Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 23rd 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, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Asian Report for 23 September 2008
Jason Moon has just been down to Dunedin for the official opening of the 6.5 million dollar Chinese Garden. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
For Judith Baxter it is 'I Hope You Dance' sung by Leanne Womack. [more]

Reeling In The Years
Today we travel back 42 years and take in the musical highlights and the memories of 1966 with Neil Collins. [more]

L and P
World Famous in New Zealand was the catchphrase that put Paeroa on the map, but it's also landed local accountant Tony Coombe with a legal battle he'd rather not have. [more]

Moa Study
Jamie Wood is part of a team that's won funding to research the Moa. [more]

He Rourou for 23 September 2008
Ana Tapiata talks with Keepa Munro about the Ngati Hine Health trust podiatry programme. [more]

Feature Album - Genius Loves Company
2004 album by Ray Charles, the last album he completed before his death. Duets between Charles and a firmament of stars. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Schizophrenia
We hear from a man who wrote about his personal experience of the condition, and we catch up on some research in Iceland. [more]

Science Story
We go punting on the River Cam to meet some of the brightest minds at Cambridge University. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Peter Elliot and Janet Wilson. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Peter Elliot and Janet Wilson. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 23 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

John Key Tranz Rail Shares
The National Party leader John Key says he mishandled what he told the public about shares he held in Tranz Rail. [more]

Coroner's Report On Muliaga Death
The family of south Auckland woman Folole Muliaga wants to sue Mercury Energy and the Counties Manukau District Health Board. [more]

Icepak Coolstore Fire
Complex regulations are being blamed for a chain of events that led to one firefighter being killed. [more]

Icepak Coolstore Fire (Part 2)
The Fire Service presented its report to the Tamahere community at a public meeting this afternoon. Andrew McRae was there. [more]

Ranfurly Shield Parade
The Lions celebrated this afternoon with a victory parade down the capital's Golden Mile. [more]

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

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

John Key Tranz Rail Shares (Part 2)
Mr Key's been forced to admit he's mishandled the issue. [more]

White Rabbit Creamy Candy
The Food Safety Authority says it should know by tomorrow whether a brand of milk-based lollies sold here are contaminated with melamine. [more]

Inmate Drug Ring
Inmates accused of being involved in an elaborate drug ring have appeared in the North Shore District Court today. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Warnings Over Free Trade Deal
There are warnings New Zealand could lose more than it gains from a free trade deal with the United States. [more]

Drunken Party Culture
A new police report shows Queenstown is the place in the country where you're most likely to be violently attacked. [more]

Winston Peters Censured
Parliament has censured the NZ First leader Winston Peters, for contempt, after the release of a Privileges Committee report. [more]

Coroner's Report On Muliaga Death (Part 2)
Katy Gosset reports on the Coroner's report findings. [more]

United States Into Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area
The US announced today it would start trade negotiations with the partners in the deal - NZ, Brunei, Singapore and Chile. [more]

World Financial Markets
After the euphoria of the last two trading days share markets in Europe and the United States have fallen. [more]

Jean Charles de Menezes Inquest
The Brazilian man who was shot dead on the London Underground by police who thought he was a suicide bomber. [more]

Members Of The European Parliament
MEPs are today saving the European tax payer over two million dollars by not taking their usual monthly trip to Strasbourg. [more]

Pacific Climate Change Film Festival
Fiji's hosting the film festival in Suva in an effort to raise awareness of climate change's possible impact on low lying countries in the region. [more]

Coroner's Report On Muliaga Death (Part 3)
Pacific Community leaders say the report points to wide ranging systemic problems afflicting all poor Pacific Islanders. [more]

US Treasury's Massive Bail Out Plan
Today it became clear the proposal faces a lot of hurdles and a lot of skepticism from politicians on both sides. [more]

Pakistan Suicide Bombers
There's confusion over the target of the suicide bombings at a hotel in Pakistani capital Islamabad that killed 53 people. [more]

Japan's Next Prime Minister
Taro Aso has effectively become Japan's next Prime Minister - but now he needs to win a soon to be announced election. [more]

Man Drives Car Into Israeli Soldiers
The ABC's Ben Knight reports from Jerusalem. [more]

Russian Navy Ships Set Sail
A fleet of Russian Navy ships has set sail for the Caribbean where it will take part in joint military exercises with Venezuela. [more]

Greenhouse Gases
Research reveals vegetation may not be as good at countering the effects of dangerous greenhouse gases as many people thought. [more]

New Theories On Stonehenge
New research suggests that it was also a place where the sick came to be healed. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 September 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 September 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 23 September 2008
Top Stories for Tuesday 23 September 2008, Veterans Honored, Key Under Fire For Past Shareholdings in Tranzrail. [more]

Toutouwai - The Robin
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Veterans Honored
After more than 60 years, veterans of World War two from five battalions have been acknowledged for their service. [more]

Pacific News for Tuesday 23 September 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Peters Could be Censured By Parliament Today
The issue will be debated in Parliament this afternoon, with censure the inevitable outcome. [more]

Key Under Fire For Past Shareholdings in Tranzrail
The Finance Minister, Michael Cullen, says Key has acted unethically after new revelations about the number of shares he held. [more]

Christchurch Airport And Landowners Met to Resolve Row
Some landowners want airport noise restrictions relaxed to allow them to build closer to the runway. [more]

Peters Faces The Humiliating Prospect of Being Censured
The Privileges Committee last night issued its report into the 100,000 donation by businessman Owen Glenn. [more]

Ruling Gave Me No Joy - Owen Glenn
The man at the centre of the story, businessman Owen Glenn, told our producer, Conan Young, the ruling gave him no joy. [more]

Owen Glenn Donations
Dail Jones is New Zealand First's representative on the privileges committee - he joins us now. [more]

Labour Attacks Key Over Tranzrail Shares
Back in July Helen Clark accused the National party leader of acting unethically. [more]

Employers Say Free Trade Deal Very Important
The US has revealed it's to start talks with the countries that make up the P4 trading group, including NZ, Chile and Singapore. [more]

New Zealand's Just Got Bigger
It's taken 25 years for the United Nations to decide how to allocate ownership rights over the seabed. [more]

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

Tamahere Coolstore Fire Report Released Today
The subsequent fire destroyed most of the plant and called into question the use of refrigerant gases being used. [more]

Coroner's findings Into Folole Muliaga's Death Due Out Today
Mrs Muliaga died in May last year after the power was cut to her home, stopping supply to her oxygen machine. [more]

Fedayeen Islam Claims Responsibility For Hotel Attack
A little known Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Islamabad's Marriot Hotel, which left 53 dead. [more]

New Zealander Phil Keoghan Wins Sixth Emmy
Phil Keoghan has traveled from Iceland to Kazahkstan hosting the American travel gameshow,"The Amazing Race". [more]

Winston Peters Faces Censure by Parliament
Peters faces censure by Parliament after it debates today the Privileges committee's report into the Glenn donations affair. [more]

Owen Glenn Donations
Winston Peters faces censure by Parliament after it debates today the Privileges committee's report. [more]

Free Trade Deal Worth a Billion Dollars a Year
New Zealand will join Brunei, Singapore and Chile and negotiate as a bloc for access to the lucrative American market. [more]

The Residents Action Movement To Go Ahead Will Stall
The Residents Action Movement is standing on a platform of doing away with GST on food and is running a nationwide campaign. [more]

China's Contaminated Milk Scandal Hits Nestle
Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety has confirmed a sample of Nestle milk for catering purposes contained low levels of melamine. [more]

Brakes Put On Two Of America's Biggest Investment Banks
The rules have been changed so that Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will be able to take deposits in the way other banks do. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wanganui District Council Puts Foot Down Over Animals
The Wanganui District Council has decided no means no over its rules on keeping animals in pensioner flats. [more]

Dog Poo on Footpaths - Israeli
The local council has begun a project to gather DNA from all the dogs in the suburb of Petah Tikva. [more]

Nights

Hair
Eva Max a german student Ph d student who is studing ,what makes hair goes bad [more]

Bangladesh-Asia Report
Mahtab Haidder,our correspondent in Bangladesh,offers us his view on China's contaminated milk scandel [more]

Conundrum
Clue 3 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

Coroners Report Into Death of Folole Muliaga Released
Mrs Muliaga died after power was cut to her home over an unpaid bill despite the fact she was dependent on an oxygen machine. [more]

US Free Trade Deal
US officials have let slip that Washington has agreed to join the P4 group of Pacific Rim countries. [more]

US Correspondent - Richard Adams
US Correspondent Richard Adams brings us the latest news from the US including bank bailouts and free trade deals. [more]

Swedish Trombone Virtuoso - Christian Lindberg
Swedish trombone player acknowledged as one of the greatest brass musicians of all time. [more]

Book Review - The 19th Wife
Gina Faafoi Reviews The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Published by DoubleDay UK. [more]

Business and Economic Commentator Rod Oram
Business and Economic Commentator Rod Oram joins Kathryn to gives us the latest on the free trade deal and US bank bailouts. [more]

Media Commentator - Denis Welch
Media Commentator - Denis Welch joins Kathryn to talk about Bloggers and all things media related. [more]

What is America - a Short History of The New World Order
Ronald Wright Novelist, historian and travel writer - a look at the world's super power from colonial roots to present day. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 23 September 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Tuesday, 23 September 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Justice: What specific strategies has the Government initiated to improve the voter enrolment rate given this morning's reported comments by Kiwi Expat Association Chief Executive, Ivan Moss, who contends that there are about 750,000 missing voters, bringing the estimated enrolment rate down to 79 percent? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: What is the status of the Rt Hon Winston Peters in her Ministry following yesterday's tabling of the report of the Privileges Committee? 3. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent reports relating to investment in rail? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "If, as some have suggested, New Zealanders are fleeing as tax exiles to Australia, one can only conclude that those individuals are functionally innumerate, and we are probably better off without them"; if so, why? 5. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Trade: What progress is being made towards a free trade agreement with the United States? 6. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement that "Schools Plus articulates the goal of every young person being in education, skills development, or structured learning, relevant to their needs and abilities, until the age of 18"; if so, how many young people are currently not engaged in education, skills development or structured learning? 7. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What Government initiatives come into force next week that will benefit New Zealanders? 8. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Has she asked the Prime Minister why there were no new justice policies mentioned in the Prime Minister's statement that "In the next few weeks I will be announcing significant new policies in critical areas such as health, education and housing"; if not, why not? 9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree that the principles of British justice which have evolved in New Zealand still apply in New Zealand? 10. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of State Services: Does he stand by his statement in June that "If State servants don't deliver services efficiently and effectively, people lose faith and trust in the State Services"? 11. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Food Safety: Does she stand by her statement that "country-of-origin labelling does not serve a food safety purpose"; if so, why? 12. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the Electoral Finance Bill, "This bill does not restrict free speech."; if so, why? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Hannu Lintu
Finnish conductor currently touring with the NZSO. [more]

Hamish McKeich
Conductor of Stroma new music ensemble performing 'Strange Loops' concert tomorrow night, 8pm, Ilott Teatre, Wgtn. [more]

Clare Derby
Campaign organiser has successfully aquired a new Steinway Grand Piano for Expressions Art and Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt. [more]

News stories:

Housing becoming more affordable
New figures issued by Massey University show buying a house has become easier in eight regions, for the third consecutive quarter. [more]

European shares fall sharply
European shares came down to earth with a 2.1% fall on Monday - due to doubts surrounding a $US700 billion rescue plan for the financial sector in the United States. [more]

Smith to face NRL charge
Melbourne Storm's premiership defence has suffered a major blow with skipper Cameron Smith set to be suspended for the remainder of the National Rugby League finals series. Smith has been hit ... [more]

Carter arrives in Perpignan
The All Black first five Dan Carter has arrived in France for a visit ahead of his sabatical to French club Perpignan later this year. Carter was suprised to find ... [more]

Tuqiri expected to make Wallabies Sping tour
The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is expected to have star winger Lote Tuqiri at his disposal for Australia's upcoming tour of Hong Kong and Europe. The dual international is recovering from ... [more]

NZ A cricketers beaten by Australia
The New Zealand A cricketers have been beaten by Australia A by 8 wickets in their final match of their tri-series in Chennai. After deciding to bat first, New Zealand ... [more]

Standford match in doubt because of sponsors row
The 29 million dollar Stanford Super Series cricket match between England and a Caribbean team could be under threat because of a commercial dispute. Digicel, sponsors of the West Indies Cricket ... [more]

Gough's first class career over
The first class cricket career of the former England fast bowler Darren Gough ended today, after he was left out of the Yorkshire squad for its final county match of the ... [more]

Westwood blames US captain for bad crowd behaviour
The English golfer Lee Westwood has pointed the finger at the US captain Paul Azinger for what he describes as shameful crowd behaviour during yesterday's final Ryder Cup matches at ... [more]

Woods continues to top world rankings
The golfer Tiger Woods continues to top the world rankings, despite being out injured. The American, who is recovering from knee surgery, remains comfortably ahead of compatriot Phil Mickelson and third ... [more]

Championship football match won't be replayed
The English Football League says there is no chance that last weekend's game between Watford and Reading will be replayed. Assistant referee Nigel Bannister mistakenly awarded Reading's first goal in ... [more]

OZ cricketers arrive in India
The Australian cricketers have arrived in India amid tight security for their eagerly-awaited four-test tour, setting aside security worries following deadly bomb blasts on the sub-Continent. The tourists will ... [more]

Last baseball match at Yankee Stadium
New York's iconic Yankee Stadium has staged its final game, after the Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 7-3 yesterday to end 85 years of history. The result itself meant little as the ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday: Verdict on Winston Peters by Privileges Committee; US to begin free trade talks with P4 group; children playing in a creek containing human waste. [more]

Key misled public over TranzRail shares - Cullen
Deputy Labour leader Michael Cullen says National Party leader John Key acted unethically after disclosures about the number of TranzRail shares he held while making comments on the railways. [more]

Report into explosion at coolstore
A report into a fatal coolstore explosion and fire in April at Tamahere, near Hamilton, will be issued on Tuesday. [more]

Peters must face consequences - Glenn
The businessman at the centre of the controversy around Winston Peters says the New Zealand First Party leader will now have to face the consequences of his behaviour. [more]

Uncertainty about bailout plan sinks Wall St
Stocks in the United States tumbled on Monday as investors worried about a $US700 billion bailout for the financial sector. Oil also surged in price by $US16.37/b. [more]

No pets rule remains
Rules to keep pets out of pensioner flats in Wanganui will remain, despite a public petition signed by nearly 2000 people. [more]

MPs defend Privileges Committee
Some members of Parliament's Privileges Committee are defending the way it operates. [more]

Record number of candidates standing in two Solomon Islands by-elections
Today voters in East Honiara and Lau/Baelelea constituencies will elect two new members to the Solomon Islands parliament The two constituencies are expected to be fiercely contested 26-candidates will be... [more]

New Vanuatu PM names his cabinet line-up
Vanuatu's new Prime Minister Edward Natapei has announced his new cabinet line-up. The key portfolios are dominated by MPs from his party, the Vanua'aku Pati, and its main coalition partner,... [more]

Ghost workers identified in American Samoa
Our correspondent in American Samoa reports that during a review of the Governor's Office budget for fiscal year 2009, the House Budget and Appropriations Committee questioned whether all positions in... [more]

New Zealand government reduces cost of remittances to Pacific Island countries
New Zealand's Westpac bank expects to offer cards making it cheaper to send money to the Pacific Islands before Christmas. The country's cabinet approved a new regulation making it cheaper... [more]

American Samoa fibre optic project on schedule
American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says the undersea fibre optic cable project is moving forward as planned. He says a container with machines and equipment to be used for setting... [more]

CNMI's largest garment manufacturer closes factory doors
"The major garment manufacturer in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, United International Corporation, officially ceased its operations yesterday. (Mon NZT)" Many former workers, mostly longtime employees, have already left... [more]

Inquest findings into Mangere death due today
The Coroner's findings into the death of a Mangere woman after the electricity supply to her home was disconnected, will be issued on Tuesday. The power was disconnected due to an unpaid bill. [more]

Wind warning still in place
Wild weather is causing problems on some South Island roads. [more]

Pacific Islanders rugby union side loses top coach
The Pacific Islanders rugby union side has suffered a setback with the announcement that head coach Ilivasi Tabua has stood down. The annoucement was confirmed by the Pacific Rugby Ltd... [more]

Broadcasting review ordered
The Government is ordering further work on a review of broadcasting, telecommunications and the internet. [more]

Ranfurly Shield victory parade
A Ranfurly Shield victory parade was held in Wellington on Tuesday - marking the first time in 26 years that Wellington has held the shield. [more]

Parole decision delayed for killer of seven
A Parole Board decision on whether to postpone further parole hearings for a mass killer has been delayed so he can consult a lawyer. Raymond Ratima is serving a life sentence for murdering seven family members in 1992. [more]

Murder charges laid over killing of police officer
Two men have been jointly charged with the murder of police officer Don Wilkinson in Mangere on 11 September outside a suspected methamphetamine laboratory. [more]

Contact directors' fees to be doubled
Contact Energy intends to double the pool of fees that directors receive to $1.5 million. The fees were last raised in 2004. [more]

Tight security at court hearing
Security was exceptionally tight at North Shore District Court for the appearance of prison inmates accused of being involved in a drug ring. Each of the accused was chained to a prison officer. [more]

Internet name ban on murder accused lifted
An Auckland District Court judge has lifted a ban on publishing the names of two murder accused on the internet. [more]

Damages sought over contaminated drug house
Housing New Zealand has taken a test case to Napier District Court seeking thousands of dollars in damages from criminals who made illegal drugs in a state house. [more]

Rangitoto bach wins UN award
A bach on Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf has won a United Nations heritage award. [more]

Rugby numbers up 3%
The number of people playing rugby in New Zealand during 2008 has risen by 3% to more than 140,000 compared with last year. [more]

Tonga lifts sea cucmber fishing ban
Tonga has lifted its decade ban on the fishing of sea cucumbers but for a limited six months period a year. Tonga's Deputy Director of the Ministry of Fisheries 'Ulunga... [more]

Rural organisation in Fiji says good practice needed to progress idea of ethanol plant
Proposals being developed in Fiji to build a 40 million US dollar ethanol plant are being described as a great direction for the country to take. The comment, from the... [more]

Fiji cabinet discussing submission to procure funds for hospital equipment
A submission for additional funding to replace worn out equipment in Fiji's main hospitals is being discussed in cabinet today. The hospitals, including Lautoka and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital... [more]

World Vision predicts huge cost to protect from climate change-induced disasters
World Vision predicts it will cost tens of billions of dollars to protect millions of people living on the coasts of Asia Pacific region, including PNG, against climate change-induced disasters... [more]

Australian Prime Minister talks climate change with Commander of American forces
The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has discussed the possible ramifications of climate change on small island nations during a meeting with Admiral Timothy J Keating, the commander of American... [more]

Inquiry into death of Fiji prisoner to start soon
Police in Fiji have revealed that an official inquiry into the death of prisoner, Josefa Baleiloa, will start soon. He died in hospital yesterday morning after suffering injuries in July... [more]

Fiji's interim PM makes suggestions to Forum Chair
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has written to the Pacific Islands Forum chair and Niue Premier Toke Talagi setting out proposals for the way forward. The permanent secretary... [more]

Palauan primary election underway
Palauans are heading to the polls today in a primary election that will narrow the presidential candidates from four to two. Pacific Magazine reports that the two candidates who get... [more]

Good turnout in Solomon Islands two by-elections
Turnout appears to be high in East Honiara and Lau-Baelelea in Malaita as the country holds a by-election. A total of 43 independent candidates are standing for the two constituencies... [more]

Vanuatu's new finance minister aims for stability
Vanuatu's new finance minister says his priority is to ensure the government sticks to its budget, and that economic growth continues. Sela Molisa has been appointed finance minister for the... [more]

Application to import genetically modified vaccine
An application to import a vaccine containing live genetically modified organisms will be heard by the Environmental Risk Management Authority next month. [more]

Pool company looking further afield
A family business that makes commercial giant inflatibles for swimming pools and fun parks is in the process of moving into markets in Britain and Ireland. [more]

Woman charged with murder of boy
Police have charged a woman with the murder of an Auckland boy. Dylan Rimoni, aged three years, died in Starship Hospital from head injuries in April. [more]

Imported lollies being tested
The Food Safety Authority says it should know on Tuesday afternoon whether an imported brand of milk-based lollies are contaminated with melamine. [more]

No parole for 'Beast of Blenheim' rapist
A man known as the "Beast of Blenheim" has been denied parole. He was jailed for 21 years in March 1996 for drugging and raping women, assault and bestiality. [more]

Cutting off power contributed to Muliaga death
A coroner's report on Mangere woman Folole Muliaga says the disconnection of power to her home in May last year played a part in her death. [more]

Free-trade talks to be wide-ranging - Goff
New Zealand Trade Minister Phil Goff says everything could be up for negotiation in forthcoming trade talks with the United States. [more]

Havelock North bus company loses contract
More than 100 years of providing bus services in Napier and Hastings is about to end for a Havelock North company. [more]

Dog tucker poll tests political winds
A pet food company has come up with a novel way of gauging the public mood in the leadup to the election - which political leader would dog owners like to see fed to their pets? [more]

Hohaia dropped to interchange bench despite seeing Warriors through
Lance Hohaia's deeds at fullback in the national rugby league play off against the Sydney Roosters on Friday haven't been enough to retain his starting lineup place, for Warriors semi ... [more]

Carter tells French club he's no Maradonna
The All Blacks first five Dan Carter, has warned fans at his new French club he's no Maradonna or a rock star and is not single handedly going to bring ... [more]

Aitken sticks with same squad for upcoming tests against England
The Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken hasn't made any changes to the squad which drew the two test series against Australia, for the upcoming three test series against England. Julie ... [more]

Kiwis forward ruled out of preliminary NRL final
The Melbourne Storm and Kiwis forward Jeremy Smith will miss the national rugby league preliminary final against Cronulla on Firday night but will be able to play in the grand ... [more]

Pacific Islanders rugby coach resigns citing personal reasons
The Former Wallaby Ilie Tabua has stood down as coach of the Pacific Islanders rugby squad to tour Europe citing unforeseen personal circumstances. Tabua says time constraints too ... [more]

Teenager set to become second youngest Wallaby ever
The teenaged utility back James O'Connor is poised to become the second youngest Wallaby player ever after being included in the 34-man Australian rugby squad for the tour to Europe. ... [more]

Nike pull out of top swimwear market
Nike is leaving the elite swimwear market, which could have a domino effect the United States performance in the pool at the 2011 London Olympics. The company will continue to ... [more]

McKinnon in for Warriors, Hohaia out
There's just one change to the Warriors line up for Saturday's preliminary NRL final against Manly. Wade McKinnon comes in at fullback in place of Lance Hohaia, after serving a three ... [more]

Wellington can't dwell on Shield success
It has been back to hard work for the new Ranfurly Shield holders Wellington as they look to keep the trophy in the cabinet for the summer. The side will ... [more]

Rugby playing numbers increases
There has been a solid increase in the number of people playing rugby in New Zealand. The New Zealand Rugby Union says player numbers for 2008 are over the 140,000 mark. ... [more]

Tom Ashley up for World Sailing Award
New Zealand's Olympic gold medal winning boardsailor Tom Ashley has been named as one of the finalists for the World Sailor of the Year Award. Ashley won both the Olympic ... [more]

Kelleher named best player of French rugby championship
The former All Black Byron Kelleher has been named the best player in the French championship, after helping Toulouse win the Top 14 title and reach the final of the Heineken ... [more]

Mascot for 2010 football world cup unveiled
Football's governing body Fifa has opted to use a leopard as the mascot for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa Organising Commitee CEO Danny Jordaan says Zakumi is young, vibrant, ... [more]

Hamilton fronts F1 hearing
A defiant Lewis Hamilton has fronted a Formula One appeal court in Paris, saying he gained no advantage from a chicane-cutting controversy that cost him victory in the Belgian Grand Prix. ... [more]

Hamilton argues Belgium grand prix case in Paris
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has told a Formula One appeal court in Paris that he gained no advantage from a chicane-cutting controversy that cost him victory in the Belgian Grand ... [more]

What future would the Ranfurly Shield have in Tasman
The CEO of the Tasman Rugby Union Peter Barr says what may happen to the Ranfurly Shield if they're successful in their challenge against Wellington this weekend, is probably more ... [more]

Manchester United slapped with fine
The English football club Manchester United will be fined 66-thousand dollars after receiving seven yellow cards in their 1-all Premiership League draw with Chelsea. Sir Alex Ferguson, the champions' manager, insists ... [more]

Erakovic returns to action today
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic returns to action today after her succesful doubles run at the US Open... playing both the singles and doubles at the 200 thousand ... [more]

3_news.sport.web.air
The Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo has slumped to her second first-round defeat by Slovak teenager Dominika Cibulkova in a week at the China Open. The 29-year-old Frenchwoman says it's ... [more]

Wellington bus strike to go ahead
Strike action by Wellington bus drivers will go ahead on Wednesday morning. [more]

Gale-force winds hit Wellington
Gale-force winds that have been buffeting the South Island have begun to pick up in Wellington as strong norwesterlies move up the east of the country. [more]

Two hundred Flaxmere students in fight
Two hundred students have been involved in a fight in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere that has left two police officers in hospital for treatment of their injuries. [more]

American Samoa administration under accountability spotlight
The current administration in American Samoa is facing criticism over its accountability. Questions have been raised about employees in education and the governor's office who do not appear to have... [more]

Rural Fiji body says good practice needed to progress ethanol idea
Proposals being developed in Fiji to build a 40 million US dollar ethanol plant are being described as a great direction for the country to take. The comment, from the... [more]

Cook Islands harbour up-grade set to go
The long awaited Mangaia Harbour up-grade in Cook Islands looks set to get underway by March next year. In 2004 and 2005 cyclones damaged Mangaia's harbour, and those on the... [more]

Guam gears up for Regional Island Fair
Guam is gearing up to host the annual Guam Micronesia regional island fair next month, as the deadline for this year's artists and vendors taking part has now closed. Ruder... [more]

PNG Disaster officials admit rebuilding still forthcoming in post-flood Oro
Almost a year after widespread flooding in Oro province in Papua New Guinea many people still don't have access to fresh water and many are still homeless. The flooding had... [more]

Calm returns to Highlands area of PNG's Enga following tribal killings
The Police Commander in Papua new Guinea's Enga province says the situation in the Highlands region where sixteen people were killed in recent tribal fighting is calm again. The deaths... [more]

Coastguard link with police 'too fragmented'
A senior coastguard radio operator has told a coroner's court she believes the present system of communicating with police is too fragmented. [more]

GST petition goes ahead in Whangarei
A petition seeking the abolition of GST on basic food items has grown by hundreds of signatures in Whangarei on Tuesday. [more]

Sharemarket down 28 points
The NZX 50 index fell 28 points on Tuesday to close at 3228 on turnover of $118 million. [more]

Market fears persist over rescue plan
Sharemarkets around the world have fallen over fears that last week's $US700 billion rescue plan put together by the United States government might unravel. [more]

Parliament censures Peters
Parliament has debated and passed a motion on Tuesday to censure New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. [more]