Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th August 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Jim's Essay
The words in English that are used most. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Ross Macdonald of Waipawa has chosen 'Sink the Bismark' by Johnny Horton. [more]

Your Place - Patea
This afternoon we make a whistle-stop tour of a famous coastal community in Southern Taranaki. [more]

Northland Teeth
Northland District Health Board's oral health adviser Neil Croucher. [more]

Driver Survey
The question of whether men or women are the better drivers has been answered in a survey by the Automobile Association. [more]

He Rourou for 28 August 2008
In a first for the Treaty settlement process, the iwi of Taranaki have issued a statement of forgiveness for the Crown's wrongdoing. Ana Tapiata talks with Parihaka elder Rihari McLeod about his thoughts on the very innovative step. [more]

Feature Album - 'Parklife'
Parklife is an album by English alternative rock band Blur, and came out in 1994. [more]

Arts Report
A new home-grown comic and we head to Rockquest. [more]

Christchurch Story
A visit to one of the city's police stations which is rich in history but short on space. [more]

Science Story - Sex Life of Possums
Jenny Martin of the University of Melbourne studies the sex life of possums. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Josie McNaught and Niki Pelligrino. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Josie McNaught and Niki Pelligrino. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 28 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Market Update for 28 August 2008
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 28 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]

Checkpoint

Winston Peters Donation
Helen Clark has admitted she's known since February that Winston Peters' word over the Owen Glen donation was in doubt. [more]

Winston Peters Donation (Part 2)
Our political editor Brent Edwards has been following today's developments. [more]

Patients to Sydney for Treatment
Wellington's Capital and Coast District Health Board is to send up to 50 urgent heart patients to Sydney for treatment. [more]

Winston Peters Donations (Part 3)
Brent Edwards reports that the Serious Fraud Office will mount an investigation into donations made to the New Zealand First Party. [more]

Serious Fraud Office Investigation
Director of the Serious Fraud Office Grant Liddell discusses the nature of the NZ First investigation. [more]

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

National Party Looses Court Bid
The National Party has lost its court bid to stop the EPMU from registering to campaign as a 3rd party in this year's election. [more]

Democratic Convention
Our correspondent Olly Barratt is at the Democratic convention in Denver. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme
The Emissions Trading Scheme is a step closer to becoming law, passing its second reading this evening. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Social Well-Being Report
A new report has found the gap between the highest and lowest earners has closed for the first time since 1988. [more]

Card Skimming Fraud
A number of New Zealand and Australian visitors to the United Kingdom have fallen victim to a credit card scam. [more]

Valerie Vili Welcomed
Students have given the Olympics Gold medalist and shotputter Valerie Vili a hero's welcome at Macleans College in Auckland. [more]

Serious Fraud Office Investigation (Part 2)
Brent Edwards reports on the Serious Fraud Office investigation of the issue of donations made to the New Zealand First Party. [more]

Tasers
The Mental Health Foundation says not enough research has been done into the effects of tasers, and it fears people with mental illness could be killed through their use. [more]

Auckland Organisations Get Annual Boost
Auckland organisations, including theatre, opera and the rescue helicopter, are celebrating an annual income boost. [more]

Cheviot Reconnected
After 3 days without running water, the North Canterbury town of Cheviot is again reconnected. [more]

Muammar Gaddafi
Prosecutors in Lebanon have indicted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi over the disappearance of a Shia Muslim leader. [more]

Israeli Peace Activist Dies
The Israeli peace activist, Abie Nathan, who was imprisoned for meeting Yasser Arafat, has died at the age of eighty one. [more]

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell
A ticker tape parade and civic reception to celebrate the bay's Olympians will take place this Saturday. [more]

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

American and Iraqi Negotiators
US and Iraqi negotiators are trying to finalise a security agreement which will decide the role US troops will have in Iraq. [more]

Driver Survey
Mens' bragging rights about superior driving skills are on the skids after a recent survey by AA insurance. [more]

Protest Outside Tata Motor Vehicle Factory
Indian farmers are demanding the return of land they say Tata acquired from them without paying proper compensation. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Last Goldie Auctioned
What's believed to be the last portrait painted by Charles Fredrick Goldie has been sold for 355 thousand dollars. [more]

Plaques Stolen
The theft of more than 100 bronze plaques from graves at two Auckland cemeteries has sparked widespread anger. [more]

New Trade Deal
New Zealand has just settled a trade deal with the Association of South-east Asian nations. [more]

Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival has kicked off with 'Burn After Reading', a new comedy by Joel and Ethan Cohen - starring Brad Pitt. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 August 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 28 August 2008
John Key Rasies the Stakes, Emissions Trading Scheme, Far North Families with no where to live. [more]

Tara - White Fronted Tern
Listen to this mornings bird. [more]

Migrants Face Long Delays
Skilled workers are finding it hard getting registration in their fields of work. [more]

Pacific News for 28 August 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 28 August 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

John Key Raises the Stakes
Mr Peters' future now lies in the hands of Parliment's Privileges Committee. [more]

Far North Families Losing Their Homes
A Maori trust says it's seeing several families a week who are facing foreclosure by the banks. [more]

National Promises Changes to ETS
This includes one off cash payments, electricity rebates and a billion dollar household energy efficiency fund. [more]

NZ First's Support for ETS Overshadowed
To help us make sense of what happens now, political editor Brent Edwards joined Morning Report. [more]

Sports News for 28 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police Comissioner Accused of"Politicisation"
Police Minister Annette King says any final decision still rests with the Commissioner. [more]

All Eyes on American Poitics
Our correspondent at the Pepsi Centre in Denver is Olly Barrett and he joined Morning Report. [more]

Waikato Hospital Hosts New Form of Heart Treatment
It will greatly extend life expectancy, and could become more widely available in future. [more]

Will Winston Peters Survive?
New Zealand first's deputy leader Peter Brown says he thinks Owen Glenn has made a mistake. [more]

Pre-Election Series - Education
In Timaru there's still lingering resentment towards the government over school closures. [more]

The New Cold War?
Yesterday, the Russian President recognised the independence of Georgian breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. [more]

Pre-Schoolers Missing out on Education
As Erina O'Donohue reports new regulations being brought in later this year may make matters worse. [more]

Waatea News for 28 August 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

A Multi-Million Dollar...Repair Bill
A multi-million dollar repair bill is on the cards following the past few days heavy rain on the South Island's east coast. [more]

US Open
What your Kiwis are up to. [more]

Nights

Use It Or Lose It
Michael Valenzuela endorses challenging your brain to keep it in tip top condition [more]

Astronomy
Alan Gilmore discusses The speed of light [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Conundrum
Clues 1 to 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Winston Peters - Where To From Here?
From the left and from the right with Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

UK Correspondent - Michael White
The latest on the UK and Europe. [more]

Darwin Correspondence Project
The Darwin Correspondence Project was founded in 1974 by an American scholar, Frederick Burkhardt. [more]

Tasers
The Police Commissioner has made a decision in principle to support the use of taser stun-guns. [more]

Feature Guest - Robert Fisk
32 years reflection on Middle East. [more]

Book Review - Fugitive Blue
By Claire Thomas, published by Allen and Unwin and reviewed by Mary McCallum. [more]

New Technology with Colin Jackson (edited)
How would you like to be paid 10 Million Dollars to endorse Windows Vista? Also. do politians 'get' the internet? [more]

Crack House
Kris Hollington, co-author of"Crack House". [more]

TV Review with Simon Wilson
New Aussie cops show as well as other TV tid bits. [more]

Our Changing World

Science in Wine
Evolutionary biologist Matthew Goddard explains that wine is the result of evolution and competition between yeasts. [more]

Young Scientists
Amelia Nurse has fun discussing projects at the Wellington Regional Science Fair. [more]

Charles Fleming Lectures
Conservation ecologist Mick Clout talks about how science can help make conservation more successful. [more]

Possums in Australia
Jenny Martin studies the mating habits of the mounatin brushtail possum at the University of Melbourne. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 28 August 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Thursday, 28 August 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Racing; if so, why? 2. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What reports has he received on support for an emissions trading scheme? 3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: How does he reconcile his statement yesterday that the $1 billion home insulation and household compensation for the Emissions Trading Scheme is coming from the extra revenue that flows from the Crown through electricity prices, when he confirmed in the House on 20 May 2008 that the State-owned enterprises that are anticipating increased profits have already planned to use those increased profits as part of their investment programme in renewal energy production, and that without that increased investment there is not the slightest prospect of meeting our targets? 4. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with the statement of Rt Hon Helen Clark that "The deficit funding of the public health sector has to stop"; and why? 5. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: How long will police have to wait to be equipped with Tasers following today's decision by the Commissioner of Police to introduce them as a tactical weapon option? 6. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why? 7. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Did the Ministry for the Environment prevent the Tasman District Council from testing for dioxin in the air coming out of the stack at the Mapua toxic clean-up site; if so, why? 8. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is Television New Zealand involved in any legal action before the courts? 9. Hon MARK BURTON to the Minister of Education: What reports has he received about support for early childhood education? 10. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Can he confirm that according to the report on Ministry of Education staffing that he received in June of this year the number of Full Time Equivalents excluding Special Education Services was 578 in 1999 and 1223 as at 31 March 2008; if not, why not? 11. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on trends in social outcomes in New Zealand? 12. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statements on 12 August 2008, regarding the quality of speeches she receives from her department, "I don't want to be too critical of people who draft my speeches, but I get a lot of speeches, in draft, that I never use." and "The quality of speechwriting in some places isn't great."? Questions to Members 1. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Privileges Committee: When is the Privileges Committee next meeting on the question of privilege relating to compliance with a member's obligations under the Standing Orders dealing with pecuniary interests? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 28 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 28 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Bridget Douglas
NZSO flutist reports from Beijing where her orchestra has just made its debut in the Forbidden City. [more]

National Youth Orchestra Review
Janina Niccol reviews Monday's concert as the NYO embarks on its tour of the main centres. [more]

Stephen Rowley and Terry Rieper
The director and the chairperson of Wellington's Bach Choir discuss the group's fortieth anniversary celebrations. [more]

News stories:

Wall Street limps to mixed finish
Wall Street shares ended mixed Tuesday as data showing a rise in consumer confidence and new home sales failed to generate enthusiasm and Federal Reserve minutes offered a downbeat economic assessment. [more]

Canadian website breaches online Hapeta ruling
An overseas news service has breached an order suppressing the online publication of details about two murder accused. [more]

Games-weary Nadal and Dementieva battle through
The Beijing tennis gold medallists Rafael Nadal and Elena Dementieva had to shake off their Olympic hangovers to stumble into the second round of the US Open. The newly-crowned world number ... [more]

Premier League trio go out of League Cup
The Premier League sides Bolton Wanderers, Hull City and West Bromwich Albion are all out of English football's League Cup in second-round ties against lower-division opponents. Bolton lost 2-1 at home ... [more]

Victorious Safin slams "stupid" rules
The former US Open champion Marat Safin has attacked the "stupid rules" of tennis after a controversial foot-fault call almost derailed his progress into the second round in New York. The ... [more]

Japan banned from Melbourne Cup
For the second year in a row horses from Japan will not compete in the Melbourne Cup. This follows fears of equine influenza being reintroduced, forcing Australia to ban them. ... [more]

West Coast Fever appoints new coach
The West Coast Fever netball club has appointed Jane Searle as the head coach for the next two seasons of the trans Tasman netball championship. The former Melbourne Kestrels coach replaces ... [more]

South Africa's cricket captain says sorry
South Africa's cricket captain has apologised for his team's failure to provide fans with a full day's play in the second limited overs match which England won by 10 wickets, ... [more]

Claims that Australia's offer to Andrew Matheson too good
New Zealand Olympic team has arrived home without NZ Rowing's high performance director Andrew Matheson. Rowing New Zealand has confirmed that the man who's overseen a sustained run of success since ... [more]

China looking to auction off Olympic memorabilia
China plans to auction off 20 million items related to the Beijing Olympics, including the bed that basketball star Yao Ming slept in while taking part in the Games. Also on ... [more]

Vidic denies criticising English life
The Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has denied launching a scathing attack on English life and the weather in Manchester. Vidic gave an interview to a Russian football magazine in ... [more]

Bolt could have run 9.52 in Olympics, coach says
Usain Bolt's coach says the triple Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Usain Bolt could have run the 100 metres in 9.52 seconds if he had not slowed to ... [more]

A-League expansion announcement due
Gold Coast United will be announced today as a new addition to an expanded 2009/10 A-League - but the inclusion of North Queensland has again been put on hold. The ... [more]

Kuznetsova, Davydenko progress at Flushing Meadows
The third-seeded Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova has survived an early scare to see off Romania's Sorana Cirstea and book her place in the third round of the US Open in ... [more]

Legend slates LPGA's stance on English
The LPGA, the world's top women's golf tour, has announced that players who can't speak good English will be banned. The new measures are due to come into force next year ... [more]

Wai Koopu looks to rugby
The departing Warriors rugby league player Wairangi Koopu is considering a move to rugby union in Europe. Along with Ruben Wiki and Logan Swann, Koopu is set to play his last ... [more]

Chelsea expect to sign Robinho soon, Kaka says no
The English football Premiership leaders Chelsea expect to sign the unsettled Brazilian forward Robinho from Real Madrid in the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, despite recent English newspaper claims that Chelsea ... [more]

Jake White's possible return panned
The South African Rugby Union has rejected suggestions the former Springbok coach Jake White could return as a director of rugby. White's told the Cape Town-based Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger that ... [more]

Sharks set to lose major sponsor
The Cronulla Sharks are facing the loss of a sponsorship deal worth almost $1 million as a result of charges against Greg Bird. The Test star, stood down indefinitely from the ... [more]

Profitable Bundesliga set to overhaul Serie A
A new report says Germany's Bundesliga is likely to overtake Italy's Serie A this season as the second-richest European football league. The English Premier League is easily the richest with ... [more]

Ponting says it's time for Twenty20 carve-out
Australia's cricket captain Ricky Ponting has called for a "carve-out" period in the calendar for Twenty20 to avoid the possibility of future generations being tempted away from playing for their country. ... [more]

ICC leads tributes on centenary of Bradman's birth
The International Cricket Council has hailed Don Bradman as "a byword for brilliance" on the centenary of the cricketer's birth. ICC president David Morgan says no name in cricket conjures up ... [more]

Wallabies appeal Elsom suspension
Wallabies officials will appeal the severity of Rocky Elsom's punishment for pulling down Springboks skipper Victor Matfield in a lineout, believing it has set a big precedent for a minor offence. ... [more]

Pritchard matter closed, say Panthers
The National Rugby League Club Penrith insists Frank Pritchard will stay in west Sydney despite reports the Kiwi backrower could have played his last game for the Panthers. Pritchard will know ... [more]

Faumuina says she's got no intention of quitting
New Zealand discus thrower Beatrice Faumuina has hit back at her critics who questioned her loyalty to the New Zealand Olympic team in Beijing, after her request to return home early ... [more]

Rally NZ promises another close finish
Rally New Zealand - round 11 of the World Championship - starts in Hamilton today with testing at the Mystery Creek event base this morning and a ceremonial opening in Hamilton ... [more]

Lewis Hamilton should be fully fit for Belgium
The Formula One team McLaren says the championship leader Lewis Hamilton should be fully fit for next week's Belgian Grand Prix after a neck problem almost sidelined him in Spain last ... [more]

Gough gets another medal for New Zealand
There was one more medal in the luggage of the New Zealand Olympic team when they arrived back in Auckland on Wednesday, after the track cycling pursuit team were given ... [more]

FBI increases staff numbers in Northern Marianas
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is poised to boost its presence in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas with the addition of new agents to its local office. FBI Special... [more]

Samoa judge wants additional police in Fugalei Market
A Supreme Court judge has called for an additional police post at Samoa's Fugalei Market to combat the rising number of marijuana cases in the area. Justice Vui Clarence Nelson... [more]

Leaders of three Fiji confederacies question provisions in draft Charter
Descendants of chiefs who ceded Fiji to Great Britain in 1874 say they are saddened that the 2006 coup has continued to undermine the rights and protection given to the... [more]

American Samoa retirees to get increase in pensions
Officials of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund say they support an administration bill that calls for a cost of living allowance or COLA increase for retirement fund members. [more]

Urwin memorial salutes inspirational figure
The late former secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, has been farewelled in a memorial service at the Forum Secretariat in Suva yesterday. Hundreds of friends and... [more]

Fiji interim defence minister still considering whether to stand at next election
Labour's withdrawal from the interim administration in Fiji has again raised the question of who will be able to stand when elections are held. The interim defence minister and former... [more]

Solomons AG prepares to lay charges against RAMSI officer over fatal road accident
The Acting Solomon Islands Attorney General Gabriel Suri says there's enough evidence to charge a Samoan RAMSI officer who was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that killed a... [more]

Federal court to hear motion to dismiss indictments against two American Samoa officials ;
The federal court in Washington D.C. has set a hearing next month to hear oral arguments on a joint motion by American Samoa's Lieutenant Governor Faoa Ipulasi Suniaand Senator Tulifua... [more]

Samoa victim support group seeks more resources
Samoa's Victim Support Group says it needs more resources, but is still capable of helping victims. Iosefa Tautua says the volunteer group was originally set up three years ago specifically... [more]

Former world champion says her request to leave Beijing early was no reflection on team
The New Zealand Oympic discus thrower Beatrice Faumuina says her request to return home early from Beijing has been misinterpreted. It was widely reported last week that Faumuina, who failed... [more]

Liverpool's blushes spared after Kuyt's late goal
Liverpool have scraped through to the lucrative group stage of football's European Champions League, thanks to the Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt's last minute goal in extra time against the Belgium side ... [more]

Danny Lee wins Mark H McCormack Medal
Danny Lee has won the Mark H McCormack Medal, the New Zealand golfer taking the award after becoming the leading player in the world amateur rankings following the conclusion of ... [more]

FLP leader says Qarase won't get back to power
Fiji's Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase should drop the idea of getting back his pre-coup government. Fijilive reports that Mr Chaudhry made the... [more]

FLP leader says Qarase won't get back
Fiji's Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase should drop the idea of getting back his pre-coup government. Fijilive reports that Mr Chaudhry made the... [more]

Fiji's NFP says charter will downgrade Indo-Fijians
Fiji's National Federation Party says the People's Charter will relegate the Indo-Fijians to being third class citizens. The charter is supposed to map a way forward for Fiji, addressing good... [more]

Solomons seminar ponders way out of political instability
An anti-corruption group in Solomon Islands says the country must find a way to address its political instability. A workshop aimed at finding ways to set an end to party... [more]

French Polynesian government meets amid demand for reshuffle
The French Polynesian government is meeting today amid a demand by the Aia Api party that the ruling coalition be re-shuffled. The Aia Api party leader, Emile Vernaudon, says the... [more]

Indonesia praises PNG for smothering Papua issue
Indonesia's ambassador to Papua New Guinea has praised PNG's Government for blocking the West Papua issue from being raised in recent meetings of the Melanesian Spearhead Group and Pacific Islands... [more]

PNG find points to remains of WW2 pilot
An Australian police officer taking photographs of plants on Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track has discovered what is thought to be the remains of a pilot from the Second World... [more]

Joe Rokocoko back for Auckland
Auckland's outgoing coach Pat Lam says Joe Rokocoko's making a timely return to top rugby after being out since March when he broke a wrist in the Super 14. The All ... [more]

Gerrard groin op set to rule him out for England
Liverpool's influential captain, the midfielder Steven Gerrard, is likely to miss England's opening two World Cup qualifiers next month to have surgery on his groin. Gerrard played in Liverpool's 1-0 win ... [more]

Case of Samoa RAMSI officer involved in fatal accident to be heard in Solomons
A Samoan RAMSI officer who was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that killed a young Solomon Islands nurse in June will have his case heard in Solomon Islands. [more]

Samoa's PM rebukes Fiji interim leader
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele, has branded the interim leader of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, childish for his excuses over why Fiji cannot hold elections by next March. [more]

FBI to boost presence in CNMI
There is an expectation that a boost of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's presence in the Northern Marianas will help clean up corruption. Before the end of the year, the... [more]

Tongan becomes new Pacific WTO representative
The Pacific's new representative to the World Trade Oganisation says he expects fisheries to be a big concern suring his time there. Tonga's secretary of Labour, Commerce, and Industries, Paulo... [more]

Rokocoko eyeing end of year tour after returning from injury
Returning Auckland rugby winger Joe Rokocoko says he has one eye on the end of year All Blacks tour after being named in the Auckland squad for the match against ... [more]

Lions make one change for top of the table NPC clash in Wellington
The Wellington Lions have made one change for their top of the table home clash against Bay of Plenty on Saturday afternoon. Ross Filipo comes in at lock to replace ... [more]

Fairfax job cuts 'blow to democracy'
New Zealand's biggest private sector union says the loss of 160 jobs with Fairfax Media is a blow to democracy. [more]

Warm welcome for NZ Olympians
The New Zealand Olympic team has been given a rapturous welcome at Auckland Intenational Airport. [more]

Hero's welcome for Olympic champion Valerie Vili
Thousands of students gave Olympic gold medallist Valerie Vili a hero's welcome on Thursday morning. [more]

PM reveals Glenn told her Peters asked for money
Prime Minister Helen Clark has revealed expatriate businessman Owen Glenn told her in February that Winston Peters had approached him for money. [more]

Female attendant attacked and robbed at CHB transfer station
The police in Central Hawke's Bay are investigating the armed robbery of a transfer station attendant. [more]

Stadium land deals over budget by about $32.5m
The land deals required for the proposed new Dunedin stadium have been arranged, but are over budget by about $32.5 million. [more]

National loses court bid over union's electoral status
The National Party has lost its latest court bid to stop the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union from registering to campaign as a third party in this year's election. [more]

French Polynesian president dismisses reshuffle request
The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, has rejected a demand to sack two ministers of the Aia Api party which is one of nine parties making up the ruling... [more]

The re-opening of Solomon Islands only gold mine is facing further delays
The re-opening of the Gold Ridge mine on Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands, which was shut down seven years ago by ethnic violence, has been further delayed. The Australian financiers of... [more]

Man charged with sex attacks in Auckland suburbs
A man has been charged with a series of sex attacks in Auckland over the past six months. [more]

Quality of life improving for New Zealanders - report
A social wellbeing report released by the Ministry of Social Development on Thursday shows the gap between the highest and lowest earners has closed for the first time since 1988. [more]

Paris to step up French Pacific integration process
The French government has indicated it wants to step up what it calls the integration of its three French Pacific territories into the wider Pacific environment. The integration process began... [more]

Wellbeing of Pacific peoples in New Zealand improving steadily, according to Government report
A new report shows the wellbeing of Pacific peoples in New Zealand has been improving steadily since the mid-1990s. The Pacific Islands Affairs Minister, Luamanavao Winnie Laban, says the 2008... [more]

Tongans to get substantial control over intellectual property from next week
Tongans will gain significant control over their intellectual property from next week. The Tonga Broadcasting Commission reports Penisimani Latu, of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries, saying the Intellectual... [more]

Samoa church dismisses minister charged with sex crime
The Church of Christ in Samoa has dismissed one of its ministers who has been charged with attempting to rape a young woman who is a church member. A reliable... [more]

Tornado flattens houses in Solomon Islands
A tornado has hit East Are Are in Malaita in Solomon Islands, causing major damage to a village 50 kilometres from the Seventh Day Adventist Church's Atoifi Hospital. Police say... [more]

Legislation to stop party hopping likely in Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands deputy prime minister says the government wants to introduce laws to end party hopping in a bid to increase political stability. A taskforce looking at the issue... [more]

Promise of better air services in PNG
There are expectations of improved service and lower fares when two airlines take on state-owned Air Niugini on Papua New Guinea's domestic and international routes in two months. The Australian-based... [more]

Fiji's National Council attacks Methodist Church leadership for rejecting Charter
Fiji's National Council for Building a Better Fiji has launched a scathing attack on the Methodist Church over its rejection of the Council's draft People's Charter. At its annual conference... [more]

Samoa Government to decide if RAMSI officer in fatal crash be tried in Apia or Honiara
A Samoan RAMSI officer who was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that killed a young Solomon Islands nurse in June could face charges as early as tomorrow. But... [more]

Telecom excited by brand builder's move
Telecom has lured Saatchi and Saatchi's brand master Kevin Roberts to its board. [more]

Mt Albert family to be told next week of appeal
The Auckland family accused of intimidating its neighbours will have to wait until next week to see if an appeal to have it evicted from its Mt Albert home will be heard. [more]

Threatened homes 'too dangerous' to live in
Three homes in Kawakawa Bay in Auckland have been declared too dangerous to live in because they're threatened by a massive slip. [more]

Bronze plaques stolen from RSA graves
The Returned and Services Association says the theft of bronze plaques from war veterans' graves in South Auckland is a despicable act. [more]