Radio New Zealand - Friday, 8th February 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Don't Give Up
Richard Aston of Auckland has chosen Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel. [more]

New York Fashion Week - Karen Walker
There are more than just shades of grey in New Zealand designer Karen Walker's New York Fashion week campaign for her 2013 eyewear collection. [more]

NZ Society - Sitiveni Rabuka
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 former Fiji coup leader and Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Richard Till
Corn Fritters. [more]

Wine with Yvonne Lorkin
Cheap n Cheerful - Longridge Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris 2012 $8-$11. Mid-Price Magic - Aorangi Road Single Vineyard Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $18. Treat Yourself - Jacob's Creek St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 $52. [more]

Film Review with Sarah McMullan
Mt Zion - a NZ film with Stan Walker & Tem Morrison, plus a quick snapshot of Flight, and also Hitchcock. [more]

The 5km run in 40kg of armour - Charlie Tapsell
Anyone who wants to have a go at playing the embattled king will have a chance at the Tauranga Domain. The Northern Horde Medieval combat club will be raising money for a trip to the international historic mediaeval battles tournament in France. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 8 February 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Neil Miller and Peter Elliot (Part 1)
Topic 1 - New Zealand Navy ships. Topic 2 - Unemployment rate. Topic 3 - New Zealanders led immigration surge to Australia. [more]

The Panel with Neil Miller and Peter Elliot (Part 2)
Topic 1 - Anti-Doping Agency warns that Australia's football codes must introduce blood testing. Topic 2 - The Official Information Act will be extended to cover some aspects of how the courts work. Topic 3 - Seven Sharp. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 8 February 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 February. This week ...... Gareth Morgan and the media; global match-fixing in the beautiful game; the contrasts of prisons between Scandanavian countries and Aglophone ones; our most successful rugby coach Gordon Tietjens on the seven-aside game; making a living on the road with the gypsy travellers; studying human-dog play; Manawatu kuia healthy baking for their local Kaumafia Kafe; a Kiwi dancer performs for the Maldives at the Venice Biennale; we remember the impact of broadcaster Sir Paul Homes who died on 1 February; and wheelchair stunts not for the faint-hearted. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 8 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 8 February 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 8 February 2013
Chorus shares jump on news of a sweeping review of industry regulation and the former Anglo Irish Bank is set to be liquidated. [more]

Evening Business for 8 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 8 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

CEISMIC

Residents fear they have lost say in CBD rebuild
Nearly two years' after Christchurch's February earthquake and almost 6 months after the blueprint for the city centre was revealed, many questions remain about how much it will cost and who will pay for it. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 8 February 2013
Police separate families at Kapiti killing trial, Report says Wellington Airport earning millions more than reasonable, Mainzeal subcontractors get in to recover equipment and Nearly one thousand attend Sir Paul Holmes funeral. [more]

Police separate families at Kapiti killing trial
There was a tense standoff between two families today at the sentencing of a man convicted of killing a Kapiti teenager. [more]

Report says Wellington Airport earning more than reasonable
The Commerce Commission says Wellington Airport is making excessive profits from its monopoly and earning millions of dollars more than what's reasonable. [more]

Mainzeal subcontractors get in to recover equipment
Some sub contractors who had been locked off Mainzeal's building sites have been allowed back in to retrieve their tools and machinery. [more]

Nearly one thousand attend Sir Paul Holmes funeral
Nearly a thousand people have attended the funeral service today for the broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes. [more]

Man handed life sentence for wife's brutal murder
An Iraqi refugee who stabbed his wife 55 times before trying to kill himself has been sentenced to life in prison and must serve at least 17 years. [more]

Australia's Prime Minister arrives in Queenstown for talks
The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has just arrived in Queenstown for talks with John Key. [more]

Sports News for 8 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

LA police hunt for sacked officer on a deadly rampage
Los Angeles police have launched a massive manhunt for a sacked officer on a deadly shooting rampage who's promising to wage war on the city's police force. [more]

Australia's sports police trumpeting success
Australia's sports police are trumpeting their success at investigating cheats a day after issuing a stunning report, but in New Zealand authorities aren't saying if they'll take similar action. [more]

New Line Cinema warns Government
Papers from the Ombudsman show the Hobbit movie backer New Line Cinema has warned the Government that disclosing more information about a pay dispute will put film makers off New Zealand. [more]

True extent of damage being revealed in Solomon Islands
Strong aftershocks are disrupting efforts to get help to tsunami-hit villages in isolated parts of Solomon Islands as locals also worry now about loud rumblings from a volcano. [more]

Waikato farmer jailed for animal cruelty
A Waikato farmer has been sent to jail for what's being described as one of the worst types of animal cruelty investigators have seen. [more]

Police confirm last sighting of Shalvin Prasad
The police revealed earlier this week, Shalvin Prasad withdrew a large sum of money from his account, and they are looking at the possibility he was bribed or blackmailed. [more]

Phoenix form continues to drop, concerns for national team
Dreadful and embarrassing. When even the coach of the Wellington Phoenix is calling them that, football fans must wonder what the chances are not only for them, but for the national team just one year out from the 2014 World Cup. [more]

Sports News for 8 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 8 February 2013
Compared with previous visits, this year's political visits to Waitangi ran relatively smoothly. However, infighting between local elders threatened to overshadow the Prime Minister's traditional welcome to the celebrations. Those fed up with the constant disruptions at the Waitangi Marae have suggested the events should be moved to take some heat out of the visits and avoid the protest that Waitangi Day inevitably attracts. [more]

State of disaster in Santa Cruz Islands
The Solomon Islands government has declared a state of disaster for Santa Cruz Islands in Temotu Province following Wednesday's magnitude 8 earthquake and subsequent deadly tsunami. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Regional Wrap
Some rain has fallen in the North Island but more is needed.The pear harvest is about to start at the top of the South. [more]

Guest
Fish & Game's South Island communications advisor, Andrew Currie, [more]

Wool Matters
The farmer-owned company Wools of New Zealand is asking strong wool growers to buy shares to allow it to build supply-chains and develop marketing opportunities. With Chairman and Banks Peninsula sheep farmer Mark Shadbolt. [more]

The Farm Northland
Northland couple Ellen and Mike Bennett have turned their 400 hectare working dairy farm at Whangaruru near Russell into the equivalent of an "open house". Backpackers, Woofers, kiwi holiday makers and more recently school groups, have been experiencing what life on a farm is all about. They also run holiday programmes: the Mean As Boys Camp and Sweet As Girls Camp. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 8 February 2013
In this week's programme we ask what the implications are for New Zealand sport in the wake of the Australian investigation which has uncovered widespread doping in sport there? Team New Zealand launches it's second catamaran ahead of this year's America's Cup but what's the difference to its first one? Football's reeling in the wake of a match fixing investigation which has thrown suspicion on almost 700 games around the world. Bike New Zealand faces some tough decisions ahead of the World Track Champs in Belarus and the Breakers continue their winning streak as they chase a hatrick of ANBL titles. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 8 February 2013
Australia's sports drug scandal, a Northland town tackles local crime, and in Dateline Pacific, more on Wednesday's quake and tsunami in Solomon Islands. [more]

Long Range Weather

Long Range Weather Forecast 8 February 2013
Long Range Weather Forecast 8 February 2013. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 February 2013
Airlines claim vindication over Wellington Airport charges and work to build a new school in Christchurch will begin in April. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 February 2013
A late replacement in the Black Caps for their first England match. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 8 February 2013
The latest unemployment figures spark disagreement over just how hard it is to get a job. It's being called a bombshell in Australia, what might the sports doping scandal mean here? A massive turnout is expected in Auckland today for the funeral of broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes. [more]

Fire Service review disappoints insurance sector
The Insurance industry says planned changes to the way the Fire Service is funded won't stop free loaders from rorting the system. [more]

Pacific News for 8 February 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Bank economists scratching heads over latest jobs figures
Some economists are questioning the latest statistics which show a big fall in employment at the end of 2012. [more]

Weak job numbers questioned, again
A big fall in employment at the end of 2012 has driven the proportion of those of working age with a job down to its lowest level in a decade. [more]

Minister defends government's record on jobs
The Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce joins us. [more]

Australian doping scandal may have repercussions here
New Zealand sports groups say an Australian investigation that's uncovered widespread doping is certain to have repercussions in this country. [more]

Auckland ratepayers victims of Mainzeal receivership
Auckland ratepayers could end up one of the biggest victims of Mainzeal Construction's decision to declare itself bust. [more]

Lobby Aussie PM on treatment of NZers - Labour
The Labour Party is urging the Prime Minister to lobby his Australian counterpart to improve the treatment of New Zealanders living across the Tasman when the two hold their annual leaders' meeting this weekend. [more]

Relief expected to reach remote Solomon island hit by tsunami
The remote Temotu Province will finally receive urgent medical supplies and help, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the Solomon Islands, killing nine people. [more]

Doha daycare owners says it was not a nursery
Testimony in the court case over Doha's Villaggio Mall fire resumed today, with the daycare centre denying it was a nursery. [more]

Sports News for 8 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More than a thousand expected at Paul Holmes funeral
More than a thousand people are expected at the funeral service this afternoon for the broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes. [more]

Commission to ajudicate on battle between airport, airlines
A long-running battle between airlines and Wellington Airport comes to a head today. [more]

President Obama's proposed head of the CIA - grilled today
The man chosen by President Barack Obama to head the CIA will be grilled by a Senate committee today after it emerged he helped run a drone strike programme that targeted Americans thought to be working for terrorist groups. [more]

Thousands give up job hunt, quit workforce
A big fall in employment at the end of 2012 has driven the proportion of those of working age with a job down to its lowest level in a decade. [more]

Loss of 15,000 Pacific jobs shocks unions
Staying with employment, More than 15-thousand Pacific workers lost their jobs last year, leaving barely half the Pacific working age population employed. [more]

Australian doping scandal may impact on NZ
Sports groups say an Australian investigation that's uncovered widespread doping in professional sport will have repercussions in New Zealand. [more]

NZ Olympic official shocked by extent of Australian report .
The Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Olympic team, Rob Waddell, is still assessing the Australian report, although he admits an initial analysis has shocked him. [more]

Leaky building liability plays a part collapse
A lawyer specialising in leaky building claims says outstanding claims against Mainzeal Construction and Property may have played a large part in the company's decision to put itself into receivership. [more]

New study shows Japan quake released all stress in one go
Scientists drilling into the fault responsible for the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 have discovered why the quake was so much bigger than expected. [more]

Sports News for 8 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Hawaii centre monitors seismic activity in Solomons
At the Pacific Tsunami Centre in Hawaii, scientists are continuing to monitor ongoing seismic activity since the initial quake two days ago. [more]

World Vision on devastation in Solomon Islands
Another aftershock has shaken the Solomon Islands. [more]

Moerewa community meets to discuss gang violence
About a hundred people turned out in the Northland town of Moerewa to discuss the gang presence in their town and other criminal activity. [more]

Donna Demaio with news from Australia
Let's cross to Melbourne now for a chat with our correspondent Donna Demaio. [more]

Nights

On The Spot
Impromptu thoughts, perspectives and opinions on either the little or big things of life. Tonight's guest is Marc Taddei, conductor of Orchestra Wellington. [more]

Conundrum
This week's answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Australian Crime Commission investigation into crime in sport
Brad Walter is a sports writer for the Sydney Morning Herald. Dave Gerrard is a former Olympian, former Olympic team doctor, and was the New Zealand Olympic Team's chef de mission for many years. [more]

What makes a great school principal?
Dr Ross Notman is the Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of Otago and project director of an international study across 14 countries into the leadership practices of successful school principals. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
The tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands this week. [more]

Feature Guest - David Grieg
Award-winning Scottish playwright David Grieg was the first Dramaturg for the National Theatre of Scotland and his plays have been translated and produced worldwide. His show, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is being performed at the Auckland Arts Festival. [more]

Children's book review with John McIntyre
Reviewing 'Hero On A Bicycle' by Shirley Hughes, published by Walker Books and 'Medal For Leroy' by Michael Morpurgo, published by Harper Collins. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
I Am Kloot, My Bloody Valentine, and Sir Cliff Richard. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
Doping and criminal links in Australian sport; plus match-fixing in European football. [more]

The Week That Was
Wth James Elliott and Gemma Gracewood. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 8 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 8 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 8 February 2013
The days of division within Waikato -Tainui iwi may be numbered; The Maori Council, which has driven the water rights debate, has secured regular meetings with the government; A Moriori leader says the Government has shown a commitment to improving the infrastructure on the Chatham Islands; Mt Zion's first day in the cinemas has collected 200-thousand dollars from ticket sales. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 8 February 2013
The days of division within Waikato -Tainui iwi may be numbered; The Maori Council, which has driven the water rights debate, has secured regular meetings with the government; A Moriori leader says the Government has shown a commitment to improving the infrastructure on the Chatham Islands; Mt Zion's first day in the cinemas has collected 200-thousand dollars from ticket sales. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 8 February 2013
The Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, hopes a new agreement between iwi and the government will lead to better housing in the Far North - saying the state of some homes in the region 'gives him the creeps'; New Zealand Maori Tourism says it's a shame the large fake waka built for the Rugby World Cup hasn't been seen or used since; Chatham Islanders say they're looking forward to the economic benefits phosphate mining would bring to the island. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 8 February 2013
The Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, hopes a new agreement between iwi and the government will lead to better housing in the Far North - saying the state of some home gives him the creeps; New Zealand Maori Tourism says it's a shame the large fake waka built for the Rugby World Cup hasn't been seen or used since; Chatham Islanders say they're looking forward to the economic benefits phosphate mining would bring to the island. [more]

The Reading

The Open Accounts of an Honesty Box - Part 2
Jinx packs up her campervan and along with dog Playdough, heads south, arriving in Central Otago. Her Bedford breaks down and she's directed to a small town called Easy. There she locates the local mechanic Jim and settles herself at the Garibaldi Hotel for a drink. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 8th February 2013
A review of the weeks news, including... Mainzeal Construction goes into receivership, coverage of Waitangi day, a paedophile who police say is part of international child abuse ring pleads guilty to multiple charges, a big fall in employment at the end of 2012 as more than 15 thousand Pacific workers lost their jobs last year, a senior doctors' union denies it's warnings about chronic staff shortages are a shrewd tactic linked to pay talks that have begun, Lucy Lawless sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay 650 dollars in reparation for an environmental protest and the World premiere of a brand new Sam Hunt poem. [more]

Upbeat

Keith Lewis
NZ Tenor performing a concert at St Augustine's Church in Christchurch this evening with pianist Rachel Fuller. [more]

Christopher Hainsworth
NZ organist based in the South of France performing fundraising concert for the Maxwell Fernie Trust in Wellington. [more]

News stories:

Temotu province expected to receive urgent medical supplies today
The remote Temotu Province will finally receive urgent medical supplies and help, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the Solomon Islands, killing nine people. The eight-point-zero magnitude... [more]

PNG politicians focus on legislation a pattern says academic
A Papua New Guinea political scientist says MPs can work urgently when it comes to moving legislation serving their political interests but not so quickly on other legislation. The Peter... [more]

PNG police chief promises action over sorcery killing
The Papua New Guinea police commissioner, Tom Kulunga, has condemned the killing of a woman in Mt Hagen calling it 'shocking and devilish'. 20 year old Kepari Leniata was stripped... [more]

Mainzeal receiver has had offers to buy company
The receiver for Mainzeal Construction says it has had interest in buying the company. [more]

Outdoor centre charged over Paritutu Rock deaths
The Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre is facing charges with maximum penalties totalling $750,000 over the deaths of three people. [more]

$200,000 for film's first day
Mt Zion's first day in the cinemas has collected $200,000 from ticket sales. [more]

Days of division within Waikato-Tainui may be numbered
The days of division within Waikato-Tainui iwi may be numbered. [more]

Govt committed to improving Chatham Islands' infrastructure
A Moriori leader says the Government has shown a commitment to improving the infrastructure on the Chatham Islands. [more]

London track meet drops taxes on athletes
The Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt and other overseas athletes will be able to compete tax-free in this year's Diamond League athletics meeting in London's Olympic Stadium, thanks to Britain's... [more]

Apple exports this year may be better than last
Hawke's Bay fruitgrowers president Leon Stallard says there is already an indication that export returns for apples this year may be better than in 2012. [more]

Wools of NZ capital raising deadline fast approaching
Wools of New Zealand is reminding farmers that the latest deadline for its capital raising offer is less than three weeks away. [more]

Australia's unemployment rate steady
Australia's unemployment rate has held steady at 5.4% in January, despite a fall in the number of full-time jobs. [more]

Mainzeal receivers consider options
Mainzeal Construction and Property's receivers say they won't know if the failed construction company is a going concern until at least early next week. [more]

NZ may need to brace for weaker job data - economist
An economist says New Zealand may need to brace for some weaker job data over the coming months due to weaker gross domestic product figures feeding into the labour market. [more]

Xero 'on target' to double its revenues
Xero says it is on target to double its revenues this financial year to more than $38 million, but says it has no plans to make a profit for a while. [more]

Some companies given access to customers' credit history
The Privacy Commissioner is allowing banks, finance companies and credit insurers access to their customers' credit history as a way to crack down on money laundering. [more]

BNZ says cash earnings up in December quarter
Australian-owned bank BNZ says its cash earnings rose in the three months to December due to volume growth and higher fee income. [more]

Mayor calls on other cities to protect character buildings
Christchurch's mayor is calling on other cities to protect their character buildings before a disaster strikes them. [more]

Vanuatu court will rule today on Kilman contesting 2012 election
Vanuatu's Supreme Court will rule this morning on the eligibility of Prime Minister Sato Kilman to contest the recent election Port Vila MP, Willie Jimmy filed a petition against Mr... [more]

6.7 quake off Solomon Islands
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has struck Santa Cruz islands in Solomon Islands. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's depth was 10 kilometres and located southeast of Kira Kira. The... [more]

Body found off Coromandel coast
A body has been found in the sea off the Coromandel coast. [more]

French Polynesia's Flosse gets four-year suspended jail sentence
The French Polynesian court of appeal has given a former president, Gaston Flosse, a four-year suspended jail sentence for corruption. He has also been fined 170,000 US dollars for running... [more]

Call for PM to lobby Gillard on treatment of NZers
The Labour Party is urging the Prime Minister to lobby the Australian leader Julia Gillard to improve the treatment of New Zealanders living across the Tasman. [more]

6.6 aftershock in Solomons will not trigger tsunami
The Pacific Tsunami Centre says there is little chance a large 6.6 aftershock in Solomon Islands will generate a tsunami. Nine people died during a power 8.0 magnitude earthquake off... [more]

6-point-6 aftershock in Solomons will not trigger a tsunami
The Pacific Tsunami Centre says there is little chance a large six-point-six after shock in the Solomon Islands will generate a tsunami. Nine people died during a power 8-point-0 magnitude... [more]

Mako Networks to provide security service to Australia
Auckland-based Mako Networks has formed a partnership to provide its cloud-based payment card security service to the Australian market. [more]

Daycare centre not meant to be nursery, court told
Witnesses called by the defence team for a daycare centre in Doha where 13 children died in a fire say the centre was not a nursery. [more]

Govt condemned over Pacific job losses
Unions representing Pacific workers are condemning the loss of 15,600 Pacific jobs last year as unacceptable and an indictment on the Government. [more]

Council says insurance may cover Mainzeal liability
The Auckland Council believes it won't be significantly affected by the collapse of Mainzeal Construction and Property. [more]

Community to meet with gang members
A Moerewa resident says the community plans to meet with gang members in a bid to help reduce recent crime in the Northland town. [more]

Scientists discover why Japan quake so big
Scientists drilling into the fault responsible for the powerful earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 have discovered why the quake was so much bigger than expected. [more]

Last day at work for Education Ministry boss
The Secretary for Education finishes her job on Friday, a little more than a year after she started. [more]

Hapu insists on police vetting of negotiators
The Ngapuhi hapu alliance is insisting on police vetting for all negotiators of the iwi's Treaty settlement. [more]

Sport: Media ban imposed on Fiji Sevens team in Las Vegas
A media ban has been placed on the Fiji Sevens team, who are refusing all interview requests ahead of the latest round of the World Series in Las Vegas. All... [more]

Wayne Bennett hopes drugs use is not widescale
Veteran National Rugby League super-coach Wayne Bennett says he's hoping the drugs scandal that has enveloped rugby league is limited to individuals and not whole teams. An explosive report from... [more]

Ko in top group for NZ Open
The world number one ranked amateur Lydia Ko is part of a glamour grouping that will tee off early this morning in the first round of the New Zealand Women's... [more]

FIFA boss says there's no stopping cheats
FIFA's president Sepp Blatter says he's resigned to the continuing existence of cheats in world football because it's impossible to get rid of them. Responding to the disturbing findings of... [more]

Massa quickest in latest F1 pre-season session
The Ferrari driver Felipe Massa topped the time charts on the third day of pre-season Formula One testing at Jerez as world champion Sebastian Vettel marked his first appearance of... [more]

Messi staying at Barca for another five years
World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona which will keep him in Spain until 2018. The 25-year-old penned a deal agreed in December,... [more]

Mariners thump deadful Phoenix
The Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert didn't hold back in assessing his side's effort in their 5-0 loss to A-League leaders Central Coast in Gosford on Thursday night. Herbert described... [more]

Netball Australia says they're not included in crime report
Netball Australia, in conjunction with the ANZ Championship, says it can confirm that no athlete, team, or high performance staff member is implicated in the Australian Crime Commission's investigations. The... [more]

Sir John Kirwan says no sport is clean of drugs
The Blues rugby coach Sir John Kirwan doesn't think any sport is clean of drugs and he's sure authorities are aware that it could be happening here. It is possible... [more]

New ARL boss steps into hot seat
It's been a baptism of fire for the Australian Rugby League's new chief executive. Having arrived on the scene less than a week ago David Smith has felt obliged to... [more]

Football clubs could lose points if they don't limit losses
English Premier League football clubs could be docked points if they fail to comply with new limits on financial losses and curbs on increases in payments to players. The measures... [more]

Loeb takes early lead in Sweden
Nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb of France has driven his Citroen to an early lead after the opening special stage of the Rally of Sweden. Loeb, who intentionally included the... [more]

Extending period for motions of no-confidence in PNG raises concerns
A political scientist says an extension of the grace period for motions of no-confidence doesn't bode well for Papua New Guinea's democracy. The comment from the University of PNG's Orovu... [more]

Sport: PNG meet expectations with T20 triumph
Papua New Guinea have beaten Vanuatu in the final of the East Asia Pacific T20 Cricket Championship to move a step closer to qualifying for the World Twenty20 tournament in... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines has a new Pago Pago station manager
Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed that the Honolulu-based carrier has a new Pago Pago station manager, Mitzi Semo. Ms Semo replaces Judith McCoy, who is now serving as station manager for... [more]

Vice-President of Asian Development Bank visiting Papua New Guinea
The Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank is visiting project sites in Papua New Guinea next week. The visit by Stephen Groff will also involve discussions with top government officials... [more]

Housing NZ, tenants still waiting for repair report
Housing New Zealand and about 600 of its tenants are still waiting on geotechnical reports before further repairs to earthquake-damaged home in Canterbury can begin. [more]

Former lobby group boss to head Dotcom site
The former chief executive of lobby group Internet New Zealand has been appointed as chief executive of Kim Dotcom's latest file-sharing website. [more]

Solomons Red Cross extends help to tsunami-hit Temotu
The Solomon Islands Red Cross says it's sending half of its team to Temotu province as there are widespread areas that no one has reached yet following the earthquake and... [more]

Election petition against Vanuatu PM struck out
Vanuatu's Supreme Court has struck out a petition against the Prime Minister Sato Kilman which challenged his eligibility to stand in the last general election. The constitutional application against Mr... [more]

Government brings forward telco reviews
The Government has brought forward two reviews of the regulatory framework for telecommunications services. [more]

Kiribati searchers seek Australian help
A Kiribati fishing expedition has been lost at sea for four days, prompting the Kiribati Government to seek help from Australia. The fishing crew left the capital of Tarawa Atoll... [more]

More volcanic activity in Solomons quake zone
The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands says volcanic activity has increased on an island in Temotu province since the magnitude 8.0 earthquake two days ago. Sipuru Rove says... [more]

Interactive map flags crash sites for cyclists
Otago University researchers have created an interactive online map of places cyclists have been injured or killed by car doors opening. [more]

Killing prompts PNG call for court to hear sorcery cases
Papua New Guinea police have suggested a special court to hear allegations of sorcery. This comes as the police commissioner, Tom Kulunga, has condemned the killing in Mt Hagen of... [more]

US-sponsored summit in American Samoa gathers future leaders
The American Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, David Huebner, says the young people at a summit in American Samoa will come away with a Pacific wide network of future... [more]

Nauru foreign minister Keke resigns
Nauru's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Health and Sport, Dr Kieren Keke, has resigned from Cabinet. The resignation was announced by the Speaker, Ludwig Scotty, at the start of Thursday's... [more]

Foreign investment key to finding more jobs - Joyce
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says New Zealand needs to be more open to foreign investment if it is to recover from an employment rate at its lowest in 10 years. [more]

New anti-corruption group set up in Vanuatu
A new task force has been formed in Vanuatu, aimed at tackling corruption in Government and the public service. The Vanuatu Association of Non Governmental Organisations has established a new... [more]

Fiji resort staff lose jobs in Cyclone Evan aftermath
Two Fiji resorts have reportedly laid off 80 staff as a result of the destruction caused by Cyclone Evan in December. FBC News says the staff of the Bounty and... [more]

Former soldier who stabbed wife jailed for life
A former Iraqi soldier who stabbed his wife to death in their garden shed has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 17 years. [more]

Woman violently attacked in Nelson
Nelson police have launched an investigation after a woman was violently attacked on Thursday night. [more]

Call for Kiribati government to disclose aid from Taiwan
The former president of Kiribati is calling on the government to disclose how much aid it has received from Taiwan. Teburoro Tito says the government's dependence on Taiwan's support is... [more]

Video shows CBD changes in past year
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has released a video showing time-lapse photography of the Christchurch Central Business District taken between 1 February last year and 31 January this year. [more]

Stranded stateless man cleared to leave American Samoa for US mainland
A stateless man who has been stranded in American Samoa for more than a year says he has US Immigration Department approval to return to the US mainland. Mikhail Sebastian... [more]

Kiribati sea search fails to get outside help
A Kiribati fishing boat is still lost at sea and the marine search and rescue is finding it hard to attract help from overseas. Kiribati has asked New Zealand, the... [more]

Solomons declares state of disaster after Temotu quake
The Solomon Islands government has officially declared a state of disaster for Santa Cruz Islands in Temotu Province following Wednesday's 8.0 magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami that claimed lives and... [more]

Debate over repairing quake-hit clock tower
Christchurch city councillors are debating whether to repairthe frozen hands ofa clock tower that stopped when the February 2011 earthquake struck. [more]

Many Christchurch schools to learn fate next week
The Education Minister says decisions are still being made about which Christchurch schools will close or merge, with just over a week to go before the first official announcement. [more]

Health warning for Canterbury lake
A health warning has been issued for Lake Roundabout, near Ashburton, after a potentially toxic algal bloom was found. [more]

Otago bridge approach reopens
A section of flood-damaged road leading to a key Westland bridge has reopened after being closed for more than a month. [more]

Some subcontractors get gear from Mainzeal sites
Some subcontractors who have been locked off Mainzeal sites have been allowed back in to retrieve their tools and machinery. [more]

Mainzeal directors 'aware of financial position'
The former directors of Mainzeal Construction have issued a statement contradicting media comments they did not know the full extent of the company's financial troubles. [more]

Chorus shares up after telco review fast-tracked
Chorus shares have jumped as much as 12% as the company welcomed a sweeping review of telecommunications regulation. [more]

Telecom defends choosing Alcatel for upgrade
Telecom is defending its decision to award Alcatel Lucent a multimillion-dollar contract to upgrade its core fibre network across the length of New Zealand, saying the company was awarded the work based on merit. [more]

Betting suspended on AFL opener, call to ban promoting betting
A number of Australian bookmakers have suspended betting on the opening match of the AFL season between Adelaide and Essendon. The Bombers are currently under investigation by the AFL and... [more]

Australian PM rules out welfare for expat Kiwis
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ruled out making New Zealanders living across the Tasman eligible for welfare payments such as the unemployment benefit. [more]

Man who fatally beat teenager jailed 6 years
Rowdy family members had to be removed from court on Friday as a man was sentenced for the manslaughter of a Kapiti teenager. [more]

Phosphate mining will bring economic benefits: Moriori leader
Chatham Islanders say they're looking forward to the economic benefits phosphate mining would bring to the island. [more]

Finlayson hopes accord will mean better housing in Far North
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson hopes a new agreement between iwi and the government will lead to better housing in the Far North, saying the state of some homes gives him the creeps. [more]

Anadarko outlines plans to Kaikoura community
Ninety peopleturned out in Kaikoura on Friday to hear plans by the oil and petroleum company Anadarko, to drill for oil off its coast. [more]

Releasing Hobbit info could affect other films: New Line
New Line Cinema says disclosing more information about the Hobbit contracts dispute could jeopardise the chances of films being made here in future. [more]

Petrol likely accelerant in case of burnt man
The police investigating the homicide of a man who was burnt to death say it's likely petrol was used as an accelerant to kill him. [more]

Olympic official says doping not happening in NZ
The Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Olympic team says systematic doping of any kind is not happening in this country. [more]

Industry disagrees with proposed fire insurance changes
The Insurance Council says planned changes to the way the Fire Service is funded won't stop freeloaders rorting the system. [more]

Commission says capital's airport makes too much
Airlines say they feel vindicated by a Commerce Commission report showing Wellington Airport is earning millions of dollars more than it should through over-charging. The airport is disputing the commission's figures and will challenge them in court. [more]

Selwyn residents told to boil water
Selwyn District Council is advising residents in Hororata and the surrounding area who are on rural water supply to boil water for drinking. [more]

Friends farewell a 'fearless and fair' broadcaster
Friends of Sir Paul Holmes have given eulogies at his funeral, describing him as a fearless and fair broadcaster. [more]

Arrest over fatal crash in Orakei
Police have found and arrested a driver they were looking for after a fatal crash in central Auckland on Thursday. [more]

Psa-V outbreaks in kiwifruit drop
There's been a dramatic reduction in the number of new outbreaks of the kiwifruit disease Psa-V since December, compared with the same period a year ago. [more]

Northern Young Farmer event on
The first regional final in this year's ANZ Young Farmer Contest is on Saturday. [more]

Marlborough wine and food festival on
More than 7000 people are expected at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival at Brancott Estate winery, west of Blenheim, on Saturday. [more]

Govt irrigation scheme decision applauded
A Canterbury irrigation scheme's chief executive says the Government's move to allow electricity supplier TrustPower to release water from Lake Coleridge into irrigation schemes when rivers are running low will benefit farmers and the environment. [more]

80th anniversary of Maori Excellence in Farming Award
Organisers of the Maori Excellence in Farming Award are delighted with the range of entries from sheep and beef farmers in this year's competition, the premier award for Maori farmers. [more]