Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 30th 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, Our Changing World, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, Upbeat


Jim's Essay
Here's more alt news, the stories that conventional media fail to bring you. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
For Sam Blackman the best song ever written is"Down to the Waterline"- Dire Straits. [more]

Your Place - Whanagamata
Whangamata is rich in sculpture, painting, weaving and pottery and home to the idyllic Kiwi summer lifestyle. [more]

Positive Kiwis
One in 10 kiwis are pretending the economic crisis isn't happening and is burying his or her head in the sand. [more]

Classroom Kai
It's called"green bread"and it's the brainchild of a group of year 13 Wellington High School students. [more]

He Rourou for Thursday 30 October 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Sonny Tau about the legacy of Sir Graham, from a home perspective. [more]

Feature Album -"Elevator Musiq"Nesian Mystik
New Zealand Hip-Hop/R and B group, Nesian Mystik released their 3rd album this week -"ELEVATOR MUSIQ". [more]

Arts Report - Lynn Freeman
Lynn Freeman takes a look at Dunedin shop fronts and shopkeepers, through the lens and microphone of Chris Gable. [more]

Christchurch Story - Katy Gosset
The garden city is now home to Xocolatl, a boutique chocolate shop named after the Aztec word for our favourite fix. [more]

Science Story - The legacy of Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford was New Zealand's most eminent scientist, perhaps best known for his discovery of the atomic nucleus. [more]

The Panel ( Part1)
Tony Doe and Gordon Mclauchlan join Jim on the panel today. [more]

The Panel (Part2)
Tony Doe and Gordon Mclauchlan join Jim on the panel today. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 30 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]


Labour Release 50 Billion-Dollar Job Search Allowance
The Labour party has unveiled a 50 million dollar package to enable people hit by the recession to get the dole earlier. [more]

Clark Not Happy to Talk About Equitcorp Story
Radio New Zealand's Political editor Brent Edward gives his reaction to the Equitcorp story. [more]

Jury Considering Verdicts in Agnew Murder Case
The jury in the Liam Reid murder trial is deliberating after hearing four weeks of evidence in the High Court at Christchurch. [more]

Campaign Went Off Script Today for Both the Major Party Leaders
John Key got ambushed, and Helen Clark fell flat on her face - literally. [more]

Obama Commercial May Have Cost Five Million US
The Republican presidential candidate, John McCain has been quick to condemn it. [more]

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

Major Collapse in Business Confidence
The National Bank's confidence survey shows 42 percent of businesses now expect conditions to deteriorate in the coming year. [more]

Pharmac Promise Bigger Insight for Public
From today, the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee, known as PTAC, will publish more about its deliberations. [more]

Privy Council to be Petitioned
David Bain's Lawyer Michael Reed QC says the Privy Council will be petitioned in an attempt to have Bain acquitted. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

UN Urges End to Conflict in Congo
UN's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the rebels' offensive was"creating a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic dimensions". [more]

NZer's Still With Their Heads in the Sand Over Spending
Research conducted by M and C Saatchi put people into categories such as scrimpers, treaters, ostriches and vultures. [more]

Freezing Pakistan Quake Survivors Wait for Aid
At least 160 people were killed in the 6.4-magnitude quake, which hit the impoverished province of Baluchistan on Wednesday. [more]

Green's Reluctant to Work With New Zealand First
The Greens say they would find it difficult to work with Mr Peters, as investigations continue into donations to his party. [more]

Building Consents Slump
Economists are cautioning that an upswing isn't on the horizon for some time yet. [more]

United States Central Bank Could Cut Interest Rate to Zero
The US Federal Reserve this morning slashed the rate to a 50-year low in an attempt to cushion the economy. [more]

China Emissions are Equal to US
It has long been speculated that China's greenhouse gas emissions rival, and may even surpass those of America. [more]

Colombian Government Sack Two Dozen Military Officials
The Colombian government says it has sacked the officials, following investigations into extra-judicial executions. [more]

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

Auckland Airport Expecting Slower Growth
Auckland International Airport is expecting slower growth in passenger numbers because of the global financial crisis. [more]

Lower Hutt RSA Forced to Close Doors
Wellington RSA members say more clubs will close if young people don't change their perception of the RSA. [more]

Volcano Experts Gather in New Plymouth
It's not fire from the skies the 100-thousand people living in the shadow of Mt Taranaki need to worry about - it's mud. [more]

Opposition Urging Aus Government to Delay Emissions Scheme
In Australia, the long awaited treasury estimates on the cost of a carbon emissions trading scheme are being launched today. [more]

"Green Collar Jobs"- Australia
Unions and conservationists are joining forces to pressure Canberra to create more of what they are calling"green collar jobs". [more]

Election 2008 Audio

Helen Clark on 13-week job search allowance policy
Labour leader speaks to reporters on party's plan for allowance for people made redundant during recession. [more]

Helen Clark on allegations against John Key
Labour leader questioned on role of party president in finding information on John Key scam allegations. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 October 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 30 October 2008
Morning Report: The headlines. [more]

This Morning's Bird
Here it is just in case you missed it. [more]

Pacific News for 30 October 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 30 October 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

John Key Accuses Labour Of 'Desperate Smear'
The Prime Minister, Helen Clark says Mr Key's past should be open to public scrutiny. [more]

John Key says Labour attempting a smear campaign
National Party leader says he had no knowledge of a foreign exchange scam involving Equiticorp 20 years ago. [more]

Brent Edwards comments on John Key allegations
Radio New Zealand's political editor looks at questions raised by Labour over what knowledge John Key had on a foreign exchange fraud 20 years ago. [more]

Development in David Bain Case
His convictions were set aside by the Privy Council, and a fresh trial is due to begin next February. [more]

Geoff Robinson In Washington DC
Voters next Tuesday will decide if the US get either its first ever black President or woman vice president. [more]

Earthquake Shakes South-Western Pakistan
The death toll currently stands at 175 and is expected to rise. [more]

Detectives In Rotorua Hunt For Male Rapist
He's described as a male Caucasian, of solid build, with a number two haircut and sandy coloured hair. [more]

Sports News for 30 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

40 High Profile Offenders Consider Legal Action
In June, the dossier containing the names and parole addresses of the offenders was lost by a Corrections employee. [more]

Labour's advertisements targetting Key ruled misleading
Advertising Standards Authority executive director Hilary Souter explains the ads claimed National intended to cut Kiwisaver in half, which was not consistent with National's actual policy. [more]

Helen Clark campaigns in Hutt South and Otaki
Labour leader took her message to rail workers and Grey Power on Wednesday, reports Danya Levy. [more]

People Are Finding New Ways To Save Their Money
As the cost of living rises and credit becomes harder to get hold of. [more]

Labour and National - Tug of War
Mr Key worked at a firm that illegally channeled millions of dollars to Equiticorp in 1988. [more]

Missing Pipeline Worker Lost at Sea
The body of his colleague, 29 year old Jody Dallas Campbell was pulled from the water by searchers yesterday morning. [more]

New Trade Figures
September's trade figures showed a 1.1 billion dollar deficit - double economists' forecasts. [more]

Number One Issue: Economy
Last month John McCain enjoyed a 17 point edge in polls on the tax issue but that has since been eroded. [more]

The fight for the Tauranga seat - report
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters sparred with other local candidates at a meeting in Tauranga on Wednesday, reports Chris Bramwell. [more]

ACT wants to scrap district health boards
Health spokesperson Heather Roy explains the party's policy on health boards. [more]

Waatea News for 30 October 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

More in Washington With Geoff Robinson
Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection sheds some light. [more]


No Rent Art Studios
Marcus Westbury is attempting to start a 'No Rent Art Studio scheme in Newcastle Australia [more]

Alan Gilmore talks more about Black Holes [more]

Clue 5 [more]

Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Election Campaign
National Party leader, John Key. [more]

Vocational Vacation
Brian Kurth. Founder and president of Vocation Vacations, dreamjob vacations. [more]

Book Review - Corvus
By Esther Woolfson, published by Granta and reviewed by Mary McCallum. [more]

Jon Dennis
UK correspondent. [more]

Feature Guest - Wendy Lawrence
Former NASA Astronaut in NZ as a guest of YWCA for their"future leaders"programme. [more]

New Technology
With Nathan Torkington. [more]

Alice King
Wine taster - writer journo, author of High Sobriety. [more]

Simon Wilson
Television Reviewer. [more]

Our Changing World

Rocket Lab
Peter Beck prepares for the first private rocket launch in the Southern Hemisphere. [more]

Flightless Teal
Murray Williams talks about Campbell and Auckland islands' flightless ducks. [more]

Rutherford's Legacy
Ernest Rutherford's great-granddaughter recalls family stories and discusses his scientific legacy. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Easy Chair
By Rebecca Pilcher [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Pita Sharples
Maori Party co-leader talks about arts policy. [more]

Dail Jones
NZ First Party list member talks arts policy. [more]

Roger King
Womad Festival Director previews next year's event. [more]

News stories:

Trade deficit hits three-year high
New Zealand's trade deficit jumped to its highest level for nearly three years in September, official figures showed, as falling commodity prices hurt exports and imports surged on high oil prices. [more]

Activists charged over tree felling protest
Greenpeace protesters held up Carter Holt Harvey's tree felling operation near Tokoroa on Wednesday as members bolted themselves to the company's equipment. [more]

China cuts interest rates again
The People's Bank of China has cut its interest rate by 0.27% - the third cut by the central bank in the past six weeks. [more]

Fonterra board appointment announced
Fonterra has announced the proposed appointment of John Waller to its board of directors. He will chair the company's fair value share review committee. [more]

Aussie swimming great retires
Australia's Grant Hackett has announced his retirement from competitive swimming, leaving the sport as one of the greatest long-distance swimmers of all time. During more than a decade 28 year ... [more]

Seve responding well after third brain operation
The Spanish golf star Seve Ballesteros is responding well to treatment on his brain tumour. The 51-year-old had a third operation last Friday night to reduce brain swelling and ... [more]

More awards for Vettori after drawn second test
The New Zealand cricket captain Dan Vettori picked up the man of the match and man of the series awards as the rain- affected second test in Dhaka ended in a ... [more]

Gambhir headline act on day one of third test
India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir hailed a career-turning home series against Australia after a superb unbeaten 149 on the first day of the pivotal third test in New Delhi. Gambir's second ... [more]

Deans tipped to name Mortlock opposite Carter
The Bledisloe Cup tip from the Wallabies camp in Hong Kong is that Robbie Deans will name Stirling Mortlock at second five, opposite Daniel Carter on Saturday night. The ... [more]

LA Galaxy postpone Queensland match, Auckland still on
David Beckham's much-hyped Australian return has been postponed. The LA Galaxy say they couldn't guarantee Beckham's availability for the match against the Queensland Roar in Brisbane in December, but their match ... [more]

Liu Xiang may need psychological help
China's head athletics coach says the world 110 metres hurdles champion Liu Xiang may need psychological help to deal with the memory of his dramatic exit from the Beijing Olympics. The ... [more]

Young Ford ace firms as Skaife's successor
Ford's rising star Will Davison is set to replace retiring V8 champion Mark Skaife at the Holden Racing Team next year. Skaife and Holden have refused to confirm Davison's signing although ... [more]

Germany's big win highlights day two of
Germany's 5-0 drubbing of Costa Rica in Christchurch highlighted of day two of the FIFA Uder -17 Women's World Cup while a draw between New Zealand's Group A rivals Denmark and ... [more]

After 256 losses, Buckley hopes to win last fight
An Englishman billed as boxing's worst loser, calls the final bell on his career tomorrow night in Birmingham when he fights for the 300th time, hoping it won't be his 257th ... [more]

Messi says he has no problems with Maradona
Argentina's striker Lionel Messi insists he can work the with Diego Maradona, despite the new national coach's his recent criticisms of the Barcelona star. Messi has told an Italian sports daily ... [more]

League coach turns to cricket
The ex-Bulldogs rugby league coach Steve Folkes has swapped sports by becoming the West Indian cricket team's strength and conditioning coach. It's reported in Sydney the NRL premiership winning coach will ... [more]

Hawks beat Taipans
The Hawks beat the Cairns Taipans 101 -93 at Wollongong to take their win loss record in the Australin National Basketball league to five and five. The New zealand Breakers ... [more]

Stocks gain on rate cut hopes, but outlook grim
Most stock markets in Asia and the Pacific rose on Wednesday, on hopes the Bank of Japan and the US Federal Reserve will cut interest rates this week in a bid to spur economic growth, while credit markets showed further signs of recovery. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: Labour going to extraordinary lengths to derail John Key's election campaign and tarnish his reputation; customers being offered incentives to stay with Contact Energy. [more]

Rate cut hopes lift shares
British and other European shares have risen sharply on growing expectations that of further cuts to interest rates further by central banks. [more]

Limits to Govt deposit guarantee
Finance Minister Michael Cullen says it's unlikely the entire managed funds industry will be covered by a Government guarantee of deposits. [more]

CNMI's CUC urged to cut rates already
A lawmaker in the CNMI has called on the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation to bring its rates down now due to the declining cost of fuel. Representative Heinz Hofschneider said a... [more]

'T2' traffic lanes to be abolished
Porirua City Council has unanimously voted to scrap the so-called "T2" lanes on State Highway One along the Mana Esplanade. [more]

Carter accepts backseat role for All Blacks
Dan Carter admits he will have to "pull back" from running the show after being shunted to the centres for the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup clash with the Wallabies in Hong ... [more]

Spanish players dominate FIFA World Player list
The Euro 2008 champions Spain provide six of the contenders in FIFA's list of 23 nominations for their World Player of the Year award. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, midfielders Cesc Fabregas, Andres ... [more]

Ross Taylor says he's happy with his form
The New Zealand cricketers will leave Bangladesh 2-1 winners in the one day series and 1-0 winners in the tests after the rain-shorted second match in Dhaka ended in a draw. ... [more]

MLB goes ahead with World Series Game 5
Major League Baseball is going ahead with Game five of the World Series. Two days after rain saw the Philadelphia and Tampa Bay game suspended halfway through rthe sixth inning with ... [more]

Pocock the Wallabies selection bolter
The Western Force flanker David Pocock will be the biggest selection shock when the Wallabies squad is named today for Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup clash in Hong Kong. The Wallabies coach ... [more]

Butterworthn welcomes Team New Zealand decision
Alinghi's skipper,Brad Butterworth has welcomed Team New Zealand 's decision to withdraw its lawsuit against the Swiss America's Cup holder. Butterworth says it's good news that Grant Dalton and Team New ... [more]

Trade deficit blowout possible
New Zealand's payments position with the rest of the world could be heading for a blow-out. [more]

Norway cuts rates by half a point
Norway's central bank has cut its interest rate by 0.5%, to 4.75%, in an attempt to stave off a severe economic downturn. The cut is the second this month. [more]

Oil rises 7% in price
Oil rose in price by more than 7% on Wednesday as the US dollar fell after another cut in interest rates by the United States Federal Reserve. [more]

Election packs on their way to households
Postal workers around the country began delivering 2.9 million information packs to registered voters on Thursday. [more]

Vettori turns focus on Australia after Bangladesh win
New Zealand's cricket captain Daniel Vettori says his team will face tougher tests against Australia next month after beating Bangladesh 1-0 in the two-Test series. Although Australia are struggling in India ... [more]

$6m ticket in wallet for two weeks
An Auckland man who carried a folded Lotto ticket in his wallet for two weeks has discovered it was worth $6 million - his share of a $30 million draw on 18 October. [more]

Late fall on Wall Street
Stocks in the United States fell on Wednesday as a big rally faltered in the last minutes of trading. [more]

Solomons Cabinet to consider Pacific Petroleum Project
While just Nauru, Tuvalu and the Cook Islands are the only countries to sign up to the Pacific Petroleum Project, others, such as Solomon Islands will not be far behind. [more]

Palau noni growers donate funds to schools
Noni fruit growers in Palau have donated a portion of their earnings to help improve local schools. Since the Palauan Marketing Growers began selling noni juice four years ago it... [more]

Samoa and Tonga prepare for a tough encounter at the Rugby League World Cup
Tonga and Samoa will face up in the Rugby League World Cup match on Friday with plenty of fireworks expected. Tonga already have a win in hand beating Ireland 22-20... [more]

Samoa supports principles of Pacific Petroleum Project
Samoa says it supports in principle the Pacific Petroleum Project - the scheme to try and secure fuel in bulk at cheaper rates - but it wonders if it would... [more]

Forum Secretary General urges security of food production
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, says there is now a strong acceptance of the need for the region to systematically ensure its food security. Pacific Economic... [more]

Australian man arrested in Solomons to be extradited to Australia
An Australian-Muslim man arrested on arrival in the Solomon Islands for a murder in Australia more than four years ago has been remanded for 14 days by the Magistrates Court... [more]

Preparations all in place for American Samoa election
In one week, about 17,000 voters in American Samoa will be electing a Governor and Lt. Governor for the next four years, and a delegate to Congress and members of... [more]

Prominent American filmmaker to shoot footage of American Samoa national park
An award winning documentary filmmaker, Dayton Duncan, will be in American Samoa early next month to shoot footage of the National Park of American Samoa to be included in a... [more]

Escaped inmates still at large
Two prisoners who escaped on Wednesday while being transported to the Levin District Court are still at large. [more]

Slower growth expected by Auckland airport
Auckland International Airport Ltd expects slower growth in passenger numbers because of the global financial crisis and higher fuel prices. [more]

Electronic filing on trial for pharmacists
The Ministry of Health now has a web-based service which will allow pharmacies to submit subsidy claims online. [more]

Westpac NZ profit up
Despite the slowing economy, Westpac New Zealand has announced a 6% rise in profits, to $NZ484 million in the year to September. [more]

Kyoto Protocol costs being reduced
The cost New Zealand will face in meeting its commitment under the Kyoto Protocol is being reduced by international trading conditions. [more]

Spread of markets helps Methven
Methven says its spread of markets - in Australia, Britain and New Zealand - has cushioned the effect of slowing domestic sales of showers and tapware. [more]

Muliaina out of Bledisloe Cup test
The All Blacks have been forced to make a late change to their team for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup match against Australia in Hong Kong when fullback Mils Muliaina ... [more]

Mortlock moved to cover Carter for Bledisloe Cup test
The Wallabies captain Striling Mortlock has been shuffled into second five to counter the All Blacks moving Dan Carter to the midfield for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup test in Hong Kong. ... [more]

Bain to lodge fresh bid to Privy Council
A fresh bid to clear David Bain of the murders of his parents and three siblings is likely to go to the Privy Council in the next three months. [more]

Item of clothing found in search for missing worker
A search and rescue helicopter has located a pair of over-trousers which may belong to a pipeline worker missing off the coast of Christchurch. [more]

Maori anti-tobacco campaign to be launched
Anti-tobacco group Te Reo Marama says it will run a provocative advertising campaign to stop Maori smoking, because other measures have not worked. [more]

Legal action tipped over lost Corrections file
At least 40 offenders are considering taking legal action against the Department of Corrections after a file containing their personal details was mislaid. [more]

Trading problems for RSA clubs
The New Zealand Returned and Services Association says some of its clubs in Auckland are facing the same problems as one in Wellington which closed last week. [more]

Man hit by train on Henderson North line
A man is dead after being hit by a train on the Henderson North rail line overnight. [more]

$47m boost for ambulance services
Ambulance services have been given a funding boost of $47 million over the next five years. [more]

Solomons speaker backs plans to rearm police
The speaker of the Solomon Islands Parliament says it is time for the police force to be re-armed. Sir Peter Kenilorea was speaking to the Foreign Relations Committee, which is... [more]

Flooding threatens to cut off PNG's Lae City
Flood waters are threatening to cut off Lae City in Papua New Guinea from the Highlands, Madang and parts of Morobe. The Post Courier newspaper reports that heavy rain on... [more]

Man killed during police chase named
Police have released the name of the Christchurch man killed during a police chase on Wednesday night. [more]

French Polynesia's assembly to vote on Flosse expenditure
The French Polynesian assembly is expected to decide tomorrow whether the veteran leader, Gaston Flosse, has to repay some of money spent when he was in power between 1996 to... [more]

Samoa Law Society looks into complaints about NZ-based member
Samoa's Law Society is to appoint members of a disciplinary committee to look into two complaints made about one of its member, New Zealand based Samoan lawyer, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe. [more]

Decommissioned special US vehicle destroyed in Samoa
A left hand drive armoured vehicle belonging to the United States Embassy in Samoa was destroyed by the Samoa Fire Department in preparation for the switch to right hand drive... [more]

Solomons foreign ministry confirms Iran mission
The Solomon Islands foreign ministry has confirmed that the minister, William Haomae, has flown to Tehran to bolster ties with Iran. There was no publicity of the trip which only... [more]

CCF opposes hiring of Fiji official convicted of corruption
Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum, the CCF, has come out against the possibility of a convicted former permanent secretary to be given a top job in the interim government. Peniasi Kunatuba... [more]

Bounty mutineer descendants celebrate in Tahiti
82 direct descendants of six H.M.S. Bounty mutineers unveiled a memorial this week to celebrate the ship's crew and its arrival in Tahiti. They celebrated the 220th anniversary by unveiling... [more]

NZ should do more to help improve Pacific living standards, says Green Party
The Foreign Affairs spokesman for New Zealand's Green Party says the country must do more to help address shortcomings in living standards in Pacific countries. Speaking about his party's foreign... [more]

Pacific goverments urged to cater for young people
The World Bank has warned Pacific governments that they need to do more to cater for their young people. The Bank has launched a new report in Vanuatu called Giving... [more]

Airport company push to attract new airlines
Auckland International Airport says it is working hard to attract new airlines as it is hit by a slowdown in passenger numbers due to the global financial crisis. [more]

Arrest made over rape of elderly woman
Police in Rotorua have arrested a man in relation to the rape of an elderly woman on Wednesday. [more]

Greens want causes of ill-health tackled
The Green Party is calling for a dramatic change in the health system with a much greater focus on prevention of illness. [more]

'Cold-hearted' comments dismissed by National
National has brushed off remarks by United Future deputy leader Judy Turner, in which she said the party is regarded as "cold-hearted, tight-fisted and downright mean" in its treatment of the less well-off. [more]

Rail tunnel project next year, says Labour
The Labour Party says it would fast-track a project to widen rail tunnels heading into Wellington, if it was re-elected. [more]

Commission to look into gangs, promises Labour
The Labour Party has pledged to launch a commission of inquiry into criminal gangs to determine the extent of their involvement in organised crime. [more]

Export boost a focus of National's trade policy
National aims to boost New Zealand exports, as part of its Foreign Affairs and Trade policy, and to strengthen the country's relationship with the United States. [more]

No plans for post election mini-budget - National
National has all but ruled out a post-election mini-Budget to deal with the effects of the global economic crisis, if it forms the next government. [more]

Labour pledges new 13-week allowance for jobless
Labour leader Helen Clark has unveiled a $50 million transitional package for people hit by the recession. [more]

ACT leader calls for softer New Zealand approach to Fiji regime
The leader of New Zealand's ACT party says New Zealand would be better off taking a less hard approach with the Fiji interim regime. Speaking on ACT's foreign policy approach... [more]

PNG Supreme Court confirms Malaysian logging giant won concession illegally
The Malaysian logging company Rimbunan Hijau has admitted that its rights to log the vast Kamula Doso forest area in Papua New Guinea's Western Province were awarded illegally. The admission... [more]

Fiji envoy Ligairi open to Cuba ties, visits Pacific neighbours
A Fiji special envoy to Kiribati has held talks with a Cuban representative in Tarawa about a Cuban offer for bilateral cooperation. The envoy, Ross Ligairi, says he will follow... [more]

Samoa eyes NZ organics market
A Samoan organisation says its biosecurity department might have found a way to open up its organics market to New Zealand. In the past, there were problems with biosecurity and... [more]

Fiji's SDL dismissive of Monday's political talks
Fiji's ousted SDL Party has now labelled this week's political forum as a waste of time, blaming the interim government for being unfair in facilitating the meeting. The party's national... [more]

Drug-buying agency to provide more info to public
The public is to be given greater insight into decision-making at the State drug-buying agency Pharmac. [more]

Unsettling time for building industry
The Registered Master Builders Federation says building consent figures released on Thursday are far lower than the sector is comfortable with. [more]

NZ could be out of recession by end of year - ASB
ASB Bank says New Zealand may be out of recession by the end of the year - but any recovery will be very slow. [more]