Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th January 2010

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

Afternoons

Best song ever written
Paul Donovan is on the line from Dunedin. [more]

Your place - Lake Clearwater
It's our weekly exploration of small town New Zealand, some of our most remote areas and best kept secrets. [more]

A walking box
When Nicola Gledhill started thinking of ways to raise money for charity, she refused to be boxed in! [more]

Dunedin's Defiant Chemist
A Dunedin chemist is fighting plans to introduce what he says is an unfair system of charges for customers at his pharmacy. [more]

He Rourou for 28 January 2010
For more than 18 years, Napi Waaka has worked for Te Wananga o Aotearoa, and he believes the tertiary institution can play a significant role in the development of Maori arts. [more]

Arts report with Lucy Orbell
This week Lucy Orbell begins an occasional series about architecture. Lucy spent some time in Europe in the middle of last year, and that got her thinking about the state of buildings and public space here in New Zealand. [more]

Southern Story for 28 January 2010 - Milton Butchery Museum
For Milton-based man Rex Spence, his obsession covers all things meat-related. Not only is he the proud owner of his own Abbatoir - 'South Kill,' but his pride and joy are housed in his backyard shed- known to locals and tourists from near and far as 'Milton Butchery Museum.' [more]

Bonnie Tyler
One of the great things about living in such a beautiful country is that all sorts of people like to take holidays here. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Michele Boag and David Slack. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Michele Boag and David Slack. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 28 January 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 28 January 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 28 January 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 28 January 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 28 January 2010
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

SPCA investigates slaughter of dogs
The SPCA say it will definitely consider laying charges, pending an investigation into the fatal shooting of 33 dogs. [more]

Labour to cap pay of chief execs.
The Labour Party leader Phil Goff is calling on the pay of Public Service chief executives to be capped at the same level as the Prime Minister's salary. [more]

Obama delivers State of the Union address
The US President Barack Obama has just finished delivering his first State of the Union address. [more]

ACDC hit the Capital
38,000 tickets have been sold for tonight's AC/DC concert in Wellington and promoters of the Black ICE world tour are confident there'll be another 4 thousand door sales to sell out the Westpac Stadium. [more]

Sports news for 28 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Shortfall in driver licensing and testing costs
The cost of obtaining a driver's licence could rise by nearly $50 as the Government moves to close what it says is a $20,000,000 shortfall in the account. [more]

Loss of Telecom's XT network endangering lives
Rescue services say the loss of Telecom's XT network is putting lives at risk. [more]

Jonesse admits partial responsibility for Tongan ferry sinking
John Jonesse, the New Zealand businessman who bought the stricken Tongan ferry Princess Ashika, has for the first time admitted partial responsibility for it's sinking last year. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Jeanette Fitzsimons to retire next month
The retiring Green Party MP, Jeanette Fitzsimons, says she has both loved and hated her time as an Member of Parliament. [more]

Stalemate at Northern Ireland power-sharing talks
Three days of talks to try and save the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland have ended without agreement. [more]

NZ short film honoured at Sundance
A New Zealand short film that has taken top honours at the Sundance International Film Festival, in Utah, is being tipped as an Oscar contender. [more]

Reserve Bank keeps OCR at record low
It was steady as she goes at the Reserve Bank today with the first Official Cash Rate review of the year leaving the benchmark interest rate unchanged at its record low of 2.5%. [more]

SPCA call mass dog shooting an"atrocity"
SPCA officers broke down this afternoon as they recalled what they say was a haunting scene of death and destruction at a property north of Auckland when they arrived to find 33 dogs shot dead. [more]

Goff suggests public servant pay cap
In his state of the nation speech Phil Goff said his party would cap the pay of public service chief executives by tying them to the Prime Minister's salary if Labour were to come to power. [more]

Former Attorney General appears before Iraq war inquiry
The British government's top law officer at the time of the Iraq war has strongly defended the legal grounds for invading the country. [more]

Australian Open update
We cross to our tennis correspondent Dave Luddy at the Australian Open in Melbourne. [more]

New Zealand film-makers win Sundance award
New Zealand film-makers of the Sundance award winning short,"The Six Dollar Fity Man"say it's now fingers crossed for an Oscar. [more]

Govt disaster HQ would replace Wgtn in event of major crisis
The government is moving to build alternative crisis management headquarters to Wellington in the event of the capital city suffering a major crisis [more]

Australia dominates surfing champs in Piha
The World Junior Surfing Championships being held at Piha Beach finished today with Australia dominating in most categories. [more]

Sports news for 28 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Blood thinning table recalled by drug company
The drug company GlaxoSmithKline is recalling a blood thinning tablet, which may contain more medicine than it should. [more]

Industry unhappy with govt stance on imported timber labelling
New Zealand is to return to a voluntary labeling system for imported timber, leading to calls for an urgent Government rethink. [more]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse wins election
Political tension is escalating in Sri Lanka where the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse has been declared the winner of the bitterly fought presidential poll. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australia to cut carbon emissions by 5 percent by 2020
Australia will tell the United Nations that it will cut carbon pollution by no more than five percent by 2020 in the absence of a world agreement on slashing greenhouse gases. [more]

Religious tensions heightened in Malaysia
The finding of severed pigs' heads at two mosques in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has highlighted the current volatility of the relations between the country's different religious communities. [more]

Holocaust remembered on anniversary of Auschwitz liberation
Survivors of the Nazi's Auschwitz concentration camp and leaders including the Israeli prime minister and Polish president have taken part in a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. [more]

Cane Toads on the dinner plate
We live in an era of food innovation where chefs push the boundaries with cutting-edge technology and unusual ingredients. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 January 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 28 January 2010
XT customers still experiencing problems, New Zealanders stranded in Peru mudslides, Federated Farmers says govt has prejudged intensive farming plan, Reserve Bank to make first OCR announcement of 2010, Northland principals defying Tolley on national standards, Investors hunting better returns, Cambridge cleans up after flash flooding. [more]

Minister warned to tread carefully on dairy consents
Farmers are urging the Environment Minister Nick Smith not to be swayed by public opinion after he intervened in plans to build large-scale indoor dairy farms in the Upper Waitaki region. [more]

Pacific news for 28 January 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 28 January 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Telecom must pay compensation: Cosumer NZ
Consumer New Zealand says Telecom customers must be compensated, after the company's new XT mobile phone network failed for a second time in as many months. [more]

Historic Places Trust branch committees may be disestablished
The Government is backing a proposal to scrap the local branch committees of the Historic Places Trust. [more]

XT customers still experiencing problems
There are demands that Telecom compensate its customers after the second major failure of its XT network within two months. [more]

New Zealanders stranded in Peru mudslides
New Zealanders trapped by flooding in Peru say they don't know when or how they will be rescued. [more]

Federated Farmers says govt has prejudged farming plan
The three companies behind plans for large indoor dairy farms in the Upper Waitaki region now face increased costs and delays after the Government intervened. [more]

Reserve Bank to make first OCR announcement of 2010
The Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard will announce his first interest rates decision for the year at 9 o'clock this morning. [more]

Northland principals defying Tolley on national standards
Northland primary school principals are defying the Government saying they will not implement its national standards policy until they see proof that it works. [more]

Investors hunting better returns
A survey out today shows investor confidence is at the highest point in 12 years. [more]

Cambridge cleans up after flash flooding
Cambridge residents are cleaning up this morning after a thunderstorm forced the evacuation of two homes while others were flooded. [more]

Sports news for 28 January 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Librarians throw the book at user-pays idea
Librarians around the country say they will not stay quiet if their councils follow Tauranga's lead and try to charge people for borrowing books. [more]

Notorious SH1 blackspot to be upgraded
An upgrade of a section of State Highway One between Puhoi and Wellsford that's notorious for traffic jams and crashes has been given the go ahead. [more]

Arrowtown water scare for start of New Zealand Golf Open
The New Zealand Golf Open begins later this morning outside Arrowtown. [more]

NZ short film wins top award at Sundance Film Festival
New Zealand short film,"The Six Dollar Fity Man"has taken top honours at the Sundance International Film Festival, in Utah. [more]

Telecom cannot say when XT services will be restored
Telecom is refusing to discuss compensation for the thousands of customers affected by the second major failure of its XT Mobile phone network in as many months. [more]

Environment Minister defends intervention in intensive dairying
Federated Farmers is warning the Government's intervention in plans for big indoor dairy farms is a"litmus test"of its commitment to economic growth. [more]

Obama on back foot as he makes State of the Nation speech
One year into his presidency, Barack Obama will make his annual State of the Union speech to Congress later today. [more]

Jail time for cartel criminals
The Government is calling for public submissions on its proposal to criminalise cartel behaviour by companies such as price-fixing. [more]

Sports news for 28 January 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Union contrasts minimum wage rise with zero pay rise policy
The country's lowest paid workers got a pay rise yesterday. [more]

Move to scrap Historic Places Trust local groups
The Government is backing a proposal to scrap the local branch committees of the Historic Places Trust. [more]

Waatea news for 28 January 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Toads may be turned into Chinese traditional medicine
Australia may have found a new way to control the poisonous pest cane toads - by turning them into medicine for the Chinese market. [more]

Australian Open semi-finals underway
To the Australian tennis Open in Melbourne now, where two Chinese women have made it further than any of their compatriots before them in a grand slam event. [more]

Nights

Antarctic Tourism
Olav Orheim was in NZ recently as part of an Antarctic Treaty meeting on ship-borne tourism to the great southern land. [more]

Science: Energy Usage
Professor Ralph Sims - Director of the Centre for Energy Research, Massey University. The challenges of getting warm, keeping cool or just driving from point A to B... post-COP15; the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clues 7 and 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

National education standards
Anne Tolley, minister of education and Dellis Hunt, founder of lobby group"Parents Against Labelling" [more]

Detox diet dangers
Elaine Rush, Professor of Nutrition at the AUT; Jan Milne, executive director of the Dietetic Association; and Jaine Kirtley, spokesperson of the Society of Naturopaths. [more]

Inspiring Seniors - Lyndsay Nichols
Lyndsay is 90 years old and has practised yoga since she found a book about it as a 20 year old. She currently teaches 2 classes a week. [more]

UK correspondent - Matthew Parris
The Iraq war enquiry and small economic growth. [more]

Feature guest - Enda Walsh
Irish playwright whose latest piece"the Walworth Farce"is being performed at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts. [more]

Book review - Best Books of 2009
Louise O'Brien reviews her pick of 2009 releases. [more]

Jeanette Fitzsimons to retire
Just announced, former Green party leader is to retire from parliament. [more]

New Technology - Colin Jackson
The launch of the new Apple Ipad. [more]

Parenting - Nigel Latta
Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel discusses only children. [more]

Television - Simon Wilson
New series,"Hung". [more]

Our Changing World

Deep-Sea Drilling Ship
The ship JOIDES Resolution is part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme,. [more]

Short-haired Bumblebees
They are extinct in the UK, but thriving in New Zealand, and efforts are being made to breed them and take them back home. [more]

Toxins and Cell Membranes
Using neutron beams and reflection to study how toxins such as bee venom and anthrax affect cell membranes. [more]

Forensic Science - Aging Bodily Stains
Young ESR forensic scientist Rachel Fleming is finding ways to age bodily stains such as blood or saliva. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 28 January 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 28 January 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Laura Kroetsch
New Zealand International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week manager talks about the upcoming event. [more]

Gemma Angus
Auckland Musuem event producer explains the goings on behind the 'Midsummer at the Museum' sleepover. [more]

News stories:

Pregnant mother, child injured in Porirua fire
A pregnant woman and her daughter were in hospital on Wednesday after escaping from their burning home in Porirua. [more]

Homes flooded in Cambridge
Fire crews were flat out on Wednesday night after heavy rain caused flooding to houses in Cambridge. [more]

Warning over library charges
A library where charges for borrowing books were scrapped when the number of books being issued plummeted says Tauranga City Council should learn from that experience. [more]

Australia win ODI series
Australia's cricketers have wrapped up the one day series against Pakistan 3-0, beating the tourists by 40 runs in Adelaide. The Australians put on 286 for six then bowled Pakistan out ... [more]

Palace in administration
The English football club Crystal Palace have been placed into administration. The Championship or second division club say the administrators have been appointed to rescue the club and reconstruct its finances ... [more]

Cristiano Ronaldo given two-game suspension
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches and fined more than $1000 following a red card he picked up during the football club's 2-0 win over Malaga. ... [more]

Returning All Blacks to turn out for Blues
The Blues will field six All Blacks when they host the Chiefs at North Harbour Stadium on Friday night in ther second Super 14 rugby pre-season match. Captain Keven Mealamu and ... [more]

Biggest NZ snowboard team named for Vancouver
The New Zealand Olympic Committee has named its biggest-ever snowboard team for the Vancouver Winter Games next month, with three women and two men to compete. Wanaka's Juliane Bray, who's 34, ... [more]

Venus knocked out of Melbourne by China's Li Na
The sixth seeded American Venus Williams has been bundled out of the Australian tennis Open in Melbourne, beaten 2-6 7-6 7-5 by Li Na, who joins fellow Chinese Zheng Jie in ... [more]

Big test for Tua
David Tua's trainer Roger Bloodworth says the heavyweight boxer's next opponent is a big step up from his comeback bout with Shane Cameron in Hamilton last October. Tua's bout with the ... [more]

Defending champ has slim lead in cycle tour
Heading into day two of the Trust House Cycle Classic at Admiral Hill in Masterton, defending champion Peter McDonald has a slim lead over his nearest rivals. The Australian finished the ... [more]

Bangladesh squad to tour NZ named
Former captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been included in the Bangladesh cricket squad to tour New Zealand. Mortaza has been out of action since last July with a knee injury and will ... [more]

Zaheer fires India to series-clinching win
Four wickets off off eight balls from Zaheer Khan sparked a sensational Bangladeshi collapse on the penultimate day of the second and final cricket Test at Dhaka, handing India a 2-0 ... [more]

Kenny Perry wants Tiger back
American golfer Kenny Perry has called on Tiger Woods to end his self-imposed exile from the sport and says the disgraced star is likely to get a lot of support from ... [more]

Schumacher says he could stay in F1 beyond 2012
Seven times Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, who has come out of retirement to sign a three-year deal with Mercedes at the age of 41, says he could stay on beyond ... [more]

Minimum wage increased by 25c an hour
The Government is to raise the minimum wage by 25 cents an hour to keep it in line with increases in the cost of living. [more]

Pollution warning at Wellington beach
People are urged not to swim at Owhiro Bay in Wellington because of sewage contamination. Enterococci bacteria have been found a level likely to be a health hazard. [more]

TB scare for former pupils of Gisborne school
About 60 former pupils of Lytton High School in Gisborne are being offered testing for tuberculosis after another ex-student developed the disease. [more]

Strategic Finance investors warned over unsolicited offer
The Securities Commission is warning investors in troubled finance company Strategic Finance to be wary of a unsolicited offer to buy their holdings. [more]

Sanford calls for tax on currency trading
The managing director of the country's largest listed fishing company, Sanford, is calling for a tax on non-trade related currency transactions. [more]

Fed and Serena fight through to last four in Melbourne
Top seeds Roger Federer and Serena Williams needed all their fighting qualities to stay in the Australian tennis Open on Tuesday, while 2008 champion Novak Djokovic was beaten in the late ... [more]

Tsonga to meet Federer in semis
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has beaten third seed Novak Djokovic in five sets at the Australian tennis Open to set up a semi-final clash with world number one Roger Federer. Tsonga took ... [more]

Fed Express back on track after great comeback
Top seed Roger Federer overcame a shaky start to see off Russian Nikolay Davydenko and reach the Australian Open tennis semi-finals. From a set and 3-1 down, the world number one ... [more]

Game growing in China, says rising tennis star Li Na
There'll be two Chinese semi-finalists in the women's draw at the Australian tennis Open after Li Na impressively defeated the American Venus Williams in three sets. Her compatriot Zheng Jie also ... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
$26m to win over parents on national standards; dogs massacred in 'rifle-killing frenzy'; dairy opponents back Government move to call in consent applications [more]

Tropical cyclone Nisha brings strong winds to American Samoa
American Samoa's National Weather Service says tropical cyclone Nisha, located about 144 kilometres southeast of Tutuila this morning, pummeled the island with winds of up 70 kilometres per hour. The... [more]

Call for American Samoa donations to go towards medical costs
An American Samoan Senator, Mauga Tasi Asuega, has recommended that funds donated for the September disaster be used to defray medical costs of people who were injured or fallen ill... [more]

Qualification in traditional healing launched today in NZ
A new qualification in traditional healing among Pacific communities is being launched in New Zealand today. The Diploma in Traditional Pasefika Healing will be taught at the South Pacific College... [more]

High praise for NZ Open course
The Hills golf course in Arrowtown has been given a big tick for the New Zealand Open championship. The Nationwide Tour's tournament director Jim Duncan says he can't fault the presentation ... [more]

French rugby team to put Irish football clash behind them
The French rugby team insist there'll be no fallout when they host Six Nations titleholders Ireland next month, despite their footballing counterparts' notorious World Cup clash. France coach Marc Lievremont says ... [more]

FIFA happy with World Cup ticket sales
Football World Cup organisers say they're happy with current ticket sales for the June tournament in South Africa, despite demand lacking compared to 2006 figures. Sales are lagging behind those set ... [more]

Positive response to livestock tracing scheme
Plans for a compulsory electronic ear-tagging scheme for livestock has received a positive response from the agriculture sector. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament later this year. [more]

Soros calls for break-up of big banks
Billionaire investor George Soros has called for a radical break-up of banks that are "too big to fail" and backed US President Barack Obama's proposed reforms to limit the size of banks. [more]

Kordia reports $1.3m half-year profit
Crown-owned telecommunications network company Kordia made a $1.3 million profit in the six months to December, a turnaround from the $4.5 million loss in the same period a year earlier. [more]

Boost in investor confidence
Investor confidence is at its highest since the ASB survey began 12 years ago. Rental property remains the most popular investment. [more]

Woolworths sales rise to $1.3bn in quarter
Woolworths says its supermarket sales in New Zealand rose 4% to $1.37 billion in the second quarter, compared to the same period a year earlier. [more]

Customer survey of bank lending policies
A North Island hill country farmer, who says she was put under pressure by her bank to sell, is surveying other farmers to find out what they think about bank lending policies and their impact. [more]

Early intervention programmes 'need improving'
A review of early intervention programmes aimed at families in need says though they are working, improvements are needed. [more]

Puhoi to Warkworth highway could be tolled
Part of a $1.4 billion upgrade to State Highway 1 between Puhoi and Wellsford, north of Auckland, could become a toll road. [more]

New study suggests Australia should re-engage with Fiji
A new study calls on Australia to prepare the grounds for reengagement with Fiji's military regime by eliminating irritants such as travels bans, and provocative public rhetoric. A paper released... [more]

Cyclone batters American Samoa
American Samoa's Department of Homeland Security says strong winds and heavy rain are already battering parts of the territory as Cyclone Nisha intensifies. The cyclone is located about 144 kilometres... [more]

PNG's most wanted criminal calls radio station
Papua New Guinea's most wanted criminal has reportedly called a national radio program and asked the country to forgive him. William Kapris has been on the run for two weeks... [more]

Samoa tourism authority says tsunami-hit fales slowly reopen
Samoa's tourism authority says two fale-businesses have re-opened their doors to visitors, while bigger resorts are still rebuilding their properties following last year's tsunami. After the tsunami, many travellers cancelled... [more]

Maori lobby group wants tobacco sale ban
The director of a Maori anti-smoking group is calling for a total ban on the sale of tobacco products in New Zealand by 2013. [more]

Biathlete confirmed in Winter Olympic squad
New Zealand will compete in the biathlon for the first time at next month's Winter Olympics, after biathlete Sarah Murphy was confirmed in the national squad to travel to Vancouver. The ... [more]

Arthur quit after a disagreement with cricket board
The former South African cricket coach Mickey Arthur says he resigned from the position after a disagreement with the Cricket South Africa board over the team's future. Arthur says he had ... [more]

French police probe new self-styled republic in French Polynesia
Police in French Polynesia have reportedly moved against a group which this month purported to have set up a new republic, called Hau Pakumotu. The French prosecutor in Tahiti, Jose... [more]

United pip City for League Cup final, Chelsea back on top of EPL
Manchester United will meet Aston Villa in the League Cup final after a 3-1 semi-final second leg home win over Manchester City saw them go through 4-3 on aggregate. The match ... [more]

Government vows to deal with any standards rebellion
Education Minister Anne Tolley says she will deal with any boards of trustees that refuse to implement new national literacy and numeracy standards, if and when that happens. [more]

First baby tuatara spotted on Matiu/Somes Island
A photograph of a baby tuatara on Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour confirms the reptiles are hatching there, the Department of Conservation says. [more]

Timber labelling move reversed
The Government has decided to go back on moves towards a mandatory timber labelling scheme, aimed at showing whether tropical wood was legally harvested. [more]

Tonga's shipping corporation was told Ashika ferry seaworthy
The Tongan Royal Commission investigating the sinking of the ferry Princess Ashika has heard the managing director of the shipping company, John Jonesse, told the company's board the ship was... [more]

Cosmopolitan Club members to vote on turban decision
A Cosmopolitan Club in South Auckland will let its members to vote on whether it should allow people wearing turbans onto the premises. [more]

Official Cash Rate kept on hold
The Reserve Bank has left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.5%, as had been expected. [more]

Emergency lending being withdrawn
The world's major central banks are withdrawing the emergency US dollar lending that was introduced at the height of the credit crisis. [more]

Sarkozy calls for rethink of capitalist system
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a fundamental rethink of capitalism in the aftermath of the financial crisis. [more]

Apple unveils iPad tablet
In one of the worst kept secrets of the year so far, Apple has finally revealed its iPad tablet amid intense media attention. [more]

Study suggests Australia should take fresh approach to Fiji
The author of a report into relations between Australia and Fiji says it's time for Australia to take a fresh approach and heal the festering feelings of mistrust from the... [more]

American Samoa worries about cyclone destroying post-tsunami tents
American Samoa's Department of Homeland Security says teams are assisting people still living in tents following last year's tsunami for fear they could be blown away by cyclone Nisha. The... [more]

Look at facts over large-scale dairying, farmers plead
Federated Farmers is warning against rhetoric and emotion swaying the decision on large-scale dairy farms in the Upper Waitaki region.Minister's statistics challenged [more]

Historic Places Trust committees to be disestablished
The Government is proposing to disestablish the 24 local branch committees of the Historic Places Trust. [more]

Farmer confidence up in latest survey
A survey of farmer confidence suggests their view of the economy is more optimistic than six months ago. [more]

Guns spell suspension for two NBA stars
Basketballers Gilbert Arenas and Washington Wizards team mate Javaris Crittenton were suspended without pay for the rest of the NBA season for bringing guns into the team's locker room. NBA commissioner ... [more]

Crime victim compensation law to be clarified
The law which allows victims of crimes to have their loss of income partially covered by court-ordered reparation will be clarified, following a Supreme Court ruling last year. [more]

Group pushes for new Christchurch pool
Community groups in Christchurch say a new outdoor pool is needed in Edgeware to give local children a place where they can learn to swim. [more]

Tiger Woods still most powerful US athlete?
Tiger Woods has topped the Bloomberg Business Week list of America's most powerful athletes, with the companies saying he would have held the top spot even if his infidelity had become ... [more]

PNG phone porn clashes end
A ceasefire has been agreed to in a tribal battle in Papua New Guinea that was sparked by pornographic pictures on a mobile phone. The newspaper, the National, reports that... [more]

Academic calls for Fiji to rejoin PACER process
An Australian academic is calling for PACER-related sanctions against Fiji to be relaxed in an effort to restore harmony in the region. Fiji was excluded from events linked to the... [more]

No charges for officers accused of leaking information
Two officers from Counties Manukau accused of leaking information from the police national database will not face criminal charges. [more]

Man dies after falling off motorised skateboard
A man has died after falling off a motorised skateboard in Havelock, north of Blenheim. [more]

Cyclone Nisha buffets American Samoa
Cyclone Nisha has now blown over American Samoa's Tutuila Island, but is set to intensify over the Manu'a group over the coming hours. The department of homeland security said earlier... [more]

PNG govt has failed to protect landowners from carbon traders, says Greenpeace
A Greenpeace forest campaigner in Papua New Guinea says the government has failed to stop unscrupulous carbon traders from buying up rights to forests from indigenous landowners. Dorothy Tekwie's comment... [more]

American Samoa drops warning as Cyclone Nisha moves away
The weather service in American Samoa has cancelled all gale and flash flood warnings associated with Tropical Cyclone Nisha. The storm formed near Tutuila island and affected Manu'a islands where... [more]

Rural focus advocated for Greymouth hospital
A report on health services on the West Coast recommends Grey Base Hospital should specialise in rural health and eventually employ specifically trained staff. [more]

Garage murder inquiry widens
Police investigating the killing of a man found in a New Plymouth garage have shifted their focus to Wellington and Auckland. [more]

Fiji High court to hear Jalal restaurant licence case
A Fiji magistrate's court has accepted a request by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption, or FICAC, to try a prominent international human rights lawyer, Imrana Jalal, in the High... [more]

Contact made with most NZ tourists trapped in Peru
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been in contact with most of the 29 New Zealanders trapped after mudslides and flooding killed five people and cut access to the historic ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. [more]

Fiji still pushing Leweni for New Zealand posting
The Fiji and New Zealand governments are still in discussion over the nomination of Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni as Fiji's Counselor to Wellington. Fiji's permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs, Solo... [more]

Green MP Fitzsimons announces resignation
Jeanette Fitzsimons has announced she will resign from Parliament next month after 13 years as an MP for the Green Party. [more]

Whitebaiters seek stricter policing on West Coast
The Conservation Minister says she will look at any practical steps to reduce tensions on the West Coast during the whitebait season. [more]

Fiji not set for return to democracy, says academic
An academic at the Australia National University, Jonathan Fraenkel, says Fiji is not set to return to a free democracy. In a speech in Kadavu this week, the interim prime... [more]

Vanuatu parliamentary speaker resigns
The speaker of Vanuatu's parliament, Maxime Carlot Korman has finally resigned rather than face a planned government motion of no-confidence against him. The secretary general of the parliament, Lino Saksak,... [more]

Drug giant recalls blood-thinning tablet
Drug company GlaxoSmithKline is recalling a blood-thinning tablet that may contain more medicine than it should. [more]

Labour would cap public service bosses' pay
Labour Party leader Phil Goff wants to cap the pay of public service chief executives at the same level as the Prime Minister's salary. [more]

Holiday camp affected by stomach virus reopens
A Nelson holiday camp affected by an outbreak of suspected norovirus has reopened on Thursday. [more]

NZ short film wins Sundance award
New Zealand short film The Six Dollar Fifty Man has taken top honours at the Sundance International Film Festival in Utah. [more]

Government moves to establish back-up crisis centre
The Government is moving to set up alternative crisis management centres to take over if a disaster renders the centre in the capital Wellington inoperable. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket down slightly
The New Zealand share market was down 9 points, or 0.3%, to 3183 at the close of trade on Thursday. [more]