Radio New Zealand - Monday, 20th May 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Sir Edmund Hillary: A Tribute, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - I'll Never Leave You
Julian Heyward from Whitby has chosen 'I'll Never Leave You' by Harry Nilsson. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Shona McCullagh
Shona was the best all round dancer in the class of '83, the year she graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance. She's taken leading roles with the late lamented Limbs Dance Company and with the Douglas Wright Dancers in New York. In 2000 she became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to dance, and a couple of years ago she established the New Zealand Dance Company. [more]

Who visited Australia before Captain James Cook?
A discovery made by an Australian soldier nearly 70 years ago raises the question of who visited Australia before Captain James Cook and the early Dutch explorers. Maurie Isenberg was sent to run a radar station on an uninhabited island off the coast of Darwin in 1944. One day while fishing on the beach he dug into the sand and discovered a handful of copper coins. Now a professor of anthropology is leading an expedition to the island to see if they can discover any other forgotten treasure. [more]

Early New Zealand women's rights campaigner
An Australian professor is chasing the interesting history of an elusive woman who lived more than 100 years ago. Retired law professor Ian Leader-Elliott picked up a book at a country town street stall called 'Truth, Love, Joy, Or, the Garden of Eden and its Fruits ', written by an early Taranaki settler, Eliza Mary King. Written in 1874, it tells the story of a woman who was fought for women's rights at that time. [more]

Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West
In a country of 1.3 billion people, there are more than a few good stories to tell. And for 10 years Peter Hessler lived in China looking for those stories and letting the stories find him. The stories provide insight into a country that has growing importance to New Zealand. [more]

Our Changing World - Training Sniffer Bees
With biosecurity we think of sniffer dog at airports, but if Max Suckling has his way, we might be met by a bevy of bees instead. Max is a scientist at Plant and Food Research, and Alison Ballance heads to his lab to find out how you train sniffer bees. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 20 May 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Sir Bruce Slane and Ali Jones (Part 1)
Topics - The kiwifruit growers' organisation says it expects its independent inquiry into Zespri's business dealings in China to run for some months yet. A mental health patient who committed suicide was put off seeking hospital treatment because he was not allowed to smoke onsite. [more]

The Panel with Sir Bruce Slane and Ali Jones (Part 1)
Topics - Most of us will put up with a cramped middle seat on a short flight. A Wellington information technology manager, Nigel Pinkerton, has established one that encourages staff to rate their current or former employers. Half of suburban Auckland could be built up with three-storey apartments, according to a report in the Herald, and residents will have no say when developers move into their street. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 20 May 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 20 May 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 20 May 2013
Telecom faces a 25-million dollar development levy. The apps industry soars while desktop computer sales slump and the sharemarket edges up. [more]

Evening Business for 20 May 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
Security of transactions is the biggest concern for New Zealand's online shoppers who are among the most prolific in the Asia-Pacific Region. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 20 May 2013
A derailed train disrupts the trip home for thousands of Wellington commuters. Tauranga Hospital fails an elderly patient who later died and a hospital smoking ban is labelled torture. [more]

Passenger thought derailed carriage was going to tip over
A passenger has told of a Wellington train lurching violently and her fears it would tip over entirely after a large steel tank fell off and derailed it this morning. [more]

The latest from Kiwirail
Kiwirail's general manager passenger Deborah Hume is with us. [more]

Woman died after 2 doctors ignored GP's advice
An elderly woman died in Tauranga hospital after two doctors ignored advice from her GP that she was suffering from an acute hernia which needed urgent surgery. [more]

PM says meat logjam in China could be resolved this week
The Prime Minister says the logjam of New Zealand meat on China's wharves could be resolved this week. [more]

Lawyer tells court hospitals need "smoking rooms"
A lawyer who described a smoking ban at hospitals in west Auckland and North Shore as cruel and torturous, has told the High Court they need to have dedicated smoking rooms. [more]

Sports News for 20 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The latest from our reporter at Wellington Railway Station
Wellington's rush hour commute is being disrupted tonight with rail services cut back in the wake of the derailing of a train this morning. [more]

Doctor fails to admit relationship when questioned
A psychiatrist thought his patient was having delusions about a sexual relationship with a doctor because when questioned the doctor didn't admit what was going on. [more]

Family angry over their mother's death in hospital
The family of the elderly woman patient say what happened to their mother was horrifying and deeply distressing. [more]

Police outline case against two men
The police case against the pair accused of murdering an Auckland man, who was burnt to death, details a web of text messages and big cash transactions. [more]

Urgent checks on old trains after tank rips through floor
Urgent checks are underway on Wellington's 30 year old trains after a large steel tank fell off one and jammed underneath, ripping through the floor and derailing the carriage. [more]

Anti-royal protester convicted
An anti-royal protester has been convicted for threatening to throw horse manure at Prince Charles when he was visiting Auckland last November. [more]

Labour continues to doubt Govt's legal right
The Labour Party continues to question whether the Government has the right to regulate shipping in waters above the continental shelf even though it is adamant it does. [more]

China analyst warns food fears could trap meat for weeks
The Prime Minister says New Zealand's ambassador in Beijing hopes export meat could be unblocked on China's wharves by the end of the week. [more]

Sports News for 20 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Review calls for overhaul of Teachers Council
A ministerial review published today is calling for an overhaul of the Teachers Council. [more]

Airport warns passengers to show early ticket or leave
Christchurch airport is warning passengers who can't prove they have an early flight will be turned away from staying overnight, when it fully reopens later this week. [more]

Call for attack on high Pacific unemployment and low incomes
Pacific community leaders are backing a call for action to bring down high unemployment and raise low incomes for their people. [more]

Shirtcliffe won't face identity theft charges in Australia
A convicted fraudster who supervised the construction of the CTV building that collapsed in Christchurch will not be charged with identify theft. [more]

New Phoenix coach on his plans for the team
The Wellington Phoenix football team has a new head coach - Ernie Merrick who has been the most successful coach in Australia's A-League competition. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 20 May 2013
Marshall Islands atoll under threat from coastal erosion; Hong Kong shark protectors target Air Pacific; Religious discrimination in Indonesia impacts Papuans; Top-down reconciliation no good for Solomons; Vanuatu minister pursues dubious land leases; NZ Architecture student hopes to change the fale. [more]

Marshall Islands atoll under threat from coastal erosion
The Marshall Islands Atoll of Ailinglaplap is eroding away and could be uninhabitable in 20 years, according to a senior climate change advisor. [more]

Hong Kong shark protectors target Air Pacific
Environmental groups in Hong Kong say Air Pacific is feeding the unethical trade in sharks fin by transporting sharks fin to the territory. [more]

Religious discrimination in Indonesia impacts Papuans
Discrimination against religious minorities in Indonesia involves removing children from West Papua. [more]

Top-down reconciliation no good for Solomons
The president of a Solomon Islands group representing the interests of people from Malaita province says to be successful reconciliation over the ethnic tensions must bring victims and offenders together. [more]

Vanuatu minister pursues dubious land leases
Vanuatu's Lands Minister is trying to flush out the Lands Ministry of those involved in dubious leases of state land under a preferential access process used by the former Minister. [more]

NZ Architecture student hopes to change the fale
A New Zealand architecture student is hoping to use modern technology to change the way traditional Samoan homes, or fale, are built. [more]

Gaston Flosse's French Polynesia back on UN decolonisation list
Gaston Flosse's French Polynesia back on UN decolonisation list [more]

Operation continuing to recover bodies trapped in Papua mine
A major emergency operation is continuing in Papua to recover bodies trapped in a mine. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 20 May 2013
High drama for French Polynesia where a new President is elected hours after the territory was reinscribed on the UN decolonisation list; New report says Pacific people in NZ worst hit by global financial crisis; Marshall Islands atoll under threat from coastal erosion; Hong Kong shark protectors target Air Pacific; and religious discrimination in Indonesia impacts Papuans. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 20 May 2013
Why this country's meat isn't getting into China; the waka that sailed from Easter Island to Aotearoa; and in Dateline Pacific, coastal erosion claims parts of the Marshall Islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 20 May 2013
A derailment in Wellington this morning forced hundreds of train commuters to abandon their carriages and the Government's been warned to tread carefully when it looks to regulate shipping in waters above the continental shelf. [more]

Midday Sports News for 20 May 2013
The New Zealand cricketers left their worst til last as they were bowled out inside 23 overs to lose the first Test to England at Lord's by 170 runs. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 20 May 2013
New report - Pacific people in NZ worst hit by global financial crisis, Airlines warn ticket prices will rise with increased levies, Labour accuses Govt of breaking international law, Simon Bridges rejects allegations mining legislation breaks law, Tax increases boost petrol prices, again. England demolishes New Zealand as batting collapses, Man due in Kaitaia District Court charged with murder, ACT calls for inquiry but Zespri say 'double invoicing' common. [more]

Initiatives in Budget to curb reoffending criminal activity
The Government is going to spend more money on reducing criminal reoffending. [more]

Pacific News for 20 May 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Lobby group says passengers will pay for Airways hike
Airlines says passengers will end up paying for a hike in air traffic charges. [more]

Petrol to go up from July the first
The Government is being accused of taxing all motorists to pay for roads that will only benefit some areas. [more]

Pacific people in NZ worst hit by global financial crisis
A state of the nation report on Pacific people in New Zealand says they've been more severely hit than anyone else by the global financial crisis. [more]

Airlines warn ticket prices will rise with increased levies
Major airlines are warning passengers will end up paying for a hike in air traffic charges. [more]

Labour accuses Govt of breaking international law
The Labour Party has accused the Government of passing legislation which breaches international law in an attempt to attract foreign oil and gas companies to this country. [more]

Simon Bridges rejects allegations mining legislation breaks law
We spoke earlier to The Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, he rejects claims his government's legislation breaches international law. [more]

Tax increases boost petrol price, again (and again)
You will be paying three-cents more per litre at the pump from July the first after Parliament passed legislation over the weekend to raise petrol tax. [more]

England demolishes New Zealand as batting collapses
The English bowler Stuart Broad has demolished the New Zealand cricket team overnight. [more]

Man due in Kaitaia District Court charged with murder
The woman hospitalized after a shooting east of Kaitaia yesterday has died. [more]

ACT calls for inquiry but Zespri say 'double invoicing' common
The ACT Party has renewed its calls for an urgent inquiry into the kiwifruit marketing company Zespri's international operations, saying it had full knowledge of a scam in China - and tried to sweep it under the carpet. [more]

Sports News for 20 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Phil Goff places OIA to get suppressed information released
The Labour Party is pulling out all the stops to get the suppressed Court of Inquiry report into the suicide of a New Zealand soldier in Afghanistan released. [more]

Community reaction to Kaitaia shooting
The woman hospitalized after a shooting east of Kaitaia yesterday has died. [more]

Report says Pacific people in NZ worst hit by financial crisis
A state of the nation report on Pacific people in New Zealand says they've been more severely hit than anyone else by the global financial crisis. [more]

Airways New Zealand defends decision to hike fees
Airways is defending its decision to hike its fees, despite criticism from a group representing major airlines which says it will result in higher airfares. [more]

Minister rejects claims that legislation breaches laws
The Labour Party has accused the Government of passing legislation that breaches international law in an attempt to attract foreign oil and gas companies. [more]

Celebrations after epic waka voyage
It's been a weekend of celebration and high emotion for the whanau of crews on two voyaging waka, after their safe return from an historic voyage to Rapanui, Easter Island. [more]

Sports News for 20 May 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Wellington trains cancelled due to derailment
All Kapiti, Wairarapa and Hutt Valley trains cancelled until further notice due to a derailment. [more]

Grey Power affiliate says the group is out of touch
A Wellington Grey Power leader says the organisation is out of touch with the needs of its members, and his branch is considering leaving the umbrella group. [more]

New Zealand-US meeting gets underway in Washington
The fifith US-NZ Partnership Forum get underway in Washington later today. [more]

Palmerston North Deputy Mayor calls for name change
The city has been called a lot of things in its time, including by British comedian John Cleese, who referred to it as the suicide capital of New Zealand and said he had a thoroughly miserable time there. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Time to chat to our Melbourne correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 20 May 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 20 May 2013
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in French for 20 May 2013
The latest news in French language. [more]

News in French (20, May, 2013)
The latest news in French. [more]

Nights

Sport - United States Of America
The Los Angeles Times sports journalist Helene Elliott with a penchant for fast games with pucks and sticks on ice. [more]

Pundit - Politically From The Left
Left-leaning political historian Assistant Professor Brian Roper from University of Otago deconstructs public policies from around the globe. Tonight, finding solutions to the problem of global warming and climate change. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 1. [more]

Back At The Beginning
Adventurer Jason Lewis has finally finished circumnavigating the globe using his own human power, and it was well over a decade ago when it all began. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Investors battle to claw back losses in what could be NZ's biggest Ponzi scheme.
With Bruce Tichbon - Ross Asset Management Investors' Group head Bruce Tichbon. Iain Thain - DLA Phillips Fox partner specialising in commercial litigation, regulatory issues and insolvency. Harry Markopolos - Former securities executive who exposed Ponzi billionaire Bernie Madoff. [more]

Dr Leigh Torres
Blue whale numbers in Sth Taranaki Bight believed to be higher than previously thought. Dr Leigh Torres is a marine biologist from NIWA. [more]

Middle East Correspondent - Jamie Dettmer
The escalation of fighting in Syria. A government crackdown in Tunisia. [more]

Feature Guest - David Sheff
Tackling addiction - are we getting it right? David Sheff is the author of Clean, a book about addiction, and why in his view, the status quo is failing to address addiction. His previous book Beautiful Boy about his son's descent into methamphetamine addiction, became a number 1 New York Times bestseller. [more]

Book Review - Lifetime
Written by Liza Marklund, reviewed by Gail Pittaway and published by Random House/ Corgi Adult. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
The Budget - the slim surplus forecast, housing policy and food in schools. Aaron Gilmore's departure, MMP review and Auckland planning. [more]

Food - Johanna Knox, foraging for seasonal wild produce
Johanna Knox is a writer, editor and researcher with a long standing interest in food, sustainability. [more]

Urbanist - Tommy Honey
Going underground, basement extensions and the rise of the Iceberg Home. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 20 May 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 20 May 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary: A Tribute

Hillary Everest diary entry for 20 May
Still at camp four. Other climbers return not having got anywhere near the traverse. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 May 2013
A Treaty claims funder says progress in some historical Treaty settlements has been delayed - because tribes are engaged in internal and inter-iwi politics; The Maori Land Court could be stripped of some of its powers if proposed changes to Maori land laws are passed; A Christchurch kura doubts city council intervention over school closures and mergers will help its plight; The people of the small community of Te Karaka near Gisborne are being invited to learn how to make healthy and nutritious decisions when they feed their whanau. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 May 2013
A Treaty claims funder says progress in some historical Treaty settlements has been delayed - because tribes are engaged in internal and inter-iwi politics; The Maori Land Court could be stripped of some of its powers if proposed changes to Maori land laws are passed; A Christchurch kura doubts city council intervention over school closures and mergers will help its plight; The people of the small community of Te Karaka near Gisborne are being invited to learn how to make healthy and nutritious decisions when they feed their whanau. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 May 2013
The Television New Zealand broadcaster Shane Taurima is aiming to represent the Labour Party in its bid to retain the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate; Meanwhile, a prison officer once again running to represent the people of Ikaroa-Rawhiti says if he becomes an MP - he'd use all of his skills learned on the job in jail; New Massey University research shows Maori directors in District Health Boards are over-burdened by being the sole advocate for Maori health; The New Zealand Maori Internet Society - Te Whanau Ipurangi, hopes its research into Maori domain names, or web site and email addresses will become part of the drive to revitalise the language; Ngati Kahungunu says its purchase of a large farm is the template for more land acquisitions. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 May 2013
The Television New Zealand broadcaster Shane Taurima is aiming to represent the Labour Party in its bid to retain the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate; A prison officer once again running to represent the people of Ikaroa Rawhiti says if he becomes an MP - he'd use all of his skills learned on the job in jail; New Massey University research shows Maori directors in District Health Boards are over-burdened by being the sole advocate for Maori health; The New Zealand Maori Internet Society - Te Whanau Ipurangi, hopes its research into Maori domain names, or web site and email addresses will become part of the drive to revitalise the language; Ngati Kahungunu says its purchase of a large farm is the template for more land acquisitions. [more]

The Reading

Whale Pot Bay - part 1
Jake's dad invites a female friend and her daughter to stay. [more]

Upbeat

Claire Scholes: The Kiri Masterclass
Auckland based soprano and composer of 'The Kiri Masterclass' being premiered at Opera Factory this week. [more]

Peter Mechen: NZSO Review
Peter review the NZSO's Wellington performance of 'The Lark Ascending' season featuring Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. [more]

Frank Gibson and Mike Nock
NZ drummer and pianist on Frank's master's recital at Otago University last week. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 20 May 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 May 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 May 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 20 May 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World and Pacific News for 20 May 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World and Pacific News for 20 May 2013
the latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29 Pacific Regional News for 20 May 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 20 May 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 20 May 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

McDowell wins world matchplay title
The former US Open golf champion Graeme McDowell came from behind to win his maiden World Match Play Championship with a 2 & 1 victory over Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee at... [more]

Pedrosa wins at Le Mans
Spain's Dani Pedrosa has gone top of the MotoGP standings after winning the French motorcycle Grand Prix at Le Mans. The Honda rider took the lead midway through the... [more]

Nadal makes short work of Federer
Rafael Nadal made short work of his great rival Roger Federer with a 6-1 6-3 win in the final of the Rome Masters, the Spaniard's 6th trophy of the year. [more]

Tactix beaten by Fever
The West Coast Fever have kept their trans-Tasman netball play-off hopes alive with a rare win on the road after beating the Canterbury Tactix 64-55 in Nelson. The Fever are... [more]

NZ badminton team beaten
The New Zealand badminton team has been beaten 3-2 by the Philippines at the Sudirman Cup World Team Championships in Kuala Lumpur. New Zealand next play Sri Lanka. [more]

Flosse appoints new French Polynesia government
French Polynesia's newly elected president, Gaston Flosse, has named an eight-member government, just hours after the assembly elected him for a fifth time in 29 years. Mr Flosse, who is... [more]

New Caledonia protest affects flights
Domestic flights in New Caledonia will continue to be disrupted until at least tomorrow [ tue ] as a result of a general strike against the high cost of living... [more]

Chances of relocating Uighurs from Palau slim: President
Palau's President says the chances of formally relocating a group of former terror suspects living in Palau remain slim. Six men from China's largely Muslim Xinjiang province were captured during... [more]

Call for children to be taught in both Samoan and English
The American Samoa Department of Education says the best way to improve the performance of students is teaching in both Samoan and English languages. The Education director Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau... [more]

Plan to lift student achievement in American Samoa
The American Samoa Department of Education is developing a strategic plan to raise the level of student achievement and teacher development. The Department's statistics show that in the past four... [more]

Forum, RAMSI and Solomons government to meet
The work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands will be discussed this week in the capital Honiara at meetings of RAMSI, the Solomon Islands government and the Pacific... [more]

High speed internet in Tonga to boost foreign investment
The World Bank says the introduction of high speed broadband in Tonga will help boost foreign investment in the country. An 826 kilometre underwater fibre optic cable will be installed... [more]

Proposed mining project in Fiji will have to satisfy landowners
The director of Fiji's Mineral Resources Department, Malakai Finau, says the results of the Environment Impact Assessment into a proposed mine near Suva, will have to satisfy all parties including... [more]

Solomon Airlines seeks government subsidy for alternative transport with airport closure
The head of Solomon Airlines says the company hopes the government will help fund alternative transport when Gizo Airport is closed for upgrades. Gizo Airport, in Western Province, will close... [more]

Forum Secretary-General says RAMSI important for economy
The work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands will be discussed next week in the capital Honiara at a meeting of RAMSI, the Solomon Islands government and the... [more]

US Study links child obesity with infant milk formula
A study from a United States university has sparked concerns about a link between formula milk and overweight and obese infants. Dr Stephen McGarvey of Brown University is studying the... [more]

Background check on new hospital CEO ordered in American Samoa
A second background check of American Samoa's new hospital chief executive officer is currently being conducted after concerns surfaced over Joseph Davis-Fleming's background. Mr Davis-Fleming officially took over the CEO... [more]

Petrol tax increase criticised
The Government is being accused of taxing all motorists to pay for roads that will benefit only some areas. [more]

Maori Land Court role could be reduced under new law
The Maori Land Court could be stripped of some of its powers if proposed changes to Maori land laws are passed. [more]

Iwi arguments cause delays in Treaty settlements - trust
A Treaty claims funder says progress in some historical Treaty settlements have been delayed because tribes are engaged in internal and inter-iwi politics. [more]

Healthy eating campaign targets Te Karaka
The people of the small community of Te Karaka near Gisborne are being invited to learn more about cooking healthy and nutritious meals. [more]

Kura unlikely to benefit from council intervention - chair
A Christchurch kura doubts city council intervention over school closures and mergers will help its plight. [more]

Man stabbed at Snells Beach incident
Police in Auckland say a man has serious injuries after being stabbed. [more]

Waka return safely after Pacific voyage
Two sailing waka that have been on an epic voyage to Easter Island (Rapanui) have arrived back safely at Aurere beach in Doubtless Bay in the Far North. [more]

Bank lending restrictions should be broad-based - RBNZ
The Reserve Bank says it doesn't see its role as helping to make houses more affordable, or in helping would-be first home buyers. [more]

Analysts weigh up Meridian ahead of share offer
Now the Government has confirmed it will sell shares in Meridian Energy before the end of the year, investors are starting to run the rulers over its accounts. [more]

Mighty River debut boosts investor confidence - ASB
ASB Bank says the publicity associated with the float of Mighty River Power has helped boost investor confidence to a two-year high. [more]

Rescuers losing hope at mine collapse in West Papua
The owners of a mine in the West Papua province of Indonesia say rockfalls are hampering rescue efforts after last week's tunnell collapse, which has now killed at least eight... [more]

Salvation Army sees worrying rise in need from Pacific families
The Salvation Army says there's been a worrying increase in Pacific families needing emergency help since the global financial crisis hit in 2009. A new report says Pacific people have... [more]

Labour makes official request for findings on soldier's death
The Labour Party is continuing to fight to get a suppressed Court of Inquiry report into the suicide of a New Zealand soldier in Afghanistan made public. [more]

Persistence pays off for Young Farmer contestant
Persistence has paid off for the winner of this year's Young Farmer contest. [more]

Meat exporters anxious to resume shipments to China
The meat industry is hoping that a documentation issue that's blocked meat shipments into China will be sorted out by early this week. [more]

Spending rise gives further cheer to Australian businesses
The prospects for Australian businesses are looking healthier, with spending across the economy rising for the eighth consecutive month. [more]

Quadrant tipped to exit Summerset
The chairman of Summerset says its major shareholder will eventually sell its entire stake in the retirement village operator. [more]

Palau's President says country has room to improve
The President of Palau says he acknowledges his country has room for improvement, as he welcomed the Palau Peer Review team. Tommy Remengesau says sustainability is the key challenge for... [more]

CNMI food stamp programme received US funding boost
The United States House Agriculture Committee has approved a national farm policy bill that includes $32.5 million in total funding for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The funds... [more]

Salvation Army says Pacific people in NZ worst hit by financial crisis
The Salvation Army says Pacific people in New Zealand have been more severely hit than anyone else by the global recession. A new report says they now have the highest... [more]

Hopes for CNMI former Governor's healthy return to face charges
The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands says he hopes former governor Benigno R. Fitial recovers well so that he can return home and attend to his... [more]

Sport: Auckland City retain O-League title, qualify for Club World Cup
Auckland City made history as the first team to win three straight Oceania Champions League football titles, after beating Waitakere United 2-1 in Sunday's grand final at Mount Smart Stadium. [more]

Sport: Fiji name extended squad for Pacific Nations Cup
Fiji have named 19 foreign based players in an extended squad to contest the Pacific Nations Cup. The Flying Fijians begin their PNC campaign against Japan in Lautoka next weekend... [more]

Labour criticises 'funny money assumptions' on surplus
The Labour Party is accusing the Government of fiddling the books in order to meet its target of a surplus in 2014/15. [more]

Young Christchurch people 'face housing problems'
A Christchurch YMCA youth worker says she has serious concerns a housing shortage is forcing young people to live in cold, overcrowded accommodation coming into winter. [more]

Australia increases aid to Fiji with record commitment
The Australian Government will provide nearly 57 million US dollars in official development assistance to Fiji this financial year. The 18 per cent increase from the previous year's allocation delivers... [more]

Solomons urged to enforce new beche-de-mer ban
Transparency Solomon Islands is urging the government to monitor and strictly enforce the ban on beche-de-mer exports when it's reintroduced at the end of this month. The government lifted a... [more]

Interim protection orders in Bougainville have limitations
The chairperson of the North Bougainville Human Rights Committee, says the increase in Interim Protection Orders being issued in Buka, is in part due to a greater awareness among women... [more]

Growing Pacifica inequality in New Zealand draws criticism
A New Zealand Pacific parliamentarian has criticised New Zealand's Minister of Pacific Islands Affairs for failing to stem growing inequality. Labour's spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Su'a William Sio says... [more]

Drop in Air NZ long-haul passenger numbers
A sharp drop in demand and capacity on Air New Zealand's Asian routes has dragged down the overall number of long haul passengers flying with the airline in April. [more]

New Zealanders enthusiastic online shoppers - survey
New Zealanders are among the most prolific online shoppers in the Asia-Pacific region and security of transaction is a key consideration, according to a survey. [more]

Horizon Energy wants market regulation to be improved
NZX-listed Bay of Plenty-based electricity lines company Horizon Energy says regulation of the market needs to be improved. [more]

Kiwifruit growers inquiry into Zespri in China continues
The kiwifruit growers' organisation says it expects its independent inquiry into single-desk marketer Zespri's business dealings in China to run for some months yet. [more]

Mayors want independent study of water project
The mayors of Napier and Hastings have requested that the Hawkes Bay Regional Council produce an independent economic analysis of the proposed Ruataniwha water storage scheme. [more]

Wider ban on set nets wanted around Otago Peninsula
The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand wants an immediate extension to a ban on set nets around Otago Peninsula, from 4km to 20km offshore. [more]

Police reward likely in hunt for PNG jail escapees
The police in Papua New Guinea are appealing for the public to come forward with information about the notorious escaped prisoners, William Kapris and Raphael Walimani. The two men broke... [more]

UN Human Rights High Com concerned over PNG death penalty
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has voiced concern about the Papua New Guinea government's plan to reactivate the death penalty. It says resuming the death penalty, which... [more]

Indonesia providing aid to American Samoa
The Indonesian government is building basketball courts and a youth centre in American Samoa, with a ground breaking ceremony planned for next month. Last March when the governor Lolo Matalasi... [more]

Airlines warn ticket prices will rise with increased levies
A group representing major airlines says passengers will end up paying for a rise in air traffic charges. [more]

SPC and Pacific Disability Forum merge efforts
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says a new memorandum of understanding will help highlight gaps in addressing the needs of people with disabilities in the region. The SPC has... [more]

CNMI Governor seeks extradition of former attorney-general
The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has signed an extradition letter for a former attorney general to be returned from the United States mainland. Governor Eloy... [more]

Two US soldiers from Guam killed in Afghanistan
Guam has been placed in a state of mourning after two local members of the US Army National Guard were killed in Afghanistan. The Marianas Variety reports that sergeant Eugene... [more]

Alleged PNG criminal loses special Australian visa
Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has cancelled the special skilled worker visa issued by the Gillard government to an alleged Papua New Guinea criminal wanted by authorities in PNG. The... [more]

Long running PNG land suit successful
The Papua New Guinea government has been ordered to pay a total of one point 9 million US dollars to 1,281 people who were forcefully evicted by police from an... [more]

13 bodies now recovered from Papua mine collapse
Four more bodies have been recovered this morning from a collapsed underground tunnel at the Freeport gold and copper mine in Indonesia's Papua province. 38 workers were trapped when the... [more]

Warriors call emergency meeting after Panthers mauling
The Warriors have been forced into damage control over the reactions of their players following their record NRL loss to the Penrith Panthers last weekend. The sight of some of... [more]

McKenzie takes Deans to task over Cooper's ommission
The Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has taken Australia rugby coach Robbie Deans to task over leaving Quade Cooper out of Wallabies squad to play the British and Irish Lions. [more]

San Antonio score win in NBA Western Conference finals
The San Antonio Spurs have beaten the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening game of the best of seven NBA basketball Western Conference final. The Spurs won 105-83 as they chase... [more]

Wilkinson still a force to be reckoned with
The former England first five eighth Jonny Wilkinson has been named the European Rugby Player of the Year. The award is given to the player adjudged the best performer in... [more]

Put aside suspicions over China in Pacific says think tank
The author of a new report on China's role in the Pacific says established powers in the region like Australia and the United States need to put aside some of... [more]

Broadcaster seeks Labour candidacy for Ikaroa-Rawhiti
Broadcaster Shane Taurima has confirmed he wants to stand for the Labour Party in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election to be held on 29 June. [more]

Parole Board delays decision on DHB fraudster
A man involved in defrauding the Otago District Health Board of millions of dollars will have to wait another month to find out whether he gets parole because of a threatening letter. [more]

House perched on cliff deemed too unsafe
An earthquake-damaged Christchurch house is being demolished to stop it tumbling down a 40-metre cliff onto the road below. [more]

Elliott safe says Warriors CEO
The Warriors coach, Matt Elliott, appears to be safe in his job despite the side's poor performances in his first National Rugby League season with the club. Under Elliott the... [more]

Inu could be suspended again after one game back
The Canterbury Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu could be in line for his second suspension of the season after being charged with a grade-two dangerous contact charge by the National Rugby... [more]

Man charged with murder of Far North couple
A man accused of killing a Far North couple has been remanded in custody. [more]

Samoa disability group welcomes link-up with SPC
A national disability advocacy organisation in Samoa says support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community provides a huge boost given their work encounters many challenges. The SPC has signed... [more]

Maori web use to be researched
The New Zealand Maori Internet Society - Te Whanau Ipurangi, hopes its research into Maori domain names, or web site and email addresses, will become part of the drive to revitalise the language. [more]

Ngati Kahungunu plans to buy more farms
Ngati Kahungunu says its purchase of a large farm is the template for more land acquisitions. [more]

Asahai buys The Mill
Independent Liquor, which is owned by Japanese brewing giant Asahi, is buying the 35-store retail chain The Mill for an undisclosed sum. [more]

Solomons government reportedly intent on finding sunken gold
The Solomon Islands government is reported to be set on recovering more than 1.5 billion US dollars worth of gold bars thought to be on the ocean floor between Guadalcanal... [more]

Bystander at PNG sports tournament shot by intoxicated police
A Papua New Guinea man has been accidentally shot by intoxicated police officers during a sports tournament in Kimbe. EMTV reports that police opened fire on the crowd at the... [more]

Divisions remain in Samoa's ruling party despite caucus vote
Confusion remains in Samoa over disunity within the ruling party on the fate of the Finance Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga. 19 MPs from the Human Rights Protection Party have anonymously... [more]

No cuts at NZ's Pacific Islands Ministry - Hekia Parata
New Zealand's minister of Pacific Islands Affairs says there has been no cut to funding at the ministry, despite claims by an opposition MP. Hekia Parata says the baseline figure... [more]

Former Tonga PM fails to get judicial review
Tonga's Chief Justice has rejected an application from former prime minister, Lord Feleti Sevele and former transport minister, Paul Karalus, for a judicial review of the report issued by a... [more]

France's National Front chides UN over Tahiti vote
France's right-wing National Front has denounced the UN General's Assembly's decision to reinscribe French Polynesia on the UN decolonisation list. France boycotted the sitting, which endorsed the resolution sponsored by... [more]

Company outlines difficulties rescuing trapped Papuan miners
A spokesperson for Freeport McMoran's mine operations in Indonesia's Papua province says an emergency response team is inching closer to the bodies which remain trapped underground at the mine. 38... [more]

PM says Govt doing its best to fix 'broken company'
The Prime Minister says none of the options for dealing with the debt-ridden Solid Energy are particularly palatable but the Government is doing its best to try to fix a broken company. [more]

Driver killed after logging trucks collide
A driver is dead and another is in a stable condition after two logging trucks crashed head-on near the East Coast township of Tolaga Bay. [more]

Fire Service concerned at spike in death rate
The Fire Service says there is a range of causes behind a spike in fatal fires over the past year. [more]

Broadcaster bids for Ikaroa-Rawhiti candidacy
Television New Zealand broadcaster Shane Taurima is aiming to represent the Labour Party in its bid to retain the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate. [more]

PM says family carers legislation is constitutional
Prime Minister John Key says a new law that pays family members for looking after their disabled relatives is constitutional, even though it prevents legal action by new claimants. [more]

Pacific people in NZ 'hardest hit' by recession
Pacific community leaders are supporting a call for the Government to address high Pacific unemployment and low incomes. [more]

Big cash transactions revealed in Prasad case
The police case against two people accused of murdering an Auckland man, who was burnt to death, details a web of text messages and big cash transactions. [more]

Grey Power regional leader says group out of touch
A regional Grey Power leader is threatening to remove his branch from the national body, saying the organisation has lost touch with the needs of its members. [more]

Labour doubts Govt can regulate continental shelf
The Labour Party continues to doubt whether the Government has the right to regulate shipping in waters above the continental shelf - even though it is adamant it does. [more]

Govt moves to sort out trade problem with China
The Prime Minister says Chinese customs officials now have the information they require to sort out issues with imports of New Zealand sheep and beef meat. [more]

Hospital should provide smoking rooms, court told
A lawyer who described a smoking ban at health facilities in west Auckland and North Shore as cruel and torturous has told a court hospitals need dedicated smoking rooms. [more]

Review calls for new professional body for teachers
A ministerial review has called for a new professional body for the teaching profession and higher entry standards to teacher training courses. [more]

Doctor says relationship not professional misconduct
A former medical practitioner who admits to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former patient says it did not amount to professional misconduct. [more]

Man fined for planning to throw manure at prince
An anti-royal protester has been found guilty of preparing to commit a crime after he threatened to throw manure at Britain's Prince Charles during a visit to New Zealand in 2012. [more]

Doctors, DHB faulted over elderly woman's death
An elderly woman died in Tauranga Hospital after doctors failed to act on a suggestion made by her family doctor. [more]

Airport cracks down on overnight sleepers
Christchurch Airport says passengers who can't prove they have an early flight will be turned away from staying overnight when it fully reopens later this week. [more]