Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 12th August 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat


Jason Moon's Asian Report
Olympics Games Watch. [more]

Asian Report - Olympic Opener
Our Asian Affairs Producer Jason Moon celebrated the Olympic Opening with the local community at the Northcote Shopping Centre. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
`Welcome to my World', by John Grennell. [more]

Reeling In The Years: Jonny Douglas - 1963
The birth of 'popular' music on the radio - The Sunset Show. [more]

Paua Industry Loosing Millions
The latest bust by Fisheries officiers has uncovered an alleged family-run paua poaching ring. [more]

He Rourou 12 August 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Pou Temara at the recent signing of the Terms of Negotiations agreement between Ngai Tuhoe and the Crown. [more]

Feature Album - Roxy Music by Roxy Music (1972)
Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry is to be named a BMI Icon at the US performing rights organisation's annual London Awards. [more]

Tune Your Engine 12 August 2008
Household crowding and the rise of close-contact infectious diseases. [more]

Science Story 12 August 2008
Understanding memory loss in Alzheimer's Disease. [more]

The Panel - Part 1
With Josie McNaught and Joel Tobeck. [more]

The Panel - Part 2
With Josie McNaught and Joel Tobeck. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 12 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business 12 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Barry Guy Live in Beijing
Security at the Beijing Olympics has been stepped up with tanks surrounding the media centre. [more]

Moscow Snubs Western Pleas For Ceasefire
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says they will not back down. [more]

Real Estate Agents Face Being 'Barred'
Three estate agents face the prospect of being barred from practising after being linked to an alleged mortgage scam. [more]

Christchurch Property Developer Speaks Out
The council is spending almost 17 million dollars on five properties belonging to Dave Henderson. [more]

Mount Maunganui Residents Cleaning Up
At least a dozen buildings have been damaged in the localised storm and the fire service says it expects more. [more]

Sports News 12 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Northland Dumped from NPC
Questions are being raised about the viability of a new stadium planned for Whangarei. [more]

"P Babies"- Mothers Addiction to Blame
A methamphetamine specialist is calling for more resources to deal with a generation of babies born to mothers addicted to P. [more]

Two Dunedin Hospital Wards Closed
A suspected Norovirus outbreak in as many days left up to 16 staff and patients ill, most of them patients. [more]

Waatea News 12 August 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Immigration Lawyers Sceptical With Changes
Refugee Status Appeals Authority says the number of lawyers regularly doing appeal work has fallen to"near crisis levels". [more]

Power Sharing Talks in Zimbabwe
The leaders have been discussing a way out of the political crisis in the country. [more]

Napier Police Looking For"The Piddler on the Roof"
Police in Napier have appealed for a man to cease and desist his habit of urinating into a parking machine in the central city. [more]

Will The Christchurch City Council Pay Sign Property Deal?
The money is being shelled out on five sites belonging to property developer Dave Henderson. [more]

Eco Tourism Companies Question Benefits
The Qualmark Green standard will assess New Zealand tourist operations on their environmental impacts. [more]

Property Market Claws Back Everywhere Except Auckland
New information shows the national median house price remained steady at 340-thousand dollars last month. [more]

Environment Minister's Cleaner Lakes Mission
Trevor Mallard today signed a funding deed. [more]

National Partys Domestic Purposes Benefit.
Mr Key says there's clear evidence that more parents move off the benefit into work. [more]

Sports News 12 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Most of Georgia Under Russian Control
Russia has dismissed as unacceptable a French draft resolution calling for a ceasefire in Georgia. [more]

Should GE Modified Vegetables Grow Near Christchurch?
Crop and Food Resarch is seeking consent from the Environmental Risk Management Authority. [more]

Modern Day Slaves In Australia Increasing
The Salvation Army has opened Australia's first safe house for victims. [more]

Diplomatic Efforts in Georgia
The BBC's Jonathan Marcus explains. [more]

Some World Youth Day Pilgrims Look to Get Asylum
A Sydney based support centre for asylum seekers says about 20 pilgrims have applied for asylum. [more]

Mother Gets Baby Stolen From Her
The case of one year old Zula-meeta Escobar and her mother Ana has shed light on a multi-million dollar business. [more]

Campaigns to Protect Sea Mammals Pays Off
the International Union for the Conservation for Nature says smaller species are still at risk. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 August 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 12 August 2008
Russia and Georgia conflict, Olympics, National's benefits policy. [more]

Tieke - The Saddleback
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

Interisland Ferries Officers Strike
Strike action on Sunday night left transport companies having to find last minute alternatives. [more]

Kurariki to Finish Sentence on Parole
The country's youngest convicted killer will finish his sentence on parole. [more]

Axing of Northland's First Division Rugby Team
Rugby supporters in Northland are angry about the axing of their region's rugby team from the first division. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Morning Rural News for 12 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

National's Benefits Policy
The United Future leader, Peter Dunne, is describing parts of National's benefits policy as ruthless and harsh. [more]

Russia Steps Up Military Operations in Georgia
Moscow says it has launched a raid on the town of Senaki. [more]

New Zealander's in Georgia
Lower Hutt woman Sylvia Tate's daughter Jane is one of a handful of New Zealander's in Georgia. [more]

Olympic Single Sculler Emma Twigg
Emma Twigg is through to the semi finals of her Olympic competition. [more]

Northland Rugby Will Cost Region Millions
Northland vows to fight the move to dump it from rugby's top flight. [more]

National's Benefits Policy Criticism
Beneficiary representatives and anti poverty groups are criticising National's benefits policy. [more]

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

Tribute to Greg Urwin
Tributes have been paid to Greg Urwin, the former head of the Pacific Islands Forum, who has died at the age of 62. [more]

Kumara 1080 Drop
Local Authorities say their water catchment area was excluded from the 1080 bombardment. [more]

Slip Threatens Shotover River
The local council has given its consent to Queenstown Rafting to go ahead with water sluicing the bottom of the slip. [more]

Georgia Appeals for International Intervention
Moscow though is snubbing the ceasefire plan put forward by leading Western nations and accepted by Georgia. [more]

Ruth Dyson on National's Benefits Policy
The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Ruth Dyson says the policy would be a great leap backwards. [more]

Tasman and Northland Rugby
Chief executive of Tasman rugby, Peter Barr and the chairman of Northland Rugby, Wayne Peters comment. [more]

Hunt For Pacific Votes
The Labour Party's Pacific Island vote is being targetted by National, United Future, New Zealand Pacific and Family parties. [more]

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

Caucasus Expert on Russian and Georgian Conflict
Dr Steve Hoadley from Auckland University's Political Studies department is an expert on the region. [more]

Georgians Living in New Zealand
A handful of Georgians live in New Zealand and are anxiously trying to get news from home. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Ex - Thai Premier Thaksin Flees for Britain
He was due to fly back Bangkok for a court hearing after watching the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. [more]

Mokau Rates Leap
Residents in the small Taranaki town of Mokau are furious at huge rates increases leveled by the council. [more]


Plant Families
Evolutionary Plant Biologist Susan Dudley talks with Bryan about plants and how they they know what family they belong to. [more]

Beijing China Report
Jonathan Dow on all things Olympian [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 3 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

P Babies Starting School
Principals in the Waikato say a generation of P babies is now entering the primary school and causing huge problems. [more]

Antikythera Mechanism
Dr Tony Freeth, a member of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, the super-computer of the ancient world. [more]

US Correspondent
Richard Adams reports on the latest in the USA. [more]

Feature Guest - Christina Thompson
Controversial American academic. Author of 'Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All' [more]

Book Review - 'My Name is Will'
Kate Blackhurst reviews 'My Name is Will' by Jess Winfield. Published by Allen and Unwin. [more]

Business Commentator
Business and Economic commentator Rod Oram. [more]

Starbucks Failure in Australia
Nick Wailes, Professor in Strategic Management, Faculty of Business and Economics at University of Sydney. [more]

Beijing Olympics
Joseph Romanos reports from the Games. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 12 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Ross Harris (Music Not Available)
New Zealand composer Ross Harris will have his 3rd Symphony premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this Thursday. [more]

Brent Stewart and Karlo Margetic
The Wellington Youth Orchestra will premiere Karlo Margetic's Xylophone Concerto with percussionist Brent Stewart this Sunday. [more]

News stories:

ICC set to scrap venue for Champions Trophy
International cricket chiefs are set to delay the start of September's Champions Trophy by one day and are likely to scrap one of the three venues following security advice. The eight-team ... [more]

Blacks Sticks come from behind to beat Korea
The New Zealand men's hockey team has scored a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Korea in their opening match at the Beijing Olympics. Korea dominated the first half and led at half ... [more]

Equestrians slip off pace in Hong Kong
New Zealand's master horseman Mark Todd admits it wasn't a great day for them at the 3-day cross country, which has more-or-less seen them drop out of medal contention. All the ... [more]

Northland officials don't understand NZRU decision
... [more]

Councillor criticises $17m property deal
A Christchurch city councillor says the council rushed through the purchase of properties worth almost $17 million in order to prop up a developer who is in financial trouble. [more]

Quotable Value tips shallow fall in house prices
A 2.2% fall in property values in the past year suggests the housing market slump will not be as deep as previously thought, says Quotable Value. [more]

Rate rises of 400% for some Rodney firms
Some businesses in the district of Rodney are facing rate rises of up to 400%. [more]

Police look into earlier violence reports at home
Police are looking into previous reports of domestic violence at the home of a four-month-old boy critically injured in South Auckland nine days ago. [more]

Commissioner criticises doctor over baby's delivery
Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Patterson has been highly critical of a former Southland obstetrician and gynaecologist who helped deliver a baby girl who later died. [more]

Fine on rubbish collection firm raised $30,000
The High Court has increased the fine imposed on a rubbish collection company by $30,000 after one of its trucks ran over and killed a boy. [more]

Strategic Finance reveals restructuring plan
After much speculation, Strategic Finance has released the detail of a capital restructuring plan it is proposing. [more]

New Zealand share market up 12 points
The NZX 50 index finished on Monday up 12 points to 3370 on turnover of $116 million. [more]

Forbes nominated for Sevens Player of Year
New Zealand Sevens rugby captain D J Forbes is one of the nominees for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year to be announced in London on November 23. Forbes, who ... [more]

Norfolk fails to get past first round of 200m IM
A personal best time wasn't enough to secure New Zealand swimmer Helen Norfolk a place in the semi finals of the 200m individual medley at the Beijing Olympics. Norfolk knocked half ... [more]

Young sailors enjoy first Olympic outing
New Zealand's youngest ever Olympic sailors Peter Burling and Carl Evans have turned in a creditable performance after day one of the 470 competition at the Qingdao sailing venue. In ... [more]

Nats to make long-term jobless reapply for benefit
People getting an unemployment benefit for more than 12 months would have to be reassessed under a National government. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Real estate agents accused of trading properties between themselves to ramp up prices; perks for former Prime Ministers and Governors-General reach $920,000 this year; Otago Community Hospice cuts services because of insufficient funding. [more]

Residents say 1080 dropped close to West Coast town
Some residents in the West Coast town of Kumara are concerned about the safety of their water supply following an aerial drop of 1080 poison last Friday. Officials say the poison was not dropped near the water catchment area. [more]

Legal move to keep people out of property
In an unusual move, a court order has been granted to stop anyone living in a Wanaka property. [more]

Warning as whitebait season starts
The whitebaiting season begins on Friday in most of the country, and comes with a warning to whitebaiters not to spread an invasive alga, didymo. [more]

Curfew to rid PNG police barracks of criminals
A nightime curfew has been placed on all police barracks in the Papua New Guinea capital after investigators discovered a recent bank robbery was planned inside one of the barracks. [more]

Mixed day for Pacific athletes while five in action today
The Federated States of Micronesia weightlifter Manual Minginfel has made a good Olympics debut. Lifting a total of 275 Minginfel finished 11th out of 17 lifters in the men's 62... [more]

Oil price falls on China crude import drop
Oil prices fell on Monday as a drop in crude imports by China outweighed concerns over supply disruptions stemming from the conflict between Russia and Georgia. [more]

Boardsailors make a good start in Qingdao
The New Zealand boardsailors have made a solid start to their Olympic regatta in Qingdao. Tom Ashley is fourth overall after finishing fourth and seventh in the opening two races. ... [more]

Capello claims England will make Football World Cup
England football manager Fabio Capello has guaranteed England will qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Capello is in confident mood ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign, ... [more]

Black Sticks men upset Korea
The New Zealand men's hockey team has scored a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over South Korea in their opening match at the Beijing Olympics. Korea dominated the first half and led ... [more]

Investor move signals battle over Telecom future
The opening shots have been fired in what could become a battle over the future shape of Telecom, the largest company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange. [more]

Wall Street gains as oil slips
US stocks rose on Monday as oil prices closed lower for a sixth day, improving prospects for consumer and business spending. [more]

New Zealand and Samoa shortlisted for IRB players of the year
New Zealand Sevens rugby captain D J Forbes is one of the nominees for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year to be announced in London on November 23. Forbes,... [more]

Fiji cabinet to discuss fuel tax
Fiji's Cabinet is expected to discuss the fuel fiscal duty reduction today after an appeal by the Fiji Taxi Union. The Fiji Times reports that the union is hopeful that... [more]

Early success of Pacific Plan a tribute to the late Greg Urwin
The acting Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Feleti Teo, has paid tribute to Greg Urwin, the man who previously held the post, saying the Pacific has lost a... [more]

West Papuan refugees don't want to return to Indonesia, despite minister's claims
A group of West Papuan refugees in Australia have dismissed claims by Indonesia's Foreign Minister that some of them want to return to the Papua region. The Minister, Hassan Wirayuda,... [more]

Organic standards to add value to agricultural produce
Organic standards for agricultural produce in the Pacific region have been developed and will be officially launched in Samoa next month. Adi Maimalaga Tafuna'i , executive director of Samoa's NGO... [more]

CNMI second in command appears in court on fraud charges
The CNMI Lieutenant Governor, Timothy Villagomez, has appeared in court, along with two others, on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and theft of federal funds. The charges are the culmination... [more]

Solomons Governor General announces by-election date
Solomon Islands Governor-General Sir Nathaniel Waena has appointed September 23rd as the date for National Parliament by-elections in the Lau/Mbaelelea and East Honiara Electoral Constituencies. The SIBC reports that the... [more]

French Polynesia in recession
Figures released in Papeete show that French Polynesia's economy is in recession. The statistics office says there has been a sharp downturn, with job offers down by 34 percent over... [more]

Rafting firm to pay for Shotover River slip removal
The company Queenstown Rafting has agreed to foot what is likely to be a bill for tens of thousands of dollars to clear a slip above the Shotover River. [more]

NZ Greens to push government to protect Pacific tuna fishery
The New Zealand Green Party is launching a petition calling on the Government to take urgent action to halt the over-exploitation of the Pacific's tuna fisheries. The Green's conservation and... [more]

Niue tourism told to offer cultural experience
Niue has been told that to grow its fledgling tourism industry it needs to give visitors a cultural experience. Auckland University of Technology's New Zealand Tourism Research Institute is presently... [more]

CNMI Lt Governor Villagomez indicted on fraud charges
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' second highest ranking politician has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and theft of federal funds. The charges against Lieutenant Governor Timothy... [more]

Three Mangere schoolchildren hospitalised
Three children from Jean Batten Primary school in Mangere, Auckland have been taken to hospital after they came into contact with what may be a toxic plant. [more]

Two world records in the pool
There have been two world records in the pool at the Olympic Games in Beijing so far on Monday. Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry set a new world time in winning her semi ... [more]

Andrew Nicholson falls out of contention in equestrian
New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson has crashed out of the Olympic three-day event in Hong Kong after falling on the penultimate fence of the cross country. Nicholson, considered New Zealand's best ... [more]

Phelps wins second gold in world record time... just
American swimmer Michael Phelps is still on course to win eight gold medals at the one Olympic Games but he has his team mates to thank for his second gold in ... [more]

Northland and Tasman out of 2009 rugby competition
Northland and Tasman have been left out of a reduced Air New Zealand Cup national provincial rugby championship in 2009. The New Zealand Rugby Union announced their draft decision after assessing ... [more]

Mark Todd says team had no luck in cross country
New Zealand's master horseman Mark Todd admits it wasn't a great day for them at the three-day cross country, which has more or less seen them drop out of medal contention. ... [more]

Harrington makes history at PGA
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington's savouring making golf history after his two shot win at the USPGA Championships in Michigan. Harrington shot a final round, four under par 66 to finish on ... [more]

Federer breezes past Tursunov
Roger Federer has shaken off his poor recent form with a classy 6-4 6-2 victory over Dmitry Tursunov in the first round of the Olympic tennis tournament. The Swiss top seed ... [more]

Single scullers into semi-finals
The New Zealand single scullers Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg are safely through to the semi-finals at the Olympic rowing regatta in Beijing. Three-time world champion Drysdale won his quarter-final, ... [more]

Pietersen leads England to consolation win
Kevin Pietersen has celebrated his first cricket Test as England captain with a consolation six-wicket victory over South Africa in the fourth and final Test at the Oval. Andrew Flintoff hit ... [more]

Burmester in semis, Norfolk misses out
Swimmer Moss Burmester has made it through to the semi-finals in the 200 metre butterfly after finishing third in his heat. His time of 1.55.80 was the 10th fastest from ... [more]

Cuba denies athlete signed China rights plea
A senior Cuban athletics has coach denied his team's best hope for a track gold at the Beijing Olympics had signed a controversial petition pressing China over Tibet and human rights. ... [more]

Capello makes World Cup vow
England's football coach Fabio Capello has guaranteed England will qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Capello is in confident mood ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign, which ... [more]

Ireland ask FIFA to switch Georgia tie
Ireland's Football Association will ask FIFA to switch their World Cup qualifier in Georgia next month to a neutral venue because of the conflict in the country. Georgia launched an attack ... [more]

Jayawardene praises true team performance
Sri Lanka's cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene says a true team performance is the key to his side's 2-1 series win over India. Sri Lanka won the third and deciding Test by ... [more]

Knights move into top eight
Newcastle are back into the top eight in the National Rugby League following a 32-12 away win over the Gold Coast Titans on Monday night. The Knights have moved into ... [more]

Erakovic tied at 1-1 in rain-delayed tennis
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic is tied at one set all with Japan's Ayumi Morita in a rain-interrupted Olympic tennis singles game so the game, originally scheduled for Sunday, will now go ... [more]

Tall Ferns set tough task after huge loss to Spain
The New Zealand women basketballers face an uphill battle in their bid for a spot in the Beijing Olympic quarterfinals after falling 62-85 to Spain in their pool game second ... [more]

Football Ferns need good win against defending champions
The New Zealand women's Football Ferns will know how far they've come when they play Athens gold medallists the United States in their must-win match in Shenyang tonight. After promising ... [more]

China shocks No.3 at the Beijing tennis tournament
China's Li Na produced the biggest shock so far of the Olympics tennis tournament to beat world number three Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 6-4. Li sparked joyful scenes at the end ... [more]

NZRU say door not closed on Northland and Tasman
The New Zealand Rugby Union doesn't believe the future is all bleak for Northland and Tasman who were on Monday axed from the top tier of the national provincial championship ... [more]

LA Galaxy loses top staff
The Los Angeles Galaxy football team head coach Ruud Gullit has resigned for personal reasons, while Alexi Lalas has lost his job as president and general manager. The Galaxy, led ... [more]

Winless Waikato resist wholesale changes
Waikato will field a new midfield combination against Manawatu in Palmerston North when round three of the provincial rugby championship starts on Thursday night. Coach Tony Hanks has opted for Dwayne ... [more]

Former Man United player gets multi-million dollar payout
The former Manchester United footballer Ben Collett has been awarded almost $10.5 million compensation after his career was ended by a reckless tackle in a reserve game. Collett was tipped ... [more]

China still heads US in gold medal race
The United States inflicted a double dose of basketball blues on China when their women's team powered to a 108-63 blowout win 24 hours after Yao Ming and his troops ... [more]

Women's basketball team beaten by Spain
Defence let the New Zealand women's basketball team down as they were beaten 85-62 by Spain in their second pool match at the Beijing Olympics. The Spanish led throughout, up by ... [more]

Phelps powers to third gold at the Water Cube
Michael Phelps became only the fourth man to win a record nine Olympic golds when he powered to victory in the 200 metres freestyle swimming. Phelps was imperious as he ... [more]

'Tornado' damages Mt Maunganui houses
About 20 buildings in Mount Maunganui have been damaged in what Metservice says was probably a small tornado. [more]

'P babies' causing headache for schools, say principals
School principals in Waikato say a generation of "P babies" is entering the primary school system and causing huge problems for schools. [more]

More world records tumble
The American swimmer Aaron Peirsol broke his world record in the men's 100m backstroke in a time of 52.54 seconds, winning back to back titles. His compatriot Matt Grevers collected ... [more]

Coughlin wins 100 women's backstroke
The American swimmer Natalie Coughlin turned the tables on Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry to win the 100 metres backstroke gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Coughlin held off the fast-finishing Coventry to ... [more]

TI PNG welcomes police barracks curfews in capital
Transparency International in Papua New Guinea has welcomed a decision to impose a curfew on the capital's police barracks. Police have imposed a curfew on the eight police barracks that... [more]

NZ PM says Fiji key item on Niue Forum agenda
The New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark says finding a way for Fiji to return to democracy will be a key element of next week's Pacific Islands Forum summit in... [more]

Fiji People Charter's advocates invite foreign monitoring
A spokesman for the team gathering feedback on the draft for Fiji's People's Charter says they would welcome independent monitors to ensure the process is fair. The head of the... [more]

French Polynesian senatorial campaign blocked by contradictory election rules
Campaigning in French Polynesia for the two seats in the French senate appears to be suspended after a presumed candidate, Rene Hoffer, discovered inconsistencies in the law and was told... [more]

New Samoan water exporter pits itself against Fiji industry
A newly-launched, multi-million dollar bottled water business in Samoa claims its product is purer than that of one of its main rivals, Fiji. The South Pacific Water company was launched... [more]

Trucking firm angry at short notice of strike
New Zealand's biggest transport company says it should have had more warning of strike action affecting Cook Strait ferries to give it time to make preparations. [more]

Air force copters lend hand to high-country farmers
Air force helicopters have been been called in to rescue stock trapped in snow at the head of the Awatere Valley, in Marlborough. [more]

Pest-fighting wasp fails to thrive in Far North
A tiny Irish wasp released in New Zealand to control one of the country's worst pasture pests is resisting attempts to get it established in the Far North. [more]

Union sets out election checklist
The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union says it will be carefully assessing every political party's commitment to workers' rights before this year's election. [more]

Rotorua firm develops tree-finetuning technology
A Rotorua-based company has developed tree-breeding technology that allows forest owners to select characteristics such as disease resistance, faster growth, and the ability to grow better in particular regions. [more]

Solomons MP convicted on two criminal charges
A Solomon Islands MP, Central Guadalcanal's Peter Shannel, has been found guilty on two criminal charges, including assault. Shannel faced three charges in the Central Magistrates Court. They were unlawful... [more]

Tributes for former head of Pacific Islands Forum
The work of the former secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, who died at the weekend, has been praised by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. [more]

Estate agents accused of inflating house values
Three real estate agents have been accused of overvaluing the houses they bought and using false documentation to obtain mortgages. [more]

Clean-up of Rotorua lakes to cost $144 million
The Government has agreed to pay half of the cost of cleaning up the four worst-polluted lakes around Rotorua. [more]

Bowel cancer screening programme brought forward
A pilot programme to screen for bowel cancer will start next year and a national programme will be introduced in 2011 - three years earlier than previously announced, says the Government. [more]

Solomons govt wants resource owners to get maximum benefits for Forestry
The Solomon Islands Forestry Minister says a mechanism is being developed to ensure local landowners receive a fair market price for trees cut by logging operations on their land. Sir... [more]

Sore head not the best present for hockey defender
Celebrating a birthday at the Olympics should be a pleasant experience but for hockey defender Blair Hopping it's one he'll remember for all the wrong reasons. Hopping was hit in ... [more]

Ede finishes 19th in double trap
The New Zealand shooter Graeme Ede has finished 19th in the double trap at the Beijing Olympics. Ede opened with a disappointing 38 out of his 50 in his first round ... [more]

Lee earns invite to PGA Tour event
New Zealand amateur golfer Danny Lee will get a taste of the PGA Tour this week after an invitation to play in the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. The world ... [more]

Norovirus outbreak closes two wards at Dunedin Hospital
A suspected outbreak of norovirus has forced the closure of two wards at Dunedin Hospital. [more]

Committee to weigh modified vegetables application
A committee hearing public submissions on an application by crown research institute Crop and Food Research to conduct field tests on genetically modified vegetables will begin its first day of deliberations on Wednesday. [more]

Commissioner heartened by benefit film for Singh family
A benefit film screening that raised $13,000 to help the family of a slain South Auckland liquor store owner has drawn praise from Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres. [more]

Two charities to benefit from Movember campaign
The moustache-growing fundraising drive Movember will run again in New Zealand this year, but this time two charities are set to benefit. [more]

Fiji police investigate long delay over arrest warrant for Suva lawyer
Police in Fiji are investigating why it took so long to issue an arrest warrant against a prominent Suva lawyer. Ratu Savaneca Komaisavai, was taken in for questioning after expressing... [more]

Forum chair calls the late Greg Urwin a true regional public servant
The Pacific Islands Forum has opened a condolence book at its Suva headquarters for its former secretary general, Greg Urwin, who died at the weekend. The acting secretary general, Feleti... [more]

Papuan shot by Indonesian police, say Human Rights workers
The Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights says an autopsy has revealed that a Papuan killed during a United Nations World Indigenous People Day event in Wamena at the... [more]

French Polynesian senatorial campaign appears suspended
Campaigning in French Polynesia for the two seats in the French senate appears to be suspended after a presumed candidate, Rene Hoffer, was told that registration won't open until September... [more]

Australian farmers warn against attempts to scuttle Labour scheme plans
Australian Farmers has warned against 11th-hour scaremongering over plans to allow Pacific Islanders to fill 22,000 seasonal horticultural jobs. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to tell the upcoming Pacific... [more]

Refugee lawyer shortage at crisis level, says authority
A shortage of lawyers for refugee appeals has reached "near crisis levels", says a government review board. [more]

Luck won't run out for two weeks
A shoulder injury has ended the Warriors loose forward Micheal Luck's run of 70 consecutive National Rugby League appearances. The 26-year-old has been left out of the line-up for the round ... [more]

Canterbury fear for champ Crusaders after Tasman chop
The Canterbury rugby union boss Hamish Riach REE-ACK says the region's Super 14 franchise, the Crusaders, has been materially disadvantaged by the loss of Tasman from next year's provincial rugby competition. ... [more]

Burmester makes it through to Olympic final
Moss Burmester has become the first New Zealand swimmer to make an Olympic final since Danyon Loader in 1996. Burmester qualified seventh fastest for Wednesday's 200 metre butterfly final. The Commonwealth ... [more]

Firefighters deal with ammonia leak
About 40 firefighters are dealing with the aftermath of an ammonia leak in South Auckland. [more]

Property market rebounded in July - institute
A recovery in the property market in July is unexpected, says the Real Estate Institute. [more]

Aftermath of drought still affecting farmers
Farmers in areas that have been affected by drought are struggling to keep stock fed despite greatly reduced stock numbers. [more]

Apple exports to China voluntarily suspended
The national pipfruit industry body has voluntarily suspended exports of apples directly into China after the discovery of woolly aphids in a shipment of fruit from Hawke's Bay. [more]

Share market finishes down 16 points
The NZX 50 index was down 16 points to 3353 on turnover of $95 million on Tuesday. [more]