Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 21st February 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Rainy Night in Soho
Mark de Lacy from the Kapiti Coast has chosen ' Rainy Night in Soho' by Damien Dempsey. [more]

Your Place - St Bathans
We head deep into the heart of Central Otago's Maniototo district to an old gold mining town originally called Dunstan Creek. At the height of the gold rush 2000 miners lived here, today the permanent population numbers just 6. Dunstan Creek still exists as a waterway that starts high in the Dunstan Mountains to the west and flows down into the Manuherika River that, in turn, flows into the Clutha at Alexandra. [more]

Doll Hospital turns 100
One hundred years ago a shipment of celluloid dolls from Japan arrived in Sydney in bad shape. Rubber bands holding the dolls together had perished on the journey. Harold Chapman found a way to fix them, so the Sydney Doll Hospital was born. Since then, the hospital has repaired more than 2 million dolls from Australia and New Zealand. The hospital is now run by Harold's grandson Geoff Chapman. [more]

Principal in the Northern Territory
Two years ago New Zealand teachers Anna and John Young were forced to escape from Tripoli during the Feburary 2011 Libyan revolution. Now John has taken on a new challenge as the principal in a very remote school in the Northern Territory in Australia. [more]

The Arts Report
Justin Gregory talks to male models about anonymity, holding the pose and getting their gear off. [more]

Our Changing World - Forensics Lab (Part 1)
To see a real-life CSI lab, Ruth Beran met with Steve from Environmental Science and Research who took her on a tour. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 21 February 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Irene Gardiner (Part 1)
Topics - One of New Zealand's most famous philanthropists, the economist Gareth Morgan, has accused the SPCA of being morally disoriented. The Chief Executive of Drug Free Sport New Zealand says a drug culture is developing in gyms which could spill over into professional and amateur sport. [more]

The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Irene Gardiner (Part 2)
Topics - The New York Times reports that a college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job. Are we about to see a return to the days of tiny "shoebox" apartments in Auckland? [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 21 Feb 2013
Simon Morris looks at a Hitchcock-type movie about Alfred Hitchcock, and the making of his hit film Psycho. This Is 40 revisits the world of 2007 comedy Knocked Up and Bruce Willis returns as John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 21 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 21 February 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 21 February 2013
Asset sales boost Port of Tauranga's half year profit. Growth in domestic passengers boosts Auckland International Airport's bottom line and the stock market declines. [more]

Evening Business for 21 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 21 February 2013
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Christchurch hospital still largely a construction zone
Two years on from the February twenty second earthquake, large parts of Christchurch Hospital are a construction site as repairs to damaged wards continue. [more]

Question Time for 20 February 2013
Questions to Ministers 1. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government's financial position? 2. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? 3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement that "anyone expecting details of a 'cosy sort of little deal' would be disappointed" by the Deputy Auditor-General's report into the SkyCity Convention Centre negotiations. 4. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What criteria did he use in deciding that owners of vacant sections in the red zone of Christchurch should only be compensated at half of the sections' most recent rateable value? 5. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Economic Development: What economic opportunities will a new convention centre bring for Auckland? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Did he or his office receive the 12 November 2009 report from Ministry officials to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, summarising the process with SkyCity for the building of a convention centre; if so, did he read it? 7. MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister for Social Development: What steps is the Government taking to reduce welfare fraud? 8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What contingency plans, if any, does the Government have in place regarding its asset sale programme should the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter reduce production? 9. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Trade: Will New Zealand support Australia's objection to signing up to investor-state dispute provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement; if not, why not? 10. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Why is he offering only 50 percent of rating valuation for commercial or bare land in the residential red zone where the land could not be insured? 11. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Corrections: What announcements has she made on improving prisoner employment training in New Zealand prisons? 12. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her decisions in relation to schools in Christchurch? [more]

Southern Story for 21 February 2013 - Earthquake Anniversary
Christchurch prepares for a challenging anniversary - two years on from the devastating earthquake that killed 185 people. Our correspondent there, Katy Gosset, hears the stories of local baristas who were in the CBD that day. [more]

Checkpoint

Probiotics taken during pregnancy may reduce allergies
Researchers are urging women in early pregnancy to join a study aimed at reducing excema and allergies including asthma in children. [more]

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 21 February 2013
Solid Energy is in urgent talks with its bankers. The Prime Minister is forced to back down over a Sky City convention centre claim and a large scrub fire in Wellington is being treated as suspicious. [more]

Country's biggest coal miner is in upheaval
The country's biggest coal miner is in upheaval, entering urgent talks with its bankers over its debt crisis and looking at restructuring again though it cut hundreds of jobs just recently. [more]

More from the Union
The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union's Assistant National Secretary responsible for Mining and Energy, Ged O'Connell, is with us. [more]

Key forced to back down over TVNZ claim.
The Prime Minister has been forced to back down over his a claim that SkyCity Entertainment had reached a deal to buy land off TVNZ in Auckland. [more]

Police go to court to recover informant files
The police are going to court in the hope of getting back files that have revealed the names of informants and undercover officers to the accused in a big South Island cannabis case. [more]

Sports News for 21 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sharp rise in Might River's half year profit
Mighty River Power, which is the first cab off the rank in the Government's partial assets sales programme, has quadrupled its half year profit and it will pay the government a dividend of 67 million dollars. [more]

Large scrub fire in Wellington is suspicious
A large scrub fire in south Wellington this morning is being treated as suspicious. [more]

Labour on the state of Solid Energy
Labour says if Solid Energy collapses it will be the first State owned enterprise in history to fall over. [more]

New stand-alone agency to police workplace health and safety.
The Labour Party says the Government is putting lives at risk by moving too slowly to set up a new health and safety agency. [more]

West Coast and Waikato react to coalminer woes
The country's biggest coal miner is in urgent talks with its bankers and is restructuring again in its struggle to survive, though it's already cut hundreds of jobs. [more]

Lawyer says blunders could cost police dearly
A criminal defence lawyer says he's already going through his back files to see what he can discover following the police blunder in Southland that named names in a big cannabis case. [more]

US moves to fight trade secret theft
The US goverment is promising to aggressively fight an increase in theft of trade secrets by foreign governments and firms. [more]

Sports News for 21 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Statistics paint bad picture for construction, manufacturing
A statistical snapshot of New Zealand in 2012, paints a grim picture for construction and manufacturing, with more than 40-thousand jobs being shed in those sectors in the past five years. [more]

Kapa haka competition starts in Rotorua
Today, the national bienniel kapa haka championships, Te Matatini, began in Rotorua. [more]

Whaling clash raises hackles in Australia
Japanese whaling vessels and anti-whaling activists are in the midst of an uneasy stand-off in the Southern Ocean. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 21 February 2013
Labour asks why benefit fraud is targeted, when tax fraud costs more, a plan to shut out all dairy cattle from wetlands by next year,and the Sydney Doll hospital is one hundred years old. In Dateline Pacific there is a call for Australian governments to rethink their attitude to the Pacific. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 February 2013
Bumper profits for Mighty River Power and concerns walls of high rise apartments could turn some Auckland beach suburbs into another Gold Coast. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 February 2013
The New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko tees off this afternoon in another LPGA event, apparently having ironed out the problems that saw her drop to third place in last week's Australian Open. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 21 February 2013
Large scrub fire still burning near Owhiro Bay in Wellington; Fire continues to burn in Kaipara Harbour; Sea Shepherd vessels following whalers despite clashes; Green Party says hidden costs in Sky City deal; Update from scene of fire in Wellington; Aucklanders views sought on major reshape of communities; Labour questions government's beneficiary changes; Victim's mother says children aren't safe with Healy out; Pistorius defence team mounts strong argument for bail. [more]

Large scrub fire burning in Wellington
A large scrub fire is burning in southern Wellington, requiring the evacuation of a number of homes overnight. Our reporter Eric Frykberg is at the scene. [more]

Pacific News for 21 February 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Prime Minister's enthusiasm may have put him at disadvantage
The Prime Minister is being accused of creating a situation in which he is now being held to ransom by SkyCity. [more]

Government put some beneficiaries unnecessarily in firing line
A beneficiary advocacy group says the Government's crack down on welfare fraud could put some beneficiaries unnecessarily in the firing line. [more]

Large scrub fire still burning near Owhiro Bay in Wellington
Residents have been evacuated and the fire service says it could days before they put out the blaze. Our reporter Eric Frykberg is there. [more]

Fire continues to burn in Kaipara Harbour
About 12 firefighters worked overnight to contain the blaze, which has been burning on the Okahukura peninsula in Kaipara Harbour since Tuesday night. [more]

Sea Shepherd vessels following whalers despite clashes
The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd is continuing to hound a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean, despite collisions damaging three of its vessels. [more]

Green Party says hidden costs in Sky City deal
The Green Party is claiming the Prime Minister John Key has not been up front about his involvement in the Sky City deal. [more]

Update from scene of fire in Wellington
Fire commander Jock Darragh gives an update from the scene. [more]

Aucklanders views sought on major reshape of communities
Aucklanders are about to join the biggest debate in their history about the shape of neighbourhoods and communities over the next thirty years. [more]

Labour questions government's beneficiary changes
The Labour Party is asking why benefit fraud is being targetted by the government when tax fraud currently costs the country more. [more]

Victim's mother says children aren't safe with Healy out
The mother of a 17-month-old Christchurch girl who was killed by her nanny, Elizabeth Healy, in 1997, says children won't be safe when she's released next month. [more]

Pistorius defence team mounts strong argument for bail
The bail hearing for Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has continued overnight with more claims and counterclaims. [more]

Sports News for 21 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Clean streams accord to provide benefits all round
A former farmer who now works to keep waterways clean says a new water quality agreement will not only improve the environment but will also lift farm productivity. [more]

Immediate danger eases at Wellington fire scene
Residents evacuated from the path of a large scrub fire in southern Wellington are being allowed to return home, as the blaze is brought under control. [more]

Sea Shepherd vessels still following whalers
Vessels from the antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd are still chasing the Japanese factory ship, Nisshin Maru, in the Southern Ocean. [more]

Auckland Council expects plan to prompt heated debate
The Auckland Council says it's expecting heated debate over the future shape of the city, with the pending release of its Unitary Plan. [more]

Ports of Auckland and union agree to attempt negotiations
The Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union are a step closer to settling their lengthy industrial dispute. [more]

Maori performing arts on display at Te Matatini today
The best of Maori performing arts will be on display today when the country's national Kapa Haka competition gets underway in Rotorua. [more]

Sports News for 21 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Beneficiary advocates slam welfare fraud crackdown
Beneficiary advocates say the Government's crack-down on welfare fraud is a punitive approach that's likely to be an expensive over-kill. [more]

Drug testing unlikely to uncover anything in school sport
School sports coaches say there is no need to test high school athletes for performance enhancing drugs because it would be unlikely to uncover any wrong-doing. [more]

Gareth Morgan challenges suburb to become cat free
The philanthropist Gareth Morgan took his anti-cat message to a public meeting in Wellington last night -- and was left with the last word when some angry cat owners walked out before he'd finished. [more]

Christchurch's redzone morphs into rebuild zone
The cordoned centre of Christchurch was more than 300 hectares right after the quake, now it's less than 40. [more]

Nights

Amazing Brains
Neuropsychologist Pascal Saker, on how we best can use our brains. How neurological disorders help us understand how the brain works - blind sight. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number seven. [more]

Science - Computer Science
Mark Apperley from the University of Waikato tweezers out the silicon chips to expose how computers compute. Paul Brennan talks to him about how plagiarism detection is carried out. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number eight. [more]

Nine To Noon

Should the government prosecute spouses of benefit fraudsters?
With the announcement of a new offence being created for the partners of benefit fraudsters, beneficiary advocates are saying they just are an easy target for the government. Jeremy Bioletti is a lawyer and serious fraud specialist, and Chester Borrows is the Associate Social Development Minister. [more]

Auckland council begins developing a Local Alcohol Policy
One of the changes in the liquor control legislation passed in December 2012 gave local councils the power to set their own rules on the number, location and hours of liquor outlets - both on and off license. This part of the legislation has been welcomed by many communities. Angela Dalton is chairwoman of the Manurewa Local Board, and George Wood is an Auckland City councillor and chair of the working party formulating the Local Alcohol Policy for Auckland. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
Kate on the subject of tabloids, the royal family and the horse meat saga. [more]

Feature Guest - Ewan Fordyce
How the Southern Ocean was a critical location for the evolution of whales and dolphins - paleontologist Ewan Fordyce on his research into ancient whales, dolphins and penguins. [more]

Book Review - Anthology of New Zealand Literature
Harry Ricketts reviews The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature, edited by Jane Stafford and Mark Williams. Published by AUP. [more]

New Technology with Donald Clark
In Donald's final segment on Nine To Noon, he explains why The Pirate Bay is ironically suing the Finnish copyright body for copyright infringement, the latest prosecutions under the Skynet law, and he tells us where he's going. [more]

Remembering Music to Schools
On Sunday 24 February The Museum of Wellington City & Sea is hosting 'Singing from the same songsheet' - an illustrated talk on the 'Music to schools' radio broadcasts in New Zealand from 1931 to 1979. Dr Michael Brown is a musicologist and Marie Russell is an Otago University Health researcher. [more]

TV with Lara Strongman
The changing role of men in television sitcoms. [more]

Our Changing World

Celebrating Wetlands
Join a public day out at Auckland's Tahuna Torea wetland reserve to find out about its ecological restoration [more]

Simulating Debris Flows
University of Canterbury scientists study the internal mechanics of debris flows by simulating them in the lab [more]

Chemical Fingerprinting of Old Images
Dusan Stulik, of the Getty Conservation Institute, discusses his project to catalogue chemical processes in photography [more]

Forensics Laboratory - Part Two
Ruth Beran continues the tour of a forensics lab, finding out about shoeprints, and how samples of sexual assault are tested [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 21 February 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he agree that the Prime Minister certainly moved to the extent of saying that he himself offered regulatory relief, if so, were other bidders to build a convention centre in Auckland offered regulatory relief? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on rising household incomes? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Was a document summarising the process involving SkyCity and the proposed convention centre, as referred to at paragraphs 3.17 and 3.18 of the report from the Deputy Auditor General, sent by MED or the Ministry of Tourism via email to DPMC on 12 November 2009, and did that email record Treasury advice that advice should be sought from the Office of the Auditor General to determine the probity of that process? Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Will he agree to follow the lead of many of our major trading partners including Canada, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and China, and introduce a ten–year passport option, and if not, why not? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received about the estimated revenue to be generated or savings to be made from the increase in prescription charges from $3 to $5 an item? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Associate Minister for Social Development: Why do the welfare fraud reforms he announced yesterday focus so heavily on relationship fraud? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Economic Development: Did the Minister for Economic Development sight the request for Expressions of Interest for Growing New Zealand's share of the International Business Events Market and Strengthening the National Network of Convention Centres document before it was issued on 19 May 2010; and was it shown to other Ministers? CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Labour: What progress can he report on the Government's Pike River Implementation Plan? BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he support new foreign investment in the New Zealand dairy sector? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the Government's Better Public Service target for immunisation? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister Responsible for Novopay: What steps, if any, has he taken to ensure that individuals and schools are not financially disadvantaged as a result of the Novopay debacle? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Civil Defence: What advice has she received regarding the response of the New Zealand Civil Defence Emergency Management system to the 6 February 2013 tsunami threat? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 21 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 21 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 21 February 2013
The Education Minister Hekia Parata is ruling out a suggestion to establish a third kura kaupapa in Christchurch - and says her relocation plan is the only one on offer; The Government has stepped in to ensure a series of significant Waitangi Tribunal hearings in Northland can start on time; Statistics New Zealand says it's working hard to raise the awareness among Maori of the need to fill in a census form next month; The national biennial Maori performing arts competition, Te Matatini, is being compared to the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 21 February 2013
The Education Minister Hekia Parata is ruling out a suggestion to establish a third kura kaupapa in Christchurch and says her relocation plan is the only one on offer; The Government has stepped in to ensure a series of significant Waitangi Tribunal hearings in Northland can start on time; Statistics New Zealand says it's working hard to raise the awareness among Maori of the need to fill in a census form next month; The national biennial Maori performing arts competition, Te Matatini, is being compared to the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 21 February 2013
The Government is refusing to give a portion of the valuable broadcasting spectrum to Maori claimants; The Communications Minister, Amy Adams, says the Government is still committed to protecting Maori language and culture; The biggest Maori performing arts event, Te Matatini, is being hailed as more than an entertainment competition; Statistics New Zealand says Maori communities may be missing out on funding for essential services, because not all families fill in the census forms as they're supposed to do; Television New Zealand has appointed a new General Manager to head its Maori and Pacific programmes. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 21 February 2013
The Government is refusing to give a portion of the valuable broadcasting spectrum to Maori claimants; The Maori Party says the decision no to supply Maori groups with a portion of the broadcasting band shows a complete disregard to earlier an Waitangi Tribunal report on Radio Spectrum and international law on indigenous rights; Statistics New Zealand says Maori communities may be missing out on funding for essential services, because not all families fill in the census forms as they're supposed to do; The biggest Maori performing arts event, Te Matatini, is being hailed as more than an entertainment competition. [more]

The Reading

The Open Accounts of an Honesty Box - Part 11
After the accident Jinx isnot sure if Fliss's feelings towards her are reciprocated. She confronts her after Martha lets out that they thought Fliss would be the one to keep Jinx in Easy. Fliss says she couldn't bear it if Jinx left town now. [more]

Upbeat

Suzanne Kersten
Melbourne based co-creator of 'En Route' - a production taking place at the Auckland International Arts Festival. [more]

Gunilla Sussmann
Norwegian pianist performing Mozart's 'Piano Concerto in D Minor' with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this evening. [more]

News stories:

England level one day series in Napier
The New Zealand-England one day cricket series will be decided in Auckland on Saturday after the tourists cruised to victory with 8 wickets to spare in game two last night... [more]

Moises Henriques to debut for Australia
New South Weslhman Moises Henriques has won the race for the all-rounders spot in the Australian cricket team and will make his debut in the first Test against India in... [more]

Central start well against Northern
Plunket Shield front-runners Central Districts will start day two of their final match against Northern Districts in Nelson on 46 without loss. Northern were dismissed for 267. Central started the... [more]

Tinkler holds onto Knights
Australian mining tycoon Nathan Tinkler has held onto his ownership of the Newcastle Knights. The Australian Federal Court has dismissed an attempt by the Australian Tax Office to wind up... [more]

Serena pulls out of Dubai Championship
Serena Williams withdrew from the Dubai Championships because of a lower back injury just minutes before she was due on court for a second round match against Frenchwoman Marion... [more]

Franks to debut for Hurricanes
The All Black prop Ben Franks will make his debut for the Huricanes after being named to start a loosehead prop for their opening Super Rugby match against the Blues... [more]

Wrestling champ returns gold medal in protest
The president of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation, Valentin Yordanov has returned his Olympic gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games in protest at the IOC's recommendation to drop the ancient... [more]

Man U's chief executive steps down
Manchester United's chief executive David Gill will be stepping down at the end of June after 16 years with the famous club. 55-year-old Gill said his post-season exit... [more]

Inos sworn in as Governor of Northern Marianas
Eloy Inos has been sworn in as the new Governor of the Northern Marianas. The former Lieutenant Governor was sworn in at a special meeting of the Senate after Benigno... [more]

Deadlock in Nauru may force early election
A Nauru opposition MP says the President, Sprent Dabwido, may be eyeing an early election as he tries to cope with a constitutional crisis. Mr Dabwido has just two cabinet... [more]

Labour mobility important part of EPAs - academic
Pacific Island nations are being encouraged to push for labour provisions as part of the Economic Parternership Agreement that's being negotiated with the European Union. Pacific nations that are part... [more]

More protests at Australian-run detention centre on Nauru
The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition says the latest protest actions at the Australian-run detention camp on Nauru reflect the ongoing psychological trauma the inmates are experiencing. Nick Riemer says... [more]

Samoa sex offender registry plan fuels debate
Samoa's Law Commission is prioritising its preparation of a discussion document about a sex offender registry to encourage public feedback. The Commission's Executive Director, Leilani Tuala Warren, says the idea... [more]

Fletchers' grim outlook for Australian construction sector
Fletcher Building has issued a grim outlook for the Australian construction sector, saying a downturn in residential building and weak approval levels for commercial construction are unlikely to improve in the immediate future. [more]

Hobbit premiere worth $11.8m to capital economy
The world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey pumped $11.8 million into the Wellington economy during premiere week. [more]

Morgan urges Karori owners to confine cats
Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan has told residents of the Wellington suburb of Karori to become cat free or confine their animals indoors to save native birds from extinction. [more]

NRL clubs working together to combat use of drugs
The National Rugby League says clubs have committed to a joint approach to combat the use of performance enhancing drugs in the game. The League met with representatives from all... [more]

Parisse to miss rest of Six Nations
The Italy rugby captain Sergio Parisse has been suspended for the remainder of the Six Nations championship after he was sent off for insulting a referee during a French... [more]

Van Velthooven wins silver at World Championships
The New Zealand track cyclist Simon van Velthooven has won a silver medal in the kilo time trial at the world championships in Belarus. Van Velthooven finished just over half... [more]

Rain in Arizona desert suspends world matchplay championship
Rain, strong winds and a dusting of snow have forced a suspension in play on the opening day of golf's world matchplay championship - at the Dove Mountain course out... [more]

Fearful footballers need support in fight against match-fixing
The head of Asian football's Players' Union says fearful footballers need better protection, education and a trusting environment before they can aid whistleblowing against match-fixing. The Asian Football... [more]

Trade Me half-year profit up 3%
Half-year profit at Trade Me rose 3% to $37.4 million following a strong performance by its classified business. Gross earnings rose 14% to $59.2 million. [more]

Modest gains in tax take
The gradual economic recovery is being reflected in modest gains in the tax take. [more]

F and P Healthcare upgrades full year profit forecast
Fisher Paykel Healthcare has upgraded its full year profit forecast due to sales growth for its respiratory and sleep apnea mask products. [more]

Christchurch kura will have to move - minister
Education Minister Hekia Parata is ruling out a suggestion to establish a third kura kaupapa in Christchurch and says her relocation plan is the only one on offer. [more]

Anti-doping agency considers school testing
Anti-doping agency Drug Free Sport New Zealand says it is considering testing high school students after anecdotal reports that some are using performance-enhancing substances. [more]

Mother of murdered baby says nanny should stay behind bars
The mother of a baby murdered by her nanny 16 years ago says the woman should not have been granted parole because she is a still a threat to children. [more]

Maori told of need to fill in census form
Statistics New Zealand says it's working hard to raise the awareness among Maori of the need to fill in a census form next month. [more]

Cabinet comes up with cash for stranded tribunal hearings
The Government has stepped in to ensure a series of significant Waitangi Tribunal hearings in Northland can start on time. [more]

Bigger PNG military to build roads and bridges
Papua New Guinea's Defence Minister, Fabian Pok, says the country needs more soldiers in order to build infrastructure like roads and bridges. Mr Pok has announced a five fold increase... [more]

Long wait for some Mainzeal subcontractors
Subcontractors caught up in the Mainzeal receivership say it could be weeks before they know if they can head back to work. [more]

Supreme Court asks why it is hearing riverbed claim
The Supreme Court has repeatedly questioned why it is hearing a hapu's claim to a North Island riverbed. [more]

Riverbed bid for the children - kaumatua
The sole surviving member of Pouakani's original claimant group says they are bidding to secure ownership of the riverbed for the sake of their tamariki. [more]

Tenon reports $US2m loss
Listed wood processor Tenon has reported a loss of $US2 million in the six months to June, 67% higher than the same period a year earlier. [more]

Milk price lifts further since DCD discovery
The latest lift in Fonterra's global dairy trade prices appears to show there's been no market backlash from the discovery of the agrichemical DCD in New Zealand milk. [more]

Thousands in Rotorua for kapa haka champs
Iwi from throughout New Zealand are in Rotorua for the biennial Te Matatini Kapa Haka championships. [more]

Aucklanders face debate over shape of communities
Aucklanders are to get an early look at the plan that will shape significant changes in their communities over the next three decades. [more]

Seeka reports $5.9m profit for year to December
Seeka has reported a profit of $5.9 million for the year to December. [more]

Farmer banned from owning cows for 5 years
A West Coast dairy farmer has been sentenced in the Christchurch District Court for a serious animal welfare offence after almost half of the cows in a herd of 500 were found to have injured or broken tails. [more]

AC upset Barca in Champions League
AC Milan have upset Barcelona 2-nil in the first leg of the their round of 16 Champions League tie in Italy. Kevin-Prince Boateng scored off a hand ball in the... [more]

Armstrong won't speak to Usada
The disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong will not agree to be interviewed under oath by the United States Anti Doping Agency. Armstrong admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his seven Tour... [more]

School sport drug use 'would be inadvertent'
Secondary school sports co-ordinators say any teenage athletes in New Zealand who have used performance enhancing drugs are likely to have done so inadvertently. [more]

Sport: Fiji hockey teams fail to find goal again in India
Fiji teams are still searching for their first goal and victory at the World Hockey League tournament in New Delhi. After the men's and women's teams conceded a combined 30... [more]

Sport: Chiefs wing open to Fiji call-up...but not yet
Chiefs winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma says he is open to the idea of playing for Fiji, but has no plans to run out at international level before 2015. The 26 year... [more]

Sport: New ASNOC President commits to audit
The newly elected president of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee has promised transparency and accountability for a sporting body which has faced much public criticism over its lack of... [more]

Sandras out of French Polynesia's A Tia Porinetia
There has been a shake-up of French Polynesia's newly formed opposition A Tia Porinetia group. It has issued a statement, saying Bruno Sandras has quit amid apparent disagreement over where... [more]

Agreement with EU should extend to fresh and frozen fish - exporter
One of the Pacific's largest tuna exporters says the Economic Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated with the European Union needs to allow fish exporters access to European markets on a... [more]

Asian Human Rights Commission to call on UN over alleged torture in West Papua
The Asian Human Rights Commission says it is writing to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture about the arbitrary arrest and torture of seven West Papuans. The arrests took place... [more]

Bank outsources NZ jobs to India
ANZ has confirmed it will cut 23 jobs at its Auckland offices and outsource the work to India. [more]

Beneficiaries treated as guilty, says advocacy group
A beneficiary advocacy group says a crackdown on welfare fraud could put some beneficiaries unnecessarily in the firing line. [more]

Canterbury DHB predicts surplus within two years
Canterbury District Health Board plans to be back in surplus within two years despite a $40 million deficit resulting from a falling population and the cost of earthquake repairs. [more]

Qantas profits rise
Qantas has nearly tripled its first half profit as it benefits from recent cost cutting and changes to its structure. [more]

Detainee in Australia's Manus camp tries to set self on fire
A detainee at the Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea has reportedly threatened to set himself on fire. An MP from Manus Island, Ronnie Knight, says a male asylum... [more]

Fear of apartment 'walls' in Auckland beach suburbs
An Auckland councillor is worried Gold Coast-style walls of apartments will spring up in some Auckland beach suburbs if the council's draft design plan gets the go ahead. [more]

New jobs as Ericsson opens NZ cable factory
Swedish company Ericsson is to open a new cable factory in Porirua, near Wellington. [more]

Building evacuated after discovery of white powder
A New Zealand Post building in west Auckland was evacuated after the discovery of suspicious white powder, later found to be non-hazardous. [more]

Solomons' Guadalcanal assembly to choose new provincial premier
A former Solomon Islands national politician and a former premier are competing to become the new premier of Guadalcanal. An election is being held in the provincial assembly in Honiara... [more]

Murder charges laid over Auckland death
Two men have been charged with the murder of an Auckland man at his home. [more]

Writedowns hit Nuplex's books
A writedown in assets has hit Nuplex Industries' bottom line. [more]

Northland effluent breach figures alarm Forest and Bird
Forest and Bird says Northland Regional Council and Fonterra are failing to protect Northland from dirty dairying. [more]

New Caledonia restricts smoking
Smoking restrictions have come into force in New Caledonia today. It is now forbidden to smoke in public places, affecting 380 restauranst and bars territory-wide. An exception has been granted... [more]

Highlanders named to play Chiefs in opener
Injury has kept Brad Thorn out of the Highlanders opening Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Dunedin tomorrow night. The coach, Jamie Joseph, delayed naming the side to give... [more]

Ko ready to go again in Thailand
The New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko tees off this afternoon in another LPGA event featuring some of the world's best golfers, apparently having ironed out the problems that saw her... [more]

Conrad Smith happy with where the Hurricanes are at
The Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith says his side is better placed heading into this Super Rugby season, than they were 12 months ago. The Hurricanes suprised many with their eighth... [more]

Murphy hopeful of Pukekohe return
Local motor racing star Greg Murphy is exploring the opportunity of a wildcard spot in the sole New Zealand round of the V8 Supercars in April. Murphy has confirmed he... [more]

More children recalled for hearing screening
Health authorities in the North Island are recalling a further 1900 children to have their hearing rechecked. [more]

Parties in port dispute to return to mediation
Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union have agreed to head back into mediation to negotiate a new collective contract, bringing their protracted industrial dispute a step closer to being settled. [more]

Dollar falls after Reserve Bank says overvalued
The New Zealand dollar has fallen after the Reserve Bank Governor said the currency is significantly overvalued and that the central bank will intervene under the right circumstances. [more]

Tongan woman admits guilt in NZ immigration scam
The New Zealand Immigration Advisor's Authority says a Tongan national has appeared in court to admit her part in a widespread immigration scam within New Zealand's Tongan community. Khadijah Lolohea,... [more]

Despite border issues, Singirok says PNG/Indonesia links strong
A former head of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force says the country's relationship with Indonesia is cordial enough to work through issues about their common border. The comment from Major... [more]

PINA sympathetic to toughened Fiji media decree
The Pacific Islands News Association says it is normal that the Fiji regime puts in place laws in preparation of what it calls the country's first democratic election. The administration... [more]

Fiji Times fine may force its closure, says NZ editor
New Zealand's Sunday Star Times newspaper says the Fiji Times may be forced out of business after being fined 170,000 US dollars for contempt of court. The Fiji Times was... [more]

After drop in revenue American Samoa's hospital makes cuts
American Samoa's LBJ Medical Center is cutting spending after a drop in revenues, unpaid debts and a fall in funding from the federal government. The medical center's chief executive, Mike... [more]

New Caledonia general strike threatened in May
The union movement in New Caledonia has threatened to start an unlimited general strike on May the 15th in protest at the high cost of living. The umbrella group of... [more]

Super-yacht issued provisional registration by Vanuatu
Vanuatu's Maritime Affairs Technical Advisory Committee has issued provisional registration to the mega yacht, the Phocea. The vessel has been detained in Port Vila harbour since last July when it... [more]

Testing shows no trace of DCD in dairy products
Testing of dairy products for a chemical used in some fertilisers has found no trace of it since mid-November last year. [more]

Erakovic makes quarter-finals in Memphis
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her partner Heather Watson of Britain have lost their second round doubles match at the Memphis WTA tournament 7-6, 6-2. They lost... [more]

Weepu and Ranger set to bring up milestones against Hurricanes
The Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan says picking his side to take on the Hurricanes in their season opener in Wellington on Saturday night was a tough exercise. In... [more]

Prosecutors still to identify substance found at Pistorius' home
South African prosecutors have said they're not sure whether the substance they found at the house of Oscar Pistorius was testosterone. An investigating officer had claimed during Pistorius' bail hearing... [more]

Del Piero to remain with Sydney FC
Sydney FC have announced the re-signing of Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero for another Australian football League season. The 38-year-old World Cup winner had been in talks to extend... [more]

Officer attacked at station seriously hurt
A police officer is in hospital with serious facial injuries after being attacked at the Picton police station. [more]

Memorial service held for language school victims
Family and friends of people killed at a private language school in the February earthquake have remembered them at a service on Thursday. [more]

Solomon Police extends border surveillance to Temotu
Solomons Islands police have extended security surveillance at the border between the eastern province of Temotu and Vanuatu. The police commissioner, John Lansley, says they have posted an officer in... [more]

Mighty River Power profit quadruples
Mighty River Power's half year profit has quadrupled due to improved hydro volumes and increased market share of electricity customers. It will pay the Government a dividend of $67 million. [more]

Insurance claim numbers hit AMP profit
AMP Financial Services New Zealand's profit has taken a dip due to a higher than expected number of people making insurance claims. [more]

Maori told census statistics can influence service funding
Statistics New Zealand says Maori communities may be missing out on funding for essential services, because not all families fill in the census forms as they're supposed to do. [more]

TVNZ hires new manager for Maori and Pacific programmes
Television New Zealand has appointed a new general manager to head its Maori and Pacific programmes. [more]

APN News and Media reports fall in full year profit
The Australasian media company, APN News and Media has reported a fall in full year profit, although it is in line with guidance. [more]

PNG police want to know why their insurance hasn't been paid
The Papua New Guinea Police Association says it is investigating why the government is yet to pay life insurance cover for more than 5000 officers. The union signed an agreement... [more]

Plans to make PNG's Kavieng an international airport
Papua New Guinea's New Ireland Provincial Government has signalled plans to upgrade Kavieng Airport to an international facility. EM TV reports that the Kavieng Airport Project is slated to begin... [more]

Former PNG military chief welcomes government approach on border issue
A former head of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force says the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is displaying strong leadership on resolving issues about the border shared with Indonesia. PNG's cabinet... [more]

Indonesian soldier killed in Papua attack
One Indonesian soldier has been killed and another injured on Thursday morning after an unidentified group opened fire at a military post in Puncak Jaya in Papua.. The Jakarta Globe... [more]

Business as usual for Fiji Times after it was fined for contempt of court
The editor of the Fiji Times says it is business as usual after it was fined 170,000 US dollars for contempt of court. The newspaper was fined for reprinting an... [more]

Breastfeeding advocate critical of formula code
An advocate for breastfeeding says a revised code for how infant formula is marketed in New Zealand is weak and too easy for companies to ignore. [more]

Fiji's CCF says the people must have liberty to choose own leaders
Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum says the government's amendment to its political parties decree defies the principles of universal suffrage and political equality. After last week forcing most parties out of... [more]

Fiji's CCF says the people must have liberty to choose own leaders
Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum says the government's amendment to its political parties decree defies the principles of universal suffrage and political equality. After last week forcing most parties out of... [more]

PM forced to back down over TVNZ claim
The Prime Minister has been forced to back down over a claim he made that SkyCity Entertainment had reached a deal to buy land from TVNZ in Auckland. [more]

Secret information revealed to drug trial defendants
There are concerns confidential police informants could be exposed as lawyers realise some blacked-out or redacted material in electronic files can be viewed. [more]

Police investigating string of fires in rural Waikato
Police are investigating multiple suspicious fires lit within close proximity to each other along a stretch of road in rural Waikato. [more]

No spectrum allocation for Maori
The Government has confirmed it will not be allocating part of the broadcasting spectrum to Maori when it comes available later this year. [more]

Crews to monitor suspicious fire in capital
Crews will continue monitoring the site of a suspicious fire in Wellington overnight on Thursday that forced 30 people from their homes. [more]

Probiotic study aims to cut eczema and allergies
Researchers are urging women in early pregnancy to join a study aimed at reducing eczema and allergies including asthma in children. [more]

Northland fire flares again
Firefighters in Northland are battling a blaze threatening several structures around Kaipara Harbour on Thursday. [more]

Transmission Gully taxpayer cost 'trebles' under PPP
The Transport Agency has confirmed to a parliamentary committee that a Public Private Partnership for the Transmission Gully road project would cost the taxpayer three times as much as if the agency built the road itself. [more]

Growers say crops struggling in heat
Auckland vegetable growers say prices could rise as a result of one of the driest summers on record. [more]

Royal penguin slowly improving
The health of a young Royal penguin found thousands of kilometres from its Antarctic home is improving. [more]

Name suppression lapses for pair in migrant case
Name suppression has lapsed for two of six Asian people charged in relation to the exploitation of migrant workers. [more]

Draft report indicates big rates rise in Christchurch
A draft financial plan from the Christchurch City Council indicates homeowners' rates could go up by 6.6%. [more]

Funding appeal for aged care sector rejected
The Aged Care Association says it is deeply disappointed politicians have decided the aged care sector does not require any more funding. [more]

Lower health funding increases set to continue
The Health Minister says increases in health funding have slowed and that will continue for the foreseeable future. [more]

More cuts possible as Solid Energy seeks support
The Government is warning closures and further job losses at Solid Energy may be unavoidable as New Zealand's biggest coal miner struggles with a deepening debt crisis. [more]