Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th June 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Daughter
Andrea from Auckland nominates 'Daughter' by Loudon Wainwright III. [more]

Your Place - Anakiwa
Near the head of Queen Charlotte Sound lies the small settlement of Anakiwa, which has fewer than 60 permanent residents and has become synonymous with outdoor education. [more]

Glenn Frey of The Eagles
Musician Glenn Frey talks about his latest solo record 'After Hours', which covers artists like Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and the Beach Boys. [more]

Feature Album - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement's second album, released in 1994. [more]

Southern Story for 28 June 2012 - South Island Maori Rock Art Project
Sage Forest ventures into the cave of the Opihi Taniwha and learns about the South Island Maori Rock Art Project. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 28 June 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Cas Carter (Part 1)
The Crown has been summing up its case today against the man accused of murdering Feilding farmer, Scott Guy; A reporter was ordered out of court yesterday after she turned up to the Scott Guy trial wearing gold sequinned pants. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Cas Carter (Part 2)
Olympic organisers have chosen 'SURVIVAL' by Muse as the official song of the 2012 London games; The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is claiming the Prime Minister knew about serious financial irregularities at a Maori Women's Refuge as long ago as February; 10,000 orders have been made for a new model S saloon electric car, called the Tesla. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 28 June 2012
Simon Morris and International Film Festival Director Bill Gosden pick some of the highlights of this year’s Festival – dramas, documentaries, musicals, comedies – and some titles that defy categorisation. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 28 June 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 28 June 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 28 June 2012
The stock exchange's new boss announces an overhaul. [more]

Evening Business for 28 June 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 28 June 2012
Shareholders in the eftpos terminal services company, Smartpay, have approved a 13 million dollar capital raising. [more]

CEISMIC

Our Changing World - Earthquake Data
Using mini-seismometers which connect to home computers by a USB connection, volunteers in Christchurch are collecting a huge amount of earthquake data. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 28 June 2012
Report on Hutt Valley mental health services made public; New agreement between ACC and Minister tabled; Macdonald trial enters its final phases; Stress and overwork blamed for refuge misspending; Blow to the case against Kim Dotcom; Sharples criticised for saying Chch people should squat. [more]

Report on Hutt Valley mental health services made public
A secret report, scathing of Mental Health services in the Hutt Valley has finally been released today. [more]

New agreement between ACC and Minister tabled
The National-led Government has relaxed its requirement for ACC to cut the number of long-term claimants - in the face of public criticism it's been forcing people off compensation. [more]

Macdonald trial enters its final phases
The defence lawyer Greg King has told a jury that the Crown's murder case against Ewen Macdonald is light on evidence and full of speculation. [more]

Stress and overwork blamed for refuge misspending
A Hamilton women's refuge helping out a beleaguered sister group in Palmerston North is blaming stress and overwork for misspending on things like staff bonuses. [more]

Blow to the case against Kim Dotcom
The High Court's delivered a blow to the case against internet multimillionaire Kim Dotcom. [more]

Sports News for 28 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sharples criticised for saying Chch people should squat
The Prime Minister says one of his ministers was wrong to say Christchurch people living in cars should squat in abandoned homes to survive the winter. [more]

Damning report into Hutt Valley mental health services
The formerly secret report - ordered by the Director General of Mental Health in 2010 - includes disturbing details, including how two staff at the Te Whare Ahuru inpatient unit failed to record a patient setting fire to herself. [more]

Fraudster gets 7.5 years jail with minimum of 3 years
A last-minute letter of remorse has failed to stop a former Waikato bank manager being sent to jail after being convicted on 81 charges of fraud, dishonesty and theft. [more]

Commission hears CTV should never have been green stickered
One of the inspectors who cleared the CTV building following the September 2010 earthquake says in hindsight, the building should never have been given a green card. [more]

Youth court prosecution only in most serious cases, says Judge
The Principal Youth Court Judge says Auckland's courts are out of kilter with others in the country - and they should be focusing on prosecuting in only the most serious cases. [more]

Scientists now have 8,000 year timeline on Alpine Fault
Scientists are homing in on being able to predict when the Alpine Fault might rupture, following an in-depth study going back 8-thousand years into its last 24 earthquakes. [more]

Advisor accuses health board of using horse drug unethically
A mental health advisor has resigned from the Southern District Health Board, accusing it of continuing to use the horse tranquiliser ketamine unethically on patients with depression. [more]

Sports News for 28 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Defence begins closing address at Scott Guy case
The defence lawyer Greg King has told a jury that the Crown's murder case against Ewen Macdonald is light on evidence and full of speculation. [more]

Unions say ministry withheld forecast of enrolments
School unions say the Ministry of Education deliberately held back its latest roll-growth estimates so they could not be used to undermine the Government in the debate over class sizes. [more]

Defence morale at a nine year low following cuts
Australian mining companies are trying to poach New Zealand navy, army and airforce people, making the Defence Force's retention problems worse. [more]

Cluster of suicides not directly linked, inquest told
A joint inquest into five suicides within months of each other in Kawerau has heard there's no evidence they were linked except the young people did all know of each other. [more]

MPs told Immigration Amendment Bill contravenes bill of rights
MPs have been told a bill seeking to introduce mandatory detention for asylum seekers arriving en masse is unnecessary and contravenes international law. [more]

Unveiling of Bomber Command memorial celebrated in Auckland
World War Two veterans who flew Lancaster and Wellington bombers on night raids into Germany gathered in Auckland this afternoon to remember the impact they had on the outcome of the war. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 June 2012
A woman claims she was forced to take a lie detector test by ACC. A mental health advisor says a controlled drug is being used unethically in Dunedin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 June 2012
Spain advances to the final of Euro 2012. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 28 June 2012
Why did Tariana Turia learn about a troubled Maori Women's Refuge from Winston Peters, rather than her own officials? More ACC claimants reveal personal dealings with the Corporation to highlight concerns over its culture and the Defence will give its closing address today in the Scott Guy murder trial. [more]

Pacific News for 28 June 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Officials will be summoned to explain to minister
The Whanau Ora Minister is demanding to know why officials have left her in the dark about serious financial problems facing a Maori Women's refuge. [more]

Govt says too early to judge implications of court ruling
The Attorney-General says it's too early to judge the exact implications of a Supreme Court decision on part of the Waikato River, in terms of possible Maori ownership. [more]

Turia angry officials didn't tell her about refuge problems
The Associate Minister for Social Development and Whanau Ora Minister is demanding to know why officials left her in the dark about serious financial problems at a Maori Women's refuge. [more]

Closing arguments to begin in Scott Guy trial
The defence case in the Scott Guy murder trial opened and closed yesterday with just two witnesses called. [more]

Brittle concrete used in construction of CTV building
A forensic structural engineer who inspected the Canterbury Television Building after it collapsed says the concrete used in its construction was unusually brittle. [more]

Hapu says Supreme Court ruling could set a precedent
A hapu that has won the right to claim a section of the Waikato riverbed believes the decision could set a precedent for other iwi. [more]

At least one dead in second asylum seeker boat sinking
Three people are missing and believed to be dead, after a boat carrying 134 asylum seekers capsized north of the Australian territory of Christmas Island yesterday. [more]

Criticisms about ACC's culture continue to mount
More people are coming forward alleging unfair treatment at the hands of ACC. [more]

Eruption detection system upgrade makes snow fields safer
An upgrade of the eruption detection system, at one of the country's most active volcanoes, Mount Ruapehu, has just been completed. [more]

Priest who braved bullets on Bloody Sunday hails meeting
One person who took special delight in watching today's handshake was the former Catholic bishop of Derry, Edward Daly. [more]

Sports News for 28 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Barclays fined $US453 million over lending rate manipulation
The British bank Barclays has been ordered to pay 453 million US dollars in fines to British and United States authorities after admitting it manipulated key interbank lending rates. [more]

Cost to build new Wellington-Levin expressway blowing out
The Green Party says the cost to build one of the Government's roads of national significance as has blown out by 300-million dollars. [more]

Update on Euro 2012 first semi-final
Portugal and Spain are currently locked at nil-all in the first semi-final at the Euro 2012 football championship in the Ukraine capital, Kiev. [more]

NZ First leader questions four month inaction over refuge
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, says it beggars belief that the Whanau Ora minister wasn't aware of serious financial irregularities at a Maori Women's Refuge he revealed in Parliament yesterday. [more]

Study: 90-day trial encourages bosses to take on staff
About 40 percent of employers surveyed by the Labour Department who have given someone a job using the 90 day trial period say they would not have been able to take on a new worker without it. [more]

ACC sensitive claimant left 'broken' after four reviews
As we said earlier on Morning Report, more people are coming forward alleging unfair treatment by the ACC. [more]

Five charged over prison guard bashing
Five inmates are facing a raft of charges over the beating of a Rimutaka Prison guard who suffered serious head injuries. [more]

Australia needs to rethink asylum seeker policy
A bill allowing the offshore processing of asylum seekers passed through the lower house of Australia's parliament last night. [more]

Sports News for 28 June 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Press editor moves to troubled Melbourne paper
The editor of Christchurch's Press newspaper is taking over as editor in chief of the Melbourne daily, The Age. [more]

Vocational Pathways to steer students towards work
The Government has launched a programme to help school students choose a career. [more]

Euro 2012 semi goes into extra time
The first semi-final at the Euro 2012 football tournament between Spain and Portugal in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has gone into extra time, with the score tied at nil-all at full-time. [more]

Reefton has biggest snowfall in 50 years
The west coast town of Reefton has been blanketed by its biggest snowfall in 50 years. [more]

Nights

Heart and Mind
The emerging discipline of neurocardiology with Prof. David Paterson from the University of Oxford, and whether our hearts and brains are actually 'connected'. [more]

Science: Computer Science
Professor Mark Apperley from University of Waikato talks about the algorithms you didn't know you needed. [more]

Conundrum
Clues 7 and 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Christchurch housing crisis
Should people sleeping rough over winter in Christchurch resort to squatting in abandoned homes in the red zone? Christchurch City Missioner Michael Gorman and Rachel Fonotia, the manager of the Aranui Community Trust, discuss the scale of the problem. [more]

The rise and rise of China's SOEs
John Lee from Sydney University's Centre for International Security Studies is an expert on China's investment strategy. China's SOEs are responsible for the vast majority of Beijing's foreign investment yet little is known about how they operate or about their relationship with the Communist Party. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
The Queen shakes hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness and Prime Minister David Cameron promises a radical overhaul of welfare. [more]

Feature Guest - Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini is the author of the Inheritance series of fantasy books for young adults, which have sold millions of copies around the world. He wrote the first book in the series, Eragon, at the age of 15 - and his family self published it, before it was picked up by Knopf Books and went global. [more]

Book Review - A Good American
'A Good American' by Alex George, published by Fig Tree. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
The Telecommunications Users Association faces extinction; Parliamentary Inquiry into 21st Century Learning; and Microsoft's latest acquisition Yammer. [more]

Karen Riley - the challenges of motherhood
Karen Riley, parenting specialist and author of How to Keep the You in Mum. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
Andrew Holden leaving The Press for The Age; the last gasp and death rattle of TVNZ7; and truth in advertising. [more]

Our Changing World

After the Oil
A special feature on environmental monitoring in the Rena Recovery programme, and the role of volunteers in the clean-up [more]

Science, Technology and Art
START is a new initiative in Palmerston North to foster collaboration between artists and scientists [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 28 June 2012
Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: When did he become aware of the decision to write down the value of KiwiRail by $6.7 billion? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Why is he conducting an aerial survey for minerals within a world heritage area? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How will the Better Public Services results targets announced this week contribute to a stronger economy? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he stand by all his recent statements as Minister for Economic Development in relation to the Pure Advantage report New Zealand’s Position in the Green Race; if so, why? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Social Development: What parenting support has the Government recently made available to grandparents who are raising grandchildren? CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Corrections: Does she stand by her statement about the proposal to operate Wiri prison privately that “The contract will have strong performance incentives, ensuring we receive a superior service compared to publicly run prisons, or we pay a lower price”? JACQUI DEAN to the Associate Minister of Justice: What recent announcements has he made on addressing issues around youth justice? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: What recent reports has he received on Housing New Zealand’s “Smarter. Faster. Fairer” housing service? BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made towards implementing free after-hours medical care for under-sixes? CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does he stand by the statement of the previous Minister of Broadcasting, Hon Jonathan Coleman, on 30 May 2012 in relation to the decision to scrap TVNZ7 “there was no plan for how TVNZ7 would be funded in the future”? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: What are the conservation impacts of having oil exploration permits in marine mammal sanctuaries and an exploration licence to prospect for rock phosphate in a benthic protection area? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What progress has been made to address the growing concern around wheel clamping on private land? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 28 June 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 28 June 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 28 June 2012
A lawyer for the Maori Council says a Supreme Court ruling on the ownership of a part of a river bed is extremely helpful to its own water rights case; Meanwhile, the hapu says it's excited to be able to press ahead with its claim for ownership; Statistics New Zealand has grouped together a range of data on Maori well-being and development in an effort to help the Government make more informed decisions; The last commanding officer of the Maori Battalion is to be buried today at Cape Runaway; One of the country's leading Maori cultural groups - Te Waka Huia - says the Pacific Arts Festival is a chance to make more connections with other indigenous people. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 28 June 2012
A lawyer for the Maori Council says a Supreme Court ruling on the ownership of a part of a river bed is extremely helpful to its own water rights case; Meanwhile, the hapu says it's excited to be able to press ahead with its claim for ownership; Statistics New Zealand has grouped together a range of data on Maori well-being and development in an effort to help the Government make more informed decisions; The last commanding officer of the Maori Battalion is to be buried today at Cape Runaway; One of the country's leading Maori cultural groups - Te Waka Huia - says the Pacific Arts Festival is a chance to make more connections with other indigenous people. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 28 June 2012
More than 400 people gathered at Kauaetangohia Marae at Cape Runaway this morning for the funeral of the last commanding officer of the Maori Battalion; Maori organisations say their bids for three former Crafar farms in the King Country have been rejected; A communal home for kaumatua is being developed in the Hawke's Bay suburb of Flaxmere; A musician who plays traditional Maori instruments says there appears to be more collaborative projects emerging between Pakeha composers and taonga puoro artists. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 28 June 2012
Maori organisations say their bids for three former Crafar farms in the King Country have been rejected; More than 400 people have gathered at Kauaetangohia Marae at Cape Runaway this morning to pay their respects to the last commanding officer of the Maori Battalion; A communal home for kaumatua is being developed in the Hawke's Bay suburb of Flaxmere; A musician who plays traditional Maori instruments says there appears to be more collaborative projects emerging between Pakeha composers and taonga puoro artists. [more]

Upbeat

Dame Malvina Major and Teddy Tahu Rhodes
NZ Soprano and Bass on the Dame Malvina Major Foundation 21st Anniversary concert taking place in Wellington this weekend. [more]

Sarah Wilson
Queensland based NZ Trumpet soloist performing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E with the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin this weekend. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 128: Court Ya
Max tries to impress an ex, Magnus and Celeste arrive back with plans and Lucilles mum goes too far. [more]

News stories:

Samoa opposition calls for transparency in RSE matters
The Tautua Samoa opposition party is calling on the government to conduct a ballot draw to ensure a transparent process in dealing with applications for jobs under New Zealand's RSE... [more]

MSG Secretariat says visit to New Caledonia not cancelled but deferred
The Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat says it wishes to clarify that the MSG ministerial mission to New Caledonia has not been cancelled but deferred to a later date. The pro-independence... [more]

Tahiti nuclear test vetarans see no gain in court ruling
The French Polynesian nuclear test veterans organisation says there is little comfort in a court ruling that nullifies the rejection of a compensation claim for ill-health caused by the French... [more]

Engineers tell of 'catastrophic failures' in CTV building
Engineers who attended the collapsed CTV building in the days after the fatal February earthquake in Canterbury, have described the 'catastrophic failures' of the building. [more]

New species found in underwater caves
Divers have discovered new life forms including species of worm and snail in a deep, flooded underwater cave near Nelson. [more]

Crusaders name team to face Hurricanes
The Crusaders will be without several All Blacks when they host the Hurricanes in their Super rugby match in Christchurch this Saturday. All Blacks Kieran Read, Israel Dagg and Dan... [more]

Hurricanes without key All Blacks for Crusaders clash
The Hurricanes have named their side to play the Crusaders in Christchurch this Saturday. It will be the Hurricanes' first game in Christchurch since 2009 when they won 30-24. They'll... [more]

NZ's Barbarouses joins Panathinaikos
The New Zealand football international Kosta Barbarouses has been loaned out to Greek Super League club Panathinaikos for next season from Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz, the Athens team has announced. [more]

Gareth Bale signs new four-year deal
The English Premier League football side Tottenham Hostpur have re-signed Gareth Bale to a new four-year contract with the club. The Wales winger has committed to stay with Spurs despite... [more]

London moves into final month of preparations
London has moved into the final month of preparations for the Olympic Games with a new landmark to greet visitors, and a warning that some others would not be welcome. [more]

Australia beat Olympic-bound New Zealand football ferns
The Australian women's football coach Tom Sermanni says his sides 2-nil win over Olympics-bound New Zealand only accentuates the disappointment of his side's failure to secure a spot in London. [more]

Tall Blacks given reality check by Brazil
The New Zealand men's basketball team have been given a reality check ahead of their last chance Olympic qualifying tournament, suffering a 73-49 loss to Brazil at a build-up tournament... [more]

Jobs lost with yarn mill closure may not be the last
Cavalier Corporation chief executive Colin McKenzie says the closure of one of his company's wool yarn spinning factories should mark a turnaround in its business - but he can't rule out further consolidation. [more]

Vote of no confidence motion in Tonga's PM today
The motion for a vote of no confidence in Tonga's prime minister is due to be debated in the house today. Matangi Tonga online says the motion was scheduled to... [more]

Softer export figures boost trade deficit
New Zealand's trade deficit is slipping further into the red as exports continue to fall, and economists expect it to continue to widen. [more]

KiwiRail's balance sheet restructured
KiwiRail's assets have been written down by more than $6 billion as part of a major restructure, but the Prime Minister insists the move isn't being done with a view to selling the rail company. [more]

Yarn closure will cut operating costs - Cavalier
Carpet-maker Cavalier Corporation says the closure of its yarn spinning plant in South Auckland will cut operating costs as it tackles falling demand from a weak building sector in its Australasian markets. [more]

Tainui profit nears $40 million
Tainui Group Holdings' new hotel and retail investments have helped drive its full year net profit 60% higher to nearly $40 million. [more]

Cook Islands snorkelling should step up safety procedures - NZ coroner
A coroner's inquiry into the death of a New Zealand man on his honeymoon says Cook Island snorkelling operators should step up their safety procedures. Graeme Parker, who was 37,... [more]

90-day trial encourages firms to take on staff - survey
About 40% of employers who have taken on staff using the 90-day trial say they would not have been able to employ a new worker without it, a Department of Labour report has found. [more]

Mt Ruapehu eruption detection system upgraded
An eruption detection system at one of the country's most active volcanoes has had a $1 million upgrade. [more]

Man charged with murder after body found in house
A 38-year-old man is to appear in the Auckland District Court charged with the murder of a 36-year-old man he lived with. [more]

Statistics cast new light on Maori - minister
Statistics New Zealand has pulled together data on Maori well-being and development in an effort to help the Government make more informed decisions. [more]

Gisborne power cut investigated
The company that provides power to Gisborne says it does not yet know what caused a widespread outage lasting more than four hours. [more]

AMP seeks bigger stake in self-managed super fund sector
Australian insurer and funds management firm AMP says it wants to increase its presence in the fast-growing self managed superannuation funds market. [more]

Rennie picks Latimer over Cane
While flanker Sam Cane may be the All Black selectors choice as Richie McCaw's apprentice, the Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has picked Tanerau Latimer ahead of him at openside for... [more]

Wozniacki shocked on day three at Wimbledon
There've been two major upsets in the women's draw on day three at Wimbledon. The US Open champion Samantha Stosur and the former world number one Caroline Wozniacki have both... [more]

Samantha Stosur bundled out on day three at Wimbledon
The US Open tennis champion Samantha Stosur has been bundled out of Wimbledon after losing on day three of the tournament. Stosur becomes the the highest seeded casualty so far... [more]

Gazzetta sorry over Balotelli King Kong cartoon
The top Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has apologised for printing a cartoon portraying the black Italy footballer Mario Balotelli as King Kong. Media reports said Balotelli's agent... [more]

ICC rejects mandatory review technology
World cricket chiefs have rejected a new move to make decision review technology compulsory and put off talks on wide-ranging reforms following opposition from the all-powerful Indian Cricket Board. The... [more]

Reefton has biggest snowfall in 50 years
A South Island town has been blanketed by its biggest snowfall in 50 years. [more]

Five charged over prison guard attack
Five inmates have been charged over an attack which left a Rimutaka Prison guard in an induced coma with serious head injuries. [more]

Temporary gap in West Coast obstetric services
Pregnant women on the West Coast are being warned there will be no obstetric care for several days next week because of staffing problems. [more]

4.0 quake felt in Christchurch
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake has shaken Christchurch on Thursday morning. [more]

Developer praises fast tracking of sub-division
The developer of a subdivision created to provide houses for quake-displaced homeowners in Canterbury says more property developments in the region should be fast-tracked. [more]

Wellington-Levin expressway cost blowing out, say Greens
The Green Party says the cost to build one of the Government's roads of national significance has blown out by $300 million. [more]

Programme to help career choice launched
The Government says its new Vocational Pathways programme will help school students choose a career and work towards employment, while achieving better results. [more]

Spain beat Portugal on penalties to reach final
Cesc Fabregas struck the winning spot kick as holders Spain beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties after their Euro 2012 semi-final ended goalless after extra time this morning. [more]

Chiefs coach says Williams departure will be disappointing
The Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says he'll be disappointed if Sonny Bill Williams decides to leave the Super rugby franchise at the end of the year. Earlier this week the... [more]

Tall Ferns coach says more support would be welcome
The Tall Ferns' coach says there are a number of things in women's basketball in New Zealand that need to be reviewed so that they can be more competitive on... [more]

Sport: Fiji dominant in opening netball win
Fiji have begun the defence of their Pacific Netball Series title in clinical fashion, thumping Papua New Guinea 70-29 in their opening match in Suva on Monday. The home side... [more]

Sport: American Samoa optimistic ahead of debut world clash
The odds are firmly against them but American Samoa are taking a glass half full approach into their first match at the Under 19 World American Football Championship this weekend. [more]

CNMI business group says members need foreign workers
The largest business group in the Northern Marianas says the island's economic meltdown will worsen if they are deprived of skilled foreign workers. The Saipan Chamber of Commerce says it... [more]

American Samoa's Tulafono calls for expansion of development credits
The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, is still pressing Congress to consider applying economic development credits now available to the canneries to all new United States investments in American Samoa. [more]

Samoa sees tourism earnings increase
Samoa saw an increase in tourism earnings for the month of March, while private remittances dropped for the month. The latest Tourism and Remittances Report from the Central Bank of... [more]

American Samoa Visitor's Bureau targets travel brochures
The executive director of the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau, David Vaeafe, says a concerted effort is being made to be included in more tourist brochures by overseas operators. Mr Vaeafe... [more]

CNMI's Visitors Authority calls off events after airline launch aborted
In the Northern Marianas, the indefinite postponement of Saipan Air's operations has prompted the Marianas Visitors Authority to recall all local and off-island events related to the aborted launch next... [more]

Warriors to play the Cowboys this weekend
The New Zealand Warriors will return to the National Rugby League competition on Sunday when they host the North Queensland Cowboys at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. The Warriors currently... [more]

Dutch soccer coach van Marwijk steps down
The Netherlands football coach Bert van Marwijk has stepped down following Holland's disastrous first round exit at Euro 2012. The Netherlands went into Euro 2012 as title... [more]

France to release US$62m to cash-strapped Tahiti
The French government is about to release more than 62 million US dollars in funding to the French Polynesian government which has been grappling with unprecedented financial problems. This has... [more]

Bill forces charity collectors to be open about money withheld
Companies that collect money on behalf of charities will now have to be transparent about how much gets to the charity. [more]

Honiara festival offers Pacific connections
One of the country's leading Maori cultural groups - Te Waka Huia - says the Pacific Arts Festival is a chance to make more connections with other indigenous people. [more]

Traditional ball game attracts youngsters
Tamariki from 32 kura met at a west Auckland stadium on Wednesday to play the ancient Maori ball game of ki o rahi. [more]

Court rules director reparation to go to Nathans receivers
The High Court in Wellington has ruled that nearly $900,000 in reparation from convicted Nathans Finance directors should be paid to the company's receivers. [more]

PM met by red-zone protesters
A petition signed by more than 300 red zone homeowners has been handed to Prime Minister John Key during his visit to the Canterbury town of Kaiapoi. [more]

Blue penguin colony 'wiped out' in dog attack
More than 15 blue penguins have been killed on the South Island's West Coast in a dog attack that is likely to have wiped out an entire colony. [more]

Mass illegal migrant legislation 'not necessary'
The Human Right Commission says a bill being considered to deal with a mass arrival of illegal migrants is unnecessary. [more]

Minister questioned over ultra-fast broadband numbers
Communications Minister Amy Adams has revealed she does not know how many households the Government expects to have access to ultra-fast broadband by 2016. [more]

MSG surprised at France putting off New Caledonia mission
The Melanesian Spearhead Group says it was surprising and unexpected that France stopped this weekend's MSG mission to New Caledonia. The MSG's secretariat's director general, Peter Forau, says the advice... [more]

Coats appeal against cartel decision dismissed
GPG's threadmaking subsidiary Coats will have to pay a €110 million fine for its part of a price fixing cartel in zips and fasteners between 1977 and the late 1990s. [more]

Google unveils its first own-brand tablet.
Google has unveiled the Nexus 7, its first own-brand tablet, which will go on sale next month. [more]

Coroner calls for more safety measures for quad bikes
A Coroner is calling for more stringent safety measures following the death of a 74-year-old man in a quad bike accident. [more]

Murder-accused known to mental health service
Auckland District Health Board has confirmed a person accused of murdering a man in Balmoral was known to their mental health services staff. [more]

No confidence motion being discussed in Tonga Assembly
The motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister of Tonga and his cabinet is being discussed today in the Legislative Assembly. The opposition Democratic Party has... [more]

Textile industry urges support for manufacturers
The textiles industry is calling on the Government to pay more heed to the plight of manufacturers following the announcement that an Auckland wool processing plant will close. [more]

Qarase still seeking lawyer for Fiji trial
Another attempt has been made by former Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's lawyer today for his trial date to be delayed. It is alleged that Mr Qarase facilitated and allowed... [more]

Job retention bid for American Samoa retiree group
American Samoa's Territorial Administration on Aging Office is seeking a waiver for a group of elderly citizens to continue working. The group of 70 are to be removed from the... [more]

Deficiencies cloud PNG polls
A number of people in Papua New Guinea claim that their names are missing from the electoral roll as voters continue to experience frustrations during polling for the general election. [more]

Tonga debate on voting rights of non-elected members
Tonga's MPs have been debating whether non-elected members of parliament can vote in a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano. There is a clause in the... [more]

Cooks snorkelling death prompts review
The head of Cook Islands Tourism, Carmel Beattie, says a New Zealand coroner's report into the death of a New Zealand man snorkelling in Aitutaki Lagoon is a call for... [more]

Player probed over rape claim says he's innocent
New Zealand rugby under 20s rugby player Nathan Harris says he is innocent of the sexual assault allegations made against him in South Africa. [more]

Strike threat at Vanuatu public broadcaster
Some staff at the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation, the VBTC, are threatening to strike late next month. Ephraim Kalsakau of the Vanuatu National Workers Union, says the strike will... [more]

Coroner checks Kawerau death cluster
A joint inquest into the deaths of five young people within months of each other in the Bay of Plenty town of Kawrau is underway at Whakatane to determine whether the deaths were linked. [more]

Ban gang 'patches' in Govt workplaces - MP
A member's bill that would ban gang members from wearing patches or insignia in any government or public building has been drawn from the ballot for proposed legislation to be debated in Parliament. [more]

Tall Blacks suffer another heavy loss
The Tall Blacks have suffered another heavy loss ahead of next week's last chance Olympic basketball qualifying tournament in Venezuela. The New Zealand men's side has been beaten 99-66 by... [more]

TJ Perenara says blood clot won't affect rehabilitation
The Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara says his rehabilition from a broken ankle earlier this month won't be delayed by a blood clot he developed after surgery. The 20-year-old broke his... [more]

Friend vows to go distance in Warriors return
The Warriors hooker Nathan Friend is back from injury and says he'll play the full 80 minutes in Sunday's NRL clash with the Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium. The former... [more]

Fiji Labour Party criticises TV decree
The Fiji Labour Party says the promulgation of the Television Amendment Decree is yet another attempt by the regime to gag the media and restrict freedom of expression. The decree... [more]

Vanuatu wants European Investment Bank relocated to Port Vila from Australia
Vanuatu's Ambassador to the European Union has promised to negotiate for the European Investment Bank to be relocated from Australia to Vanuatu. The EIB works to implement the financial pillar... [more]

Unions allege timing of roll estimates manipulated
School unions allege the Ministry of Education deliberately withheld its latest roll-growth estimates so they could not be used to undermine the Government in the debate over class sizes. [more]

Claim Vanuatu government official eased Indonesians through customs without visas
Vanuatu immigration officials are alleging a representative from the Prime Minister's office forced them to let three Indonesian men into the country without any entry visa. The border control officers... [more]

Researcher says core governance issues need addressing in PNG constitution
There's been another call for Papua New Guinea to review its constitution and political structure following the general election. A senior researcher in governance and institutional matters at the National... [more]

Fabregas reveals secret to winning penalty
The Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed the secret to scoring the winning penalty, which took the world champions into the final of football's Euro 2012 competition. Spain beat Portugal... [more]

Allow ads on polling day, says Labour Party
Labour Party leaders have says that advance voting in general elections should start earlier, and that political advertising should be allowed on polling day. [more]

Police allege men are part of drug ring
Police say they've arrested and charged five people for alleged cannabis offences on Thursday as part of a four-year police investigation. [more]

More of a cultural mix for taonga puoro
A musician who plays traditional Maori instruments says there appears to be more collaborative projects emerging between Pakeha composers and taonga puoro artists. [more]

Kaumatua to get 10-bedroom rest home
A communal home for kaumatua is being developed in the Hawke's Bay suburb of Flaxmere. [more]

Hundreds gather for Major Waititi's funeral
More than 400 people gathered at Kauaetangohia Marae at Cape Runaway on Thursday for the funeral of the last commanding officer of the Maori Battalion. [more]

No fraud at refuge, says Hamilton group
A Palmerston North refuge for Maori women which has come under fire from a politician over alleged financial irregularities was not involved in any fraud, says another refuge group brought in to help staff sort through the problems. [more]

NZX 50 lifts a little more
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 share index rose 13 points on Thursday to close at 3401 on turnover of $114 million. Fletcher Building rose 14 cents to $5.93, Chorus rose... [more]

Regular ruptures on Alpine Fault aid projections
New research suggests there is 30% chance that a major fault line in the South Island will rupture within 50 years causing a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. [more]

Former DHB advisor says ketamine use continues
A mental health advisor has resigned from the Southern District Health Board alleging the controlled drug ketamine is still being used unethically despite a major investigation. [more]

New bid to help public plan for emergencies
Civil Defence is launching a fresh drive to make sure people know exactly to do if an earthquake hits, with new television and radio advertisements. [more]

ACC lowers targets for cutting clients
Targets for reducing the number of long-term ACC claimants have been scaled back significantly, under a new agreement between the minister and the corporation. [more]

Stock exchange's new boss announces overhaul
New Zealand's stock exchange, NZX will be restructured to clearly separate the exchange's commercial roles from its regulatory ones. [more]

Business confidence slumps
National Bank's closely watched monthly survey of business sentiment found confidence halved in June. [more]