Radio New Zealand - Friday, 1st February 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Country Life, Extra Time, Late Edition, Midday Report, Missing Something, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Podcast Classics, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

The Best Song Ever Written - Roses Grow
Peter Parkinson from Rangiora chooses this song by Concrete Blond. [more]

Computer collection
If your first experience with computers involved dialing up on your Commodore Pet or IBM PC XT, you will recognize much of what's in Clinton Rowe's collection. He collects old 1980's computers and software. [more]

NZ Society - Jassy Dean Trust
David Steemson returns with the third item in his short series about people whose actions have made a difference to the community in which they live. Today, he's talking to Greg Dean, the Chairman of Waiheke Island's Jassy Dean Trust. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown from the Larder in Miramar shares his Peach Melba recipe. [more]

Weekend Wine with Belinda Jackson
Belinda's wine picks: Drouhin Pinot Noir Laforet 2009, Terra Sancta Pinot Noir 2011, Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2010. [more]

Movie Review with Sarah McMullan
Sarah reviews 'Lincoln', 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'Zero Dark Thirty'. [more]

Chinese Festival
The Year of the Snake is about to begin and the Auckland Chinese Community Centre will be celebrating with a big festival and market day this weekend at the ASB Showgrounds. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 1 February 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Finlay MacDonald and Andrew Clay (Part 1)
New Zealand motorists are among the most accident-prone and most likely to die on the roads, The Chow brothers have received permission for a controversial 15-storey entertainment complex including a brothel in central Auckland. [more]

The Panel with Finlay MacDonald and Andrew Clay (Part 2)
Veteran television and radio broadcaster Paul Holmes has died at his home in Hawke's Bay. The soccer superstar David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain, signing a five month deal that will see him remain until the end of the season, New Zealand golfing great Sir Bob Charles says he had no idea the health supplement he has taken and promoted for years contains a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 1 February 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 February. This week ...... behind the scenes at TVNZ before the launch of it's new news show Seven Sharp; studying geology to better predict quakes on the Alpine Fault; teaching the world to read using NZ methods; an insight into the internal conflict in Mali; the man behind historygeek.co.nz; a travelling gnome on a mission to measure the differences in the Earth's gravity; celebrating the man behind McLaren motor-racing, 50 years on; Adam McGrath of the band The Eastern on making music in Christchurch; and Waiheke Island's headland: Sculpture in the Gulf exhibition [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 1 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 1 February 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 February 2013
Retailers Kathmandu and Briscoes both expect higher profits. [more]

Evening Business for 1 February 2013
The managing director of Briscoes predicts retailers have a couple of difficult years ahead. [more]

CEISMIC

Christchurch rebuild much more pricey than predicted
The Earthquake Recovery Minister has revealed the rebuild of Christchurch's damaged sewage and water pipes will be quite a bit more expensive than predicted. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 1 February 2013
Documents show Ministry of Education appalled by Novopay provider Talent2, Veteran broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes dies, Card skimming Canadian group sentenced to jail, Community and business leaders, Reserve Bank governor bemoans too much investment in houses. [more]

Documents show Ministry appalled by Novopay provider
Letters dated as recently as two weeks ago reveal the acrimonious relationship between the Ministry of Education and the company running the beleagured school payroll system. [more]

Veteran broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes dies
Sir Paul led changes in the presentation of current affairs on both radio and television in New Zealand, making him one of New Zealand's most influential broadcasters. [more]

Card skimming Canadian group sentenced to jail
Four Canadian men have been jailed for four and a half years each for carrying out what a judge has described as a sophisticated eftpos skimming scam targetting New Zealand banks. [more]

Evening Business for 1 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Community and business leaders
Urgent meetings have been going on all day around Oamaru as union and community leaders seek a clearer picture on job losses at the town's woollen mill. [more]

Reserve Bank governor bemoans too much investment in houses
The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Graeme Wheeler, has bemoaned the amount New Zealanders invest in houses. [more]

Sports News for 1 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Mexico City blast kills at least 14 people
In Mexico City at least 14 people have died and and more than 80 have been injured in an explosion at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex. [more]

Passport fraudster dodges prison
A passport fraudster who made a dozen trips to the United States and Australia under someone else's name has dodged prison. [more]

American airports abandon use of body scanners
After two years of passenger complaints and outrage American airports are getting rid of the 'peepshow' body scanners. [more]

Minister in charge of fixing Novopay not sure bugs can be fixed
The Minister in charge of fixing Novopay, Steven Joyce, says he doesn't have much confidence in company promises to get the teachers' payroll system to work properly. [more]

Sports News for 1 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 1 February 2013
The first official day back at Parliament on Tuesday was more reminiscent of the first day back at school, with personal attacks and political point scoring characterising the Prime Minister's Statement, and the subsequent debate. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Jeff Atkinson grows sugar cane in Queensland. His farm is under 5 metres of water. [more]

Regional Wrap
Much of the North Island seems to have turned brown overnight… but in Southland animals are thriving with the abundance of feed. [more]

Agrinews
A selection of agricultural news from the week. For further rural news go to the Radio New Zealand website. [more]

Dealing with Depression
Hawkes Bay Farmer David Hunt describes how living with depression has impacted on his life and farming operation. [more]

Goat People
Terrance and Lyn Windle are passionate about Boer Goats. They sell stud animals to other breeders and surplus finished goats are sold to Christchurch's ethnic community. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for Friday February 1
The best interviews from Radio New Zealand Sport for the week ending Friday the 1st of February. This week - is Sir Bob Charles inadvertently guilty of being a drugs cheat? The truth behind using deer velvet… The All Blacks Sevens try to make a hat-trick of Wellington titles... the England cricket team arrive full of praise for the Black Caps... cycling star Ali Shanks gives up her world individual pursuit title while the nationals get underway... and Australia's attitudes to netball: are they more than a decade behind New Zealand's? [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for Friday 1 February 2013
Oamaru considers life without a major employer, it's sixes and sevens in Wellington, and in Dateline Pacific, why they're killing dolphins in the Solomon Islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 February 2013
The broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes has died. The Education Ministry thought about getting out of its Novopay contract before the system even started. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 February 2013
The French sevens team is set to knock New Zealand off their Wellington perch. [more]

Missing Something

Missing Something: Left Right Confusion
Put up your right hand. Did you do it automatically? If you had to think about it you might have something called left/right confusion. Amelia Nurse talks with University of Auckland psychologist Mike Corballis and dance teacher Kathiy Benseman to find out why some people just can't seem to learn left and right. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 1 February 2013
North Otago takes a hit, as Oamaru's second biggest employer is sold up. School principals say the first pay round of the school year may show Novopay is beyond saving and he got a new name, a new passport, and fled the country, all while on electronic bail. [more]

Dutch court says Shell responsible for Nigeria oil spills
A court in the Netherlands has ruled the oil company Shell must pay damages to a Nigerian farmer for environmental damage to his land. [more]

Pacific News for 1 February 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Oamaru businesses fear for redundant workers
Oamaru business leaders says there will be an exodus of workers from their town after news of mass redundancies at its wool spinning mill. [more]

Novopay investigations too little too late - Labour
The Labour Party says Government ministers did not ask the right questions when signing off the Novopay system. [more]

Oamaru braces for worker exodus
The North Otago town of Oamaru is bracing itself for an exodus of skilled workers after the sale of the town's wool mill. [more]

Transition jobs at Summit could reach 50 - GM
It is not yet clear how many workers might be rehired by the plant's new owner the carpet manufacturer Godfrey Hirst. [more]

Principals expecting a train wreck pay cycle
School principals say they expect next week's pay cycle to be a complete train wreck, proving once and for all that the Novopay system should be scrapped. [more]

Passport changes could be checked against court lists
An man awaiting trial on child sex charges has been able to change his name, get a passport and skip the country. [more]

Iran threatens retaliation over Israeli airstrike in Syria
Iran has threatened retaliation for an Israeli airstrike on a truck convoy inside Syria. [more]

Work pressure may have been factor in faulty hearing tests
Intense work pressure, a lack of training and support, and funding constraints may have been factors in two thousand babies being given faulty hearing screening tests. [more]

Damage revealed as waters recede in Bundaberg
Army personnel in the flood-ravaged Queensland city of Bundaberg will go door-to-door searching for bodies as flood waters recede. [more]

Sports News for 1 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Reserve Bank unnerved at continuing house price rises
The Reserve Bank Governor's concerns at how quickly house prices are rising have increased speculation that he may soon use new tools to address the problem. [more]

Fare evader crackdown to step up on Auckland trains
Fare evasion on Auckland trains is to be tackled. [more]

Punters get outfits ready for Wellington rugby sevens
Adam and Eve, comic book characters and people dressed as biscuits are all converging on Wellington today. [more]

Redundancies devastating for the Oamaru community
Community leaders in Oamaru are holding an emergency meeting today to discuss the loss of nearly two hundred manufacturing jobs at the town's wool spinning plant. [more]

Ministerial inquiry launched into Novopay
The Secondary School Principal's Association says dumping Novopay will not save schools from many more months of problems with teachers' pay. [more]

Belgian neurosurgeon completes new Dunedin unit
The man who will lead public neurosurgery in Dunedin takes up the post today, after a two-and-half year community campaign to keep the service in the city. [more]

Maori water rights hearing continues in Supreme Court today
The Crown submissions will continue this morning at the final day of a Supreme Court hearing over the part-sale of Mighty River Power. [more]

Business leaders hoping developments will end ports dispute
Business leaders are hoping an end to Auckland's long-running ports dispute is near. [more]

Scurry racing arrives in New Zealand
The founders of New Zealand's newest equestrian sport say they expect it will quickly gain popularity after its first stadium show tonight. [more]

Sports News for 1 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Questions over golfers' use of deer velvet spray
Questions are being asked whether professional golfers who have been using deer velvet spray have been playing with an unfair advantage. [more]

Christchurch sees spike in teen mental health problems
Young people suffering from mental health problems in Christchurch are waiting weeks to be clinically assessed in the public health system. [more]

Musicians, fans flock to Nelson for chamber music festival
Scores of world-renowned musicians have been arriving in Nelson this week to prepare for a major international music event. [more]

Lake Wanaka island to host cabaret from bygone era
A small island on Lake Wanaka will this weekend be the setting for a dance harking back to a bygone era. [more]

Nights

On The Spot
Impromptu thoughts, perspectives and opinions on either the little or big things of life - tonight's guest is Richard Pamatatau. [more]

Nine To Noon

More than 190 jobs to go with the sale of the Oamaru wool spinning plant
Alex Familton, Mayor of Oamaru; and John Walley, chief executive of the NZ Manufactuers and Exporters Association. [more]

Tough regulations in Horizons Regional Council's One Plan
Michael McCartney, chief executive of Horizons Regional Council; and Andrew Hoggard, vice-chair of dairy section of Federated Farmers and Federated Farmers Manawatu provincial president. [more]

Asia Correspondent - Greg Torode
The Philippines and China face off over the South China Sea. [more]

The death of veteran broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes
Bill Francis is the CEO of the Radio Broadcasters Association and was Sir Paul's boss for 16 years. [more]

Feature Guest - Nick Poole
Nick Poole is the CEO of the Collections Trust in the UK. The non-profit trust has been helping cultural organisations unlock the potential in their collections for more than 30 years. He is also the Chair of the International Council of Museums UK and of the Europeana Council of Content Providers and Aggregators. [more]

Book Review - Ultimatum
Gail Pittaway reviews 'Ultimatum' by Simon Kernick, published by Century. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
New music from Matthew E. White, Everything Everything and Parquet Courts. [more]

Sports with Richard Boock
The prospects for the Wellington Sevens and the news that New Zealand deer velvet has been found to contain a banned substance. [more]

Week That Was
With James Elliott and Elisabeth Easther. [more]

Podcast Classics

SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in a minor, Op 120
Li-Wei Qin (cello), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Pietari Inkinen [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 February 2013
A funding bombshell has been dropped on the Waitangi Tribunal; A Maori water rights campaigner hopes a Supreme Court appeal hearing on Maori interests in freshwater will put a stop to what he calls the government paying lip service to tangata whenua; A Maori rights advocacy group is against a campaign by a Northland Pakeha man to create a new national flag that represents all New Zealanders; A Moriori leader on the Chatham Islands is welcoming the Government's move to install fast broadband for the island's three schools. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 February 2013
A funding bombshell has been dropped on the Waitangi Tribunal; A Maori water rights campaigner hopes a Supreme Court appeal hearing on Maori interests in freshwater will put a stop to what he calls the government paying lip service to tangata whenua; A Maori rights advocacy group is against a campaign by a Northland Pakeha man to create a new national flag that represents all New Zealanders; A Moriori leader on the Chatham Islands is welcoming the Government's move to install fast broadband for the island's three schools. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 February 2013
A Crown laywer's suggested to the Supreme Court that time limits on state hydro power enterprise shareholdings would be a way to safegaurd Maori water rights; The Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau says the Northland based iwi is significantly closer to entering negotiations with the Crown to settle its Treaty claim; A number of Maori in south east Queensland - spoken to by Te Manu Korihi - say they're determined to keep living there despite being inundated by two big floods over the past few years. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 February 2013
The Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau says the Northland based iwi is significantly closer to entering negotiations with the Crown to settle its Treaty claim; A Crown laywer's suggested to the Supreme Court that time limits on state hydro power enterprise shareholdings would be a way to safegaurd Maori water rights; A Maori teacher's aide at a school in south east Queensland says pupils and their parents have coped quite well this week - even though severe storms and flooding has disrupted their normal routine. [more]

The Reading

With Lots of Love from Georgia - Part 10
Mel convinces Georgia to go to a DVD night at Hunters. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 1 February 2013
A review of the week's news including: MPs return to work and slanging match begins, Kenyan crash driver turns out to be 18-year old former Bethlehem College student, Defence Force cost cutting: success or failure?, Oamaru facing closure of second biggest employer, Reserve Bank takes aim at rising house prices, Novopay debacle grinds on, Government ignores Ministry of Education and Treasury advice on Wanganui Collegiate, Wanganui District Council's last attempt to control 'terrible smell' before discharging untreated waste into sea, country's most famous broadcaster, Sir Paul Holmes, dies at 62, David Bain going to court for judicial review of Justice Minister's actions, Sevens fever hits Wellington. [more]

Upbeat

live performance - Troubadour String Quartet
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Colleen Marshall
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Bridget Douglas, Robert Orr and Darryl Poulsen
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Michael Joel
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Penderecki Quartet
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Gillian Ansell and Helene Pohl - artistic directors
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Ross Harris
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Peter Nagy
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

Bob Bickerton
Nelson Adam Chamber Music Festival. [more]

News stories:

Vanuatu PM has case to answer over pre-election debt
Vanuatu's Supreme Court is today expected to rule whether the prime minister Sato Kilman has lost his seat because of a private debt. This follows an electoral challenge by an... [more]

Cook Islands MP says country's biggest company cheated
The Cook Islands MP Norman George says an arrangement dating back to the mid 1980s which meant the country's biggest company paid less import duty has cost the country millions... [more]

Reserve Bank closely watching house prices
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler has expressed disquiet over rising house prices. [more]

Impact of substance in deer velvet unknown yet
Drug Free Sport New Zealand says it is too early to say what sort of impact the presence of a banned growth hormone in some deer velvet products could have on professional athletes in this country. [more]

Fatal acne pill available in NZ
An acne pill that was suspended in France after it was linked to deaths is available in New Zealand. [more]

PM quashes Porirua move to trial e-voting
The Prime Minister has quashed suggestions that Porirua City Council be allowed to trial electronic voting for the 2013 local body elections. [more]

NZ Cricket to receive ICC grant
New Zealand Cricket will receive a grant of just over 2 million dollars from the International Cricket Council to help develope the top end of the game here. New Zealand... [more]

Record for Van Velthooven
Olympic medallist Simon Van Velthooven broke his national record in winning the kilo time trial on the opening night of finals at the National Track Cycling Championships in Invercargill. The... [more]

Clarke and Meesam to captain Chiefs again
The Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has again named Craig Clarke and Liam Meesam as co-captains for the Super Rugby season. The pair led the side to their first title last... [more]

Campbell struggling in third Middle East event
It's been a struggle for Michael Campbell on the opening day of the European Golf Tour's third event in the Middle East. After top-20 finishes in the last... [more]

Shaun Johnson called into All Stars game
The New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson has been called up to the National Rugby League All Stars for the match in Brisbane next week. Coach Wayne Bennett chose Johnson... [more]

O'Driscoll says this is likely to be his last 6 Nations
The Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has confirmed this year's Six Nations campaign is likely to be his last. The 34-year-old has started the most Tests for his country (119)... [more]

High hopes for Maori water rights case at Supreme Court
A Maori water rights campaigner hopes a Supreme Court appeal hearing on Maori interests in freshwater will put a stop to what he calls the Government paying lip service to tangata whenua. [more]

Group opposes national flag campaign
A Maori rights advocacy group is against a campaign by a Northland Pakeha man to create a new national flag that represents all New Zealanders. [more]

Wool prices fall further
Wool prices lost more ground at this week's sale as pressure from China eased. [more]

Unfinished business listed by Carter
Primary Industries Minister David Carter, who stepped into a new role as Speaker of Parliament on Thursday, has identified meat and wool industry profitability as unfinished business that he wanted to make more progress on before handing over the reins. [more]

South Island listed companies continue to perform
South Island listed companies are continuing to perform strongly, despite the subdued economic recovery. [more]

Woolworths still gaining market share
Woolworths says it's continuing to eat into the market share of Foodstuffs amid a slowing in the pace of sales growth at its supermarkets in New Zealand. [more]

No comment from Fiji regime about missed constitution deadline
There has been no word from the Fiji regime about the delay of its draft constitution, which will replace the one produced by its Constitution Commission last month. Three weeks... [more]

UNDP to help Tuvalu develop international trade
The United Nations Development Programme says it has launched a programme to help Tuvalu improve its trade. It says for Tuvalu's integration into the global trade arena, it is essential... [more]

Call for PNG govt to boost teacher numbers
The head of a privately-funded think tank in Papua New Guinea says the government needs to boost the number of teachers under its free education programme for all pupils. The... [more]

Nadi to overcome flooding says Fiji administrator
The head of the Nadi Town Council in Fiji says recurring flooding is a major issue to overcome before Nadi can be named Fiji's third city by the end of... [more]

Nadi to overcome flooding says Fiji administrator
The head of the Nadi Town Council in Fiji says recurring flooding is a major issue to overcome before Nadi can be named Fiji's third city by the end of... [more]

Vanuatu's Kilman non-committal on Saken's diplomatic status
The office of Vanuatu's Prime Minister says the diplomatic status of Pascal Ahn Quan Saken is a matter for the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Mr Saken, who claims to be the... [more]

Stadium appearance to spur new horse sport
The founders of a new equestrian sport in New Zealand say its first stadium show on Friday night should spur on its spread. [more]

Tui extraction rate now 85%
Pan Pacific Petroleum says 85% of extractable oil has been recovered from the Tui oil field off the coast of Taranaki. [more]

Civic Assurance credit rating
Credit rating agency, A.M. Best Asia-Pacific has reaffirmed the creditworthiness of Civic Assurance, the insurer for councils in New Zealand, at BB+, but warns it may be downgraded in future. [more]

Strike at magazine distribution centre
Union members at a book and magazine distribution centre in Auckland are on strike, after talks over their employment agreement broke down. [more]

Cuts coming at Nine Entertainment
Nine Entertainment looks set to be the latest Australian media company to cut jobs, after telling employees it has must slash costs and become more efficient. [more]

Rugby 7s start today
The annual Wellington round of the rugby sevens begins on Friday, with more than 40,000 fans expected in the city. [more]

Campaign against rail ticket evasion
Auckland Transport is working harder to catch train passengers who are not buying tickets. Revenue losses are estimated at more than $2 million per year. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: Wreckage of microlight found by flyer's father; u-turn over higher fees at Hamilton public library; dangerous criminal re-arrested three hours after leaving prison. [more]

Complaints against lawyers speeded up
The Law Society is launching a new system of resolving complaints against lawyers which it hopes will mean disputes can be settled more quickly. [more]

Court action filed against beer merger
The US Justice Department is trying to stop a big beer merger by Anheuser-Busch InBev with Grupo Modelo of Mexico. [more]

Shell profits down
Despite increased output, annual profits at Royal Dutch Shell have fallen to $US27 billion, from $US28.6 billion in 2011. [more]

Fiji's Beddoes to join budding SDL
In Fiji, the president of the now disbanded United People's Party says Mick Beddoes says he plans to join the proposed Social Democratic Liberal Party. Mr Beddoes wound up his... [more]

Improvements to newborn hearing programme
A review by a group at the Ministry of Health is recommending changes to improve screening procedures for the hearing of newborns. [more]

French target Wgtn 7's
There is confidence in the French rugby sevens side that they might finally be able to win the Wellington leg of the IRB series. France are second in the overall... [more]

QPR sign Samba
English football's January transfer window has closed with Queens Park Rangers signing Christopher Samba in the biggest move of the last day. The Congolese centre-back, who use to play... [more]

Sevens organisers clamp down on drunken behaviour
Wellington rugby sevens organisers will enforce a stricter policy on alcohol management at the tournament which starts this afternoon. Wristbands have been introduced for fans over the age of 18... [more]

Button excited by new car
McLaren have unveiled their 2013 Formula One car with a blast from the past as the team celebrated 50 years in motor racing and looked forward to returning to the... [more]

Smith to captain his 100th Test
Graeme Smith will become the first cricketer to captain 100 tests when he leads South Africa out against Pakistan tonight, which is his 32nd birthday. The first day at... [more]

pakistan women stay in Stadium at World Cup
Pakistan have been told it is not safe for them to stay at a hotel during the Women's Cricket World Cup in India. Instead the players will be living at... [more]

Djokovic unhappy about Davis Cup court surface
The world tennis number one Novak Djokovic is fuming about the court that will be used for Serbia's Davis Cup first-round tie this weekend in Belgium. Djokovic says the clay... [more]

Dane admits to 12 years of doping
The Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen has admitted to more than a decade of doping after making a tell-all deal with anti-doping authorities. 38-year-old Rasmussen said in a televised news conference... [more]

NZ takes on Lebanon in Davis Cup today
Dan King-Turner and Artem Sitak will play singles for New Zealand in their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 2 tie against Lebanon starting at North Harbour . One of the Lebanese... [more]

PNG ranked highest among Pacific countries in Press Freedom Index
The Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders rates Papua New Guinea highest among the three Pacific island countries on the list. It ranks PNG in 41st place, Tonga in... [more]

Sport: Fiji hopeful new stadium will host World Series leg
Fiji's interim government hopes the opening of a new stadium in Suva will convince the IRB the country is ready to host a leg of the Sevens world series as... [more]

American Samoa's Commerce Department head wants bad credit waived
American Samoa government's newly confirmed Commerce Department director believes that rules pertaining to bad credit by business people seeking loans, should be waived by the government owned Development Bank of... [more]

Japan's new Ambassador to Samoa presents credentials
Japan's new Ambassador to Samoa Yazuaki Nogawa has presented his credentials to Samoa's Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. Ambassador Nagowa said over the years Japan and Samoa... [more]

Sport: Fiji coach expects usual suspects to challenge at Wellington 7s
Fiji coach Timoci Wainiqolo expects the usual suspects will come to the fore at the Wellington Sevens, which gets underway on Friday afternoon. The Pacific country go into the tournament... [more]

Sport: Pacific teams say Cabramatta Nines good kick-start for World Cup season
Rugby League's World Governing Body says the Cabramatta Nines tournament is a perfect kick-start for Pacific Island teams in a World Cup season. The Cabramatta tournament has been running for... [more]

End to port dispute 'near'
The Employers & Manufacturers Association says the latest development in the Auckland ports industrial dispute is promising, and a collective agreement is near. [more]

Spike in post-quake teen mental health problems
A spike in post-quake anxiety, depression and behavioural problems is reported in Christchurch. [more]

Expressions of interest for charter schools
Expressions of interest in running private charter schools close on Friday. [more]

Emerging markets toasted by distiller
Diageo, the world's largest distiller, is toasting emerging markets, which helped offset lower sales in Europe. [more]

Albatross dies of heat stress
A northern royal albatross has died of heat stress in Otago. [more]

Thorn to play for Highlanders tomorrow
The former All Black lock Brad Thorn will play his first match in New Zealand since the 2011 World Cup final after being named in the Highlanders starting side to... [more]

Demand for wool carpet collapsing
A collapse in demand for woollen carpet, both in New Zealand and abroad, is one of the main reasons the country's only independent yarn spinner decided to get out of the business. [more]

Effluent discharge penalty
A Morrinsville farmer has been fined more than $33,000 for illegally discharging dairy effluent. [more]

Erakovic makes third round in Thailand
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has made the third round of the Pattaya Open in Thailand. After a rained out third day, the unseeded Erakovic returned to... [more]

Beckham signs with Paris St Germain
David Beckham has completed the formalities of a move to the big spending French football club Paris St. Germain. The 37 year old former England captain has just held a... [more]

Time seen for clean streams accord for sheep and beef industry
A Wairarapa farmer says it's time the sheep and beef industry signed the equivalent of the dairy sector's clean streams accord. [more]

Two thirds of Fiji women suffer violence, according to new survey
A survey in Fiji shows 64 percent of women have experienced either physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The survey was carried out by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre,... [more]

Drugs charges against former Tonga speaker dropped
Prosecutors in Tonga have withdrawn drugs charges against the MP and former speaker of the legislative assembly, Lord Tu'ilakepa. The Solicitor General, Aminiasi Kefu, says the Crown is dropping the... [more]

CNMI to ask US to extend immigration transition period
Lawmakers in the Northern Marianas are planning to ask the US secretary of Labour to extend the immigration transition period by five years. The period is due to end in... [more]

New political group launched ahead of French Polynesia poll
A new political group has been formed in French Polynesia incorporating the To Tatou Aia and the leaders of several small parties in the lead-up to the elections in April. [more]

Unions against Qantas/Emirates deal
Unions are against an impending Qantas/Emirates partnership, arguing it's a bad move for their members and airline customers. [more]

Tiger shareholders approve Virgin Aust deal
Tiger Airways shareholders have approved Virgin Australia's plan to buy a 60% stake in the budget airline. [more]

Bad weather closes schools in Samoa capital
Schools in the Vaimauga district of Samoa's capital of Apia have closed today because of heavy rain and a flood warning. Samoa College, Avele College and Vaivase Primary have been... [more]

Police in Samoa charge foreign businessman with rape
A foreign businessman in Samoa is facing one count of raping a 16 year-old girl who was an employee. The assistant police commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says the victim was... [more]

American Samoa chooses retired US Army officer as Director of Health
A retired US Army officer has been appointed by American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga as the new Director of Health. Motusa Tuileama Nua of Ta'u Manu'a was command sergant major... [more]

MP 'surprised' Oamaru factory survived so long
A Government MP says she is surprised an Oamaru yarn factory survived as long as it did. [more]

HMF investors to begin receiving payments
The statutory manager for Hubbard Management Funds says some investors will start receiving partial payments in February. [more]

Amid delays, Fiji regime undermines people's confidence, says CCF
The head of Fiji NGO the Citizens Constitutional Forum says the interim government is undermining the democratic process in the way it is handling the writing of a new constitution. [more]

CNMI toughens sex crime penalties
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas legislature has passed a bill providing for tougher penalties against sex crimes. The Marianas Variety reports that the bill increases the maximum prison term... [more]

Objections in American Samoa to proposed arming of police
There is resistance in American Samoa to a proposal to arm the police. At a recent meeting of lawmakers, the new commissioner for public safety, William Haleck, said he would... [more]

Conservationist urges end to Solomons dolphin slaughter
A marine conservationist says Solomon Islands would be better off protecting dolphins than killing them. The comment by New Zealand-based Wade Doak, whose recent book 'Gaia Calls' documents life among... [more]

More awareness 'needed' over safe sleeping for babies
Coroner Wallace Bain says it's a tragedy that the necessary resources don't appear to be in place to stop the preventable deaths of young babies. [more]

Court reserves decision at water rights appeal
The Supreme Court has reserved its decision on whether the Government's sale of power company shares will affect Maori water rights. [more]

Hawaii gun buy back plan irks NRA
The head of the Hawaii Rifle Association says a proposal by lawmakers to buy back guns is a waste of money. Associated Press reports a state senate committee is considering... [more]

Vanuatu police dismisses piracy accusation by Phocea owner
Vanuatu's Police Commissioner Major Arthur Caulton has fended off an accusation of piracy levelled against the police by one of the country's diplomatic representatives. Pascal Ahn Quan Saken claims police... [more]

West Papua group bids for MSG membership
A group seeking West Papua's independence from Indonesia has applied to become a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Delegates of the West Papua National Coalition for Independence met the... [more]

Rural Fiji women at heightened risk of abuse, says survey
A national survey in Fiji on the prevalence of violence against women in relationships shows that women in rural areas are more at risk of being abused than others. The... [more]

Police investigating after man ran over twice
Police are investigating an incident in which a man was run over by two cars, one of them a police car, leaving him with serious injuries. [more]

NZ court jails Canadian card skimmers
Four Canadians who came to New Zealand with the sole purpose of large-scale fraud have been jailed for stealing over $670,000 in an eftpos skimming scam. [more]

Banks not making as much money as they used to
Banks are not making as much money as they used to due to greater numbers of borrowers moving from floating to fixed mortgage rates to take advantage of low interest rates. [more]

Court ruling on Vanuatu PM's election eligibility due next week
The court ruling on the eligibility of Vanuatu's Prime Minister Sato Kilman to contest the recent election has been deferred to next week. Port Vila MP, Willie Jimmy has filed... [more]

Upsets the order of the day at Sevens World Series
Upsets have been the order of the day on the opening day of the Wellington international rugby sevens tournament. New Zealand, who lead the world series, suffered a shock loss... [more]

Sky City considering options to expand
Casino operator Sky City Entertainment has not ruled out making an investment in the Philippines gaming market. [more]

Chatham Islanders welcome high-speed broadband
A Moriori leader on the Chatham Islands is welcoming the Government's move to install fast broadband for the island's three schools. [more]

Tribunal hearings at risk
A funding bombshell has been dropped on the Waitangi Tribunal by the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. [more]

Rise in profit tipped by Briscoes
Briscoes managing director Rod Duke predicts retailers have a couple of difficult years ahead. [more]

Resthomes urged to watch residents after choking death
A Coroner has highlighted the dangers of leaving resthome patients eating on their own after a Central Otago man choked on a sweet. [more]

Accelerant used to start fire around man - police
Police say an accelerant was used to start a scrub fire in South Auckland in which the burning body of a man was found. [more]

Sentencing date for incest charge delayed
The father of a Lower Hutt woman charged with murdering her newborn baby has had his sentencing date for incest delayed. [more]

Union praises departing woollen mill owner
A union for workers being made redundant from an Oamaru woollen mill is praising the departing Japanese owner. [more]

Nga Puhi close to Treaty talks
Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau says the Northland based iwi is significantly closer to entering negotiations with the Crown to settle its Treaty claim. [more]

Maori stay strong in their adopted home
Some Maori in south east Queensland who have had to cope with having their homes inundated by two big floods over the past few years say they are determined to keep living there. [more]

Crown lawyer suggests time limit on hydro shares
A Crown lawyer has suggested in the Supreme Court that time limits on shareholdings in state hydro-electric power companies would be a way to safeguard Maori water rights. [more]

Tuapeka punt crossings stopped for months
Damage to an historic South Otago ferry which crosses the Clutha River has suspended operations for several months. [more]

Woman charged with Petone murder
A woman has appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court charged with the murder of her partner in Petone on Tuesday. [more]

Coroner calls for review of maritime law
A Coroner has recommended reforming laws relating to maritime activity so that boat operators could face similar charges and penalties as drivers on land who cause a death or injury. [more]

Trainer pleads guilty to importing horse doping drugs
A Waikato horse trainer has pleaded guilty to charges of importing performance-enhancing drugs. [more]

E-bail accused fled country after medical appointment
A man on electronic bail while awaiting trial on child sex charges fled New Zealand after being allowed to keep a medical appointment, police have revealed. [more]

"Dirty dairying" rules needed for dry stock - call
A Wairarapa man says someone needs to be held accountable for allowing cattle to pollute his local river. [more]

MP hopes funding disputes won't stall transport plan
Public consultation for Christchurch's draft transport plan ended on Friday and a Labour Party MP hopes lengthy disputes over funding won't stall its progress. [more]

Quake sites reveal trove of artefacts
An archaeologist who has uncovered hundreds of items from demolition sites in Christchurch, says she hopes it will help people gain a better understanding of life in the city in the 19th century. [more]

New soil data helps city re-construction
Some building projects in Canterbury may no longer need expensive 15-metre deep ground tests to determine if land is susceptible to liquefaction. [more]

Reserve Bank governor reiterates housing concern
Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler has again expressed concern about investment in the housing sector. [more]

North Shore homicide inquiry scaled back
Police have scaled back a homicide investigation launched after the disappearance of a North Shore woman. [more]

Children skip dental drills, needles with new care
New technology means that a generation of children may be able to grow up without the common fears of dental drills and needles. [more]

Fijian bus drivers facing deportation
The Tramways Union says it is unfair that 25 Fijian bus drivers are facing deportation because Immigration New Zealand says they are no longer needed. [more]

Home detention for passport fraudster
A passport fraudster has been sentenced to five months' home detention and community work after travelling to the United States under someone else's name. [more]

Brownlee says infrastructure more costly than predicted
The Earthquake Recovery Minister says the rebuild of Christchurch's underground infrastructure will be quite a bit more expensive than has been predicted. [more]

UK visa delay angers grieving New Zealander
A New Zealand woman in Britain says border officials there prevented her from travelling to the funeral of her grandfather in Auckland. [more]

NZ exodus to Australia slowing
The exodus from New Zealand to Australia has slowed from the record levels of last year. [more]

Crews battle large scrub fire in Southland
The Southern Rural Fire Service says staff will be at the scene of a scrub fire in Castle Downs near Invercargill overnight. [more]

Police services mark formation of AOS
Family members and police have honoured four officers and a civilian whose deaths 50 years ago at the hands of lone gunmen were the catalyst for sweeping changes to police tactics. [more]

Upsets at first day of Sevens
Hosts and defending champions New Zealand recovered from an early loss to England to reach the IRB Rugby Sevens quarterfinals in Wellington on Friday. [more]

Joyce not confident Novopay can be fixed
The minister now responsible for the problem-plagued teachers' pay system is not confident it can be fixed but says the Government remains committed to making Novopay work. [more]

Broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes dies
Tributes are being paid to veteran broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes who died on Friday surrounded by family at his home in Hawke's Bay. [more]