Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 25th July 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Celebrating 60 Years of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, 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 - Imagine
Ned Nicely from Tauranga has chosen 'Imagine' by John Lennon. [more]

Your Place - Port Underwood
Port Underwood was a cluster of populated settlements in a sheltered harbour at the north-east end of Cloudy Bay. Europeans first arrived in the mid-1830s and within a decade the population had grown to 150 with large whaling stations the main source of employment. It's hard to fathom how Port Underwood would have been suitable as the capital city of NZ. There is barely any flat land and little room for an airport, although that wasn't a consideration in 1865. But then Wellington was chosen with hardly any flat land and not a lot of room for an airport. [more]

Tramways Wanganui Trust
It has been over 60 years since trams operated in Whanganui, but soon the clickety-clack sound of a tram will be making a comeback in the North Island town. Jim Auker and the Tramways Wanganui Trust, are only months away from getting a tram back onto the streets... albeit for only 170 metres. [more]

Endurance rider
Retired Taranaki dairy farmer Trevor Walton has proved that is it never too late to try something new. He first took up endurance horse riding at age 62, and is now one of the oldest riders in the country. [more]

Southern Story for 25 July 2013 -neighbourhood gym
Katy Gosset meets Alex Fidow, a Christchurch boxing coach who's been training local youth for forty years. [more]

Our Changing World - Space Telescope Venture
American and German astronomers have descended on Christchurch to take part in a series of flights on board a modified passenger aircraft which carries a large telescope in a hole in its side. Known as SOFIA - which stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - the telescope is making observations of space objects that can only be seen from the southern skies. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 25 July 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jock Anderson and Vicki Hyde (Part 1)
Topics - New Zealand's local councils spent $700 million more than they earned in the past financial year. That has led to the worst operating deficit on record. An interesting article in the New Zealand Herald today suggests consumers are being sold second-hand Japanese imported cars that have been damaged - but the damage isn't recorded on their paperwork. [more]

The Panel with Jock Anderson and Vicki Hyde (Part 2)
Topics - People with fewer natural teeth remaining perform more poorly on memory tests. The New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is shrugging off calls for him to quit the race over revelations that he has begun a new online relationship - well after similar behaviour destroyed his congressional career. The SPCA has come out in support of a proposed by-law in Rangitikei which would see households banned from owning more than three cats over the age of three months. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 25 July 2013
Simon Morris is invited to two more "end of the world" movies - The World's End, appropriately, ends badly, while Pacific Rim is a surprisingly fascinating revival of the old Japanese rubber-monster movie. Also, Private Peaceful is a blend of anti-war film and Downton Abbey soap opera. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 25 July 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 25 July 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 25 July 2013
The Reserve Bank signals rates will rise next year. Fonterra downgrades its profit forecast and the sharemarket falls after three days of increases. [more]

Evening Business for 25 July 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
Shares in the Fonterra Shareholder Fund have fallen after the dairy cooperative said it will make less money this year, because of the drought, rising global milk prices, and several write-offs in its struggling Australian business [more]

CEISMIC

Top Stories for Thursday 25 July 2013
The Earthquake Commission (EQC) criticised for misleading and inadequate measurements on housing foundations when assessing damage to Canterbury homes; Wellington historic building champions vow to save heritage structure in the capital; the spread of didymo in Fiordland; Defence Force sentencing today after drowning last year; the censorship of Maniac, arty audiences only please, and; the PM changes tack on working with NZ First. [more]

Misleading EQC level estimates a worry for house values
Some Canterbury homeowners say their houses are dropping in value because of misleading estimates of damage to foundations from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. [more]

EQC respond to claims of inadequate assessments
EQC's manager for the Canterbury home repair programme, Reid Stiven, respondes to claims of misleading estimates of damage to household foundations from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. [more]

EQC level assessments questioned
Some Canterbury homeowners say their houses have dropped in value because the damage to their properties was inadequately assessed by the Earthquake Commission after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Independent land surveyor, Adrian Cowie, and a Burwood homeowner affected by the quakes, Selwyn Stafford, talk about the issues facing them. [more]

Celebrating 60 Years of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Fergus Barrowman
Fergus talks about the launch of The Royal New Zealand Ballet at 60. [more]

Amelia Haxton
An aspiring dancer explains her part in the ballet's 60th birthday celebrations. [more]

Shannon Dawson
Former RNZB dancer Shannon Dawson shares some of his special memories. [more]

Diana Shand
Former RNZB dancer Diana Shand shares her Swan Lake memories. [more]

Ken Ling
The former RNZB Company Manager Ken Ling tells his favourite tale from the ballet's early days. [more]

Ken Ling on Poul Gnatt
Ken Ling shares his memories of RNZB founder Poul Gnatt. [more]

Jon Trimmer
Dancer Jon Trimmer explains how the NZ Ballet Company became 'Royal'. [more]

Harry Haythorne
Former Artistic Director of the RNZB Harry Haythorne on why his days with the company were the happiest of his life. [more]

Eric Languet
Former RNZB dancer Eric Languet talks about his experience with the company, and his love for New Zealand. [more]

David Bremner
NZSO Principal Trombone Dave Bremner, on what it's like playing for the ballet. [more]

Ken Ling post-earthquake
Former Company Manager Ken Ling reacts to the July 21st earthquake during the ballet's Wellington function. [more]

Matz Skoog
Former Artistic Director Matz Skoog explains how the Royal New Zealand Ballet is "a company you fall a little bit in love with". [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 25 July 2013
The Defence Force will pay more than 200 hundred thousand dollars to the family of a soldier who drowned. Resthomes cut back on respite care and Committee reports GCSB Bill back to Parliament. [more]

Defence to pay $241,000 to family over soldier's drowning
The Defence Force has agreed to pay more than 200 hundred thousand dollars in reparation to the family of a soldier who drowned during a training exercise beset by mistakes and failings. [more]

Resthomes accuse DHBs of under-funding respite care
Resthomes are reducing the number of beds for short term respite care. [more]

Committee reports GCSB Bill back to Parliament
Some changes have been made to the new legislation for the spy agency the GCSB, but they're unlikely to allay many of the fears opponents have been publicly expressed about the bill. [more]

Soldier's family responds
The Defence Force has agreed to pay more than 200 hundred thousand dollars in reparation to the family of a soldier who drowned during a training exercise beset by mistakes and failings. [more]

Sports News for 25 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Repeat offender dairy farmer appears at Environment Court
A Marlborough dairy farmer, who has multiple convictions for breaching environmental orders, says he cannot be held responsible for what happens on his farm as he's not always there. [more]

Back-office jobs to go at WINZ
Thirty-five jobs are being cut at Work and Income as part of a review of back-office work in its regional offices. [more]

rbnz signals interest rates to rise next year
Record low interest rates are set to end, but the Reserve Bank has signalled that won't happen until next year. [more]

Hone Harawira found guilty
The Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, has been found guilty of failing to remove his vehicle which was blocking the removal of a state house. [more]

Graeme Hart tops NBR Rich List
The packaging tycoon Graeme Hart has returned to the top of the NBR's Rich List this year - he's thought to be worth 6-point-4 billion dollars. [more]

Defence guilty of safety failings in drowning
The Defence Force has pleaded guilty to safety failings in the drowning of a soldier and agreed to pay more than 200 hundred thousand dollars in reparation to his family. [more]

Coroner urges Govt action over huffing deaths
A Christchurch coroner investigating how three young huffing victims died is calling on the Government to take urgent action. [more]

Driver says heard and felt bump but didn't go back
A Hamilton driver who unknowingly ran over a man has admitted not going back to check what he had hit was a big mistake. [more]

Partnership school applicants turned down
The Destiny Church, a private Christian Maori school, and an online learning company have failed in their bids to set up charter schools. [more]

Hone Harawira speaks outside court
The Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, has been found guilty of failing to remove his vehicle at a state housing protest, and fined $500. [more]

Government will not exempt grandparents from work testing
The Social Development Minister, Paula Bennett, says she will not be exempting grandparents from work testing requirements introduced in last week's welfare changes. [more]

Sports News for 25 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Army head admits numerous failings over soldier's drowning
The head of the army has admitted failing every parent who has entrusted their child to the military, over the drowning of a soldier. [more]

Correspondences School Te Kura defends itself
The chief executive of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, formerly known as the Correspondence School, is defending the school following a critical Education Review Office report. [more]

Calls for investigation to potentionally damaged used cars
The Government has called for an investigation into the likelihood thousands of people have been misled into buying damaged second-hand cars. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 25 July 2013
Salvation Army staffers say violence at Nauru camp inevitable; Concern at push for drug company patents in Pacific trade deal; Fiji's new flood warning and evacuation plan spelled out; Widespread concern in PNG at Australian refugee arrangement; Solomon Islanders trained to deliver solar power; RAMSI says the Solomons government watchdogs in good shape. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 26 July 2013
Sugar mill workers in Fiji being polled on whether to strike over low wages. Regional settlement arrangement in breach of UN refugees convention. Australia's new refugee policy features a change in aid focus. Real test of RAMSI is what Solomons does now, says PM. Miner advocates cautious approach to seabed mining in Solomons [more]

Salvation Army staffers say violence at Nauru camp inevitable
Current and former staff of the Salvation Army speak out about the grim conditions at the Australian-run detention camp for asylum seekers in Nauru. [more]

Fiji's new flood warning and evacuation plan spelled out
After devastating floods in Fiji in recent years, a new integrated warning system promises to prevent further loss of life. [more]

Concern at push for drug company patents in Pacific trade deal
An NGO raises concerns that the United States is pushing for an extension of patent coverage for drug companies in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 25 July 2013
Real test of RAMSI is what Solomons does now, says PM. Regional settlement arrangement in breach of UN refugees convention. Salvation Army staffers say violence at Nauru camp inevitable. Concern at push for drug company patents in Pacific trade deal. Fiji's new flood warning and evacuation plan spelled out. [more]

Real test of RAMSI is what Solomons does now, says PM
The Solomon Islands prime minister says it is up to ordinary people to make sure the country does not slide back into more civil conflict. [more]

Refugee arrangement against spirit of UN refugees convention
Australian academics say a plan to send boat people seeking asylum to Papua New Guinea undermines Australia's legal and moral obligations under the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. [more]

Settlement arrangement in breach of refugees convention
Australian academics say a plan to send boat people seeking asylum to Papua New Guinea undermines Australia's legal and moral obligations under the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. [more]

Salvation Army staffers say violence at Nauru camp inevitable
Current and former staff of the Salvation Army speak out about the grim conditions at the Australian run detention camp for asylum seekers in Nauru. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 25 July 2013
In the programme tonight, what benefit changes mean for grandparents raising grandchildren, the country's richest and in Dateline Pacific what drug companies have to do with a regional trade deal. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 25 July 2013
The death toll rises from a high speed train crash in Spain and Sunday's quake strengthens the case for demolishing a category-one heritage building in Wellington. [more]

Midday Sports News for 25 July 2013
A back to basics approach is being taken by the Chiefs as they prepare for Saturday night's Super rugby semi final against the in-form Crusaders at Hamilton. [more]

Morning Report

Tasman mayor says funding cap is hurting roads
Provincial mayors say maintenance on their roads is sufffering due to a central government funding cap. [more]

Pacific News for 25 July 2013
Australia eyes Solomons for asylum seeker detention; Asylum seekers facing riot charges on Nauru appear in court; Fiji leader tells diplomats the country is charting its own course; French presidency all but ignores Tahiti referendum request, and; New Caledonia price freeze becomes official. [more]

Christchurch man fighting to get home repaired properly
St Martins homeowner Tony Somers says his house was assessed twice by EQC but on neither occasion was any measurement taken to determine whether the dwelling was level. [more]

Council vows to ensure landmark Wellington building survives
The future of a landmark historic building on Wellington's Lambton Quay is in doubt after Sunday's magnitude 6.5 shake. [more]

Didymo reaches Fiordland's West Coast
The Department of Conservation says it's devastating that the invasive freshwater algae didymo has reached the pristine west coast of Fiordland. [more]

Film distributor says people will download Maniac illegally
The banning of the graphic horror film Maniac from general release in New Zealand has perplexed its Australian distribution company, which is considering appealing against the decision. [more]

Defence Force will be sentenced over drowning death of soldier
The Defence Force will be sentenced in Auckland this afternoon over the drowning of a soldier during a training exercise last year. [more]

Gory film okay for festival but not general release
The censor's office is being accused of elitism after ruling a gory movie about a serial killer can be seen by International Film Festival audiences and film students but not by the general public. [more]

PM leads door open to working with NZ First
John Key says he won't make any declaration about who he will - or won't - work with until next year, but unlike the past two elections, he's leaving the door open to New Zealand First. [more]

Sports News for 25 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Drum roll... Prince of Cambridge named George Alexander Louis
The third in line to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Commonwealth is named after his Great Grandfather. [more]

Provincial mayors say RoNS done at their expense
Mayors of some of the country's largest provinces say money is being spent on the government's Roads of National Significance at the expense of roading in their areas. [more]

Greens say Govt out of touch with Aucklanders on pokies
Gambling opponents celebrate move by Auckland council to phase out pokies in pubs and clubs but say the Government could undermine their local body's good work with its SkyCity convention centre deal. [more]

Regional mayors concerned local roads will miss out
Mayors of some of the country's largest provinces say their roads could fall into disrepair because of the Government's focus on roads of national significance. Westland mayor, Maureen Pugh, and the president of Local Government New Zealand, Lawrence Yule, air their concerns. [more]

Witnesses defend Hone Harawira's actions
Auckland's District Court has heard from witnesses defending the actions of the Mana Movement leader, Hone Harawira, who is accused of failing to remove his vehicle during a protest in October last year. [more]

Sports News for 25 July 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Solomons' PM calls on public to guard against civil conflict
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy-Lilo, says it's up to ordinary people to ensure the country does not regress into civil conflict now RAMSI is downsizing its military operation to policing only. [more]

Customers warned on security when using free wi-fi
People using free public wi-fi are being warned that their transactions can easily be hacked, and so should avoid doing anything involving confidential or sensitive information. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 25 July 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 25 July
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 25 July 2013
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Knowing El Nino
Mysteries about El Nino unravelled, with Malte Stuecker from the Department of Meteorology at the University of Hawaii. [more]

Science - Biophysics
Molecular biophysicist Prof David Parry from Massey University and his long-held fascination with fibrous proteins and the very large number of bones in the human body. [more]

Conundrum clue 7.
The answer will be broadcast on Friday night [more]

Conundrum clue 8.
The answer will be broadcast tomorrow night. [more]

Nine To Noon

Welfare shakeup hits grandparental caregivers
With Di Vivian, founder of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett. [more]

Campaign against killer whales in captivity
Gabriela Cowperthwaite is the maker of the documentary film Blackfish, about the orca Tilikum, which has killed three people while in captivity. The most recent death was, controversially, blamed on "trainer error". Gabriela is a campaigner to end the keeping of orcas in captivity. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
What's in a name... George Alexander Louis is the Prince of Cambridge's chosen moniker. [more]

Feature Guest - Saroo Brierley
Saroo was lost in India as a five year old, falling asleep on a train which took him across the country to Calcutta. He lived on the streets, before being adopted by a Tasmanian couple. 25-years later, located his home village using Google Earth, he tracked down his birth family. He has written a book, and his story to be made into a movie by the producers of The King's Speech. [more]

Book Review - The Aftermath
Anne Else reviews Rhidian Brook's 'The Aftermath' which is published by Viking. [more]

New technology with Sarah Putt
The Apple results; Cloud Computing Code of Practice for NZ, and; New Zealand wiki shows the way in open data. [more]

Children's author Glenn Wood
Glenn Wood talks about his new book, The Bully Chip, which takes cyber bullying to the extreme. [more]

TV with Nick Grant
The TV One series Mr Selfridge and the future of local drama on our screens. [more]

Our Changing World

SOFIA telescope explores southern skies
The SOFIA airborne telescope takes off from Christchurch to study space objects in the southern sky [more]

Cook Strait Faults
NIWA's research Tangaroa was diverted to survey the earthquake area in Cook Strait [more]

Census at School
Our Changing World joins a year 9 maths class at Kapiti College as they collect data for this year's Census at School [more]

Expressive Writing
Writing can have positive impacts on both physical and mental health [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 25 July 2013
Today Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor catches up with our reporter Annell Husband who is in Honiara for the 10th Anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 25 July 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 25 July 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 July 2013
Kohanga Reo National Trust still to apply for accreditation of unapproved qualification that wrongly received government funding; A suicide prevention advisor suggests that help initiatives be driven by Whanau Ora; Te Reo Maori expert says karakia, or prayers, need to be adapted to remain relevant; A London based Maori owned and operated company uses tikanga to help Europeans culturally reconnect. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 July 2013
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is working with the Kohanga Reo National Trust to ensure it's doing what's required of it as a training provider; A suicide prevention advisor is suggesting initiatives to try and help people at risk should be driven by Whanau Ora; A Maori owned and operated company in London is using tikanga Maori to help Europeans reconnect with their own cultural identity; An expert in Te Reo Maori says karakia or prayers need to be adapted to remain relevant in today's society. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 July 2013
A Ngai Tuhoe leader suspects a bill proposing to strengthen a government agency's spying powers will only intensify the Crown's suspicion of the iwi - if it's made law; The Kohanga Reo National Trust says its students who gained an unrecognised qualification will in the meantime receive a kohanga approved tohu; The Minister of Whanau Ora has responded to an idea for Whanau Ora to drive suicide prevention to tackle the high suicide rate among Maori; Eighteen Maori carved posts representing all Marae in Hawke's Bay will be unveiled in Hastings' civic square tomorrow during a dawn ceremony. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 July 2013
A Ngai Tuhoe leader suspects a bill proposing to strengthen a government agency's spying powers will only intensify the Crown's suspicion of the iwi - if it's made law; The Kohanga Reo National Trust says its students who gained an unrecognised qualification will in the meantime receive a kohanga approved tohu; The Minister of Whanau Ora has responded to an idea for Whanau Ora to drive suicide prevention to tackle the high suicide rate among Maori; Eighteen Maori carved posts representing all marae in Hawke's Bay will be unveiled in Hastings' civic square tomorrow during a dawn ceremony. [more]

The Reading

The Forrests - Part 5
Evelyn and Daniel are working in a ski resort in Canada. She's upset when Daniel is late back from a lesson with the 13 year old son of the family she's looking after. Daniel takes off. Back in New Zealand, Eveyln goes back to her job at the florists, has lots of random sex and spends time with her sister Dot and baby Grace. Dot, not Evelyn, gets a postcard from Daniel who is in South America. [more]

Upbeat

Guitarists Jane Curry and Owen Moriarty
Guitarists Jane Curry and Owen Moriarty. [more]

Film-makers Kim Mordaunt and Sylvia Wlicynski
Director and producer of 'The Rocket', showing at the New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

Organist Robert Costin
British organist releases his new CD recoring of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 25 Juky 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World Pacific and Sports News for 25 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 July
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 July 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

Pacific Regional News for 25-07-2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

Pacific Regional News for 25 July 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

Pacific Regional News for 25 July 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

Owners want tax breaks for quake work
The owners of some Wellington inner-city apartment buildings say they want the same Government help to strengthen their buildings that might be available to commercial premises. [more]

Asylum seekers facing riot charges on Nauru appear in court
The Nauru District Court began proceedings on Wednesday to lay charges on 152 asylum seekers arrested over the riot at the Australian run detention camp on the island. A government... [more]

No corruption in Solomons says PM
The Solomon Islands prime minister has dismissed claims that corruption in government and the police persists, despite concentrated efforts to eliminate it. Gordon Darcy Lilo's comment comes as Solomon Islands... [more]

NZ police committed to Solomons for next four years
New Zealand has renewed its commitment this week to keep police officers in Solomon Islands for the next four years. This week marks a decade since the deployment of the... [more]

Tonga police say locals doing best to address school rival issues
The police in Tonga say there is no overnight fix to the tensions built up between two rival schools, but people are doing the best they can to address it. [more]

Australia eyes Solomons for asylum seeker detention
The Australian government is poised for discussions with the government of Solomon Islands on bringing that country into its offshore processing system for refugees. A new agreement between the prime... [more]

Book award finalists announced
Finalists have been unveiled for this year's New Zealand Post Book Awards. [more]

Tonga police consider inter-school fight serious criminal offence
The police in Tonga say while there have been some positive signs for reconciliation after a violent inter-school conflict, police must first deal with the very serious criminal offending committed. [more]

Australia reiterates need for peaceful Solomons
The Australian foreign minister has reiterated the importance of maintaining peace in Solomon Islands. Bob Carr's comment accompanies celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon... [more]

Aid grants for detention facilities abuse of power - Australia's Greens
The Australian Green party says the government's plan to use foreign aid grants to settle asylum seekers in Pacific countries is an abuse of power. The immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young,... [more]

New farming project in Fiji aims at giving farmers a business sense
A Fijian farmer says a new scheme in Nadi is helping farmers learn more about business. Timote Waqainabete is involved with the Pacific Breadfruit Programme in Legalega, where sugar cane... [more]

Fiji's national airline records 7.5 million US dollar profit
Fiji's national carrier, Fiji Airways, and the Air Pacific Group have reported after tax profits of 7.5 million and 9.5 million US dollars respectively for the fiscal year that ended... [more]

Key marks anniversary of Solomon Islands mission
Prime Minister John Key says great progress has been made in Solomon Islands in the decade since a regional assistance programme was started. [more]

NZ police support for Solomons to contine
New Zealand has renewed its commitment to keep police officers in Solomon Islands for the next four years. [more]

EQC defends work of quake damage assessors
The Earthquake Commission is defending the quality of earthquake damage investigators following claims they have wrongly assessed earthquake damage in Christchurch homes. [more]

PM leaves door open to working with NZ First
Prime Minister John Key says he won't make any declaration about who he will - or won't - work with until next year, but unlike the past two elections he is leaving the door open to New Zealand First. [more]

Aussie cycle star confesses to doping
The Australian cycling great Stuart O'Grady has confessed to doping before the 1998 Tour de France and he says one horrible mistake will tarnish his entire career. The South Australian... [more]

Tall Blacks lose to China
The New Zealand men's basketball team has lost to hosts China 67-79 as part of a four nations tournament in the city of Yinchuan. With several experienced internationals unavailable coach... [more]

Guns stolen from unlocked Waikato homes
Police are investigating the theft of unsecured guns from homes in rural Waikato in the past three weeks. [more]

Shareholders' Association welcomes FMA civil action
The New Zealand Shareholders' Association is welcoming the Financial Markets Authority's decision to take the first civil action for market manipulation under the Securities Markets Act. [more]

Plans to turn Kiwi Income Property Trust into company
The owner of Kiwi Income Property Trust's manager is planning an offer to internalise its management, turning it from a trust into a company. [more]

Synlait Milk says it will stick to its core business
The head of Synlait Milk says the company will stick to its core business of supplying to leading brands after its promising debut on the New Zealand sharemarket [more]

AWF confident of finding work for foreign recruits
Casual labour provider AWF Group is confident it will find work for its foreign recruits despite a slowdown in construction work in Christchurch. [more]

NZ cloud computing code 'a world first'
New Zealand will next month become the first country in the world to have a code of practice for cloud computing. [more]

African and European cities 'most expensive'
A survey shows African and European cities are the most expensive places to live in the world for expatriates. [more]

Whanau Ora should drive suicide prevention - advisor
Initiatives to help people at risk of suicide should be driven by Whanau Ora, a suicide prevention advisor says. [more]

Kohanga's problematic programme yet to be accredited
The Kohanga Reo National Trust is yet to apply for accreditation for a qualification which wrongly received government funding. [more]

Tikanga Maori helping Europeans reconnect with culture
A Maori owned and operated company in London is using tikanga Maori to help Europeans reconnect with their own cultural identity. [more]

Programme aims to keep karakia relevant
Karakia need to be adapted to remain relevant in today's society, an expert in te reo Maori says. [more]

Immature oranges leaving a sour taste for consumers
The national citrus growers' body is putting the hard word on some growers and marketers who have been sending immature navel oranges to market. [more]

Public have chance to invest in Canterbury dairy farm
An agricultural investment company is offering the public the chance to buy a slice of a mid-Canterbury dairy farm. [more]

Horror film banned from general release
A horror movie about a serial killer starring Elijah Wood has been banned from general release in New Zealand. [more]

Internet group warns of free wifi security risk
Users of free wifi are being warned to take precautions to avoid having their phones and laptops hacked. [more]

Alexandra air pollution spikes
Air pollution levels in the Central Otago town of Alexandra have risen to double the level permitted by national air quality standards for the second time this year. [more]

Christchurch arsons not linked, say police
Christchurch police say they are confident recent arsons across the city are not linked and are likely to have been the work of opportunists. [more]

First phase of inquiry into Zespri complete
The kiwifruit growers' organisation says the first phase of its inquiry into marketer Zespri's actions in China is now complete. [more]

Javelin thrower 6th at IPC Athletics World Champs
The Dunedin javelin thrower Rory McSweeney has finished in sixth place in his class at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. McSweeney, who has a below the knee amputation,... [more]

Artemis undertakes testing on new boat
The Swedish syndicate, Artemis Racing has had it's first test sail in their new boat. Artemis Racing's first yacht capsized and broke apart in May and crewman Andrew Simpson died. [more]

Jason Eaton heading to Japon
The former All Black Jason Eaton has signed a six month contract with Japanese club the Shining Arcs. Eaton played 15 Tests for New Zealand after first being selected in... [more]

Pakistan wins 5th ODI in Caribbean
The Pakistani cricketers have beaten the West Indies by 4 wickets in the 5th and final one day international in Saint Lucia. The Pakistani's chased down their target of... [more]

Powell wants to compete as soon as possible, despite failing drugs test
The former 100 metre world record holder Asafa Powell says he wants to return to the track as soon as possible after his failed drug test. The 30-year-old tested positive... [more]

Souness suprised Arsenal interested in Suarez
The Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be allowed to hold talks with Arsenal but Liverpool have no intention of selling their striker until his 50 million pound-plus valuation is met. [more]

Developer shrugs off criticism of Christchurch plans
A high-profile Christchurch property developer intends to go ahead with his plans for the city's entertainment precinct despite criticism from a group of professionals. [more]

Huge Tahiti supermarket closes, owner leaves
Reports from French Polynesia say a huge supermarket owned by a leading businessman, Franck Falletta, has been closed and he has left the territory. Last week, Mr Falletta, who is... [more]

Information sharing crucial to helping Pacific communities
A NGO worker in the Pacific says sharing information is the most helpful way to empower communities to be prepared for disasters and climate change risks. Marita Manley, on a... [more]

Fiji PM says Corrections must adhere to international standards
The Fiji regime leader, Commodore Frank Baimimarama, says the Corrections Service must adhere and uphold international standards and best practices. The prime minister made the comment at the opening of... [more]

Australian Immigration Minister flies in to Manus
Australia's Immigration Minister, Tony Burke, has flown to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to inspect the Australian facility for processing asylum seekers. This follows new allegations of daily sexual assaults... [more]

Tonga radio stations warned against school rivalry talkback
The government in Tonga is warning radio stations against using a violent school rivalry as a topic for talk-back shows. A former Tonga College student, Taniela Halahuni, has a skull... [more]

Damaged car imports investigated
Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss has called for an investigation into claims people have unknowingly bought imported second hand cars that have been damaged. [more]

Rest homes accuse DHBs of lack of funding for respite care
Rest home providers say they are struggling to provide respite care for the elderly because of inadequate funding by district health boards. [more]

Police call in reinforcements to clear brawling women
Police had to use skirmish lines to deal with an early morning brawl among a group of drunk women in a Hamilton street. [more]

More women in director roles, survey reveals
Research on directors' pay shows the proportion of director roles held by women has almost doubled in the past six years. [more]

Blanket exemption ruled out for grandparent carers
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has ruled out exempting all grandparents raising their grandchildren from work testing requirements, but says individual exceptions can be made. [more]

PNG's Kapris hunt cost put at US$350k
Reports from Papua New Guinea say more than 350,000 US dollars was spent by the Correctional Services to hunt down a high profile bank robber, William Kapris, and a fellow... [more]

Investigations continue into violent attack by PNG soldiers
The police in Papua New Guinea are continuing to investigate a violent attack by soldiers on a university campus almost two weeks ago. Dozens of students and staff were reportedly... [more]

Tonga school violence labelled a national crisis
The police in Tonga say the issue of school violence is not a law enforcement issue, but is a national crisis that everyone should be responsible for. 147 current and... [more]

Senate bill promotes gender equality in French Pacific
A French Senate committee has altered a bill by the Minister of Women's Rights, Najat Belkacem-Vallaud, for measures to combat gender inequalities. It also says the equality clauses should apply... [more]

Tonga's MA-60 aircraft to go into service next week
The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga says the MA-60 aircraft gifted to the Kingdom by China will be in service from next week. Earlier this month, the New Zealand government... [more]

American Samoa Senate alarmed at Asian farmers
American Samoa senators have expressed alarm amid local concerns that Asians have apparently taken over farming in the territory. At this week's hearing on the use of pesticides, the senators... [more]

Claim of Australia aid control transferred to PNG dismissed
A specialist in Australia's aid programme in Papua New Guinea says the suggestion by the Australian opposition leader that Canberra is handing over control of its aid programme to PNG... [more]

Real test of RAMSI is what Solomons does now
The Solomon Islands prime minister says it is up to ordinary people to make sure the country does not slide back into more civil conflict. Gordon Darcy Lilo made the... [more]

Developer wants to demolish listed building
One of the developers of a heritage listed building in Wellington says damage caused by Sunday's earthquake will strengthen the case to have it demolished. [more]

Judge reserves decision in Hubbard crash trial
A judge has reserved his decision in the trial of the man charged with causing the death of Canterbury financier Allan Hubbard. [more]

Fiji's new flood warning and evacuation plan spelled out
The chairman of the Nadi Basin Catchment Committee says the new flood warning plan for Nadi does everything possible to ensure there will be no future loss of life. Bryan... [more]

Refugee arrangement against spirit of UN refugees convention
Australian academics say a plan to send boat people seeking asylum to Papua New Guinea undermines Australia's legal and moral obligations under the United Nations Convention relating to the Status... [more]

Former Bougainville rebel leaders in PNG reconcile
Three key former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commanders in Papua New Guinea have set aside their differences at a meeting on Wednesday at Panguna. It is the latest step as the... [more]

22 remain in custody following Tonga student clash
51 Tongan high school students have been released on bail but 22 remain in custody following last week's clash involving students from Tupou and Tonga Colleges. Following the incident, which... [more]

France-bound Habana eyes RWC15
Veteran South African winger Bryan Habana says he still hopes to play in the 2015 Rugby World Cup after completing his move to big-spending French Top 14 club Toulon. The... [more]

Powell wants to compete as soon as possible
The former 100 metre world record holder Asafa Powell says he wants to return to the track as soon as possible after his failed drug test. The 30-year-old tested positive... [more]

Trans-Tasman netball 2014 draw released
The Wellington-based Central Pulse will host the defending champions, the Adelaide Thunderbirds, in the opening round of next year's trans-Tasman netball competition. The competition draw has been released with the... [more]

Chiefs grapple with midfield issues
The Chiefs are confident they can overcome their midfield injury issues and beat the Crusaders in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final. The defending champions have struggled to field a consistent combination... [more]

McCaw on bench for Super Rugby semi final
The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has again been named in the reserves for the Crusaders for Saturday night's Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Hamilton. The Crusaders have... [more]

Liverpool beats Victory, Suarez not for sale
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard slotted a first-half goal and Iago Aspas a second in injury-time to secure a 2-0 win over the Melbourne Victory last night in front of more... [more]

NRL to hunt down racist abuser of Inglis
The National Rugby League says it wants to track down the person responsible for a racist taunt on social media directed at Rabitohs and Queensland star Greg Inglis. The NRL... [more]

Wiggins returns for Tour of Poland
Last year's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will return to competition in this week's Tour of Poland. The 33-year-old Englishman, a four-time Olympic champion, couldn't defend his Tour de... [more]

Artemis undertakes testing on new boat
The Swedish syndicate Artemis Racing has had its first test sail in their new boat. Artemis Racing's first yacht capsized and broke apart in May and crewman Andrew Simpson died. [more]

Junior women beat Australia
The New Zealand junior womens squash team has qualified for the top eight at the World Championships in Poland after beating Australia 2-1 in their final pool match. They join... [more]

Walker confirmed to compete at Worlds
Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker has confirmed she will ride in the BMX World Championships in Auckland this weekend. The New Zealander had been under an injury cloud after breaking... [more]

Colin Cooper appointed Maori All Blacks coach
The Taranaki and former Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper has been appointed the new Head Coach of the Maori All Blacks for their tour of North America in November. Cooper's assistant... [more]

Laumape to replace injured Fisiiahi for the Warriors
The rookie wing Ngani Laumape has been named to replace the injured Glen Fisiiahi for the Warriors' NRL clash against the Melbourne Storm in Auckland on Sunday. Fisiiahi's season ended... [more]

Blues favoured destination for Marshall
The Auckland Blues appear to be the most likely destination for Benji Marshall, whose manager says his stable star has made it quite clear he would never do anything but... [more]

Barcelona appoint Argentine manager
The glamour Spanish football club Barcelona has appointed a new manager, Argentine Gerardo Martino, on a two-year contract. The 50-year-old has had a successful term in his homeland with Newells... [more]

Austrian grand prix returns after 11 years
Formula One will return to Austria next year after an 11-year absence. The Spielberg circuit owners Red Bull say a deal has been struck between Red Bull's billionaire founder Dietrich... [more]

All Blacks to play Wellington and Canterbury in Rugby Championship warmup matches
The All Blacks will play Wellington and Canterbury in warm-up matches for the Rugby Championship. The two 40-minute matches will be played at the Hutt Rec on Friday August 9th. [more]

Sri Lanka win game two against Proteas
Sri Lanka have gone 2-0 up in the five-match one-day series after beating South Africa by 17 runs in a rain-affected match in Colombo. South Africa, set a revised target... [more]

England confident about Pietersen's fitness
The England fast bowler James Anderson says they're optimistic Kevin Pietersen will be fit for next week's third Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Pietersen, arguably England's most talented batsman, was... [more]

Baker 23rd in Barcelona
The Queensland-based New Zealand swimmer Cara Baker has finished 23rd, just 19 seconds behind the winner in the women's 10km open water swim at the World Championships in Barcelona. Baker,... [more]

Another win for Team New Zealand
Team New Zealand has scored another comfortable victory over Luna Rossa in their latest race of the America's Cup challenger series on San Francisco Bay. The Italians made a slow... [more]

McClenaghan stars with bat for Lancashire
He was among the leading wicket takers at last month's Champions Trophy one day tournament in England but it's with the bat that Black Caps fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has... [more]

Javelin thrower throws PB at IPC Athletics Worlds
The Dunedin javelin thrower Rory McSweeney has finished in sixth place in his class at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. McSweeney, who has a below the knee amputation,... [more]

Armstrong bids to keep sponsorship money
Lawyers for the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong say he should be able to keep the sponsorship money he got from the US Postal Service during his record-breaking victories, despite his... [more]

England chasing first home Ashes whitewash
The England pace bowler James Anderson has spelled out England's intention to inflict a first home Ashes whitewash on Australia. It has been an unspoken ambition for Alastair Cook's team... [more]

Clarke ruled out of Sussex match
Captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia's three-day tour match against Sussex starting on Friday at Hove. Ed Cowan will captain the side in Clarke's absence, while 20-year-old... [more]

Warner makes case for test return
The banished Australian batsman David Warner has put his hand up for a return to the Ashes cricket series by smashing 193 for Australia A on the first day of... [more]

Taylor named as backup for injured Pietersen
Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Kevin Pietersen in the third Test against Australia if the England star fails to recover from injury. Pietersen... [more]

Kohli goes into record books
The Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to score 15 one-day international hundreds as India cruised to a six-wicket victory over... [more]

Concern at push for drug company patents in Pacific trade deal
The medical non-government organisation, Medicins Sans Frontieres, says it fears the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal could push the cost of drugs to prohibitive levels. The trade deal, which is... [more]

Salvation Army staffers say violence at Nauru camp inevitable
A group of current and former Salvation Army staff say last Friday's riot at the Australian-run detention camp in Nauru was inevitable. Mark Isaacs, who spent nine months at the... [more]

Australian police believe NZ man dead
Police say they believe a New Zealander missing in Australia is dead. Gordon Tearonui Hamm, who lived in Mt Gambier, was las seen on 17 July in the neighbouring state of Victoria. [more]

Charter school applicants turned down
The Destiny Church, a private Christian Maori school and an online learning company have failed in their bids to set up partnership or charter schools. [more]

O'Grady could be stripped of Olympic medals
The Australian cyclist Stuart O'Grady could be stripped of his Olympic medals after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour de France. O'Grady, who retired this week, has... [more]

Farmers' confidence on the up, survey shows
Another rural confidence survey has shown a turnaround in New Zealand farmers' expectations for the economy and their own businesses. [more]

Chile, Australia join NZ in bumper wine harvests
Selling a record volume of wine from this year's grape harvest could provide some extra challenges for the New Zealand industry, an expert says. [more]

Growers want inquiry into kiwifruit industry
A group of kiwifruit growers calling for an independent inquiry into the structure of the kiwifruit industry says Zespri's AGM in Tauranga on Wednesday allowed a lot of issues to be aired. [more]

Tahiti's Flosse wants OPT appeal trial relocated
French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, has launched a fresh bid to have his appeal against a corruption conviction heard outside the territory. In January, he was given a five-year prison... [more]

Foreign aid grants for detention facilities abuse of power - Australia's Greens
The Australian Greens party says the government's plan to use foreign aid grants to settle asylum seekers in the Pacific is an abuse of power. The immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young,... [more]

Vanuatu opposition fails with motion challenge
Vanuatu's Supreme Court has thrown out an opposition constitutional application concerning their failure to have a motion of no confidence debated. The speaker of parliament, Philip Boedoro, had refused the... [more]

Asylum seekers in PNG moved to Australian mainland
Almost all the asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea have been moved off the island - with some, at least, being taken to the Australian mainland. Two... [more]

PNG refugee deal with Australia leverages AusAID focus shift
A specialist in Australia's aid programme in Papua New Guinea says the new refugee deal between the two countries does not feature a major overhaul of Australia's aid programme in... [more]

ERO has serious concerns about correspondence school
The Education Review Office has called for improvement at New Zealand's biggest school, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, formerly known as the Correspondence School. [more]

Kohanga works to ensure qualification is accredited
The Kohanga Reo National Trust says its students who gained an unrecognised qualification will in the meantime receive a kohanga approved tohu (certificate). [more]

Turia responds to Whanau Ora suggestion
The Minister of Whanau Ora has responded to an idea for Whanau Ora to drive suicide prevention to tackle the high suicide rate among Maori. [more]

Malicious software found in quake website
An investigation has been launched into how a piece of malicious computer software came to be embedded in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's website. [more]

RBNZ signals interest rate rise in 2014
Record low interest rates are set to end but Reserve Bank governor Graham Wheeler has signalled that won't happen until 2014. The bank left the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.5% on Thursday due to a high dollar dampening inflation pressures. [more]

Focus on mobile phone ads pays off for Facebook
Shares in Facebook have leapt as it beat earnings expectations and grew its revenue from mobile advertising by more than 41%. [more]

Exploration permit relinquished
New Zealand Oil & Gas says it has relinquished its exploration permit for the area containing the Kakapo prospect. [more]

Mayors say local roads neglected
The mayors of some of New Zealand's largest provinces say their roads could fall into disrepair because of the Government's focus on Roads of National Significance. [more]

Rich list reaches record high
This year's NBR rich list has reached a record high, with the total net worth of entrants climbing to $60.4 billion. [more]

NZ couple step closer to getting baby home
The New Zealand father of a premature baby born in China says they are a step closer to bringing her home. [more]

Court hears dairy farm effluent case
A senior Fonterra executive has told an Environment Court hearing that effluent storage procedures used by a Marlborough dairy farmer were not up to current industry standards. [more]

Harawira fined over protest charge
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has been found guilty of failing to remove his vehicle blocking the removal of a state house. [more]

Coroner wants urgent action over huffing deaths
A coroner who inquired into the deaths of three young people in Christchurch is calling on the Government to urgently to find a way to prevent people abusing volatile substances. [more]

Some changes made to spy bill
The Intelligence and Security Committee has reported the spy agency bill back to Parliament, with some changes. [more]

Some resthomes moving away from respite care
Resthomes say they are not being paid enough to provide short-term care and some are moving away from doing it. [more]

Wood manufacturing plant ordered to pay $38,000
A wood manufacturing plant has been ordered to pay $38,000 after one of its workers suffered severe burns. [more]

Police find man dead after quad bike journey
Police are at a farm north of Auckland, where they say a 72-year-old man appears to have died in a quad bike accident. [more]

Police investigating report of teenager dragged into car
Police are investigating a report that a teenage girl was dragged into a car in West Auckland. [more]

Man arrested after nuisance fires
Police in Christchurch have arrested a man after small fires were lit in the city. [more]

Council investigates temporary alcohol ban on Cup Day
The Christchurch City Council has agreed to look into introducing an alcohol ban on Cup Day in the area surrounding the Addington racecourse. [more]

Driver didn't know man hit, inquest told
The driver of a car that hit and killed a man lying on a rural road near Hamilton has told a coroner he had no idea what he had hit so didn't go back to investigate. [more]

Back-office jobs to go at WINZ
Thirty-five positions are being axed at welfare agency Work and Income as part of a review of back-office functions in its regional offices. [more]

Defence sentenced over soldier's death
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is asking a judge to issue a formal ruling that the Defence Force is highly culpable over the failure to ensure the safety of a soldier who died in a training exercise. [more]