Radio New Zealand - Monday, 22nd March 2010

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

Afternoons

Plane Rebuild
On the Chatham Islands, a project has begun to restore a piece of local history. Over 50 years ago, a Short Sunderland plane crashed, putting it permanently out of action. [more]

A shrine for the Rolling Stones
Auckland man Richard Fox is planning to open up a rather special room in his house to visitors. The room is called the Voodoo Lounge, and it's dedicated to one band - and one band only - the Rolling Stones. [more]

Best song ever written - The Dream
Andy Harrington from the Nelson region has chosen 'The Dream' by Trinity Roots. [more]

Eight months to Mars - Robyn Malcolm
To many of us she is Cheryl West, in the long running TV series"Outrageous Fortune"but she has an impressive resume that includes major credits on both the small a large screens. [more]

He Rourou for 22 March 2010
The changing shades of Maoridom was evident at the recent"grandparents day"at the total immersion Maori language school in Wellington. He Rourou producer Ana Tapiata talks with Tuhoe elder Hohepa McDougall about the different colours and cultures of the grandparents, who spent the day in the kura. [more]

Author slot - Stacey Gregg
She is the author of the the Pony Club Secrets book series. [more]

Science story - Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize winner
Eighteen year old Stan Roache has won both the inaugural Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize, as well as the Supreme Award in the Realise the Dream Competition, for his original work on the physics of light. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With guests Gordon McLauchlin and Garry Moore. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With guests Gordon McLauchlin and Garry Moore. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 22 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 22 March 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 22 March 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 22 March 2010
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint choice for Monday 22 March 2010
The best of Checkpoint. [more]

Govt proposing 7-thousand hectares be opened up to mining
The Government wants seven thousand hectares of the most protected Conservation land opened up to mining and will investigate whether there is more worth exploiting. [more]

Green Party reaction to mining plans
The Green Party co-leader, Metiria Turei comments on the proposal. [more]

Obama's health reform bill passes
Barack Obama has secured a landmark victory with the US House of Representative giving final approval to sweeping healthcare reforms. [more]

Air NZ apologises to Tongan community
Air New Zealand is apologising for advising staff that Tongan passengers may take advantage of free alcohol on flights to"drink the bar dry". [more]

Friends and family pay tribute to pioneering camerawoman
A pioneering New Zealand photo journalist who was shot while on assignment in Sarajevo in 1992 has been described by friends and family as fearless. [more]

Evening sports news for 22 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Trust seeks to prosecute Police and Corrections
A Wellington Court has been told the Sensible Sentencing Trust should not be granted an extension of time to lay prosecutions against the Police and Corrections Department concerning their handling of the Graeme Burton case. [more]

National MP heckled at Christchurch water rally
Supporters of the embattled Canterbury regional council have heckled a National Party MP at a rally in Christchurch this afternoon. [more]

Qarase describes damage to village
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister says the coconut industry on his island of Vanua Balavu in the Lau Group has been wiped out by Cyclone Tomas. [more]

Waatea news for 22 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rio Tinto employees on trial in China
Four employees of the mining company Rio Tinto have gone on trial in China, charged with bribery and commerical espionage. [more]

South Africa commemorates Sharpeville massacre
The South African government has called for an end to violent street protests over poor living conditions as it marked the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre. [more]

Man accused of assisting overstayers
A Havelock North man is being accused by the Crown of helping eight Chinese and Indian overstayers live and work illegally in New Zealand - and profiting from the deals. [more]

Group wants search for missing yachtie reopened
Friends and family of a yachtsman who went missing off the East Coast of the North Island ten days ago want the search to be reopened - and to focus further north. [more]

7000 hectares of conservation land earmarked for mining
Seven thousand hectares of protected Conservation land has been earmarked for potential mining by the Government. [more]

Forest and Bird react to mining plans
Listening to the last item was Forest and Bird's Advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell. [more]

Obama's health reform bill passes
After hours of debate the US House of Representatives passed the bill 219 votes to 212. [more]

Rio Tinto executives go on trial in China
In Shanghai the trial of an Australian mining executive and three of his Chinese colleagues on charges of bribery and commercial espionage is underway. [more]

US dairy lobby a stumbling block to trade
The Trade Minister says accusations of anti-competitive behaviour in the New Zealand dairy industry are rich coming from American politicians. [more]

Call to scrap pig effluent rules
The pork industry body says rules governing the management of pig shed effluent are so out of date that they should be scrapped. [more]

Evening sports news for 22 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Surgeon denies manslaughter charges
Jayant Patel has pleaded"not guilty"to the charges relating to his work at Bundaberg hospital in Queensland between 2003 and 2005. [more]

UN chief: conditions for Palestinians unacceptable
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has called on Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip saying it is causing"unacceptable suffering". [more]

Investigations into suspicious North Canterbury fires
The police fear an arsonist could be at work in North Canterbury. [more]

Waatea news for 22 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Calls for Timorese children to be returned
The wife of the East Timorese Prime Minister is calling for the immediate return to Dili of a group of teenagers who were taken to Malaysia by an Australian woman. [more]

British Airways strike enters third day
British Airways cabin crew are now into day three of their strike over pay and work practices. [more]

A Picasso is tipped to fetch record price
Confidence may be returning to the global art market. [more]

Nuns tempted into new career
A British record company is trying to tempt nuns into considering new careers as singing stars. [more]

CCTV which identifies a crime before it happens
By the time London hosts the Olympic Games British authorities are hoping to have a new smart CCTV camera which identifies a crime before it happens. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 March 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 March 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 22 March 2010
Maori Party predicts further clashes with National, Hundreds of women in line for breast reconstruction, Evacuations after volcanic eruption in Iceland, UN Secretary General condemns Gaza blockade, Response to rural emergencies too slow - mayor, Fear commissioner decision jeopardising Christchurch Airport, NZ camerawoman Margaret Moth dies aged 59. [more]

Hutt Valley DHB increasing number of breast reconstructions
Hutt Valley District Health Board is increasing the number of delayed breast reconstructions it can perform for women who have had breast cancer, thanks to a new partnership with the private sector. [more]

Pacific news for 22 March 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 22 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sharples' speech an admission of failure - Labour
The Labour Party is labelling a speech by the Maori Party co-leader outlining tensions in the governing relationship as an admission of failure. [more]

Maori Party predicts further clashes with National
The Maori Party says it's frustrated with the democratic ideal of one person one vote. In a speech to mark Race Relations Day yesterday, the Maori Party co-leader, Pita Sharples, highlighted the difficulties of working with National. [more]

US Congress begin debating Health Reform Bill
The United States Congress is about to begin debating Barack Obama's health reform bill, in what many see as a make or break for his presidency. [more]

Hundreds of women in line for breast reconstruction
A public private partnership will allow hundreds of women who have been waiting years for reconstructive breast surgery get the procedure done. [more]

Evacuations after volcanic eruption in Iceland
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and flights diverted after a volcano erupted in southern Iceland. [more]

UN Secretary General condemns Gaza blockade
The UN Secretary General has uncharacteristically condemned Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, saying it's causing"unacceptable suffering". [more]

NZ camerawoman Margaret Moth dies aged 59
Margaret Moth the New Zealand-born CNN camerawoman has died of cancer aged 59. Moth was the first woman in Australasia to work in television as a camera operator and died in Minnesota in the United States over the weekend. [more]

Response to rural emergencies too slow - mayor
The Mayor of South Waikato says people in small towns are being put at risk by slow responses to emergencies. A burst gas pipe in Tokoroa at the weekend leaked gas for almost an hour before staff from the pipeline company Vector arrived. [more]

Sports news for 22 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Report suggests $50 million savings for Waikato 'super city'
Waikato is the latest region to seriously consider merging local councils into a super city. Supporters say a merger could save ratepayers about $50 million a year. [more]

First aid to reach Fiji's most remote island this morning
First aid will reach the most remote island in the Lau group of islands in Fiji later this morning. The islands to the east of Fiji's two main islands have been some of the worst affected by Cyclone Tomas and are home to an estimated 30 thousand people thought to be at risk of developing typhoid. [more]

Lead in Iraq vote seesaws between incumbent, former PMs
The lead in the tightly fought race to lead Iraq continues to seesaw between the war-torn country's incumbent and former prime ministers. [more]

Bad weather Black Caps only hope
It looks as if bad weather is the only thing that can prevent the Black Caps losing comprehensively to Australia in the first test. [more]

Labour Party's Jones responds to Sharples comments
The Maori Party says it's frustrated with the democratic ideal of one person one vote. In a speech last night the party's co-leader Dr Sharples outlined his difficulties with the National government. [more]

US Congress debates Health Care Reform Bill
The United States House of Representatives has begun debating Barack Obama's Health Care Reform Bill in what promises to be a drawn out session which could make or break the Presidency. [more]

Bill to remove prisoners' voting rights said to be irrational
A member's bill seeking to ban all prisoners from voting has been described by the Attorney-General as irrational and over the top. [more]

American Indians come to NZ to bring their salmon home
An American Indian tribe from California have traversed miles, generations and bio-security hassles to arrive in New Zealand to reconnect with salmon in two South Island Rivers. [more]

Team NZ gets new funding as America's Cup decisions near
The America's Cup sailing challenger Team New Zealand has added more silverware to its cabinet winning the Auckland Regatta in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series. [more]

Sports news for 22 March 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fear commissioner decision jeopardising Christchurch Airport
The Christchurch International Airport fears a recent commissioners' decision could jeopardise its future growth. Independent resource management commissioners have changed a rule about development within the 50 decibel contour, potentially allowing more houses to be built there. [more]

Heartland New Zealand gears up for Rugby World Cup
Heartland New Zealand can begin stepping up preparations for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, after confirmation of the towns that will be hosting Georgia and Russia. [more]

Waatea news for 22 March 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Auckland unveils town hall's organ after two-year restoration
The Auckland Town Hall organ has been unveiled after a 3.5 million dollar restoration. The organ was gifted to the city in 1911 by former mayor Sir Henry Brett and was shipped to Germany two years ago to be almost completely rebuilt. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Another week, another election in Australia. [more]

Nights

Chilean Earthquake
The experiences of a kiwi living in Santiago, Chile, when the 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit last month. [more]

Thinkers - Philosophy
Musings on how, what and why we think what we do. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 1. [more]

Iran report
News and cultural trends from the Islamic Republic of Iran. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

ACC tightens implementation of rules
There are claims from orthopedic surgeons that ACC is turning down an increasing number of elderly patients who injure themselves in a bid to save money. [more]

Sir Paul Grant
Sir Paul Grant transformed his tough east London school into an award winning, top performer. He is visiting NZ to share his experience with other school principals. [more]

Europe correspondent - Seamus Kearney
Pope paper on pedophilia poorly received, and openness of Dutch Military attacked by US politician. [more]

Feature guest - Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro is to be the international member of the judging panel for Home New Zealand magazine's Home of the Year award. His company in New York is Diller Scofidio Renfro. [more]

Book review - Nothing but the Truth
Don Rood reviews 'Nothing but the Truth' by Anna Politkovskaya. Published by Harvill Secker. [more]

Politics
With Andrew Campbell and Matthew Hooten. [more]

Food and wine
Guest chef Lauraine Jacobs discusses the Matakana Farmers Market and John Hawkesby matches wines to her Farmers Market Tart. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 March 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Uwe Grodd and Christopher Hinterhuber
Music Director and piano soloist for the Manukau Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concert. [more]

Auckland City Organ Inauguration Concert Review
Paul Rosoman reviews yesterday's celebration featuring Auckland City organist John Wells and conductor Indra Hughes. [more]

News stories:

Police officers in Samoa accused of stealing from head of state's office
Two police officers in Samoa have been accused of breaking into the head of state's office on separate occasions while on duty. They are accused of stealing property such as... [more]

Police in French Polynesia arrest six over alleged kidnapping
Police in French Polynesia have arrested six people in connection with the kidnapping and torture of a 19-year old woman in Tahiti. The woman was found bruised, bleeding and naked... [more]

Land owners in PNG win case against nickel mine
Papua New Guinea landowners have won a battle to freeze a Chinese nickel miner's construction of a massive pipeline to dump waste into the sea. The AAP news agency reports... [more]

Police test whether driver drinking before fatal crash
Police are awaiting analysis of a blood sample taken from a woman who sped away from an alcohol checkpoint before a fatal crash in Blenheim. [more]

American Samoa's Governor vetoes use of funds in US to fund off- shore medical treatment
American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has vetoed a bill proposing the appropriation of 3 million US dollars for the off island medical referral programme. The money was to come from... [more]

Damage to health facilities in Fiji's north and east after Cyclone Tomas
Reports received by Fiji's Health Ministry indicate extensive damage to facilities in the Northern and Eastern Division caused by Cyclone Tomas. Ministry spokesperson, Iliesa Tora told Fiji Broadcasting that damage... [more]

Police in Samoa defend conditions at prison
The police in Samoa say the latest human rights report by the US State Department condeming living conditions at Tafaigata prison is unfair. The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leaupepe Fatu,... [more]

Hayman staying in Europe
Reports in Europe say that the former All Black prop Carl Hayman has signed with the French club Toulon. The English club Newcastle say they have lost the services of Hayman, ... [more]

Black Caps fighting to avoid innings loss
The first target for the New Zealand cricketers at the Basin Reserve today is avoiding an innings loss. The Black Caps start day four on 187 for 5 in ... [more]

Bangladesh on top in second test
England are on the back foot going into the third day of the second and final test against Bangladesh in Dhaka. England, who won the first test, are 171 for 3 ... [more]

2 wins over Aussies for New Zealand netball teams
New Zealand netball teams have made it 2 from 2 over Australian rivals in the trans-tasman competition after the Southern Steel's 46-44 victory over the West Coast Fever in Invercargil. ... [more]

NZ sevens team beaten by Samoa again
The New Zealand rugby sevens team has had its lead in the IRB series cut to just 2 points after being beaten in the quarter-finals of the Adelaide tournament by ... [more]

No joy for Brown in Morocco
It's been an unproductive weekend for the Wellington golfer Mark Brown at the European tour event in Morocco. With rounds of 73 and 75, Brown finished one under par for the ... [more]

Six New Zealand golfers into Australian matchplay champs
Six New Zealand golfers have qualified through to the matchplay in the Australian Amateur Championships in Perth. Ryan Fox, Ben Campbell and Andrew Stewart qualified after the final round of the ... [more]

Auckland City claim minor premiership in NZFC
Auckland City bounced back from a goal down and a man down to clinch its third New Zealand Football Championship minor premiership with an emphatic 3-1 win over Canterbury United. Auckland ... [more]

Sharples admits difficulties between Maori, National
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has admitted the relationship between the Maori Party and National is sometimes difficult. [more]

Group vows to keep challenging intensive dairy plans
The Environmental Defence Society says it will keep challenging plans for intensive dairy farming in the MacKenzie Basin. [more]

Chelsea slip up at Blackburn
Chelsea slipped up in the race for the English Premier League football title when they dropped two points in a 1-all draw at Blackburn Rovers. The result left Chelsea third ... [more]

Rangers win Scottish League Cup
Rangers have won Scottish football's League Cup with only 9 men. Kenny Miller scored seven minutes from time for a 1-nil victory over St Mirren to wrap up the first ... [more]

Vettori meets with match referee to express concerns about umpire referral system
The New Zealand cricket captain Dan Vettori has met with the match referee mid-test to express frustration over the umpire referral system. It's understood Vettori was concerned about the length of ... [more]

New funding secures full time staff at Team New Zealand
Team New Zealand is turning its attention to Europe with improved funding after winning the Auckland regatta in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series. The team has been employing most of its ... [more]

Forecasts expected to show slowly improving economy
Figures of economic health being released this week are expected to paint a picture of a slowly but steadily improving economy in New Zealand. [more]

National MP stands by prison vote bill
National Party MP Paul Quinn is standing by his member's bill seeking to remove the right to vote for all prisoners. [more]

NZ companies could be hit by end of stimulus packages
An analyst says New Zealand companies with exposure across the Tasman could face a more challenging trading environment as the Australian government unwinds stimulus packages. [more]

Fonterra urged to allow union access in Asian countries
The Dairy Worker's Union is urging Fonterra to allow unions to have access to its sites in Malaysia and Sri Lanka after the matter was discussed at an international conference of dairy sector unions. [more]

Biotechnology sector in 'good heart' post-recession
The organisation representing the New Zealand biotechnology sector say it has emerged from the recession in good heart. [more]

Australia signs agreement over funding for Forum
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Foreign Minister of Australia, Stephen Smith. The MOU covers Australia's... [more]

High Court in American Samoa orders shipyard to get government vessel back onto the water
The High Court in American Samoa has ordered MYD Samoa shipyard to have the government vessel MV Sili returned to the waters by next month. At the same time, the... [more]

Losses flow on from cannery closure in American Samoa
There's more evidence of how American Samoa Government is feeling the impact of the closure of the Samoa Packing cannery. The closure last September put more than 2000 people out... [more]

Wider inspiration said to be desirable for Fiji Media Decree
The introduction of Fiji's Media Decree has been put on hold because of the work that need to be done in the wake of Cyclone Tomas. It's proposed under the... [more]

Solomon's government said to be struggling to pay constituency tithes
The Government in Solomon Islands is believed to be under pressure to pay each of the 50 Constituencies US$13,000 in tithes, despite its revenue collection projection for the first quarter... [more]

American Samoa disaster relief group applauds delay in distributing disaster funds
An American Samoa disaster relief group says a delay in distributing aid money following last year's earthquake and tsunami is a sign of good judgement. Senators are questioning why the... [more]

Aid to arrive later Monday in remote parts of Fiji's Lau Group
First aid supplies are due to arrive in a few hours time for locals on the most remote parts of the Lau group of islands in Fiji. Northern parts of... [more]

Lochore praises country towns hosting RWC teams
Former All Black Sir Brian Lochore has praised the decision to host international teams in country towns when the Rugby World Cup comes to New Zealand next year. [more]

Super-council among options for Waikato governance
A report on the future make-up of local government in Waikato has identified six options, ranging from the status quo of 11 local authorities to a super-council for the region. [more]

American Samoa yacht club loses facility
In American Samoa, the Pago Pago Yacht Club has lost its battle to maintain its current facility at Utulei Beach. The lawyer acting for the yacht club filed a motion... [more]

PNG NGO welcomes injunction on construction of Ramu submarine tailings pipeline
A resource protection group in Papua New Guinea says the government should commission a new independent environmental impact assessment on mine tailings disposal in Basamuk Bay. This comes after the... [more]

Further carrier expected on Australia New Caledonia link
There are still expectations in New Caledonia that an additional airline will provide a service between Noumea and Australia. Noumea's daily newspaper says Pacific Wings of Australia has to clear... [more]

Talks due in PNG to discuss plight of Manam islanders
The Papua New Guinea's government has called a crisis meeting to resolve escalating tensions between Bogia villagers and refugee Manam islanders who fled from an erupting volcano in 2004. Bogia... [more]

Charges laid after Hamilton domestic violence callout
A Hamilton man is facing a raft of charges after police officers were assaulted during a domestic violence incident. [more]

Taiwan President begins regional tour with Marshalls visit
The President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, has begun his tour of Taipei's regional allies with a visit to the Marshall Islands. He was welcomed in Majuro by President Jurelang Zedkaia... [more]

Strike at closed French Polynesian hotel
Employees of the Tahiti Hilton Hotel in French Polynesia have begun an unlimited strike in protest at the redundancy provisions offered by the hotel's local owner. The hotel, which was... [more]

300 Fiji homes destroyed by Cyclone Tomas
Fiji's disaster management office says its initial damage assessment shows about 300 homes were destroyed by Cyclone Tomas, primarily in the Lau Group. The office says information is still being... [more]

Tonga readies for bus strike
Parents in Tonga are preparing alternative transport to get their children to school tomorrow as bus drivers are set to go on strike. The Tonga Bus Association will be protesting... [more]

Tomas also causes destruction on Fiji's Vanua Balavu island
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister says Cyclone Tomas has caused widespread destruction on his island of Vanua Balavu in the Lau Group. The leader of the SDL Party, Laisenia Qarase says... [more]

Software firm hit by downturn, stronger dollar
Software firm Jade Corporation has reported a fall in its full-year profit. [more]

Call for impact study after PNG mine development stopped by court injunction
A resource protection group in Papua New Guinea has welcomed a court injunction on a Chinese nickel miner's construction of a pipeline to dump waste into the sea at Basamuk... [more]

Fears Vanuatu Government won't act despite stinging criticism of police
Transparency International in Vanuatu fears nothing will come of a Coroner's report that was damning in its criticism of the police paramilitary unit, the Vanuatu Mobile Force. The report, which... [more]

Concerns ill group in Fiji's Labasa may have typhoid
In the wake of Cyclone Tomas, which tore through the north and east of Fiji last week, UNICEF says it is hurrying to treat a group with a serious disease,... [more]

High alert after spate of Rangiora riverbank fires
Firefighters in North Canterbury are on high alert after 10 suspicious grass fires near Rangiora on Sunday afternoon. [more]

ACC accused of turning down claims from elderly
The Accident Compensation Corporation is being accused of leaving elderly people in pain by turning down legitimate claims in order to save money. [more]

No parole for repeat drink-driver who killed woman
The Parole Board is encouraging the family of a woman killed by a repeat drink-driver to consider a restorative justice meeting with him. [more]

Bid to smuggle drugs into prison in baby's balloon
A woman has been arrested after allegedly using her baby and a balloon to smuggle drugs into a prison. [more]

Polyfest performance seen as worthy of NCEA
Organisers of the Auckland secondary schools cultural festival are pushing to have achievement in the huge event accepted as an NCEA qualification. [more]

Concern at lack of Asian topics taught in schools
The Secondary Principals' Association is worried by the lack of Asian topics being taught in schools and says it's up to the Government to change that. [more]

Maori land claim taken to UN
A Nelson-Motueka Maori land trust has taken its bid to negotiate its land claim to the United Nations. [more]

Pioneering NZ camerawoman Margaret Moth dies
Margaret Moth, the award-winning New Zealand camera operator shot in Sarajevo in 1992, has died of cancer in the United States. She was 59. [more]

Hutt DHB to resume breast reconstruction surgery
The Hutt Valley District Health Board is to resume breast reconstruction surgery for hundreds of women. [more]

Native Americans seek to reclaim salmon from NZ
A group of Native Americans is on a spiritual pilgrimage to New Zealand to reclaim a breed of salmon their tribe believes is linked to its own fate. [more]

Judge reserves decision in Graeme Burton case
A judge considering an application by the Sensible Sentencing Trust for extra time to lay a prosecution concerning government departments' handling of the Graeme Burton case has reserved his decison. [more]

Issues raised by Waihopai case await appeal
The Government says it's too early to look at whether a law change is needed following the acquittal of three men charged over an attack on the Waihopai spy base. [more]

More Asians, Australians visited NZ in February
The number of people visiting New Zealand in February was up 4% on the same month a year ago, with more Asian tourists arriving. [more]

Missing yachtie's friends want search restarted
Friends and family of a sailor who has been missing since 12 March off the east coast of the North Island are calling for the search for him to continue. [more]

Woman sexually assaulted in her home
New Plymouth police say they need the help of the public to find the man who sexually assaulted a woman in her home early on Sunday morning. [more]

Accused of attacking cab-driver, denied bail
A 20-year-old Tauranga man accused of beating and robbing a taxi driver has been denied bail. [more]

Labour picks Carmel Sepuloni for Waitakere seat
The Labour Party has selected list MP Carmel Sepuloni as its candidate for Waitakere at the next general election. She beat three rivals for the nomination, including fellow list MP Phil Twyford. [more]

Maori Party questions one party, one vote concept
The Maori Party is questioning the democratic principle of one vote for one person. [more]

I was given orchard work illegally - witness
A witness has told the Napier District Court that a Havelock North company director facing 11 charges under the Immigration Act gave him a job picking apples, despite knowing he couldn't legally work in New Zealand. [more]

Early Nauru election called for April 24th
Nauru is to go to the polls on April the 24th. The Speaker, Shadlog Bernicke, advised the returning officer at the weekend that voting would be on that date, after... [more]

Dead whale clears a Vanuatu village
Over 100 people from the Saint Henri Catholic mission on south Pentecost in central Vanuatu evacuated their homes at the weekend, because of the odour from a decaying whale. The... [more]

Cheap Fiji eggs under investigation by Vanuatu officials
Investigations are continuing into allegations Fiji has been dumping eggs onto the Vanuatu market. The Department of Industries and Trade in Vanuatu has been looking into complaints by local producers... [more]

Fiji cyclone victims cram into few houses left standing
A man on one of Fiji's cyclone-hit islands says people in one its villages are crammed into the few houses that remain standing. Waqa Iliesa from the island of Totoya... [more]

Solomons' gold mine owners reconcile with landowners ahead of launch tomorrow
Solomon Islands has held a reconciliation ceremony attended by Guadalcanal landowners, government officials and the Gold Ridge Mine company owners today. The mine was closed by the years of ethnic... [more]

PNG Government to fight for nickel mine's controversial tailings disposal system
Papua New Guinea's government says it will challenge the national court injunction to halt a Chinese nickel miner's construction of a massive pipeline to dump waste into the sea. Following... [more]

New Zealand fight back in first test
New Zealand will start the final day of the first cricket test in Wellington 369 for six, an overall lead of 67 over Australia after a day dogged by rain, bad ... [more]

Big scores in Plunket Shield's penultimate round
The thrd day of the Plunket Shield's penultimate round has ended with Otago reaching 486 for 3 at in Whangarei replying to the leaders Northern Districts first innings of 465 for ... [more]

New Zealand golfers cause upsets
Three New Zealand golfers, including the 15-year-old women's stroke play winner Cecilia Cho of Auckland, have won their first round matches in the Australian Amateur Championships in Perth. Cho won her ... [more]

NZRU boss says Carl Hayman's just to expensive
The New Zealand Rugby Union's chief executive Steve Tew says there's no way they could have matched the sort of money that's kept Carl Hayman in Europe and out of a ... [more]

Blues player's name suppressuib
The Blues centre Rene Ranger will re-appear in court at the end of next month on an assault charge after an incident at a pub in Mangawhai north of Auckland last ... [more]

Ljubicic wins Indian Wells men's title
The veteran Croatian Ivan Ljubicic has beaten the American Andy Roddick 7-6 7-6 in the final of the indian Wells tournament in Californioa to become the oldest first-time winner of a ... [more]

Refs got it wrong, admits Finch
The National Rugby League referees boss Robert Finch has conceded his officials made two errors costing Manly and Parramatta points in yesterday's match match at Parramatta Stadium. Finch says the referees ... [more]

Woods 'lived a lie', nervous about fan response
Tiger Woods, in his first interview since he was engulfed by a sex scandal, says he lived a lie and is nervous about the reception he will receive when he returns ... [more]

Jankovic destroys Wozniacki in final
Serbia's Jelena Jankovic won her 12th career title with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Indian Wells WTA tournament in California. It's the sixth-seed'sfourth ... [more]

Jankovic wins Indian Wells
The Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic has won her 12th career title with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Indian Wells WTA tournament in ... [more]

Two new teams for IPL
Pune and Kochi have been announced as the two new franchises in the Indian Premier cricket League. Pune was bought for 520 million dollars and Kochi for 470 million. Counting some ... [more]

Strong winds sweep through central New Zealand
Strong winds hit the lower North Island and the top of the South Island on Monday, with north-west gales gusting up to 130 km/h. [more]

Blues centre named as man on assault charge
The Blues rugby team centre Rene Ranger will reappear in court at the end of next month on an assault charge arising from an incident at a pub in Mangawhai, north of Auckland, last August. [more]

Tainui eyes tourism as a money-spinner
Tainui is eying tourism as a future money-spinner, with an early focus on taking advantage of the world rowing championships at Karapiro in October. [more]

New Navy ship develops engine faults
One of the Royal New Zealand Navy's new ships has developed engine faults during sea trials off Australia. [more]

US dairy lobby stumbling block in talks - minister
Trade Minister Tim Groser says accusations of anti-competitive behaviour in the New Zealand dairy industry are rich coming from American politicians. [more]

Pork industry no longer sees need for regulations
The pork industry says costly regulations imposed on pig farmers are not relevant and should be removed. [more]

Christchurch airport to appeal housing decision
Christchurch International Airport is appealing to the Environment Court against a decision that could allow more houses nearby, saying its future growth is at risk. [more]

Thunderstorm floods Fiordland tracks
A thunderstorm in Fiordland National Park on Sunday night damaged bridges and huts and caused flooding on the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford tracks. [more]

Kiro upbeat about hopes for Maori health
The head of Massey University's new School of Public Health believes a combination of science and straight talking can improve Maori health. [more]

Air NZ apologises for offending Tongans
Air New Zealand is apologising to Tongans for a cabin crew training manual that says Tongan passengers may want to drink the plane dry. [more]