Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 20th August 2008

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Jim's Essay
Jim scrabbles words and asks for some of your most attractive anagrams. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Pauline Wetton from Auckland has chosen"Je ne regrette rein"by Edith Piaf. [more]

The Lost Ship the Centaur
After 65 years in an unmarked grave, there are calls for an official search to be launched for the hospital ship. [more]

He Rourou for 20 August
Ana Tapiata talks to Tony Waho, about the impact of changes at kohanga reo level on total immersion primary schools. [more]

Virtual World
Debbie Mayo-Smith with more great IT applications for your computing. [more]

Auckland Story with David Steemson
David talks to Drag artists Buffy and Bimbo who appear in a cookery book called Cooking Doesn't have to be a Drag. [more]

Science with Amelia Nurse
Looking at a new robotic kiwifruit picker. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Garry Moore and Richard Griffin. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Garry Moore and Richard Griffin. [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 20 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


Tension At The Pacific Forum
Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has refused to attend, prompting Helen Clark to liken him to Robert Mugabe. [more]

Body Found Not Yet Identified As Missing Chch Woman
Police are investigating a potential homicide after finding a body believed to be that of 52 year old Kerry Leigh Downey. [more]

Man To Be Re-sentenced Because He Was A Police Informant
The Court of Appeal says that a recidivist burglar, who threatened a neighbour with an axe, should have a more lenient sentence. [more]

Returning To The Pacific Forum
The Prime Minister Helen Clark discusses her comments about Fiji's interim leader Frank Bainimarama. [more]

Nick Willis Wins Bronze In The 1500m Run
The Bronze medalist says his result last night should set him up to continue at the top level for the next 6 years. [more]

Olympic Update
With Paul Brennan. [more]

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker
The Auditor-General is launching a formal investigation into a property deal the Chch City Council made with a local developer. [more]

Political Reporter Julian Robins
Peters says he has now confirmed that he personally paid the court costs related to his unsucessful Tauranga electoral petition. [more]

10 French Soldiers Killed and 21 Injured Close To Kabul
President Sarkozy is flying to Afghanistan to support his country's troops fighting with Taleban militants. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Boobs On Bikes Draws Big Crowd
Tens of thousands of people clogged Queen Street to watch the parade, far outweighing the 50 protestors. [more]

More From The Pacific Forum
Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says Ms Clark's comments show a lack of understanding. [more]

Olympic Reporter Barry Guy
News about out board sailers, BMX riders and our overall performance at the games so far. [more]

Hundreds At Funeral For Mountain Guide Gottlieb Braun Elwert
He died at a hut in the Two Thumbs range while on a skiing tour with the Prime Minister, Helen Clark and others, last Thursday. [more]

Mobil Jet Fuel Storage Closure
Civil Defense says the company's decision not to upgrade the only fuel stop at Milford Sound could put the lives at risk. [more]

Pakistani Politicians Try To Find Successor
Top politicians are getting down to the business of finding a presidential successor to Pervez Musharraf. [more]

The US Secretary of State Arrives in Poland
Ms Rice has arrived in Poland to finalise an agreement, which will permit the US to base a missile defence system there. [more]

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

ASB Housing Confidence Survey
The ASB's chief economist Nick Tuffley says there's a glimmer of hope for the housing market. [more]

Bee Population Diminishing
Beekeepers are starting to panic as viruses, insecticides and changing land use, wipe out bee populations. [more]

Climate Change and Business Conference
How do you know if a product or service is really carbon neutral? [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

David Graham From The Hutt Valley DHB
Police have been called in to investigate the biziarre theft of old patient records from the laboratory in the Hutt Valley. [more]

Dolphins Walking On Water
A pod of dolphins living off the south coast of Australia has been seen walking on water using their tails. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 20 August 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 20 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 20 August 2008
Top Stories for 20 August 2008 [more]

Koekoea - Long Tailed Cuckoo
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Tourism Operators Face Big Tax Bill
Tourism operators are in a slanging match with Inland Revenue over what they say is a potential tax bill of millions of dollars. [more]

People Being Short Changed - Head of Disputes Tribunal
The head of the Disputes Tribunal says people are being short changed because of an outdated cap on claims. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Docherty Takes Bronze
Immediately after winning bronze yesterday Docherty was talking about gold in four years time in London. [more]

New Health Centre Hailed
Counties Manukau DHB has unveiled plans to train four hundred more health professionals a year to meet a staffing crisis. [more]

Bronze For Willis in 1500m
Nick Willis has brought back memories of New Zealand's great middle distance runners of the sixties and seventies. [more]

Fiji Threatens to Pull Out of Forum
Fiji is threatening to pull out of the Pacific Islands Forum if Pacific leaders demand the country hold elections by March. [more]

Rudd Promotes Asia-Pacific Regional Community
Mr Rudd says the two countries should work more closely together on a range of domestic and international issues. [more]

Court Allows Boobs on Bikes Parade
The controversial Boobs on Bikes parade is to go ahead today, much to the disgust of the Auckland City Council. [more]

Boobs on Bikes Event May Head to Wellington
Boobs on bikes parade organiser, pornographer Steve Crow is planning a similar event in Wellington in November. [more]

Wellington Treaty Settlement Signed
A 25 million dollar Treaty settlement has left Wellingtonians asking what impact it will have on their city. [more]

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

Peter's Lawyer Hasn't Told The Whole Story
Brian Henry told Parliament's privileges committee this week he never sends Mr Peters a bill. [more]

Taliban Insurgents Killed French Soldiers
The soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters ambushed their reconnaissance patrol, stationed about 60km east of Kabul. [more]

Record Snow Dumps
Record dumpings of snow have left Mount Ruapehu resembling a giant white sand dune. [more]

Willis Joins Elite Group
12 hours apart, and both successes as sweet, NZ picked up two more bronze medals at the Beijing Olympics yesterday. [more]

Protest March Against Boobs on Bikes
Police have approved a protest march against the Boobs on Bikes parade, which will proceed it by just half a block. [more]

NATO Takes Tough Line On Russia's Failure to With Draw
NATO is taking a tough line on Russia's failure to withdraw from Georgia but has held back from announcing military action. [more]

Rape Bail Decision Sparks Widespread Criticism
The bail decision by the Hamilton Youth Court Judge Denise Clark saw the 14-year-old return to the school. [more]

More Sick With Norovirus
Dunedin Hospital will partially re-open later today as it continues to battle an outbreak of norovirus. [more]

NZ and Australia's Emissions Trading Schemes Could be Linked
Officials and business leader are meeting in Auckland for the 4th Climate Change and Business Conference. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

17 Army Commendations to be Handed Out This Week
The awards were given to soldiers after the Malaya campaign in the 1950's and 60's but were never formally presented. [more]

Funeral to be Held Today for Highly Respected Mountain Guide
Gottlieb Braun-Elwert died suddenly last Thursday on the Two Thumbs range, while on a ski tour with the Prime Minister. [more]


Biggest Family Tree
Roy Blackmore explains how he thinks his is one of the largest family trees around. [more]

Sustainable Livelihoods Approach
Fujun Shen from the Environment, Society and Design department of Lincoln University talks to Chris about sustainable tourism. [more]

Conundrum Clue 5
Conundrum Clue 5 [more]

Conundrum Clue 6
Conundrum Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Resignation of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf
Ali Ahsan is a US based lawyer, and the son of Aitzaz Ahsan, the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association in Pakistan. [more]

Nick Willis Takes Bronze in 1500m
One of the all time great NZ Olympians Peter Snell is ecstatic at Nick Willis' performance in Beijing last night. [more]

Numeracy of Indigenous Australian Children
Professor Bob Reeve is from the Dept of Psychology at the University of Melbourne . [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Ray Moynihan brings us the latest from across the ditch including the Aussie's poor medal count at the Olympics. [more]

Does a Hard-Line to Imprisonment Make For a Safer Community?
Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Joe Arpaio is a law-and-order hardliner who nevertheless seems to get spectacular results. [more]

Book Review - Tall Tales Some True
Rae McGregor reviews Tall Tales Some True by Greg McGee. Published by Penguin NZ. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Marty Duda's artist of the week is Randy Newman. [more]

Legal - The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act
Todays subject ... the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act, containing new rules that should make it easier to complain about lawyers. [more]

Television Review - Olympic Commentary
Television critic Simon Wilson has been analysing the best (and worst) of Olympic commentary from Beijing. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 20 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 20 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Elizabeth Crayford
The organiser of The Big Sing secondary schools' choral competition, the country's largest competitive event. [more]

Feng Ning and John Chen review
Justine Cormack reviews Monday's performance by the young stars, violinist Feng Ning and pianist John Chen. [more]

James Tibbles
Director of the baroque music ensemble The Age of Discovery previews rare performances of works for cornetto and dulcian. [more]

News stories:

Funeral of mountain guide
The funeral of a mountain guide who died on a ski tour with the Prime Minister will be held at Lake Tekapo on Wednesday. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Police bending the rules on privacy by sharing files on domestic violence with agencies that are not party to official agreements; Maersk cuts Otago container traffic by 22%; big student crowd expected at rogue car rally in Dunedin.Police bending the rule [more]

Kindy disco too loud for noise control officers
Noise control officers busted an out-of-control party on Friday night - at an Auckland kindergarten. [more]

Fisher and Paykel issues loss warning
Fisher & Paykel Appliances has warned of a half-year loss of up to $10 million as it moved production offshore. [more]

PGG Wrightson profit 80%
Net annual profit for PGG Wrightson is up by $73.2 million for the year to the end of June - a rise of 80%. [more]

George will turn out for Mystics
Temepara George has confirmed she will play for the Northern Mystics in next year's trans Tasman netball competition. There had been some doubt about the star centre playing, following the sacking ... [more]

Bolt impressive in 200m semis
Usain Bolt is less than 20 seconds away from joining an illustrious list of sprinters who have completed the Olympic double after yet another awesome display in the 200 metres ... [more]

Terry named England captain
John Terry has retained the England football captaincy with manager Fabio Capello preferring to keep faith with the Chelsea defender over Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand. Terry, 27, had been the skipper ... [more]

Europe stocks hit 2-week low
European shares dropped 2.5% on Tuesday to their lowest closing level in two weeks after a steep jump in core US prices and weak US housing data. [more]

Information sought on missing women
Two women have disappeared in inner city suburbs in Christchurch over the past two days. [more]

Changes mooted in Takeovers Code
Takeovers are expected to come back into vogue if the Government accepts proposed law changes governing ownership changes for companies. [more]

Commercial rents drive Trust profit
AMP New Zealand Office Trust expects rental growth to again fuel earnings in the current financial year. Rental income rose 12% to $120 million. [more]

Virgin Blue profit drops
Shares in the Australian discount airline Virgin Blue have fallen sharply after the company reported a 55% fall in net annual profit and said it could not guarantee a profit this year. [more]

Record snow base at Mt Ruapehu
Turoa ski field on Mount Ruapehu has recorded a snow base of 455cm - the largest ever at a commercial ski field in New Zealand. [more]

More sick with norovirus
More patients and staff at Dunedin and Wakari hospitals have the symptoms of norovirus. The total number of people affected is more than 100. [more]

Twelve All Blacks released for Provincial matches
Twelve members of the current All Blacks squad will be available to their provinces for the next two rounds of the Air New Zealand Cup. Ten players have been released ... [more]

Henry appointed French captain
Striker Thierry Henry has been made France captain for tonight's friendly against Sweden in a bid to lift the team after their flop at Euro 2008. France were criticised for ... [more]

Montgomery dropped for Wallaby Test
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has dropped fullback Percy Montgomery from the starting line-up for this weekend's Test against Australia. Montgomery, who has played 100 Tests, is one of two ... [more]

Nadal and Ivanovic top seeds for US Open
The tennis players Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic have been given top seeding for the US Open which begins at Flushing Meadows next week. Both are ranked world number one. ... [more]

Fiji interim prime minister considering withdrawing from Pacific Forum
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has indicated his country might withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum altogether. He is already boycotting the forum leaders' meeting in Niue, which... [more]

Fears about Fannie and Freddie on Wall St
Stocks in the United States fell for a second day on Tuesday over fears about home finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Trading volume was light on the NYSE. [more]

Long term funding wanted for bee research
A bee scientist says the Government should provide long term strategic funding for research into the varroa bee mite. [more]

Pakistan fast bowler faces two-year ban
The Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif may face a two-year ban after his B sample tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. It's the latest in a series of controversial incidents which have ... [more]

Sense of deja vu for Docherty in triathlon
Triathlon bronze medallist Bevan Docherty admits thoughts of his Athens silver medal came flooding back in the sprint to the finish line in Tuesday's event at the Beijing Games. While ... [more]

Harper wins hurdles after Jones slip
American Dawn Harper sprung a huge surprise when a dramatic mistake by compatriot Lolo Jones let her through to win Olympic gold in the women's 100 metres hurdles. Jones, the fastest ... [more]

Former Niuean Premier says local people can have pride their country is Forum venue
The man most responsible for bringing the Pacific Islands Forum summit to Niue says it is a chance for Niueans to have pride in their country. The summit officially opens... [more]

Record viewers on NBC for record medal race by Phelps
Day nine of the Olympics in Beijing, featuring swimmer Michael Phelps' gold-medal triumph, drew 31.1 million US viewers to NBC. [more]

Forum leaders arrive in Niue for annual meeting
There was a rare occurrence for Niue last night as aircraft backed up above Hanan International Airport with three planes arriving in quick succession to deliver 12 Pacific leaders and... [more]

Samoan Ministry plans to extend grounds for abortion
The Samoan Ministry of Woman's Affairs says it plans to widen the scope of circumstances under which abortions should be allowed. Abortions are illegal in Samoa, except in occasions where... [more]

Samoa's health services director welcomes abortion proposals
The Samoan clinical health service says allowing more women to legally terminate their child would save many lives in the country. Abortions are illegal in Samoa, except in occasions where... [more]

Samoan traffic officer charged with negligent driving
A police traffic officer in Samoa has been charged with negligent driving causing injuries to a young woman currently admitted at the national hospital for a medical surgery after her... [more]

Solomons Central Bank Governor joins World Bank
After twenty five years of service to the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Governor Rick Hou is leaving the bank to take up a post with the World Bank in... [more]

Tsunami response course underway in Honolulu
Scientists and emergency planners from around the Western Pacific are gathering in Honolulu this week to plan for, hold drills and discuss a response for a tsunami disaster. People from... [more]

Fiji Labour Party advises appointees not to resign
Fiji Labour Party appointees to Government boards and overseas missions will not follow the example of their leader and two interim Cabinet Minister's and resign their posts. The Fijilive website... [more]

Good results for Air Pacific
A significant surge in the passenger capacity of Fiji's international airline Air Pacific is being described as a positive signal that tourism inflow is gaining strength. In July this year,... [more]

Goodyear to cut jobs and close stores
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co is to close 92 stores and cut 600 full-and part-time jobs in the United States as the economic downturn puts more pressure on the company. [more]

Other woman still mising
A search is being made of the Avon River at Avonside in Christchurch as concerns grow for a woman who disappeared on Monday. [more]

Norovirus at rest home in Greymouth
There is an outbreak of norovirus in Greymouth. West Coast DHB says half of the residents in Kowhai Manor Resthome have the virus, which is highly infectious. [more]

Bronze for Willis in 1500m
New Zealand has an eighth medal at the Beijing Olympics with Nick Willis winning a bronze in the 1500 metres. [more]

Removal of fuel supply seen as a risk by CD
Civil Defence in Southland says lives could be at risk as a result of an oil company's decision to stop providing helicopter fuel supplies at Milford Sound. [more]

25.5% boost for Sky TV
Sky TV has boosted its annual net profit by 25.5% to $97.7 million. subscribers are up by 5.3%, to more than 748,000. [more]

Australian earnings drive THL profit
Tourism Holdings says a boom in its Australian business fueled a 7% rise in net profit, to $14.3 million in the year ended June. [more]

Legend hails Nick Willis's achievement
New Zealand's greatest Olympic athlete Peter Snell has hailed Nick Willis's bronze medal win as "stunning", saying the track events are a lot harder today than when he was racing. ... [more]

Forum leaders urged not to ignore cluster bomb convention
Civil society organisations are calling on Forum leaders to support the cluster munitions convention when it opens for signatures later this year. An international conference in May, attended by more... [more]

Foreign sales boost HP earnings
Hewlett-Packard reports robust international sales have boosted its quarterly profits. [more]

Report sees benefit in Silver Ferns - PGG Wrightson deal
The Silver Fern Farms meat co-operative has issued an independent adviser's report on a proposed partnership with PGG Wrightson which it says identifies some significant benefits. [more]

Recognuition for forest fungi research
A Scion scientist has won an award for her research into an environmentally friendly treatment for a fungi which is estimated to cost the forestry industry $1000 million annually. [more]

Wool supply in decline
A decline in wool supply is becoming a worry for wool exporters as they go into the new selling season. [more]

Lighter sentence ordered by Court of Appeal for police informant
A burglar who threatened a neighbour with an axe has won the right to be re-sentenced at the Rotorua District Court. The Court of Appeal has quashed his sentence because he's a police informant. [more]

Auditor-General to investigate property deal
The Office of the Auditor-General has confirmed it will investigate a $17 million property deal made with by the Christchurch City Council with a developer. [more]

Tonga sells chairs used during coronation
About 1,000 chairs, which were custom made for the coronation of Tonga's King George Tupou V, are now on sale. The Kingdom's Secretary for Finance, 'Aisake Eke' says the chairs,... [more]

Trial of five Tongan MPs postponed
The trial of five of Tonga's People's Representatives, charged with sedition, has been is postponed again. The five, 'Akilisi Pohiva, 'Isileli Pulu, William Clive Edwards, 'Uliti Uata and Lepolo Taunisila... [more]

Hawke's Bay man admits $3m fraud
A Hawke's Bay businessman has pleaded guilty in Napier District Court to embezzling $3 million from an insurance company. [more]

Strategic Finance tips $15.5m loss
Strategic Finance says it will record a net loss of $15.5 million for the year to June. [more]

Norovirus closes fourth Dunedin ward, strikes in Greymouth
Another ward at Dunedin Hospital has closed because of norovirus, as cases of the highly infectious appeared in a Greymouth rest home. [more]

New health centre hailed
A new $40 million health teaching centre in South Auckland is being hailed as a model for others to follow. [more]

Claim cap too low, says Disputes Tribunal
The Disputes Tribunal says people are being denied justice because of an unfair and outdated limit on the maximum amount they can claim. [more]

Army belatedly recognises Malaya campaign
The army is belatedly awarding 17 commendations to soldiers who took part in the Malaya campaign of the 1950s and 1960s. [more]

Waikato Treaty deal to be signed on Friday
The Crown and Waikato-Tainui will sign a Treaty of Waitangi settlement covering the Waikato River on Friday. [more]

Douglas in No. 3 slot on ACT list
Former Labour Party finance minister Sir Roger Douglas is in line for a possible return to Parliament after securing third position on the ACT Party list. [more]

39th Pacific Islands Forum opens in Niue
The 39th Pacific Islands Forum summit has been opened in Niue with cultural performances by students from Niue High School. The meeting comes amid growing concern over the refusal by... [more]

Lae in PNG hit with power blackouts
Papua New Guinea's second largest city, Lae, is being hit with power blackouts after the breakdown of two power generators led to the rationed supply of electricity to the city. [more]

Hawaii palace reopens after occupation by sovereignty advocates
The grounds of a historic palace in Hawaii reopened for the first time since members of a group advocating Hawaiian sovereignty briefly occupied it last week. Six people charged with... [more]

Nine women to contest Vanuatu election
A Vanuatu women's group says nine women standing in the next elections is a good start, but they will need a lot of support. There are more than 300 candidates... [more]

Cooks critical of Niue proposal to isolate HIV sufferers
The Cook Islands health minister, Sir Terepai Maoate, has dismissed the concept of isolating people infected with HIV/AIDS. The idea to set up colonies to segregate people living with HIV/AIDS... [more]

US court dimisses assault case against ousted Fiji minister Caucau
A US court has dismissed a case brought against an ousted Fiji government minister Adi Asenaca Caucau who was charged with assault in San Francisco. Adi Asenaca faced charges of... [more]

Fiji police suspend probe of threats against Australian high commissioner
The police in Fiji say they have suspended their investigations into the death threats against the Australian High Commissioner James Batley because of a lack of technical equipment. In May,... [more]

NZ seasonal employment scheme extended to Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands is to be included as a formal partner in the New Zealand employment scheme set up to address work shortages in New Zealand, and provide jobs for Pacific... [more]

New Caledonian among French soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Tributes are being paid in New Caledonia to a Kanak who was among the ten French soldiers killed in Afghanistan. The mayor of Ouvea says the family and tribe of... [more]

Court allows Boobs on Bikes parade
An Auckland District Court judge has ruled that the Boobs on Bikes parade can take place in Auckland on Wednesday. [more]

Post-mortem begins on woman's body found in Christchurch
A post-mortem was under way in Christchurch after the body of a woman was found in the Port Hills early on Wednesday morning. [more]

Auditor-General's office to look into council property deal
The Office of the Auditor-General has confirmed it will investigate a property deal between Christchurch City Council and developer Dave Henderson. [more]

Mobil to remove rather than sell storage depot
Mobil New Zealand is to dismantle and remove its fuel storage facility in Milford Sound rather than sell it to another company. [more]

Old patient forms in the mail
The Hutt Valley District Health Board is concerned old laboratory forms have been maliciously mailed to the neighbours of four former patients. [more]

Criticsm in High Court of line voltage
There has been more criticism in the High Court in Wellington of plans to build a 400KV transmission line from south Waikato to Auckland. [more]

Speed limit cut proposal draws 12 submissions
A proposal to lower the speed limit outside Mt Maunganui College, where a student was killed by a logging truck, has attracted 12 submissions. [more]

Crews optimistic about pumping out fishing boat's diesel
Oil spill crews are optimistic about the chances of pumping 8000 litres of diesel out of the tanks of a Northland fishing boat aground on Ninety Mile Beach. [more]

New access to infrastructure funds for Pacific countries
Pacific countries are to have new access to millions of dollars to improve infrastructure like transport, sanitation and waste management systems. Australia, New Zealand, the Asian Development Bank and the... [more]

Farmers applaud help for storm clean-up
Federated Farmers is applauding news that Taskforce Green-funded workers will help with the clean-up in rural areas hit by the recent storms. [more]

New atoll agriculture research centre based in Kiribati
An atoll agriculture research and development centre has been established in Kiribati to help communities maintain their food security. [more]

Higher profits on the way for sheep and beef farmers
Meat and Wool New Zealand is forecasting a big lift in sheep and beef farm profits in the coming season as they recover from the lowest level in 50 years. [more]

Rural property market slows slightly
Farm sales and prices have eased after months of record highs. [more]

Australian media briefing 'a hoot', says Clark
Prime Minister Helen Clark has dismissed as "a hoot" a briefing for Australian media that describes her as keeping tight control of everything the Labour Party does and trusting few people outside her inner circle. [more]

Outgoing Forum Chair rebuffs Fiji Interim PM's claim over Tonga Forum
The outgoing chair of the Pacific Islands Forum has strongly rebuffed suggestions from Fiji's interim leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, that he was forced into making commitments to hold elections by... [more]

Australia signs partnerships with PNG and Samoa
Australia has signed aid agreements with Papua New Guinea and Samoa that are designed to herald a new approach towards funding given to Pacific countries. The so-called Partnerships for Development... [more]

NZ's labour scheme to make a big difference to Solomons economy, says PM Sikua
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua says New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme is already producing economic benefits in his country. He has expressed gratitude that the New... [more]

American Samoa congressman criticises Bush administration on Iraq
The American Samoan member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has criticised the Bush administration's engineering of the United States invasion on Iraq. His comments come as 150 soldiers... [more]

Australia signs new aid partnerships with PNG and Samoa
Australia has signed aid agreements with Papua New Guinea and Samoa that are designed to herald a new approach towards funding given to Pacific countries. The so-called Partnerships for Development... [more]

Sharemarket languishes before small rise
The New Zealand sharemarket finished a slow day on a higher note on Wednesday, as the NZX 50 index rose seven points to 3326 on turnover of $73 million. [more]