Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 12th September 2013

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - This Shirt
Kris Mac Pherson from Grey Lynn has chosen 'This Shirt' by Mary Chapin Carpenter. [more]

Your Place - Seddon
On 16 August a magnitude 6.6 struck at 2:30 in the afternoon when Seddon School children were in assembly. A lot of the attention was on Wellington, but Seddon was at the heart of the quakes. How is it faring now? [more]

World records
Chris Sheedy is the Australia/New Zealand adjudicator for the Guiness Book of World Records. It's his job to verify that a record for the most swim caps worn at once - held by a New Zealander by the way - or the most people at a toga party, is actually legitimate. The latest edition of the book comes out next week. It claims to the best-selling copyrighted book of all time beating the Bible and the Koran. [more]

Late literacy
For the first time in her life, 50-year-old Brenda Smith can do something most of us take for granted. She can read. Brenda had hearing and learning difficulties growing up in Temuka. A few teachers here and there made an extra effort, but Brenda never learned to read until she knocked on the door of Literacy South Canterbury a few months ago and asked for help. Now she can read books and even a little bit of the newspaper. Brenda's efforts have been recognised with a commendation certificate at the inaugural Adults Learner's awards in Timaru. [more]

Nicky Pellegrino's new book
Nicky Pellegrino is the best-selling author of 'Recipe For Life', 'The Italian Wedding' and 'When In Rome'. Her new novel 'The Food of Love Cookery School' has just been published. [more]

Southern Story for 12 September 2013 - Natural burials
The first natural burial park in New Zealand was certified at Makara, Wellington, in 2007, after eight years of lobbying by Mark Blackham and Sola Freeman. In the South Island there are two - both in Tasman District, but the one in Golden Bay needed a push to open in time for the funeral of Victoria Davis' husband Buzz, on September 11 last year. At Rototai burial park, Sage Forest meets with Victoria at Buzz's grave, and asks her how it came about. [more]

Our Changing World - Conservation Week
Conservation Week this year has whanau as its theme, so Amelia Nurse joined the Hobden-Smith family on a wander through Zealandia. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 12 September 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Scott Yorke and Jordan Williams (Part 1)
Topics - Wellington City Council is looking to impose regulations to make public intoxication an offense. The council is still debating the issue at the moment, but it is suggested it will pass as part of Wellington's local alcohol policy. Diplomacy is still the chosen plan when it comes to Syria. Obama has said they will try for a diplomatic solution - namely that of Russia's proposal that would see Assad give up his chemical weapons - before taking military action. [more]

The Panel with Scott Yorke and Jordan Williams (Part 1)
Topics - Auckland teenager Lorde with her song Royals which is skyrocketing up the US Billboard charts, it's currently sitting at number 3 underneath Katy Perry. The reserve bank has held the official cash rate at 2.5 percent. But it is expected interest rates will rise, possibly by two percent within the next 2 and half to three years. In the America's Cup Team New Zealand have dominated so far. We are joined by veteran yachtsman Chris Dickson. [more]

At The Movies

At the Movies for 12 September 2013
Simon Morris welcomes the best Woody Allen in a while - Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett. There's also a slightly less impressive cyber-thriller called Paranoia, and that rare thing, a New Zealand rock opera movie - Romeo and Juliet - A Love Song. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 12 September 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 12 September 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 September 2013
Mortgage rates are set to rise. The New Zealand dollar reacts, and the sharemarket is flat. [more]

Evening Business for 12 September 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 12 September 2013
The Government eases sanctions brought in to punish Fiji's coup leaders. The defence force is told it has a casual attitude to safety and needs to make urgent changes and Government ignored Treasury advice not to give smelter money. [more]

NZ eases Fiji sanctions despite opposition
New Zealand is easing sanctions brought in to punish Fiji's coup leaders, despite opponents of its military regime saying the government of Frank Bainimarama is still repressive. [more]

Defence force suffers from a casual attitude to safety
A wide-ranging review following a series of high-profile deaths in the military says the defence force suffers from a casual attitude to safety and needs to make urgent changes. [more]

RBNZ says interest rates hikes are getting closer
Interest rates hikes are getting closer, due to the gathering pace of economic activity. [more]

Government ignored Treasury's advice
Cabinet papers show the Government ignored Treasury's advice to not pay a subsidy for the Tiwai point smelter. [more]

Sports News for 12 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Defence Minister on urgent safety changes
A wide-ranging review prompted by a series of high-profile deaths in the Defence Force is calling for urgent safety improvements. [more]

Farmers estimate storm cost in the tens of millions
Nine thousand households are still have no power in Canterbury following Tuesday night's violent storm. [more]

Man found not guilty of Auckland security guard murder.
A man has been found not guilty of the murder of a security guard who was attacked with a wooden post on his first day at work in Auckland nearly two years ago. [more]

Fishers want miners to come clean on seabed phosphate
The fishing industry wants a company seeking to mine the ocean floor for phosphate to release all the information it has about how the environment would be affected. [more]

Officer pleads guilty to supplying contraband
A police officer has admitted smuggling contraband such as tobacco and cigarettes, to prisoners in court cells. [more]

Govt urged not to take Fiji regime's word as gospel
New Zealand is easing sanctions against Fiji saying it's made progress towards holding elections, even as Australia moves to normalise relations with Suva. [more]

Australia goes further still in restoring Fiji relations
The new Australian coalition Government is going even further than New Zealand in restoring relations with Fiji, which has just brought in a new constitution. [more]

Government's internet pricing regime $600million over
A newly formed coalition says the Government's proposed pricing regime for broadband over copper wires amounts to a 600 million dollar transfer of wealth from New Zealand consumers to the telephone lines company, Chorus. [more]

Sports News for 12 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police investigate violent death near Oamaru
The police have launched a homicide investigation into the violent death of a 35-year-old dairy farm worker near Oamaru yesterday. [more]

Trekker blames Aust Govt for negligence in PNG attack
A veteran trekker is accusing the Australian Government of negligence over the attack in Papua New Guinea on a group of tourists including a New Zealander. [more]

No improvement to warrant easing sanctions
A human rights leader in Fiji says the military regime has made no improvements to warrant New Zealand easing sanctions. [more]

Sweet drinks boost risk of gout
Scientists have discovered that sugary drinks increase the risk of gout by reversing the benefits of a gene that usually helps prevent the disease. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 12 September 2013
A deadly attack on a tourist trekking group in PNG; Pacific concerned that Australia's aid cuts will hit those most in need; The Australian think tank, the Lowy Institute, has urged the incoming Australian government to work with China in the region; the Solomon Islands government is being asked to give more financial support to help indigenous people kickstart businesses; conservationists in Fiji are using high-tech maps to pinpoint where they should focus their efforts to protect endangered species. [more]

Two porters killed in an attack in Morobe Province
Two porters with a group of trekkers in Papua New Guinea have been killed in an attack on the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province. [more]

Australia's aid cuts will hit those most in need
Australia's new government says it will cut the promised growth in foreign aid, prompting fears Pacific countries will suffer. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 12 September 2013
PNG leaders condemn the brutal attack on a trekking group on a tourist trail in Morobe Province; a new report shows a quarter of rapists in Bougainville have committed rape as youngsters; the region's concerned that Australia's aid cuts will hit those most in need; 21 Tongan high schools are to get solar power panels; the Replica of an old canoe will trace the trade route of Spanish galleons. [more]

PNG's prime minister calls for death penalty for trek attackers
PNG leaders condemn brutal attack on a trekking group on a tourist trail in Morobe Province. [more]

A quarter of rapists in Bougainville committed rape as youngsters
A quarter of Bougainvillean men who have admitted to rape were fourteen years or younger when they first committed the crime. [more]

23 Tongan high schools to get solar power panels
Rotary New Zealand is visiting Tonga to come up with a design plan for 23 high schools to get solar power panels installed over the next five years. [more]

Replica of old canoe will trace trade route by Spanish galleons
A group of Chamorros based in California is planning to retrace a trade route sailed by their ancestors to the Mariana Islands. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 12 September 2013
In this edition: Fiji returns to partial favour; the man who verifies the Guinness world records &, in Dateline Pacific, solar power comes to Tonga's high schools. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 September 2013
A review finds the Defence Force has a casual approach to safety and scientists find a link between fizzy drink consumption and the risk of gout. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 September 2013
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says his veteran hooker Andrew Hore won't make it to the next Rugby World Cup, amid reports the 35-year-old will announce his retirement soon. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 12 September 2013
Thousands remain without power as the slow moving storm continues to batter the centre of the country. What compromises must the government make to get its new resource management law through parliament and Papua New Guinea says those who savagely attacked a trekking group will face the death penalty. [more]

Speights cider product is being recalled
A Speights cider product is being recalled after being on sale for the past year, [more]

Pacific News for 12 September 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Thousands of homes still without power from fierce storm
At least 25-thousand households from Canterbury to Manawatu have spent the night with no power in the wake of the savage weather front sweeping up the country. [more]

Weather takes toll as it moves north
And now for an overview of what's been happening with the weather as the front moves up the country, we're joined by our reporter William Ray. [more]

PM says there's room for compromise in RMA proposals
The Prime Minister, John Key, says there may be room for compromise to get support for the Government's proposed Resource Management law changes. [more]

The Maori Party says no to RMA reforms
Listening to that was the Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia. [more]

PNG's PM calls for death penalty for trek attackers
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister is condemning a brutal attack on a trekking group which included a New Zealander, and says the people responsible will face the death penalty. [more]

Two days of talks planned over Russia's plans
The United States Secretary of State John Kerry will spend at least two days in crucial international talks over Russia's plan for Syria. [more]

Govt plan to assist struggling firms in China applauded
An infant formula lobby group is hoping to stem millions of dollars in lost sales, after the Government outlined plans to restore Chinese confidence in the wake of the Fonterra contamination scare. [more]

Exporter pushes safety message for NZ foods in China
Chris Claridge, from the dairy product company Carrickmore Nutrition, has been travelling through China for the past week meeting with clients. [more]

Sports News for 12 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government urged to update law governing trusts
The Government's being urged to rewrite laws governing trusts to ensure they are not abused. [more]

Conservation group says luxury golf course threatens birds
A conservation group says the development of a luxury golf course at a remote Auckland beach is threatening one of New Zealand's most endangered birds. [more]

Women just 13% of corporate board directors in New Zealand
New figures show that women are still under-represented in New Zealand's corporate board rooms. [more]

US and Russia prepares for talks on Syria
Representatives from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council are about to meet to discuss Syria. [more]

Australian and NZ tourists attacked in Papua New Guinea.
Police are hunting the bandits who attacked a group of Australian and New Zealand tourists in the Paupa New Guinea highlands. [more]

Dunedin Mayor refused Ag Research meeting over jobs losses
Dunedin's mayor says he has no option but to go straight to central government with his fight to keep Ag Research jobs in the city after being denied the chance of a meeting with the organisation's own board. [more]

Sports News for 12 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pharmac under pressure to add new vaccines to list
Immunisation experts are calling on the drug-buying agency Pharmac to add two key childhood vaccines to the list of government-funded vaccines. [more]

Pharmac under pressure to add new vaccines to list
Immunisation experts are calling on the drug-buying agency Pharmac to add two key childhood vaccines to the list of government-funded vaccines. [more]

East Chch principals relieved to have decisions about future
Principals in the east of Christchurch say they're relieved a decision has finally been made about the future of their schools. [more]

Bill Shorten comes forward for Australian Labor leadership
The Australian Labor Party MP, Bill Shorten, has signalled he will make a bid to replace Kevin Rudd as the party's leader. [more]

Food banks desperate for amendment to Food Bill
Charities and food banks trying to meet growing demand for their services are hoping a bill that will allow supermarkets and restaurants to donate perishable food will be passed into law as soon as possible. [more]

World's largest volcano found beneath Pacific Ocean
Scientists have discovered the largest volcano in the world beneath the Pacific Ocean. [more]

New survey work of ANZAC battlefield at Gallipoli
Another group of ANZACs has descended on the Gallipoli peninsula. The archaeologists and historians from New Zealand, Australia and Turkey are there to start work on the next stage of a survey of the ANZAC battlefield. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 12 September 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 12 September 2013
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

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

Nights

Giraffes in Jeopardy
With Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund programmes co-ordinator, Peter Fraser. [more]

Science - Astronomy
Resident superintendent of Mt John University Observatory, astronomer Alan Gilmore stares upwards to the planets and stars and beyond. What makes a habitable planet? [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

Anglican diocese rejects funding from gaming machines
Reverend Jolyon White, the Christchurch Anglican Minister who proposed a ban on accepting pokies money within Christchurch diocese; Tony Milne, National Manager of Public Health for the Problem Gambling Foundation; and Karen Shea, CEO of Southern Trust (a pub charity which distributes gaming machines). [more]

Law Commission recommends changes to trust law
Law commissioner Geoff McLay, was the lead commissioner on the Trusts Report. [more]

Swap Website
Wayne and Sharon George, the husband and wife sharemilkers who are trying to turn clutter into currency. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
Sex scandals of the Coronation Street stars - Coro's Michael Le Vell cleared of child sex charges; and slimming down the BBC. [more]

Roger Shepherd - Hiking in North Korea
South Korea-based hiking guide and former New Zealand police officer Roger Shepherd tells his story of earning the North Korean government's trust in order to make six hiking trips into the country's uncharted mountains. Roger has produced a photo book of pictures he has taken in the North Korean mountains. [more]

Book Review - The Night Film
Carole Beu reviews 'The Night Film' by Marisha Pessl, published by Hutchinson. [more]

New technology correspondent Erika Pearson
Research that suggests three-strike laws do not reduce piracy; the source of spam and Australia's National Broadband Network. [more]

Parenting with Ian Lambie
Helping teens with exam stress. [more]

Film review with Graeme Tuckett
'Blue Jasmine', 'Gardening with Soul' and 'What Maisey Knew'. [more]

Harry Broad and Rob Suisted - Molesworth Station
Writer Harry Broad and photographer Rob Suisted's journey through Molesworth Station in the South Island, New Zealand's largest farm. The 180,787 hectare station in south Marlborough is renowned as a place where conservation, recreation and farming go hand in hand. Harry and Rob talk about their book 'Molesworth - Stories from New Zealand's largest high-country station'. [more]

Our Changing World

Seabirds, Rodents and Islands
The winner of the Prime Minister's Emerging Scientist Prize visits Goat Island to study grey-faced petrels [more]

Fiordland Marine Foodwebs
Forensic chemistry is helping unravel food web connections in Fiordland's unique fiord ecosystems [more]

Forensic Statistics
Forensic statistics help people in court assess uncertainty in the scientific evidence [more]

A Family Birding Trip for Conservation Week
The Hobden-Smith family are keen on conservation, and have a large collection of New Zealand native bird toys [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 12 September 2013
Today we speak to our Samoa correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, about latest issues in Samoa. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 September 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 September 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 12 September 2013
The politician who led the charge against Maori Television's controversial recruitment process of a chief executive is still demanding an investigation into the broadcaster's Board; Ngati Porou has made a deal with the mobile company 2 Degrees which will set up a community fund fueled by a cut of iwi members' monthly spend with the network; The relevance of the Kingitanga in modern times will today be examined in a presentation by a prominent Maori academic; A lobby group is calling for Government-funded research to be carried out into the way Maori are treated in court. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 12 September 2013
Ngati Porou has made a deal with the mobile company 2 Degrees which will set up a community fund fueled by a cut of iwi members' monthly spend with the network; The politician who led the charge against Maori Television's controversial recruitment process of a chief executive is still demanding an investigation into the broadcaster's Board; A lobby group is calling for Government-funded research to be carried out into the way Maori are treated in court; The relevance of the Kingitanga in modern times will today be examined in a presentation by a prominent Maori academic. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 12 September 2013
A Bay of Plenty tribe say there's nothing wrong with the Resource Management Act - and says the Government shouldn't attempt make any changes to the legislation that looks after the environment; The East Coast iwi, Ngati Porou, says money made from a community fund through mobile company, 2 Degrees, will likely be driven into Information Technology kaupapa; A Whanganui iwi man has been speaking at this year's Kingitanga Day - aiming to inspire Maori designers to use their artwork to influence everyday surroundings; Maori music and the latest fashion designs will take centre stage tonight at the 6th National Waiata Music and Te Koanga Fashion Show. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 12 September 2013
A Bay of Plenty tribe say there's nothing wrong with the Resource Management Act - and says the Government shouldn't attempt make any changes to the legislation that looks after the environment; The East Coast iwi, Ngati Porou, says money made from a community fund through mobile company, 2 Degrees, will likely be driven into Information Technology kaupapa; A Whanganui iwi man has been speaking at this year's Kingitanga Day - aiming to inspire Maori designers to use their artwork to influence everyday surroundings; Maori music and the latest fashion designs will take centre stage tonight at the 6th National Waiata Music and Te Koanga Fashion Show. [more]

The Reading

Civilisation by Steve Braunias - Part 5
Tangimoana - Vigilantes share their version of events in the shadow of a spy base. [more]

Upbeat

Heath Lees and Dimity Reed: Ring Cycle
Producers of a new DVD on Wagner's Ring Cycle timed to coincide with the Melbourne Ring. [more]

David Ward: Kiss the Fish
Composer for upcoming Auckland production of Indian Ink Theatre Company's 'Kiss the Fish'. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 12 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 12 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World Pacific and Sports News for 12 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and sports News for 12 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World,Pacific and Sports News for 12 September 2013
The latest world Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 12 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 12 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 12 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 12 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

Solomons hospital asks for help with flood health education
Solomon Islands' health ministry is being urged to send its health promotion team to eastern Guadalcanal in the wake of destructive flooding over the past week. Heavy rain in the... [more]

UN study finds quarter of rapists in Bougainville committed rape as boys
A quarter of Bougainvillean men who have admitted to rape were fourteen years or younger when they first committed the crime. That is one finding of a United Nations study... [more]

Lowy Institute urges better China-Australia collaboration in Pacific
A think tank in Australia says high level discussions between Australia and China should include working together in the Pacific. Jenny Hayward-Jones of the Lowy Institute says better co-operation would... [more]

Sport: Samoa win Sevens gold as Tonga book trip to Wgtn
It may not have been a gold medal but for Tonga sevens coach Manu Vunipola third place at the Pacific Mini Games felt like a win. The team suffered a... [more]

Nadal closes in on No.1 world ranking
Rafael Nadal is close to regaining the number one ranking in world tennis after his epic win over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final in New York. The Spaniard's... [more]

German Bach elected IOC president
Germany's Thomas Bach is the new president of the International Olympic Committee, succeeding Belgium's Jacques Rogge in the most powerful job in world sport. The 59-year-old Bach is the ninth... [more]

Mexico or Panama All Whites' likely opponents to get to World Cup
Mexico or Panama still loom as the the All Whites likely opponents for a place at next year's football world cup in Brazil after the latest round of world cup... [more]

Pakistanis threaten protest over state of the national game
Retired Pakistani hockey stars are threatening to burn their medals and protest publicly unless the government steps in to reverse a spectacular decline in the national game. Pakistan, four-times world... [more]

Umaga says he need to keep emotions in check if he wants to keep coaching
A contrite Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga concedes if he wants to continue his rugby coaching career he needs to keep his emotions in check. The New Zealand rugby union... [more]

Former NRL league player suspended for alleged penis-biting
A former National Rugby League player has been banned for eight matches after being accused of biting an opponent's penis during a tackle in a local Gold Coast game. Anthony... [more]

Marshall ruled out of World Cup
New Zealand playmaker Benji Marshall won't be part of the Kiwis' Rugby League World Cup campaign. Marshall played his last NRL game for the Wests Tigers on the weekend and... [more]

Props get one week suspension for stamping
The Southland prop Jamie Mackintosh and Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna have each been suspended from rugby for one week following judicial hearings into separate incidents during their provincial match in... [more]

British distance star denies drugs claims
Britain's long distance running star Mo Farah has refuted suspicions that his startling form is down to drugs, insisting it was solely hard work that won him Olympic gold last... [more]

Raikkonen signs new Ferrari contract
Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Ferrari next season on a two-year deal that takes the 2007 world motor racing champion back to the glamour team he left in 2009. The... [more]

Remember Benji well, says Kearney
Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has paid tribute to the former New Zealand playmaker Benji Marshall, who's decided not to take part in the Rugby League World Cup. Marshall told the... [more]

McKenzie loses patience with Genia
The Australia rugby coach Ewen McKenzie has run out of patience with an out-of-sorts Will Genia, dropping the halfback and stand-in captain from the starting XV for Saturday's match against... [more]

Stuart quits Eels, returns to Raiders
Coach Ricky Stuart has walked out on the National Rugby League wooden spooners the Parramatta Eels to take up a three-year contract with the Canberra Raiders. The 46-year-old told the... [more]

Taranaki repel Magpies in the rain
The Taranaki rugby team's warmed up for Sunday's Ranfurly Shield challenge with a 23-10 home win over Hawke's Bay. Taranaki head to Counties Manukau after the crucial win in wet... [more]

Some dairy allowed into Russia - MPI
Trade Minister Tim Groser says the restoration of the trading relationship with the country's main dairy market, China, is moving in the right direction. [more]

Infant formula exporters acknowledge Govt recovery plan
New Zealand infant formula exporters say the Government is taking the right steps with its market recovery plan to repair the damage in key dairy markets from Fonterra's botulism false alarm. [more]

Farmers need power back after storm
Canterbury farmers are busy fixing fences, sorting stock and clearing toppled trees following Tuesday's furious winds. [more]

2degrees and iwi launch community fund
Ngati Porou has agreed a deal with mobile phone company 2degrees to set up a community fund fuelled by a cut of iwi members' monthly spend with the network. [more]

Presentation marks Kingitanga Day
The relevance of the Kingitanga in modern times will on Thursday be examined in a presentation by a prominent Maori academic. [more]

Maori TV chair has more questions to answer - MP
The politician who led the charge against Maori Television's controversial recruitment process of a chief executive is still demanding an investigation into the broadcaster's board. [more]

Call for Maori justice study
A lobby group is calling for Government-funded research to be carried out into the way Maori are treated in court. [more]

Trust law outdated, says Law Commission
The Law Commission wants trust law changed to close a loophole used to hide assets in relationship breakups. [more]

Relief at certainty about schools' future
Principals in east Christchurch say they are relieved a decision has finally been made about the future of their schools. [more]

Speight's recalls cider brand
Lion breweries is recalling one of its Speight's cider products because of a labelling problem. [more]

Sport: PNG finish on top of Mini Games medal tally
Papua New Guinea have finished on top of the medal table after the final day of competition at the Pacific Mini Games. And they did it in style, upsetting hosts... [more]

PNG's PM says attackers of trekking group should face death penalty
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says the people responsible for a violent attack on a trekking group should face the death penalty. In the assault on Tuesday in the Papua... [more]

Director fees steady but chair fees up
The annual survey of directors' fees found the median fee paid to non-executive directors has remained static compared with last year and the fees paid to non-executive chairmen has risen 2.4%. [more]

NZ commercial property offers attractive yields - CBRE
A Hong Kong based expert in commercial property says the yields from New Zealand property are among the most attractive in the world. [more]

Chinese consumers slow to accept Fonterra safety assurances
A dairy company says the message that New Zealand dairy products are safe is beginning to get through to Chinese businesses but it will take longer to convince consumers there. [more]

Mayor taking AgResearch concerns to minister
The mayor of Dunedin says he has been refused the opportunity to discuss the removal of most staff from the AgResearch centre at Invermay. [more]

Tender investigation sparks SFO warning
The Serious Fraud Office is warning that the procurement of equipment or services is always a high-risk area for fraud. [more]

West Auckland house fire extinguished
A large house fire that closed part of a road in west Auckland on Thursday morning has been put out. [more]

Charities hope bill will free up food donors
Charities and food banks are hoping a bill that will allow supermarkets and restaurants to donate perishable food will be passed into law as soon as possible. [more]

Sport: Fiji sailors win Pacific and Oceania gold
The husband and wife pairing of Shayne and Torika Brodie sailed their way to a golden finish for Fiji on the final day of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis... [more]

PNG police say attack on trekking group was shocking
The police in Papua New Guinea are describing a violent attack on a trekking group as shocking and unthinkable. In the assault on Tuesday in the Papua New Guinea highlands,... [more]

Sport: Big contingent of Australian pros at Vanuatu Golf Open
A contingent of 24 professional golfers from Australia are taking part in the annual Tusker Vanuatu Golf Open which starts at Mele Golf Club near Port Vila today. 140 professional... [more]

Travel fund for firms impacted by Fonterra scare
The Government has announced it is establishing a $2 million fund to help small companies travel overseas to reassure their trading partners affected by Fonterra's botulism scare. [more]

Pharmac may fund rotovirus, chicken pox vaccines
The drug-buying agency Pharmac is being urged to fund two new vaccines for children. [more]

Conservationists battle millionaire to protect fairy terns
A conservation group says the development of a private golf course at a remote Auckland beach is threatening one of the country's most endangered birds. [more]

Samoa Govt keen for a new airport on eastern side of Upolu, main island
Samoa is forging ahead with plans to construct an airport at Aleipata, with the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, saying it is a critical infrastructure investment for the future. According... [more]

Key prepared for RMA compromise
Prime Minister John Key says there may be room for compromise to get support for the Government's proposed Resource Management Act changes. [more]

Durante declared eligible
The New Zealand men's football team will have the services of the Australian-born defender Andrew Durante for November's intercontinental playoff for a place at next year's World Cup. The Wellington... [more]

Grey Power cuts a deal for power
Grey Power says it has reached an agreement with an independent electricity retailer, [more]

Boy hit by bus on way to school
A seven-year-old boy hit by a school bus is in a critical condition in Nelson Hospital with multiple fractures and internal injuries. [more]

Weddings pose health dangers
ACC says weddings can be dangerous for people's health, with at least 600 wedding-related claims lodged in two years. [more]

American Samoa lowers flags to honour 9/11 victims
All flags in American Samoa are today being flown at half staff to honour and remember the victims of the terrorists attack 12 years ago in the United States. The... [more]

Fugalei market in Samoa to be for farmers only
Samoa's opposition party says the government has broken a promise to local businesses by making the soon-to-be rebuilt Fugalei market for farmers only. Original plans for a two-storey market have... [more]

Fiji's historic Levuka calls for specialist help
The historic Fijian town of Levuka is searching for specialists to help preserve the old buildings which have helped earn it World Heritage status. The town's timber buildings are a... [more]

Guam discusses decriminalising marijuana
A public hearing held by Guam's Legislature has heard a number of calls for the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use. The Pacific Daily News reports that those who submitted... [more]

Cooks residents may have to upgrade homes for new water system
The Cook Islands Government says residents in Avarua may have to upgrade their own water pipes before a major water mains project can be completed. This week the contractor of... [more]

Crucial Solomons bridge patched until next flood
The general manager of a major agricultural company in Solomon Islands says one of the bridges badly damaged during recent flooding is essential to his operation. Large areas of the... [more]

UN study urges more work with boys to combat rape in Bougainville
A United Nations study has recommended more work with young men and boys to address high rates of rape in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. The study by the Partners... [more]

Asian coolstore for NZ kiwifruit
A New Zealand horticultural company has invested about half a million dollars in a coolstore in Malaysia. [more]

Rural storm damage widespread
A farming field officer says there has been extensive damage to farms and rural communities throughout Canterbury from this week's high winds. [more]

Industry groups clash over RMA reforms
Federated Farmers and Fish and Game are at logger-heads again, this time over the Government's latest reform proposals for the Resource Management Act. [more]

'Snow shout' still on at Oxford
Organisers of a "snow shout" planned at the Oxford Rugby Club in North Canterbury on Thursday evening say it is going ahead, despite the widespread disruption from this week's wind storm. [more]

Flipped car spills paint, solvents
Fire crews are cleaning up paint and solvents after a car flipped in central Christchurch. A man had to be freed from the car by firefighters. [more]

CNMI minimum wage delay bill passes US House
Workers on the minimum wage in the Northern Marianas will have to wait at least another year before their hourly rate increase to 6 dollars and 5 cents YS. This... [more]

Cook Islands ombudsman investigate police pursuit death
Workers on the minimum wage in the Northern Marianas will have to wait at least another year before their hourly rate increase to 6 dollars and 5 cents YS. This... [more]

Fiji president puts the spotlight on HIV/AIDS
The Fiji President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, is visiting secondary schools around the country to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Ratu Epeli is visiting schools in Ra this week, telling students to... [more]

Eastern Guadalcanal in Solomons waiting for roads/bridges
A major agricultural producer in Solomon Islands says it would be great if the government would build roads and bridges in the Guadalcanal plains area as it has west of... [more]

PNG MP in court on misappropriation charges
A government MP in Papua New Guinea, Paul Tiensten, has appeared in court on charges of conspiracy to defraud and misappropriation involving 4 million US dollars of public funds. The... [more]

NZ set to lift 'smart sanctions' against Fiji and provide election help
The New Zealand Foreign Minister has announced the further easing of so-called smart sanctions against Fiji that were used to punish those involved in the 2006 coup. Travel bans will... [more]

Fiji welcomes NZ "change of position"
Fiji's Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has welcomed what he describes as New Zealand's change of position on Fiji but he says it may have come a little too late. [more]

Cheaper iPhone aimed at Chinese market
Shares in Apple continued to tank after it revealed on Wednesday two new handsets, which the market clearly didn't like. [more]

ASX lures New Zealand companies
The Australian Stock Exchange has stepped up its approaches to New Zealand companies to dual list, saying it is working on ways to cut costs and streamline the process. [more]

Australian banks urged to tighten lending
Australia's banking regulator is warning banks to tighten their lending standards, after a sharp rise in risky lending and record low interest rates threaten to create a property bubble. [more]

Niue temporary home to Norwegian sailors following wreck
Eight Norwegian sailors are stranded on Niue waiting on an insurance assessment after their 14 metre fibreglass catamaran broke its mooring and smashed into the reef at Alofi. The Blue... [more]

Murder charge follows attack on couple
A man charged with murdering a woman and the attempted murder of her husband in Auckland has appeared in court and has been remanded in custody for a forensic assessment. [more]

Greens urge National MPs to cross floor over Sky City
The Green Party has written to all National Party MPs urging them to cross the floor on the legislation for the Government's SkyCity convention centre deal. [more]

21 Tongan high schools to get solar power panels
Rotary New Zealand is visiting Tonga to come up with a design plan for 21 high schools to get solar power panels installed over the next five years. In 2009,... [more]

Papua New Guinea's PM calls for death penalty for trek attackers
Papua New Guinea's prime minister has condemned a brutal attack on a trekking group on Tuesday and says the people responsible will face the death penalty. In the assault on... [more]

A quarter of rapists in Bougainville committed rape as youngsters
A quarter of Bougainvillean men who have admitted to rape were fourteen years or younger when they first committed the crime. That is one finding of a United Nations study... [more]

Replica of old canoe will trace trade route by Spanish galleons
A group of nine Chamorros are planning to retrace the path taken by their Spanish ancestors between 1600 and 1800 to arrive at the Marianas Islands. The 40-day journey will... [more]

Pacific concerned that Australia's aid cuts will hit those most in need
Australia's new government says it will cut the promised growth in foreign aid, prompting fears Pacific countries will suffer. Before last Saturday's election win, the coalition announced it would save... [more]

Two porters killed in an attack in Morobe Province
Two porters with a group of trekkers in Papua New Guinea have been killed in an attack on the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province. The group included trekkers from... [more]

Dunedin pairs up with Qingdao
Dunedin has made an economic development deal with a rising Chinese industrial city. [more]

Police say Otaki Beach body an unexplained death
Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on Thursday morning on Otaki Beach, on the Kapiti Coast. [more]

Haast road may reopen Friday, Milford also closed
The only road connection between the West Coast and Otago - cut by a landslide - is likely to remain closed until Friday. Milford Road in Fiordland is also closed. [more]

Officer admits smuggling contraband
A police officer has admitted supplying banned items to prisoners in court cells while working as a prisoner escort at the Henderson police station. [more]

Juice and fizzy may bring on gout
New Zealand scientists have discovered fizzy drinks and fruit juice increase the risk of gout by interfering with a gene that normally helps prevent the disease. [more]

Leave Resource Management Act alone - Ngati Pukenga
A Bay of Plenty tribe say there's nothing wrong with the Resource Management Act - and says the Government shouldn't attempt make any changes to the legislation that looks after the environment. [more]

Ngati Porou community fund to explore ICT ventures
East Coast iwi, Ngati Porou, says money made from a community fund through mobile company, 2degrees, is likely be driven into information technology kaupapa. [more]

NZ dollar pushed higher by prospect of interest rate hike
The New Zealand dollar has been pushed higher by the almost certain prospect of a hike in interest rates in April. [more]

Maori music expo and fashion show take centre stage
Maori music and the latest fashion designs will take centre stage on Thursday night at the sixth National Waiata Music and Te Koanga Fashion Show. [more]

Digital designer wants greater Maori influence in everyday items
A Whanganui iwi man has been speaking at this year's Kingitanga Day - aiming to inspire Maori designers to use their artwork to influence everyday surroundings. [more]

PNG leaders frustrated over length, cost and quality of SABL inquiry
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has indicated he is about to table the long-awaited report by the Commission of Inquiry into the Special Agricultural Business Leases. The government... [more]

More details emerge of injuries in PNG trekking attack
More details are emerging about the injuries to members of a trekking group attacked in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province on Tuesday. Two local porters with the group were killed... [more]

Total of seven charged over PNG's Rabaul Queen disaster
A total of seven people have now been charged in connection with the Rabaul Queen disaster in Papua New Guinea on the 2nd of February last year. The National newspaper... [more]

Fiji human rights groups not consulted on latest NZ move
The Chair of the Coalition for Human Rights in Fiji Shamima Ali says New Zealand did not consult human rights groups before easing sanctions on Fiji. New Zealand has formally... [more]

Chopper pilot says attack on trekkers will set back PNG tourism
A helicopter pilot who evacuated members of a trekking group targetted in a deadly attack on Tuesday in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province says such violence is not normal for... [more]

Accused cleared over security guard killing
A man has been found not guilty of the murder of a security guard in Auckland nearly two years ago. [more]

Police investigate violent death near Oamaru
A homicide inquiry is underway after the violent death of a dairy worker at a rural property near Oamaru. [more]

Wellington alcohol policy close to approval
A local alcohol policy aimed at reducing social problems in Wellington will be recommended to the city council for adoption next month, following a debate by councillors on Thursday. [more]

Children's Commissioner may cover CYF
The Government is considering extending the office of the Children's Commissioner to monitor complaints to Child, Youth and Family. [more]

Young people rushing to beat home deposit restriction
A credit checking agency, Veda Advantage, says the number of inquiries among first time home buyers has risen sharply to rates not seen in seven years. [more]

Interest rate rise signals strengthen
A stronger economy has prompted the Reserve Bank to give its clearest message yet that interest rate increases are coming, but not this year. [more]

Thousands still without power after storm
Lines companies estimate about 13,300 properties are still without power in Canterbury, with some people likely to be without power for another four days, following Tuesday night's violent storm. [more]

Fishers want mining impact revealed
A group representing the fishing industry is calling on a company that wants to mine for phosphate to come clean on the environmental impact it would have. [more]

Yet another armed robbery in Northland
A spate of armed robberies in Northland has the police worried and they say it's sheer luck no-one's been killed. [more]

Auckland's new electric trains unveiled
The first train in Auckland's new electric fleet has been unveiled at a ceremony at Manukau's Wiri depot. [more]

Report urges Defence safety changes
A wide-ranging review prompted by a series of high-profile deaths in the Defence Force is calling for urgent changes in the military's approach to health and safety, saying it takes a sometimes casual approach to safety. [more]