Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 1st April 2010

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Davey Barr from Te Rapa chooses 'Yo Mama' by Frank Zappa. [more]

Your Place - Garston
This town prides itself on its clean mountain air, and excellent trout fishing available in the headwaters of the mighty Mataura River that flow close by. [more]

The Manawatu Brain
Manawatu is the smartest region in New Zealand. That's according to a challenge issued by the New Zealand Neurological Foundation. [more]

Trish Lewis
Aucklander Trish Lewis will be setting sail on a notorious journey across the Tasman. [more]

Feature Album
Quadrophenia - The Who [more]

The Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
Guests featuring on our arts segment today are pianist and contemporary composer for the old silent movies, Paul Lewis and British actor Paul McGann - both are in New Zealand for events happening over the Easter weekend. [more]

Christchurch Story for 1 April 2010 - Funtime Comics
Sonia Yee talks to Isaac Freeman, a dedicated lover of comics. Issac doesn't just read and collect them, but creates them. [more]

Environment story with Alison Balance
In today's environment story, Alison Ballance discovers that when night falls on Rangatira Island it's not just the seabirds that start to party. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Rosemary McLeod and Jock Anderson. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Rosemary McLeod and Jock Anderson. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 1 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 1 April 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 1 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 1 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Domestic violence again fuels another rise in violent crime
Violent crime is up eight percent although the country's overall crime rate is slightly lower than it was a decade ago. [more]

Police release report on murder victims
The police have this year also released a report on the victims of murder and manslaughter which shows men in their 20s are most at risk, followed by children under five. [more]

Pete Bethune expected to find out charges shortly
In the next few hours the New Zealand whaling protester Pete Bethune will found out if he's to walk free from the Toyko prison where he's been held since his arrest three weeks ago. [more]

Norwegian hunters had no hunting licence
A group of Norwegian hunters who filmed themselves shooting native pigeons in the South Island could face firearms charges because they did NOT have a hunting permit for the West Coast. [more]

Opposition to US plans to allow overshore oil drilling
President Obama has announced plans to open up large new areas of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. [more]

Napier gunman says he was never going to prison
The gunman at the centre of a two day siege in Napier, told police minutes before he shot himself, that he wasn't going to sit in prison for 20 years. [more]

Businesses to flout Easter trading laws
Some retailers are planning to break the law again this year and open their doors for trading over the Easter weekend. [more]

Sports News for 1 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Donors have chance to rebuild Haiti for the future
The international community is backing a multi billion dollar recovery plan for earthquake stricken Haiti. [more]

Climate scientist cleared of conspiring to hide evidence
A British parliamentary inquiry has cleared the climate change scientists at the centre of last year's email hacking scandal of conspiring to hide evidence. [more]

Waatea News for 1 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Easter traffic update
Easter traffic is already starting to build up as people in the cities escape for the long weekend. [more]

Debate over Foreshore and Seabed
The Government says most New Zealanders would notice little change if its proposed foreshore and seabed reforms go ahead. [more]

Claims iconic waterways threatened by new legislation
Environmental and recreational groups say part of new legislation passed last night, will threaten Canterbury's iconic rivers. [more]

Swirling tower to be Olympic landmark for London
Plans have been unveiled in London for a new curving, swirling, tower over a hundred metres tall to commemorate the 2012 Olympics. [more]

Labour and National blame each other for crime stats
MP's were hot under the collar in parliament this afternoon, as each side of the House tried to blame the other for the increase in crime. [more]

Calls for Tongan govt to resign over ferry sinking
A pro-democracy MP in Tonga is calling on the government to resign following the Royal Commission's report into the sinking of the Princess Ashika. [more]

Russia's troubled politics
Chechen rebels have claimed responsibility for the two suicide bombings that killed 39 people on the Moscow metro this week. [more]

Native Americans goes home salmonless but satisfied
A group of Native Americans has apologised to the descendents of Chinook salmon taken from their local rivers and brought out to New Zealand. [more]

Hope of cure for deadly sleeping sickness
A group of British and Canadian scientists says it has identified a potential treatment for sleeping sickness, which kills thousands of people in Africa every year. [more]

US lawyer wants Pope to give sworn testimony
A lawyer in America has filed a legal suit to have the Pope questioned over sex abuse. [more]

13-year old boys most at risk of poisoning
A study has found that 13-year old boys are the most likely to be at risk of poisoning in schools. [more]

Sports News for 1 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea News for 1 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Shack the shark sets world record
A New Zealand great white has gone where no other shark as gone before. [more]

Too much bread thrown away in Turkey
Officials in Turkey say there is a problem with bread - millions of loaves are thrown away every day. [more]

Checkpoint Choice for Thursday 1 April 2010
Domestic violence again fuels another rise in violent crime, Police release report on murder victims, Pete Bethune expected to find out charges shortly. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 1 April 2010
This week the Government released a discussion document it hopes will finally resolve the disagreement over the Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 April 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 1 April 2010
Maori Party switches vote on ECAN legislation, Maori Party reserves position on foreshore and seabed proposals, Report says Ashika ferry sinking could have been avoided, Canterbury farmer says council staff mocked appeal process. [more]

Tainted milk activist goes on trial in China
A Chinese man who organised a support group for parents of children who fell ill in one of China's worst food safety scandals has pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting social disorder. [more]

Pacific News for 1 April 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 1 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Maori Party make surprise change in vote on Ecan legislation
The National Party was caught by surprise last night, when the Maori Party pulled its support for legislation on the Canterbury Regional Council. [more]

Cullen says full Maori ownership 'not a political reality'
The Labour Party architect of the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act says the government's preferred option for replacing it seems a reasonable solution. [more]

Maori Party switches vote on ECAN legislation
The relationship between National and the Maori Party has taken another hit, this time over the law change to remove Canterbury's regional councillors. The Environment Minister, Nick Smith says he is disappointed the Maori party changed its vote at such a late stage and its not helpful to the relationship between the parties. [more]

Maori Party reserves position on foreshore and seabed proposals
The Maori Party is reserving its position on the Government's preferred foreshore and seabed proposals. [more]

Report says Ashika ferry sinking could have been avoided
The Royal Commission's report into the sinking of the Tongan ferry Princess Ashika says the ship was unquestionably unseaworthy and sailed in a horrendous and frightening condition. [more]

Further bombings in Russia
On the same day the first funerals for those killed in the Moscow metro bombings were held, two further attacks have been carried out, this time in Russia's northern Caucasus. [more]

Molenaar's friend tells of trying to get gunman to surrender
The only civilian Napier gunman Jan Molenaar wanted to talk to during a 50 hour siege, says he tried his hardest to get his mate to surrender, but he must have snapped. [more]

Sports News for 1 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police minister says violent crime still on the rise
The Police Minister says figures due out later today will show that violent crime is continuing to increase. Despite the rise Judith Collins is defending her Government's 'get tough on crime' approach, saying it's still early days. [more]

Road safety risks from heavier trucks - opponents
Opponents of a decision to allow much heavier trucks on the road say it puts the lives of other road users at risk. Transport operators will soon be able to apply for a permit to operate above the current 44 tonne weight limit. [more]

RWC song also used to sell cars and Burger King
A cover version of Jesus Jones's song 'Right Here Right Now' by New Zealand group The Feelers is being used to sell tickets to next year's Rugby World Cup. [more]

Maori lawyer rejects foreshore and seabed solution
A prominent Maori lawyer says a government proposal, that no one own the foreshore and seabed, could open up a whole new can of worms. [more]

Minister on proposals to replace Seabed and Foreshore Act
Treaty Negotiations Minister and Attorney General, Chris Finlayson on the proposals to replace the Seabed and Foreshore Act [more]

Strategic Finance directors under scrutiny
Investors left out of pocket by the collapse of Strategic Finance are demanding to know how company directors were able to extract millions of dollars via subsidiaries, even while their funds were frozen. [more]

Canterbury farmer says council staff mocked appeal process
Former cabinet minister Wyatt Creech, was advised about Canterbury Regional Council staff making fun of the consents process and a 2005 case involving two Canterbury families. [more]

Rape Crisis discusses new rape sentencing guidelines
The minimum jail term for New Zealand's worst rapists has just doubled from 8 to 16 years. The Court of Appeal raised the starting point for sentencing in such cases, saying in the worst cases beginning with eight years doesn't match the offender's culpability. [more]

Sports News for 1 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Open fires and old woodburners banned in Christchurch
People in Christchurch who heat their homes with open fires or old woodburners this winter could be hit with a hefty fine. The Canterbury Regional Council has brought in new rules this year to cut the amount of air pollution. [more]

Leaky homeowners may not be only ones picking up bill
Ratings agency Standard and amp; Poors says the leaky buildings saga may have to be factored into New Zealand's future creditworthiness. [more]

Waatea News for 1 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Solo yachties line up for trans-Tasman race
If the Americas Cup is the Rolls Royce of yacht racing, then the race starting from Taranaki this weekend is the Mini. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Home and Away star let off cocaine charge for good behaviour bond. [more]

Nights

Sand Marathon
We talk to Patrick Bauer, director of Marathon Des Sablesa, a 243km endurance race through the Sahara Desert in Morocco. [more]

Science: Desert Water
Talking to Dr Ofer Dahan, an arid zone researcher with the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Nine To Noon

Three Strikes
Two law professors are speaking out about the proposed 3 strikes law. Richard Ekins and Warren Brookbanks say it is unjust and draconian and are urging a major re-think. [more]

Post-Polio Syndrome
President of the Post-Polio Society Edith Morris contracted polio when she was a baby. After years in institutions, Edith eventually became strong enough to walk with the help of leg braces and crutches - she put polio behind her and moved on with her life: marriage, children and a career. Many years later her weakened muscles rebelled and the pain returned in what's known as post-polio syndrome, which affects some poliomylelitis survivors years after they've recovered from the initial acute attack. We also speak to former Labour MP and Polio survivor JB Munro. [more]

UK Correspondent - Michael White
The possibility of a hung British parliament is looking increasingly likely. [more]

Feature Guest - Nicky Pellegrino
NZ based author whose fourth novel - 'Recipe for Life' - begins with a rape scene, mirroring her own experience more than 20 years ago. [more]

Book Review - House Rules
Sonia de Freiz reviews 'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult. Published by Allen and amp; Unwin. [more]

New Technology with Nigel Horrocks
Nigel Horrocks on unplugging as a social statement. [more]

Rekindling your relationship after childbirth
Martien Snellen, Australian peri-natal psychiatrist at Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne. He is also in private practice. [more]

Week That Was
With Te Radar and Irene Pink. [more]

Our Changing World

Rangatira Night Shift
At night Rangatira Island is alive with seabirds, wetas, spiders, and war whooping scientists catching Chatham petrels [more]

Artificial Mouth
University of Otago's Chris Sissons and Lisa Wong are using an artificial mouth to study dental plaque [more]

Poisonous Plants
The book Plants that Poison is a guide to New Zealand's poisonous plants, from green potatoes to castor beans [more]

Hookworms
Graham Le Gros and Mali Camberis are studying hookworms in the hope of developing a vaccine as well as treatments for diseases [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 April 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 April 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Brian Auger
Legendary British Hammond organ player in the country for the Tauranga and Christchurch Jazz Festivals. [more]

Vicki Jones
Meet Your Orchestra: NZSO sub principal double bass player talks about her life and career. [more]

News stories:

Frustration as marae deaths case adjourned again
There have been tense scenes at court between the family of a man killed while working on a South Auckland marae and one of those accused of being responsible. [more]

Funding diverted for national prisoners' aid agency
The head office of the Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society lost state funding on Wednesday and faces closure as the Government shuts down what it calls an insolvent black hole. [more]

Police looking for more stolen pounamu
Police who have seized $1 million worth of suspect pounamu from two Hokitika shops believe there is more of the jade still unaccounted for. [more]

Businessman jailed for attempted murder
An Auckland businessman has been sentenced to five years and 11 months prison for the attempted murder of his former business partner during a home invasion attack. [more]

Legislation to replace councillors passes under urgency
The legislation that will result in Canterbury's regional councillors being replaced with a panel of commissioners was passed under urgency on Wednesday. [more]

Fewer fire trucks for some callouts
The Fire Service says it will cut back its emergency response to some callouts to reduce traffic snarl-ups in major centres. [more]

Appeal Court doubles rape sentencing guidelines
The Court of Appeal has set a starting point of 16 years for the very worst rape cases. The new sentencing guidelines were released on Wednesday. [more]

Farmers want Government to intervene in Manawatu-Wanganui
A group of farmers from the Ruapehu district is calling on the Government to intervene in the Manawatu-Whanganui region, as it has in Canterbury. [more]

DHBs and health unions agree multi-million dollar pay deal
District health boards and three unions have agreed to a landmark deal giving 43,000 health sector workers a 2% pay rise. [more]

Man jailed 11 years for stabbing outside hotel
A man has been jailed at least 11 years over the fatal stabbing of a man outside a Hawke's Bay hotel. [more]

Government increases load limit for trucks
The Government says heavier trucks will be allowed on the roads under a new permit system to come into force in May. [more]

Unanimous points decision for Tua
David Tua has beaten the Nigerian heavyweight boxer Friday Ahunanya in a unanimous points decision last night in west Auckland. But the former world title challenger couldn't knock down Ahunanya and ... [more]

Black Sticks upset Argentina
The New Zealand women's hockey team has upset the world's second ranked team Argentina 3-1 in Hamilton in the first of three tests. The younger less experienced New Zealand side ... [more]

Australia and New Zealand move up in FIFA rankings
Despite qualifying for this year's World Cup football finals there's been a minimal rise only for the All Whites in the new world rankings. New Zealand moved up just one spot ... [more]

Semenya test results not available until June
Athletics South Africa says the world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya will not receive the results of her gender verification tests until June. Semenya underwent the tests after winning gold at ... [more]

Rooney injury not terribly serious
The Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has left hospital in Manchester after an assessment of the ankle injury he suffered yesterday, and it seems he's still on track to ... [more]

Italian ruling adds to anti-doping armoury
After a groundbreaking decision against Spain's Manuel Beltran this week, cyclists now know their bank accounts and not just their reputations could be in tatters if they cheat. The Italian Cycling ... [more]

Button looks for repeat glory
The Formula One season exploded into life in Melbourne on Sunday and while fans will be hoping for more of the same in Malaysia this weekend, officials will be happy ... [more]

New super franchise signs Mortlock
The new Super Rugby team the Melbourne Rebels have signed the former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock on a three year deal. The veteran of 80 Tests has also agreed ... [more]

New Zealand to host stop on Volvo race
Auckland will host a stop in the Volvo Ocean Race during the 2011-2012 edition of the world's most gruelling offshore yachting event after as gap of 10 years. The announcement completes ... [more]

Thorpe special guest at New Zealand swimming champs
Australia's greatest swimmer, Ian Thorpe will be the special guest at next week's New Zealand Championships in Waitakere City. Thorpe will attend the final day on Friday April 9 and will ... [more]

Complaint about anti-drug driving ad not upheld
The Advertising Standards Authority has not upheld a complaint about police powers portrayed in an anti-drug-driving television advertisement. [more]

Govt proposes foreshore and seabed as public domain
The Attorney-General says the Government's proposal for replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act goes a long way towards meeting the concerns of both Pakeha and Maori. [more]

Maori Party says it acted in good faith over vote change
The Maori Party says it pulled its support for legislation on the Canterbury Regional Council because it was worried about the transfer of power to unelected officials. [more]

Party reserves position on foreshore, seabed proposals
The Maori Party is yet to decide which option it prefers as a replacement for the Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

Violent crime up despite Government crackdown
Violent crime has risen in the past calendar year, despite the Government's focus on law and order. [more]

Easter billboard's aim to make people laugh - church
A new hoarding is being put up by the church that sparked a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority before Christmas. [more]

Turia caught out over welfare changes
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has been caught out in Parliament contradicting herself over her party's involvement in the welfare changes announced last week. [more]

DHBs and health unions agree multi-million dollar pay deal
District health boards and three unions have agreed to a landmark deal giving 43,000 health sector workers a 2% pay rise. [more]

Appeal Court doubles rape sentencing guidelines
The Court of Appeal has set a starting point of 16 years for the very worst rape cases. The new sentencing guidelines were released on Wednesday. [more]

Government increases load limit for trucks
The Government says heavier trucks will be allowed on the roads under a new permit system to come into force in May. [more]

Taxi drivers support security cameras
The Taxi Federation supports a proposal to mandate security cameras in taxis, saying it is a sensible solution. [more]

Govt proposes foreshore and seabed as public domain
The Attorney-General says the Government's proposal for replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act goes a long way towards meeting the concerns of both Pakeha and Maori. [more]

Turia caught out over welfare changes
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has been caught out in Parliament contradicting herself over her party's involvement in the welfare changes announced last week. [more]

Legislation to replace councillors passes under urgency
The legislation that will result in Canterbury's regional councillors being replaced with a panel of commissioners was passed under urgency on Wednesday. [more]

Speaker to clarify travel rules for MPs' young children
Parliament's Speaker is moving to clarify travel rules for MPs' children under the age of five. [more]

Whangarei MP glad to be given second chance
Whangarei MP Phil Heatley says he is glad he has been given a second chance to prove himself as a Cabinet minister. [more]

Parties fear changes to council threat to democracy
Opposition parties fear Wednesday's sacking of the Environment Canterbury councillors may spell the end of regional councils in the area and threaten democracy. [more]

Labour would reverse Govt mining plan if elected - Goff
Labour Party leader Phil Goff says if re-elected, his party would reverse any National Party decision to remove protection from mining for any Schedule Four land. [more]

Maori Party MPs vote against welfare legislation
Four Maori Party MPs have voted against the Government's welfare changes in Parliament on Tuesday, amid claims they were not properly consulted. [more]

Protest in Christchurch after Govt sacks regional council
More than 100 people protested in Christchurch on Wednesday over the Government's decision to sack the Canterbury regional councillors and replace them with its own commissioners. [more]

Airport seeks alternatives to Wellywood sign
Wellington Airport is asking residents to come up with alternative ideas to its proposed Wellywood sign, following mixed reactions from the public. [more]

More hospitalisations possible in measles outbreak
The Health Ministry says it is possible further members of a large family affected by a measles outbreak in Northland may need to be hospitalised. [more]

Small quakes edging Gisborne to the east
Scientists say the earth mass beneath Gisborne has moved between 35 and 100 millimetres to the east in the past three months. [more]

Moderate quake felt in Bay of Plenty
A moderate earthquake struck eastern Bay of Plenty on Wednesday morning, but there have been no reports of damage. [more]

Housing now least favourite investment, survey shows
The Government's proposed tax changes has shattered investors' confidence in the housing market, according to a survey by online bank RaboPlus. [more]

Gradual recovery in number of housing permits
Economists say the number of housing permits is continuing its gradual recovery, bolstered by low interest rates and migrants. [more]

F and P ends exclusive arrangement with retailers
Fisher & Paykel Appliances is ending its exclusive arrangement with certain retailers, ending a practice of more than 50 years. [more]

Meridian to pay $90m dividend to Government
Power company Meridian is to pay a dividend of $90 million to its owner, the Government. [more]

Authority urged to adopt water management plan
Irrigation New Zealand believes a new authority to replace Canterbury's regional council should incorporate a water management strategy that has already been drawn up for the area. [more]

Too many unknowns in ETS - farming leader
Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson says farmers are unhappy with the Emissions Trading Scheme because it is going to cost them more, and there are too many unknowns about it. [more]

CRI shakeup could produce better result - AgResearch
The head of the country's biggest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch, says making the organisations more responsible for their performance could help the scientists who work there produce better results. [more]

Southland grain growers beat own world record
A Southland grain farming couple beat their own world record for wheat growing, by almost 230kg per hectare. [more]

Waikato farm takes environment award
A dairy farming operation described as "a real family affair" is the supreme winner of this year's Waikato Farm Environment Awards. [more]

Court to hear appeal on competing water interests
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to decide which of two competing interests can take water for irrigation from the Rakaia River in Canterbury. [more]

New rules for winter tyres take effect
New rules come into force on Thursday for the use of winter tyres, also known as snow tyres. [more]

Easter reminder of total fire ban in Northland
Authorities in Northland are warning people not to light any fires in the region during the Easter weekend. [more]

Govt admits bump in relationship with Maori Party
Environment Minister Nick Smith admits there has been a bump in the relationship between the Government and the Maori Party after it withdrew support for a controversial bill at the last minute. [more]

Australia and New Zealand move up in FIFA rankings
Despite qualifying for this year's World Cup football finals there's been a minimal rise only for the All Whites in the new world rankings. New Zealand moved up just one spot ... [more]

Italian ruling adds to anti-doping armoury
After a groundbreaking decision against Spain's Manuel Beltran this week, cyclists now know their bank accounts and not just their reputations could be in tatters if they cheat. The Italian Cycling ... [more]

Button looks for repeat glory
The Formula One season exploded into life in Melbourne on Sunday and while fans will be hoping for more of the same in Malaysia this weekend, officials will be happy ... [more]

Lack of control Manchester United's undoing says Fergusson
Manchester United paid the price for failing to control possession in their 2-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in football's Champions League, but the tie is still open, says coach Sir Alex ... [more]

Johnson's ten wicket haul guides Australia to second test win over New Zealand
The fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has claimed a ten wicket match haul to guide Australia to a 176 run win over New Zealand, in the second cricket test in Hamilton. Needing ... [more]

Ryder back for World Twenty-20 tournament
The return of Jesse Ryder to international cricket and the inclusion of one new cap, are the major points of interest in the New Zealand squad selected for next month's Twenty-20 ... [more]

Penney making most of opportunity to return to NBA
The Tall Black guard Kirk Penney is making the most of his opportunity to return to basketball's NBA, scoring 31 points for the Sioux Fall Skyforce in his first start for ... [more]

Saints destroy Rangers
The runaway Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers have suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat away at St Johnstone but still remain 10 points clear of bitter rivals Celtic with a game in ... [more]

Crusaders coach reshuffles pack for Hurriances match
The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made four changes to his forward pack for the Hurricanes match in round eight of rugby's super 14 in Wellington on Friday night. Wyatt Crockett's ... [more]

Late goal gives Bayern 2-1 win over Man United
A stoppage time goal has given Bayern Munich a dramatic 2-1 home win over Manchester United in their Champions League quarter-final first leg match in Germany. United score in only the ... [more]

Semenya aims to compete despite sex-test suspension
Caster Semenya, the world 800 metres women's champion, announced her competitive return despite the insistence of athletics' world governing body that she must wait for the outcome of gender verification tests. ... [more]

Aaropn Mauger quits rugby
The former All Black second-five Aaron Mauger is retiring from rugby because of a back injury. Mauger had planned to return to New Zealand to try to make the World Cup ... [more]

Veteran Lee named in Oz Twenty20 squad
The veteran pace bowler Brett Lee has been confirmerd in Australia's cricket squad for the Twenty20 World Cup starting in a month in the West Indies. 33 year ... [more]

Cane farmers in Fiji upset over low payments says union leader
A political and union leader in Fiji says cane farmers are angry their latest payment is less than half what they were expecting. The leader of the Fiji Labour Party... [more]

Haddad fails in bid to leave French Polynesia
The judicial authorities in French Polynesia have turned down a request by a French advertising executive, Hubert Haddad, to be allowed to return to France. Mr Haddad is accused of... [more]

NZ High Commissioner to Vanuatu welcomes response to coroner's report
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu has welcomed the Government's first official response to a damning Coroner's Report on the police paramilitary Vanuatu Mobile Force. That report had been... [more]

PNG's Salvation Army criticises investment in airport development
Papua New Guinea's Salvation Army says investing half a billion US dollars into airport development is too much for a country that struggles to feed its citizens. The Jackson International... [more]

PNG airport needs a facelift due to demand says managing director
The International Airport in Port Moresby is set to be upgraded with an estimated cost of half a billion US dollars to allow an increase in passengers. Construction is set... [more]

Scores arrested in Bay of Plenty raids
Police in the Bay of Plenty have arrested more than 100 people in a two-week operation against organised crime and drugs. [more]

Making people wait for Tonga's Ashika report is a disgrace says relative
Relatives of the 74 people who died when the Tongan ferry, Princess Ashika, sank last August say they're upset at having to wait until next week to see a copy... [more]

Forestry sector set to benefit from heavier trucks on roads
The forestry sector is expecting to benefit by at least several million dollars annually from being able to use heavier trucks to transport logs and finished products. [more]

Honolulu ranked second most expensive city in global survey
A global survey has ranked Honolulu in Hawaii the second-most expensive city in the world to do business among 112 cities studied. That's according to a worldwide survey done by... [more]

American Samoa govt yet to receive a dividend from ASHC
The American Samoa Government has yet to receive a dividend from the company, which manages and operates the undersea fiber optic cable, American Samoa Hawaii cable or ASHC. Members of... [more]

Women injured in crash following police pursuit
Police in Waikato say they are waiting for a full report before commenting further on a police pursuit that ended with two women being injured in a crash. [more]

French Polynesia airport strike settled
International flights from and to French Polynesia have resumed after a strike at Tahiti's airport was settled as it was in its second day. An agreement was reached during the... [more]

Church hopes people will see funny side in latest billboard
A new billboard is being put up by the church that sparked a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority before Christmas. [more]

Culture of arrogance at Canterbury council - farmer
A farmer who complained to a government panel investigating the Canterbury Regional Council says there was a culture of arrogance at the council. [more]

Second appeal fails for taxi driver convicted of rape
A former Wellington taxi driver who has twice been tried and convicted for raping a teenage passenger has lost his second bid to overturn his convictions. [more]

Forum confirms August summit dates in Vanuatu
The 41st Pacific Islands Forum and related meetings will be held in Vanuatu from August 3rd to 6th. The dates have been confirmed following consultation between the Government of Vanuatu,... [more]

France set to launch digital TV in overseas territories
French television is to invest 40 million US dollars over three years into public broadcasting in the French overseas territories as they adopt digital television. The switch is to start... [more]

Open fires, old woodburners banned in Christchurch
Christchurch residents face a fine of up to $300 if they use open fires or old woodburners between now and the end of September this year. [more]

Damage tally keeps rising two weeks after Cyclone Tomas hit Fiji
The damage caused by cyclone Tomas in Fiji is now estimated to be about 67 million Fiji dollars, or 33 million US dollars. The category 4 storm battered Vanua Levu... [more]

Four men in Papua court for raising banned flag
Reports from the Indonesian province of Papua say four men have gone on trial in Jayapura in connection with an event last May when the banned Morning Star separatist flag... [more]

NZ got through crisis better than most - IMF
The IMF believes the New Zealand economy has got through the financial crisis in better shape than most, but warns the Government must show more restraint in spending. [more]

OFC concerned about Vanuatu crowd behaviour
The Oceania Football Confederation says it is worried about the consequences of an incident at an O League game in Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, at the weekend. A number of... [more]

Rapist who breached parole released into community
A convicted double rapist who absconded from a house he had been sent to as part of parole conditions has been released into the community. [more]

Call for more social awareness in Vanuatu following baby's alleged killing
The president of Vanuatu's National Council of Women says communities across the country need to take a concerted look at the pressures which drive young mothers to kill their babies. [more]

Fewer people in NZ diagnosed with HIV in 2009
Fewer people in New Zealand were diagnosed with HIV in 2009 than the previous year, but researchers say it is too early to know if that trend will continue. [more]

Tonga media yet to report Ashika inquiry finding
A Tongan community group spokesperson says the media in Tonga is yet to report on the Royal Commission's report on the sinking of the Princess Ashika, but she's confident it... [more]

Violent crime up despite Government crackdown
Violent crime in New Zealand has risen in the past year, despite the Government's focus on law and order. [more]

New Zealand, China sign agriculture co-operation deal
Agriculture Minister David Carter has signed a dairy co-operation arrangement with China's Agriculture Minister, Han Changfu. [more]

Call for Tonga government to resign over Ashika sinking
A pro-democracy MP in Tonga is calling on the government to resign following the Royal Commission's report into the sinking of the Princess Ashika. The Royal Commission of Inquiry presented... [more]

Leaky buildings saga could affect NZ credit rating
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's says the leaky buildings saga may have to be factored into New Zealand's future creditworthiness. [more]

Complaint to Commerce Commission over XT coverage
A complaint has been made to the Commerce Commission about the coverage of Telecom's XT network. [more]

Sanctuary well worth $17m price tag - Key
The $17 million price tag for a new visitor centre at a wildlife sanctuary in Wellington was money well spent, says Prime Minister John Key. [more]

Group to promote Auckland during Volvo race stop
The Government is planning to set up an economic development group to make the most of promoting Auckland's marine industry during the Volvo Ocean Race stop-off. [more]

Court upholds Fiji Commonwealth Games ban
The Court of Arbitration for Sports has dismissed the appeal against Fiji's ban from the Commonwealth Games. Fiji was banned after being suspended from the Commonwealth for failing to hold... [more]

Tonga government urged to resign over Ashika sinking
A pro-democracy MP in Tonga is calling on the government to resign following the Royal Commission's report into the sinking of the Princess Ashika. The Royal Commission of Inquiry presented... [more]

Solomon Islands dolphin exporter to free his animals
A Solomon Islands marine mammal trainer and exporter says he's going to release his dolphins into the wild. Christopher Porter attributes the decision to quit the marine mammal industry to... [more]

Prison not an option, gunman tells police in final minutes
The 51-year-old gunman at the centre of a two-day siege in Napier told police minutes before he shot himself that he wouldn't go to prison. [more]

France says no to declassification of nuclear test documents
The French defence minister, Herve Morin, has rejected a request to declassify documents about France's nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific. The request had been made by French Polynesia's... [more]

Norwegian hunters had no permits - department
The Department of Conservation has confirmed that a group of Norwegians filmed shooting protected wildlife did not have a permit to hunt on the West Coast. [more]

American Samoa House votes for smoking restrictions
American Samoa's House of Representatives has approved a bill banning smoking in enclosed public places. The ban applies to buses and taxis and it spells out what's considered a restaurant... [more]

Emphasis on gas project in PNG PM's visit to Japan PM
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has met his Japanese counterpart to discuss bilateral issues including ExxonMobil's LNG project, investment and climate change. The Post Courier newspaper reports that Sir Michael... [more]

Controversy around King Tamatoa ferry in French Polynesia continues
Controversy continues around a large ferry brought to French Polynesia from the Mediterranean to connect Tahiti with other Society islands. The King Tamatoa is now plying the route in an... [more]

Fiji plans vaccinations to fight typhoid
Fiji's ministry of health is planning a vaccination campaign against typhoid-fever following an outbreak this year. Two more people have been confirmed with typhoid over the past weeks in Fiji,... [more]

Auckland student's speech secures Gallipoli trip with PM
An Auckland college student will join Prime Minister John Key's official delegation to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day ceremonies after winning a national speech competition. [more]

Carter in conflict of interest over river changes - Greens
The Green Party has raised further questions in Parliament about how Agriculture Minister David Carter may benefit from changes to the rules concerning river protection in Canterbury. [more]