Radio New Zealand - Monday, 8th 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

Eight Months to Mars - Colyn Devereux
Adventure is nothing new to her, because she has set up two successful businesses. [more]

Uniform Stoush
The Commission says it has received numerous complaints about the limited uniform supplier choice. [more]

The Dog and Lemon Guide
From Alfa Romeos to Austins, Chryslers to Kias, the Dog and Lemon guide pulls no punches. [more]

Author Slot - Muriel and Frank Newman
The Book title is"Living off the Smell of an Oily Rag". [more]

This Way Up Feature - Fridges
If you're investing in a new fridge to store all of your Christmas supplies, you may be wondering what exactly to look for. [more]

Environmental Feature - Chatham Islands
This week Canterbury University Press launches a revised edition of the book 'Chatham Islands: heritage and conservation'. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Lisa Glass and Gordon Campbell. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Lisa Glass and Gordon Campbell. [more]

Business News

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

Evening Business News for 8 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 8 December 2008
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Tagger Murder Trial
The High Court in Auckland has been told a man who allegedly stabbed to death a teenage tagger took the law into his own hands. [more]

Wanganui Toddler Death Case
A man accused of murdering a Wanganui toddler has today pleaded guilty to the child's manslaughter. [more]

Parliament
Parliament's 122 MPs have been sworn-in to Parliament, and the National MP Lockwood Smoth elected Speaker of the House. [more]

Hutt Gun Alert
The police in Wellington are looking for two men after one of them fired at a truck on the Hutt motorway. [more]

Unsafe Beaches
The Green Party says the government needs to take action following the release of a report on beaches. [more]

Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak
The United Nations is warning 60,000 people could contract Cholera in the next few weeks. [more]

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

Auckland Gas Leak
A gas leak is causing significant disruption in West Auckland tonight. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme Review
The Government has announced that the United Future leader Peter Dunne will chair the Parliamentary review of the E.T.S. [more]

Taxi Driver Safety
The Australian Taxi Industry Association is backing calls for cabs here to have government funded security systems. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Japanese Climber Rescued Comments
The Japanese climber who was rescued from Aoraki Mount Cook last week has spoken to the media for the first time. [more]

Failed Rescue Inquest
A search and rescue officer says he regrets not giving the police officer information about the aircraft available. [more]

Cannabis Ring Cracked
Detective Inspector John Winter says police from all three South Island Districts were involved in Operation Marvel. [more]

Minister Meets Councils
Local councils say they've had a constructive and concilitary meeting with their new Minister Rodney Hide. [more]

Shortland Street BSA Decison
A gay sex scene on Shortland Street breached the interests of childen and standards of good taste and decency. [more]

Medicine Scare
The Ministry of Health says it may never know how many people have bought a potentially deadly medicine. [more]

Greece Protests
Thousands of young people have rampaged through the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki, in a second day of rioting. [more]

Auckland Fire
At least 16 fire appliances from across Auckland have been rushing to a blaze which has engulfed a Mitre 10 store. [more]

UK Pork Scare
In Britain the Food Standards Agency, or FSA, has warned against eating pork products. [more]

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

Tomato Exports
Australia's biosecurity watchdog has lifted its ban on New Zealand tomatoes and capsicum. [more]

Latin American News
Venezuela's opposition parties have united to reject another bid by Hugo Chavez to extend his presidency. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Obama Press Conference
The United States President elect Barack Obama predicts the US economy will get worse before it gets better. [more]

Hajj Pilgrimage
The second day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage has seen more than 2 million worshippers travel from Mecca. [more]

Afghanistan War
There's no end in sight to the 7 year old conflict. [more]

Cherie Blair
The British lawyer Cherie Blair has become the subject of a heated religious debate. [more]

Special Pistol
A United States gun company claims its government will fund a pistol designed for the elderly. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 December 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 8 December
Top stories of the day [more]

Kaka
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Pacific news for 8 December 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Taxi driver killed
The New Zealand Taxi Federation is calling for better protection of its members following the killing of a Christchurch driver. [more]

Substandard timber
The Department of Building and Housing has launched an investigation into the alleged problem involving 1500 Auckland homes. [more]

Taxi driver killed (part 2)
The hunt continues today for the killer of a Christchurch taxi driver who was stabbed in his cab at the weekend. [more]

Kiwi dollar falls
The Prime Minister, is warning the New Zealand dollar could fall well below the fifty cent mark against the US dollar. [more]

Parliament resumes today
Parliament today meets for the first time since the election. [more]

Search continues in airbus crash
Searchers say they are determined to find all the bodies. A fourth was found near the wreckage over the weekend. [more]

Labour Party President resigns
As well as resigning as party president, Mike Williams has announced he's quit his three Government-appointed board jobs. [more]

Zimbabwe situation worsens
The Prime minister of Kenya is adding his voice to the call for change in Zimbabwe. [more]

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

Property prices
The decline in residential property values could be slowing. [more]

Job losses
Unemployment is predicted to hit six percent next year, that's another 40 thousand people out of work. [more]

Tuna fisheries under stress
There is a new push to try to prevent some of the tuna stocks of the central and western pacific being over exploited. [more]

Homeless Football World Cup
The Afghan mens team have triumphed in the finals of the Homeless Football World Cup in Melbourne. [more]

Taxi driver killed (part 3)
Police are still hunting two men they believe killed a Christchurch taxi driver. [more]

Beckham fails to pull crowds
The ARC stands to lose money from the match between David Beckham's LA Galaxy and the Oceania All Stars. [more]

Poor water quality for swimmers
A survey says out of 501 recreational swimming sites, almost a third had either poor or very poor quality. [more]

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

Rowing race reheld
The Olympic race that saw New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale collapse after winning bronze was re-run yesterday. [more]

Zimbabwe situation worsens
Inflation is at 231-million percent, there are food shortages in many areas and a cholera epidemic has killed 575. [more]

Vote for new PM in Thailand
A parliamentary vote is expected today to find a new Prime Minister, after the incumbent was forced to stand down. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Heart problems for Indian men
New research has found Indian men are now the ethnic group at greatest risk of coronary heart disease. [more]

Martha Von Bulow dies
Martha, also known as Sunny, was the subject of one of the nation's most sensational criminal cases during the 1980s. [more]

Australia
We cross to Melbourne now to join Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

Resource Management Act
Government departments have criticised the RMA, lending weight to the National-led Government's plans to review the law. [more]

Nights

Diamond life
Geochronologist and Tectonics expert Alexander Nemchin joins the nights team to talk about the oldest diamonds in the world. [more]

Political systems
Political history with senior lecturer of Political Studies at the University of Otago Brian Roper. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 1. [more]

Sport
Palmerston North sports reporter Penny Miles give us the latest sport news from around New Zealand. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

How filthy are our beaches
A new survey says that many of New Zealand rivers and beaches are unsafe. [more]

Adoption policy changes
With many changes in society over the past decades prospective parents are finding less children are available for adoption. [more]

Writers' voices
931 Sound archivist Richard Forman with rare sound recordings of famous writers from the 30s until the 50s. [more]

Feature guest - Ronnie van Hout
A New Zealand artist with an exhibition currently being held at Te Papa museum. [more]

Book review - Memoirs of a Master Forger
Written by William Heeney. Reviewed by Ralph McAllister. Published by Gollancz. [more]

Politics
Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre discuss the latest from both sides of politics. [more]

Food and wine
With guest chef Anne Thorpe and wine expert John Hawkesby. [more]

Tommy Honey
Tommy Honey; sophist and provocateur [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 8 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 8 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Martha Ash
Music Director of Waitomo Caves Choir talks about upcoming Christmas concerts and cd release. [more]

Jonathan Hendry
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Director talks us through the winners of this year's Wellington Theatre Awards. [more]

News stories:

Drought feared in eastern areas
Farmers in eastern parts of the country are starting to reduce stock numbers and brace themselves for the possibility of another drought, following the failure of late spring rains. [more]

Council explores marine farming options in Waikato
Waikato's regional council is looking at allowing new types of marine farming, including fish farming, to be done in the region. [more]

3 gold medals for NZ Taekwondo exponents
New Zealand finished with nine medals, including three gold, from the Oceania Taekwondo Championships in Auckland. The title winners were heavyweight Hayley Schofield of the Hutt Valley, welterweight Vaughan Scott of ... [more]

Call to improve science funding to stem staff cuts
The chief executive of AgResearch is warning that the science sector is likely to have to keep making staff redundant if nothing is done to improve science funding. [more]

England cricketers meet to discuss Indian situation
The England cricketers are meeting now in Abu Dhabi discussing whether or not to return to India for two scheduled test matches in the wake of the terrorist attacks in ... [more]

McLaren expect to lose a third of revenues
McLaren expect their revenues to fall by more than a third as a result of the global economic crisis that has already seen Honda announce it is quitting the sport. The ... [more]

Loeb wins Rally of Great Britain
The World champion Sebastien Loeb has crowned his season with victory in the Rally of Great Britain, his first win in the race. The Frenchman beat Ford's overnight leader Jari-Matti Latvala ... [more]

Audi's withdrawal scuppers Germany's America's Cup bid
Car manufacturers Audi have withdrawn their sponsorship of Team Germany effectively ending the German sailing team's bid to win the America's Cup. But co-ordinator Jochen Schuemann insists he will fight on ... [more]

Turner says batsmen need more time in nets
New Zealand Cricket's convenor of selectors Glen Turner says batsmen need to practice in the nets the way they want to play. After failing against Australia, the Black Caps batting will ... [more]

Richards gives South Africa hope
South African batting great Barry Richards says the current skipper Graeme Smith has learnt the lessons of past mistakes against Australia and will be a more "formidable" leader in the upcoming ... [more]

Stenson eases to Sun City victory
Sweden's Henrik Stenson won the Sun City Challenge by nine strokes at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa Stenson carded a four-under-par 68 in the final round to finish ... [more]

Jets headed for crash landing
Newcastle are facing going from A-League champions to wooden spooners within a season after losing 2-1 at home to Sydney FC. The champions have now gone six matches without a win, ... [more]

Jones delighted for McIntosh's selection
The Auckland cricket captain Richard Jones says opener Tim McIntosh is thoroughly deserving on his elevation to the Black Caps. McIntosh replaces opener Aaron Redmond in the squad for the test ... [more]

Blaze whip Wildcats
The Gold Coast Blaze has beaten the Perth Wildcats 129- 97 in an Australian National Basektball league match at Gold Coast Convention Centre. Justin Bowen scored 20 of his game-high ... [more]

Portsmouth owner Gaydamak decides to sell
Portsmouth's owner Alexandre Gaydamak is reported to have decided to sell the English Premier League football club and has already rejected two offers The Sunday Mirror says the French-born tycoon has ... [more]

CD take first innings points
Central Districts have taken first innings points in their State Championship cricket match at Napier, where Otago will start the final day on 211 for six, an overall lead of 190. ... [more]

Ferguson leads from front to win Ironman WA
The Christchurch triathlete Gina Ferguson has led from the front to winIronman Western Australia in Busselton. Ferguson, the runner-up last year, was first out of the 3.8 kilometre swim and then ... [more]

Olympic Medallist Wins Cut throat Criterium
The Beijing Olympic cycling medallist Wesley Gough won overall honours at the New Zealand Criterium Championships in Christchurch. Gough followed on from his win in the criterium in Taupo last week ... [more]

Auckland go top as coach resigns
Auckland City moved to the top of the New Zealand Football Championship but their 3-1 win over Hawke's Bay United was overshadowed by the pre-match resignation of head coach Colin Tuaa. ... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Killing of taxi driver Abdulrahman Ikhtiari in Christchurch; popular swimming spots have unsafe bacteria levels; State Services Commission reviews handling of contracts with privately owned consulting firm. [more]

Ogilvy wins first title at home
The Australian golf star Geoff Ogilvy finally broke his duck on his home tour when he claimed the Australian PGA championship with a two stroke win yesterday at Coolum in Queensland. ... [more]

Aston Villa win astonishing match at Goodison Park
In the English football premiership Aston Villa beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park in an astonishing match with both teams scoring in stoppage time. In the other game West Brom and ... [more]

Tiger on the prowl would be awesome, says Ogilvy
The newly-crowned Australian PGA champion Geoff Ogilvy says the impact of luring Tiger Woods back to Australia would be massive for the game. The golf world is buzzing with reports that ... [more]

Citroen boss says Loeb is a genius
Citroen says Sebastien Loeb is the best racing driver the world - including Formula One - after his victory in the final stage of the Wales Rally GB. Loeb had been ... [more]

Tramper drowned in Arthur's Pass National Park
A male tramper in Canterbury has died after falling into a river at Arthur's Pass National Park. [more]

Business group, unions call for details of economy package
Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions are urging the Government to reveal its plans for infrastructure and economic stimulus. [more]

Text message service for Waitemata DHB patients
Waitemata District Health Board is trying out new text message technology in a bid to reduce the thousands of dollars wasted when drug addicts miss medical and counselling appointments. [more]

England go ahead with India Test series
England will go ahead with a two-Test cricket series in India after receiving security assurances following the Mumbai terror attacks. Officials also confirmed a full-strength squad will go after reports Stephen ... [more]

Tufte wants to come back and race here again
Double Olympic sculling champion Olaf Tufte says he'd love to come back and race on the Whanganui river. Tufte again triumphed over New Zealand's world champion Mahe Drysdale, beating him ... [more]

Tietjens hoping to turn things round at home
The New Zealand rugby sevens coach is eyeing Wellington to craft a first win in the new season of the IRB World Series. Yesterday Gordon Tietjens squad went one better ... [more]

Fatal collision between car and bus at Silverdale
One person is dead after a car and bus collided at a busy intersection at Silverdale north of Auckland. [more]

Fees from foreign students necessary for flying schools
Pilot training schools say they're being forced to take on foreign students in order to survive. Course fees have been frozen since 2001. [more]

Sharples has responsibility for Maori education programme
Associate Education Minister Pita Sharples has been given responsibility for expanding a programme aimed at changing the way Maori secondary school pupils are treated in class. [more]

Youth Court marae sessions no easy option - judge
The judge who has moved his Youth Court sessions to a marae says it is not an easy option for rangatahi. [more]

Australian rescue team uncovers no more dead in PNG landslide
An Australian search and rescue team sent to a mining exploration camp in Papua New Guinea hit by a devastating landslide has found no more dead bodies after the initial... [more]

Fiji's former PM confident of re-election when elections are held
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase is confident of returning to government when there are next general elections. Mr Qarase told the Fiji Times that since the 2006 military coup,... [more]

Beer and gas prices to increase in Samoa
The price of Samoa's locally produced Vailima beer is expected to go up again for the second time this year since the last increase in July because of the high... [more]

French court annuls French Polynesian law over conflict of interest of assembly member
The French supreme court has annulled a law passed by the French Polynesian assembly which could unseat the territorial government. It found that there was a conflict of interest when... [more]

New Caledonia's pro and anti-independence groups meet over accord process
The signatories of New Caledonia's 1998 Noumea accord on greater autonomy will meet in Paris today under the chairmanship of the French prime minister, Francois Fillon. The meeting, which will... [more]

Pacific nations present case for reduced tuna catches
Pacific Island nations and territories are presenting their case at a meeting in South Korea for efforts to reduce the catch of Big eye and Yellow fin tuna in the... [more]

Efforts to prevent tuna overfishing get underwayin South Korea
Renewed efforts are underway to prevent some tuna stocks in the Central and Western Pacific being over fished. Members of the Tuna Commission, which looks after that section of the... [more]

New Caledonian court upholds Vili acquittal
New Caledonia's court of appeal has upheld the acquittal of a Wallisian man, Laurent Vili, who had again been accused of murdering a Kanak man during a prolonged ethnic conflict... [more]

Shock at resignation of Fiji's Chief Justice
The resignation of Fiji's Chief Justice, Daniel Fatiaki, has come as a shock to many people in the country. Daniel Fatiaki resigned as Fiji's Chief Justice on Friday, almost two... [more]

Pacific Children in New Zealand suffer more health problems
A new report says children of Pacific descent are more likely to suffer from poor health and generally live in economically deprived areas. The paper, Health of Pacific Children and... [more]

CNMI schools to lose teachers, students under federalization
There are concerns in the Northern Marianas that the new federal immigration laws could lead to schools within the CNMI noticing a decrease in students and teachers. There are already... [more]

American Samoan Government advised not to increas public tax burden
The Chairman of the House Budget and Appropriations Committee in American Samoa has advised government officials not to place another tax burden on the public. Laolagi Fonoti Vaeao's advice was... [more]

ARC chairman accepts blame for Beckham match losses
Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee says he will take the blame for staging an exhibition football match starring David Beckham, which looks set to make a financial loss. [more]

Man seen to fall into Waikato River still unidentified
The identity of a man seen to fall into the Waikato River in Hamilton early on Sunday morning is still unknown. [more]

New Zealand Communications to share phone service bill
A company that plans to become the New Zealand's third mobile phone operator will foot a small part of Telecom's bill for providing a local telephone service in uneconomic areas. [more]

Slump in new home building
Statistics New Zealand reports that the volume of residential building work has hit a six year low, falling 7.9% in the three months to September compared to the previous quarter. [more]

NZ Windfarms to buy remainder of Te Rere Hau operation
New Zealand Windfarms Ltd is to buy the remaining 50% stake in Te Rere Hau wind farm near Palmerston North for $20.1 million. [more]

Fonterra and dairy workers settle pay row
Dairy plant workers and tanker drivers have accepted an immediate 6.5% wage increase in a settlement with Fonterra. [more]

Review of West Coast forestry investment underway
The Government's involvement in commercial forestry on the South Island West Coast will be under review during the next year, following the decision to wind up the failed state owned forestry enterprise there. [more]

Four Pacific Islanders get human rights awards
Four Pacific Islanders have been honoured with human rights awards to mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Papua New Guinea's Cabinet Minister,... [more]

Obama administration called on to push for human rights improvement in Papua
The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, ETAN, has urged the incoming Obama administration in the US to put more pressure on Indonesia to address human rights violations in Papua... [more]

Fiji's ousted PM says Fatiaki case will trigger more compo claims
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, is predicting an avalanche of compensation claims following the interim government's payout of 148,000 US dollars to former Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki. Mr Fatiaki... [more]

Fiji interim PM to attend special January Forum meeting in PNG
Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has agreed to attend next month's special Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby. The Post Courier newspaper... [more]

Warning over medicines sold by Chinese supermarket
The Ministry of Health is warning people not to take six medicines that have been on sale at a supermarket selling mainly Chinese goods in South Auckland. [more]

Hide tells councils to budget carefully
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has told council representatives at Parliament on Monday that they have to set financial priorities and stick to them. [more]

Williams quits Govt-appointed board jobs
Departing Labour Party president Mike Williams says he has already quit his three Government-appointed board jobs. [more]

Key confirms rethink over KiwiSaver
Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that the Government will not be making some of the changes to KiwiSaver it proposed before this year's election. [more]

Obama's Hawaii High School to feature in inauguration
US President elect Barack Obama has invited the marching band and the military training unit from his alma mater, Punahou High School in Honolulu to take part in the presidential... [more]

For third year no compensation for Marshall Islands nuclear test victims
For the third year in a row, the Majuro-based Nuclear Claims Tribunal will not issue any compensation payments despite owing more than two billion US dollars in already approved awards... [more]

Sharp decline in sales shows plight of Northern Marianas power company
The struggling power supplier in the Northern Marianas, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, has lost more than a third of its sales in the past two years. A report prepared for... [more]

South Korea call for new approach to save last of Pacific tuna
The South Korea government has spoken of a need to narrow the differences and find compromises in attempts to protect the viability of the tuna stocks in the Central and... [more]

Extreme rain blamed for mudslide which claims ten lives in PNG
The search for victims of a destructive mudslide at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands has been called off. The death toll from Thursday's disaster is set... [more]

Nurse struck off for relationship with patient
An Auckland nurse has had his registration cancelled because of a sexual relationship with a patient. [more]

Teen driver among 10 injured in Marlborough crash
Six of the 10 people injured in a crash between a car and a minivan in Marlborough on Monday are still in hospital, one in critical condition. [more]

NZ backs condemnation of Zimbabwe leader
The New Zealand Government is supporting renewed international condemnation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe, as a cholera epidemic and food shortages cause misery in the African nation. [more]

Lockwood Smith elected Speaker of the House
National MP Lockwood Smith has been elected as Speaker of the House unopposed during the swearing in of 122 MPs at Parliament on Monday. [more]

Former All Black undegoes life saving surgery in Japan
The former All Blacks first five Tony Brown has undergone life-saving surgery in Japan after suffering a freak injury during a club match, that could end his rugby career. Brown ... [more]

Stuart stands down as Australian rugby league coach
The Australian rugby league coach Ricky Stuart has stood down after being fined $25,000 in the wake of an investigation into an alleged verbal outburst at world cup final referee ... [more]

Bradman bat up for sale
The cricket bat the legendary Australian cricketer Sir Don Bradman used to make his highest first-class score is up for sale. The bat with which Bradman scored 452 ... [more]

Tate wins second tournament on the trot
The New Zealand golfer Stacey Tate has won her second consecutive title on the Australian LPGA tour at the Moss Vale club in New South Wales. Tate won the Gujurat ... [more]

Dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist dies of cancer
The dual Australian Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Kerryn McCann has died of cancer. McCann won gold in the marathon at Melbourne two years agon and in Manchester in 2002. ... [more]

French sailor breaks own 24 hour solo distance record
The French sailor Thomas Coville has broken his own solo 24-hour distance record off the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Coville travelled at an average speed of almost ... [more]

Hoogenband pulls plug on swimming career
The stand out swimmer at the Sydney Olympics, Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband has announced his retirement from the sport. Van den Hoogenband won gold in both the 100m and ... [more]

Eagles end Giants' seven-game winning streak
The Philadelphia Eagles ended the New York Giants' seven-game winning streak with a 20-14 upset victory over the Super Bowl champions. It's just the second loss of the season for the ... [more]

Samoa Government plans to help struggling Yasaki Samoa
Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Misa Telefoni, is to meet with all fifteen hundred workers of the financially struggling company, Yasaki Samoa, and to brief them on a government assistance package... [more]

South Korean delegate at Tuna commission meeting encourages consensus
The head of the South Korean delegation at the meeting of the Tuna Commission in South Korea has said agreements need to be reached to make sure the credibility of... [more]

Obama administration called to recognise opportunity to advance human rights in Indonesia
An Australian academic says that by applying pressure on Jakarta the incoming Obama administration in the United States could help affect improvements to the situation in Indonesia's Papua region. The... [more]

Taxi group to discuss security measures with Govt
The New Zealand Taxi Federation says it will talk to the Government about funding extra security measures for drivers, after a driver was fatally stabbed at the weekend. [more]

Fiji Government says it hopes to effect job cuts through natural attrition
Fiji's public sector unions are calling for a compensation package for public servants who are expected to lose their jobs next year. The 1300 jobs being scrapped are part of... [more]

Regional Foreign Ministers to meet again in Fiji from Wednesday to push for early elections
Pacific Foreign Ministers will try again this week to convince the Fiji interim regime to restore democracy. The Ministerial Contact Group, which includes the Foreign Ministers of Papua New Guinea,... [more]

International pressure credited for charges against Fiji's former top judge being dropped.
The President of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, says the dropping of charges against former Chief Justice, Daniel Fatiaki, is the result of pressure from the international legal fraternity. [more]

Residential property market remains sluggish
Latest figures show the fall in the value of properties remains steady, but Quotable Value says it is too early to say a recovery is around the corner. [more]

Nearly one third of swimming spots unsafe - survey
The Ministry for the Environment wants councils to test the water quality of their beaches, lakes and rivers more regularly following a survey suggesting nearly a third of New Zealand's most popular swimming spots are unsafe. [more]

Faulty timber no cause for panic, says association
The Certified Builders Association says there is no reason for home owners to panic over claims that up to 1500 Auckland homes have been built using substandard timber. [more]

Commission launches own inquiry into IT contract
The State Services Commission is to bring in an independent expert to head an inquiry into its contract with an information technology company. [more]

Pair arrested after truck shot at on motorway
Police have arrested two men following an incident on a Wellington motorway in which the window of a truck was shot out by a passing motorist. [more]

Asian stocks soar on back of Wall St rally
Japanese shares soared on Monday after Wall Street rallied on hopes of fresh action by the United States government to tackle the deepening recession. [more]