Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 24th September 2008

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

Afternoons

Noelles Essay
Spring time is here! [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
"My Big Nurse"by Byrne and Eno off"Everything That Happens Happens Today". [more]

Link 3
CD prize - The Black Seeds CD,"Into The Dojo". [more]

Nocturnal Chirping Tree Frogs
The nocturnal chirping of tree frogs is causing consternation amongst residents of the Dunedin suburb of Waakeri. [more]

Anorexia
Traditionally considered to be a"women's disease"is dramatically increasing in males. [more]

He Rourou for 24 September 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Lisa McNabb, from Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te ika Trust in Kaitaia, for Hauora Tane One Heart Many Lives. [more]

Feature Album for 24 September 2008
18 - by Moby. [more]

Virtual World with Paul Reynolds
One of the best cyber talkers around, Paul Reynolds, joins Noelle. [more]

David Steemson Story
Auckland Museum is revealing what goes one behind the scenes with its"Secrets Revealed"exhibition. [more]

Environment Story
In New Zealand, honey bees are responsible for pollinating crops ranging from kiwifruit to capsicums to tomatoes. [more]

The Panel - Part 1
With David Slack and Irene Gardiner. [more]

The Panel - Part 2
With David Slack and Irene Gardiner. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 24 September 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Fonterra Suffers a 139 Million Dollar Blow
Four chinese babies have died and 54 thousand have received medical treatment. [more]

Search Co-Ordinator Did It On His Own
The revelations have come during the inquest for one of the men. [more]

MAF Biosecurity Gives up Fight
It announced today that all movement controls associated with the mite will be revoked as of tomorrow. [more]

Maori Party Did Warn Unpleasant Repercussions
It says it's disgusted by the lobbying that went on by a senior Government Minister, and the New Zealand First party. [more]

High School Brawl
Six teenagers were charged with disorderly behaviour and a 14 year old has been charged with assaulting a police officer. [more]

Evening Business for 24 September 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Wellington Commuters Stuck Indefinately
Commuters in Wellington will be without buses for an indefinite period from tomorrow morning. [more]

Sports News for 24 September 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Young Astrophysicists Death - Unintentional
Dr. Rodney Marks was 32 when he died of acute methanol poisoning in May 2008. [more]

Finland to Re-Examine Gun Laws
The shooting deaths of 11 people at a technical college has sparked debate. [more]

Business Analyst Rod Oram On Fonterra's Money Loss
Dairy giant Fonterra has suffered a 139-million dollar financial blow. [more]

Waatea News for 24 September 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

'Nothing New Learnt' - School Principal
50 School Principals met in Wellington today for a government briefing. [more]

Sarah Palin on the Comedy Circuit
Does it matter that the person who wants to be America's next vice president has little or no foreign policy credentials? [more]

High School Brawl - Part 2
Yesterday afternoon a small number of students watched by about 200 others, clashed in a park near Flaxmere College. [more]

Dairy Famer Incomes Take a Dive
More than one billion dollars will be lost from the economy. [more]

The Worlds Drugs Under Threat
That's according to a report, which says the cause of the problem is laws that are curbing innovation. [more]

Do Not Consume White Rabbit Creamy Candies
The product contains high levels of melamine which may cause health problems such as kidney stones. [more]

Sports News for 24 September 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

National Tries to Ease Public Service Assoc. Fears
But the public sector union says it's not convinced. [more]

Typhoon On It's Way to China
For the latest news from China we are joined now by our correspondent in Shanghai, Quentin Sommerville. [more]

US Treasury Faces Sceptical Senate
The committee members have baulked at rubber stamping the proposal to remove toxic assets from the financial system. [more]

14 South African Cabinet Members Resign
However several say they'll be prepared to serve in a new administration. [more]

Japan is Helping to Fulfill a Dream
The country's planning to spend billions of dollars on a massive space elevator to lift people and objects into orbit. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 24 September 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 24 September 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Ruru - The Morepork
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Coolstore Fire Report
Tamahere residents don't want the Icepak coolstore which was destroyed by fire in April, to be rebuilt on the site. [more]

Pacific News for Wednesday 24 September
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Brawl In Flaxmere
The Hastings area was left without police cover yesterday while every available officer was out to deal with a mass brawl. [more]

Muliaga Family To Seek Compensation
The DHB and the power company were criticised in the coroner's report into south Auckland woman Folole Muliaga. [more]

Mass Shooting In Finland
A gunman has gone on a rampage at a polytechnic in Finland killing 10 people before turning his gun on himself. [more]

Flaxmere Youths In Brawl
Police have condemned a mass brawl involving up to 200 hundred school students in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere. [more]

Winston Peters Censured
A defiant Winston Peters says he rejects Parliaments vote of censure over the Owen Glenn donation. [more]

Muliaga Family To Seek Compensation (part 2)
The family of Folele Muliaga is seeking compensation from Mercury Energy and the Manukau District Health Board over her death. [more]

Special Education Briefing
The National Party is accusing the government of wasting money by inviting 120 principals to Wellington for a special briefing. [more]

Top Stories For 24 September 2008
Mass shooting in Finland, Flaxmere Brawl, Muliaga family seek compensation, special education briefing. [more]

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

Lower Fonterra Payout
Fonterra is expected to announce a lower payout for dairy farmers later today. [more]

Bus Strike In Wellington
The morning commute for many Wellingtonians has been thrown into chaos by bus drivers walking off the job. [more]

Flaxmere Youths In Brawl
The principals of two Hastings schools will meet later to discuss yesterday's mass riot which saw seven students arrested. [more]

Winston Peters Censured (part 2)
Parliamentary Privileges Committee chair Simon Power moved to censure the New Zealand First leader in the House yesterday. [more]

Free Trade Deal With U.S.
The deal sees New Zealand, Chile, Singapore and Brunei enter negotiations with the US for a preferential trade deal. [more]

U.S. Markets Bailout
The Bush administration wants unlimited authority to buy back the bad debt that is clogging the financial markets. [more]

Dog Attack In Flaxmere
A seven year old Flaxmere boy's undergone surgery after a serious dog attack. [more]

Fire Safety
The government is pledging to do what it can to improve safety following the report into April's coolstore fire in the Waikato. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Violence In Queenstown
New police figures have shocked Queenstown, with indications the town's alcohol related violence is far worse than imagined. [more]

Nights

Settling Is Better - Civil Disputes
A study by a Californian legal analyst, Randy Kiser, suggests that those who persue a court battle - lose out. [more]

Jazz
Fergus Barrowman introduces new music by The Roy Hargrove Quintet, Anat Cohen and Esperanza Spalding. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Shooting Massacre In Finland
Tapio Varmola is the Principal of the University College in Kauhajoki where the shooting occurred [more]

Report On Folole Muliaga Death
Brendan Sheehan a family spokesman and Judi Jones, Electricity Complaints Commissioner give reaction to the coroners report. [more]

Clever Birds
Professor Russell Gray from Auckland University tells of research into New Caledonian Crows with advanced cognitive skills. [more]

Australian Correspondant - Paul Barclay
Issues from the west island including a new opposition leader, abortion laws and the endangered Grey Nurse shark. [more]

Feature Guest - Peter Bromhead
Muses on life, cartoons and a passion for quality furniture. [more]

Book Review - Ngaio Marsh, Her Life in Crime
Written by Joanne Drayton. Reviewed by Harry Ricketts and Published by HarperCollins. [more]

Music With Marty Duda
The artist of the week is Queen. [more]

Law
Legal Commentator Dean Knight looks at the Winston peters and the Owen Glenn case. [more]

Film - With Dan Slevin
Dan reviews 4 Months, Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, Earth, Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3D. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 24 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 24 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Alan Broadbent
Grammy Award winning LA based New Zealand jazz pianist, composer and arranger back in the country for one Auckland show only. [more]

Philip Norman
NZ composer and author of new book 'From Summer School to the Olympics - the rise of New Zealand Composition 1946-2006'. [more]

Organ tuner Gerald Green
Hermione Johnson catches up with organ tuner Gerald Green as he works on the Wellington Cathedral organ. [more]

News stories:

Fleming to only take part in domestic 20-20 campaign
The former New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming will play only a limited part in Wellington provincial campaign this season. Fleming, who's 35, will only play in the 20-20 competition ... [more]

Oil falls $US4 in price
Oil prices have fallen by $US4 - reversing direction after a dramatic rally on Monday in which October crude contract prices surged by almost 16%. [more]

Erakovic beaten in first round
The singles form slump of the New Zealand number one tennis player Marina Erakovic continues after being beaten in the first round of the Korean Open in Seoul. 7th seeded ... [more]

Italian wins opening time trial at World Road Cycling Champs
The Italian cyclist Adriano Malori has brought home the first gold medal for the hosts by winning the men's under 23 time trial at the World Road Cycling Championships in ... [more]

Cronulla's coach says Storm captain deserves ban
The Cronulla and Australian league coach Ricky Stuart says the Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith deserves to miss two weeks for a grapple tackle, even if he has to ... [more]

Pakistan cricket brought under ministry control
Pakistan's sports ministry has decided to take control of the country's cricket board which has functioned independently since 1948. The ministry has amended the board's constitution and issued a ... [more]

Return of Shield to Wellington to boost home crowd numbers
The Wellington Rugby Union expects the return of the Ranfurly Shield to the Capital will lure more fans to Westpac Stadium this weekend. The Lions hold the "Log O' Wood" ... [more]

Formula One unlikely to figure in Dixon's future
New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon says he has no Formula One ambitions on the heels of his victory this year in the Indianapolis 500 race, and taking the ... [more]

Auckland and North Harbour still top hockey standings
The Auckland men's hockey team lost their perfect record but remain at the top of the National Hockey League standings after scoring a 3-all draw with Wellington in 4th round ... [more]

Golden Shears appoints first woman president
The new president of the Golden Shears Society says she feels very privileged to be the first woman in the top job and she's looking forward to making the Golden Shears bigger, brighter and better. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's papers: rival high schools in riot - 200 students involved; notorious sex offender could soon be free; Winston Peters describes Parliament's censure of him as a farce. [more]

Global stocks fall on doubts about fate of bailout
A proposed $US700 billion bailout of Wall Street dominated markets on Tuesday. The dollar rose on optimism the plan would aid the economy but global stocks fell on uncertainty over its fate. [more]

Scientists given $768,000 to study moa dung
New Zealand scientists have been awarded $768,000 to study fossilised moa droppings as part of $54 million allocated for research under the Marsden Fund. [more]

School brawl condemned
Police have condemned a mass brawl involving up to 200 school students in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere. [more]

Gold drops in price
Gold has dropped in price as lower oil prices and a firmer dollar prompted investors to cash in previous gains. [more]

Questions over briefing of school principals
Principals say they're puzzled about why the Government has invited 120 of them to Wellington for a briefing on its Schools Plus policy. [more]

Doubts over compensation for Muliaga family
Doubt is being cast over whether the family of Folele Muliaga will be able to secure compensation. [more]

Lower dairy payout expected
Fonterra is expected to announce a lower prospective payout for dairy farmers on Wednesday. [more]

AM bus strike in Wellington
Disruption to bus services in Wellington may continue for the rest of the week as a pay dispute escalates. The Tramways Union wants an increase of 12%. [more]

Two unconfirmed reports two key members have left French rugby club Toulon
The unconfirmed Australian media report that a lonely and homesick Sonny Bill Williams is looking to return to rugby league comes hot on the heels of another unconfirmed British report ... [more]

Newcastle captain sad to see Kevin Keegan leave
The Newcastle captain Michael Owen says he and his team-mates are saddened to see manager Kevin Keegan quit but warned the Magpies they had to snap out of the doom ... [more]

Arsenal youngsters impress in League Cup
Arsenal's future looks to be in safe hands after a largely teenage side produced a sparkling display to thrash Championship side Sheffield United 6-nil in the third round of English ... [more]

O'Neill says SANZAR competitions set to expand
The Australian Rugby Union CEO John O'Neill says rugby in the southern hemisphere is poised for major changes not seen since the sport went professional in 1995. O'Neill says the ... [more]

Contador may leave Astana if they hire Armstrong
The Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, who won the Tour of Spain last weekend, hinted he may quit the Astana team if it hires Lance Armstrong, who has announced he is ... [more]

Umaga's days may be numbered at Toulon
If reports in England are enything to go by then Tana Umaga's days at French club Toulon are numbered. Umaga took over as coach last year and helped them in ... [more]

Deans names teenager in Wallabies touring squad
The Wallabies rugby coach Robbie Deans has included four uncapped players including the teenage sensation, centre James O'Connor for their six-match tour of Hong Kong and Europe. 18 year old ... [more]

hammers to consider legal action over Tevez decision
The English football club West Ham say they will take legal advice as they consider whether to appeal against an independent tribunal hearing into the Carlos Tevez affair. The tribunal has ... [more]

England to host women's Rugby World Cup
England will stage the 2010 women's Rugby World Cup after seeing off a rival bid from Germany. The International Rugby Board says the Rugby Football Union has considerable experience of ... [more]

American Samoa hospital introduces flat fee for young patients
American Samoa's LBJ Medical Centre is now offering a special Child Programme which allows patients who are 19 years old and younger to be seen and treated in the outpatient... [more]

Jailed Solomons MP granted extra leave to appeal sentence
The jailed Member of Parliament for Central Guadalcanal and leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group, Peter Shanel, has been granted a 30 day extension to hold office as an MP... [more]

Winegrowers look forward to US trade deal
The wine industry says a free trade agreement between the United States and New Zealand can't come soon enough. [more]

Solomons looks to neighbours for ways to reduce political instability
A conference seeking to find solutions to the negative impacts of political instability that have plagued Solomon Islands for much of its existence since independence 30 years ago starts today... [more]

American Samoan bank employees shave heads for charity
ANZ bank executives in Samoa have shaved off their hair to raise funds for the Samoa Victim Support Group. The Shave for a Cause fundraising topped off the bank's "ANZ... [more]

Some Solomons voters say they were denied the right to vote
Voting has been completed in two Solomon Islands by-elections in the presence of local and Regional Assistance Mission police. 26-candidates are standing for the Honiara seat to replace Charles Dausabea,... [more]

Cook Islands Chamber of commerce welcomes Mangaia harbour plan
The Cook Islands chamber of commerce is welcoming the government's decision to fund Mangaia's harbour upgrade regardless of NZ Aid approval. The Cook Islands government has formed an infrastructure committee... [more]

Fiji dengue toll continues to rise
Nine-hundred and sixty-six people in Fiji are now infected with the dengue fever virus. The Fijitimes quotes the acting Health Ministry permanent secretary, Timaima Tuiketei, as saying the majority of... [more]

Samoa Reserve Bank says country's financial system secure
Samoa's Central Bank yesterday issued an assurance that Samoa's financial system is safe from the crisis shaking financial institutions in the United States. The Bank says it has been monitoring... [more]

CNMI launches new effort to attract Korean tourists
The island of Rota in the Commonwealth of the Northern Maraianas could see a major jump in Korean visitors next year with a resort there and a local airline poised... [more]

Australia/Solomons Partnership for Development
Talks between senior Australian government officials and their Solomon Islands counterparts this week focussed on how to make faster progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. These and the Solomon... [more]

Rail shares revelations show Key not to be trusted - Clark
Revelations about Tranz Rail shares held by National Party leader John Key show he cannot be trusted, says Prime Minister Helen Clark. [more]

No gas detector on first fire truck at exploding coolstore
The absence of a gas detector on the first fire truck at the scene of a fatal Tamahere coolstore explosion and fire in April has been highlighted in a report into the incident. [more]

Buffet to invest $US5b in Goldman Sachs
Berkshire Hathaway is to buy $US5 billion of stock in the Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs. Berkshire Hathaway is run by billionaire Warren Buffet. [more]

Gun held to woman's head in Hamilton
A Hamilton man has been arrested after a gun was held to the head of a woman. [more]

Crown research institutes to merge
HortResearch and Crop & Food Research are to merge in December. The deal is subject to Commerce Commission approval. [more]

Killing reported in Wanganui
A Wanganui street is cordoned off - it's understood that a person is dead after a baseball bat attack. [more]

Lower payout forecast by Fonterra
Fonterra is forecasting a reduced payout from farmers in the current season - as the Chinese milk scandal begins to impact on its financial results. [more]

Bus services resume
Bus services in Wellington are back to normal following a rush hour strike. However, more disruption is expected. [more]

Winds expected to ease
MetService expects that strong winds of up to 110km per hour on hills around Wellington will ease on Wednesday afternoon. [more]

Office of Insular Affairs official says need for long-term solution to Northern Marianas power.
The United States federal Office of Insular Affairs says the Northern Marianas needs to agree on long term decisions to provide reliable power. OIA spokesperson, Nikolao Pula, says the temporary... [more]

Man critical following attack in Wanganui
A man is in a critical condition in Wanganui Hospital following an attack in the city. [more]

Six year prison sentence for stabbing
A man convicted of stabbing a police officer last year has been sentenced to prison for six years. [more]

Road to Kawakawa Bay due to re-open
Residents of Kawakawa Bay will have access to the main road again this Friday. The route has been cut for more than a month. [more]

Umaga doesn't believe coaching job on line at Toulon
The former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga doesn't feel his coaching job at the French club Toulon is under threat, despite reports former Wallabies coach John Connolly is being lined ... [more]

Armstrong set to outline plans for return to cycling
The Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is set to outline his plans for his return to competitive cycling tomorrow heralding a comeback that is certain to spark as ... [more]

Smith to face NRL judiciary tonight
The Melbourne captain Cameron Smith will front the National Rugby League judiciary tonight in a bid to beat a grapple tackle charge and save his season. Smith faces a two-game ... [more]

Fire being damped down
s] Fire crews in Christchurch are damping down a large fire at a paper recycling plant. Fire crews in Christchurch are damping down a large fire at a paper recycling ... [more]

Farmers being 'railroaded' on animal tracing
Federated Farmers say farmers are being railroaded into accepting a compulsory animal traceability system for all cattle and deer by 2011. [more]

Papua New Guinea least transparent country in the Pacific says watchdog
Papua New Guinea has placed last of the Pacific counties on Transparency International's 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index, or CPI. The yearly list measures the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in... [more]

Deported Fiji newspaper publisher wins major journalism award
A Fiji newspaper publisher deported for being a security threat to the military government has won the country's top journalism award. Australian Russell Hunter, who published the Fiji Sun, was... [more]

Construction of Cook Islands stadium for mini Games about to start
A ceremony will be held in the Cook Islands tomorrow to lay the first stone of the new stadium for the Pacific Mini-Games. There's been ongoing controversy over the Chinese-funded... [more]

Buffett to invest $US5b in Goldman Sachs
Investor Warren Buffett is to invest $US5 billion in Goldman Sachs Group through the Berkshire Hathaway group. [more]

Mercedes Benz confiscated over extra cockles
An Auckland woman has had to forfeit her husband's $70,000 Mercedes Benz after being caught with more than 14 times the daily limit of cockles. The daily limit per person is 50. [more]

Fiji publisher to be subsumed into new university press
A publication house for mostly Pacific Island authors in the region is about to close and be subsumed into a new university press. IPS publications has been independently managed at... [more]

Court of appeal in Samoa reverses acquittal of man on drugs charges
Samoa's Court of Appeal has convicted a man the Supreme Court last year had acquitted on a charge of possessing a glass pipe for drug use. The defendant, Mailo Benjamin... [more]

American Samoa Governor wants action over school violence
American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono has asked two government departments to provide information about violence and truancy among students. The governor's request for data was in response to a House... [more]

Mass suspension of teachers' college students in PNG because fees unpaid
More than 500 students at the Lutheran Church-run Balob Teachers College in Lae in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province have been suspended for non payment of tuition fees. The Post... [more]

Defamation case in Samoa against University of the South Pacific succeeds
The University of the South Pacific and KPMG have been ordered by the Court of Appeal in Samoa to pay damages and costs of 2 and half thousand US dollars... [more]

Fiji's interim Government to replace some dilapidated hospital equipment
A request for funding to replace worn out equipment in Fiji's main hospitals has been accepted by the interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. The hospitals, including Lautoka and the... [more]

PNG supplementary budget passed
The Papua New Guinea Parliament has unanimously passed the 2008 Supplementary Budget. The Post Courier reports the Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch saying the Government is committed to improving service delivery to... [more]

Alcohol ban to be trialled in Noumea this weekend
Alcohol sale and consumption will be restricted this weekend in New Caledonia's capital, Noumea, following drastic measures to curb a rising trend in alcohol-related crimes. Oceania Flash reports the measure... [more]

Guadalcanal villagers assured of RAMSI role in bringing security and safety
One of the heads of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says people on the Weather Coast were happy with a visit from the Mission, police and others yesterday. [more]

Scientists discover evidence of mega tsunami near Tonga's main island
US scientists have found evidence of a mega tsunami that had hit Tonga in the past few thousand years and say another giant wave could strike the region again. The... [more]

Pitbull attacks boy in Hawke's Bay
A boy has undergone surgery in Hawke's Bay Hospital after a dog attack in Flaxmere. [more]

Wind gusts ease, but drivers still warned to take care
MetService has lifted a strong wind warning in Wellington and Wairarapa on Wednesday afternoon as gusts of up to 110km around hill areas begin to ease. [more]

NZ First leader rejects censure vote
New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters says he does not accept Parliament's vote of censure and he will place his faith in the voters on election day. [more]

No bus service for Wellington passengers on Thursday
Bus operator GO Wellington says it will not run any services in the capital on Thursday. [more]

Govt accused of shelving public health reform
The Green Party is accusing the Government of shelving a major rewrite of public health laws under pressure from the food industry. [more]

Bill requires financial advisers to be registered
A bill tightening the rules around the conduct of financial advisers has been passed into law by Parliament. [more]

12 Middle Eastern people arrested in New Caledonia suspected of being illegal immigrants
Police in New Caledonia have arrested 12 people from the Middle East suspected of being illegal immigrants. The arrest was made as part of a larger human trafficking scheme and... [more]

National promises no radical reform of public sector
The National Party has assured the Public Service Association there will be no radical reform of the public sector under a National Government. [more]

Suspicion over Govt motives in seabed ruling
The Hauraki Maori Trust Board is suspicious of a decision by the Government not to issue details of a United Nations committee decision to give New Zealand rights over 1.7 million kilometres of seabed. [more]

Anti-smoking groups welcome packet changes
Anti-smoking groups are welcoming a decision to remove the words "light" and "mild" from cigarette packets, but say tobacco companies should have been fined. [more]

Police confident Flaxmere students under control
Police in Hastings say the community should not over-react to a fight between students from two secondary schools. [more]

Biosecurity NZ gives up battling bee parasite
Biosecurity New Zealand is to abandon efforts to stop the spread of the bee parasite varroa. [more]

Shareholders Assn against rise in directors fees
The Shareholders Association is scathing of a move by Contact Energy to double the pool of directors' fees to $1.5 million. It says they are well paid already. [more]

High alcohol violence rate reported in Queenstown
A police report shows that alcohol related violence in Queenstown is some of the worst in the country. [more]

Hundreds of PNG trainee teachers given deadline to clear fees
Hundreds of trainee teachers in Papua New Guinea have until the end of next week to clear outstanding fees at the Balob Teachers College in Lae. More than 500 students... [more]

Slim lead for Toribiong-Kerai team in unofficial Palau primary vote tally
A preliminary count in Palau's primary election has indicated the Palau president-vice president team of attorney Johnson Toribiong and Delegate Kerai Mariur has taken a narrow lead. The magazine, The... [more]

Lower Fonterra payout predicted next season
Fonterra will keep its forecast milk payout for this season at $7.90 per kg of milk solids. But the payout is forecast to drop to $6.60/kg for the 2008-2009 season. [more]

Asia-Pacific shares up at close
The New Zealand sharemarket rose 31 points to close at 3260 on turnover of $87 million on Wednesday. [more]

Minister denies threatening Maori Party over Peters
Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia denies threatening or lobbying the Maori Party to vote against Winston Peters' censure in Parliament. [more]

Rescue staff not available for search, inquest told
The co-ordinator of a search for three men missing in a boat off the Wanganui coast had very little experience in maritime emergencies and ran the search by himself, an inquest has been told. [more]

Melamine found in Chinese sweets sold in NZ
The toxic chemical melamine has been found in Chinese imported sweets sold in New Zealand. [more]

73 arrested in covert drug operation
Police in Wellington have made 73 arrests, seized more than $500,000 in drugs and a number of firearms following a covert operation. [more]