Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 2nd December 2008

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

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Morning has broken by Cat Stevens. [more]

Reeling in the years -1966
With Ross Goodwin. [more]

You might think twice about your takeaways
A new study into takeaway food shows alarming figures. [more]

Google's StreetView launched in NZ
The free software lets Internet users"walk"down city streets and view the scene from any angle on their computer screens. [more]

He Rourou for 2 December 2008
Ana Tapiata discusses the reasons why with Dr Hone Kaa set up a charitable trust to target child abuse. [more]

Feature album - For Once in My Life
The 1968 album by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. He was 18 at the time. [more]

Do you have the creative edge?
Kiwi raised, Brent Taylor is a Melbourne based professional researcher - he has an honours degree in psychology. [more]

Asian Report for 2 December 2008
Asian comedy is the theme of today's story, kiwi actor/comedian Tarun Mohanbhai, is known for being that Indian guy! [more]

Environment story - Going bush
Veronika Meduna took Kirstie Ross to a spot of urban bush above Wellington to find out New Zealanders' perception of nature. [more]

The Panel - part 1
With Mary McCullum and Richard Langston. [more]

The panel - part 2
With Mary McCullum and Richard Langston. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 2 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 2 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 2 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Government orders Hercules to South East Asia
It says a decision will be made within 48 hours whether the Hercules will be needed to get New Zealanders out of the country. [more]

Government holds ministerial inquiry into ACC
The Prime Minister says the Labour-led Government has underfunded the non-earners account by about 297 million dollars. [more]

Hijacking accused regrets not killing pilot
The police officer who arrested the woman gave evidence in the second and final day of a depositions hearing in Christchurch. [more]

National led government not holding their breath
An upbeat forecast the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research is predicting the economic recovery will begin next April. [more]

Sports News for 2 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The government's first big test
The airforce's two 757s are unavailable, so a Hercules will leave for the region tomorrow morning. [more]

Manhunt on in Wellington
gun-wielding robbers held up a Post Shop in the suburb of Kilbirnie, forcing a dozen staff and customers to lie on the ground. [more]

Still hope for damaged 'black boxes'
The boxes ahve vital information about the Air New Zealand plane which crashed off the French coast. [more]

Waatea News for 2 December 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Reserve bank of Australia surprises markets
The benchmark interest rate dropped a full percentage point to to 4.25 per cent. [more]

General surgeon faces legal action
To tell us more about what happened is our health correspondent, Karen Brown. [more]

Who is responsible for last weeks Mumbai attacks?
Indian officials have repeatedly said the gunmen had links with Pakistan, a charge denied by Islamabad. [more]

Stranded New Zealand travellers
The New Zealanders and a hundred thousand other travellers have been prevented travelling by a anti-government blockade. [more]

Former manager of Otago district health board maintains story
The Board's former IT manager Mike Swann has been giving evidence at the High Court in Dunedin. [more]

The Ports of Auckland - Workers strike
Importers say delays could make the difference between a Santa sale, and a New Year's one. [more]

Chief Ombudsman class for classroom support
Office of the Ombudsmen says more attention needs to be paid to the plight of students who aren't getting the help they need. [more]

Obama announces who will work with him
These include the former NATO commander General James Jones as his National Security Adviser. [more]

Google Street View - try it and be amazed
A new google tool showing tens of millions of 360 degree views of New Zealand streets. [more]

Sports News for 2 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Breaking news from Bangkok
Our correspondent Norman Hermant joined checkpoint from Bangkok. [more]

Ministers and public servants on notice
Chief Ombudsmen Beverley Wakem says the practice has been growing over the last couple of years and is unacceptable. [more]

Residents of Russell picket over rubbish tip
They are angry that the Far North District Council has not consulted them over the region's refuse problems. [more]

Brazilian government says the Amazon is shrinking
Brazil had previously refused to reduce rainforest clearance until rich countries. [more]

Cruise ship attacked by Pirates off Yemen coast
The owners of the ship have confirmed shots were fired by the pirates as the liners captain tried to take evasive action. [more]

Bye bye Bush
In a wide ranging interview with ABC news he said he'd be leaving office with his head held high. [more]

Video artist Mark Leckey wins top prize
Mark Leckey has won Britain's biggest and most controversial prize for contemporary art.... the Turner Prize. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 2 December 2008
Third body discovered in Air NZ wreckage; Way out of recession; Hillary Clinton appointment; Rugby 2001. [more]

Mohua - Yellowhead
Listen to todays bird. [more]

Pacific News for 2 December 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Incandescent Lightbulbs
The new government has pulled the plug on the banning of incandescent lightbulbs. [more]

Divers discover third body in Air NZ wreck
As well as a body the divers also found the plane's second black box. [more]

NZ Institute of Economic Research new report
A new report suggests consumers may be about to spend their way out of the recession. [more]

Hillary Clinton appointed US Secretary of State
US President-elect Barrack Obama has brought together a diverse group as his National Security team. [more]

Travellers stranded in Bangkok airport still waiting
200 New Zealanders who are increasingly desperate to get out. [more]

Draw for the 2011 Rugby World Cup
New Zealand may play France in the opening game of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Govt pulls plug on lightbulb ban
The Government says it won't force eco bulbs on people"by decree". [more]

Indian and Pakistani relations after Mumbai attacks
The Minister of State of External Affairs said it was a"grave setback"to the normalisation of relations with Pakistan. [more]

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

Depositions hearing of accused highjacker
Asha Abdille faces a charge of hijacking, as well as stabbing two pilots and a passenger. [more]

Atlas 'Earth' to be launched today
"Earth"weighs 35 kilograms and will go on sale at the cool price of six thousand New Zealand dollars. [more]

Climate change talks in Poznan
The next set of global climate change talks have started in the Polish city of Poznan. [more]

Martin Snedden on Rugby World Cup 2001 draw
Martin snedden is the chief executive of Rugby New Zealand 2011. [more]

Thai protesters strengthen their hold on airport
The People's Alliance for Democracy week-long blockade is expected to be reinforced by more protesters. [more]

Two Japanese tourists overdue from Mt Cook climb
Bad weather is hampering the search for two Japanese tourists overdue from a climb on Aoraki Mount Cook. [more]

Domestic tourism performing better than International
Tourist operators are looking to NZers to soften the blow of falling numbers of international visitors. [more]

Disastrous day for NZ cricketers at Adelaides Oval
10 wickets fell in just four hours and New Zealand beaten by an innings and 62 runs. [more]

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

Hillary Clinton wins the plum job of US Secretary of State
Comments from Anthony Cordesman a foreign policy expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. [more]

Sports and India
Newspapers have reported the next Cricket World Cup and Commonwealth games could be up for grabs. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sharp rise in Christchurch burglaries
The Grinch has arrived early in Christchurch this year - with police facing a sharp spike in the number of burglaries. [more]

Dunedin Public Library turns 100
The country's first free public library turns one hundred, and Dunedin is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. [more]

Prison populations swell
Prison officers are warning the country's prisons will become more dangerous. [more]

Nights

Darwin's Mockingbirds
The British Natural History Museum is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Darwin's evolution theory. [more]

Uganda-Africa Report
Daniel Kalinaki our Ugandan Correspondent. [more]

Conundrum 2
Clue number 2. [more]

Conundrum 3
Clue number 3. [more]

Nine To Noon

AIDS Foundation campaign
Beverley Hobman whose remarkable story is at the forefront of this year's HIV-AIDS awareness campaign. [more]

Latest on the Airbus crash
Update on the investigation into the Airbus crash off the coast of France. [more]

Art of Conversation
Catherine Blyth laments the decline in face-to-face communication between people in the modern age. [more]

US Correspondent
Richard Adams, Washington editor of The Guardian reports from Washington. [more]

Feature Guest - Thomas L Friedman
World renowned author and journalist, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, also a high profile NY Times correspondent. [more]

Book Review - 'One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg'
Quentin Johnson reviews 'One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg' by Bill Oddie. Published by Hodder and Stoughton. [more]

Business Commentator - Rod Oram
Rod Oram talks about the Reserve Banks forecasted Cash Rate Cut. [more]

Maritime Piracy
Recent attacks on big ships by Somalia pirates has created huge interest, because of the ease with which they're operating. [more]

Media - Denis Welch
Responsible media coverage. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Jonathan le Cocq
Head of Canterbury Uni Music School talks about 'Eloquent Journey' - an early music tour of South Island with fellow lecturers. [more]

Michael Stewart
Tudor Consort Music Director previews upcoming 'Messiah' featuring NZ soprano Madeline Pierard. [more]

Andrew Francis
Curator of 'Welcome Sweet Peace - Returning home after the Great War' which opened today at the National Library in Wellington. [more]

News stories:

Lipman cited for stamping
The England flanker Michael Lipman has been cited for allegedly stamping on an opponent during Saturday's Test match against New Zealand. The Bath captain will face an International Rugby Board ... [more]

Vettori takes aim at his batsmen
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has taken aim at his top six batsmen after they self-destructed in the second test against Australia in Adelaide. It was a perfect ... [more]

Razzak told to stop bowling
The Bangladesh left-arm slow bowler Abdur Razzak has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. An ICC statement says Razzak, who has been touring with his country in South Africa, ... [more]

Northern limp to 274 for 9
Northern Districts ended the first day of their State Championship cricket match against Wellington at the Basin Reserve on 274 for 9. The visitors won the toss , but lost ... [more]

Tigers star admits career could be over
The Melbourne Tigers' basketball star Sam Mackinnon says his career could be over because of a recurrence of blood clots on his lungs. 32 year old Mackinnon was forced ... [more]

Carter must wait for Perpignan debut
The All Blacks first five Dan Carter has been ruled out of Perpignan's European Cup game against Leicester this weekend despite having started his six-month contract with the French side ... [more]

2 All Blacks in Baabaas lineup
2 current All Blacks and 2 other New Zealanders have been named in the Barbarians starting lineup for Thursday morning's match against Australia at Wembley. All Black's captain Richie McCaw ... [more]

Minister denies deceiving public over state housing
Housing minister Phil Heatley is adamant he said publicly before the election that no state houses would be built under any National-led government for two or three years. [more]

Rise in number of burglaries in Christchurch
Christchurch police have launched a campaign to curb a sharp rise in the number of burglaries. [more]

Warning over summer sun
The Cancer Society is warning that it is not just fair-skinned people who should protect themselves from the sun. [more]

Rules of climate change deal need to be clear - Govt
As global climate change talks get underway, the Government is pushing for rules on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to be agreed before the size of cuts are decided. [more]

Woollen fabric wins innovation award
A machine-washable woollen suit fabric developed by AgResearch has won an international award. [more]

Methyl parathion pesticide banned
The Environmental Risk Management Authority has banned the use of a deadly chemical pesticide that is no longer sold in this country. [more]

Tourism operators look to domestic market
The suffering tourism industry is looking to New Zealanders and visitors from Australia to soften the blow of falling international tourist numbers. [more]

Oil drops to below $US50 as OPEC defers cuts
The price of oil plunged more than 9% percent to below $US50 a barrel on Monday after OPEC deferred a decision on new supply cuts at a meeting over the weekend. [more]

Earthquake south of Twizel
An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale struck south of Twizel on Tuesday morning. [more]

England wait for security report on test venues
The England and Wales Cricket Board is sending a security consultant to India before deciding whether to take part in this month's scheduled two-test series following the deadly attacks ... [more]

All Blacks draw France in 2011 World Cup
The All Blacks have been drawn with France, Tonga and qualifiers from the Americas and Asia for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The French have become somewhat of a bogey ... [more]

6:30 sports heads
The All Blacks have been drawn with France, Tonga and qualifiers from the Americas and Asia for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The French have become somewhat of a bogey ... [more]

Tough groups good says Smit
There are 4 very competitive pools for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which is a good thing according to the last man to lift the William Webb Ellis Trophy. New ... [more]

New Zealand cricket captain says there may be changes
There are likely to be few changes to the New Zealand cricket squad for the test series against the West Indies which starts in Dunedin next week. The Black Caps ... [more]

Black Caps feel for their coach after Oz series
The Black Caps have slipped to 8th in test cricket's world rankings after their test series drubbing in Australia. They lost the second test in Adelaide by an innings and ... [more]

Hobbs would like AB's to play France in opening RWC match
The All Blacks against France looks set to be the opening match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Auckland. The official pool draw for the tournament was made in ... [more]

ABs coach happy with World Cup draw
The All Blacks have been drawn in the same pool as their World Cup bogey team France for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand. After the draw in London this ... [more]

Sydney Spirit players consider rescue package
The Sydney Spirit basketball captain Jason Smith is optimistic that enough of his teammates will decide today to accept the Australian National Basketball League's rescue package, allowing the embattled club ... [more]

Vettori says application not talent is Black Caps problem
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has taken aim at his top six batsmen after they self-destructed in the second test against Australia in Adelaide. On a perfect ... [more]

Lawson accuses English cricket off double standards
The former Australian cricketer and recent Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has accused England of double standards by returning home early from their tour of India. Last week England abandonned ... [more]

Armstrong to make Tour de France comeback next year
A spokesman for the seven-times winner Lance Armstrong says he will make a Tour de France comeback next year. The 37-year-old rider announced in September he was coming out of retirement ... [more]

Adventure company charged over drowning
Maritime New Zealand has charged an adventure tourism company and its owner over the death of a British tourist. [more]

A star studded lineup for Barbarians against Wallabies
Four New Zealand former and current All Blacks will play in a star-studded Barbarians line-up to face the Wallabies in Thursday night's Olympic centenary clash at Wembley. All Blacks captain... [more]

Protestors in Papua call for independence from Jakarta
Thousands protested amid tight security across Indonesia's vast Papua region yesterday to call for independence from Jakarta. An AFP correspondent said about 2,000 demonstrators marched through West Papua provincial capital... [more]

Xstrata says New Caledonia's Koniambo project on track
The Swiss miner Xstrata has confirmed that despite the global financial crisis New Caledonia's Koniambo project will go ahead as planned. The vice president of Xstrata Nickel, Dominique Dionne, says... [more]

Norfolk Island's chief minister rejects Australian government claims
Norfolk Island's chief minister has rejected Australian government claims the self-governing territory is in danger of becoming a failed state. Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus in October said that Norfolk... [more]

Samoan MP opposed to reopening of Fagali'i airport
The former Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Airport Authority, MP Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has come out strongly against the reopening of Fagali'i Airport. Lealailepule was with the Authority at... [more]

PNG's liquefied natural gas project remains on track
Papua New Guinea's liquefied natural gas project remains on track to secure its funding despite the impact of the global financial crisis. ExxonMobil has a 41.5 per cent stake in... [more]

European Parliament group ends visit to Fiji and says 2009 elections should go ahead
A European Parliament delegation has concluded a visit to Fiji and says it can see no reason why Fiji cannot hold elections next year. Its comment comes despite repeated statements... [more]

Tuesday's newspaper headlines
Government plan to help small and medium businesses cope with the recession; coverage of depositions hearing of woman charged with hijacking; Meridian Energy wins interim approval to take water from the lower Waitaki River for power scheme. [more]

French ministers challenged to volunteer for radiation exposure
The opposition in French Polynesia has criticised aspects of the French government's proposal to recognise a link between nuclear weapons tests and radiation-induced illnesses. In a statement, it has challenged... [more]

NZ and US reach agreement on tax changes
The Government has welcomed a new double tax agreement between New Zealand and the United States which it says will lower the cost of doing business between the two countries. [more]

Police in Samoa to use breathalyzers during holiday season
The police in Samoa are set to start using breathalyzer devices for monitoring drunk drivers ahead of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. 12 traffic officers participate in training on... [more]

American Samoan governor warns about scams
The American Samoan Governor Togiola Tulafono has warned the public about off-island con-artists scamming local residents through Internet lotto and similar schemes. Togiola says he is concerned with the drastic... [more]

Study commissioned into alcoholism in American Samoa
A preliminary study about the genetics of alcoholism in American Samoa has been commissioned by the U.S. National Institute of Health. The study will be carried out by addiction psychiatrist... [more]

Bougainville election outcoe too hard to tip, says commentator
An Australian academic with long links to the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says it's impossible to say who might win the presidency in the two-week poll starting... [more]

Tonga's PSA wants ministers' 125 percent pay hike revisited
Tonga's public servants' trade union, the PSA, has called on the Privy Council to abandon plans to increase Cabinet Ministers' salaries by 125 percent. The government has so far refused... [more]

Bougainville election outcome too hard to tip, says commentator
An Australian academic with long links to the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says it's impossible to say who might win the presidency in the two-week poll starting... [more]

Interest rate cut will put CBS margins under pressure
CBS Canterbury is expecting its margins will come under pressure as the benchmark interest rate rate drops sharply to offset the rapid economic slowdown. [more]

US recession started in December 2007 - panel
The US economy slipped into recession in December 2007, the nation's business cycle arbiter declared on Monday, and the downturn could be the worst since World War II. [more]

Volatility puts off sharemarket investors
The New Zealand stock exchange says trading has fallen as investors shied away from the market in November because of volatility of equity markets. [more]

Wall Street slumps on economic worry
US stocks tumbled on Monday as news pointing to the deepening economic slump around the world erased the bulk of last week's sharp gains. [more]

No plans to re-establish air strike wing - Key
Prime Minister John Key says the Government has no plans to re-establish the combat wing of the New Zealand airforce. [more]

Climate science review 'embarrassing'
New Zealand's credibility on climate change issues risks being damaged if a select committee review on climate science goes ahead, says Green party co-leader Russel Norman. [more]

Government may overturn lightbulb phase-out
The Government is considering overturning a ban on incandescent lightbulbs, which were due to be phased out from October next year. [more]

New application for Mangawhai development
The Maori trust planning to build a resort, coastal park and housing development at Mangawhai north of Auckland is confident it will gain consent for the project after drastically reducing the number of homes proposed from 1,400 to 180. [more]

All Blacks grouped with France in 2011 World Cup
The All Blacks have been drawn in the same pool as their old foes France for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs would like a match between New Zealand and France to open the tournament. [more]

International demand for NZ farm goods 'likely to fall'
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is predicting reduced demand for New Zealand's primary exports as a result of the global economic slowdown. [more]

Delays in official information requests criticised
The Office of the Ombudsmen says some parts of the public service have been deliberately delaying responses to Official Information Act requests. [more]

Fiji interim regime struggles to get mass support for charter
The Fiji interim Government has admitted it is having difficulty convincing people to back its draft People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress. The Charter is the cornerstone of the... [more]

PNG police kill two in foiling bank robbery
Papua New Guinea police have shot dead two bank robbers and seriously wounded another during a botched kidnapping and robbery attempt. Police in Bialla in West New Britain province have... [more]

Fiji defends Gardasil vaccine's safety
Fiji's ministry of health has defended the safety of the anti-cervical cancer medicine, Gardasil. So far, less than two thirds of girls between the age of nine and 12 have... [more]

Fiji interim regime restates to EU that elections are off
Fiji's interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayium, says he has told a visiting delegation of the European Parliament that elections won't go ahead by March as earlier promised. Mr Sayed-Khayium has... [more]

10 arrested, P labs shut down following raid
Ten people have been arrested after armed police raids on methamphetamine laboratories in South Auckland. Police say three clandestine "P" labs have been shut down. [more]

Liverpool go top in EPL
Liverpool have gone top of the English Premier football League but missed the chance to open a three-point lead when they were held nil-all at home by West Ham United. ... [more]

Ronaldo named European players of the Year
The Manchester United and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo has won football's 2008 Ballon d'Or award. The gong, formerly known as the European Player of the Year award, was voted on ... [more]

Phoenix midfielder forgoes Brazilian
The Wellington's Phoenix Brazilian midfielder Daniel Cortes has become a local player in football's A league competition after gaining New Zealand citizenship yesterday. The 29-year-old now has his sights set ... [more]

Bolt says Johnson stung by loss of 200m world record
Jamaica's treble Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt believes his world record-setting triumph in the 200m in Beijing must have stung previous world record-holder Michael Johnson more than the ... [more]

Protea added to South African rugby jersey
South Africa's world champion rugby team might not be the Springboks any more, after an impassioned national debate on changing the 102-year-old emblem which critics say smacks of the ... [more]

Ten first timers in line for Baseball's Hall of Fame
Rickey Henderson, American baseball's all-time stolen base leader, headlines the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot released on Monday. Henderson is one of 10 first-time candidates on the ballot, ... [more]

Armstrong confirms he'll ride in Tour de France
Lance Armstrong has confirmed he'll ride in next year's Tour de France. Armstrong's decision to ride gives the powerhouse Astana team a strong lineup in France, including 2007 Tour winner ... [more]

NZ womens squash team remains unbeaten
The New Zealand womens squash team remains unbeaten in pool play at the World Teams Championship in Cairo. The third seeded New Zealanders scored a 3-nil victory over China to go ... [more]

NFL player faces up to 15 years in jail after shooting himself
The New York Giants player Plaxico Burress has appeared in court in New York after accidentally shooting himself in a Manhatten nightclub. He faces weapons charges after a witness ... [more]

NFL to return to London
The NFL will return to London next year with two of its top teams when the New England Patriots face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wembley Stadium will host ... [more]

Surgeon found to have breached standards over operation
The Health and Disability Commissioner has criticised a surgeon for failing to inform a patient he faced mounting risk from the gastric bypass surgery he was undergoing. The 50 year old gastric bypass patient later died. [more]

Finance minister cautious on economic recovery
Finance Minister Bill English is cautious about an upbeat economic forecast which suggests New Zealand will spend its way out of recession next year. [more]

Strategic Finance investors to be repaid over five years
Troubled finance firm Strategic Finance aims to repay investors $325 million over five years after finalising its moratorium proposal. [more]

Meridian granted consents to use Waitaki river
Meridian Energy has been granted consents to use water from the lower Waitaki River for its North Bank Tunnel Hydro Electricity project. [more]

Christchurch police searching for teens
Police in Christchurch are looking for two teenagers missing for a number of weeks. [more]

Council accused of bullying residents over rubbish
Residents in the Northland town of Russell say they are being bullied by the district council into taking the region's waste. [more]

Australia cuts interest rates to 4.25%
The Reserve Bank of Australia cut official interest rates by 100 basis points to the lowest level in six-and-a-half years on Tuesday, amid signs of a significant moderation in domestic demand. [more]

Housing unsafe for nearly a third of at-risk youth
New research suggests that about 30% of at-risk and vulnerable young people are in unsafe or insecure housing. [more]

Ombudsman wants more help for difficult students
The Chief Ombudsman is calling for more classroom support for students with behavioural problems. [more]

Independent Tonga TV station plans to sue army for damage to studios
An independent television station in Tonga is planning to sue the army for compensation for the damage soldiers have caused in their studios. The OBN network has been off the... [more]

Markets volatile as another round of rate cuts begin
Australia slashed interest rates and the Bank of Japan moved to ease an acute cash crunch for companies, kicking off another round of global central bank action to soothe markets and shore up crumbling economies. [more]

Man killed in paraponting crash
A man has been killed in a paraponting crash in Christchurch. [more]