Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 18th July 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Come As You Are
Todd Wylie from Auckland has chosen 'Come as You Are' by Nirvana [more]

Link 3
Can you spot the connection in our music quiz? [more]

Street safety survey
According to a new international survey, many of us do not feel safe walking our streets alone at night, especially women. [more]

Virtual World with Jules Older
eBooks on the move, Jules's new eBook and what's next in tablets? [more]

Auckland Story for 18 July 2012 - Volcanos in Auckland
"Be Prepared". So say the boy scouts, and also a big group of scientists studying the likelihood of a volcano erupting in Auckland and its economic effect. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 18 July 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Raybon Kan and John Bishop (Part 1)
Topics - Inflation is at a 13-year low and food prices are falling - but consumers are struggling to see the benefits. As of next week, District Court staff will be required to make announcements in Maori as well as English. [more]

The Panel with Raybon Kan and John Bishop (Part 2)
Topics - The multi-millionaire Owen Glenn isn't letting the fact that he spends most of his time outside New Zealand prevent him having his say on where the country should be heading. Members of the Auckland University Students' Association have voted to keep Pro-Life - an anti-abortion club - affiliated with the union. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 18 July 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 18 July 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 18 July 2012
Dairy prices fail to respond to drought in the US. HSBC is accused of helping criminals and terrorists launder money and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 18 July 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
International milk prices have fallen by nearly one percent in Fonterra's latest Global Dairy auction and the lower prices are expected to continue for the next few months. [more]

CEISMIC

Disruptive dump trucks too much for Christchurch residents
People living near an earthquake dump site in Christchurch are fed up with the constant noise, dust and vibrations from passing trucks which is making them feel like they are living on a motorway. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 18 July 2012
The Iraena Asher inquest is told it's the police who failed her, not those who tried to help. The son of a slain security guard warns whoever killed him to watch out and more jail time for Rod Petricevic. [more]

The latest from the inquest into Iraena Asher's disappearance
One of the last people to see the missing Auckland woman, Iraena Asher, alive has told an inquest into her disappearance it was the police who failed her, not her. [more]

Police target cannabis growers and dealers
Police have arrested 2 and half thousand people, seized 130-thousand cannabis plants and say they've saved the country from 350-million dollars worth of harm, in the first nationally co-ordinated operation targeting growers and dealers throughout the country. [more]

Judge steps down in Kim Dotcom case
The judge in the extradition case of the internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has stepped down over controversial comments at an internet conference. [more]

Son of slain security guard warns killer to watch out
The mystery killer of a bank security guard 36 years ago has been told to watch out, the police are coming for you, as authorities take a fresh look at unsolved case. [more]

Petrecevic jailed for a further four months
Rod Petricevic, the former Bridgecorp Managing Director has been given a further four months in prison over his purchase of a luxury launch "the Medici". [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

PM confident about meeting with Maori Party.
The Prime Minister, is confident his meeting tonight with the Maori Party over water rights will resolve any differences they might have. [more]

Miner says no panic and time in refuge was relaxed
One of the 28 miners rescued from a fire underground at a gold mine near Waihi says his colleagues were relaxed and joking in their refuge chamber, and he was not scared at all. [more]

Class size policy dogs Education Minister in select committee
Opposition MPs have pressed the Education Minister to explain just when the Government started planing its failed class sizes policy. [more]

New Zealand honey rejected internationally
Five million dollars worth of New Zealand honey has been rejected by export markets after failing a test used to detect adulterated honey. [more]

Burial rights challenged in the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has been told today that the executor of a person's estate has the right to ensure that burials are carried out in accordance with the dead person's wishes. [more]

Air NZ boss says political issues put top talent off SOE roles
The chair of Air New Zealand says he doubts that top quality managers can be attracted to companies which are 100 per cent owned by the Government. [more]

SFO charges gas company managers with stealing gas
The Serious Fraud Office has laid 82 charges against two senior managers in a failed Wellington gas retail company. [more]

Caravan park labelled "sub-standard" by Paula Bennett
The manager of a caravan park labelled sub-standard by the Social Development Minister says the only time Paula Bennett has seen it was when she was on the campaign trail. [more]

John Key bats away questions about home affordability
Prime Minister has batted away accusations the Government isn't doing enough to improve the chances of people being able to buy their own home. [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

HSBC accused of aiding drug kings and terrorists
One of the world's largest banks is being accused of helping drug kings, rogue nations and terrorists. [more]

Overseas buyer scared off from investing in Pike River
The receiver for the Pike River mine has revealed one overseas bidder was scared off partly by the perceived hostility in New Zealand to foreign investment. [more]

Allegations gangs members are squatting in state houses
The Government has again been forced to defend changes made at Housing New Zealand, amid allegations that gang members are squatting in vacant state homes in Auckland. [more]

Students vote to keep anti-abortion club on campus
The Auckland University Students' Association has failed in its bid to ban a so-called anti-anbortion group from campus. [more]

Judge urges CYFS to collect more data on foster homes.
A former youth court judge says Child Youth and Family is a long way off having the information policy makers need to make good decisions. [more]

Jazz Footprints

Steve Garden
Steve Garden who helped found music label Rattle Records always saw jazz as an important part of the label's vision, though the Rattle Jazz imprint only began with the release of The FSH Trio's 'Irony' in 2009. Steve works from his home studio, The Garden Shed. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 July 2012
An offshore bidder for Pike River mine was put off by perceived hostility to foreign investment and inspectors try to establish what caused yesterday's Waihi goldmine fire. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 July 2012
The Tour de France has been rocked with Luxembourg's Frank Schleck, third overall in last year's race, pulling out of the event after failing a dope test for a diuretic. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 18 July 2012
No good news for contractors out of Pike River sale, Pike River receivership challenging, Underground fire reminds Waihi residents of realities of living in mining town, Waihi mine still smoldering, checks happening early today, Sex abuse victims say ACC still too slow, Maori Party meets with Key tonight over water debate, School suspensions reach 12-year low, Inflation hits bottom of Reserve Bank's target range for first time, Fighting in Syria continues. [more]

Green MP says report reveals ACC anti-claimant culture
The Green MP, Kevin Hague, says a new report on the Accident Compensation Corporation is more proof the corporation's been more focussed on getting claimants off its books than on providing help. [more]

Pacific News for 18 July 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Sale of Pike River coal to Solid Energy confirmed
The sale of the Pike River mine to Solid Energy for seven-and-a-half million dollars has been confirmed. [more]

Gaming penalty a "slap over the hand with a wet bus ticket"
A slap over the hand with a wet bus ticket -- that's how a gambling action group has described a 16 day licence suspension for a gaming trust that broke gambling laws. [more]

No good news for contractors out of Pike River sale
None of the 220 unsecured creditors of the Pike River mine, including many West Coast contractors, will get paid any more of the money they are owed. [more]

Pike River receivership challenging
There are now only a small number of matters to be finalised before the receivers retire from what has been a complicated and challenging process. [more]

Fire reminds Waihi residents of realities of mining town life
A fire that started in a gold mine in Waihi yesterday is still smouldering. [more]

Waihi mine still smouldering, checks happening early today
We talk to Newmont Waihi Gold's spokesperson Sefton Darby to get the latest on the fire in the mine. [more]

Sex abuse victims say ACC still too slow
Victims of sexual abuse and therapists say a new report backs up their claims that the Accident Compensation Corpration is still too slow in dealing with claims and that many people simply give up. [more]

Maori Party meets with Key tonight over water debate
The Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell, says the party is feeling both anxious and positive about its meeting with the Prime Minister this evening. [more]

School suspensions reach 12-year low
New figures show the proportion of school students suspended, stood-down, expelled or excluded from school has reached its lowest point in 12 years. [more]

Inflation hits bottom of Reserve Bank's target range
Inflation is on track to slip below the lower end of the Reserve Bank's target range for the first time ever. [more]

Fighting in Syria increases
The Syrian capital is gripped by the worst fighting since the anti-government uprising began a year and a half ago. [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

No national records on child abuse in CYF care
The Social Development Minister, Paula Bennett, has admitted Child, Youth and Family do not have a centralised record of children abused while in its care. [more]

Swimmers hopes 16-year medal drought will end in London
It's 16 years since a New Zealand swimmer won a medal in the pool at the Olympics. [more]

Sir John Kirwan must turn around Blues' woes
The All Black great, John Kirwan, has had a big year - capped by a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours. [more]

ACC's patchy progress in sensitive claims
An independent report shows ACC has made only patchy progress in implementing the recommendations of a review into its handling of sensitive claims. [more]

Ireana Asher officer criticises Piha residents
A police officer says the Auckland woman, Ireana Asher, may be alive today had those who tried to help her on the night she went missing called the police. [more]

Mine fire fuels pressure to reinstate check inspectors
The Government is under renewed pressure to reinstate check inspectors for mines, after an underground fire at a gold mine near Waihi. [more]

Maori Appellate Court reserves decision on Ngati Hine
The Maori Appellate Court has reserved its decision on an appeal by the Northland iwi, Ngati Hine, over the right to break away from its parent body, the Ngapuhi runanga. [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour wants members to have more say in election of leaders
The Labour Party wants its members to have a formal say in who leads the party. [more]

Contractors won't get paid with sale of Pike River mine
220 unsecured creditors of the Pike River mine, including many West Coast contractors, will not get paid any more of the money they are owed. [more]

Auckland dental practice targets Australians
Dental tourism is a term usually used to describe the overseas trips taken by New Zealanders for cheap dental work. [more]

Anti-nuclear protesters take to Tokyo streets
Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Tokyo urging the Japanese Government to abandon nuclear power. [more]

French rugby captain complains of slights during RWC
The French rugby captain, Thierry Dusatoir, has complained the All Blacks did not respect his side at the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Nights

Value In Vintage
Why the qualities of the 1920s and 30s continue to inspire the music and lifestyle of New Yorker Michael Arenella. [more]

Arts: Reggae
Getting the one drop on riddim, rocksteady, ska and roots and culture with deejay and toaster Miles Buckingham, who talks to Chris about the birth of ska and the influence of the Alpha Boys school. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Are legislative curbs needed on street prostitution?
With Annah Pickering - the Auckland co-ordinator for the NZ Prostitutes' Collective. John McCracken - The chair of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board. Len Brown - Auckland mayor. An Auckland Council-backed booklet released this week accuses prostitutes plying their trade on the streets of south Auckland of destroying public property, littering the area with condoms and using street poles for dancing. It's part of a wider campaign over proposed legislation that would restrict street prostitution that's backed by Auckland mayor Len Brown. [more]

The latest evidence on lifestyle factors and cancer
With Dallas English - Cancer epidemiologist from the University of Melbourne, visiting Wellington to give lectures for the Cancer Society. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Karen Middleton
Chief political correspondent for SBS Television discusses Julia Gillard doing the hard sell on her carbon tax regime and the killing of a young man in Sydney's notorious red light & nightclub district Kings Cross has become the tipping point for public anger at the violence & drunkenness in the Cross. [more]

Book Review - Sliding Down the Hypotenuse
Written by Eric Beardsley, reviewed by Crystal Beavis and published by Canterbury University Press. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Artist of the Week - Sixto Rodriguez. [more]

Law with Mai Chen
Mai discuss the water claim before the Waitangi tribunal. [more]

Science with Simon Pollard
Simon talks about Cryonics. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 18 July 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement of 19 March this year that the housing market is “going to take off”? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: How have New Zealand interest rates performed over recent years and what impact is this having on the economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement “National will deliver a strong and stable Government”? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: Has he received the latest OECD report on public health spending trends over the past decade, and how does New Zealand compare with the other 27 countries surveyed? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Did he or any of his staff ask the Treasury to model the impact of adding interest on student loans as part of Budget 2012 preparations? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she recently made on the Government’s expansion of Social Workers in Schools? Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements on class-size increases? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement “I want to move quickly to help save jobs”; if not, why not? JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported comments that the Government would need to seek advice before deciding whether a Royal Commission into domestic violence and child abuse, which Owen Glenn has offered to fund, was necessary? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: What recent reports has he received on Housing New Zealand’s Smarter. Faster. Fairer. housing service? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Police: What recent successes have the Police had in targeting illegal drugs? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Why has the Government not required the use of check inspectors in underground mines? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 July 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 July 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2012
Some people who attended a recent global housing summit are said to have been shocked by New Zealand's lack of spending on social housing - compared to other countries; Northland's Ngati Hine leaders say they'll always be part of Ngaphui - but they intend to enforce their legal right to break away from the Ngapuhi runanga; The Corrections Department wants to raise the standard of Tikanga Maori programmes being provided to inmates in four Maori Focus Units; Maori Television says its decision to air more shows might lead more work for independent TV producers. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2012
Northland's Ngati Hine leaders say they'll always be part of Ngaphui - but they intend to enforce their legal right to break away from the Ngapuhi runanga; Some people who attended a recent global housing summit are said to have been shocked by New Zealand's lack of spending on social housing - compared to other countries; The Corrections Department wants to raise the standard of Tikanga Maori programmes being provided to inmates in four Maori Focus Units; Maori Television says its decision to air more shows might lead more work for independent TV producers. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2012
Government lawyers have hit back over a claim the Crown acted in bad faith when the Prime Minister, John Key discussed the outcome of the Waitangi Tribunal hearing into water rights; The Secondary Principals Association says some schools are better than others at keeping Maori students in education, and using their methods more widely needs to be considered; A native American Indian leader has told a global meeting on housing that there's only much help indigenous people can expect from governments; The contribution made by three Maori women to tertiary teaching has been recognised at a national awards ceremony. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2012
Government lawyers have hit back over a claim the Crown acted in bad faith when the Prime Minister, John Key discussed the outcome of the Waitangi Tribunal hearing into water rights; The Secondary Principals Association says the methods used by schools which are more successful at keeping Maori students in education, need to be examined; Three Maori women have been recognised for their contribution to tertiary teaching; A native American Indian leader has told a global meeting on housing that there's only much help indigenous people can expect from governments. [more]

The Reading

Beyond The Reef by Graeme Lay
Simone hopes that a day fishing with Pascal on the water will calm here fears but beyond the reef it is anything but calm. [more]

Upbeat

Simon O'Neill and Pietari Inkinen
New Zealand tenor and NZSO Music Director on the upcoming concert staging of Wagner's 'Die Walkure' - The Valkyrie. [more]

Tessa Petersen
Member of Dunedin based piano and violin duo 'La Belle Alliance' on the release of their latest cd 'Release'. [more]

David Harris
NZ Film maker presenting ethnomusicological work 'Five Voices' at Wellington City Gallery this week. [more]

News stories:

PNG's Electoral Commissioner says return writs by 25th of July
Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen has announced that writs for the 111 National Parliament seats have to be returned to him by next Wednesday July 25. Mr Trawen... [more]

Calls for overseas museums to return Pacific Island artefacts
Overseas museums are being called on to return all Pacific Island artefacts to enable the cultural economies of their countries of origin to grow. The call, from the head of... [more]

CNMI school system expect more students when classes resume
The Public School System in the Northern Marianas is preparing itself for more students once classes open in September because of the sluggish economy and the continued decline in private... [more]

CCF understood to be facing Fiji court proceedings
One of the group's involved in Fiji's constitution consultations is understood to be facing court proceedings over its reproduction of a report critical of Fiji's legal system. The case involving... [more]

Tonga no confidence debate put off until Thursday
The attempts by the Tonga opposition to hold the first ever vote of no confidence have again been delayed, this time by confusion over whether the recently convicted Speaker, Lord... [more]

Hunter missing
A Whanganui hunter is missing after heading into the bush last Friday. Given the poor weather over the weekend, concerns are held for his safety. [more]

Glenn finances $8m welfare project in South Auckland
Millionaire businessman Owen Glenn has launched an $8 million project in South Auckland to target child abuse and domestic violence. [more]

Driver hurt when train hits car at private crossing
A person has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after a car was hit by a train at a private rail crossing in Te Horo, just south of Otaki. [more]

Deliberations to begin in fatal handbag case
A jury will begin deliberating on Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a woman after stealing her handbag. [more]

Kirwan won't say how long it'll take to turn the Blues around
The new Blues coach Sir John Kirwan starts his job today and he says he's excited about the opportunity. Kirwan, who previously has coached Italy and Japan, takes over from... [more]

FIFA boss announces new ethics code
FIFA's president Sepp Blatter has announced that world football's governing body has adopted a new code of ethics in the wake of a series of damaging corruption scandals. The announcement... [more]

Olympic football tickets withdrawn
London 2012 is withdrawing half a million Olympic football tickets from sale but 200 thousand tickets for other sports are to be made available. Organisers are to reduce capacity at... [more]

Clarke returns Claret Jug, but wants it back
Darren Clarke has returned the Claret Jug to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club ahead of this week's 141st British Open, having taken the trophy on a global tour without... [more]

Dates confirmed for Super Rugby semi-finals
SANZAR has confirmed the dates for the Super Rugby semi-finals with the Chiefs to play on Friday the 27th and the top qualifying Stormers to play on the Saturday. [more]

Ferns beat Colombia
The New Zealand women's football team has wrapped up their Olympic preparations with a 2-1 win over Colombia in Switzerland. New Zealand dominated the South Americans from start to finish... [more]

Wet British summer provides challenges
The wet British summer is proving a challenge for London Olympic organisers with contingency plans that could lead to the rescheduling of the rowing and equestrian events as... [more]

Shock at size of NZ social housing spending
Attendees at a recent global housing summit are reported to have been shocked by New Zealand's lack of spending on social housing - compared with other countries. [more]

Corrections looks to raise standard of Tikanga Maori
The Corrections Department wants to raise the standard of Tikanga Maori programmes being provided to inmates in four Maori focus units. [more]

More work for Maori TV producers foreseen
Maori Television says its decision to air more shows might lead to more work for independent TV producers. [more]

Sub-tribe committed to Ngaphui, but not runanga
Northland's Ngati Hine leaders say they will always be part of Ngaphui - but they intend to enforce their legal right to break away from the Ngapuhi runanga. [more]

Water rules worry Otago farmers
Otago dairy farmers are apprehensive about new water quality rules that Otago Regional Council is introducing. [more]

Darfield milk powder plant in final trials
Fonterra's new milk powder plant at Darfield in Canterbury is into its final weeks of trials before it takes its first milk. [more]

Quad bike sales up
Quad bike sales to farmers rose by 20% during the first half of this year. [more]

China's appetite for sheep meat grows
Alliance Group says China is emerging as a key market for sheep meat as economic pressures hit sales in more traditional markets. [more]

Apology by Microsoft over browser 'error'
Microsoft has apologised after the European Commission opened a investigation over its failure to provide customers a web browser choice, saying it was a mistake. [more]

Tahiti protest expected over fuel price hike
The French high commissioner in French Polynesia has warned that a blockade of public life in Tahiti will not be tolerated as disgruntled groups have threatened to take action today... [more]

Interest rate rises unlikely this year: economist
Benign inflation pressures are set to continue, with Deutsche Bank chief economist Darren Gibbs saying interest rate rises are at least a year away. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: 21 sets of twins born in past six weeks in Canterbury; forestry companies want the Government to abandon the Kyoto Protocol; Christchurch City Council not giving up on dream of light rail. [more]

Check inspectors wanted back in mines
The Government is under renewed pressure to reinstate check inspectors in mines, following an underground fire at a goldmine near Waihi on Tuesday. [more]

AMP cautious on equities
AMP Capital is expecting the ongoing financial uncertainty in Europe to have an effect on world sharemarkets for some time to come. [more]

Pike River mine sale goes through
The sale of the Pike River coal mine to Solid Energy has been confirmed. [more]

Low inflation seen as time to cut OCR
A fall in inflation to 1%, its lowest level in more than a decade, has prompted a call by BERL economist Ganesh Nana for the Official Cash Rate to be cut. [more]

US stocks up
Stocks have risen on Tuesday, but trade was volatile after US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said growth remains weak. [more]

School suspensions low
New figures show the rate at which schools are suspending, standing down, excluding and expelling their students is the lowest in 12 years. [more]

Dental tourism venture targets Australians
A dental tourism business in Auckland is seeking to bring Australians to New Zealand for dental care - at a saving of 20% - 30%. [more]

Major solar project launched in Samoa
A 21 million US dollar solar power scheme, the first large scale renewable energy project in Samoa, has been dedicated. Solar Samoa Limited, a private local company, has installed solar... [more]

Labour president wants more women in safe seats
Labour Party president Moira Coatsworth wants more women candidates selected for safe Labour seats. [more]

Calls for tighter quarantine controls on Australian chickens into PNG
The Papua New Guinea chicken industry is calling for tighter quarantine controls on the importation of uncooked Australian chickens. The general manager of Zenag Chicken, Stanley Leahy says Australia is... [more]

American Samoa Shipyard Authority plans joint venture with off island company
The American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority is planning to go into a joint venture with an off island company once the shipyard at Satala has been fully restored to a... [more]

Sport: Rugby World Cup to visit Samoa
The Rugby World Cup will be in Samoa this weekend. The Webb Ellis Cup arrives in the country on Sunday, along with former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry and... [more]

Travel wholesalers from NZ to visit American Samoa
The first group of travel wholesalers from New Zealand under a familiarization programme funded by the United States government will arrive in American Samoa this week. Six wholesalers and one... [more]

Sport: PNG give youngsters chance to impress in cricket series
Papua New Guinea will give the next generation a chance to impress when the four-team Supa Series cricket tournament gets underway in Port Moresby tomorrow. The PNG team will play... [more]

Fall in online jobs in June
Online job vacancies fell by 4.5% in June after a pick-up in May. [more]

Defamation trial date set
A trial date in February has been set for a defamation case brought by Accident Compensation Corporation Minister Judith Collins against Labour MPs Andrew Little and Trevor Mallard. [more]

Price now set for sale of Metlifecare shares
Metlifecare says the price has been set for the sale of a portion of Retirement Villages New Zealand's shares in the retirement village operator. [more]

Greenacre confirmed as Phoenix assistant coach
The former striker Chris Greenacre has been confirmed as assistant coach of the Wellington Phoenix football side. The 34-year-old striker was Ricki Herbert's assistant last year, but he spent just... [more]

NZ honey failing offshore testing
New Zealand honey is failing a test used around the world to detect unadulterated honey, or honey watered down with liquid sugar. [more]

Lawyer being investigated
The Law Society is investigating a lawyer for allegedly borrowing significant sums of money from clients. About 40 clients are involved. [more]

Fiji's AG to issue contempt proceedings against CCF over article
The High Court in Fiji has granted leave to the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to issue contempt proceedings against the Citizens Constitutional Forum. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the contempt proceedings rises... [more]

US economy weakened significantly recently - Bernanke
US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke says the American economy has weakened significantly in recent months. [more]

Calls on rival mobile phone networks getting cheaper
The cost of calling others on a rival mobile phone network is continuing to get cheaper. [more]

High Court to hear Bathurst case
Bathurst Resources says an appeal against a climate change declaration will be heard in the High Court at the end of the month, after failing to have the matter sent directly to the Court of Appeal. [more]

Uk alerted about Libor in 2008 - Bernanke
US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has told Congress that his colleagues at the New York Reserve Bank alerted British authorities to Libor issues in 2008. [more]

Arts festival's progression from preservation to integration
A longtime observer of the Festival of Pacific Arts says the premise for the event has changed since its inception in 1972. Solomon Islands has just finished hosting the four-yearly,... [more]

No support by Govt for cap on Fonterra fund
The Government has refused to support an attempt to put a legislative cap on the size of Fonterra's proposed shareholders fund. [more]

Tahiti protest over fuel price hike fizzles
A planned protest against fuel price hikes in French Polynesia has been largely abandoned. Reports from Tahiti say only a small number of fishing boats were at the Papeete port... [more]

Vanuatu in line for UN agency regional office
Vanuatu has offered to host the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation's regional office in Port Vila and the organisation's director general, Kamdeh Yumkella, has agreed to the offer in principle. [more]

Alcohol underestimated as cause of cancer
An Australian expert on the influence of lifestyle factors on cancer says alcohol's role in causing cancer has been under-estimated. [more]

Aussie potato growers say 'no' to imports ex NZ
Australian vegetable grower group, Ausveg, says there are no biosecurity conditions it would agree to that would allow the importation of New Zealand potatoes. [more]

Wife of former MP seeks Solomons seat in Malaita by-election
The only female candidate contesting the Solomon Islands by-election for the North Malaita seat, Vika Lusibaea, has launched her campaign in Honiara. Ms Lusibaea is the wife of the former... [more]

CNMI college staff worried about government's pension programme
The Northern Marianas College in the CNMI says ongoing uncertainty over the government's pension programme is worrying its employees. The Governor, Benigno Fitial, declared a state of emergency for the... [more]

CNMI power company emergency declaration renewed
The Northern Marianas Government has extended an emergency declaration at the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation for another 30 days. The Acting Governor, Eloy Inos, says the utility company's continued cash flow... [more]

SPC and MSG to forge stronger links
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Melanesian Spearhead Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to forge stronger links. The two entities provide advisory, capacity building and research... [more]

Arla bulks up with two mergers
Arla Foods in Denmark, one of the biggest dairy co-operatives in Europe, is about to get bigger by merging with two companies in Britain and Germany. [more]

Fonterra now 4th in top dairy company rankings
Fonterra is down a place in a ranking by Rabobank of the world's top 20 dairy companies. It is now fourth. [more]

Fiji police concerned at politics talk without permit
Fiji police again say they are concerned that people meet and discuss politics without obtaining a permit. Last week, the Director of Operations, Rusiate Tudravu, warned that if three or... [more]

Vanuatu Labour Council seeks views on minimum wage
Vanuatu's Tripartite Labour Advisory Council is seeking employers' views on a Department of Labour proposal to increase the minimum wage by 15 percent. The increase would take the minimum monthly... [more]

Manu'a senator unhappy with American Samoa comment
American Samoa's Manu'a Senator, Galea'i Tu'ufuli, says the territorial leaders are out of touch with the reality of what's happening in Manu'a. The senator said statements by the acting governor... [more]

Horomia joins water debate
Former Labour Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia says the Government's partial assets sale programme is a confiscation of Maori rights to New Zealand's water. [more]

Valley residents cut off by slip
Twenty to 30 people face several days cut off by road in a remote Horowhenua valley after a slip blocked their normal access to Levin from their homes at the foot of the Tararua Ranges. [more]

NZ equestrian team at Olympic village
The New Zealand equestrian team is now at the athletes' village in London to prepare for their Olympic programme. [more]

No money for unsecured Pike creditors
The receiver for Pike River says there is no chance any money will be paid to any unsecured creditors. [more]

ACC sex-abuse claims down by 36%
An independent review of ACC, the second in 18 months, has found the number of sex-abuse claims lodged has fallen by 36% since 2008. [more]

Abused CYF children now safe - Bennett
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says children who were abused under the care of Child, Youth and Family are now safe. [more]

Internal Affairs seen as too lenient on gaming trust
The Department of Internal Affairs has been criticised for being too lenient by suspending for 16 days the licence of a gaming trust that broke gambling laws. [more]

Brownlee considering insurance tribunal request
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will consider a request for an insurance tribunal to be set up to deal with earthquake-related claims. [more]

Democracy campaigner says Fijians can't speak up in current environment
The Coalition for Democracy in Fiji spokesperson Nik Naidu says the regime can't expect people to contribute freely to the constitution consultation process in the current environment. Last week, a... [more]

American Samoa village alarmed at youth violence
The Pago Pago Village Council in American Samoa has met in a bid to end violent fights between teenage groups. Local chiefs spoke with about a dozen youths in an... [more]

Trucks constanly dumping quake rubble upset neighbours
Christchurch residents with homes near an earthquake dump site say constant noise, dust and vibrations from passing trucks make it feel like they are living on a motorway. [more]

NZ police probe alleged plot to kill Fiji military leader
New Zealand police have reportedly seized a computer and a cellphone of an Auckland-based Fiji resident, claiming they were probing an alleged plot to assassinate Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore... [more]

Study shows Solomons used for bird trafficking
A wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, says tens of thousands of wild birds have been illegally smuggled into Solomon Islands and then laundered into the international market. A study from... [more]

Plans to reopen the Cook Islands School of Nursing
Plans to reopen the Cook Islands School of Nursing are being discussed by the country's Ministry of Health and an Auckland district health board. The chairman of the Counties Manukau... [more]

Independents secure PNG seats as counting continues
The first confirmed wins by independent candidates in Papua New Guinea's General Election have been declared. James Lagea has retained his Kagua-Erave Open seat in Southern Highlands province. And in... [more]

Class size policy dogs Minister in select committee
Opposition MPs have pressed the Education Minister to explain exactly when the Government started planning its failed class sizes policy. [more]

Handbag case jury retires
A jury deciding whether a man murdered a woman when he stole her handbag and hit her with a car has retired for the night. [more]

Fresh Tahiti protest planned over fuel price hike
The French Polynesian group of professionals, Te Tau no te Hono, says it will block two government ministries tomorrow as part of a movement to get lower fuel prices. A... [more]

Pro-Life group to stay at Auckland University
The Auckland University Students Association has failed to ban a so-called anti-abortion group from campus. [more]

Dairy prices still down
International milk prices have fallen by 0.9% in Fonterra's latest global dairy auction, compared with a sharp fall two weeks earlier. [more]

Crown clarifies PM's water claim comment after criticism
Government lawyers have hit back over a claim the Crown acted in bad faith when Prime Minister John Key discussed the outcome of the Waitangi Tribunal hearing into water rights. [more]

Some schools better at keeping Maori in education
The Secondary Principals' Association says the methods used by schools which are more successful at keeping Maori students in education, need to be examined. [more]

Tribes told not to have high expectations of Govts
A native American Indian leader has told a global meeting on housing that there's only much help indigenous people can expect from governments. [more]

Three Maori tertiary teachers win national awards
The contribution made by three Maori women to tertiary teaching has been recognised at a national awards ceremony. [more]

Hostility to foreign investment stopped bids for Pike
Pike River Coal receiver John Fisk says a potential overseas buyer of the mine was scared off during the Crafar farms saga, in part because of perceived hostility to foreign investment. [more]

More jail time for Petricevic
Former Bridgecorp managing director Rod Petricevic has been sentenced to a further four months in prison after pleading guilty to four additional fraud charges. [more]

Police want information on 1976 cold case
Police in the Bay of Plenty are renewing an appeal for information about the fatal shooting of a security guard during a Rotorua bank robbery more than 30 years ago. [more]

Dotcom judge steps down over comments
The judge in the internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's extradition case has removed himself from hearing the case. [more]

Father gives emotional evidence at Asher inquest
Ireana Asher's father cried as he told the inquest into her disappearance in 2004 about the last time he saw her alive. [more]

2500 arrested in cannabis raids
Two nationwide police operations over six months have resulted in the seizure of cannabis with a potential worth of $130 million, and the arrests of more than 2500 people. [more]

Adams throws season best with a week to go
Just over a week out from the start of the London Olympics Valerie Adams, who is one of New Zealand's leading medal hopes, has produced a season best performance. [more]

'My house searched over alleged plot to kill Fiji PM' - Auckland man
An Auckland man says items were taken from his home by New Zealand police, who said they were investigating an alleged assassination plot against Fiji's interim Prime Minister. [more]

CYF lacking data for policymakers - Judge
A former Youth Court judge says Child, Youth and Family is a long way from having the data policymakers need to make good decisions about the future of foster care. [more]

Govt forced to defend Housing NZ service again
The Government has again been forced to defend changes made at Housing New Zealand, amid allegations gang members are squatting in vacant state homes in Auckland. [more]

Maori Party, PM agree on further talks on water
The Prime Minister and the co-leaders of the Maori Party have ended their meeting at Parliament with an agreement to hold further talks on the water rights case before the Waitangi Tribunal. [more]

Takamore whanau tell court body should stay
The Supreme Court has been told the family of a man whose body was removed from a Christchurch marae to be buried in the Bay of Plenty believe his body should remain where it is. [more]

Fire now out in Waihi goldmine
Newmont Mining says the fire that broke out in its Trio goldmine at Waihi on Tuesday is now completely out. [more]

SFO lays charges over alleged gas fraud
" The Serious Fraud Office says two former managers of failed Wellington based gas retailer E-Gas are facing fraud charges involving $17 million. [more]

Miner says mood in refuge chamber 'very good'
One of the 28 miners rescued from an underground fire at a gold mine near Waihi says his colleagues were relaxed and joking in their refuge chamber, and he was not scared at all. [more]