Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 4th 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, Our Changing World, Radio NZ National Music, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Jim's Essay - Conscientiousness
Apparently the conscientious mind ages more slowly. Can mental acuity stave-off the ravages of nature's countdown? [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
And for Marion Egglestone of Kaiapoi, it's Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer sung by Dame Kiri te Kanawa. [more]

Your Place - Balfour
Between the Hokonui Hills and Mataura River on the Waimea Plains, Balfour's having an economic renaissance with the dairy boom. [more]

Emails and Texts
Some of what you've had to say. [more]

Zoning Cheats
What would you do to get your kids into the right school and what are they prepared to do to stop you? [more]

NZ Music Award Nominations
Sam Wicks, host of Radio NZ's The Music Mix, talks with Jim about the nominees and their music. [more]

He Rourou for 04 September 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to two Taranaki elders at the signing of the agreement to settle all historical Whanganui-a-Tara Treaty of Waitangi claims by ancestors of Taranaki Whanui. [more]

Feature Album - Fleet Foxes
By Fleet Foxes and a current global rave therefore presumably one to watch (or listen to). [more]

Emails and Texts
Some of what you've had to say. [more]

The Arts Report
Meet Laurence Olivier's son Richard who too loves the theatre and hear of a new play based on the short stories of Witi Ihimaera. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
We all know taxi drivers have the best tales of the city and Katy talks to the one with the most; after all, he's the eldest. [more]

Science Story - Writing About Science
Bernard Beckett talks about his latest novel, Acid Song, and other books with a science theme. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
If it's au courant, it's fair game for David Farrar and Emily Perkins on The Panel. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Emily Perkins and David Farrar get to soap-box their gripes on The Panel. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 4 September 2008
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 4 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

NZ First - Police Investigation (Part 1)
The party faces the prospect of a police investigation after the ACT leader Rodney Hide laid a complaint today. [more]

NZ First - Police Investigation (Part 2)
Our political reporter, Julian Robins has been following developments again today. [more]

US Vice-Presidential Candidate Palin (Part 1)
At the Republican Convention, Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin has roused the faithful with a speech hitting back at her critics. [more]

2011 World Cup Hosting Duties (Part 1)
Christchurch and Wellington have won hosting duties for the four Cup knockout matches, but at what cost? [more]

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

Dogs Worry Seal Pups
Conservation rangers in the Far North are hunting uncontrolled dogs after the deaths of thirty seal pups. [more]

Financial Boost for Georgia
The US is giving a billion dollars in aid to Georgia to meet its pressing humanitarian needs and help it rebuild. [more]

Prisoner Attacks
Corrections is defending the way it classifies prisoner attacks on staff, saying it's not trying to hide anything. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Auckland Rejects Green Lanes
Auckland City Council has rejected a proposal to have cycling and pedestrian lanes included on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. [more]

IRA Inoperative
A new report says the Irish Republican Army's ruling Army Council is neither operational or poses a threat. [more]

Waikato Hospital Relief
Patients are no longer having to queue for beds at Waikato Hospital after it reached a critical stage earlier this week. [more]

US Vice-Presidential Candidate Palin (Part 2)
The Governor for Alaska Sarah Palin delivered the speech of her life at the Republican convention this afternoon. [more]

US Vice-Presidential Candidate Palin (Part 3)
While the nomination of Sarah Palin may have initially stunned political observers - it has delighted America's comedians. [more]

Kiwi Pacific Island Suicides
A Pacific health researcher says Pacific Islanders are over represented in New Zealand suicide statistics. [more]

NZ First - Police Investigation (Part 3)
It's been a fast-moving day in the donation saga surrounding New Zealand First and its leader Winston Peters. [more]

China Correspondent - Quentin Sommerville
Beijing residents appear eager to retain the air quality measures imposed for the Olympics and other stories. [more]

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

2011 World Cup Hosting Duties (Part 2)
While Wellington and Christchurch have won hosting rights for key games, Hamilton and North Harbour have missed out. [more]

Nai Yin Xue Will Stand Trial
He denies killing wife Anan Liu and wept in court today as he listened to how she died. [more]

Atlantic Hurricane Season
More storms are brewing in what's called hurricane alley and they could become an election issue in the US. [more]

Ethiopian Drought
UN describes the effects of the drought as perhaps the most urgent situation the world body is facing. [more]

Waatea News
An update of Tangata Whenua news from the Waatea team. [more]

Paml Oil Plantations
An economic saviour for the poor or an environmental time bomb? [more]

Cloned Meat
Members of the European parliament have overwhelmingly backed a call for an EU-wide ban on meat from cloned animals. [more]

Taliban Insurgents
The deaths of 10 French soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan has been unsettling for those living near in the capital. [more]

Songs For Sale
If owning the rights to songs from Broadway is music to your ears, then you could be in luck or even talking talking happy talk. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 4 September 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 4 September 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 4 September 2008
Defence force problems, Pakistan PM assassination attempt, EFA, Aucklands homeless. [more]

Takahe
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

Hurricane Gustav's Effect on Oil Prices
It remains unclear just how much of a flow-on NZ motorists will see from falling world oil prices, following Hurricane Gustav. [more]

Pacific News for 4 September 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Defence Forces' Annual Report
Staffing problems, obselete equipment are just some of the failings highlighted in the report. [more]

Opponents of EFA Scaring People Away
Otago University associate professor of law Andrew Geddis says there's still misunderstanding of what the act allows. [more]

Problems Plague Defence Force
The Defence Force's annual report has painted a grim picture. [more]

Politicians Comment on Defence Force's Report
Defence Minister Phil Goff and the National Party's Defence spokesman Dr Wayne Mapp discuss the report. [more]

Assassination Attempt on Pakistan's PM
The Taliban claimed responsibility after gunmen fired shots at the leader's motorcade near Islamabad's airport. [more]

Greens Say Scaremongering by EFA Opponents Stopping Debate
Electoral Commission chief executive Helena Catt said the new law has had a"chilling"effect on campaign activity. [more]

Auckland Councillor Wants Homeless Removed From Streets
Paul Goldsmith says it is unacceptable for vagrants to be seen on the city's streets and wants the police to move them on. [more]

Business Political Forum (Part 1)
Most businesses want lower taxes, changes to employment law, ACC opened up to competition. [more]

Business Political Forum (Part 2)
The National party's finance spokesman Bill English admits that tax cuts will be a big challenge. [more]

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

Nai Yin Xue Hearing Resumes Today
A court will today hear more evidence today in Nai Yin Xue's preliminary hearing on murder charges. [more]

Republican National Convention in Minnesota
The focus is squarely on Ms Palin, whose prime-time speech later today comes amid a swirl of questions about her suitability. [more]

PPTA - No Proof School Reforms Lift Achievements
Teachers will be asked later this month to vote on a recommendation for an independent review of the 1989 reforms. [more]

Electoral Finance Act Controversy
ACT party candidate John Boscawen and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman comment. [more]

Dr James Lovelock on Emissions Trading Scheme
The leading British scientist says New Zealand is wasting its time passing an Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Primary Health Report
More investment in GP's practices and community health providers is needed, according to a new report. [more]

NZ Dollar Slipped Against the US Dollar
ANZ National Bank chief economist, Cameron Bagrie discusses the drop. [more]

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

Biofuel Bill Passed
From next month every litre of petrol you purchase will have to contain a small percentage of biofuel. [more]

Employers Criticise Kiwisaver Rule Changes
Employer groups are again criticising what they say are rushed changes to the rules on Kiwisaver. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

NZ Music Awards Unknows - The Dfenders
Controversy over voting at the awards after a little-known band received the most votes in the People's Choice category. [more]

Winston Peters Appears in Front of Privileges Committee
Mr Peters will give evidence this morning. [more]

Nights

Mighty Megalodons
Dr Stephen Wroe is research fellow at The University of New South Wales. Meg-al-o-don means 'big tooth'. It's a shark. [more]

Geology Rocks
Geologist Hamish Campbell has the earthquake round up. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Under Scrutiny
Drug trials into a cholesterol-lowering drug used by thousands of people in New Zealand link it with increased cancer rates. [more]

Study Linking Absence of Fathers to Early Puberty in Girls
Jacqueline Tither is a Canterbury University Phd student who has studied the links of father absence to early puberty in girls. [more]

Winston Peters at the Privileges Committee
The suspended Foreign Minister has been arguing his case before the committee this morning. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
The latest news from the UK. [more]

Feature Guest - Luciano Calestini
UNICEF's chief aid officer in Iraq was raised in New Zealand before embarking on a career with UNICEF. [more]

Book Review - 'The Other Hand'
Jane Myhill reviews 'The Other Hand' by Chris Cleave. [more]

New Technology With Colin Jackson
Today's topic: Science and Technology. [more]

John Banas
Veteran theatre and TV writer and director. [more]

TV Review With Simon Wilson
Simon looks at Jamie Oliver's new show along with our own Radar's 'Off the Radar'. [more]

Our Changing World

Servant Robots
Massey University's Gurvinder Singh Virk discusses new types of robots that could help people in their homes. [more]

No Tillage
John Baker talks about how no-tillage seeding systems are essential for sustainable agriculture. [more]

Michael Braungart
Michael Braungart explains the Cradle to Cradle concept of product design. [more]

Bernard Beckett
Bernard Beckett talks about his latest novel, Acid Song, and other books with a science theme. [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Supergroove Crosstown Revue 2008
Supergroove took to the stage at Auckland's Civic Theatre, this time with Scribe, Hollie Smith and newcomer Gin Wigmore in tow. Sam Wicks dropped in on rehearsals for their Crosstown Revue earlier in the week for a chat with Supergroovers Karl Steven, Nick Atkinson and Ian Jones… [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 4 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 4 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Murray Shaw
Chief Executive of the Christchurch Symphony on a free concert to thank the city's residents for 50 years of support. [more]

Tamas Vesmas
Pianist celebrates 25 years in New Zealand with a national recital tour of great classics. [more]

Clare Maclean
New Zealand-born composer now based in Australia but back home for the NZSO-SOUNZ readings of new orchestral works. [more]

News stories:

Missing tourists found
A group of international tourists who were missing on Mt Karioi track in Waikato have been found. [more]

Employers criticise KiwiSaver changes
Some employer groups are angry about changes to KiwiSaver which were rushed through Parliament on Wednesday. [more]

Warriors fight McKinnon's 3-match ban
It'll be an anxious wait for the Warriors before they find out if their appeal against Wade McKinnon's 3-match suspension has been successful or not. At a marathon sitting ... [more]

Keegan future still uncertain
The future of the Newcastle United soccer manager Kevin Keegan remains uncertain after a day of speculation that he had been sacked after just eight months in the job. ... [more]

Thunder Bolt dies aged 92
The fabled American golfer Tommy Bolt has died at the age of 92. The 1958 US Open champion and winner of 15 PGA tour titles had one of the ... [more]

Azinger to get help from Tiger
US golf captain Paul Azinger says he plans to keep in touch with injured world number one Tiger Woods during his side's Ryder Cup campaign this month. Woods will miss the ... [more]

Barnes in race to make Bledisloe decider
The injured Wallabies midfield back Berrick Barnes' is pushing himself to the limit in a bid to play in next week's Tri-Nations decider in Brisbane. Barnes has been deemed ... [more]

Curbishley leaves Hammers
Alan Curbishley has become the first English Premier League football manager to depart this season when he resigned as West Ham United's boss after less than two years at Upton ... [more]

Saints will play NFL opener at Superdome
The New Orleans Saints will play their NFL American Football regular-season opener this weekend at the Superdome as originally scheduled. After evacuating to Indianapolis over the weekend because of Hurricane Gustav ... [more]

TVNZ cost-cutting helps it back into the black
In a dramatic turnaround, TVNZ has recovered from last year's loss to make a $19.4 million profit on the back of cost-cutting and steady advertising revenues. [more]

All Blacks get what they want from Samoa test
The All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen says they got what they wanted out of last night's 101-14 thrashing of Samoa in their one-off test in New Plymouth. The match ... [more]

Scurrah disappointed with McKinnon outcome
The New Zealand Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah says they're bitterly disappointed with the NRL judiciary's decision to suspend fullback Wade McKinnon. McKinnon faced a contrary conduct charge of spitting at ... [more]

Final ODI washed out in Wales
The fifth and final one-day cricket international between England and South Africa in Cardiff was abandonned because of rain after just three overs. England win the five-match series 4-0. ... [more]

100m showdown climax to track season
The world record holder Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay spearhead one of the strongest 100-metre lineups assembled for a Golden League meeting when they clash on Friday ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: teachers want to cut the number of tests in high school exams; NZ First 'could face a police investigation'; Wellington and Christchurch expected to host Rugby World Cup quarterfinals. [more]

Soil cadmium level not considered a risk
A working group which the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry set up to assess the risks of the heavy metal cadmium to New Zealand agriculture and food safety, has concluded there is no immediate risk. [more]

Flight of the Conchords picks up music nominations
Grammy Award winning folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords picked up several nominations for this year's New Zealand Music Awards. [more]

Antarctic flights resume after long, cold winter
Flights resume to Antarctica on Thursday, ending one of the longest stretches of isolation for the team working at New Zealand's Scott Base. [more]

Oil price slips as demand eases
Oil prices dipped to below $US109 a barrel on Wednesday, weighed down by slowing demand in the United States and other consuming nations. [more]

Biofuel bill passed into law
Parliament has passed the Biofuel Bill under urgency, meaning that from 1 October, biofuels must make up 0.5% of total oil company sales. [more]

Vanuatu outgoing deputy PM says old guard will have to negotiate seriously with newcomers
Vanuatu's outgoing deputy Prime Minister says it looks like forming a Government will be difficult, following the country's general election. Official results are some days away, but there are early... [more]

Greepeace activists in PNG board vessel carrying logs for China
Greenpeace activists say they will not leave a logging ship they boarded in Papua New Guinea until the government stops large scale logging. Four Greenpeace protesters in the Gulf Province,... [more]

New Zealand says no travel permits for former Labour members of interim government
Fiji's former interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudry, and two of his collegues remain banned from travelling to New Zealand despite quitting their jobs last month. New Zealand posted a travel... [more]

New Caledonia football side ranked 21 places higher than New Zealand
The New Caledonia football side has earned a pyschological boost ahead of this weekend's opening World Cup qualifier against New Zealand in Noumea. In the latest FIFA rankings New Caledonia... [more]

Carbon credit systems a waste of time, says UK scientist
Leading British scientist James Lovelock says carbon credit systems like New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme will ultimately be a waste of time.Leading British scientist James Lovelock says carbon credit systems like New Zealand's Emissions Trading Sch [more]

Rest break legislation passes under urgency
Legislation enforcing rest breaks and facilities for breastfeeding at work has passed under urgency in Parliament. [more]

Commodity prices fell 3.3% in August
New Zealand commodity prices slumped in August, showing the largest decline in the index for seven years. [more]

Sanford buys 13% stake in Bluff Oyster Fishery
The listed fishing firm Sanford has fulfilled its its long term desire to buy a stake in the Bluff Oyster Fishery. [more]

Kangaroo farming suggested for Australia
As scientists and planners wrestle with the challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, the idea of kangaroo farming has surfaced in Australia. [more]

EU and Pacific Forum to meet for talks later this month
The first ministerial meeting to enhance the political dialogue between the Pacific Islands Forum and the European Union is to be held in Brussels on 16 September. At a meeting... [more]

American Samoan politicians spending hundreds of thousands for repair of government ship
American Samoa House members have agreed to increase funding for repairs for the government owned vessel MV Sili, by 150 percent to half a million US dollars. The MV Sili,has... [more]

PNG national government looks to reduce powers of provincial governments
Papua New Guinea's Deputy Prime Minister has been this morning briefing provincial Governors of plans to reduce the legislative powers of provincial governments. Puka Temu has outlined the plans at... [more]

New Zealand dollar falls against US currency
The New Zealand dollar tumbled to its lowest level in a year on Wednesday as investors continued to opt out of risky positions in high-yield currencies like the kiwi, due to global growth concerns. [more]

Nine SC Finance companies merge into one entity
South Canterbury Finance is restructuring to merge its nine finance companies into a single entity. [more]

Sonny Bill injured at Toulon
Toulon's New Zealand backrower Sonny Bill Williams will be out of action for three weeks after picking up an injury in French club rugby at the weekend. The 23-year-old, who ... [more]

People in Northern Marianas remain unconvinced about merits of marine monument
A tense public debate has heard strong arguments for and against a controversial plan for a national marine monument in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. The Federal Government is... [more]

Spain still top of World Football rankings
European champions Spain remiain top of the FIFA world football rankings for a third consecutive month, mainly due to last month's 3-0 friendly victory in Denmark. With European countries not ... [more]

Russian Safina thru to US Open semi-finals
Russia's Dinara Safina has beaten the Italian Flavia Pennetta in straight sets to join Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva in the women's singles semi-finals at the US Tennis Open. ... [more]

Henry says Samoa deserved Test status
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry feels both sides will have benefited in some way from last night's one-off Test between New Zealand and Samoa in New Plymouth. The All ... [more]

Levi says stand-down period needs to be cut
The Samoa rugby captain has called for easier access to Samoan players born in New Zealand. An understrength Samoan side was beaten 101-14 by the All Blacks in New Plymouth ... [more]

Three changes for Auckland's Ranfurly Shield defence
Auckland's head coach Shane Howarth has made three changes to his side to defend the Ranfurly Shield against Southland on Saturday afternoon. With All Blacks Keven Mealamu, John Afoa, and Isaia ... [more]

Sir John Anderson steps down as NZ Cricket chairman
The chairman of New Zealand Cricket, Sir John Anderson, is retiring after 13 years in the role. Sir John will formally step down at the organisation's AGM in Wellington on ... [more]

Raikkonen braced to reignite title challenge
The defending Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen insists he can retain his crown this year despite a string of unimpressive results. The Ferarri driver has started preparations for this weekend's ... [more]

Lee "absolutely" ready to play in India
The Australian fast bowler Brett Lee says he is "absolutely" available and ready to play Test cricket in India next month despite the recent break-up of his marriage. Lee spent time ... [more]

Murray, Safina advance to semi-finals
The Britsh sixth seed Andy Murray roared in relief as he celebrated reaching his first grand slam semi-final after ending the US Open campaign of Argentine teenager Juan Martin Del Potro ... [more]

Serena Williams beats sister Venus to reach US Open semi-final
Serena Williams has beaten her big sister Venus 7- 7-6 to advance to the semi-final's at the US Tennis Open. It's the first time the foruth seed has reached the last ... [more]

Oaklahoma City NBA franchise named the Thunder
The NBA basketball franchise that relocated to Oklahoma City from Seattle has unveiled its nickname as the Thunder. The club has been without a home since July when they announced ... [more]

Solomon Islands moves closer to establishing truth and reconciliation commission
Three commissioners should be appointed in the next few days to head the Solomon Islands' Truth and Reconciliation Commission or TRC. The Minister for Peace and Reconciliation Sam Iduri introduced... [more]

Fiji's interim leader demands improvement in effectiveness and efficiency of civil service
Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says he deeply regrets his Government's failure to achieve more since it took power in a coup at the end of 2006. Fiji... [more]

Dogs kill seal pups in Far North
Department of Conservation rangers are on the trail of two dogs which have killed up to 30 seal pups on Ninety Mile Beach in the past fortnight. [more]

Council won't back harbour bridge cycleway
Auckland City Council's Transport Committee has decided it will not fund a cycling and walking lane across the Harbour Bridge. Two other councils are still to consider whether to back the lane. [more]

Non-serious assaults on prison staff rise
The number of non-serious assaults on prison staff has more than doubled in the past year, according to figures released to Radio New Zealand [more]

Rain boosts South Island hydro lake levels
Hydro lake levels in the South Island have risen after three days of rain. Meridian Energy says the boost will be enough to get through until the spring snow melt. [more]

Defence force problems being addressed - Govt
The Government says it is already tackling problems highlighted in a critical Defence Force annual report, which says the Defence Force is hampered by staffing shortages and some obsolete equipment. [more]

Wellington Hospital emergency dept 'overwhelmed'
Wellington Hospital is urging people to seek medical help for illness before it gets so bad they need hospital care, as emergency department services have been overwhelmed in recent weeks. [more]

Scaremongering, not law, stopping debate - Greens
The Green Party says a campaign of scaremongering by opponents of the Electoral Finance Act is discouraging participation in political debate. [more]

Crown signs river co-management deal with iwi
The Crown has signed co-management agreements with local iwi for the Waikato and Waipa rivers. [more]

Top-ranked Nadal goes late to reach US Open semis
The tennis world number one Rafael Nadal has advanced to his first US Open semi-final with a 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory over the American Mardy Fish at Arthur Ashe Stadium ... [more]

Tasman to appeal prvoncial championship axing
The Tasman rugby union is to join Northland in contesting their axing from the provincial championship next season. The deadline for an appeal against the NZRU's decision to cut the competition ... [more]

Ryan Nelsen back as skipper for good
Ryan Nelsen has been reinstated as All Whites captain on his return to the full New Zealand senior football side, and coach Ricki Herbert says it's a permanent re-appointment. Nelsen's ... [more]

Tim Brown says Ryan Nelsen's the right choice
The man who's been replaced as All Whites captain says Ryan Nelsen is the right choice to lead the New Zealand football team. Nelsen's been permanently reinstated as All Whites captain ... [more]

Baseball makes first instant replay ruling
Major League Baseball's instant replay system has been used for the first time with umpires upholding a home run by Alex Rodriguez during the New York Yankees' 8-4 run win over ... [more]

Arthur threatens to axe South Africa's senior citizens
South Africa's cricket coach Mickey Arthur has hinted that some of the senior members of his team may have played their last one-day internationals following the 4-0 one-day series defeat by ... [more]

Pietersen warns England over complacency
England's new cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has warned his team he won't tolerate a slide into a comfort zone after wrapping up the one-day series against South Africa. Despite seeing his ... [more]

Eleven women contesting elections in American Samoa
Eleven females will be on the November 4 ballot in American Samoa - the highest number of women candidates seeking public office in recent memory. Two of the women -... [more]

Opponents say planned Northern Marianas marine monument unnecessary
While a tense public debate in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has heard strong arguments in favour of plans to create a marine monument, opponents say the plan is... [more]

French Polynesians protest over stagnant economy
Latest statistics show that French Polynesia is now officially in an economic recession. Tourism has been at a standstill for the past five years with the number of arrivals stagnant... [more]

PNG academic says plans to reduce provincial power will not be popular
A Papua New Guinea academic says moves by the national government to reduce the legislative powers of provincial administrations will be unpopular. The government claims provincial governments aren't ensuring the... [more]

Previous coalition partners in Vanuatu expected to dominate new administration
New Zealand's high commissioner to Vanuatu says there are encouraging signs in the early results in Vanuatu's election. Official results are yet to be declared, but early indications are that... [more]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu may visit Solomons for launch of Truth and Reconcilation Commission
People caught up in the violence which ravaged Solomon Islands will be able to tell their story during hearings due to start next year. Five commissioners will listen to evidence... [more]

Global growth worries rattle Wall Street
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq stock indices fell on Wednesday, as signs of increasingly sluggish growth in the United States and the rest of the world rattled investors. [more]

New Zealand share market flat
The New Zealand share market closed down 25 points to 3348 on turnover of $122 million on Thursday. [more]

TVNZ not expecting profit from expensive Olympics
TVNZ does not expect to make a profit from its coverage of the Beijing Olympics, despite attracting record numbers of viewers. [more]

Discuss cholesterol-lowering drug with doctor, says Pharmac
Pharmac is urging patients who are taking a cholestrol lowering drug with possible links to cancer, not to stop taking it, but to talk to their doctor. It says the medicine's benefits could outweigh any risk. [more]

Ezibuy fined over shawl claims
A court has fined clothing retailer Ezibuy thousands of dollars for selling shawls that were not what they claimed to be. [more]

No proof school reform lifted achievement - PPTA
The secondary teachers union says there is no proof the 1989 school reforms have lifted student achievement. Teachers are to vote on whether an independent review of "Tomorrow's Schools" is needed. [more]

Arrest made after woman found dead in apartment
Police in Auckland have made an arrest in relation to the killing of a woman who was found dead in her central city apartment by emergency services on Tuesday. [more]