Radio New Zealand - Monday, 28th July 2008

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Eight Months to Mars - Richard Hall
A man whose life has revolved around the planets and a study of the heavens. [more]

Cyber Bullying
Hannah Lobb has just returned from England, where she attended the UN's International Youth Advisory Congress. [more]

Viking Outrage
A sculpture of a ten-metre tall Viking, is being challenged on the grounds it's not a Viking at all! [more]

He Rourou for 28 July 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to reknowned Maori musician Ruia Abraham. [more]

Author Slot - Scott Bainbridge
His new book,"Still Missing"is a follow up to his book"Without Trace". [more]

This Way Up Feature - Handbags
Today the history of the handbag. [more]

Science Report
A new wound-healing gel made from squid. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Ian Wishart and Tony Doe. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Ian Wishart and Tony Doe. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 28 July 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Waharoa Shooting
Twenty Eight year old Desmond Arahanga died from multiple gunshot wounds. [more]

Fishing Deaths
The fisherman were tragically killed in a fishing boat accident near Opotiki. [more]

Tax Warning
Two of the National Party's likely allies have warned it won't be able to afford substantial tax cuts. [more]

Metservice Update
MetService says more bad weather is on the way with a storm developing off the northwest of the country. [more]

Turkey Bombings
Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul are combing through the debris after two explosions. [more]

Trans-Tasman Netball
The trans-Tasman netball grand final this evening is garnering simliar interest to a test match. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Peters Donations
The Prime Minister says she will need some persuading that there is not more heat than light over donations. [more]

Breast Feeding
The Ministry of Health has launched a campaign aimed specifically at encouraging more Maori and Pacific women to breast feed. [more]

Christchurch Sex Case
The Crown has opened its case against a Christchurch woman accused of sexual offending against a young girl. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tonga King
The Maori King Tuhetia has arrived in Tonga for the coronation of King George Tupou the fifth. [more]

Qantas Airline Woes
Four investigations are now underway into what happened onboard QF 30 on Friday. [more]

Local Government Conference
Local authorities have been told to consider issuing bonds to the public to help fund long term infrastructure projects. [more]

Indian Bombings
Cities across India are on high alert after seventeen explosions. [more]

Tracy Goodman Appeal Hearing
Some Mongrel Mob prospects have been suggested as alternative killers of the Marton pensioner Mona Morris. [more]

Rural Internet Use
A survey of internet usage suggests that people living in rural areas are less reliant on the internet. [more]

Evening Business News for 28 July 2008
News from the business sector. [more]

Games Village Opens
The Olympic Village opened yesterday in Beijing, just 12 days before the games begin. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Cambodian Elections
The ruling Cambodian People's Party is claiming victory in parliamentary elections. [more]

British Politics
Senior ministers in Britain have been rallying to the defence of the prime minister Gordon Brown. [more]

Obama Trip
The American Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is facing questions about his overseas trip. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Didymo and Feltboots
The felt-soled wading boots used by sports fishers may well become a thing of the past on New Zealand rivers. [more]

USA Church Shooting
The Shooting happened at the Unitary Church in Knoxville during a performance of Annie by a group of children. [more]

Unhealthly Californians
Californians have a reputation for being more health-conscious and diet-obsessed than most of us? [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 July 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 July 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 28 July 2008
Weather Warnings, US our Ally, Donation Debacle, Waharoa House Fire, Shooting Arrest, National Working for Families. [more]

Ruru - the Morepork
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Prime Minister on Rice Visit
The PM speaks to our political editor about the visit and its ramifications. [more]

New Lynn Dairy Shooting
Police intensify search for gunman amid growing fears he will strike again with another unprovoked attack. [more]

National Working for Families
John Key says National would keep the Working for Families scheme in its entirety should it win power. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region including Rice visit to Samoa. [more]

Morning Rural News for 28 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Storm Toll Investigation
The deaths of three people in rough seas are being investigated. [more]

Waharoa Drive-By
Police are urging the community of Waharoa to stay calm following a drive-by shooting in the early hours of yesterday morning. [more]

Wanton Weekend Weather
North Islanders battered by the weekend's vicious weather must now brace themselves for another storm. [more]

US and NZ Now Allies
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the two countries are both friends and allies during her weekend visit to Auckland. [more]

NZ First Donations Debacle
Winston Peters returns from Samoa tonight and is expected to discuss the donations issue with the PM tomorrow. [more]

Waharoa House Fire
First a drive by shooting and then last night a house under subsequent police surveillance went up in flames. [more]

New Lynn Shooting Arrest
Police have made an arrest in connection with the shooting and believe they have the man responsible. [more]

John Key Working for Families
The National Party will adopt Labour's Working for Families scheme should it win power. [more]

Newspaper Headlines
An update of what they're saying in our papers. [more]

Tongan Coronation
Final preparations are underway for the coronation of Tongan bachelor King George Tupou V later this week. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Qantas Mid-Air Incident
Investigators working out what blew a 2-metre wide hole in the side of a jumbo jet are focusing on a missing oxygen bottle. [more]

Tour de France
Carlos Sastre has become the third Spanish rider in a row to win cycling's top prize, the Tour de France. [more]

Australian Papers
A round-up of what they're saying on the other side of the Tasman after the weekend's rugby. [more]

Friends and Allies
US Embassy Charge D'Affaires David Keegan gives a perspective on the language used by the US Secretary of State. [more]

Power Outages
There are warnings households may have to grin and bear future extensive power outages, like those seen over the weekend. [more]

Storm Warnings
As the North Island recovers from the weekend's storm, there are warnings more bad weather's on the way. [more]

Clash of the Coaches
And Robbie Deans prevailed but was rugby the winner at the end of the day? Peter Fitzsimons and Laurie Mains join us. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bailey Kurariki Junior Parole Board Meeting
The Parole Board meets today to consider whether New Zealand's youngest convicted killer should remain back behind bars. [more]

Istanbul Bomb Blasts
In the last few hours' two bombs have gone off in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. [more]

Indian Bomb Blasts
India's major cities on high alert after at least 45 killed by bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Reality TV School
Realising there was a hole in the market for the growing amount of 'talent' wanting to star, Robert Galinsky started a school. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
Phil joins us from the red continent to establish why they can attract but not keep our sporting talent. [more]


Matchstick Mastery
Pat Action talks of his passion for making models out of matchsticks. [more]

Professor Paul Morris discusses the recent Papal Visit to Sydney. [more]

Conundrum Clue Number 1
Conundrum Clue Number 1. [more]

Penny Miles talks about netball and the olympics. [more]

Clue number two. [more]

Nine To Noon

Winston Peters and the Spencer Trust
Former NZ First staffer Rex Widestrom who claims the Spencer Trust was set up around the time of the Winebox inquiry to funnel anonymous donations to fund legal battles. [more]

Winston Peters and the Spencer Trust
Millionaire Bob Jones donated $25K to NZ First but it ended up with the Spencer Trust. Where did the money go and what was it used for? Wayne Peters attempts to shed no light upon it's whereabouts. [more]

Housing Crash Prediction
Fred Harrison has formulated a theory of an eighteen-year boom-and-bust cycle, based on land value fluctuations. [more]

Europe Correspondent - Seamus Kearney
The latest news, intrigue, gossip and current affairs from the old world. [more]

Feature Guest - David Doubilet
David is a renowned and prolific undersea photographer documenting over 60 stories for National Geographic. [more]

Book Review - Ngoingoi Pewhairangi: A Remarkable Life
Paul Diamond reviews Tania M Ka'ai's biography about Ngoingoi Pewhairangi. Published by Huia. [more]

Whether it's from the left or right, right or wrong, Mathew and Laila will have an opinion. [more]

Food and Wine
Bay of Islands' Carrington Resort's executive chef tempts us with some fare fit for John's wine match. [more]

Tommy Honey
Our resident Sophist and Provocateur gives comment. [more]


Donald O'Neil and Richard Beauchamp
Violist and pianist from Tawahi Trio currently touring NZ. [more]

NZSO Review
Janina Niccol reviews last Friday night's NZSO concert featuring cellist Alban Gerhardt and conductor Julia Jones. [more]

News stories:

French court dismisses complaint against two French Polynesian MPs
The French supreme court has dismissed a complaint by a French Polynesian assembly member who alleged that two members had private professional interests incompatible with their roles as elected politicians. [more]

Kurariki jail recall 'overreaction' say supporters
A group that has been supporting Bailey Junior Kurariki during his parole says police overreacted when he was being recalled to jail. [more]

Silver Ferns coach puts her money on Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic tonight
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic's two point win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds to advance to the trans Tasman netball final will serve them well says Silver Ferns coach Ruth... [more]

Wallabie coach expecting All Blacks to step up another notch
The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans knows the All Blacks will be hurting after their 34-19 loss, and will respond at Auckland's Eden park this weekend. The Wallabies pressured the All... [more]

Graham Henry says young All Blacks didn't cope well
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry concedes a number of younger players didn't react well in Saturday night's Tri-Nations loss in Sydney. The side lost 11 experienced players after last... [more]

Different cultural attitudes toward the body exposed at Pacific Arts Festival
Different cultural attitudes to exposing the body have led to calls for tolerance at the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts being held in Pago Pago in American Samoa. The organizing... [more]

Premier of Niue arrives in NZ for talks
The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, arrives in New Zealand today for his first talks with the New Zealand Government since his election in June. He will meet his New... [more]

Bougainville prepares for Presidential election
Officials in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville have begun updating the electoral rolls ahead of an election for President following the death last month of Joseph Kabui. [more]

Costs of Tonga's coronation questioned again
As preparations continue for the coronation of Tonga's new king on Friday, criticism is surfacing over the relevance and cost of the monarchy. The Coronation of King George Tupou the... [more]

Fiji heads discussions between Condoleezza Rice and Pacific Foreign Ministers
New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, says a new chapter of relations between the US and Pacific Forum nations is set to begin after the visit by Secretary of State,... [more]

Queenstown golfer well back at Royal Troon
Queenstown golfer Jim Lapsley is tied in 68th place at plus 12 after three rounds of the Senior British Open at Royal Troon. A five over par 76 has him 18 ... [more]

Oly Whites square game in Jakarta
The New Zealand men's under 23 football side has scored a two-all draw against Persija Jakarta to end the Indonesian leg of their pre-Olympics build-up. Needing to rest several players in ... [more]

New Zealand women's footballers gain confidence in Singapore
The New Zealand women's football side has drawn one-all against world number nine Canada in the side's final pre-Olympics warm-up match in Singapore. The result comes 13 months since losing a ... [more]

New Zealand flies high at World Junior Rowing champs
New Zealand has secured gold, silver and bronze medals in the girls' four, boys eight and girls' quadruple scull at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Austria. The New Zealand boy's ... [more]

Warriors beat Storm
The New Zealand Warriors have beaten the second placed Melbourne Storm 8-6 in their National Rugby League match at Mt Smart. Lance Hohia kicked a 40 metre goal with five ... [more]

Phoenix top group in Pre-Season Cup
The Wellington Phoenix have drawn 1-1 with the Queensland Roar in a 2008 Pre-Season Cup football match on the Sunshine Coast. The injection of replacement striker Adam Kwasnik proved a masterstroke ... [more]

World record crowd possible at ANZ final
Australian netball officials are hoping for a world record cowd of over 14,000 for tonight's inaugural Trans-Tasman championship grand final in Sydney's ACER arena. The New South Wales Swifts host ... [more]

Australia's Elsom ruled out of Auckland test
Wallabies flanker Rocky Elsom will miss next week's Tri-Nations rugby test in Auckland because of a foot injury. Elsom carried the ligament injury into Saturday's 34-19 win over the All Blacks ... [more]

Paddison ties 12th in Russia
The Wellington golfer Gareth Paddison has tied for 12th at the Russian Open, his best result on the European tour this year. Paddison's final round of 67 gave him a ... [more]

Four qualify from Oceania for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009
Samoa and Australia have been crowned the men's and women's Oceania Sevens champions, securing their places at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai next March. They will be joined there ... [more]

Juniors win four of five at Australian Badminton International
Auckland's Michelle Chan was the highest placed of a minimal senior New Zealand presence at the Australian Badminton International but New Zealand's Under-19 badminton players won four out of the five ... [more]

Teenager dies in Mt Aspiring National Park
Otago University student Leonard Phease, 19, has died while climbing with a group in the Mt Aspiring National Park. Police say he was wearing running shoes while traversing an icy section of track. [more]

Spaniard Sastre wins Tour de France
Carlos Sastre has made it three straight Tour de France victories for Spain after finishing safely in the main bunch on this morning's final stage into Paris. Australia's Cadel Evans ... [more]

NRL calls on IRB to intervene in Sonny Bill issue
The National Rugby League's chief executive David Gallop says the Canterbury Bulldogs Kiwi league star Sonny Bill Williams is clearly troubled, and he's appealed to the International Rugby Board to ... [more]

US relationship with NZ in good shape - Rice
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says America's relationship with New Zealand is in good shape, and both sides have moved on from the nuclear issue. [more]

New Zealand juniors fight back in England
The New Zealand under-19 cricket side is 111 for 4 at stumps on the second day of the first youth Test against England in Taunton. George Worker's the top scorer for ... [more]

Halfback replacement likely for All Blacks
Piri Weepu looks set for an All Black recall following a double injury blow at halfback from Saturday night's 34-19 loss to Australia on Saturday. Andrew Ellis has sore ribs and ... [more]

Magic can end Swifts' unbeaten run at home, says Aitken
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic's two-point win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds to advance to the trans Tasman netball grand final will serve them well, according to the Silver Ferns ... [more]

Inexperience counts against All Blacks
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry concedes a number of younger players didn't react well in Saturday night's Tri-Nations loss in Sydney. The side lost 11 experienced players after last ... [more]

Nadal continues to be unbeatable in Canada
Rafael Nadal has won the Toronto Masters tennis tournament, beating the German Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets to edge closer to the world number one men's place. Nadal won 6-3 6-2 ... [more]

NRL supports Bulldogs on legal action against Williams
The National Rugby League says they'll support the Bulldogs in any legal action to stop its star player Sonny Bill Williams from moving to Europe. Williams has walked out on ... [more]

Sastre holds off Evans to win first Tour de France
The Spanish rider Carlos Sastre has won the Tour de France. The Tour is usually decided in the penultimate time trial, in which Sastre held off Australia's Cadel Evans yesterday - ... [more]

Replacements called into All Black squad as cover
The Hawke's Bay hooker Hikawera Elliot and Wellington halfback Piri Weepu have been called into the All Blacks squad as injury cover while Auckland halfback Taniela Moa is likely to ... [more]

Erakovic to play qualifier first up
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic will play a qualifier in her opening round match at this week's Stockholm WTA event. Erakovic is seeded eighth for the tier ... [more]

Oceania region have seven teams at IRB Rugby World Cup in Dubai next year
The Oceania region will have seven participants at next year's IRB World Cup in Dubai for both men and women. The Samoa men's team qualified after beating Tonga 52-nil in... [more]

Two replacements called into All Blacks squad
The Hawke's Bay hooker, Hikawera Elliot, and Hurricanes halfback, Piri Weepu, have been called into the All Blacks squad as injury cover while Auckland halfback, Taniela Moa, is likely to... [more]

Samoa to send delegation to Beijing Olympics
Samoa is sending a high level delegation to the Beijing Olympics to lobby for more international sports events to be held in the capital Apia. The chairman of last year's... [more]

Judge in New Caledonia rejects request to form new group in legislature
A judge in New Caledonia has rejected a request by 12 members of the Congress to approve their plan to form their own group in the legislature. The Noumea daily... [more]

French Polynesia speaker criticised for raising independence with French minister
A leading member of French Polynesia's ruling To Tatou Aia coalition, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, has criticised the assembly president, Oscar Temaru, for raising the issue of independence during talks with a... [more]

NZ artist wins residency in Samoa
A New Zealand Cook Islands based, Maori visual artist will be working with artists in Samoa for three months, having won a residency to Apia. Jim Vivieaere is the recipient... [more]

Samoa Islamic league president acquitted of sex charges
The Supreme Court in Samoa has dismissed one count of carnal knowledge and one count of indecent assault against the president of the Islamic league in Samoa, La'ulu Mohammed Daniel... [more]

CNMI Utilities Corporation to privatise power system through bidding process
The Senate in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has passed a bill requiring the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. to privatise its power system through a bidding process. The bill cleared... [more]

NZ offers help to Pacific nations to protect cultural rights
New Zealand's Associate Minister of Arts, Culture & Heritage, Judith Tizard, says the New Zealand government is prepared to offer resources and expertise to help Pacific Island countries develop necessary... [more]

Man dies in Meremere house fire
A man has died and his 12-year-old daughter is in hospital following a house fire in Meremere, in northern Waikato. [more]

Kazakhstan's Fofonov tests positive on Tour
The Kazakh rider Dmitriy Fofonov tested positive for the banned stimulant heptaminol after the 18th stage of the Tour de France. News of the positive test came while riders were sipping ... [more]

Spain winning it all at the moment
It's all going Spain's way in world sport currently. Rafael Nadal has backed up his maiden Wimbledon win with his third Masters of the year in Toronto to go with his ... [more]

Too much cricket behind India's record loss?
The media have been savagely critical of the Indian cricket team following their worst ever loss to Sri Lanka. Spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis bowled the Sri Lankan cricket side ... [more]

Scolari confident in picking up four trophies
New Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says the Premier League football club can win the four competitions they will be taking part in next season. Scolari believes the London club ... [more]

McLeod and Ellice finish in top 10 in Poland
New Zealand triathletes have secured two top-10 placings at the latest European Cup in Poznan, Poland. Leading the way were Dunedin's Taryn McLeod and New Plymouth's Clark Ellice, finishing 7th in ... [more]

United win Nigerian match against Portsmouth
The English Premier League and European club football champions Manchester United have beaten Portsmouth 2-1 in a pre-season friendly in Nigeria. It was the first time that two Premier League sides ... [more]

Australians boost New Zealand's tourism industry
Australian tourists have boosted spending by visitors to New Zealand, which has increased despite higher airfares and a slowing global economy. [more]

Police warning over Christchurch intruder
Christchurch police investigating an assault on a woman in her 60s have established that there had been similar incident about a week earlier, and are warning the intruder may strike again. [more]

Dispute over airport expenses heads to court
A dispute over millions of dollars in takeover costs between Auckland International Airport and its unsuccessful Canadian bidder is to be resolved in the High Court. [more]

Sonny Bill unrepentant after bailing out: Mundine
Sonny Bill Williams believes he's doing the right thing after walking out on the National Rugby League to pursue a rugby union career in France, according to close friend Anthony ... [more]

Solomon Islands prepare for 2012 Arts Festival
Solomon Islands representatives at the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa say they have already begun preparations to host the 11th festival in 2012. The head of the... [more]

American Samoa police officer pleads not guilty in weapon's case
A former police officer in American Samoa has pleaded not guilty to charges including embezzlement and possession of an unlawful weapon. A pre-trial conference for Papalii Marion Fitisemanu has now... [more]

French Polynesian criticism of language clause in French constitution
French Polynesia's pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party has denounced a change to the French constitution which now says that regional languages are part of France's heritage. The decision was taken by... [more]

Kwila import into New Zealand declines
A major retail chain store in New Zealand Harvey Norman has decided to stop importing and selling outdoor furniture products made from Kwila timber. Kwila timber is sourced illegally and... [more]

Canada to overturn entry ban on PNG dancers
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province is to hold a teleconference today with Canadian Immigration officials about revoking a travel ban on a group of PNG dancers. [more]

Fiji's interim PM to attend coronation in Tonga
Fiji says the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, will lead the Fiji delegation to Tonga's coronation of King George Tupou V. Commodore Bainimarama will be accompanied by his wife,... [more]

Dean philosophical at close finish in Paris
The New Zealand cyclist Julian Dean says he's not disappointed to miss out on a stage win on the final day of the Tour de France. Dean was in the ... [more]

Closing down Cox the key to beating the Swifts says Magic defender
Curbing the shooting prowess of New South Wales Swifts captain Catherine Cox has preoccupied the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic ahead of tonight's trans Tasman netball final in Sydney. The ... [more]

Nadal too good for Kiefer... and possibly anyone else
The Wimbledon and French Open tennis champion Rafael Nadal continues to close the gap on his arch rival Roger Federer. This morning Nadal beat the German Nicolas Kiefer in straight ... [more]

Sydney to continue hosting Australian Golf Open
The Australian Open golf championship will be played in Sydney until at least 2015 following a new multi-million dollar deal. The extension of the current contract to stage the country's ... [more]

Indonesia rights body to launch Papua abuse probe
Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights will launch an investigation into alleged human rights violations in Papua. The Jakarta Post reports the commission's deputy chairman, Ridha Saleh, as saying the... [more]

Peters to meet Clark over donation allegations
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is to meet Prime Minister Helen Clark on Tuesday to discuss allegations over his handling of New Zealand First donations. [more]

Trade deficit widens to $1.9bn in June quarter
New Zealand's trade deficit increased in the three months to June as exports fell and imports rose. [more]

Atoll agriculture boosted in Kiribati
A new research and development centre for atoll agriculture has been established in Kiribati The Centre of Excellence for Atoll Agriculture Research and Development in the Pacific is to become... [more]

Closing ceremony for Arts Festival brought forward
The official closing ceremony of the 10th Pacific Festival of the Arts in American Samoa is to be held on Wednesday. The festival is to run until August the 2nd... [more]

Guam's Governor advising Pacific countries of business opportunities in his territory
Guam's Governor Felix Camacho says tremendous opportunities exist for Pacific island countries in the U.S. military build-up in Guam. Governor Camacho, who is in American Samoa to attend the Arts... [more]

Call for Solomons government agencies to clear electricity debt to take pressure off the public
A Non-Governmental Organisation in Solomon Islands says many people can't afford to pay for their electricity because of rising power and living costs. In addition, the Electricity Authority owes millions... [more]

Pacific Blue adds trans-Tasman flight
Airline Pacific Blue is expanding its trans-Tasman services, adding a daily return flight between Auckland and Melbourne from September. [more]

Some households still without power after storm
The number of households without electricity after the severe storm in the North Island is steadily falling. The storm toppled trees, brought down power lines and caused flooding and road closures. [more]

Pensioner murderer's appeal begins
An appeal hearing has begun in Wellington for the woman convicted of murdering Marton pensioner Mona Morris. [more]

Rice's use of 'ally' well considered -US diplomat
An American embassy representative says United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's use of the word ally to describe New Zealand was "deliberate and thought about" and reflects existing co-operation. [more]

Candle cause of fatal Meremere fire
Fire safety officers have confirmed that a candle was the cause of a fatal fire in the Waikato township of Meremere. [more]

Share market up 2 points
The NZX 50 index finished up 2 points on Monday to close at 3257 on light turnover of $61 million. [more]

Beijing Olympics officially a sellout
The Beijing Olympics are officially a sellout. Tickets events in host city Beijing have completely sold out with Games organisers saying only tickets for competitions in co-host cities still available. ... [more]

Another storm on the way
MetService has issued another severe storm warning for the already sodden north of the country as crews work to clear up the mess left by the weekend's weather bomb. [more]

Papua NGOs Forum urges government to protect forests from oil palm growth
The Papua NGOs Forum is calling on Indonesia's government to stop issuing permits for oil palm plantation in Papua province. Indonesia's government is looking to to expand its oil palm... [more]

New Zealand's Governor General and Prime Minister to attend Tongan King's coronation
New Zealand will be represented at the coronation of Tonga's King George Tupou V this Friday by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Governor-General, Anand Satyanand. Miss Clark says the coronation... [more]

Papua New Guinea group calls for action by Ombudsman on corruption
The Ombudsman Commission in Papua New Guinea is being called on to do more to fight corruption. The re-activated Community Coalition Against Corruption says it is increasingly concerned about the... [more]

ANZ cuts New Zealand profit forecast
Australian-owned bank ANZ says its profits in New Zealand will fall by about 10% as it raises provisions to cover lending losses in a contracting economy. It owns ANZ and National Bank. [more]

Ink spill turns river blue
An ink spill in Christchurch has turned the Heathcote River blue. [more]

Complainant's sex claims made up, court told
The lawyer for a Christchurch woman accused of sexual offences against a girl says the complainant has made up the allegations. [more]