Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd February 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Extra Time, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Napier Quake Anniversary
We're marking the 80th anniversary of NZs worst natural disaster, the Napier earthquake, It struck at 10-47 in the morning of Feb 3 1931. [more]

Young New Zealander of the year
17 year old Jamie Fenton believes life is not is not measured by what we generally view as successes, it's measured by commitment to the people around you and the willingness to risk failure to improve yourself and the plight of others. [more]

What's left in hotel rooms
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors, but the things people leave behind give us some clues. [more]

Arts Report - Hair as Art
Jennie Hasler-Jacob's is something of a local celebrity in her hometown of Balclutha. She's an award winning hair artist - driven by a passion for creating the outrageous and fantastical. [more]

Southern Story for 3 February 2011 - Templeton Flax Mill
For more than a century flax fibre was a major industry in this country. In Southland alone there were 44 mills operating in the late 1800s. Now, there's just one. The Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum. [more]

Our Changing World - Surveying small sharks
Fish and chips, a New Zealand institution. But how much do we know about the most common fish used in Fish and Chips? Are the populations of lemonfish healthy enough to keep feeding us? [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 3 February 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on today's Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gary McCormick and Bomber Bradbury (Part 1)
Topics - In Australia, the worst of Cyclone Yasi appears to be past, and the storm has been downgraded to a category two. Does the cost of driving licences need to come down before the Government tries to set time limits on each stage? [more]

The Panel with Gary McCormick and Bomber Bradbury (Part 2)
Topics - Egypt's pro-democracy revolution has descended into violence as President Hosni Mubarak's regime attempts to wrest back control of city streets, crush the popular uprising, and reassert its authority. The latest round of Wikileaks has been interpreted to indicate that an alarming arms race - the result of tension in the middle east and asia - has"the direct potential to lead to nuclear war". [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 3 February 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 3 February 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 3 February 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 3 February 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 3 February 2011
Briscoe Group's managing director, Rod Duke, told business reporter, Naomi Mitchell, that trading during the final few months of the year was extremely pleasing. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 3 February 2011
The clean up begins after Australia's biggest storm in living memory. Another leap in unemployment figures and street battles in Cairo rage through the night. [more]

The latest on Cyclone Yasi
Australia's biggest storm in living memory is slowly weakening after cutting a swathe of destruction through parts of northern Queensland - locals are astonished that so far no-one has been killed or seriously injured. [more]

Tully one of the hardest hit by Cyclone Yasi
In Tully, businessman Barry Barnes has been out looking at the damage in his shattered town. [more]

Unemployment figures surge higher again
New figures show a big jump in unemployment in the final three months of last year, adding to speculation that the country fell back into recession in the second half of the year. [more]

Violent clashes continue in Cairo
Pitched battles have continued through the night in Cairo, between supporters of Eygpt's President Hosni Mubarak and protesters who are demanding he quit. [more]

Warning for Maori Party leadership
The Tai Tokerau branch of the Maori Party is warning the leadership, the party's on a path to destruction unless it deals with a complaint about Hone Harawira. [more]

Wellington streets crowded with Sevens fans
New Zealand's biggest dressup party is one day away. [more]

Evening Sports News for 3 February 2011
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Labour unveils election year line-up
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, has kept faith with a core of senior MPs but says he is also introducing fresh talent with today's shadow cabinet reshuffle. [more]

Recruitment on 6.8 per cent unemployment
More now on the sharp rise in unemployment. [more]

Townsville copes with storm surge after cyclone
The city of Townsville has also been battered by Cyclone Yasi, with torrential rains and winds of about 100 kilometres an hour. [more]

Correspondent in Cairo
Our correspondent Natalie Carney is in Cairo, and joins us on the line. [more]

Waatea News for 3 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tensions within the Maori Party
More now on tensions within the Maori Party, as it deals with a complaint against Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira. [more]

Christchurch man sentenced for murder
The son of a Christchurch woman bludgeoned to death as she slept in her bed has told the court he can't get that image out of his head. [more]

PM urges NZers not to lose confidence in the economy
Opposition parties say the Government must come up with a plan to create jobs. [more]

Senior economist at Westpac
Joining us to discuss the figures is senior economist at Westpac Dominick Stephens. [more]

Australia's biggest storm in living memory
Australia's biggest storm in living memory is slowly weakening after cutting a swathe of destruction through parts of northern Queensland - locals are astonished that so far no-one has been killed or seriously injured. [more]

Real estate agent gets jail time for bank scam
An Auckland real estate agent has been sent to jail for four and a half years for his part in a scam that cost banks almost four million dollars. [more]

PM confident ruling out Peters won't put off older voters.
The day after the Prime Minister ruled out working with Winston Peters he's been courting votes in the New Zealand First Leader's stronghold of superannuants. [more]

Evening Sports News for 3 February 2011
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

AIA says there's no reason to ground Air National
The Aviation Industry Association says there is no reason to keep the small airline, Air National, grounded. [more]

Free trials of the"morning after"pill
Some pharmacists are calling for the Emergency Contraceptive Pill to be free for all young women, after subsidising it has shown a reduction in the abortion rate. [more]

Waatea News for 3 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Chile, Colombia and Indonesia new targets for foreign students
New Zealand educators hope to attract a lot more students from Chile, Colombia and Indonesia in the next five years. [more]

Farmers say dung beetles will save them millions of dollars
The dung beetle is coming to New Zealand. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 3 February 2011
This week in Extra Time... we preview the Wellington Sevens with supercoach Gordon Tietjens, catch up with Breakers star Paul Henare as the foundation guard finally looks like he may win the Australian NBL championship, young Marco Rojas of the Wellington Phoenix considers their chances of a playoff place, and Canadian yachtie Derek Hatfield discusses his trials sailing solo round the world. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 February 2011
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 February 2011
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 3 February 2011
Cyclone Yasi, Egypt protests, Winston Peters, Turangi Shooting, laptops in schools. [more]

Cyclone Yasi pummels north Queensland
In the early hours of this morning, Cyclone Yasi crossed the far north Queensland coast at the tourist town of Mission Beach, halfway between Cairns and Townsville. [more]

Pacific News for 3 February 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 3 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Widespread reports of damage from Cyclone Yasi
Within the last half hour, Cyclone Yasi has been downgraded to a category four cyclone after crossing the Queensland coast. [more]

Election campaign set to be a marathon
This year's election campaign is set to be a marathon, after the Prime Minister announced the election date 10 months ahead of polling day. [more]

'Most catastrophic storm ever seen' hits Australia
Cyclone Yasi is pounding the state of Queensland this morning. [more]

Winston Peters says Government running scared
The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is accusing the Government of running scared after the Prime Minister John Key said he would not go into coalition with any party led by the New Zealand First leader. [more]

Political reporter comments on election announcement
Radio NZ political reporter, Julian Robins, comments on the statements made by Winston Peters. [more]

Queenslanders spend fearful night sheltering from Yasi
An Australian sugar cane farmer, Alf Strano, has been waiting out the storm with his wife at home on his farm southeast of Innisfail. [more]

Mother angered others not charged over shooting death
The mother of the woman who was accidentally shot dead near Turangi last year is angry that none of the shooter's associates have been prosecuted over the killing. [more]

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

Phil Goff denies putting pressure on Navy
The leader of the Labour Party, Phil Goff, is dismissing accusations he put political pressure on the Navy to speed up the deployment of HMNZS Canterbury despite having at least 24 hazards on-board. [more]

90-days probationary period leads to more jobs
New research has found that the government's 90-day probationary period for workers is creating more jobs. [more]

Schools add laptop computers to their stationery lists
A growing number of schools are asking parents to add laptop computers to their back-to-school shopping bill. [more]

Queenslanders sheltering from fury of Cyclone Yasi
The howling winds have lifted roofs from houses, and knocked out power as well as communications to tens of thousands of homes. [more]

Violent scenes as protesters clash in Tahrir Square
There have been fierce clashes in the Egyptian capital between supporters of President Hosni Mubarak and protesters calling on him to resign immediately. [more]

New Zealand Egyptians rally in support of the protesters
There was a far more peaceful protest in Christchurch last night as members of the Egyptian community came out to voice their support for change in their homeland. [more]

Hundreds of people have been wounded in Cairo's Tahrir Square
State TV says a member of the security forces has been killed and hundreds of people have been wounded in pitched battles in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square. [more]

Analysis: The candidates waiting to be Egypt's new Pharoah
Dr Maria Rublee, from The University of Auckland's Department of Political Studies, is an expert on Egyptian politics. [more]

Rodney Hide thinks he's secure in Epsom
The leader of the Act Party, Rodney Hide, says he's not concerned by National standing a candidate in his Epsom electorate at this year's election. [more]

Sports News for 3 February 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Booming dairy prices bad news for NZ consumers
Booming international dairy prices spells good news for the economy and farmers, but not consumers. [more]

Queenslanders waking to scenes of destruction from Yasi
With daylight now broken, residents of North Queensland will soon be able to comprehend the level of destruction. [more]

Waatea News for 3 February 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Dave Cull's first 100 days as Dunedin Mayor
The new Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull, marks his 100th day in office today. [more]

Hawke's Bay marks 80th anniversary of Napier earthquake
Late in the morning on February the third 1931, a seven point eight magnitude earthquake with a depth of about 16 kilometres, hit Hawke's Bay and lasted more than two minutes. [more]

Nights

Gone Grizzly Gone
Dr. Bill Gaines talks about his attempts to carry out a Grizzly Bear census in the Cascade Mountains. [more]

Every Day Physics
Dr. Shaun Hendy explains how the humble microwave oven does its thing.... and the results of trying to microwave metal! [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Cyclone Yasi
The cyclone has caused widespread damage to a large area of northern Queensland. [more]

Social Gaffes
In an experiment just published in the US journal Psychology and Aging, Otago researchers compared the ability of older and younger adults to distinguish socially appropriate from inappropriate behaviour depicted in the television show The Office. [more]

UK Correspondent
UK Correspondent Jon Dennis. [more]

Feature Guest - Daniel Lubetzky
Social entrepeneur Daniel Lubetzky has been named a"Global leader for Tomorrow"by the World Economic Forum; he talks about his goal to bring peace to the middle east through business cooperation. [more]

Book Review
Rae McGregor reviews Mozambique Mysteries by Lisa St Aubin de Teran. [more]

Technology
Technology commentator Nat Torkington. [more]

Dame Alison Holst
Home Science celebrates 100 years in New Zealand. [more]

TV Review - Simon Wilson
Simon Wilson reviews TV shows, including Breakfast and Boardwalk Empire. [more]

Our Changing World

Platelet Sea Ice
In areas of Antarctica close to large ice shelves super-cooled water forms crystals known as platelet sea ice [more]

Drug Resistance and Efflux Pumps
Brain Monk is looking at efflux pumps to develop antimicrobials for treating drug resistant fungal pathogens [more]

Motueka River Integrated Catchment Management
A 10-year research programme took a 'ridgetops to the sea' approach to studying a river catchment [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 February 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 February 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Willem Wassenaar
Wellington based Director previews Long Cloud Youth Theatre's two Downstage Theatre productions and 'Broken China' at Bats Theatre. [more]

Kerry Prendergast and Nick Tipping
Chief Executive of NZ International Arts Festival and head of NZSM Jazz School discuss cancellation of 2011 Wellington Jazz Festival. [more]

News stories:

German's state broadcasters flags Tour de France
Germany's main public television stations will end live broadcasts of the Tour de France next year as viewers continue to shy away from the event because of doping scandals. The... [more]

Alonso quickest in Valencia
Fernando Alonso laid down a marker for Ferrari by setting the fastest time so far in the year's first testing session in Valencia. The Spaniard was 0.3 of a second... [more]

Bulldogs prop arrested over alleged involvement in betting scam
The Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league prop Ryan Tandy has been arrested for allegedly providing false evidence during a police investigation. Police have been investigating suspicious betting activity during Canterbury's NRL... [more]

Bobridge breaks world record
The Australian cyclist Jack Bobridge has smashed the 4000 metre individual pursuit world record. The 21-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medallist rode a time of four minutes and 10.534 seconds on... [more]

Acquisition activity picks up, but investors still cautious
Investors looking for merger and acquisition deals are remaining cautious, despite activity picking up. [more]

Agria increases stake in PGG Wrightson
Chinese company Agria has lifted its stake in PGG Wrightson. [more]

Super Fund invests in NZ farm
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund is in the hunt for more dairy farms, have bought its first, a dairy property in West Otago. [more]

Don't take high prices for granted, food producers warned
An agribusiness commentator warns that now is not the time for food producers and exporters to sit still while they ride high commodity prices. [more]

PNG politician accuses government of doing Indonesia's dirty work
The governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District is accusing the government of using a security operation along the Papua border to do Indonesia's dirty work. More than a... [more]

Cooks NZ Aid fund shelved
A 1-point-1 million US dollar New Zealand Aid development fund intended for low interest rate on-lending to small to medium enterprises in the Cook Islands has been shelved. The move... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Cyclone Yasi dominates the front pages of New Zealand's main newspapers. [more]

Australian stock market changes affect NZ firms
Telecom says the Australian stock exchange is changing the way its index weighting is calculated. [more]

Gary Neville retires from football
Long-serving Manchester United right back and former England international Gary Neville has announced his immediate retirement from football. The 35-year-old spent his entire career at United, playing over 600 matches... [more]

Umaga to start for Chiefs
The former All Black captain Tana Umaga has been selected to start for the Chiefs against the Highlanders in their Super Rugby pre-season match in Taupo on Saturday. Twenty nine... [more]

McCullum likely to move up the order
Brendan McCullum is unlikely to find any stability in the New Zealand batting lineup as the captain, coach and selectors continue to try and get the best out of him. [more]

SBW in fine shape
The jury's still out on whether Sonny Bill Williams would've been better off sitting out his latest boxing bout to let a stress fracture in his leg heal - but... [more]

NRL prop faces possible jail time
The Australian league player Ryan Tandy faces a possible five-year jail term for his involvement in a betting plunge in an NRL match last year. New South Wales police have... [more]

Imran says Pakistan need to name World Cup captain
The former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan believes his country's chances of winning the World Cup have been harmed by delaying the naming of the captain for the tournament which... [more]

Nadal resting up after suffering thigh injury in Australia
The world tennis number one Rafael Nadal will rest for the next 10 days after suffering a thigh muscle tear during his Australian Open quarter-final loss. Nadal was upset by... [more]

Victory clinch play-off spot
The Melbourne Victory have confirmed their place in football's A-League play-offs after a 2-0 victory over Newcastle. The Victory are now fourth equal with Gold Coast after they drew nil-all... [more]

Semi-finalists found in one day cricket competition
The semi-final lineup has been confirmed in the one day cricket competition with Canterbury finishing top, followed by Auckland, Otago and Northern Districts. In the last round of matches Canterbury... [more]

Australia beat England with record run chase
Australia pulled off a spectacular run-chase to win the sixth one-day cricket international against England by two wickets on Wednesday night in Sydney. Jonathon Trott's superb 137 laid the foundation... [more]

Wright opposes rotation policy
The New Zealand cricket coach John Wright's questioned the rotation policy being used by the national selectors leading up to the world cup later this month. The Black Caps play... [more]

Fifa starts hearing appeals by suspended officials
Football's world governing body Fifa has begun hearing the appeals by five officials suspended after allegations of corruption during the bidding race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Executive... [more]

Nicol David still number one
The Malaysian squash player Nicol David has marked another significant milestone in her illustrious career by celebrating her 58th month as world number one, equalling Australian Michelle Martin's status as... [more]

O'Donnell cleared to play in Wellington sevens
Waikato's Declan O'Donnell will play in this weekend's international rugby sevens tournament in Wellington having proved he's overcome an ankle injury, by playing in New Zealand's training game against the... [more]

Vanuatu leader promises corrupt politicians will be punished
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Sato Kilman has promised to tackle corrupt politicians. This comes after the release of a damning report alleging corruption by former and present ministers spanning many years. [more]

China funds plan to boost agriculture in Tonga
Tonga is to receive more than 860 thousand US dollars from China to boost the agriculture industry. Tonga launched its Agriculture Demo Farm Project last week with an agreement between... [more]

PNG politician says gardens destroyed during border operation
A PNG politician says he's had reports that homes and gardens have been destroyed as part of a security crackdown along the border with the Indonesian province of Papua. More... [more]

Agencies fear dairy price hikes will hit poor families
Agencies that deal with struggling families say any increase in dairy prices will end up hurting those who already find it hard to afford the basics. [more]

Goff denies pressuring Navy to use unsafe ship
Labour leader Phil Goff denies that when he was Defence Minister he pressured the navy to deploy HMNZS Canterbury before safety problems were sorted out. [more]

Study finds 90-day scheme has positive jobs impact
A study has found the Government's 90-day probationary period for workers has led to more jobs. [more]

Hawke's Bay remembers 1931 quake
Commemorative services are being held in Napier and Hastings on Thursday marking 80 years since the country's biggest natural disaster. [more]

Samoa government report highlights concerns over uranium importation
A government department in Samoa says data showing that banned depleted uranium was imported into the country needs to be investigated urgently. A Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment report... [more]

PM's stance arrogant, says Peters
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Prime Minister John Key is being naive, arrogant and anti-democratic in ruling him out as a potential coalition partner. [more]

Tonga counting down to Wellington Sevens appearance
Tonga is eagerly counting down to it's first appearance of the IRB sevens season in Wellington on Friday. Coach Siua Taumalolo's squad is all locally based and has been training... [more]

PNG looking to hone flair at Wellington Sevens
With a few months under the belt Shane Howarth is now settled in his role as Papua New Guinea Sevens coach. Howarth is preparing the team for the Wellington round... [more]

FIFA corruption hearings begin
Football's world governing body Fifa has begun hearing the appeals by five officials suspended after allegations of corruption during the bidding race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Executive... [more]

Former real estate agent jailed for fraud
An Auckland real estate agent involved in a scam that prompted reforms of the real estate industry has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison. [more]

Schools add laptops to stationery lists
An increasing number of schools are asking parents to add laptop computers to their back-to-school shopping list. [more]

Dung beetles to be released on NZ farms
Farmers say the release of dung beetles on farms will save them millions of dollars yearly in pasture maintenance, and help them clean up their environmental performance. [more]

30kg of methamphetamine seized last year
Police and Customs seized 30.4 kilograms of methamphetamine last year, with an estimated street value of $30 million. [more]

River searched for missing man
Police are continuing the search for a man believed to have fallen into a river near Beaumont in Otago. [more]

Egypt turmoil affects shipping industry
The turmoil in Egypt is starting to concern the global shipping industry. [more]

Briscoe sales increase
Briscoe Group says aggressive marketing has boosted full year sales, but warns the retail sector remains extremely competitive. [more]

Auckland house prices steady
Auckland property prices held firm last month while turnover remained modest. [more]

Dairy farmers phasing out induction of cows - survey
A survey carried out by vets shows that dairy farmers are well ahead of the industry target for phasing out the much-criticised practice of inducing cows so they calve earlier. [more]

IRB stresses any changes at FRU must stick to the constitution
The Fiji Rugby Union has been told by IRB officials that any changes to its management or governance have to be in line with the Union's constitution. The global rugby... [more]

World Bank's commercial arm to have own office in PNG
The World Bank's commercial arm, the IFC, is to open its own office in Papua New Guinea. The IFC says this will allow it to expand activities in support of... [more]

Fiji gets stronger backing from other Pacific countries at ACP trade meeting
With the backing of seven Pacific countries belonging to the African, Caribbean and Pacific group which is supported by the European Union, Fiji has again pushed for its full participation... [more]

Waste piles up in the Marshalls' capital as landfill overflows
Health officials in the Marshall Islands are trying to solve a problem of waste that's piling up in Majuro. The Majuro landfill was closed yesterday because it can't keep up... [more]

Former Fiji PM says interim government behind his detention under emergency regulations
The former Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has indicated that the order to charge him under the public emergency regulations must have come from the interim government. The Fiji Labour... [more]

Pacific climate change bringing more flooding and malaria - summit speaker
A climate change summit in American Samoa has been told that sea levels in parts of the Pacific are rising rapidly. More than 100 local and off island scientists, policy... [more]

First-term trio fare well in Goff reshuffle
Labour Party leader Phil Goff has opted for three first-term MPs in the reshuffle of his shadow cabinet, with Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson the big winner as new health spokesperson. [more]

Jackson discharged from hospital
Oscar-winning film director Sir Peter Jackson has been discharged from Wellington Hospital on Thursday. [more]

College in Northern Marianas could lose its US accreditation next month
Northern Marianas College remains on show-cause status due to its continued failure to resolve deficiencies identified earlier by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It has until March... [more]

Missing man named
Police have named the man missing at the Talla Burn stream near Beaumont in Otago. [more]

Public hearings in American Samoa look for solutions to financial crisis
Public hearings are continuing on several tax bills in American Samoa as efforts to fix a major budget blowout continue. Businesses, finance officers and the public are being invited to... [more]

Vanuatu government makes grant to provide relief for Cyclone Vania victims
The Vanuatu Council of Ministers has approved more than 800-thousand US dollars in funding for relief supplies to the five islands of Tafea province. The province was severely hit by... [more]

Holiday bonus for accountancy staff
An accountancy firm in Auckland is giving its 120 staff an extra day's holiday to make up for the fact Anzac Day and Waitangi Day fall on existing days off this year. [more]

Victim grant doubled
The Government has doubled a discretionary grant for victims of sexual violence from $250 to $500. [more]

Former Fiji prime minister says public emergency powers being abused
The former Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has described his arrest and detention under the public emergency regulations as an abuse of power, and is calling for them to be... [more]

Man to face murder charge
Police in Christchurch have arrested a man in a case they originally classified as not suspicious. [more]

Killer jailed for at least 18 years
A man convicted of bludgeoning a Christchurch woman to death with a hammer as she lay asleep in her bed has been jailed for at least 18 years. [more]

Grounding draconian, says aviation body
The Aviation Industry Association says the sector's governing body is acting in a draconian way by grounding a charter airline. [more]

Manchester City lose ground on United
Manchester City's lost ground to local rivals Manchester United in the English football's premier league title race, after twice giving up the lead in a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham. [more]

Warriors major new signings to play in Greymouth
All four of the Warriors major new signings will play in Saturday's pre-season rugby league game against the Newcastle Knights in Greymouth. Included in the squad for the trial game... [more]

Williams returns to Blues for first game in two years
Ali Williams will have his first match in a Blues jersey in two years when he plays against the Hurricanes in a Super rugby pre season match in Kerikeri tomorrow. [more]

Vettori out of the Hamilton one dayer
A hamstring injury has forced the New Zealand cricket captain Dan Vettori, to pull out of the must win one day match against Pakistan, in Hamilton today. Vettori suffered the... [more]

Solomons' regional assistance mission under independent review
A team of independent experts is in Solomon Islands to review the partnership framework between the Regional Assistance Mission and the Solomons' government. The team comprises Sue Emmott, an Australian... [more]

American Samoa government told to sell cable shares to overcome deficit
American Samoa's US congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says to resolve its money problems the government could sell its shares in the under sea fibre optic cable company. American Samoa spent... [more]

Head of new Fiji employment centre optimistic about cutting jobless numbers
The head of Fiji's National Employment Centre says he expects the new facility to help halve the country's unemployment rate by next year. Taito Waqa says it's compulsory for anyone... [more]

Cook Islands' finance workers sacked after internal audit
New Zealand financial services company, Tower, has confirmed the dismissal of two staff from its Cook Islands branch, following an internal audit carried out in December. The matter has now... [more]

Samoa company mystified by government body's uranium claim
Samoa's biggest private employer, Yazaki Samoa, says it's suprised to hear that a government report claims the company imported depleted uranium. The ministry of natural resources and environment report from... [more]

Vanuatu cyclone victims get government assistance
The National Disaster Management Office in Vanuatu says about 800-thousand US dollars from the government will go towards food and the distribution of emergency supplies to the cyclone-hit province of... [more]

Dunedin mayor silent on rates
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says he does not want to predict what rates could be when deliberations over the draft annual plan finish. [more]

Beach warning after sewer pipe break
Christchurch City Council is warning people to stay away from several of the city's popular beaches because a broken sewer pipe has leaked raw sewage into the estuary. [more]

Qantas weighs reinstating fuel surcharge
Australian airline Qantas is reviewing whether to re-introduce fuel surcharges on its trans-Tasman routes as it raises the surcharge by as much as 52 percent on its other international routes. [more]

Shipping company probe over grounding
A shipping company is investigating what caused one of its vessels to run aground in Manukau Harbour on Thursday morning. [more]

Lower Hutt teen found
A Lower Hutt teenager missing for more than a week has been found. [more]

Wellington hosts annual Rugby Sevens parade
Roads were closed in central Wellington on Thursday for the annual NZI Rugby Sevens street parade. [more]

Party trying to get ride of Harawira, says electorate
The Maori Party in Te Tai Tokerau is accusing the party's leaders of trying to get rid of its MP, Hone Harawira. [more]

Call to subsidise emergency pill
A pharmacist is calling for the emergency contraceptive pill to be subsidised after free trials of the drug led to a reduction in teenage pregnancies and abortion. [more]

New Zealand market slips two points
The New Zealand sharemarket slipped on Thursday, with the NZX 50 index down two points to 3350 on turnover of $96 million. [more]

Dollar dumped after jobless rate rise
Investors dumped the New Zealand dollar on Thursday after Statistics New Zealand reported that the jobless rate rose sharply to 6.8% at the end of last year. [more]

Educators' hopes high for Chile, Colombia, Indonesia
New Zealand educators hope to attract more students from Chile, Colombia and Indonesia in the next five years. [more]

MPs hear calls to tighten tobacco controls
A anti-tobacco campaigner says nicotine addicts could one day be forced to get cigarettes on prescription. [more]

Stewart Labour candidate for Northland seat
Prominent Maori woman Lynette Stewart will contest the Northland seat for the Labour Party in the election. [more]