Radio New Zealand - Friday, 5th February 2010

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, Music Festivals & Events, New Shorts, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Saturday Morning, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Katie McBride from Christchurch chooses 'End It On This' by No Doubt. [more]

Waitangi Day rugby on Stewart Island
The residents of Stewart Island know how best to celebrate our national day - with pigskin on a pitch. [more]

Squid rearing record
Steve O Shea is a man with a mission, he wants to hand-raise a giant squid. [more]

He Rourou for 5 February 2010
Ana Tapiata talks to television producer Wiremu Te Kiri about working at the groundbreaking free -to-air Maori television service that ran for a year in Auckland fourteen years ago. [more]

Feature Album - Who's Next
The Who's fifth album. [more]

Weekend Wine
With Yvonne Lorkin. [more]

Weekend weather
With metservice guru Bob McDavitt. [more]

Movie Review - Sarah McMullan
Sarah reviews Oprah's"Precious"and the Mel Gibson thriller"Edge of Darkness." [more]

Sports Story
Rugby Sevens and Halberg Awards washup with Murray Williams. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Michelle Boag and Simon Pound. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Michelle Boag and Simon Pound. [more]

Business News

Morning business for Friday 5 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for Friday 5 February 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 5 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 5 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 5 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

PM warns Maori about foreshore
The Prime Minister has warned Maori at Waitangi that if they take a hardline stance on the foreshore and seabed the existing law could be left in place. [more]

Police use taser and pepper spray to contain armed man
Wellington Police say they would have had to shoot a mentally ill patient who lunged at an officer with a hunting knife today if they hadn't had a taser. [more]

Tauranga police describe vicious dog attack
Two"pitbull"type dogs have been shot dead by police in Tauranga after a vicious attack on the owner which has left him with horrific injuries. [more]

Post-mortem results help make decision about charges
The SPCA is laying charges over the shooting of more than 30 dogs near Wellsford. [more]

Million dollar fraudster escapes a prison sentence
A man whose money-go-round of fraudulent loan applications left a finance company more than a million dollars out of pocket has escaped a prison sentence. [more]

Funeral held for Pauly Fuemana
Hundreds of people paid their respects to musician Pauly Fuemana today - the singer of the international hit song 'How Bizarre', which remains the biggest-selling New Zealand record of all time. [more]

Sports news for 5 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pita Sharples live from Waitangi
Prime Minister John Key has warned Maori against taking a hardline stance on the Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

Shortage of cancer specialists
Some cancer patients are facing longer than normal waits for treatment and staff in Wellington and Palmerston North are under stress because of a shortage of cancer specialists. [more]

Jail sentence for Billy the Hunted One
A man who evaded the police for two months, stealing throughout mid-Canterbury to survive, was today sent to jail for more than seven years. [more]

Waatea news for 5 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Cyclone expected to increase in severity
With the worst of Cyclone Ollie over for French Polynesia, the focus is going on a cluster of islands expected to be hit by the cyclone's full force. [more]

Kiwi starving to death in sunny Northland
The drought in Northland has killed at least seven Kiwi in the last month. [more]

Epic waka spectacle for Waitangi
It is the Year of the Waka at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. [more]

American missionaries face lengthy jail terms in Haiti
The ten American missionaries accused of trying to smuggle 33 children out of earthquake ravaged Haiti have been formally charged with kidnapping and criminal association. [more]

Live update from Westpac Stadium
Thousands of rugby revellers have flooded Wellington for this weekend's international Sevens tournament. [more]

Maori Party gives support to closure of Te Hurihanga
The Maori Party says it supports the decision to cut funding for a young offenders' pilot programme in Hamiltion, Te Hurihanga, saying it's clearly been too expensive. [more]

Auckland mayor sinks easy consensus on cruise terminal plan
The government's hopes for an easy consensus on developing Auckland's waterfront for the Rugby World Cup have had a setback with the city's mayor rejecting a 100 million dollar proposal. [more]

Australian ruling could effect NZ copyright law
A ruling that went against a conglomerate of international film and television studios could have an effect on copyright law in New Zealand. [more]

NZ companies targeted in carbon scam
New Zealand authorities are investigating reports that companies here may have been targeted in an internet scam involving the European Union's greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. [more]

Hilda Harawira says no profit made from flag
The wife of the Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira - says neither her family nor the Maori activist movement has profited from the sale of the tino rangatiratanga flag. [more]

Sports news for 5 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea news for 5 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Christian monastery restored in Egypt
Officials in Egypt say they have completed the restoration of what's believed to be the world's oldest Christian monastery, Saint Anthony's. [more]

Armed forces prepare for offensive against Taliban
The top US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has made a cautiously optimistic assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Farmer and Journalist Alan Emerson on the cubicle farming debate. [more]

Regional Wrap
Northland is in drought but the rest of the North Island has had good rain. It's a bit dry on the South Island's west coast. [more]

A year on
A year ago this weekend, bushfires roared across Victoria in Australia. Landowners are still trying to rebuild their lives. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on politics for 5 February 2010
In Focus on Politics our political reporter Liz Banas looks at the progress on settling Treaty of Waitangi claims and anticipation around what will happen to the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 February 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 5 February 2010
The prime minister returns to Waitangi's Te Tii Marae, The government is asked to do more as the number unemployed reaches a 16-year high, Three shots are fired at a Christchurch school bus from an air gun, And the winner of the Halberg award for Champions of the Decade is... [more]

Harawira family told not to make money off flag
With the Tino Rangatiratanga flag set to fly alongside the New Zealand flag at sites around the country tomorrow, Waitangi Day, the Prime Minister has spoken out about profiting from any sales. [more]

Pacific news for Friday 5 February 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for Friday 5 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

High joblessness amongst young Maori shocking: Labour
The Labour Party says the unemployment figures for young people and Maori should serve as a wake-up call for the Government. [more]

PM returns to marae at Waitangi year after assault
The Prime Minister returns to Waitangi this morning a year after he was assaulted on his arrival at Te Tii Marae. [more]

Evers-Swindell Twins crowned Sports Champions of the Decade
Caroline Meyer and Georgina Earl, scooped the top sporting prize at the 2009 Halberg Awards dinner last night at Auckland's Sky City Convention Centre. [more]

Government's Jobs Summit panned by Labour
The Government's much heralded Jobs Summit has been panned by the Labour Party as an expensive waste of time. [more]

Chair of Jobs Summit responds to criticisms
The managing director of the NZX and the chair of last year's jobs summit, Mark Weldon. [more]

Bus company to review security protocols following shooting
The Christchurch bus company, Red Bus, is to review its security protocols. [more]

New Zealand team upbeat before Wellington Sevens
The two day extravanganza brings in millions of dollars into the Wellington economy. [more]

Dressing up part of the fun at Rugby Sevens
For many its not the rugby as much as the dressing up. [more]

Sports news for Friday 5 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Meridian says restructuring will jeopardise power supply
The restructure means Meridian will lose ownership of the Lake Tekapo generation scheme, to Genesis Energy. [more]

Auckland's mayors take last look at Queens Wharf plans
On again off again plans for a major redevelopment of Auckland's waterfront before the Rugby World Cup are nearing the end of one last circuit of the region's mayors. [more]

Scientist's research helping vegetative state patients
Scientists have been able to reach into the mind of a brain-damaged man and communicate with him. [more]

Unions call on government to do more to create jobs
The Council of Trade Unions wants the Government to do still more to create jobs. [more]

Crowds start to gather for Waitangi festivities
Crowds are beginning to pour into Waitangi in the Bay of Islands for the 170th anniversary of the signing of the treaty. [more]

Hole in fence blamed for cheetah escape
The removal of greenery from a rusty fence is being blamed for a cheetah escape at Canterbury's Orana Wildlife Park. [more]

Battle over Christchurch's Arts Centre turns ugly
The battle over Christchurch's Arts Centre has become even uglier with allegations of computer hacking and and leaked emails. [more]

British MPs told to pay back $2.7 mn in expense claims
British Members of Parliament have been ordered to pay back more than a million pounds in expense claims following an audit. [more]

Sports news for Friday 5 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Onslaught of offensive emails sent to Maori Party
A large number of offensive emails landed in the Maori Party's inbox in the wake of its MP Hone Harawira's controversial trip to Paris last year. [more]

Sales slump in new cars over, used cars also rebound
Figures show new registrations were up in January. [more]

Waatea news for Friday 5 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Ousted Queenstown council chief puts on brave face
Despite a bitter campaign to have him removed, Queenstown Lakes District Council's chief executive Duncan Field holds no grudges as he leaves his position this week. [more]

Sarah Palin to head Tea Party convention
The former United States' Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, is set to be the star at the first national Tea Party convention which is to be held in Nashville. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Our expert on Australian culture, Kerry Anne Walsh. [more]

Music Festivals & Events

Street Chant at Laneway Festival 2010
The first band to play at Laneway Festival were Auckland band Street Chant - a trio who've recently been based in Melbourne, and were hand picked by Jack White to play support for the 2010 Australasian tour by his band The Dead Weather. Emma Smith caught up with Emily and Billie. [more]

Cut Off Your Hands at Laneway Festival 2010
Cut Off Your Hands had a busy summer with festivals aplenty and as Kirsten found out, the band is a Laneway veteran. [more]

Daniel Johnston at Laneway Festival 2010
Daniel Johnston has garnered a cult following with his raw, emotive pop songs, hidden in the hiss and crackle of his extremely lo-tech recordings. Emma Smith spoke to the songwriter. [more]

New Shorts

Where's Wiki's House Gone Dad by Rob Tuwhare
Set against a backdrop of the 1953 Royal Tour coupled with the Tangiwai Disaster, this story is about a boy in a small rural community. He is worried about what will become of his friend Wiki, whose house is scheduled for demolition as it is run down and along the route of the royal party's itinerary. [more]

Guitar Lessons by Richard Finn
Sixteen year old Guy starts taking guitar lessons motivated by his feelings for the attractive teacher Ms Belle. He soon discovers that there are fringe benefits to being seen as the 'cool guy' playing the guitar at parties. A portrait of life, love and mateship from a sixteen year old male's point of view. [more]

Nights

Paul Wardell
He's our Chef de Mission to Vancouver for the NZ Winter Olympic Team to Vancouver. [more]

Conundrum
A wrap up of the week's clues and we find out the answer plus, importantly, the winner. [more]

Nine To Noon

Phil O'Reilly
Youth unemployment. [more]

Mathew Zacharias
Private treatment in public hospitals. [more]

Kim Young
Marketing manager for Museums Wellington and poker player by night. [more]

Phil O'Sullivan
Asia correspondent. [more]

Feature guest - Professor Tim Brown
Renowned water scientist, Emeritus Professor Tim Brown. [more]

Book Review - The Pregnant Widow
By Martin Amis, published by Jonathan Cape and reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

Sean McKenna
With his new music. [more]

Joseph Romanos
Mouth full of sport. [more]

Week That Was
With Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 February 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 February 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Liz Marsden: the tino rangatiratanga flag
The tino rangatiratanga flag. [more]

The Week In Review

The week in Review - week ending 5 February 2010
A review of the week's news including taxi driver slayed for fifteen dollar fare, unemployment at ten year high, controversy over Waitangi Day flag, fewer New Zealanders head over the ditch, 71 year old granny jailed for cyclist death, Fonterra's new dairy farms in China"a threat to NZ's green reputation", How Bizarre singer dies, turn-around for Nelson village, 14 year old fights off shark, and Melissa Moon conquers Empire State Building. [more]

Upbeat

Janet Bayly
Director of Waikanae's Mahara Gallery talks about their upcoming exhibition of Frances Hodgkins called 'Kapiti Treasures'. [more]

Bruce Russell
Christchurch sound artist and writer whose book 'Left Handed Blows:Writing on Sound' is being launched in Auckland tomorrow. [more]

Storehouse Blues
UK based New Zealand blues singer Tom Rodwell, who's currently touring the country with his guitar and his box and bass player, Joe Pineapple. [more]

News stories:

Togo lodges legal complaint over shooting
The Togo football team have lodged a legal complaint in Paris against the African Football Confederation and a rebel group behind a deadly attack prior to the African Nations Cup in ... [more]

Tuqiri signs with the NRL's Tigers
After months of speculation, former Australian rugby player Lote Tuqiri will make a return to rugby league after signing a three-year deal with NRL club Wests Tigers. Tuqiri quit league for ... [more]

Maori Party supports closure of youth offender scheme
The Maori Party supports the closure of the youth offender programme, Te Hurihanga, saying it was clearly too expensive. [more]

Jobless rise may push back interest rate hike
The financial market has pulled back its expectations of interest rates hike to the middle of the year after unemployment hit its highest level in a decade, as the recovering economy led more people to look for work. [more]

Emigration to Australia 'could increase again'
An economist says the number of New Zealanders moving to Australia could pick up again in the coming year. [more]

Auckland real estate market 'shows improvement'
Auckland's largest real estate firm says momentum in the property market is continuing to build. Barfoot and Thompson says its average sale price stood at $505,301 in January. [more]

Cheetahs' dash for freedom short-lived
A Christchurch wildlife park is apologising to visitors who witnessed cheetahs free from their enclosure. [more]

Law on carrying knives should be looked at - judge
The judge who jailed two men for a fatal stabbing says Parliament may need to reconsider the law on possessing knives. [more]

Backlog of court cases will ease - minister
Justice Minister Simon Power says a bottleneck in cases waiting to be heard by District Courts is temporary, and not an indication that justice reforms have failed. [more]

Arts centre row takes new twist
The Christchurch campaign group Save Our Arts Centre is furious about a suggestion it used illegally obtained information in a court case. [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
Hospitals short of cancer doctors; health officials urge smoking ban on from beaches; Ngai Tahu will not fly the tino rangitiratanga flag on Waitangi Day. [more]

Deal slashes nitrogen pollution of Lake Taupo
What's been decribed as a pioneering deal involving Maori interests, a power company and the Lake Taupo Protection Trust will significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen going into the lake. [more]

AgResearch head resigns after six years
The head of the country's biggest crown research institute, who is stepping down in June, says he's pleased to have played a part in lifting the profile of agriculture and science. [more]

Wool prices rise at auction
Wool prices rose again across the board at Thursday's sales on the back of strong demand for the limited amount of wool on offer. [more]

Caution urged in Fonterra dairy farming in China
Federated Farmers is urging Fonterra to tread very carefully in China, saying the co-operative's dairy farms there may pose a bigger threat to its reputation than the much criticised ventures planned for the Upper Waitaki region. [more]

Ralf Schumacher could follow brother back to F1
Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher could be set to follow his older brother Michael back into Grand Prix racing. Ralf Schumacher retired from Formula One in 2007 after 10 years on ... [more]

Dadi likely to play on Sunday
The Wellington Phoenix are confident star striker Eugene Dadi will have recovered from a small ankle injury in time for their A-League football clash with the Gold Coast this weekend. Dadi ... [more]

Eden Park to host Kiwis double header
New Zealand will stage its biggest rugby league event in more than 20 years after confirmation that Auckland's Eden Park will host a Four Nations doubleheader on November 6th, when the ... [more]

Mason chooses the Cowboys
Rugby league forward Willie Mason has signed a one-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys for the 2010 NRL season. The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Mason chose North Queensland ... [more]

Cambo still struggling
The New Zealand golfer Michael Campbell is still struggling to find his form. He's second last after the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic. Campbell, the 2005 US Open champion, ... [more]

Portsmouth sign fourth owner, fifth not far away
Troubled English football club Portsmouth has signed their fourth owner in less than a year, with Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai taking over a 90 percent share of the club. Chainrai ... [more]

NZ beaten again at Fed Cup tournament
The New Zealand women's Fed Cup tennis team has suffered its second straight loss at the Asia/Oceania Group I tournament in Kuala Lumpur, going down to top seeds Japan 3-0. Number ... [more]

Virgin car takes to the track
The new Virgin Racing Formula One car has completed its first laps with Germany's Timo Glock at the wheel at Silverstone's Stowe circuit in England. Virgin are one of four completely ... [more]

Big night for women at Halbergs
World and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Vili has won the supreme award at the Halberg Awards for the third straight year. Vili was named sports woman of the year after ... [more]

Marathon runners Roe and Magee in Sports Hall of Fame
Marathon runners Allison Roe and Barry Magee have been inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. Roe was a world leading marathon and road runner in the early 1980s. ... [more]

Maradona calls up 101 players in 15 months
The Argentina football coach Diego Maradona has called up 101 players since he took on the role 15 months ago, including six new faces for next week's friendly against Jamaica. One ... [more]

Cost of going to football World Cup rising
Rocketing prices in South Africa are causing major concern among football World Cup organisers, who fear profiteering could deter more fans than alarmist reporting about violent crime. South African and FIFA ... [more]

Chelsea's transfer ban lifted
The transfer ban imposed on English football club Chelsea has been lifted following an agreement with France's Racing Lens over the signing of French forward Gael Kakuta. Last September Chelsea was ... [more]

Rebels looking to sign Cipriani
The England rugby five-eighth Danny Cipriani could be on his way to Australia, with the Super 15 new boys, the Melbourne Rebels, targeting a move for the talented playmaker. Rebels coach ... [more]

Date set for America's Cup sail hearing
The New York Supreme Court will hear the case on whether the sails of America's Cup holders Alinghi are legal or not at the end of February. The Swiss holders and ... [more]

England have fond memories of Wellington tournament
England have fond memories of the Wellington rugby sevens having won last year's event in a thrilling final against New Zealand. But England skipper Kevin Barrett's adamant they won't be dwelling ... [more]

Heidfeld completes all-German Mercedes line-up
German driver Nick Heidfeld has been named as the Mercedes reserve and test driver for the 2010 Formula One season. Heidfeld completes an all-German lineup for Mercedes, after the team signed ... [more]

Upturn in new and used vehicle sales
An 18-month slump in sales of new vehicles is over, with more than 5,600 new car registrations in January, the Motor Industry Association says. Sales of used imported vehicles also rose. [more]

NZ targeted in international internet attack
Authorities in New Zealand are investigating reports that New Zealand companies may have been targeted in a sophisticated online scam affecting the European Union's greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme. [more]

NZ snowboarder killed in Germany
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it's providing every assistance to the family of a New Zealand snowboarder killed in Germany on Tuesday. [more]

Friedlander gifts kuia photos to nation
One of New Zealand's foremost photographers, Marti Friedlander, says her gift of 48 original prints of Maori kuia with moko to Te Papa has been a humbling and moving experience. [more]

Tonga yet to replace ferry six months on from Ashika sinking
Efforts to find a replacement inter island ferry for Tonga are still ongoing six months after the Princess Ashika disaster. The Ashika sank on August 5th with the loss of... [more]

Falling oil demand hits Shell profits
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has reported a sharp fall in profits due to falling demand for oil from a weak global economy. The Anglo-Dutch company plans to cut 1000 jobs. [more]

Hundreds evacuated as tropical cyclone Oli hits French Polynesia
Tropical Cyclone Oli hit French Polynesia overnight, forcing hundreds of people to be evacuated and driving tourists into temporary shelters. Authorities told residents to stay indoors and and roads were... [more]

Fiji democracy group says NZ and Australia need to be cautious about restoring ties
A New Zealand-based Fiji democracy group says Canberra and Wellington should be cautious as they attempt to restore diplomatic ties with the military-led regime in Suva. The foreign ministers of... [more]

America's Cup skippers say it'll be a drag race
Sailing's Americas Cup is said to be one of sport's oldest trophies but it's also often been one the most bitterly contested off the water and this year's contest has been ... [more]

Gayle tears apart PM's XI
The West Indies cricket captain Chris Gayle has given Australia a warning ahead of the limited overs series by blasting 146 to help set up a 87-run win for his country ... [more]

Breakers win big
The New Zealand Breakers' run towards the Australian National Basketball League play-offs has continued with a resounding 88-60 victory over the Wollongong Hawks on the North Shore. After losing their last ... [more]

Inter coach fined for insulting journalist
Inter Milan football coach Jose Mourinho has been fined almost $26,000 for insulting an Italian journalist after a Serie A match against Atalanta in December. Mourinho allegedly told journalist Andrea Ramazzotti ... [more]

Ban on outdoor smoking suggested for Auckland
Auckland's Regional Public Health Service is appealing for a ban on smoking at outdoor areas such as beaches, playgrounds, bus stops and outside buildings. [more]

Briscoes forecasts $20m annual profit
Briscoes Group says its annual profit is set to double after a bumper Christmas trading season. [more]

Apple export decision now due for release mid-year
A decision by the World Trade Organisation on New Zedaland's case for apple access into Australia has been further delayed. [more]

Council vigilant over irrigation in dry Otago region
Otago Regional Council is warning it will take action if it finds evidence of landowners irrigating illegally. [more]

Companies promote wool to US market
New Zealand sheep farmers who took part in the launch of a new wool carpet brand in the United States this week have come away feeling optimistic about the outlook for strong wool. [more]

French Polynesia president intends to declare state of calamity after Oli
There are media reports that French Polynesia's president is planning to declare a state of natural calamity in the wake of Cyclone Oli. Such a move would be aimed at... [more]

George Smith retires from international rugby
Richie McCaw's long-time Australian opposite George Smith has retired from international rugby, effective immediately. Smith says a desire to spend more time with his young family was behind his decision to ... [more]

Samoa easily beats France in Wellington sevens opener
In sport, Samoa has got off to a winning start at the Wellington Sevens tournament, beating France 31-19. Reupena Levasa crossed the line for three tries, while Lolo Lui made... [more]

American Samoa Governor eyes a fish sausage maker to replace cannery
The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says he has a Thai firm interested in setting up in the territory. Since the closure of the Samoa Packing cannery in September, Togiola... [more]

Ship repair spat in American Samoa back in court next week
The American Samoa Government and the MYD Samoa shipyard are expected to return to court next week over the disputed repair work on the Government owned inter island vessel, MV... [more]

PNG Finance Minister to face Leadership Tribunal
A leadership tribunal has been appointed in Papua New Guinea to hear allegations of misconduct against the Finance and Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch. The Ombudsman Commission referred him to the... [more]

Pair arrested after shots fired at bus and cyclist
The head of the Christchurch bus company whose vehicle was shot at says anti-graffiti plastic film on windows helped reduce the impact of the bullets. Two men have been charged in relation to the incident. [more]

Queenstown council chief executive leaves job
The chief executive of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Duncan Field, is leaving his position this week after more than 12 years in the job. [more]

Moves to forcibly quarantine TB patients in Marshall Islands
The threat of drug resistant tuberculosis in the Marshall Islands has prompted parliament's health committee to consider allowing officials to quarantine patients who don't comply with prevention requirements. The country's... [more]

Loan fraudster escapes jail sentence
A man whose fraudulent activities left a finance company more than $1 million out of pocket has escaped a prison sentence. [more]

Mixed results in first round for Pacific teams at Wellington sevens
New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa have begun the Wellington Sevens tournament with wins. Samoa beat France 31-9 in the first game of the tournament, and Fiji beat Scotland 36-5. Hosts... [more]

Major changes anticipated in PNG Cabinet
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has told his coalition partners that a Cabinet reshuffle is imminent. The National newspaper says the announcement comes after the Highlands... [more]

TB challenge gets a parliamentary focus in the Marshall Islands
The threat of drug resistant tuberculosis in the Marshall Islands has prompted Parliament's health committee to consider a law ammendment to allow public health officials to order the quarantine of... [more]

Claims of mistrust between tsunami victims and disaster officials in Samoa
The deputy mayor of the New Zealand city of Porirua says ongoing aid efforts after the tsunami in Samoa are being hampered by distribution problems and mistrust between government officals... [more]

Operators of PNG's Porgera mine defend support for police following Amnesty report
Papua New Guinea gold miner Porgera Joint Venture, or PJV, has criticised an Amnesty International report calling on the Government to investigate police atrocities near Enga province's Porgera mine. Amnesty's... [more]

Housing NZ could play role in Maori housing - Turia
Housing New Zealand could enter into joint ventures with Maori who can't pay their mortgages, says Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia. [more]

Community sentence for child pornography appealed
The Department of Internal Affairs is asking the Solicitor-General to consider appealing against the community sentencing of a Northland man for possession of child pornography. [more]

Fiji, Samoa start best of island teams in Wellington sevens
New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa have begun the Wellington Sevens tournament with wins. Samoa beat France 31-9 in the first game of the tournament, and started the second round with... [more]

Court in Fiji hears plot to kill Bainimarama was army ploy
The High Court in Fiji has heard claims the military floated the alleged plot to assassinate the interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, three years ago in a bid to... [more]

US investigates Toyota Prius brake problems
The US Transportation Department has begun an investigation into brake problems in the 2010 Toyota Prius. So far no issues have been reported in the hybrid cars sold in New Zealand. [more]

Samoa disaster co-ordinator rejects latest criticism of aid effort
The head of disaster co-ordination in Samoa says families who receive help from relatives living overseas should not fear aid officials visiting their homes. Principal Disaster Management Officer for Samoa,... [more]

Opposition to plans for logging near Solomons' World Heritage Site
A non-government organisation in Solomon Islands says plans to start logging on one of the country's few remaining pristine islands are being opposed by some landowners. Rennell Island, which is... [more]

Police defend use of taser on Wellington man
Wellington police say that if it had not been for a taser, they would have had to shoot a man who lunged at an officer with a hunting knife. [more]

Tramper found after unplanned stay in Ureweras
An overdue tramper lost in one of the highest areas in Urewera National Park on the east coast of the North Island has been found after three days in rugged bush. [more]

Drought conditions killing kiwi
Drought conditions are causing New Zealand's national bird, the kiwi, to die from starvation and dehydration, a bird recovery centre says. [more]

MP's wife says Harawiras never profited from flag
The wife of Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira says her family has never profited from the sale of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag. [more]

Auckland mayor rejects plan for Queens Wharf
Auckland City Mayor John Banks has come out against a proposed cruise ship terminal which the Government believes could be built in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Dollar falls to five-month low
The New Zealand dollar hit a five-month low against the US dollar overnight but regained some ground during Friday's trading. [more]

World stock markets fall
The New Zealand stock exchange tumbled into the red on Friday in line with global markets in the wake of concerns about debt problems among some European countries and a rise in jobless numbers in the US. [more]

Cancer doctor vacancies 'a crisis'
Cancer specialists have left public hospitals in New Zealand hospitals in recent months, amounting to what senior doctors and the Cancer Society describe as a crisis. [more]

PM warns Maori over foreshore and seabed
The Prime Minister has warned Maori in Waitangi if they take a hardline stance on the foreshore and seabed, the existing law could be left in place. [more]