Radio New Zealand - Monday, 8th September 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Eight Months to Mars - Rebecca Caughey
She regularly works 12 hour days in what she freely admits is a labour of love. [more]

Andrea Cochrane
Continuing Education Manager discusses the arts initiatives which form part of Adult Learners' Week. [more]

The Superbug
A drug-resistant superbug that attacks healthy teenagers is ringing alarm bells for experts across the Tasman. [more]

He Rourou for 8 September 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to chair of the Matatini organising committee Selwyn Parata. [more]

Author Slot - Graham Hutchins
The book title is"Great New Zealand Railway Journeys". [more]

This Way Up Feature - Re-corking Wine
South Australian company, Penfolds use the re-corking system to check how that treasured red is going and when to drink it. [more]

Environment Story - A Marine Reserve
The 854 hectare Wellington reserve stretches from the old quarry to Houghton Bay. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Noelle McCarthy and Jock Anderson. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Noelle McCarthy and Jock Anderson. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 8 September 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 8 September 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Police Investigate NZ First
The pressure is mounting on the New Zealand First Party and its leader Winston Peters. [more]

Meat Company Sale
The country's biggest meat company is to sell half it's stake to rural services firm, PGG Wrightson. [more]

Hurricane Ike
Hurricane Ike has hit the north coast of Cuba, where hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated. [more]

Bay of Plenty Murders
A Bay of Plenty man has been charged with the murder of two men who disappeared last year. [more]

U.S Tennis Open
Serena Williams has defeated Jelena Jankovic in a hard-fought womens final. [more]

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

U.S. Economy
Markets have reacted positively to news that the US government will bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [more]

Come Back Campaign
A $1,000,000 a year government campaign to entice New Zealanders home from Australia has been axed after it fell on deaf ears. [more]

Raglan Survivor
A 32 year old Hamilton man was found barely alive in a cabin yesterday morning. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Indycar Win
New Zealand's Scott Dixon has further imprinted himself into American motor racing history, by winning the 2008 Indycar series . [more]

Kim John Il Dead?
A Japanese professor says Kim Jong Il has been dead for years and has been replaced by a number of doubles. [more]

Bullock vs Bollock
What's the difference between a bullock and a bollock? [more]

Hurricane Ike (Part 2)
Hurricane Ike has slammed into Cuba, the second major storm to hit the island in a little over a week. [more]

Meat Company Sale (Part 2)
The country's biggest meat company is to join forces with rural services firm, PGG Wrightson. [more]

Hong Kong Politics
The opposition pro-democracy parties have scored a surprise success in elections. [more]

Evening Business News for 8 September 2008
News from the business sector. [more]

I Predict Website
Fancy putting your money where your mouth is when it comes to predicting the next Prime Minister? [more]

McDonalds Dispute
The Employment Relations Authority has granted a former McDonald's employee $15,000 in compensation. [more]

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

U.K. News
Any hope of a late-summer has been washed out with another round of bad flooding. [more]

Asian Obesity
Health researchers say fighting obesity is a crucial challege for those in the Asian community. [more]

U.S. Economy (Part 2)
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a hand in half of all mortgages in the United States. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sudan War
The United Nations says food aid distribution in Sudan may have to be put on hold. [more]

U.S. Politics
The Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden is battling for headlines. [more]

Space Wars
NAmerica's space programme may sufffer as relations have been strained over events in Georgia. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Whitebait Vandal
A Waitara whitebaiter has been angered by vandals, who for the second time have destroyed his stand on the Onaero River. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 September 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 September 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 8 September 2008
Indy 500, NZ Paralmypic hopes, Hurricane Ike. [more]

Pipiwharauroa - Shining Cuckoo
Listen to this mornings bird. [more]

Pacific News for 8 September 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 8 September 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Two Men Die From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The death of two men from carbon monoxide poisoning near Raglan highlights the importance of not using barbecue cookers indoors. [more]

Latest Quotable Value Figures Show Decline
QV is reporting a four point five percent decline in national property values for the year to August. [more]

US Government Takes Control of Mortgage Giants
The two companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, account for nearly half of all US mortgages. [more]

Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated From Cuba
Overnight, Hurricane Ike has battered Britain's Turks and Caicos Islands and the southern Bahamas. [more]

Scott Dixon's Indy 500 Challenge
Scott Dixon willbe hoping for better luck than last year, when he lost the race and the championship after running out of fuel. [more]

A Third of NZ's Paralympic Team Expected to Get Medals
A team of 30 New Zealand athletes are taking part in the games, which are celebrating 60 years of competition. [more]

Two Men Die From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Part 2
The survivor of the gas poisoning tragedy in which two others died has been moved to North Shore hospital. [more]

National Launches Environment and Conservation Policies
Conservation and climate change spokesman, Nick Smith joins Morning Report. [more]

Sports News for 8 September 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Coastal Property Values Are Taking A Hit
Latest Quotable Value figures for the August quarter showing prices down four point five percent on the same time last year. [more]

India Granted Embargo
The move will allow it to proceed with a nuclear co-operation deal with the United States. [more]

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Under US Government Control
Both companies have been experiencing growing losses. [more]

Winston Peter's Donation Issue Set to Dominate Parliament
Owen Glenn will appear in person before the Privileges Committee tomorrow to back-up his claim. [more]

Israeli Police Accused Their Prime Minister of Corruption
They say they have evidence that shows Mr Olmert accepted"cash stuffed envelopes"from a US businessman. [more]

Hurricane Ike Bearing Down on the Caribbean
The hurricane is now due to cross Cuba which is still recovering from the effects of four storms in as many weeks. [more]

Cambridge University Beat Waikato University
The two rowing eights battled it out rowing upstream on a four point two kilometre course yesterday. [more]

Rock Fall in Cairo Kills At Least 31
The victims were living under a cliff in the Egyptian capial, in a poor working-class area. [more]

Wellington Opens Taputeranga Marine Reserve
The reserve extends two-point-three kilometres out to sea and three-point-three kilometres along the coast. [more]

Waatea News for 8 September 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

US Open Update
With Judy Lessing. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes
Weekly Australian Update. [more]

Nights

Worlds Smallest Snake
Professor Blair Hedges has positively identified the smallest snake on Earth. [more]

Political Systems - English Revolution
Brian Roper, from the University of Otago, explains the political up heavel that occured during the English Revolution. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
The first clue for the week. [more]

Sports - Penny Miles
Sports reporter Penny Miles of Palmerston North's Evening Standard. [more]

Conundrum Clue 2
Clue number two. [more]

Nine To Noon

A Growing Number of Children
Children under the age of four have been prescribed powerful anti-psychotic drugs. [more]

Hurricane Ike
A string of hurricanes has hit the Caribbean region of late, the latest being Ike. [more]

Perfect Apologies
Lauren Bloom, author of The Art of the Apology: How to Apologize Effectively to Practically Anyone. [more]

US Election
The low down with David Mark. [more]

Feature Guest - Mark Billingham
Stand up comedian, former actor and now best selling author of a crime series featuring a"kind of thick"hero. [more]

Book Review - Peter Peryer
Photographer by Peter Simpson and Peter Peryer, published by Auckland University Press and reviewed by Mary Daysh. [more]

From the Left and From the Right
With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Food and Wine
With Chef Richard Till. John Hawkesby provides the appropriate wines. [more]

Tommy Honey
Sophist and Provocateur. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 8 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 8 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Murray Khouri
Artistic Director of the inaugural Wanganui Spring Music Festival. [more]

Wellington Orchestra Review
Roger Wilson reviews Saturday's concert which included a semi-staged performance of Bartok's opera, Bluebeard's Castle. [more]

News stories:

Veto over-ride to go to a referendum in American Samoa
A referendum to allow a legislative override of the governor's vetoes will be on the ballot in American Samoa's general election on November 4th. This year the Fono passed a... [more]

High ranking matai in Samoa convicted and jailed for sex offences
An elderly high ranking matai of Samalae'ulu village on Savaii Island in Samoa, Latu Feo,has been convicted of three charges of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 14 year... [more]

Homicide investigation in Mt Roskill
A homicide enquiry has been launched in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill. [more]

Pacific countries urged to work together to overhaul tax systems
Pacific countries are being urged to work together to overhaul their tax systems. The Pacific Islands Tax administrators Association has just held its annual meeting in Vanuatu . Carson McNeil,... [more]

NZ Council of Trade Unions wants union representation for seasonal workers
New Zealand's Council of Trade Unions says Pacific Islanders brought in under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme need union representation. The RSE scheme has been deemed generally successful in its... [more]

Ousted Fiji PM urges police to investigate treason complaints
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, is urging the authorities not to ignore an official complaint laid against Fiji's interim Prime Minister. The SDL has lodged a formal treason complaint... [more]

Electoral Commission to discuss NZ First
The Electoral Commission will on Monday discuss New Zealand First's donation returns, following disclosures of large contributions from a Trust. [more]

"P" warning issued to pharmacies
Police say the number of people trying to buy large amounts of drugs that can be used to make "P" might increase because of a major seizure last week. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's papers: Two die of carbon monoxide poisoning in cabin, third man survives; slump in house values; close vote expected on merger between Silver Fern Farms and PGG Wrightson. [more]

Wellington continue to lead the way in NPC rugby union
Wellington remain unbeaten at the top of the Air New Zealand Cup rugby standings with Waikato showing some form in recent matches. Following their win over Auckland, Waikato held on... [more]

New Caledonia travel to New Zealand for football World Cup qualifier
Despite this Wednesday's return game against New Caledonia being meaningless the All Whites coach won't be experimenting in Auckland. Last Saturday's 3-1 win against New Caledonia in Noumea has resulted... [more]

Hamilton says he did nothing wrong
The McLaren Formula One team intended to appeal against a stewards' decision that stripped their championship leader Lewis Hamilton of victory in the Belgian Grand Prix. However it is not ... [more]

Warriors to play Storm in playoffs
The Warriors will play Melbourne on Sunday after noon in week one one of the National Rugby League playoffs after the Storm sealed a record-breaking third straight minor premiership yesterday ... [more]

All Whites campaign positive
The All Whites coach says with a World Cup spot just two wins away the intensity of New Zealand's campaign to qualify for FIFA's elite spectacle in South Africa in ... [more]

Fox Pitt takes Burghley title
The British 3-day eventer William Fox-Pitt has joined equestrian greats Mark Todd and Ginny Elliott in the record books after winning the Burghley Horse Trials in England for a fifth time. ... [more]

man U reject latest City bids
Manchester United chief David Gill has rejected claims rivals City will make a 356 million dollar bid for Cristiano Ronaldo under new owners Abu Dhabi United Group. Sulaiman Al-Fahim, the billionaire ... [more]

Frenchman beats teenager to European masters title
The French golfer Jean-Francois Lucquin claimed his maiden European Tour title after beating the Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy in a sudden-death playoff at the European Masters in Switzerland. ... [more]

Force deny player rift
Rugby Western Australia has strongly denied there is a rift between senior Western Force players and coach John Mitchell after a New Zealand newspaper reported star flyhalf Matt Giteau and ... [more]

Some injury concerns for Wallabies
The Wallabies rugby coach Robbie Deans has a couple of injury concerns ahead of this week's Tri-Nations decider against the All Blacks in Brisbane. Deans is facing a tough ... [more]

Wellington still top NPC
Wellington remain unbeaten at the top of the Air New Zealand Cup rugby standings with Waikato showing some form in recent matches. Following their win over Auckland, Waikato held on ... [more]

Brown wins in France
Cameron Brown has rounded out his European build up for the Hawaiin Ironman with a comprehensive victory at the Auch International Triathlon in France. The New Zealander enjoyed a solid ... [more]

Coppins remains 5th in world championship
The New Zealand motocross rider Josh Coppins remains 5th overall after the penultimate round of the MX1 World Championship in Holland. Coppins finished 5th and 6th in today's two races ... [more]

Environmental groups see National policy as light
Environmental groups say the National Party's environment and conservation policies lack detail and firm commitments. [more]

National to allow forest offset planting
The National Party says it would allow forest owners to fell forests and plant them somewhere else without penalty. [more]

Further cut in interest rate expected by Reserve Bank
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is expected to cut interest rates again this week to 7.75%. [more]

Man charged with assault
Police investigating the death of a man in the suburb of Mt Roskill in Auckland have charged a man with assaulting the victim. [more]

Overhaul of credit details urged
A company holding files on more than 3 million New Zealanders is calling for an overhaul of the credit reference system. Veda Advantage says lenders should have more information. [more]

NZ housing market still down
Housing values nationwide dropped 4.5% on average in the year to August. The price was $391,487. [more]

No extra bureaucrats promised at new agency - National
The National Party says the creation of an Environmental Protection Agency won't result in more bureaucrats. [more]

Murray reaches US Open final
Sixth-seeded Briton Andy Murray reached his first grand slam tennis final by upsetting world number one Rafael Nadal in 4 sets at the U.S. Open in New York. The Scot ... [more]

Dixon wins another IndyCar title
The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won his second Indycar series after finishing second in the final round in Chicago. Dixon was pipped for the win by ... [more]

Favre gets first up win with Jets
Record-breaking quarterback Brett Favre threw for two touchdowns on his debut for the New York Jets as he guided them to a 20-14 win at the Miami Dolphins in the ... [more]

Black and Huber take US Open women's doubles title
Zimbabwe's Cara Black and American Liezel Huber have won their fourth grand slam tennis crown together, beating Lisa Raymond of the United States and Sam Stosur of Australia in straight ... [more]

Powell wins in Italy
Former world record holder Asafa Powell has continued his good form, winning the 100 metres at the Rieti Grand Prix Athletics meeting in Italy with a time of 9.82 seconds. ... [more]

Fiji Cricket Association General Manager has firm ideas on what is priority
The new Fiji Cricket Association general manager Martin Shaw has firm ideas on what is priority when he takes up his position in Suva later this year. Shaw is the... [more]

The eight finalists found for the National Rugby League competition
The top two free passage to the National Rugby League preliminary finals will be seriously tested this year with minor premiers Melbourne and Manly dealt horror first week finals opponents. [more]

The annual Tu Tangata Polynesian festival starts in Wellington tonight
Hundreds of secondary school students from New Zealand's capital Wellington will take to the stage tonight for the annual Tu Tangata Polynesian festival. The only festival of its kind in... [more]

USA born Samoan wins annual beauty pageant in Samoa
An American born contestant, Gwendolyn Pona Tuaitanu, has won the Miss Samoa title for the first time. The competition was held on the week-end in Apia where nine competitors including... [more]

American Samoa court denies request for special prosecutor
The District Court of American Samoa has denied two motions requesting the appointment of a special prosecutor to deal with the case of four employees of the attorney general's office... [more]

School classes due to begin today in CNMI despite continued power outages
Public Schools in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas are due to start the academic year today despite continued power outages. A Public Schools System Commissioner, Rita Sablan , said... [more]

Greenpeace protest on board logging ship in PNG ends
Papua New Guinean police have ended Greenpeace's three day protest on board a logging ship bound for China. The police boarded the Harbour Gemini and removed the four who had... [more]

France's UMP backs French Polynesian President for senate
France's ruling party, the UMP has officially announced its endorsement of French Polynesia's candidates for the forthcoming Senatorial elections. Those to get its backing are French Polynesia's President, Gaston Tong... [more]

Unclear whether Fiji police to investigate new treason complaint
Fiji police have yet to say whether they will or will not investigate the treason complaint filed against interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama and his government. The Police Director... [more]

Anonymous accusations of bullying by MPs
Three accusations of bullying have been raised against Members of Parliament by their staff in the last three years. However, they were made anonymously. [more]

Post mortems to be held after cabin deaths
Post mortems will be held on Monday on two South African men believed to have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in a holiday cabin near Raglan. [more]

Man seriously injured after collision with train
A young man is in the intensive care unit in Wellington Hospital after a car hit a train near Blenheim. [more]

Dentist on trial for murder
A High Court trial is due to begin on Monday for a Korean national who is accused of murder, attempted murder and arson. The charges arise from a fatal fire at a dental clinic in February last year. [more]

Rural murder charge
A man has been charged with murder after a death in a rural part of Northland. The victim has not yet been formally identified. [more]

Building slowdown worsens
The slowdown in home building has worsened with the value of work carried out in the June quarter falling by 7.3%. Commercial work fell by 3.6%. [more]

$15,000 compensation payment ordered
The Employment Relations Authority has ordered a compensation payment of $15,000 to be paid to a former McDonalds employee in Kaiapoi after she was constructively dismissed after joining a union. [more]

Gang members arrested over handbag snatches
Nine arrests have been made in connection with what police describe as a bag snatching ring run by an organized gang at shopping malls in Auckland. [more]

Regulation move by Govt on mobile phone roaming
The Government is asking the Commerce Commission to re-consider whether it should regulate domestic mobile phone roaming. [more]

Higher meat prices wanted
A former Meat Board director says the meat industry is on its last legs - unless payments to farmers are lifted to about $150 per lamb, instead of $80. [more]

Extension of gorse study mooted
A scientist who's found that gorse is a major source of nitrogen leaching into waterways in the Rotorua area, wants to expand the research to other parts of New Zealand. [more]

RBA rates likely to trend down - governor
The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia says the bank is unlikely to reverse course and raise interest rates in the near future. [more]

Fiji Police urged to take treason complaint against interim regime seriously
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says police must follow up on an official complaint laid against Fiji's interim Prime Minister or risk seen as biased. Last Friday Mr Qarase... [more]

Papua takes steps to ensure development programmes monitored and analysed
The govenor of the Indonesian province of Papua, Barnabas Suebu, has officially inaugurated a bank-data institute designed to ensure that money allocated for development projects in the province is properly... [more]

PNG watchdog looks into planned partial privatisation of Telikom
Papua New Guinea's consumer and competition watchdog is to investigate the partial sale of the state-owned B-Mobile network amid claims of a conflict of interest. The PNG Government plans to... [more]

US to offer limited consular services in Tonga soon
The United States is moving ahead with plans to offer periodic non-immigrant visa services in Tonga from November. The Matangi Tonga website reports the Deputy Secretary of Tonga's Ministry of... [more]

US jobless rate at five-year high
The US unemployment rate unexpectedly shot up to 6.1% in August, the highest in nearly five years. [more]

Lines company power generation ban mostly lifted
The Government has eliminated most barriers to lines companies also generating electricity. [more]

Tuvalu hoping Air Fiji is set to resume flights this week
Tuvalu's Deputy High Commissioner in Suva says they expect Air Fiji to resume twice weekly flights to Tuvalu this week. Samuelu Laloniu says Air Fiji suspended all flights several weeks... [more]

Fiji Government called on to improve cancer services
Fiji's Medical Association says the country needs to do more to better detect and cater for cancer sufferers. There's an oncology unit in Suva, but it's run by nurses, lacks... [more]

Schools in Northern Marianas open despite power outage concerns
Most public schools in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have begun a new academic year today, despite continued power outages. Public schools had already delayed opening for a month... [more]

Fiji interim regime says a complaint of treason from the country's ousted leader is a stunt
Fiji's Interim Attorney General has called the move by Fiji's ousted Prime Minister to lay a complaint of treason against the interim Prime Minister a stunt. Last Friday Laisenia Qarase... [more]

Hamilton stripped of victory after thriller in Belgium
Lewis Hamilton still leads the world motor racing championship, despite being stripped of victory after an all-or-nothing duel with the world champion Kiki Raikkkonen over the closing laps of this ... [more]

Storm ready to defend NRL crown
Melbourne's captain Cameron Smith has a warning for the Warriors -- he says the Storm are more experienced and ready to defend their NRL crown as they again start favourites for ... [more]

US Open loss cannot dim Nadal's joy
The world tennis number one Rafael Nadal has fallen one match short of his goal of reaching the US Open final, but the 22-year-old Spanish left-hander says he looks back at ... [more]

Murray hopes to emulate Britain's rugby, cricket stars
The US Open finalist Andy Murray hopes he can do for British tennis what an Ashes victory did for English cricket and a World Cup title did for England rugby: lift ... [more]

Villegas takes first PGA title
The Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas has claimed his maiden PGA Tour title with a two-shot victory at the BMW Championship in Missouri. Villegas sealed the win with a final round ... [more]

Rain finally stops in PNG's Morobe, but concerns about flooded food gardens
Life is returning to normal in the Papua New Guinea province of Morobe after weeks of heavy rain which has resulted in widespread flooding. Our correspondent, Oseah Philemon, who is... [more]

Former mayor Sir Hamish Hay dies
Former Christchurch mayor Sir Hamish Hay has died, aged 80. He was Christchurch's longest-serving mayor. [more]

Rangers trap dogs responsible for seal killings
Department of Conservation rangers have caught the last two dogs in a pack that has been savaging baby seals in Northland. [more]

Serena Williams wins third U.S. Open title
Serena Williams has won her ninth grand slam tennis title by beating tenacious Serbian Jelena Jankovic 6-4 7-5 in a high-quality U.S. Open women's final in New York The 26-year-old broke ... [more]

Sharpe rubbishes reports of Force revolt
The Western Force captain Nathan Sharpe has rubbished a report from New Zealand that he and fellow Wallabies star Matt Giteau want out because they are sick of coach John Mitchell. ... [more]

O'Meley charged for high tackle but can escape ban
The Sydney Roosters prop Mark O'Meley has been charged with a high tackle but can escape an NRL match revew committee ban with an early guilty plea. O'Meley was charged with ... [more]

Farmers approve meat company partnership
A proposed partnership between the Silver Fern Farms meat co-operative and PGG Wrightson will go ahead, with 75.62% of shareholders voting in favour. [more]

Schooling mostly back to normal in Northern Marianas despite power worries
The public school system in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas is now mostly back to normal despite ongoing power cuts in Saipan. Public schools launched a new academic year... [more]

Vanuatu experiences major quake
A earthquake measuring 6.6 on the richter scale hit to the south of Vanuatu about 2pm today local time. Geoscience Australia said the undersea quake was centred about 200 kilometres... [more]

NZ market up at close
The New Zealand share market was up 38 points to 3374 at the close on Monday on turnover of $67 million, buoyed by the US government's decision to bail out troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [more]

Predictions a coalition of 3 or 4 parties could form the new Vanuatu government.
Negotiations are continuing among Vanuatu's main political parties over the possible formation of the next government, following last week's general election. While Vanuatu's Electoral Commission has not yet released official... [more]

McDonald's to remind restaurants of union obligations
McDonald's is to remind its restaurant owners and operators how to handle union matters after the Employment Relations Authority ruled a former employee was constructively dismissed two months after joining a union. [more]

Superbug disrupts surgery at Greymouth hospital
Disruptions to the surgery schedule at Grey Base Hospital will continue this week while staff await results of testing for the superbug MRSA. [more]

Power for remote rural areas guaranteed under new law
Electricity supply to remote rural areas will continue to be guaranteed under a proposed new law. [more]

NZ lagging in spending, drug company report shows
A report by a group funded by a drug company says New Zealand has fallen significantly behind other developed countries in providing access to specialised medicines. [more]

Korean denies killing woman at dental clinic
A Korean national accused of murdering a woman at a West Auckland dental clinic has pleaded not guilty at the opening of his High Court trial. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets buoyed by US bailout
Markets in Asia and the Pacific reacted positively on Monday to news that the United States government will bail out troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The federal takeover is one of the largest in US history. [more]