Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 19th February 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - And The Band Played Waltzing Maltilda
Jim Kettlewell from Whangarei has chosen 'And The Band Played Waltzing Maltilda' - performed by the Pogues. [more]

TV Review with Sarah McMullan
Reviewing 'The Radio', 'The Blue Rose', 'Sunny Skies'; and 'Campbell Live' vs 'Seven Sharp'. [more]

Book Review with Nicky Pelligrino
Reviewing 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion. [more]

Music Review with Nick Atkinson
Featuring the songs 'Ma Wai Ra' by Mara TK; and 'Pencils In The Wind' by Flight of the Conchords. [more]

Words and phrases that should be deleted
Words and phrases Time Magazine wants deleted from the vocabulary in 2013. [more]

Web Review with Ele Ludemann
18 complicated scientific ideas explained using only the 1000 most frequently used words. [more]

Search for relations of Kiwi sailor
Heritage staff in Australia are looking for help in tracking down the relatives of William Rush, a young kiwi sailor who died at sea during World War II. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Schizophrenia
After years of keeping it a secret, in 2007 Dr Elyn Saks wrote a successful memoir about her struggle with schizophrenia called 'The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.' Recently, she's been asking for more public awareness and understanding for people with mental illnesses, and for health professionals not to underestimate the potential of people living with schizophrenia. [more]

Asian Report for 19 February 2013 - Queer Asians (Part 3)
Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets Nikki, Natalie and their daughter Juno, an Asian New Zealand couple who just happen to be a 'two mum' family. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 19 February 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Matt Nippert (Part 1)
Topics - John Key says a report out today into the deal with SkyCity for a 350 million dollar international convention centre in Auckland "totally vindicates" his government. A comparison of local council plans shows that the speed at which they expect to borrow has increased dramatically. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Matt Nippert (Part 2)
Topics - Nutritional experts say food manufacturers and government agencies have consistently misled consumers over many years about the number of calories contained in food. Today we learned of the sudden loss of the talented former Radio Hauraki breakfast host Kevin Black. The former North Shore mayor and senior policeman, Councillor George Wood, says he didn't realise he was breaking the law by taking a cellphone photograph while driving across the harbour bridge. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 19 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 19 February 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 19 February 2013
Lower generation costs powers Contact Energy's half year profit. The Australian owner of the Glenbrook steel mill cuts its losses and the stock market rises. [more]

Evening Business for 19 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 19 February 2013
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Question Time for 19 February 2013
METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: In relation to the proposed school closures in Christchurch, does she agree with Manning Intermediate head Richard Chambers that "The Minister promised us that we would have two years no matter what. It was a guarantee she made to our community repeatedly, it was unequivocal"? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: In the context of the Government's Christchurch schools announcement, what is the process going forward? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he believe that the contracting system currently used in the construction industry works appropriately and fairly in circumstances of insolvency; if so, why? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What progress is being made on making the Christchurch city centre safe for rebuilding? IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan? TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government focussing New Zealand's science funding investment, and encouraging Kiwis to get involved in science? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent announcements has she made regarding government support for volunteering? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Local Government: Does he have any concerns about the Hawkes Bay Regional Council's forecast of 530 percent increase in its debt by 2021/22? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he still have confidence in the Associate Minister of Health; if so, why? [more]

Checkpoint

Cost a barrier to funding HPV vaccine for boys
Cost could be the major barrier to including boys as well as girls in a vaccination programme to prevent cervical cancer. [more]

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 19 February 2013
Sky City got preferential treatment to build the controversial convention centre. The search for forty Tongans in NZ whose criminal records were erased and three nephews of Hone Harawira are accused of assaulting a 12-year-old boy. [more]

Opposition parties and Govt disagree over Sky City report.
Immediately after the report's release, the Labour leader, David Shearer, questioned the Prime Minister, John Key, in Parliament about the treatment given to SkyCity in the tender process. [more]

Greens response to Sky City report
Listening to that was the Greens co-leader, Metiria Turei, who last year asked for the deal to be investigated. [more]

Search on for 40 criminals with wiped records
The Tongan police said today their audit shows a total of 172 cases of criminals getting a clean bill of health in police letters used to secure a visitors visa - though it appears most of those were headed for Australia. [more]

3 nephews of MP Hone Harawira charged with assault
Three nephews of the MP Hone Harawira are facing charges of assaulting a 12-year-old boy. [more]

New cable to be built across Tasman
Plans are underway for a new undersea cable for telephone and internet, linking Australia and New Zealand, just months after an earlier proposal collapsed for lack of support. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Rally in Christchurch to protest school closures and mergers
Angry children, parents and teachers have been marching on the Ministry of Education's Christchurch office this afternoon. [more]

Government confirms plan to legislate for plain packaging
The Government's planning to force tobacco companies into plain packaging for cigarettes and other products, but a law change is entirely dependent on potential legal action in Australia. [more]

Parata grilled over chch school closures in Parliament
The Education Minister, Hekia Parata, has been forced to defend the revised plan on closing and merging schools in Christchurch. [more]

Minister Joyce defends Sky City dealing
Opposition parties are calling on the Government to ditch its proposed deal with Sky City to build an international convention centre in Auckland. [more]

Tongan police insist wiping criminal records has stopped
A search is on for forty or so Tongans that Immigration New Zealand estimates had their criminal records wiped to get into this country. [more]

Communication breakdown mean police not seeking teen
An inquest has heard that in the days before a 13 year old runaway crashed a car and died, Child Youth and Family and the police were confused over who was responsible for finding him. [more]

NZTA bills crash victim close to $1400
The mother of a teenager who almost died in a car crash was distressed to find she'd then been billed close to 14-hundred dollars by the Transport Agency. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

6 breakins in 9 months at roading site prior to murder
The owner of an Auckland Security Company says despite six thefts in nine months at a roading construction site he considered it a low-risk workplace. [more]

Fukushima victims told to pay back compensation money
In Japan, victims of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster have been told they must pay back thousands of dollars of compensation they've been given. [more]

The head of the racing industry's disciplinary body, resigns
The head of the racing industry's disciplinary body, Kerry Hoggard has resigned after former ACT MP Stephen Franks criticised his appointment as a bad joke. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 19 February 2013
Sky City got preferential treatment to build the controversial convention centre, The search for forty Tongans in NZ whose criminal records were erased, and Three nephews of Hone Harawira are accused of assaulting a 12-year-old boy. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 February 2013
Telecom, Vodafone and Telstra are to build a trans-Tasman internet cable and more than 50 teachers will lose their jobs in the Christchurch school shake up. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 February 2013
The New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills is impressed by the young brigade coming through, but he says he's under no pressure to stand aside. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 19 February 2013
Christchurch schools to rally against closures and mergers today, Hekia Parata says decisions are not yet final, Government defends decision to keep soldiers in Afghanistan, PM confident report will clear way for convention centre, Broadcasting pioneer Kevin Black has died, Some police can now keep tasers on their belts. [more]

Tauranga charter boat owner says Rena must be removed
A Tauranga charter boat operator says the wreck of the container ship, Rena, is toxic and must be removed. [more]

Pacific News for 19 February 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Government says early date for school closures gives certainty
Opposition parties say the Government is causing unnecessary distress by rushing changes to Christchurch schools. [more]

Tourism industry says robbery of tourists an isolated event
The Tourism Industry says armed muggings at two sightseeing spots in Auckland is proof New Zealand isn't immune to crimes against tourists who they say can be easy targets. [more]

Christchurch schools to rally against closures and mergers
Thousands of Christchurch people are today preparing to vent their anger at the government's plans to close or merge 19 of the region's schools. [more]

Hekia Parata says decisions are not yet final
Many parents, school staff and pupils in affected schools are upset and angry with the decisions. [more]

Government defends decision to keep soldiers in Afghanistan
The Government is defending its decision to keep 27 military personnel in Afghanistan beyond the April withdrawal date. [more]

PM confident report will clear way for convention centre
The Prime Minister is confident a report by the Auditor-General's office will clear the way for the Government to negotiate a deal with Sky City Casino to build an international convention centre in Auckland. [more]

Broadcasting pioneer Kevin Black has died
The long time breakfast DJ began his career with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in Dunedin, and went on to become the highest-paid radio announcer in the country during the peak of his career with Radio Hauraki. [more]

Some police can now keep tasers on their belts
Police officers in Canterbury have been given permission to carry tasers as side arms. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Armed muggings proof New Zealand isn't immune to tourist thefts
An armed thief who fired shots near tourists and robbed four people at two popular Auckland landmarks on Sunday evening, still hasn't been found. [more]

Highest court hears hapu's claim to part of Waikato riverbed
A sub-tribe will today ask the Supreme Court to rule it owns a stretch of the Waikato's riverbed. [more]

Prisoner X may have been 'turned' by Aust spies - report
Israeli and Australian media are reporting that suspected Mossad agent Ben Zygier was arrested by his own spymasters after they believed he told Australia's ASIO spy agency about his work for the Israelis. [more]

Warnings eyed for kids' TV exposure
An expert on the effects of television on children wants TV stations to broadcast warnings about the dangers of children watching for too long. [more]

New Brighton schools shocked and speed of changes
The staff, students and parents from an 124-year-old Christchurch primary school that will shut its doors at the end of the year will today join the rally against the planned changes to it - and 18 other of the region's schools. [more]

Christchurch schools discuss frustrations
Lyttelton West School faces a similar fate to that of Central New Brighton - it has been earmarked to close and merge with another school, Lyttelton Main, in January next year. [more]

Locals react to Rena wreck proposal
More than 16 months and 275-million-dollars after the ship ran aground off Tauranga, its owners are now proposing leaving the wreck where it lies. [more]

Rena Insurers propose to leave the wreck where it is
The scientist studying the environmental effects of the Rena grounding says a comprehensive environmental survey is vital before any decision on what to do with the wreck. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government accused of breaking it promise to withdraw troops
The Government is being accused of breaking its promise to bring all troops home from Afghanistan in April. [more]

Dental health of rest home residents surveyed
A new study commissioned by the Health Ministry is expected to yield vital information about the state of oral health of older New Zealanders. [more]

Former MP to run for mayor in Far North
The former Northland National MP John Carter has announced he will run for mayor of the Far North District. [more]

Drug researchers eye New Zealand seabed
The hunt for new life-saving antibiotics is taking researchers to some of the deepest and coldest places on Earth. [more]

Nights

Global Neighbours - Mexico
Reporting from the eleventh most populous country and the most populous Hispanophone country in the world is our correspondent Myles Estey. Some sincere attempts to reform the justice system; the explosion of the PEMEX building; and the new government is trying to promote fact that Mexico is safer and ready for business - but murder rates show no sign of abating. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number three. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Christchurch schools plan appeals over closure timeframe
With Toni Burnside - The Principal of Central New Brighton school in Christchurch. Tony Simpson - Principal of Phillipstown school. Alicia Bunge-Krueger - Parent of 2 students at Phillipstown School which is to close at the end of this year. [more]

Are we doing enough to monitor antibiotic resistance?
With Ben Harris - A medical laboratory scientist in the infection control team for Southern Community Laboratories in Christchurch. [more]

Book Review - Don't Let Me Go
Written by Susan Lewis, reviewed by Louise O'Brien and published by Century. [more]

Is there a link between TV and antisocial behaviour?
With Bob Hancox - Associate Professor from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Otago University. A new study shows children who watch a lot of television, are more likely to become aggressive and commit crimes. [more]

US Correspondent - Jack Hitt
American reaction to the pope retiring. [more]

Feature Guest - Courtney Dressing
How habitable earth-like planets could be closer and more plentiful than we ever thought. Harvard University astronomer Courtney Dressing on her research into the possibilities of life beyond Earth. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
The Living Wage campaign and Z Energy's possible float. [more]

Landmark patent ruling over breast cancer gene BRCA1
With Ian Olver - Chief Executive of the Australian Cancer Council. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
The boardroom meltdown at APN and possible consequences for the NZ Herald and Radio Network. The new broadcasters' self-regulatory Online Media Standards Authority. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 February 2013
A North Island hapu is in the Supreme Court today, seeking ownership of a section of riverbed near Tokoroa; A Maori language medium school in Christchurch says it's prepared to stay put and has no plans of moving - despite a relocation plan by the government; Tauranga Moana a Toi Iwi Forum Chairman, Te Awanui Black, says he doesn't take any comfort from an assurance by the owner of the container ship Rena, that leaving the rest of the wreck on Astrolabe reef, won't pose a threat to the marine environment; The police in Marlborough have appointed an iwi liaison officer to provide advice on cultural issues with Maori, as well as developing relationships with the eight tribes in the region, and collecting intelligence on criminal investigations. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 February 2013
A North Island hapu is in the Supreme Court today, seeking ownership of a section of riverbed near Tokoroa; A Maori language medium school in Christchurch says it's prepared to stay put and has no plans of moving - despite a relocation plan by the government; Tauranga Moana a Toi Iwi Forum Chairman, Te Awanui Black, says he doesn't take any comfort from an assurance by the owner of the container ship Rena, that leaving the rest of the wreck on Astrolabe reef, won't pose a threat to the marine environment; The police in Marlborough have appointed an iwi liason officer to provide advice on cultural issues with Maori, as well as developing relationships with the eight tribes in the region, and collecting intelligence on criminal investigations. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 February 2013
The Supreme Court has heard the Crown had a duty to fully explain what they were doing when they bought land and a riverbed from a hapu at the end of the nineteenth century; Official figures show fewer Maori babies are dying; A Christchurch kura kaupapa is suggesting that the Ministry of Education set up a third school in the city - instead of shifting one of the kura; A Regional Project Leader with the National Maori Suicide Prevention Programme, says suicide is twice as likely to affect Maori, than any other ethnic group in Aotearoa New Zealand. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 February 2013
The Supreme Court has heard the Crown had a duty to fully explain what they were doing when they bought land and a riverbed from a hapu at the end of the nineteenth century; Official figures show fewer Maori babies are dying; A Christchurch kura kaupapa is suggesting that the Ministry of Education set up a third school in the city - instead of shifting one of the kura; A Regional Project Leader with the National Maori Suicide Prevention Programme, says suicide is twice as likely to affect Maori, than any other ethnic group in Aotearoa New Zealand. [more]

The Reading

The Open Accounts of an Honesty Box - Part 9
Jinx and Fliss seem to have deepened their relationship and things are hotting up on the building site. Jinx gets Paula to help on the roof and young Jared watches baby Hoggy. Jinx's cigarette butt sets off a fire which they all put out but Fliss is furious at the risk. Millie May discovers a pile of mail in her honesty box and Jinx's ex partner Lexie turns up. [more]

The Sampler

The Sampler for 19 February 2013
In this weeks programme Nick Bollinger reviews albums by Lau, Atoms for Peace and Public Service Broadcasting. [more]

Upbeat

Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes
land based 10 piece jazz/rhythm and blues band performing many shows at the Auckland Fringe Festival. [more]

Gareth Farr
NZ composer talks about his work on Auckland Summer Shakespeare's production of King Lear. [more]

News stories:

Canterbury police allowed to carry tasers
Police officers in Canterbury now have permission to carry tasers on their belts while maintenance is carried out on the vehicle safes where they are usually kept. [more]

Foreign suppliers undercutting NZ firms, inquiry told
The steel construction and heavy engineering sector says overseas suppliers are under-cutting local businesses with low-quality products for big government projects. [more]

NZX result
Full-year profit at NZX is down by 32% compared to the previous year due to increased costs and fewer firms raising money. [more]

Independent to sell South African titles
Independent News Media is to sell its South African newspaper business in a deal said to be worth two billion rand. The company has more than 30 daily and weekly titles. [more]

Man accused of New Year's Day rape in court
A man has appeared in the Nelson District Court on Monday charged with the rape of a woman in Nelson on New Year's Day. [more]

Waikato man in second young farmer grand final
A Waikato farmer will be competing in the grand final of the Young Farmer contest for the second time in three years after winning his regional event. [more]

Govt funding for Canterbury irrigation scheme
Canterbury's next big irrigation scheme moved a step closer with an announcement it is to receive $1.7 million in funding from the Government's irrigation acceleration fund. [more]

Surprise at lack of interest in carbon credit trading
Associate Professor Euan Mason of Canterbury University is surprised more hill country farmers are not showing an interest in carbon credit trading as they stand to boost their incomes while at the same time helping the environment. [more]

Dairy goat co-op sees big increase in interest
The New Zealand Dairy Goat Co-operative says milking goats for a living has never been as attractive as it is now, with new farmers queuing up to join the industry. [more]

Kura intends to stay put
A Maori language medium school in Christchurch is prepared to stay put and has no plans to move, despite a Government plan for it to relocate. [more]

Tauranga iwi forum disappointed over Rena decision
Tauranga Moana a Toi Iwi Forum chairman Te Awanui Black says he does not take any comfort from an assurance by the owner of the Rena, that leaving the rest of the wreck on Astrolabe reef will not pose a threat to the marine environment. [more]

Police iwi liaison officer in Marlborough
Police in Marlborough have appointed an iwi liaison officer to provide advice on cultural issues, as well as developing relationships with the eight tribes in the region and collecting intelligence on criminal investigations. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's headlines: Death of radio legend Kevin Black; University of Otago first year students welcomed to Dunedin as new citizens and not tourists; woman arrested for being drunk and disorderly on a horse. [more]

Demand for industrial space seen as picking up
Property for Industry says demand for industrial space is picking up, though the property investor says rental growth is expected to be slow. [more]

Freightways expects growth despite economic situation
Freightways expects to keep growing despite the uncertain economic environment, the higher costs of servicing Christchurch and the impact that low prices for recycled paper are having on its information management business. [more]

Supreme Court hearing hapu riverbed claim
A North Island hapu is putting its case to the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking ownership of a section of riverbed near Tokoroa. [more]

Visitors 'often targeted' by criminals in NZ
The Tourism Industry Association says a series of armed robberies in two sightseeing spots shows the country is not immune from violent acts towards visitors. [more]

New Zealand announces Pacific parliamentary meeting
New Zealand has announced it will host a forum of Pacific parliamentarians in April. The chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee, John Hayes, says it will... [more]

Fiji hoteliers say planes will allow access to new markets
The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association says the industry will soon be able to reach untapped markets thanks to the purchase of new aircraft by the national carrier, Air Pacific. [more]

European markets down
Shares in Europe dipped on Monday and markets in the United States were closed for a holiday. [more]

Woman sexually assaulted
A woman was sexually assaulted in broad daylight in Nelson last Friday morning. [more]

Rural fire ban by New Plymouth
New Plymouth District Council is imposing a rural fire ban as the hot dry weather looks set to continue. [more]

Robbery car located
Police have found the stolen car used in a series of armed daylight robberies at tourist spots in Auckland. [more]

Big drop in profit at Southern Cross
First half profit at Southern Cross Media fell 52% to $A45 million. Radio and TV advertising revenue was down 10%. [more]

Profit warning by Comvita
Comvita on Tuesday warned its profit will be lower than earlier forecast, blaming the high price it pays for honey. [more]

Trading halt for Diligent
Shares in Diligent Board Member Services are in a trading halt after the company warned it may have to restate its accounts for previous years. [more]

Sport: Fiji hockey teams outclassed in India
Fiji have been completely outclassed in their opening matches at the World Hockey League Round 2 tournament in New Delhi. The women were thrashed 14-0 by Japan, while hosts India... [more]

Sport: Samisoni Fisilau fit and ready to contribute
New Hurricanes halfback Samisoni Fisilau says he's back to full fitness and excited about the prospect of a Super Rugby debut. The 25 year old spent five seasons with Counties... [more]

Record low infant mortality rate
New Zealand's infant mortality rate fell to record lows last year: 4.2 deaths per 1000 live births. Ten years earlier, the rate was 5.6 deaths per 1000 live births. [more]

Name suppression continued
Name suppression is still in place for a Porirua man charged with a prolonged and serious assault on a woman on 10 February. [more]

Jerry Buss dies
The Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died aged 80. Buss bought the Lakers, along with the Los Angeles Kings ice hockey team and the Great Western Forum in... [more]

Williams oldest world number one
Serena Williams has been confirmed as the oldest number one in womens tennis despite her loss to Victoria Azarenka in the Qatar Open. The 31-year-old American becomes the oldest woman... [more]

Robinson takes up role with Bristol
The former Scotland and England coach Andy Robinson has been appointed director of rugby at second-tier English club Bristol. Robinson, who had a disappointing spell as England coach between 2004... [more]

Kyle Mills not about to retire
The New Zealand bowler Kyle Mills says he has no intention of retiring and wants to play through to the 2015 World Cup. Mills is generally restricted to the ODI... [more]

Mancini says he's the best manager around
The Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says he is currently "the best football manager in England" and is not facing the sack. City are out of European competition and face... [more]

White Ferns skipper named player of the World Cup
The national women's cricket captain Suzie Bates has been named player of the tournament at their World Cup in India. Bates finished as the leading run-scorer in her side's fourth... [more]

South Africa cash in as top test playing nation
South Africa's men's cricket team is set for a $530,000 windfall as the world's top-ranked test playing nation. The Proteas' four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second test at Newlands... [more]

Burger's return from injury delayed
The return of the great Springbok's flanker Schalk Burger from a long-term injury has been further delayed. The former world rugby player of the year hasn't played since injurying his... [more]

Sutil and Bianchi to race for last Force India seat
Germany's Adrian Sutil and Frenchman Jules Bianchi, rivals for the last remaining seat on the Formula One grid with Force India, will both test for the team in Barcelona this... [more]

Bates moves up to No.2 batter in the world
The ICC Women's World Cup 2013 Player of the tournament, Suzie Bates, has jumped five places to claim a career-best number two spot in the latest ICC Women's ODI batting... [more]

Australia avoid total embarrassment in Chennai
The Australian cricketers comfortably avoided an innings loss after being forced to follow-on in their three day match against India A in Chennai. In their final match before the first... [more]

Shanghai take Drogba row to FIFA
The leading Chinese football club Shanghai Shenhua will ask FIFA to intervene in its battle against star striker Didier Drogba's move to the Turkish side Galatasaray. The Ivory Coast striker... [more]

Spending by tourists well down
Spending by tourists is at its lowest level in 11 years due to a weak global economy and the strong New Zealand dollar. [more]

Rise in first-half profit for property company
Precinct Properties reported a rise in first half year profit to $23.6 million, due in part to buying a shopping mall in Auckland. It will pay a second quarter dividend of 2.56 cents per share. [more]

More cost cutting by light bulb maker
Light bulb maker Energy Mad is expanding its cost cutting with a target of nearly $1 million for 2014. [more]

Horse meat scandal seen as opportunity for NZ
Federated Farmers says the horse meat scandal in Europe is an opportunity for New Zealand to promote the new livestock identification and traceability system (NAIT). [more]

Man charged after fatal stabbing
Police in Auckland have charged a man with assault after a fatal stabbing at Half Moon Bay late on Friday. [more]

Top quality farms in high demand
Demand for top quality farms is outstripping supply. Almost 400 farms were sold during the three months to the end of January, an increase of 13% on the same period a year ago. [more]

Atia Porinetia outraged at Tahiti decolonisation bid
French Polynesia's new opposition grouping has accused the President Oscar Temaru of abusing his own people by seeking to re-inscribe the territory on the UN decolonisation list. The Atia Porinetia... [more]

Fiji pig farmers call for pork import duties
Fiji's pig farmers want the interim government to impose a 32 percent duty on imported pork. This comes as the industry says cheap imported processed pork is seriously threatening the... [more]

Tsunami-related health problems under control in Solomons' Temotu
The top health official in the Solomons province hit by a magnitude eight earthquake and subsequent tsunami says so far there has been no outbreak of disaster-related illness. Thousands of... [more]

Starkist expansion plan worries American Samoa
The American Samoa governor says there are some impediments to the multi-national tuna cannery, Starkist, expanding its production in the territory. Starkist has revealed plans to close its tuna pouch... [more]

PNG concerned about illicit genetic material patenting
Papua New Guinea has been warned some of its plant material has been patented by third parties outside the country. A lawyer and executive director of the PNG Business Council,... [more]

Samoa opposition unhappy with luxury government car fleet
Samoa's opposition leader has criticised spending of taxpayer's money on extras for vehicles used by government chief executive officers. The Tautua Party's Palusalue Faaopo II says such extras include tinting... [more]

Court supports boarding house owners
Boarding house owners in Christchurch have won a case in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission over whether their properties are covered by natural disaster insurance. [more]

Shotput event for Adams in Auckland
Auckland Council and Sport NZ are to fund an international competition for Olympic shotput champion Valerie Adams at The Cloud on 2 March. [more]

No proof of illegal fishing off Banks Peninsula
The Ministry for Primary Industries says there is no proof that illegal fishing has been taking place in a protected area off the coast of Banks Peninsula. [more]

Fiji Political Parties Decree amendment tightens up on media
The media in Fiji are facing tighter restrictions on political reporting after changes to the Political Parties Decree. The interim government has brought in amendments which will also further affect... [more]

Some SAS staying in Afghanistan
Some New Zealand SAS personnel will stay in Afghanistan after April and will be working with international forces to identify targets. [more]

Cause of penguin deaths still not known
The deaths of yellow-eyed penguins on Otago Peninsula are still being investigated. Fifty-six penguins have been found dead in the past month. DoC says every test so far has been inconclusive. [more]

Clarke to head to Ireland after Super Rugby season
The Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke is heading offshore after the Super Rugby season. The 29-year-old lock has signed with the Irish club Connacht for three seasons, where the former All... [more]

"Toxic incidents" behind Australian swimmers' London failure
A long-awaited independent review into the Australian Olympic swimming team's failure at last year's London Olympics has highlighted a failure of culture and leadership. The report cites misuse of prescription... [more]

Big Val to throw at The Cloud in March
The double Olympic shotput champion Valerie Adams will compete in Auckland in an international competition in the city at The Cloud early next month. The public will be able to... [more]

Plenty of fresh faces in NZ XI to face England
The New Zealand XI squad to play England in next week's four-day warm-up match in Queenstown features eight internationals, but also sees Northern Districts leg spinner Ish Sodhi and Central... [more]

Tonga police say 172 people got records cleared for overseas travel
Tonga's Police Commissioner, Grant O'Fee, says the criminal records of 172 people have been cleared. A search of all Tonga police records was made after revelations last week that police... [more]

Marshall Islands College says more local teachers can cut budget
The President of the College of the Marshall Islands says hiring local teachers can significantly reduce the school's annual costs. As part of the school's plan to erase debt and... [more]

Tonga fuel prices hiked by more than 20 percent
The price of fuel in Tonga has increased sharply. According to the Ministry of Commerce, the price of petrol on the main island of Tongatapu is now 1 US dollar... [more]

Academic advises Australia to refocus on Pacific
An Australian academic is calling for changes in the way Australian governments treat the Pacific to ensure it can maintain strong stable relationships with island nations. The University of Melbourne's... [more]

Parents urged to check driveways
The Safe Kids group says people need to increase their awareness of children on driveways to prevent more deaths. [more]

Public help sought as man ordered off internet
Police are seeking information from anyone contacted by a man accused of using the social networking website Facebook to inappropriately contact young women. [more]

Tonga police say 172 records unlawfully cleared
A total of 172 former criminals in Tonga have had their records wiped by police officers over a ten-year period to 2011. The police commissioner, Grant O'Fee, says this has... [more]

Labour MP off to work for UN
Labour MP Charles Chauvel is resigning from Parliament to take up a position with the United Nations in New York. He entered Parliament as a list MP in 2006. [more]

Solomons landowners to be compensated for Temotu airport development
Temotu province landowners in Solomon Islands are seeking tens of thousands of US dollars in compensation over the building of a second airport. The province remains under a state of... [more]

Ministers apologise over Novopay
Education Minister Hekia Parata has offered a limited apology over the Novopay debacle, saying she is sorry for the inconvenience it has caused. [more]

Most take advice to change email passwords
Telecom says nearly all of its 87,000 customers affected by a cyber attack have changed their email passwords. [more]

Marine company fined after explosion
A marine engineering company has been ordered to pay $35,000 following a boat explosion in January last year. [more]

Parata says post-quake changes had to be made
Education Minister Hekia Parata has defended the Government's decision to close or merge 19 schools in Christchurch, saying changes had to be made in the wake of New Zealand's biggest natural disaster. [more]

Fiji workers determined to set up political movement despite Fiji regime's latest rules
The National Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Felix Anthony, says the Fiji regime's latest changes to its rules for political parties will not deter workers from setting up... [more]

MWH offers jobs to Mainzeal workers
Engineering and construction firm MWH says it will give jobs to dozens of Mainzeal workers for the Christchurch rebuild. [more]

New Caledonian farmers to get payout after Freda damage
The New Caledonian government has decided that more than two million US dollars will be given to farmers affected by tropical depression Freda at the end of December. It says... [more]

70 Pacific politicians invited for NZ talks
Helping New Zealand MPs become more familiar with Pacific issues is part of the reason the government is bringing up to 70 younger politicians from around the region to Wellington... [more]

Half year profit up 29% at Contact
Shares in Contact Energy have risen 16 cents to $5.24 each after it announced a solid half-year profit following a reduction in costs and adjustments to asset values. [more]

Christchurch kura kaupapa suggests building third school
A Christchurch kura kaupapa is suggesting the Ministry of Education set up a third Maori language immersion school in the city instead of shifting one of the existing kura. [more]

Online seminar discusses high Maori suicide rates
A regional project leader with the National Maori Suicide Prevention Programme says suicide is twice as likely to affect Maori than any other ethnic group in Aotearoa New Zealand. [more]

Large drop in infant death rate for Maori
Official figures show fewer Maori babies are dying. [more]

Hundreds attend rally against school plans
Angry parents, teachers and some children have marched to the Ministry of Education's Christchurch office over the plans to reorganise some of the region's schools. [more]

Harawira relatives charged with assaulting boy
Three nephews of the MP Hone Harawira are facing charges of assaulting a 12-year-old boy. [more]

Inquiry into Tongan nationals' entry to NZ
The Government has instructed officials to investigate the whereabouts of Tongan nationals in New Zealand who have undeclared criminal histories. [more]

Owner considered security site low risk, court told
The owner of an Auckland security company says despite six thefts in nine months at a roading construction site he considered it to be a low-risk workplace. [more]

Crown's duty to explain riverbed buy-up - lawyer
The Supreme Court has heard that the Crown had a duty to fully explain what it was doing when it bought land and a riverbed from a hapu at the end of the 19th century. [more]

Police didn't get message boy missing, inquest told
A breakdown in communication meant police were not looking for a 13-year-old who had run away from Child, Youth and Family care shortly before he died, an inquest has been told. [more]

Acting chair of racing unit resigns
The acting chairman of the racing industry's disciplinary body has resigned less than six months after being appointed. [more]

Crash victim's family billed for clean-up
The New Zealand Transport Agency has billed the mother of a teenager involved in a near-fatal car crash for almost $1400. [more]

Older people's oral health surveyed
A new nationwide survey of the oral health of older New Zealanders should provide vital information for the future, experts say. [more]

Council may reject Tarras water scheme
A proposed irrigation scheme for the Central Otago town of Tarras is hanging in the balance, with the Otago Regional Council likely to reject a request to financially back the project. [more]

Board issues reasons for denying Cardno killer parole
The Parole Board has released its reasons for refusing parole for the man who murdered a Lower Hutt schoolgirl 23 years ago. [more]

New trans-Tasman submarine cable proposed
Three major companies intend to band together to build a $71 million trans-Tasman submarine cable. [more]

Sky City still willing to invest in convention centre
Casino operator Sky City Entertainment says it is still willing to invest $350 million to build and operate an international convention centre in Auckland, if it can agree an acceptable return with the Government. [more]

Sound Archives integration marked
An official transfer of New Zealand's largest collection of sound recordings has been completed. [more]

Radio Hauraki DJ Kevin Black dies
Former Radio Hauraki DJ Kevin Black died at his home in Auckland on Monday. [more]

Gastro report shows water fouled with animal effluent
A report into an outbreak of gastroenteritis in Darfield says the drinking water supply was contaminated by animal effluent. [more]

Govt confirms plan to legislate for plain packaging
Prime Minister John Key says it is prudent for New Zealand to wait for the outcome of any legal action in Australia before proceeding with plain packaging for tobacco. [more]

John Carter to contest Far North mayoralty
Former Northland National MP John Carter, who has been New Zealand High Commissioner in the Cook Islands for the past 18 months, is to stand for mayor in the Far North district. [more]

Christchurch gondola set to reopen in March
The operator of the Christchurch gondola says it expects to reopen by the 25 March if work to remove any risk of hazardous rockfall is complete. [more]

Air Force museum extension opens
A $14.3 million extension to the Air Force Museum in Christchurch has opened. [more]

Report finds nothing inappropriate in SkyCity deal
The Auditor-General's office has found there was nothing inappropriate in the Government's decision to negotiate with SkyCity to build a $350 million international convention centre. [more]