Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 2nd April 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, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, The Sampler, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Get Out of Your Lazy Bed
Hilary Boyd from Auckland has chosen 'Get Out of Your Lazy Bed' by Matt Bianco. [more]

TV Review with Phil Wallington
'The Vote', 'The Kingdom of Plants' and 'The GC'. [more]

Book Review with Nicky Pellegrino
'The Wedding Bees' by Sarah Kate Lynch. [more]

Music Review with Nick Atkinson
The songs 'Intro' (Live) by The Grand Ole Hayride and 'Minnie Dean' by Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson, Tami Neilson, Dave Khan. [more]

Web Review with Ben Gracewood
The New York Times has built a haiku bot; and Diving Deep into Danger. [more]

The Highlands Motorsport Park
The Highlands Motorsport Park is a $20 million complex with a 4.5 kilometre racing circuit, located near the South Island township of Cromwell. An opening festival held over the long weekend attracted some 7 to 8000 people on Saturday alone and featured laps by about 60 vehicles... including a first record lap of 1 minute, 41.9 seconds, set by Kiwi driver Craig Baird. [more]

Southern Story for 2 April 2013 - Denniston Plateau
Twenty years ago two residents on the West Coast's Denniston Plateau initiated the restoration of an old schoolhouse to create a museum. This not only gave the many visitors to the hill a place to land, it became an important centre for the people who had been part of the once-thriving coal mining community around - known as the 8th Wonder of the World - the Denniston Incline. [more]

Tune Your Engine - is Google making us stupid?
Technology commentator Nicholas Carr's most recent book, 'The Big Switch: Rewiring the World', asks if we are losing our ability to think deeply because of the internet. [more]

Asian Report for 2 April 2013 - Moving on Asia
Lynda Chanwai-Earle is 'Moving on Asia' when she checks out 200 video works from Asian artists at Wellington's City Gallery. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 2 April 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Graham Bell and Islay McLeod (Part 1)
Topics - It's D-Day for Red Zone land owners in Christchurch who have less than an hour to accept the Government's offer for their land. Lifeguards say ten Korean fishermen who were stranded on a rocky outcrop at Port Waikato yesterday could have drowned if rescuers hadn't spotted them. [more]

The Panel with Graham Bell and Islay McLeod (Part 2)
Topics - The Green Party says the Government must call off its asset sales programme if it wants to reach a deal over the future of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. The latest attempt to give farmers a presence in Parliament and a potential rival to Act on the political right now claims to be close to attracting enough members to register for next year's election. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 2 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 2 April 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 2 April 2013
Employment confidence hits its highest level in in 18 months. Apple apologises to Chinese consumers and the stock market declines. [more]

Evening Business for 2 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 2 April 2013
Confidence in the jobs markets has risen for the fourth quarter in a row, tipping it into positive territory for the first time since September 2011. [more]

CEISMIC

Community groups upset about wastewater rebuild plans
Some Christchurch community groups say a programme to rebuild the city's wastewater and storm water systems to a pre-earthquake equivalent isn't good enough. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 2 April 2013
Will the government let Tiwai Point close? Police investigate crucial new details about the shooting of a stop-go roadworker and Red zoned residents refuse Government's buyout offer. [more]

Tiwai Point aluminium smelter take another turn
The Prime Minister says there could be some advantages to New Zealand, if the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter closes. [more]

Govt offers to subsidise power for Tiwai smelter
The State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall declined to talk to Checkpoint. [more]

Police investigate crucial details about Atiamuri shooting
A farmer has told police about the strange behaviour of a dark coloured jeep in the minutes leading up to fatal shooting of a roadworker two weeks ago. [more]

Red zoned residents refuse Government's buyout offer
Red zoned home owners in Christchurch who are refusing the Government's offer to buy their land say they will stay put, despite not knowing whether they'll get insurance or have basic services like water and sewerage. [more]

Sports News for 2 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Companies fined for misleading tourists
Two companies have been fined more than 200-thousand dollars for ripping off busloads of Asian tourists with fake souvenirs. [more]

Police blame jump in Northland crime on two cases
There has been a jump in the number of reported assaults and sexual crime in Northland but the police say most of that is because of two men who are now under arrest. [more]

Object of interest found in search for 2 Degrees boss
The wreckage of the plane carrying the 2 Degrees chief executive and his wife may have been found using sonar, 56-metres below water off the coast of Raglan. [more]

Union urges Govt action over Tiwai smelter
The union for workers at Tiwai Point says the Government must show it will fight to save the smelter after months of inaction. [more]

Rain back to normal for autumn but soil moisture levels drier
Climate scientists are predicting the rain will back to normal for autumn and early winter but warn farmers will need more to really soak their parched paddocks. [more]

The latest on North Korea
Back to South Korea's now where the president has reacted to North Korea's declaration of war by pledging a strong military response to any aggression. [more]

Worry over possible smelter closure
The Prime Minister says the Government has no interest in offering a long-term subsidy to the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, and if it can't stand on its own two feet, then it shouldn't be there. [more]

Greens respond
The Green Party says National needs to stop its asset sales plans to strengthen the Government's hand in the Tiwai talks with Rio Tinto. [more]

Redzone resident prepared to fight for services
The latest figures show six thousand people have settled with the Crown, but more than 270 haven't. [more]

Auckland pools
People in some of Auckland's poorest communities face having to stump up almost a million dollars a year to use their local swimming pool. [more]

Alternative names for North and South islands
The North and South Islands may soon have two official names each - one in Maori and one in English. [more]

Sports News for 2 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Prop 8 witness changes mind about gay marriage
In the US, two landmark Supreme Court cases about same-sex marriage are proving a rallying point for gay-rights. [more]

Huge heroin haul by warships
Heroin worth at least 100 million dollars has been intercepted by warships in the Indian Ocean in what's said to be one of the largest seizures of the drug in maritime history. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 2 April 2013
Refusing to move out of the Christchurch red zone, adopting Maori names for the North and South Islands and Takelau builds a new ship. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 April 2013
The Prime Minister warns there will be no longterm subsidy for the Tiwai Point smelter and new statistics show reported crimes rose nearly six percent in Canterbury last year. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 April 2013
The All Blacks forwards Wyatt Crockett and Brodie Retallick have re-signed with the New Zealand rugby union and their respective Super rugby franchises until the end of 2015. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 2 April 2013
Banks pressing red-zoners to accept govt buy out; Police update on plane wreckage search; Police say drivers must stay in control on unforgiving NZ roads; Nearly a thousand Aucklanders fined for fare evasion; Former police officer convicted of planting evidence dies; Death penalty sought for movie theatre shooter; Charity muggers still a problem; and South Korea gives strong response to North's threats. [more]

Business advocacy group and unions clash
The country's largest advocacy group for business growth says small increases in the minimum wage and kiwisaver contributions will not do the harm being suggested by trade unions. [more]

Pacific News for 2 April 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Pressure on Chch red zones as deadline for Govt offer looms
It's the last day for people living in residential red zones in Christchurch to decide whether they'll take up the Government's buy-out offer. [more]

Commercial divers may have to be brought in to retrieve bodies
Commercial deep sea divers may have to be brought in to retrieve the bodies of the 2 Degrees chief executive and his wife believed to be trapped inside the wreckage of their plane which plunged into sea off the coast of Raglan. [more]

Banks pressing red-zoners to accept govt buy out
Some homeowners in Christchurch's red zone who've been resisting the Government's buyout offer say they're being pressured by their banks to accept it before the deadline. [more]

Police update on plane wreckage search
The police, navy and the CAA have been scouring footage overnight as they continue their search for the wreckage of a plane that crashed into the sea near Raglan. [more]

Police say drivers must stay in control on unforgiving NZ roads
The unforgiving nature of New Zealand roads is being identified by police as a key reason for drivers to keep their speed down, in the wake of three deaths over the Easter weekend. [more]

Nearly a thousand Aucklanders fined for fare evasion
Nearly a thousand Auckland rail commuters have been hit with a new penalty for trying to travel without a ticket or a good excuse. [more]

Former police officer convicted of planting evidence dies
Bruce Hutton, the detective chief inspector found to have planted evidence that helped convict Arthur Allan Thomas of double murder, has died. [more]

Death penalty sought for movie theatre shooter
Prosecutors in the United States are seeking the death penalty for James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people in a movie theatre in Denver. [more]

Sports News for 2 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Ryder making a speedy recovery
Jesse Ryder, is back on his feet and said to be making remarkable progress after being attacked outside a bar. [more]

South Korea gives strong response to North's threats
The war of words on the Korean peninsula continues to escalate, with South Korea's new leader instructing the country's army to strike back at any further provocation. [more]

Opposition parties say Government making life tougher
The Government is being warned that it is making life even tougher for workers already struggling to pay bills, by taking more money from their paypackets. [more]

Uproar on Dunedin paua plans
Recreational divers in Dunedin are in uproar over a Ministry for Primary Industries proposal to allow commercial paua harvesting along part of the Otago Peninsula, currently a protected area [more]

D-day for Chch red zoners
It's the final chance for people living in Christchurch's flat land residential red zones to decide whether they'll accept the Government's buy out offer. [more]

NZ Navy update on search for plane wreckage
The police, navy and the CAA have been examining footage overnight, for signs of the wreckage of a plane that crashed into the sea near Raglan. [more]

2degrees to operate as usual despite death of chief executive
2degrees says the business will operate as normal despite the death of its chief executive. 2degrees director of corporate affairs, Mat Bolland, says Mr Hertz would have wanted the company to keep operating as usual and there had been discussions about its long-term future. [more]

Maori challenge thirty-five year water rights
Maori in Northland are challenging the growing number of water-right consents that run for 35 years. [more]

Charity muggers still a problem
Despite a tougher code of ethics, charity fundraisers, especially door knockers, are still angering many people. [more]

Teletext ending after almost 30 years
Advocates for people with hearing difficulties and the elderly say the winding up of the Teletext service will further isolate them. [more]

Sports News for 2 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Business confidence down and drought predicted to hit retailers
The Retailers' Association says the drought will have an impact on the high street, but say it's guess work as to when. It says that if farmers aren't winning then the rest of the country isn't either. [more]

Rio Tinto rejects government offer of subsidy for Tiwai Point
The Government has confirmed Rio Tinto has rejected an offer to subsidise the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter's power costs. [more]

Partnership created to bring jobs to Nelson and Hastings
A major push is under way to bring hundreds more well-paid jobs to Nelson and Hastings. The mayors of both towns have joined forces to attract the call centres of major international companies away from Australia. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
A heritage listed brick wall falls on people, April Fools jokes, and health experts fear lives will be lost because of tiny particles used in some sunscreens. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys: World Family Trip - Part 1
Dave Monk and whanau have completed stage one of their world trip - travelling around New Zealand in a campervan. [more]

Global Neighbours - Mid-West America
Research analyst Deborah Thornton from the Public Interest Institute reporting from Iowa, USA pop. 311,591,917 (est. 2011)... issues with Obamacare, K-12 education reform and the management of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and their dams. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 9. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 10. [more]

Nine To Noon

Rio Tinto rejects government offer of subsidy for Tiwai Point
Mayor of Invercargill Tim Shadbolt and Nine to Noon business and economic commentator Rod Oram talk about Rio Tinto walking away from negotiations with the Government over Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. [more]

Calls for radical change in NZ's meat industry
Kathryn Ryan talks to Gerry Eckhoff, sheep and beef farmer in the high country near Roxburgh, Otago Regional councillor and a former ACT MP; Conor English, Federated Farmers chief executive; and Jeremy Rookes, sheep farmer from Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay. [more]

US Correspondent - Luiza Savage
Reaction to North Korea's threats; Gun Control legislation is being rejigged; and America's immigration legislation may be overhauled. [more]

Feature Guest - Adnan Amin
Head of a new UN agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, Adnan Amin, of Kenya, is an economist with more than 25 years working in international environment and sustainable development, including for the United Nations. [more]

Book Review - Family Songbook
Harry Ricketts reviews 'Family Songbook' by John Newton, published by Victoria University Press. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
Rio Tinto deal, privacy and government agencies, John Key's trip to China. [more]

Food and Wine with Lauraine Jacobs and Stephen Morris
Lauraine Jacobs has recipes for Citrusy Duck Stew, and Fennel Puree. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
The Vote on TV3, and why the 82 year old Australian entertainer who has been arrested has not been named. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 April 2013
A kuia affiliated to Ngai Tuhoe suggests a member of the tribe should stand for Parliament; An historian who specialises in Maori in Australia says Maori seem to be more valued in Australia than in New Zealand, and are held in higher esteem by white Australians than Aboriginal people; A Maori owned and operated farm near Taumarunui is praying for more rain to ease drought pressures; A Te Papa Museum travelling exhibition of pounamu has moved from one province to another in China. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 April 2013
A kuia affiliated to Ngai Tuhoe suggests a member of the tribe should stand for Parliament; An historian who specialises in Maori in Australia says Maori seem to be more valued in Australia than in New Zealand, and are held in higher esteem by white Australians than Aboriginal people; A Maori owned and operated farm near Taumarunui is praying for more rain to ease drought pressures; A Te Papa Museum travelling exhibition of pounamu has moved from one province to another in China. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 April 2013
Official recognition of the Maori names for the North and South Islands are one step closer; The Chairperson of the Federation of Maori Authorities says her recent trip to Rapanui or Easter Island highlighted the need for Maori to play a bigger leadership role in the Pacific for social and economic development; Ngai Tuhoe leader, Tamati Kruger, says having more tribal representatives in parliament would certainly help lift the number of Maori enrolling to vote; The costs incurred so-far by the Waitangi Tribunal to hear the claim by the Maori Council over water rights and asset sales is just over 213-thousand dollars. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 April 2013
The Chairperson of the Federation of Maori Authorities says her recent trip to Rapanui or Easter Island highlighted the need for Maori to play a bigger leadership role in the Pacific for social and economic development; Official recognition of the Maori names for the North and South Islands are one step closer; Ngai Tuhoe leader, Tamati Kruger, says having more tribal representatives in parliament would certainly help lift the number of Maori enrolling to vote; The Electoral Commission is advising tangata whenua who haven't received a Maori Electoral Option pack in the mail that they need to enrol to vote. [more]

The Reading

The Thrill of Falling - Part 1
Little-Tu is a sickly child and his grandfather gives him the name of their famous ancestor Tupaea to help him survive. Running away from the kids who ridicule his stutter, he jumps off the Tologa Bay bridge and discovers the thrill of falling. At the annual family feast celebrating the great god Oro, who sent Tupaea, Koro retells the family history. When Uncle Tu-Bad goes to gaol, the mantle of Tupaea is passed on to Little-Tu [more]

The Sampler

The Sampler for 2 April 2013
Nick Bollinger reviews albums by Urban Tramper, Rhian Sheehan, Nathan Haines and Jonathan Zwartz. [more]

Upbeat

Daniel Mueller-Schott
German cello soloist for the NZSO's 'Echoes of Home' series starting in Dunedin this Friday. [more]

Goran Bregovic
Bosnian-Serbian musician, who appeared at this year's WOMAD festival in Taranaki. [more]

Olivier Latry
French organist from Notre Dame Cathedral performing concerts in Auckland and Napier this week. [more]

News stories:

US to halt funds for un-certified teachers in Marshalls
The United States government has warned the Marshall Islands Ministry of Education that it will not continue to provide funds for teachers who have only high school degrees from 2015. [more]

Drought in NZ could cause inflation for number of Pacific countries
The drought in New Zealand could cause food inflation in a number of Pacific countries. A drought has been declared over the entire North Island and parts of the west... [more]

Fiji's first polymer banknote is entering circulation today
Fiji's first polymer banknote is entering circulation today. The new five Fiji dollar banknote features a clear window bearing an outline of an iTaukei man. The paper version of the... [more]

United Front in Fiji says draft constitution meetings should let people speak
A spokesperson for the United Front for a Democratic Fiji says meetings being held this week are an opportunity to create awareness of the future under the regime's draft constitution... [more]

CNMI governor indicates support for foreign workers
The Northern Marianas Governor Eloy Inos will back the granting of improved immigration status to long-term foreign workers. On the US mainland, the Obama administration and members of Congress are... [more]

Cook Islands community unite to combat youth crime
The Cook Islands community has united to combat a problem many feel is dominating the country - youth crime. One initiative is a Community Advisory Council to address the growing... [more]

New costs 'will hit workers'
Budgeting services and opposition parties say struggling workers will be hit hard by increased costs that came into effect on 1 April. [more]

Plane wreckage may have drifted
Police say it may be some time before the wreckage of a plane that crashed into the sea off the Waikato coast is found because it is likely to have broken up and drifted in the current. [more]

Fine for train fare evasion to double
Fare evaders on Auckland's commuter trains are about to be hit with heftier penalties. [more]

Scrapped Teletext service important for deaf, says foundation
The deaf community says the closure of the Teletext service will make it harder for them to get information. [more]

Mainzeal creditors' meeting in Auckland
Mainzeal sub-contractors and former staff will learn more about the likelihood of getting paid money they are owed by the former construction company at a creditors' meeting in Auckland on Wednesday. [more]

Greencane's success based on sugarcane waste
New Zealand firm Greencane, which makes paper from a sugarcane waste product, plans to enter the Australian market this year. [more]

Many copper line users not ready for fibre - TUANZ
The Telecommunications Users Association says a lot of companies that rely on the copper network to deliver their services aren't ready for the fibre world. [more]

Shark counting begins in Fiji
People from around Fiji will spend the next month counting shark sightings, as part of a census of the country's species. The Great Fiji Shark count is in its second... [more]

World Bank and Digicel work on solar powered cellphone chargers in PNG
The World Bank Group is working with mobile phone company, Digicel, to enable solar powered mobile phone charging and street lighting to 500 villages in Papua New Guinea. The Bank's... [more]

Fiji Sugar Corporation says fixing of new sugar price delayed
The Fiji Sugar Corporation says the fixing of the new sugar price has been delayed because of the fluctuation in world prices. The corporation's chair, Abdul Khan says it will... [more]

Fiji's Qarase released from prison this week
Fiji's former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is expected to be released from prison this week. Qarase was imprisoned last August after being found guilty of abuse of office related charges. [more]

Three die on roads over Easter
The Easter road toll stands at three, following a two-vehicle collision near Thames on Saturday night that killed a woman and injured two other people. [more]

Paua industry backs off Dunedin proposal
The paua industry says it is prepared to back down on a plan to allow commercial harvesting on a section of Dunedin coastline. [more]

Ryder continues 'encouraging' recovery after attack
Jesse Ryder's manager says the Wellington cricketer and former Black Cap is making very encouraging progress after being assaulted. [more]

Solomons Teachers union says Education Ministry threat irresponsible
The President of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association says no amount of threat from the Ministry of Education will force his members to return to class today especially when... [more]

Claim of pressure as buyout deadline approaches
Some residents of Christchurch's red zone who are still to decide on a buyout offer from the Government say they are being pressured by their bank to accept. [more]

Tuhoe member should stand as MP - kuia
A kuia affiliated to Ngai Tuhoe suggests a member of the tribe should stand for Parliament. [more]

Maori more valued in Australia than NZ - researcher
An historian who specialises in Maori in Australia says Maori seem to be more valued in Australia than in New Zealand, and are held in higher esteem by white Australians than Aboriginal people. [more]

International Pounamu show on the move
The travelling exhibition of pounamu from Te Papa Tongarewa - the National Museum of New Zealand has moved from one province to another in China. [more]

Regions aim to attract high-paying jobs
Two mayors have joined forces with the aim of creating up to 300 new well-paid jobs in their towns within a year. [more]

Council chair agrees with Maori on water rights
Northland Regional Council's chairman says he agrees with Maori who oppose the granting of long term water rights. [more]

No change expected in RBA rate
The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday hands down its monthly interest rate decision, which is tipped to stay at 3%. [more]

Crimestoppers launches rural campaign
An independent crime prevention charity has launched a campaign aimed at helping the police to respond to crime in rural areas. [more]

Fonterra defers charges because of drought
Fonterra has brought its drought-embattled dairy farmers some relief by deferring charges imposed if the amount of milk they supply is out of kilter with their forecasts. [more]

Call for higher standard wastewater systems
Environment and community groups want Christchurch City Council to spend part of a multi-million dollar fund on upgrading the city's stormwater and wastewater systems. [more]

Sport: Steve Price appointed for second stint as Toa Samoa coach
St George Ilawarra coach Steve Price has been appointed head coach of the Toa Samoa national rugby league team. The 35 year old, who previously coached Samoa in two stand-alone... [more]

Chelsea beat Manchester United in FA Cup replay
The English FA Cup holders Chelsea have kept one hand on the trophy after a 1-0 win at home over Manchester United in their quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's... [more]

Breakers boss predicts epic NBL final
The New Zealand Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis is predicting another epic National Basketball League grand final series against Perth starting at the end of this week. The Breakers sealed their... [more]

Different approach pays dividends for Warriors
Not getting too caught up in the technical aspects of their game plan has paid dividends for the Warriors, who've broken an 11- game losing streak to chalk up their... [more]

Breakers through to ANBL Grand Final
The New Zealand Breakers are through to their third straight grand final of the Australian National Basketball League after beating the Sydney Kings 99-88 in Monday's second semi-final. Trailing the... [more]

Warriors' 11-game losing streak finally comes to an end
The Warriors 11-game losing game streak is finally over, beating the North Queensland Cowboys 20-18 in their National Rugby League match in Auckland on Monday. The match also marked new... [more]

Ernie Els phasing out belly putter
South Africa's British Open golf champion Ernie Els will use the belly putter for the last time at a major championship during next week's US Masters, as he phases out... [more]

Pulse narrowly miss posting first win of netball season
The Central Pulse have narrowly missed posting their first win of the trans-Tasman netball season, losing 58-56 to the Queensland Firebirds in Wellington on Monday night. The result mirrored the... [more]

Aussie captain released from hospital
The Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is back home after an overnight stay in a Sydney hospital suffering from gastroenteritis. Clarke had arrived home from Australia's tumultuous Test tour of... [more]

Ryanair boss gives winnings to paralysed jockey
Michael O'Leary, the high profile owner of the budget airline Ryanair, has donated 200,000 euros to a fund for a paralysed Irish amateur jockey. O'Leary had initially added the money... [more]

PNG troops who served with RAMSI leave Solomons
The last Papua New Guinea Defense Force, PNGDF troops serving with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands were farewelled at a ceremonial parade held at RAMSI headquarters in Honiara... [more]

Solomon Islanders keen on education, jobs and water beyond MSDs
Education, jobs, access to water and sanitation are among the priorities Solomon Islanders have told the United Nations Development Programme to focus on beyond the Millennium Development Goals. The Solomon... [more]

Samoa Air begins flights from Savai'i and Upolu to American Samoa
Samoa Air is beginning flights from both Savai'i and Upolu to American Samoa on Wednesday. The airline's Chief Executive Officer, Chris Langton, says flights will operate between Maota Airport on... [more]

Fulham put another dent in QPR's hopes
Fulham's withstood a strong fightback from Queens Park Rangers to beat their London football rivals 3-2 and push Harry Redknapp's side closer towards relegation from the English Premier League. Dimitar... [more]

Tough Charleston draw for Erakovic
A tough second round match awaits New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic, assuming she can negotiate the first round of the latest WTA tournament in Charleston in South Carolina. [more]

West Papua hopeful about MSG membership after Suva meetings
A group seeking Papua's independence from Indonesia says it is hopeful of progress on membership of the Melanesian Spearhead group after meetings in Suva last week. Representatives of the West... [more]

Tuvalu MP takes court action to force by-election
The opposition in Tuvalu is taking a case to the High Court to try and force the government to hold a by-election for the vacant seat of Nukufetau. The Government... [more]

NZTA announces preferred Rotorua route
The Transport Agency has announced its preferred option for a route to take traffic through the east of Rotorua. [more]

Farmers 'desperate' for supplementary feed
Rain may be forecast for much of New Zealand this week but the demand for supplementary feed is showing no signs of slowing as dairy farmers try to get enough food to stop their cows starving in the drought. [more]

Canadian investor aims to lift stake in Vital
The cornerstone shareholder in Vital Healthcare Property Trust is attempting to lift its stake. [more]

Apple apologises to Chinese customers
Apple boss Tim Cook has apologised to Chinese consumers after the country's state media accused the firm of arrogance and greed. [more]

Hopes mining boom will boost Mongolia's economy
Mongolia's tiny stock exchange is poised for a major boost with hopes that its mining industry could one day transform the entire economy. [more]

Genetic marker for food efficient cows identified
Scientists have for the first time identified the most food-efficient dairy cows. [more]

Southland, Otago schools to sign up for free milk
Fonterra is rolling out the next stage of its milk for schools programme. [more]

Tonga MP says accountability depends on politicians laying policy platforms
An Opposition MP in Tonga says a lack of accountability and transparency remain critical issues of the country. Dr Sitiveni Halapua says to achieve accountability the country needs politicians and... [more]

Declassified 1960's British documents show Fiji chiefs' controversial views
Declassified secret documents from the British colonial police in Fiji have shed new light into the controversial views aired by some in the Great Council of Chiefs in the late... [more]

Two key votes in Vanuatu when MPs meet tomorrow
Both sides are claiming a majority as MPs in Vanuatu prepare for two key votes in Parliament tomorrow. The new Moana Carcasses Kalosil government, which came to power late last... [more]

Fiji regime gives more time for feedback on its draft constitution
The deadline for submissions on Fiji's draft constitution has been extended until April the 26th. Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, had earlier announced that all submissions were to be handed... [more]

Suspected illegal timber mills raided
Three suspected illegal timber mills in the South Island have been raided. [more]

Activist says CNMI aliens must get same treatment as those on mainland
An American human rights activist, Wendy Doromal, is calling on the U.S. Congress to provide permanent residency status and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for an estimated 12,000 legal, non-resident... [more]

Islands in Fiji's Lau group running out of basic supplies
The head of a village in the Lau Group in Fiji says the island has run out of basic supplies because the ship that normally services the area has been... [more]

Coastal Pacific suspended again for winter
For the second year running, KiwiRail is suspending the winter train service between Christchurch and Picton, saying the route is losing $3 million a year. [more]

Attack blamed on failure to neuter dogs
Auckland Council says the fatal mauling of a woman by two dogs is a tragic consequence of the failure to desex male dogs. [more]

Death may spark more information on Crewe murders - lawyer
The lawyer for Arthur Allan Thomas believes the death of a key police figure in the Crewe murder investigation could bring more information on their deaths to light. [more]

Former Dominion Finance director dies
A former director of the failed finance company, Dominion Finance, has died. [more]

West Coast man in custody on sex charges
A West Coast man has been remanded in custody, facing multiple sex charges. [more]

Interim head appointed at 2degrees
An interim chief executive has been appointed at mobile company 2degrees, after its boss, Eric Hertz, and his wife Kathy went missing in a plane crash over the weekend. [more]

North and South Islands nameless - officially
The names of New Zealand's two main islands are yet to be formalised. [more]

Red-zoned Kaiapoi resident not budging
A resident of Christchurch's red zone area, who is refusing the Government's buyout offer, say he will remain on his land despite uncertainty surrounding insurance and access to basic services. [more]

Bougainville's autonomy arrangements review will seek the public views
A review of the autonomy arrangements in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville is expected to garner views from across the province. The review team includes representatives from the ABG, the national... [more]

Japan attracts more top rugby talent
The exodus of New Zealand rugby players to Japan continues with the All Black lock Anthony Boric the latest to announce a move, while Hurricanes prop Ben May is also... [more]

Cole, Cahill to miss busy Chelsea programme
The European football champions Chelsea will be without their England defenders Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill for a gruelling programme of five matches in 13 days. Cole limped off with... [more]

Inu cops five-week ban for Inglis tackle
The Bulldogs will be without goalkicking centre Krisnan Inu for five matches. The Canterbury-Bankstown National Rugby League club opted to accept an early guilty plea for his Good Friday spear... [more]

Warnock exits Leeds
Neil Warnock has quit as manager of former English football giants Leeds United following Tuesday morning's woeful 2-1 home loss to Derby County, Leeds' third straight defeat in the second-tier... [more]

Crime rate down 7% nationwide
Newly-released police figures show the nationwide crime rate has fallen but offences are on the rise in Canterbury. [more]

Job confidence at highest level in 18 months
Confidence in the jobs markets has risen for the fourth quarter in a row, tipping it into positive territory for the first time since September 2011. [more]

Fiji Reserve Bank gives its full profit to government, delves into its reserves
Fiji's Reserve Bank has transferred 19 point 8 million US dollars to the Fiji Government. It comprises its entire profit for the last financial year and 5 point 6 million... [more]

Solomons govt to approach NZ over future uprisings
The Solomon Islands Government is to approach the New Zealand Government about engaging its defence force if there are future uprisings. The Police and National Security Minister, Chris Laore, was... [more]

Tokelau looks to increase penalties for illegal fishing
Tokelau is looking to increase penalties for illegal fishing in its exclusive economic zone. Tokelau earns over 4 million US dollars a year from fishing activities in the Tokelau EEZ... [more]

Vanuatu's Goiset refutes revocation of her diplomatic appointment
The Vanuatu businesswoman Ti Tham Goiset has refuted the government's revocation of her appointment as Roving Ambassador to Russia and Eastern Countries. Last month, the new Foreign Affairs Minister Edward... [more]

Yap landowners urged not to lease to Chinese company planning huge resort
Traditional landowners on Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia are being urged not to lease traditional lands to a Chinese consortium wanting to build a controversial billion dollar tourism... [more]

Domestic violence laws set to tighten in PNG
It's hoped that a new Bill that has been endorsed by Cabinet will help reduce the rate of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea. All forms of domestic violence are... [more]

Samoa starts prep for hosting Small Island States conference
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and his government are this week hosting a United Nations planning mission ahead of the 3rd international conference on Small Island Developing States in... [more]

Rapanui wants more exchanges with Maori - FOMA
The Federation of Maori Authorities says a recent trip to Rapanui highlighted the need for Maori to play a bigger leadership role in the Pacific. [more]

Durie wants Tamihere to replace him on forestry trust
Trustee Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie is pushing for former MP John Tamihere to temporarily replace him at the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. [more]

Karakia said for rain on farm
A Maori-owned and operated farm near Taumarunui is praying for more rain to ease drought pressures. [more]

Maori to enrol if they haven't received Maori electoral pack
The Electoral Commission is advising tangata whenua who haven't received a Maori Electoral Option pack in the mail that they need to enrol to vote. [more]

More iwi in parliament would increase Maori voters - Kruger
Ngai Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger says having more tribal representatives in Parliament would certainly help lift the number of Maori enrolling to vote. [more]

Water rights and asset sales legal costs revealed
The costs incurred by the Waitangi Tribunal to hear the Maori Council claim over water rights and asset sales had reached $213,529 at 14 March. [more]

Tourism operators told to learn more about Chinese market
An economist says tourism businesses need to focus on how to target the rising number of Chinese visitors to the country. [more]

Warmish weather stays, and rain on way
Scientists say late autumn will bring above-average temperatures and at least a little rain. [more]

Enormous craters found off NZ coast
An international group of scientists has discovered three ancient sea-floor craters off the coast of New Zealand. [more]

Wairarapa forest fire suspicious
The Rural Fire Service in Wairarapa says it is treating a large fire in a commercial pine forest southeast of Martinborough as suspicious. [more]

EPMU says smelter jobs worth fighting for
Workers at the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter are stunned the Government has walked away from negotiations over power prices. [more]

Companies fined for cheating tourists
Two companies and two individuals have been fined a total of $259,000 for cheating Asian tourists. [more]

Police get more info on vehicle in Taiaroa killing
The police say a farmer has given them key details about the movement of a vehicle believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of roadworker George Taiaroa. [more]

Native birds perish in drought
Native plants and endangered birds including kiwi are the latest to suffer at the hands of the drought. [more]

Tower confirms investments sale to Fisher Funds
Tower has confirmed the sale of its investments business to Fisher Funds for $79 million. [more]

NZ companies going overseas to expand - survey
New Zealand's small market is driving local companies to buy or merge with companies overseas, as they seek new growth opportunities, according to a survey by Grant Thornton. [more]

Gareth Morgan no longer working for company he founded
Businessman and economist Gareth Morgan has ended his employment with Gareth Morgan Investments under the terms of the purchase agreement with Kiwibank. [more]

Tasman Young Farmer winner found
The final grand finalist for the New Zealand Young Farmer Competition has been found. [more]

Northland farm enviroment award
A Northland brother and sister farming partnership has won recognition in the Farm Environment Awards. [more]

PM expects privacy breaches' report soon
Prime Minister John Key says he expects the report on privacy breaches within government agencies to be completed soon. [more]

Some EQC services to resume after privacy breach.
Some Earthquake Commission services will start getting back to normal in the next few days following privacy breaches in the organisation but staff members still will not be able to email clients. [more]

DoC cuts 'threatening' endangered birds
Forest and Bird says job cuts at the Department of Conservation will threaten endangered kakapo and kiwi and should be reconsidered. [more]

No evidence brain drain is reversing - researcher
A Statistics New Zealand geographer says there is no clear evidence people who left the country as part of the so-called brain drain are returning home more quickly. [more]

Official Maori names for North and South Islands a step closer
The Maori names for the North and South Islands are likely to be officially recognised later this year. [more]