US-based Bulgarian violinist in the country for concerts with the Christchurch SO, Auckland Phil and Southern Sinfonia. [more]

Lucy Marinkovich
NZ Shool of Dance student presenting work at mid-year choreographic season 'In a Space' which opens tonight. [more]

Kristian Winther
Australian violinist performing with the Southern Sinfonia in their 'Baroque and Beyond' concert this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Bain jury facing 'formidable task'
The jury in the retrial of murder-accused David Bain has retired for the day and will begin deliberations on Friday. Justice Panckhurst summed up the trial before telling jurors they face a "formidable task". [more]

Worth says no offence has been committed
National MP and former government minister Richard Worth on Thursday defended himself over allegations of a "sexual nature" levelled against him. [more]

MPs to disclose expenses
The Speaker of the House, Lockwood Smith, says a regime for the public disclosure of MPs' expenses will be developed as soon as possible. [more]

Waikato beat Harbour in NBL
Waikato have beaten North Harbour 75-69 in their National basketball League match on the North Shore. The win keeps Waikato on top while Harbour look to have secured 5th place ... [more]

Plumtree to help Springboks
The former Wellington rugby coach John Plumtree has been called into the Springboks camp to help prepare the side for the 3-test series against the British and Irish Lions. Plumtree is ... [more]

Robinson takes over Scotland rugby job
The former England boss Andy Robinson has been named as the new Scotland rugby coach. Robinson replaces Frank Hadden who quit following the Six Nations in April after 4 years ... [more]

Cleary gets contract extension
Ivan Cleary has signed a two-year contract extension to continue as the New Zealand Warriors coach until the end of the 2012 National Rugby League season. Executive director of football ... [more]

Costa Rica beats USA in World Cup qualifier
Costa Rica has outclassed the United States 3-1 in a qualifying match for next year's football World Cup to go top of the final stage in the CONCACAF region. . ... [more]

Auditor-General report faults Immigration Service
A report by the Auditor-General is raising serious concerns about the quality of some decision-making processes at Immigration New Zealand. [more]

Agreement reached on Oamaru mill jobs
Oamaru-based Summit Wool Spinners, North Otago's second largest employer, has reached a new agreement with workers which their union says could help save jobs. [more]

Chch airport criticised over holiday park opposition
A group of developers is accusing the Christchurch International Airport of double standards after plans to develop a holiday park nearby were rejected. [more]

Decision reserved in Dunedin stadium judicial review
A judge at the High Court in Dunedin has reserved his decision following a judicial review on Thursday of the Otago Regional Council's involvement in Dunedin's enclosed stadium project. [more]

Samoa beat Papua New Guinea in opening netball match
The opening game at the netball tournament at Apia Stadium between hosts Samoa and Papua New Guinea went into overtime. The scores were locked at 50 all at the end... [more]

Fiji's government prepares to extend emergency regulations
It appears the public emergency regulations in Fiji will be extended into next month. The interim government was due to decide next week whether to continue with the censorship of... [more]

New Zealand opposition critical of changes to RSE scheme
The opposition Labour Party in New Zealand says the Government's removal of the minimum wage protection for workers on the Recognised Seasonal Employer, or RSE, scheme will lead to exploitation... [more]

Trade ministers to meet over PACER
When they meet in a little over a week in Samoa, Pacific Islands Forum Trade Ministers are expected to consider a road map on the enlarged Pacific Agreement on Closer... [more]

Call to extend competition in regional air services
A conference in Auckland has been told Pacific skies should be opened up to competition to fully realise the region's tourism potential. The suggestion came from Meg Poutasi of the... [more]

Super-city change criticised by commission head
The chair of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance says he is concerned about a key change the Government made to the plans for a super-city. [more]

Banking Ombudsman expects more ANZ complaints
The Banking Ombudsman is expecting more complaints from ANZ customers who were advised to put money into ING's frozen investment funds. [more]

Turners aims to regain kiwifruit export position
Turners and Growers says it is in a position to again become a major force in the kiwifruit industry, and has hit out at the Government-established Kiwifruit Marketing Board. [more]

Auckland port company to receive council capital
The country's largest port company, Ports of Auckland, will receive a capital injection from its local body owner. [more]

Xue talked of killing wife if she left him, court told
Nai Yin Xue told friends he had no problems keeping his young wife because he would kill her if she ever left him, a court has been told. [more]

Tiger attack victim to be buried in South Africa
The zoo-keeper killed by a tiger at the Zion Wildlife Gardens near Whangarei will be buried in his homeland in South Africa, after enough money was raised to send his body home. [more]

All Blacks scrum coach signs on
The All Blacks scrum coach Mike Cron has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union until the end of 2011. Cron has been an NZRU resource coach since 2004 and works ... [more]

Brabhams take legal advice on new F1 team with their name
The family of triple Formula One world champion Jack Brabham sat they're taking legal advice after a German businessman applied to enter next year's championship as Brabham Grand Prix. A ... [more]

Middle East business takes over Notts County
Notts County, the world's oldest football league club, have announced that a Middle East consortium has taked them over in a multi-million pound deal. Notts, formed in 1862 but languishing ... [more]

Smail among leaders in Japan
New Zealand's top ranked golfer David Smail is among the leaders going into the second round of the UBS Championship in Japan. Smail, who has qualified for the US Open ... [more]

Govt quashes suggestion of capital gains tax
The Government has moved quickly to scotch a suggestion from the Treasury that it consider introducing a capital gains tax. [more]

Samurai sword victim charged
The victim of a samurai sword attack has been arrested by Palmerston North police and charged with possessing an offensive weapon. [more]

KiwiRail now valued at $388 million
The Transport Minister says there is no realistic hope taxpayers will ever get back the hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in KiwiRail. Treasury has valued the network at $388 million. [more]

Commodity price index rises in May
International commodity prices rose for the third consecutive month, but further weakness may still be in the pipeline for some sectors. [more]

Kahui out for 6 months
The All Blacks centre Richard Kahui will miss the the international season to undergo surgery on an injured shoulder. All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson says Kahui had been carrying the ... [more]

Tautua Samoa party files legal action against speaker ruling
The Tautua Samoa Party is taking legal action against the parliamentary speaker, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'atua's, who removed its nine MPs for breaching the Electoral Act. He had ruled that the... [more]

Employee charged with DNA databank disclosure
An employee of the Environmental Science and Research agency has appeared in the Auckland District Court charged with illegally disclosing information from a DNA database. [more]

Overseas students 'across country' being harrassed
Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says anecdotal evidence shows that harassment of international students is happening across the country. [more]

Not enough consultation on super-city - survey
New Zealanders believe people have not been adequately consulted about the planned new supercity for Auckland, a survey indicates. [more]

Port of Napier expects downturn
The Port of Napier expects to soon begin feeling the effects of the recession, predicting a fall in volume of up to 10% over the next year. [more]

Both centres out for All Blacks
A double blow for the All Blacks with both centres Conrad Smith and Richard Kahui out of contention for next week's opening test against France. Kahui will miss the rest ... [more]

Wool prices fall at latest auction
Wool prices at Thursday's auction were hit by the rise in the dollar over the past fortnight. Prices for most wool types were lower than the previous sale a fortnight ago. [more]

Census to create some American Samoan jobs
American Samoa's census is expected to create new jobs and pump new money into the economy. Three officials of the US Census Bureau are in the territory this week to... [more]

US tourist in French Polynesia isolation over flu fears
A woman from the United States has been placed in isolation in a French Polynesian hospital amid fears that she could have the H1N1 flu. On arrival in Tahiti, she... [more]

Road accidents still key issue for new Cook Islands police commissioner
The new Cook Islands police commissioner says the appointment of a local person is proof of the achievements of his expatriate predecessor. Maara Tetava, who has been the deputy commissioner... [more]

New PNG council being formed to represent tourism industry
A new independent council is being established in Papua New Guinea to voice the concerns of members of the tourism industry. The former president of the PNG Tourism Industry Association,... [more]

Buses may return to Wellington's Manners Mall
The return of buses to Wellington's Manners Mall is a step closer, after a city council committee voted 11-to-4 on Thursday in favour of the idea. [more]

Ramu management rejects claim over concerns about PNG waste pipeline
The Chinese management of the Ramu nickel project in Papua New Guinea has denied that its waste slurry pipeline routed along the Madang highway is a hazard. The newspaper, The... [more]

Wholesale trade sales fall
Wholesalers have sold a record low number of goods to retailers, and for lower prices. [more]

Bank customers complain over mortgage break fees
The Banking Ombudsman is investigating a wave of complaints regarding banks' mortgage break fees. [more]

Financials, surging commodities lift Wall Street
US stocks rose on Thursday as a brokerage's upbeat view on US banks drove a run-up in financials, and higher prices for oil and other commodities pushed up natural resources companies. [more]

Rio Tinto deal set to be scrapped - report
Australian mining giant Rio Tinto's $US19.5 billion deal to sell a stake to the China's Chinalco will be scrapped, a British newspaper reports.Australian mining giant Rio Tinto's $US19.5 billion deal to sell a stake to the China's Chinalco will be scrappe [more]

New Zealand government says RSE change improves transparency
The New Zealand Government says changes to the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, under which thousands of Pacific Islanders work for limited periods in horticulture, will introduce greater transparency. The Government... [more]

Fiji Media Council encourages open debate at AIBD conference
The chair of Fiji's Media Council says he hopes local journalists will speak out at an upcoming broadcasting conference, although he says it's unfortunate they will be restricted in what... [more]

Gomes elected New Caledonia president for 5-year term
The New Caledonian Congress has elected Philippe Gomes as the new President for a five-year term to replace Harold Martin. Mr Gomes is the leader of the anti-independence Caledonia Together... [more]

Flights delayed at Auckland airport due to fog
Fog caused delays for some travellers at Auckland Airport on Friday morning, with 13 domestic departures put on hold. [more]

Investigation of prison conditions urged
A prison reform group wants the Ombudsman to investigate what it says is a deterioration in prison living standards. [more]

Contact holds power prices in some areas
Power company Contact Energy has frozen its prices for residential electricity in parts of Wellington, Hawke's Bay, the East Coast and Christchurch. [more]

Tsunami research underway
Research on earthquakes in parts of the Pacific is expected to enable Civil Defence authorities in New Zealand to better predict the likelihood of tsunamis. [more]

Health software providers in dispute
The Commerce Commission says it has received a complaint from two feuding health providers and will assess its worth to see if a full investigation is needed. [more]

More paramedics needed, say ambulance services
The Ambulance Association says 100 extra paramedics to be provided as part of multi-million dollar Government spending on the service will not solve the industry's biggest problem, of single-crewing on ambulances. [more]

Housing NZ homes to be sold to tenants this year
Housing New Zealand says some tenants will be able to buy the homes they rent later this year. [more]

Police cleared over pursuit ending in fatal crash
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has cleared the police of wrongdoing after a pursuit that ended with the death of an Auckland man. [more]

Lull in Europe-US subsidy dispute
The European Union has held back from retaliating against the United States' recent decision to restore subsidies for its dairy farmers. [more]

Teens escape fiery crash, police review pursuit
South Auckland police are reviewing footage of a pursuit, which ended when a car crashed and burst into flames. The teenage driver escaped the burning vehicle and another teenager was rescued. [more]

Kiribati signs into law Phoenix Islands reserve
The Kiribati President Anote Tong has signed into law the act creating the world's largest marine protected area in the Phoenix islands.. The signing follows a motion passed in the... [more]

European election campaign to end for weekend polls
Campaigning is about to end for the three overseas seats allotted to France in the election of the next European parliament this weekend. Under a new formula, one representative will... [more]

Italy name star-studded squad for All Whites game
Italy's football coach Marcello Lippi has finalised an imposing 23-man squad for Thursday's friendly against New Zealand, and the Confederations Cup tournament which follows. The world cup winning manager had ... [more]

All Whites coach balancing twin concerns
All Whites coach Ricki Herbert is balancing the twin concerns of building match fitness and managing player work loads ahead of New Zealand's second pre-Confederations Cup football friendly against Botswana ... [more]

Pulse reappoint McCausland-Durie as head coach
The Central Pulse board has confirmed the appointment of Yvette McCausland-Durie as head coach for next season in netball's ANZ Championship and also announced Bridget Abernethy as the new chief ... [more]

NBA decides to fine MVP James after all
The National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern has done an about face and slapped LeBron James with a $US25,000 fine for refusing to shake hands with rivals and snubbing reporters. ... [more]

Symonds' behaviour saddens peers
Australia and England cricketers have been saddened by Andrew Symonds' latest off-field problems, which are expected to spell the end of the controversial allrounder's international career. Victoria's Cameron White has ... [more]

CNMI considers pay hike to retain doctors
The Department of Public Health in the Northern Marianas is considering raising the salaries of some physicians at the Commonwealth Health Center. This comes after a series of resignations in... [more]

Dismantling starts of American Samoa cannery
The Samoa Packing cannery has begun dismantling equipment from its Atuu plant in American Samoa and putting them in containers to be shipped out. Cannery employees said that some of... [more]

Fiji confident Tamiflu stocks suffice in current threat
The Ministry of Health in Fiji is assuring the public there is enough Tamiflu to treat and manage Influenza A, H1N1 if it arrives in the country. The Ministry's Media... [more]

Solomon Islands AIDS Council hits out at discrimination against infected people
The Solomon Islands National Aids Council has lashed out at discrimination of people infected with HIV/AIDS or those suspected of having the virus. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the... [more]

PNG kidnappers arrested after ransom payment
A high-profile Papua New Guinean businessman's family members kidnapped and held for ransom have been released safely after a six-day police operation. The 12-year-old daughter of Leon Buskens, who is... [more]

Human Rights Watch calls for Indonesia to stop Abepura prison abuse
The New York-based Human Rights Watch has called on Indonesia to stop the abuse of inmates at Abepura prison in Papua. Various sources report that torture and beatings by guards... [more]

New Zealand opposition spots exploitation in RSE change
An MP in the New Zealand opposition Labour Party says allowing deductions from the minimum wages paid to the Pacific workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme is shocking. The... [more]

Graham Henry expecting to lose Conrad Smith for first Test
A day after the All Blacks heard that centre Richard Kahui will be out for the rest of the international rugby season coach Graham Henry has also probably lost his ... [more]

Hawker appointed to ARU board
Former Wallabies centre Michael Hawker has been appointed to the board of the Australian Rugby Union. Hawker played 25 Tests from 1980 to 1987 and was a member of the ... [more]

Court throws out Edgeware Rd killer's appeal
An appeal by the man convicted of murdering two Christchurch teenagers by running them down has been dismissed. [more]

ASB raises rate on five-year mortgage
ASB has raised the interest rate on its five-year mortgage to 8% for the first time this year as banks again face rising funding costs. [more]

Boy latest NZ confirmed case of swine flu
A one-year-old Auckland boy has tested postive for swine flu, taking the total of confirmed cases in New Zealand to 13. [more]

Attempts fail to arrange meeting over Worth claim
Attempts to broker a meeting between the Prime Minister and an Indian woman who claims National MP Richard Worth pursued her sexually have so far been unsuccessful. [more]

Xue broke into house to find wife, court told
A dramatic account of murder-accused Nai Yin Xue breaking into a man's house late at night in search of his estranged wife has been given to the High Court in Auckland. [more]

Under-30s now more wary of debt, agency says
New figures suggest people are curbing their appetite for debt - and the biggest change in behaviour is among those aged under 30. [more]

Prison manager, inmates face drug charges
A unit manager and three inmates at Rimutaka Prison have been charged with cannabis-related offences. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets higher
Markets in the Asia-Pacific region ended the week higher on Friday. [more]

Man found dead in central Queenstown
A man from the United Kingdom has been found dead in central Queenstown. Police say it appears he fell from a rooftop and there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. [more]

Man wins retrial over destruction of church
A man convicted of burning down one of New Zealand's oldest churches has won another retrial in a decision by the Court of Appeal. [more]

Fletcher Building to close Kumeu factory
A major building materials manufacturer and distributor is planning to close its factory. Forty one employees are affected. [more]

Bain found not guilty of murder
David Bain is a free man after a High Court jury on Friday found him not guilty of the murders of five of his family members. [more]