Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th May 2010

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Environment - Moriori Dendroglyphs
Moriori dendroglyphs, or tree carvings, are unique to the Chatham Islands, and are found on fewer than 200 trees. Many of these trees are dying. [more]

Best song ever written - Closer To Fine
Fiona Bartlett from Wellington has chosen 'Closer To Fine' by the Indigo Girls. [more]

Your place - Mokau and Awakino
Your place goes to two small centres in the Waitomo district separated by a narrow coastal strip along highway 3, the main route between New Plymouth and Te Kuiti. [more]

Lionel Shriver
Prize winning author, talks about her life and her new book"So much for that". [more]

Wood Pigeon signs
"Caution Kereru"signs may soon be adorning streets in Otatara near Invercargill. The signs are a plea for drivers to slow down. [more]

He Rourou for 13 May 2010
Ana Tapiata talks to a couple of Otaki school students read the letters they wrote to the mayor of Whanganui, letters that complained about the mayor's decision to retain the letter h in Whanganui. [more]

Arts report
With our reporter Lynn Freeman. [more]

Christchurch Story for 13 May 2010 - War Gaming
War Games are 'conflict simulations' involving strategy within a military operation scenario. There are a myriad of games set in both real and imagined worlds, and competitions every year both nationally and internationally provide players with greater goals and challenges. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With guests Gordon Campbell and Gordon McLauchlan. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With guests Gordon Campbell and Gordon McLauchlan. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 13 May 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 13 May 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 13 May 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 13 May 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 13 May 2010
News from the business sector. [more]


Checkpoint choice for Thursday 13 May 2010
Police hunting for a missing Whanganui woman reveal they've found a body. John Key is forced to eat his words over the Tuhoe cannabilism joke and tertiary institutions expect to push Government enrolment restrictions to their limit this year. [more]

Body found in hunt for missing Whanganui woman
The police searching for the missing Whanganui woman Marice McGregor have found a body in a ravine. [more]

Key says joke was light-hearted
The Prime Minister, John Key has had to apologise for making a joke about Tuhoe eating him for dinner. [more]

Analysis of Key's comments
Our political reporter Julian Robins joins us. [more]

Hamilton student arrested after brandishing knife
A Hamilton high school went into lockdown mode earlier today because of a student with a knife. [more]

Govt restrictions on tertiary enrolments stretched to the limit
Tertiary institutions expect to push government imposed enrolment caps to their limit this year. [more]

Steven Joyce talks about student enrolments
Listening to that was the Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce - he's with us. [more]

Evening sports news for 13 May 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Ngati Porou says John Key's cannibalism joke just a joke
Back to John Key's joke about Tuhoe eating him for dinner. [more]

Serbian paramilitary leader arrested in Sydney
A worldwide manhunt has come to an end in Sydney, for a former Serbian paramilitary leader suspected of war crimes. [more]

Waatea news for 13 May 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Officials still don't know what caused Tripoli plane crash
Libyan authorities have ruled out terrorism but are no closer to explaining why a recently-built airliner crashed as it landed at Tripoli Airport, killing 103 people. [more]

World Cup transport plan unveiled
Auckland suburbs will be shut down and roads closed as Rugby World Cup organisers push fans out of their cars and on to public transport during next year's tournament. [more]

Tiger penis seized at Auckland airport
Biosecurity officials have seized what they believe to be a tiger penis and gallbladder during a search at Auckland International Airport. [more]

Neil Armstrong wants space programme reconsidered
Neil Armstrong who in 1969 was the first man to set foot on the moon, has urged the Obama administration to rethink its plans to cut back on its human spaceflight programme. [more]

Group takes class action against Australian banks
It's tipped to be one of the biggest class actions ever taken in Australia. [more]

Key gives tourism industry a $30 million boost
The Prime Minister has announced a 30-million dollar funding boost for the tourism industry, but says the sector must work to get more bang for its marketing dollars. [more]

Spain to cut public service salaries
The Government in Spain is to cut public service salaries this year as part of harsh austerity measures aimed at getting the country out of debt. [more]

Unions urge caution with Holidays Act review
Unions fear employers are attempting to use a review of the Holidays Act as a chance to"gouge out"existing staff entitlements on sick leave and holiday pay. [more]

Evening sports news for 13 May 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

More drinking education needed
Teachers and students say schools need to do more to educate teenagers about the dangers of alcohol. [more]

Local politicians want freedom camping rules set-up
Local government politicians are calling for the Government to establish a set of national rules for freedom camping. [more]

Karzai and Obama meet in Washington
Barack Obama has endorsed efforts by the Afghan President to reach out to Taliban fighters. [more]

New British govt's view on Afghanistan
One of the most crucial foreign policy issues facing the new British government is Afghanistan. [more]

UN nuclear watchdog has Israel in its sights
For months Iran has been under pressure over its nuclear ambitions, but now the UN's nuclear watchdog wants Israel discussed at a meeting in June. [more]

Dunedin company urges Kiwirail to reconsider train contract
A Dunedin company that took on international competitors to create a state of the art Air Traffic Control Simulator says Kiwirail could also beat the odds. [more]

Waatea news for 13 May 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

BP continues its efforts in the Gulf of Mexico
BP now says it will try for the second time to cap the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. [more]

Oil spill complicates success of climate legislation
The long delayed US climate legislation has finally been presented to the Senate. [more]

Inquest into deaths on Lake Tekapo
A Coroner investigating the deaths of three fishermen on Lake Tekapo says it should be compulsory for people to wear lifejackets and carry communication equipment on small boats. [more]

David Cameron and Nick Clegg's 'love fest'
During the British election campaign, the leaders of the main political parties were at each others' throats, keen to point out how much they disagreed with each other. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 May 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 May 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 13 May 2010
Lobby group backs cheaper cell phone charges, Britain's first coalition government in 65 years begins work, Reserve Bank propped up local banks during Euro crisis, Rail union laments missed opportunity, Victoria University refuses to accept new enrolments, History revived at Waitangi hearings for Ngapuhi claims,"Pushy"IHC fundraiser under scrutiny. [more]

Coalition government gets to work in Britain
Britain's coalition government is into its first full day of work. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party will govern with help from the Liberal Democrats, who have secured several seats in cabinet. [more]

Australian banks face huge class action over fees
The Australian banking sector faces the biggest class action in Australian history over some of the fees charged to customers. [more]

Pacific News for 13 May 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 13 May 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Phone charge regualtion may encourage more telcos
The chief executive of the Telecommunications Users Association says more phone companies will be set up if the government decides to regulate the market for calls between phone networks. [more]

Rail union wants government to stop contract going offshore
The rail workers's union wants the government to stop a contract to build Auckland's electric rail units from going overseas. [more]

Lobby group backs cheaper cell phone charges
Mobile phone users could soon be paying significantly less for calls to other networks, if the Government follows official advice on regulation. [more]

Britain's first coalition government in 65 years begins work
Britain's Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his Liberal Democrat deputy, Nick Clegg, are promising a new era in politics as the country's first coalition government in sixty-five years begins work. [more]

Rail union laments missed opportunity
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is accusing the government and Kiwirail of losing faith in New Zealand's skilled workforce. [more]

10 year old boy sole survivor of air crash
Authorities are scrambling for answers after a plane crash that killed 103 people in Libya. Just one person, a 10-year-old Dutch boy, survived. The Afriqiyah Airways plane was flying from Johannesburg when it crashed as it tried to land at Tripoli airport. [more]

Report finds New Zealand has low tax burden on incomes
Before the announcement of expected tax cuts in next week's Budget, a new report shows New Zealand has one of the lowest tax burdens in the developed world. [more]

Victoria University refuses to accept new enrolments
One of the country's largest university's is refusing to accept any new domestic enrolments for the rest of the year - citing that it simply cannot afford them. [more]

Civil Liberties Council says potential power abuse escalating
The Civil Liberties Council is warning that there is now no degree of separation between the government and the intelligence services. [more]

"Pushy" IHC fundraiser under scrutiny
The charity IHC is investigating a complaint from an elderly woman who says she felt pressured into donating. The case has raised questions about commission-based street fund-raising by charity agents. [more]

Sports News for 13 May 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Chinese child murders could be 'copy cat'
Six young children have been murdered in north-western China in the latest in a series of violent attacks on nursery schools. [more]

Opposition kick off inquiry into care of elderly
The Labour and Green Parties have kicked off their investigation into the rest home industry and changes to home based support with a meeting in Kapiti yesterday. [more]

Hauraki hui comes out against new mining on Coromandel
After a Hui, Hauraki Maori have come out against any new mining on the Coromandel Peninsula. [more]

Consumer group sees phone costs falling with regulation
A consumer advocate says mobile phone users will benefit if the government agrees with its competition watchdog and regulates the market for calls between phone networks. [more]

Reserve Bank propped up local banks during Euro crisis
Banks facing difficulties getting credit because of Europe's debt problems have been propped up by the Reserve Bank. [more]

Thai government pulls back from showdown with protesters
Thailand's government has called off a November election and scrapped plans for talks with protesters who've occupied the commercial district for six weeks. [more]

History revived at Waitangi hearings for Ngapuhi claims
The Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into the Ngapuhi claims is focusing on New Zealand's first declaration of nationhood - by Maori - five years before the treaty. [more]

New Zealand shows four films at Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival has just opened and this year New Zealand is showing three feature films and one short film to buyers from all over the world. [more]

Sports News for 13 May 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Brown biographer: new Labour leader should 'build bridges'
As the Conservative leader David Cameron puts together Britain's first coalition government in more than six decades, the Labour Party is preparing for a leadership contest. [more]

Taranaki might not cope with large oil spill
Taranaki people who witnessed the country's worst crude oil spill three years ago aren't convinced New Zealand could cope with a Gulf of Mexico-type disaster. [more]

Waatea News for 13 May 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sometimes all you want is Mum
Scientists in the United States have discovered a mother's soothing words unleash a feel-good hormone -- the same hormone that's triggered by a cuddle. [more]

Pacific whale loses bearings in the Mediterranean Sea
Scientists say sightings of a Pacific gray whale off the coast of Israel are among the most significant ever because of the tens of thousands of kilometres it's travelled to its new home. [more]


Quoll School
Teaching the dangers of eating Cane Toads. [more]

Earth Sciences
Drilling a core into the geologic cycle and how Eyjafjallajokul in Iceland became such an annoying volcano. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Could some Rugby World Cup providers harm NZ's reputation?
Martin Snedden, Rugby World Cup 2011 chief executive comments on the assertion that some Rugby World Cup providers could harm the country's reputation. [more]

Over-the-counter genetic test kits
Hank Greely, the director of Stanford University's Center for Law and the Biosciences talks about over-the-counter genetic testing kits that are to be sold across the United States. [more]

Rural broadband
Two remote South Island Rural schools have trialled 8 weeks of high speed broadband via satelillite. Andrena Norrish is the principal of one them - Winchester Rural School. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
Britain is still coming to terms with its new coalition government. [more]

Feature Guest - Shahid Mahmood
Shahid Mahmood is an internationally syndicated political cartoonist and commentator. Mahmood has had political pressure from both the Middle East and North America. [more]

Book Review - Wild Romance
Paul Diamond reviews 'Wild Romance' by Chloe Schama. Published by Bloomsbury. [more]

New Technology with Nigel Horrocks
Nigel Horrocks discusses privacy, disappearing telephone books and the Twitter newspaper. [more]

Simon Pollard
The Canterbury Museum spider biologist Simon Pollard has turned his great uncle's war time diary and turned it into a children's book"Dear Alison - A New Zealand Soldier's Story from Stalag 383"- which details Dudley Muff's experiences in a German Prisoner of War Camp in World War II. [more]

Simon Wilson discusses the new look Fair Go, the Nightline Anniversary special and talks about becoming the new editor of Metro. [more]

Our Changing World

Laser Scans of Moriori Dendroglyphs
Detailed 3D digital laser scans are preserving information about Moriori tree carvings on the Chatham Islands [more]

Fossil Hunting
GNS Science's Marianna Terezow, James Crampton and his two children go on a fossil hunt to a location featured in their new book [more]

Glass for Radiation Imaging
Andy Edgar and Chris Varoy are developing new materials which can store radiation and the images retrieved later [more]

Tidal Energy Potential in Cook Strait
Ocean physicist Craig Stevens is interested in energy flows in turbulent environments such as Cook Strait [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 May 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 May 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Lionel Friend
UK-based music director of NZ Opera's current production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. [more]

Gareth Farr
NZ Composer of music for the stage production 'Nero' which opens at Circa Theatre in Wellington this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Mobile call pricing regulation recommended
The Commerce Commission has backtracked on an earlier decision and is recommending the Government regulate the cost of switching mobile phone calls between networks. [more]

NZ has lowest tax in developed world, says OECD
New Zealand's tax on a single income family earning the average wage is the lowest in the developed world. [more]

Reserve Bank makes extra credit available to banks
The debt crisis in Europe has prompted the Reserve Bank to increase the availability of credit in New Zealand for banks finding it hard to source loans. [more]

Hurricanes het Smith back but still missing Vito
The Hurricanes will have their All Black centre Conrad Smith back for Friday night's must-win Super 14 rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney but not their loose ... [more]

Bulls confirm 14 changes for Stormers match
The Bulls rugby coach Frans Ludeke insists he hasn't compromised the Super 14 competition by making 14 changes to his lineup for their final round robin match this weekend ... [more]

Former All Blacks halfback retires
The former All Black halfback Justin Marshall has announced his retirement and he could make his final appearance for his English club Saracens in this weekend's premiership semi-final against Northampton. 36 ... [more]

Super 14 shootouts to decide semi-final line up
The calculators have been put away and bonus points are all but redundant as the Super 14 rugby season comes down to one all-South African clash and a couple of winner-takes-all ... [more]

Terry has scan on right foot
The Chelsea and England football camps have had an injury scare when defender John Terry had a scan on his right foot after taking a knock in training. There were initial ... [more]

Nadal canters through in Madrid
The claycourt tennis maestro Rafa Nadal again made it look all too easy in the latest stage of his French Open preparations with a 6-4 6-3 dismissal of Oleksandr Dolgopolov in ... [more]

Webber can follow in Brabham's tracks
More than half a century after Jack Brabham won Formula One's most glamorous race, Mark Webber has a real chance to emulate his great compatriot on the streets of Monaco ... [more]

$70m series lures Bolt
International athletics will launch in Doha tomorrow a new 70-million dollar series of global meetings without the glamour of all the big names they were hoping for. Leading attractions Kenenisa Bekele, ... [more]

Cup chief rips Dunga for leaving out Ronaldinho
The World Cup head organizer Danny Jordaan has criticized Dunga for leaving Ronaldinho out of Brazil's first-choice squad for the tournament, saying some coaches are blinded by a sense of power. ... [more]

French want extra drug tests on Tour de France
The French anti-doping agency has asked the International Cycling Union for authorization to perform additional tests during the Tour de France. The AFLD's president Pierre Bordry says he sent an ... [more]

Greg Henderson well up in Giro time trial
The New Zealand road cyclist Greg Henderson has finished fiifth in the fourth stage time trial in the Giro d'Italia, a 33 kilometre ride from Savigliano to Cuneo. The English rider ... [more]

Cambiasso, Zanetti out of Maradona's plans
Argentina's coach Diego Maradona has disregarded the vast experience of Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and 136-cap record holder Javier Zanetti in naming his 30-man provisional World Cup squad. Zanetti, a ... [more]

Australia surrender three-goal lead at Shah Cup
The men's hockey world champions Australia let slip a three-goal advantage to earn a 5-5 draw with Pakistan in an exciting match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in ... [more]

Mixed day for NZ bowlers in Bundaberg
The New Zealand men have a 2-1 lead over Australia after the opening day of the trans-Tasman bowls test series in Queensland but the women trail 1-2 half way through the ... [more]

NZ Football names seven stand-by players
Two UK-based players, the Scottish premier league defender Steven Old and the Shrewsbury Town striker Kris Bright, have been named on New Zealand Football's list of standby players for the World ... [more]

Peta Scholz out of ANZ Championship
A serious knee injury has ruled Peta Scholz out of the rest of netball's ANZ Championship but she will remain involved with the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic. The loss of the ... [more]

Seven-year standoff over forestry certification ended
Talks over an international certification label on New Zealand timber have resumed after a seven-year deadlock. [more]

Woman 'got into car' on day of disappearance
Police investigating the disappearance of Whanganui woman Marice McGregor now believe she got into a car on the day she was last seen. [more]

Meetings looking at aged care underway
The Labour and Green parties have kicked off their investigation into the rest home industry and changes to home-based support with a meeting in Kapiti. [more]

Foreign students only part of solution, say universities
University bosses say they would benefit from Government help to increase their international student numbers, but warn foreign students are only a short term answer to their funding issues. [more]

Unions warn against reducing holiday entitlements
The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Government not to reduce workers' leave entitlements in changes to be made to the Holidays Act. [more]

National policy on freedom camping urged
The mayor of Buller is calling for the Government to establish nationwide rules on freedom camping. [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Missing Whanganui woman was in internet relationship; ailing elderly couple have home help axed; Canterbury dentist found guilty of professional misconduct; new ambulance service starts operating in Dunedin. [more]

ASB sees improvement in economy
ASB says competition for retail deposits continues to squeeze margins but the overall economy is showing signs of improvement. [more]

Bank margins 'will continue to be squeezed'
Higher funding costs and intense competition for deposits will continue to plague the country's banks this year, a banking academic predicts [more]

Europe-based Pumas freed to play in expanded Tri Nations
Argentina's path towards an expanded Tri Nations in 2012 has been smoothed with the International Rugby Board approving a new rule to help top Pumas play in it. Most of Argentina's ... [more]

Poor start for Team NZ in Portugal
Team New Zealand managed to salvage a win on the opening day of fleet racing in the MedCup regatta in Portugal. The New Zealanders opened the defence of the series title ... [more]

Russia to host 2013 sevens world cup
The 2013 rugby sevens World Cup will be played in Russia. IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset says Council Members were extremely impressed with the Rugby Union of Russia bid, and they're sure ... [more]

Former stars lash India after T20 exit
Former Indian cricket greats have lashed current players after their early exit from the World Twenty20, blaming weakness against the bouncer and the poor standard of the Indian Premier League. Mahendra ... [more]

Drysdale confident back injury won't hinder him at world champs
The world champion sculler Mahe Drysdale doesn't think a back injury that's hindered his preparations for the New Zealand rowing team's European tour will affect him at the World Championships later ... [more]

Roddick's French Open build-up hit by illness
The American tennis star Andy Roddick's preparations for the French Open have been dealt a blow after he had to withdraw from the Madrid Masters due to a virus. The ... [more]

UN Representative is confident prisoner's death in Vanuatu will see action
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture says he's confident those responsible for the death of a prisoner in police custody in Vanuatu last year will be held accountable. Manfred Nowak... [more]

UN Representative is confident prisoner's death in Vanuatu will see action
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture says he's confident those responsible for the death of a prisoner in police custody in Vanuatu last year will be held accountable. Manfred Nowak... [more]

UN Representative is confident prisioner's death in Vanuatu will see action
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture says he's confident those responsible for the death of a prisoner in police custody in Vanuatu last year will be held accountable. Manfred Nowak... [more]

Property Finance Group asks shareholders to approve liquidation
Property Finance Group says it's no longer a viable business, and its board will ask shareholders to support putting the company into voluntary liquidation and delist it from the stock exchange. [more]

Regulation would cut mobile phone call prices - analyst
Most consumers would enjoy lower-priced mobile phone calls if the Government regulated the cost of switching mobile phone calls between networks, a telecommunications analyst says. [more]

Another tough year for grape growers
The national wine industry body says the this year's grape vintage appears to be smaller than anticipated and prices have dropped for the second consecutive year. [more]

Legal battle over GM animal research
AgResearch and the Environmental Risk Management Authority are in for another legal battle over genetically modified animal research. [more]

Vet council tracks workforce numbers more closely
The Veterinary Council is taking steps to keep a closer track of the workforce so it can anticipate where future vet shortages, or oversupply, might occur. [more]

Farmers urged to prevent stock getting on roads
Farmers are being warned to check fences on their properties in the wake of an increase in the number of wandering stock on the country's highways. [more]

Hawaii's Health Department launches investigation into dumped tsunami goods
The Hawaii Department of Health has launched an investigation into how items donated for tsunami victims in American Samoa ended up being illegally dumped in Honolulu, Hawaii. KHON-TV says a... [more]

Australia's aid budget is not focussed as closely on Pacific as NZ - official
An Australian government spokesman says geographical differences mean its aid budget is not focussed as closely on the Pacific as New Zealand. As part of its budget, the Australian Government... [more]

CNMI Senate echoes House's objections to US Interior's recommendation
In the Northern Marianas, the Senate has backed a House of Representative joint resolution strongly opposing a U.S. Department of Interior report on foreign workers. The report recommends granting permanent... [more]

Newcrest's Fiji Ltd's managed Namosi Joint Venture brushes aside mine rumours
Newcrest's Fiji Ltd's managed Namosi Joint Venture has brushed aside reports that it has established a mine in the province saying work is still in the exploration stage. The Fiji... [more]

Tourism industry to get $25m to promote NZ
The tourism industry will receive $25 million in the Budget to market New Zealand internationally. [more]

Residents of American Samoa able to cash in on federally funded rebates
Residents of American Samoa are now able to cash in on federally funded rebates to buy energy efficient refrigerators, freezers, washers and air conditioning units. The rebate program is offered... [more]

CNMI utility seeks 37 percent power rate hike
In the Nothern Marianas, on top of a proposal to increase water and wastewater rates, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation is also seeking a 37-percent increase in its levelized energy adjustment... [more]

Windflow Technology predicts larger loss
Wind turbine manufacturer Windflow Technology Ltd has downgraded its earnings forecast. [more]

American Samoa govt checks on departments for technology needs
The American Samoa Government is canvassing departments to assess their use of technology and training needs. Chief Information officer and Director of Information Technology, Asi Bruce, says the implementation of... [more]

Fiji Development Bank forced to close Lagoon Resort in Pacific Harbour
The Fiji Development Bank says it was forced to close the Lagoon Resort in Pacific Harbour last week. The banks acting CEO Nafitalai Cakacaka says there were pending transactions between... [more]

PNG locals in Kokopo given a financial opportunity
In Papua New Guinea's East New Britain Province, the people of Bitavavar in Kokopo have been given a financial opportunity to participate in small to medium scale businesses Many in... [more]

Star Kist expected to make major announcement in American Samoa
The only cannery in American Samoa, Star Kist Samoa, is set to make a major announcement about its future tomorrow. Star Kist's President, Don Binotto, who is visiting the territory,... [more]

Marshalls and Australia sign tax information exchange treaty
The Marshall Islands and Australia have agreed on a new tax information exchange treaty, the second the Marshalls government has signed. The move is seen as a step to get... [more]

NZ and Australia assist Fiji victims of Cyclone Tomas
New Zealand's Acting Head of Mission in Fiji says the local authorities have responded well to Cyclone Tomas which directly affected more than 39,000 people. The cyclone destroyed more than... [more]

Emirates profit takes off
Dubai-based airline Emirates has quadrupled its full year profit to $US964 million, despite a global downturn in air travel. [more]

Contact reports power prices rise
The country's largest listed power company, Contact Energy, says prices have risen to over $79 a megawatt hour - more than double that of the same period a year ago. [more]

Growers take measures against crop theft
Fruit and vegetable growers are taking increasing measures to stop people stealing their produce. [more]

Drought assistance requests increase
Calls to the rural support trust in the Bay of Plenty are increasing after months of little rainfall. [more]

Tonga women alarmed at human trrafficking case
Tonga's Women's and Children's crisis centre says a case of human trafficking in the country has raised red flags. Police have charged two people with human trafficking, the first such... [more]

Australia reviews aid advisors over spending criticism
Australia has announced a review of the advisors working in its aid program, following criticism of the money it spends on consultants. As part of its budget, the government's announced... [more]

Nauru parliament elects speaker in sixth attempt
The parliament of Nauru has elected Godfrey Thoma as its new Speaker, nearly three weeks after an early general election. The Government Information Office says Mr Thoma was nominated and... [more]

Greater oversight of security services planned
Government agencies, including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, are to have greater oversight of New Zealand's intelligence services. [more]

Mayor calls for national gang patch ban
Whakatane's mayor says the assault on a four-year old boy because of the colour of his T-shirt illustrates the need for national legislation to ban the wearing of gang patches. [more]

Four on trial over employment of overstayers
A trial has begun of four Hawke's Bay businessmen charged with conspiring to assist overstayers and ship jumpers to live and work illegally in New Zealand. [more]

Price of food falls - but still higher than last year
Food prices have fallen due to lower meat and vegetable costs, but remain higher than a year ago. [more]

FA Cup final to be shown live in NZ
Live television coverage of this weekend's FA Cup final is to be shown in New Zealand after all. [more]

Amid OECD pressure, Marshalls signs second tax information exchange treaty
The Marshall Islands and Australia have agreed on a new tax information exchange treaty - the second after Majuro signed one with the United States. The move is seen as... [more]

Fiji gets more cyclone aid from NZ and Australia
New Zealand and Australia have announced further funding to help rebuild homes, schools and health facilities in Fiji destroyed or damaged by Cyclone Tomas. The cyclone directly affected more than... [more]

American Samoa told of cuts in federal funds
The Fono in American Samoa has been told to expect less federal assistance. The Department of Interior Director of Insular Affairs, Nikolao Pula, has appeared in the Fono to present... [more]

Tonga women alarmed at human trafficking case
Tonga's Women's and Children's crisis centre says a case of human trafficking in the country has raised red flags. Police have charged two people with human trafficking, the first such... [more]

Manufacturing activity on the increase
Activity in the manufacturing sector hit a five-and-a-half year high in April. [more]

Jury retires for day in hit-and-run trial
A jury has retired for the day in the trial of a woman killed in a hit-and-run after her bag was snatched in South Auckland. [more]

Police concerned motorists failed to stop at fatal crash
Police say several vehicles drove past a fatal motorcycle accident without stopping near Oamaru in the early hours of Thursday. [more]

Girl arrested after knife incident at Hamiton school
A 15-year-old girl has been arrested after allegedly threatening other students with a knife at Hamilton Girls' High School. [more]

Tertiary institutions push Government enrolment limits
Tertiary institutions are likely to push the Government's enrolment caps to their limit this year, with some signalling they might break the rules. [more]

Williams, Soderling crash out of Madrid Open
The world tennis number one Serena Williams has crashed out of the Madrid Open, beaten in the third round by the Russian Nadia Petrova. The winner of 12 grand slam singles ... [more]

Lauaki not yet confirmed to play in France
The agent for the Chiefs forward Sione Lauaki says the player is yet to sign a deal to play in France. A report in Europe said French rugby club Clermont had ... [more]

Storm directors to mount legal challenge over salary cap penalties
Independent directors of the Melbourne Storm rugby league club have advised owners News Limited they're considering legal action against the National Rugby League over salary cap penalties. News Limited though says ... [more]

Phoenix sign new striker
The former Australian football international Dylan Macallister has signed a one year deal with the Wellington Phoenix for the upcoming A-League season. The tall striker will add size and strength to ... [more]

FA Cup final will be shown in New Zealand
Live television coverage of this weekend's English FA Cup football final will be shown in New Zealand afterall. SKY Television has secured the rights for the match between Chelsea and English ... [more]

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Leicester City's hopes of a return to English football's Premier League have ended after the Frenchman Yann Kermorgant helped Cardiff City win their Championship playoff semi-final on penalties. The match ended ... [more]

Cardiff through to Championship play-off decider
Cardiff will take on Blackpool for a place in the English Premier football League after beating Leicester in a penalty shootout in the League Championship playoffs. Cardiff took the shootout ... [more]

Ben Johnson's coach dies
Charlie Francis, the disgraced former coach of scandal-plagued Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, has died after a five-year battle with cancer... he was 61. Johnson won the 1988 Olympic 100 metres ... [more]

Rogge says Africa must show it wants Olympics
The IOC president Jacques Rogge says Africa needs to show it wants the Olympics, and a candidate must come forward soon if the continent is to host the 2020 Games. ... [more]

Argentina's Four Nations dream a step closer
Argentina's rugby players have passed another milestone in their quest for regular top-flight internationals when the IRB granted them freedom from their clubs to take part in an expanded Tri-Nations from ... [more]

Atletico win Europa League after Forlan double
Two goals from the Uruguay striker Diego Forlan, including an extra-time winner, have given Atletico Madrid a 2-1 win over Fulham in football's Europa League final in Hamburg, Forlan ... [more]

Australia has plans for Pacific public administration school
The Australian government says it's to talk to the University of the South Pacific about establishing a Pacific Island public administration centre. As part of its budget, Canberra has announced... [more]

World Bank gives Samoa US$20m loan
Samoa is to receive a 20 million US dollar interest free loan from the World Bank to help it recover from the impact of the global financial crisis. The Samoan... [more]

PNG challenged in amending electoral boundaries
Papua New Guinea's National Research Institute says the government faces a huge challenge to pass constitutional amendments to allow for new electoral boundaries to be drawn up in time for... [more]

American Samoa to miss UN Decolonisation talks in Noumea
The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says he will not attend next week's Pacific Seminar of the UN Decolonisation Committee in New Caledonia. Togiola says it's with regrets that he... [more]

Fears NZ could not cope with big oil slick
Some Taranaki people who witnessed the country's worst crude oil spill three years ago are not convinced New Zealand could cope with a disaster on the scale of that in the Gulf of Mexico. [more]

Body found in ravine near Whanganui highway
Police investigating the disappearance of a Whanganui woman have found a body in a ravine near State Highway 4. [more]

Council proposes time limit on Sunday parking
The Wellington City Council is considering imposing a two-hour time limit on free parking in the central city on Sundays. [more]

Trains for Auckland to be built overseas
A rail workers' union says a decision by KiwiRail not to have its own workshop build new trains for Auckland - meaning the job will go overseas - is a slap in the face for the local industry. [more]

Rugby World Cup transport plan unveiled
Major roads will be closed and suburbs locked down in Auckland as Rugby World Cup organisers push fans out of their cars and on to public transport during next year's tournament. [more]

Marketing costs higher than research for NZ firms
An industry group has welcomed the Government's boost to research and development funds, but says the real challenge facing New Zealand manufacturers is the cost of selling their products overseas. [more]

NZ market higher at close
The New Zealand share market was up 39 points, or 1.2%, to 3195 at the close of trade on Thursday. [more]

Rotorua homes flooded due to heavy rain
Several homes and commercial buildings in Rotorua have been flooded due to heavy rain. [more]

Tuhoe not amused by PM's 'cannibal' joke
Prime Minister John Key has joked about Tuhoe being cannibals during a speech in Auckland, straining relations with the iwi even further. [more]