Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 17th June 2010

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Best song ever written - Amazing Grace
Betty Price from Masterton has chosen "Amazing Grace" sung by Jessye Norman. [more]

Your place - Waitotara
The town was once an important railway stop on the Taranaki branch line. In the years immediately after World War Two its population numbered 250. Today just 66 people are local inhabitants. [more]

Marine Scientist - Dr Simon Pierce
He talks about whale sharks and his work with the Megafauna Foundation. [more]

Endeavour motorhome
Mervyn Tyree is turning heads in Timaru with his 13 tonne custom built motorhome he calls the Endeavour. [more]

He Rourou for 17 June 2010
Moving from a co-ed school of 50 students to a single sex college of 1600 is just one of the changes Hana Tapiata had to handle, in order to pursue an international basketball scholarship. In He Rourou Hana Tapiata talks to her aunty Ana, about her new school, her current studies and her future plans. [more]

Arts report for 17 June 2010
Maori theatre is putting its best foot forward. On the arts report Lynn Freeman talks with a panel of Maori playwrights and actors about the current state of play of Maori theatre. [more]

Christchurch Story for 17 June 2010 - In the Flesh
When it comes to pleasures of the flesh, Eden Thomson has a love for finding out what his can withstand. He could hang all day and all night suspended by meaty hooks, just for fun. [more]

Our Changing World: UV Laser
Platinum, titanium, zirconium - they're all refractory metals, metals so tough, they need to be heated above two thousand degrees Celcius to melt. But at the University of Canterbury there is a UV laser which produces a beam a billion times the intensity of the sun, so intense it can evaporate these kinds of metals. [more]

The Panel (Part 1 )
With guests Josie McNaught and Neil Miller. [more]

The Panel (Part 2 )
With guests Josie McNaught and Neil Miller. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 17 June 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 June 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 17 June 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 17 June 2010
News from the business sector. [more]


Checkpoint choice for Thursday 17 June 2010
A guilty verdict in the case of a teenager who plunged to her death off a Manawatu bridge. Solid Energy re-ignites the debate about selling off state owned assets and get ready, interest rates start to go up. [more]

Guilty verdict at bridge swing manslaughter trial
The director of an adventure tourism company has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a teenager who plunged to her death from a Manawatu bridge. [more]

Solid Energy re-ignites debate about state-owned assets
The debate about selling off bits of state-owned assets has been re-ignited - this time by the state coal miner Solid Energy. [more]

Political row over PEDA funding escalates
The government has had a change of heart over a five million dollar budget allocation to the Pacific Economic Development Agency, saying now that it may be possible for other organisations to apply for the money. [more]

Interest rates start to go up
ASB is the first cab off the rank to hike interest rates following the Reserve Bank decision last week to raise the benchmark interest rate from 2.50 to 2.75 percent. [more]

NZer sentenced to 25 years in US jail for murdering wife
A New Zealander sentenced today to 25 years in an American prison for murdering his wife, has told a court in New York state that his life is a living hell because of what he's done and he just wants to die. [more]

Evening sports news for 17 June 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Demands that police be disciplined over death in custody
Queensland's crime watchdog is accusing the state's top cop of presiding over a culture of self-protection, and has given him two weeks to act against six officers who investigated the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody. [more]

Chinese vice-president arrives in NZ for a three-day visit
A growing number of protestors are gathering outside the inner-city Auckland hotel where the Chinese vice-president is staying while in the country for trade talks. [more]

Government reverses e-Day funding rejection
The government has changed it's mind and will now fund a popular collection scheme for computer waste. [more]

Waatea News for 17 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

BP sets up fund for Gulf of Mexico damage claims
Under intense pressure from US President Barack Obama, BP is setting up a 29 billion dollar fund for damage claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [more]

Fed Farmers crying foul over the way local rates are levied
Farmers are crying foul over the way local council rates are levied saying its grossley unfair. [more]

Landmark case over gay marriage in California coming to an end
A landmark court case over whether gay people should have the right to marry is coming to a close in California. [more]

Adventure company director convicted of manslaughter
The director of an adventure tourism company has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a teenager who plunged to her death from a Manawatu bridge. [more]

Govt has change of heart over PEDA
The government has had a change of heart over a five million dollar budget allocation to the Pacific Economic Development Agency, saying now that it may be possible for other organisations to apply for the money. [more]

$US 20b dollar fund not end of payouts for BP
The Whitehouse says that BP would not have voluntarily created the 20 billion US dollar compensation fund for the Gulf of Mexico oil leak without the President's intervention. [more]

Family of ousted Kyrgyz President accused of inciting violence
The humanitarian crisis in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan appears to be worsening. [more]

New Zealand underprepared for large earthquake
A team of earthquake scientists has returned from Chile with a warning - New Zealand is not well placed to cope with a massive quake similar to the one that devastated the South American country in February. [more]

Evening sports news for 17 June 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Industry happy that wine harvest is down
The wine growing industry is delighted that this year's harvest is smaller than usual. [more]

Kate Wilkinson grilled about conservation estate
The Conservation Minister was grilled today about whether she was being a good advocate for the conservation estate, given the controversy over the Government's proposal to mine it. [more]

Otago research may help in crime investigations
New Zealand research into the damage different weapons do to the clothing of a stabbing victim may make a real difference in forensic investigations. [more]

Waatea News for 17 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Final stages in trial of caregiver accused or murder
A High Court jury's been told there is overwhelming evidence a care-giver killed a young boy in her care, and that she inflicted beatings over a long period of time. [more]

New proposals to limit whaling
A whaling research group in Japan says conservation groups should push governments to sign a deal on whaling, instead of adding more ideas to stall the process. [more]

Fears for dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico
One of the sectors that's been severely damaged by the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexcio is the seafood industry, with large areas now closed to fishing. [more]

Late night football courts set up in South Africa
South Africa is determined to show visitors during the Football World Cup that it is a safe place to visit. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 June 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 June 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 17 June 2010
Pacific Island Affairs Minister warned about money for agency, ACC accused of pushing through hearing loss changes, Chinese visit could open more trading doors, BP agrees to fund billion-dollar fund for oil spill claims, Southland council blames TB case on West Coast cow. [more]

Global survey highlights Internet risks for children
A global survey suggests nearly two thirds of children who use the Internet have had bad online experiences. The Norton Online Family report is based on surveys of thousands of parents and children worldwide. [more]

Pacific News for 17 June 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 17 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Minister defends $4.8 million allocation to Pacific agency
The Government is once again being forced to defend the allocation of nearly five million dollars to a little known Pacific Island organisation. [more]

Foundation for the Deaf angry at proposed ACC changes
The Foundation of the Deaf is accusing the Accident Compensation Corporation of rushing through changes that could see tens of thousands of older New Zealanders footing the bill for their hearing aids. [more]

Pacific Island Affairs Minister warned about money for agency
The Government is again being forced to defend the allocation of nearly five million dollars to a little known organisation. The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Georgina te Heuheu, was told by officials there were great risks in awarding the Pacific Economic Development Agency, a two-year-old company, $4.8 million in the budget without a proper tender process. [more]

ACC accused of pushing through hearing loss changes
Tens of thousands of older New Zealanders could be forced to pay out for hearing aids, under another round of changes proposed by the Accident Compensation Corporation. [more]

BP agrees to fund billion-dollar fund for oil spill claims
The oil company BP has agreed to put US$20 billion into a special fund to pay the claims of people whose jobs and way of life have been damaged by the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. [more]

Switzerland celebrates football upset
Spain suffered a 1 - nil loss to Switzerland in the Group H World Cup clash in South Africa. [more]

Banks in mortgage rate standoff following OCR rise
A standoff is developing between commercial banks and the Reserve Bank over mortgage rates. A week on from the first increase in the Official Cash Rate in three years, none of the main banks have raised their rates. [more]

Sports News for 17 June 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

New expenses regime a headache for British MPs
It's not just in New Zealand that MPs are being grilled over their expenses. In Canada, the Auditor General has just won a year-long battle to get the right to look at MPs' spending, and in Britain, where extravagant spending put MPs' expenses on the global agenda, a new expenses system has just come into force. [more]

Visit from China's vice president expected to build ties
The man touted as China's heir apparent, its vice-president, Xi Jinping is coming to New Zealand for a visit expected to build on the growing financial ties between the countries. [more]

New kiwifruit choices soon to hit supermarkets
Kiwifruit lovers will soon be spoiled for choice, with another six varieties set to hit supermarket shelves. The kiwifruit exporter Zespri has announced it's developed three new types - two green and one gold - to be planted this winter. [more]

Georgina Te Heu Heu ignores ministry's advice
The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs was warned by her own ministry there were significant risks behind awarding nearly five million dollars to a privately run Pacific Island social services provider. [more]

Chinese visit could open more trading doors
New Zealand is basking in another high level contact with China. The country's vice president Xi Jinping will be here for a three day visit. Many business groups say it could lead to more trade opportunities with our second biggest trading partner on the back of 2008's free trade agreement. [more]

Southland council blames TB case on West Coast cow
The Southland Regional Council is demanding more stringent testing for bovine tuberculosis after the first case of the disease in the province in two years. [more]

Police receive good info on suspected killing of Kapiti man
The police investigating the killing of a Kapiti Coast man have received calls from people who say they have seen the two cars suspected of being connected to the case. [more]

ACC minister responds to hearing aid criticism
The Foundation for the Deaf is accusing the Accident Compensation Corporation of pushing through changes that will leave tens of thousands of hearing impaired out of pocket. [more]

Sports News for 17 June 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour says police numbers dropping in some districts
Eight out of twelve police districts are facing a drop in the number of frontline officers. Police estimates show even districts that have experienced a rise in violent crime will have fewer officers at the end of next year than they did half way through 2009. [more]

Taranaki iwi says Crafar cows have damaged heritage site
A Taranaki iwi is furious cows from a Crafar-owned family farm have destroyed one of the country's most well-preserved terraced pas. [more]

Waatea News for 17 June 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Local climate diplomat takes lead international role
New Zealand's climate change ambassador, Adrian Macey, has been elected vice-chairman of the negotiations to replace the Kyoto Protocol. [more]

Defending champions Italy confident of beating NZ at World Cup
New Zealand's greatest day at the football World Cup has come and gone and now the All Whites are focused on their next challenge - defending the current champions Italy. [more]

Potato-based battery cheap as well as tasty
You can boil them, fry them, mash them and that's not all you can do with potatoes. [more]


Dr Sperm
We talk to reproductive specialist Dr Andrew Murray about topics relevant to Mens Health Week. [more]

Science: astronomy
Alan Gilmore, astronomer at Mt John University observatory, talks about SETI. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Taranaki ambulance delays
Annie and Robert Fletcher had to wait 5 hours for an ambulance in rural Taranaki. [more]

Possible dropping of cross-network call rates
Phone companies could be forced to drop cross-network mobile phone call rates. [more]

Dr Kate Hersov is one of the authors of the MediKidz comic book series. The books explain various medical conditions in ways children can understand. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
The Saville Report lays the blame of Derry's Bloody Sunday on the British military, and the first Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition budget is likely to be divisive. [more]

Feature Guest - Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren, session musician, composer and producer. He started out as a performer, and moved into producing artists like Meat Loaf, Janis Joplin, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The Band, Hall and Oates and the Psychedelic Furs. He's also step-dad to actress Liv Tyler. Todd has released a new album of his own versions of songs by legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. [more]

Book Review - Midnight in a Perfect Life
Ralph McAllister reviews 'Midnight in a Perfect Life' by Michael Collins. Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. [more]

New Technology with Lance Wiggs
Lance discusses the iPhone 4 pre-order debacle, and the rumoured sale of social networking site Bebo. [more]

Parenting with Nigel Latta
Boys and their timekeeping - can they be trained to improve their time management, or are they a lost cause? [more]

Film Review with Graeme Tuckett
Graeme Tuckett reviews 'Amreeka', 'The A Team' and 'Get Him to the Greek'. [more]

Our Changing World

Thin Film Optics
Roger Reeves and his team are using a UV laser to make thin films to imrpove optoelectronic devices like LEDs and solar panels [more]

Tina Summerfield believes that cyanobacteria can be used to produce hydrogen as a renewable energy source [more]

Gene Therapy and Cancer
Gabi Dachs and Michelle Hunt are developing a gene therapy treatment to restrict blood supply to cancerous tumours [more]

Carbohydrates and Exercise
University of Auckland researchers have identified a pathway in the mouth to parts of the brain that control muscle activity [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 17 June 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Was the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs correct when she said the Minister of Finance had met with the Pacific Economic Development Agency "on several occasions"; if so, who did he meet? 3. JOHN HAYES to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to reduce the amount of rural plastic waste being burnt, buried or ending up as countryside litter? 4. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Did she receive advice from her Ministry in relation to the Pacific Economic Development Agency proposal; if so, when? 5. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Police: Can she provide a report on any recent initiatives to improve the support provided to victims of child abuse? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Is he satisfied with the four-week hearing-loss regulations consultation timeframe? 7. COLIN KING to the Minister of Agriculture: What reports has he recently received on the state of New Zealand's primary sector? 8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her statements? 9. JO GOODHEW to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received about traders acting fraudulently when presented with Work and Income vouchers? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Are her policies aspirational for New Zealand workers? 11. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister for the Environment: How many additional people, if any, would die prematurely or be hospitalised if the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality is changed and delayed according to his preferred options? 12. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Health: What responsibility, if any, does he accept for the continuing exposure of one in six New Zealanders to unsafe drinking water? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 June 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 June 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Alexander Lazarev
Russian Conductor of the New Zealand Symphiny Orchestra's 'Russian Romantics' season. [more]

Danius Kesminas and Neil Kelly
Founding members of Melbourne-based collective 'Slave Pianos' presenting 'Pianology' at Wellington's Adam Art Gallery. [more]

News stories:

Fishing industry in Samoa gets tsunami recovery assistance
Samoa's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has offered financial assistance to the fishing industry as part of the tsunami recovery aid mainly for small 'alia fishing boats that were destroyed... [more]

Tonga govt cuts spending in military and foreign affairs sectors
The Tonga Government is cutting spending in several sectors as it struggles with the impact of two years of economic contraction. In the latest Budget, Finance Minister Afu'alo Matoto, has... [more]

Island states must be united on whale stand, says conservationist
A Pacific conservationist says Island states need to unite at next week's International Whaling Commission convention in Morocco to protect their whale sanctuaries from Japan. Sue Taei heads to Morocco... [more]

Police numbers down in some districts
Eight out of 12 police districts are facing a drop in their number of frontline officers. [more]

New water policy seen as "moratorium" by farmers
Federated Farmers says a draft policy on water mooted by Environment Minister Nick Smith, amounts to a moratorium on intensive development. [more]

Pacific education catch-up not happening fast enough - ministry
The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs says improvements in the education of people from Pacific Island backgrounds are not happening fast enough. [more]

Lack of teacher support threatening national standards - professor
A professor who has advised the Goverment on national standards in reading, writing and maths, says lack of teacher support is threatening their success. [more]

Killer of schoolgirl denied parole again
The killer of a schoolgirl has again been denied parole. Paul Bailey was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and murder in 1991. Parole was previously refused in 2003 and 2007. [more]

US certification obtained by Wellington Drive
Wellington Drive Technology has won certification in the United States for its energy-efficient, commercial refrigeration motors. [more]

Higher tax bill expected by KWPT
Kiwi Income Property Trust says the Government's tax changes will add $121 million to its tax bill. [more]

PSIS profit up
PSIS made a $13.1 million profit in the year to March - a 65% improvement on last year. Deposits climbed 5% to $1.1 billion. [more]

New farm fatality figures issued
New figures issued by ACC shows that one farmer dies in a work-related accident every 28 days. [more]

Zespri to release more varieties of kiwifruit
Zespri plans to release three new varieties of kiwifruit for commercialisation this winter. Detailed information will be given to growers early next week. [more]

Bovine TB case blamed on import policy
Southland Regional Council is blaming its first case in two years of a cow infected with bovine tuberculosis, on a policy that allows cows to be imported into the province. The affected animal was from the West Coast. [more]

Nelsen says Slovakia result sets them up for rest of tournament
The All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen says the World Cup result against Slovakia has given his side an extra lift for the tournament. Nelsen hopes their 1-all draw against the 34th ... [more]

Swiss pull off shock win over Spain, Chile beat Honduras
Switzerland have pulled off the biggest shock so far at the World Cup with a 1-nil win over one of the tournament favourites Spain, their first win in 19 games against ... [more]

All Whites quietly confident approaching Italy match
Twenty four hours after their historic 1-all World Cup draw with Slovakia, there's a mood of quiet confidence in the All Whites camp ahead of Monday's clash with the defending champions ... [more]

Racial slurs inspire Maroons
New South Wales have only their former assistant coach Andrew Johns to thank for a 34-6 hiding from Queensland in the second match of rugby league's State of Origin series in ... [more]

Federer still top seed for Wimbledon
The defending champion Roger Federer will be top seed for next week's Wimbledon championships despite being overtaken in the world rankings by Rafael Nadal. Federer, who win a sixth Wimbledon title ... [more]

Erakovic fails to qualify for Wimbledon singles
Marina Erakovic won't be playing in the singles at Wimbledon next week. The New Zealand number one has failed to qualify for the main draw after losing in round two of ... [more]

FIFA scores own goal with ticket policy
FIFA's ticketing policy has been called an enormous blunder that has kept many African fans away from the first football World Cup on their continent, A new football author, Steve Bloomfield, ... [more]

Italy keeper Buffon's World Cup at risk
Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will miss Monday's match against New zealand and could miss the rest of the World Cup with a back problem. Doctors says his recovery time isimpossible to ... [more]

FIFA starts legal proceedings against beer company
A South African court has given two Dutch women accused of a World Cup ambush marketing campaign for a brewer bail of 10,000 rand and postponed the case for a week. ... [more]

Gascoigne to remain in hospital
The former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne is expected to remain in hospital for several more days following a horrific car crash. Gascoigne was reportedly left choking on his own blood ... [more]

Jamie Joseph urges fans to back Maori
The New Zealand Maori Coach Jamie Joseph has urged Bay of Plenty rugby fans to come along in force to support and celebrate his team's first match with Ireland. The match ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Winston Reid's whanau say they're bubbling with pride; $12.7 million leaky building claim lodged in Wellington; Dunedin police paying for buses in bid to stop partying pub patrons disturbing nearby residents. [more]

Lobby group questions gene work on clover
An anti-GE lobby group is questioning whether Agresearch is ignoring existing research in its work on clover. But Agresearch says the work is ground-breaking. [more]

Meninga in awe of his players
A proud Mal Meninga declared New South Wales had no answers to the might of his side after the Blue's roughhouse tactics backfired spectacularly in game two of the State of ... [more]

Maroons want Origin whitewash
Queensland want to finish the job with a State of Origin whitewash in Sydney on July 7after clinching the rugby league series by smashing New South Wales 34-6 in Brisbane. ... [more]

Belamy doesn't blame buildup for loss
The New South Wales rugby league coach Craig Belamy is refusing to blame the team's disastrous buildup for last night's big loss to Queensland in game two of the State of ... [more]

Restructuring by GPG not enough
Analysts say Guinness Peat Group's long awaited restructuring plan does not go far enough, and it's unlikely to boost returns to investors in its current form. [more]

Vauxhall and Opel withdraw loan requests
Vauxhall and Opel, the European operations of General Motors, have withdrawn applications for government help, citing long delays. [more]

Young NZ cycling team ninth in opening time trial
The New Zealand cycling team is ninth after the opening team time trial in the prestigious Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany. The young team, which includes three teenagers, clocked a solid 29m12s ... [more]

NZ golfer qualifies strongly in British Amateur
The New Zealand golfer Ben Campbell has qualified strongly for the matchplay phase of the British Amateur Championship in Scotland. Campbell, who's from Masterton, finished in a share of fifth on ... [more]

US markets rise on BP announcement
It's been a choppy session on Wall Street, but investors appear to have responded favourably to the news BP will put about $US20 billion into a fund to cover claims resulting from the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. [more]

Uruguay beat South Africa at World Cup
A goal in each half from Diego Forlan helped Uruguay to a 3-nil victory over hosts South Africa in their World Cup group A match in Pretoria. South Africa finished with ... [more]

Counties still don't know about SBW
The Counties-Manukau rugby coach Milton Haig says he's still in the dark over where Sonny Bill Williams will play his provincial rugby this year. Provinces have been scrambling for the 24-year-old ... [more]

Portugal want Ronaldo's yellow card cancelled
Portugal have asked FIFA to cancel the yellow card Cristiano Ronaldo received during their drawn match against Ivory Coast in the opening round of the World Cup. They claim their star ... [more]

At least two killed in Papua region quake
Two people have been killed after series of strong earthquakes hit the Indonesia province of Papua, triggering a tsunami warning and widespread panic. The two victims were crushed when their... [more]

1844 feast recalled at exhibition
A feast in 1844 when Tainui and Ngati Whatua chiefs invited 6000 Pakeha residents to feast on the slopes of Remuera, is being recalled in an exhibition at Auckland museum. [more]

ACC accused of pushing through hearing aid changes
The Accident Compensation Corporation is being accused of rushing through cuts that will hurt people who rely on ACC for hearing aids. [more]

Papuan representatives "handing back" special autonomy status
Two official Papuan representative bodies in Indonesia's Papua region have announced they're "handing back" Special Autonomy status to Jakarta. The Papuan People's Assembly, MRP, and the Papuan Legislative Council, DPRP,... [more]

Vatakoula miners' meeting with interim government productive
The legal adviser for Fiji's striking Vatakoula miners says a meeting between the union and interim government officials today was very productive. More than 300 workers from the Vatukoula Gold... [more]

PNG taking ownership of fishery
Papua New Guinea's National Fisheries Authority says it's taking ownership of the country's fish resource with a new multi-million dollar tuna monitoring programme. The managing director says the authority will... [more]

New Zealand Pacific Island Affairs minister ignored advice from officials
The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs ignored warnings that there were great risks in awarding four point eight million dollars to a two year old company without a proper tender... [more]

Anger over damage to pa site on farm
A South Taranaki iwi is angry at what it says could be permanent damage to a waahi tapu site, Te Ruaki Pa, which is on land owned by Crafar Farms. [more]

Car seized in homicide inquiry
Police at Kapiti have seized one of two cars they were looking for as part of an investigation into a suspected killing. [more]

Fatal house fire
A man has died in a house fire in Hunua, south of Auckland. [more]

Minister questioned over conservation role
Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has been questioned by opposition MPs about her role as an advocate for conservation land. [more]

Mining tax stand-off continues
A stand-off between the Australian government and the mining industry over a proposed 40% super tax on profits is continuing, with hopes an early break-through with the big miners now dashed. [more]

UK finance controls to be changed
The Bank of England is to have ultimate control over financial supervision in Britain, in the biggest shake-up of regulations there in 13 years. [more]

SBS profit up
SBS says its operating surplus rose by almost $1 million, to $19.4 million in the year to March. After-tax profit for the bank was $15 million. [more]

Super Fund returns fall
Market volatility caused returns at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to fall by 4. 5% in May. [more]

Wine limitation move seen as within the law
New Zealand Winegrowers is pleased the Commerce Commission says it was within the law when it recommended members reduce their output of wine. [more]

Classic wines expected in Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay Winegrowers is confident some classic wines will be produced in the region this year. [more]

Broad changes mooted in American Samoa review
The American Samoa Constitutional Review Committee and the constitutional Review Office have drawn up the complete list of proposed amendments to be debated at the 6th Constitutional Convention on Monday. [more]

CEO of NZ Ministry of Pacific Affairs says community could lose over PEDA
The chief executive of New Zealand's Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs says it would be unfortunate if the decision to allocate almost three and half million US dollars to a... [more]

CNMI May tourism figures show increase
Figures released in the Northern Marianas show in May 2010 there were 12 percent more visitors than in May last year. The rise was prominent in the South Korean market,... [more]

Two Fiji soldiers die in Afghanistan
Two Fiji soldiers who were members of the British Army have been killed in Afghanistan. 32-year-old Corporal Taniela Tolevu Rogoiruwai and 29-year-old Kingsman Ponipate Tagitaginimoce were shot dead in separate... [more]

Triple export earnings predicted for kiwifruit
Zespri has launched a 15-year plan. The company is confident of tripling its export earnings for kiwifruit to $3 billion per year by 2025. [more]

Commissioners to hear regional reform proposals
Two councils in Northland have appointed commissioners to hear submissions on local government reform. [more]

PNG MP resigns in protest at change of environment law
A Papua New Guinea government MP has quit in protest over environmental law changes that protect a controversial Chinese-run nickel mine. Ken Fairweather left government ranks and criticised the recent... [more]

Urgent CNMI legislation needed to secure government pays
The legislature of the Northern Marianas must pass a bill today that gives the Governor the authority to reprogramme funding so government workers are paid tomorrow. The government needs at... [more]

Tonga among countries yet to decide on joining MSG summit in Fiji
Reports from Fiji says the interim government in Suva is yet to hear whether Tonga, East Timor and Micronesian countries will join next month's Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting. The gathering... [more]

UAE to meet pro-Israel Pacific countries
The United Arab Emirates will hold a meeting with pro-Israel Pacific countries in Abu Dhabi next week. The Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau all have long-term... [more]

Health board investigates four-hour ambulance delay
Taranaki District Health Board says it is investigating why an ambulance arrived four hours later than expected in the remote settlement of Tahora. [more]

TV networks get parking punishment
The two main television news networks have had their Beehive parking privileges removed by the Speaker of the House as punishment for pursuing an MP through Parliament. [more]

American Samoa police attacked
Two female police officers in American Samoa have been treated in hospital for injuries from a hammer attack while responding to a public peace disturbance call. One officer sustained injuries... [more]

Government U-turn on PEDA funding
In a reversal of its Budget announcement, the Government now says a $4.8 million allocation to the Pacific Economic Development Agency could be opened to other groups. [more]

Smith changes mind on computer waste scheme
Environment Minister Nick Smith has reversed a decision not to fund a popular collection scheme for computer waste. [more]

Water savings urged in Wellington
People in Wellington are being advised they need to save more water within the next three years - or face the prospect of paying for a new dam, or the introduction of water meters. [more]

Children exposed to negative experiences online - report
A report on children's internet use suggests nearly two-thirds of children have had a negative experience online. [more]

Proposed New Caledonia hymn presented to government
The new proposed hymn for New Caledonia has been presented to the territory's government - two years after it was created. There is debate about the proposed text to accompany... [more]

Argentina and South Korea battle to be first team through to final 16
Argentina or South Korea is set to become the first nation to qualify for the knockout phase of the football world cup in South Africa. The two sides play tonight in ... [more]

Mickleson chases elusive U.S. Open golf title
Phil Mickelson's bid for an elusive first U.S. Open title and Tiger Woods's desperate search for greater consistency have dominated the build-up to the second golf major of the year, U.S ... [more]

Bad day for Team New Zealand
Team New Zealand has had a disappointing opening day at the Marseille Med Cup yachting regatta. After winning the 2009 series championship and the first regatta of the 2010 season, Team ... [more]

NSW forward suspended following spear tackle
The New South Wales forward Luke O'Donnell will miss the third and final State of Origin rugby league match, after being suspended for three games for a dangerous tackle in last ... [more]

Woods says he's trying to rediscover the fun in golf
The world golf number one Tiger Woods says he's trying to remember how much fun he used to have playing the sport, as he searches for greater consistency ahead of the ... [more]

Brent Newdick cracks 8000 barrier in decathalon
The New Zealand decathlete Brent Newdick is shaping up well for a medal at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games after passing passed 8000 points for the first time at a meet ... [more]

Athletics team named for Youth Olympics
A team of 11 young athletes have been selected to represent New Zealand in athletics at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore in August. With a series ... [more]

Campbell beaten in Scotland
The New Zealand golfer Ben Campbell has been beaten in the second round of matchplay in the British Amateur Championship in Scotland. Campbell, runner-up in the Australian Amateur Championships, qualified yesterday ... [more]

Stosur and Clijsters progress
Australia's French Open finalist Samantha Stosur and the fifth-seed Kim Clijsters have reached the quarter-finals of the Eastbourne Tennis International with contrasting performances, Third-seeded Stosur outlasted Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 3-6 6-4, ... [more]

Boston's Perkins ruled out of Game Seven
If the Boston Celtics are to conquer the Los Angeles Lakers and raise an NBA-leading 18th championship banner they'll have to do it without their starting center Kendrick Perkins. The team's ... [more]

ASB moves first to raise floating mortgage rate
ASB has raised the cost of its variable home mortgage rate by a quarter of a per cent to 6%, a move other banks are expected to follow. [more]

Pasifika education progress still wanting, says NZ education minister
New Zealand's Education Ministry agrees the achievement of Pacific students is not improving fast enough, but says it's better than it would have been without its Pasifika education plan. A... [more]

Australia cancels Tongan inmate's visa
The Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, has used his powers of discretion to set aside a court decision and cancel the visa of a Tongan man responsible for killing Sydney... [more]

Marshall Islands accuses Sunday Times of whaling distortion
The Marshall Islands foreign minister is accusing a major British newspaper of falsification and distortion following a report that the Marshalls supports Japan's stance on whaling because of aid. A... [more]

Solid Energy chairman's remarks out of line - Brownlee
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says Solid Energy chairman John Palmer's suggestion that the state-owned mining company be partially privatised is out of line. [more]

Chile quake 'shows up' NZ's preparedness
A team of experts who visited Chile after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in that country in February says New Zealand is not sufficiently prepared for a quake of a similar size. [more]

Family pleased with bridge-jumping verdict
The family of a teenager who died while taking part in a bridge-swing activity near Palmerston North are pleased someone has been held accountable for her death. [more]

Official dinner rounds off vice-president's first day
Chinese Vice-President Xi Jingping has rounded off his first day of official engagements with a dinner hosted by Prime Minister John Key, during which both men paid tribute to the successful bilateral relationship between the countries. [more]

Call centre coming home
The new owner of Shell's petrol stations is reversing the trend for New Zealand businesses to move call centres offshore, saying it is cheaper to have one here. [more]

Grape harvest drop a 'positive step'
The wine industry says a drop in the tonnage of grapes harvested this year is a positive step towards balancing production with demand. [more]