Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 15th 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

Jim's Essay
Recession as a blessing. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Les Newman of Tawa chooses 'Telegraph Road' by Dire Straits. [more]

Link 3
Our quiz where 3 or more songs have something in common. [more]

Otago's New Stadium
Bev Butler says the Carisbrook Stadium Trust has misread the mood of the public. [more]

Pigeon Problems
Squawks of protest have been the response to City Council plans to shoot pigeons in downtown Wellington. [more]

Feature Album - Child is Father to the Man
'Child is Father to the Man' is the debut album by Blood, Sweat and Tears and was released in February of 1968. [more]

Virtual World with Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds takes us through Political Party websites, the Internet's role in politics and the latest in piracy news. [more]

David Steemson Story
Urgent research is being carried out on a pathogen discovered to be killing Kauri trees in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. [more]

Environment Story with Amelia Nurse
Carnivorous plants. www.radionz.co.nz/ourchangingworld [more]

The Panel (Part One)
With Chris Trotter and Ben Thomas. [more]

The Panel (Part Two)
With Chris Trotter and Ben Thomas. [more]

Business News

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

National on the Superannuation Fund
The National Party has announced it would force the Superannuation Fund to invest more here to get the economy growing. [more]

Parents Notified
The police say they hope to recover a missing Korean backpacker's body from a West Coast bush grave tomorrow. [more]

Men Charged for Medal Theft
Two men appeared in court this afternoon charged with the theft of more than ninety war medals from the Waiouru Army Museum. [more]

Saved at Sea
The American who saved the lives of three people in heavy seas near Fiji says he almost didn't see them. [more]

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

Housing Policy
Low and modest income families could build their first houses on state-owned land, under new policy announced by Labour. [more]

Helen Clark Criticises Leaders' Debate
Labour leader Helen Clark has criticised Tuesday night's first televised leaders' debate, reports Danya Levy. [more]

Charges Against Outdoor Pursuits Centre
The families of those killed while canyoning near Tongariro National Park are likely to face a lengthy legal process. [more]

Green Transport in Auckland
The Green Party walked the talk today in launching its Auckland transport policy. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Community Clause
The Christchurch City Council is being accused of gagging community groups, through a new clause in funding agreements. [more]

First Voting Papers Printed
Officials are working overtime to ensure everything is ready for the 8 November election, reports Eric Frykberg. [more]

National Timber
There are calls for the Government to 're-nationalise' parts of the timber industry to solve its current crisis. [more]

Antarctic Ambitions
Scientists from six countries have announced what's described as one of the most ambitious Antarctic explorations ever. [more]

Labour on National's Superannuation Fund Policy
Labour says National's plan for the Superannuation Fund to invest at least 40% of its funds in New Zealand is dangerous. [more]

US Presidential Campaign - John McCain
The Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has unveiled a new plan to tackle America's economic problems. [more]

Training Cuts
The long term unemployed and at risk youth will be most affected by funding cuts proposed by the Tertiary Education Commission. [more]

Saved at Sea (Part 2)
The story of Rescue Diver Maurice Conti who rescued three people out at sea near Fiji. [more]

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

Danger for Aid Workers
In Afghanistan attacks on aid workers have risen to their highest level in six years. [more]

All Done Up
One of New Plymouth's most beautiful house and gardens has had a makeover. [more]

Pacific Climate Change
Ideas on how to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change in the Pacific are being presented this week in Samoa. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pigeon Shooting
The SPCA says the Wellington City Council's plan to shoot pigeons at night to reduce bird numbers is inhumane. [more]

Man Booker Prize
The Indian author Aravind Adiga has added his name to a long list of luminaries, by winning this year's Man Booker prize. [more]

Wine and Brain Cells
Apparently a tipple of your favourite vino shrinks your brain and may lead to memory loss and dementia. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

John Key on plan for Super Fund to invest 40% in NZ
National Party leader speaks to reporters about the party's plan to boost the Superannuation Fund's investment in New Zealand. [more]

Helen Clark on Labour's starter housing policy
Labour leader announces policy of freeing up Crown land for housing for modest-income families. [more]

John Key questioned on Checkpoint about Super Fund plan
National Party leader tells Mary Wilson his party's plan to have the NZ Superannuation Fund invest 40% in New Zealand is sound. [more]

Midday Report

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

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

Midday Sports News for 15 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 15 October 2008
Helen Clark and John Key Square Off, Outdoor Centre Charged Over Canyoning Deaths, 300 Jobs for Chop in Sawmill Closures. [more]

Pakaha - The Fluttering Shearwater
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Maori Party Releases Economic Policies
The Maori Party wants a community development bank set up to provide small loans to Maori families and small businesses. [more]

Pacific News for Wednesday 15 October 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Helen Clark and John Key Square Off in Debate
The Leaders of the two main parties squared off last night in the first televised leaders debate of the election campaign. [more]

Farming Sector Remains Upbeat
Despite increasing evidence that farm sales are feeling the effects of the credit crunch, sector leaders remain upbeat. [more]

Analysis of Clark, Key Televised Debate
Extracts from TV One leaders' debate; Radio New Zealand's political editor analyses the leaders' performance. [more]

Outdoor Centre Charged Over Canyoning Deaths
The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre has been charged over the deaths of six students and their teacher in April. [more]

300 Jobs for Chop in Planned Sawmill Closures
The towns of Putaruru and Mt Maunganui are reeling from what's being described as a"kick in the guts"by Carter Holt Harvey. [more]

US Treasury Pumps More Money Into Banking System
Overnight President George Bush has announced two hundred and Fifty billion dollars will be pumped into nine major US banks. [more]

MTA Worried Over"Fix and Runs"
The Motor Trade Association is worried over a growing number of people getting their cars fixed and not paying. [more]

Wildfires Rage Near Los Angeles
Nearly three thousand firefighters are battling several wildfires north of Los Angeles, which have already claimed two lives. [more]

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

Three People Could Face Fines Over Spamming
A raid on four Christchurch addresses last December has lead to New Zealand's first 'Spam' court action. [more]

Tariana Turia on Proposal for Community Development Bank
Maori Party co-leader details the party's policy on the establishment of a bank to provide small loans to Maori families and small businesses. [more]

Texting Programme Launched Today
A programme highlighting the dangers of texting while driving to young people will be launched today. [more]

First Leaders Debate Heated Affair
In last night's TVNZ debate both leaders claimed to have the experience to lead the country. [more]

Reaction on Leaders Debate
Morning Report is joined by columnist, Joanne Black, political scientist Jon Johansson and political analyst, Colin James. [more]

Australian Government Pumps Ten Billion Dollars Into Economy
First homebuyers were among the big winners along with pensioners and middle income families in the Economic Security Strategy. [more]

Debate Over the Effectiveness of Deposit Scheme
There is continued debate over whether the government's deposit guarantee scheme will be enough to insulate banks. [more]

What do New Zealanders Think of Credit Crisis?
Workers close to retirement stand to be most affected by the drop in share values and subsequently their retirement funds. [more]

Liam Reid Jury Hears Details of Brutal Rape
The High Court in Christchurch has heard harrowing evidence from a woman who alleges she was raped by murder accused Liam Reid. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Experts Question Labours Election Pledge to Boost Economy
Experts say there's too much red tape and not enough workers to push ahead with Labour's rail, roading and housing developments. [more]

Labour Responds to Maori Party Bank Policy
Labour's Parekura Horomia does not think the community bank concept is as innovative as claimed. [more]

"Meet the Candidate"- Aro Valley Debate
The Aro Valley"Meet the Candidate"event is famous for its fiery exchanges and ruthless hecklers. [more]

Nights

Days And Clouds
Silvio Soldini is the director of this new film touring the counrty with the Italian film festival. [more]

DVD Review
Miles Buckingham reviews small box cinema. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number six. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number six. [more]

Nine To Noon

Outdoor Pursuits Centre Canyoning Tragedy
Charges have been laid against the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre over the tragedy that killed seven people. [more]

Human Evolution has Ground to a Halt
Genetics expert Steve Jones argues that at least in the developed world human evolution has virtually ground to a halt. [more]

Ali Timms - Survivor Of Shipwreck
Invercargill women Ali Timms and two companions have just survivor a shipwreck in Fiji after their boat hit reef. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan gives us the latest on the ten billion dollar rescue package. [more]

Children's Television Programme Maker - Luke Nola
Luke Nola turned his back on a career in the US making music videos and came home to start a revolution in kid's television. [more]

Book Review - Live a Little
Gina Faafoi reviews Live a Little by Kim Green. Published by Grand Central Publishing. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Marty Duda brings us the artist of the week Donna Summer with her hits from 1977 to 2008. [more]

Law Expert - Robert Lithgow
Wellington Barrister Robert Lithgow joins Kathryn to talk about Dominion post publishing information over the terror raids. [more]

Film Reviewer - Graeme Tuckett
Graeme Tuckett Reviews"Body of Lies"and"Rise of the Footsoldier". [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Amy Dickson
Australian saxophonist premiering her saxophone arrangement of Philip Glass's Violin Concerto with the APO tomorrow night. [more]

Jennifer King
Organiser of 'Diwali - Festival of Lights' talks about events happening in Wellington and Auckland. [more]

Steven Berkoff
British theatrical legend touring the country with his one man show. [more]

News stories:

Aitken won't be making wholesale changes
Despite trouncing England by 39 goals in Auckland, the New Zealand netball coach Ruth Aitken says they won't be making wholesale changes in order to give less experienced players more ... [more]

NBA to build arena in Shanghai
The National Basketball Association plans to build an entertainment and sports arena in Shanghai as part of expanded operations in China. The NBA will be part of a joint ... [more]

Armstrong says he may not race Tour de France
Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he's not yet sure if he will ride in next year's race as part of his comeback. The 37-year-old American, who retired ... [more]

Kiwi pair cited in Heineken Cup openers
The former All Black halfback Byron Kelleher and the former Hurricanes forward Kristian Ormsby face possible suspensions after being cited in the opening round of Europe's Heineken Cup rugby competition. ... [more]

Black Ferns beat Australia
The New Zealand women's rugby team have beaten Australia 37-3 in their opening international in Canberra. The Black Ferns scored 5 tries and stretched their unbeaten record against Australia in ... [more]

New Zealand picks up silver at the Youth Commonwealth Games in India
New Zealand has picked up its first medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Pune, India. Phillipa Charlesworth won silver in the women's javelin with a throw of 46-point 14 ... [more]

Cricket's umpire review system to be trialled further
The International Cricket Council have decided on the four series in which they will extend their trial of the umpire review system, beginning with New Zealand's two-Test battle against West ... [more]

Hodges out of World Cup
The Australian centre Justin Hodges will miss the Rugby League World Cup with a shoulder injury. The Brisbane Broncos say Hodges will have surgery next week, but should be fit ... [more]

Solid gains for European markets
European stock markets closed with solid gains for a second consecutive day on Tuesday. However, Wall Street is waning. [more]

Programme to curb 'text driving' to be launched
A Government programme will be launched at Parliament at midday on Wednesday to put teenagers off texting while driving. [more]

Caution advised on SH2 after slip
Police advise caution on a section of State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne because of a slip. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's papers: outdoor centre to be prosecuted over the deaths of six school pupils and a teacher; verdicts on televised debate between Key and Clark; woman severely burned by hotwater bottle during labour. [more]

Underwriting expected to total at least $80b
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand says it expects to underwrite deposits of between $80 - $100 billion from the main banks. [more]

Outdoor centre charged over canyoning deaths
The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre is being prosecuted over the deaths of six students and a teacher in April. [more]

Fears held for missing man in wheelchair
Police in Hamilton hold grave fears for a tetraplegic man who was last seen in a wheelchair in the city centre just before 10.45am on Tuesday. [more]

Discussion over enforcement of garage bills
The Motor Trade Association is calling for a clarification of how the law applies when people take their vehicle from a garage after repairs without paying the bill. It says a growing number are doing so. [more]

Apple trims prices for laptops
Apple has unveiled a revamped line of Macintosh laptop computers. It's also cut the price of the original version of the MacBook to $US999. [more]

NZ deposit guarantee seen as being effective long term
A financial commentator says the New Zealand Government's deposit guarantee scheme may be more effective and sensible in the long term than measures being taken in other countries. [more]

Fresh budget urged by Retirement Commissioner
The Retirement Commissioner says people who are considering stopping work should draw up a fresh budget to accomodate the current financial turmoil. [more]

Fiji man rescues yachties off coast of Viti Levu
In Fiji a trained rescue diver and his family battled heavy swells, high seas and sharks to rescue three sailors stranded on a reef between Beqa and Vatulele Islands about... [more]

Marshalls opposition tables no confidence motion on last sitting day of the year
Marshall Islands President Litokwa Tomeing is facing his first vote of no confidence less than one year into his administration. The motion was introduced yesterday - the last sitting day... [more]

American Samoa Visitors Bureau still without a functioning board
The American Samoa Visitor's Bureau cannot function because the board of directors that will oversee it does not have a quorum. Only three directors of a seven member board were... [more]

New Caledonia economy expected to slow down
New Caledonia's employer organisation, MEDEF, says the territory's economy is set to return to normal conditions after years of exceptional growth. Its secretary-general, Francois Peronnet, says the euphoric phase is... [more]

Supervision imposed for having child porn
An IT analyst who downloaded more than 5000 images of children being sexually abused onto his computer, has been placed under intensive supervision for 12 months. [more]

NZ investment criteria raised for Super Fund
The National Party wants the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to invest at least 40% of its cash in New Zealand. The fund currently has around 7% invested in New Zealand. [more]

Daimler to axe 3,500 truck jobs
A total of 3,500 factory and office workers at Daimler, one of the world's biggest makers of heavy trucks, are to lose their jobs. [more]

Pigeon cull measures announced for capital
Wellington City Council has announced a number of measures to try to reduce the number of pigeons in the capital. [more]

Final gold kiwifruit licences allocated
Zespri has allocated the last of the additional licences it plans to issue for growing the gold variety of the fruit. Demand was almost double the amount available. [more]

Former French Polynesian ministers win pay dispute
A court in French Polynesia has ruled in favour of eight ministers who demanded three months' pay after resigning on the eve of a successful no confidence motion. French Polynesian... [more]

12% rise in profit for Intel
US technology company Intel has posted a third-quarter profit of $US2 billion due to rising demand for laptop computers. Revenue rose over 1% to $US10.2 billion. [more]

Typhoid kills 11 people in PNG
A typhoid outbreak in a Papua New Guinea township has left 11 people dead, with many more sick and in need of treatment. The deaths at Watut, in the Morobe... [more]

Concerns over continuing delay in set up of Tonga's political reform commission
The pro-democracy movement in Tonga says the Government needs to quickly choose its members of the Constitution and Electoral Commission so the body can begin deliberating. The planned five-member Commission,... [more]

New fund to help Pacific fight HIV/AIDS
A new pool of money is expected to help assist the Pacific region in fighting HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases over the next five years. The 25 million US dollar... [more]

CNMI moves to sell power supplier
The Senate President in the Northern Marianas, Pete Reyes, has penned legislation to remove the 250 million US dollar price tag set for the sale of the Commonwealth's power system. [more]

Southern hydro lakes filling up
The southern hydro lakes are filling up. Heavy rain in the Southern Alps and the spring thaw has pushed current levels past 56%. [more]

Germany seen as on brink of recession
The German economy is on the brink of recession and will expand by only 0.2% in 2009 according to four leading economic think tanks. [more]

Work set to begin on highway realignment
Construction will start next week on a $2.5 million project to re-align State Highway 35 north of Ruatoria after a major slip in August. [more]

Bainimarama's role in foreign affairs seen as strategic move for Fiji
An academic says Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, may be making a strategic move in taking over the interim foreign affairs portfolio. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has moved to... [more]

World Bank urges continued aid commitment as crisis looms
The World Bank's senior economist for the Pacific, Manjula Luthria, is urging donor nations in the region not to cut back on their development budgets in response to the current... [more]

Tonga electoral commission meetings not before January
The Tonga government has indicated the Constitutional and Electoral Commission cannot sit before January next year at the earliest. The body is to report back on the nature of political... [more]

Samoa probe into gun smuggling to open
The Samoa commission of inquiry into the smuggling of guns from American Samoa is set to begin tomorrow. A five-member Commission will sit through to Friday, with the option of... [more]

PNG NGO values religious education
A leading NGO in Papua New Guinea says religious education in schools is necessary to teach moral values and lifeskills. Schools in PNG have been told by the Education Department... [more]

PNG to aid opening of SPC office in Port Moresby
A Papua New Guinea Government official says his country is committed to opening an office for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Port Moresby. The PNG High Commissioner to... [more]

World Rural Women's Day
Wednesday is World Rural Women's Day. The event has been running since 1995. [more]

Farmers seek reassurance over Fonterra investments
Fonterra's farmer shareholders are calling for reassurances from candidates for board elections about overseas investments, especially in China. [more]

Rescure off Fiji says yachties lucky to survive
The man who rescued three people off a reef near Viti Levu in Fiji says they were lucky he heard their mayday call. The trio were sailing between Beqa and... [more]

Pacific experts meet on climate change issues in Apia
Food security, waste management, and alternative energy are just some of the topics a meeting of Pacific Island leaders, representatives and other stakeholders in Samoa will cover. More than 130... [more]

Karangaheke Gorge reopens following crash
State Highway 2 through the Karangaheke Gorge in the Haurakai district has reopened following a crash between a truck and car on Wednesday afternoon. [more]

Funding cut threatens job training programmes
The Association of Private Education Providers is warning it is the long-term unemployed and at risk youth who will be most affected by funding cuts. [more]

Dive squad to join search for tetraplegic man
The search for a missing tetraplegic man in Hamilton is being stepped up, with the police dive squad being drafted in. [more]

Jockeys accused of swapping urine samples
An investigation is under way into the alleged swapping of urine samples by two jockeys during a random drug test following a race at Te Rapa in Hamilton. [more]

Leading jockey faces lifetime ban
The career of leading jockey Opie Bosson is on the line, having been charged with providing a urine sample for another jockey. Bosson allegedly provided a urine sample for drug ... [more]

New Zealand Cricket unsure how reconciliation with rebel league will eventuate
A thaw in the stand off between cricket's officially sanctioned India Premier League and the rebel Indian Cricket League could see the likes of fast bowler Shane Bond return to ... [more]

Former AFL star Wayne Carey avoids jail sentence in Miami
The disgraced retired Aussie Rules football star Wayne Carey has pleaded guilty to assaulting and resisting Miami police in a drunken brawl but has avoided a U.S. jail sentence. Police ... [more]

Smith only Wellington All Black not in starting lineup
All but one of Wellington's current All Blacks have been named in the starting lineup for Friday night's Air New Zealand against Southland in Wellington. Neemia Tialata returns from a ... [more]

International credit crunch may have a silver lining for London Olympics
The international credit crunch could have a silver lining for the hard-pressed organisers of the London 2012 Olympics who can now scale back their grand designs with the full blessing ... [more]

Kearney names line up for Tonga test
The New Zealand rugby league coach Stephen Kearney has named a 19-strong squad for Saturday's one-off test against Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium. The starting line-up includes Manly's grand final-winning ... [more]

Mixed results for NZ squash players
The New Zealand men's squash number one Kashif Shujah has been beaten in the second round of the World Championships in Manchester. Shujah, who beat the 11th seed yesterday, went ... [more]

NZ cricketers slip in one day rankings
The New Zealand cricketers failed to make any impression on the ICC One Day Championship despite beating Bangladesh 2-1 in their series. The Black Caps won last night's third and ... [more]

BCCI to meet with ICL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India will hold talks with the country's unofficial ICL league, whose players are now banned from all official cricket. The BCCI took the ... [more]

Huge turnaround required by England netballers in game two
England's new netball coach Sue Hawkins believes the Silver Ferns will have the Australian coach Norma Plummer worried ahead of the two Trans-Tasman tests later this month. England have ... [more]

8am sports heads
A century from Ross Taylor laid the foundation for the Black Caps' comfortable win in their third and deciding one day cricket match against Bangladesh in Chittagong. After the loss ... [more]

Murray wins first match after US Open defeat
Fourth seed Andy Murray has eased into the third round of the Madrid Masters tennis tournament after Italian Simone Bolelli retired injured. The Scot, playing for the first time since ... [more]

Plummer hopes second test against England is not a repeat of first
Australia's netball coach Norma Plummer is following the NZ-England series with interest ahead of the Silver Ferns two tests against her world champion side at the end of the month. ... [more]

Hamilton warned to keep cool
Britons Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill have told compatriot Lewis Hamilton he must keep his cool in the season's last two races if he is to join them as a ... [more]

Indian Board to meet ICL rebels
Indian Cricket Board officials have agreed to meet organisers of the rebel Indian Cricket League, the money-spinning Twenty20 tournament which has caused a deep rift in the game. The decision ... [more]

Moyes staying with Everton
Everton manager David Moyes has committed himself to the English football club until 2013 after signing a new five-year contract. The 45-year-old Scot has been Everton's manager since March 2002. ... [more]

7am sports heads
The New Zealand cricketers have achieved their first objective in Bangladesh, taking the one day series 2-1 with a 79-run margin in the deciding match in Chittagong. Ross Taylor scored ... [more]

Liverpool fans could miss out after Uefa hands Madrid punishment
The plans of thousands of Liverpool football fans for next week's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid have been left in tatters after Uefa switched the game to a neutral ... [more]

Kiwis ready for Eisenhower Trophy challenge
A strong New Zealand mens golf trio are set to challenge for the world amateur teams championship starting tomorrow in Adelaide. Rotorua's US amateur champion and world number one Danny ... [more]

Rowing twins up for World award
The recently retired rowing champions Georgina and Caroline Evers Swindell have the possibility of winning at least one more trophy. The twins, who announced their departure from the sport last ... [more]

6:30 SPORTS HEADS
A century from Ross Taylor laid the foundation for the Black Caps' comfortable win in their third and deciding one day cricket match against Bangladesh in Chittagong. After the loss ... [more]

Greens call for electric rail system for Auckland
The Green Party has launched its Auckland Transport Policy calling for an electric rail loop through central Auckland, to connect with loops to the airport and the Northern Busway. [more]

Council accused of trying to gag community group
The Christchurch City Council is being accused of attempting to gag a community group. [more]

Call for Government to buy threatened sawmills
Logging workers are calling for the Government to buy sawmills earmarked for closure by Carter Holt Harvey. [more]

Clark, Key in first televised leaders' debate
The two party leaders vying to be Prime Minister after the election have gone head-to-head in the first televised leaders' debate of the campaign. [more]

Trio face big fines for spamming operation
Three New Zealand men face fines of up to $NZ200,000 for allegedly running a massive email spamming ring. [more]

Mixed day for Asia-Pacific markets
Markets in the Asia-Pacific region were mixed on Wednesday. The New Zealand and Australian benchmark indexes fell slightly, but Japan's Nikkei was higher by the close of trade. [more]

Telecom to spend $574m on new mobile network
Telecom is spending $574 million to fast-track the rollout of a new national mobile network. The company expects to spend $2.4 billion on CAPEX over the next two financial years. [more]

Man found in Featherston park dies
A man who was assaulted in the Wairarapa township of Featherston last week has died in hospital. The death is being investigated as a homicide. [more]

Families want answers over canyoning tragedy
The families of those killed while canyoning near Tongariro National Park say they are pleased the case is going to court. [more]

Qarase to go into Fiji political talks with open mind
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has welcomed an indication by the Interim prime minister that he hopes to initiate a political forum by the end of the month. He... [more]

Pair charged over theft of valor medals
Two men charged over the theft of 96 military medals from the Waiouru Army Museum have been remanded in custody. [more]

Pair critical after stabbings in Tauranga
Two men in Tauranga are in critical conditions after they were each stabbed a number of times. [more]

England netballers square series
England pulled off a narrow victory over New Zealand, taking the second netball Test, 40-38, in Dunedin on Wednesday night. [more]