Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 3rd December 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, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Jim's Essay
Homepaddock's shaky similes. [more]

The best song ever written
Elaine Scoble from Takapuna has chosen O Holy Night, sung by Pavarotti. [more]

Link 3 for 3 December 2008
Link3, the music game. It's about the musicians this week, not their music. [more]

Tsunami Nightmare
What happens if a tsunami off New Zealand hits without warning in the middle of the night? [more]

A nation of non-swimmers
How come our children aren't learning to swim? [more]

He Rourou for 3 December 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Dr Kaa about the potential role of extended whanau to stop child abuse. [more]

Feature Album - September of My Years
By Frank Sinatra. [more]

Mr. I.T - Hamish MacEwan
A demand, maybe, for home geek services..? [more]

Auckland Story
With David Steemson. [more]

Environment story
Mention corals and I think of a colourful reef somewhere in the warm tropics. [more]

The panel - part 1
With Geraldine Johns and Graeme Bell. [more]

The panel - part 2
With Geraldine Johns and Graeme Bell. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 3 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 3 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 3 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Rescue workers pull off life threatening effort
One of the climbers came out of the tent to collect the provisions, and police are now waiting to establish radio contact. [more]

Thai protestors declared themselves victorious
Andrei Jewell is a New Zealander who has been stranded in Thailand since last week. [more]

Parents of Stem Cell treated child says it's a miracle
Maia Friedlander could hardly walk, talk, or chew her food before undergoing the experimental stem cell treatment in the US. [more]

Family of murdered Korean backpacker visit murder site
The family members are spending a week in New Zealand as they come to terms with their son's killing five years ago. [more]

Cluster bomb treaty being signed in Oslo tonight
More than a hundred countries are expected to sign. [more]

Sports News for 3 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Former ACC Minister rubbishes governments new intention
Maryan Street says she received her first paper on the issue in August and only got preliminary figures in October. [more]

Workers poisoned while working on Auckalnds habour bridge
The staff were stripping paint as part of work to re-inforce the bridge's clip-on lanes. [more]

Questions over police supplying jury information
It's been alleged the information undermines the impartiality of juries and severely disadvantages the defence. [more]

Waatea News for 3 December 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wellington's DHB faces 3 million dollar repair bill
Capital and Coast Health Board members heard about the problem which is a result of a lack of spending over many years. [more]

South Aucklands Indian community gathering funds
40-year-old Virender Singh faces two assault charges after the fight in September that sent four people to hospital. [more]

Massive sea levels in Venice
Venice is appealing to the government for emergency funding. [more]

Protesters starting to leave Bangkok's Airport
The move comes as a response to the announcement that the Thai prime minister will step down. [more]

Stockpiling of cluster bombs near an end
The first talks on the ban were held in Wellington earlier this year. [more]

The education union are worried about new teachers
The NZEI says a new survey confirms systemic problems with the way school boards appoint principals. [more]

Maia Friedlander - stem cell patient
Maia was the first New Zealander to have, her parents say her life is completely different. [more]

Qantas explores potenial British Airways merger
The CEO's of the two airlines have been discussing a marriage since August and are said to be close to agreement. [more]

Sports News for 3 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

India was warned about the Mumbai attacks
This latest twist has further added to public anger against India's government. [more]

Mumbai last week...
London in 2005, Madrid in 2004 and the United States in 2001. [more]

Up to 500 hundred people die from cholera outbreak
Zimbabwe: The crisis has been made even worse by the collapse of the country's healthcare system. [more]

Massive stolen goods haul in Lower Hutt
A 41-year old man has been arrested. [more]

Enquiries into the Air New Zealand Airbus crash - slow
The recovery of four bodies still missing at sea and the aircraft wreckage is being hampered by weather. [more]

Humanitarian catastrophe - South Eastern Nepal
An artificial embankment on the Koshi River burst in August [more]

Former Warsaw Ghetto to be preserved
They want to preserve the memory of the city's tragic Jewish quarter. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 3 December 2008
Thai PM removed; ACC funding shortfall; cash rates. [more]

Titi wainui - Fairy prior
Listen to todays bird. [more]

Workers at Ports of Auckland have downed tools
Around 300 workers at Ports of Auckland have downed tools. [more]

David Beckham arrives in Auckland
Beckham has arrived in the country ahead of his Los Angeles Galaxy football team's exhibition game. [more]

Pacific News for 3 December 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Claims of a hole in the ACC accounts
A leading economist says the government is"beating up"claims of a billion dollar hole in the ACC accounts. [more]

Thai PM forced to step down
A constitutional court banned him from politics for five years and shut down his party. [more]

Claims of an ACC shortfall
Prime Minister John Key has ordered a ministerial inqury. [more]

ACC Minister Nick Smith
Dr Nick Smith comments on the ACC shortfall claims. [more]

Banks call for cut to the official cash rate
The head of the BNZ Head of Research, Stephen Toplis comments. [more]

Blackbox from Air NZ wreck
It is thought the cockpit voice recorder is so badly damaged it won't provide investigators with any useful information. [more]

Bank Deposits
Govt might have to guarantee up to 40 billion dollars of borrowing by NZ banks. [more]

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

Restructuring plans by US car makers
US car makers are submitting restructuring plans to Congress with the aim of securing 25 billion dollars in government aid. [more]

Industrial action at Ports of Auckland
Comments from the port's Managing Director Jens Madsen, and Maritime Union of New Zealand Branch President Denis Carlisle. [more]

Thailand's Prime Minister ordered out of office
Stranded tourists could soon be on the move from Thailand, after the country's Prime Minister was ordered out of office. [more]

Labour Party's new ACC spokesperson, David Parker
National rejects claims its softening up the public for the privatisation of ACC. [more]

Exclusive Brethren Leader accused of crimes
Former brethren members have accused Bruce Hales of crimes against humanity, people smuggling and international organised crime. [more]

NZ Institute welcomes indications of provisional tax break
The Prime Minister John Key says the government is looking at a package to help small and medium sized businesses. [more]

Asha Abdille to face hijacking charges
A woman accused of hijacking an Air New Zealand plane has been committed for trial. [more]

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

New study of school Principals
A new study's found one in five Primary school principals have no qualification higher than a 2 year teaching diploma. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Young kiwi gets a crack at Formula One
Brendon Hartley will get a shot at the big time when he trys out for the Red Bull Formula One Racing team in a fortnight. [more]

San Lu back selling milk products in China
San Lu is just under 50 percent owned by the milk cooperative Fonterra. [more]

What do children want for Christmas
There are just 22 days left to do the Christmas shopping. [more]

Nights

Professor Ron McCallum
Australian law professor talking about disability issues. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Swimming in schools
Water Safety New Zealand is wanting more New Zealand children to learn to swim. [more]

'Outcomes-based' social services
Dr Barry Duncan has adopted an approach to delivering social services from the position of"What's right for you?" [more]

Maori pouhaki (flagpole)
Cambridge University has become the latest resting place for a carved maori flagpole, first gifted to British royalty in 1920. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Paul Barclay reports from across the Tasman. [more]

Feature Guest - Michael Deeley
Academy Award winning cult film producer and author. [more]

Book Review - 'The Amazing World of James Hector'
Harry Broad reviews 'The Amazing World of James Hector' edited by Simon Nathan and Mary Varnham. Published by Awa Press. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Artist of the week is Sheryl Crow. [more]

Legal commentator
Ursula Cheer, Associate professor at Canterbury University and sometime poet. [more]

Film review
Graeme Tuckett reviews 'The Visitor' and 'American Teen' along with other film gossip. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Rachel Hyde
Director of Wellington-based Cantoris Choir discusses upcoming performance of Mendelssohn's 'Paulus' oratorio. [more]

Carl Browning
Founder of Nelson's annual Choral Summer School previews this year's event. [more]

Scott Elliffe
Brains behind Oamaru's 'Living History' venture talks about theatrical work 'The Great Storm of 1868'. [more]

News stories:

Dyson says New Zealand cricketers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief
Demoralised they maybe after their two nil drubbing at the hands of Australia, but West Indies coach John Dyson believes the New Zealand cricketers will be breathing an almighty sigh of ... [more]

7am sports heads
The former England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Lord MacLaurin believes England should abandon the rest of their Indian tour, and it'll be sad if they return. The team returned ... [more]

Former England cricket boss says Indian tour should be called off
The former England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Lord MacLaurin believes England should abandon the rest of their Indian tour, and it'll be sad if they return. The England team ... [more]

Winning stakes bonuses to be dscontinued
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing is citing a forecast profit downturn of at least $16 million this season for dropping added winning stakes bonuses for selected Fillies and Mares races and Stayers ... [more]

Oz PGA loses star turn
The Australian golf star Adam Scott has been cleared of any serious injury after having to withdraw from the Australian PGA championship, starting tomorrow on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Organisers were ... [more]

India confident cricket can overcome Mumbai attacks
Terror attacks in India's financial capital Mumbai have triggered security concerns in cricket's global commercial hub although officials are hopeful the game will not suffer any lasting damage. The three-day rampage ... [more]

England's Lipman cited
The England flanker Michael Lipman will face an International Rugby Board disciplinary hearing later this week after being cited for stamping during the 32-6 loss to New Zealand at Twickenham. TheBath ... [more]

IAndrew pleads for England patience
England's elite rugby director Rob Andrew insists the team is engaged in a "long-term" project after crushing losses to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Although England's performances under new manager ... [more]

Major Indian events won't be affected by terror in Mumbai
There are no plans to reschedule either the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi or the 2011 World Cup Cricket tournament despite security concerns after the Mumbai terror attacks. ... [more]

NBL extends payment deadline
It looks as if the recession's beginning to bite the National Basketball League with the NBL board having to extend the deadline for teams to enter the 2009 competition. It's given ... [more]

Hobbs guides Otago to upset
Otago has upset Wellington on the opening day of the Men's Inter-provincial golf championships in Nelson and Waikato edged Auckland. Dunedin greenkeeper Andrew Hobbs chalked up his 50th match by guiding ... [more]

Wellington well placed for first innings points
Wellington will start day three of their State Championship cricket match at the Basin Reserve on 219 for four in reply to Northern Districts' 310 with Josh Brodie 99 not out ... [more]

Westland 1080 ban worries Animal Health Board
Westland District Council is to ban aerial application of 1080 poison in water catchments, a decision that worries the Animal Health board. [more]

North South Finance vote in favour of repayment plan
Investors in Dominion Finance's subsidiary, North South Finance, have accepted a plan that could see them repaid their original investment in full over three years. [more]

Biogas from pig manure being trialled
The pork industry is to explore the potential for using pig manure as a source of renewable energy that can be used to power farms or sent to the local electricity network. [more]

Scientist cuts ties with manuka honey organisation
The scientist who developed the system for measuring the anti-bacterial properties in manuka honey has severed his ties with the organisation that administers it. [more]

Warning over impact of prison crowding on mentally ill
Chief Ombudsman Beverley Wakem has raised concerns about large numbers of inmates with mental illnesses going untreated. [more]

Armstrong will not get special security in Tour
The Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme says there'll be no special security measures place for Lance Armstrong's return to the race that made the seven-times winnner world famous. Prudhomme says ... [more]

Sampras says Federer will claim record
Pete Sampras has dismissed suggestions Roger Federer has gone into decline and has backed the Swiss tennis star to beat his record of 14 grand slam titles. Federer, 27, is one ... [more]

Wallabies to wind up against Babas
The Wallabies wind up their spring tour on tomorrow morning at Wembley Stadium night when they take on a formidable Barbarians line-up, which includes four New Zealanders. With skipper Stirling Mortlock, ... [more]

Woman accused of hijacking plane to face trial
A woman accused of hijacking an Air New Zealand plane has been committed for trial. [more]

Beckham delights Auckland fans
One of the world's most recognised soccer players, David Beckham, delighted screaming fans by signing autographs as he arrived at Auckland International Airport on Wednesday morning. [more]

Wine producer Delegat's expects 29% profit rise
Delegat's Group expects to toast another year of record profits, as its premium brands gain popularity overseas. [more]

Cross-pollination can cause costly problems - Fed Farmers
Canterbury farmers tapping into the growing demand for biofuel crops by planting oil seed rape or canola have been reminded of the need to be good neighbours. [more]

Fijian football sensation heading to China
The young Fijian international Roy Krishna is one of the few newcomers in the Waitakere United squad that leaves tonight for China as part of preparation for their December 11... [more]

Samoa's biggest private employer seeks government assistance
Samoa's biggest private employer, Yazaki Samoa, has asked the Samoa Government for help as it struggles to survive. Last month the manufacturer of wire harnesses for vehicles began laying off... [more]

FSM bill seeks reservation of four seats for female lawmakers
A bill has been introduced in the Federated States of Micronesia Congress which will reserve four seats for female lawmakers. The bill is sponsored by Speaker Isaac Figir and Vice... [more]

Pacific art exhibition from New Zealand will be shown in Taiwan
For the first time, a contemporary Pacific art exhibition from New Zealand will be shown in an art museum in Asia. Le Folauga features the work of sixteen New Zealand... [more]

Price of fuel in American Samoa drops further
American Samoa's Office of Petroleum and Management says that the price of fuel in the territory has dropped even further. Petroleum officer Sione Kava says that the ongoing decrease is... [more]

Wednesday's newspaper headlines
Japanese climbers trapped on Aoraki-Mt Cook; Google reports an overwhelming response to its Street View mapping system; Highlanders player Ross Kennedy describes his lucky escape from Thailand. [more]

Hastings gang members committed for trial
Five Hastings gang members charged with attacking guests at a 21st birthday party with weapons including a machete and pieces of wood have been committed for trial. [more]

Fall in number of business owners selling companies
Business owners are delaying plans to sell their firms, and are instead bunkering down for the economic downturn. [more]

Agricultural water use a key challenge - ministry
A Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry briefing paper for incoming ministers has identified water allocation and management as one of the biggest challenges facing the new Government. [more]

Solomon Islands govt to set up diplomatic mission in Fiji
The interim Fiji cabinet has formally endorsed the establishment of a diplomatic mission in Suva by the Solomon Islands Government. Fiji's acting interim Foreign Minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, says the... [more]

Fiji's Women's Rights Movement says parents need to be better informed about Gardasil
Fiji's Women's Rights Movement says parents need to be better informed about the anti-cervical-cancer vaccine, Gardasil. Officials are rushing to vaccinate more than 30,000 girls between 9 and 12 years... [more]

Medical researcher in Fiji blames local media for making people wary of Gardasil
A medical researcher in Fiji blames local media for making people wary of the anti-cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil. The International drug manufacturer, Merck, has donated the vaccine, and Fiji officials... [more]

American Samoa hospital officials upset over Health department's response to dengue
Hospital officials in American Samoa are upset over what they perceive as a weak response by the Health Department to combatting the fast spreading dengue fever. Staff at the LBJ... [more]

Fiji's Bainimarama must apologise says Naitasiri paramount chief
Reports from Fiji say the Naitasiri paramount chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, says the military commander and interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, must apologise before a planned meeting with tribal... [more]

Solomon Islands watching any effects world financial melt down will have on China
Solomon Islands is watching closely any effects the world financial melt down will have on the Chinese economy. In his tabling of the 2009 budget in Parliament yesterday, Finance Minister... [more]

Hawaiian Telecom Communications Incorporated files for bankruptcy
Hawaiian Telecom Communications Incorporated has filed for bankruptcy after increased competition and an economic downturn prevented it from reaching an agreement with creditors over 25.6 million US dollars in interest... [more]

American Samoa government proposes levy to pay for insurance bill
The Togiola Faoa administration is proposing a two-percent hike on the excise tax for juice imports and a one US cent tax on imported bottled water to pay the 6.6... [more]

American Samoan Congressman in talks with tuna boat operators
American Samoa's member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, is meeting U.S. tuna boat owners, the South Pacific Tuna Corporation, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea, in San... [more]

PNG timber scheme's intregrity doubted
Greenpeace and two leading PNG environmental NGOs have greeted with skepticism a new timber legality scheme announced by Malaysian logging giant, Rimbunan Hijau and the Papua New Guinea Forest Industries... [more]

Ballesteros undergoes 4th brain op
The Spanish golf great Seve Ballesteros is back in intensive care after undergoing a fourth brain operation. A valve was implanted in the 51-year-old Spaniard's brain to drain fluid, while ... [more]

Burnley beat Arsenal
Championship side Burnely have scored their second straight upset in English football's League Cup. After beating Chelsea in the previous round, Burnely have now toppled Arsenal 2-nil in the quarter-finals. ... [more]

Melbourne Cup runner up at centre of investigation
The Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer is at the centre of an investigation by Racing Victoria into his pre-race treatment by veterinarians. Bauer stormed home over the final 200 metres ... [more]

Alonso says he may quit if standard engine is used in F1
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso has warned he could walk away from Formula One if plans to introduce a standard engine for all teams go ahead from 2010. F1's governing body the ... [more]

Waitakere United off to FIFA club World Cup
Waitakere United have started an intensive 11 days of preparation for their clash with Adelaide United at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. The NZFC and O-League champions leave ... [more]

Valencia close to bankruptcy
A Spanish sports newspaper says the first division football club Valencia is on the verge of bankruptcy It says the club must pay 50 million euros before December 31 and only ... [more]

McCaw relaxed ahead of Baabaas game
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says he's enjoying the relaxed atmosphere heading into his debut for the Barbarians in tomorrow morning's Olympic centenary clash with Australia at Wembley. McCaw is excited ... [more]

NZ womens squash team finishes top of pool
The New Zealand women's squash team has finished top of their pool at the World Teams Championship in Cairo after scoring a 3-nil victory over Ireland. By finishing top of ... [more]

Future of new ANBL franchise should be known today
The future of the new Australian National Basketball League franchise the Sydney Spirit should be known today. An improved rescue package will be offered to individual players today and NBL ... [more]

Holyfield reenters WBA rankings
Former four-time heavyweight boxing champion Evender Holyfield has re-entered the WBA rankings at number 12, clearing the way for the 46-year-old ring legend to face WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in ... [more]

Ammonia leak in Hastings factory caused evacuations
Several homes at Whakatu north of Hastings were evacuated on Wednesday after an ammonia leak was detected at a food processing factory. [more]

Fiji Human Rights Commission sets new terms to meet foreign teams
The Fiji Human Rights Commission has set conditions before it will in future receive foreign missions. The information department says the Commission's chairperson, Shaista Shameem, now wants to be given... [more]

New Zealand allows Fiji Under-20 football team to transit through Auckland
The New Zealand Immigration has relaxed its rules and allowed the Fiji under-20 Football team to transit through Auckland on its way to Tahiti for the Oceania World Cup Qualifying... [more]

Slain tourist's family visit West Coast site
The mother and brother of a South Korean backpacker killed on the West Coast of the South Island have visited the remote site where he died. [more]

Dairy prices fall on overseas markets
International milk powder prices have continued to soften, according to results from Fonterra's latest internet trade. [more]

French Polynesia press details OPT top pays
French Polynesia's press has detailed the pay of the top people in the territory's postal and telecommunications administration during the period 2000 to 2007. The Nouvelles de Tahiti says according... [more]

Niue consumer tax stalled again
Niue's controversial consumer tax has been stalled for the second time in a year. The Niue Consumption Tax bill, which was introduced in the Assembly by Premier Toke Talagi, places... [more]

Large bill for Wellington hospital maintenance
Wellington's debt-plagued Capital and Coast District Health Board faces a $3 million bill for deferred building maintenance work. [more]

NZ gold medallist Valerie Vili gets reception in Tonga
New Zealand Olympic gold medallist, Valerie Vili, is being given a prime ministerial reception in Tonga tonight. Ms Vili, who won gold in the shotput in Beijing, has strong links... [more]

Solomons police urge village support to curb violence
Solomon Islands police commander is calling on villagers at Koa Hill near Honiara to come up with a plan to combat ongoing violence directed at police. This follows an attack... [more]

Yazaki expects Samoan taxpayers to help keep plant going
Samoa's biggest private employer Yazaki Samoa Ltd is optimistic that the government will provide a rescue package for the company. Yazaki, which manufactures wire harnesses for vehicles, will have laid... [more]

Concern over primary principal appointments
One in five primary school boards rate the quality of applicants for principals' jobs as patchy or disappointing, according to a survey. [more]

Groser confident about trade meeting
Trade Minister Tim Groser is confident that floundering world trade talks can be resurrected by a ministerial meeting in Geneva before Christmas. [more]

Oil drops to below $US47 a barrel
Oil prices fell nearly 5% on Tuesday driven down by a gloomy economic outlook and news that OPEC made only two-thirds of its pledged supply cuts in November. [more]

Security footage may help identify Post Shop robbers
Police in Wellington are studying security camera footage to try to identify armed robbers who held up a New Zealand Post Shop on Tuesday. [more]

Harbour Bridge workers suffer lead poisoning
Maintenance on Auckland's Harbour Bridge has left a number of workers with lead poisoning. The staff were paint stripping as part of reinforcement of the bridge's clip-on lanes. [more]

Fox Glacier tours resume after washout
Guided walks on Fox Glacier have resumed after a rainstorm washed away the access road last weekend. [more]

Man survives 70m drop at Diamond Harbour
A man has suffered moderate to serious injuries after driving off a cliff in Banks Peninsula. [more]

Former minister critical of ACC funding inquiry
Former Labour ACC Minister Maryan Street has criticised the Government's intention to hold a ministerial inquiry into what it calls a blow-out in the Accident Compensation Corporation non-earners' account. [more]

French Polynesia's Flosse says Paris hides withdrawal from overseas territories
French Polynesia's Gaston Flosse has told the French senate that Paris is hiding the fact that it is disengaging from its commitment to its overseas territories. In the French budget... [more]

Yellowfin tuna cut proposed ahead of Pacific fisheries meeting
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission is proposing that the catch of yellowfin tuna in the region be cut by 30 percent. The Kyodo news agency reports the proposal... [more]

Samoa committee considers relief for Yazaki
A cabinet-appointed committee in Samoa trying to assist Yazaki Samoa says no financial assistance is being directly offered to the company. The company, which manufactures wire harnesses for vehicles, will... [more]

Samoa PM explains drive switch challenges
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says some people are opposed to the change to right-hand driving because such vehicles are the ugliest in the world. The Samoa Observer reports... [more]

Full player list unveiled for Heineken Tennis Open
The tournament line up for the Heineken Tennis Open next month has been confirmed with four world top 20 players in the draw. The top-20 players include current world No ... [more]

Brooke writes off Six Nations for 2011 world cup
The competition is still three years away but former All Blacks loose forward Zinzan Brooke is already writing off the possibility of a northern hemisphere side from winning the rugby ... [more]

Rovelli released from Warriors contract to sign with North Queensland
The return of veteran Stacey Jones has seen the Warriors release halfback Grant Rovelli a year early from his contract with the National Rugby League club. Rovelli's announced he's signed ... [more]

McCaw enjoying playing alongside rivals
The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says he's enjoying the relaxed atmosphere heading into his debut for the Barbarians in tomorrow morning's Olympic centenary clash with Australia at Wembley. McCaw's ... [more]

Wrist injury not threatening Ponting's international career say medical staff
Australian cricket medical staff are dismissing speculation that captain Ricky Ponting's career could be cut short by a wrist injury. Ponting will visit a surgeon in Melbourne tomorrow ... [more]

Five England players not prepared to return to India says former international
At least five England cricket players are not prepared to return to India following the Mumbai terror attacks, according to former Test fast bowler Dominic Cork. The players are waiting ... [more]

Contador and Armstrong to train together
The Cycling greats Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, who is to bid for his eighth Tour de France title next year, will train together for the first time ... [more]

Couple accused of causing baby's brain injury
A Nelson couple has been charged with causing serious brain injuries to their 17-week-old son. [more]

DHB fraud accused 'intimidated' by SFO
The former manager accused of defrauding the Otago District Health Board has admitted contradicting himself, but blamed intimidation by the Serious Fraud Office. [more]

Parents say girl better after cord blood treatment
A five-year-old girl has become the first New Zealander to have brain damage treated with an experimental procedure using her umbilical cord blood. [more]

Arrest made over Auckland taxi stabbing
A man has been charged over the near-fatal stabbing of a taxi driver in South Auckland on Friday. [more]

Hawke's Bay DHB lifts restrictions on pharmacies
Hawke's Bay District Health Board has admitted defeat over attempts to put restrictions on chemists wanting to set up new pharmacies. [more]

PNG govt plans to use proceeds from LNG project to help the country
Papua New Guinea's Government plans to keep proceeds from its direct equity participation in the ExxonMobil-led PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in a trust account outside of the budget. [more]

Car bosses pledge to work for $US1 a year
Chief executives of troubled American car makers have promised to work for $US1 a year, if the US Congress approves emergency aid to the industry. [more]

Car manufacturers propel Wall Street rebound
Wall Street has rebounded from Monday's falls, as sentiment was lifted by a better-than-expected update from General Electric and hopes for a US rescue for ailing Detroit car makers. [more]

Stocks in Asia-Pacific gain
Stocks in Asia and the Pacific rebounded on Wednesday, but low-risk assets such as US Treasuries also retained their lustre despite offering the lowest yields in decades amid worries about the ailing global economy. [more]

Too few children can swim - research
Water Safety New Zealand says the Ministry of Education needs to improve the way children are taught to swim, or risk more drownings. [more]

Swim seat for infants recalled
An Australian toy company is recalling an inflatable swim seat for infants which it has sold in New Zealand over the past six years. [more]

Supreme court hears jury-vetting case
The Supreme Court has been told information about juries provided by police threatens the impartiality of juries and causes the administration of justice to seriously malfunction. [more]

Strike action by Ports of Auckland workers
Ports of Auckland workers began a 24-hour strike on Tuesday night, despite a fourth pay offer from the company. [more]

More bad weather for South Island
More heavy rain and high winds are predicted for many parts of the South Island. [more]

Zimbabwe introduces new banknotes as inflation soars
Zimbabwe's central bank will introduce new higher denomination banknotes of up to 100 million Zimbabwe dollars, as it battles to contain hyperinflation, state media reported on Wednesday. [more]

Police stand by charging shop owner after brawl
Police in South Auckland maintain they were right to lay charges against a liquor store owner stabbed in a fight outside his shop. [more]