Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 26th January 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Cape Turnagain
David Southwick from Hamilton has chosen 'Cape Turnagain' by the The Warratahs. [more]

Your Place - Bowentown - Pios Beach
It's a fast growing coastal settlement in the Western Bay of Plenty, where the storms of last week washed up yet more debris from the wreck of the Rena, which is 40 kilometres away. [more]

Glenn Shorrock from Little River Band
No other homegrown band from this part of the world had ever before broken majorly into the American market - let alone have 13 US Top 40 hits, and sell 25 million records. [more]

Southern Story for 26 January 2012 - Kimihia Parent College
Sage Forest visits one of the country's 19 Teen Parent Units - Kimihia Learning Centre in Linwood, and speaks to some extraordinary mums. [more]

Our Changing World - Nelson Boulder Bank
Nelson's Boulder Bank is a striking 13 kilometre-long gravel barrier that shelters Nelson Harbour from Tasman Bay. The only one of its kind in the world, it seems no one is quite sure how it actually formed. Most people think the answer is long shore drift, with waves moving material along the coast. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 26 January 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Joanne Black and Josie Pagani (Part 1)
Topics - The Prime Minister, John Key, says whoever has released the so-called teapot-tapes may be in breach of the law. Consumer NZ says a Tow company's charges must reflect the "reasonable costs" of towing your vehicle and you should take incidences of gouging to a disputes tribunal. [more]

The Panel with Joanne Black and Josie Pagani (Part 2)
Topics - "They're shrinking our harbour," - That's the message from the Auckland landlords and retailers lobby group, Heart Of The City. A child exploitation watchdog says an amendment to New Zealand legislation will make it easier for police to lock up online sexual predators. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 26 January 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 26 January 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 26 January 2012
No surprises from the Reserve Bank, the Fed takes steps to boost a sluggish economy and the sharemarket edges down. [more]

Evening Business for 26 January 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 26 January 2012
An economist says the Reserve Bank will be in no hurry to raise interest rates, as global turmoil continues to dominate the economic outlook. [more]

CEISMIC

Engineer denies bar's quake repairs rushed for New Year's Eve
A structural engineer has denied he rushed the inspection of earthquake repairs to a Christchurch bar so it could re-open in time for New Years Eve. [more]

Checkpoint

Teapot tapes leak puts pressure on John Key
The surprise leak today of the so called teapot tapes is putting renewed pressure on the Prime Minister to drop his complaint to the police. [more]

Teapot recording lawyer urges PM to drop complaint
The surprise leak today of the so called teapot tape is putting renewed pressure on the Prime Minister to drop his complaint to the police. [more]

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 26 January 2012
A surprise leak of the teapot tapes puts the prime minister under pressure. The country's books look shakier as the predicted surplus shrinks and the rogue Norwegian adventurer sidesteps a deportation notice. [more]

Analysis from RNZ's Political Editor
Our Political Editor Brent Edwards is with us. [more]

Key says surplus still on track for 2014/15 - but much reduced
The Government's projected return to surplus in two years' time is still in place but John Key has had a massive chunk sliced out of it. [more]

Bill English on the forecast for a reduced surplus
We asked finance minister Bill English about the forecast for a reduced surplus. [more]

Antarctic adventurer served deportation notice
New Zealand officials served a rogue Norwegian adventurer with a deportation notice and warned him not to leave for Antarctica. [more]

PNG military head overthrown
The commander of Papua New Guinea's defence force, Francis Agwi, has been overthrown after rebel soldiers stormed his Port Moresby barracks this morning and placed him under house arrest. [more]

Bail has been granted in Mega Upload case
Two of the men arrested along with Kim Dotcom have been granted bail, despite the United States fighting to keep them behind bars. [more]

Sports News for 26 January 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Occupy protesters head back to Square after arrests
Protesters have returned to Aotea Square in Auckland after police earlier today evicted them, making 20 arrests. [more]

OCR on hold but US Fed statement has more impact on markets
The surging New Zealand dollar has shrugged off mild admonishment from the Reserve Bank and no change to the Official Cash Rate to make further strong gains today. [more]

Coastal cleanup plan launched in Bay of Plenty
A long-term plan to return the Bay of Plenty coast back to pre-Rena days has been unveiled. [more]

Toddler hitches wild ride on grandfather's trailer
A two year boy has escaped unscathed after hitching a ride on his unwitting grandfather's trailer for 20 kilometres. [more]

Latest from the Australian Open
It's semi-final time at the Australian Open in Melbourne and watching the action is our tennis correspondent Dave Luddy. [more]

Labour says surplus forecast cut shows promises are empty
The Prime Minister says there will be a return to surplus in two years' time, but has cut its size to just a third of what it was. [more]

Explorer trying to find out friends' fate - Norwegian press
A Norwegian explorer heading for the Ross Sea has told a newspaper in Norway that he's trying to find out what happened to three of his friends who died on similar expedition last year. [more]

Antarctic watcher caught by surprise
Jon Amtrup is the ocean editor of Explorer Web, a news website for polar expeditions, and who spoke with Mr Andhoey after he returned home from Antarctica last year. [more]

PNG military head overthrown
The commander of Papua New Guinea's defence force, Francis Agwi, has been overthrown after rebel soldiers stormed his Port Moresby barracks this morning and placed him under house arrest. [more]

Sports News for 26 January 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Aid money sent to flood-ravaged Fiji
The Government has given Fiji $350,000 to help aid agencies, as the country recovers from severe flooding. [more]

Bank cuts mortgage levels after cash rate review
ASB has cut some of its mortgage rates after the Reserve Bank's cautious review of the benchmark rate today. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 January 2012
Multiple arrests as police and security guards drag protestors from Aotea Square and Jarle Andhoy's return trip to Antarctica is condemned by Antarctica New Zealand. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 January 2012
The Black Caps batsman are off to flying start in their testmatch against Zimbabwe. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 26 January 2012
PNG mudslide leaves scores buried;Family die in landslide in Fiji;Two Western aid workers rescued from somalia kidnappers;Update on Fiji floods;Hunt continues for fugitive Norwegian adventurer;Victim's twin sister says new expedition is suicide mission;Cyberspace legal expert says Dotcom extradition is complex;Auckland port growth may harm waterfront spruce-up. [more]

Christchurch council to meet minister in bid to resolve rift
The Christchurch city council will meet the local government minister Nick Smith tomorrow in a bid to stop the deeply riven council from falling apart. [more]

One year on from Egypt uprising
It's exactly one year since the Egyptians first came out on to Tahrir Square in Cairo demanding the resignation of their then president, Hosni Mubarak. [more]

Pacific News for 26 January 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Norwegian adventurer has long history of flouting rules
A Norwegian adventurer who is thought to be sailing to Antarctica in the face of official condemnation has a history of thumbing his nose at authority. [more]

PNG mudslide leaves scores buried.
Rescue teams are at the site of a deadly landslide in Papua New Guinea. Tumbi village near Tari in the country's Southern Highlands, is covered in millions of cubic metres of rock and soil. [more]

Family die in landslide in Fiji
In Fiji where the western district of Vitu Levu is continuing to be affected by heavy rain, a family of four including two young children have been killed when their house was buried by a landslide. [more]

Two Western aid workers rescued from somalia kidnappers
US Special forces have rescued two Western aid workers from kidnappers in Somalia. [more]

Update on Fiji Floods
Back now to our story on Fiji, where a family of four including two young children have been killed when their house was buried by a landslide. [more]

Hunt continues for fugitive Norwegian adventurer
A navy inshore patrol vessel will today continue hunting for a Norwegian adventurer who is fleeing New Zealand authorities. [more]

Victim's twin sister says new expedition is suicide mission
Charlene Banks, is the twin sister of Leonard Banks, one of the three men who lost their lives on last year's expedition. [more]

Cyberspace legal expert says Dotcom extradition is complex
The three men who were arrested with the German internet mogul, Kim Dotcom, on charges of internet piracy will find out today if they will be bailed. [more]

Auckland port growth may harm waterfront spruce-up
A group of Aucklanders says the redevelopment of the city's waterfront is threatened by the expansion plans of the council-owned port company. [more]

Second wave of evictions take place at Aotea Square
More evictions have started in Aotea Square. [more]

Sports News for 26 January 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

PM signals getting books back into surplus has got tougher
The Prime Minister has signalled getting the Government's books back into surplus by 2014 - 2015 has got tougher in the wake of more pessimistic forecasts about world economic growth. [more]

Reserve Bank to review cash rate for first time this year
The Reserve Bank governor, Alan Bollard, will review the official cash rate for the first time this year later this morning. He's not expected to move the cash rate from its record low of 2.5 per cent. [more]

Democrats pleased with Barack Obama address
The US President, Barack Obama has attacked income inequality in his third State of the Union speech. [more]

Antarctic ice 'worst in 40 years' for would-be adventurer
As the navy search continues for a notorious Norwegian adventurer, his unsanctioned expedition to the Antarctic is being described as extremely reckless. [more]

Norway says New Zealand must find rogue adventurer
From Norway, the authorities say until Mr Andhoy enters Antarctic waters, effectively breaking their national law, the onus is on New Zealand to locate him. [more]

Family of four feared dead in Fiji
In the flood ravaged Western district of Fiji a family of four has died, following a landslide at a village in the Ba district. [more]

Christchurch council meet minister in bid to stop infighting
Christchurch's city councillors are to hold a behind-closed-doors meeting with the local government minister tomorrow in a bid to avoid the council imploding. [more]

Anderton says Christchurch council has long been a failure
Jim Anderton was a Christchurch MP for 27 years until the last election, and unsuccessfully challenged Bob Parker for the Christchurch mayoralty in the 2010 local body elections. [more]

Federer faces off against Nadal in clash of tennis titans
Roger Federer faces off against his greatest foe Rafael Nadal today in the first of the mens' semi-finals at the Australian Open. [more]

Sports News for 26 January 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour plans for year ahead under Shearer
The Labour Party caucus has begun its post-election review as it comes to terms with a new leader, and another term in Opposition. [more]

Bennett says mandatory abuse reporting finding favour
The Social Development Minister, Paula Bennett, says people are warming to the idea of mandatory reporting of child abuse. [more]

East Coast oil drillers upbeat about quest for oil
East Coast oil drillers have given an upbeat account of their quest for oil at a meeting called by Hawkes Bay Regional Council. [more]

Elderly conservationist charged with assaulting kiteboarder
An elderly conservationist has been charged with assault - after an encounter with a kiteboarder on a Northland beach. [more]

Citizen Kane to be shown at Hearst castle for the first time
The Oscar award-winning film, Citizen Kane, caused a big stir in 1941 when it was released. The newspaper baron, William Randolph Hearst, believed that the film's main character, Charles Foster Kane, was modelled on himself, and he did all he could to prevent the film's promotion. [more]

Peters says PM should call time on teapot tape secrecy
The Prime Minister, John Key, is refusing to give authorisation for Radio New Zealand to broadcast the infamous teapot tape, despite it being available to a worldwide audience on the internet. [more]

Lawyer so confident tape not illegal he's posted link
A Wellington barrister who specialises in media law is so confident that publishing the so-called teapot tape is not illegal that he has posted a link to the conversation between John Key and John Banks on his blog site. [more]

Nights

Carribean Extinction Myth
Lecturer Tony Castanha puts paid to the myth that the Jibaro, or Boricua people were not wiped out by colonisation. [more]

Science - Astronomy
Alan Gilmore talks about Comet Lovejoy and explains, in detail, the electrical and magnetic processes behind an Aurora. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Ports of Auckland expansion issues
The council-owned Ports of Auckland has a long-established plan to significantly enlarge its container terminal, reaching 250-metres further into the Auckland's harbour. Now the downtown promotion agency, Heart of the City, as well as boaties and architects have banded together to oppose the expansion, saying it will block views and be a blot on the waterfront. [more]

Dealing with gangs of children
Kathryn Ryan speaks to Garry Thomas, Chair of the Featherston Community Council; and Mark Henaghan, Dean and Professor of Law at Otago University, about the difficulties of dealing with gangs of children who cause havoc in communities but are too young to face charges. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
UK correspondent Kate Adie discusses current news issues in Britain. [more]

Feature Guest - Gary Evans
Medicinal chemist and McDiarmid medal winner, Gary Evans, on the massive task of bringing new cancer drugs to market. [more]

Best Books of 2011 Review - Ralph McAllister
Ralph McAllister chooses 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' by Edmund de Waal, 'Gifted' by Patrick Evans, and 'Feast Day of Fools' by James Lee Burke. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
Megaupload and the consequences for cloud computing plus 3 ways to position New Zealand as a Hi Tech nation in 2012. [more]

Parenting - Tahlia Mandie
Australian family counsellor discusses issues around children going back to school and starting school for the first time. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
The NZ Herald editorial on the demise of Stratos; Rotorua's stand-back-and-watch-an-assault; and NZ on Air and the meaning of 'political'. [more]

Our Changing World

Nelson's Boulder Bank
Geologists explore the origins of Nelson's iconic boulder bank [more]

West Coast Little Blues
On the West Coast, people and their cars are a bigger threat than predators to little blue penguins [more]

New Residents on Matiu-Somes Island
A new population of fluttering shearwater chicks is settling into their new home in the middle of Wellington Harbour [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 January 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 January 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 26 January 2012
Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty want a royal commission of inquiry into the Rena disaster; a north Taranaki hapu is meeting with the New Plymouth Council and the Historic Places Trust tomorrow after Maori artefacts were found close to an urupa or burial site in Waitara; a powhiri will be held at Te Papa museum in Wellington today, to mark the return to New Zealand of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads from France; preparations are almost complete at the settlement of Te Kao in the Far North, for a three day festival and celebration of Aupouritanga. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 26 January 2012
Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty want a royal commission of inquiry into the Rena disaster; A north Taranaki hapu meets with the New Plymouth Council, and the Historic Places Trust tomorrow after Maori artefacts were found close to an urupa or burial site in Waitara; A powhiri will be held at Te Papa museum in Wellington today, to mark the return to New Zealand of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads from France; Te Aupouri iwi in the Far North has almost finished preparations for three days of festivities and celebrations at Te Kao. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 26 January 2012
A powhiri which was due to start at Te Papa museum at four o'clock this afternoon, to mark the return to New Zealand of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads from France has been delayed; The Customs Service in Christchurch today returned one-hundred-and-75 kilograms of pounamu to Ngai Tahu iwi at a ceremony on Rehua marae in the suburb of St Albans; Ngai Tahu's Deputy Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, says the seizure by Customs of such a large quantity of pounamu, is a timely reminder that there are strict exporting rules for the taonga resource; Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty who've been affected by the grounding of the container ship Rena, plan to table their demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the ship's grounding, at the national iwi leaders forum in Waitangi; Te Aupouri iwi in the Far North hopes a Treaty settlement package with the Crown, will set the course for economic recovery and greater opportunities for its people. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 26 January 2012
A powhiri due to take place this afternoon at the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, to mark the return from France of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads, has been delayed until tomorrow; The Customs Service in Christchurch today returned one hundred and 75 kilograms of pounamu to Ngai Tahu iwi, at a ceremony on the Rehua marae in the suburb of St Albans; Ngai Tahu's Deputy Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, says the iwi is thrilled with the return of the pounamu, and the process the Customs Service has in place to protect the greenstone resource; Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty affected by the Rena disaster, plan to table their demand for a royal commission of inquiry into the ship's grounding, at the national iwi leaders forum in Waitangi; Te Aupouri iwi in the Far North says hopes a Treaty settlement package with the crown, will set the course for economic recovery and greater opportunities for its people. [more]

Upbeat

Klaus Heymann
Founder and CEO of Naxos music lable celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. [more]

Douglas Beilman
Violinist from the New Zealand String Quartet who are holding workshops and master classes at next week's Adam Summer School in Nelson. [more]

News stories:

Norwegian may be heading for South Pole again
A search is underway for a Norwegian adventurer thought to be heading for the Antarctic by yacht to make an unauthorised second attempt to reach the South Pole. [more]

Late February date set for IAG / AMI report
The Commerce Commission will issue its final decision on IAG's proposed $380 million purchase of AMI by the end of February. [more]

Auckland CBD gas leak fixed
Police say the gas leak that closed part of downtown Auckland has now been fixed. [more]

Manufacturing activity bounces back in December
Manufacturing activity bounced back sharply in December. [more]

Locals in disbelief at size of fatal PNG lanslide
Disaster officials are slowly converging on the area in remote Southern Highlands where a massive landslide on Tuesday morning is feared to have killed dozens of people. Local media has... [more]

Authorities to discuss Fiji state of emergency
Authorities in Fiji will meet this morning to decide whether to declare a state of natural disaster following heavy flooding. The main island, Viti Levu, has been hit by torrential... [more]

Toi moko repatriation ceremony at Te Papa
A powhiri will be held at Te Papa museum in Wellington on Thursday to mark the return to New Zealand of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads from France. [more]

Taranaki hapu to meet with Historic Places Trust over artefacts
A north Taranaki hapu meets with the New Plymouth District Council, and the Historic Places Trust on Friday after Maori artefacts were found close to an urupa or burial site in Waitara. [more]

Iwi want Royal Commission into Rena disaster
Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty want a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Rena disaster. [more]

Malaysia beef trade starts to recover
The beef trade to one of New Zealand's important Muslim markets, Malaysia, is starting to recover after being largely blocked for six years. [more]

Far North iwi prepares for festivities and deed settlement
Te Aupouri iwi in the Far North has been preparing for three days of festivities and celebrations at Te Kao. [more]

Hawke's Bay scheme first to benefit from irrigation fund
A water storage project in Central Hawke's Bay will get the first boost from a new government irrigation fund. [more]

French Polynesia court adjourns Flosse case
The criminal court in Papeete has again deferred a corruption case brought against French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse. The case was originally to be heard last September but has... [more]

Sanford embarks on multi-million dollar projects
Listed fishing company Sanford is embarking on two multi-million dollar projects with the Government and other fishing firms as part of a major drive to lift profits. [more]

Many want mandatory child abuse reporting - minister
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says she is getting a sense that people want to see mandatory reporting of child abuse introduced. [more]

Crews fight blaze at Napier warehouse
An empty warehouse in Napier has been destroyed by a fire. [more]

Man City accept Balotelli ban
English Premier League football leaders Manchester City have accepted Mario Balotelli's four-match ban for violent conduct in Monday's win over Tottenham. The Football Association confirmed that City informed them they... [more]

Novak not worried about fitness despite tough quarter-final
The Australian Tennis Open has a dream men's semi-final line-up, but reigning champion Novak Djokovic will carry some physical queries into the tournament's final stages. The world number one's 6-4... [more]

Murray says he must play better to have any chance in semi-final
The British fourth seed Andy Murray remains on track to claim his maiden grand slam title after a straight sets quarter-final victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open,... [more]

Lancaster throws name in England rugby coaching hat
Caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster says he wants to take over the England job on a long-term basis after confirming he will apply for the position advertised by the Rugby Football... [more]

Chelsea and QPR ask fans to keep cool
London rivals Queen's Park Rangers and Chelsea have warned fans to behave at this weekend's FA Cup tie when England captain John Terry will come face to face with Anton... [more]

England bowlers save blushes on day one of second test
England's pace-cum-spin attack delivered the goods to restrict Pakistan to 256 for 7 on the opening day of the second Test at Abu Dhabi Stadium. Paceman Stuart Broad took 3-47... [more]

Crocs rise to fourth straight ANBL win
The Townsville Crocs registered their fourth straight Australian National Basketball League win by defeating the Adelaide 36ers 79-69 in a dour affair at The Swamp. The Crocs did only what... [more]

Duminy recalled for NZ tour
The South African cricket selectors have recalled batsman JP Duminy and dropped Ashwell Prince for their tour here next month. Duminy played the last of his 12 tests against India... [more]

Big four men are last four in Melbourne
The defending champion Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have reached the semi-finals at the Australian Tennis Open so the big four of the mens game are the last four in... [more]

Camper locked in tense battle in Volvo Ocean Race
The Team New Zealand boat Camper is locked in a fascinating tactical contest with Puma at the front of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they close on the north... [more]

Samoa to counter problems triggering petitions
A Commission of Inquiry into Samoa's Electoral Act is hopeful it will be able to make recommendations to make future general elections smoother and fairer. Cabinet has asked the nine-member... [more]

Authorities in Fiji evaluating damage
The authorities in Fiji are evaluating the damage in the flood-ravaged Western district of Viti Levu. A landslide at a village has claimed the lives of a family of four... [more]

Landslide expected to delay PNG gas project
Damage from a massive landslide in Southern Highlands in Papua New Guinea is expected to delay the multi-billion dollar Liquified Natural Gas project which is centred on the Hides gas... [more]

Family of four dead in Fiji landslide
A family of four has been confirmed dead after a landslide Ba in flood-striken Fiji. FBC news reports Police have confirmed that the 35 year old father, 30 year old... [more]

Family of four dead in Fiji lanslide
A family of four has been confirmed dead after a landslide Ba in flood-striken Fiji. FBC news reports Police have confirmed that the 35 year old father, 30 year old... [more]

American Samoa hospital needs funds to avoid rate increases
The head of the LBJ Hospital in American Samoa says if the hospital doesn't receive tangible assistance from the government in the next ten days, he will recommend that the... [more]

CNMI hospital to charge private doctors
Suitable fees are being worked out for private doctors choosing to utilise public hospital facilities in the Northern Maraianas. The main hospital's CEO Juan Babauta said the practice of private... [more]

Firms taking longer to pay their bills
New Zealand companies are taking longer to pay their bills according to a credit reporting agency. The average time in 2011 was 45.2 days. [more]

Eurozone crisis offers opportunities - Tower
One of the country's biggest fund managers is making the most of the eurozone crisis, saying it offers big money making opportunities. [more]

Credit card billings rise in December
Credit card billings rose in December, as shoppers put Christmas presents on the plastic. [more]

Labour not rushing policy review
The Labour Party has begun its post election review but will not rush to judge the policies it took into last year's campaign. [more]

Dozens of Nelson homes still off-limits
Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio says 56 homes in the city are still off limits to residents following December's damaging floods in the Nelson and Tasman regions. [more]

Mayor calls meeting to try to top infighting
Christchurch mayor Bob Parker has called an informal meeting of all councillors and the Local Government Minister in order to attempt to heal the rifts that have developed within the city council. [more]

Tendency to underestimate Zimbabwe says Black Caps skipper
The NZ cricket captain Ross Taylor says Zimbabwe's return to test cricket in August last year after six years in exile has tended to make opposition teams underestimate them. The... [more]

Tiger Woods fit, happy and raring to go
Golf's world number three Rory McIlroy says Tiger Woods is fighting fit and more than happy with his game going into this week's Abu Dhabi Championship. The US Open champion... [more]

Clarke says team comes ahead of individual heroics in Adelaide
The Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke failed to muster even the vaguest slither of a smile after scoring a double century and joining a very select club on day two... [more]

Young Queensland star in hot water after no-show
The Queensland Rugby League will give young Parramatta centre Esi Tonga an opportunity to explain why he should not be banned from playing Origin football for two years after his... [more]

Sharapova dismisses grunting criticism
The former Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova says she has no intention of changing her on court ways despite being criticised for her incessant shrieking. Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska says Sharapova's... [more]

Jets and Adelaide play out draw in Bathurst
Two teams desperate for a win in the end had to share the spoils as Adelaide drew 1-1 with Newcastle in an action-packed A-League football clash. Striker Sergio van Dijk... [more]

Meyer to be offered South Africa coaching job
The Blue Bulls executive in charge of rugby Heyneke Meyer is set to be offered Springboks coaching job. The Bulls however, say they're not happy to release Meyer from his... [more]

Sport: SRU says surplus world cup funds will help pay for 2012
The Samoa Rugby Union says surplus funds from last years World Cup fundraising drive will be go towards helping pay for upcoming international tournaments in 2012. Last week the SRU... [more]

Four new caps in New Zealand Sevens squad
The New Zealand Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens has named four new caps in the 2012 national squad of 15 who are preparing for next weekend's Wellington leg of the IRB... [more]

State of natural disaster declared in parts of Fiji
A state of natural disaster has been declared in flood-ravaged parts of Fiji, as disaster officials use a break in the weather to try to assess the extent of the... [more]

Sport: PNG hope to announce new cricket coach by Tuesday
Cricket PNG hopes to appoint a new national coach by Tuesday following Brad Hogg's shock recall to the Australian Twenty20 team. The 40 year old, who last played for his... [more]

Port expansion 'threat to waterfront development'
Auckland Council is being urged to act quickly to halt plans by its port company to begin extending its container terminal further into the harbour. [more]

Stranded whales put down
Thirty-three whales stranded on Farewell Spit were beyond help and had to be put down, the Department of Conservation says. [more]

Deal reached on Crafar farm sale information
An agreement has been reached between lawyers acting for a Chinese conglomerate seeking to buy the Crafar farms and those acting for a rival bid headed by Sir Michael Fay which will prevent any settlement of the sale taking place before 3 February. [more]

US interest rates on hold until 2014
The US Federal Reserve says it will not raise interest rates until at least late 2014, in an effort to support a sluggish economic recovery. [more]

Mutiny at PNG military headquarters
A group of men has seized and replaced the head of the Papua New Guinea defence force in what is believed to be linked to the power struggle between two... [more]

Vodafone Fiji tops up phones in flood areas
Vodafone Fiji has topped up its prepaid customers' mobile numbers with $5 dollars of talk time in those areas most affected by the floods. The manager of Corporate Affairs, Shailendra... [more]

Longer jail term for former finance company director
A former director of National Finance has been sentenced to a further nine months in jail for for misleading investors and making false financial statements. [more]

Officials say Fiji flood clean-up could take weeks
Disaster relief teams heading to flood-affected areas of Fiji to assess the damage expect the clean-up will take several weeks. Six people died as a result of heavy flooding in... [more]

Exporter seeks new markets as Indonesia cuts beef imports
Beef exporters are looking to send their meat elsewhere as Indonesia slashes its imports by two thirds, pushing on with plans to be self-sufficient in beef production. [more]

Liverpool advance to League Cup final
Craig Bellamy scored the decisive goal against his former club as Liverpool reached the League Cup final by beating Premier League football rivals Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate. A thrilling... [more]

Job losses feared over New Caledonia drugs price cut
There are fears of lay-offs in New Caledonia as a result of the government's decision to lower the price of drugs by at least nine percent. Noumea's daily newspaper says... [more]

Financial aid expected after PNG landslide
Papua New Guinea's national executive council will meet this afternoon when it is expected an announcement will be made into financial assistance after Tuesday's landslide disaster. The Prime Minister travelled... [more]

Solomons opposition accuses government of beefing up budget figures for 2012
The Solomon Islands opposition leader has accused the government of exaggerating the 300,000 US dollar surplus figure forecast for 2012. Derek Sikua responded to last week's finance Minister's budget announcements,... [more]

Woman doubted stability of building
A woman whose brother died when the bar they both worked in collapsed in the February earthquake says she was worried about the safety of the building from the day she started working there. [more]

Raw milk proposals 'bad for new companies'
Fonterra's biggest domestic competitor says proposed changes to raw milk regulations would make it nearly impossible for new dairy companies to join the industry. [more]

More customers for Contact Energy in December
Contact Energy's customer numbers rose slightly in December. [more]

Farmer confidence down in latest survey
Farmer optimism has fallen in Federated Farmers' latest confidence survey. [more]

Teenager charged with rape after Auckland attack
A teenager has been arrested in relation to a daylight attack on a woman in the grounds of an Auckland school. [more]

Council chief executive 'may change mind' on pay rise
The chief executive of the Christchurch City Council says he is considering refusing his $68,000 pay rise. [more]

Conservationist charged with assault
An elderly conservationist has been charged with assaulting a kiteboarder on a Northland beach. [more]

Australian opposition queries Nauru detention costings
The Australian opposition has dismissed the government estimate of the cost of restarting asylum-seeker processing on Nauru. Its leader, Tony Abbott, has described the figure of two billion US dollars... [more]

Auckland taxi driver stable after stabbing
An Auckland taxi driver is in a stable condition in hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed in the chest. [more]

Speed, alcohol probable cause of fatal crash - police
Police are blaming speed, and possibly alcohol, for a crash that killed four men and left two others seriously injured south of Wairoa on Wednesday night. [more]

Mt Smart to host All Whites international
Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium will host next month's All Whites football international against Jamaica. The match will be held on Wednesday, February 29th and is likely to be the side's... [more]

Fiji Red Cross concerned about spread of disease
The Red Cross in Fiji is concerned about the spread of disease and damage to crops that the flooding could have caused in Western parts of the country. Six people... [more]

Watling confirmed as Black Caps keeper for Zimbabwe test
The New Zealand captain Ross Taylor's confirmed BJ Watling will keep for the side in the first cricket test against Zimbabwe in Napier. Watling replaces Reece Young who's been dropped... [more]

Fien called into NRL All Stars squad
The St George Illawarra and Kiwis utility Nathan Fien has been called into the National Rugby League All Stars squad as a replacement for Dragons team-mate Ben Hornby. Hornby, who... [more]

Sasa denies PNG mutiny, claims to restore constitution
The man claiming to be the new commander of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force denies that he has conducted a mutiny this morning. Brigadier Yaura Sasa and a group of... [more]

Georgia critical of Russia's Pacific moves over Abkhazia
The Georgian foreign minister, Grigol Vashadze, says Russia's lobbying in the Pacific for international recognition of the break-away regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is costing Russian taxpayers a lot... [more]

Voters consider constitutional change in American Samoa
Voters in American Samoa will consider a proposed constitutional change when they head to the polls this November. The change which was approved by the Fono last year removes the... [more]

Political situation in French Polynesia drives people to NZ
A New Zealand company supporting overseas investors into the country says the unstable political situation in French Polynesia is prompting people to move to New Zealand. The company Domaines, which... [more]

Sasa leads mutiny to enforce PNG Supreme Court ruling
The man claiming to be the new commander of Papua New Guinea's defence Force says it's his aim to ensure last month's Supreme Court ruling on the legitimacy of the... [more]

Air Niugini suspends flights, citing security concerns
Air Niugini has indefinitely suspended all its flights to Wewak in East Sepik Province. In a statement, the airline says the move is due to the current security uncertainties and... [more]

Scrub fires in South Island
The Fire Service has been battling four scrub fires in the South Island, with warm norwesterly winds fanning flames. [more]

Plan aims to turn coast back to pre-Rena days
A long-term plan to return the Bay of Plenty coast back to what it was before the container ship Rena ran aground is expected to cost up to $3 million, and take at least 12 months. [more]

Victim's father disappointed no admission of mistakes
The father of a man killed trying to escape a collapsing building during the February earthquake in Christchurch says he is disappointed none of those responsible for checking the building have admitted they may have made mistakes. [more]

OCR outlook prompts ASB to cut mortgage rates
The ASB bank has cut a range of fixed mortgage rates by between a tenth and a fifth of a percentage point. [more]

NZ market relatively flat on Thursday
The New Zealand sharemarket has closed relatively flat on Thursday, up just 1.5 points at 3281. [more]

Taylor century guides Black Caps on opening day of Zimbabwe test
The New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor has led from the front bringing up his sixth test century to guide the Black Caps to 331 for five at stumps, after... [more]

Azarenka through to first Grand Slam final
The third Belarusian third seed Victoria Azarenka is through to her first grand slam tennis final after beating defending champion Kim Clijsters in the semi finals of the Australian Open... [more]

McCaw says his foot injury is progressing well
The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says he's recovering well from surgery on his injured foot but still won't put on a date on his likely return to the field. [more]

High winds delay plane carrying toi moko to Te Papa
A powhiri which was due to start at Te Papa museum at 4pm on Thursday afternoon, to mark the return to New Zealand of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads from France, has been delayed. [more]

Iwi tables demand for Royal Commission into Rena
Coastal iwi in Bay of Plenty affected by the Rena disaster, plan to table their demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the ship's grounding, at the national iwi leaders forum in Waitangi. [more]

Iwi hopes settlement will set course for economic recovery
Te Aupouri iwi in the Far North hopes a Treaty settlement package with the Crown, will set the course for economic recovery and greater opportunities for its people. [more]

Customs intercepted pounamu returned to Ngai Tahu
The Customs Service in Christchurch on Thursday returned 175 kilograms of pounamu to Ngai Tahu iwi, at a ceremony on the Rehua marae in the suburb of St Albans. [more]

PM signals smaller surplus in 2014-15
The Prime Minister says the Government is still on track to deliver a surplus in two years' time, though it will be smaller than the pre-election prediction. [more]

Two Megaupload accused bailed
Two of the men charged alongside the German mogul at the centre of one of the world's biggest internet piracy prosecutions have been granted bail in Auckland. [more]

Concern over involvement of military in PNG's political standoff
A former commander of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force, Jerry Singirok, says he's deeply concerned about where the involvement of the military in the political standoff could lead to. About... [more]

Murupara launches restorative justice programme
A programme aimed at deterring young Maori from re-offending was launched in the Bay of Plenty town of Murupara on Monday. [more]

Failed finance company directors face 92 charges
The Serious Fraud Office has laid 92 criminal charges against the directors of the failed Gisborne-based company Rockforte Finance. [more]

No new leads in hitchhiker cold case
A new investigation in the cold case murder of an 18-year-old hitchhiker thought to have been murdered in the North Island 37 years ago has failed to turn up any new evidence. [more]

Winds in Wellington delay welcome home for toi moko
High winds in Wellington have forced a plane carrying 20 toi moko, or Maori ancestral heads, to turn back to Auckland. [more]

Council to end free removal of liquefaction silt
Christchurch residents with silt on their property caused by liquefaction have until 31 January to have it removed from their area by the city council. [more]

Italian officials seek advice after Rena disaster
Environment Minister Nick Smith says agencies in Italy working on the Costa Concordia disaster have been in contact for advice following this country's experience with the Rena grounding. [more]

Occupy protesters storm tent site
Yelling and vandalism has erupted at Auckland's Aotea Square, following the eviction earlier of Occupy protesters occupying the central city space. [more]

Norwegian's South Pole trip would be 'crazy'
The sister of a crew member who died during a Norwegian man's unauthorised expedition to the South Pole last year says it's "absolutely diabolical" the adventurer may be attempting another illegal trip. [more]

Norwegian explorer warned off second Antartic trip
A Norwegian explorer heading for the Ross Sea has told a newspaper in Norway he is trying to find out what happened to three of his friends who died on a similar expedition last year. [more]

Christchurch council seeks moratorium on fracking
Christchurch City Council has written to the Government asking for a moratorium on the controversial mining process of hydraulic fracturing in the region. [more]

1080 drop in Waipoua blitzes rats, boost birds
Department of Conservation rangers say it has been a brilliant breeding season for the birds in Waipoua Kauri Forest after an aerial 1080 drop. [more]

Nelson man charged with multiple sex offences
A Nelson man has been denied name suppression after appearing in court charged with multiple sex offences. [more]

Customs returns seized pounamu to iwi
A ceremony to hand back 175 kilograms of contraband pounamu to Ngai Tahu was held in Christchurch, marking International Customs Day on Thursday. [more]

Companies encouraged by initial oil tests
The companies hoping to drill for oil and gas in central Hawke's Bay say the initial testing has been encouraging. [more]