Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th June 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Jungleland
Matthew Claridge from Palmerston North has chosen 'Jungleland' by Bruce Springsteen. [more]

Your Place - Rangiwahia
A sheep and cattle farm country, in the foothills of the Ruahine ranges. Some land here was leased from local Maori as early as 1870, but European settlement in this hidden valley did not start until 1886. Today the total population stands at around 40 people with another two or three-hundred in the surrounding district. [more]

Bob Blair - cricketer
On Boxing Day 1953, Bob was set to open the bowling for New Zealand in the second test against South Africa at Ellis Park when he got the news that his fiancee Nerissa Love was among the 151 people killed in the terrible Tangiwai rail disaster on Christmas Eve that year. Distraught, Bob stayed in his hotel, listening on the radio as his team was torn apart by the South African bowling attack - the NZ batsmen were being injured and hospitalised. So he got in a taxi, went to the ground, and joined Bert Sutcliffe at the crease for a period of sporting greatness that 60 years later is still vividly recalled. [more]

Southern Story for 13 June 2013 - Blanket Bank
We're in New Brighton where Katy Gosset finds the suburb's blanket bank is meeting a huge need among residents living in quake-damaged homes. [more]

Southern Story for 13 June 2013 - Blanket Bank
We're in New Brighton where Katy Gosset finds the suburb's blanket bank is meeting a huge need among residents living in quake-damaged homes. [more]

NZ Society - The Ventnor (Part 4)
In the final of this series exploring the sinking of S.S. Ventnor in 1902, a skipper reveals the secret site of the ship wreck and what do you say to ghosts who won't stop pestering you? Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in the Far North to meet the locals, the living and the departed. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 13 June 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Barry Corbett, Denise L'Estrange-Corbet (Part 2)
Topics - new findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety show dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. A respected youth justice advocate is encouraging the public to trust their local police force when it comes to the number of young people being prosecuted. Sensitive clinical notes on 65 mental health patients are yet to be found after they were left on a Wellington bus. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 13 June 2013
Simon Morris finds out if Baz Luhrmann's 3D Great Gatsby is as disappointing as most critics seem to think; Bekas features two runaway Kurd boys, looking for Superman; and Remembrance looks at an unlikely love affair - in a Nazi concentration camp. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 13 June 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 13 June 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 13 June 2013
The Reserve Bank could use new tools to cool the housing market, as soon as next month. Hallenstein Glasson issues a profit warning and the share market is down. [more]

Evening Business for 13 June 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 13 June 2013
Business news with Anusha Bradley. [more]

CEISMIC

City council could lose power to authorise building consents
The Christchurch City Council has received a strong warning from the Earthquake Recovery Minister to speed up its processing of building consents or lose its power to authorise consents. [more]

Earthquake Recovery Minister gives Chch council strong warning
The Earthquake Recovery Minister says this is a final warning for the Christchurch City Council. [more]

Christchurch mayor defends council's performance
The Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says officials have tried for months to help the Christchurch City Council but it's consistently failed to make the necessary improvements and is still taking far too long to process applications. [more]

The Panel with Barry Corbett, Denise L'Estrange-Corbet (Part 1)
Topics - The Mayor of Christchurch says he's confident the city council will speed up the processing of building consents and won't lose its authority to grant them. Are Christchurch's frustrations with the Earthquake Commission a result of some kind of misunderstanding. Media hype's being blamed for skyrocketing house prices in parts of Auckland. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 13 June 2013
An inquiry finds soldiers lacked realistic training to cope with a fatal firefight in Afghanistan. Financial adviser David Ross is charged with operating a multi-million dollar ponzi scheme and is getting on the property ladder about to become even harder? [more]

Defence Force investigation findings out
A military court of inquiry has found two New Zealand soldiers wounded in a fatal gunfight in Afghanistan were probably hit by friendly fire, and it recommends improving troops' training. [more]

Defence Minister speaks about today's report
The Minister of Defence is Jonathan Coleman. [more]

More from the grandfather of Pralli Durrer
Jack Durrer, is the grandfather of Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer. [more]

PM says first time buyers safe from loan restrictions
The Prime Minister, John Key says proposed new rules to restrict low deposit loans will not mean first time home buyers will miss out. [more]

David Ross accused of operating ponzi scheme
The Wellington financial adviser, David Ross, has been charged with operating a $400,000,000 ponzi scheme. [more]

John Key accuses Labour of hypocrisy over Sky City
The Prime Minister is accusing the Labour Party of hypocrisy after four of its MPs accepted corporate hospitality from Sky City at the All Blacks game last weekend. [more]

Sports News for 13 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour on findings about Afghan soldier deaths
A military court of inquiry into the deaths of 5 New Zealand soldiers last year is recommending training be improved to make it more realistic. [more]

Chch business leader critiques Govt for consent take over
A Christchurch business leader says a government take-over of the City Council's building consents would only make things worse. [more]

Business hails mining permits - greens say it's a flop
Business advocates are hailing the government's offer of new mining exploration permits in Northland as a welcome boost to confidence in the region. [more]

Govt will support strike breakers Bill
Legislation will be introduced to Parliament to let employers use volunteers, contractors, or other casual workers during strikes and lockouts. [more]

Public asked to help get new Auckland theatre over the line
The Auckand Theatre Company is confident building on its new waterfront theatre will begin this year but its about to go cap and hand to Aucklanders to help fund the last few million dollars. [more]

Inquiry recommends training be improved
A military court of inquiry into the deaths of five New Zealand soldiers last year is recommending training be improved to make it more realistic. [more]

Is getting on the property ladder about to become harder?
The Prime Minister, John Key, is assuring first time home buyers they will be exempt from proposed new rules to restrict low deposit loans. [more]

More on the charges laid against David Ross
More now on the Wellington financial adviser, David Ross, who has been charged with operating a 400-million dollar ponzi scheme. [more]

HarperCollins latest publisher to cut jobs
One of the country's biggest publishing houses is cutting staff here in favour of Australia, as it struggles to compete in an increasingly digital and online market. [more]

Hunt for a phantom dumper
The Wellington City Council is on the hunt for a phantom dumper disposing of hundreds of litres of highly toxic waste into the Karori sewage system. [more]

Sports News for 13 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Wellington's town hall won't be torn down
Wellington's heritage-listed town hall is now safe from demolition. [more]

Prisoners will refurbish quake-damaged houses
Rolleston Prison will be the first prison in the country to put inmates to work fulltime, refurbishing 150 earthquake damaged houses over the next five years. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 13 June 2013
Reaction to reports that negotiations to re-open the Bougainville mine are ready to start; Vanuatu's government pushes on with new policy direction despite speed bumps; Samoan tourism leaders divided on whether or not the industry is in crisis; sorcery is said to be holding back development in Solomon Islands; and there are calls for urgent action to reduce smoking among New Zealand's Pacific community. [more]

No discussions on Panguna re-opening until groups funded
Landowners group head says before there are discussions on a re-opening of the huge copper and gold mine at Panguna in Bougainville a number of pre-requisites need to be met. [more]

Vanuatu govt pushes on with new policies despite speed bumps
Vanuatu's government pushes on with new policy direction despite speed bumps. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 13 June 2013
The Papua mine where 28 people died is still closed for repairs, but the owners says it's safe; Tonga's budget is five percent bigger and reliant on donor aid; The Vanuatu Government pushes on with new policies despite speed bumps; No discussions on the re-opening of Bougainville's Panguna mine just yet; Pacific educators want a campaign to lift students' achievement. [more]

Papua mine still closed for repairs, but company says it's safe
The owners of the Grasberg mine in Indonesia's remote Papua province say operations are still suspended pending repairs after the tunnel collapse disaster last month. [more]

Tonga budget five percent bigger and reliant on donor aid
Tonga budget five percent bigger and heavily reliant on donor aid. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Laying eggs to Mozart
About a year ago, estate owner Peter Yealands started playing classical music from speakers around his vineyard in a grand experiment called "project harmony". He wanted to see if it would increase the vines vigour and resistance. So far there's not much noticable difference to the vines, but estate mechanic and bird expert Wayne Funnell has noticed the estate's free-range chickens are laying larger eggs... 19 percent larger than those chickens who aren't in hen houses close to the music. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 June 2013
A financial adviser is accused of operating a huge ponzi scheme and the Reserve Bank may restrict low deposit loans to curb rising house prices. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 June 2013
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says they're well aware of the Blues utility, Rene Ranger's, future plans, and they'll take no part in changing them. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 13 June 2013
Chch council not meeting building consent requirements; Earthquake Recovery Minister gives Chch council strong warning; Ex-board chair of Pamapuria School defends sacked principal; Offensive menu at Liberal Party dinner insults Julia Gillard; Call for better access to maternity care to prevent baby deaths; Greece in turmoil as public broadcaster abruptly shut down; and Rain forces a tie in Black Caps match against Australia. [more]

Korean talks fall at the first hurdle, for now
Plans for a bilateral talks between the North and South Korean governments have collapsed over an apparently minor issue: who should lead their delegations to the planned talks. [more]

PM refuses to say whether Palantir has government contracts
The Prime Minister has refused to tell Parliament whether or not a data mining company, Palantir, is contracted to work with New Zealand's spy agencies, the GCSB and the SIS, saying it's not in the public interest. [more]

Pacific News for 13 June 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Chief scientist says fluoride row not scientific but political
The Prime Minister's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, says there is no doubt about the safety of fluoride. His comments follow Hamilton City Council decision to remove fluoride from its water supply. [more]

Chch council not meeting building consent requirements
In an unprecedented move, Christchurch City Council could lose its power to grant building consents, because it's taking too long to process applications. [more]

Ex-board chair of Pamapuria School defends sacked principal
A supporter of the sacked Pamapuria School principal says a raft of organisations failed to protect the school from a paedophile teacher, and it's wrong that only the former head is taking the blame. [more]

Offensive menu at Liberal Party dinner insults Julia Gillard
An insulting description of the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has hit the headlines across the Tasman, after the release of a menu designed for a Liberal Party fundraiser. [more]

Police Minister defends officer over eulogy remarks
The Police Minister is defending a eulogy made by the deputy Police Commissioner for the disgraced detective who led the Crewe murder inquiry, saying they are insignificant in his long career. [more]

Reserve Bank expected to leave rates unchanged
The Reserve Bank is expected to leave interest rates unchanged when it publishes its review of the official cash rate. [more]

Greece in turmoil as public broadcaster abruptly shut down
Greek unions have called for a twenty four hour strike, after the state-run broadcaster was abruptly shut down. Thousands have protested outside the headquarters of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, after their radio and television stations were switched off in the cost cutting move without any warning. [more]

Sports News for 13 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Worries over plan to close Immigration office in Queenstown
Businesses in Queenstown have forced Immigration New Zealand to rethink its proposal to shut down the resort's Immigration Service office. [more]

Afghan interpreters ready to begin life in New Zealand
Hamilton and Palmerston North will gain their newest residents this week when 30 Afghan interpreters and their families arrive in the cities. [more]

Turkish prime minister has met with protesters
Turkey's ruling party has ordered protestors to leave Istanbul's Gezi Park, but says it will consider holding a referendum on redevelopment plans, which sparked violent demonstrations. [more]

Govt warns Chch Council about inability to process consents
The Christchurch City Council has been given a final warning, and just 15 days, to clear up its consents process or lose its accreditation altogther. [more]

Call for better access to maternity care to prevent baby deaths
Nearly a fifth of the babies dying during pregnancy or at birth may have lived if their mothers had received better access to maternity care. [more]

More Maori digital content needed to help preserve Te Reo
A group that advises the government on Maori use of broadband says there's not enough Te Reo Maori content being designed for the internet and other digital mediums like smartphones. [more]

Rain forces a tie in Black Caps match against Australia
New Zealand and Australia have both come away with one point from their Champions Trophy cricket match at Edgbaston, after rain forced the match to be abandoned. [more]

Sports News for 13 June 2013
The Auckland Council is being told it's on the right track in planning for a million more residents over the next 30 years. [more]

Support for Auckland council view on population growth
The Auckland Council is being told it's on the right track in planning for a million more residents over the next 30 years. [more]

Warnings increase about NZ's reliance on booming dairy sector
Some farming leaders are warning against the growing dependence on the dairy sector. The Ministry for Primary Industries is forecasting that much of the growth in export sales will come from the dairy sector over the next four years. [more]

Call for urgent action to reduce Pacific smoking
Health officials are being warned Pacific communities won't meet the national target of being smokefree by 2025 without a much bigger effort to cut their high rates of smoking. [more]

New report praises New Zealand for support of mining
A new international report is praising the government for treating the mining industry as a valuable partner, not as a cash cow. [more]

Environmentalists says Judge's Nevis dam decision worrying
Environmentalists and recreational river users are rubbishing a judge's opinion that the need for renewable energy means Otago's last wild river could be dammed. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 13 June 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 13 June 2013
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 13 June 2013
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Vibrotactile Technology
How vibrations (and related technologies) are being applied to aid in musical interactions - with Dr Carl Hopkins, Head of Acoustics Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. [more]

Toxicology - the science of zombies
What's your poison? Dr Leo Schep from the New Zealand National Poisons Centre about substances taken internally or applied externally that are injurious to health or dangerous to life... the science of zombies. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 7
Conundrum - clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 8
Conundrum - clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Christchurch Council losing power to grant building consents
Christchurch City Councillor Sue Wells, the chair of the planning committee, has called a special meeting to see how council staff intend to meet IANZ requirements by the end of June, or risk losing accreditation as a Building Consent Authority. Kathryn Ryan also speaks to Mark McGuinness, Christchurch business owner who says his building consent took 89 days instead of the required 20; and Mike Greer, the managing director of one of the biggest home builders in Canterbury, Mike Greer Homes. [more]

The GCSB Bill
Thomas Beagle is the spokesperson of civil liberties watchdog Tech Liberty and for the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties. He says that the new GCSB Bill appears to give the government wide-spread powers to spy on New Zealanders, and that he was "horrified" to see that it was "a lot worse than he originally thought". [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
Spying is in the headlines in the UK, as is a shed-based competition. [more]

Feature Guest - John Simpson
After 30 years as the chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, English lexicographer John Simpson is retiring. [more]

Book Review - Love Minus Eighty
Gail Pittaway reviews 'Love Minus Eighty' by Will McIntosh, Published by Hachette NZ. [more]

New Technology with Erika Pearson
PRISM and NSA surveillance, low uptake of ultrafast broadband and online shopping. [more]

Heritage with Brigid Gallagher
Swamp pas, crannogs and wetland areas; amazing preservation stories including 4,000 year old boats from UK; and some questionable archaeological "science" on TV. [more]

TV with Lara Strongman
'Wentworth'; TV spoilers; and 'Christchurch: From The Streets'. [more]

Our Changing World

Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition
The Three Kings Islands are just 53 km from North Cape but they are a world apart from the nearby mainland [more]

Brain and Stuttering
University of Canterbury researchers are using brain imaging techniques to investigate the cause of stuttering [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Corresponent for 13 June 2013
We speak to our correspondent in PNG. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 13 June 2013
JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy – particularly on progress in building growth and jobs? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Revenue: How much tax revenue is forecast from the predicted increase in log export volumes over the next four years? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: On what date did his Chief of Staff inform him that "there were issues of Ministers having to comply" with regard to the Henry Report and did his Chief of Staff tell him that the Minister in question was Hon Peter Dunne? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Economic Development: Will the Government release papers detailing the costs of gambling-related social harm at SkyCity Auckland before the final sign off on the SkyCity convention centre deal; if not, when will these papers be released? MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made to support the ongoing resolution of historic abuse claims? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister for Building and Construction: When did he or anyone in MoBIE first become aware that the Christchurch City Council was placed on notice by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) of its intention to revoke the Council's Building Consent Authority Accreditation? MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What recent announcements have been made about mineral exploration in Northland? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: When he goes to the International Labour Organisation Conference in Geneva, does he intend to repeat his comment that New Zealand's employment law is "unworkable", "sloppy" and "creating real problems"? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What plans does the Government have to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice in July and recognise the contribution of New Zealand soldiers in the conflict? GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Conservation: Has he implemented the recommendations of the 2012 meeting of the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee to protect the estimated 55 adult Maui's dolphins remaining; if not, why not? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he have confidence in the biosecurity system? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Transport: What support is the Government giving to improve roading infrastructure in regional and rural New Zealand? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 June 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 June 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 June 2013
The Electoral Commission says a new campaign will be laucnhed next month - aimed at bringing in new general and Maori electorate voters; The Maori Language Commission says people need to embrace and utilise modern technology as a tool to revitalise Te Reo Maori; The Chilean Government is to hold talks with the Education Minister, Hekia Parata, about Maori models of achievement; Five thousand Maori are being targeted by a Government department, which is gathering information about health, language and culture. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 June 2013
A Bay of Plenty tribe says there are no plans to call off court action to force the division of the Kaingaroa Forest among eight iwi - despite a breakthrough in talks; The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, is criticising the Maori Electoral option campaign - saying it isn't doing enough to attract new voters; An inquiry's been launched into an iwi's claim to marine rights in Hawke's Bay; A revamped training programme for the Maori Wardens will be rolled out next month. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 June 2013
The Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell, wants all Maori to be automatically listed on the Maori electoral roll; It's been ruled that an iwi of Te Arawa waka doesn't have eligible ownership rights to Rotorua land returned to the tribe by the Crown, including the popular geothermal tourist centre, Te Puia; An environmental scientist warns that tangata whenua are going to loose longfin eels - a customary treasure - because of commercial fishing; The Government says it's taking steps to ensure its Treaty settlement promises to iwi are not broken. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 June 2013
It's been ruled that an iwi of Te Arawa waka does not have eligible ownership rights to Rotorua land returned to the tribe by the Crown, including the popular geothermal tourist centre, Te Puia; The Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell, wants all Maori to be automatically listed on the Maori electoral roll; An environmental scientist warns tangata whenua are going to loose longfin eels - a customary treasure - because of commercial fishing; The Government says it's taking steps to ensure its Treaty settlement promises are iwi are not broken. [more]

Upbeat

Clive Greensmith - Tokyo Quartet Cellist
Cellist from the Tokyo String Quartet previews their Chamber Music New Zealand performances. [more]

Deirdre Tarrant - CNZM
NZ Dance impresario recently appointed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 13 June 2013
The latest Pacifc regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 13 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 13 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 13 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 13 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

American Samoa Senator Fa'agata Mano dies
An American Samoan Senator Fa'agata Mano III of Fagatogo has died, aged 62. He was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after developing breathing problems at a meeting at Tafuna... [more]

Tonga needs to make more of export potential - former finance minister
A former Tonga finance minister, Sunia Fili, who is now with the opposition, says the country has got to make more of its export potential to try and turn the... [more]

PNG hospital faces negligence following death of Chimbu leader
One of the biggest private hospitals in Papua New Guinea is being sued for negligence in the death of a Chimbu leader last month. A lawyer Peter Kuman is taking... [more]

Iguana bounty programme launched in Fiji
A bounty programme has been launched to try and eradicate the American Iguana in Fiji. The programme, run by the Biosercurity Authority and the NGO, NatureFiji-MareqetiViti, will run for six... [more]

Pre-conditions need to be met before Panguna reopens - landowner
Despite reports in the Papua New Guinea media that negotiations to re-open the huge Panguna mine on Bougainville are ready to start, a landowner leader says there are a number... [more]

No changes to starting XV in predictable All Blacks side
The All Blacks selectors have made no changes to the starting fifteen for the second test against France in Christchurch. There are three changes on the bench, with the veterans... [more]

Phoenix begin pre-season training with A-League still months away
It's still four months until the A-League football season resumes, but pre-season training has officially begun for the Wellington Phoenix under new coach Ernie Merrick. Merrick's had his first training... [more]

Siejka released by Warriors, Townsend signed
The Warriors halfback Harry Siejka has been released from his contract without playing a National Rugby League game for the club. Siejka was signed late last year on a two-year... [more]

James Tamou dropped from Origin after arrest
The New Zealand-born rugby league star James Tamou has been dropped from the second State of Origin game and fined $24,000, following his arrest earlier this week. The North Queensland... [more]

Ex-France coach denies doping allegations
The former France rugby coach Pierre Berbizier has denied any involvement in the doping of players, following controversial claims made by former international prop Laurent Benezech. Berbizier told the French... [more]

Cordner beats fight ban at NRL judiciary
Sydney Roosters backrower Boyd Cordner is free to face the Warriors on Sunday after beating a striking charge at the National Rugby League judiciary on Wednesday night. Cordner threw a... [more]

Messi and father accused of tax fraud in Spain
A Spanish prosecutor has filed a fraud complaint against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina football star owes $6.6 million in back taxes. Messi and his father Jorge deny... [more]

McCaw set to return for Crusaders
The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw expects to return to the Crusaders for the playoff phase of the Super Rugby competition. McCaw has taken time off from the game since... [more]

Spurs blow out Heat to lead NBA finals
The San Antonio Spurs have regained their advantage in the NBA basketball finals, with a 113-77 blowout win over the Miami Heat to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven... [more]

Australian football coach apologises for sexist comment
The Australian football coach Holger Osieck has been forced to apologise for a sexist comment after his side's 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Jordan. The German joked that a... [more]

Farr-Jones endorses leaving Cooper out of Lions series
The World Cup-winning Wallabies rugby captain Nick Farr-Jones is hoping Quade Cooper revives his international career, but says the mercurial first five-eighth is too much of a big-game flop to... [more]

France beat Blues at North Harbour Stadium
France scored three tries early in the second half to beat the Blues 38-15 at North Harbour Stadium. Halfback Jean Marc Doussain kicked well, landing three conversions and four penalty... [more]

Lions overrun Country boys
The British and Irish Lions ran in 10 tries to overwhelm a semi-professional Combined Country side 64-0 in the third match of their Australian rugby tour in Newcastle. The Welsh... [more]

India beat West Indies at The Oval
The Indian cricketers have qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy one day tournament - and eliminated arch-rivals Pakistan - after beating the West Indies by eight wickets at... [more]

Champion trainer Cecil dies aged 70
The champion English racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died of cancer at the age of 70. The winner of 10 English trainers' championships, Cecil's saddled up a record 75... [more]

NZ beats Botswana at World Team squash champs
The New Zealand men's squash team has beaten Botswana 2-1 in their final group match to qualify for the next stage of the World Teams Championship in France. New Zealand... [more]

Three medals for NZ swimmers in Spain
New Zealand swimmers have picked up three medals on the opening night of finals in the Mare Nostrum series in Barcelona. World short course champion Lauren Boyle finished second in... [more]

Argentina miss a chance to seal a place at World Cup finals
Argentina's hopes of sealing qualification for next year's football World Cup were thwarted in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador, as Colombia took a massive stride towards the finals in Brazil... [more]

John Tomic watches his son get beaten at Queen's
Australian John Tomic was allowed into Queen's Club in London to see his son Bernard play, but he won't be going back as junior was beaten in the first round... [more]

Australia cricket selectors rule out SOS to Ponting
The Australia cricket selectors have ruled out making an Ashes SOS call to retired test batsmen Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich if skipper Michael Clarke's back problems continue. The head... [more]

Stormy start forecast for US Open
US Open golf officials are bracing themsleves for a stormy start to their championship tomorrow morning in Pennsylvania. The Merion course has already been saturated by more than six inches... [more]

Downward dollar boosts exporters, but consumers pay more
The decline in the New Zealand dollar is giving exporters a boost, but consumers will pay more for imported items and petrol. [more]

Points shared after NZ-Australia Champions Trophy match abandoned
The New Zealand-Australia group match at the Champions Trophy cricket tournament in Birmingham has been abandoned. Rain intervened 15 overs into the Black Caps' run chase after they'd done well... [more]

Erakovic keeps on winning
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has continued her good form, beating the second seed to move into the third round of the Birmingham grass court tournament in... [more]

Australian batsman Warner could be sent home
Amid a storm surrounding David Warner's future in international cricket, a rained-out match against New Zealand in Birmingham has Australia's hopes of a Champions Trophy title defence on life support. [more]

Others should share blame, says former board chair
A supporter of a principal sacked for not doing enough to protect children from a paedophile teacher says it is not fair the former head is taking all the blame. [more]

Protesters attempt to block house removal
Protesters have thrown recycling bins in the path of trucks in an attempt to stop the removal of state houses from an east Auckland suburb. [more]

Electoral Commission to target new voters
The Electoral Commission says a new campaign will be launched next month aimed at bringing in new general and Maori electorate voters. [more]

Broadband group calls for more Maori digital content
Maori broadband group chair Antony Royal says not enough te reo Maori content is being designed for the internet and other digital media like smartphones. [more]

Maori statistics survey starts
Five thousand Maori are being targeted by a Government department which is gathering information about health, language and culture. [more]

Chile interested in Maori education success - ambassador
The Chilean Government is to hold talks with Education Minister Hekia Parata about Maori models of achievement. [more]

Resettled Afghan interpreters move into homes
Afghan interpreters and their families are moving to new homes in Hamilton and Palmerston North under a government resettlement programme. [more]

Queenstown employers want immigration office to stay
Plans to close Queenstown's immigration office have run into resistance from the resort's business community. [more]

Jetstar to suspend Queenstown service
Jetstar is suspending flights between Wellington and Queenstown from September but will increase flights between Auckland and Christchurch. [more]

Air NZ plan to increase stake in Virgin 'good use of capital'
An analyst says Air New Zealand's decision to raise its stake in Virgin Australia was a good use of capital. [more]

Study finds huge variation in detail of annual reports
A study of the annual reports of 100 listed or large companies published in 2012 has found a huge variation in the amount of commentary companies provide [more]

Middle East expansion pays off for BurgerFuel
BurgerFuel has reported a 55% jump in profit for its full year, with the company beginning to reap the rewards of investing in the Middle East. [more]

Chorus critical of Commerce Commission investigation
Chorus says the Commerce Commission should put an investigation into line rentals on hold because policy changes by the Government could make the current investigation redundant. [more]

Hansen says they wanted to stick with same side
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says the selectors didn't really consider making changes to their starting side for the second test against France in Christchurch this weekend. There are... [more]

Joseph Parker gives up weight advantage to Botha
The New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is below his ideal weight ahead of tonight's fight against the South African veteran Francois Botha. Parker weighed in at 102.9 kilogrammes, almost... [more]

Erakovic wins doubles match in Birmingham
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her partner Cara Black of Zimbabwe have won their opening round doubles match at the Birmingham grass court tournament. The pair beat... [more]

Backing for Auckland population growth forecast
A leading statistician has supported Auckland Council's view that 1 million more people may be living in the city in 30 years. [more]

Fire at flats treated as suspicious
Police say a fire that engulfed three flats north of Wellington is being treated as suspicious. [more]

Obstetricians urge early maternity care
Obstetricians are urging pregnant women to book early for maternity care following a report showing many foetal or infant deaths could have been avoided. [more]

Record house prices put more pressure on Reserve Bank
Record house prices are putting more pressure on the Reserve Bank to take steps to cool the market. [more]

Erakovic staying aggressive
Confidence in her attacking play has resulted in another major scalp for the New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic. Following her good run on clay, Erakovic has started her Wimbeldon... [more]

Mental health workshops set up for farmers
The Government is organising further support for farming families battling the after effects of the drought. [more]

Call for urgent action on Pacific smoking
A national smokefree agency is calling for a massive boost to efforts to reduce smoking among Pacific people. [more]

No change to legal threshold of racism
Justice Minister Judith Collins has told a parliamentary select committee she has no plans to lower the legal threshold for what constitutes racism in New Zealand. [more]

West Papuan activist released from police custody
A leading West Papuan activist, Buchtar Tabuni, has been released from custody, a day after being arrested when Indonesian police forcibly stopped a demonstration in Jayapura. Mr Tabuni was among... [more]

Industrial waste threat to sewerage system
Wellington City Council is on the hunt for a phantom dumper disposing of hundreds of litres of highly toxic waste into the sewerage system. [more]

Inmates to repair damaged state houses
Prisoners will be put to work refurbishing earthquake-damaged houses in Christchurch. [more]

Dairy sector dominance concerns farming leader
A farming leader has warned of the pitfalls of the country's dependence on the dairy sector. [more]

Fiji customs find fake university certificates
The Fiji Customs Authority has seized 41 counterfeit certificates for one of the country's universities at the border. Fiji Village reports that a package was detained when customs officials became... [more]

Samoa church plans bank
Samoa's Congregational Christian Church is planning to establish a loan and commercial banking firm in Samoa. Savalinews reports the venture was one of the main issues discussed during the church's... [more]

Mine operator in Indonesia's Papua denies safety complaints before collapse
The owners of the Grasberg mine in Indonesia's Papua province have denied there were complaints about a part of the mine operations before it collapsed last month. The world's biggest... [more]

Fiji casino developers given another week's extension
The developers of a planned casino on Fiji's Denarau Island have been given another week's extension to their deadline. The 100 Sands Casino now has until next week to begin... [more]

Paris asked to deny Bainimarama visa for New Caledonia
A leading New Caledonian politician has asked France to refuse a visa to the Fiji regime leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who is due in Noumea next week for the summit... [more]

Vanuatu PM dismisses opposition's Saken claims
Vanuatu's Prime Minister has dismissed a claim by the opposition that his government is reluctant to revoke the diplomatic passport of Pascal Ahn Quan Saken because of close links to... [more]

Nauru cabinet announced
Nauru's new president Baron Waqa has announced his new cabinet, which includes two newly elected MPs. A new parliamentarian, Aaron Cook, has been appointed Minister for Commerce, Industry and Entertainment... [more]

Work on new Auckland theatre to start soon
The Auckland Theatre Company says a major new funding boost means work can begin on a waterfront theatre this year, but it will be asking the public to help come up with the last few million dollars. [more]

Farmer pleased MPI addressing palm kernel issues
One of the farmers who blew the whistle on lax biosecurity at some overseas palm kernel processing sites has applauded moves to address some of their concerns. [more]

Supreme Court blocks raw pork imports during hearing
The Supreme Court has issued an order blocking imports of consumer-ready cuts of raw pork until it hears an appeal from the Pork Industry Board. [more]

Auckland mayoral battle set to be big budget affair
The battle for the Auckland mayoralty this year is likely to be another big-spending affair, following the failure of a move to reduce the cap on campaign spending. [more]

Bayliss case accessory gets community service
A man who helped his flatmate avoid arson and burglary charges after the murder of Christchurch teenager Jade Bayliss has been sentenced to 200 hours' community work. [more]

Mining exploration permits issued in Northland
The Government has issued five new permits for mineral exploration in Northland. [more]

Diane Maxwell appointed as Retirement Commissioner
A former head of communications at the Bank of New Zealand has been appointed to take over as the Retirement Commissioner. [more]

NZ paramedics provide basic training to Samoan counterparts
Two Wellington paramedics and a doctor are in Samoa this week to help provide basic medical training and equipment to ambulance drivers on the main island of Upolo. Byron Williams,... [more]

STI tests to be available in Tokelau within months
The growing number of people in Tokelau with symptoms of sexually transmitted infections will be able to be tested for them within months. The national co-ordinator for public health says... [more]

Vanuatu PM maintains his majority is stable
Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his government has a stable majority in the 52-seat parliament despite claims by the opposition that the coalition lacks unity. Moana Carcasses Kalosil has fended off... [more]

Vanuatu launches cervical cancer vaccination campaign
Health authorities in Vanuatu have launched a cervical cancer vaccination campaign. It will cover more than 3,000 girls who are 12 years old. The programme, which comes after a screening... [more]

Beatings at student demo in Indonesia's Papua province
A journalist in Indonesia's Papua province says yesterday's student rally was forcibly broken up by police who are currently searching for the organiser. Police started dispersing the 50 rallying students... [more]

PNG Energy Minister casts doubt on possible Exxon deal with InterOil
Papua New Guinea's Petroleum and Energy Minister has cast doubt on the viability of Exxon Mobil teaming up with the Canadian company InterOil to develop natural-gas fields in Gulf Province. [more]

China contributes money to Fiji-led regional body
China has given Fiji funds towards the first meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum to be held in Nadi in August. The Forum succeeds the Engaging with the Pacific... [more]

Fiji's Air Pacific reviewing carriage of shark fins
Fiji's national carrier, Air Pacific, says it's reviewing its freight policies relating to the carriage of shark products. Last month, environmental groups in Hong Kong alleged that Air Pacific had... [more]

Concerns for missing Dunedin teen
Police have concerns over the safety of a Dunedin teenager missing for three weeks. [more]

Woman banned from owning dog for five years
An Auckland woman has admitted ill-treating her dog by failing to feed it properly for weeks, leaving it mange-ridden and emaciated. [more]

Radio New Zealand chief executive appointed
Fairfax executive Paul Thompson has been appointed as the next chief executive of Radio New Zealand. [more]

Tonga budget five percent bigger and reliant on donor aid
The Tongan government has announced a budget that is strongly dependent on foreign aid support. The government is planning to spend five percent more in the coming year compared with... [more]

Papua mine still closed for repairs, but company says it's safe
The Grasberg mine in Indonesia's remote Papua province remains closed for repairs after the deadly tunnel collapse last month. The company is defending its safety record, while the results from... [more]

No discussions on Panguna re-opening until groups funded
Despite reports in the Papua New Guinea media that negotiations to re-open the huge Panguna mine on Bougainville are ready to start, a landowner leader says there are a number... [more]

Vanuatu govt pushes on with new policies despite speed bumps
The new government in Vanuatu says it's meeting the vast majority of its commitments laid out in a list of policy plans after it came to power. Two months ago,... [more]

American Samoa education system not adequate, says Governor
The American Samoa governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has told a gathering of US governors and education officials in Chicago that the territory's education system is not adequately preparing students for... [more]

SPC and Global Fund to continue working together
The director general of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, says fears for the health of patients on drugs programmes led to a transitional arrangement with the... [more]

Rare earths attribution to be raised in Paris/Papeete talks
The new French Polynesian government says a key issue to be raised during its upcoming first talks with the French president, Francois Hollande, will be the attribution of deep sea... [more]

PNG police rule out common motive in attacks on judges
Police in the Papua New Guinea province of Madang are ruling out a common motive in two attacks on judges that have occurred in the past few weeks. The acting... [more]

Labour MPs accused of hypocrisy over SkyCity
The Prime Minister has accused the Labour Party of hypocrisy after four MPs accepted corporate hospitality from SkyCity at an All Blacks game. [more]

Harper Collins cuts NZ jobs
One of the country's biggest publishers is cutting staff as it tries to cope in what it says is an increasingly challenging market. [more]

Power blackout in central Wellington
About 700 electricity customers in central Wellington lost power on Thursday evening in a blackout that hit city at 5.40pm. [more]

Submissions closing date on GCSB legislation extended
The closing date for submissions on legislation governing the country's electronic spy agency has been extended. [more]

Far North mayor defends mining interest
Far North mayor Wayne Brown says there is no conflict of interest between his mining business and his role as mayor. [more]

Soldiers' deaths blamed on Afghan insurgents
A military court of inquiry into the death of five New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan has found they died after being attacked by insurgents. [more]

Mayor confident deadline will be met
The mayor of Christchurch says the council will meet a crucial deadline for improving its building consent process, not because of a threat from the Government, but because staff have been working on the systems all along. [more]

New unit to safeguard settlement promises
The Government says it's taking steps to ensure its Treaty settlement promises with iwi are not broken. [more]

Flavell wants automatic Maori election enrolment
The Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell, has entered a private member's bill into the ballot to automatically register Maori on the Maori roll. [more]

Panel rules iwi ineligible for land rights
It's been ruled that an iwi of Te Arawa waka does not have eligible ownership rights to Rotorua land returned to the tribe by the Crown, including the popular geothermal tourist centre, Te Puia. [more]

Commercial longfin eeling risks Maori customary treasure
An environmental scientist warns tangata whenua are going to loose longfin eels - a customary treasure - because of commercial fishing. [more]

Toddler drowns on Southland farm
The Department of Labour is investigating the death of a toddler on a Southland farm, after he drowned in a rubbish hole on Wednesday. [more]

Dollar dips after decision to keep OCR at 2.5%
The New Zealand dollar has fallen further after the Reserve Bank left the official cash rate unchanged at 2.5% on Thursday. [more]

Council votes against pay rise for directors
The Christchurch City Council has unanimously voted against pay rises for the directors of the insurer, Civic Assurance. [more]

Tough market blamed for Hallenstein Glasson earnings
Hallenstein Glasson is warning its profit will be lower this year as earnings are dragged down by aggressive discounting in the highly competitive womenswear sector. [more]

Pyne Gould $30m profit forecast boosts share price
Shares in Pyne Gould Corporation jumped more than 15% after the company tripled its profit forecast. [more]