Radio New Zealand - Friday, 11th June 2010

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Saturday Morning, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Bobby Brazuka in Auckland chooses 'Ponta De Lanca' by Jorge Ben. [more]

Abby Sunderland
"It's in God's hands", says the father of an American teenage sailor as Australian search and rescue crews look for his daughter in treacherous seas 3000 km off the Australian Coast. Abby Sunderland is 16 years old and was attempting to become the youngest sailor to perform a solo circumnavigation. [more]

Soccer nuts
The Black Caps have the Beige Brigade, and now the All Whites will have their very own unique fans following them at the World Cup in South Africa. [more]

He Rourou for 11 June 2010
Singer-songwriter Maisey Rika has been singing professionally for half her life, even winning a double platinum award for an album of Maori classics at the tender age of 15. Maisey talks to Ana Tapiata about her past year, which has seen her give up her day job, tour internationally, record her album and music video, to mention just some of her activities. [more]

Feature album
'I Speak Because I Can' by Laura Marling. [more]

Fresh fast food
Wellington chef Jacob Brown from The Larder has been checking out a few food venues in his old home town in New South Wales. [more]

Wine
Wine reviews with Yvonne Lorkin. [more]

Movies
With Noelle McCarthy. [more]

Sport
It's time, at last, for the Football World Cup finals in South Africa. Shaping up as the best ever, there are probably 10 teams that could potentially win it. And, as a bonus, New Zealand will be making its second ever appearance. With guest Keith Lynch. [more]

Weekend weather
With MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Duncan Webb and Simon Pound. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Duncan Webb and Simon Pound. [more]

Best Of The Week

BOW Friday June 11th 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11th June. This week.....New Zealand Post may need to limit postal deliveries to every second day or end Saturday deliveries if its to stay profitable, a look back at the Royal visit of 1953 as part of a Queens Birthday holiday show, Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School celebrates forty years, and recording little spotted kiwi calls at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 11 June 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 11 June 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 11 June 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 11 June 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 11 June 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Choice for Friday 11 June 2010
Murder conviction in shooting of Police officer case, Maori Party on collision course with Govt over foreshore, Food prices decrease, Paedophile teacher beginning jail term for abusing boys, I was told personal spending was ok - Ririnui, $45 million funding boost for high performance sport, Expenses scandal a conversational favourite. [more]

Murder conviction in shooting of Police officer case
A High Court jury found a man guilty of the murder of Sergeant Don Wilkinson in South Auckland in 2008. [more]

Maori Party on collision course with Govt over foreshore
The Maori Party is making a last ditch effort to avoid a collision course with the government over the foreshore and seabed. [more]

More power to rein in misuse of ministerial credit cards
Ministerial Services look likely to get greater powers to rein in misuse of credit cards. [more]

Food prices decrease
Food prices have fallen by half a per cent in the past year, the first annual decrease in nearly six years. [more]

Barry Maister says funding increase will make a difference
New Zealand athletes are expected to bring home more Olympic medals in 2016 as a result of the government's biggest ever funding boost to elite sport. [more]

Sports news for 11 June 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

I was told personal spending was ok - Ririnui
The former Labour Party minister Mita Ririnui is insisting he was told he could use his credit card for personal spending despite Ministerial Services saying no minister would have been told any such thing. [more]

Concern about effect of power hike on the vulnerable
A social service agency in Dunedin is worried about the effect Contact Energy's price rises will have on the city's most vulnerable residents. [more]

Government proposes axing Gift Duty
The Government is looking at getting rid of gift duty tax, which it says costs $435,000 dollars a year to administer, but collects only $1.5 million dollars. [more]

Waatea news for 11 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Submissions urge for return of air strike capabilities
The government's chosen the arrival of its newest Navy ship to release a summary of submissions sent to its Defence Review that was started last year. [more]

Seven-year-old hanged by taliban
The top US and NATO military commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has warned it could take longer than planned to drive the Taliban from its Southern heartland Kandahar. [more]

World Cup kicks off
After billions of dollars and years of planning, football's world cup finally gets underway in South Africa. [more]

Expenses scandal a conversational favourite
The political expenses scandal has become a lunchtime chat special: a favoured topic of conversation for just about anyone. [more]

More from the Maori Party on Foreshore and Seabed
The Maori Party is making a last ditch effort to avoid a collision course with the government over who owns the foreshore and seabed. [more]

BP oil leak more than doubled from previous estimates
Newly released figures on the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico show that as many as 40 thousand barrels a day have been gushing out, that's more than double previous estimates. [more]

ICC sentences over Bosnian war crimes
Two former Bosnian Serb army officers have been given life sentences for their role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which about 8 thousand Muslim boys and men were killed. [more]

Paedophile teacher beginning jail term for abusing boys
A former teacher who admitted sexually abusing young boys taught at a Porirua school, is tonight beginning a jail sentence of four years, nine months. [more]

$45 million funding boost for high performance sport
New Zealand athletes are expected to bring home more Olympic medals in 2016 as a result of the government's $45 million funding boost for elite sport [more]

Protesters use World Cup to gain attention
Some South Africans are using the global media spotlight from the football world cup as a chance to draw attention to their grievances. [more]

Flooding prompts return of Outback punt service
An old punt not used for twenty years has returned to service in Queensland's south-west, ferrying travellers across Cooper Creek. [more]

Sports News for 11 June 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea News for 11 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Scepticism about human made climate change rises
Worldwide opinion polls suggest public scepticism about climate change is growing in particular about the concept of human made global warming. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Mt Hutt Helicopter pilot Paul Cornelius is on a gorse control mission on the Chatham Islands. [more]

Regional Wrap
The whole of the North Island's received plenty of rain in the past week, and snow's on the ranges. In the South Island .... [more]

Tomato grower
Peter Mundy and brother Tim run a huge tomato growing operation in the Horotane Valley near Christchurch. [more]

Te Whangai Trust
Adrienne and Gary Dalton have set up a native plant nursery on their dairy farm so they can train and employ people who would otherwise be on a benefit. The trainees are taught life-skills and work skills and in the past three years 62 people have left the nursery for jobs in the community. The Daltons are hoping their programme will be rolled out across the country. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 11 June 2010
Shane Jones faces an uncertain political future after revelations this week he used his ministerial credit card to pay to watch pornographic movies at hotels when he was a Labour minister. Spending by some other ministers has also come under scrutiny after details of credit card spending going back to April 2003 were released on Thursday. Are politicians living the good life at the expense of taxpayers? [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 June 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 June 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Anti-Government demonstrations called off in Iran
In Iran the country's two main opposition leaders have called off demonstrations they had planned for Saturday to mark the first anniversary of last June's disputed presidential election. [more]

Pacific News for 11 June 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 11 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Shane Jones will throw himself on colleagues' mercy
The Labour MP Shane Jones is fighting to regain his political credibility after admitting to watching porn when staying in hotels, and paying for it on his ministerial credit card. [more]

BP shares plummet amid a trans-atlantic political storm
The financial impact of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Meixco now risks turning into a trans-atlantic diplomatic storm. [more]

Shane Jones will throw himself on colleagues' mercy
The Labour MP Shane Jones will throw himself on the mercy of his parliamentary colleagues next week, as he fights to regain his political credibility. [more]

Northland people shrug off Shane Jones spending
Those in Northland, who know Shane Jones, say they don't care what he bought on his ministerial credit card given he's paid it back. [more]

Prime Minister discusses credit card expenses
The minister in charge of ministerial services is the Prime Minister, John Key. [more]

Police say more underage girls working as prostitutes
The Police in Auckland say there are more underage prostitutes working the streets than ever before. [more]

Exporters fret at dollar's rise after RBNZ hikes cash rate
Exporters are wincing at the Reserve Bank's decision to increase the Official Cash Rate for the first time in three years. [more]

Bethune tells Tokyo court he's not an enemy of Japan
Pete Bethune has told a Tokyo court it was never his intention to hurt anyone when he tried to disrupt Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean in February. [more]

Supercity mayoral race heats up with contentious mailout
The contest to become Auckland's first supermayor is heating up with contender John Banks splashing out on a mail-out to 80 thousand targetted homes across the region. [more]

Sports News for 11 June 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Relaxing air standards could mean more premature deaths
A Government discussion paper on relaxing air quality standards shows the changes could mean hundreds of people die sooner. [more]

Kiwi pundits predict All Whites to do well at World Cup
In less than 24-hours football's showpiece event begins in South Africa. [more]

All Blacks soak up rugby heartland support in Taranaki
Tomorrow, for just the second time, New Plymouth is hosting an All Black test, the season's first game against Ireland. [more]

Radio New Zealand political editor discusses expenses
The political future of Labour MP Shane Jones, a man who had been considered to be a future leader, is now under a cloud. [more]

New Zealand MP expenses row more scandalous than UK
The origins of the release of the MP expenses scandals lie in Britain. [more]

Mortgage advisers suggest splitting interest rates
Homeowners can have it both ways, if they follow the advice of brokers to split their loans between fixed and floating interest rates. [more]

Sonny Bill Williams signs for NZ Rugby
Rugby's worst kept secret is finally out, with former league international Sonny Bill Williams signing to play in this country ahead of next year's World Cup. [more]

Controversial Wangarei stadium ready for first big event
Whangarei's controversial new events centre is all but finished and set to host its first major event this weekend - the Maori versus Barbarians game on Saturday. [more]

Sports News for 11 June 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Changes to wildlife protection don't go far enough
A conservation group says the increased protection the Government is giving to wildlife is pointless unless their habitat is also protected. [more]

New Scholarship exams announced
Four subject areas have put their hands up for inclusion in the elite Scholarship exams. [more]

Norwegians to be executed after Congo trial
Two Norwegian men have been sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being found guilty of murder and spying. [more]

Waatea News for 11 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Law experts call for independent body to decide honours
Constitutional law experts say New Zealand needs an independent body, free of politicians, to determine who should receive honours. [more]

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

Nights

Spock beams home
We talk to Dayna Dickens, tourism coordinator for the town and county of Vulcan, about the joy of having Vulcan's most treasured son come home. [more]

Conundrum
This week's answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Ministerial expenses
With Chris Carter - Labour MP and former minister, Jim Anderton - Former minister and John Tamihere - Former Labour minister. [more]

Adult learning
With Linda Melrose - President of Community Learning in Schools and Alan Tuckett - CEO of NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education in the United Kingdom). [more]

Asia correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
How will asian nations fare in the world cup? [more]

Feature guests - NZ Trio
Pushing the boundaries of classical music and getting the cool kids to listen to it again. [more]

Book Review - Loving It All
Eminent New Zealanders Write About Growing old. Edited by Gordon McLachlan, reviewed by Harry Broad and published by Random House. [more]

Music - Sean McKenna
Next stop Soweto, James taylor and Carol King. [more]

Sport - Richard Boock
Will the return of Sonny Bill Williams will be good for New Zealand rugby, and a preview of this weekend's All Blacks-Ireland game, plus the kick-off of the soccer world cup. [more]

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

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 June 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 11 June 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Anthony Bourdain: 'Most chefs are kind of lost boys or [lost] women'
American chef, author and TV presenter Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) spoke to Kim Hill back in 2010 after the publication of Medium Raw, the sequel to his best-selling memoir Kitchen Confidential. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 11 June 2010
A review of the week's news including day of shame for ex minister, Bethune trial ends in Tokyo, interest rate rise expecetd to hurt exporters, lowest holiday road toll in 54 years, underage prostitutes on the rise in Auckland, urgent appeal sought on paua poaching, pranksters in tv hoax on whaling, protected wildlife status reviewed and NZ ski fields upgraded this season. [more]

Upbeat

Freddy Kempf
British pianist performing Rachmaninov 3 and Tchaikovsky 1 piano concertos with the NZSO. [more]

Brigitte Heuser
NZ mezzo-soprano performing concert at St Andrew's on the Terrace next Wednesday before heading off to the UK. [more]

Whiti Hereaka
Writer of 'Te Kaupoi' currently showing at Bats Theatre in Wellington before Auckland season next month. [more]

News stories:

Former V8 Supercar driver to make NASCAR debut
The Australian driver Owen Kelly will make his NASCAR debut when he races for Baker Curb Racing in the Bucyrus 200 at the Road America course in Wisconsin next Friday. The ... [more]

Bollard downplays fears of rising kiwi after OCR hike
The Governor of the Reserve Bank has downplayed fears he's pushing up the New Zealand dollar by raising the Official Cash Rate. [more]

Contact's Dunedin prices to rise 10%
Contact Energy will raise its prices in Dunedin by almost 10% next month, prompting Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee to encourage consumers to shop around. [more]

Free medical checks for Mapua residents
Residents of Mapua will be given free check-ups by doctors following a cleanup of a former pesticide plant in the town. [more]

Arson at telephone exchange
Police say a fire at a telephone exchange in Porirua appears to be arson. Petrol was poured through wall vents before the building was set alight. [more]

Heater fire at house
An unattended heater is blamed for a fire in a Lower Hutt house. [more]

OCR seen as expensive by exporters
The Exporters and Manufacturers Association say the rise in the Official Cash Rate will cost its members hundreds of millions of dollars. [more]

US trade deficit widens
The US trade deficit widened to a 16-month high in April, as imports and exports fell slightly. The total monthly deficit was $US40.3 billion, up 0.6% from March. [more]

More jobs created in Australia
The Australian labour market has surprised analysts again, with unemployment falling to 5.2% in May. Almost 27,000 jobs were created last month. [more]

Sonny Bill Williams confirms he's coming home
The rugby league convert Sonny Bill Williams has finally confirmed he's returning to New Zealand in a bid to become an All Black before the 2011 World Cup. He's signed a ... [more]

Federer looking good heading into Wimbledon
Roger Federer continued to fine tune his grasscourt game for Wimbledon with a 51-minute victory over Colombian Alejandro Falla earning the world number two a quarter-final place at the Halle Open ... [more]

Australia pulls out of 2018 World Cup race
Australia has pulled out of bidding to host the 2018 World Cup football finals and will instead focus on hosting the 2022 tournament. Football Federeation Australia says following months of discussions ... [more]

Wider audience at Expo for violinist
The Shanghai World Trade Expo has given Ngati Kahungunu violinist Elena Te Ngahu a chance to reach an audience of millions. [more]

Collective to distribute information on HIV and AIDS
Organisations working with people with HIV and AIDS have formed a new national collective, the National Collective of People Living with HIV and AIDS, to get accurate information to the various communities affected. [more]

'Day of shame' for Labour MP in morning papers
Labour's 'Minister of Sleaze' Shane Jones is on the front page of the morning newspapers, after a 'day of shame' over spending on his ministerial credit card. [more]

Timber joint venture plant planned in China
A forest industry company based in Wellington is planning a major joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer. A $50 million timber processing plant is planned near the port of Tianjin, near Beijing. [more]

Hammer throwers have stripped medals returned
Two Belarussian hammer throwers who tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone and were stripped of their medals at the Beijing Olympics have won them back on appeal. The Court of ... [more]

Mystery still over Sonny Bill Williams' province
Sonny Bill Williams says he's yet to decide where he'll play rugby in New Zealand. The rugby league convert has has finally confirmed he's returning to New Zealand in a bid ... [more]

Interest rates held by ECB and BoE
The European Central Bank has held eurozone interest rates at 1% for the 10th consecutive month. The Bank of England has also kept interest rates on hold at 0.5%. [more]

Fragile global economy still a threat - economists
Economists say further rises in New Zealand's purchasing power may be threatened if commodity prices are hit by another slow down in the global economy. [more]

Arrest in icecream heist
Police have arrested a young woman in relation to the armed robbery of a West Auckland takeaway shop, where a group made off with more than 50 icecreams. [more]

All Whites arrive in South Africa
The All Whites have begun the final leg of their football World Cup journey. [more]

Underage prostitutes identified in Auckland
Police in Auckland have identified at least a dozen underage girls working as prostitutes, but say keeping them off the streets is difficult. [more]

Mortgage adviser encourages splitting interest rates
A mortgage adviser is encouraging people to split their interest rates as the Reserve Bank starts to raise the Official Cash Rate. [more]

More premature deaths could follow if air pollution ban ends
A Government discussion paper on relaxing air quality standards shows the changes could mean some people die sooner. [more]

Banks defends letters criticising Brown
Auckland City Mayor John Banks has defended letters he has sent to 80,000 homes criticising the spending record of his rival for the super-city mayoralty, Len Brown of Manukau City. [more]

Chinese exports up 48.5% in May
Chinese exports jumped 48.5% in May from a year ago on strong foreign demand. [more]

$1.2 million study into benefits of flax baskets for babies
An advocate of the use of wahakura or special flax bassinets in prevention of cot deaths, says a $1.2 million study should give an objective measure of their effectiveness. [more]

$10,000 grant for dune planting group
A Maori group replanting sand dunes on the coast north of Dargaville, has obtained a grant of $10,000 from the ASB Community Trust for its work. [more]

Big fine for killing a spider
Killing a katipo spider could now result in a fine of $100,000 or even a prison sentence. [more]

BP shares still falling
BP directors have sought to reassure investors about the company's strength, after its share price dropped by 16% on the New York Stock Exchange. The share price has almost halved since an oil leak began in the Gulf of Mexico. [more]

Lower earnings tipped by Mighty River
Mighty River Power says its full year earnings are now likely to come in at the lower range of its forecast due to the impact of the drought. Lake Taupo was at its lowest level in more than 80 years. [more]

Disruptions in French Polynesia as strikes begin
There are disruptions in French Polynesia as a threatened general strike appears to be followed by some groups. Reports say the port in Papeete has been blocked, preventing sailings between... [more]

MV Sili sails for the first time in a year
The American Samoa Government owned vessel, the MV Sili, sails this morning to the Manu'a island group for the first time in almost a year since it was down for... [more]

American Samoa acquits assault accused
An American Samoa jury has acquitted a man accused of assaulting police officers executing a search warrant at the home of his uncle last year. Smith Siaumau was found not... [more]

Bougainville President-elect pledges good governance
The President-elect of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, John Momis, says his first task include ensuring good governance, weapons disposal and economic investment. The Post Courier newspaper... [more]

Poachers kill endangered fruit bats in CNMI
" Hundreds of endangered fruit bats or fanihis have been killed by poachers on Rota island in the Northern Marianas in the past two years. The fanihis are only found... [more]

Nauruans fed up with lack of information about political machinations
A government official in Nauru says people are tired of not being told about what's going on in parliament. The house sat on Thursday for the 14th time since the... [more]

Candidate bought Christmas ham on mayoral credit card
One of the leading candidates for the Auckland super-city mayoralty has admitted a further instance of using his council credit card for personal shopping. Manukau Mayor Len Brown bought a Christmas ham. [more]

Turkey plans free trade zone with Arab neighbours
Turkey is to set up a free trade zone with three of its Arab neighbours, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. [more]

Webber and Vettel still blaming each other
The Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel remain divided over who was to blame for their collision in Turkey and have vowed to continue aggressively racing each other Monday's ... [more]

Asafa Powell claims victory in Diamond League 100 metres in Rome
Jamaica's Asafa Powell lowered his own year's-best time in the 100 metres, clinching victory at the Rome leg of the Diamond Athletics League in a time of 9.82 seconds. The French ... [more]

Crusaders prop off to Munster
Crusaders and Canterbury prop Peter Borlase is leaving the province, having accepted an offer to join leading Irish club Munster. Capped 20 times for Canterbury and twice for the Crusaders, Borlase ... [more]

World's most expensive football up for sale
A South African jewellery company is in talks with a Spanish and British club to sell what the firm claims is the world's most expensive football, a 2.2 kilogramme diamond-encrusted football. ... [more]

No football World Cup for North Korean TV viewers
South Korea won't provide North Korea with television coverage of the football World Cup, as tensions over the sinking of one of Seoul's warships continue to simmer. The impoverished communist state, ... [more]

NZ swimmers in the medals in Barcelona
The New Zealand swimmers Melissa Ingram and Gareth Kean have won silver and bronze medals respectively at the Mare Nostrum series in Barcelona. Ingram finished second in the 200-metres backstroke while ... [more]

Shontayne Hape to make England Test rugby debut
The former New Zealand rugby league international Shontayne Hape will make his Test rugby debut for England in Saturday night's clash with Australia in Perth. Hape takes over at second five ... [more]

England rugby coach says midfield will test Wallabies
The England rugby coach Martin Johnson has dismissed claims debutant and former New Zealand rugby league international Shontayne Hape was picked as a defensive midfielder in the side to face Australia ... [more]

Drogba hopeful for Ivory Coast's clash with Portugal
The Chelsea star Didier Drogba has returned to training just days after surgery on a broken arm and could be considered for Ivory Coast's opening football World Cup match against Portugal. ... [more]

No guarantee of All Blacks spot for Sonny Bill
The CEO of the New Zealand Rugby Union Steve Tew says new signing and league convert Sonny Bill Williams has been given no guarantees he'll become an All Black. Williams will ... [more]

SBW not coming back to NZ for the lifestyle
The rugby league convert Sonny Bill Williams says if lifestyle was the key consideration for his playing future, he wouldn't be coming back to New Zealand. Williams has finally confirmed he's ... [more]

Police ask for help finding knife related to killing
Police investigating the killing of a Chinese student are asking for help from the public to find a knife and various personal items. [more]

Hotel guest numbers up, others down
There was a 7% increase in the number of people staying in hotels in April, but motels, backpackers and holiday parks all had fewer guests. [more]

Higher tax bill expected by AMP NZ Office Trust
AMP New Zealand Office Trust says property tax changes announced in the Budget will increase its tax bill by $5 million. [more]

Clearing house directors appointed by NZX
NZX has appointed three directors to the board of a new clearing house it is setting up. [more]

Tonga nuclear power plan stuns MP
The suggestion Tonga may turn towards nuclear power in the future has come as a surprise, with one MP saying there has been no information or discussion on the topic. [more]

South Africa football captain hopes for Mandela inspiration
D-day has arrived for World Cup hosts South Africa, who hope months of intense preparation can lead to a win over Mexico in tonight's opening football World Cup match. South Africa ... [more]

Call for return to tradition to fight global warming in Pacific
A University of Hawaii professor says a return to traditional cultural practices could strengthen Pacific islanders' ability to withstand impacts of global warming and natural hazards. Dr. Charles Fletcher is... [more]

Sosene Anesi returning to NZ for provincial rugby season
Waikato's most-capped current rugby player Sosene Anesi will move back to New Zealand to play for his province in this year's national provincial campaign. The 29-year-old, who most recently played for ... [more]

All Whites vice-captain overcomes shoulder injury
The New Zealand midfielder Tim Brown will join the country's World Cup football squad in South Africa after recovering from a fractured shoulder. The 29-year-old All Whites vice-captain suffered the injury ... [more]

Lockyer says AFL will be laughing at league
The Australian and Queensland captain Darren Lockyer says the AFL will be sitting back laughing at rugby league's in-fighting over the Israel Folau affair. The Australian Rugby League chief executive Geoff ... [more]

North Island Squash champs set to heat up Hamilton
New Zealand's top two ranked players headline the billing at this weekend's North Island Squash Championships in Hamilton. The world number 14 Jaclyn Hawkes and world number 20 Joelle King are ... [more]

Yelavich selected for seventh Commonwealth Games
One of New Zealand's most successful Commonwealth Games athlete, Greg Yelavich, has been selected for his seventh Commonwealth Games. The 53-year-old Yelavich has been named in a twelve strong shooting team ... [more]

Controversial 800 metres champ's return to track delayed
A decision on when the women's world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya will return to the track has been delayed because the results of her gender tests have not yet been ... [more]

Roddick's Wimbledon warm-up cut short
Andy Roddick's hopes of an extended Wimbledon warm-up have suffered a blow, beaten in the third round of the Queen's Club event. The 2003 US Open champion and three-time Wimbledon finalist ... [more]

Proteas embarrassed on opening day of Windies Test
The South African cricketers are 70 for three at stumps on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. Pouring rain and three wickets ... [more]

Fiji plans termite extermination
Fiji's interim government is considering spending more than two million US dollars on termite extermination. The Fiji Sun reports a budget for the Exterra Interception and Baiting System is being... [more]

Exiled Fiji group critical of Bainimarama life-style
There's fresh criticism of the Fiji interim leader living the high life while ordinary people suffer. The Sydney-based president of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement says Commodore Frank Bainimarama... [more]

Mining tax factor in axed projects
Aluminium smelter upgrades worth $A4.5 billion have been scrapped in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, due to a proposed federal mining tax, carbon reduction legislation and electricity prices. [more]

Flight cancelled as Tahiti strike gathers pace
One international flight to French Polynesia has been cancelled after a call for a general strike led to some disruptions in Tahiti. Domestic flights in and out of Tahiti have... [more]

Notorious PNG criminal given suspended sentence for gold heist
Papua New Guinea's most notorious criminal, the prison escapee and robber William Kapris, has been given a five-year sentence for his part in the armed robbery of the Metals Refining... [more]

Hawaii sovereignty movie wins Maori film award
A documentary about the indigenous people of Hawai'i has been honoured at New Zealand's Wairoa Maori Film Festival. Catherine Bauknight's documentary, Hawaii: A Voice For Sovereignty, has been recognised for... [more]

New Caledonia tourism figures drop to 1996 level
Figures released in New Caledonia show that tourism arrivals in the first four months of this year dropped to a level last seen in 1996. Noumea's daily newspaper says compared... [more]

Bougainville veteran leaders back because they're seen as stable, says observer
A New Zealand politician with close links to the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says the people want stability and economic growth and that's why they've brought back... [more]

Fiji censors launch own TV news programme
The Fiji information ministry has signed an agreement to launch its own news programme on the network of privately-owmed Mai TV. The acting permanent secretary for the Ministry of Information,... [more]

Staff credit card stolen
A thief who took a credit card belonging to a staff member in the Prime Minister's office spent almost $850 over three days in October last year. [more]

Beware of welfare review - Bradford
Former Green MP Sue Bradford is warning Maori they could be hit extra hard by a review of the welfare system. She says the signs are the Government already knows what it wants to do. [more]

Traditional Marshalls court revived
After a year with no judges and land disputes piling up, a Traditional Rights Court in the Marshall Islands has been reactivated with new appointments by the Government. It has... [more]

Initial Fiji typhoid response phase nearly completed
Fiji's Ministry of Health is working towards improving water safety as it completes its response to the typhoid outbreak three weeks ago in Navosa. Almost 190 people were diagnosed with... [more]

Funerals held for slain mother and child
A double funeral was held in Tauranga on Friday afternoon for a mother and daughter found dead at their Tauranga home. [more]

Six-fold jump in school arson costs
The cost of arson attacks on schools was $6.5 million over the five years to last June, according to the Ministry of Education - a six-fold increase on $1.1 million in the 2003/04 year. [more]

Nauru to go back to the polls after seven weeks of stalemate
Nauru's caretaker Government has dissolved Parliament and called elections for next Saturday, the 19th June - the second poll on the island in less than two months. It comes after... [more]

Tonga on track to introduce IDs for people 14 years plus
The Tonga Government has confirmed that it will introduce a system of national Identity Cards for everyone 14 years of age and over living in the Kingdom. This was announced... [more]

Prison for teacher who sexually abused pupils
A former teacher who admitted sexually abusing boys at a Porirua school, has been sentenced to prison for almost five years. The offending occurred between 1970-1976. [more]

Minister says he was told personal spending OK if reimbursed
Former Labour Party minister Mita Ririnui says Ministerial Services told him he could use his credit card for personal spending as long as reimbursement was made. [more]

Ministerial Services may get more powers - Key
The Prime Minister, John Key, says Ministerial Services may get more powers to deal with inappropriate credit card spending. [more]

War medals found in police sting
The police in Auckland are keen to find the owners of war medals recovered during an investigation into breaches of the Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act. [more]

Mercury Energy reneges on Dunedin power switch offer
Mercury Energy has offered to compensate Dunedin business owners after enticing them to switch power companies, and then withdrawing its offer. [more]

Funding boost for elite sports
The funding and administration of high performance sport has been boosted by an extra $45 million over the next three years. [more]

Free crime tip-off phone for prisons
Prisoners will soon have access to an anonymous tip-off line so they can dob in criminals or suspicious behaviour to police. [more]

Small farm dams likely to be exempted from new regulations
Small farm dams are likely to be left out of dam safety regulations proposed by the Government following an independent review. [more]

Oil company shares up
Shares in domestic oil companies have risen after a joint venture drilling operation in the Tui licence area struck oil. [more]

Food prices show first drop in six years
Food prices have fallen by 0.5% in the past year, the first annual decrease in nearly six years. [more]

NZ and Australian markets up
The New Zealand and Australian sharemarkets closed up on Friday. The NZX 50 index ended 39 points higher, or 1.3%, to 3041 on turnover of $52 million. [more]

Witnesses sought after man stabbed and bitten
Police in Hamilton are appealing for witnesses to an attack on a man who disturbed two men attempting to steal a bike at his house. During the subsequent struggle the man was stabbed and bitten. [more]

Dead woman found in car
A dead woman has been found behind the steering wheel of a parked car in the suburb of Flat Bush in South Auckland. Police are treating her death as suspicious. [more]

Maori Party may not support seabed and foreshore plan
The Maori Party says it is not sure if it can support the Government's current proposal for the ownership of the foreshore and seabed. [more]