Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 9th 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 - Sonny 'Mary Black'
For Gilbert van Reenen the best song ever written is Sonny - Mary Black. [more]

Reeling in the years - 1988
Radio DJ Phil Darkins is reeling in the years to 1988. [more]

Milton's 400th
English poet John Milton was the greatest poet who ever lived and today we celebrate his 400th birthday. [more]

Marineland (Part2)
The show will go on at Marineland this summer, after the Napier City Council agreed to reopen the attraction. [more]

He Rourou for Tuesday 9 December
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks to the chair of the organising committee of the National Maori performing arts competition. [more]

Feature album - Stacked Deck
The Amazing Rhythm Aces album Stacked Deck is today's feature album. [more]

Tune Your Engine with Dr. Neal Barnard
Dr. Neal Barnard is an American physician, author, clinical researcher, low-fat vegan diet advocate and animal rights activist. [more]

Asian Report
This week's Asian report we're in the Deep South where two exhibitions featuring China and are currently on display. [more]

Science story - Ernest Rutherford
Veronika Meduna looks at Ernest Rutherford's childhood near Nelson and his early years as a student. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
John Bishop and Matt Nippert join Jim on the panel today. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
John Bishop and Matt Nippert join Jim on the panel today. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 9 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Work probation period will boost employment - Key
National is rushing through legislation before Christmas to make it easier for small employers to sack their workers. [more]

Bill English talks about the work probation decision
Bill English talks to Checkpoint about the decision to push through the legislation before Christmas. [more]

Teenagers charged over taxi driver's death
Two teenagers have appeared in court, jointly charged with the murder of a Christchurch taxi driver at the weekend. [more]

Health minister warns of big DHB deficits blowout
Health Minister Tony Ryall is warning of a major blowout in district health board deficits this year. [more]

Three killed after US fighter jet crashes into houses
In the US, at least three people are dead and a fourth is missing after a military fighter jet crashed. [more]

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

Investors approve Hanover Finance rescue plan
Investors in troubled Hanover Finance Company have approved a rescue plan. [more]

Accused didn't think tagger badly hurt, court told
Bruce Emery is on trial for the murder of 15 year old Pihema Cameron, who he caught spray-painting his garage in January. [more]

Gutted Onehunga store had no sprinklers
Fire investigators have been speaking to people that witnessed the massive blaze that gutted a Mitre 10 in Auckland yesterday. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Locator beacon may have saved mans life - maritime investigator
A Maritime New Zealand report into the sinking of the boat, Hard Out was officially made public today. [more]

Parents sharing bed with infants may contribute to deaths
Coroner Garry Evans heard seven infant death cases in the Wellington coroner's court today. [more]

George W Bush hopes to leave positive legacy
President Bush is completing a round of television interviews that have been tagged"the Legacy Project". [more]

Parliament set to debate tax cut legislation
Parliament will tonight debate National's tax cuts legislation and changes to the KiwiSaver scheme. [more]

Reaction to National's probation period for new employees
A lobby group representing employers and businesses, Business NZ says the 90-day trial period is actually"pro-worker". [more]

Changes to Kiwisaver wont discriminate lower income earners
Bill English says the Labour-led government's original scheme had prompted concerns from the Council of Trade Unions. [more]

Privy Council refuses Bain dismissal appeal
David Bain's legal team will have one last chance to ask the High Court to drop the murder charges against him. [more]

Iraq security guards charged over civilian killings
The guards from the US security firm Blackwater were contracted to defend US diplomats. [more]

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

Prime Minister of Greece appeals for calm
Following the fatal police shooting of a 15 year old boy in Athens. [more]

Pakistani security forces arrest senior commander
The security forces arrested a senior commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba, the militants group linked to the killings in Mumbai. [more]

Insurance Brokers welcome law change regarding fire sprinklers
The corporation's Gary Young says not enough businesses consider the cost of rebuilding their businesses if the worst happens. [more]

Alleged 9-11 mastermind wants to plead guilty
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants have told a military court that they want to plead guilty. [more]

Protestant paramilitary killer jailed for 16 years
In Northern Ireland a convicted killer has been jailed for 16 years for attempting to murder two prominent Catholic politicians. [more]

Dogs could help fight childhood obesity
An Australian study has found that children from dog-owning families are much more likely to be healthy. [more]

Woman gives birth at seventy
If confirmed it would be a world record. [more]

Judi Dench honoured with a lifetime achievement award
Judi Dench is 74 today and has just been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the European Film Awards. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 9 December 2008
Christchurch taxi driver murder, Fire in Onehunga last night, Privy Council refuses Bain hearing and BNZ Confidence survey. [more]

Tieke - The Saddleback
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

Customer critical of evacuation procedure
A woman who was inside an Auckland Mitre 10 when a neighbouring building burst into flames, says she feared for her life as shrapnel flew and explosions rocked the area. [more]

Christchurch taxi driver murder
Two young men will appear in the Christchurch Youth Court today charged with the murder of taxi driver Abdulrahman Ikhtiari. [more]

Fire in Onehunga last night
About seventy firefighters were called in from across Auckland at the height of the blaze. [more]

Fire in Onehunga last night (Part 2)
Joining us now is fire safety officer Russell Dickson. [more]

Privy Council refuses Bain hearing
Three law lords sitting in London said they were satisfied the courts in New Zealand could deal with the matter. [more]

September 11 accused in military court
Kate Moody explains why the men accused want to be able to immediately confess at their war-crimes tribunal. [more]

BNZ Confidence survey
Two new surveys suggest consumer and business confidence is starting to improve, despite the country remaining in recession. [more]

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

Parliament officially resumes this morning
Legislation to enact tax cuts and changes to Kiwi Saver will be top of the agenda when Parliament officially resumes this morning. [more]

Preserving Pacific fish stocks
There have been strong calls for action to be taken by foreign nations fishing in the Pacific in order to preserve fish stocks. [more]

Heart surgeons use new technique
Tomorrow, two patients will have aortic valve replacements in an operation involving a keyhole incision in their chests, while their hearts are still beating. [more]

Fire in Onehunga last night (Part 3)
Belinda McCammon reports from the site of the fire and Sean Plunket talks to Mitre Ten CEO Craig Wilson. [more]

Mumbai mastermind arrested
Intelligence officials say Pakistani security forces have arrested the suspected mastermind of last month's Mumbai attacks. [more]

Accused gives evidence in own defense
Hayden Wallace denied involvement in the shooting of a Wanganui toddler and also denied being a Mongrel Mob prospect. [more]

Aoraki Mount Cook survivor
The Japanese climber who was rescued from Aoraki Mount Cook says thoughts of his friends and family kept him going. [more]

School uniforms
The Commerce Commission has warned schools to take special care over the sale of school uniforms. [more]

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

Lockwood Smith new Speaker of the House
Elected unanimously yesterday, today Dr Smith has his first day in the chair at Parliament. [more]

Local councils given hard word over spending
Local Government New Zealand met yesterday with new minister, Rodney Hide, who wants to cut back on rates bills. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

The Men's Shed
It's a place where men, often those who are retired, can go to meet others to socialise and learn new skills. [more]

Nuclear bunker for sale
The bunker is in the countryside near Winchester, and has the potential to make 'a fantastic hobbit-style residence'. [more]

Nights

Economic Geographer
Henry Yeung, from Singapore University, has an interest in why some countries join the global economy and others don't. [more]

Mexico Correspondent
Tara Fitzgerald reports on all things Latin American, from Mexico City. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Clue 3 [more]

Conundrum Clue
Clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

Mitre 10 fire in Onehunga
Larry Cocker is Chief Fire officer at the scene of yesterday's massive fire. [more]

Cyberchondria
Eric Horvitz, Jim Vause and Professor Les Toop discuss cyberchondria. [more]

Climate Change conference in Poland
Barry Coates, Oxfam NZ Director, is at the conference. [more]

US Correspondent
With correspondent Jack Hitt. [more]

Feature Guest - John Anthony Duignan
Former scientologist who has exposed the inner workings of the controversial religion that some call a cult. [more]

Book Review - Getting There: An Autobiography
Gina Faafoi reviews 'Getting There: An Autobiography' by Barbara Anderson. Published by Victoria University Press. [more]

Business
Rod Oram, Business and Economic commentator, looks back over 2008. [more]

The Agent
Imogen Johnston is an agent for many local high profile actors. [more]

Media
With commentator Denis Welch. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 December 2008
The latest from the farming and rural communities. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Dawn Sanders
Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ CEO talks about website launched to support the 400th Anniversary of the publishing of his sonnets. [more]

Mark Le Roche
Director of the Gisborne Music Competition talks about the winners of this year's final that was held last Saturday evening. [more]

Nota Bene Review
Peter Mechen reviews last Saturday night's 'Snowfree Christmas' concert by Wellington based choir. [more]

News stories:

Meninga keen to take Kangaroos job
The Queensland League coach Mal Meninga has indicated he would give up his beloved State of Origin job if he was asked to coach the Kangaroos. Momentum for Meninga's promotion ... [more]

Meninga favourite for Kangaroos job
Moments after confirming Ricky Stuart had stood down as Kangaroos coach for behaviour that "we just can't condone", the Australian Rugby League chairman Colin Love left the door open for his ... [more]

Lowe welcomes Stuart's decision
The former Kiwis, Queensland and Manly coach Graham Lowe has welcomed Ricky Stuart's decision to stand down as Kangaroos coach. Lowe had earlier attacked Stuart's outburst at referee Ashley Klein and ... [more]

Heavy security presence evident ahead of England test
Heavily-armed guards patrolled the boundary of Chennai's Chidambaram Stadium as the city prepared to host this week's first test between England and India following last month's Mumbai terror attacks. The ... [more]

New coach rejigs Black Caps batting order
The new national cricket coach coach Andy Moles has run his first practice session, and already had an impact on the side to meet the West Indies in the first ... [more]

CD top State Championship with third outright
An unbeaten century from Brad Patton helped Central Districts to an outright win over Otago in Napier and the lead in State Championship. Central moved to the top of the points ... [more]

Damage control goal for Waitakere at Club World Cup
While they should be safely back home by the time Manchester United arrive in Japan, New Zealand's Waitakere United insist they have "unfinished business" at the FIFA Club World Cup. FIFA ... [more]

Smith says Aussies will maintain the chat
South Africa's cricket captain Graeme Smith is expecting a verbal barrage from Australia again on this tour but he says it just won't be the same without Shane Warne. The former ... [more]

Le Mans winner pips Lewis Hamilton for British award
The Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has lost out to Scottish driver Allan McNish in a vote by readers of Britain's Autosport magazine for the British Competition Driver of the year ... [more]

Serena Williams out of Hopman Cup
A hamstring injury has forced Serena Williams to pull out of next month's Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Meghann Shaughnessy will replace Williams and pair up with James Blake in the ... [more]

Many pitfalls in the Tiger chase
Golf Australia has a business plan and sponsors with the money to bring Tiger Woods to the Australian Open, but its new chief executive is not about to stake his reputation ... [more]

Good win for Minoprio ahead of Sydney Hobart
The 22-year-old New Zealand sailor has Adam Minoprio is heading south from Malaysia to prepare for the annual Sydney Hobart race after knocking out the World Match Racing Tour winner out ... [more]

ICC chiefs want Anti-Corruption and Security Unit expanded
The International Cricket Council's chief executives committee has recommended that the role of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit be expanded. The committee wants the unit to include liaising and ... [more]

Williams CEO expects another team to go
The Williams team's chief chief executive says Honda is likely to be followed out of Formula One by another manufacturer before the start of next season Adam Parr says the sport ... [more]

Police appeal for information over hammer assault
Police investigating an assault in Mt Maunganui are appealing for information about a dark-coloured car. A 31-year-old Papamoa man suffered serious head injuries. [more]

Schools given guidelines for uniform sales
The Commerce Commission has warned schools to take care over the sale of uniforms following complaints from parents about high costs and limited choice of suppliers. [more]

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in Jhia case
One of six men accused of murdering a Wanganui toddler on Monday pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. [more]

Burger company holds off expansion plans
Burger Fuel says it has shifted its focus from expansion to controlling costs following a period of what it calls extremely challenging trading conditions. [more]

Govt departments criticise Resource Management Act
Government departments have criticised the Resource Management Act in briefing papers to Conservation Minister Tim Groser. [more]

Tuesday's newspaper headlines
Workers ran for their lives as fire gutted an Onehunga Mitre 10 shop; State Services Commission faces legal action from an employee who alleges he was assaulted at work; teenagers charged with killing Christchurch taxi driver Abdulrahman Ikhtiari. [more]

New canola oil venture in Canterbury
A new Canterbury venture aiming to tap into the growing market for edible oils will process its first commercial crop early next year. [more]

Oil jumps 7% as Saudi Arabia deepens cuts
The price of oil rose more than 7% on Monday as a rebound in global equity markets and prospects for deeper production cuts from OPEC helped the market break a six-session losing streak. [more]

Solomon Islands young people contracting STI's is on the rise
A study by a medical centre in the Solomon Islands suggests the number of locals contracting sexually transmitted infections or STI, is on the rise. But the Solomon Islands Planned... [more]

Marshall Islands officials press U.S. government to help ease way for skilled Filipinos
Marshall Islands officials are pressing the U.S. government to help ease the way for skilled Filipinos to work there because of the shortage of doctors, nurses and skilled construction workers. [more]

SPC says medical centres STI findings in Solomon Islands is no surprise
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says its not surprised by a medical study in Solomon Islands that found young people have the highest count of sexually transmitted infections. The... [more]

Fiji union alarmed at public service job cuts
A union in Fiji is expressing concern over the interim Government's plan to go ahead with public service reforms without consulting unions. The reforms will see the loss of more... [more]

World stocks surge on economic stimulus hopes
Stock markets around the world rebounded on Monday, helped by governments reinforcing their plans for countering the global economic crisis. [more]

PNG's National Fisheries Authority says keeping tuna fishery viable is a must
The Managing Director of Papua New Guinea's National Fisheries Authority, Sylvester Pokajam, says the foreign fishing nations that operate in the Pacific must move to reach agreement on measures to... [more]

Fiji's public service commission says layoffs are possible
Fiji's public service commission says layoffs are possible as part of its plan to reduce the public sector's size. The interim government is planning to shrink that sector by ten... [more]

Reports some voters in Bougainville are not reaching polling stations due to tensions
There reports that simmering tensions in Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville region have stopped voters reaching polling stations to choose their new president. Bougainvilleans were supposed go to the polls... [more]

Samoa's PM assures US State Department that Hans Joachim Keil will return to U.S
Samoa's Prime Minister has assured the U.S. State Department that Samoa MP Hans Joachim Keil will return to the U.S. to face federal charges if he is released to reside... [more]

American Samoa's Governor hopes Visitors Bureau will start up soon
American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono is trying to get a quorum for the Board of Directors of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau confirmed by the Fono as soon as possible... [more]

US TEAM PULLS PLUG ON NEGOTIATED PEACE IN AMERICA'S CUP
Hopes appear to have faded for an early and peaceful end to legal action over sailing's America's Cup. The yacht club representing the Russell Coutts-led BMW Oracle team says it ... [more]

Garmin-Slipstream subscribe to new anti-doping programme
The 29 riders from the American cycling team Garmin-Slipstream team will be tested more than 600 times next season after agreeing to a new internal anti-doping programme. Garmin-Slipstream, managed by former ... [more]

McLaren boss says Formula One can survive
McLaren's boss Ron Dennis says Formula One can survive the credit crunch that's seen the Williams team's chief chief executive Adam Parr predict that Honda's departure is likely to be followed ... [more]

Graduation day on the PGA tour
It's graduation day on the PGA golf tour with the 6th and final round underway at the final qualifying school tournament in California. 161 players are bidding for just 25 ... [more]

Heavy security greets England cricketers
The England cricket side was escorted to their hotel by around 50 armed commandos after returning to India yesterday for their two-test tour. The England team decided on Sunday to resume ... [more]

Whincup's team cleans up at V8 awards
New V8 Supercar motor racing champion Jamie Whincup has won his second successive Barry Sheene Medal as the sport's best and fairest as his teamscooped the awards in Sydney. Whincup was ... [more]

Phoenix keeper injured, search for new keeper from overseas
The Wellington Phoenix are looking outside New Zealand to find a short-term replacement for injured goalie Mark Paston. Paston suffered badly bruised ribs after colliding with a teammate during Friday's ... [more]

Unprecedented security for English cricketers in Chennai
The England cricketers have arrived in Chennai to unprecedented security ahead of their two test matches against India this month. The team returned home after the recent terror attacks ... [more]

French Polynesia's 2009 budget at risk as ruling coalition loses majority
A member of French Polynesia's ruling To Tatou Aia coalition has quit the grouping and deprived it of its majority neeeded to pass the 2009 budget. In a letter to... [more]

American Samoa hit by heavy rain
Extensive rain over the past day is causing concern in American Samoa. Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, says there had been 6 inches or 150 millimetres of rain... [more]

French Polynesian test veterans alarmed at exclusion
French Polynesia's nuclear test veterans' group, Mururoa o Tatou, says it wants to join discussions on a French law to recognise a link between nuclear tests and illness. France had... [more]

Vanuatu parliament to vote fourth no confidence motion in three months
The Parliament of Vanuatu is to meet this afternoon for the fourth vote of no confidence in the Government of Edward Natapei since it came to power in September. The... [more]

French PM says Noumea Accord talks on track
The French prime minister, Francois Fillon, says there has been a consensus in the Paris follow-up talks on New Caledonia's 1998 Noumea accord on greater autonomy. The meeting brought together... [more]

Australian miner awaits PNG disaster details before commenting
The mining company whose camp was swept away in last week's landslide in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, says it is waiting on a number of investigations before... [more]

Train services resume after Auckland gas leak
A major commuter train service through the West Auckland suburb of New Lynn reopened on Tuesday after being halted because of a major gas leak. [more]

Ban lifted on NZ tomatoes, capsicums
New Zealand tomatoes and capsicums will be allowed back into the Australian market under a temporary arrangement that includes conditions described as strict and costly. [more]

New Zealanders 'mostly happy' with their job
A Statistics New Zealand survey suggests most New Zealanders are happy in their current job, and three-quarters think they have a good work-life balance. [more]

New heart operation technique at Waikato hospital
Surgeons in Waikato are to use a heart surgery technique that enables an aortic valve to be replaced through a small incision in the chest while the patient's heart is still beating. [more]

Charges over policeman cycle death
A truck driver has been charged with careless driving causing death following the death of senior police officer Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald as he cycled home from work in June. [more]

Privy Council refuses Bain dismissal appeal
The Privy Council has refused to hear an appeal by David Bain's legal team to have the murder case against him dismissed. [more]

Agriculture, forestry targets on agenda at UN meeting
Associate Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand will be seeking a different type of target for agriculture at the United Nations Climate Change meeting in Poland. [more]

Economy emphasised at state opening of Parliament
The 49th Parliament has been officially opened, with the Government pledging to stimulate economic growth, increase infrastructure spending and lift educational standards. [more]

Auckland University plans to become smoke-free
The country's biggest university is to ban smoking ban on all land it owns or uses, including sporting grounds, from 2010. [more]

KiwiSaver changes announced, fee subsidy scrapped
The National-led Government has announced changes to its KiwiSaver legislation to ensure participants get a maximum tax credit of $1,040 irrespective of their income. [more]

Support for taxi driver's family as murder charges laid
The Christchurch community rallied around the family of the taxi driver Abdulrahman Ikhtiari on Tuesday, as two youths were charged with his murder. [more]

Solomons police charge man for trying to sell computer to police officer
Solomon Islands police have charged a 17-year-old man for larceny after he tried to sell a stolen computer to the acting Police Commissioner. Peter Marshall was off-duty on Saturday morning... [more]

Hawai'i governor pushes to keep land from native claimants
Hawaii's Governor, Linda Lingle, is to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that Native Hawaiians do not have an ownership claim to land that belonged to the Hawaiian government before... [more]

Solomons tribal disputes to go to new panels
The selection of a panel in Solomon Islands to sort out tribal land disputes in a customary way is seen as a key aspect of a proposed bill. The Solomon... [more]

Tuna Commission talks in South Korea to deal with fishing vessel numbers in Pacific
The issue of how many fishing vessels should operate in the Central and Pacific Tuna fishery is likely to be brought up at discussions under way in South Korea about... [more]

More Bougainville areas to join election process tomorrow
Voting in the Presidential election in the central and southern parts of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is expected to start tomorrow after delays caused by security... [more]

Injunction lodged against Tainui restructure plan
There appears to be a power struggle within Tainui over restructuring the Tainui Trust Board. [more]

Coroner investigates bed-sharing with infants
A coroner is again investigating the risks to babies of sharing a bed with their parents. [more]

'Lion Man' loses legal bid to get job back
Whangarei's so-called Lion Man has failed in a legal bid to get his job back. [more]

Tottenham leapfrog West Ham after derby victory
West Ham United's worries about being relegated from English football's Premier League have intensified after a 2-0 loss at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Second-half goals from Ledley King and ... [more]

Pressure fairly and squarely on Black Caps heading into first test
The returning allrounder Jacob Oram admits the pressure is fairly and squarely on the home side heading into the two test cricket series against the West Indies starting in Dunedin ... [more]

Carter's sabatical officially underway
The most talked-about sabbatical in world rugby has officially begun. All Blacks first five Dan Carter has taken part his first training session with French side Perpignan, starting ... [more]

Meninga indicates Queensland will take precedence over Australia
Job favourite Mal Meninga may be ruled out of the vacant Australian rugby league team coaching role. Queensland Rugby League managing director Ross Livermore says Meninga's told him ... [more]

Hill returns to international bowls duty
Aucklander Jamie Hill will return to the New Zealand bowls team for the first time since the Melbourne Commonwealth Games two years ago. Hill has been selected for next year's ... [more]

Meninga will have to give up State of Origin if he wants to coach Kangaoroos
The Australian Rugby League chief executive Geoff Carr believes Mal Meninga will have to relinquish his role as Queensland State of Origin coach if he is offered the ... [more]

Maddux call it quits after 23 years in Major League baseball
Greg Maddux, regarded by many as the greatest pitcher of his generation has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after 23 seasons on the mound. Maddux has ... [more]

Williams insists they will remain in Formula One
The Williams team have insisted that they will remain in Formula One despite the global financial crisis that led to Honda's withdrawal last week. Williams, the largest of the sport's ... [more]

New Zealand's Olympic swimmers set to make a splash
New Zealand's Olympic swimmers will take their first plunge back into competition at the National Summer Championships starting in Christchurch on Thursday. The event will be a chance for the ... [more]

Azinger says he won't be returing as US Ryder Cup captain
Paul Azinger won't be returning as captain of the US Ryder Cup golf team after leading the Americans to their only victory this decade. The PGA of America will announce ... [more]

More charged in big cannabis investigation
A large police investigation is continuing on the West Coast of the South Island and in other parts of the country into what police say say is a multimillion-dollar crime ring. [more]

Surveys show consumer, business confidence rising
Two new surveys indicate consumer and business confidence is on the rise despite the recession. [more]

Crown begins closing address in toddler murder case
A High Court jury in Wellington has been told that the question of whether anybody meant to kill a Wanganui toddler on the night she died is irrelevant. [more]

Emissions scheme committee terms announced
The Government has released the terms of reference for its special select committee to review the Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Family of Samoan MP facing US charges pleased with court order
The family of Samoa's Associate Minister of Trade, Hans Joachim Keil, is delighted with a US Magistrate court's order allowing the MP home on bail. Mr Keil is facing immigration... [more]

Majuro hit by high waves, flash flooding
The Marshall Islands capital Majuro has been by flash flooding due to high waves generated by a low-pressure weather system coinciding with high tide. The low-pressure system that is moving... [more]

Decision reserved on penalty for mortgage scam
The Real Estate Licensing Board has reserved its decision after considering what penalties to give three realtors involved in an elaborate mortgage scam. [more]

Clash of marches in Fiji could see human rights message lost
An organiser of a Fiji human rights march says it may be a deliberate move by the military to organise a rival march at the same time. December 10th is... [more]

Vanuatu opposition withdraws motion against Natapei government
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Edward Natapei has survived the last session of the parliamentary year without losing his job after the opposition withdrew a motion of no-confidence in his government before... [more]

Tuna Commission considers restrictions on some fishing practices
The Western and Central Pacific Tuna Commission meeting in South Korea is considering temporary restrictions on some fishing practices in order to preserve fish stocks. One of the measures would... [more]

Asia-Pacific stocks inch higher
Asian stocks inched higher on Tuesday to hit a one-month high, but gains were kept in check as hopes for big government spending to revive growth were offset by investors shying away from risk in wrapping up a brutal year. [more]

Restaurant Brands sales up slightly
Fast food franchise operator Restaurant Brands has seen a modest rise in third quarter sales, as its rejuvenated KFC chain and store closures offset ongoing declines at its pizza operation. [more]

Work probation period will boost employment - PM
Prime Minister John Key says making it easier for smaller employers to sack workers will help boost employment. The law is being considered under urgency before Parliament and expected to be passed by Christmas. [more]

Insurance group supports mandatory sprinklers
The Insurance Brokers Association says it would support a change in the law to make fire sprinklers compulsory, in the wake of a major blaze in Auckland on Monday. [more]