Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 18th July 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Father and Son
Tony Wood from Auckland has chosen 'Father and Son' by Cat Stevens. [more]

Your Place - Ashhurst
Originally known as Ruakawa, Ashhurst is a town near the confluence of two rivers at the western end of the Manawatu gorge. It serves a population of around 2,500 and is part of Palmerston North city, even though it's some 14 kilometres north. In the late 1800s the township was named for one of the original European land owners, Lord Henry Ashhurst. [more]

GolfPoint app
Two students from the University of Otago are creating an app that updates handicaps in real time. Daniel Howe and Kieran Patchell had an epiphany while out playing a round after they left their scorecard at one of the holes. That epiphany has now turned into a serious business idea, in the form of GolfPoint app. [more]

Author Kevin Ireland
Today is a very special day for Kevin - not only is he celebrating a very special birthday, he's also launching his latest books which compiles 50 years of his published work. 'Selected Poems' is Kevin's 20th book of poetry, 50 years after his first book in 1963. He has also published short stories, six novels, and two memoirs. [more]

Southern Story for 18 July 2013 - One Hawk Down
Sage Forest has a story about swamp harrier hawks and other birds which are injured on our rural roads, feeding on road-kill - particularly swamp harrier hawks. Sage is at Halifax Veterinary Centre, after rescuing an injured bird from the side of the road - and veterinary surgeon, Hans Andersen is giving her a tour of the hospital. [more]

Our Changing World - Maori rock art
Throughout South Canterbury and North Otago, there are limestone outcrops covered in black and red drawings of moa, the giant Haast eagle, birdmen and taniwha. These ancient drawings have attracted the interest of French archaeologists, who visited recently to establish an exchange programme. To see some of the sites and to find out more about their meaning, Veronika Meduna joins Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Trust curator Amanda Symon for a tour. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 18 July 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Lisa Scott (Part 2)
Topics - It's been reported today that cheaper prices are driving New Zealanders overseas for dental treatment, with a growing number snapping up package deals that include a holiday. Treasury warned the Government that Sky City's National Convention Centre won't attract many more international visitors. Are the Kardashians dangerous to young womens' view of themselves? [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Lisa Scott (Part 1)
Topics - The Minister of Conservation says his decision to reject a proposed tunnel through Fiordland reflects the high threshhold for disturbing national parks. Families of the Pike River Mine disaster victims say they are considering independent legal action, now that the police have announced they won't pursue criminal charges. Thousands of New Zealanders travelling to Great Britain face the prospect having their phones seized and personal data downloaded and stored by police. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 18 July 2013
Simon Morris looks at two 'odd couple' films. The Heat is a traditional buddy-cop comedy, but starring women this time - Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Monsters University goes back to when Monsters Inc leads, Mike and Sulley, met as teenagers. And a preview of this year's animation programme at the International Film Festival. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 18 July 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 18 July 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 18 July 2013
Job ads suggest the unemployment rate will rise. The New Zealand dollar is heading for 90 Australian cents and Princess Kate is set to deliver economic benefits as well as baby. [more]

Evening Business for 18 July 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
Tourism Holdings has approached the receivers of rival operator, Pacific Horizon, in a bid to snap up the troubled company's customers. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 18 July 2013
Housing New Zealand axe staff while spending more on contractors. Thousands of people stopped from getting benefits they're not entitled to and accused lawyer claims phone planted by prison staff. [more]

Labour criticises HNZ restructure
The Labour Party says Housing New Zealand has cut more than a hundred staff while tripling the spend on contractors over the past 5 years. [more]

HNZ's chief executive responds
Housing New Zealand's acting chief executive is Kay Read. [more]

Thousands stopped from getting benefits
More than 3000 beneficiaries have been caught getting more than $33,000,000 they're not entitled to. [more]

Sister of dead cyclist stunned no charges will be laid
The sister of a cyclist who died after being hit by a truck near Taupo is stunned the police are laying no charges and says she doesn't understand how that decision was made. [more]

Accused lawyer claims phone planted by prison staff.
The Auckland lawyer, Davina Murray, charged with taking contraband items to convicted murderer, Liam Reid, has suggested one of the items was planted by prison staff. [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Hung jury in Defence Force defamation case
A High Court Jury in Wellington has been unable to reach a verdict in the defamataion case that freelance journalist Jon Stephenson took against the Defence Force and its chief, Lieutenant-General Rhys Jones. [more]

Controversy - on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone Magazine is defending its cover story on the Boston bombing suspect which has triggered outrage and led the city's mayor to accuse the magazine of rewarding a terrorist with celebrity treatment. [more]

Concerns raised, investigation underway into exploded l plant
An Auckland community leader is investigating whether the scrap metal factory shaken by a big explosion last night can be closed down. [more]

Dunedin drafts rental fitness bill
The Dunedin city council is drafting a bill to be sponsored by a local MP creating warrants of fitness for all rental houses in the city. [more]

MSD considers whether to prosecute
The Government's being warned to tread carefully, when it considers whether to prosecute thousands of cases of potential benefit fraud. [more]

Minerals industry told H&S changes pending
Key players in the mining industry, meeting in Greymouth, have been told to expect new health and safety regulations to be put in place by the end of the year. [more]

Fletcher EQR hits back at claims there's a lack of repair work
The company in charge of much of the Christchurch rebuild is hitting back at suggestions that some builders and decorators are now struggling to find work. [more]

Tunnel decision is good for monorail proposal.
The backers of an 11 kilometre tunnel linking Queenstown and Milford Sound have ditched plans for a judicial review, after the Minister of Conservation declined their application to build the project. [more]

North Korea asks Panama to release ship
North Korea has urged Panama to release its seized ship and crew without delay. [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Life expectancy reducing for psychiatric patients
An Australian study has shown that psychiatric patients are now dying up to sixteen years earlier than the rest of the population. [more]

Hung Jury in defamation case
The free-lance journalist who took a defamation case against the Defence Force and its chief is disappointed the Jury hearing the trial could not reach a decision, and has not ruled out further legal action. [more]

Police out in numbers to enforce legal high ban in shops
Shop owners are racing to clear the shelves of so-called legal highs now a new law banning the drugs has come into force. [more]

Police won't lay charges in cyclist death near Taupo
The sister of a cyclist who died after being hit by a truck near Taupo in March, says she was stunned and disappointed when she heard the police would not be laying any charges. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 18 July 2013
The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says it's not affected by the suspension of the Fiji Labour Party; The jailed former head of French Polynesia's GIP militia is charged over the JPK disappearance; State crime expert bemoans skewered discourse over Bougainville mine; An international humanitarian aid mission underway in Kiribati; A law change in Hawaii expected to help many in the foster care system; A call in Solomon Islands for the government to focus on using agriculture to create jobs for young people. [more]

State crime expert bemoans discourse over Bougainville mine
A criminologist with a particular focus on Bougainville says many grass-roots communities in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province have not been given access to information about Rio Tinto's role during the civil war. [more]

Pacific Partnership mission aids Kiribati
A humanitarian aid mission is underway in Kiribati to improve its infrastructure so the nation can free up more resources for disaster preparedness. [more]

New law a second chance for many in Hawaiian foster care system
A former foster youth in Hawaii says a law that will extend the voluntary foster care age from 18 to 21 will be like a second chance for many in the foster care system. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 18 Juily 2013
Governments identified as partly responsible for PNG army unrest; Mining executives urge Solomons' Temotu to open up seabed; State crime expert bemoans skewered discourse over Bougainville mine; PNG urged to come to table to discuss trade agreement; An international humanitarian aid mission underway in Kiribati; A law change in Hawaii expected to help many in the foster care system. [more]

Governments deemed partly responsible for PNG army unrest
Longstanding problems around incomplete retrenchment process in PNG Defence Force blamed for type of military unrest seen in soldiers attack on University campus. [more]

Fiji army and police bands help Solomons police tackle crime
Fiji's military and police bands have been helping police in Solomon Islands tackle community crime in the capital, Honiara. [more]

PNG urged to come to table to discuss trade agreement
An MP representing New Zealand at the Pacific Islands Trade Ministers Meeting in Samoa says it's important for Papua New Guinea to come to the table to discuss the benefits of a regional trade and economic development agreement. [more]

Mining executives urge Solomons' Temotu to open up sea bed
Mining executives urge Solomons' Temotu to open up sea bed. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 18 July 2013
State housing under scrutiny; Hairy McLairy from Donaldson's dairy turns thirty and in Dateline Pacific, why Kiribati needs international aid [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 July 2013
Nick Smith's Milford tunnel decision won't be challenged in court and more than 3000 benefit cheats are caught in a crackdown. [more]

Midday News for 18 July 2013
Nick Smith's Milford tunnel decision won't be challenged in court and more than 3000 benefit cheats are caught in a crackdown. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 July 2013
Valerie Adams is in winning form ahead of the World Championships. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 18 July 2013
Pike River Coal - Police will not be laying charges; West Coast community disappointed at police decision on charges; Explosion at scrap metal factory not first accidental blast; Tunnel campaigners expecting developers to keep fighting; Government ignored Treasury's views on SkyCity deal; Sth Ak housing NZ tenants complain of shoddy maintenance work; More psychiatric patients under compulsory treatment; Changed Unitary Plan calms many Auckland communities. [more]

Trusts worried by changes to Whanau Ora funding
Some Whanau Ora providers say changes to the social welfare policy marginalise Maori and fear it will lose its values if privatised. [more]

Changes to Unitary Plan placates many Auckland communities
Auckland's Deputy Mayor says efforts to build community feedback into the city's thirty-year growth plan should resolve most worries about the impact of higher density housing. [more]

Pacific News for 18 July 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

West Coast MP says police decision over Pike River surprising
The MP for West Coast Tasman, Damien O'Connor, says he's pleased the police will keep the Pike River file open, despite deciding yesterday not to lay criminal charges against anyone in the management of the coal mine. [more]

Conservation Minister has another contentious decision to make
The Conservation Minister, Nick Smith, has declined a controversial proposal to build an 11-point-three kilometre tunnel through Fiordland National Park. But he has another contentious decision to make in the same area - the FiordlandLink Experience - a monorail through conservation land. [more]

Pike River Coal - Police will not be laying charges
Police say no criminal charges will be laid against any of the individuals who were managers of Pike River Coal before the November 2010 mine disaster. [more]

West Coast community disappointed at police decision on charges
The families of the 29 men who died in Pike River Coal mine aren't dropping their quest to have someone made accountable for the fatal explosions in 2010. [more]

Explosion at scrap metal factory not first accidental blast
The fire service says workers at a scrap metal factory in South Auckland are incredibly lucky to have escaped unharmed after a massive explosion at the plant last night. [more]

Tunnel campaigners expecting developers to keep fighting
An action group that fought to stop a tunnel linking Queenstown with Milford Sound says the Conservation Minister Nick Smith's decision to decline the proposal is no reason for complacency. [more]

Government ignored Treasury's views on SkyCity deal
The government pressed ahead with its SkyCity conference centre deal, despite the Treasury warning the facility is unlikely to attract many more international visitors. [more]

Sth Ak housing NZ tenants complain of shoddy maintenance work
South Auckland Housing New Zealand tenants are waiting months for what they say is often shoddy and unsafe building work to be done on their homes. [more]

More psychiatric patients under compulsory treatment
Mental health and human rights advocates are alarmed by the growing numbers of people being compelled to accept treatment for mental disorders. [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Changed Unitary Plan calms many Auckland communities
Changes to Auckland's hotly debated growth blueprint appear to have satisfied many of the leaders of communities worried about higher density housing. [more]

Fonterra trims prices as China cracks the whip on profit-taking
A New Zealand investment banker based in China says authorities there are forcing some importers to cut their prices - and New Zealand's biggest company has been caught up in the crackdown. [more]

South Africa prepares for Nelson Mandela 's birthday
While the former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in his hospital bed, the country is preparing to celebrate his 95th birthday. [more]

Last chance Nazi hunt gets underway
Despite it being close to seventy years since the end of the Second World War, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre says it has not given up chasing Nazi war criminals. [more]

Pike River families disappointed not surprised by decision
The families of the men who died in the Pike River coal mine explosion are disappointed but not entirely surprised by a police decision not to prosecute anyone in Pike River Coal management over the deaths. [more]

Supporter of Milford Dart think tunnel rejection bad decision
A tourism heavyweight and former Queenstown mayor says Milford tourism will continue to suffer because of the decision not to build the Milford Dart tunnel. [more]

Sth Ak community advocates say Housing NZ tenants are suffering
Housing New Zealand tenants around South Auckland are up in arms at having to wait months for what they say are shoddy and unsafe repair jobs on their homes. [more]

Forced mental health care needs a less scary process - advocate
A health and disability advocate says patients being ordered by judges to undergo psychiatric treatment need a "less scary process" to fight compulsory treatment. [more]

Balclutha spends $2.6m on main street do-up
After 30 years of debate, the South Otago town of Balclutha will do up its main street, at a cost of two-point-six million dollars. [more]

Sports News for 18 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Upgrade of health identification number nears completion
A 15-million-dollar upgrade to a health identification number held by almost all New Zealanders is almost complete. [more]

Trio start free breakfasts for young people in Waitara
Three women in Waitara say a lack of action by community leaders has prompted them to start providing free breakfast and afternoon tea to young people themselves. [more]

Second Ashes test set to get underway
The second Ashes test between Australia and England is set to get under way at Lord's overnight. [more]

Hairy Maclary celebrates turning 30
Thirty years ago, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy went out of the gate and off for a walk. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 18 July 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 18 July 2013
The latest news in Niuean. [more]

News in Tongan for 18 July 2013
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 19 July 2013
The latest news in Tongan. [more]

Nights

Expert Anticipation
Simon Rosalie has been studying the anticipation of martial arts fighters; how can the best of them work out where the opponent is going to strike, before that opponent even begins to move? [more]

Science : Astronomy
Our astronomer Alan Gilmore talking about distant planets, as in planets revolving around other stars. [more]

Nights Conundrum : clue 7
Clue 7 [more]

Nights Conundrum : clue 8
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

HNZ under fire from tenants over time taken to fix state houses
Housing New Zealand is under fire from tenants who say they're sometimes having to wait months to get their homes fixed when problems arise. [more]

School sport and health education
Some primary school aged children are worrying about what they eat and whether it will make them gain weight. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
The death of two soldiers during the UK heat wave; The Health Secretary has been accused of politicising hospital deaths; The Conservatives Election Strategist's under fire; The excitement over the pending Royal arrival. [more]

Feature Guest - Tara Okan
Eliminating pollutants from our waterways and identifying toxic effluent is very much part of his day job - and in his spare time he performs magic. [more]

Book Review - The Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Written by Sahar Delijani, published by Hachette, reviewed by Louise O'Brien. [more]

New Technology with Erika Pearson
Paying GST on goods bought online; Developments of camera's in public places; Can we go off-grid? [more]

Parenting with Joseph Driessen
Girls and their relationships - their emotional literacy; perfectionism and anxiety in girls. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
The Film Festival: This year strong on documentaries. Liberace - Behind the Candelabra; Utu Redux; He Toki Huna New Zealand in Afghanistan. [more]

Our Changing World

Māori Rock Art
French and New Zealand archaeologists are collaborating to study Maori rock art in the central South Island [more]

Valuing Nature: Pavan Sukhdev on TEEB
Pavan Sukhdev's keynote presentation at the Valuing Nature conference on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity [more]

Valuing Nature: Panel 1 on TEEB
The first panel discussion at the Valuing Nature conference was on the Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity [more]

Hamilton Urban Stream
NIWA's Richard Storey is investigating how insect life recolonises intermittent streams [more]

Hamilton Urban Stream
NIWA's Richard Storey is looking at how aquatic insects recolonise intermittent streams [more]

Valuing Nature Conference
A brief synopsis of the Valuing Nature conference, discussing economy and the environment [more]

Valuing Nature: Pavan Sukhdev on TEEB Project
Pavan Sukhdev on The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity, at the Valuing Nature conference [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 18 July 2013
Today we speak to our Port Moresby correspondent Todagia Kelola about the latest issues in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 July 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 July 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2013
The Queensland branch of the Maori Wardens is feeling the backlash from the community - including Maori who are criticising them for being racist and arrogant; The Bay of Plenty tribe of Ngati Makino is accusing the Rotorua District Council of not being entirely truthful about its consultation with iwi; The interim chief executive of Ngati Kahungunu has six months to prove she's up for the job; A Tuhoe leader has delivered the opening speech at a world social workers' conference in Canada. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2013
The Queensland branch of the Maori Wardens is feeling the backlash from the community - including Maori who say they are racist and arrogrant; The Bay of Plenty tribe of Ngati Makino is accusing the Rotorua District Council of not being entirely truthful about its consultation with iwi; The interim chief executive of Ngati Kahungunu has six months to prove she's up for the job; A Tuhoe leader has delivered the opening speech at a world social workers' conference in Canada. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2013
The Ngatiwai kaumatua, conservationist, and top-flight rugby player Laly Haddon has died; Ngai Tahu says it's prepared to take on the job of commissioning agency for Whanau Ora under its new governance structure; The Education Minister, Hekia Parata, has released a regional breakdown of how students from early childhood education to Year 13 are progressing academically; A King Country tribe has signed its Treaty settlement with the Crown; The teenager who represented Tamaki Makaurau in Youth Parliament received a standing ovation for his speech on Te Reo Maori in schools. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 July 2013
Ngai Tahu says it's prepared to take on the job of commissioning agency for Whanau Ora under its new governance structure; The Ngatiwai kaumatua, conservationist, and top-flight rugby player Laly Haddon has died; The Education Minister, Hekia Parata, has released a regional breakdown of how students from early childhood education to Year 13 are progressing academically; A south Auckland Whanau Ora provider says it's treated nearly 4-thousand children for the type of sore throat that can cause rheumatic fever. [more]

The Reading

The River Runs by David Hill - Part 4
Jason is unenthusiastic about his cousin Megan coming to stay but it turns out to be a memorable visit. [more]

Upbeat

Vincent O'Donnell - Whakapapa Melbourne
Upbeat's Melbourne correspondent speaks to NZ artists Brent Harpur, Virginia Kennard and Janelle Wilson who are taking part in the Whakapapa exhibition at Melbourne's City Library Gallery. [more]

Brian Foster - Einstein's Universe
Oxford University Professorial Fellow and Professor of Experimental Physics touring the country with violinist Jack Liebeck. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 18 July 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 July
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 18 July 2013
The lastest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 18 July 2013
Pacific Regional News. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 18 July 2013
Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

First reading of proposed amendments to PNG's constitution passes
Papua New Guinea's parliamentarians have passed the first reading of controversial legislation on proposed constitutional amendments related to parliament. The amendments proposed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill would reduce the... [more]

Vanuatu govt awaits decision on opposition's motion of no confidence
The Vanuatu government is awaiting a court decision to determine whether a motion of no confidence by the opposition party is legal. The speaker, Philip Boedoro, ruled last week that... [more]

Nurses and dentists in Kiribati benefit from Pacific Partnership mission
Nurses and dentists in Kiribati are learning new skills and several clinics are to be renovated as part of the Pacific Partnership aid mission. The New Zealand defence force led... [more]

Samoa's cabinet awards Fugalei market contract to Chinese company
Samoa's cabinet has awarded the rebuilding of the Fugalei market on Upolu to the Chinese company, Qing Dao Construction. The company has an office in Apia but recruit all their... [more]

Govt ignored Treasury warning on SkyCity deal
The Government pressed ahead with its SkyCity conference centre deal despite a Treasury warning that the facility is unlikely to attract many more international visitors. [more]

Plan changes 'will resolve' housing density fears
Auckland's deputy mayor, Penny Hulse, believes changes being made to the city's 30-year plan will resolve most community concerns about higher-density housing. [more]

Lower than expected payouts boost IAG profit
Insurance Australia Group expects to be significantly more profitable this year than previously flagged, mainly due to lower than expected payouts for natural disasters. [more]

Xero sets out reasons for share price fall
Xero says there is nothing untoward in the recent drop in its share price. Stock market operator NZX asked the firm to explain the 23% fall. [more]

Tonga sports body sacks CEO and office manager
The Tonga Amateur Sports Association, TASANOC, has sacked its long serving chief executive officer Takitoa Taumoepeau, and office manager 'Ahosivi Kaitapu. The executive committee stated that the decision was a... [more]

Three Fiji swimmers will compete at World champs in Spain
Three Fiji swimmers will represent the country at the 15th FINA World Championships in Spain later this month. In a statement, Fiji Swimming revealed that Caroline Puamau, Douglas Miller and... [more]

PNG police say probe into attack on students by soldiers continues
Papua New Guinea police say investigations are continuing into a weekend attack by Defence Force soldiers on students and facilities at the Medical Faculty of the University of PNG. Dozens... [more]

Maori wardens in Queensland under fire
The Maori Wardens branch in Queensland is being criticised by different sectors in the community including Maori who say they are racist and arrogant. [more]

Interim Ngati Kahungunu head tested for role
The interim chief executive of Ngati Kahungunu has six months to prove she's up for the job. [more]

Iwi says council consultation limited
Bay of Plenty tribe of Ngati Makino says hui held by Rotorua District Council have been narrowly focussed and not the broad consultation expected since a court ruling. [more]

Maori take lead at global welfare summit
A Tuhoe leader has delivered the opening speech at a world social workers' conference in Canada. [more]

Queensland wins 8th straight State of Origin
A length of the field run from a streaker couldn't deny Queensland its eighth State of Origin series victory in a row last night, as the Maroons beat New South... [more]

Man U reject Chelsea offer for Rooney
Manchester United have rejected a bid from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney and the London club's manager Jose Mourinho says the unsettled striker was his only summer transfer target. Mourinho's comments... [more]

Froome increases Tour lead with third stage win
Chris Froome has strengthened his grip on the Tour de France title a third stage victory, beating his closest rival Alberto Contador by nine seconds on the 32 kilometre time... [more]

Rock hard Muirfield favours big names
The former world golf number one Luke Donald is predicting a great British Open championship this week on a rock-hard Muirfield layout that will favour the more experienced golfers. The... [more]

Inglis out for up to 8 weeks
South Sydney's NRL premiership hopes have been taken a huge blow with Greg Inglis set to miss six to eight weeks with a serious knee injury. Queensland's superstar... [more]

ICC backs controversial umpiring from 1st Ashes test
The International Cricket Council has backed the three umpires and the use of technology in the game following a controversial first Ashes Test. England's 14-run win over Australia at Trent... [more]

Sinclair retires from all cricket
The former New Zealand cricketer, Mathew Sinclair, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 37-year-old batsman played 33 tests, 54 one dayers and two Twenty-twenty matches... [more]

F1 boss indicted for alleged bribery
Formula One's boss Bernie Ecclestone has been indicted by German prosecutors for alleged bribery in connection with the sale of a stake in the global racing series. Ecclestone... [more]

IRB to review sideline concussion test
The International Rugby Board has decided to review its controversial in-match test for concussion. The Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment, which has been in place for a year, came... [more]

Federer back on tour after Wimbledon disappointment
It's been a struggle for Roger Federer on his return to tournament play following his shock second round exit from Wimbledon. The 31 year old Swiss had to... [more]

MCC wants TV companies to lose control of DRS
The world cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club has backed a call from former Australia captain Ian Chappell for the sport's authorities to take control of the controversial Decision... [more]

Fonterra predicted to boost payout to dairy farmers
An economist is predicting Fonterra will raise its payout to dairy farmers to more than $7 per kilogram of milk solids as world dairy prices continue to remain strong. [more]

Orion Minerals shareholders reject liquidation attempt
An attempt by a shareholder in Orion Minerals to oust three of its directors and liquidate the company has failed. [more]

Jade hopes to double US port business
Jade Software is hoping to double its business with US ports after winning another contract. [more]

Tower may be forced to increase amount of cash it carries
Tower says it may have to increase the amount of cash it carries as part of conditions needed to get an operating license. [more]

Women Presidents' Organization to launch NZ chapter
The founder of a global organisation which aims to support women who run multi-million dollar companies is in New Zealand to launch a local chapter. [more]

NZ Windfarms delivers below expected June quarter result
NZ Windfarms says its electricity generation output in the June quarter fell 11.2% to 23031 megawatt hours and revenue from electricity sales dropped 26% to $1.6 million. [more]

Merlot Aero gets first US clients
An Auckland-based company creating cloud-based operation systems for airlines has won its first clients in the United States. [more]

Health ID system gets major update
An upgrade National Health Index (NHI) that will make it easier for health professionals to get patients' medical histories is almost complete. [more]

Free breakfasts provided for young people
Three women are providing free breakfast and afternoon tea for young people in the Taranaki town of Waitara. [more]

Three teenagers named in youthful Tall Blacks squad
Four newcomers, including three teenagers, have been called into the Tall Blacks basketball squad for their upcoming tour of China. With several senior players unavailable for the tour, the coach... [more]

Hairy Maclary's 30th birthday celebrated
Birthday parties are taking place throughout the country this month for New Zealand's most famous dog. It's 30 years since Hairy Maclary went out the gate and off for a walk in Dame Lynley Dodd's first book about him. [more]

Media kicked out of education hui
The media were kicked out of a hui about Maori education in Auckland on Wednesday morning at the Education Minister's request. [more]

Fatal car collision near Christchurch
A man has died in a car crash in Prebbleton on the outskirts of Christchurch. [more]

China court upholds Zespri subsidiary's conviction
An Appeal Court in Shanghai has upheld the conviction of Zespri's Chinese subsidiary and one of its employees for underpaying customs duties on kiwifruit imports between 2008 and 2010. [more]

Kiwifruit sales to China unaffected, says growers' group
The kiwifruit growers organisation says it appears recent legal problems affecting marketer Zespri in China will not have a long-term negative effect on business there. [more]

Claim people being put off agriculture by school system
The head of the rural contracting association says agriculture needs to be made to sound more sexy in the classroom. [more]

Call for more rigorous quality controls on honey exports
A New Zealand honey company is calling for more rigorous quality controls on honey exports. [more]

More mental health patients under compulsory treatment
Mental health and human rights advocates are worried by a rise in the compulsory treatment of people with mental disorders. [more]

Govt 'listening to feedback' on safety legislation
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has told a West Coast minerals forum the Government is listening to concerns about a proposed new regulatory regime for mining health and safety. [more]

No court challenge over rejected tunnel plan
The company whose proposal for a tunnel linking Queenstown with Milford Sound has been rejected will not seek a judicial review of Conservation Minister Nick Smith's decision. [more]

China pleased with Fiji election progress
The Chinese government says it is delighted to see Fiji's progress towards the general elections next year. The Chinese ambassador Huang Yong has told the Fiji Sun that Beijing is... [more]

Solomons' Temotu province premier maintains support for seabed mining
The premier of Solomon Islands' Temotu province says until he receives proof that seabed mining is environmentally unsafe, he will not stand in the way of it taking place in... [more]

Australia partly responsible for PNG army unrest, says Singirok
A former Papua New Guinea Defence Force commander says Australia has to take some responsibility for unrest in PNG's military. The comment by Major General Jerry Singirok follows the weekend... [more]

PNG students to march against military violence
University of Papua New Guinea students are planning to march on parliament in Port Moresby today. The march is to protest against the violent attack by soldiers on university students... [more]

Melbourne Rebels join the list of clubs interested in Marshall
The Melbourne Rebels have joined the list of possible Super rugby sides that West Tigers' and Kiwis playmaker Benji Marshall could join. The Australian newspaper the Herald Sun says Marshall's... [more]

Warne plays down feud between Clarke and Watson
Shane Warne says the alleged feud between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson has been blown out of proportion. The champion legspinner says heated debates over where Watson should line up... [more]

Physio hits back at doping allegations
Asafa Powell's physiotherapist has hit back at claims from the Jamaican sprinter that he was to blame for a positive dope test, maintaining that he did not provide him or... [more]

Scott sets sights on Claret Jug
Adam Scott wants to strike back for Australian sport at this week's British Open and hopefully inspire the Ashes team to do the same. The world number four golfer admits... [more]

NSW Barbarians to take on Pumas
The New South Wales rugby union will send a Barbarians squad to Argentina next month for a two match series as part of preparations for the Rugby Championship. The 34-man... [more]

Housing NZ tenants complain of maintenance delays
Some Housing New Zealand tenants are frustrated at long delays in getting maintenance work done on their homes, and say it's often shoddy when it's finally done. [more]

Whanau Ora provider fears marginalisation of Maori
A Whanau Ora provider says changes to the social welfare policy marginalise Maori and they fear the programme will lose its values if privatised. [more]

Council receives briefing on chief executive
Christchurch City Council has met behind closed doors for an update on the actions of chief executive Tony Marryatt, who remains on indefinite leave. [more]

Agency on track to meet bovine TB eradication target
The organisation responsible for bovine TB control says it's ahead of its eradication target despite new cattle herd infections in a couple of regions. [more]

NZ dollar rise against Australian predicted to continue
A currency strategist is predicting the New Zealand dollar will rise to 88.5 Australian cents by the end of the year and could even go as high as 92 cents. [more]

PNG's support of regional trade agreement unclear
An MP representing New Zealand at the Pacific Islands Trade Ministers Meeting in Samoa says it's important for Papua New Guinea to discuss the benefits of a regional trade and... [more]

Vanuatu confirms discussions with Honiara over Vetagde claims
A Vanuatu Foreign Affairs official has confirmed that the northernmost island within the country's official boundaries, Vetagde, is still the subject of a claim by the Solomon Islands. Radio Vanuatu... [more]

Sex crime rise in Fiji urban areas
Sexual violence in Fiji has increased in urban areas, and close to 3,000 cases of sexual violence were reported to police last year. The Child Abuse and Sexual offences unit... [more]

American Samoa merges schools to cut costs
The American Samoa Department of Education is consolidating two elementary schools in the territory's Manu'a island group, as part of cost cutting measures imposed by the governor. The Department is... [more]

French Senate poised to expand New Caledonia powers
The law commission of the French Senate has approved an amendment to the organic law to allow New Caledonia to set up new administrative authorities. The move is aimed at... [more]

Workers 'lucky' to escape blast at Wiri factory
The Fire Service says workers at a scrap metal factory in South Auckland are incredibly lucky to have escaped unharmed after a massive explosion that shook houses in suburbs kilometres away on Wednesday night. [more]

Elderly man's death in Hamilton treated as suspicious
The body of an elderly Hamilton man found dead in his home on Wednesday has been removed and taken to Auckland for a post-mortem. [more]

CERA to announce anchor project timelines soon
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority expects to announce timelines for the development of Christchurch's anchor projects by September. [more]

Moka murder accused remanded without plea
A man accused of killing his partner in Hokianga last month has made another court appearance. [more]

PNG urged to come to table to discuss trade agreement
An MP representing New Zealand at the Pacific Islands Trade Ministers Meeting in Samoa says it's important for Papua New Guinea to come to the table to discuss a regional... [more]

Governments identified as partly responsible for PNG army unrest
A former Papua New Guinea Defence Force commander says the governments of PNG and Australia have to take some responsibility for unrest in PNG's military. The comment by Major General... [more]

Mining executives urge Solomons' Temotu to open up sea bed
Mining executives are urging people in Temotu province in Solomon Islands to open up their seabed area for minerals exploration. The Australia-based Bluewater Metals was granted an exploration licence last... [more]

Pacific Partnership mission aids Kiribati
A humanitarian aid mission is underway in Kiribati to improve its infrastructure so the nation can free up more resources for disaster preparedness. The Pacific Partnership undertakes regular missions in... [more]

State crime expert bemoans skewed discourse over Bougainville mine
A criminologist with a particular focus on Bougainville says many grass-roots communities in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province have not been given access to information about Rio Tinto's role... [more]

New law a second chance for many in Hawaiian foster care system
A former foster youth in Hawaii says a law to extend the voluntary foster care age from 18 to 21 will be like a second chance for many in the... [more]

Fiji Commerce Commission can't rule on complaints political in nature
Fiji's Commerce Commission says it can't make any ruling on the complaints received by political parties regarding the cost of publishing the declaration of their assets and liabilities. This week,... [more]

Fiji army and police bands help Solomons police tackle crime
Fiji's military and police bands have been helping police in Solomon Islands tackle community crime in the capital, Honiara. The bands were part of a Fiji contingent of 200 who... [more]

Woman abducted, assaulted in Waitara
A young woman has been abducted by a carload of men and sexually assaulted in Waitara in Taranaki. [more]

Marshall won't have major impact in rugby union says Wallabies coach
The recently appointed Australia rugby coach Ewen McKenzie doubts rugby league's Benji Marshall could adapt quickly enough to have a major impact as a rugby union playmaker. In a sign... [more]

Thousands stopped from getting benefits not entitled to
Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows says ministry staff will determine whether any of the thousands of people found this year to be wrongly receiving a benefit should be prosecuted. [more]

Minister 'understands' police decision on Pike River
Labour Minister Simon Bridges says the police decision not to lay any individual criminal charges against anyone for the deaths at Pike River Mine was clear cut and understandable. [more]

Pike River mine entry plan may be finalised soon
The chief inspector of mines is optimistic a plan to re-enter the Pike River Coal Mine could be completed in the next few months. [more]

PNG protestors march against soldier violence
Thousands of Papua New Guineans have marched on parliament in Port Moresby to protest against the violent weekend attack by soldiers on university students. The march came after dozens of... [more]

PNG anti-corruption body clarifies role
Papua New Guinea's anti-corruption body, the Investigative Task Force Sweep, has clarified that its role only goes as far as the committal stage of the prosecution process. The taskforce was... [more]

Fiji PM urges South-South co-operation
Fiji's prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has told a meeting in Hong Kong that it is a myth that the South must depend fully on developed countries for technology. Speaking... [more]

Family may pursue cyclist's death after police reject charges
The family of a woman cyclist killed by a truck near Taupo in March is considering seeking legal advice, after the police decided not to lay charges. [more]

Job ad figures may signal unemployment rise
Lack of growth in the number of job advertisements last month signals a possible reversal of the March quarter drop in the unemployment rate, an economist says. [more]

THL keen to take on Pacific Horizon customers
Tourism Holdings has approached the receivers of rival operator Pacific Horizon in a bid to snap up the troubled company's customers. [more]

Summerset CEO wins two Women in Governance Awards
The chief executive of the retirement village operator, Summerset, has won two of seven awards at the inaugural Women in Governance Awards. [more]

Standard and Poor's says it may raise GFNZ credit rating
International ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, says it may raise its credit rating of GFNZ, formerly Geneva Finance within the next three months. [more]

Hamilton City Council sells its stake in two hotels
Hamilton City Council is selling its stake in the city's Novotel and Ibis hotels to help pay off its debts. [more]

Rural contractors want easier process for foreign workers
Rural contractors are calling on Immigration New Zealand to make it easier for skilled foreign workers to come back into the country each season to help with harvest. [more]

Monsanto to withdraw GM approval applications in EU
US agri-tech giant Monsanto says it will withdraw all requests it has in the pipeline to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union, due to the lack of commercial prospects for the technology there. [more]

Onus on government if seabed mining unsafe, says Temotu premier
The premier of Solomon Islands' Temotu province says if seabed mining in his region turns out to be enviromentally unsafe, the onus will be on the national government to put... [more]

Amid strike, Solomons teacher union head resigns
The head of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association, Samson Faisi, has resigned as President following a threat by the government to suspend the union. The government warned SINTA of... [more]

Council wants to force landlords to fix 'grotty' housing
Dunedin City Council is drafting a local bill for Parliament that would create warrants of fitness for rental housing in the city, setting minimum standards for insulation and warmth. [more]

Ngatiwai leader and rugby player dies
Ngatiwai kaumatua, conservationist, and top-flight rugby player Laly Haddon has died. [more]

Ngai Tahu says it's ready for Whanau Ora role
Ngai Tahu says it's prepared to take on the job of commissioning agency for Whanau Ora under its new governance structure. [more]

Education Minister releases regional education information
Education Minister Hekia Parata has released a regional breakdown of how students from early childhood education to Year 13 are progressing academically. [more]

Standing ovation for te reo speech in Youth Parliament
The teenager who represented Tamaki Makaurau in Youth Parliament received a standing ovation for his speech on te reo Maori in schools. [more]

South Auckland swab team celebrates success
A south Auckland Whanau Ora provider says it's treated nearly 4000 children for the type of sore throat that can cause rheumatic fever. [more]

Ngati Haua signs Treaty settlement
A Waikato-King Country tribe has signed its Treaty settlement with the Crown. [more]

Inspectors close Wiri recycler after explosion
The company that runs the South Auckland scrap metal plant where a massive explosion occurred has been banned from operating machinery until government inspectors are satisfied it's safe. [more]

Lawyer says phone planted on her in prison
An Auckland lawyer charged with taking contraband items into a prison has claimed one of those items, an i-Phone, was planted by prison staff. [more]

Consumer confidence eases slightly
Consumer confidence remains high, although it has retreated from the three-year high reached last month. [more]

Psych patients dying younger - research
A consultant psychiatrist says new research showing reduced life expectancy for people with mental disorders has serious implications. [more]

Legal highs now off the shelves at most outlets
Police say they will be proactively enforcing a ban on legal highs now that a new law has come into effect requiring dairies and convenience stores to clear their shelves. [more]

Fletcher says no shortage of work in Christchurch
Fletcher Building says there isn't a lack of rebuild and repair work in Christchurch for builders and decorators, despite suggestions from some who say they're floundering. [more]

Inquiry into consultation on school restructuring progressing
An Ombudsman's report into the way the Ministry of Education conducted its consultation over the restructuring of Christchurch schools is expected to be published by the end of the year. [more]

Housing NZ defends axing staff as consultant spend triples
Housing New Zealand says it has tripled the amount of money spent on consultants, such as architects and engineers, in the past five years because of major projects, including the Christchurch recovery. [more]

Hung jury in Defence Force defamation case
A High Court jury in Wellington has been unable to agree on a verdict in the defamation case involving a freelance journalist and the Defence Force. [more]

Monorail backers happy tunnel is no more
The people behind a multi-million dollar Fiordland monorail say their project stands a greater chance of success, now that plans for a tunnel to the same destination have been shelved. [more]

Minister warns mining industry new safety regs pending
Key players in the mining industry, who met in Greymouth on Thursday, have been told to expect new health and safety regulations to be in place by the end of the year. [more]

Police appeal over Dallington fire
Police say they want to speak to a man about suspected arson at a house in the Christchurch suburb of Dallington on Wednesday night. [more]

Parata believes teachers will embrace standards software
Education Minister Hekia Parata says once teachers start using national standards software, they will embrace it. [more]

Boy racers charged after fatal crash
The drivers and a passenger of three boy racer cars have been charged with operating a vehicle in a race causing death and injury after a fatal crash near Napier in February. [more]