Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 31st March 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Don't You Forget About Me
Debbie from Te Kuiti nominates 'Don't You Forget About Me' by Simple Minds. [more]

Your Place - Mayfield
The rural town of Mayfield is on Your Place today, right on the edge of the Canterbury Plains, near Mt Somers and Mt Hutt. [more]

Switch Research
Children around Auckland are being asked to take part in a new study into how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games, the first study of its kind in New Zealand. [more]

Captain Scott's Letter
When two men were spotted in a row boat in the middle of the night in Oamaru Harbour nearly 100 years ago there was immediate suspicion that they might be smugglers. [more]

Feature Album - System Remix
Today's feature album is System Remix - current highflyer from Kiwi band Shapeshifter. [more]

Arts Report - The Roxy Cinema
The film industry in Miramar, Wellington is even more complete now. A new cinema - the Roxy - had its all star cast gala opening last night, after a 7 million dollar refurbishment. [more]

Our Changing World - Sleeping Brain
We spend a third of our lives simply sleeping, but why do we do it? University of Waikato physicists Moira and Alistair Steyn-Ross and their colleague Marcus Wilson study sleep with the help of a brain model, initially developed to describe the enforced slumber brought on by anaesthetic drugs. As they tell Veronika Meduna, the better we sleep the more we remember. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 31 March 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Simon Pound (part 2)
Workers who routinely pull sickies may be dissuaded from doing so by employment law changes that come into effect tomorrow. While texting may well be on the way out, with the ability of the mobile phone to receive and send e-mails, often at better speeds than landline broadband, the next phase will in fact be wide acceptance of mobile e-mail and internet surfing using the mobile network. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 31 March 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 31 March 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 31 March 2011
More changes at the top of Guinesss Peat Group; Tokyo Electric Power will scrap its damaged nuclear reactors; and the sharemarket edges up. [more]

Evening Business for 31 March 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 31 March 2011
Scott Technology has paid almost 4 and a half million dollars for a majority stake in HTS-110, saying it gives it a presence in the emerging high-value global superconductor magnet market. [more]

CEISMIC

Missing may not be identified after quake
The police say it may not be possible to identify the remains of 12 victims of the Christchurch earthquake. [more]

Unidentified quake victims may get Erebus-style mass grave
The Chief Coroner says the remains of 12 victims of the Christchurch earthquake may never be identified. [more]

Bodies of 12 quake victims remain unidentified
The chief coroner, Judge Neil MacLean, says it may never be possible to put names to the remains of twelve victims of the Christchurch earthquake. [more]

Hundreds of Christchurch firms expected to fail post quake
Most Christchurch firms are back on their feet a month after the devastating earthquake, but it remains a difficult city to do business in. [more]

Impact on tourism of quake and tsunami
A discussion on the hit to tourism following the Christchurch earthquake and the Japan tsunami. Is the industry and Government moving quickly enough to buffer the countries second biggest export earner against the worst effects? [more]

Empty Churches - Father John O'Connor
Catholic priest Father John O'Connor is of a mind that religion is not about to become extinct in NZ, especially in light of how people responded to last month's Christchurch earthquake. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Simon Pound (part 1)
The new Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority; they're putting the Rugby World Cup on the school curriculum. [more]

Canterbury netballers first game at home since quake
The Canterbury Tactix netball team are playing at home tonight for the first time since last month's earthquake. [more]

Auckland Council votes two to one to fund extra RWC games
Auckland ratepayers are to pay up to almost three million dollars to host three extra rugby world cup games relocated from earthquake damaged Christchurch. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 31 March 2011
Father says reparation for murder just a joke;Family of murder victim speaks out;Prinicipals' Association says Westfield mall student uniform ban was wrong;Auckland Council votes two to one to fund extra RWC games;Greens doubt housing affordability inquiry;Law change lets PI's use cameras, video;Canterbury netballers first game at home since quake;Woman in NZ sought as part of league betting fraud scandal;Zone 5 open for business owners and residents. [more]

Father says reparation for murder just a joke
The father of a Matamata woman shot in the throat at close range by her husband, says the reparation ordered by the Judge, is a joke, considering the man's wealth. [more]

Family of murder victim speaks out
David White, the father of Helen Meads, joins Checkpoint from his Matamata home [more]

Principals' Association says student uniform ban was wrong
The Secondary Principals' Association says Westfield was wrong to ban all uniformed Mt Albert Grammar students from an Auckland mall even after two assaults around the shopping centre. [more]

Sports News for 31 March 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens doubt housing affordability inquiry
The Green Party has no confidence the new Productivity Commission will take a proper look at housing affordability. [more]

Law change lets PI's use cameras, video
Private investigators from tomorrow will be able to take photos and videos of their targets without breaking the law, for the first time in three decades. [more]

Waatea News for 31 March 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Woman in NZ sought as part of league betting fraud scandal
Australian detectives investigating a rugby league betting scam are looking for a woman who made suspicious bets at an Auckland agency. [more]

Zone 5 open for business owners and residents
The owner of Al's Bar, a popular music venue in Christchurch, has been inspecting his premises inside the red zone today. [more]

Productivity Commission to look at housing affordability
House prices and affordability are coming under scrutiny as the first job for the new government agency the Productivity Commission. [more]

Principal wants to see students charged
The head of Auckland's Mount Albert Grammar says he wants two young teenage girls at his school to be charged over two separate assaults . [more]

Greater Canterbury looking to reap benefits of exodus
Greater Canterbury is hoping to reap the benefits of an exodus of residents and businesses from quake ravaged Christchurch. [more]

City's original homeless spread far and wide
In Christchurch the hundreds of people, already homeless before the disaster, have now been pushed out of the parks and doorways in the CBD. [more]

Sports News for 31 March 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Australian writer disappears in China
A missing Chinese Australian writer who vanished five days ago in China is believed to be in the custody of the country's secret police. [more]

Fewer large cars blamed on cost of petrol
There are fewer large cars on the road than there were seven years ago, as the cost of fuel rises. [more]

Waatea News for 31 March 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

How far will Obama's aim go to cut oil imports?
US President Barack Obama is aiming to cut America's imports of foreign oil by one third in the next ten years. [more]

Kingston Flyer up for sale again
People in Kingston are crossing their fingers and hoping the town's historic steam locomotive ventre will finally be sold. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 31 March 2011
A school principal wants his students charged after two alleged assaults; and another part of Christchurch's city centre has been opened. [more]

Midday Sports News for 31 March 2011
The Pakistan cricket captain apologises after their World Cup semi-final loss. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 31 March 2011
Unidentified quake victims may get Erebus-style mass grave; Mr Key heckled over handling of Allan Hubbard; Libya's rebels retreat east, lose control of key towns; Shipping container explodes at Wellington's port; Support for consideration of inquiry into the price of milk; Government disappointed Christchurch pool games go north; Rugby World Cup head discusses rescheduled matches; India beats Pakistan to spot in Cricket World Cup final; Four Fukushima reactors will be decommissioned. [more]

Top Stories for Thursday 31 March 2011
Unidentified quake victims may get Erebus-style mass grave; Mr Key heckled over handling of Allan Hubbard; Libya's rebels retreat east, lose control of key towns; Shipping container explodes at Wellington's port; Support for consideration of inquiry into the price of milk; Government disappointed Christchurch pool games go north; Rugby World Cup head discusses rescheduled matches; India beats Pakistan to spot in Cricket World Cup final; Four Fukushima reactors will be decommissioned. [more]

Top Stories for Thursday 31 March 2011
Unidentified quake victims may get Erebus-style mass grave; Mr Key heckled over handling of Allan Hubbard; Libya's rebels retreat east, lose control of key towns; Shipping container explodes at Wellington's port; Support for consideration of inquiry into the price of milk; Government disappointed Christchurch pool games go north; Rugby World Cup head discusses rescheduled matches; India beats Pakistan to spot in Cricket World Cup final; Four Fukushima reactors will be decommissioned. [more]

Key defends Govt intervention of SCF
The Prime Minister, John Key, has defended the Government's intervention into South Canterbury Finance and the statutory management of Allan Hubbard. [more]

Red Cross may clear grants backlog by today
The Red Cross is defending itself against criticism it hasn't been fast enough paying out grants to those in need in Christchurch. [more]

Pacific News for 31 March 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 31 March 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Mr Key heckled over handling of Allan Hubbard
The Prime Minister, John Key, was heckled and called a liar at a public meeting in Timaru last night. [more]

Mr Key heckled over handling of Allan Hubbard
The Prime Minister, John Key, was heckled and called a liar at a public meeting in Timaru last night. [more]

Mr Key heckled over handling of Allan Hubbard
The Prime Minister, John Key, was heckled and called a liar at a public meeting in Timaru last night. [more]

Libya's rebels retreat east, lose control of key towns
Rebels in Libya are fleeing from their former strongholds along the country's eastern coast in a chaotic, headlong retreat from the superior armed pro-government forces. [more]

Shipping container explodes at Wellington's port
Many Wellington residents in the western hill suburbs were awoken by an explosion at the city's port just before 5 this morning. [more]

Support for consideration of inquiry into the price of milk
Several interest groups, including Consumer New Zealand, are welcoming the Commerce Commission's about- face on whether to mount an inquiry into the price of milk. [more]

Government disappointed Christchurch pool games go north
The Government says it's disappointed that not all of Christchurch's Rugby World Cup pool games will be played in the South Island. [more]

Rugby World Cup head discusses rescheduled matches
Rugby World Cup head, Martin Snedden, discusses rescheduled matches. [more]

Sports News for 31 March 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

India beats Pakistan to spot in Cricket World Cup final
India is into the world cup final against Sri lanka after beating Pakistan overnight by 29 runs. [more]

Four Fukushima reactors will be decommissioned
The company that runs the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has conceded it's failing in its effort to regain control. [more]

New Deputy Police Commissioner announced
A new Deputy Police Commissioner has been appointed to work alongside the new Commissioner, Peter Marshall. [more]

Mystery over why Lake Taupo producing fewer trout
The Department of Conservation says it is at a loss to explain a marked deterioration in the Lake Taupo trout fishery. [more]

Dome on Chch's Catholic Basilica will be removed next week
The giant dome spanning Christchurch's Catholic Basilica is to be removed next week to allow engineers to enter the badly damaged building for the first time. [more]

UK expels five Libyan diplomats
The UK is expelling five Libyan diplomats, including the military attache, for posing a 'threat to security'. [more]

Banking expert says financial information from banks unreliable
A banking expert says he no longer has confidence that the public is getting a true picture of the state of the banks. [more]

Woman who buried baby in yard given community sentence
A woman who buried her dead baby's body in the yard of her Wellington home has received a community-based sentence and been granted permanent name suppression. [more]

Sports News for 31 March 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Record defamation award upheld by Court of Appeal
The Auckland businessman Vincent Siemer will have to pay a record 825 thousand dollars for what the Court of Appeal has called the worst case of defamation in the Commonwealth. [more]

Waatea News for 31 March 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Grape growers warned of more low prices
The wine industry is warning of another season of low prices for grapes that could send some struggling growers to the wall. [more]

One small step for man, one giant leap
It's one small step for man, but new research from Japan may prove to be a giant leap for womankind. [more]

Nights

Conundrum clue 7
Conundrum clue 7. [more]

Science - Toxicology
Dr. Leo Schep from the National Poisons Centre talks with Chris Whitta about our poisonous spiders. [more]

Nine To Noon

New research into prevention of malnutrition in elderly
New research into the best ways to prevent malnutrition in the elderly has found it's company at the dinner table they need, not just the delivery of a meal. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
The massive demonstration against public spending cuts and the"Night Stalker"convicted for a series of sex attacks. [more]

Feature Guest - Dominic Streatfeild
Dominic Streatfeild, journalist and author of 'A history of the world since 9/11', which looks at the far reaching impacts of that fateful day on ordinary people in all parts of the world. [more]

Book Review - Civilization
Written by Niall Ferguson, published by Allen Lane, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

New Technology with Nat Torkington
Nat Torkington discusses predicting the future and artificial leaves. [more]

A history of Lonely Hearts Ads
Francesca Beauman is the author of 'Shapely Ankle Preferr'd: a history of the Lonely Hearts ad'. [more]

TV with Simon Wilson
Simon Wilson reviews The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers (One, Wednesday); and House, this week and next with Candice Bergen as guest star (TV3, Sunday). [more]

Our Changing World

Melanoma Trends
How melanoma rates in New Zealand compare to Australia, are sun protection messages working, and new metabolic drugs [more]

Surgical Robots
Catherine Mohr describes how the Da Vinci surgical robot has changed keyhole surgery [more]

Measuring Gravity in Antarctica
Gary Wilson takes a sensitive gravity meter into the field in Antarctica to measure very tiny differences in gravity [more]

3D Food Printer
Matt Golding and his team demonstrate a prototype 3D printer which uses batter instead of ink [more]

Surgical Robots - Extended Interview
In this web only extended interview, Catherine Mohr continues to discuss the Da Vinci surgical robot. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 31 March 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 31 March 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 1 April 2011
A review of the week's stories including: unidentified quake victims may get mass grave, new powerful authority announced to fix up Christchurch, government flags more public sector job cuts, Goff faces scrutiny over Hughes affair, PM wants tougher line on bullying in schools, protestors take to the sea against oil drilling off East Cape, Christchurch language schools struggle to survive following quake, revised schedule released for Rugby World Cup and thousands attend London quake commemoration service [more]

Upbeat

Upbeat - Heleen du Plessis and Tessa Peterson
Cellist and Violinist for Southern Sinfonia's upcoming performance of Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. [more]

Upbeat - Carolina Moon
Auckland-based singer talks about the recent release of her 'Mother Tongue' album. [more]

News stories:

PNG's Polye says Fiji should be included in trade and economic talks
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says it's important for the region that Fiji remains fully involved in regional trade and economic discussions despite its political scrap with Australia and New... [more]

PNG's Polye says Fiji should be included in trade and economic talks
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says it's important for the region that Fiji remains fully involved in regional trade and economic discussions despite its political scrap with Australia and New... [more]

Kurariki pleads guilty to assault
Bailey Junior Kurariki, who gained notoriety for being convicted of manslaughter when he was 12, has pleaded guilty to charges of assault and resisting police. [more]

Inquiry into price of milk looks likely
The Commerce Commission is investigating whether an inquiry into the price of milk is warranted - even though just last week it said it wasn't interested in the idea. [more]

7am sports heads
It'll be an India-Sri Lanka final at the Cricket World Cup on Saturday night in Mumbai after the tournament's senior hosts India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in this morning's... [more]

India and Sri Lanka to contest Cricket World Cup final
India's beaten Pakistan by 29 runs to set-up a cricket World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday. Pakistan, chasing 261 for victory, was dismissed for 231 in... [more]

Clarke looking to take Australia back to the top
Michael Clarke is confident he can lead Australia back to the top of world cricket and has no doubt he can work alongside former skipper Ricky Ponting. Groomed for years,... [more]

Tottenham demand anwers over Olympics Stadium decision
Football club Tottenham Hotspur are demanding answers from Olympics chiefs ahead of possible court action over West Ham's successful bid for the 2012 London stadium. The Olympic Park Legacy Company... [more]

WADA supports ICU's appeal against Contador
The World Anti-Doping Agency has joined world cycling's governing body in appealing against the Spanish federation's decision to acquit the three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador over a doping... [more]

SPARC says athletes have nothing to fear
The country's top athletes having nothing to worry the establishment of a new high performance entity, merging SPARC and the two New Zealand Academies of Sport, says SPARC chief executive... [more]

Ten teams entered for 2013 Americas Cup
Entries close later today for the 2013 Americas Cup and so far 10 have been received for the regatta in San Fancisco, including Team New Zealand. Aside from the defender,... [more]

Slade to finally make Super rugby debut for Highlanders
Colin Slade, a leading contender to be World Cup understudy to All Blacks first five Dan Carter, is to finally make his Super rugby debut for the Highlanders. Slade suffered... [more]

Breakers send off Henare in style
The New Zealand Breakers produced a performance more befitting of their standing as Australian National Basketball League minor premiers, in beating Adelaide 100 to 71 on the North Shore last... [more]

Ashika jury to reassemble to consider verdict
The jury in the Princess Ashika trial in Tonga is due to reassemble this morning to consider its verdict. Four men and a shipping company are accused of manslaughter in... [more]

CNMI governor calls for overstayers to be deported
The Governor of the Northern Marianas says nearly 3,000 foreigners are now illegally in the CNMI, an increase from last year's figure of nearly 2,000. Benigno Fitial says these overstayers... [more]

Container explosion at Wellington port
Wellington's port company says it has ordered a full inquiry into an explosion in a shipping container. [more]

Baby buried in yard was woman's fourth pregnancy
A baby buried in a Wellington backyard was its mother's fourth pregnancy, it has been revealed in court. [more]

Visa problems disrupt PNG sevens team in Adelaide
Visa issues have continued to plague Pacific teams ahead of the Adelaide Sevens, which begins on Saturday. Dale Tonawai, Waqabaca Kotobalavu and Nikola Matawalu were unable to travel to Australia... [more]

Cantebury Tactix hope return to home court will bring change in fortunes
The Canterbury Tactix hope a return to their home court will bring about a change in their trans-Tasman netball fortunes. The Tactix play the Southern Steel at the CBS Arena... [more]

Newcastle in race for Bennett
There's a big night ahead for members of the Newcastle Knights league club. The two major issues on the agenda will be deciding if Newcastle is a realistic coaching option... [more]

US Justice Dept reportedly investigating American Samoa's ASPA and Mobil oil
The US Justice Department is allegedly investigating the more than 25 million dollar fuel supply contract between the American Samoa Power Authority and Mobil Oil. KHJ News reports that attorneys... [more]

Auckland City prepare for the unknown in Vanuatu
Auckland City will be going in blind when they face Amicale FC in the first leg of the Oceania Champions League football final this weekend. The two-time champions leave for... [more]

NZ University launches new programme recognising Pacific art
The University of Auckland in New Zealand is launching a new programme recognising traditional Pacific art this morning. The university's Heritage Artists in Residencies aim to encourage the preservation of... [more]

CNMI budget may see 300 jobs go
Some 300 fulltime employee positions in the Northern Mariana's fiscal year 2011 budget, will be slashed from the estimated 120 million US dollar spending plan for 2012, which the Fitial... [more]

Samoa's Polynesia reimburses customer whose credit card was used by an employee
Polynesian Airlines has reimbursed the full amount that was charged to a customer's credit card without authorization by a former airline employee. A local Polynesian spokesperson, Toe Loia, says the... [more]

Samoa call to probe Chinese migrants' papers
There's a call in Samoa for immigration and labour checks to be made amid a growth of new Chinese businesses. The Chamber of Commerce in Apia has raised concerns about... [more]

Kiribati to receive 23 million US dollar aid boost from NZ next year
New Zealand has confirmed it's boosting aid to Kiribati significantly. The aid programme will spend about $23 million US dollars in the next financial year on projects that include upgrading... [more]

Solomon Islands official says security forces must show restraint
A Solomon Islands government official has spoken of the need for security forces to show restraint, during a reconciliation ceremony with the community of a man shot during a RAMSI... [more]

Sols Minister of Finance and Treasury presents budget
The Minister of Finance and Treasury in Solomon Islands Gordon Darcy Lilo has presented his more than 291 million US dollar dollar budget to Parliament. The Solomon Times reports Mr... [more]

Expert unsure public getting true picture about banks
A banking expert says he no longer has confidence that the public is getting a true picture of the state of New Zealand banks. [more]

One in hospital after serious crash in North Otago
A person has been seriously injured after a crash on State Highway 1 in North Otago. [more]

Grape growers warned of more low prices
The wine industry is being warned of another season of low prices for grape growers that could put marginal operators out of business. [more]

Former Fiji rugby coach wins unfair dismissal case
The former Fiji rugby coach Ilivasi Tabua has been given the all clear to take his case against the Fiji Rugby Union to the high court, after the employment tribunal... [more]

Toa Samoa coach Steve Price to coach St George in 2012
Samoa rugby league coach Steve Price will coach the NRL premiers St George Illawarra in 2012 after current mentor Wayne Bennett confirmed he will depart the club at the end... [more]

Head of quake authority to be paid $500,000 a year
The permanent chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority will be paid about $500,000 a year. [more]

Zone 5 in quake city open to businesses
Another part of Christchurch's earthquake-stricken city centre has been opened. [more]

Hughes yet to formally resign from Parliament
Darren Hughes has not yet formally resigned from Parliament but the Labour Party says he has indicated he will do so by early next week. [more]

Philip returns to Solomons ahead of MSG summit opening in Fiji
The Solomon Islands prime minister, Danny Philip, has left Suva shortly before the opening of the Melanesian Spearhead Group summit in Fiji. This follows moves by the opposition in Honiara... [more]

New agency to look at housing affordability
One of the new Productivity Commission's first jobs will be to investigate why house prices have been so high over the past decade. [more]

CNMI Governor warns against harbouring overstayers
The Governor of the Northern Marianas is warning against harbouring illegal foreigners, following an announcement that the number of overstayers has jumped by a thousand over the past year. Benigno... [more]

Manufacturer takes in quake-stricken firms
Manufacturing firm Tait Electronics has taken in some earthquake-stricken Christchurch firms to help keep them in business. [more]

MSG plans rapid response force, says PNG minister
The Papua New Guinea foreign minister, Don Polye, says the Melanesian Spearhead Group wants to have a rapid response force amid growing security concerns within its membership. Mr Polye says... [more]

Pacific vaka expedition to raise environmental issues
Green power is to take seven traditional vaka on an expedition of re-discovery across the Pacific over the next month. Powered by the sun and the wind, five of the... [more]

Groups welcome chance for milk price inquiry
Interest groups have welcomed the Commerce Commission's decision to consider holding an inquiry into the price of milk after it received several complaints. [more]

De Villers looking for help
The Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has identified four candidates to assist the team in retaining their world cup title in New Zealand later this year. De Villiers won't say... [more]

Two changes to Hurricanes
The Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has kept faith in his top side for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the Bulls in Napier despite expressing his dissatisfaction with their recent... [more]

Tactix players want to end winless streak at home
The Canterbury Tactix chief executive says the entire netball franchise can't wait to get back on their home court tonight. The Tactix play the Southern Steel in a trans-tasman clash,... [more]

Breakers well represented in ANBL award nominations
The New Zealand Breakers are well represented with nominations in all but the rookie of the year category in the Australian National Basketball League awards. Dillon Boucher and Kevin Braswell... [more]

Ormond called into NZ Sevens side
Taranaki's Jackson Ormond has joined the New Zealand Rugby Sevens team in Australia for this weekend's Adelaide leg of the World Series. Ormond has been called into replace Waikato's Rory... [more]

Gear's frustrations are over
The Hurricanes winger Hosea Gear doesn't think his All Black chances have been dented too much by his injury forced lay-off from the Super Rugby competition. Gear is back in... [more]

DNA latest weapon against illegal use of seeds
Plant breeders say they have got a new weapon in the war against the illegal use of seeds. [more]

Tavini says motion is last chance for French Polynesia
French Polynesia's pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party of Oscar Temaru says its no confidence motion to be discussed tomorrow is the territory's last chance to get out of its political and... [more]

English lord gives $250,000 to quake appeal
A British Conservative Party peer has donated $250,000 to the Christchurch earthquake appeal. [more]

More changes at the top of GPG
There are more changes at the top of Guinness Peat Group, including the resignation of its Australian-based executive director. [more]

Call-centre relocation expected to create 125 jobs
Vodafone says 125 jobs will be created by the shift of its mobile customer centre back to New Zealand. [more]

Bainimarama says Pacific leadership is to come from MSG
Fiji's interim Prime Minister says that the onus is on him and other Melanesian leaders to provide new visionary leadership for the Pacific region. Commodore Frank Bainimarama made the call... [more]

US lawmaker believes Chile police overstepped authority in clash with Rapa Nui
American Samoa's member of the US Congress says he believes Chilean armed police on Easter Island overstepped their authority by shooting peaceful demonstrators from Rapa Nui clans during a violent... [more]

Call to cancel New Caledonia's flag demonstration
The leader of New Caledonia's anti-independence Rassemblement-UMP, Pierre Frogier, has called for Saturday's march in favour of a new flag to be cancelled. The march was long planned but Mr... [more]

Tonga jury still deliberating Ashika case
The jury in the Princess Ashika trial in Tonga is still deliberating on the charges faced by four men and a shipping company in relation to the ferry's sinking in... [more]

CNMI overstayers competing with locals for work - Governor
The Governor of the Northern Marianas says overstayers are competing with local residents for a limited number of jobs. Benigno Fitial says almost 3,000 foreigners are living illegally in the... [more]

Budget to precede any Solomons no confidence vote
The Solomon Islands opposition has signalled it will support the government's budget before proceeding with its motion of no confidence. The opposition lodged a motion of no confidence in Danny... [more]

Commerce Commission denies u-turn on milk inquiry
The Commerce Commission denies it has done a u-turn by deciding to investigate whether there should be an inquiry into the retail price of milk. [more]

Pledge to put more senior officers on front line
The new Deputy Police Commissioner says he wants senior officers to spend time working on the front line. [more]

Tourism industry hopeful flights will be restored
The Tourism Industry Association is hopeful that cuts to flights in and out of Christchurch will be temporary. [more]

Kerry Prendergast's son dies after accident
The son of former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast has died as the result of a horse-riding accident. [more]

Former diplomat Denis McLean dies
The former diplomat, academic and author Denis McLean has died suddenly in Wellington. He was 80. [more]

Concern at scarcity of trout in Lake Taupo
The Department of Conservation is concerned about a decline in the number of trout in Lake Taupo. [more]

Mayor urges quake authority to get to work
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says a new organisation responsible for the city's earthquake recovery has a huge responsibility to get the process under way as fast as possible. [more]

Coca-Cola going ahead with Ch'ch plant expansion
The global company Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will go ahead with a $15 million expansion of its plant in Woolston, Christchurch. [more]

Common grave would be distressing, says PM
The Prime Minister says the possibility of a common grave for some of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake will be distressing for their families. [more]

ACC programme aims to reduce farm accidents
The Accident Compensation Corporation is starting a programme aimed at reducing accidents on farms. [more]

Farms to be checked over quad bike safety
Department of Labour inspectors will be visiting farms around the country from April to make sure quad bikes are being used safely. [more]

National state of emergency extended again
The Government has extended the national state of emergency imposed after the 22 February Christchurch earthquake for another week. [more]

'Person of interest' in homicide case has died
The police say a person of interest in relation to the violent death of a Johnsonville man has died. [more]

Nurse who falsified records loses registration
A nurse who falsified records and asked another nurse to steal drugs for him has had his registration cancelled. [more]

Mock cannabis cigarettes in Govt's sights
The Government wants to restrict the manufacture and sale of mock cannabis cigarettes, but must wait for a law change first. [more]

Bill targets non-academic tertiary fees
The charging of compulsory non-academic fees at tertiary institutions is to be made more transparent, with new legislation being introduced to Parliament. [more]

Turei sees new housing policy as cost-cutting
Green co-leader Metiria Turei says the Government wants to avoid building more state houses by giving iwi and community groups the responsibility but not necessarily the money or the resources to do it. [more]

Anzac Day centenary projects under consideration
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage is to present an advisory paper to the Government on ways of commemorating the Anzac Day centenary in 2015. [more]

Business confidence slumps after quake
Business confidence has slumped in the wake of February's devastating earthquake in Christchurch. [more]

Geneva investors approve debt-for-equity swap
Geneva investors have approved a plan to swap debt for equity, in a bid to avoid receivership. [more]

Builders can't see upside to Christchurch rebuild
Some builders say the rebuilding expected in Christchurch may not be enough to boost the country's struggling industry. [more]

Mall's ban on students 'too harsh'
The Secondary Principals' Association says the mall operator Westfield was wrong to ban all uniformed Mt Albert Grammar students from an Auckland mall because of two assaults. [more]

Minister pays tribute to departing MSD head
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has paid tribute to the departing chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development, Peter Hughes. [more]

City council resumes with moment of silence
The first meeting of the Christchurch City Council since the 22 February earthquake began on Thursday with a moment of silence for the victims. [more]

Greens sceptical about housing affordability probe
The Green Party says it has no confidence that the new Productivity Commission will take a proper look at housing affordability. [more]

Waka fleet waits on solar-power systems
The departure of a waka fleet planning a voyage to Hawaii and back has been delayed a fortnight so solar-power systems can be installed in the traditional canoes. [more]

Solicitor says he had concerns about Nathans
A former employee of the parent company of Nathans Finance says he quit because of concerns about its financial future. [more]

Congressman believes American Samoa money woes are local issue
American Samoa's member of the US Congress says the territory's struggle to balance its books is a local issue to be addressed by the Governor and the local leaders. Faleomavaega... [more]

Coroner to meet with quake victim families
The Chief Coroner is to meet with the families of Christchurch earthquake victims about what to do if bodies can't be identified. [more]

34 Christchurch patients relocated to Wellington
Thirty-four patients have been relocated from Christchurch to the Wellington region as a result of the quake. [more]

Govt disappointed at some RWC venue changes
The Government says it is disappointed not all of the Rugby World Cup pool games originally scheduled for Christchurch have been given to other South Island venues. [more]

Meth seizure, arrests in lower North Island
Wellington police have arrested nine people and seized what they say is a substantial amount of methamphetamine after early-morning searches in the lower North Island. [more]

Tight finish looms in Plunket Shield
A tight finish looms in the last round of cricket's Plunket Shield next week with Canterbury taking over the lead thanks to a 28 run outright win in Auckland. It... [more]

Injured Kaino rested in Blues' only change
The All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino is being rested because of a neck problem in the only change to the Blues' starting 15 to play the Cheetahs in their Super... [more]

Clijsters falls to Azarenka in Miami
The Belarussian Victoria Azarenka produced some sparkling tennis to defeat the world number two Kim Clijsters to reach the semi-finals in Miami. Azarenka beat Clijsters 6-3 6-3 with the 2010... [more]

Brumbies move Ashley-Cooper to wing
The Wallabies star Adam Ashley-Cooper has been shunted to the wing with Matt Toomua to play fullback as the ACT Brumbies try to get their Super Rugby season back on... [more]

Family violence/animal cruelty link to be studied
A new study headed by the SPCA will look at the links between family violence and animal cruelty. [more]

IMF advises Tonga not to borrow and to cut spending, but predicts slight growth
The International Monetary Fund says the Tonga economy is likely to grow slightly this year. It predicts growth of one point 25 percent because of stronger tourism activity and pro-growth... [more]

Unsuccessful search to find bodies of missing couple who'd been fishing off rocks in Samoa
A nearly week long police led search in Samoa has failed to find the bodies of a man and his wife in their mid-50s believed to have drowned while fishing... [more]

Tonga ferry disaster jury to resume deliberations tomorrow morning
The jury in the Princess Ashika trial in Tonga is to resume its deliberations tomorrow after adjourning today. It is to reach a verdict on the charges faced by four... [more]

Japan-related revenue drop could spark more job cuts in CNMI
The Northern Marianas Governor says streamlining or shrinking the public service will now be an alternative rather than a last resort as the result of further hits to the economy,... [more]

Landowners' protest closes a Papua New Guinea LNG development site
The chairman of a landowners group at ExxonMobil's Hides 4 liquified natural gas development says the project won't go smoothly until the multinational company gives landowners contracts. Chris Payabe of... [more]

Private hospitals see more patients during PNG doctors' strike
Many of the sick in Port Moresby are attending private hospitals and urban health facilities while the doctors' strike puts pressure on the main hospital, Port Moresby General. Nearly 500... [more]

Solomons' threat of confidence vote sends leader home early from MSG
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister is returning home early from the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit after the opposition filed a motion of no confidence in his government. The opposition filed... [more]

It's up to Tai Tokerau now, says Harawira
Independent MP Hone Harawira says the decision on whether he forms a new political party will be made by a meeting of his electorate committee in Whangarei on Sunday. [more]

Applications open for Hawea Vercoe fund
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is calling for applications for projects that would be financed by a fund set up in the memory of former councillor Hawea Vercoe. [more]

Wider Canterbury helping quake-hit firms revive
More than 30 quake-hit Christchurch businesses are relocating further south - and places like Ashburton and Timaru are pulling out all the stops to help them get back on their feet. [more]

Night shelter reopens as homeless trickle back
The Christchurch City Mission has reopened its night shelter as the homeless slowly start returning to the central city. [more]

Repairing quake-damaged rivers a costly business
The Canterbury regional council says repairs to quake-damaged rivers will cost millions of dollars. [more]

Fate of Catholic Cathedral uncertain
It will be at least two months before it is known if the Catholic Cathedral in Christchurch can be saved after the February earthquake. [more]

Woman at Auckland TAB linked to NRL betting scandal
Australian detectives say a mystery woman, spotted in Auckland, could have information crucial to their investigation into a National Rugby League betting scandal. [more]

Military helicopter told to land after fumes seen
A military helicopter landed safely at Paraparaumu airport on Thursday after reporting smoke in the cockpit. [more]

Killer could be out in 11 years: family stunned
The father of a Waikato woman murdered by her husband says the family is stunned by the fact that the minimum non-parole period attached to the sentence of life imprisonment for the killer is only 11 years. [more]

PM heckled over handling of Hubbard
The Prime Minister has been heckled and called a liar at a public meeting in Timaru to discuss embattled businessman Allan Hubbard. [more]

Auckland ratepayers will meet cost of extra games
Auckland Council has voted strongly in favour of meeting the cost of the city's three additional Rugby World Cup games. [more]