Radio New Zealand - Friday, 16th April 2010

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Best Song Ever Written - The Wild Blue
Paul Corwin chooses 'The Wild Blue' by Christine Lavin. [more]

Trish Lewis
The finish line is sight. 12 days after setting sail in the 2010 Solo Tasman Challenge, Trish Lewis is about to become the first woman in 35 years to sail solo across the Tasman in a 25 foot yacht. [more]

Moko the Dolphin
In January 2010 Moko the Dolphin moved to Whakatane. Volunteer"Moko Minders"were appointed by the Council to keep an eye on the friendly dolphin. The idea started in Gisborne when someone was seen harassing Moko. Now, at least one Dolphin Watching tour operator in the Whakatane area has complained to the district council that"Moko Minders"were overstepping their role and ferrying passengers to see Moko. [more]

He Rourou for 16 April 2010
Ana Tapiata talks to Ngati Toa spokesperson Matiu Rei and long-time public servant Rapata Newsom about the Whanau Ora report. [more]

Feature Album - Contra
Vampire Weekend have been named as headliners along with Snoop Dogg, Dizzee Rascal, the Flaming Lips and Pet Shop Boys at this year's Glastonbury Festival. They join other headliners U2, Muse and Stevie Wonder. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Jonny Schwass has Figs with Ricotta. [more]

Yvonne Lorkin is the Wine Editer for Dish Magazine. [more]

Weekend Weather
With Steve Ready. [more]

Movie Review
Noelle McCarthy reviewsNoelle McCarthy has been out to see 'Genova' - directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, and Hope Davis. [more]

The All Black coaches have been keeping a low profile so far this season but with the June tests approaching rapidly they've been having a bit of a catch-up with rugby reporters in Auckland. [more]

The Vault for 16 April 2010 - 18 Years On
Deb Nation meets Oliver, 18 years after his baby burblings featured in a programme called Parent Talk. Now aged 20, Oliver hears his mother describe postnatal depression, and recounts his teenage years, spent struggling with mental illness. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Simon Pound and Scott Yorke. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Simon Pound and Scott Yorke. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 16 April 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 April. This week...the history behind the arguments for and against New Zealand merging with Australia, the perils for Kiwis of signing up to an international Copyright policy, Percy Chew Lee - the sole surviving Chinese Poll tax payer and the curious habit of adopting other people's accents and dialects. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 16 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 16 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 16 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 16 April 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Checkpoint Choice for Friday 16 April 2010
Iceland eruption leads to air travel chaos, Volcanic ash causes backlog of air passengers in NZ, House prices hit a 20 year high, Country areas get better broadband, Iceland eruption brings back memories. [more]

Iceland eruption leads to air travel chaos
Hundreds of thousands of air travellers remain stranded across Europe and around the world, thanks to a massive plume of volcanic ash. Airports have been closed in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. [more]

Volcanic ash causes backlog of air passengers in NZ
Air New Zealand says two of its flights out of Europe have been cancelled - affecting 700 passengers. [more]

Auckland bank building evacuated
Hundreds of staff from the ANZ bank building in Auckland's Queen Street have been evacuated after a bomb threat. [more]

House prices hit a 20 year high
House prices have hit a 20 year high for the month of March, but the market over-all remains relatively flat. Real Estate Institute figures show more than 6000 houses were sold last month, up from a low of just over 3600 in January. [more]

Hamilton comes down with V8 fever
The economic downturn is expected to have an impact on the Super V8 car race in Hamilton but organisers are still confident the event will be a success. [more]

Iceland eruption brings back memories
The massive disruption to flights caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland has brought back memories of a drama which unfolded on a British Airways flight in 1982. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Country areas get better broadband
Availability of broadband in country areas has more than doubled in the last three years but that's still not good enough for Federated Farmers. [more]

China's Prime Minister visits quake zone
China's Prime Minister, Wen Jaibao has visited the remote region of Qinghai province to see the devastation caused by the earthquake for himself. [more]

Waatea News for 16 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Thai protester escapes arrest through window
A Thai anti-government protest leader has escaped from a Bangkok hotel besieged by security forces by climbing down a rope. [more]

Unsubsidized tertiary students cost educators
Tertiary Education Commission figures show universities and polytechnics have been carrying unsubsidised students and they would have been worth nearly thirty-three million dollars in government funding last year. [more]

U.N. report critical of Musharraf govt. over Bhutto's death
The long awaited UN report into the assassination of the Pakistani political leader Benazir Bhutto two years ago is highly critical of the military government of General Pervez Musharraf which was in charge at the time. [more]

Travel chaos caused by Iceland volcano
As many as 600 thousand air travellers around the world have had their plans thrown into chaos, thanks to a massive plume of ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland. [more]

Japanese whaling meat on sale in U.S.
With less than two months until the International Whaling Commission meeting, scientists are pitching a last minute bid to stop Japan's so called scientific research program. [more]

Aim for Mars not the Moon
President Obama's decision earlier this year to kill off America's next space flight programme just as the space shuttle approaches retirement has divided pioneer astronauts and dismayed communities reliant on space jobs. [more]

Polls close in Sudan's election
The polls have closed after five days of voting in Sudan's first multi-party election since 1986. [more]

Russia freezes adoptions by Americans
The Russian government is suspending all adoptions of children by United States citizens. The announcement comes after a seven year-old Russian boy was sent back on his own to Moscow because his adoptive mother in Tennessee said he had psychological problems. [more]

UK holds first televised political leaders debate
Gordon Brown, David Cameron the leader of the opposition Conservative Party and Nick Clegg the leader of the Liberal Democrats argued about the economy and domestic issues such as immigration, health care and education. [more]

Pope asks Christians to do penance
Christians need to do penance that's the message from Pope Benedict to the faithful in connection with the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. [more]

Counter tickets for World Cup go on sale
There was a carnival like atmosphere in South Africa as World Cup football ticket centres opened for the final phase of sales. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea News for 16 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Spanish judge appears before the Supreme Court
Spain's best known judge has appeared before the country's Supreme Court for the second time in recent months. Baltasar Garzon who first became known abroad when he tried to prosecute Augusto Pinochet has been accused of abusing his authority by dropping a fraud investigation into Santander bank on personal grounds. [more]

NZ Mass for Polish President
A midday Mass has been held in Wellington for the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, his wife and the ninety-four others killed when their government jet went down while trying to land in Russia last Saturday. [more]

Library of tweets
The Library at the US Congress is to archive every single public tweet ever made. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Regional Wrap
Virtually all of the North Island desperately needs rain and in the South grape harvesting gets into full swing. [more]

Omihi School Biodiversity Project
As part of the Greening Waipara Project in North Canterbury, the students at Omihi Primary School are creating a biodiversity trail on the School grounds. [more]

Living Between the Lines - Sallie's Memories (part six)
Part 6 follows Sallie and her brothers as they embark on fishing and hunting expeditions on the family farm. [more]

Castlepoint Station
Anders and Emily Crofoot moved from a farm in New York State to Castlepoint Station in 1998. They've embraced rural life here - Anders is the president of Wairarapa Federated Farmers, the president of Grasslands New Zealand and the local fire chief. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 16 April 2010
For years New Zealand's anti-nuclear policy has been an irritant in the relationship with the United States. That appears to now be history, with this country's anti-nuke credentials the reason why the Prime Minister John Key was invited to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington earlier this week. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 April 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 16 April 2010
Update from London on grounding of air traffic, More Telecom jobs may go, company may have to split, Signs anti-nuclear policy no longer irritant, Former ministers could face 5 years in jail. [more]

Volcanic ash causes largest airport shutdown since WW2
Flights have been disrupted across northern Europe because of a cloud of volcanic ash drifting from Iceland. [more]

Research says half of homicides committed by family member
A South Auckland barrister says new research about homicides within families shows New Zealand is grossly failing women caught in situations of domestic violence. [more]

Pacific News for 16 April 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 16 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Volcanic ash closes air transport across much of Nthn. Europe
Ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has paralysed air transport across much of northern Europe. [more]

Telecom's woes could cause economic problems NZ wide
An independent telecommunications analyst is warning Telecom's financial difficulties could have negative repercussions for the whole of the New Zealand economy. [more]

Update from London on grounding of air traffic
Air traffic across northern Europe has been paralysed by a cloud of volcanic ash drifting from an Icelandic volcano. [more]

Air NZ flights from Europe grounded
All flights from Britain to New Zealand have been cancelled as a result of the volcanic ash. [more]

More Telecom jobs may go, company may have to split
Analysts says Telecom has lost any vestiges of its once privileged position in the market. [more]

Signs anti-nuclear policy no longer irritant
New Zealand's one-time relationship-rupturing anti-nuclear policy now seems no longer to be an irritant in the relationship with the United States. [more]

Hopes nuclear understanding will aid US free trade deal
It appears New Zealand's nuclear free stance is no longer a hindrance with the relationship with the US it once was. [more]

Farming community disappointed by driving age increase
The rural communty is expressing its disappointment at the driving age increase [more]

Former ministers could face 5 years in jail
Former Justice ministers, Sir Douglas Graham and Bill Jeffries could face up to five years in prison if they are found guilty of misleading investors in the collapsed finance company, Lombard Finance. [more]

People likely to still be buried after China quake
About Three hundred people are believed to be still buried under the rubble of this week's major earthquake in China, which has already caused 760 deaths. [more]

Former Auckland mayor to bid for spot on supercity council
The former Auckland mayor Christine Fletcher says she'd have no problem playing a support role to John Banks, if they're both succesful in reaching the council table of the new supercity. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Home loan approvals hit record low
Approvals for home loans slumped to a record low last week and are down almost a third on a year ago. [more]

Council lobby group concerned at effect of Canterbury sackings
Suggestions that regional councils are running scared of the Government are supported by a ratepayers lobby group. [more]

Third V8 super race cranks up on Hamilton street circuit
The smell of motor fuel will permeate Hamilton for the next three days as the city hosts the next round of the Australian V8 Supercars series. [more]

Volcanologist says flight disruption may last weeks
Air traffic across northern Europe has been brought to a standstill by a cloud of volcanic ash drifting from an Icelandic volcano. [more]

Telecom's financial woes look set to continue
Telecom's financial woes look set to continue, as an increase in competition begins to bite. [more]

Air New Zealand on disrupted flights
Flights in and out of northern Europe have been cancelled this morning because of a volcano in Iceland billowing ash into the sky. [more]

Markets Update for 16 April 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Uk election debate continues
Back now to the first ever debate between Britain's party leaders, ahead of next month's general election which is still underway. [more]

AgResearch's genetic modification programme get boost
The practice of genetic modification has received a significant boost from ERMA, the Environmental Risk Management Authority. [more]

Inshore fishers call for review of quota management system
Inshore fishermen want the 24-year-old quota management system to be reviewed. [more]

Waatea News for 16 April 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Councils at loggerheads over reform proposals for North
The mayors of Whangarei and the Far North want to dissolve the Northland Regional Council; split its duties and assets, and form two unitary authorities. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
We cross to Canberra now to join our correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Extreme kayaking
We talk to extreme kayaker Josh Neilson about assisting malaria clinics and making films about kayaking in crazy places. [more]

Bryan reveals this week's answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Changes to driving age
With Dr Robert Isler - director of the road safety research group at Waikato University's psychology department. Lachlan McKenzie - Federated Farmers spokesperson and Mike Noon - Automobile Association's general manager of motoring affairs. [more]

Michael Barkun
Surge in number of right wing Christian militia groups in the United States. Michael Barkun - Professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, specialising in political extremism and the relationship between religion and violence. [more]

Asia correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
Earthquake in China, protests in Thailand continue and a curfew on video games. [more]

Feature guest - Paul Pholeros
Improving health of Australia's indigenous people through improving their living conditions. [more]

Book Review - No Fretful Sleeper
A life of Bill Pearson - Written by Paul Millar, reviewed by Harry Broad and published by Auckland University Press. [more]

Music with Sam Wicks
Today Sam reviews new albums by The Phoenix Foundation and P Money. [more]

Sport with Richard Boock
Golf, Tiger Woods and rugby. [more]

The Week That Was
With Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 April 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 April 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Vault

The Vault - Baby Oliver
Deb Nation meets Oliver 18 years after his baby burblings featured in a programme called 'Parent Talk'. Now aged 20, Oliver hears his mother describe postnatal depression, and recounts his teenage years, spent struggling with mental illness. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 16 April 2010
A review of the week's news including: criminal charges laid against two former cabinet ministers, anti-nuclear policy no longer irritates NZ-US relations, boost for GM research, 30 year old missing person case reopened, green light for raising driving age, private sector to build prison, employment market grows, Telecom foreshadows earnings loss and axes jobs, ban on NZ apples to Australia could be lifted, Chinese owned company eyes South Island dairy farms, Team NZ to take part in Volvo Ocean Race and Digital Emmy for Wellington firm [more]


John Psathas and Pedro Carniero
NZ composer and Portuguese percussionist talk about the upcoming premiere of John's Marimba Concerto with Wellington Orchestra. [more]

Nerissa Moore
NZ voice teacher and examiner talks about World Voice Day 2010. [more]

Sarah Jane Summers
Scottish fiddler and tutor of Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle which is taking place in Upper Hutt. [more]

News stories:

Govt frees up $1b in tertiary institution assets
The Government has made it easier for tertiary institutions to claim ownership of or sell more than $1 billion in Crown assets. [more]

Federation head eyes mayoral position
The new chief executive of the Federation of Maori Authorities is not giving up on politics just yet. Former NZ First MP Ron Mark intends to stand for mayor of Wairarapa. [more]

Architectural eyes on new childcare centre
A new childcare centre in Kawakawa in Northland is garnering international attention for its architecture. [more]

Swedish woman to compete for NZ farm manager award
A Swedish woman will compete for the title of New Zealand farm manager of the year next month. Maria Carlson manages a dairy farm in the Marlborough Sounds. [more]

More talks sought by Greece on rescue plan
Greece has asked for more talks about a financial rescue plan, put together by eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: Telecom to consider splitting into two separate companies; house burglary broadcast live on the internet; rise in driving age met by truckload of criticism. [more]

Inu says he's happy enough to move on if Eels don't want him
The Parramatta centre and Kiwis international, Krisnan Inu, appears resigned to the fact he won't be at the National Rugby league club next season. Last week Eels CEO Paul Osborne said ... [more]

Greg Murphy likes his chances of another home win
The New Zealand racing driver Greg Murphy believes he has his best chance of repeating his spectacular run of success at home this decade with this weekend's New Zealand round of ... [more]

Former All Black set to sign with new Super Rugby franchise
The former All Blacks and Crusaders prop Greg Somerville is poised to sign with Super 15 rugby expansion franchise the Melbourne Rebels, according to The Australian newspaper. Somerville's currently playing for ... [more]

Slap on wrist for Manly drink driver
Manly league club's chief executive Graham Lowe was preaching tough love on Wednesday, but the NRL club has given its giant winger Tony Williams a slap on the wrist over his ... [more]

Rogue joint venture partner causes more problems
A rogue joint venture partner is causing more headaches for a major hotel chain. [more]

Commonwealth Games netball draw announced
The defending Commonwealth Games netball champions, the Silver Ferns, have been drawn with England in their six-team pool for the October Games in New Delhi. The draw was decided on world ... [more]

Eales appointed to Australian Rugby Union board
The World Cup-winning former Wallabies captain John Eales has been appointed to the board of the Australian Rugby Union. Eales, who led led Australia to victory at the 1999 World Cup ... [more]

Police use pepper spray as people buy World Cup tickets
South African police had to use pepper spray to stop scuffles and a 64-year-old man died in a queue as thousands of fans rushed to buy half a million Football World ... [more]

No chance of international cricket returning to Pakistan soon
The possibility of international cricket returning to Pakistan anytime soon has been ruled out by the International Cricket Council's chief executive Haroon Lorgat. Lorgat says until teams had the confidence to ... [more]

Bank threatens to sell English premier league football side
An investment bank's threatening to sell English Premier League side Birmingham City due to an unpaid debt of $4.5 million it claims is owed to them by the club owner. Seymour ... [more]

NZ seen as failing women caught in domestic violence
A South Auckland barrister says new research on homicides within families shows New Zealand is failing women caught in domestic violence. [more]

New digital music channel to be launched
MediaWorks, the owner of TV3 and C4, is launching a new digital music channel, C42, in May on Freeview. [more]

Woods back for second PGA event after layoff
Tiger Woods will play his second PGA Tour golf event since returning to the game after a five-month break, at the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina at the end of ... [more]

Red Knights meet to draw up United bid
According to British media reports, the Red Knights, a group of wealthy Manchester United football fans have met to discuss plans for a possible takeover of the heavily-indebted club. No bid ... [more]

Schumacher shrugs off criticism about his performance
The seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has brushed off criticism of his performance since he came out of retirement, saying he's still in the Formula One title race. Schumacher says he ... [more]

Whincup unfazed at being centre of attention at Hamilton
The defending V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup's not fazed at being the centre of attention at this weekend's round on the Hamilton street circuit. Whincup, who's switched to Holden this year, ... [more]

CNMI visitor arrivals rebound
Visitor arrivals to the CNMI saw double-digit growth from the islands' primary markets of Japan and Korea in March 2010 compared to same period last year. According to the Marianas... [more]

All Whites to play NZ invitational side
The All Whites will have one match at home before departing for the football world cup, but it won't be against another national side. The All Whites will play a New ... [more]

US markets keep rising
Stocks in the United States have posted their sixth consecutive day of gains, though concerns about a rise in weekly jobless claims limited the market's advance. [more]

Rural community accepts rise in driving age
Sections of the rural community say a Government decision to increase the driving age from 15 to 16 will affect them, but they have to accept it. [more]

Labour critical of Maori role in new prison
Labour says involving Maori in rehabilitation programmes at the new private prison is a cynical way to buy off opposition. [more]

East Coast fire ban lifted
Fire restrictions in the Gisborne-East Coast region were lifted on Friday morning, but the Fire Service says there's still some risk in rural areas. [more]

Indonesian transport ministry experts to investigate Manokwari plane crash
Indonesia Transport ministry experts have arrived in West Papua province to investigate Tuesday's crash by a passenger jet. The Merpati airline Boeing 737, which was carrying about 100 people, broke... [more]

Art collection boosted by portrait
A plan by the Rotorua Energy Trust to build up the city's collection of art with a local connection, has been boosted by the purchase of a portrait of Tuhourangi ancestor Mihipeka Wairama for $150,000. [more]

Google profit up
Google has reported a sharp rise in first quarter profit, due to a jump in online spending by advertisers. [more]

Auckland woman facing murder charge
An Auckland woman accused of assaulting a man this week is now charged with his murder. [more]

Woman arrested after taxi robbery
A woman has been arrested after the knife-point robbery of a taxi driver in Palmerston North. [more]

72-year-old hoax caller in French Polynesia gets suspended jail sentence
A man in French Polynesia has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence for making a hoax call to the assembly earlier this week. Local radio says the 72-year-old man... [more]

Environmentalists want Solomon Islands government to ban dolphin trading
The environmental organisation, Earth Island Institute, wants the Solomon Islands government to ban dolphin trading. The institute's Mark Berman has just returned to the United States from a visit to... [more]

ADB loan to ensure rebuilding of Samoa economy
The Governor of Samoa's Reserve Bank, Leasi Papali'i Scanlan, says a new loan assistance programme from the Asian Development Bank will provide substantial relief for the country's fiscal position. The... [more]

Share of agriculture in Fiji's economy declines
The share of agriculture in Fiji's economy has declined from 22 percent of GDP in 1980 to 14 percent. The governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Sada Reddy, told... [more]

Police in Guam arrest a man suspected of stealing over a million US dollars
A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Guam for the alleged theft of around one million US dollars in currency and products from a company called Foremost Guam. Marianas Variety... [more]

Over-enrolments at tertiary institutions worth $32m
Tertiary Education Commission figures show universities and polytechnics carried $33 million worth of unsubsidised students last year. [more]

Suspended Fiji police officer now in custody
Two senior Fiji police officers who were suspended for insubordination are now in police custody. A police spokeswoman Ema Dimila has told the Fiji Times the Fiji Police Force will... [more]

Former Fiji president accepts Rabuka apology
Fiji's former president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has accepted an apology from 1987 coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka for overthrowing the government led by Dr Timoci Bavadra. The Fiji Times says in... [more]

ATO renews crackdown on offshore tax havens
The Australian Tax Office is targeting as many as 100,000 Australians as part of a renewed crackdown on offshore tax havens. [more]

Vanuatu PM signals move towards hybrid rice cultivation co-operation with China
Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his government is looking to cooperate with China on hybrid rice cultivation to address Vanuatu's food security problem. Edward Natapei, who is on a six-day China... [more]

Farmers persist with request for list of rivers
Federated Farmers is persisting with efforts to obtain more information from the scientists involved in research which suggests the Manawatu River is one of the most polluted in the world. [more]

National recognition sought for champion shearer
There are calls for champion shearer David Fagan to be nationally recognised at the Halberg sports awards. [more]

Samoa government considers NGO disputes' tribunal
Samoa's prime minister has called on the Samoa umbrella group for NGOs, SUNGO, to support good governance. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was speaking at the opening of a forum discussing the... [more]

Endangered French Polynesian snails breeding in British zoo
The last known colony of a species of French Polynesian tree snail, decimated by so-called cannibal snails, has been entrusted to Bristol Zoo in Britain. The centimetre-long Partula faba snails,... [more]

Guam senators urged to move on Catholic church over child abuse
The vice-speaker of Guam's legislature says fellow senators will find it hard not to support a bill that would require Catholic church officials to report suspected child abuse to authorities. [more]

Potential seen for Muslim tourism in NZ
Muslims want popular tourist spots in New Zealand to be made Muslim friendly. [more]

Warning of dire consequences for bee industry
The man in charge of the strategy to eradicate American Foulbrood says there will be dire consequences for the New Zealand bee industry if the disease is not controlled. [more]

Community representative says Solomons dolphin killing agreement timely
A representative of two Solomon Islands communities that have agreed to stop hunting dolphins says the deal's come at a good time. The environmental organisation, Earth Island Institute, has signed... [more]

New Zealand appoints Nick Hurley as next High Commissioner to Samoa
New Zealand's foreign minister, Murray McCully, has appointed Nick Hurley as new High Commissioner to Samoa. Mr Hurley is a career diplomat, who is now the Consul-General in Brisbane, but... [more]

Man charged following two deaths in crash
A man has been charged following the deaths of two people in a road crash north of Waiouru on Easter Sunday. [more]

NZ pilot not criminally responsible for woman's death
A New Zealand helicopter pilot who spilt flammable liquid on a woman resulting in her death in Australia in 2004 has been found not criminally responsible. [more]

Obama hailed over change in US - NZ relations
Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger says difficulties in New Zealand's relationship with the United States over the nuclear-free stance are gone thanks to the presidency of Barack Obama. [more]

Government boosts funding for aquaculture research
The aquaculture research sector is getting $1.69 million in more funding from the Government. [more]

Medical test results to be shared
Medical test results are to be shared more widely in Canterbury. [more]

Whangarei dam level now below 50%
The dam that provides about half of Whangarei's water supply is now less than half full. [more]

Criminal charges may be easier to prove, says lawyer
A legal expert says it could be easier to prove criminal rather than civil charges against the directors of Lombard Finance. [more]

DoC to install solar power heaters on remote huts
The Department of Conservation plans to save money by using solar power to heat water at remote tramping huts, instead of using LPG delivered by helicopter. [more]

Citing costs, Solomons minister opposes more constituencies
A government minister in Solomon Islands says the country can ill-afford more MPs and it's unclear whether it needs them. The parliament has rejected a proposal to create 17 new... [more]

Ouster of Nobles from parliament touted as next Tonga move
A New Zealand academic says Tonga's popularly elected MPs are likely to push for the removal of the nobles seats following elections under democratic reforms in November. Dr Malakai Koloamatangi... [more]

Police in American Samoa seek source of pirated videos
The FBI and American Samoa's police are trying to trace who may be behind the production of a pirated music video. A woman who was questioned for selling copies of... [more]

War of word dogs French Polynesia politics
There is continued fallout in French Polynesia among the losing candidates of last week's election of the assembly president. In a war of words, Gaston Flosse, who was the ruling... [more]

Australian resident ruled out of commission case
The Supreme Court has overturned earlier rulings from lower courts which had found that a case could be taken against an Australian resident for alleged breaches of the Commerce Act. [more]

Bottle thrower may only have intended to litter
Police in Tauranga say there is a strong possibility the car passenger who threw a beer bottle which hit a woman in the face may only have been intending to litter. [more]

Corporate debt defaults likely to rise - agency
Standard & Poor's credit rating agency says New Zealand's traditionally low rate of corporate debt defaults is unlikely to continue this year. [more]

Telecom credit rating downgraded
Credit rating agency Fitch has cut Telecom's rating and says there may be further reductions after the phone company reduced its earnings forecasts. [more]

Regional councils running scared - lobby group
A ratepayers lobby group supports a claim that regional councils are running scared from the Government. [more]

Fletcher backs former rival in super-city race
Former National MP and Auckland City mayor Christine Fletcher says she supports super-city candidate and her former mayoral rival John Banks. [more]

All Black coaches reshuffle roles again
The All Black head coach Graham Henry and one of his assistants have swapped roles again with Steve Hansen returning to guiding the fowards and Henry becoming the strategic and attack ... [more]

Police search for caller after Auckland bomb scare
Police are working to identify a man who sparked a bomb scare in central Auckland on Friday, causing three branches of a bank to be evacuated. [more]

Irrigation ban on Hawke's Bay rivers
Lack of rain has forced the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to re-impose irrigation bans on two major rivers. [more]

Auckland museum evacuated
A fire alarm has caused a brief evacuation of hundreds of people at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. [more]

Hui told Maori have mana over foreshore and seabed
Maori have mana over the foreshore and seabed, a representative from the iwi Ngati Toa Rangatira has told a hui. [more]

NZ market ends trading week lower
The New Zealand sharemarket fell 10 points, or 0.3%, to close at 3311 on Friday on turnover of $54 million. [more]

Further genetic modification research approved
AgResearch has been given approval to continue its work with genetically modified cattle to produce therapeutic proteins in milk. [more]

Timaru company looking for more business in China
Scarlett Hydraulics of Timaru is hoping to secure more work from a Chinese tannery firm, after selling them equipment in a deal worth $1 million. [more]

Skellerup chief to leave company
Skellerup managing director Donald Stewart has resigned after more than 30 years with the company. [more]

Chamber of Commer eager for mall bus route to start
Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce hopes work to transform a central city mall in Wellington into a two-way bus route will begin quickly. [more]

Commissioner to review probation centre consent
The Christchurch City Council has appointed a commissioner to decide the fate of a resource consent for a proposed probation centre. [more]

Navy ship's landing craft to be replaced
HMNZS Canterbury is to have its two landing craft replaced. Other work by the ship's builder will include stabilising the vessel and repairing its cranes. [more]

NZ passenger recalls drama on 1982 flight
The massive disruption to flights caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland this week has brought back memories of a drama which unfolded on a British Airways flight in 1982. [more]

Access to broadband improving
Access to broadband internet services has improved in the past three years with only 12% of homes with internet using dial-up access, new figures show. [more]

Housing market remains subdued
Latest real estate figures confirm the housing market is treading water. [more]

Days before normal flights resume, travellers warned
Hundreds of thousands of travellers worldwide are stranded as hundreds of flights to Europe are cancelled due to a volcanic ash cloud. [more]