Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 5th March 2014

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, RNZ Music, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Wireless, The World in Sport, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

NZ Society- Kiwibots Vid
Five hundred young robot builders from throughout New Zealand have just spent three days doing battle in the National Robot Championships or "Kiwibots" as they're called. This year the event's been immortalised in a three minute video created by a group of South Auckland youngsters. David Steemson was there to see the action. [more]

Best song ever written - Visions of Johanna
Amanda Milne from Auckland has chosen 'Visions of Johanna' by Bob Dylan. [more]

Link 3
Can you spot the connection in our music quiz? [more]

Ukraine commentator - Professor Sergie Khruschev
Sergie Khruschev, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island comments on the events unfolding in Crimea. This is of special interest to him, as his father was resonsible for making the Crimea part of the Ukraine in 1954. [more]

One-in-a-100-year storm in Christchurch
Andrea Cummings' home in Burwood has become a bit of an unoffical welfare centre. Andrea has an elderly neighbour whose red-zoned house was surrounded by waist-deep water. With the help of the local fire brigade she was able to get her neighbour out of her home and to safety. Andrea Cummings is the chairwoman of the Burwood Pegasus Community Board. [more]

Virtual world with Hamish MacEwan
Inside The Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal. Basis [makes wristwatch health trackers] Goes To Intel For Around $100M, and Facebook in talks to buy Titan Aerospace for $60M, plans to use solar drone tech for providing internet access. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 5 March 2014
Your feedback and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gary McCormick and Chris Wikaira (Part 2)
Topics - a complaint to NZX of insider trading that seems to have passed by the Minister of Commerce should be a warning for investors in the New Zealand capital markets, according to Labour's Primary Industries spokesman Damien O'Connor. Concerns have been raised by a number of Fonterra investors as to why sudden shifts in stock values coincide with increases in trades of the stock. The international headlines all seem to agree with each other that the Maori King has snubbed the Royals. [more]

Business News

Evening Business for 5 March 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
Air New Zealand's shares have risen more than 30 percent in the past 12 months but an analyst believes they are likely to rise further. [more]

Morning Business for 6 March 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 6 March 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 6 March 2014
The Warehouse seeks more capital even as its profit slumps 45 percent. Rival Briscoes reports a more than10 percent lift in profit and the share market rises again. [more]

CEISMIC

Question Time for 5 March 2014
TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Does he stand by his statement of 11 February 2014, "education payroll is the most complex in New Zealand and more work remains to be done to simplify the business processes to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible each year"? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "the true builders of that future are the millions of New Zealanders working in the homes, the businesses, the industries of our country"? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme, which is freeing up money for reinvestment in new public assets without having to increase Government debt? ANDREW LITTLE to the Attorney-General: Will he release all correspondence between the Christchurch Crown Solicitor or any other solicitor acting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and counsel for Peter Whittall on the decision not to proceed with the prosecution of Mr Whittall under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 relating to conditions at the Pike River Mine that lead to the deaths of 29 miners; if not, why not? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: When were Ministry of Health officials first informed that the dispute between the Southern District Health Board and South Link Health involved allegations of the misuse of public funding, and when were they first informed that this alleged misuse was suspected to involve elements that could be fraud? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What announcements has the Government made on the Tertiary Education Strategy for New Zealand? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: Does he stand by his statement made yesterday in the House with regard to Canterbury Labour Members of Parliament that they "have made no more than five requests for assistance through the Earthquake Commission"; if not, when will he be correcting his statement and apologising? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How is the Government's Information and Communication Technology programme improving New Zealanders' access to improved technology and better connectivity? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: On what date did she receive an invitation to visit the Shanghai office of Oravida Ltd during her Ministerial visit to China in October 2013, and what actions did she take to ensure this visit met her obligations under the Cabinet Manual? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Associate Minister of Education: Did the communities in Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown, where four schools are to be built using a public-private partnership (PPP) model, ask the Government for private sector management of their school buildings? PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Health: What investment is the Government making in improving nutrition and exercise for pre-schoolers? JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Corrections: What steps has the Government taken to improve access to alcohol and drug treatment for prisoners? [more]

The Panel with Gary McCormick and Chris Wikaira (Part 1)
Topics - Emergency services are at the scene of a cliff collapse at the Port of Lyttelton that has damaged fuel storage tanks. Police say evacuations are underway from Brittan Terrace and Cressy Terrace, with people being taken to Lyttelton Main School. Meanwhile - University of Canterbury researchers have confirmed that Christchurch is now experiencing more frequent and severe flooding due to the impact of the earthquakes. [more]

Christchurch flooding caused by earthquake
Fifteen hundred people in Christchurch are without power tonight and more than a hundred homes evacuated after a 'once in a hundred year flood'. [more]

Seddon post-quake rebuild a different story to Canterbury
Residents in the Marlborough town of Seddon say they are relieved their post-quake rebuild hasn't been hit by the same delays as Canterbury. Eight months on from the Cook Strait earthquakes, repairs and remedial works are continuing apace in Marlborough. [more]

The heightened flood risk for Christchurch after the quakes
Gerry Brownlee is the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister. Hugo Kristinsson is a South Brighton resident who stood for mayor last year on the issue of flood risk and land damage. David Stringer is the spokesperson for the community lobby group Insurance Watch - which has been seeking answers from the council since 2011 about the flood risk to the city. Nine to Noon speaks with all three about the recent flooding in Christchurch. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 5 March 2014
Christchurch battles a one-in-one-hundred year storm. The The Metservice has more and protest action stops a treaty settlement hui in Paihia . [more]

Floods and slips force people from homes
Thousands of people are without power tonight and others have been forced from their homes by a slip in Lyttelton and what's being called once in a hundred year flooding in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. [more]

Rescuer tells of wading to save elderly woman and her cat
Andrea Cummings ended up wading through waist deep water last night on a rescue mission for an elderly woman and her cat. [more]

The mayor of Christchurch has more
The mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel says the floods escalated very quickly from being just a one in-5-year to a 1-in-100-year event. [more]

The Metservice has more
John Law of the MetService is with us. [more]

Hui called off because of protest action
The Ngapuhi group the government has chosen to settle the iwi's Treaty claims was forced to cancel a hui in Paihia today because of protest action. [more]

Our reporter tells us more from the latest Ngapuhi protest
And in the wake of that cancelled hui this morning, the Ngapuhi organisers have called off another meeting that was to be held this evening for Whangarei claimants. [more]

Sports News for 5 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police have more on the Lyttelton evacuations
Senior Sergeant Mike McRandle from the Christchurch police command centre is with us. [more]

Banks Peninsula fire chief rescues families
Dave Irving who heads the volunteer fire brigade at Little River 30 kilometres west of Akaroa says locals have never seen flooding like it. [more]

Planning go-ahead for Auckland's downtown rail tunnel
The country's biggest transport project has been given the planning go-ahead, but it's still not clear when it might begin or how it will be paid for. [more]

Collins forced to defend accusations she broke Cabinet rules.
The Justice Minister has been forced to defend herself against accusations she breached Cabinet rules when she went to the offices of a New Zealand export company in Shanghai. [more]

Teachers, principals dismiss report that recommends a pay rise
Groups representing teachers and principals have dismissed a report recommending they should get a pay rise. [more]

Desperation in inundated neighbourhoods
He says he doesn't know when he will be able to move back into the house again or when it will be liveable. [more]

Lyttelton evacuations after slip hits fuel tank
More now on the people evacuated in Lyttelton after a cliff collapsed, damaging a fuel tank at the port. [more]

More on the flooding
Our reporter Rachel Graham has been out speaking to people today,and joins us. [more]

Latest on power cuts
The chief executive of lines company Orion Rob Jamieson is with us. [more]

Investigation into power company price hikes
The Electricity Authority has announced it will investigate the reasons power companies are giving for putting up their prices. [more]

Hapu affected by Tuhoe deal want out
Some hapu who say their land is being confiscated to compensate Tuhoe want to be left out of Tuhoe's settlement with the Crown, or be guaranteed a slice of the money. [more]

US continuing to pile pressure on the Russian President
The United States and Europe are continuing to pile pressure on the Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops to their bases in Crimea. [more]

Sports News for 5 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bainimarama has handed over command of the army today
Fiji's prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has handed over command of the army today, during a ceremony in the capital Suva. [more]

Auckland Council wants more proptection for Maui's dolphins
The Auckland Council will urge the Government to rethink a proposal conservationists say will push the endangered Maui's dolphins towards exinction. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 5 March 2014
The leader of Fiji's regime hands over his military command; a state of emergency declared in the Marshall Islands; we look at the progress of Pacific Island countries' in reporting on human rights; the community's being drawn in to help policing in American Samoa; and the World Bank puts millions into PNG coffee and cocoa industries. [more]

New commander takes over Fiji's forces from Bainimarama
Fiji's new military commander, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga, says the military's relationship with the leader of the Fiji regime will be based on the 2013 constitution. [more]

Marshalls under state of emergency following severe flooding
Marshall Islands declares state of emergency following severe flooding that has left 1000 temporarily homeless. [more]

Some Pacific states far behind on human rights reporting
A Pacific Islands Forum workshop is trying to help small island states catch up with their human rights reporting obligations. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 6 March 2014
The leader of Fiji's regime hands over his military command; a state of emergency declared in the Marshall Islands; hopes new Pacific Plan will change pooling focus; and we look at the progress of Pacific Island countries' in reporting on human rights. [more]

Hopes new Pacific Plan will change pooling focus
Academics call for a new approach to the pooling of resources through the Pacific Plan. [more]

Late Edition

Late edition for 5 March 2014
Christchurch begins to clean up and the crimean crisis as viewed by the son of a former soviet dictator. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 6 March 2014
The Prime Minister is in Christchurch amid criticisms of the council's flood management processes and there's been little progress to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. [more]

Midday Sports News for 6 March 2014
The interim New Zealand football coach Neil Emblen has made a less than auspicious start to his quest to become the All Whites full-time mentor. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 6 March 2014
Flooded Cantabrians angry at no sand bags; 3500 Christchurch residents without power last night; Christchurch mopping up after massive storm; High level meeting on Ukraine in Paris; "Minister of Milk" not backing down; Political editor discusses implications of factory visit; Electricity Authority to investigate power price hikes; The faster growing economy bolsters corporate profits; Asbestos and bad weather delay freight. [more]

Pacific News for 6 March 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Christchurch mopping up after massive storm
Christchurch is mopping up after what has been described as a once in a century storm. One-hundred-and-70 millimetres of rain fell in parts of Christchurch yesterday. [more]

Worst of the weather over for Christchurch
Metservice severe weather forecaster Andy Downes joins Morning Report to discuss the situation in Christchurch. [more]

Flooded Cantabrians angry at no sand bags
Angry and emotional Christchurch residents are asking why the council didn't do more to protect their homes after one hundred houses were inundated during yesterday's once in a century flood. The failure of the council to provide more sandbags to hold the waters back has been a major complaint across the city, as residents start the heart breaking job of mopping up their damaged homes. [more]

3500 Christchurch residents without power last night
Last night more than three-thousand Canterbury households were still without power. Rob Jamieson, the chief executive of Orion, joins Morning Report. [more]

Christchurch mopping up after massive storm
Terry Howse is the council's emergency controller this morning, he joins Morning Report to speak about the situation in Christchurch. [more]

High level meeting on Ukraine in Paris
Russia is refusing to withdraw forces from Ukraine's Crimea region following a day of top-level diplomatic talks. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his counterparts from the United States, Britain, Germany and France as well as the French President Francois Hollande in Paris. [more]

"Minister of Milk" not backing down
The Justice Minister says she has no regrets over visiting her husband's milk export company while on a tax-payer funded trip to China and says she'd do it all over again. The Prime Minister is backing Judith Collins and says her visit was completely by the book. [more]

Political editor discusses implications of factory visit
Our political editor Brent Edwards joins Morning Report to discuss the implications of Judith Collins' visit to her husband's milk export company in China. [more]

Electricity Authority to investigate power price hikes
As electricity retailers and lines companies point the finger of blame at each other the Electricity Authority will try to find out why power prices are rising. Electricity suppliers, including Contact Energy and Genesis Energy, say the blame lies with the lines companies. [more]

The faster growing economy bolsters corporate profits
The faster growing economy is bolstering corporate profits. The latest earnings season shows four out of ten firms reported double-digit profit growth. But many workers are yet to share in the spoils. [more]

Sports News for 6 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Asbestos and bad weather delay freight
A trucking lobby group says a combination of bad weather and KiwiRail locomotives being taken out of service is causing problems for freight companies. KiwiRail pulled 40 engines out of service after it discovered asbestos had been sprayed on parts of the locomotives while the recent bad weather has caused ferry cancellations. [more]

Frank Bainimarama steps down from head of Fiji military
The leader of the Fiji regime Frank Bainimarama stepped down as the head of the country's military yesterday, saying he was leaving a job he loved. The move will allow the leader of the 2006 coup to stand in the general elections which the regime has promised will be held by the end of September. [more]

Stacey the turtle gets a new home at sea
The country's most well known aquarium is putting the call out for public donations so it can conduct more research on one of the sea's most elusive creatures. [more]

Christchurch begins another massive clean up
Christchurch is beginning yet another massive clean up, as the aftermath of its 'once in a century' flood becomes clear. About 600 homes are facing a second day without power, crews are out clearing roads, and homeowners are picking through innundated homes in the wake of the massive flooding as the Heathcote and Avon rivers burst their banks, and storm water systems failed under pressure. [more]

Flood-affected residents angered by lack of council help
There are conflicting experiences emerging from the deluge, with some Christchurch residents happy with what the council has done to help them, and others left frustrated and angry. About a hundred houses were inundated in low-lying suburbs after one-hundred-and-70 millimetres of rain fell, leading to claims that not enough sand bags were available, and that in some instances it took hours for council representatives to respond. [more]

Education Minister faces opposition in West Auckland
The Education Minister has faced hard questions from concerned parents and teachers at her first public meeting this year. More than one hundred people turned out to hear Hekia Parata at the Henderson Bowling Club in West Auckland last night. [more]

Cunliffe again in gun over trusts
The Labour leader David Cunliffe is facing fresh criticism over his use of trusts. Earlier this week, Mr Cunliffe admitted he was wrong to use a trust to collect anonymous donations for his leadership campaign. And questions are now being asked about why he did not initially declare his interest in an investment trust on Parliament's Register of Pecuniary Interest. [more]

Motorist to be hit with more fuel price rises
Motorists are again going to be hit with fuel price rises as the Government finds new ways to raise money to cover its international obligations. New Zealand is signed up to an International Energy Agency treaty which means it must hold oil stock equivalent to 90 days of net imports. [more]

Sports News for 6 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fiji's new military commander will uphold constitution
Fiji's new military commander says it is up to New Zealand and Australia to make the first move to improve relations between the military forces. Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga was promoted to head the Fijian miltary after Frank Bainimarama yesterday stepped down to contest elections. [more]

Paralympians prepare for winter Olympics
The winter Paralympic Games begin in the Russian city of Sochi tomorrow, overshadowed by the crisis in Crimea. The United States has withdrawn its planned Presidential delegation and the British prime minister has asked his ministers not to attend. [more]

Dame Kiri to retire from opera
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is about to take her final operatic curtain call. Dame Kiri has announced that her cameo role in a comic opera on now in London will be her swansong on the main stage. It's forty-four years since she first sang at Covent Garden, and Dame Kiri turns 70 today. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 6 March 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 6 March 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 6 March 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Online Collaboration
Thai-born London-based curator Chutima (Nok) Kerdpitak is the founder of the Circus Terminal Worldwide project which has harnessed technology to build and develop a global artist community. [more]

Arts Ambassador - Contemporary Classical
RNZ Concert's Sound Lounge host Kate Mead strokes her bow on both contemporary classical music plus recent releases of old masters. Brooklyn Rider playing Beethoven like you've never heard Beethoven before, Neapolitan singers, Marco Beasley and a tribute to the brilliant and wonderful cellist Alexander Ivashkin. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 5
Conundrum - clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 6
Conundrum - clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Push for more schools to teach Chinese
With Massey University Chinese language lecturer Dr Rosemary Haddon. [more]

UK correspondent Dame Ann Leslie
A close aide to David Cameron has been arrested on charges of child pornography, and the actress Prunella Scales struggles with 'mild Alzheimer's'. [more]

Jee Hyun Kim - Neuroscientist specialising in memory
Jee Hyun Kim is head of the Developmental Psychobiology Lab at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne. She's a neuroscientist who does research into memory and forgetting. [more]

New technology with Erika Pearson
Discusses Yahoo, chatrooms and spying, internet neutrality and seeking out information in the digital age. [more]

Parenting with Sharlene Poole
Sharlene Poole is a parenting expert specialising in babies. Today she discusses what is "normal" in the first few months. [more]

Book review - Black Moon
Gail Pittaway reviews 'Black Moon' by Kenneth Calhoun, published by Hogarth. [more]

Film with Dan Slevin
Dan Slevin reviews 'The Rocket', 'Stories We Tell' and '3 Mile Limit'. [more]

RNZ Music

WOMAD 2014 photo gallery
A collection of images from RNZ Music's coverage of WOMAD 2014. [more]

WOMAD 2014 photo gallery
A collection of images from RNZ Music's coverage of WOMAD 2014. [more]

WOMAD 2014 photo gallery
A collection of images from RNZ Music's coverage of WOMAD 2014. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 6 March 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 6 March 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 March 2014
The country's Maori Research Centre of Excellence has lost its bid for future government funding, with the centre saying the loss could jeopardise developments in changing Maori society for the better; A string of tribal groups have travelled to Parliament to tell politicians their rights are being undermined by the Tuhoe Treaty settlement; An urban Maori trust has opened its doors to a new group of rangatahi aiming to clean up their lives and steer clear of drugs - including methamphatamine, synthetic cannabis, alcohol and ciggarettes. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 March 2014
A string of tribal groups have travelled to Parliament to tell politicians their rights are being undermined by the Tuhoe Treaty settlement; The country's Maori Research Centre of Excellence has lost its bid for future government funding, with the centre saying the loss could jeopardise developments in changing Maori society for the better; An urban Maori trust has opened its doors to a new group of rangatahi aiming to clean up their lives and steer clear of drugs including methamphetamine, synthetic cannabis, alcohol and cigarettes. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 6 March 2014
The government says people protesting about the Ngapuhi settlement need to relax; The country's Maori Research Centre of Excellence fears Maori community development will suffer as a result of its government funding bid being rejected; Ngati Ruapani in Te Urewera wants MPs to launch a full inquiry into the Tuhoe Treaty settlement; A health organisation says it will have to find ways to survive, after refusing to go along with changes to Maori health provision in the Nelson Marlborough region. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 6 March 2014
Ngati Ruapani in Te Urewera wants MPs to launch a full inquiry into the Tuhoe Treaty settlement; The country's Maori Research Centre of Excellence fears Maori community development will suffer as a result of its government funding bid being rejected; The government says people protesting about the Ngapuhi settlement need to relax; A health organisation says it will have to find ways to survive, after refusing to go along with changes to Maori health provision in the Nelson Marlborough region. [more]

The Wireless

Dieting fads, or healthy eating?
Natalie Mankelow asks, are we healthier if we eat dairy-free or gluten-free? [more]

The World in Sport

World In Sport for 5 March 2014
The PNG Hunters make a winning start to life in the Queensland Cup; Fiji puts its hand up to host the Sevens World Cup; and the latest from the Pacific Rugby Cup action. [more]

Upbeat

Ewan Clarke: Edwin Carr Scholar
NZ Film composer and recipient of last year's Edwin Carr Scholarship. [more]

Peter Reid: Affetto
Cornetto player in Affetto's Venus in Venice programme. [more]

Elisabeth Kerr: Bach Collegium Review
Review of the Bach Collegium Japan performance of the St. John's Passion. [more]

World & Pacific News

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 5 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 5 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 5 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 6 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 6 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 6 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 6 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 6 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 6 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

19 year olds to start for All Whites
Two 19-year-olds will make their senior All Whites debuts tonight with Tyler Boyd and Ryan Thomas named to start the international clash with Japan in Tokyo. Thomas, who plays his... [more]

Vettel doesn't have high expectations
Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel is predicting a debacle for Red Bull unless they improve their car before the season opens at the Australian Grand Prix in 10... [more]

Mertesacker and Rosicky staying at Arsenal
The German centre-back Per Mertesacker and long-serving Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky have extended their contracts with English football club Arsenal. 29-year-old Mertesacker has established himself as a first-team regular... [more]

Cardiff City asked to explain huge bonus offer
The English Premier League has asked Cardiff City for an explanation after the club's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan reportedly broke the rules by offering his players a 3.7... [more]

Fingers crossed for cricket in Invercargil today
Fingers crossed for some cricket in Invercargil today for the third T20 women's international between New Zealand and the West Indies. The second match on Sunday was abandoned because of... [more]

Brown gets back Scotland captaincy
Kelly Brown has been recalled to the Scotland rugby side to face France, and he's also regained the captaincy from Greig Laidlaw. The 31-year-old had been dropped by head coach... [more]

Flanagan explanation accepted by NRL
The National Rugby League has accepted Shane Flanagan's explanation for being at a Cronulla trial fixture against the Wests Tigers last month with the coach serving a 12-month ban. Flanagan... [more]

Graeme Smith ends Test crciket with a whimper
Graeme Smith made three in his final test innings as South Africa were slipping towards a heavy defeat at the close on the fourth day of the series-deciding third... [more]

Ukraine threaten Paras boycott
Ukraine's Paralympic team will boycott the Games in Sochi if Russian forces don't leave the Crimean peninsula in the next two days. Ukraine's 31-athletes and officials in Sochi have... [more]

Hopes new Fiji military commander will be free of political influence
An academic says people of Fiji will be hoping that the new military commander will be utterly professional and have the tenacity to maintain a sense of independence from political... [more]

Tuvalu PM says ousted speaker misinterpreted constitution
Tuvalu's prime minister Enele Sopoaga says he had no choice but to remove the speaker of parliament, who wasn't a government MP. On Monday, Sir Kamuta Latasi was removed after... [more]

Samoa's deputy PM denies police evidence in court
Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, has vehemently denied in court all police evidence against him and his associate minister, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him. Muagututagata is facing one... [more]

CNMI House greenlights casino gaming measure on Saipan
The Northern Maraianas House of Representatives approved a new bill yesterday that allows casino gaming on Saipan and is sending it to the Senate for a fourth time in four... [more]

Ministry apologises over letter
The Education Ministry has upset principals after it sent a letter to about 1000 schools suggesting they need special assistance. [more]

Weather forces farmers to dry off cows
Drought-like conditions in some northern areas are forcing farmers to dry off their cows and stop milking early, the national dairy industry organisation says. [more]

Chinese in NZ over food safety reforms
Chinese officials will be in New Zealand this month checking out the country's dairy and regulatory systems. [more]

Apple exporter all smiles
A second straight season of favourable apple-growing conditions has put a smile of the face of Turners and Growers. [more]

High pressure on house prices, listings
The pressure on house prices remains up, with the latest figures on new listings of houses available for sale showing supply remains tight. [more]

Cheese, butter lead commodity prices
Increased prices of cheese and butter are behind the ANZ's latest record high Commodity Price Index, an economist says. [more]

Rental investment interest increases
A consumer confidence survey shows a jump in interest to buy houses as investments following the Reserve Bank's introduction of low loan-to-value ratio restrictions last year. [more]

Most results as expected - analyst
A few disappointing results from companies with December balance dates dragged aggregate profits down, despite most results being broadly in line with expectations, an analyst says. [more]

Dry weather hits Waikato farms
Increasingly dry conditions in northern and eastern Waikato are hitting dairy, sheep and beef farms as pasture growth slows. [more]

Call for minister of Maori education
Politicians should create a minister of Maori education, a Lower Hutt community leader Neville Baker says. [more]

Council to facilitate iwi consent
Auckland Council will bring in a facilitator to help resource consent applicants consult local tribes, it says. [more]

SH 23 reopens after collision
State Highway 23 between Hamilton and Raglan has reopened after a head-on car crash between two cars. [more]

Fatal crash at Mt Hutt
A contractor has been found dead after a vehicle ran off the road to Mt Hutt in Canterbury. [more]

Smith's last stand short-lived
The Australian cricketers formed a guard of honour as South Africa's retiring captain Graeme Smith walked out onto the Newlands ground in Cape Town last night to play his last... [more]

Pakistan into Asia Cup final
Pakistan has qualified for the final of the Asia Cup one day cricket tournament after chasing down a record total in their 3 wicket win over Bangladesh in Mirpur. Ahmed... [more]

Matheson takes over at BikeNZ
BikeNZ has named Andrew Matheson as their new chief executive. Matheson is currently General Manager Performance and Strategic Investment for High Performance Sport New Zealand. Matheson was High Performance Manager... [more]

Batch names extended squad to take on Japan
The New Zealand men's hockey coach Colin Batch has named an extended squad of 20 players for the three game series against Japan which starts in Tauranga next week. The... [more]

Auckland Cup day at Ellerslie
One or two showers are forecast for Auckland Cup Day but it looks like a mainly fine day for the big meeting at Ellerslie. The 10-race programme starts at ten... [more]

Change of dates for NZ Open
Next year's New Zealand Open golf tournament will be held 2 weeks later in the middle of March. Staged at The Hills and Millbrook Resort in Queenstown last week, the... [more]

Ukraine football match will go ahead
Ukraine's football friendly against the United States in Cyprus tomorrow will be played under the slogan "Peace for Ukraine!." The Football Federation of Ukraine president Anatoliy Konkov says Ukraine... [more]

Blatter says Brazil problems are under control
The Fifa president Sepp Blatter says problems with Brazil's World Cup venues are under control with just 100 days to go before the first match kicks off. Brazil is... [more]

Liverpool still losing money
The Liverpool Football Club lost almost 100 million dollars in 2012-13, but believes it is heading in the correct commercial direction. Last season, debts at the English Premier League club... [more]

Puyol to leave Barcelona at the end of the season
The Barcelona captain Carles Puyol will leave the Spanish football club at the end of the season after a decorated 15-year career at the Camp Nou. 35-year-old Puyol, who... [more]

Fiji military handover ceremony underway
Fiji's prime minister and military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama is preparing to hand over his command at a ceremony underway in the capital, Suva. The ceremony has started with a... [more]

PNG officially commits millions of dollars towards Fiji elections
Papua New Guinea has officially committed US$10 million to Fiji for preparations for the 2014 Election planned for September. The first payment of $3 million will be made at the... [more]

CEO of PNG's Angau Hospital sidelined
Papua New Guinea's Government has has revoked the appointment of the outspoken acting chief executive officer of Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae. Dr Polapoi Chalau last week publicly announced that... [more]

American Samoa's private sector unhappy with minimum wage hikes
The private sector in American Samoa has maintained its opposition to future mandated minimum wage hikes, but some in the business community say the government has also failed to foster... [more]

Samoa HRPP caucus hears sorry from MP over new party comments
Samoa's associate minister for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture apologised to a HRPP caucus meeting last night over comments he made to the media about a proposal to... [more]

Rail supplier 'in breach of contract'
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Chinese suppliers who provided locomotives sprayed with asbestos are in breach of some aspects of their contract. [more]

School drops Christian study class
A Palmerston North school has dropped a plan to teach Christian education classes in school time after a parent formally complained to the Board of Trustees. [more]

Taranaki dialect under threat
A Taranaki Maori language speaker says if bigger efforts aren't made in Wellington to maintain and promote the Taranaki dialect, it could be extinct in 30 years' time. [more]

Farm death in Golden Bay
Police are investigating the death of a man on a farm on Golden Bay's west coast. [more]

All-clear after Auckland airport smell
Auckland Airport says all international flights are back to normal, following a chemical fume scare that saw several Customs staff needing medical help. [more]

Child protection orders dropped
A move to stop high-risk child abusers from working or living with children is being removed from legislation on protecting vulnerable children. [more]

Fonterra seeks stay in botulism case
Fonterra is asking the High Court to throw out a case brought against it for damages from last year's botulism scare. [more]

RSA killing getaway driver paroled
The getaway driver in the RSA triple murders has been released on parole. [more]

Forum to review alcohol marketing
Three years after agreeing to establish a forum on alcohol advertising, the Government has finally set one up. It is to be chaired by former rugby league coach and businessman Graham Lowe. [more]

Hearings begin on Northland plan
Hearings have begun on a proposal for a unitary authority for Northland, as recommended by the Local Government Commission. [more]

Global dairy prices drop, again
Global dairy prices have fallen for the second consecutive time in Fonterra's latest fortnightly auction. [more]

Rakon fined over sale announcement
The Markets Disciplinary Tribunal has fined Rakon $30,000 because its Chinese joint-venture partner jumped the gun in making an announcement in China in August last year. [more]

Farmers told to mind health in dry
Dairy farmers in areas hit by the ongoing dry spell in Waikato are being advised to watch out for their own health if the stress of coping gets too much for them. [more]

Restaurant Brands sales increase
Fast-food operator Restaurant Brands says new store openings and new menus helped its fourth quarter sales rise by 6.4 percent compared to the same period last year. [more]

Protest halts Paihia Treaty hui
The Ngapuhi group the government has chosen to settle the iwi's Treaty claims was forced to cancel a hui in Paihia on Wednesday morning, following a protest. [more]

Maori King's office questions protocol
The Maori King's office is questioning the way the Government has treated sensitive information the tribal movement relayed to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge about their New Zealand visit. [more]

Pocock scans inconclusive
The Wallabies flanker David Pocock is still no closer to learning how longer he will sidelined by a knee injury after a second series of scans proved inconclusive. The 45-Test... [more]

Two changes for Hurricanes to play Brumbies
The Hurricanes have made two changes to their line-up as they continue to search for their first Super Rugby win of the season against the Brumbies in Wellington on Friday. [more]

Tiger still in doubt for Doral
Tiger Woods's status for this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship remains uncertain as the reigning champion continued to receive treatment for a sore back. He cancelled his pre-tournament news conference and practise... [more]

Power now restored to cyclone-hit Ha'apai in Tonga
Power has now been restored to all properties not destroyed in the cyclone-hit islands of Ha'apai in Tonga. Almost two months ago, the category-five storm killed one person and injured... [more]

Pacific Plan focus on sexual and reproductive health vital
A New Zealand parliamentarians group says sexual and reproductive health and rights are vital to the economic success of Pacific countries and this must be reflected in the new Pacific... [more]

Amnesty says 1 year on and still no investigation into Fiji beatings
Amnesty International has highlighted that the handover of military command in Fiji coincides with the anniversary of the release of a video showing prisoners being beaten. The head of the... [more]

Vanuatu workers get compensation from hospital contractor
A group of 31 workers in Vanuatu have won more than 10,000 US dollars compensation following complaints made against a local company. The group worked for Dai Nippon Construction, a... [more]

Marshall Islands under state of emergency after flooding
The Marshall Islands is now under a state of emergency, following heavy flooding in the capital of Majuro and surrounding areas that has left at least 1000 people displaced. Flooding... [more]

Anti-depressant study 'disturbing'
The Mental Health Foundation says the results of a new study of anti-depressants should spark a rethink of treatment options. [more]

Sharp rise in Wellington power prices
Wellingtonians will see a sharp increase in their power bills at the start of next month, with at least two energy companies raising prices. [more]

Easy-care sheep trial ends
A long-running scientific trial to breed sheep that are easier to care for and sheep with less wool has come to an end, and the trial subjects are to be sold. [more]

Bomb scare in capital false alarm
Police say a bomb scare in central Wellington on Wednesday afternoon was a false alarm. [more]

Three injured in Kawarau Gorge crash
Three people have been taken to hospital following a a serious vehicle crash in the Kawarau Gorge near Queenstown on Wednesday. [more]

Approval for Auckland rail link
The proposed City Rail Link through downtown Auckland has been given planning approval. It confirms the route of the tunnel, which is expected to be built within the next decade. [more]

Fiji "in good hands" under new command says Bainimarama
Fiji's regime leader the former commodore, Frank Bainimarama, says the country's military is in good hands under its new commander. The leader of the 2006 coup has handed over to... [more]

CNMI Senate finally gives green light to Saipan casino
A bill allowing casino operations on Saipan in the Northern Marianas has finally been passed by the CNMI Senate and heads back to the governor's desk where our correspondent says... [more]

Pacific businesses encouraged to cooperate more for economic gain
The head of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation says business leaders need to change their thinking about competitors and work better together to increase export opportunities. Mereia Volavola says... [more]

Vanuatu calls for action from UN on West Papua situation
The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Moana Carcasses had called for international action on West Papua at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Mr Carcasses outlined the human rights... [more]

Samoa cabinet minister fails to overturn defamation ruling
Samoa's former Red Cross president and the present Associate Minister for Trade, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, has failed in an appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that dismissed his claim... [more]

Repairs process to be reinstated
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the emergency repair process set up for quake repairs will be started up again to handle flood damage in Christchurch. [more]

NRL rejects Sharks appeals
The National Rugby League has rejected appeals by Cronulla, suspended Sharks coach Shane Flanagan and their former trainer Trent Elkin over penalties relating to the club's controversial 2011 supplements program. [more]

Council trying to save sawmill jobs
The Thames-Coromandel District Council is meeting with the owners of a struggling sawmill business to try to save jobs in the area. [more]

Microlight crashes in Southland
One person has been injured after a microlight aircraft crashed during a forced landing in Southland. [more]

Quake buildings bill passes first hurdle
Legislation setting a national timeframe for strengthening or demolishing earthquake-prone buildings has passed its first reading in Parliament on Wednesday. [more]

Who Shot The Barman wins Auckland Cup
It was the favourite's day on Auckland Cup day at Ellerslie, with the rising star Who Shot the Barman an impressive winner of the $500,000 race. The 5-year old trained... [more]

EQC promises action on backlog
The Earthquake Commission has promised it will deal with a backlog of information requests from Christchurch residents by the end of April. [more]

Rosy forecast for Air NZ shares
Air New Zealand's shares have risen more than 30 percent in the past 12 months and an analyst believes the stock is likely to rise further. [more]

MPs hear tribal gripes over Tuhoe bill
A string of tribal groups have travelled to Parliament to tell politicians their rights are being undermined by the Tuhoe Treaty settlement. [more]

NZ dollar steady against Australian
The New Zealand dollar is steady against the Australian dollar and higher against the currencies of the country's other major trading partners. [more]

New drug rehab rangatahi group
An urban Maori trust has opened its doors to a new group of rangatahi aiming to clean up their lives and steer clear of drugs including methamphetamine, synthetic cannabis, alcohol and cigarettes. [more]

Collins denies breaking rules on trip
Justice Minister Judith Collins is insisting she broke no Cabinet rules when she visited the offices of a New Zealand export company in China. [more]

Auckland Council gets behind Maui's
The Auckland Council will urge the Government to reconsider a proposal conservationists say will reduce protection for endangered Maui's dolphins. [more]

Teachers dismiss pay rise report
Groups representing teachers and principals have dismissed a report by free market think-tank, the New Zealand Initiative, that they should get a pay rise. [more]

Inquiry into power price rises
The Electricity Authority says it is unacceptable that different parts of the industry are blaming each other for price increases and is to investigate. [more]

Rapid bus system future for capital
Double-decker or articulated buses - powered by electricity, diesel or hybrid fuel - are to become the public transport of the future in Wellington - not the light rail originally favoured by the mayor. [more]

Northland west coast struggling in dry
The Rural Support Trust is calling on local authorities in Northland to acknowledge what it says is the fourth drought in five years on the region's west coast. [more]

Business focus for tertiary education strategy
The Government has put the needs of industry at the top of its new tertiary education strategy. [more]

Big storm another blow for quake-hit residents
Christchurch's mayor says a once-in-a-century storm is another disaster for people struggling after damaging quakes. Floodwaters are dropping, but residents face another massive clean-up. [more]

ACC to cover mauled girl's costs
All medical costs for the young Japanese girl badly injured by four dogs in the Bay of Plenty will be covered by ACC. [more]

Bill will disenfranchise hapu - lawyer
The Tuhoe settlement bill will disenfranchise many hapu with property rights or claims in Te Urewera, a lawyer believes. [more]

Storm disrupts Wellington ferry travel
Severe weather has forced the cancellation of InterIslander and Bluebridge ferry sailings across Cook Strait. [more]

Elder says Titewhai dishonouring Treaty
Waitangi elder Kingi Taurua has accused Ngapuhi kuia Titewhai Harawira of dishonouring the Treaty by siding with the iwi's runanga over settlements. [more]

Scientists catch Kermadec snail fish
Scientists on the New Zealand research vessel Kaharoa have made a rare find in the darkest depths of the ocean - the Kermadec snail fish. [more]

Military command handover marks end of era, says Bainimarama
Fiji's regime leader, Frank Bainimarama, has officially handed over command of the country's military forces which he says marks the beginning of a new era for Fiji. The leader of... [more]

UN hears fears indigenous Papuan population will become minority
Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses, has told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that he fears indigenous Papuans will become a minority in their own land. In his... [more]

Document shows Nauru camp was beset by problems from outset
Documents show Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru was beset with serious problems from its opening in 2012, despite denials from Nauru officials and Australia's immigration department. The Transfield... [more]

Parliamentary probe into Manus violence
Asylum seekers at the Australian detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island will be invited to give their accounts of recent violence which left one asylum seeker dead as... [more]

300 families in Tonga's Ha'apai still living in tents after cyclone
The Tongan government says up to 300 Ha'apai families are still living in tents or evacuation centres following Cyclone Ian almost two months ago. The category-five storm in early January... [more]

NZ welcomes Fiji Prime Minister handing over military position
New Zealand has welcomed the handover of military power by the Fijian regime, with the foreign minister calling it a step towards democracy. Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga has been promoted to... [more]

Aspiring Fiji politician wins international award for courage
A Fiji feminist and aspiring politician Roshika Deo has received an international award from America's first lady Michelle Obama. Ms Deo was one of the winners of the US Secretary... [more]

No need for more coups, says new Fiji military commander
Fiji's new military commander says the country has moved beyond the need for another coup. Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga has been promoted to head the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to... [more]