Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Alleluia
Poet and broadcaster Gary McCormick chooses 'Alleluia' by Gin Wigmore. [more]

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

Virtual World with Hamish MacEwan
What companies are finding out about you and a look at how hidden untraceable searches are. [more]

Auckland Story for 22 February 2012 - The Dolphin Theatre
In a time when people are spoilt for entertainment choice, theatres are having to fight harder to attract audiences through their doors. However, one community theatre in Auckland has proven it can last the distance. The Dolphin Theatre in Onehunga celebrates it's 50th birthday this year, as well as putting on it's 250th play. Lisa Thompson has been along to meet those 'lighting the lights' for the theatre's milestone. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 22 February 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Linda Clark and Gary Moore (Part 2)
DB Breweries has refused to drop a Tui beer television advertisement despite pressure from a feminist group; and an animal rights group is calling on Hamilton City Council to ban rodeos from its events centres. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 22 February 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 22 February 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 February 2012
Fletcher Building shares slump again, as its profits fall 13%. [more]

Evening Business for 22 February 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 22 February 2012
Fletcher Building's shares fell 2%, after it posted a 13% fall in half year profit and cut its full-year forecast due to weak building activity. The country's largest listed company, made $144 million in the six months to December, compared with $166 million in the same period the previous year. Its chief executive, Jonathan Ling, says the company has been hurt by weak construction activity in New Zealand. [more]

CEISMIC

Nation marks one year since quake struck Christchurch
Today, the nation marks a year since the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2012
Efforts are underway to find out how many Maori left Christchurch after the earthquake; The Chairperson of the Maori Midwives Collective Nga Maia, says the earthquake a year ago forced the organisation to start its administrative operations from scratch; Ngai Tahu says its people are turning to the tribe for help with legal and engineering advice about their earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch; The Ngai Tahu hapu, Ngai Tuahuriri in Christchurch, will be welcoming the Governor-General to Rehua Marae this morning to commemorate the anniversary of last year's earthquake. [more]

Cera chief executive reflects on progress a year on
Dealing with the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes is a challenge unlike any New Zealand has faced in its history. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2012
Ngai Tahu says its people are turning to the tribe for help with legal and engineering advice about their earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch; The Chairperson of the Maori Midwives Collective Nga Maia, says the earthquake a year ago forced the organisation to start its administrative operations from scratch; Efforts are underway to find out how many Maori left Christchurch after the earthquake; The Ngai Tahu hapu, Ngai Tuahuriri in Christchurch, will be welcoming the Governor-General to Rehua Marae this morning to commemorate the anniversary of last year's earthquake; Christchurch will hear today whether it'll be hosting the biggest Maori performance event on the calendar - Te Matatini National Festival. [more]

Remembering the 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake
In North Hagley Park thousands of people gather for a Memorial Service in a day of remembrance and to stand united in two minutes of silence. Then Hewitt Humphrey reads the names of those who died in the earthquake . [more]

Trapped
Martin van Beynen is an award-winning journalist with the Christchurch newspaper The Press. His book, 'Trapped: Remarkable Stories of Survival from the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake' documents the experiences of 23 survivors. [more]

CTV survivor talks about the earthquake service
It's been a year since Pip Ranby was rescued from the top floor of the five storey Canterbury Television building. [more]

Carpenter Chris Nutfield recieves bravery award
Christchurch carpenter Chris Nutfield rescued three women from the collapsed PGC building. He's one of the many to receive a bravery and heroism award one year after the February 2011 earthquake. [more]

A San Franciscan view of Christchurch
Spud Hilton knows what it's like to feel the fear of a large scale earthquake. As the Travel Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, he lives in a city on a fault line. Spud Hilton has just published an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about the status of Christchurch as a tourist destination and as a city that must rebuild, rethink and reinvent itself. [more]

Feature Album - Band Together
On October 23, 2010 Christchurch's Hagley Park hosted one of the biggest ever free concerts in New Zealand, following the first big earthquake to shake the city a month earlier. [more]

The Panel with Linda Clark and Gary Moore (Part 1)
Remembering the Christchurch February 2011 earthquake; the Crown is considering an appeal after bail was granted to Kim Dotcom; and Murray McCully's emails appear to demonstrate a desire to resist China's advances in the Pacific. [more]

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 22 February 2012
Thousands gather in Christchurch; CTV survivor talks about the earthquake service; Carpenter Chris Nutfield recieves bravery award; Megaupload founder relieved to go home to his family; Teenagers describe shock of seeing people with guns; and more Christchurch memorial coverage. [more]

Thousands gather in Christchurch
At least 20 thousand people gathered at the public memorial service in Christchurch to remember the earthquake that occured one year earlier. [more]

Story of workers trapped in Forsyth Barr 12 months ago today
In Christchurch, people have been marking one year on from the deadly 6.3 magnitude earthquake. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2012
The country's biggest Maori performance event is coming to Christchurch in 2015; A Burnside woman who's been helping tangata whenua has received a Christchurch Earthquake Award; The Ministry of Education will help fund up to 40 Te Pumaomao nation-building courses this year; and One of New Zealand's most influential Maori academics is one of six recipients of Auckland University's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards. [more]

Silence observed around New Zealand
While thousands gathered in Christchurch, the first anniversary of the earthquake has also been marked by hundreds of people around the rest of the country. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2012
A Burnside woman who's been helping tangata whenua has received a Christchurch Earthquake Award; The country's biggest Maori performance event is coming to Christchurch in 2015; The Ministry of Education will help fund up to 40 Te Pumaomao nation-building courses this year; One of New Zealand's most influential Maori academics is one of six recipients of Auckland University's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards. [more]

Checkpoint

Megaupload founder relieved to go home to his family
A New Zealand based tycoon accused of being the mastermind behind one of the World's biggest piracy cases has finally been released on bail after a judge ruled he no longer poses a serious flight risk. [more]

Teenagers describe shock of seeing people with guns
Two boys who say they were taken into a training camp in Te Urewera National Park have described how they were made to wear blindfolds and forced to the ground by people with guns. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bridgecorp's Rod Petricevic has some regrets
The former boss of the failed finance company Bridgecorp says in hindsight he has some regrets about how he ran the business. [more]

Living in Christchurch's white zone
Merryn Dunmill lives on the Spur in Sumner. Her husband, Brian Reidy helped pull people from the rubble in Cashel Mall on 22 February 2011. [more]

US report on slave labour aboard fishing vessals in NZ waters
The reputation of the fishing industry's almost $180 million worth of exports to the U.S is under scrutiny with more allegations of slave labour conditions aboard Foreign Charter Vessels operating in New Zealand waters. [more]

Cantabrians gather for Latimer Square service
It was a sombre start to the first service in Latimer Square, with the demolished buildings surrounding the park a constant reminder of the disaster a year ago. About 500 people gathered for the event which focused on the families of those who lost loved ones and the emergency services that first responded to the disaster. [more]

Quake victim talks about life after breaking neck
Ken Hird broke his neck during one of the many aftershocks that day and after being rescued by his neighbours spent 12 weeks in the Burwood spinal unit. [more]

Fishing industry exports under scrutiny after abuse allegations
The reputation of the fishing industry's exports to the United States, worth almost $180 million is under scrutiny with new allegations of slave like conditions aboard Foreign Charter Vessels operating in New Zealand waters. [more]

White zone couple say year has been relentless
In Christchurch, people like Merryn Dunmill who lives on the Spur in Sumner have been taking stock one year on from the February quake. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Woman ordered to pay thousands to family of dead cyclict
A motorist who killed a cyclist has been convicted of careless driving causing death and ordered to pay the victim's family more than $37,000. [more]

Thousands gather in Christchurch
Checkpoint looks back on the public memorial service in Christchurch. [more]

Midday Report

Midday Sports News for 22 February 2012
All Blacks on the bench, for Crusaders Super Rugby season opener against The Blues. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 22 February 2012
One year on, New Zealand remembers Christchurch quake; families of quake victims to hold special memorial service; Cera chief executive reflects on progress a year on; police hope to stave-off spike in violence in Christchurch; Christchurch remembered here and around the world; a year of frustration for Christchurch's eastern suburbs; Andhoy deciding whether to winter in Antarctica; Norwegian adventurer knows his gear is back in NZ. [more]

Cross-examination of ex-Bridgecorp head continues today
The former head of the failed finance company Bridgecorp has admitted in court he rejected a warning about missing investor payments because it was written by a junior staff member. [more]

Pacific News for 22 February 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Rescuer remembers trauma of day of Christchurch quake
Tom Brittenden was working in Cashel Mall at the time of the quake. [more]

Families of quake victims to hold special memorial service
At 8am there will a memorial service in Latimer Square for the families of those who died in the quake. [more]

Police hope to stave-off spike in violence in Christchurch
In the first stressful moments after the quake the police were at the centre of the response. [more]

Christchurch remembered here and around the world
As well as Christchurch, commemorative services are being held in other centres in New Zealand and around the world. [more]

A year of frustration for Christchurch's eastern suburbs
For many residents in Bexley, the anniversary marks the beginning of the end. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Andhoy deciding whether to winter in Antarctica
The Norwegian adventurer, Jarle Andhoy, has arrived in McMurdo Sound but says he has found no sign of supply depots left behind during last year's ill-fated voyage by his yacht the Berserk. [more]

Norwegian adventurer knows his gear is back in NZ
Antarctic New Zealand says the supplies left behind by Jarle Andhoy was moved to Christchurch, with his knowledge. [more]

Science, tertiary education, economic development face shake-up
The country's science, tertiary education and economic development agencies face a shake-up as the Government tries to get them working more effectively. [more]

Bailout package means more pain for Greeks
More economic pain is on the way for Greece, with the European Union agreeing to a second bail out of the country in exchange for more cuts to public spending. [more]

Service for families of quake victims gets underway
A memorial service for those who lost family members has begun in Latimer Square. [more]

Earthquake Recovery minister reflects on quake anniversary
The earthquake recovery minister, Gerry Brownlee, is at the service. [more]

Final victims of February earthquake laid to rest
At another ceremony last night the unidentified victims were remembered. [more]

Wainoni Methodist Church upset at being re-zoned red
Many suburbs have suffered significant damage, but for whatever reason have not attracted a great deal of media attention. [more]

Debt-ridden Kaipara considers amalgamation
The government's been called on to step in and dissolve the Kaipara District Council, after details emerged of the council's debt crisis. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Families reflect on loss at memorial service for quake dead
A service is taking place in Latimer Square to mark the anniversary. [more]

Thoughts turn to creating the Christchurch of the future
Thought is now turning to the future of Christchurch. [more]

John Key speaks at service
The Prime Minister delivered a speech at Latimer Square. [more]

Global history against partial asset sales plan
A public forum on partial asset sales has been told the weight of global history is against such sales. [more]

Nights

Dogs make us human
New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Masson on why dogs are not only our best friend but also how they make us better people. [more]

The Arts - Hip Hop
Ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke from the University of Auckland on the musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, and is defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling, and beatboxing... why are they so few female rappers? [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Awareness of rates rebates
Why do so few people, particularly the elderly, realise they are eligible for rates rebates? Kathryn talks to Miles Jackson, spokesman for Grey Power on local body issues, and Local Government principal advisor Michael Reid. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Karen Middleton
Kevin Rudd's ongoing effort to get back to the top. [more]

Feature Guest - Riki Manuel
Christchurch-based artist Riki Manuel is a master carver, moko artist, printmaker and volunteer art teacher. He established the Te toi Mana Maori Art Gallery in 1984 with the help of Chris Doig, the then-director of the Arts Centre. He is now working out of a mobile studio on his property after the Arts Centre was shuttered in the wake of the February quake. [more]

Book Review - The Ruins Of Us
Written by Keija Parssinen, published by Faber. Reviewed by David Hill. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Gretchen Peters is a Nashville-based songwriter who has written country hits for the likes of Patti Loveless, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. Her new album is Hello Cruel World. [more]

Law with Ursula Cheer
Practical, legal and ethical issues surrounding disaster reporting in Christchurch in the last two years. [more]

Arts with Courtenay Johnston
A round-up of new dealer gallery shows, and fear and abstract art. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 February 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 February 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Martin Snell
NZ Bass performing Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with the NZSO, and the NZ Opera premiere of Jenny McLeod's Hohepa - both as part of NZ International Arts Festival. [more]

Alexander Gavrylyuk
Ukrainian pianist performing with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. [more]

News stories:

Dropped Ponting wants another crack at Ashes glory
Despite being axed from Australia's one day cricket side, Ricky Ponting is still chasing Ashes redemption. The 37-year-old was shown the door after his poor showing in the one-day Tri-series,... [more]

Darcy cleared for Olympics bid
The controversial Australian swimmer Nick D'Arcy has been cleared to make a bid for his first Olympic Games. The Australian Olympic Committee has ended long-running speculation over D'Arcy's availability for... [more]

Deans confident Australia will break Bledisloe drought
The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says Australia's decade-long Bledisloe cup rugby drought is a ridiculous statistic and one he wants to change this year. The Wallabies ended a lengthy Tri... [more]

Kiwi hooker cops yet another ban
Fresh from returning after a two-match suspension, Issac Luke will miss South Sydney's NRL season opener after accepting a one-game ban for a contrary conduct charge. The serial-offending New Zealand... [more]

Smith to lead Hurricanes out for season opener
The All Blacks centre Conrad Smith will lead the Hurricanes in their opening Super Rugby clash with the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday morning. The match will be Smith's... [more]

Iwi helps with quake homeowners' legal costs
Ngai Tahu says its people are turning to the tribe for help with legal and engineering advice about their earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch. [more]

Midwives collective settles in new home
The chairperson of Maori Midwives Collective Nga Maia says the earthquake in Christchurch a year ago forced the organisation to start its administrative operations from scratch. [more]

Ethnic advisory board planned after tourist arrest row
The police in Hamilton have announced an ethnic advisory board will be set up to directly advise the area's district commander. [more]

Marsden Point upgrade sparks interest from banks
Refining NZ says banks have already expressed interest in funding the planned $400 million upgrade of its Marsden Point petrol refinery. [more]

Government asset sales plan debated
A public forum on the Government's partial asset sales plan has been told global forces may stop them going ahead. [more]

Inflation expectations fall - survey
Inflation expectations fell in the first quarter while predictions for economic growth remain steady. [more]

Slight lift in economic activity
Economic activity lifted further in the final months of 2011 with the South Island faring better than the North. [more]

Canterbury farmers dreading predicted rain
Canterbury's arable farmers are dreading further rain which is forecast for later this week as it could make or break the harvest for some crops. [more]

A2 eyes Asian market
Speciality milk company A2 Corporation hopes to enter the Asian market by launching a new infant milk formula. [more]

Beef and lamb consortium passes first funding hurdle
The Ministry of Agriculture says a new application for Government funding to boost productivity in the red meat sector would not conflict with or duplicate a project that is already receiving support. [more]

Five communities now have high-speed internet
Five rural communities now have high-speed internet which could rival that of urban areas. [more]

Pacific Island health worker honoured for post quake service
A health worker with Christchurch's Pacific Island community is being honoured today for her role after last February's devastating earthquake. The Christchurch City Council is presenting Genevieve Togiaso with one... [more]

Cook Islands education officials ponder how to lift student performance on Mangaia
The Secretary of Education in the Cook Islands, Sharon Paio, says efforts are being made to lift the island of Mangaia's performance in terms of literacy and numeracy. This was... [more]

Change possible in Steven Joyce's three portfolios
The country's science, tertiary education and economic development agencies could be in for some changes, as the Government tries to get them working more effectively. [more]

Christchurch moving forward, says CERA boss
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton says he's happy with the progress made in getting Christchurch back on its feet. [more]

Hurricanes captain to face old foe in new position
The Hurricanes midfielder Conrad Smith will face on old foe in an unfamiliar position this weekend with Springbok winger Bryan Habana to play at centre for the Stormers in their... [more]

New generation of first fives out to prove their worth
The future of New Zealand first fives could well be on display when the Crusaders take on the Blues in the Super Rugby opener at Eden Park on Friday night. [more]

John Terry faces knee surgery
The Chelsea and former England football captain John Terry is facing knee surgery and could be out of action until April. Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy earlier... [more]

Smith banking on fitness in Hurricanes season opener
The Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith will thrust himself in the deep end in Cape Town this weekend for the Canes' Super Rugby season opener against the Stormers. The All Black... [more]

Date set for Bin Hammam appeal
The former Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam will have his appeal against his life ban from the sport heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the third... [more]

Heavy rain warning for much of South Island
A heavy rain warning has been issued for much of the South Island, including Nelson. [more]

New Caledonia is set for a nickel boom this year
A government analyst in New Caledonia says it is set for a nickel boom this year. According to the AFP news agency the French Pacific territory is eyeing a significant... [more]

Taxes for American Samoa's LBJ hospital "last resort"
An American Samoa senator says bringing in more taxes to provide long term funding for the LBJ hospital will be an absolute last resort. A series of bills submitted by... [more]

Hydraulic issues said to have caused CNMI emergency landing
The U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon fighter that made an emergency landing on the Saipan international Airport yesterday morning reportedly had hydraulic issues. Two flights were also cancelled yesterday following... [more]

Sport: Manu Samoa skipper ready for Chiefs challenge
Manu Samoa captain Mo Schwalger has declared himself well-rested and ready for the Chiefs' opening Super Rugby clash against the Highanders in Hamilton. The 33 year old is at his... [more]

Sport: Samoa Athletics Association could lose Oceania and IAAF membership
The Samoa Athletics Association faces being stripped off its membership of the Oceania Athletics Association and the International Athletics Association Federation amidst allegations of poor performance and non compliance issues. [more]

McCully denies reneging on Cooks pension portability pledge
New Zealand's foreign minister says the government has not reneged on a promise to look at pension portability to the Cook Islands. The superannuitants' lobby group has been fighting for... [more]

Cause of unexplained Tonga dog deaths identified
A team from the South Pacific Animal Welfare group SPAW has established that contaminated chicken led to nearly 30 dogs dying in Tonga. Recently a number of cats and dogs... [more]

Case against Fiji trade union leader adjourned again
The Fiji interim government's case against the Fiji trade union leader Daniel Urai has been adjourned again. The President of the Fiji Trades Union Congress has pleaded not guilty to... [more]

Guam Governor signs off on new 'united voice' for territory
Guam's Governor Eddie Calvo has set up a new group aimed at presenting a united voice to Washington on federal issues, including the military buildup. The 22-member Guam First Commission... [more]

Coin issued to raise funds for rare fairy tern
A limited edition $5 coin has been released to raise money for efforts to save the fairy tern. Only 43 of the birds are in existence. [more]

Australian seasonal labour agency cleared in Vanuatu worker dispute
An Australian employment agency says it has been cleared by Fair Work Australia in a dispute involving a group of Vanuatu workers on the Pacific Seasonal Worker Employment Scheme. The... [more]

Call for SPC to listen to Pacific communities over seabed mining
The Pacific's technical advisory body, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, is being urged to listen to the views of the region's communities on seabed mining. The SPC has drafted... [more]

PGG Wrightson books return to black
The country's biggest rural services operator, PGG Wrightson, has reported a big turnaround in its half-year result. [more]

Broadband opens door to new on-farm techology
A raft of new technologies which could make farming safer and more efficient are being rolled out alongside the government's rural broadband initiative. [more]

Deep sea minerals' increasing importance to Pacific: SPC
The head of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community says deep sea minerals will become an increasingly important commodity to a region beset by challenges. The SPC has drafted a... [more]

Maori Party formally urges Treaty role in asset plan
The Maori Party has formally urged the Government to retain Treaty of Waitangi provisions in any new law that paves the way for partial asset sales. [more]

Health manager fears worst to come for Pacific community in Christchurch
A manager with the main health service provider for Pacific Island people in Christchurch fears there are worse problems to come for the community a year after the earthquake. Genevieve... [more]

French defence ministry loses appeal in nuke test disclosure case
France's highest court has dismissed an appeal by the defence ministry which had queried the authority of the administrative court in Paris. The case relates to a request by the... [more]

No immediate plans to declare public health emergency in Fiji
The Ministry of Health in Fiji says there are no immediate plans to declare a Public Health Emergency following last month's severe flooding but says it's continually monitoring the situation. [more]

IMF urges structural reforms in Fiji
The International Monetary Fund has called for the military government of Fiji to relax emergency measures in preparation for a promised 2014 election, in a rare IMF foray into domestic... [more]

Kidu joined by Abal on PNG opposition benches
Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Dame Carol Kidu has welcomed Sam Abal to the opposition bench as her deputy leader. Dame Carol has praised Mr Abal for showing humility in... [more]

Pacific Forum labelled a drain on region in leaked NZ government email
A former New Zealand diplomat who is now a government MP has told Foreign Minister Murray McCully he is right to think New Zealand gets precious little for the tens... [more]

Political rivals in Indonesia's Papua to face charges of inciting violence
Two candidates for local political posts in Puncak Papua in Indonesia's Papua region have been named by police as suspects for allegedly inciting a political feud that has killed at... [more]

Samoan survivors say they never lost faith
The three Samoan fishermen who were rescued by the cruise ship Seabourn Odyssey on Sunday say they never lost faith in God that they would one day be reunited with... [more]

High-speed chase in Christchurch
Police in Christchurch have arrested a 23-year-old driver after a high-speed chase through the north-west of the city. [more]

Kaipara council given deadline to solve key problems
A former Kaipara councillor says fellow councillors labelled him a stirrer for challenging the financial practices of the debt-ridden Kaipara District Council. [more]

Witnesses shocked to be confronted by guns
A man who attended a training camp in Te Urewera National Park says he was shocked when he was confronted by people with guns. [more]

Solomon Islands politician awaits sentence after guilty verdict
The Solomon Islands politician Mark Kemakeza is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of using public funds for his own benefit. According to the Solomon Star, the MP was on... [more]

Fiji's interim government gets two additional ministers
Fiji's President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has sworn in two additional interim ministers. Commander Viliame Naupoto, a top official in the Fisheries Ministry, takes over the Youth and Sports portfolio. The... [more]

TI alarmed at SOE suspensions by PNG government
Transparency International Papua New Guinea has expressed alarm at the recent suspensions of the heads of key public organisations. It says the Peter O'Neill government must exercise good governance and... [more]

Legal threats over Cooks Olympic Committee woes
Dissatisfaction with the way the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee, or CISNOC, manages its finances has led to threats of legal action from the tennis and triathlon codes. [more]

Motorist convicted over death of cyclist
The lawyer representing a motorist convicted for killing a cyclist says his client's momentary act of carelessness has had devastating consequences. [more]

Front-line rural people honoured in Christchurch
Rural people who stepped up to the front line to help with the relief effort following the February earthquake will be acknowledged, when the Christchurch Ear thquake Awards are presented at Hagley Park on Wednesday. [more]

Families reflect on loss
Families bereaved in last year's earthquake have attended services in Christchurch to reflect and remember those who lost their lives. [more]

Former Bridgecorp boss has some regrets
The former boss of the failed finance company Bridgecorp says in hindsight he has some regrets about how the company was run. [more]

Dates for Forum summit in Cooks re-set for late August
The Pacific Islands Forum secretariat has announced new dates for this year's summit in the Cook Islands. It says the annual gathering will be held from August the 27th to... [more]

PNG's Oil Search expands drilling
Papua New Guinea's Oil Search Ltd says its drilling activities in the Gulf of Papua have attracted interest from major energy companies that believe it will find large gas reserves. [more]

Firm learns lessons from Vanuatu seasonal worker dispute
An approved employer on Australia's Pacific Seasonal Work Scheme says it has learnt valuable lessons about selecting workers after a recent dispute involving a group from Vanuatu. 32 horticultural workers... [more]

Nukualofa researcher says public should have had access to dumped report
The author of a report on the redevelopment of Tonga's business centre says good governance was flouted when her review was dumped without being made public. Auckland University of Technology... [more]

Trade Me reports $36m profit
Trade Me has lifted its half year profit slightly, and has reached forecasts it issued ahead of its recent stock market flotation. [more]

Faleomavaega raises concern about US citizenship
American Samoa's US Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is opposing moves by the Constitutional Accountability Center that would make the citizenship clause of the US constitution apply to persons born in... [more]

Union brands foreign booking agents parasites
The Maritime Union says overseas booking agents who hire foreign fishing crew to work for New Zealand companies are parasites. [more]

Credit card billings rose in January
Credit card billings rose in January, but the rate of growth slowed. [more]

Former North Harbour player to fill Quade Cooper's boots at Reds
The former North Harbour player Mike Harris will fill Quade Cooper's boots for Queensland in their opening Super Rugby match of the season against New South Wales in Sydney on... [more]

Tevez set to return for Manchester City
The Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez appears set to return from self-imposed exile after apologising to the football club for his recent conduct. Tevez hasn't played for the Premier League... [more]

Deans keen on Reds, Waratahs, Crusaders and Blues
The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says defending Super Rugby champions Queensland will be more dangerous and less predictable without Quade Cooper, who he is tipping to bounce back from a... [more]

Sri Lanka overtake India with Tri-series win in Brisbane
Sri Lanka have beaten India by 51 runs in the latest Tri-series cricket one dayer across the Tasman, and moved into second place on the table behind Australia. Needing 290... [more]

Jets ponder legal action over licence fee
Football Federation Australia may have another battle with an A-League club on its hands after the Newcastle Jets claimed they might have been overcharged to acquire their licence. Hot on... [more]

Owen Franks to sit on bench for Super Rugby opener
The All Blacks tighthead prop Owen Franks will be sitting on the Crusaders bench for the first match of the Super Rugby season against the Blues at Eden Park. Coach... [more]

Madrid draw in Moscow as Chelsea lose
An injury-time goal on debut by Swedish midfielder Pontus Wernbloom grabbed CSKA Moscow a 1-1 home draw with Spanish giants Real Madrid in their Champions League Last 16 first leg... [more]

Bravery recognised at Christchurch remembrance day
Bravery and service to the community during and after the Christchurch earthquake have been honoured at a ceremony in the city Wednesday afternoon. [more]

Award given for supporting Maori after quake
A Burnside woman who's been helping tangata whenua has received a Christchurch Earthquake Award. [more]

Christchurch to host Maori performance event in 2015
The country's biggest Maori performance event is coming to Christchurch in 2015. [more]

Maori academic to receive distinguished alumni award
One of New Zealand's most influential Maori academics is one of six recipients of Auckland University's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards. [more]

Ministry of Education to help fund nation building courses
The Ministry of Education will help fund up to 40 Te Pumaomao nation building courses this year. [more]

Fletcher announces 13% profit fall
Fletcher Building has posted a 13% fall in half-year profits and cut its full-year forecast due to weak building activity in key markets. [more]

Flu-like disease stemming from flooding in Fiji can be deadly
The World Health Organisation's office in Fiji says the majority of deaths suspected to have resulted from flooding in the Western division, are likely to be from leptospirosis. A medical... [more]

Bail variations granted for Fijians accused of urging political violence
Bail variations have been granted today by Fiji's Acting Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili for four people charged with inciting political violence. The four include the former prominent politician and businesswoman,... [more]

Prince of Wales sends message of support
The Governor-General has given Cantabrians a message from the Prince of Wales. [more]

Services nation-wide remember Christchurch
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has presented Christchurch with the Royal Humane Society Gold Medal for its part in coping with the quake. [more]

Rescuer says plans for more high-rises frightening
A mountaineer who helped lower colleagues out of the Forsyth Barr building moments after the deadly earthquake says he won't ever feel safe inside a high-rise building in Christchurch again. [more]

Police urge vigilance after Taupo prison escape
Police in Taupo are urging residents to be vigilant after a prison escape Tuesday. [more]