Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 21st April 2011

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Ragged Bloody Heroes
Paul Davidson of Marlborough chooses 'Ragged Bloody Heroes' by Medicine Wheel. [more]

Your Place - Wakefield
Wakefield is a small community in Tasman Bay; originally known as the Town of Arthur, then briefly as Pitfure, before taking on it's current moniker. [more]

Feature Album - American Beauty
'American Beauty' is the fifth album by American jam band The Grateful Dead. [more]

The Arts Report - Hard to Find
Vampires, secrets and hidden treasures… it's the world of second hand books that Warwick Jordan; owner of Hard to Find Books in Auckland, has come to know and love. Sonia Yee went to uncover what happens behind and between the shelves. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 21 April 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Rosemary McLeod (part 1)
The Ministry of Health has spent more than a million dollars fighting court action by families who believe they should be paid for looking after severely disabled relatives. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Rosemary McLeod (part 2)
A New Zealand woman is facing the prospect of 15 years in an Argentinian prison after she was arrested, at Buenos Aires airport, with allegedly 5kg of cocaine in a suitcase. [more]

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Speech - James Rance
James Rance of Ashburton College - the finalist representing the Canterbury district in the 2011 The National Bank RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition. [more]

ANZAC Speech - Justin Cramer Roberts
Justin Cramer-Roberts, of Glendowie College in Auckland - the finalist representing the Auckland District. [more]

ANZAC Speech - Claire Gourley
Claire Gourley, of Bethlehem College in Tauranga - the finalist representing King Country/Bay Of Plenty. [more]

ANZAC Speech - Michael McCabe
Michael McCabe, of Whangarei Boys' High School - the finalist representing the Northland district in the 2011 The National Bank RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition. [more]

ANZAC Speech - Kaveshan Naidoo
Kaveshan Naidoo, of Napier Boys High School - the finalist representing the Wairarapa/Hawkes Bay/East Coast District. [more]

ANZAC Speech - Stephanie Trengrove
Stephanie Trengrove of Nelson College for Girls - finalist representing the Nelson region. [more]

ANZAC Speech - Lucy Henderson
Lucy Henderson of Kavanagh College Dunedin - finalist representing Otago and Southland Districts. [more]

ANZAC Speech winner - Cervantee Wild
Cervantee Wild, of Sacred Heart Girls' College New Plymouth - finalist representing Wellington/West Coast/Taranaki District. [more]

The first ANZAC ceremony
On Anzac Day 1916, the world's first Anzac ceremony was held on a rugged hillside overlooking the village of Tinui in the Wairarapa. Reverend Basil Ashcroft erected a wooden cross on the hill. It became the first memorial in the world permanently dedicated to the Anzacs killed at Gallipoli in the First World War . [more]

Symbolism of ANZAC poppies
Dunedin artist Stephen Mulqueen discusses the history and symbolism of the ANZAC poppy. Stephen himself makes brass poppies from spent bullet casings. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 21 April 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 21 April 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 21 April 2011
AMP New Zealand Office Trust says the Auckland market is showing signs of stabilising. [more]

Evening Business for 21 April 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

CEISMIC

Coroner says still months to identify last quake victims
Two months on from the Christchurch earthquake, the remains of nine people are still to be formally identified. [more]

Southern Story for 21 April 2011 - Sydenham Shops
The Christchurch suburb of Sydenham was badly affected by the first earthquake in September and February's quake has struck another blow to the local retail sector. But as Katy Gosset has found, shop owners say they're confident they can rebuild. [more]

Student Volunteer Army organisers to help Japan
Two students who helped organize the 10,000 strong student volunteer army during the Christchurch earthquake are going to Japan to help students there mobilize an army of their own. [more]

Evening Business for 21 April 2011
Consumer confidence has stabilised after falling to a two year low in March, following the Christchurch earthquake. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 21 April 2011
More suppression rule breaches by Justice Ministry, Govt gives $36m to yachties for America's Cup, Dangerous driver given home detention, Hamilton GP struck off for negligence, Current financial conditions work well for Auckland, and Student Army leaders off to Japan quake zone. [more]

More suppression rule breaches by Justice Ministry
The Justice Ministry is ignoring a key recommendation aimed at ensuring crime victims are not named by mistake. An investigation was ordered after the Ministry breached suppression orders by wrongfully publishing the names of two sexual abuse victims on its website. That investigation by John Marshall QC found nine more cases of similar breaches. [more]

Govt gives $36m to yachties for America's Cup
The Government says it had no option but to comply with a contract, set up by the previous Labour Government, to give millions of taxpayer dollars to the national sailing team for its America's Cup bid. [more]

Hamilton GP struck off for negligence
A Hamilton GP has received the ultimate penalty for professional misconduct, and been struck off for offending described as grave and negligent. The doctor also has been ordered to pay record costs for a range of charges which include allowing his unqualified wife to carry out medical procedures. [more]

Current financial conditions work well for Auckland
Auckland's economy has hit a"sweet spot"according to one bank economist, although he's warning people it won't last long term. House prices are rising faster there than anywhere else and Goldman Sachs believes they could be up 5% on an annual basis by the end of this year. [more]

Student army leaders off to Japan quake zone
Two leaders of the Canterbury Student Volunteer Army are heading for Japan to start similar type of a cleanup team there. They're going to organise Japanese students to deal with houses wrecked in last month's quake and tsunami. [more]

Sports News for 21 April 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Skipper accuses police of endangering yacht
A yacht's skipper is accusing the police of causing a dangerous confrontation at the Petrobras protest off East Cape. Police on board the navy vessel Taupo overnight launched an inflatable boat to warn off two yachts they say were on a collision course with Petrobras' oil and gas survey ship. [more]

Firefighters battle large Northland fire
Firefighters in Northland have used helicopters to contain a scrub fire that had been moving towards houses in the township of Ahipara near 90-Mile Beach. [more]

Plans to rebuild destroyed meat plant
Five months on from a devastating fire that destroyed a meat processing plant and left hundreds of workers out of a job, there are plans to rebuild. [more]

Waatea News for 21 April 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hamilton ratepayers to pay for floodlight upgrade
The Hamilton City Council has voted to pay to upgrade Waikato Stadium's lighting, which has been found to be too weak for an evening Rugby World Cup game. [more]

Union support for Sealord plant upgrade
Sealord's major investment in its Nelson factory has the support of the staff's main union, even though the latest move will cause job losses. [more]

Concerns ports not equipped for record cruise season ahead
Smaller ports are being warned they need deeper entrances and longer wharfs or they'll miss out on the increasing number of cruise ship visits. [more]

Red Cross in Libya say conditions getting worse
Aid groups say conditions in the city of Misrata are getting worse. [more]

Dangerous driver given home detention
A motorist who killed two people and seriously injured three others wept in the dock of the Wellington District Court today as he was sentenced to seven months home detention and two hundred hours of community service. [more]

Warming seas pushing some fish species to their limits
Australian scientists have discovered that warming sea temperatures are pushing some inshore fish species past their physiological limits. [more]

Avon River punting resumes in Christchurch
Tourists in Christchurch can once again go punting along the river Avon, as the popular boating attraction is now back up and running. [more]

Sports News for 21 April 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 21 April 2011
It's ANZAC weekend, a time when the country reflects on the past sacrifices made by New Zealand's servicemen and women. The Defence Force is about to undergo a major overhaul. Political reporter Danya Levy looks at the future for the armed services. [more]

Waatea News for 21 April 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Risk of catching the flu high in Christchurch
For the first time, everyone under 18 in Canterbury can get a flu jab for free. This comes as health authorities warn Christchurch could be heading for the worst winter since the Great Depression. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 21 April 2011
The Breakers are on the brink of NZ sporting history - we speak with star guard CJ Bruton about his career and what it would all mean for the game here. Yachting great Grant Dalton discusses the twin America's Cup and round the world campaigns, All Whites coach Ricki Herbert mulls over the upcoming friendlies against Mexico, Australia and perhaps more, and his new youth policy, and will home advantage help the All Blacks at the World Cup? An American economist and professor has crunched the numbers on that and some other sports statistics. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 April 2011
Changes ordered after the Ministry of Justice breaks its own name suppression rules, and thirty-six million dollars of taxpayer money goes towards the next America's Cup bid. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 April 2011
The New Zealand Rugby Union posts a $9.4 million loss. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 21 April 2011
Disabled care, SAS in Afganistan, PM chopper use, RSA poppies, oil safety in NZ. [more]

New national war memorial park opens in Wellington
The first stage of a ten-million-dollar project to turn a derelict inner city site in Wellington into a national war memorial precinct has just been finished. [more]

Pacific News for 21 April 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 21 April 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Families flabbergasted at cost of Ministry's legal action
A man who looks after his severely disabled daughter says he's disgusted the Ministry of Health has spent more than a million dollars on legal action against families who want to be paid for their care work. [more]

Police union applauds long sentence for police shooter
The police union says the sentence for the man who attempted to murder a police officer is appropriate despite his lawyer's claims to the contrary. [more]

Government spend $1 million in fight over disabled care
The government's being accused of wasting money fighting its responsibility to pay family members to look after their severely disabled children. [more]

Green's Delahunty says govt 'disgusting' toward disabled
The Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has held meetings with the families over the past few months and hosted a forum for them at Parliament last month. [more]

Nine Taliban killed by SAS troops in Afghanistan
New Zealand's elite soldiers serving in Afghanistan have killed nine Taliban fighters in retribution for the killing of New Zealand soldier, Tim O'Donnell, last year. [more]

PM used helicopter four times in April
The Air Force has confirmed the Prime Minister has used a Defence Force Iroquois helicopters four times since March the 31st, but doesn't know how much it cost the taxpayer. [more]

RSA urges public not to reject Chinese-made poppies
Branches of the RSA are urging the public not to reject poppies made in China during their street appeal today. [more]

Breakers one game from Basketball title
That's more than four thousand ecstatic Breakers' fans counting down till the end of the first match in their best of three Australian National Basketball League Grand Final series against Cairns. [more]

NZ oil and gas says calls for capping equipment 'irrelevant'
New Zealand Oil and Gas says the suggestion this country should have the latest oil well safety technology on hand is absurd. [more]

Fed Farmers criticises internet roll out
Federated Farmers says the Government is treating the rural community as second class citizens by taking six years to roll out what they say will be dated internet technology. [more]

Sports News for 21 April 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Italy, France join Britain in sending troops
France and Italy have joined Britain in announcing they'll send a small number of military troops to Libya to help train opposition rebels. [more]

Wellington Mayor votes to support transport improvements
Wellington's pro-public transport Mayor Celia Wade-Brown reversed positions to support a $2.4 billion roading programme at an extraordinary city council meeting last night. [more]

Government 'should accept responsibility to disabled'
Families who want to be paid for looking after their severely disabled children are flabbergasted the Ministry of Health has spent more than a million dollars fighting them. [more]

Despite huge Super Fund profits, govt still won't invest
Despite huge returns by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund the Government insists it will not start putting money back into it. [more]

High-profile crime victims pan restorative justice push
A push towards greater use of restorative justice has been met with disdain, from people caught up in some of the country's most high-profile killings. [more]

Silver Fern Farms rebuilding its Te Aroha freezing works
The boom in the agriculture sector is having a pay-off for the small Waikato community of Te Aroha. [more]

Trial briquetting plant may not go out for public comment
Dunedin locals have expressed surprise and angered that a lignite processing plant planned for Southland could go ahead without them having the chance to object . [more]

Metservice forecasts Easter holiday weather
For the latest holiday forecast, we're joined now by the Metservice meterologist, Bob McDavitt. [more]

Sports News for 21 April 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Nelson music school faces crippling quake costs
New Zealand's oldest music school says the cost of strengthening one of its heritage buildings will cripple it unless the Nelson City Council helps with funding. [more]

Waatea News for 21 April 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

BP a year on since massive oil spill
It's exactly a year since the Deepwater Horizon disaster which killed 11 people and sent millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. [more]

Hawkes Bay's earthquake relic mystery
Hawkes Bay's museum is desperate to unravel the mystery behind a Napier earthquake relic that was unceremoniously left on its doorstep. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh discusses immigration detention centres and royals. [more]

Nights

Sheep Shearing In Shanghai
Year 9 Shanghai Rego International School student Lauren Jones and her teacher Malcolm Greene successfully ran a rather odd fundraising campaign to help out Lauren's hometown, Christchurch. [more]

Science - World Weather
Metservice severe weather forecaster Erik Brenstrem talks about cyclone season in the Pacific region and tornadoes in the United States. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Christchurch families suffering in lead-up to winter
Canterbury District Health Board member Andrew Dickerson discusses winter health concerns in Christhuch. [more]

Safeguards for foster children
Garth Young, National Manager of the Ministry of Social Development's Care, Claims and Resolution Unit. [more]

The hidden influences behind playing sports and winning games
Tobias Moskowitz, a behavioural economist at the University of Chicago. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
Matthew Parris discusses Libya and the Royal wedding. [more]

Feature Guest - Pat White
Pat White is a poet and the author of memoir 'How the Land Lies: Of Longing and Belonging', published by Victoria University Press. [more]

Book review - Children's books
John McIntyre reviews 'Lest We Forget' by Feana Tu'akoi and 'Nice Day for a War' by Matt Elliot and Chris Slane. [more]

New Technology - Nigel Horrocks
Nigel talks about how smartphones are killing off other devices from wristwatches to cameras. [more]

Sport with Josepth Romanos
Joseph shares his thoughts on the Breakers victory last night, and Graham Henry's hypocrisy criticising players for going overseas for money. [more]

Week that Was
Radar and Pinky Agnew with a lighter look at the week's news. [more]

Our Changing World

The ARGO Project
More than 3000 robotic floats drift around the world's oceans collecting their vital signs and sending the data via satellite [more]

Squid gel update
A wound-healing gel, based on polymers found in crab shell and squid, has been successfully commercialised. [more]

Methanogens
AgResearch scientists hope to reduce methane emissions by changing methanogens in the rumen of cattle and sheep [more]

Molecular Dragons
Cather Simpson is using lasers to try and create molecules that focus energy like a dragon focuses heat [more]

Making a Stream More Fish Friendly
Mike Joy and students survey fish in a small stream before floodgates are modified to be more fish-friendly [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 21 April 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 21 April 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Julia McCarthy and Andrew Joyce
Members of UK-based Puertas String Quartet touring NZ with works by Haydn, Zemlinsky, Beethoven and others. [more]

Bella Kalolo
NZ singer performing at this weekend's Tauranga Jazz Festival and named in the lineup for this year's Glastonbury Festival in the UK. [more]

Andrew Keoghan
Janina Nicoll interviews NZ songwriter and musician Andrew Keoghan on the recent release of his debut album 'Arctic Tales Divide'. [more]

News stories:

Date set for heavyweight unification bout
A date for the clash between world heavyweight champions Vladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine and Britain's David Haye has finally been confirmed with the title unification bout set for July... [more]

Springboks name 51-strong squad to prepare for World Cup
South Africa have named a 51-strong squad for a team planning session ahead of the rugby World Cup and international season. The squad includes seven uncapped players, of which only... [more]

Blatter outlines election manifesto to keep FIFA top job
Sepp Blatter set out his manifesto for re-election as president of football's world governing body FIFA emphasising the need for stability, continuity and reliability. In a letter sent to all... [more]

Breakers one game away from Australian title
New Zealand's Breakers are one game away from winning the Australian national basketball league title for the first time after crushing Cairns 85-67 on Wednesday. [more]

Restorative justice offends some crime victims
People caught up in some of New Zealand's most high-profile killings are criticising an attempt to widen the use of restorative justice. [more]

Labour seeks assurances over CYF confidential papers
The Labour Party wants an assurance that operational cuts won't lead to another incident where Child Youth and Family loses confidential files. [more]

Bernard Whimp launches another under-value share offer
Share-buyer Bernard Whimp has launched another undervalue share raid on a major listed company - prompting warnings from the Securities Commission and the target company, Sky City Entertainment Group. [more]

Broadband contract boosts Telecom share price
Telecom's share price jumped 5% on Wednesday the successful conclusion of talks with the Government to roll out an improved broadband service to the country's rural community. [more]

Pakistan Cricket attempts to weed out dodgy agents
Pakistan cricket chiefs have set tighter regulations to try and weed out dishonest player agents. They've released new regulations for the registration of players' agents in light of last year's... [more]

Doubts over fast bowler's self-diagnosis
Sri Lanka's chief cricket selector has doubts over Lasith Malinga's reasons for not being available for the upcoming tour of England. Sri Lanka have been forced to leave out their... [more]

Socceroos to field full-strength team against the All Whites
The Socceroos will field a near full-strength team against the All Whites in June as the Adelaide Oval contest will also serve as a pointer to the Socceroos line-up for... [more]

New Turners and Growers chairman named
Turners & Growers have appointed a new chairman to replace Tony Gibbs, who quit abruptly on Wednedsay after earlier saying he would leave at the company's annual meeting in two months time. [more]

Sanford issues profit upgrade
Listed fishing company Sanford is forecasting its net profit will more than double to about $13 million in the six months to March, due to higher prices and greater catches. [more]

Commission ends part of air cargo legal action
The Commerce Commission has ended legal action against six Air New Zealand executives and airline Garuda Indonesia over alleged involvement in fixing prices among air cargo carriers. [more]

Council reaches deal over waka
Wellington City Council is dropping drop legal action over a disputed waka, intended as a centrepiece of new canoe house on the city's waterfront, and will commission a new vessel. [more]

Super Fund's performance improves
The Government says it will not start putting money into the New Zealand Superannuation Fund again just because the Fund has improved its performance. [more]

DNZ lifts profit forecast
DNZ Property Fund has lifted its forecast for annual distributable profit. [more]

Fiji soldiers included in Britain's resettlement packages
Britain is promising comprehensive resettlement packages to soldiers made redundant in a planned downsizing of its army. FijiLive reports an official at the British High Commission in Suva, Vineeta Nand,... [more]

NZ's ECPAT says agencies working on three phased approach in child trafficking
The New Zealand chapter of the international organisation ECPAT says it's working on more substantive research being done into child trafficking in the Pacific region. The Australian Institute of Criminology... [more]

Samoa's Transport Authority offers payment for information
Samoa's Land Transport Authority is offering to pay members of the public 200 tala if they identify car drivers that damage traffic lights, road signs and rails at crossings then... [more]

Samoa and UNDP sign agreement to protect forests from climate change
The government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme have signed a four million US dollar agreement to help protect the country's forests from the impact of climate change. [more]

CNMI food stamp beneficiaries face cuts
From next month food stamp beneficiaries in the Northern Marianas will have cuts of 27 point 7 percent in their benefits. The cuts are one of two measures by the... [more]

Cook Islands Public Service Commissoner looks at various options following summit
The Cook Islands Public Service Commissioner says although the public sector must become more efficient it's easier to define the problem than the solution. The comment follows last week's economic... [more]

Vanuatu's Regenvanu says support within police to act on coroner's report
Vanuatu's Justice Minister, Ralph Regenvanu, says there's support from within the police to act on recommendations in a coroner's report which called for major changes in the force's operation. The... [more]

Land ownership between PNG group and ExxonMobil back in court
The multi national developer of the liquified natural gas resource in Papua New Guinea and a landowning group in the newly created Hela province have been directed to try and... [more]

Consensus about tourism's key role at Cook Islands economic summit
The chief executive of Cook Islands Tourism says there's consensus following last week's economic summit that tourism remains the country's chief economic driver. The acting finance secretary says the two-day... [more]

French Polynesians rally against economic decline
An estimated 3,000 people in French Polynesia joined a rally outside the assembly yesterday to protest against the political instability. This follows an ultimatum issued by employers and unions three... [more]

PM criticised for using Iroquois to attend functions
The Opposition is labelling the Prime Minister's use of an Air Force helicopter to get him to social events as disgraceful and extravagant. [more]

Public input on lignite trial still to be decided
Dunedin locals have expressed surprise and anger that a lignite processing plant in Southland could go ahead without public input. [more]

Minister defends PM's use of Iroquois
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says the Prime Minister's use of an Air Force Iroquois helicopter on Saturday was appropriate and perfectly reasonable. [more]

All Black lock to head to Japan
All Black lock Brad Thorn is to leave New Zealand rugby for Japan after the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Formula One not for sale says Ecclestone
Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone is dismissing reports of a potential takeover of Formula One by a consortium led by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. It had been reported that media... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
At-risk families face tough winter; keep-out zones for RWC; good economic times tipped for Auckland. [more]

Jones concedes his Taipans were outplayed
The former Breakers turned Cairns Taipans guard Phil Jones concedes his Australian side was totally outplayed by the Breakers in game one of Australian national basketball series on the North... [more]

Brown says tough for first fives in Carter's shadow
As the search for All Black first five Dan Carter's Rugby World Cup understudy becomes more focused, former All Black Tony Brown says likely candidates for the job are trying... [more]

Seymour sees similarities between himself and troubled Rooster
The Warriors halfback Brett Seymour says he sees similarities between himself and troubled Sydney Roosters player Todd Carney. Seymour was sacked from Brisbane in 2007 and Cronulla in 2009 for... [more]

Football closing gap on American basketball and baseball salaries
Spanish football giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have overtaken baseball's New York Yankees as the highest paid teams in global sport, according to the Global Sports Salaries Survey 2011. The... [more]

Owen hits back at football critics
Manchester United striker Michael Owen says he was disappointed at being booed by Newcastle fans during his return to St James' Park. The 31-year-old, who spent four years with Newcastle... [more]

Black Jack Jo Edwards wins hat-trick of World Cup crowns
After a slow start in the 2011 bowls World Cup, New Zealander Jo Edwards blazed through the international competition in the Warilla event in Australia, before overcoming world number three... [more]

History awaits the Breakers
Australian sports fans face the very real possibility of a New Zealand club winning an Australian-run competition for the first time after the New Zealand Breakers claimed game one of... [more]

Three Berlusconi family members now involved in AC Milan
The Berlusconis know how to keep it in the family - the daughter of the Italian Prime Minister is the latest addition to AC Milan's board of directors. Barbara Berlusconi... [more]

West Ham striker fined over immigration comments
The West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has been fined $40,000 for Twitter comments he made during England's football international against Ghana at Wembley last month. Cole admitted a charge... [more]

SAS attack not revenge over NZ death - minister
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says an SAS attack on insurgents in Afghanistan was not a revenge mission over the death of a New Zealand soldier last year. [more]

RSA branch urges public to accept imported poppies
The Auckland branch of the Returned and Services Association is urging people to think twice before rejecting imported poppies during the street appeal. [more]

Attitude to foreign land ownership questioned
A Waikato University agribusiness specialist says those calling for restrictions on sales of farmland to foreigners need to think about whether the same should apply to New Zealanders who buy land in other countries. [more]

All Blacks lock off to Japan
The All Blacks lock Brad Thorn is to leave New Zealand rugby after the World Cup, signing a two-year deal with the Japanese club Sanix Blues. The 36-year-old former Brisbane... [more]

An Australian man is due back in a Vanuatu court next week over maritime issues
An Australian and his wife, a Solomon Islander, have been released by Vanuatu police, after being arrested last Friday. Carl Beldon had been arrested in a spat over two ships... [more]

Vanuatu and American Samoa kick off Oceania U20 Football Championship
The road to Columbia starts today for the seven side's fighting to represent Oceania at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup later this year. In order to book their place... [more]

Tahiti phantom job case goes ahead after last challenge fails
The criminal court in French Polynesia has thrown out a last-ditch bid by the defence to derail the trial of 87 people accused of being part of an illicit network... [more]

Land ownership issue between PNG group and ExxonMobil back in court
The multi national developer of the liquified natural gas resource in Papua New Guinea and a landowning group in the newly created Hela province have been directed to try and... [more]

Paris says no early polls planned for Tahiti despite urgent reforms
The French overseas territories minister, Marie-Luce Penchard, says no early elections are planned in French Polynesia despite Paris choosing to amend the territory's electoral system under urgency. Mrs Penchard was... [more]

Breakers one game away from ANBL title
The New Zealand Breakers are one game away from winning the Australian National Basketball League title for the first time after crushing Cairns 85-67 in Auckland in game one of... [more]

Samoa's Education Minister gets more time to respond to allegations
Samoa's Minister of Education has been given more time to respond to bribery and treating allegations following last month's election. Magele Mauiliu Magele has been granted an extension to file... [more]

Sport: Vanuatu and American Samoa kick off Oceania U20 Football Championship
The road to Columbia starts today for the seven side's fighting to represent Oceania at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup later this year. In order to book their place... [more]

Sport: Solomon Islands look to seal semis spot early
The Solomon Islands can all but book their spot in the Oceania Under 20 men's football semi-finals if they beat New Caledonia this afternoon. The Mamulas are in Group B... [more]

PNG call to adjust to resource boom
The Papua New Guinea government is being called on to make reforms to ensure it can cope with the dramatic social and economic changes brought by the resources boom. The... [more]

One person to stand trial over Marshalls grant fund theft
One of the 11 people charged with stealing more than 500,000 US dollars in federal grants in the Marshall Islands is to go to trial following a High Court decision. [more]

Vanuatu to have peer review in line with Cairns Compact
Vanuatu is the first of the larger Pacific Islands Forum countries to participate in a peer review which will focus on its development planning, budgeting, and aid management. The peer... [more]

Cook Islands government urged not to neglect infrastructure following summit
The president of the Cook Islands Workers Association says the government must focus on improving roads and water quality before it starts work on the initiatives from last week's economic... [more]

Papua flooding causes hunger and health problems
Thousands of people are at risk of starvation and disease after heavy flooding in the Paniai district of Indonesia's Papua region. District head, Naftali Yogi, says heavy rains over the... [more]

Reforms needed in PNG to cope with impact of resource boom
The Papua New Guinea government is being called on to make reforms to ensure it can cope with the dramatic social and economic changes brought by the resources boom. The... [more]

Deep water oil well technology 'not needed'
New Zealand Oil and Gas says suggestions New Zealand needs the latest oil well safety technology on hand is absurd. [more]

Protest boats warned on collision course with survey ship
Police have warned two protest yachts that they were on a collision course with an oil and gas survey ship operating off East Cape. [more]

Farmers to persist with fibre from farm programme
Federated Farmers says it will persist with its fibre-from-farm programme, despite Telecom and Vodaphone winning the Government contract to supply rural broad-band. [more]

Fewer casual workers needed as Sealord upgrades plant
Seafood company Sealord is to spend $2.5 million on new packaging technology at its Nelson plant, which may lead to the loss of 14 casual work jobs. [more]

Body found in water in Houghton Bay
Police in Wellington are working to identify the body of a man found in the water at Houghton Bay. They do not believe the death was suspicious. [more]

Pear no beauty but will taste good, company promises
The agency behind the release of a new, locally-bred pear is advising consumers not to be put off by appearances. [more]

Agria offer oversubscribed
A consortium led by Agria has received more acceptances to its 60-cent-a-share offer for PGG Wrightson. [more]

Researchers to study high sugar grasses
The Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium will look into new findings from the UK that show high sugar grasses can reduce methane emissions from livestock. [more]

Wellington council votes to support roading improvements
The New Zealand Transport Agency is rejecting claims it bullied Wellington City Council into holding a special meeting to support roading improvements. [more]

Surprise election result for NZRU board
There's been an election surprise at the New Zealand Rugby Union annual meeting in Wellington with the Hawke's Bay chairman Richard Hunt getting onto the board ahead of the Hurricanes... [more]

Team NZ to contest America's Cup and round the world race
Team New Zealand has formally launched its campaign for the next America's Cup after landing the last major sponsor that it needs. Switzerland's Nespresso which makes espresso coffee will join... [more]

Arsenal title hopes suffer setback
Arsenal's wasted a golden opportunity to close the gap at the top of the English Premier League football competition squandering a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Tottenham Hotspur in... [more]

Major League Baseball to run Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League Baseball will take control of the day-to-day operation of the Los Angeles Dodgers because of mounting concern over the franchise's financial plight. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who is... [more]

Number of industrial disputes fall
New figures show the level of industrial action in 2010 was the lowest since records began more than two decades ago. [more]

Ministry spends $1m in legal battle
The Ministry of Health has spent more than $1 million fighting court action by families who want to be paid for looking after severely disabled relatives. [more]

Police Association approves of sentence for police shooter
The Police Association says the 18-year prison sentence for a man who attempted to murder a police officer is appropriate. [more]

Tough winter predicted for many quake city residents
Increasing unemployment, overcrowding and damp, damaged homes could mean a "dreadful winter" for many in Christchurch, a Canterbury District Health Board member says. [more]

Progress in war memorial park project
The first stage of a $10 million project to turn a derelict inner city site in Wellington into a national war memorial park has been completed. [more]

Tonga government says it has no authority to change rugby administration
The Tongan government says under its agreement with the International Rugby Board, no changes can be made to the country's rugby authority until the end of February. The Authority was... [more]

Samoa police use discretion with overcrowded buses
Samoa's Land Transport Authority is allowing officers discretion on whether they penalise the drivers of overcrowded buses. Our correspondent reports that some police let overcrowded buses go while others issue... [more]

Intel shares surge after profit boost
Shares in the US company Intel have surged after the worlds biggest chipmaker's profit rose by nearly a third in the first three months of the year. [more]

Cook Islands to establish retirement industry
The president of the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce says policy is being drawn up to enable the establishment of a retirement industry. The comment follows last week's economic summit... [more]

Climate funding no panacea for Pacific
The United Nations Development Programme's deputy resident representative says the participants at last week's climate finance meeting in Palau agreed that access to funds isn't a panacea. The workshop brought... [more]

Forum blasted over silence about Japan nuclear disaster
The Pacific Conference of Churches says it's unacceptable for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat not to speak out about the threat to Pacific eco-systems from the Fukushima nuclear accident in... [more]

Tahoeraa mocks French lawyer as Tahiti phantom job trial opens
French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has hit out at the French lawyer assisting the prosecution in the trial of 87 people alleged to have received illicit payments for so-called phantom... [more]

Vanuatu no confidence vote put off until Easter Sunday
The Vanuatu parliamentary speaker, Maxime Carlot Korman, has adjourned an extra-ordinary session due to be held this morning to consider a motion for a vote of no confidence in the... [more]

National selects Wellington Central candidate
The National Party has selected its candidate to contest the Wellington Central seat for the general election in November. [more]

Early map could help guide rebuilding
A Christchurch landscape architect says a map of Christchurch in the 1850s could help authorities in the decisions on rebuilding the central business district. [more]

21-gun salute marks Queen's birthday
The sound of guns thundered across Wellington harbour on Thursday for the Queen's birthday. [more]

Pair charged with arson attack on fisheries office
Molotov cocktails were used to start a fire that damaged Ministry of Fisheries offices in Kaikoura on Wednesday. [more]

NZRU announces $9m loss
The New Zealand Rugby Union has announced a loss of $9.4 million for the 2010 financial year. [more]

Bryan Williams takes over as NZRU president
The former All Black Bryan Williams has succeeded John Sturgeon as president of the New Zealand Rugby Union. Williams was elected vice president in 2009 and was nominated by Auckland. [more]

Punting resumes on Avon river
One of Christchurch's most distinctive tourist attractions, punting on the Avon River, is now back in operation following February's earthquake. [more]

Hikoyabi advised to pull out of Papua body
The former deputy chair of Indonesia's Papuan People's Assembly, or MRP, has been advised to withdraw as a member as it begins its second term. Hana Hikoyabi was one of... [more]

Guam tourism eyes new Asian markets after Japan slump
Guam is trying to combat a drop in visitor numbers from Japan by marketing aggressively to other Asian countries. The Guam Visitors Bureau says the territory experienced a 12 percent... [more]

Commentator puts PNG resource spat down to poor effort by governments
Papua New Guinea's Institute of National Affairs says the current debate over resource ownership can be sheeted home to the government's failure to properly apply the rules. Amid the country's... [more]

Home detention for driver who killed two people
A man whose driving killed two people and seriously injured three others has avoided a jail sentence. [more]

Teenage pregnancies soar in American Samoa
A senior nurse at American Samoa's Health Department says teenage pregnancy is growing at an alarming rate. Margaret Sesepasara says just for the Tafuna Family Health Centre alone, the number... [more]

Network details revealed in Tahiti phantom employees' trial
The criminal court in French Polynesia examining alleged phantom employees has been told that beneficiaries of the presidency's former Polynesian affairs office received envelopes on the eve of elections with... [more]

PNG workshop wants to revive Integrity Law
A workshop on Papua New Guinea's Organic Law on Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates has ended with a resolution to maintain efforts to rework the law after it was... [more]

American Samoa legislators have expense cheques withheld again
American Samoa's Treasury has still not paid out expense allowances due to lawmakers. This is the second pay period that they haven't got cheques to cover the expenses they incur... [more]

Student Army to help disaster effort in Japan
Leaders of the Canterbury Student Volunteer Army are exporting their talents in cleaning up disaster zones to earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan. [more]

Firefighters contain Far North blaze
Firefighters in Northland have contained a fire that took hold in 50 hectares of scrubland near the Far North township of Ahipara. [more]

Doctor found guilty of misconduct struck off
A Hamilton GP found guilty of professional misconduct has been struck off by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and ordered to pay record costs for such a hearing. [more]

Mayor welcomes rebuild of meat plant
Matamata-Piako mayor Hugh Vercoe says plans to rebuild a meat processing plant destroyed by fire will provide a much-needed boost for the rural town of Te Aroha. [more]

Identifying quake dead could continue for months
The Chief Coroner says efforts are still being made to identify victims of the Christchurch earthquake and could continue for months. [more]

More suppression rule breaches by Justice Ministry
The Justice Ministry is ignoring recommendations aimed at preventing it from breaching suppression orders again. [more]

Hamilton ratepayers to pay for stadium lights upgrade
Hamilton ratepayers will pay a bill of $410,000 to Waikato Stadium's lighting which is too weak for a Rugby World Cup game. [more]

Concern some ports can't handle cruise ship influx
An advocacy group is concerned some of New Zealand's ports will not be able to handle an increase in larger ships as they prepare for a record cruise season. [more]

Driver charged after boy drowns in Lake Dunstan
A man has been charged with careless driving causing death after a minivan rolled into a Central Otago lake drowning a three-year-old boy. [more]

Government defends $36m funding for America's Cup
The Government says it had no option but to comply with a contract set up by the previous government to give millions of taxpayer dollars to New Zealand's America's Cup team. [more]