Radio New Zealand - Friday, 22nd February 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Another Night In
Kat Csengo from Auckland has chosen 'Another Night In' by the Tindersticks. [more]

Second World War massacre
It's one of the most controversial episodes of New Zealand history during the Second World War - the shooting dead of nearly 50 Japanese prisoners by the guards at a military camp in Featherston in 1943. Jim Veitch, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University disputes the official version of events. [more]

NZ Society - Intimacy in New Zealand (Part 1)
'Love at first sight' used to happen at dances, at the pub, at work but it's a bit more complicated now. These days there's online dating, speed-dating and even weed-dating (for single farmers, not pot-heads). [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Julie Biuso
Eggplant and chickpeas with mint yoghurt. [more]

Weekend Wine - Yvonne Lorkin
Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris and Palliser Martinborough Chardonnay. [more]

Movie Reviews - Sarah McMullan
The Oscars, and the film 'Beautiful Creatures'. [more]

The Great British Car Rally
Organised by the British High Commission as part of Queen Elizabeth's jubilee celebrations, the rally involves a fleet of British cars travelling from Auckland to Christchurch. The British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell is taking part in the road trip. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 22 February 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Barry Corbett and Ali Jones (Part 1)
Topics - The Prime Minster said today that Christchurch is nearly through the worst of it. Hundreds of jobs are to go at Telecom, according to the chief executive who today announced the company's half year profit of $163 million on revenues of $2.14 billion. [more]

The Panel with Barry Corbett and Ali Jones (Part 2)
Topics - Calling your dog "boo" is tame compared to some of the pet names that have turned up on a survey by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London. The leader of a group opposed to religious classes being taught in public schools has appeared before a select committee hearing on the Education Amendment Bill in an effort to get the classes dropped. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 22 February 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22nd February. This week ......the prominence given to weather reporting in in our news media, the issue of maori water rights, we go to a CSI lab at the Wellington Forensic Service centre, the inventor of the bagless vacumn cleaner and air blade hand dryer, singer songwriter Paul Ubana Jones, an exhibition of nudes with a difference, and remebering the " music to schools" radio broadcasts. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 22 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 22 February 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 February 2013
Telecom downgrades its full year earnings and axes jobs. Sky Network Television lifts its half year profit as viewers upgrade their set top boxes and the stock market edges up. [more]

Evening Business for 22 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 22 February 2013
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Red Zone hold outs want answers from the Government
We're broadcasting today from Christchurch on the second anniversary of the six point three magnitude earthquake which devastated this city. One hundred and eighty five died in the quake and today at midday a memorial service will be held in Latimer Square. After two years, the pace of the rebuild is growing, but for some, so is frustration. More than seven thousand property owners in the residential red zone received a buyout offer from the government. Most of those have taken it - but there are a few who haven't. [more]

Christchurch author says insurance industry has failed city
Two years on from the Christchurch earthquakes, a local author says the insurance industry has failed in its response to the disaster. [more]

Town at the epicentre of the quake still stuggling
One of the areas most affected by the February earthquake was the port town of Lyttelton, south of Christchurch. [more]

Cera head reflects on two years of Christchurch rebuild
Listening to that was the Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton. [more]

'Quake tourism' re-boots Christchurch market
Two years on from the February earthquake, tourism is in Christchurch is recovering - slowly. [more]

Late Edition for 22 February 2013
The debt stricken state-owned enterprise Solid energy is in crisis talks with the Treasury and its banks, two years after the Christchurch earthquakes, insurance companies are blamed for delays in the rebuild, and in dateline pacific Papua New Guinea is building up its military to build roads. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 22 February 2013
Hundreds of jobs to go at Telecom. Solid Energy abandons plans for a multi-billion dollar lignite industry in Southland and Cantabrians commemorate the devastating February earthquake. [more]

PM distances Govt from Telecom turmoil
News of jobs losses just keep coming with Telecom announcing today that hundreds of workers will go as the company embarks on another round of cost cutting to combat intense competition. [more]

Telecom says hundreds of jobs to go in the coming months
Our Business Editor Patrick O'Meara is with us. [more]

Solid Energy abandons lignite industry in Southland
The debt-stricken coal miner Solid Energy is abandoning its plans for a multi-billion dollar lignite industry in Southland as it looks to sell parts off in a struggle to survive. [more]

The Gore mayor has more
The mayor of the Gore district Tracy Hicks is with us. [more]

Teen death after police chase 'tragic'
Christchurch police say the death of a 15-year-old boy following a police chase last night is tragic and would not have happened if the driver had stopped when the officer tried to pull him over. [more]

500 people pay their respects at earthquake memorial service
About 500 people gathered in Christhchurch's Latimer Square this afternoon to commemorate the second anniversary of the devastating February earthquake. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Italian media say the Pope resigned because of report
The Italian media are reporting that Pope Benedict resigned after he was told about a web of blackmail, corruption and gay sex in the Vatican. [more]

Drug-accused accountant refused to hand over compromised files
An Invercargill accountant accused of selling drugs is refusing to hand back police files that mistakenly revealed the names of undercover officers and police informants. [more]

Police claim to have caught the kingpin
Police have finally caught up with the man they say is the kingpin of an international match-fixing syndicate in football. [more]

Conflicting views on impact of charter schools on Pasifika
Groups wanting to run charter schools have told MPs the education system is failing Maori and Pasifika children and they could do a better job. [more]

South Island councils warn of main street demolitions
A group of South Island councils are warning entire small town main streets could be threatened with demolition unless Government earthquake proposals are made more flexible. [more]

Ministry investigates baby forgotten at Porirua daycare
The Ministry of Education is investigating how a baby was forgotten about and locked inside a Samoan childcare centre in Porirua after it closed. [more]

Weaver calls for action on damage to water reed, lake
An acclaimed Maori weaver says one of the most precious plants used in her craft is under attack from Northland councils - and the swamp kauri industry. [more]

Auckland vegetable growers struggling in heat
Auckland's big dry is producing mouldy carrots, potatoes riddled with black spots and small cabbages. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 22 February 2013
The ACT Party goes in to its annual meeting this weekend hoping to breathe new life into its party membership and leave recent troubles behind. [more]

Meeting to consider whether Waikato is officially in drought
Farmers and government officals are adopting a 'wait-and-see' approach on whether Waikato should be officially declared a drought zone. [more]

Country Life

Just the Usual Farm Day
A farmer talks about a memorable day saving a hen from a drum of molasses, courtesy of the New Zealand Sound Archives. [more]

Intro and Weather Wrap
The North Island continues in its parched state, while in the South Island, Southland is a green oasis. [more]

Hot Ice - It's No Skating Rink Story
When the drought finally breaks farmers are being warned not to drive down hillsides which they've casually been going up and down for months, because the hard earth pan with extra moisture becomes like ice and brakes don't grip. [more]

Time for Tea
Zealong Tea is New Zealand's only tea producer. Country Life re-visits the Waikato tea plantation after almost five years in production to find out who is drinking our tea. [more]

Bluebank Blueberries
Neil Charlton spends most of his time travelling the world . He's been home for summer though, looking after his friends blueberry patch. [more]

Extra Time

Extra time for 22 February 2013
This week..... Super Rugby kicks off here, we preview the five local teams' chances. The Warriors head to Dunedin for their final pre-season hitout, and we talk to coach Matt Elliott. Ross Taylor muses about his comeback century and the pressure on him for the Black Caps, and the Breakers cool their heels with no NBL game at a crucial time in the champions' season. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 February 2013
A warning more energy SOEs may be at financial risk and Telecom announces hundreds of jobs are to go at the communications company. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 February 2013
The Blues may be given some latitude when it comes to expectations in this year's Super Rugby campaign. The 4 other New Zealand franchises are all expected to challenge for play-off spots in 2013, but that may not be the case for the Auckland-based franchise. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 22 February 2013
Christchurch homeowners still in limbo. Brownlee defends government's efforts in rebuild. Labour says falling coal price no alibi for Solid Energy. Local government in coal mining areas on Solid Energy woes. Stewart Murray Wilson recalled to prison. [more]

Pacific News for 22 February 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Lancaster Park sale leak 'a mistake' - Parker
The Council has inadvertently released information indicating it has been discussing the potential sale of Lancaster Park. [more]

Minister takes charge of sexual violence sector
For the first time ever, a government minister is taking on responsibility for the organisations helping victims of sexual violence. [more]

Christchurch homeowners still in limbo
Two years on, the central city Red Zone has become the rebuild zone but hundreds of homeowners have still not been able to move on with their lives. [more]

Brownlee defends government's efforts in rebuild
Gerry Brownlee defended the offers the government has made to people living in residential red zones to buy their property or land. [more]

Labour says falling coal price no alibi for Solid Energy
The Labour Party says the falling price of coal is no excuse for the parlous financial state of Solid Energy, and a lack of Government oversight is to blame. [more]

Local government in coal mining areas on Solid Energy woes
Solid Energy's coal mines are based around Huntly in Waikato and on the West Coast and Southland. Joining us is Grey District Mayor, Tony Kokshoorn, and a Huntly ward councillor for the Waikato District Council, Graeme Tait. [more]

Stewart Murray Wilson recalled to prison
The notorious sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson has been recalled to prison for allegedly breaching his release conditions. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Judge eyes bail, reduced charge for Pistorius
The bail proceedings for Oscar Pistorius were already looking like a three-ring media circus, but the court case took several further twists today and was abruptly adjourned to a fourth day of hearing. [more]

Fire flare ups overnight in Happy Valley
Fire officers are continuing to monitor the site of yesterday's gorse fire in Happy Valley in southern Wellington. [more]

ACT meets at weekend for annual conference
The ACT Party goes in to its annual meeting this weekend hoping to breathe new life into its party membership and leave recent troubles behind. [more]

Community leaders discuss Christchurch's progress since 2011
We're broadcasting live from the City Council buildings - just down the street from where the centre of the city remains fenced off. Just last week this central city Red Zone was officially renamed the "rebuild zone." So how has the rebuild progressed, and how are Cantabrians coping? [more]

West Coast MP says Government has failed Solid Energy
The Labour Party is laying blame at the feet of the Government for the perilous state of state coal miner Solid Energy. [more]

Workers and contractors nervous about future for Solid Energy
Peter Haddock owns an engineering firm in Greymouth and represented contractors and suppliers who lost more than five million dollars when the Pike River mining company collapsed. [more]

Govt urged to repair damage caused by street workers
Residents and businesses in a notorious red light district in South Auckland are demanding the Government repair the damage it caused by legalising prostitution and get rid of sex workers from their streets. [more]

Sports News for 22 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Gap Filler co-founder on giving back to Christchurch
The community-focused project, Gap Filler, has been breathing new life into the centre of Christchurch. [more]

New Zealand Super Rugby hopes on the line this weekend
The New Zealand teams start their Super Rugby programmes this weekend with high expectations on them. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
We have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh [more]

Nights

On The Spot - Bill Blair
Impromptu thoughts, perspectives and opinions on either the little or big things of life. Paul Brennan talks to wood craftsman Bill Blair about how modern technology impacts his craft. [more]

Conundrum answer
The answer to the Nights' conundrum. [more]

Nine To Noon

Government won't rule out bailout for Solid Energy
With Mark Ford - Chair of Solid Energy. Patrick McManus - Mayor of the Buller District Council. Dr Geoff Bertram - a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University and a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. [more]

Huge response to the Quake City exhibition in Christchurch
With Anthony Wright - Director of the Canterbury Museum, which coordinated the Quake City exhibition at the Re:START Mall in Christchurch. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
The Fiji times editor jailed and sorcery in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Feature Guest - Jeremy James Taylor
Jeremy James Taylor is a British Director, Writer, Teacher, Adjudicator and Casting Consultant. He founded the National Youth Music Theatre in England and was its artistic director for 28 years. [more]

Children's Book Review with John McIntyre
The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild Illustrated by Freya Blackwood and published by Penguin/Viking. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld and published by Scholastic. Reviewed by John McIntyre. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away, Johnny Marr - The Messenger, Atoms for Peace - Amok. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away, Johnny Marr - The Messenger, Atoms for Peace - Amok. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
Golf phenomenon Lydia Ko and one day cricket. [more]

The Week That Was
With Radar and Irene Pink. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2013
The Government's decision not to allocate part of a radio spectrum to Maori groups is being described as 'arrogant' by one of the claimants; The government and the Kohanga Reo movement have reached an agreement on a Waitangi tribunal recommendation; The biggest Maori performing arts competition, Te Matatini, is being promoted by the Prime Minister, John Key, as a great way to showcase New Zealand; The Hawke's Bay District Health Board is breaking new ground and plans to appoint its first Director of Nursing for Maori Health Services. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2013
The government and the Kohanga Reo movement have reached an agreement on a Waitangi tribunal recommendation; The Government's decision not to allocate part of a radio spectrum to Maori groups is being described as 'arrogant' by one of the claimants; The Communications Minister, Amy Adams, says if the fund is offered, there are benfits for Maori; The biggest Maori performing arts competition, Te Matatini, is being promoted by the Prime Minister, John Key, as a great way to showcase New Zealand; The Hawke's Bay District Health Board is breaking new ground and plans to appoint its first Director of Nursing for Maori Health Services. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2013
Tuwharetoa and Ironman New Zealand have reached a commercial deal on the use of Lake Taupo for the annual swim, cycle and run competition - but say the details remain confidential; The Maori Spectrum Coalition says it has no option but to return to the Waitangi Tribunal or to court to secure radio spectrum rights; The body behind the world's biggest Maori performing arts competition has temporarily banned TV3 from broadcasting footage from the event; A tribal organisation representing iwi and hapu just north of Auckland is welcoming the use of a dual name for a stretch of State Highway One that reflects the cultural importance for the region; The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says the decision to appoint its first ever Nursing Director of Maori Health Services, is part of a commitment to improving the health of all people in the region. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 February 2013
Tuwharetoa and Ironman New Zealand have reached a commercial deal on the use of Lake Taupo for the annual swim, cycle and run competition - but say the details remain confidential; The Maori Spectrum Coalition says it has no option but to return to the Waitangi Tribunal or to court to secure radio spectrum rights; The body behind the world's biggest Maori performing arts competition has temporarily banned TV 3 from broadcasting footage from the event; A tribal organisation representing iwi and hapu just north of Auckland is welcoming the use of a dual name for a stretch of State Highway One that reflects the cultural importance for the region; The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says the decision to appoint its first ever Nursing Director of Maori Health Services, is part of a commitment to improving the health of all people in the region. [more]

The Reading

The Open Accounts of an Honesty Box - Part 12
Fliss stays the night with Jinx in her campervan. Fliss is warned to keep the van under cover as someone reported sighting it when the building materials were stolen. Jinx tackles Fliss's woolshed and Fliss nails her shirt to the roofing iron. Jinx says she has to go to Auckland and fix up things with her friends there before returning to Easy and life with her new love. Mile May collects her takings from the honesty box at the end of a late summer's day. [more]

Upbeat

Samuel Holloway
Artistic Director of 175 East new music ensemble presenting 'After Lilburn' concert in Auckland this evening. [more]

Barnaby Bennett
Christchurch based architect and driving force behind the fundraising CD 'Songs for Christchurch'. [more]

Haydn Rawstron
Organiser and pianist of fundraising concerts for Christchurch Cathedral rebuild and the Christchurch SO taking place at Canterbury's Lansdown Homestead this, and next weekend. [more]

News stories:

Business as usual for Fiji Times after fined for contempt of court
biz" 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... [more]

Optimism over Pacific trade talks with EU
biz" There is cautious optimism that negotiations between Pacific nations and the European Union for an economic partnership agreement could be concluded by the end of this year. Pacific nations... [more]

Aussie swim star to from media about prescription drug abuse claim
The face of Australian swimming, James Magnusson will break his silence today amid claims that he and other members of Australia's Olympic team abused prescription drugs in the... [more]

Wildcats stay in touch with Breakers
The Perth Wildcats remain in touch with the front-running New Zealand Breakers after a 78-58 win at home over the Melbourne Tigers in last night's Australian National Basketball... [more]

New Zealand golfer disqualified after leading first round
The first round leader in the men's section of the Victorian Open, New Zealand golfer Nick Gillespie, has been sensationally disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard. Gillespie made the... [more]

Wellington Saints sign veteran Mike Homik
Gandalf's stunt double Mike Homik has come out of retirement and committed to the Wellington Saints for the 2013 National Basketball season. The highly respected 34 year old forward played... [more]

Black Cavier into Australian Racing Hall of Fame
Black Caviar has been inducted into Australian racing's Hall of Fame. The highest honour at last night's induction ceremony went to Carbine, who was elevated to legend status alongside Phar... [more]

Men's team sprint to ride for gold
The New Zealand men's sprint team has qualified fastest for the medal rides at the World Track Cycling Championships in Belarus. Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins will take... [more]

Draw made for HK sevens tournament
New Zealand has been drawn alongside the USA, France and Kenya for pool play at next month's Hong Kong rugby sevens tournament. New Zealand lead the IRB series by... [more]

Man dead, another injured after shootings
A man is dead and another is in a critical condition after two shootings near Matamata in Waikato. [more]

Vector's earnings, profit higher
Energy distributor Vector has reported a lift in earnings due to price rises and costs being kept in check. [more]

Port of Tauranga announces record profit
The country's biggest export port has reported a record high first half year profit due to selling a business and higher cargo volumes. [more]

Skellerup reduces forecast for full year profit
Skellerup says the slow start to the year has led it to reduce its forecast for full year profit but it's repositioned itself to benefit from anticipated growth in the US market. [more]

Deadly blasts in cricket host city
Cricket Australia says it's too early to discuss if yesterday's deadly bomb blasts in the Indian city of Hyderabad mean the second test against India early next month... [more]

Rennie says players grounded ahead of Super Rugby title defence
The Chiefs coach Dave Rennie doesn't think being Super Rugby champions has affected his side heading into the new season. The Chiefs should again contend for the title in 2013.... [more]

Match fixing suspect hands himself in
Italian police have arrested a fugitive Slovenian associate of the alleged football matchfixing kingpin Tan Seet Eng after he flew into Milan from Singapore to hand himself over. [more]

Silver medal for mens sprint team
The New Zealand men's sprint team has won a silver medal at the World Track Cycling Championships in Belarus. Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins went into the gold... [more]

Mumbai name Ponting skipper
The Mumbai Indians cricket coach John Wright has named former Australia captain Ricky Ponting as their captain for the sixth edition of IPL, which starts in just over a month. [more]

Wellington pro disqualified from Vic Open
The Victorian Golf Open was turned upside down yesterday when the Wellington professional Nick Gillespie was sensationally disqualified. The 24 year old third year professional was elated after a course... [more]

MCC changes call on a bowler hitting own stumps
The MCC has announced that a bowler inadvertently hitting the stumps at his end will now be no-balled rather than it being called a dead-ball. That puts some pressure on... [more]

Lancaster Park in council plan 'by mistake'
Christchurch City Council has inadvertently released information indicating it has been discussing the potential sale of Lancaster Park. [more]

Data reveals drop in manufacturing, building jobs
New figures reveal a big drop in the number of people employed in the manufacturing and construction sectors over the past five years, and an increase in people working in personal and community services. [more]

Hawke's Bay Maori health services to get nursing director
The Hawke's Bay District Health Board plans to appoint its first director of nursing for Maori Health Services. [more]

Te Matatini hailed as more than an entertainment event
The biggest Maori performing arts festival, Te Matatini, is being hailed as more than just an entertainment event. [more]

Wilson recalled to jail after parole breach
High-profile convicted sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson has been recalled to jail following allegations he phoned someone he had been directed not to associate with. [more]

MPI says testing of milk products for DCD will continue
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) says testing of New Zealand milk products for DCD residues will continue despite no further traces being found in any milk collected from farms since mid November. [more]

Woman pleads guilty to part in immigration scam
An unlicensed immigration adviser has admitted her part in a widespread immigration scam in Auckland's Tongan community. [more]

ACT hopes to move on from donations saga
The ACT Party is hoping to move on from the controversy that dogged its leader last year. [more]

King of Tonga to visit New Zealand next week
The King of Tonga, His Majesty King Tupou VI, will make his first official state visit to New Zealand next week. As a part of his visit, the King will... [more]

Building owners warn quake plans too tight
Otago building owners have told the Government proposed deadlines for earthquake strengthening are too short. [more]

American Samoa cannery says its hands are tied over prices
The StarKist cannery has told the American Samoa longline fleet that there is not much it can do to raise fish prices. The Tautai o Samoa Longline & Fishing Association,... [more]

Two men in Fiji charged with impersonating election officers
Two men in Fiji have been appeared in court charged with impersonating election officers. Police spokesperson, Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri says the two men were arrested following police investigations into allegations... [more]

Council to preserve prized native reed
Whangarei District Council says it will find a way to protect a water reed it has been spraying with herbicide unaware that it is highly prized by Maori weavers. [more]

Watchdog fears more self censorship after latest clamps on Fiji media
Media watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum says Fiji's media has suffered a double whammy this week. Titi Gabi says the tightening of a decree threatening up to five years jail... [more]

CNMI's Fitial was prepared to mount aggressive defence; critics applaud his resignation
The former governor of the Northern Marianas Benigno Fitial says he was prepared to present an aggressive defense to the impeachment allegations forwarded to the Senate from the House of... [more]

Sport: Tikoirotuma says defending title will be tough
The Chiefs begin their Super Rugby title defence on Friday evening, a task winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma admits is a big ask. Despite losing Sonny Bill Williams they have retained 24... [more]

Sport: Draw made for Hong Kong 7s
The draw has been made for next month's Hong Kong sevens, with Fiji to begin their title defence against Spain, Canada and the hosts. Last year's Plate winners, Samoa, are... [more]

Sport: Pacific Rugby Cup to trial new scrum engagement
The IRB is to use the upcoming Pacific Rugby Cup to trial a revised scrum engagement. The annual tournament, features A sides from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Japan as well... [more]

Sport: Tahiti beat France in beach soccer
The Tahiti beach soccer team have beaten France 8-3 in the first of three practice matches. The Tiki Toa represented Oceania at the 2011 World Championships, winning one game. Tahiti... [more]

Delayed Tongan RSE workers fly to New Zealand after more police checks
Tongan government officials are not anticipating any further hold-ups with workers going to New Zealand under the seasonal employment scheme after a group of 36 was delayed for several days... [more]

Eight Indonesian soldiers killed in Papua attacks
Eight Indonesian soldiers are now reported to have died in two separate attacks yesterday in Papua. A military spokesperson says about 20 armed assailants attacked a group of nine soldiers... [more]

Sport: Fiji men break goal drought at World Hockey League
changed men's and women's teams around" The Fiji men's hockey team are still without a win, but did manage to break their goal drought at the World League Round Two... [more]

Kiribati MP again advocates growing rice
A Kiribati MP and academic Mareko Puta Tofiga says he is confident the country can grow rice and wheat. Professor Tofiga's comment comes amid a public outcry over a nearly... [more]

Lips sewn in fresh Nauru protest at Australian detention camp
Refugee advocates say seven asylum seekers at the Australian-run detention camp on Nauru have sewn their lips together in a protest over their conditions. The Refugee Action Coalition says they... [more]

New CNMI governor says he has a very ambitious agenda
The newly sworn in Northern Marianas governor, Eloy Inos, says he has a very ambitious agenda for the US territory. He has less than two years of his term run... [more]

Palau's missing Uighur relocates to Turkey
It has been confirmed that a former detainee at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison who was reported missing from Palau last week has resettled in Turkey. Adel Noori was... [more]

Fitial's resignation surprise for CNMI backer
A member of the Northern Marianas House of Representatives says he is surprised that the former Governor, Benigno Fitial, has resigned. Richard Seman, who was one of only three representatives... [more]

Pacific women hold health festival in NZ
The organiser of a health festival in Porirua, New Zealand, says she hopes more Pacific women will access health services after attending an event called 'Pinkilious' tomorrow. Caroline Mareko says... [more]

Vital Healthcare profit rises
The completion of construction projects in Australia has boosted Vital Healthcare Property Trust's half year profit by a third. [more]

Ko on first day leaderboard in Thailand
The New Zealand golf sensation Lydia Ko is on the leaderboard going into the second round of the Thailand Open, but the American Stacey Lewis stole the show on the... [more]

Vosawei replaces suspended Parisse in Italian pack
Fiji-born Manoa Vosawei will replace the suspended No.8 Sergio Parisse for Italy's Six Nations rugby game against Wales in Rome this weekend. The Italian skipper and spearhead was hit with... [more]

Fernando Alonso happy with start of testing
Former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has clocked the best time on the third day of pre-season Formula One testing at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona. The Spaniard had sat... [more]

Battle brewing for Australian basketball coaching job
There's a battle brewing off court as well as on between the New Zealand Breakers and their Australian basketball arch-rivals the Perth Wildcats. The Australian head coach role is up... [more]

Guptill out of rest of England series
The New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill will not play again in the cricket series against England. Guptill will have surgery next week on a thumb injury he suffered earlier... [more]

Silver medal for NZ sprint cycle team
The New Zealand men's sprint team has been pipped by Germany for gold at the World Track Cycling Championships in Belarus. Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins were in... [more]

Kvitova beats defending champion in Dubai
Czech Petra Kvitova has beaten titleholder Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets in the Dubai tennis Championships to set up a semi-final against Caroline Wozniacki. Italian Roberta Vinci will play compatriot... [more]

Police seek pair following tourist spot robberies
Police are looking for two men in connection with a series of daylight robberies at tourist spots in Auckland and say they may be armed and dangerous. [more]

Fears over response from Indonesia's military to Papua killings
A member of a group tasked with negotiating with Indonesia on behalf of West Papuans, says he fears that security forces will mount a brutal response to the killings of... [more]

Analysis finds Fiji party decree violates international conventions
A study by international lawyers of Fiji's Political Parties Decree has found it to be extreme compared to electoral provisions applied in democracies and in parts unprecedented in global practice. [more]

Minister meets with PSA-affected growers
The Minister for Primary Industries has met PSA-affected kiwifruit growers in Bay of Plenty for the first time since becoming minister this year. [more]

Bougainville businesses still hoping for payout of debts accrued during civil war
A business leader in Buka in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is demanding the national government pay out millions of kina owed to him and others since... [more]

Chaudhry's tax case back in Fiji High Court in April
The Suva High Court says it will hear the tax case brought against the leader of the now defunct Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, in April. FBC News says the prosecution... [more]

Landslides affect Solomons quake zone
The Solomon Islands Red Cross says several landslides have affected the Santa Cruz islands triggered by aftershocks from the magnitude 8 earthquake earlier this month. A Red Cross official, Tim... [more]

Solomon Islands teachers threaten another strike
Teachers in Solomon Islands say they will strike on March the fourth unless the government pays money owed to them. The President of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association, or... [more]

Concern that Papua killings will be manipulated by Indonesia
There are concerns that the killing of soldiers in Papua province will be used to gain international support for increased military aggression in Indonesia's eastern region. Eight Indonesian soldiers are... [more]

Penguin found on Wairarapa coast dies
A young Royal penguin found on the Wairarapa coast, thousands of kilometres from its Antarctic home, has died. [more]

Novopay software to be upgraded at weekend
The minister responsible for Novopay says the company running the troubled payroll system will release the first of three planned software upgrades at the weekend. [more]

FICAC investigates fraudulent election officials
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption says it is investigating complaints that men allegedly impersonating election officers tricked residents in Ba into signing up to a political party. The police... [more]

Picton officer recovering at home after attack
A police officer attacked in the cells at Picton police station has been released from hospital. [more]

Wilson denies breaching conditions of release
Serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson has denied breaching his release conditions at a court appearance on Friday. [more]

High performance women's sevens squad named
The New Zealand Women's Rugby Sevens coach Sean Horan has selected 26 players including four 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old for a core High Performance squad that will form the basis... [more]

Bolt to run on Copacabana Beach
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will compete in a 150-metre race on Brazil's Copacabana Beach next month against three other sprinters in what the Jamaican called a "street meet" type... [more]

Single sculls finalists set at rowing champs
The men's single sculls final will be well contested at the National Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha on Saturday. Robbie Manson recorded the fastest time in the semi-finals, just 2/10ths... [more]

Thomson off to Japan
Adam Thomson has ended months of speculation as to where he'll next ply his trade, after the 29-test All Black chose not stay with the Highlanders. The Rugby World Cup... [more]

Atletico Madrid eliminated from Europa League
Holders Atletico Madrid were sent spinning out of the Europa League by Russian outsiders Rubin Kazan Friday morning, while Champions League winners Chelsea scored with almost the final kick to... [more]

Harvick, Kyle Busch win Daytona qualifying races
Kevin Harvick positioned himself as one of the favorites for Sunday's Daytona 500 in Florida by winning the first of two qualifying races to claim the inside lane in the... [more]

Man accused of Prasad killing named
Name suppression has been lifted for one of the men charged with killing Shalvin Prasad, the 21-year-old Auckland man whose body was found in a scrub fire earlier in February. [more]

Minister says quake policies won't destroy towns
The Building and Construction Minister says he would never allow earthquake policies to destroy small-town main streets. [more]

Break not good for Breakers
The New Zealand Breakers played an extended practice game among their own squad on Friday, because there's no National Basketball League fixture scheduled this weekend for the reigning champions. Coach... [more]

Tiger, Rory out of match play champs
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were sensationally bundled out of the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship in the Arizona desert. McIlroy, seed number one, fell to 64th seeded Irishman... [more]

AFC sets up task force to fight matchfixing in Asia
The Asian Football Confederation has set up a task force to help combat matchfixing in the continent. The announcement from the sport's regional governing body came a day after... [more]

Australian cricket team not detered by Hyderabad bombings
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland says Australia will go to Hyderabad as planned for the second Test starting on March 2 despite twin bombings today which killed at least 20... [more]

Aussie swimmers admit using sedative
Five members of the Australian men's 4x100m freestyle relay squad have admitted using a sedative banned by their national Olympic committee in a bonding session before the London Games. The... [more]

McCullum sees Watling as middle-order batsman
The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum admits it's a blow to lose opening batsman Martin Guptill for the rest of the series against England, especially when he's returing to... [more]

New position for Maori health service created
The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says the decision to appoint its first ever nursing director of Maori health services is part of a commitment to improving the health of all people in the region. [more]

Man charged after rocket experiment fizzes
A Tauranga man faces charges for drugs and possessing explosives after trying to build a rocket which exploded. [more]

Teenager dies in crash after police chase
Police have arrested a man who fled after the stolen car he was driving crashed in Christchurch killing a 15-year-old boy. [more]

Solid Energy drops lignite plan for Southland
Debt-stricken coal miner Solid Energy is abandoning plans for a multibillion-dollar lignite industry in Southland as it looks to sell parts off in a struggle to survive. [more]

Meeting delays declaring drought zone in Waikato
Waikato farmers will have to wait to find out whether their region will be declared a drought zone. [more]

Canterbury marks two years since deadly quake
Hundreds of people have attended an official ceremony in Christchurch marking the second anniversary of the February earthquake which claimed 185 lives. [more]

New damage to cathedral revealed
The Anglican Church says sacred and historical items inside ChristChurch Cathedral have suffered further damage from aftershocks. [more]

Waste water pumped into sea as temporary measure
Wanganui mayor Annette Main says untreated waste water is temporarily being pumped out to sea after problems with the sewerage system caused extremely strong odours in parts of the city. [more]

Jobs to go at Telecom as competition bites
Telecom will cut hundreds of jobs in the coming months to combat intense competition in the retail phone and broadband market. [more]

Conflicting views on charter school potential
Potential charter school operators have told Parliament's Education and Science select committee the education system is failing Maori and Pasifika children and they could do a better job. [more]

Email accounts no longer compromised - Telecom
Telecom says its customers are no longer compromised by the cyber attack that caused 65,000 people to be locked out of their email accounts over the past fortnight. [more]

Huntly mine workers say they feel betrayed
Solid Energy workers in Huntly say they feel betrayed by senior management. [more]

Sky TV half-year profit strengthens
Pay television operator Sky Network Television has reported a stronger half year profit led by more people using higher value services. [more]

No balloons to show luxury hotel's height
The developer of a 28-storey luxury hotel planned for Dunedin's waterfront has rejected a request to demonstrate the building's height. [more]