Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 13th 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


Jim's Essay
From Science Codex online, some new research about how to win a general election. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
For Norrie Knight from Christchurch the best song ever written is The Hollies 'He Aint Heavy He's My Brother'. [more]

In our music quiz Today, All three song titles mention Olympic sports - Stars Of Track And Field, Boxers and Sailing. [more]

Lakes Warning - Toxic Timebombs
An international water quality expert is warning our lakes are at risk of turning into toxic time bombs. [more]

He Rourou for Wed 13 August
Ana Tapiata talks to him about the great occasion talks with Tame Iti about the Crown-Tuhoe Terms of Negotiation. [more]

Feature Album
Today's Feature album is Brothers and Sisters, a 1973 album by The Allman Brothers Band. [more]

Virtual World - E-Hatred
ee Strikes and Your Out- download material from copyright infringes at your peril and E-hatred. [more]

Auckland Story - 'Our Street'
'Our Street' a community theatre performance, funded by Auckland City Council and stars many ethnic performers. [more]

Science Story - Naturally Occurring Emulsions
Kate McGrath takes a look at the way molecules in naturally occurring emulsions organize themselves. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Irene Gardiner and Neil Miller join Jim on The Panel to address the pressing issues of the day. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Irene Gardiner and Neil Miller join Jim on The Panel today, drink limits, Olympic Image and Smokers are the subjects. [more]

Business News

Morning Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 13 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Teenager Killed During Birthday Party - Police
A 14-year-old boy is the latest victim to be added to South Auckland's growing toll of violent deaths. [more]

Burmester Finishes Fourth Equal in Butterfly Final
Burmester led the field early on in the 200-metre butterfly final, but finished fourth after being unable to hold on. [more]

TVNZ Apology
TVNZ has apologised for a technical glitch that saw some viewers miss Moss Burmester's race. [more]

Deal Could Bring End to Conflict
A deal has been struck that could bring an end to the conflict between Georgia and Russia. [more]

New Zealand Sharemarket Down
The dollar's been bouncing around today, falling a cent-and-a-half at one stage this afternoon against the US dollar. [more]

Alert at Parliament Over White Powder
Four people working in Parliament have been decontaminated after an unknown white powder was sent to the Beehive. [more]

Bainimarama Allowed into New Zealand
Frank Bainimarama is going to be allowed into New Zealand next Tuesday so he can fly to the Pacific leaders forum in Nuie. [more]

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

Overseas Patients 'Risk Death' By Using False Identities
Pacific Island community leaders say overseas patients are putting their lives at risk by using their NZ relatives' identities. [more]

Board Member Gets Legal Advice on Ejection From Meeting
A member of Canterbury District Health Board is seeking legal advice after being asked to leave a board meeting last week. [more]

Judge Reserves Decision on Oil Spill
A judge has reserved his decision on whether New Zealand's second-biggest oil spill was the result of momentary distraction. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Government May Lower Blood Alcohol Limit
The government may move to lower the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers as part of moves to reduce alcohol-related harm. [more]

10% of Pregnant Women Victims of Violence
The information's come from a wider study looking at violence against women in New Zealand, which canvassed 3000 women. [more]

Israeli Prime Minister Offers West Bank to Palestinians
Ehud Olmert, has offered the Palestinians 93 percent of the West Bank as part of a possible peace settlement. [more]

Avalanches in The Tararua Ranges
Conditions have now eased a bit - but the Conservation Department is warning people to stay off the tops of the range. [more]

Georgia and Russia Truce
Georgia and Russia have agreed to a modified version of a peace plan over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. [more]

Georgian Community Protest - Central Auckland
The group of about forty Georgians held placards reading"Red Army Go Home", and"Hands of Georgia". [more]

Historic Day For New Zealand Swimming
Despite leading the field and being well within medal contention, Burmester slipped off the pace over the last 50 metres. [more]

TVNZ Blames Technical Glitch
Unable to cheer Moss Burmester on as he came agonisingly close to winning a medal, they were left watching a black screen. [more]

Qantas Lying - Union Representing Aircraft Engineers
The airline says it's discovered a paper work irregularity in its maintenance records. [more]

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

Violence Continues in China Despite Olympics
While the Olympics continue in Beijing, more than 30 people are now reported to have died in political violence. [more]

New Unit Opens at Springhill Prison
Today at the Springhill Prison in North Waikato a new unit was officially opened to treat 140 inmates a year. [more]

Cancer Strategy Must Be Improved - Professor
The implementation of the country's cancer strategy says workforce issues and patient information systems must be improved. [more]

Pressure's Mounting on Pakistan's President
Pressure's mounting on Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf to resign as leaders of the governing coalition finalise plans. [more]

Roaming Live Stock Could Bring Prosecution
Prosecutions are on the way for those who allow their livestock to roam on roads around Taupo. [more]

Extinction of Many Ancient Species May be Due to Human
Researchers say they've found clearer evidence that the extinction of many ancient species may be due to humans. [more]

British Tourists Tarnish Their Country's Image
A new report shows some British tourists are tarnishing their country's image when traveling abroad. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 August 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 13 August 2008
Weymouth Homicide, Georgia Conflict, Burmester in Butterfly Final, Real Estate Recovery, Exchange Rates and Motel Slowdown. [more]

Pipipi - the Brown Creeper
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

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

Georgia (Part 1)
Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev orders halt to military action against Georgia and says Russia is prepared to talk peace. [more]

NZ Hockey Olympics Win
The men's team has beaten higher seeded Korea in their opening match in Beijing in a display of Kiwi underdog flair. [more]

Family Violence Courts (Part 1)
Report into specialised Family Violence Courts says they're not reducing repeat offending and at times compromise victim safety. [more]

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

Waatea News (Part 1)
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Weymouth Homicide (Part 1)
A 14-year-old boy has been shot dead in the usually peaceful South Auckland suburb of Weymouth. [more]

Georgia (Part 2)
Russian and French presidents say international negotiations needed to settle the future of Georgia's two rebel provinces. [more]

Weymouth Homicide (Part 2)
Detective Inspector John Timms from Counties-Manukau police talks to us about the circumstances of the 14-year-old's death. [more]

Weymouth Homicide (Part 3)
Our reporter Lisa Thompson is at the scene of the homicide to give us a sense of what's happening in Justamere Place, Weymouth. [more]

Georgia (Part 3)
A ceasefire and return to the pre-conflict status quo comes despite an absolute lack of trust between the combatants. [more]

Olympic Update - Butterfly Final
Kiwi Moss Burmester starts in lane 1 of the final today but lines up against the imposing figure of Michael Phelps. [more]

Real Estate Recovery
The Real Estate Institute claims there has been an"unexpected recovery"in the housing market. [more]

Exchange Rates Favouring Exporters
Exporters are starting to feel the benefits as the dollar continues to slide. [more]

Motel Industry Slowdown
Motel owners are taking a hit from the economic slowdown with guest nights down 14% in June. [more]

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

Catholic Kiwi Politics
The Catholic Church is trying to avoid a secular state by listing religious matters that should influence voting churchgoers. [more]

Peters on National's Super Promises
Winston Peters warns older voters not to believe any National Party promises on their not cutting superannuation. [more]

Clutha River Hydro Projects
Contact Energy is looking at building dams on the Clutha River - more than a decade after similar plans were abandoned. [more]

Whaling Data
Some positive news for Japanese Whalers as Minke Whale numbers stabilise in the Antarctic and others recover. [more]

Weymouth Homicide (Part 4)
Daniel Newman, Manurewa City Councillor, visited Justamere Place, Weymouth this morning to see how the residents were feeling. [more]

Georgia (Part 4)
Since truce, Russia and Georgia accuse each other of continuing attacks; MFAT advises Kiwis to avoid the area. [more]

Danyon Loader on Moss Burmester
Danyon Loader talks about the physical and mental fortitude needed for swimming an Olympic gold. [more]

Weaker Dollar Relief for Exporters
We talk to Ken Stevens who runs Glide Path that exports airport conveyer belts to 11 countries around the globe. [more]

Family Violence Courts (Part 2)
The Chief District Court Judge, Russell Johnson talks about the critical review of Family Violence Courts. [more]

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

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

Southland Dairy Farm Polluters
Southland Regional Council wants Fonterra to take action against four large dairy farms that are polluting the region's streams. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pilgrims Now Asylum Seekers
Some Catholic pilgrims who entered Australia for the Pope's visit are now seeking asylum on the basis of persecution back home. [more]

Invisibility Cloak
Berkeley scientists have invented a new material that scatters light so it doesn't create reflections or shadows. [more]

Return of the Travelling Gnome
Murphy's a garden gnome who vanished from Gloucester to travel in a seven-month odyssey, traversing 3 continents and 12 countries. [more]


Gregory Clark
Author of A Farewell To Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World [more]

DVD Review
Miles Buckingham reviews Chinese movies The World (Shije) 2004 and Hero (Ying Xiong) 2002 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 5 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Cancer Control Strategy
Christchurch oncologist, Dr Chris Wynne talks about his hard-hitting editorial in the latest Medical Journal. [more]

The Real Cause of Georgian Conflict
According to Michael Klare, it's the flow of power and oild is power flowing through Georgia to the West. [more]

Happy Mother, Healthy Children
The importance of early mother-child interactions in determining children's long-term mental and physical health. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Paul Barclay
The latest from the lucky country. [more]

Feature Guest - Ferdinand Mount
Novelist, journalist and former head of Margaret Thatcher's prime ministerial policy unit, he's released a memoir. [more]

Book Review - Bandit Roads
Written by Richard Grant. Published by Little, Brown. Reviewed by Anne Buchanan. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
This week, Marty celebrates the musical life of Isaac Hayes who's gone on to play the big venue in the sky. [more]

Law - Constitutional Issues
Dean Knight talks about constitutional issues surrounding the Winston Peters NZ First political funding saga. [more]

Film Reviewer - Dan Slevin
Reviews: Married Life, Prague and Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Gao Ping
Chinese born composer and pianist talks about tomorrow night's concert 'Music to the Rescue'. [more]

Jacques Lacombe
NZSO's Guest Conductor will appear with the orchestra in Wellington tonight, along with concert pianist Yefim Bronfman. [more]

Jonathan Baker
APO's Tuba player debut's as Concert Master this Saturday with the premiere of the ' New Zealand Friendly Orchestra'. [more]

News stories:

NZ badminton pair beaten in Beijing
The New Zealand mixed doubles combination of Craig Cooper and Renee Flavell have been beaten in their opening round badminton match at the Beijing Olympics. The pair lost in the round ... [more]

Olympics over for Erakovic
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has lost her opening match at the Olympics in Beijing. She's lost 7-5, 6-7, 4-6 to Japan's Ayumi Morita, who's ranked almost 100 ... [more]

Womens pair into rowing final
The women's pair of Julliette Haig and Nicky Coles have become the second New Zealand rowing crew to qualify for a final at the Beijing Olympics. The pair rowed a very ... [more]

Murdoch starts well in Lasers at Olympics
Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch is at the head of the fleet after his first two Olympic races at Qingdao. Murdoch recorded a second and fifth to top the standings. Boardsailor Tom ... [more]

Rates cuts needed as Australian economy slows fast - analysts
A series of interest rate cuts in Australia extending well into next year may be needed to restore business confidence from its present recessionary levels, say economists. [more]

Downturn in number of motel guests
Motels have fared worst in the latest accommodation figures, which show a sharp drop in guest nights for June compared with the same month last year. [more]

Stadium 'still needed ' despite Northland rugby relegation
Northland council leaders say a new stadium planned for Whangarei will go ahead, despite Northland's rugby demotion. [more]

Football Ferns bow out
The New Zealand women's football team bowed out of their Olympic campaign overnight, thoroughly beaten by the USA 4-0 in Shenyang. The Americans were too strong in all areas of ... [more]

NZ eventing team finishes fifth
The New Zealand three-day eventing team has finished fifth at the Olympics. They improved one place during the final phase, the showjumping, at the equestrian venue in Hong Kong. The gold ... [more]

Black Sticks lose again
The New Zealand women's hockey team almost pulled off an upset win over world number 3 Germany at the Beijing Olympics, but conceded two late goals to lose 2 - 1. ... [more]

Glenn Snyders makes semis
The New Zealand swimmer Glenn Snyders has broken his 200 metres breast-stroke record by two seconds to reach this afternoon's semi-finals semi-finals in Beijing. Snyders says it feels good to get ... [more]

Lawson in ICC team to save Champions Trophy
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson will be one of the six-man delegation visiting New Zealand, Australia and England to try to convince top players to attend the Champions Trophy ... [more]

Pakistan pick Shoaib Akhtar
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is back in the Pakistan cricket squad just a month after being banned for five years. The 32-year-old won a court battle in July to temporarily ... [more]

Luke Braid nominated for IRB junior player of year
All Black flanker Daniel Braid's little brother Luke has been nominated for the International Rugby Board's Junior Player of the Year title. Luke Braid also plays on the flank and is ... [more]

No changes to All Blacks starting XV
Graham Henry has named an unchanged All Blacks starting team for the Test against South Africa early on Sunday morning. But there is one change in the reserves with Isaia ... [more]

Tiger won't be back until next year
The world number one golfer Tiger Woods says he won't be swinging a golf club in the near future as as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery. The American decided ... [more]

Olympics over for Erakovic
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has lost her opening match at the Olympics in Beijing, going down 7-5 6-7 4-6 to Japan's Ayumi Morita. Morita is ranked ... [more]

Womens pair into rowing final
The women's pair of Julliette Haig and Nicky Coles have become the second New Zealand rowing crew to qualify for a final at the Beijing Olympics. The pair rowed a very ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Russia orders halt to military operations; slashing drink-drive limits on Government agencies' agenda; Otago Community Hospice receives several offers of fund-raising support. [more]

Warrior Luck out of Cronulla game
Warriors forward Micheal Luck has finally ran out of luck. A shoulder injury has ended his run of 70 consecutive NRL appearances. The 26-year-old loose forward has been left out ... [more]

Montgomery gets 100th cap for Boks
South Africa's most capped player Percy Montgomery will celebrate his 100th Springbok cap against New Zealand in their Tri-Nations match in Cape Town early on Sunday morning. Montgomery, 34, says ... [more]

Solomons government rejects arming police
The Solomons Police Minister says the country's Police will not be re-armed anytime in the near future. Samuel Manetoali made the statement in Parliament in response to questions raised about... [more]

Seven women to contest Palau Senate election
Seven women are running for the Palau Senate this year - a record for either chamber of the national Congress. At present the Palau Senate has no female members. A... [more]

Rare Samoan document offered for sale
The original deed of conveyance for the land in Samoa bought by author Robert Louis Stevenson, is up for sale. The document, valued by its owner at one million US... [more]

OFC working to get transit visas for under 12 Football team through New Zealand
The Oceania Football Confederation General Secretary, Tai Nicholas is confident a transit visa through New Zealand will be granted to Fiji's under 12 football team. There were reports earlier that... [more]

A mixed day for Pacific atheltes in Beijing
Palau's Elgin Elwais lost to Hamid Iran 14-nil in the men's Greco-Roman 55kg. American Samoa's Aetonu Silulu lost to Germany's Von Harnier in the women's 63 kg judo preliminary. The... [more]

Solomons Finance Minister says country's currency declining
The Solomon Islands Finance Minister has told parliament that increasing the value of the Solomons dollar is not feasible at this time. The minister, Snyder Rini, was responding to calls... [more]

New Zealand lifts travel ban on Fiji coup leader for Niue Forum summit
The New Zealand Government has temporarily lifted its travel ban on the Fiji interim regime to help Commodore Frank Bainimarama attend next week's Pacific Islands Forum summit in Niue. The... [more]

Fletcher Building profits fall
Building products and construction firm Fletcher Building made a profit of $467 million in the year to June, a decrease of 4% percent on the previous year. [more]

Loader hails Burmester
New Zealand's greatest Olympic swimmer, Danyon Loader, says wherever Moss Burmester finishes in the 200 metres butterfly final in Beijing this afternoon he deserves praise for the way he got there. ... [more]

Black Sticks happy to be no longer under the radar
The New Zealand men's hockey team may have well and truly blown their cover after the opening match win over Korea at the Beijing Olympics, but that doesn't worry defender ... [more]

Olywhites coach says Belgium more physical
New Zealand's men's football team is still in with a chance of advancing to the second round of the Olympic competition when they play Belgium tonight. It's become a must-win ... [more]

Weightlifter says coach deserves credit
The diet is on track for New Zealand Olympic weightlifter Richard Patterson, who competes today in the 77kg class in Beijing. Patterson says the strict controls put in place by ... [more]

Shaw: need to show opening match wasn't a one-off
The hat-trick hero of the New Zealand men's hockey team's opening win over Korea says backing that up is the key now. Hayden Shaw says it's important the Black Sticks ... [more]

US basketballers notch up second win in Beijing
The United States Dream Redeem Team is two from two in the basketball competition at the Beijing Olympics. Le Bron James dominated with his size and strength, while Dwayne Wade ... [more]

Murdoch has good first day off Qingdao
Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch isn't getting too excited just yet after a great start to his Olympic regatta off Qingdao. Murdoch recorded a second and a fifth to top the ... [more]

Fiji Under-12 football team seeks exemption from NZ travel sanctions
The Fiji Under 12 football team, which won the Oceania championship, is yet to find out if can transit via New Zealand to attend the Danone Nations World Championship in... [more]

PNG tourism body calls on Air Niugini to improve service
Papua New Guinea's Tourism Promotion Authority says the national airline, Air Niugini, must improve its services. The authority is joining into criticism by the tourism minister who says the airline... [more]

French high commissioner in French Polynesia cancels engagements as polls loom
The French high commissioner in Papeete, Adolphe Colrat, says he won't take part in public events of interests to the selected voters in the French senate election despite this week's... [more]

Political instability in Tahiti delays budget debate
The French Polynesian budget debate has been delayed as the ruling To Tatou Aia coalition struggles to maintain a majority. This morning's sitting failed to take place as President Tong... [more]

RSF condemns Fiji police tactics against journalists
The international journalists' organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has condemned two cases of Fiji journalists being arrested and questioned for several hours by police in the past 10 days. The latest... [more]

World records tumble in pool
There were four races run and another four world records in the pool at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Alain Bernard of France broke the world record in the opening race ... [more]

Family violence courts fail to cut reoffending - study
Family violence courts in Waitakere and Manukau have not reduced reoffending rates, says an independent report. The courts, set up in 2001, emphasise rehabilitation rather than jail for offenders. [more]

Fresh look at Clutha River hydro projects
Plans for hydro-electric projects on Otago's Clutha River are being dusted off more than a decade after they were dropped. [more]

Bishops issue election guide
Catholic bishops have issued an election guide for church-goers covering topics including same-sex parenting, stem-cell research and euthanasia. [more]

NZ First warns against believing National on super
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has warned pensioners not to believe National Party promises on superannuation. [more]

Two American Samoan escapees seized
Two inmates who escaped from American Samoa's Tafuna Correctional Facility at the weekend have been recaptured. A prison warden, Fuega Moliga, says a police search party found 18-year-old Joseph Mamona... [more]

NZ Pacific Islands affairs minister to attend Urwin funeral
New Zealand's Pacific Island Affairs Minister, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, will represent New Zealand at the funeral for the former Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Greg Irwin, in Apia on Thursday. [more]

Samoan police constable suspended for alleged harassment
A police constable in Samoa has been suspended by the Police Commissioner, Papalii Lorenese Neru, as a result of an investigation by the Ministry of Police professional standards unit over... [more]

French expert says no viable alternatives to New Caledonia's Goro pipeline
A French expert looking at the Goro Nickel mining project in New Caledonia says questions remain about the waste disposal from the plant which is to start production later this... [more]

Board member gets legal advice on ejection from meeting
A member of Canterbury District Health Board is seeking legal advice after being asked to leave a board meeting last week. [more]

Call for dairy giant to shun four farm polluters
Southland's regional council, Environment Southland, wants Fonterra to stop accepting milk from four big dairy farms that are polluting the region's streams. [more]

Waikato police hunt dangerous offender
Police in Waikato are trying to find a man they describe as a dangerous offender who has breached his parole conditions. [more]

Solomons MP calls for support of Central Bank
A Solomon Islands MP has called on members of parliament to defend the independence of the country's Central Bank. This comes after the opposition leader, Manasseh Sogavare, had raised concerns... [more]

Application for big piggery approved
Horowhenua District Council has approved an application to build what could become the country's biggest piggery on a dairy farm near Foxton. [more]

Alert at Parliament over white powder
Several people were evacuated from Parliament after a white substance was found in an envelope on Wednesday. [more]

Police promise to get tough on roadside stock
Police have vowed to impound or destroy horses and stock found grazing at the roadside in the Taupo and Ruapehu districts. [more]

Call for immediate cut to drink-driving limit
Alcohol health groups are calling for the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers to be lowered immediately. [more]

Botha out of All Blacks test
South Africa has suffered a major injury setback heading in to Sunday morning's Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks in Capetown. World Cup-winning lock Bakkies Botha is out with a ... [more]

ICC set out to convince players to go to Pakistan
An six man international cricket task force is to visit New Zealand, Australia and England to try to convince players in the three countries to take part in September's Champions ... [more]

Springbok coach accuses All Blacks of cheating
The Springboks rugby coach Peter de Villiers is calling on Australian referee Matt Goddard to stop the All Blacks cheating in scrumns and lineouts in Sunday morning's Tri-Nations Test in Cape ... [more]

Burmester finishes fourth equal in butterfly final
The New Zealand swimmer Moss Burmester has finished fourth equal in the final of the men's 200 metres butterfly at the Olympic Games in Beijing. The American Michael Phelps trailed Burmester ... [more]

Burmester says going out fast was in his game plan
Moss Burmester has placed fourth in his 200 metre butterfly final, touching almost two seconds behind the bronze medalist. The gold went to American Michael Phelps, taking his tally to ... [more]

Australia show their class against South Africa
Australia looks the team to beat in the Olympic men's hockey competition in Beijing. The defending champions have humiliated South Africa 10-0 this afternoon to record their second straight big win ... [more]

Michael Phelps win his fifth gold in Beijing
The Olympic gold medals keep on coming for American swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps has won two more gold medals at the Water Cube today taking his tally at Beijing to five ... [more]

Glen Snyders finishes last in 200 breaststroke semi final
The New Zealand swimmer Glen Snyders has finished eighth in the first semi final of the men's 200 metres breaststroke in Beijing and will not qualify for the final. Snyders recorded ... [more]

Phelps wins 10th career gold medal
Michael Phelps became the first Olympian to win 10 career gold medals when he triumphed with a new world record time in the men's 200 metres butterfly in Beijing. New Zealand's ... [more]

Credit worries drag Wall Street lower
US stocks fell on Tuesday, as bank shares tumbled on fresh worries about the economy and further losses stemming from the mortgage crisis. [more]

Georgians gather for Auckland protest
Members of the Georgian community have gathered at Auckland's Britomart transport centre to protest at Russia's attack on their home country. [more]

Dollar drops more than 1c against greenback
The dollar has fallen more than a cent against the United States currency, though at one point on Wednesday afternoon it was down 1.5c. [more]

Overseas patients 'risk death' by using false IDs
Overseas visitors are putting their lives at risk by using New Zealand relatives' names to access free emergency hospital care, says acting Manukau Mayor Arthur Anae. [more]

Sharemarket finishes down eight points
The NZX 50 index closed down eight points to 3345 on Wednesday on turnover of $111 million. [more]

Man turns himself in over "piddler on the roof" incidents
A man accused of urinating into parking meter coin slots in Napier will appear in court next week. [more]

TVNZ blackout could happen again
Television New Zealand has apologised for a technical glitch during its Olympics coverage on Wednesday afternoon, but says it cannot guarantee it will not happen again. [more]

Time to charge for wastewater - Tauranga councillor
A Tauranga city councillor has suggested it is time to look at the feasibility of charging ratepayers for the amount of wastewater they produce. [more]

Norovirus hits more staff, patients in Dunedin
More staff and patients have fallen ill at Dunedin Hospital as a result of a suspected norovirus outbreak. [more]

New Zealand's double sculls into rowing final
The New Zealand double sculls of Rob Waddell and Nathan Cohen have clinched a berth in the rowing finals at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Waddell and Cohen have finished third ... [more]

Coxless pair makes final or rowing
The New Zealand coxless pair of George Bridgewater and Nathan Twaddle have produced a strong finish to make the final of their event at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Bridgewater and ... [more]

Mahe Drysdale through to Olympic final but only just
World champion rower Mahe Drysdale has had a huge fright in his semi final of the men's single sculls at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Drysdale's finished third and qualified for ... [more]

Twigg misses final by smallest of margins
New Zealand rower Emma Twigg has missed a place in the final of the women's single sculls at the Olympic Games in Beijing after a photo finish was needed to separate ... [more]

Judge reserves decision on oil spill
A judge has reserved his decision on penalties in relation to whether New Zealand's second-biggest oil spill was the result of momentary distraction or a reckless disregard for environmental risk. [more]

Police release description of pair sought over teen killing
Police in South Auckland investigating the killing of a teenager outside his home on Tuesday night have released descriptions of two people who ran from the scene. [more]

Chinese heritage trail proposed for Otago
A heritage trail is being considered for Otago that would link Chinese gold mining and other heritage sites across the region. [more]

Report into coolstore fire goes to Fire Service head
A draft report into the Tamahere coolstore fire in April has been handed to National Commander of the Fire Service Mike Hall. [more]