Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th February 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - You're the Top
Jill Turquet of Wellington has chosen 'You're the Top' by Cole Porter. [more]

Your Place - Edendale
A town on the Southland Plains, just to the west of the Mataura River. The area was not favoured by early European settlers because they thought it swampy, and in 1854 a stockman by the name of John Mackenzie took up most of the land. He was the same Mackenzie later jailed for sheep rustling and for whom the Mackenzie country is named. [more]

War Journalist Chris Allbritton
Chris Allbritton is a freelance reporter and former Reuters correspondent and Pakistan bureau chief, who has spent much of the last 10 years living in a war zone. He established a website in 2002, Back to Iraq, to get readers to support his journalism, and raised thousands of dollars to do the kind of reporting readers wanted. [more]

Facebook Fashion Label
20 year-old Tom Krock has always had an eye for fashion. His friends liked the clothes he made, so he decided to see if other people might like to buy what he makes. He's launched his own clothing label and he sells everything on Facebook. It's called Far Nearer. [more]

Southern Story for 28 February 2013 - Gold Fever
Hobby gold-prospecting has been on the rise since the beginning of the latest recession, but there are only a few places not covered by the Crown Minerals Act 1991. No permit could mean prosecution and confiscation of equipment. Sage gets in a river with a man called 'Bro' hunting the 'colour' (gold), meets a French gold-panning champion about to set up a gold school in Greymouth and visits a shop selling supplies. [more]

Our Changing World - Forensics Lab (Part 2)
Ruth Beran continues the tour of a forensics lab, finding out about shoeprints, and how samples of sexual assault are tested. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 28 February 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jock Anderson and Lisa Scott (Part 1)
Topics - It could be weeks before any significant rain falls in key farming areas. It's being reported today that unpaid child support totals billions of dollars, probably about 3 billion, with interest and penalties. [more]

The Panel with Jock Anderson and Lisa Scott (Part 2)
Topics - The Australian media has responded with disbelief to a poll that placed a Welsh beach among the top 10 in the world. A Government proposal to require people buying homes to have a larger deposit for a bank mortgage could be in place by the middle of this year. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 28 February 2013
Simon Morris looks back at the Oscars, and the winner of the Best Foreign Film, Amour. And he fights a losing battle getting visual feasts like Samsara and Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away onto the radio. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 28 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 28 February 2013
Air New Zealand's half year profit soars to its highest level in five years. Building consents are flat and the stock market rises. [more]

Evening Business for 28 February 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 28 February 2013
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Reaction to RMA discussion document
Proposals for a major revamp of the Resource Management Act are being described by one environmental group as ripping out its heart. [more]

Police accept they could have saved murdered woman's life
The police have apologised to the family of a murdered Hamilton woman and say they could have prevented her death if they had acted sooner. [more]

Partner of murdered woman doesn't believe apologies
Gary Chadderton was Diane White's partner - he says the report doesn't mean much to him. [more]

Country unprepared for foot and mouth outbreak
This country's plans to deal with a devastating outbreak of foot and mouth disease are being called significantly weak by the Auditor General. [more]

New salmon farms approved for Marlborough Sounds
The environment watchdog has approved new salmon farms for the Marlborough Sounds in the face of conservationists' opposition, but it will be at least two years until they open. [more]

Ralph Hotere honoured at requiem mass
Ralph Hotere has been praised as a great pioneering artist on a quest for justice. [more]

Sports News for 28 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Health & Safety inspectors to reapply for jobs
The Public Service Association says many of the more than one hundred health and safety inspectors being forced to reapply for new positions are warning they might take redundancy or change jobs instead. [more]

Shark is probably dead, no more searching off Muriwai
Muriwai Lifeguards say they've looked at video shot after yesterday's fatal shark attack and believe the shark is dead. [more]

Research finds Chinese origin of PSA outbreak
New research has revealed the strain of the kiwifruit vine killing bacteria Psa-V, which is responsible for the outbreak in the north island and has hammered the industry, came directly from China. [more]

Government accused of stripping out RMA safeguards in proposal
The Government is being accused of ripping power off local authorities and stripping back safeguards in the Resource Mananagement Act with its proposed changes. [more]

Farmers' lobby responds to biosecurity audit finding weaknesses
This country's biosecurity plans have serious weaknesses in how to deal with foot and mouth disease and other serious outbreaks. [more]

Four new salmon farms for Marlborough Sounds
Four new salmon farms have been approved for the Marlborough Sounds. [more]

Sports News for 28 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Finance Minister concedes asset sales could make books worse.
The Finance Minister has conceded that the Government's books could be worse off if it proceeds with its plan to partially privatise state-owned power companies. [more]

No sign of budget deal in Washington
Government agencies in America are resigning themselves to massive spending cuts as Democrats and Republicans show no signs of compromise over a looming budget crisis. [more]

Planned Family Court changes could increase domestic violence
MPs have been told that the plan to get rid of free family counselling, under changes to the Family Court, could lead to an increase in domestic violence. [more]

Fisher and Paykel's announcement
Business New Zealand says Fisher and Paykel's announcement of one hundred new research and development jobs reflects the manufacturing sector becoming more high tech. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 February 2013
Police acknowledge a series of mistakes cost a woman her life and speculation a seal colony could have attracted a killer shark to Murawai. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 February 2013
The England cricketers have been dismissed for 426 in their first innings early on day 2 of the tour match against a New Zealand Eleven in Queenstown. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 28 February 2013
Muriwai residents mourn local filmmaker killed by shark, Surf Life Saving talks about fatal shark attack, Shark attack victim says death 'too close to home', Full steam ahead for asset sales after Supreme Court ruling, Labour says New Zealanders against asset sales, Market responds to Supreme Court ruling on asset sales, First home buyers and businesses to suffer under rule change. [more]

Pacific News for 28 February 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Man killed by shark in Auckland was local Muriwai filmmaker
The man killed by at least one 4 metre long shark at the west Auckland beach of Muriwai has been named as a local filmmaker Adam Strange. [more]

Maori Party disappoined at Supreme Court decision
The Maori Party says it is disappointed the Supreme Court dismissed the Maori Council's challenge of the Government's sale of shares in Mighty River Power. [more]

Opposition says Government caves to housing pressure
Opposition parties say the Government has caved in to pressure to constrain lending into the booming housing market. [more]

Muriwai residents mourn local filmmaker killed by shark
The man killed in a shark attack at the west Auckland beach of Muriwai has been named as local filmmaker, Adam Strange. [more]

Surf Life Saving update on beach closures
Tom Burgess from Surf Life Saving New Zealand is at Muriwai Beach and joins us on Morning Report. [more]

Shark attack victim says death 'too close to home'
Twenty one years ago New Zealander Andrea Rush was attacked by a three-metre shark while sailing off the coast of Vanuatu. [more]

Full steam ahead for asset sales after Supreme Court ruling
The government will announce its timetable for the sale of shares in Mighty River Power on Monday. [more]

Labour says New Zealanders against asset sales
Listening to that is the Labour Party's state owned enterprise spokesperson, Clayton Cosgrove. [more]

Market responds to Supreme Court ruling on asset sales
How much demand is there likely to be for the Mighty River Power shares? [more]

First home buyers and businesses to suffer under rule change
A Government move to give the Reserve Bank more say over the housing mortgage market has been welcomed by many in the industry, but there are warnings it could actually make life harder for first home buyers. [more]

Sports News for 28 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pope Benedict gives final address
Pope Benedict the 16th has made his last public appearance before he steps down. [more]

It's official - sunniest summer on record
Summer ends today and if you thought it's been a stunner, then you're right - it's officially the sunniest on record. [more]

MetService update on long range forecast
Joining us now for a long range forecast is John Law from the MetService. [more]

Documentary filmmaker speaks of fatal shark attack
The family of Adam Strange have described him as a glorious and great father, husband and friend. [more]

Green light for partial asset sales after Supreme Court ruling
The government will announce its timetable for the sale of shares in Mighty River Power on Monday. [more]

RNZ political editor analyses asset sale prospects
Joining us now is Radio New Zealand's political editor, Brent Edwards. [more]

Economists debate Bill English's lending proposal
Economists say a Government move to take the heat out of the Auckland property market could end up making life even tougher for first home buyers and small businesses. [more]

Lost earnings due to drought head into the millions
While holiday makers are raving about all the sunshine, farmers are beginning to count the cost. [more]

Markets Update for 28 February 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports News for 28 February 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Maori Council claim victory in Supreme Court ruling
A lawyer for the Maori Council says yesterday's Supreme Court ruling was a victory - despite the court dismissing the Council's bid to halt state asset sales. [more]

Court told Tongan police were seen beating NZ officer who died
Police officers on duty in Tonga the night a New Zealand police officer received fatal injuries at the central police station in Nuku'alofa have told a preliminary court hearing they saw other officers severely beat Kali Fungavaka. [more]

Margo Perpick and Guy Salmon debate proposed RMA changes
The Environment Minister, Amy Adams, says her proposed changes to the Resource Management Act will reduce red tape and save money while still protecting the environment. [more]

Nights

The Heavy Kilo
How Professor Cumpson from the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University, is making the standard weight of a kilogram, 'exactly' a kilogram. [more]

Science - Body Parts
Endocrinologist and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago, Jean Fleming on human anatomy; rare genetic diseases - Familial hypercholesterolemia. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Conundrum Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Conundrum Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Supreme Court rules asset sales legal
With Mai Chen - Constitutional Lawyer. Sam Stubbs - CEO of Tower Investments. Brian Gaynor - Executive Director of fund manager, Milford Asset Management. [more]

Poor maths results in primary schools
The Education Minister is concerned about poor maths results in primary schools. Is it time to change the way maths is taught? Fiona Ell - Lecturer in Mathematics education at the University of Auckland, specialising in primary teacher education and numeracy policy. Hekia Parata - Hekia Parata, Education Minister. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
Deputy PM denies covering up sex scandal and Britain loses its AAA credit rating. [more]

Feature Guest - James Robinson
Professor of Government at Harvard University and co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty which looks at why some countries succeed and others flounder. [more]

Book Review - The Future
Written by Al Gore, reviewed by Harry Broad and published by Virgin. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
Vodafone's 4G announcement; Mobile wallets; and how not to handle a tech failure. [more]

Parenting with Nate Gaunt
How to deal with compulsive internet use. Nate Gaunt is an Auckland based psychologist in private practice. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
Graeme reviews Amour, I Give it a Year and discusses the relevance of the Oscars. [more]

Our Changing World

Trout Eradication at Zealandia
Native banded kokopu return after the eradication of brown trout from Wellington's Zealandia sanctuary [more]

Fisheries Acoustics
NIWA's Richard O'Driscoll explain how sound helps him to spy on fish and monitor fish stocks [more]

Mini Strokes
Massey University researchers explore if physical exercise reduces risk of heart diseases associated with mini strokes [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 28 February 2013
Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he take any responsibility as a shareholding Minister for Solid Energy's precarious financial position? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in its programme to offer New Zealanders minority shareholdings in energy companies? ANDREW WILLIAMS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with Grey Power New Zealand that "Privatisation means not only higher prices, but suppression of energy efficiency and household energy options that reduce electricity sales and profits"; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2012 state that the Government's operating balance before gains and losses will be worse off by $441 million over the next five years if the Government proceeds with the partial sale of state owned assets; if so, why does his asset sale programme increase the Government's budget deficit? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 in relation to her welfare reform programme? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made on the Social Media Innovations Fund, part of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health package? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Why did he agree to building Transmission Gully as a Public Private Partnership, which would treble the cost to over $3.4 billion, as confirmed by NZTA CEO Geoff Dangerfield? IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for the Environment: What announcements has the Government made today aimed at improving our resource management system? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his requirement for District Health Boards to operate within their agreed financial plans; if not, why not? COLIN KING to the Minister of Conservation: Has he received the final report from the Board of Inquiry on King Salmon's application for additional space in the Marlborough Sounds? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with District Health Boards' performance against his targets for the health sector? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he take responsibility for Defence Force morale reaching the lowest level since surveys began, attrition rates soaring to over 21 percent and reduced Defence Force capability; if not, why not? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 28 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 28 February 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 February 2013
A hapu is claiming a win from the Supreme Court, despite judges dismissing a bid by Maori groups to stop the partial sale of state assets; Chatham Islanders and the Department of Conservation are working hard to preserve the last few remaining trees with ancestral Moriori carvings - before they start deteriorating any further; The freed Tuhoe kaumatua, Tame Iti, says it's going to be a challenge for his tribe to create a new future - once a Treaty settlement has been signed with the Crown; New Zealand's only Maori owned and controlled dairy company is looking forward to making a profit for its shareholders, for the second year in a row. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 February 2013
A hapu is claiming a win from the Supreme Court, despite judges dismissing a bid by Maori groups to stop the partial sale of state assets; Chatham Islanders and the Department of Conservation are working hard to preserve the last few remaining trees with ancestral Moriori carvings before they start deteriorating any further; The freed Tuhoe kaumatua, Tame Iti, says it's going to be a challenge for his tribe to create a new future - once a Treaty settlement has been signed with the Crown; New Zealand's only Maori owned and controlled dairy company is looking forward to making a profit for its shareholders, for the second year in a row. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 February 2013
The former Labour deputy prime minister, Sir Michael Cullen, is to monitor changes to Kohanga Reo; The co-chair of Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board, Tina Olsen-Ratana, says Sir Michael is a good choice; The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, was among those who paid tribute today at a memorial service in Dunedin, to the renowned artist Ralph Hotere - who died on Sunday aged 81; The Waikato iwi Ngati Haua is closer to settling its Treaty grievances; The former Silver Fern Gail Parata is to become the coach for Netball Scotland. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 February 2013
The former Labour deputy prime minister, Sir Michael Cullen, is to monitor changes to Kohanga Reo; The co-chair of Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board, Tina Olsen-Ratana, says Sir Michael is a good choice; The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, was among those who paid tribute today at a memorial service in Dunedin, to the renowned artist Ralph Hotere - who died on Sunday aged 81; The Waikato iwi Ngati Haua is closer to settling its Treaty grievances; The former Silver Fern Gail Parata is to become the coach for Netball Scotland. [more]

Upbeat

Rachael Griffiths-Hughes and Benjamin Henson
Affetto early music ensemble keyboardist and dramaturge performing 'The Diary of Samuel Pepes' at the Auckland Fringe Festival. [more]

Royal NZ Ballet Review
Deirdre Tarrant reviews last night's premiere of 'Made to Move' season in Wellington. [more]

Paul Brobbel
Curator of 'Len Lye: Kaleidoscope', a major show of Len Lye's sculptures and films at the City Gallery Wellington. [more]

Kim Halliday and Ora Barlow
Ukulele player and singer from Pacific Curls trio touring the country on behalf of Arts on Tour Aotearoa. [more]

News stories:

Former Tokelau minister with Global Ocean Commission
A Tokelau cabinet minister, Foua Toloa, who lost his portfolios last year after upsetting New Zealand's Foreign Minister, has got a new job with the newly set up Global Ocean... [more]

Refugee activist says Nauru govt disarray heightens camp concerns
A refugee activist says Canberra should move asylum seekers off Nauru because of government disarray there. The more than 360 asylum seekers at Australia's detention centre on the island are... [more]

Samoa NGO asks government to help control stray dogs
An animal welfare group in Samoa says it needs government help in order to lower the number of stray dogs roaming the streets of Apia. The Manager of the Animal... [more]

Larger house deposit to be required for mortgage
A Government proposal to require people buying homes to have a larger deposit for a bank mortgage could be in place by the middle of this year. [more]

Win claimed from court ruling
A hapu is claiming a win from the Supreme Court, despite judges dismissing a bid by Maori groups to stop the partial sale of state assets. [more]

Miraka Ltd looks forward to 2nd year of profit
New Zealand's only Maori owned and controlled dairy company is looking forward to making a profit for its shareholders, for the second year in a row. [more]

Chatham Islanders fight to keep ancestral trees alive
Chatham Islanders and the Department of Conservation are working hard to preserve the last few remaining trees with ancestral Moriori carvings before they start deteriorating any further. [more]

Tuhoe faces autonomy challenge - Iti
Tuhoe kaumatua Tame Iti says it's going to be a challenge for his tribe to create a new future - once a Treaty settlement has been signed with the Crown. [more]

Cost of borrowing now higher for Italy
Italy's borrowing costs rose sharply at an auction on Wednesday, in the first test of its ability to borrow money long-term at affordable rates after an inconclusive election result. [more]

High dollar impediment to higher milk payout
Federated Farmers dairy chair, Willy Leferink says the high New Zealand dollar is a major constraint on Fonterra's ability to increase its milk payout. [more]

Criticism of Fonterra bonus share issue
Tirau farmer Lindsay Blake says a bonus issue of shares by Fonterra on Wednesday show the tail is now wagging the dog. [more]

Drought estimated to cost farmers $64m in February
DairyNZ estimates the rapid onset of drought conditions will trim the incomes of North Island farmers by $64 million this month alone. [more]

Fonterra unchanged forecast disappointing - economist
BNZ economist Doug Steel says Fonterra's unchanged forecast payout to its dairy farm owners is disappointing given the recent uplift in global dairy prices. [more]

NZ trade deficit wider
The trade deficit has widened due to a fall in dairy exports and lower oil sales. [more]

PGG Wrightson confident of beating last year's earnings
PGG Wrightson is confident it will beat last year's full year earnings, though that's dependent on Australia and stock values. [more]

Plans for stockmarket for small, medium businesses
Talks are underway to launch a stockmarket for small and medium businesses. [more]

Improved performance sought from refinery
Getting more out of the Marsden Point refinery is one option being considered by Refining NZ to counter a persistently strong currency, intense competition and volatile refiner margins. [more]

Fonterra aiming for high value products in growth markets
Fonterra is aiming to invest more in producing some high value products like ultra high temperature milk in fast growing markets like Asia and South America, but not just yet. [more]

Front pages all about shark attack
The fatal shark attack at Muriwai beach dominates the front pages on Thursday. On average there are two shark attacks every year in New Zealand. [more]

Nauru politics no excuse for delaying asylum seeker processing says Australian senator
Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young says the Australian government must not use Nauru's political situation as an excuse for delaying the processing of asylum seekers there. Three Nauru government... [more]

Auckland airport domestic patronage up
Auckland International Airport Ltd says international passenger volumes edged up, while domestic patronage jumped in January. [more]

Fraser named greatest ever Australian female athlete
Swimming legend Dawn Fraser has been voted Australia's greatest ever female athlete at an awards ceremony in Canberra. Fraser pipped athletics great Betty Cuthbert and surfer Layne Beachley for... [more]

Rowing New Zealand hires Australian to coach sweep programme
Rowing New Zealand has hired Australian Noel Donaldson as lead coach for their elite sweep programme. Donaldson's history includes coaching Australia's Oarsome Foursome crew to back-to-back Olympic golds in Barcelona... [more]

Offshore markets up
Stocks on Wall Street enjoyed a rally on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve confirmed it would keep interest rates low for some time. European markets were also up. [more]

Bianchi won't drive for Force India
Force India have ruled Frenchman Jules Bianchi out of the reckoning for the last remaining race seat in Formula One, leaving the way open for Germany's Adrian Sutil to make... [more]

Cheetahs make one change for Chiefs
The Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made just one change to his starting line-up for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs in Hamilton. Drotske has promoted former Waratahs... [more]

Phoenix beaten again
Nothing changed for the Wellington Phoenix post-Ricki Herbert, as they were beaten 2-1 by the Newcastle Jets in their A-League clash in the capital. A day after Herbert announced he... [more]

Fallen league star to enter clinic
The new National Rugby League season was officially launched Wednesday night in Sydney, but Ben Barba who was to have been presented to the league as the face of the... [more]

Football match fixing bans go worldwide
Match-fixing bans for 74 football players and officials from Italy and South Korea have been extended worldwide. FIFA says 70 bans from the Italian Football Federation, including 11 lifetime ones,... [more]

Mixed results first up for junior hockey teams
The New Zealand junior men's hockey team has thrashed Papua New Guinea 15-0, however the New Zealand junior women were beaten 3-1 by Australia in their first games of their... [more]

Nadal denies he'll skip US tournaments
Rafael Nadal has denied reports in the Spanish media that he's skipping two major US tennis tournaments on his comeback schedule. It was reported Wednesday that Nadal had decided to... [more]

Smith says there are centre options for All Black selectors
The All Black centre Conrad Smith says New Zealand rugby will cope fine despite the possibility of the midfield stocks being somewhat depleted later this year. Smith has the option... [more]

Federer into Dubai quarter-finals
Roger Federer put in a more Roger Federer-type performance to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Dubai tennis championship. After struggling in his first round match, the Swiss... [more]

Wozniacki beaten in KL
Top seed and former world tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki has crashed out of the Malaysian Open in the first round, beaten by Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang. World number 10... [more]

Millwall fan banned for racial abuse
A Millwall fan who shouted racist abuse at Leeds and Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf has been banned from English football matches for five years and fined. The 53-year-old was arrested... [more]

Chelsea book glamour FA Cup quarter against Man U
Holders Chelsea ground out a 2-0 win at second division side Middlesbrough, setting up a blockbuster FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United. Second-half goals from Ramires and Victor Moses secured... [more]

Black Sticks record rare win over Argentina
The New Zealand women's hockey team achieved only their third win over Argentina in 10 years, beating the Olympic Silver medallists 4-1 in their third test of the five-test series. [more]

Steve Waugh says rest Nathan Lyon
Theformer test skipper Steve Waugh says Australia should look hard at giving Nathan Lyon a rest from the second cricket Test after the offspinner's mauling at the hands of India's... [more]

De Villota cleared to drive again
The former Formula One test driver Maria de Villota has been cleared to get behind the wheel for the first time since losing her right eye in a crash. The... [more]

New bank in American Samoa seeks investors
A newly established bank in American Samoa is now seeking investors and government approvals and hopes to open its doors in less than a year. Local business people announced the... [more]

Solomon Islands govt moves to develop beef industry
Pasture work at two major cattle farms in Solomon Islands is underway as the government moves to develop the local beef industry. Islands Business reports the government's policy is to... [more]

Oracle's owner buys Hawaii's Island Air
Hawaii's Island Air has been sold to a newly formed holding company owned by billionaire Larry Ellison. The sale secures the future of Island Air and its employees. Hawaii News... [more]

CNMI visitor arrivals up 3 percent in January 2013
Visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands were up 3 percent for January 2013 compared to the same month a year ago. According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, arrivals to... [more]

Concerns in American Samoa over Obama's proposal to hike minimum wage
The chairman of American Samoa's Economic Advisory Council says President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to 9.00 US dollars needs to be discussed by local leaders... [more]

Change to Pike mine conditions sought
Government officials are considering an application from Solid Energy to vary the conditions on its permit to mine at Pike River. [more]

Sport: Samoa confident of competing at World Softball Champs
Samoa coach Chris Kohlhase believes his team for the World Softball Championships in Auckland is just as strong, if not better, than the side that finished fifth-equal nine years ago. [more]

Sport: Big-name players boost Fiji Bati
Fiji Bati assistant coach Joe Rabele says the national team is shaping up well eight months out from the start of the Rugby League World Cup. Fiji's Australian-based players will... [more]

More funding needed for fracking report - commissioner
Environment Commissioner Jan Wright needs more funding to complete her work on fracking, an oil and gas drilling technique. [more]

Smith favoured to win Golden Shears
Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith is the favourite to win the open final of the 53rd Golden Shears shearing and woolhandling championships which start in Masterton on Thursday. [more]

PSA-V came to NZ from China
New research from Otago Univeristy shows the strain of the PSA-V kiwifruit vine disease which is hammering the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, originated from China. [more]

Sale of wool exporter unconditional
The sale of New Zealand Wool Services International to an Australian company has gone unconditional. [more]

Bathhurst buying assets in Southland
Bathurst Resources is planning to buy thermal coal assets in Southland for $16.8 million. [more]

Moa shipping beer to China
Moa Brewery says its beer will soon be available in Canada. [more]

Lower loss reported
Wellington Drive Technology has reported an improved loss of $7.1 million in 2012. Revenue rose 2% to $35.6 million. [more]

Tonga Council decries poor protocol during King's AUT visit
The Tongan Advisory Council in New Zealand says he's appalled that proper protocols weren't observed when the King of Tonga visited the Auckland University of Technology on Wednesday. The Council's... [more]

Fiji commits to a United Nations inititative to end violence against women
Fiji has signed a commitment to a United Nations inititative to end violence against women. A recent survey by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre found that 64 percent of women... [more]

PNG police says probe will establish Queen Rabaul toll
Papua New Guinea police says criminal investigations into the Rabaul Queen disaster will find out exactly how many people went missing when the ferry sank last year. The Commissision of... [more]

PNG's South Fly electorate to go to polls again after successful petition
A by-election is to be held in South Fly Open electorate in Papua New Guinea's Western Province following a successful electoral petition. EM TV reports that a former MP, Sali... [more]

Dengue hospitalises 26 people in Solomons
An WHO epidemiologist says 26 people in Solomon Islands have been hospitalised with severe dengue fever but there are no deaths from the latest outbreak. Four new cases of dengue... [more]

New Papua governor opts for new team to tackle problems
The newly elected governor of Indonesia's Papua province, Lukas Enembe, says he will form a special team to resolve conflicts and violence in the province as soon as he is... [more]

Changes to gas network charges
Vector will have to cut its gas network charges from July, after the Commerce Commission finalised future price rises. [more]

No one hurt in boat fire
A person escaped serious injury in a boat fire that extensively damaged a launch in the Kerikeri Inlet in Northland. [more]

Dome Valley fire still burning
The Rural Fire Service is still fighting a large scrub fire in the Dome Valley between Warkworth and Matakana, north of Auckland. [more]

Australia new home sales continue to rise
New home sales in Australia have risen for a fourth consecutive month. [more]

Jakarta's militaristic approach in Papua has to stop, say regional representatives
Regional representatives in Indonesia's Papua and West Papua provinces have strongly urged the government to cease military operations and withdraw special forces from the region. The Jakarta Post reports that... [more]

Wallis gets new French administrator
The French government has named a new administrator for Wallis and Futuna. Michel Aubouin will replace Michel Jeanjean at the end of March. The administrator has executive powers, implementing the... [more]

Vets flown from Hawaii to desex American Samoa dogs
A couple of animal lovers have combined their air points to fly a pair of veterinarians from Hawaii to help spay and neuter dogs in American Samoa. Nicholas and Mona... [more]

Solomons teachers will strike unless paid today
Teachers in Solomon Islands will strike next week if the government fails to pay money owed to them by today. Last week, the National Teachers Association, or SINTA, threatened to... [more]

France objects to French Polynesia's decolonisation bid
France has reportedly told a meeting at the UN in New York that French Polynesia's decolonisation bid is in a first instance an internal French affair. The Nouvelles de Tahiti... [more]

Cooks ministers in talks with NZ
The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna and members of his cabinet are today having discussions with New Zealand's government on priority issues such as the Cooks' bid to join... [more]

More money needed for Len Lye gallery
More money is needed to proceed with a New Plymouth gallery dedicated to showing the works of kinetic artist Len Lye. [more]

Qarase back in Fiji court in another abuse of office case
A former Fiji Prime Minister and Chairman of Native Land Trust Board, Laisenia Qarase, was again in court today to face charges in relation to alleged fraudulent conversion and abuse... [more]

PNG's Kauona criticised by Europe-based BCL shareholders
A group of shareholders in Bougainville Copper Ltd has issued a scathing critique of a former militant leader in the Papua New Guinea province, who this week described the autonomous... [more]

Canterbury University seeks financial help
Canterbury University is seeking financial help from the Government after posting an annual loss of $67 million, compared to a surplus of $28 million in 2011. [more]

Fonterra shipment containing drugs still a mystery
New Zealand officials still have no idea how a large sum of drugs ended up on a Fonterra milk shipment to Algeria. [more]

Full steam ahead for partial float of Mighty River
Prime Minister John Key says the partial float of Mighty River Power will now go ahead, with a timeline for the sales to be announced on Monday. [more]

Ceremony held for Muriwai shark victim
Family and friends have attended a ceremony at Muriwai Beach to remember the man killed in a rare shark attack. [more]

Review shows no other law breaches by spy agency
A review of Government Communications Security Bureau operations has found that three cases identified as having potential legal issues were within the law. [more]

Baby bottles found to have inaccurate markings
A survey by the Consumer Affairs Ministry has revealed some low-cost baby feeding bottles have inaccurate markings, meaning infant formula is too concentrated and this can lead to health problems. [more]

Farmlands and CRT merger confirmed
A merger between rural supply co-operatives, Farmlands and CRT, is a done deal after shareholders confirmed their approval in a second special vote, on Wednesday. [more]

100 new positions created at F and P
Fisher Paykel Appliances is creating 100 new jobs in a bid to expand its research and development arm. [more]

Sunniest summer on record
NIWA says this summer is the sunniest on record. However, the temperatures have not broken and records. [more]

Driver accused of killing unborn child to defend charges
A man charged over the death of his unborn child in a car crash in June 2012 will defend the charges. [more]

In-form Hendry one stroke behind at The Hills
The Auckland golfer Michael Hendry is one shot behind the leaders late on day one of the New Zealand PGA Championship in Queenstown. Hendry's the defending champion at The Hills,... [more]

Benitez confirms exit and blasts Chelsea fans
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez's patience with the London football side's fans finally snapped as he confirmed his intention to leave the club at the end of the season. Benitez... [more]

Celtic lose in SPL
Scottish football giants Celtic have lost a national Premier League game for the first time in 2013, going down 2-1 at Motherwell. Celtic manager Neil Lennon labelled his players lazy... [more]

Real v Atletico in all-Madrid Copa del Rey final
It'll be an all-Madrid final of Spain's Copa del Rey football knockout competition, the King's Cup. Real Madrid will face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final on May the... [more]

French want to play a midweek match in New Zealand in June
The French rugby team is set to play a midweek match in New Zealand against the Blues, when they tour in June. The French play the All Blacks in three... [more]

Cook Islands businesses push for faster telecommunications
The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce says a fibre optic cable connecting the country to international networks would be a game changer for the telecommunications industry and businesses that rely... [more]

New Zealand and Solomon Islands look to strengthen links
The Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Clay Forau, is in New Zealand for talks that will cover the drawing down of the Regional Assistance Mission or RAMSI. RAMSI will have been... [more]

New bank in American Samoa names chief executive
A former chief executive of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank, Gary Ayre, is to return from Australia to head the new Community Bank of American Samoa. Mr Ayre was CEO of... [more]

Solomon Islands coping with hundred infected with dengue fever
The World Health Organisation in Solomon Islands says four new cases of dengue fever were detected in Gizo on Wednesday while there are now over 300 suspected cases of the... [more]

Solomon Islands coping with hundreds infected with dengue fever
The World Health Organisation in Solomon Islands says four new cases of dengue fever were detected in Gizo on Wednesday while there are now over 300 suspected cases of the... [more]

Newspaper publisher wants to outsource NZ work
Newspaper publisher APN has told staff on Thursday it is planning to outsource the majority of its advertising production to a company in India. [more]

Ngati Haua heading for settlement
Waikato iwi Ngati Haua is closer to settling its Treaty grievances. [more]

Parata takes Scottish coaching role
Former Silver Fern Gail Parata is to become the coach for Netball Scotland. [more]

Turners and Growers reports full year loss of $15.3m
The listed fruit and vegetable producer, Turners Growers, has reported a full year loss, due to further writedowns of its apple and kiwifruit orchards. [more]

Artist Ralph Hotere farewelled
Ralph Hotere has been praised as a great pioneering artist on a quest for justice. [more]

Resource owners adamant to have input in PNG's Panguna plans
A representative of resource owners in the Panguna region of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville says they want to ensure they have some control of the province's new mining policy. The... [more]

Elderly man killed, three injured in bus crash
An elderly man has died and three other people are injured after a bus crash in South Auckland. [more]

Resource owners adamant over input into Bougainville's Panguna plans
A representative of resource owners in the Panguna region of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville says they want to ensure they have some control of the province's new mining policy. The... [more]

Salmon farms approved for Sounds
Four new salmon farms have been approved for the Marlborough Sounds. [more]

Cullen takes kohanga go-between role
Former Labour deputy prime minister Sir Michael Cullen is to monitor changes to kohanga reo. [more]

Fears court changes may increase domestic violence
MPs have been told a plan to remove access to free family counselling under proposed changes to the Family Court could see an increase in domestic violence. [more]

Government accused of stripping out RMA safeguards
The Government is being accused of ripping power off local authorities and stripping back safeguards in proposed changes to the Resource Mananagement Act. [more]

Minister joins others to pay tribute to Ralph Hotere
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples was among those who paid tribute on Thursday at a memorial service in Dunedin, to the renowned artist Ralph Hotere (Hone Papita Raukura Hotere), who died on Sunday aged 81. [more]

Monarch butterfly not so visible
Monarch butterflies do not seem to be about in their usual numbers this year. Researchers are to meet in Auckland in March to figure out what has happened to them. [more]

Group to appeal to Ombudsman over pool demolition
The Save Centennial group says it will take its case to the Office of the Ombudsman after the Christchurch City Council voted to demolish the inner-city pool. [more]

Hundreds of teachers not paid in latest cycle
Almost 780 teaching staff from nearly 450 schools were not paid in the most recent pay cycle. [more]

Ministry 'under-prepared' for biosecurity incursions
The Auditor-General says the Ministry for Primary Industries is under-prepared for biosecurity incursions. [more]

Oyang crew seek visa extension
Three Indonesian seamen who jumped ship in Christchurch amid claims of deplorable conditions aboard a Korean fishing vessel are appealing for an extension to their visas, which run out on Thursday. [more]

Councillor wants quake authority to name date
A Christchurch City Councillor wants the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority to name a date for when a residential advisory service and insurance tribunal will be established. [more]

$100m half year profit reported by Air NZ
Air New Zealand's half year profit has soared to $100 million - its highest level in five years and nearly triple for the same period a year ago. [more]

Three hurt after car accidents in Palmerston North
The ambulance service says three people have been taken to hospital following two separate car accidents in Palmerston North on Thursday. [more]

Police reveal new details in search for missing woman
Police investigating the disappearance of an Auckland woman have released new information about the case four months after she went missing. [more]

Police admit they could have prevented death
Police have apologised to the family of a murdered Hamilton woman and say they could have prevented her death if they had acted sooner. [more]

English concedes asset sales hit on books
The Finance Minister has conceded that the Government's books could be worse off if it proceeds with its plan to sell off part of State-owned power companies. [more]