Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 18th 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, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Pearl's a Singer
Mary-Jane Mumford from Amberley has chosen 'Pearl's a Singer' by Elkie Brooks. [more]

Your Place - Rarangi
Rarangi, in Cloudy Bay, is a seaside settlement just an 18 kilometre drive from Blenheim. This residential coastal strip has around 250 dwellings spread along a four kilometre stretch of mostly stoney beach. It's become a sought after place to live with the recent development of an area of lifestyle properties ranging in size from half to one-and-a-half hectares. [more]

Question Time for 18 April 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he been advised whether the Prime Minister agrees with the Deputy Prime Minister that "a lot of us don't like the power bills that we get" and if so, has he been advised what action the Prime Minister proposes to take to reduce New Zealanders' power bills? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Immigration: How many temporary work visas were issued for checkout operators in 2012? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What have been the recent trends in the cost of living for New Zealanders? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the CEO of Mangere Budgeting and Family Support Services that "Increased private rental charges, higher power and energy prices, higher costs for food and dairy, higher road user charges and increased petrol costs etc…without putting up wages…means that we are effectively making our people poorer and ultimately it is costing the nation millions in welfare dollars"; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he believe that the electricity reforms of the late 1990s delivered lower electricity prices; if so, what has happened to household electricity prices over the last 20 years? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Pacific Island Affairs: What reports has she received on raising achievement amongst Pasifika students? Hon SHANE JONES to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: Has she seen the Manley Report which found that large forest owners intend to deforest 39,000 hectares between now and 2020 and what action will she take to promote policy that encourages forestry? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on electricity market performance? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Will he commit his Government to accept citizens of Pacific Island countries displaced by sea level rise as a result of climate change? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government ensuring telecommunications security legislation remains effective in a rapidly changing telecommunications environment? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement that he's not "promising that the Government's going to go and build a whole lot of houses", if so, how does he plan to resolve the rental housing crisis in Christchurch? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the Government's better public service target for immunisation? [more]

Dog trialling win after 45 years
Rob Hastie and his dog Jack have won the Broadwood Sheep Dog Trial Club's short head and yard competition. He's been trialling since 1968 with various dogs over the years. Jack is the one who came through in the end. The border collie had to overcome his own challenges to be named top dog. [more]

Swapping the corporate offices for a farm
It's a long way from the posh corporate offices of London and Melbourne, to a dairy farm in Northland, but that is where Kyle and Sarah Imeson have chosen to be. They've chucked in the city life and stable jobs in the financial industry to return to their roots. They both grew up on farms, but left the country life to live in London and Melbourne after graduating from university. [more]

The Arts Report - Apocalypse Z
Justin Gregory reports on a zombie invasion in Auckland's Aotea Square. It's part of a new immersive, interactive theatre experience, called Apocalypse Z. Its writers wanted to find out what audiences, put into a crisis situation, would choose to do in the case of a zombie apocalypse - flee or fight? [more]

Southern Story for 18 April 2013 - Scott's Hut
A wooden cabin destined for Captain Scott's expedition was sent home and used by his wife and others involved with his party while they awaited the explorer's return. Katy Gosset found that after the earthquakes the cliff top site was deemed unsafe and the historic hut will now be restored and given a new home. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 18 April 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Michael Deaker (Part 1)
Topics - The Attorney General says he worries a new website set up to critique the performance of individual judges could lead to violence against them. The Ministry of Education has begun legal action against major building product companies, including Australian giant James Hardie, over its huge repair bill for leaky school buildings. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Michael Deaker (Part 2)
Topics - The popular fad of paying dearly for a fancy cupcake might be fading at last, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Labour Party is proposing to set up a single buyer of electricity to help bring down the cost of power for households and businesses. Commodity prices have been falling since September, culminating in a rout over the past two weeks. That is a classic warning for the global economy, according to the Telegraph's economics writer, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 18 April 2013
Simon Morris is bullied into seeing three films by the publicity – the Tom Cruise science-fiction drama 'Oblivion'… the animated Stone Age family comedy, 'The Croods'… and the new film by Woody Allen, 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger'. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 18 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 18 April 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 18 April 2013
A Christchurch technology company plans a 27 million dollar IPO. The British supermarket giant, Tesco, admits defeat and the share market is down. [more]

Evening Business for 18 April 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 18 April 2013
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Website to judge judges to be launched
Judges are about to be judged themselves, with the launch of a new website by the victims' lobby group, the Sensible Sentencing Trust. [more]

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 18 April 2013
Pike River Coal is found guilty of failing to prevent the deaths of 29 miners. Labour's proposal to radically restructure the electrcity industry and the massive explosion at a Texas fertiliser plant. [more]

Pike River Coal guilty
Pike River Coal has been found guilty of fundamental health and safety breaches which led to the deaths of 29 miners who were killed in massive explosions at the mine in November 2010. [more]

More from Nicholas Davidson
The lawyer for the Pike River families is Nicholas Davidson, he joins us. [more]

Labour Party is promising to slash household power bills
The Labour Party is promising to slash household power bills by up to 330 dollars a year if it gets into Government, under a radical restructuring of the electricity industry that National is calling communist. [more]

Live from Texas following the explosion
New Zealand journalist Rob Harley has been at the triage centre and is on the line from Waco. [more]

Sports News for 18 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Queenstown bouncer guilty of stealing CCTV footage
The Queenstown bouncer charged with stealing CCTV footage of the former England rugby captain Mike Tindall cavorting with a woman in a bar has been found guilty. [more]

Obama: "shameful day for Washington"
A shameful day for Washington - that's was the verdict from a visibily angry President Obama following the failure of his gun control legislation in Congress. [more]

Labour and Greens propose single buyer of electricity.
The Labour and Green Parties propose setting up a single buyer of electricity to help bring down the cost of power for households and businesses. [more]

Dotcom's lawyer critical of the FBI
A lawyer for Kim Dotcom has criticised the FBI for refusing to hand back his client's personal property and depriving him of his basic human rights. [more]

Churches review stance on same sex marriage
Anglican and Presbyterian ministers are reconsidering their stance on gay marriage, but it may be at least another year before same sex couples can marry in their churches. [more]

Union want companies held to higher safety standard
Pike River Coal has been found guilty of fundamental health and safety breaches which led to the deaths of 29 miners who were killed in massive explosions at the mine in November 2010. [more]

FBI arrest man for poison letters
The FBI has arrested a Mississippi man after letters which tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, were sent to President Obama and two other officials. [more]

Break in Boston bombings case
Investigators hunting for those behind the deadly Boston Marathon bombings say they've found images of a potential suspect on security camera footage taken before the twin blasts went off. [more]

David Tamihere did not breach parole
The convicted double murderer David Tamihere has been let off a charge of breaching his parole conditions for flying over Coromandal Peninsula where his victims died. [more]

Sports News for 18 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

British expert gives thumbs-up for Canty health redesign
A visiting British health expert says major changes to the health system in Canterbury are already giving patients a better deal. [more]

Plan proposes to prohibit damming of Hurunui River
Fish and Game is backing part of a Canterbury Regional Council plan that prohibits the damming of two popular backcountry waterways. [more]

Maori Party in box seat for charter school negotiations
The Maori Party is planning to use its bargaining power to push for charter school teachers to be professionally qualified. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 18 April 2013
A court finds Pike River Power guilty of charges arising out of the explosions which killed 29 miners. Nine To Noon debates contracting out hospital food services and in Dateline Pacific the telescope and the sacred Hawaiian mountain. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 April 2013
Two churches are reconsidering their stance on same sex marriage, following yesterday's vote and Labour proposes a single buyer of electricity to reduce the cost to consumers. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 April 2013
Manchester United twice came from behind to draw 2-all at West Ham United and move a step closer to their 20th English football league title. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 18 April 2013
Parliament passes marriage equality legislation; Wellington couple say they'll get married in November; Louisa Wall discusses her bill; The Labour MP, Louisa Wall sponsored the Bill; New footage may identify Boston bomber but no arrest; Ricin loaded letters sent to President Obama; Labour MP votes against Gay Marriage Bill; The Labour Party says new law won't diminish importance of national days; Business NZ says new holiday law sends 'bad signal' to businesses. [more]

Wellington couple celebrate bill
There have been celebrations around the country overnight, after Parliament passed a new law allowing same-sex marriage. [more]

Pacific News for 18 April 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Pastor and celebrant worried about impact of new Act
Long-time lobbyists for same-sex marriage are celebrating a milestone now New Zealand has become the first country in the Asia Pacific Region to legalise it. [more]

"Deep pockets" may be reason for targeting James Hardie
A lawyer specialising in leaky homes cases says the Ministry of Education is targeting Australian building materials manufacturer giant James Hardie partly because it has deep pockets. [more]

Parliament passes marriage equality legislation
Same sex couples erupted into cheers around the country as Parliament legalised same-sex marriage last night. [more]

Wellington couple say they'll get married in November
A Wellington couple, Kelly Purcell and Mariken van Laanen have been together for four years and are excited they can now get married later this year. [more]

Louisa Wall discusses her bill
The Labour MP, Louisa Wall, sponsored the Bill. [more]

New footage may identify Boston bomber but no arrest
Police are reported to have identified a suspect in Tuesday's Boston Marathon bombings but say no arrest has been made and nobody is in custody. [more]

Ricin loaded letters sent to President Obama
The apparent breakthrough in the case comes alongside a separate security development overnight, with the FBI revealing that an envelope addressed to President Obama and intercepted at a mail processing facility had tested positive for the poison ricin. [more]

Labour MP votes against Gay Marriage Bill
Same sex couples will be able to get married from late August, after the Marriage Amendment Bill passed into law last night. [more]

Legislation to 'Monday-ise' some public holidays passed
Legislation to 'Monday-ise' some public holidays passed by just one vote in Parliament last night. [more]

Business NZ says new holiday law sends 'bad signal'
The chief executive of Business New Zealand, Phil O'Reilly, comments on Holiday Amendment Bill. [more]

Sports News for 18 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Military honours mark funeral of Margaret Thatcher
The funeral of Margaret Thatcher has been held at St Paul's Cathedral in London. [more]

James Hardie among targets as govt seeks $1.5b on leaky schools
The cladding manufacturer, James Hardie, says it was caught by surprise by the late night delivery of court papers from the Ministry of Education, seeking costs for repairing leaky school buildings. [more]

More child protection needed from impact of domestic violence
New research suggests a lot more needs to be done to protect children from the impact of domestic violence between their parents. [more]

Rapturous reception greets passing of bill into law
People around the country gathered to witness the Marriage Equality Bill pass its third reading last night. [more]

Australian gay couples will flock to NZ for wedding
Hannah Baird and Sarah Thackway are a couple based in Sydney, who are now planning a wedding in New Zealand. [more]

Verdict on 9 charges for previous Pike River Mine owners due
The previous owner of the Pike River Mine will learn the District Court's verdict on nine charges laid against it over the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men. [more]

School principal says leaky building claim needs to be widened
A school principal says the Ministry of Education should widen its compensation claim for the repair of more than eight hundred leaky school buildings. [more]

Sports News for 18 April 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Telco lobby group says proposed legislation unnecessary
A lobby group says there is no need for a planned law change that would punish telecommunications companies which fail to co-operate with spy agencies. [more]

Submissions open on big Hutt Valley housing plan
A major housing project planned for the Hutt Valley could add up to seven and a half thousand new homes to the area by 2031. [more]

Record numbers of people watching TV online
The number of people choosing to watch TV shows online has reached a record high. [more]

Reaction to the Marriage Amendment Bill passed last night
Some of the reaction to the Marriage Amendment Bill, which was passed into law last night. [more]

Poor food caused high rates of illness at Gallipoli
Food that even the enemy didn't want was the staple diet of the New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, and a newly-released study shows it was also dangerous for their health. Andrew McRae talks to academics Nick Wilson and  Glyn Harper. [more]

Nights

Calm On Climate
Lord Christopher Monckton and his views on the state of the world's climate and why he believes that the current political responses to the harm of a 'climate changed by carbon dioxide due to human interactions' are in fact, injurious to society and a functioning economy. [more]

Science - Computer Science
Prof. Mark Apperley from University of Wakato tweezers out the silicon chips to expose how computers compute... developments in computer and communications technology supporting improvements in the efficient use of energy. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

"Judge the Judges" website to be launched
The Attorney General, Chris Finlayson is condemning plans by the Sensible Sentencing Trust to set up a website to name and shame judges it disagrees with. [more]

Improving hospital food
Plans to out-source hospital food production to two central hubs means patients could be eating week-old chilled and reheated meals. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
The funeral of Margaret Thatcher and house extention laws. [more]

Feature Guest - Tina Matthews
She's an award winning children's book author and illustrator who's also had a successful career as a puppet maker, along with being a musician. [more]

Book Review - Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Written by Therese Anne Fowler, published by Hachette, reviewed by Phil Vine. [more]

New Technology - Lance Wiggs
The pressure on technology to solve crime; Twitter and politics; SLI Systems; The buying-and-applying on line process for MightyRiverPower Shares; The demise of Google Reader; Websites to keep you up with the play. [more]

Food to Eat
A US dietician who, together with one of her clients, has written a recipe book for people recovering from eating disorders or yo-yo dieting. It's the first cookbook in the world for people with eating disorders. [more]

TV with Nick Grant
Criticisms of the lack of realism in Top of the Lake, plus the new NZ cop drama Harry starring Oscar Kightley, and the Australian series Puberty Blues which starts next week. [more]

Our Changing World

Canterbury's Tectonic History
A team of University of Canterbury geologists, led by Mark Quigley, explores the region's tectonic history [more]

Maths and Ecology
University of Canterbury mathematician Alex James explains how maths helps ecologists to better understand complexity [more]

Radiation Testing
Nikolaus Hermanspahn explains how the National Radiation Laboratory tests samples for radioactivity [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 18 April 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Has he been advised whether the Prime Minister agrees with the Deputy Prime Minister that "a lot of us don't like the power bills that we get" and if so, has he been advised what action the Prime Minister proposes to take to reduce New Zealanders' power bills? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Immigration: How many temporary work visas were issued for checkout operators in 2012? TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What have been the recent trends in the cost of living for New Zealanders? Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the CEO of Mangere Budgeting and Family Support Services that "Increased private rental charges, higher power and energy prices, higher costs for food and dairy, higher road user charges and increased petrol costs etc…without putting up wages…means that we are effectively making our people poorer and ultimately it is costing the nation millions in welfare dollars"; if not, why not? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he believe that the electricity reforms of the late 1990s delivered lower electricity prices; if so, what has happened to household electricity prices over the last 20 years? ALFRED NGARO to the Minister for Pacific Island Affairs: What reports has she received on raising achievement amongst Pasifika students? Hon SHANE JONES to the Associate Minister for Primary Industries: Has she seen the Manley Report which found that large forest owners intend to deforest 39,000 hectares between now and 2020 and what action will she take to promote policy that encourages forestry? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent reports has he received on electricity market performance? Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Will he commit his Government to accept citizens of Pacific Island countries displaced by sea level rise as a result of climate change? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government ensuring telecommunications security legislation remains effective in a rapidly changing telecommunications environment? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's statement that he's not "promising that the Government's going to go and build a whole lot of houses", if so, how does he plan to resolve the rental housing crisis in Christchurch? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the Government's better public service target for immunisation? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 April 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 April 2013
The body managing about one hundred thousand hectares of Maori freehold land wants to expand its investment into areas that will directly benefit Maori; A Maori land incorporation in Tauranga says the Social Housing Unit grant it's received from the government comes at a perfect time while the cost of housing in the city is out of reach for many whanau; The Maori trust that owns large farms in the King Country says the rain this week will make the grass green, but warm weather is also needed to get it growing; A report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is recommending the commercial catch of longfin eels be suspended to stop the threat of extinction; Te Wai Maori which has interests in freshwater fisheries is calling on the Ministry for Primary Industries to urgently review the Parliamentary Commissioner's report, which concludes that the longfin eel is on a path to extinction. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 April 2013
The body managing about one hundred thousand hectares of Maori freehold land wants to expand its investment into areas that will directly benefit Maori; A Maori land incorporation in Tauranga says the Social Housing Unit grant it's received from the government comes at a perfect time while the cost of housing in the city is out of reach for many whanau; The Maori trust that owns large farms in the King Country says the rain this week will make the grass green, but warm weather is also needed to get it growing; A report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is recommending the commercial catch of longfin eels be suspended to stop the threat of extinction; Te Wai Maori which has interests in freshwater fisheries is calling on the Ministry for Primary Industries to urgently review the Parliamentary Commissioner's report, which concludes that the longfin eel is on a path to extinction. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 April 2013
The Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell who voted for same sex marriage to be legal says it was not the first time Maori have encountered controversy around the concept of what defines marriage; The body in charge of advancing Maori interests in freshwater fisheries says the longfin eel has an annual economic value of ten million dollars and ensuring sustainability of the eel is vital; Health Authorities say the number of Maori engaging in risky drinking is too high, with one in three abusing alcohol; The Department of Conservation is investigating a report of cultural violation of sacred Moriori trees on the Chathams Islands. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 April 2013
The Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell who voted for same sex marriage to be legal says it was not the first time Maori have encountered controversy around the concept of what defines marriage; The body in charge of advancing Maori interests in freshwater fisheries says the longfin eel has an annual economic value of ten million dollars and ensuring sustainability of the eel is vital; Health Authorities say the number of Maori engaging in risky drinking is too high, with one in three abusing alcohol; The Department of Conservation is investigating a report of cultural violation of sacred Moriori trees on the Chathams Islands. [more]

Upbeat

Thomas Kemp
British conductor and violinist who is Artist-in-Residence at Auckland University Music School. [more]

Andrew Sritheran
NZ dramatic tenor on his New York Metropolitan Opera debut. [more]

News stories:

Real Madrid top Man U as most valuable team
The nine-time European football champions Real Madrid have ended Manchester United's run as the world's most valuable soccer team. According to an annual survey undertaken by Forbes magazine, the... [more]

Limiting foreign ownership in Vanuatu won't hurt local chinese operators
A ni-Vanuatu Chinese businessman is confident that Chinese operated businesses won't be too affected by a new plan to restrict foreign ownership in Vanuatu. The Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses, says... [more]

PNG police say recent prison breakout puts police under more pressure
Papua New Guinea police say the recent breakout of nearly 100 prisoners from Madang and Lae prisons has put them under more pressure. Forty-nine prisoners walked out of Madang's Beon... [more]

New sex crime sentences under new Samoan Crimes Act
Tough new penalties for sex crimes in Samoa have been welcomed by the Samoa Victim Support Group. The Samoa Observer reports that under the new Crimes Act, a life sentence... [more]

New governor of Papua will empower separatist groups
The newly elected governor of Indonesia's Papua province says he will approach separatist groups and offer to empower them. Lukas Enembe says the government needs to listen to separatists and... [more]

Fiji regime to have final say on constitution
The Attorney-General of Fiji, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the Bainimarama government will have the final say on the country's new constitution. There have been calls for a referendum on the document... [more]

Fishing boat banned from Marshalls waters for violating shark finning ban
A long line fishing boat has been fined 120,000 US dollars and banned from fishing in Marshall Islands water for violating the country's ban on shark finning. The Marine Resources... [more]

Man injured in Hamilton shooting
Police are investigating the shooting of a man in Hamilton. [more]

Telco penalties unneccesary - TUANZ
A proposed law imposing fines on telecommunications companies that fail to co-operate with spy agencies has been called unnecessary by an industry lobby group. [more]

Inflation rises, boosted partially by higher rents
Inflation has risen, boosted in part by higher cigarette taxes, rents and construction costs. [more]

Chorus signs new broadband contracts
Chorus has signed new contracts worth $1 billion with its existing ultra-fast broadband partners which it says should help mitigate the costs and risks of connecting households to the network. [more]

Market 'managed hydro shortage well'
The Electricity Authority says improved hydro management last year should give the electricity market confidence that it can manage future dry conditions. [more]

Mortgage competition has impact on bank margins
New Zealand banks' return on assets is being squeezed because competition in the mortgage market has become more intense than for many years. [more]

Second farmers meeting supports meat sector change
Farmers in Canterbury have joined their more southern counterparts in calling for major restructuring of the red meat sector. [more]

ANZ Bank to provide Smiths City Group finance
Smiths City Group says ANZ Bank will provide finance from Thursday, which the company says will reduce its interest costs. [more]

Jo Edwards picks up another bowls title
New Zealand's Jo Edwards has proved once again she's one of the world's best bowlers after claiming her fourth world title at the World Cup in Warilla, Austraila. Edwards progressed... [more]

Local govt group opposes compulsory water meters
The organisation that represents local bodies is urging the Government not to make water meters a requirement throughout the country. [more]

Maori incorporation granted $2.6m for housing
A Bay of Plenty Maori land incorporation is now a step closer to being able to provide affordable housing for its iwi beneficiaries. [more]

King Country farmers welcome rain
The Maori trust that owns large farms in the King Country says the rain this week will make the grass green, but warm weather is also needed to get it growing. [more]

Maori land body wants to expand investment areas
The body managing about 100,000 hectares of Maori freehold land wants to expand its investment into areas that will directly benefit Maori. [more]

Plan to introduce Bluff Oysters to Otago harbour
Two marine farming companies are looking to team up in a project which could lead to Bluff oysters being introduced to Otago Harbour. [more]

Sport: Young All Whites make ominous start to U17 Champs
Defending champions New Zealand showed their class on day one of the Oceania Under 17 Championship in Vanuatu, after putting nine unanswered goals past the Cook Islands. New Caledonia also... [more]

Sport: Samoa and Tonga name teams for Pacific rugby league test
Samoa and Tonga have finalised their teams for Saturday night's Pacific Test in Penrith. Toa Samoa coach Steve Price says with a handful of ex Kiwis internationals, such as Roy... [more]

United manage a draw, City win
Champions-elect Manchester United twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at West Ham United and move a step closer to their 20th English football league title. Although second-placed Manchester City... [more]

Mathewson happy with his decision to play in Perth
The former Hurricanes and Blues halfback Alby Mathewson is happy with his decision to head to the Western Force, considering how well Piri Weepu is playing in Auckland. Mathewson is... [more]

Three changes to Crusaders line-up
The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to the starting XV that lost to the Western Force, for the side's local derby against the Highlanders in Christchurch on... [more]

Black Caviar retires
The party is over, but the dream will live on. Black Caviar, arguably the greatest horse to race in Australia in 80 years and one of the best the world... [more]

NRL's Tamou plans to apply for Australian passport
The National Rugby League player James Tamou has confirmed he is renouncing his New Zealand citizenship and applying for an Australian passport. The North Queensland Cowboys front-rower made headlines last... [more]

CAS rejects Pakistanis' appeals
The international cricket careers of the former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif appear to be over after they lost their appeals against spot-fixing bans at the... [more]

Bolt to head cast at London's "anniversary games"
Usain Bolt has confirmed his return to London in late July to compete in the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Olympic Stadium in which he achieved a clean sweep... [more]

NZ govt casts doubt on NZ police training programme in Papua region
New Zealand's government has cast doubt on reports that the country's police training programme in Indonesia's Papua region is set to recommence in September. Reports in Indonesian media quoted New... [more]

American Samoa's governor signs supplemental budget into law
The Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has signed into law legislation appropriating 5 million US dollars to the American Samoa Government to fund 22 projects. Lolo expressed appreciation to the Fono... [more]

Fiji's PM calls on Fiji and PNG private sectors to work together
Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama has called on the private sector in both Fiji and Papua New Guinea to work closely with each other in an effort to boost investment... [more]

Sport: Tahitian footballers stun Oceania champs on home soil
Tahitian newcomers Dragon created history on Wednesday after coming from behind to beat Oceania football champions Auckland City 3-1 at Trusts Arena. It marked the first ever away win for... [more]

Sport: Fijian referee humbled by World Cup Sevens appointment
Fijian rugby referee Koini Vuli admits to a few nerves after being named on the panel to officiate at the Women's World Cup Sevens in Moscow in June. Vuli picked... [more]

Solomons MP tells parliament people still don't have confidence in police
A Solomon Islands MP, Milner Tozaka, has told parliament that people's confidence in the police force is not yet strong enough. Discussing the Police Bill 2013, the MP for North... [more]

Police search property near Rotorua
Bay of Plenty police are searching a rural property near Rotorua but will not confirm if it is linked to the investigation into the death of roadworker George Taiaroa. [more]

Aussie teams impressing in Super Rugby
A number of the Australian Super Rugby players have stepped up this year with the incentive of playing in the series against the British and Irish Lions. That's the view... [more]

Top Queensland league administrator dies suddenly
Queensland sport is mourning the passing of Ross Livermore who was at the helm of Queensland rugby league for 31 years. Livermore died suddenly on Tuesday aged 68. The iconic... [more]

No surprises as Kiwis named for ANZAC test
The New Zealand selectors have named a predictable team for Friday's ANZAC rugby league test against Australia in Canberra. Simon Mannering captains his country for the first time while four... [more]

Trinity window being installed in cardboard cathedral
The frame for a massive stained glass window is being installed in Christchurch's transitional cathedral. [more]

NZOA faces questions on McElrea reappointment
New Zealand On Air has come in for intense questioning at Parliament about the potential reappointment of a board member who is also the Prime Minister's electorate chair. [more]

Poor housing affects more Maori, Pacific people
A survey has found poor housing conditions in New Zealand disproportionately affect Pacific people, Maori, solo parents and people renting. [more]

Pacific politicians gather in Wellington to exchange ideas
More than 60 Pacific politicians and leaders are gathering in Wellington for a parliamentary forum. The forum was organised by New Zealand's foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee. Megan... [more]

Unity the theme for American Samoa Flag Day
American Samoa's governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has called for unity in the territory as residents celebrate Flag Day. This year marks the 113th year since the eastern islands of the... [more]

All go for Solomons' USP campus
Work on a new campus of the University of the South Pacific outside the Solomon Islands capital Honiara can begin following a lease signing and project launch ceremony at the... [more]

New US immigration reform bill promises better deal for some CNMI foreign workers
An immigration reform bill before the United States Senate allows certain long-term foreign workers in the Northern Marianas to apply for green card status five years after the proposal is... [more]

Bougainville to legislate to limit foreign involvement in business to joint ventures
The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, John Momis, says the province fears foreigners could take over the local retail sector, so his government will legislate... [more]

Kiribati to hold a national meeting to address climate change issues
A public meeting tomorrow in Kiribati, led by President Anote Tong, aims to galvanise the country's position on climate change and attract international attention to its plight. It will involve... [more]

Parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage
Applause in Parliament and celebrations throughout the country greeted the vote by MPs legalising same-sex marriage. [more]

Job ads rise in March
Newspaper and online job advertisements have risen, indicating the economic recovery may be filtering into the labour market. [more]

SLI Sytems seeks up to $27m
Software company SLI Systems plans to raise up to $27 million in early May ahead of listing on the stock market. [more]

More interest shown in KiwiSaver - study
A study commissioned by the Financial Services Institute of Australasia shows KiwiSaver is being adopted by a wider range of people. [more]

Large stake in Powerco for sale
A significant stake in Powerco, the country's second largest electricity and gas lines company, has been put up for sale. [more]

Govt puts more money into Lake Taupo protection project
The Government has injected a further $3 million into the Lake Taupo protection project to help meet the target of reducing nitrogen entering the lake, mainly from livestock farming. [more]

British supermarket chain pulls out of US
British supermarket giant Tesco is set to pull out of the United States after it failed to win over customers. [more]

Apple shares fall on slowing sales fears
Shares in Apple fell to the lowest level in more than a year after one of its suppliers slashed its profit guidance, prompting fears that sales of the computer and mobile phone giant's products had also slowed. [more]

NZ farming leader appointed to WFO board
Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills has been appointed to the World Farmer's Organisation board as its Oceania representative. [more]

Role of rural women underestimated - survey
A survey of rural women shows they are frustrated at getting little recognition for their intelligence and energy from the companies they deal with in the farming sector. [more]

New grants for aquaculture projects
The Government has announced it will financially back five aquaculture projects throughout the country. [more]

Trade Minister biggest spender on travel
Trade Minister Tim Groser spent almost $250,000 on international travel in the first quarter of this year. [more]

Fatigue a factor in crushed keeper's death
Fatigue caused by working long hours is one of the reasons a zookeeper was crushed to death by an elephant, according to a coroner. [more]

Tourism, business groups debate 'Mondayisation' effect
The tourism industry and a business lobby group disagree on the impact of legislation giving workers Monday off when Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on the weekend. [more]

Bill making some Mondays a holiday passed
Legislation giving workers Monday off when Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on the weekend has passed its final hurdle in Parliament. [more]

Police investigating after baby critically hurt
A baby is critically ill in hospital after being seriously injured at a house in Wairoa in northern Hawke's Bay. [more]

Documents show Britain thought about sending soldiers into Vanuatu in 1975 to prevent unrest
Declassified secret documents show how Britain and France were prepared to land military forces in Vanuatu in 1975 to prevent ethnic unrest. Colonial officials wanted to stop what they thought... [more]

IMF praises Vanuatu government's economic management
The International Monetary Fund says Vanuatu's economy is gradually turning around with growth last year at about 2 percent after tourism recovered strongly. It says inflation remains low at 0.8... [more]

Samoa company awarded more compensation over forced move
A Samoa company forced to shift from its government-leased premises in the Sogi area of Apia in 2009 has been awarded compensation of almost 180-thousand US dollars. Siva Afi Design,... [more]

PNG police chief promises killers of Australian man will be found and arrested
Clan leaders are being called to assist Papua New Guinea police in solving the murder of Australian Robert Purdy. 62 year old Mr Purdy died instantly in the early hours... [more]

Forum a chance for New Zealand MPs to better connect with Pacific communities
The Chairman of New Zealand's foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee says the Pacific Parliamentarians Forum underway in Wellington should help forge a greater understanding among local MPs of... [more]

Treaty settlement bills progress
Two more Treaty of Waitangi settlement bills have passed their committee stages in Parliament. [more]

Bouncer found guilty of stealing Tindall footage
A bouncer charged with stealing CCTV footage of former England rugby captain Mike Tindall in a New Zealand bar has been found guilty. [more]

Smith to remain with Brumbies until end of season
The former Australia flanker George Smith is one step closer to a return to the Wallabies, after his Japanese club Suntory approved his contract extension. Originally contracted on a short-term... [more]

Lakers scrape into NBA playoffs
The Los Angeles Lakers have squeaked into the NBA basketball playoffs thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies' 86-70 win over the Utah Jazz. That knocked the Jazz out of the playoffs... [more]

Black Sticks draw with Argentina
The New Zealand women's hockey team came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw against Argentina at the Four Nations Tournament in Hamilton on Wednesday night. With the... [more]

Dingo Deans now a Kangaroo
The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is set to help Australia try to reclaim the rugby league World Cup from the Kiwis later this year. Deans formed close links with Tim... [more]

Judge dismisses Tamihere parole breach charge
The lawyer for double-murderer David Tamihere says the Department of Corrections was over-reaching when it claimed that his client breached parole. [more]

Two hurt after tour bus crash near Milford Sound
Two people have been hurt after a tourist bus left the road near Milford Sound in Fiordland. [more]

Fiji slams EU election observers - wants PNG monitors next year
The Fiji Government has proposed a joint Papua New Guinea/ Melanesian Spearhead Group mission to monitor the elections in Fiji next year. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama put the proposal to... [more]

Increase in Solomons MPs' payout justified says head of entitlements body
A fourfold increase in the amount paid out to MPs leaving the Solomon Islands parliament is being justified as necessary to meet resettlement costs. The Parliamentary Entitlements Commission has approved... [more]

Academic says Pacific countries should ramp up the value of their fish stocks
Research suggests many of the effects of climate change on fisheries are being overshadowed by growing population pressures. Professor Morgan Pratchett is one of a number of scientists who researched... [more]

Fiji village wants international help to protect itself from rising seas
A coastal village in Fiji needs more than 1.1 million US dollars to protect itself from rising seas. It is hoping its self help approach will attract funds. Sally Round... [more]

Commissioner wants longfin eel fishing suspended
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has recommended that the commercial catching of native longfin eels be suspended to stop the species slow decline to extinction. [more]

Australia criticised for lack of progress on Manus asylum seekers
A refugee activist says Australia's failure to start processing asylum seekers' claims for refugee status, despite assurances, is fuelling tensions at its detention camp in Papua New Guinea. A spokesperson... [more]

Merits of a Pacific Parliament raised during Wellington forum
The New Zealand Opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff, says there would be real benefits from a Pacific parliament. He says it could confront issues, such as climate... [more]

Call for higher standard in workplace safety
A union says companies like Pike River Coal Ltd should be held to a higher standard when it comes to worker safety. [more]

United Future to oppose charter schools
United Future leader Peter Dunne has decided he will oppose legislation to set up charter schools. [more]

Trust to launch website to 'name and shame' judges
There is strong opposition to a proposed website that will allow the public to evaluate New Zealand judges. [more]

Community focus keeping people out of hospital
A Canterbury initiative aimed at strengthening care in the community is keeping people out of hospital, a visiting British health expert says. [more]

Plan to prohibit damming of parts of Hurunui
A Canterbury Regional Council plan will prohibit the damming of popular back country waterways the north and south branches of the Hurunui River. [more]

Churches review stance on same sex marriage
Presbyterian and Anglican churches are considering their stance on marrying gay couples after MPs voted to legalise same sex marriage, but the Catholic Church is not reviewing its position. [more]

James Hardie to fight leaky school building case
Building supply company James Hardie plans to vigourously defend itself against High Court action by the Education Ministry. [more]

Council meets over cathedral's rebuild
Christchurch City Councillors have met to discuss plans to rebuild the city's cathedral. [more]

Man on run after escaping from prison van
A prisoner is on the run after breaking out of a prison van as it stopped to refuel in Dannevirke late on Wednesday. [more]

Home detention for teacher who filmed up skirts
A former assistant principal of a Christchurch high school who secretly filmed underneath girls' skirts has been sentenced to home detention. [more]

Opposition parties propose single buyer of electricity
The Labour and Green parties propose setting up a single buyer of electricity to help bring down the cost of power for households and businesses. [more]