Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 5th June 2014

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

Afternoons

Best song ever written - Waiting on a friend
Laurence Belcher from Central Otago has chosen 'Waiting on a Friend' by The Rolling Stones. [more]

Our New Zealand A to Z - Skifields
Rob Needs: Stratford Mountain Club - Manganui - Ski Taranaki; Jo Rainey: Rainbow Sports Club, Rainbow Ski Area - Nelson Lakes; Mike Neilson: Ohau Snow Fields and Lake Ohau Lodge [more]

Van Man - Campbell Neil
Christchurch man Campbell Neil has opted to live in his van, as he says high rents and second-rate conditions of housing in the city has left him little choice. The 37-year-old gave up trying to get into the competitve housing market eighteen months ago, even though he's got a full-time job, and says he has received mixed reactions about his decision. [more]

John Banks trial verdict
John Banks has been found guilty on electoral fraud charges. [more]

Treasure Hunt - 'Harry'
An anonymous Whangarei couple are creating a buzz around town, by leading followers on a treasure hunt for hidden cash. On Sunday night the pair started a Facebook page called "Find our cash Whangarei", to send out clues. And the page has already had more than 14 hundred 'likes'. One of the donors, known as 'Harry', says he started the treasure hunt for the love of Whangarei [more]

Feature Album - The Lexicon of Love
Our feature album today is The Lexicon of Love, the 1982 debut album by British new wave band ABC. [more]

Slow Coffee - Simon Morton from This Way
Aklesha Morrison is a cold drip coffee fan who takes 10 hours to make a single brew! [more]

Pacific Geckos in Shakespear Regional Park
Pacific geckos are nocturnal and searching for them involves using spotlights at night in the hope of catching a glimpse of their eyes or belly [more]

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

At The Movies

At The Movies for 5 June 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at another re-invented fairy-tale, Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, and yet another spoof of a western, A Million Ways to Die in the West. And Brit comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon go back on the road in The Trip to Italy. [more]

Business News

The value of stocks listed on NZX rises
The value of the stock exchange is now slightly below 40 percent of the economy, more than double its level at its low point in March 2009. [more]

The Auckland housing market slows
Auckland's largest real estate agency says the housing market continues to slow with fewer sales in May compared with a year ago. [more]

Trustpower signs up to use rival's smart meters
Trustpower will be fitting customers' homes with smart meters for their electricity which will be provided by a company owned by industry rival, Might River Power. [more]

Australian corporate watchdog is pushing for a user-pays model
In this year's budget, the Government cut the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's funding by 120 million Australian dollars. [more]

Head of European Commission dismisses concerns of low growth
The spectre of deflation and low growth has some calling for the European Central Bank to do more to stimulate demand, such as injecting more money into the financial system. [more]

Midday Markets for 5 June 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks of First NZ Capital. [more]

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

ECB introduces negative interest rates
The European Central Bank has introduced a raft of measures to stimulate the sluggish eurozone economy and fight off the risk of deflation. [more]

Analyst warns NZX's value to economy needs to grow further
An analyst says that just because the share market's value in relation to the economy has doubled in the last five years, doesn't mean the battle to ensure NZX is a viable institution has been won. [more]

Strategic Finance - directors banned
The Financial Markets Authority and the receivers of Strategic Finance have reached a 22 million dollar settlement with the company's directors and auditors. [more]

Barfoot & Thompson says auctions are working
Auckland's largest real estate agency says of its houses which go to aution, currently about 80 percent are sold within seven days. [more]

Report claims productivity in services sector is low
A report says changes to competition rules and measures to improve the use of technology should help lift the performance of the services sector [more]

Morning markets for 6 June 2014
On Wall St, stocks have risen following the European Central Bank's move to cut rates to record lows and taking further steps to stimluate the regions' sluggish economy. [more]

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

CEISMIC

Policy on asbestos still being formulated after 2 years
Christchurch builders are worried asbestos repairs in the earthquake rebuild will continue to cause problems for years to come. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 5 June 2014
MP Banks found guilty over $50,000 donation, Man who took the prosecution has more, Strategic finance investors escape liability as investors, Irene Van Dyk retires from international netball, ACT gives Banks it's backing despite guilty verdict. [more]

MP Banks found guilty over $50,000 donation
John Banks has been found guilty over the campaign donation he declared anonymous when he knew it came from Kim Dotcom. [more]

Our reporter has more about the verdict
Mary Wilson talks to reporter Edward Gay about the verdict. [more]

Man who took the prosecution has more
Graham McCready who took the private prosecution against John Banks says the guilty verdict was no surprise to him. [more]

Strategic finance investors escape liability as investors
The former directors of Strategic Finance have escaped all legal action over the company's collapse after signing a deal with receivers and the industry regulator. [more]

Irene Van Dyk retires from international netball
Netball's most capped international player, Irene van Dyk, has announced her retirement from the international game. [more]

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

ACT gives Banks its backing despite guilty verdict
The ACT Party is backing John Banks despite him being found guilty of knowingly filing a false electoral return over a 50 thousand dollar donation he got from Kim Dotcom. [more]

CCC signs off range of flood resolutions
The Christchurch City Council says it has broken the back of the flood problems that have afflicted the city this year. [more]

Team NZ responds to America's Cup rule changes
Team New Zealand is accepting the rule changes to the America's Cup and says it's time to get on with the job. [more]

Regional report shows Southland is the place to be
Some of the worst and best performing regional economies in the country have been detailed in a new report out today. [more]

Political analysis of the John Banks' verdict
The ACT MP John Banks has been found guilty of filing a false electoral return, but is set to see out the remainder of his term in Parliament despite expectations a guilty verdict would see him gone. [more]

Taxi driver jailed for at least 16 years for killing of former wife
It will be at least 16 years before a Wellington taxi driver who stalked his former wife for weeks before stabbing her to death can be considered for parole. [more]

Ministry receives 246 complaints about early childhood services
For the first time the Education Ministry has publicly reported on the complaints about early childhood centres. [more]

Police officer cleared over shooting criminal with "serious convictions"
A police officer who shot a man, leaving him paralysed, has been cleared of any blame and commended for his professionalism. [more]

DHB approves urgent leak repairs costing $1.7m
The Southern DHB has agreed to spend $1.7 million dollars urgently fixing Dunedin hospital's leaking roof which is now a threat to patients. [more]

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

Solutions sought for sweltering cities
Australia's cities will be sweltering in future and experts are casting about for solutions. [more]

Amnesty says peaceful Football World Cup protesters unfairly hurt
Amnesty International says peaceful protesters in Brazil are being shot at with tear gas and rubber bullets, and beaten by military police with hand-held batons. [more]

Blessie Gotingco farewelled by hundreds
The Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco has been farewelled by hundreds of people at her funeral. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 5 June 2014
Solomon Islands health care under pressure; there are calls for authorities in Fiji to explain why a student was stripped of his scholarship; rugby tests could return to Tonga after a long absence; Samoa ratifies a landmark arms treaty; and the Bougainville government is urged to think again over the restart of the Panguna Mine. [more]

Samoa ratifies landmark arms treaty
Regional campaigners against the global arms trade say Pacific Island countries should follow Samoa's lead and ratify a landmark international treaty. [more]

Rugby tests could return to Tonga after long absence
It's expected that major upgrades to Tonga's national stadium, in the build up to the 2019 Pacific Games, will also allow the Tongan rugby team to play tests at home for the first time in a decade. [more]

Calls to explain over Fiji scholarship
A former professor of the University of the South Pacific says those who made a decision to terminate a student's scholarship have an obligation to Fiji taxpayers to explain why. [more]

Solomon Islands health care under pressure
Health facilities in Solomon Islands are under pressure following a diarrhoea outbreak that has claimed the lives of 16 children over the past two weeks. [more]

US warns Marshalls over missile test
The US army has warned Marshall Islands residents to steer clear of two islands in the northeast later this month because a missile test is scheduled from Kwajalein Atoll. [more]

A controversial resettlement in PNG's capital cops flak
Resettlement in PNG's capital is facing major problems as government cops flak. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 6 June 2014
A controversial resettlement in PNG's capital cops flak; the US warns the Marshall Islands over a missile test; Solomon Islands health care is under pressure; there are calls for authorities in Fiji to explain why a student was stripped of his scholarship; rugby tests could return to Tonga after a long absence; and Samoa ratifies a landmark arms treaty. [more]

Late Edition

Late edition for 5 June 2014
The verdict on John Banks and Irene Van Dyk retires from international netball. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 June 2014
Fletcher does a u-turn on asbestos strategies in the home and John Banks will find out in a little over two hours' time if he can stay an MP. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 June 2014
Netball's most capped international player, Silver Fern shooter Irene van Dyk has announced her retirement from the international game. [more]

Morning Report

Experts demand urgent action over bowel cancer screening
A Canterbury surgeon says patients are dying in this country while a "talkfest" continues about whether to screen for bowel cancer. [more]

Top Stories for Friday 6 June 2014
A judge believes Kim Dotcom but doesn't believe John Banks - how long can the Epsom MP hang on in Parliament? Canadian police tread carefully as they hunt a man who killed three officers and OIAs show policy on asbestos encapsulation and enclosure still being formulated after 2 years. [more]

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

John Banks says he'll consider options after guilty verdict
The Act MP, John Banks, will remain in Parliament until it rises for the general election, despite being found guilty of knowingly filing a false election donation return, following his failed Auckland mayoral campaign in 2010. [more]

Western leaders call on Russia to help end crisis
As Washington and Moscow remain locked in their worst diplomatic showdown in decades, western leaders attending the G7 meeting in Brussels have called on Russia to take action over the Ukraine crisis [more]

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

Opposition parties says John Banks should resign as MP
The lack of a conviction means the Epsom MP can stay on in Parliament until the end of the term. [more]

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

John Banks still an MP despite guilty verdict in electoral case
Banks was yesterday found guilty of filing a false electoral donation return, relating to his failed Auckland mayoral campaign in 2010. [more]

Act leader surprised by Banks verdict
We have spoken to the Act Party leader, Jamie Whyte. [more]

Labour says Government has been propped up by corrupt MP
The Labour party is calling on John Banks to resign following yesterday's guilty verdict. [more]

Electoral law specialist explains what next for Banks
Hayden Wilson is a lawyer at Kensington Swan, who specialises in electoral law. [more]

Stockton coal mine workers await restructure announcement
Workers at Solid Energy's Stockton coal mine will find out today just how many jobs are going to go at the open-cast coal mine. [more]

Shooting rampage in Canada kills three
A manhunt is underway in the eastern Canadian city of Moncton for a man who went on a shooting rampage, leaving three police officers dead. [more]

Residents greet flood plan with relief
Residents of a Christchurch suburb which has been the worst affected by flooding are expressing relief at news the council is taking urgent action to fix the problem. [more]

70th anniversary of D Day invasion
Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, one of the greatest military operations ever undertaken. [more]

London High Commissioner's residency sells for about $11 million
The residence of the New Zealand's High Commissioner in London has been sold after being empty for two years because it was deemed unfit to host dinner parties. [more]

Forestry safety panel highlights illegal practices
Forestry workers are being urged to take part in a major safety review of their industry, after 10 died in accidents last year. [more]

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

Political commentators discuss Banks case
Opposition parties are calling for John Banks to resign, after he was found guilty yesterday of filing a false electoral donation return after his failed Auckland 2010 mayoral campaign. [more]

Colin Craig plans to only seek costs against Greens leader
Court papers obtained by Radio New Zealand show the Conservative Party leader, Colin Craig, will seek costs only in his defamation case against Green co-leader, Russel Norman, rather than any sum in damages. [more]

Netball community salutes Van Dyk on her retirement
Netball players across every level say the retirement of Irene Van Dyk from the Silver Ferns is a huge loss for the sport. [more]

All Blacks start campaign to repeat their perfect season
The All Blacks' attempt to repeat their perfect season begins this weekend in the first of three tests against England at Auckland's Eden Park. [more]

Madeleine McCann police search will continue into next week
Police officers who are searching a 6 hectare site in Praia da Luz, Portugal in the hunt for Madeleine McCann have been given permission to continue into next week. [more]

Niue final stop in Prime Minister's Pacific tour
The Prime Minister has wrapped up his Pacific Mission with a day-long visit to Niue. [more]

High value tourists the new focus for New Zealand.
New Zealand is embarking on an ambitious plan to almost double the amount of money that tourism delivers to this country over the next decade. [more]

Green Party releases policy to decriminalise abortion
The Green Party has ratified a formal policy on abortion, making it the only party in Parliament to have one. [more]

Wellington Jazz festival kicks off
The first notes of Jazz music were played in the late 19th century in New Orleans, the melting pot of sound, and in Wellington last night, the annual festival celebrating those smooth and often melancholic tunes kicked off. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

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

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

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

Nights

Eleven police officers
Operation Overdue co-director Charlotte Purdy about revealing secrets of the police mission to recover the victims of the Air New Zealand jet which crashed in Antarctica on 28 November 1979. [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... light and matter (and light becoming matter). [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

Auckland businessmen seek carpark deal
James Brown, entrepreneur and director of Tournament Parking and Alex Swney is head of the downtown business promotion agency 'Heart of the City'. [more]

Further analysis from our Auckland issues correspondent
Our RNZ Auckland issues correspondent, Todd Niall. [more]

What US proposals about net neutrality rules mean
Dan Gillmor is the director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He writes books and a technology blog and is a past winner of the World Technology Award for Media & Journalism. He has written about net neutrality for the Guardian's Comment is Free. [more]

What US proposals about net neutrality rules mean
Jordan Carter is the chief executive of Internet NZ. [more]

Pacific correspondent - Mike Field, Fairfax writer
Aftermath of cyclone in the Solomon Islands. Looming health crisis in the pacific and John Key's pacific nations tour. [more]

Feature: Lucy Hawking - science writer for young readers
British journalist and novelist Lucy Hawking and her father, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, have written four novels together based on science for a young readership. The books introduce scientific concepts such as black holes and DNA, and explain them in easily accessible mini-essays written by Stephen Hawking and other leading academics. The latest has just been released, called 'George and the Unbreakable Code'. [more]

Book review - My Salinger Year
Tilly Lloyd reviews 'My Salinger Year', a memoir by Joanna Rakoff. Published by Bloomsbury Circus. [more]

Jeremy Taylor with new music
Led Zeppelin, and Morrissey's new album, as well as Aldous Harding. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Brendan Telfer discusses Irene Van Dyk's retirement, and the All Blacks game against England in the first test tomorrow night at Eden Park. [more]

The Week That Was
With Te Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Our Changing World

Mobile Phone App for Recognising Places
A mobile phone app has been developed which can tell visually impaired users where they are in a particular building [more]

Kiwi Evolutionary History
Meet the kiwi's close cousin, the flightless elephant bird from Madagascar, and find out what ancient DNA tells us about prehistoric New Zealand. [more]

Kiwi Evolutionary History - Alan Cooper
University of Adelaide evolutionary biologist Alan Cooper discusses his latest findings that have redrawn the family tree of the kiwi. [more]

Pacific Geckos in Shakespear Regional Park
Pacific geckos are nocturnal and searching for them involves using spotlights at night in the hope of catching a glimpse of their eyes or belly [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 5 June 2014
Today we hear from our correspondent in Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 5 June 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

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

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 June 2014
A former board member claims people are not being adequately cared for at the country's only kaupapa Maori intellectually disabled trust; A Central Plateau trust is planning to send some of its people to to study at the University of California, Berkeley; A kaupapa Maori teacher says a lot of indigenous peoples around the world are emulating what Maori are doing in education; A Rangitikei based iwi, a Maori incorporation and local Pakeha farmers will be working together to run the historic Flock House farm near Bulls. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 June 2014
A kaupapa Maori teacher says a lot of indigenous peoples around the world are emulating what Maori are doing on the education front; A Central Plateau trust is planning to send some of its people to to study at the University of California, Berkeley; A former board member claims people are not being adequately cared for at the country's only kaupapa Maori intellectually disabled trust; A Rangitikei based iwi, a Maori incorporation and local Pakeha farmers will be working together to run the historic Flock House farm near Bulls. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 6 June 2014
A tribal leader says a survey published by the Asia New Zealand Foundation could cause problems for the new ambassador to Beijing; Health professionals have been told the majority of the country's hospital admissions are Maori; Plans are underway for the first ever Aotearoa Indigenous Nurses hui in Auckland; A sign language interpreter plans to lobby a new advisory board in the skill - to develop wananga to train more people skilled in English and Maori to become sign language interpreters. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 6 June 2014
Health professionals have been told the majority of the country's hospital admissions are Maori; A tribal leader says a survey published by the Asia New Zealand Foundation could cause problems for the new ambassador to Beijing; Plans are underway for the first ever Aotearoa Indigenous Nurses hui in Auckland; A sign language interpreter plans to lobby a new advisory board in the skill - to develop wananga to train more people skilled in english and Maori to become sign language interpreters. [more]

The Panel

The Panel with Michele A'Court and Sir Bruce Slane (Part 1)
Topics: John Banks has been found guilty this afternoon of knowingly transmitting a false electoral return. Blessie Gotingco was laid to rest in Auckland this afternoon Trevor Mallard's surprise suggestion of violence in Hekia Parata's office. [more]

The Panel with Michele A'Court and Sir Bruce Slane (Part 2)
Topics: The Swedes are changing their working hours to 6 hours a day and research into whether anyone really notices how hard you work. What is cruel and what is not when you kill an animal, and the special permission needed now to sprinkle your loved one's ashes in Auckland. [more]

The Wireless

Finding our political mojo
Matt Harnett reckons the internet might help turnaround the trend of declining voter turnout. [more]

Mass appeal: Making voting matter
Efforts are afoot to get more young people to the polls on Election Day – is 130,000 more voters than 2011 achievable? [more]

Sneaking in the message
Comedian James Nokise doesn't like being lectured about politics, so he turned voting into a comedy show. [more]

Upbeat

Joshua Redman
Jazz saxophonist previews his show at the Wellington Jazz Festival. The Joshua Redman Quartet hails from New York and also includes pianist Aaron Goldberg, bass Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. [more]

Jennifer Shennan: Pilobolus Dance Review
Review of the Pilobolus Dance company's New Zealand performance of Shadowland which is taking place in Auckland this week. [more]

Carmel Carrol: Bachmusica
Featured mezzo-soprano in Bach Musica's performance of Mozart's Requiem. The programme includes the New Zealand premiere of the Mass in D Minor by Johann Sebastien Bach's son in law, Johann Christoph Altnickol. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 5 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 5 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 5 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 6 June 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

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

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

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

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

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

News stories:

Most children believe internet safe
An international online survey has discovered only a third of children think the internet can be dangerous. Researchers interviewed 5420 parents, as well as 2569 children aged five to 10. [more]

Incest girl's 'oppressive conditions'
Details of the oppressive conditions endured by a girl adopted and brought to New Zealand when she was 15 have emerged now that her adoptive father has pleaded guilty to incest. The father claimed to be under the devil's influence when he offended. [more]

Women's semi-finalists confirmed at French Open
The women's semi-final line-up has been completed at the French Tennis Open with Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Romanian Simona Halep easing into their first Grand Slam final four. Rain delayed... [more]

Black Caps set Jamaica a target
The New Zealand cricketers have declared their second innings on 132 for 9 in their last warmup match against a Jamaican Selection in Trelawny. Ross Taylor finished unbeaten on 55. [more]

Olympic rowing hero to become fire-fighter
Olympic gold medalist rower Joseph Sullivan has officially announced his retirement from the sport. After missing initial selection for the international squad for the second straight year after the London... [more]

England want no part of women's T20 league
England, one of the world's leading nations for women's cricket, has again insisted it has no plans to support a female equivalent of the Indian Premier League for... [more]

Tedesco pulls out of Raiders deal
James Tedesco's big money move in the National Rugby League to the Canberra Raiders is off. The estimated $600,000-a-year deal is history with the classy fullback now wanting to stay... [more]

French skipper ruled out of first Wallabies test
French rugby's hopes of ending a 24-year Australian drought have suffered a huge blow with their inspirational captain Thierry Dusautoir ruled out of Saturday night's first test against the... [more]

Hendricks to make Springbok debut against World XV
South Africa's sevens player of 2013, Cornal Hendricks, will make his international rugby debut in the 15-man code next to ten players who started in the Springboks' final Test of... [more]

Junior All Whites go down to China
The Junior All Whites recorded a tight 1-0 loss to the hosts in the opening match of the four-team Panda Cup tournament in China. It was the New Zealand under... [more]

Tomkins set to come up against England teamate
The South Sydney rugby league forward Sam Burgess is relishing the opportunity to play England teammate Sam Tomkins for the first time in the NRL when South Sydney play the... [more]

Halep, Petkovic breeze into French Open semis
After a three hour rain delay at Roland Garros, the women's singles semi-final lineup is complete at the French Tennis Open after quarter-final victories for Romania's Simona Halep,... [more]

Govt urged to intervene on oil waste
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is urging the Government to intervene and stop livestock being exposed to untreated oil industry waste in Taranaki. [more]

Call to pay farmers not to pollute
Paying farmers not to pollute waterways could be more effective than fining them when they do, a Waikato University economist says. [more]

Big day out for horticulturalists
Growers and others from the fruit and vege sectors will be able to catch up on the latest in horticultural technology at the National Horticultural Field Day in Hastings. [more]

Cats' secret lives go public
Are cat biscuits a poor substitute for skink and bird? Does our familiar friend turn into 'killer kitty' when our backs are turned? All has been revealed in a study at Zealandia. [more]

Hospital has $1.7m leak bill
The cost of urgent repairs needed to stop rainwater leaking into Dunedin Hospital's operating theatres has grown to more than $1.7 million. [more]

Ngapuhi voting to close
Voting closes on Thursday for kaumatua-kuia and urban representatives on Ngapuhi negotiatiating body Tuhoronuku. [more]

Descendants want spot on board
There's a call to reserve positions on the Waitangi National Trust Board for descendants of four significant Maori figures. [more]

Boom in house building
Construction activity has risen strongly, with official figures showing the seasonally-adjusted value of building work put in place rose 17 percent in the three months to March. [more]

NZ businesses urged to adapt
New Zealand businesses need to adapt faster to avoid losing out on growing spending on digital media, research shows. [more]

Northland Port positive on marina
Tough economic times, combined with poor shoreside infrastructure, mean a Whangarei marina it's buying is always half-empty, Northland Port Corporation says. [more]

Auckland cemetery plans 'insensitive'
Funeral directors argue proposed changes to the rules around burials and cremations in Auckland are insensitive to grieving families, and families were not properly considered. [more]

Long road to gender equality in Solomons
An Asia Development Bank report says the Solomon Islands government needs to do more to promote equal opportunities for women in the country. [more]

NZ's PM to meet Niue's Premier
The Prime Minister of New Zealand will complete the last leg of his three-nation Pacific Tour today in Niue. [more]

Coast welcomes hospital overhaul
A major revamp of medical facilities on the West Coast will help the region attract and keep experienced doctors, according to the region's chief medical officer Carol Atmore. [more]

West Indies confident Chris Gayle will play against Black Caps
The West Indies cricket coach Ottis Gibson is hopeful Chris Gayle will be fit for the first Test against New Zealand starting in Kingston on Monday. Gayle has been bothered... [more]

No indication Havard a radical
The president of the Southland Muslim Association, Reza Abdul Jabbar, who met Christopher Havard, has told Morning Report there was nothing about him to suggest he was a radical Islamist. [more]

Air New Zealand on-selling warning
Air New Zealand is warning it will cancel tickets purchased on social media sites. The airline monitors such sites and says on-selling tickets breaches its terms and conditions. [more]

Advisory hurting Tonga tourism
A New Zealand pilot says the travel advisory issued by New Zealand warning tourists about a Chinese aircraft in Tonga is scaring away potential tourists [more]

Escapees in Vanuatu back in jail
The Vanuatu police say the two prisoners who have been on the run since last week are now back behind bars after surrending to local chiefs. [more]

Sport: Manu Samoa get up to speed for internationals
The Manu Samoa side has to make the most of only a small window of time to prepare for this weekend's Rugby test against Tonga. [more]

Sport: Tongan PM keen to host All Blacks
The Tongan prime minister Lord Tu'ivakano has jumped on the All Blacks bandwagon, saying his country would also be keen to host them. [more]

Sport: Stadium upgrade in Tonga will also bring rugby tests home
It's expected that major upgrades to Tonga's national stadium in the build up to the 2019 Pacific Games will also allow the Tongan rugby team to play tests at home for the first time in a decade. [more]

Sport: Suspensions force changes in PNG Hunters line-up
The coach of the Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league side has been forced to re-shuffle his team for this Saturday's Queensland Cup game following the suspension of two players. [more]

Sport: Fiji pushed at Pacific Netball Series
Papua New Guinea fought back hard to beat the Cooks Islands 50-40 after being down 22-25 in the first half to get their first win at the Pacific Netball Series in Rarotonga yesterday. [more]

Sport: Fiji's best golfers to return home for tournament
Two of Fiji's best ever golfers have confirmed they're heading home in August to compete in the inaugural Fiji International. [more]

Tonga defends use of Chinese loans
The Tongan prime minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, believes low-interest loans allow countries such as his to foster economic development and he has no problem with them. [more]

NZ won't bail out Pacific says Key
The New Zealand Prime Minister is warning Pacific countries that if they cannot pay their debts to other countries, New Zealand will not be bailing them out. [more]

Lack of clean water in Solomons
The NGO World Vision says the recent flooding which devastated parts of Solomon Islands has exacerbated an outbreak of rotavirus that has so far killed 16 children. [more]

Mt Hutt skifield postpones opening
Canterbury's Mt Hutt skifield has postponed its opening on Saturday because the weather's too warm and rain is on the way. [more]

Jobs at risk in Timaru port changes
Sixteen jobs could be lost at the Port of Timaru as it undergoes restructuring. A union said jobs would be those of port workers who load and unload shipping containers. [more]

PNG PM arrives in Japan to greet gas shipment
The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill, has arrived in Japan for the arrival of the first shipment from his country's liquified natural gas project. [more]

Van Dyk retires
Netball's most capped international player, Silver Fern shooter Irene van Dyk has announced her retirement from the international game. Van Dyk's decision comes seven weeks out from the Glasgow Commonwealth... [more]

Donald Sterling agrees to Clippers sale, to drop NBA suit
The lawyer for American billionaire Donald Sterling says the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team has agreed to the sale of the team and will drop his... [more]

Jail sentence called for Tahiti president
The prosecution in the trial of the French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse has called for him to be given a two-year jail sentence and a 110,000 US dollar fine for abuse of public funds. [more]

All Blacks urged to drop alcohol dollar
The head of the National Addiction Centre says the All Blacks should get rid of alcohol sponsorship after a call by a group of community leaders to phase out such activities. [more]

US warns Marshalls over missile test
The United States Army has warned Marshall Islands residents about a missile test from Kwajalein Atoll later this month. [more]

Tourist pleads guilty to driving charge
An American tourist whose campervan was involved in a fatal crash near Coromandel on Friday has admitted a charge of careless driving causing death. [more]

Niue acknowledges NZ help
Niue's premier Toke Talagi says New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has played a key part in helping the country develop their economy. [more]

Company to appeal Tiwai decision
The company behind Bluff's Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is again appealing against an Employment Court decision ordering compensation for underpaid lieu days. [more]

Farmer fined for effluent discharge
A Coromandel dairy farmer has been convicted for a second time of illegally dumping effluent. Mark Fielden Ofsoske was fined $52,500 in Hamilton District Court. [more]

Synthetic cannabis sentencing
Two Bay of Plenty men have been sentenced to 120 hours' community service for selling synthetic cannabis from a house without a licence. [more]

US dairy takes aim at Fonterra
A group of dairy companies in the United States has written to the country's trade representatives urging them to tackle what it says is Fonterra's unfair advantage. [more]

New Federated Farmers chief appointed
Federated Farmers has just appointed a new chief executive. Graham Smith joins the national lobby group from Soda Incorporated a Waikato business start up. [more]

New Caledonia gets new government
New Caledonia's Congress has chosen the territory's new 11-member government for a five-year term following last month's election. [more]

Fatal stabbing in Kiribati
A woman in Kiribati has been stabbed to death in front of a group of people in Teaoraereke. [more]

Expropriation possible for French Polynesia fish farm
The French Polynesian government says the expropriation of land on Hao atoll will only be a last resort to launch a huge Chinese aquaculture project. [more]

Protest in Vanuatu closes an airport
An airport on Ambrym Island in Vanuatu has been closed by landowners claiming the government owes them rent. [more]

Services sector report released
Overhauling competition rules and allowing foreign firms to hold data about New Zealanders are among recommendations to improve the underperforming services sector. [more]

Police shooting justified - IPCA
A police officer who shot a man in Hawkes Bay has been cleared by an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry into his actions. [more]

German tourist alive and well
A German tourist missing for several months has been found. Police say Anja Schulze has been found safe and well in central Otago and they have alerted German authorities. [more]

Shares steady while dollar rises
New Zealand shares were steady on Thursday, with the benchmark Top 50 Index closing unchanged at 5159 points. [more]

John Banks - a life less ordinary
John Banks' political journey has been both colourful and controversial, rising from local to national politician, becoming a talk show host along the way, and Auckland mayor. [more]

Two asylum seekers in Nauru jailed over riot
Two asylum seekers, held in the Australian run detention camp on Nauru, have been sentenced to jail terms after being convicted of rioting and unlawful assembly. [more]

Kiribati seeks solutions to health issues
Kiribati's Ministry of Health says it is consulting widely with the community to find ways of solving problems stemming from over population. [more]

American Samoa prisoner moved after alleged assault
An American Samoan jail inmate, who says his life was threatened inside the Territorial Correctional Facility on Tutuila, is now serving his sentence in a cell in Manu'a. [more]

NZ PM to skip Pacific Forum summit
A former diplomat in the Pacific says it's critical New Zealand's Prime Minister attend next year's Pacific Islands Forum if John Key is to skip this year's meeting. [more]

Termination of Fiji scholarship must be explained
A former professor of the University of the South Pacific says those who terminated a student's scholarship have an obligation to Fiji taxpayers to explain their decision. [more]

Renovated Levuka hospital in Fiji opened
The renovated Levuka sub-divisional hospital in Fiji was opened this morning. [more]

PNG health minister calls for overhaul of mental health
Papua New Guinea's health minister says the country's mental health system is need of a complete overhaul, saying it has been severely underfunded in past budgets. [more]

Life sentence for stabbing ex-wife
A Wellington taxi driver who stalked his former wife before stabbing her to death is beginning a life sentence and it will be at least 16 years before he can be considered for parole. [more]

Indigenous educators look to Maori
Many indigenous peoples worldwide are emulating what Maori are doing in education, a kaupapa Maori teacher says. [more]

Flock House farm to be jointly run
A Rangitikei based iwi, a Maori incorporation and local Pakeha farmers will be working together to run the historic Flock House farm near Bulls. [more]

Claims trust not caring for clients
People are not being adequately cared for at the country's only kaupapa Maori intellectually disabled trust, a former board member claims. [more]

Berkeley beckons Mokai sub-tribes
Central Plateau's Tuaropaki Trust is planning to send some of its people to to study at the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States. [more]

Van Dyk steps down from Silver Ferns
Netball's most capped international player Silver Fern shooter Irene van Dyk has announced her retirement from the international game. [more]

Third arrest in Ashburton death inquiry
Police have arrested a third person in relation to the alleged robbery of an Ashburton man who was found dead in a pond at an industrial park on Sunday. [more]

Alpine pass back to two lanes
Arthur's Pass is to re-open to two-lane traffic on Friday, a fortnight after 30,000 tonnes of debris fell onto State Highway 73. [more]

Kapiti to continue using fluoride
The Kapiti Coast District Council has voted to continuing adding fluoride to the water supplies of Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati. [more]

Ford resigns from Solid Energy board
The former chair of troubled state-owned company Solid Energy has resigned from the board due to ill-health. [more]

Elderly caught up in pursuit badly hurt
Three elderly women have been seriously injured after a car pursued by police in Palmerston North crashed into them. The young driver and passenger in the fleeing car were not hurt. [more]

Asbestos encapsulation used in homes
Fletcher Construction has admitted it has used encapsulation as a method of containing asbestos in earthquake-damaged Christchurch houses, despite an earlier denial. [more]

Funeral service for Blessie Gotingco
Hundreds of people have turned out to farewell Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco whose body was found near her North Shore home two weeks ago. [more]

79 early childhood complaints upheld
There were 246 complaints about early childhood centres recorded last year, with 79 upheld, according to a new report. [more]

DHB to spend $1.7m on urgent repairs
The Southern District Health Board has agreed to spend about $1.7 million fixing the leaks in the main seven-storey clinical services building at Dunedin Hospital. [more]

Southland the place to be, report shows
A report into the economies in New Zealand regions has confirmed Southlanders have the highest living satisfaction in the country. [more]

Banks found guilty on electoral charge
John Banks looks set to be able to stay in Parliament until it rises before the general election in September. The ACT MP has been found guilty of filing a false electoral return in relation to his failed Auckland mayoral campaign in 2010. [more]

Strategic Finance payout settled
The receivers of Strategic Finance say they worked hard to secure a $22 million settlement for the company's mainly elderly investors who have waited four years to get their money back. [more]

Danica Weeks vows to press for truth
Danica Weeks' husband Paul was on board flight MH370 which went missing almost three months ago. She told Nine to Noon's Kathryn Ryan how she was struggling to cope with the loss. [more]

Flood costs could be up to $120m
The Christchurch City Council says it has broken the back of flood problems afflicting the quake-damaged city this year - but that could come with a $120 million price tag. [more]