Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 20th March 2014

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

Afternoons

Best song ever written - I bid you goodnight
Noelene McNab from Mt Wellington in Auckland has chosen 'I bid you goodnight' by Aaron Neville. [more]

Your place - Ruawai
Around a century ago, a little place named Shag Creek was established on an estuary on the Kaipara Harbour and later renamed Ruawai. It now celebrates its "100 years plus" anniversary. [more]

Navy band - Lieutenant Commander Owen Clark
For the first time in 32 years, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band has released an album. And while the 30-strong band does not have plans to be on the billboard top 10, going into the studio has been a big learning experience. "He Waita Moana" or Ocean Songs is an ecclectic mix of traditional military music alongside a tribute to the soldiers of the First World War and even Puccini Opera. New Zealander Simon O'Neill, the principal tenor at New York's Metropolitan Opera joined the band in the studio for a few tracks. We talk to Lieutenant Commander Owen Clark, the navy's director of music and band conductor. [more]

A musical miracle - Joseph Gardner
Two years ago, Joseph Gardner from New Plymouth was building a name for himself on the opera stages of Europe. He had been accepted as one of the youngest students at what is now the New Zealand School of Music. He had bachelors in music, a masters degree and a contract offer to sing in Germany. But something wasn't right. His voice, the pitch, the tone, were letting him down. He was diagnoised with a brain tumor. Complications from sugery put him in a wheelchair. His body has mostly recovered, but not his ability to sing opera at a high level. He now has some new goals, which will take him to Australia in the next few months and soon he will be talking about his experience at the New Plymouth Operatic society. [more]

Ketamine and Depression
Ketamine, an anaesthetic and party drug, is being trialled in Sydney as a treatment for major depression [more]

The Panel pre-show for 20 March 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Rob Salmond and Mike Williams (Part 1)
Topics - The trust that runs the kohanga reo network is refusing to identify which of its board members got a $50,000 off-the-books koha payment. The refusal puts Education Minister Hekia Parata in a difficult position - her officials have said the person should be identified. Police are stepping up firearms training and trialling stronger pepper spray after a near-trebling of serious violence cases against officers. This follows the announcement of firearms and Taser training for an extra 700 police in February. [more]

The Panel with Rob Salmond and Mike Williams (Part 2)
Topics - still riding the success of his global hit "Happy," Pharrell Williams is partnering with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Len Brown will find it tough to be re-elected Mayor of Auckland. That, at least, is one interpretation of a new Herald-DigiPoll survey (of 248 people). Kim Dotcom has taken action in the High Court to stop his former bodyguard from speaking publicly about his personal life and business dealings. As the search for missing flight Malaysian Airlines flight 370 drags on, many questions remain unanswered about how and why the airliner could have disappeared while seemingly under the control of a skilled pilot intent on making it invisible. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 20 March 2014
Simon Morris invites two fellow-critics to discuss the role of the movie reviewer. His guests are Sarah McMullan, film reviewer for Afternoons with Jim Mora, and Alexander Bisley, editor at large for the online film journal the Lumiere Reader. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 21 March 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 March. This week......e-health - getting access online to your own health records; is competition good for us; more support needed for those with incurable eye disorders; creating smartphone apps for the visually impaired; taming wild horses; furthering education for teenage mums; the hard work of running a South Westland eco-tourism business; the artistic director and a performer speak about Womad; identifying voices from Gallipoli; ketamine as a treatment for depression and finding dark matter underground. [more]

Business News

Evening Business for 20 March 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
A research firm has given the nine largest Kiwisaver providers a big tick. [more]

Morning Business for 21 March 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 21 March 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 21 March 2014
The New Zealand Super Fund defends its investment in shale oil and gas businesses in North America. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 20 March 2014
The Rugby Union admits two All Blacks took a cocktail of sleeping pills and alcohol shortly before a World Cup quarter final. Satellites spot objects in search for Malaysian jet and hundreds of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are twice as strong as they should be. [more]

Rugby union admits All Blacks took sleeping pills with alcohol
The Rugby Union has admitted two All Blacks took a cocktail of sleeping pills and alcohol shortly before a quarter final game at the last World Cup. [more]

Our rugby correspondent has more
Our rugby correspondent Barry Guy made the original revelations this morning. [more]

Satellites spot objects in search for Malaysian jet
The Australian Prime Minister has just announced satellite images have shown up two objects in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. [more]

Parata warns kohanga to sort out allegations
The Education Minister is warning the Kohanga Reo Trust Board that, if it wants to continue receiving government funding, it needs to step up, and deal with allegations about mis-spending by its commercial arm. [more]

120 jobs to go at Cerebos factory
More than 120-jobs have been axed in South Auckland as the food and coffee maker, Cerebos Gregg's, closes its East Tamaki plant. [more]

Error in cold and flu drugs
A New Zealand drug company says its research shows hundreds of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are twice as strong as they should be. [more]

Sports News for 20 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport [more]

Accelerating activity pushes economic growth above 3%
The pace of economic growth sped up in the second half of last year. [more]

Delta's property investment losses "expensive lesson"
The Auditor-General has found that a Dunedin council company has lost six million dollars on srisky property investments and says its been an expensive lesson. [more]

Commission refuses to say if it's received bullying complaints.
The Commerce Commission has refused to say whether it has received complaints about bullying and intimidation as it investigates Countdown. [more]

More on the breaking news for the missing Malaysian aircraft
More on the breaking news about the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft. [more]

Police criticism latest in string of bad press for CHCH cops
Christchurch police have been criticised for not properly investigating an assault by an off-duty officer who attacked a teenager with his baton. [more]

Head of Ukrainian navy spent the night locked up
In Crimea, the head of the Ukrainian navy has spent the night locked up in an secret location - after he was handcuffed and seized by pro-Russian forces in their latest raid on a military base. [more]

Two objects found possibly related to missing Malaysia plane
Planes are being sent to the southern Indian Ocean after satellites spotted objects during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. [more]

All Black pair's sleeping pill night-out
The Rugby Union has admitted two All Blacks took a cocktail of sleeping pills and alcohol shortly before a quarter final game at the last World Cup. [more]

Akld hospital deficit sparks funding row and job worries
The Government is under attack over belt-tightening in health following revelations of a budget blowout at one of the largest health boards [more]

Mayor responds to Auditor General report
The Auditor-General has criticised a Dunedin city council-owned company for losing six million dollars on risky property investments near Queenstown. [more]

Police testing new, more potent
The Police have begun trialling a new gel-based pepper spray six times more potent than regular spray in East Cape and Hawkes Bay. [more]

Auckland school appeals over having to take boy back
An Auckland high school is appealing a court order to take back a boy with Asperger's and dyslexia who it excluded after he tussled with a teacher over a skateboard. [more]

Sports News for 20 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport [more]

UN Security Council meeting to discuss the future of Crimea
In New York, the heat was turned up another notch at the latest UN Security Council meeting to discuss the future of Crimea. [more]

Scallop catch halved but it will make no difference
The allowable catch for scallops has been almost halved at the top of the South Island under new commercial catch limits brought in by the Government. [more]

NZ Orion on way after search for jet spots objects
More now on the search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, and the objects spotted by satellite in the southern Indian ocean. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Govt response to Pacific languages disappointing
A group of Auckland educators say the government is not doing enough to help Pacific students prosper at preschools, and is in danger of repeating past mistakes made with Te Reo Maori. [more]

Concern over health of American Samoa congressman
An American Samoa senator is calling for discussion on the health status of the territory's representative in the US congress. [more]

Pink eye outbreak infects over 300 people in Samoa
A rapidly spreading viral conjunctivitis known as pink eye has infected more than 300 people in Samoa. [more]

Vanuatu Church supports stricter penalties for baby-killing mums
A Vanuatu pastor is supporting calls for harsher penalties for women who kill their babies after birth, but says the fathers also need to be held accountable. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 20 March 2014
Vanuatu Church supports call for stricter penalties for baby killing mothers; pink eye outbreak infects over 300 people in Samoa; a programme aims to improve medical access for Fiji squatter settlements; there's concern over the health of an American Samoa congressman; a group of Auckland educators say the government response to Pacific languages is disappointing; and retracing the path of the chicken across the Pacific. [more]

Surveys prepare Bougainville for removal of unexploded bombs
Groundwork for another Pacific chapter of Operation Render Safe in Bougainville. [more]

Better control policies for exporting kava needed in Vanuatu
Better control policies for exporting kava needed in Vanuatu, otherwise the country may face a ban in the United States. [more]

Solomons PM supports engagement with Indonesia on West Papua
Solomon Islands Prime Minister looks to work with Indonesia as Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders explore solutions to the issue of West Papua. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 21 March 2014
Solomons PM supports engagement with Indonesia on West Papua; Vanuatu Church supports call for stricter penalties for baby-killing mothers; better control policies for exporting kava needed in Vanuatu; pink eye outbreak infects over 300 people in Samoa; surveys prepare Bougainville for removal of unexploded bombs; and a group of Auckland educators say the government response to Pacific languages is disappointing. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 20 March 2014
The latest in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines 777; The Royal New Zealand Navy Band makes an album; and in Dateline Pacific: How the chicken crossed the ocean. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 March 2014
The Problem Gambling Foundation loses most of its government funding. *A teenager who contributed to the death of a 15-year-old boy walks free from court. The super fund makes a multi-million dollar investment in fracking; Net migration surges to a 10-year high; And the sharemarket falls. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 March 2014
Cycling New Zealand says its athletes haven't abused sleeping pills. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 21 March 2014
Search planes sweep for objects which may be part of the missing Malaysian airliner ..so far with no luck. John Key backs Hekia Parata ..in the face of calls for her to resign over the Kohanga Reo affair and the United States announces more sanctions against Moscow and the Russians retaliate with sanctions of their own. [more]

Navy divers deactivate World War Two mines
Navy divers headed thirty metres below the waves yesterday to defuse three mines that have been sitting on the sea bed since the Second World War. [more]

Pacific News for 21 March 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

New Zealand airforce may play crucial role in airliner search
The Prime Minister says there is a chance a New Zealand Air Force Orion could play a crucial role in finding the missing Malaysian airliner in the Southern Indian Ocean. [more]

Search continues in Southern Indian Ocean for Malaysian flight
The BBC's Jennifer Pak is in Kuala Lumpur and says so far there is no confirmation the debris is from the missing plane. [more]

PM standing by Hekia Parata as opposition grows
The Prime Minister, John Key, is standing by his Education Minister in the face of calls for her to step down over her handling of alleged mis-spending by the commercial arm of Te Kohanga Reo Trust. [more]

Where to from here for the Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board?
Listening to that is Derek Fox, the spokesperson for Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board. [more]

RNZAF Orion returns from search for debris.
A New Zealand plane has just returned from its search of an area in the southern Indian Ocean where for two objects have been spotted by satellite images. [more]

Tensions high in Crimea as Duma approves treaty
The process of Russia annexing Crimea has gone one step further today, with the lower house of the Russian parliament approving the treaty to make it part of the Russian Federation. [more]

Sports News for 21 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Amnesty calling for investigation into PNG police
Police in Papua New Guinea say they can't do anything about a video that's surfaced on the internet showing a pack of police dogs attacking an unarmed man. [more]

Gunmen have attacked a luxury hotel in Kabul
Gunmen have attacked a luxury hotel in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul. [more]

Local government wants banned dogs compulsorily neutered
Local Government New Zealand says it wants the law changed to make it compulsory to neuter any dog on the banned list that is already in New Zealand. [more]

Flights to the UK about to get cheaper
The British government's decision to cut taxes on long-haul flights means it's going to get a little bit cheaper to fly from England to New Zealand. [more]

Search for missing plane continues in southern Indian Ocean
Crew on the New Zealand Air Force Orion were hampered by bad weather as they unsuccessfully scoured the southern Indian Ocean overnight, looking for possible debris from the missing Malaysian jet. [more]

Analyst says international cooperation is key
Behind the scenes, even if the debris is eventually found and proved to be from the missing jet, questions will remain about how and why the plane was flown there. [more]

Iwi Education Authority puts its weight behind Hekia Parata
The Iwi Education Authority is throwing its weight behind the Education Minister Hekia Parata, saying she's gone where angels fear to tread. [more]

Foss meeting supermarkets as he pushes for code of conduct
The Commerce Minister is meeting the country's two supermarket chains as he pushes them to adopt a voluntary code of conduct in the wake of allegations of uncompetitive behaviour by Countdown. [more]

ComCom investigations into Countdown continues
Meanwhile the Commerce Commission's probe into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour at Countdown continues. [more]

Maori Political commentators talk about Maori Party's move
The Maori Party co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, has signalled his party is likely to support the National Party again if National wins more votes than any other party at the next election. [more]

Sports News for 21 March 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Delta complainants not satisfied with critical report
People who made complaints about failed property deals from a Dunedin council subsidiary say it is unacceptable no-one is being held to account. [more]

New Zealand's high suicide rate might be starting to come down
The Chief Coroner says there are some encouraging signs that New Zealand's stubbornly high suicide rate might be starting to come down. [more]

ICC Twenty20 World Championship starts this weekend
The New Zealand cricketers begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign in Bangladesh at the weekend and their opponent first up is England. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 21 March 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 21 March 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 21 March 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Borderland
The work, life and legacy of New Zealand journalist and writer James Cowan (1870-1943) with Borderland exhibition curator Ariana Tikao. [more]

Science - Body Parts
Jean Fleming, Professor Emerita at the University of Otago, retired from a long career in health sciences and science communication, on human anatomy and cancer, New Zealand's leading cause of death. What is cancer, the big differences between different cancers and why, even within each cancer, there is no such thing as a "silver bullet" treatment. [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane
Tom Iggleton, ABC's political correspondent. [more]

More on the search for Malaysia Airlines plane
Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of oceanography at the University of Western Australia. [more]

The U-aw-anui Sustainability Project in Uawa/Tolaga Bay.
Nori Parata, Tolaga Bay School Principal and Peter Handford, consultant for Allan Wilson Centre. [more]

Problem Gambling Foundation loses Govt finding
Graeme Ramsey - Chief Executive Officer for the Problem Gambling Foundation. [more]

Asia correspondent Jamil Anderlini
The missing Malaysia Flight MH370. [more]

Feature: Matahi Brightwell, founder of Waka Ama
Artist, master carver, canoe builder and the man behind the burgeoning sport of waka ama, or outrigger canoe racing. [more]

Children's book review with John McIntyre
'Where The Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein', published by Penguin and 'The Word Witch' by Margaret Mahy, edited by Tessa Duder, illustrated by David Elliot and published by Harper Collins. [more]

Music review with Jeremy Taylor
Featuring Louis Baker, Tami Neilson and Drowners. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Discusses why the Rugby Union has come clean now about All Blacks Cory Jane and Israel Dagg taking sleeping pills during their infamous night out during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

The week that was
With Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Our Changing World

Drilling on Rangitoto Island
Volcanologists have been drilling deep into Rangitoto Island's lava to piece together its eruption history [more]

Biobead Vaccines
Bacteria are being used as factories to produce tiny biobeads to mimic diseases in the body for vaccines [more]

Gerry McSweeney on Forest Conservation
Conservationist Gerry McSweeney talks about old growth forest and using 1080 for biodiversity restoration at a landscape scale [more]

Ketamine and Depression
Ketamine, an anaesthetic and party drug, is being trialled in Sydney as a treatment for major depression [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 20 March 2014
To be announced. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 21 March 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 21 March 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 March 2014
The Iwi Education Authority is commending the Education Minister Hekia Parata for the ways she's dealt with the Kohanga Reo National Trust; Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Kohanga Reo National Trust, Derek Fox, says some of the trust's board members believe it's time for the organisation to change; A member of the Waitangi Tribunal has told a room of Maori wardens that they're no longer seen as just wardens, but as enforcers of law and order in Maori communities; A petition calling on the government to pressure the owners and insurers of the Rena to get rid of what's left of the ship is circulating in Tauranga Moana. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 20 March 2014
The Iwi Education Authority is commending the Education Minister Hekia Parata for the ways she's dealt with the Kohanga Reo National Trust; Meanwhile.....the spokesman for the Kohanga Reo National Trust, Derek Fox, says some of the trust's board members believe it's time for the organisation to change; A petition calling on the government to pressure the owners and insurers of the Rena to get rid of what's left of the ship is circulating in Tauranga Moana; A member of the Waitangi Tribunal has told a room of Maori wardens that they're no longer seen as just wardens, but as enforcers of law and order in Maori communities. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 21 March 2014
The Iwi Education Authority says major concerns about Kohanga Reo National Trust have been circulating throughout Maori language nests and marae for years; Today's the last chance for Ngapuhi descendants to put names forward for who should represent their hapu in the iwi treaty settlement; A spokesperson for a petition to remove what remains of the Rena, knows it'll be a dangerous job, but says it has to go; A digital resource on the Waikato War is being heralded as a way of providing tours at historic reserves - where there are no tour guides. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 21 March 2014
The Iwi Education Authority says major concerns about Kohanga Reo National Trust have been circulating throughout Maori language nests and marae for years; Today's the last chance for Ngapuhi descendants to put names forward for who should represent their hapu in the iwi treaty settlement; A spokesperson for a petition to remove what remains of the Rena, knows it'll be a dangerous job, but says it has to go; A digital resource on the Waikato War is being heralded as a way of providing tours at historic reserves - where there are no tour guides. [more]

The Wireless

The girl who played with fire
Elle Hunt downloaded Tinder in the interests of journalism. That's her story, and she's sticking to it. [more]

A Little Faith: Looking to Mecca
In the first episode, in A Little Faith, we talk to Hisham Zaoui, 28, about Islam. [more]

Shared ideas, different beliefs
Ollie Neas looks at New Zealand's evolving multi-cultural society with his mini-doco series called A Little Faith. [more]

Illusion of clarity
Critic Uther Dean compares two NZ Film Festival features, Bullet Catch and My Stories Your Emails. [more]

Upbeat

Steven Lovatt: Angels In America
Star of Auckland Theatre Company's season of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. [more]

Michael Harlow: Poet
New Zealand poet and recent recipient of the Lauris Edmond award. [more]

World & Pacific News

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 20 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 20 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 20 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 21 March 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 21 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 21 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 21 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 21 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 21 March 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Mariners defeated by Beijing Guoan
Central Coast face an uphill battle to progress to the knockout stage of football's Asian Champions League after suffering a 2-1 loss to Beijing Guoan. The hosts scored a goal... [more]

Craig eliminated from squash World Champs
The New Zealand qualifier Megan Craig has been eliminated from the World Squash Championships in Malaysia after losing to England's former world number two Jenny Duncalf in straight games. Duncalf... [more]

NRL doesn't have presciption drug problem says chief medical officer
The National Rugby League's chief medical officer doesn't believe the game has a problem with players abusing prescriptions drugs. Yesterday the NRL announced it would be testing for two classes... [more]

Robben extends Bayern Munich contract
The Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has extended his contract at Bayern Munich for another two years, keeping him at the German football club until 2017. The 30-year-old came to the... [more]

Wanderers beat Kawasaki in Asian Champions League
A Labinot Haliti strike handed Western Sydney a 1-0 victory over Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale, boosting the A-league club's hopes of progressing to the Asian Champions League knockout phase. It... [more]

Crown defends leading Maori review
The Crown has defended criticism that it was wrong to lead a review into legislation governing the Maori Council and Maori Wardens because they are publicly funded and come under the Minister of Maori Affairs. [more]

Kohanga manager questions SFO action
Kohanga reo in the Taranaki & Whanganui (Aotea) districts say the referral of the movement's commercial arm to the Serious Fraud Office for investigation by Education Minister Hekia Parata is alarming news. [more]

Hui to discuss Maori academic research
The future and value of Maori academic research will be debated at a hui on Thursday being held in Auckland. [more]

Marae spurred to be self-sustainable
The Tuhoe post-settlement entity wants to help its various marae become self-sustainable so they can generate their own power and heating. [more]

NZ agrees $30b trade target with China
A new target has been set for two-way trade between New Zealand and China, Prime Minister John Key announced following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. [more]

Foreign owned firms profits increase
Although New Zealand's current account deficit narrowed sharply in the December quarter, profits earned by foreign-owned companies rose to their highest level in four years. [more]

Trade Weighted Index out of date?
An economist says the measure the Reserve Bank uses to weigh up the strength of the New Zealand dollar against the country's major trading partners, the Trade Weighted Index, is out of date. [more]

Currency deal should give transparency
The agreement to directly trade the New Zealand and Chinese currencies should bring more transparency to trading and make it easier for companies in each country to invest in the other. [more]

PNG court hears harrowing stories from Manus asylum seekers
An asylum seeker detained on Manus Island told a Papua New Guinea court yesterday he feared being killed, while another said transferees have to eat bread infested with worms. The... [more]

Tropical cyclone Mike starts to weaken
The Fiji Meteorological Service says the cyclone which developed near the Cook Islands is now starting to weaken. Tropical cyclone Mike, a category one cyclone, was 407 kilometres south-southeast of... [more]

Australian hydrographer says Bougainville mission a step towards safety
Australia says a current mission along the coast of Bougainville island is a preliminary step towards ensuring safer waters in the region. The Australian ships HMAS Shepparton and HMAS Benalla... [more]

Report reveals landfarm poorly run
A new report shows a Taranaki landfarm, where oil industry waste is disposed of, was being so poorly run the regional council was forced to intervene and the contractor running the landfarm was removed. [more]

Politicians woo forestry sector
Politicians from three different parties have told the forestry and wood processing sector what they think it needs to do to grow. [more]

Call to overhaul NZ building standards
The forest and wood processing industry is calling for an overhaul of the country's building standards. [more]

More self-harm by asylum seekers at Manus after visit
Two Iranian asylum seekers being held on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have reportedly attempted suicide after reading comments by the PNG government lawyer, Ian Molloy. Mr Molloy was part... [more]

Ireland and Zimbabwe secure wins at T20 World Cup
Ireland's beaten the United Arab Emirates by 21 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in their World Twenty20 group match that twice plunged into darkness following a power failure Ireland restricted UAE... [more]

Collins' statements consistent, says PM
The Prime Minister says he sees no inconsistencies in what Judith Collins has said about a dinner she had in Beijing with dairy exporter Oravida and a senior Chinese border control official. [more]

More NZers struggle for food - OECD
An international report on social inequality shows an increasing number of New Zealanders are struggling to afford food. [more]

Trial date confirmed for Lundy
The High Court in Wellington has confirmed the trial of Mark Lundy will begin on 9 February next year. [more]

Wood policy upsets cement industry
The Cement and Concrete Association says Labour's plans to help the timber industry could harm other industries. [more]

Launch probed for clues on sailor
A forensic examination is now underway on board the launch on which a missing Marlborough boatie was last seen. [more]

Govt 'lacking' on Pacific languages
A group of Auckland educators says the Government is not doing enough to help Pacific pupils prosper at pre schools and is in danger of repeating mistakes made with Te Reo Maori. [more]

PNG ngo - locals are being force into submission by police over LNG project
A non government organisation in Papua New Guinea, LNG Watch, says the Exxon Mobil LNG project is progressing well because locals are essentially being forced into submission by police and... [more]

Three die in ethnic clashes in PNG capital
Three people have died in a series of ethnic clashes in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, since Saturday. The National reports one man from Enga died on Saturday... [more]

Vanuatu's Justice Minister asks why a former public prosecutor is not in court
Vanuatu's new justice minister has called on the police to explain why a former public prosecutor has not appeared in court, despite there being a criminal case against her. Christophe... [more]

Jail sentence in Tonga for civil servant involved in passport scam
A former senior Tongan Immigration officer and a woman co-accused have received jail sentences for the attempted forgery of two Tongan passports. 'Oto Tu'itupou and Sofia Laukau were sentenced by... [more]

Call for PNG police to act after video surfaces of police dog attack
Amnesty International is calling for authorities in Papua New Guinea to launch an independent investigation, after a video depicting a man being repeatedly attacked by a police dog squad surfaced... [more]

New website on water quality
Information on the quality of all New Zealand freshwater rivers and catchments is now accessible on a single website as a result of a collaboration between local government authorities and government agencies. [more]

Rugby Players Association against presription drugs testing
The New Zealand Professional Rugby Players Association is opposing compulsory testing of players for prescription drugs. Radio New Zealand has revealed that All Blacks were involved in the mixing of... [more]

Cost of posting a letter going up
The cost of sending a standard letter is going up by 10 cents from 1 July, while large standard post letters will rise by 20 cents. [more]

American Samoa Govt Directors told to watch travel budgets
Directors of government departments in American Samoa have been told to watch their travel budget and if possible, have someone else replace them for off island meetings. Previously Governor Lolo... [more]

Report says tourist arrivals into Pacific steady
Tourist arrivals into the Pacific have been steady according to the ANZ Asia Pacific Economics quarterly report. The proliferation of a competitive airline industry and the ability to compare resorts,... [more]

American Samoa's Mauga keen to use surplus revenues for youth programme
American Samoa's acting governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga is seeking approval from the Fono to use surplus revenues from last year for the summer youth employment program. According to the acting... [more]

Seventy-one Ni-Vanuatu workers selected for RSE scheme in Australia
Seventy-one Ni-Vanuatu workers are to be recruited to begin work as fruit and vegetable pickers on five different farms in Australia for the 2014 season period. Vanuatu's Department of Labour,... [more]

Sport: Olympic wrestling places on offer in American Samoa
The Oceania Continental Wrestling Championships get underway in Pago Pago, American Samoa, on Wednesday local time, with senior and junior titles up for grabs, along with spots at the Youth... [more]

Sport: Meafua called into Samoa Sevens team
Kelly Meafua has been called in as a late replacement for Samoa Sevens captain Reupena Levasa for the Japan and Hong Kong legs of the World Series. Levasa had injury... [more]

Sport: Fiji Netball fighting for Glasgow inclusion
Fiji Netball says it should be allowed to compete at the Commonwealth Games, despite the draw for team sports having already being completed. Last week the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group... [more]

Sport: Hurricanes loose forward Levave kicking on from test debut
Hurricanes loose forward Faifili Levave says making the step up to test rugby last year has taken his game to another level. The 28 year-old made his Manu Samoa debut... [more]

Dotcom ex-bodyguard court ruling
Kim Dotcom has successfully taken High Court action to stop a former bodyguard revealing details of his personal life and business. [more]

Van Persie treble sinks Olympiakos, Dortmund edge Zenit
A Robin van Persie hat-trick has lifted Manchester United to a stunning Champions League comeback against Olympiakos as Borussia Dortmund edged out Zenit St Petersburg to complete the quarter-final lineup. [more]

Auckland DHB looks to cut $12m deficit
One of the country's largest district health boards is considering cutting staff costs and making other changes to reduce a $12 million deficit. [more]

Vanuatu church says both parents responsible for child killing
A Vanuatu pastor is calling for support for mothers to prevent the killing of unwanted, newborn babies but says the fathers need to be accountable too. It follows calls from... [more]

World Bank pledges US$8 million for Tonga rebuild after Cyclone Ian
The World Bank has promised Tonga more than 8 million US dollars to help build temporary homes for families affected by Cyclone Ian. The cyclone killed one person, damaged 800... [more]

PNG MP apologises to people over corruption
An MP in Papua New Guinea Paul Tiensten has apologised to the country's people, as well as his family and friends, for misappropriating public money. The Pomio MP and his... [more]

Cyclone Mike downgraded
A cyclone which developed over the Cook Islands has been downgraded as it moves south towards New Zealand. Former Tropical Cyclone Mike was a category one when it had winds... [more]

American Samoa immigration amnesty extended
American Samoa's immigration amnesty programme has been extended for two more weeks. The registration drive is intended to give foreigners in the territory without proper authorisation a chance to become... [more]

Samoa considering school closures as 'pink eye' spreads
The Ministry of Education in Samoa is considering closing all goverment schools in response to an outbreak of pink eye disease. Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says over the past... [more]

Shark attacks kitesurfer in New Caledonia
A kitesurfer has been attacked by a shark at a popular kitesurfing spot in New Caledonia. The 42 year old man was bitten when he briefly fell into the waters... [more]

US rates may rise early 2015 - Yellen
New United States Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has hinted that interest rates in the US could start to rise in early 2015. [more]

Solid Energy 'failed to plan' for slump
The Auditor-General has told a parliamentary committee Solid Energy failed to plan for the worst-case scenario in terms of the price of coal. [more]

Vodafone wants bill amended
Vodafone has told a parliamentary committee the company could lose money because the wording of a bill to combat cyber bullying leaves it exposed. [more]

Dairy Woman of year named
Northland dairy farmer Charmaine O'Shea has been named Dairy Woman of 2014. [more]

China boosts tree economics
A farm forestry representative says the booming log trade to China is helping to make growing trees on marginal farm land a paying proposition. [more]

Wood Council pleased by MPs' turnout
The Wood Council says it was very gratifying to see three politicians attend the Forest-Wood conference in Wellington and outline their commitment to reinvigorating the industry. [more]

Alcohol policies must change - Palmer
Former Law Commission president Sir Geoffrey Palmer says an increase in the tax on alcohol would be an important step in changing New Zealand's binge drinking culture. [more]

Warning issued over legal highs law
An international drug policy specialist warns local and central government need to work together for the new legal highs laws to work well. [more]

Flavell signals support for National
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell has signalled his party is likely to support the National Party again if National wins more votes than any other party at the next election. [more]

Holden picked as Rimutaka candidate
The former chair of the New Zealand Republican Movement has been chosen to stand for the National Party in the Rimutaka electorate. [more]

Toyota to pay record $1.2b fine
Japanese car maker Toyota has agreed to pay $US1.2 billion to resolve a criminal dispute with the United States over safety problems that led to the recall of millions of vehicles. [more]

Inquiry into police assault flawed - IPCA
Police in Christchurch have accepted faults were made in the case of an off-duty officer who hit a teenager in 2011. [more]

Bougainville port manager welcomes clearing of bombs
The business manager of the Buka Port in Bougainville says the removal of unexploded bombs from the Second World War has been a long-awaited dream. Joe Turi says he is... [more]

SPC issues reports to members on sea cucumber management
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, or SPC, is issuing its members with specialised advice to help them protect the endangered sea cucumber. The SPC says while the sea cucumber... [more]

Judge explains reasons to stay on case
The judge in the South Canterbury Finance trial has released his reasons for dismissing the defence's application to have him thrown off the case. [more]

125 jobs to be cut in South Auckland
Some 125 jobs could go in South Auckland as food and coffee maker Cerebos Gregg's works to close down its plant. [more]

'No comment' on bullying allegations
The Commerce Commission has refused to say whether it has received complaints about bullying and intimidation in respect of its investigation into Countdown. [more]

Manufacturing leads economic growth
The economy grew by 0.9 percent in the three months to December compared with the previous quarter, latest figures show. The main contribution was from manufacturing and wholesale trade. [more]

School appeals ruling over excluding boy
An Auckland secondary school is appealing against a court decision that quashed its exclusion of a boy with Asperger's syndrome and dyslexia. [more]

Maori Council wants to lead reform
The Maori Council has told the Waitangi Tribunal the council should lead a reform of its own organisation, not the Crown. [more]

Mixed day on sharemarket
It's been a mixed day on the New Zealand sharemarket, the benchmark Top 50 Index closed up 6 points to 5160. [more]

KiwiSaver report positive
The recent consolidation and growing maturity in the KiwiSaver industry is producing high quality funds and giving investors more choice. [more]

Scandal in Solomons voter registration with accusations of buying
The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission is concerned that some candidates may be paying citizens for their identification cards used for voting. The CEO of the commission, Polycarp Haununu, told the... [more]

American Samoa school lunches at risk says senator
A senator in American Samoa, Soliai Tuipine, has called on the government to stop accepting vegetables from Asian farmers for the territory's school lunch programme. He was reacting to reports... [more]

Pacific electoral arrangements under spotlight in Tonga
More than 4,000 new voters have registered in Tonga for the country's second general election to be held in November. Radio Tonga reports registration for candidates will begin in October. [more]

Nauru plans to set up internationally managed trust fund
The Nauru Government has moved to set up an internationally managed trust fund so that the country's financial future is secure for generations to come. The minister for finance David... [more]

Preparations underway for dog control operation in American Samoa
Preparations are underway in American Samoa for a large operation next week to control the territory's stray dog population. Traps will be placed around Fagatogo village to trap strays. A... [more]

$6m lost on risky properties
A Dunedin City Council-owned company has been criticised for losing over $6 million on risky property investments near Queenstown and Wanaka. [more]

Pepper spray trial extended
Police are extending a trial of a new type of pepper spray more potent than the regular kind. [more]

Workers fined over scaffolding accident
Two workers have been fined more than $22,000 in relation to a Dunedin scaffolding accident which left a roofer with serious injuries last year. [more]

Kohanga funds may be at risk
The Education Minister is indicating government funding for Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board may at risk if it doesn't fully address allegations of mis-spending and restore public confidence. [more]

Ministry report confirms WiFi is safe
A Ministry of Health report sparked by worried parents has confirmed that WiFi in schools does not pose a health risk. [more]