Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 13th March 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Sampler, Upbeat, You Me... Now!

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Ramona
Mona Reynolds from Tauranga has chosen 'Ramona' performed by Gene Austin. [more]

TV Review with Phil Wallington
'Native Affairs', 'Homeland' and 'Road Madness'. [more]

Music Review with Nick Atkinson
Ekalesia Fakalapotopotoga Kelisiano Tokelau Aukilani Youth Group and Wild Bill Ricketts. [more]

The positive meaning of words
Recent research has found that words spelled with more letters on the right of the keyboard are associated with more positive emotions than words spelt with more letters on the left. [more]

Book Review with Dr Cushla McKinney
'The Cove' by Ron Rash and 'Erebos' by Ursula Poznanski. [more]

Web Review with Ben Gracewood
Homeless Hotspots, a Leap Day bug takes down Microsoft's Azure Cloud infrastructure and useful web utilities: tripit.com. [more]

Library speed dating
With Internet dating sites having a well documented downside, some libraries in the United States have hit the button, and are having great success running literary dating events, aimed at younger professionals in their 20s and 30s. [more]

Festival Review for 13 March 2012
Festival Review discusses the festival so far, the film version of Peter and the Wolf to a live orchestra, and The Phoenix Foundation. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Golf
Authors have written books about golf as a metaphor for life before. Most of the time, they are golfers themselves. But 'Golf, A Course in Life: a few things golf can teach us about life and business' is by a man who describes himself as a competent golfer and an accidental pop star. John Hanlon is best-known for his songs of the 1970s, 'Higher Trails and 'Damn The Dam'. [more]

Asian Report for 13 March 2012 - Pianist John Chen
Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets virtuoso pianist and Chinese New Zealander, John Chen, during rehearsals before a celebratory performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 13 March 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Raybon Kan and David Slack (Part 1)
Topics - The Accident Compensation Corporation says an Auckland staff member is responsible for releasing the personal information of thousands of clients. A Russian millionaire appears to have successfully finessed the organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race - who, along with the Police and Ministry of Economic Development, are reported to have attempted to enforce an advertising clean zone on the Waitemata Harbour. [more]

The Panel with Raybon Kan and David Slack (Part 2)
Topics - Tickets to the boy band One Direction's concerts, which sold out in minutes, have since been selling in online auctions for more than four times their face value. Eric Watson, having seemingly stayed away from NZ for a long time after the Hanover Finance collapse, is in the news now because of stories about the Warriors. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 13 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 13 March 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 13 March 2012
House sales surge in February, but prices remain steady. Volkswagen eyes the top spot as the world's biggest car maker and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 13 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 13 March 2012
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 13 March 2012
ACC admits accidently leaking personal information about six thousand claimants. Tame Iti is likened to Nelson Mandela in court and the two brightest planets in the night sky will look like they're moving towards each other, for the next few evenings. [more]

ACC apologises for leak
ACC has admitted accidentally leaking personal information about six thousand people, almost certainly including some sexual abuse victims, and it's now investigating the leak. [more]

Closing arguments in Te Urewera case
Tame Iti's lawyer has likened the activist to Nelson Mandela during his closing address in the trial of four people accused of participating in a criminal group and unlawful possession of firearms. [more]

Details on the soldier who went on shooting rampage
The American defence secretary, Leon Panetta, says the soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in a shooting rampage in Afghanistan's Kandahar province could face the death penalty, if he is found guilty. [more]

Jupiter and Venus to look like they're moving closer together
The two brightest planets in the night sky will look like they're moving towards each other, for the next few evenings. [more]

Sports News for 13 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Opposition says ACC privacy breach possibly needs compensation
Opposition parties say ACC claimants could be entitled to compensation over a privacy breach of thousands of people's personal details. [more]

ACC breaches repeated,serious and getting worse - lawyer
Peter Sara is a specialist accident compensation lawyer in Dunedin and a member of the Law Society's Accident Compensation committee. [more]

Annual immunisation campaign against flu gets under way
Winter is on the way and health authorities say it's now time to get vaccinated against the flu. [more]

Fate of some Restart Mall retailers uncertain
Some retailers in Christchurch's container mall are facing an uncertain future with the news that one property owner may soon rebuild on the land. [more]

Man appears in Nelson court charged with murder
A 44-year-old man has appeared in the Nelson District Court today charged with murder after the body of a woman was found in a car. [more]

Jock Hobbs has died aged 52
The former New Zealand Rugby Union chairman, Jock Hobbs has died in Wellington this afternoon. [more]

ACC apologises over privacy breach of thousands
The Accident Compensation Corporation is apologising for releasing the personal details of thousands of clients and breaching the privacy act. [more]

More from the ACC chair
The chair of the ACC's board John Judge joins us. [more]

Prime Minister says merit in merging a number of Ministries
The Prime Minister, John Key, says the Government is using the newly formed Ministry for Primary Industries as a blueprint for bringing compatible portfolios together. [more]

Norman says Japanese conference worried about TPP.
The co-leader of the Green Party says an international conference in Japan is worried a proposed trans-Pacific trade deal will restrict the sovereign rights of individual countries. [more]

Sports News for 13 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Call for Fiji to review all restrictive laws
The newly-appointed chairperson of Fiji's Constitution Commission says the country's regime should review all laws that restrict freedoms to ensure frank discussions around the constitution. [more]

Air Asia customers left in the lurch
Air Asia X customers without travel insurance face having to pay hundreds of dollars more to get to their destinations, as the airline moves to axe all its flights from New Zealand. [more]

Sexual abuse services welcome ACC ruling
Sexual abuse services are backing a Court of Appeal decision yesterday which ruled a woman had the right to ACC compensation for the mental stress suffered, after finding out a man she had unprotected sex with had HIV. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 March 2012
ACC investigates claims it's breached the privacy of thousands of claimants and the Crown begins its closing address in the raids trial. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 March 2012
The Warriors coach Brian McClennan is hoping the National Rugby League match review committee takes a lenient view of Manu Vatuvei's arm-less tackle on Willie Tonga during last night's 36-20 victory over the Eels in Parramatta. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 13 March 2012
Massacre in Syria as UN searches for a ceasefire; Afghanistan reels from rogue US soldier's lethal rampage; international cricket fixing scandal; HIV, sexual violation and the ACC; Labour predicts MFAT restructure about face; port dispute effects may permeate into wider community. [more]

Goff calls Foreign Affairs restructuring a mess
The Labour Party's Foreign Affairs spokesperson Phil Goff is predicting the Government will have to back down on its proposed restructuring of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. [more]

Pacific News for 13 March 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Lawyer says HIV ruling could affect criminal trials
The lawyer who represented a woman who won a major ACC case says there are major implications for criminal trials in the court's ruling. [more]

Employers say shortages loom if ports not sorted out
The Northern Employers and Manufacturers' Association is warning there will be gaps on shelves and higher prices as the Ports of Auckland industrial dispute drags on. [more]

Syrian women, children massacred as UN meets
UN-Arab League envoy and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is attempting to gain an international community concensus 'that killing of civilians in Syria is unacceptable', which must include both China and Russia if it is to impact the government of Bashar al Assad. [more]

Afghans demand killer US soldier face a local court
The Afghan parliament has demanded an American soldier who killed sixteen civilians yesterday in a middle-of-the-night shooting rampage be put on trial in an Afghan court. [more]

Cricket fixing is rife says former NZ cricketer
Former New Zealand test and English county cricketer, Iain O'Brien, believes match-fixing is widespread in all forms of the game overseas. [more]

HIV support groups concerned at Court of Appeal ruling
HIV support groups are upset by a landmark court ruling that means people with the disease, who don't tell their sexual partners before having unprotected sex, could be charged with rape. [more]

ACC ruling reinforces no fault policy, says lawyer
ACC law specialist Hazel Armstrong joins the programme with comment on a landmark court ruling that people who are knowingly HIV-positive - and that have unprotected sex without disclosing their status - could be charged with rape. [more]

Labour predicts u-turn on MFAT restructuring
The Labour Party says the proposed restructuring at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a mess, and the government will have to back down. [more]

Customers warned of shortages as ports dispute continues
Retailers and importers are warning consumers to expect gaps on shelves and higher prices, as the Ports of Auckland industrial dispute drags on. [more]

Sports News for 13 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

One-off supply of shingles vaccine to reach New Zealand
Older New Zealanders worried about getting shingles are being offered a rare chance to be vaccinated against the often-painful disease. [more]

Commission hears base isolation barely used in New Zealand
New Zealand has been a world leader in developing technology which protects buildings in a major earthquake, but it's barely used in this country. [more]

One in three New Zealand workers expected to be on call
A survey of employees has found more than half take work home, and one in three say they're expected to be available to their employer at all hours. [more]

Afghanistan shooting spree mustn't stop 'deep engagement'
US officials have warned of possible reprisal attacks and long term damage to securing peace in Afghanistan after the killing of 16-villagers by an American soldier. Joining the programme to discuss what the shooting means for the New Zealand and Australian mission in Afghanistan is counter-insurgency consultant Jason Thomas. [more]

Chris Cairns libel suit approaches final stages
Indian cricketers have been giving evidence by video link, as Chris Cairns' libel suit against the former head of the Indian Premier League enters its final stages in London. [more]

Strong dollar behind cut in forecast payout to dairy farmers
The strong New Zealand dollar is one of the factors behind a drop in the forecast Fonterra payout to farmers. [more]

ACC ruling could impact HIV disclosure prosecutions
A Court of Appeal ruling which grants ACC cover to a woman who suffered mental stress because a sexual partner did not disclose his HIV status may influence the way police prosecute future cases. [more]

Sports News for 13 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Iwi call for discussion on repatriation of Maori soldiers
The desecration of New Zealand war graves in Libya has prompted calls by some iwi for the repatriation of the remains of Maori soldiers. [more]

Newspaper publisher says media regulator should be independent
The newspaper sector says a new media regulator should be completely independent of the government. The chief executive of the Newspaper Publishers Association, Tim Pankhurst, and blogger/internet commentator, David Farrar, join the programme. [more]

Lyttelton residents face delays to retaining wall repairs
It could take five years and tens of millions of dollars to repair quake damage done to Lyttelton's retaining walls. [more]

Anti-gay marriage ad dubbed 'vile' by Queensland gay community
In Brisbane a political commercial for Bob Katter's Australian Party has sparked outrage among Queensland's gay community for its so called homophobic content. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys: Darwin's Lichens
Kiwi scientist David Galloway went to London in the 1970s and uncovered a 'bird-splattered' box of lichens that had been collected by a mighty evolution theorist. [more]

The World at Night: India
Our correspondent in India, pop. 1,170,938,000 (est. 2010) is Bangalore-based, Shoba Narayan... the region of Bangalore, culturally and economically. [more]

Conundrum Clue Three
Conundrum Clue Three [more]

Conundrum Clue Four
Conundrum Clue Four [more]

Nine To Noon

Dr Paul Quigley - Youth Drinking
Dr Paul Quigley is an Emergency Medicine Specialist at CCDHB's Wellington Hospital and talks about the introduction of a psychological component when treating younger patients for alcohol related issues. [more]

ACC Privacy Breach
Privacy law specialist John Edwards and ACC registered Sexual Abuse counsellor Liz Campbell join the programme to talk about the alleged privacy breaches of thousands of ACC claims. [more]

US Correspondent - Luiza Savage
The berserk shooting spree of a US soldier in Afghanistan; gas prices negatively impact US president's approval ratings and; the Republican presidential candidacy race. [more]

ACC Privacy Breach - ACC CEO Ralph Stewart
ACC's Cheif Executive joins the programme with comment on the alleged privacy breach of ACC client claims. [more]

Feature Guest - James Hill
James Hill, master of the uke, joins the programme to play and chat live. With him is cellist Anne Davison and together they make wonderful music for us. [more]

Book Review - This Isn't the Sort of Thing...
This Isn't the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone like You is reviewed by Jane Myhill. It's by Jon McGregor and published by Bloomsbury. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
Déjà vu for the NZ economy; slower growth impacts the Government's books and; companies profits are showing the strain too. [more]

Charlotte MacDonald - State Sponsored Exercise
Professor of History at Victoria University, Charlotte MacDonald is the author of Strong, Beautiful and Modern - National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada 1935 - 1960. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
Brother Number One, John Carter, and Headhunters are all reviewed. [more]

Feature Guest - Dr Jeff Brown
Jeff is a paediatrician at Palmerston North hospital and president of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (the senior doctors' union). He trains health professionals on newborn life support. He was running an Advanced Paediatric Life Support training course in the Grand Chancellor Building in Christchurch last Feb 22, and once they'd got themselves out of the building, he and others went to Latimer Square where they ran a triage centre. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 March 2012
Some Kohanga Reo teachers say they're being overloaded with regulations, and a move to self management is needed to save the pre-schools from a slow death; And staying with the Waitangi Tribunal, today it will hear why the Maori Council's claim on water should be heard under urgency; An iwi wants the Government to drop Hauturu-Little Barrier island from a hapu's Treaty settlement package; A Trust which represents the interests of nine hapu in Wairarapa and Southern Hawke's Bay, will be working hard to start negotiations with the Crown as soon as possible over 27 Treaty claims. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 March 2012
An iwi wants the Government to drop Hauturu-Little Barrier island from a hapu's Treaty settlement package; But the hapu, Ngati Manuhiri, says it won't change its position on Little Barrier; Some Kohanga Reo teachers say they're being overloaded with regulations, and a move to self management is needed to save the pre-schools from a slow death; And staying with the Waitangi Tribunal, today it will hear why the Maori Council's claim on water should be heard under urgency; A Trust which represents the interests of nine hapu in Wairarapa and Southern Hawke's Bay, will be working hard to start negotiations as soon as possible with the Crown over 27 Treaty claims. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 13 March 2012
Maori from around New Zealand who've been attending an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Wellington, are mourning a kuia who helped establish Kohanga Reo for pre-schoolers in Eastern Bay of Plenty; A prominent Auckland based Maori lawyer says there's a downside to Waitangi Tribunal claimants asking for their application to be heard urgently; The Wairoa District Council agreed today to provide 25 thousand dollars from its development fund, for a poll on introducing Maori wards; An opera based on the true story of a nineteenth century Whanganui river Chief Hohepa Te Umuroa and his friendship with a Pakeha settler during the New Zealand land wars, has its world premiere in Wellington this week. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 13 March 2012
Maori who've been attending an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Wellington, are mourning a kuia who helped establish Kohanga Reo for pre-schoolers in Eastern Bay of Plenty; As well as the urgent Kohanga Reo hearing, the Tribunal is considering whether to grant a request by the Maori Council for urgency on the rights of tangata whenua over fresh water resources; The Wairoa District Council has agreed to provide 25 thousand dollars for a poll on whether to introduce Maori wards; An opera based on the story of a nineteenth century Whanganui river Chief Hohepa Te Umuroa and his friendship with a Pakeha settler during the New Zealand land wars, has its world premiere in Wellington this week. [more]

The Sampler

Best Music of 2011 (Part 1)
Over summer the Music 101 team gathered to discuss some of their favourite music from 2011. Today Trevor Reekie, Emma Smith, Nick Atkinson and host Kirsten Johnstone share their choices for 'best new discovery' and 'best new release from an established artist'. [more]

Upbeat

Anne Noble
NZ Photographer and Arts Foundation Laureate presenting exhibition of Antarctic images at Wellington City Gallery. [more]

Gina Sanders
New Zealand soprano performing at the inaugural concert of the NZ pops Orchestra in Auckland this weekend. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 85: Who Loves You the Most?
It's confessions all round at the boys' place and Magnus is headed for the big time. [more]

News stories:

Live bee shipments to Canada resume, with new protocol
New Zealand live bee exporters have started their annual shipments of bees to Canada after getting agreement on a new protocol that at one stage threatened to scuttle the trade. [more]

Lower South Island farmers make most of feedline service
Farmers in the southern half of the South Island are making the most of a recently reactivated feedline information service, to help fill a potential shortfall in winter feed. [more]

Federated Farmers says milk payout could drop further
Federated Farmers says it will not be surprised if Fonterra revises its milk payout further before the season ends. [more]

Harvesting in the wet costing Canterbury croppers
Canterbury grain and seed growers are getting crops harvested despite the persistent wet weather, but it is coming at a cost. [more]

We're overloaded with rules - Kohanga Reo teachers
Some Kohanga Reo teachers say they are being overloaded with regulations, and a move to self management is needed to save the pre-schools from a slow death. [more]

Hapu, iwi moving ahead on 27 claims
A trust that represents the interests of nine hapu in Wairarapa and southern Hawke's Bay will be working hard to start negotiations as soon as possible with the Crown over 27 Treaty claims. [more]

Maori Council bids for urgent freshwater claim hearing
The Waitangi Tribunal will hear on Monday why the Maori Council's claim on water should be heard under urgency. [more]

Kaino resigned to year without international play
The Auckland loose forward Jerome Kaino has more or less given up on international rugby this year after being told he needs a shoulder operation that'll mean about six months... [more]

Two current All Whites named in NZ under-23 side for Olympic qualifier
Two current All Whites have been named in the New Zealand under-23 football side to compete in the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament, beginning in Taupo on Friday. Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson... [more]

Lifetime doping bans to be challenged
The chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), Colin Moynihan, has urged the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reject a challenge to their policy of a lifetime Olympics... [more]

Hayne's knee injury not as bad as first feared
Jarryd Hayne says the knee injury he sustained in Parramatta's 36-20 defeat to the Warriors is not as serious as first feared, but admits he's unsure when he'll be fit... [more]

Brazilian soccer boss quits amid corruption
Ricardo Teixeira, the controversial soccer boss who has headed the Brazilian Football Confederation for 22 years, has stepped down following a string of corruption scandals. Days after 64 year old... [more]

Red Bull confident with new F1 car
Red Bull's racing boss Christian Horner says he's confident Mark Webber will have a car capable of winning his home grand prix for the first time, this weekend in Melbourne. [more]

Stomach bug strikes Indian Wells tournament
Former winners Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal breezed through the second round with straight-set wins as a flu bug wreaked havoc on the men's and women's draws at the Indian... [more]

French tennis player fined for racist slur
Michael Llodra was fined $US 2,500 ($NZ 3,000) for using a racial slur during his opening-round match against Latvian Ernests Gulbis at the ATP Tour tournament at Indian Wells. The... [more]

Argentina outclass Black Sticks Women in first test
The New Zealand women's hockey team proved no match for world number two Argentina in the first match of their four-test series with the Black Sticks outclassed 4-1 by the... [more]

Rose rises to golf's elite
The English golfer Justin Rose is ranked among the game's elite following his commanding win yesterday at the Cadillac Classic in Florida, one of the series of World Golf Championship... [more]

Redknapp cools speculation about England job
Tottenham Hotspur's manager Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from the vacant England manager's position, saying he is happy at White Hart Lane and the national job would be too frustrating. [more]

Cruden re-signs with NZRU and Chiefs
The All Blacks first five-eighth Aaron Cruden has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Chiefs Super Rugby franchise, extending his contract to 2014. The 23-year old world... [more]

Man U favourites to retain EPL title
British bookmakers have made Manchester United odds-on favorites to retain the English Premier League title they've monopolised for the past five seasons. Sir Alex Ferguson's side took over the chamionship... [more]

Warriors open their NRL account against Eels
The Warriors opened their account in the NRL last night with an action-packed 36-20 win over the Parramatta Eels last night in Sydney. Last year's beaten grand finalists, inspired by... [more]

New container data from NZ ports
The Transport Ministry has released its first in-depth report on container movements at New Zealand ports. [more]

Merger brings more customers to Yacht Lifeline
More than a decade ago, two former SAS paramedics decided to bask in New Zealand's America's Cup glory in 2000, and start a business that supplied medical equipment and training to super-yacht owners. [more]

Police in Samoa investigate death of teen age girl
Police in Samoa are investigating the death of an eight year old girl. The police say a pathologist from New Zealand will perform a post mortem but an inquiry is... [more]

Rena compensation 'unlikely' to be more than $12m
A maritime law expert says New Zealand will be lucky to get any more than $12 million off the owners of the stricken Rena. [more]

NZ scientists confident of telescope facility bid
New Zealand scientists say they have full confidence in an Australasian bid to build a massive radio telescope, despite reports a rival bid is favoured. [more]

'Naive' to suggest NZers not involved in match-fixing
A former New Zealand test cricketer says it would be naive to suggest no New Zealand cricket players have been involved in match-fixing - although he does not think it has happened in this country. [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers ready for toughest test
Papua New Guinea's bid to qualily for the Twenty 20 Cricket World Cup begins on Tuesday afternoon against Afghanistan in Dubai. The two teams open the 16 team qualifying tournament,... [more]

NZ cricketers implicated in match-fixing allegations
New Zealand cricket players have been implicated in fresh allegations of match-fixing. [more]

Accused wrote music about social justice views - defence
A man accused of being involved in military-style camps in Te Urewera National Park in the Bay of Plenty composed music about his social justice views, a court has been told. [more]

Study finds half New Zealand children do not play
A study has found close to half of New Zealand children do not play each day. [more]

China's trade deficit biggest in 20 years
An economist says New Zealand exporters will be watching the Chinese market more closely after it reported its biggest trade deficit in 20 years. [more]

High dollar likely to continue to affect occupancy rates
The high dollar is expected to continue to tarnish occupancy rates in the accommodation sector, but flickers of optimism are out there. [more]

Sport: Samoa Rugby Union appoint new CEO
Lawyer Fred Amoa has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union. Mr Amoa was selected from an interview list of eight, which included three... [more]

Work eats more and more into private life - survey
One in three workers questioned in a survey say they are required to be available to their employer 24 hours a day. [more]

Maori-Crown partnership builds homes for elders
A group of Waiariki elders has been celebrating the opening of new homes for kaumatua over the weekend - constructed through co-operation between Maori and the Crown. [more]

72-year-old dies when car collides with tree
A man has died after his car struck a tree in Taumarunui. [more]

Dunkin' Donuts sees profit in pork
Pork donuts may be unpalatable to many, but the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain is finding ways to cater to tastes in China. [more]

US economy creates 227,000 jobs in February
The US economy created 227,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate stayed at 8.3%, the lowest level in nearly three years. [more]

Carnival loss from Costa Concordia disaster
The cruise ship operator Carnival has warned that the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship could wipe out its profits this year. [more]

Hearing told tunnel would threaten heritage status
The Department of Conservation has been told a proposed bus tunnel to Milford Sound would threaten the area's world heritage status. [more]

Worker impaled on rod on school construction site
An 18-year-old is undergoing surgery at Auckland Hospital after being impaled on a steel rod at a primary school. [more]

Homicide inquiry after woman's body found
Nelson police are interviewing a man about the death of a woman whose body was found in a car in the city on Monday afternoon. [more]

Iwi differs with hapu over Hauturu-Little Barrier
An iwi wants the Government to drop Hauturu-Little Barrier island from a hapu's Treaty settlement package. [more]

Football Ferns to play in Whangarei
The Football Ferns' road to London will continue in Northland with Whangarei confirmed to host the first leg of Oceania Women's Olympic playoff on March the 31st. The match against... [more]

New Zealand players likely to have been approached by bookies?
The former Black Caps bowler Iain O'Brien says he's seen evidence of match fixing in all forms of cricket around the world, and it would be naive to think New... [more]

Chiefs defy predictions with early season form
The Chiefs are hoping their early season form will continue and result in them winning a few more Super Rugby matches in 2012. After losing both front-line props and several... [more]

ICC dismisses match-fixing claims
The International Cricket Council has dismissed a claim by the London Sunday Times newspaper that Indian bookmakers have been fixing the results of English county games and overseas fixtures. The... [more]

O'Brien says match fixing unlikely in New Zealand competitions
The former Black Caps bowler Iain O'Brien says it's unlikely New Zealand's domestic cricketers are involved in match-fixing because only a small number of games are broadcast on television. An... [more]

Limited supply of shingles vaccine available soon
People aged over 60 are being urged to consider paying for a vaccine against shingles, which will be available soon on a limited basis. [more]

Another merger of government agencies signalled
The Prime Minister has signalled another merger of government agencies, but says there are no plans for wholesale restructuring of the public service. [more]

Counterfeit money circulating in Tauranga
Police in Tauranga are warning retailers to be extra-vigilant when handling cash, because counterfeit notes are circulating in the area. [more]

Gore lamb takes supreme award at Glammies
A lamb farmer from Gore has been awarded the top prize at Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Golden Lamb awards, also known as the Glammies. [more]

Support from across NZ likely at kohanga reo hearing
Te Kohanga Reo National Trust expects supporters from throughout the country to be in Wellington on Monday to hear an urgent claim before the Waitangi Tribunal. [more]

Credit union scoring Whanau Ora work
Aotearoa Credit Union says it is drawing up a memorandum of understanding with four Whanau Ora providers helping iwi members. [more]

Mandate for Crown deal - Te Rarawa chairperson
The chairperson of Te Rarawa iwi in the Far North says members have given the runanga a mandate to accept a Crown package, even though only about a quarter of tribal members voted for the deal. [more]

Crown undermined resource consent process - iwi
The iwi and some residents around Kaipara Harbour have placed a rahui or customary ban over the harbour in protest against 200 Crest Energy tidal turbines going ahead. [more]

Nine Kahungunu hapu approve Treaty claims
Members of nine Ngati Kahungunu hapu in Wairarapa and southern Hawke's Bay have given formal approval to their Treaty of Waitangi claims being negotiated with the Crown. [more]

Arsenal strike late to turn up heat on Spurs
Arsenal narrowed the gap on third-placed Tottenham to a point as the Gunners came from behind to beat Newcastle United 2-1 in a dramatic Premier League football match at the... [more]

Food prices rise slightly in February
Food prices rose slightly in February. [more]

Kohanga Reo wants split from Ministry of Education
Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board has opened an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing by calling for a law change taking control of the Maori preschools away from the Ministry of Education. [more]

HIV ruling 'over the top' - Aids Foundation
The Aids Foundation says a Court of Appeal ruling that people with HIV could be charged with rape if they do not tell a sexual partner about their disease is over the top. [more]

Diplomats' partners say leave MFAT
Diplomats' partners are encouraging them to leave the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade because of cost-cutting measures being pushed through by the Government. [more]

American Samoa recalls lawmakers to deal with hospital crisis
American Samoa's governors Togiola Tulafono has called a special session of the Legislature to convene today to deal with the financial crisis at the LBJ Medical Center. Lawmakers went into... [more]

Media group condemns threats against PNG journalist
The Pacific Freedom Forum has condemned the grenade threat made against a Papua New Guinea journalist by police officers last week. Post Courier Business Editor, Patrick Talu, was shown a... [more]

More Vanuatu provincial councils suspended
Vanuatu's Minister for Internal Affairs Mr George Wells has suspended the four remaining Provincial Councils of Malampa, Penama, Sanma and Torba for the next eight months and appointed four Commissioners... [more]

I wouldn't have taken off that day - former pilot
An experienced pilot has told the Queenstown District Court the pilot of a Pacific Blue flight used flawed decision-making when he flew his aircraft out of the resort nearly two years ago. [more]

Man arrested over central city attack
A 31-year-old man has been arrested following an assault on another man in central Hamilton early on Friday morning. [more]

Two appear on charges of killing immigrant
Two men charged with killing a Sri Lankan immigrant at Oxford, west of Christchurch, appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday. [more]

Auckland mayor's mediation attempt fails
The Ports of Auckland dispute has seen a high-level attempt at mediation end in failure on Monday and allegations of intimidation on the picket lines. [more]

'Sheer luck' flight did not encounter problems
A court has heard it was sheer luck that a Pacific Blue 737 that took off from Queenstown on 22 June 2010 did not strike any serious problems. [more]

Best February in 4 years for house agents
House sales picked up last month, making it the best February in four years for house agents, but prices held steady. [more]

Lyttelton gets the word on retaining-wall repair
Lyttelton residents face five years of construction work as hundreds of damaged retaining walls are rebuilt around the port town. [more]

Children injured after fishing near rail tracks
KiwiRail is urging people to stay away from the country's rail tracks after two Christchurch children were injured. [more]

HIV ruling could open way to serious sex charges
A leading compensation lawyer says anyone who conceals a life-threatening sexually transmitted infection from a partner could now be charged with sexual violation. [more]

Govt forging ahead with state sector restructuring
The Government is forging ahead with more state sector restructuring even as it faces a backlash from public servants. [more]

Constitution chief says Fiji regime should review laws restricting freedom
The newly-appointed chairperson of Fiji's Constitution Commission Professor Yash Ghai says the Fiji regime should review all laws that restrict freedoms to ensure open discussion around the constitution. The veteran... [more]

Tonga police say embezzlement probe affects three Westpac branches
Tonga police have released more information on alleged embezzlement at the Westpac Bank of Tonga. 12 staff members, who've now been suspended from the bank, appeared in Magistrate's Court yesterday... [more]

Vanuatu's Efate council gets new interim president
Vanuatu's Vaturisu Council of Chiefs, which is responsible for the traditional affairs of the people of Efate, has appointed the Eratap paramount chief, Andrew Kalpoilep, as its interim president. He... [more]

Levu Tula Solaita chosen for vacant American Samoa Senate seat
An American Samoan High Chief Levu Tula Solaita has been selected by the Nu'uuli Village Council to be the next Senator for Ituau. Levu fills the Senate seat left vacant... [more]

NZ-based Sonar 6 bought by US software giant
An Auckland-based HR software company has been snapped up by an American software giant for $US14 million. [more]

Earnings season shows signs of steady growth
The earnings season for the first six months of this financial year is almost over, with signs of steady growth among New Zealand's biggest listed companies. [more]

Greece inches towards second bailout
Greece is inching towards its second bailout, after managing to win a crucial debt swap. [more]

Finance companies uneasy about FMA reform
A financial lobby group says imposing additional requirements on companies trying to raise money from the public won't help investors, and could result in lengthy prospectuses. [more]

Kermadec chairman defends brothers' deal
The chairman of Kermadec Property Fund is defending a $7 million plan to internalise its management contract and acquire the Augusta Funds Management business. [more]

Liquid waste company fined $35,000 for pollution
A liquid waste removal company has been fined $35,000 in the Tauranga District Court for three breaches of the Resource Management Act. [more]

Body may be that of woman who vanished 2 years ago
A spokesperson for the family of a Christchurch woman who went missing in 2010 says they are saddened by news that a body - believed to be hers - has been found. [more]

Kilbirnie burglar arrested
Police in Wellington have arrested and charged a man, 22, in relation to several recent nighttime burglaries in the suburb of Kilbirnie. [more]

Rugby World Cup worth $9m to Nelson
An economic impact report to the Nelson City Council says the Rugby World Cup was worth $9.2 million to the region. [more]

Hope for Firth of Thames mussel beds
Scientists say they may be able to restore a once-abundant mussel bed in the Firth of Thames, which will increase local sea life. [more]

Niue plans to set up shipping registry
The Niue Government is attempting to push through legislation that would establish a shipping registry. Our correspondent, Mona Ainuu, says it is being done in association with a Singaporean firm... [more]

ITO changes just reshuffling deckchairs - Robertson
The Labour Party says the Government's focus on rearranging the state sector and merging industry training organisations (ITOs) will not improve economic development. [more]

Volkswagen headed for another record year
The German car giant Volkswagen says 2012 could be another record year, with vehicle sales possibly surpassing last year's total of 8.3 million. [more]

Commerce Commission publishes Medlab statement
The Commerce Commission has published a statement relating to an application from Southern Community Laboratories to acquire 100% of shares in Medlab South. [more]

Telecom gets Christchurch broadband deal
Telecom will deliver fibre-based services including ultrafast broadband to Christchurch under a new deal with the Government announced on Monday. [more]

Bathurst Resources has date for heading
The listed miner Bathurst Resources says its case in the Environment Court over its Escarpment mine project will start later this month. [more]

First coal from Solid Energy's new mine
Solid Energy's new opencast coalmine on the West Coast has produced its first coal for the New Zealand market. [more]

Tonga fishing industry wants Consumption Tax clarified
Tonga's Fishing Industry Association says the best thing the government can do to revitalise the sector is sort out Consumption Tax as it applies to exporters. Fishing is one of... [more]

Yash Ghai speaks on Fiji constitution plan
The newly-appointed chairperson of Fiji's Constitution Commission Professor Yash Ghai says the Fiji regime should review all laws that restrict freedoms in Fiji to ensure frank discussions around the constitution. [more]

CNMI Healthcare gets Land Trust Board loan
The Marianas Public Land Trust board has decided to give the ailing Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation a 4.58 million US dollar line of credit. The move comes as the legislature is... [more]

NPA wants independence for proposed regulator
The Newspaper Publishers Association says a proposed media regulator should be independent to prevent interference from the government. [more]

Challenging year for live bee exporters
Disruptive weather and delays over negotiating new trade conditions have been a challenge for live bee exporters this year. [more]

More grain to dairy conversions expected after wet summer
A grain growers' representative is expecting more arable farmers to give up and convert to dairying as a result of their experiences this season. [more]

Commission chief rejects links with Fiji regime
The chief of a new body set up to oversee discussions in Fiji on a new constitution has rejected criticism he lacks independence in his new role. A former military... [more]

Samoa opposition aims to rebuild demolished parliament building
Samoa's first parliament building has been demolished but those who wanted it preserved are not staying quiet. The opposition Tautua Samoa party leader Palusalue Faapo II has vowed that if... [more]

Tonga's Fusimalohi loses FIFA ban appeal
The corruption appeal of former a Oceania Football Confederation and FIFA executive, Tonga's Ahongalu Fusimalohi, has been turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Mr Fusimalohi was banned... [more]

TI PNG faults MPs parliamentary term claims
Transparency International Papua New Guinea says it is incorrect for MPs to claim they have the right to extend the parliamentary term. Its spokesperson Lawrence Stephens says the latest such... [more]

Lawyer likens Tame Iti to Nelson Mandela
A defence lawyer for activist Tame Iti has compared him to Nelson Mandela, at a trial in Auckland. [more]

Fewer workers on picket line
Just a small group of striking workers were on the picket line outside the Ports of Auckland's main container ship terminal on Tuesday morning. [more]

Ports dispute could mean higher prices for consumers
Retailers and importers are warning consumers to expect higher prices and gaps on shop shelves, as the Ports of Auckland industrial dispute drags on. [more]

Maritime Union files injunction against Auckland port
The Maritime Union has filed an injunction in the Employment Court to stop Ports of Auckland continuing with its redundancy plans. [more]

PM says merit in merging ministries
The Prime Minister says there is merit in merging a number of ministries, as he prepares to deliver a speech on Thursday on further plans for public sector savings. [more]

Body confirmed as Emma Campbell's
Christchurch police have confirmed the body found in the Port Hills at the weekend is that of Emma Campbell, who had been missing since May 2010. [more]

UN welcomes Fiji move towards constitution
The UN seceratry general Ban Ki-moon has welcomed last week's announcement in Fiji of the start of a constitution-making process, saying it is an important step towards the country's return... [more]

Farming award winners
A former student and current business manager for the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre will be heading to the national finals of the Young Farmer Competition. [more]

AirAsia X passengers hit in pocket
Customers of the airline AirAsia X have been left out of pocket after the airline announced it was stopping all flights to and from New Zealand. [more]

Dismay at AirAsia X's withdrawal from Christchurch
Christchurch Airport says it is dismayed the budget airline AirAsia X is planning to cancel its direct services to and from the city. [more]

Fiji regime open to Kiribati land investment plans
The Fiji interim government says it has acknowledged the proposal by the Kiribati government to buy land in Fiji for investment purposes. This comes after the Kiribati president Anote Tong... [more]

Base-isolation method 'barely used in NZ'
An earthquake engineer says many construction companies are scared of adopting new quake-resistant building designs because they do not realise how simple and cost effective they are. [more]

Police seeking driver who hit centenarian
Police in Christchurch are looking for the driver of a vehicle who hit a 100-year-old woman as she crossed the road. [more]

Loss of sovereign rights under TPP feared
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says an international conference in Japan is worried a proposed trans-Pacific trade deal will restrict the sovereign rights of individual countries. [more]

Jock Hobbs dies after battle with leukaemia
The former head of the New Zealand Rugby Union Jock Hobbs has died. He was 52. Hobbs, who was also a former All Black captain had been battling leukaemia for... [more]

Coach says match fix claims won't disrupt second test buildup
The Black Caps coach John Wright is confident allegations that New Zealand cricketers were involved in match fixing, won't disrupt their build to the second test against South Africa. The... [more]

Opera tells story of Whanganui river chief
An opera based on the true story of a nineteenth century Whanganui river chief Hohepa Te Umuroa and his friendship with a Pakeha settler during the New Zealand land wars has its world premiere in Wellington this week. [more]

Papua's Freeport mine says it's back to business
Work has restarted at the Freeport mine in Indonesia's Papua after a two-week suspension caused by fighting among workers. Operations were halted last month after employees complained that a deal... [more]

Cooks call to review free association arrangement with New Zealand
The Cook Islands finance minister says he would like the free entry arrangement it has with New Zealand reexamined as the country's population continues to shrink. The Cook Islands, Niue... [more]

ADB predicts growth in Pacific economies
The Asian Development Bank says several Pacific economies are expected to keep growing in the next two years. Papua New Guinea has had ten consecutive years of growth, although the... [more]

Kava conference hears European kava ban may be breaking WTO rules
The International Kava Executive Council says legal advice it has obtained shows European countries which have banned the ceremonial drink may be breaking World Trade Organisation rules. The ban was... [more]

Restart retailers may have to go
The manager of Christchurch's container mall does not yet know if all the retailers can stay there until Christmas. [more]

Flu vaccinations now available
Health authorities are urging people to get their annual immunisation soon, with winter flu vaccine supplies with family doctors now. [more]

Student loan changes in line with election policy - PM
Prime Minister John Key says the Government will not proceed with any changes to student loans that were not part of National's 2011 election policy platform. [more]

Murder charge after woman's body found in car
A 44-year-old man appeared in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday charged with murder after the discovery of a woman's body in a car the previous day. [more]

NZ market closes higher
The NZX 50 was up 18 points at 3471 on a turnover of $122 million at close of business Tuesday. [more]

A stalwart of Kohanga Reo dies suddenly
Maori from around New Zealand who have been attending an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Wellington are mourning a kuia who helped establish Kohanga Reo for pre-schoolers in Eastern Bay of Plenty. [more]

Wairoa District Council agrees to fund poll on Maori wards
Wairoa District Council agreed on Tuesday to provide $25,000 from its development fund to pay for a poll on whether to introduce Maori wards. [more]

Waitangi queue jumping a problem - lawyer
A prominent Maori lawyer says there is a downside to Waitangi Tribunal claimants asking for their application to be heard urgently. [more]

Three people treated after Rangitata fire
A house in the South Canterbury town of Rangitata has been badly damaged in a fire. [more]

ACC apologises for major privacy breach
The Accident Compensation Corporation says it is sorry it accidentally released the personal details of thousands of clients. [more]

NZ First opts out of constitutional review
New Zealand First is refusing to take part in the Government's constitutional review. [more]

Police appeal for information on Hornby assault
Christchurch police are asking for the public's help with any information about an indecent assault on a teenage girl in Hornby last weekend. [more]

Massey, Missouri universities sign pact
Massey University has signed an agreement strengthening ties with one of the leading agricultural universities in the United States, the University of Missouri. [more]

NZ leading global charge against Psa vine disease
New Zealand is leading the charge internationally when it comes to fighting the kiwifruit disease Psa. [more]

Govt must back down on MFAT cuts, says Goff
The Labour Party says the Government will have to back down from its planned restructuring at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, unless it wants to see a mass exodus of diplomats. [more]

Govt won't appeal against High Court's Crafar ruling
The Government says it will not appeal against the High Court ruling ordering it to reconsider the bid to buy the 16 Crafar farms. [more]

PM satisfied with process of Mapp appointment
Prime Minister John Key says he is satisfied proper process was followed in the appointment of a former National Party cabinet minister to the Law Commission. [more]

Value of Investor Plus category defended
Prime Minister John Key is defending the immigration category under which Kim Dotcom - who has been charged with internet piracy - was granted residency. [more]

Prediction milk payout down to $6 next season
An economist is predicting Fonterra's payout per kilo of milk solids next season could fall as low as $6. [more]

Govt won't appeal against Crafar farms decision
The Government says it will not appeal against the High Court decision ordering it to reconsider the bid to buy the 16 Crafar farms. [more]