Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 9th May 2013

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

Afternoons

The Vault - Marriage Equality
Gay marriage is now legal here in New Zealand, but decades ago it was highly risque to even admit that one was a practicing homosexual. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - O soave fanciulla
Pete Rainey from Nelson has chosen 'O soave fanciulla', from the opera, La Boheme. [more]

Your Place - Bombay
Bombay, the border town south of Auckland and close to Pukekohe. The town itself straddles the motorway, with most of the district's 800 residents living to the east. [more]

Sir Ed Hillary's diary
Sarah Hillary talks about her late father, Sir Edmund Hillary's, diary - including words written way up the slopes of Everest. For the first time Sir Edmund's diary is public, and there will be excerpts released daily on the Auckland Museum's blog. [more]

Radio history archive
The former manager at the student radio station in Palmerston North, Radio Contact, decided to unearth old audio tapes of live performances - James Lissette talks about what he found. [more]

History story - Marriage equality
Gay marriage is finally legal here in New Zealand, when only decades ago it was highly risque to even admit that one was a practicing homosexual. [more]

Our Changing World - Mathematics of Volcanoes
Victoria University mathematician Mark McGuinness is not the stereotype of a number-crunching geek. Mark uses maths to solve problems for industry and engineering. He tells Veronika Meduna how he's helped orchardists weigh fruit and veg accurately and super-quickly, and geologists trying to predict how a volcano will erupt. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 9 May 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with David Farrar and Lisa Scott (Part 1)
Topics - a nationwide police crackdown on synthetic cannabis products has started today amid growing evidence of health problems and crimes linked to use of "legal highs". The Reserve Bank has given its strongest signal yet that it intends to restrict mortgage lending at high loan-to-value ratios. The saga of the National list MP Aaron Gilmore has now progressed to the merchandising phase. You can now order your own "Don't you know who I am? hoodie! [more]

The Panel with David Farrar and Lisa Scott (Part 2)
Topics - A small group of biotechnology hobbyists and entrepreneurs has started a project to develop plants that glow. Might the percentage of Maori in the Waikato population have some bearing on Hamilton's second-highest number of "three strikes" offenders in the country? McDonald's will begin selling a single Georgie Pie product at 11 of its restaurants in Auckland and Waikato eartly next month. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 9 May 2013
Simon Morris looks at three smaller movies - Song For Marion, which stars two legends of the Swinging Sixties, Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp… War Witch, the Oscar-nominated story of an African child soldier… and one for foodies - the French Haute Cuisine. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 9 May 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 May 2013
BNZ lifts its first half profit, Manchester United investors worry about the club's future after its manager, Sir Alex Ferguson retires and the sharemarket edges down. [more]

Evening Business for 9 May 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 9 May 2013
This week the Warehouse Group announced a plan to lift the wages of certain staff by between 50 and 100 dollars extra a week at the same time as saving the company money. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 9 May 2013
A sharp drop in unemployment. Aaron Gilmore stands his ground and Kiwirail fails to identify problems at Morningside. [more]

Our economics correspondent on the latest unemployment figures
Unemployment has dropped sharply but there are fears it won't last. [more]

Gilmore refusing to resign from Parliament.
The National backbench MP, Aaron Gilmore is standing his ground saying he won't resign. [more]

IPCA report finds police pursuit was justified.
A police officer who pursued a speeding car in Gisborne last year, reached speeds of 127 kilometres an hour in a 50 K zone and at times drove with one hand so he could operate his radio. [more]

Kiwirail fails to identify problems at Morningside
KiwiRail has admitted it failed to identify problems with a rail crossing in Auckland, where a disabled woman was dragged along by a freight train and critically injured. [more]

Sharemilking company pleas guilty
The largest sharemilking company in the country has today made an about-face and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. [more]

Sports News for 9 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Continued scrapping in Parliament over MRP
The partial sale of Mighty River Power is done and dusted and details of the next asset float will be announced in next week's budget. [more]

Crown disputes property law claims
Lawyers for the Crown have told the Court of Appeal the legal argument being used by 3 activists who attacked the Waihopai spy base could set a dangerous precedent. [more]

Warning of two track labour market
A leading economist is warning of a two track labour market and economy with Christchurch and Auckland experiencing the greatest recovery but the rest of the country remaining flat. [more]

NZ copying Australian spy power widening - researcher
An Australian researcher says New Zealand appears to be copying Australia in moving to give spy agencies more powers, and that's worrying. [more]

Auckland rates to rise by almost 3 percent
The Auckland Council has a short time ago agreed on an average 2 point 9 percent rate rise for households. [more]

Unemployment falls to a three year low
Unemployment has fallen sharply to a three year low. [more]

Kiwirail apologises for its failings
KiwiRail's admitting it failed to identify damage at a crossing in Auckland where a woman got stuck in her wheelchair and hit by a train. [more]

Ohio man formally charged with kidnap and rape
More now on the man accused of holding three young women capitve in a squalid house in Cleveland, Ohio for a decade - today he's been formally charged with kidnap and rape. [more]

Productivity limited by bridge restrictions
A freight transport company says New Zealand's productivity is being held back by weight restrictions on bridges in Southland. [more]

American hip hop artist pays visit to Auckland school
He's known for some of the most famous tracks in American pop, but today hip hop artist and producer will.i.am took a special interest in an east Auckland school. [more]

Sports News for 9 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Parliament continues to debate under urgency
The Government's being accused of double standards in its move to rush through some bills. [more]

Wood burners blamed for arsenic in air
People illegally burning treated timber to warm their homes are being blamed for unhealthy levels of arsenic polluting some parts of the country. [more]

Recycling pit fire being put out but residents still concerned.
A group of Christchurch residents that have been putting pressure on local government to extinguish a fire, that has been burning at a recycling plant for about five weeks, are relieved the fire service are taking action. [more]

Curtain Raiser

Curtain Raiser: Beethoven - Archduke Trio
Beethoven had been living with deafness for over a decade when he played piano for the première of this Trio. Introduced by Peter Watts. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 9 May 2013
Tahiti tussle over UN decolonisation bid; Fiji police anger Chinese community with human trafficking allegations; American Samoa chief stands firm despite village ban; Subpoenaed CNMI journalist says she is 'prepared to go to jail'; and we hear about a Pacific typeface design pioneer's prolific legacy. [more]

Tahiti tussle over UN decolonisation bid
The incoming French Polynesian government is expected to approach Paris in a bid to thwart any attempts to decolonise the territory. [more]

Chief banned from village in American Samoa
A village chief in American Samoa banned for questioning the spending of public funds now plans legal action. [more]

Fiji police anger Chinese community
Police investigators in Fiji have angered members of the Chinese community there after telling media a human trafficking investigation was focusing on Chinese immigrants. [more]

Subpoenaed CNMI journalist says she is 'prepared to go to jail'
A subpoenaed Northern Marianas journalist says she is prepared to go to jail to protect her sources. [more]

Pacific typeface design pioneer's prolific legacy
Late Pacific typeface designer lives on in fonts used by millions of people every day. [more]

Dateline Pacific Evening Edition for 9 May 2013
A spate of arrests in the Pacific sparks concerns about press freedom; a World Vision scheme in PNG targets street kids' welfare; Solomon Islanders welcome a Pacific tsunami warning system drill; American Samoa chief stands firm despite village ban; and a Pacific typeface pioneer's prolific legacy. [more]

Spate of arrests spark concerns about press freedom
A spate of legal action against journalists has raised questions about the freedom of the press in the Pacific. [more]

World Vision scheme in PNG targets street kids welfare
World Vision in Papua New Guinea launches scheme to tackle issue of young children living on the streets of Port Moresby. [more]

Solomons welcomes Pacific tsunami warning system drill
Disaster management officials in Solomon Islands are welcoming the opportunity to test new tsunami warning products as part of a region-wide drill called PacWave 13. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 9 May 2013
The politics of power companies, Ed Hillary's diaries and the American Samoan village that banned its own chief. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 May 2013
Unemployment falls to a three year low. An investigation into three deaths following a police pursuit in Gisborne has found the officer reached excessive speeds. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 May 2013
Everton boss David Moyes is set to be appointed as the new Manchester United manager, following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 9 May 2013
Government blames opposition for drop off in interest in Mighty River Power, Economics correspondent analyses investor response to float, GCSB passes first reading under urgency, NZ First votes against GCSB legislation, National Backbench MP loses confidence of Prime Minister, Manchester United manager announces his retirement, Bangladesh factory collapse death toll reaches 800. [more]

Gilmore's political career all but over
The political career of National backbench MP Aaron Gilmore is all but over after the Prime Minister, John Key, withdrew his support for the MP. [more]

43 home detention prisoners cut off electronic monitoring
43 people on home detention have cut off their electronic bracelets in the last year. [more]

Pacific News for 9 May 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Opposition parties blamed for Mighty River investor drop-off
The Government is blaming the Labour and the Green Party 's electricity plans for a big drop-off in investor interest in Mighty River Power. [more]

Govt blames opposition for drop off in interest in MRP
The Government is blaming the Labour and Green Party 's electricity plans for a big drop-off in investor interest in Mighty River Power. [more]

Economics correspondent analyses investor response to float
Listening to the previous story is our economics correspondent, Patrick O Meara. [more]

GCSB passes first reading under urgency
Legislation that would allow the Government Communications Security Bureau to legally spy on New Zealanders has made it through its first reading in Parliament. [more]

NZ First votes against GCSB legislation
As we heard in that report the New Zealand First Party decided not to support the bill and is accusing the Government of jack boot tactics for rushing through the spy legislation. [more]

National Backbench MP loses confidence of Prime Minister
The political career of National backbench MP Aaron Gilmore is all but over after the Prime Minister, John Key, withdrew his support for the MP yesterday after a series of text messages between Mr Gilmore and lawyer Andrew Riches were made public. [more]

Manchester United manager announces his retirement
Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as the manager of Manchester United at the end of this football season after 26 years in charge. [more]

Bangladesh factory collapse death toll reaches 800
The death toll in Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster has reached eight hundred. [more]

Sports News for 9 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

First home buyers feel bite of tightening loan rules
First time home buyers are expected to bare the brunt of the Reserve Bank's decision to charge more capital against the mortgages of risky borrowers. [more]

Police prepare to charge Cleveland brothers over abductions
Police in the United States are preparing to charge the men who allegedly held three women captive for a decade. [more]

Investors, sharebrokers and funds managers react to MRP price
Investors say they are satisfied with the price of two dollars fifty a share for a slice of Mighty River Power, given the potential risks. [more]

NZX CEO says float is critical for the devlopment on NZ market
The head of the New Zealand stock exchange, NZX, is unfazed by the big drop-off in investor interest in Mighty River Power. [more]

Attorneys-General meet in Auckland
The world's Attorneys-General have been meeting in Auckland to improve the international response to exploitation, violent crime and the use of technology in prosecutions. [more]

43 home detention prisoners cut off monitoring devices
The Department of Corrections says 43 criminals have cut off their electronic monitoring anklets while on home detention in the last year. [more]

Complaints of illegal treatment of Pacific overstayers
The Ombudsman is being asked to investigate illegal and unfair treatment of Pacific overstayers arrested for deportation. [more]

Markets Update for 9 May 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports News for 9 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Solid Energy fights to stave off recievers
Solid Energy says it will put up some of its biggest assets up for sale, including its much hyped lignite operation, in an attempt to claw back money in its fight to stave off the recievers. [more]

Tait says job cuts are not a sign of weakness
Up to 70 staff are likely to lose their jobs at the electronics manufacturer because it is widening its focus from manufacturing radio equipment to running communications networks for customers overseas. [more]

Sweet succulent fish heads in giveaway scheme
Growing numbers of people are hooking into a scheme that matches up people who love fish-heads - with those who don't. [more]

New Zealand born swimmer comes out
A New Zealand-born Tongan swimmer is the latest athlete in the United States to come out as gay. [more]

Nights

Mending The Tasmanian Devil
Immunogenetics researcher Dr Hannah Siddle from the University of Cambridge is developing a vaccine to offer the endangered carnivorous marsupial 'Tasmanian Devils' a chance against the contagious cancer facial tumour disease which has afflicted the species since the late 1990s. [more]

Science - World Weather
A day doesn't go by without some weather, explanations and implications with MetService severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum... floods in Argentina, Mauritius and north of St Louis, plus the oldest oak in Britain has blown over. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Mighty River Power set to list on NZX tomorrow
The Government has revealed a final price of $2.50 a share for Mighty River Power. Nachiket Moghe, a senior analyst with independent research house Morningstar, discusses why it was below the midpoint of the $2.35-$2.80 indicative range and only 113-thousand applicants ultimately bought in. [more]

Wellington buses pulled off the road for failed inspections
With Rachel Drew, NZ Bus' Operations Manager for Wellington and Senior Sergeant William Roy, team leader for the police's commercial vehicle inspection unit. [more]

Teaching Civics in schools to counter citizen apathy
With Anthony Haas - the Foundation Director of the Centre for Citizenship Education. [more]

UK Correspondent - Dame Ann Leslie
The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the surprise success of the UK Independence Party in local elections. [more]

Feature Guest - Don Watson
Don Watson was ex-Prime Minister Paul Keating's speechwriter and wrote a bestselling account of that period, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister. His other books include Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language and Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Cliches, Cant & Management Jargon. He's in NZ for the Communication Agencies Association Axis Speaker Event in Auckland. [more]

Book Review - The Shadow Year
Written by Hannah Richell, reviewed by Crystal Beavis and published by Hachette NZ. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
New Zealanders changing mobile and data usage habits, digital etiquette and the IRD's IT spend up - $1.5 billion on a new system. [more]

Archaeology with Brigid Gallagher
Brigid unearths some early wax recordings, which have recently been digitally enhanced; NZHPT talks happening over the next month or two; and Tony Robinson. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
Graeme reviews Gambit, Haute Cuisine and War Witch. [more]

Our Changing World

Sooty Shearwaters on Mana Island
Sooty shearwaters are great ocean travellers, and seabird scientists are using geolocators to record their journeys [more]

Anti-cancer Drugs from Marine Sponges
Marine sponges may yield drugs that could stop cancer cells dividing [more]

Microbial Biotechnology
Microbes can be sources of natural colours and flavours, and their growth can be manipulated when they are exposed to sound [more]

Industrial Mathematics
Bouncing fruit and volcanic eruptions are all in a day's work for Victoria University mathematician Mark McGuinness [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 9 May 2013
We speak to our correspondent in Port Moresby about the Governor of Kimbe complaining over the focus on regions with mineral projects, An MP goes before the Leadership Tribunal, and a plan for all of PNG to have identifications cards. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 9 May 2013
JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement "The reality is even Wellington is dying and we don't know how to turn it around. All you have there is government, Victoria University and Weta Workshop"? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: How much has the asset sales programme cost, including but not limited to the expenditure on brokers' and bankers' fees, the bonus shares, advertising costs, the Treasury's internal costs, the costs borne by the companies slated to be sold, the water dispute costs, extra fees to board members and CEOs, and listing fees? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What reports has he received on the sale of a minority of shares in Mighty River Power? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: What is his view of Governor Graeme Wheeler's recent statement to the Finance and Expenditure Committee that with regard to the Reserve Bank's recent activities "there has been some intervention" in the exchange rate? NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Science and Innovation: How is the Government working to encourage innovation in the primary sector? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding Solid Energy that "No, we are not going to let it go into receivership"; if so, is he committed to the ongoing sustainability of all State-owned enterprises? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What investment will the Government make in rheumatic fever prevention as part of Budget 2013? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her recent statement that "there are children who are living in poverty and are doing it hard in this country"; if not, why not? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his answer "no, they're not" when he was asked whether New Zealanders are paying too much for electricity, in light of the 5.2 percent increase in power prices in the past year? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Does she have any positive announcements to make for New Zealand mothers, as families prepare to celebrate Mothers' Day? TIM MACINDOE to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding improving school IT networks? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 May 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 May 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 9 May 2013
The Electoral Commission has begun the huge task of organising a by-election in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate; It'll be a week before the results are known of a vote by Ngai Tuhoe members on a Deed of Settlement worth tens of millions of dollars; A professor at Auckland Univesity says the revival of a lost Maori tradition may encourage tangata whenua to take up physical activity; A Maori PhD student at Massey University hopes social networking sites don't replace the marae as a place where iwi, hapu and whanau come together. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 9 May 2013
The Electoral Commission has begun the huge task of organising a by-election in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate; It'll be a week before the results are known of a vote by Ngai Tuhoe members on a Deed of Settlement worth tens of millions of dollars; A professor at Auckland Univesity says the revival of a lost Maori tradition may encourage tangata whenua to take up physical activity; A Maori PhD student at Massey University hopes social networking sites don't replace the marae as a place where iwi, hapu and whanau come together. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 9 May 2013
The Government is putting aside millions of dollars in next week's budget to create more than two thousand additional places in its Maori and Pasifika trades training schemes; The Electoral Commission is urging anyone not yet enrolled to vote in the Maori electorate of Ikaroa-Rawhiti to sign up before a by-election in June; An Auckland man has been honoured at Government House for services to Maori and the deaf community. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 9 May 2013
The Government is putting aside millions of dollars in next week's budget to create more than two thousand additional places in its Maori and Pasifika trades training schemes; The Electoral Commission is urging anyone not yet enrolled to vote in the eastern Maori electorate of Ikaroa-Rawhiti to sign up before a by-election in June; A university professor specialising in public health says not enough is being done in New Zealand to get people up and moving, even though a lack physical activity is just as dangerous as smoking. [more]

The Vault

The Vault - Gay Marriage
Gay marriage is finally legal here in New Zealand, when only decades ago it was highly risque to even admit that one was a practicing homosexual. [more]

Upbeat

Heather Galbraith: Venice Biennale
Deputy Commissioner for New Zealand's 2013 Venice Biennale project which begin on June 1. [more]

Kimberly Cannady: Faroe Islands Music
World music contributor Kimberly Cannady explores the music of the Faroe Islands located halfway between Norway and Iceland. [more]

Gemma New: NZ Conductor
New Jersey based NZ conductor working with the Opus Orchestra in Hamilton this week. [more]

News stories:

Airport expansion part of French Polynesia economic plan
A senior member of the incoming French Polynesian assembly majority says there is a plan to build an international airport on Bora Bora, allowing travellers to bypass Tahiti. Jean-Christophe Bouissou... [more]

Founding father of MSG confident West Papua will be admitted to group
A founding father of the Melanesian Spearhead Group says he is confident West Papua will be admitted to the regional grouping next month. Former Solomon Islands prime minister, Ezekiel Alebua,... [more]

Mighty River share price revealed
Some 113,000 investors will pay $2.50 per share for a slice of Mighty River Power. [more]

Questions raised over legal status of spy base
A lawyer for three activists who attacked a dome at the Waihopai spy base has questioned the legality of the facility's establishment. [more]

Mayor tells MPs some dairy owners drug dealers
Timaru Mayor Janie Annear has labelled some dairy owners drug dealers when it comes to selling party pills and so-called legal highs. [more]

Reserve Bank took steps to try and rein in dollar
The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted it has taken the rare step of intervening in the currency markets to bring down the New Zealand dollar. [more]

'Crouch, touch, set' the new call for scrums
The International Rugby Board council has announced the implementation of a global trial of the new "crouch, bind, set" scrum engagement sequence, starting next season in both hemispheres. The move... [more]

Vatuvei signs on for two more years with Warriors
The Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei has signed a new contract with the Auckland-based National Rugby League club, that'll take him through to the end of the 2015 season. In doing... [more]

Rojas signs with Stuttgart
The exciting young All White Marco Rojas has signed a four-year deal with the German club VfB Stuttgart. It's understood 21-year-old Rojas, the Melbourne Victory's A-league Player of the Year... [more]

Campese has another crack as 'desperate' Deans
Controversial former Wallabies winger David Campese has launched another attack on Australia rugby coach Robbie Deans and predicts the upcoming Lions tour will descend into a boring penalty-fest. In reports... [more]

England to play in "Alice" during Ashes tour
The England cricketers face a venue with a difference on their Ashes tour of Australia later this year. Cricket Australia has included on England's itinerary a two-day game against a... [more]

Black Caps selectors happy with bowling stocks
The New Zealand cricket selectors appear to have plenty of pace bowling options to choose from just over a week out from the first test against England at Lord's. Neil... [more]

Tietjens calls up injury replacements for London sevens leg
The All Blacks Sevens players Kurt Baker and Belgium Tuatagaloa have been ruled out of the final round of the world series in London this weekend, after being injured during... [more]

Knicks level NBA playoff series against Indiana
The New York Knicks have levelled their NBA basketball second round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers at 1-1, after winning game two in New York 105-79. Games three and... [more]

Djokovic beaten in Madrid
The world men's tennis number one Novak Djokovic has been beaten in the second round of the Madrid Open, going down in three sets to unseeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Djokovic,... [more]

Wigan suffer blow in bid to avoid relegation
Wigan Athletic's English Premier League survival hopes have suffered a huge blow after Swansea City hit back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 and leave the FA Cup finalists staring... [more]

Bill toughens laws protecting animals
The Government is proposing to toughen animal welfare laws in a bill introduced to Parliament on Wednesday. The changes will also make the legislation easier to enforce. [more]

Plea for marae not to be replaced by social networking
A Maori PhD student at Massey University hopes social networking sites don't replace the marae as a place where iwi, hapu and whanau come together, because being on the marae is still important. [more]

Plans for Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election underway
The Electoral Commission has begun organising a by-election in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate. [more]

Result of Tuhoe vote due on 14 May
The results of a vote by Ngai Tuhoe members on a Deed of Settlement worth about $170 millionwill be known on 14 May. [more]

Revival of tradition could encourage physical activity
Professor Charles Royal of Auckland University says a lost Maori tradition is being revived in order to encourage tangata whenua to take up physical activity. [more]

Farmers may be able to invest in water storage project
Central Hawke's Bay farmers who tap into the proposed Ruataniwha water storage scheme may get the opportunity to invest in it too. [more]

Pharmaceutical firm says new plant just the beginning
US pharmaceutical firm Proliant says bovine serum albumin will be the first of many products it expects to make at a new plant to be built in New Zealand. Proliant supplies about half the world market for BSA. [more]

Australia's Gillard will make first official trip to PNG today
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to touch down in Papua New Guinea this afternoon, marking her first official trip to the country. In a visit lasting just under... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Crackdown on synthetic cannabis products; Maori blamed for high rates of violent crime; sales of lamb burgers ended at McDonald's; graffiti on signs along the Routeburn track. [more]

Kiwi down briefly after RBNZ disclosure
The Reserve Bank's disclosure it had intervened in the currency market in the past month sent the currency sharply lower for a brief period on Wednesday. [more]

Banks given message on risky mortgage lending
The Reserve Bank has sent some very strong signals to the home-lending banks that it wants them to curb their riskier mortgage lending. [more]

KNPB wants officials to be responsible over killing and arrests of Papuans
The National Committee for West Papua, or KNPB, has called for authorities to be responsible over the killing and arrests of Papuans at demonstrations marking the anniversary of the region's... [more]

Tim May blasts ICC "cancer"
The former Australian test spinner Tim May has condemned what he refers to as the "cancer" at world cricket headquarters after losing his place on an ICC committee in controversial... [more]

Singapore to host WTA showpiece
Singapore has pulled off a coup by winning the hosting rights for the glitzy end-of-year Womens Tennis Association Championship for the next five years. In a major boost for tennis... [more]

$A153m loss reported by Holden
Holden in Australia has reported a full year loss of $A152.8 million, after a write down of $A226 million. [more]

News Ltd to introduce meters on websites
News Ltd will introduce metered paywalls for its major websites from next week and readers will be asked to pay for its digital services. [more]

Text messaging being replaced by chat apps
New research suggests the traditional text message could become a thing of the past, with chat apps taking over as the preferred method of communication between friends. [more]

Manus challenge may go to three-judge panel of PNG's Supreme Court
A three-judge panel of the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court may be asked to decide the next steps in the legal challenge against the constitutionality of the Australian-run detention centre. [more]

Former All White Duncan Oughton joins Nelsen at Toronto
A day after signing Jeremy Brockie, Toronto FC football coach Ryan Nelsen has added former All Whites team-mate Duncan Oughton as an assistant coach. The 35-year-old Oughton was in his... [more]

Proteas captain returns home for surgery
South Africa's test cricket captain Graeme Smith has left the English county Surrey and returned home to have surgery on a chronic ankle problem that has put his participation in... [more]

Complaints to Ombudsman over legal rights of overstayers
An immigration lawyer says some Pacific overstayers are being denied access to lawyers and interpreters when they're arrested to be deported. [more]

Waikato mayor has faith in Solid Energy
Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson has confidence in the future of mining in Huntly, despite Solid Energy wanting to cut 105 more jobs. [more]

Free fish head scheme taking off
A scheme that distributes free fish heads is now working from the Far North to Marlborough. [more]

First-home buyers hardest hit by lending changes
A mortgage company adviser says first-time home buyers will be the hardest hit by changes to banks' lending criteria. [more]

Aid agencies rush help to drought stricken Marshall Islands
Thousands of gallons of drinking water and solar-powered water-making units are being rushed to drought-stricken populations in the Marshall Islands. The National Water Advisor Tom Vance, following a trip to... [more]

Sport: Passport delay another setback for Tonga 7s team
Tonga's bid to win a full-time place on next year's World Sevens Series has suffered another setback, with passport delays forcing head coach Etuate Waqa to miss this weekend's London... [more]

Unhappy landowners shut down PNG's biggest port
Disgruntled landowners and members of the PNG Waterside Workers and Seamen's Union have shut down Papua New Guinea's biggest and busiest Lae port this week. All port operations came to... [more]

Tonga's proposed Employment Relations Bill 2013 draws concern
Tonga's chamber of commerce and industry is voicing their concerns with aspects of the proposed Employment Relations Bill 2013. The chamber says the legislation is burdened with issues of crippling... [more]

Investigation into asbestos risk at hospital
An investigation is underway at Christchurch hospital into whether patients, staff and workers have been exposed to white asbestos. [more]

Revamp of PNG's Alotau port expected to boost cruise ship visits
The Papua New Guinea Ports Corporation Limited says the 19-point-5 million US dollar revamping of Alotau port is expected to give the country's economy a boost when cruise ships visit... [more]

Sport: Tongan swimmer announces he's gay
Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua has come out as gay. The 23 year-old was the Tongan flag-bearer at last year's London Olympics, where he competed in the men's 100 metre breaststroke. [more]

Bathurst appeals to be heard in late May
Bathurst Resource, which operates coal mines on the West Coast, says the High Court of New Zealand will hear appeals against a new mine at the end of May. [more]

Four changes to Black Caps lineup
The New Zealand cricket selectors could go with the same 11 players used in the home test series against England, when the return contest starts at Lord's next week. An... [more]

Spurs stay alive in all-London Champions League race
Tottenham Hotspur's come from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Chelsea to prolong a three-way all-London battle for the last two Champions League places. The Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson shot... [more]

Reid named Hammers best by fans
The All Whites captain Winston Reid has been named West Ham's Premier League footballer of the season, as voted by Hammers fans. The central defender polled a convincing 45 percent... [more]

Large number of members of CNMI's Credit Union keen to exit scheme
A large number of members of the Commonwealth Government Employees Credit Union in the Northern Marianas are now reportedly wanting to terminate their membership with the organization. The Press secretary... [more]

Wilson appeal over supervision order dismissed
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a convicted sex offender, who wanted an extended supervision order withdrawn. [more]

Man burned in Anzac Day assault dies
A man who was severely burned in an assault in Christchurch on Anzac Day has died of his injuries. [more]

Mixed response to end of lignite venture
Venture Southland says Solid Energy's decision to pull out of lignite mining in the region is disappointing. However, the Coal Action Network says it's delighted and relieved. [more]

House prices rising
Quotable Value says house prices continued to rise in April, with the average price reaching almost $432,000. [more]

M/U shares down
Shares in Manchester United fell in New York on Wednesday after the resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. They eventually closed down 1.8%. [more]

Nauru calls for Pacific Plan cut back
The Nauru government has told a team reviewing the Pacific Plan that the document needs to be cut back with fewer priorities. The Pacific Plan is the Pacific Island Forum's... [more]

Lawyer says Immigration NZ denying overstayers right to legal help
A New Zealand immigration lawyer says overstayers are being denied access to lawyers and interpreters when they're arrested to be deported. The director of Pacific Legal, Richard Small, has laid... [more]

Solomons welcomes Pacific tsunami warning system drill
Disaster management officials in Solomon Islands are welcoming the opportunity to test new tsunami warning products tomorrow as part of a region-wide drill called PacWave 13. The two-week exercise, which... [more]

Fog cleared in Christchurch
Fog has cleared at Christchurch airport and flights are able to takeoff and land. However the disruption is still causing delays. [more]

Vanuatu lands staff yet to surrender dubiously acquired land titles
Vanuatu's Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu says he is still pursuing state land titles held under a dubious preferential access process used by the former Minister. This is despite no... [more]

Growing concerns about coastal erosion at Marshalls' Ailinglaplap
The Marshall Islands senior climate change advisor says most of the shoreline on the atoll of Ailinglaplap is eroding away. Steve Why says the infrastructure at risk of eroding includes... [more]

Tahiti to seek private sector help to revive economy
A senior member of the incoming French Polynesian assembly majority says there will be large public housing projects amid efforts to revive the economy. Jean-Christophe Bouissou says he is confident... [more]

Ankle monitors cut off by 43 offenders
Forty-three offenders cut off their electronic monitoring anklets while on home detention in the last year. [more]

McDonald's removes lamb burger from menu
McDonald's has removed the Serious Lamb Burger from its permanent menu in New Zealand due to poor demand. [more]

Solomons' government puts up tobacco tax by 20 percent
The Solomon Islands government says a 20 percent increase in the excise tax on tobacco products is to ensure that the objectives of Public Health and Finance are met. The... [more]

American Samoa villages at least one more year without clean water
It will be about a year before the American Samoa Power Authority can address problems with water wells which have forced residents to boil water before drinking. Executive director, Utu... [more]

New Zealand immigration service denies breaching overstayers' rights
Immigration New Zealand is rejecting claims it has breached the rights of overstayers to legal advice before being deported. The lawyer for two Tongan overstayers arrested in the North Island... [more]

Vanuatu Lands Minister hopes to flush out staff involved in dodgy land deals
Vanuatu's Lands Minister says his pursuit of state land titles leased under a previous preferential access process is a chance to flush out Lands staff actively involved in dubious land... [more]

West Papua coalition to lobby PNG govt over MSG bid
The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says there is only one member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group left to lobby over its membership bid. The coalition recently formally applied... [more]

Indonesian Foreign Minister over-reacted over Papuan UK office, says researcher
An Indonesian researcher specialising in West Papua says the Foreign Ministry has over-reacted to the opening of a West Papuan office in the British city of Oxford. Indonesia's Foreign Minister... [more]

New rules for GCSB pass first hurdle
Legislation updating the rules governing the Government Communications Security Bill passed its first reading under urgency on Wednesday night by 61 votes to 59. [more]

Conviction of former Solomon Islands MP sends strong message
The conviction of a former Solomon Islands MP for misusing public funds is seen as sending a strong message to other members of parliament. Japhet Waipora, who had represented West... [more]

More asset sale details to be revealed in Budget
Details of the next float of state-owned assets will be announced in the Budget on 16 May. [more]

Major disruption to bus services in capital
Bus passengers in Wellington are facing major disruption on Thursday night after nearly 10% of the fleet was taken off the road for failing to comply with safety regulations. [more]

Mighty River will have NZ's biggest shareholder base
Mighty River Power will have the biggest shareholder base in New Zealand when it lists on Friday, after 113,857 buyers purchased stock in the company. [more]

Missing elderly Foxton man found
An elderly Foxton man missing since Wednesday evening has been found. [more]

Parliament debates bills under urgency
The Government has being accused of double standards in its move to rush through seven bills. [more]

Taylor wants Black Caps captaincy back
The former New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor has told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper he wants to captain the Black Caps again but is over his sacking. Taylor was sacked... [more]

Calls for name change of Rio de Janiero's Olympic Stadium
Local politicians in Rio de Janeiro want the name of Joao Havelange, the former president of world football's governingbody FIFA, removed from the city's Olympic stadium. Havelange quit as FIFA's... [more]

Waihopai spy base decision reserved
The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in a case over whether three activists who attacked a dome at the Waihopai spy base should have to pay damages. [more]

Man crushed underneath truck
A man is in intensive care after being crushed under a truck he was working on in Welllington. [more]

Maori urged to enrol ahead of by-election
The Electoral Commission is urging anyone not yet enrolled to vote in the eastern Maori electorate of Ikaroa-Rawhiti to sign up before a by-election in June. [more]

Health sector must work to promote exercise - professor
A university professor specialising in public health says not enough is being done in New Zealand to get people up and moving, even though a lack physical activity is just as dangerous as smoking. [more]

QSM for services to Maori and the deaf community
An Auckland man has been honoured at Government House for services to Maori and the deaf community. [more]

Warehouse wants to pay 'career retailer wage'
The Warehouse Group earlier this week announced a plan to lift the wages of certain staff by between $50 and $100 extra a week at the same time as saving the company money. [more]

BNZ half-year result up 31%
The Bank of New Zealand lifted first-half net profit nearly 31%, largely due to smaller unrealised losses on financial instruments. Net profit for the six months ended March was $298 million. [more]

Lessons learned from Solomons' Temotu tsunami
Recommendations from communities affected by the tsunami that hit Solomon Islands' Temotu province in February are to be incorporated into existing plans for dealing with disasters. Tomorrow the National Disaster... [more]

Increased repayments of student loans
The Government says there has been a big jump in student loan repayments, but it wants to get even more money from borrowers now living overseas. [more]

West Papua pro-independence activist calls for Pacific support
A pro-independence activist in the province of Papua in Indonesia says the recent shooting deaths of demonstrators is a chance for Pacific nations to challenge Indonesia. Yoab Syatfle says two... [more]

Extra trade training for Maori and Pasifika
The Government says it will increase Maori and Pasifika trade training to 3000 places from the 600 at present. [more]

PNG's main port at Lae now back in action after strike
Papua New Guinea's biggest and busiest port at Lae is now back in operation after a strike ended on Wednesay. Earlier this week disgruntled landowners and members of the PNG... [more]

Fiji politician scathingly critical of Vanuatu backing for Bainimarama
Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says reported comments by Vanuatu's prime minister during the G77 meeting being held in Fiji are an outrageous affront to the chiefs and people... [more]

Solomons' health officials need more money to combat dengue
The Solomon Islands health ministry is asking the government for an extra 350,000 US dollars to help it deal with the dengue fever outbreak that began more than three months... [more]

Improving jobless rate 'up to locals'
A Kerikeri-based business leader is not surprised by the rise in unemployment in Northland and says improving the situation is largely up to locals. [more]

Driver crashes after fleeing police
A man who fled from Auckland police has collided with another vehicle, injuring himself and the driver of the other car. [more]

Rankin chief executive of Conservative Party
Christine Rankin, a former families commissioner, is making a move into national politics. [more]

Unemployment rate at three-year low
Unemployment has dropped sharply, but questions remain over how long it will last. [more]

IPCA says pursuit justified, but flaws in procedures
An IPCA investigation into three deaths following a pursuit in Gisborne has found it was justified, but there were shortcomings in police procedures. [more]

KiwiRail admits failings over crossing
KiwiRail admits it failed to identify problems with a crossing in Auckland where a disabled woman was critically injured. [more]

PM says most people don't care about Gilmore
The Prime Minister believes most New Zealanders don't care about disgraced National MP Aaron Gilmore. [more]

Call for bridges to be strengthened
A Southland trucking company says New Zealand's economy is being held back because rural bridges can't take the weight of some fully-laden trucks. [more]

Govt to expand Maori and Pasifika trades training
The Government is putting aside millions of dollars in next week's Budget to create more than 2000 additional places in Maori and Pasifika trades training schemes. [more]

Auckland Council approves rates rise
Auckland councillors have voted to increase rates by an average of 2.9%. The rise is the lowest in the super-council's three-year history, but many residents will pay much more. [more]

Gay man takes comfort from Church's admission
A gay Auckland man who has taken his fight to become an Anglican priest to the Human Rights Tribunal says he takes comfort from the Church's admission that it discriminates. [more]

Sharemilking company admits cruelty charge
New Zealand's largest sharemilking company, which was facing hundreds of animal cruelty charges, has now pleaded guilty to one representative charge. [more]

Wood burners blamed for arsenic air pollution
Wood burners are being blamed for unhealthy levels of arsenic polluting some parts of the country. [more]

Dotcom claim disputed by US attorney-general
America's attorney-general Eric Holder has disputed Kim Dotcom's claims that the US government is kowtowing to Hollywood. [more]

US-NZ relationship best in 30 years - Holder
United States attorney-general Eric Holder says the relationship between New Zealand and the United States is the best it has been for 30 years. [more]

Residents angry pit fire burned so long
Some Christchurch residents are questioning why it has taken five weeks to put out a fire at a recycling pit only a few hundred metres away from their home. [more]

Greens say policy vindicated by low share take-up
The Green Party says the low take-up of shares in the Mighty River Power float shows the Opposition's policy on power would lower prices. [more]