Radio New Zealand - Friday, 9th 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, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Celluloid Heroes
Phil from Auckland nominates 'Celluloid Heroes' by The Kinks as the best song ever written. [more]

The Titanic Map
A team of researchers and Titanic experts have created a new and comprehensive map of the 5 by 8 kilometre debris field that may shed new light on just how the unsinkable ship ended up at the bottom of the North Atlantic 100 years ago next month. [more]

NZ Society - Diversity in Death (Part 1)
Lynda Chanwai-Earle travels across the North Island in search of how the the Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities in New Zealand deal with death. [more]

Festival Review for 9 March 2012
The Animals and The Children Took to the Streets, the final dance show Political Mother, and the band First Aid Kit [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Sachie Nomura
Sachie gives away her Japanese Dumpling recipe, and talks about Girls Day on 3rd March in Japan, a traditional celebration day. [more]

Wine with Yvonne Lorkin
Yvonne's wine picks this wekk are: cheap and chur-ful Eden Sparkling NV; mid-priced massive The Sisters Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011; and treat yourself Ata Rangi 'Petrie' chardonnay. [more]

Film Review with Sarah McMullan
'First Night', a romantic British comedy, and 'My Week with Marilyn', on Marilyn Monroe, based on the diaries of Colin Clark. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 9 March 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jane Clifton and Steve McCabe (Part 1)
Topic 1: Otago Rugby Topic 2: Mr Dotcom [more]

The Panel with Jane Clifton and Steve McCabe (Part 2)
Topic 3: Rich risks Topic 4: Bank loans [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 9th March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9th March. This week .... how a campaign to change to the law on bail attracted over-emotional coverage on TV news programmes , the global campaign to try and end the harvesting of organs for transplant from executed prisoners in China, the phenomenon of crowd funding a new way to raise money to finance films, and a museum which is dedicated to the many and varied forms of mustard. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 9 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 9 March 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 March 2012
Increased sales boost profits for The Warehouse. [more]

Evening Business for 9 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 9 March 2012
The listed retailer, Briscoe Group, has reported a record profit despite a difficult retail environment. [more]

CEISMIC

Earthquake minister says red zone residents need security
A hundred beneficiaries in Canterbury are to be taken off the dole, and employed to help patrol the streets in a bid to reassure people living in red zoned suburbs that are all but deserted. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 9 March 2012
Pike River mine being sold to Solid Energy;Families shed tears of relief about the sale;Similar sized ship cuts close to reef less than a month before Rena grounding;Are NZ and Australia planning to soften hardline stand against Fiji?;Earthquake ministers says red zone residents need to feel more secure;Dying Roxburgh man given life sentence for wife's murder;Health Ministry dealing with blood contamination scare. [more]

Pike River mine being sold to Solid Energy
There have been tears of relief on the West Coast today at the news the Pike River coal mine is being sold to the state-owned company, Solid Energy. [more]

Families shed tears of relief about the sale
Bernie Monk is the spokesperson for some of the families of those killed in the explosion - he's relieved about today's news. [more]

Ship cuts close to reef less than a month before Rena grounding
Less than a month before the Rena ran aground on Astrolabe reef off Tauranga, a similar sized container ship passed just one and a half nautical miles from the reef. [more]

Are NZ and Australia planning to soften against Fiji?
The Foreign Minister Murray McCully has indicated a possible softening towards Fiji's military regime. [more]

Dying Roxburgh man given life sentence for wife's murder
A dying Central Otago man who murdered his estranged wife has been sentenced to life imprisonment. [more]

Sports News for 9 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Health Ministry dealing with blood contamination scare
New Zealand health authorities are dealing with a contaminated blood scare after Australia quarantined the blood additive albumin. [more]

Life sentence for man who killed Michelle Beets
The former American marine who killed New Zealand-born nurse Michelle Beets will spend the rest of his life behind bars in New South Wales. [more]

Winston Peters flays Immigration over Kim Dotcom's residency
The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says new details on how the accused internet pirate Kim Dotcom was let into the country show how dysfunctional the Immigration Department is. [more]

Otago rugby staves off axe for another week
The head of the debt riddled Otago Rugby Union is upping its chances of survival after winning a stay of execution for a second week running. [more]

Pac Blue pilots were confused by manuals
A court has been told confusing safety manual's led a pilot to fly his Boeing 737 out of Queenstown in the winter of 2010, after the daylight curfew had passed. [more]

More on the Pike River mine sale
Tears of relief have been shed on the West Coast today at the news the Pike River coal mine is being sold to the state-owned company, Solid Energy. [more]

Fiji regime announces constitutional consultation process
Fiji's military regime has announced its plan for consultations on a new constitution as part of the run-up to elections, promised for 2014. [more]

Deaf MP welcomes funding decision
The stoush between the Speaker and the Green Party over who will pay for assistance for the Greens' deaf MP, Mojo Mathers, has been resolved. [more]

Balloonists say Carterton tribute cathartic
Balloonists and several hundred Wairarapa locals have held a dawn service to honour the 11 people killed in the Carterton hot air balloon crash two months ago. [more]

Sports News for 9 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 9 March 2012
The controversial Search and Surveillance Bill will go through its final stages when Parliament resumes sitting the week after next. [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, ewes are putting on condition in preparation for the ram [more]

Castlepoint Remembers
Last weekend Masterton hosted the Golden Shears and the 15th World Shearing Championship. To promote the event Castlepoint Station and Castlepoint lighthouse hosted visitors, and locals re-enacted the old days when sheep were driven down the beach and wool was loaded by bullock cart onto lighters and then onto a steamer. [more]

Turning lives Around
Cosmo Kentish-Barnes heads into Canterbury's iconic high country in search of a horse trek run by the Christchurch based 180 Degrees Trust, that operates development programmes for teenagers who have trouble with main stream education or who have drug, alcohol and behavioural problems. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 9 March 2012
In Extra Time this week, we're on board Team New Zealand's boat Camper as they head towards Auckland and the finish of leg four of the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race. Wayne Smith discusses adjusting from All Black to Super rugby coaching, the Auckland high jumper Liz Lamb talk about the heights she'll have to reach to get to the London Olympics and the Silver Fern mid courter Laura Langman reflects on the trans Tasman netball competition's pre-season tournament. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 March 2012
An announcement on the fate of the Otago Rugby Union is delayed again; and Beneficiaries get offered work helping in the Christchurch rebuild. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 March 2012
Black caps take two early wickets in the Dunedin test [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 9 March 2012
Defence force change process poorly run, says Labour; Details of Kim Dotcom's resident application revealed; Mayor of Tauranga calls for full inquiry into Rena; High-ranking official abandons Syrian regime; Anti corruption official gives evidence against Chris Cairns; and Pasifika Festival turns 20. [more]

Tauranga Port calls for designated route for ships
The head of the Port of Tauranga says the preliminary report into the grounding of the Rena proves there should be a designated route for ships coming into ports. [more]

Fresh doubts over chances of recovering bodies at Pike
Recovery workers made redundant at Pike River Mine fear the remains of the 29 men still underground may never be recovered. Nine workers were laid off yesterday, leaving just 10 staff on the recovery team. [more]

Government says extended hours boosting treaty claims
The Government says extended hours in the house are allowing it to deal quickly with historic Treaty of Waitangi settlement claims, including one that stemmed from the 1977 Bastion Point occupation. [more]

Pacific News for 9 March 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Defence looking overseas to fill gaps in armed forces
The Defence Force says it is spending tens of thousands of dollars on overseas recruitment to fill a growing skill shortage left by people leaving the armed services. [more]

Dunedin may be better off selling council companies
Dunedin ratepayers says companies owned by Dunedin City Council should be sold after flat earnings in their latest six monthly report. The companies - the airport, a contracting business, a forestry company and an electricity distribution firm - notched up $5 million in profits in the six months to December. [more]

Details of Kim Dotcom's resident application revealed
Just a month after the accused internet pirate Kim Dotcom was granted residency in New Zealand, he was convicted of share trading offences in Hong Kong. Papers about Mr Dotcom's application for residency also show Immigration New Zealand was worried about how the public would react to its decision to grant him residency. [more]

'Damaging' cuts in Defence Force may be canned
The Defence Force says it's unlikely to force any more staff into civilian roles because the process has been too damaging. In the past year 485 jobs jobs were cut, 295 of which were military personnel. [more]

Mayor of Tauranga calls for full inquiry into Rena
The mayor of Tauranga is calling for a full and proper independent inquiry into the grounding of the Rena last year following the release of a preliminary report. [more]

Talks to save Otago rugby going down to the wire
Talks to try to save the Otago Rugby Union appear to be going down to the wire. The union last week extended the deadline to agree a rescue package with the New Zealand Rugby Union but warned the chances were still slim. [more]

Pasifika Festival turns 20
More than a hundred thousand people are expected to attend this weekend's Auckland's Pasifika Festival which turns 20 this year. [more]

Dunne has no intention of pulling support for asset sales
Peter Dunne says public pressure won't force him into reneging on his deal to support partial asset sales. [more]

Sports News for 9 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Balloon festival opens in shadow of January's tragedy
Strong winds have again stopped a mass hot air balloon flight over Wairarapa to commemorate the deaths of eleven people in a ballooning crash two months ago. [more]

Christchurch wharfies bring in levy to help Auckland colleagues
Lyttelton port workers have decided a levy on their wages is the best way to support their colleagues in Auckland now industrial action has been ruled out. [more]

Graeme Hart makes Forbes Rich list, again
The wealthiest man in New Zealand, Graeme Hart, who began his career driving tow trucks, is one of 1226 billionaires who've made the cut as the world's richest people. [more]

Work about repression, war caps offs dance at Festival
A work about power, repression and war by one of the UK's most in-demand choreographers, caps off the New Zealand International Arts Festival's challenging dance programme. [more]

Defence force change process poorly run, says Labour
The Labour Party says a higher than normal attrition rate in the defence force shows government-imposed cutbacks have been too deep, and the change process poorly run. The National Party's Jonathan Coleman responds to this, and Immigration New Zealand's worry about how the public would react to Kim Dotcom's decision to grant him residency. [more]

High-ranking official abandons Syrian regime
Syria's deputy oil minister has announced his resignation, saying he is joining the anti-government revolt. Abdo Hussameddin is the highest ranking civilian to abandon President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising erupted a year ago. [more]

Sports News for 9 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Anti corruption official gives evidence against Chris Cairns
A former cricket anti-corruption official has told a London court he thinks the New Zealand cricketer, Chris Cairns, has been involved in match fixing. [more]

Rescue bid for hostages in Nigeria fails
The British Prime Minister David Cameron says he authorised a failed rescue bid for a Briton and Italian held hostage in Nigeria. The two hostages, Briton Chris McManus and Italian Franco Lamolinara, were murdered by their captors before they could be rescued. [more]

CCTV needs to be debated in New Zealand
As CCTV surveillance becomes increasingly popular in New Zealand some are warning the practice is moving far too quickly without any debate in the community. [more]

Solar flare predicted to cause auroras
Millions of tonnes of particles produced by a solar eruption have reached the Earth overnight. The solar flare is the largest in five years, and was predicted to cause auroras over the South Island during the night. [more]

Auckland prepares for arrival of Round the World yacht race
The party is already underway as Auckland's waterfront prepares to welcome the fleet in sailing's premier round the world race this weekend. The Volvo Ocean Race includes New Zealand's first entry for nearly twenty years, while onshore it's hoped the stopover will pump millions into Auckland's economy. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Former Premier of New South Wales Bob Carr is Labor's new Foreign Minister and about to visit New Zealand; and Queensland's election may be delayed. [more]

Nights

Conundrum answer
The answer to the conundrum for this week. [more]

Nine To Noon

Defence Force to stop 'civilianisation' as morale falls
The Defence Force says it's unlikely to force any more staff into civilian roles because the process has been too damaging. In the past year almost 485 jobs were cut, almost 295 were military personnel. [more]

The power of pig poo
Stephan Heubeck is a Niwa Energy research engineer on the system that's been developed to store greenhouse gases from pig manure and use them as an energy source. [more]

Asia Correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
For his final Nine to Noon cross from Asia, Phil discusses the first anniversary of the 'Great Eastern Earthquake'; and in Singapore maids finally get a day off. [more]

Feature Guest - Marty Welch
Self-taught painter Marty Welch who's just won the prestigious Adam Portraiture Award (worth $15,000 and handed out every two years). His former jobs including being a milkman, and he honed his skill as an artist while spending years in Starship hospital at the bedside of his sick son. [more]

Children's Book Review with John McIntyre
John McIntyre reviews 'Kimble Bent: Malcontent' by Chris Grosz, published by Random House; and 'Shaolin Burning' by Ant Sang, Published by Harper Collins. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
Music from Bruce Springsteen, Anais Mitchell, and Alabama Shakes. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
Jesse Ryder's latest decision to take a break from cricket. [more]

Week That Was
With James Elliott and Elisabeth Easther. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 9 March 2012
The Green Party Co -Leader, Metiria Turei, says Maori should have the right to be decision makers over rivers which flow through their rohe; The Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau, says the Ministry of Economic Development needs to adequately consult Maori before seeking bids from companies wanting to explore for minerals in Northland; The river Thames will be graced with a traditional Maori war canoe to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrating the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth; A group of kapa haka students has been practising around the clock, in preparation of having the honour of opening Auckland's biggest celebration of Pacific culture. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 9 March 2012
The Ngupuhi leader Sonny Tau, says the Ministry of Economic Development needs to adequately consult Maori before seeking bids from companies wanting to explore for minerals in Northland; The Green Party Co -Leader, Metiria Turei, says Maori should have the right to be decision makers over rivers which flow through their rohe; A group of kapa haka students has been practising around the clock, in preparation of having the honour of opening Auckland's biggest celebration of Pacific culture; The river Thames will be graced with a traditional Maori war canoe to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrating the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 9 March 2012
The Green Party Co-leader has accused the Crown and its representatives of breaching the Treaty of Waitangi, during the settling of grievances by Maori; Meanwhile, New Zealand First's Maori Affairs spokesperson, Brendan Horan told Parliament he's concerned at the haste by the Crown in pushing Treaty settlement claim bills through Parliament; Members of Te Rarawa iwi in the Far North have voted to ratify a treaty settlement - with just under 85 per cent accepting the deal on offer from the Crown; A Bay of Plenty Incorporation is officially opening 10 new homes tomorrow - built for Maori on Maori land. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 9 March 2012
The Green Party Co-leader has accused the Crown and its representatives of breaching the Treaty of Waitangi, during the settling of grievances by Maori; Meanwhile New Zealand First's Maori Affairs spokesperson, Brendan Horan told Parliament he's concerned at the haste by the Crown in pushing Treaty settlement claim bills through Parliament; The Kohanga Reo National Trust is preparing to front up at the Waitangi Tribunal on Monday; The Iwi Radio Network - Te Whakaruruhau o Nga Reo Irirangi Maori - has announced the finalists for the Inaugural Iwi Radio Awards for 2012, with the oldest Maori radio station based in Wellington vying for the supreme award. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 9 March 2012
A review of the week's leading news: state of government's books continues to deteriorate,finance minister defends modest returns from government spending cuts, police commissioner wants officers to consider zero pay increase, Cairo-based consul refuses to leave Algeria apartment without New Zealand children, hundreds of Auckland port workers to lose their jobs, legislation underpinning partial assets sales passes first reading but Labour says the sales are a con, Pacific Blue pilot fights charges of recklessly flying an aircraft, interim TAIC report says Rena radar picked up Astrolabe Reef but captain still sped straight toward and onto it, Christchurch quake widower demands hearing into search and rescue operation, more than 100,000 expected to attend 20 year old Pasifika Festival. [more]

Upbeat

Tom Norris and Andrew Joyce
Violinist and cellist from the Puertas Quartet who are touring NZ this month on behalf of Chamber music NZ. [more]

Political Mother Review
Deirdre Tarrant reviews the NZ International Arts Festival production by Israeli-born UK-based choreographer Hofesh Schechter. [more]

Joseph Harrop
Programme Director of Otara-based 'Sistema Aotearoa' - staging a fundraising concert at Government House in Auckland tomorrow. [more]

Philippa Harris
General Manager of Dunedin's Southern Sinfonia previews the 2012 season. [more]

News stories:

Jock Hobbs in Wellington hospital
The former New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs is in a serious condition in Wellington hospital. Hobbs, a former All Black captain, has been battling leukemia for the last... [more]

Marussia name woman test driver
The Russian Formula One team Marussia have appointed Spaniard Maria De Villota, an experienced racer in women's autosport, as one of their test drivers. A day before International Women's Day,... [more]

Rena radar picked up signal before grounding - report
A report on the grounding of the cargo ship Rena says its radar picked up an intermittent echo directly in front of the vessel nine minutes before it struck a reef in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Father of teenager killed in police chase disputes report
The father of a teenager killed in a police pursuit in West Auckland last year is challenging a report clearing the police of any wrongdoing. [more]

Killer of baby Cezar truly sorry - lawyer
The lawyer for the man who murdered a baby he had nicknamed Zombie Boy says his client is truly sorry for what he did. [more]

Witnesses to jet's takeoff cross-examined
Witnesses at a hearing of a pilot accused of carelessly operating an aircraft have been cross-examined about weather conditions when the Pacific Blue jet took off from Queenstown Airport. [more]

Defence Force chief unsure over redundancy repayment
The Vice-Chief of the Defence Force says he does not know whether a naval officer made redundant, and then rehired permanently, will have to give back redundancy pay. [more]

Port workers vote for levy to support strikers
Port workers in Christchurch have voted to support their colleagues in Auckland by paying a weekly levy in order to help them financially. [more]

PM confident support will hold for asset sale bill
Prime Minister John Key says support for the partial asset sales legislation remains solid, and he is very confident the bill will be passed into law. [more]

Ryder to take break from cricket
Black Caps batsman Jesse Ryder is taking an indefinite break from cricket to concentrate on his wellbeing. [more]

Treaty settlement bills move forward under extended hours
The Government says extended hours in Parliament are allowing it to quickly make progress on historic Treaty of Waitangi settlement claims. [more]

Reserve Bank governor issues dollar warning
Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard has suggested the Official Cash Rate could be cut if the strength of the dollar continues to undermine some parts of the economy. [more]

Maori should be decision-makers over rivers - Turei
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says Maori should have the right to be decision-makers over rivers which flow through their rohe. [more]

Mining consultation time frame 'too short'
Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau says the Ministry of Economic Development needs to adequately consult Maori before seeking bids from companies wanting to explore for minerals in Northland. [more]

Waka to sail the Thames for Queen's diamond jubilee
London's River Thames will be graced with a traditional Maori war canoe to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrating the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. [more]

Pacific stage set for kapa haka students
A group of kapa haka students has been practising around the clock in preparation for opening Auckland's biggest celebration of Pacific culture. [more]

Most firms finding it hard to get skilled staff - survey
The majority of New Zealand companies are finding it difficult to attract skilled staff, a survey by a consultancy firm suggests. [more]

Further lift for wool prices
Wool prices have crept up a bit further at the latest wool sale, one of the biggest of the season. [more]

Waitotara farmer expects no power for another week
One of the hundreds of South Taranaki and Wanganui farmers picking up the pieces after the severe storm on the weekend thinks it's likely to be another week before he and his neighbours get the power back on. [more]

NZ's biggest silo hits the road
A giant stainless steel milk silo, one of the biggest in the country, has been on the move in Canterbury. [more]

Fiji's Qarase wants to be involved in constitution discussion
Fiji's deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase wants to be involved in the constitution consultation process, but is still waiting to be invited. The regime's leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama is to... [more]

Mayor calls for independent Rena inquiry
Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby wants a thorough independent inquiry into the grounding of the Rena last year. [more]

Christchurch supermarket closes for strengthening work
A supermarket in north Christchurch has been forced to close its doors for urgent earthquake strengthening. [more]

Layoffs among staff working on recovery of Pike bodies
Families of miners killed in the Pike Rive explosion say they are philosophical about news nine recovery workers are to be made redundant by the mine's receivers. [more]

Pasifika Festival turns 20
A leading Cook Islands composer says Auckland's Pasifika Festival is a leading force in keeping his culture and language alive in New Zealand. [more]

No final decision yet on deaf MP funding
Parliament's Speaker will continue to pay for the necessary technology to assist profoundly deaf Green MP Mojo Mathers in the House for now. [more]

Economic benefits expected from Volvo Ocean Race
Auckland Council expects an economic boost from sailing's premier round-the-world race, which arrives in port this weekend. [more]

Dunedin City Council assets may go up for sale
Companies owned by Dunedin City Council may go up for sale following flat earnings in their latest six monthly report. [more]

High level of violence against Tonga women
A new report claims more than three quarters of Tongan women are experiencing violence at either home or school. The Director of Ma'a Fafine Moe Famili says the research is... [more]

Indonesian soldier shot dead in Papua
Unidentified gunmen in the Papua region have shot dead an Indonesian soldier. The Jakarta Post says the soldier was shot in the head and had his assault rifle taken in... [more]

Demolition work has begun on Samoa's old fono building
Demolition work has begun on Samoa's old fono building. The government, which says the 94-year old former parliament building is unsafe, has ordered it to be torn down despite much... [more]

Quake shakes Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken southern Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa. [more]

PGC reduces stake in PGG Wrightson
Pyne Gould Corporation has reduced its shareholding in the rural services firm PGG Wrightson to 7%, and increased its stake in the building society Heartland New Zealand to just over 10%. [more]

Jobs website SEEK sees surge in applications
Jobs website SEEK says applications through its site surged in February. [more]

Workplaces urged to nurture talents of young women
Workplaces are being urged to nurture the talents of young women to enter senior management roles. [more]

PNG police threaten journalist with grenade
A Papua New Guinea journalist says police assaulted him and threatened to blow him up with a hand grenade. Patrick Talu, who is the business editor for the South Pacific... [more]

Cook Islands MP proposes Aitutaki LPG station
The Aitutaki MP Teina Bishop has plans to build a liquid petroleum gas filling station to help alleviate frequent fuel shortages on Aitutaki. The Cook Islands news says an Environmental... [more]

American Samoa government loses civil case
A federal arbitration in the Marisco Limited civil action case against the American Samoa Government has ruled in favor of Marisco. The Honolulu-based shipyard Marisco filed a civil action suit... [more]

Sport: Fiji Warriors ready for ultimate test
Fiji Warriors coach Inoke Male is pleased with the direction his team is heading in after the first leg of the Pacific Rugby Cup. The defending champions lost their opening... [more]

Sport: PNG expect much tougher test against NZ
Having seen off their Pacific Island rivals, Papua New Guinea women's football coach Steven Mune says big improvements will be needed to get past Oceania champs New Zealand. The two... [more]

Sport: Pacific table tennis hopes dashed
Pacific hopes of qualifying for the table tennis main draw at the London Olympic are over. Having missed out on the first two automatic qualifying spots for Oceania in the... [more]

Compensation claims after Tahiti power failure
Compensation claims are being prepared by businesses in French Polynesia after a power cut hit two thirds of Tahiti's electricity consumers. The outage was triggered by a fault at the... [more]

Fiji regime announces constitutional consultation process
Fiji's military regime has announced the process of consultations towards a new constitution before elections expected in 2014. A statement says the 12-month process includes a civic education programme and... [more]

Jock Hobbs in critical condition
The former All Blacks captain and rugby union chair Jock Hobbs is in a critical condition in Wellington Hospital. [more]

Dotcom's share trading convictions detailed
A month after businessman Kim Dotcom was granted New Zealand residency, officials were advised he was facing share trading charges in Hong Kong. [more]

Marshalls briefed about ocean thermal energy conversion
Japanese energy experts have briefed the Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak and his Cabinet on the opportunity for building an ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC, plant in the Marshall... [more]

Defence Force likely to end job cuts
The Defence Force says it is likely to stop job cuts because the first stage of civilianising uniformed staff was much more damaging to morale than it expected. [more]

Greece gets support for debt deal
Greece has secured enough support for its bond swap deal with private investors - a key element in a broader international bailout. [more]

Company concerned council will axe water tradinG
A Canterbury company that helps farmers trade their water permits is concerned the regional council is about to ban the activity. [more]

Beef + Lamb NZ directors keep seats
Two farmer directors of Beef + Lamb New Zealand have kept their seats for another three year term after winning regional elections. [more]

PNG judges suspend cases in protest at Injia arrest
A number of judges in Papua New Guinea have suspended hearing cases in protest at this week's arrest of the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia. A former judge Nemo Yalo... [more]

2Degrees shareholder to invest $100m
The chairman of 2Degrees' majority owner Trilogy International Partners says the company will invest another $100 million dollars in the mobile phone firm this year. [more]

German firm finalises Turners and Growers stake
The German company which launched a multi-million dollar takeover for Turners & Growers, has secured 73% of the firm. [more]

Deadline approaching for irrigators
Canterbury Regional Council has issued a reminder to larger irrigators that time is running out for them to install water measuring systems. [more]

Rural health could be in crisis within 5 years, GPs told
Rural general practitioners have heard that an ageing health workforce could reach crisis point in the next five years. [more]

No power for another week for some in Taranaki
The huge level of damage to the power network in South Taranaki and Whanganui districts from last weekend's storm means it will be a week or more before some farms have their electricity restored. [more]

Spurs into FA Cup quarters
Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 fifth round replay win at home to Stevenage, after they were given another fright by their third tier opponents. [more]

Man City's Balotelli fined
Manchester City have fined striker Mario Balotelli a week's wages for a breach of club discipline. Balotelli broke a curfew the day before City played a league game against Bolton... [more]

Thorpe concedes he's unlikely to qualify for London Olympics
The five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe concedes his bid to make the Australia's swimming team for the London Games after coming out of retirement is more than likely doomed to... [more]

Ryder to take break from cricket
The Black Caps batsman Jesse Ryder is taking an indefinite break from cricket. Ryder was due to turn out for Wellington in their Plunket Shield match against Northern Districts starting... [more]

Canberra coach wants action over referee blunders
Canberra Raiders coach David Furner's urging the NRL to have a look at adjusting the for-and-against points system, so clubs that lose tries through refereeing blunders are adequately compensated. His... [more]

Australia wins tri-series
The Australian cricketers have won the tri-series one day competition after beating Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the third final in Adelaide. Chasing 232 for victory, Sri Lanka were... [more]

Ljubicic set to retire from tennis
The Croatian Ivan Ljubicic has announced he will retire from tennis after the Monte Carlo Masters next month. The 32-year-old told the ATP website it wasn't an easy decision to... [more]

First Athletics Hall of Fame athletes named
American sprinter Jesse Owens and Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi were among the first 12 athletes to be inaugurated into the IAAF Hall of Fame. A total of 24 athletes,... [more]

Watson leads Aussies to Caribbean
Australia's stand-in cricket captain Shane Watson says he's excited by the challenge of leading a touring party. After winning the tri-series finals over Sri Lanka on Thursday night in Adelaide,... [more]

Two changes to Highlanders side
There are two changes to the Highlanders starting lineup for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the New South Wales Waratahs in Dunedin. Kade Poki comes into the starting XV... [more]

Football Ferns to face PNG
Papua New Guinea will take on the New Zealand women's footbal team in a home-and-away play-off for a place at the London Olympics after beating Tonga 2-0 in the final... [more]

Brad Thorn joins Leinster
The World Cup-winning All Blacks lock Brad Thorn has joined the Irish club Leinster on a three-month contract. The 37-year-old has arrived in Dublin on temporary loan from his Japanese... [more]

Shez Sinsational wins Auckland Cup and qualifies for Melbourne
Shez Sinsational and top jockey James McDonald beat 18 rivals at Ellerslie to win New Zealand's iconic staying race, the Stella Artois Auckland Cup. McDonald is enjoying a boom Auckland... [more]

Olympics organisers accused of obsession with secrecy
London Olympics organisers were accused of being "obsessed with secrecy" during a grilling by lawmakers over ticketing policy yesterday after they refused to provide details until after this summer's Games. [more]

Football supporters rally behind beleaguered Gold Coast United
A meeting of Gold Coast United supporters and football fans has set up a steering committee to present an alternative ownership model for the club to Football Federation Australia. The... [more]

Pritchard found guilty at NRL judiciary
Canterbury Bulldogs forward Frank Pritchard will miss Saturday's clash with St George Illawarra after being found guilty of a careless high tackle on Penrith winger David Simmons by the National... [more]

Otago Rugby given another week to avoid liquidation
The cash-strapped Otago Rugby Union has won another temporary reprieve to stave off liquidation. They've been given another week to secure a rescue package, with the New Zealand Rugby Union... [more]

Police call for witnesses to Hamilton assault
Police in Hamilton are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a man in the early hours of Friday morning to come forward. [more]

Erakovic beaten in first round of Indian Wells Open
New Zealand number one Marina Erakovic has been beaten in the first round of the Indian Wells Tennis Open in California. She had her chances, but lost to Galina Voskoboeva... [more]

Corletto inks a two-year deal with Breakers
The New Zealand Breakers have re-signed guard Daryl Corletto on a two-year contract. Corletto arrived late in the Australian National Basketball League pre-season on a one-year deal after he parted... [more]

New Crown company will take over AMI quake claims
The Government has set up a Crown company to take over the $2 billion worth of outstanding earthquake claims left behind after the sale of the Christchurch-based insurer, AMI. [more]

Vanuatu province rejects Chinese sea cucumber breeding project
The Torba provincial government in Vanuatu's north is rejecting a plan by a Chinese company to breed and harvest sea cucumbers off Gaua. A Councilor Jack Wona says the decision... [more]

Water restrictions in Christchurch downgraded
Water restrictions have been downgraded in Christchurch as the city gets on top of repairs to earthquake-damaged wells, pipes and reservoirs. [more]

Remote customers still without power
Powerco says 500 customers are still without power in remote areas of Whanganui and Taranaki as a result of last weekend's storms. [more]

Fiji regime launches consultation process ahead of 2014 polls
Fiji's military regime has announced the process of consultations on a new constitution for elections expected in 2014. It will replace the 1997 constitution which the regime abolished three years... [more]

Fiji leader hopes for broad input into new constitution
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he hopes all organisations will be involved in the process of writing the country's new constitution. It will replace the 1997 constitution... [more]

Deaf MP granted funding for support in House
The Speaker of the House has agreed that assistance to deaf Green MP Mojo Mathers will come out of Parliamentary Service funding. [more]

NZ foreign minister welcomes Fiji's consultation moves
The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, is welcoming an announcement there is to be a consultation process in Fiji on its new constitution. It will replace the 1997 constitution... [more]

Push in Samoa for reserved seat for woman with disability
Samoa's organisation for people with disabilities is lobbying for the creation of one parliamentary seat that is reserved for a disabled woman. The government is proposing to amend the law... [more]

Fiji's Labour leader welcomes constitution announcement
The Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the announcement of the constitutional consultation process appears to be a way for the interim regime to extend its rule for another two... [more]

Concern over PNG judiciary after Injia arrest
A former Papua New Guinea judge, Nemo Yalo, has issued a warning about the reaction of the judiciary to this week's arrest of the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia. Sir... [more]

Samoa plans to toughen penalties for sex crimes
Samoa's draft crime bill calls for toughened penalties for sex crimes, particularly those committed against children and teenagers. Rape by a woman of a man will be recognised, as will... [more]

Coalition for Democracy in Fiji welcomes constitution announcement
Nick Naidu of the Auckland based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji has welcomed the interim regime's announcement of a process for consultation over a new constitution. The new constitution will... [more]

PNG government hands over partial compensation for Tumbi landslide
More than a quarter of a 5 million US dollar government commitment has been handed over to people affected by the Tumbi landslide in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands in... [more]

Roxburgh man sentenced for wife's murder
A Central Otago man who murdered his estranged wife has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 10 years. [more]

Another diplomat criticises Foreign Affairs restructure
The Labour Party has released another cable from a senior diplomat criticising plans to restructure the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [more]

NZX rises
The benchmark NZX 50 has gained 10 points, closing at at 3413 on turnover of $100 million. [more]

Dollar up despite Reserve Bank governor's comments
The New Zealand dollar has continued to rise despite continued efforts by the governor of the Reserve Bank to talk it down. [more]

Manchester teams beaten in Europa League
Both Manchester teams have been beaten in their first leg round of 16 Europa League football matches. United were beaten 3-2 at home by Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, while City... [more]

Proteas in control in Dunedin
The South Africa captain Graeme Smith and veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis both scored centuries and combined for a 200-run partnership as the tourists seized control of the first cricket test... [more]

Martin relaxed when bowling to South Africans
The Black Caps pace bowler Chris Martin says he's feeling relaxed about bowling to the South Africans. Martin was the best of the New Zealand bowlers on the first day,... [more]

NZX records 20-point rise
The benchmark NZX 50 has risen 20 points to close at 3434 on turnover of $135 million on Friday. [more]

Tributes paid to balloon crash victims
A service has been held at a Wairapa balloon festival to in memory of the 11 people who died in a balloon crash two months ago, though strong winds again stopped a balloon flight. [more]

Red zone work to be offered to unemployed
Unemployed Cantabrians will be paid under a Government scheme to work in Christchurch's red zone, tidying up houses and acting as security. [more]

Airline manager questioned over operational manuals
A court has heard the pilot who flew a Boeing 737 out of Queenstown in June 2010 was presented with confusing information in the operational manuals relating to the flight. [more]

Man charged in Hubbard crash named
Name suppression has lapsed for the man charged over the crash that killed Timaru financier Allan Hubbard last year. [more]

Spending on credit, debit cards down
Spending using credit, debit and charge cards slipped in February, as shoppers remained cautious. [more]

The Warehouse lifts profits
Profits at the country's biggest listed retailer, The Warehouse, rose more than 3% in the first half as sales improved. [more]

Ministry says hospitals' supplies of blood product safe
The Health Ministry says hospitals have several weeks supply of the blood product albumin that they can be confident is safe, and more is on the way. [more]

Other ships sailed close to reef before Rena
Less than a month before the Rena ran aground off the coast of Tauranga last October, a similar-sized container ship passed about 1.5 nautical miles from the same reef. [more]

Goodbye to godwits
Christchurch has bid farewell to the flock of bar-tailed godwits that make the city their home each summer. [more]

Finalists announced for iwi radio awards
The Iwi Radio Network - Te Whakaruruhau o Nga Reo Irirangi Maori - has announced the finalists for the Inaugural Iwi Radio Awards for 2012, with the oldest Maori radio station based in Wellington vying for the supreme award. [more]

NZ First concerned at haste in pushing through Treaty bills
New Zealand First's Maori Affairs spokesperson Brendan Horan has told Parliament he's concerned at the haste by the Crown in pushing Treaty settlement claim bills through Parliament. [more]

Waitangi Tribunal sets date for kohanga inquiry
The Kohanga Reo National Trust is preparing to front up at the Waitangi Tribunal on Monday. [more]

Greens say Crown has breached Treaty over grievances
Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei has accused the Crown and its representatives of breaching the Treaty of Waitangi, during the settling of grievances by Maori. [more]

Record profit for Briscoe Group
Listed retailer Briscoe Group has reported a record profit despite a difficult retail environment. [more]

Otago Rugby Union confident it can avoid liquidation
The Otago Rugby Union says it now has every chance of avoiding liquidation. [more]

Auckland port company appoints recruiters
Ports of Auckland has signed two recruitment companies to find stevedores to work at the port as part of its plan to contract out work on its wharves and make some 300 staff redundant. [more]

Formal blessing for first of Air Force's new helicopters
The first of a new fleet of Air Force helicopters has arrived in Wellington for a formal blessing. [more]

Ministers wants answers over cost blowout for EQC project
The Earthquake Recovery Minister wants answers from the Earthquake Commission about delays and a cost blowout in the construction of an experimental underground wall. [more]

SPCA applauds penalties in animal cruelty cases
The SPCA is pleased that two men in separate cases have been ordered to do community work after neglecting their dogs. [more]