Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 17th 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, The Sampler, Upbeat, You Me... Now!

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1
Jessica Doube from Wellington has chosen 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1' by The Flaming Lips. [more]

TV Review with Phil Wallington
Discussing - Titanic dramas, 'The Chawners' Last Chance', 'Game of Thrones', and 'New Tricks'. [more]

Jersey Boys - musical
A quick word about Jersey Boys on at the Civic in Auckland. [more]

Book Review with Graham Beatie
'The 1960s Scrapbook' - compiled by Robert Opie; 'Maggie's Verjuice Cookbook' by Maggie Beer; 'The Library Book' (23 well-known writers with essays on how libraries influenced them and what they mean to them); and 'Stop what you are doing and read this' (ten essays by famous authors and passionate advocates for books and reading). [more]

Music Review with Nick Atkinson
Featuring 'Stop And Think It Over' by Full Wood and 'Marion Bates' by Tono and The Finance Company. [more]

Web Review with Ben Gracewood
Tupac's Coachella 'performance' is equal parts amazing, tacky, and macabre; The UK government's war on internet freedom; and the Economist's Graphic Detail Blog. [more]

Open orchard project
Thanks to Robyn and Robert Guyton's Open Orchard Project, there's now 500 species of apple trees, 20 types of pears and a dozen species of plums growing throughout the Southland province. [more]

More goat farmers needed
A New Zealand company is calling for more people to take up goat farming after the European Food Safety Authority accepted evidence that goat milk is a good source of nutrition for babies. [more]

The Passionless People Revisited
Journalist, author, cultural critic and social historian Gordon McLauchlan is taking another look at New Zealand in his book 'The Passionless People Revisited'. [more]

Asian Report for 17 April 2012 - Graci Kim
Lynda Chanwai-Earle catches young and talented entrepreneur Graci Kim before she heads to Taipei for Diplomatic training. Graci chats to Lynda about her brand new interactive children's iPad book that reached no.1 in the App Store Top Books in New Zealand, within a day of its release. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 17 April 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with John Dunne and Tim Watkin (Part 1)
Topics - SkyCity's chief executive Nigel Morrison says the Auckland casino's slot machines are less harmful to the public than Lotto tickets - and he says claims of social harm are out of proportion to reality. The Aotea Centre's roof needs replacing, the re-roofing job will cost 10 million dollars and it apparently comes as a surprise to the Auckland council. [more]

The Panel with John Dunne and Tim Watkin (Part 2)
Topics - Chinese-made poppies will go on sale in New Zealand for the first time in this week's annual poppy appeal. Has banning the cane and the strap left schools unable to impose discipline and led to a deterioration in children's behaviour? [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 17 April 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 17 April 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 April 2012
TelstraClear warns telecommunications companies face extinction. The World Bank's new boss plans to focus on growth and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 17 April 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 17 April 2012
Shares in the digital board book maker, Diligent, have surged more than 5% to $3.69 after the firm more than doubled its first quarter sales. [more]

CEISMIC

Christchurch CBD plan announcement imminent
The Minister for Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee, is due to give the government's response to the Christchurch City Council's draft central city plan tomorrow. [more]

Chch Cathedral should be rebuilt says visiting expert
An international expert in earthquake recovery who's touring New Zealand says it's inconceivable to think that a building as magnificent as Christchurch Cathedral won't be rebuilt. [more]

Earthquake simulations to start today near QE II stadium
A second round of earthquake simulations, using explosives are to begin in Christchurch today; upsetting some residents in the area. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 17 April 2012
A final, stark warning about a serial rapist due for release. Protesters lie down to stop a truck carting away an Auckland state house and wheel clampers - the Government steps in. [more]

Parole Board issues stark warning about a serial rapist
The Parole Board has issued a final, stark warning about Stewart Murray Wilson and the chances he'll go straight back to raping women and girls as soon as he's out of jail in September. [more]

Protesters block a truck trying to remove an state house
A man has been dragged out from under a truck that protesters have been trying to stop carting away a state house in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes. [more]

Bus driver licence for paedolphile 'human error'
More than a year after the Transport Agency gave a convicted paedophile a licence to drive a school bus it still hasn't finished checking whether the staff member at fault might have done it more than once. [more]

Former non-executive Bridgecorp director jailed
A 62-year-old accountant who was the only one of the four Bridgecorp directors to change his plea to guilty has been sentenced to two years in prison. [more]

Wheel clamping code of conduct being developed
Wheel clampers face having to smarten up their act after the Government moved today to step in. [more]

Sports News for 17 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Prison inmates to wait longer for parole hearings
Some of the country's most notorious prison inmates will soon be waiting longer to get a parole hearing. [more]

Victim's mother on changes to parole hearings
More now on the changes to parole board hearings - that the wait for some of the country's most notorious inmates will soon become longer. [more]

Numerous failings on fishing boat that sank
A ship surveyor has outlined numerous failings on a Korean fishing boat which sank off the South Island, with five crew and the captain dying. [more]

No problem with more pokie machines - Prime Minister
The Prime Minister John Key has reiterated he has no problem with SkyCity's plan to install more gaming machines at its Auckland casino. [more]

Gillard to bring troops home early from Afghanistan
Australia's Prime Minister has confirmed the country's troops will be pulling out of Afghanistan earlier than planned. [more]

Contracts for broadband at remote schools and hospitals awarded
Scores of schools in remote places, as well as rural hospitals, are covered by new contracts awarded in the rollout of high-speed internet. [more]

Rapist Wilson's lawyer on the threat he poses upon release
The Parole Board has issued a final, stark warning about Stewart Murray Wilson and the chances he'll go back to raping women and girls as soon as he's out of jail in September. [more]

Key skirts round trade obstacles after meeting
The sensitive issue of trade obstacles has been skirted round by the Prime Minister, John Key, after he met with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudohoyono in Jakarta this afternoon. [more]

Bikies blamed for shooting spree in Sydney
Police in Sydney say a turf war between the Nomads and Hell's Angels bikie gangs is behind a spate of overnight shootings in the city. [more]

Chocolate biscuit prices take dramatic fall
The latest shopper stats show chocolate biscuits are getting cheaper. [more]

Sports News for 17 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Number of flights to and from China could triple
The number of flights between China and New Zealand could triple under a new agreement reached by the two countries. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 April 2012
A director of the collapsed Bridgecorp has been jailed. Some inmates will have to wait longer for a parole hearing. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 April 2012
The Kangaroos debutant James Tamou, who's copped some criticism for turning his back on New Zealand rugby leauge, says he's prepared to come in for some special attention when his side meets the Kiwis in Friday's ANZAC test. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 17 April 2012
Norway's mass killer admits acts, denies guilt; Christchurch CBD plan announcement imminent; Chch MP 'govt needs to be more transparent on CBD rebuild'; Indonesia in breach of FTA over beef quotas; Southern mayors lobby to save 'blueprint' youth programme; New study reveals dollar big barrier to exporters; Sky City chief says more pokie machines needed. [more]

Government told to butt out of Chch Council business
A Christchurch City Councillor, says it's ironic the government appears to be wanting to take over the rebuild of the city's CBD when it's failing in its own core responsibilities such as temporary housing. [more]

Uproar in Spain over King's elephant hunting trip
Spain's King Juan Carlos is the subject of widespread anger among his struggling subjects after it emerged he spent 30-thousand NZ dollars hunting elephants in Botswana. [more]

Pacific News for 17 April 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Interview with Russel Norman
New figures reveal the high level and volatility of the New Zealand dollar are barriers to nearly half of all export firms making money overseas. [more]

Norway's mass killer admits acts, denies guilt
The Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik has admitted responsibility for 77 deaths in a bombing and shooting rampage last July. [more]

Chch MP 'govt needs to be more transparent on CBD rebuild'
Christchurch East Labour MP, Lianne Dalziel. [more]

Indonesia in breach of FTA over beef quotas
The Prime Minister, John Key, says Indonesia is potentially breaching its Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand with its quotas on beef imports. [more]

Southern mayors lobby to save 'blueprint' youth programme
The mayors from the south of the South Island are lobbying to save a youth programme described as a national blueprint for helping get young people into work and study. [more]

New study reveals dollar big barrier to exporters
A new study reveals the current high level and general volatility of the New Zealand dollar are barriers to nearly 50 percent of all export firms. [more]

Sky City chief says more pokie machines needed
SkyCity's chief executive is defending gaming options at its Auckland casino, saying other forms of gambling do more harm. [more]

Sports News for 17 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Lawyer says inquest will show true horror of charter ships
A lawyer representing the families of Indonesian fishermen who died when a Korean fishing boat sank, says the inquest will show the true horror experienced aboard some foreign charter vessels. [more]

Labour peer suspended after offering bounty on Obama, Bush
A row has broken out in Britain, after the country's first Muslim peer reportedly offered a 10 million pound bounty for the capture of the United States President Barack Obama, and his predecessor George W Bush. [more]

Powerful Chinese politician's visit sparks protest
China's fourth-ranked leader, Jia Qinglin, was hosted at an official function at Premier House in Wellington last night as part of his four-day visit to the country. [more]

Scientists study bees to find anaesthetic and jetlag link
Scientists in Auckland say they have discovered why a dose of general anaesthetic makes patients feel like they have jet lag. [more]

Govt could be poised to take over Chch CBD rebuild
The government could be poised to take over the rebuild of Christchurch's central business district. [more]

Politicians call for exchange rate intervention
Opposition politicians are calling for more help for exporters finding it hard to do business with the high and generally volatile exchange rate. [more]

Dollar no more volatile than usual - foreign exchange expert
Foreign exchange adviser at Rankin Treasury Advisory, Derek Rankin says the dollar is no more volatile than usual. [more]

Southern mayors fight to keep youth work programme
Southern mayors are lobbying to save an employment programme, as youth unemployment sky rockets in the region. [more]

Refining NZ seeks shareholder support for major expansion
Refining New Zealand bosses are making a whistle-stop tour of the country this week, seeking shareholder approval for a major expansion at the Marsden Point oil refinery. [more]

Sports News for 17 April 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More and more 'I do's' ring out in Christchurch
Even without the Cathedral, the "I do's" are ringing out in post-quake Christchurch with businesses in the wedding industry reporting a boom. [more]

George Washington declared Britain's greatest foe
Britain and the United States are famously the best of friends, but it wasn't always that way. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys - Tony Collins
Glider pilot Tony Collins' mechanical skills have often been put to good use, like the time he restored a 1927 Chevy truck and then drove it around the world with his wife Sue (in a 1000 days). [more]

The World At Night - Chile
Terri Anderson is our Kiwi-born correspondent living in rural Chile, pop. 17,094,270 (est. 2010). Start-Up Chile is importing entrepreneurs and why Chile is one of the three strictest countries on abortion. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 3. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Sky City casino boss disputes harmful impact of pokie machines
The controversial 'pokies for convention centre' deal being negotiated by SkyCity Casino and the government. [more]

US Correspondent - Luiza Savage
The latest on the US Republican race to the White House. [more]

Feature Guest - Philip Beesley
What is the future vision for our buildings? Will they live, move and even think? [more]

Book Review - Helena Rubinstein: The Woman who Invented Beauty
Written by Michele Fitoussi, published by HarperCollins, reviewed by Jane Westaway. [more]

Business with Rob Hosking
Taxes. [more]

Massive Theatre Company turns 21
A fixture in Auckland and New Zealand performance arts turns 21. [more]

TV with Lara Strongman
Mad Men and Fair Go. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 April 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 April 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 17 April 2012
A Maori authority in Gisborne says the loss of its land is like having a child taken away; An iwi in south Waikato is trying to avoid calling in the Crown over competing tribal treaty claims; Te Kupenga, the national network of stopping domestic violence says it doesn't believe violence is on the increase - there's just better awareness of it; Maori nurses wanting to return to their tribal rohe, including rural communities to work, are being encouraged to apply for a scholarship that will allow them to move back home. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 April 2012
A Maori authority in Gisborne says the loss of its land is like having a child taken away; Te Kupenga, the national network of stopping domestic violence says it doesn't believe violence is on the increase - there's just better awareness of it; An iwi in south Waikato is trying to avoid calling in the Crown over competing tribal treaty claims; Maori nurses wanting to return to their tribal rohe, including rural communities to work, are being encouraged to apply for a scholarship that will allow them to move back home. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 April 2012
A small Northland school says the Ministry of Education is closing its senior classes without giving it the chance to fix problems; An investment advisor to Maori businesses and trusts says the loss of nearly 20-million dollars in investments by Taranaki iwi, Ngati Tama is not a reflection on the investment strategies of most Iwi; The Principal of a remote, mainly Maori school in the central North Island, says having a faster internet service will make a huge difference to school life; More management changes have been made at the Maori Trustee - the organisation that administers and leases Maori land. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 April 2012
An investment advisor to Maori businesses and trusts says the loss of nearly 20-million dollars in investments by Taranaki iwi, Ngati Tama isn't a reflection on the investment strategies of most Iwi; A small Northland school says the Ministry of Education is closing its senior classes without giving it the chance to fix problems; The Principal of a remote school in the Central North Island, says having a faster internet service will make a huge difference to school life; More management changes have been made at the Maori Trustee - the organisation that administers and leases Maori land. [more]

The Reading

Burton's Grand Tootling Tour - Part 2
A whimsical travelogue in and around London. [more]

The Sampler

The Sampler for 17 April 2012
Troy Ferguson reviews new releases by Karen Dalton and Mike Wexler, plus the new Flying Nun compilation Time To Go: The Southern Psychedelic Moment 1981-86. [more]

Upbeat

Michael Norris
Co-Artistic director and founder of Stroma new music ensemble unveils the 2012 season and previews this Thursday's concerts. [more]

Nicola Melville
US-based Wellington-born pianist and Associate Professor of Music at Carleton College, Minnesota performing a concert at St Andrews on the Terrace tomorrow. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 97: Plan of Attack
Plans are afoot for the weekend trip. Jarrod and Effie get it happening. [more]

News stories:

Study reveals scale of exporter problems with dollar
The high level and volatility of the New Zealand dollar are barriers to nearly half of all export firms making money overseas, new figures show. [more]

Former PNG electoral lawyer assures rolls in good shape
A former lawyer for Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commission says the 2012 electoral roll is far better than past ones. Professor John Nonggorr's comment comes after public outcry following the... [more]

Commonwealth ministers urge Fiji to fully restore human rights
The Commonwealth ministerial action group has urged Fiji to restore full respect for human rights. The group met overnight in London, and received an update from the Secretary-General on recent... [more]

Samoa gets more aid money from China
The Samoa government will receive more financial assistance from the Chinese government. An agreement was signed yesterday between Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and China's visiting minister of Commerce,... [more]

Nominees for Pacific Music Awards announced
The nominations for the Pacific Music Awards have been announced, with hip-hop artist David Dallas and R&B duo Adeaze leading the charge with four nods each. Not far behind is... [more]

Bees give clue to link between anaesthetic and jetlag
Scientists at Auckland University say they have discovered why general anaesthetic leaves many patients with the sensation of being jetlagged. [more]

Quake in central North Island
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Taupo on Tuesday morning. [more]

Inquest reveals horrific charter boat conditions - lawyer
A lawyer for families of the Indonesian fishermen who died when a Korean trawler sank says the true horror being experienced aboard some foreign charter vessels is being revealed during the inquest. [more]

Black Sticks tournament win good preparation for Olympics
The Black Sticks co-captain Kayla Sharland says winning the first round of the Four Nations hockey tournament in Auckland last night is ideal preparation in an olympic year. The Black... [more]

No regrets, but Tamou expects some heat from the Kiwis
The Kangaroos debutant James Tamou, who's copped some criticism for turning his back on New Zealand rugby leauge, says he's prepared to come in for some special attention when his... [more]

Plummer not happy with penalty calls against West Coast Fever
The West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer isn't happy with the way her players were penalised during their loss to the Northern Mystics in their trans-Tasman netball clash in Auckland... [more]

Force coach to join Reds
The Western Force rugby coach Richard Graham has made a shock defection to join his Super Rugby-winning mentor Ewen McKenzie at the Queensland Reds next year. Graham will leave Perth... [more]

Banned Korean footballer in suspected suicide
Korean media is reporting that a South Korean soccer player banned for life for his part in a major match-fixing scandal has been found dead in a suspected suicide. The... [more]

Magic winless, Mystics share top of table
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic - traditionally one of the strongest New Zealand sides in the trans-Tasman netball competition, are winless after three rounds. The New South Wales Swifts... [more]

Final hurdle for Camper as Leg 5 finish line draws close
After a testing Leg 5 of the Volvo ocean race, Team New Zealand's Camper is less than 24 hours from the finish line - but they still face one final... [more]

Nadal ready for clay court season
Rafael Nadal's fretting over his troublesome left knee as he prepares for the season's opening clay court tennis tournament in Monte Carlo. Nadal's been suffering from tendinitis in the knee,... [more]

Black Sticks beat trans-Tasman rivals to claim Four Nations title
The Black Sticks Women have won the Four Nations hockey tournament with a 3-2 victory over Australia last night at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium. After losing 3-1 in pool... [more]

British MP's son banned from rugby for taking cocktail of drugs
Promising rugby player Jonathan Spelman, the teenage son of a senior British politician, has been banned for 21 months by the Rugby Football Union after admitting taking a cocktail of... [more]

ICC expands World T20 to16 teams
The International Cricket Council's executive board has decided to expand the number of teams in the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh from 12 to 16 to give more opportunities... [more]

Kangaroos debutant expects hostile reception in Auckland
The Kangaroos debutant James Tamou has been warned to expect a Quade Cooper-type reception from a hostile Auckland league crowd on Friday. The Australian captain Cameron Smith says the selection... [more]

World Cup winner retires from rugby
The Springboks 2007 World Cup-winning first five Butch James has announced his retirement from test rugby. 33-year-old James isn't a first choice at his Super Rugby side the Lions, and... [more]

Muamba leaves hospital
Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from the London Chest Hospital saying he would be forever in debt to the doctors who saved his life. Muamba has made... [more]

Iwi tries to work around competing treaty claims
South Waikato-based iwi Ngati Raukawa says it is trying to avoid calling in the Crown over competing tribal treaty claims. [more]

More awareness of domestic violence - Te Kupenga
Te Kupenga, a national network for stopping violence and abuse in the whanau, says it doesn't believe there is more domestic violence - but instead there is increased awareness of it. [more]

Loss of Gisborne land compared to loss of a child
Loss of land on the East Coast was like having a child taken away, the Mangatu Blocks Incorporation says. [more]

Maori nurses offered help to return to home areas
Maori nurses wanting to return to their tribal rohe are being encouraged to apply for a scholarship that will allow them move back home. [more]

NZX 50 opens week by slipping 14 points
The benchmark NZX 50 index fell 14 points to close at 3474 on Monday, on turnover of $94 million. [more]

China forex move 'indicates confidence in economy'
China's decision to expand the yuan trading band may indicate the country's economic slowdown will be gradual rather than abrupt, an economist says. [more]

Requirements for clearer prospectuses welcomed
A securities lawyer is welcoming changes the Financial Markets Authority has made to controversial new requirements for companies trying to raise money from the public. [more]

Fuller says Aussie netball style can attract more whistle
The Northern Mystics coach Debbie Fuller says her side was prepared for the West Coast Fever to attack the ball in last night's trans-Tasman netball clash, which the Mystics won. [more]

Cairns still seeking answers after successful court case
The former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is still seeking answers despite his successful defamation case against the former Indian premier league cricket commissioner Lalit Modi. Cairns was awarded 170,000... [more]

Changes likely ahead of second Black Sticks tournament
The New Zealand women's hockey coach Mark Hager is likely to bring some new players into the fold for the second Four Nations tournament in Auckland starting tomorrow. The Black... [more]

Windies fight back against Australia
The West Indies cricketers have fought back strongly in second test against Australia to dismiss the tourists for 311 at tea on day two in Port of Spain Trinidad. Michael... [more]

Redknapp calls for goalline technology after controversial goal
The Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has again called for the introduction of goalline technology in football after his side became victims of another costly error during a 5-1 loss... [more]

Services sector still strong - economist
Economic data from the services sector shows that it is growing, despite mixed results in the past two months, says a bank economist. [more]

Auckland Airport signs deal to get first Garuda flights
Auckland Airport has signed a memorandum of understanding with Garuda Indonesia which is considering resuming flights to New Zealand. [more]

A2 Corp turns eye to Asian infant formula
Specialty milk business A2 Corporation says it is seeking partners to distribute and market its infant formulas in Asia, after cutting a deal with a Chinese-controlled dairy manufacturer to make the products in Canterbury. [more]

Battling Wigan hang on to sink Arsenal
Wigan Athletic have pulled off a shock 2-1 win at third-placed Arsenal to continue their dramatic late bid to escape the English Premier League relegation zone. Last week Wigan beat... [more]

Kenya's Wesley Korir wins Boston Marathon
Kenyan Wesley Korir has won the Boston Marathon in two hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds. In a Kenyan sweep of the podium, Levy Matebo came in second and Bernard... [more]

Fiji football name extended squad to prepare for Nations Cup
Fiji football has named an extended squad of 31 players to preapre for the Oceania football confederation's Nations Cup. The Nations Cup is the second stage of Oceania qualifying for... [more]

Fiji name near full strenght team to contest EAP Twenty20
Fiji has named a near full strenght team to compete at the East Asia Pacific Twenty20 women's world cup qualifier in Vanuata next month. Cricket Fiji women's player of the... [more]

Fiji urged to ensure human rights before constitutional process
The Commonwealth has welcomed steps by the government of Fiji to restore democracy, but says it needs to restore full respect for human rights. The Commonwealth ministerial action group, which... [more]

West Papuan indigenous groups to seek MSG observer status
Separatist groups from Indonesia's West Papua region are to apply for observer status at the Melanesian Spearhead Group. A spokesperson for the indigenous West Papuan people in Vanuatu, Dr John... [more]

Samoa rugby changes tack but denies mishandling coach appointment
The Samoa Rugby Union has promoted Stephen Betham to head coach of Manu Samoa. At the start of the month the union announced the national sevens coach would be assistant... [more]

Samoa health officials play down risk of MRSA bacteria
Samoa's health service says there is no need for people to panic over The bacteria Methicilin Resistant Stapihylocccus Aureus Two children died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital last month,... [more]

New tourism centre in Solomon Islands Temotu Province near completion
The construction of a new tourism centre in Solomon Islands' Temotu Province is almost complete. The venue, which is being established in the provincial capital, Lata, is expected to promote... [more]

American Samoa appoints broadband firm
The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority has appointed a California company to support and implement its Broadband Linking the American Samoa Territory Project. Under the initiative the company will deliver ubiquitous... [more]

RE/MAX franchise opens on Saipan
The leading real estate company in the United States, Real Estate Maximum or RE/MAX has opened a franchise in the Northern Mariana Islands. The owner of the local franchise RE/MAX... [more]

Celebrants kept busy with post-quake weddings
Christchurch's wedding industry is reporting a boom in the number of couples getting married. [more]

Explosions at stadium part of tests on land
Explosions at Christchurch's QEII stadium are part of earthquake tests and the Earthquake Commission says residents have nothing to be concerned about. [more]

Interviews carried out for mines inspector role
The Department of Labour expects to announce a permanent head of its mine safety unit in two months. [more]

Labour signals concessions on parental leave bill
Labour Party leader David Shearer has signalled his party might make some concessions to get support from the National-led Government for its paid parental leave policy. [more]

Mayors fight to save youth employment scheme
Southern mayors are lobbying to save a programme described as a blueprint for youth employment schemes. [more]

Drier climate pattern may be on the way
La Nina weather patterns which have helped with excellent grass growth on New Zealand farms over the past year will end soon and may be followed by drier conditions, climate scientists say. [more]

Otago couple win on farm sustainability
North Otago couple Blair and Jane Smith are the supreme winners of the 2012 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards, which recognise the efforts farmers, orchardists and grape growers are making towards sustainability. [more]

Quad bike crackdown skips safety frames
Department of Labour officials say their autumn campaign to stamp out the unsafe use of quad bikes doesn't include farmers using safety frames on the four-wheel farm bikes. [more]

PM says Indonesia beef quota hurting trade
Prime Minister John Key says Indonesia is almost certainly breaching its Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand with its quota on beef imports. [more]

Carr highlights Fiji unionists' detention to Commonwealth body
Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has highlighted the Fiji regime's treatment of some Fiji unionists as a reason why the country should not be reinstated as a full member of... [more]

Bob Parker confident Government will back council
Christchurch mayor Bob Parker is confident the Government isn't about to sideline the council over rebuilding the central city. [more]

71-year-old pleads not guilty to murder
An elderly man accused of murdering a service station attendant more than 30 years ago in Turangi will defend the charge. [more]

Not guilty pleas over fatal Christmas crash
Two people charged with manslaughter over a fatal car crash on Christmas Day in Tauranga have pleaded not guilty. [more]

Vanuatu could be Mauritius of Pacific, says USP professor
A professor of economics at the University of the South Pacific, Biman Prasad, says Vanuatu has the potential to become the Mauritius of the Pacific. Mauritius in the Indian Ocean... [more]

All Blacks halfback expected to announce departure
The All Blacks halfback Jimmy Cowan's expected to announce today he's heading to England at the end of the year. Cowan's been linked with English club Gloucester and Highlanders officials... [more]

All Whites World Cup hero still waiting for contract extension
The All Whites World Cup goalkeeping hero Mark Paston's Wellington Phoenix contract will expire in 13 days but he says he's yet to be offered an extension. Paston, who's 35,... [more]

West Indies 4-39 v Australia at stumps
Australia have taken control of the second cricket Test against the West Indies in Trinidad after Michael Clarke pulled another surprise move. After Australia were dismissed for 311 in their... [more]

PNG PM says outside security for polls unwarranted
The Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O'Neill, says a suggestion that an Australian-led regional force be sent to PNG to ensure a free and safe election is unwarranted and... [more]

PNG government warned against declaring state of emergency
A Papua New Guinea MP is warning the government not to consider declaring a state of emergency. Arthur Somare, who is the son of the veteran leader Sir Michael Somare,... [more]

Camper expect's to arrive in Brazil tonight
A month after leaving Auckland Team New Zealand's round the world yacht race entry Camper's only hours away completing the fifth leg to Brazil. This morning they were 250 kilometres... [more]

Hopes for trade ties between Solomons and Vanuatu provinces
The Premier of Temotu Province in Solomon Islands is hoping a trade link with Vanuatu will soon be initiated. Under the Melanesian Spearhead Group, a memorandum of understanding was signed... [more]

Man charged with assaulting cyclist
Police in Christchurch have arrested a man in relation to the alleged assault of a cyclist on a Port Hills mountain bike track. [more]

Rural broadband contracts announced
Telecommunications network provider Chorus is the big winner in the final phase of the Government's $300 million plan to provide high-speed internet to the country's remoter regions. [more]

Parties take new step in port dispute mediation
Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union have moved forward with their formal mediation plans. [more]

Telco profitability being undermined - TelstraClear boss
TelstraClear is warning that the telecommunications network sector is in danger of becoming extinct. [more]

Used oil from prison kitchens to be turned into biodiesel
Used cooking oil from prison kitchens is to be converted into renewable fuel, under a deal struck between the Corrections Department and Solid Energy. [more]

Amid political crisis, police fracas in PNG capital
Police in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea are calling for the arrest of dozens of Highlands police who beat six highway patrol staff. A police spokesperson, Superintendent Dominic Kakas,... [more]

Spike in tourism expected for Niue following Lady Gaga campaign
The Niue Tourism Board has seen a huge spike in interest on its website following a campaign to get pop star Lady Gaga to play at a concert on the... [more]

Farm sales 'not raised' in talks with Chinese leader
Acting Prime Minister Bill English says the Crafar farms deal was not raised in talks on Monday with a senior Chinese leader. [more]

Company seeks support for Marsden Point expansion
New Zealand Refining is holding shareholder meetings around the country this week briefing investors on the biggest expansion project at Marsden Point since the 1980s. [more]

NZ and China sign up to deal on flights
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says the number of flights between China and New Zealand could triple under an agreement reached by the two countries. [more]

Shareholders' group backs NZR director fee pool rise
The New Zealand Shareholders Association says it will support New Zealand Refining plans to increase its director fee pool by 21%. [more]

Fonterra to set up packing plant in Indonesia
Fonterra plans to invest about $20 million in a blending and packing plant in Indonesia. [more]

Silver Fern Farms says Indonesia beef quota takes toll
Meat exporter Silver Fern Farms says Indonesia's clampdown on beef imports over the past few years has cost the company one of its key markets. [more]

Fishing boat captain stayed with sinking ship
An inquest in Wellington has heard of chaotic scenes on board a Korean fishing vessel which sank off the South Island in August 2010 with the loss of six lives. [more]

Eight arrests over Cooks burglaries
Eight people thought to be responsible for a spate of burglaries have been arrested by Cook Islands police in the past few days. Six appeared in court on Saturday, with... [more]

Shortened working week ends at American Samoa's hospital
The LBJ Hospital in American Samoa has ended the reduced work hours for employees effective from the beginning of this week. The shorter hours were brought in in early March... [more]

Blenheim meet to oppose Salmon farm
A public meeting is being held in Blenheim on Tuesday night to discuss appeals against a company's plan to expand their salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. [more]

Recording of domestic violence to change - police
Police are denying that statistics on family violence will no longer be made publicly available after changing the way the crime is recorded. [more]

Court case against Fiji businessman Padarath dropped
The Fiji magistrate's court has dismissed the case against a businessman Ben Padarath who had been charged with concealing false government documents. Fijivillage reports that decision was made after the... [more]

All Black first five back with Highlanders
The one test All Blacks first five Mike Delany and former Highlanders loose forward Hale T-Pole, are both re-joining the Dunedin based super rugby franchise on short term contracts. Delany,... [more]

Sarkozy again scotches Tahiti decolonisation bid
Nicolas Sarkozy, who seeks re-election as French president, says French Polynesia's decolonisation is no urgent matter. In an interview with the Nouvelles de Tahiti, Mr Sarkozy says French Polynesians don't... [more]

Minister renews threat of legal action
ACC Minister Judith Collins has written again to two Labour MPs and Radio New Zealand, threatening legal action unless she gets the apologies she sought earlier this month. [more]

Schools to get fast broadband but worry about cost
Hundreds of rural schools, public libraries and health care centres are to soon get access to a faster broadband internet connection. [more]

Fiji regime to assist flood-affected sugar farmers
The Fiji interim government says it will give sugar farmers affected by the recent floods money to replant their crops. The information ministry says the assistance scheme will provide 1,400... [more]

ADB gives US$1m to help Fiji after flooding
The Asian Development Bank is providing a one million US dollar grant to the interim Fiji government to help fund humanitarian and relief efforts for those affected by the recent... [more]

Fiji said to be positioning itself as strategic hub for China
A political scientist at the University of the South Pacific says Fiji is positioning itself as an important strategic partner for China in the South Pacific. Dr Sandra Tarte, who... [more]

Regulations imposed on clampers if voluntary code of conduct fails
Consumer affairs minister Simon Bridges says the Government will step in to impose regulation on the wheel clamping industry if a new voluntary code of conduct fails to work. [more]

Fiji military wary of comments by NGOs
The Fiji Land Force Commander has warned the public not to be swayed by statements by non-governmental organisations after a Fiji Women's Forum last week rejecting a role for the... [more]

Mediation to calm university row in PNG
The director general of the Papua New Guinea Office of Higher Education is flying to Lae to mediate between students and the Council of the University of Technology after a... [more]

Australia and NZ aid neglect agriculture in Melanesia, says academic
An Australian academic has criticised Australia and New Zealand aid programmes in the Pacific, saying they are chiefly responsible for appalling social outcomes, in particular in Melanesia. A senior fellow... [more]

Principal welcomes faster broadband
The principal of a remote, mainly Maori school in the central North Island, says having a faster internet service will make a huge difference to school life. [more]

Sharemarket up on Tuesday
The New Zealand sharemarket rose on Tuesday, with the NZX50 ending the trading day up 7 points at 3480. [more]

Jimmy Cowan to leave New Zealand rugby
The All Blacks halfback Jimmy Cowan is leaving New Zealand rugby to play for English club Gloucester. The Highlanders stalwart, who recently brought up his 100th match for the franchise,... [more]

Three new caps named in Kiwis side to play Kangaroos
Three new caps have been named in the Kiwis rugby league side to play Australia in the one off test in Auckland on Friday night. Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson and... [more]

'I'm not the next Benji Marshall' says Warriors halfback
The new Kiwis rugby league international Shaun Johnson says he's not getting carried away by talk that he'll be the one to take over from Kiwis captain Benji Marshall as... [more]

Rapist likely to reoffend on release - Parole Board
The Parole Board says all indications point to the rapist known as the Beast of Blenheim reoffending as soon as he is released from prison in September. [more]

Transport Agency sorry sex offender was hired to drive school bus
The Transport Agency has apologised for an error that led to a convicted child sex offender becoming a school bus driver. [more]

Fewer parole hearings under planned law change
Some of the country's most notorious inmates will soon have to wait longer for a parole hearing. [more]

Magnitude 7 quake off PNG's north coast
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the north coast of Papua New Guinea around 5pm local time. The US Geological Survey reports that the quake struck at a depth of... [more]

Woman admits to her baby's manslaughter
A 31-year old woman has admitted to the manslaughter of her two month old son in January last year. [more]