Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 20th November 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Jim's essay
Jim has some interesting explorations of space. [more]

Best song ever written
Virginia Hutchison has chosen Angelitos Negros by Roberta Flack. [more]

Your place - Kingston
Today we head to south to a settlement at the end of our longest lake, on the boarder of Central Otago and Southland. [more]

Scientists find a previously unknown species of penguin
Jim talks to Phil Seddon, from Otago University's department of Zoology. [more]

Online drug driving survey
Kiwis are being encouraged to take part in a survey to gauge attitudes towards drugs and driving. [more]

He Rourou
Ana Tapiata talks to long time iwi radio broadcaster Henare Kingi about the role of maori in the elections. [more]

The arts report
Lynn talks to two people researching for a book about New Zealand's fashion designers. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
We're in Christchurch at the city's Free Shop - a concept set up by local ideas man, Baz Hailes. [more]

Health story
What is it that makes some species more likely to become extinct? [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Irene Gardiner and Joanne Black. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Irene Gardiner and Joanne Black. [more]

Business News

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

Markets Update for 20 November 2008
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [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]

Checkpoint

Westpac and Kiwibank slash interest rates
Westpac's variable rate is now eight point seven percent, and Kiwibank's is seven point nine five percent. [more]

Economist Ganesh Nana
From the economic research company BERL. [more]

2nd jury unable to reach a verdict in murder trial
Prestman Vesiputa Tauira is accused of driving into Faafetai Lafolua and dragging his body more than two kms in Otahuhu. [more]

Hanover Finance offers investors a new deal
Angry investors appear resigned to a deal that will repay the half a billion dollars they owed over the next five years. [more]

Royal NZ Airforce Orion searches for Taiwanese fishermen
The men's burnt out boat was found off the coast of Fiji, but there is no sign of any survivors. [more]

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

APEC to push trade as way out of crisis
New Zealand has warned APEC ministers their officials must step up to break the deadlock in the Doha trade talks. [more]

An update on the Otago District Health Board fraud trial
The board's former IT manager, Michael Swann, and his friend Kerry Harford deny they acted fraudulently or dishonestly. [more]

New faces on Labour Party's front bench
Labour leader Phil Goff's announced Labour's shadow cabinet, a line up he describes as fresh and talented. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Senior doctors annual conference in Wellington
Our Health Correspondent Karen Brown, was at the conference. [more]

UN secretary general asks for respect of the ceasefire
Mr Ban has called on the government of Sudan and rebel groups in the area to stop attacking each other. [more]

Westpac and Kiwibank cut inerest rates
Andrew Cassidy is the general secretary of Finsec, the banking workers union. [more]

Update from Jhia Te Tua murder trial
Our Court reporter Ann Marie May is following the trial. [more]

Al qaeda issue Barack Obama with warning vidoe
Barack Obama has yet to respond to a video tape issued by al qaeda, which attacks and insults the president-elect. [more]

More on Hanover Finance deal
Tony from Waimati is one of the affected investors. [more]

Hung jury again in South Auckland murder case
Jonothan Krebs is the head of the NZ law society criminal law committee. [more]

Share prices in Asia tumble
Leaders of the three major US car companies seem to be losing their argument for a federal payout. [more]

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

The Labour leader Phil Goff
Helen Clark takes on Foreign Affairs and Michael Cullen becomes the shadow house leader. [more]

US consults UN over rising piracy in Gulf of Arden
The biggest ship ever hijacked, was taken at the weekend and the owners are reportedly negotiating a ransom. [more]

One killed in explosion in Thailand
One person was killed and more than 20 injured after an explosion inside the main government offices in Bangkok. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Britain re-establishes intelligence links with Syria
Senior officials have agreed to share one of the most sophisticated intelligence systems in the Middle East. [more]

Rebel fighting continues in Sri Lanka
Amnesty International criticises Sri Lankan government for not protecting civilians. [more]

Iceland asks the International Monetary Fund for help
It bacame the first western country since the 1970s to ask the IMF for help, after its banking system collapsed in October. [more]

Midday Report

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

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

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

Morning Report

Top stories for 20 November 2008
John Key off to APEC, Air NZ axe 200 jobs. [more]

Piwakawaka - Fantail
Listen to the fantail's call. [more]

'Please explain' - NZ Banks
The OCR has dropped to six point five percent. [more]

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

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

Bad news for tourism industry
Air New Zealand's announcement it is going to cut jobs is the latest in a series of bad news for the tourism industry. [more]

Genetically modified vaccines for horses
Other critics say the horses would be better off being quarantined than vaccinated when sick. [more]

John Key faces first challenge as PM
John Key will be attending a crucial international summit on the global economic crisis. [more]

APEC leaders and ministers meeting in Lima, Peru
Our economics correspondent Nigel Stirling is covering the Apec leaders and ministers' meetings. [more]

Air New Zealand axe 200 jobs
The fallout from that global economic crisis is hitting home at Air New Zealand. [more]

An independent inquiry into Nia Glassies murder underway
Rotorua brothers Wiremu and Michael Curtis were this week found guilty of murdering three year-old Nia. [more]

Labour Party revealing it's shadow cabinet
Labour leader Phil Goff has already announced that David Cunliffe will be the new finance spokesperson. [more]

Stem cell breakthrough
Doctors have successfully given a patient a new windpipe, grown using her stem cells. [more]

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

A rescue plan for Hanover to be revealed
Hanover says the debt restructuring plan will be designed to repay investors in full. [more]

Auckland city council toughen up on parking fines
Aucklanders are well used to arguing to try to get out of paying their parking tickets. [more]

Black Caps get ready for test against Australia
The side is without key play maker, Jacob Oram. [more]

Labour leader Phil Goff last day as trade minister
Mr Key told Morning Report after seven o'clock that pushing free trade was a priority at the summit. [more]

It may get tougher for tourism industry
About half the redundancies at Air NZ will be made among long-haul cabin crew, with the others coming from technical areas. [more]

Share prices fall on Wall Street
The Dow Jones is currently down two and a half percent, and the Nasdaq is down three and a half percent. [more]

Kevin Rudd - One Year as Australian PM
He's pulling in a 62 per cent approval rating as preferred Prime Minister in the latest polls. [more]

Pirate vessel sinks after Indian navy fires upon it
India's navy is patrolling the waters as part of an international effort to try to deter attacks on commercial shipping. [more]

149 NZ Troops off to East Timor
New Zealand's maintaining its troop levels there despite Australia recently withdrawing 100 of its troops. [more]

Christchurch Police looking for a group of men
This group of men sexually attacked a women at Corsair Bay near Lyttelton on Sunday. [more]

UN experts release hard hitting report on Darfur
It says the extension's urgently needed to combat"flagrant violations"of the arms ban by Khartoum and Darfur rebel groups. [more]

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

Old Boys of Nelson College protect school artwork
15 of the College's works went under the hammer last night at Dunbar Sloane in Wellington - raising more than 140,000 dollars. [more]

The war of the flowers
The Auckland Flower Show opens to the public today. [more]

Nights

Bee Housekeepers
Prof of Apiculture Francis Ratnieks from the University of Sussex is breeding bee colonies that are more resistant to pests. [more]

World Weather
Erick Brenstrem severe weather forecaster from the met service gives us the latest from the world of weather. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Exploitative wheel clampers
Paraplegics everywhere are struggling to find the perfect car park. [more]

Vitamin B3 more effective than sunscreen?
Diona Damian, Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of Sydney. [more]

Pubs with personality
With Peter Janssen. [more]

Matthew Parris
UK correspondent. [more]

Feature Guest - Elizabeth Knox
Best-selling, award winning writer. [more]

Book Review
This Book Has Issues: Adventures in Popular Psychology by Christian Jarrett and Joannah Ginsberg. [more]

New Technology
With Colin Jackson. [more]

Korowai repatriation
Bethany Edmunds, a New Zealander who's an expert in the ancient craft of korowai weaving. [more]

TV Review
With Simon Wilson. [more]

Our Changing World

Lichen Hunt
Lichen expert Barbara Polly takes a Kiwi Conservation Club team on a lichen expedition. [more]

Albatross By-catch
This project tracks white-capped albatrosses to work out how much they overlap with the subantarctic squid fishery. [more]

Ocean Acidification
As the world's oceans become more acidic, what will be the impact on phytoplankton and seaweeds? [more]

Extinction Risk
Palaentologists use New Zealand's unique marine fossil record to work out factors that contribute to extinction risk. [more]

Rural News

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

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

Upbeat

Mary Kisler
Auckland Art Gallery Toi O tamaki curator, Mary Kisler gives a lecture in Wellington tonight entitled 'Displaced Legacies'. [more]

Christopher Marshall
Christopher's Classics, a series of concerts in Chch that next year presents 'The Best of Friends.' [more]

Anita Banbury
Auckland's 'Orlando Singers' celebrate St Cecilia's Day with a concert this Saturday at St Luke's in Remuera. [more]

News stories:

Fuel prices down again
The retail prices of petrol and diesel are down again at BP, Caltex and Shell service stations. [more]

Banks seen as too slow to move on floating rates
Banks are being criticised for being too slow to pass on the benefits of lower Official Cash Rates to customers, by lowering their floating rates. [more]

New Auckland Flower Show opens
The new Auckland Flower Show opens on Thursday, with organisers estimating it will attract a third more visitors than the Ellerslie Flower Show, formerly based in Manukau. [more]

Old boys buy Nelson College artworks
Two portraits put up for auction by Nelson College have been bought by a group of old boys and will be returned to the college. [more]

Kiwifruit grower reports higher profit
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries reports a 47% rise in profit to $8.4 million for the September half year. [more]

Wine research scholarships announced
Three new scholarships have been announced by the Bragato Trust, for research in the grape and wine industry. [more]

Following in the footsteps of Rakaihautu
Following in the footsteps of the ancestors has a literal meaning for the head of Canterbury University's School of Maori and Indigenous Studies who is about to walk from St Arnaud in Nelson to Christchurch. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: instant pay rise for new Cabinet ministers and MPs; DoC worker believed lost; disabled shoppers clamped at mall despite displaying mobility stickers; haka and heartbreak in Limerick. [more]

Asia-Pacific stocks sag
Stocks in Asia and the Pacific edged down on Wednesday, as plea from American automakers for a bailout from Washington highlighted how the financial crisis is hurting the global economy. [more]

Tougher line on requests for parking ticket exemptions
Auckland City Council is taking a tougher line with requests for parking ticket exemptions because of a drop in revenue from fines. More disputes are also ending up in court. [more]

Restructuring details awaited from Hanover Finance
Hanover Finance is to reveal details of a restructuring plan on Thursday. The company froze $554 million owed to 16,000 investors in July. [more]

Funeral of Tainui leader
Taupiri Mountain will on Thursday receive a man who laid many of the foundations for the modern Tainui iwi: Haare Puke died on Saturday. [more]

Laundry operator expects to beat downturn
Taylors Group expects its laundry earnings to improve this year, despite being exposed to any downturn in the accommodation sector: 70% of its business is driven by hospital revenue. [more]

All Blacks coach sticks with bulk of side that beat Ireland
New Zealand coach Graham Henry stuck with the bulk of the side that beat Ireland last weekend when he named his team to play Wales at the Millennium Stadium in... [more]

Katarina Srebotnik back for ASB Classic
The ASB Tennis Classic in January is set to become one of the best yet with the confirmation of its fourth top-20 ranked player, the world Number 20, Katarina Srebotnik ... [more]

Under 20 womens football team beaten
The New Zealand under-20 women's football team conceded a goal in time added on to lose 3-2 to Nigeria in their opening match at the Fifa World Cup in Chile. ... [more]

Phoenix part company with Chinese midfielder
The Wellington Phoenix have parted company with Chinese midfielder Leilei Gao after he failed to meet off field standards, says club CEO Tony Pignata. A naturally talented player his performances ... [more]

Top spot in sight for Breakers
Top spot on the National Basketball League ladder is on the line tonight when the New Zealand Breakers host the in-form South Dragons at the North Shore Events Centre. The ... [more]

Amcup boss says they should retain old boats to save money
The co-organiser of this summer's regatta for America's Cup teams fears the global financial woes will make the next cup regatta more difficult to pull together. The Louis Vuitton Pacific ... [more]

Socceroos pull off great escape
The Socceroos scored a goal three minutes into stoppage time to pull off a remarkable 1-nil win despite being completely outplayed by Bahrain in their World Cup qualifying match in ... [more]

One change to All Black team , at this stage
The All Black coach Graham Henry has bracketed his props for Sunday morning's test against Wales pending the outcome of Tony Woodcock's judicial hearing. Woodcock was cited for punching in ... [more]

Proteas dominate day one against Bangladesh
The South Africa cricketers completely dominated the first day of their first test against Bangladesh after being sent in to bat in Bloemfontein. Despite losing time to rain and ... [more]

Miandad appointed DG of Pakistan Cricket Board
The former Pakistan cricket captain and coach Javed Miandad has been appointed director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board. 51 year old Miandad has had an acrimonius relationship with the board ... [more]

Rain could delay start of first test in Brisbane
After a week of mainly wet weather, more rain is forecast for Brisbane today, and the start of the first Australia-New Zealand cricket test could be delayed. The captain who ... [more]

Fiji beat All Whites in Lautoka
Fiji have beaten a 10-man New Zealand football side 2-nil in the final match of the Oceania Nations Cup in Lautoka. The All Whites, who were made up of domestic ... [more]

NZ cricketers can drop in test rankings
Australia can relegate New Zealand to eighth place in the ICC Test Cricket Championship if they win both matches which starts in Brisbane today. Currently in seventh place behind Pakistan ... [more]

Outright victories on the cards in State Championship
Outright victories are on the cards for a couple of teams heading into the final day of State Championship cricket. Auckland resume their second innings in Napier on 151 for ... [more]

Wayne Bennett pivotal to Kiwis chances says Lockyer
The Australian captain Darren Lockyer has warned his side that former Kangaroos coach Wayne Bennett will instill the Kiwis with real belief they can topple the reigning world champions in ... [more]

American Samoa's senior office fined for possession of prohibited weapon
American Samoa's former police captain Papalii Marion Fitisemanu has been fined 1,000 US dollars for possession of a prohibited weapon. The sentence was handed down by the Chief Justice Michael... [more]

Fiji health ministry to help with school nutrition
The Fiji ministry of health says it's working on helping schools offer more healthy food in their canteens. This follows a new survey which found one in five adolescents in... [more]

Election Office in American Samoa will not certify November 4 general election
The Election Office in American Samoa will not certify the November 4 general election results of the referendum ballot until official notice is received from the High Court. The Appellate... [more]

Main rice distributor in PNG increases prices
A main rice distributor in Papua New Guinea has increased the price of its product by up to eight percent. Trukai Industries says its Roots rice brand now retails at... [more]

Planned deployment of US luxury cruise ship to French Polynesia won't go ahead
The planned deployment of a US luxury cruise ship to French Polynesia next year won't go ahead. The Prince Albert II was due to be in Tahiti from April but... [more]

PNG consumers yet to feel eight percent rice price hike
A main rice distributor in Papua New Guinea says some supermarket customers haven't yet been hit by an 8 percent price rise for its product. Trukai Industries says customers will... [more]

Senior government officials from nine Pacific nations share public-private partnerships
Senior government officials from nine Pacific developing nations have recently shared their knowledge and experiences in managing public-private partnerships in a workshop held in Brisbane. The workshop, "Strengthening Private Sector... [more]

Microsoft to offer free security
Microsoft is to offer a free anti-virus and security solution from the end of June 2009. [more]

Samoa's Police Commissioner tells inquiry he feels he was set up
Samoa's Police Commissioner says he did not ask for nor wanted the guns that were in a package from an American Samoa police captain, and he says he feels he... [more]

European stocks fall to May 2003 levels
European stocks have closed at their lowest since May 2003, led by banks and commodities. Shares in energy companies were also down. [more]

Price of oil falls to 22-month low
Oil prices have dropped to their lowest since January 2007 as inventories rose in the United States and demand weakened due to the global economic slowdown. [more]

Wall St plunges
Stocks in the United States have closed at their lowest level since March 2003 after the Federal Reserve acknowledged the risk of a long recession. European shares were also down. [more]

Woman slashed during robbery in Hamilton
A woman was slashed on her cheek in a robbery at a fast-food outlet in Hamilton East on Thursday morning. [more]

Australian investment bank to cut 850 jobs
Troubled Australian investment bank Babcock & Brown plans to cut about 850 jobs as it seeks to repay debt. [more]

Brief power cut in Nelson
A brief power cut in Nelson affected a large area on Thursday morning. [more]

Half-year profit up for F and P Appliances
Fisher & Paykel Appliances reports a rise of 51% in its half-year profit, due to strong growth in sales of respiratory and acute care products. The company derives about 60% of its revenue in the US. [more]

Man in serious condition after Hamilton fire
A man is in Waikato Hospital in a serious condition after a house fire in Hamilton. The Fire Service says there was an explosion at the property. [more]

NZ Farm Open Day mooted
Federated Farmer representatives are enthusiastic about a new way to give townies a better understanding of what farming is all about. [more]

Man accused of theft of McCahon painting
Police in Wanganui have charged a man with the theft of a work by New Zealand artist Colin McCahon. [more]

AA predicts price of LPG will fall
The Automobile Association predicts the retail price of LPG will plummet like petrol - but it won't happen overnight. [more]

Doctors keen to regain election rights to council
Senior hospital doctors intend to fight to regain their say over who sits on the Medical Council. They used to elect some members but all are now appointed by the Minister of Health. [more]

Former Children's Commissioner to investigate killing
Former Children's Commissioner Roger McClay plans to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of Nia Glassie. [more]

Air NZ warns more cuts may be needed
Air New Zealand is warning it may need to ground more aircraft and lay off more employees if demand for air travel continues to fall. The national carrier already has a 747 plane parked on the tarmac. [more]

Rickards entitled to $300,000 payment, say police
Police say former Auckland commander Clint Rickards was entitled to a payment of $300,000 that he received when he resigned. [more]

Canyon tragedy hearing adjourned
A court hearing of charges laid against the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre following a canyoning tragedy that claimed seven lives has been adjourned until next year. [more]

Pacific tourism operators encouraged to use internet
Pacific tourism operators are being encouraged to use the internet to grow both their businesses, and awareness of local biodiversity. A new organisation has been launched to speak for the... [more]

PNG court jails Indonesian intelligence officer
An Indonesian intelligence officer who pretended to be mentally retarded when captured illegally crossing the Papua New Guinea border has been sentenced to six months in jail. Sebrum Doan, from... [more]

Kiribati to give licence to Digicel within weeks
The Kiribati government is just weeks away from granting a licence for Digicel to roll out its GSM mobile phone network in Kiribati. The government has approved Digicel's proposal to... [more]

Strike in French Polynesia leaves airport arrivals unchecked
A strike by public servants in French Polynesia has continued despite a French senate vote to change the pension system. The week-long strike was called in a bid to get... [more]

Fiji Forum group discusses proposed changes as Fiji polls remain off
Constitutional questions were at the forefront of today's discussions of the Pacific Islands Forum Joint Working Group on the Situation in Fiji in Suva. The Group members asked how the... [more]

Bougainville elections suggests fragmentation in PNG province
An Australian academic, with long links to the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, says there may have been a splintering in political factions ahead of its presidential election... [more]

Samoans told to back off US judiciary in Keil case
American Samoa's member of the US Congress Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has called on Samoans not to pressure the US judiciary over the detention of Cabinet Minister Hans Joachim Keil. Mr... [more]

Call for investigation into America Samoan election
There's been a call for an investigation into American Samoa's gubernatorial run-off election, following the victory of the incumbents, Togiola Tulafono and Faoa Ipulasi Sunia. The governor and his lieutenant... [more]

DoC worker found safe and well
A Department of Conservation worker at the centre of search and rescue operation in the Macraes Mine area in Otago is safe and well. [more]

Hung jury again in South Auckland murder case
A jury has again been unable to convict a man accused of murdering another man during a gang brawl in South Auckland. The Crown says it will pursue a third trial. [more]

MPs get post-election pay boost
MPs have received a post-election pay rise, with Prime Minister John Key's salary now close to $NZ400,000 a year. [more]

Woodcock escapes any further punishment
The All Black prop Tony Woodcock has escaped any further punishment after appearing before an IRB judicial hearing in Dublin for punching. Woodcock was cited for punching Ireland hooker Rory ... [more]

Katarina Srebotnik buoyed by big wins
The ASB Tennis Classic's latest signing Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia is at a career-high singles ranking of 20th after making eight quarter-finals or better at WTA events. The 2005 champion ... [more]

Chicken pox rule Lee out of Hong Kong Golf Open
The world's leading amateur golfer, Rotorua's Danny Lee, has been forced pull out of this weeks Hong Kong Open with chicken pox. Fellow New Zealanders Michael Campbell, Stephen Scahill and ... [more]

Miandad back in the mix in Pakistan Cricket
The controversial former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has been appointed director general of Pakistan Cricket, immediately vowing to bring international cricket to Pakistan. International teams including have refused to ... [more]

Beckham confirms he will be in Auckland
Football icon David Beckham's dismissed concerns he won't be part of the Los Angeles squad for next month's match against in Auckland against an the Oceania All Stars. The England ... [more]

Pacific Islanders ring the changes for final match against Italy
The Tongan flanker Nili Latu will lead the Pacific Islanders against Italy on Saturday in their rugby tour finale after captain Mosese Rauluni was dropped to the reserves. Rauluni led ... [more]

Italian football coach equals record
The Italian football coach Marcello Lippi has equalled the world record of 31 successive international games without defeat with his side drawing 1-all in a friendly with Greece in Athens. ... [more]

Storm affects Gabba test wicket
Play is unlikley to start on time at 1 ocklock in the first cricket test between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane. A storm overnight blew the covers apart and ... [more]

Henry picks up fair play award
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry has been awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Trophy, the highest distinction awarded by the International Committee for Fair Play, which is run under the ... [more]

LV PACIFIC CUP SPONSOR HOPES REGATTA WILL BRING PEACE TO AMCUP
The gathering of America's Cup sailing teams for a regatta in Auckland this summer is being seen as a chance to end the legal warring which has left the next ... [more]

Referendum sought on animal identification scheme
Federated Farmers national council wants a farmer referendum on a proposed national animal identification and tracing scheme, which will be introduced for cattle and deer by 2011. [more]

Northland scrub fire under control
Department of Conservation crews are dampening hotspots at the scene of a large scrub fire at Ngawha Springs in Northland. [more]

Woman's death investigated
Police are investigating the death of a woman in Tokoroa on Wednesday afternoon at a house in Clyde Street. [more]

Directors' signatures forged, DHB fraud trial told
The High Court in Dunedin has been told of forgeries and inconsistent dates on documents during a trial alleging a $17 million fraud at Otago District Health Board. [more]

Greater investment tipped for elective surgery
The director-general of health is foreshadowing a greater investment in elective or non-urgent surgery under the new National-led Government. [more]

Pacific Islands Forum and European Union link up to fight impact of climate change
The Pacific Islands Forum and the European Union have endorsed a joint declaration on climate change that outlines their common concerns over global warming. It registers their common interest in... [more]

Guam senator critical of marine monument initiative
A Guam senator opposing President Bush's plans to create a Marianas Trench Marine Monument, says he would leave a more meaningful legacy if he provided an avenue for a self-determination... [more]

Hanover Finance reveals plan to repay investors
Hanover Finance has announced a debt restructuring plan to help it repay investors. It proposes to pay them in quarterly instalments over five years. [more]

Bullet casings found near Jhia's home, court told
A detective has told the High Court in Wellington about bullet casings and fragments found around a Wanganui house where a toddler was fatally shot. [more]

Pregnant disabled woman's car clamped
CCS Disability Action says a company was wrong to clamp the vehicle of a heavily pregnant woman in a wheel chair. [more]