Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th January 2012

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This page features: Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Kiwi Summer, News Stories, Our Changing World, RNZ Music, Summer Nights, Summer Report

Business News

Evening Business for 19 January 2012
News from the business sector including a market report [more]

CEISMIC

Grand Chancellor checked for damage four times before February
The Canterbury earthquake's Royal Commission has heard that the Hotel Grand Chancellor was checked for earthquake damage - and cleared for use four times prior to the February 22nd earthquake. [more]

Checkpoint

Meridian scraps highly controversial central Otago wind farm
A power company has scuppered the highly controversial Project Hayes - a 2-billion-dollar wind farm development in the middle of Otago's Lammermoor Range. [more]

Painter thrilled at demise of Central Otago wind farm
The Otago painter and Project Hayes opponent, Grahame Sydney, says it was never appropriate to build a wind farm on such an outstanding natural landscape. [more]

Jetstar fined for border breach
Jetstar has been fined 6-thousand-500 dollars after a staff member in Australia changed a Chinese woman's nationality to Swiss, allowing her visa free entry to New Zealand. [more]

Legal challenge promised if Crafar farms sale approved
The Overseas Investment Office is being threatened by its first ever Judicial Review if it approves the sale of the Crafar dairy farms to a Chinese buyer. [more]

17-yr-old NZer signs with major league baseball team
Pita Rona snared the seven year deal after being spotted by scouts, who flew out earlier today after signing up the one-time Black Sox player [more]

Sports News for 19 January 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Prices fall for first time in two years
Prices are on the way down, with the official measure of inflation falling for the first time in two years. [more]

Investors missing out on big sums under Kiwisaver - ANZ
The country's largest KiwiSaver provider ANZ claims tens of thousands of investors each stand to collect 72 thousand dollars less on retiring than they should. [more]

Controversial submissions enflame passionate plant lovers
People have just one more day to have their say on which plants should be taken off the national register of pests. [more]

Critics blast smokefree Auckland proposal
Critics say making the whole of the Auckland CBD smoke free would be impossible to police. [more]

Hundreds attend funeral of well known vagrant
About 200 people turned out in Wellington today to farewell a well known homeless man. [more]

Australian Tennis Open underway
It's been a day of the big guns Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray fronting up again at the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne today. [more]

Kiwi Summer

Analyst - Success of Taranaki gas supply deal not guaranteed
Taranaki-based energy analyst Len Houwer believes the success of the new deal between Methanex New Zealand Ltd and Todd Energy is entirely contingent upon the consortium actually drilling for and supplying the gas, and this is not guaranteed. [more]

On the Radar - Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell is a political writer/blogger for the news website scoop.co.nz and writer of scoop's monthly online magazine 'Werewolf'. [more]

Aspiring Olympians - Stuart Farquahar
Javelin thrower Stuart Farquahar joins the programme to talk about his hope and aspirations for London. [more]

Are We There Yet? - Cambridge
We visit the Wiakato town of Cambridge. [more]

Listener Feedback
Some of what you've had to say about what's on the programme today. [more]

Listener Feedback
Some more of what you've had to say about the programme today. [more]

In Conversation with Joseph Cornell
Lynn speaks with world renowned nature educator Joseph Cornell who is in New Zealand to address the NZ Association for Environmental Education biennial conference in Hamilton where his topic is changing course for a sustainable world. [more]

Are We There Yet? - Karapiro
We visit Karapiro on the Waikato. [more]

Listener Feedback
More of what you've had to say today. [more]

Summer Reading - Pride and Prejudice
Liesa Renwick's been indulging in Georgian English literature with Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice. [more]

Spin Cycle - WhyWho Shoes
Sonia speaks with Gisborne sisters Cate King and Sarah Busby and finds out what it's like to walk in their shoes, both figuratively and literally. [more]

Try Something New - Bridge
Lynn Freeman visits the Karori Bridge Club in Wellington to find out what makes this former parlour game such an addiction for so many. [more]

Listener Feedback
And a final word on the potential for smoke free public spaces. [more]

Our Changing World

50 Years at the Lauder Research Station
The NIWA Research Station at Lauder is a world leader in atmospheric research areas such as ozone measurement [more]

Insect Collecting on Raoul Island
Entomologist Warren Chinn used a number of methods to collect terrestrial invertebrates from the Kermadec Islands [more]

Copy of Sleep Apnoea
Overnight sleep studies to detect sleep apnoea, and the use of CPAP machines to solve the problem [more]

Tell Us a Story
Science and engineering students from Victoria University compete in the Tell Us A Story challenge [more]

Self-Setting Possum Traps
Goodnature's self-setting possum traps use the same technology they developed for their very effective rat and stoat traps [more]

RNZ Music

The Mixtape Paul McLaney
Auckland musician Paul McLaney joins Kirsten Johnstone for a mixtape. [more]

Summer Nights

Museum Visit : Tattoo
We pay a virtual visit to one of New Zealand's museums. Tonight, the National Tattoo Museum. [more]

City Oh Sigh
Live music in the studio from Wellington group City Oh Sigh. [more]

Kids Favorite Things : Laura
Kids share their favorite summer activities. Tonight it's Laura who likes playing around in sprinklers. [more]

Singing Geographer
Professor Warwick Murray is Director of the Geography Programme at Victoria University in Wellington, he's also a singer and musician. This week, geography and the environment. [more]

Summer Report

Gas-supply deal to boost country's coffers says minister
The Energy minister says a gas manufacture and supply deal between Methanex NZ and Todd Energy, which it's hoped will create around 500 jobs and $250-million in exports, will be a huge boost to the economy. [more]

Mayor of New Plymouth welcomes news of gas deal
The Mayor for New Plymouth and former Labour Party Associate Minister of Energy, Harry Duynhoven, joins the programme to talk about the benefits of the energy deal to his region. [more]

Gareth Morgan on sale of GMI to Kiwibank
Mr Morgan talks about the conditions of purchase and sale of the Kiwisaver fund management Gareth Morgan Investments to Kiwibank which was announced yesterday. [more]

Russia warns West against attacking Iran
The BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Jonathan Marcus, joins the programme to talk about Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and his claims that Western sanctions against Iran and talk of a potential attack undermine efforts to revive negotiations with Tehran. [more]

Sports News for 19 January 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Councils lay the ground work for new road rules
Risky intersections are the focus of councils across New Zealand - who are busy determining potential problem areas with new give way rules coming into force in two months when [more]

Brownlee says it's too early to tell if port reform is needed
The Transport Minister, Gerry Brownlee, would not comment on the dispute at the Ports of Auckland itself, but he says the Government is keen to see the final report into the transport system from the Productivity Commission. The minister joins the programme. [more]

Labour: port reform needed, but selling won't help
Labour's Transport Spokesperson, Phil Twyford, gives his party's perspective on the reform necessary to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the competitive ports industry. [more]

Deadline is upon defiant Port Hills home owners
Time has run out for Christchurch Port Hills home owners who have being defying orders to move out of their red stickered homes. Port Hills resident Sue Stubenvoll joins the programme. [more]

Pelorus Mail Boat a lifeline for people living in the Sound
Susie Ferguson joins passengers and crew on the Pelorus Mail Boat in the Marlborough Sounds. The weekly service, in Pelorus Sound off Havelock, is a lifeline bringing more than just mail to those living and staying in remote areas. [more]

Three-year-old boy seriously injured in by dog attack
The infant remains in a critical condition this morning in Christchurch hospital after being bitten on the throat by a family pet in Ashburton. [more]

Mitt Romney urged to release his tax papers
The Republican presidential race candidate Mitt Romney is being urged to release his income tax forms after admitting he pays less tax than most Americans. [more]

Experts fear Avondale spider could become extinct
Arachnophobes may not be concerned but experts fear the Avondale Spider could be wiped out from the wild within the next 20 years. Live animal curator Brian Lawton is in the Auckland studio with some eight legged friends. [more]

Weather update
Met Service weather ambassador Dan Corbett joins the programme for a look at thing meteorological. [more]

Sports News for 19 January 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Business for 19 January 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

New meningoccal vaccine cautiously welcomed
Expert reaction is cautiously optimistic to a newly developed a vaccine that could protects against all strains of the Meningoccol B bacterium. [more]

Mission Concert annual pilgrimage for thousands
The annual concert at the historic Mission Vineyard is one of the highlights of Napier's year. This year Rod Stewart is the feature act for the concert next month. [more]

Murder Mystery exhibition at Auckland Museum this summer
The Poisoners, is a murder mystery where visitors get an interactive experience, as they try to figure out whodunit. [more]

Place names: North
Peter Dowling looks at why North comes up in so many place names: Palmerston North, Havelock North, Waimate North, Totora North. [more]

News stories:

Newborn taken into CYF care
The mother of a six-month-old baby who died from non-accidental head injuries last year has had her new baby taken into care. [more]

New vaccine developed against meningitis strain
A New Zealand scientist says a newly-developed vaccine that protects against all strands of the meningococcol B bacterium is a big step forward, though it may not provide long term protection. [more]

PNG's Somare ejected from Parliament sitting
There have been rowdy scenes in Papua New Guinea's Parliament a day after the Supreme Court was again asked to determine who is the country's legitimate prime minister. PNG has... [more]

French senate approves bill to return French Polynesian atolls
The Senate has passed a bill that would return atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa to French Polynesia. The two atolls Moruroa and Fangataufa were ceded to France at no cost... [more]

Nauru opposition questions Government interference
The Nauru opposition leader, Marcus Stephen says there is growing concern that the new government is abandoning important reforms put in place during his four years in government. Marcus Stephen... [more]

Intersections checked ahead of give way rule change
Intersections throughout the country are being checked to see which could cause a problem when the give way rule changes. [more]

Missing fishermen declared dead after 12 years
Two men who disappeared after their boat capsized more than 12 years ago are deemed to have died, a Wellington coroner has ruled. [more]

Leob leads after first day of the Monte Carlo Rally
Ford rally driver Jari-Matti Latvala has rolled out of the WRC season-opening Monte Carlo rally while Citroen's eight times world champion Sebastien Loeb made sure of the overnight lead after... [more]

Coca-Cola opens Christchurch production line
Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand has opened its new $15 million bottling plant at its Woolston site in Christchurch which suffered damage in the region's earthquakes. [more]

Thursday's morning newspaper headlines
$8m worth of state house sales in Waikato; child bitten by dog critically injured; smoking ban proposed for Auckland; cuts trim Dunedin rates rise to 4.7%. [more]

Body of missing swimmer found
The body of a 24-year-old man who was caught in rip at a bay north of Wellington on Saturday has been found. [more]

Tonga's supreme court refuses application by Speaker
In Tonga, Justice Robert Shuster has refused an application filed by the Speaker of Parliament, Lord Lasike's counsel seeking to set aside a warrant for his arrest. Lord Lasike faces... [more]

Toddler critical after dog goes for throat
A toddler attacked by a dog in Ashburton remains in a critical condition in hospital following hours of surgery on Wednesday. [more]

Labour supports calls to rationalise ports
The Labour Party supports calls to rationalise the number of ports but opposes suggestions public assets such as the Ports of Auckland should be sold. [more]

Morgan says Kiwibank will adhere to GMI standards
Gareth Morgan says he will pull his money from Kiwibank if the agreed conditions of the purchase of his investment business aren't met. [more]

Grand Chancellor Hotel checked before February quake
The former manager of the Hotel Grand Chancellor says the building was checked for earthquake damage four times before the February earthquake caused it to slump, trapping dozens of people inside. [more]

Guam Senator Blas to stand for congressional delegation
The Guam Senator Frank Blas Jr. has announced that he will run for the seat of Guam's delegate in the United States Congress. Seanator Blas, the Republican minority leader in... [more]

Landowners in Fiji say no to proposed mine
Landowners in the Namosi district in Fiji have decided they don't want a mining project to go ahead and are demanding the foreign company behind it leave. Up until now... [more]

Call for Chinese sea cucumber operation in Vanuatu to relocate from Gaua
A youth representative from Vanuatu's Torba province, Willy Fruel, has called on the Minister of Fisheries to relocate a Chinese sea cucumber project planned for the island of Gaua. The... [more]

Nuerburgring eyes 2013 race despite layoffs
Operators of Germany's Nuerburgring are in talks with Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone over a deal to host the 2013 grand prix despite cutting around 100 jobs at the circuit. [more]

Demolition of BNZ building begins
Demolition work has begun on the BNZ Building in Christchurch's Cathedral Square. [more]

Sport: Amicale rue penalty decision in loss to Auckland City
Amicale FC say refereeing error cost them a chance of victory in Wednesday night's Oceania Champions League football clash with Auckland City. Following Alick Maemae's equalising goal in the 76th... [more]

Fonterra has record-breaking month
Fonterra has broken its record for the highest value of exports for a single month in December. [more]

Sri Lanka government orders probe into national cricket team
The Sri Lankan government has ordered a probe into the national cricket team's "crisis situation" after they fell to another defeat in their one-day series in South Africa. Sports Minister... [more]

LA Times says Beckham to return to Galaxy
The Los Angeles Times has reported former England captain David Beckham will be returning to the LA Galaxy on a fresh contract. Beckham's five-year deal with the Galaxy concluded last... [more]

All Whites aim to host Jamaica in February
The New Zealand men's football side is eyeing up a game against Jamaica in Auckland at the end of next month. The fixture has still to be approved by both... [more]

Birmingham end Wolves' FA Cup run
English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers have been sent crashing out of the FA Cup, losing 1-0 to second division midlands rivals Birmingham in a hard-fought third round replay at... [more]

Pakistan take control of first Test against England in Dubai
Pakistan are 288 for seven in reply to England's 192 after two days of the opening cricket Test in Dubai. Pakistan have built a 96-run first innings lead. [more]

Remarkable opening stand in final round win for Central Stags
The Central Stags posted a remarkable 222 for two and went on to win their final round HRV Cup Twenty20 cricket match against Wellington by 53 runs on Wednesday evening... [more]

Erakovic says it will hurt for a couple of days
The New Zealand number one tennis player Marina Erakovic says she'll take a couple of days to get over her Australian Open effort. Erakovic suffered a second round singles loss... [more]

Adrian Morley endorses SBW's move to Roosters
Former Sydney Roosters enforcer Adrian Morley has endorsed his old NRL club's pursuit of code hopper Sonny Bill Williams. Recently there was media speculation Williams, preparing to play Super 15... [more]

Fourth arrest in Olympic stadium bid process
British police have arrested a fourth man as part of an investigation into allegations of spying during a fiercely contested bid process to select who will move into London's Olympic... [more]

Khan drops IBF appeal
Amir Khan has dropped his appeal with the International Boxing Federation as the Briton seeks an immediate rematch to avenge his controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson in Washington last month. [more]

Gavin Henson recalled by Wales
Centre Gavin Henson has been recalled by Wales in a provisional 45-man squad named for the Six Nations rugby tournament starting next month. The 29-year-old missed last year's World Cup,... [more]

Manchester City three points clear at top of premier league
Edin Dzeko's first-half header lifted Manchester City three points clear at the top of the Premier League football table with a gritty 1-0 victory at bottom club Wigan Athletic. After... [more]

Chiefs will have co-captains for Super 15 campaign
The Chiefs rugby side will be led by two captains in the upcoming super 15 season. Chiefs veteran Liam Messam and Taranaki skipper Craig Clarke have been named as co-captains. [more]

Richard Ussher to seek fifth Coast to Coast title
Defending men's champion Richard Ussher will seek a fifth title when the 30th edition of the coast to coast multi sport endurance race is held next month. Last year Ussher... [more]

Five changes to New Zealand sevens trial squad
New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens has made five changes to his 30-strong trial squad that has gathered in Mt Maunganui. Manawatu's Rob Thompson, Waikato's Steve Ketu, Tasman's Shane Christie,... [more]

Canterbury Wizards to take bragging rights into Twenty20 final
The Canterbury Wizards have won the precursor to Sunday's HRV Cup Twenty20 cricket final beating the Auckland Aces by seven wickets in Auckland on Tuesday. Batting first Auckland made 202... [more]

Serena Williams posts scratchy first up win at Australian Open
The five-time champion American tennis player Serena Williams has started her Australian Open campaign with a scratchy 6-3 6-2 win over Austria's Tamira Paszek in Melbourne. Williams entered Rod Laver... [more]

Big guns advance at the national surf champs at Piha
New Zealand's top three interionally ranked surfers have all progressed after their heats on day three of the national surfing championships at Piha. Gisborne's Richard Christie, ranked 43 in the... [more]

Big innings boost for rest of season
The Central Stags opener Jamie How says the reward of his record-setting achievement is gaining confidence for the next stage of the domestic cricket season. The Stags completed their muted... [more]

Lydia Ko looks to seal start at Australian Amateur Championships
World number one New Zealand's Lydia Ko is tied in sixth place heading into the second round of qualifying for the Australian Amateur golf championships in Melbourne. Ko shot a... [more]

QPR secure fourth round FA Cup tie against Chelsea
The struggling English Premier League football side Queens Park Rangers has won its third round FA Cup tie replay against MK Dons 1-0. QPR advance to a fourth round meeting... [more]

Thorpe and Burrows retire from Black Sticks
Black Sticks Anna Thorpe and Jan Burrows have announced their retirement from the New Zealand women's hockey team, with both saying it is one of the most difficult decisions they've... [more]

French Open champ finds form in Melbourne
China's Li Na has reached the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-2 win over Olivia Rogowska, the 29-year-old's best run at a major since her breakthrough... [more]

Federer gets walkover into third round
Four-times champion Roger Federer has advanced to the Australian Open third round without hitting a tennis ball after his scheduled second-round opponent forfeited. Germany's world No.93 Andreas Beck withdrew from... [more]

Erakovic makes her exit from Australian Open
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has made her exit from the Australian Open, after a three-set second round loss to American number two Christina McHale Erakovic in... [more]

Bruno Senna not pressured by famous name
Bruno Senna says his famous last name isn't a burden - instead he relishes the powerful meories it evokes. Senna willl race for Williams this season, the team who his... [more]

Funeral for Marshalls church leader Samson
Thousands of Marshall Islanders have attended funeral services for The Reverend Jude Samson, who was the longest serving leader of the United Church of Christ in the Marshall Islands. The... [more]

Regenvanu disputes Vanuatu PM's accusations of disloyalty
A dismissed Vanuatu cabinet minister Ralph Regenvanu says he has stuck by the government of Sato Kilman because he has not wanted to contribute to political instability in the country. [more]

Air Pacific's new HK-Nadi service recognises China commitment
Air Pacific is boosting capacity on its Fiji to Hong Kong service. Fiji's international airline is replacing its three times a week Boeing 767 service on the Nadi-Hong Kong route... [more]

Giraffe calf born at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo has welcomed a new baby giraffe - the 30th to be born there. [more]

Strike at Auckland port called off
The Maritime Union has called off a strike planned for the end of this month. [more]

Two die in Fiji lightning strike
Reports from Fiji say two people died in a lightning strike. The Fiji Sun reports it hit eight women on a fishing trip at Waiqanake, outside Suva. One of the... [more]

Fiji interim government urges citizens to use anti-terrorism hotline
People in Fiji are being encouraged to use a new government hotline to report suspected terrorism, sabotage and threats against critical infrastructure. The Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration... [more]

Cooks parliament expected to meet next month
The Cook Islands parliament is expected to sit for the first time this year in mid February, although its clerk Nga Valoa says that has not yet been confirmed. In... [more]

Taranaki methanol plant deal brings job boost
Methanex New Zealand says its moves to reopen another manufacturing plant in Taranaki have already benefited the local economy. [more]

O'Neill government announces free medical care in PNG
The Papua New Guinea government of Peter O'Neill says medical treatment and services will be free for all patients in government hospitals with immediate effect. The Post Courier newspaper reports... [more]

Third person charged over unsuccessful Crafar bid
A third person associated with an earlier unsuccessful attempt to purchase the Crafar family farms has been charged in Hong Kong. [more]

Buskers festival in Christchurch bigger than ever
The 19th annual buskers festival officially opens in Christchurch on Thursday evening despite a lack of central city streets and venues due to earthquake damage. [more]

Man seriously injured at sawmill
The Department of Labour is investigating after a man was caught in a wood stacker at a sawmill near Rotorua. [more]

Warning in Solomons about fake malaria drugs
There is a warning that fake antimalarial drugs could potentially endanger the lives of Solomon Islanders. The Solomon Times says according to a new report published in the Malaria Journal,... [more]

Warning signs vandalised at pond where woman died
Canterbury's Selwyn District Council says signs warning against swimming in a storage pond where a young woman drowned would not have been visible. [more]

New Zealand and ADB to assist Vanuatu shipping
The New Zealand government and the Asian Development Bank have agreed to help Vanuatu upgrade its ports and improve interisland shipping services. The ADB says the project will provide subsidies... [more]

Glider crash victim an experienced pilot, say police
A glider pilot who crashed and died in Otago was experienced and competent and had recently returned from flying in the United States, police say. [more]

Tonga speaker arrested for breaching bail terms twice
The Speaker of Tonga's Legislative Assembly, Lord Lasike, has been arrested at Fua'amotu Airport for breaking bail conditions twice. He had been accused of illegally possessing ammunition but left Tonga... [more]

More containers removed from Rena bow section
Maritime New Zealand says two containers from the bow section of the wrecked Rena have been pushed into the water to be picked up by another crane barge. [more]

No further action taken over badly bitten boy
Police say no further action will be taken against the owner of a dog that seriously injured a boy in Ashburton. [more]

Newcrest says Fiji government manages compensation payments
Newcrest, one of the foreign companies involved in the proposed copper mine near Suva in Fiji, says it is not aware of any complaints about compensation not being paid to... [more]

Major League poaching shouldn't hurt softball - Baseball NZ boss
Baseball New Zealand is keen to play down any rivalry with softball, following the former Black Sox player Pita Rona signing a seven-year deal with Major League side the Baltimore... [more]

Crusaders vs Chiefs at Napier
Napier will host the first Crusaders 'home' Super Rugby game of the season against the Chiefs on March the 9th. After losing 700-thousand dollars in last year's earthquake-affected season, when... [more]

Poor second half hurts Black Sticks women
The New Zealand women's hockey team has lost their opening Test of the Four Nations to hosts Argentina at Cordoba. The Black Sticks were level at 2-all at half-time but... [more]

Dismissed cabinet minister to take Vanuatu government to task on misusing public money
A dismissed Vanuatu cabinet minister Ralph Regenvanu says misuse of public funds is the most serious problem facing Vanuatu. The Prime Minister Sato Kilman sacked Mr Regenvanu for disloyalty after... [more]

NZ teen signed to major league baseball franchise
A New Zealand teenager has just signed a seven-year deal with a major league baseball franchise in the United States. [more]

Funeral held for Wellington's 'Blanket Man'
A public funeral for Wellington homeless man Ben Hana, known as Blanket Man, has taken place. [more]

ANZ believes some KiwiSavers missing out
ANZ is calling for a change to KiwiSaver rules to avert what it calls a $72,000 hole in the value of many individual retirement accounts. [more]

Changes to banned plant list proposed
Possible changes to which plants are included on the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's pest plant accord has environmentalists concerned about an increase in noxious weeds. [more]

DoC to reconstruct photo of alleged fishing breach
The Department of Conservation will reconstruct the scene where an environmental activist photographed two men he alleges were illegally fishing. [more]

Somare restates legitimacy, warns of PNG collapse
Papua New Guinea's veteran politician, Sir Michael Somare, has warned that the rival government led by Peter O'Neill is taking the country to the brink of collapse. He says the... [more]

Cocaine found in Tonga police hunt for armed robbers
Tongan police say they found cocaine and methamphetamine when they were searching for the suspects of an armed robbery. Radio Tonga says the discovery was made in the village of... [more]

NZ says Tonga reform aid funds fully accounted
The New Zealand high commission in Nuku'alofa says the 1.36 million New Zealand dollars provided to Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Reform programme has been accounted for. In a statement, it... [more]

NZ says Tonga reform aid funds accounted for
The New Zealand High Commission in Nuku'alofa says the $1.36 million provided to Tonga's constitutional and electoral reform programme has been accounted for. [more]

University still needs help despite rise in applications
Applications from potential students are higher than at the same time last year, but will not be enough to stave off financial problems, Canterbury University says. [more]

Christian festival drops family pass price to $1
Families wanting to attend the Parachute music festival can now do so for as little as just $1. [more]

Teen missing after swimming in West Auckland bay
A teenager is missing after being caught in a rip at a West Auckland beach. [more]

Health boards back Auckland smoking ban idea
Some Auckland health boards are urging the region's council to introduce a city-wide smoking ban in all public outdoor spaces. [more]

Crafar farm bidders set for legal action
A New Zealand group wanting to buy the Crafar family farms is threatening a legal challenge if the farms are sold to a Chinese company. [more]

Jetstar fined over border breach
Immigration New Zealand says the actions of a Jetstar staff member who changed a woman's nationality to allow her to enter New Zealand is a serious breach of the rules. [more]

Annual inflation rate slows
The rate of inflation has slowed to 1.8% for the year to the end of December, following the first quarterly Consumers Price Index drop in two years. [more]