Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 24th May 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - The Java Jive
Bruce Maunsell from Te Kuiti has chosen The Java Jive by the Ink Spots. [more]

Your Place - Nuhaka
A northern Hawkes Bay town with a proud history. It celebrated one hundred years of education in 1994. Today the local school caters to all children to Year 8, when most travel the 32 kilometres to Wairoa college for secondary education. [more]

Southern Story for 24 May 2012 - QEII
Katy Gosset pays a final visit to QEII park - once an emblem of the city but like so many other prominent buildings is now destined for demolition. The stadium, home to the 1974 Commonwealth Games, was extensively damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and has been closed ever since. [more]

Our Changing World - Slam testing composites
Mark Battley and Tom Allen from the University of Auckland have a machine which slam-tests new materials for boats and helicopters in a tank of water. As Ruth Beran discovers, their aim is to make stronger, lighter and more reliable composite materials. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 24 May 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Mike Williams and David Farrar (Part 1)
Topics - A wealthy Chinese businessman accused of a high profile immigration fraud has been acquitted on all the charges. The Budget - smokers will be hit by a sharp increase in excise tax over the next four years, under changes announced in today's Budget. The Budget will also tighten the rules for the tax deduction of the costs of assets that are used both by their owners and rented out for income, like holiday homes, boats and aircraft. [more]

The Panel with Mike Williams and David Farrar (Part 2)
Topics - The age-old custom of greeting with a handshake could be on its way out as many of us prefer to meet with a hug or even a kiss, according to survey commissioned by the soap firm, Radox. Tame Iti and the man the judge called his lieutenant have been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for having firearms and molotov cocktails at military-style training camps. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 24 May 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 24 May 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 24 May 2012
Sir Ron Brierley retains his seat on GPG's board - but only just. Facebook shareholders sue the company and the sharemarket slips. [more]

Evening Business for 24 May 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 24 May 2012
Profits have fallen by almost half at Fisher and Paykel Appliances as shoppers remain cautious about spending. [more]

Checkpoint

Special coverage of Budget 2012
With Julian Robins, our political editor, Brent Edwards and our team of specialist correspondents. [more]

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 24 May 2012
Smokers, families with young children and holiday homeowners take a hit in this year's budget. Two and half years jail for Tame Iti and the man described as his Lieutenant and the Chinese businessman at the centre of a political row is cleared of immigration fraud charges. [more]

2012 zero budget labelled one of zero hope
Smokers, families with young children and owners of holiday homes have been hit in the pocket, under changes announced in today's budget. [more]

Finance Minister talks about 2012 Budget
The budget's also being labelled a nickel and dime one with the Finance Minister targeting a number of tax credits that affect low income earners and children. [more]

Tuhoe activist Tame Iti and his 'lieutenant' to appeal
The Tuhoe kaumatua and activist Tame Iti and the man described as his Lieutenant are starting two and a half year jail terms tonight for their roles in one of the country's most high profile investigations. [more]

More from the Police Commissioner
The Police Commissioner says the judge's comments today are a clear vindication of police action. [more]

Shearer stands by decision to go to Auditor-General
The Labour Party leader, David Shearer, is standing by his decision to ask the Auditor-General to investigate how his MP, Shane Jones, handled a citizenship case when he was a Minister. [more]

Sports News for 24 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour's finance spokesperson talks about budget
A zero budget with zero growth and zero hope is how opposition politicians have summed up Bill English's fourth budget. [more]

Analysis from RNZ's political editor
With us to discuss this further is our Political Editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Iti's lawyer speaks on the Urewera sentencing
More now on the jailing of two of the four people found guilty following the Te Urewera raids - one of the country's most high profile investigations. [more]

Doctor convicted for firing crossbow in busy campsite
A doctor has been convicted and fined a thousand dollars for firing a crossbow bolt that landed in a busy campsite near a tent where children were sleeping. [more]

Reaction to today's budget
The Finance minister Bill English has delivered his fourth Budget today with sharp increases in the price of cigarettes and doing away with tax breaks for some bach owners. [more]

Budget analysis from RNZ's special correspondents
To look at what today's budget means for households, with us now is our Economics Correspondent Nigel Stirling, our Health Correspondent Karen Brown and our Education Correspondent John Gerritsen. [more]

Tuhoe activist Tame Iti and his 'lieutenant' to appeal
The Tuhoe kaumatua and activist Tame Iti and the man described as his Lieutenant are starting two and a half year jail terms tonight for their roles in one of the country's most high profile investigations. [more]

Tuhoe response to Urewera sentences
Tamati Kruger's a spokesperson for Tuhoe. [more]

Sports News for 24 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Dover Samuels says Yan Yong Ming deserves apology
The former Labour Party MP, Dover Samuels, is demanding an apology for a Chinese businessman acquitted of immigration fraud charges. [more]

Christchurch's biggest demolition job proceeds
Almost 90 percent of the seven hundred and fifty six buildings earmarked for demolition in Christchurch's CBD have been reduced to rubble. [more]

Mt Eden Protestors call for Tame Iti to be freed
There's a large protest outside Mt Eden prison in Auckland. They're angry at today's sentencing of Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara. [more]

Closing arguments in Gwaze trial
The prosecution at the High Court retrial of George Gwaze has told the jury that 'sometimes good men do bad things'. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 24 May 2012
A judge has refused to throw out the convictions against Te Urewera four and a Chinese businessman is found not guilty of immigration fraud. [more]

Midday Sports News for 24 May 2012
The Warriors winger Krisnan Inu is leaving the National Rugby League club immediately. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 24 May 2012
Shane Jones says he'll take time to consider political future; Kim Dotcom back in court to fight to move back into his mansion; Dotcom lawyers say FBI has taken evidence without permission; English to deliver fourth Budget; 'Te Urewera four' to be sentenced; Navy to search for missing helicopter; and Excitement in Egypt as Presidential elections get underway. [more]

Pacific News for 24 May 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Shane Jones wants an opportunity to clear his name
The future of the Labour MP, Shane Jones hangs on a report from the Auditor General. Mr Jones has stood down from Labour's front bench over his decision to approve citizenship for a Chinese businessman who is now facing immigration fraud charges. [more]

Trustpower welcomes partial sale of SOEs
While many are decrying the Government's plan to partially sell state assets, about which more detail may be included in the budget, the private power company, Trustpower, says it can't come soon enough. [more]

Jones faces political uncertainty
The Labour MP, Shane Jones, again faces an uncertain political future, after his party's leader stood him down and called for his actions to be investigated by the Auditor-General. [more]

Kim Dotcom back in court to fight to move back into his mansion
The Solicitor-General is refusing to comment on whether copies of electronic files seized at Kim Dotcom's mansion were taken to the United States illegally by the FBI. [more]

Dotcom lawyers say FBI has taken evidence without permission
Internet law expert Rick Shera discusses the FBI taking evidence from the Kim Dotcom case. [more]

English to deliver fourth Budget
The Finance Minister, Bill English, is promising to deliver a sensible Budget this afternoon as the Government sticks to its aim of getting its books back into surplus in 2014-15. [more]

'Te Urewera four' to be sentenced
One of the original accused in the Urewera raids case says no one in New Zealand wants to see the four being sentenced to go to jail. [more]

Auckland council approves Len Brown's budget
Auckand's mayor has fought off renegade councillors to get his 10-year budget through, which includes a rate rise of nearly 4%. Councillors debated the super city's Long-Term Plan yesterday and adopted all of Len Brown's proposals after some heated debate. [more]

Excitement in Egypt as Presidential elections get underway
Fifteen months after Hosni Mubarak was swept from power in Egypt after a popular uprising, Egyptians have gone to the polls to elect a president. [more]

Sports News for 24 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

EU leaders meet in bid to head off eurozone crisis
European leaders have arrived in Brussels for a meeting aimed at finding a way to keep the eurozone crisis from spiralling out of control. It is the first summit of the European Union's 27 countries to be attended by France's new president, Francois Hollande, who unlike his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, opposes austerity measures and wants Europe to spend its way out of its problems. [more]

Asset sales hearings labelled a farce
It has been revealed that the Treasury wrote its report on the select committee hearings into the Government's partial asset sales legislation before they were finished. [more]

Budget goes digital
More than a few trees have died in service of the New Zealand government's budgets. This year you'll be able to view the budget documents and speeches from your cellphone or tablet. [more]

Shane Jones says he'll take time to consider political future
The Labour MP, Shane Jones says he'll take time to consider his future in politics, pending an investigation into his dealings with a Chinese businessman. [more]

Goverment to close tax deduction loopholes
The Finance Minister, Bill English, has indicated that with cost savings high on the agenda, the Budget, will close tax loopholes for high income earners. [more]

Cereal manufacturer says balancing books crucial in Budget
Dick Hubbard has seen a number of Budget's come and go, since he founded his Hubbards cereal company more than two decades ago. [more]

Navy to search for missing helicopter
Navy divers will arrive at Lake Sumner in North Canterbury later today, to help search for a helicopter believed to have crashed there. The helicopter and its pilot, Michael Graeme Mehrtens, went missing on Monday. [more]

Facebook sued for allegedly misleading investors
Shareholders have launched legal action against Facebook and its underwriters over the company's increasingly controversial flotation. [more]

Newborn son of woman who died in childbirth also dies
The newborn son of a woman who died soon after giving birth at a Huntly birthing unit has died after two days in intensive care. The baby's mother, 20-year-old Casey Nathan, was rushed from Huntly Birthcare to Waikato Hospital on Monday after a difficult birth. [more]

Sports News for 24 May 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Plea bargaining on the rise in New Zealand
A law specialist says there seems to be a growing trend towards plea bargaining in New Zealand courts which runs the risk of people getting off on lesser charges. [more]

Long prison sentence for Pakistani doctor turned spy
A Pakistani doctor thought to have helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason. In a case that is expected to heighten tensions between the US and Pakistan, Shakil Afridi was found guilty of working for a foreign intelligence service. [more]

Calls for lower prices at home as global dairy prices fall
Stretching the household budget could be getting marginally easier with cheaper prices for milk, cheese and butter on the back of a global slump in dairy prices. [more]

Science Idol competition heats up
Science and rap may seem like they have little in common, but one American biology teacher is bringing them together. [more]

Nights

Science: Toxicology
Dr Leo Schep from the NZ National Poisons Centre on inhalant abuse, in light of the recent incident where a child inhaled the contents of a butane can and died. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Nine To Noon

The possible closure of special needs schools
Parents of special needs students are fighting against proposed closures of residential special schools. [more]

Likely tax changes in Bill English's "sensible" Budget today
Chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers and former member of the tax working group, John Shewan, discusses the tax changes he expects in the Budget. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
The Olympic torch relay; a row over giving the right to vote to prisoners; and relaxed slang from top politicians. [more]

Feature Guest - Kate Swaffer
Australian nurse-turned-catering business owner Kate Swaffer was diagnosed with younger onset dementia just before she turned 50. She has now become an advocate for people with the disease, writing a blog and lobbying the Federal Government for age appropriate resources and services. [more]

Book Review - The Faceless
Graham Beattie reviews 'The Faceless' by Vanda Symon, published by Penguin. [more]

New Technology with Donald Clark
SpaceX's successful launch; acoustic cloaks; pay-by-phone. [more]

Parenting with Dorothy Waide
Dorothy Waide discusses babies aged 0-12 weeks (the "fourth trimester"), especially sleeping and settling. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
Act donor Louis Crimp and the issue of free speech. [more]

Our Changing World

Simulating Volcanic Explosions
Volcanologists at the University of Canterbury recreate processes that happen inside an active volcano [more]

Kereru in Wellington
Monica Awasthy did her PhD on kereru in Wellington, to find out where they feed and breed. [more]

Slam Testing Composites
Mark Battley and Tom Allen use a machine in a water tank to slam test materials for boats and helicopters [more]

NZ Inventory of Biodiversity Volume 3
The three volume Inventory covers more than 56,000 living species, and was the work of 238 authors from 19 countries [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 24 May 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 24 May 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 24 May 2012
A Resource Centre in Wairoa which Ngati Kahungunu iwi set up to help locked out and striking AFFCO meatworkers, has started winding down its operations; The Maori Trustee says Maori agribusiness is entering a new and exciting phase; Auckland Council has been told it's not giving any priority to meeting Maori needs through its planned spending over the next decade; A regional Kohanga Reo manager says the growth of kura kaupapa or Maori language immersion schools has helped kohanga tamariki to maintain their reo throughout their schooling. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 24 May 2012
Auckland Council has been told it's not giving any priority to meeting Maori needs through its planned spending over the next decade; A Resource Centre in Wairoa which Ngati Kahungunu iwi set up to help locked out and striking AFFCO meatworkers, has started winding down its operations; The Maori Trustee says Maori agribusiness is entering a new and exciting phase; A regional Kohanga Reo manager says the growth of kura kaupapa or Maori language immersion schools has helped kohanga tamariki to maintain their reo throughout their schooling. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 24 May 2012
There's new money for Maori in education in this year's Budget; The Chairperson of Hato Petera College in Auckland says the budget announcement that schools operational grants will rise by two percent is welcome; Maori will be hit hard by a sharp increase in tobacco excise tax; The Government has also announced that more homes will be insulated, through its Heat Smart programme; A financial consultancy firm says this year's Budget for the Ministry of Maori Affairs is quiet - with no surprises; Elsewhere, today's Budget speech by the Finance Minister, Bill English, confirmed earlier announcements that there would be spending in several other areas. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 24 May 2012
There's new money for Maori in education in this year's Budget; The Chairperson of Hato Petera College in Auckland says the budget announcement that schools operational grants will rise by two percent is welcome; Elsewhere, today's Budget speech by the Finance Minister, Bill English, confirmed earlier announcements that there would be spending in several other areas; Maori will be hit hard by a sharp increase in tobacco excise tax. [more]

The Reading

Hartley Manners: Playing the King - Part 5
As opening night approaches Hartley builds up for the ultimate actors challenge. [more]

Upbeat

Lyell Cresswell
Scottish based NZ composer featuring in this year's New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Made in NZ concert. [more]

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Obit
Roger Wilson looks at the career of top German baritone and conductor who died this week. [more]

Moss Patterson
Artistic Director of Auckland-based Atamira Dance Company who are touring the upper North Island at the moment. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 113: The Night Club of Your Life
Celeste might be seriously sick, The Dagobah opens and Alice Meets Wendy. [more]

News stories:

Cook Islands Superannuation Fund gets better response after charging fees
The Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund has been getting a better response from employers after it began charging them a penalty fee for late payments. The fee is allowed for... [more]

Whooping cough outbreak in PNG province leaves three dead
In Papua New Guinea, a whooping cough outbreak has claimed the lives of three children in a remote area of Jiwaka province. The newspaper, The National, reports the nursing officer... [more]

American Samoa lawyer keen for territory to vote for U.S President
When he attends the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in August, American Samoa lawyer, Charles Alailima, will be seeking support for the territory to be given electoral votes... [more]

Murder accused in Marceau case named
Suppression orders have been lifted allowing the details of the case of a man accused of murdering an Auckland teenager to be revealed. [more]

Auckland Council approves 3.6% rates rise
Rates in Auckland are set to go up by 3.6%, with a flat charge of $350 per household also. [more]

NZ market down on Wednesday
The NZX50 index fell 20 points, or 0.6%, to close at 3510 on turnover of $84 million on Wednesday. [more]

Locke out again this weekend
The Warriors fullback Kevin Locke has been forced to shelve plans to return from injury for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup this weekend... [more]

Queensland win Origin opener
Queensland beat New South Wales 18-10 in the opening State of Origin rugby league match on Wednesday night. [more]

Comvita increases honey production capacity
Comvita has increased its production capacity by about 45% as demand for its manuka honey medical products continues to grow. [more]

Young Farmers grand final begins
The National Young Farmer of the year title will be decided in Dunedin this week. Seven regional winners are vying for the honour, as well as $70,000 in prizes. [more]

Auckland Council giving no priority to Maori - board
Auckland Council has been told it's not giving any priority to meeting Maori needs through its planned spending over the next decade. [more]

Bid by Indian company for RIS subsidiary
An Indian technology company has offered to buy Retail Information Systems, a subsidiary of RIS Group. USG Tech Solutions wants to buy 100% of the shares. [more]

CNMI utility company is back under emergency status
The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation in the Northern Marianas is again back under a state of emergency declaration. Governor Benigno Fitial says the CUC is owed over 8 million US dollars... [more]

Five arrested in Samoa over a billboard calling for marijuana to be legalised
The police in Samoa have charged five men for displaying a billboard calling for the legalisation of marijuana in Samoa opposite the entrance to Faleolo International Airport The group now... [more]

Rubgy club denied promotion because of stadium
London Welsh, one of the biggest clubs in English rugby in the 1960s and 70s, cannot gain promotion to the Premiership, because its preferred stadium does not meet standards set by the Rugby Football Union. [more]

Facebook and banks face lawsuit
Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerberg, and the banks leading its flotation are being sued by disgruntled shareholders. [more]

Bluey backs Manu after winger cops flak
The Warriors rugby league coach Brian McClennan has hit back at critics of giant wing Manu Vatuvei and says the other NRL club's would kill to have 'the beast' on... [more]

Burberry still much in fashion
Fashion retailer Burberry has reported 24% growth and pre-tax profits of £366 million as it continues to expand around the world. [more]

Rupee still sliding
The Indian rupee continued a downward slide on Wednesday to 55.82 rupees against the US dollar, from 55.39 on Tuesday. It has fallen by almost 26% since August last year. [more]

PNG's O'Neill group files challenge against supreme court judges
The Peter O'Neill administration in Papua New Guinea has filed a challenge application in court against the supreme court judges who ruled his government was illegal. Three of the five... [more]

Blueskin Bay murder accused pleads guilty
One of three men charged with murder at Blueskin Bay near Dunedin has pleaded guilty. The others are expected to be go on trial in mid-July. [more]

Rise in plea bargaining seen
A law specialist says more people may be avoiding serious charges, or pleading guilty to crimes they didn't commit, by using plea bargaining. [more]

New Caledonia call to revisit public sector pay indexing
The president of New Caledonia's Congress, Roch Wamytan, has suggested the gradual removal of the indexed top-up of public sector salaries as a way of curbing the high cost of... [more]

Call on Kiribati to clarify newspaper registration process
Advocates of media freedom in the Pacific are wanting the Kiribati government to give a clear timeframe for the country's newspaper registration process. The Pacific Freedom Forum's concerns about the... [more]

Samoa National Provident Fund warns contributors before dividend payout
The Samoa National Provident Fund board has now approved a five-percent dividend payout to thousands of its contributors. The board had orginally approved a payout of only four percent, and... [more]

PNG's Rabaul Queen probe hears from NMSA
The Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Rabaul Queen in Papua New Guinea has heard of a poor relationship between the ship's owner and the National Maritime Safety... [more]

Amnesty report says Fiji severely restricted freedoms in 2011
Amnesty International says last year the Fiji Government was responsible for severe restriction of the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. The assessment is in the human rights organisation's... [more]

Monthly trade surplus
New Zealand reported a smaller than expected monthly trade surplus of $355 million in April. The annual balance fell back into deficit, to $541 million. [more]

American Samoa's LBJ hospital suffers US$1m asset loss
The LBJ hospital in American Samoa has finished fiscal year 2011 with a loss of one million US dollars. According to the financial audited statement for the period ending on... [more]

No basis in PNG drive to arrest judges, says AG
The Attorney General in Papua New Guinea's O'Neill caretaker government says he can't see any legal basis to arrest judges who ruled that the administration is illegal. Mr O'Neill's deputy,... [more]

Vanuatu escapees get ultimatum to surrender
Vanuatu's Minister of Internal Affairs, George Wells, has given the six remaining high risk prisoners on the run in Efate until midday Saturday to surrender. The police think a group... [more]

PNG women want reserved seats in June polls
Papua New Guinea's National Council of Women is calling on the electoral commission to include the 22 women's seats in next month's election. In November, parliament passed the Equality and... [more]

Samoa police still in the dark over death of villager in drugs raid
Samoa's assistant Police Commissioner Leaupepe Fatu Pula is unsure whether the post mortem results that would help determine if a villager was killed by a bullet fired by police are... [more]

O'Neill's attack on PNG chief justice criticised
Papua New Guinea's Sir Michael Somare group has taken issue with rival caretaker Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's questioning of the integrity of the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia. On Monday,... [more]

Fiji Labour leader labels Fiji Sun newspaper as regime puppet
The leader of the Fiji Labour Party Mahendra Chaudhry says the Fiji Sun newspaper has become a puppet of the interim government and abandoned basic media ethics. On May 15th... [more]

PNG parliament again lacks quorum for sitting
Papua New Guinea's parliament has been adjourned until tomorrow. The attempt at a special sitting by Peter O'Neill's caretaker government has again failed due to a lack of numbers. Local... [more]

No increase for early childhood subsidies
The Budget increases spending on early childhood education by more than $110 million over the next four years, but provides no inflation-linked increase for the subsidies paid to early childhood centres. [more]

Tobacco taxes to increase 10% for next four years
Tobacco excise taxes are to rise by 10% a year for the next four years. [more]

Dotcom's bail conditions relaxed
Bail conditions for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have been further relaxed. [more]

Newborn baby dies, two days after mother
After two days in intensive care, the newborn son of a Waikato woman who died soon after giving birth has also died. [more]

Torture complicity claims resurface
The role of New Zealand SAS soldiers in torture committed by other groups in Afghanistan has been flagged in a new report on human rights by Amnesty International. [more]

Copper deposits detected in Northland
Rich deposits of copper have been detected by an aerial survey in Northland. [more]

Namah storms into PNG Supreme Court
Papua New Guinea's deputy prime minister has stormed into the Supreme Court with police officers to demand the arrest of the chief justice. Sir Salamo Injia, who was overseeing a... [more]

New rules around FADs to manage access in Cook Islands
The Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources has developed a set of rules to govern the use of fishing aggregate devices off the coast of Rarotonga to accommodate fishers who... [more]

Doctor fined for firing crossbow near children
A doctor who fired a crossbow bolt that landed near three children has been convicted and fined $1000 in Tauranga District Court. [more]

NZ market edges down
The benchmark NZX50 index fell 14 points, to close at 3496 on turnover of $75 million on Thursday. [more]

All Whites draw against El Salvador
New Zealand and El Salvador have drawn two-all in their football international in Houston. The All Whites goals were scored by debutant Ian Hogg and Costa Barborouses. [more]

Young Maori in education benefit from Budget
There is new money for Maori in education in the 2012 Budget announced on Thursday. [more]

Man arrested over stabbing in Christchurch suburb
A teenager has been charged over the stabbing of a man who was sitting in his parked car in the Christchurch suburb of Dallington. [more]

Excise tax will hit Maori hard
Maori will be hit hard by a sharp increase in tobacco excise tax, announced in Thursday's Budget. [more]

School grants increase not much help to Hato Petera
The chairperson of Hato Petera College in Auckland says the Budget announcement that schools operational grants will rise by 2% is welcome. [more]

Resource centre for meat workers winding down
A resource centre in Wairoa, which Ngati Kahungunu iwi set up to help locked out and striking AFFCO employees, has started winding down its operations. [more]

Criticism of Treasury timing
The Treasury wrote its report on the select committee hearings into the Government's partial asset sales legislation before they were finished. Opposition parties say this is reprehensible. [more]

Otago Rugby Union comes up with financial deal
The cash-strapped Otago Rugby Union has negotiated a settlement with all of its creditors which it says will be in place by the end of the month. [more]

Christchurch councillors move to contain large brothels
Christchurch City Council has taken a step toward restricting the location of large brothels to commercial areas of the city. [more]

Many Tonga businesss operators worried by new superannuation charges
There are concerns among business owners in Tonga about the new superannuation payments they will need to make from the beginning of July. Private sector workers will pay five percent... [more]

Somare nominated to contest PNG election in East Sepik, still NA leader
Sir Michael Somare has been nominated by the East Sepik provincial government to contest his regional seat in next month's Papua New Guinea election. Confirmation that Sir Michael will stand... [more]

Political arm wrestle damaging for integrity of PNG's rule of law, says academic
A political scientist says Papua New Guinea's political turmoil has significantly damaged the rule of law in the country. On Monday, the Supreme Court reiterated its December ruling that Sir... [more]

'Inexplicable' Gwaze would have killed girl - defence
The defence team in George Gwaze's murder trial has begun its closing address by telling a jury in the High Court in Christchurch it would have been illogical and inexplicable for him to have killed the daughter he loved. [more]

Yan acquitted on immigration charges
A Chinese businessman accused of a high profile immigration fraud has been acquitted on all five charges. [more]

Police won't apologise over Urewera raids
The police won't apologise for their handling of the Te Urewera raids case, with the Police Commissioner saying there's virtually nothing about the operation he would change. [more]

Maori agribusiness entering exciting new phase
The Maori Trustee organisation says Maori agribusiness is entering a new and exciting phase. Maori assets now control 37% of New Zealand's fishing quota and 36% of forests. [more]

Kura kaupapa praised for keeping language alive
A regional kohanga reo manager says the growth of kura kaupapa (Maori language immersion schools) has helped kohanga tamariki to maintain their reo throughout their schooling. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Accused killer seeks separate trials on kidnap and murder charges; Pianoshop Ltd placed in liquidation with debts of more than $2 million; Prince's Foundation concerned about post-quake heritage decisions in Canterbury. [more]

Wellington super city panel named
Former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer is to lead an investigation into whether Wellington could be turned into a super city. [more]

Second Auckland death due to Legionnaires
Auckland Regional Public Health Service has confirmed a second death following an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in Auckland. [more]

Brierley retains GPG directorship
Guinness Peat Group founder Sir Ron Brierley narrowly held on to his directorship of the company on Thursday. The Shareholders Association had urged investors to oust him, believing he is "living on past glories". [more]

Police in PNG questioning Chief Justice after Deputy PM earlier tries to arrest him
Police in Papua New Guinea have taken the Chief Justice in for questioning on allegations of sedition. This comes after spectacular events at the Supreme and National Courts building in... [more]

Prison sentences for two of Urewera Four
A High Court judge in Auckland said those convicted following the Urewera raids were establishing a private militia at camps near Ruatoki in Bay of Plenty, and had serious intent. Two of the Urewera Four have been sentenced to jail terms. [more]

Finance Minister discusses the Budget
The 2012 Budget has been labelled a 'nickel and dime' one with Finance Minister Bill English targeting a number of tax credits that affect low income earners and children. [more]

Wild kiwifruit spreading
Wild kiwifruit vines are again creeping up in Bay of Plenty, especially around the main growing region Te Puke. [more]

Eurozone members told to prepare for Greek exit
Eurozone officials have told member countries to prepare contingency plans in case Greece decides to quit the bloc. [more]

Wellington delegation goes to China
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is heading a 39-member delegation to China, aimed at strengthening business ties between Wellington and a number of cities in China. [more]

Claim rural sector will suffer if class sizes are increased
Federated Farmers says the rural sector will be disadvantaged by Government plans to increase some class sizes in schools. [more]

Fertiliser industry launches educational programme
The Fertiliser Quality Council used a webcast, to launch a new educational programme this week. [more]

High early costs for ultra-fast broadband rollout
Chorus is confident it can overcome high early costs associated with rolling out a high speed fibre network. [more]

Offshore stocks down
Stocks on Wall St pared heavy losses on Wednesday, with both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 turning positive in a late reversal. European markets were well down. [more]

Property investor expects portfolio value to climb
DNZ Property Fund expects the value of its portfolio to continue to climb, particularly in Auckland. [more]

Job cuts at HP
Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest maker of personal computers, is to cut 27,000 jobs, about 8% of its workforce, by the end of 2014. [more]

Energy Mad to supply bulbs to US chain
Energy Mad is to supply energy-efficient lightbulbs to the Walgreen store chain in the United States. [more]

Illegal drugs seized in three cities
Searches by police, Customs and Medsafe have led to three arrests and the seizure of illegal drugs in three cities. [more]

Researcher hopes white clover will regain top place
A plant breeder is hoping a research breakthrough will re-establish white clover as the number one pasture species on New Zealand farms. [more]

Hamilton councillor sacked from committee
Hamilton City Council has voted 8-4 to remove a high-profile councillor from its statutory management committee after he was accused of unethical behaviour. [more]

Jones accuses Immigration Service of 'untruths'
Labour MP Shane Jones has launched a strong attack on the Department of Internal Affairs for claiming he approved citizenship for Yan Yong Ming within just 24 hours. [more]

Government 'on track' to get books back in black
Smokers, families with young children and holiday home owners have been hit in the pocket under Budget changes the Government says will enable a return to surplus by the 2014-15 financial year. [more]

$40m boost to prepare for 'tsunami' of dementia
The Minister of Health says extra funding for dementia will help services prepare for growing demand in future as the population ages. [more]

What the Budget means for Maori
Young Maori in education will benefit from this year's Budget, but smokers will have to pay more for cigarettes or tobacco. [more]

Government forecasts on track to 2014/15 surplus
Thursday's Budget confirms that the Government intends to return its books to surplus by the 2014/15 financial year. [more]

Biggest boost for health sector
The health sector will receive the largest increase in Government spending in the 2012 Budget, with an extra $1.5 billion over the next four years. [more]

Funding for new education initiatives
Education will get an increase of about $511 million over the next four years to fund new initiatives in Budget announcements on Thursday. [more]

$6m fund to improve Pacific people's health
A new $6 million Pacific Innovation Fund has been announced in the Budget to improve the health of Pasifika people. [more]

Teaching jobs to be cut
Schools' operations grants will rise 2%, but face a $70 million a year cut in their staffing in 2014 as a result of the Budget, delivered on Thursday. [more]

Benefits for research, science and engineering
Engineering courses and research are the biggest beneficiaries from the Government's tertiary education Budget. [more]

Parties denounce 'zero growth, zero hope' Budget
Opposition parties have labelled the National Government's 'zero Budget' as 'zero growth and zero hope'. [more]

Protesters rally outside Parliament and in Auckland
About 100 demonstrators gathered at Parliament on Thursday afternoon, protesting against planned increases to student loan repayments and child poverty. A group of students also protested in Auckland. [more]

Wellingtonians asked what Budget means for them
Radio New Zealand reporter Teresa Cowie asked some Wellington shoppers what difference this year's Budget will make to their lives. [more]