Radio New Zealand - Monday, 10th June 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Late Edition, Mailbox, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - When You and I Were Young, Maggie
David Verrall from Hokitika has chosen 'When You and I Were Young, Maggie' by John McCormack. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Lily Koppel
Lily Koppel is an acclaimed author and New York Times columnist. Her new book isn't about the pioneering spacemen of the 1960s, it's about the women they were married to. It's called 'The Astronaut Wives Club' and it traces the lives of seven women in particular, who were thrown together into a strange sorority because of the work their husbands did. These were the wives of the original seven Mercury Astronauts of the American space programme. Later, more would join their ranks from the Gemini and Apollo programmes. [more]

Observatory at Stronvar
A lifestyle block in rural Masterton is the setting for a new observatory where it is hoped generations of students will learn how to follow the stars. The 'Kea' Observatory at Stronvar is the brain-child of local star gazer Terence Galuszka. [more]

Outward Bound's new cutter
Outward Bound is the outdoor education course that teaches teamwork, leadership, and resilience to young people all over the world, since it was first founded in Wales in 1941. The cutters of Outward Bound have been sailing the Marlborough Sounds for over half a century, and the organisation has just christened a brand new boat. Bruce Cardwell is chair of the Board of Outward Bound New Zealand and a former course instructor. [more]

She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me
When Emma Brockes was 10 years old, her mother Paula made that pledge to her only daughter - "One day I will tell you the story of my life and you will be amazed". Emma knew her Mum had emigrated to England from South Africa by herself when she was 28 with a pearl handled gun in her luggage. When Pauline was diagnosed with lung cancer, she started to tell her daughter a little bit more about the life she'd left in South Africa: crushing poverty, a violent pedophile for a father, and seven half siblings. But it was after Pauline's death when, Emma, a journalist and author, discovered the awful extent of the past her mum had tried to shield her from. [more]

Our Changing World - Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition
If you stand at Cape Reinga in the Far North on a fine day you can just glimpse some islands on the horizon. They are the Three Kings Islands, where Alison Ballance joined Auckland Museum's recent Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition surveying underwater life. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 10 June 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Peter Elliott and Rosemary McLeod (Part 1)
Topics - The United Future leader Peter Dunne could be brought before the privileges committee over his denial that he leaked a GCSB report to a journalist. A 29-year-old contractor at the US National Security Agency who revealed top secret US surveillance programmes did so to alert the public to what is being done in their name, according to The Guardian newspaper. [more]

The Panel with Peter Elliott and Rosemary McLeod (Part 2)
Topics - Do you find that time speeds up as you get older? The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Volkswagen Australia is about to issue a recall. Most New Zealanders think they'd be more productive in their jobs if they had better management, more motivation, and greater recognition. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 10 June 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 10 June 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 June 2013
Spending on leisure activities jumps in May. Investors favour property stocks in a declining market and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 10 June 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 10 June 2013
New Zealand shoppers are now spending 3-point-7 billion dollars a year online but more than a quarter is going to retailers overseas. [more]

CEISMIC

Third year could be the worst for quake-stressed Cantabrians
Mental health experts in Christchurch are warning the worst could be still to come for people suffering from anxiety, depression and stress related to the earthquakes. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 10 June 2013
Peter Dunne goes on leave. Police reveal the man shot dead by an officer in New Plymouth was tasered and shot twice and heavily armed gunmen launch an attack close to Kabul's main airport. [more]

Peter Dunne taken off Intelligence and Security Committee
The embattled United Future leader, Peter Dunne, is going on leave from Parliament. [more]

Analysis from RNZ's chief parliamentary reporter
Listening to that, our parliamentary chief reporter, Jane Patterson. [more]

Police tasered man before shooting him dead
The police have revealed the man shot dead by an officer in New Plymouth on the weekend was tasered more than once and shot twice. [more]

Police in Northland call on public for help in bleach attack
The police in Northland have no leads as to why a man was pulled over and had bleach poured into his eyes while being held at knife point in a roadside attack this morning. [more]

Gunmen attack Kabul's international airport
Heavily armed gunmen have launched an attack close to the main airport in the Afghan capital Kabul. [more]

Sports News for 10 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens call for Govt to come clean on NSA sharing information
Listening to that is the Green Party co-leader Russel Norman - he's calling on the Government here to tell the public if it has access to information about New Zealanders that it got from America's NSA. [more]

Local Bodies says Housing Accords won't deliver affordability
The Government's plan for agreements to tackle housing shortages has been criticised as too simplistic, and unlikely to deliver truly affordable homes. [more]

Drought knocks primary sector forecast export sales
The Ministry for Primary Industries says the worst drought in 70-years has knocked one-point-three-billion-dollars off export revenues for this financial year. [more]

Meat and wool struggle drought hangover
Keith Woodford, a professor of agribusiness at Lincoln University, has been listening to that and he joins us. [more]

Dunne stripped of another job, takes leave
The United Future leader, Peter Dunne, has been stripped of another job at Parliament, losing his position on the high-powered Intelligence and Security Committee. [more]

Judge moved out after relationship with Justice staffer
An experienced district court judge has been moved from Dunedin and off criminal cases after a complaint about his relationship with a Justice Ministry worker in the city. [more]

Source of leak of top secret US documents revealed
A former CIA technical worker who is currently holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong has been identified as the source of leaks about a secret US government surveillance programme. [more]

Spending up in month of May
People spent more on takeaways, dining out and hotels in May than in the same month last year. [more]

Lasting drought damage beyond just export revenues
The latest official forecasts are bright for dairy and forestry but dim for sheep and beef farmers. [more]

Sports News for 10 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Poverty link to child abuse clearer - lobbyists
A lobby group says its latest research confirms poverty is a crucial risk factor in child abuse. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 10 June 2013
Tahiti nuclear test veterans unhappy with French Socialists; Fiji police urge compassion as suicide rate climbs; EU speaks out about PNG's resorting the death penalty; no threat from coronavirus in American Samoa-health officials; and PNG's planned Marine Industrial Zone back on track. [more]

Tahiti nuclear test veterans unhappy with French Socialists
French Polynesia nuclear test veterans disappointed with Socialists amid stalled compensation claims. [more]

Fiji police urge compassion as suicide rate climbs
The Fiji police are urging more compassion within families as the force records a significant rise in the suicide rate. [more]

EU speaks out about PNG's resorting the death penalty
The European Union has spoken against PNG's decision to resurrect the death penalty, but says it won't affect their working relationship. [more]

No threat of coronavirus in American Samoa - health officials
After a scare blamed on the media American Samoans are assured that there is no threat from the corona virus at th is point but health officials promise if this changes they will be kept informed [more]

PNG's planned Marine Industrial Zone back on track
One of Papua New Guinea's major commercial developments, the planned Pacific Marine Industrial Zone in Madang, is back on track, after its opponents withdrew their legal action. However local people have voiced concern about the environmental impact. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 10 June 2013
A conference in Papua New Guinea looks at solutions to sorcery-related violence; Tokelau speaks up about being shut out of UN bodies; Tahiti nuclear test veterans unhappy with French Socialists; Fiji police urge compassion as suicide rate climbs. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 10 June 2013
A conference in Australia looks at solutions to sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea; Tokelau speaks up about being shut out of UN bodies; Tahiti nuclear test veterans unhappy with French Socialists; Fiji police urge compassion as suicide rate climbs. [more]

Conference addresses PNG's sorcery-related violence
A solution to sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea was one of the major themes of a conference in Canberra last week. [more]

Tokelau speaks up about being shut out of UN bodies
Tokelau speaks up about being shut out of UN bodies. [more]

Tahiti nuclear test veterans unhappy with French Socialists
French Polynesia nuclear test veterans disappointed with Socialists amid stalled compensation claims. [more]

Fiji police urge compassion as suicide rate climbs
The Fiji police are urging more compassion within families as the force records a significant rise in the suicide rate. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 10 June 2013
The Controversy over Peter Dunne and the leaks continues as Winston Peters keeps the pressure on and an American man voluntarily reveal she's the source of leaks about a secret US run surveillance programme. [more]

Mailbox

Mailbox for 10 June 2013
In this Edition, David Riquish surveys the scene in Hawaii, Mike Bird has the latest Solar propagation news;Frequency Manager Adrian Sainsbury acknowledges some recent email QSL reports. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 June 2013
Police action is unlikely after the leaking of a sensitive government report and the drought's expected to severely knock the value of primary sector exports. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 June 2013
The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum feels their Champions Trophy chances probably would have died if they hadn't got up to beat Sri Lanka in their opening match in Cardiff this morning. [more]

Morning Report

Alleged co-offender of man shot by police to appear in court
The alleged co-offender of the man shot dead by a police officer in New Plymouth on Saturday morning will appear in court today. [more]

Pacific News for 10 June 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Calls continue for Peter Dunne to leave Parliament
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, is increasing the pressure on United Future leader, Peter Dunne, to leave Parliament altogether. [more]

Winston Peters increases pressure on Peter Dunne
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, has escalated his attack on Peter Dunne, claiming he has leaked several classified Government documents. [more]

Winston Peters increases pressure on Peter Dunne (part 2)
Our political chief reporter, Jane Patterson, comments on the previous interview. [more]

No survivors found in Christmas Island wreck
Australian searchers have found no survivors from a boat-load of asylum seekers which capsized off Christmas Island. [more]

Report blames red tape for soaring house prices
Local government red tape is being blamed for soaring house prices in a new report. [more]

John Key responds to claims from Winston Peters
Winston Peters says Peter Dunne has leaked highly sensitive Government documents and the Prime Minister has put himself in a position of deliberate ignorance. [more]

New Zealand cricketers hold on to win Sri Lanka match
It was a nail biter, The New Zealand cricketers have won their first Champions Trophy group match against Sri Lanka in Cardiff - but only by one wicket. [more]

Sports News for 10 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Nelson Mandela hospitalised for lung infection
South Africa's ailing former leader, Nelson Mandela, has spent a second day in hospital with a lung infection. [more]

Two Northland councils move to restrict GE
Two Northland councils are moving to impose their own controls on genetically engineered crops and animals saying the existing government GE safeguards are inadequate. [more]

Former politicians analyse Winston Peters' actions
The Prime Minister, John Key, says he has no intention of ordering a fresh inquiry into allegations that the Ohariu MP Peter Dunne leaked information of national security to a Fairfax reporter while the leader of United Future. [more]

Is it time to give up the home ownership dream?
As a new report seriously questions the ability of people to become homeowners, some are asking whether it's time to just let the quarter acre dream go. [more]

Wellington slip residents challange the council
Some of the residents evacuated from their homes after a massive landslide in Wellington 10 days ago are challenging the city council to prove it isn't liable for the disaster. [more]

V8 race does make economic sense says events agency
Auckland's events agency is standing by its claims that hosting the Australian V8 supercar series has meant millions of dollars to the local economy, despite uncertainty about the number of spectators its managed to attract. [more]

Sports News for 10 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Referees believe more needed to stamp out side-line aggression
Referees say threats to burn down match officials' houses are just one example of violence at weekend rugby matches, and it'll take more than just one campaign to wipe it out. [more]

Sir Owen Glenn's family violence inquiry hits another hurdle
Some of the experts sitting on its think-tank are deciding whether to continue their involvement, following the resignations of eight people working for the inquiry. [more]

More skilled workers needed over apprentices
There's been a record 22 per cent boost in building apprenticeships for the first quarter of this year with 270 more apprentices being taken in than this time last year. [more]

Thousands visited upgraded Taranaki hospital during an open day
About two thousand people lined up at the weekend to see the results of an 80-million dollar upgrade at New Plymouth's Taranaki base hospital. [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 10 June 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 10 June 2013
The latest new in Tongan language. [more]

News in French for 10 June 2013
The latest news in French language. [more]

Nights

Sport - South East Asia
Surveying the action from the stands is Bangkok-based sports correspondent James Goyder... Japan has qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil; and Manny Pacquiao has just confirmed a fight in Macau for this November. [more]

Pundit - History Of Science
Philosopher Prof. Alan Musgrave from the University of Otago... chemist Joseph Priestley, best remembered for his discovery of oxygen. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 1
Conundrum - clue number 1. [more]

African Innovation
Not only is David Sengeh improving prosthetic design with his own research as a biomedical engineer, he is also trying to get youngsters from his homeland of Sierra Leone and neighbouring countries to also recognise the value in innovation and invention. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 2
Conundrum - clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Peter Dunne's resignation and the GCSB leaked report
With Professor Andrew Geddis - a constitutional law expert, and Professor of Law at the University of Otago. Paul Thompson - The Executive Editor of Fairfax Group, which employs political journalist Andrea Vance who was leaked the GCSB report. [more]

Dealing with recidivist rubbish offenders
With Zac Jordan - City Operations Manager, Wellington City Council. [more]

Europe Correspondent - Seamus Kearney
The crisis in Turkey. [more]

Feature Guest - Ann Wroe
Ann Wroe is the obituaries editor for the Economist - and award winning biographer. Her most recent book is "Orpheus: The Song of Life" [more]

Book Review - Sisterland
Written by Curtis Sittenfeld, reviewed by Elisabeth Easther and published by Doubleday. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
The political fallout from the resignation of Peter Dunne. [more]

Cooking in prison
Wellington chef Martin Bosley has been working with 6 long term prisoners at Rimutaka prison, teaching them cooking skills as part of a 10 month project that will end with them creating a dinner as part of Wellington on a Plate. [more]

Urbanist - Tommy Honey
Consultation and change: no new hotel in Dunedin and Auckland's Unitary Plan. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 June 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 June 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 10 June 2013
The chair of a collective of Central North Island Iwi says he has no desire to go and talk to the tribe that's occupying part of the Kaingaroa Forest; A lawyer says if Ngati Porou fails to secure customary marine rights to a stretch of the East Coast - the tribe would have to take the case to court; A Whanganui Iwi kaumatua says his tribe won't be giving up its rights to the river when the state-owned energy company, Genesis, goes up for partial sale; An Auckland tribal trustee says all New Zealanders will benefit from a relationship between Maori and the Crown - to co-govern and manage natural resources. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 10 June 2013
A lawyer says if Ngati Porou fails to secure customary marine rights to a stretch of the East Coast - the tribe would have to take the case to court; The chair of a collective of Central North Island Iwi says he has no desire to go and talk to the tribe that's occupying part of the Kaingaroa Forest; A Whanganui Iwi kaumatua says his tribe won't be giving up its rights to the river when the state-owned energy company, Genesis, goes up for partial sale; An Auckland tribal trustee says all New Zealanders will benefit from a relationship between Maori and the Crown - to co-govern and manage natural resources. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 10 June 2013
An expert in environmental sciences says the government's playing with fire by not putting an immediate stop to the commercial long-fin eel fishing; This year's winner of the Maori excellence in sheep and beef farming title, Tarawera Protesters have left a camp they set up in the Bay of Plenty to demonstrate over a stalemate to divide Maori land; Station, says it's proud to have received the title, but there's still room for improvement; Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori - the Maori Language Commission - wants to hear from community groups and people who want to run Te Reo Maori workshops. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 10 June 2013
Protesters have left a camp they set up in the Bay of Plenty to demonstrate over a stalemate to divide Maori land; An expert in environmental sciences says the government's playing with fire by not putting an immediate stop to the commercial long-fin eel fishing; This year's winner of the Maori excellence in sheep and beef farming title, Tarawera Station, says it's proud to have received the title, but there's still room for improvement; Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori - the Maori Language Commission - wants to hear from community groups and people who want to run Te Reo Maori workshops. [more]

Upbeat

Kerry Stevens - Michael Hill International Violin Competition
Michael Hill International Violin Competition host interviews this year's winner Nikki Chooi and founder Michael Hill. [more]

Barbara Graham - The Phantom of the Opera
NZ soprano singing the lead role of Christine in Wellington Musical Theatre's production of Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 10 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 10 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29 pm Pacific Regional News for 10 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 10 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 10 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 10 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

Firearms charges laid after police shooting death
Police have charged a suspected co-offender after Saturday's fatal police shooting at the New Plymouth Golf Club. [more]

Tokelau holding workshops to bring down sexually transmitted diseases
Tokelau is working to cut the levels of sexually transmitted diseases and to improve the ability of the atolls to respond to infections. The Tokelau Health Department is conducting workshops,... [more]

Solomons Agriculture Minister defends sending farmer funds through MPs
The Solomon Islands Minister of Agriculture says he is confident that ministry funds will reach the farmers it is intended for. The Solomon Islands Government has allocated $4.6 million US... [more]

Seabed mining to be workshopped in Vanuatu next week
Vanuatu will host a workshop this week for Pacific governments to be advised on the emerging industry of seabed mining. Scientists say rich deposits of gold and other precious 'rare... [more]

Vanuatu to crack down on diplomatic passport appointments
Transparency International in Vanuatu has welcomed the new government's ongoing efforts to purge the diplomatic sector of dubious diplomatic passport appointments. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is understood to have... [more]

Tonga to showcase historical treasures on International Archives Day
A number of archives and historical treasures in Tonga will be on display to the public for the first time. The Tongan Museum and Archives Exhibitions will mark Tonga celebrating... [more]

Police to review phone footage of fatal fight
Police now have cellphone pictures of a fight on Thursday in which a teenager died in Auckland after rugby practice. They will spend this week reviewing the images. [more]

Eurozone debt crisis over - Hollande
President Francois Hollande of France has declared an end to the eurozone debt crisis which has gripped the region for the past four years. [more]

Cook Islands ready to launch solar electricity project
The Cook Islands government says it is now ready to embark on its renewable energy project, thanks to a further funding approval. The project will provide a 24-hour supply of... [more]

Seabed mining to be workshopped in Vanuatu this week
Vanuatu will host a workshop this week for Pacific governments to be advised on the emerging industry of seabed mining. Scientists say rich deposits of gold and other precious 'rare... [more]

Slip residents advised to get independent engineers
Wellington City Council is encouraging residents affected by a landslide 10 days ago to get an independent engineer's report for their own satisfaction. [more]

No sign of end to Ngati Manawa occupation
The chair of a collective of Central North Island iwi says he has no desire to go and talk to the tribe occupying part of the Kaingaroa Forest. [more]

Otago rabbit numbers booming
Rabbits in Otago are in tip top shape and appear to be gaining the upper paw in the battle to control them as more and more people appear unaware of the signs of a problem. [more]

Otago water quality plans challenged
More than 20 appeals have been lodged against a proposal to improve water quality in Otago. [more]

Ahuwhenua awards highlight best Maori farmers
The finest Maori sheep and beef farmers were honoured at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards at the weekend. [more]

Tight supplies keep NZ wool prices high
Renewed interest from European customers is helping to underpin New Zealand wool prices, which experienced a modest lift at last week's South Island sale. Exporters believe supplies will remain tight for the next few months. [more]

New head named for deer industry body
Deer Industry New Zealand has a new chief executive. [more]

Clues to housing strategy sought from MPS
The Reserve Bank is expected to keep the Official Cash Rate on hold until at least next year, but many will be looking for signs of a willingness by the bank to use tools to cool the housing market when it releases its Monetary Policy Statement this week. [more]

Court an option for customary marine title
Chapman Tripp partner Daniel Kalderimis says if Ngati Porou fails to secure customary marine rights to a stretch of the East Coast, the tribe would have to take the case to court. [more]

Wide benefits expected from resource co-management
An Auckland tribal trustee says all New Zealanders will benefit from a relationship between Maori and the Crown to co-govern and manage natural resources. [more]

Partial sale of Genesis won't sway Whanganui River iwi
Whanganui Iwi kaumatua John Maihi says his tribe won't give up its rights to the river when Genesis goes up for partial sale. [more]

Support for new PGG Wrightson CEO
Forsyth Barr analyst Andy Bowley says the rural services company PGG Wrightson's appointment of Mark Dewdney as chief executive is a strong choice to head the rural services company. He is the third in three years. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's headlines: Southern district has highest rate of new infections of hepatitis C in NZ; top three real estate agents calculated to be making up to $1.5 million per year; repopulating central Christchurch could be derailed by the costs of building a [more]

Telco's books worsening after Farmside purchase
Junior telecommunications company TeamTalk says its annual results will be worse than expected and its bottom line will be hit by non-cash charges relating to last year's purchase of the Farmside business. [more]

Vanuatu Attorney-General criticised for taking back his post
Transparency International in Vanuatu has voiced concern over the reappointment of the Attorney-General Ishmael Kalsakau. Mr Kalsakau resigned from the post last year to contest the general elections constituency but... [more]

Call for action to reduce Pacific smoking
Tala Pasifika, the national smokefree agency, is calling for a massive effort to reduce smoking among Pacific people. [more]

Painful time for Australian economy
Australia's latest national accounts reveal an economy undergoing a painful transition. The mining boom is topping out, and there's nothing to take its place. [more]

Media fortunes worsening
Media stocks are among the worst performers on the Australian sharemarket in recent years. [more]

China's exports and imports well down
China reported a sharp slowdown in exports last month. Imports also unexpectedly dropped, amid weakness in the domestic economy and sluggish demand overseas. [more]

Vettel wins in Montreal
Sebastian Vettel led from start to finish to claim his and Red Bull's maiden Canadian Grand Prix win in Montreal. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came in a distant second, with... [more]

Researchers help Vanuatu farmers with commerical farming options
Researchers from Papua New Guinea have visited Vanuatu to help local farmers better access new ideas about farming. The team was led by Sim Sar of the PNG National Agriculltural... [more]

Perform well to get equal support, says Fiji sports group to women
The head of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee says sportswomen need to perform well if they wish to gain greater support. The comments from the Chief... [more]

Perform well to get equal support says Fiji sports group to women
The head of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee says sportswomen need to perform well if they wish to gain greater support. The comments from the Chief... [more]

Sport: Canada beat Tonga to extend PNC lead
Canada have extended their lead in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament after withstanding a late Tongan fightback to win 36-27 in Kingston. Second rower Lua Lokotui opened the scoring... [more]

Sport: Cards costly for Samoa at U20 rugby championship
Samoa head coach Viliamu Punivalu says he plans to speak with the referees manager after two second half sin-binnings proved costly in his side's 28-16 loss to Argentina at the... [more]

Debate on home ownership
There are calls for a debate on whether New Zealand needs a high rate of home ownership. [more]

Councils intend to impose own controls on GE crops
Two councils in Northland are critical of lax restrictions on genetically engineered crops and animals, and intend to impose their own tighter controls. [more]

Another hurdle for Glenn's inquiry
Sir Owen Glenn's $2 million inquiry into family violence is facing another setback, following the resignations of nine people. [more]

Offshore markets up
Stocks in Wall Street rallied on Friday after the US May jobs report came in just right for investors - neither too weak nor too strong to rock the boat. Markets in Europe were also up. [more]

Earthquake brain phenomenon observed
A psychiatrist says a phenomenon called earthquake brain is affecting the ability of some people in the Christchurch to think clearly. It comes from a build-up of the stress hormone cortisol. [more]

Sport: Tonga finish 5th at Junior World Rugby Champs
Tonga finished the Junior World Rugby Trophy in fifth place after beating Portugal 27-7 in Temuco, Chile. The Kingdom missed out on a place in the final after losses to... [more]

Guam government's debt gone
Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo, says the territory's government no longer has a deficit. The Pacific Daily News reports the governor's communications director Troy Torres said the government has wiped more... [more]

Indonesia hoping to finish Papua tunnel collapse investigation soon
The head of the government-led investigation into the tunnel collapse that killed 28 workers at the Freeport McMoRan mine in Indonesia's Papua province says it should not take three months... [more]

Sport: Fiji U20 rugby duo suspended following red cards
Fiji Under 20 rugby players Sevanaia Galala and Viliame Rarasea have both been suspended following their sendings offs at the Junior World Rugby Championship in France. Both players were shown... [more]

Petrol station robber still at large
A masked man with a pistol who held up a petrol station in the suburb of Hornby in Christchurch and took $800, remained at large on Monday. [more]

Complaints about cyber bully website
Netsafe has been inundated with complaints about a website which is being used as a platform for cyber bullying. [more]

Campaign against rugby sideline threats
Spectators threatening to rape the children of rugby match officials is one of the sideline behaviours a new campaign by the New Zealand Rugby Union aims to stamp out. [more]

Woman critical after fall from vehicle
A woman is still in a critical condition with head injuries in Christchurch hospital after falling from a moving vehicle early on Sunday. [more]

One in four German workers on low wage
A new labour market study in Germany shows that one in four workers are employed in the low-wage sector and take home less than two-thirds of the national average pay. [more]

Author wins grant to write about quakes
Author Fiona Farrell has been awarded a grant of $100,000 to write two books, one fiction and the other non-fiction, about the Christchurch earthquakes. [more]

Extra seats between Wellington and Queenstown
Air New Zealand is increasing the number of seats it offers between Wellington - Queenstown for the winter ski season, to replace some of the capacity that Jetstar recently withdrew. [more]

Defence to be sentenced over death of soldier
Defence looks set to be sentenced next month over the death of a soldier on a training exercise in a lake near Waiouru last September. [more]

Manufacturing down in Q1
Manufacturing volumes 0.6% fell in the three months to March, the first seasonally adjusted fall since September 2011. [more]

Lombard directors to seek Supreme Court appeal
Four former directors of Lombard Finance will apply to appeal their convictions to the Supreme Court. [more]

Sport: PNG's netball coach says second place a big boost
Papua New Guinea netball coach Annie Iamo says the country's second place finish in the Pacific Series is a big boost to their hopes of qualifying for next year's Commonwealth... [more]

Sport: Samoa rugby receive a monetary boost
The Samoa Rugby Union has received a more than 435,000 US dollar boost. In a dual handing over ceremony Samoa International Finance Authority and BlueSky each gave over 200,000 US... [more]

Sport: Fiji rugby legend keen to play for his country
Fiji rugby legend Rupeni Caucaunibuca says he wants to play for his country again. The 33-year old will line-up against his countrymen on Wednesday in the Centennial Match between the... [more]

Vanuatu minister warns copra buyers to observe standard price
Vanuatu's tourism and commerce minister has warned copra buyers to maintain the standard price of copra. Marcellino Pipite has directed the Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board to give three months notice... [more]

Govt agencies on track to return to central Christchurch
The Government says it is on track to return public sector offices back into central Christchurch, after they were abandoned because of the earthquakes. [more]

Sorcery holding back development in Solomon Islands: Academic
A Honiara-based academic says sorcery beliefs may be holding back social and economic development in Solomon Islands. Lawrence Foanaota, who is a researcher for James Cook University, says some communities... [more]

Tonga primary schools get Australian aid
Tonga's primary schools will be the target of new aid from Australia, which has pledged 10 million US dollars over the next three years. Tonga's minister of education and training,... [more]

Samoa considers diplomatic office in Hawai'i
Samoa's Prime Minister is in Hawaii this week to discuss the appointment of a Honolulu-based Consul General, and to discuss air service between the islands. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi arrived yesterday... [more]

Tokelau to ask UN for special consideration for territories
Tokelau will ask the United Nations to help colonies link up with international agencies so it can access funding for critical projects. The Ulu o Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Salesio Lui,... [more]

Palau to lobby US Congress on free association compact
Palau's President, Tommy Remengesau, is meeting US officials in Washington this week to push for passage of the US-Palau Compact of Free Association. The Compact was approved several years ago... [more]

CNMI governor withdraws controversial judge nomination
The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Eloy Inos has withdrawn the administration's nomination of attorney Ramon Quichocho to serve on the Superior Court. The move ends a... [more]

PNG to review MOU with Chinese satellite operators
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has ordered a review of a 284 million US dollar deal with China's ZTE Corporation and China Great Wall Industry Corporation for a... [more]

Solomon Islands sees big fall in malaria cases
Solomon Islands has recorded a significant fall in cases of malaria over the past five years. The government says this is due to the untiring efforts by the Ministry of... [more]

Building apprenticeships up, but skilled workers needed now
There was a record 22% boost in building apprenticeships for the first quarter of this year with 270 more apprentices being taken in than this time last year. [more]

Further call by Peters for Dunne to resign
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters continued his calls on Monday for United Future MP Peter Dunne to leave Parliament. [more]

Nauru MPs due to select Speaker, President tomorrow
The new Nauru parliament is to meet tomorrow to elect a speaker and then a president following the weekend poll that returned 6 new members among the 19 MPs. It... [more]

Todd McClay new Revenue Minister
Rotorua MP Todd McClay has been appointed a minister outside the Cabinet and will replace Peter Dunne as Revenue Minister. [more]

Accused double killer remanded in custody
A Far North man accused of killing a couple near Pamapuria in May was again remanded in custody on Monday. [more]

Taranaki hospital upgrade almost complete
The first stage of an $80 million upgrade to the Taranaki Base Hospital is almost complete. The final stage is expected to be finished by next March. [more]

New Nauru parliament meeting Tuesday
The new Nauru parliament is to meet tomorrow to elect a speaker and then a president following the weekend poll that returned 6 new members among the 19 MPs. It... [more]

Tokelau speaks up about being shut out of UN bodies
Tokelau is to ask the United Nations to take special consideration of territories to ensure they can link up with international agencies and access funding for critical projects. The Ulu... [more]

No threat of coronavirus in American Samoa - health officials
Health officials in American Samoa have assured residents that the government is keeping a close watch on the coronavirus which has mainly affected the Middle East and has not spread... [more]

Fiji police urge compassion as suicide rate climbs
The Fiji police are urging more compassion within families as the force records a significant rise in the suicide rate. In the first four months of the year, police recorded... [more]

Conference addresses PNG's sorcery-related violence
A solution to sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea was one of the major themes of a conference in Canberra last week. The three-day conference, at the Australian National University,... [more]

Tahiti nuclear test veterans unhappy with French Socialists
There is disappointment among French Polynesia's nuclear test veterans that last year's change of government in France didn't bring about the promised review of the compensation law. Until three years... [more]

Fishing ban area in American Samoa established
A fishing ban within 12 nautical miles of the Rose Atoll National Monument in American Samoa is to come into force from the third of July. The 12 nautical miles... [more]

Capital won't be hosting second Hobbit premiere
New Zealand's capital will not host the world premiere of the second Hobbit film. [more]

Rainbow coalition mayoralty planned in Vanuatu's second town
The independent Vanuatu MP Kalfau Moli has forged an agreement with a number of political parties, including the National United Party, to support a candidate for the position of mayor... [more]

Samoa migrants not put off by tough New Zealand economy
Tough economic times are not putting off the number of people in Samoa looking for a new start in New Zealand, with three thousand more people than last year registering... [more]

Doubts accord will provide affordable homes
Local body leaders say the Government's proposed housing accords are not going to deliver affordable housing. [more]

Tokelau freshwater focus amid climate change threat
Tokelau has been encouraged to better manage its rainwater, as its only source of freshwater. A workshop in Samoa has provided participants from Tokelau with ideas on how it can... [more]

Vanuatu women and churches against deep sea mining
The Vanuatu Council of Churches has joined the Vanuatu National Council of Women in expressing concerns over deep sea mining. The Council of Women told the minister of lands, Ralph... [more]

Vanuatu government to curb Investment Authority
The Vanuatu government is pushing ahead with a plan to transfer the functions of the Vanuatu Investment Authority into the Chamber of Commerce. The plan was included by the Prime... [more]

Fiji's NFP says United Front best strategy for now
Fiji's National Federation Party says it could fight the next election as part of a coalition of political parties. The newly registered party met for the first time at the... [more]

Expert slams Govt over eel fishing
An expert in environmental sciences says the Government is playing with fire by not putting an immediate stop to commercial long-fin eel fishing. [more]

Maori language funding round opens in July
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori - the Maori Language Commission - wants to hear from community groups and people who wish to run Te Reo Maori workshops. [more]

Forest protest group decamps
Protesters have left a camp they set up in the Bay of Plenty to demonstrate over a stalemate to divide Maori land. [more]

Winning farm proud, but aims to be better still
Tarawera Station, winner of the Maori excellence in sheep and beef farming title, says it's proud to have received the title, but there's still room for improvement. [more]

Govt board to consider dam consent
Environment Minister Amy Adams has called in a Hawke's Bay Regional Council proposal to build a $600 million irrigation dam, meaning a government-appointed board will consider the resource consents. [more]

Online shopping on the rise
Shoppers in New Zealand are now spending $3.7 billion per year online and more than a quarter is going to offshore retailers. [more]

Fund cuts ties with nuclear-linked firms
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has sold its $2.2 million investment in five companies involved with maintaining nuclear weapons. [more]

Dotcom extradition delayed again
Kim Dotcom may have to wait until next year to find out if he will be extradited to the United States - more than two years after his initial arrest in January 2012. [more]

Jump in May spending
Better bank technology and new ways to pay have encouraged spending in the month of May. [more]

Paraglider badly hurt after chute fails
A man is in hospital with serious injuries after falling about 30 metres in a paragliding accident at a west Auckland beach. [more]

22-year-old charged over airgun attacks
A man who allegedly used an airgun to shoot at people from a car at the weekend will appear in the Christchurch District Court later this week. [more]

Drought saps primary sector sales forecast
The worst drought in 70 years has seen a drop in primary export revenues for this financial year of $1.3b. [more]

Judge moved after relationship with staffer
A District Court judge has been moved from Dunedin to a civil jurisdiction after a complaint about a relationship with a Ministry of Justice staff member. [more]

New Zealander killed after biomass plant leak
A New Zealand engineer and a Thai man are reported to have been killed trying to rescue a couple that passed out due to a gas leak at a biomass power plant in southern Thailand. [more]