Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 1st February 2011

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Best Song Ever Written - Skin to Skin
Gloria Bruni from the Far North has chosen 'Skin to Skin' by Harry Belafonte. [more]

Book reviews - Nicky Peligrino
Writer Nicky Peligrino deserted us last year, while she temporarily took up the reins again of her old job as Editor of the New Zealand Women's Weekly, but she's back reviewing books for us in 2011. [more]

TV review - Sarah McMullan
Television with former Radio New Zealand producer / writer Sarah McMullen. [more]

Music review - Nick Atkinson
Nick Atkinson joins us on Critical mass with a couple of newish songs that have catch his attention over the last week. [more]

Online media - Ele Ludemann
Ele Ludemann is in Wellington this week, ready to resume the discussion we started last time, regarding the destruction of the English language, by the new generation. [more]

Cyclone Yasi
Weather watchers say a cyclone heading towards Queensland is one of the biggest they have ever seen. Yasi is expected to grow to a category four cyclone when it hits the coast late tomorrow night and Thursday morning. [more]

Tune your engine - Dr Jamie Schehr
You can use them to find a restaurant, pay for parking, and see what time the movie's on. Now you can use your phone to fight the battle of the bulge as well. Smartphone applications (apps!) now contain an arsenal of tools to help keep your diet on track. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 1 February 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on today's Panel. [more]

The Panel with Mark Inglis and David Farrar (Part 1)
Topics - The Foreign Minister says commercial flights remain the quickest way of evacuating people from Egypt. In another era, China's leaders might have been content to let discussion of the protests in Egypt float around among private citizens, then fizzle out. But challenges in recent years to authoritarian governments around the globe and violent uprisings in parts of China itself have made Chinese officials increasingly wary of leaving such talk unchecked - especially on the Internet. The Department of Labour will be investigating the collapse of a balcony at a holiday home in Omaha, north of Auckland, in which nine people were hurt. [more]

The Panel with Mark Inglis and David Farrar (Part 2)
Topics - In Australia, the State Government of New South Wales is grappling with what's being described, there, as a drug scandal. As New Zealand contemplates the pros and cons of a partial sale of state electricity assets, the State Government of New South Wales is having trouble finding a buyer. . [more]

Asian Report

Asian Report for 1 February 2011 - Ayurvedic Medicine 101
This week we find out about the ancient system of Ayurveda. Jason Moon has been to the Well Park College of Natural Therapies in Auckland to meet Dr Vijay Murthy, who heads the diploma course in Ayurvedic medicine. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 1 February 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 1 February 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 February 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 1 February 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 1 February 2011
Shares in New Zealand's newest listed company, Building Society Holdings, have fallen on their first day of trading. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 1 February 2011
Protestors in Egypt increase the pressure on President Mubarak to go. The Government has rejected out of hand one of the key recommendations of the Savings Working Group, and says it will not increase the rate of GST and an inquest is held into the death of a navy seaman who was serving on HMNZS Canterbury. [more]

Protesters prepare to march in Egypt
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians will soon take to the streets as they up their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak - and the army has assured them it will not fire on them, saying their demands are legitimate. [more]

Foreign Minister on Egypt crisis
For more on the situation in Egypt, we're joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully. [more]

Correspondent in Cairo
Egypt's new vice-president, Omar Suleiman, has appeared on television, saying President Mubarak has asked him to start talking to political factions about constitutional and legislative reform. [more]

Government rules out further GST hike
The Government has rejected out of hand one of the key recommendations of the Savings Working Group, and says it will not increase the rate of GST. [more]

Navy death inquest hears from sailors
An inquest into the death of a navy seaman who was serving on HMNZS Canterbury has heard from people who tried to rescue the drowning sailor. [more]

Evening Sports News for 1 February 2011
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Residents move to higher ground as Cyclone Yasi approaches
Tropical Cyclone Yasi is tracking towards north Queensland, with residents in low lying suburbs being warned that today is their last chance to prepare their homes and get out of the region. [more]

Turmoil in Egypt spells anxious times for NZ exporters
New Zealand's multi-million dollar export trade to Egypt could face disruptions because of the violent political unrest. [more]

Hui underway to discuss complaint against Hone Harawira
The hui to mediate between two Maori Party MPs, Hone Harawira and Te Ururoa Flavell, is underway on the Taheke Marae near Rotorua. [more]

Waatea News for 1 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Unions to push for 4 percent payrises
Unions say they will push for wage increases of at least four percent this year to keep workers ahead of rising living costs. [more]

Contract signed for management of prison at Mt Eden
The country's newest private prison managers have now signed on the dotted line to run the Auckland Central Remand Prison at Mt Eden. [more]

Two men sentenced for performing an unlawful wedding
An undertaker and a minister found guilty of illegally marrying a couple have been sentenced today. [more]

Government quick to rule out another increase in GST
The Government has been quick to rule out another increase in GST, as recommended by the Savings Working Group. [more]

Savings not a magic bullet for economy, but still vital
The Savings Working Group says New Zealand's level of debt puts it in the company of the troubled European economies of Spain, Ireland, Greece and Portugal. [more]

Southland man survives 19-000 volt shock
Not many people receive a 19-thousand-volt electric shock and live to tell the tale. [more]

Evening Sports News for 1 February 2011
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Queensland prepares for Cyclone Yasi
Thousands of north Queenslanders are being evacuated as tropical cyclone Yasi approaches. [more]

EPA lacks power and risks conflicts of interest, submitters say
Parliament's been told the Government's Environmental Protection Authority lacks power and independence, needs more to do and risks potential conflicts of interest. [more]

Waatea News for 1 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Repreive looks likely in Arrowtown boundary dispute
The ongoing battle to extend Arrowtown's boundary may be over. [more]

Parents and teachers slam early childhood funding cuts
A teachers union has launched a petition urging the Government to reverse funding cuts to early childhood education. [more]

New Ministry will open doors to business partnerships
The Minister of Science and Innovation says the newly launched government department will open the door to creating partnerships with businesses. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 February 2011
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 February 2011
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 1 February 2011
Egypt protests, Treaty bullying claims, Early Childhood Education cuts, public holidays. [more]

Protests continue for a seventh day in Egypt
Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets for a day of largely peaceful protest. [more]

Tony Blair on the crisis in Egypt
Much of the global anxiety about events in Egypt hinges on Cairo's key role in trying to negotiate a resolution to Palestinian statehood demands. [more]

Pacific News for 1 February 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 1 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Iwi claim they're being bullied by the government
Some Iwi are claiming that they are being bullied by the Government to settle their treaty claims early. [more]

PM concedes slightly on Mondayisation of public holidays
The Prime Minister is leaving the door open to transferring public holidays which fall on the weekend to the nearest Monday. [more]

NZ ambassador in Egypt defends response to crisis
Chaos is continuing in the Egyptian capital Cairo with tens of thousands of demonstrators still on the streets. [more]

Iwi claim they're being bullied in settling treaty claims
There are claims Iwi are being bullied by the Government to complete their treaty claims early. [more]

Treaty Negotiations Minister responds
The Treaty Negotiations Minister, Chris Finlayson rejects the assertion that claims are being rushed. [more]

Early childhood funding cuts begin today
Cuts in early childhood funding take effect from today. [more]

Education Minister defends early childhood funding cuts
The Minister of Education, Anne Tolley, says more than half of all Early Childhood Education centres are not affected by today's funding cuts. [more]

PM concedes slightly on Mondayisation of public holidays
The Prime Minister has softened his position on transferring public holidays which fall on the weekend to the nearest Monday. [more]

History suggests new party may fail to make impact
Political commentators are casting doubt on the chances of a new left-wing party making an impact on New Zealand politics. [more]

Sports News for 1 February 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Taskforce on savings reports back today on findings
The group appointed by the Government to come up with ways to boost the country's poor savings record reports back today. [more]

Departing DHB chief says some past decisions 'naive'
A departing top manager at Wellington's Capital and Coast District Health Board says naivety governed some key former decisions affecting the DHB. [more]

Nelson arborist fights to save 100-year-old oak
In Richmond, a 100 year old oak tree is under threat from a church that wants it cut down so that they can build an auditorium. [more]

New Zealander makes it out of Cairo
As the chaos continues, dozens of New Zealanders living and travelling in Egypt are being told the quickest way out is taking a commercial flight home. [more]

New Zealand cameraman in Cairo says anger 'simmering'
The New Zealand news cameraman Olaf Wiig is in Cairo documenting the protests. [more]

Egypt's president tries to re-assert control
A former deputy Egyptian foreign minister says it's too late for Hosni Mubarak to re-assert control of his country. [more]

Treaty Negotiations minister rejects accusations of bullying
The Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, is rejecting accusations he's bullying iwi into settling treaty claims quickly. [more]

Campers say they could have died in Coromandel flood
A group of campers say they could have drowned after a flash flood ripped through their DOC-managed campsite during the middle of Friday night. [more]

Sports News for 1 February 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Master Builders says construction industry in recession
The Master Builders Federation says the construction industry is in recession - with one economist warning the latest building consent figures reflect an economy which went backwards in the second half of last year. [more]

Waatea News for 1 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police go high tech to catch car thieves
Police have begun using Automated Number Plate Recognition, technology that scans car license plates and checks the details against a central database. [more]

Hundreds planning to go teetotal in February for charity
Hundreds of people throughout the country will today begin a month long ride on the wagon. [more]


Danish Folk Music
We talk to Hannah Wiskari, vocalist and saxophonist for Danish-Swedish folk trio Habbadam, who are about to hit the road for their second tour of New Zealand. [more]

The World At Night - Chile
Terri Anderson is our Kiwi-born correspondent living in Chile, she tells us about some of the local issues such as gas price protests, prison reform, and stray dogs. [more]

Clue 3. [more]

Clue 4. [more]

Our Own Odysseys - London to Istanbul
Although not an avid cyclist, 27-year-old Tauranga man Tim Kirkpatrick cycled from London to Barcelona, and then headed 4,000km east until he reached Istanbul. [more]

Nine To Noon

Egypt uprising
Roger Hardy is a Middle East analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. [more]

Should we"Mondayise"public holidays?
The PM says he will take advice on whether to 'Mondayise' public holidays that fall on a weekend or coincide with another day off. [more]

Fathers engaging in early childcare education
Geoff Bridgman is a lecturer in Social Practice at Unitec and is chair of Violence Free Waitakere; Elaine Dyer is the Project Manager for Violence Free Waitakere. [more]

US Correspondent
US Correspondent - Luiza Savage [more]

Feature Guest - Jennifer Souness
Jennifer Souness, a former top international model who became a 'high class madam', setting up two exclusive escort agencies. [more]

Book Review - Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Phil Smith reviews Delirium by Lauren Oliver [more]

Rod Oram - Business commentator [more]

Savings Workings Group
The final recommendations of the Government appointed Savings Working Group have just been released. [more]

Media Commentator - Denis Welch [more]

Protests in Cairo
Mostafa Hussein, a doctor at El Nadim Center for Victims of Torture and Fox News camera man Olaf Wiig talk about the huge anti-Government protests in Egypt. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 February 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 February 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Julie Hill
Writer of new work"I Wont' be Happy Unitil I Lose One of my Limbs"playing at Auckland's Basement Theatre from 2 to 19 February. [more]

NZSO Review
Michael Joel reviews last Saturday's"Postcards from Exotic Places"concert featuring Chinese violinist Tanwa Yang. [more]

News stories:

NZ team for Rugby Sevens named
New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has named the team for the Wellington leg of the IRB series this weekend. [more]

Clean technology sector ready to grow
The emerging clean technology sector says the appointment of a Government task force could help it turn into a major export earner. [more]

Wellington DHB's finances 'likely to improve'
The outgoing acting chief executive at Wellington's debt-plagued district health board says it could be back in the black in two years' time. [more]

Building figures point to recession - economist
A slump in building consents in December is being seen as a sign the economy may have drifted back into recession. [more]

Junior doctors' pay talks resume
Junior doctors and district health boards have a further round of employment talks scheduled in Auckland this week. [more]

Misinformation 'puts NZ halal market at risk'
The head of one of New Zealand's halal certification bodies is warning that the country risks missing out on marketing opportunities unless it puts more effort into explaining its certification system. [more]

Weather lowers 'bumper' honey forecast
Wet and windy weather around Christmas has put paid to what had promised to be a bumper honey production season. [more]

Lamb shearing record bid cancelled
A challenge to the world eight-hour lamb shearing record set earlier this month by world champion Cam Ferguson has been called off. [more]

Regions' drought status being reviewed
The Ministry of Agriculture is to review the drought status of several North Island regions on Tuesday as it considers the impact of significant widespread rain. [more]

Vets mark 250th anniversary of profession
Veterinarians are highlighting the essential role they play in agriculture and the country's economy, as they launch a year of events to mark the founding of their profession. [more]

Fletcher shares fall on acquisition fears
Shares in Fletcher Building fell more than 2% on Monday as investors feared the company may be spending millions of dollars on another troubled investment. [more]

Latest cyclone likely to destroy more crops in Vanuatu
Disaster officials expect more crops will be damaged in northern Vanuatu as a result of the latest cyclone to hit the islands. Cyclone Yasi swept across Torba province yesterday with... [more]

New Zealand provides aid to boost tourism in Tonga
New Zealand has committed around 3-point-8 million US dollars over three years to support the development of tourism in Tonga. The aid funding will be distributed through Tonga's Ministry of... [more]

Iwi say Government pushing for settlements
Some iwi say they are being bullied by the Government to conclude their Treaty claims early. [more]

PM makes slight concession on public holidays
Prime Minister John Key says he'd be willing to take advice on transferring more public holidays which fall on a weekend to the following Monday. [more]

Shortage of academic staff predicted
A body representing universities says the future quality of New Zealand's education and research is being jeopardised by unsustainable funding and an ageing academic workforce. [more]

Mt Eden jail being signed over to private operator
Auckland Central Remand Prison at Mt Eden is being signed over to private management. [more]

Thorpe's Olympic comeback still up in the air
Swimmer Ian Thorpe's manager admits Australia's greatest Olympian will need to make up his mind about a comeback pretty quickly as speculation builds over a London Olympic tilt. But David... [more]

Back four return for Man United's clash with Villa
The Premier League leaders Manchester United will welcome back their first-choice back four at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday as they look to cement their place at the top... [more]

Sauber unveil new car and driver in Mexico
Struggling Swiss Formula One outfit Sauber looked to Mexico as it unveiled its new car for 2011 with rookie Sergio Perez launching his career in the sport and four sponsors... [more]

Lotus teams unveil new cars for F1 season
The newly-formed Lotus Renault GP Formula One team has unveiled its new car for 2011 with its striking black and gold livery, as rival Team Lotus also sought to grab... [more]

Campers 'appalled at lack of DoC help' in campsite flood
A group of campers say they are appalled at the lack of help from the Department of Conservation after a flash flood ripped through their Coromandel campsite on Friday night. [more]

Tuesday's newspaper headlines
German investors buy 3314ha of dairy land; mine rescue workers 'owed thousands' by police; Ryder vents anger on Twitter. [more]

Alliance in talks over joining new left-wing party
The Alliance Party is in talks over the creation of a new left-wing political party. [more]

Willers in American winner’s circle in BMX
The New Zealand BMX star Marc Willers continued his strong form with a win and a second in the latest round of the American Bicycle Association BMX national series in... [more]

Tonga tourism official says New Zealand aid will be of great benefit
The 'Eua Tourism Association in Tonga says several projects, such as improving access to key tourism sites, are now possible with funding from New Zealand. New Zealand has committed 3-point-8... [more]

Black Caps' Cup squad all but picked
New Zealand Cricket's chairman of selectors Mark Greatbatch has confirmed they've all but finalised their final World Cup squad, with the 12 picked for the fourth one day international against... [more]

Arsenal scrape through in FA Cup
Ten-man Arsenal scraped to a 2-1 home win over third division Huddersfield after Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to score an 86th-minute penalty and send them into the fifth... [more]

Big lessons learnt by Black Caps
Stand-in captain Ross Taylor admits some big lessons were learnt in their 43-run loss to Pakistan in the third one day international in Christchurch on Saturday night. The end of... [more]

Blackburn sign Argentine Formica and Spaniard Rochina
Blackburn Rovers made two additions to their football squad on transfer deadline day with Mauro Formica joining from Argentine side Newell's Old Boys and Ruben Rochina arriving from Barcelona's B... [more]

Chelsea say "cash positive" despite massive loss
Chelsea said they were in a strong position to meet UEFA's new financial rules on Monday despite announcing an overall loss of almost $150 million in the year ending June... [more]

Woods concedes plenty of room for improvement
The former world number one Tiger Woods finished 15 shots off the pace in his first tournament of the year at Torrey Pines, a venue he'd been victorious at on... [more]

Breakers keen to make history this season
The New Zealand Breakers big man Alex Pledger's quietly confident the Auckland side can finally claim the first title of any New Zealand team in an Australian club competition. Winning... [more]

Clijsters closes in on No.1 ranking
The new Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters is closing in on the No.1 ranking in women's tennis. Clijsters has replaced Vera Zvonereva at number two, behind the young Dane Caroline... [more]

Gallop denies News Ltd holding up NRL independent commission
A furious NRL rugby league boss David Gallop has slammed as nonsense speculation News Ltd is now responsible for delays in the move towards an independent commission to run rugby... [more]

Growing concern over plans for Olympic stadium
Britain's Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell is absolutely horrified the main venue for the 2012 London Olympics could be knocked down to make way for a football stadium after the... [more]

Ponting ready for first bat in a month
The injured Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting will dust off his bat for the first time in a month this week as he sets out to prove his fitness for... [more]

Chris Ashton wins try of the year award
A thrilling individual try scored by England's Chris Ashton at Twickenham against Australia in November has been named the International Rugby Players' Association Try of the Year 2010. The England... [more]

Kolkata ground in race against time for cricket World Cup
The International Cricket Council will visit Kolkata's Eden Gardens in India next Monday to find out if it can host its three remaining World Cup games after confirming the India-England... [more]

Austrian skiier waking up slowly
The doctors treating Austrian skier Hans Grugger, who's been in an induced coma since he suffered a crash during training at Kitzbuehel almost two weeks ago, say he's waking up... [more]

'Fish and chip' shark nursing grounds studied
Scientists are about to start a survey of the nation's estuaries to try to find the nursing grounds of the rig shark - commonly used in fish and chips. [more]

New Zealand debutant admits torn loyalties ahead of Wellington Sevens
The new cap in the New Zealand Sevens team for the Wellington leg of the IRB World Series admits to an element of divided loyalties. Counties Manukau speedster David Raikuna... [more]

Cyclone Yasi moves towards Australia
Cyclone Yasi has been upgraded to a category three tropical cyclone as it moves towards the northeast coast of Australia. Cyclone Yasi swept across Torba province in Vanuatu yesterday with... [more]

Superbowl a magnet for under-age sex trade
Pimps will traffic thousands of under-age prostitutes to Texas for Monday's Super Bowl, hoping to do business with men arriving for the big game with money to burn, child rights... [more]

Building Society Holdings shares begin trading
Another major step has been taken in creation of a new, $2.2 billion bank. [more]

US consumer spending rises strongly
In the United States, official figures show consumer spending grew at its fastest pace in three years during 2010. [more]

Eurozone inflation rate rises to 2.4%
Prices in the Eurozone are rising at the fastest rate in two years. [more]

New science ministry launched
The new Ministry of Science and Innovation is now officially open for business. [more]

Halal protocol reassures market - MIA
The Meat Industry Association thinks a protocol now in force will help to reduce misunderstanding about New Zealand's halal certification systems for supplying food and other products to Muslim markets. [more]

Fiji Teachers Union wants study of actual cost of educating a child
Efforts to enforce primary school fee levels in Fiji have lead one union to call for an assessment of how much it actually costs to educate a child. The interim... [more]

CNMI governor says the cash strapped government will have to let some workers go
The CNMI Governor, Benigno Fitial, says his administration intends laying off workers because of the ongoing budget shortfall. Despite slight improvements in revenue collected last month, the deficit has reached... [more]

PNG cabinet minister wants perpetrators of ethnic violence sent home
A Papua New Guinea cabinet minister is to push for unemployed people from Hela province living in Port Moresby to be sent home following ethnic violence at the weekend which... [more]

German groups invest $110m in South Island farms
German investors have been given clearance to buy 12 farms in Canterbury and Southland. [more]

House sale listings plunge
The number of residential properties listed for sale has plunged, with homeowners delaying selling their homes in a weak market. [more]

Businesses yet to be paid for Pike River work
Contractors and suppliers to the Pike River Coal mine on the West Coast say their businesses are in jeopardy. [more]

Man died from blow to head, post-mortem finds
A post-mortem on a man bashed to death in South Auckland has been completed. [more]

Environmental body lacks independence - lobby group
Lobby group the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society has told Parliament the Environmental Protection Authority lacks independence. [more]

Leading Solomons' lawyer slams parole for controversial MP
The President of the Solomon Islands Bar Assocation has described the Parole Board decision to release an MP shortlly after he was refused bail, as an attack on the judiciary. [more]

Third person dies of leptospirosis in New Caledonia
A third person has died in New Caledonia as a result of a post-cyclone outbreak of leptospirosis, a disease transmitted by animal urine. Last week a young man and a... [more]

Torres' move to Chelsea blasts transfer record out of the water
Chelsea have completed the signing of Spanish striker Fernando Torres from rival Premier League club Liverpool for a British record fee. Torres has signed a five and a half year... [more]

Navy crew tried to rescue colleague, inquest told
An inquest into the 2007 death of a seaman serving on a Navy vessel has been told of attempts to try to rescue the drowning man. [more]

Businesses keeping eye on situation in Egypt
The New Zealand business community is waiting to see what impact the violent political unrest in Egypt will have on the wider Middle East market. [more]

Waikato players in race for NZ sevens side selection
The New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens will wait until the conclusion of Wednesday's warm-up match against the Cook Islands before deciding whether Waikato's Declan O'Donnell or provincial team-mate... [more]

Roche permanent replacement for Hobbs
The current Acting Chairman of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd, Brian Roche, has been confirmed in the role after taking over in a caretaker capacity from Jock Hobbs, who's fighting... [more]

Torres thought Liverpool wouldn't challenge hard enough
Spanish striker Fernando Torres' move to Chelsea from Liverpool for a British record fee on English football's transfer deadline day appears to be motivated by a desire to win more... [more]

Pakistan seemingly in charge of Black Caps
Pakistan appear to be on the way to a 2-1 lead in the one-day cricket series in New Zealand with the side travelling well at 53 for one after 10... [more]

Djoker sets sights on Rafa and Fed
A bleary-eyed Novak Djokovic has fronted tennis media following his second Australian Open win. After partying into the wee hours the champion showed off his trophy and declared he's now... [more]

Coromandel commune wins reprieve over buildings
A Coromandel commune whose buildings were threatened with demolition has won a reprieve. [more]

American Samoa senator calls for more information on government poor finances
A former treasurer in American Samoa is calling for more information on the government's reported 7 point 2 million US dollar budget shortfall. Currently a variety of revenue gathering measures... [more]

Sharma murder-accused reappears in court
The husband of a woman burned to death in Waikato has made a second appearance in court. [more]

Fiji teacher union head oppose to government imposition of flat annual primary school fee
The President of the Fijian Teachers Union, Tevita Koroi, is rejecting directives to impose a flat annual primary school fee. The interim education minister, Filipe Bole, said he's decided to... [more]

Solomons' disaster officials say no word yet on impact of Yasi in southern islands
Disaster officials in Solomon Islands say they haven't yet received any reports of damage caused by Cyclone Yasi after it moved in a westerly direction past the country's southern islands. [more]

PNG Prime Minister told security operation at Indonesia border inflicting harm
The governor of Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, has called on the government to end an operation arresting people who're suspected of illegally crossing the border from Indonesia. Operation... [more]

Solomons police investigate firearms incident but deny MPs were at scene
Police in Solomon Islands have confirmed they're investigating a firearms incident in the Burns Creek area on Saturday night but say two MPs reported to be the targets were not... [more]

Solomon Islands Parole Board considers itself equal to a court of law - leading lawyer
The President of of the Solomon Islands Bar Assocation has described the Parole Board decision to release an MP shortly after he was refused bail as an attack on the... [more]

Immigration New Zealand trying to refund excess charges on Samoa permits
The head of Immigration New Zealand, Nigel Bickle, says his department's making every effort to return money to Samoans overcharged for residency permits. The Treaty of Friendship between the two... [more]

Cook Islands seeks aid money to extend soft loan scheme
A government funded agency in the Cook Islands is seeking aid money to extend a loan scheme that's helped outer island businesses weather the financial crisis. The Business Trade and... [more]

Modest wage rises as economy picks up slowly
The pace of wage growth has picked up slightly, though it remains subdued as the economy recovers only gradually from recession and the global economic downturn. [more]

Southland man survives 19,000-volt shock
A Southland linesman who survived a 19,000-volt shock says the near-death experience has made him think about his future. [more]

Petition launched opposing early childhood cuts
A teacher's union has launched a petition urging the Government to reverse the early childhood funding cuts. [more]

Signs of partial reconciliation between Maori MPs
There are signs of a partial reconciliation between Maori Party MPs Hone Harawira and Te Ururoa Flavell following a meeting near Rotorua on Tuesday. [more]

Commercial flights best option to leave Egypt - PM
The Government will send military planes or organise charter flights to get New Zealanders out of Egypt if it becomes necessary, but says commercial flights are still the best option for now. [more]

Reduced SAS to stay on in Afghanistan
The Government is keeping New Zealand's elite SAS troops in Afghanistan, but will reduce numbers by about half when the 12-month extension takes effect in April. [more]

Church apologises over unlawful wedding
The Anglican Church is apologising to the victims of an undertaker and a minister convicted of illegally marrying a couple. [more]