Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 11th April 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Piano Man
David Keys from Totara North, Northland has chosen Piano Man by Billy Joel. [more]

Your Place - Castlepoint
Our tour guides show us Castlepoint, home of the famous Castlepoint races and a longtime popular destination for holidaymakers. [more]

DIY playhouse
Wellington father Chris Cattermole is no DIY king - he'd never really worked with wood before, but he's managed to build a playhouse that looks like a helicopter in his backyard. [more]

Clock caretaker Robin Galbraith
For more than 130 years, the clock high on the steeple of St Joseph's Church has kept time for the people of Temuka. The clock keeps on ticking thanks to generations of caretakers, among them is Robin Galbraith, who has looked after the clock for 45 years. [more]

The Arts Report for 11 April 2013
19-year old Colin Wolfe had been serving in the American Marines for just six weeks when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Now his mother Amy Grant Wolfe has created a memorial to him. Wolfe, artistic director of the Manassas Ballet Theatre in Virginia, choreographed and cast a four-part performance celebrating the young Marine's life. [more]

Our Changing World - Long Finned Eels
Long-finned eels are not our most charismatic native species, but they exist only in New Zealand and they are in trouble. Veronika Meduna joins Massey University freshwater ecologist ,Mike Joy and the manager of the Nga Manu nature reserve, Bruce Benseman, at an eel feeding pond. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 11 April 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Ali Jones and Gordon McLauchlan [Part 1]
Topic 1 - Pike River. Topic 2 - User pays. [more]

The Panel with Ali Jones and Gordon McLauchlan [Part 2]
Topic 1 - Dirty Netball. Topic 2 - University of Canterbury. Topic 3 - Cheap tablets. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 11 April 2013
Simon Morris looks at three films with alternate realities - the narrator of Trance is suffering from amnesia… The Perks of Being a Wallflower features a troubled soul with blanks in his memory... and New Zealand film Eternity sends its hero into a video-game murder mystery. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 11 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 11 April 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 11 April 2013
The dollar continues to climb. Manufacturing activity slips in March and the sharemarket is up. [more]

Evening Business for 11 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 11 April 2013
The Warehouse says it's acquisition of Noel Leeming has radically changed its access to higher end brands like Sony and Acer. The country's largest listed retailer purchsed the electronics company for 65 million dollars last year with the aim of broadening its range of products. It's all part of the company's attempt to reverse a loss of market share, and offer its goods through more than just its so-called Red Shed general merchandise stores and Blue Shed stationary shops. The Warehouse Group's chief executive, Mark Powell, says the acquisition of Noel Leeming has been good for the Warehouse. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 11 April 2013
A court hears details of how a 13 year old girl was killed, Former mines inspector says Department should be prosecuted, Stewart Murray Wilson appeals supervision order and Accused snapped and repeatedly beat a 15 year old boy. [more]

A court hears details of how a 13 year old girl was killed
A jury in a murder trial has been told DNA found under the fingernails of a dead 13 year old girl, closely resembles that of the man accused of killing her. [more]

Former mines inspector says Department should be prosecuted
A former chief inspector of coal mines wants the Labour Department prosecuted for its failings over the Pike River disaster. [more]

More from Simon Bridges and Sir William Birch
The Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges, says individuals should not be held accountable for the Pike River mine disaster. [more]

Stewart Murray Wilson appeals supervision order
The lawyer for serial rapist Stewart Murray Wilson has argued an extended supervision order against him should be overturned because few of his crimes were against children. [more]

Small number of doctors responsible for half of all complaints
Research published today reveals that a very small number of doctors are responsible for half of all complaints by patients. [more]

Accused snapped and repeatedly beat a 15 year old boy
A High Court jury has heard a recorded police interview in which a Christchurch man admits he snapped and repeatedly beat a 15-year old boy who his then girlfriend had befriended. [more]

Sports News for 11 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Difficulties of Pike prosecution foil Green MP
The former chief inspector of coal mines wants the Labour Department prosecuted for its failings over the Pike River tragedy. [more]

Deal in US boosts odds for gun-control bill
To Washington now where the stage is being set for one the biggest battles yet on gun control laws yet. [more]

Ex-MP, activists asking GCSB if they are on the list of 88
The Privacy Commissioner says anyone who suspects the GCSB may have illegal spied on them can ask to see their file. [more]

Rangitoto may continue to erupt
Aucklanders might have a new tourist attraction at some point, in the form of gently erupting volcanoes. [more]

Calls grow for former Labour dept to be prosecuted
A former top mines inspector and the Greens have joined Pike River families in calling for the Labour Department to be prosecuted over the mine disaster that killed 29 men. [more]

Fishing company defends the use of foreign charter vessels
One of the country's largest fishing companies is defending the use of foreign charter vessels in New Zealand waters, saying the majority of them operate to the same standards as New Zealand-owned vessels. [more]

Small number of doctors responsible for majority of complaints
Just three percent of doctors are responsible for half of all patient complaints, according to new Australian research. [more]

Two arrests in alleged beneficiary dental scam
The Government says it's uncovered a scam in South Auckland with beneficiaries falsely claiming for emergency dental treatment. [more]

Sports News for 11 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sonic booming putting dolphins at risk
A group protesting against seismic testing on the west coast of the North Island says it's putting endangered dolphins at risk. [more]

The latest from John Key's trip to China
A Maori cloak given to China's leader Mao Zedong in 1957 has been loaned to New Zealand at a ceremony in Beijing, so it can go on show at Te Papa. [more]

Elderly advised not to rely on selling home for retirement
Elderly people are being advised not to rely on selling their family home to fund their retirement. [more]

Hearing told culture at Ohakea Air base partly to blame
A hearing at Ohakea Air Base has been told that 3 Squadron, which lost 3 men in a fatal helicopter crash on Anzac Day 2010 was under-resourced and its orders in disarray. [more]

Victoria University surprise winner in research ranking
Victoria University has leapt to the top of a presitigious government list for the quality of its research. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 11 April 2013
A report into the Department of Labour's role in the Pike River disaster; Fat - the new fuel lining London's sewers; and in Dateline Pacific....a course in business ethics in Bougainville. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 April 2013
A former Minister of Labour denies changes he oversaw are responsible for Pike River disaster and Bain and Crown lawyers argue over where his judicial review should be heard. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 April 2013
Barcelona and Bayern Munich reach the Champions League semi finals. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 11 April 2013
Systemic failures blamed for the Pike River Mine tragedy. The Government wants to put all the information it has about you in one computer system. Yesterday it was the Parole Board, today the Court of Appeal gets to reconsider Stewart Murray Wilson. [more]

Pacific News for 11 April 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Systemic failings blamed for Pike River tragedy
No staff from the former Department of Labour will be held accountable for the 2010 Pike River explosion, angering family members of some of the 29 victims. [more]

Lawyer concerned by rise in police misuse of national database
Latest figures show police staff are continuing to misuse their national database to pry on people for personal purposes. [more]

Robert Edwards the pioneer of IVF has died aged 87.
Robert Edwards the pioneer of IVF has died aged 87. He died in his sleep after a long illness. [more]

Pike River families gutted no individuals held to account
Family members of some of the Pike River mine victims say they are angry and disappointed no government staff will be held accountable for failings that contributed to the mine's explosion. [more]

EPMU say MBIE 'washing their hands' of responsibility
The assistant national secretary of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, Ged O'Connell, joins us. [more]

Privacy precautions key in big new data-sharing - SSC
The Government is planning to put all the information its agencies hold on individuals into one big hub. [more]

More prying police misusing database
Police staff are continuing to misuse their national database to pry on people for personal purposes. [more]

Beast of Blenheim in appeal court today
It's been a busy week for the legal team supporting the convicted sex criminal Stewart Murray Wilson yesterday, the Parole Board ruled that the serial rapist should stay in jail to serve out the remainder of his sentence, after being recalled for a breach of his release conditions. [more]

Crewe author says review won't find the truth
Police insist they're committed to conducting a fair review of the investigation that led to the wrongful imprisonment of Arthur Allan Thomas more than 40 years ago. [more]

Airforce hearing over Anzac Day crash begins today
A hearing will begin today at Ohakea Air Base to consider whether an Air Force officer charged in relation to a fatal helicopter crash on Anzac Day 2010 should face a court martial. [more]

Sports News for 11 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

PM meets with Premier
The Prime Minister has met with China's Premier and announced five initiatives with China aimed at strengthening business, science and education links. [more]

Hospital food outsourcing might only affect a third of meals
The Health Minister has moved to quell talk that all public hospital kitchens are at risk of closure, saying outsourcing proposals might affect only a third of all meals prepared for patients. [more]

DHBs concerned about kitchen hospital plans
Joining us now is The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director, Ian Powell. [more]

High NZ dollar being driven by Japan printing more money
A currency strategist says the high New Zealand dollar is being driven by Japan's decision this week to stimulate its depressed economy by printing large quantities of the yen. [more]

Report on Pike River Mine
An independent report says systemic failures, rather than incompetent or careless staff, may have led to the Pike River mine disaster. [more]

Father of son killed at Pike River says report is disappointing
Pike River's former health and safety manager, who lost his son Ben in the 2010 explosion, Neville Rockhouse is with us. [more]

Big hub of data on citizens needs care with privacy - analyst
Treasury officials want more analysis on how individual privacy might be affected by proposals to create an information 'super hub' to be used across the public service. [more]

Rights of mining companies ahead of local people
MPs have had their first chance to debate a controversial proposal to crack down on anti-mining protests at sea. [more]

Local fertility expert reflects on legacy of IVF pioneer
Robert Edwards, the scientist known as the father of IVF, has died aged 87. [more]

Sports News for 11 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Canal remediation project could be delayed again
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council says a project to clean up a polluted canal near Whakatane could be delayed again if funding form the Government doesn't come through. [more]

Margaret Thatcher is remembered at Westminster
British politicians have paid their respects to the late prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, at a specially convened session of parliament. [more]

Christchurch has novel plan to boost bee numbers
The Garden City could become a hive of activity for bees this spring. [more]

London's underground 'fatbergs' to be turned into fuel
The grease, oil and fat clogging up London sewers will soon be powering what is claimed to be the world's biggest fat-fuelled power station in Britain. [more]

Nights

Sad Grey Days
Human bio-meteorologist Dr. Christina Koppe on advising the German public to persevere as positively as they can during a winter that could have the lowest sunshine hours since records began. [more]

Science - Toxicology
What's your poison? Dr Leo Schep from the NZ National Poisons Centre about substances taken internally or applied externally that are injurious to health or dangerous to life... alcohol in the blood and breathalyser testing. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Individual accountability for the Pike River tragedy?
Nicholas Davidson QC represented the Pike River families at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tragedy. [more]

Housing affordability
Kay Saville-Smith, director of the Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment (CRESA); and Michael Littlewood, co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at Auckland University. [more]

UK Correspondent - Ann Leslie
The death of Margaret Thatcher. [more]

Feature Guest - James Owen Weatherall
James Owen Weatherall defends the use of mathematic modelling and physics in finance, despite their role in the 2008 global economic crisis. He's a physicist, philosopher, and the author of 'The Physics of Wall Street - A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable', published by Scribe. [more]

Book Review - Unsinkable
Written by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway, reviewed by Quentin Johnson and published by HarperCollins. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
The legacy of Eric Hertz, 2degrees CEO; preventing another Novopay situation; and NZ trumps UK in harvesting websites. [more]

Archaeology with Brigid Gallagher
Christchurch cathedral design options; Tony Robinson in New Zealand filming 'Time Walks'; the large gun excavated from Fort Gordon in Wellington. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
'Trance', 'Performance' and 'Rust and Bone'. [more]

Our Changing World

Long-finned Eels
Long-finned eels are endemic to New Zealand and a new report indicates that they are at risk of becoming extinct [more]

Endogenous Antioxidants
Mark Hampton is trying to determine how the body's own antioxidants work and how they could be used to treat cancer [more]

Giant Kauri Trees and Climate Change
Cate Macinnis-Ng is investigating how giant kauri trees might respond to climate change [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 11 April 2013
To be announced. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 11 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 11 April 2013
An Auckland principal says some staff at his kura have been forced to take out loans due to the flawed school payroll system; Maori Television has told MPs of the tension between its commercial and cultural objectives; The Federation of Maori Authorities is working with Beef and Lamb New Zealand to send its members on seminars to equip them in their fight to fend off climate change; A Maori architect says as more iwi settle their Waitangi Treaty grievances and receive millions of dollars in compensation, some tribes are investing that money in bricks and mortar. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 11 April 2013
An Auckland principal says some staff at his kura have been forced to take out loans due to the flawed school payroll system; Maori Television has told MPs of the tension between its commercial and cultural objectives; The Federation of Maori Authorities is working with Beef and Lamb New Zealand to send its members on seminars to equip them in their fight to fend off climate change; A Maori architect says as more iwi settle their Treaty of Waitangi grievances and receive millions of dollars in compensation, some tribes are investing that money in bricks and mortar. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 11 April 2013
The government has written to Ngapuhi spelling out its intention to call for feedback on a Deed of Mandate for an iwi group still struggling to unify the tribe; Trainee carpenters in Te Tairawhiti are repairing and refurbishing Ngati Porou marae and descendants' houses; The Federation of Maori Authorities says the recent Waka Tapu voyage to Rapanui or Easter Island late last year gave tangata whenua there hope and inspiration about trade and exchange with their Maori cousins; Aboriginal broadcasters in Australia are praising Maori Television for the support they have given and sharing their knowledge and tv shows to help fill their programme content. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 11 April 2013
The government has written to Ngapuhi spelling out its intention to call for feedback on a Deed of Mandate for an iwi group still struggling to unify the tribe; Trainee carpenters in Te Tairawhiti are repairing and refurbishing Ngati Porou marae and descendants' houses; The Federation of Maori Authorities says the recent Waka Tapu voyage to Rapanui or Easter Island late last year gave the tangata whenua there hope and inspiration about trade and exchange with their Maori cousins; Aboriginal broadcasters in Australia are praising Maori Television for the support they have given and sharing their knowledge and tv shows to help fill their programme content. [more]

The Vault

The Vault - Rogernomics
Deborah Nation dips into the murky waters of Rogernomics, drawing initially on street definitions from ordinary New Zealanders in 1988. [more]

Upbeat

John Eady
Organiser of the New Zealand International Piano Festival previews this year's event. [more]

Philip Tremewan
Director of the Wanaka Festival of Colour previews this year's event. [more]

Colin McColl
Director of Auckland Theatre Company's production of Dean Parker's newest play 'Midnight in Moscow'. [more]

News stories:

US Ambassador to PNG inspired by people working with victims of violence
The US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea says there is much that can be done to address gender based violence in the country. The ambassador is visiting the Highlands for... [more]

Aboriginal and South Sea Islanders keen to join MSG
A representative of the Aboriginal and South Sea Islanders says they are lobbying for the collective to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The ASSI group represents the descendants of those... [more]

Netball disciplinary process not toothless: ANZ Champ boss
Despite a series of comments by players and coaches criticising inconsistency in the level of umpiring in the trans-Tasman competition, officials have ruled there's been no breach of the competition's... [more]

Marshall out for month
Wests Tigers' five-eighth Benji Marshall will miss at least a month of NRL action after scans confirmed the Kiwis star had fallen victim to the dreaded toe ligament injury known... [more]

Melbourne's Slater in doubt for Rabbitiohs clash
Melbourne's star fullback Billy Slater is in a moon boot and in doubt for the Storm's top-of-the-table National Rugby League clash with South Sydney on Saturday night, as well as... [more]

UEFA unveils tough new racism penalties
European football players found guilty of racist offences face a minimum ban of 10 matches, a sanction Europe's governing body UEFA hopes will be adopted by all their 53 members. [more]

Pakistan player fights Davis Cup decision
Pakistan's leading tennis player is joining the protest against his team's forfeiting of its Davis Cup tie against New Zealand last week because of a sub-standard court surface at a... [more]

Study predicts big expansion in NZ wine-growing areas
A new study concludes climate change could more than double the area of New Zealand suitable for wine growing in the next 40 years. [more]

Hansen reappointed All Blacks coach
Steve Hansen has been reappointed as All Blacks coach through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Staff forced to take out loans due to Novopay debacle
An Auckland principal says some staff at his kura have been forced to take out loans due to the flawed school payroll system. [more]

MPs debate cash versus culture at Maori TV
Maori Television has told MPs of the tension between its commercial and cultural objectives. [more]

FOMA supports drought stricken Maori farmers
The Federation of Maori Authorities is working with Beef + Lamb New Zealand to send its members on seminars to equip them to deal with climate change. [more]

Iwi invest Treaty money in construction projects
A Maori architect says as more Waitangi Treaty grievances are settled some iwi are investing compensation money in bricks and mortar. [more]

Payroll breach inevitable, says principal
An Auckland school principal says a privacy breach by software company Talent2, which provides the Novopay payroll system, comes as no surprise. [more]

Call for Pacific nation citizenship to remain
A call has been made for people from the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau to be guaranteed New Zealand citizenship under any new constitution. [more]

More problems with Telecom email accounts
Telecom has confirmed hundreds of customers of its Yahoo! Xtra email service have been hit with spam emails. [more]

Electronic card spending falls
Retail spending on electronic cards fell for the first time in six months led by a decline in spending on big-ticket items and clothing. [more]

Opus tries to reassure investors about joint venture
Opus International Consultants has tried to reassure investors about a new joint venture, saying it's considering changes following claims the board is trying to erode the rights of smaller investors. [more]

NZ dollar tipped to keep rising
Exporters are set to come under further pressure, with the New Zealand dollar forecast to keep rising against the currencies of the country's major trading partners. [more]

GPG agrees to sell stake in CIC Australia
Guinness Peat Group says it has a pre-bid agreement to sell its 20% stake in residential property developer CIC Australia for $A15 million. [more]

Fitch warns of dangers of housing market boom
International ratings agency Fitch is warning of the dangers a housing market boom may pose for New Zealand's banks. [more]

LM Investment Management licence suspended
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has suspended the licence of LM Investment Management, in which New Zealanders invested tens of millions of dollars. [more]

Business conditions in Australia weaken
Business conditions in Australia have slumped to near four-year lows, despite an improvement in confidence. [more]

EU investigating Mastercard fees
Mastercard is being investigated by the European Commission over fees charged for card transactions made by people visiting Europe. [more]

Billabong to enter takeover talks with Sycamore Partners
Australian Surfwear firm Billabong is to enter takeover talks with a consortium led by its former US boss Paul Naude and private equity firm Sycamore Partners. [more]

Akram searching for new pace bowlers
Former Pakistan captain and opening bowler Wasim Akram will supervise a talent hunt for fast bowling talent in 10 cities across the country from April 13-21. Wasim will select the... [more]

Tokelau, Niue and Cooks want to be consulted in NZ constitution review
Cook Islanders, Niueans and Tokelauans in Auckland want special status for their countries and people if New Zealand adopts a written constitution. The three countries are part of the Realm... [more]

Samoan opposition calls for extra allowances for teachers
The opposition Tautua Samoa party has called on the government to provide extra allowances on top of teachers' salaries. The party leader, Palusalue Faapo II says teachers are leaving the... [more]

50 people arrested on cannabis charges in Vanuatu
More than 50 people have been arrested in Vanuatu for cultivating and supplying cannabis. The people, from the village of Melip on Malekula island, where 13 people were arrested last... [more]

Head of FAO to be bestowed a Samoan matai title
The Director General of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation Jose Graziano da Silva will be bestowed a traditional matai title at Lefaga village this morning. Lefaga is the village... [more]

Parole Board rules Wilson to remain in prison
The Parole Board has ruled serial sex criminal Stewart Murray Wilson is to stay in prison for making phone calls to a woman in contravention of his release conditions. [more]

Police view on Crewe investigation entrenched, says author
An author who has written about the Crewe murders believes the review of the case will inevitably clear the police of any wrongdoing. [more]

PM says visa change good for businesses
Prime Minister John Key says a new arrangement between China and New Zealand will reduce the cost of business travel. [more]

Huawei to build Telecom's 4G network
Telecom has shunned the maker of its troubled XT Network, Alcatel Lucent, and selected Chinese firm Huawei to build its new fourth generation LTE network. [more]

NZ dollar back above 85 US cents
The New Zealand dollar rose above 85 US cents for the first time in two months as global equity markets rose, local business confidence improved and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave no hint that quantitative easing could end. [more]

Fletcher Building will absorb Crane operations
Fletcher Building says it will no longer run the Crane business as a standalone division and will absorb its operations into other group businesses. [more]

Canterbury North Otago dairy awards
An Oamaru share milking couple Morgan and Hayley Easton are the Canterbury North Otago sharemilker-equity farmers of the year. [more]

Smith and Slade dropped by Highlanders
All Black halfback Aaron Smith and first five Colin Slade have been dropped to the Highlanders bench for Friday night's Super Rugby clash with the ACT Brumbies in Dunedin. Smith... [more]

Flynn back for Crusaders
Hooker Corey Flynn returns to the Crusaders lineup for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the Western Force in Perth after missing their last match with an eye injury. In... [more]

Tusi Pisi to start for Hurricanes
The Samoan International first five-eighth Tusi Pisi will get his first start for the Hurricanes this season, when they take on the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday. Pisi's inclusion... [more]

NZRU happy to have Sonny Bill but no guarantees for World Cup
World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams is more than welcome to rejoin the New Zealand rugby fold though there's no guarantee he would be included in plans for the 2015... [more]

NZ lose opening Four Nations clash to Korea
The New Zealand women's hockey team has lost 4-3 to Korea in their opening game of a Four Nations tournament Wednesday night in Whangarei. Earlier Argentina defeated the United States... [more]

Malaga to lodge complaint against referee
The Spanish football club Malaga plans to make a formal complaint about the referee who presided over its last-gasp defeat to Borussia Dortmund, which denied the Champions League debutants a... [more]

Wildcats hope to fix shooting problems
The Perth Wildcats forward Shawn Redhage is confident his team can turn around its recent shooting woes and keep its Australian basketball championship hopes alive. The New Zealand Breakers are... [more]

Masters men announce changes
The chairman of the Augusta National golf club Billy Payne has announced changes on the eve of the Masters tournament, including an increased number of qualifiers for the final two... [more]

Golden Bear says Tiger still on major record pace
Jack Nicklaus was startled to learn that Tiger Woods has not won a major in nearly five years but the golfing great is convinced his younger fellow American will go... [more]

McIlroy strikes form in Masters week
The world golf number two Rory McIlroy says anything but winning the US Masters this week will be a disappointment. The 23-year-old Northern Irishman has already won two majors, though... [more]

Brazil still not ready for Confederations Cup
More than half a million tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup in June, but host nation Brazil has yet to finish the main stadiums to be used in... [more]

Clarke named Wisden's cricketer of 2012
Australia's cricket captain Michael Clarke has been named Wisden's leading cricketer of 2012, becoming only the third Australian to receive the honour. Clarke joins former skipper Ricky Ponting and legspinner... [more]

Adam Blair escapes NRL ban
There was good news for West Tigers league club and the Kiwis at the NRL judiciary, with the forward Adam Blair avoiding a ban by successfully arguing his case against... [more]

Bobby Charlton fears England will never be dominant again
The legendary English footballer Bobby Charlton fears his country will never again be a dominant force in international football. Charlton was a key member of the England team that triumphed... [more]

Opposition attacks mining protest proposals
MPs have had their first chance to debate a controversial proposal to crack down on anti-mining protests at sea. [more]

Greens request inquiry into Maori prosecution rate
The Green Party is calling for an investigation into why Maori are over-represented in criminal justice statistics. [more]

Jobs to go at slimmed down Queenstown council
More than 70 jobs are on the line at the Queenstown Lakes District Council as part of a plan to provide more cost-effective services for ratepayers. [more]

Sport: Two Fijian refs to officiate at Sevens World Cup in Moscow
Two Fijian rugby referees has been included on the panel to officiate at Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in June. James Bolabiu has been a regular on the world... [more]

Sport: Samoan rugby league officials reject
Samoan rugby league officials say a leaked squad list for next week's one-off Test against Tonga in Sydney is not official. Talamua Online published what it calls a draft squad,... [more]

American Samoa's governor cancels overtime at airport for govt workers
The American Samoa Governor has ordered the elimination of overtime incurred by government employees who work after hours servicing flights in and out of Pago Pago International Airport. Lolo Matalagi... [more]

New high voltage transformers to be installed throughout PNG
The company PNG Power Limited plans to install up to 22 new high voltage transformers to boost power supply throughout Papua New Guinea. The CEO Tony Koiri told the Post... [more]

CNMI not under threat but precautions needed - governor
The Governor of the Northern Marianas says the CNMI is not under threat but precautionary steps are now being taken to prepare for any emergency related to North Korea's threats... [more]

Vanuatu Prime Minister's 100 day action list looks to reduce wasteful practices
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Moana Carcasses has announced a list of measures to be completed within his coalition's first 100 days in office. The extensive list includes moves towards political reform... [more]

Honolulu company receives payment for American Samoa tugboat repairs
After more than three years of litigation, the Honolulu shipyard Marisco Limited be paid for repairs it made to the American Samoa Government tugboat, the Sailele. The Federal court judge... [more]

Samoa Tourism keen to set up centre in China
The Samoa Tourism Authority is looking to set up a tourism centre in China. The Authority's Marketing Manager, Dwayne Bentley, says China is sending big contingents of tourists to Samoa. [more]

CNMI govt awards contract for local landfill
An estimated 2-point-1 million US dollar contract to operate and maintain the Marpi landfill in the Northern Marianas for at least three years has been awarded to the Tang Corporation. [more]

American Samoa's ASPA moves away from fuel supply business
The American Samoa Power Authority or ASPA is moving ahead with plans to get out of the fuel supply business once all provisions of its contract with ExxonMobil is addressed. [more]

Sport: Pacific Oceania confident Davis Cup tie in Myanmar will go ahead
The Pacific Oceania tennis captain Cyrille Mainguy is confident their Davis Cup tie in Myanmar later this month will go ahead despite the abandonment of a group two contest between... [more]

Sport: Vanuatu seal promotion to World Cricket League 6
Vanuatu coach Peter Wooden says his team doesn't plan on letting up, despite wrapping up promotion from the World Cricket League 7 tournament in Botswana. Vanuatu beat Nigeria by 72... [more]

Guam on alert for North Korea missile test
Guam's homeland security has issued an alert as North Korea prepares for a missile test South Korean and US forces have raised their alert status to vital threat. The Pentagon... [more]

Samoa opposition irked by soft drug smuggler penalties
An opposition MP in Samoa is calling for heavier penalties for smugglers of illegal drugs. Tautua MP Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi says he feels life imprisonment is a just sentence for... [more]

Solomons struggles to cope with dengue outbreak
The Ministry of Health in Solomon Islands has asked the government to provide more resources to cope with the outbreak of dengue fever. The ministry says the figures are growing,... [more]

Dispute over venue for latest Bain court hearing
Lawyers for David Bain and Justice Minister Judith Collins have been arguing at the High Court over where his judicial review should be heard. [more]

Reserve Bank stands by new bank collapse rules
The Reserve Bank is continuing to back new rules to deal with a bank collapse, saying it's the best way to ensure the financial system runs as smoothly as possible following such an event. [more]

Ruling expected in Tonga case of NZ policeman's death
A ruling from a preliminary inquiry into the death of a New Zealand police officer in Tonga is expected this afternoon. Kali Fungavaka died after being arrested for drunkenness in... [more]

Fiji leader gives inflated submission figures
Fiji's prime minister has told a radio audience that the Constitution Commission, whose work was dumped by the President three months ago, probably received half a million submissions. Commodore Frank... [more]

Amnesty critical of PNG police in sorcery cases
Amnesty International says police in Papua New Guinea are not doing enough to ensure the release of a seriously injured woman detained by a group that accuses her of practising... [more]

US president reveals budget plan
US president Barack Obama has unveiled a $US3.77 trillion budget that proposes fresh taxes on the wealthy along with cuts to benefit programmes. [more]

NZ-China agribusiness agreement signed
New Zealand companies have signed a collaboration agreement with two Chinese food giants to investigate the development of a China-New Zealand agribusiness service and a food safety centre. [more]

American Samoa Government unsure about its size
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has revealed that no one seems to know the true number of employees of the American Samoa Government. He told a cabinet meeting he has still... [more]

Strong growth in Fiji last year boosted by progress on elections: ADB
The Asian Development Bank says progress towards elections in Fiji could be behind strong economic growth last year. In its latest report on the Pacific, the ADB says last year's... [more]

Australia and China to co-operate in aid delivery
Australia and China have signed a deal to co-operate in aid delivery in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, says under the agreement, Australia and China will... [more]

China deals focus on business, science and education
The Prime Minister has announced five initiatives with China aimed at strengthening business, science and education links. [more]

More police misusing database
Dozens of police staff have misused their national database to view other people's information for personal reasons. [more]

Support person being appointed to convicted paedophile
A welfare guardian is being appointed to represent a convicted paedophile who is terminally ill. [more]

Jetski boat driver fined over towing injury
A boat driver has been convicted of the dangerous use of a vessel over two ski biscuit incidents at Lake Karapiro in Waikato. [more]

Supreme Court upholds Barry Hart ruling
The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling declaring disgraced Auckland barrister Barry Hart bankrupt. [more]

Trans-Tasman umpiring not as consistent in 2013: Taumaunu
The Silver Ferns coach Wai Taumaunu has waded into the debate over the standard of umpiring in the trans-Tasman netball competition, saying it's not as consistent as last year. Several... [more]

Barcelona and Bayern through to Champions League semi-finals
Barcelona is through to a sixth Champions League football semi final in a row, following the Spanish giants' second leg 1-1 draw with Paris Saint Germain at Camp Nou. Javier... [more]

Ranger shifts out to the wing
The Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has named his side to tackle the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Saturday night and as expected, centre Rene Ranger will start on the... [more]

Molten spill at Glenbrook Steel mill
Firefighters have battled a 200-tonne molten spill, high gas levels and fires at the Glenbrook Steel mill near Auckland. [more]

Second man dies after Tokoroa blaze
A second man has died following a house fire in Tokoroa. [more]

Homeless man died in house fire
Police have confirmed a body found at the scene of a fire in Christchurch was that of a homeless man. [more]

Inquiry into GCSB appointment ruled out
The Auditor-General has ruled out investigating the process followed to appoint Ian Fletcher as director of the Government's spy agency. [more]

Tahiti man wins US$21m French super lotto prize
French Polynesia's lotto company says last Friday's sole French super lotto top prize winner has come forward to claim his 21 million US dollar prize. In a statement, it says... [more]

No ongoing rift with Deans says Cooper
The Queensland Reds first-five-eighth Quade Cooper denies there's an ongoing rift with Australian rugby coach Robbie Deans after his surprise omission from a planning camp ahead of the British and... [more]

Miami Heat top Western Conference
The defending NBA basketball champions the Miami Heat, minus their leading players have earnt this season's best NBA record and home-court advantage in the play-offs after a 103-98 away win... [more]

Tiger Woods favourite to end major title drought
Tiger Woods is favourite to collect a fifth Green Jacket and win his first major golf title since 2008 when the U.S. Masters begins at Augusta tomorrow morning. Woods, the... [more]

Vettel takes back apology to teamate
The world champion Sebastian Vettel has seemingly taken back the apology he made to teamate Mark Webber when he controversially won the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Red Bull drivers were... [more]

AFL boss shocked over Essendon injections
The chief executive of the AFL Andrew Demetriou says he's shocked by allegations Essendon players were injected with a variety of bizarre substances. The former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank... [more]

Damon Hill calls on FIA to take a stance on Bahrain Grand Prix
The former world champion Damon Hill has called on Formula One's governing body, the FIA, to take a stance and address concerns within the sport about next week's Bahrain Grand... [more]

NZ dollar continues to climb
The New Zealand dollar climbed to a 20-month high against the US currency on Thursday. [more]

Warehouse purchase improves access to higher end brands
The Warehouse says its acquisition of Noel Leeming has radically changed its access to higher end brands like Sony and Acer. [more]

Govt spells out intentions on Deed of Mandate
The Government has written to Ngapuhi spelling out its intention to call for feedback on a Deed of Mandate for an iwi group still struggling to unify the tribe. [more]

Ngati Porou carpenters fix marae
Trainee carpenters in Te Tairawhiti are repairing and refurbishing Ngati Porou marae and descendants' houses. [more]

Easter Islanders open to trade and exchange with Maori - FOMA
The Federation of Maori Authorities says the recent waka tapu voyage to Rapanui or Easter Island late last year gave tangata whenua there hope and inspiration about trade and exchange with their Maori cousins. [more]

Indigenous Australian channel praises Maori TV support
Aboriginal broadcasters in Australia are praising Maori Television for the support it's given and sharing its knowledge and TV shows to help fill their programme content. [more]

Sealord defends use of foreign charter vessels
One of the country's largest fishing companies is defending the use of foreign charter vessels in New Zealand waters, saying the majority of them operate to the same standards as New Zealand-owned vessels. [more]

Pair arrested after $375,000 dental scam
The Government says a $375,000 welfare fraud centred on a bogus dental practice has been uncovered and two people arrested. [more]

Victoria University tops research ranking
Victoria University has leapt to the top of the government's ranking of tertiary institutions' research quality. [more]

US Government proposes big lift in budget spending for military in Guam
President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposes almost 500 million US dollars in spending for the Navy and the Air Force on Guam. The Pacific Daily News reports the Guam Delegate... [more]

Joint effort in American Samoa to combat crown of thorns starfish
A joint effort by three government agencies in American Samoa has so far killed close to 1,000 crown-of-thorn starfish but thousands more are still threatening the territory's corals. The last... [more]

Demise of Peter Sharp-owned Vanuatu shipping service leads to court case
The former manager of a Vanuatu inter-island transport service owned by Papua New Guinea shipping figure Peter Sharp has successfully sought a Supreme Court order to have the firm's remaining... [more]

Private memorial held for crash couple
A private memorial for the chief executive of mobile company 2degrees and his wife has been held in Auckland. [more]

Campion to be presented with Cannes award
New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion is to be presented with the Carrosse d'Or from the Society of Film Directors at next month's Cannes Film Festival. [more]

Whangarei mayor says two super-councils best option
The Whangarei District Council favours two unitary authorities in Northland in a proposal to the Local Government Commission. [more]

Group protests seismic testing
A group opposed to seabed mining has sent out boats to protest against seismic testing it says is being carried out in a dolphin sanctuary off the west coast of the North Island. [more]

Dead girl's mother tells of souring relationship
The mother of a dead 13-year-old has told a court the relationship between her former partner and her daughter had deteriorated shortly before she was killed. [more]

Auckland volcanic eruptions 'could go on for long time'
Auckland University scientists say Aucklanders may have to live with a continuously erupting volcano on their doorstep in future. [more]

China to lend Chairman Mao's Maori cloak
A Maori cloak given to China's leader Mao Zedong in 1957 is to be temporarily returned to New Zealand. [more]

Pacific officials to be advised on signs of human trafficking
The Government is sending a small team of immigration officials to advise officials from 10 Pacific Island nations on how to recognise signs of human trafficking. [more]

PM optimistic of currency deal with China
The Prime Minister is optimistic China and New Zealand can reach agreement on currency conversion - a move which would reduce costs for businesses. [more]

Missing hunter makes way out of Wairarapa bush
A hunter missing for two days in Wairarapa has made his way out of the bush. [more]

DHB says outsourcing food services could be just the start
The Tairawhiti District Health Board says outsourcing hospital food services may lead to contracting out orderly and security services, too. [more]

Calls mount for Pike River prosecutions
Calls are growing for former Labour Department managers to be prosecuted over the Pike River mine disaster. [more]

Squadron's orders in disarray, crash inquiry told
A former Squadron Leader has told a hearing at Ohakea air base that when he returned to 3 Squadron its orders were in disarray and it was under-resourced. [more]

Rules governing juror behaviour examined
The Law Commission has started examining the rules governing the way trial jurors behave. [more]