Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 2nd May 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Celeste Aida
Lorrane Sutherland from Christchurch has chosen 'Celeste Aida' sung by Placido Domingo. [more]

Your Place - Athenree
In recent years this township has become almost a dormitory suburb of Katikati. Originally it was a landing place for ships in the uppermost reaches of the Tauranga harbour. Two main waves of settlers arrived in 1875 and 1878 and the name "Tin Pot Castle" was originally bestowed by one of her most prominent citizens. [more]

Guitar making class
Nick Sigglekow can look at old wooden furniture or logs of wood and see elegant musical instruments emerging from them. Nick is a technology teacher at Feilding High school. He takes donations of old timber headboards and helps his students turn them into guitars at his guitar making class at the school. [more]

New Zealand runner Alison Bradley
On Monday Alison Bradley begins her attempt to beat the world record for the fastest woman to run across America. She plans to run from New York to Los Angeles - a total of 4800 kilometres. Alison is also raising money for cancer research in the US and New Zealand. [more]

Southern Story for 2 May 2013 - Angels Gate Recording Studio
Katy Gosset visits the Angels Gate Recording Studio to meet Kevin Allison, a technician and producer who's a bit of a hotshot. Kevin's toured with Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz and many others. [more]

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

The Panel with Raybon Kan and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)
Topics - Fonterra has announced a review of its corporate support services in New Zealand that could involve the loss of 300 jobs and save $65 million a year. Holland has joined Spain in basket case land says the Telegraph. An Australian court has heard how a self-styled saviour of dingoes smuggled six pups into the United States disguised as a similar-looking Japanese breed. [more]

The Panel with Raybon Kan and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)
Topics - new research at the University of Pennsylvania suggests conservatives may be less likely to buy energy efficient light bulbs if they're packaged as environmentally friendly. An Auckland family's plans to build a private helipad are up in the air after an Auckland Council planner recommended that consent be refused. As we know the Serious Fraud Office has completed its investigation into the failure of Hanover Finance, saying it hasn't got enough evidence to guarantee a conviction. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 2 May 2013
Simon Morris looks at stars, past present and future. Iron Man 3 stars the currently unstoppable Robert Downey Junior and The Company You Keep is directed by its star, veteran Robert Redford. Meanwhile First Position is a documentary about budding ballet stars, competing for the Youth America Grand Prix. [more]

Business News

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

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

Midday Business News for 2 May 2013
Dairy prices fall for the first time in nearly five months. Facebook reports increased earnings for the first quarter and the stock market falls. [more]

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

A new global online business review site is launched
A global online company review site has been launched in New Zealand. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 2 May 2013
Police say easier access to guns has saved a woman's life. NZ Post makes another plea to cut mail deliveries and what did Aaron Gilmore, say and do at that restaurant dinner. [more]

New firearm rules
The police say they shot and tasered a man in Wellington this morning to save a woman's life - and it shows the new rules giving officers easier access to weapons are justified. [more]

NZ Post says letter deliveries may have to be Govt subsidised
New Zealand Post has warned the Government it might have to subsidise letter deliveries if the six-day-a-week service is to continue - but says the request isn't an ultimatum. [more]

More on NZ Post from our political editor
Our political editor, Brent Edwards, requested the papers under the OIA - he's with us. [more]

96 million dollars to be returned to Aorangi investors
An investor in one of the failed Hubbard finance companies, Aorangi Securities, is relieved he'll be getting all his money back but is blaming the statutory managers for the time it's taken. [more]

MP threatened to have waiter sacked - lawyer
The Christchurch lawyer who apologised for the behaviour of National List MP, Aaron Gilmore, at a restaurant at the weekend, says Mr Gilmore threatened to get the Prime Minister's Office to sack a waiter who refused to bring him more wine. [more]

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

Open letter from business alarmist and ill-informed
Labour and the Greens say a call by business groups to drop their new electricity policy is ill-informed and alarmist. [more]

Foreign student numbers falling
New Zealand's two-and-a-half billion-dollar foreign student industry is hurting under the combined weight of a high dollar and the global recession. [more]

Otago woman in IRD battle
An Otago woman has gone public over her lengthy and frustrating battle with Inland Revenue over her stolen IRD number. [more]

NZ kayakers to tackle unpaddled canyons in PNG
Camping in terrifying jungle and losing large amounts of weight through sickness are just two of the obstacles facing a New Zealand team of kayakers taking on unpaddled canyons in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Police praise officers for decisive, lifesaving decision
Two police officers shot and tasered a Porirua man holding his partner at knifepoint today, and their commander says they saved her life. [more]

Ex-flatmate tells of cold case killer's admission
The ex flatmate of the Turangi cold case killer says Menzies Hallett told him in the 1980s that he was responsible for the death of a man but he kept it to himself. [more]

Public meetings in north as police presence dwindles
Two Northland communities are holding public meetings this evening, to air complaints about police staffing. [more]

Blitz on Auckland fare dodgers working say officials
Auckland Transport officials say they want to come down harder on people who are dodging train fares but the most they can do now is stop them travelling any further. [more]

Business groups urge Labour and Greens to drop power policy
Labour and the Greens are rebutting a call by business organisations to drop their new power policy, as ill-informed and alarmist. [more]

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

Amanda Knox, American student is proclaiming her innocence
Amanda Knox, the American student convicted and then acquitted of murdering her flatmate Meredith Kercher in a violent sex attack, is proclaiming her innocence as an Italian court demands a retrial. [more]

Malaysian election this weekend
For the first time in decades, voters in Malaysia will this weekend cast their ballot in an election where they don't already know the winner. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 2 May 2013
West Papuan efforts to promote dialogue with Jakarta enter crucial period; PNG declares West Sepik province "a disease area" after the discovery of the contagious Newcastle bird disease; Call for a greater understanding of the role of parliamentarians; Samoa's EPC denies meter tampering scheme. [more]

West Papuan efforts to promote dialogue enter crucial period
West Papuans are on track to become a clear minority in Indonesia's Papua region in the coming years which a leading academic and negotiator says could be a catalyst for Indonesian moves further into Melanesia. [more]

PNG's West Sepik declared "a disease area"
The Papua New Guinea Government has declared West Sepik province "a disease area" after the discovery of the contagious Newcastle bird disease in the border town, Wutung. [more]

Suva's young intellectuals lament youth apathy in Fiji
Political apathy among Fiji's young people is the biggest hindrance to revving up opposition to the regime's draft constitution. That's according to a group of young professionals who meet regularly in Suva to air their views. [more]

Kayaker completes gruelling Samoa journey
Australian kayaker completes Samoa circumnavigation to raise awareness about youth suicide. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 2 May 2013
Kathryn Ryan interviews Amanda Knox, famous for something she says she didn't do; sexual assualt allegations against a Coronation Street star; and in Dateline Pacific an outbreak of apathy in Fiji. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 May 2013
A man shot by the police is in a critical condition and the home of a suspect in the George Taiaroa case is searched. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 May 2013
Bayern Munich have cruised into their third Champions League football final in four years, beating Barcelona 3-nil in their second leg of their semi final in Barcelona. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 2 May 2013
Original detectives in cold case relieved Hallett found guilty; Detective Inspector Mark Loper - closure of a 34 year cold case; More arrests in the Boston bombing case; Some scientists say Science Challenges are too broad and "woolly"; Coronation Street star arrested for historic rape; Auckland Transport clamping down on fare dodgers; Child welfare campaigners question research funding; Child Welfare group backs food in schools bill; Man shot by police in Porirua house. [more]

Government science agenda 'unadventurous and vague'
Scientists are accusing the government of playing it too safe with its latest round of science funding, describing its goals as unadventurous and vague. [more]

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

Tahu family able to move on after guilty verdict
The family of Rodney Tahu, who was murdered in Turangi almost 34 years ago, say they can move on now his killer has been found guilty. [more]

Original detectives in cold case relieved Hallett found guilty
The police detectives who originally arrested Menzies Hallett for shooting Rodney Tahu more than three-decades ago are relieved justice has finally been done. [more]

Detective Inspector Mark Loper - closure of a 34 year cold case
Detective Inspector Mark Loper led the case after it was re-opened two and a half years ago. [more]

More arrests in the Boston bombing case
Three more arrests have been made in connection to last month's Boston Marathon bombings, including two college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who came to the United States from Kazakhstan. [more]

Science Challenges are too broad and "woolly"
The government is more than doubling the funding for what it considers New Zealand's most important science challenges. [more]

Coronation Street star arrested for historic rape
The British actor, William Roache, has been arrested on suspicion of an historic rape. [more]

Auckland Transport clamping down on fare dodgers
A blitz on fare dodgers is underway on Auckland's trains. [more]

Child welfare campaigners question research funding
Child welfare campaigners say less talk and more action is needed, when it comes to giving children a better start in life. [more]

Child Welfare group backs food in schools bill
Child Welfare group backs food in schools bill [more]

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

Man shot by police in Porirua house
The police have shot a man in a house in Porirua, north of Wellington. [more]

Maori Party MPs among leaders due at MP's funeral
More mourners arrive in Tolaga Bay today for the tangi of former Maori Affairs Minister, Parekura Horomia. [more]

Hawke's Bay Regional Council wants 'super regional council'
Hawke's Bay Regional Council's plans for a 'super regional council' spanning 500 kilometres along the east coast, has been given final council approval and will be presented to the Local Government Commission tomorrow. [more]

Emotions run high after Menzies Hallett guilty verdict
Emotions have been running high, after a High Court jury yesterday found Menzies Hallett guilty of murdering a service station attendant in Turangi almost 34 years ago. [more]

Retired detective celebrates guilty verdict in Turangi murder
Retired former detective, Don Ormsby, worked on the case and he told me last night that justice has finally been served. [more]

Scientists say govt playing it safe with latest science funding
Scientists are accusing the government of playing it too safe with its latest round of science funding, describing its goals as unadventurous and vague. [more]

Maori Medical Practitioners' Assn backs school meals bill
A Maori health lobby group is backing the Mana Party's Education Amendment Bill. [more]

Little repairs around home can help avoid big accidents
Homeowners are being urged to take the time to fix the little problems around the home that can cause big accidents. [more]

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

Workers rally at "Pak N Slave"
Workers are rallying outside a supermarket in Auckland they've re-named Pak n Slave. [more]

Andrew Nicholson poised for competition at Rolex Grand Slam
The world's number one ranked eventer, Andrew Nicholson, says he's got his best chance ever to notch up a win at the Badminton Horse Trials. [more]

Wellington cycling community demands safer roads
Hundreds of cyclists gathered in Wellington last night to discuss how to improve safety in a city that is the country's most dangerous for cyclists. [more]

NZ Music Month celebrates the world wide reach of internet
May is New Zealand Music Month but the world wide reach of internet technology means it's less of a struggle for Kiwi artists to be heard. [more]

Nights

Amazing Brains
Pascal Saker from the Brain Clinic will use the brain disorder known as hemispatial neglect, to offer insights into how our minds work. [more]

Science : Body Parts
Jean Fleming from the Otago School of Medicine; talking about breast cancer and how it runs in some families. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Does streaming help or hinder students?
Does streaming in schools work to motivate and encourage children or is it ineffective and detrimental. [more]

Changes to the way students are assessed
Where might things be heading when it comes to student education and assessment? Will streaming become less relevant over time as students pace of progress becomes more self determined. [more]

Utilising the knowledge and skills of returning migrants?
24,000 New Zealanders return to the country every year after living overseas. But are we harnessing the skills they've gained off shore? [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
Coronation Street veteran arrested for alleged offences; Another MP and another bad radio interview; Local Government elections; EU looking to ban certain agrichemicals. [more]

Feature Guest - Amanda Knox
American Amanda Knox was convicted with her former boyfriend of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Umbria, Italy in 2009. She served four years of a 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was overturned in October 2011. Now living back in the United States, Amanda Knox has written a memoir called 'Waiting to be Heard'. Meanwhile, an Italian court has overturned the acquittals and ordered a fresh trial. [more]

Book Review - Snow White's Coffin
Written by Kate Camp, published by Victoria University Press, reviewed by Harry Ricketts. [more]

Technology with Erika Pearson
Tweeting during times of disaster, iTunes Turns 10, and the possibility of free recharging. [more]

Parenting with Joseph Driessen
How to use and not use emotion when raising sons. [more]

TV with Lara Strongman
Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets, Game of Thrones, and Sky's new nostalgia channel. [more]

Our Changing World

National Science Challenges
A response to the government's announcement of 10 national science challenges [more]

Fertility Biomarkers for IVF
Gloria Evans is developing a test which may significantly improve the success rate of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) [more]

Hebe or Veronica
An evolutionary history of one of our best-loved native plants, hebe, now known as Veronica [more]

Honeybees
Bee expert Mark Goodwin explains how a beehive works and the state of bees in NZ [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 2 May 2013 - CNMI
We speak to our correspondent in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Mark Rabago, about the proposed 5-year extension of alien worker transition period in CNMI, the local hospital firing its CEO and its lack of doctors, an investigation at Tinian Dynasty for breaking reporting rules, and U.S. military plans on Tinian and Pagan. [more]

Rural News

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

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

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 May 2013
Fellow politicians have been among more than one thousand mourners paying tribute to Parekura Horomia at his home marae; And a whanau member says it was Parekura Horomia's concern for people that lead him into politics; A school principal in Northland says a proposed law change aimed at providing meals for students in poorer schools could reinforce negative stereotypes; A Ngai Tahu primary teacher wants the unique history of her South Island tribe taught in schools around New Zealand. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 May 2013
Fellow politicians have been among more than one thousand mourners paying tribute to Parekura Horomia at his home marae; And a whanau member says it was Parekura Horomia's concern for people that lead him into politics; A school principal in Northland says a proposed law change aimed at providing meals for students in poorer schools could reinforce negative stereotypes; A Ngai Tahu primary teacher wants the unique history of her South Island tribe taught in schools around New Zealand. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 May 2013
The marae hosting the tangi of Parekura Horomia wants manuhiri or visitors to know there are beds available, however many people turn up; And a Ngati Porou man based in Bangkok has paid tribute to Parekura Horomia, saying he could relate to people from all walks of life; Members of Ngati Awa and Maori regional councillors in Whakatane today told MPs they supported a law change to clean up a local river; The Electoral Commission has recommended that Parliament look at allowing Maori to choose between electoral rolls more often. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 May 2013
The marae hosting the tangi of Parekura Horomia is making extra room for manuhiri who are pouring in from all over the country; A Ngati Porou man based in Thailand has paid tribute to Parekura Horomia, saying he could relate to people from all walks of life; Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Ngati Awa and Maori regional councillors in Whakatane today told MPs they supported a law change to clean up a local river; The Electoral Commission has recommended that Parliament look at allowing Maori to choose between electoral rolls more often. [more]

Upbeat

Conductor Tecwyn Evans
Ex-pat conductor working with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on three of their recent and upcoming programmes. [more]

Conductor Luke DiSomma
Christchurch Pops Choir conductor previews their two concerts on Sunday in the Court Theatre. [more]

Tania Kopytko and Elizabeth Isaacs
Dance Aotearoa New Zealand staff talk about the International Dance Day events at Te Papa this Sunday. [more]

News stories:

Submissions deadline for Fiji constitution passes with no word from govt
There has been no word from the Fiji government about the number of submissions it has received on its draft constitution. The deadline for submissions was on Tuesday after two... [more]

US coastguard calls off search in north Pacific for missing sailor
The United States coastguard has called off its search for a British man who fell off a yacht in the north Pacific four days ago. Luke Stimson, who's 35 years-old,... [more]

West Papua group fears Indonesia may move further into Melanesia
A member of a West Papuan group working for dialogue with Jakarta says that neighbouring Papua New Guinea is at risk of eventual invasion by Indonesia. The comment from US-based... [more]

Welfare campaigners question research funding
Child welfare campaigners say new funding for research into how to give children a better start in life will just delay political action on child poverty. [more]

Overseas Maori pay tribute to former minister
Members of Ngati Porou living overseas are paying tribute to Parekura Horomia as a staunch supporter of the Labour Party. [more]

Submissions deadline for Fiji constitution passes with no word from govt
There has been no word from the Fiji government about the number of submissions it has received on its draft constitution. The deadline for submissions was on Tuesday after two... [more]

Woods cleared by golf's governing body over Masters infraction
Golf's governing bodies have ruled that Augusta National officials made the correct call not to disqualify world number one Tiger Woods for an improper ball drop at the Masters last... [more]

Stake sold in Greek gambling monopoly
Investment fund Emma Delta has bought 33% of Opap, the gambling monopoly in Greece. It was the sole bidder. No price has been disclosed. [more]

Farmers more aware of sheep measles risk
The company working to reduce the incidence of sheep measles in lambs processed at meat plants says farmers are taking control measures more seriously. [more]

New chance for farmers to trade Fonterra shares
Fonterra launches a new offer to its farmer suppliers on Thursday, giving them another chance to sell the economic rights to some of their shares. [more]

Govt finalises fields of science investment
The Government has announced the key areas of science it's going to focus its attention and money on and they include two or three that impact on the agricultural sector. [more]

Ngai Tahu history should be taught in schools
A Ngai Tahu primary teacher wants the history of her South Island tribe taught in schools around New Zealand. [more]

Principal concerned about school lunch bill
A school principal in Northland says a proposed law change aimed at providing meals for students in poorer schools could reinforce negative stereotypes. [more]

Four men arrested in PNG over death of Australian expat
Four men have been arrested in Papua New Guinea over the death of Australian expat Robert Purdy. Media reports say the four were among 10 men who broke into Banz... [more]

Fonterra job cuts estimated to save $65m p/a
Fonterra estimates that axing 300 corporate jobs will mean annual savings of $65 million, on top of the $60 million in cost savings it has already committed to deliver this year. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Dominating the papers on Wednesday is the guilty verdict in the Rodney Tahu cold case. Also: list MP's behavour prompted apology note to hotel waiter. [more]

Meridian loses customers, while Genesis gains some
Meridian Energy has lost about 14,000 customers since the start of the year, while Genesis Energy has gained more than 5000. [more]

Housing a sellers' market says real estate website
The realestate.co.nz website says the housing market is very much a sellers' market. [more]

Discounting may account for Kathmandu sales growth
An analyst at Craigs Investment Partners says Kathmandu may have had to squeeze its margins more than it would have liked to boost recent sales. [more]

Genesis total power down; Meridian up
Total power generation by Genesis Energy fell by 29% in the first three months of this year and Meridian Energy's generation jumped 33% compared with the same quarter last year. [more]

Little repairs around home can help avoid big accidents
Homeowners are being urged to take the time to fix the little problems around the home that can cause big accidents. [more]

More cycle safety wanted in Wellington
Cyclists in Wellington - the most dangerous city in New Zealand for people on bikes - are demanding action on safety. [more]

American Samoa bar owner faces promoting prostitution charges
Two Samoan women have filed complaints in American Samoa that their sponsor forced them to perform sex with fishermen who visited her bar. The sponsor has been charged with promoting... [more]

Fiji govt hands over running of two port companies to overseas group
The poor management and lack of performance at the Suva and Lautoka ports are the main reason behind the government's decision to hand over management of the ports to Sri... [more]

Solomon Airlines Airbus aircraft to undergo maintenance in Manila
Solomon Airlines has advised that it's Airbus aircraft, H4-BUS will be ferried to Manila again to undergo maintenance, which was scheduled to start last month. A statement from the airline... [more]

IRS files criminal complaint against a CNMI hotel/casino
In the Northern Marianas, the Internal Revenue Service says the Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino was either under-reporting its reportable cash receipts or received large amounts of cash through other... [more]

Kayaker raising awareness about suicide in Samoa just hours from landfall
A kayaker circumnavigating Samoa is hours away from landfall in the capital Apia after a 400 kilometre journey to raise awareness about suicide. Andy Warton says the view of Apia's... [more]

PNG's Namah warns govt against moves to control media
Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader Belden Namah has warned the government against making moves to control the media. The comment came in response to the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's decision... [more]

Eurozone rescue fund nears target
The European Stability Mechanism, a rescue fund set up to withstand further crises in the eurozone, has reached more than half its capital target. [more]

US interest rate held by Fed
The US Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates steady and sticking to its quantitative easing bond-buying programme. [more]

Scientists critical of funding decision
Some scientists say the latest round of Government science funding fails to address climate change. [more]

Brazilian police cancel World Cup order of 17,000 raincoats
Police in Brazil have cancelled an order for 17,000 raincoats for use at the football World Cup because next year's tournament will be played in the dry season. The police... [more]

Vocal co-operation found among little spotted kiwi
Researchers at Victoria University have discovered that little spotted kiwi call in harmony with each other using a previously unknown form of vocal co-operation. [more]

Dairy auction prices down
Global dairy prices have fallen for the first time in nearly five months and volumes have rebounded since drought struck the North Island at the beginning of the year. [more]

Facebook quarterly earnings up 38%
Facebook has increased its earnings for the first three months of the year by 38%, to nearly $US1.5 billion. [more]

Kayaker completes gruelling Samoa journey to highlight youth suicide
A kayaker has made landfall in Apia after a gruelling journey around Samoa to raise awareness about youth suicide. Australian police officer, Andy Warton, took on the 400 kilometre voyage... [more]

Precinct allowed to buy Queen St property
The Overseas Investment Office has allowed Precinct Properties (formerly known as AMP New Zealand Office Trust) to buy Number One Queen Street in Auckland. [more]

Ag scientist critical of content in list of challenges
A New Zealand agricultural scientist says the Government's merging of two diverse fields in its National Science Challenges was a big mistake. [more]

No charges yet after shooting
Police are trying to establish whether rifle ammunition found at a Palmerston North house on Wednesday is connected to a shooting in the city the night before. No charges have been laid yet. [more]

Gene responsible for small calves discovered
Livestock genetic company LIC believes it's discovered the gene responsible for producing a number of unusually small calves which have been born over several decades. [more]

Beche de mer exports go through the roof in Solomon Islands
A former Solomon Islands parliamentarian Yukio Sato has warned that the recent lifting of a ban on harvesting and exporting beche-de-mer may hurt the long-term sustainability of the marine resource. [more]

Unconfirmed reports Indonesian police kill two Papuan demonstrators
There are reports from Indonesia's Papua that at least two demonstrators were killed by security forces in one of a number of ralles across the region opposing Indonesian rule. The... [more]

Geros promises huge Tahiti development
French Polynesia's vice president, Antony Geros, says should his party keep power after the weekend election, it will launch a huge investment programme. Speaking during an election debate in Tahitian,... [more]

PNG group says pro-active Exxon will avoid conflict over gas project
An NGO in Papua New Guinea which monitors ExxonMobil's LNG project has encouraged the developer not to rely on the state to ensure the project proceeds on schedule. Stanley Mamu... [more]

Papua New Guinea MP joins government to combat LNG site lawlessness
A parliamentarian in Papua New Guinea has joined the O'Neill government to try and heal the growing lawlessness around his Hela province constituency. Francis Potape has joined former police commissioner... [more]

Minto throws hat into Auckland mayoralty race
Mana Movement co-vice president John Minto is to stand as a candidate for the Auckland mayoralty. [more]

Samoa power utility denies it is investigating an alleged meter scam
Samoa's Electric Power Corporation's general manager has denied they are investigating any fradulent scheme involving cash power meters. A local newspaper published an article this week stating the EPC was... [more]

Samoa circumnavigation ensures hotline can stay in operation
A kayaker who's just completed a gruelling journey around Samoa has helped raise enough money to keep Samoa's suicide hotline running for another eighteen months. Andy Warton arrived back in... [more]

Library in Bougainville built by New Zealand charity about to open
A new library being built in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is nearly complete and will open at the end of the month. Volunteer Service Abroad's Peter... [more]

American Samoa police hold a man over machete attack
An American Samoan man is fighting for his life at the Intensive Care Unit of the LBJ Hospital after being hit with a machete last week. Police have charged Alesana... [more]

Solomons' government assures varsity students PNG fees will be paid
The Solomon Islands government is assuring students on government scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea that their registration fees will be paid tomorrow. The assurance follows a report... [more]

Dog dead after eating K2
A dog in Southland has died and another is seriously ill after eating the synthetic cannabis product K2. [more]

Claim landowner frustration could shut down huge PNG gas project
A Papua New Guinea NGO which monitors ExxonMobil's LNG project says frustrations in the province where the project's gas fields are centred could boil over in a way similar to... [more]

Growing resentment around LNG project in PNG
A former police commissioner in Papua New Guinea fears a growing resentment among people who live around the Liquefied Natural Gas site in Hela province, could lead to aggression. Gari... [more]

Indonesia to audit Papua funds, President considers greater autonomy
Indonesia's Supreme Audit Agency has announced it will conduct an audit on special autonomy funds channelled to Papua and West Papua provinces. The Jakarta Globe reports the audit is a... [more]

Turia says common causes bound her to Horomia
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has paid tribute to Parekura Horomia at his tangi in Tolaga Bay, saying despite their political differences they were bound together in the common cause of Maori. [more]

Visitors don't get free health treatment
The Auckland District Health Board is asking immigration officials to make it clearer to visitors that they don't get health treatment for free. [more]

Farms suspected of illegal poultry operations
The Ministry of Primary Industries has raided two poultry farms in South Auckland, believed to be involved in illegally killing and processing poultry and eggs. [more]

Strategy to improve animal welfare launched
The Government has launched a strategy aimed at improving animal welfare. [more]

Govt warned it may have to subsidise deliveries
New Zealand Post has warned the Government letter deliveries might need to be subsidised if it has to continue its six-day-a-week delivery service. [more]

Lawyer suspended for breath test antics
A West Coast lawyer who pulled the cord out of a breath testing machine and later tried to fool it by putting coins in his mouth has been suspended for three months and fined more than $12,000. [more]

DoC declares war on great white butterfly
Efforts have been ramped up to stop the spread of a butterfly species threatening New Zealand's plant life. [more]

Housing NZ takes on temporary staff
Housing New Zealand has taken on 88 temporary staff in Auckland - most of them in the tenancy services team to help bed in a new IT system. [more]

Police looking for card skimmers
Police are hunting for two men they believe are trying to skim eftpos cards around the country. [more]

Some American Samoa Government workers have cars impounded
More than 50 American Samoa government vehicles have been impounded or their drivers have been warned since the new administration hired a road marshal. The marshal is Alu Fa'amasino, a... [more]

Teams to assess drought conditions in Marshall Islands
In the wake of an emergency drought declaration, the Marshall Islands National Disaster Committee has this week sent three assessment teams to remote outer islands that have reported problems from... [more]

Samoa police give little information on major drug haul
Samoa police are saying very little about the recent discovery of drugs in a container from the United States on the wharf at Apia. They have issued a media release... [more]

CNMI hospital looking for 13 more doctors
The Commonwealth Health Center in the Northern Marianas has only 60 percent of the doctors it needs. The interim chief executive, Esther Muna, says they need 13 more physicians to... [more]

PNG police accused of serving interests of LNG owners
A former police commissioner in Papua New Guinea says the police who have been deployed to the Liquefied Natural Gas project site are acting more as security guards for the... [more]

Money back promise for Hubbard investors
Investors in Aorangi Securities Ltd have finally been told they will get their money back - but they don't yet know when. [more]

Cheetah cubs put down at wildlife park
Three cheetah cubs at a Christchurch wildlife park have been put down after their conditions deteriorated rapidly. [more]

Foreign student numbers falling
The number of foreign students is close to its lowest point in a decade. [more]

Train ticket blitz in Auckland
A ticket blitz was held at Middlemore railway station in Auckland on Thursday for commuters travelling without tickets. [more]

Towns meeting over dwindling police numbers
Two Northland communities are holding public meetings on Thursday evening to air complaints about police staffing levels. [more]

Three Kiwis in same team for Giro d'Italia
For the first time three New Zealanders are riding on the same team on a grand tour cycling event. Hayden Roulston, George Bennett and Jesse Sergeant are part of the... [more]

WADA critical of Spanish doping case decison
The World Anti-Doping Agency director-general David Howman has criticised the decision of the judge in Spain's Operation Puerto trial to not release more than 200 blood bags for inspection. Doctor... [more]

Marae says hundreds of beds ready for those at tangi
Hauiti Marae in Tolaga Bay, north of Gisborne, where Parekura Horomia's body is lying in state, is preparing for up to 500 visitors sleeping over and 200 more if necessary. [more]

BOP Maori show support for Green bill to clean up rivers
Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Ngati Awa and Maori regional councillors in Whakatane on Thursday told MPs they supported a law change to clean up a local river. [more]

Electoral Commission wants change to Maori roll timeframe
The Electoral Commission has recommended that Parliament look at allowing Maori voters to choose between electoral rolls more often. [more]

Profit downgrade issued by Skellerup
Skellerup Holdings has downgraded its annual profit forecast for the second time this year, citing drought, depressed European markets and the sluggish recovery in the United States. [more]

Online review site launched here
A global online review site was launched into the New Zealand market on Thursday on the expectation of a good pick-up because this country is seen as an early adopter of new technology. [more]

Commodity prices hit an all time high
Commodity prices hit an all time high last month, boosted by the prices dairy exports have been fetching. [more]

Govt 'desperate' to offload power companies
The Green Party says the Government is desperate to quickly offload three state-owned power companies it is partially selling. [more]

Xero shares continue southwards
Shares in the market darling, Xero, have continued to lose value. [more]

Cool reception for mega-council plan
A proposed mega-council stretching 500km from Cape Palliser, the most southern point of the North Island, to the north of Wairoa has had a cool reception in Wairarapa and Wellington. [more]

Cantabrians asked to consider cost of power network
The Commerce Commission is encouraging Cantabrians to think about how much they are willing to pay to get the region's electricity network back to pre-earthquake standards. [more]

Suspect's house searched in roadworker shooting inquiry
Police in Taranaki searched the home of a suspect in the killing of a roadworker on Thursday. [more]

Missing woman's body recovered from river
The body of a missing Nelson woman has been recovered from the Pelorus River. [more]

Further early payment to be made by GFNZ
GFNZ, formerly Geneva Finance, will give investors another early payout of nearly $5 million next week under a moratorium agreement with shareholders. [more]

Some water restrictions lifted in Far North
Water restrictions have been lifted in several Far North communities. [more]

Ex-flatmate tells of cold case killer's admission
A former flatmate of the Turangi cold case killer says Menzies Hallett told him in the 1980s that he had shot and killed a man. [more]

Fishing vessel to undergo repairs after spill
A fishing vessel that spilt diesel into the sea near Stewart Island last week is heading to Lyttleton to undergo repairs to its fuel tank and hull. [more]

Knox proclaims innocence as Italy orders retrial
Amanda Knox, the American student convicted, then acquitted, of murdering flatmate Meredith Kercher in a violent sex attack is proclaiming her innocence as an Italian court demands a retrial. [more]

Liquor store worker threatened with knife
Christchurch police are investigating an aggravated robbery in which a liquor store employee was threatened with a knife. [more]

Charity counts cost of feeding children
An organisation providing food for children in low decile schools says the cost of feeding every needy child could reach $10 million a year. [more]

Police say weapons policy saved woman
Police say a new weapons policy saved the life of a woman during an attack. [more]

Labour, Greens urged to abandon electricity policy
Leading business organisations have written to the Labour and Green parties urging them to abandon plans to bring the electricity industry under greater state control. [more]