Radio New Zealand - Monday, 15th September 2008

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Eight Months to Mars - Shane Cortese
He's a star himself, of stage and screen and is now touring the country with his own musical extravaganza. [more]

Texting Parents
Students with cellphones are causing headaches for teachers whose lessons are being disrupted by parents calling or texting. [more]

Sheep Shearers
New Zealand's sheep shearers are being encouraged to flock to Britain. [more]

He Rourou for 15 September 2008
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata caught up with Merimeri Penfold just after she had received her Creative N Z Waka Toi award. [more]

Author Slot - Andrea Needham
Her book title is 'Courage at the Top - Igniting the leadrship fire'. [more]

This Way Up Feature - Timeless Toys
Simon Morton from This Way Up with some Timeless Toys like the Etch-O-Sketch. [more]

Science Report
Who will use the Large Hadron Collider? [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Jane Clifton and Michael Deaker. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Jane Clifton and Michael Deaker. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 15 September 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 15 September 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 15 September 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


Fonterra Infant Formula Scandal
Dairy giant Fonterra says someone sabotaged the milk which has killed at least two babies in China and made 400 more sick. [more]

Rail Buy Back Documents
The extent of the bitterness of those negotiatons are revealed in documents released today. [more]

Lehmans Fallout
America's fourth largest investment bank - Lehman Brothers - has just filed for bankruptcy. [more]

Dom-Post Contempt of Court Case
Fairfax Media's lawyers are defending the company's decision to publish extracts from police surveillance information. [more]

Hurricane Ike Damage
In south-eastern Texas the rush is on to find those people who might be trapped in their homes. [more]

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

Australian Gangs Law Considered
The Government is taking a fresh look at measures against gangs in the light of a South Australian law. [more]

Political Promise Keeping
It may come as something of a surprise to some but political parties in New Zealand mostly keep their promises. [more]

Illegal Employment Case
A prominent Hawke's Bay based wine company Craggy Range has been implicated in an alleged illegal worker scam. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Zimbabwe Politics
Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe is welcoming fellow African leaders to Harare for a crucial ceremony later today. [more]

Russian Plane Crash
The Aeroflot plane, a Boeing 737, crashed on an internal flight as it was coming in to land. [more]

Nude Kapiti Beaches
Much of Kapiti's coastline could be opened up for nude swimming and sunbathing if a proposed new bylaw comes into force. [more]

Fonterra Infant Formula Scandal (Part 2)
Two babies are dead and hundreds of others across China have kidney stones after drinking formula. [more]

International Sailing
Some of the biggest names in sailing's America's Cup could be racing in Auckland next summer. [more]

Lehmans Fallout (Part 2)
The credit crunch has claimed another high profile victim. [more]

Cook Strait Cable Upgrade
The Electricity Commission has called a special meeting to discuss the proposed upgrade to the Cook Strait power cable. [more]

Boliva Politics
A crisis centres on the President's decision to hold a referendum on a new constitution in December. [more]

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

Omagh Bombing TV Programme
A BBC Panorama programme has uncovered evidence that phone conversations between the bombers were intercepted. [more]

UN Pulls out of Sri Lanka
The United Nations in Sri Lanka says it has suspended its withdrawal from rebel held territory in the north. [more]

Iran Weapons
There's evidence that groups in Iran are sending weapons across the border into Afghanistan. [more]

The Packaging Council says recycling is now a viable business, not just an environmentally friendly initiative. [more]

East Timor Victims
The President of East Timor Jose Ramos Horta has accused members of the UN Security Council of"extraordinary hypocrisy". [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Remote Australia
A group made up of politicians, academics, miners and a former state Governor say that remote Australia is failing. [more]

Japan Politics
The woman who could become Japan's first female prime minister says she's no Sarah Palin. [more]

Wax Hitler
A statue of Adolf Hitler is back on display at a Berlin waxworks, two months after its head was wrenched off. [more]

Dog Dials 911
Buddy, a German Shepherd dog has saved a life by dialling 911 when his owner had a seizure. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 September 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 September 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 15 September 2008
National leads the latest polls - interviews with Helen Clark, John Key and Brent Edwards. Food safety arrests in China. [more]

Hihi - The Stitchbird
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Unregistered Voters
Nearly a quarter of a million New Zealanders still haven't registered to vote in the general election. [more]

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

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

National Lead Polls
National has an 18-point lead over Labour in the latest political opinion poll. [more]

National Lead Polls (Part 2)
Sean Plunket dicusses the latest election poll with Prime Minister Helen Clark. [more]

National Lead Polls (Part 3)
Sean Plunket dicusses the latest election poll with National Leader John Key. [more]

National Lead Polls (Part 4)
Comment from political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Food Safety Arrests In China
The dairy co-operative, Fonterra, is being asked to explain why milk quality testing did not pick up the contamination. [more]

Warriors Upset Melbourne Storm
The Warriors have pulled off one of the biggest upsets in rugby league history beating the Melbourne Storm, 18-15 in Melbourne. [more]

Fairfax Media Charged With Contempt Of Court
The charge arises from last year's publication of police surveillance information relating to suspected terrorism activities in the Ureweras. [more]

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

Hurricane Ike
For the latest in Houston, we're joined by Paul Prendergast from the radio station K.U.H.F. [more]

Paralympics In Beijing
Another golden day for NZ at the Paralympics. Auckland journalism student Cameron Leslie smashed a world record in the pool. [more]

Tributes For NZ Swimming Coach
Swimming coach Duncan Laing died in Dunedin on Saturday after battling illness for some time. Danyon Loader joins us. [more]

National Lead Polls (Part 5)
Professor Nigel Roberts from Victoria University and Doctor Therese Arseneau Canterbury University comment. [more]

Food Safety Arrests In China (Part 2)
With Rodger Spiller from the New Zealand Centre for Business Ethics. [more]

Psychwatch Website Names And Shames
The website has drawn the ire of the mental health community, who are labeling it as arrogant and irresponsible. [more]

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

Storm Brews Over All Blacks Filming
It's reported the All Blacks training session was filmed on Friday by Channel Seven and then passed on to the Wallabies. [more]

Spitfire Auctioned
The magnificent flying machine went under the hammer in Nelson yesterday fetching a record breaking 2.8 million dollars. [more]

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

Lymphoma Cancer Research Massively Underfunded
Dr Peter Browett is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Auckland and the Medical Director of the Leukaemia Foundation. [more]

New Zealand's Glaciers
NZ's glaciers are at their lowest levels since records began. [more]

Air New Zealand Fashion Week
Managing Director Pieter Stewart says the week remains key for the industry despite the tight economic times. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes
We cross to Melbourne now to join Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]


Napoleon poisoned
Ben Weider believes he has proof that Napoleon was poisoned. [more]

New philosophy on what makes us smile has come out of research into misery. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Conundrum clue 1. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos [more]

Condundrum Clue 2
Conundrum clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

National Party Campaign Strategy
With National Party Deputy Leader Bill English. [more]

Auckland School Principals Against Bottlestores
'Keep liquor stores away from our schools' is the message from four Auckland school principles. [more]

Labour Party Campaign Strategy
With Labour Party minister and strategist Pete Hodgson. [more]

Middle East Correspondent
Irris Makler discusses Ramadan. [more]

Feature Guest - Vincent Ward
Filmmaker behind Vigil, The Navigator, River Queen and Rain of the Children. [more]

Book Review - Over the Wide and Trackless Sea
Kate Blackhurst reviews Over the Wide and Trackless Sea by Megan Hutching. Published by HarperCollins. [more]

With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Food and Wine
Lauraine Jacobs cooks Whitebait and Stephen Morris provides the wine. [more]

A Modest Proposal or Two
David Slack thinks that the language of politics is best when it's vivid. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 September 2008
The latest from the farming and rural communities. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Anne Sophie Duprels
French soprano in the lead role of NZ Opera's upcoming production of Janacek's 'Jenufa'. [more]

NZ Trio Review
Anthony Ritchie reviews last Friday night's concert at Dunedin's Glenroy Auditorium. [more]

News stories:

Quake shakes North and South Islands
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale has shaken parts of the North and South Islands. [more]

Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister guest of honour at NZ symposium on Melanesia
Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu is to be guest of honour at a ground-breaking event aimed at exploring New Zealand's relationship with Melanesia. He will present... [more]

UN Population Fund to continue backing reproductive health course
The United Nations Fund for Population Activities has expanded an agreement with Fiji's School of Medicine to provide a certified health course for midwives and nurses in the Pacific region. [more]

NZ continue's education focus for aid to Tonga
New Zealand will continue its support for education, in its new development strategy for Tonga. New Zealand will give Tonga nearly 80 million US dollars in aid over the next... [more]

Senate says no to drug testing for MPs and public servants in American Samoa
The American Samoa Senate has rejected a House bill that would require applicants, employees, elected officials and independent contractors of the government to submit to drug testing. Supporters of the... [more]

New Caledonia still fearful over dengue
Health authorities in New Caledonia are warning people to stay vigilant about dengue fever carrying mosquitoes. Since the beginning of the year, 990 people have been infected with the disease... [more]

Samoa NGO says children being exploited by their families
An NGO in Samoa says children are being exploited by their parents, and made to sell leis of flowers late at night. The Samoa Victim Support Group has launched a... [more]

Samoa's PM declares an emergency as bush fire burns for over a week
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has declared an emergency as a bush fire continues to burn near two villages on Savaii island. The blaze near Asau and A'opo broke... [more]

NBC selling of Superbowl going well
The American television network, NBC, fresh off its record-setting Olympic coverage, has sold 85 percent of the commercial time available for this season's Super Bowl of American football. A dozen ... [more]

Fava to leave Force for Waratahs
The controversial forward Scott Fava is set to play Super 14 rugby for the New South Wales Waratahs after the Western Force granted him an early release from his contract on ... [more]

FIFA throw Ethopia out of World Cup
World football's governing body FIFA has thrown Ethiopia out of the 2010 World Cup following a long-running row over the leadership of the country's football federation. FIFA has announced Ethiopia will ... [more]

Heavy rain turns Italian Grand Prix qualifying on its head
Germany's Sebastian Vettel has secured his and Toro Rosso's first Formula One pole position at the Italian Grand Prix. In a rain-soaked qualifying the 21-year-old has become the youngest driver to ... [more]

Sophie Pascoe wins third gold in Beijing
The New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won her third gold and her fourth medal overall as she finished first equal in the 100m backstroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. In ... [more]

Two badminton wins from five in Auckland
New Zealanders won two of the five titles on offer at the North Shore City Badminton International on Sunday. North Harbour Olympian John Moody as the top seed overcame second ... [more]

East Coast Bays win Chatham Cup
The Auckland football side East Coast Bays has won the Chatham Cup with a one-nil win aginst Dunedin Technical in the final at North Harbour Stadium. ... [more]

Wanganui rider wins world cup mountainbike title
Wanganui's Sam Blenkinsop has become the first BikeNZ rider to win a Mountain Bike World Cup title. The 19-year-old professional has won the third round of the UCI Downhill in ... [more]

Draw made for women's under 20 FIFA world cup
New Zealand have been grouped with England, Nigeria and hosts Chile for November's FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup. By landing the hosts, the Junior Football Ferns have dodged a rematch ... [more]

National increases lead over Labour in latest poll
Just eight weeks before the general election the National Party has recorded a substantial lead over the Labour Party, according to a major poll. [more]

Hawke's Bay beat Counties Manukau
Hawke's Bay have beaten Counties Manukau 45-14 in their provincial rugby match in Pukekohe. The visitors led 28-14 at half time and scored six tries to two with fullback Israel ... [more]

Campbell in a share of the spoils in Germany
The New Zealand golfer Michael Campbell has finished third equal at the lucrative Mercedes Benz Championship in Germany. Campbell finished strongly, including a birdie on the last hole for a ... [more]

NZ allege Wallabies spy-ring
The triumphant All Blacks have sensationally accused the Wallabies of spying in a bitter aftermath to an enthralling Tri-Nations decider. New Zealand assistant coach Steve Hansen dropped a bombshell by ... [more]

End of season bonus for Vili
New Zealand's Olympic shot put champion Valerie Vili has added to her lucrative season with a winning effort at the IAAF Grand Prix finals in Stuttgart. Vili won comfortably with ... [more]

Everton sneak victory at Stoke
Tim Cahill's late header earned Everton a 3-2 victory at Stoke City in the English football Premiership. Everton led 2-0 with goals from Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Anichebe either side ... [more]

Phoenix post scoreless home draw
The Wellington Phoenix have drawn 0-0 with the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League. Before a 6,926-strong Wellington crowd, the home side snared their second point of the season with a ... [more]

Anglican church speaks out on drug abuse
The Anglican Church has added its voice to calls to put more resources into fighting methamphetamine abuse. [more]

All Blacks storm back to keep Tri-Nations crown
The All Blacks claimed their ninth Tri-Nations title and their fourth in a row when they beat Australia 28-24 in a thrilling deciding match on Saturday. [more]

Peters not an albatross for Labour, says Clark
Prime Minister Helen Clark is not worried that the National Party will argue that a vote for Labour is a vote for Winston Peters. [more]

Sehwag says India has moved on from acrimony
The Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has played down the prospects of further bad blood in the forthcoming series against Australia after a racism row marred the previous meeting between the two ... [more]

Asafa Powell forecasts lowering of 100 metre record
The Jamacian sprinter Asafa Powell has forecast the 100 metres world record could be cut to as low as 9.5 seconds next year. Powell, speaking ahead of this weekend's world athletics ... [more]

Wyatt wins again in Switzerland
The New Zealander Jonathan Wyatt has won his sixth world mountain running title in Switzerland at Crans-Montana. Wyatt covered the 12-kilometre ascending 1046m in 55 minutes and 3 seconds, to ... [more]

Vettel becomes F1's youngest winner
The 21-year-old German driver Sebastian Vettel has stunned Formula One as the sport's youngest winner, cruising to the chequered flag at the Italian Grand Prix to give his tiny Toro ... [more]

Warriors make history
The New Zealand Warriors have turned the National Rugby League premiership race on its head and installed Manly as favourites after their last gasp 18-15 win last night over the ... [more]

Paralympic team picks up a 12th medal in Beijing
The New Zealand swimmer Cameron Leslie added another gold medal to New Zealand's medal tally with a world record time in the 150 metres Individual Medley at the Beijing Paralympics. ... [more]

Ashley putting Newcastle up for sale
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he has put the Premier League football club up for sale after falling foul of the fans following coach Kevin Keegan's resignation. Ashley was ... [more]

Maori Party looks to strengthen position
The Maori Party says it has begun mobilising support crews to strengthen the party's vote in the seven Maori seats. [more]

Maori Party looks to strengthen position
The Maori Party says it has begun mobilising support crews to strengthen the party's vote in the seven Maori seats. [more]

92% of voters enrolled, says centre
The Electoral Enrolment Centre says it is satisfied with the current number of people enrolled to vote in the upcoming election. [more]

92% of voters enrolled, says centre
The Electoral Enrolment Centre says it is satisfied with the current number of people enrolled to vote in the upcoming election. [more]

Genome research will bring productivity gains - AgResearch
Crown research institute, AgResearch, expects its involvement in a new genome research network will help to speed up the use of genetics to make productivity gains in livestock and plants. [more]

Swimming coach Duncan Laing dies
Legendary swimming coach Duncan Laing has died in Dunedin, aged 77. His most famous protege was Danyon Loader who won double gold at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. [more]

Matamata toddler dies after being run over by car
A toddler has died after being run over by a car in Waikato. [more]

End of season bonus for Vili
New Zealand's Olympic shot put champion Valerie Vili has added to her lucrative season with a winning effort at the IAAF Grand Prix finals in Stuttgart. Vili won comfortably with... [more]

Warriors make history
The New Zealand Warriors have turned the NRL premiership race on its head and installed Manly as favourites after their last gasp 18-15 win last night over the Melbourne Storm... [more]

Everton sneak victory at Stoke
The part Samoan, Tim Cahill, put in a late header earned Everton a 3-2 victory at Stoke City in the English football Premiership. Everton led 2-0 with goals from Yakubu... [more]

Health officials in American Samoa back bill to ban public smoking
LBJ hospital and Health Department officials in American Samoa have given their support to a House bill that would ban smoking in public places, and have urged House members to... [more]

Solomon MP fights to reduce jail term
The imprisoned leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group and MP for Central Guadalcana,l Peter Shanel, will be battling in the High Court today to have his jail term reduced. Mr... [more]

Cuba offers to train more doctors for Solomon Islands
In a move to address acute doctor shortages in Solomon Islands, the Cuban Government has offered to train another 25-doctors this year. The Under Secretary of Health Care in the... [more]

Ballu Khan goes to court in Fiji to ask for "conspiracy to kill" case to be thrown out
The lawyer for a New Zealand man accused of plotting against Fiji's interim Prime Minister today begins his High Court battle to have the case thrown out. Ballu Khan and... [more]

Commonwealth leaders to discuss Fiji in New York
Commonwealth foreign ministers will meet in New York later this month to discuss developments in Fiji following Commodore Frank Bainimarama's back down from his promise to hold elections by March. [more]

High winds hamper firefighting efforts in Samoa
Over 100 firefighters and disaster officials are struggling to put out a bush fire burning near two villages on Savaii island in Samoa, due to high winds. Disaster Management official,... [more]

Third bomb explosion in Indonesian province of Papua
A small bomb exploded near the airport for Timika, in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua, on Sunday night, but there were no casualties. The police said the bomb was similar... [more]

Parents concerned for future of troubled school
Concerned parents are calling for an urgent meeting with a commissioner appointed to run a failing school in Northland. [more]

Anger that PNG Government has given Swamp Ghost salvagers the green light
The Papua New Guinea government has granted an American company permission to repatriate a World War II bomber wreck, which is affectionately known as `Swamp Ghost' despite findings such a... [more]

Solomons Premiers urged to encourage unity
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua has launched the second annual Premiers' Conference in Temotu's provincial capital, Lata. The nine provincial premiers and the mayor of Honiara City have... [more]

Solomons gets update national maps, aerial photos and an atlas
The national geographical centre in Solomon Islands says newly created maps and an atlas of the country will yield huge benefits. The whole of the Solomons has been mapped with... [more]

Indonesia holding five Australians who allegedly entered Papua illegally
Five Australians are being held by Indonesian authorities in Merauke, Papua, after entering the remote region without proper travel documents. Indonesia's Antara news agency reports that Australia's Department of Foreign... [more]

Northern Mariana's Governor launches controversial suit to stop federal immigration law change
In a bid to block the pending federal takeover of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' immigration system, the Governor, Benigno Fitial, has filed a much-anticipated lawsuit against federal authorities. [more]

Samoa firefighters battle a bush fire for a fourth day
Firefighters and disaster management officials in Samoa are still trying to put out a bush fire that has been blazing for several days on Savaii. The fire is straddling the... [more]

Spitfire sells for $2.8 million
A rare Spitfire aircraft used in World War II has been sold at auction in Nelson on Sunday for $2.8 million. [more]

NZRU considers options after spy claim
The New Zealand Rugby Union is weighing up its options following allegations an All Blacks training session was filmed and passed on to the Australian team. [more]

Mental health watchdog website lists first cases
A website set up to "name and shame" mental health workers has begun listing cases. [more]

Public meeting to discuss Cook Strait cable upgrade
The Electricity Commission is to hold a public conference next week on the upgrade of the Cook Strait power cable after South Island generators disagreed that they should pay for it. [more]

NZ glaciers show lowest ice mass on record
New Zealand's glaciers are showing the lowest total ice mass on record. Research shows the Southern Alps glaciers lost 2.2 billion tonnes of permanent ice between April 2007 and March 2008. [more]

Weapons of mass destruction focus of border exercise
New Zealand's ability to keep out materials used to make weapons of mass destruction is to be tested in a border control exercise starting on Monday. [more]

Cheaper petrol unlikely despite oil at six-month low
Fuel companies in New Zealand say it is unlikely the price of petrol will fall after United States crude oil dipped to a six-month low. [more]

Preliminary Presidential vote in Palau next week
Voters in Palau next week go to the polls in the preliminary round of voting for the November 4 Presidential election. An amendment to the constitution in 2004 now requires... [more]

Fiji authorities move to make schools more prepared for natural disasters
Disaster management officials in Fiji, have launched three new manuals for schools, educating teachers and students on how to prepare for natural disasters. The manuals, released last week during the... [more]

Get-tough approach on gangs criticised
The National Party is accusing the Government of virtually ignoring gangs and then trying to appear tough in the run-up to the election. [more]

Niue to close New Zealand trade office
Niue is set to close its trade office in Auckland by Christmas. The decision was made following last week's budget, and should save the island's government around 80-thousand US dollars... [more]

Vanuatu Republican leader claims he has majority support to form government
The Vanuatu Republican Party, or VRP, has denied reports of a split within its group of 8 MPs. The denial comes as lobbying continues between political parties over the formation... [more]

Fiji authorities move to make schools more prepared for disasters
Disaster management officials in Fiji, have launched three new manuals to help schools prepare for disasters. The manuals, released last week during the School Safety and Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop,... [more]

Helicopter crashes in Hawke's Bay
A helicopter pilot has been injured after his machine crashed on farmland in Hawke's Bay on Monday afternoon. [more]

Growing concern about the extent of dengue in Fiji
More than 600 people throughout Fiji have been infected with dengue fever and the number is growing. The Health Ministry said over 200 cases alone have been confirmed in the... [more]

PNG Minister outlines single system to ensure aid is used more effectively
Papua New Guinea's Planning Minister says the government is creating a "one system" policy to effectively draw down on donor funds. Paul Tiensten has just returned from Ghana where he... [more]

New Zealand to call on Commonwealth and UN to support Pacific leaders stance on Fiji
New Zealand's Trade Minister says he will be asking the Commonwealth and the UN to support the position of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders on Fiji, when he meets with... [more]

Plan to widen brief of ambulance officers
Ambulance officers would become registered health professionals and would be able to treat people at home under a proposed strategy released on Monday. [more]

Drink-drive blitz in Auckland city
Police stopped 7461 drivers at checkpoints in Auckland city in a drink-drive operation in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings. [more]

Buyout talks with Toll bitter, documents show
Documents released by Finance Minister Michael Cullen reveal how bitter negotiations with Toll New Zealand became before the Government bought back the rail operation. [more]

Cardno killer denied parole
The man convicted of abducting and murdering Lower Hutt teenager Karla Cardno has been denied parole. [more]

Wellington seal seventh win in high scoring game
The seventh round of the National Provincial competition has ended with Wellington still unbeaten and top of the leaderboard with 35 points. The Lions scored another bonus point win against ... [more]

Tough and testing season ends with Coppins fifth
The New Zealand motocross racer Josh Coppins has finished his season at the hillside circuit of Faenza in Italy with a fifth in the overall MX1 standings. The Yamaha Monster ... [more]

Peters not an albatross for Labour, says Clark
Prime Minister Helen Clark is not worried that the National Party will argue that a vote for Labour is a vote for Winston Peters. [more]

Call for bigger recycling bins
Bigger recycling bins would encourage New Zealanders to recycle even more waste, says the Packaging Council. [more]

Vanuatu Parliament to meet next Monday to elect new Prime Minister
Vanuatu's parliament is scheduled to meet again to elect the next Prime Minister on September 22. This has been confirmed by the Clerk of Parliament who has notified the MPs... [more]

One quarter of world's endangered birds are found in the Pacific
One quarter of all birds in the world facing extinction are to be found in the Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand. This has been revealed in the 2008... [more]

PNG to get second television channel during 33rd independence day celebrations
As part of tomorrow's independence day celebrations in Papua New Guinea a second television channel is being launched. The state owned National Television Service is expected to broadcast briefly in... [more]

PNG Government confident new approach to aid more transparent
Papua New Guinea's Planning Minister says a new "one system" policy for drawing down donor funds will help the country achieve long term millenium development goals. Paul Tiensten has just... [more]

New Zealand Minister to seek Commonwealth and UN support for Forum's Fiji stance
The Commonwealth Foreign Ministers will meet to discuss further steps against Fiji in New York later this month. New Zealand's trade minister, Phil Goff, is attending the meeting as a... [more]

Public servants in Fiji charged with extortion
Three employees of Fiji's Water Supply Department in the Northern Divison appeared before the Labasa court today for allegedly cheating the public tender system. The Independent Commission Against Corruption investigated... [more]

Rain in Samoa brings welcome relief for firefighters
Disaster officials in Samoa say rain has quietened down a fire that was posing a serious threat to two villages on Savaii. The blaze began four days and had burnt... [more]

Solomons MP appeals jail sentence for kniving attack
A Solomon Islands MP, Peter Shanel, today appeared before a packed high court to appeal his nine month jail sentence. Shanel has been jailed for knifing a school student during... [more]

Lehman uncertainty hits NZ 50 index
Global equity markets have been shaken by uncertainty about the future of United States investment bank Lehman Brothers. The benchmark NZ 50 index closed down 41 points to 3319 on turnover of $80 million. [more]

Economic climate hits The Warehouse's profits
Rising costs and consumers' reluctance to spend have helped to shave 17% off The Warehouse Group's annual profit for the year to the end of July. [more]

Surveys confirm economy shrinking
There is more evidence the economy is shrinking. Two separate surveys released on Monday show the manufacturing and services sectors are contracting. [more]

Union to monitor Air NZ's baggage system
The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union says it will monitor how Air New Zealand's new baggage allowance affects its members. [more]

Regulators rule out golden handshakes
United States regulators are refusing to allow mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to pay their departing chief executives multi-million-dollar severance packages. [more]

Shortage of producers for farmers markets
A dramatic rise in the popularity of farmers markets has left a shortage of producers. [more]