Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 22nd August 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Leader of the Band
Jayne O'Neill from Waimumu in Southland has chosen 'Leader of the Band' by Dan Fogelberg. [more]

Your Place - Waitahuna
Waitahuna - Valley of Water - is a small community 12 kilometres from Lawrence on State Highway 8. It came into being in the 1860s when gold was discovered. These days the locals number about 100, with many original families moving away from the district as first the gold, and then, 100 years later, the rail link to Roxburgh disappeared. [more]

Shearer resigns as Labour leader
Political Editor Brent Edwards relays details of David Shearer's departure as leader of the Labour party. [more]

The ring that came home after 70 years
Nearly 70 years ago, in a Prisoner of War camp near Moosburg, Germany a desperately hungry American pilot traded a gold signet ring for two chocolate bars. Serendipity helped this ring find its way home a few days ago. David C Cox Junior is on the line with us from Raliegh, North Carolina. [more]

Library at home
In the front garden of Suneeta and Manu Narula's home in Auckland there is a covered shelf painted like a bee and stacked with books. It's Sunetta's own free library next to the driveway of her home, the Buzzword Book Stop. Anyone is welcome to take a book or leave a book. There are no library cards, no late fees, no questions asked, although Suneeta a librarian at the Highland Park Library. This is a big movement in the US and other countries. [more]

Our Changing World - Sunfish
It's longer than a grown man is tall, it weighs a ton and it can live to 100. A Sunfish is a mysterious deep-ocean creature. Sunfish are rarely seen, so when one washed up on a beach north of Auckland, marine biologists got excited. Soon we'll all be able to see it if we're interested. Veronika Meduna talks with marine scientists Tom Trnski and Andrew Stewart as they prepare a 2.1m sharp-tailed sunfish for display. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 22 August 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Tim Watkin and Liz Bowen-Clewley (Part 1)
Topics - David Shearer has resigned as Labour leader. He announced his departure at 1.30 this afternoon at Parliament surrounded by Labour party members. Shearer will stay in the top job until a new leader has been found, probably within 3 or 4 weeks. [more]

The Panel with Tim Watkin and Liz Bowen-Clewley (Part 2)
Topics - Could your washing be making you sick? The answer is yes, if you mix your underwear with your tea towels. Research in the UK found low temperature washing cycles and "soft" washing detergents, breed bacteria which creates a "bacterial soup", transfering bacteria from underwear to tea towels. The amount of overtime being worked in this country has increased by 27 percent, with almost half (48%) of that going unpaid. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 22 August 2013
Simon Morris looks at the first Hollywood films by two directors who made their name from home - South Africa's Neill Blomkamp and South Korea's Can-Wook Park. And independent movie Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, has been called the Annie Hall of the Twenty Tens. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 22 August 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 22 August 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 August 2013
The New Zealand dollar falls sharply. The Bank of New Zealand steps up riskier mortgage lending and the nation's biggest port lifts annual profit 52%. [more]

Evening Business for 22 August 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
A new fund has been established to raise up to 50 million dollars to invest in start-up tech companies in New Zealand. [more]

CEISMIC

More fraud cases expected in connection with Chch rebuild
A further round of fraud cases sent to the police by the Earthquake Commission may just be the beginning as the rebuild of Christchurch moves into high gear. [more]

Southern Story for 22 August 2013 - 37
A new exhibition is simply called " 37". The show is by the photographer Doc Ross, features 37 Christchurch people captured on film using a 37 second exposure. The aim: to reflect the length of time their city shook during February 2011's devastating earthquake. Katy Gosset hears some of the stories behind the exhibition and hits the streets to record her own take on the 37 second concept. [more]

Chch community groups worried about quality of home repairs
The Earthquake Commission has brought forward its deadline for repairing thousands of earthquake-damaged properties in Canterbury by 12 months. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 22 August 2013
Labour leader David Shearer calls it quits. The UN Security Council holds an emergency session over chemical weapons in Syria and Did the former head of Parliamentary Service jump or was he pushed? [more]

David Shearer's resignation statement to reporters
The Labour leader David Shearer is calling it quits - and it could be weeks before a new leader is announced. [more]

Labour whip speaks after Shearer resignation
The party whip, Chris Hipkins, then stepped forward to outline how the new leader will be elected. [more]

Robertson may take a tilt at the Labour leadership
Checkpoint has contacted numerous Labour MPs - including Shane Jones, Annette King and Jacinda Ardern. None of them would speak about the leadership. [more]

Labour Party President responds
The Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth says David Shearer told her today that he was resigning as leader. [more]

Mt Albert voters have their say
People living in David Shearer's Mt Albert electorate are stunned to learn of his resignation. [more]

More from RNZ's Political Editor
With us our political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Was Geoff Thorn pushed or did he jump?
Did he jump or was he pushed? The former head of Parliamentary Service, Geoff Thorn, refused to answer questions about that today when he appeared before Parliament's Privileges Committee. [more]

UN seeks clarity on chemical weapons in Syria.
UN Security Council members have emerged from an emergency meeting in New York to say they are seeking clarity on claims that Syrian troops have used chemical weapons in an attack near Damascus. [more]

Sports News for 22 August 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens on Shearer standing down
The Labour leader David Shearer is calling it quits, though who'll take over may not be known for weeks. [more]

Fonterra involved in another contamination scare.
Fonterra has announced yet another contamination scare - three months after it happened. [more]

Auckland beggars face tough new rules.
Beggars will have to be bashful in Auckland, or risk being banished from the city streets. [more]

More jail time for Five Star founder
A crown prosecutor has described a convoluted pattern of deceit at a failed finance company including illegally hiding from investors the founder's history of bankruptcy and fraud. [more]

David Shearer stands down as leader
The Labour Party leader, David Shearer, has announced his resignation - effective as soon as his replacement is selected. [more]

Former Leader of the Opposition on Shearer's resignation
The previous Labour Prime Minister, Helen Clark, was doorstepped at Wellington airport by Radio New Zealand. David Shearer took over from Helen Clark's successor, Phil Goff - he stood down after losing the 2011 election. He's ruled out running again for the leadership, - he's with us . [more]

Expert gives his analysis of Syria situation
Bob Rigg is a former senior editor with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. [more]

Sports News for 22 August 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Shearer's former chief of staff reacts
David Shearer is gone at the head of Labour, and behind him there's also been a regular reshuffling. [more]

Fiji releases fourth constitution
Fiji's ruling military regime has finally made public the country's fourth constitution to pave the way for elections it's promised for next year. [more]

Auckland man who hid friend's skeleton guilty of manslaughter
An Auckland man who covered up killing his one-time friend by smashing his skull to pieces and hiding his skeleton for several years, has escaped a murder conviction. [more]

Police dog receives animals' George Cross
The police dog, Gage, that was killed in the line of duty in Christchurch in 2010, has been posthumously awarded the animal equivalent of the George Cross in Christchurch today. [more]

Doctors and nurses falling foul at work over Facebook
The Medical Council is moving to crack down on the misuse of social media by doctors. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 22 August 2013
The owner of PNG's Rabaul Queen is charged, PNG police quell election tensions in Mt Hagen, 18 months after the tragedy claiming at least 141 lives; NGO blasts Canberra for transferring the first asylum seeker families to Nauru; NZ trade commissioner for Pacific says investment in tourism is healthy; Samoan Author releases final book in her young adult, urban fantasy fiction series; Tokelau schools to be reviewed by New Zealand team. [more]

The owner of PNG's Rabaul Queen is charged - update
Owner of the Rabaul Queen, which sank in February last year and claimed dozens of lives, is charged with manslaughter . [more]

PNG police quell Mt Hagen tensions
PNG police managed to quell tensions in Mt Hagen which developed over the local level government elections. [more]

Refugee advocate group condemns transfer of first asylum seekers to Nauru
Refugee advocacy group condemns Canberra for transferring the first asylum seeker families to Nauru. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 22 August 2013
Fiji's government publishes its constitution; Academic says new Fiji constitution takes on board concern about land rights; The owner of PNG's Rabaul Queen is charged, 18 months after the tragedy claiming at least 162 lives; PNG police quell election tensions in Mt Hagen; Samoan Author releases final book in her young adult, urban fantasy fiction series; Sport: Three Pacific teams at Youth Netball Worlds. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 22 August 2013
Fiji's government publishes its constitution; Academic says new Fiji constitution takes on board concern about land rights; The owner of PNG's Rabaul Queen is charged, 18 months after the tragedy claiming at least 162 lives; PNG police quell election tensions in Mt Hagen; Samoan Author releases final book in her young adult, urban fantasy fiction series; Sport: Three Pacific teams at Youth Netball Worlds. [more]

Fiji's government publishes its constitution
Fiji's government publishes its constitution, after months of delays since the release of the draft in March. [more]

New Fiji constitution takes on board concern about land rights
Academic says new Fiji constitution takes on board concern about land rights. [more]

The owner of PNG's Rabaul Queen is charged
Owner of the Rabaul Queen, which sank in February last year and claimed dozens of lives, is charged with manslaughter. [more]

Sport: Three Pacific teams at Youth Netball Worlds
PNG police managed to quell tensions in Mt Hagen which developed over the local level government elections. [more]

NZ trade commissioner says Pacific economies need a boost
New Zealand's Trade Commissioner to the Pacific says economies need a boost through long-term business partnerships. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 22 August 2013
Who will be the new Labour Party leader? and US military court sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking secret documents. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 August 2013
Another contamination problem for Fonterra - this time, it's high nitrate levels and Fletcher Building says it can rebuild Christchurch a year earlier than planned. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 August 2013
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Tom Taylor should have no problems fitting in at first five for Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia in Wellington. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 22 August 2013
John Key on the passing of the GCSB bill and continuing public concerns over spying. PM says no ministers complained about Henry inquiry and David Bain suffers a setback in the courts over his compensation claim. [more]

Ordinary New Zealanders angered by GCSB bill passing
The Government 's electronic spy agency can now legally carry out surveillance on New Zealand citizens following the passing of the controversial GCSB bill in parliament yesterday [more]

Pacific News for 22 August 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

GCSB can resume domestic surveillance activities
The Government's electronic spy agency can now legally carry out surveillance on New Zealand citizens following the passage of the controversial GCSB bill. [more]

New hepatitis C drug biggest advance in a decade
A liver specialist says a new drug that dramatically increases the cure rate for hepatitis C is the biggest advance in treatment in a decade. [more]

GCSB Bill passes, public still unhappy
The Government Communications Security Bureau can now legally spy on New Zealanders, but only once they've obtained the appropriate warrant. [more]

Radio New Zealand's political editor discusses bill's passage
Joining us is our political editor, Brent Edwards. [more]

PM says no ministers complained about Henry inquiry
The Prime Minister says no ministers have complained to him about the David Henry inquiry, despite critical comments from a number of senior ministers at a Privileges Committee hearing. [more]

David Bain loses bid to access papers over compo claim
David Bain's legal team is shrugging off its loss in court to force the disclosure of key documents from the Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. [more]

USA jails Bradley Manning for 35 years over WikiLeaks
The US soldier convicted of passing more than seven-hundred-thousand secret documents to the whistleblowing website, Wikileaks, has been sentenced to thirty-five years in prison. [more]

New hepatitis C drug biggest advance in a decade
People with hepatitis C are about to gain access to a new drug that dramatically increases the chances of a cure for many sufferers. [more]

Sports News for 22 August 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fukushima leak poses serious threat
Japan's nuclear agency is raising the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant from one to three on an international scale. [more]

Second leaders debate fires up in Brisbane
Australians were treated to several fiesty exchanges between the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, in the second leaders debate in Brisbane last night. [more]

Five kea die from 1080 in field study despite repellent
The Department of Conservation says five kea have died of poisoning during the first field study of the use of a bird repellent in an aerial 1080 operation. [more]

Citizens say GCSB law abuses freedom, privacy and rights
The Prime Minister is continuing to defend changes to the law surrounding the GCSB, and says New Zealanders have nothing to fear from the legislation which passed its final vote in Parliament last night. [more]

Syrian opposition claims new chemical weapons attack
The United Nations is sitting in urgency in New York, amid allegations that a chemical weapons attack in Syria has killed hundreds of people near Damascus. [more]

Second Australian leaders debate gets heated
That's the most-talked about question from last night's leaders debate between the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, in Brisbane. [more]

Youth offending rate at record low
The rate of youth offending has reached an all time low. [more]

Sports News for 22 August 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Owner of sunk Papua New Guinea ferry gets bail
The owner of a ferry that sank in Papua New Guinea last year has been let out on bail after being arrested on 162 counts of manslaughter. [more]

Nelson art galleries, museums look to Chch for quake expertise
Art gallery owners and museum curators in Nelson are looking to their Christchurch counterparts for help on how to protect their valuable collections after the recent quakes. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 22 August 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 22 August 2013
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

Nights

Battle Of Kursk
On 5 July 1943 the armed forces of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany met in the biggest and most significant battle since the German defeat at Stalingrad - with historian and guide Konstantin Brylyakov. [more]

Body Parts
Endocrinologist and professor of science communication at the University of Otago, Jean Fleming on human anatomy. [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

Is the official inflation measure (CPI) accurate enough
NZ Institute of Economic Research senior economist Kirdan Lees, who was on the committee set up to independently review the Consumers Price Index. It recommended Statistics NZ provide additional indexes to reflect changes in the purchasing power of subgroups such as Maori and superannuitants. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
The death of an intern; the arrest of a Guardian journalist's partner; the debate over fracking; David Cameron's four holidays; and the 'One Direction' movie. [more]

Hamish Wilson and Wayne Cunningham - 'Being A Doctor'
Hamish Wilson and Wayne Cunningham are senior lecturers in General Practice at Otago University's School of Medicine. They teach post-graduate programmes for family doctors. Their book 'Being A Doctor' is published by Otago University Press. [more]

Book Review - I Am Pilgrim
Crystal Beavis reviews 'I Am Pilgrim' by Terry Hayes, published by Bantam Press. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
An international cable project gets a step closer, 'Network 4 Learning' and LinkedIn to sign up teenagers. [more]

Parenting with Ann Neville - bullying
Ann Neville is a former nurse, teacher, and the author of numerous resource publications. The latest are three books about bullying - a guide for parents, one for children, and a fiction book about a child who gets bullied, for 9-13 year olds. The books are published by CreateBooks and can be found at www.createbooks.co.nz [more]

TV with Nick Grant
'Breaking Bad'on Soho, TV subscriptions vs free to air, and 'Orange is the new black'. [more]

Our Changing World

Extinct Sealion Species
Like yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand sealions only recently colonised the mainland, after another sealion species went extinct [more]

Up the Pipe Solutions
A Cawthron Institute project is testing for chemicals in common household products and determining their environmental impact [more]

StretchSense
An Auckland company has developed soft stretchy Bluetooth sensors using artificial muscles to measure human body motion [more]

Sunfish Science
Scientists from Te Papa and Auckland Museum prepare a rarely-seen 2.1m sharp-tailed sunfish for display [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 22 August 2013
Today we speak to our correspondent in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Mark Rabago, about the latest issues in CNMI. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 22 August 2013
GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on employment prospects for New Zealanders in the year ahead? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Has PricewaterhouseCooper applied to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to have "Aeroplane Pilot" added to the list of Essential Skills in Demand? METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Economic Development: Did the Regulatory Impact Analysis team raise concerns over the Regulatory Impact Statement, prepared by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, for the New Zealand International Convention Centre; if so, what were these concerns? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: What action will she take in light of the revelations on a television programme last night that Malcolm Rewa was identified to police as a suspect in a rape in 1988 which turned out to be the first of 25 rapes committed by him over seven years, including the 1992 rape of Susan Burdett who Teina Pora was convicted of murdering? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on patients receiving better access to health specialists? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for the Environment: How does the Minister intend to maintain independence of environmental reporting in her recently announced changes to that process? DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Revenue: What benefits will New Zealanders see from Inland Revenue's Business Transformation programme he launched yesterday? HONE HARAWIRA to the Prime Minister: Will he, now that the Bill has had its third reading, give us the names of the 88 New Zealanders that the GCSB reportedly spied on illegally; if not, why not? SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Courts: What results did court collections achieve in the 2012/13 financial year? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What recent reports, if any, has he received on an increase in pressure on DHBs and health professionals in providing health services in New Zealand? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has she seen on the progress of the TV TakeBack programme? Questions to Members DARIEN FENTON to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? DARIEN FENTON to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, if any, are unique submissions who have requested to be heard? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 August 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 August 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 August 2013
Waikato-Tainui is hosting a national hui on Maori water rights this morning; The Mana Party says it fully expects its caucus will be targeted by the government's spy bureau, now that it's powers have been expanded; The government's been swamped with submissions on the controversial Ngapuhi mandate; An iwi with ties to both sides of Cook Strait, Ngati Toa, has defended its claim to an island off the Wellington coast, despite opposition from the locals. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 August 2013
The Mana Party says it fully expects its caucus to be targeted by the government's spy agency, under its new legislation; The government's been swamped with submissions on the controversial Ngapuhi mandate; Waikato-Tainui is hosting another national hui today on Maori water rights; An iwi with ties to both sides of the Cook Strait, Ngati Toa, is defending its claim to an island off the Wellington coast, despite opposition from the locals. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 August 2013
The Maori Party co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, says he feels sympathy for David Shearer - after the Labour leader's resignation this afternoon; A Ngai Tuhoe leader is looking into other ways his people might communicate with one other - as a result of new spying laws; A major Maori health provider in Whanganui says shifting all its services onto one site will make it more efficient, and show its kotahitanga, or unity; A Countdown store manager is praising his company for exposing more shoppers to the Maori language. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 22 August 2013
The Maori Party is asking if a new Labour leader will give more responsibility to its Maori MPs; A Ngai Tuhoe leader is looking into other ways his people might communicate with each other as a result of new spying laws; A major Maori health provider in Whanganui says moving all its services onto one site will make it more efficient and show its kotahitanga, or unity; A store manager for Counctdown is praising his company for exposing more shoppers to the Maori language. [more]

Upbeat

Philip Tremewan
Christchurch Arts Festival Director of the Christchurch Arts Festival taking place 22 Aug - 22 Sept. [more]

Francis Yapp: NZ Opera Review
Francis reviews NZ Opera's Christchurch performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni. [more]

Bentley Dean and Martin Butler: First Footprints
Australian Film Makers on their four-part documentary tracing the ancient history of humans in Australia. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 22 August 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 22 August 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 22 August 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 22 August 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 22 August 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

PNG Security Council moves over local election decision
Papua New Guinea's National Security Council chairman, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, has indicated he will try to get a change in the decision of the Electoral Commission on local level government... [more]

New Caledonia's Protestant church opts for name change
The Protestant Church in New Caledonia has changed its name to take into account the territory's name used by many indigenous people. At its synod in Lifou, the church decided... [more]

Vanuatu chief says overcrowding in capital leading to lawlessness
The President of the Efate Council of Chiefs in Vanuatu says he is worried overcrowding in the capital is leading to increased lawlessness. Last month a man and a young... [more]

Restricted Fiji Methodists conference webcast
Fiji's Methodist Church says its annual conference is being shortened by the regime but it will use it to prepare for next year's 50th jubilee celebration. The Church's conference began... [more]

Parliament passes GCSB bill
Legislation allowing the Government Communications Security Bureau to carry out surveillance on New Zealanders has passed its third and final reading in Parliament. [more]

Call to update charity legislation
The Law Commission is calling on Parliament to update century-old legislation governing incorporated societies. [more]

First person charged under legal high law faces two-year jail term
Health authorities say the first person to be charged under a new law with illegally selling synthetic highs could be jailed for up to two years. [more]

100 call centre jobs to go
The Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union says a call centre company plans to cut about 100 jobs in Auckland. [more]

PM opens temporary town hall in Wellington
Prime Minister John Key has opened an old waterfront warehouse that will act as Wellington's town hall while it's closed for earthquake strengthening. [more]

Salmon farmer says lobby group has cost jobs
A salmon farming company says further legal challenges by an environmental lobby group will delay new jobs. [more]

Elderly bipolar man missing
An elderly bipolar man is missing after he went went walking in bad weather in Auckland on Wednesday. [more]

Fonterra toughens inspection regime at plants
Fonterra is toughening its inspections of a number of dairy plants, starting at the Hautapu site in Waikato. [more]

Slips on highways in Coromandel and Bay of Plenty
Two slips are partly blocking highways in Bay of Plenty and Coromandel. [more]

Mana expects to be targeted by GCSB
The Mana Party says it fully expects its caucus will be targeted by the Government Communications Security Bureau, now that its powers have been expanded. [more]

Ngati Toa defends claim to Taputeranga Island
An iwi with ties to both sides of the Cook Strait, Ngati Toa, is defending its claim to an island off the Wellington coast, despite opposition from the locals. [more]

Govt swamped with submissions on Ngapuhi mandate
The Government's been swamped with submissions on the Ngapuhi mandate: more than 2000 submissions came in by closing date last Sunday. [more]

National Maori water rights hui at Turangawaewae
Waikato-Tainui is hosting a national hui on Maori water rights at Turangawaewae on Thursday. [more]

Govt needs to give MPI more resources - Labour
Labour says the Government will have to reinvest in the Ministry for Primary Industries if it's going to be able to reassure trading partners about the safety and quality of New Zealand's dairy products. [more]

New milk season off to flying start
Mild conditions that have triggered an early start to spring, also got the new season's milk production off to a flying start, at least in the dairy heartland, Waikato. [more]

Reality setting in for Marlborough farmers
Marlborough's rural support trust co-ordinator says farming operations have been able to continue with relatively little disruption from Friday's big earthquake. [more]

Saudi farm to highlight NZ expertise
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Trade & Enterprise are looking for someone to set up a demonstration sheep breeding farm and agribusiness hub in Saudi Arabia. [more]

Boks legend on deathbed
Former South African rugby captain Joost van der Westhuizen is approaching the end of his life, two years after being diagnosed with deadly motor neurone disease. The 42-year-old told the... [more]

Ryder won't miss any cricket
The New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder won't miss any cricket as he serves a six-month suspension for a doping violation. Ryder tested positive to two strains of a banned performance... [more]

Carter, Cruden, Barrett all out
Reminiscent of their World Cup injury woes, an All Blacks first five injury crisis has arisen ahead of the second Bledisloe Cup test with Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Beauden... [more]

Chiefs re-sign top trio
All Blacks Liam Messam, Sam Cane and Tawera Kerr-Barlow have all re-signed with New Zealand Rugby and their Chiefs franchise through until 2015. The re-signing of the trio is a... [more]

Ailing Fish pulls out of US Open
The top American tennis player Mardy Fish has been forced to withdraw from the US Open because of his ongoing heart condition. The 31-year-old former world top-10 player has decided... [more]

Cissokho joins Liverpool
The French defender Aly Cissokho has joined Liverpool on a season-long loan from Valencia. The 25-year-old, who has been capped once by France, joined Valencia from Lyon last year and... [more]

Australia take first day honours
Australia have made a strong start in their bid to break their duck in the fifth and final Ashes cricket test at the Oval in London. The opening day belonged... [more]

World Cup tickets go on sale
The first batch of nearly one million tickets for next year's Fifa World Cup in Brazil have gone on sale over the internet. At least 300,000 of the tickets that... [more]

Tigers stick with Marshall
Wests Tigers rugby league coach Mick Potter has ignored calls to drop rugby-bound Benji Marshall, who's been retained as playmaker for Saturday's NRL match against St George Illawarra. Marshall has... [more]

Djokovic and Williams top seeds for US Open
World tennis number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been confirmed as the top seeds for next week's US Open. Spain's Rafael Nadal, who returned to number two in... [more]

Cullen in doubt for Silver Ferns
The Silver Ferns defender Kayla Cullen is in doubt for the Constellation Cup series against Australia after being forced out of the World Youth Netball Championships with a knee injury. [more]

All Blacks to get $150,000 bonus if they win 2015 World Cup
The All Blacks will each receive a $150,000 bonus for each player should they retain the World Cup in 2015, a 50 percent increase on their 2011 bonus. The bonus... [more]

Team NZ laughs off latest Oracle allegations
Allegations by Oracle that Team New Zealand had trespassed to gather information has been dismissed by the team as laughable. Oracle alleged in a protest to the Jury that members... [more]

Aussies win first women's Ashes ODI
The Australian women cricketers have gone one game up in their series for the Ashes with a 27-run win over England in a one dayer at Lord's. Australia were restricted... [more]

Sharks deny paying Dank
The Cronulla Sharks rugby league club have rejected the suggestion that a private bank account may have been used to pay for its controversial 2011 supplements programme. The NRL's integrity... [more]

Kopua sticks with the Magic
Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua has signed up for another season with the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic netball franchise. The 28-year-old links up in the Magic defensive circle once more... [more]

Cycling chief loses Swiss backing
The International Cycling Union's controversial president Pat McQuaid has taken another blow in his bid to win a third term in the role. The Swiss Cycling Federation has withdrawn its... [more]

Australia need to take try-scoring opportunities
Ewen McKenzie has repeated his mantra of last week that his side must score tries if they are to beat the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday and keep... [more]

Cooper does his best to avoid riling NZ fans
Controversial Wallabies first five Quade Cooper's done his best to avoid riling the New Zealand rugby public once again. The Wallabies arrived in Wellington Wednesday afternoon for this weekend's second... [more]

Andrew Hore keen on sabbatical
The hooker Andrew Hore could be the next All Black to take a sabbatical with a view to extending his career. He would follow in the footsteps of Richie McCaw,... [more]

Westpac Stadium passes safety test
Westpac Stadium has passed safety tests ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup return match between the All Blacks and the Wallabies. The stadium, which was closed as a... [more]

Roosters rampant over Tigers
The Sydney Roosters continued their march towards a first NRL minor premiership since 2004 with a 56-14 trouncing of the struggling Wests Tigers on Monday night in Sydney. The Tigers... [more]

Nadal up to two in world rankings
The Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal will head to the US Open as world number two after winning the Cincinnati Open. He's overtaken defending champion Andy Murray, who's been named... [more]

Ropati back for Warriors
The Warriors veteran Jerome Ropati will play his first National Rugby League match in more than three months after being named in the side for Saturday's match against the Gold... [more]

Hoeata gets off-field yellow card
The Taranaki lock and former All Black Jarrad Hoeata has been issued an off-field yellow card and Southland No.8 Elliot Dixon has been suspended for a week following judicial hearings... [more]

Sandow checks into rehab
Parramatta rugby league halfback Chris Sandow has checked into a rehabilitation facility as he aims to get his life and NRL career back on track. Believed to be the... [more]

Fletcher Building upbeat about year ahead
Fletcher Building is optimistic about its prospects for the current year, notwithstanding the downturn in the Australian economy. [more]

Trade Me says it needs to reinvest to grow revenue
Trade Me says it's a two-speed business and needs to reinvest to grow revenue. [more]

Auckland airport cautious about next year
Auckland International Airport Ltd is being cautious about its prospects for the year ending June next year. [more]

Economist expects net migration will stay high
Infometrics economist Matt Nolan is picking net migration will stay high after a stronger than expected month in July. [more]

Auction price disguises Fonterra premium drop - Agrimoney
Agrimoney, an agribusiness news site, says the rise in this week's global dairy trade auction disguises the fact Fonterra's losing the premium it once commanded over other countries. [more]

Guiness Peat Group appoints new chair of Coats
Guiness Peat Group says it appointed the new chair of its subsidiary Coats based on his experience of pensions, which is the issue holding up the group from becoming just a thread-making business. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Deadline for repairing about 90,000 houses in Christchurch brought forward by a year; doctors being advised to watch what they tweet; Austrian ski team members lose their passports in a fire. [more]

Unemployment expected to remain flat
The Ministry of Business, Employment & Innovation expects unemployment to remain flat at 6.3% in the 12 months to March 2014, but decline for the following year to 5.5%. [more]

Chief coroner concerned about compulsory post-mortems
The chief coroner is worried that pathologists are seeking greater control of post-mortem procedures. [more]

Sky TV deal with Vodafone renewed
Sky Television has renewed a resale and distribution deal with Vodafone. [more]

Phoenix beaten in preseason game
The Wellington Phoenix have been beaten 2-1 by Western Sydney Wanderers in an A-League pre-season match in Sydney. Louis Fenton scored the goal for Wellington. The Phoenix play Newcastle in... [more]

Ko wins McCormack medal
For the third year in a row the Auckland teenage golfer Lydia Ko has won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world's leading women's amateur player. Ko earned the... [more]

US markets down
Stocks in the United State fell on Wednesday after minutes of a meeting of the Federal Reserve in July offered few clues on a time frame for a reduction in the Fed's bond-buying programme. [more]

New drug for Hep C treatment
Pharmac expects a new hepatitis C drug to lift the cure rate from about 30% to up to 75%. [more]

DoC says more work needed to save kea
The Department of Conservation says more work is needed to stop kea dying as a result of 1080 poisoning of pests in the South Island. But it does not plan to discontinue the programme. [more]

Setback shrugged off by Bain team
A legal team representing David Bain is shrugging off its setback in pursuing compensation for wrongful imprisonment and says there are 600 other documents it can rely on. [more]

PM puzzled over worries by ministers about Henry inquiry
The Prime Minister is puzzled about why any of his ministers feel the need to complain about the way their information was handled by the Henry inquiry. [more]

Chinese executive escorted from Fiji, suspected of stealing millions
A executive with a Chinese firm has been escorted out of Fiji after allegedly fleeing there with millions of dollars of company money. Xinhua reports the former general manager of... [more]

Queensland miner discovers world's largest gas fields off PNG
A Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer says he has discovered one of the world's largest gas fields off Papua New Guinea. He says his privately owned company, Palmer Petroleum, has... [more]

NZ police in Bougainville say leadership essential
New Zealand police officers in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville say good leadership is essential for the region to rebuild. There are seven New Zealand police involved in... [more]

CNMI's Freedom Air loses lease
The Northern Marianas authorities have told a local airline, Freedom Air, to vacate its premises for failing to pay its obligations. The Commonwealth Ports Authority says the airline owes more... [more]

Election date set for Western and Choiseul Provinces in Solomons
The Solomon Islands Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional strengthening has announced September 26 as Election day for Western and Choiseul Provinces. It's also the scheduled date for by-elections in... [more]

Solomons police and RAMSI arrest criminal wanted since 2010
A joint Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and RAMSI Participating Policing Force have arrested James Salovi who was wanted on a warrant for allegedly committing four murders in 2002, on... [more]

Fiji Govt releases country's fourth constitution
The Fiji government has made public the country's fourth constitution. The document was drawn up by the regime after it dumped last year's draft drawn up by the Yash Ghai-led... [more]

Starkist in American Samoa asks Govt for more land to expand
The American Samoa Government is considering several government owned parcels of land close to the StarKist Samoa plant at Atu'u after the cannery requested land to expand its operations. The... [more]

PNG teacher says bullying has far-reaching consequences
The organiser of an anti-bullying campaign in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby says within a culture that places importance on vengeance bullying can have devastating consequences. The month-long... [more]

Youth offending expected to continue to fall
The head of the Youth Court says he believes youth offending will continue to fall after new figures show the rate is at an all time low. [more]

Man charged after woman killed by car
A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who was hit by a car in Kaitaia on Tuesday night. [more]

PM assures New Zealanders over GCSB legislation
The Prime Minister has once again assured New Zealanders they will not be subject to widespread spying, now that the GCSB bill has passed into law. [more]

Dead animals and shotgun shells in recycling bins
Live shotgun shells and dead animals are some of the hazards for personnel at Wastenet Southland, a recycling company. [more]

Chelsea two from two as Gunners make Europe
Chelsea saw off visitors Aston Villa 2-1 in this morning's Premier League football at Stamford Bridge, while fellow top London side Arsenal all but qualified for the European Champions League... [more]

Taylor gets the nod
Tom Taylor will make his test debut at first five ahead of Colin Slade when the All Blacks bid to seal the Bledisloe Cup for an 11th straight season against... [more]

Five Star founder sentenced to prison again
The founder of Five Star Finance, a failed company, has been sentenced to five years in prison on fraud charges. He is already serving time for misleading investors. [more]

Quake repair deadline brought forward
The Earthquake Commission has brought forward its deadline for repairing damaged properties in Canterbury by a year. [more]

Fine issued for illegal milling of native timber
A Raetihi man and his business have been fined more than $20,000 for illegally milling and transporting native timber. [more]

Collins asks why IPCA not investigating police over rapist
Justice Minister Judith Collins is writing to the Independent Police Conduct Authority asking why it will not look into the police investigation of Malcolm Rewa, a serial rapist. [more]

Guilty plea entered after death of cyclist
A man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a cyclist after his vehicle collided with a group of riders near Hamilton on 1 July. [more]

Tramper overdue in Nelson Lakes
A Chinese tramper is missing in Nelson Lakes. He left West Bay at Lake Rotoiti on Tuesday and was due to return by midday Wednesday. [more]

Man imprisoned for paua poaching
A Richmond man has been sentenced to 11 months in prison after being found guilty of paua poaching. He had more than 10 times the daily limit of paua, most of which were undersized. [more]

Skellerup helped by late surge in sales
Skellerup Holdings is thanking a late surge in sales in May and June for allowing it to beat its downgraded guidance but, even so, annual net profit fell 23%. [more]

Ezibuy bought by Woolworth's
Woolworth's has bought Ezibuy for $350 million. The deal is subject to Overseas Investment Office approval. [more]

Commissioner questioned about farming longfin eels
Politicians have questioned the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment about the possibility of farming longfin eels. [more]

Select committee urged by CTU to kill labour law changes
The Council of Trade Unions has urged a Parliamentary select committee to dump proposed changes to employment law. [more]

One agency to rule on liquor licences and opening hours in Auckland
Liquor licences and bar opening hours in Auckland are to be decided by one agency. [more]

Port Hills housing announcement very close
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says it's very close to making an announcement about 142 houses on the Port Hills that have had their zoning decisions reviewed. [more]

ERO wants better monitoring of students' qualifications
The Education Review Office wants all secondary schools to review how they work with students at risk of failing after a trial found ways of boosting achievement. [more]

Funding for BoP projects
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has allocated $40.5 million to infrastructure projects in the region. [more]

Joint governance wanted by ethnic leaders in Auckland
Asian and other ethnic communities in Auckland have told the mayor and councillors their leaders should be appointed to key council committees. [more]

Council to consult on hostel land sale
Dunedin City Council is to consult the public about selling land for a polytech hall of residence. [more]

Audit finds flaws at American Samoa's LBJ
An audit of American Samoa's LBJ Hospital says the hospital lacks internal controls for the handling of cash received from patients for the off-island medical referral programme. The hospital used... [more]

Paris appoints Breffe as new High Commissioner of French Polynesia
France has appointed a new High Commissioner for French Polynesia. On recommendation of the interior minister, it has chosen the prefect of the department of Atlantic Pyrenees, Lionel Beffre, for... [more]

Domestic violence in PNG best tackled with community groups
An aid worker in Papua New Guinea says the best way to stop domestic violence is to work through established community groups. Phillippe Allen, the acting country director of Oxfam,... [more]

NZ unions condemn Fiji military for sugar mill presence
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has condemned an apparent attempt by Fiji soldiers to intimidate mill workers poised to strike. Fiji's Sugar and General Workers Union reported that... [more]

Fiji's new constitution changes electoral system, shifts control of army
After a series of delays, the Fiji government has released the new constitution. The document was drawn up by the military regime after it rejected last year's draft drawn up... [more]

Water flowing smoothly out of damaged dam
Water is flowing smoothly out of the damaged Haldon dam in Seddon after a second cut was made in the earthworks on Thursday morning. [more]

Solomons women's group vying for daily market
A group representing Solomon Islands business women is hoping plans to operate a daily flea market in the capital will soon be approved. The non-government organisation, Solomon Islands Women in... [more]

Tahiti's Flosse to attend Polynesian leaders meeting in NZ
The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has confirmed that he will attend next week's Polynesian leaders meeting in New Zealand. A statement says the gathering in Auckland will discuss population... [more]

Australia unlikely to use aid in Pacific climate financing under Coalition
The Australian National University's Development Policy Centre has found that the opposition Liberal-National Coalition is opposed to the use of aid in climate change programmes. Its research compares the policies... [more]

Record tuna catch ups PNA revenues
Tuna catches in the western Pacific hit record levels in 2012, coinciding with record global market prices that bumped the value of the fishery to an all-time high of more... [more]

Man not guilty of murder in hidden skeleton case
An Auckland man who covered-up killing his friend by hiding his body in an abandoned house and assuming his identity, has been found not guilty of his murder. [more]

Nuisance beggars banned from Auckland streets
Auckland Council has voted to banish beggars deemed intimidating or causing a nuisance from Auckland streets. [more]

Academic says new Fiji constitution takes on board concern about land rights
A New Zealand-based Fijian academic says the new constitution appears to have taken on board concern about land rights. Steven Ratuva of Auckland University says several elements were retained from... [more]

Fiji's government publishes its constitution
The Fiji government has published its constitution, after months of delays since the release of the draft in March. There are some obvious changes to the document, particularly in regard... [more]

Vanuatu state to buy Eretoka for conservation site
Vanuatu chiefs of Lelepa Island have welcomed a decision by the lands minister, Ralph Regenvanu, to buy Eretoka, or Hat Island, and to maintain it as a Cultural Heritage Conservation... [more]

Analysis: Shearer's leadership was doomed from the start
Brent Edwards looks at the reasons behind David Shearer's sudden resignation. [more]

Pair accused of de-frauding immigrants wanted
Police have issued warrants for the arrest of a couple accused of defrauding vulnerable migrants of over $50,000. [more]

Refugee advocate group condemns transfer of first asylum seekers to Nauru
The Australia-based Refugee Action Coalition has condemned Canberra for transferring the first asylum seeker families to Nauru. Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship says 26 people, including 14 adults and... [more]

NZ trade commissioner for Pacific says investment in tourism is healthy
New Zealand's Trade Commissioner to the Pacific says economies need a boost through long-term business partnerships. Michael Greenslade was in Vanuatu on Friday with a group of businesspeople travelling with... [more]

Sport: Three Pacific teams at Youth Netball Worlds
Three Pacific teams will contest the World Youth Netball Championships, which begin in Glasgow later this week. For Papua New Guinea it will be their first matches since the last... [more]

Fiji teachers opposed to Hindi as compulsory language
The Fijian Teachers Association says it is opposed to the new constitution's provision to make the teaching of the Hindi language compulsory at primary school level. The constitution calls for... [more]

CNMI fills public school teaching vacancies
The Northern Marianas Public School System says it has succeeded in filling all 31 teaching positions that became vacant at the end of the school year. However, the Education Commissioner,... [more]

French Polynesia Protestant church opposes same sex marriages
French Polynesia's Protestant church has voted against recognising same sex marriages. The decision is in defiance of French law, which recognises same sex marriages since May and which also applies... [more]

American Samoa school woes prompts emergency declaration
The American Samoa governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has declared a State of Emergency for all public schools in the territory. Lolo says it is in effect for 30 days starting... [more]

American Samoa school woes prompt emergency declaration
The American Samoa governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has declared a State of Emergency for all public schools in the territory. Lolo says it is in effect for 30 days starting... [more]

PNG deputy minister Mori charged with fraud
Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested the deputy mining minister, Wera Mori, and charged him with more than 30 counts of fraud, conspiracy and false pretence. The charges relate... [more]

Owner of PNG's Rabaul Queen ferry free on bail
The owner of Papua New Guinea's Rabaul Queen ferry, which sank last year, has been released on bail. Peter Sharp was arrested in Kokopo this week and is facing 162... [more]

China says NZ's comments about MA-60 improper
The Chinese embassy in New Zealand says it is improper for the New Zealand government to make negative comments about the new MA-60 aircraft China gifted to Tonga. New Zealand... [more]

Commissioner discussed Thorn resigning
The State Services Commissioner says he discussed with the former Parliamentary Service head the option of him resigning the day before he stepped down. [more]

Gage receives posthumous award
Gage, a police dog shot dead on duty in Christchurch in 2010, has been awarded the animal equivalent of the George Cross. [more]

Medical Council cracking down on misuse of social media
The Medical Council, the agency that sets the standards for doctors, is moving to crack down on the misuse of social media by medical personnel. [more]

Maori Party extends sympathy to Shearer
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says it is unfortunate that Labour leader David Shearer has chosen another path. [more]

Maori health provider shifts services onto one site
A major Maori health provider in Whanganui says shifting all its services onto one site will make it more efficient, and show its kotahitanga, or unity. [more]

Supermarket chain rolls out bilingual signage
A store manager for Countdown is praising his company for exposing more shoppers to the Maori language. [more]

Tuhoe considers how it communicates post-GCSB - Kruger
A Ngai Tuhoe leader is looking into other ways his people might communicate with each other as a result of new spying laws. [more]

Kiwi falls further
The New Zealand dollar fell about a cent against the US dollar on Thursday. [more]

Fund plans to invest in start-up NZ tech companies
A new fund is looking to raise up to $50 million which it intends to invest in start-up New Zealand tech companies. [more]

Community groups worried about pace, quality of repairs
Community groups in Christchurch are taking no comfort in the news the Earthquake Commission has brought forward its deadline for repairing thousands of earthquake-damaged properties. [more]

Vector net profit up 2.2%
Full year net profit at Vector rose 2.2% to more than $206 million due to growth in its smart metering business and continued tight cost control. [more]

Council supports Basin flyover
Wellington City councillors have agreed to support the proposed $90 million Basin Reserve flyover, with some conditions. [more]

Shearer steps down as labour leader
The Labour Party leader David Shearer says he is resigning because he no longer has the confidence of a number of his caucus colleagues. [more]

Glitch delays Auckland transport ticket rollout
Problems have struck Auckland's $100 million public transport ticket system, delaying its introduction on further bus services. [more]

Fonterra says nitrate in milk powder was not a contamination
Fonterra says nitrate detected in its milk powder by Chinese officials was not a contamination and could have been sold in New Zealand safely. [more]

Five Star founder jailed
A crown prosecutor says the founder of a failed finance firm, Five Star Finance, should never have been allowed to be involved in the management of any company, let alone a finance company. [more]

Otago Museum drops senior manager
Otago Museum has confirmed it is dropping a senior manager. [more]

Human remains found near Heaphy Track
Searchers scouring the area near the Heaphy track for a Karamea man missing for two weeks have found human remains. [more]

Council tries new collaborative approach to regional plan
Hawke's Bay regional council is trying a new collaborative approach to water and land management in its regional plan. [more]

Landcorp could play greater role in industry - outgoing CEO
Outgoing chief executive of the state owned farming enterprise, Landcorp, says it could play a greater role in industry good functions such as training and technology transfer. [more]