Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 10th 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

Best song ever written -"Yell Fire!"
Russell Harding is on the line from the Nelson area. [more]

Link three music game
What do today's songs have in common? [more]

Lisa Moore
Her newest novel -"February"is the story of a Newfoundlander whose husband was killed in the real-life 1982 Ocean Ranger oil rig disaster. Lisa Moore says very little has been written about a tragedy in which all 84 on board died. [more]

He Rourou for 10 March 2010
In this edition of He Rourou Cathy Dewes talks about her thoughts on the role of women and the marae. [more]

The virtual world - Hamish MacEwan
From the every-changing world of IT - here's Mr IT, Hamish MacEwan. [more]

Auckland Story for 10 May 2010 - Electric Rail
David Steemson looks at the electrification of Auckland rail. [more]

Science story - Human Brian Bank
There's a bank in Auckland that doesn't store money. It stores brains. It's the Human Brain Bank, and researchers like Maurice Curtis use tissue samples from bequeathed brains to study neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Scott Yorke and Finlay MacDonald. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Scott Yorke and Finlay MacDonald. [more]

At The Movies

At the Movies for 10 March 2010
Simon looks at the OSCARs, Crazy Heart, Alice in Wonderland, and Mao's Last Dancer. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 10 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 10 March 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 March 2010
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Ministry says jobs will go as it cuts its budget
The Ministry of Education says jobs will go as it carves 25 million dollars off its budget but won't confirm how many or from where. [more]

Killers of taxi driver go to jail
A Christchurch teenager will spend at least 15 and a half years behind bars after admitting he murdered a Christchurch taxi driver. [more]

Caution urged over terms of trade figures
The country's purchasing power with the rest of the world has jumped by the largest amount in 35 years - but there's a warning we've still got a long way to go. [more]

Maori Party raises fears over tertiary education changes
The Maori Party says it was not consulted over Government changes to tertiary education, which it fears could hurt Maori students the most. [more]

Care-givers guilty of killing disabled woman
The sister of an intellectually disabled woman killed at the hands of her caregivers says she blames herself for her death. [more]

Police thought to shot man wanted over Bali bombings
The President of Indonesia has confirmed that a top fugitive wanted over the 2002 Bali bombings has been killed in a police raid near Jakarta. [more]

Police say it could have been tragic after car hits station
Two police officers have been injured when a car crashed into the front doors and foyer of the Hamilton Central Police Station this afternoon. [more]

Evening sports news for 10 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Iran's president visits Afghanistan
Iran's president is about to meet with his Afghan counterpart, during his first trip to Afghanistan since he and Hamid Karzai were re-elected last year. [more]

Waihopai activists say they invoked the name of Jesus
A man who attacked the Waihopai spy station near Blenheim in 2008 has told a Jury he and his fellow activists invoked the name of Jesus as they slashed one of the station's satellite domes. [more]

What's gone wrong with this year's Girl Guide biscuits?
What's gone wrong with this year's batch of Girl Guide Biscuits? Some people are complaining they aren't up to scratch. [more]

Waatea news for 10 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

KiwiSaver members have false sense of security
A new survey has found that most KiwiSavers are living with a false sense of security about their investments. [more]

DNA extracted from eggshells of extinct birds
In a world first, scientists have extracted DNA from the fossilised eggshells of extinct birds - including moa. [more]

More medals missing from army museum
A stocktake of property at the the National Army Museum in Waiouru has finished in the red, revealing two sets of medals are missing. [more]

Long awaited sequel to Phantom of the Opera premiers in London
The sequel to one of the biggest phenomena in entertainment history The Phantom of the Opera has officially opened in London. [more]

Jobs to go at Education Ministry
Jobs at the Education Ministry are in for a shake-up as the Government demands 25 million dollars in savings over the next three years. [more]

Anne Tolley on education cuts
Listening to that was the Education Minister Anne Tolley. [more]

Australian and Indonesian leaders talk tough on people smuggling
The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have sealed an agreement to crackdown on people smuggling and prevent boatloads of asylum seekers from heading to Australia. [more]

Ignorance not bliss for KiwiSaver members
A new survey has found that most KiwiSaver members are living with a false sense of security about their investments. [more]

Pakistani villagers form militias to combat Taliban
In parts of northern Pakistan there are now signs of growing local resistance to the Taliban and the ideology they represent. [more]

Brown welcomes devolution of justice to Northern Ireland
For the first time in 39 years Northern Ireland will take over responsibility for policing and justice from London. [more]

Iwi representatives push for tobacco restrictions
Iwi representatives in Auckland are asking the Government to force tobacco companies to ask them for permission before selling cigarettes and tobacco in their district. [more]

Evening sports news for 10 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

The latest news from Japan
For the latest news from Japan our correspondent in Tokyo, Robin Powell joins us. [more]

Biden upset with Israel over settlement plan
The American vice-president Joe Biden has accused Israel of undermining Middle East peace talks after it announced plans for another sixteen hundred houses in East Jerusalem. [more]

Waatea news for 10 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Women and children raped in Haiti
The streets of earthquake devastated Haiti are becoming more dangerous as the pullout of U.S. troops approaches. [more]

Russian hackers considered best in the world
Russian hackers have earned themselves the dubious reputation of being some of the best criminal minds in cyberspace. [more]

German prince pays a princely sum
Princess Caroline of Monaco's husband Prince Ernst August of Hanover has been fined $384,000 for intentionally causing bodily harm to a hotel manager. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 March 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 10 March 2010
New Zealand soldier speaks of throwing live grenade; petrol rises to more than $1.80 for first time in 2 years; Gull won't raise prices till at least Thursday; tertiary funding plans may shut out disadvantaged students; University of Canterbury reacts to funding news; Ministry of Health CEO dismisses talk he was pushed out; Labour claims 300 new police officers lack work vehicles; and Huljich concedes it may have misled investors. [more]

Students concerned about changes to student loans
The Union of Student Associations is concerned the government is discriminating against disadvantaged students with proposed changes to the student loan scheme. [more]

Pacific news for 10 March 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Petrol breaks $1.80 mark
Petrol has edged over the one dollar 80 mark for the first time in 17 months, with both Caltex and BP increasing their prices yesterday. [more]

PSA warns mergers won't lead to government savings
The Public Service Association is warning the Government that the planned merger of some State sector agencies will not produce significant savings. [more]

New Zealand soldier speaks of throwing live grenade
A New Zealand soldier, who is being hailed a hero, has spoken about his act of bravery. [more]

Petrol rises to more than $1.80 for first time in 2 years
Caltex and BP increased fuel prices yesterday, edging them over $1.80 for the first time in a year and a half. [more]

Gull won't raise prices till at least Thursday
Smaller competitor Gull has gone against the trend and isn't increasing its prices. [more]

Tertiary funding plans may shut out disadvantaged students
The tertiary education sector is worred that already disadvantaged students will be shut out of courses because of the government's new funding plans. [more]

University of Canterbury reacts to funding news
The vice-chancellor of Canterbury University Rod Carr comments on the new teritary funding plans. [more]

Ministry of Health CEO dismisses talk he was pushed out
The chief executive of the Ministry of Health is denying he was forced out by the Health Minister. [more]

Labour claims 300 new police officers lack work vehicles
The Labour Party says the Government is failing to give the police in Counties-Manukau the number of cars they need to do their job. [more]

Huljich concedes it may have misled investors
The Kiwisaver provider, Huljich Wealth Management is writing to investors, informing them of their right to switch funds, as the company concedes it may have misled investors. [more]

Sports news for 10 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bank abandons talk of growth for first half of 2010
The recession may be over but a raft of ecomonic data is spelling out that a real recovery is still on hold. [more]

50th day at sea for trans-Tasman rower
Shaun Quincey, the New Zealander attempting to row across the Tasman from Australia, may know by the end of this week when and where he's likely to land. [more]

Rabbit population increases in Central Otago
Rabbits are again in the firing line in Central Otago as population numbers increase and a new strategy to eliminate the pest begins to take shape. [more]

Government defends performance funding for tertiary education
The Government is dismissing fears that already disadvantaged students will be shut out of tertiary courses as a result of a new funding plan. [more]

Cabinet turns down request to extend nine day fortnight
The Cabinet has turned down a request by some businesses to extend its nine day fortnight scheme. [more]

Northern Ireland votes on devolution
Northern Ireland's Assembly has passed a motion clearing the way for the handover of police and justice powers from London to Belfast by next month. [more]

Christians flee after Nigeria's massacre
In Nigeria, mass burials have begun for some of the 500 victims killed in a revenge attack near the city of Jos. [more]

India's upper house passes women's quota bill
Despite protests, India's upper house has approved a bill to reserve a third of all seats in parliament for women. [more]

Shorter queues promised as Ellerslie Flower Show opens
Organisers are promising shorter queues and a higher standard of competition as the Ellerslie International Flower Show opens today in Christhurch. [more]

Sports news for 10 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

NZ travellers to be hit with entry fee to visit USA
New Zealanders travelling to the United States will be charged a twelve dollars entrance fee, all because the US wants to launch a major tourism campaign. [more]

Waatea news for 10 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Horror stories told to Solomons reconciliation commission
Horror stories of death and torture are among the first testimonies given to the Solomon Island's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. [more]

More missing medals
More medals have gone missing from the Waiouru Army Museum - two sets of World War One medals gifted to the museum in 1979 and 1984. [more]

Wellington's mayor reacts to Wellywood opposition
A planned 'Wellywood' sign for the hills above Wellington airport has incited rage from many locals, some of whom have started Facebook groups in opposition. [more]

Nights

New Old Time String Band
Ketch Secor, musician and founding member, Old Crow Medicine Show [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Saying 'No' to National Standards
A small South Island primary school, Southbridge School, has defied the Minister of Education by refusing to introduce National Standards. We spoke to Southbridge principal Peter Verstappen, and to a parent of two students, Nicky Wellby. [more]

John-Robert Cadet
John was a child slave in Haiti who managed to escape. He now runs a foundation to raise awareness of the plight of children forced to work as domestic slaves. [more]

Making science relevant to students
Dr Paul Lowe is head of science at Morrinsville College near Hamilton, and has been changing the way school students look at science. He's just been awarded the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Teacher's prize. [more]

Australia correspondent - Paul Barclay
Aussie news and cuurent affairs. [more]

Feature guest - Scott Thomas
Design director of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Branding, design, and the internet played a pivotal role in helping get Barack Obama elected in the 2008 presidential race. [more]

Book review - The Best of Both Worlds
'The Best of Both Worlds: The Story of Eldson Best and Tukangahau' by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman. Published by Penguin. Reviewed by Maraea Rakuraku. [more]

Music
With Marty Duda. [more]

Law
Andrew Scott-Howman discusses employment law and workplace issues. [more]

Film reviews
Graeme Tuckett talks 'Alice In Wonderland', local doco 'The Way of Life', and rounds up the Oscars. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

John Wells
Auckland City Organist talks about the inauguration of the newly restored Town Hall Organ taking place with a free public concert next Saturday. [more]

Shaun Parker
Australian choreographer whose show 'Happy as Larry' features in the NZ INternational Arts Festival. [more]

Tim Matthies
Director of Artistic Planning with Musica Viva Australia talks about attending the NZ International Arts Festival Chamber Music Weekend. [more]

News stories:

Rabbit numbers on the rise in Central Otago
Otago Regional Council aims to get landholders focusing more attention on rabbit control, as numbers of the pest build again in parts of Central Otago. [more]

Millions of dollars of P ingredient seized
New Zealand authorities have seized millions of dollars worth of the key ingredient for the drug methamphetamine, or P, being smuggled into the country hidden inside granite slabs. [more]

Tighter KiwiSaver regulations on the way
Commerce Minister Simon Power says the Government would be remiss if it failed to step in to prevent any problems occurring in the management of KiwiSaver funds. [more]

Australia in box seat after easy win in Hamilton
Australia beat the Black Caps in a canter in last night's third one day cricket international in Hamilton to go 2-1 up in the series with two to play. The Black ... [more]

Henderson still 6th in Paris-Nice
The New Zealand cyclists Greg Henderson has finished in the pack on stage 2 of the Paris-Nice race to remain 6th overall in the standings. In a mass finish Frenchman William ... [more]

China's curler banished on arrival home
China's men's curling captain has been sacked not only for a failed Winter Olympics campaign, but also and for wearing a US team cap on the plane home. Wang ... [more]

IRB to fund Pumas Tri-Nations entry
The International Rugby Board will pay Argentina nearly 3-million dollars to enable the Pumas to join an expanded Tri-Nations tournament from 2012. The IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said the one-off payment ... [more]

Rooney fit for Champions league match
Manchester United's in-form striker Wayne Rooney will be fit for tomorrow morning's champions league seciond leg match against AC Milan. Rooney, who has scored 23 Premier League goals this ... [more]

ANBL grand final goes to third match
The Australian National Basketball League grand final will go to a third game after Wollongong levelled the series with an decisive 75-63 victory over Perth in Wollongong. Roared on by ... [more]

Team NZ win first up
Hosts Team New Zealand convincingly beat Swedish syndicate Artemis on their home waters in Auckland on the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy yachting regatta. Other winners among the ... [more]

Pakistan want Davis Cup tie in Pakistan
Pakistan has objected to Tennis New Zealand's request for a neutral venue for their Davis Cup tie in July. Tennis New Zealand contacted the International Tennis Federation, asking for the tie ... [more]

Home support for elderly to continue for longer
The Otago and Southland District Health Boards are slowing down moves to reduce home-based support for elderly people. [more]

Gender income gap after graduation - study
A study by the Ministry of Women's Affairs has found an income gap of up to 6% develops between men and women a year after they graduate from university with a bachelor's qualification. [more]

Less queuing at Ellerslie Flower Show, say organisers
Ellerslie International Flower Show organisers say they are better prepared this year to cope with crowds at the event at Hagley Park in Christchurch. [more]

Takeovers Panel to consider Horizon Energy bid
The Takeovers Panel plans to meet with parties involved in an unsuccessful partial takeover for Horizon Energy. [more]

Veda buys registration company Card Alert
Credit services firm Veda Advantage has bought the business and membership base of secure registration service provider Card Alert and its sister company, EKKO Guardian. [more]

All Fonterra staff in Chile safe
Fonterra has been able to track down all of its staff in Chile and confirm they are safe following the devastating earthquake. [more]

Top dressing pilots look at environmental standards
Top dressing pilots are being asked what the sector can do to raise its environmental standards. One of the main areas being looked at is spray drift. [more]

Disappointing result for men's hockey team
The New Zealand men's hockey team will play-off for 9th to 12th at the Hockey World Cup following a 5-2 loss to Germany in their final pool match. The 2-time defending ... [more]

Plumtree criticises referee Paul Marks
The Sharks coach John Plumtree has added his weight to the criticism of Australian referee Paul Marks, saying the official's decisions cost his team victory in their Super 14 match against ... [more]

Hayman still undecided on future
The English rugby club Newcastle has signed 4 players to contract extensions, but Carl Hayman isn't one of them. The former All Black prop is on the New Zealand Rugby Unions ... [more]

Strong economic recovery some way off, data suggests
A raft of economic data suggests a strong bounce back from the recession is still some way off. [more]

Companies expected to go on buying spree
The head of Fisher Funds expects merger and acquisition activity to pick up this year, as cashed-up companies look to buy growth. [more]

French child rapist appeals French Polynesia jail sentence
A former French military nurse jailed for 20 years for 40 rapes of children in French Polynesia has appealed his conviction. Last week, Philippe Challand was found guilty of sexually... [more]

Belep set to lose air link to New Caledonia mainland
Reports from New Caledonia say there are concerns that medical care may suffer if flights to the territory's northern island of Belep are stopped. Local television says the air service... [more]

Hit and run victim's cries for help ignored
Calls for help from a man injured in a hit and run and robbery in central Hamilton were ignored, police say. [more]

Fatal crash on Kapiti Coast
One person is dead, another critical and up to four more have serious and moderate injuries after a ute rolled near Paraparaumu, north of Wellington. [more]

Director of Human Resources in American Samoa backs paid maternity leave
The Director of Human Resources in American Samoa, Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford, is backing a bill that aims to provide pregnant women with 30 days paid maternity leave. But she says... [more]

Vehicles donated to Samoa following tsunami sent back
Two vehicles brought into Samoa donated for families affected by the tsunami last year have been ordered to be sent back because they are too old. One of the main... [more]

Victims of ethnic tensions in Solomon Islands want atrocities addressed
Victims of the ethnic tensions in Solomon Islands have called on the government and the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address the atrocities that were committed during the period. [more]

PNG's Somare says he has not been served a court order
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, says he has not been served a court order restraining him from implementing the findings and recommendations of the Commission of... [more]

Future political status of Bougainville drawn up
Preparations for a referendum on the future political status of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville are now being drawn up. The referendum was one of the key... [more]

ADB and India form partnership to support higher education in Pacific
The Asian Development Bank and the Indian Government have formed a partnership to support higher education services in the Pacific, beginning with the University of the South Pacific. The Fiji... [more]

Reserve Bank of Fiji sets new requirements for job appointments
The Reserve Bank of Fiji, which sets the minimum requirements for appointing Heads of Financial Institutions, has implemented a new Banking Supervision Policy. The Fiji Village website reports the policy... [more]

Endangered Pacific birds added to US protection list
More than 50 species of rare birds from American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Hawaii have been given extra protection under United States law. The US Fish and Wildlife... [more]

Rifts linger in Cooks Democratic Party after Maoate ouster
Attempts to re-unite factions of the Cook Islands Democratic Party appear doomed after unsuccessful demands for the party leader, the former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Terepai Maoate, step down. The... [more]

Rabbit numbers jump in several regions
Rabbit numbers are ballooning in several regions - particularly Otago, Canterbury and Marlborough - as immunity to the calicivirus spreads. [more]

Outbreak of diarrhoea-causing parasite in Christchurch
An outbreak of a diarrhoea-causing parasite in Christchurch is prompting the local district health board to warn anyone affected not to use swimming pools. [more]

LNG project to include US$200m Port Moresby headquarters
Details have been released in Papua New Guinea of the planned headquarters of the LNG project in Port Moresby. The Post Courier newspaper says the 7.2 hectare development will comprise... [more]

Australian central bank warns of inflation pressures
Australia's central bank says the economy is set to grow at, or above, the average rate over the next few years, raising inflation pressures. [more]

Carter confident of resolution on high country rent
Agriculture Minister David Carter is confident a Government review of proposed rent increases for South Island high country pastoral leases will make further legal action on the issue unnecessary. [more]

Northland dairy industry awards announced
Mangatapere dairy farming couple Kent and Jennifer Martin have won the sharemilking title in Northland's dairy industry awards. [more]

Solomons police probes ongoing as Truth Commission sits
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands says while the evidence it hears will not be used to prosecute perpetrators of violence during the tensions, the police are conducting... [more]

Maori gloomier about economic circumstances
Maori are twice as negative about their current economic circumstances as the population as a whole, a survey suggests. [more]

More complaints about fine for prohibited goods
Complaints about fines issued for bringing prohibited goods into New Zealand almost doubled last year. [more]

Iraqi deaths motivated Waihopai attack, court told
A man who attacked the Waihopai spy base near Blenheim in 2008 says the thought of Iraqi fathers losing their children in the war was partly what motivated the attack. [more]

Government decides against smart meter regulation
The Government has decided not to issue strict regulations to control the deployment of smart electricity meters in people's homes. [more]

Cutting tertiary courses will hurt Maori - Sharples
The Maori Party is worried the Government's plans to clamp down on tertiary education funding and courses will hurt Maori students hardest. [more]

Tobacco companies must be accountable, MPs told
Tobacco companies should be made to ask iwi for permission to sell their products in their districts, a hearing in Auckland of Parliament's Maori Affairs Select Committee has heard. [more]

NZ soldier saves comrades from grenade
New Zealand soldier James McKie, who picked up and threw away a live grenade to save himself and two colleagues in Afghanistan, says he doesn't consider himself a hero. [more]

Many misguided over KiwiSaver guarantee - survey
Almost half of all New Zealanders registered with KiwiSaver wrongly believe the Government guarantees their investments, a survey suggests. [more]

Arrest warrant issued over Auckland taxi killing
Police have revealed an arrest warrant has been issued over the killing of Auckland taxi driver Hiren Mohini, but have moved to suppress the person's identity. [more]

Solomons Truth Commission advocates reconciliation
The chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands says victims of the ethnic tensions are calling on their perpetrators to come forward so they can be reconciled. [more]

Solomons Truth Commission advocates reconcilation
The chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands says victims of the ethnic tensions are calling on their perpetrators to come forward so they can be reconciled. [more]

Kiribati group launches climate change petition
A climate change petition being launched in Auckland this week hopes to get millions of signatures and spark more support for small island states under threat. A spokesperson for the... [more]

Controversial atoll sale case in French Polynesia back on agenda next week
It will be known next week whether a complaint by French Polynesia's opposition over a 2003 land deal has been admissible. The lawyer acting for a former president, Gaston Flosse,... [more]

New Caledonia seeks full Forum memberhsip
New Caledonia's President, Philippe Gomes, has asked the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to support New Caledonia's bid for full Forum membership. Mr Gomes... [more]

Papuans in Australia call on Indonesia for more openness
The Australian-based West Papuan National Coalition for Liberation says Indonesia's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, should show his goodwill to Australia and the international community by allowing more outside contact with... [more]

Transparency PNG astounded by PM attack on Ombudsman
Transparency International in Papua New Guinea says a verbal attack on the Ombudsman Commission by the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, is unbecoming of the country's founding father. Sir Michael... [more]

Caregiver pair found guilty of manslaughter
A jury in the High Court in Auckland has found two caregivers guilty of killing an intellectually disabled woman. [more]

Huljich tells investors of KiwiSaver switch rights
Fund manager Huljich Wealth Management is contacting its 70,000 KiwiSaver investors, advising them of their right to move to a different fund. [more]

Speculators 'worsening Greece's economic troubles'
Financial speculators are being blamed for worsening Greece's financial woes, and some political leaders want to muzzle their influence. [more]

Manufacturing sales still falling
The head of the Manufacturing and Exporters Association says the strong Australian economy is helping the New Zealand manufacturers that export there - but others are still feeling the effect of the downturn. [more]

Prison drug-smuggling bids thwarted
Christchurch Men's Prison has thwarted three attempts to smuggle in drugs this week. [more]

No trace of Fiji politician Rinakama seized by military
Reports from Fiji say the wherabouts are unknown of a nationalist politician, Peceli Rinakama, who was last seen on Friday. Mr Rinakama, who was once a member of parliament, was... [more]

NZ sharemarket closes up 13 points
The New Zealand sharemarket's benchmark NZX 50 index closed up 13 points, or 0.4%, to 3226 on turnover of $64 million on Wednesday. [more]

Vanuatu Coroner says VMF needs to be investigated following prisoner's death
The Vanuatu Coroner says the Government needs to rein in the police paramilitary unit, the Vanuatu Mobile Force. This comes after an inquest into the death of a prisoner while... [more]

Whale dies after beaching itself
A whale is believed to have died after beaching itself about two hours after it was rescued on the Coromandel Peninsula. [more]

Wholesale bank guarantee to be scrapped in April
The Government is to scrap a guarantee extended to the banks for wholesale funding introduced during the credit crunch, following a similar move in Australia. The guarantee to retail deposit customers remains in place. [more]

Changes to batting order in store as Black Caps try to save series
Changes to the Black Caps batting order are in store for the fourth one day cricket international against Australia in Auckland tomorrow. Trailing 2-1 in the five match series after yesterday's ... [more]

Australian visitor wins Auckland Cup
The Australian horse Zavite, has won the $1 million Auckland Cup at Ellerslie. Zavite is trained in Sydney by Anthony Cummings, the son of legendary trainer Bart. Booming was second and ... [more]

Canoe Racing NZ says Ben Fouhy hasn't fallen out with selectors
The Olympic medallist Ben Fouhy is taking an indefinite break from kayaking but Canoe Racing New Zealand chief executive says a report he's quit the sport after falling out with the ... [more]

Chiefs player charged with assault
The Chiefs and former All Blacks number eight Sione Lauaki has been charged with assault. The charge relates to an early morning incident, at a central city Hamilton bar last week. ... [more]

Uncertainty still surround return of Clarke to Australian side
Uncertainty still surrounds Michael Clarke's possible return to the Australian cricket team's tour of New Zealand despite the vice-captain being named in the squad for the upcoming two test series. Clarke, ... [more]

Crusaders make two changes for Chiefs match
The Crusaders have made two changes to the starting fifteen that beat the Blues, for Friday's Super 14 rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton. Lock Isaac Ross replaces Sam Whitelock ... [more]

Steve says price must be right for Williams NRL return
The former Warriors captain Steve Price won't get excited about Sonny Bill Williams' mooted return to the rugby league until he hears his former Bulldogs teammate says he wants to return ... [more]

Clippers fire general manager
The Los Angeles Clippers basketball team has fired their general manager Mike Dunleavy, a month after he relinquished his head coaching role. The Clippers issued a statement on their website which ... [more]

Two changes for Chiefs side to play Crusaders
The Lock Craig Clarke and hooker Aled de Melmanche return to the Chiefs starting line-up, for Friday night's Super 14 rugby match against the Crusaders, in Hamilton. Clarke's missed the past ... [more]

Phoenix relaxed ahead of do or die match
The Wellington Phoenix football coach Ricki is giving his charges a lighter training schedule this week as they prepare for their third elimination game in the space of two weeks. On ... [more]

McLaren relaxed about rear wing
McLaren have a fallback option if Formula One race stewards take issue with their new car's rear wing but are confident they won't need it before Sunday night's season-opening Bahrain ... [more]

Sunderland secure first Premier League win in 15 games
Sunderland secured their first win in 15 Premier League football games when they beat the Bolton Wanderers 4-nil, thanks to a hat-trick from striker Darren Bent. Sunderland, who were sixth in ... [more]

Arsenal move to quarter-finals with ease
A hat-trick from Nicklas Bendtner helped the English football club Arsenal to a 5-nil thumping of Portugal's Porto, sending the Gunners through to the Champions League quarter-finals for the third consecutive ... [more]

Brake into Australian open field
The New Zealand amateur golf representative Zoe Brake has won her way into the field for this Australian Women's Open in Victoria. Brake, who will lead the New Zealand team in ... [more]

Ponting backs Clarke to spend time at home
The Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke is expected to be named in the Test squad to face New Zealand, despite the continuing dramas surrounding his fiancee Lara Bingle. Clarke's exit has highlighted ... [more]

Chinese factory ordered to stop making World Cup toy
A Chinese factory has been ordered to halt production of a football World Cup mascot because of sub-standard working conditions. FIFA's branding company Global Brand Group says the Shanghai-based factory will ... [more]

New visa types aimed at foreign retirees
The Government has unveiled two new types of visa aimed at making it easier for foreign retirees to live in New Zealand provided they have enough funds. [more]

Waiouru medal loss 'regrettable'
The Returned and Services Association says it still has faith in security measures at Waiouru Army Museum, despite the loss of more medals. [more]

Car smashes into police station
A car has smashed into the front doors and foyer of Hamilton central police station, narrowly missing 10 members of the public and staff. [more]

Tertiary funding to be tied to performance, not roll
The Government is to fund tertiary institutions based on their academic success, not how many students they have enrolled. [more]

Big merger savings an illusion, says association
The Public Service Association has warned the Government that the planned merger of some state sector agencies will not lead to big savings. [more]

DNA taken from moa eggshells
International researchers have successfully isolated DNA from eggshells of extinct birds, including that of the moa. [more]

Hands-off KiwiSaver approach criticised
The hands-off approach by many KiwiSaver members has led to complacency and poor performance by fund managers, say some in the financial sector. [more]