Radio New Zealand - Monday, 20th October 2008

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


Eight Months to Mars - Campbell Smith
A man who says he can't sing a note, yet he is one of the New Zealand music industries leaders. [more]

Dengue Fever
There's a health alert in the Pacific as Dengue Fever appears to be on the rampage through the Pacific Islands. [more]

Bomber Memorial
Two years of hard work and fundraising for a bronze memorial sculpture for the Auckland War memorial Museum. [more]

He Rourou for 20 October 2008
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks to Justice Williams about his thoughts on the day and for the future. [more]

Author Slot - Duncan Petrie
The book title is"A Coming of Age - 30 years of New Zealand film". [more]

This Way Up Feature - Today he goes foraging for free food
He meets Johanna Knox, who's an urban food forager who finds free food within metres of her front door. [more]

Science Story
Stirring up a strange and ultra-cold superfluid in search of spontaneous whirlpools. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Brian Edwards and Joanne Black. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Brian Edwards and Joanne Black. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 20 October 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 20 October 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 20 October 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


Green Politics Decision
The Green Party has ruled out a coalition deal with National after the election. [more]

Promise of More Police
Labour says National's promise to recruit additional police officers is phoney and misleading. [more]

Raising GST
Lobby groups are warning more families could be pushed below the poverty line if GST is raised. [more]

Statistics Survey
Statistics New Zealand is defending a compulsory survey which asks respondents for detailed information. [more]

Electronic Tagging
The youth court's top judge is calling on courts to use electronic surveillance tags on children as young as 14. [more]

Wellington Airport Fire
Services at Wellington airport are now back to normal after a fire in the main terminal this afternoon. [more]

Picking a winner
Senior students at Tauranga Boys College are once again preparing to pick a winner in the battle for the electorate seat. [more]

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

Christchurch Murder Case
The former girlfriend of murder accused Liam Reid has told the High Court that he confessed to killing Emma Agnew. [more]

Sentencing Deferred
The sentencing for the two people involved in the murder of South Otago teenager Michael Hutchings has been deferred. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

UK Beer Promotion
The Otago District Health Board says a health association needs to get off its high horse about an offer of a free beer. [more]

UK Mortgages
The British government's urging banks to go easy on defaulting home owners. [more]

Memorial Cancelled?
A veterans' association says it is shocked at a callous decision by the Auckland War Memorial Museum. [more]

Green Politics Decision (Part 2)
The National Party leader John Key is warning that a Labour-Green coalition government would focus too much on the environment. [more]

Promise of More Police (Part 2)
The National Party says it would put more police out on the streets than Labour. [more]

Family Breakdown Study
A study suggests family breakdowns are costing the country at least one billion dollars a year. [more]

UK News
The British government will meet bank chiefs to urge them to do more to help small businesses and homeowners. [more]

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

US Presidential Election
The US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has set a new fundraising record. [more]

Public Strip Search
The Greek police have launched an inquiry into allegations that police officers carried out a public strip search. [more]

Omega Six Connection
There may be a link between Alzheimer's disease and the essential fatty acids found in eggs, nuts and vegetable oil. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nuclear Non-proliferation
The first meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament has begun in Sydney. [more]

Turkey Trial
A major trial is set to open in Turkey, where 86 defendants stand accused of being part of a shadowy ultra-nationalist network. [more]

Phoenix Lander
The NASA space agency's Phoenix lander arrived on Mars last May and since then it's made some crucial discoveries. [more]

The British Ministry of Defence is releasing another clutch of files on Unidentified Flying Objects. [more]

Musical Road
Workers have begun carving grooves on what will be the first"musical road"in the United States. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

New Zealand First leader on Reserve Bank Act
Winston Peters says changing legislation to help businesses and homeowners would be a bottom line in post-election negotiations. [more]

Reporters question Helen Clark on bank deposit scheme
Prime Minister responds to National's call for the Government scheme to be extended, to cover wholesale bank funds. [more]

Winston Peters on National's wish to speed up deposit scheme
NZ First leader says National's call to fast track plan is alarmist. [more]

John Key announces National's plan for 200 extra police
National's leader says most of the extra, frontline, officers would go to South Auckland [more]

Green Party rules out forming a coalition with National
Greens co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russel Norman announce who they are willing to work with after the election. [more]

National's leader says Labour and Greens a bloc
John Key responds to the Greens' announcement they prefer Labour. [more]

Jeanette Fitzsimons explains Greens' decision to go with Labour
Green Party co-leader is interviewed on Checkpoint. [more]

Police Association on National's plan to boost numbers
President Greg O'Connor tells Checkpoint increasing frontline police in South Auckland could be at expense of other areas. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 20 October 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 20 October 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 20 October 2008
US and New Zealand election coverage. [more]

Riroriro - Grey Warbler
Listen to this morning's bird. [more]

Pacific News for 20 October 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 20 October 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

National wants certainty over bank deposit scheme
National says plans for a possible extension to cover interbank lending must be speeded up, and it would cooperate with the Govt. [more]

Govt considering extending guarantee to interbank lending
Labour's finance spokesperson Michael Cullen and National's leader John Key on the proposal. [more]

Labour still trails National substantially in latest political poll
Political editor Brent Edwards looks at the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll. [more]

More Good News for Obama
Polls show him continuing to pull clear of Republican rival John McCain in the race for the White House. [more]

More On Government's Bank Beposit Guarantee Scheme
There are signs the Government's bank deposit guarantee scheme is hitting local authorities and infrastructure companies. [more]

Merck Sharp and Dohme Donate Gardasil Vaccine
The gift to Fiji is worth more than 22 million New Zealand dollars. [more]

Sports News for 20 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Maori voters doubt Maori Party would support National
This is despite party co-leader Tariana Turia clearly outlining the possibility of just such a National-Maori Party deal. [more]

Bangladesh Keeping Black Caps At Bay
The Black Caps are facing a struggle to avoid defeat in the first test in Chittagong. [more]

Rumours Fly Around Reefton - Lotto Winners
Gold Reef Stationers in the town sold one of five second division winning tickets which will share the prize money. [more]

Banking Industry Worried About New Scheme
Dr Michael Cullen has indicated he's working on a guarantee for deposits from foreign banks to New Zealand banks. [more]

Election Debate Highlights
The tax policies of the political parties were up for inspection in Radio New Zealand's third election debate. [more]

Police Shortage in Dannevirke
The president of Dannevirke's JPs association says there are not enough police in the town of nearly six thousand residents. [more]

Former All Black Speaks Out About Racism
Va'aiga 'Inga' Tuigamala says most of the time the racism he encountered spurred him on to play better rugby. [more]

Destiny Church
The Destiny Church is in line to become an Urban Maori Authority. [more]

Waatea News for 20 October 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Green Party Wants to Raise Minimum Wage
The party says its economic policy improve the lives of New Zealanders. [more]

New Plymouth's Tupare Garden
The legacy of two stubborn Taranaki men has had a facelift. [more]

Last Remaining Titanic Survivor
Miss Millvian Dean was only 9 weeks old when the so-called"unsinkable"ship sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Phil Kafcaloudes brings you everything Australian. [more]


Disabled Bikies
Sally Wenley talks about their Auckland to Christchurch (via Invercargill) trek. [more]

Clue number 1. [more]

An update on sporting matters with Penny Miles. [more]

Clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Financial Crisis
There are predictions that the next government will be forced to raise GST to 15 percent. [more]

Adult Children's Increasing Dependence on Parents
What is the situation in NZ and what does the current financial crisis mean for parents and their adult offspring? [more]

Henry Worsley
Retracing Shackleton expedition. [more]

European Correspondent
Seamus Kearney. [more]

Election Debate: Environment, Energy and Climate Change
Labour, National, the Greens and Maori Party debate policies on the environment, energy and climate change. [more]

Book Review - Fish of the Week: Selected Columns
By Steve Braunias, published by Awa Press and reviewed by Sonja de Freiz. [more]

From The Left And From The Right
With Laila Harre and Matthew Hooten [more]

Food and Wine
Jeremy Jones has the Food, John Hawkesby has the wine. [more]

Tommy Honey
Sophist and provocateur. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 20 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 20 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


William Yang
Chinese-Australian artist and writer performing at the Nelson Arts Festival this week. [more]

Charlie Musselwhite
US blues harp legend about to embark on New Zealand tour. [more]

Harvey McGuire
Organiser of this year's Queenstown Jazz Festival talks about 30th Anniversary celebrations. [more]

News stories:

French Polynesian airports to be renamed
Five French Polynesian airports are being renamed by adding a reference to local figures. The head of the airport administration, Hiro Tefaarere, says the territory's international airport will now be... [more]

The Cook Islands strengthens security at International Airport
The Cook Islands have strengthened security with two drug detection dogs to be stationed at Rarotonga International Airport in a few weeks. Two dog handlers Detective Senior Constable, Vainenooroa Ngametua... [more]

Calls in the Cook Islands for more help for victims of sexual abuse
There are calls in the Cook Islands for more to be done to help the victims and families of domestic and sexual abuse. An average of eight child sex abuse... [more]

New Caledonia hit by slump in nickel prices
The global economic crisis is set to have a huge effect on New Caledonia's nickel industry. Its only nickel producer, SLN, contributed to 15 percent of the territory's tax revenue... [more]

Commission of Inquiry in Samoa into gun smuggling extended
A Commission of Inquiry in Samoa into the alleged smuggling of guns from American Samoa in a police patrol boat has been extended to hear more evidence. The Police Commissioner,... [more]

French authorities to declassify secret service documents relating to French Polynesian journalist
The French authorities have agreed to declassify secret service documents that could be relevant in the probe into the disappearance of a French Polynesian journalist 11 years ago. Jean-Pascal Couraud... [more]

Fiji's National Council for Building a Better Fiji defends targetting young people
Fiji's National Council for Building a Better Fiji is hitting back at claims the pushing the People's Charter for Change is a form of political manipulation of young people. The... [more]

Steel company sale off
Another takeover deal is a casualty of the economic downturn: Australian steelmaker OneSteel has pulled out of a $175 million offer for Steel & Tube. [more]

Hamilton wins in China, title race goes on
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of becoming Formula One's youngest champion with a pole to flag victory at the Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton needs to finish in the top ... [more]

Earl Bamber second in Shanghai
The young New Zealand racing driver Earl Bamber has had a strong start to his GP2 Asia Series campaign with second place in the feature race at the China Formula 1 ... [more]

Black Caps struggling in Bangladesh
Bangladesh survived a top order batting collapse to take the honours from New Zealand on the third day of the first cricket test in Chittagong. After dismissing the Black ... [more]

Scots run with mens world amateur trophy
Scotland ran away with the top trophy in mens amateur golf on a windy final day of the Eisenhower Trophy world championship in Adelaide. The Scots became first time ... [more]

Julie Seymour to be assessed today
The New Zealand netball captain Julie Seymour will be assessed today to see if she is fit to go to Australia for two tests there. Seymour sat out the Silver Ferns ... [more]

Hull's dream start continues
Hull City has gatecrashed the Premier League's top four again with a 1-0 home defeat of West Ham United -- their fifth win in eight league games in their debut season ... [more]

Phoenix continue climb up A-league table
The Wellington Phoenix continued their climb up the A-League soccer table with an upset 1-nil win away yesterday over the Central Coast Mariners. A headed goal by defender Karl Dodd ... [more]

Welsh rugb y star assaulted in Cardiff
The Wales rugby star Mike Phillips has been treated in hospital and discharged after being attacked in Cardiff. The 26-year-old Osprey's halfback is believed to have been on a night out ... [more]

Williams in frame for Doha after Zurich win
Venus Williams has defeated the unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 7-6 6-2 in the Zurich Open final to all but guarantee the American a place at the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha. ... [more]

Andy Murray wins in Madrid
The Scottish tennis star Andy Murray further confirmed his top four world ranking by taking his second successive masters Series title, with a 6-4 7-6 win over the Frenchman ... [more]

David back on top of the world
Nicol David completed the double atonement she has been seeking for an entire year when she won back the World Open title and captured it for a third time today. The ... [more]

Easy win for Rossi in Malaysia
The newly crowned world champion Valentino Rossi had an easy win on his Yamaha at the Malaysian MotoGP, the Italian's ninth victory of the season. Spaniard Dani Pedrosa was second on ... [more]

Two tennis gold medals for NZ at Commonwealth Youth Games
Finn Tearney and Logan MacKenzie made tennis New Zealand's most successful sport at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India, by producing two gold medal winning performances in the singles ... [more]

28 mdeals for NZ trampoline team
New Zealand has ended the Indo Pacific Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Rotorua with 28 medals - including eight gold - from the five day event. More than 300 athletes ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's papers: Rise in GST forecast to cover Government deficits; Labour axes extra spending promises; police officer pelted with bottles; CPO hotel project in Dunedin may be "parked". [more]

Public aid police officer at out of control party
Local people came to the aid of a police officer in Dannevirke who had his patrol car pelted with bottles at an out-of-control party in the early hours of Sunday morning. [more]

Harsh Afghanistan winter for NZ defence team
The Commander of the New Zealand forces in Afghanistan says the incoming contingent will face harsh winter conditions in Bamyan Province. [more]

Cash injection by Netherlands govt for ING
Dutch banking and insurance company ING is to receive a 10 billion euro ($US13.4 billion) cash injection from the Netherlands government. [more]

Fonterra in talks to sell San Lu - report
Fonterra is reported to be in talks to sell its 43% stake in the San Lu Group, which is involved in a tainted milk scandal in China that killed four infants and sickened 53,000 children. [more]

Condition of NZ netball captain to be assessed
New Zealand netball captain Julie Seymour will be assessed on Monday to see if she is fit to play two Tests in Australia. [more]

Premier league newcomers into top four
Hull City have gatecrashed the English premier soccer league's top four with a 1-nil win at home over West Ham United, their fifth win in eight league games in their ... [more]

Wellington out to end finals hoodoo
The top two will square off in the final of the Air NZ Cup provincial rugby championship this weekend with both Wellington and Canterbury out to end a bit of ... [more]

Dream test debut for young Indian spinner
The Indian cricketers have built a commanding lead of 301 runs over Australia with all their second innings wickets intact and two days to play in the second test in ... [more]

Destiny Church moves towards Urban Maori Authority status
The Destiny Church has moved to establish itself as an Urban Maori Authority, putting it in line for Government funding. [more]

Australian stocks face mixed open
Australian stocks are expected to open mixed or slightly lower on Monday after Wall Street closed the week lower amid volatile trading. [more]

Fiji Tens Rugby Tournament kicks off today
Air Pacific hopes to run the Fiji Tens Rugby Tournament as an annual event that will grow to include overseas clubs as well as attract more offshore visitors. The three... [more]

The introduction of language nests in Hawaii helping to preserve mother tonge
The introduction of Punanaleo or language nests in Hawaii 20 years ago, has gone some way towards the preservation of the mother tongue. The comments come from Hawaiian linguist A'ia... [more]

Supreme Court in Samoa denies attempt to lift injunction over access to government land
A Supreme Court ruling in Samoa has denied an application by the village council of Satapuala to lift an interim injunction order prohibiting the village from entering government land they... [more]

American Samoa's Director of Health faces jail after court no show
American Samoa's Director of Health, Utoofili Asofaafetai Maga, is likely to be at Tafuna Correctional Facility when he returns from an off island trip. Chief Justice Michael Kruse has issued... [more]

New Forum Secretary General plans to continue open door policy with civil society
The new secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has said he will maintain an open-door policy to civil society engagement. At a media conference, Mr Slade... [more]

Pacific Police dog programme working well
The New Zealand national police dog co-ordinator Inspector, Brendon Gibson, says the Pacific Police dog programme has been a huge success in getting agencies working together. The programme is funded... [more]

Fiji pushes to vaccinate schoolgirls against cervical cancer before vaccine expires
Fiji is hurrying to vaccinate 32 thousand schoolgirls against cervical cancer, before its donated vaccine expires. The drug manufacturer Merck Sharp and Dohme has given the cash strapped country 110... [more]

No more big ticket policies, says Clark
Labour leader Helen Clark has told supporters in Wellington the party will not be announcing any more big ticket policies during the election campaign. [more]

South Island companies start to slip
Listed companies based in the South Island are finally feeling the effects of the stalling economy. The Deloitte South Island Index fell by 15% in the September quarter. [more]

Shares in steel company plunger after bid withdrawn
Shares in Steel & Tube have plunged after an Australian bid to buy the company was withdrawn. [more]

Marine farm seen as boost for Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council sees the development of a 3800-hectare marine farm, as a major boost for the region's economy. The farm is a joint venture between iwi and two fishing companies. [more]

Australian stocks open over 2% higher
The Australian share market has opened over 2% higher, despite a weak lead from Wall Street on Friday. [more]

French Polynesian defector survives eligibility challenge
The French authorities have rejected a French Polynesian opposition bid to annul the election of an assembly member, Justine Teura, for allegedly making an incomplete return. French Polynesian television reports... [more]

Pacific Islands countries urged to update their prison infrastructure
Fiji's Assistant Commissioner of Prisons, Auta Moceisuva, says most Pacific Islands countries need to update their prisons infrastructure. That's one of the main conclusions from last week's second Heads of... [more]

French Polynesian leader begins New Caledonia visit
The French Polynesian President Gaston Tong Sang has led a delegation to New Caledonia in a further sign that the two French territories are reviving ties which had cooled in... [more]

Marshalls records high copra production
The Marshall Islands has had its third best copra producing year ever, in the fiscal year just ended. The country's coconut processing facility reports that the 7,182 tons of dried... [more]

American Samoa election results for Swains island due on Friday
The first results of the 2008 general election in American Samoa are expected at the end of this week. Residents of Swains island will on Friday the 24th elect their... [more]

Nia Glassie trial begins
The High Court trial of five people charged over the killing of three-year-old Nia Glassie is under way in Rotorua. [more]

Family breakdowns cost country $1b a year
Family breakdowns cost New Zealand at least $1 billion a year, a study by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research suggests. [more]

Service sector activity continues to fall
Activity in the New Zealand service sector continues to drop sharply - showing a contraction for the sixth consecutive month. [more]

Future links with Sanlu uncertain, admits Fonterra
Fonterra has acknowledged that its future links with Chinese dairy company San Lu are unclear as talks continue about the future of the company. [more]

Card spending slightly down
Electronic card retail spending fell slightly in September to $3.8 billion. [more]

NZX boss calls for action on economy before election
The head of the New Zealand Exchange is calling for government action before the election in November to reverse a bleak economic situation. [more]

Veitch excused from court appearances in meantime
Former sports broadcaster Tony Veitch has been excused from appearing in court again until a depositions hearing on seven charges relating to the assault of a former girlfriend. [more]

Distress at refusal of memorial sculpture by museum
The New Zealand RAF Bomber Command Association is shocked at a decision by the Auckland War Memorial Museum to cancel space for a $100,000 memorial sculpture. [more]

Norovirus outbreak not yet declared over
An Auckland retirement village hit by a fatal outbreak of norovirus will not be completely cleared of the virus for a few more days. [more]

Northern Marianas pleads with US for retention of its foreign investor programme
The Senate in the Northern Marianas has adopted a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow the CNMI to keep its foreign investor visa programme. The resolution... [more]

Inflation expected to reach 5%
Inflation is expected to reach 5% - its highest rate in almost two decades - when figures are issued on Tuesday by Statistics New Zealand. [more]

Solomons Government wants courts to sort out ownership arrangements of RIPEL
The acting Finance Minister of Solomon Islands, Gordon Darcy Lilo, says legal action is needed to sort out the ownership arrangements of the formerly lucrative Russell Islands Plantations Estate, or... [more]

Solomons welcomes Australia's decision for more coherent approach to capacity building
The Solomon Islands Business Council says the country would benefit from more coherent capacity building assistance from Australia. The Council's secretary, Peter Tam, says the Solomons needs more assistance in... [more]

Forum Secretary General suggests PICTA be re-negotiated
The Pacific ACP Trade Ministers meeting being held in Fiji has been told the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement, or PICTA, should be renegotiated. The Pacnews Agency reports the suggestion... [more]

Pacific solidarity vital in regional trade negotiations
The Chair of the Pacific ACP Trade Ministers Meeting has called for regional solidarity as island countries negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreement, or EPA with the European Union and the... [more]

Green Party wants $3 rise in minimum wage
The Green Party is proposing raising the minimum wage from $12 to $15 an hour. The Employers & Manufacturers Association says employees should be paid according to their productivity. [more]

China's ambassador to Niue presents his credentials
China has become the first country to formally establish diplomatic ties with Niue, with Ambassador Zhang Limin presenting his credentials to Premier Toke Talagi in a ceremony in Alofi at... [more]

World's largest steelmaker cuts production
The world's largest steelmaker is cutting production and could ultimately reduce output by as much as 15% because of weakening demand. ArcelorMittal says the move would be "temporary". [more]

Polls put Maori Party ahead in two Maori seats
Two surveys by Marae-DigiPoll published on Sunday 19 October indicate Maori Party MPs would hold the seats of Waiariki and Te Tai Hauauru. [more]

Political parties debate tax policies
The parties tax policies got an airing on Radio New Zealand's third campaign debate on Sunday 19 October. [more]

NZ First says Reserve Bank Act a bottom line issue
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says changing the Reserve Bank Act will be a bottom line in any post-election negotiation with his party. [more]

Vote of no confidence in the Marshall Islands Government
Marshall Islands opposition senators say they don't have the numbers yet, but hope by tomorrow that they will be able to attract two more to win a vote of no... [more]

Low response to Maori teaching incentives
Financial incentives to encourage more Maori to take up teaching careers have not produced a high enrollment rate. [more]

Solo police officers "inevitable" - Police Assn
The Police Association says it is not always practical or possible to avoid having sole-charge officers in rural towns. [more]

Severe wind warning for southern Wairarapa
Strong northwest winds are buffeting southern Wairarapa, and MetService is predicting more gusts of up to 120 kilometres an hour on Monday evening. [more]

Firefighters battle Rakaia Gorge blaze
About two dozen firefighters have contained a big scrub fire on the south bank of the Rakaia Gorge. [more]

Judge calls for electronic tags for some youth
Courts should use electronic surveillance tags to monitor some 14 to 16-year-olds on bail, says principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft. [more]

New Zealand need to make history to win test against Bangladesh
The New Zealand cricketers are seven without loss at lunch on the fourth day of the first test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, needing 317 to win. The Black Caps finally ... [more]

Australia without veteran shooting combination for tests against New Zealand
The Veteran Australia shooter Catherine Cox has been ruled out of the upcoming two test netball series against New Zealand. Cox, who missed both recent home Tests against England with ... [more]

Massa banking on home time advantage for final grand prix of the year
Ferari's Felipe Massa is banking on home town advantage helping helping him in the final round of his Formula One title fight with Lewis Hamilton in Brazil next month, ... [more]

Tampa Bay Rays head to baseball world series playoffs
The Tampa Bay Rays have beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 to win the American League Championship Series 4-3 and reach baseball's World Series for the first time in their ... [more]

Cameron plans homecoming bout in Gisborne
The heavyweight boxer Shane Cameron's planning a homecoming bout in Gisborne for his next title defence. Cameron, the current World Boxing Organisation's Oriental and Asia Pacific titles holder, along with ... [more]

John Higgins wins fourth snooker British grand prix title
Scotland's John Higgins saw off a battling comeback from Welshman Ryan Day to win snooker's British Grand Prix 9-7 in Glasgow. Higgins had been 5-2 ahead in the best ... [more]

Mourinho already planning return to English football
The former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is already planning his return to English football after just seven rounds of Italy's Serie A season. After coaching Inter Milan to a 4-0 ... [more]

Rossi shows his his competitive spirit's still alive
Valentino Rossi had already wrapped up his sixth world title before the Malaysian MotoGp at Sepang but the Italian showed his his competitive spirit's still alive with his ninth win of ... [more]

Man United quartet nominated for European player of year
Manchester United and Chelsea have seven nominees for the European Footballer of the Year award. United's Champions League and Premier League double has seen Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Cristiano Ronaldo and ... [more]

Progressives release drug and alcohol policy
The Progressive Party has launched its drug and alcohol policy, saying the legal age for buying alcohol should be returned to 20. [more]

National's lead unchanged in poll
A Fairfax Nielson poll has National leading by 18 points, and while John Key remains the most popular choice for preferred Prime Minister, Helen Clark's rating has risen five points. [more]

ACT uses mock coffins at law and order policy launch
The ACT Party has lined up 77 mock coffin lids against the wall of Mount Eden prison in Auckland, saying they represent people who would not have been killed if its law and order policy had been in place. [more]

National leads Labour by 14% in poll
National has a 14% lead over Labour in the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll - four points narrower than in last week's poll. [more]

Greens rule out coalition with National
The Green Party has ruled out forming a government with the National Party after the election. [more]

New Zealand, Australian markets up
The New Zealand share market reversed the sentiment of previous weeks as the NZX 50 index closed up 81 points, or 2.9%, to 2889 on turnover of $71 million. [more]

GST may have to rise, tax specialist warns
GST may have to rise if the financial crisis worsens and politicians stick with their big election promises, warns a tax specialist. [more]

Sentencing of murder pair deferred
The sentencing for two people involved in the murder of South Otago man Michael Hutchings will now take place on Tuesday, in an unusual move by the presiding judge. [more]

Clark has confidence in advice on financial crisis
Labour leader Helen Clark says she has complete faith in the advice the Government is getting about the current financial crisis , and she will not be talking to banks about it. [more]

SPC setting new guidelines for land planning in the region
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is holding a regional workshop in Fiji this week to improve planning around the use of land and managing natural resources. The aim is... [more]

Academic calls for resumption of Fiji Joint Working Group talks to be widened
An Australian based academic has welcomed the planned resumption of talks between the Pacific Islands Forum and Fiji but says the scope of the talks should be widened to include... [more]

FAO says climate change a major threat to agriculture and fisheries in Pacific
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says that climate change is a major threat to sustainable agriculture and fisheries in the Pacific region. Paul Tomane, the assistant... [more]

Health board rejects association's beer criticism
The Otago Public Health Association has been told to find more important things to worry about after criticising its district health board for offering free beer to New Zealanders in London. [more]

Pike River reaches coal
Pike River Coal has reached coal after two years of tunnelling on the West Coast. Eventually it will produce an average 1 million tonnes a year. All the coal will be exported. [more]

Council and companiies find investors prefer banks
The Government's bank guarantee scheme means higher debt costs for Dunedin City Council and two airport companies. [more]

Recession in Australia tipped by Christmas
Goldman Sachs JBWere says Australia could be in recession for the first time in 17 years by Christmas. [more]

Reefton abuzz with Lotto speculation
Speculation is hot in Reefton about who might have a share of Lotto's $30 million Powerball jackpot. [more]