Radio New Zealand - Monday, 16th April 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - The Long and Winding Road
Martin Stubbing from Auckland has chosen 'The Long and Winding Road' by The Beatles. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Ray McVinnie
He's busy teaching a course in gastronomy at the Auckland University of Technology, writing for Cuisine magazine (which he's been doing for 20 years) and a Sunday newspaper, and you've almost certainly spied him in action as a judge of the highly-popular television programme, MasterChef. [more]

Epic Hike
Bears, rattlesnakes and tics are just some of the challenges facing Dunedin man Jeremy Star, who's getting set to walk a 4,265 kilometre track in the States. The Pacific Crest Trail starts at Mexico's border with the States and goes through California, Oregon and Washington, ending at the Canadian border. [more]

Nadia's Kitchen
Nadia Lim is a dietitian, with a BSc in Nutrition and a Postgradute Diploma in Dietetics. She is also last year's Masterchef Winner. In her first cookbook, Nadia takes a common sense approach to food and the place it should hold in our lives. [more]

Our Changing World - Saving Resolution Island
Getting rid of a small introduced animal on a large island in remote Fiordland is no easy walk in the park. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 16 April 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Nevil Gibson and Ali Jones (Part 1)
Topics - The Trade Me website has withdrawn the rental property listing of a Fijian Indian landlord after he described his ideal tenants as "European". Auckland's SkyCity wants more cashless gambling machines as part of its deal with the Government in exchange for investing 350 million dollars in a national convention centre. [more]

The Panel with Nevil Gibson and Ali Jones (Part 2)
Topics - The Hunger Games far outperformed The Three Stooges (the latest thing from Hollywood) over the weekend to claim the No. 1 spot for the fourth consecutive week. John Key has promised the Government won't try anything "tricky" over the sale of non-voting shares in state-owned assets. The Government hasn't entirely ruled out extending paid parental leave, Prime Minister John Key says although it's unaffordable now, the issue could be discussed in the future. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 16 April 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 16 April 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 16 April 2012
The pace of activity in the services sector slows. China loosens its control over the yuan and the sharemarket is flat. [more]

Evening Business for 16 April 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 April 2012
Activity in the services sector slowed in March compared with the previous month but the first quarter of the year was still in expansion mode. [more]

CEISMIC

New Fire Service review into Christchurch earthquake response
The Fire Service may have announced another investigation into its response to last year's deadly February earthquake in Christchurch, but there are already claims it won't go far enough although some feel it will indicate the need for a Royal Commission of Inquiry. [more]

CERA says new labelling needed for building safety
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says the language describing building safety is unhelpful and is worrying people needlessly. The Authority's CEO, Roger Sutton, joins the programme. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 16 April 2012
An inquest hears stories of panic and chaos on board a sinking fishing boat. The Taleban attack on Kabul finally ends after 18 hours and It's confirmed - a cardboard cathedral for Christchurch. [more]

Inquest hears of panic and chaos on sinking boat
An inquest in Wellington has heard stories of panic and chaos on board a fishing boat that sank, claiming six lives. [more]

Co-ordinated attacks in Kabul over after 18 hours of fighting
Afghan officials say the heavy street fighting in Kabul has ended - 18 hours after co-ordinated attacks began across the country. [more]

Christchurch to get temporary cardboard cathedral
A cardboard church will be built in Christchurch as a temporary replacement for the Anglican cathedral that's being demolished. [more]

Auckland lawyer loses fight for name suppression
An Auckland lawyer and former Maori Party candidate accused of smuggling a phone and cigarettes to the imprisoned murderer and rapist Liam Reid has lost her fight for name suppression. [more]

Public transport fares to rise in Auckland
Auckland commuters are facing hikes in public transport fares - the largest of them almost a dollar. [more]

Haul stolen from red-stickered houses seized
The police in Christchurch say it could take weeks to find all the owners of a large haul of stolen property from red-stickered houses. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bishop responds to Deacon's complaints
An Anglican Bishop says a deacon's decision to remove children from an Easter Camp being run by the church in Auckland was based on groundless allegations. [more]

Indonesian Society on the Oyang 70 survivors
An inquest in Wellington which has heard stories of panic and chaos on board a fishing boat that sank, claiming six lives. [more]

Obama wants inquiry into scandal in Colombia
President Obama says the US Secret Service will fully investigate embarrassing reports that 11 of its agents, assigned to protect the President in Colombia, were caught with prostitutes. [more]

Housing market at its strongest since November 2007 peak
The housing market is strongest it's been since it peaked in November 2007 during the real estate bubble. [more]

Lawyer on smuggling charges insists killer is innocent
An Auckland lawyer and former Maori Party candidate accused of smuggling a phone and cigarettes to the imprisoned murderer and rapist Liam Reid is convinced he's innocent. [more]

Investment deal with China signed at Parliament
The Acting Prime Minister, Bill English, says the Crafar farms deal was not raised in talks today with a senior Chinese leader. [more]

The latest from John Key's trip to Indonesia
The Prime Minister, John Key, is in Indonesia pushing the case for greater trade between the two countries. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The stories making headlines in the UK
To the UK and our correspondent in London, Barney Burnham. [more]

Why the cardboard cathedral got the go-ahead
More now on the cardboard church Christchurch will get in place of the Anglican cathedral that's being demolished. [more]

Erosion takes its toll by the seaside
An ocean view can be a selling point but also an escalating threat, as some people who live by the seaside are finding out. [more]

Falling player salaries risk putting youngsters off rugby
Some rugby clubs are worried that falling payments to players in the provinces will turn talented youngsters off the sport. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 April 2012
An inquest begins into the deaths of six fishermen on a Korean fishing vessel. A temporary replacement for the Christchurch Cathedral will be announced this afternoon. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 April 2012
It's been 14 years since the Kiwis beat Australia in an ANZAC test but the New Zealand assistant coach Tony Iro says his side has a golden opportunity to end that drought on Friday. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 16 April 2012
The latest from Afghanistan where Taliban have claimed responsibility for attacks on multiple targets in and around Kabul; High Court bid launched to keep Beast of Blenheim sex-offender under supervision after his imminent release from prison; second type of hip-replacement parts recalled and surgeons attempt to contact affected patients; 13-year old boy charged with murder in Taranaki and; the defence force makes cuts to allowances for overseas non-operational posts. [more]

Defence cuts allowances for overseas non-operational posts
The defence force has cut allowances for personnel being sent overseas on non-operational posts. [more]

Pacific News for 16 April 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Second recall on metal hip replacement parts announced
Orthopaedic surgeons are working to contact a second group of patients whose hip replacement parts may be faulty after the medical safety regulator Medsafe announced a recall of the MITCH THR artificial hip late last week. [more]

Taliban launch wide-ranging attacks in 'spring offensive'
The Taliban have launched what they're calling a spring offensive in Afghanistan, unleashing a wave of attacks in the capital Kabul where the British, German and Japanese embassies came under attack from rockets and gunfire, as did the Parliament. [more]

Beast of Blenheim supervision court case launched
High Court action has been launched, in a bid to keep the sex offender, dubbed the Beast of Blenheim, under state supervision long after his prison term expires. [more]

Second type of artificial hip is recalled
Orthopaedic surgeons say they're working hard to determine exactly how many New Zealanders have a hip replacement system that's been recalled. [more]

Second metal hip replacement recalled
The Chief Executive of the Orthopaedic Association, Flora Gilkison, joins the programme to discus the recall. [more]

13-year old charged with murder in Taranaki
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of his caregiver after a woman died of gunshot wounds in Taranaki yesterday afternoon. The officer in charge of New Plymouth CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward, joins the programme. [more]

Defence force cuts allowances for o/s non-operational posts
The cuts are part of the organisation's cabinet mandated target to save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next four years. [more]

West Coast councils want mining royalties
District and regional councils on the mineral-rich West Coast say if royalties to the government from mining companies are increased they want their share. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Chinese visit comes at sensitive time for government
China's fourth-ranked leader is in New Zealand on a four-day visit which will include talks with the Government and a visit to Christchurch. [more]

Customs officers self-censor abuse images they see
Customs officers, whose work involves viewing thousands of harrowing images of online child abuse, say they rely on counselling to keep doing their jobs. [more]

Import loophole could be costing country millions
Trade Me's decision to open up the site to overseas retailers is ruffling a few feathers. [more]

Taliban claims responsibility latest attacks in Afghanistan
A former analyst at the US State Department, Professor Martin Weinbaum, joins the programme to talk about the 'spring offensive' which the Taliban has claimed responsibility for in Afghanistan. [more]

Surgeons notifying patients affected by hip replacement recall
The authority that regulates medicines in New Zealand says it's working closely with surgeons to inform patients of a recall of a metal on metal hip replacement. [more]

Key led trade delegation visits Indonesia
Prime Minister, John Key, and the Trade Minister, Tim Groser, have taken a 26-strong business delegation to Indonesia to help New Zealand tap into the market of the rapidly growing South East Asian economy. [more]

Higher royalties risks make NZ uncompetitive: mining sector
The mining industry is warning the government not to be over-zealous in its desire for increased royalties, because it could risk making New Zealand uncompetitive with the rest of the world. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Attacks continue in Syria despite ceasefire
Syrian government forces have reportedly continued to attack opponents in the city of Homs, despite a UN Security Council-sanctioned ceasefire being in force. [more]

Titanic 100-year commemoration held in Wellington
The sinking of the Titanic has been commemorated in Wellington, one hundred years to the day since the world's most famous ocean liner struck an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. [more]

Roller derby growing as women's sport
Roller derby is an aggressive form of skating targeted at women, with season openers featuring teams from Northland to Christchurch taking place on Saturday. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Phil talks to Simon from Melbourne about the latest news from the Lucky Country. [more]

Nights

Sport: USA
LA Times sports journalist Helene Elliott with a penchant for fast games with pucks and sticks on ice - the ice hockey play-offs have just started. [more]

Thinkers: Philosophy
Philosopher in Residence, Ann Kerwin often muses on how, what, and why we think what we do. American philosopher John Dewey (1859-1952) who did not invent the Dewey decimal system (that was Melvil Dewey), was a very active philosopher, educationalist and progressive social reformer. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Conundrum clue 1. [more]

Nathaniel Borenstein - Attach this File
20 years ago last month, Dr Nathaniel Borenstein created the email attachment. And then he sent (by attachment), a song sung by his barbershop quartet. [more]

Conundrum Clue 2
Conundrum clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Post-prison state supervision of Stewart Murray Wilson
Stewart Murray Wilson, dubbed the 'Beast of Blenheim' for his various convictions including rape, bestiality, stupefying and ill-treatment of children, is due to be released from prison in September. Wilson's lawyer Andrew McKenzie joins the programme to discuss the High Court action that's been launched in a bid to enforce ongoing state supervision of Wilson after his prison term is completed. Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis also joins the programme to give his perspective on any extended supervision orders. [more]

Performance pay for teachers
A new battle looms on the horizon and the cause - performance pay for teachers - with the government saying it is to encourage and enhance teacher quality. Recently retired Auckland secondary principal and teacher educator, Brendan Schollum, and secretary for the Primary Teachers Union, the NZEI, Paul Goulter, join the programme. [more]

Europe Correspondent - Seamus Kearney
The presidential elections in France are imminent and the incumbent right-wing head of state's pre-eminence is not totally secure; also, to Norway where the trial of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik continues. [more]

Feature Guest - Edith Widder
Kathryn speaks with Edith Widder - CEO, President and Senior Scientist of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association which she co-founded in 2005. Edith is a renowned specialist in bioluminescence - how and why there are so many creatures in the ocean that make light - while also leading the field in the design and invention of new instrumentation and techniques that enable scientists to view more of the oceans' secrets. [more]

Book Review - Painter of Silence
John King reviews Georgine Harding's Painter of Silence which is published by Bloomsbury. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
Paid parental leave - the veto and the conscience vote; Labour's leader lost - where is David Shearer?; mining royalties and fracking - environment versus economy and; political lobbying - who's cozying up to the politicians? [more]

Food and Wine with Paul Jobin and Steven Morris
The Executive Chef - Destinational Restaurants at Skycity in Auckland, Paul Jobin, talks South American fare while Stephen Morris partners some wines. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 April 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 April 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 16 April 2012
The Maori Affairs Select Committee can't wait to get on the road and hear from people who've made submissions on the inquiry into the status and well being of Maori children; The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, says it will be a long time before Maori can take over the Government's financial responsibility to revitalise Te Reo; The Forest Owners Association says the Government's plan to alter the Emissions Trading Scheme, has implications for Maori forest owners; The new head of the national body which represents many Kura Kaupapa, aims to have details of its own teaching guidelines, added to the national Education Curriculum. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 16 April 2012
The Maori Affairs Select Committee says it can't wait to hear from people who've made submissions on the inquiry into the status and well being of Maori children; The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, says it will be a long time before Maori can take over the Government's financial responsibility to revitalise Te Reo; The Forest Owners Association says the Government's plan to alter the Emissions Trading Scheme, has implications for Maori forest owners; The new head of the national body which represents many Kura Kaupapa, aims to have details of its own teaching guidelines added to the national Education Curriculum. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 16 April 2012
A Maori authority's 20-year legal fight for the return of ancestral whenua is entering its final round; The Kaihautu or co-ordinator of Te Kupenga - the national network of stopping violence and abuse in the whanau - says there's an uneven distribution of resources for organisations working with the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence; The south Waikato based iwi, Ngati Raukawa, has appointed a new lead Treaty of Waitangi negotiator; An Auckland University study has found that Maori elders, who spend much of their time running their Marae, appear to have better health and are happier in life than those who don't. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 16 April 2012
Te Kupenga, the national network of stopping violence and abuse in the whanau - says there's an uneven distribution of resources available for organisations working with the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence; A Maori authority's 20-year legal fight for the return of ancestral whenua is entering its final round; An Auckland University study has found that Maori elders, who spend much of their time running their Marae, appear to have better health and are happier in life than those who don't. [more]

The Reading

Burton's Grand Tootling Tour - Part 1
A whimsical travelogue in which the narrator and her companion Burton travel the backroads of the UK, Spain and India. The journey begins. [more]

Upbeat

Simeon Broom and Rachel Church
Violinist and Pianist from the UK-based Akoka Quartet who are touring the country on behalf of Chamber Music NZ. [more]

James Gardner
Co-organiser of NZ Music Festival taking place at the California institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. [more]

Rochelle Bright and Kitan Petkovski
General Manager and Producer from Auckland's Massive Company celebrating 21 years of theatre with 'The Brave'. [more]

News stories:

Major resort in Samoa cuts down imported food
A resort in Samoa is reducing imported food from its restaurant menu to heighten visitors' experience of the country. Sinalei Resort has stopped purchasing imported goods such as potatoes, carrots... [more]

Rabaul Queen inquiry in PNG adjourned today - resumes in Lae tomorrow
The commission of inquiry into the Rabaul Queen sinking in Papua New Guinea is still trying to establish how many people were on the ferry at the time of the... [more]

Commonwealth heads to discuss Fiji
The situation in Fiji will be on the table when the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meets in London overnight. Fiji was fully suspended from the Commonwealth in September 2009 by... [more]

French politicians in Tahiti ahead of weekend voting
The French finance minister, Francois Baroin, has addressed a rally in French Polynesia in support of the presidential election campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy. An estimated 4,000 pro-autonomy supporters turned out... [more]

Revitalising Te Reo still needs Govt help - Sharples
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says it will be a long time before Maori can take over the Government's financial responsibility to revitalise Te Reo. [more]

Kura group head wants guidelines added to national curriculum
The new head of the national body which represents many kura kaupapa aims to have details of its own teaching guidelines added to the national education curriculum. [more]

Industry condemns destruction of GM trees
The forest industry has condemned the destruction of hundreds of genetically modified pine trees and is strongly defending Scion forestry research institute's genetic engineering trials. [more]

Plans to double mohair production
The goat industry has plans to double its production of mohair. [more]

Stock shade trees could protect rivers
Planting shade trees for stock is one of the ideas that farming leaders are promoting to help hill country farmers protect their waterways. [more]

Planned ETS change would affect Maori forest owners
The Forest Owners Association says the Government's plan to alter the Emissions Trading Scheme has implications for Maori forest owners. [more]

Four rookies in Kiwis squad for Anzac test
The selection of four rookies, and the return of three players who missed last year's Four Nations campaign, feature in the Kiwis League squad named last night to face Australia... [more]

Team NZ losses overall lead to James Spithill's Oracle
Emirates Team New Zealand has lost the overall America's Cup World Series lead to James Spithill's Oracle Racing after the final round of racing in Naples yesterday. Luna Rossa had... [more]

Manchester United go 5 points clear
Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United five points clear at the top of the English Premier League with a double that inspired a 4-0 rout of Aston Villa at Old Trafford. [more]

Bangladesh to tour Pakistan
Bangladesh have agreed to a brief cricket tour to Pakistan later this month, for what will be the first full internationals in the country since March 2009 when Sri Lankan... [more]

Nico Rosberg waits 111 races for first F1 Grand Prix victory
After waiting 111 races for his first grand prix victory, the Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has accepted that he might have to be patient a while longer before celebrating properly. [more]

Scottish Cup final will be all-Edinburgh
This season's Scottish FA Cup football final will be the first Edinburgh Derby since 1896. Hearts scored a penalty in stoppage time to upset Celtic 2-1 in their semi-final, ending... [more]

Murray Rose dies of cancer
Australian swimming's golden boy of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games Murray Rose has died of leukaemia at the age of 73. Murray Rose won three of his four Olympic gold... [more]

Black Sticks secure finals spot with 3-1 victory over USA
The Black Sticks Women will take on Australia in tonight's final of the Four Nations tournament after securing their finals berth with a 3-1 win over the USA at the... [more]

Croatian veteran limps into retirement
The veteran Croatian tennis player Ivan Ljubicic said his goodbyes to the sport last night after a 6-0 6-3 loss to his countryman Ivan Dodig in the opening round of... [more]

Mercedes fined for bungled put stop in Shanghai
The Chinese grand prix winners Mercedes were fined 8-thousand dollars last night for allowing Michael Schumacher to leave the pitlane in Shanghai without a front wheel being properly attached in... [more]

Steel hold on for trans-Tasman netball win
The Southern Steel held their nerve in a frantic closing quarter to shut out the Canterbury Tactix 55-53 in their trans-Tasman netball match in Christchurch yesterday. A high-scoring first 15... [more]

Masters runner up bounces back in Malaysia
The South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen bounced back from his Masters disappointment to cruise to victory at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, left... [more]

Review should include all emergency services - lawyer
A lawyer says a newly-announced review of the Fire Service's initial response to last year's February earthquake in Canterbury is not extensive enough. [more]

Economists expect slight rise in inflation
Recent hikes in tobacco tax, petrol and rents are expected to have driven price increases in the first three months of this year. [more]

West Coast wants share of any mining royalty rise
Local bodies on the mineral-rich West Coast say if royalties for mining companies are increased, they want some of that money. [more]

Kiwisavers may have to up contributions - expert
An investment expert warns savers may have to increase their Kiwisaver contributions after the Government started taxing employer contributions from 1 April. [more]

Petrol price poses limited consumer spending threat
The rising price of petrol could pose a minor threat to consumer spending, according to the ASB quarterly economic forecast. [more]

Child abuse investigators rely on counselling
Customs officers whose investigations involve viewing thousands of harrowing images of online child abuse say they rely on counselling to keep doing their jobs. [more]

March house sales surge
The number of houses sold in March has surged by more than a quarter compared with a year ago, and the national median price has hit a record high of $370,000, according to Real Estate Instititute figures. [more]

Bus catches fire on Auckland motorway
A bus caught fire on the north western motorway in Auckland, emergency services say. [more]

Iro says Kiwis won't be overawed by Australia
It's been 14 years since the Kiwis beat Australia in an ANZAC test but the New Zealand assistant coach Tony Iro says his side has a golden opportunity to turn... [more]

Chiefs head to Durban as new leaders of Super Rugby competition
The Chiefs head to Durban this morning as the new leaders of the super rugby competition. They unseated the Stormers with a 39-33 win against another South African franchise the... [more]

Kerber takes Wozniacki's Copenhagen title
Double defending champion Caroline Wozniacki suffered her first defeat at the Copenhagen tennis Open yesterday when Germany's Angelique Kerber took her title in a 6-4 6-4 win. Top seed Wozniacki... [more]

Chelsea crush Spurs in FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea overran Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 to set up an FA Cup final showdown with their old rivals Liverpool after this morning's second semi-final at Wembley. But the occasion was marred... [more]

Iro says Kiwis side one of the most experienced heading into Anzac test
Tony Iro, the assistant coach of the Kiwis is pleased with the balance of the side that will meet Australia in the one-off Anzac league test this Friday at Auckland's... [more]

Tigers and Cronulla post round seven NRL wins
The Wests Tigers snapped a five-match losing streak with a Benji Marshall-inspired 30-nil victory over the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium in New South Wales yesterday. The Kiwis captain admitted... [more]

Maiden F1 win for Nico Roseberg
A breakthrough win for Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes team at last night's Chinese Grand Prix, the 26 year old German driver leading throughout from pole position to win his... [more]

ADB predicts growth for Tonga
The Asian Development Bank says it is expecting Tonga's economic outlook to turn around from last year's slump. The principal economist from the ADB's Pacific Department says last year Tonga... [more]

Tahiti test victims accuse France of official cynicism
The nuclear test veterans in French Polynesia say there is official cynicism on the part of France in the way it deals with the test victims. Although Paris recognised two... [more]

Three men charged over fatal stabbing in Honiara
Solomon Islands Police have charged three suspects with murder following a stabbing which resulted in the death of a 27-year old man from Malaita Province. The man and a friend... [more]

Language on building safety not helpful - CERA head
The head of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says engineers will need to take on a greater leadership role over the safety of buildings, as the pace of Christchurch's rebuild increases. [more]

Submissions on Maori children please committee
Maori Affairs Select Committee chairperson Tau Henare says he is delighted with the number of submissions arriving for an inquiry into the status and well-being of Maori children. [more]

Vailala wins inaugural TMO Marist Pago sevens
Vaiala has won the inaugural TMO Marist Pago sevens in American Samoa In the final Vaiala defeated Tepatasi 24-14 to snare the $10,000 first prize in Pago Pago. Vaimoso beat... [more]

Samoa Rugby Union to find replcement for Thompson
The Samoa Rugby Union will meet today in the wake of Adrian Thompson turning down the Manu Samoa head coach role. Earlier in the month the union announced the former... [more]

Queensland rugby launches charity auction to support Fiji
Queensland rugby has launched a charity auction to raise more than $50,000 dollars for flood ravaged Fiji. It also aims to save Queensland Reds player Radiki Samo from cutting off... [more]

Tefana reach O league football final
Tefana from Tahiti has reached the final of football's O league after beating Fiji's Ba 5-0 in Auckland. The Group A clash was originally scheduled for the end of last... [more]

FORU president warns Pacific rugby teams will play more often away from the islands
The President of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union warns that Pacific rugby teams will be playing more and more away from the islands. Last week it was announced Japan... [more]

Nadi chamber of commerce to survey businesses
The cost of damages to businesses in Nadi will be ascertained through a survey to be held this week. The president of Nadi Chamber of Commerce, Dr Ram Raju, says... [more]

Vanuatu President to resume duties soon
Vanuatu has been told that its ill President, Iolu Johnson Abil, should resume his duties soon. He has not been seen in public for some time and has received medical... [more]

New Zealand to represent Oceania at world cups
New Zealand will represent Oceania at both this year's FIFA under 17 and 20s women's world cups. On Saturday, at the Oceania championships in Auckland, New Zealand charged into the... [more]

Health messages not getting through in Marshall Islands
A health spokesperson in the Marshall Islands says despite up to ninety per cent of the population having symptoms of diabetes, they still don't eat a balanced diet. The non... [more]

Re-trial decision in raids case delayed
A decision on whether to seek a re-trial for the four defendants in Te Urewera raids trial has been put off until next month. [more]

Death at Devonport beach 'not suspicious'
Police say the death of a 70-year-old man whose body was found on Devonport Beach in Auckland doesn't appear to have been suspicious. [more]

Emergency hospital plan 'helped save lives'
A Christchurch emergency medicine specialist says a well-developed and practised city-wide plan helped save lives in the earthquake in February last year. [more]

Auckland lawyer loses fight for name suppression
An Auckland lawyer and former Maori Party candidate who faces charges in relation to helping a convicted killer has lost her fight for name suppression. [more]

Allowances cut for overseas Defence support roles
The Defence Force has cut allowances for personnel being sent overseas on non-operational posts such as support and advisory roles. [more]

Scott Dixon drops to fourth on overall IndyCar points
New Zealand indycar driver Scott Dixon has dropped to fourth on the overall season points standings after failing to finish the 38th IndyCar Grand Prix Long Beach street circuit. Australian... [more]

Monaco outlasts Isner in ATP Houston final
Argentina's fourth-seeded Juan Monaco outlasted US second seed John Insner for a 6-2 3-6 6-3 triumph this morning in the final of the ATP US men's clay championship. Monaco, ranked... [more]

Donald gives up No.1 golf spot to McIlroy
England's Luke Donald will surrender golf's World No.1 ranking to Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy after a poor showing at the US PGA Heritage tournament. Donald fired a level-par 71 overnight... [more]

18th place at world meet for New Zealand Mountainbiker
Whakatane rider Karen Hanlen fought her way to an 18th place at the latest round of the Mountainbike World Cup overnight in Belgium. Europe's first World Cup this season drew... [more]

NZ Under-19 lose to England in playoff for third
The New Zealand Under-19 cricket team suffered a six wicket loss to their English counterparts, in the playoff for third and fourth in the Quadrangular Series at Townsville yesterday. Having... [more]

Hooker Dane Coles signs up with Hurricanes til 2014
The Hurricanes have announced that hooker, Dane Coles has signed a two-year deal with the franchise for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Born in Paraparaumu, Coles has played 38 games... [more]

Business confidence rises
Business confidence has edged up again, but the improvement may be shortlived as worries about Europe's debt crisis linger. [more]

Fiji floods displace entire village
Fiji's Methodist church says this month's floods on the main island of Viti Levu have displaced entire villages and settlements. Thousands of people fled to evacuation centres during devastating flooding... [more]

Food prices fall in March
The cost of food fell last month as fruit and vegetable prices dropped. [more]

More decisions expected after hip implant recalls
Medsafe says New Zealand patients should expect more international decisions in coming months on the use of metal-on-metal hip implant devices, in the wake of another recall. [more]

A2 and Synlait in milk processing deal
Specialty milk provider A2 Corporation is a step closer to supplying infant formula to fast growing Asian markets. [more]

American Samoa trying to curb underage drinking
The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono says training is ongoing to ensure people are complying with local laws dealing with underage drinking. Togiola says more and more vendors are being... [more]

Palau to release Chinese held after illegal fishing
25 Chinese fishermen who were detained by Palau and charged with illegal fishing will reportedly return home. China's Xinhua News Agency reports that a Palau judge has approved an out-of-court... [more]

China gives Fiji $5 million in flood relief and help with rice industry
China is to give Fiji more than five million US dollars in aid and help with its rice industry under new agreements between the two countries. China's Commerce Minister Chen... [more]

Lawyer doubts rapist fits supervision provisions
The lawyer for rapist Stewart Wilson says an extended supervision order the authorities are trying to impose on him is not suitable because it is designed only for offenders against children. [more]

NZX20 index to be launched
The stockmarket's new index of the country's 20 largest listed companies will be launched next week. [more]

School vandalism blamed on French Polynesia campaign comments
As the French presidential election campaign has entered its final week, the Tahiti-based committee supporting Nicolas Sarkozy has blamed the French Polynesian president Oscar Temaru for the vandalism at a... [more]

Niue assembly blocks censure of judge
A bid to censure Niue's Chief Justice Patrick Savage for comments he made during the sentencing of a youth charged with arson has been blocked in the Legislative Assembly. An... [more]

Weather puts pressure on apple harvest
Apple growers are finding the harvest tough going this season due to adverse weather and smaller average apple sizes. [more]

New quad bike campaign under way
The Department of Labour has started another campaign to stamp out the unsafe use of quad bikes on farms. [more]

Minister's appointee elected to head kura kaupapa
A Palmerston North man appointed by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to a panel reviewing strategy and infrastructure of the Maori language sector will now take over leadership of the organisation which represents most kura kaupapa. [more]

Fiji women's groups given green light to continue civic education
Women's groups in Fiji say the regime has given them the go ahead to continue civic education in the run up to a new constitution for the country. The groups... [more]

Vanuatu Electoral Commission expecting 80 percent to enrol to vote
The Electoral Commission in Vanuatu is hoping 80 percent of eligible voters will register for this year's general elections. Voter registration officers from the six provinces are attending a workshop... [more]

New Caledonia's Mare gets first cruise ship visit
New Caledonia's Mare island had its first cruise ship visit on Sunday, bringing 1,200 visitors for the day. The island has now joined Lifou in the Loyalty group as a... [more]

American Samoa's renewable energy efforts lauded
American Samoa is being lauded for making renewable energy one of its priority projects for Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding An official with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Misty Conrad,... [more]

CNMI told better use of federal funding would boost economy
The Northern Marianas' US Congressman, Gregorio Sablan, says the financially struggling territory has 54 million US dollars in unspent capital improvement project money. He says there's another 11 million in... [more]

American Samoa's hospital set to re-introduce fee increases
An increase in hospital charges and fees is on the horizon in American Samoa. Last week the Hospital Authority Board submitted a draft schedule of fee increases to the Governor... [more]

High profile PNG civil society activist dumped as leader
Papua New Guinea's Coalition of Civil Society Organisations has rejected prominent activist Noel Anjo as its president. The newspaper, The National, quotes a founding member of the network, John Kerenga... [more]

Voter education workshop being held in Vanuatu
A workshop on electoral education is being held in Vanuatu this week to boost voter registration for this year's general elections. More than 25 participants, including registration officers from the... [more]

UNDP provides emergency relief work for Fiji flood victims
The United Nations Development Programme is funding a cash for work programme for market vendors in Rakiraki in Fiji, following the recent devastating floods in the area. The emergency employment... [more]

Call for women to take 50 percent of seats on Fiji Constituent Assembly
Women's rights groups in Fiji are pushing for 50 percent female representation on the body which will debate the country's new constitution. The interim government has yet to announce the... [more]

Four arrested after Auckland knife attack
Police have arrested three teenagers and an adult following a knife attack in West Auckland which left two young girls in hospital. [more]

Burglars target red-stickered homes
Police say red-stickered homes in Christchurch are being targeted by burglars, after stolen goods were found in a storage unit over the weekend. [more]

More than 700 flood-hit students getting hot lunches in Fiji
The chief executive of Save the Children Fiji says more than 700 Nadi students affected by floods are getting a hot school lunch. Recent severe flooding has displaced thousands of... [more]

Council asks 15,000 building owners to treat for legionella
The Auckland Council has sent 15,000 letters to building owners, asking them to immediately shock-treat all cooling towers to prevent Legionnaires' disease. [more]

Bishop responds to Deacon's complaints
An Anglican Bishop says the decision of a deacon to remove children from an Easter Camp being run by the church in Auckland was based on groundless allegations. [more]

Golfer Richard Lee drops 20 places to finish 26th in Japan
The New Zealand golfer Richard Lee has recorded his best finish on the Japan Golf Tour in the past two years when he placed tied 26th at the Token Homemate... [more]

Hurricanes halfback in doubt for Crusaders match
The Hurricanes have a major injury concern ahead of their super rugby match against the Crusaders in Wellington on Saturday night. First choice halfback T J Perenara rolled an ankle... [more]

Taylor hopeful of return to IPL
Less than three weeks after having surgery on a broken arm the New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor hopes to resume playing. Taylor has told cricket website cricinfo he's available... [more]

Camper enjoying good sailing conditions as end of leg five looms
Team New Zealand's round the world race entry Camper is enjoying fast downwind sailing conditions, as the boat enters the final stages of Leg Five to Brazil. For the first... [more]

Red Bull struggling for pace
The reigning world motor racing champion Sebastian Vettel said he was pleased to finish 5th in last night's Chinese Grand Prix after failing to make the third qualifying session, but... [more]

Samoa Rugby Union makes Stephen Betham head coach
The man appointed assistant coach for the Manu Samoa rugby team earlier this month, Stephen Betham, has now been made head coach after Australian Adrian Thompson turned down the job. [more]

Samoa gets Australian funding to boost its law and justice sector
Samoa's Law and Justice Sector has received funding from Australia of more than 2 million US dollars to help reduce the level of serious crime and strengthen the rule of... [more]

A naval ship yard promoted as a solution to CNMI's economic woes
The CNMI's delegate to the United States Congress, Gregorio Sablan, has introduced a bill that would permit the overhaul and repair of U.S. naval vessels in the Northern Marianas. Under... [more]

Fiji's flood victims will have to find own land for new homes
The director of Fiji's disaster management agency says the interim government will pay to rebuild homes for people displaced by floods at the end of last month but they will... [more]

PNG lawyer who's worked with Electoral Commission confident about rolls
A former lawyer for Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commission says the electoral rolls for the Highlands provinces will be satisfactory for this year's general elections. Professor John Nonggorr's comment comes... [more]

Some coastal properties could be swept away - NIWA
The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research is warning that coastal erosion could claim some beachside properties if they are not moved. [more]

Mangatu Blocks takes another crack at claim
A Maori authority's 20-year legal fight for the return of ancestral whenua is entering its final round. [more]

Marae activity may help ageing Maori - study
An Auckland University study has found that Maori elders who spend much of their time running their marae appear to have better health and are happier in life than those who don't. [more]

Uneven spread of resources for domestic violence work
There's an uneven distribution of resources available for organisations working with the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence according to the kaihautu (co-ordinator) of Te Kupenga, a national network of stopping violence and abuse in the whanau. [more]

Auckland Transport says fare increases needed
Auckland Transport says planned bus and train fare increases are needed - otherwise it would be forced to find a significant amount of funding from increased rates or taxes. [more]

Taranaki teenager charged with murder
A teenager has appeared in the New Plymouth Youth Court charged with murder. [more]

Cardboard cathedral to be built in Christchurch
A $5.3 million temporary replacement for Christchurch's Anglican cathedral could be completed by the end of the year. [more]

New busway expected to attract 5 million users
Auckland Transport says a new busway for South East Auckland will attract more than 5.5 million users a year. [more]

Decision on Te Urewera re-trial put off
A decision on whether to seek a re-trial for the four defendants in the Te Urewera raids trial has been put off until next month. [more]

Labour call on Families Commissioner to retract or resign
The Labour Party is calling on the Chief Families Commissioner to resign if Carl Davidson does not retract comments about Labour's paid parental leave policy not being affordable. [more]