Radio New Zealand - Monday, 8th March 2010

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Best song ever written -"Only So Much Oil In The Ground"
Jon Harris is on the line from Waiuku. [more]

Eight months to Mars - Carmel McGlone
Today's guest is a Wellington based actor, born in Hamilton, but raised in the Capital, who is treading the boards at Wellington's Circa theatre at the moment, as part of the Wellington International Arts Festival. Her play,"Mary Stuart"has opened to rave reviews, most of them concerning her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I. [more]

Joining us on the line now is correspondent Kate Moody from the US. [more]

He Rourou for 8 March 2010
'Having something worth saying should be a determinant of who speaks on a marae.' That is the opinion of Ngati Porou elder Tepora Kupenga. In He Rourou today, we continue the theme of women speaking on a marae and we hear the opinions of the kuia Tepora Kupenga, the Master Carver Pine Taiapa and Apirana Mahuika in interviews recorded 10 years ago. [more]

Author slot - Nigel Latta
His last book was aimed at"Mothers Raising Sons", now he's turned his attention to the Daddy-Daughter dynamic, with his latest :"Fathers Raising Daughters". Subtitled"A Fathers Guide to the Female Mind- Field"it promises an insight into the strange and wonderful world of the giggly girl, the sweet princess and the terrifying teen. [more]

This way up feature - free food
Simon Morton's back and today's story is about foraging for Nasturtiums. [more]

Environment story - Antarctic whale research
The joint Australia-New Zealand Antarctic Whale Expedition is conducting non-lethal research into whales, and has managed to attach 24 satellite transmitters to whales. It has one more week at sea before it returns to Wellington. Alison Ballance went on board NIWA's research ship Tangaroa the day before she was due to sail south to talk with expedition leader Nick Gales and scientist Rochelle Constantine about the species they were planning to focus their work on. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Dita de Boni and Jock Anderson. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Dita de Boni and Jock Anderson. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 08 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 8 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 8 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 8 March 2010
News from the business sector. [more]


Biggest swells in more than a decade in Hawkes Bay
People are being told to stay off Hawkes Bay beaches from Waipatiki to Waimarama after the biggest swells in 12 years. [more]

Waihopai saboteurs appear in court
A Catholic priest has told a Jury that his attack on a dome at the Waihopai spy base was done to protect others from serious injuries. [more]

PM cannot say how many public servants will lose jobs
The Prime Minister says he cannot say how many public servants will lose their jobs as a result of restructuring of the Public Service. [more]

West Auckland police investigate assault on couple
The police in West Auckland are investigating a serious assault that has left a young couple with what detectives describe as horrific injuries. [more]

Police review finds Brash inquiry conducted competently
Despite two police investigations, the mystery of who stole Don Brash's emails remains unsolved. [more]

Modest recovery for building sector
The construction industry says it may never get cheaper than it is now to build a new house, with many firms competing for jobs. [more]

Evening sports news for 8 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Weta Digital wins Oscar
The New Zealand visual effects company Weta Digital won an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards this afternoon. [more]

Strong voter turnout in Iraq's general election
Initial forecasts show voter turnout in Iraq's general election was at least 50% in most areas, despite bomb and grenade attacks that killed 38 people. [more]

Auckland teacher sex trial
The High Court in Auckland has heard evidence of how a primary school teacher groomed and manipulated a young boy into performing a number of sexual acts. [more]

Smoking ruining marae life
An inquiry into the tobacco industry and its affect on Maori has been told smoking has invaded every part of iwi life and should be banned. [more]

Waatea news for 8 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Clean up underway in Victoria
A massive clean up is in full swing after a weekend of wild weather in Victoria. [more]

Far North reinstates drought alert
The Far North District Council is reinstating its drought alert because water levels have reached dangerously low levels again despite recent rain and people conserving the supply. [more]

Man jailed for stealing Christmas
A Christchurch man who stole childrens' presents in the early hours of Christmas morning has been jailed for two years and five months. [more]

Power surge fries electrical appliances
Orion New Zealand is investigating who's liable for damage caused when a tree fell on a power line in Banks Peninsula causing a major power surge. [more]

US al Qaeda spokesman reportedly arrested
Pakistani security officials claim they've captured an American al Qaeda spokesman wanted in the United States for treason. [more]

Karzai visits a former Taliban stronghold
The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has visited the former Taliban stronghold of Marjah for the first time since it was retaken in a major offensive last month. [more]

High swells leave debris at Hawkes Bay beaches
Civil Defence authorities in Hawkes Bay have lifted an alert sparked by huge sea swells, but are warning residents may again be asked to evacuate coastal areas overnight. [more]

Oscar winners
The 82nd Academy Awards are just wrapping up in Los Angeles with the film the Hurt Locker talking out Best Picture. [more]

Rest home says it cared as best it could for missing patient
The sister of a rest-home patient who's been missing for nearly three weeks, says she's upset and disappointed he was able to leave the home when staff knew he had dementia. [more]

Fat identified as 'sixth taste'
A study which found that some people can detect tiny amounts of fatty acids in food could hold the key to reducing obesity. [more]

GM potatoes to be grown in Europe
For the first time a genetically modified potato developed by a German company has permission to be grown in Europe. [more]

Evening sports news for 8 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

UK correspondent
We cross to the UK and our correspondent in London Barney Burnham. [more]

Anti-pirate goo
A new type of slippery goo could be used to stop pirates boarding ships. [more]

Massive insurance claims after Melbourne's weekend storm
Insurance companies in Australia are still counting the cost of a once-in-a-century hailstorm that hammered Melbourne. [more]

Waatea news for 8 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Car bomb in Lahore in Eastern Pakistan
There are reports that up to 11 people have been killed in a large explosion outside a Federal Investigative Agency in Lahore in Eastern Pakistan. [more]

Special football match to help Haiti
Haiti's national football team has taken part in a special match against a team of former soccer stars from across Europe. [more]

Indonesia's President to visit Australia tomorrow
The politically fraught subject of people smuggling is expected to be high on the agenda when the Australian prime minister meets Indonesia's President in Canberra this week. [more]

China shifts large numbers of people
China's moving more than 300 thousand people as part of a massive engineering project to transfer water from the wet south to the arid north. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 March 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 08 March 2010
New Zealand in the spotlight due to renewed, perhaps relaxed stance on whaling; democracy under fire, literally, in Iraqi elections; Phoenix frenzy in capital; Chilean mourning post quake; wild Australian weather; Oscars update and; the Golden Shears. [more]

Labour says public sector mergers may be first of many
Cabinet will today discuss the merger of various government departments. [more]

Pacific news for 08 March 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 08 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Anti-whaling organisations condemn New Zealand
Anti-whaling organisations are condemning New Zealand's altered stance on whaling which could result in a return to commercial whaling. [more]

New Zealand bears brunt of criticism over new whaling stance
New Zealand is being condemned for a proposal it's put forward at an informal weekend meeting of the International Whaling Commission. [more]

New Zealand at odds with Australia over whaling
Sean speaks to the New Zealand representative at the International Whaling Commission meeting, Sir Geoffrey Palmer. [more]

Iraqi insurgents hit elections
In Iraq, insurgents have killed at least 38 people, as the country holds its second election since the 2003 invasion by US led forces. [more]

Phoenix frenzy encourages sports fans to swap codes
Tens of thousands of football fans packed Wellington's stadium, renamed the Ring of Fire for the occasion, to watch the Phoenix claim a 3 -1 victory over the Newcastle Jets. [more]

Chile begins three days of mourning for quake victims
Chileans have begun a three-day period of mourning for the hundreds of people killed in the country's earthquake. [more]

Two Australian states clean up from flooding
It has been described as some of the worst weather in a hundred years. [more]

Iraq war drama tipped for Oscar win
Battling it out for the coveted Best Picture award is Kathryn Bigalow's low-budget Iraq war drama, The Hurt Locker and James Cameron's multi-million dollar sci-fi fantasy, Avatar. [more]

Golden Shears celebrates 50 years with new champion
The Golden Shears sheep shearing competition has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a new champion. [more]

Sports news for 08 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

New Zealand at the Oscars
It's not a total dearth of our talent at this year's awards. [more]

Wireless mic users nervous about spectrum changes
The switch from analogue to digital television is worrying users of wireless microphones who fear their expensive equipment will be made obsolete. [more]

Wireless mic users say digital transition may squeeze them out
The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Steven Joyce explains whether the Ministry has underestimated the number and variety of users on the licence bands. [more]

Mannequins in central Wellington latest Festival offering
Central city sniper sightings surpise and shock Saturday shoppers. [more]

Australian Greens lash out at government over whaling
The Australian Green Party has accused the government of acquiescing to what it is calling bullying from Tokyo over whaling. [more]

Minister of Foreign Affairs responds on whaling
New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, responds to the Australian Green Party's concerns over this country's moderated stance. [more]

Phoenix just one win away from A-League grand final
The Wellington Phoenix is now just one win away from the A-League football grand final after beating the Newcastle Jets 3-1 in another nail-biting play-off match. [more]

Labour believes National vulnerable on GST rise
The Labour Party believes the Government's plan to raise the tax on goods and services has given Labour the chance to put a dent in National's popularity. [more]

Fines in Far North if water restrictions not followed
It's ten days and counting before drinking water runs out in Kaitaia; the area is suffering from severe drought. [more]

Markets update for 08 March 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports news for 08 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Marine advocates say fishing film wake up call for industry
Marine advocates say a new documentary about the international impact of over-fishing should serve as a wake up call for this country's renewed interest in fishing for Bluefin Tuna. [more]

Waatea news for 08 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Anglican Cathedral confronts Taranaki history
The world's first new Anglican cathedral in 80 years has been consecrated in New Plymouth. [more]

Swiss vote on lawyers for animals
Switzerland is voting on whether abused animals should be entitled to legal representation. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
We get a first hand account of the wild weather that's been ravaging Melbourne and the state of Victoria. [more]


Dreams and the brain
Dr Yuval Nir, Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison. [more]

Thinkers: Politically Right
Deborah Coddington, political commentator. [more]

Conundrum clue number 1. [more]

Bangladesh Report
Mahtab Haider, freelance correspondent and author. [more]

Conundrum clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Kerry Gosset - mother of a P addict
Kerry's son is a P addict jailed last week in Christchurch for attempted murder. The family repeatedly sought help but say they got no support from authorities. [more]

Barbara Monroe - palliative care trends
CEO of St Christopher's, the largest hospice in the UK and the place where palliative care originated around 40-years ago. [more]

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney
News and current affairs from Europe. [more]

Book review - The Postmistress
By Sarah Blake. Published by Viking. Reviewed by Rae McGegor. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooten and Andrew Campbell
A look at the local political climate from all sides of the spectrum. [more]

Food and wine
Guest chef Paul Jobin has recipes for bluff oysters with apple and horseradish dressing and singapore noodles; wine selections by John Hawkesby. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 8 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 8 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


NZ International Arts Festival Reviews (1)
Peter Mechen reviews NZTrio, NZSQ, Simon O'Neill and the NZSO. [more]

Igor Niadin
Borodin Quartet violist talks about current NZ tour. [more]

NZ International Arts Festival Reviews (1)
Murray Khouri reviews The Borodin Quartet, Zephyr Wind Quintet, and tenor Keith Lewis with pianist Michael Houstoun. [more]

News stories:

Melbourne secure final spot
The Melbourne Victory has secured the first spot in the A-League football final with a 2-2 draw against Sydney. The draw means Melbourne moves through to the grand final 4-3 on ... [more]

Melbourne to host A-League grand final
Archie Thompson returned from injury to help Melbourne Victory book a third A-League grand final berth in a controversial extra-time win over Sydney FC in their major semi-final. Thompson netted ... [more]

Villa comeback earns them FA Cup final berth
Aston Villa staged a stunning second half fightback to reach the English FA Cup semi-finals with a 4-2 win at Reading. After losing last weekend's League Cup final to ... [more]

Black Sticks beaten by Argentina
The New Zealand men's hockey teams hopes of making the semi-finals at the World Cup in Delhi have been dented after a 1-nil loss to Argentina. Captain Phil Burrows was again ... [more]

Aussie cricketers in for more taunts
The Australian cricketers will get an early feel for the mood of the fans in Hamilton when they have a net session today ahead of their third one-day international against ... [more]

Australians retain Rosebowl
The Australian women cricketers have retained the Rosebowl after winning the third one-dayer against New Zealand by 6 wickets in Invercargil. The Australians won all 3 ODI's to take the series ... [more]

Northern top Plunket Shield standings
Northern Districts have a 10 point lead with 3 rounds remaining in Plunket Shield cricket. Otago have moved up to second in the standings after beating Auckland by 24 runs at ... [more]

Top-10 finish for Brown in Malaysia
The Wellington golfer Mark Brown tied for 10th at the Malaysian Open last night, easily his best result from six events this year. Brown's flawless 66 was the best ... [more]

NZ teams down the standings in netball pre-season tournament
The New Zealand teams the Southern Steel and Central Pulse have finished down the standings in an ANZ pre-season netball tournament in Sydney. The Queensland Firebirds continued their successful build-up winning ... [more]

House prices up but levelling off
Property values have risen by more than 5% in the year to February, but appear to be levelling off, says property information organisation Quotable Value. [more]

Bus driver of accident that killed 8 people in Samoa jailed for 8 years
The District Court in Samoa has convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison the driver of a bus involved in an accident that killed eight people and injured 24... [more]

Vanuatu plans business centre to maintain economic growth
Vanuatu's Minister for Internal Affairs, Moana Kalosil Carcasses, says the government has plans to make doing business in his country easier. A report on the economy by the Asian Development... [more]

Need for new hopsital in PNG questioned
Doubts are being raised about the necessity of a new world class hospital in Papua New Guinea's Central Province between Port Moresby and Bautama. Cabinet has endorsed the project, which... [more]

First hearing of Solomons Truth and Reconcilation Commission this week
The first public hearing by the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to be held this week. The public hearing gives victims and witnesses of crimes committed during the... [more]

Need for huge rebuilding of cyclone hit homes in Aitutaki in Cook Islands
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand says any rebuilding project on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands will need to be on a massive scale. Lou Maea, who is the organisation's Samoa... [more]

Suggestion to declare French Polynesia independent in order to challenge compensation law
French Polynesia's opposition leader, Oscar Temaru, has proposed declaring French Polynesia a sovereign and independent state in order to take France to the international court of justice over its nuclear... [more]

Monday's newspapers
The New Zealand Herald leads with concerns that those making decisions about Auckland's super-city will not be answerable to the public if proposed government organisations are put in place. [more]

Economists pick no rate change - for moment
Economists are expecting the Reserve Bank to repeat that benchmark interest rates will not start rising until about mid-year, when it reviews the cost of borrowing on Thursday. [more]

Sawmilling hopes centre on China
A global forestry expert thinks China may provide some relief for New Zealand's battered sawmilling industry. [more]

Chelsea and Aston Villa into FA Cup semi-finals
Holders Chelsea have advanced to the semi-finals of English football's FA Cup with a 2-nil home win over Stoke City while Aston Villa joined them after coming from 2-nil down to ... [more]

Melbourne and Sydney want to meet again in A-League final
The Melbourne and Sydney football clubs are discounting the possibility of Wellington making the A-League grand final. Melbourne beat Sydney 3-2 in extra time last night to make the grand final, ... [more]

Everton climb to 8th in Premiership
Everton have climbed to eighth in the English Premier football League with a 5-1 home thrashing of Hull City. The Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta scored twice for Everton while the American ... [more]

Loeb wins in Mexico
The French driver Sebastien Loeb, in a Citroen C4, has won the Rally of Mexico, his 55th career world championship victory. It was the world champion's fourth win in Mexico ... [more]

NZ beat Sri Lanka in Davis Cup
The New Zealand Davis Cup tennis team has completed a 3-2 victory over Sri Lanka in their Asia Oceania group 2 clash in Colombo. Dan King Turner had to retire injured ... [more]

Blacks a Fake wins Interdom final
Queensland champion Blacks A Fake was at his scintillating best to confirm his place as the greatest Inter Dominion performer in history with a demoralising victory in the $1 million series ... [more]

Shakeup of military to save $50m
New Zealand's military is in line for an overhaul of its operations as the Government seeks to make savings of at least $50 million a year. [more]

Golden queen peach season under way
Watties started processing golden queen peaches this week. The company says it will process 4200 tonnes. [more]

Vodafone apology for mobile fault
Vodafone is apologising to customers who experienced a drop in the quality of mobile phone service in parts of the North Island on Saturday. [more]

Veteran rower's body recovered from lake
The body of a veteran rower has been recovered from a central Otago lake the day after he went missing.The body of a veteran rower has been recovered from a central Otago lake the day after he went missing. [more]

Protected wireless microphone use will cost, says Joyce
Radio spectrum used by wireless microphone users cannot be protected unless it is paid for, says Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce. [more]

Scientists gather to discuss 'destroyer' algae
An invisible algae known as the "destroyer of plants" is the focus of a meeting that has attracted scientists from around the world to New Zealand. [more]

NZ Govt agencies involved in Interpol operation
A number of NZ Government agencies have been involved with Interpol in an international operation targeting illegal trade in traditional medicines containing wildlife products. [more]

Arts funding under review
Creative New Zealand can't guarantee that arts groups that currently receive its funding on a regular basis will continue to do so. Some have been funded by the agency for more than three decades. [more]

Cigarette butt probable cause of SH1 fire
A big scrub fire that closed State Highway 1 north of Auckland, causing major disruption to motorists, is thought to have been caused by a cigarette butt. [more]

Loeb back in winning mode
Defending world champion Sebastien Loeb has won Rally Mexico to claim his first WRC victory of the season. The Citroen driver has now won Mexico four times in a row but ... [more]

Ponting happy with Johnson playing up to crowd
The Australian captain Ricky Ponting says he's fine with fast bowler Mitchell Johnson playing up to the crowd, as long as he keeps bowling the way he did in Saturday's second ... [more]

Spain progress in Davis Cup
David Ferrer crushed Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets to fire depleted champions Spain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup tennis competition and set up a clash away to nine-times ... [more]

Jets coach shattered after loss to Phoenix
The Wellington Phoenix are off to Sydney this week for the A-league preliminary final after thrilling a record crowd in their last home game of the season with a 3-1 extra ... [more]

PNG human rights campaigner says park decision a victory for the people
Environmentalists in Papua New Guinea are hopeful a park in Port Moresby won't be developed after a Supreme Court decision. It has allowed a review of the commercial rezoning of... [more]

Expected sale of stake in PT Freeport Indonesia to Papua Provincial Government
US mining giant, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, is planning to sell a 9.36 percent stake in its Indonesian unit to the Papua provincial government. Reports quote company spokesman, Budiman Moer-dijat,... [more]

Telecommunications in American Samoa given funds to upgrade broadband
The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority has been awarded a grant of more than US$81 million to improve broadband access in the territory. The funding comes from the American Recovery and... [more]

Scientists from American Samoa to investigate demise of Swallow Tail butterflies in Samoa
Scientists from American Samoa's Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources are travelling to Samoa next week to conduct a survey of a butterfly that is endemic to the Samoas, the... [more]

Up to 87 Toyota cars in American Samoa affected by recall
A Toyota dealer in American Samoa estimates that 87 vehicles in the territory are affected by Toyota's recall due to problems with a floor mat entrapment and a stuck accelerator... [more]

Labour popularity hopes hitched to GST tax
The Labour Party believes the Government's plan to raise the level of GST has given Labour the chance to put a dent in the National Party's popularity. [more]

Maori urged to understand global timber customer better
The manager of Tuwharetoa's biggest forestry businesses says Maori need to understand the needs of the global timber customer so they can work out where to invest most effectively. [more]

Strong winds push trans-Tasman rower off course
A New Zealand rower attempting to cross the Tasman Sea is likely to land in the Far North because of strong winds pushing him off course. [more]

Missing man may be getting secret help - police
Police in Auckland say it is possible someone is caring for - but not reporting - a missing rest home patient. [more]

Orlando beat Lakers to continue winning streak
The Orlando Magic held off the Los Angeles Lakers for a 96-94 win in the NBA basketball championship, with Lakers star Kobe Bryant missing the chance to tie the score as ... [more]

Italian football wrap up
Serie A leaders Inter Milan failed to capitalise on the draw between closest rivals AC Milan and AS Roma when they were held nil-all by Genoa at the San Siro. Inter ... [more]

TVNZ considers appealing BSA decision over Samoa news item
Television New Zealand says it's considering appealing a decision by the Broadcasting Standards Authority that a news item about Samoa breached broadcasting laws. In the item, broadcast last April, the... [more]

Highlanders dealth cruel blow as Cowan heads home from Africa
The Highlanders' have been dealt a major blow midway through their Super 14 South African with captain and halfback Jimmy Cowan heading home with a dislocated finger. Cowan suffered the injury ... [more]

PNG PM banks on new forum to fight HIV spread
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, says a new online forum for youth will spread the message about HIV/AIDS. Sir Michael launched the forum, an initiative of... [more]

American power company cuts working hours
The American Samoa Power Authority has reduced the working hours of its employees. The Authority is shaving working hours for career service employees by two hours per week. The chairman... [more]

Taylor "50-50" chance of playing in third one-dayer
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says he'll be pretty grateful if Ross Taylor can play in tomorrow's crucial third one-dayer against Australia despite a hamstring problem. Taylor batted at ... [more]

Aitutaki fund trustees in the Cooks assure it will be used for most benefit
A plan is being developed in the Cook Islands to ensure the maximum benefit is obtained from funds collected by the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal committee. Much of the atoll was... [more]

Fiji interim PM promises revival of sugar industry
Fiji's interim Prime Minister is reported to have promised the sugar industry will be revived and sustainable by 2014. Commodore Frank Bainimarama says his administration will ensure the sugar industry... [more]

Smoking ban planned in American Samoa
Smoking will be banned in workplaces, buses and taxis, restaurants and all public places in American Samoa under planned new legislation. A person who smokes in a no smoking zone... [more]

China to send doctors to Tonga
China is to send seven doctors to Tonga as part of its latest aid package. The medical team will stay in Tonga for a two-year period. Beijing has also announced... [more]

US military plan for sourcing water on Guam appear flawed to local Waterworks Authority
The Guam Waterworks Authority says the United States military's plans to source water on the island for the impending troop build-up lack foresight. This comes after the Environmental Protection Agency... [more]

US military plan for sourcing water on Guam appears flawed to local Waterworks Authority
The Guam Waterworks Authority says the United States military's plans to source water on the island for the impending troop build-up lack foresight. This comes after the Environmental Protection Agency... [more]

Farmers' group call for checks on potential buyers
Federated Farmers says real estate agents need to conduct better background checks on purchasers, after last week's collapse of a multi-million-dollar deal to buy 28 Southland farms. [more]

Power surge hits appliances on Banks Peninsula
A big power surge has caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to electrical appliances in houses on Banks Peninsula. [more]

MNZ says investigation into Ady Gil complicated
Maritime New Zealand says its investigation into a collision that resulted in an anti-whaling boat sinking is proving complicated, because it involves a diplomatic element. [more]

First-timer takes Golden Shears
A shearer competing in his first Golden Shears final has taken the top prize at the 50th anniversary event in Masterton. Cam Ferguson won the open shearing title by 10 seconds. [more]

Coromandel group challenges 1080 applications
Waikato Regional Council says all consent applications for the use of 1080 poison are processed according to Resource Management Act (RMA) rules. [more]

Solomons' book celebrates achievement by women in the public service
A book is being launched in Solomon Islands, marking International Women's Day, celebrating leadership and achievement amongst Solomon Islands women. The book, "Being the First" tells the stories of 14... [more]

18 Methodist church leaders in Fiji in court for alleged emergency law breaches
18 Fiji Methodist Church ministers and other church officials appeared in the Suva Magistrate court this morning charged with breaching the Public Emergency Regulations last year. The Fiji Village website... [more]

Pitcairn's new constitution proclaimed by Governor
The Governor of Pitcairn, George Ferguson, last week proclaimed the island's new Constitution at a public meeting. The Governor, who is also the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, read... [more]

Fiji police consulting over next steps in assassination conspiracy case
The Fiji Police are meeting with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions over its next steps concerning the man accused of leading the group convicted last week of... [more]

Phoenix to face bogey team Sydney in A-League preliminary final
The Wellington Phoenix have been swept by Sydney FC in this season's A-league but will be looking to reverse that trend when they square off in next weekend's preliminary final in ... [more]

Vettori hoping Taylor will play but not counting his chickens
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says he'll be pretty grateful if Ross Taylor can play in tomorrow's crucial third one-dayer against Australia despite a hamstring problem. Taylor batted at ... [more]

Villegas claims Honda Classic title
The Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas kept his cool to win his third PGA Tour event with a five-shot victory over American Anthony Kim in the Honda Classic in Florida. The 28-year-old ... [more]

Barnes resigns with Waratahs for 2011 Super rugby competition
The Wallabies five-eighth Berrick Barnes will play the first season of the expanded Super 15 rugby competition in Sydney after recommitting to the NSW Waratahs for another year. Barnes signed a ... [more]

The America's Cup skipper Paul Cayard is back on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour for the first time in a decade in the build-up to the start of the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta ... [more]

Stewart or Styris to take place of Taylor if star batsman can't play
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says either Shanan Stewart or veteran Blackcap Scott Styris will take the place of Ross Taylor, if the batsman is ruled out of tomorrow's ... [more]

Phelps breaks own national record
The Olympic swim star Michael Phelps broke his own American record in the 200-yard butterfly, winning in one minute, 39.65 seconds at the Maryland State Championships at the US Naval Academy. ... [more]

Annual reunion held for Maori Battalion veterans
Twenty-five veterans from the 28th Maori Battalion held a memorial service in Auckland on Sunday, as part of their annual reunion. [more]

Phoenix game generates millions for capital
The Phoenix game on Sunday night generated millions of dollars for the capital, says Positively Wellington Tourism. [more]

Crusaders hooker out for Super 14 season
The Crusaders wider training group hooker Quentin MacDonald has been ruled out for the rest of the Super 14 rugby season due to a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament. MacDonald was ... [more]

New Zealand sharemarket creeps up
The benchmark NZX 50 index closed up 8 points, or 0.25%, to 3223 on turnover of $32.9 million on Monday. [more]

Renegotiate now, warns Bancorp
Bancorp Corporate Finance says firms need to renegotiate their funding facilities sooner rather than later. [more]

Sex offender denied parole after 10 years
A sexual offender who has been in prison for 10 years has been denied parole, after accepting he would pose a risk to community safety. [more]

Fiji interim government to rent out empty Prime Minister's residence
The State-owned residence used by Fiji's prime ministers is to be rented out . Fiji Live reports the Fiji government has decided to lease the residence in line with its... [more]

Pacific AIDS Commission to launch report in Port Moresby
The fight against HIV/AIDS in the region is set to receive a further boost with the regional launch of a report by the Pacific AIDS Commission in Papua New Guinea... [more]

Police say couple's injuries horrific
Police in West Auckland say it may take some time for a young couple to recall details of an assault that left both horrifically injured. [more]

Pacific Forum head calls for action over ongoing gender inequality
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum says women in the region still face adverse challenges despite national and regional commitments to address gender inequality. Tuiloma Neroni Slade says... [more]

Builders welcome lift in construction work
Builders are welcoming signs that the residential construction sector may be coming out of recession. [more]

Warning for Solomons' workers lining up for New Zealand temporary scheme
The Solomon Islands Government and the New Zealand High Commission in Honiara have raised concerns that unlicensed operators are trying to recruit workers for New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme. [more]

US military expectations of Guam water system different from Waterworks Authority
The Guam Waterworks Authority says United States military planners have different expectations from those on the island about what changes are needed for Guam's water system with the impending troop... [more]

PNG leader attacks Ombudsman following calls he be investigated over Moti affair
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, has accused the Ombudsman Commission of being calculating, mischievous and lacking in transparency. This comes after the Commission, in a... [more]

Maori health groups want ban on tobacco
Maori health groups attending a select committee hearing in Rotorua have called for an increase in the tax on tobacco, and an eventual ban on tobacco sales. [more]

Overfishing film 'warning' on bluefin tuna
Marine advocates say a documentary about the international impact of overfishing should serve as a wake up call for New Zealand's growing bluefin tuna fishing interests. [more]

Weatherston portrait disqualified
A painting of convicted murderer Clayton Weatherston has been disqualified and withdrawn from an art competition. [more]

Waihopai saboteurs appear in court
A Catholic priest has told a jury that he attacked a dome at the Waihopai spy base near Blenheim to protect others from serious injuries. [more]

Brash accepts police can do no more over email theft
Former National Party leader Don Brash accepts there is nothing more police can do about finding those responsible for the theft of hundreds of his emails. [more]

New Zealand draws flak over whaling change
New Zealand has been criticised for altering its position on whaling, which could result in a temporary return to commercial whaling. [more]

Australia back-flips on beef from BSE countries
The Australian government has reversed an earlier decision to allow beef imports from countries previously affected by mad cow disease. [more]

Court hears of teacher's alleged grooming
The High Court in Auckland has heard how a teacher allegedly groomed and manipulated a young boy into performing sexual acts. [more]

People warned to stay away from Hawke's Bay swells
Civil Defence officials are warning people to stay away from Hawke's Bay beaches for a few days, after heavy swells pounded beachfront homes. [more]

Coordinated collection guardianship may bring benefits
A former curator of Maori taonga at the Auckland War Memorial Museum says treating the Oldman Collection as a single unit may help people identify where individual items came from. [more]

Bad weather hampers Bluff oyster harvest
A Bluff oyster seller is struggling to keep up with demand for this season's harvest due to bad weather. [more]

Council inspects bungy ride
Wellington City Council was to inspect an adventure ride in the city centre on Monday after the Fire Service had to rescue three people because of a fault. [more]