Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd April 2014

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Best Of The Week, Birds, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, News Stories, Nights, Our Changing World, Radio NZ National Music, Te Manu Korihi, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Rockelbel's Canon
Quentin Johnson of Timaru has chosen 'Rockelbel's Canon (Pachelbel Canon in D)' by the Piano Guys. [more]

Your place - Ruakaka
It's New Zealand's most popular summer holiday destination. A recent survey says more than half a million people sent at least part of their summer in the far north. [more]

Second chance with Jacob Leezak
When everyone else has given up on a dangerous dog - and the only option left is to put it down - Jacob Leezak steps in to save the animal from death row. The third generation dog trainer has grown up around dogs and even now has a pack of 27 living with him and his family in North-West Sydney. The work that Jacob Leezak does is soon to be the subject of a documentary, made by a local kiwi filmmaker Eryn Wilson. [more]

Gumboot Grans with Barbera Anderson
After nearly two decades, the Gumboot Grans marching group is still going strong and due to host the annual marching display this weekend in Taihape. More than 200 ladies from 19 golden oldie marching teams will be performing at the event this Saturday. Barbera Anderson, of the Gumboot Grans is coordinating the display. [more]

Feature Album - On the Border - the Eagles (1974)
Three tracks from The Eagles - On the Border release. [more]

Appcessible.net - Simon Morton
The global app market for smartphones and tablets is worth billions of dollars. But how easy are apps for blind people to access and navigate around? Jonathan Mosen of Appcessible.net is helping developers make apps that are more user friendly. [more]

Dinosaur Fossils
GNS Science palaeontologists head on a fieldtrip in the area when fossil hunter Joan Wiffen found her first dinosaur fossils 40 years ago. [more]

The Panel pre-show for 3 April 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Scott Yorke and Ellen Read (Part 1)
New Zealand top of the world in Harvard's social advancement survey - are you surprised? The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and its money shortfall, again. [more]

The Panel with Scott Yorke and Ellen Read (Part 2)
How come there is such variance in floating mortgage rates? Should cyclists be able to run red lights and should road maintenance vehicles be able to speed along the shoulder of a motorway with flashing lights? How come there is such variance in floating mortgage rates? How will they enforce the ban on rugby players and their families betting on rugby? [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 3 April 2014
Simon Morris looks at the controversial new film about Noah and the Flood and the sequel to the highly-successful action movie from Indonesia, The Raid. And Bill Gosden reveals some of the successes and failures of digital restoration on the eve of the Film Festival Autumn Events. [more]

Interview with Film Festival Director Bill Gosden.
An extended version of the interview with Film Festival Director Bill Gosden. On the eve of his annual Autumn Events programme of film classics, he talks about the meticulous digital restoration of film like On The Waterfront, The Third Man and Lawrence Of Arabia. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 4 April 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 April. This week......what's going on in Auckland's housing market; the media reporting of polls; Morning Report farewells Geoff Robinson; could UV light be the new secret ingredient for growing better crops; our new Sunday morning host Wallace Chapman speaks with Mao's Last Dancer; the musical attraction of Barrytown; what is culinary diplomacy; Canadian-born Kiwi singer Tami Neilson plays favourites; digging up fossils and we find out about a new DJ and MC training course. [more]

Birds

Chatham Island mollymawk
Listen to the Chatham Island mollymawk, a rare albatross that breeds on an isolated, almost inaccessible rock stack south of Pitt Island in the South Pacific Ocean. [more]

Business News

Evening Business for 3 April 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
The New Zealand Racing Board's turnover rose 2 percent in the six months ended January but its effective profit fell 1.5 percent to just below 73 million dollars. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 3 April 2014
Fruit fly find labelled bio security failure; Horticulture NZ horrified by latest fruit fly find; Bio security research in doubt; American soldier on shooting spree; Latest from Chile after second strong earthquake; Australia says plane search will carry on. [more]

Fruit fly find labelled bio security failure
Bio security restrictions are in place in Whangarei tonight after the discovery of another Queensland fruit fly. [more]

Horticulture NZ horrified by latest fruitfly find
Fruit and vegetable growers are horrified there's been another fruit fly find so soon and so close to the January one. [more]

Bio security research in doubt
Some of the research going on into the fruit fly threat is in doubt under multi-million-dollar funding cuts to Canterbury scientists. [more]

American soldier on shooting spree
An American soldier has shot dead three military people before turning his pistol on himself at the Fort Hood army base in Texas. [more]

Latest from Chile after second strong earthquake
A mass evacuation is once again underway along the coastline of Chile and southern Peru after a strong 7.8 earthquake shook the region less an hour ago. [more]

Sports News for 3 April 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Australia says plane search will carry on
Australia's Prime Minister says the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 will carry on for as long as Malaysia wishes. [more]

Australian schoolgirl faces music for markets prank
An Australian schoolgirl has had to confess her April Fools prank to the media after her stunt targeting a gas drilling company turned into threats of legal action. [more]

Drug dealer killed for four tinnies
The drug dealer Michael Roberts was killed for the sake of four tinnies. [more]

Woman dies after shark attack in Australia
A woman who was out for an early morning swim has died after being attacked by a shark near Tathra beach in southern New South Wales. [more]

US insists it's too early to write off peace talks
The US Secretary of State is insisting it's too early to write off yet another attempt at peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. [more]

Auckland opposes nationwide quake building standard
Auckland Council says spending a billion dollars, to earthquake strengthen the city's buildings will be lucky to save a single life in a thousand years. [more]

Labour says ban some fruit imports from Queensland
The Labour Party is calling for a ban on imports of some fruit from Australia in the wake of another fruit fly discovery in Whangarei. [more]

Ministry says ban not justified
The Ministry for Primary Industries says a ban on Australian fruit imports is not justified at this stage although it's not ruling out trade restrictions if more fruit flies are found. [more]

150 giant wetas released to pest free island
Auckland Zoo has released 150 of the endangered giant weta on to a pest free island in the Hauraki Gulf. [more]

Police commissioner dodges questions on first day
The new Police Commissioner, Mike Bush, is not revealing details on how he plans to deal with recent controversial police operations. [more]

Sports News for 3 April 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Talks on paying home workers for travelling time
The government is to begin talks over paying home and community support workers while they're travelling between jobs. [more]

Bio security research fears among growers
Orchardists and fruit growers say today's fruit fly discovery in Whangarei is exactly why the government shouldn't be cutting funding to a bio security research centre. [more]

Study sheds new light on kea history
A genetic study of the kea casts new light on the history of the endangered parrot and what can be done to help protect it. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Red Cross says will work with government over Ha'apai rebuild
The head of Tonga's Red Cross says two new houses built on cyclone devastated Ha'apai are part of a pilot project but if the government is not happy to go ahead with more homes the agency will refocus. [more]

Police in Samoa to begin rolling out dog registration
The police in Samoa are to begin rolling out a national dog registration system this month, as part of its long term solutions for the country's stray dog problem. [more]

Climate change negotiators see impact first hand in Marshalls
Talks in Marshall Islands an opportunity to bring home the reality of climate change. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 3 April 2014
Conspiracy is alleged in asylum seeker death in a detention centre in PNG; Talks in Marshall Islands focus on the reality of climate change; How does the Pacific fare in the latest major report on climate change?; Police in Samoa to begin rolling out a dog registration system; Red Cross continues to work with government over Ha'apai rebuild; Three islands in Tuvalu to get 24-hour power from solar energy. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu Volleyball's new coach targets Rio 2016
The new head coach for Vanuatu Volleyball talks about the challenges ahead and his aims looking ahead to the Rio Olympics. [more]

Accusations of 'sabotage' in Samoa tourism
Accusations of 'sabotage' in the Samoa tourism authority as group raises concerns. [more]

Escalating risks of reef damage and rising sea levels
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme is calling for swift, concentrated and global action to respond to the escalating risks such as reef damage and rising sea levels. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 4 April 2014
A climate report identifies increasing risks such as reef damage and rising sea levels; There are accusations of 'sabotage' in Samoa tourism; Police in Samoa to begin rolling out a dog registration system; Talks in Marshall Islands focus on the reality of climate change; Red Cross in Tonga continues to work with government over Ha'apai rebuild; Vanuatu Volleyball's new coach targets Rio 2016. [more]

Nights

Hollywood Lights
The city of Los Angeles (for financial and environmental reasons) has converted its street lighting to LEDs, but this will forever change the "look" of Hollywood-based cinema - with Dave Kendricken of No Film School. [more]

Science - Physics
Prof. Shaun Hendy from the Physics Department of the University of Auckland points the laser at how physics can affect our everyday life; the radiation of WiFi - is it dangerous to your health? [more]

Conundrum clue #7
Listen in on Friday night for the answer. [more]

Conundrum clue #8
Listen in on Friday night for the answer. [more]

Our Changing World

Ultraviolet Light and Plant Growth
Start-up company BioLumic is built on basic research into the effect of UV light on plant growth. [more]

Variation in Accents
Measuring non-native English speakers' accents show changes depending on the situation and what they are talking about [more]

Wellington Lizard Hunt
Moa Point on Wellington's south coast is a hotspot for common skinks and common geckos. [more]

Dinosaur Fossil Hunt
GNS Science palaeontologists head on a fieldtrip in the area when fossil hunter Joan Wiffen found her first dinosaur fossils 40 years ago. [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Itran Flamenco Project
Dancers and musicians direct from Barcelona prepare for a series of live shows with an intimate studio session. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 3 April 2014
The Mana Party fears the government is secretly planning to get rid of the Maori Language Commission and the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency, and bring their operations and funding under one Maori state agency; The head of the Ngapuhi authority, Sonny Tau, believes hapu or sub-tribes are being 'egged' on by some money-hungry lawyers to fight the treaty settlement process; The way Maori land is governed and managed is being reformed; The Green Party has chosen Jack Tautokai McDonald to stand again in the western Maori seat of Te Tai Hauauru. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 3 April 2014
The head of the Ngapuhi authority, Sonny Tau, believes hapu or sub-tribes are being 'egged' on by some money-hungry lawyers to fight the treaty settlement process; The Mana Party fears the government is secretly planning to get rid of the Maori Language Commission and the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency, and bring their operations and funding under a Maori focussed state agency; The way Maori land is governed and managed is being reformed; The Green Party has chosen Jack Tautokai McDonald to stand again in the western Maori seat of Te Tai Hauauru. [more]

The Wireless

Join the discussion
Comments go live on The Wireless. [more]

Opening up the conversation
"In the six months this blog has been going, we’ve covered everything from media coverage of women, to sexual identity, to playing rugby league at a maximum security prison." [more]

Upbeat

Sam Scott and Ashley Brown
Massive Company and NZTrio Director and cellist working on Massive Company's 'My Bed, My Universe'. [more]

World & Pacific News

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 3 April 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 3 April 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 3 April 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

Refugee advocates allege cover-up over asylum seeker death on Manus
Refugee advocates are accusing authorities in Papua New Guinea and Australia of a conspiracy to cover-up an investigation into the death of an Iranian asylum seeker at the Manus Island... [more]

Samoa dog control will focus on education and de-sexing, not shooting,
The police in Samoa say efforts to control the dog population will strongly focus on public education and de-sexing, and stray dogs will not be shot or tranquilized. Local media... [more]

Reports of shots fired at protest in West Papua
There are reports emerging of heavily armed police breaking up a student protest in the Indonesian province of West Papua that was calling for the release of political prisoners. The... [more]

Wellington into one day cricket final
Wellington have qualified for the one day domestic cricket final against Northern Districts, after beating Canterbury in the preliminary final in Christchurch. Batting first Canterbury made 238 for eight in... [more]

More children seeking quake counselling
Increasing numbers of children in Canterbury are seeking counselling to cope with the flow on effects of the earthquakes. [more]

Principals say Moerewa not being handed back
A group of principals in Northland accuses the Ministry of Education of refusing to hand Moerewa School back to the community. [more]

Farmers to ask Fonterra for leniency
Dairy farmers south of Auckland who are battling dry conditions will be asking Fonterra not to penalise them if they fail to fulfil their supply contracts. [more]

Appointments to new genetics board
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has appointed men it describes as "enormously experienced" to the top roles of its new genetics wing board. [more]

Changes to buttermilk disposal
Fonterra plans to change the way it gets rid of buttermilk after it was slapped with a formal warning by the Waikato Regional Council. [more]

US dairy farmers cushioned
American dairy farmers are having a price windfall as global dairy prices fall because its huge domestic market cushions the effect of what is happening elsewhere, a dairy analyst says. [more]

Iwi in favour of exploration
A large North Island iwi has given the thumbs up for oil and gas exploration around Dannevirke - provided there's no harm to the environment. [more]

Refuge questions NUMA appointment
A Maori Women's Refuge believes vulnerable people will think twice before seeking help from the newly announced Whanau Ora agency due to comments made by its leadership about sex abuse. [more]

Airport stake for community, not money
A Ngai Tahu runaka says it's comfortable taking a minor stake in a loss-making airport. [more]

Farmers likely to milk production
ASB Bank rural economist Nathan Penny says a record forecast dairy payout is likely to keep production strong as the dairy season winds down, which should continue to depress prices. [more]

Erakovic beaten in Charleston
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has been beaten in the second round of the singles at the Family Circle Cup WTA tournament in South Carolina. Erakovic lost to... [more]

Refugee Action Coalition doubts arrests will ever be made over Manus death
The head of the Refugee Action Coalition says he has no faith that arrests will ever be made over the death of an asylum seeker at Papua New Guinea's Manus... [more]

Samoa first Pacific country to complete global sustainable programme
Samoa has received a boost to its international tourism credentials by being the first Pacific country and the second country worldwide to complete a sustainable tourism programme. The Global Sustainable... [more]

Adequacy of morning-after pill for heavier women questioned
Questions are being raised about the effectiveness of emergency contraception for women weighing more than 70kg. [more]

Waikato birthing units under threat
Birthing units in two Waikato towns are under threat: the district health board wants to close them. [more]

Review of court media guidelines timely
Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says a review of in-court media guidelines is timely after an allegation that a journalist met a lawyer during a trial adjournment in order to "spice things up" for the evening news. [more]

Woman sentenced for mortgage scam
Two families have lost their homes and eight others are paying higher mortgage payments than they should after falling victim to a $3.9 million mortgage scam. [more]

Call to return battleground to iwi
The Maori King movement has challenged Prime Minister John Key to return a Waikato battleground site to iwi. [more]

Poi E still thriving, 30 years on
The Poi E song continues to thrive, 30 years after it topped the music charts, Patea Maori Club member Waimarie Cassidy says. [more]

Localist sold at loss by NZ Post
New Zealand Post has lost millions of dollars from the sale of its directory business, Localist. [more]

Govt given assurance over Numa
The Ministry of Maori Development is assuring the Government a new branch of the National Urban Maori Authority is the right organisation to lead Whanau Ora in the North Island. [more]

Amazon launches Fire TV
Amazon is making its first step into internet tv, launching its own set top box called Fire TV. [more]

BP closing refinery at Brisbane
BP is cease production at its Bulwer Island refinery in Brisbane by 2015. The closure is expected to lead to the loss of 350 jobs. [more]

Power profits 'not reaching consumers'
The Labour Party says the national grid operator Transpower is "simply profit-making for the Government" and that will hit consumers in the pocket when power bills go up. [more]

Minister tours drought-hit farms
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says farmers seem to be holding up well in the north of the country despite the dry conditions. [more]

Shearing team places fill
Just two places are left in the New Zealand team heading to the World Shearing and Wool-handling Championships in Ireland in May. [more]

Biofuels plant at Wiri for Z Energy
Z Energy is planning to build a commercial biofuels plant at Wiri. The company will initially invest $21 million in the plant which will produce 20 million litres a year. [more]

Chathams iwi trust wins mandate
The people of Ngati Mutunga on the Chatham Islands have backed their iwi trust board to represent the tribe in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. [more]

Asians report most discrimination
The Human Rights Commission's latest review on race relations shows Asian people reported the highest rates of discrimination in 2013. [more]

Sykes laying Waiariki groundwork
The Mana Party's organisation on the ground in Waiariki is strong enough to win the electorate, leader Hone Harawira says. [more]

Sport: Tonga confident about Junior World Rugby Trophy chances
Tonga coach Fe'ao Vunipola is hoping it's third time lucky for his team competing in the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong. The Kingdom will be vying with seven... [more]

CNMI's Tinian may not see new hotel due to gaming bill on Saipan
In the Northern Marianas, Mega Stars Overseas Limited may now have second thoughts of building a new 1,000-room hotel, a 36-hole golf course, and a 5 million US dollar water... [more]

Sport: New Vanuatu coach looking for dream start
Vanuatu beach volleyball coach Jason Lochhead says qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games in August would mark a perfect start to his new role. The ex World Tour regular has... [more]

Small surge at Gisborne
Gisborne District Council says a small surge triggered by the magnitude 8.2 quake in Chile was recorded at the port on Thursday. [more]

Hint of compulsory code for supermarkets
Commerce Minister Craig Foss is hinting the Government could impose a compulsory code on supermarkets. [more]

Parihaka off oil exploration radar
The Taranaki peace settlement of Parihaka has been spared in government plans for more onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration. [more]

BNZ chief to head National Australia Bank
The head of the Bank of New Zealand is to take over as group chief executive of the bank's Australian parent. [more]

Corporate debt down
The amount of corporate debt raised on the New Zealand stock exchange has fallen by nearly six percent from March last year. [more]

Pay for travel between jobs finally on table
The Government has announced it will begin negotiations about paying home and community support workers while they're travelling between jobs - and Rural Women New Zealand says it's about time. [more]

Easing of suicide reporting rules welcomed
Federated Farmers says the sooner the media can report a suspected suicide, the sooner the appalling rate among farmers could begin to drop. [more]

Good wins for PSG and Real Madrid
European football clubs Paris St Germain and Real Madrid are both well placed after their Champions League first leg quarter-final fixtures. Real scored a 3-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund,... [more]

New WADA code will hand down tougher penalties
The World Anti-Doping Agency believes a new code coming into force next year will be tougher on athletes who dope. WADA says the Olympic drug cheat Nadzeya Ostapchuk will not... [more]

Athletics NZ may appeal Ostapchuk decision
Athletics New Zealand is considering mounting an appeal after the sport's international body, the IAAF, failed to impose a lifetime ban on disgraced Belarussian shotputter Nadzeya Ostapchuk. Ostapchuk, who initially... [more]

Grandparents banned from betting by NZRU
The New Zealand rugby union is banning grandparents, mothers, fathers and brothers and sisters of professional rugby players from sports betting. As part of its new anti-corruption policy the New... [more]

McLean gets 7 weeks for lifting tackle
The Melbourne Storm league prop Jordan McLean has been suspended for seven weeks for the lifting tackle on Alex McKinnon which has left the 22-year-old Newcastle back-rower with a devastating... [more]

It's A Dundeel has problems in leadup to BMW
The New Zealand-trained racing star It's A Dundeel has been battling lameness in the lead-up to Saturday's $1.6 million BMW weight-for-age race at Rosehill in Sydney. One of the drawcards... [more]

White Ferns qualify for next T20 world cup
The New Zealand women's cricketers have qualified for the 2016 T20 World Cup after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets in a playoff match in Bangladesh. The White Ferns narrowly... [more]

Depression, anxiety widespread among footballers
World football's Players Union has revealed that more than a quarter of professional footballers who took part in a survey said they suffered from depression or anxiety. Some 26 percent... [more]

Wada takes four-year ban for Ostapchuk
The World Anti-Doping Agency says the Olympic drug cheat Nadzeya Ostapchuk will not receive a life ban. The Belarussian shot-putter has received a four-year ban for failed drugs Test from... [more]

Read in doubt for Lions
The Crusaders captain Kieran Read remains in doubt for their Super Rugby clash with the Lions in Johannesburg this weekend. Read was taken from the field in his 100th Super... [more]

Barca banned from transfer window for player infringements
The Spanish football champions Barcelona have been given a 14-month transfer ban by FIFA for breaking rules on signing international players aged under 18. The Catalan club cannot buy players... [more]

Black Sticks draw second Test against China
The New Zealand women's hockey team has drawn 1-1 with China in the second and final Test in Taupo. The Black Sticks led 1-0 at half-time through a Rhiannon Dennison... [more]

Woods to miss Masters after back surgery
The world golf number one Tiger Woods will miss next week's Masters tournament for the first time since he turned professional, having undergone back surgery to repair a pinched nerve. [more]

Bayern and Barcelona both held to draws
European Champions League favourites Bayern Munich and Barcelona were both held to 1-1 draws in their respective quarter-final first leg football ties. Bundesiga champions Bayern, overwhelming favourites in the tie,... [more]

Twenty20 performances could prove costly
The New Zealand men's cricketers' disappointing performance at the Twenty20 World Cup could prove costly for some of the side when it comes to the renewal of national contracts. In... [more]

Mickelson could join Woods in pulling out of Masters
The five-time major golf champion Phil Mickelson remains in serious doubt for next week's Masters, having withdrawn from this week's Pro Am at the Houston Golf Open because of back... [more]

Athletics NZ unhappy with four year ban
Athletics New Zealand is investigating whether it can appeal the decision by its international governing body, the IAAF, not to impose a lifetime ban on disgraced Belarussian shotputter Nadzeya Ostapchuk. [more]

Kuchar says Masters won't suffer without Woods
The world golf number 11 Matt Kuchar says next week's Masters won't suffer despite the absence of Tiger Woods. Four-time champion Woods will miss the Masters for the first time... [more]

Hundertwasser hype not helpful - hapu
District council and media hype around a foreign art gallery is overshadowing the need for a local Maori tourism venture, a Whangarei hapu says. [more]

Foreign doctors caught in difficult spot
Foreign-trained doctors shut out of hospital jobs are caught in a perfect storm, a leader in health workforce planning says. [more]

Auckland's quake risk rated very low
Auckland has been judged to have such a low earthquake risk that no quake-related deaths are considered likely within the next 100 years. [more]

Listen to Lagarde, says leading economist
One of the country's leading economists says New Zealand should heed warnings that the global economy could be heading for years of weak growth. [more]

Chaudhry trial goes ahead following Fiji court ruling
The trial of the Fiji Labour Party leader and former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry is to continue following a ruling by a Fiji court. The Fiji media report the High... [more]

SPREP says accelerated action needed to tackle climate change
The head of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme says the world's leading group of climate change scientists has clarified the nature of irreversible impacts from global warming. [more]

Fiji Electoral Decree gives govt access to public's phone calls and internet
The Fiji Law Society says a decree provision allowing phone monitoring in the days before the election is open to abuse. Section 63 of the Electoral Decree says any person... [more]

Samoa to register dogs
The dog registration system that is to be rolled out in Samoa later this month is expected to encourage dog owners to take more responsibility for their pets. The police... [more]

French Polynesia president loses parliamentary immunity
The French Senate has lifted the parliamentary immunity of French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, who in February was charged with abuse of public funds by arranging free water supply to... [more]

Breakers release Johnson
The New Zealand Breakers have confirmed their import point guard Kerron Johnson will not be back at the club for the next National Basketball League season. The American rookie came... [more]

Job cuts at Christchurch council
The Christchurch City Council will cut 10 jobs in a bid to save $1 million over the next four years. [more]

11am ferry sailing cancelled
The Interislander ferry Arahura did not make its 11am sailing from Picton on Thursday after experiencing engine difficulties on Wednesday night. [more]

New Caledonia province in new nickel venture
New Caledonia's southern province has approved a deal with two major nickel companies to explore a huge ore deposit. The province's memorandum of understanding with Eramet of France and Vale... [more]

Bainimarama above the law - Fiji Law Society
The Fiji Law Society says not much can be done to hold Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama accountable for breaking his own decrees until a parliament is put in place post-election. [more]

Security firm adamant it cooperates with PNG camp riot probe
The security company which was in charge of Australia's asylum seeker camp in Papua New Guinea says it co-operated with PNG police investigating a fatal riot in February. The British-based... [more]

Scholar says Papuans should lead local response to HIV/AIDS
An Australian researcher says NGOs led by indigenous Papuans should play a bigger role in the response to HIV/AIDS in the Indonesian province. Jenny Munro is a cultural anthropologist at... [more]

Fiji TV station investigated over Bainimarama story
A Fiji television station is being investigated by the country's media watchdog over alleged unfair reporting of a visit to his home province by the regime leader Rear Admiral Frank... [more]

Security guards to stop staged fights
Security guards have been posted to an Auckland train station after nearby school students arranged a fight there. [more]

Late bid to save Majestic Theatre
Heritage advocates are making a last minute attempt to save Christchurch's historic Majestic Theatre, as demolition preparations begin. [more]

Broken neck a factor in ban
The National Rugby League has admitted the severity of the injuries suffered by Newcastle's Alex McKinnon played a part in the seven-week suspension, handed out to Melbourne's Jordan McLean over... [more]

Union seeks travel time pay
A union representing low paid home care workers is confident it will get all its members paid for travel time as part of their day-to-day job. [more]

Rescue trust may appeal funds review
The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust says it may appeal against a High Court decision that rejected a review of funding cuts. [more]

Body washed up on West Coast beach
Police are trying to identify a body washed up on Rapahoe Beach on the West Coast. [more]

Mana fears secret attack on te reo agencies
The Mana Party fears the Government is secretly planning to get rid of the Maori Language Commission and the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency, and bring their operations and funding under a Maori-focussed state agency. [more]

Some lawyers derailing process - Ngapuhi
The head of the Ngapuhi authority, Sonny Tau, says hapu or sub-tribes are being 'egged' on by some money-hungry lawyers to fight the treaty settlement process. [more]

Anderson paddles into history
New Zealander Annabel Anderson has become the first woman, and only the second person, to cross Cook Strait standing on a paddleboard. [more]

Greens back youth in Te Tai Hauauru
The Green Party has chosen Jack Tautokai McDonald to stand again in the western Maori seat of Te Tai Hauauru. [more]

Genesis float saps NZX50
The share market was little changed on Thursday after a mostly weak session, with the NZX Benchmark Top 50 Index closing up six points at 5122. [more]

Racing profit slips
The New Zealand Racing Board's turnover rose 2 percent in the six months ended January but its effective profit fell 1.5 percent to 72.6 million. [more]

Severe flooding hits Solomons' capital
Torrential rain in and around Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, over the past two days has caused widespread damage. There is also an unconfirmed report of one death resulting... [more]

SPREP says accelerated action needed to tackle climate change
The head of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme says the world's leading group of climate change scientists has reinforced the nature of irreversible impacts from global warming. [more]

New Caledonia opposed to tighter gun laws
The New Caledonian government says it's opposed to tighter gun laws as France suggested a limit of four hunting rifles per person. Paris vowed last year to restrict gun ownership... [more]

UN hoping for more women in Vanuatu political leadership roles
A United Nations womens' advocate is hoping a workshop being held in Port Vila this week will encourage more women into national political roles. Dr Rosina Wiltshire says despite signing... [more]

Debate on whether to arm police in American Samoa continues
The Department of Public Safety in American Samoa is hoping to convince lawmakers of the need to arm police officers there. The department has met with legislators to discuss the... [more]

American Samoa stops passengers flying with pink eye
A handful of passengers confirmed on a Monday night Hawaiian Air flight from American Samoa to Samoa were not allowed to board because they suffered from pink eye. The passengers... [more]

CNMI casino operator not prepared to take gamble
Casino owners on Tinian in the Northern Marianas say they are likely to stop expansion plans due to what it claims is preferential treatment for another investor. Tinian Dynasty Hotel... [more]

Thousands of benefits suspended
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says it is not unreasonable to expect unemployed people receiving taxpayer support to stay in New Zealand and look for work. [more]

Labour wants higher standards for oil exploration
Labour leader David Cunliffe says a Labour-led government would demand higher environmental standards of oil companies prospecting in New Zealand. [more]

Call for ban on some Australian fruit
A biosecurity clampdown is in place in Whangarei after the discovery of another Queensland fruit fly, prompting a call for a ban on importing fruit from some Australian states and tougher screening measures. [more]

Fruit fly 'key reason' for funding research
Fruitgrowers say that the latest fruit fly discovery is exactly why the Government shouldn't be cutting funding for biosecurity research. [more]