Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 30th June 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Asian report for 30 June 2009
Sapna Samant concludes her two part story looking into anime and manga. Today she sees how anime and manga affect life and creativity in New Zealand. [more]

Best song ever written - My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
Geoff Tyson chooses 'My Love is Like a Red Red Rose' performed by Kenneth McKellar. [more]

Reeling In The Years - Alan Galbraith
For this 1975 edition of Reeling In The Years; Jim is joined by a man who has filled many roles in the music industry. [more]

Healthy Tea
A cup of tea could be the tonic to get you through the winter, according to studies by nutrition experts. [more]

Cycling spectators
For sports fans mad keen on the Tour de France the next best thing to being a competitor in the grueling 3 week race is cycling the course as a spectator. [more]

He rourou for 30 June 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Laurence Wharerau, from the National Film Archives about a recent exchange with their indigenous colleagues from Australia. [more]

Feature album - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is an album by English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey released on 23 October 2000. In 2006, the album was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best albums of all time. [more]

Tune Your Engine
Debbie Mayo-Smith is a business productivity expert, best selling author and international guest speaker with business tips. [more]

Environment Story for 30 June 2009
Each summer the Department of Conservation hand-raises about 20 takahe chicks and it's a skilled process that involves teaching the young birds some very specific skills. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Don Donovan and Mark Inglis. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Don Donovan and Mark Inglis. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 30 June 2009
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 30 June 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Checkpoint

Gunman's family apologises to his victims
The family of the paraplegic man who was killed by police after he shot an officer and a neighbour, has spoken of their grief and apologised for the hurt caused. [more]

150 dead after Airbus crash
150 people are feared dead after a Yemeni airliner crashed into the Indian Ocean in the Comoros archipelago off east Africa. [more]

Flooding leaves Gisborne residents isolated
Civil Defence is keeping a close watch on river levels in the Gisborne district, where some residents have been evacuated and flooding has made some roads impassable. [more]

Man stabs himself at court
A 29 year old man was rushed to hospital this afternoon after he stabbed himself in the neck at the Wellington District Court. [more]

80 jobs go at Child Youth and Family
A national child abuse prevention group is attacking the decision by Child Youth and Family to axe 18 social work positions that specialise in educating people how to recognise and report abuse. [more]

Madoff jailed for 150 years
Cheated investors vented their rage at the disgraced financier Bernard Madoff as he was sentenced to 150 years jail for masterminding what's believed to be America's biggest fraud. [more]

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

Kaikohe squatters claim Maori sovereignty
A group of squatters in Kaikohe says the man who bought the building they're occupying owes them over four hundred thousand dollars in fines because he has no right to own it. [more]

Huge waves pound Hawke's Bay coastline
Huge waves pounding the coastline near Cape Kidnappers have taken another large chunk of the road leading to a Hawke's Bay camping ground which looks increasingly under threat. [more]

Waihi Village residents still not allowed home
Residents of the small settlement of Waihi village at the southern end of Lake Taupo were allowed home briefly earlier today to grab possessions and pets from their homes. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Jackson's mother files for child custody
Michael Jackson's mother has said she'll file for custody of the late singer's three children. [more]

Private hospitals must handle post-surgery complications
The Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson is warning that private hospitals will have to show they can cope with unexpected post-operative complications if they're going to take on more surgery from the public sector. [more]

Line 7 rejects offer of help from government
The beleaguered clothing company Line 7 has today turned down any assistance from the government. [more]

Statement from Shayne Sime's family
The family of the paraplegic man who was killed by police after he shot an officer and a neighbour, have spoken of their grief and apologised for the hurt caused. [more]

MSD to axe 200 jobs
The Ministry of Social Development has confirmed that it will cut 200 jobs, with 80 of the positions being axed from Child Youth and Family. [more]

Woman involved in Nia Glassie's death released
There's anger in Rotorua tonight at a decision to release from prison one of the people found guilty of abusing the murdered toddler Nia Glassie. [more]

Pay equity campaign launched
About 200 people braved the cold outside Parliament today for the launch of a national campaign to close the pay gap between men and women. [more]

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

PM says reopening smacking debate could derail country
The Prime Minister has knocked back an offer to cancel the smacking referendum, saying that reopening the debate on changing the law could distract the New Zealand public and Parliament for months. [more]

Concerns Obama is too close to the media
After five months in office President Obama is getting high public approval ratings and a great deal of media coverage. [more]

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

Commissioner supports more private surgery - if done correctly
The Health and Disability Commissioner says he's comfortable with a move towards more surgery being carried out in private hospitals as long as it's done right. [more]

US invasion forces leave Iraq
Since 2003 the U.S. soldiers in their Humvees and Abrams tanks have been a fixture on the streets of Iraq. [more]

Fatal explosion on Italian train
At least 13 people have been killed and more than 30 injured after a train derailed and exploded in Northern Italy. [more]

Tension on the streets of Honduras
President Obama has given his support to calls for the re-instatement of the Honduran president Manuel Zelaya who's been deposed by the military. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Ahmadinejad confirmed as Iran's president
The verdict of Iran's Guardian Council after it concluded a partial recount of votes is that there were few or no errors in Iran's controversial presidential election. [more]

Gordon Brown announces public service reforms
The British prime minister Gordon Brown has been setting out his government's plans for major public service reform, plans that are being seen as an early election manifesto. [more]

Russia teases Georgia with war games
Russia's begun large scale military exercises just to the North of its border with Georgia. [more]

NY correspondent on Madoff sentence
More now on the 150 year jail sentence handed down to the disgraced New York financier Bernard L Madoff. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 June 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 June 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 30 June 2009
Fears private hospital move will erode public system, Documents show 200 jobs on line at ministry, Line 7 blames dollar for receivership, Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison, Questions raised over paraplegic gunman. [more]

Exiled Honduran president insists he's still leader
A nationwide curfew is in force in Honduras after the military coup against President Manuel Zelaya, who is now in exile. [more]

On-the-spot protection orders a step closer
Police officers will be able to issue on-the-spot protection orders under moves to beef up protection for victims of family violence. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Doctors' union fears private hospital move
Senior doctors say moves to allow the private sector to play a greater role in the public health system could exacerbate already chronic staffing dilemmas. [more]

Warning against trucks carrying heavier loads
The Automobile Association says trucks should not be allowed to carry heavier loads without the introduction tougher safety standards. [more]

Fears private hospital move will erode public system
Health workers are worried a government decision to allow private hospitals to do more taxpayer-funded operations may end up undermining the public health system. [more]

More earthquakes threaten Waihi village
The inhabitants of Waihi village have had to spend the night away from their homes because of landslip fears. [more]

Documents show 200 jobs on line at ministry
Nine and a half thousand staff at the Ministry of Social Development will learn of their fate today with 200 jobs on the line as part of cost cutting. [more]

Line 7 blames dollar for receivership
The owner of clothing company Line 7 is blaming the company's problems on the unstable New Zealand dollar. [more]

Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison
The brains behind the world's biggest ever fraud has been sentenced to 150 years in prison. [more]

Questions raised over paraplegic gunman
The Christchurch cul de sac where a wheelchair bound gunman fired dozens of bullets remains cordoned off as the police continue their investigation. [more]

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

Police may get new powers to combat domestic violence
A select committee is recommending police be allowed to make on-the-spot orders to protect victims of domestic violence. [more]

Privacy ruling could push insurance premiums higher
Premiums for life and health insurance may rise, after a finding by the Privacy Commissioner on what personal information insurers can legally seek from GPs. [more]

Most top seeds survive at Wimbledon
Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt has pulled off another trademark great escape, making it to the quarter finals along with most of the other top seeds. [more]

Private hospitals praise Government plan
Private hospitals are applauding a new directive from the Health Minister, which will allow them greater access to patients in the public health system. [more]

Prime minister labels Maori sovereignty protests unfair
The Prime Minister says protests to be held outside judges' homes are unacceptable and unfair. [more]

Savings made from lab testing changes
The Government's been told that the contentious tendering-out of hospital and community laboratory services may be saving district health boards about 50 million dollars a year. [more]

Trans-Tasman apple fight enters final round
It's the final round in an 88-year old fight to get New Zealand apples onto the Australian market. [more]

Fears grow of Fonterra payout cut
Fonterra may be forced to lower its payout forecast to farmers for the current season. [more]

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

Regional leaders react to coup in Honduras
The military coup in Honduras has sparked protests within the country and drawn worldwide condemnation. [more]

Japanese divers on the hunt for severed body parts
The discovery of several severed body parts in Japan's Tokyo Bay is being blamed on the Japanese mafia or Yakuza. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Swanson residents isolated by flooding
It's been an interesting 24 hours for about a hundred residents in the west Auckland town of Swanson who've been isolated by a flood. [more]

Strategy to combat Dunedin beach erosion coming soon
The Dunedin city council is promising a long term solution soon to the erosion threatening the city's most popular stretch of swimming beaches. [more]

A dozen humpback whales spotted in Cook Strait
Sixteen humpback whales have been spotted heading north through Cook Strait as the Department of Conservation continues to monitor the threatened mammals. [more]

Nights

Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy is a less invasive, but also less well-known treatment for prostate cancer. Barry Young, President of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. [more]

Prayers
Paul Morris, Religions Scholar at Victoria University in Wellington. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number three. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number four. [more]

Nine To Noon

Efforts to clear elective surgery waiting lists
Health professionals discuss public patients going through private sector to help clear elective surgery waiting lists. [more]

New York Times reporter taliban kidnap kept quiet
Martin Kaiser is President of the American Society of News Editors and the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. [more]

Fertility
Around 15-20 per cent of couples battle with infertility - but now Otago University Researchers hope that new brain research will help develop new treatments. [more]

US correspondent - Richard Adams
The missing govenor, Bernie Madoff and the death of Michael Jackson. [more]

Feature guest - Max Clifford
UK Public Relations supremo and tabloid king. [more]

Book Review - Glover's Mistake
Written by Nick Laird, reviewed by Quentin Johnson and published by Fourth Estate. [more]

Business Commentator - Rod Oram
The Zespri kiwifruit brand. [more]

Sir Ken Robinson
Creativity in business. [more]

Media Commentator - Denis Welch
Today Denis looks at the coverage of the Iran protests. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 June 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 June 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Michelle Leggot
Inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate launching her seventh book 'Mirabile Dictu' at the National Library this week. [more]

Graeme Wallis
Convenor of the Music Education Conference 2009 being held in Christchurch next week. [more]

News stories:

Northland forestry scheme seen as a success
A Northland Maori forestry scheme is being hailed as a success, despite needing a Government bail-out. [more]

Europe stocks close higher
European shares closed higher on Monday as crude oil prices lifted energy stocks. Banks also rose. [more]

Debenture holders approve new repayment plan
Property Finance Securities debenture holders have voted in favour of a new wind-down plan. Some $70 million is owed to about 2400 investors. [more]

Heat and history as week two starts at Wimbledon
England's heatwave heralded the start of week two at Wimbledon, but Roger Federer remaining the epitome of cool, and Venus and Serena Williams made further progress towards another final. Federer ... [more]

De Villiers defends Burger after eye gouge
The Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has defended flanker Schalk Burger after the player was banned for eye-gouging, saying it had been accidental and that rugby was bound to feature ... [more]

Bastareaud enters psychiatric hospital
The French rugby player Mathieu Bastareaud has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital in the latest twist to the story of his fabricated assault in Wellington. 20-year-old Bastareaud admitted last week ... [more]

Blatter reasonably happy with SA organisation
The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given organisers of the Confederations Cup a mark of 7.5 points out of 10. However, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says transportation, security and ... [more]

Pakistan gets top security in Sri Lanka
Pakistan's cricket team is receiving security on its tour of Sri Lanka that is equivalent to a head of state, with more than 100 personnel having been assigned to protect ... [more]

Novel Treaty settlement approach put forward
Treaty negotiator Sir Douglas Graham says a proposal he has put forward to sort out competing tribal interests in the greater Auckland area is a novel approach to Treaty settlement. [more]

AgResearch to appeal High Court decision on GM research
AgResearch is to appeal a High Court decision that stopped a plan to expand research into genetically modified animals. No date has been set for the hearing. [more]

Coastal corner claims two more victims
Police say a crash that killed two Hokianga women when their car plunged into the sea at the weekend, is the second in the same spot in two years. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: 'Suicide by police' reported as the aim of Burnside gunman who was sending text messages during his shooting spree; district court judge critical of a lack of drug and alcohol help services for offenders. [more]

Ministers told spouses have to pay for overseas trips
Government ministers have been told their spouses will have to pay for overseas trips. [more]

Govt in no hurry to end Zespri monopoly
Agriculture Minister David Carter says the Government will take its lead from growers in responding to a call to dismantle the kiwifruit industry's single desk marketing structure under which Zespri controls most kiwifruit exports. [more]

Gazprom in Azerbaijan gas deal
Gazprom has signed a deal to import natural gas from Azerbaijan and then pipe it to Europe. [more]

Jobs returns to work at Apple
Apple Inc chief executive Steve Jobs is back at work following medical leave lasting almost six months. Initially, he will work from home for a few days a week. [more]

Changes suggested to on-the-spot domestic safety orders
Police could soon be allowed to issue on-the-spot protection orders against people who have not been arrested on a domestic violence-related charge. [more]

Gunman capable of firing hundreds of shots - police
Police say they are confident a paraplegic gunman shot dead in Christchurch on Sunday night was physically capable of firing more than 100 shots. [more]

New tissue bank could help Maori patients
A new tissue bank at Middlemore Hospital is being set up to help design cancer treatments which could specifically help Maori patients. [more]

Mobile telecommunications availability in Nauru will speed emergency services reponse
The Minister of Telecommunications in Nauru says once mobile phone services are introduced into the country, emergency services will be able to respond faster to call outs. The government has... [more]

Losses from Australian apple ban put at $20m
Apple exporter Pipfruit NZ says being effectively shut out of the Australian market could be losing New Zealand up to $20 million per year. [more]

Bad timing blamed for Swanson flooding
Waitakere deputy mayor Penny Hulse says it's bad timing, rather than bad management by the council, that's responsible for a flood in the suburb of Swanson in West Auckland. [more]

Strategic plan to be draftred on beach erosion
Dunedin City Council will soon embark on drafting a strategic plan to combat ongoing erosion problems at the city's most popular stretch of swimming beaches. [more]

Insurers have no right to full patient records - commissioner
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has ruled insurers can ask, but have no right to demand full patient records from doctors. [more]

Further cut feared in forecast dairy payout
Fears are growing that Fonterra may be forced to cut its forecast payout to farmers for the current season. It is currently $4.55 cents per kilogram of milk solids. [more]

Woman critically ill with swine flu
A woman in her early 20s is critically ill in intensive care at Hawke's Bay regional hospital with swine flu. The case is the second intensive care admission in New Zealand because of swine flu. [more]

Primary Growth Fund investment panel chair appointed
The Government has appointed Meat Industry Association chair Bill Falconer to head the investment advisor panel for its new Primary Growth Partnership fund. [more]

Young French rugby player under observation in psychiatric hospital
There's been another dramatic turn in the life of Mathieu Basteraud, the young French rugby player at the centre of a fabricated assault after the second test against the All ... [more]

Super 15 expansion sides have heard nothing about criteria
Super 15 expansion hopefuls are yet to receive crucial documentation to allow them to bid for a place in the rugby tournament, even as organisers reach a deadline to submit ... [more]

Celebrations in PNG turn violent leaving three people dead
Six people have been arrested by Papua New Guinea police after three men were killed when State of Origin rugby league celebrations turned violent last week. The arrests were made... [more]

Four people confirmed with swine flu in New Caledonia
Four people have now been confirmed with swine flu in New Caledonia. All have been overseas recently and are being treated with anti-viral medication. Our correspondent in Noumea, Claudine Wery,... [more]

French Polynesia's Bouissou says autonomy day marks relationship with France
A French Polynesian politician who wants to maintain ties to France, says today's autonomy day will bring together the pro-autonomy political parties which have been squabbling for several years. The... [more]

French Polynesian politician says commemoration day is a day of mourning
A pro-independence politician in French Polynesia says today's autonomy commemoration will be a day of mourning. On this day in 1880, France annexed the Kingdom of Tahiti. The pro-autonomy politician... [more]

Ministry of Social Development to restructure
The Ministry of Social Development is to close 12 administration centres and axe a team of social workers dedicated to child abuse eduation. [more]

Giant LNG project in West Papua will delivers its first shipment next month
The giant project in Tangguh, West Papua, will deliver its first liquefied natural gas shipment next month, with the destination likely to be South Korea, not China as initially planned. [more]

Wall St climbs as oil prices rise
Stocks in the United states rose on Monday as higher oil prices lifted shares of energy companies. However, trading volume was below average on the New York Stock Exchange. [more]

Fiji's Local Ship Owners Association president says costs may end industry
Fiji's Local Ship Owners Association president, Durga Prasad, says increasing operational costs will be the end of the shipping industry. The owner of Seaview Shipping said the much-appreciated subsidy through... [more]

Solomon Islands High Court orders RIPEL to return to Russell Islands
The Solomon Islands High Court has made orders recognising the rights of Russell Islands Plantation Estates Limited, or RIPEL, to return to Russell Islands to carry out assessment and valuation... [more]

Mayor of Manukau in Auckland to lead trade delegation to Pacific
The mayor of Manukau, in Auckland, Len Brown will lead a trade delegation to the Pacific in August to foster greater trade relationships with Pacific neighbours. Mr Brown says he... [more]

Approval obtained for $US30m bond issue in Uruguay
New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay has obtained regulatory approval from the central bank of Uruguay to undertake a $US30 million bond issue. [more]

Legal steps to be taken against squatters in building
An Australian businessman who has bought a Kaikohe building is taking legal steps to remove squatters claiming Maori sovereignty. It is occupied by a group calling itself the Tai Tokerau embassy. [more]

Bee Keepers Govt support Assn hopes for continue Govt support
The National Bee Keepers Association hopes the Government will continue to support it despite ending funds to slow the spread of the varroa honey parasite. [more]

Final submissions to WTO on apple access
Representatives from New Zealand and Australia meet in Geneva this week for the final oral submissions on the long-running dispute over apple access. [more]

Interim suspension of midwife seen as ensuring safety
The Midwifery Council says the interim suspension of a midwife shows the organisation is ensuring the safety of women and their unborn babies. [more]

Golden Bay dairy clean-up hailed as community model
A clean-up by dairy farmers in Golden Bay is being hailed as a success in reducing effluent run-off and a model for community practice. [more]

Hope that funding boost will help growth in aquaculture sector
The aquaculture industry hopes a funding boost will stimulate growth in the sector. New Zealand Trade & Enterprise has granted a total of $600,000 for four projects. [more]

Opposition accuses Niue premier of causing rift with New Zealand
An opposition MP in Niue, Terry Coe, is accusing Niue's Finance Minister of causing a rift with New Zealand officials over much needed financial support. In last week's budget speech,... [more]

In lastest Fiji shuffle, Naupoto now at top of FTIB
A former commander of the Fiji Navy, Commander Viliame Naupoto, is now at the helm of the Fiji Trade and Investment Board. Mr Naupoto has told FijiLive that he has... [more]

335 Fiji lawyers get certificates
335 lawyers have been issued certificates allowing them to practice under Fiji's new legal order. Under the new Legal Practitioners Decree, lawyers now have to register with the Chief Registrar... [more]

MSG to take Fiji concerns to Forum summit in Cairns
Fiji's political concerns are to be raised at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Cairns next month by the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the MSG. Radio Vanuatu says the chair... [more]

Businessman to chair SPARC board
Businessman Paul Collins has been appointed chairman of the Board of Sport and Recreation New Zealand, Collins was recently appointed to the SPARC board and has held held directorships with ... [more]

No early end to swine flu expected
Health officials say swine flu will cause many more infections than normal winter flu and it will go on for months. The number of confirmed cases is now 653. [more]

French Polynesia in line for third French assembly seat
French Polynesia may be granted a third seat in the French National Assembly under a French government proposal for a repartition of representatives. The number of seats for French overseas... [more]

PNG boxing fatality blamed on poor handling of fight
Questions have been raised over the handling of a boxing bout that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old Papua New Guinean boxer making his professional debut. Joel Hayeu from... [more]

Guam governor on Philippines trade mission
Guam's Governor, Felix Camacho, is leading a trade delegation of 150 business leaders to the Philippines to promote investment opportunities in Guam. The Philippines newspaper, the Business Mirror, says a... [more]

Niue credit card glitches fixed says island's bank
Business operators in Niue have been assured that the island's only bank, the BSP, will honour Visa transactions following delays due to technical difficulties. The chairman of the Niue Tourist... [more]

Tokelau maintains swine flu protection regime
People wanting to travel to Tokelau are having to wait a week in Samoa before travelling to make sure they are not infected with swine flu. Tokelau's Director of Health,... [more]

French/Pacific summit in Noumea may be put off - report
There is speculation in the New Caledonian press that the French summit with Pacific leaders planned for the end of July will be put off by several months. The Nouvelles... [more]

Jailing of New Caledonian unionists criticised
There has been a strong reaction to a New Caledonian court ruling to jail six unionists for up to a year over last month's prolonged clashes at Noumea's domestic airport. [more]

No comment by Vodafone on reported mobile phone deal
Vodafone has declined to comment on a report it's considering buying T-Mobile UK from Deutsche Telekom. Such a move would make Vodafone the biggest mobile phone operator in Britain. [more]

Global oil consumption forecast cut
The International Oil Agency has cut its five-year forecast for global oil consumption, saying demand is unlikely to pick up again until 2012 at the earliest. It blames the global slowdown. [more]

Business sentiment up, but companies struggling
The National Bank's latest survey has found business sentiment has picked up for the fourth consecutive month, but companies continue to struggle. [more]

Pumpkin Patch to close 20 stores in US
Upmarket children's retailer Pumpkin Patch is closing 20 of its 35 of its stores in the United States, blaming market volatility for draining its bottom line. [more]

Springboks say sorry for controversial eye-gouging comment
South African rugby officials have apologised for comments after the Springboks win over the British and Irish Lions that gave the impression that they condoned eye gouging. The Springbok flanker ... [more]

Pacific Brands factory in Palmerston North to close
The National Distribution Union says employees at the Pacific Brands clothing factory in Palmerston North have been told the company has confirmed it will close the site. [more]

Line 7 rejects any offer of help from Government
New Zealand clothing firm Line 7 has rejected any future help from the Government. The company has been placed in receivership and 120 jobs are threatened. [more]

Reopening smacking debate would distract NZ - PM
Prime Minister John Key says reopening the debate over changing the child discipline law would distract the New Zealand public and Parliament for months. [more]

Pay equity rally held at Parliament
About 200 people turned out to a rally at Parliament on Tuesday to kick-start a pay equity campaign. [more]

Disciplinary hearing against psychologist to go ahead
A disciplinary hearing against a South Island psychologist can go ahead after the doctor's appeal to have the case thrown out was rejected by the Court of Appeal. [more]

PM against protests outside homes of judges
Prime Minister John Key says he is deeply opposed to plans by a Maori sovereignty group to protest outside the homes of judges. [more]

Questions over tendering-out of hospital services
The Government has been told tendering-out of hospital and community laboratory services may be saving district health boards about $50 million per year. But there are questions whether the savings will be long term. [more]

Using private hospitals for public surgery 'smarter'
Health Minister Tony Ryall says a Government move to allow private hospitals to do more taxpayer-funded operations will be a smarter use of the private sector. [more]

Heart by-pass surgery for MP
National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi will be on leave from Parliament for the next eight weeks, to undergo heart by-pass surgery. He entered Parliament on the party list at the last election. [more]

Bennett gives up disability issues portfolio
Government minister Paula Bennett has relinquished one of her portfolios so she can focus attention on social welfare and employment. [more]

Watchdog advises regulating mobile termination rates
The Commerce Commission has recommended that mobile termination rates should be regulated. [more]

Auditor-General reviews progress over police conduct
Auditor-General Kevin Brady says police are committed but must keep doing more to implement the findings of a Commission of Inquiry into police conduct. [more]

Airline causes delay in assessment of American Samoa swine flu swabs
There was a delay in sending specimens of suspected cases of swine flu from American Samoa to Hawaii for testing because the territory's only international airline, Hawaiian Air, did not... [more]

UNICEF backs call for New Zealand to quickly sort out access rights for children of overstayers
UNICEF New Zealand has joined the call from the New Zealand Human Rights Commission for the New Zealand education system to stop discriminating against children whose parents are in the... [more]

Delay for Tokelau travellers over swine flu control is understood and accepted
Passengers wanting to travel to Tokelau are said to be showing understanding of the stand down period being imposed because of swine flu. Tokelau's Director of Health, Lee Pearce, says... [more]

Solomons agencies prepare for possible drought
In Solomon Islands, disaster authorities, the Ministry of Health, the Meteorological Division and the Water Authority, have met to discuss how to cope with an extended dry period forecast to... [more]

Niue businessman says need for transparency behind New Zealand caution over aid
A businessman has echoed the frustrations of Niue's Premier over accessing New Zealand aid money for tourism and agriculture projects. Niue's Finance Minister, the Premier Toke Talagi, strongly criticized New... [more]

Palau Government still not sure if Uighurs are coming
Palau is drafting a written resettlement proposal for Uighur refugees who, at the request of the United States may move there from the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Last... [more]

Commission not opposed to Lion Nathan takeover
Lion Nathan says the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has confirmed it will not oppose a takeover by Kirin Holdings. [more]

Pacific commentator says regional broadcasting body will lose credibility by holding meeting in Fiji
A broadcasting conference scheduled to be held next month in Fiji looks set to go ahead despite what appear to be on going emergency regulations that place severe restictions on... [more]

Authorities in Fiji quarantine dairy farms after discovering infectious disease
Authorities in Fiji have quarantined two dairy farms in Tailevu North after an infectious disease was detected among hundreds of cattle. The FijiTimes reports the disease, Brucellosis, was discovered on... [more]

Confidence that PNG politicians will support nominated women in Parliament next month
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, plans to reintroduce a motion nominating three women representatives to Parliament when the next session begins in a week's time. The Community... [more]

Wariors recall Ropati
The Warriors have recalled Jerome Ropati to the centres for their 18th-round National Rugby League match against the Broncos in Brisbane on Friday night. After missing the last two matches ... [more]

Fourth Bledisloe Cup test unlikely next year
The Wallabies' extra match against the All Blacks in Japan this year is likely to be the last time a fourth Bledisloe Cup game is played before the 2011 Rugby ... [more]

Slip forces Napier residents from home
Steady rain throughout Hawke's Bay on Tuesday has caused slips on a major highway and forced residents out of their Napier home. [more]

Community determined to save school, says principal
The principal of a Christchurch school facing closure says the community is determined to save it. [more]

Bus driver charged over Hokitika crash
A woman has been charged with careless driving after the school bus she was driving crashed into a power pole near Hokitika on the West Coast. [more]

Nia Glassie abuser to be freed from prison
A woman jailed for assaulting murdered Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie will be released from prison on parole in July. [more]

Union files complaint against Govt over pay inquiry
The Public Service Association has filed a complaint against the Government with the Human Rights Commission. [more]

Christchurch gunman's family apologises to victims
The family of a paraplegic gunman who shot and wounded a police officer and one of his neighbours in Christchurch on Sunday has apologised on his behalf. [more]

Government top-up for superannuation schemes
The Government is pumping $34 million into three Crown-guaranteed superannuation schemes to help cover low investment returns. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets higher at close
Markets in Asia and the Pacific were higher at the close of trade on Tuesday. [more]

Man who stabbed himself in court under police guard
A man who stabbed himself in Wellington District Court is in a stable condition following an operation on Tuesday. [more]

Flood waters recede in Gisborne district
Civil Defence says bad weather has improved and river levels in the Gisborne district have receded on Tuesday night. [more]

200 job cuts confirmed at Social Development Ministry
The Ministry of Social Development has confirmed that it is cutting about 200 jobs. They mainly affect staff working in management and administration roles and include 80 positions at Child, Youth and Family. [more]

No-go area for boats amid landslide fears
An exclusion zone for boats has been put in place next to Waihi village at the southern end of Lake Taupo as a safety measure in case of a landslide. [more]