Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 4th April 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - A Long December
Deena Coster from Fitzroy Beach in Taranaki has chosen ' A Long December' by The Counting Crows. [more]

Your Place - Mataura
Thirteen kilometres south-west of Gore and 53 kilometres north-east of Invercargill, Mataura is a small community on the eastern fringe of the Southland Plain. It's a village which once had almost 2500 inhabitants and was one of our first truly industrial townships. But ease of modern transport has seen it shrink in size to just 1500 in recent years. [more]

Argo - Grant Allen
The award-winning movie 'Argo', about six American hostages who escaped the US Embassy when it was taken over militants in Tehran in 1979, suggested New Zealand diplomats did little to help. In fact Kiwi diplomats Richard Sewell and Chris Beeby met the escapees many times while they were in hiding at the Canadian ambassador's home. Both diplomats have since died, but there is a first hand account of what the New Zealanders did. A diary written by Richard Sewell at the time of the hostage taking has been donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library. [more]

Smartphone novel
Every weekday on the 45 minutes each way commute from the Hutt Valley to Wellington, Peter King can be seen working furiously on his smartphone. He's not answering emails... he's writing novels. In fact Peter may be the first person to write a 1500 page trilogy almost entirely with his thumbs on the slide out keyboard of his phone. [more]

Southern Story for 4 April 2013 - Props Maker Extraordinaire
Katy Gosset meets props maker extraordinaire Anneke Bester, who has turned her hand to everything from theatre sets to the artefacts of the Hobbit movies. [more]

Our Changing World - Miranda Shorebird Centre
All around the country migratory wading birds such as godwits and knots are winging their way north to breeding grounds in the Arctic. Alison Ballance heads to the Firth of Thames to see some of the waders before they leave. Her guide at the viewing hide is author and manager of the Miranda Shorebird Centre, Keith Woodley. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 4 April 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jock Anderson and Scott Yorke (Part 1)
Topics - The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, says he didn't expect the Prime Minister to ring an old family friend directly about the country's top spy job. Census day was Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - but Statistics New Zealand's advertising says if you haven't completed your forms yet, there's still time! [more]

The Panel with Jock Anderson and Scott Yorke (Part 2)
Topics - The US is moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as a precaution following threats by North Korea. The two men accused of assaulting the cricketer, Jesse Ryder, appeared in the Christchurch District Court this morning. A convicted sex offender, who was jailed for stomping the birds of his paedophile housemate to death, has been ordered to live in a caravan on the grounds of Christchurch Men's Prison. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 4 April 2013
Simon Morris looks at the reality behind our heroes - Hyde Park On Hudson shines a bright light on the private life of President Frankin Roosevelt, and No shows how Chilean dictator Pinochet was dethroned by an unlikely freedom-fighter. Plus, a new film about music and musicians - Performance. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 4 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 4 April 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 4 April 2013
Weak coffee sales dents Restaurant Brands' full year profit. A Mighty River Power's directors are set to get a fat pay rise and the stock market declines. [more]

Evening Business for 4 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 4 April 2013
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Digital Archive of Christchurch's Earthquakes
The University of Canterbury's CEISMIC project is building a digital archive of earthquake-related information [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 4 April 2013
The State Services Commissioner on John Key's phone call and hiring the country's top spy. A court hears the attack on Jesse Ryder wasn't a "jesse hate crime" and new laws to fight cyber bullying. [more]

Labour calling on Auditor-General to investigate GCSB appt
The State Services Commissioner says he was surprised the Prime Minister rang an old family friend directly about the country's top spy job. [more]

Former spy agency head responds
Sir Bruce Ferguson is the former Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force and headed up the GCSB under a four year contract till 2010. [more]

Lawyer says Jesse Ryder was only punched once
The lawyer for one of the men charged with assaulting Jesse Ryder says the attack wasn't a Jesse hate crime and the cricketer was only punched once. [more]

Previous cyber bully victim supports new laws
A victim of cyber bullying says she wishes new laws to tackle the problem were around in 2009 to help her. [more]

Sports News for 4 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Accommodation challenge in Christchurch, not crisis
The Housing Minister says the shortage of homes in Christchurch is a challenge, not a crisis. [more]

Hefty payrise for Mighty River Power directors
Mighty River Power's directors are to receive a pay hike worth tens of thousands of dollars, in a move the Prime Minister describes as sensible but which opposition parties are branding exorbitant and outrageous. [more]

Wellington mayor uses vote to contract out work, cut jobs
Street cleaning and gardening work will be contracted out in Wellington with at least 20 council jobs to be axed. [more]

Local Mayors say expressway vital to economic expansion
The latest extension to the Waikato Expressway is being hailed as an economic necessity and a lifesaver by reducing fatal crashes. [more]

Labour calling on Auditor-General to investigate GCSB appt
The State Services Commissioner says he was surprised the Prime Minister rang an old family friend directly about the country's top spy job. [more]

New cyber bully laws could save lives
While proposed new laws that would see cyber bullies jailed could save lives, there's a warning they could also curb internet freedom. [more]

The cathedral released three options
The Anglican Church has released three design options for the future Christ Church cathedral and is calling for public feedback. [more]

The Government has approved a hike in fees
The Government has approved a hike in the fees paid to Mighty River Power's directors by tens of thousands of dollars in the run up to its partial privatisation. [more]

Sports News for 4 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pentagon move missile shield to Guam
America is sending an advanced missile defence system to its Pacific territory of Guam, a move that follows North Korean threats of a "merciless" attack on the US using "cutting edge" nuclear weapons. [more]

Bamiyan Kiwibase welcomes last visitors
The Governor-General has been welcomed to Kiwibase in Bamiyan for the last time, as New Zealand troops prepare to leave by the end of the month. [more]

Diary reveals fearless actions of New Zealand diplomats
A diary by a diplomat at the New Zealand Embassy during the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis reveals the bravery of those who helped save six Americans. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 4 April 2013
Bringing the world's worst criminals to court; Housing in Christchurch; and in Dateline Pacific, stopping the arms trade in Melanesia. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 4 April 2013
A leading academic says the Prime Minister made a mistake in phoning Fletcher and Civil Liberties advocates question whether judges will effectively use proposed new cyber bullying laws. [more]

Midday Sports News for 4 April 2013
Spanish football giants Real Madrid proved far too strong for Galatasaray when they beat the Turkish side 3-nil in their first leg Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 4 April 2013
Labour calling for inquiry over GCSB appointment, Statement from State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie; Navy dive support vessel on way to assist in salvage operation; Mainzeal directors could face legal action; Police wait for post-mortem on woman dumped at hospital; Extreme weather 'window on the future' says climate scientist; Governor-General meets Afghan president in Kabul; North Korea cuts off access to joint industrial complex. [more]

Maidment Theatre fire 'not suspicious'
The interior of one of Auckland's main theatres has been badly damaged in a fire. [more]

Pacific News for 4 April 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

PM rejects accusations over GCSB appointment
The Labour Party is calling for an inquiry as the Prime Minister comes under more pressure over the appointment of Ian Fletcher as director of the country's electronic spy agency. [more]

Legal action may be taken against former Mainzeal directors
Disgruntled Mainzeal creditors have been told to expect substantially less than they are owed by the failed company's liquidators, but have been given some hope that legal action may be taken against the former directors. [more]

Labour calling for inquiry over GCSB appointment
The Labour Party is calling for an inquiry as the Prime Minister comes under more pressure over the appointment of Ian Fletcher as director of the country's electronic spy agency. [more]

Statement from State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie
A statement from State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie, strongly rejects the claims regarding Ian Fletcher's appointment process. [more]

Navy dive support vessel on way to assist in salvage operation
The Navy says a final decision on whether to attempt a recovery of plane wreckage and bodies in the waters off Kawhia will be left to the police. [more]

Mainzeal directors could face legal action
The liquidators of the failed construction company Mainzeal haven't ruled out taking legal action against the company's directors. [more]

Extreme weather 'window on the future' says climate scientist
Australia's top climate scientists and science bodies have for the first time endorsed a major report that says Australia's climate has shifted permanently in some cases. [more]

Police wait for post-mortem on woman dumped at hospital
A post mortem examination will be carried out today on the woman whose body was dumped outside a hospital in Matamata on Tuesday night. [more]

Governor-General meets Afghan president in Kabul
The Governor-General and the Minister of Defence have met the Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, as New Zealand troops prepare for their withdrawal from the country this month. [more]

North Korea cuts off access to joint industrial complex
The relationship between North and South Korea has suffered a further blow, after the North blocked workers from crossing the border to work in a joint industrial complex. [more]

Sports News for 4 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Commission says it can't provide for Maori seats on new council
The Local Government Commission says it has no power to create Maori seats on any new council it might recommend for Northland. [more]

Emily Longley's family prepare to attend murderers court appeal
The family of murdered 17-year-old New Zealander, Emily Longley, is preparing to attend her killer's court appeal in London. [more]

ATC find new venue after Maidment Theatre gets damaged by fire
The Auckland Theatre Company may need to find a new home for its latest production after a fire badly damaged the Maidment Theatre. [more]

Ring that may have inspired Tolkien goes on display
The Lord of the Rings is fiction, but the idea for the "One Ring" may have had some real life inspiration. [more]

'Economics of spying' could be clue to GCSB appointment
The Prime Minister is coming under increasing pressure for shoulder tapping the brother of a childhood friend for a top spy agency job, and then not remembering it until questioned. [more]

Three options for new Christ Church Cathedral
Anglican leaders are putting forward three options to replace the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral. [more]

Concern Mainzeal 'mess' will take some time to clear up
Out of pocket Mainzeal creditors say they aren't holding out much hope of getting their money back. [more]

Reforming Maori land legislation hopes to unlock $8 billion
Under-performing land is in the government's sights as it looks to reform Maori land legislation. [more]

Sports News for 4 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Food scandals lie behind Chinese expansion into nz
China's long history of food scandals is being credited for increased Chinese food production in New Zealand. [more]

Motor Caravan Assn says freedom camping bylaw too restrictive
The Motor Caravan Association says it wants to avoid more court action over freedom camping and says confusion on how the law works needs to be cleared up. [more]

Richard Sewell diary contradicts events in Hollywood film Argo
A diary kept by a New Zealand diplomat that contradicts the events depicted in the film Argo about a hostage drama in Iran in 1979 will be donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library today. [more]

Slime the latest inspiration for clothing
Scientists looking to develop the clothing of the future are turning to an unlikely material for their inspiration - slime. [more]

Nights

Twitter Tribes
Royal Holloway University of London mathematical biologist John Bryden on identifying distinct communities through their use of language on Twitter. [more]

Science - Botany
Plant ecologist Bec Stanley from Auckland Botanic Gardens on the chlorophyll-filled bio-mass that photosynthesises around us... the devastating effects of introduced mammals on New Zealand flora. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number 13. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number 14. [more]

Nine To Noon

Planned tough new laws against cyber bullying and harassment
The planned tough new laws to protect people from cyber bullying and harassment , which include giving the District Court new powers. [more]

Office politics
Something anyone who's ever held a white collar job has had to deal with - a wide range of personalities in the office environment. Oliver James is a psychologist and broadcaster who has written about office politics. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
Living on 53 pounds a week; 'Mockney' accent; Labour's position on cuts; Boris and Pippa's table tennis match; Heavy snowfall. [more]

Feature Guest - David Scheffer
Our feature guest has witnessed some of the worst atrocities of modern times and was tasked by the US government with pursuing those responsible for modern-day war-crimes through systems of international justice. [more]

Book Review - Up in the Air
Written by Betty Riegel, published by Simon & Schuster, reviewed by Elisabeth Easther. [more]

New Technology with Lance Wiggs
The top NZ web based businesses, and can Tiwai point be replaced with a server farm? [more]

Is retiring later good for you?
In his new book Extending Your Use-by Date, Dr Darryl Dymock, a researcher with Queensland's Griffith University, has examined why continuing to work later in life can be good for your health and your back pocket. [more]

TV with Nick Grant
Reviews Top of the Lake and looks at why so many film directors have taken their skills to TV. [more]

Our Changing World

Archaeology in post-quake Christchurch
As Christchurch rebuilds, archaeologists are uncovering a wealth of clues about life during the city's earliest decades [more]

Shorebirds at Miranda
Miranda Shorebird Centre manager Keith Woodley is an expert on migratory Arctic waders and New Zealand's resident shorebirds [more]

Test for Foodborne Disease
ESR scientists have developed a new test to track the causes of Campylobater outbreaks within hours [more]

Pathogen Mimics
ESR scientists have created pathogen mimics to understand how germs pass though water filters and contaminate groundwater [more]

Shorebirds at Miranda
Miranda Shorebird Centre manager Keith Woodley is an expert on migratory waders and New Zealand shorebirds [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 4 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 4 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 4 April 2013
A co-author of the Maori rehabilitation programme in prison says less than half of the mahi is kaupapa Maori and that needs to change; Changes to rules over Maori land could make it easier for some tangata whenua to build extended family homesteads or papa kainga; Maori viticulturists in Marlborough are hoping their bumper harvest this year will set them up to win more international and domestic awards following on from last years big success; A new programme launched by the South Island iwi, Ngai Tahu, is part of the tribe's goal to ensure it takes control of its own future. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 4 April 2013
A co-author of the Maori rehabilitation programme in prison says less than half of the mahi is kaupapa Maori and that needs to change; Changes to rules over Maori land could make it easier for some tangata whenua to build extended family homesteads or papa kainga; Maori viticulturists in Marlborough are hoping their bumper harvest this year will set them up to win more international and domestic awards following on from last years big success; A new programme launched by the South Island iwi, Ngai Tahu, is part of the tribe's goal to ensure it take control of its future. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 4 April 2013
The High Court has ordered that all trustees on an Auckland treaty negotiating tribal body be removed and a new election be held; The Department of Corrections says it received no indication from Maori rehabilitation providers that its programme was lacking Maori focus; Iwi representatives in Waikato are praising the consultation process over the design of the southern-most stage of the Waikato Expressway; Waikato-Tainui is to distribute nearly one-million dollars in education grants and scholarships. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 4 April 2013
The High Court has ordered that all trustees on an Auckland treaty negotiating tribal body be removed and a new election be held; The Department of Corrections says it received no indication from Maori rehabilitation providers that its programme was lacking Maori focus; Iwi representatives in Waikato are praising the consultation process over the design of the southern-most stage of the Waikato Expressway; Waikato-Tainui is to distribute nearly one-million dollars in education grants and scholarships. [more]

The Reading

The Thrill of Falling - Part 3
At school in Wellington, Little-Tu meets Thierry, whose father Jean-Luc runs a gym, and discovers he has a strong inner musculature. Koro comes to visit and tells Tu to be his own navigator in his search to find the spirit of Tupaea within himself. [more]

Upbeat

Malcolm Archer
British organist, composer and conductor giving concerts at St Matthews-in-the-City in Auckland and Napier Cathedral. [more]

Alex MacDonald and Olivia Francis
Members of the ROSL competition winning Rothko Quartet on their upcoming concerts and recent masterclass with the Kronos Quartet. [more]

Nicholas Kraemer
British conductor working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for their 'Heroic Classics' concert this week. [more]

News stories:

Police establishing chain of events in body case
Two people have appeared in the Manukau District Court in relation to a series of events in Bay of Plenty and Waikato that culminated in a body being found outside a hospital. [more]

Mainzeal creditors seek answers at meeting
Up to 200 people owed money by the failed construction company Mainzeal have demanded answers from liquidators at a meeting in Auckland. [more]

March rainfall way down in some places
Rainfall was up to 80% lower than the average for March in some parts of the North Island, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says. [more]

Adams says the time is right
The New Zealand basketball player Steven Adams says he feels now is the best time to attempt to get into the American professional ranks. Adams has made himself available for... [more]

Lewis impressed by Ko
The world women's golf number one Stacey Lewis is giving the New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko every chance in this week's first major of the year on the women's tour,... [more]

Thaiday copes one match ban for touching ref
The National rugby League judiciary took less than two minutes last night to find the Brisbane Broncos' skipper Sam Thaiday guilty of touching a referee. Thaiday will miss... [more]

Man City striker sentenced to community service
Manchester City's striker Carlos Tevez has avoided jail but been sentenced to perform 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty to two driving offences. The 29 year... [more]

Ardie Savea gets first start for Hurricanes
Teenage flanker Ardie Savea will make his long awaited Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes this weekend as they host the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday. Savea missed the... [more]

Just one win for NZ badminton combination
Just one of the six New Zealand combinations in action on day two of the Australian Badminton Open in Sydney had a win. The solitary New Zealand winners were Kevin... [more]

Sub 2-seconds pitstops just round the corner
Formula one motor racing's champion Red Bull team is predicting a pitstop could take less than two seconds before the end of the current season. Red Bull have belatedly... [more]

Old Trafford set to reject Rugby World Cup
Manchester United's famous Old Trafford stadium is unlikely to be used as a venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup due to club concerns over potential damage to a... [more]

Tuvalu's PM says divisions must be sorted before by-election proceeds
Tuvalu Prime Minister says local division over a series of wrongful dismissals of officials in Nukufetau must be resolved before a by-election can proceed in the constituency. The opposition is... [more]

Samoa MP suggests exporting dog meat
A member of parliament in Samoa has asked the government to look at using dog meat for animal feed or even exporting it, as politicians try to address the stray... [more]

Commission can't provide for Maori seats on new council
The Local Government Commission says it cannot create Maori seats on any new council it might recommend for Northland. [more]

Changes to Northland Regional Council approved
The Local Government Commission has approved changes in the way Northlanders are represented on their regional council. [more]

Blaze at Christchurch demolition yard under control
The Fire Service has brought a large fire at a demolition yard in Christchurch under control. [more]

Wellington state house complex to be repaired or rebuilt
Housing New Zealand says it will repair or fully rebuild its large housing complex in central Wellington. [more]

Independence is key to constitution submission process says Fiji NGO
The head of a Fiji civil society group, Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says it's no use extending a deadline for views on the draft constitution if the whole process is not... [more]

Vanuatu's Speaker keeps his job due to lack of numbers in Parliament
Vanuatu's Parliamentary Speaker, George Wells, adjourned an extra-ordinary session of parliament yesterday until this Saturday morning due to the lack of quorum. Parliament's standing order requires that 34 of the... [more]

Tonga govt distracted from pursuing more accountability and transparency
A New Zealand academic says the Tonga government needs to embrace greater accountability and transparency, but it is distracted by other activities, such as the infrastructure developments. Canterbury University political... [more]

Angel investment fell by nearly a fifth last year
Angel investment fell last year with people still cautious about investing in business start-ups. [more]

NZ firms eye Pacific investment opportunities
New Zealand companies are eyeing the Pacific for investment opportunities and major energy projects as international aid donors pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the region. [more]

Ngai Tahu launches programme for potential directors
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu has launched a new training programme for potential future directors of the tribe's commercial business. [more]

Marlborough Maori wine company reports excellent season
A Maori-owned wine company says the big dry spell means it will be in for a bumper harvest and 2013 could be one of its best vintage years. [more]

Maori prison rehabilitation programmes not Maori enough
A co-author of the Maori rehabilitation programme in prison says less than half of the mahi (work) is kaupapa Maori and that needs to change. [more]

$20m for jet engine overhaul facility
Air New Zealand and Pratt and Whitney will invest $20 million to expand a facility that overhauls jet engines at Christchurch airport. [more]

Energy firms consider whether to redeem Capital Bonds
Genesis Energy and Contact Energy are considering whether to redeem their Capital Bonds after a change of criteria by ratings agency Standard and Poor's. [more]

Bathurst to be wholly NZ based
Bathurst Resources is planning to to move its head office from Australia to New Zealand by the end of June. [more]

GFNZ and Quest Insurance Group credit rating lifted
International ratings agency Standard and Poor's has lifted the creditworthiness of finance company GFNZ Group and its wholly owned insurance subsidiary Quest Insurance Group. [more]

New car registrations increase
The number of new cars registered in New Zealand has risen. [more]

Feedback sought on Maori Land Act proposals
The Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to Te Ture Whenua Maori Act / Maori Land Act. [more]

Real Madrid too strong for Galatasaray
Spanish football giants Real Madrid proved far too strong for Galatasaray when they beat the Turkish side 3-nil in their first leg Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu. Madrid, seeking... [more]

Wilkins believes umpires need more power over physicality
The former Silver Ferns shooter Donna Wilkins says she'd like to see umpires get more power to rule on the increasing physicality in netball. Wilkins was in the thick of... [more]

Erakovic beaten by Stosur in South Carolina
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has been beaten in the second round of the WTA Family Circle Cup tournament in South Carolina. Erakovic was beaten in straight sets... [more]

Water crisis in northern Marshall Islands
The residents of the northern Marshall Islands have been facing drought conditions since the end of last year, and the Mayor of Wotje Atoll is now appealing to the national... [more]

Fiji's former PM Laisenia Qarase released from prison
Fiji's former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase was released from prison yesterday having served seven months of his sentence. Qarase was sentenced to 12-months imprisonment by the High Court last year... [more]

US to send missile defence system to Guam in response to North Korea
The US says it will be sending an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks. North Korea has singled out U.S. military bases in Guam and... [more]

PM has report on GCSB
The Prime Minister says the findings of a report on the Government Communications Security Bureau are not controversial but the agency is in for a shake-up. [more]

Sport: Solomon Warriors grab first point
Debutants Solomon Warriors have picked up their first points in the Oceania Champions League following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Fijian Champions Ba. The Warriors were beaten in their opening match... [more]

Law Commission suggests rape case law change
The Law Commission wants a law change to ensure rape complainants are given pre-trial warning of a defence lawyer's intention to cross-examine them. [more]

American Samoa Inter Island Airways plane grounded due to mechanical issue
American Samoa based Inter Island Airways flights have not been operating on the inter Samoa route, since last Friday. An airline official says the 19-seater Dornier aircraft had mechanical problems... [more]

American Samoa's Hunkin hopes to change Pacific banks rating in bill
American Samoa's U.S. Congressman is planning to introduce banking legislation that will include American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Currently American Samoa, Guam, and the CNMI... [more]

Raising funds for CNMI Retirement Fund a priority
Legalizing casino gaming on Saipan, establishing an offshore banking industry, and tighter enforcement of Northern Marianas Islands tax laws are among revenue-generating ideas on the table to help fund the... [more]

Sport: Hard work paying off for Samoa Rugby League
Former rugby league international Nigel Vagana says Samoan officials have worked hard over the past few years to develop a professional environment worthy of attracting some of the game's top... [more]

Another fire in Doha mall - report
Another fire has broken out at the shopping mall in Doha where 19 people including New Zealand triplets died in a blaze last year, local reports say. [more]

Forest trust says strong support for compulsory levy
The forest industry is still counting the votes for a proposed compulsory levy, but says it's in the bag. [more]

North Island farmers add weight to meat industry overhaul
North Island sheep and beef farmers will meet in Feilding later this month to add their weight to a new farmer campaign for meat industry restructuring. [more]

South Canterbury farmer welcomes Chinese investment
A dairy farmer who sold part of his land for a new Chinese owned milk powder factory to be built in South Canterbury says it will be a huge economic boost for the region. [more]

Navy vessel to help plane salvage operation
The Navy says police will make the final decision on whether to try to recover plane wreckage and the bodies of the 2degrees chief executive and his wife. [more]

Drought saves gold kiwifruit harvest in North
The drought that has plagued Northland this summer has brought an unexpected reprieve for kiwifruit growers battling the PSA vine-killing disease. [more]

24 die when a PNG bus plunges down a cliff
Twenty-four people have been killed and two others critically injured after a bus rolled off a cliff face in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands Province. The group was travelling from... [more]

Rule changes could make it easier to build papa kainga
Changes to rules over Maori land could make it easier for some tangata whenua to build extended family homesteads or papa kainga. [more]

NZEC finds more oil in Taranaki Basin
The New Zealand Energy Corporation has struck oil in the Taranaki Basin. [more]

Eurozone unemployment rate passes 19 million
The official rate of unemployment in the eurozone hit a record high of 12% in February. [more]

Fiji government briefs people on draft constitution
Fiji's government has begun briefing groups on its draft constitution. The government says the Attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has been invited to brief various womens, religious, rural and youth... [more]

Eckhoff leaves Meat Industry Excellence Group
Farmer and former MP Gerry Eckhoff has quit the new Meat Industry Excellence Group due to a difference of opinion. [more]

Australia sends more asylum seekers to Manus from Christmas Island
Australian immigration officials have flown 20 Vietnamese asylum seekers to their remote detention camp on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The group of single males is the 12th transfer... [more]

Solomons' government considers another gun amnesty
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, says his government is considering a new amnesty to encourage people to surrender illegally held guns. He was responding to a question... [more]

Six Tongans removed from New Zealand so far after revelation of wiped criminal records
Six Tongans, who had been living in New Zealand, have been deported or have returned voluntarily to the Kingdom, after it was revealed their criminal records had been illegally wiped... [more]

Former Fiji leader relaxing with family after being released from jail
Fiji's former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he is happy to be back home with his family and politics is far from his mind right now. Mr Qarase was released... [more]

Tuvalu leader rejects claims about delay over by-election
Tuvalu's Prime Minister has dismissed criticism that government ministers spend too much time abroad. Willie Telavi made the comment while responding to suggestions from the opposition that he is delaying... [more]

US to improve Guam's defence capability amid North Korean threats
A former United States secretary of defense says Guam needs to be better defended in the face of threats from North Korea. The Pentagon says it will be deploying an... [more]

New Solomons police bill stalls over constitutional point
The passage of new Solomon Islands police legislation hailed as bringing policing in the country up-to-date has halted while a select committee works to iron out a potential constitutional conflict. [more]

King up to six in world squash rankings
The New Zealand squash player Joelle King has edged up one spot to six in the latest women's world rankings. The 24-year-old is now just one shy of her career... [more]

Pacquiao to fight again in September
Former seven-weight world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao plans to fight again in September, but not in the United States because of tax reasons. A spokesperson for the boxer says negotiations... [more]

TAF scheme could benefit independent processors
Massey University's professor of agribusiness thinks Fonterra's Trading Among Farmers system will play into the hands of independent dairy processors, including Chinese companies, setting up new milk powder plants in New Zealand. [more]

Diabetes on the rise says Kiribati health ministry
A report by the Ministry of Health in Kiribati says a hundred new cases of diabetes are being reported each year. The report reveals that almost 4,800 diabetes cases were... [more]

18 Indonesian fishermen flown home from American Samoa after jumping ship
Eighteen Indonesian fishermen, who have been held in police custody in American Samoa for the past two weeks, are being sent home. Chief immigration officer Dennis Fuimaono says when a... [more]

Residents running out of water on Marshall Islands atoll
The Marshall Islands Government has been asked to help alleviate a severe water shortage on an atoll in the country's north, which has been experiencing drought conditions since January. A... [more]

Guam comforted US missile back up sends message to North Korea
A former Guam senator says the United States moving a missile defence system to the territory sends a message to North Korea not to play around with US communities. The... [more]

Fiji group wants Ghai constitution to be considered followed by a referendum
A Fiji group headed by former political party leaders has called for the Yash Ghai draft constitution to be re-instated and for a fully representative Constituent Assembly to consider it... [more]

Police investigate brutal murder in Tonga
The police in Tonga are investigating the brutal murder of a man in the Vava'u Group last night The Police Commissioner, Grant O'Fee, says a 40-year-old man has been apprehended... [more]

Governor-General meets Afghan president
New Zealand's Governor-General and Minister of Defence have met Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a visit to Afghanistan to mark the withdrawal of New Zealand troops from Bamyan province. [more]

Contract awarded for section of expressway
The contract to build the southern end of the Waikato Expressway has been awarded as part of the $2.4 billion project. [more]

Design options for Christchurch cathedral revealed
The Anglican Church has given details of three design options for a future cathedral in the centre of Christchurch. [more]

Woman found outside hospital killed by car - police
Interim results of a post-mortem on the body of a woman found outside a hospital in rural Waikato show she died immediately at the scene of a crash in the Kaimai Ranges. [more]

Pair in court over Ryder assault
The lawyer for one of the men charged with assaulting Jesse Ryder says the incident wasn't a hate crime and the cricketer was only punched once. [more]

Labour calls for inquiry over GCSB appointment
The Labour Party is calling on the Auditor-General's Office to investigate the process used to appoint Ian Fletcher as director of New Zealand's electronic spy agency. [more]

Queensland Reds coach bookies favourite for Ireland job
The Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is the bookmakers' favourite to be Ireland's next national rugby coach with former Crusaders assistant Vern Cotter ruling himself out of the running. Cotter,... [more]

Port of Tauranga expands container terminal
Port of Tauranga says the official opening of the multimillion-dollar expansion at its container terminal is a milestone. [more]

Corrections rejects that Maori programme lacks Maori focus
The Department of Corrections says it received no indication from Maori rehabilitation providers that its programme was lacking Maori focus. [more]

High Court orders election for Auckland tribal body
The High Court has ordered that all trustees on an Auckland treaty negotiating tribal body be removed and a new election be held. [more]

Waikato Tainui announces education grants
Waikato-Tainui is to distribute $950,833 in education grants and scholarships. [more]

Iwi says praises consultation on new expressway section
Iwi representatives in Waikato are praising the consultation process over the design of the southern-most stage of the Waikato Expressway. [more]

Another foreign company enters PNG's LNG sector
The Jersey-based oil and gas company Heritage Oil has entered an agreement with Canada-based LNG Energy to earn a stake in two of its liquefied natural gas licences in Papua... [more]

American Samoa's Manu'a islands cut off with no transport services
The Manu'a islands in American Samoa have no transportation whatsoever with both the air service provided by Inter Island Air and the boat service on the MV Sili out of... [more]

Academic predicts greater Pacific focus from Australia if government changes this year
An academic says he expects Australia's aid programme to focus more on the Pacific region, especially Papua New Guinea, if the coalition comes to power later this year. Professor Stephen... [more]

Solomons' English police chief to go after just one year
The Solomon Islands police commissioner John Lansley is to finish his term after only a year in the job. The permament secretary for the police ministry, Edmond Sikua, says Mr... [more]

Striking Solomon Islands teachers threaten to march on Parliament
Government officials met with the Solomon Islands Nationa Teachers Association, SINTA, today in an effort to end a teachers strike that's been going on for two weeks. The Solomon Star... [more]

State Services boss 'surprised' at PM's phone call
State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie says he hadn't expected the Prime Minister to ring an old family friend directly about the top spy job. [more]

Legal action against Mainzeal directors not ruled out
Liquidators of the failed construction company Mainzeal have not ruled out the possibility of legal action against its directors. [more]

Push for people in Fiji to have a say on constitution through a referendum
A founder of the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry, says there has to be a national referendum on the country's new constitution to ensure... [more]

NZ frigate visit to Korea still on
A visit by a New Zealand frigate to Korea is to proceed for now, despite escalating political tension in the area. [more]

Children seriously hurt after car fire
Two preschoolers burned in a car fire in Gisborne have been flown to Waikato Hospital for emergency treatment. [more]

NZ troops welcome last visitors to Bamyan base
Officials visiting a New Zealand base in Afghanistan have been welcomed for the last time as the Defence Force prepares to withdraw troops. [more]

Diary reveals NZ role in Tehran hostage crisis
A diary by a diplomat at the New Zealand embassy during the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran reveals the lengths officials went to to help save six American hostages. [more]

Minister says no housing crisis in Christchurch
Housing Minister Nick Smith is insisting that the accommodation shortage in Christchurch is a challenge - not a crisis - but it will take up to four years to address. [more]

Auckland businesses want cap on events in CBD
Some Auckland businesses are calling for a cap on the number of events which lock down the central city and are using technology to measure their effect. [more]

Pay rises for Mighty River directors
The Cabinet has approved pay rises for Mighty River Power's chairperson and the state-owned company's directors. [more]

New law aimed at curbing cyber bullying
Online bullies could face up to three years in prison under proposed new cyber laws. [more]