Radio New Zealand - Monday, 10th November 2008

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


Eight Months to Mars - Leonie Barlow
Editor of the Australian Woman's Weekly . [more]

Tourism Warnings
With Indonesia on high alert for terrorist attacks, Kiwis are being warned to steer clear of the islands. [more]

Walking Tracks
A six year, million dollar labour of love came to fruition at the weekend. [more]

He Rourou for 10 November 2008
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks to Ngahiwi Apanui about three of the up and coming Reo Maori music industry stars. [more]

This Way Up Feature - Bees
Simon Morton's turning his hand to bee-keeping. [more]

Science Story - Anaesthesia and Honey Bees.
Medical researchers and neurobiologists are now hoping to work out what happens during anaesthesia by using honey bees. [more]

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

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

Business News

Midday Business News for 10 November 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 November 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 November 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


New Government
The National Party leader John Key has all but done the deals to form a new government. [more]

Wellington Gang Murder Trial
Six men charged with the murder of a Wanganui toddler have gone on trial in the High Court in Wellington. [more]

Threatening Letter
A Taranaki back-country farmer who sent the Prime Minister a threatening letter containing white powder has been sent to jail. [more]

White House Visit
The United States president-elect Barack Obama will arrive at the White House tomorrow morning for a tour. [more]

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

New Government (Part 2)
National is wasting no time in it's attempt to form a new government. [more]

Reaction to National's law and order pledges
The incoming Government is promising to take a tougher stance on law and order issues, reports Penny Smith. [more]

Christchurch Depositions Hearing
A Christchurch roading worker is accused of murdering the 15 year old school girl, Marie Davis. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Helen Clark Sued
Tony Bierre says he believes he was defamed by Miss Clark in comments she made. [more]

Haiti School
Rescuers in Haiti have stopped trying to find more survivors from a school building collapse. [more]

Life Expectancy
According to the latest statistics, life expectancy has increased across the board in New Zealand. [more]

New Government (Part 3)
The National Party has confirmed it has enough support to form the next government. [more]

Nia Glassie Murder Trial
A jury in Rotorua has heard the mother of Nia Glassie admitting she should have taken her daughter to hospital. [more]

China Economy
The Chinese government has launched a package worth almost 600 billion US dollars to stimulate its economy. [more]

Australian Car Industry
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has unveiled a multi-billion dollar rescue package. [more]

Congo Update
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by fighting between rebel forces and government troops. [more]

Auckland Politics
Auckland's councils are already lining up to see what John Key can do for them. [more]

Checkpoint Choice for 10 November 2008
The Best of Checkpoint. [more]

Death Penalty
Australia's foreign minister says the country will co-sponsor a UN resolution calling for an end to the death penalty. [more]

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

Russian Submarine Accident
A military expert says the Russian defence industry is in dire need of modernisation. [more]

Christchurch Bus Check
The police in Christchurch say some bus operators are putting passengers and motorists at risk. [more]

Rwanda Capture
Rwandan authorities are protesting after one of its senior government officials was arrested in Germany. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

MP and Councillor
The new MP for Maungakiekie, Samoan High Chief Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced he will stay on as a City Councillor. [more]

Kristall-Nacht Rememberance
Events have been taking place across Europe today to mark the 70th anniversary of Kristall-nacht. [more]

Christchurch Cup and Show Week
Shanna Crispin filed this report on the millinery side of Cup and Show week. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

Bill English and Sir Roger Douglas on Nine to Noon
Incoming Finance Minister Bill English and ACT's Sir Roger Douglas discuss National-led Government's priorities. [more]

John Key media conference - Monday morning
Incoming Prime Minister talks to reporters as he arrives at Wellington airport on Monday, heading to meetings with ACT and United Future leaders on forming a new Government. [more]

John Key and Rodney Hide speak to reporters - Monday afternoon
Incoming Prime Minister and ACT leader held first meeting at Parliament on Monday. [more]

Rodney Hide speaks to Checkpoint about Government talks
ACT leader tells Mary Wilson about talks with incoming Prime Minister; Radio New Zealand's political editor Brent Edwards looks at post-election negotiations. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 November 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 November 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 10 November 2008
Green's disappointed party vote wasn't higher, Labour lose seat strongholds, New broom sweeps through New Zealand parliament. [more]

The Little Spotted Kiwi
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Key hopes to be sworn in by next week
That would allow him to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders' meeting in Peru. [more]

Green's disappointed party vote wasn't higher
The party won 6.4 percent of the party vote, giving it eight MPs, but it's hoping the special votes will give it one more. [more]

Pacific News for Monday 10 November 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for Monday 10 November 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour lose seat strongholds
The electorate map of New Zealand is now almost all Blue with many Labour strongholds gone even in the cities. [more]

Green's pick up two more seats
But the party's six-point-four percent share of the vote was a good couple of points down on what the polls had predicted. [more]

New broom sweeps through New Zealand parliament
Prime Minister-elect John Key is saying he hopes to be sworn in as New Zealand's leader by as early as Monday next week. [more]

Government change should boost economy short term - John Key
Incoming Prime Minister John Key says National's election win should help boost the economy in the short term. [more]

Unions and environmentalists concerned
Unions, environmentalists and a major social organisation are concerned about the new National-led government's policies. [more]

Brent Edward's reaction to election results
Radio New Zealand political editor Brent Edwards gives his election wrap up. [more]

Maori Party keen to work alongside the new Govt - report
The party won an extra Maori seat, but that was not enough to give it the influence it was hoping for, reports Kate Williamson. [more]

New Parliament more culturally diverse - report
Among the new MPs are a Korean, a Fiji-Indian, a Tongan-Samoan and an Indian, reports Richard Pamatatau. [more]

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

New Zealanders issued travel warning to Indonesia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says there is an extreme security risk in Maluku Province and Central Sulawesi Province. [more]

20 seamen killed aboard a nuclear submarine
Investigators believe the twenty died when they inhaled freon gas, accidentally released from the fire extinguishing systems. [more]

Clark steps down from the front line
Only one Prime Minister, Sir Keith Holyoake, has served longer in the post-war era. [more]

Can National keep promises in the worsening economic climate?
With the world financial crisis, it's clear the new government is going to have to get very serious, very soon. [more]

ACT and United Future leaders on forming Government
ACT leader Rodney Hide and United Future leader Peter Dunne discuss formation of new National-led Government. [more]

New faces joining parliaments ranks
Among them are 31 year old former crown prosecutor, Simon Bridges and Nikki Kaye, who at 28 years old won Auckland Central. [more]

National Party's remarkable turnaround
The National Party's clear-cut success on Saturday night represents a remarkable turnaround in political fortunes. [more]

Parliament has lost one of its great characters
New Zealand First lost its place in Parliament on Saturday night, after falling just short of the crucial 5-percent party vote. [more]

Leaders gather to discuss Zimbabwe's political future
Southern African leaders have gathered for what are being billed as"make or break"talks for Zimbabwe's political future. [more]

Waatea News for Monday 10 November 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
Australian Correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes brings us the latest from across the ditch. [more]


Crime Writing
Michael Connelly, US Author. [more]

Political Systems
Brian Roper, senior lecturer, political studies department. [more]

Clue number 1. [more]

Penny Miles, regional sports reporter. [more]

Clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Election - Economy
Incoming Deputy and Finance Minister Bill English and Sir Roger Douglas join Kathryn to discuss the election result. [more]

Election Panel
Election panel discussion with Richard Prebble, Mark Gosche and Angeline Greensill. [more]

Middle East Correspondent - Iris Makler
Middle East Correspondent Iris Makler gives us the latest news for the middle east. [more]

Book Review - The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Laura Kroetsch reviews"The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas"Published by Allen and Unwin. [more]

Politics - Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre
Political views from the left Laila Harre and from the right Matthew Hooton. [more]

Food and wine
Guest Chef Lauraine Jacobs gives us the recipes and John Hawkesby matches the wine with the food. [more]

Sophist and Provocateur - Tommy Honey
Sophist and Provocateur Tommy Honey takes us through some of his least faviourte sayings. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 10 November 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


David Hyams
Representative of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington talks about current exhibition of the machines of Leonardo Da Vinci. [more]

Hesperion XXI Review
Ashley Brown reviews last Saturday night's Auckland concert by world renowned early and world music group. [more]

News stories:

NZ First future uncertain
There's uncertainty in the ranks of the New Zealand First Party over its future now it is no longer in Parliament. [more]

Call for more details about Obama's plans for military in the Pacific
Guam's current speaker, re-elected democrat senator, Judith Won Pat, says the government needs to find out the views of United States President-Elect Barack Obama on troops in the Pacific. There's... [more]

Public Service cutback in Fiji criticised
Fiji's National Federation Party said the move by the Public Service Commission to reduce civil service by 10 per cent is part of the proposed People's Charter. NFP general secretary... [more]

USP explains cutbacks
The University of the South Pacific, the USP, says several years of mismanagement has forced its cutbacks. The USP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, traces the problems back to increased salaries... [more]

Global financial crisis begins to hit Pacific tourism
An umbrella organisation for South Pacific tourism operators says it appears that the global uncertainty is now having an obvious impact on visitor numbers in the region, especially those from... [more]

Police name skier who died in Ruapehu fall
Police in Ohakune have named a woman who fell to her death while snowboarding on Saturday at Turoa ski field. [more]

Speedy formation of new Govt picked by papers
A whirlwind few days are forecast in Monday's papers for Prime Minister-elect John Key as he works to form a new Government as speedily as possible; Phil Goff tipped to head Labour with former party president Maryann Street as his deputy. [more]

Property values down again
New Zealand property values were down another 1% in October. Quotable Value says the national average sale price now about $379,000. [more]

Anti-tagger programme being expanded
Wellington City Council says a scheme to dob in taggers is working and more than 20 prolific taggers have been caught this year. [more]

Heavy losses by GM and Ford
The two biggest carmakers in North America - General Motors and Ford - report heavy losses. [more]

Wool growers with contracts protected - NZ Merino
New Zealand Merino says growers who have contracts to sell their wool will at least have some protection from the current turmoil in world financial markets that's caused a rapid drop in prices. [more]

Fonterra should try carrot rather than stick says council
Waikato Regional Council says Fonterra may want to look at a rewards-based system to encourage dairy farmers to take a more environmentally friendly to their production. [more]

Young Horticulturist of the Year named
A sales manager for a specialist tree nursery has been named as the Young Horticulturist of the Year. Seven other sectors of the industry were involved. [more]

Ellis out of All Blacks tour
The All Blacks have lost another player from their tour of Europe. The Canterbury halfback Andrew Ellis is to return home after suffering another rib injury in the win over ... [more]

NZ A1 GP team slip in China
New Zealand have dropped to 4th after the second round of the A1 GP of Motorsport in China. With Chris van der Drift driving, New Zealand finished 7th in the ... [more]

Well earned break for young triathlete
Triathlete Terenzo Bozzone is taking a well-earned rest after his record-breaking win in Florida yesterday. The former world junior champion won his first open title, taking the World Half Ironman ... [more]

Alinghi and Oracle still poles apart
A resolution to the legal gridlock paralysing plans to stage the next America's Cup is still a long way off judged by the latest comments from warring parties Alinghi and ... [more]

Boks leave eye-gauging claim behind them
The South Africa rugby squad has left Cardiff for Edinburgh... leaving a possible disciplinary issue hanging in the air. It surrounds lock Bakkies Botha, who Springboks manager Arthob Petersen claimed ... [more]

Touring Wallabies likely to lose two centres
The touring Wallabies are likely to lose two of their leading backs, casualties of their battling win over Italy at the weekend. Coach Robbie Deans fears the worst after ... [more]

Australia beat PNG at RLWC
The Australian rugby league side has beaten Papua New Guinea 46-6 in their World Cup match in Townsville. David Williams launched his Test career with a hat-trick of tries. ... [more]

Alonso visits Hamilton
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has praised former team mate and rival Fernando Alonso for burying the hatchet and congratulating him on becoming Formula One's youngest champion. Hamilton told reporters at Mercedes' ... [more]

Rain delay in Shanghai
Most of the final round of the Champions Golf tournament in Shanghai will be played later today after a washout yesterday. The leaders, headed by England's Oliver Wilson, Geoff Ogilvy, ... [more]

Djokovic and Davydenko win first up in Shanghai
World number three Novak Djokovic and Russia's Nikolay Davydenko scrapped to hard-fought wins as the elite Tennis Masters Cup got off to a pulsating start in Shanghai. Djokovic saw off ... [more]

Australia set 381 to share Indian series
The Australian cricketers need 381 to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy after dismissing India in their second innings for 295 on day four of the deciding test in Nagpur. There was ... [more]

Waitakere open NZFC with a win
Waitakere United proved too strong for last year's beaten New Zealand Football Championship finalists Wellington with a come from behind 4-2 win in Wellington as they started their title defence ... [more]

Buses replace trains on suburban rail line
Buses are replacing trains on the Johnsonville - Wellington rail line on Monday morning. Weekend maintenance work has overrun. [more]

Record operating surplus despite fall in profit at Ngai Tahu Holdings
Ngai Tahu Holdings has posted a 28% fall in profit, to $58.2 million for the year to June. However, the group had a record operating surplus of $31.8 million. [more]

Profit rise reported by Wakefield Health
Hospital operator Wakefield Health has seen a 36% rise in profit for the six months to September. Revenue rose 12% to almost $41 million. [more]

Business sector welcomes National victory
The business sector has welcomed the National Party's election victory and is expecting a more sympathetic hearing to their ideas from a centre-right coalition. [more]

Kaipara scallop season closed again
There will be a further temporary closure to the scallop fishery in the Kaipara Harbour: for one year from 28 November. It will be the third. [more]

Samoan man jailed for raping his daughter
A 45 year old father of seven in Samoa has been sentenced to ten years in jail for raping his natural daughter plus four years for one count of incest. [more]

Fiji Times bosses due in court for contempt
Fiji's interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is taking senior management staff of the Fiji Times to court today after he secured an ex parte order. The case relates to a letter... [more]

West Papuan refugee group in PNG claims Indonesia is hunting them
A group of West Papuan refugees in Papua New Guinea say they are being persecuted by Indonesian agents in PNG. The group of 148 refugees, which has links to the... [more]

Chelsea back on top of EPL
Chelsea have returned to the top of the English Premier football League with a 2-nil victory over Blackburn Rovers at a rain-drenched Ewood Park. A torrential downpour made conditions almost ... [more]

Venus wins in Doha
Venus Williams has beaten Russia's Vera Zvonareva in 3 sets to win the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha. It is the first time the American has won the event after ... [more]

Kiwis centre cleared of serious injury
The Kiwi league centre Steve Matai has been cleared of a serious neck injury and might even be considered for Saturday's World Cup semi-final against England in Brisbane. The team's ... [more]

Australian stocks expected to open higher
The Australian stock market is expected to open higher on Monday after gains on Wall Street on Friday. [more]

Jail sentence in French Polynesia for pointing laser at plane
A court in French Polynesia has sentenced a man to 15 days in jail for pointing a laser at an aircraft. The incident happened last month when the man pointed... [more]

Wandering boy claimed in Christchurch
A boy aged three years has now been claimed by his mother after being found wandering on Stanmore Road in Christchurch. [more]

March planned in Samoa in support minister detained in US
A march is to be held in Samoa tomorrow to show disappointment and frustration over the arrest of Samoa's associate minister of Trade and Tourism, Hans Joachim Keil, in the... [more]

Fiji Times case adjourned until December
A Fiji court has adjourned a case against the Fiji Times until next month. Fiji's interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has taken senior management staff of the Fiji Times to court... [more]

CNMI websites on birth tourism close
Two websites advertising to Japanese and Chinese women to have their babies in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas in order for the children to gain US citizenship have shut... [more]

American Samoa restates US standards for doctors
American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has vetoed a bill that would have waived the requirement for doctors practicing medicine in the territory to be US certified. The bill would have... [more]

Extent of organised crime "shocking" - Police Assn
The Police Association says the incoming National Government would be shocked if it knew the extent of organised crime in New Zealand. [more]

Kitchen beaten in New York final
The New Zealand squash number one Shelley Kitchen has been beaten in the final of Carol Weymuller Open in New York. Kitchen, the 4th seed, lost to second seed and ... [more]

Mathewson called into All Blacks squad for Grand Slam tour
The Wellington halfback Alby Mathewson's been called into the All Black squad on their Grand Slam tour as a replacement for the injured Andy Ellis. Ellis is returning home after ... [more]

Davis Love wins in Florida
The American golfer Davis Love has ended a PGA Tour title drought of more than two years with a one-shot victory at the Disney Classic in Florida. Two off the ... [more]

Kidney adds players to squad to prepare for All Blacks
The Irish rugby coach Declan Kidney has added 11 players to his squad to prepare for this weekend's clash with the All Blacks at Croke Park in Dublin. Those added include ... [more]

F1 engine costs to be reduced
The Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo says Formula One teams have unanimously agreed to reduce engine costs by more than 30 million dollars by 2011. Montezemolo recently presided over a ... [more]

Another podium for Melissa Ingram
Beijing Olympian Melissa Ingram has grabbed another podium performance on the second day of the FINA World Cup short course swimming champs in Moscow. Ingram finished second in the final ... [more]

Breaches of effluent discharge conditions reported
Bay of Plenty Regional Council reports a less than auspicious start to its annual round of dairy farm inspections. More than 20 serious breaches of effluent discharge conditions have been found to date. [more]

Distribution of wind-up funds on hold
Distribution of remaining funds from the former Wool Board is on hold until the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing is known. [more]

USP blames mismanagement for cutbacks
The University of the South Pacific, the USP, says several years of mismanagement has forced its cutbacks. The USP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, traces the problems back to increased salaries... [more]

Defamation suit against Clark
The man at the centre of a disputed contract for laboratory tests in Auckland is suing outgoing Prime Minister Helen Clark for defamation. [more]

Life expectancy continues to rise in NZ
The life expectancy of New Zealanders continues to rise, though a gap still remains between Maori and non-Maori. [more]

Accused kidnapper still in custody
A man accused of kidnapping a child on the North Shore of Auckland is being held in custody for another month. [more]

Farmer's prison term for sending white powder to Clark
A Taranaki farmer has been sentenced to prison for nine months for posting a threatening letter containing white powder to Prime Minister Helen Clark. [more]

World Bank opens office in Solomons
The World Bank is returning to Solomon Islands after having no direct involvement there for more than a decade. The Solomons' Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, will today open the... [more]

Previously unknown gecko species discovered in Vanuatu
A previously unknown species of gecko has been discovered in Vanuatu by French scientists. The Associated Press reports that the species, named Lepidodactylus bulel, was discovered by scientists after it... [more]

Samoa awaiting US reply over Keil detention
Samoa's government is awaiting an offical response to a letter sent to U.S. officials over the detention of Hans Joachim Keil in the state of Missouri. The associate minister is... [more]

Police order buses off road
Police are critical of bus maintenance standards after finding mechanical faults in more than a third of buses inspected during a roadside check last week in Canterbury. Six were ordered off the road. [more]

Call for better handling of food during summer
Warmer weather is likely to coincide with a rise in cases of food-borne illnesses, according to a food safety group. [more]

Sulphuric acid spilled in tanker incident
A tanker truck containing 3000 litres of sulphuric acid has crashed and rolled on State Highway 12 south of Dargaville. [more]

TVNZ Australia correspondent resigns
TVNZ's corresponent in Australia has resigned after an altercation with a pop star. [more]

Auckland rugby announce new coach
Mark Anscombe will succeed Shane Howarth as coach of the Auckland provincial rugby side. Howarth inherited the role midway through the Air NZ Cup competition in a caretaker role but ... [more]

Domestic based All Whites side to play in dead world cup qualifier against Fiji
The All Whites will field a purely domestic based side to play Fiji in a dead football world cup qualifier, that was originally due to be played two years ago. ... [more]

Dunedin skeleton racer chalks up win in Calgary
Dunedin's Tionette Stoddard has won the America's Cup women's skeleton event, as she builds up for the world cup circuit starting later this month in Germany. While the New Zealand ... [more]

Petrol prices fall another 5c
The retail price of petrol at BP, Caltex, Mobil and Shell service stations is down again on Monday. The AA says fuel prices are now at their lowest since January. [more]

Hide to get ministerial job outside Cabinet
ACT Party leader Rodney Hide looks set to get a position of minister outside Cabinet, and potentially a position for another one of his colleagues as well. [more]

Rachel Hunter range helps Warehouse
The Rachel Hunter clothing range is proving its worth at The Warehouse. [more]

Australia's PM congratulates Key
Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has congratulated National Party leader John Key on his election victory and invited him for a state visit. [more]

Fiji interim Sports Minister calls for athletes to get more serious about winning
Fiji's interim Minister for Youth & Sports, Filipe Bole, says the country's athletes need to get more serious their participation at regional and international meets. The Minister made the call... [more]

Further cuts possible as USP aims to become lean and agile
The University of the South Pacific Vice Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, says he wants a leaner and more agile institution. The USP has been forced to make cutbacks because of... [more]

Guam relocation of US military may cost more and take longer
The planned relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines and their families from Japan's Okinawa island to Guam, may cost more and take longer than initially expected. The transfer could be delayed... [more]

Talks over work permit issues continue between RamuNico and PNG Government
The Chinese company building the Ramu nickel mine in Papua New Guinea's Madang province has reiterated its call for more timely issuance of short-term work permits by government agencies. Talks... [more]

American army veterans in Samoa come out in support of detained Cabinet Minister
The United States Veteran's Association of Samoa says it's been inundated with support for a petition calling for Cabinet Minister Han Joachim Keil to be allowed to leave the US. [more]

Wanganui drive-by murder trial starts
Six men charged with the murder of a child in a drive-by shooting in Wanganui are on trial in the High Court in Wellington. Another is charged with being an accessory. [more]

Chlorine spill leaves four in hospital
Two people have been taken to hospital after a chlorine spill on Auckland's North Shore. [more]

Maori have nothing to fear from National, says Te Heuheu
Long serving National MP Georgina Te Heuheu says Maori have nothing to fear from a National-led Government. [more]

Auckland mayors keen to talk to incoming Government
Several Auckland mayors are lining up to talk with the incoming National government, to push the region's interests. [more]

Search under way off Timaru for diver
A search and rescue operation is under way off the coast of Timaru for a diver. [more]

Long term outlook for dairy farmers positive - report
A report analysing the outlook for the world dairy market is reassuring for dairy farmers. [more]

Project to track greenhouse gas emmissions
A project is set to begin for the apple industry, measuring the greenhouses gases associated with producing the fruit, as well as finding ways to reduce the emissions. [more]

Two more covered by bank deposit guarantee
The Treasury has allowed two more financial companies to join the Government's $150 billion deposits guarantee scheme. They are the PSIS and NZF Money. [more]

NAB seeking to raise $A2b
BNZ owner National Australia Bank is raising $A2 billion to fund growth of its operations. It says the move is fully underwritten by Goldman Sachs JBWere, Merrill Lynch and an Australian arm of UBS. [more]

Bank lowers economic growth estimates
The Reserve Bank of Australia has revised its estimates for economic growth and issued a warning of the need to avoid a sharp slowdown in the months ahead. [more]

Senior Labour MPs consider new leadership
Outgoing Labour Cabinet ministers met on Monday to try to ensure a smooth transition to a new leadership team for their party. [more]

Rape, murder accused knew victim's movements, hearing told
The man accused of the rape and murder of a schoolgirl knew she would be home alone, a depositions hearing was told on Monday. [more]

National misinformed on 'three strikes' policy - ACT
ACT says the incoming government has been misinformed about its "three strikes and you're out" policy for violent offenders. [more]

New MP won't quit councillor job
New Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says he will stay on as an Auckland city councillor, describing the role as a two-day-a-week job. [more]

Swiss alone on remote Tongan island attracting a lot of interest
Tonga's tourism ministry says an adventure by a Swiss champion snowboarder on Tofua Island will draw a lot of attention to the kingdom. Xavier Rosset arrived on Tofua Island in... [more]

Solomon Islands told to consider establishing its own university
The Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena, says the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education needs to be strengthened, possibly by becoming a university of technology. He made his... [more]

Guam wants to hear from Obama administration over military relocation
Guam's Governor is asking the incoming Obama administration for an answer over what will happen to the proposed build up of United States troops on the island. The Bush administration... [more]

Pacific MPs get handbook to encourage leadership on the HIV/AIDS issue
The United Nations Development Programme has launched a handbook to help Pacific MPs take leadership roles in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Taking Action Against HIV - A Handbook for Parliamentarians... [more]

Chinese company's development of PNG nickel mine chaotic says affected landowner
A landowner in Ramu in Papua New Guinea's Madang province has described the development by the Chinese operators of the massive nickel mine project as chaotic. Joe Koroma, whose land... [more]