Radio New Zealand - Friday, 14th June 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Country Life, Dateline Pacific, Extra Time, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News about New Zealand, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Saturday Morning, Te Manu Korihi, The Week In Review, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Sam Stone
Tom Taylor from Methven nominates 'Sam Stone' by John Prine. [more]

Spiderman
Australian Police describe him as the cleverest, coolest and most capable burglar they have ever hunted - The man accused of being 'the Spiderman'. Mark Buttler reports from Melbourne. [more]

Stuttering
One child in 20 is a stutterer, and for many the problem persists into adulthood. There is no cure or even permanent treatment, because the cause of stuttering remains unclear. [more]

Feature Album - Tusk
Today's feature album is 'Tusk' by Fleetwood Mac. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Geoff Scott
Geoff Scott from Vinnies in Herne Bay with the perfect weekend comfort food - soup. [more]

Wine with Yvonne Lorkin
Yvonne Lorkin with wines for the weekend. [more]

Film with Sarah McMullan
Sarah McMullan reviewing the Danish movie 'The Hunt'; the new Will Smith film 'After Earth'; and 'The Other Son', about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [more]

Waikato Regional Excavator Competition at Fieldays
The New Zealand Contractors' Federation is holding it's Waikato Regional Excavator Competition at Fieldays, Simon Payne is the NZCF Waikato branch president and he is on the line from Mystery Creek. [more]

The Panel Pre-show for 14 June 2013
The Panel pre-show for 14 June 2013 with Susan Baldacci, Chris Trotter and Lisa Scott. [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Lisa Scott (Part 1)
Sir Peter Gluckman, the prime minister's chief science advisor, says the fluoride debate has been hijacked by a misinterpretation of science; and John Key says Labour MPs who accepted corporate hospitality from SkyCity are 'deeply hypocritical'. [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Lisa Scott (Part 2)
Significantly fewer people in England are playing sport regularly now than before the Olympics; A homeless man has been trespassed from the derelict house in Temuka he has been living in for the past two months; Dunedin's Captain Cook Tavern will shut its doors tonight. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 14 June 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14th June. This week ......the former director of the government's spy agency - the GCSB, says it did not use data shared by other countries to circumvent New Zealand laws around what its allowed to access, the row about racism and responsibility in the media prompted by the publication of two newspaper cartoons recently, the debate on euthanasia, cricketing great Martin Crowe on his career and battle with cancer in his brutally honest memoir "Raw", the life of one of New Zealand's most colourful criminals, and whats involved in pet cremation. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 14 June 2013
A warning the Reserve Bank could raise interest rates by the end of the year; Hallenstein Glasson's shares slump after a profit downgrade; and in the market report, Wall St rises. [more]

Markets Update for 14 June 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 14 June 2013
Sky City gets two more weeks to reach a final convention centre deal. [more]

Evening Business for 14 June 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 14 June 2013
New Zealanders are top of the class when it comes to understanding finances, according to a survey by the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income. [more]

CEISMIC

Insurers warn economic damage from quakes will linger
Public and private insurers are warning the damage from Canterbury's series of earthquakes will have economic impact for years. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 14 June 2013
Eighty jobs on the line at Safe Air; Second Education Ministry manager resigns over Novopay; Manufacturing hits a nine year high; Finance firm directors get home detention; All Blacks prepare for a more experienced French side; Legal high Bill change of bias against animal testing; Coroner says retirement complexes should check on residents; Blenheim mayor on Safe Air jobs in jeopardy. [more]

Eighty jobs on the line at Safe Air
Eighty jobs are on the line at Air New Zealand's subsidiary Safe Air in Blenheim. [more]

Second Education Ministry manager resigns over Novopay
The ministry today announced that another of its senior managers has resigned over their role in the development of the school payroll system. [more]

Manufacturing hits a nine year high
Some manufacturers say conditions remain tough despite a Business New Zealand survey showing activity has hit a nine year high. [more]

Finance firm directors get home detention
Two directors at the failed finance group, Dominion Finance, have been sentenced to home detention and community work for misleading investors. [more]

All Blacks prepare for a more experienced French side
The All Blacks play France in Christchurch tomorrow night in the second of Les Bleus three match tour to New Zealand. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Legal high Bill change of bias against animal testing
Legislation to clamp down on legal highs is being changed so that animal testing can only be used as a last resort. [more]

Coroner says retirement complexes should check on residents
Some elderly people in retirement villages say they're insulted by a coroner's suggestion they be monitored to make sure they're still alive. [more]

Blenheim mayor on Safe Air jobs in jeopardy
The aviation maintenance company says it's having to restructure because its work upgrading the Air Force's Hercules and P3 Orion aircraft will wind up over the next year. [more]

Hinch says Gillard question disgraceful
The well-known Australian broadcaster Derryn Hinch says a radio interview where Prime Minister Julia Gillard was asked if her partner is gay is absolutely disgraceful. [more]

Paua groups angry about delayed fishing decision
A recreational fishing group is accusing the Minister for Primary Industries of changing the rules after putting off a decision on plans to open up 33 kilometres of Southland coastline to commercial paua fishing. [more]

US to arm Syrian rebels
President Obama has authorised sending US arms to Syrian rebels, after the White House announced it had proof the government there had used chemical weapons against forces fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. [more]

Checking on people in retirement homes
The partner of a man who was found dead in his retirement home apartment two weeks after suffering a heart attack says she'd hate for it to happen to anyone else. [more]

IT industry not taking blame for Novopay
The IT industry says the botched roll-out of Novopay was a failure of management, not technology. [more]

First internet service just for Pacific senior citizens opens
A new service to teach Pacific senior citizens to Skype, text and use the internet opened today in south Auckland. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 14 June 2013
The Prime Minister might have hoped that Peter Dunne's resignation as a minister last week would end the controversy over the leaking of the Kitteridge report into the country's electronic spy agency. But the fall-out from Mr Dunne's resignation dragged on all through this week as Opposition parties sought to implicate John Key in the saga. And while Mr Dunne has denied leaking the report the question remains: did he do it? [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
The CEO of the National Fieldays Society Jon Calder talks about taking New Zealand exhibitors to similar events in developing markets overseas. They'll have a trade presence over the next 12 months or so, in China, India and hopefully Russia. [more]

Antarctica DNA
PhD student Stephen Archer talks about his love of Antarctica and the science he has been doing there. [more]

Farmer Feeling
Farmers at the National Ag Fieldays update us on life in their patch. Most dairy farmers are feeling reasonably okay going into winter, the drought seems to be well behind them in terms of pasture growth, although the financial cost is still there. Sheep and beef farmers however are struggling with the volatile sheep meat prices. [more]

Enticing Young People into Agriculture
The National Agricultural Fieldays attracts thousands of teenagers and young people each year. Some come for a day out but others are interested in a career in the agriculture sector. Country Life speaks to some of the education providers trying to attract the students and to the young people themselves about a possible future in agriculture. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 14 June 2013
The leader of Vanuatu rejects claims his government is under threat; The SPC and the Global Fund to continue their collaboration; Tokelau launches a campaign to combat STIs; 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; Pacific educators in New Zealand want a campaign to lift students' achievement. [more]

Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his government is stable
Vanuatu's Prime Minister talks about his government's efforts to bring much needed services to the country and fends off opposition claims that the coalition is unstable. [more]

SPC and Global Fund to continue working together
The SPC and the Global Fund reach an agreement on an interim funding arrangement for programmes to combat AIDS, STIs, TB, and Malaria. [more]

Huge challenge to educate Tokelauan youths about STIs
Tokelau launches a drive to spread the word to encourage youths to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. [more]

Bougainvilleans take lessons from Maori on development
Bougainvilleans take lessons from Maori on development. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 14 June 2013
The leader of Vanuatu rejects claims his government is under threat; Cook Island budget good for teachers, nurses, and doctors; Bougainvilleans take lessons from Maori on devleopment; PNG Tourism focuses on adventure destination brand; The SPC and the Global Fund to continue their collaboration, and tokelau launches a campaign to combat STIs. [more]

Cook Island budget good for teachers, nurses, and doctors
The Cook Islands Finance Minister, Mark Brown, says a priority under this year's $196.5 million budget has been to improve the salaries of teachers, nurses, and doctors. [more]

Bougainvilleans take lessons from Maori on development
A Maori consultancy firm says Bougainvilleans have been keen to learn from Maori to develop their economy. [more]

PNG Tourism focuses on adventure destination brand
PNG Tourism is focussing on building the country's reputation as a major adventure tourism destination. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 14 June 2013
In Extra Time this week, the All Blacks captain Richie McCaw talks about his return to rugby after six months off. We hear from Breakers star Tom Abercrombie as he embarks on what he hopes will be the start of an NBA career. Can ten thousand hours of dedicated training get to you to the top of sport? We hear from someone who's giving it a go, and one of New Zealand's best ever softballers, Mark Sorenson takes over the coaching reins at the Black Sox. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 14 June 2013
The US begins arming insurgents in Syria's civil war; Kim Hill interviews Radio NZ's new chief executive; and in Dateline Pacific, a look at the Cook Islands budget. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 June 2013
Manufacturing activity hits a nine-year high; Jonathan Coleman denies that negligence led to a live grenade being left in a dead soldier's body. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 June 2013
Golfer Phil Mickelson shares the US Open lead. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 14 June 2013
Recommendations have been made for Afghanistan bravery awards; Mother puts a face to the human cost of soldiers' deaths; Minister says lessons to be learned from Afghanistan deaths; PPTA mounts lawsuit over $100m Novopay system; David Ross still working with SFO enquiry, despite charges laid; New CEO for Radio New Zealand says he's looking forward to challenge; Tiwai Point's asset writedown could make sale easier. [more]

New law allows detention of asylum seeker groups
The Immigration Amendment Bill, which will allow any incoming group of more than 30 people to be detained for up to six months, was passed into law last night. [more]

Pacific News for 14 June 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Defence to recommend bravery awards after Afghan firefight
The Defence Force has recommended bravery awards, some posthumous, for the soldiers involved in an ambush by Afghan insurgents in Bamyan Province's Shikari Valley in August last year. [more]

Recommendations have been made for Afghanistan bravery awards
The Defence Force has made recommendations for bravery awards, some which may be awarded posthumously, for the soldiers involved in an ambush by Afghan insurgents in Shikari Valley in Bamyan Province in August last year. [more]

Mother puts a face to the human cost of soldiers' deaths
Lynne McSweeney is the mother of Corporal Luke Tamatea, one of those who died when his Humvee hit an improvised roadside bomb, and Mrs McSweeney talks about the Defence Force's investigation. [more]

Minister says lessons to be learned from Afghanistan deaths
The Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says training is adequate despite the report finding faults with communication and battle awareness in complex combat situations. [more]

PPTA mounts lawsuit over $100m Novopay system
The Post Primary Teachers Association is suing the acting Secretary for Education, Peter Hughes, for damages over the Novopay school payroll system. [more]

David Ross still working with SFO enquiry, despite charges laid
The Wellington-based lawyer for former financial adviser David Ross says it comes as no real surprise the Serious Fraud Office has laid charges against his client. [more]

New CEO for RNZ says he's looking forward to challenge
Fairfax Media's group executive editor Paul Thompson has been appointed Radio New Zealand's new chief executive. [more]

First Antarctic Institute funding projects announced
Research areas - including Polar amplification, adaptive capacity of marine invertebrates, ecoforecasting and trophic dependancies - have been given the first ever round of privately funded grants from the country's newly established Antarctic Research Institute. [more]

Tiwai Point's write down could make sale easier
The half-billion dollar write down of Tiwai Point aluminimum smelter could encourage more interest from buyers. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Amnesty appalled by plan for mass detention of asylum seekers
Amnesty International's executive director Grant Bayldon believes the new Immigration Amendment Bill breaches New Zealand's international human rights obligations. [more]

Cutbacks in low-deposit loans could hurt first home buyers
Housing experts think first-home buyers will suffer from toughened rules on home lending. [more]

Ex-army chief says Afghanistan training lacked complexity
The former chief of the army, Major General Lou Gardiner, says the combat training of New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan was focused too heavily on single patrols rather than several groups fighting together. [more]

Jon Stephenson on Afghanistan Report
Jon Stephenson, a freelance journalist who specialises on Afghanistan, says the Defence Force report shows the Battle of Baghak could have been much worse for the New Zealand patrol. [more]

Trade unions say legislation allowing strike breakers draconian
Trade unions say legislation allowing the use of strike breakers is draconian and will destroy collective bargaining, reduce wages and give all power to the employer. [more]

Electoral Commission may be dragged into digital age - Gunston
United Future has gone back to the Electoral Commission with a list of more than 600 party members on enrolment forms designed to satisfy rules for formal registration of the party. [more]

Iran heads to the polls
It's the first election since 2009, when 80 people were killed and dozens jailed in the protests that ensued. [more]

Sports News for 14 June 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Council's earthquake-strengthening costs could spiral
Critics of the Wellington City Council say costs for buildings in need of earthquake-strengthening could spiral out of control. [more]

High-tech containment labs hit New Zealand
The head of a new high-tech disease containment laboratory in Dunedin says New Zealand has been slow to embrace the technology. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
The latest news and stories making headlines in Australia. [more]

News about New Zealand

News from Around New Zealand for 14 June 2013
A summary of New Zealand News. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 14 June 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 14 June 2013
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 14 June 2013
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

On The Spot - Ewen Chatfield
Impromptu thoughts, perspectives and opinions on either the little or big things of life. [more]

Conundrum - answer
This week's answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Is Auckland DHB's new privacy policy an overreaction?
Ian Powell is the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and gives his perspective. [more]

Rise in custody related international child abduction cases
The Dean of the Faculty of Law at Otago University, Professor Mark Henaghan, is an expert in this field and on the Hague Convention's Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. [more]

Asia Correspondent - Jamil Anderlini
Beijing Bureau Chief of the Financial Times, Jamil Anderlini, with news from Asia. [more]

Feature Guest - Karen Fifield
The Australian former high school teacher is credited with helping turn around the previously underfunded and underperforming Wellington Zoo during her 6 plus years at the helm. Karen Fifield is also a former Wellingtonion of the year, receiving the Environmental Category accolade in 2010. [more]

Children's Book Reviews
John McIntyre reviews: Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul; Henry's Map by David Elliot, and; The Song of The Ship Rat by Ben Brown, illustrated by Helen Taylor. [more]

New Music with Jeremy Taylor
New and re-released music from: Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavelle; Public Image Ltd, and; George Benson. [more]

Sport with Richard Boock
The second All Blacks vs France test; the NZ vs England cricket, and; the Warriors look set to continue their 3-match winning streak in the League. [more]

Week That Was
Radar and Michele A'Court dissect the week that was. [more]

Business with Fran O'Sullivan
The loss in Peter Dunne, a relatively competent Revenue Minister; and the end of quantitative easing â€" what does the decline in the NZ dollar cross rate against the US mean for NZ? [more]

Business with Fran O'Sullivan
The loss in Peter Dunne, a relatively competent Revenue Minister; and the end of quantitative easing - what does the decline in the NZ dollar cross rate against the US mean for NZ? [more]

Business with Fran O'Sullivan
The loss in Peter Dunne, a relatively competent Revenue Minister; and the end of quantitative easing - what does the decline in the NZ dollar cross rate against the US mean for NZ? [more]

Business with Fran O'Sullivan
The loss of Peter Dunne, a relatively competent Revenue Minister; and the end of quantitative easing - what does the decline in the NZ dollar cross rate against the US mean for NZ? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 14 June 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 14 June 2013
Benedict Collins gives a live update from the Fieldays at Mystery Creek, and a new report on the fresh fruit sector released this week highlights the potential for continuing the growth of fruit exports into Asian markets. [more]

Saturday Morning

Charles Pigden : conspiracies and cockups
Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Otago, who has published on a number of topics including conspiracy theories. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2013
The iwi of Te Upokorehe has lit two fires in the Bay of Plenty region in continued protest of Tuhoe's treaty settlement with the Crown; The Minister of Education says Maori need to fight for their children's education, and not just for forestry and water rights; Plans to extend a Maori-run high-speed broadband cable hinge on attracting new investors; Tainui is sharing its stories about Matariki, or the Maori New Year, at Te Papa museum this year - focusing on an ancient tale about the seven sisters, or stars which make up the constellation of Pleiades. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2013
The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, says Maori need to fight for their children's education - not just for forestry and water rights; Two fires are blazing in Bay of Plenty as the tribe, Te Upokorehe, continues it's protest of Tuhoe's treaty settlement; Plans to extend a Maori-run high-speed broadband cable hinge on attracting new investors; Tainui is sharing its stories about Matariki, or the Maori new year at Te Papa museum this year - focusing on an ancient tale about the seven sisters, or stars which make up the constellation of pleaides. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2013
The Crown says it's deeply sorry for failing to live up to its Treaty obligations to the Rotorua iwi Ngati Rangiteaorere; A field days seminar has heard that changes to legislation around Maori land won't be the key driver to unlock its potential; Meanwhile, a Maori land owner and charted accountant is praising the Ture Whenua Maori Land Act review panel for opening up healthy discussions with shareholders about Maori owned land; A Bay of Plenty tribe that opposes Tuhoe's deed of settlement says it's not too late for the government to make changes to the deed. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 June 2013
A Fieldays seminar has heard that changes to legislation around Maori land won't be the key driver to unlock its potential; Meanwhile, a Maori land owner and charted accountant is praising the Ture Whenua Maori Land Act review panel for opening up healthy discussions with shareholders about Maori owned land; A Maori land owner and charted accountant who also works with Maori land trusts and incorporations in Gisborne, is praising the Ture Whenua Maori Land Act review panel for opening up healthy discussions with shareholders about Maori owned land; A Bay of Plenty tribe that opposes Tuhoe's deed of settlement says it's not too late for the government to make changes to the deed. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 14 June 2013
A selection of the week's news including: Peter Dunne resigns as government minister but won't say why, Christchurch City Council in danger of losing power to grant building consents, military court of inquiry finds two New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan wounded by friendly fire, Green Party demanding prime minister be upfront about spying company, worse to come for some Cantabrians' mental health, John Key accusing Labour of hypocrisy over SkyCity hospitality, business advocates welcoming government's offer of mining exploration permits in Northland, opponents of Otago River dam plans say split court decision enough for them, farming leaders warning against country's dependence on dairy sector, Matariki marked by waka in Wellington harbour. [more]

Upbeat

Eve de Castro Robinson - NZSO premiere
New Zealand composer premiering her work 'The Glittering Hosts of Heaven' with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this evening. [more]

Aaron Lister - City Gallery Wellington
Senior curator at City Gallery Wellington previews exhibitions of Gregory Crewdson and Shane Cotton. [more]

Henry Wong Doe - NZ Pianist
US based NZ pianist performing with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 14 June 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news.. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 June 2013
The layest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29pm World and Pacific News for 14 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific, and sports news. [more]

3pm World and Pacific News for 14 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific, and sports news. [more]

7pm World and Pacific News for 14 June 2013
The latest world, Pacific, and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Lions name likely test lineup for NSW Waratahs match
The British and Irish Lions have picked their strongest team on tour to play the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday night. Coach Warren Gatland has selected the... [more]

Kean wins gold in Spain
The Wellington backstroker Gareth Kean has won the 100 metres backstroke at the Mare Nostrum series meet in Barcelona. New Zealand swimmers, who're in Europe preparing for next month's World... [more]

Hansen won't change to help Ranger
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says they're well aware of Blues utility Rene Ranger's future plans and they'll take no part in changing them. It has been reported that... [more]

New Zealand into junior world championship semi-finals
The New Zealand under 20 rugby side has qualified for the semi-finals of the Junior World Championship after beating Ireland 31-26 in their final group match. The New Zealanders scored... [more]

Wild weather delays opening round at US Open
As predicted it's been a stop-start opening round at the US Open golf championship in Philadelphia with nearly four hours play lost because of wild weather. South Africans dominate the... [more]

Red Cross expects staff to be in Marshall Islands for six months
The International Federation of the Red Cross which has launched a significant drought relief effort in the Marshall Islands expects to have staff there for six months. This is despite... [more]

Fiji beef farmers get advice on increasing production
It's hoped a series of workshops held in Fiji will help beef farmers become more productive. The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council organised the workshops, funded by AusAid, and brought... [more]

Quarantine officer in Samoa stands trial for drug possession
A senior quarantine officer in Samoa who claimed luggage at Faleolo airport last year while being off-duty is standing trial for possessing methamphetamine. The defendant, Junior Seiuli Patau denies the... [more]

Nautilus defends validity of Vanuatu mining licences
A mining company licensed to explore Vanuatu seabeds is confident its licences are valid, despite revelations that dozens were issued without proper consultation. The recently installed Lands Minister, Ralph Regenvanu,... [more]

Guam hospital struggles to pay off big debts
Guam Memorial Hospital wants lawmakers to pass a bill so it can borrow money to pay off some of its debts. GMH Chief Financial Officer Alan Ulrich says the bill... [more]

PNG to consider possible aid to Newcrest next week
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will hold talks with Newcrest mining executives next week to discuss the company's controversial asset write-down. Newcrest last week announced an asset write-down... [more]

Samoan PM tells tourism industry to do more for itself
The Prime Minister of Samoa has written to tourism operators to tell them there is not much more the government can do for them. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, writing an open... [more]

Tiwai Point value cut by $500m
The owners of Tiwai Point aluminium smelter have written down the value of the plant by more than $500 million. [more]

Fears over impact of impending CNMI retirement fund collapse
It has been estimated that the projected collapse of the Northern Marianas Retirement Fund and the resulting loss in annuity for pension members will badly damage the territory's economy. The... [more]

American Samoa's Manu'a to benefit from photovoltaic panels
Manu'a in American Samoa will benefit from photovoltaic panels that were meant for an American Samoa Power Authority's solar project at Pago Pago airport a few years ago but did... [more]

Maori encouraged to fight for children's education
The Minister of Education says Maori need to fight for their children's education, and not just for forestry and water rights. [more]

Fires lit as part of Treaty protest
The iwi of Te Upokorehe has lit two fires in Bay of Plenty as part of its protest against Tuhoe's Treaty settlement. [more]

Iwi broadband scheme needs backers
Plans to extend a Maori-run high-speed broadband cable hinge on attracting new investors. [more]

Te Papa shares stories about Matariki
Tainui is sharing its stories about Matariki at Te Papa museum this year focusing on an ancient tale about the seven sisters, or stars which make up the constellation of pleaides. [more]

Freeport mine workers in Papua threaten to walk off job
Trade union workers at the Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc mine in Indonesia's Papua will stop work indefinitely from today if the company does not suspend those suspected of... [more]

Incoming RNZ head rules out sponsorship
The incoming chief executive of Radio New Zealand says any commercialisation of the station's content or programmes would be a bad thing and sponsorship is not on the horizon. [more]

Sport: Tonga make seven changes for USA clash
Tonga have made seven changes for tomorrow's must win Pacific Nations Cup clash against the USA in Los Angeles. The 'Ikale Tahi are second equal in the PNC standings after... [more]

Sport: Italy make seven changes for Samoa test
Italy have restored stalwarts Martin Castrogiovanni, Marco Bergamasco and fly-half Luciano Orquera to the starting line-up to play Samoa in Nelspruit this weekend. The Europeans made seven chances for the... [more]

Sport: Fiji and Samoa end U20 rugby pool phase without a win
Fiji and Samoa have ended the group stages of the Under 20 World Rugby Championship without a win. The Baby Manu were pipped 36-33 by Scotland in their final group... [more]

Sport: Totori and Phoenix part ways
Solomon Islands football striker Benjamin Totori has parted company with the Wellington Phoenix. The 27 year-old had one year remaining on his contract but will leave the club immediately after... [more]

Dotcom puts CCTV raid footage online
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has posted new footage online of the illegal police raid on his property in January last year. [more]

Antarctic research projects get funding
The newly formed Antarctic Research Institute has announced grants for seven projects. [more]

Offers 'pour in' to help clear consent backlog
Christchurch City Council says it is being flooded with offers to help clear its backlog of building consents. [more]

Pair found guilty of defrauding council
A former council employee and a contractor have been found guilty of carrying out a decade-long scam that conned the North Shore City Council out of about $850,000. [more]

Early rate rise tipped if dollar stays low
An economist says the Reserve Bank could raise interest rates by the end of the year if the dollar stays lower for longer. [more]

Pond fencing 'may not be safety answer'
Federated Farmers and a water safety group say pits and effluent ponds on farms should not necessarily be fenced off following the death of a toddler. [more]

Infratil aims to offload loss-making UK airports
Infratil says it is still trying to sell two airports in Britain, despite passenger numbers improving. [more]

Wellington Town Hall safe from demolition
Wellington city councillors have agreed the capital's town hall will undergo earthquake strengthening and not be knocked down. [more]

Sutton Group ex-employee jailed for fraud
A former employee of the dairy processor and exporter the Sutton Group has been sentenced to prison, and another to home detention for fraud and dishonesty offences. [more]

Reserve Bank hints new loan rules soon
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler has signalled the bank could introduce restrictions on low deposit mortgage loans as early as August to help curb rampant house prices in Auckland. [more]

A win and a loss for Erakovic
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has had a mixed day at the Birmingham grass-court tournament, winning her doubles match, but losing her singles. Erakovic and Cara Black of... [more]

NZ to play England in under 20 rugby semi-finals
The New Zealand under-20 rugby side will play England in the semi-finals of the Junior World Championship in France. The Baby Blacks went through pool play unbeaten after a tense... [more]

Bolt wins 200 in Oslo
Olympic champion Usain Bolt produced a dominant performance to win the 200 metres at the Bislett Diamond League in a world-leading time of 19.79 seconds. The Jamaican world record holder,... [more]

The Arms park to go artificial
The Cardiff Arms Park turf on which Gareth Edwards scored arguably the greatest rugby try ever seen will be dug up and replaced with an artificial surface for next season. [more]

Football Ferns beaten by Australia
The New Zealand women's football team has been beaten 1-0 by Australia in a friendly in Canberra. The Football Ferns had plenty of chances in the first half, but were... [more]

Dawkins wins keirin in Paris
The Southland cyclist Eddie Dawkins has won the keirin at a Grand Prix track meeting in Paris. Dawkins held off Frenchman Quentin Lafargue, the former junior world champion, and Dutchman... [more]

Mourinho announces first signing back at Chelsea
Jose Mourinho has made his first signing since his reappointment as Chelsea football coach, reaching an agreement with Andre Schuerrle from the German club Bayer Leverkusen. Schuerrle has been a... [more]

Parker downs Botha
The New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has taken his record to six wins and no losses including five knockouts, with a second round KO of South African Frans Botha... [more]

Bolt will have to qualify to make world champs 100m race
The reigning Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will have to qualify for the 100 metres at this year's world championships. Jamaican athletics officials have decided the country's automatic entry into... [more]

Retallick injured at All Blacks training
The All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick place in the starting lineup for Saturday's second test against France could be in doubt after he pulled up with a leg injury at... [more]

Major League baseball to open season in Sydney
Major League Baseball officials have cited Australia's impressive ability to produce players as one of the big reasons for starting the next Major League season in Sydney. The Arizona Diamondbacks... [more]

Hansen gives his backing to Woodcock
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has given his full backing to Tony Woodcock, saying the Highlanders prop still has a number of good years left in him. Woodcock is... [more]

NZ fail to reach quarter finals of squash world champs
New Zealand's failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the world men's team squash tournament in France, the 12th seeds losing 2-1 to sixth seeds Germany. The loss was compounded... [more]

Meech wins gold in Weymouth
The New Zealand sailor Sam Meech has won a gold medal in the Laser class at the latest European Cup regatta at Weymouth in England. Andy Maloney, who won gold... [more]

Warner denies he has drinking problem
The Australian batsman David Warner has denied he has a drinking problem but admits he was consuming alcohol and acting aggressively when he punched England rival Joe Root in the... [more]

Aleh and Powrie drop back in Italy, Meech in pole position at Weymouth
New Zealand's Olympic yachting champions Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have dropped to third in the women's 470 class at the European championships in Italy. France's 2012 Olympic team of... [more]

Fiji regime again refuses to disclose its pay
Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has again refused to disclose his income after the leaders of three political parties called on the regime leaders to explain what they describe as... [more]

Solomons police arrest seven for Chinese businessman's kidnap
Solomon Islands police are reported to have arrested seven people in the capital Honiara for kidnapping a Chinese businessman on a public bus and demanding he pay them an undisclosed... [more]

PNG PM off to Jakarta ahead of MSG summit
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is travelling to Jakarta this weekend for discussions with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The timing of the state visit, just days before... [more]

Second Education Ministry manager quits
Another senior Education Ministry manager has resigned over their role in the Novopay school payroll system. [more]

NZ 'slowly' adopting high-tech containment labs
The head of a new high-tech disease containment laboratory at Otago University says workplaces have been slow to embrace the technology. [more]

Food prices edge up in May
The monthly cost of food has risen, led by higher prices for lettuce and cucumber. [more]

Armed robber drops cash haul
Police have released security camera photos of an attempted armed robbery of a Christchurch service station. [more]

Metlifecare raises profit forecast
Retirement village operator Metlifecare has upgraded its profit forecast to $70 million. [more]

Jasons announces $1.5m loss
Jasons Travel Media has reported a loss of $1.5 million for the year to the end of March but says it has a turnaround plan aimed at returning to profit next year. [more]

Tongan newspaper hit with damages for defaming PM
A Tongan newspaper has been found guilty of defaming the Prime Minister. Lord Tu'ivakano and six cabinet ministers brought the case against Kele'a newspaper for a letter to the editor... [more]

New Zealand can take advantage of demands for fruit in Asia
A report on the fresh fruit sector released this week suggests New Zealand can become a fruit bowl for Asia. [more]

Turners and Growers appoints chief executive
Turners & Growers has appointed one of the men who has been overseeing the company as its new chief executive. [more]

Tahiti Greens dismayed at Barrillot dumping
French Polynesia's Green Party is the latest to express alarm at this week's sacking of Bruno Barrillot, who headed the territory's body concerned with the aftermath of the French nuclear... [more]

Retirement Fund in CNMI records improved cashflow
The Northern Marianas Retirement Fund has noted a significant improvement in its cash flow, which could help extend its lifespan beyond 2014. A Fund trustee ad litem Joseph Razzano says... [more]

American Samoa adamant shark protection is adequate
The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director, Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, has strongly opposed a federal proposal to declare the scallop hammerhead shark as a threatened species in the... [more]

New Caledonia Congress probes sacking of top tax official
New Caledonia's Congress has decided to set up a commission of inquiry into this week's sacking of the head of the tax administration, Stephanie Boiteux. She was dismissed by the... [more]

Ex-Internal Affairs worker guilty of covert filming
A Wellington man has pleaded guilty to making intimate, hidden recordings of women in public as well as inside the homes of people he knew. [more]

Police concern for missing Northland woman
The police in Northland are appealing for information about a missing Rawene woman. [more]

Retallick out of second test against France
The All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has been ruled out of Saturday's second test against France with a hamstring strain. He's been replaced in the starting lineup by Sam Whitelock,... [more]

Heat bounce back to make it 2-2
The Miami Heat have bounced back to square up the NBA basketball finals series with a 109-93 road win over the San Antonio Spurs in game four. League MVP LeBron... [more]

Nigeria players strike. missing flight to Brazil
Nigeria's football team for the Confederations Cup, which starts this weekend, went on strike and refused to leave their hotel in Namibia, missing their flight to Brazil. The general secretary... [more]

Manufacturing activity leaps ahead
Activity in the manufacturing sector has hit its highest level for almost nine years. [more]

PNG Tourism focuses on adventure destination brand
The head of Papua New Guinea's Tourism Promotion Authority says the local industry is focussed on making the country a major adventure tourism destination. Peter Vincent says PNG is trying... [more]

Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his government is stable
Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his government is stable despite claims by the opposition that the coalition lacks unity. Moana Carcasses Kalosil says the government is working well as a team... [more]

Minister changing rules says paua group
A recreational fishing group is accusing the Minister for Primary Industries of changing the rules after putting off a decision on plans to open up 33km of Southland coastline to commercial paua fishing. [more]

Cook Island budget good for teachers, nurses, and doctors
The Cook Islands Finance Minister, Mark Brown, says a priority of this year's budget has been to improve the salaries of teachers, nurses, and doctors. The budget has been tabled... [more]

Bougainvilleans take lessons from Maori on development
A Maori consultancy firm says Bougainvilleans have been keen to learn from Maori to develop their economy. New Zealand-based Tuia International has been helping the autonomous Papua New Guinea region... [more]

Empty portacabins will now house Quake-hit residents
The Government has found a use for 37 temporary homes which have been sitting idle since they were bought to house earthquake-displaced Cantabrians. [more]

Coroner wants synthetic drug banned
A coroner says the sooner synthetic cannabis is made illegal, the better. [more]

Fiji president warns students not to be complacent over HIV
The president of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who is also the country's HIV ambassador, says 124 patients are being treated for HIV at 3 hubs around Fiji. Ratu Epeli told... [more]

American Samoa leader blames universities for quality of teachers
American Samoa's governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, says despite cohort programmes at universities in Hawaii and San Diego graduating hundreds of the territory's teachers there has not been a proportionate rise... [more]

Hopes plane deal will improve travel to American Samoa's Ofu
Inter Island Air has submitted its final offer to buy or lease the American Samoa government plane, Segaula. Governor Lolo Moliga is scheduled to go over the proposal with airline... [more]

Ban call on financial actions by PNG legislatures during polls
A presidential candidate for the Kutubu local level government in Papua new Guinea's Southern Highlands, has called for a freeze on all financial actions by all assemblies during the polling... [more]

Developers beat casino deadline in Fiji
The developer behind Fiji's first ever casino says construction of the multi-million dollar project on Denarau Island near Nadi has started. The regime granted the casino licence to the American... [more]

Dozens of aviation jobs under threat
An aviation maintenance company owned by Air New Zealand says 84 jobs could be lost in a proposed restructure. [more]

Changes to legislation 'not key' to unlock Maori land
A Fieldays seminar has heard that changes to legislation around Maori land won't be the key driver to unlock its potential. [more]

Crown says sorry to iwi over geothermal resource
The Crown has apologised for failing to live up to its Treaty obligations to the Rotorua iwi Ngati Rangiteaorere. [more]

Animal testing must be last resort in legal highs tests
Legislation to clamp down on legal highs is being amended so that animal testing can only be used as a last resort. [more]

SkyCity convention centre deal delayed
The Government and SkyCity have delayed formalising a $400 million deal for an international convention centre in Auckland. [more]

Man arrested after shooting at police
A man has been arrested after shooting at police with an air rifle on Auckland's North Shore. [more]