Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 4th November 2008

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

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


Best Song Ever Written
For Wayne Pantel of Mosgiel it's 'Strangers in the Night' by Frank Sinatra. [more]

Reeling In The Years
Tracking the hits of 1962 with our first TV Network news reader, Dougal Stevenson. [more]

Environment Story - QMAP
Alison Ballance talks with Mark Rattenbury and Julie Lee, geologists from GNS Science, about the QMAP project. [more]

Rob Mills - Wicked
Rob Mills, Australian Idol finalist and Wicked show performer, live from Flemington racetrack. [more]

Andre Klein - Gallop South
Andre Klein is CEO of Gallop South. [more]

Kevin Payne - Race Caller
Kevin Payne is race-caller for Trackside TV. [more]

Thad Taylor
Thad Taylor is the TAB racing bookmaker. [more]

Hec Anderton
Hec Anderton talks about his professional career as a jockey and also his time racing in Australia. [more]

Ryan Van Haarlen
Ryan Van Haarlen is an ABC Radio reporter at Flemington Racecourse. [more]

Clerk of the Course
Mark Issacs and Graham Meed, Clerks of the course at Wingitui. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With John Bishop and Tim Calder. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With John Bishop and Tim Calder. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 4 November 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]


Melbourne Cup
Jack Petley is a New Zealander who is now a well known racing commentator in Sydney. [more]

Melbourne Cup (Part 2)
Donna Demaio has spent the day in the lavish Bird Cage enclosure. [more]

Police Clear NZ First
The police say they're satisfied no offence was committed by New Zealand First over the returns of party donations in 2007. [more]

Government Accounts In The Red
The Crown's accounts slipped into the red in the three months to the end of September. [more]

Americans Go To The Polls
Phil Pennington was in Prince William County in Virginia for Barack Obama's final rally of the election campaign. [more]

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

Police Clear NZ First (Part 2)
With New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters. [more]

Maori Party Tax Free Payment
The Maori Party is suggesting a $500 tax free payment for each child in poverty-stricken families, and the same for superannuitants. [more]

Melbourne Cup (Part 3)
Last year, New Zealanders spent 7 million dollars on the Melbourne Cup. TAB spokesperson Tim Aldridge. [more]

Big Day At Ellerslie Racecourse
The Auckland Racing Club ran ten races of its own today, before guests settled down to watch the Great Race from Melbourne. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Disappointed Supporters in Tauranga
John Key failed to turn up to a gathering in Tauranga this morning after learning Winston Peters was campaigning on the same street. [more]

Nia Glassie Murder Trial
Matthew Farrell is following the trial in the Rotorua High Court. [more]

Vainga Tuigamala
Sports star Vainga Tuigamala has been on the receiving end of rude text messages after publicly endorsing the National Party. [more]

Americans Go To The Polls (Part 2)
Tragedy for Barack Obama and relief for Sarah Palin in the frantic countdown to the election. [more]

Americans Go To The Polls (Part 3)
With some states predicting voter turnout of up to 90 percent there are questions over how the sometimes inadequate and controversial electoral system will cope. [more]

Students Mourn Death
Police are investigating the killing of a student whose body was found in a Kerikeri orchard on Sunday. [more]

Federated Farmers Manifesto Launch
The country came to town today - as rural leaders laid out their demands to politicians in Wellington. [more]

Missing Pilot Search
Dive squads today joined the search for the missing pilot Morgan Saxton who is believed to have crashed into Lake Wanaka. [more]

Donald Trump Transforms Scottish Coast
The Scottish government gave consent for Donald Trump to transform a wild stretch of coast in Scotland into a golf course. [more]

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

Fragile Ceasefire in Congo
A first convoy of humanitarian aid has reached rebel held areas, but thousands displaced by the fighting are in urgent need of food. [more]

New Zealand Health Innovation Awards
The awards recognise organisations and individuals who develop new ways of delivering better health services. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Kidnap in Kabul
Gunmen have kidnapped a French aid worker in the Afghan capital of Kabul. [more]

Obesity And Sleep Linked
Rising rates of adult obesity could in part be due to a lack of sleep during childhood, according to new research. [more]

Downstage Theatre
Despite the decision by Creative New Zealand to cut its annual funding, Downstage Theatre is upbeat about its future. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

Helen Clark says Labour in huge generational change
Labour leader tells Kathryn Ryan of new blood. [more]

Latest leaders' debate
Nadine Chalmers-Ross watched John Key and Helen Clark on TV3 [more]

Analysis of the TV3 leaders' debate
Chief political reporter Jane Patterson looks at John Key and Helen Clark's performance. [more]

NZ First running out of lifelines
Greens reluctant to work with leader Winston Peters, Labour admits he has tough fight. [more]

Major parties looking for a strong Pacific following
Pacific issues correspondent Richard Pamatatau on the courting of Pacific votes. [more]

Green Party wants transparency in Cabinet decisions
Greens want top level political discussions opened to scrutiny. [more]

Federated Farmers launches policy manifesto
Rural Report's Carla Gray reports on the launch. [more]

National promises big education spend
Education correspondent Gael Woods says National has moved away from past controversies. [more]

Helen Clark on Crown accounts and Maori seats
Labour leader also gives her Melbourne Cup pick, on the campaign trail. [more]

John Key promises to legislate for tax cuts before Christmas
National's leader on the party's anticipated first 100 days in office. [more]

Rodney Hide on police clearing NZ First over donations
ACT leader tells reporters he's not surprised. [more]

Maori Party wants Christmas cash for needy
Co-leader Pita Sharples says money would go to poor children, pensioners. [more]

More on Federated Farmers' policy manifesto
Farmers launch policy manifesto at Wellington Railway Station. [more]

John Key dismisses secret tape as another Labour 'dirty trick'
National's leader on tape in which Bill English expresses concerns about Barack Obama. [more]

John Key still ruling Winston Peters out of coalition
National leader's stance unchanged, despite police clearing NZ First. [more]

Geoff Robinson

Geoff Robinson on location at President Obama's election
Geoff Robinson on location at President Obama's election, 4th November 2008. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 4 November 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 4 November 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 4 November 2008
NZ and US Elections, Keri Keri teenager murdered. [more]

Listen to this morning's bird. [more]

Pacific News for 4 November 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 4 November 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

TV 3 Leaders Debate
This was the first of two head-to-head clashes between John Key and Helen Clark. [more]

Police Hunt for Killer in Keri Keri
Kerikeri people fear their small peaceful town will never be the same. [more]

Five Days Remain Before Election
Labour and National's leaders argued last night over who has the best credentials to lead New Zealand. [more]

US Elections Around the Corner
It's less than 24 hours till the polling booths open on the day that the United States chooses its next president. [more]

Winston Peters Running Out of Life Lines
Labour admits Mr Peters has a tough fight ahead to make it back into Parliament. [more]

Melbourne Cup 2008
$10-million is expected to be spent on New Zealand and Australian race meetings before the main event. [more]

Sports News for 4 Novmeber 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

What Impact Has The Financial Crisis Had On NZ?
The update will reveal the Crown operating balances for the three months to September. [more]

National Party Promises 2 Million Education Spend
National's school policies show it's moved well away from controversial policies of past elections. [more]

Help Arrives After Fighting in Congo
A tentative ceasefire by the rebels advancing on the city of Goma has allowed the UN to help. [more]

Labour's Grasp on Pacific Loyalty
Both leaders are look for a strong Pacific Island following. [more]

Green Party Wants Political Process Exposed
The cabinet, is among those institutions which it says should tell the public what it is doing and do so quickly. [more]

Obama Leads in 6 Key States
It's history in the making, plenty of young voters are expected at teh polls tomorrow. [more]

Toy Ban at Christchurch's Mens Prison
The total removal of the toys, provided for children visiting the prison, has been criticised as heavy handed [more]

NZ Media Industry Uncertain
magnate Tony O'Reilly announced plans to get rid of his 39 per cent stake in APN. [more]

Waatea News for 4 November 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Donna Demaio on the Melbourne Cup. [more]

The Boss
Barack Obama is using the song 'Rising' by Bruce Springsteen. [more]


American Rural Folk
USA Professor, Al Cross, discusses the attitude of rural America to the US presidential candidates. [more]

US Elections With Geoff Robinson
Geoff, from RNZ Morning Report, is in Washington DC. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conundrum clue. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conundrum Clue. [more]

Nine To Noon

Daniel Whiston
Daniel Whiston helped victims at the scene of the 2002 Bali Bombings. [more]

Helen Clark - Labour Party Leader
Final week before election day. [more]

USA - Presidential Race
With Commentator Richard Adams. [more]

Feature Guest - Jill Price
Along with Dr James McGaugh. Instant memory recall. [more]

Book Review - Art Icons of New Zealand
By Oliver Stead, published by David Bateman Ltd. Full Colour hardback. Reviewed by Josie McNaught. [more]

With business and economic commentator Rod Oram. [more]

Audio Soundscapes with Bernie Krause
Former musician who had a career in making music for film, now he records sounds of the natural world. [more]

Denis Welch
Media commentator. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 4 November 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 4 November 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Neil Ieremia
Black Grace Dance Company founder and director talks about recent US tour and upcoming performance at the Manukau Arts Festival. [more]

Christchurch Symphony Review
Tony Ryan reviews last Saturday night's CSO concert featuring pianist Michael Houstoun and conductor Sir William Southgate. [more]

Shane Cotton
NZ painter and 2008 Arts Foundation Laureate talks about his life and work. [more]

News stories:

Hamilton set for life as F1's youngest champion
Lewis Hamilton is still coming to terms with his historic world motor racing championshp victory yesterday in Sao Paulo, the native city of his childhood hero, the late Ayrton ... [more]

Reports Oram will not play in Australia
It appears the Black Caps will be without all-rounder Jacob Oram for the two-test cricket series against Australia later this month. The Dominion Post is reporting that the selectors have ... [more]

Smith says they'll play different side against Scotland
All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith has played down reports that they will field a weakened team when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. He admits that the line-up ... [more]

Flutey set to start for England
The former Hurricanes rugby player Riki Flutey looks set to make his debut for England this weekend when they start their Novemebr international test series with a match against the Pacific ... [more]

Perth coach fined for criticising refs
The Perth coach Connor Henry has been fined a thousand dollars for criticising decisions by match referees after the Wildcats' four-point loss to the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian National ... [more]

Another Pakistani joins ICL
Pakistan have lost one of their star batsmen to the rebel Indian Twenty20 Cricket League. 34 year old Mohammad Yousuf joined the league hours after being selected to make a ... [more]

Yates leads Tour of Southland
The Hawke's Bay cyclist Jeremy Yates will take a 25 second lead into today's third stage of the Tour of Southland. Yates grabbed the yellow jersey after winning yesterday's second ... [more]

Glock denies making way for Hamilton
The German driver Timo Glock reacted with astonishment after suggestions yesterday that he gifted Lewis Hamilton the world drivers championship title in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Glock was running ... [more]

Aussie punters plunge on European gallopers
Australian bookmakers have been inundated by a surge of money wagered on foreign horses for today's Melbourne Cup. While European horses have won the Melbourne Cup only twice, many regard ... [more]

Last chance for Young Ferns to register world cup win
After two hard fought losses the New Zealand side hopes to chalk up its first win at it's final match of the under-17 women's football world cup, when they play ... [more]

Govt accounts expected to be bleak
The Treasury is to issue an update of the state of the Government's books on Tuesday morning. The picture is expected to be bleak. [more]

Uncertainty over future ownership of media group
The future ownership of the country's biggest newspaper is uncertain after Independent News & Media said it intends to dispose of its stake in APN News & Media. [more]

Toys removed from men's prison
Fighting and drug smuggling have led to the confiscation of toys from the main visiting area at Christchurch Men's Prison. [more]

Asia-Pacific stocks rise again
Stocks in Asia and the Pacific rose again on Monday, on hopes policy efforts to dampen the impact of the financial crisis would ultimately take hold. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: ACT Party leader's yellow jacket deemed a breach of the law; convicted child-sex offender sheds electronic monitor and is again on the run; Melbourne Cup prospects. [more]

World stocks up on recovery hopes
World stock markets rose on Monday, after climbs in Asia as governments intervened to boost their economies. [more]

Bond offer seen by NZX as too low
The New Zealand stock exchange says a takeover offer of 90 rand per share for the Bond Exchange of South Africa is too low. NZX has a 22% stake in the Bond. [more]

Bolton Wanders move off bottom of EPL
Bolton Wanderers have moved off the bottom of the English Premier football League and out of the relegation zone with a 2-nil home win over Manchester City. A poor game ... [more]

Rafael Nadal out of Masters Cup
World men's tennis number one Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai because of injury. The Spaniard was forced to retire from his Paris ... [more]

Ballesteros continues to improve
The Spanish golfing great Seve Ballesteros has been able to speak to his family and continues to make progress in his recovery from a third operation on a brain tumour. ... [more]

Changes to Springbok jersey
The South African Rugby Union have taken a decision to recognise the Protea as the national emblem and move the Springbok off the heart of the national rugby jersey. The team ... [more]

Big fleet for Sydney-Hobart
The largest fleet in over a decade will line up for the 64th Sydney to Hobart yacht race. A nominated fleet of 113, ranging from heavier, classic yachts to the ... [more]

Girl's death not accidental - post mortem
A postmortem has confirmed that the death of a teenager in Kerikeri was not accidental and police are dealing with a homicide case. Liberty Rose Templeman, 15, was found in an abandoned orchard on Sunday. [more]

Generam Motors sales down 45% in October
October vehicle sales in the United States for General Motors were down 45% from a year ago. [more]

Biggest supermarket won't sell fireworks
New Zealand's biggest supermarket will not sell fireworks this year, in a bid to be socially responsible. [more]

Price of oil drops nearly 6%
Oil fell in price by almost 6% on Monday amid further indications of falling demand. Factory activity in the United States contracted sharply in October, to its lowest in 26 years. [more]

Half quarter-finals confirmed today at Fifa under 17 tournament
Five teams remain in the hunt for a play-off spot heading into today's final round of matches in 2 of the groups at the Fifa under 17 women's World Cup. ... [more]

Phoenix call in reinforcements
The Wellington Phoenix head coach Ricki Herbert has called in the reinforcements to bolster his squad ahead of their A-League football clash with Sydney on Friday. Midfielder Troy Hearfield and ... [more]

Leob to test with Red Bull F1
World rally champion Sebastien Loeb will take part in a Formula One test with the Red Bull team in Spain this month. His Red Bull-backed Citroen rally team say the ... [more]

More pressure of Umaga at Toulon
According to reports in the French media, players at embattled French Top 14 rugby club Toulon are on the verge of 'mass action' in support of Head Coach Tana Umaga. ... [more]

Rauluni to captain Pacific Islands rugby team
The Saracens halfback Mosese Rauluni has been confirmed as captain of the Pacific Islands for their forthcoming Tests against England, France and Italy. Rauluni, who led Fiji to the quarter-finals ... [more]

Fan wins big with Lewis Hamilton crowned world champion
A fan of Lewis Hamilton won 332 thousand dollars after betting 10 years ago that the Formula One driver would win the World Championship. Ladbrokes said that total, along with ... [more]

Former Olympic wrestling champion escapes custody
Hungarian former Olympic wrestling champion Peter Farkas was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty on drugs charges ... and promptly escaped. The 40-year-old - crowned Olympic ... [more]

NZ First running out of friends, with Greens reluctant
The New Zealand First Party is starting to find itself with fewer political allies to work with after the election on Saturday. [more]

Wall Street little changed in muted trading
Stocks in the United States ended little changed on Monday. Investors were unwilling to place significant bets ahead of the presidential election on Tuesday. Trading volume was muted. [more]

Oram out of Australia series
The New Zealand cricket all-rounder Jake Oram has been ruled out of the upcoming two-test tour of Australia. Oram's back has not fully recovered from injury he sustained in Bangladesh. ... [more]

Newcastle beat Aston Villa
Newcastle United have beaten Aston Villa 2-nil at St Jame's Park to move off the bottom of the English Premier League table. Obafemi Martins scored twice in a stirring second-half ... [more]

Pacific rugby team appoints Saracens halfback as captain
The newly appointed Pacific Islands rugby union captain Mosese Rauluni believes he has a big job heading into their first test against England at Twickenham this weekend. The Pacific Islands... [more]

CNMI's Legislature clips Governor's powers
The Legislature in the Northern Marianas has passed a bill clipping the Governor's powers to declare a state of disaster emergency. Under the bill, the Governor will not be able... [more]

Fiji's President yet to receive response from Commonwealth Secretariat
Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo is yet to receive a response from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations on how the political dialogue forum will be facilitated. Secretary in... [more]

National promises extra $2b for schools
The National Party is promising to spend an extra $2 billion on schools if it forms the next government, saying parents would have more choice of schools. [more]

Clark says Labour brings fresh blood
Labour leader Helen Clark says there is a huge generational change going on in her party, and it can offer new blood if it gets back into government. [more]

Three houses in Solomon Islands burnt down following row
The Police in Solomon Islands have confirmed around three houses were burnt to the ground over the weekend. The houses belonged to Malaitan settlers in West Guadalcanal about a 30... [more]

CNMI power company warns locals against throwing shoes at power lines
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas power company has advised children and adults not to throw their shoes at electric lines on Saipan. The Saipan Tribune reports that according to... [more]

Foreign oil palm project in PNG to be launched next year
A foreign consortium-backed oil palm project is expected to be launched early next year in the central Kerema district of Gulf province of Papua New Guinea. The newspaper, the National,... [more]

Website advertises CNMI as place to have babies
Two websites are advertising services to Chinese and Japanese women to have their babies in the CNMI in order for the children to gain U.S. citizenship. The cost for the... [more]

Fiji Islands Trade and Investment Bureau says Indian trade visit a success
A visit by an Indian Trade Mission in Information Communications and Technology has been described as successful by the Fiji Islands Trade and Investment Bureau. Bureau chairman, Frances Narayan, said... [more]

Competition in PNG's aviation industry is at full throttle
Competition in Papua New Guinea's aviation industry is at full throttle with the Government looking at bringing in another international airline - Sky Air World - next month. The Post... [more]

Fiji to meet with Pacific Islands Forum's Joint Working Group
Fiji will meet with the Pacific Islands Forum's Joint Working Group on Thursday for the first time since pulling out in June. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary, Ratu... [more]

Deadline issued for improved rugby budget
Marlborough rugby clubs have told the Tasman Makos to produce an improved budget by 17 November or they will withdraw from the union. [more]

Child sex offender back in custody
A convicted child-sex offender who absconded from an address in Christchurch is back in custody. [more]

Theatre funding deal to end
Creative New Zealand is to end a three-year funding arrangement for Downstage Theatre in Wellington because it is failing to draw audiences. However, Downstage can still apply for annual funding. [more]

NZ vehicle registrations down
New car registrations in October were down by 5.4%. Used car registrations were down 32%. [more]

Greens want transparency in Cabinet discussions
The Green Party wants the top-level political discussions that go on behind Cabinet doors to be more open to public scrutiny. [more]

Lobby group seeks GE review by High Court
An anti-GE lobby group is mounting a legal challenge to plans by AgResearch to extend transgenic animal research. It wants the High Court to assess the applications. [more]

Morphine elixir missing from Canterbury wards
Morphine elixir is missing from hospital wards run by the Canterbury District Health Board. [more]

More train units on order for Wellington
Wellington Regional Council is to extend an order for new train units. [more]

Powerco stake sold for $440m
Babcock & Brown has sold half its interest in Powerco for about $400 million. Powerco is New Zealand's second largest power network. [more]

Phill Jones suspended
The New Zealand Breakers guard Phill Jones will miss Thursday night's home game against Adelaide after incurring a one match suspension from the Australian National Basketball League Tribunal. He was charged ... [more]

Pistons acquere Iverson
CCN-- deleting second ref to Nuggets The Detroit Pistons have acquired the four-times National Basketball Association scoring champion Allen Iverson from the Denver Nuggets in a blockbuster deal that's sent Chauncey ... [more]

West Coast fisherman found safe
A West Coast man who failed to return from a trout fishing trip in the Crooked River area, southeast of Greymouth, has been found safe and well. [more]

PNG journalist Boden dies aged 67
One of Papua New Guinea's longest serving and most revered journalists, Ian Boden, has died at the age of 67. Mr Boden, who had moved to PNG from Australia in... [more]

French Polynesian teacher union denounces pension reform
The teachers union leader in French Polynesia, Marc Ploton, has denounced the French pension reform amid plans to stage an open-ended general strike next week. Mr Ploton has told local... [more]

Striking public sector unions march in New Caledonia
A number of striking public sector unions in New Caledonia have held a march to the territory's Congress to press their demands, which vary from union to union. The strikers... [more]

PNG police to revisit arrest of foreign lawyer
Papua New Guinea's police commissioner says he will personally look into the arrest of a prominent New Zealand lawyer on 49 counts of fraud. The lawyer, Erik Anderson, who is... [more]

Power savings are possible, says Fiji Chamber of Commerce
Fiji's Chamber of Commerce vice president, Humphrey Chang, says some businesses could do more to conserve electricity. The Fiji Electricity Authority is proposing that 40 businesses be approached in the... [more]

American Samoan policeman cops jail sentence for theft
A former police officer in American Samoa has been sentenced to one year in jail for stealing a television set when he was investigating a break-in at an elementary school. [more]

CNMI elects first US Congress delegate
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas will today elect its first-ever non-voting congressional delegate, exactly 22 years after Northern Marianas residents were granted U.S. citizenship. This makes the CNMI the... [more]

Truck drivers enjoy drop in price of diesel
Truck drivers are enjoying a drop in the price of diesel but are worried the economic downturn will mean less freight to carry. [more]

Sales tumble at big retailers
Sales at big retailers Briscoe Group and Hallenstein Glasson have tumbled in the past three months as consumers tighten their belts. [more]

Key names Ryall as health minister in waiting
National Party leader John Key has confirmed that Tony Ryall would be the Minister of Health in a National-led government. [more]

Cabinet holds last pre-election meeting
The Labour-led Government has held its final Cabinet meeting before the election. [more]

New leader in Tour of Southland
Auckland's Gordon McCauley has taken the overall leader's yellow jersey in cycling's Tour of Southland after winning the third stage. McCauley was in a small breakway group and out-sprinted Paul Odlin ... [more]

New York marathon called a success despite fatalities
New York City marathon chief Mary Wittenberg has hailed Sunday's race a resounding success despite the deaths of two participants, the first at the event since 1994. Ninety nine percent of ... [more]

Simon Child to play for Junior Black Sticks
Coach Peter Miskimmin has secured the services of the Auckland striker Simon Child for the Junior Black Sticks Men, who will play Australia in three tests in December in Brisbane. ... [more]

World number one for NZ Badminton Open
The New Zealand Open badminton Grand Prix will have a current world number one competing for the first time. Zhou Mi from Hong Kong had initially entered as the world Number ... [more]

Foodstuffs wins ruling over North Shore site
A tussle between two supermarket chains over a site on Auckland's North Shore has been won by Foodstuffs. [more]

Thousands affected by internet dial-up glitch
Telstra Clear has fixed a technical glitch that left thousands of its customers without internet connection for much of Tuesday. [more]

Kerikeri homicide search expected to take days
Police in Northland say it will take at least two days to complete a scene examination after the killing of a girl in Kerikeri. [more]

Fiji people worn down says former Law Society President
A former Fiji Law Society President, Graham Leung, believes many people in Fiji are too worn down to speak out against the interim regime. Mr Leung has been criticised by... [more]

Fiji interim regime reorganises media rules
Fiji's interim government says the work on the media promulgation is well underway and government expects to have a draft document ready next month. The deputy secretary for Information, Major... [more]

Australian man gets murder convidction in Fiji
An Australia man, Simon Macartney, has been found guilty by Fiji's High Court of murdering his wife last year. He was accused of killing his Fiji-born wife Ashika Lata Macartney,... [more]

American Samoa gears up for polling day
American Samoa is gearing up for its elections tomorrow. Ballot boxes for the islands of Manu'a were flown there this morning on Inter island Air. The boxes for Tau island... [more]

Samoa hoteliers highlight Air NZ role for tourism
The Samoa Hotels Association says the weekly Air New Zealand flight between Apia and Los Angeles - which is currently under review - has opened the door for tourists from... [more]

Fiji ban Chinese milk products
Fiji authorities have imposed a three-month ban on all Chinese milk and milk products. The measure is being taken in light of the Chinese milk scandal. At least four Chinese... [more]

Archbishop of Church of Melanesia bestowed with Vanuatu's highest award
The Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia, Sir Ellison Pogo, has been bestowed with Vanuatu's highest award; the Badge of Honour. Sir Ellison is among a select few to be... [more]

Outsider Viewed gives Cummings 12th Cup
Outsider Viewed has given gave Bart Cummings his 12th Melbourne Cup victory after just holding off a fast-finishing Bauer at Flemington Racecourse. Viewed, ridden by Blake Shinn, stormed to the front ... [more]

Key and Clark both say made their points in debate
National leader John Key and Labour leader Helen Clark have emerged from their latest television debate saying they are happy they got their points across. [more]

Samoan rugby star gets rude texts for endorsing National
Samoan sports star Vainga Tuigamala has been on the receiving end of rude text messages since publicly endorsing the National Party. [more]

Key changes plans to avoid Peters
National Party leader John Key made a last-minute change of plan while campaigning in Tauranga, after discovering he would cross paths with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. (Story with audio] [more]

US-affiliated Pacific Islands go to the polls
A number of Pacific Island nations are going to the polls, concurrent to the United States presidential election being held Tuesday US time. Elections are being held in American Samoa,... [more]

Self-censorship concerns subsiding, says Fiji Media council
Debate has resurfaced in Fiji about how much pressure is now being brought to bear on those who oppose the ruling regime. A former Fiji Law Society President , Grham... [more]

International Parl't for West Papua stage protest against rise in troops in Papua
Around 100 protesters have staged a rally against an alleged increase in militarism in Indonesia' s Papua province outside the Provincial Legislative Council building in Jayapura. The Jakarta Post reports... [more]

Federated Farmers launches policy manifesto
Federated Farmers says politicians need to recognise the role that the primary sector can play in lifting New Zealand's economic performance, and preventing a depression. [more]

Police find NZ First didn't commit any offence over donations
The police say they are satisfied no offence was committed by New Zealand First over the returns of party donations in 2007. [more]

Search for man in gun scare stood down
The Armed Offenders Squad has been stood down in the search for a man in the eastern Hutt Hills near Wellington. [more]

Glassie murder trial hears evidence on blood samples
The jury in the Nia Glassie murder trial has been told that of the 19 blood samples tested by forensic scientists, only four matched the toddler's DNA. [more]

Cold snap to bring rain, gales and snow
MetService is forecasting heavy rain, snow and strong winds for parts of New Zealand on Tuesday. [more]

Manawatu Gorge closed by slip
Manawatu Gorge on State Highway 3 in the central North Island is expected to reopen by the weekend after slips forced the route's closure. [more]