Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 1st May 2014

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

Afternoons

Best song ever written - The Voyage
Annie Lloyd-Jones from Lake Okareka near Rotorua has chosen 'The Voyage' by Christy Moore [more]

Your place - Te Anau
It's a modern village, sitting beside our second largest lake, a body of water of 344 square kilometers and 417 metres deep in places. Surrounded by imposing mountains, this town straddles the border of Fiordland National Park and is recognised internationally as the gateway to a great wilderness area: the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. [more]

Dot's Castle - Dot Smith
According to the title of a book about her life - Dot Smith is the Queen of Riverstone. Since she moved to Northern Otago in 1983, she and her family, built Riverstone into six dairy farms, three gift stores, an award-winning restaurant and now... her very own castle complete with dungeons, a drawbridge, and secret passage. [more]

The Free Rider - Alycia Burton
Imagine the skills and training needed to be a competitive showjumper - and then deciding to do it... on a horse with no saddle or bridle. Well that's what Alycia Burton, a twenty-five-year-old, has created - a new brand for bareback horse-riding called 'free-riding'. The Dunedin resident now has tens of thousands of followers around the world following a viral video of her jumping barriers nearly two metres high, bareback on her horse Goldrush. [more]

3D Printed Robot
Eduardo Sandoval and Tim Pomroy are making a life-sized robot from 3D printed parts to study human-robot interactions [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 1 May 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gary McCormick and Tainui Stephens (Part 1)
Topics - Maurice Williamson has resigned as a Minister. It follows revelations he contacted a top ranking police officer after a wealthy businessman with close ties to him was arrested on domestic violence charges. A New Zealand First MP is the subject of a complaint to Parliament's Speaker over the employment of a person who lives at his address. Some of the country's more vulnerable school students have been labelled "dummies" and "brats" by a company that has received tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. [more]

The Panel with Gary McCormick and Tainui Stephens (Part 2)
Topics - At a big conference in America called Thrive, organised by Adriana Huffington of the Huffington Post, highly successful people were asked how much sleep they get. Their answers varied. Some of them can't do without 8 and even seven-and-a-half makes their well-being and professional performance a bit variable; others do fine on five or six. Tony Sewell, head of Ngai Tahu property, was recently quoted comparing California to here. A piece of treated 100mm by 50mm timber cost one Kiwi dollar there compared with $4 here. Wallboard like GIB there is thicker and better and cost one-third. Concrete, plumbing piping and fittings all cost far less. "We didn't find a single product over there that had a comparable price in New Zealand. We have to ask ourselves why we pay a premium." [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 1 May 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two holiday favourites - the Lego Movie and the new Spiderman - Rise of Electro. He also reviews a film from Nigeria, dealing with the tragic breakaway province Biafra in the 1960s. It's called Half Of A Yellow Sun. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 1 May 2014
ANZ Bank's first-half profit in New Zealand jumps 31 percent. Mighty River Power gets a new chief and the share market falls. [more]

Evening Business for 1 May 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Morning Business for 2 May 2014
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 2 May 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 1 May 2014
Maurice Williamson quits because he phoned the police when he shouldn't have. Eight infant formula manufacturers are shut out of China and Mellory Manning's killer is jailed for at least 20 years. [more]

Maurice Williamson resigns because of a major lapse
Police emails show Mr Williamson told a senior Auckland police officer he wanted them to review the domestic assault case against Donghua Liu because the man was investing a lot of money here. [more]

Revealing emails on the Williamson case
More now on those police emails. [more]

More from our political Editor
Our political Editor Brent Edwards is with us. [more]

Eight infant formula manufacturers shut out of China
Eight infant formula manufacturers supplying dozens of brands have been shut out of the lucrative Chinese market after failing to meet stringent new requirements. [more]

Mellory Manning's killer is jailed for at least 20 years
The boyfriend of a murdered Christchurch prostitute has told her killer to stand up, be a man, and name the others involved. [more]

Sports News for 1 May 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sinn Fein head arrested over historic murder
Sinn Fein's leader Gerry Adams has been arrested by Northern Ireland police over the 1972 murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville. [more]

Policeman put people at risk in car chase
The police watchdog has found an officer put the public at risk when he pursued a stolen car in Tauranga last year. [more]

Truancy service labels children brats, dummies
Children have been labelled brats, dummies and the bullied by a company contracted to reduce the number of truant students. [more]

New video emerges of crack-smoking Canadian mayor
New video has emerged of the crack-smoking Canadian mayor Rob Ford apparently using drugs again just last weekend. [more]

Aerial search for Flight MH370 - NZ crew home
Air Force crew taking part in the search for Flight MH370 are deeply disappointed not to have found any signs of the missing plane. [more]

Minister quits after ringing police about an investigation
Police emails show Maurice Williamson told a senior Auckland police officer he wanted them to review the domestic assault case against a Chinese businessman because the man was investing a lot of money here. [more]

Professor of criminology at the AUT
A professor of criminology at the Auckland University of Technology who specialises in Police accountability, says the police should have ignored Mr Williamson's request. [more]

Milk man saw chop coming and changed tack
Eight infant formula manufacturers supplying dozens of brands have been shut out of the lucrative Chinese market after failing to meet the stringent new requirements that kicked in today. [more]

Sports News for 1 May 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Funding decision could have big impact on schools
The Ombudsman , Professor Ron Paterson, has ruled that a secondary school should apologise to parents for making some school donations compulsory. [more]

Lawyers claim death threats against asylum seeker witnesses
Australian lawyers say detention centre guards have made death threats against witnesses to the death of an asylum seeker on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Union warns of Northland fuel shortages
A union is warning of looming fuel shortages at BP and GAS petrol stations from Orewa to Cape Reinga within a week as tanker drivers strike. [more]

Labour writes to UN over lack of democracy
Protesters marking four years today since the Canterbury regional council was taken over, say it's all about irrigation and favouring farmers. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Call for war memorial for Pacific Anzacs
There's a call for Pacific island soldiers who fought in the First World War to be honoured alongside Anzac troops at New Zealand's main war memorials. [more]

Agency mystified by Australia aid scrutiny
The head of World Vision Australia says he's mystified by the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's plans to introduce further performance evaluation systems to assess foreign aid based on value for money. [more]

Disaster office:People don't have to return to unsafe homes
The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands says it is working hard to find safe areas for flood victims still in evacuation centres to re-settle. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 1 May 2014
Solomons Disaster office says people don't have to return to unsafe homes; Solomons MPs accused of abusing flood assistance funds; Agency mystified by Australia aid scrutiny; Call for war memorial for Pacific Anzacs; Cyclone Lusi victims in Vanuatu forced to eat unripe crops; Plea by an MP for PNG not to neglect the town of Rabaul. [more]

Vanuatu govt cancels all state land sales under former Minister
Vanuatu's government cancels all land leases issued to Lands staff at a discount during the tenure of a previous Lands Minister, Steven Kalsakau, between 2011 and 2012. [more]

SPC calls for urgent action on NCDs
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says urgent action is needed to prevent diabetes, heart disease and cancer which account for 70 percent of deaths in the Pacific region. [more]

Watchdog calls PNG mine 'hellish' and calls for resettlement
Local people living around a massive gold mine in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province are still waiting to be resettled after residing for years in conditions described as hellish. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 2 May 2014
A watchdog calls PNG mine 'hellish' and calls for resettlement; A regional agency wants urgent action on diabetes, heart disease and cancer; Vanuatu govt cancels all state land sales under former Minister; Solomons Disaster office says people don't have to return to unsafe homes; Agency mystified by Australia aid scrutiny; Calls for war memorial for Pacific Anzacs.   [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 1 May 2014
In the programme tonight, Maurice Williamson resigns; antibiotics fall behind superbugs; and in Dateline Pacific - crop failure follows cyclone in Vanuatu. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 May 2014
The Prime Minister has accepted the resignation of Maurice Williamson as a minister and Mellory Manning's killer has been sentenced to life in prison. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 May 2014
The Super Rugby competition is set to move to a four-conference, 18-team competition from 2016. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 2 May 2014
Maurice Williamson resigns - David Cuncliffe; Maurice Williamson resigns - Winston Peters; RNZ political editor on implications of Williamson resignation; Rates might drop for those forced out of flood-prone Chch homes; Two people detained for killing of New Zealander in Argentina; Super Rugby competition to expand. [more]

Maurice Williamson resigns as minister
Opposition parties have launched an assault on ministerial standards in the National-led government, after the sudden resignation of Maurice Williamson. [more]

Police Association says disgraced MP stepped over the line
Police Association President, Greg O'Connor says disgraced MP Maurice Williamson stepped over the line. [more]

Pacific News for 2 May 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Opposition sets sights on other ministers as Williamson resigns
Disgraced MP Maurice Williamson may have resigned but now opposition parties are turning their sights on other government ministers. [more]

Maurice Williamson resigns - Russel Norman
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman on Maurice Williamson's resignation. [more]

Maurice Williamson resigns - David Cunliffe
The Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson says he will stand in the general election this year, despite being forced to resign as a minister after intervening in a police investigation. [more]

Maurice Williamson resigns - Winston Peters
New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters comments on Maurice Williamson's resignation. [more]

RNZ political editor on implications of Williamson resignation
RNZ Political Editor Brent Edwards comments on Maurice Williamson's resignation. [more]

Rates might drop for those forced out of flood-prone Chch homes
Residents forced out of their flood-prone Christchurch homes could have their rates cut. [more]

Two people detained for killing of New Zealander in Argentina
In Argentina, two people are now in police custody, being questioned about the killing of New Zealand tourist Nicholas Heyward. [more]

Super Rugby competition to expand
Super Rugby is expanding again - this time into a complex four conference, 18 team competition that could span much of the globe including the United States and Asia. [more]

Free clinics opening in bid to reduce rheumatic fever
The government is launching free drop-in clinics for children with sore throats in a bid to reduce rheumatic fever rates. [more]

Adams arrest 'attempt to undermine peace' McGuinness
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, has called the arrest of Sinn Fein's, Gerry Adams, a deliberate attempt by unidentified "dark" forces to undermine the peace process. [more]

Presbyterian Church backs calls for Land Wars Remembrance Day
The Presbyterian Church's senior Maori leader is backing calls by Tainui-Waikato to have an annual national day to commemorate the New Zealand Wars. [more]

Williamson rival demands he step down as MP
The embattled MP Maurice Williamson is facing pressure to stand down altogether, with a Labour rival saying yesterday's fall from grace boosts his own chances in this year's election. [more]

Colin Craig says Williamson row opens opportunities
Conservative Party leader, Colin Craig says his party may now have to look at the possibility of standing in the Pakuranga electorate. [more]

Political observers weigh in on Williamson resignation
National Party pollster David Farrar and former Labour Party president Mike Williams express their opinions on minister's resignation. [more]

Army arrives in Buller to assist the clean-up in area
The army has arrived in the Buller district to assist with the clean-up after Cyclone Ita. [more]

An update on the Solomon Islands a month after the floods
Volunteers and aid workers are still working hard in the Solomon Islands four weeks after the country had its worst ever flooding. [more]

Two marine reserves proposed for the Bay of Islands
A proposal has been launched for two marine reserves in the Bay of Islands. [more]

Heroin involved in Peaches Geldof death
An inquest in Britain has heard that heroin use played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of the musician and poverty activist Bob Geldof. [more]

Stoush over the colour purple in political party logos
A legal fight over the colour purple is nothing new, but instead of confectioners battling ownership, political parties are now having a go. [more]

Govt under pressure to tax overseas internet purchases
Retailers are increasing pressure on the government to collect more tax on overseas goods that are bought over the internet. [more]

Gallipoli music competition calls for NZ and Aus composers
A competition run by Radio New Zealand Concert and its trans-tasman counterpart, ABC Classic, is calling for New Zealand and Australian composers to create original works for next year's Anzac day. [more]

Preview of tonight's Anzac rugby league test
Kerry Anne is away this week so we thought we'd stay with the Anzac theme and talk about tonight's Anzac Rugby league test in Sydney. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 2 May 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 2 May 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 2 May 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Zero Harm
Is the goal of 'zero harm' to workers achievable - particularly in industries where types of work are inherently dangerous? With Global Manager, Zero Harm and Human Performance for Siemens Tom McDaniel. [more]

Science - Botany
Plant ecologist Bec Stanley from Auckland Botanical Gardens on time travel in the plant world: seed banks. [more]

Conundrum Clue seven
Conundrum Clue seven for Thursday 1 May. [more]

Conundrum Clue eight
Conundrum Clue eight for Thursday 1 May. [more]

Nine To Noon

Maurice Williamson on his resignation as a Minister
National Party MP Maurice Williamson yesterday resigned as a minister after it was revealed he called the police about their investigation into Chinese businessman Donghua Liu who was facing domestic violence charges. Today he answers questions about his conduct. [more]

Plans to set up an off-site construction industry in NZ
Richard Ogden is the chairman and founder of the UK organisation Buildoffsite. He is visiting New Zealand to help set up an Australasian chapter and Bruce Coubray is the general manager of Howick Engineering, who is spearheading efforts to set up a functioning offsite construction industry here. [more]

Asia correspondent - Jamil Anderlini
The horror story of the passenger sinking ferry in South Korea is still the biggest story in the region. [more]

Jessica Jackley - American entrepeneur
American entrepeneur Jessica Jackley on how financial inclusion and the sharing economy can combat poverty in developing countries. Jessica Jackley is a guest at the Auckland Writers Festival this week. [more]

John McIntyre reviews new childrens' books
A Corner of a Foreign Field -The illustrated Poetry of the First World War, selected by Fiona Waters, published by Atlantic World, ISBN 978-1-909242-05-0. [more]

New Music with Grant Smithies
Kylie Minogue's new album "kiss me once" - plus music from Pixies and a single from Geoff Chapple - the man behind the national walking track "Te Araroa. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Lydia Ko hitting the big time on the pro golf circuit - should she still get funding from Sport New Zealand? The Phoenix football club bringing Premier Football clubs to NZ; The Super Rugby expansion; The LA Clippers saga. [more]

The Week That Was with James Nokise and Pinky Agnew
The Week That Was with James Nokise and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Our Changing World

Reducing Household Waste
Four Palmerston North households have had their rubbish and recycling under a spotlight as part of a waste minimisation study [more]

3D Printed Robot
Eduardo Sandoval and Tim Pomroy are making a life-sized robot from 3D printed parts to study human-robot interactions [more]

Genetics of Leukaemia
University of Otago haematologists explain how advances in DNA technology are helping them to understand different types of leukaemia. [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 1 May 2014
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Tift Merritt
Travel to North Carolina with this stylish singer-songwriter, who also plays in Andrew Bird's band, The Hands Of Glory. [more]

Songs From the Inside Vol.II
Songs From The Inside has finished a second season on Maori TV and now the companion album is out. The programme documents twelve inmates writing and recording songs with a handful of the country's finest musicians. Laughton Kora talks to Nick Atkinson about the process. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 1 May 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 2 May 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 May 2014
A Maori business in Te Tau Ihu has bought a natural dried fruit firm that's gone into receivership; A Maori clinical practitioner says there needs to be a major push for scholarships and advertising to attract rangatahi to study psychology; A Maori Television chief concedes some of its older viewers don't understand words being used in its news coverage; Tairawhiti District Health Board says it's encouraged by a decline in smoking rates among young people in the district. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 May 2014
A Maori business in Te Tau Ihu has bought a natural dried fruit firm that's gone into receivership; A Maori clinical practitioner says there needs to be a major push for scholarships and advertising to attract rangatahi to study psychology; A Maori Television chief concedes some of its older viewers don't understand words being used in its news coverage; Tairawhiti District Health Board says it's encouraged by a decline in smoking rates among young people in the district. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 1 May 2014
A Maori clinical practitioner says there needs to be a major push for scholarships and advertising to attract rangatahi to study psychology; A Maori business in Te Tau Ihu has bought a natural dried fruit firm that's gone into receivership; A Maori Television chief concedes some of its older viewers don't understand words being used in its news coverage; Tairawhiti District Health Board says it's encouraged by a decline in smoking rates among young people in the district; A young Ngati Hine lawyer has been selected as Labour's candidate for the Northland seat, in this year's general election. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 May 2014
The government says the student allowance will not be reinstated, despite warnings the cut is deterring students from doing postgraduate study in psychology; Housing New Zealand says it won't set up an independent body to help facilitate the transfer of state houses to iwi and community housing groups; A long-established Maori business wants to more than double international demand for its natural dried fruit goods; The Maori Party is expected to name their Tamaki Makaurau electorate candidate on Sunday. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 May 2014
The government says the student allowance will not be reinstated, despite warnings the cut is deterring students from doing postgraduate study in psychology; Housing New Zealand says it won't set up an independent body to help facilitate the transfer of state houses to iwi and community housing groups; The Maori Party is expected to name their Tamaki Makaurau electorate candidate on Sunday; A long-established Maori business wants to more than double international demand for its natural dried fruit goods. [more]

The Wireless

Music and misfortune on the road
The Transistors' tale is hardly one of rock and roll excess: a broken down van, a flat cellphone battery, and a gunman on the loose. [more]

Future fortune
The question of what to do with your life never goes away, I’ve been told by more than a few people decades older than me. [more]

Photo essay: Precious possessions
To round out the month of value, we asked young kiwis to show us their most valued objects. [more]

NZ Idle: Transition to work
In the final episode of NZ Idle, will BAM decide to give up on his art dream and enter the workforce? [more]

Auckland's architecture evangelist
Architect Nat Cheshire wants to remake Auckland city. [more]

Web series: NZ Idle episodes 1-6
Follow unemployed creative Buckford Aquarius Muldoon, aka BAM, in his attempts to find a job with the help of the Labour Office of Sustainable Employment. [more]

Easter time, family time
The Wireless explores what Kiwis from different backgrounds do to celebrate Easter in New Zealand. [more]

Introducing: Bleakwater
Emerging local musicians are given two minutes to introduce one of their songs and say whatever they like about themselves.Your time ... starts ... Now! [more]

Crazy, stupid words
[more]

Introducing: Spycc
Emerging local musicians are given two minutes to introduce one of their songs and say whatever they like about themselves.Your time ... starts ... Now! [more]

Upbeat

Hamish McKeich: NZSO
Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's 'We Remember' programme. [more]

Jackie Ryan: Jazz Singer
American singer visiting New Zealand for a series of concerts. [more]

Tito Munoz: APO
American conductor working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this week. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29 Pacific Regional News for 1 May 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 1 May 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 2 May 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 2 May 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 May 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 May 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 May 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 May 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 May 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 2 May 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Vanuatu Govt warned on Capital Investment Immigration Plan
The former president of Vanuatu, Ati Georges Sokomanu, has warned the government on its Capital Investment Immigration Plan to make Chinese nationals Vanuatu citizens. [more]

Pitcairn people laugh off reports of make-up over mutiny
A Pitcairn descendant of Fletcher Christian has laughed off reports of a symbolic reconciliation with the Bligh family 225 years after the legendary mutiny on the Bounty. [more]

Xenophobes worry think-tank
The business think-tank, the New Zealand Initiative, is blaming xenophobia for the opposition to its calls to open the gates for foreign investment. [more]

Police guard suspicious fires
Police were guarding the scenes of two suspicious fires in the Auckland region overnight Wednesday. [more]

Owen Franks signs through til 2017
All Blacks prop Owen Franks has signed a new three-year contract contract with New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders. The 26-year-old joins fellow All Blacks Kieran Read, Cory Jane, Israel... [more]

Ian Thorpe released from hospital
Australia's most decorated swimmer Ian Thorpe has been released from a Sydney hospital after successfully battling a serious infection. The five-times Olympic champion contracted the infection following shoulder surgery earlier... [more]

Clippers ride wave of emotion to victory
The Golden State Warriors were prepared to boycott Wednesday's playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers, had the National Basketball Association not sufficiently punished the Clippers team owner Donald Sterling... [more]

NZ Golf confident Ko won't go
New Zealand Golf says it's not concerned Lydia Ko could be tempted to represent her country of birth if her government funding is cut. Ko's funding from High Performance Sport... [more]

West Ham and Newcastle visit tops $2 million
It's costing more than $2 million to bring two English Premier League football sides to play pre-season games against the Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand. West Ham United and Newcastle... [more]

Performance slips at NZRU
The performance of the New Zealand rugby union as an organisation has slipped over the past year, according to its own performance measures. At its annual general meeting in Wellington,... [more]

Clippers coach wants quick resolution to ownership saga
The Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is calling for a quick resolution to the team's ownership saga after its owner Donald Sterling copped a life ban from the NBA... [more]

Osieck said to be on SydFC shortlist
Holger Osieck, the sacked coach of the Australian football team, the Socceroos, is believed to be shortlisted for the vacant Sydney FC coaching role. The A-League club have confirmed they're... [more]

England winger Townsend to miss World Cup
The England and Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend will miss the football World Cup after being ruled out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury. Townsend, who has... [more]

Job for life for injured NRL player
The NRL has offered the injured Newcastle rugby league player Alex McKinnon a "job for life". The Knights forward revealed over the weekend that he is getting more movement in... [more]

US deal may carry Xero to profit
The tide may have turned for Xero in the United States now it has partnered with the world's biggest tax services provider, H&R Block. [more]

NZOG cautiously optimistic on Pateke
New Zealand Oil & Gas has indicated the Pateke well currently being drilled could be worth more than $US70 million in revenue if its current promise is bourne out. [more]

Green shoots encourage optimism
Optimists continue to outweigh pesimists in the ANZ Bank's latest business confidence survey. [more]

Growth of housing consents continues
The trend for about 20 percent year-on-year growth in consents for new houses is continuing, and Auckland and Canterbury are unsurprisingly, leading the way. [more]

Home attack 'mistaken identity'
A farmer called to the scene of a violent home invasion in the Horowhenua believes the attackers mistakenly thought the woman living there had drugs in the house. [more]

Te Papa hunts for new chief executive
The national museum Te Papa is on an international hunt for a new chief executive. [more]

Ngati Hine eye separate Treaty deal
Ngati Hine people say they feel more hopeful about their prospects of a separate Treaty settlement after a meeting with the Minister for Treaty negotiations. [more]

Calls for Govt to attract Maori students
The head of the Psychological Society says re-instatement of the student allowance and better recruitment strategies would help counter the shortage of Maori in the sector. [more]

Tutors encourage Maori students
Encouraging tutors and great role models are being credited for the rising number of Maori students enrolled at the Manukau Institute of Technology. [more]

Marae wired for ultrafast world
A pilot project to connect the Awataha, Orakei, and Otangareito marae with ultra-fast broadband is gathering pace. [more]

NZer killed in drone attack named
A national daily newspaper in Australia has named the New Zealander killed by a US drone attack in Yemen in November last year. [more]

Weeks to clear drains in Christchurch
Christchurch City Council says it will take up to 10 weeks to clear drains and sumps in flood-hit areas to try to prevent further flooding. [more]

Kaikohe school manager steps down
The statutory manager of a Kaikohe school has been replaced after a meeting between staff and Associate Education Minister Pita Sharples. [more]

Atletico vs Real for European supremacy
Atletico Madrid have beaten Chelsea 3-1 in London to book a dream Champions League football final against Real Madrid. Former Atletico captain Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead in the 36th... [more]

Celebrities queue up to buy LA Clippers
Hollywood moguls, sports stars and rappers have all voiced interest in taking over the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team after the NBA urged owners to expel the disgraced billionaire Donald... [more]

Yorkshire spanked by Rogers' Middlesex
The New Zealand cricketer Kane Williamson's been on the end of a batting masterclass as his English county side Yorkshire were handed a seven-wicket hiding at Lord's by Middlesex, thanks... [more]

Heaphy Track opening delayed
Mountain bikers will have to wait a while longer for the opening of the winter season on the Heaphy Track. [more]

Monetary experts doubt Labour plan
Ambitious plans by the Labour Party to overhaul monetary policy-making are leaving experts in the field unimpressed. [more]

IHC files human rights complaint
The charity IHC expects legal action against the Ministry of Education over the way school children with disabilities are treated will cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars. [more]

Dairy exporters wait for China decision
Executives at many of the nation's dairy companies waited on tenterhooks on Thursday for Chinese officials to release a list of authorised exporters of infant formula. [more]

Sport: PNGRFL keen to revive Pacific Cup
Papua New Guinea is calling for the revivial of the Pacific Cup rugby league tournament to boost the region's World Cup preparations. [more]

Sport: NZ Rugby says Pacific Islands test remains a no-go
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew says there are still no plans for the All Blacks to play a test match in the Pacific Islands any time soon. [more]

Sport: Amicale FC to attack from outset
Amicale football coach Nathan Hall says his side will go on the attack in Saturday's Oceania Champions League semi final second leg against Ba in Port Vila. [more]

Sport: Fiji Bati coach wants to build on World Cup success
Fiji rugby league coach Rick Stone says it's pleasing to have so many players putting their hands up to be a part of this weekend's Pacific Test against Samoa in Sydney. [more]

Sport: PNG Hunters stand down player
The Papua New Guinea Hunters have stood down prop Gonzela Urakusie subject to an internal investigation following an alleged incident last Sunday in Goroka. [more]

England-based All Whites stars miss Bafana game
The All Whites will be missing their three England-based football stars for the clash with South Africa at the end of the month in Auckland. The match falls outside FIFA's... [more]

New NZ High Commissoner to Kiribati named
The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, has named Don Higgins as New Zealand's next High Commissioner to Kiribati. [more]

Wine exports surge past $1.3b
The New Zealand wine industry says the value of exports will keep rising are topping the $1.3 billion mark for the first time. [more]

Gravy train awaits beef and lamb
Sheep and beef farmers are on track for a much more profitable year, with a 35 percent lift in average profit forecast. [more]

IPCA finds police driver at fault
A police officer has been found to have put a driver, members of the public and other police at risk during a pursuit in 2013. [more]

Black Caps up to sixth on Test list, Australia #1
The New Zealand men's cricket team has risen one place in the international Test rankings, climbing above Sri Lanka to sixth place - while Australia have overtaken South Africa in... [more]

Malaria threatens 90 percent of PNG
90 percent of Papua New Guinea's seven million population are at risk of malaria infection. [more]

Fiji lists polling stations for September election
The Fiji Electoral Commission has released a list of more than 1,300 polling venues for the elections promised for September. [more]

DHB's await population funding calls
Tight financial management is expected to be needed at several district health boards where populations have fallen. [more]

Dazzling Real thrash woeful Bayern to reach final
Real Madrid tore Bayern Munich apart with three goals in 18 first-half minutes to reach the Champions League football final with a 4-0 win on a dreadful night for the... [more]

Waratahs coach handed suspended 6-months ban
The New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been given a suspended six-month ban by Super Rugby's governing body after he admitted abusing a cameraman in South Africa during... [more]

Wimbledon champion to be spared nightmare Wimbledon draw
Last year's Wimbledon champion Andy Murray should be spared a horror draw at this year's tournament despite his recent slide down the world rankings. Murray, the first British man to... [more]

Financial Fairplay rules breached by glamour clubs
The credibility of European football's Financial Fair Play rules will be questioned now that it's emerged that Manchester City and Paris St Germain won't be banned from the Champions League... [more]

Learner licence time limit proposed
Drivers who hold onto their learner or restricted licences are in the sights of the Transport Agency. [more]

Police officer disqualified for month
A Wellington police officer has been disqualified from driving after an accident involving another officer. [more]

SPC says behaviour change needed to fight NCDs
The Secreteriat of the Pacific Community says most Pacific people understand that many changes are needed to avoid the worsening rates of lifestyle diseases in the region. [more]

Barrick Gold says PNG mine operates normally despite SoE
A Canadian miner in Papua New Guinea says its Porgera gold mine in Enga province is continuing to operate normally, despite a declared state of emergency in the area. [more]

Vanuatu Lands staff to be refunded for unlawfully issued leases
Vanuatu's Lands Minister Ralph Regenvanu says people will be refunded for buying state land titles in sales which are now cancelled. [more]

ANZ profit jumps a third
ANZ Bank's New Zealand business is attributing a 31 percent jump in its first-half profit to cost cutting, market share gains in the mortgage market and strong lending to the commercial and export sectors. [more]

Solomons flood victims say aid being withheld
Some Solomon Islands flood victims say the government is withholding aid at evacuation centres in a bid to convince them to return to their damaged homes. [more]

Mighty River appoints new chief
Mighty River Power has appointed Fraser Whineray as its new chief executive. [more]

NZX operator sees revenue grow
The New Zealand stock exchange operator says its growth in revenue for the three months to March was driven by strong growth in its capital markets business. [more]

CTU has minimum wage concerns
The Council of Trade Unions is concerned proposed changes to the minimum wage calculations will affect health and safety. [more]

Chaudhry mitigation bid in Fiji court
A Fiji court is hearing mitigation submissions in support of the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry. [more]

French Polynesia newspapers change owner
A French Polynesian investment company has bought the media business Medias Polynesie, which owns the territory's two daily newspapers. [more]

Australia aims to tighten security at vulnerable PNG border
Australia has signalled plans to tighten security in the Torres Strait to stop burgeoning criminal activity across the border with Papua New Guinea. [more]

Six Vanuatu officials suspended over land deals
Six senior staff at Vanuatu's Department of Lands have been suspended for the alleged misappropriation of state land. [more]

Payouts for farmers reducing pollution
Farmers in the Rotorua Lakes catchment who take steps to reduce nitrogen run-off into the lakes, will be in line for some financial compensation. [more]

Deer detente with Korean farmers
The New Zealand and South Korean deer industries have agreed to stop locking horns over exports of antler velvet to Korea. [more]

Reports Argentinian suspect released
An Argentinean newspaper is reporting that a suspect held in connection with the death of a New Zealand man is being released. [more]

14 missing at sea off PNG's Bougainville
The Australian Defence Force is conducting aerial searches over a large swathe of the Papua New Guinea islands region, looking for a boat carrying 14 people that has been missing since Friday. [more]

Protest over regional council sacking
About 100 people protested in Christchurch against the Government's sacking of the elected members of the Canterbury Regional Council. [more]

Auckland motorway reopens after crash
Auckland's Southern Motorway has reopened after a truck crash but vehicles on it aren't moving anywhere fast. [more]

BP working on plan to deal with strike
Oil company BP says it's taking steps to prevent a petrol shortage at its Northland service stations, following strike action by tanker drivers. [more]

Manning killer told to help police
The boyfriend of murdered Christchurch woman Mellory Manning has told her killer to stand up, be a man, and name the others involved. [more]

Solomons says aid not withheld
The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands has denied allegations it is withholding aid from flood victims in a bid to convince them to return to their homes. [more]

Crew illness affects ferry sailings
Four Cook Strait ferry crossings have been cancelled due to illness among Interislander crew members but affected passengers have been moved to other services. [more]

USA or Asia to provide 18th Super rugby team
The 18th team in a revamped Super rugby competition is likely to come from either the United States or Asia. From 2016 the current 15 team competition will become a... [more]

NZX 50 falls after record increase
New Zealand shares fell on Thursday, the benchmark Top 50 Index sinking 23 points to 5209 from Wednesday's record. [more]

5 formula firms get China export tick
The Government has announced that five New Zealand companies have been approved to export infant formula to China, which means eight have failed to make the grade. [more]

Orion home after search for MH370
A New Zealand Air Force Orion which spent hundreds of hours searching for the missing Malaysian airliner returned to Whenuapai air base on Thursday. [more]

Inquiry told 40 shots fired at PNG camp
A submission to an Australian Senate Inquiry says up to 40 shots were fired the night an Iranian asylum seeker was killed at Australia's camp on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Call for action at hellish PNG mine
A mining watchdog says Papua New Guinea's Porgera gold mine is a hellish and gruesome place and locals are still waiting to be resettled by the Canadian miner. [more]

Tonga economy rebounding - IMF
The International Monetary Fund says the Tonga economy is expected to grow by over 3 percent next year after a slight pick up this year on the low growth of recent years. [more]

Call for Maori psychology scholarships
A Maori clinical practitioner says there needs to be a major push for scholarships and advertising to attract rangatahi to study psychology. [more]

Labour selects Northland candidate
A young Ngati Hine lawyer, Willow-Jean Prime, has been selected as Labour's candidate for the Northland seat, in this year's general election. [more]

Maori TV content beyond some viewers
A Maori Television chief concedes some of its older viewers don't understand words being used in its news coverage. [more]

Anti-smoking efforts encouraging - DHB
Tairawhiti District Health Board says it's encouraged by a decline in smoking rates among young people in the district. [more]

Williamson will contest election despite wrongdoing
Disgraced former Minister Maurice Williamson will contest the next election despite admitting he was wrong to contact police about their investigation into a Chinese businessman. [more]

Youth campaign for clean energy
A lobby group made up of youthful environmentalists say New Zealand needs to redouble its efforts to develop cleaner energy. [more]