Radio New Zealand - Monday, 6th October 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, Election 2008 Audio, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Eight Months to Mars - Tim Hawkey and Hazel Swanson
Who recently attended the United Space School in Houston Texas. [more]

Peanut Power
Are schools going nutty over nuts? [more]

Coal Rush
Pike River Coal hopes to have its mine in the Paparoa Range, north of Greymouth, at full production next year. [more]

This Way Up Feature - Matchbox Cars
Those sturdy die-cast models that ended up in the attics and sandpits of many post-war childhoods. [more]

Science Report - BioGro
Today, BioGro is New Zealand's leading organic certifier. [more]

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

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

Business News

Midday Business News for 6 October 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 6 October 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 6 October 2008
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Michael Cullen on worsening Government finances
Finance Minister defends handling of economy; Radio New Zealand's economics correspondent and political editor analyse the figures. [more]

Christchurch Murder Trial
The Crown says it has an overwhelming case against the man accused of raping and murdering Christchurch woman Emma Agnew. [more]

Shop Attacks
Auckland shop-owners are arming themselves with weapons following several violent attacks in recent months. [more]

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

Bill English says National's tax plan on track
National's finance spokesperson says deteriorating public finances do not derail the party's tax plans. [more]

Parole Plans
The Labour Party has branded National's plans to toughen parole laws as a waste of time and money. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour Shortage
Business groups say every unemployed person will need to work to deal with a growing shortage of labour. [more]

Electoral Commission Advice
Mr Taylor says trying to get guidance from from the Electoral Commission is a frustrating process. [more]

Cashback Offers
Consumers should be cautious about cashback offers. [more]

Plastic Surgery in Argentina
A new trend appealing to those who care about their appearance, is catching on in the country's night clubs. [more]

Parole Plans (Part 2)
Associate Professor Michael Rowe is the Director of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University. [more]

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
Washington and Baghdad call the PKK terrorists but the group says it wants self rule. [more]

Labour Shortage (Part 2)
The Department of Labour is predicting labour force growth will slow over the next 12 years. [more]

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

Genesis Energy Hearing
The energy provider says the gas-fired plant is vital to meet the power needs of the Rodney District and beyond. [more]

Gerogia News
The monitors in Georgia say that Russia begun by dismantling one checkpoint near the north-west town of Gori. [more]

US Election News
Barack Obama's hit back after McCain's running mate Sarah Palin claimed that senator Obama is friends with terrorists. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

UK News
An emergency plan to pump billions of pounds of taxpayers' cash into Britain's banks could be on the cards. [more]

Afghanistan News
Britain's senior commander in Afghanistan has warned that the war against the Taliban can't be won. [more]

Somalia Update
Human Rights Watch told the BBC that Mogadishu has become a free fire zone between government and insurgent forces. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

Winston Peters at New Zealand First campaign launch
Party leader says NZ First pledges to protect and save New Zealand; criticises National leader John Key (speech excerpt). [more]

National leader John Key on Maori seats
John Key tells Danya Levy he will not pre-judge negotiations on Maori seats. [more]

Helen Clark on future of Maori seats
Labour leader says Maori seats should remain as long as Maori want them. [more]

John Key on 'no parole' policy for some violent offenders
National Party leader speaks to reporters in Tauranga on the party's law and order policy. [more]

Phil Goff criticises National's law and order policy
Labour's Corrections spokeperson tells media conference the 'no parole' policy would be ineffective and expensive. [more]

National leader says NZ needs tax cuts
John Key says tax cuts are needed to take the financial pressure off New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 6 October 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 6 October 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 6 October 2008
Election updates, law and order, Emma Ggnew trial and world markets. [more]

Karoro - Black Backed Gull
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

West Coast Whitebaiters
Whitebaiters on the west coast are calling for a change to their fishing season. [more]

Pacific News for 6 October 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Different Opinions Over Future of Maori Seats
The Maori seats may be a major stumbling block in any coalition between the Maori Party and National after the election. [more]

Government To Announce Finances Are In The Red
Political editor Brent Edwards has been looking at the state of the public finances. [more]

Emma Agnew Trail Gets Underway Today
Liam Reid is accused of killing deaf Christchurch woman Emma Agnew. [more]

John Key discusses National's law and order policy
National says murderers who have previous convictions for violence will never be released from prison. [more]

Tumult on World Financial Markets
There's been no breather at the weekend for banks grappling with the crisis causing as much pain now in Europe as in the US. [more]

More On World Markets
From Stephen Pope, the chief global market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe. [more]

Stock exchange head criticises political parties
Mark Weldon criticises Labour and National for failing to respond properly to the world financial crisis. [more]

Weekend Campaigning
NZ First, the Maori Party and the Greens are now officially in election campaign mode less than five weeks from polling day. [more]

Earl Bamber Off To A Flying Start Motorsport World Cup
Bamber is new to the A1GP series this year, as is his Ferrari powered car. [more]

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

Shearing World Champs
New Zealand shearers have won four of the six world titles in the world champs in Norway. [more]

Redundancies Loom At AgResearch
The science community is aghast at news of at least 20 redundancies looming at the largest Crown research institute. [more]

Auckland Rugby Dealt a Double Blow
Losing long time player Daniel Braid to Queensland, and not even making it into the quarterfinals of the Air New Zealand Cup. [more]

The Treasury To Open Government's Books
ANZ's chief economist Cameron Bagrie and economics and finance professor Roger Bowden discuss this issue. [more]

National To Get Tough On Murderers
Violent criminals will also be required to serve their full sentence with no parole if they are repeat offenders. [more]

The First of Radio New Zealand's Five Election Debates
In the debates held in Wellington last night, the parties looked ahead to 2020. [more]

State Services Commission's Report on Mary-Anne Thompson
The Department of Labour is still trying to decide whether her relatives should be allowed to stay in New Zealand. [more]

Market Update
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Skydiving Off Mount Everest
A New Zealander is one of three skydivers who's made the first jump of its type over Mount Everest. [more]

Anti-cervical Cancer Vaccine
Since September, 17 and 18 year olds have been able to get the Gardasil vaccine for free as part of the government's campaign. [more]

Tax Cut Benefits
For New Zealanders in work, the tax cuts introduced this month have made them up to 28-dollars better off a week. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

O J Simpson Convicted For Kidnapping and Robbery
The Las Vegas jurors who convicted O J Simpson at the weekend say they weren't swayed by his earlier trial for murder. [more]

12,000 km Skateboard Journey
A Christchurch man has just broken the world record for the longest skateboard journey. [more]

Australia Correspondant
We cross to Melbourne to join Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

Nights

Healing Stones - Stonehenge
Professor Timothy Darvill and how Stonehenge may have been the world's biggest neolithic hospital. [more]

Political Systems
Brian Roper from the University of Otago talks about the American Revolution. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Clue number one for this week. [more]

Sports - Penny Miles
Penny talks National Champs netball and Suasan Devoy's return to squash, as a coach. [more]

Conundrum Clue 2
Clue number two. [more]

Nine To Noon

United States Bail Out Signed And Sealed
Paul Krugman, a US financial commentator, discusses the deal. [more]

Call For Bank Deposit Insurance Scheme
Bernard Hickey from interest.co.nz believes there's a possibility of catastrophic collapse in the US. [more]

Habitat for Humanity
Jonathan Reckman, Global CEO for Habitat for Humanity, is visiting NZ for UN World Habitat Day. [more]

Europe Correspondent
Seamus Kearney joins the programme from Leon. [more]

Feature Guest - Wangari Maathai
A Kenyan politician, environmentalist, human rights campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner who stood up to her own government. [more]

Book Review - Indignation
By Philip Roth, published by Jonathan Cape reviewed by Louise O'Brien. [more]

Update From Emma Agnew Trial
Monique Devereux reports on the latest from Christchurch. [more]

Politics
With Laila Harre from the left and Matthew Hooton from the right. [more]

Guest Chef - Rachel Bermingham
Co-author of the 4 ingredients cookbook. Stephen Morris matches the wine. [more]

Tommy Honey - Sophist and Povocateur
Tommy Honey looks at student mindsets. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 6 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 6 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Adam Hayward
Christchurch Body Festival director talks about this year's event. [more]

Jerusalem Quartet Review
Peter Hoar reviews last Friday night's Auckland performance of touring Israeli string quartet. [more]

News stories:

Loeb makes it four straight in Spain
Citroen's world rally champion Sebastien Loeb has won the Rally of Spain for the fourth year in a row to extend his championship lead to 12 points with three rounds ... [more]

Stoner wins at Phillip Island
The Australian motorcyclist Casey Stoner has won the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island, beating new world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy by more than 6 seconds. Stoner overcame a persistent ... [more]

NZ A on top in unofficial cricket test
The New Zealand A cricketers have a 146 run lead after 3 days of the 2nd unofficial test against India A in Chennai. The locals were dismissed for 276 in ... [more]

Campbell finishes strongly at St Andrews
Michael Campbell has picked up another 6-figure cheque after a strong finish at the Dunhill Links golf championship in Scotland. After a 77 yesterday in wild weather, Campbell shot ... [more]

Chelsea stay top in England
Chelsea stay top of the English Premier football League after a 2-nil victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. First half goals by Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka steered Chelsea ... [more]

Jankovic wins in Stuttgart
The Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic celebrated her imminent return to the top of the women's world rankings with an easy 6-4 6-3 victory over Nadia Petrova in the Stuttgart ... [more]

Super filly wins Arc de Troimphe
The French-trained super filly Zarkava has stormed to victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the world's richest horse race on turf. Zarkava was sent out ... [more]

Rangers lose to St Mirren
Rangers have lost their lead in the Scottish Premier football League after losing to St Mirren for the first time in 17 years. Stephen McGinn's late goal clinched a 1-nil ... [more]

Berdych goes all the way in Tokyo
The Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych went all the way to win the Japan Open, picking up his first ATP title of the season. After knocking out the second ... [more]

National still holds lead over Labour
The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll shows the National Party maintains a substantial lead over the Labour Party. [more]

Miss South Pacific details finalised for Pago Pago
American Samoa's Department of Commerce has finalised the program for the Miss South Pacific pageant which the territory will host from October 19th to 26th A week of activities precedes... [more]

Study finds inferior kava contributed to poisoning in 1990's
A new study found high dosage, prolonged use and an inferior quality of kava contributed to the liver poisoning some people experienced in the late 90s. Kava was banned in... [more]

American Samoa's Tourism Bureau wants to double hotel bed numbers
American Samoa's new tourism bureau wants to more than double the number of hotel beds in the country within 4 years. The territory currently has 200 beds, and the government... [more]

Provincial leader in New Caledonia complains about investigation
The president of New Caledonia's southern province, Philippe Gomes says he will lodge a complaint for defamation after a probe into his financial affairs showed no wrongdoing. Mr Gomes had... [more]

French Polynesia union plans strike over proposed pension cuts
The French Polynesian A Tia I Mua union says its members will go on strike from Thursday over French plans to cut retirement benefits. The union has issued a statement,... [more]

Forestry operators in Fiji to meet interim regime over huge royalty hikes
Fiji's 3000 forestry workers have secured a temporary reprieve to plans that could have seen the end of their employment. Fiji's Sawmillers' Association was planning to halt harvesting operations, if... [more]

Fiji's president will not dismiss interim Cabinet
Fiji's President has said he will not dismiss the interim Cabinet and has confirmed that the regime will take Fiji into elections. Responding to a call by the National Federation... [more]

Programme to improve Tokelau infrastructure underway
Tokelau's New Zealand Administrator, David Payton, says approval for a project to improve the infrastructure and transport will continue efforts to bring three atolls into the 21st century continues. Speaking... [more]

Niue's Premier expected to raise issues over aid in talks with NZ Prime Minister
The Niue Premier, Toke Talagi, is this week expected to speak to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, about what he has called the undemocratic approach taken by New... [more]

Daniel Braid leaving New Zealand rugby
The Auckland flanker Daniel Braid is leaving New Zealand rugby. 27-year-old Braid has signed a two-year option with the Queensland Reds and will join the squad later this year for the ... [more]

US stocks drop following bailout approval
US stocks fell heavily on Friday after Congress passed a huge financial rescue plan, as investors remained nervous about a global credit squeeze and the weak economy. [more]

Labour force slowdown tipped
The Department of Labour says the labour force will stop growing as New Zealand's population ages. [more]

Slow uptake of vaccine against cervical cancer
Medical centres say uptake of a new free vaccination against cervical cancer has been low. Only 10% of the target audience has responded. [more]

Labour Department head hints at more problems
Labour Department chief executive Christopher Blake says more problems could still be uncovered within the organisation as reviews into its operation continue. [more]

Agencies criticise tax cut decision for beneficiaries
The Government's decision not to pass on tax cuts to beneficiaries ignores the country's most vulnerable citizens, say some social agencies. [more]

Govt to give $1.5 million to FIFA U17 Women's World Cup
The Government has announced it will contribute $1.5 million to the FIFA under-17 Women's World Cup, beginning in New Zealand later this month. [more]

Key part of the world economic crisis, says Peters
Winston Peters linked the National Party leader John Key to the causes of the global economic crisis as his New Zealand First party officially launched its election campaign on Sunday. [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says military best placed to protect all people of Fiji
Fiji's Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the work done by the interim regime now is not about legality or illegality but about building the nation. Speaking to Radio... [more]

Lawyer from NZ hides from police in Apia
Another Samoan lawyer based in New Zealand, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, has sought refuge with her daughter, who is also a lawyer, at the New Zealand High Commission office in Apia... [more]

Law to extend tax credits to American Samoa's canneries signed off
American Samoa Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni, says President Bush has signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 into law. Faleomavaega's provision to extend the tax credits for American Samoa's canneries... [more]

Replacement CNMI budget being formulated
The Senate in the CNMI is poised to offer a substitute bill to replace the budget legislation passed by the House of Representatives. According to the chairwoman of the Senate's... [more]

Qualifications of CNMI's school principals are questioned
A new report by the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory under the U.S. Department of Education questions the qualifications of many school principals in CNMI. The report indicates that only 20... [more]

Fiji's Ready Action Force groomed for crisis handling
Fiji's Ready Action Force formerly known as the Police Mobile Division is to be the new team that specialises in handling crises. Police spokeswoman Ema Mua said the officers are... [more]

New Tokelau website a new learning curve for the elder
A senior member of the Tokelau community in Wellington says the launch of the Tokelau language website will open up a whole new world. The website Tau Gagana Tokelau -... [more]

Samoa's Football Soccer Federation suspended
Samoa's Football Soccer Federation has been suspended after repeatedly violating their obligations as an Oceania Football Confederation member. This followed a meeting in Auckland on Saturday where eight of the... [more]

National would only discuss Maori seats after election
The National Party says any negotiation with the Maori Party on National's policy to abolish the Maori seats would happen after the election. [more]

Call for uniform whitebait season
Whitebaiters on the West Coast want the season there aligned with the rest of the country. The West Coast season is a month shorter than elsewhere. [more]

Real estate body rejects luxury property squeeze
The Real Estate Institute has rejected suggestions that the tightening credit market is hurting sales of luxury properties. [more]

KiwiSaver catching on, survey shows
The KiwiSaver retirement scheme has had a marked impact on the numbers of people saving for their later years, a survey has found. [more]

National plans big changes to RMA
The National Party's resource management policy proposes major changes to the Resource Management Act. [more]

Job loss threat lifts on Transfield staff
Telecommunications contractor Transfield says the 170 staff it planned to lay off will now keep their jobs. [more]

National promises 'life means life' parole plan
National has vowed to abolish parole for some violent repeat offenders under its proposed "life means life" policy. [more]

Greens 'will speak out for those who can't' at election
The Green Party launched its election campaign in Wellington on Sunday afternoon, saying it will advocate for those who do not have a voice at this year's election. [more]

Far North considers move to capital value rating
Far North District Council is proposing a major overhaul of its rating system to try to insulate homeowners from sudden rises in land values. [more]

Auckland health board writes off Fijian tourist's debt
Auckland District Health Board has written off more than $160,000 in debt owed by a tourist from Fiji. [more]

Burning car death thought to be suicide
Police believe that a suspicious death in Rangitikei may in fact have been a suicide. [more]

Capital to host wearable arts show for next four years
Wellington will host the World of Wearable Arts Awards event for another four years after securing a contract worth $40 million to the city. [more]

Fernmark brand acquired by WPI
A wool company set up by a farmer co-operative and PGG Wrightson has acquired the Fernmark brand and associated marketing and technical advice services set up by the former Wool Board. [more]

$16.6m cost of drought for Landcorp
Landcorp estimates this year's drought cost it $16.6 million in lost production and income and extra expenses for feed and fuel. However, it still paid a dividend of $13 million to the Crown. [more]

Maori seats a hurdle in any Maori Party-National talks
The Maori seats look set to be a significant stumbling block in any coalition talks between the Maori and National parties after the election. [more]

Commission criticised for stand on electoral act advice
The Electoral Commission is refusing to advise organisations on whether their advertising breaches the Electoral Finance Act, says Healthcare Providers New Zealand. [more]

Commission criticised over stand on electoral advice
Healthcare Providers New Zealand says the Electoral Commission is refusing to advise organisations on whether their advertising breaches the Electoral Finance Act. [more]

No parole for some violent repeat offenders - Key
The National Party says it will abolish parole for some violent repeat offenders under its proposed "life means life" policy. [more]

Knife linked to CBD killing found by contractor
Police in Auckland have admitted that a knife, which could have been used in a stabbing death last week, was found by a contractor clearing up the scene. [more]

Commission issues warning over cashbacks
Consumers are being warned to be cautious about promotional deals containing cashback offers. [more]

Principals call for review of special-needs support
The Ministry of Education is being accused of turning its back on children with disabilities and special needs. [more]

Mose Tuiali'i ruled out for three weeks
The Canterbury No8 Mose Tuiali'i has been ruled out of the rest of rugby's provincial championship with bruising of the spinal cord. Tuiali'i was hurt after coming on as a ... [more]

Canterbury gain four lose one on transfer market
Canterbury has confirmed the signing of two members of the Northland team which ended Auckland's hopes of making the Air New Zealand Cup play-offs. Fullback Jared Payne and prop Bronson Murray, ... [more]

Churchill Medallist flies kite for more Manly Test players
The Churchill medallist Brent Kite says Manly's NRL premiership-winning players should be rewarded when Australia's Rugby League World Cup squad is announced tomorrow. Kite was judged best on the field in ... [more]

Durante not expecting warm welcome when he returns to Newcastle
Phoenix captain Andrew Durante is expecting a somewhat mixed reception when he takes the field against his old club and current A league football champions Newcastle in Newcastle this evening. The ... [more]

Owen still missing from England squad
Michael Owen has again been overlooked as the England football coach Fabio Capello named his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus. The 28-year-old Newcastle United striker ... [more]

NZ squash player wins Moscow Open
The New Zealand squash player Kylie Lindsay has won her maiden WISPA event, beating English woman Fiona Moverley 3-2 in the final of the Moscow Open. 24-year-old Lindsay was the ... [more]

NZ cleans up at world shearing/wool handling champs
New Zealand has won most of the titles at the world shearing and woolhandling championships which have just ended in Norway. Paul Avery from Taranaki and John Kirpatrick, from Napier, were ... [more]

Hull City still flying high
English Premiership newcomers Hulll City have moved up to third in the standings after taking a second North London scalp in successive weeks. After a win over Arsenal last week, ... [more]

8am sports heads
Manly avenged last year's National Rugby League Grand Final thumping from Melbourne with a record 40-nil win last night in Sydney. The Sea Eagles led only 8-nil at halftime, but ... [more]

momentum key heading into rugby play-offs
Momentum may well be a key heading into the play-offs of the Air New Zealand Cup rugby competition this weekend with every chance the suprises will continue. Here's our rugby ... [more]

International Wire Story
World champion Sebastien Loeb has won the Rally of Catalonia for the fourth consecutive year to consolidate his lead at the top of the driver's championship. Loeb finished ahead of ... [more]

7am sports heads
Celebrations are set to continue today on Sydney's northern beaches after the Manly Sea Eagles record-breaking win over the defending champion Melbourne Storm in last night's National Rugby League Grand ... [more]

Cricket squad named for Bangladesh opener
The Bangladesh cricket selectors have included 12 of the 24 probables for the New Zealand series in the Bangladesh Cricket Board Eleven squad to play the tourists in a practice one-day ... [more]

Pollution fears over planned power station
A 480-megawatt power station proposed by Genesis Energy could pollute the area and may not alleviate supply shortages, according to concerned residents. [more]

Stock exchange head criticises political parties
Stock Exchange chief executive Mark Weldon has criticised both Labour and National for failing to respond properly to the world financial crisis. [more]

PNG looks to implement "One Laptop Per Child"
Schools in Papua New Guinea are to be introduced to the "One Laptop Per Child" programme. The One Laptop Per Child scheme was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's... [more]

Tonga gets regional support for bid to prosecute Taiwanese vessel
Tonga's bid to get a Taiwanese fishing vessel prosecuted for illegal fishing in its waters has gained support at a meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in... [more]

Shipping firm to stop hiring I-Kiribati
The international shipping firm Columbus Line has announced it will stop hiring I-Kiribati seamen in future. Pacific Magazine reports the decision was made after another three I-Kiribati seamen were caught... [more]

AgResearch calls for voluntary redundancies
Crown research institute AgResearch is to ask for voluntary redundancies because of a $5 million shortfall. [more]

Agnew accused faces more charges
The Crown says it has an overwhelming case against the man accused of raping and murdering deaf Christchurch woman Emma Agnew and attempting to kill a woman in Dunedin. [more]

Govt to wait for outcome of electricity inquiries
Prime Minister Helen Clark says the Government will hold off acting on rising power prices until three investigations into the electricity market are completed. [more]

NZ third in first round of A1
The New Zealand A1GP motor racing team is third after the first round of the world championship in the Netherlands. New driver Earl Bamber impressed on debut... in wet conditions ... [more]

Manly avenge 2007 with Grand Final record win
Manly avenged last year's NRL Grand Final thumping from Melbourne with a record 40-nil win over their arch nemesis last night in Sydney. The Sea Eagles led only 8-nil ... [more]

Phoenix snatch draw
Two Shane Smeltz penalties have enabled the Wellington Phoenix to snatch a 2-all draw with the Jets in their Australian Football A-League match in iewcastle. The match was played in hot ... [more]

Changes needed in Super rugby to help Auckland
The chief executive of the Auckland Rugby Union, Andy Dalton, believes changes are needed to Super rugby to help Unions like theres from continually losing players. Auckland rather embarrassingly missed out ... [more]

Wellington university to raise fees in 2009
Victoria University in Wellington is to raise its tuition fees next year. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's papers: life sentences to mean life for murderers under National; minor parties begin their election campaigns; upheaval in financial markets expected to continue. [more]

Flooding closes highway in Horowhenua
Flooding has closed State Highway 56 at Opiki near Palmerston North. [more]

PNG to tap into district education allocations on laptop scheme
Community schools in Papua New Guinea are to be introduced to the "One Laptop Per Child" programme through the government's district education allocations. The One Laptop Per Child scheme was... [more]

Looting of Hindu Temples reflects Fiji's racial tensions, says NGO
The Ecumenical Centre for Reasearch, Education and Advocacy, says the looting of Hindu temples in Fiji shows the high level of inter-ethnic tensions. Police say they believe youths have stolen... [more]

Wellington buses halt for stopwork meeting on Tuesday
Go Wellington buses will be off the road for a few hours on Tuesday as drivers discuss and vote on a new pay offer. [more]

Air NZ cuts Hamilton-Australia routes
Air New Zealand has axed some services between Hamilton and two Australian destinations as passenger numbers decline. [more]