Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 17th October 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Everything is never quite enough
Brian Kerr from Marlborough has chosen 'Everything is never quite enough' by Wasis Diop. [more]

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

Cuban missile crisis
Historians have called the Cuban Missile Crisis the most dangerous moment in modern history. Alice George, is the author of 'Awaiting Armageddon: How Americans Faced the Cuban Missile Crisis' and her second book 'The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Threshold to Nuclear War', comes out next year. [more]

A walk to the south pole
Josh and Zac Lyon are two brothers with a taste for adventure. They want to become the first New Zealanders and the youngest pair ever to compelte the 2260 km round trip from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. [more]

Virtual World with Hamish MacEwan
Topics - assessing Doomsday: How cyber war could attack U.S. infrastructure, Microsoft Surface RT Tablet priced to compete with iPad, not Android, the technology behind Red Bull's space jump, and to big Chinese telecoms firms come under fire in America. [more]

Auckland Story for 17 October 2012 - Percy Vos boatshed
One of the last remaining links to Auckland's historic wooden boat building industry is to get a new life. The old Percy Vos boatshed and slipway at the Wynyard Quarter will become the centre for classic yacht repairs. [more]

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

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Anna Chinn (Part 1)
Topic how do we feel about the state of New Zealand's river water quality? Media have seized on a report today showing more than half of the monitored recreational sites on the country's rivers are unsafe for swimming. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Anna Chinn (Part 2)
Topics - a writer in the Independent has come out saying why she never washes her hair. US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have had their second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. France's business federation is warning that the country is sliding into a grave economic crisis and risks a full-blown "hurricane" as investors flee rocketing tax rates. [more]

Business News

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

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

Midday Business News for 17 October 2012
Dairy prices rise at Fonterra's latest auction. Citigroup's chief executive resigns suddenly and the share market shoots up. [more]

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

SOE partial sales put Contact Energy under more scrutiny
Contact Energy will be under greater scrutiny with the planned partial privatisation of state-owned power companies, but it's chairman is confident the firm will benefit. [more]

CEISMIC

Question Time for 17 October 2012
PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to support new jobs and build a productive and competitive economy? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Specifically, have there been staff issues associated with the Government Communications Security Bureau and Dotcom affair brought to his attention by the Government Communications Security Bureau or members of the New Zealand Police, in which such staff members no longer work in their previous capacity for the Government Communications Security Bureau or any government agency; if so, what were the circumstances? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Further to his answers to the first supplementary question to Oral Question No 1 on 26 September and the first supplementary question to Oral Question No 1 yesterday, does he now know on what date the Government Communications Security Bureau was first told that its surveillance of Kim Dotcom was illegal? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made regarding providing extra financial assistance to grandparents raising grandchildren and other kin-carers? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: When he said yesterday that with a "relatively high" exchange rate, our exporters "have been sufficiently resilient to be able to grow export volumes and value" did he mean that all export sectors have been growing, and according to Statistics New Zealand, in 2008 dollars what is the percentage change in exports of simply and elaborately transformed manufactured goods from the 2008 to 2012 financial years? METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, in response to a question about whether he will support my Income Tax (Universalisation of In-work Tax Credit) Amendment Bill that "she wants to give the same millionaires yet more money to raise their kids"? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What progress can he report on the Primary Growth Partnership Initiative? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What vulnerabilities were identified in the report prepared by Dimension Data on the security of the Work and Income kiosks? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on improving the quality and efficiency of health services? TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Broadcasting: How does he ensure that the legislative requirement for TVNZ to provide high-quality content that reflects Māori perspectives is reflected in the programming strategy for TV1 and TV2? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Is she confident that the information she relied upon in deciding on proposals for school closures and mergers in Christchurch was robust and reliable; if so, why? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What reports has he received on the availability of insurance cover to support the rebuilding of Canterbury following the seismic events? [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 17 October 2012
Christie Marceau's killer is found not guilty of her murder by reason of insanity. Some Maori will be offered a stake in State-Owned Energy companies and round two in the US presidential debate. [more]

Christie Marceau's killer not guilty by reason of insanity.
A judge has found the man who killed Auckland teenager, Christie Marceau, not guilty of her murder by reason of insanity. [more]

Christie Marcaeu's killer not guilty by reason of insanity.
A judge has found the man who killed Auckland teenager, Christie Marcaeu, NOT guilty of her murder by reason of insanity. [more]

Some iwi will be offered state-owned power company shares
Iwi with treaty claims are going to be offered a stake in State-Owned Energy companies which are up for partial sale. [more]

Defence Force checks if it put other dangerous goods on planes
The Defence Force is checking to see if it has put dangerous goods on any other passenger planes after admitting putting explosive gas canisters on an Air New Zealand flight. [more]

Candidates go head to head for second time
Listening to the debate in Long Island was our correspondent Simon Marks who says Barack Obama certainly did better second time around. [more]

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

Crown Prosecutor on Marceau killer not guilty
The killer of of Auckland teenager, Christie Marcaeu, has been found NOT guilty of her murder by reason of insanity. [more]

More on Maori being offered a stake in energy companies
Iwi leaders are pleased the government has preserved opportunities for yet-to-settle iwi. [more]

GCSB refusing to comment on disciplinary action.
The Government Communications Security Bureau is refusing to say whether any disciplinary action has been taken against staff involved in the Kim Dotcom affair. [more]

Quetions over people's information kept private by bars
Some bars are forcing drinkers to have their photos taken to keep out people who are under age or known trouble makers. [more]

Questions over people's information kept private by bars
Some bars are forcing drinkers to have their photos taken to keep out people who are under age or known trouble makers. [more]

English still intends to scuttle paid parental legislation
The Finance Minister says he will still veto a Labour member's bill to extend paid parental leave, even if the policy costs a lot less than he said it would. [more]

Psychiatrist describes mental illness of teenager's killer
The 19 year old who stabbed Auckland teenager, Christie Marcaeu, to death at her family home has been found NOT guilty of her murder by reason of insanity. [more]

Police Minister says no more money for force
The Police Minister has again told the force there is no extra money available for it now, or on the horizon. [more]

Absurb for Ministry to claim no systemic pay problems
Principals and teachers say it's both absurd and disingenuous for the Ministry of Education to claim the new payroll system has no systemic problems. [more]

Winston Peters' bill set to fail this evening
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters' bill to make the Reserve Bank consider the exchange rate will be debated this evening, but is doomed to fail. [more]

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

Hone Harawira calls his charges petty and unnecessary
The Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, has defended his protest action in court and called the charge against him over the top and pointless. [more]

Underage drinkers will be caught out
Underage drinkers will be caught out under new security measures adopted by some Auckland bars which force customers to have their pictures taken and their drivers licences scanned. [more]

Dangerous goods mishandled by the Air Force
The Air Force has found that it incorrectly identified eight lots of dangerous goods over several years, as it responds to the revelation that it put explosive gas canisters on an Air New Zealand flight. [more]

Group's job to find savings in DHBs yields 110 million
All 20 district health boards have saved 110 million dollars over the past two years by streamlining administration and support work. [more]

Engineers believe AMI stadium can be fixed
The company which insured Christchurch's AMI stadium has been told that the building can be repaired for the sum it is insured for. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 October 2012
The Defence Force could be fined thousands for endangering a passenger flight and Auckland pubs force drinkers to have their photos taken for security. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 October 2012
Crusaders assistant coach Daryl Gibson has resigned from Super Rugby franchise, unhappy with the new role he had been given. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 17 October 2012
MSD breach doesn't deter John Key from digital roll out; Radovan Karadzic begins Bosnia war crimes defence; Calls for more openness from Air Force over safety scares; Labour demands answers about defence canister; Principals give school pay roll last chance for success; John Banks wanted his police statement kept private; Both sides discuss what to expect in second US debate; Bill to change the Reserve Bank's focus gets first reading [more]

Airline Pilots Association backs probe over canisters
The Airline Pilots Association says that the Air Force must adhere to basic protocols if it wants to transport equipment on domestic planes. [more]

Australian disasters could hold valuable lessons for CERA
A report into how central and local government have performed in rebuilding Canterbury suggests both can learn from looking at how other countries respond to disasters. [more]

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

Labour questions point of audits if they're ignored
The Labour Party is questioning the point of holding IT security audits, if warnings are just ignored. [more]

Radovan Karadzic begins Bosnia war crimes defence
The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, has opened his defence at his war crimes trial at the Hague, saying he should be rewarded for reducing suffering. [more]

MSD breach doesn't deter John Key from digital roll out
The Prime Minister says he's not going to put the brakes on the roll out of digital technology across the public sector, because of what he calls a one-off incident. [more]

Radovan Karadzic begins Bosnia war crimes defence
The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, has opened his defence at his war crimes trial at the Hague, saying he should be rewarded for reducing suffering. [more]

Calls for more openess from Air Force over safety scares
The Civil Aviation Authority is launching an investigation today into an incident in which the Air Force put explosive gas canisters on an international Air New Zealand passenger jet. [more]

Labour demands answers about defence canister
We asked to speak to the Defence Minister, the Defence Force, and Air New Zealand over the gas canister incident, but all refused. The Labour Party's defence spokesperson, Iain Lees-Galloway, joins us instead. [more]

Principals give school pay roll last chance for success
School principals say today is the last chance for the Ministry of Education to get its new payroll right. [more]

John Banks wanted his police statement kept private
Documents show the Act party leader John Banks asked police through his lawyer not to publicly release his statement in their donations inquiry. [more]

Both sides discuss what to expect in second US debate
The pressure is on the United States president, Barack Obama, to put on a stronger performance in the second Presidential debate in New York this afternoon. [more]

Bill to change the Reserve Bank's focus gets first reading
Another attempt will be made today to change the Reserve Bank's focus on inflation. [more]

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

Labour MPs stand by their leader
Labour MPs are standing by their leader after a testy exchange in Parliament over the Dotcom controversy. The Prime Minister has challenged the opposition leader, David Shearer, to produce evidence that he congratulated GCSB staff on the Dotcom spying operation months before he claimed to have known about it. [more]

Rising cost of building makes market more unaffordable
Inflation figures, published yesterday, show the cost of building a house is up 9 point 6 percent in Canterbury, compared with 3 percent nationally. [more]

Tongariro crossing to re-open
One of the most popular walking tracks in the country, the Tongariro crossing, will re-open on Friday, after it was closed when the volcano erupted in August. [more]

Gerry Brownlee says govt acting to ensure air safety
The Government says it will do everything it can to prevent a repeat of the incident where the Defence Force placed potentially explosive cargo on a passenger flight. [more]

Low inflation prompts call for OCR cut
The smallest annual increase in inflation for 13 years has prompted calls for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates. [more]

Winston Peters reacts to being kicked of session
The fracas began when John Key rose to make his statement - without calling a point of order, prompting a series of points of order from Labour MPs Trevor Mallard and David Parker and the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. [more]

All Whites win again on road to football world cup
The All Whites beat Tahiti 3-0 in Christchurch last night, as part of qualifying for the 2014 football world cup in Brazil. [more]

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

Milford road could be open by Thursday
Blasting is continuing in Fiordland in an effort to clear the massive slip that closed the Milford Road last Friday. [more]

Taranaki lure skilled workers to region
Taranaki's economic agency is predicting it needs at least 14-thousand additional workers by 2035 to keep up with economic growth, largely to cope with a boom in the oil and gas industry. [more]

Grand Designs host talks about Chch competition
As we reported yesterday, a competition to design an Urban Village for Christchurch has been launched, asking architects and designers for a creative way to foster inner city living. [more]

Glenorchy gets ready to celebrate 150 years
Glenorchy celebrates 150 years of European settlement this week. Residents have been planning for this for three years, raising 350 thousand dollars which they've used to extend the town's Lagoon Walkway. [more]

Is NZ more sexist than Australia?
Australian women have come out tops in a global survey of equality, with New Zealand trailing in fifth place. [more]

Nights

Encounters of a Kind
Professor of Astrobiology from the University of New South Wales Malcolm Walter considers what if NASA's rover Curiosity uncovers evidence of exterrestrial life as it scoots along the surface of our neighbouring planet, Mars. [more]

Arts: Pasifika
Exploring the contemporary arts and culture from around the Pacific is writer and curator Ema Tavola with artist Leilani Kake about the importance of a son's haircutting ceremony. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

How clean are recreational sites on NZ rivers?
Green Party MP Eugenie Sage, Ministry for the Environment spokesperson Guy Beatson and Dr Mike Joy, senior lecturer in freshwater ecology and environmental science at Massey University. [more]

Are safety standards high enough in school outdoor courses?
Chris Prudden is a mountaineer who also teaches and assesses outdoor instructors for the national Outdoor Instructor Association, and Alex Brunt is Chairperson, Outdoors New Zealand. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Ray Moynihan on the new reports about poverty in Australia. [more]

Feature Guest - Felix Geiringer
Wellington-based Barrister representing Maori Council in their water claim. [more]

Book Review - Family Business: An Italian-New Zealand Story
John King reviews 'Family Business: An Italian-New Zealand Story' by Vincent Moleta. Published by Canterbuy University Press. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Artist of the Week: The Faces [more]

Law with Grant Illingworth
Auckland barrister Grant Illingworth discusses judicial accountability. [more]

Arts with Courtney Johnston
The defacing of a Mark Rothko painting at the Tate Modern, and the Metropolitan Museum releases its publication backlog online. [more]

Rural News

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

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

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 17 October 2012
The Maori Council is relying on tribes to fund a legal case against the Government's decision to partially privatise the hydro electric power generator Mighty River power; One of the Maori Council's water claimants says it will pay towards the legal costs of court action to stop the sale of the state power company, Mighty River Power; The Waitangi National Trust plans to have a ten million dollar upgrade of the Treaty grounds completed in time for the one hundred and 75th anniversary celebrations in February 2015; Iwi in Northern Hawke's Bay are excited about a collaborative project with the Department of Conservation, which aims to re-establish a range of native fauna and flora to the region. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 October 2012
The Maori Council is relying on tribes to fund a legal case against the Government's decision to partially privatise the hydro electric power generator Mighty River power; One of the Maori Council's water claimants says it will pay towards the legal costs of court action to stop the sale of the state power company, Mighty River Power; The Waitangi National Trust says a museum on the site of the Treaty grounds would allow historic taonga from all over New Zealand, to be brought together and displayed to the public; Iwi in Northern Hawke's Bay are excited about a collaborative project with the Department of Conservation, which aims to re-establish a range of native fauna and flora to the region. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 October 2012
About sixty five iwi are to be offered the chance to take shares in state owned enterprises; The Iwi Leaders Group is pleased that tribes have a choice to take up the shares - saying the Government has done the right thing; A Ruapehu iwi says it will hold back on the Government's offer to set aside shares in State-Owned Energy companies - until the proprietary water rights issue has been resolved; A Hastings kaupapa Maori organisation has taken out the top group award in this year's New Zealand Water Safety Awards; The Chilean ambassador to New Zealand is confident the Waka Tapu expedition sailing towards Easter Island will cement stronger bonds between the Rapanui people and Maori. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 October 2012
About sixty five iwi are to be offered the chance to take shares in state owned enterprises; A Ruapehu iwi says it will hold back on the Government's offer to set aside shares in State-Owned Energy companies - until the proprietary water rights issue has been resolved; Water Safety New Zealand is so impressed with a camp which a Hastings kaupapa Maori organisation runs each summer for young people at risk, it wants to see the concept duplicated throughout New Zealand; The Chilean ambassador to New Zealand is confident the Waka Tapu expedition sailing towards Easter Island will cement stronger bonds between the Rapanui people and Maori. [more]

The Reading

A Day with Yesterman (Part 1)
Chatterton rescues a stranded traveller on the road. [more]

Upbeat

Alieksey Vianna
Switzerland-based Brazilian Guitarist touring NZ on behalf of the New Zealand School of Music and the Brazilian Embassy. [more]

Susan Frykberg
Susan explores electro-acoustic protest music. [more]

Casey Gsell and Alison Jepson
Founding members of the New Zealand Double Reed Society talk about this weekend's conference in Auckland. [more]

News stories:

MSD security flaw probably found last year - Bennett
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says it is likely a flaw in her ministry's computer systems that led to a security breach was actually uncovered in a review in 2011. [more]

Ban on 'cruel' rodeos urged
An animal welfare group is calling for a ban on rodeo events, saying the current review of the industry's welfare code will be ineffectual. [more]

Error in candidates list in Vanuatu has disturbed some campaigns- Wells
Vanuatu's Internal Affairs Minister George Wells says inter-agency confusion about the eligibility of election candidates has disturbed a number of election campaigns already. This comes as the Electoral Commission says... [more]

Indonesian rebuffs UNHCR requests on Papua
Indonesia has told the United Nations Human Rights Council, or UNHRC, that it cannot allow foreign journalists free access to Papua and West Papua provinces. The Jakarta Post reports that... [more]

Over 2 million US dollars spent on flying asylum seekers to Nauru
Australia has spent more than two million US dollars on flying fewer than three hundred asylum-seekers to Nauru since reviving an offshore processing policy last month. The Australian newspaper reports... [more]

Top IOC official says Armstrong should confess
A top International Olympic Committee official says the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong should come clean with a full confession about his drug taking. The IOC vice president Thomas Bach also... [more]

MSD breach won't put brakes on Govt digital rollout
Prime Minister John Key says a one-off computer security breach at the Ministry of Social Development won't stop the Government from pressing ahead with its digital rollout across the public sector. [more]

Marine scientists warns of oil well risk
The Taranaki community is being warned New Zealand would not be able to handle oil spills from the deepest offshore wells ever drilled in the country's waters. [more]

Ngapuhi committee asked to consider Morgan Report
The Ngapuhi body claiming a mandate to settle the iwi's Treaty claims has agreed to reconsider a mediation report it recently dismissed as an insult. [more]

Calls for sex education to be mandatory in American Samoa schools
High School students in American Samoa have proposed to lawmakers that sex education become mandatory for all high school students. 80 students made the proposal last week at a youth... [more]

Simple strategies needed to care for sexual abuse victims in Pacific countries
A professor of Nursing says there are some simple strategies Pacific nations could adopt that will help give better care to sexual abuse victims. Medical staff along with police and... [more]

CNMI's House to vote today on resolution impeaching Governor
A resolution impeaching Northern Marianas Governor Benigno Fitial for 16 allegations of felony, corruption and neglect of duty will be put to a vote at the House of Representatives today. [more]

Inflation at lowest annual rate for 13 years
Inflation has risen by less than 1% in the year to September, the smallest annual increase since December 1999. [more]

New clients help Diligent double revenue
Software retailer Diligent says it is focusing on growth in its business of leasing software to help company directors so that it can maintain the momentum created by a flurry of new sales. [more]

KFC eyes a better class of service
KFC says it will trial table service when it opens a new store in north Auckland this week. [more]

KiwiSaver advice guidance still worries bankers
Bankers Association executives say they will keep pressuring the Financial Markets Authority over its new guidance note about KiwiSaver products. [more]

Taranaki pushes to attract skilled workers
Taranaki's economic agency is trying to lure skilled workers back through a new campaign, but is up against an Australian marketing push to get workers to cross the Tasman. [more]

Man convinced to have fingers re-attached
A meatworker who sliced through two fingers told doctors not to bother re-attaching them, because he didn't want to give up smoking. [more]

France looks at improving trade relations with Fiji
The French government is looking at improving its trade relations with Fiji. The Deputy Head of Mission at the French Embassy in Fiji told the Fiji Times newspaper France mainly... [more]

Museum could underpin treaty grounds project
Waitangi National Trust leaders say that creating a museum on the site of the treaty grounds would allow historic taonga from all over New Zealand to be brought together and displayed. [more]

DOC project excites Hawke's Bay iwi
Iwi in northern Hawke's Bay are excited about a collaborative project with the Department of Conservation, which aims to re-establish a range of native fauna and flora to the region. [more]

Dairy exporters happy with GE content of feed
Dairy New Zealand says it has no issues with the amount of genetically-engineered stock feed being imported into the country. [more]

Farmers big users of online walkways maps
Farmers and other landowners are among the biggest users of the mapping system developed by the Walking Access Commission. [more]

Fonterra candidates to be named on Monday
It will now be next week when Fonterra farmer shareholders are told who will be competing for three seats on the co-operative's board. [more]

Wastewater plant discharge breaches bacteria limits
The level of bacteria in discharge pumped from the Whanganui wastewater treatment plant into South Beach is higher than the regional council allows. [more]

Pacific issues not adequately covered by NZ and Australia media - academic
The director of the Pacific Media Centre, David Robie, says the South Pacific cannot continue to rely on New Zealand and Australia media to get the message out for critical... [more]

Murder charge over South Auckland death
A man has been charged with the murder of a 55-year-old man in South Auckland. [more]

Weather, markets blamed for slow sales
Real estate agents are blaming unsettled weather and market conditions for putting a dampener on the early spring rural property market. [more]

Milford Sound road clearing work delayed
Bad weather and the difficulty of clearing huge rocks have delayed the reopening of the road into Milford Sound in Fiordland. [more]

Maori look to iwi to fund water rights case
Maori Council executives say they are relying on tribes to fund a legal action against the Government's decision to partially privatise the hydro electric power generator Mighty River power. [more]

Man who escaped from court recaptured
A man who escaped from custody in Whakatane and was on the run for a fortnight has been arrested. [more]

Lessons for Canterbury in Australia disaster recovery
A report into how central and local government have performed in rebuilding Canterbury suggests both can learn from looking at how other countries respond to disasters. [more]

Man charged over Tokoroa robbery
A man has been arrested in relation to the gunpoint robbery and kidnap of dairy owners in a Waikato town at the weekend. [more]

Job vacancies flattening out
Online job vacancies fell in September following growth earlier in the year. [more]

Fonterra share trading board unveiled
John Shewan, former chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers, will head an establishment board that will oversee the Fonterra Shareholders' Fund. [more]

News Corp shareholders reject splitting top jobs
Shareholders in News Corporation have rejected splitting Rupert Murdoch's dual role as chairman and chief executive of the media conglomerate. [more]

Greens' in-work tax credit bill doomed to fail
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is pushing for beneficiaries to get the in-work tax credit but her member's bill is doomed to fail when it is debated in Parliament on Wednesday. [more]

Tonga opposition considering impeachment
The Democratic Party in Tonga is still considering a further challenge against the government after an attempted vote of no confidence failed last week. The Party put forward the motion... [more]

Vanuatu 2012 education budget exhausted
The director general of the Vanuatu Ministry of Education, Jessie Dick, says it has exhausted all available funds in its 2012 operational budget. Mr Dick says the remaining money was... [more]

Quake rattles North Island
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has been felt across large areas of the North Island. [more]

Solomons' SICA discourages use of guns
The Solomon Islands Christian Association is discouraging the use of guns to resolve conflicts, following a logger's brush with death in north east Guadalcanal. The Solomon Star reports that an... [more]

American Samoa call for bilingual teaching
Students in American Samoa say teaching in both Samoan and English could save the Samoan language in the territory. At last week's youth summit in Pago Pago, the students told... [more]

Australia sends medical team to Nauru detention camp
Australia's Department of Immigration says a multi-disciplinary health team is now in place in Nauru to assist the more than 300 asylum seekers Canberra has moved to the island. This... [more]

New Caledonia call for steps to cut cost of living
A New Caledonian union umbrella group has called for urgent economic reforms, decrying the local politicians' lack of action to the tackle the high cost of living. The group's leader,... [more]

Motorway traffic back to normal after truck fire
Traffic on the southern motorway in Auckland has returned to normal after a truck full of live chickens caught fire on Wednesday morning. [more]

Nadal says he'll be back for Australian Open
The 11-time grand slam tennis champion Rafael Nadal says it's unlikely he'll join Spain's Davis Cup team for its final next month, but is confident he'll be ready to play... [more]

Rugby World Cup host cities asked to host junior FIFA Cup
The 13 Rugby World Cup cities that hosted matches in 2011 have been asked if they wanted to bid to host the 2015 FIFA under-20 football World Cup games. The... [more]

Father of All Blacks coach passes away
The All Blacks may be without coach Steve Hansen for their final Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at the weekend after his father died on Tuesday. Hansen's father Des had... [more]

Tanner calls time on international triathlon career
After more than than 10 years representing New Zealand on the international triathlon stage Auckland's Debbie Tanner is calling it quits. This weekend's ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland... [more]

Dean Bell named as Warriors manager of football
The first-ever Warriors captain Dean Bell has been appointed General Manager Football Operations at the club. The Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah says the newly-created position was one of the... [more]

All Whites remain unbeaten
The All Whites have made it four from four in Oceania World Cup qualifying after beating Tahiti 3-0 in Christchurch on Tuesday night. Michael McGlinchey scored after three minutes and... [more]

O'Driscoll considering swansong at Waratahs
The Irish rugby star Brian O'Driscoll is considering a season with the New South Wales Waratahs as the perfect close to his career. Ireland's 33-year-old captain is contracted to Europe's... [more]

Australia still alive in World Cup qualifying
Tim Cahill and Archie Thompson have put Australia's World Cup qualifying campaign back on track by scoring late in a well-deserved 2-1 win over Iraq in Doha. With Oman doing... [more]

Eight uncapped players named in France squad
Eigh uncapped players have been named in France's rugby squad for international matches next month against Australia, Argentina and Samoa. Coach Phillippe Saint-Andre has named an extended squad which includes... [more]

Locke faces uncertain times
The New Zealand Warriors player Kevin Locke faces an uncertain time after court action for a third driving offence. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while disqualified,... [more]

Kirwan angry at Nonu's departure
The Blues coach Sir John Kirwan says Ma'a Nonu's shock decision to walk away from a Super Rugby contract with the franchise to join the Highlanders will hurt his side. [more]

Massa staying with Ferrari next year
The Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa will be staying at Ferrari next year in an unchanged lineup with Fernando Alonso. Massa has struggled for form in recent years, but... [more]

Standard of Oceania officiating not high according to All Whites
The All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen says he had no high expectations of the officiating in Oceania World Cup qualifying and in the end he was reasonably happy with the... [more]

Northern Districts will use trio of captains this summer
Northern Districts Cricket will again use three different captains this summer. Brad Wilson will captain the Plunket Shield side, James Marshall the One-Day side and Scott Styris the Twenty20 side. [more]

Quick Step sack Leipheimer
The American cyclist Levi Leipheimer has been sacked by the Quick-Step team after admitting he took banned substances as part of the US Anti-Doping Agency investigation into doping in the... [more]

Warriors to play a pre-season game in Dunedin
The New Zealand Warriors will play a National Rugby League pre-season match in Dunedin next year. The Warriors have confirmed Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium will host their final trial match... [more]

BMX coach heading back to Canada
BikeNZ BMX national coach Ken Cools has resigned to take up a new role back in his native Canada. Cools has accepted the position as Canada's first National Coach and... [more]

Top field for Caulfield Cup
One of the strongest fields in history will lineup in the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne on Saturday. Thirteen Group One winners are in the field, including two Melbourne Cup winners... [more]

Gibson resigns from Crusaders
Crusaders assistant coach Daryl Gibson has resigned from the Super Rugby franchise, unhappy with the new role he had been given. Last month the Crusaders announced a change to their... [more]

France grab dramatic draw with World Cup holders
France scored with almost the last touch of the ball to grab a 1-1 draw with holders Spain in their World Cup qualifying match in Madrid. The draw denied Spain... [more]

Taufua to play for Canterbury this weekend
Canterbury has recalled flanker Jordan Taufua back into its squad for the ITM Cup Premiership semi-final clash with Taranaki this weekend. Taufua is a Canterbury contracted player, but is currently... [more]

Warning of harder Indonesian crackdown in Papua
The British-based Indonesian human rights group, Tapol, says political activists and human rights defenders in West Papua are living in increasing fear as a result of an intensifying crackdown by... [more]

Samoa's opposition continues fight against daylight savings
Samoa's opposition party is considering a petition to gauge public support for daylight savings. Daylight savings was introduced to Samoa three years ago, and clocks went forward last month. The... [more]

Dunedin council asset firms declare $5m loss
The Dunedin City Council's subsidiary companies have reported their first loss in 20 years. [more]

Caledonia Together castigates Martin's UN speech
The Caledonia Together Party says the President Harold Martin has become the first New Caledonian leader to attack a political party at an international forum. The party issued a statement... [more]

DoC backs US developer's bird protection plan
The Conservation Department is supporting plans by an American developer to protect endangered seabirds at Te Arai north of Auckland. [more]

Italians tackling vine disease differently, says grower
A Te Puke kiwifruit grower is advising other growers to make sure they have all the facts before tackling Psa in their vines. [more]

Solomons' SICA renews peace-building efforts
The Solomon Islands Christian Association is renewing its efforts to help people resolve disputes peacefully and is urging all churches to do the same. The call follows the gunshot injury... [more]

Marmite dispute spreads to High Court
A battle over a shipment of British marmite in Christchurch has escalated to the High Court. [more]

Coup prevention key message in Fiji constitution consultation
The chairperson of Fiji's Constitution Commission says submissions to the constitution-making body show overwhelming consensus that everything must be done to prevent coups in future. He says people from all... [more]

TI Vanuatu highlights need for election observers
Transparency International in Vanuatu says it believes apparent discrepancies in the voters' roll show a need for election monitors. The Vanuatu Government has departed from recent practice in not inviting... [more]

Dairy prices rise again in latest global auction
Dairy prices improved again in the overnight global dairy trade auction on Tuesday night, with the trade-weighted average lifting by nearly 2%. [more]

Australia's asylum seeker camp in PNG in jeopardy
The governor of Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says Australia is showing arrogance in failing to consult properly with residents about the re-opening of a centre to process people seeking... [more]

Kiosk inquiry will review ministry's wider IT systems
The Ministry of Social Development says an investigation into how private information was accessed through public computer kiosks in Work and Income offices will also review the ministry's wider IT systems. [more]

Cooks tourism little understood in NZ - research
The general manager for Cook Islands Tourism in New Zealand says market research shows understanding of the Cooks is very low. Graeme West says some people are not making the... [more]

Cooks telco issues to be reviewed
The Cook Islands government is setting up a telecommunications advisory committee to address concerns over the industry, including Telecom Cook Islands' market monopoly. The Minister of Telecommunications, Mark Brown, has... [more]

Solomons police to propose further gun amnesty
The deputy commissioner of police operations in Solomon Islands says he will propose another firearms amnesty. This follows the gunshot injury of a logging company employee in north-east Guadalcanal over... [more]

Young leaders group in Fiji wants 'unfair' consultations extended
A group representing young leaders in Fiji has complained of poor civic education and rushed consultations on the new constitution. The Constitution Commission finished receiving submissions this week after just... [more]

Opportunities in PNG contribute to doctor shortage in Solomons
The Ministry of Health in Solomon Islands is looking at ways to lure locals, who complete their medical studies in Papua New Guinea, back to the country to address a... [more]

Six charged over Rotorua fight
Six men have been arrested and charged in connection with a fight in Rotorua last month. [more]

Scrub fire north of Queenstown put out
A scrub fire near Dalefield in Central Otago on Wednesday has been put out. [more]

Guam registers one million visitors in 2012
Guam has this week welcomed its one-millionth visitor for the year. A South Korean tourist Hyung Suk Kim and his wife and daughter were greeted at the airport by the... [more]

Fiji military probes five for alleged embezzlement
Five Fiji military personnel are to face a Board of Inquiry after allegedly embezzling military funds. The Chief of Staff Brigadier Mohammed Aziz says they arrested and detained the five... [more]

Samoa leprosy sufferer has leg amputation
One person has had a leg amputated after three new cases of leprosy were discovered at a clinic in Samoa. The Pacific Leprosy Foundation's general manager, Jill Tomlinson, says the... [more]

Ghai says Fiji constitution will be based on good package of submissions
The chairperson of Fiji's Constitution Commission, Professor Yash Ghai, says the more than 3,000 submissions it has received make up a good package for the new constitution. Submissions have closed... [more]

ETS amendments faulted by opposition parties
Opposition parties have criticised the Government for ignoring the pleas of carbon farmers being hit by record low prices. [more]

American Samoa governor meets Indonesian president
American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has met the president of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yuidhoyono at the presidential palace in Jakarta. A presidential spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah, says both governments are seeking... [more]

Samoa government to open Consulate office in Australia
The Samoa government is to open its first consulate in Sydney on Friday, with the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, giving a speech at the opening ceremony. The office is... [more]

Union says ports dispute has gone on long enough
The Maritime Union says the industrial dispute at the Ports of Auckland has gone on long enough and it hopes a settlement can be reached with the port company during talks on Friday. [more]

Maori trusts lose bid to appeal against Crafar sale
Two Maori trusts have lost their Supreme Court bid to challenge the sale of 16 farms formerly owned by the Crafar family. [more]

Tahiti opposition hits back over alleged history re-write
French Polynesia's opposition has hit back at the ruling pro-independence party, accusing it of re-writing history in its attack of pro-French politicians. The Tahoeraa Huiraatira rejects blame for the territory... [more]

New state houses will help Canterbury - minister
Housing Minister Phil Heatley says building up to 350 new state houses in Canterbury will ease pressure on Christchurch's residential property market. [more]

Quakes were 'world's second costliest disaster' in 2011
The International Red Cross has named the Canterbury earthquakes as 2011's second most expensive disaster after the Japan quake and tsunami. [more]

Warning after third major grass and scrub fire
A scrub fire in the Gisborne region has prompted a warning from authorities for people not to light fires in strong winds. [more]

New Zealand share market up
The stock exchange's benchmark NZX50 index rose 24 points, or 0.6%, to close at 3965 on turnover of $96 million on Wednesday. [more]

Manus governor unhappy over PNG/Australia camp deals
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Manus Island is angry the province seems to have been forgotten in deals for the Australian asylum seeker camp on the island. Charlie Benjamin... [more]

Manus governor miffed at PNG/Australia camp contract
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Manus Island is unhappy the province has missed out on deals linked to Australia's decision to re-open its asylum seeker processing centre. Charlie Benjamin... [more]

Teachers, principals still upset by new pay system
Secondary principals and primary teachers say it's absurd for the Ministry of Education to claim the new payroll system for school staff has no systemic problems. [more]

Hone Harawira says protest charge petty
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says the charge he faces after a protest in an Auckland suburb is a petty waste of time. [more]

Asset share choice good option - iwi leaders
The Iwi Leaders Group is pleased that tribes have a choice to take up the shares saying the Government has done the right thing. [more]

Contact welcomes partial sale of state-owned energy firms
Contact Energy will face greater scrutiny with the planned partial privatisation of state-owned power companies, but its chairman is confident his firm will benefit. [more]

AMI Stadium can be repaired - insurer
Independent engineers believe Christchurch's AMI Stadium can be repaired for the sum it is insured for. [more]

$110m savings made by health boards, MPs told
District health boards have saved $110 million in back-office administration and support efficiencies in the past two years, MPs were told on Wednesday. [more]

Fight to save cathedral bolstered by lawyer
A lawyer advising a group trying to save the Christ Church Cathedral says the Anglican Church's wish to demolish the building is irrelevant. [more]

Former public servant on corruption charges
A former Internal Affairs Department worker is facing corruption charges. [more]

24-hour helplines at risk from funding cuts, says PSA
The Public Service Association says government funding cuts are hitting crucial services such as 24-hour helplines. [more]

SH1 north of Tawa fully open again
State Highway 1 north of Wellington is fully open again after strong winds blew down trees along the roadside, partly blocking northbound lanes. [more]

Value of sharemilking agreements stressed
Federated Farmers says a long-running dispute between a dairy farm owner and a sharemilker which led to a criminal conviction reinforces the importance of sticking to sharemilking agreements. [more]

Thousands of old TV sets emerge from the shadows
More than 4000 television sets have been dropped off for recycling in Hastings in the past four days as the region changes from analogue to digital television. [more]

Capital + Merchant directors appeal jail terms
Three directors of failed finance company Capital + Merchant are appealing against their jail sentences. [more]

Labour backs off on excluding trade unionists
The Labour Party says it has withdrawn an amendment from the Lobbying Disclosure Bill that would have exempted unions from the disclosure regime. [more]

Two charged with stealing boat: man still missing
Two of the men in a boat that capsized in Tauranga Harbour on Tuesday night have been charged with its theft. One of the four men in the boat is still missing. [more]

Police union president warns of budget freeze risk
The union for frontline police officers has given the Government a fresh warning about the risks of freezing police funding. [more]

Air NZ plane helped to locate solo yachtsman
An Air New Zealand plane helped locate a solo yachtsman off the New South Wales coast on Tuesday, after he set off his emergency beacon. [more]

Privacy concern over bar patrons' ID details
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner wants to know how bars cracking down on underage drinkers and troublemakers intend to keep the personal information they collect secure. [more]

MPs kicked out as Key gives Dotcom statement
Two MPs were kicked out of Parliament on Tuesday as they objected to the Prime Minister making a personal statement about his knowledge of the Kim Dotcom affair. [more]

Principals won't take legal action over closure plan
Christchurch primary school principals have decided not to take legal action over the Ministry of Education's proposal to shut or merge 31 schools. [more]

Labour releases papers on Banks donations inquiry
The Labour Party has released papers showing the lawyer acting for ACT Party leader John Banks argued against police releasing any files from their donations inquiry. [more]

Traffic volume data signals cooling economy
ANZ says the pace of economic growth could slow to about 2% in the months ahead. [more]

Oracle suffers America's Cup setback
Oracle's preparations for defending the America's Cup have suffered a setback when their AC72 class catamaran capsized on San Francisco Bay suffering substantial damage. It was only the eighth time... [more]

Cam Smith wins top honour
The Australian captain Cameron Smith has been named the International Player of the Year by the global body of the sport - the highest individual honour in the code. The... [more]

Wallabies undaunted by unbeatable All Blacks
The Wallabies back Kurtley Beale admits the All Blacks appear to be in unbeatable form heading into this weekend's final Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane. Beale says the Australian team... [more]

Brownlee condemns his hero Armstrong
The British triathlete and Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee says former cyclist Lance Armstrong shouldn't be allowed to compete in triathlons after his doping scandal. The seven-time Tour de France... [more]

Global markets gently improving, say investment managers
The global economy is gently improving, according to two leading investment managers. [more]