Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 9th June 2011

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Best Song Ever Written - Perfect Day
Barbara Simsch from Wellington has chosen 'Perfect Day' written by Lou Reed. [more]

Your Place - Waihola
The township of Waihola between Dunedin and Milton - famous these days for its lake; a famous rowing venue. [more]

The Decline of Detroit
Detroit was once America's fourth largest city, a thriving industrial metropolis of 1.8 million people. Today, much of the grandiose architecture of Motor City is crumbling and abandoned as its people desert the city centre for outlying towns. Schools and hospitals have closed and services shut down. Since 1950 its population has more than halved to 750,000. Auckland-based photographer Frank Schwere went to Detroit to document its decay. His work is on show at Two Rooms gallery in Auckland and is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. [more]

Motivational business speaker Debbie Mayo-Smith
The history and nature of emails. [more]

Southern Story for 9 June 2011 - Chop Chop
To some Native Americans it's a sacred plant, one that Captain James Cook brought to this country in 1769. Tobacco companies call it 'a normal and legal product', but there's still an air of secrecy around growing and processing tobacco for personal use. It's been 16 years since the pin was pulled on our commercial tobacco growing industry, and it was generally believed that growing the plants was then illegal. But that's not so. Sage Forest chats to some home-growers about the perceived benefits, and looks into legalities. [more]

Our Changing World - Scanning Plate Boundary
What the recent large earthquakes in Japan and Sumatra could mean for New Zealand - they happened along plate boundaries similar to what lies underneath the lower North Island. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 9 June 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Michele Boag and Gary McCormick (part 1)
Topics - The New Zealand dollar has risen sharply following the Reserve Bank's announcement this morning that it will leave the Official Cash Rate unchanged at a record low of 2.5%. Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited's CEO Martin Snedden says New Zealand's small size and the IRB's world cup revenue model make it impossible to turn a profit. [more]

The Panel with Michele Boag and Gary McCormick (part 2)
Topics - Women are more selfish than men and more likely to bitch about their friends behind their backs, a study has revealed. The head of Auckland's Maori Statutory Board says he's confident issues about a taniwha which may be near the route of a multi billion dollar rail tunnel can be resolved. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 9 June 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 9 June 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 June 2011
Methven receives a payout from the failure of its biggest UK customer. Greece needs more financial help and the sharemarket falls and the dollar rises. [more]

Evening Business for 9 June 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 9 June 2011
News from the business sector. [more]


Insurance premiums set to rise by up to a third
Insurance premiums look set to rise by up to a third and even more to meet the cost of the Christchurch earthquakes and other disasters overseas. [more]

Christchurch to stick with 2007 houses values for rates
Council rates in Christchurch city will continue to be calculated using the 2007 house valuations for up to two more years, allowing time for the earthquake's impact on property prices to be assessed. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 9 June 2011
The dollar dances as the Reserve Bank Governor changes his tune. More than 100 jobs are axed and an Air New Zealand jet is being inspected after it had to make an urgent landing shortly after take off. [more]

Fresh post float high predicted for Kiwi
Some in the financial markets are predicting the New Zealand dollar could hit a new post-float high overnight, after the Reserve Bank signalled an earlier start to interest rate rises than previously indicated. [more]

Yarrows job losses confirmed
Almost a third of the workers at Taranaki's Yarrows Family Bakers have today learned they've lost their jobs. [more]

Yarrows redundancies reaction
Craig Ashworth is outside the Yarrows Bakery on Manaia's main street. [more]

KiwiRail proposing job cuts in Dunedin
Also today - 70 jobs are to go from Kiwirail including 40 from its Hillside Workshop in south Dunedin. [more]

Legal aid opponents tactics made public
Opponents of the Government's legal aid reforms have had details of their tactics to try to change public and political opinion leaked by none other than the Justice Minister. [more]

Air NZ jet under inspection
An Air New Zealand jet is being inspected after it had to make an urgent landing shortly after take off. [more]

Sports News for 9 June 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Is Fonterra pushing up the price of milk?
Parliament's been told there is no evidence Fonterra has acted anti-competitively in setting the price of milk - but a former deputy Prime Minister says it is pushing prices too high. [more]

FMA warning of unacceptable Kiwisaver sales practices
The Financial Markets Authority is warning of unacceptable tactics being used to sell some Kiwisaver schemes after complaints about an unregistered salesman soliciting for business outside Work and Income offices. [more]

Former coach picks Silver Ferns to win tonight
A former Silver Ferns Coach says New Zealand should go into tonight's netball test against Australia as the favourites. [more]

News from the Waatea team.
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Use of taniwha will lead to more consultation with Maori
An Auckland hapu says it hopes the warning given to Auckland Council about a taniwha in the city's centre will lead to more consultation with Maori. [more]

Record low Official Cash Rate stays unchanged
The Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard says the New Zealand dollar is overvalued against the greenback, but he won't be drawn on how much or whether the Bank will intervene. [more]

KiwiRail job losses a "bombshell" - lobby group
70 jobs are to go from KiwiRail including 40 from the its Hillside Workshop in south Dunedin. [more]

Smith describes Labour MPs as petty and pathetic
Parliament's Speaker Lockwood Smith has described the conduct of Labour MPs as petty and pathetic during an exchange about Government money for parenting courses. [more]

Major cull of Canada Geese planned
Federated Farmers is planning a major cull of Canada Geese at the end of the year when the birds are in moulting and can't fly, but they want taxpayer dollars to ensure the numbers stay in check. [more]

Sports News for 9 June 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

China's first aircraft carrier is under construction
A senior official in China's notoriously secret People Liberation's Army has now confirmed that the country's first aircraft carrier is under construction. [more]

Should over 65s be allowed to opt out of jury service?
The Human Rights Commission says allowing people older than 65 to permanently opt out of jury service could be age discrimination. [more]

Waatea News for 9 June 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australia bans live cattle exports to Indonesia
The Northern Territory will be particulalry hard hit by this week's suspension of all live cattle exports to Indonesia. [more]

Ruth Aitken talks about tonight's test match
The netball test between the Silver Ferns and Australia kicks off in Palmerston North in just over an hour's time. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 June 2011
The OCR remains at 2.5 % and rising dairy prices are examined in Parliament. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 June 2011
The Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken says the Commonwealth Games gold medal winning effort against Australia last year has brought a new maturity to the New Zealand netball side. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 9 June 2011
Door still open to Darren Hughes to return to Parliament; political editor comments on Hughes case; insurance premiums set to rise by up to a third; changes to industrial law in the wind; end of free aviation forecasts risky, say pilots; former Fijian military commander wants to visit New Zealand; and the Foreign Affairs minister comments on Mara's request. [more]

AMI lifting premiums due to rising reinsurance costs
AMI will be raising its premiums by as much as 20 percent from next month, because of higher reinsurance costs. [more]

Private pilots forced to pay for weather reports
The Civil Aviation Authority is dropping its free weather reports for private pilots, a service designed to prevent pilots taking risks. [more]

Pacific News for 9 June 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 9 June 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour Party leaves open door for Hughes to return
The Labour Party says a return to politics for resigned MP Darren Hughes is possible. [more]

Unions fear bargaining power will be weaker under National
Unions fear their bargaining powers will be weakened under changes proposed by the National-led Government. [more]

Door still open to Darren Hughes to return to Parliament
The door is open to Darren Hughes returning to Parliament as a Labour MP, but not at the next election. [more]

Political editor comments on Hughes case
Political editor Brent Edwards discusses. [more]

Changes to industrial law is in the wind
More change to industrial law is in the wind, with the Prime Minister saying National will make the the labour market more flexible if it wins re-election. [more]

End of free aviation forecasts risky, say pilots
The Civil Aviation Authority is axing its free weather reports for recreational pilots, a service set up to improve safety. [more]

Former Fijian military commander wants to visit New Zealand
The former Fijian military commander who made a dramatic escape across the ocean to Tonga will find out today if he will be allowed into New Zealand. [more]

Foreign Affairs minister comments on Mara request
Murray McCully comments on Colonel Mara's prospects of entering New Zealand. [more]

Sports News for 9 June 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Hurricanes sackings show way of future for pro rugby
Hurricanes skipper Andrew Hore and star All Black Ma'a Nonu.have been told they're no longer wanted by the Wellington-based franchise, in a move which demonstrates the sometimes harsh face of professional rugby. [more]

Residents outraged at government plan for CYF school
Residents of an East Auckland suburb are furious at Government plans to build a secondary school for troubled youth in their neighbourhood. [more]

Officer in charge talks about McGregor case
The family of a Whanganui woman bludgeoned to death say they're delighted with a jury verdict of guilty. [more]

RBNZ unlikely to lift rates but will signal future rises
An hour from now, the Governor of the Reserve Bank will announce his latest decision on interest rates, and he's expected to leave them unchanged. [more]

NZ top earners at odds over suggested biosecurity levy
New Zealand's top two foreign currency earning sectors are at loggerheads over a suggested biosecurity levy for passengers arriving into the country. [more]

Nato will keep pressure on Gaddafi for as long as it takes
NATO has agreed to continue its campaign in Libya for as long as it takes to defeat Colonel Gaddafi's forces, at a meeting of its defence ministers in Brussels. [more]

Statutory Board questions Maori consultation over rail project
The independent Maori Statutory Board is questioning whether Maori are being properly consulted about a planned rail tunnel in Auckland, amid suggestions that the presence of a taniwha could stymie proceedings. [more]

Sports News for 9 June 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Lack of customers a problem for Christchurch businesses
A continuing lack of customers is the biggest problem facing many businesses trying to get back on their feet in Christchurch. [more]

This year is make or break for school night classes
People who run school night classes say this year will be make or break for those programmes that survived the government's funding cuts. [more]

Waatea News for 9 June 2011
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Folding bikes gaining in popularity
The popularity of bikes that fold down to suitcase size is on the rise in Wellington. [more]

Historian finds inspiration for Shakespeare's Ophelia
One of Shakespeare's great tragic characters, Ophelia, may have been inspired by a real-life tragedy in the playwright's own family. [more]


Volunteers in Major Emergencies
Volunteering trainer, consultant and president of Energise Inc, Susan Ellis talks about how you take a bunch of keen and able people and transform them into a volunteer team which is greater than the sum of its parts, especially in times of high stress. [more]

Science: World Weather
A day doesn't go by without some weather event. Severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum offers explanations and implications of some of the recent American wild weather, such as the terrible May tornadoes, and also the "Father of Waters" the mighty Mississippi. [more]

Nine To Noon

Darren Hughes's career
Police say former Labour Chief Whip Darren Hughes will not face charges over an incident involving an 18- year-old man. Where does this leave his career? Comments from John Tamihere and Matthew Hooton. [more]

Deep sea drilling
John Pfahlert of the Petroleum Exploration Association and Simon Boxer of Greenpeace discuss the prospect of deep sea oil and gas exploration off New Zealand's coasts. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
The Mothers' Union is making headlines for its report into the sexualisation of children, money worries as government cuts begin to bite and a care homes scandal. [more]

Book Review - Last Man In Tower
Written by Aravind Adiga, published by Atlantic. Reviewed by Ralph McAllister. [more]

New Technology with Steve McCabe
Steve McCabe talks about Apple's annual World-Wide Developers' Conference and Facebook. [more]

Parenting with Paora Joseph
Taranaki youth worker Paora Joseph on keeping kids off drugs and on a positive path. [more]

Film with Dan Slevin
Dan Slevin with his rating of X-Men First Class and Barney's Version. [more]

Lesley Elliott: Sophie's Legacy
Lesley Elliott's book Sophie's Legacy recounts the devastating murder of her daughter Sophie in 2008 by Sophie's ex-boyfriend Clayton Weatherston. Lesley went on to establish the Sophie Elliott Foundation. [more]

Our Changing World

Women, exercise and protein
After studying men, Massey University scientists are seeing if protein also assists women athletes after strenourous exercise [more]

Lake Sediments
Chris Hendy is interested in the chemistry of silica-rich sediments in lakes in the Taupo Volcanic Zone [more]

Mark Staiger and Tim Huber are working on biocomposites made completely from cellulose, a renewable resource [more]

Rip Currents
A remote camera at Tairua Beach is providing insights into how, where and why dangerous rip currents form [more]

White terraces discovered on lake floor
White terraces discovered on floor of Lake Rotomahana. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 9 June 2011
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement on TVNZ's Close Up on 3 May 2010 regarding KiwiRail workers that "There will be lots of work for these guys, there's no doubt about that, because they do a lot of things well and there's a big rolling stock replenishment and replacement exercise that's coming down the pipeline"; if not, why not? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Has he given Parents Inc an undertaking to give them money? 4. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister for the Environment: What response has there been to the Government's announcements on contaminated sites, and in particular the planned clean-up of the most dangerous site at the Tui Mine on Mt Te Aroha? 5. Hon HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Education: Why has the Government budgeted an additional $550.3 million for early childhood education over the next four years? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Is the loss of future dividends due to his planned sale of State-owned assets accounted for in the forecast financial statements in his Budget, or is this cost listed as an unquantified fiscal risk? 7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What benefits will ultra-fast broadband services bring to health providers in New Zealand? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that the Government should take a cautious approach to borrowing in light of "uncertainty and volatility in financial markets"? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she consider bringing up babies to be meaningful productive work; if so, why is she considering making young mothers on the domestic purpose benefit seek paid employment when their youngest child turns one? 10. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to oral question number five yesterday? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received from Customs on seizures of the rare drug DMT? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that for New Zealand train builders "there will be lots of work for these guys, there's no doubt about that"? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 June 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 June 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Larry Rees and Lenny Sarkovsky
Timpanist and Percussionist from the NZSO preview upcoming performances of Mahler's 6th Symphony. [more]

Elizabeth Holowell and Cameron Rhodes
Violinist and actor appearing on new cd of Douglas Lilburn's previously unavailable works: Salutes to Seven Poets. [more]

News stories:

Government rejects biosecurity levy
Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister David Carter says a suggested biosecurity levy is not on the Government's agenda. [more]

Health Ministry cuts cycle programme funding
The Transport Agency says a programme which promotes cycling as a fun, healthy and safe way to travel will continue, despite it losing Government funding. [more]

Pilots to pay for weather reports
The Civil Aviation Authority is to begin charging recreational pilots for weather reports that have been free. [more]

More schools expected to drop night classes
The association for school night classes expects more schools will drop their adult education pogrammes at the end of this year. [more]

Residents outraged at plan for CYF school
More than 400 residents turned out at a meeting to protest against Government plans to build a secondary school for troubled youths in their east Auckland suburb. [more]

PM signals further changes to employment law
Prime Minister John Key has signalled further changes will be made to employment law if the National-led Government is re-elected in November. [more]

Benefit numbers continue to fall
The number of people receiving a government benefit has fallen for the fourth month in a row. [more]

Investor group wants Argosy manager removed
Argosy's institutional investors are calling for the property trust's manager to be thrown out. [more]

AMI says new reinsurance deals will cost it more
The Government-backed insurer, AMI, says it remains hopeful it will secure new reinsurance deals but is preparing to pay substantially higher prices. [more]

Former Fiji military officer wants to visit NZ
The former Fijian military commander who escaped to Tonga after being charged with sedition has applied for a travel visa to New Zealand. [more]

Missing 12-year-old found
Police have found a 12-year-old boy who'd gone missing from his caregivers' home in Hamilton. [more]

Contact Energy finalises capital-raising
Contact Energy has completed its $351 million capital-raising. [more]

Report urges more use of 1080 poison
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released the findings of an investigation recommending greater use of 1080 to protect forests from possums, rats and stoats. [more]

Three men in Samoa charged with murder
The police in Samoa have charged three young men with murder following the death of a 19 year-old man last Saturday at Vaitele fou village, just outside of the capital,... [more]

PNG's Morobe Mining Joint Venture supports first aid training of local villagers
In Papua New Guinea, the Morobe Mining Joint Venture says it is happy to support the first aid training of local villagers to serve their rural communities. The joint mining... [more]

Fiji pensioners call for phased changes to Provident Fund
The Fiji Pensioners' Association says older pensioners will suffer if their pensions from the National Provident Fund are cut. The Fiji National Provident Fund's proposing wide-ranging changes to the superannuation... [more]

Chief of Staff to American Samoa's First Lady faces drink driving charges
The police in American Samoa have completed their investigation into a car accident which involved a government vehicle. The Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, Leseiau Laumoli, told KHJ News, that... [more]

NZ's McCully says decision on Mara entering NZ will be known in a few days
New Zealand's Foreign Minister says it will be several days before a decision will be made on whether a former Fiji military commander will be allowed to enter New Zealand. [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Amputee convicted of murder, Darren Hughes says he could return to politics, calls for Kronic to be banned. [more]

Fiji on brink of retaining netball crown
Fiji look set to retain the Pacific Series netball title after a commanding 50-36 win over the Cook Islands on Wednesday. It leaves the world's fifth ranked side as the... [more]

Veteran NZ broadcaster dies
Former Radio New Zealand National Presenter, Erin Sinclair, has died. He had suffered from emphysema for many years and passed away in Auckland yesterday. He was 71. Erin was a... [more]

F1 boss concedes Bahrain Grand Prix can't go ahead
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone concedes the Bahrain Grand Prix won't go ahead as planned in October as the teams and drivers involved don't want to take part. Ecclestone had... [more]

Olympic Torch compared to a cheese grater
The London 2012 Olympics has unwittingly acquired its first iconic image after unveiling an Olympic torch design which looks like a huge cheesegrater. The gold-coloured aluminium torch has the meshed... [more]

Brian Robson quits as Thailand coach
The former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson has resigned as Thailand's national football coach. Robson underwent surgery for throat cancer in March but resumed his coaching duties immediately... [more]

Fiji's Mara keen to visit Fiji pro-democracy groups in NZ
Former Fiji military commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, says he is keen to visit New Zealand to with meet with Fiji pro-democracy groups in the country. Colonel Mara... [more]

Tonga thrash USA in Churchill Cup opener
Tonga have opened their Churchill Cup rugby campaign with a commanding 44-13 victory over the USA in London. The Ikale Tahi scored five tries to one, with debutant winger Viliami... [more]

Fog causes disruption at Auckland airport
Fog caused disruption for passengers at Auckland Airport on Thursday morning. [more]

New label shows carbon footprint of wine
A wine company hopes adding a label that specifies greenhouse gas emissions will help consumers make environmentally conscious decisions. [more]

Scientists notice changes in soil carbon levels
A group of leading soil scientists say there have been significant changes in soil carbon levels on farms. [more]

New project to encourage late season vine-thinning
A new project in the wine industry will encourage grape growers to use mechanical vine-thinning late in the season, to reduce production and the risk of disease. [more]

Arson-accused to undergo psychiatric assessment
A man accused of setting a spate of fires around the Wellington region last weekend has been remanded in custody for a psychiatric assessment. [more]

Christchurch businesses still lack customers
Some businesses in Christchurch say lower customer numbers since the February earthquake is the biggest issue they face. [more]

Labour leaves door open for Darren Hughes' return
The door is open to Darren Hughes returning to Parliament as a Labour MP, though it would not be at the next election. [more]

73-year-old prisoner again denied parole
One of the country's longest-serving prisoners has again been denied parole as an official report says his chances of release look bleak. [more]

Jury exemption at 65 'could be ageism'
The Human Rights Commission says allowing people older than 65 to permanently opt out of jury service could be age discrimination. [more]

Jane contemplating his future with the Hurricanes
Halfback Piri Weepu and fullback Cory Jane are the contracts the Hurricanes are hoping to confirm next as they continue to build towards 2012. It was announced on Wednesday that... [more]

ICC launches dope probe
The International Cricket Council has taking action against Sri Lanka's batsman Upul Tharanga after he failed a dope test. Sri Lanka Cricket says Tharanga won't be selected, pending the ICC... [more]

Too many opinions confusing players says Buchanan
Players in the Black Caps squad and on its fringes have received mixed messages with too many selectors voicing their opinions, according to New Zealand Cricket's director of cricket John... [more]

Olympic organisers defend ticket policy again
London Olympic organisers are again defending the ticketing policy for next year's Games amid the continuing backlash from hundreds of thousands of applicants left empty-handed. As more and more surveys... [more]

Italian cyclist banned for his own good
The Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco has been suspended indefinitely by his national cycling federation - for the good of his own health. Ricco was sacked by his team in February... [more]

Pakistan cricketer admits playing despite ban
The banned Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir has admitted playing for an English village cricket team but says he thought it was a friendly and did not contravene his suspension. The... [more]

Hore looks back on his career
The Hurricanes captain Andrew Hore says he hopes to pick up a contract with another Super Rugby franchise for next year. Hore and Ma'a Nonu have been told by Hurricanes... [more]

Kiwi becomes youngest Broncos captain
The New Zealand league player Alex Glenn will make Brisbane Broncos history this weekend when he becomes the youngest captain in the club's 23-year existence. The 22-year-old will fill in... [more]

O'Connor to stay in Perth for another season
The brilliant young Wallaby back James O'Connor has committed to one more season with the Western Force, in a deal which will be formally announced after he finalises his contract... [more]

Hore disappointed to be forced out of the Hurricanes
Discarded Hurricanes players Ma'a Nonu and Andrew Hore both say they would have liked to have had another year with the Super Rugby franchise. Both of the All Blacks have... [more]

Cook scores another hundred as Test ends in draw
The England opening batsman Alistair Cook scored his sixth century in nine Tests but it wasn't enough to force a result on the final day of the second Test against... [more]

New Zealand Cricket revamps Black Caps selection panel
New Zealand Cricket's introducing a two-member national selection panel with incumbents Glenn Turner and Lance Cairns dropped. The Black Caps coach John Wright and a yet to be appointed national... [more]

Dallas beat Miami to level NBA Finals
The Dallas Mavericks used some fourth quarter fireworks to overcome a 32-point performance by Dwyane Wade to defeat the Miami Heat 86-83 and tie the best-of-seven National Basketball Association finals... [more]

Highlanders make four changes
The Highlanders have relegated halfback Jimmy Cowan to the bench for Saturday night's Super Rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney. Another All Black, lock Tom Donnelly,... [more]

Marshalls bid to curb shark finning
The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority is drafting legislation to control shark finning and sea cucumber harvesting. The Fisheries Director, Glen Joseph, says its aim is to have the new... [more]

Businessman accused of contempt over website
A full two-judge bench of the High Court in Wellington is hearing a contempt allegation against an American businessman who lives in Auckland. [more]

Graham Capill gets early parole hearing
Convicted paedophile, Graham Capill, has been granted an early parole hearing. [more]

Rugby sevens player pleads guilty to assault charge
New Zealand rugby sevens player Declan O'Donnell has admitted one charge of assault but has denied a second charge. [more]

Council offers to buy 'murder' property
Christchurch City Council has offered to buy part of the property where the bodies of two women were found beneath the floorboards of a house nearly two years ago. [more]

American Samoa seeks end to UN decolonisation process
American Samoa has called on the United Nations Committee on Decolonisation to persuade the United States to bring about an end to the territory's decolonisation process. It says this is... [more]

Nuclear testing memorial low priority in cash-strapped French Polynesia
A member of the French Polynesia assembly is calling for a memorial marking the territory's nuclear weapons testing history says the proposal's a low priority in the current economic climate. [more]

Delegates of women's forum say more leadership training needed
Delegates from a recent women's forum in Papua New Guinea have agreed that more leadership training is needed. Women from across the Pacific region met at last week's Women's Policy... [more]

Samoa PM makes one-week state visit to Australia
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has left for a one-week state visit in Australia where he will be meeting his counterpart, Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and other government... [more]

Erakovic through to third round of Edgbaston Classic
New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic is through to the third round of the Edgbaston Classic in Birmingham with a straight sets win over the 11th seed Yaroslava Shvedova of... [more]

Waikato Pistons chalk up seventh straight win
The Waikato Pistons have cruised to their seventh straight National Basketball League win, with a 108-77 win over struggling Auckland. It's the Auckland Pirates' fifth straight loss. Waikato play Hawkes... [more]

India go 2-0 up in West Indies series
India's beaten West Indies by seven wickets in a rain-interrupted second one day cricket international at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad. Batting first the West Indies made 240 for nine... [more]

Prior reprimanded over broken window
England's Matt Prior has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council but has escaped a fine after breaking breaking a window in the Lord's Pavilion following his dismissal in the... [more]

Brett back for Blues clash with Crusaders
First five Stephen Brett will return to the Blues' starting lineup to play the Crusaders in Timaru this weekend, in a match which could decide the New Zealand Super Rugby... [more]

Cipriani's return rubber stamped by Melbourne Rebels
Danny Cipriani's return to Super Rugby has been rubber-stamped with his selection in the Melbourne Rebels' lineup for their match on Friday night against the ACT Brumbies. The troubled former... [more]

Nonu to start for Hurricanes
Despite not being wanted by the franchise, Ma'a Nonu and Andrew Hore will start for the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday night. [more]

End of era for Guiness Peat Group
Sir Ron Brierley's Guinness Peat Group has received shareholder approval to wind up the company. [more]

Methven to recover about half amount owed by UK firm
Tapware and showerhead maker Methven it expects to recover $460,000 from the failure of its largest British customer. [more]

Fyfe warns of Air NZ profit hit
Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe has warned the airline will not have made money in the first half of this year. [more]

Indonesia may ease beef import restrictions - MIA
New Zealand beef exporters may be able to start sending product to Indonesia again. [more]

Doubts over cull of Canada Geese
The Fish and Game Council says it doubts farmers will be able to successfully manage Canada Geese numbers despite the lifting of the bird's protected status which took effect on Thursday. [more]

Employers want changes on collective bargaining
The Employers and Manufacturers Association says it wants National to implement employment law changes to help put all employees on a more even playing field. [more]

Men who died on ship 'had no warning of dangers'
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission says two crew members who died on a Korean logging ship had had no warning of the dangers of organic cargo, no rescue training and no emergency skills. [more]

Hefty insurance premium rises on the way
Insurers are beginning to put a figure on the increase in premiums that property owners will face following the Canterbury earthquakes and other disasters overseas. [more]

PNG upskilling villagers in health care
A Papua New Guinea nurse says there is growing interest in training to upskill villagers to be able to deal with common health issues and birthing in rural areas. The... [more]

Tributes paid for late Cooks artist Vivieaere
Tributes are pouring in for a New Zealand-based Cook Islands artist, Jim Vivieaere, who has passed away after a long illness. Jim Vivieaere was a pivotal figure in the visual... [more]

PNG ministerial sackings rattle parties but not acting PM
Papua New Guinea's acting Prime Minister Sam Abal is reported to be unmoved by news that he had been expelled by a group, purporting to be the Enga branch of... [more]

40 limbs fitted in Fiji campaign of Indian NGO
A team of specialists from India has fitted more than 40 prosthetic limbs in its first three days in Fiji. The team from the NGO Jaipur Foot is spending a... [more]

Pharmacist admits forging initials of doctors
An Auckland pharmacist has admitted 47 fraud charges involving tens of thousands of dollars of public money. [more]

Financial aid for Hagley Golf Club
Christchurch City Council has agreed to use the mayor's earthquake relief fund to support Hagley Golf Club, which is facing financial hardship following the February quake. [more]

Minister says no change to rules on Schedule 4 land
Acting Energy Minister Hekia Parata says no changes will be made to the rules on prospecting on Schedule 4 conservation land. [more]

Christchurch rates based on 2007 housing values
Council rates in the Christchurch city area will continue to be calculated using 2007 house valuations for up to two more years due to disruptions caused by the recent earthquakes. [more]

Donald going to Bath?
The Chiefs first-five Stephen Donald has reportedly signed with English rugby club Bath. The BBC says the 27-year-old has signed a two-and-half-year contract and will arrive at the Premiership outfit... [more]

Stockmarket falls
The NZX50 index fell 37 points or 1% on thursday to end at 34 89. Turnover was $100 million. [more]

American Samoans appeal FEMA disaster refund demands
Some of the American Samoan recipients of disaster assistance from the Federal Emergrency Management Agency being asked to pay back the money are appealing their cases. FEMA spokesman John Hamil... [more]

Solomons opposition doubts MDG achievements
The opposition in Solomon Islands is questioning whether the government is on track to achieve the country's millennium development goals by 2015. A report has just been launched measuring the... [more]

Sydney ferry to enter inter-island service in Solomons
A Sydney harbour ferry is set to leave Australia within a week transporting valuable medical supplies to Solomon Islands. The Lady Wakehurst will also become an inter-island ferry after it... [more]

Up to 45 jobs to go at Taranaki bakery
Workers at a south Taranaki bakery put into receivership last month have been told that almost a third will lose their jobs. [more]

Samoa Water Authority begins rationing water
The Samoa Water Authority has begun rationing water in the Aleipata district on Upolu as the lack of rain is causing shortages. The country has been experiencing low rainfall since... [more]

Tonga government silent on Mara passport
Tonga government officials will not confirm whether Col Mara has been given a Tongan passport. Col Mara has told Radio New Zealand he'll travel on a Tongan passport. Our correspondent,... [more]

Taniwha no threat to tunnel project, iwi says
Auckland hapu Ngati Whatua o Orakei says a taniwha in central Auckland will not be a threat to the plan for a multi-billion dollar rail tunnel project. [more]

Fiji disappointed with Australia over Mara visa
Fiji's interim foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, has expressed disappointment that Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara has been issued a visa to enter Australia. Colonel Mara, who fled to... [more]

KiwiRail job cuts proposed
KiwiRail is proposing to cut 41 manufacturing jobs in Dunedin, in a move the rail workers' union says is the result of the company sending manufacturing work overseas. But the company says there is not enough work to justify the current workforce numbers. [more]

Fulltime jobs shrink in Australia
Australia's unemployment rate has remained steady at 4.9% but 22,000 fulltime jobs were shed in May. [more]

Parliamentary exchange attracts Speaker's criticism
Parliament's Speaker Lockwood Smith has described the conduct of Labour MPs as "petty and pathetic" during an exchange about Government money allocated to parenting courses. [more]

Dollar drops on Governor's comments
Comments from the Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard to Parliament's Finance and Expenditure Select Committee saw the New Zealand dollar give up some of Thursday morning's strong gains during afternoon trading. [more]