Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 18th February 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, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Marty Tinker is on the line from the far North. He's chosen 'Monkey Man' by The Rolling Stones. [more]

Your place - Urenui
Today's subject is a small settlement in northern Taranaki, on State Highway 3 close to the shore of the North Taranaki Bight. [more]

Al Qaeda threats
The Indian government is trying to assure international athletes they'll be safe in Delhi, as our Blacksticks languish in Perth. [more]

He Rourou for Thursday 18 February 2010
Taranaki elder Sam Jackson says there's an increasing interest in government circles to learn about Maori language and customs. In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata spoke with Sam Jackson at his Waitangi Day food stall. [more]

Arts report
Time to join Lynn Freeman and Simon Morris for an update from the arts scene. [more]

Resurfacing History - Part 2
Part Two of Resurfacing History explores Pioneers at Rest, and Gary Ross leads the way at Port Molyneux Cemetery. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Richard Griffin and Bomber Bradbury. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Richard Griffin and Bomber Bradbury. [more]

Business News

Morning business for Thursday 18 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for Thursday 18 February 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 18 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 18 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 18 February 2010
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Government wants to restore investor confidence
The Government is to beef up the policing of financial markets in a bid to restore investor confidence badly shaken by finance company collapses. [more]

Minister says trust and top rate alignment desirable
The Finance Minister has signalled a possible drop in the top tax rate to 33-percent, in a speech he's delivered in Auckland. [more]

Jury retires in Templeman case
The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the Liberty Templeman murder trial. [more]

Future of RNZ is questioned
The Green MP Sue Kedgley has accused the Government of starving Radio New Zealand of money in an attempt to threaten its viability. [more]

Mayor angry at West Coast timber plan
A West Coast mayor says the region has been badly let down by the Government's plans to restructure the timber industry. [more]

Sports news for 18 February 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

CEO of Outdoor Pursuit Centre apologises
The chief executive of the centre where a school group lost their lives in a canyoning flash flood has apologised to their families and taken full responsibility for the tragedy. [more]

Toyota's problems continue
The underfire company is now considering recalling the world's number one selling vehicle, the Corolla, pending an investigation by US safety officials into complaints about its power steering system. [more]

Pay equity gap questions make for lively question time
The continued gender pay gap and unequal representation of men and women in top jobs had the Greens seeing red today. [more]

Dalai Lama arrives in the US
The Dalai Lama has arrived in the US capital ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama. [more]

Waatea news for 18 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wellingtonians to give opinion on liquor ban in city
Wellington city councillors have decided to ask the public whether they want a 24-hour city-wide public liquor ban. [more]

The search is on to find a super city logo
A controversial public design competition's been launched to find a logo for the new Auckland super city - despite criticism that there are more important things to be dealt with. [more]

Kiwirail looking at whether to compensate capital's commuters
KiwiRail is considering whether to compensate commuters in the Capital left fuming by a recent string of network failures. [more]

Policing of financial markets beefed up
The Government is to beef up the way financial markets are policed in a bid to restore investor confidence badly shaken by finance company collapses. [more]

DHBs reject merger claims
The outspoken Whanganui Mayor, Michael Laws, says the Whanganui District Health Board and neighbouring MidCentral DHB intend to merge, and it's all about cutting costs. [more]

Irish passports used by those implicated in Hamas killing
The Irish government is the latest to come out and say its passports used by those alleged to be involved in killing a Hamas official in Dubai, were stolen. [more]

OUSA attempts to ban negative portrayal of students
The Otago University Students' Association is attempting to ban the broadcast of any unsavory behaviour at next week's Orientation events - such as excessive drinking, vomiting, fighting, and abusive language. [more]

Latest news from our correspondent the United States
Eight of the 10 Americans accused of kidnapping children in Haiti after January's quake have been released from custody. [more]

Sports news for 18 February 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

MFAT: 'no change to travel warning to Thailand'
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it has no plans to change its travel advice to tourists going to Bangkok in the coming weeks. [more]

Desmond Tutu among indigenous group to have genome mapped
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and four Kalahari Bushmen have had their genetic codes, or genomes, mapped. [more]

Tensions rise again over Falkland Islands
An Argentinian minister has told Britain to be on its guard, in a growing dispute over British plans to drill for oil off the Falkland Islands. [more]

Waatea news for 18 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Opposition demands suspension of multi-million dollar scheme
The opposition in Australia are demanding the suspension of an entire scheme to improve home insulation. [more]

Syrian capital get US visit
The visit of a top US official to the Syrian capital, Damascus, is being seen as a sign of warming diplomatic relations. [more]

German kids noise law
Children in the German capital, Berlin, will now be allowed to be noisy. [more]

Gypsy comment angers Romania's human rights groups
Human rights groups in Romania have called on the Foreign Minister to resign, for appearing to suggest that Roma or Gypsies were more likely to commit criminal acts than other people. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 February 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 February 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 18 February 2010
India defends its security arrangements following the latest terror threat, Toyota Corollas may be recalled worldwide, South Canterbury Farmers threaten to block Transpower from accessing their land, And Radio New Zealand is directed to find ways to cut costs. [more]

Costs preventing airport security roll-out
Delegates from airports around the world have heard that costs of scanning equipment and civil liberties will be the major issues facing those in charge of aviation security in the coming decades. [more]

Pacific news for Thursday 18 February 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for Thursday 18 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sporting bodies reconsider sending teams to India
Sporting bodies around the world are reconsidering their involvement in sporting events in India after a threat from Al Qaeda. [more]

India defends security arrangements
The head of the New Zealand Cricket Players Association wants March's IPL series moved from India to avoid the risk of a terrorist attack. [more]

Cricket Players Association wants IPL series moved from India
Chief executive of the Cricket Players' Association, Heath Mills. [more]

Toyota Corollas may be recalled
Toyota says its looking into complaints the model has problems with its power steering. [more]

RNZ directed to find ways to cut costs
The Broadcasting Minister has directed the board of Radio New Zealand to make a concerted effort to cut costs, which could result in a fundamental change to the way the public broadcaster operates. [more]

Israel accused of using fake passports in Hamas assassination
Israel says there is no proof its secret service agents were involved in the assassination of a top Hamas military commander in Dubai. [more]

Top bowler disputes his suspension
One of New Zealand's top bowlers says the decision to suspend him from international competition and fine him five thousand dollars is more to do with a personal vendetta than anything he's done. [more]

Supercity logo competition a"sideshow"
The Auckland super city is on its way and it turns out you can't have a new city unless you first have a new logo. [more]

Sports news for Thursday 18 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Doubts cast on National Standards panel
A new panel has been set up by the Education Minister to provide technical advice on the new National Standards for primary and intermediate school pupils. [more]

Princess Ashika inquiry continues in Tonga
Tonga's Minister of Finance has told an inquiry into the sinking of the rusty ferry Princess Ashika he approved the money for it, based on information from the Minister of Transport. [more]

Proposal for regulatory reform cops flak from lawyers
The equivalent of a warrant of fitness for new laws being considered by the Government has come in for criticism from legal experts. [more]

Terrorism expert says sports people more likely targets
An Australian terrorism expert says foreign sportspeople are more likely to be terrorist targets in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, rather than during the event itself. [more]

NZ shooters prepare for competition despite security concerns
While sports teams consider whether to travel to India, five New Zealand shooters taking part in a Commonwealth championships have already arrived in New Delhi for two weeks of competition. [more]

Federated Farmers to act as peacemaker with Transpower
Federated Farmers will today try to broker a deal between Transpower and South Canterbury farmers over compensation for access to pylons. [more]

Bowls NZ insists door is still open to disgraced player
Bowls New Zealand insists the door is still open to disgraced mens fours captain Gary Lawson, despite him being suspended and fined five thousand dollars for match fixing. [more]

Sports news for Thursday 18 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Council to investigate Tamaki Drive cyclist crash intersection
A twenty-year-old woman was yesterday disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay a thousand dollars to each of the four cyclists she drove into on Tamaki Drive. [more]

Young New Zealanders failing on brink of adulthood
Teenage New Zealanders are getting a raw deal, according to a new report from an independent think tank. [more]

Waatea news for Thursday 18 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Closing addresses in Templeman trial due today
Closing addresses will begin today in the Liberty Templeman trial in Whangarei. [more]

Marlborough considering levy on winegrowers
Marlborough winegrowers are fuming at a proposal they pay a special tax to offset their impact on the community. [more]

King Tut died of a broken leg
New research has revealed that Egypt's most famous pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, died from a broken leg complicated by malaria. [more]

Nights

Homeless Sucker Fish
The rare Santa Ana sucker fish has been rescued but now their plight continues as there is seemingly no home ( or stream ) for them to go back to. [more]

Science - Earth sciences
Drilling a core into the geologic cycle. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Terrorist threat to Commonwealth Games in India
Rebecca Wardell, Christchurch based heptathlete. [more]

United Nations Development Programme
Former Prime Minister, now Head of the United Nations Development Helen Clark updates us on her first year as head of the United Nations Development Programme; the lofty Millennium Development Goals and how she is going to tackle the thorny issue of reform the UN's global development network. [more]

Kate Adie
UK Correspondent. [more]

Book review - Blood Men
Written by Paul Cleave. Published by Random House NZ Black Swan. Reviewed by Graham Beattie. [more]

New technology with Nat Torkington
Nat and Kathryn discuss: media tech scares; the new computer engineer Barbie; and appraise TV geek pop culture. [more]

Playwright Juliet O'Brien
This New Zealand born playwright and dramatist talks to Kathryn about life in France and her latest work, The Letter Writer, which is being performed at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts next month. [more]

Television review - Simon Wilson
With more than a hint of mirth, Simon looks at the New Zealand incarnation of that American fanchise that is The Apprentice. and lt;br / and gt; and lt;br / and gt; A vicarious look into the lifestyles of the rich (and soon to be) famous or cringe-worthy misappropriation of American pop-culture lacking context - possibly both. [more]

Our Changing World

Bose-Einstein Condensates
Maarten Hoogerland and Howard Carmichael demonstrate how the coldest thing in the universe is created in the lab [more]

New Zealand Biotron
Leo Condron and Stuart Larsen use the New Zealand Biotron, a new tool to study plants in a controlled environment [more]

Stomach Electrical Activity
University of Auckland scientists are using custom-made flexible electrodes to measure the electrical activity of stomachs [more]

Tracking Taro
Peter Matthews cooks a meal of taro, and explains how he's been tracking the crop's history around the globe [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 18 February 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Commerce: What will be the Government's response to the report of the Capital Market Development Taskforce? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his recent statements about Whanau Ora? 3. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Did he seek advice before telling the House yesterday that the up-to-date schedule of adjustments made to the raw temperature data used in calculating NIWA's official series "Mean annual temperature over New Zealand, from 1853 to 2008" is "not set out as a singular document … . Rather, it is a range of material, all of which is available on the institute's website"; if so, from whom did he seek that advice? 4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Justice: Does he have confidence in the Ministry of Justice? 5. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Does she stand by her statement "it is important that women and men stand shoulder to shoulder in our boardrooms"? 6. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister for ACC: Can he explain why in the first six months of 2009, almost double the number of people applying for elective surgery under ACC were declined compared to the same period in 2008? 7. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps is the Government taking to curb animal cruelty offences? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to improve the efficiency of processing resource consents? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What highlights, if any, on gender equality and women's empowerment will she report to the United Nations special general meeting in March? 11. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Youth Affairs: What progress has been made for Youth Parliament 2010? 12. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he agree with the Strategic Priorities of ACC, which include "Ensuring New Zealanders have confidence in ACC"? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 February 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 February 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Hon Christopher Finlayson
The Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage explains the new changes to Creative New Zealand. [more]

Richard Greager
Organiser of the St Andrews on the Terrace 'Season of Concert's' which will run alongside the NZInternational Arts Festival in Wellington next month. [more]

Tony Mitchell
Reviews of the 2 recently published books; Bruce Russells 'Left Handed Blows' and Nick Bollinger's '100 Essential New Zealand Albums'. [more]

Robin Ward
Triple strung harpist who's returned for a nationwide tour of New Zealand from his new home in the UK. [more]

News stories:

Harsher sentences in Youth Court in South Island - report
A Government report reveals youth offenders in the South Island have received harsher sentences than their North Island counterparts. [more]

Poaching hotline calls up this summer
The Ministry of Fisheries says it's had an increase of 15% in the number of calls to a poaching hotline this summer compared to last year. [more]

Quarterly profit reported by BNP Paribas
French bank BNP Paribas made a net profit of 1.37 billion euros in the three months to December last year. [more]

Reassurance by PM over Whanau Ora
Prime Minister John Key is reassuring those Maori who fear his demand that Whanau Ora be available for all could dilute the new welfare delivery model. [more]

Change of leadership urged at Fonterra by former director
A former Fonterra director is warning farmers that the company faces being opened to outside investment unless the current leadership is changed. He says if the company had been performing better, capital restructuring would not be such a big issue now. [more]

Govt intervention needed to reverse wool decline - Labour
The Labour Party says the wool industry won't be able to reverse its decline if it's left to its own devices and Government intervention will be needed. [more]

Rise in economic activity in regions
Growing business confidence and retail sales have unpinned a sharp rise in the latest National Bank regional trends survey. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Woman faces murder charge for leaving her young son in a bath; athlete vows to compete at Commonwealth Games despite terrorist threat; coronor urges fluorescent cycle vests be made compulsory. [more]

Black Sticks whitewashed in Perth
The New Zealand men's and women hockey teams have been well beaten in tests against Australia in Perth. The Blacksticks men were thumped 7-1 in the first match of their three ... [more]

Australia retain Rose Bowl with fourth win
The New Zealand women cricketers had no answer to Australia's Southern Stars who recorded their fourth straight win to take an 4-0 lead in the Rose Bowl Series in Melbourne. After ... [more]

More problems for Winter Games
Canada's Winter Olympics have come under further fire after a slew of problems -- some man-made and others purely down to Mother Nature -- threatened to take the focus away from ... [more]

Hiddink to take over as Turkey coach
The much-travelled Dutch football coach Guus Hiddink is on the move again, having been appointed Turkey's national coach on a four-year deal, and he'll take up his appointment in Istanbul on ... [more]

Football Ferns lose to Australia
The Football Ferns coach John Herdman is calling for more from his senior players after Australia beat them 3-0 at North Harbour Stadium. A recent run of close results away from ... [more]

Six Nations all over for Irish kicker
The Six Nations rugby championship is all over for Ireland's hooker Jerry Flannery who has been banned for six weeks for kicking the French winger Alexis Palisson last weekend ... [more]

Kumaritashvili's body returned to Georgia
The body of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the luger who was killed in an horrific training accident at the Winter Olympics, has been returned to his Georgian hometown for burial. Dozens ... [more]

Weather intervenes in Kolkata decider
Bad weather in Kolkata has helped South Africa's chances of saving the third cricket test against India, and winning the series which would return them to the top of ... [more]

Aussies taking new India terror threat report seriously
Officials from Australian hockey and cricket, the first two of three sports with major events reportedly targeted by a new terrorist threat, have sounded a note of caution about touring India. ... [more]

Australian women cricketers retain Rose Bowl
The New Zealand women cricketers had no answer to Australia's Southern Stars who recorded their fourth straight win to take an 4-0 lead in the Rose Bowl Series in Melbourne. As ... [more]

India promises "foolproof" security for World Cup
Indian police have promised "foolproof" security for the men's hockey World Cup after a bomb blast last weekend raised safety concerns for visiting teams. A Delhi police spokesman says ... [more]

Warriors to field more experienced side in Cairns
The Warriors will field a much more experienced side when they play North Queensland in their second 2010 NRL trial in Cairns on Saturday night. Coach Ivan Cleary has included most ... [more]

Phoenix defenders make Australian squad
The Wellington Phoenix central defenders Andrew Durante and Jon McKain have been rewarded for a stellari A-League season with selection in the Australia football squad for an Asian Cup qualifier against ... [more]

Bangladesh fight back in Hamilton
Bangladesh took the honours yesterday, but the Black Caps still have the upper hand with two days to play in the one-off cricket test in Hamilton. The visitors beat the odds ... [more]

Vector to sponsor Shareholders Association
Vector, the biggest electricity and lines company in New Zealand, says it will sponsor the activities of the Shareholders Association for two years. [more]

AXA Asia-Pacific returns to profit
AXA Asia-Pacific, which is being circled by National Australia Bank and AMP, has posted its biggest annual profit since 2003, but is keeping mum on a takeover tussle. [more]

Opus lifts profit
Opus International Consultancy has lifted its full year profit as it cut jobs to cope with the effects of the global economic downturn last year. [more]

Sione Lauaki to captain Chiefs
The powerful loose forward Sione Lauaki will captain the Chiefs for the first time in a Super 14 rugby match when they play the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday morning. Lauaki ... [more]

Greece defends complex debt swap
Greece has defended a controversial deal that may have masked the extent of its budget woes. [more]

US and European markets climb
Stocks in the United States have climbed as earnings, as housing construction posted a better-than-expected increase in January. Stocks in Europe were also up. [more]

Dance company to showcase works by young performers
Maori Dance company Atamira is to begin the year with a showcase of works by its younger dancers and choreographers in March at the Corban Estate in Henderson. [more]

Bowler says ban and fine unfair
Bowler Gary Lawson says he has been harshly dealt with by Bowls New Zealand. He has been fined $5000 and suspended from international competition for six months. [more]

Winegrowers facing $5 tax
Winegrowers in Marlborough are facing a levy of $5 per hectare of grapes to offset costs the district council says are being borne by the ratepayer. [more]

Proposed warrant of fitness for new laws under fire
The equivalent of a warrant of fitness for new laws has come in for criticism from legal experts. [more]

Auditor-General satisfied over footpath contracts
The Auditor-General is satisfied Auckland City Council has protected the interests of ratepayers in managing the contracts for upgrading the city's footpaths. [more]

Higher profit reported by Westfield
Shopping mall landlord Westfield Group made an underlying profit of almost $A2 billion last year - up 8% on 2007. However, it says property revaluations resulted in a net loss of almost $A500 million. [more]

Murder charge laid after death of baby in bath
An Auckland woman who left her baby alone in a bath is now facing a murder charge. She was originally charged with manslaughter. [more]

North Shore power temporarily cuts by birds
Power has been restored to a large part of the North Shore of Auckland, after a bird strike cut supplies to about 3000 customers on Thursday morning. [more]

Police fed up with Canterbury drivers for cutting corners
Police in Canterbury are fed up with drivers cutting corners. Tickets were issued to 63 drivers in six hours for failing to keep left at Hundalee, south of Kaikoura. [more]

Business group in CNMI sees no real benefits in military build-up in Guam
In the Northern Marianas, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce says it hasn't identified any real benefits to the community of the military build-up in Guam. The Governor of Guam, Felix... [more]

American Samoa's govt makes a dent in outstanding utility bill
The American Samoa government has made a huge payment on it's outstanding utility bill. ASG's utility debt reached some 5 million US dollars last year and later decreased to close... [more]

Tonga's prime minister expected to appear before Ashika inquiry
Tonga's Prime Minister is expected to appear before the inquiry into the the sinking of the ferry Princess Ashika today in Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa. A Royal Commission is investigating the... [more]

Profit down at Mainfreight
Listed supply chain and logistics company Mainfreight says its profit is down almost 8% in the first nine months of this financial year, compared to last year. However, third quarter trading is markedly improved. [more]

Australia puts sparkle in Michael Hill's half-year profit
Michael Hill International says its underlying half year profits rose due to better trading in Australia. Jewellery stores there produce two-thirds of its income. Meanwhile, the company says trading In New Zealand is tough. [more]

Skellerup sales hit
Listed plastics maker Skellerup says its first half profit has halved, as the global recession hit sales. Total revenues were down 13% to $85.6 million. [more]

Arsenal undone by Fabianski horrow show
Two errors from Arsenal 's goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski allowed Porto to establish a 2-1 lead in the first leg of their European football Champions League last 16 tie in Portugal. The ... [more]

Mahmudallah says controversial catch is part of game
The Bangladesh batsman Mahommed Mahmudallah says his first test century in a 145 run seventh wicket partnership with his captain Shakib al Hasan has given his side a chance of saving ... [more]

Vonn leads US 1-2 in women's downhill
The American skier Lindsey Vonn lived up to expectations by winning the USA's first winter Olympic gold in the women's downhill at Whistler Vonn has won five consecutive World Cup downhills ... [more]

Calder fails to qualify for cross country sprint
The New Zealand cross country skier Kate Calder has failed to qualify for the 1.4 kilometre sprint classic at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Calder finished 47th in ... [more]

Lauaki back for Chiefs
Number eight Sione Lauaki returns to captain the Chiefs for the first time in a Super 14 rugby match when they take on the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday morning. Lauaki, ... [more]

Vettori defends Shakib dismissal
The New Zealand cricket captain, Dan Vettori, says the Black Caps have nothing to apologise for after the controversial dismissal of his Bangladesh counterpart on the third day of the one-off ... [more]

Nauru's President defeats motion of no confidence he helped introduce
Nauru's President took the unusual step yesterday to help the opposition bring a no confidence motion against his government, which was later defeated. Parliament had been recalled after the Opposition... [more]

Price surge rubs off on gold miner
Goldminer OceanaGold made a profit of $US54.5 million in the year to December as it enjoyed a surge in the price of the metal. Gold sales rose 9% to $US237 million. [more]

Cost cuts lift AMP result
Cost cuts at AMP Financial Services New Zealand helped lift its full year profit, as it faced an increase in insurance lapses. Operating earnings rose 2% and costs were cut by 11%. [more]

Buffalo yoghurt recognised by food award
A Clevedon couple who farm water buffaloes for their milk, have been recognised as producers of New Zealand's best artisan food product: buffalo yoghurt. [more]

New bid for wool research funding
The New Zealand Wool Research Organisation is to make a fresh bid for public funding for a new research consortium. [more]

Tiger Woods to break silence
Tiger Woods' agent says the golf superstar will break his silence tomorrow night and speak publicly for the first time since revelations of marital infidelity ignited a media firestorm. The 34-year-old ... [more]

Hosea Gear out for at least a month
The Hurricanes winger Hosea Gear is expected to be out of action for 4 to 6 weeks after it was confirmed that he'd torn knee ligaments in their opening Super 14 ... [more]

New Zealand cricketers lose another wicket
The New Zealand cricketers are 58 for 2 in their second innings, a lead of 203 over Bangladesh early on the 4th day of the test in Hamilton. The batter to ... [more]

New locks for Hurricanes
A breach of team protocol has seen All Black lock Jason Eaton dropped from the Hurricanes lineup for their Super 14 match against the Western Force in Wellington on Saturday night. ... [more]

No word from protestor aboard Japanese ship
The wife of anti-whaling protester Peter Bethune says she's had no contact with him since he boarded a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean, four days ago. [more]

Public opinion sought on capital liquor ban
Wellington City Council is to ask the public whether it wants a 24-hour city-wide liquor ban. [more]

Tourism consultant says plenty of opportunities for Pacific if the money is found
A speaker at a regional tourism conference in Samoa says there are many ways Pacific countries can boost tourism once investors are on board. Anna Pollock, the CEO of tourism... [more]

Tonga expected to embrace CEDAW once more democratic government elected
The chairperson of Tonga's Youth Parliament says he expects the new Tonga Government, to be elected under planned democratic reforms in November, to ratify an international anti-discrimination agreement for women. [more]

Guam merger with CNMI would bring many benefits - Guam official
The Governor's office in Guam says a re-unification between the territory and the neighbouring Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas would have many benefits. Guam's Governor, Felix Camacho, has suggested a... [more]

Developers again suspend operations after killing at PNG gas project
Papua New Guinea petroleum explorer, Oil Seach, which runs the Hides gas project in Tari in Southern Highlands province, and ExxonMobil, which is building a huge LNG nearby, have both... [more]

UNDP to support PNG so gas project money available to future generations
The head of the United Nations Development Programme says aid money isn't the key to bringing fundamental changes that improve lives in developing countries like Papua New Guinea. Helen Clark... [more]

Retention of Waitangi Tribunal needed - Graham
Former Treaty Negotiations Minister Sir Douglas Graham says the Waitangi Tribunal needs to continue as a safety valve after Treaty claims are settled. [more]

Union doubts independence of national standards panel
Doubts are being cast by the NZEI on the independence of a panel set up by the Government, to provide technical advice on the new national standards for primary and intermediate school pupils. [more]

Games pull-out tipped if safety of athletes not assured
The head of the New Zealand Olympic Committee says New Zealand may pull out of the Commonwealth Games in India if the safety of the athletes cannot be assured. [more]

Govt will not be held to ransom over pylons - Brownlee
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government will not be held to ransom by a small group of farmers who are threatening to block access by Transpower to pylons on their land. [more]

Unease expressed at prospect of DHB merger
A Whanganui surgeon says a proposal to merge the Whanganui and Mid-Central District Health Boards would damage the city's health services. [more]

PNG High Commissioner endorses expanding co-operation between MSG members
Papua New Guinea's High Commissioner in Solomon Islands has spoken of the importance of continued expansion of trade between the Melanesian Spearhead Group countries. Aiwa Olmi has told the Solomon... [more]

Northern Marianas willing to talk about merging with Guam
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas says a decision on whether the territory should re-unite with neighbouring Guam can only be decided by the people. This comes as Guam's governor... [more]

Vanuatu Environment Dep't director defends Blacksands Tuna Plant EIA process
The director of Vanuatu's Environment Department, Albert Williams, has defended the robustness of the Environment Impact Assessment of the Blacksands Tuna Processing Plant in Port Vila. Although the EIA is... [more]

Vanuatu school takes 100 Chinese students, and hopes to take more next year
The principal of one of Vanuatu's biggest high schools, Matevulu College, says around 100 Chinese students enrolling in the school later in the year is a good opportunity for local... [more]

Review show most PNG government agencies lack accountability and transparency
A Papua New Guinea Government committee says the accountability and transparency surrounding the use of public money within all but five of 1000 PNG Government agencies has collapsed. MP Sam... [more]

Whipping as a punishment for crimes in Tonga should be wiped
A former Tongan police minister and current MP says the sentence, including whipping, imposed on two young men who escaped prison is cruel and the law needs to be repealed. [more]

Business in Tonga's capital now up and running after Cyclone Rene havoc
The Chamber of Commerce in Tonga say businesses in the capital, Nuku'lofa have now reopened following Cyclone Rene. The Chamber says power and water was restored to most of the... [more]

Cook Islands tourism operators beckon visitors back to Aitutaki
Tourism officials in the Cook Islands say visitors should not be deterred from visiting the cyclone-hit island of Aitutaki. Last week Cyclone Pat tore across Aitutaki, causing some damage to... [more]

Criticism over public design competition for new logo
The Auckland Transition Agency has been criticised for not having its priorities straight, because it is focussing on a new logo for the Auckland super-city. [more]

Sewage leak closes Wellington beach indefinitely
Wellington City Council is using cameras inside pipes in the Owhiro Bay beach area to try to locate the source of a sewage leak. The beach is closed indefinitely. [more]

Government to prop up West Coast timber industry
The Government is to prop up the West Coast timber industry for at least another five years. Annual losses currently amount to $5 million. [more]

Jury retires to consider verdict in Templeman case
A High Court jury will resume deliberations on Friday in the case of a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering schoolgirl Libby Templeman in Kerikeri in 2008. [more]

Baby may have been dead for up to two years - police
Police believe a dead baby found in Christchurch passed away between three months and two years ago. [more]

Toyota says Corolla recall unlikely to affect NZ
Toyota says a possible problem with Corolla steering systems in the United States unlikely to affect cars in New Zealand. [more]

English signals possible drop in top personal tax rate
Finance Minister Bill English has signalled a possible drop in the top tax rate to 33%. [more]

Women given permission to take eviction battle to appeal
Three Lower Hutt women fighting to avoid being evicted from their Housing New Zealand homes have been granted leave to take a case to the Court of Appeal. [more]

New Zealand speed skater into Olympic quarterfinal
A collision in the men's short track speed skating heats has helped New Zealand's Blake Skjellerup advance to the 1000 metre quarterfinals at the Olympics in Vancouver. The skaters coming second ... [more]

Jayasuriya hoping to become an MP
Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya will embark on a political career by taking part in the upcoming parliamentary polls in April. Jayasuriya wants to become a Member of Parliament under the ... [more]

The flying tomato wins snowboarding gold
The American snowboarder Shaun White was in a class of his own in defending his Olympic halfpipe title, scoring 48.4 points out of a possible 50 on his second run. The ... [more]

Lyon and King to co-captain Manly
The Manly Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler has appointed Jamie Lyon and Jason King as co-captains for the 2010 National Rugby League season. Lyon will be the on-field captain while King ... [more]

Flannery to miss rest of Six Nations
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations after receiving a six-week ban for kicking France wing Alexis Palisson in their 33-10 loss last ... [more]

American wins two golds in two games
American speed skater Shani Davis has become the first man to win two Olympic 1000 metres titles, after following up his 2006 gold medal with another in Vancouver. Davis, whose victory ... [more]

Police reveal security breech at Olympics
A man wearing a fake pass to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver was apprehended when he attempted to get close to the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. ... [more]

Skjellerup qualifies for quarterfinals
A collision in the men's short track speed skating heats has helped New Zealand's Blake Skjellerup advance to the 1000 metre quarterfinals at the Olympics in Vancouver. The skaters coming second ... [more]

Australian cricket selectors opt not to tinker with winning formula
The Australian cricket selectors have not suprisingly, chosen not to tinker with a winner formula in naming their one day squad to play New Zealand in a five match series. The ... [more]

Wigan Athletic and Bolton still in relegation trouble
Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers have fought out a 0-0 draw that leaves both sides deep in trouble at the foot of the English Premier League football table. With Portsmouth stranded ... [more]

Aerial sighting may provide clue to missing teen
Police are investigating an aerial sighting of what could be a missing Nelson teenager's vehicle. [more]

Australia says Pacific migration essential to development
Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance says migration from Pacific countries is an essential part of the region's development. A recent International Labour Organisation meeting in Vanuatu identified work... [more]

New Zealand in charge of cricket test against Bangladesh
Bangladesh has slumped to 88 for five at stumps on day four of the one off cricket test against New Zealand in Hamilton, needing a further 316 runs to win. Daniel ... [more]

Government supports super-regulator of markets
The Government is to strengthen the policing of financial markets in a bid to boost damaged investor confidence and supports the creation of a super-regulator. [more]

KiwiRail considers compensation for capital commuters
KiwiRail says it is considering whether to compensate commuters left stranded by recent failures in Wellington's rail network. [more]

Concerns at how much Australian aid is soaked up by consultants' fees
Almost half of Australia's foreign aid budget goes back to Australian companies and Australian experts working tax-free as highly paid consultants. Figures from the Australian Government aid agency, AusAID, reveal... [more]

Tourism conference told investments must be culturally sound
The keynote speaker at a regional tourism conference in Samoa says small island states in the Pacific must ensure any future tourism investments are not only sustainable but culturally sound. [more]

American Samoa baby born the night of the storm is named after Cyclone Rene
A baby girl delivered last Friday night at the American Samoan main LBJ Hospital has been named after Cyclone Rene. The hospital's emergency team had been camping at the hospital... [more]

Samoans again called on not to overcommit on weddings, funerals
Samoa's Associate Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labour says people must stop spending so much on traditional responsibilities such as family weddings and funerals. The comment was made in the... [more]

Vanuatu residents doubt worth of environment report on tuna cannery
The Residents Against Processing Tuna, or RAPT, group in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila says there are questions over the robustness of the Environment Impact Assessment of the Blacksands Tuna Processing... [more]

Aitutaki mayor says some islanders could be homeless a long time
The Mayor of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands say some of those made homeless by Cyclone Pat may be waiting a long time before they can leave their temporary accommodation. [more]

Outdoor centre boss apologises for canyoning tragedy
The head of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre has apologised unreservedly to the parents of seven people who died on a canyoning trip in 2008. [more]

NZ snowboarders make early exit in halfpipe
New Zealand snowboarders have been eliminated from the halfpipe competition at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver after they failed to make the top nine in the heats. [more]

Improvements needed in adventure tourism - report
The Department of Labour has released three reports as part of a review of the New Zealand adventure tourism industry, showing auditing and consistency from regulators needs improvement. [more]

More problems with Telecom XT network
Telecom says it has resolved the latest problems with its troubled XT mobile network which affected customers in the lower North Island on Thursday. [more]

NZ market lower at close
The New Zealand sharemarket fell 9 points, or 0.3%, to 3101 at the close of trade on Thursday. Turnover was $71 million. [more]

Crews battle fires in Tane Mahuta forest
Fire services are battling several fires in the Waipoua Forest, north of Dargaville, on Thursday night. The forest is home to Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri. [more]

Big spike in prices after power cable shut down
Provisional electricity prices in the North Island spiked as high as $85,000 for one megawatt hour on Thursday after a fire forced the shut-down of the inter-island power cable. [more]

Greens accuse Government of starving RNZ of money
The Green Party has accused the Government of starving public broadcaster Radio New Zealand of money in an attempt to threaten its viability. [more]