Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 9th March 2010

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

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

Afternoons

Jim's intro
Todays topic is the wonders of the solar system. [more]

Best song ever written -"Sons of Gallipoli"
Peg Cummins is on the line from Welcome Bay, Tauranga. [more]

Critical Mass
Today we have books with former publisher, bookseller, and awards judge Graham Beattie, music with musician, producer and journalist Nick Atkinson and TV with documentary maker and TV Producer Phil Wallington. [more]

Guy Sebastian
He's on a brief visit to NZ and Guy joins us in our Auckland studio. [more]

He Rourou for 9 March 2010
The central North Island tribe of Te Arawa has always been staunchly opposed to women speaking on the marae. In He Rourou today Mauriora Kingi explains why. [more]

Tune your engine - Debbie Mayo Smith
Debbie Mayo Smith is a best-selling author,a newspaper columnist, and a regular media commentator on all matters output-related. [more]

Asian Report for 9 March 2010 - Maori Chinese
Jason Moon talks to members of the Thompson family of Wellington, who were featured in Professors Manying Ip's book,"Being Maori Chinese - Mixed Identities." [more]

Science feature: High temperature superconductors
Jeff Tallon from Industrial Research Limited joins us to talk about high temperature superconductors and trying to solve the mystery of how they actually work. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Duncan Webb and Graham Bell. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Duncan Webb and Graham Bell. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 9 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 9 March 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 March 2010
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Overhaul of tertiary education funding announced
Universities and polytechs have been put on notice with the government announcing that in two years time up to ten percent of their funding will be based on how well their students are doing. [more]

Tertiary sector reaction to Minister's plans
The Vice-Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology and chair of the Vice-Chancellor's Committee, Derek McCormack, joins us. [more]

Head of health is leaving Ministry
The head of the Ministry of Health has announced today that he's to step aside later this year, sparking widespread speculation within the sector that he's been forced out. [more]

Closer scrutiny on the way for Kiwisaver funds
Closer scrutiny of Kiwisaver has been put on the government's urgent to do list as it moves to reassure more than a million small investors that their retirement savings are as safe as they can be. [more]

Evening sports news for 9 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

NZers forced to leave Morocco
Two New Zealanders are among foreigners being kicked out of Morocco after a religious crackdown. [more]

Obama attacks insurance companies
The U.S. President Barack Obama has been whipping up anti-Washington sentiment and attacking insurance companies today in a bid to build public support for his healthcare plans. [more]

Waatea news for 9 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police say latest seizure will impact on P supply nationwide
New Zealand authorities have seized millions of dollars worth of the key ingredient for the drug methamphetamine being smuggled into the country hidden inside granite slabs. [more]

Minister to take up six week scholarship in the United States.
The Prime Minister John Key is defending the Social Development Minister's acceptance of a scholarship that will take her out of the country for six weeks. [more]

Trial for those who attacked Waihopai spy base continues
One of the three men who attacked the Waihopai spy base near Blenheim in 2008 has told a Jury about his lifelong involvement in community activism. [more]

Top prize awarded at flower show
The top award at the Ellerslie International Flower Show has gone to an exhibit made up of mosses, lichens and fungi. [more]

A visit with a bomb disposal unit in Iraq
The low-budget Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker was the biggest winner at the Academy Awards last night, picking up six prizes including best film and best director. [more]

Labour warns changes to tertiary funding could lower standards
The Labour Party has warned that Government plans to change the way it funds universities, polytechnics and wananga could lower academic standards. [more]

Kiwisaver expert talks about tougher regulations
Closer scrutiny of Kiwisaver has been put on the government's urgent to do list as it moves to reassure more than a million small investors that their retirement savings are as safe as they can be. [more]

High Court jury begins deliberations
A High Court jury has begun its deliberations in the trail of two caregivers accused of killing an intellectually disabled woman. [more]

Top scientists honoured at Prime Minister's awards
Some of the country's top scientists have been honoured at the inaugural Prime Minister's Science awards in Auckland. [more]

PM's Science Prizes
The joint winner of the Prime Minister's top science prize Dr Jeff Tallon is with us. [more]

Evening sports news for 9 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Calls for restraint in Nigeria
The massacre of hundreds of Christians in central Nigeria is drawing condemnation from around the world. [more]

Tough new security measures likely for Thailand
Thailand's prime minister is on the verge of introducing strong new security measures that critics say amount to martial law, ahead of a massive political rally in Bangkok this weekend. [more]

Brazil annouces sanctions against the United States
Brazil's government has announced trade sanctions against the United States, in retaliation for Washington failing to eliminate illegal cotton subsidies to its farmers. [more]

Germany rocked by Catholic child sex abuses
The brother of Pope Benedict has agreed to testify in the sex scandal rocking Germany's Catholic Church. [more]

Waatea news for 9 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

More US troops being withdrawn from Haiti
Thousands of United States troops are starting to pull out of Haiti where they've been helping maintain order after January's devastating earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people. [more]

The fishing of northern bluefin tuna may be banned
As worldwide stocks of northern bluefin tuna continue to decline an endangered species convention is due to vote on an international trade ban next week. [more]

Warning to jandal wearers
The jandal, a staple of the kiwi summer, is under fire for its lack of foot support. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 March 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 9 March 2010
Residents frightened after brutal attack in W Auckland suburb; double murderer John Barlow denied parole again; Hawkes Bay beachfront residents want retaining walls for homes; Haumoana survives another night of pounding waves; big night at Oscars for Avatar's New Zealand contingent; Government considers merging state agencies; and a strong earthquake hits eastern Turkey. [more]

Three Dunedin primary schools face closure as rolls fall
As pupil numbers fall, three Dunedin primary schools have asked to be closed. [more]

Council slams moves to ban cold remedies from supermarkets
The Food and Grocery Council is warning moves to ban some common cough and cold remedies from supermarket shelves will cost consumers dearly. [more]

Pacific news for 9 March 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 9 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Weta enjoys more Oscar glory for work on Avatar
The New Zealand special effects company, Weta Digital, is celebrating yet more Oscar success for its work on the blockbuster film, Avatar. [more]

Wife of convicted murderer Barlow says he should be released
The wife of the convicted double murderer, John Barlow, says he is a model prisoner, has served his time, and should be let out. [more]

Residents frightened after brutal attack in W Auckland suburb
Residents bordering a park in West Auckland say they fear for their own safety after a brutal attack on a young couple. [more]

Double murderer John Barlow denied parole again
The double murderer, John Barlow, has been denied parole for a third time because the Parole Board says he still poses an undue risk to the public. [more]

Hawkes Bay beachfront residents want retaining walls for homes
Residents of beachfront homes at Haumoana in Hawkes Bay say a retaining wall is the only way their homes can be protected from waves generated by heavy swells. [more]

Haumoana survives another night of pounding waves
The latest high tide at Haumoana passed today at just after 1am. RNZ's Andrew McRae report was wave-watching and spoke to us live. [more]

Big night at Oscars for Avatar's New Zealand contingent
It's been a big night at the 82nd Academy Awards for the New Zealanders who worked on the blockbuster film, Avatar. [more]

Government considers merging state agencies
The Prime Minister says parts of the state sector are in for a shake-up with final decisions due next week. [more]

Strong earthquake hits eastern Turkey
An earthquake has struck eastern Turkey this morning, killing at least 51 people. [more]

Sports news for 9 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Canterbury fire danger climbs after weeks of hot dry weather
The Department of Conservation is warning the risk of fire in Canterbury has climbed significantly with hot dry conditions over the past month. [more]

Toxic bloom affecting shellfish in Port Underwood
Health Authorities in Marlborough are warning people not to collect shellfish in Port Underwood after the discovery of a toxic algae that is harmful to humans. [more]

Louis Vuitton regatta starts in Auckland today
The build-up to the next edition of sailing's America's Cup gets underway in Auckland today with the start of Louis Vuitton Trophy. [more]

Oscar wins could cause boom for NZ film industry
Film New Zealand says New Zealand's latest haul of Oscars will be boost the industry here. [more]

'The Hurt Locker' pushes out 'Avatar' for Oscar haul
As for the overall impact of the 82nd awards, the Iraq war film 'The Hurt Locker' pushed past 'Avatar' and other crowd-pleasers to win best picture. [more]

Coastal residents want protective action from council
Residents of Haumoana Beach say the Hastings district council isn't doing enough to protect them from coastal erosion. [more]

Total fire ban in place for Dunedin
In the past two hours, a total fire ban has come into effect for the entire Dunedin City area. [more]

Defence to open in Waihopai dome trial
The defence will open today at the trial of three men charged over an attack on the Waihopai spy base near Blenheim in 2008. [more]

Sports news for 9 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Injury worries for NZ ahead of third clash with Australia
The third one day international cricket match between Australia and New Zealand takes place in Hamilton today. [more]

Tourism helping lift regions out of economic downturn
New data suggests tourism is helping to lift some regions out of the economic slump. [more]

Waatea news for 9 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

First public biodiesel refueling facility opens
New Zealand's first public biodiesel refueling facility has opened in Queenstown, in a move which has been welcomed by political, environmental and tourist industry leaders. [more]

Garbage bin microchips monitor recycling
It's the new front in the nanny state: microchips placed in garbage bins to monitor how much people throw away. [more]

Stories of horror and death at Solomon Islands commission
Horror stories of death and torture are among the first testimonies given to the Solomon Island's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. [more]

Nights

Inside out
A mind blowing journey with trapeze, clowning spectacular acrobatics, magic and illusion. [more]

Sport - Australia
Analysis of the state of play from recent recreational activities. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 3. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Regulating KiwiSaver
How safe are your KiwiSaver funds? The government is to implement tougher regulations for providers. [more]

Philippa Weaver
Philippa Weaver is the founder of greensky.co.nz, a kiwi website aimed at people outside of the normal employment loop. [more]

US correspondent - Luiza Savage
Latest news from the USA. [more]

Feature guest - Don Neely
Don Neely MBE is a prominent New Zealand cricket historian and former New Zealand selector, administrator, and player. He is a former President of New Zealand Cricket and has written or co-written over 30 books on New Zealand cricket. [more]

Book review
'Trespass' by Rose Tremain. Published by Chatto and Windus. Reviewed by Emma Hart. [more]

Business
With Rod Oram. [more]

Hamish McRae
Hamish McRae is the associate editor and principal economic commentator for British newspaper The Independent. He is a visiting professor at Lancaster University and council member of the Royal Economic Society. He has just released a book, 'What Works: Success in Stressful Times', which relates business and social success stories from around the world. [more]

Media
With Denis Welch. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Alejandro Iglesias Rossi
Argentine composer and founder of Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technologies. [more]

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Review
Tony Ryan reviews last Friday's season opening performance by the CSO and pianist John Chen. [more]

News stories:

Aussie vice captain returns home for personal reasons
The Australian cricket team's vice captain Michael Clarke was given permission last night to return home to Sydney for personal reasons, and it's not known when of if he'll return to ... [more]

henderson wins stage one of Paris-Nice
The New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson has delivered new British-based Team Sky's first win in Europe with a gritty sprint finish in stage one of the Paris-Nice race. Henderson just beat ... [more]

Taumalolo found guilty of dangerous tackle, but escapes penalty
The Chiefs prop Sona Taumalolo has been found guilty of a dangerous tackle during their Super 14 match against the Queensland Reds in Hamilton last Friday, but has escaped punishment. Taumalolo ... [more]

Newcastle Knights meet with sponsors after players drugs busts
The Newcastle rugby league club's major sponsorship deals with NIB and McDonalds are hanging in the balance after the NRL club's chief executive Steve Burraston met with both yesterday. Burraston ... [more]

Schumacher says they're ready to fight for success
Seven-times world motor racing champion Michael Schumacher says he's ready to fight for success when he returns to Formula One with Mercedes GP this weekend. The 41-year-old signed a three-year ... [more]

Fire destroys Ranfurly businesses
The central Otago town of Ranfurly is counting the cost after a spectacular fire on Monday. [more]

Biodiesel available at the pumps in Queenstown
New Zealand's first public biodiesel refueling facility has opened in Queenstown, and is supplying fuel to more than 50 tourism operators and businesses. [more]

Tennis NZ doesn't want to play in Pakistan
Tennis New Zealand wants their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan moved from the South Asian country because of terrorism fears. New Zealand won their Asia-Oceania zone group two tie against ... [more]

Air NZ boss takes up home fragrance company role
The chief executive of Air New Zealand, Rob Fyfe, has joined the board of Australasian home fragrance and body product company Ecoya. [more]

Court of Abitration for sport to hear Fiji Games appeal
The Court of Arbitration for Sports has set the date to hear Fiji's appeal against the Commonwealth Games Federation decision for the expulsion from this year's Commonwealth Games in India. [more]

Fiji sevens coach to name side for upcoming tournaments
Fiji rugby 7s coach Iliesa Tanivula will name his 12-man side this afternoon to play at the Adelaide and Hong Kong 7s on the IRB World Series later this month. [more]

Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission opens today
The first public hearing by the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission is being held today. The public hearing gives the victims and witnesses of crimes committed during the years... [more]

Water shortage may hamper Far North firefighters
The Fire Service says it may not be able to put out house fires if the severe water shortage continues in the Far North. [more]

Cough remedies may be banned from supermarkets
The Food and Grocery Council says banning some common cough and cold remedies from supermarket shelves would be absurd, and costly for consumers. [more]

Parole denied again for Barlow
Convicted murderer John Barlow has been denied parole for a third time because the Parole Board says he poses an undue risk to public safety. [more]

Residents frightened after brutal attack
Residents living near a park in west Auckland where it's believed a young couple were brutally assaulted say they now fear for their own safety. [more]

Stranded cargo ship dislodged from Clipperton island
The French High Commission in French Polynesia says efforts have succeeded in dislodging a chemical tanker, which had run aground on Clipperton Island. The vessel was stuck since February the... [more]

Critical ferry out of action in Northern Marianas while it undergoes repairs
Residents and tourists looking to travel between Saipan and Tinian in the Northern Marianas will have to rely solely on air transportation for six months, starting from next week. The... [more]

Pedestrian struck by bus in Wellington
A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after an accident involving a bus in central Wellington. [more]

Talks of selling Digicel Pacific underway
Talks have begun into the possible sale of the Irish-owned telecommunications firm Digicel Pacific Limited for 671 million US dollars. Digicel Pacific's head of public relations and sponsorship, John Corcoran,... [more]

Man acquitted over Papatoetoe shooting
A jury has acquitted a man of the murder of a 26-year-old Auckland man killed in what the Crown said was an execution-style shooting. [more]

Postie Plus reduces half-year loss
Listed retailer, Postie Plus Group, has narrowed its half year loss to $1.1 million, thanks to a boost in sales and cost cutting. [more]

Solomons MPs threaten boycott over fund worries
There are reports from Solomon Islands that MPs are threatening to boycott the opening of Parliament unless there's a commitment from the Government to pay a series of constituency grants... [more]

20 victims due to testify at Solomons Truth and Reconciliation Commission
About 20 victims of the ethnic tensions in Solomon Islands are expected to tell their stories to the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission today. The victims from Malaita will be... [more]

New Fiji media authority could be ready in weeks
A media authority and tribunal could be introduced by the end of the month in Fiji. The interim government spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says it's proposed under the new... [more]

Call to protect coastal Hawke's Bay houses
A Hawke's Bay coastal protection group says something needs to be done quickly to protect houses from big sea swells at Haumoana. [more]

Tahiti assembly discusses state of women
The French Polynesian assembly has been meeting for a debate on the state of women to mark International Women's Day. According to RFO radio, one assembly member, Tarita Sinjoux, attributed... [more]

CNMI compiles list of overstayers US could deport
The authorities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have compiled a list of 300 foreigners whose names are expected to be given to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement... [more]

Fiji typhoid cases now up to 112
The number of people affected by the Fiji typhoid outbreak continues to rise with a further 13 confirmed cases reported this week, bringing the total to 112. A spokesperson for... [more]

Fiji authorities consider fresh moves against Ballu Khan
Police in Fiji are still consulting with the public prosecutors over whether it is possible to pursue fresh charges against Fiji-born New Zealand businessman, Ballu Khan. Mr Khan was originally... [more]

Environmental group pins hopes on Govt proposal
A group set up to eradicate pest trees in Southland hopes a Government proposal to allow landowners to clear the weeds without penalising them under emissions trading laws will help attract funding to carry out clearance work. [more]

Landcorp moves stock south to avoid drought
State-owned farming enterprise Landcorp has moved cows from its Northland dairy farms as far away as the South Island's West Coast, as the drought tightens its grip in the north. [more]

Rural fire authorities urge vigilance
Rural fire authorities are urging landowners to be extra vigilant as tinder dry conditions in parts of the country increase the risk of accidental fires starting. [more]

Disease impact on indigenous crops studied
Research is underway at Massey University, looking at the impact of a devastating potato disease on indigenous crops. [more]

Wall St ends mixed
Stock prices were mixed on Wall Street on Monday as AIG's sale of a unit and McDonald's upbeat sales were offset by falling healthcare shares after criticism from US President Barack Obama. [more]

AIG sells insurance business to rival
US-based AIG is selling an overseas insurance business to rival MetLife for $US15.5 billion, as it continues to raise funds to pay off a federal bail-out. [more]

Private sector partnerships changing in Australia
An infrastructure specialist says the global financial crisis has changed the way public private partnerships (PPP) are delivered in Australia. [more]

Spending grows faster in regions
New data suggests some regions are climbing out of the economic downturn by attracting more tourists. [more]

Asia eyes the food sector in New Zealand
A global report on mergers and acquisitions shows emerging economies are on the lookout for new deals, with a KPMG partner saying New Zealand's food industry could be in their sights. [more]

Manufacturing surge boosts growth expectations
A surge in manufacturing and construction activity has sent economists scrambling to revise upwards their forecasts for economic growth. [more]

Briscoe Group lifts its annual profit
Briscoe Group has posted an 81% jump in full year profit to more than $21 million. Sales grew 7% to $417 million during the year to the end of January. [more]

Tuesday's newspaper headlines
Desperate bid to save drowning baby; stalker was former boyfriend; Barlow denied parole; Wellywood sign to grace the Miramar Hills. [more]

Toxic shellfish warning in Marlborough
Public health officials in Marlborough are warning people not to gather shellfish in Port Underwood, west of Picton, because of a toxic algae outbreak. [more]

Dunedin primary schools close as rolls fall
Primary school rolls are declining in Dunedin, causing three schools to apply for voluntary closure in as many months. [more]

Cabinet to consider proposals to merge departments
Prime Minister John Key says any moves to merge government departments are driven by efficiency, not ideology. [more]

Solomons warns about RSE scheme abuse
The Solomon Islands Government is warning people wanting to join New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme to watch out for bogus operators. The Labour Mobility Unit and the New Zealand... [more]

Vanuatu plans diplomatic mission in Fiji
Vanuatu is planning to set up a diplomatic mission in Fiji. The acting Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, revealed this yesterday during what was dubbed an enhanced political dialogue with the... [more]

Vanuatu PM still in Sydney after falling ill in Port Vila
The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei, remains in Sydney, after flying there a week ago for medical treatment. His office had announced at the time that Mr Natapei was... [more]

Hefty fines for flouting Kaitaia water ban
People flouting restrictions on water use in Kaitaia could be fined up to $20,000 from Tuesday. [more]

Drought puts pressure on Far North sewerage systems
Drought conditions are triggering problems for sewerage systems in the Far North with problems at Kaitaia, and Doubtless Bay. [more]

Solomons Truth Commission hears first witnesses
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands has heard harrowing stories from the first victims of the ethnic tensions to appear before it. The commission is holding its first... [more]

Inquiry into Brit Davis Cup debacle
British tennis is to hold an inquiry into its latest Davis Cup debacle, an embarrassing loss to Lithuania and the risk of relegation to the lowest tier of world tennis. Yesterday ... [more]

Stirling Moss in hospital after fall
Britain's formula one legend Stirling Moss is recovering in hospital after breaking several bones when he fell three floors down a lift shaft. The 80-year-old Moss broke both ankles, four bones ... [more]

Welsh rugby great banned for drink-driving
The great Welsh rugby fullback Williams has been banned for 17 months for drink-driving after a court heard how he tried to beat a breath test by placing copper coins in ... [more]

Brussow out for eight months
The Springbok loosie Heinrich Brüssow won't play rugby again this year after tearing knee ligaments in Sunday morning's Super 14 match between the Cheetahs and Hurricanes in Bloemfontein. Brüssow had been ... [more]

Australia, England make world cup semis
The tournament favourites Australia are into the semi-finals at the mens World Cup hockey tournament in New Delhi after beating Pakistan 2-1 this morning to finish top of pool B. England ... [more]

Changes likely in Hurricanes lineup
An ill-disciplined effort in losing to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend is likely to see a number of changes to the Hurricanes lineup to take on the Stormers in the ... [more]

Troubled Portsmouth confident of cash reward
The ailing English football club Portsmouth is confident of receiving a cash reward for reaching the FA Cup semi-finals despite the club's financial troubles. Portsmouth, which is sitting at the bottom ... [more]

Wigan beat Liverpool
Liverpool have suffered a shock 1-0 loss at Wigan Athletic in the English Premier football League. Liverpool remain sixth in the standings, but would have gone fourth and into a European ... [more]

Australia opts to bowl
The Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and put New Zealand into bat in the third match of the one day cricket series at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The Black ... [more]

Chinese referees taken in for match-fixing
Four of China's top football referees have been taken for questioning by police investigating match-fixing, state media has reported. The Global Times newspaper has named the four as Lu Jun, who ... [more]

AFL to begin drug testing in 2010
The Australian Football League will become the first sporting code in Australia to test for human growth hormones and a new type of the drug EPO under a new deal announced ... [more]

Young Sumo wrestler tipped as future champion
A 15-year-old Japanese schoolboy tipping the scales at 145 kilograms is set to make his professional sumo debut in the Osaka grand sumo tournament this weekend. The national junior high school ... [more]

Teacher admits indecent acts with student
An Auckland school teacher has changed his plea at the High Court in Auckland and admitted indecent acts with a pupil. [more]

Parole denied for killer of Johnsonville father
Convicted murderer Phillip Smith has accepted a Parole Board ruling that it is still too early for him to be released from prison. [more]

Pacific Is workers lift horticulture productivity
The Department of Labour says temporary workers recruited from the Pacific Islands have lifted productivity levels across the horticultural sector. [more]

Waihopai accused tells of activism
One of the three men accused of attacking the Waihopai spy base near Blenheim in 2008 has told a jury about his lifelong involvement in community activism. [more]

Fewer areas under TB movement restrictions
The Animal Health Board says it has reduced the areas covered by herd movement restrictions after a further fall in the number of cattle and deer herds infected with bovine tuberculosis. [more]

Jury retires for night in caregiver manslaughter trial
The High Court jury in the trial of two caregivers accused of killing an intellectually disabled woman has retired for the night. [more]

Security van guard robbed in Porirua
Porirua police have arrested two men in relation to a robbery at a recreation and events centre in the city, and are looking for a third man. [more]

Black Caps fail to set big target
The New Zealand cricketers have failed to set Australia a big target in the third match of their best of five one day series --- they've been dismissed for 245 in ... [more]

Mannering out for season opener
The New Zealand Warriors captain Simon Mannering will miss the side's National Rugby League season-opening clash against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday due to injury. The 23-year-old was due to ... [more]

Top New Caledonian delegation in Australia
A top New Caledonian delegation has flown to Australia at the invitation of the foreign minister, Stephen Smith, to discuss bilateral issues an to explain the 1998 Noumea Accord on... [more]

Power back on in Wellington CBD
Power has been restored to about 1200 customers affected by a power cut in parts of central Wellington on Tuesday afternoon. [more]

More legal action against a Commerce commissioner
The Commerce Commission says one of its commissioners, Donal Curtin, is facing more court action in relation to his private role as an investment adviser. [more]

Health boss steps down
The Director-General of Health, Stephen McKernan, is to step down as the head of the Health Ministry, sparking widespread speculation within the sector that he has been forced out. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket edges down
The benchmark NZX 50 index closed down 10 points (0.3%) to 3213 on turnover of $68 million on Tuesday. [more]

PM defends Bennett's US fellowship
Prime Minister John Key is defending Social Development Minister Paula Bennett's acceptance of a scholarship that will take her out of the country for six weeks. [more]

First up win for Team NZ
Team New Zealand's easily beaten the Swedish yacht Artemis in the third race in first round robin at the Louis Vuitton regatta after calm conditions delayed the start on Auckland's Waitemata ... [more]

Flat profit expected from The Warehouse
An analyst says competition from specialist retailers is making trading difficult for The Warehouse in some markets, and its half year profit won't be too dissimilar from last year's. [more]

Consumer spending remains subdued
Spending using electronic cards fell a seasonally adjusted 0.2% to $3.2 billion in February - excluding car and fuel sales. [more]

92 year old Auckand man safe
A 92-year-old man reported missing after leaving his Auckland home on Monday morning for Kawakawa returned home safely that night. [more]

Superconductor work wins top science award
Two scientists who have spent 20 years developing high temperature superconductors have won the main prize in the inaugural Prime Minister's science awards. [more]

Asbestos confirmed in shipment to Australia from NZ
One of Australia's largest oil and gas companies says asbestos has been found in equipment imported from New Zealand. [more]

Commission upholds complaints on laser hair removal
The Health and Disability Commission says the cases of two women left blistered and scarred by a beauty treatment show it is vital that consumers be informed about the risks. [more]

Weight Watchers/McDonald's pairing 'bad' for Maori
A healthy food campaigner is critical of a partnership between Weight Watchers and fast food giant McDonald's. [more]

Marae to be CD emergency centres
Civil Defence is putting together plans to use marae around the country when a disaster occurs. [more]

Maori raising grandchildren 'struggle' financially
A report on the state of grandparenting identifies significant challenges for Maori, the Families Commission liaison for community engagement says. [more]

Maori parents told to query standards
One of the team developing Maori education standards says parents need to ask how they will improve things for their children. [more]

Inquiry pushed to ask Govt why Maori still smoking
A Maori tobacco researcher says the Maori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into smoking needs to ask why successive governments have done nothing to help Maori to quit. [more]

Competition for new Southern DHB logo
Otago and Southland residents are being encouraged to try designing a logo for the new Southern District Health Board. [more]

Wearing jandals bad for the body - study
A study has found that prolonged wearing of jandals has long-term impacts on the body. [more]

Minor research mistakes 'fuel' climate change sceptics
A visiting Australian academic says he is concerned at the way public opinion on climate change is being coloured by minor discrepancies in reports. [more]

Job market improving - recruiter
An employment survey by recruitment firm Manpower shows employers' hiring intentions have softened slightly, after a notable improvement last quarter. [more]

Job ads rebound in Australila
Job advertisements in Australia rebounded in February over the previous month. [more]

Canterbury fire controlled
The Fire Service says it has controlled an extensive grassland fire that threatened a pine plantation at McLeans Island, northwest of Christchurch. [more]

New acting NZ High Commissioner arrives in Fiji
The new acting head of the New Zealand High Commission has arrived in Fiji. The Fiji Times reports that the High Commission's staff welcomed Phillip Taula, a career diplomat who... [more]

EU signs new aid agreement with Vanuatu
The European Union has signed a new aid agreement to provide help to agriculture in Vanuatu and to strengthen the social sector. Following talks on Monday Vanuatu and EU agreed... [more]

Soldiers convicted in Fiji assassination case were "pariah group" in military
Fiji's Land Forces commander, Brigadier Pita Driti, says the former soldiers convicted of plotting to kill the interim Prime Minister, were a group that had stood apart for some time. [more]

Perpetrators given messages at Solomons Truth Commission public hearings
Nine victims from Malaita, Guadalcanal and Isobel provinces gave testimony on the first day of public hearings for the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This week's hearings are focussing... [more]

Perpetrators addressed at Solomons Truth Commission public hearings
Nine victims from Malaita, Guadalcanal and Isobel provinces gave testimony on the first day of public hearings for the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This week's hearings are focussing... [more]