Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

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

Afternoons

Jim's Essay
A sample of what is on Jim's mind today. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes'
Peter McConnell of Auckland has chosen this track by Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention. [more]

Link 3 - The Weekly Music Quiz
What is the thread running through these pieces of music. [more]

Silent Epidemic
New figures show the number of New Zealanders claiming for work place hearing loss continue to soar. [more]

All Blacks vs Samoa in Taranaki Tonight
Graeme Thorne comments on the big game to be played in New Plymouth. [more]

He Rourou for 3 September 2008
Treaty Negotiations Associate Minister Shane Jones at the signing of the agreement to settle treaty claims of Taranaki Whanui . [more]

Virtual World - Hamish MacEwan
New Google browser (Chrome), University of Sth California's 'Print-a-house' construction technology. [more]

Auckland Story With David Steemson
The long legal battle over the future development of land near Long Bay Regional Park on the Northshore, may be over. [more]

Environment Story - No Tillage Systems
To till or not to till? Definitely not, says John Baker, who's researched no tillage systems for 30 years at Massey. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Bomber Bradbury and Richard Griffin discuss poor loans and disruptive kids. [more]

The Panel (Part2)
More from our panelists Bomber Bradbury and Richard Griffin on UFO's and is Google making us shallow? [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 3 September 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 3 September 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

Nai Yin Xue Pre-Trial Hearing
A court's heard that the murder accused Nai Yin Xue killed his wife and left her in his car boot for up to two days. [more]

Report Shows Failings in Primary Health Care
A new report has identified major failings in the way primary healthcare is funded and delivered. [more]

More Revelations About NZ First and Spencer Trust
John Key is calling on Helen Clark to go to the polls - so that the public can have its say on the controversy. [more]

Electoral Finance Act and Political Campaign Activities
Head of the Electoral Commission has described the controversial EFA as having a"chilling effect"on campaign activity. [more]

President Bush at Republican Convention
George Bush appeared at the convention via a video link from the White House to endorse John McCain. [more]

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

Review of Cardiac Surgical Services
NZ hospitals perform fewer potentially life-saving heart operations than in most other comparable countries. [more]

Paramedic Guilty of Six Indecent Assaults
Detective Sergeant Andy King who led the inquiry says the man's actions were abhorrent and he's pleased with the outcome. [more]

Political Parties Give a Glimpse of Economic Policies
The main political parties have given a glimpse of their election year economic policies at a business forum in Wellington. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nurse Administers Botox at Clinic
The nurse faces charges as the medicine, Botox, can only be prescribed by a doctor. [more]

Kiwisaver Bill Amendments
The National Party says the Government has been sneaky by slipping in an amendment to Kiwisaver. [more]

All Blacks Test to Be Held in New Plymouth Tonight
Tonight the ABs face Manu Samoa in New Plymouth. [more]

Draft Review of Cardiac Surgical Services Released
The National Heart Foundations medical director Porfessor Norman Sharpe comments. [more]

Bush Endorses McCain at Convention
Bush said Senator McCain's record of service as a politician and a soldier had prepared him to be commander in chief. [more]

Judge Orders Blanket Suppression on Raids Hearing
A blanket suppression order has been put in place for the depositions hearing of those caught up in police raids in 2007. [more]

Louisiana Residents Gradually Return Following Gustav
Authorities have credited the massive evacuation of just under 2 million people with saving lives. [more]

Mens' Health in the Spotlight
Today 80 people from health and social agencies around the country met to thrash out some solutions. [more]

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

Kisspeptin Protein Molecule
Scientists at Otago discovered five years ago that the molecule - dubbed kisspeptin - was critical in kicking off puberty. [more]

Spanish Unemployed Immigrants Paid to Go Home
Spain's Government is offering lump sum payments to foreigners who return to their countries of origin. [more]

UK Campaign Against Knife Crime
Britain's Scotland Yard is stepping up it's campaign against knife crime with a graphic advertising blitz. [more]

Waatea News
The latest from Eru and the news team. [more]

UN Reform Talks
Talks have begun on how to reform the UN. [more]

Holy Month of Ramadan
Millions of Muslims around the world are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan. [more]

Didgeridoo Daring
A book which offers girls advice on how to play the didgeridoo has sparked outrage from some Aboringal leaders in Australia. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 September 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 September 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 3 September 2008
New Zealand First donations, homicide investigation and cellphone blocking in prisons. [more]

Toroa - The Royal Albatross
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Cellphone Blocking in Prisons
New Zealand First MP Ron Mark says cellphone blocking in prisons should be implemented after a major police raid yesterday. [more]

Specialist Websites
Specialist websites are being sold to political candidates as the best way to get their message out to the electorate. [more]

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

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

New Zealand First Donations
New Zealand First is blaming human error for its failure to declare a 25 thousand dollar donation from Sir Robert Jones. [more]

Police Officer Slashed
The NZ police officer who was slashed with a machete yesterday in Solomon Islands was attacked after cornering a criminal. [more]

New Zealand First Donations (Part 2)
New Zealand First's auditor says the party's error in its return to the Electoral Commission could have been picked up earlier. [more]

New Zealand First Donations (Part 3)
With our political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Homicide Investigation
A homicide investigation is underway in Auckland after a woman's body was found in a central city apartment yesterday afternoon. [more]

Cellphone Blocking in Prisons (Part 2)
The union representing prison guards says mobile phone blocking technology is needed in all prisons to combat inmate crime. [more]

Cellphone Blocking in Prisons (Part 3)
Joining us now is the Minister of Corrections, Phil Goff. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme
The Emissions Trading Scheme is on track to be passed into law next week. [more]

State of Emergency Ignored
Anti-government protestors in Bangkok are ignoring a state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. [more]

John McCain's Running Mate
Will John McCain's running mate survive the initial reaction to the disclosure her unmarried teenage daughter is pregnant? [more]

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

Republican Party Convention
Olly Barratt is in St Paul at the Republican party convention. [more]

All Black Test Match Tonight
Rugby-mad Taranaki plays host to its first ever All Black test match tonight. [more]

New Zealand First Donations (Part 4)
With Act Party leader Rodney Hide. [more]

Japan's New Prime Minister
Former Olympic sharpshooter Taro Aso, has emerged as the front runner to become Japan's new Prime Minister. [more]

Bucklands Beach Landslip
The landslip in an Auckland suburb, which saw 5 households evacuated, may have been caused by more than just bad weather. [more]

Farmers and Wine Growers Workers
Farmers and wine growers say the country is reliant on immigrant workers because New Zealanders don't want to do the work. [more]

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

Police Officer Slashed (Part 2)
For the latest on this incident, we're joined from the Solomons by Jonathan Austin. [more]

Weak Month at Stock Exchange
The stock exchange had one of its weakest months on record in August, with a fall off in volume and value of share trading. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

Mistreating of Prisoners Defended
Politicians from Australia's main parties are coming out in defence of soldiers accused of mistreating prisoners in Afghanistan. [more]

All Black Test Match Tonight (Part 2)
A capacity crowd is expected at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth and the test is creating a lot of excitement in the province. [more]

Pukekos Evicted
At Wanganui's Virginia Lake they've been making life a misery for other birdlife so it's been decided they've got to go. [more]

Nights

Jenufa
Tom Randle, American Tenor. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

NZ First Funding and SFO Investigation
Peter Williams, QC, is the lawyer acting for Winston Peters. He says his client is the subject of an hysterical witchhunt. [more]

Jockey Awaiting Surgery
Paul Boylan is a jockey injured in a race fall, waiting to be admitted to Waikato hospital for surgery. [more]

Wallace Art Award Winner
Richard Lewer is the winner of the Wallace Art Award - the artist gains inspiration from crime and sport. [more]

Australia Correspondent
With Ray Moynihan on Qantas and PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. [more]

Feature Guest - Vanessa Collingridge
Vanessa Collingridge is a historian and respected biographer of Captain Cook. [more]

Book Review - 'A Year in Tibet'
John King reviews 'A Year in Tibet' by Sun Shuyun. Published by HarperCollins UK. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
This weeks artist is Joan Baez. [more]

Law
With legal commentator Robert Lithgow, QC. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
REC, Hellboy 2, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and The Third Richard. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 September 2008
The latest from the farming and rural communities. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Ashley Brown - NZ Trio
NZ Trio cellist describes his group's forthcoming national tour, Beyond the Pale. [more]

Amelia Harris and Andrew Clifford
Organiser and artist involved in a new exhibition exploring the notion of transforming light into sound. [more]

Pepe Becker
Soprano taking part in a contemporary dance collaboration and also preparing for a Baroque Voices tour. [more]

News stories:

Commuter fares rise in capital
Most fares on buses, trains and a harbour ferry in Wellington increased by 50c - $1 on Monday. The rise was the first in two years. [more]

Erakovic loses in US Open doubles quarterfinals
New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her partner have been beaten in the quarter-finals of the women's doubles at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. [more]

McKinnon named in warriors starting lineup
The New Zealand Warriors have named Wade McKinnon to start at fullback for their last National Rugby League regular season match against Parramatta in Sydney on Saturday. McKinnon faces the ... [more]

Erakovic beaten in New York
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her partner have been beaten in the quarter-finals of the women's doubles at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Erakovic ... [more]

Mott makes initial cut for coaching position
The New South Wales cricket coach Matthew Mott has made the initial cut for John Bracewell's New Zealand job and will be interviewed over the next couple of weeks. Mott ... [more]

Dementieva into semi-finals in New York
Olympic tennis champion Elena Dementieva has maintained her hot streak to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-3 win over Switzerland's Patty Schnyder. The fifth-seeded Russian extended her ... [more]

Berbatov always wanted to go to United
The Bulgarian footballer Dimitar Berbatov says the opportunity of fulfilling a personal dream and winning trophies were the reasons he has signed for English champions Manchester United. The striker, who ... [more]

U.S finalised their Ryder Cup team
The American Ryder Cup golf captain Paul Azinger has named three newcomers among his four wild card picks for the bi-ennial match against Europe starting in a just over a ... [more]

Nutbrown gets early release
The New Zealand A scrum-half Jamie Nutbrown is set to join the Welsh rugby club Ospreys after being released from his contract early by his provincial union, Bay of Plenty. The ... [more]

Djulbic gets 5 match ban `
The Australian A-League footballer Dino Djulbic of the Perth Glory has accepted a five-match ban for unsporting conduct towards a match official. The 25-year-old defender was sent off by referee ... [more]

Warriors juniors selected for team of the year
New Zealand Warriors juniors Russell Packer and Ben Matulion have both been selected in the inaugural National Rugby League's national youth competition's team of the year. Prop Packer, who is ... [more]

Hick finally retiring from county cricket
The former England batsman Graeme Hick has announced he'll be retiring from county cricket at the end of this month. The 42 year old Zimbabwean-born Hick has been one ... [more]

Keegan quits Newcastle
The England soccer great Kevin Keegan is reported to have quit as manager of Newcastle United after a second term with the premier league club which lasted only 8 months. ... [more]

Another positive dope test for Olympic horse
The horse of Brazilian equestrian rider has returned a doping test during the Olympic Equestrian competition last month. The International Equestrian Federation says Rufus the horse of Rodrigo Pessoa tested ... [more]

Banks pass on RBA cut to homeowners
Australia's big four banks have moved quickly to cut variable home loan interest rates after the central bank announced it would lower official rates. The RBA is lowering the Official Cash Rate to 7%, from 7.25%. [more]

Ngai Tahu lodges new Treaty claim
Ngai Tahu has filed another claim with the Waitangi Tribunal because of the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Revised decision due on online suppression
The judge who has banned websites from naming two men accused of murder is to release a revised decision on Wednesday. [more]

Telecom salaries not unusual, says consultant
The country's largest listed company, Telecom, is paying its top executives salaries of between $1 million and $5 million - which is in line with firms of a similar size overseas. [more]

Forest owners monitor Ngai Tahu claim progress
Forest owners will be keeping a close watch on the progress of Ngai Tahu's move to have its Treaty of Waitangi settlement reconsidered because of the impact of the government's proposed Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Fiji battles a dengue outbreak
Medical authorities in Fiji have confirmed a national dengue fever outbreak. The Fiji Times reports that divisional teams have been activated after a marked increase in cases reported at hospitals... [more]

Reports that the level of Sir Paul Reeves involvement in Fiji's President's Forum is in doubt
The involvement of Commonwealth Special Envoy Sir Paul Reeves as chair of Fiji's President's Forum is in doubt, although he will still be responsible for getting leaders of Fiji's political... [more]

Vanuatu officials downplay protest at electoral office
There are reports that a large number of people left off Vanuatu's electoral roll has sparked in a violent protest at the country's electoral office. Staff say a group of... [more]

Preliminary results expected later today from yesterday's general election in Vanuatu
Unofficial results in Vanuatu's election should be available today, after counting continued well into the night. The country voted yesterday to elect 52 members of parliament to represent 17 constituencies. [more]

ABC finalises sale of UK business
ABC Learning Centres Ltd has finalised the sale of its UK voucher business, Busy Bees Childcare Vouchers Ltd, to share registry Computershare Ltd for 90 million pounds. [more]

Dominion Finance fails to provide report to stock exchange
Troubled finance company Dominion Finance has been denied a waiver for failing to provide financial accounts to the stock exchange. The company has reported a loss of $108 million for the year to March. [more]

Reasons for machete attack on New Zealand policeman in Solomon Islands unclear
A New Zealand police officer with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands is expected to return to New Zealand after being attacked yesterday on the remote south coast of... [more]

Warning but no travel ban for Thailand
New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is asking travellers to Bangkok to register on its safe travel website, because of the state of emergency in place in the city. However it is not advising against travel to the Thai capital. [more]

Djokovic battles into quarter-finals
Serbian Novak Djokovic overcame a hip injury and a first-set loss to rally to beat Spain's Tommy Robredo in a five-set slugfest at the US Open tennis championship in New ... [more]

Powell records fast time in Lausanne
The former world record holder Asafa Powell equalled the second fastest time ever over 100 metres when he clocked 9.72 seconds at the Lausanne grand prix athletics meeting. The Jamaican, ... [more]

Dixon getting new team-mate
The New Zealand motoracing driver Scott Dixon will have a new team-mate in the Chip Gannasi team in the Indy Racing League next year with Scotsman Dario Franchitti taking over ... [more]

Napoli fans banned from away matches in Serie A
Napoli fans will not be allowed to travel to their club's away games this season after violence marred last weekend's Serie A opener at AS Roma. The Italian railway said ... [more]

Tiger expecting another child
Even with his golf done for the year, Tiger Woods found something to celebrate today.... his wife is pregnant with their second child. Woods said on his website that Elin ... [more]

Newcastle denies they've sacked Keegan
Newcastle United have denied that manager Kevin Keegan had been sacked and say the English Premier League football club want him to remain in his job. Media reports had claimed ... [more]

Man charged over Papakura attack
A 20-year-old South Auckland man has been charged with assault in relation to a weekend attack on a man at the Papakura netball courts. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's papers: teachers want more pay for staff who work in problem schools; one-fifth fewer heart operations in Auckland since the nation's leading cardiac hospital shifted premises; New Zealand First will try to correct its 2005 electoral return. [more]

Growth weak in industrialised economies, says OECD
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has issued new figures showing the scale of the global economic downturn. [more]

NZ workers shut out because of poor pay - CTU
The Council of Trade Unions says labour shortages in the rural sector will continue unless pay and conditions and workers' prospects are improved. [more]

Aggressive pukeko being evicted
Pukeko at Virginia Lake in Wanganui, which have been getting into fights and breaking the eggs of other birds, are to be relocated to a wetland area. [more]

Human Rights Tribunal hears disability case
A group of parents with disabled adult children are taking their case against the Ministry of Health to the Human Rights Review Tribunal. [more]

Warrios coach says Hohaia would slot straight in at No1
The Warriors coach Ivan Cleary says Wade McKinnon's absence isn't really affecting preparations for their must-win match in Parramatta on Saturday night. The fullback who returned last month after knee ... [more]

Federer sneaks into US Open quarter-finals
Roger Federer came out of an error-filled slump in the nick of time to scrape past 23rd seed Igor Andreev in a 5-set thriller and claim a berth in the ... [more]

Davydenko out of US Open
Fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko has crashed out of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, losing in 4 sets to qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the 4th round. Ranked 130th in ... [more]

Taranaki rugby fans swarm All Blacks
Taranaki rugby fans are making the most of a rare chance to see the All Blacks outside the main centres. [more]

Council officials to discuss slip
Officials at the Manukau City Council were meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the latest information about a landslip that is expected to fall further at any time. [more]

Injured NZ officer attacked by outlaw group
The New Zealand police officer who was attacked with a machete while on duty in Solomon Islands had encountered a group of wanted criminals. [more]

Man under guard in hospital after woman's death
Police say a man who called them to a central Auckland apartment where a woman was found dead is likely to remain in hospital for several days, under police guard. [more]

Prison security questioned after drug arrests
Fresh questions are being raised about prison security after arrests in two prisons on drug-related charges. The Government says mobile phone blocking technology will be fully in place next year. [more]

Chemical spill injures 40 Christchurch workers
Forty staff from a Christchurch manufacturing plant needed medical care after a chemical spill, that led to the area around the Addington factory being cordoned off. [more]

Teachers want higher pay for dealing with disruptive students
The secondary teachers' union wants more help for schools dealing with increasing numbers of disruptive and dangerous students, including extra pay for teachers in schools with high numbers of badly-behaved students. [more]

Company results 'mediocre' in past year
Broking house First NZ Capital says more than half the listed companies it tracks released mediocre or poor results in the June year. [more]

Flooding in Morobe in Papua New Guinea impacting on thousands
Thousands of people in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea could be made homeless after weeks of heavy rain intensified this week. Disaster officials have warned people living near the... [more]

Death toll from Fiji bus tragedy reaches 11
The death toll following last week's bus fire in Fiji has climbed to eleven. A bus caught fire near the town of Sigatoka last Friday, claiming ten lives and injuring... [more]

Air Pacific says it had no option but to suspend Christmas Island flights
Air Pacific says the decision to stop flying to Christmas Island was made after New Zealand engineers from BECA inspected the runway, and deemed it unsafe. The airline has suspended... [more]

Two political veterans in Vanuatu may have lost seats in yesterday's poll
Unofficial results from Vanuatu's election suggest 2 of the country's longest serving politicians may have been ousted. The country voted yesterday to elect 52 members in 17 constituencies. Official results... [more]

Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister jailed for 6 months
Solomon Islands Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer has today sentenced former Prime Minister and current Minister for Forests Sir Allan Kemakeza to six months jail. The Chief Justice sentenced Sir... [more]

More soldiers and police sent to Guadalcanal Weather Coast after machete attack on New Zealand polic
Solomon Islands police and the Regional Assistance Mission have stepped up their presence on the remote Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in the wake of a machete attack on a New... [more]

Police and soldiers sent to Guadalcanal Weather Coast after machete attack.
Solomon Islands police and the Regional Assistance Mission have stepped up their presence on the remote Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in the wake of a machete attack on a New... [more]

More soldiers and police sent to Guadalcanal Weather Coast after machete attack
Solomon Islands police and the Regional Assistance Mission have stepped up their presence on the remote Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in the wake of a machete attack on a New... [more]

Claim family of Samoa pastor facing attempted rape charge approached victim to drop claim.
Police claim that the family of church pastor in Samoa, Joseph Hansel, who is alleged to have attempted to rape a woman member of his congregation, has approached the victim... [more]

Fiji interim Government rejects local media claim that Sir Paul Reeves' Forum role reduced
Fiji's interim attorney general says the Commonwealth's Special Envoy, Sir Paul Reeves, was never going to chair the Presidential Forum on political reform. Fiji media reports have suggested that Sir... [more]

Emissions scheme on track to pass into law
The proposed Emissions Trading Scheme is still on track to pass into law next week, despite a National Party attempt at filibustering in Parliament on Tuesday. [more]

Curbing government spending a challenge - English
The National Party's deputy leader Bill English has told a business election forum it will be difficult to slow the increase in government spending. [more]

Kiwisaver amendment sneaky, says National
The National Party says the Government has been sneaky by slipping in an amendment to Kiwisaver as part of a bill amending the Employment Relations Act. [more]

PM revives talk of state funding for political parties
Prime Minister Helen Clark has revived talk of state funding for political parties, in the wake of the New Zealand First donations row. [more]

Time for PM to go to polls, says Key
National Party leader John Key says it's time for the Prime Minister to go to the polls, so the public can have its say on the Winston Peters controversy. [more]

Judge orders blanket suppression on raids hearing
A blanket suppression order has been put in place for the depositions hearing of those caught up in police raids in 2007. [more]

Unqualified nurse admits administering botox
A registered nurse has admitted to administering botox to up to 10 clients at a Christchurch beauty clinic, despite not being qualified to do so. [more]

Rough ride for top seeds both on and off the court at U.S. Open
The match fixing allegations surrounding Nikolay Davydenko have surfaced again at the U.S. Tennis Open after the Russian fifth seed lost fourth-round loss to130th-ranked qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Muller ... [more]

Yeats gets top weight for Melbourne Cup
Ireland's triple Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats has been named top weight for November's $7 million Melbourne Cup. Yeats has been allocated 59 kilograms, marking the third year in a ... [more]

Phelps sets up foundation with million dollar bonus
Michael Phelps will use the million dollar bonus he earned for winning eight Olympic gold medals in Beijing to start a foundation. The first initiative by the Michael Phelps ... [more]

Farmers cope with heavy West Coast rain
Farmers on the South Island West Coast say they are coping with heavy rain that began on Monday. [more]

NZ argues case on apples at WTO
A World Trade Organisation disputes panel has begun hearing New Zealand's complaint against Australia over continued restrictions on apple exports. [more]

Oil price drops as Hurricane Gustav fades
Oil prices fell $US6.60 a barrel on Tuesday, the biggest drop in dollar terms since 1991, as dealers bet the US oil industry would recovery quickly from Hurricane Gustav. [more]

Wall St led lower by energy, tech companies
US stocks slipped on Tuesday as a steep decline in the price of oil weighed on commodity-related companies, and tech shares fell. [more]

Slight rise for NZ market
The New Zealand share market was up 3 points to 3367 at midday on Wednesday on turnover of $28 million. [more]

Man arrested following hit-and-run crash
A Cambridge man has been arrested following a hit-and-run crash in Hamilton on Sunday that left a woman seriously injured. [more]

Cardiac review shows fewer surgeries performed in NZ
New Zealand hospitals perform fewer potentially life-saving heart operations than in most other comparable countries, according to a draft nationwide review of cardiac surgical services. [more]

Youth to stand trial over death of Scottish tourist
A youth accused of killing a Scottish tourist in Taupo is to stand trial. [more]

Forum tackles state of men's health
The state of men's health is not what it should be and 80 people from health and social agencies throughout New Zealand have met to thrash out some solutions. [more]

Ambulance staff to be vetted by police
St John Ambulance has introduced police vetting for all staff who have contact with the public after one of its former paramedics was found guilty of sexually assaulting patients. [more]

Mood for change reflected in early Vanuatu election results
One of Vanuatu's longest serving politicians, who appears to have lost his seat in the country's elections, says the people have spoken. The country voted on Tuesday local time to... [more]

Samoa Victim Support Group under scrutiny over handling of complaints
The Samoa Victim Support Group has denied that it's forcing victims of alleged sexual offences to take complaints to police so that criminal charges can be filed. The Group is... [more]

Health Officials in Fiji warn of national dengue fever outbreak
Health Officials in Fiji are warning of a national dengue fever outbreak. The Ministry of Health says out of about 82 suspected cases, nine have been tested positive for the... [more]

Winter a season of extremes
Winter was a season of frequent weather extremes, with higher than normal rates of sunshine and rainfall recorded. [more]

Crown, North Island iwi initial deed of settlement
North Island iwi Ngati Apa has initialled a deed of settlement with the Crown over its Treaty of Waitangi claim. [more]

All Blacks demolish Manu Samoa
The All Blacks demolished an under-strength Manu Samoa 101-14 in the mis-match of the season in Taranaki on Wednesday night. [more]