Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th April 2015

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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 New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, World & Pacific News, World War One, YouTube

Afternoons

Your Song - Blues in Hoss' Flat
Today's song is Blues in Hoss' Flat by the Count Basie Orchestra as chosen by Scotty Barnhart. [more]

Our New Zealand A to Z - Marching
With Mrs Pam Findlay - marcher, coach, administrator. Jan Hoad - director of judging at Marching NZ. Jody Jenkins - coach of the Ashton U16 marching team, Nelson. Fran Kennedy - a member of the Waikanae Joysteppers [more]

Air New Zealand - Geoffrey Thomas
This morning it was announced that Air New Zealand will start a new trans-Pacific route to Houston. The nonstop service to George Bush Intercontinental Airport will start in December. Air New Zealand says the new route will be the fastest way to get to popular East Coast and Midwest destinations, such as New York and Chicago. Geoffrey Thomas is an aviation expert and the editor of Airlineratings.com. [more]

Vitamin K - Dr Ben Wheeler
The topic of immunisation has been making headlines lately with Australia's 'no jab, no pay' policy. And new research out of the University of Otago has found a way of predicting if parents will choose to immunise or not. Dr Ben Wheeler is senior lecturer of the Department of Women's and Children's Health at the university [more]

Living Church - Barry Cox
It's been four years in the making but Ohaupo resident Barry Cox has finally finished building his own personal church. But, it's not your typical church. It's alive and it's constructed from trees. And he's now opened the doors to the public [more]

Feature Album - Ryan Adams
Today's album is Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams (2014). [more]

The Expats - Chris Yu
Our expat this week has gone from Lower Hutt school boy to owner of a luxury perfume business in London. Christopher Yu develops high-end fragrances, candles and soaps [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 16 April 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the come-back of the female-friendly film, including Samba, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Woman In Gold, starring Dame Helen Mirren, and Nicholas Sparks' romance, The Longest Ride, starring up and comer Britt Robertson. [more]

Business News

Record KFC sales drive jump in Restaurant Brand's profit
Restaurant Brands' share price has hit a record high after serving up a one of the best financial results in the company's history. [more]

Manufacturing sector continues to hum: 30 months of expansion
The manufacturing sector continues to show solid expansion, although it's slowed down a bit from February. [more]

Economist says dairy prices could be hitting the bottom of the price cycle
An economist says international dairy prices could be hitting the bottom of the price cycle. [more]

Labour market slowing down
Demand for labour remains strong, but the pace of growth is slowing. [more]

Midday Markets for 16 April 2015
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks at First NZ Capital. [more]

Evening Business for 16 April 2015
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Carl's Jr could have growing pains - analyst
An analyst says Carl's Jr is Restaurant Brands' biggest growth opportunity, but only if it can beat the competition in a crowded burger market. [more]

Air New Zealand's American dream
Air New Zealand's chief executive says its new route between Houston and Auckland will encourage the 30 million Americans who say they want to visit this country, to actually do so. [more]

NZ dollar looks set to rise against the US dollar
The New Zealand dollar is on the rise against the US dollar, after disappointing American economic data suggests the Federal Reserve will keep short-term interest rate hikes on hold for awhile longer. [more]

Tower share buy-back
The listed insurer, Tower, is buying back as much as 34 million dollars of its shares, after saying it has at least 135 million more cash than is required by the Reserve Bank. [more]

Manufacturers make the most of a high NZD
The manufacturing sector is making the best of a high New Zealand dollar by ramping up investment in imported plant and materials. [more]

Dairy market more competitive
An economist says the dairy market is getting more competitive as milk production quotas in Europe lift. [more]

Morning markets for 17 April 2015
The Dow Jones Index is up 43 points to 18,156. [more]

Markets Update for 17 April 2015
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 16 April 2015
DHB to support staff member facing manslaughter charge; PM refuses to discuss latest spy allegations; Crew of two Korean trawlers say they're owed millions; Vodafone technical fault fixed; New Court of Appeal hearing quickly arranged for John Banks; Auckland developer says apartments not the answer to housing shortage; Police watchdog rules no need to pull out taser. [more]

DHB to support staff member facing manslaughter charge
The Whanganui District Health Board says it will continue to support a staff member charged with manslaughter after a toddler died on the hospital grounds in January. [more]

PM refuses to discuss latest spy allegations
The Prime Minister is refusing to discuss new allegations New Zealand spies have been assisting Bangladesh's draconian security agencies. [more]

Crew of two Korean trawlers say they're owed millions
The crew of two notorious Korean trawlers are asking a court to order the Crown to sell the ships to pay them millions in wages they say they're owed. [more]

Vodafone technical fault fixed
For more than seven hours today many Vodafone customers nationwide were unable to make calls, text, or use data. [more]

New Court of Appeal hearing quickly arranged for John Banks
An urgent Court of Appeal hearing has been called over the former ACT party leader, John Banks' retrial - and it's understood the focus is on a lunch at the Dotcom mansion. [more]

Auckland developer says apartments not the answer to housing
An Auckland housing developer is dismissing a Reserve Bank call for more apartments as the best short term solution to the city's chronic housing shortage and crazy prices. [more]

Police watchdog rules no need to pull out taser
The police have been criticised for waving a taser at a man for over eighteen minutes despite having already subdued and handcuffed him. [more]

Green Party shocked NZ helping Bangladesh security agencies
The Green Party says it's shocking that New Zealand appears to be helping what it calls Bangladesh's notoriously brutal security agencies. [more]

Iraq condemns Saudi airstrikes
Tensions in Barack Obama's coalition to fight Islamic State erupted today with an extraordinary clash in Washington between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. [more]

Grass roots Wairarapa Maori oppose super-city plan
Despite a Wairarapa iwi authority favouring the Wellington super city proposal, Maori further down the ranks are not so keen. [more]

Measles alarm raised after shopping centre visits
A person with measles may have spread it around several shopping centres in Auckland, and the alarm's been raised. [more]

Sports News for 16 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Key : Labour's housing market fix is hypocritical but might work
The Prime Minister is accusing the Labour Party of hypocrisy, after its call for targeted loan to value ratios to deal with the over heated Auckland property market. [more]

Lawyer for crew of two Korean trawlers speaks
The crew of two notorious Korean trawlers are asking a court to order the Crown to sell the ships to pay them millions in wages they say they're owed. [more]

Greens shocked NZ spies assisting brutal Bangladeshi security forces
The Prime Minister is refusing to discuss fresh allegations New Zealand spies have been helping Bangladesh's draconian security agencies. [more]

Bali killing accused wanted to teach husband a lesson
The woman who hired hitmen in Bali to murder her husband who has family in New Zealand has told a court that she wanted to teach him a lesson. [more]

Unexpected drop in unemployment in Australia
The Australian economy got a much needed boost today - it's unemployment rate unexpectedly dropping to 6 point 1 per cent. [more]

Australian-Somali model killed fighting in Syria
An Australian male model has reportedly died while fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Solomon Islands turtle population sees record recovery
A sea turtle rookery in Solomon Islands is showing the most dramatic recovery in turtle population ever recorded in the Pacific. [more]

Vanuatu ban GM seed imports from the relief effort
The Vanuatu government has placed a blanket ban on genetically modified seeds being brought into the country as part of the relief effort after cyclone Pam. [more]

Fiji Times defends reporting of opposition comments
The Fiji Times has defended its reporting of opposition comments, saying freedom of the press and the right to impart information is enshrined in the constitution. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 16 April 2015
Fiji Times defends its reporting of opposition comments; Vanuatu bans GM seed imports from the relief effort; The Solomon Islands turtle population sees record recovery; FSM appeals to Obama for relief assistance; Phone txts lead anti-corruption campaign in PNG; and Niue says no to visitors taking uga home. [more]

PNG paper advocates draconian social media laws
The Pacific Freedom Forum has condemned an editorial in Papua New Guinea's National Newspaper calling for strict control measures on social media users. [more]

Bougainville makes first preparations for referendum
Bougainville lays groundwork for a referendum on independence to be held in the next term of the region'ss parliament. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 17 April 2015
Bougainville lays groundwork for independence referendum within the term of the region's next parliament ; The Pacific Freedom Forum has condemned the PNG National newspaper for advocating strict controls on social media users; The Fiji Times has defended its reporting of opposition comments, saying freedom of the press is enshrined in the constitution; A sea turtle rookery in Solomon Islands is showing the most dramatic recovery ever recorded in the Pacific; The Vanuatu government has placed a blanket ban on genetically modified seeds brought in as part of the relief effort after cyclone Pam. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 16 April 2015
What the government won't do to reduce the pressure on the Auckland housing market; the tricky, and sometimes trikling topic of toilet training and in Dateline Pacific turtles make a comeback in Solomon Islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 April 2015
A woman appears in court on manslaughter charges over the January death of a toddler in the grounds of Whanganui Hospital and the Court of Appeal holds a new hearing to discuss the upcoming retrial of the former Auckland Mayor John Banks. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 April 2015
The tennis world number one, Novak Djokovic, says 2014 was the best year of his life. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 17 April 2015
The Government launches a campaign to tackle obesity. The country's spy chief says the SIS is monitoring more people with links to Islamic State and questions asked after it emerges one in five armed offender callouts happen in Canterbury. [more]

Sports News for 17 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

SIS says service careful not to unfairly target Muslims
The director of the Security Intelligence Service says it is careful not to unfairly target Muslims as it monitors people with links to Islamic State. [more]

Pacific News for 17 April 2015
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Govt program to target obesity, smoking and tobacco
A flagship government programme designed to combat soaring obesity rates and other major health problems begins today. [more]

Armed police in Canterbury engaging in more callouts
Almost a fifth of all police armed offenders call outs are in Canterbury. [more]

Windsor Castle staff vote to begin industrial action
The staff at the Queen's home, Windsor Castle, have voted to take industrial action for the first time ever, over what they say is low pay. [more]

Sports News for 17 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Long-awaited programme to tackle obesity gets go-ahead
Under pressure to make inroads on obesity, the government today launches its flagship programme to prevent New Zealand becoming the fattest nation on earth. [more]

Nutrition professor comments
Boyd Swinburn is a professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland. [more]

More suspected terrorists being monitored.
The director of the Security Intelligence Service has warned more people, not fewer, are being monitored because of their links to Islamic State. [more]

Policing tactics questioned as Canterbury tops call outs
Policing tactics in Canterbury are being questioned after official figures revealed the region is responsible for almost one in six armed offender call outs - more than the three Auckland districts combined. [more]

First home buyers increasingly relying on parents for deposits
First home buyers braving the rough waters of the Auckland housing market are increasingly turning to the "bank of mum and dad." [more]

Unique piece of Anzac history revealed in Taranaki
A unique piece of Anzac history will be revealed today as part of an exhibition about Taranaki's involvement in World War One. [more]

Burger King bins toys
Burger King has announced it is scrapping television advertising aimed at children and has stopped including children's toys with their meals. [more]

Govt told to close the gap for tenants living in sub-par homes
While affordable housing is fast becoming a hot political issue, Otago University is urging the Government not to forget the lot of the country's increasing number of renters. [more]

Universities look to Auckland for growth
Universities are increasingly looking to Auckland for students as they struggle with falling school-leaver numbers in their local areas. [more]

Western sanctions will strengthen Russia - Putin
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, says he expects Russia to return to growth within two years, despite Western sanctions. [more]

Sports News for 17 April 2015
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Home buyer hopefuls urged to consider future life changes
An Auckland mortgage broker says a record number of increasingly desperate families are using parents as 'banks' to gain a foothold in the soaring Auckland property market. [more]

Armed police called out more frequently in Canterbury
Police are defending their tactics in Canterbury, after criticism thery're making too much use of the Armed Offenders Squad. [more]

LAV deploment numbers miniscule
The spending habits of the Defence Force have been questioned, as new figures reveal just a fraction of its light armoured vehicles fleet has ever seen action. [more]

Burger King drops kids toys, won't market to children
Returning now to our top story, and the Government's push for healthier eating, with a flagship programme being launched in Gisborne today. [more]

NZDF prepares for ANZAC services on the Western Front
Contingents from the New Zealand Defence Force are heading off to sites in the Western Front this weekend, to travel in the footsteps of the Anzacs. [more]

Winston Peters offers to help solve mandate row
Northland's new MP Winston Peters has offered to help Ngapuhi resolve the bitter row over who has the right to settle its Treaty claims. [more]

ANZAC exhibitions open in Wellington
Towering brick columns, replica trenches and heavy artillery are on display in Wellington to bring the experience of Anzac soldiers who fought in Gallipoli 100 years ago to the present. [more]

Top apprentices battle it out at World Skills competition
The country's top apprentices are in Hamilton this week vying for a chance to represent New Zealand in an international skills competition later this year. [more]

What a glorious feeling it is to be Singin In The Rain!
One of Hollywood's greatest screen musicals, Singing in The Rain opened this week in Wellington. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 17 April 2015
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 17 April 2015
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 17 April 2015
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

The End (of the Universe) is Nigh
Why (as a cosmological physicist), Royal Society University Research Fellow Dr Tony Padilla is declaring that the universe is on the brink of collapse, and accordingly, how this outcome may eventuate. [more]

Jamaican Music
Placing the needle on the one drop of riddim, rocksteady, ska and roots and culture with deejay and toaster Miles Buckingham. Truth and Rights: the tree from the deep roots. [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

Is government being gutless over obesity initiative?
The government is rolling out a plan to tackle obesity and other health problems. But public health experts are skeptical about whether it will work. Otago University Associate Professor of Public Health, Nick Wilson. [more]

Why have NZ's wave power projects stalled?
The world's first wave power station connected to the grid is up an running in Western Australia, where it is supplying energy to the country's largest naval base. But in New Zealand several planned tidal and wave power projects have been put on hold, including a major tidal power scheme for Kaipara Harbour that was granted consent and would have supplied enough power for a quarter of a million homes, and a planned Cook Strait turbine, which was also granted resource consent, but has also stalled. Craig Stevens, Chair of the Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association, Awatea; and a marine physicist at NIWA. [more]

Asia correspondent Jamil Anderlini
News from the Asian region with our correspondent Financial Times Beijing Bureau chief, Jamil Anderlini. [more]

Tyler Hamilton former pro-cyclist who blew whistle on doping
Tyler Hamilton was one of the world's top ranked pro-cyclists, racing for the US Postal Team alongside Lance Armstrong. He was also part of Armstrong's sophisticated and secret doping program, which enabled his record seven Tour de France victories. He was exiled from the sport after the 2004 Olympics when he tested positive for a banned substance, and was forced to return his gold medal. He maintained his innocence until 2010 when he gave evidence to a grand jury in the US about the culture of drug use within the US Postal Service team, encouraged and aided by team of doctors, managers and coaches. Tyler Hamilton published a memoir in 2012 called 'The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs'. [more]

Book review: 'Clothes, Music, Boys' by Viv Albertine
Published by Faber. Reviewed by Kiran Dass. [more]

New music with Jeremy Taylor
Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor from Slow Boat records with new releases from US emo superstars Death Cab for Cutie and local songstress Anika Moa. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Hosting future major sporting events in New Zealand like the Soccer World Cup. Drugs in sport. [more]

The week that was
With comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink. [more]

Our Changing World

Auckland's Volcanic Risk
University of Auckland volcanologist Jan Lindsay discusses the DEVORA project and its aim to assess volcanic hazard and risk for Auckland's metropolitan area. [more]

Restoring the Dawn Chorus at Windy Hill Sanctuary
Sixteen years and 44,000 dead rats later, the Windy Hill Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island finally has a dawn chorus [more]

Discovering Drugs for Breast Cancer
Parry Guilford and his team are researching the genetics and chemistry of lobular breast cancer with the aim of discovering new drugs to treat it [more]

New Zealand's Smallest Bees
New Zealand has 28 species of native bee, that are either small, very small or extremely small in size and solitary by nature [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 16 April 2015
Today we hear from our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Singing in the Rain
One of Hollywood's greatest screen musicals, which starred Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, has its gala opening tonight in Wellington...http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/271296/hollywood-musical-makes-a-splash [more]

Stan Walker – Live at Radio New Zealand
Stan Walker performs ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’ and ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ in session with Lavina Williams, Moses Atiola, Masi Ropati, LaCoco Sasa-Tepania and Jacob Nansen at Radio New Zealand, Auckland. Thanks to Sony Music NZ Audio: Andre Upston Video: Diego Opatowski and Dru Faulkner [more]

Tayyaba Khan - Change Makers Refugee Forum
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NZ Security Intelligence Service Rebecca Kitteridge
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Rural News

Midday Rural News for 16 April 2015
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 17 April 2015
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 16 April 2015
Despite a Wairarapa iwi authority favouring the Wellington super city proposal, Maori further down the ranks are not so keen; A new trades training programme in Christchurch has been set up with the aim of increasing Maori apprenticeship participation and completion rates; A Maori tour guide based in Sydney says celebrations today to mark a milestone of Maori history in Australia also reflect the long links Maori have with the tangata whenua. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 17 April 2015
Lincoln University is setting up a National Maori Biosecurity Network to help protect the motu from biosecurity threats; A new national database is being set up to help the public learn and grow traditional Maori kai; Creative New Zealand is giving two Maori artists the chance to take part in one of the world's biggest indigenous arts events in Canada. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 17 April 2015
A new national database is being set up to help the public learn and grow traditional Maori kai; Lincoln University is setting up a National Maori Biosecurity Network to help protect the motu from biosecurity threats; Creative New Zealand is giving two Maori artists the chance to take part in one of the world's biggest indigenous arts events in Canada. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 16 April 2015
What the world is talking about, with Simon Mercep, Zara Potts, Michele A'Court and Jeremy Hansen. [more]

The Panel with Michele A'Court and Jeremy Hansen (Part 1)
Intro; Manslaughter charge for mother; Burger King drops TV ads for kids; Poppies. [more]

Intro
What the Panelists Michele A'Court and Jeremy Hansen have been up to. [more]

Manslaughter charge for mother
The mother who left her baby in a hot car while she was at work will face a charge of manslaughter. [more]

Burger King drops TV ads for kids
Burger King will cease selling toys with its kids menu and stop airing ads on TV aimed at children. Regan Cunliffe from the TV ratings website Throng tells us children would rather watch their shows on youtube. [more]

Poppies
In Australia the term BRANDZAC is being bandied about as many commercial entities cash-in on ANZAC Day. We talk to the RSA's David Moger about this and also what's in store for this year's Poppy Day Appeal. [more]

The Panel with Michele A'Court and Jeremy Hansen (Part 2)
Small spaces; Panel Says; New technology could lead to moose sighting; Death threats over big game hunting; Distractions. [more]

Small spaces
Could you live in a small flat with the shower in the kitchen? The pros and cons of the small house movement. [more]

Panel Says
What the Panelists Michele A'Court and Jeremy Hansen have been thinking about. [more]

New technology could lead to moose sighting
Biologist Ken Tustin has a new lease on life as new cameras installed in parts of Fiordland could capture moose he thinks are still living there. [more]

Death threats over big game hunting
A TV host has been issued with death threats after posing with various animals she's killed in Africa and the USA. [more]

Distractions
Twenty-two minutes seems to be all UK workers can handle at work before they're distracted. We tell you what the main distractions are. Even if you work from home. [more]

The Wireless

What's up this weekend?
Where to go, what to see and what to do this weekend: Record Store day and shows from Soak, Mobb Deep and Gorillaz Sound System. [more]

Fast food protests supersized
Fast food workers across New Zealand and the United States protest pay and working conditions. [more]

Nice girls don't have nose rings
Girls with nose rings don't write thank you notes, explains Jess Holly Bates in this story from The Watercooler. [more]

The Bachelor NZ: Giving up
Has The Bachelor given up on himself? [more]

Comedy about the bigger picture
Lawyer-turned-comedian Andrew Watts chats to Charlotte Graham about feminism, angry jokes and being to shy for stand up. [more]

Upbeat

Gil Garburg: Silver-Garburg Duo
Israeli Silver-Garburg Duo pianist previews their New Zealand performances in Christchurch and Wellington. [more]

Sydney Manowitz: Southern Sinfonia
Retiring concertmaster from the Southern Sinfonia looks back on 20 years of music. [more]

David Alsop: Visual Arts
Upbeat visual arts contributor explores current issues in New Zealand art, especially funding. [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 16 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 16 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 16 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 17 April 2015
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 April 2015
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

World War One

Soldier's Diary - Part 11
21 April 1915 - blankets and firewood. [more]

YouTube

Game Review: Splash
Splash is an incredibly fun, cute and informative game for your IOS and Android device, where you get to cultivate a thriving underwater paradise. [more]

News stories:

Opposition demands action on housing market
The Government has been grilled over its refusal to act over Auckland's overheated property market. [more]

Housing development 'being rushed'
Christchurch residents say they are being kept in the dark about a Government-backed housing development on trust-owned land. [more]

Adams in line for global recognition
New Zealand's double Olympic shot put champion Val Adams is in contention for the elite Laureus Sports Awards which will be announced in Shanghai tonight. [more]

Perth Glory in more trouble
More alleged dodgy dealings by Perth Glory have been uncovered, and the A-League football club is in danger of being docked competition points next season. [more]

Wharf artwork to go ahead
An anonymous donation has assured the future of a $1.5 million artwork by Michael Parekowhai planned for Auckland's Queens Wharf. [more]

Adams misses out on top award
New Zealand's Olympic and World Champion shot putter Valerie Adams has missed out on the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. [more]

Christchurch in huge insurance claim dispute
Christchurch City Council is preparing to take its insurer to court over a claim worth nearly $1 billion. [more]

Team Wellington win again
Team Wellington have separated themselves from the Group C pack in football's Oceania Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Papua New Guinea's Hekari United [more]

NZ swimmers qualify for World Champs
Ten New Zealand swimmers have now qualified for this year's World Championships after two nights of the New Zealand National Championships in Auckland. [more]

Norfolk Islanders must have a say in changes
The Norfolk Island government says Australia's planned political changes for the island are a denial of democratic rights. [more]

Former NFL star jailed for murder
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder of a semi-pro football player two years ago. [more]

Call for restrictions on Fiji NGOs to go before next election
The international group which observed Fiji's election last year has called a for a law restricting civil society groups to be revised. [more]

Warriors preparing for "toughest test"
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden is preparing his side for their "toughest test" of the NRL season when they meet North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night. [more]

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Minister quizzed on $550,000 Auckland homes
People at a public meeting have called on Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith to tell them where to find a house in west Auckland for under $550,000. [more]

Cook Islands inmates learning to cook
Inmates at Aorangi prison in the Cook Islands have been learning to cook in a bid to up-skill and ensure they eat more healthy and local produce when released. [more]

Water decisions 'catastrophic' for Māori
A lawyer representing Māori in water rights cases says much of the blame for the controversy over freshwater rights rests with local government. [more]

New jobs for Harvestpro workers
New jobs have been found for some of the Northland forestry workers who lost their jobs when a contracting firm collapsed. [more]

Has NZ lost its dairy production edge?
An agribusiness consultant says New Zealand dairy farm production and land costs are becoming unsustainable and making dairy farming here uncompetitive. [more]

Roaring trade for NZ beef
The latest meat export figures from Beef and Lamb New Zealand confirm the outstanding season the beef trade has been having so far. [more]

New Secretary of Samoan Affairs appointed in Pago Pago
American Samoa Senator Mauga Tasi Asuega has been appointed as the new Secretary of Samoan Affairs. [more]

Dairy prices slip further
Global dairy prices have fallen for the third consecutive time. [more]

Internet provider stands by Global Mode
CallPlus, which operates Slingshot and Orcon, is rejecting claims it is breaking copyright laws by allowing New Zealanders to access overseas digital content. [more]

Flosse faces OPT retrial in Tahiti
A fresh bid will be made in French Polynesia today to try a former president and a French executive over a long-running major corruption case involving the OPT telecommunications company. [more]

Blockade at Australian centre over Nauru
The Refugee Action Coalition says around 70 asylum seekers are blockading a compound in the Wickham Point detention centre outside of Darwin to try to prevent mostly asylum seeker families from being returned to Nauru. [more]

Blood shortage at Vanuatu's main hospital
Vanuatu's Port Vila Hospital is in urgent need of blood and is calling for donations. [more]

Report on PNG MPs performance out soon
Transparency International Papua New Guinea is due to release its second Parliament Performance Report next month. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Woman charged with manslaughter over death of toddler in Whanganui hospital grounds
BREAKING NEWS - Woman charged with manslaughter over death of toddler in Whanganui hospital grounds [more]

Mike Sabin heads luxury resort
Former National MP Mike Sabin is the new chief executive of Northland's luxury Peppers Carrington Resort. [more]

Google accused of search abuse
The European Union is formally charging Google with abusing its market position to favour its own products and services in internet searches. [more]

Call for global media protection
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who spent 400 days in prison in Egypt, has been giving his first New Zealand interview to Nine to Noon. [more]

Union maintains pressure on McDonald's
The union representing fast-food workers is calling on New Zealanders to show support for McDonald's staff by choosing to eat elsewhere. [more]

Air NZ boss to meet mayors over flight cut
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has promised to meet with Canterbury's mayors over the airline's decision to axe its direct flights between Christchurch and Tokyo. [more]

Tough milestone match for Pulse coach
This weekend's match for the Central Pulse will mark the 100th trans-Tasman netball match for coach Robyn Broughton. [more]

Air NZ to fly direct to Houston
Air New Zealand has announced another direct connection with the United States. [more]

Guam governor wants same-sex marriage referendum
The governor of Guam has backed legislation allowing the Pacific island nation to become the first US territory to allow same-sex marriage. [more]

Airing their clean laundry
It's not immediately obvious, but singer Lorde and former Reserve Bank Governor-turned-politician Don Brash have something in common. [more]

Man jailed over $37,500 tax fraud
An Auckland man has been jailed for more than two years for defrauding Inland Revenue using made-up GST claims. [more]

Fatal head-on crash in Coromandel
One person is dead and another has been critically injured in a head-on crash on the Coromandel Peninsula. [more]

Nauru refugees to settle in Cambodia next week - report
A group of refugees on Nauru is expected to be flown to Cambodia as early as next week as part of a controversial re-settlement deal. [more]

Man's help sought in tramper search
Police are trying to identify a man who may be able to help them find missing tramper Christine Lenicker. [more]

Court to discuss John Banks' retrial
The Court of Appeal is to hold a new hearing to discuss the upcoming retrial of former ACT Party leader and Auckland mayor John Banks. [more]

Most successful Olympic athlete ever confirms Rio bid
The most successful Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps, won't compete at this year's world champs but will attempt to add to his Olympic legacy by competing at next year's Rio Games. [more]

Taupo homicide victim named
Police have formally identified the woman whose death has triggered a homicide investigation in Taupo. [more]

Auckland armed police callout ended
An Armed Offenders Squad callout in the Auckland suburb of Blockhouse Bay is over. [more]

'Black Widow' appeal rejected
A woman dubbed the "Black Widow" for murdering her husband has had her Supreme Court appeal against her convictions rejected. [more]

Call for fix for four-year flood
A group of Christchurch residents say no-one is taking responsibility for a spring that has been flooding their street since February 2011. [more]

Fast food giant's share price hits record high
Restaurant Brands' share price has hit a record high after one of the best financial results in its history. [more]

Bid to stop wharf extension fails
A legal bid to halt the extension of two Auckland wharves before a case goes to court has failed. [more]

Blues rest Luatua for Highlanders clash
Fresh off the back of their first win of the season, the Blues are facing a minor injury crisis ahead of their Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders on Saturday. [more]

Thrush to become centurion
The All Black lock Jeremy Thrush will play his 100th game for the Hurricanes on Saturday when the Super Rugby leaders host the Waratahs in Wellington. [more]

Pascoe continues good form
The six-time paralympic gold medallist Sophie Pascoe led a successful morning session for the Para-Swimmers at the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships in Auckland. [more]

Manufacturing sector continues to hum
The manufacturing sector continued to show solid expansion in March, although it slowed down a bit from February. [more]

Call to make computer education a priority
Computing should be given the same priority in schools as literacy and numeracy, Microsoft New Zealand head of education Evan Blackmore says. [more]

Sport: Northern unions threatened by Pacific rugby potential
The International Rugby Players Association says there are members of rugby's world governing body who are threatened by the potential of teams from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. [more]

Fiji elections office welcomes observer report
Fiji's Elections Office says it will carefully review the final report of the Multinational Observer Group and its recommendations on the 2014 polls as it starts preparations for the 2018 national election. [more]

Brawling Tongan students due for sentencing
24 students and ex students of Tupou College in Tonga accused of damaging a property as part of ongoing school brawls are due for sentencing in the Supreme Court today. [more]

PNG MP to subsidise betelnut trade
A Papua New Guinea MP, Sam Basil, says he will subsidise the betelnut trade in his district, Bulolo. [more]

Sport: Team Wellington in box seat for O-League semis
Team Wellington continued their perfect start to life in the Oceania Champions League, scoring twice in the first half to overcome former champions Hekari United 2-0. [more]

Sport: Solomon Islands Football looking to boost revenue
The Solomon Islands Football Federation is considering entering the retail market in an effort to boost revenues and address the issue of long-term debt. [more]

Dairy prices could fall further - economist
International dairy prices are close to the bottom of the price cycle but not there yet, according to one economist. [more]

Ex-NFL player guilty of murder
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of the first-degree murder of his friend, another American footballer. [more]

Chinese logjam stunts forest harvest
Forestry contractors say the continuing log jam in the main Chinese market has meant log harvesting has dried up in New Zealand's farm forests. [more]

Charlie Hebdo editor publishes posthumous book
A book written by the late editor of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo Stephane Charbonnier - known as Charb - is set to be published posthumously. [more]

NZ police post returns to Fiji
The New Zealand Police Pacific liaison has returned to Fiji after heightened tension in 2009 forced the post to be moved to Samoa. [more]

Turnaround for Solomons turtle on brink of extinction
A sea turtle rookery in Solomon Islands is showing the most dramatic recovery in turtle population ever recorded in the Pacific. [more]

No need to pull out taser - IPCA
A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found police were not justified in drawing out a taser after a man had been arrested and handcuffed. [more]

Record season in offing for beef exports
Beef + Lamb New Zealand says figures for the latest six months point to a record season for beef exports. [more]

Slowdown in job market growth
Auckland's job market continues to lead the charge for workers but there are signs the overall labour market is slowing. [more]

PNG speaker leads delegation to US to collect historic bible
Papua New Guinea's parliament speaker is to lead a delegation to the US to receive a 400-year old bible being donated to the country. [more]

Push to call off Tahiti's OPT trial
The defence in French Polynesia's OPT case says the attempt to try a former president, Gaston Flosse, for corruption should be abandoned because there is no basis to hold an appeal court sitting. [more]

Demand exceeds supply of tarpaulins in Vanuatu
Disaster authorities in Vanuatu have turned back frustrated victims of Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, 400 of whom had put in applications for tarpaulins with the National Disaster Management Office. [more]

Former Bougainville woman MP wants back in
One of the three women to win a reserved seat in Bougainville 10 years ago is standing again because she wants to ensure there is experience in place for the referendum on independence. [more]

NZ increases Vanuatu shipping services grant
New Zealand has increased its grant to improve Vanuatu's inter-island shipping services by 4.5 million US dollars, taking total funding to 17.5 million US dollars. [more]

Council searches for ways to fund rebuild
As work begins on a $100 million roading project throughout greater Christchurch, the council is trying to find ways to pay for the city's rebuild. [more]

Women's advocate:Tonga's CEDAW ratification a disaster
A women's advocate in Tonga says the country's much-heralded ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a disaster. [more]

OKC bow out of NBA playoffs
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been knocked out of the playoffs race by the New Orleans Pelicans, denying Rotorua basketballer Steven Adams a second straight NBA finals series. [more]

All Blacks first five keen to play at Olympics
All Blacks first five Beauden Barrett has put his hand up to play for New Zealand in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Rio Olympics. [more]

Waratahs without leading tryscorer for Hurricanes match
New South Wales Waratahs' leading try-scorer Taqele Naiyaravoro will miss Saturday's Super Rugby match against the unbeaten Hurricanes because of visa restrictions. [more]

Black Sticks triumphant
The Black Sticks men have won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a 3-1 shoot-out victory over arch-rivals and world No.1 Australia. [more]

Child hit on SH1 near Kaikoura
An eight-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car north of Kaikoura this afternoon. [more]

Japan's jets fend off foreign aircraft
Japan's airforce has scrambled jet fighters more than 900 times in a year against foreign aircraft, mainly Chinese and Russian, approaching its airspace. [more]

Search for tramper in Nelson Lakes area
Police are trying to identify the owner of a bag left at the West Sabine Hut in Nelson Lakes National Park. [more]

Man killed in Bay of Plenty quarry incident
The Fire Service has recovered the body of a man who became trapped when his 45 tonne rock cutter tipped earlier today. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - American tramper found safe after 9 days missing
BREAKING NEWS - American tramper found safe after 9 days missing [more]

Missing American tramper found safe
A missing American tramper has been found safe and well, nine days after he was dropped at the Routeburn Shelter in Mount Aspiring National Park. [more]

Be realistic, first-home buyers told
First-home buyers need to be realistic and accept they cannot afford the leafy suburbs of Remuera, Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith says. [more]

Radio New Zealand now on iHeartRadio
Radio New Zealand is joining the iHeartRadio New Zealand platform, chief executive Paul Thompson announced today. [more]

Pedestrian in critical condition after crash
A pedestrian is in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital after a serious crash that has closed a suburban road. [more]

Govt bldg for Chch police station site
Three government departments will be relocated in central Christchurch on the site of the city's earthquake damaged former police station. [more]

Vodafone says fault is now fixed
Vodafone says a technical fault that left a number of customers nationwide unable to make calls, text or use data, has been fixed. [more]

Florida trial over Victor Jara's death
A United States judge has ordered a former Chilean army officer to stand trial in Florida in connection with the killing of folk singer Victor Jara in 1973. [more]

PM refuses to discuss GCSB allegations
Prime Minister John Key is refusing to discuss new allegations New Zealand spies have been assisting Bangladesh's draconian security agencies. [more]

Digging deep to date in the city
Single life in the capital isn't for the fiscally challenged, with stats showing it's one of the most expensive cities to go date in - and look good enough to get one. [more]

DHB vows support for colleague
Whanganui DHB refuses to say whether a staff member who faces a manslaughter charge over the death of a toddler has been stood down. [more]

Measles scare in Auckland
A man in his early 30s has sparked a measles scare in Auckland after visiting several shopping centres during the school holidays. [more]

Famous American Samoan musician dies
One of American Samoa's best known musicians and recording artists, Aliimau Jr Scanlan, passed away in Seattle this morning. [more]

West Papuan delegates arrested after Jakarta meeting
A delegation of West Papuan representatives has been arrested after claiming they were told by an Indonesian minister that it is time for negotiation about West Papua. [more]

Child labour, trafficking in Fiji tackled
The People's Community Network says it has helped hundreds of child labourers from squatter settlements into formal education in Fiji. [more]

More Tahiti candidates for French Senate seats
The pro-independence party in French Polynesia has failed to nominate a united candidacy for next month's election to the French Senate. [more]

MH370 search area may double
The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the current search zone, officials say. [more]

Grassroots Wairarapa Māori oppose supercity
Despite a Wairarapa iwi authority favouring the Wellington supercity proposal, Māori further down the ranks are not so keen. [more]

Community shock over IS fighter's death
The Melbourne Somali community says it is shocked one of its members has died while fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria. [more]

Former Oyang crew in legal battle
The lawyer representing the former crew of two forfeited South Korean fishing trawlers says the vessels should be sold to cover millions of dollars unpaid wages. [more]

Study pinpoints parents unlikely to immunise
A new study shows parents who turn down vitamin K for their newborns are far more likely not to immunise their children. [more]

Call for Maori artists to go to Canada
Creative New Zealand is giving two Māori artists the chance to take part in one of the world's biggest indigenous arts events being held in Canada. [more]

Chch city seeks advice on asset sales
Christchurch City Council is seeking independent financial advice on possible asset sales to help pay for the city's rebuild. [more]