Radio New Zealand - Monday, 18th August 2008

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

Afternoons

Eight Months to Mars - Julie Christie
She has grown into New Zealand's largest producer of Entertainment television. [more]

Oz Super
Billions of dollars, locked up in Australian retirement funds are set to be released to Kiwis. [more]

Natalie Crimp - Inventor
The science of how things work and why has always fascinated Natalie. And it's taking her places! [more]

He Rourou for 18 August 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Te Whare/kohua Turuwhenua about the Maori prophet Rua Kenana. [more]

Author Slot - Nicola McCloy
Her latest book, Made in New Zealand, is a pocket-sized page turner! [more]

This Way Up Feature - Sharpening Scissors
Simon Morton from This Way Up finds a shortcut round the streets with a mobile scissor sharpener. [more]

Environment Story - Albatrosses
Wildlife photographers Tui de Roy and Mark Jones have spent the past few years traveling the oceans in search of albatrosses. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Simon Pound and Amanda Millar. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Simon Pound and Amanda Millar. [more]

Business News

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

Evening Business News for 18 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 18 August 2008
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Tony Veitch Assault Case
Former broadcaster Tony Veitch says he is relieved at the chance to defend himself. [more]

Fiji Boycotts the Forum
Fiji's coup leader Frank Bainmarama has withdrawn from attending the Pacific Islands Forum. [more]

Dunedin Norovirus
Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals will remain in lockdown mode tomorrow as they continue to battle a Norovirus outbreak. [more]

High Court Challenge
Two government ministers have been accused of leaning on the Electricity Commission to get the result they wanted. [more]

Olympics Report
Where Australian Emma Snowsill has won the women's triathlon event. [more]

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

Peters Before House Committee
Winston Peters is now just a few hours away from fronting up to questions from Parliament's Privileges Committee. [more]

Sexual Violation Court Case
A woman has told an Auckland court how an ambulance driver sexually violated her. [more]

Georgia Conflict Update
Tensions remain high in Georgia as the international community watches to see whether Russia will honour its pledge. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Appeal Hearing
The Court of Appeal has been asked to reduce the four and a half year jail sentence handed down to a former police officer. [more]

Boobs on Bikes
The organiser of the Boobs on Bike parade says he is willing to go to jail rather than cancel the event. [more]

A Safety Culture
A visiting international expert wants to see the promotion of a safety culture being pushed. [more]

Dunedin Noroviris
Hundreds of patients at Dunedin and Wakari Hospital will be affected by the postponement of all elective surgery. [more]

Mental Health Review
A review in Christchurch, sparked by three deaths, has recommended increasing the number of Acute Inpatient beds. [more]

Fiji Politics
Fiji's Interim Prime Minister has taken over the interim Finance Minister's position. [more]

Latin American News
Peruvians are protesting a lack of help from their government a year after a devastating earthquake. [more]

US Movies
Hollywood is having a record-breaking summer at the box office. [more]

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

Georgia Conflict Update (Part 2)
After nearly a week of fighting and looting in Gori, humanitarian aid is starting to trickle in. [more]

Whale Research
Researchers hope the excavation of a small rare whale from the coast of Coromandel will teach them more. [more]

A Safety Culture (Part 2)
An overseas expert on workplace safety says governments must fund tougher inspecting regimes to prevent deaths on the job. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Zimbabwe Talks
Southern African leaders have ended their summit in Johannesburg without reaching a political settlement in Zimbabwe. [more]

US Politics
In the United States both Presidential hopefuls have appeared together for the first time in the 2008 election campaign. [more]

Baby Boom?
New Zealand currently has its highest birth rate for 17 years. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 August 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 August 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 18 August 2008
Top Stories for 18 August 2008. [more]

Pakaha - The Fluttering Shearwater
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Drysdale Considers Future
He says he isn't a definite competitor for the 2012 London Games but feels he has unfinished business. [more]

Basin Reserve Under Threat
There are claims the sanctity of one of the world's oldest test match venues could be under threat from a controversial flyover. [more]

Hospice to Cut Services
A 300-thousand dollar deficit is forcing the Otago Community Hospice to cut services. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nervous Wait For Family and Friends on 'Super Saturday'
New Zealand won five medals in seven hours on Saturday night and early Sunday morning. [more]

Winning Gold Hasn't Sunk in - Caroline Evers-Swindell
Caroline Evers-Swindell - one half of New Zealand's women coxless pairs team -says winning the gold medal still hasn't sunk in. [more]

New Zealand's Most Successful Day Ever at The Olympics
The 29th Olympiad will be remembered for providing New Zealand's most successful day ever at the Olympics. [more]

Labour Narrows Gap on Nats
The Labour Party has narrowed the gap between it and National in the latest One News Colmar Brunton opinion poll. [more]

Body on Dry Ice Died of Drug Overdose
Monique Trepp's body was found back in March, stored in a plastic bin, in a room at the up market Fairmont Newport Beach hotel. [more]

Snow Closes Highways and Passes
Motorists are advised to watch for ice and grit in shaded areas and on bridge decks, and to carry chains. [more]

Canoeist's Start Campaign Today
The NZ flat-water canoeists begin their Olympic campaign today with the K-1 and the K-2 teams. [more]

Dunedin Hospital in Lock Down
Dunedin Hospital could remain in lock down for at least several more days, as it attempts to cope with a norovirus outbreak. [more]

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

Russia to Withdraw Troops From Georgia
Russia is promising to withdraw its troops from Georgia today, almost a week after it signed a ceasefire. [more]

1995 Rugby World Cup to be Made Into Movie
Clint Eastwood is set to make a movie about the 1995 rugby world cup which the All Blacks lost 15-12 in extra time. [more]

Auckland Set to Lose Market
The twice-weekly arts and crafts market has been forced to make way for an 80-million dollar redevelopment. [more]

Vili Makes Olympic History
It was the first gold for this country in track and field since John Walker's in 76 and the first for a NZ woman since 52. [more]

Phelps Greatest Olympic Champion Ever
Phelp's US team's clean sweep of the relays winning the 100 metres medley relay yesterday delivered his eighth gold medal. [more]

National Releases Candidate List
The National Party is aiming to broaden its appeal by including candidates on its list from the Pacific, India and Korea. [more]

Kiwisaver Transfer Scheme to be Set up With Australia
The Australian government is to find NZers retirement savings held in its super scheme and allow the funds to be sent back here. [more]

Investors May Only get Back 10 Percent of Investment
Company owner of Waipawa Finance and Waipawa Holdings accountant Warren Pickett is under investigation by the SFO. [more]

Elim Students to Head Back to Outdoor Pursuits Centre
The trip, planned for next February, will form part of a student leadership programme. [more]

NZ And Australia Urged to Help Displaced Pacific Islanders
Australia and New Zealand are being urged to do more to help Pacific Islanders displaced by climate change. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Bride's Worst Nightmare
First you discover that your future husband is actually a woman dressed in men's clothing. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Australia Correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes joins Sean and Geoff to talk Olympics and Pacific guest worker scheme. [more]

Nine To Noon

Georgia Aid - Humanitarian Relief
Oxfam's Humanitarian Coordinator Simon Springett talks about the efforts being made in Georgia to get relief to those in need. [more]

The Camera Nevers Lies ... Or Does It?
Computer doctoring of photos is becoming increasingly common, so how do you detect if a picture has been tampered with? [more]

Wheelchair Karate - Fifth Dan Black Belt
To be awarded the karate award 52 year-old John Marrable had to fight against able-bodied fighters, from his wheelchair. [more]

Middle East Correspondent
Middle east correspondent Irris Makler brings us the latest news from the Middle East including the Olympic medal race. [more]

The Unashamed Australian - Rolf Harris
With a career spanning more than half a century of painting, spinning yarns and bringing Australian culture to the world. [more]

Book Review - Last Stand in Singapore
Don Rood Reviews Last Stand in Singapore by Graham Clayton, Published by Random House. [more]

Politics From The Left And The Right
Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre give their political views from the right and the left respectively. [more]

Food And Wine - Guest Chef Kate Hill
Leek Gratin, Stuffed Veal Bundles and Pear and Chocolate Tart from guest chef Kate Hill with John Hawkesby providing the wine. [more]

A Modest Proposal or Two
David Slack joins Lynne Freeman for A Modest Proposal or Two including searching for work and Internet habits. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Henry Wong Doe
New Zealand pianist returns home from New York to perform Grieg's piano concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. [more]

175 East Review
Samuel Holloway reviews Saturday's concert in Auckland which featured the visiting pianist Mark Knoop. [more]

Julie Mason
Auckland-based jazz pianist and vocalist talks about the debut CD of her ensemble, Julie Mason and the Jazz Divas. [more]

News stories:

Wellington defies national retail sales drop
The Wellington economy is out-performing the rest of the country. [more]

Nine month timeline for ETS - National
The National Party says it will have an emissions trading scheme in place nine months after it takes office, if elected to Government. [more]

Kiwisaver transfer scheme to be set up with Australia
New Zealanders who have worked in Australia will be able to transfer their retirement savings into this country's Kiwisaver scheme. [more]

Man rescued after being buried by avalanche
A man has been rescued following an avalanche at Temple Peak 50km north-west of Queenstown. [more]

No relocation for Aotea Square market traders
Traders at Auckland's Aotea Square market say they feel let down by the decision not to relocate their stalls while the square's redevelopment takes place. [more]

Plan to get illegally felled timber off world market
Forestry groups and environmentalists have joined forces to try to prevent illegally logged timber being brought into the country. [more]

Players fixated on Champions League
The manager of the English Premier League football side Aston Villa says modern players have too much power and are fixated on the Champions League. Martin O'Neill says the game is ... [more]

Phoenix square A-League opener thanks to Moss heroics
The Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss was the difference as the Wellington football team drew 1-1 with the Queensland Roar. The visitors were forced to settle for the draw in their ... [more]

Record win for Loeb in Germany
The world rally champion Sebastien Loeb has won in Gerrmany for the seventh time in a row. The French ace finished 47.7 seconds ahead of his Citroen team mate Dani ... [more]

Black Sticks draw with China
The New Zealand men's hockey team know they blew a big opportunity to get a foot into the semi-finals at the Beijing Olympics after they were held 2-2 by China. The ... [more]

Warriors keep going but all to play for
The Warriors' hopes of making the final eight of the National Rugby League remain alive after their win on Saturday over the third-placed Sharks. They're eighth but will drop to ninth ... [more]

Chelsea fly as United struggle
In England the football Premiership got underway and Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chelsea sent a message to the rest with a highly impressive 4-0 victory over Portsmouth overnight. In reply the ... [more]

Nadal takes Olympic tennis title
The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal's rich vein of form continues, winning the gold medal for the singles at the Beijing Olympics. Nadal, the second seed, beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile ... [more]

Fraser leads Jamaican 100 metre sweep
Jamaica's women sprinters have swept the Olympic 100 metres - the first time any country has had three runners on the podium in that event. Shelly-Ann Fraser won the gold medal ... [more]

Rossi wins Czech race after Stoner crashes
Valentino Rossi of Italy won the Czech MotoGP after the world champion Casey Stoner crashed out early in the race. The Ducati rider Toni Elias of Spain took second, 15 seconds ... [more]

Celtic lose heart to Dundee new boy Sandaza
The Scottish Premier League champions Celtic stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Dundee United and are two points off the pace after two rounds. Fierce city rivals Rangers, who beat ... [more]

Driving conditions improve, roads reopen
The Transport Authority says alpine roads appear to be through the worst of the high country snow and driving conditions are beginning to improve. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Saturday's Olympic medal haul for New Zealand; Dunedin hospital lockdown; Fairfax-Nielson poll says almost half those surveyed want Winston Peters sacked. [more]

Former Archbishop of Papeete dies
The former archbishop of the archdiocese of Papeete, Michel Coppenrath, has died in French Polynesia. He was 84. Monsignor Coppenrath became Archbishop in 1973 and served until 1999. He was... [more]

Three Fiji interim ministers, including Chaudhry, to resign
Three ministers in Fiji's interim administration are expected to resign today. The three are Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, interim Labour Minister Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi and interim Tourism and Communications... [more]

Hosts continue to lead though US has more medals
China continues to head the medal table at the Beijing Olympics with 35 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze for a total of 61. The United States is second with 19 ... [more]

Phelps trying to take it all in
The American swimmer Michael Phelps is trying to take in his achievement of creating Olympic history by winning an unprecedented eight gold medals in a single Games. The feat took his ... [more]

American Samoa Senate reviews Tonga land lease
The American Samoa Senate is reviewing the Tongan government land lease in Tafuna village. It was during the late Governor AP Lutali's administration that land was exchanged between the governments... [more]

Hawaiian group occupies former King's palace
A group of self-proclaimed Native Hawaiian Sovereignty advocates last night occupied Iolani Palace in Honolulu, the former home of the Hawaiian monarch. State police arrested 22 members of the Kingdom... [more]

Modest gains for AMP Capital Investors
One of the country's largest investment managers posted modest gains in the June quarter. [more]

Arsenal and Liverpool start new season with wins
The English football side Arsenal has won its opening game of a new Premier League season 1-0 against promoted West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates. Liverpool has beaten Sunderland 1-0 at ... [more]

Warriors continue march to top eight
The Warriors rugby league side has defeated the third-placed Cronulla Sharks 18-4 and climbed back into the top eight of the NRL competition. Meanwhile a maiden finals appearance is still within ... [more]

Bekele retains 10,000 title
The world record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia has secured what he hopes will be the first leg of the long-distance double when he retained his Olympic 10,000 metres title ... [more]

Drysdale would have won if not for illness
Rowing bronze medalist Mahe Drysdale say he's not bitter about the stomach complaint that probably robbed him of gold at the Beijing Olympics on saturday night. Radio New Zealand's reporter at ... [more]

Hanson wins Scandinavian Masters
The Swedish golfer Peter Hanson has added a second European Tour title when he led from start to finish to win the Scandinavian Masters by a stroke from compatriot Pelle Edberg ... [more]

Canoeing field evenly matched
Olympic medallist turned coach, Paul MacDonald, says the flatwater canoeing field is so evenly matched at the Beijing Olympics that it's hard to know what countries are the biggest threats. Men's ... [more]

Lions roaring in provincial rugby championship
Wellington remain on top of the national rugby championship with a perfect 15 points from 15 following their third straight bonus point win, over Counties Manukau on Friday. Bay of Plenty ... [more]

Organisers slated at Quingdao regatta
The New Zealand sailing team isn't happy with the organisation of the Olympic regatta off Qingdao. The series has been hit by a lack of wind, but just a handful ... [more]

National Party list issued
The National Party has added a new name to its list for this year's election: campaign chair Steven Joyce is ranked number 16. [more]

Rowing twins undecided about future
The double Olympic rowing champions Caroline and Georgina Evers Swindell are unsure about their future together in the sport. The twins are looking forward to experiencing the rest of the ... [more]

Samoa court hears another village banishment appeal
A village elders decision in Samoa to banish a mother and her five children because of an alleged adultery linked to the killing of a man in June is being... [more]

Sale of American Samoa cannery approved by US Trade Commission
An official from the Del Monte Food Company has confirmed that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved the sale of the company's StarKist Seafood division to South Korean based... [more]

Niue Premier says climate change and Fiji elections main topics at Forum meeting
The Premier of Niue Toke Talagi says it is important that the Pacific Islands Forum discusses the interim Fiji Government's refusal to hold elections by March next year, but he... [more]

Acting Forum Secretary General says climate discussions will be important
Pacific Islands Forum leaders are expected to make their strongest statement yet on climate change and its impacts on the region at this week's summit in Niue. Climate change is... [more]

Volleyball coach returns to team
The New Zealand coach of the United States men's volleyball squad competing at the Beijing Olympics, Hugh McCutcheon, has returned to the team less than a week after his father-in-law was ... [more]

Bulldogs believed to have accepted monetary settlement for Williams
The Sonny Bill Williams saga could be over soon with the Bulldogs rugby league club on the verge of accepting whats reported to be a settlement of over $900,000 from his ... [more]

Canterbury stun Auckland in national provincial rugby
The Canterbury rugby side stunned defending national provincial champion Auckland 34-3 in a third round game in Christchurch on Saturday night. Canterbury scored six tries. Earlier Southland defeated Hawkes Bay 20-16. ... [more]

Credit to loosies for Cape Town win
The All Blacks coach says his loose forwards helped set up Sunday morning's 19-0 Tri-Nations Test win against South Africa in Cape Town. Graham Henry has guided his side to a ... [more]

Happy with silver after beating heart condition
Hayden Roulston, the Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist, says he felt good on the track as he matched the eventual winner pedal-for-pedal. But in the second half of the men's individual pursuit ... [more]

Bronze medallist tells how sick he was
World champion rower Mahe Drysdale has revealed how potent the stomach bug he contracted was. Drysdale was ill most of last week then bravely snared a bronze medal in the single ... [more]

Carter's poor kicking day no worries for coach
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry is unfazed his star player had an off day with the boot in Cape Town. New Zealand has beaten the Springboks 19-0 to create a ... [more]

Cook Islands tourism official says marketing campaign will continue
The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation says although the industry has had a good high season this year, it may face challenges. Several key markets of the Cook Islands are facing... [more]

Age a benefit says 38-year-old marathon champion
Romania's new Olympic champion Constantina Tomescu believes her age worked in her favour. The 38-year-old became the oldest Olympic women's marathon winner by eight years. Tomescu says her age gave her ... [more]

Radcliffe again fails at Olympics
Briton Paula Radcliffe missed out on an Olympic medal for the fifth time on Sunday when her patched-up body again fell foul of the rigours of the marathon four years ... [more]

American Samoa conducts first dog census
The American Samoa Humane Society has just completed the Territory's first ever Canine Population Study A total of 1,237 dogs were observed in 7 randomly selected villages . The dog... [more]

Lagat out as US fail in 1500 again
The world champion Bernard Lagat of the United States failed to qualify for the Olympic 1500 metres final, ending American hopes of their first title in the event for 100 years ... [more]

SPC to launch organic agriculture strategy
The SPC says they hope governments in the Pacific region will support an organic strategy now being developed for agricultural produce. The Secretariat of the South Pacific has teamed up... [more]

Solomon Islands Fisheries Forum Agency welcomes new computer network system
The Forum Fisheries Agency in Solomon Islands has welcomed the new computer network system installed in the Maritime unit and launched on Friday. The more than 86-thousand US dollar computer... [more]

New computer network will assist in monitoring illegal fishing in Solomon Islands
The more than 86-thouand US dollar upgrade on Solomon Islands maritime unit will improve surveillance targetting illegal fishing, transnational crime and improve response time to search and rescue. The units... [more]

Petrol prices fall in American Samoa
For the first time in three months, motorists in American Samoa are about to see a drop in petrol prices. The new wholesale price for fuel which went into effect... [more]

New Zealand discus champion can't believe Olympic result
New Zealand's Olympic discus champion Valerie Vili received her gold medal in Beijing last night.... 24 hours after winning her title. The ceremony was held over because of Saturday night's... [more]

Strike at Air Tahiti Nui averted
A strike has been averted at Air Tahiti in French Polynesia after days of negotiations. 13 out 16 points were settled swiftly and over the weekend the outstanding grievances were... [more]

American Samoa seeks hotel investor in California
The American Samoa Government is to send a delegation to a real estate fair in California in a bid to find an investor to take over the rest of the... [more]

Airport reaches confidential settlement with spurned bidder
Auckland International Airport has settled its $6.3 million dispute over takeover costs with company whose bid for a stake in the airport failed. [more]

Elim students to return to canyoning site next year
The Auckland high school principal whose students died while river canyoning says their classmates need to return to the site of the tragedy. [more]

Financial loss forces Dunedin hospice to cut services
The Otago Community Hospice is cutting services in response to growing financial deficits and is calling for more government funding. [more]

Ngai Tahu plans 2,500 section subdivision
Ngai Tahu are planning a large new subdivision for Christchurch, in a joint venture with supermarket giant Foodstuffs South Island and the largely Singapore-owned CDL Land New Zealand. [more]

Swimming pool with Phelps connection may close
The Dunedin swimming pool where eight-times gold medal winner Michael Phelps tested a Speedo swimsuit may have to close. [more]

Freightways profit rises to record level
Express package company Freightways has delivered a record annual profit of $32.3 million in the year to June - an increase of 5% on the previous year. [more]

Ousted Fiji PM says people pleased with Chaudhry departure
Fiji's ousted Prime minister Laisenia Qarase says the people of Fiji will be happy to see the interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, out of the government. Mr Chaudhry is leaving... [more]

Australia announces pilot Pacific labour mobility scheme
Australia has announced details of a three-year pilot seasonal workers' scheme which will see Pacific Islanders take up work in horticulture. Visas will be available to 2,500 workers from Kiribati,... [more]

New evidence links Indonesian military to deadly 2002 attack on US teachers in Papua
Fresh evidence has linked Indonesia's military to the 2002 murder of two American school teachers in Papua province. Teachers Ricky Spier and Ted Burgon and an Indonesian, Bambang Riwanto, were... [more]

Malaita group wants answers over Solomons ethnic crisis
The president of the Malaita Maasina Forum, Hudson Kwalea, says the Solomon Islands government must find answers to questions that remain unanswered over the ethnic tensions. The Maasina Forum has... [more]

Niue opposition MP critical of Forum expense
As Niue prepares to host the Pacific Islands Forum summit this week, one of the island's opposition MPs says such annual meetings are a waste of money. Terry Coe says... [more]

Lee to lead NZ golf team in world championships
The world's number one ranked amateur golfer Danny Lee will head the New Zealand team to contest October's world teams championships in Adelaide. Lee, from Rotorua, will be joined by ... [more]

Lee confident for US Amateur after PGA tour debut
The Rotorua golfer Danny Lee has warmed up impressively for this week's US Amateur Championship with a three under par final round on his debut US PGA tour event. He finished ... [more]

Council hears submissions on flyover near Basin Reserve
A controversial road past the fourth-oldest cricket test match venue in the world is being considered by the Greater Wellington Regional Council on Monday. [more]

Select committee's housing affordibility plan
A Select Committee is recommending the Government acts to ensure more land is made available for subdivisions so that housing is more affordable. [more]

Whale remains found near Whitianga to be used for research
The remains of a rare small whale have been exhumed near Whitianga and will be used for research at Te Papa. [more]

Formal complaints over Christchurch property deal
The Office of the Auditor-General has received two formal complaints about a property deal Christchurch City Council made with a local developer. [more]

Birth rate rises to 17-year high
New Zealand has recorded its highest birth rate since 1991. [more]

Federated Farmers urges practical answers to lakes clean-up
Federated Farmers has called for Rotorua's regional authorities to come up with practical solutions to help farmers improve water quality in local lakes rather than imposing strict regulations. [more]

Body found in Auckland apartment building
A body has been discovered in an Auckland apartment building. [more]

Myfarm continues dairy farm expansion
A dairy farm investment company with more than 20 farms on its books is continuing its expansion in New Zealand and Australia as the dairy boom continues. [more]

Olympics over Dolphin in just over 20 seconds
Sprinter James Dolphin has achieved the dubious honour of having the briefest appearance at the Beijing Olympics by a New Zealand athlete. It's taken a little over 20 seconds for Dolphin's ... [more]

Michael Carrick out for three weeks
Manchester United midfielders Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs will miss up to three weeks of the new English football season with injury. Carrick limped out of this morning's one all draw ... [more]

Fiji pulls out of Forum Summit over exclusion from post-meeting bilateral talks
The interim government of Fiji has withdrawn from attending the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Niue as a protest at being excluded from scheduled post summit talks. Little over a... [more]

Fiji pulls out of Forum Summit due to exclusion from post-Forum biltateral talks
The interim government of Fiji has withdrawn from attending the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Niue as a protest at being excluded from scheduled post-summit talks. Little over a day... [more]

Two clothing companies close
Two North Island clothing companies have closed, with the loss of 40 jobs. [more]

Sharemarket up 17 points
The sharemarket, down three points on flat trading at 1pm on Monday, turned around by the close of business, with the NZX 50 index up 17 points to 3351 on turnover of $123 million. [more]

National still leading Labour in latest poll
The National Party maintains a strong lead over the Labour Party in the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll released on Sunday. [more]

Former policeman asks court to overturn convictions
A former top police officer who was found guilty last year of four charges of attempting to obstruct or defeat the course of justice has asked the Court of Appeal to overturn his convictions. [more]

Solomons govt package for ex-militants to be in form of projects not money
The Solomon Islands government says it will not be handing out cash as part of its rehabilitation package for former militants. Speaking in Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Fred Fono says... [more]

Australian labour mobility scheme must be separate from trade deals, says OXFAM
The executive director of Oxfam New Zealand, Barry Coates, says Australia's new Labour Mobility Scheme must be kept separate from ongoing trade negotiations. Mr Coates says the new pilot scheme... [more]

Palau won't attend Forum due to Fiji situation, says President
Palau's President has announced his country will not attend this year's Pacific Island Forum in Niue due to the unresolved Forum issue on the situation in Fiji. President Tommy Remengesau... [more]

Fiji's NFP says Labour Party trying to exert damage control
The National Federation Party says the FIji labour Party will still have to answer the questions people have for them, after its three ministers stepped down from the interim Government. [more]

Fiji interim Prime Minister becomes new interim Finance Minister
Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama will now be the new Finance Minister. Fiji's Interim Prime Minister has taken over the interim Finance Minister's position following the resignation of... [more]

No sexual violation, says ex-ambulance driver's lawyer
A defence lawyer has told Auckland District Court that her client did not sexually assault or violate his patient in the back of an ambulance. [more]