Radio New Zealand - Friday, 2nd March 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Country Life, Extra Time, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Strawberry Fields
Peter from Auckland nominates 'Strawberry Fields' by The Beatles. [more]

Actress Stefania Owen
Stefania Owen is a 14-year-old actress who lives between New Zealand and the United States. She has just landed the role of Carrie Bradshaw's younger sister in 'The Carrie Diaries', a prequel to the TV series 'Sex in the City'. [more]

Metservice meteorologist, Dan Corbett
The Metservice has issued a severe weather warning for many parts of the North Island and the top of the South Island. [more]

Festival Review for 2 March 2012
Festival Review discusses the play 'The Winter's Tale', The Sixteen and the New Zealand band An Emerald City. [more]

Feature Album - Skying
'Skying' is The Horrors' latest album and recently won the Best Album Award at the NME music awards. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Allyson Gofton
Allyson Gofton discusses preserving and has a recipe for Red Pepper Marmalade. [more]

Wine with Belinda Jackson
Belinda recommends Auka Malbec, Framingham Classic Riesling and De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat. [more]

Film Review with Sarah McMullan
'We need to talk about Kevin' - based on the novel by Lionel Shriver, and the Oscar-nominated, 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'. [more]

The New Zealand antique and classic boat show
Battered dinghies and boating legends return to Lake Rotoiti in the South Island for the 14th annual competition and show. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 2 March 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Islay McLeod and Richard Langston (Part 1)
The ORFU liquidation; Outrage over a recent an abortion ethics study. [more]

The Panel with Islay McLeod and Richard Langston (Part 2)
Lady Gaga has revealed in a interview that she was bullied at High School; The Anglican bishop of the historic Christchurch Cathedral has announced the 130-year-old building is to be demolished. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 2 March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 March. This week .... allegations of abuse on board foreign-chartered fishing vessels, New Zealand claims the oldest giant penguin fossils, drug addiction and staying sober when you're a Kennedy, Christchurch's Avon River a year on from the quake, we meet the world's only wolf-whistling Kokako, bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu on coming home to perform in Arts festival events, what is the future for news media in Christchurch and a young woman describes being in the CTV building during the 22 February quake. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 2 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 2 March 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 2 March 2012
Airlines warn they can't absorb higher landing fees. [more]

Evening Business for 2 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 2 March 2012
The New Zealand Wine Company's books have slipped further into the red. [more]

CEISMIC

The Week in Review - week ending 2 March 2012
A review of the week's main news: sex offender slips through net to teach in a number of New Zealand schools, government says it's not to blame for spreading industrial unrest, Turangi teen sentenced to 10 years jail for raping five year old, Rena captain and navigational officer plead guilty to altering ship's documents, government targets sole parents, unemployed teens, widows and women alone in welfare reforms, Otago Rugby Union fights to stave off liquidation, government promising clampdown on mistreatment and underpayment of foreign crews working on fishing boats chartered to New Zealand companies, structural engineer breaks down at Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission and Bret McKenzie earns an Oscar for a Muppet of a song. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 2 March 2012
Otago rugby union wins a week's reprieve; Christchurch Cathedral is coming down; Prominent Kapiti man and wife found dead; Largest Olympic rowing team announced for London 2012; The price hike in landing fees by Wellington Airport; Rugby Union head on Otago's reprieve. [more]

Otago rugby union wins a week's reprieve
The debt stricken Otago Rugby Union has won a week's reprieve as last ditch talks carry on to save it from liquidation. [more]

Christchurch Cathedral is coming down
After months of speculation, it's been announced that Christchurch Cathedral will be mostly demolished. [more]

Prominent Kapiti man and wife found dead
A prominent Kapiti Coast man and his wife have been found dead in their Paekakariki home. [more]

Largest Olympic rowing team announced for London 2012
This country's largest ever rowing squad has been named to compete at the Olympic Games in just 20 weeks time. [more]

The price hike in landing fees by Wellington Airport
Air New Zealand is angry and its seeking a meeting with the Minister of Commerce to change the law because it says airports are abusing their monopoly. [more]

Sports News for 2 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Rugby Union head on Otago's reprieve
The debt stricken Otago Rugby Union has won a week's reprieve from being liquidated as last ditch talks carry on to try to save it. [more]

Funding for new breast cancer drug disappoints
Pharmac has decided to fund a new treatment for those with aggressive breast cancer, as an alternative to Herceptin. [more]

Latest Trades Academy opens in Nelson
The country's newest Trades Training Academy, aimed at creating careers for students soon to finish school, has opened in Nelson. [more]

Blackcaps' brand corroding after Ryder's latest antics
The Black Caps are being warned that Jesse Ryder's drinking antics are damaging their reputation. [more]

WCC proposes hike in charges for city facilities
A Wellington central city bar owner says the council's proposed hike in the cost of parking is outrageous and could put off customers. [more]

Engineer says Catherdal can be restored
A world leading structural engineer is decrying today's decision to mostly demolish Christchurch cathedral. [more]

Report on foreign fishing boats only a step in right direction
A US journalist whose story about abuse on board foreign-flagged fishing boats was published in the influential Bloomberg Businessweek says new recommendations from a ministerial inquiry are only a step in the right direction. [more]

Fiji's military regime has missed deadline
Fiji's military regime has missed its own deadline to launch the constitutional review process. [more]

Calls for long term plan to stop family violence
Hundreds of social workers have called on the Auckland Council for a long term plan to stop family and sexual violence. [more]

Sports News for 2 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 2 March 2012
The Government's been accused of trying to push people off welfare at a time when there are no jobs. [more]

Country Life

Gidday and Regional Wrap
North Island sheep farmers are focusing on getting condition on ewes in time for tupping. In the South Island forage crops are going in and early variety apples are coming off. [more]

Homebush Station
The Homebush Homestead near Hororata was demolished after the September 2010 earthquake, but the 1872 brick stable on the 1300 acre farm's still standing and is home to a collection of All Black memorabilia dating back to 1902. [more]

Cock and Bull Stories - Tales from Two Kiwi Country Vets
'Punctuality' by Peter Jerram [more]

Kiwifruit Futures
The kiwifruit industry has been in the news a lot because of the vine killing bacteria PSA v. There are some new kiwifruit varieties which growers are now seeing as a bit of saviour. Country Life visits the heart of kiwifruit country, Te Puke, to hear about the impact of the arrival of PSA and what may lie in store. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 2 March 2012
In Extra Time this week the trans-tasman netball season is around the corner and one of the more intriguing aspects of the competition will be whether one of the country's most successful coaches can turn around the fortunes of one of the worst performing teams. We talk to Robyn Broughton about her new challenge at the helm of the Wellington based Pulse. Ironman legend Cameron Brown talks about defending his New Zealand crown. The former All Black Tamiti Ellison discusses his decision to return to New Zealand to play rugby after a two-year stint in Japan. And the Christchurch mountainbiker Anton Cooper talks about his rise to the top. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 March 2012
AFFCO Meatworkers say the company is picking and choosing who it will lock out and the future of Christchurch Cathedral will be determined this afternoon. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 March 2012
New Zealand's Rowing squad for the London Olympics is announced. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 2 March 2012
The Otago Rugby Union's demise; foreign fishing vessel's and crew's employment rights; industrial strife in NZ; wild weather on both sides of the Tasman and; the Search and Surveillance Bill looms nearer. [more]

Maritime Union says it will push to protect foreign crew
The Maritime Union says it's worried the government will never act to extend New Zealand's employment laws to crew of foreign fishing vessels operating in our waters. [more]

Pacific News for 2 March 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Otago Rugby Union, sports stars hope for last minute reprieve
With the clock ticking on the debt-laden Otago rugby union, it's not just rugby fans who are crossing their fingers for a last minute bailout. [more]

More signs of tight DHB finances worry senior doctors
The senior doctors' union says another district health board is in a worsening financial situation and fears there will be more to come. [more]

Hopes fade for Otago Rugby Union
Hopes are fading for a last-minute rescue package for the Otago Rugby Union and it's likely to fold today after a proud 131-year history. Otago reporter, Ian Telfer, has been following developments. [more]

Govt delays action to protect foreign fishing crews
A ministerial inquiry has found repeated instances of foreign crew working on New Zealand chartered fishing boats being mistreated and underpaid. The Slave Free Seas charitable trust's spokesperson, lawyer Craig Tuck, joins the programme. [more]

Month long port strike 'already costing jobs'
The strike on Auckland's waterfront has been extended by another week and impact from the industrial action is being felt in the wider business community. Chief Executive for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce Michael Barnett joins the programme. [more]

Seventeen hundred meat workers strike at Affco plants
Unionised workers at eight Affco meat processing plants have this morning walked off the job in support of 760 colleagues who have been locked-out of work. [more]

Severe flooding causes evacuations in NSW
Three quarters of New South Wales is under threat from massive flooding, with more rain forecast in the next 24 hours. [more]

Severe winds and heavy rain to hit on Saturday
Wild and possibly dangerous weather is expected to hit much of the country tomorrow. [more]

Search and Surveillance Bill moves closer to becoming law
The Government's controversial Search and Surveillance Bill passed its second reading yesterday but only by a wafer-thin majority. [more]

Sports News for 2 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Syrian opposition withdraw from Baba Amr
Syrian rebels have pulled out of the besieged Baba Amr district of Homs after more than three weeks of bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Our correspondent in Lebanon, Mitch Prothero, has been monitoring the latest developments. [more]

Chamber music group debuts at Arts Festival this weekend
Arts reporter Lynn Freeman has been to the I Musici Chamber Ensemble. [more]

Otago rugby on knife-edge ahead of possible liquidation
The 131-year-old union owes 2.35 million dollars - nearly half to BNZ bank and three quarters of a million to trades people. [more]

Ryder's future in New Zealand cricket in doubt
The future of New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder is again under a cloud after another alcohol-related incident. [more]

Small fishing companies threatened by changes to employment law
A fishing industry researcher says some fishing businesses could fold if the Government adopts all the recommendations for overhauling the rules controlling foreign charter vessels. [more]

Fair Go creator on claim show could be compromised
Television New Zealand has denied instructing journalists on its Fair Go consumer affairs programme to go lightly on companies that advertise with the broadcaster. The show's creator and original presenter, Brian Edwards, joins the programme. [more]

Christchurch Cathedral's future to be announced today
The Anglican Church will this afternoon make what it is promising will be an important announcement about the future of the badly quake damaged Christchurch Cathedral. [more]

Polyfest financial future in doubt
Auckland's annual Polyfest is going from strength to strength with a record amount of performers lining up this year to compete, but a major withdrawal of Govt funding and increased competition for council funding is putting its financial future under threat. [more]

Sports News for 2 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Didymo may be able to establish in North Island
The Cawthron Institute has established that, in a labratory environment, the invasive algae that's choking South Island waterways can grow in waters from North Island rivers and may be a bigger threat than previously feared. [more]

Black Cap suspension update
A note of clarification around an earlier story on the suspension of Black Cap team members. [more]

Theatre company in race against time to fund Auckland project
Half of the 41-million dollar project has already been raised but the thespians and their supporters have just three months to find the rest. [more]

Testimony given to US Congress on Costa Concordia accident
Washington Correspondent, Priscilla Huff, says while the cruise liners are Italian, the US has a big interest in their safety. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
The latest news from the Lucky Country with our Canberra correspondent. [more]

Nights

Conundrum answer
The answer to this week's conundrum. [more]

Nine To Noon

Foreign charter vessel crew abuses
Glen Simmonds, a researcher with the New Zealand Asia Institute at Auckland University's school of business co-wrote the report on mistreatment of crew members on South Korean vessels, which sparked the government inquiry. The inquiry is recommending 15 measures to prevent ongoing abuse. [more]

Surveillance in everyday life
Professor David Lyon is the Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre, at Queen's University, Canada where he is also Professor of Sociology and Law. He speaks with Nine to Noon about the increasing incidences of surveillance in our lives and its impact. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Walter Zweifel
News Editor for Radio NZ International, Walter Zweifel talks with Nine to Noon about recent traction gained by the West Papuan independence movement that is looking for recognition in a world that mostly turns a blind eye to Indonesian human rights abuses. Walter also updates us on the Noumea Accord, the roadmap to political self-determination for the native Kanaky people of New Caledonia. [more]

Feature Guest - Superintendent Paula Rose
Superintendent Rose has been the public face of the police's road safety campaign. During her tenure there has been a permanent lower speed tolerance during holiday weekends, a ban on cellphone use while driving and the introduction of zero alcohol allowance for teenage drivers. She was a New Zealander of the Year finalist last year and is retiring from her post as National Manager of Road Policing. [more]

Book Review - The Pleasures of Men
John King reviews The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams. Michael Joseph is the publisher. [more]

Sport with Richard Boock
The financial disaster and demise of Otago rugby; and Jesse Ryder strikes out... again. [more]

Week That Was
An irreverent look at the week just gone with comedians Irene Pink and James Eltiot. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 March 2012
The former head of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission, Shane Jones, says employing Maori in the fishing industry should be a priority; Five Midland District Health Boards will today sign a new document committing to work together towards making the central North Island smokefree; A Senior Law Lecturer at Waikato University's Te Piringia-Faculty of Law, says many of the outcomes from an extensive study of North American Indian economic development, are applicable to Maori; The Auckland hapu, Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, says it's looking for someone with 'pizazz' to become its first Chief Executive, after the sub-tribe settled its Treaty claims; The manager of Omaka marae in Blenheim says a marae DIY project is helping to reconnect descendants with their marae and has generated huge community support beyond the complex. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 March 2012
The former head of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission, Shane Jones, says employing Maori in the fishing industry should be a priority; A Senior Law Lecturer at Waikato University's Te Piringia-Faculty of Law, says many of the outcomes from an extensive study of North American Indian economic development, are applicable to Maori; The manager of Omaka marae in Blenheim says a marae DIY project is helping to reconnect descendants with their marae and has generated huge community support beyond the complex; The Auckland hapu, Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, says it's looking for someone with 'pizazz' to become its first Chief Executive, after the sub-tribe settled its Treaty claims. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 2 March 2012
The Wairoa District Council has been forced to backtrack on a decision not to hold a poll until next year's local government elections, on whether to introduce Maori wards; The head of the Midland Iwi Relationship Board says the creation of Whanau Ora will greatly help the central North Island meet its goal of making the region smokefree by 2025; The body overseeing the fishing quota owned by Maori is poised to advise iwi on the implications of the ministerial inquiry into the use of foreign charter vessels; The winning Maori cultural group at last year's Polyfest will be opening the biggest celebration of Pacific culture in Auckland in a week's time at Western Springs Park. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 2 March 2012
The body overseeing the fishing quota owned by Maori is poised to advise iwi on the implications of the ministerial inquiry into the use of foreign charter vessels; The Wairoa District Council has been forced to backtrack on a decision not to hold a poll until next year's local government elections, on whether to introduce Maori wards; The head of the Midland Iwi Relationship Board says the creation of Whanau Ora will greatly help the region meet its goal of making the region smokefree by 2025. [more]

Upbeat

Johnny Clegg
South African musician, playing the Auckland Town Hall next Wednesday. [more]

Jonathan Hendry
Review of Festival shows 'The Wild Bride', 'Henry V', and 'The Winter's Tale'. [more]

Celeste Oram
Composer who's written music for Auckland's Shakespeare under the Stars performance. [more]

News stories:

AFFCO confident it can continue during strike
AFFCO is confident it can process all beasts during a strike on Friday. [more]

Fonterra move on trading scheme fails to reassure
Fonterra says it will support the option of a farmer-trust custodian for the shareholder fund in its trading among farmers proposal. [more]

New Zealand market up
The NZX 50 rose 8 points to close at 3331 on turnover of $106 million on Thursday. [more]

Eurozone unemployment rate at record high
The unemployment rate in the Eurozone reached a record 10.7% in January. Some 16.9 million people are estimated to be out of work. [more]

Lyttelton Port announces profit rise
Port Lyttelton has lifted its half year profit by 55%, as more containers, cargo and logs passed over its wharves. Revenue rose to $51.8 million. [more]

Ryder breaks team protocols again
Jesse Ryder's future in the New Zealand cricket team is again being tested after another alcohol-related incident. Ryder and pace bowler Doug Bracewell have been reprimanded by Blackcaps team management... [more]

NRL season kicks off with golden point thriller
The new National Rugby League season kicked off last night with a thrilling 15-14 golden point win for St George Illawarra over Newcastle. Jamie Soward's field goal from 25 metres... [more]

Murray, Federer make last four in Dubai
Roger Federer and Andy Murray are through to the semi-finals at the Dubai Tennis Championship. World number three Federer beat the Russian Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets and his semi-final... [more]

Palmer sets up new Football body
The Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has announced he is starting an independent football body called Football Australia, aimed at holding Football Federation Australia accountable for running the game. On Wednesday... [more]

Perth climb to third after win over Adelaide
Perth Glory have replaced the Wellington Phoenix in third place on the A-league football table after a 2-0 away win over Adelaide United. The match was played before Adelaide's smallest... [more]

England win first ODI
The England women's cricketers complete domination of New Zealand has continued after scoring a 5 wicket win in the first one day international in Lincoln. Chasing 234 for victory, England... [more]

MOT makes $180m accounting error
The Ministry of Transport has admitted it made a$182.6 million accounting error in 2010. [more]

Smoking now uncool among teens
A smoking survey of year 10 students has found that smoking is now too uncool for many teens. Cigarettes are also too expensive for them now. [more]

Blenheim marae project helping to reconnect iwi - manager
The manager of Omaka marae in Blenheim says a marae DIY project is helping to reconnect descendants with their marae and has generated huge community support beyond the complex. [more]

DHBs sign document to end smoking
Five Midland district health boards will on Friday sign a new document committing to work together towards making the central North Island smokefree. [more]

AMI sale gets Commission go-ahead
The Commerce Commission has cleared IAG to buy cash-strapped AMI Insurance for $380 million. The Reserve Bank is still reviewing the acquisition. [more]

Fishing jobs for Maori a priority - Jones
Former Waitangi Fisheries Commission head Shane Jones says employing Maori in the fishing industry should be a priority. [more]

Hapu looks for leader with sparkle after Treaty settlement
The Auckland hapu, Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, says it's looking for someone with 'pizazz' to become its first chief executive, after the sub-tribe settled its Treaty claims. [more]

First Nation study applicable to Maori says law lecturer
A senior law lecturer at Waikato University's Te Piringia-Faculty of Law says many of the outcomes from an extensive study of North American Indian economic development, are applicable to Maori. [more]

Farmers wait for resolution in AFFCO industrial action
A farmer representative says the industrial action at AFFCO's meat processing plants is disappointing, and that farmers have no option but to wait patiently for a resolution. [more]

Wool market continues to firm
The wool trade has continued to firm, with signs of demand picking up in some markets. [more]

Reduced TB testing in central North Island
Tuberculosis testing in the central North Island has been relaxed for cattle and deer farmers. [more]

Notorious criminal returned to jail
The Parole Board says a notorious violent criminal is back in prison because he poses an undue risk to the public. [more]

Long haul for port company
Port Lyttelton says it will take five years to return the port to its pre-earthquake condition. [more]

Asian food giants eye up struggling food sector firms
Asian food giants are believed to be eyeing companies in the struggling food sector. [more]

Economist expects terms of trade to fall gradually
Goldman Sachs economist Philip Borkin expects the terms of trade to fall gradually this year, as oil prices remain high, and New Zealand's export prices slip. [more]

Port of Tauranga to purchase seventh ship-to-shore crane
The Port of Tauranga is about to purchase a seventh ship-to-shore gantry crane for its Sulphur Point fleet as container volumes grow. [more]

New property listings expected to meet demand
New property listings are expected improve in the coming months after sluggish performance in recent times. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: lavish lifestyle of Ponzi fraudster; Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell banned for a game after a drinking session in Napier; empty classrooms at seven scholls still under maintenance. [more]

Recommendations seen as not sufficient
A lawyer for crew members aboard some foreign charter fishing vessels says the ministerial inquiry recommendations to the Government do not go far enough to address problems at sea. [more]

DHB funding squeeze predicted
A hospital doctors union predicts increased pressures on district health boards over the next three years. [more]

Communciations audit confirmed
Christchurch City Council has confirmed the terms of reference for an $80,000 audit of its communication practices. [more]

Violence against women and children continues to rise in Tonga
Tonga has recorded an increase in violence against women and children. The government's Women's Division says reported acts of violence against women and children have doubled since 2007. Radio Tonga... [more]

Surveillance bill passes second reading
The Search and Surveillance Bill passed its second reading on Thursday night by 61 votes to 59. [more]

Marshalls senator calls for eliminating non-resident postal votes
A Marshall Islands senator wants to do away with postal voting rights for citizens living in other countries. In the November 2011 election, more than 2,500 Marshallese living outside the... [more]

Football Ferns draw with South Africa
The New Zealand women's football team has drawn nil-all with South Africa in their second match at the Cyprus Cup tournament. South Korea are top of the group after beating... [more]

Semi-finalists found in Dubai
The world men's tennis number one Novak Djokovic beat fellow-Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-1 7-6 in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships to set up a meeting with Andy Murray... [more]

Olympic rowing squad named today
The New Zealand Olympic Rowing squad will be announced later this morning with one of the biggest ever contingents likely to attend the London games. New Zealand has qualified in... [more]

Yankees to trim payroll
Times are tough in New York. The New York Yankees baseball club, the team with one of the highest payrolls in American sport, has decided to trim their outgoings. The... [more]

Weather set to play a part in New Zealand Ironman
The weather is set to have a say in tomorrow's New Zealand Ironman in Taupo with rain and strong winds forecast for the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run. [more]

F1 veteran switches to Indycar
Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in Formula One motor racing history, is starting a new career - as an Indycar driver - at the age of 39. Barrichello, who... [more]

UN asks FIFA to allow women to wear headscarves
The United Nations has asked FIFA to overturn its ban on allowing women footballers to wear a hijab, the Islamic headscarf. Issa Hayatou, the president of the African football confederation,... [more]

American Samoa man charged over police harrassment
The Attorney General's Office in American Samoa has charged a man for allegedly harassing a female police officer. Leopu Alosio appeared in District Court yesterday for the misdemeanor harassment charge,... [more]

Rally on Wall St
Wall Street is enjoying another rally after chain-store sales and labour data boosted optimism. [more]

More funding wanted for waterfront theatre
Auckland Theatre Company is seeking $1 million from the public for a new waterfront venue. [more]

North Island not immune from didymo - research
New research has countered theories that didymo can't grow in North Island rivers. [more]

TVNZ accused of not wanting to upset advertisers
Labour is accusing Television New Zealand of instructing staff on its Fair Go programme to avoid stories that might upset advertisers. [more]

Festival financial future uncertain
Organisers of the Polyfest schools cultural festival in Auckland say its financial future is under threat after a withdrawal of Government funding. [more]

February manufacturing in China up
Manufacturing in China expanded in February, easing concern about an economic slowdown. [more]

US recovery still bumpy - Bernanke
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke says the United States economy is continuing to recover, but that growth is bumpy and modest. [more]

New trade training centre opens
A new trades training academy, aimed at creating careers for students soon to finish school, has opened in Nelson. [more]

BayWa earnings up
German agricultural firm BayWa, which is seeking to acquire a large stake in Turners & Growers, has reported a sharp jump in full year earnings. [more]

Record profits reported by advertising group
The world's largest advertising group has posted record profits. WPP earned $US1.6 billion last year, up 18% on 2010. [more]

CWW bid mulled by Tata
Shares in Cable & Wireless Worldwide jumped 18% on Thursday after Tata of India said it was evaluating whether to make an offer for the company. At current prices, CWW has a market value of £900 million. [more]

Channel Tunnel operator back in profit
The operator of the Channel Tunnel returned to profit in 2011 with a record 19 million passengers. [more]

Sport: Tonga and PNG win opening Olympic qualifiers
Tonga and Papua New Guinea have set up a blockbuster clash at the Oceania Football Women's Olympic Qualifying event after opening day wins. Tonga thrashed Vanuatu 5-2 in the competition... [more]

Pharmac to fund new drug
Pharmac is to fund a new drug for patients with aggressive breast cancer which has spread to other parts of their body. [more]

SH2 closed in Waioeka Gorge
Slips have closed a section of State Highway Two through the Waioeka Gorge in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Rise in council charges proposed
Wellington City Council is proposing to raise user charges for facilities around the capital as it faces rising costs and tries to reduce its expenditures. [more]

Barge back in port
Salvors working on the Rena have brought the Smit Borneo barge, and other support vessels into the port of Tauranga ahead of the storm this weekend, which is expected to cause sea swells of more than five meters. [more]

February cool and cloudy - NIWA
NIWA's climate summary for February shows the month was extremely cloudy and cooler than usual in many places. [more]

Application of UN Arms Trade Treaty to Pacific on Brisbane agenda
There are hopes commitment to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will force Pacific governments to improve surveillance to try to curb the flow of guns across borders. Developing a... [more]

Workplace drug testing up
Drug testing at workplaces almost doubled last year to 52,000 tests. Alcohol tests rose to about 30,000. [more]

Difficult year expected
Rabobank has reported a fall in annual profit of 5% and warned 2012 will be a difficult year. [more]

Bank margins rising again
Bank margins are creeping up again. Figures from the Reserve Bank show their margins rose in December and January. [more]

Samoa women leaders argue for separate roll
A Samoa women leaders group is to make a submission over the government's plans to reserve ten percent of parliamentary seats for women. Our correspondent says the group prefers that... [more]

Largest ever rowing squad named
The largest ever New Zealand rowing squad will contest the London Olympics this year. 39 athletes have been named in the eleven pre-qualified boats, while a men's eight and men's... [more]

Two new caps in New Zealand test squad
Ross Taylor will lead the New Zealand Cricket side in next week's first test against South Africa in Dunedin with 2 possible new caps in the 13-man squad. The squad... [more]

20 NZ athletes competing in Melbourne this weekend
Nick Willis will head a twenty-strong group of New Zealand athletes competing in the first IAAF World Challenge event for 2012, the Melbourne Track Classic this weekend. The prestigious meet... [more]

Slade on the bench for the Highlanders
The second of the injured All Black World Cup first fives returns to action this weekend with Colin Slade named on the bench for the Highlander's Super Rugby match against... [more]

Speeds slow on Volvo Ocean race
The pace has certainly slowed down for the Volvo Ocean race fleet with the French boat Groupama making the most of the recent strong wind conditions on the 4th leg... [more]

Kiribati considers Fiji land purchase for resettlement
The President of Kiribati is considering buying land in Fiji for those forced to move because of sea level rise. A spokesman at Anote Tong's office in Kiribati says the... [more]

Infanticide admitted
A woman in Christchurch has admitted killing her newborn baby and hiding it in a wardrobe, where it was found by her mother 45 days later. [more]

Airlines complaining about airport charges
A group representing 20 airlines says Wellington International Airport Ltd is imposing severe and unilateral rises in the price it charges. [more]

More piggery biogas systems tipped
NIWA expects more piggery owners to invest in a new biogas system which converts effluent to energy over the next few years. [more]

Bigger loss reported by NZWC
Despite a rise in revenue, New Zealand Wine Company went further into the red in the second half of last year. [more]

More students enrol for agriculture-related courses
The healthy state of the agricultural sector has been credited with stimulating a lift in the number of university students enrolling for agriculture-related courses. [more]

Fiji regime misses own deadline on constitutional review process
Fiji's military regime has missed its own deadline to launch the constitutional review process. The interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, was due to announce details of the consultation in... [more]

Warning to shipping by Australian union
The Australian Maritime Union is warning Maersk Shipping and other companies that they risk action if they continue to offload at the Ports of Auckland, during the strikes. [more]

Demolition now begun on most CBD buildings
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says demolition work has now begun on most of the major buildings in central Christchurch that need to come down. [more]

Post-quake growth hailed
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says Canterbury had extraordinary economic growth in the December quarter despite the ongoing aftershocks. [more]

Bad year for Renaissance
Apple re-seller Renaissance Group describes the year to the end of September as a year from hell. [more]

Wider base seen for potential farm buyers
The NZ Real Estate Institute is not expecting two new farm purchase funds to have a large-scale impact in increasing the demand for farms. But they will help to widen the base of potential buyers or investors. [more]

Drowning verdict
A post-mortem has shown a man found dead in a stream in West Auckland drowned. [more]

NZ and Australian markets up
The New Zealand and Australian stock markets were up on Friday. [more]

Tahiti's property sale backtrack snags French loan
The French high commissioner in French Polynesia says a deal between Paris and Papeete for the release of a big Development Bank loan is on hold. This comes after the... [more]

PNG cabinet minister calls for thorough probe of Tumbi Landslide
A senior member of Papua New Guinea's cabinet says there needs to be a thorough investigation into the Tumbi landslide in Southern Highlands. The disaster on January 24th is believed... [more]

Durante says FFA had no option but to revoke Gold Coast licence
The Wellington Phoenix football captain Andrew Durante says Football Federation Australia had no option but to revoke the A-League licence of Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer. The FFA has... [more]

Ryder retains NZ Cricket contract despite latest off field incident
The New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has retained his New Zealand Cricket contract despite his latest off-field indiscretions which have led to a one-match international ban. Ryder and all-rounder Doug... [more]

Ferry plans mooted in Cook Islands
There are plans to launch an inter-island ferry service in the Cook Islands involving a consortium of locals, French Polynesians and New Zealanders. A developer Tim Tepaki, who was involved... [more]

Compensation offer in bid to end Bougainville ship detention over ferry disaster
Bougainvilleans who have stopped three ships from leaving the autonomous Papua New Guinea province since the sinking of the Rabaul Queen four weeks ago are expected to leave the ships... [more]

Some locked out and others not
Meatworkers Union members at AFFCO's eight North Island plants are asking why some are locked out and others not. [more]

2 bodies found in Paekakariki
Police have confirmed a prominent Kapiti Coast man and his wife have been found dead in their home. [more]

Fiji constitution consultation process now expected next week
The Fiji regime says the process to draw up a new constitution is moving ahead on schedule. The interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, made the claim after the regime... [more]

PNG treasurer not concerned about losing finance portfolio
Papua New Guinea's Treasurer Don Polye says the decision by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to strip him of his powers as Finance Minister is understandable. Mr O'Neill took over the... [more]

Fiji's Beddoes not suprised at missed deadline
Fiji's former opposition leader says he's not surprised the first deadline of the constitutional consultation process has been missed, but nor is he worried. The interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank... [more]

UN treaty may hamper gun exports to human rights violators
The onus could be placed on gun exporting countries to consider whether human rights are being violated by the nations importing their weapons before a trade can go ahead. This... [more]

Warning of repercussions in Solomons if truth/reconcilation report not actioned
The chairman of Solomon Islands' Truth and Reconciliation Commission is warning the government to act swiftly on its recommendations for reparation over the ethnic tensions. The commission was established to... [more]

Otago Rugby Union delays filing for liquidation
The Otago Rugby Union board has delayed filing for liquidation by a week as it attempts to piece together a financial rescue package. [more]

Black Caps brand damaged - branding specialist
A branding specialist says New Zealand Cricket needs to move fast to protect the Black Caps brand, after Jesse Ryder's involvement in another incident involving drinking. [more]

Price hike by Wellington Airport
Air New Zealand says it wants to meet the Minister of Commerce over a dramatic price hike by Wellington Airport. [more]

Owen Glenn buys into Warriors
The billionaire businessman Owen Glenn has bought a 50 percent share in the Warriors rugby league club just two days before the side's NRL season opener against defending champions Manly... [more]

NZ Ironman postponed
Saturday's New Zealand Ironman in Taupo has been postponed until Sunday because of the strong winds and heavy rain forecast across the North Island. [more]

Nonu set to make debut for Blues in South Africa
The All Black second five Ma'a Nonu's set to make his debut for the Blues in South Africa having been included in the squad for the sides's two away matches... [more]

Drysdale says Beijing taught him not to take anything for granted
The world champion rower Mahe Drysdale, who's been named in the New Zealand squad to contest the London Olympics, says the disappointment of Beijing has taught him not to take... [more]

Vote of no confidence in Whanganui DHB bosses deferred
A bid to oust the chairperson and chief executive of the Whanganui District Health Board has been deferred. [more]

Prayer, deliberation informed demolition decision - bishop
The Bishop of Christchurch says the decision to demolish the cathedral was reached through prayer, great deliberation and with the utmost concern for safety. [more]

Creation of Whanau Ora will help smokefree goal
The head of the Midland Iwi Relationship Board says the creation of Whanau Ora will greatly help the region meet its goal of making the region smokefree by 2025. [more]

Body to advise iwi on foreign charter vessels
The body overseeing the fishing quota owned by Maori is to advise iwi on the implications of the ministerial inquiry into foreign charter vessels. [more]

Wairoa council backtracks on Maori wards poll
The Wairoa District Council has been forced to backtrack on a decision not to hold a poll until next year's local government elections, on whether to introduce Maori wards. [more]

Maori cultural group to open Pasifika
The winning Maori cultural group at last year's Polyfest will be opening the biggest celebration of Pacific culture in Auckland on the 9 March at Western Springs Park. [more]

SH2 still closed after slip
State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Opotiki will remain closed for a second night after a major slip on Thursday. [more]

Nurses accept pay deal
Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation have voted to accept a new collective employment agreement. [more]

Ports of Auckland and union in stalemate
Mediation between Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union has again ended in a stalemate. [more]

Call for 25 year plan to stop family violence
Maori and Pacific communities are asking the Auckland Council for a 25-year plan to stop family and sexual violence. [more]

Auckland drug raid
Police have carried out a pre-planned drug raid in the Auckland suburb of Point Chevalier. [more]

Auckland health service investigates hepatitis cluster
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is investigating a cluster of almost 20 hepatitis A cases in the region. [more]