Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 26th 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, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Sampler, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Concrete Jungle
Dave Gourlay from Queenstown has chosen 'Concrete Jungle' by Bob Marley and The Wailers. [more]

Book Review with Vanda Symon
'Citadel' by Kate Mosse. [more]

The Diagram Prize
The Diagram Prize for the weirdest book title of the year has been awarded annually since the 1970s. [more]

TV Review with Sarah McMullan
The Oscars coverage on TV and 'The Following'. [more]

Music Review with Colin Morris
The songs 'Under The Boardwalk' by Aaron Neville and 'Fall Apart' by The Mavericks. [more]

Web Review with Ben Gracewood
The '3Doodle' project and how corporations kill creativity. [more]

The godwits' migration
Friday is March 1, and as Autumn comes, the godwits go. They'll be starting their migration from next week onwards, a seasonal exodus that sees them make their way home to Alaska to breed. They'll fly non stop, via China, clocking up tens of thousands of miles on the wing. Zoology lecturer Dr Phil Battley has spent years studying godwits and their patterns. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Suzanne Venker
Social commentator and author Suzanne Venker, who wrote the '7 Myths of Working Mothers' and was co-author of 'The Flipside of Feminism', believes the roles women played last century are still the key to successful marriage and happiness today. Her new book is called 'How to Choose a Husband and Make Peace with Marriage'. [more]

Asian Report for 26 February 2013 - Renowned Japanese Musicians
Jo-Ha-Kyu (meaning "beginning, break, rapid") brings to New Zealand two of Japan's finest musicians. Lynda Chanwai-Earle attends a workshop at Sounz Studio in Wellington, given by a pair of renowned Japanese musicians on tour to New Zealand. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 26 February 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Tony Doe and Lavina Good (Part 1)
Topics - the vast majority of New Zealanders enjoy a "good" or "extremely good" quality of life, according to the results of the latest Quality of Life survey. The group of mining experts discussing options for body recovery at the Pike River mine have agreed to continue working on two possible methods for exploring the main entry tunnel. [more]

The Panel with Tony Doe and Lavina Good (Part 2)
Topics - some more complaints surfaced today of heavy-handed security at Eden Park during Saturday's one-day cricket international between New Zealand and England. Steve Biddulph, the Australian author of popular parenting books, has a column on the front page of today's Sydney Morning Herald saying that sexualisation of the young is becoming society's cancer. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 26 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 26 February 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 26 February 2013
Tower sells its investment arm to its rival. Italy's election sends jitters around the financial markets and the NZX falls. [more]

Evening Business for 26 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 26 February 2013
The half year profit of the listed wine company Delegat has rebounded with global sales increasing, despite higher exchange rates. [more]

CEISMIC

Quake-strengthening legislation may hurt provincial towns
Provincial towns and rural communities around the country say they will be financially ruined under proposals to strengthen buildings following the Christchurch earthquakes. Dale Williams is Mayor of Otorohanga, Dave Cull is Mayor of Dunedin and Lawrence Yule is Mayor of Hastings and president of Local Government NZ. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 26 February 2013
New revelations about the Hobbit films. A multi-million dollar meth syndicate is busted and Finance Minister concedes might not get as much from sales. [more]

Govt under intense pressure to do Hobbit deal
New papers on the Hobbit dispute reveal the Government came under intense pressure to do a deal to ensure the movies were made in New Zealand. [more]

Actors' Equity responds
Phil Darkins is an organiser for Actors' Equity. [more]

Finance Minister concedes might not get as much from sales.
The Finance Minister, Bill English, has conceded that the Government might not earn as much as initially expected from its partial asset sales programme. [more]

Meth syndicate bust in New Zealand and Canada
A multi-million dollar methamphetamine bust in New Zealand and Canada, has also turned up a huge cannabis growing operation on Auckland's North Shore. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Child catches Legionnaire's disease at Starship
A child has come down with Legionnaire's Disease at Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland. [more]

Government expected to announce drought relief package
Water restrictions are in place across Northland and the Government's expected to announce a drought relief package for farmers in the region in the coming days. [more]

BP accused of greed in oil spill trial
A long-awaited trial about America's largest offshore oil spill has started in New Orleans with prosectors accusing BP of letting greed triumph over safety. [more]

Unions say 25 cent wage increase both cynical and insulting
Trade Unions say a 25 cent an hour increase in the minimum wage is both cynical and insulting and will do nothing to improve the living standards of the country's lowest paid workers. [more]

Public ignorance of constitution will be challenge for panel
The group trying work out what New Zealanders think about the constitution say the biggest challenge is that many don't know what a constitution is. [more]

Teachers Union launches bid for compensation over Novopay
The Principal's Federation says twenty three administration staff have now resigned, fed-up of dealing with the error-ridden Novopay system. [more]

Pike River mine body recovery plan still months away
The man leading the campaign to recover the bodies of the 29 Pike River miners now accepts that the job is more difficult than he thought and it will take more time. [more]

Convicted murderer argues against parole decision
A man who murdered his wife with a hatchet is questioning a Parole Board decision to keep him in prison. [more]

Dry conditions making farming hard in north
Water restrictions are in place across Northland and the Government's expected to announce a drought relief package for farmers in the region in the coming days. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Prime Minister corrects claim in Parliament
The Prime Minister has corrected a claim he made to Parliament last week that SkyCity Entertainment had reached a deal to buy land from Television New Zealand in Auckland. [more]

School warns children about taking pills
A Christchurch primary school says they will be sending a strong warning to their pupils about the danger of swallowing unidentifiable pills, after 12 students were taken to hospital this morning. [more]

Herbert's departure marks a new start for embattled Phoenix
The Wellington Phoenix says coach Ricki Herbert was not pushed out of the job despite the club's horror season. [more]

New alcohol regulations for the top of the south
Nelson City Council has approved plans to develop a tougher new alcohol policy with its neighbours in the top of the South Island. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 26 February 2013
A Maori group considers taking the government to court over allocation of radio spectrum and water restriction in place across Northland. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 February 2013
Twelve children are rushed to Christchurch Hospital after swallowing unidentified tablets and Northland seeks a Government drought declaration. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 February 2013
Ricki Herbert has resigned as head coach of the Wellington Phoenix, citing the club's poor results this season, as part of the reason. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 26 February 2013
Prime Minister refuses to take blame for Solid Energy; Top Catholic Cardinal resigns ahead of Pope vote; Broadcaster Phillip Leishman has died; Meeting to discuss Pike River body recovery begins; Heritage building owner told he can't demolish; Harcourts building owner denied demolition consent; Train incident a wake-up call for upgrades; Italian election polls close. [more]

King plans to hit the ground running in health
Labour's new health spokesperson, Annette King, says she plans to hit the ground running in her new role. [more]

Pacific News for 26 February 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Labour and government trade blows over Solid Energy
The Labour Party has dismissed as absurd a suggestion yesterday by the Prime Minister that Solid Energy's woes can be traced back to a speech given in 2007 by the SOE Minister at the time, Trevor Mallard. [more]

Prime Minister refuses to take blame for Solid Energy
The Prime Minister is refusing to take any blame for the debt-stricken state of Solid Energy. [more]

Top Catholic Cardinal resigns ahead of Pope vote
Britain's most senior Roman Catholic leader, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has announced he's stepping down as the Archbishop of St Andrew's and Edinburgh with immediate effect. [more]

Broadcaster Phillip Leishman has died
The broadcaster, Phillip Leishman, has died, a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. [more]

Meeting to discuss Pike River body recovery begins
A meeting is getting under way at about 7 this morning to discuss a plan to recover the bodies of the 29 victims of the Pike River mine disaster. [more]

Heritage building owner told he can't demolish
The Property Council is questioning a planning decision denying the owner of a Wellington heritage building the right to demolish it. [more]

Harcourts building owner denied demolition consent
Con Anastasiou is the lawyer acting for the owner of the building, Mark Dunajtschik. [more]

Train incident a wake-up call for upgrades
The horrific accident of a disabled woman dragged by a train after her wheelchair got caught in an Auckland train track is being described as the ultimate wake-up call for urgent upgrades to the city's rail network. [more]

Italian election polls close
Returning now to Italy and as well as the pending appointment of a new Pope, the country has spent the last two days at polling stations, casting their votes in the general election. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Key says Labour's reshuffle indicative of a divided caucus
The Prime Minister, John Key, says Labour's reshuffle shows that it is still a divided caucus. [more]

Principals question decision on Wanganui Collegiate
The head of a teachers' union says the sector has still to see any justification for the Government's decision to bail out Wanganui Collegiate. [more]

Hospitals work to prevent infection in critical patients
Basic changes in hospital intensive care units have slashed the number of seriously ill patients who get a bloodstream infection while in hospital. [more]

Greens say Government failed Solid Energy oversight
The Green Party says the Government failed in its duty to oversee Solid Energy and its investments. [more]

Veteran broadcaster Phillip Leishman has died
The veteran broadcaster Phillip Leishman has died aged 61. [more]

Councillor and developer debate demolition
The lawyer representing the owner of the historic Harcourts Building on Wellington's Lambton Quay who has been refused permission to demolish it - says the case could set a precedent for the rest of the country. [more]

Government denies Maori spectrum rights
A Maori group says it will consider taking the Government to court over its refusal to allocate part of the 700 MHz radio spectrum, which is to be used for 4G cellular networks, to Maori. [more]

Less beer on sale in 2012
New Zealanders drank 20 million fewer litres of beer last year than they did in 2011. [more]

Sports News for 26 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Anti-whaling group says Japan bolstering Antarctic fleet
The confrontation between Sea Shepherd activists and whalers in the Southern Ocean appears to have reignited. [more]

More people struggling to make ends meet
A new report reveals the number of people struggling financially has doubled over the past two years. [more]

Former Canadian diplomat on Argo
The historical thriller, Argo, took three Oscars, including Best Film. The Canadian Ambassador upon whom the plot was based, Ken Taylor, says the real-life version of events differs quite substantially. [more]

Hollywood correspondent wraps up the Oscars
While Argo took out one of the big Oscars of the night, the night really belonged to the British actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, who won Best Actor for the third time. Brad Pomerance has a wrap-up of the night. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys - The Real La Paz
How an unexpected encounter while on a holiday with friends in South America led Kristina Cavit to create the New Zealand branch of the international charity NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos - Spanish for 'Our Little Brothers and Sisters'), which supports children in need throughout Latin America. [more]

Global Neighbours - Japan
Motoko Kakubayashi was raised in Palmerston North but now resides in Tokyo and works for the Science Media Centre of Japan, pop. 127,450,459 (est. 2010)... there's lots and lots of snow, a female popstar is going through a rather public shaming, the prime minister wants to change the constitution, and polluted air is floating over from China. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 3. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Do personality tests given to employees have any real value?
Robert Spillane is a Professor of Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney. [more]

US Correspondent - Jack Hitt
Jack Hitt on the state of US politics. [more]

Book Review - 1356
Crystal Beavis reviews 1356 by Bernard Cornwell. Published by HarperCollins. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
Rod Oram on SkyCity and Solid Energy. [more]

Money matters
Amanda Morrall is the former personal finance editor for the website interest.co.nz and she firmly believes that you can't get your finances sorted until you know just what you want from your life. In her book, 'Money Matters' she gives advice on prioritising your financial goals, and delves into the issues that can mess with your money, including dealing with what she calls "financial vampires". [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
Gavin Ellis on the media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius case and Te Matatini. [more]

Law with Ryan Malone
The implications of the Ombudsman report on the Government's handling of the industrial action surrounding 'The Hobbit'. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 26 February 2013
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why did he say last week in relation to SkyCity "Its architects designed such a thing, realised they needed more land, worked out who owned the land, and approached Television New Zealand"? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to asset sales "I spent my life starting in investment banking. I know how these things work"? PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree with the Prime Minister "the number one thing New Zealanders need to rely on is that they have a job, so they can provide for their families"; if so, how many New Zealanders are currently unemployed? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement reported in the Southland Times in June 2011 that, "At the moment companies like Solid Energy are growth companies and we want them to expand in areas like lignite conversion"? Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What impact have the Government's welfare reforms had to date? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: In light of the view of the Deputy Auditor-General that "… the work through to August 2009 was … reasonable and careful"; did the Prime Minister's intervention in August 2009 result in an approach that was no longer reasonable and careful? COLIN KING to the Minister for Primary Industries: What progress can he report on increasing New Zealand's economic and environmental performance through investment in irrigation? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he agree with his predecessor Hon Simon Power that in 2009 the Government was "looking carefully" at the make-up of SOE boards and "commercial expertise is at the forefront of our minds"? MOJO MATHERS to the Associate Minister of Transport: What steps, if any, has he taken to ensure that KiwiRail does not skimp on safety for people with disabilities? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of her statements? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What announcements has he made recently regarding New Zealand companies securing key government ICT contracts? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 February 2013
A Maori group fighting for rights to the radio spectrum is considering taking a civil case again the Crown; The Government has been advised that a Maori boarding school in the Rangitikei District near Whanganui came close to shutting at the end of last year; An arm of the Iwi Chairs forum is investigating how tribes can help lift education achievement among Maori children; Judging has begun to find the best Maori sheep and beef farming operation in New Zealand. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 February 2013
The Government has been advised that a Maori boarding school in the Rangitikei District near Whanganui came close to shutting at the end of last year; A Maori group fighting for rights to the radio spectrum is considering taking a civil case again the Crown; An arm of the Iwi Chairs forum is investigating how tribes can help lift education achievement among Maori children; Judging has begun to find the best Maori sheep and beef farming operation in New Zealand. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 February 2013
The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, is downplaying her treatment at Te Matatini when the crowds heckled and booed her on stage in Rotorua; A former editor of the New Zealand Herald, Gavin Ellis, says organisers of Te Matatini placed impossible restrictions on media trying to cover the kapa haka festival; Despite Te Matatini being partly funded by Government agencies, the Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples, supports the organisation making its own media rules; The National Party says it's 'dreadful' and 'incredible' that no-one on the new Labour front bench is responsible for Treaty settlements. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 26 February 2013
The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, is downplaying her treatment at Te Matatini when the crowds heckled and booed her on stage in Rotorua; A former editor of the New Zealand Herald, Gavin Ellis, says organisers of Te Matatini placed impossible restrictions on media trying to cover the kapa haka festival; Despite Te Matatini being partly funded by Government agencies, the Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples, supports the organisation making its own media rules; The National Party says it's 'dreadful' and 'incredible' that no-one on the new Labour front bench is responsible for Treaty settlements. [more]

The Sampler

The Sampler for 26 February 2013
This week Nick Bollinger reviews new albums by Richard Thompson, Salif Keita, and Petra Haden. [more]

Upbeat

Cathy Downes
NZ Playwright and actor previews the upcoming national tour of her one woman show 'Talking of Katherine Mansfield'. [more]

Pedro Ilgenfritz, John Ellis and Nigel Gavin
Writer/Director and musicians of 'One by One' mime show taking part of the Auckland Fringe Festival. [more]

James Gardner
Auckland-based composer and author on his chapter contribution to academic volume on Frank Zappa being released shortly by UK based publisher Ashgate. [more]

News stories:

Post-quake concerns
A survey has found the number of people in Christchurch happy with their quality of life has dropped by almost 20% since the earthquakes. Dangerous driving and graffiti are the top concerns. [more]

British astronomer to head Otago museum
Otago Museum has appointed a British astronomer who has discovered 27 asteroids as its next director. [more]

Exhibitions of Ralph Hotere art works planned
The first of two major exhibitions of Ralph Hotere's art works will open later this year. [more]

Uncertainty seen in early results in Italy
Projections from early counting of votes in Italy's general election show a centre-right grouping led by Silvio Berlusconi slightly ahead in the Senate, a result that could cause deep political instability if confirmed. [more]

Brendon McCullum back among top 10 ODI batsmen
The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum has returned to the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for One Day International batsmen after scoring 222 runs in the three-match... [more]

FIFA extends Chinese match-fixing bans worldwide
FIFA has announced that match-fixing bans on 58 Chinese football officials and players will be extended worldwide. The 58 were banned a week ago by the Chinese Football Association after... [more]

Andy Murray buys hometown hotel
Andy Murray has gone into the hotel business as the new owner of a luxury hotel in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane. Murray says he wants to give something back... [more]

Venus Williams makes top 20 return
The former world No.1 tennis player Venus Williams has returned to the top 20 in the latest WTA rankings that sees her sister Serena stay on top ahead of... [more]

WTA win boosts Eravkovic's ranking
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has seen her WTA singles ranking improve nine places as a result of her triumph at Memphis over the weekend. Erakovic has gone... [more]

Cultural shift seen as reason for drop in beer sales
Brewers and bar owners blame a cultural shift towards spirits and wine for a drop in beer sales. [more]

Rustling prison terms welcomed
Prison sentences for two sheep rustlers in the Gisborne area have pleased Federated Farmers. [more]

Plight of Maori boarding school revealed
The Government has been advised that a Maori boarding school in the Rangitikei district near Whanganui came close to shutting at the end of 2012. [more]

No big brothels at Lyttelton
Christchurch City Council members have voted against allowing big brothels to be established in the port of Lyttelton. [more]

Farmers favour palm kernel over grains
With the lack of rain limiting pasture growth, particularly in the North Island, dairy farmers are using large volumes of alternative feed. [more]

Strong interest for school milk scheme
Fonterra says more than half the country's primary schools have now enquired about signing up for its Milk for Schools scheme. [more]

Broadcaster Phillip Leishman dies
Veteran broadcaster Phillip Leishman has died. He was one of the most popular sports broadcasters on television over the past four decades. [more]

Chorus shares fall on news of extra costs
Shares in Chorus have fallen 3% after announcing it will cost $300 million more than expected to roll out its part of the ultra-fast broadband network. [more]

Investors maintain confidence - ASB survey
An investor confidence survey suggests investors continue to be upbeat, as people seek higher returns in a low interest rate environment. [more]

Iwi ideas on lifting achievement
An arm of the Iwi Chairs forum is investigating how tribes can help lift education achievement among Maori children. [more]

Judging to begin for Maori excellence in farming award
Judging begins this weekto find the best Maori sheep and beef farming operation in New Zealand. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday headlines: Woman tipped out of wheelchair at the last moment in face of incoming train; Waikato ghost towns foreseen under new quake guidlines; British astronomer appointed new head of Otago museum. [more]

Ten asylum seekers in Nauru to go before court in April
The ten remaining asylum seekers being charged with rioting at the Nauru detention camp go to trial in April. Initially 15 had been charged with rioting and damaging property worth... [more]

Heartland New Zealand lifts profits
Heartland New Zealand has lifted its half year profit, attributing the rise to its acquisition of a finance business and lower funding costs. [more]

Meridian hydro levels high
Meridian Energy says hydro levels remain high and it has recovered from a record dry year. [more]

BP trial begins
The BP oil spill trial in New Orleans opened on Monday with a scathing attack on safety standards before the United States' worst environmental disaster. [more]

Pound under pressure after rating downgrade
The pound came under pressure on Monday as currency traders reacted to Britain's loss of its AAA credit rating. On Friday, Moody's cut the rating to AA1. [more]

Trade delegation going to Latin America
The Prime Minister will lead a trade delegation to Latin America next week with a focus on strengthening bilateral relations and capitalising on trade opportunities. [more]

Former Solomons premier welcomes audit amid misappropriation claims
The former premier of Solomon Islands' Guadalcanal province says he believes an audit will prove him innocent of any wrongdoing in public office. Anthony Veke resigned last week, 18 months... [more]

Rise in numbers having financial struggle
A new report shows the number of people struggling financially has doubled over the past two years. [more]

Civil court case claim to spectrum considered
A Maori group fighting for rights to the radio spectrum is considering taking a civil case again the Crown. [more]

Six appear in court over death of New Zealand policeman in Tonga
The crown prosecutor in Tonga has alleged that New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka was beaten up from the time of his arrest outside a Nuku'alofa bar and continued inside... [more]

Australia asked to provide security on Solomons-PNG border
The Australian government is to be asked to step in and provide security management at the border between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea's Bougainville. The people of the Shortland... [more]

Tokelau leader dumped after losing confidence of New Zealand Foreign Minister
The head of the public service in Tokelau says a Tokelau leader was stripped of his cabinet portfolios last year after New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, had indicated he... [more]

Proliferation of guns in Papua possible cause of latest violence
A leading researcher on West Papua says last week's fatal shootings in Puncack Jaya could be the result of the proliferation of guns in the troubled region. Eight Indonesian soldiers... [more]

Education a focus of Tonga King's visit to NZ
King Tupou the sixth of Tonga is in Auckland today, the second day of a three day state visit heavily focused on education. The King and Tonga's Minister of Education,... [more]

Former Fiji bank teller sentenced to six years over theft
A former ANZ bank officer in Fiji charged with three counts of money laundering involving more than 28,000 US dollars has been sentenced to six years in prison with a... [more]

PNG manufacturer launches range of fruit wines
A new local product made from locally-grown produce and fruits has hit the shelves of major supermarkets and stores around Papua New Guinea. Winestar, an Eastern Highlands-based company, uses local... [more]

Samoa village leader says he was never consulted over land for casino
A Samoan pulenu'u says he wasn't consulted about the governments plan to allow a Chinese company to build a casino on 500 acres of land in their village. The mayor... [more]

6.6% rates rise projected for rebuild
Christchurch rates may rise by up to 6.6% to fund the rebuild of the city in which $600 million will be spent on capital projects over three years. [more]

Sport: Improvement the focus for Vanuatu league team
The Vanuatu South-Sea Invitiational team are hoping for steady progress on the remainder of their rugby league tour of Australia. The Pacific side battled to a 28-14 defeat against the... [more]

Power price rise tipped
Powershop says customers should expect increases in power prices because of changes across the electricity supply chain. [more]

More ANA Dreamliner flights cancelled
All Nippon Airways in Japan is to cancel all Boeing 787 flights until at least the end of May. ANA is Boeing's biggest Dreamliner customer. [more]

Supermarket offering Visa card to customers
Countdown is launching its own Visa card to supermarket customers from 4 March. [more]

Farm waste disposal to be reviewed
Fifty farms in the Canterbury region are to be surveyed to obtain a clearer picture of how farmers deal with non-natural waste. [more]

RBA could cut rate to offset high $A
The Reserve Bank of Australia could cut the official cash rate further to offset the high value of the Australian dollar. [more]

Some Fiji resorts yet to re-open after Evan devastation
Some of Fiji's resorts are still to re-open after the devastating Cyclone Evan, which hit last December. The cyclone claimed no lives, but threatened livelihoods of resort employees, many of... [more]

Referendum needed to re-open PNG's Panguna mine, says Bougainville landowner
A landowner from the Panguna region in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says a referendum would be needed before the green light is given to resume mining... [more]

Polygamy assessment sought in PNG Supreme Court
Papua New Guinea's Constitutional and Law Reform Commission wants the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of polygamy to better protect the rights of women and children. The commission... [more]

Amnesty fears Indonesia tortures two Papuans
Amnesty International says it fears that two men detained in Indonesia's Papua province are being tortured. The watch dog group says Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap are being detained at... [more]

Kiribati students ask for more government scholarships
About 200 Kiribati students have not been offered tertiary scholarships this year because there is not enough money to go around. In a letter to the President, the affected students... [more]

Kiwibank set to branch out to Niue
The New Zealand bank Kiwibank is set to extend its domestic operation to Niue, with the opening of a branch on the island expected in April. Niue's sole provider of... [more]

Questions about school bailout
Teacher unions are questioning why a struggling private school was bailed out by the Government when they say there is no money for education. [more]

Heritage building decision questioned
The Property Council is questioning a planning decision denying the owner of a category 1 heritage building the right to demolish it. [more]

Qarase's appeal case continues in Fiji court
The appeal case of former Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase continues today in the Fiji Court of Appeal. Qarase's barrister Remy van de Wiel is challenging substantial facts used to... [more]

Killer argues against parole decision
A man who murdered his wife with a hatchet has told the Wellington High Court he has been denied parole for the wrong reasons. [more]

NZ pathologist describes dead policeman's injuries to Tonga court
A New Zealand pathologist has been giving evidence at a court in Tonga today on the second day of a preliminary inquiry into the death of New Zealand police officer... [more]

SPC and SPREP get NZ funding
Regional agencies in the Pacific have received substantial commitments from New Zealand this week . The Secretariat of the Pacific Community will get just over five million US dollars in... [more]

Inquiry into price-fixing in pharmaceutical industry
The Commerce Commission says it is investigating allegations of price-fixing within the pharmaceutical industry. [more]

House examination underway after AOS callout
An examination is underway of a Hamilton house at the centre of an armed police callout. [more]

New Fiji party applies for registration
Reports from Fiji say an application for a new party has been lodged with the Registrar of Political Parties. The Fijivillage website reports two officials of the proposed Social Democratic... [more]

Mayor determined not to sell assets for rebuild
Christchurch mayor Bob Parker has reaffirmed that the council won't sell assets to help pay for the city's rebuild following recent damaging earthquakes. [more]

Pathologist tells of injuries in Tonga beating case
A pathologist has told a court in Tonga a New Zealand policeman died as a result of injuries including blows to the head and strangulation. The pathologist Dr Fintan Garavan... [more]

Air Samoa to fill gap in Tonga services
The chief executive of Samoa Air, Chris Langton, says its new service from Samoa to northern Tonga will help fill a gap in Tonga's domestic services. The airline is planning... [more]

Final defendant in drugs case returns documents
A defendant in a drug case has returned uncensored documents mistakenly given to him by police. [more]

Albacore at centre of Honolulu fisheries talks
The management of the American Samoa albacore fishery will be a key topic when the Scientific and Statistical Committee that advises the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council meets in Honolulu... [more]

Pathologist gives evidence in Tonga fatal beating case
A New Zealand pathologist has completed his evidence at a preliminary court inquiry in Tonga into the death of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka. Mr Fungavaka died in August... [more]

FICAC rejects Qarase defence arguments
Fiji's anti-corruption agency has rejected the defence arguments brought by the lawyer acting for a former Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase in the Court of Appeal. Senior Counsel Michael Blanchflower,... [more]

Rabuka warns of Australia's waning role in Fiji
A former Fiji prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, has told a Sydney conference that Australia will lose its political and strategic influence in Fiji if it doesn't restore diplomatic relations as... [more]

Kiribati search for missing fishermen unsuccessful
The Kiribati marine division has little hope of finding a small fishing vessel that went missing earlier this month. The men had left the capital port of Tarawa Atoll three... [more]

Wife killer struck off nursing register
A British man who murdered his first wife and tried to kill his second in New Zealand has been struck from the nursing register. [more]

Committee supports starting wage for young
A Parliamentary select committee is recommending a starting wage for young people be passed into law. [more]

Flosse dismisses multi-billion China loan plan for Tahiti
French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira has categorically dismissed claims that it plans to get a five-billion US dollar loan from China for large-scale projects. This had been repeatedly suggested by Teva... [more]

Jones plays down favourite tag at NZ PGA Championship
The Australian golfer Brendan Jones is playing down his tag as the favourite to win the New Zealand PGA championship in Queenstown this weekend, as he hasn't played a tournament... [more]

Media restrictions for kapa haka festival criticised
Media commentator Gavin Ellis says organisers of Te Matatini placed impossible restrictions on media trying to cover the national kapa haka festival in Rotorua last week. [more]

Treaty minister surprised at no front bench opposition
The National Party says it's "dreadful" and "incredible" that no-one on the Labour Party's new front bench is responsible for Treaty of Waitangi settlements. [more]

Open day held to discuss Rena wreck
The first of two open days aimed at providing information about what the Rena's insurer plans to do with the wreck has been held in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Helicopter pilot had seconds to react, inquest told
A helicopter pilot involved in a fatal collision would have had only 15 seconds to identify the presence of another aircraft before the crash, a former Civil Aviation Authority safety investigator says. [more]

Cyclist in stable condition in hospital
A cyclist who was the subject of a road rage incident is in a stable condition in Rotorua Hospital with a broken collarbone and suspected pelvic injuries. [more]

Education Minister shrugs off abuse at festival
Education Minister Hekia Parata is downplaying her treatment at national kapa haka festival Te Matatini when the crowds heckled and booed her on stage in Rotorua. [more]

Sailor to be tried over intimate recordings
A sailor from the New Zealand Navy is facing charges relating to making and possessing intimate visual recordings. [more]

Party pills legislation tabled in Parliament
Legislation has been introduced to Parliament on Tuesday setting out new rules for the sale of party pills and other so-called legal highs. [more]

Call for upgrades after wheelchair caught on track
Council politicians are calling for safety upgrades on the Auckland rail network after a disabled woman was dragged by a train when her wheelchair got caught on a train track. [more]

Hopes rare plant will thrive in the wild
Conservationists have boosted the number of one of New Zealand's rarest native plant species by a third in the wild. [more]

Delegat's profit up
Delegat's half-year profit rebounded as global wine sales increased despite higher exchange rates. Revenue rose 4% to $123.4 million. [more]

Genesis Energy half-year profit
Half-year profit for Genesis Energy soared 85% to $71 million due to improved operating earnings and a reduction in expenses. However, revenue fell by more than $80 million. [more]

Fisher Funds buys Tower Investments
Fisher Funds has bought Tower Investments for $79 million, making it the fourth largest fund manager in the country and largest New Zealand-owned KiwiSaver provider. [more]

Ignorance big challenge for constitutional panel
A panel set up by the Government to seek people's views on the constitution says its biggest challenge is that many do not even know what a constitution is. [more]

Former Vanuatu PM opposes Indonesian assistance to police force
The former Vanuatu prime minister Barak Sope says that the government should not accept security forces assistance from Indonesia. The comment from one of Vanuatu's outspoken leaders on the West... [more]

Meth import syndicate busted
Police say their investigation into a methamphetamine importing syndicate in New Zealand and Canada led them to a large-scale cannabis operation. [more]

PPTA to take legal action over Novopay
The union representing secondary school teachers is to take legal action over troubled payroll system Novopay. [more]

Experts discuss recovery plan at Pike mine
The spokesperson for some of the families of the men who died in the Pike River mine disaster has accepted that developing a recovery plan will be more difficult and take longer than he thought. [more]

PM corrects TVNZ claim in Parliament
The Prime Minister has corrected a claim he made to Parliament last week that SkyCity Entertainment had reached a deal to buy land from Television New Zealand in Auckland. [more]

Wellington Phoenix coach stepping down
Wellington Phoenix football coach Ricki Herbert is stepping down after a string of poor results. He is to focus on his international duties with the All Whites. [more]

Govt faced intense pressure over Hobbit
New papers on the Hobbit dispute reveal the Government came under intense pressure to do a deal to ensure that the films were made in New Zealand. [more]

Drought package for Northland awaited
The Government is expected to announce a drought relief package for Northland this week following an application for drought status by farmers in the parched region. [more]

Govt pushed on actions to halt company's decline
The Government has faced questions in Parliament about what actions it took to halt the financial decline of state-owned coal company Solid Energy. [more]

Minimum wage to increase by 25c an hour
Fulltime workers on the minimum wage will have $10 more a week before tax as a result of an increase announced by the Government on Tuesday. [more]

Pupils swallowed herbal remedy pills
Tablets swallowed by 12 children in Christchurch were a herbal remedy designed for an adult, a toxicology report shows. [more]

Hospital blood-stream infections reduced
A drive to reduce blood-stream infections among seriously ill patients in hospitals has yielded better results than expected. [more]