Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 3rd March 2010

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

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Steve Wyn-Harris of Napier chooses 'Lapse' by Bill Calahan, from the Chris Knox Stroke album. [more]

Link 3
What do today's songs have in common? [more]

NZ newspapers
New Zealand newspapers are lively and fun to read, and their local focus may ensure their survival, even as paper sales around the world decline - that's the opinion of Dr. Kenton Bird, a former newspaper editor and American academic who's here to find out more about our daily papers first-hand. [more]

Festival Review for 3 March 2010
Apollo 13: Mission Control, Echoa, Mary Stuart. [more]

He Rourou for 3 March 2010
It's been 25 years since the establishment of the Taranaki iwi Maori language strategy. Ana Tapiata talks about Te Reo o Taranaki with Ruakere Hond, who's been at the helm of the language waka since its inception. [more]

Virtual World
With Paul Reynolds. [more]

Auckland Story for 3 May 2010 - Transition in Grey Lynn
David Steemson investigates a transition community in Grey Lynn. [more]

Environment story
Have you noticed how, in some summers, flaxes and cabbage trees are covered in a mass of flowers? Botanist Dave Kelly set out to find what triggers such mass flowering events in our native snow tussocks, and twenty years later he's still making discoveries. Alison Ballance tracks him down in a tussock-filled greenhouse on the University of Canterbury campus, to find out about a fantastic evolutionary battle of wits between snow tussocks and some tiny seed-eating insects. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Barry Corbett and Linda Clark. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Barry Corbett and Linda Clark. [more]

At The Movies

At the Movies for 3 March 2010
Simon Morris looks at the latest films from two world-class directors - Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island, and Jane Campion's Bright Star. He also looks at two smaller films - from Australia Balibo and from Norway, Max Manus. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 3 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 3 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 3 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 3 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Ten year road strategy released
There's to be zero tolerance for teenagers who drink and drive but the Government still hasn't decided if it'll crack down on the generous amounts of alcohol adults can have before they're over the limit. [more]

NZ free-to-air broadcast rights confirmed for Rugby World Cup
Rugby fans in New Zealand will be able to watch 16 key World Cup matches live and for free under a deal announced this afternoon. [more]

Whanganui Hospital radiologist raises concerns
Whanganui Hospital says there's a risk to patient safety as its sole radiologist does the work of more than three doctors. [more]

Armed vigilantes patrol neighbourhoods in Chile
In Chile, armed vigilantes, on the look out for thieves, are now patrolling in areas outside the devastated city of Concepcion as thousands of extra troops have brought looting inside the city under control. [more]

Evening sports news for 3 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Minister keen on tracking mums in child abuse cases
The Minister of Social Development, Paula Bennett, says if she can prevent child abuse by tracking mothers who have hurt children before, she will do it. [more]

Age Concern says Otago DHB proposal contradicts itself
Age Concern says a proposal to make elderly people wait six months for a place in a rest home while taking away their in-home help is cruel and dangerous. [more]

Greenhouse gas research centre open
A new research centre aims to slash New Zealand's high rate of agricultural greenhouse gases. [more]

Naomi Campbell accused of hitting taxi driver
The British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, is wanted for questioning by the New York Police Department after she was accused of assaulting her driver. [more]

Waatea news for 3 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Alcohol Healthwatch says proposed alcohol limits aren't enough
The Government's being accused of putting votes before saving lives as it delays deciding whether to get tough on drink driving limits for adults. [more]

16 Rugby World Cup matches to screen live and for free
A New Zealand consortium has been awarded the rights to screen sixteen key Rugby World Cup matches live and free-to-air. [more]

Karadzic war crimes trial adjourned
The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic says that the two worst atrocities of the Bosnian War are myths and he denies any involvement. [more]

Political reaction to the Govt's transport strategy
There's to be zero tolerance for teenagers who drink and drive but the Government still hasn't decided if it'll crack down on how much adults can have before they're over the limit. [more]

Tougher penalties mooted for smugglers
A German man from Uganda who was caught trying to smuggling native geckos out of the country has been sentenced to 15 weeks jail. [more]

Chile appeals for more international help
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has ordered thousands of troops onto the streets and is appealing for more international help to deal with the weekend's earthquake disaster. [more]

Seaworld under spotlight over killer whales
Details are emerging about the death of a Seaworld trainer in the United States last week. [more]

Kiwi high against pound but low against Australian dollar
It's been a day of two halves for the New Zealand dollar. [more]

Live Aid millions used to buy weapons
Evidence has emerged that millions of dollars donated to the relief effort for the Ethiopian famine in the mid 1980s went to buy weapons not food. [more]

Evening sports news for 3 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

GM recalls over a million cars in North America
The United States' largest car maker, General Motors, is voluntarily recalling 1.3 million vehicles in North America to fix a power steering problem linked to 14 crashes and one injury. [more]

Fatwa issued against terrorism and suicide bombing
The leader of an international muslim movement has issued a fatwa against terrorism and suicide bombing in the name of Islam. [more]

John Howard appointed to ICC
The head of New Zealand cricket is disappointed the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard is to be the new vice president of the International Cricket Council. [more]

Waatea news for 3 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Water-ice found on Moon
Scientists have found millions of tonnes of water-ice at the Moon's north pole. [more]

Google outlines plans for change to China operation
A senior executive at the internet giant Google told a United States Committee today that the company has not yet set a date to end its censorship of web search results within China. [more]

Surgeons prepare for transplant surgery
A man from Victoria is about to become Australia's first double hand transplant patient. [more]

Fewer foreigners likely to attend World Cup
South Africa's been marking one-hundred days before the football world cup. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 March 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 3 March 2010
New Zealand Institute says Govt lacks boldness, Looting under control according to Chile government, Prendergast seeks fourth term as Wellington mayor, Papers show Govt doesn't know uptake of 90-day trial period, Minister responds to criticism of possible employment trial extension, ACC claimants hail court decision, Kaitaia's fire chief says drought worst in over 40 years. [more]

Pacific news for 3 March 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 3 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Queenstown's non-urgent patients will be directed to GP
Queenstown hospital could order patients turning up at accident and emergency for treatment to see a general practictioner on site first. [more]

New Zealand Institute says Govt lacks boldness
The New Zealand Institute says the Government's economic policies aren't bold enough to close the economic gap with Australia. [more]

Looting under control according to Chile government
Chile's government says it has restored order after sending thousands more troops into Concepcion, the city hardest hit in the weekend's massive earthquake. [more]

Prendergast seeks fourth term as Wellington mayor
Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast is seeking a fourth term in office. [more]

Papers show Govt doesn't know uptake of 90-day trial period
The Government's looking at expanding the 90-day probationary period for new workers but papers obtained by Radio New Zealand show it doesn't know how many employers are using the existing scheme. [more]

Minister responds to criticism of employment trial extension
Joining us is Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson. [more]

ACC claimants hail court decision
A court ruling that a woman is entitled to weekly compensation even though she wasn't working at the time of her accident could open the door for hundreds of other ACC claims. [more]

Kaitaia's fire chief says drought worst in over 40 years
Kaitaia's chief fire officer says the drought in the area is the worst he's seen in more than forty years in the service. [more]

Sports news for 3 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Access to rest homes in Otago and Southland to get tougher
Access to rest homes in Otago and Southland could be made tougher in an effort to cut costs. [more]

New road safety ideas coming but critics already doubtful
The government will today unveil fresh initiatives aimed at making roads safer. [more]

John Howard to lead world cricket
The former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, is set to become president of the International Cricket Council. [more]

Community agency gets to quiz John Key on Whanau Ora
An agency that works with at-risk youth has quizzed the Prime Minister about the Government's new welfare programme, Whanau Ora, which aims to help needy families. [more]

Bob Jones vows to beat Kerry Prendergast in Mayoral elections
Kerry Prendergast's decision to seek re-election as mayor of Wellington comes as no surprise to businessman Sir Bob Jones, who had hoped to entice her to stand on his own ticket for the city. [more]

New type of hospital worker to be tried out
Health authorities plan to try out a new type of hospital worker with the aim of easing pressure on surgeons. [more]

More wanted from wind farm noise standards
People living near wind farms say a revised standard on the amount of noise wind turbines are allowed to make doesn't go far enough. [more]

Scientist says Chile quake has made days shorter
The earthquake in Chile was so severe, Nasa believes it could've shortened the length of every day. [more]

Markets update for 3 March 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports news for 3 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Chris Dickson returns to intl level sailing in Auckland
Some of the world's top sailors meet on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour this morning at the start of the four-day Auckland Match Racing Regatta. [more]

Cyclone shelter for all northern islands needed
An infrastructure engineer says cyclone shelters are a must for the northern Cook Islands if the people living on them are to be safe as weather patterns change. [more]

Govt reviewing KiwiRail
The Government is considering spending hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading Kiwi Rail. [more]

Waatea news for 3 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Renegade US senator sparks economic crisis
Two thousand roading workers in the United States have just been laid off. [more]

French bishops unhappy at automated absolution
A 'pay-to-confess' telephone hotline for Catholics too busy to go to church has been condemned as 'utterly unacceptable' by bishops in France. [more]

Nights

Merlin Mysteries
Professor Stephen Knight,Celticist and Medieval Scholar, Cardiff University. Unravelling the literary legends that surround the Arthurian wizard Merlin and also Sherwood Forest's infamous outlaw, Robin Hood. [more]

Arts: DVDs
Miles Buckingham looks at two foreign language vampire films; Let the Right One In, and Thirst. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Proposal to track abusive mothers
With John Angus - Children's Commissioner and member of forum working in the child abuse area. Dr Patrick Kelly - Consultant paediatrician Starship Hospital and spokesperson for the The Experts Forum on Child Abuse. Paula Bennett - Minister for Social Development and Employment. [more]

Toyota's safety crisis
With Michael Cusumano - Professor of Management at MIT, consultant for Ford and Fiat and author of several books on the car industry including"The Japanese Automobile Industry: Technology and Management at Nissan and Toyota". [more]

Australia correspondent - Paul Barclay
Kevin Rudd apologises, the official cash rate may rise and John Howard wants a job in cricket. [more]

Feature guest - Dan Bauer
Dan Bauer is head of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) who have detected a substance which is possibly dark matter. [more]

Book Review - Lovers in the Age of Indifference
Written by Xialu Guo, reviewed by Mary McCallum and published by Chatto and Windus. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
This week - Boz Scaggs. [more]

Law - Catriona MacLennan
Catriona discusses a Law Commission review of the Official Information Act and whether it currently prevents the free flow of information, rather than encourage it. [more]

Film - Graeme Tuckett
New movies, Mao's Last Dancer; from Paris With Love; and the New Zealand Documentary Festival. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Laurence Reese
NZSO principal timpanist is one of a handful from the orchestra about to tour the South Island on the In Miniature tour. [more]

Samuel Holloway
Contemporary music contributor talks about the German composer Enno Poppe's work Interzone:Lieder und Bilder. [more]

Lyne Pringle
Reviews two dance works from the NZ International Arts Festival; Echoa and Sutra.. [more]

News stories:

Ponting doubts McCullum will play the same in one dayers
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting doubts Brendon McCullum will try the same audacious shot making in the one day series as he did in New Zealand's Twenty-20 win in Christchurch ... [more]

White Ferns can grab Rosebowl today
The New Zealand women cricketers can regain the Rosebowl with a win in the opening one-day international against Australia in Queenstown today. The White Ferns scored convincing victories over Australia in ... [more]

Hamilton look for new manager to replace father
Lewis Hamilton is looking for a new manager after he and his father Anthony decided to call time on one of the closest partnerships in Formula One. McLaren's 2008 ... [more]

Win for Australian men's hockey team
The Australian men's hockey team has bounced back from its first up loss to England to beat hosts India 5-2 in their second match at the World Cup in Delhi. Australia ... [more]

Wales flanker drunk in charge of golf buggy
Wales rugby flanker Andy Powell has been banned from driving for 15 months and fined a thousand pounds for driving a golf buggy on a public road close to ... [more]

CNN to sponsor new F1 team
The American news network CNN has signed a long-term sponsorship deal with the new Lotus formula one motor racing team. CNN international's branding will be seen on the cars ... [more]

Hareb into third round on Gold Coast
The Taranaki surfer Paige Hareb is through to the third round of the Roxy Pro event on the Gold Coast in Australia. Hareb finished second in her eliminator heat and will ... [more]

Eden Park sold out for 2nd ODI
The second One Day cricket international between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park this Saturday is sold out. The last tickets for the match were snapped up yesterday, however tickets ... [more]

Plans for manuka honey production on Maori land
Some Maori landowners in the Far North are starting to replace pine trees with manuka plants as they look to develop a new industry for the region based on high value manuka honey. [more]

MP organises super-city hearings protest
A member of the latest select committee on Auckland's super-city says the Government is failing to listen despite overwhelming anger from submitters. [more]

NZ farmers urged to consider GM grasses
AgResearch chief scientist Stephen Goldson says New Zealand's pastoral industry needs to consider using genetically modified grasses if it wants to maintain high production standards in future years. [more]

Crowds flock to Masterton for Golden Shears
Masterton is bursting at the seams in anticipation of New Zealand's premier shearing event, the International Golden Shears, which starts on Wednesday. [more]

Pumpkin Patch half year profit jumps
Childrenswear retailer Pumpkin Patch has lifted its half year profit by 50% by boosting margins and closing its unprofitable US stores. [more]

NZ must continue to invest in infrastructure - English
Finance Minister Bill English says New Zealand can't afford not to invest in infrastructure, even though its debt is forecast to blow out to $250 billion by 2014. [more]

PM confirms driving age likely to be raised to 16
The driving age is likely to be raised to 16, Prime Minister John Key has confirmed. He also favours zero tolerance for alcohol for drivers under the age of 20. [more]

Whanau Ora scheme likely to be bulk funded
Prime Minister John Key says providers operating under the fledgling Whanau Ora scheme are likely to be bulk-funded. [more]

Credit rating downgrade for South Canterbury Finance
Standard & Poors has downgraded the long term credit rating of South Canterbury Finance, saying the struggling lender's financial position is not strong enough. [more]

'Faster treatment' under new emergency hospital system
A new system proposed for Queenstown's Lakes District Hospital, denying free emergency treatment to some patients, is already getting results in other parts of the country. At Timaru Hospital, managers say those in need of urgent care are treated faster. [more]

KiwiRail reports jump in half-year profit
KiwiRail has reported an increased half-year profit $125.6 million, although revenues dipped thanks to the economic downtown. [more]

Wine industry keeps eye on 2010 harvest
A survey has found that New Zealand wineries are more profitable than their Australian counterparts, but analysts warn that oversupply issues could still pose problems [more]

New acoustics standard for wind farms
A new acoustics standard is being introduced with a promise that people who live near wind farms will not be exposed to unreasonable levels of sound. [more]

Future SAS casualties can't be ruled out - Key
Prime Minister John Key says it is impossible to rule out future casualties among SAS troops sent to Afghanistan. [more]

England beat Bangladesh
Eoin Morgan became the first player to hit centuries for two countries, guiding England to a two-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second one-day cricket international in Dhaka. Morgan, who ... [more]

John Daly's record made public
Controversial American golfer John Daly's confidential personnel file at the PGA Tour has become a matter of public record and uncovered a startling number of attempts by Tour officials to help ... [more]

Veteran skipper returns to top level match racing in Auckland
Ten of the world's top match racing and America's Cup skippers take to Auckland's Waitemata Harbour today for the four-day Auckland Match Racing Regatta. The line-up features America's cup names such ... [more]

Muliaina ready to return to rugby
The Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina says he feels rejuvenated and can't wait to get back into Super 14 rugby. The All Black fullback was granted extra time off over the summer ... [more]

Holyfield set for another fight
47-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been granted a one fight boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The decision opens the door for Evander to face 41-year-old ... [more]

100 days to World Cup finals
FIFA officials brushed aside lingering doubts about South Africa's readiness for the World Cup football finals as cities across the nation staged street parties to launch the 100-day ... [more]

Fonterra Blue takes top cheese award
The two biggest prizes in the Cuisine Champions of Cheese Awards have gone to a first time entry, and a cheese from New Zealand's largest dairy company. [more]

Wenesday's newspaper headlines
Auckland swelters through record dry spell; changes to driving age don't go far enough for some; David Benson-Pope gets ready to return to public life [more]

Full cost of Otago fire still being determined
The cost of a fire in a forest block near Dunedin is expected to be high, but the plantation's owner hopes some of the trees are salvageable. [more]

Iwi, companies sign water quality deal
Three Bay of Plenty iwi were to sign an agreement on Wednesday with two paper mill companies, aimed at forging a commitment to improve the water quality of the Tarawera River. [more]

Uptake of 90-day work trial period 'unknown'
Papers released to Radio New Zealand show that while the Government has suggested expanding the 90-day trial period for workers, it doesn't yet know how many are using the scheme. [more]

PM dismisses race relations accusation
Prime Minister John Key says comments by a former ACT Party MP saying National and the Maori Party damaged race relations are utter nonsense. [more]

Truck crashes into herd of cattle
A logging truck has crashed into a herd of cattle on State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne, the Automobile Association reports. [more]

Wellington leadership fight heats up
Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast is seeking a fourth term in office, but will not be joining businessman Sir Bob Jones' campaign. [more]

New court ruling may affect cancelled ACC claims
More than 170 people stripped of weekly ACC payments last year may be affected by a district court decision. ACC plans to appeal against the ruling. [more]

Working holiday agreement signed with Israel
New Zealand has signed a working holiday agreement with Israel, for people aged between 18 and 30 years. [more]

Taiwan's president to visit six Pacific countries
The President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, will visit six Pacific island nations this month and stop over twice in US territory. The six countries, which have diplomatic ties with Taiwan,... [more]

Calls flood in to Crimestoppers phone line
The Crimestoppers telephone line has received 2,200 tip-offs in its first four months of operation. [more]

Court dismisses Michael Wallace appeals
The man convicted of murdering a German backpacker in 2007 in Taranaki has had appeals over his case dismissed by the Court of Appeal. [more]

Judge sums up in Fiji conspiracy trial
The judge in the trial of eight men charged with plotting to kill Fiji's interim Prime Minister has told assessors to put aside their political views while reaching a verdict. [more]

New health worker role tried in Auckland hospital
A pilot scheme is being carried out in Auckland to decide whether a new kind of health worker, a physician assistant, could take on duties so surgeons are free to perform more non-urgent operations. [more]

Former Solomon Islands PM welcomes High Court decision
The former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Alan Kemakeza, says he accepts a High Court decision that disqualifies the result of his parliamentary by-election for the Savo/Russell Constituency last year. [more]

UN group welcomes Fiji decree to decriminalise homosexuality
A United Nations group supports Fiji's move to recognise the gay community by introducing a decree to decriminalise homosexuality. The Pacific Coordinator of UNAIDS, Stuart Watson, says in dealing with... [more]

Tributes paid after sudden death of general secretary of Solomon Islands union
In Solomon Islands, tributes were paid to Paul Belande, the General Secretary of the Solomon Islands Public Employees Union, SIPEU, who died over the weekend. The Permanent Secretary of the... [more]

ADB says Pacific economies to perform better in 2010
A new Asian Development Bank publication forecasts most Pacific Island economies are expected to perform slightly better this year, compared to 2009. "The Pacific Economic Monitor, a quarterly economic review... [more]

Developers to continue fight for Unagi Park in PNG
A Supreme Court decision in Papua New Guinea means a local government challenge to the commercial rezoning of Unagi Park in the capital, Port Moresby, will now be heard in... [more]

Inquest begins into death of Christchurch soldier
An inquest has begun into the death of a soldier following surgery at Christchurch Hospital last year. [more]

Trial opens in Tahiti of man accused of sexually abusing 26 children
The trial has opened in French Polynesia of a former military nurse accused of sexually abusing 26 children on Hao atoll in the 1990s. The man, Philippe Challand, was arrested... [more]

NZ sharemarket up slightly
The New Zealand sharemarket's benchmark NZX 50 had gained 13 points (0.4%) to 3196 at 12:15pm on Wednesday, on turnover of $29 million. [more]

Tonga NGO shocked at PM's stance against Ashika inquiry lawyer
The co-ordinator of an NGO in Tonga says people were appalled at last week's attack by the Prime Minister on the lawyer assisting the commission of inquiry into the sinking... [more]

Tahiti court gives former GIP boss Puputauki one-year jail term
The former head of the now disbanded French Polynesian GIP intervention force, Rere Puputauki, has been given a one-year jail sentence for the way he ignored labour laws. The criminal... [more]

Woods back training but no date set for a return to competition
The world golf number one Tiger Woods is hitting golf balls again and working out at his home in Florida, the Reuters news agency is reporting. However, no timetable for a ... [more]

Chris Dickson starts with a loss and a win
The veteran New Zealand skipper Chris Dickson has started the round robin phase of the Auckland Match Racing Regatta with a loss to a British Olympic champion and a win over ... [more]

Wealthy supporters look to buy Manchester United
A group of wealthy supporters is looking into a possible bid for the English Premier League football champions Manchester United, but the club's U.S. owners say it is not for sale. ... [more]

Beckham will return to Galaxy
English football star David Beckham will return to the Los Angeles Galaxy following the World Cup after spending the past few months on loan to Italy's AC Milan. The head of ... [more]

Ponting says he wishes he was part of Twenty-20 thriller
The Australia cricket captain Ricky Ponting is rested, enthusiastic and feeling at the top of his game ahead of the opening one dayer against New Zealand in Napier today. Ponting's one ... [more]

Black Caps wary of Ponting despite his time off
Despite having a couple of weeks out of the game, New Zealand captain Dan Vettori is wary about his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting. Ponting's one of five players to join the ... [more]

Drought puts stress on Northland dairy farmers
The Rural Support Trust in Northland says dairy farmers in the Far North are under stress as drought continues in the region. [more]

NZ helps Vanuatu upgrade passports
Vanuatu is set to introduce machine-readable passports from August to replace its hand-written ones. This comes as the international civil aviation organisation has set out rules that require all countries... [more]

Fiji dance group says one dancer refused NZ visa
A Fiji dance group says one of its members has been denied a visa to perform at next week's Pasifika Festival in Auckland. Nine members of the Vou Dance Group... [more]

Fear of backlash in Fiji over new gay rights
The Women's Action for Change group in Fiji has expressed concern over a possible violent public backlash against a new decree recognising gay rights. Its spokesperson, Peni Moore, says the... [more]

Habitat for Humanity NZ plans aid drive for Aitutaki
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is planning a house building programme to help the victims of Cyclone Pat in Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. It intends working with Cook Islands... [more]

Faults with army helicopter 'teething problems'
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has described faults with military helicopters that New Zealand is buying as teething problems that will be sorted out. [more]

Officer defends shooting at pursued man on motorway
An Armed Offenders Squad officer says shooting the man who sparked a high-speed chase in which a teenager was mistakenly killed was the only way to stop him. [more]

Tonga papers admonished for comments about judiciary
Tonga's Talaki and Taimi O Tonga newspapers have been warned by the Attorney General over coverage of allegations that the Chief Justice had either put pressure on someone to sign... [more]

Fatal crash on SH1 in Waikato
One person has died and another has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after two cars collided head-on at an intersection near Karapiro in Waikato. [more]

Tongans warned of service cuts as tax take dives
Tongans have been warned there'll be significant cut backs in some ministries in this year's Budget as the government tries to cope with a big drop in its tax take. [more]

Port Moresby governor says people won't forgive him if park is lost to developers
The governor of Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, says people won't forgive him if he caves in to developers who want control of the city's Unagi Park. The comment... [more]

American Samoa considers banning plastic bags
The American Samoan Senate has begun review of a bill that would ban plastic shopping bags in the territory. The House of Representatives approved the bill two years ago and... [more]

New Zealand confirms visa rejection for Fiji dancer
The New Zealand government has confirmed it has denied a visa to a Fiji dancer because his father is in the military. New Zealand's foreign affairs ministry says Samu Ledua... [more]

Assessors deliver guilty verdict in Fiji assassination case
Assessors in the trial of eight men charged with plotting to kill Fiji's interim Prime Minister have found them guilty. Fijivillage reports that the assessors were unanimous in finding the... [more]

Singh jury adjourns for third day
A jury in the trial of a group of men charged in connection with the death of a South Auckland liquor store owner has adjourned for a third day. [more]

Fiji High Court finds 8 men guilty of plotting to kill Bainimarama
The High Court in Fiji has found eight men guilty of plotting to kill Fiji's interim Prime Minister have found them guilty. The eight are the Naitasiri high chief, Ratu... [more]

Cordon lifted after bomb threat in central Wellington
Traffic is flowing again in central Wellington on Wednesday evening, following a bomb threat at a building on Willeston Street. [more]

Whanganui radiologist doing work of 3.5 doctors
Whanganui Hospital admits there is a risk to patient safety as its sole radiologist does the work of several doctors, and the situation is being closely monitored. [more]

Otago DHB reviews aged care referrals
The Otago District Health Board is looking at a proposal that would see elderly people referred to rest homes stood down for six months in an effort to keep them in their own homes for longer. [more]

Vettori out of opening one dayer
The New Zealand cricket captain Dan Vettori will miss the opening one dayer against Australia in Napier today, after suffering a neck injury. Ross Taylor will captain the side in his ... [more]

Muliaina and Sivivatu back for Chiefs
The unbeaten Chiefs play their first home game of the Super 14 rugby season on Friday night when they host the Queensland Reds at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. As planned, the ... [more]

Ainslie leads after opening of Auckland regatta
The British Olympic champion Ben Ainslie leads after the opening day of the Auckland Match Racing regatta being sailed on the Waitemata Harbour. Ainslie's won six of his eight races one ... [more]

Move to take over Manchester United
The Red Knights, a group of wealthy Manchester United football supporters, has begun a move towards a possible takeover of the heavily-indebted club. The group, wants to wrest control of the ... [more]

Canterbury rugby league player banned for ten years
The Canterbury rugby league player, Vince Whare, has been banned from the sport for ten years after his third anti-doping violation. The Sports Tribunal handed down the sentence after Whare tested ... [more]

Five test lead up for Silver Ferns
The Silver Ferns will start their defence of the Commonwealth Games netball title with two tests against Jamaica and three against Australia. They'll play Jamaica in Christchurch on August 18 and ... [more]

Digby Ioane out of Reds squad with knee injury
The Queensland and Wallaby back Digby Ioane has been left out of the Reds squad for Friday night's Super 14 rugby clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton. Ioane has a knee ... [more]

Samoa national health services to address medical problems
The National Health Services in Samoa is stepping up efforts to improve its services. It's announced all essential medications should now be available at all district hospitals. This comes after... [more]

Allied Farmers shares slip further
Shares in Allied Farmers continued to fall on Wednesday, two days after the company announced a $15.68 million half-year loss. [more]

Australian economy boosted in December quarter
Australian has recorded its strongest quarterly economic growth in almost two years, led by higher business and household spending. [more]

German jailed for trying to smuggle geckos
A German man has been jailed for 15 weeks for trying to help smuggle native lizards out of New Zealand. [more]

Tracking system for abuse families proposed
The Government is reviewing a report that recommends an alert system for babies born to families with a history of abuse. [more]

Govt policies 'not enough' to catch up with Australia
An economic think-tank has criticised Government policies as not going far enough to close the income gap with Australia. [more]

Shortage of teachers worsens in Fiji
The Fijian Teachers Association says at least one teacher is retiring every couple of days, leading to a shortage of qualified staff in the country's schools. The association's general secretary,... [more]

ADB report pinpoints challenges to Vanuatu's continued economic growth
The Asian Development Bank says Vanuatu faces significant challenges if it's to continue economic growth at the present rate. A new ADB report names the republic one of the fastest... [more]

Vanuatu officials grant approval for West Papua march
The Vanuatu Government and police have finally granted permission for the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association to hold a march this Friday. The Government cancelled the march last week, saying... [more]

Government rejects criticism over drink-drive limit
The Government is rejecting criticism it is not moving quickly enough to lower the blood-alcohol limit for adults. [more]

Black Caps beat Australia in fiery clash
Australia's one-day series against New Zealand began in explosive fashion on Wednesday with pace bowler Mitchell Johnson appearing to clash heads with New Zealand batsman Scott Styris in a mid-pitch confrontation. [more]