Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 21st 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


The Best Song Ever Written
And for Mike Thomas of Auckland, it's Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond. [more]

Reeling in the Years - 1980
A confused post-punk, post disco, new-wave extravaganza of everything goes - perhaps the start of modern diversity in music. [more]

Emails and Texts
Some of what you've had to say about what we've had to say! [more]

Trans-Tasman Skin Cancer Guidelines
For the first time, identification and treatment guidelines have been jointly developed between Australia and New Zealand. [more]

Save Real Groovy!
After announcements of receivership, Dunedin student Nick Randal vowed to save the music company, starting a campaign. [more]

Emails and Texts
Saome of what you've had to say about what we've had to say. [more]

He Rourou for 21 October 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Ngati Pukenga elder Toko Renata about the swearing in of an Iwi member as high court judge. [more]

Feature Album - Joan Baez
Joan Baez's 1960 self-titled album. [more]

Emails and Texts
Some of what you've had to say about what we've had to say. [more]

Asian Report for 21 October 2008
Jason Moon investigates the Miss India New Zealand competition and finds out what it could mean to win. [more]

Science Story - Easter Island
What was it that brought destruction to the once great eastern Polynesian civilization of Rapa Nui? [more]

Tha Panel (Part 1)
Graham Bell and David Slack join Jim on The Panel today. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Graham Bell has a new tell-all book out. Will he tell us? David Slack joins him. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 21 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]


Lean Christmas Predicted
Social agencies are predicting a lean Christmas for many households as the cost of living reaches record highs. [more]

Consumer Price Index Figures
Our economics correspondent talks about today's inflation figure and potential for Thursday's Reserve Bank interest rate decision. [more]

Medals Handover
96 military medals including 9 Victoria Crosses and 2 George Crosses are now back in the safe keeping of Waiouru's Army Museum. [more]

Nia Glassie Murder Hearing
The Crown has outlined a catalogue of abuses it says were suffered by then three-year-old Nia Glassie. [more]

Pig Cell Diabetes Trial
Government's decision to allow trial of pig cell injections into people with diabetes has met with both relief and concern. [more]

Christchurch Police Chase Crash
A police car crashed during a short pursuit in central Christchurch. [more]

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

Maurice Williamson shut down over $3 road toll comment
On the campaign trail with National leader John Key, whose told his transport spokesperson he will be the only talking about tolls. [more]

Campaign Strategies
National Party leader says his party will not use tactics like Labour's attacking his opposition's stance on KiwiSaver. [more]

Health and Disability Report
The report has found patients were lost in a surgical black hole after avoidable delays. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Reaction to Winston Peters' KiwiBank share sale negative
NZ First leader's plan criticised by Progressives, Labour and National. [more]

Michael Hutchings' Murderer Sentenced
The South Otago teenager's killer was today sentenced to life in prison, with a 13-year non-parole period. [more]

Little Blue Penguin Born
Christchurch's International Antarctic Centre has welcomed its first chick to be successfully born in captivity. [more]

Inflation and Interest Rates
Both major party leaders comment on Reserve Bank's potential moves. Political Editor Brent Edwards sums up. [more]

Marton Murder Trial
Police say Karl Lane accused of shooting Nadine Timmins and abandoning her to die told them it was an accident. [more]

Great Barrier Island Property Prices
Property values on the island have soared 39% in three years according to figures revealed recently. [more]

Zimbabwe Update
The main opposition party has boycotted a meeting aimed at breaking a month-long deadlock over power sharing. [more]

China Slowdown
The global credit crisis is taking its toll on China, with economic growth falling to its lowest level in 5 years. [more]

Endosulfan Insecticide
Opponents want it banned claiming it causes birth defects, autism and breast cancer. Supporters say it's a valuable tool. [more]

Hamilton Zoo Reptile Loss
A third of the exhibits in the zoo's reptile house were stolen, with four lizards lost in a smash-and-grab raid. [more]

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

GE Food Safety
The trans-Tasman food regulator is being accused of gambling with the health of consumers over genetically engineered foods. [more]

NATO on Afghanistan
Commander warns members are"wavering"in their commitment to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. [more]

Nuclear Proliferation Meeting
Some of the world's foremost nuclear negotiators are meeting to try and refocus attention on the issue of nuclear proliferation. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Buoyant Stock Markets
If your investment boat is looking for a safe port, various Arab markets have been performing well in the current storm. [more]

Kashmir Trade Link
India and Pakistan are about to open an historic trade link across divided Kashmir for the first time in six decades. [more]

Kiwi Sperm Count
Author of study that's found sperm quality in New Zealand men has halved in two decades says research is a wakeup call. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

John Key on Maurice Williamson's comments on road tolls
National's leader answers questions about tolling floated by his transport spokesperson. [more]

Winston Peters believes KiwiBank should be floated, to NZers
New Zealand First leader speaks to political reporter Kate Williamson. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 October 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 21 October 2008
Morning Report: The Headlines. [more]

The Takapu - Gannet
Listen to this mornings bird. [more]

Aged Care Lobbyists Not Happy with Labour
Labour countered with an immediate 13 million dollar boost for aged care services. [more]

Pacific News for 21 October 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 21 October 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Inflation Expected to Reach Highest Level in 18 Years
Economists say it has peaked, and there are more pressing issues for our economy. [more]

Inflation Expected to Rise
Today's inflation figure tipped to be 5 percent, many economists believe that's as bad as it will get. [more]

Winston Peters' Plan for Economy
New Zealand First wants to float KiwiBank on the stock exchange. [more]

Auckland DHB Reprimanded
Health correspondent Karen Brown joins morning report. [more]

John Key reins in Maurice Williamson on road toll proposal
National leader gives cool response to transport spokesperson's comment about $3 tolls. [more]

US Federal Reserve Supports Latest Economic Move
Stimulating the American economy with a 150 billion US dollar cash injection. [more]

A Powhiri for Returned Medals
Last December thieves smashed into the Army Museum and stole 12 sets of medals. [more]

Mixed response in South Auckland to National police boost
Reaction to National's promise to put 300 extra frontline police officers on the streets of Counties Manukau by 2010. [more]

Sports News for 12 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Broadband Services Better Here Than The UK
The report shows a big lift in quality in key cities in the past three months. [more]

Botanists Celebrate New Find
The maidenhair spleenwort fern was last seen in the 1950's. [more]

Taranaki Regional Council - Saving the Surf
The move is believed to be a first for a regional council in New Zealand. [more]

More On New Inflation Figures
Official quarterly inflation figures out today are expected to be close to 5 percent, a 17 year high. [more]

The 'Surgery Black Hole'
A disturbing new report into hospital patients. [more]

Senator McCain - Right Where He Wants To Be
Senator Barack Obama's momentum towards the White House continues with polls showing he keeps pulling clear. [more]

MMP specialist looks at Green Party's support for Labour
Andrew Geddis from Otago University comments on bargaining positions of Greens and other smaller parties. [more]

UFO Files
The debate over what they are goes on enlivened today by the British Ministry of Defence. [more]

Bill English praises some of 'tired' Labour's policies
National's deputy leader says Labour has run out of energy and it's time for positive leadership of John Key. [more]

Black Caps Show Signs Of Hope
New Zealand are 145 for two in their second innings, needing another 172 runs to avoid the embarrassment. [more]

Kevin Rudd has Soared Over His Economic Crisis Handling
The poll comes as opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull accused Mr Rudd of"hyping up". [more]

Waatea News 21 October 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

It's Not All Bad, Financially
Investment banker Rob Cameron explains. [more]

Mr Blackwell
The fashion critic whose yearly list mocked the big stars without mercy has died in Los Angeles aged 86. [more]


Swedish Princess
Her Royal Highness Princess Birgitta of Sweden is in NZ this week as Patron of 'Swedish Style New Zealand'. [more]

Bangladesh Report
Mahtab Haider is our correspondent in Bangladesh. [more]

Clue 3. [more]

Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

World Economic Meltdown
Bob Litan: Economist from the Brookings Institution. [more]

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
Seth Shostak: Senior astronomer at the SETI Institute. [more]

US Correspondent - Jack Hitt
US Elections not far away. [more]

Feature Guest - Steve Gurney
19 time Speights Coast to Coast Champion. [more]

Book Review - Kippenberger: The Gift of Leadership
By Denis McLean, published by Random House NZ and reviewed by Don Rood. [more]

With Business and Economic commentator Rod Oram. [more]

The Atlas of Health
Mapping the Challenges and Causes of Disease. [more]

With media commentator Denis Welch. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 21 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 21 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Teddy Tahu Rhodes Interview
NZ internationally acclaimed baritone about to embark on a recital tour of the country with the NZSO. [more]

Jennifer Chou Interview
Chinese-born Melbourne based organist currently touring New Zealand. [more]

James Tennant Interview
Hillary Chamber Music Contest adjudicator talks about this year's event taking place at Waikato University this Thursday night. [more]

News stories:

More frustration for NZ tennis no. 1
Further frustration for the New Zeraland tennis number one Marina Erakovic whose run of first round singles exits has continued in Europe. Despite a favourable draw in the opening ... [more]

Tomashova among seven hit with two-year doping ban
The twice world 1500 metres champion Tatyana Tomashova is one of seven Russian female athletes to receive a two-year doping banfor manipulating drug samples. The Russian athletics federation has also banned ... [more]

Broncos players giiven ultimatum
Brisbanes's boss Bruno Cullen has warned the Broncos the next league player to violate the NRL club's tough new behavioural policy will be punished severely. All except World Cup squad players ... [more]

Irish trainer books top Oz jockey for Melbourne Cup
Ireland's master horse trainer Dermott Weld has booked Australia's top big race jockey in a bid to win a third Melbourne Cup next month. Weld, who won the 1993 ... [more]

Cox to miss two-Test series against Silver Ferns
The netbal world netball champions Australia will tackle New Zealand without their two most experienced shooters after Catherine Cox had her season effectively ended by an ankle injury. Cox played in ... [more]

Celtic still a threat despite poor away record
Manchester United's manager says Celtic will provide a stern test for European champions Manchester United despite their dismal away record in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson says the regional rivalry between ... [more]

Evra to miss United's clash with Celtic
Manchester United will be without left back Patrice Evra for tomorrow's home Champions League clash with Celtic because of a hamstring injury. The Frenchman was injured against West Bromwich Albion on ... [more]

Toure joins Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal have defensive problems for their Champions League match against Fenerbahce with central defender Kolo Toure ruled out with a shoulder injury. Toure joins fellow central defender William Gallas (hamstring) and ... [more]

Pakistan will not renew Lawson's contract
Pakistan national cricket team coach Geoff Lawson will not be kept on once his contract expires next April. The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt says they would suffer a big ... [more]

Cayless says Kiwis face traditional hurdle if they're not to be also rans
The New Zealand rugby league captain Nathan Cayless says the Kiwis are going to have to show a marked improvement in their performances at international level if they're going to ... [more]

Nicola Browne leading New Zealnder in ICC women's rankings
The all-rounder Nicola Browne is leading New Zealander in the women's cricket one day rankings the ICC has just launched. Browne was the leading run-getter with 178 in the Rose Bowl ... [more]

Wellington airport reopens after fire
Wellington international airport has reopened after a fire in a ceiling caused by an electrical fault forced the evacuation of the terminal. [more]

Petrol prices cut by 5c a litre
Shell, BP, Mobil and Chevron have cut retail petrol prices by 5 cents a litre. [more]

$92 million write-down of Ports of Auckland value
The owner of the Ports of Auckland has wiped $92 million off the book-value of its investment, to reflect difficult trading circumstances facing the company. [more]

Economic growth rate slows in China
China's economic growth rate has fallen for the third successive quarter, amid fears that the economy could be heading for a severe downturn. [more]

Indian central bank cuts rates
The Reserve Bank of India unexpectedly cut short-term lending rates on Monday in response to continued pressure from the global financial crisis. It was the first cut in more than four years. [more]

Armed police block Auckland street
Police blocked a residential street in Papakura, south of Auckland, on Monday evening after an incident which they say involved a firearm. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: another suspected outbreak of norovirus at Dunedin Hospital; more ticket price rises tipped for public transport in Wellington; stolen war medals to be returned to the Waiouru Army War Museum today. [more]

Europe shares up as banks rally
European stocks rose on Monday on signs of a thaw in interbank lending and the possibility of a second stimulus package in the United States. [more]

Business as usual for ING
Dutch bank ING says it's business as usual in New Zealand after it became the latest European bank to seek government funding. [more]

Broadband quality report issued
The Commerce Commission is shying away from comparing the broadband services different companies provide until it has more data. [more]

Late surge on Wall St
Stocks on Wall Street rose sharply on Monday in a late rally. However, trading volume on the NYSE was low. European stocks also rose.The New Zealand share market reversed the sentiment of previous weeks as the NZX 50 index closed up 81 points, or 2.9%, to [more]

Economic crisis will have "limited impact" on World Cup
The president of South Africa's football World Cup organising committee says the world economic crisis will only have a "limited impact" on preparations for the 2010 tournament. Danny Jordaan says construction ... [more]

FA to investigate Drogba punch claims
The English Football Association says it will launch an inquiry into Didier Drogba's comments in his autobiography that he should have punched Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic. In the book the Chelsea ... [more]

Mosley rejects standard KERS system for Formula One
The head of motorsport's world governing body says Formula One teams will in future gain their competitive edge from new technology rather than expensive engines. Max Mosley will meet the Formula ... [more]

Aged care sector says it needs more than Labour's $13m top up
An aged care lobby group says Labour has not addressed concerns over pay parity between public and private elderly care nurses. [more]

Plans underway in Fiji to improve quarantine treatment for fruit and vegetables
Plans are being made aimed at improving quarantine treatment and marketing services for Fiji's fruit and vegetables industry. The Fiji Times reports that Natures Way Co-operative Ltd, of Nadi, was... [more]

NZ First says National's boost to police really a cut
New Zealand First says the National Party's policy on police is shortsighted and represents a cut in police numbers. [more]

PNG company begins bidding process for country's first liquified natual gas plant
Papua New Guinea's Esso Highlands Limited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation has announced the start of a competitive bidding process for the construction of the country's first liquified natural gas... [more]

Workers building a hotel in Soloman Islands threaten strike action
Workers building a multi-million dollar hotel in Honiara, in Solomon Islands, are threatening to go on strike this week and delay the project. The workers want the construction company to... [more]

Future Forests Fiji Ltd to list on South Pacific Stock Exchange next year
Fiji's first teak planting company, Future Forests Fiji Ltd, is aiming to list on the South Pacific Stock Exchange by early next year. The company's director, Paul Evers, told Fiji... [more]

Fijian Holdings Limited plans to expand into Pacific market
A Fiji-based investment company, Fijian Holdings Limited, has made known its plans to expand its major subsidiaries into the Pacific market in the next three years. Fiji Live reports that... [more]

CNMI Senate OKs revised budget
The Senate voted in the CNMI has unanimously passed a substitute bill to replace the budget previously passed by the House of Representatives. Details of the Senate version of the... [more]

Fiji Sawmillers Association seeks court's assistance
The Fiji Sawmillers Association is to seeking the court's assistance to stop rising costs of royalty after talks with Government representatives failed. The interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has... [more]

PNG hands over final installment for Solomon Islands High Commission
Papua New Guinea has given the Solomon Islands Government 2 million US dollars to build a new High Commission in Port Moresby. The Solomon Star newspaper reports that Papua New... [more]

MPs attack PNG's bad leadership
Two Papua New Guinea MPs have attributed the poor services and social conditions of the country to poor government leadership. The Post Courier newspaper reports that the two MPs, Powes... [more]

Former Access Brokerage boss fined $200,000
The former head of the now defunct Access Brokerage has been fined $200,000 by the stock exchange. [more]

Calls for Pacific weather services to build up
A weather expert in the region, Dean Solofa, says there's a need to build up capacity among meteorological services in the Pacific . Dean Solofa is the Pacific Islands Global... [more]

SPREP says there is support for further climate change meetings annually
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, SPREP, says there has been overwhelming consensus to hold further climate change meetings for the region annually. Its Director, Asterio Takesy, says... [more]

Nobles representative for Tonga's Commission for Political Reform named
The representative for the nobles to Tonga's Commission for Political Reform has been named as Tu'ivanuavou Vaea. However, Matangi Tonga online says the Nobles' Executive Committee are waiting on a... [more]

Samoa only daily newspaper boycotts coverage of guns probe inquiry
Samoa's only daily newspaper, the Samoa Observer, has decided to stop covering a Commission of Inquiry into alleged gun smuggling because of media restrictions. The inquiry is looking at the... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister writes to political parties to request meeting
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has written to political parties requesting a meeting next week and expressing his desire to conduct an election as soon as practicable. The... [more]

Samoa inquiry into alleged smuggling of firearms finds insufficient evidence
Samoa's special investigation into the alleged smuggling of firearms from American Samoa has found there is insufficient evidence to justify criminal charges against Police or Customs officials. The findings of... [more]

Indonesian police detain at least 15 people
Indonesian police have detained at least 15 people and stopped over 2,000 people from participating in a planned independence rally in resource-rich Papua province yesterday. A Reuters witness said police... [more]

Police in Samoa investigate missing pensioners fund from National ProvidentFund
Thousands of pensioners in Samoa were not paid their monthly pension today after thousands of dollars went missing from the Samoa National Provident Fund or SNPF last night. A senior... [more]

PNG population to double in 25 years
Papua New Guinea's Health Minister, Sasa Zibe, says his country's population will double in the next 25 years unless efforts are made to reduce family size. He says the rapid... [more]

Greenpeace proposes Papua logging moratorium
Greenpeace has called on the Indonesian government to urgently declare a moratorium on logging to save the remaining rainforest in the Papua region. The NGO has been touring Papua in... [more]

Plans to upgrade the Cook Islands main port in Rarotonga have been revealed
Plans to upgrade the Cook Islands main port in Rarotonga have been revealed. The rehabilitation and alignment of Avatiu Wharf has been endorsed by the government and will mean larger... [more]

Govt puts $25m towards Auckland innovation centre
The Government is to put $25 million over the next 10 years towards the cost of a new "Innovation Centre" at Auckland University. [more]

National gives assurance it wouldn't raise GST
National Party leader John Key says GST would not be raised to 15% under a National-led government. [more]

NZ First wants KiwiBank shares floated, but only to Kiwis
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters believes KiwiBank shares should be floated, and only New Zealanders allowed to buy them. [more]

Pacific Islands Forum economic ministers to discuss bulk purchasing of fuel
A decision on the bulk purchasing of fuel for the Pacific is expected to be made at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Vanuatu next week. The Pacnews agency reports... [more]

Markets follow Wall Street upwards
The New Zealand and Australian share market have jumped in trading following a strong close on Wall Street. The NZX50 index was up 2.4% and the S&P/ASX200 was up by ... [more]

Water permits approved in central Canterbury
More than 40 new consents have been granted to take groundwater in central Canterbury, against the recommendations of the Canterbury Regional Council. The decision is open to appeal. [more]

Fern thought to be extinct found in Hawke's Bay
A fern thought to be extinct has been found in Hawke's Bay. The maidenhair spleenwort quadrivalens was last recorded in the 1950s. [more]

Hearing to assess use of insecticide on sports fields
The New Zealand Sports Turf Institute says playing fields, bowling greens and golf courses rely on use of endosulfan and it does not want the insecticide prohibited. [more]

Korean family to visit bush grave
The family of a Korean tourist, whose body was found in a bush grave off State Highway 6 on the West Coast last week, will come to New Zealand to visit the site. [more]

Vanuatu media body calls for fairness
Vanuatu's media association has called on the country's public broadcaster to make sure it treats a journalist fairly and without political interference. The journalist, Antoine Malsungae, who is also the... [more]

Maori Party wants Parliamentary Commissioner for Treaty
The Maori Party is calling for a Parliamentary Commissioner for the Treaty of Waitangi. [more]

NZ men's sperm quality down
A new study suggests the quality of sperm in New Zealand men has more than halved in two decades. [more]

National gives 10-year deadline for Waikato expressway
National says it would complete the construction of the Waikato expressway within 10 years. The work will cost $790 million. [more]

Pitcairn Islander gets British honour
A Pitcairn Islander, Betty Christian, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for her 44 years of service to the island at a ceremony in Wellington. Ms Christian... [more]

Samoa PM lobbies for organic farming
Samoa's Prime Minister says he is lobbying for more local farmers to return to organic farming. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also the chairman of the Pacific Organic Farmers Association... [more]

Marshalls opposition withdraws no confidence motion
The opposition party in the Marshall Islands has withdrawn its motion of no confidence as the parliament was about to vote on it. The legislature had been recalled after the... [more]

Labour says commercial mines National's policy 'flip flops'
National Party leader John Key says his party will not be using the same tactics seen in a new Labour Party advertisement that attacks his stance on KiwiSaver. [more]

Pig cell transplant trial for diabetes approved
Health Minister David Cunliffe has given conditional approval to allow pig cells to be transplanted into eight people with Type 1 diabetes as part of a clinical trial. [more]

Missing yachtie may have sailed to Sounds
Police believe a Masterton man who has been missing since the weekend may have sailed his yacht to the Marlborough Sounds. [more]

Kiwis suffer injury setback ahead of world cup opener
Injury has forced centre Iosia Soliola to withdraw from the New Zealand rugby league side's world cup campaign, which gets underway against Australia in Sydney on Sunday. The 22-year-old Sydney ... [more]

Warriner chases top ranking in final triathlon world cup meet
Samantha Warriner can finish the international triathlon season ranked world number one, if she can finish seventh or better in this weekend's final world cup round in Mexico. If she ... [more]

Woods back at scene of latest US Open win as caddie
Four months after his epic US Golf Open victory, Tiger Woods has returned to the Torrey Pines course in San Diego without a limp, and without his golf clubs. Out ... [more]

Scottish lock suspended pending doping investigation
The Scotland international Scott MacLeod's returned an irregular drugs test prompting an investigation by the Scottish Rugby Union. A urine sample given by the 29 year old lock ... [more]

Key shuts down Williamson on road toll comments
National's transport spokesperson Maurice Williamson has been shut down by his leader, after he made further comments about motorists paying tolls for new roads, of up to $3 a trip. [more]

Clark sure Reserve Bank will ignore high inflation
Labour's leader Helen Clark says she is sure the Reserve Bank will ignore high inflation when it reviews interest rates on Thursday, despite inflation peaking at 5.1% in the year to the end of September. [more]

Approval lacking for Peters' proposal to sell KiwiBank
New Zealand First leader Winston Peter's plan to sell shares in KiwiBank has been dubbed erratic, confusing and piecemeal. [more]

No development wanted at surfing sites
Taranaki Regional Council is proposing limits be placed on coastal development to help preserve famous surf spots. Eighty-one locations have been identified. [more]

Commuter fares may rise in Wellington
Bus and train commuters in Wellington may have to pay higher fares next September. [more]

Man jailed 13 years for murder of South Otago teen
A man who admitted murdering a South Otago teenager in January has been sentenced to prison for a minumum period of 13 years. The victim's body was weighted with steel bars and put in the Clutha River. [more]

Inquiries begin into two Auckland fires
Fire safety officers are investigating fires in Auckland which caused two buildings to be evacuated on Tuesday. [more]

Patients 'lost' in health system
The Health and Disability Commissioner has highlighted three cases in which patients were lost in the health system. One lost an eye while in "a black hole" for six months. [more]

Great Barrier property prices skyrocket
Property values on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf have skyrocketed by 39% in the past three years. [more]

Rare lizards stolen from Hamilton Zoo
Hamilton Zoo has lost a third of the exhibits in its reptile house, with four lizards stolen in a smash-and-grab raid. [more]

CTU accused of 30-hour week hidden agenda
The Rural Contractors Association has accused the Council of Trade Unions of having a hidden agenda, to seek a minimum 30-hour week for all employees after the election. [more]

Cattle semen, embryo exports to EU still blocked
The Ministry of Agriculture hopes exports of New Zealand cattle semen and embryos to the European Union will resume before the end of this year. The trade was formerly worth $NZ6 million a year. [more]

Extension to bank guarantee no magic fix - economist
A BNZ economist says an extension to the Government's bank guarantee scheme to cover money the banks borrow from overseas, is no nirvana to ensure capital flows freely to companies and households. [more]

BNZ reports drop in profit
The Bank of New Zealand says growth in full profit has slowed, as the economy faces difficult times. Overall profit rose 9% to $657 million, compared with an increase of 13% last year. [more]

Former Bridgecorp bosses back in court
Two of the heads of the failed finance company Bridgecorp have again appeared in the Auckland District Court. They were remanded on bail to reappear on 16 December. [more]

National pledges more frontline police
The National Party says it would put about 200 more police officers on the street than Labour - a significant number of those would be sent to South Auckland. [more]

Norovirus suspected at Dunedin, Hutt hospitals
Hospitals in Dunedin and Lower Hutt say no more staff or patients have fallen ill with what is suspected to be norovirus. [more]

New RAMSI special co-ordinator named
Australia's government has announced the new special co-ordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Graeme Wilson is expected to replace fellow Australian Tim George as Special Co-ordinator... [more]

Govt defers decision on help for Kaeo flood victims
The Government has put off a decision on funding for Far North flood victims who need to lift or relocate their homes. [more]

Stolen war medals returned to Army Museum
Ninety-six stolen war medals have been returned to the Army Museum at Waiouru on Tuesday. They include nine Victoria Crosses and two George Crosses. [more]

Car ploughs into building following police pursuit
The Independent Police Conduct Authority will investigate a police pursuit which ended in a dramatic crash in central Christchurch on Tuesday. [more]

Milk recalled after discovery of E.coli bacteria
The Food Safety Authority has asked the Happy Valley Dairy company to recall milk manufactured around 15 October after some tested positive for E.coli bacteria. [more]