Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 14th June 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Perfect
Sharon Holt from Hamilton nominates ' Perfect ' by Fairground Attraction. [more]

Your Place - Maruia
Maruia situated in the Buller region of the upper South Island, along the Shenandoah Highway 65 kilometres south of Murchison. [more]

Friendly Occupation
Seventy years today, US marines landed in Wellington in what was called a "friendly occupation" by the locals. This was six months after war broke out in the Pacific. They were stationed at camps around the Kapiti Coast and Wellington Regions between 1942 and 1944. [more]

Snow Cave
Snow caves have saved the lives of many outdoor adventurers around the world who have been caught out by sudden storms or avalanche in the high country. [more]

The Arts Report
For aspiring Kiwi opera singers, there's a well-trodden path to high-level training in the UK. But some choose to go in another direction. Justin Gregory met up with Amelia Berry and Rachelle Pike at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. [more]

Southern Story for 14 June 2012 - Luminate Festival
It's a steep climb from Riwaka to the top of Takaka Hill, and an even steeper climb from Golden Bay. But at the top of the hill popularly known as Marble Mountain, is Canaan Downs - a magical spot that's been a site for dance parties for decades. Luminate Festival is not strictly a dance party though - it strives to have minimal environmental impact and build a sense of community through music and knowledge sharing. [more]

Sporting Witness with Roger Bannister
Last time London hosted the Games was in 1948, just after the War - there were amazing stories, a Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, 'The Flying Mum' (she was a 30 year old mother of 3) won 4 gold medals. And American, Bob Mathias won gold at the age of 17 - the youngest male ever to win an Olympic gold medal. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 14 June 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Sally Wenley and Peter Elliott (Part 1)
Topic 1 - The Reserve Bank has kept the Official Cash Rate at its record low of 2.5 per cent. Topic 2 - Compared to Europe's economic woes, New Zealand has a far lesser case of the same ailment but is applying the same austerity medicine, says Gareth Morgan. Topic 3 - In Hamilton, A move to catch unwarranted vehicles parked at shopping malls is running into some resistance as the malls question whether the city council is overstepping the mark. [more]

The Panel with Sally Wenley and Peter Elliott (Part 2)
Topic 1 - As compared to the late '60s, hit pop songs today are more often written in a minor key and with a slightly slower tempo. Topic 2 - It's been reported today that the organiser of Miss Universe New Zealand asked the judges to crown a blonde in order to please a sponsor. Topic 3 - The Trade Minister Tim Groser has rubbished claims that the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement would leave New Zealand vulnerable to being sued by foreign corporations. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 14 June 2012
Simon Morris reviews the highly-anticipated Prometheus - the Alien prequel, directed by that film's Ridley Scott. And two more films from Scandinavia - Le Havre, directed by Finnish gadfly Aki Kaurasmaki and also from Finland, Letters to Father Jacob. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 14 June 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 14 June 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 14 June 2012
The Reserve Bank holds the official cash rate steady as Europe's worries continue. [more]

Evening Business for 14 June 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 14 June 2012
PM signals Govt might not sign deal with Sky City, Dr Bollard rules out another housing boom despite low interest rates, Lance Armstrong says doping charges against him are baseless and Lawless admits breaking the law. [more]

PM signals Govt might not sign deal with Sky City
The Prime Minister has signaled the Government might not sign a deal with Sky City to build a new convention centre until the Auditor-General's office has finished its investigation into the matter. [more]

Political analysis from Brent Edwards
Political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Dr Bollard rules out another housing boom
Despite record low interest rates the Reserve Bank's governor's dismissing suggestions he's helping fuel another housing boom. [more]

Greens dispute Government's TPP claims on investor cases
The Green Party has hit back at claims by the Government that it will not sign up to a trade deal if it handicaps future governments from legislating in the public interest. [more]

Lance Armstrong says doping charges against him are baseless
Lance Armstrong is describing doping charges against him as baseless and spiteful. [more]

Lawless admits breaking the law
Lucy Lawless, says she illegally boarded a ship during a protest against oil exploration, because it is what she felt she had to do. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Detective tells Court about suspects investigated
A detective has told a Wellington jury that two cars seen near the Guy farm around the time Scott Guy was shot dead have never been found. [more]

Wine fraudster jailed over intricate hoax
A fine wine fraudster who hired a graphic designer to change wine labels so they looked like more valuable brands has been sent to jail. [more]

Tenants told to leave unsafe Chch council flats
20 people living in a Christchurch City Council housing complex have been told they have seven days to get out because the building is unsafe. [more]

Potholes ahead if roads remain underfunded, warn councils
Local councils are pulling money out of their roading budgets and warning that potholes will multiply if the underfunding carries on. [more]

An Australian law professor talks about free trade agreements
An Australian law professor Kimberlee Weatherall says the experience with free trade agreements in her country shows the public should be worried about a loss of sovereignty to international corporations. [more]

People buying more on credit in consumer turnaround
People are buying more on credit in a significant turnaround following five years of dropping demand. [more]

Evening Business for 14 June 2012
The Reserve Bank has kept the cost of borrowing at its record low, due to the deepening European debt crisis and a subdued domestic economy. [more]

Guards not warned before prisoner hung himself
An inquest has heard that prison guards weren't told about an inmate's history of self harm and suicide attempts before the 20 year old hanged himself in his cell. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Minister deflects questions in the House about TPP agreement
The Minister of Trade and Enterprise, Tim Groser, has been under fire in the House about whether the Government would follow Australia's lead in Trans-Pacific trade negotiations. [more]

Fracking opponents liken the debate to nuclear free campaign
Opponents of fracking being used for oil exploration in Hawke's Bay, say it's becoming the most contentious debate in New Zealand since the nuclear free arguments in the 1980s. [more]

No sign of escapees at Alcatraz
Despite the legend that the three men who broke out of Alcatraz in 1962 would return to the scene on the 50th anniversary of their escape, there was no sign of them this week. [more]

Rare Russian Faberge box found in Auckland
A century-old jewel-encrusted Faberge box has been found at an Auckland auction house - much to its owner's surprise. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 June 2012
The Earthquake Commission has secured another year of reinsurance and The Green Party is seeking support for an amendment to delay asset sales. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 June 2012
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he didn't want to introduce any more new players and two goals by striker Mario Gomez has given Germany a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in their group B pool match at football's Euro 2012 tournament. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 14 June 2012
NZ to give foreign investors right to sue govt in trade talks; Trade minister discusses leaked trade talks documents; Doha fire caused by a fluorescent light failure; Prime Minister stands by his ACC Minister; Labour's Andrew Little insists Minister must quit ACC role; Government denies acting with arrogance over Sky City deal; Russia and US at odds over Syria conflict. [more]

Government denies acting with arrogance over Sky City deal
The Minister of Economic Development says it's not arrogance to proceed with the Sky City deal, rather it's confidence that due process has been followed. [more]

Pacific News for 14 June 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

New Zealand cedes rights to foreign investors in trade talks
Leaked documents from trade talks show New Zealand has agreed to give foreign investors the right to sue the Government in international courts over policies that cause them financial loss. [more]

Prime Minster says he won't be standing ACC Minister down
The Prime Minister is rejecting calls from the Labour Party to sack his ACC Minister over her handling of the public corporation and its privacy breaches. [more]

Diesel fumes found to cause cancer
The World Health Organisation has found fumes from diesel engines can cause an increased risk of cancer. [more]

NZ to give foreign investors right to sue govt in trade talks
Leaked documents from trade talks show New Zealand has agreed to give foreign businesses the right to sue the Government in international courts for policies that cause them financial loss. [more]

Trade minister discusses leaked trade talks documents
The Trade Negotiations Minister, Tim Groser. [more]

Doha fire caused by a fluorescent light failure
A technical report has found a light in the roof of a Nike shop in the mall failed, causing the fire which killed 19 people, including young triplets from New Zealand. [more]

Prime Minister stands by his ACC Minister
The Prime Minister is standing by his ACC Minister, Judith Collins, despite calls from the Labour Party for her to be sacked over her handling of the public corporation and its privacy breaches. [more]

Labour's Andrew Little insists Minister must quit ACC role
Labour's ACC spokesperson, Andrew Little. [more]

Government denies acting with arrogance over Sky City deal
The Government denies it's acting with arrogance over the Sky City deal, after comments from senior ministers that a deal will be signed, whether an Auditor-General inquiry has been completed or not. [more]

Russia and US at odds over Syria conflict
Russia and the US have become involved in a war of words over the conflict in Syria. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Wife of accused says relationship with Scott Guy improved
The wife of murder accused Ewen Macdonald has told a jury her husband had turned over a new leaf in his relationship with Scott Guy in the time leading up to his killing. [more]

Efforts begin to find job for highly regarded Maori doctor
Efforts are under way to ensure a highly regarded Maori doctor remains in the far north after he threw in his job with a Kaitaia-based Maori health authority. [more]

Report says deaths of one in five could have been avoided
A new government report says the deaths of one in five stillborn or newborn babies could have been avoided. [more]

Minister dismisses TPP paper
The Trade Negotiations Minister Tim Groser is dismissing a paper which says the Government has signed a trade agreement which would allow international companies to sue over laws that affect their profitability. [more]

Bollard must mull sagging world economy in OCR decision
The Reserve Bank is expected to keep the official cash rate unchanged when it makes it announcement in about half an hour. [more]

Auckland night clubs say violent behaviour is increasing
Auckland City night clubs are skeptical a new council-led taskforce will be able to solve the problem of boozy, violent behaviour in the central city. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Museum law prevents council from cutting executive's salary
The Dunedin city council says it is powerless to reduce the salary of the Otago Museum's head because of an Act of Parliament. [more]

Hawke's Bay farmers say water plan could boost local economy
Central Hawke's Bay farmers backing a 220-million-dollar water storage project say it could give the district a boost for the next 50 years. [more]

Britain's deputy Prime Minister tells of News Corp threats
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has told the Leveson inquiry into media ethics that someone linked to News International made threats to the Liberal Democrats. [more]

70 years today since US Marines arrived in New Zealand
Today marks 70 years since the US Marines landed in Wellington during the Second World War. [more]

Nights

The Gnarliest Wave
Hawaiian Garrett McNamara surfs the world's biggest ocean waves, but it had just been another day at the North Canyon, off the coast of Portugal, when a record-breaking 78-footer (about 24 metres) started to roll. [more]

Science: Biophysics
Molecular biophysicist Professor David Parry from Massey University discusses his long-held fascination, fibrous proteins. Tonight, he talks about the various tendons and ligaments in our bodies. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

The head of EQC reveals that it has negotiated its reinsurance
The head of EQC Ian Simpson says the commission has recently concluded reinsurance negotiations. [more]

The 25 Percent Group
Goldman Sachs NZ CEO Andrew Barclay is the convenor of the newly-launched 25 Percent Group which is targeting 25% female participation on boards by 2015.   [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
The aftermath of the Queen's Jubilee, a parade of former prime ministers before the Leveson Inquiry, and Prime Minister David Cameron leaves his daughter at a pub. [more]

Feature Guest - Joan Druett
Joan Druett is a maritime historian and author. Her latest book, Tupaia: The remarkable story of Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator, tells the story of the navigator that made Captian Cook's voyages possible. [more]

Book Review - Come Home
Written by Lisa Scottoline, published by Ebury Press, reviewed by Louise O'Brien. [more]

New Technology with Donald Clark
New apple stuff; the right to be forgotten on the Internet; and cyber security awareness week. [more]

Parenting with Rachel Hansen
Rachel Hansen is an educator providing workshops for parents, teachers and students on body image, sexuality and gender. She has a background in education and psychology. She's also the New Zealand programme director for Enlighten Education. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
Happy 80th birthday to the NZ Woman's Weekly; coverage of ACC versus Bronwyn Pullar and the role of The Dominion Post newspaper; plus Sir Bob Jones is back in print at The New Zealand Herald. [more]

Our Changing World

Aoraki-Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve
New Zealand is now home to the world's largest dark sky reserve above the Mackenzie Basin [more]

Island Bay Marine Education Centre
A visit to the Island Bay Marine Education Centre to see thousands of baby octopuses [more]

Roof Moisture and Ventilation
Luca Quaglia is using a modified shipping container to understand the role of ventilation in moisture management of roof spaces [more]

Earthquakes and Soft Soils
Seismologist Bill Stephenson explains why soft soils are often severly affected by earthquake shaking [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Questions for oral answer 14 June 2012
1. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement regarding her newly appointed welfare board that "I'm backing the board to guide the investment approach, I'm backing Work and Income to implement it". <br /><br /> 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement that he was "not at all concerned" about signing a deal with SkyCity for a convention centre, before the Auditor-General's inquiry into the deal is complete? <br /><br /> 3. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government assisting households and competitive businesses through these tough world economic times? <br /><br /> 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by his statement that "the Auditor-General's process will not impact on the Government's negotiations with SkyCity"; if so, why? <br /><br /> 5. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has the Government made today on employment assistance? <br /><br /> 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he stand by all his statements with regard to asset sales? <br /><br /> 7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Justice: What is the Government doing to protect New Zealanders from people charged with serious crime? <br /><br /> 8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Does he have any concerns about the public statements of the Secretary to the Treasury; if not, why not? <br /><br /> 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Trade: Will New Zealand follow Australia and refuse to sign up to the investor-state dispute provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement; if not, why not? <br /><br /> 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Do any of the thousands of reports she referred to in Oral Question No 8 yesterday support the Government's decision to cut funding for 100 percent qualified staff in early childhood education as a means of lifting student achievement, and if so, what are the names of five of these reports she has read? <br /><br /> 11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What action has the Government taken to raise awareness of cyber security risks? <br /><br /> 12. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister for ACC: What meetings or discussions did she have with the Chair or Chief Executive of ACC between receiving the 16 March report relating to the Pullar affair and ACC laying a complaint with the Police and did she in any of these meetings or discussions either suggest, encourage or agree to ACC laying the complaint? <br /><br /> [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 14 June 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 14 June 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2012
Whanau Ora is being highly praised by the top-ranking Maori police officer, who says the policy is helping to get young Maori offenders back on the right track; The Department of Conservation says its decision to terminate a family's tenancy of a property in the Coromandel isn't a land ownership dispute; A group of scientists are digging to the bottom of the hangi pit to find out why the Earth's magnetic field has changed over the centuries - which is important to navigation; The Ministry of Culture and Heritage says Maori artefacts and taonga could be unearthed in Christchurch during the rebuild. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2012
The country's top-ranking Maori police officer is praising Whanau Ora - saying the policy is helping help to get young Maori offenders back on the right track; The Department of Conservation says its decision to terminate a family's tenancy of a property in the Coromandel isn't a land ownership dispute; The Ministry of Culture and Heritage says Maori artefacts and taonga could be unearthed in Christchurch during the rebuild; A group of scientists are digging to the bottom of the hangi pit to find out why the Earth's magnetic field has changed over the centuries - which is important to navigation. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2012
A Far North iwi is standing by its plans to refuse land access to companies that want to explore parts of Northland for metallic minerals; Netball will be used to encourage wahine to live healthily and cut down on the amount of alcohol they're drinking; An Australian police officer from Ngati Kuri says Maori are phoning her direct for help because they're too shy to call the police station; A prominent Ngai Tahu elder is being reunited with his precious tokotoko, or carved walking stick. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2012
Netball will be used to encourage wahine to live healthily and cut down on the amount of alcohol they're drinking; A Far North iwi is standing by its plans to refuse land access to companies that want to explore parts of Northland for metallic minerals; An Australian police officer from Ngati Kuri says Maori are phoning her direct for help because they're too shy to call the police station; A prominent Ngai Tahu elder is being reunited with his precious tokotoko, or carved walking stick. [more]

The Reading

The Collector's Dream (Part 4)
Franklin Bodmin refuses to be beaten by the stock market crash in 1929. He rebuilds his business in New York and dies at 67, after a skipping contest on board ship back to New Zealand. His son Will recalls the happy time spent in Rome with nursing friend Jane Hurley. [more]

Upbeat

Uwe Kolbe and Ulrike Sandig
Berlin-based German poets in NZ on behalf of the Goethe Institute to witness the Transit for Venus and write and perform poetry based on the experience. [more]

Sergey Malov/Michael Houstoun and Stephen de Pledge Reviews
Sergey Malov/Michael Houstoun and Stephen de Pledge/Martin Rummel Reviews Elizabeth Kerr reviews recent chamber concerts by touring chamber music artists. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 122: Tipple Whammy
Lucille visits the doctor, Alice catches Wendy trying to leave and Joel tells Alice that she has to sort herself out. [more]

News stories:

Nauru President still committed to reforms despite vote loss
Nauru's President, Sprent Dabwido, remains committed to constitutional reform despite the narrow failure to pass legislation after the third reading this week. For several years Nauru's MPs have debated changes... [more]

ACP ministers to meet with EU counterparts in Vanuatu today
African, Caribbean and Pacific ministers will today begin meeting with their European counterparts in Vanuatu. The ACP council of ministers has been meeting this week, and will today begin meetings,... [more]

ACP ministers to meet with EU counterparts in Vanuatu today
African, Caribbean and Pacific ministers will today begin meeting with their European counterparts in Vanuatu. The ACP council of ministers has been meeting this week, and will today begin meetings,... [more]

Solomon Islands PM defends failure to settle payout to RIPEL
The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands is urging the leader of the opposition to refrain from pushing for a cash settlement in a long-running issue involving the company Russell Islands... [more]

Kava expert says Vanuatu should pull out of Pacific Kava Council
A local kava expert says Vanuatu should pull out of the Pacific Kava Council because it's not taking the issue of exporting kava seriously enough. Charlot Long Wah who started... [more]

Samoa Nonu growers welcome juice exports to China
The President of the Samoa Nonu Association Garry Vui says the news that a New Zealand company will start exporting bottled nonu juice to China is welcome relief for growers. [more]

Delegates at Tonga workshop urged to help address good governance
Delegates from eight Pacific states are being urged to help address the issue of good governance in their countries. A workshop in Tonga organised by the Secretariat of Pacific Community,... [more]

US student pleads guilty to crash death charges
An American who has admitted causing the deaths of three fellow students in a crash near Turangi was driving in this country for the first time, court documents show. [more]

Secretary won't order inquiry into his own dept
Treasury Secretary Gabriel Mahklouf refuses to investigate the department's handling of the Crown retail deposit guarantee despite a critical report from the Auditor-General. [more]

NZ markets down 1.3%
The NZX50 index fell 44 points, or 1.3%, to close at 3382 on turnover of $87 million on Wednesday. [more]

US retail sales down again
Retail sales in the United States have fallen for a second consecutive month, 0.2%. [more]

NZ could face tougher times, Treasury warns
The Treasury expects Europe's economic woes to last another five to 10 years and warns New Zealand could face tougher economic times. [more]

Abano's decision on directors' fees lauded
The Shareholders Association has lauded Abano Healthcare's move to make directors receive half their fees in shares. [more]

Sanctions against Fiji's sugar industry hurt people not regime - head of ACP
The secretary general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries says sanctions against Fiji's sugar industry are hurting the people, not the interim regime. Fiji has asked the... [more]

Belief in product is key, says Samoan award-winner
A Samoan woman who's won an international award for her work with small businesses says changing villagers' mindset has been one of the keys to success. Adi Tafuna'i has collected... [more]

Whanau Ora praised by top Maori police officer
Whanau Ora is being highly praised by a top-ranking Maori police officer, who says the policy is helping to get young Maori offenders back on the right track. [more]

Hangi experiment tests Earth's magnetic field
A group of scientists are digging to the bottom of a hangi pit to find out why the Earth's magnetic field has changed over the centuries - which is important to navigation. [more]

Christchurch rebuild could unearth taonga
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage says Maori artefacts and taonga could be unearthed in Christchurch during the rebuild. [more]

Council suspects sheep remains dumped in waterways
Northland Regional Council says sheep rustlers may be dumping animal remains into the region's waterways. [more]

Water storage scheme 'vital' for Hawke's Bay farmers
A central Hawke's Bay farm consultant says farmers regard a proposed $220 million water storage scheme as being a vital step in the economic growth of the region. [more]

Farming innovations again feature at Fieldays
The latest innovations thought up mainly by farmers for farmers are once again one of the central features at Fieldays. [more]

Strong international showing at Fieldays
There's a strong international presence at the National Agricultural Fieldays, which opened at Mystery Creek near Hamilton on Wednesday. [more]

Wellington council abandons Zealandia merger
Wellington City Council has abandoned a proposal to merge the Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary with the zoo and Botanic Gardens. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Farmers keeping their hands in their pockets at Fieldays; Irish rugby team tour red zone in Christchurch; suit against BNZ for cashing fraudulent cheques at casino branch. [more]

Mighty River says geothermal expansion plans on track
Mighty River Power says its geothermal expansion plans are on track. The Ngatamariki geothermal plant is expected to be commissioned by the middle of next year. Another plant is also being planned in California. [more]

Apology made by JP Morgan Chase head
JP Morgan Chase chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon has apologised to the US Senate for $US2 billion losses by the bank on high-risk trades. [more]

Indonesia's President admits security officers overreacted in Papua
Indonesia's President has admitted that security officers overreacted with their handling of the security situation in Papua, where violence has escalated during recent weeks. The Jakarta Globe reports Susilo Bambang... [more]

Offshore markets muted
US stocks were muted on Wednesday after retail sales in the United States fell for the second consecutive month. [more]

Councils show $50m operating surplus
Official figures show councils had a seasonally adjusted operating surplus of $50 million in the three months to March. [more]

Ebos has new syndicated finance facility
Ebos says it has a new syndicated finance facility with ANZ and BNZ banks, which is the long-term banking partner of its recently acquired business, Masterpet. [more]

Millar shortlisted for Olympics
David Millar, who admitted doping in 2004, has been included in an eight-man shortlist of riders for Britain's road team at the London Olympics. Four-times Olympic... [more]

ACP head says ball is in EU court over EPAs
The Secretary general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries says the region's frustration at the pace of negotiations with the European Union on trade agreements is entirely... [more]

Fishing boat which sank in American Samoa harbour refloated
The fishing boat which sank at the Malaloa marina in Pago Pago in American Samoa a week ago has been successfully refloated. Crews have since been removing more than 700... [more]

Taskforce to tackle boozy behaviour in central Auckland
Night clubs in Auckland are sceptical that a new taskforce will be able to solve the problem of boozy, violent behaviour in the central city. [more]

Cows dead from hypothermia in cold snap
About 200 cows on farms in the Hokitika Valley died from hypothermia when temperatures suddenly plunged to below zero last week. [more]

Sport: Baseballer drafted by Toronto Blue Jays
New Zealand born baseball player Daniel Devonshire, who is of Tongan descent, has been picked up by American Major League Baseball team the Toronto Blue Jays. The 20-year-old was selected... [more]

Concerns over firearms buildup in PNG's Highlands ahead of election
Police in Papua New Guinea are warning that illegal firearms remain a major concern and could be the biggest threat to this month's general election. Election security forces in the... [more]

Mineral search tenders called
The Government has called for tenders to search for minerals in Northland. [more]

Spanish credit rating cut
Spain's credit rating has been cut by Moody's to just above junk level status. [more]

Sport: Two players called into battered Fijian rugby squad
Flying Fijians coach Inoke Male admits there's a few battered bodies amongst his squad after a busy travel load over the past fortnight. Fiji opened their 2012 season with a... [more]

Gomez scores twice as Germany beats Netherlands
Two superb first-half goals by red-hot striker Mario Gomez earned Germany a 2-1 victory over a disappointing Netherlands in their Euro 2012 Group B football clash. Gomez's double strike has... [more]

Hatton added to canoe sprint team for Olympics
Teneale Hatton has been added to the New Zealand Canoe Sprint team for the London Olympics. Hatton, originally from Queenstown but now studying in Auckland, is the sixth member of... [more]

Hansen says team will be better for more time together
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says they didn't want to blood any more new players and wanted to give combinations some more time together in the second test against... [more]

Gayle plays for Windies again
Dynamic opener Chris Gayle has made his first West Indies appearance in 15 months in their 228-run win over English County cricket side Middlesex at Lord's. Gayle, who last played... [more]

Man U sign teenage forward
Manchester United has signed the England under-18 football international Nick Powell from Crewe. The 18-year-old, who had also been targeted by Everton, has passed a medical and will join the... [more]

Snooker player fined for cheating accusations
The Northern Ireland snooker player Mark Allen has been fined $20,000 and given a three-month suspended ban for accusing China's Cao Yupeng of cheating at the World Championship. Allen claimed... [more]

Ireland happy to help get international rugby back in Christchurch
The Ireland rugby squad has toured Christchurch's red zone after arriving in the city on Wednesday for Saturday's second test. Coach Declan Kidney says it's hard to put his feelings... [more]

One change to All Blacks
There is just the one forced change to the All Blacks starting lineup for the second test against Ireland in Christchurch on Saturday. Blindside flanker Adam Thomson comes in for... [more]

Three players warned after being cited
No further action has been taken against three of the players cited from the North-South rugby game in Dunedin on Sunday. Brendan Leonard was cited for a lifting tackle and... [more]

Roddick eliminated at Queens tournament
The former world tennis number one Andy Roddick has crashed out of the Wimbledon warmup tournament at Queens Club in London, beaten in three sets by the unseeded Frenchman Edouard... [more]

Australia held in last game against South Korea
The Australian men's hockey team, ranked number one in the world, were held to a 2-2 draw by South Korea Wednesday night in the last match of their four-game series... [more]

Russia given suspended sentence after fan problems
Russia will be docked six points in qualifying for the next European football Championship if their fans step out of line again after disturbances at their opening Euro 2012 game... [more]

Andy Schleck out of Tour de France
Tour de France contender Andy Schleck of Luxembourg has pulled out of the three-week cycle classic because he has a fracture in his pelvis. Schleck, who was handed the 2010... [more]

One change to Bok side
The Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has made one change to his starting lineup for this weekend's second rugby test against England in Johannesburg. Pat Lambie replaces the injured Zane Kirchner... [more]

Di Matteo gets Chelsea job
Roberto Di Matteo has gained his reward for steering Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup glory last season after being appointed manager on a permanent basis. The former Italy,... [more]

Murray beaten in opening round at Queens
Andy Murray's preparations for Wimbledon suffered a blow with his 6-3 6-7 7-6 loss to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the opening round of the Queens Club grass court tournament... [more]

Portugal beat Denmark
Portugal remain alive in the Euro2012 football tournament after beating Denmark 3-2 in Lviv. Portugal had gone up 2-0, but needed a winner three minutes from time by Silvestre Varela... [more]

Seven missing after boat capsizes in Vanuatu
Seven people are missing in Vanuatu after a boat capsized off Efate. The Daily Post reports two people swam ashore at Matasso island yesterday, but seven people were still floating... [more]

Food prices up
Food prices have risen, due to higher fruit and vegetable prices. [more]

SAAB sold
SAAB is now owned by a Chinese-Swedish investment group which aims to turn the company into a maker of electric vehicles. [more]

Vanuatu opposition says NZ funding for prison still needed
Vanuatu's deputy opposition leader says the country still needs funding from New Zealand to fix its prisons. The prison issue has come to the fore as four escaped prisoners are... [more]

Jones becomes a Kiwi, no word on Braswell
The American Marcel Jones has had his New Zealand residency approved and he's now trialling for the Tall Blacks - but there is still no word from the Ministry of... [more]

Washington Post says USADA to charge Armstrong
The US Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against American cyclist Lance Armstrong and he has been immediately banned from competition in triathlons as a result. The Washington Post... [more]

Flood warnings for parts of Fiji
The Fiji Meteorological Service has issued a heavy rain warning for the whole country and flood warnings for the Eastern parts of Viti Levu. "The forecaster Misaeli Funaki says (miss... [more]

Shareholders against big pay rise at ad agency
Plans to give the head of the world's largest advertising agency, WPP, a 60% payrise have been voted down by shareholders. However, the vote is not binding. [more]

Loss forecast by NZFS
New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay is forecasting a full year gross earnings loss following dry weather conditions in Uruguay. [more]

Exchange rate top concern for farmers
A new study by ANZ Bank has found the changeable exchange rate is the number one concern for farmers. That was followed by commodity price movement and climatic variation. [more]

Fieldays attendance up again
Attendance at the National Agricultural Fieldays was up again on opening day. [more]

At least seven missing after boat capsizes in Vanuatu
At least seven people are missing in Vanuatu after a boat capsized off Efate. The Daily Post reports two people swam ashore at Matasso island yesterday, but seven people were... [more]

Pair named as first-ever NZ Olympic women's boxers
Two New Zealand boxers are set to make history as the first women to represent New Zealand in the sport at the Olympic Games. The lightweight 27-year-old Alexis Pritchard and... [more]

New television deal for EPL
The English Premier Football League has signed a new television broadcast deal worth $6 billion. The three-year deal will result in Sky showing 116 matches and British Telecom 38 matches... [more]

Call for youth reproductive health clinics in rural Vanuatu
A peer educator with the Vanuatu non-governmental organisation Wan Smolbag Theatre says young people in rural areas lack access to services that would help them with their reproductive health. The... [more]

Joint ACP EU session opens in Vanuatu
The joint session of the ACP EU council of ministers has been officially opened in Port Vila. Representatives from the European Union, and African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries will meet... [more]

Fiji Labour Party concerned about media landscape
The Fiji Labour Party says it intends to raise alleged threats against Fiji TV with the Constitutional Commission, saying the process of taking Fiji back to democratic rule via elections... [more]

Four changes for Irish for second test
The Ireland rugby coach Declan Kidney has made four changes to his team to face New Zealand in the second test in Christchurch on Saturday. Tighthead prop Mike Ross has... [more]

Slater could miss Origin decider
Queensland could be looking for a new fullback to replace their attacking genius Billy Slater for the State of Origin series decider in Brisbane on the 4th of July. A... [more]

Fiji in Pacific link to discuss ageing population
Fiji's interim government says it's planning an e-group to share information on ageing with other Pacific Island countries in response to predictions of old people outnumbering children within 20 years. [more]

Redknapp leaves Spurs
Harry Redknapp is no longer the manager of the English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur. Redknapp had a year left on his contract and was negotiating an extension but... [more]

Retiring PNG MP Kidu urges constitutional reform
A retiring Papua New Guinea MP, Dame Carol Kidu, says she wants the new parliament to look at what she says is long overdue constitutional reform. Dame Carol, the only... [more]

Vanuatu ACP meeting told EU committed to fight poverty
The President of the European Council of Ministers says the EU is committed to the goal of eradicating poverty in the developing world. The joint council of ministers of the... [more]

Greens urge delay over asset sales
Green co-leader Russel Norman is urging other party leaders to support an amendment to the Mixed Ownership Model Bill to delay any asset sales until a referendum is held. [more]

ACC board regrets chief executive's resignation
The ACC board has issued a statement expressing sadness at the resignation of chief executive Ralph Stewart. [more]

SkyCity shares may come under further pressure
SkyCity Entertainment shares could come under more pressure in coming days, as analysts figure out just how much of a cloud hangs over its proposed convention centre. [more]

Revised data shows retail sales better than first thought
A revision of retail sales data by Statistics New Zealand paints a slightly healthier picture of the retail sector than first thought. [more]

Mahe Drysdale hit by car while on training ride in Munich
The five-time rowing world champion and one of New Zealand's leading Olympic medal hopes Mahe Drysdale has been hit by a car while out training on his bike in Munich. [more]

Little luck forecast for NZ at London Games
New Zealand will fail to reach its 10-medal target at the London Olympic Games, according to a forecast by international accounting firm PwC. The New Zealand Olympic Committee has set... [more]

WBO will review Bradley-Pacquiao fight
The WBO boxing organisation says it will review American fighter Timothy Bradley's controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight championship fight in Las Vegas at the weekend. Bradley, the... [more]

Reserve Bank leaves official cash rate unchanged
The Reserve Bank is predicting a later start to increases in the Official Cash Rate after it cut its forecasts for economic growth. [more]

Council back-tracks on Te Papa funding
The Wellington City Council has back-tracked on a proposed cut to Te Papa's annual grant after strong opposition by the national museum's supporters. [more]

Ngai Tahu elder reunited with his tokotoko
A prominent Ngai Tahu elder is being reunited with his precious tokotoko, or carved walking stick. [more]

Tribe maintains anti-mineral search stand
A Far North iwi is standing by its plans to refuse land access to companies that want to explore parts of Northland for metallic minerals. [more]

Dame June Mariu backs alcohol awareness campaign
Netball will be used to encourage wahine to live healthily and cut down on the amount of alcohol they're drinking. [more]

Rail trespass incidents on the rise
The number of people trespassing on rail lines is on the rise. [more]

New Zealand choppers being flown to PNG for election monitoring role
Two New Zealand Air Force helicopters are now en route to Papua New Guinea where they will team up with a large Australia force providing assistance to the PNG Electoral... [more]

PNG police to build Centre of Excellence in quest to restore people's confidence in force
The Papua New Guinea police commissioner, Tom Kulunga, says the constabulary's planned Centre of Excellence will help deliver a more highly trained force. The latest plans for the Centre have... [more]

French Pacific gets ready for final vote for French National Assembly
Campaigning is about to end in the French Pacific for this weekend's second round in the election of a new French National Assembly. Based on the first round results, the... [more]

Reports that five have been killed in early election violence in PNG
There are estimates of five deaths to date in relation to political campaigning ahead of the Papua New Guinea election started on Saturday week. The National newspaper reports a man... [more]

Vanuatu Prime Minister confident of more aid funding from Europe
Vanuatu's Prime Minister says he is confident there will be more aid for his and other Pacific countries from the European Union. The EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific group... [more]

'Shy' Maori call local Ngati Kuri cop in Queensland
An Australian police officer from Ngati Kuri says Maori are phoning her directly for help because they're too shy to call the police station. [more]

Reports that leading Papuan activist killed by Indonesian police
Reports from Indonesia's Papua region say that a leading Papuan activist has been killed by police, sparking fears of more violence in the provincial capital. Mako Tabuni of the West... [more]

Rest homes workers agree pay deal with Oceania
Rest home workers have reached a pay agreement with employer the Oceania Group. [more]

Prison death similar to 2002 incident, inquest told
An inquest into the death of a prison inmate in Christchurch has been told the circumstances are very similar to another death in 2002. [more]

79-year-old stable after bull attack
An elderly man seriously injured after being gored by a bull near Masterton is in a stable condition on Thursday night. [more]

NZ 'unlikely' to support special TPP deal for Australia
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says it is unlikely the Government will support any special deal for Australia in a Trans-Pacific trade agreement. [more]

Faberge box found in Auckland
A century-old jewel-encrusted Faberge box has been found at an Auckland auction house - much to its owner's surprise. [more]

Fracking opponents liken debate to nuclear-free campaign
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing being used for oil exploration in Hawke's Bay say it is becoming the most contentious issue in New Zealand since the nuclear-free debate in the 1980s. [more]

PM signals Govt might not sign SkyCity deal
The Prime Minister has signalled the Government might not sign a deal with SkyCity to build a new convention centre until the Auditor-General's Office has finished its investigation into the matter. [more]

ACC complaint laid six days after minister briefed
Police say ACC laid a formal complaint alleging blackmail, six days after the minister was informed by the corporation. [more]

Drysdale to miss World Cup regatta
Five-time rowing world champion and one of New Zealand's leading Olympic medal hope Mahe Drysdale has been hit by car while training in Germany. [more]