Radio New Zealand - Monday, 4th August 2008

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Eight Months to Mars - Ali Harper
An accomplished musician with her own five piece Jazz Band, a singer, dancer and an Actress. [more]

K2 Disaster in Pakistan
At least 11 people have perished in what's being described as the worst day in mountineering, after an avalanche on K2. [more]

Nature Knowledge
A new survey in the UK shows children there have lost touch with the natural world. [more]

He Rourou for 4 August 2008
In He Rourou today Pou Temara tells Ana Tapiata that everything has genesis from the gods. [more]

Author Slot - Peta Matthias
Her book"Can we help it if we're fabulous?" [more]

This Way Up Feature - Rubik's Cube
Simon Morton from This Way Up with a story on that amazing 80's puzzle - the Rubik's Cube. [more]

Science Story - Water Dimers
About one in every thousand water vapor molecules bonds with another creating a new complex. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Rosemary McLeod and Jock Anderson. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Rosemary McLeod and Jock Anderson. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 4 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Beijing Olympics Scam
An unknown number of people across the globe have been duped after buying bogus tickets for the Beijing Olympics. [more]

Police Killed In China
Sixteen policeman have been killed in an attack on a border post in China's Muslim region of Xinjiang. [more]

Climbers Die on K2
Eleven people have been killed in the deadliest day in the mountain's history. [more]

National Party Tax Cut Policy
The National Party is not ruling out changes to Kiwisaver to help fund its planned tax cut programme. [more]

Tornado in Levin
Levin dairy farmer Julie Bell says the noise of a tornado heading towards her house early this morning sounded like two trains. [more]

Hindu Temple Stampede
Officials in northern India say a stampede at a Hindu temple has killed more than 145 people in the state of Himachal Pradesh. [more]

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

Court Delays
The criminal bar association says unacceptable delays in South Auckland could see more cases thrown out of court. [more]

Road Closure
The closure of State Highway 35 just north of Ruatoria is causing major disruption to the lives of people on the East Coast. [more]

Residents Complaints
Amberly Beach residents are asking why nearby lagoons that normally take excess rainwater weren't opened promptly. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

World Trade Talks
New Zealand is backing a bid by Brazil to restart failed world trade talks as early as September. [more]

Bridgecorp Court Action
Bankruptcy proceedings are likely to be issued against Rod Petricevic, the founder of the failed finance company Bridgecorp. [more]

Wages Up
Wages have gone up by three and half percent, the biggest increase for 16 years. [more]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Dies
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet dissident writer and Nobel literature prize winner, has died at the age of 89. [more]

Beijing Olympics Scam
Parents of New Zealand Olympians, hoping to see their children compete for medals, are among those caught. [more]

Funds Frozen
AXA New Zealand has partially frozen trading in one of its funds, citing concerns over investor sentiment. [more]

Climbers Die on K2 (Part 2)
One of the world's worst mountaineering accidents has happened in the Himalayas on the world's second highest mountain. [more]

Qantas Investigation
Australia's aviation authorities have formed a special team to investigate Qantas after three mid-air dramas. [more]

Evening Business News for 4 August 2008
News from the business sector. [more]

Gaza Violence
The tension between the two main Palestinian factions erupted into violence at the weekend. [more]

Agent Attacked
Real Estate agents are shocked at an attack on one of their colleagues during a private showing in a rural area. [more]

Anglican Conference
After nearly three weeks of talking, a meeting of the world's bishops has failed to resolve a crisis over same sex unions. [more]

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

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Dies (Part 2)
Russia is waking up to the news that Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet dissident writer, has died, aged 89. [more]

Police Officer Fined
Constable Aaron Jacob Holmes was convicted of careless use of a motor vehicle. [more]

New Technology Required
Dr Andrew Cleland says the country has got to embrace advanced technology and drop the current"make do"attitude. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

World Aids Conference
Many of the 20,000 delegates attending the conference are working on drugs to eradicate AIDS. [more]

Fiji News
Public consultation on Fiji's controversial peoples charter is scheduled to start this week. [more]

China Olympic Training
The BBC's Dan Griffiths has been given rare access to an elite state run sports school in Beijing. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 4 August 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 4 August 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 4 August 2008
National's big pledge on new infrastructure is labelled think big by Labour. And 150 worshippers crushed to death. [more]

Korimako - Bellbird
Listen to this mornings birdcall. [more]

Pacific News 4 August 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News 4 August 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

National Announces Infrastructure Changes
A private conversation about the possible sale of Kiwibank has stirred up controversy. [more]

Department of Labour Admits Fault
A British scientist who lost three of her limbs from meningitis, contracted the disease while on the job. [more]

National Party Conference Fires the First Shot
John Key pledged that, if National was elected, it would spend five billion dollars more than Labour over the next six years. [more]

British Scientist Looses Limbs Due to Infection
Jeanette Adu-Bobie lost both legs, her left arm and several fingers on her remaining hand after she suffered blood poisoning. [more]

140 Worshipers Killed in Stampede
In India: Those who died were among thousands of people who had gathered at the temple in the state of Himachal Pradesh. [more]

"More Rain to Come"- Met Service
Over the weekend poor weather saw South Island rail services cancelled and roads closed. [more]

Disaster on Worlds Second Highest Mountain
A chunk of ice fell off K2, causing an avalanche in an area of the mountain known as the 'death zone'. [more]

Sports News 4 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Home Owners in for 'Nasty Shock'
Some houses built after 1974 were given special consents allowing them to build on flood prone areas or unstable ground. [more]

Anto 1080 Pretestors Won't be Stopped by Security
The decision by the Animal Health Board to call in security guards is being described as an overreaction and a waste of money. [more]

Five Days Til Olympics
The New Zealand athletes say they are ready and raring to go. [more]

Countdown to 2011 World Cup Underway
It marks the start of a two-year 240 milllion dollar revamp of the park. [more]

Labour Department Changes Their Mind
It appears that The British Scientist caught the infection at the lab in Porirua. [more]

The Waikato River Swelling
Lake Taupo is just 30 centimetres from its maximum level and more water is likely to have to be spilled into the Waikato river. [more]

Trade Me Users: Civil Rights Concerns
Trede Me have released information to police putting alot of their users at risk. [more]

Masterton Lawyer Makes Fasinating Discovery
Mr Kershaw had to figure out what happened to a woman whose skull was found in the Ruamahunga River three years ago. [more]

Behind Olympic Glory...
Behind every successful athlete, is a very good coach. Try telling the NZ swimmers different. [more]

Waatea News 3 August 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

All Blacks Bite Back
The 39-10 result speaks for itself. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

Listen to the tui
The tui's birdcall. [more]


Ice-Free North Pole
Mark Serreze is the senior research scientist from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado. [more]

Living Sustainably
Peter Salmon a green entrepreneur believes we need to follow the ways of our elders to be sustainable. [more]

Clue number one. [more]

With Joseph Romanos. [more]

Clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

John Key
Tax cuts and borrowing money to spend more on infrastructure. [more]

South Auckland Judge Throws Out Case
Judge said"A grossly unsatisfactory delay in the court system and inadequate facilities at the Manuakau District Court." [more]

Africa Correspondent
Peter Greste. [more]

Feature Guest - Dr Jacques Diouf
World food crisis: A predictable catastrophe? [more]

Book Review - Bone by Bone
By Tony Johnston, published by Text Publishing and reviewed by Phil Smith. [more]

From the Left and from the Right
With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Food and Wine
With guest chef Connie Clarkson. John Hawkesbuy chooses the wine. [more]

A Modest Proposal or Two
With David Slack. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 4 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


John Chen and Feng Ning
Visiting pianist John Chen and violinist Feng Ning are touring New Zealand. [more]

Michele Leggott
New Zealand Laureate poet Michele Leggott appears at a public event in Wellington tonight. [more]

Kyle MacDonald
Baritone with Wellington's St Paul's Cathedral Choir reports from London. [more]

News stories:

Storm hit cruise liner finally leaves Auckland
The P&O cruise liner the Pacific Sun finally left Auckland on Sunday evening. Last week the ship rolled in rough seas, injuring more than 40 passengers. [more]

Major upsets in Air New Zealand Cup
The opening round of Rugby's provincial championship has ended as it started with an upset -- with Counties Manukau defeating last year's unbeaten champions Auckland 17-6 at Pukekohe. It was... [more]

The Bulldogs suffer second big loss while Warriors continue away losing streak
The troubled Bulldogs have suffered their second big loss in a row going down to the West Tigers 56-4. The Bulldogs have now conceded 86 points and scored just four... [more]

Niue's Premier wants to see action with Forum plans
Niue's Premier, who will shortly assume the chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum, says he wants less theoretical discussion and more emphasis on implementing programmes in the region. Niue is... [more]

NGOs in Fiji express doubt ahead of release of People's Charter
Non-governmental organisations in Fiji say they're not happy about this week's expected publication of the first draft of the controversial People's Charter. The People's Charter is supposed to be mapping... [more]

Solomons Truth and Reconciliation Bill goes to parliament
In Solomon Islands, the long awaited Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill will get its first reading in parliament this week. The Bill will enable the setting up of a commission... [more]

Mayor of Mahina in French Polynesia may lose job over accounts
The mayor of Mahina in French Polynesia, Emile Vernaudon, who made history by being elected while in jail, may lose his office after his campaign accounts were rejected. The French... [more]

'Civil rights abuses' over Trade Me names
A Civil Liberties organisation says there has has been a series of civil rights abuses over the release of information on users of the internet trading site, Trade Me. [more]

Antonie Dixon's internet page removed
A page on an internet site containing photos and details of convicted murderer Antonie Dixon has been removed. The Department of Corrections had been seeking legal advice over the web page. [more]

Van den Hoogenband drops 200m freestyle
The Olympic 100 metres freestyle champion Pieter van den Hoogenband is to drop the 200 from his Beijing programme to concentrate on winning the 100 title for the third successive time. ... [more]

Hungarian GP gets extension to 2016
Formula One officials have agreed an extension to their contract with the Hungarian Grand Prix, keeping the event on the F1 calendar until at least 2016. The extension was announced before ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
National fires the first major shot in the lead-up to the election; a British scientist who had limbs amputated after catching meningitis was probably infected at the Wellington laboratory she worked in; Dunedin Hospital in "code black"; Eden Park's Rugby [more]

Eden Park world cup revamp begins
Work on a $240 million upgrade of Eden Park for the 2011 Rugby World Cup has begun in earnest, with salvage teams dismantling parts of the south stand. [more]

Special needs grants increased
The Government is doubling the maximum emergency payment for food available to low income families and beneficiaries, and is increasing the amount available for other emergencies. [more]

Samoa head of state heads to Beijing Olympics
Samoa's head of state Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi is looking forward to attend the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics and wishes the Chinese sports team great success. The Xinhua news... [more]

Future Together in New Caledonia to miss out on commission jobs over internal rift
A request by 12 anti-independence members of the New Caledonian Congress to approve their plan to form their own group in the legislature has again been rejected. The Congress president,... [more]

Samoa tourism minister calls for lower fares for Christmas holiday flights
Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Misa Telefoni, has challenged Air New Zealand and Polynesian Blue to start providing more flights and drop airfares. He says fares are... [more]

French Polynesia senate nomination causes dissent within Union For Democracy
There is dissent within French Polynesia's opposition Union For Democracy after a 34-year-old lawyer, Richard Tuheiava, was chosen as its candidate for the French senate election in September. Mr Tuheiava,... [more]

Reconstituted Fiji GCC set to be reconvened
Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs can be convened as soon as the interim Prime Minister sees it fit according to the chairman of the taskforce overseeing the review. Ratu Josateki... [more]

Consultation to start over Fiji charter
A public consultation process about the Fiji interim government's controversial Peoples' Charter is scheduled to start this week. The Charter is supposed to be mapping the way forward for Fiji... [more]

Britain admits radiation-related deaths following 1950's nuclear blasts
An admission by Britain's Ministry of Defence that servicemen were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation in the Pacific in the 1950s is being described as a minute step forward. [more]

Hawaii to shield public from new TB threats
The Hawaii state Health Department is moving to protect Hawaii from exposure to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis after five people died from TB recently in Chuuk, in the Federated States of Micronesia. [more]

CNMI needs to do more to prevent child sex trafficking
A national organisation aimed at preventing human trafficking says the CNMI is at a critical point in preventing domestic minor sex trafficking. Linda Smith, who is the founder of Shared... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister heads to Beijing
Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama will attend the Beijing Olympics in China, along with the Minister for Youth and Sports, Filipe Bole. The Fiji Times reports that the... [more]

Vijay Singh wins Golf tournament in Ohio
The Fiji golfer Vijay Singh has won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by one shot at Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio. Singh squandered an early two-stroke lead with an untidy run... [more]

Political novice nominated in French Polynesia for French Senate seat
The French Polynesian opposition Union For Democracy has nominated a 34-year-old lawyer, Richard Tuheiava, as its candidate for the French senate election in September. Mr Tuheiava, who joined the pro-independence... [more]

Opening round of upsets as NZRU ponder cuts
The opening round of rugby's provincial championship has ended as it started, with an upset. Counties Manukau defeated last year's unbeaten champions Auckland 17-6 at Pukekohe. It was the third big ... [more]

Djokovic ends Nadal's winning streak
Novak Djokovic handed No.1-in-waiting Rafael Nadal his first defeat in nearly three months, stunning the Spaniard 6-1 7-5 to reach the final of the Cincinnati Masters. The Serbian World number three ... [more]

Loeb wins in Finland to cut Hirvonen's lead to a point
The four-times world champion Sebastien Loeb has won his first Finnish Rally, finishing the three-day, 24-stage event with his Citroen nine seconds ahead of Finland's Mikko Hirvonen in a Ford. It's ... [more]

Kovalainen grabs maiden victory in Hungary
McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen has celebrated a shock maiden win at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Ferrari's Felipe Massa suffered engine failure while leading with three laps remaining. The Finn capitalised on ... [more]

Hansen says Springboks favourite to win Tri-Nations
The All Blacks are back at the top of the Tri-Nations after Saturday night's 39-10 win over the Wallabies but the assistant coach Steve Hansen says their next opponents are better ... [more]

Toulon confirms Sonny Bill's set to finalise his contract
The French rugby club Toulon has confirmed that the runaway league star Sonny Bill Williams will be in the city in the next day or two to finalise his contract. ... [more]

Temepara George says Willering's sacking a shock
The former Silver Ferns centre Temepara George says it's too soon to say what future she has with the Northern Mystics now the netball franchise has sacked coach Yvonne Willering a ... [more]

Singh holds nerve to triumph at Firestone
The Fijian golfer Vijay Singh has given himself an ideal warm-up for next week's PGA Championship, winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by one shot at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio after ... [more]

Murray shocks Djokovic to win first Masters Series title
Britain's Andy Murray has upset the Australian Tennis Open champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 7-6 to win in Cinncinatti to win his first Masters Series title. The eighth-seeded Murray could have won ... [more]

Olympic marathon contingency plan in place
Beijing Olympics organisers say they have a contingency plan for the marathon should pollution force a rescheduling or a postponement of the Games' final athletics competition. The men's marathon is run ... [more]

Sea Eagles maintain top spot
The Manly rugby league side has continued its charge towards the NRL minor premiership with a convincing 30-10 win over Penrith at Brookvale Oval. The Sea Eagles bounced back from last ... [more]

Home wins in national provincial rugby championship
There have been home wins for Taranaki and Wellington on the second night of the opening round of rugby's national provincial championship. Taranaki upset North Habour 20-13 in New Plymouth, scoring ... [more]

Deans says no progress if no win in Auckland
The Australian rugby coach, Robbie Deans, says if the Wallabies don't win the return Bledisloe Cup test against the All Blacks they've made no progress this season. Despite guiding ustralia to ... [more]

Butterworth says Oracle time wasting
The Swiss yachting team Alinghi has accused Oracle of deliberately delaying the next edition of the America's Cup, a day after the Americans went to a New York court to block ... [more]

Otago snatch win over Southland
Otago has beaten Southland 25-23 in Invercargill in the national provincial rugby championship. Southland first five Blair Stewart kicked a 40-metre penalty with three minutes to play to give the home ... [more]

Manawatu stun Canterbury in the NPC
Manawatu has scored a major upset in the Air New Zealand Cup in coming from behind to beat Canterbury 25-24 in Christchurch. It is Manawatu's first win over Canterbury in ... [more]

Athletes free to protest but not at Games sites
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge says athletes are free to criticise China but asked them not to do so in Games stadiums. Rogge says the Olympic family contained 205 different ... [more]

Lippi backs Ferguson over Ronaldo
The Italy football coach Marcello Lippi has backed Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's determination to block Cristiano Ronaldo's desired move to Real Madrid. Lippi says the money Real is offering is ... [more]

IOC won't apologise over Internet
Olympic chief Jacques Rogge says he did not agree to internet restrictions on foreign media in Beijing, describing the situation as "not good" just six days before the start of the ... [more]

Tall Ferns begin final Olympic preparations with a loss
The New Zealand women's basketball side has begun the final touches of their Olympic preparation with a 71-63 loss to Belarus in Beijing. It's the Tall Ferns' first competitive outing since ... [more]

South Africa clinch cricket series against England
The South African cricket captain Graeme Smith has made a magnificent century to lead his team to a series-clinching victory on the fourth day of the third Test against England at ... [more]

Gallop softens stance on Williams
NRL chief executive David Gallop has softened his stance on Sonny Bill Williams returning to play in Australia, saying the renegade backrower would be welcomed back if he apologised. The Bulldogs ... [more]

Warriors beaten by Rabbitohs
The Warriors' NRL finals chances have taken a blow with a 18-16 round 21 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ stadium. Both teams crossed the line three times in ... [more]

Phoenix to host A League's Pre-Season Cup
The Wellington Phoenix football side will host Melbourne in the final of the A-League's Pre-Season Cup after both sides secured top place in their groups. The Phoenix upset Sydney FC 3-2 ... [more]

All Blacks trap Dingo Deans' Wallabies
The All Blacks have brought Robbie Deans and Australia back to rugby reality with a 39-10 win in Auckland just a week after the Wallabies won almost as convincingly in Sydney. ... [more]

Willering not wanted by Mystics
Northern Mystics netball coach Yvonne Willering has been told she is not wanted next year. Mystics team manager Mark Cameron says the franchise decided to end Willering's coaching role after ... [more]

Wulf in doubt for South Africa
All Blacks winger Rudi Wulf is in doubt to make the trip to South Africa for the test against the Sprinboks on Saturday week. Wulf injured a knee playing for North ... [more]

World Cup stars axed from Bok squad
World Cup stars Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn and Gurthro Steenkamp, and promising wing Odwa Ndungane have been axed from the South Africa rugby squad. The Springboks will play Argentina in a ... [more]

Sharma steers India's series-levelling win
India's teenage fast bowler Ishant Sharma has help India square their Test cricket series with a 170-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test at Galle. Sharma finished with three ... [more]

Drogba ready to pen new Chelsea deal
The Ivory Coast international striker Didier Drogba says he's was ready to sign a new contract at Chelsea. Drogba has been in contact with new Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari and ... [more]

Arsenal beat Real Madrid in Emirates Cup tournament
Arsenal has beaten Real Madrid 1-0 in the pre-season Emirates Cup football tournament. But for the Spanish side the biggest concern wasn't the loss but an injury to midfielder Wesley ... [more]

Lee in final of Western Amateur
Rotorua's Danny Lee is through to the final of the Western Amateur golf tournament in the United States. Eighteen-year-old Lee, who's now ranked the top amateur in the world, beat ... [more]

Bulldogs' poor run continues
The troubled Bulldogs have suffered their second big loss in a row in the Ntational Rugby League, going down to the West Tigers 56-4. The Bulldogs have now conceded 86 points ... [more]

Slips, road closures as stormy weather returns
There were further slips and road closures as storm conditions returned to New Zealand on Saturday, following a week of severe weather. [more]

Fiji economy contracted by 6.6 percent in 2007
New figures show Fiji's economy contracted by 6.6 percent last year which is more than two percent more than expected. Earlier figures estimated that the contraction after the 2006 military... [more]

Assistance sought with storm clean-up
Task Force Green assistance is to be sought from the Government to help with the clean-up from last week's storms. [more]

Danny Lee wins Western Amateur Championship in US
New Zealand's Danny Lee has shown why he's the world's top-ranked amateur golfer, delivering a pair of four and two match play wins to claim the Western Amateur Championship at Benton ... [more]

Lee in illustrious company after double win in Michigan
New Zealand teenage golfer Danny Lee says he's exhausted but happy after completing his double win at the Western Amateur Championship in Michigan. Lee added the match play title to his ... [more]

Ok Tedi management say PNG politicians fail to make the most of money generated by mine
The managing director of Papua New Guinea's Ok Tedi Mining Ltd, Allan Breen, says the government is wasting public funds derived from the mine. Mr Breen says the millions of... [more]

PNG's poorest province eyes a major industrial development
Papua New Guinea's poorest and most rural province, Gulf, could become one of the most industrialised parts of the country after an agreement with one of South Korea's leading manufacturing... [more]

Fertiliser profits up
Fertiliser co-operatives Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown have announced improved profits for the past year. [more]

Commerce Commission to rule on milk terms
A dispute between Fonterra and the Kaimai Cheese Company over the supply of raw milk will be decided by the Commerce Commission. [more]

Farm gets record fine for effluent breach
A farm owned by one of New Zealand's biggest dairy farming enterprises has received a record fine for breaching its effluent discharge conditions. Taharua Farm was fined $37,500 for discharging dairy effluent well over its permitted level. [more]

Court gives reasons for blocking Warehouse takeover
The Court of Appeal has revealed its reasons for blocking a takeover of The Warehouse by either of the supermarket giants Foodstuffs or Woolworths. [more]

Bottle maker plans to expand Auckland plant
The country's booming beverage industry is creating demand for more glass bottles, with the world's largest glass container manufacturer looking to expand in New Zealand. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket rises
The NZX 50 index was up 21 points to 3324 at midday on Monday, on turnover of $23 million. [more]

Council wants Invercargill gang fortifications torn down
The Invercargill City Council is taking legal action to have fortifications around gang houses removed, and it plans to outlaw gang headquarters within the town boundaries. [more]

Northland tourist boat staff to strike
Fullers Bay of Islands staff have given notice of industrial action, in what staff say is their first-ever strike action. [more]

Thousands raised for Whangarei Hearing Association
An auction of household and office furniture has raised almost $6,000 for Whangarei's impoverished Hearing Association. [more]

Nelson water supply restored after storm damage
The water supply system in Nelson was returning to full operation on Monday following major damage caused by a storm last week. [more]

Blue cod fishery closure under scrutiny
The Ministry of Fisheries has been pressured to further justify the extent of the blue cod fishery closure in the Marlborough Sounds. [more]

National reassures pensioners, plans MMP referendum
The National Party is reassuring pensioners they will not be any worse off if National leads the next Government. [more]

Labour dismisses National plan to scrap council
Labour is dismissing as arrogant the National Party's plan to scrap the planned Sentencing Council and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and to use the money for victims of crime. [more]

Further tax cuts in 2009 promised by National
The National Party says it will introduce a new programme of tax cuts, beginning in April 2009, if it becomes government after this year's election. [more]

Escaped Dunedin prisoner still on the run
A Dunedin man accused of burglary and possessing an offensive weapon was still on the run on Monday, after escaping police custody on Saturday. [more]

Fears of more slips in Wellington region
More slips are feared in Wellington after the weekend's heavy rain. More than 20 slips were recorded across the Wellington region on Sunday, including one in Aro Valley where a house had to be evacuated. [more]

Man charged with kidnapping real estate agent
A man charged with kidnapping and assaulting a real estate agent was due to appear in the Masterton District Court on Monday. [more]

Psychologist before tribunal over relationship with parolee
A clinical psychologist is facing a charge of professional misconduct before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. [more]

Flooding expected on some Waikato farmland
Staff from Waikato's regional council are monitoring a stopbank at Mangatawhiri where floodwaters are expected to spill onto farmland on Monday. [more]

Policeman fined, disqualified from driving over collision
A police officer whose car struck a lamp post, which fell and seriously injured an Auckland school student, has been ordered to pay the victim $3,000. [more]

Fourth man faces charges over finance company collapse
The Companies Office is prosecuting a fourth person in relation to the collapsed subsidiaries of the failed lender Five Star Consumer Finance. [more]

Body found in Bay of Islands river
Searchers have found the body of a man in a Bay of Islands river. [more]

Man accused of child abduction named
The man accused of abducting an Auckland girl last month is a 25-year-old Chinese national, who was working as a real estate agent on the North Shore. [more]

New Zealand academic's work in Kiribati recognised
A New Zealand academic has been awarded a Kiribati order of merit. The award is given to someone in the traditional arts or scientific fields for contributions to the development,... [more]

PNG politicians to face call for more support for literacy during Book Week
Across Papua New Guinea school students have been marking the beginning National Book Week with parades promoting this year's theme, Read HIV/AIDS Live Longer. Our correspondent Oseah Philemon is in... [more]

Melbourne's Immigration Museum launches exhibition focuses on Tuvalu's struggle with climate change
Australians are being urged to take notice of Tuvalu, the Pacific country most in danger from climate change. At an exhibition launched at Melbourne's Immigration Museum this week, an environment... [more]

Little support likely for immediate recall of Fiji Parliament - Mick Beddoes
Fiji's ousted opposition leader says the only way forward for the country is through political dialogue and he says an immediate recall of Parliament is not likely. Mick Beddoes is... [more]

Pacific NGO claims Australian officials are trying to bully island countries into trade deals
A Pacific NGO has accused Australia of bullying Island countries as it tries to fast track the revamped Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations or PACER PLUS. The Pacific Network... [more]

England to name new captain
England will name a new cricket captain after Michael Vaughan decided to step down following his team's Test series loss to South Africa and Paul Collingwood announced he'd stepped down as ... [more]

Showjumpers keep Australasian title
New Zealand showjumpers have retained the Trans Tasman Young Rider Shield at a competition in Australia. The team of four went into the final round yesterday on an equal footing ... [more]

Some clarity over domestic structure in next day or two
The New Zealand Rugby board is expected to make a decision on proposed changes to the national provincial competition by the middle of the week. The board met over the weekend ... [more]

Colin Cooper extends NZRU contract
Colin Cooper has extended his NZRU contract until 2010. The 49-year-old coach guided the Hurricanes to the final of the Super 14 in 2006 and semifinal appearances in 2003, 2005 and ... [more]

Upsets give minnows hope
Manawatu's rugby coach says his side has taken a lot of confidence from their away win over provincial giants Canterbury on the weekend. Manawatu posted one of three shocks in ... [more]

Tuvaluans call on western world to engage and grasp impact of climate change on everyone
An Australian environmentalist says the people of Tuvalu want Australians and the rest of the Western World to engage and understand the nature of climate change and the impact it... [more]

Earthquake Commission warning over claims
The Earthquake Commission says it might not pay out some insurance claims for landslip or flood damage because of special title conditions. [more]

Ministry says 'inadequate' court facilities now fixed
The Ministry of Justice says it has fixed problems at the Manukau District Court, after a judge condemed the facilities as shamefully inadequate. [more]

Court refuses to stay proceedings against Bridgecorp founder
Bankruptcy proceedings are likely against the founder of the failed finance company Bridgecorp, after the Court of Appeal refused to issue a stay of proceedings against him. [more]

School principal named in fraud/theft case
A primary school principal facing fraud charges has been named and his school identified. [more]

New zone confirmed for varroa control
Biosecurity New Zealand has confirmed a new varroa control zone for the South Island. [more]

Bad weather causes newborn lamb deaths
The recent stormy weather and torrential rain has taken a toll on newborn lambs and calves. [more]