Radio New Zealand - Friday, 1st March 2013

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Extra Time, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Podcast Classics, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Train to Work
'Train to Work' by The Thomas Oliver Band. Chosen by Erica of Hamilton. [more]

Gary Schofield
For the past 20 years, New Zealand artist Gary Schofield has been commissioned by the US military. His paintings hang in some of the most prestigious locations around the United States including Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Gary Schofield is back in New Zealand to finish another important commission - and this one's for his old school, St Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton. [more]

NZ Society - Intimacy in New Zealand (Part 2)
Lynda Chanwai-Earle hears from the so-called 'invisible crowd' - single women in their fifties - and she meets a sex therapist to find out if French men really are sexier than New Zealand men. [more]

NZ Society - Intimacy in New Zealand (Part 2)
Lynda Chanwai-Earle hears from the so-called "invisible crowd" -  single women in their fifties - and she meets a sex therapist to find out if French men really are sexier than New Zealand men. [more]

Feature Album - Stranger in Town
Today's feature album is 'Stranger in Town' by Bob Seger. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Dame Alison Holst
Dame Alison Holst's Apple Pie. [more]

Wine with Belinda Jackson
Wine with Belinda Jackson. [more]

Movies with Sarah McMullan
Sarah reviews Amour, Samsara and I Give It A Year. [more]

Lantern Festival
Jennifer King is the co-ordinator of Christchurch's Lantern Festival, to usher in the Year of the Snake in Hagley Park this weekend. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 1 March 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel - with Joe Bennett, Susan Baldacci and Deborah Hill Cone. [more]

The Panel with Joe Bennett and Deborah Hill Cone (Part 1)
New Zealand is on the verge of a diabetes epidemic, according to an Otago University study, with one in five adults showing early signs of developing the disease; Hundreds of police have been taken off the front line and told not to interact with the public after failing a critical fitness test; and a smartphone app is being proposed by the Government as a means to help young people with mental health problems. [more]

The Panel with Joe Bennett and Deborah Hill Cone (Part 2)
It's reported by media today that Jetstar refused to shift a booking for the mother of shark victim Adam Strange to fly to Auckland after his death; The grieving relatives of stillborn children have told Auckland Council staff of their anger and frustration at the damage contractors did to their loved ones' graves; and Debate over the film Argo's misrepresentation of New Zealand's role in the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis extended to international media and the highest level of Parliament, with some MPs suggesting an apology from director Ben Affleck would be appropriate. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 1 March 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 March. This week ......a new insight on how nearly 50 Japanese prisoners died at Featherston 70 years ago; broadcasters, ratings and social media; remembering artist Ralph Hotere, exercise and education in the treatment of mini-strokes; the irregular art of Hundertwasser; how blue road markings affect the coastal Wellington suburb of Owhiro Bay, Sam Neill's brother tackles King Lear; how big is a scoop of icecream; Blind Sight and looking for love with help. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 1 March 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 1 March 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 March 2013
Shares in Postie Plus Group tumble as its losses double. [more]

Evening Business for 1 March 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 1 March 2013
News from the Business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 1 March 2013
Teenagers in hospital after getting caught in rip while on a school trip near Dunedin; USA succeeds in Dotcom appeal over document disclosure; Police say it's a coincidence men chased were wanted on other charges; An elderly couple is attacked in Christchurch; and a report finds that while the economy is performing, infrastructure is lagging. [more]

Seven teenagers taken to hospital after being caught in a rip
12 Dunedin teenagers caught in a rip on a school beach trip have been rescued by surfers and surf lifesavers off Purakaunui but three are in a serious condition. [more]

USA succeeds in Dotcom appeal over document disclosure
The Court of Appeal has quashed a ruling that would've forced the FBI to hand over the documents it's relying on in the fight to extradite Kim Dotcom from New Zealand. [more]

Police say coincidence men chased were wanted on other charges
Two men injured after a Police chase, at speeds of up to 180 km/h near Hamilton are in hospital under guard, awaiting surgery. [more]

Elderly couple attacked in Christchurch
The police in Christchurch are hunting for a man following a serious assault on an elderly couple in their home this afternoon. [more]

Report finds while economy performing, infrastructure lagging
If New Zealand is to improve its economic performance internationally it must upgrade its infrastructure, and sell more goods overseas, according to a report commisioned by government officials and Auckland council. [more]

Sports News for 1 March 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waikato asks for drought declaration
Waikato farming leaders have asked for drought to be declared in their region. [more]

No reduction in frontline police while officers get fit
The Deputy Police Commissioner says there has been no reduction in the number of frontline police staff, while officers complete a mandatory fitness test. [more]

Three teenagers in serious condition after being caught in rip
Three teenagers are in a serious condition after a dozen students were dragged out by a rip on a school beach trip in Otago today. [more]

Defence analyst says time for submarine hunting technology
The defence force is being warned it will have to weigh up very carefully whether it can afford submarine hunting technology on its Orion aircraft. [more]

US Army private pleads guilty to leaks
The US Army private behind the biggest leak of goverment secrets in American history faces 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to misusing classified information. [more]

Teenagers in hospital following rip incident near Dunedin
The year-nine students from Columba college in Dunedin were at Goat Island Beach, north of Dunedin. [more]

Petrol prices jump 11 cents in February
Petrol prices have shot up by 11 cents a litre in the past month, approaching record highs, but could start to fall again in the next few days. [more]

Defence Force looks to upgrade Orion aircraft
The cash-strapped Defence Force is looking to upgrade its Orion aircraft so they can detect submarines despite a probable price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars. [more]

Sports News for 1 March 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 1 March 2013
Release of documents reveal truth about Hobbit dispute. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Howe Young has been growing vegetables for 50 years in Pukekohe and he's never seen it so dry. [more]

Regional Wrap
The North Island continues in its parched state and the South Island is not too far behind. [more]

Soap Box with Richard Steele
This King Country farmer and board member of the Ruapehu Wanganui Rural Support Trust says sheep and beef farmers are sick of being blamed for not making money, and being told to improve their on-farm performance when the problem is between the farm gate and the consumer. [more]

Propagating Strawberries
Nearly all of New Zealand's strawberry plants are grown in Katikati before heading out to commercial growers. Keith Taylor's family has been propagating stawberries there for almost 60 years. [more]

When a Cow is in Clover...
...it's as good as it gets for a cow. David and Joanna Grigg's farm straddles the hills between the Awatere and Wairau Valleys in Marlborough and is part of a Lincoln University project driven by Professor Derrick Moot, that investigates strategies for dryland livestock farmers to drought proof their farming systems using different species of legumes. Cath Goulter's dryland farming blog [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 1 March 2013
In Extra Time this week the Black Caps chase redemption in the test arena, the Phoenix chase away Ricki Herbert and the Black Sox chase a world championship title. We also hear from Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis ahead of their opening Super rugby match of the season. Marina Erakovic wins her first WTA tennis title and New Zealand Rowing welcome an Australian on board. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 1 March 2013
Hobbit diplomacy; French cuisine and in Dateline Pacific Guam tackles a snake problem. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 March 2013
A report finds New Zealand's infrastructure and business performance lagging, and a government investigation costs hundreds of thousands of dollars but yields no results. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 March 2013
Kiwis coach confident dumped skipper, Benji Marshall, will work well with his replacement. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 1 March 2013
The Pope appeared before cheering crowds in his last hours in office. More intrigue over the Hobbit dispute as unions release new emails and an Air New Zealand pilot at the controls of a flight from London to Los Angeles falls asleep twice. [more]

Pacific News for 1 March 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Emails confirm Warner Bros' trickery.
Emails from Warner Brothers confirm the Hollywood studio had reached agreement with Actors' Equity over the filming of the Hobbit movies in New Zealand in October 2010 but withheld announcing the deal. [more]

Pope leaves Vatican for the final time as Pope
Pope Benedict the 16th has left the Vatican for the last time as the head of the Catholic Church. [more]

Emails confirm Warner Bros trickery over Hobbit
New Emails released on the Hobbit dispute show New Line Cinema had to, in the Hollywood studio's words, talk Sir Peter Jackson off the ledge before he'd agree to publish a press release announcing the Actors Equity union had agreed to lift a global boycott of The Hobbit movies in 2010. [more]

Air NZ pilot admits falling asleep at the controls
An Air New Zealand pilot has admitted falling asleep twice for up to a minute and a half while at the controls of a Boeing triple seven-300 aircraft, being flown from London to Los Angeles. [more]

MPI putting NZ at risk says biosecurity expert
A world authority on foot and mouth disease says the Government is putting the economy at risk because it is more focused on overseas trade than biosecurity. [more]

MPI responds to Auditor General's report
Andrew Coleman is a Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Primary Industries and is in charge of biosecurity. [more]

Survey warns diabetes to escalate in high risk groups
A study by Otago University says New Zealand is on the verge of a diabetes epidemic, with one in five adults showing signs of developing the disease. [more]

US to provide aid to Syria opposition for the first time
The US Government has, for the first time, pledged direct financial assistance to the armed opposition in Syria. [more]

Sports News for 1 March 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Competitiveness expect backs Auckland council plans
Plans to create more higher-density housing in Auckland have been backed by an international expert in competitiveness. [more]

Steven Joyce critical of report on NZ competitiveness
The Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce, joins us. [more]

Bluff Oyster season begins
Oyster-catching boats have been slipping into the sea since midnight in Bluff, trying to get a headstart for the beginnning of the oyster season. [more]

Pope Benedict now to be known as pope emeritus
Pope Benedict the 16th has officially stepped down as the head of the Catholic church - leaving the trappings of office behind him. [more]

Warning of legal action unless biosecurity gaps plugged
There's a warning the Government could be leaving itself open to costly legal action unless it urgently moves to plug biosecurity gaps identified by the Auditor-General. [more]

Nearly one fifth of adult NZers could be living with diabetes
Nearly one in five adult New Zealanders could be facing a life with diabetes. [more]

Survey shows secondary schools worse off than three years ago
A major survey shows secondary schools are in a worse state than they were three years ago. [more]

Can NZ cricketers turn its form around for England Tests?
Cricket might be New Zealand's Summer Game, but this summer's not been a Golden one for the sport. [more]

Sports News for 1 March 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Many iwi still want Rena wreck removed
A plan by the insurers of the container ship Rena to leave the wreck on Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga has failed to win support from Bay of Plenty iwi. [more]

Farmers refuse to fence leased council land in swamp
Whangarei farmers leasing council riverbank land have thumbed their nose at a deadline and are refusing to fence it off to keep stock out of the water. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

Nights

On The Spot - Ian MacEwan
Impromptu thoughts, perspectives and opinions on either the little or big things of life. With Ian MacEwan. [more]

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

Nine To Noon

Serious weaknesses identified in NZ's biosecurity system
John Lancashire, immediate past president of New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science; and Rob Thode, a Te Puke kiwifruit grower whose orchard was infected with PSA. [more]

Pope Benedict quits Vatican
John Hooper, Guardian Rome correspondent; and James Salt, executive director of Catholics United, a Washington DC-based grassroots advocacy group. [more]

Asia Correspondent - Greg Torode
First female president in South Korea and more potential nuclear tests in North Korea. [more]

Feature Guest - Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch
Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch, a self-trained cook from the Perigord region in France, was the first woman cook to work at the Elysee Palace. Her story inspired a film - 'Haute Cuisine' (Les Saveurs du Palais) which is screening at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. [more]

Book Review - Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ralph McAllister reviews 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' by Ron Rash, published by Text. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
'Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys', 'Deutsche Electronische Musik 2', and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba's 'Jama Ko'. [more]

Sport with Richard Boock
The cricket series against England. [more]

The Week That Was
With Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Podcast Classics

ARENSKY Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
Saguaro Trio. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 March 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 March 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 March 2013
Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board hopes the new independent advisor, Sir Michael Cullen, will act quickly to implement changes to Kohanga Reo; A treasured building that once housed a Waikato tribal parliament is about to come back to life; A doctoral student at Te Whare Wanganga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane, has decided to focus her work on the impact which the grounding of the container ship Rena has had on Maori communities in Bay of Plenty; The outgoing editor of a Maori lifestyle magazine hopes other people will take up the intiative and keep the publication alive after she retires soon. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 March 2013
Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board hopes the new independent advisor, Sir Michael Cullen, will work quickly to implement changes to Kohanga Reo; A treasured building that once housed a Waikato tribal parliament is about to come back to life; A doctoral student at Te Whare Wanganga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane, has decided to focus her work on kaitiakitanga, and the impact which the grounding of the container ship Rena has had on Maori communities in Bay of Plenty; The outgoing editor of a Maori lifestyle magazine hopes other people will take up the intiative and keep the publication alive after she retires soon. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 March 2013
Iwi in Bay of Plenty are not convinced that leaving what remains of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe reef off the coast of Tauranga, won't pose a risk to the marine environment; Meanwhile the Forum Chairman, Te Awanui Black, says it's inevitable that if the insurers do leave the Rena wreck where it is, iwi could well take the matter to the Environment Court; An organisation opposed to the partial sale of state owned enterprise is continuing its fight - despite the Supreme Court dismissing a legal challenge over water rights by Maori groups this week; The South Island iwi - Ngai Tahu - has finalised a tribal management plan, which will help local councils to make environmental decisions. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 March 2013
Iwi in Bay of Plenty are not convinced that leaving what remains of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe reef off the coast of Tauranga, won't pose a risk to the marine environment; Meanwhile the Forum Chairman, Te Awanui Black, says it's inevitable that if the insurers do leave the Rena wreck where it is, iwi could well take the matter to the Environment Court; An organisation opposed to the partial sale of state owned enterprise is continuing its fight - despite the Supreme Court dismissing a legal challenge over water rights by Maori groups this week; The South Island iwi - Ngai Tahu - has finalised a tribal management plan, which will help local councils to make environmental decisions. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - Week ending 1 March 2013
A review of the weeks news including... a man killed in a shark attack at the west Auckland beach of Muriwai is named, it's full speed ahead for the Government's flagship asset sales programme, new e-mails are released on the Hobbit dispute, the Minister of Conservation steps in to decide whether a multi-million-dollar tunnel project in Fiordland National Park goes ahead, the Auditor General publishes a report saying the Ministry for Primary Industries is under-prepared for biosecurity incursions, the head of Kim Dotcom's new cloud storage site Mega and artist Ralph Hotere is praised as a great pioneering artist on a quest for justice at his funeral in Dunedin. [more]

Upbeat

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Peter Hoar reviews last night's APO concert featuring trumpet soloist Brent Grapes. [more]

David Lindsay
NZ Federation of Film Societies Wellington President previews events around the country. [more]

News stories:

Australians dominate leaderboard at PGA Championship
Australians dominate the leaderboard heading into the second day of the New Zealand PGA golf Championship in Arrowtown. All but two of the top 11 players on the leaderboard are... [more]

Lebanon coach "broken" after match-fixing scandal
Lebanon's football coach Theo Bucker says he's 'broken' and unsure about his future with the World Cup hopefuls after 24 players were punished for allegedly fixing international and club matches. [more]

ND 2 from 2 in Ford Trophy
Internationals Tim Southee and Kane Williamson helped Northern Districts to a 3-wicket win over Auckland for their second straight win in the domestic one-day competition. Williams scored 92 and Southee... [more]

CNMI public school system will lose Federal funds from today
The Northern Marianas public school system is likely to lose more than half a million dollars in Federal funds from today due to the expected automatic budget cuts. The Education... [more]

PNG's Rabaul Queen captain maintains innocence
The owner of the Rabaul Queen, which sank off Papua New Guinea last year, continues to deny any responsibility for the disaster. Police are now investigating the sinking, in which... [more]

Man arrested after shots fired
The Armed Offenders Squad was called to a Dunedin home on Thursday after shots were fired outside the property. [more]

Interest rates swaps inquiry progress report
The Commerce Commision has told Parliament's Primary Production Select Committee it has so far received more than 40 complaints and interviewed more than 30 farmers in an investigation into interest rates swaps. [more]

4G network will drive business productivity - Vodafone
Vodafone says its new 4G network will help drive productivity in businesses helping more companies to change the way they operate. [more]

New house consents ease
Consents for new houses have eased slightly, as the number of new apartments fell. [more]

KiwiRail downgrades full year operating revenue
KiwiRail has downgraded its full year operating revenue due to a flat economy and weather damaged lines. [more]

Lyttelton Port posts strong half-year result
The Lyttelton Port of Christchurch has posted a strong half-year result due to an increase in container volumes, bulk fuel volumes and dry bulk imports. [more]

Air NZ sees growth potential in Asia Pacific region
Air New Zealand says it sees huge growth potential in the Asia Pacific region but can't take full advantage of the opportunities until new planes arrive next year. [more]

Government inspectors must reapply for jobs
The Public Service Association says government health and safety inspectors should not have to reapply for their jobs. [more]

Methven issues profit downgrade
Listed tap and showerware designer Methven has issued a profit downgrade for the year to the end of March. [more]

Benitez gets little sympathy from former Chelsea players
Former Chelsea players have shown little sympathy for the London club's caretaker manager Rafael Benitez who criticised the club's board and fans after announcing he was leaving the club at... [more]

Fire at Wellington golf course
A fire at a Wellington golf course has been contained. [more]

MPI criticised for lack of readiness for pest incursion
Critics of New Zealand's biosecurity system have been quick to pick up on the findings of a report by the Auditor-General assessing the Ministry for Primary Industries readiness for a major pest or disease incursion. [more]

Ministry defends biosecurity capability
The Ministry for Primary Industries says it has been successful at protecting New Zealand from a number of biosecurity breaches but there is room for improvement. [more]

Prosecution in Tonga closes case into death of NZ police officer
The prosecution has closed its case in the preliminary inquiry into the death of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka and submitted there is a case for trial at the... [more]

Kohanga board wants urgency from independent advisor
Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board hopes new independent advisor Sir Michael Cullen will work quickly to implement changes to kohanga reo. [more]

Former tribal parliament building getting new lease of life
A treasured building that once housed a Waikato tribal parliament is about to come back to life. [more]

Many iwi still want Rena wreck removed
After a meeting with the insurers for the container ship Rena many iwi in Bay of Plenty still say the wreck should be removed from the reef where it grounded. [more]

Developer welcomes RMA proposals
An Auckland property developer says it is great news consents will be fast-tracked under the Government's proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. [more]

Miss Tahiti hired as French Senator's assistant
French Polynesia's member of the French Senate, Richard Tuheiava, has hired Miss Tahiti as his assistant. Hinarani de Longeaux, who is 22, said her modelling contact was about to expire... [more]

Mannering named Kiwis captain
Warriors captain Simon Mannering has been named as the new Kiwis rugby league skipper. [more]

Hikurangi farmers refuse to fence off rivers
Whangarei farmers leasing council riverbank land are refusing to fence it off to keep stock out of the water. [more]

OPM claims responsibility for deaths of Indonesian soldiers
The military arm of the OPM Free West Papua Movement has claimed responsibility for the deaths of eight Indonesian soldiers and four civilians in two separate incidents last week. The... [more]

Tahiti's Fritch charged with abuse of public funds
A leading French Polynesian politician, Edouard Fritch, has been charged with abuse of public funds over contributions to a radio station when he was the mayor of Pirae five years... [more]

Fiji police investigates claims some locals met with Taliban
Fiji's Commissioner of Police, Brigadier Ioane Naivalurua has told his officers to verify an international media report claiming some people who may reside in Fiji have met with the Taliban... [more]

Samoa chief open to casino discussions
The chief of a Samoan village being considered for a new casino says he is open to further discussions on the idea. The Chinese company Exhibition Tourism Group, which has... [more]

Sport: Samoans expecting structure in Pacific Rugby Cup opener
Samoa A coach Brian Lima is expecting a well-structured opponent in Friday night's Pacific Rugby Cup opener against the Brumby Runners in Canberra. The Samoans prevailed 30-24 in the corresponding... [more]

Sport; Fiji and Tonga drawn together for Sevens World Cup, Samoa to meet Kenya
Fiji have been drawn alongside defending champions Wales and Pacific rivals Tonga for the Rugby World Cup sevens in Moscow at the end of June. Wales were shock winners of... [more]

Sport: Winning start vital for Samoan softballers
Samoa coach Chris Kohlhase says a lot is riding on Friday morning's World Softball Championships opener against Great Britain in Auckland. The Tanifa finished fifth-equal in their only other World... [more]

Calls for Jakarta's militaristic approach in Papua to stop
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]

PNG NGO supports planned law to curb polygamy
A non-government organisation in Papua New Guinea supports a law being introduced in a bid to reduce polygamy because of its detrimental impact on some families. Eastern Highlands Family Voice... [more]

Samoan mayor apologises for over-stepping authority
A Samoan pulenu'u or mayor has apologised for over-stepping his authority and complaining to the media about not being consulted on an idea to build a casino in his village. [more]

Oyster season kicks off
Oyster boats began heading out into Foveaux Strait in the early hours of Friday on the first day of the season. [more]

Sport: Samoa win first match at Softball World Champs
Samoa have opened the World Softball Championships in winning fashion, defeating Great Britain 2-0 in Auckland. Coach Chris Kohlhase says getting off to a winning start is crucial to their... [more]

Engagement key for viability of American Samoa longline albacore industry
The advisory body to the US Pacific territories' regional fisheries council has agreed that unless the council fully engages with other regional fisheries agencies, the American Samoa longline albacore industry... [more]

Fiji police say Catholic priest suspected of multiple rapes
Fiji police say they have questioned a Catholic priest who is suspected of having committed several rapes. A police spokesperson, Naina Ragigia, has told the Fiji Times that the priest... [more]

NRL player Mosese Fotuaika found dead
A promising New Zealand rugby league international has been found dead at his home in Sydney. [more]

Dame Anne Salmond honoured
Renowned Auckland academic and environmentalist Dame Anne Salmond has been named the New Zealander of the Year. [more]

Doctoral thesis to focus on effects of Rena on Maori
A doctoral student at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane has decided to focus her work on kaitiakitanga and the impact which the grounding of the container ship Rena has had on Maori communities in Bay of Plenty. [more]

Editor hopes someone will keep Maori magazine alive
The outgoing editor of a Maori lifestyle magazine hopes other people will take up the initiative and keep the publication alive. [more]

Fiji aims for full mobile and broadband coverage
The Fiji government says it aims to provide every Fijian, irrespective of where they live, with access to affordable mobile telephone and broadband services. The plan was announced by the... [more]

Rangers fined but keep titles
The former Rangers football club has been fined $460,000 for making undisclosed payments to players, but will not be stripped of any titles. An independent commission appointed by the Scottish... [more]

Transpower profit jumps
Transpower has increased its half year profit by 45% as revenue rose. [more]

Hundreds apply for Wools of NZ shares
More than 700 sheep farmers have applied for shares in the company that aims to boost strong wool returns with a grower owned supply and marketing operation. [more]

Satara gowers to vote again on merger with Eastpak
Kiwifruit post-harvest operator Satara is to ask one group of growers to vote again on merging with kiwifruit packer EastPak. [more]

TVNZ posts half-year profit
State-owned broadcaster Television New Zealand has posted a half-year profit due to a fall in advertising revenue and more purchasing of overseas content. [more]

Tahiti anti-decolonisation side poised to alert UN
Pro-autonomy parties in French Polynesia want to turn to the UN secretary-general in a bid to stop the decolonisation campaign by the territory's president, Oscar Temaru. A draft letter says... [more]

Nauru awaits election date with parliament set to be dissolved
Nauru is expected to hold elections within weeks after the Speaker, Ludwig Scotty, read out a letter of dissolution in Parliament this morning. It comes as the government has for... [more]

Indonesian military in large sweep to hunt down Papuan guerillas
Indonesian soldiers have reportedly infiltrated villages in the region of Papua province's Puncak Jaya regency where eight soldiers and four civilians were shot dead last week. West Papua Media reports... [more]

Fiji's Assembly delay blamed on party registration process
Fiji's Prime Minister's office has clarified that the announcement of the Constituent Assembly will await the registration of political parties. According to the regime's decrees, the Assembly was to sit... [more]

Emails reveal how studio controlled announcement
Emails from Warner Bros confirm the Hollywood studio had reached agreement with Actors' Equity over the filming of the Hobbit movies in New Zealand in October 2010 but withheld announcing the deal. [more]

Yellow-eyed penguin chicks being released
Eight yellow-eyed penguin chicks cared for at a conservation reserve after the mysterious death of dozens of penguins in Otago Peninsula are being released. [more]

CNMI seeks extradition of former AG from Iowa
The Governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, has asked the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, to help extradite the former attorney general of the CNMI. Edward Buckingham is now... [more]

School survey finds lower morale, funding worries
A major survey shows secondary schools are in a worse state than they were three years ago. [more]

Solomons quake victims at risk of severe weather
The Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office says heavy rain and a possible cyclone are hindering efforts to secure safe shelter for the 3,000 people still living in tents after last... [more]

US territories worried about sequestration
US territory leaders have raised concerns about the impact federal budget cuts will have on the territories at an interagency meeting on insular territories in Washington DC. The President, Barack... [more]

Nauru disarray suits Canberra, says refugee advocate
A refugee advocate says news that Nauru is likely to go into early elections will suit the Australian government. Nauru's Speaker today read a letter of dissolution to Parliament and... [more]

Flood warning for Solomon Islands
A flood warning is in place for most of Solomon Islands after up to 150 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours. More rain is forecast for the week ahead... [more]

Fiji party decree poorly prepared, says party applicant
A member of the former SDL party in Fiji says the government should have prepared the Political Parties Decree better. Pio Tabaiwalu, from the group now applying as the Social... [more]

Vanuatu opposition makes gains in provincial elections
Vanuatu opposition parties are now heading two of the four Provincial Government Councils following last month's elections. Tafea Province and Malampa Province are under leadership of opposition parties while also... [more]

Vanuatu college threatened with closure over alleged debt
Custom land owners on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu are threatening to lock the doors of a local college if the government fails to meet their demands by Tuesday. [more]

PM defends money spent on MFAT leak
Prime Minister John Key is defending the $250,000 spent so far on an attempt to find out who leaked Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Cabinet papers. [more]

Three Tongans with wiped convictions leave NZ
A Tongan who came to New Zealand with wrongly wiped convictions has been deported, while two others have gone back after being located by the immigration service. [more]

Rutherford secures test spot
The Otago batsman Hamish Rutherford appears to have secured his test place after scoring 90 for the New Zealand XI in their tour match against England in Queenstown. In his... [more]

Black Sox can win again, says coach
The men's softball world championships is underway in Auckland, and New Zealand find themselves in the unusual position of not being defending champions. The Black Sox are five-time world champions... [more]

SBW contract still not finalised by NRL
New Sydney Roosters recruit Sonny Bill Williams has yet to have his contract registered, putting his starting debut against South Sydney next week in doubt. Fairfax is reporting that Williams's... [more]

Wallabies to miss a round of Super Rugby
Wallabies players will be quarantined for three weeks leading into the British and Irish Lions rugby series in a protective move which has defied Australia's Super Rugby franchises and could... [more]

Stephen Jones to retire
Wales' most capped rugby player Stephen Jones will retire at the end of the season and join the coaching staff at English Premiership club Wasps. The 35-year-old, who played a... [more]

Fotuaika's death mourned
The promising Wests Tigers front-rower Mosese Fotuaika, found dead in a Sydney townhouse, has been described as a player who had the potential to make it to the top in... [more]

Marshall won't captain Kiwis this year
The Kiwis will have a new captain this season with New Zealand Rugby League confirming that Benji Marshall won't lead the national team in 2013. The decision to take the... [more]

Three straight titles for young Dunedin swimmer
The young Dunedin swimmer Jeremy Hopkins won three straight titles on the third night of the national age group championships in Wellington. The 14-year-old won five gold medals at the... [more]

NZ junior men's hockey team beaten by Australia
The New Zealand junior men's hockey team has been beaten 4-2 by Australia in their latest match at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers on the Gold Coast. The Junior Black... [more]

Enga governor seeks more commitment of PNG public service
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Enga Province says public servants need to take ownership of state-funded projects if basic service delivery is to improve throughout the country. Peter Ipatas... [more]

American Samoa governor considers declaring economic emergency
The American Samoa governor is exploring the possibility of declaring that an economic emergency may exist in the territory once the Bank of Hawaii closes in two weeks. Lolo Matalasi... [more]

Funeral held for broadcaster Philip Leishman
Hundreds of people have farewelled veteran broadcaster Phillip Leishman in central Auckland. [more]

Five-car crash causing delays on Auckland motorway
A five-car crash is causing major traffic congestion on Auckland's southern motorway on Friday night. [more]

Bus driver stood down after crash
The driver involved in a fatal bus crash in Manurewa has been stood down while a police investigation takes place, the bus company says. [more]

Hotere taken to Northland marae for tangi
The body of Ralph Hotere has been carried onto his home marae at Mitimiti in Northland. [more]

Charter schools board announced
The Government has established a board to oversee charter schools before a select committee completes its inquiry into legislation on them. [more]

Elderly couple seriously assaulted in home
Christchurch police say they are hunting for a man following a serious assault on an elderly couple in their house. [more]

Engineers' council approached over CTV collapse
The Government says it can't take any action in response to the collapse of the CTV building in Christchurch but has approached the Chartered Professional Engineers Council about doing so. [more]

Govt asked to declare Waikato region in drought
The Waikato region is to ask the Government to declare a drought. [more]

Report urges improvement in infrastructure
A report commissioned for the Government has found that if New Zealand is to become more competitive, it has to improve its infrastructure and seek to exploit international markets more effectively. [more]

Anti-asset sales group vows to continue fight
An organisation opposed to the partial sale of State-owned enterprises is continuing its fight, despite the Supreme Court dismissing a legal challenge over water rights by Maori groups this week. [more]

Iwi concerned leaving Rena will harm environment
Bay of Plenty iwi are not convinced that leaving what remains of the Rena on a reef off the coast of Tauranga won't pose a risk to the marine environment. [more]

Ngai Tahu finalise environmental plan
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu has finalised a tribal management plan to help councils to make environmental decisions. [more]

Further fall in terms of trade
New Zealand's purchasing power against the rest of the world has fallen for the sixth consecutive quarter due to export commodity prices falling more than import prices. [more]

Postie Plus breaches bank covenants
Shares in Postie Plus tumbled after the clothing retailer more than doubled its half year loss and revealed it is in talks with its banks overbreaching its banking covenants. [more]

Report suggests NZSO play only in bigger towns
A report on how New Zealand's orchestras are funded may see small towns miss out on performances. [more]

Nesting site of 'extinct' petrel discovered
New Zealand researchers have solved a 150-year-old mystery surrounding a critically-endangered seabird. [more]

Sales at Countdown stores up 2.2%
Woolworths says its New Zealand supermarket chain increased its half-year gross earnings by 9% to $162.3 million, despite slowing demand. [more]

Awakino Gorge gets cellphone coverage
Most of Awakino Gorge in King Country now has mobile phone coverage for the first time. [more]

Man seriously hurt in Reefton house fire
A man has serious injuries after a house fire in the West Coast town of Reefton. [more]

Queen Charlotte Track now part of cycle trail
The Queen Charlotte Track has been officially declared part of the Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail. [more]

Unfit police barred from front line work
Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush says there has been no reduction in the number of front line police staff while officers complete a mandatory fitness test. [more]

Defence seeks Orion upgrade to detect subs
The Defence Force is looking to upgrade its Orions so they can detect submarines. [more]

US succeeds in Dotcom appeal over documents
A New Zealand appeal court has overturned earlier court orders requiring US prosecuting authorities to provide extensive disclosure of documents to internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. [more]

Rise in tobacco interceptions at border
The Customs Service says there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people attempting to bring in more than their allotted share of tobacco. [more]

Blues win again and keep Crusaders tryless
The Blues have scored their second bonus point win from two Super Rugby games with a 34-15 defeat of the Crusaders at Eden Park. The Blues scored five tries to... [more]