Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 15th February 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Coastal Weather, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Parliament - Question Time, RNZ Music, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - The Seabird
Emma Richardson from Masterton has chosen 'The Seabird' by Bill Whelan [more]

Link 3
Can you spot the connection in our music quiz? [more]

Missing aircraft remembered
Fifty years ago this week a Dragonfly aircraft took off from Christchurch at 9:52 in the morning on a scenic flight to Milford Sound and was never seen again. Once the plane was reported missing, 17 civilian and 17 military aircraft searched Fiordland for any sign of the ZK-AFB Dragonfly, it remains the largest air search ever conducted in New Zealand history. But nothing has ever been found. [more]

Virtual World with Jules Older
'This is the age of miracles'. [more]

Auckland Story for 15 February 2012 - Earthcombing
First there was beachcombing. Now its "earthcombing"… exploring what's under our very feet. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 15 February 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Sir Bruce Slane (Part 1)
Topics - The Independent Maori Statutory Board says Auckland Council must move quickly to commit more spending to Maori development. The Wellington-based Solicitor-General, David Collins QC, spent over seven-hundred dollars in a day on ministerial BMW limousines to transport him to the "teapot tapes" High Court hearing in Auckland late last year. A young photographer for the Timaru Herald has managed to avoid a black mark on his driving record. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Sir Bruce Slane (Part 2)
Topics - A British Cabinet minister is expected to warn that society is under threat from the rising tide of "militant secularisation" reminiscent of "totalitarian regimes". There's to be an investigation into the way Apple makes its profits. An explosion of international fast-food businesses in some of Auckland's poorer areas has raised concern in at least one community. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 15 February 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 15 February 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 February 2012
Sky City's profit jumps 17 percent, due to strong growth at its Auckland casino. Eurozone finance ministers cancel a cruical meeting amid concerns about Greece's austerity plans and the sharemarket falls. [more]

Evening Business for 15 February 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 15 February 2012
The casino operator, SkyCity Entertainment, says its international business has been boosted by almost 200 percent in the last year - helped largely by wealthy business people from China. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 15 February 2012
The Crafar farm deal's blocked and sent back to the Government. The former boss at Pike River mine is called a "dodgy git" and police tell the Urewera raids trial about hearing shots being fired. [more]

Govt ordered to reconsider Crafar farms deal
The High Court has ordered the Government to reconsider a Chinese conglomerate's bid to buy 16 North Island dairy farms. [more]

Sir Michael Fay group wins Crafar farms court case
The Crafar Farms Purchase Group, led by Sir Michael Fay, took the case to the High Court to try to block the Chinese sale and get its own 171 point 5 million dollar bid for the farms accepted. [more]

Pike CEO described as a dodgy git
The former chief executive of Pike River Coal, Peter Whittall, has today been described as a "dodgy git" by the mine's general manager. [more]

Raids jury hears of shots fired in Te Urewera
A police officer has told the Urewera raids trial he heard shots being fired on a number of occasions. [more]

Ombudsman says her office is near crisis
More than 300 complaints are being held up as office of the Ombudsmen grapples with what it calls a near crisis. [more]

Sports News for 15 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fresh debate erupts over Crafar farm decision
Returning now to our top story, the blocking of a Chinese conglomerate's bid to buy 16 North Island dairy farms. [more]

Shanghai Pengxin on Crafar farms ruling
The Overseas Investment Office has just released a statement saying the court's decision potentially affects only four of the 21 factors it is assessing. [more]

Retailers end 2011 on Rugby World Cup high
Retailers enjoyed a strong finish to last year, boosted by Rugby World Cup sales and strong demand for electronic goods. [more]

Maori Board agrees to more time to resolve funding row
Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board is sticking by its demand for almost 300 million dollars to benefit the city's Maori, following a council meeting today. [more]

40 jobs to go as Exide shuts down Petone plant
40 jobs are to go at a Lower Hutt battery recycling plant that's closing for good after years of contamination fears and shutdowns. [more]

Winston Peters on Crafar farms court case
The Crafar farms sale has been blocked, with the High Court sending a Chinese investor's bid back to the Government despite it saying it had no choice but to approve the bid. [more]

Plane crash victims son wants CAA overhaul
A man whose parents died when a charter plane slammed into a Taupo mountain wants an overhaul of the Civil Aviation Authority. [more]

Mathers criticises lack of support in chamber.
The Green Party's deaf MP, Mojo Mathers, has used her maiden speech to Parliament to criticise the lack of support she gets in the debating chamber. [more]

SFO confirms investigation into Bullion.Buyer.co.nz
The Serious Fraud Office has begun investigating the gold and precious metal trading company Bullion.Buyer.co.nz. [more]

Sports News for 15 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Minister - his staff chose which email accounts were used
The Foreign Affairs Minister, and his Cabinet colleagues, have been told to be more careful with their emails after hackers breached Murray McCully's private Telecom account. [more]

Rest home apologises for treatment of 90-year-old woman
One of Auckland's largest rest homes has apologised for its treatment of a 90-year-old woman who died the day after a two-week stay there. [more]

TPK head speaks about spending on wifes travel
The head of Te Puni Kokiri, Leith Comer, wants the rules changed after being pulled up for spending taxpayers' money on taking his wife to Auckland. [more]

70th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore
War veterans say the emotions are still strong decades on as they remembered today the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. [more]

Coastal Weather

Coastal Weather
Coastal weather report. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 February 2012
Retail sales record their strongest increase this century and Te Puni Kokiri's chief executive explains why he's paid back money spent on his wife's travel. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 February 2012
The New Zealand cricketers got the test they wanted ahead of the series against South Africa, but last night's close win over Zimbabwe may have opened a few cracks in the homesides armoury. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 15 February 2012
Maori board ponders moves over Auckland council budget;Raids accused say they are anti war, and not part of a criminal group;Mojo Mathers speaks out about funding for note takers;Auckland and Wellington among world's most expensive cities;Search resumes for missing yachtie off Mayor Island;Pike River mine head did not know of gas sensor failures;Iranian bomber in Thai bomb blasts. [more]

Kiwirail accused of fudging figures
The Dunedin South MP, Clare Curran, has accused Kiwirail of making up figures to suit itself after an internal document revealed the company estimated it would cost nearly 50 percent more to build rail wagons in New Zealand than in China. [more]

Pacific News for 15 February 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Auckland's Maori board say planned budget insufficient
Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board says the amount of ratepayer funding allocated for Maori in the city is inadequate. [more]

Kiwisaver funds caught in US tax dragnet
The Government is hoping it can head off a potential row with the United States over its plans to extend a crackdown on tax dodgers to New Zealand. [more]

Maori board ponders moves over Auckland council budget
The board representing Maori in Auckland is challenging what is calls inadequate ratepayer funding for Maori. [more]

Raids accused say they are anti war
The four people accused of taking part in military-style camps in Te Urewera National Park say they are activists who are AGAINST war, not for it. [more]

Mojo Mathers speaks out about funding for note takers
An argument has erupted between the Green Party and the Speaker of the House about who should pay for a note-taker for New Zealand's first profoundly deaf MP. [more]

Auckland and Wellington among world's most expensive cities
If you thought living in Auckland was expensive and getting more so - you'd be right. According to a just released international index Auckland is among the world's most expensive cities - ahead of New York and London [more]

Search resumes for missing yachtie off Mayor Island
The Rescue Coordination Centre is continuing to hunt for a yachtsman missing off the Bay of Plenty coast, with current sea conditions reported to be favourable. [more]

Pike River mine head did not know of gas sensor failures
The Pike River royal commission has heard evidence the mine's manager Doug White did not know of serious failures with the gas monitoring system. [more]

Iranian bomber in Thai bomb blasts
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has accused Iran of being behind a series of blasts in Bangkok which struck a day after two bomb attacks targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia. [more]

Sports News for 15 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Opposition accuse PM of exaggerating benefits of asset sales.
Opposition parties have accused the Prime Minister of exaggerating the benefits to State-owned energy companies once they are partially privatised. [more]

Rapist Iraqi refugee fails in parole bid
An Iraqi refugee, in jail for a string of rapes, has had his first parole bid knocked back after failing to prove any significant reduction in his risk. [more]

Bahrain: Protesters mark the first anniversary of uprising
A year after pro-democracy demonstrations in Bahrain, there's renewed violence in the capital Manama. [more]

Square Kilometre Array decision likely in next two months
New Zealand will find out in the next two months whether it will be part of a two-and-a-half billion dollar global astronomy project. [more]

Not enough funding allocated for Auckland Maori, says board
The board representing Maori in Auckland says the city council has budgeted less than a third of the money needed for Maori development. [more]

Government under pressure to get bill passed
As the trial gets under way of four people accused of being involved in military-style camps in Te Urewera National Park, the issue of covert surveillance is about to reignite debate in Parliament. [more]

Rights of deaf MP discussed
The Green Party is rejecting the Parliamentary Speaker's claim that he can't approve funding for a note-taker to support the deaf MP, Mojo Mathers. [more]

Obama welcomes Chinese vice president to White House
It's being billed as a 'getting to know you' visit, as the vice president of China arrives in Washington. [more]

Amanda Knox acquittal challenged
Italian prosecutors have lodged an appeal against the overturning of the murder conviction against American student, Amanda Knox, and her former boyfriend, Rafaele Sollecito. [more]

Sports News for 15 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

January house sales rise 25 percent from year earlier
The number of houses sold in January rose 25 percent compared with the same month last year, while house prices remained steady. [more]

Internet specialists say govt should use them, not foreigners
Internet specialists say a planned Government move towards using more web technology should concentrate on making use of New Zealand service providers. [more]

Northland children, teenagers miss big chunk of school
New figures show serious absenteeism from school has fallen, but children in Northland and senior secondary school students still have the worst attendance. [more]

Unrealistic expectations on living costs unsettle students
The Auckland University Students Association says international students aren't given enough information about the costs of living in New Zealand, leaving some in poverty. [more]

Lilo adventurer to reach Port Waikato today
It's taken him almost two weeks, but Jimi Hunt is finally about to finish his great mission. [more]

Nights

Domestic Dickens
Hilary Macaskill with the interior environments of an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period, as illustrated in her book: Charles Dickens at Home. [more]

Arts: Contemporary Classical
Kate Mead, who plays good cello and hosts Sound Lounge on Radio New Zealand Concert, raises her bow on both contemporary classical music plus recent releases of old masters.Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

The Future of Christchurch Cathedral
The Christchurch Anglican diocese is planning a newspaper announcement on the state of the city's iconic building. The 130 year old cathedral has already been deconsecrated to make the building safe and to retrieve valuable artefacts. [more]

Is youth policy in New Zealand working?
The head of Auckland University's Sociology department has organised the Supporting Positive Youth Transitions to Adulthood at The Fale Pasifika, Wynyard Street, University of Auckland, on Thursday 16 February 9:45am to 4:30pm. The afternoon will involve panel discussions around key themes including youth policy in New Zealand; inequality, and unemployment. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
On job losses and more instability for Julia Gillard. [more]

Feature Guest - Ragnar Axelsson
Ragnar Axelsson is an Icelandic photographer and author of the book 'Last Days of the Arctic'. He has been travelling to Greenland for the past 30 years, documenting the impact of climate change on the remote Inuit communities of the Arctic. [more]

Book Review - Little Shadows
Kate Blackhurst reviews Little Shadows by Marina Endicott, published by Allen Unwin. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Artist of the Week this week is the late Whitney Houston. [more]

Law with John Edwards
Briefings to incoming ministers. [more]

Science with Simon Pollard
Spiders and homeopathy. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 15 February 2012
1. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 2. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Economic Development: What evidence has he seen of businesses having the confidence to invest in large capital projects in New Zealand? 3. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all the answers he gave to Oral Question No 6 yesterday? 4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Social Development: E pehea te Minita e mohio ai kei te piki te ora o nga tamariki i roto i nga ringaringa o Child, Youth and Family? o Translation: How will she ensure that children are not made more vulnerable than when they went into the care of Child, Youth and Family? 5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is Treasury's projection for New Zealand's current account balance for the next four years? 6. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received about early childhood education enrolments in 2011? 7. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Will he give an assurance that New Zealand's armed forces will not be used in any possible military intervention in Syria in violation of the United Nations Charter? 8. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Local Government: What reports, if any, has he received on labour costs in the local government sector as compared to central government and the private sector? 9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Corrections: Does she have confidence in her Chief Executive and his staff? 10. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for Courts: What initiatives are underway to assist court staff to improve the collection of outstanding fines? 11. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: What advice and reports, if any, has he received about the Rt Hon John Key's electorate chair Stephen McElrea's potential conflict of interest in his role as a board member of New Zealand On Air? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What announcements has she made regarding the igovt scheme, and making it easier for people to verify their identities to government agencies? [more]

RNZ Music

The Sisters of Mercy - Andrew Eldrich
The Sisters of Mercy finally arrive to perform in New Zealand for the first time in February 2012. The Sisters and frontman Andrew Eldritch have had some savagings from the notoriously fickle UK music press in the 31 years since they debuted in Leeds and he still flinches at the usual description of them as a goth band. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 February 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 February 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 15 February 2012
A new member of Te Arataura, or the Waikato-Tainui, executive says the iwi and hapu want accountability from the new committee; Taranaki tribes waiting to make their Mount Taranaki claims - will have to be patient until four iwi in the region sign off their Treaty settlements with the Crown; Health officials are turning to men to support wahine going for breast cancer screening; A group of six Maori artists from Hawke's Bay, Poverty Bay and Bay of Plenty are holding an exhibition in Hastings entitled Mahi Tahi, working together. [more]

Manu Korihi for 15 February 2012
Taranaki tribes waiting to make their Mount Taranaki claims - will have to be patient until four iwi in the region sign off their Treaty settlements with the Crown; A new member of Te Arataura or the Waikato-Tainui executive says the iwi and hapu want accountability from the new committee; Health officials are turning to men to support wahine going for breast cancer screening; One of the six Maori artists with work in an exhibition in Hastings entitled Mahi Tahi working together, hopes it's the catalyst for bigger things to come. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 15 February 2012
The Tuhoe Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board says it's looking forward to its people benefiting financially from the partial asset sales of four State Owned Enterprises, including Genesis Energy; The wife of a cultural advisor to the film, Whale Rider, who was also the mother of a Youth Court Judge and the country's head netball coach, has died; A Far North tribe says it's encountering a lot of questions, a discerning audience, and applause - as it continues to hold hui to decide whether to ratify its proposed Treaty settlement; The secretary of the Grey Institute Trust says the returning of land to a New Plymouth hapu gave him the chance to learn more about the history and significance of the Rangiatea Complex. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 15 February 2012
The Tuhoe Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board says it's looking forward to its people benefiting financially from the partial asset sales of four State Owned Enterprises, including Genesis Energy; A Far North tribe says it's encountering a lot of questions, a discerning audience, and applause - as it continues to hold hui to decide whether to ratify its proposed Treaty settlement; The wife of a cultural advisor for the film, Whale Rider, who was also the mother of a Youth Court Judge and the country's head netball coach, has died; The secretary of the Grey Institute Trust says the returning of land to a New Plymouth hapu gave him the chance to learn more about the history and significance of the Rangiatea Complex. [more]

Upbeat

Clare Teale
British jazz singer and BBC2 presenter talks about her work and music. [more]

Xiao Ma
Chinese counter tenor touring NZ on behalf of Victoria University Wellington's Confucius Institute - translated by Dr Luo Hui. [more]

Tao Wells
Wellington based performance artist and director on his latest work 'The Risk of Listening' being presented at Auckland's New Performance Festival. [more]

News stories:

Property values continue rise
QV says nationwide property values climbed 1.1% in the past three months and are now 2.7% higher than at the same time last year. [more]

70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore
A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the National War Memorial in Wellington on Wednesday morning to mark the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to Japanese forces in World War II. [more]

Govt eyeing multi-nationals to take state sector work
The Prime Minister says it is quite possible Google and other multi-national corporations could end up with New Zealand Government contracts to carry out work currently done by the public sector. [more]

No suprises on day one of Rowing Champs
There were no major suprises on the first day of the National Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro with Mahe Drysdale winning his heat of the men's singles sculls and Eric... [more]

Herbert delighted to continue run as All Whites coach
The New Zealand football coach Ricki Herbert says he's honoured and privileged to have been given a contract extension which will keep him in charge of the All Whites until... [more]

Cost of rail wagons estimated at 50% higher in NZ
KiwiRail thought it would cost nearly 50% more to build rail wagons in New Zealand than in China. [more]

Accountability expected of new board says new Te Arataura member
Hemi Rau, new member of Te Arataura (Waikato-Tainui) executive says the iwi and hapu want accountability from the new committee. [more]

PM exaggerating benefits says Labour
The Labour Party has accused the Prime Minister of exaggerating the benefits to state-owned energy companies once they are partially privatised. [more]

Men targeted in breast screening drive
Ministry of Health officials are turning to men to support wahine going for breast cancer screening. [more]

Sth Taranaki iwi keen to progress claims over maunga
Taranaki tribes waiting to make their claims relating to Mt Taranaki will have to wait until four iwi in the region sign their Treaty settlements with the Crown. [more]

Irrigation group says scheme must not disadvantage others
Irrigation New Zealand says a proposal by TrustPower to expand irrigation water supply for the Canterbury Plains must not disadvantage water users further downstream. [more]

Precision agriculture focus of ARF conference
Precision agriculture is becoming more important to cropping farmers as the industry looks to link itself more closely with dairying. [more]

Southern field days attracts record number of exhibitors
The first of the year's regional agricultural field days opens at Waimumu near Gore on Wednesday. This year's event has a record 640 exhibitors. [more]

AMP Capital expects fall in unemploymeny
AMP Capital predicts unemployment in New Zealand to fall to 5% in the next two years. [more]

Ongoing talks for Opus expansion
Opus International is looking to expand its infrastructure consulting business into Asia and the Middle East. [more]

Govt urged to challenge US over tax dodgers
The Government is being urged to challenge the United States over plans to extend a crackdown on American tax dodgers to New Zealand. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: Crown says Urewera camp participants were being taught the art of guerrilla warfare; Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully's email accounts were hacked; $1 million mystery over Carisbrook deal. [more]

DVD rental market facing shake-up
The DVD rental market faces a shake-up this year as competition heats up in the industry. [more]

Pike River to be delisted
Pike River Coal shares will be delisted from the NZX at the close of market on Friday 24 February. [more]

ATM precautions advised
Police in Waikato are urging business owners to take security steps to avoid ATM machines, after two were targeted last week. [more]

Deadline for passage of Search and Surveillance Bill
Justice Minister Judith Collins says she hopes to pass the Search and Surveillance Bill before temporary police surveillance laws expire in mid-April. [more]

Cyclone Jasmine warnings remain in place in Tonga
Gale force wind warnings remain in place for parts of Tonga after cyclone Jasmine caused flooding around the main island of Tongatapu yesterday. The cyclone is moving in a north... [more]

Two Chinese-owned shops in Samoa forced to close
Samoa's Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labor has closed down two businesses owned by Chinese investors after an inquiry found misleading records relating to share holders records, the transfer of... [more]

Argentine striker wants to make peace with boss
The Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has returned from his homeland to Manchester insisting he wants to end his long-running feud with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and play again for... [more]

McCaw back running
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has started running again but doesn't expect to play for the Crusaders until at least round five of this year's Super Rugby competition. McCaw has... [more]

Poor season for manuka honey
Manuka honey is going to be in short supply this year after poor flowering conditions in the main North Island production areas. [more]

PM accused of exaggerating SOE sale benefits
Labour has accused the Prime Minister of exaggerating the benefits to State energy companies once they are partially privatised. [more]

Yachtsman may have fallen overboard
The Rescue Coordination Centre says a man who went missing from his yacht in the Bay of Plenty may have fallen overboard while trying to anchor. [more]

Birds falling from the sky in American Samoa
The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is investigating dead Myna birds found in the village of Nu'uuli. Samoa News reports that Myna birds, an invasive species in... [more]

PNG to ban ships more than five years old in wake of ferry disaster
The Papua New Guinea government will introduce legislation banning the import of ships and motor vehicles more than five years old and impose heavy taxes in an effort to clean... [more]

PNG to ban ships more than 5 years old in wake of ferry disaster
The Papua New Guinea government will introduce legislation banning the import of ships and motor vehicles more than five years old and impose heavy taxes in an effort to clean... [more]

Triple rapist denied parole
An Iraqi refugee sentenced to prison for a series of rapes has had a parole application refused. [more]

Square Km Array decision likely in next two months
A global science body is in the final stages of deciding whether Australia and New Zealand should be awarded a $2.5 billion astronomy project. A decision is expected by early April. [more]

Review of foreign student welfare wanted
The Auckland University Students Association says international students are being given unrealistic information about living costs in New Zealand and a review of their welfare should be held. [more]

Northland pupils missing big chunk of school
Government figures show serious absenteeism from school has dropped in the past two years, but senior secondary students and children in Northland still have the worst attendance. [more]

Govt urged to use NZ internet specialists
Some internet specialists say the work should stay in this country if the Government moves towards using more web technology. [more]

January house sales rise 25%
The number of houses sold in January rose 25% compared with the same month in 2011, while prices were steady. [more]

Offshore markets down
Stocks on Wall Street have fallen after US retail sales data for January was lower than expected. Markets in Europe were down after Moody's cut its ratings on six nations. [more]

Partial strike begins at Auckland port
A partial strike by Maritime Union members at Ports of Auckland began at 7am on Wednesday and will continue for a week. A full strike is scheduled from 24 February. [more]

Woods to play extra tournaments
The American golf star Tiger Woods, who is trying to win his first US PGA title in almost two-and-a-half years, says he'll play the Honda Classic for the first time... [more]

Waugh confused by treatment of Haddin
Former captain Steve Waugh has criticised the Australian cricket selectors for making Ricky Ponting captain for Friday's one-dayer and their handling of Brad Haddin, who returns to Sheffield Shield this... [more]

Olympic champion cyclist to ride in the Manawatu
World and Olympic champion cyclist Kristin Armstrong of the United States has confirmed her entry in next week's New Zealand women's Cycle Tour. Armstrong won the tour in 2008 before... [more]

High ranking Samoa chief found guilty of wilful damage
A high ranking Samoa chief and well known journalist Savea Sano Malifa, has been found guilty of wilful damage, but was discharged without conviction. The charge came from a family... [more]

Costs of flooding in Fiji soar
The Fiji Ministry of Disaster Management's permanent secretary, says flood damage costs to infrastructure now stand at $17.5 million US dollars. According to FBC news a projected figure of $24... [more]

Anger at timeline for leaving red zone
A Christchurch homeowner whose property has just been placed in the red zone is angry he has been given the same deadline for leaving as those whose homes were put in the red zone last year. [more]

Event bids double last year's number
Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development has received double the number of bids it did last year to stage events in the region. [more]

Cathedral damage being reassessed
The Bishop of Christchurch expects to begin looking at engineers' assessments of Christchurch Cathedral next month. [more]

Bullion company being investigated
The Serious Fraud Office is formally investigating a gold and precious metal trading company known as Bullion.Buyer.co.nz. [more]

Rest home ordered to apologise after woman's death
The Health and Disability Commissioner has ordered a rest home in Auckland to apologise to the family of a woman who died after being neglected during two weeks respite care in 2009. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu women pleased with strong buildup to volleyball qualifiers
Vanuatu's Olympic volleyball hopes go on the line on Thursday when the Asian Continental Cup Qualifying tournament begins in New Zealand. The country's top pairing of Miller Elwin and Henriette... [more]

Further cuts for CNMI in Obama's proposed budget
Further cuts are expected in capital improvement project funding for the Northern Marianas in the US President's proposed $3.8-trillion budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Barack Obama's proposed $575 million... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines receives first-ever aviation carbon credits
Hawaiian Airlines has earned the first-ever aviation based carbon credits. The airline has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 22,000 metric tons over the past six years using an... [more]

Paris court to rule on acceptability of New Caledonia jail conditions
The highest court in France is expected to rule today whether six inmates in New Caledonia should be freed because they are in a substandard prison. The six are on... [more]

Greek meeting cancelled
A meeting of European finance ministers, to discuss the financial crisis in Greece, has been cancelled because the necessary assurances about its austerity plan have not yet given. It will be replaced by a conference call. [more]

Commission asked to look again at PM's radio show
Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson is writing to the Electoral Commission asking it to take a fresh look at the Prime Minister's pre-election radio show. [more]

Half year profit down at AMP NZ Office Trust
AMP New Zealand Office Trust's half year profit was down by 28% to $20.4 million, after it sold one of its properties. [more]

Online job vacancies up
Online job vacancies rose in January after a decline at the end of last year. [more]

Aversion training for dogs urged by DoC
The Department of Conservation is appealing to all dog-owners in Northland to put their animals through kiwi aversion training to protect the national bird. Photos have been published on Facebook of 60 kiwi killed around Opua last year. [more]

US retail sales up
Retail sales in the United States picked up last month after a sluggish December, providing a firm foundation for the economy's recovery. [more]

Another 56 Fiji workers sacked over sick leave scam
Fiji's ministry of works has sacked a further 56 employees over a sick leave scam. FBC News reports that the latest batch of termination letters was sent after the ministry... [more]

70 registered for milk in schools programme
Almost 70 schools in Northland have signed so far to take part in Fonterra's milk for schools programme. [more]

Bank of Japan to expand asset purchase programme
The Bank of Japan has made a surprise move to boost growth, as the economy continues to struggle. Its asset purchase programme is to be expanded by 10 trillion yen. [more]

Young find it tough to enter cropping industry
Young people trying to enter the cropping industry are finding it tough going because no direct route into the industry. [more]

Largest haul of smuggled cigarettes seized in CNMI
Customs agents in the Northern Marianas have seized more than 2,000 cartons of smuggled cigarettes, the largest haul of its kind in recent history. The goods discovered yesterday were mostly... [more]

Reports of bribes eight months out from Vanuatu election
Eight months out from the election in Vanuatu, there are reports that some potential candidates are handing out gifts in villages throughout the country. The Acting Principal Electoral Officer Gullain... [more]

Review of school disciplinary decisions urged
The Ombudsman says the Government should consider setting up a body to review the disciplinary action schools take against their pupils. [more]

Man sought after incident with girls
Police are looking for a man who assaulted a teenager at a park in South Auckland. [more]

Solid year foreseen for sheep and beef sector
Beef + Lamb New Zealand says conditions are on track for another solid year for the sheep and beef sector. But mutton supplies will be tight. [more]

Solomons PM says police to be re-armed
The Solomon Islands prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, has announced that the police will be re-armed. Mr Lilo made the announcement at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara. This comes... [more]

No show by Turia at select committee
Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia failed to turn up at a select committee hearing on Wednesday on the financial performance of the programme. [more]

NZ population growth lowest in 11 years
New Zealand's population last year experienced its lowest growth in 11 years. [more]

US national on cocaine charge
A United States national has been charged with importation of a class A controlled drug after almost $1 million worth of cocaine was found suspended in alcohol in his luggage. He will reappear in court on 28 February. [more]

Lab testing for suspected typhoid cases in Fiji
Fiji's Ministry of Health says laboratory tests due back at the end of the week will confirm whether typhoid is present in 51 flood-related, suspected cases. Last month's severe flooding... [more]

Bougainville to get modern ferry after PNG shipping disaster
The autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is in the process of getting a modern inter-island passenger ferry. Two weeks ago, the Rabaul Queen sank off Morobe, with dozens... [more]

Tonga capital suffers flood damage
A resident of Tonga's capital, Nukualofa, says many homes have suffered extensive flooding as a result of Cyclone Jasmine. Publisher Kalafi Moala says it appears inadequate drainage was put in... [more]

Williamson gets Black Caps home
Kane Williamson hit 20 runs off five balls to secure the New Zealand cricketers a five-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second and final Twenty20 international in Hamilton. Facing their... [more]

Sri Lanka and India tie in Tri-series
India's cricket captain MS Dhoni produced another Houdini-like escape to snatch a tie for his side in Tuesday night's Tri-series one day match against Sri Lanka in Adelaide. Two days... [more]

Chabal won't be playing Super Rugby
The French rugby star Sebastien Chabal won't be playing for an Australian Super Rugby team this season - his plan to play in the country will be at a far... [more]

Kiwi centre set for return after nearly a year
The Kiwi league centre Jerome Ropati is set to play his first game in nearly 11 months when the Warriors complete their pre-season program against the Queensland Cup side Sunshine... [more]

Rangers enters administration
Rangers has entered administration - meaning the football club will be docked 10 points, effectively ending its Scottish Premier League challenge. It follows an unsuccessful legal bid by HM Revenue... [more]

Cunning plan by United fan to slow up City
A Manchester United fan has come up with a cunning plan to fight a council order that he sell land to the Premier League title rival football club, Manchester City. [more]

Fifa questions possible name change for Argentina Football League
The Argentina Football Association has been warned by Fifa that plans to rename their domestic league may breach rules on political involvement in football. They plan to rename their top... [more]

Wolves sack their manager
Wolverhampton Wanderers have sacked their manager Mick McCarthy, a day after their 5-1 loss to local rivals West Bromwich Albion which dropped them into the bottom three of the Premier... [more]

Tevez on his way back to Manchester
Carlos Tevez is due back in England and could be playing for Manchester City in the "next two to three weeks" following a thawing in relations between the Argentina striker... [more]

England beat Pakistan in first ODI
Captain Alastair Cook scored a century while Steve Finn took four wickets as the England cricketers scored a 130-run victory over Pakistan in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi. [more]

Time for Proteas to walk the walk says captain
The South African cricket captain AB de Villiers is vowing his side will be on their best behaviour as they prepare for a verbal barrage from the Black Caps in... [more]

Morkel keen to avenge last tour to New Zealand
The South African cricketer Albie Morkel has returned to New Zealand for the first time in nearly a decade and the all-rounder is desperate to erase the memories of his... [more]

Herbert extends reign as All Whites coach
Ricki Herbert is set to become the All Whites' longest serving coach after signing a contract extension through to the end of New Zealand's 2014 football World Cup campaign. It... [more]

Clijsters pulls out of Indian Wells
The Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters has pulled out of next month's Indian Wells WTA tournament in California because of an injured ankle. The former world number one says she's... [more]

Gatland set to coach Lions
The New Zealander Warren Gatland is in pole position to coach the British and Irish Lions on the 2013 tour to Australia after the Welsh Rugby Union gave its approval. [more]

Kirwan to coach Barbarians
The All Black legend John Kirwan has been appointed coach of a star-studded Barbarians rugby team to play England, Ireland and Wales in May and June. Kirwan, who has coached... [more]

Fiji police rule out foul play in military barracks death
An investigation into last December's death of a Fiji police officer at military barracks has ruled out any foul play. Constable Vetaia Ratuvono, who was on a training exercise at... [more]

PNG call for information to gauge scale of shipping disaster
Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea are calling on relatives of those who may be missing in the Rabaul Queen sinking to come forward to help ascertain the exact number... [more]

Whittall was dodgy git and liar, inquiry told
The Pike River Royal Commission has heard the company's chief executive Peter Whittall was described by a mine manager as dodgy and a liar. [more]

Police officer heard shots at Te Urewera
A police officer giving evidence at the trial of four people charged over para-military camps at Te Urewera National Park has described hearing shots. [more]

Huis on SOEs valuable - English
Finance Minister Bill English says the series of consultation hui with Maori on the partial sale of four state-owned companies has been a very valuable exercise. [more]

Cyclone damage prompts Vanuatu school fee exemption call
Parents on Aneityum island in southern Vanuatu have asked the government to exempt them from paying school fees for the first semester of this year. One parent, Alan Tom, says... [more]

Cyclone Jasmine causes flooding on Tonga's main island
Cyclone Jasmine, which is now to the west of Tonga, has caused extensive flooding on the main island of Tongatapu. Many houses have been flooded with the police and military... [more]

Council head asks patience of Fiji's flood-hit Ba residents
The acting chief executive of the town council of Ba is asking residents without services to be patient, following last month's severe flooding in Fiji's Western Division. Farms in Ba... [more]

State Services Minister says rules clear
The State Services Minister says Government department chief executives are expected to apply some judgement when it comes to using taxpayer-funded expenses. [more]

Lower Hutt battery recycler company to close
Battery recycling firm Exide will close its plant in Petone, Lower Hutt next March with the loss of up to 40 jobs. [more]

Test veterans unhappy with French nuclear compo changes
The Moruroa e tatou veterans group in French Polynesia is dismissive of a French decree loosening the compensation criteria for victims of the nuclear weapons tests. The release of the... [more]

French prosecutor in Tahiti fined for defaming two Corsicans
The public prosecutor in French Polynesia, Jose Thorel, has been fined more than 5,000 US dollars for defaming two Corsican men by liking them to mafia members. Thorel, who worked... [more]

Promise of dredging for Fiji's flood-hit Ba
The acting chief executive of the council of flood-hit Ba, Arun Prasad, says Fiji's interim prime minister has promised dredging of the river and drains will start this year. Ba... [more]

'Testing the waters' in post-PER Fiji
News editors in Fiji say the regime's lifting last month of emergency law has brought its own set of challenges, as many of their reporters have never worked in a... [more]

Fiji Times editor says self-censorship remains biggest danger for Fiji media
The Editor in Chief of the Fiji Times, Fred Wesley, says self-censorship remains the biggest danger for Fiji's media. He says his paper has remained vigilant about this before and... [more]

McCaw back running but unlikely to play until end of March
The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has started running again but doesn't expect to play for the Crusaders until at least round five of this year's Super Rugby competition. McCaw... [more]

Six Nations France-Ireland match rescheduled
The postponed Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland will now be played on March 5th. The game was supposed to have been played on Sunday but English referee... [more]

Rested or Dropped? Haddin's omission a puzzle
Allrounder Shane Watson has weighed into the debate surround the ommission of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin from Australia's one day cricket side. Watson says the selectors need to clarify whether Haddin's... [more]

Rome pull out of 2020 Olympic bid
There are now five cities still in contention to host the 2020 Olympic Games after Rome's withdrawal. Just a day before the deadline for submitting host city bids to the... [more]

Retail sales end year stronger, but some may struggle
The Retailers Association says the sector as a whole looks like it turned a corner at the end of last year, but warns some could still feel the pinch in 2012. [more]

Record half year profit for casino
SkyCity Entertainment has posted a record half year profit of $78.8 million and says a strong start to the year has put it on track to beat full year profit expectations. [more]

Cavalier share price slumps after profit warning
Shares in Cavalier Corporation slumped by 40 cents to $1.90 on Wednesday after the carpet maker more than halved its six month profit and warned its full year profit would fall short of forecasts. [more]

Fiji constitution consultation to start this month
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says consultation on a new constitution will start within two weeks. Commodore Bainimarama made the announcement in an address to Fiji diplomats. He... [more]

Continued tension over American Samoa hospital woes
Staff and patients are waiting to see if the American Samoa Governor will use his executive powers to sack the board of the LBJ hospital which is in a financial... [more]

Problems with navigational aids at airport, inquest told
The lawyer for the family of a pilot who crashed, killing himself and two passengers near Taupo, says there had been previous problems with navigational beacons on the approaches to the town's airport. [more]

Brownlee urged to lower Kapiti road deaths
Kapiti Emergency Medical Service head Chris Lane says the Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has to take responsibility for reducing the number of road deaths north of Wellington. [more]

Maori Trust Board looks forward to asset sales benefits
The Tuhoe Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board says it's looking forward to its people benefiting financially from the partial asset sales of four State Owned Enterprises, including Genesis Energy. [more]

Iwi on the road to ratify settlement package
A Far North tribe says it's encountering a lot of questions, a discerning audience, and applause - as it continues to hold hui to decide whether to ratify its proposed Treaty settlement. [more]

Maire Joyce Taumaunu has died
The wife of a cultural advisor for the film, Whale Rider, who was also the mother of a Youth Court Judge and the country's head netball coach, has died. [more]

Methodist church trust gifts land back to New Plymouth hapu
The secretary of the Grey Institute Trust says the returning of land to a New Plymouth hapu gave him the chance to learn more about the history and significance of the Rangiatea Complex. [more]

Man accused of RNZ murder remains in custody
The older of two men accused of murdering a Radio New Zealand journalist has been further remanded in custody until March. [more]

Up to staff where emails sent - minister
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says it was up to his staff which email accounts they used to send him official correspondence. [more]

Inaugural council bonds issue by agency
A new bond bank for councils hopes to raise $300 million when it issues its inaugural bonds on Wednesday. The Local Government Funding Agency is offering two bonds at 6% interest. [more]

Only trained officers to use arms, says Solomons police chief
The Solomon Islands Acting Police Commissioner, Walter Kola, says only officers trained in the use of newly-approved weapons will be re-armed. His comment comes after Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo... [more]

Cyclone sinks vessels off Tonga
A South Korean fishing boat, which is the object of a pending marine inquiry, sank on Tuesday night when Tropical Cyclone Jasmine hit Tonga's main island, Tongatapu. The Shun King... [more]

Boatie search suspended overnight
The search for a missing boatie in Bay of Plenty has been suspended for the night. [more]

Megaupload accused insists company acted legally
One of the men charged in connection with the world's largest internet piracy case maintains his company has acted legally. [more]

Woman charged with Gisborne murder
A Gisborne woman, 30, has been charged with murder following the death of a man in the city Tuesday night. [more]