Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 14th April 2010

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Best song ever written - Miracle
Colin Unkovich from Waipu chooses"Miracle"off the album Amused to Death by Roger Waters. [more]

Link 3
What do these songs have in common? [more]

WiFi Lawence
One year ago this month, Lawrence struck modern tourism gold by becoming the first town in the country to provide free wifi internet access to everyone. [more]

Stewart Island Tuk Tuk
Teri Gibson has started a new taxi service out of Oban with an Asian style TukTuk. [more]

He Rourou for 14 April 2010
Ana Tapiata talks with native speaker Billy Tait about the possible use of te Reo Maori during the Rugby World cup. [more]

Virtual World
Paul Reynolds from McGovern On-Line, is back with some of the hot news flying around the internet. [more]

Auckland Story for 14 April 2010 - Suburban Amateur Radio Club
David Steemson visits members of Auckland's Suburban Amateur Radio Club at the old Musick Point Radio Station. [more]

Science story - taste
Ruth Beran meets Massey University's Matt Golding who puts her tastes to the test. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With guests Finlay MacDonald and Liz Bowen-Clewley. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With guests Finlay MacDonald and Liz Bowen-Clewley. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for Wednesday 14 April
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 14 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 14 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 14 April 2010
News from the business sector. [more]


Checkpoint choice for Wednesday 14 April 2010
The best of Checkpoint. [more]

Private company to build new prison in South Auckland
The Government this afternoon announced plans for the one-thousand bed facility to be built in Wiri, South Auckland. [more]

David Jackson resigns from Security Commission
The Securities Commission member David Jackson has resigned following news he faces court action over his role as director of a listed company. [more]

Business Editor on how resignation happened
Joining us is our Business Editor Patrick O'Meara. [more]

Historic sheds sacrificed for Rugby World Cup party venue
Two historic cargo sheds on Auckland's Queens Wharf are to be demolished and a marquee style party venue can be built for next year's Rugby World Cup. [more]

Nations sign non-binding nuclear commitment
The Prime Minister John Key says the UN's nuclear watchdog is likely to play a crucial and expanded role in securing nuclear materials around the world. [more]

Harawira backs moratorium for Kaipara Harbour project
The Maori Party MP, Hone Harawira, is backing a call to have a tidal energy project planned for the Kaipara Harbour put on hold. [more]

Evening sports news for 14 April 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Misconduct finding for officer who refused breath test
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found the actions of a Senior Police Officer who refused a breath test after reports he'd been drink-driving, amounted to misconduct. [more]

Chinese company eyes up dairy farms across NZ
The Chinese owned company seeking to buy 24 central North Island dairy farms has also got its eye on a significant number of properties further afield - including in the South Island. [more]

Big changes for polytechnic councils
The government's overhaul of the governing bodies of the nation's 20 polytechnics began today. [more]

Waatea news for 14 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

West Coast plans to lure rugby fans with whitebait, beer
Mayors on the West Coast say they're determined to cash in on the Rugby World Cup, even though there are no games or teams assigned to the region. [more]

Outrage over Vatican comments
Pope Benedict's number two at the Vatican has attempted to defuse the clerical sex abuse scandal afflicting the Catholic Church by saying there's a link between homosexuality and paedophilia. [more]

Obama declares the World's more secure from nuclear terrorism
More now on President Obama's declaration the world is now more secure from the threat of nuclear terrorism with several leaders agreeing to relinquish their highly enriched uranium. [more]

China quake death toll stands at 300
An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the richter scale has left at least 300 people dead and more than eight thousand injured in northwestern China's remote Qinghai province. [more]

Private prison to be built in South Auckland
The private sector is to build and run the country's newest prison - a one-thousand bed facility to be built in Wiri, South Auckland. [more]

Chinese company eyes up more dairy farms
The Chinese owned company seeking to buy 24 central North Island dairy farms has also got its eye on a significant number of properties further afield - including in the South Island [more]

Government's big changes for polytechnic councils
The Government has begun its overhaul of the governing bodies of the nation's 20 polytechnics by making 78 appointments to councils. [more]

A report on Waikato DHB virus attack pinpoints security issues
A report into the Conficker virus which forced the Waikato District Health Board to shut down its computer network has found the DHB didn't do enough to prevent such an attack. [more]

Americans told not to buy Toyota's new Lexus car
In the US the embattled car maker Toyota is suspending sales of its new Lexus G-X Four Sixty after an American consumer magazine issued a safety warning about the model. [more]

Evening sports news for 14 April 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Date announced for funeral of the Polish President
Polish authorities have announced a joint funeral for the country's President and the First Lady in Krakow on Sunday. [more]

At least 300 killed in China quake
An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the richter scale has left at least 300 people dead and more than 8-thousand injured in northwestern China's remote Qinghai province. [more]

Study of Gonwana formation collision line
New information has been gathered in Antarctica shedding light on how Gondwana land was formed 500 million years ago. [more]

Waatea news for 14 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tiny Pacific nation declares whaling free zone
Tokelau has declared its waters a whaling free zone at a meeting in Auckland today. [more]

Scientists assess damage to Great Barrier Reef
Investigations are underway to assess just how much damage a coal carrier has caused to the Great Barrier Reef. [more]

Diplomatic row over adoptions
A diplomatic row's erupted between the United States and Russia over adoptions. [more]

Australians don't want more people
A survey's shed more light on how Australian voters would respond if population growth becomes a big election issue. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 April 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 April 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 14 April 2010
Securities Commission suing two more companies; Business editor discusses Securities Commission; Government says review could see significant changes to welfare; US summit calls for new controls on nuclear weapons components; Air NZ calls for drug and drink checks for all pilots; Japan has smallest whale catch in years; Poland's president and first lady lie in state. [more]

PM says New Zealand can show leadership on nuclear issue
The Prime Minister says New Zealand is well placed to show leadership on the subject of a world free of nuclear weapons. [more]

Pacific News for Wednesday 14 April
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for Wednesday 14 April
Waatea News for Wednesday 14 April. [more]

Investor calls for Sir Doug Graham to be stripped of knighthood
An investor in the failed finance company, Lombard Finance, is demanding the former Justice Minister, Sir Douglas Graham, be stripped of his knighthood if found guilty of misleading investors. [more]

Welfare system review
The government says funding benefits through insurance schemes will be looked at by a wide ranging review of the welfare system. [more]

Securities Commission suing two more companies
Some big names have been implicated in proceedings launched by the Securities Commission. [more]

Business editor discusses Securities Commission
Business Editor Patrick O'Meara discusses the Securities Commission's statements. [more]

Govt says review could see significant changes to welfare
The government's considering compulsory 'employment insurance' as part of its review of the welfare system. [more]

US summit calls for new controls on nuclear weapons components
Leaders at the 47 nation nuclear security summit in Washington are promising to take measures to stop potential terrorists from getting hold of nuclear weapons. [more]

Air NZ calls for drug and drink checks for all pilots
Air New Zealand says the Government should consider random drug and drink monitoring of ALL pilots, not just commercial captains. [more]

Japan has smallest whale catch in years
Japan's whaling fleet is blaming violent interference by anti-whaling group, Sea Shepherd, for its smallest catch of whales in years. [more]

Sports News for Wednesday 14 April
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Poland's president and first lady lie in state
The body of Poland's First Lady, Maria Kaczynska, has been flown back to Warsaw to lie in state alongside that of her husband, President Lech Kaczynski. [more]

ARC chair dismisses suggestions of a Big Tent for Queens Wharf
Suggestions that a giant tent on Auckland's Queens Wharf will become the latest version of 'party central' for the Rugby World Cup are being dismissed by a key player in the long drawn out process. [more]

Concern over foreshore and seabed hui
Just 20 people attended a hui about a repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act in Auckland last night - raising concerns that it and others like it aren't being adequately advertised. [more]

Commission announces two separate cases on the same day
The Securities Commission's twin announcements on legal action yesterday have prompted speculation it's starting to flex its muscles. [more]

Concern legal action will hit investors hard
Shareholders Association Chair Bruce Sheppard discusses the Securities Commission's investigations. [more]

Social sector warns against private insurance for welfare
A new government working group will consider whether or not taxpayers should continue to carry the total cost of the welfare system. [more]

Former nuclear security advisor comments on summit
As United States President Barack Obama's 47-nation nuclear security draws to a close, Mexico and the Ukraine have pledged to eliminate all their weapons-grade uranium. [more]

David Cameron launches Tory manifesto
Britain's opposition Conservative party has launched its manifesto for next month's general election, promising less of a role for the state and more of a role for the people in providing public services. [more]

Rocks used to block freedom campers in Central Otago
A Central Otago community has taken the law into their own hands and used large boulders to block freedom campers from fouling local camp spots with human waste. [more]

Markets Update for Wednesday 14 April 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports News for Wednesday 14 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Beer-bottled grandmother still in a coma
Western Bay of Plenty police say they're still seeking help from the public to find the occupants of a car who threw a full bottle of beer at a Tauranga grandmother on her morning walk. [more]

Radovan Karadzic faces first war crimes trial witnesses
The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, has cross examined his first prosecution witness today as his war crimes trial resumes at The Hague. [more]

Waatea News for Wednesday 14 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Road safety risks could undermine cycle tourism
Cycling groups say a lack of action on improving road safety for cycle tourists is putting the 320 million dollar industry at risk. [more]

Taranaki surf row continues as women battle for world title
A women's world surfing championship in Taranaki is causing a ruckus in the local surf scene, with alleged threats of violence and arson. [more]

Artist launches pornographic magazine for the blind
A Toronto artist has launched a pornographic magazine for the blind - complete with explicit braille text and pictures of naked men and women that you touch. [more]

Govt says private prisons could be cheaper
Plans for a privately built and operated prison in South Auckland are being labelled a recipe for disaster. But the Government says significant savings for the taxpayer could be made and it's inviting tenders from private providers to see if that's the case. [more]

Another privately run prison on the cards
The government is planning to allow the private sector to run at least two prisons, despite severe reservations from many who work in the sector. [more]

Maori leadership welcome chance to be involved in prisons
Two high-profile Maori leadership groups say if private prison management is shared with Maori, recidivism rates could be more effectively managed. [more]


Saving craft skills
A campaign is launched to preserve the traditional skills and knowledge of british crafts. [more]

Clue 5. [more]

Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Securities Commission's legal action against Nuplex
The Securities Commission is going after listed chemical company Nuplex Industries and some of its current and former directors. One of the directors of the company being prosecuted, David Jackson, is a member of the Securities Commision itself. [more]

Jacqui Dillon - hearing voices
Jacqui Dillon is a guest speaker at a conference in Wellington this week and in Auckland next week at the Making Sense of Psychosis conference, held by Auckland University and organized jointly by the NZ branch of the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia and the NZ Hearing Voices Network. [more]

Turning Shannon into Shan Francisco
Suzie Johnson wants to turn the small Horowhenua town of Shannon into a shopping destination. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Ray Moynihan discusses the current debate on national standards in Australia. [more]

Feature Guest - Adam Feeley
The new head of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley, is the man in charge of prosecuting white collar criminals - with a lot on his plate at the moment, and on deadline for announcing prosecutions over the failed finance companies. [more]

Book Review - Steal Away Boy
Steal Away Boy: The Selected Poems of David Mitchell Edited by Martin Edmond and Nigel Roberts Published by Auckland University Press, $34.99 [more]

Law with Catriona MacLennan
Auckland lawyer Catriona MacLennan discusses consumer law. [more]

Film Review - Graeme Tuckett
Graeme Tuckett reviews Kick-Ass; Winter in Wartime; and The Necessities of Life. [more]

Do private prisons work?
The Government intends to have a one thousand bed prison built and run by a private company in South Auckland by 2014. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 14 April 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 14 April 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Stephen Wainwright
Creative New Zealand Chief Executive talks about the review that's underway of Recurrently Funded Organisations. [more]

Emma Sayers and Richard Mapp
Two Wellington pianists who'll be performing both solo and duet works as they tour the North Island with Chamber Music New Zealand. [more]

Andrew Withington
New Zealand Secondary Students Choir Artistic Director talks about the release of their newest CD - recorded live last year at Wellington's Sacred Heart Cathedral. [more]

News stories:

Unemployment insurance schemes part of welfare review
A review group is to consider welfare reforms including unemployment insurance, where workers pre-fund future benefits. [more]

MAF to double fine for false border declarations
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry says New Zealand's biosecurity will be strengthened with the doubling of an instant fine for false or incorrect border declarations. [more]

Remains blessed at at Torpedo Bay navy site
Auckland iwi have combined to bless human remains found during foundation work for a new navy museum at Torpedo Bay in Devonport. [more]

Greek bond issue over-subscribed
Greece has raised 1.56 billion euros ($US2 billion) in an over-subscribed bond issue. However, it has to pay a higher rate of return to investors. [more]

China resists US overture on yuan
Chinese President Hu Jintao has resisted pressure from President Obama to raise the value of the yuan. [more]

Rain needed now in Otago
Farmers in Otago says rain had better come quick otherwise it may end up doing more damage than good. [more]

Govt considering compensation for stock agent
The Government is considering compensation for a Northland stock and station agent who lost his business after a Commerce Commission decision in 1986. [more]

Injury keeps King Tuheitia at home
Kingitanga representatives are refusing to discuss the injuries that kept King Tuheitia from opening a west Auckland kura kaupapa on Tuesday morning. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: Chinese company seeking dairy farms in North Island; civil proceedings against two former Cabinet ministers being taken by Securities Commission; taxi driver attacked in Christchurch. [more]

Waka crews preparing for Tahiti voyage
Waka expert Hoturoa Kerr is confident the crews of four double-hulled voyaging waka will be ready to head for Tahiti after a few more months training. [more]

South Island companies boost performance
An index tracking the performance of South Island-based companies shows firms boosted their performance last year, but many remain cautious about the road ahead. [more]

Opus cautiously upbeat about upturn
Opus International Consultants remains cautiously upbeat about a government spending-led recovery this year and says it's actively looking for acquisitions in Australia and Canada. [more]

American Samoa man gets fatal beating over cigarettes
A man in his early 20s in American Samoa has been charged with murder for the beating to death of a man who asked him for cigarettes. The suspect has... [more]

Wall Street continues to rise
Stocks on Wall Street have risen. However, weak results from Alcoa disappointed the market. [more]

Maori immersion school in running for architecture award
A Palmerston North Maori immersion school designed by non-Maori architects, has been singled out in the public architecture category of this year's New Zealand Architecture Awards. [more]

Woods confirms US Open entry
Less than a week after his return to the PGA tour at the Masters, Tiger Woods has confirmed he'll be playing in the second major championship of the year, ... [more]

Day off for women surfers
There'll be another lay day for for top women surfers in the World Tour event in New Plymouth thanks to an onshore wind and choppy one metre swell.. Organisers are hoping ... [more]

Another lay day looms for surfers
Unfavourable conditions with an onshore wind could mean another day out of the water for top women surfers in the World Tour event in Taranaki. Nineteen-year-old Paige Hareb, the only New ... [more]

One change to Warriiors
There's only one change to the Warriors team for the round six NRL match with Penrith in Auckland on Sunday with winger Bill Tupou returning for Manu Vatuvei who aggravated his ... [more]

F.A. will decide next week about Wembley pitch
The English F.A. will make a decision next week regarding the possibility of replacing the new Wembley stadium pitch for the 10th time. Tottenham Hotspur's manager Harry Redknapp blamed the badly ... [more]

Tom Watson accepts US Open invite
The American golf great Tom Watson has accepted a special exemption to play the US Open championship at Pebble Beach in June. 60 year old Watson, who went so ... [more]

Serena to return at Italian Open after injury
The American tennis star Serena Williams is preparing to return from a knee injury at next month's Italian Open. Williams ad not originally entered the important warm-up competition for the French ... [more]

Van Persie returns to start on the bench
Arsenal's Robin Van Persie is back in the squad for tomrrow's English Premier League football North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur after a long injury layoff. Manager Arsene Wenger says it's ... [more]

Bryant and Lakers to play London pre-season game
Kobe Bryant, one of the biggest names in basketball, will play his first NBA game outside the U.S. when he leads his champion Los Angeles Lakers against the Minnesota Timberwolves in ... [more]

Good opening day for Waikato at Amateur Golf Championships
Waikato's had a good opening day at the New Zealand Amateur Golf Championships in Hawkes Bay. Tane Robson and Matt Perry won the men's foursomes title in a fog-delayed one-rounder at ... [more]

Cameron bout postponed indefinitely
The heavyweight boxer Shane Cameron's April 24 bout in Wellington has been be postponed until further notice. Cameron's original opponent Michael Kirby to withdraw from the fight on Sunday because of ... [more]

Bomb alert in French Polynesia leads to evacuation of assembly building
Reports from French Polynesia say a bomb alert has prompted the evacuation of the assembly building in Papeete. The reports say the sitting has been deferred until this afternoon while... [more]

Amnesty International says decrees will allow regime to commit more abuses
An international human rights organisation says new decrees issued by the interim regime in Fiji will enable it to commit more abuses with impunity. The Fiji interim government is yet... [more]

More funding sought for Maori language regeneration programmes
The Maori Language Commission is making a case for continued funding of flax roots Maori language regeneration programmes. [more]

Extension of checks on pilots wanted
The Airline Pilots Association wants new random drug and drink monitoring of commercial captains extended to all pilots. [more]

CNMI govt workers told work hours reduced
Hundreds of workers in the Northern Marianas Government have received notification their hours of work are being cut. This is part of the Government's austerity programme, in which employees hours... [more]

USP in Fiji says it is doing all it can to train its students
The University of the South Pacific in Fiji says it's doing all it can to train its students to become competitive for the currently tough job market. This comes after... [more]

Robbery at Gisborne pharmacy
Police in Gisborne are investigating the gunpoint robbery of a suburban pharmacy on Tuessday night. [more]

Community poll result to be sent to Local Govt Minister
The Government is to be sent the results of a poll suggesting that residents Manukau City have dismissed the new name for their new community boards. [more]

Gold miner signs deal with Papuan landowners
The exploration company Mercator Gold has announced that an agreement has been reached with landowners over its River gold project in Indonesia's Papua Province. The agreement with the indigenous Wolami... [more]

Fiji TV denies journalists were moved because pair were biased against regime
Fiji TV has confirmed that its head of news and news editor have been transferred to different departments within the company. The Head of News Merana Kitiona has been transferred... [more]

$100,000 raised in appeal for slain driver's family
A nationwide appeal to support the family of an Auckland taxi driver who was stabbed to death in what police described as a frenzied knife attack at the end of January, has raised over $100,000. [more]

February retail spending down
Latest figures on retail spending show shoppers put away their wallets in February. [more]

Labour pledges to restore home help hours for elderly
Labour Party leader Phil Goff has told delegates at a Grey Power conference that he will restore the hours cut from home help if his party forms the next Government. [more]

SFO considering charges against finance company directors
The Serious Fraud Office is to announce within weeks whether it will lay charges against directors of several failed finance companies. [more]

Fiji regime makes first comment on decree granting itself immunity
The Fiji interim regime has made its first official comment about its decree granting itself immunity from prosecution for its action relating to what it calls political events over the... [more]

Marlborough grape yields reduced
Restrictions on the grape harvest in Marlborough intended to avoid a "savalanche" - a glut of sauvignon blanc - are on track. [more]

Regional council eases regulatory plans
Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council has eased plans to regulate farming in its regional land and water plan. [more]

Air Austral marks one year of New Caledonia service
The La Reunion-based carrier, Air Austral, has marked its first year of linking New Caledonia with France by offering 200 heavily discounted return tickets. As part of its promotion, Air... [more]

Tonga reform hits snag over candidates' residency requirements
The passing of democratic reforms in Tonga has been delayed with MPs disagreeing over a government proposal that candidates would have to reside in their electorates for five months ahead... [more]

French Polynesia assembly delayed by bomb scare
French Polynesia's assembly is about to start its scheduled sitting after this morning's bomb scare. An anonymous call prompted the assembly premises in Papeete to be evacuated and the scheduled... [more]

Solomons chamber of commerce wants MPs pays reassessed
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce is calling for reform of the way the wages and allowances of politicians are determined. The call comes after the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission awarded... [more]

Tokelau declares its waters a whale sanctuary
Tokelau is joining the fight to stop whaling in the Southern Oceans with the creation of a sanctuary in its waters. The territory declared the safe zone for whales at... [more]

Wallis chiefs remove tsunami warning siren from church
Chiefs on Wallis have removed a tsunami warning siren because they objected to it having been installed above a statue of the Virgin Mary. The siren by the cathedral of... [more]

PM says Pacific trade deal will boost US exports to Asia
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has told American businesses that a trans-Pacific trade deal will help the United States increase its exports to the region. [more]

AOS callout fails to find offender
An Armed Offenders Squad callout in Auckland did not result in the capture of a person suspected to be behind a series of violent offences. [more]

French Polynesia opposition hopes Tong Sang will resign
French Polynesia's opposition says it is still considering a motion of no confidence in the government of Gaston Tong Sang, while hoping he will resign. This comes after last week's... [more]

Anelka puts Chelsea in control of title race
Chelsea's seized control of the English football's Premier League title race with a 1-nil win over Bolton, to go four points clear at the top of the table. Nicolas Anelka scored ... [more]

Vili's new coach won't say how far she can throw
Valerie Vili's new coach won't say how far he believes the Olympic and world shot put champion can throw. Didier Poppe, a former French national coach, has started working with Vili ... [more]

Woods set to play in second major of the year
Tiger Woods is set to play in the second golf major of the year the U.S. Open, at Pebble Beach in June, having officially entered the event. He finished fourth at ... [more]

Cruden loses mullet after bet
The Hurricanes will field quite possibly the smallest inside back combination of the Super 14 competition, when they play the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday night. Tyson Keats will start at ... [more]

Three former All Blacks named in Barbarians side
Three former All Blacks have been named in a strong Barbarians rugby side to play England and Ireland. Jerry Collins, Carl Hayman and Doug Howlett will play for the invitation side, ... [more]

Vanuatu jail inmate and staff upset at unsanctioned assault
Staff and prisoners in Vanuatu's correctional facility in Luganville are upset that no action has been taken over an alleged assault in the facility last year. The detainees say a... [more]

Tokelau joins Pacific whale sanctuary
Tokelau has declared its intention to outlaw whaling in its 290,000 square kilometers exclusive economic zone. This brings to 11 the number of Pacific nations and territories to have created... [more]

Swarm of quakes off Gisborne
A swarm of six earthquakes has been recorded off Gisborne in the past 24 hours. They measured between magnitude 3.9 and 4.5. [more]

TI Vanuatu says more than inquiry needed to tackle VMF
Transparency International in Vanuatu says the government has to do more than hold a Commission of Inquiry into the police paramilitary unit, the Vanuatu Mobile Force. Last month, the VMF... [more]

More charges pending in Lombard Finance case
The Securities Commission says there may be more legal action against four Lombard Finance and Investments directors, including former National Party Cabinet minister Sir Douglas Graham. [more]

NZ tourism campaign launched in China
A $4.7 million campaign has been launched in China to bring more Chinese tourists to New Zealand. [more]

Submissions mount on Govt mining plans
Three weeks through the consultation process, the Government has received more than 8000 submissions on its plans to allow mining in protected areas. Most are from members of environmental groups. [more]

Officer who refused breath test guilty of misconduct
An investigation has found the actions of a top police officer who refused to be breath-tested after reports he had been drink-driving fell short of the standards expected and amounted to misconduct. [more]

SH2 house truck repaired
State Highway 2 near Mount Bruce in Wairarapa is open again after mechanics repaired a broken down truck transporting a house. [more]

Software could not eliminate virus - DHB
Waikato District Health Board says a computer virus that shut down its entire system in December got in through a USB stick because its virus protection software could not eliminate the threat. [more]

Woman due in court
A woman is due to appear in the Auckland District Court after a man died in the suburb of Mt Roskill on Tuesday. She has been charged with assault. [more]

Help from public sought to find thrower of bottle
Police in western Bay of Plenty are seeking help from the public to find the occupants of a car who threw a partially full bottle of beer at a Tauranga grandmother on Sunday morning. [more]

Threats made against world surfing champs
s] A Taranaki surfing club says arguments about a women's world championship being held in the region, have led to threats of violence and arson. A Taranaki surfing club says ... [more]

Guards robbed outside bank in Manukau
Two security guards have been robbed at gunpoint in Manukau City. [more]

Security cameras for central Dunedin
Security cameras are likely to be installed in Dunedin's central city by the end of this year in a bid to deter disorder and violent offences. [more]

Woman deliberately run down in carpark, court told
The Crown says a man accused of a hit-and-run murder in a South Auckland carpark must have seen his victim yelling at him before he chose to accelerate into her. [more]

Witness tells of woman's distress in carpark
A woman killed in a hit-and-run at an Auckland carpark shouted and lunged at the driver's car after her handbag was taken containing $4000, a court has been told. [more]

Maori federation hires former MP as chief executive
An organisation that represents a majority of Maori businesses has appointed former New Zealand First Member of Parliament Ron Mark as its chief executive. [more]

West Coast mayors determined to cash in on RWC
Mayors on the West Coast say they are determined to cash in on the 2011 Rugby World Cup even though there are no games or teams assigned to the region. [more]

Solomons unions council calls MPs' pay increase greedy
The council representing unions in Solomon Islands says a 11 percent pay rise for MPs is greedy and shows a disregard for the people. The Council of Trade Union's comments... [more]

Bougainville Presidency candidate wants to prioritise education
A Bougainville businessman who has entered the race for the presidency of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says education is the first priority in the province's development. [more]

Tonga Solicitor General relishes NZ PM's Fellowship
Tonga's Solicitor-General, Aminiasi Kefu, says he's feeling honoured and privileged to have been awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister's Fellowship. The Fellowship was established in 2008 as a coronation gift... [more]

Australia should sever links with VMF, says Transparency Vanuatu
The president of Transparency International in Vanuatu, Marie Noelle Ferrieux Patterson, is calling on the Australia Government to sever its links with the controversial police paramilitary unit, the Vanuatu Mobile... [more]

NZ Governor-General to attend Polish state funeral
New Zealand will be represented by Governor-General Sir Anand Satynand at the state funeral of Poland's president Lech Kaczynski who was killed in a plane crash in Russia. [more]

Push to sell NZ hand-crafted rugs in US
Farmer-owned investment company Wool Equities is backing an enterprise to sell hand-crafted New Zealand wool rugs in the United States. Samples will go into 120 retail stores there. [more]

NZ market higher at close of trade
The New Zealand sharemarket rose 26 points, or 0.6%, to close at 3355 on Wednesday. Turnover was $54 million. [more]

Hui attendance numbers defended
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is defending attendance numbers at a hui about the repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act. about 20 people were at one such meeting in Auckland on Tuesday night. [more]

Telecom appoints new director of mobile division
Telecom has appointed Kieren Cooney as the new director of its mobile division. [more]

Credit card fraud and identity theft still arouse concern
A survey by IT services company Unisys has found that credit card fraud and identity theft continues to be of concern for many New Zealanders. [more]

Paralympian ski champ's mother killed in crash
The mother of Paralympian gold medallist Adam Hall has been killed in a car crash. [more]

Plan to demolish cargo sheds for rugby party venue
Two cargo sheds on Auckland's Queens Wharf are to be demolished as part of plans to develop a party venue for fans at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Call for Kaipara tidal energy plan to be put on hold
The Attorney-General is looking into a request for a moratorium on a tidal energy project proposed for Kaipara Harbour north-west of Auckland. [more]

Chinese company eyes South Island farms
A Chinese company aiming to buy 24 North Island dairy farms is also eyeing a significant stake in the lower South Island. [more]

New prison to be run with private sector
A new prison planned for South Auckland will be built and run in conjunction with the private sector, the Government has announced. [more]

Commission begins proceedings against Nuplex
The Securities Commission has begun civil proceedings against listed company Nuplex. [more]

40% of herds in drought zones, say Federated Farmers
Federated Farmers says 40% of New Zealand's dairy herds are now in drought declared zones. [more]