Radio New Zealand - Friday, 23rd March 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, 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

The Rocket
In just over 4 hours, a hut near Invercargill will become the centre of the universe for a team of scientists tracking the flight of an Ariane 5 rocket on its way to the International Space Station. The Awarua station is in the Southland countryside, between Invercargill and Bluff. The European Space Agency needed a place to track rockets launched from French Guiana. Awarua proved the ideal place. The Space Agency paid for the centre in Awarura , and it was , built by Venture Southland in 2008. Venture Southland enterprise projects manager Robin McNeill is a rocket scientist himself and he will be there at the Awarua Tracking Centre to watch the rocket go past. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Julie Biuso
Feijoa Cake with Crumble Topping. [more]

Wine with Yvonne Lorkin
Lindauer Brut NV, Lake Chalice Marlborough Chardonnay 2010 and Rippon Wanaka Gewurztraminer. [more]

Film Review with Dan Slevin
Dan reviews The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with its all-star cast and the sci-fi action drama, The Hunger Games. [more]

National Rodeo finals
This weekend the Otago town of Lawrence, 92km south-west of Dunedin on State Highway 8, will feel more like a place out of the Wild West. Cowboys from around the country will bust broncos and ride bulls in their quest for the national title. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 23 March 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jeremy Hansen and Barry Corbett (Part 1)
Topic 1 - Search and Surveillance Bill. Topic 2 - A new book reportedly threatens to displace Captain James Cook and Abel Tasman as the first Europeans to reach New Zealand. [more]

The Panel with Jeremy Hansen and Barry Corbett (Part 2)
Topic 3 - There's less than 2 days to go before one of the biggest road rule changes in nearly 40 years. Topic 4 - Some Wellington nannies say they've been told by their agency that they are now expected to log children's activities, check their employers' houses and tell parents how to improve health and safety in the home. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 23 March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 March. This week .... how has the media been coping with the ongoing industrial action at the Ports of Auckland, the country's future if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees, "flipping" water quality in Southland, hear two views of Edwardian Wellington as Spectrum celebrates is 40th birthday, Stephen Stills of "Crosby Stills and Nash" talks about starting up, Diversity in Death - exploring inter-faith rituals around death in NZ, the busy life of an equine dentist and cooking kai as a fundraiser - fried bread, whitebait fritters...yum yum! [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 23 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 23 March 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 23 March 2012
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Evening Business for 23 March 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for Friday 23 March 2012
94 thousand new jobs are expected to be created in the next two years, but there is caution in the wind. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 23 March 2012
Coroner recommends fences between HNZ homes, Fear the idead of a riverside park has influenced zoning decisions, Port workers in limbo, union launches legal challenge and Tickets to the Flight of the Conchords. [more]

Coroner recommends fences between HNZ homes
A Coroner has told Housing New Zealand to build fences between its houses following the death of a toddler, who was accidently hit by a car on a driveway. [more]

Fear the idea of a park has influenced zoning decisions
Some in Christchurch who found out today they will have to abandon their properties fear they've been rezoned to make way for a park on banks of the Avon River. [more]

Port workers in limbo, union launches legal challenge
The Ports of Auckland is today still refusing to say when wharfies who yesterday gave up striking, will be allowed back to work. [more]

Unions demand Transport Minister reveal port briefings
Meanwhile the CTU is demanding the Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee reveal what he's been told about the dispute in briefings with the Ports of Auckland. [more]

Tickets to the Flight of the Conchords
Tickets to the Flight of the Conchords New Zealand tour have sold out with the last available online snapped up in a matter of minutes. [more]

Sports News for 23 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

US soldier charged with 17 counts of murder
The US soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians on a shooting rampage in Kandahar province has been charged with 17 counts of murder. [more]

Beware the price of cheap beer
The Commerce Commission has warned the supermarket giant Progressive Enterprises over discounts on beer which are not the bargain they appear to be. [more]

Speculation rife on future of Wellington prison site
Speculation is rife about what will be done with the prime Wellington real estate under Mt Crawford prison, now it's confirmed it will be shut for good. [more]

Parents coping financially with newborns
A fifth of parents taking part in an Auckland University study have told researchers their income came from four or more sources in the first critical months of their babies' lives. [more]

How Whitney Houston died
Pop star Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning but drug abuse and heart disease were also contributing factors. [more]

Southland tracks rocket on way to space station
A rocket carrying supplies including toothbrushes and underpants to the International Space Station is due to split apart over New Zealand in half an hour. [more]

Quakes present Chch with opportunity in broadband rollout
Quake-ravaged Christchurch could be ahead of the pack in taking advantage of the roll out of ultra fast broadband. [more]

Study shows nurses drinking too much
A new study shows almost 14 percent of nurses and midwives are drinking too much and the longer the hours they work the more they drink. [more]

More work to do to meet treaty obligations - Len Brown
A new audit shows the Auckland council lagging behind in meeting its obligations to Maori, and the mayor admits they can do better. [more]

Pediatricians call for more Government action on alcohol
Pediatricians and public health professionals want the Government to enact tougher restrictions on alcohol to reduce the harm it does to young people. [more]

Sports News for 23 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 23 March 2012
The Auditor General is considering requests for an independent inquiry into the Accident Compensation Corporation. [more]

Country Life

The Bee Advocate
Geoff Kipps Bolton speaks up for bees. He's from San Diego where bee numbers have been decimated by colony collapse disorder. [more]

Gidday and Guest
The Minister of Immigration has released two guides this week to help migrant farm workers adjust to life in New Zealand. [more]

Regional Wrap
The North Island has been wet, warm and windy and in the South grape harvesting has finally started after delays of up to three weeks. [more]

The Biological Husbandry Unit
The BHU in Lincoln is home to the Future Farming Centre and the Organic Training College that delivers practical and theory training in Organic Horticulture. With Bill Martin and Dr Charles Merfield. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 23 March 2012
We hear from the All Blacks and Blues loose forward Jerome Kaino who's decided to leave New Zealand rugby for Japan, fellow All Blacks loosie Victor Vito talks about the Hurricanes match against the Blues where he'll come up against several former teamates, the Phoenix striker Chris Greenacre talks about his new role ahead of the side's final regular season match against A-League competition leaders the Central Coast, the Olympic men's football team's hopes of a place in London mid-year go on the line in Taupo, and cyclist Julian Dean's Olympic dreams are over after breaking his leg. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 March 2012
More than 250 houses bordering the Avon River are zoned red and The Auditor-General is considering an independent inquiry into ACC. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 March 2012
All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino off to Japan and players are taking an early lunch on the opening day of the third and final cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa in Wellington. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 23 March 2012
French siege ends with death of gunman, ACC chair says 'not subject to ministerial influence', Ports keep union members out due to threats of violence, Union members have no trust in the ports, MFAT's reorganisation meetings leave confusion in their wake, Less than two days until give way rules change. [more]

Drivers react to the new give way rules
There's less than 2 days to go before one of the biggest road rule changes in nearly 40 years. [more]

Television and digital advertising on the rise
The Advertising Standards Authority says the rise has come at the expense of traditional mediums like newspapers. [more]

Obama, Key to attend nuclear summit in South Korea
The US President Barack Obama is to make his first visit to the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea this weekend. [more]

Pacific News for 23 March 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Maritime Union meets with Ports of Auckland to discuss lockout
The Maritime Union and Ports of Auckland meet, yet again, to discuss whether locked out workers can return to work. [more]

French siege ends with death of gunman
The police siege of an apartment building in the French city of Toulouse has ended with a dramatic shoot out, and the death of the gunman suspected of killing seven people. [more]

ACC chair says 'not subject to ministerial influence'
The chair of the Accident Compensation Corporation says he has complete faith his staff would never be influenced by political pressure. [more]

Ports keep union members out due to threats of violence
More than 300 members of the Maritime Union formed a picket line outside the Ports of Auckland container terminal yesterday, when the company wouldn't let the workers back in. [more]

Union members have no trust in the ports anymore
President of the Council of Trade Unions, Helen Kelly. [more]

MFAT's reorganisation meetings leave confusion in their wake
The Public Service Association says a meeting yesterday with managers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has left them confused about who's in charge. [more]

Less than two days until give way rules change
On Sunday New Zealand will make one of the biggest changes to the road rules in nearly 40 years. [more]

Sports News for 23 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Controversial search and surveillance bill passes final reading
Opposition MPs says the new laws go too far. [more]

Flight of the Conchords fans queue for tickets
Fans of the musical comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords, have been queuing outside box offices overnight, hoping to secure tickets to their tour in June. [more]

Wellington regional council wants panel to consider supercity
It wants an independent panel to investigate whether up to nine councils in the region could be combined to form just one ruling body. [more]

Sarkozy promised clamp down following shootings
Mr Sarkozy addressed the nation following the death of Mohamed Merah in a shoot out with police in the southern city of Toulouse. [more]

Extra caution advised at troublespots before road rule change
There's less than 2 days to go before one of the biggest road rule changes in nearly 40 years. [more]

Maritime New Zealand tells of damage to Rena
Salvors are hoping to return to the Rena today, after bad weather that caused further damage to the broken vessel, threw containers into the ocean, and another oil spill. [more]

Australia's most wanted man captured after 7 years on the run
Malcolm Naden has been charged with murder and other offences after being tracked down to a remote hut in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales. [more]

Kohanga whanau pitted against family in government
The kohanga movement is continuing its attempts to break away from the Ministry of Education, saying outcomes for its children are compromised under the current structure. [more]

Audit finds Auckland Council not meeting Treaty obligations
An audit has called for urgent changes to the way Auckland Council fulfils its Treaty of Waitangi obligations. [more]

Sports News for 23 March 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fears former Carisbrook stadium could lay idle for years
A Dunedin business group are worried the site of the former stadium Carisbrook might lie derelict for years. [more]

Outgoing DHB head says DHB have to adapt to tight finances
The outgoing chief executive of the Auckland District Health Board says DHBs have to learn to live within their means. [more]

Study shows babies watching television since birth
A third of parents taking part in an Auckland University longitudinal study have told researchers their babies have been watching television since they were newborns. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Australian correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh, who is in Brisbane for the Queensland election. [more]

Nights

Invercargill eye on the sky
Earth station engineer Robin McNeill on whether there has been a successful launch of the European Space Agency's ATV3 "Eduardo Amaldi" to the International Space Station, which is being observed by the Awarua Tracking Station. [more]

Nine To Noon

Susan Morton
Dr Susan Morton is the director of the Growing Up in New Zealand Longitudinal study. She is a specialist in Public Health Medicine and a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Population Health at The University of Auckland. [more]

Opposition to the Milford Dart Tunnel Proposal
Amanda Hasselmann from Glenorchy Community Group. Robin McNeill, Chair of Southland Conservation Board and Tom Elworthy, Managing Director of Milford Dart Ltd joined Lynn Freeman. [more]

Asia Correspondent Greg Torode
How is Myanmar coping with change? [more]

Feature guest - Dame Robin White
Dame Robin White was named a 2012 Distinguished Alumna of The University of Auckland earlier this month. Recognised as an important figure in developing New Zealand's regionalist style, her work often depicts people in rural landscapes, blending Pakeha, Maori and Pacific influences. Her latest work is inspired by her time spent on the remote Kermadec Islands. [more]

Children's Book Review with John McIntyre
Wonder by RJ Palacio. My Sister Lives on The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
Featuring The Eastern, Glass Vaults, Can, Popol Vuh. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
Black caps selection for the test at the Basin reserve and Jerome Kaino, who can replace him? [more]

The Week That Was
With Te Radar and Urzila Carson. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 March 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 23 March 2012
An audit has found Auckland Council's obligations to Maori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi need to be urgently addressed; The Crown's today expected to present its final evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal - hearing an urgent claim brought by the Kohanga movement, which wants to become self managed; The Maori Economic Development Panel has just held the first of three open hui in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, as part of its brief to find ways of substantially boosting the Maori economy, which is currently worth 37-billion dollars; Today eleven Maori cultural groups take centre stage in front of a huge audience in Canberra for the biggest kapa haka festival in Australia. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 23 March 2012
An audit has found Auckland Council's obligations to Maori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi need to be urgently addressed; The Crown's today expected to present its final evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal - hearing an urgent claim brought by the Kohanga movement, which wants to become self managed; The Maori Economic Development Panel has just held the first of three open hui in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, as part of its brief to find ways of substantially boosting the Maori economy, which is currently worth 37-billion dollars; Today eleven Maori cultural groups take centre stage in front of a huge audience in Canberra for the biggest kapa haka festival in Australia. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 23 March 2012
The Kohanga Reo National Trust Board says its claim before the Waitangi Tribunal has resulted in whanau being pitted against family who work for government; Four South Taranaki iwi are opposing a water privatisation bill because of a lack of consultation with them by the South Taranaki District Council; The Maori Economic Development Panel Chairman, says attendance at the first of three public hui to discuss ways of improving the Maori economy, exceeded expectations; Judges of the Maori Excellence in Farming Award have decided on the three finalists in this year's competition; Meanwhile the Maori Trustee John Paki, who's on the management committee which runs the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition, says it's significant for all farmers not just those who are Maori. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 23 March 2012
A two week long Waitangi Tribunal inquiry on the Kohanga movement has wrapped up, with both Iwi and the Crown giving evidence; Four South Taranaki iwi are opposing a water privatisation bill because of a lack of consultation with them by the South Taranaki District Council; The Maori Economic Development Panel Chairman, says attendance at the first of three public hui to discuss ways of improving the Maori economy, exceeded expectations. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 23 March 2012
A review of the week's news including: cabinet minister resigns, bitterness envelops Ports of Auckland dispute, jury hung on most significant charge in Te Urewera trial, court grants Kim Dotcom $60,000 a month, NZ's expat Tongans mourn their King, funeral held for boating tragedy victims, rave reviews for NZ's fastest built stadium in Christchurch and Volvo Ocean Race yachts farewelled from Auckland [more]

Upbeat

Michael Joel
NZ conductor previews this weekend's Manawatu Sinfonia concert and talks about his recent appointment as music director of St Matthews Chamber Orchestra in Auckland. [more]

Hamish McKeich and Diedre Irons
Conductor and piano soloist for the Southern Sinfonia's concert in Dunedin this weekend. [more]

News stories:

MFAT cost cutting likely to be half original target
Further details have emerged about cost cutting measures at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [more]

Fears of derelict Carisbrook stadium
A Dunedin business group fears the site of the former Carisbrook stadium might lay idle for years. [more]

Setting priorities helped Auckland DHB break even
A departing chief executive at the country's largest district health board says DHBs must live within their means. [more]

Auckland Council needs to work harder for Maori - audit
An audit has found Auckland Council's obligations to Maori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi need to be urgently addressed. [more]

Final day for evidence for urgent kohanga hearing
The Crown is expected to present its final evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal hearing an urgent claim brought by the kohanga movement, which wants to become self managed. [more]

First of three hui held on boosting Maori economy
The Maori Economic Development Panel has held the first of three open hui in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, as part of its brief to find ways of substantially boosting the Maori economy, which is currently worth $37 billion. [more]

Maori culture takes centre stage in Canberra
Eleven Maori cultural groups take centre stage in Canberra on Friday for the biggest kapa haka festival in Australia. [more]

Auckland Council failing to meet obligations to Maori - audit
An audit commissioned by Auckland Council's Independent Maori Statutory Board is calling for urgent changes to the way the council fulfils its Treaty of Waitangi obligations. [more]

Real Madrid to build $1bn resort in UAE
The glamour Spanish football club Real Madrid have announced plans to build a $1.2 billion holiday resort in the United Arab Emirates that is due to open in January 2015. [more]

RWC 2015 qualifying starts this weekend
This weekend marks the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying as Mexico host Jamaica in Mexico City. Though the tournament is more than three years away, 80 teams are... [more]

Afghanistan qualify for World Twenty20 tournament
Afghanistan have qualified for cricket's World Twenty20 tournament later this year in Sri Lanka after a 47-run victory over Namibia in the first final of the 16-nation qualifying tournament. It'll... [more]

New Zealand without Raikabula for Hong Kong sevens
The New Zealand rugby sevens team will be without vice-captain Lote Raikabula for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament because of injury. He's been replaced by debutant Jack Wilson. Raikabula becomes... [more]

2012 NZ canoe squad named
World champion Lisa Carrington heads the New Zealand Canoe Racing team named to attend the World Cups and hopefully this year's Olympics. The squad includes all the paddlers who have... [more]

Another setback for Sanya
The bad luck that has dogged Chinese team Sanya in the Volvo Ocean Race struck again when a rudder snapped, causing the boat to take on water while ahead on... [more]

Teenagers lead golf championships
Two teenagers Luke Toomey of Ngaruawahia and Nick Voke of Manukau stole the show in round one of the New Zealand Stroke Play golf championship in Hastings. They both shot... [more]

Irish hooker forced to retire
Ireland's hooker Jerry Flannery has announced his retirement from rugby after an injury-plagued career. The 33-year-old from Munster has quit after suffering a back injury having been capped 41 times... [more]

Expatriate Tongans angry King's funeral date has changed
The decision to hold the state funeral for King George Tupou V a day earlier has been labelled a kick in the guts for Tongans living overseas. [more]

Auckland international passengers rise
The number of international passengers passing through Auckland International Airport rose to 586,000 in February - an increase of 1.8% compared with the same month a year earlier. [more]

Ecoya expands footprint in Japan
Listed natural skin care and candle maker Ecoya is expanding its footprint in Japan. [more]

BLIS Technologies seeks extra capital
BLIS Technologies says it could run out of money in the next financial year, and it's seeking extra capital. [more]

Economic growth slowed at end of 2011
The pace of economic growth slowed in the final three months of last year, according to official figures. [more]

NZF Group under scrutiny from Serious Fraud Office
NZF Group is the latest finance firm under scrutiny from the Serious Fraud Office. [more]

Still strong interest in council bond issue
A body set up to allow councils to borrow money more cheaply is more than half way to its $1 billion target this year, with global investors continuing to show strong interest in its bond issues. [more]

Auckland council announces $110m loss
Auckland council reported a loss of $110 million in the first eight months of its existence. [more]

Port keeping workers out for fear of abuse
The Ports of Auckland says it is not letting striking waterfront workers back on the wharves right away because it fears other workers will be abused. [more]

NZ's McCully says MFAT being careful before restructuring decisions
The Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully says the government is taking the time to properly consider changes at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr McCully told Morning Report... [more]

CNMI delegate calls for funding to help victims of assault
The CNMI Delegate to the US Congress, Gregorio Sablan, has introduced Legislation to increase federal funding to help victims of sexual assualt and domestic violence. The requested funding would provide... [more]

Nobles to carry out pongipongi tapu for new Tongan King
In Tonga, every noble in the country has been told to come to the Royal Palace with their estate for King George Tupou the fifth's funeral, rather than coming in... [more]

National minimum wage in Fiji to protect vulnerable workers
The chairperson of the Fiji Wages Council says the introduction of a national minimum wage will most impact those who currently have no wage protection. The Labour Ministry is planning... [more]

Fiji pensioners call for inquiry into FNPF
Pensioners in Fiji have sent a petition to interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, calling for an independent inquiry into the reforms being made to Fiji National Provident Fund's pension... [more]

Surveillance law an attack on liberties - Harawira
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says new surveillance legislation will mean public liberties will disappear. The Government says safeguards have been included in the law. [more]

NZTA expects new give way rules to reduce crashes
The Transport Agency expects the new give way rules that come into effect on Sunday will reduce crashes at intersections. [more]

Cannabis vending machine seized in raid
Police have raided an Auckland club, making arrests and seizing a vending machine being used to sell cannabis. [more]

Button says Malaysian grand prix will be closer
The British Formula One motor racing driver Jenson Button believes his McLaren team will face stiffer competition in Malaysia this weekend than during his dominant Australian win last Sunday. Button... [more]

Vanuatu still waiting for NZ to decide on prison
Vanuatu's justice minister says his government is still waiting for a decision from New Zealand as to whether it will provide funding for a new prison. The comment follows the... [more]

Minimum wage in Fiji shouldn't be one size fits all
The head of the Fiji Commerce and Employers' Federation, Mark Matthews, says a national minimum wage in Fiji should NOT be one figure applied across the board. Various minimum wage... [more]

PNG's Amet to file constitutional challenge against O'Neill government
Papua New Guinea's former Chief Justice, Sir Arnold Amet, says he has instructed his legal counsel to file a constitutional challenge against the O'Neill government's Judicial Conduct law. Passed in... [more]

PNG Prime Minister admits tourism industry facing law and order issues
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister says the tourism industry is facing problems with law and order. The National newspaper reports the government is increasing national and internal security by... [more]

IMF deputy expects Samoa meeting to achieve four key objectives
The deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Min Zhu, says he expects a conference on building economic resilience on Saturday in Samoa to achieve four key objectives. More... [more]

PNG's Police Commissioner charged with contempt of court
Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner has been charged with contempt of court. Tom Kulunga, who was appointed police commissioner by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, was charged with six counts of... [more]

Cook Islands court denies injuction on Toa petroleum depot and tank farm
The Cook Islands High Court has denied an application by landowners for an interim injunction against Apex Agencies over its Toa Petroleum depot and tank farm. The Chief Justice Tom... [more]

Advertising revenue up across all media
The money spent on advertising across all media during 2011 was almost $2.8 billion - that's up $42 million on 2010. [more]

Timeball carvings being moved into storage
Two of Christchurch's most significant historic stone carvings are being moved into long-term storage while the fate of their earthquake-damaged home is decided. [more]

2011 World Cup second most successful financially
Last year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is set to be the second most commercially successful edition of all time. The International rugby Board says the tournament is on... [more]

Pakistan just hold out to win Asia Cup
Pakistan's cricket team has won the final of the Asia Cup one day tournament in Dhaka, beating Bangladesh in a thrilling finish by just two runs. Pakistan made 236 for... [more]

Aussie swim sisters qualify for London
Two Australian swimming sisters have achieved the rare distinction of qualifying for the Olympic Games in the same event. On the final night of the Australian trials in Adelaide, 19-year-old... [more]

Sanya heading back to New Zealand
The Chinese entry Sanya has turned around and is heading back towards New Zealand after snapping its rudder and taking on water on the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean... [more]

Big ask for young high jumper to get to London
A couple of athletes will be hoping to make an impression at this weekend's National Track and Field Championships in Waitakere as they look to secure London Olympic spots. Eight... [more]

Saints grab a win
The Saints basketball team has ended a two-match losing streak with a 91-76 win over Southland in their National Basketball League match in Wellington. It was the first match at... [more]

Gareth Ellis signs with Hull
Wests Tigers' English backrower Gareth Ellis will join Hull FC for next year's English Super League season. Ellis, who has won the Tigers' players of the year in all three... [more]

Minister defends spending on flying diplomats to NZ
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has defended his ministry's decision to fly senior diplomats back to New Zealand at a cost of $200,000 for discussions on changes in the organisation. [more]

Too early to know size of NZF alleged loans: SFO
The Serious Fraud Office says it doesn't yet know the size of the alleged related party loans it is scrutinising at finance firm NZF Group. [more]

Christchurch police to get new city station
Construction is about to begin on a temporary police station in central Christchurch that staff will move into later this year. [more]

Foreign investors penalised for running kava bars in Vanuatu
The head of the Vanuatu Investment Promotions Authority says it must protect local entrepreneurs from wealthy foreigners who want to get involved in kava operations. Smith Tebu says the Authority... [more]

Hundreds of submissions on Milford monorail plan
The Department of Conservation has received more than 300 submissions on a proposed monorail through conservation land near Milford Sound. [more]

Tait Communications sees fast growth in US
Christchurch's largest private sector employer is looking to the US for new opportunities as growth for the company expands. [more]

International wool campaign expands
The international campaign to resurrect the fortunes of wool will expand into new markets this year. [more]

Meat industry group urged to intervene in AFFCO dispute
The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the meat industry's representative body to help settle an industrial dispute at AFFCO's processing plants. [more]

China now taking half NZ wool exports
There's been a big shift in New Zealand's wool export markets, with China now taking almost half the exported product. [more]

New Zealand government consulting Vanuatu government on prison
The New Zealand government says in light of delays with the planned building of a new national prison in Vanuatu, it is consulting the Vanuatu government on how best to... [more]

Long-serving paedophile still considered a risk
A Parole Board report on one of the country's oldest jailed paedophiles says he still poses a very high reoffending risk and has little to no support. [more]

Way cleared for Canterbury lab testing switch
The Commerce Commission has cleared the way for a change of ownership among the main providers of community medical testing in Canterbury. [more]

Dongwon steps up involvement with parent of American Samoa cannery
At least six senior executives of Dongwon Corporation, the owners of the StarKist cannery in American Samoa, will begin working at Starkist's corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh next week. The company... [more]

PNG Catholic church opposes passage of Judicial Conduct Bill
The Catholic church has expressed disbelief and shock after Papua New Guinea's parliament passed the Judicial Conduct Bill 2012 into law. The law, introduced on Tuesday and passed three times... [more]

PNG students protest in Port Moresby over controversial Judical Conduct law
University students in Papua New Guinea's capital say they are prepared to defy police orders in their protest against the Judicial Conduct Bill. The law, introduced on Tuesday and passed... [more]

Bougainville leader says ship owner ignorant in not meeting compensation demand
The president of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says the owner of the three ships destroyed in Buka harbour last weekend behaved ignorantly by refusing to pay... [more]

Interesting weekend for Breakers
The New Zealand Breakers basketball coach Andrej Lemanis says some of his key players are likely to have a light workload this weekend in their last two ANBL regular season... [more]

Third temporary village to meet rental need
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says a temporary village will be built in Christchurch to meet the shortage of rental properties available in the city. [more]

Auditor-General considers ACC inquiry
Auditor-General Lyn Provost says she is considering requests for an independent inquiry into the Accident Compensation Corporation. [more]

NZ no longer offering to build new Vanuatu prison
The New Zealand government has withdrawn its offer to spend more than five million US dollars on a new prison in Vanuatu. Vanuatu's justice minister says his government is still... [more]

New award recognises women in dairy industry
A Taranaki farmer has been named as the first Dairy Woman of the Year. [more]

Glass banned from big Dunedin street party
The Otago University Students Association is hoping a glass ban will reduce the number of injuries at what looks like being a big street party on Saturday night. [more]

Man still urgently sought after shotgun incident
The police in Whanganui are still urgently seeking a man they believe was involved in a firearm incident in the suburb of Aramoho on Thursday. [more]

Road closure frustrates Gisborne vegetable growers
Relief is on the way for Gisborne vegetable growers trying to get their produce to northern markets in the face of a major road closure. [more]

Dairy awards announced
Hawera couple James and Rebecca Van Den Brand have won the Taranaki sharemilker-equity farmer of the year contest, in their first attempt. [more]

Eastpack profit rises
Kiwifruit company Eastpack has confirmed a $17.7 million profit for the past year, up 44% on the previous year. [more]

St John warns of Northland phone scam
St John Ambulance has warned of a possible scam in the Northland area, after a member reported someone seeking his bank account details over the phone. [more]

Cook Islands leader to co-chair PALM meeting
The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna will co-chair the sixth Pacific Island Leaders Meeting, or PALM, alongside the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in May. Customarily the chair of... [more]

PNG fares poorly in rankings for investors in mining projects
Papua New Guinea has been ranked the worst country out of a survey of 25 nations for mining projects in terms of the political risks for investors. In its annual... [more]

World Bank advises Pacific to improve management of natural disaster risk
A leading official of the World Bank has emphasised the need for Pacific Island countries to do more to manage the risk of natural disasters and external economic shocks. Regional... [more]

CNMI hospital doctors' numbers fall further
In the Northern Marianas the Commonwealth Health Centre has lost three doctors due to the worsening financial crisis at the hospital. There are now only 24 physicians, after the resignation... [more]

Marshalls Banking Commissioner not surprised by elevated concern on money laundering
The Marshall Islands Banking Commissioner said she is not surprised by the changed United States rating of the country on money laundering in light of the large amounts of money... [more]

Transparency International Vanuatu says Stade prison not worth upgrading
Transparency International Vanuatu says upgrading Port Vila's Stade prison would be a complete waste of time. The comment follows the New Zealand foreign affairs minister's confirmation that his government has... [more]

PNG students protesting against judicial conduct law undeterred by police warning
University students in Papua New Guinea's capital are planning on staging their Occupy Waigani protest against the new Judicial Conduct Law despite police warnings not to. The law, introduced on... [more]

Unarmed police mean Bougainville government can't impose law and order - President
The president of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, John Momis, says his government lacks the means to impose law and order. Mr Momis has condemned the destruction... [more]

AMI secures naming rights to new stadium
The naming rights for Christchurch's newest stadium have been secured by AMI Insurance. [more]

New information packs issued for migrant workers
The Government has launched two new information packs to help protect the welfare of migrant dairy farm workers. [more]

Waikato man struck by falling tree
A man is in intensive care in hospital after being struck by a falling tree. [more]

Liquor outlets caught selling to minors
A police operation has caught several liquor outlets in Wellington selling alcohol to minors this week. [more]

Witnesses to 'vicious' attack sought
The police in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses to a vicious and unprovoked assault outside a pizza restaurant last weekend. [more]

Conchords tour tickets sold out in hours
All 15,000 tickets to the upcoming Flight of the Conchords tour have sold out in a matter of hours. [more]

Scott Technology profit up 27%
Listed firm Scott Technology has lifted its half year profit by more than a quarter, due to stronger demand for its mining equipment and production lines in the Asia-Pacific region. [more]

94,000 more jobs predicted over next two years
The Labour Department expects the number of jobs to grow by about 94,000 over the next two years. [more]

Australasian Equity Partners increases Pyne Gould stake
The company seeking control of Pyne Gould Corporation has secured slightly more of the firm. [more]

Lake Ellesmere wildlife flourishing despite pollution
The country's most polluted lake is actually full of life, with some fish species flourishing and bird life unchanged. [more]

ACC not involved in releasing name, says chairman
Accident Compensation Commission chairman John Judge says he has no idea how, or by whom, the name of the woman at the centre of Nick Smith's resignation as a cabinet minister was released. [more]

Supermarket chain warned over misleading promotion
The Commerce Commission has issued a warning to the supermarket company Progressive Enterprises over what it says were misleading promotions on the price of beer. [more]

Wellington mayors at odds over 'super city' idea
Two Wellington region mayors are at odds over whether a "super city" along the lines of Auckland is a good idea for the region. [more]

Elderly man missing from rest home
A search is under way for an 81-year-old man missing from a rest home in Whangarei. [more]

Mayor accepts council falling short with Maori
Auckland mayor Len Brown is acknowledging that the Auckland Council has a lot more work to do to meet its Treaty of Waitangi obligations. [more]

Minister talks up Christchurch's IT potential
The Minister for Communications and IT, Amy Adams, says Christchurch is well placed to take advantage of ultra-fast internet speeds. [more]

Don't build on prison site, says Athfield
Wellington architect Ian Athfield is cautioning against a major development of the Miramar Peninsula area once the Mt Crawford prison is decommissioned. [more]