Radio New Zealand - Friday, 10th October 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Election 2008 Audio, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, The Vault, Upbeat


Best Song Ever Written
Mike Bradstock from Christchurch chooses Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' as the Best Song Ever Written. [more]

NZ Live - Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson plays a set including songs from his latest album 'Seven Day Cure'. [more]

Transmission Gully
The Wellington City Council is threatening to pull support for Transmission Gully. [more]

Christmas Spending
Young New Zealanders and those on middle incomes are already being warned to curb their Christmas spending. [more]

Weekend Weather
A look at the weekend's weather prospects with Bob McDavitt. [more]

Wot's On
Find out about some of the events of the coming weekend. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Alison Holst shares travel stories and her favorite recipe of all time. [more]

Sports Story
The latest in sport discussed in detail with Murray Williams. [more]

NZ Society - The Vault
In the Vault Deb Nation discovers a 1950s dramatisation full of very worthy notions. [more]

The Panel (Part One)
With Simon Pound and Gordon Campbell. [more]

The Panel (Part Two)
With Simon Pound and Gordon Campbell. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 10 October 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]


Poll Upset
The latest opinion poll show Labour dramatically closing the gap with National. [more]

Stockmarket Shift
Stockmarkets in Asia have gone into a tailspin today, with the Japanese market down 10 per cent. [more]

Operating Policy
The National Party says it would build 20 new operating theatres dedicated to elective surgery. [more]

No Fraud From NZ First
The Serious Fraud Office has found no fraud relating to NZ First. The SFO's director Grant Liddell goes through the case. [more]

Top Town
The popular television show Top Town, which first hit our screens in 1967 is making a comeback. [more]

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

Winston Peters
Winston Peters talks about the findings of the Serious Fraud Office. [more]

Broadcaster Could Have Affected Murder Trial
The judge in the murder trial of Liam Reid has told the court it was fortunate he didn't have to stop the trial. [more]

Financial Knockback
Proposals from the NZSX and NZI to help businesses with the financial crisis have received a lukewarm response from politicians. [more]

Fairfax Cleared
Fairfax Media has won the contempt of court case against it following last year's police raids. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Clark Out And About
Helen Clark this morning visited a workplace to share morning tea with three workers, who had won a competition to quiz her. [more]

1000 Career Wins?
Canterbury harness driver Mark Jones is hoping to set a New Zealand record tonight at Addington. [more]

The Political Week
Brent Edwards with a poll update and political analysis after this first week of electioneering [more]

Possible Toxic Locations Withheld
The Government is defending its decision not to disclose the location of sites suspected to be contaminated by toxic chemicals. [more]

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

Terror In The Banks
The British government has used anti terror laws to seize control of Icelandic banks and companies operating in the UK. [more]

NATO VS Pirates
NATO says it will send warships to help combat piracy off the coast of Somalia. [more]

Opposition To Hydro Dam
DOC says a hydro dam project proposed for Buller would see the largest ever flooding of protected lands. [more]

A Jumbo Jet
Large crowds of plane spotters turned out to see the world's largest passenger aircraft at Auckland International Airport today. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Chinese Consumers
China's economy is in good shape but who will buy from them if we in the West do not? Perhaps the Chinese themselves. [more]

Council Consideration
An Auckland City councillor claims the council is considering putting homeless people in hotels during the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Airplane Investigation
Air accident investigators in Spain have published their preliminary report into an airport plane crash claimed 154 lives. [more]

Palin Probe Proceeds
The Alaska Supreme Court has cleared the way for a probe of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin to move forward. [more]

Country Life

Intro and the 2008 Grasslands Conference
Whats on this year with Grasslands chairman Dr John Caradus. [more]

Regional Conditions
North Island grass growth's a bit slow and frosts tickle the Southern North Island and South Island. [more]

Wheat Out Of Ten
Canterbury farmer Alastair Barnett is New Zealand's top feed wheat grower for the second year running. [more]

Arborist Reginald Day (circa 1948)
A 1948 peacetime mobile radio unit interview with Reginald Day who talks about New Plymouth's wonderful trees. [more]

Milking Buffalo
Helen and Richard Dorresteyn have been perfecting the art of milking buffalo, turning the porcelain white milk into mozzarella. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

Helen Clark on latest poll, global financial crisis
Labour's leader says she expected gap with National to narrow, also comments on markets meltdown [more]

NZ First leader answers questions on the SFO findings
Winston Peters speaking to reporters after the release of the Serious Fraud Office findings [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 October 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 10 October
Wolrd markets, interest rates, Pitcairn Island case, air bags and lotto. [more]

Pipipi - Brown Creeper
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Leaky Homes
Councils calling for a speedy end to the leaky homes crisis have been called self serving by the government. [more]

Pacific News for 10 October 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Signs Economic Recession Starting To Hit Home
A new survey shows a third of young earners and middle income earners will use their credit card to pay their Christmas bills. [more]

Matertiny Care
Medical groups say a call for an agreed standard of maternity care is long overdue and desperately needed. [more]

World Markets
The Markets have taken a comparative breather overnight but are still down. [more]

Reserve Bank in no hurry to cut interest rates
Despite growing pressure to follow other banks the Reserve Bank says the centre of the crisis is in the US and not here. [more]

NZ Financial Situation
As discussed by our economics correspondent, Nigel Stirling. [more]

Pitcairn Island Victims Eligible For Compensation
The lawyer who represented the women is Bruce Corkill QC and the Governor of Pitcairn Island is George Fergusson. [more]

Air-bags Causing Problems For Car Wreckers
Because air-bags contain a small explosive charge, car wreckers are having to call in the army bomb disposal squad. [more]

Lotto's Powerball Jackpot Is Now 25 Million Dollars
A record amount, the Lotteries Commission increased the jackpot yesterday following bumper ticket sales this week. [more]

John Key Visits Factories In Sell The Policy
One day after unveiling National's tax cut programme the party leader went to Christchurch to ask the workers their opinion. [more]

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

Actions Of A Wellington Bus Company Criticised By Grey Power
The introduction of free off peak travel has benefitted some but a number of older residents have been hit with a price hike. [more]

The World Economic Forum's Sound Banks Report
NZ's banking system made the report's Top 10, scoring 6.6 out of a possible 7, just point one behind Australia. [more]

Taranaki Rugby Leases Land For Cash
The Taranaki Rugby Football Union is going dairy and leasing a 170 hector farm to boost its coffers. [more]

30 Years Since Kaikoura UFO Sighting
The sighting was made out of the window of Captain Bill Startup's Safe Air plane, and filmed by a camera crew on board. [more]

No Interest Rate Cuts Continued
Joining the program are BERL economist Ganesh Nana and Economics Professor Paul Dalziel. [more]

Pitcairn Island Victims Entitled To Compensation
Kathy Marks reported on the trials and later wrote the book Pitcairn: Paradise Lost, which documented the story. [more]

Liam Reid Trial Update
With our reporter who has been covering the case, Matthew Peddie. [more]

Trevor Mallard defends redundancy policy
There's been a mixed response to Labour's latest policy announcement on redundancy laws. [more]

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

Ideas combined to battle financial crisis
The Stock Exchange and the New Zealand Institute have joined forces to come up with ideas to battle the current financial crisis. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The end of week one on the election trail
Our political editor Brent Edwards looks back at the week. [more]

Weekly Look At Media Coverage
With Colin Peacock from Mediawatch. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Kerry Anne Walsh
News from across the ditch. [more]


Franco-Nigerian Musique
Singer-Songwriter Asa talks about the release of her self titled debut cd [more]

And the answer and winner is.... [more]

Nine To Noon

What Does NZ Need For Economic Recovery?
Kathryn speaks to Mark Weldon, the Chief Executive of the NZX. [more]

Reserve Bank Decision Not To Cut
The former Reserve Bank Governor and National Party leader Don Brash. [more]

Are Our Children Overscheduled And Stressed-out?
Professor Sandy Hofferth Director of the University of Maryland Population Research Centre answers this. [more]

The Stress Of Winning Lottery
Mark Gardiner won 11 million pounds in the British lottery in 1995 and says it ruined his life. [more]

Pacific Correspondent
Mike Field from Fairfax media. [more]

Opera Singing Sister Sensations
Margaret and Helen Medlyn are having a short break after appearing together in the NBR NZ Opera season of Jenufa. [more]

Childrens Book Review With John McIntyre
The Were-Nana by Melinda Szymanik, Herbert The Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton and My Favourite Places by Martin Bailey. [more]

Music With Manu Taylor
Lila Downs, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Dr Glam. Music has been edited due to copyright restrictions. [more]

Sport Commentator
Richard Becht talks about the week of sport. [more]

The Week That Was
With Te Radar and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Vault

The Vault - Otira Tunnel
The story of the Otira Tunnel - an old dramatisation full of worthy stuff, in the classic style of the those 1950s mega productions for the hey day of the wireless. [more]


Bruce Paulson
US jazz trombonist in the country to lead the NZ Jazz Youth Orchestra's tour that starts tonight in Wellington. [more]

Rita Paczian
Music Director Rita Paczian joins us to talk about their Mendelssohn concert this Sunday at Holy Trinity Cathedral Akld. [more]

Antun Poljanich
Auckland Youth Orchestra Music Director talks about their 60th Anniversary concert this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Council admits tsunami warning system needs work
Wellington City Council admits a new tsunami warning system needs a bit of work, after some people were panicked. [more]

Man charged over armed police stand-off in Paeroa
Police say a man with a hunting knife who sparked an Armed Offenders Squad callout near Paeroa may face further charges. [more]

NZ financial system 'at risk'
There are calls for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, with one economist warning the New Zealand financial system is at risk. [more]

Junior hospital doctors agree to pay deal
Junior hospital doctors have agreed to sign a pay deal with their employers. [more]

Wool sale best by uncertainty
Uncertainty in financial markets took its toll again on wool prices at Thursday's North Island sale and 13% of the offering was passed in. More than 40% of the offering failed to sell at last week's South Island sale. [more]

Government pledges more money for midwives
The Labour Party is promising to invest an extra $1.75 million a year into supporting the midwifery workforce. [more]

Thai factory already ahead of budget - whiteware maker
Fisher & Paykel Appliances says cost savings at a new whiteware plant in Thailand are ahead of budget. Production is planned to reach 320,000 units by next year. [more]

Te Aro Pa display
A heritage display incorporating a part of Te Aro Pa in downtown Wellington will be unveiled on Saturday. [more]

Eco-retreat plan back on
A Manawatu education group is reviving plans for an eco-retreat in the Tararua Ranges now the threat of a wind farm on neighbouring land has been lifted. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's papers: rate cut by Reserve Bank unlikely before 23 October; more midwives to be trained; Transmission Gully by-pass support may be pulled; crutches missing at Otago DHB. [more]

NZX 50 down slightly following
The New Zealand share market was down slightly on Thursday, after central banks around the world slashed interest rates in an effort to restore confidence to battered markets. [more]

Cipriani in bust-up with England teammate
Danny Cipriani's club Wasps have confirmed the England rugby team's star first-five was involved in a training ground bust-up with team-mate Josh Lewsey, There have been reports the 20-year-old was ... [more]

Radical proposals to cut Formula One costs
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has called for teams to use a standard engine from 2010 as part of draconian measures to cut costs and ensure the sport's survival. He ... [more]

All Whites climb world rankings
New Zealand's rocketed up 57 places to 54th on the world football rankings following back to back wins in their world cup qualifying campaign. Convincing wins over New Caledonia last ... [more]

Cambridge trainers fined $15,000 after horses test positive
The Cambridge trainers Murray and Bjorn Baker have been fined $15,000 and their three horses Nom De Jeu, Fully Fledged and Mountain Road disqualified for wins at Te Rapa in ... [more]

Bathurst gets underway with unveiling of Peter Brock statue
Bathurst 1000 proceedings got underway on Thursday with the official unveiling of a Peter Brock memorial statue at Mount Panorama race track. The four metre-tall, half-tonne bronze piece depicts the ... [more]

England A cricketers to tour New Zealand this summer
The international domestic cricket programme has received a boost with England A set to tour here in February and March. The West Indies are here for two Tests and five ... [more]

Richards and Murphy second fastest in practice
The New Zealand motor racing combination of Jason Richards and Greg Murphy have posted the second fastest time in the opening round of practice for this weekend's Bathurst 1000. The ... [more]

Brown returns to Asian tour
The Wellington golfer Mark Brown has had an opening round of 71, one under par, at the Indian Open in Delhi. Brown's back in Asia trying to cement his place ... [more]

The Bay bow out as northern rivals dominate
The unbeaten Auckland and Waikato have already booked their places in Saturday's semi-finals of the New Zealand women's inter-provincial golf tournament, while title-holders Bay of Plenty bowed out after the ... [more]

Tongan dragged into Australia's World Cup squad
The Cronulla-bound forward Anthony Tupou has been hauled out of the Tongan team for the Rugby League World Cup to join Australia's squad in another twist to the tournament's slippery ... [more]

Breakers go down at home to the Taipans
The New Zealand Breakers basketball team have lost their first game, going down 111-122 to the Cairns Taipans in Auckland. Despite a full house keen to see the Breakers extend their ... [more]

Paddison in top 10 at Madrid Masters
The Wellington golfer Gareth Paddison is in good shape after the opening round of the European Tour's Madrid Masters. Paddison birdied three of his last five holes in an opening ... [more]

Bristow, Krishna and Kim drop back in Adelaide
New Zealand has slipped back after two rounds of the Women's World Team golf Championship in Adelaide. Cathryn Bristow, Natasha Krishna and Dana Kim are now in a share of 14th ... [more]

Northern Marianas welcome more tourists.
The CNMI's tourism industry saw slight gains in September with a 5-percent jump in visitor arrivals and a major influx of Japanese travelers linked to the expansion of airline services... [more]

Black Caps suffer first loss to Bangladesh
New Zealand cricket has sunk to a new low after the Black Caps suffered their first one day international loss to Bangladesh. The New Zealand cricketers also lost the chance ... [more]

Game worth $32 million back on
The richest game of cricket in the world looks set to go ahead after an agreement was reached between the West Indies' sponsor and the man behind the $32 million ... [more]

Ponting opens India series with century
An inspired Ricky Ponting led the Australian cricketers to the first day honours in their opening Test against India, with a brilliant century in Bangalore. Ponting didn't have to wait ... [more]

Bus fare changes follow SuperGold card
A bus operator in Wellington is defending its decision to raise fares for some seniors since the introduction of the SuperGold card. [more]

Repayment difficulties signalled for banks
The slide in the New Zealand dollar in the past week may make it harder for banks to borrow offshore just as they're due to repay $NZ60 billion in short term loans to foreign creditors. [more]

Hopes rise up rankings will help playing better opposition
The coach of the New Zealand football side Ricki Herbert hopes his side's dramatic rise up the world rankings will boost its chances of playing more internationals. The All Whites ... [more]

Vettori pays respect to Bangladesh
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori paid Bangladesh due credit after the Black Caps' humiliating loss in the opening one day international in Mirpur. The home side won a ... [more]

Thorn's impact huge for confident Tasman: Blackadder
Tasman's rugby coach Todd Blackadder says his side's full of confidence going into tonight's opening match of the Air New Zealand Cup quarter-finals against Canterbury in Christchurch. At his own ... [more]

Key urges Reserve Bank to cut interest rates 'sooner'
National Party leader John Key has increased pressure on the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, saying it should do so sooner rather than later. [more]

Dow below 9000 as Wall St plummets
The Dow Jones industrial average has fallen below 9,000 as stocks in the United States plunged further. [more]

SH39 glued up
Several tonnes of glue was spread over State Highway 39 in Waikato after a truck crash on Friday morning. [more]

'Business as usual' with rural lending - Rabobank
Specialist rural bank Rabobank says its approach to farm lending is "business as usual" despite volatility in international finance and commodity markets. [more]

Bank status for building society
Southland Building Society is now a bank. It will continue to be a mutually-owned building society as well. [more]

Review of residency permit follows conviction
A Chinese immigrant who filmed customers in a cafe toilet in Rotorua faces losing the right to remain in New Zealand. The Immigration Service is reviewing his residence permit. It has already revoked his work permit. [more]

Niue Premier expects less interference from New Zealand officials following Wellington talks
The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, says he expects an improvement in performance from New Zealand aid officials dealing with the island. Niue is heavily aid dependent and almost all... [more]

New Zealand considering its stance on Fiji in wake of court ruling interim regime legal
The New Zealand Government says it is still considering yesterday's decision by the Fiji High Court which declared that the military regime is a legal government. The acting Chief Justice... [more]

Electoral Commission clears Labour MP over advertising
A Labour Party MP has been cleared of distributing illegal advertising under the Electoral Finance Act. [more]

New Zealand based Samoan lawyer seeks withdrawal of charges
Samoa's Minister of Justice and Courts administration, Unasa Mesi Galo, has been requested by a New Zealand based Samoan lawyer, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, to withdraw two charges of insulting words... [more]

British government announces compensation for Pitcairn child abuse victims
The British government has confirmed that victims of child sex abuse on Pitcairn Island are able to apply for compensation. The long-running abuse was uncovered in 1999 by a British... [more]

No Messam, but Muliaina a boost for Mooloo men
Waikato have a new captain for their provincial rugby quarter-final clash in Napier with Hawkes Bay on Sunday. Lock Toby Lynn will captain the side with regular skipper Liam Messam not ... [more]

Josh Blackie to fill Daniel Braid's boots
New Zealand flanker Josh Blackie is returning to New Zealand and will play for the Blues in next year's Sport Super 14, as a replacement for Daniel Braid, who's off to ... [more]

Toulon lose by over 50 points in European competition
Tana Umaga's French rugby team Toulon has been thrashed 56-3 in their European Challenge Cup game at Northampton. The big-spending, newly-promoted Toulon fielded a B-team as they concentrate on cementing ... [more]

Animal welfare complaints up
The Ministry of Agriculture says the effects of the summer drought are still evident and it's monitoring animal welfare on more farms than in other recent years. [more]

Champion shearers back in action
New Zealand's world-beating shearers won't be resting on their laurels for long. [more]

Current research tipped to continue at new Crown institute
A new Crown research institute to be created from the merger of HortResearch and Crop & Food won't be looking to shed any of the current research functions of the two organisations. [more]

Politicians told to respect Reserve Bank's independence
Politicians have been warned they should leave monetary policy to the Reserve Bank. [more]

DoC opposes hydro dam on Mokihinui River
The Department of Conservation says a hydro dam proposed for the Mokihinui River near Buller would involve extensive flooding of protected lands and ecosystems. The Meridian project involves a dam 85 metres high. [more]

Samoa's state owned power company introduces pre-pay meters
Samoa's Electric Power Corporation, or the EPC, has begun installing pre-pay meters for businesses and households. It is a system the Corporation says will save energy and help the community... [more]

Vanuatu dismisses idea of resettlement of Papuan refugees from PNG
Vanuatu's government says it has not made an offer to resettle a group of West Papuan refugees who are currently in Papua New Guinea. This follows media reports about 100... [more]

Chinese slam PNG report about security breaches
The Chinese operator of the Ramu nickel Project in Madang province has denied claims it has been abusing Papua New Guinea by bringing in its expatriate workers illegally. Ramu NiCo... [more]

Fiji Women's group concerned over coup ruling
The organisation, Fiji's Women's Rights Movement, says yesterday's court ruling to legitimise the 2006 coup is marginalising the voices and votes of the people. Three judges threw out the challenge... [more]

Qarase queries need of Fiji constitution in light of coup case verdict
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says the country does not need a constitution or any law if the President has so much prerogative authority he can influence the judicial... [more]

Peters says he's 'real' MP for Tauranga
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says only his party has truly delivered for the people of Tauranga. [more]

PNG Immigration official denies claims of collusion with people smugglers
A senior Papua New Guinea Immigration official has denied that PNG officials colluding with people-smuggling cartels help illegal migrants enter Australia. This follows reports that PNG's National Intelligence Organisation is... [more]

No 'urgent' need for cuts in NZ interest rates
Economists say there is no urgent need for a cut in interest rates in New Zealand by the Reserve Bank. [more]

Politicians acknowledge Reserve Bank independence
Politicians are telling each other to stay out of the Reserve Bank's business or risk undermining its independence. [more]

Spot checks planned for resthomes
The Government says it is moving to improve quality of care and safety for those in aged residential homes. Spot checks are to be held in future. [more]

Nearly 30 years since Kaikoura UFO sighting
It is nearly 30 years since a reported UFO sighting in Kaikoura. The incident was filmed by a camera crew aboard a Safe Air plane. [more]

Further fall in holiday guest nights
Occupancy rates for motels and campsites fell 4% in August compared with the same time a year ago. [more]

Teens arrested after man loses eye in assault
Police in Nelson have arrested two teenagers following an assault on a Foxton visitor who lost an eye in the attack last weekend. [more]

Tonga's new police commander seeks outside help to boost force
Tonga's new Police Commander, New Zealander Chris Kelley, says the skills and experience from Australia and New Zealand will be vital in rebuilding the force. Mr Kelley began his planned... [more]

Niue premier wants to refocus aid links with NZ
The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, says the aid relationship with New Zealand has to be based on outcomes, not process. This was one of the results of discussions this... [more]

New Caledonia's main party splits
A rift within the New Caledonia's anti-independence The Future Together party has deepend and let to a split. Most party members will now form their own party ahead of next... [more]

Government urged to make tax changes to help economy
The Stock Exchange and the New Zealand Institute are urging the Government to make substantial tax changes to help the economy cope with the international financial crisis. [more]

PNG hotel operator defends Rabaul air quality
A hotel operator in Papua New Guinea's volcano-affected city of Rabaul is upset the country's labour and industrial relations department has told him to shut up shop. Hotel manager Bruce... [more]

PNG education minister loses seat in vote recount
Papua New Guinea's government has lost a cabinet member after a court-ordered recount found an opposition candidate won his seat. The education minister Michael Laimo was elected to represent South... [more]

Fiji human rights commissioner questions court's independence after coup verdict
A Fiji human rights commissioner, Shamima Ali, says yesterday's court ruling legitimising the December 2006 coup shows that the courts are not independent. Three judges threw out the challenge by... [more]

New Zealand considering its stance on Fiji after court approves coup
The New Zealand Government says it is still considering yesterday's decision by the Fiji High Court which declared that the military regime is a legal government. The acting Chief Justice... [more]

Mass rally in French Polynesia against French pension reform
An estimated 7,000 people have marched through the French Polynesian capital in protest at French plans to reform the pension system. This coincided with a strike called by several unions... [more]

Warehouse shares up on takeover talk
Shares in The Warehouse have surged 13% after the end of its supermarket-style Extra division was announced, reinvigorating takeover talk. [more]

Red tape complaints
A new survey shows tax and KiwiSaver are the red tape costs that most grate on business. [more]

Dutch govt to bolster financial sector
The Dutch government is preparing 20 billion euros in funding to support financial institutions in the Netherlands during the credit crisis. [more]

OPEC to hold emergency meeting
OPEC will hold an emergency meeting on 18 November in Vienna to discuss the impact of the global financial crisis on the oil market. [more]

Union buys dairy farm
The Taranaki Rugby Union is adopting a creative way of making cash. It is leasing a 170-hectare dairy farm to boost its coffers. [more]

200kph logged by young drivers
Two young men are to face charges of dangerous driving after being caught racing at speeds of up to 200km/h in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Top Town TV show to return
A search is on again for New Zealand's top town. The original television show ran from 1976 to 1990. Greymouth is the reigning champion. [more]

National pledges 20 new elective theatres
The National Party says it would build 20 new dedicated elective theatres, in an attempt to shorten hospital waiting lists. [more]

Government says business groups' proposals would hit coffers
The Revenue Minister says changes proposed by the Stock Exchange and New Zealand Institute would leave a significant hole in the Government's coffers. [more]

Winterbottom on course for pole
Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom is on course to secure a second successive pole at the Bathurst 1000, topping the charts in qualifying today ahead of tomorrow's top ten ... [more]

Training ability set the Evers Swindell's apart says coach
Dick Tonks, the coach of double Olympic rowing champions Caroline and Georgina Evers Swindell admits it won't be quite the same heading out onto Laka Karapiro without the twins. The ... [more]

Hamilton fastest in opening practice session of Grand Prix
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the opening practice session ahead of Sunday's Formula One Japanese Grand Prix. The championship leader's time was 0.15 seconds quicker ... [more]

Currie reappointed as chef de mission of NZ Olympic team
The head of the New Zealand Olympic team to the Beijing Games, Dave Currie has been re-appointed for a further four years as chef de mission. Currie will head the ... [more]

Team Kiwi Racing forced out of Bathurst
Team Kiwi Racing has been forced to pull out of this weekend's Bathurst 1000 after their car was extensively damaged in practice at Mt Panorama this morning. PWR Holden driver ... [more]

Evers Swindells coach surprised at decision to retire
The coach of double Olympic rowing champions Georgina and Caroline Evers Swindell admits to being somewhat surprised at their decision to retire from the sport. Dick Tonks who's coached the ... [more]

Carney in limbo over English league career
The wayward former Canberra rugby league star Todd Carney's admitted to having a problem with alcohol and says his deal in England is up in the air because his ... [more]

Court of Appeal ruling on 1991 Bunkle case
A political controversy from 1991 relating to allowances paid to a Cabinet Minister is back in the public arena, with the release of a Court of Appeal decision. [more]

Ministry won't disclose suspected toxic sites
The Government is defending its choice not to disclose the location of places suspected of being contaminated by highly toxic chemicals. [more]