Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 10th 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
Procrastination, it's the thief of time. [more]

The best song ever written - Any Dream Will Do
For Paul Canham the best song ever written is Any Dream Will Do by Andrew Lloyd Webber, preferably sung by Jason Donovan. [more]

Link 3 for 10 December 2008
Link3, the music game where you find the link between the songs. [more]

Tobacco award
One of the first shops to go smoke free in Northland has been recognised with an award by The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation. [more]

Tony Adams - Tap dance record holder
It's official - Guiness World Records has confirmed that the world's fastest feet are right here in New Zealand. [more]

He Rourou for Wednesday 10 December 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Selwyn Parata about the judging criteria and the fact that debate over judging has gone on for years. [more]

Feature album - The Bends
The Feature Album today is The Bends by the UK alternative rock band Radiohead. [more]

Virtual World
Helen and Chelfyn Baxter from Mohawk Media join Jim in the Virtual World. [more]

Auckland story"Tuatara Cuvier"
Tuatara have all been bred at Auckland Zoo from six original Cuvier residents captured and sent to the zoo in the early 1990's. [more]

Science report
The second part of a programme about Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand's first Nobel laureate. [more]

The Panel (Part1)
Chris Trotter and Julia Hartley Moore join Jim on the panel today. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Chris Trotter and Julia Hartley Moore join Jim on the panel today. [more]

Business News

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

Midday Business News for 10 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

Government proposing changes to Resource Management Act
Radio New Zealand political editor Brent Edwards has been looking at the briefing paper. [more]

Government announces 12-month Herceptin funding
The Government has announced it will fund a full 12 months of the breast cancer drug Herceptin. [more]

Tagger murder-accused's defence nonsense - Crown
The Crown has made its closing arguments in the case of a man accused of fatally stabbing a teenager. [more]

Tasers given to AOS officers in Auckland, Wellington
The police have begun to roll out Taser guns, as fresh fears are raised about their safety. [more]

Maori Party to vote against 90-day trial for workers
The Maori Party has decided to vote against the Government's planned 90-day trial period for new workers. [more]

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

Indian authorities release names and photos of terror suspects
Indian authorities have released the names and photographs of the people they allege carried out the attacks on Mumbai. [more]

Families summit cancelled after Govt queries cost
The Government's involvement in the cancellation of a Families Commission Summit is being criticised as excessive interference. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Elderly woman dies undergoing new heart surgery technique
The woman was having an aortic valve replacement, using a procedure being done in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. [more]

Officer concerned over search and rescue staff availability
Inspector Dave White made the comments at an inquest into the death of 19-year-old Geoffrey Hampton. [more]

Granny dumpers
An emergency medicine specialist is urging families not to dump their elderly relatives at hospitals in a bid to have a break. [more]

Government side step Pharmac over Herceptin
The Government's decision to side step Pharmac and fund the breast cancer drug Herceptin is being criticised. [more]

Defence lawyers give closing address in Wanganui murder case
Defence lawyers have begun giving their closing addresses at the trial of five men accused of murdering a Wanganui toddler. [more]

Canadian police pull 24 Tasers out of use
A media investigation suggested older models of the stun gun could fire excessively large electrical charges. [more]

The government's review of the ETS looks set for trouble
Peter Dunne told Checkpoint on Monday that the review would not revisit arguments over the existence of global warming. [more]

Riots rock Greece, opposition calls for election
Greece is braced for further turmoil as unions stage a general strike in protest against the government's economic policies. [more]

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

China Correspondent Quentin Sommerville
For the latest news from China, we're joined by our correspondent in Beijing, Quentin Sommerville. [more]

Drop in children's science results
Primary schools principal and teacher groups say a drop in children's science results isn't surprising. [more]

EU warships and planes have begun patrolling Somali coast
But with more than 30 ships hijacked so far this year can it make a difference? [more]

Universal declaration of human rights 60 years old today
Australia remains the only western democracy not to enshrine its own human rights values in law. [more]

Kosovo transition to statehood
It's been their first day on the job- Judges, prosecutors, police, customs and correctional officers have begun work in Kosovo. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 10 December 2008
Top Stories for 10 December 2008 [more]

Pipipi - brown creeper
Listen to todays bird. [more]

Pacific News for 10 December 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Union opposition
Unions are vowing to fight the so-called hire and fire bill. The new Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson responds. [more]

Hercerptin funding
The Government is expected to announce that a full 12 month course of Herceptin will be available from today. [more]

Families Commission summit canceled
The Families Commission has canned plans for a two hundred thousand dollar conference. [more]

Kiwisaver changes
KiwiSaver employer contributions above the new 2% cap will be taxable under new changes to the retirement scheme. [more]

Coroner hears infant death cases
The families of seven babies who died in their sleep have told the coroner of the circumstances of their children's deaths. [more]

Tony Ryall
The Government appears to be signaling a cap on bureaucrats in the health sector. [more]

Greek chaos
Greece is bracing itself for more violence following the funeral of the teenager whose death sparked rioting across the country. [more]

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

Emissions trading scheme review
The emissions trading scheme is to be reviewed by a select committee.Rodney Hide and Jeanette Fitzsimons are in the studio. [more]

Fiji trip
The new Foreign Affairs Minister will make his first overseas trip later today when he travels to Fiji to meet its leaders. [more]

Antarctic heritage
New technology is being drafted in to save Captain Scott's Terra Nova hut in Antarctica. [more]

Hanover restructure
Hanover investors say a vote in favour of a rescue plan for the company shouldn't be seen as an endorsement of its management. [more]

Families Commissioner Jan Pryor
The invitation only Action for Families Summit that was to be held in Auckland in February next year has been canceled. [more]

DHB reaction
DHBs say they want positive relationship with the new Health Minister despite his criticism of their spending. [more]

Primary achievements
New international research shows the achievement of primary school students in science has plummeted. [more]

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

Sinking inquest
An inquest into Geoffrey Hampton's death is underway in Palmerston North. [more]

Alcohol from adults
More than half of school aged drinkers say it is their parents who are supplying them with alcohol. [more]

Geneva gathering possible
A decision will be made on trade ministers gathering to make an outline agreement before the Doha round of trade talks. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

World's oldest mother
Rajo Devi has successfully had her first child at the age of seventy after having IVF treatment. [more]

Government funded jetpacks
The first commercial jetpack is expected to come off the production line late next year. [more]

Nights

Finding Common Ground
Charon Maseka is a Year 12 student and winner of the Race Unity Speech Award 2008. [more]

Human Rights Watch
Reed Brody is the European Press Director and Counsel, Human Rights Watch. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Sudden infant deaths
Vicki Cullings of Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support Group and Professor Ed Mitchell of Auckland University. [more]

Cops in schools
A look at the South Auckland programme that has been running this year. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Why isn't Kevin Rudd's staff sticking around? [more]

Feature Guest - Sir Miles Warren
One of the best known and widely noted architects of the past 50 years. [more]

Hanover finance
Hanover investor Glen Stanton is not happy. [more]

Book review - A Cup of Light
By Nicole Mones. Published by HarperCollins. Reviewed by Gail Pittaway. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Artist of the week is Billy Joel. [more]

Legal commentator
Dean Knight discusses constitutional and local government law. [more]

Film review
Graeme Tuckett reviews 'Quarantine'; the remake of 'Rec' and New Zealand film news. [more]

Marti Friedlander on the history of the moko (2008)
New Zealand photographer Marti Friedlander talks about the history of the moko. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Robbie MacRae
Director of Performing Arts for Auckland's 'The Edge' previews 2009 season. [more]

Organ-isms - Jenny Setchell
NZ organist and author of new book 'Organ-isms: Anecdotes from the World of the King of Instruments'. [more]

Brett Painter
Principal percussionist of the Christchurch SO and 'Pandemonium' member talks about the 25th annual 'Re-percussion Festival'. [more]

News stories:

Athens football match will go ahead
Today's European Champions League group football match between Panathinaikos and Anorthosis Famagusta will go ahead despite three days rioting in Greece. A Panathinaikos official says the game will go ahead ... [more]

Olympic samples to be tested again
Some 500 doping samples from the Beijing Olympics will be re-tested in January. About 400 blood tests searching for the illegal use of CERA, a new version of the endurance-enhancing ... [more]

F1 looks set to adopt cost cutting measures
Formula One looks likely to accept radical plans for a low-cost standard engine when teams and the governing FIA meet in Monaco this week to map out a survival strategy ... [more]

Lee handling the hype in Australian Open week
The boom New Zealand golf teenager Danny Lee is playing down the plaudits he's been getting in the leaup to the Australian Open, starting tomorrow at Royal Sydney. It'll be ... [more]

Ballesteros released from hospital
Seve Ballesteros has been released from hospital in Madrid after the latest in a series of operations on a brain tumour. The 51 year old golf great had a ... [more]

England cricketers make donation to Mumbai victims
The England cricketers will donate half of their match fees from the first test against India starting tomorrow in Chennai, to families of the victims of last month's attacks ... [more]

Former England cricketer arresting for drug smuggling
The former England cricketer Chris Lewis appeared in court overnight after trying to smuggle around four kilos of cocaine into England through London's Gatwick Airport. Guyana-born Lewis was arrested ... [more]

Ramos takes over at Real Madrid
Spanish football giants Real Madrid have appointed their 11th coach in 10 years replacing Bernd Schuster with former Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos. Spaniard Ramos, who was sacked as Tottenham ... [more]

Taipans into voluntary administration
The Cairns Taipans basketball team has been placed into voluntary administration and will not take part in the Australian NBL next year. It is unclear whether the Taipans will play out ... [more]

Tax on KiwiSaver no surprise - Finance Minister
KiwiSaver employer contributions above the new minimum level set by the Government will be taxed, under changes to the retirement scheme going through Parliament. [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]

Westpac seeks at least $A2.5bn in capital
Australian bank Westpac is raising more capital to shore up its balance sheet as it faces higher provisions for bad debt and looks to bed down its merger with St George. [more]

Christchurch growth could lead to water shortage
Christchurch City Council may consider charging residents for excess water use unless conservation measures are brought in. It is one option set out in a draft water supply strategy released for public consultation. [more]

Man seriously injured in hang-glider crash
A man is in a serious condition following a hang-glider crash near the Marlborough town of Havelock. [more]

Wednesday's newspaper headlines
National begins to push through its first 100 days legislation; Families Commission summit axed after minister declared it a waste of money. [more]

Slump in international dairy prices predicted
Westpac Bank economists are predicting further hefty falls in world dairy prices over the next few months as weak demand stemming from the global credit crisis coincides with a build-up in supply. [more]

Hospital boards support moves to reduce deficits
District Health Boards support the Government's commitment to limit bureaucracy to the minimum, to help reduce large deficits. [more]

Fiji'a attorney-general to face professional misconduct probe
Reports from Fiji say the interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, will be investigated for professional misconduct. The Fiji Times says the outcome of the probe will determine whether he should be... [more]

Ashburton hydro scheme wins right to use Rakaia water
The Ashburton Community Water Trust has won approval to use the Rakaia River water for a hydro scheme. [more]

Napier Marineland temporary re-opening on the cards
A Napier City Council committee is recommending its Marineland attraction re-open to the public on a temporary basis. The council closed the marine zoo in September after its last dolphin died. [more]

Some rain for parched Canterbury areas
Rain has provided some relief to farmers in parched areas of Canterbury, where low soil moisture levels have raised fears of drought. [more]

Relatives of people killed in landslide in PNG want compensation from mining company
Relatives of 10 people killed in a landslide at a remote goldmine camp in Papua New Guinea want over 390 thousand US dollars in compensation from the mining company. Extreme... [more]

Proposals on reducing catches of several tuna species still being debated in South Korea
Pacific nations and foreign fishing nations are still debating an agreement on proposals to reduce the catch of several tuna species under threat of overfishing. Discussions are being held in... [more]

PNG's northern island provinces swamped by huge waves causing destruction
Papua New Guinea's northern island provinces and parts of the north coast were swamped by huge waves which caused widespread destruction but no casualties. Initial reports from New Ireland province... [more]

Fiji's court grants a stay order in case brought by former GCC members
Fiji's High Court has stayed proceedings in the legal action case brought by former members of the Great Council of Chiefs against the interim administration. The paper, the Fiji Times... [more]

PNG has doubts over willingness of all members of Tuna Commission
Papua New Guinea is expressing some doubts about the willingness of all members of the Tuna Commission meeting in South Korea to achieve a cut in the catch of several... [more]

Search operator regrets not passing on advice
A search and rescue operator says he would have given advice on an air search for three missing boaties if he had known the policeman in charge of the search was working alone. [more]

PNG MP says rural areas are becoming dumping grounds for people living with HIV/AIDS
A Papua New Guinea MP says rural areas are becoming dumping grounds for people living with HIV/AIDS who are being neglected by relatives in urban centres. An estimated 150 thousand... [more]

Locator beacon would have saved man, inquest told
A maritime investigator believes an emergency locator beacon would have saved a man who died off the Wanganui coast in February this year. [more]

CNMI's Ports Authority is confident it can comply with bond guidelines
The head of the CNMI's Commonwealth Ports Authority yesterday said he is confident the agency can comply with requirements for its seaport revenue bond. The CPA executive director Efrain Camacho... [more]

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

American Samoan Blue Sky customers temporarily experienced an outage
American Samoan Blue Sky customers temporarily experienced an outage in internet service yesterday as the telecommunications company changed over from one satellite service to another. The company warned customers the... [more]

Parents buying alcohol for teenagers - survey
More than half of school-aged drinkers who responded to a University of Auckland survey said their parents buy alcohol for them. [more]

LNG plant in Indonesia's Papua is continuing to cut its workforce
The massive Tangguh liquefied natural gas or LNG plant in Indonesia's Papua is continuing to cut its workforce as the completion of its construction work draws near. A spokesperson for... [more]

New owners of Star Kist Samoa in American Samoa is to meet with officials
American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono and Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin will be meeting with the chairman of Dongwon Corporation, new owners of Star Kist Samoa today. Chairman Kim arrived over... [more]

CNMI's Governor wants CUC to pursue money owed to it
The Northern Marianas Governor, Benigno Fitial, is urging the struggling utilities company, Commonwealth Utilities Corp's executive director Antonio Muna to pursue all past due accounts owed the utility company. A... [more]

Coroner abandons Kotuku sinking inquest
The coroner will not resume an inquest into the sinking of the Kotuku in Foveaux Strait in 2006, with the loss of six lives. [more]

Auditor-General to help review of Beckham event
The Auditor-General will investigate why a football match starring high profile sportsman David Beckham was a financial failure for the Auckland Regional Council. [more]

New Caledonian airport strike causes anger
The New Caledonian press says police were called to Noumea's Magenta domestic airport as tempers flared after a strike grounded the domestic carrier. Noumea's daily newspaper says about 400 Aircal... [more]

French Polynesia opposition open to dialogue if government drops budget
French Polynesia's opposition coalition says any talk of a broader political arrangement depends on the government revisiting the 2009 budget which is being debated. The opposition laid this out in... [more]

Fiji's SDL rejects Leweni claims about regime's achievements
Fiji's ousted SDL Party has rejected claims by the interim government that it has achieved a lot since it came to power following the 2006 military coup. The SDL national... [more]

NZ Green Party urges government to support regional tuna conservation efforts
The New Zealand Green Party is calling on the Fisheries Minister to support the Parties to Nauru Agreement and protect the dwindling tuna fisheries in the high seas of the... [more]

Fiji public servants urged to plan better
Fiji's senior public servants have been urged to show more urgency in getting things done, with figures showing a 26 per cent drop in the implementation of Government projects in... [more]

Call for submissions on Solomons land dispute bill
A Solomon Island academic is urging people to make submissions and give feedback on a new draft bill aiming to resolve tribal land disputes. Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka says current... [more]

Oil falls on forecast for shrinking demand
Oil prices fell nearly 4% on Tuesday after the US government forecast the world economic slowdown would shrink global oil consumption this year for the first time since the early 1980s. [more]

Merchandise terms of trade falls
The measure of how much merchandise New Zealand can afford to buy overseas with its export earnings has fallen for the second consecutive quarter, due mainly to an increase in the price of imports. [more]

Business leaders, unions at odds over 90-day plan
Business leaders have welcomed a bill making it easier for small employers to fire workers within 90 days, while unions have called it an assault on workers' rights. The legislation is expected to be passed before Christmas. [more]

Wall St stung by bleak profit outlooks
US stocks fell on Tuesday as profit warnings prompted investors to retrench after two days of big gains. [more]

The Warehouse pulls out of liquor business
The Warehouse is pulling out of the liquor business after three years of operation and will begin phasing out its six alcohol outlets after Christmas. [more]

Fire at Porirua swimming pool complex
One person has been treated in hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire on Wednesday a swimming pool complex at Porirua, near Wellington.One person has been treated in hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire on Wednesday a swimming pool complex at Po [more]

Tax on KiwiSaver no surprise - Finance Minister
KiwiSaver employer contributions above the new minimum level being set by the Government will be taxed, under changes to the retirement scheme going through Parliament. [more]

Rumours force police to deny link between deaths
Speculation in a Bay of Plenty town has forced police to deny any link between the death of an Opotiki man and a woman who died in the town 24 hours later. [more]

Air Pacific expands services into Australia despite economic downturn
Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific, says it believes it will benefit from expanding its flights into Australia, despite the economic downturn. Air Pacific currently has 22 weekly flights from Fiji... [more]

Pacific Islanders plea for end to lip service on climate change
A young Pacific Islander has issued a challenge to world leaders at the UN climate change talks in Poland, telling them to stop paying lip service and show the political... [more]

PNG warns about continued high tides
It's unclear how many people have been hit by flash flooding caused by high waves in Papua New Guinea's New Ireland and Manus Province. The tides have been generated by... [more]

Central American nations vying to join Tuna Commission
Extra foreign fishing fleets are pushing to gain access to tuna stocks in the Central and Western Pacific. Members of the Tuna Commission, meeting in South Korea, will consider applications... [more]

Niue left with costly fuel stocks after Forum summit
Niue has been saddled with more than half a million US dollars of jet fuel it doesn't need. MP Terry Coe says the fuel was bought by the island's Government... [more]

Government announces 12-month Herceptin funding
The Government has announced it will fund a full 12 months of the breast cancer drug Herceptin. [more]

Hurricanes interested in Carl Hayman
The Hurricanes have showed some interest in signing up the former All Black prop Carl Hayman, if he decides to return to New Zealand. 29-year-old Hayman, shifted to English club ... [more]

Black Caps to question umpires decisions
For the first time the New Zealand cricketers will be able to legitimately question an umpire's decision when the first test gets underway against the West Indies in Dunedin tomorrow. ... [more]

Chelsea through to Champions League last 16
Last season's Champions football league runners up Chelsea are through to the knockout stages of this season's tournament after beating Romanian side CFR Cluj 2-1. Chelsea's win along with Roma ... [more]

Daly no advertisement for Australian tourism
Golfer John Daly is no advertisement for Australian tourism - having missed the cut at his first two tournaments at Huntingdale and Coolum he's had plenty of spare time. But ... [more]

Blues player charged with driving with excess breath alcohol
The Blues rugby player Tasesa Lavea has been charged with driving with excess breath alcohol and will appear in court next month. The Blues CEO Andy Dalton says the incident ... [more]

Warne sees himself on stage and likes what he saw
Cricketer Shane Warne has seen himself on stage and likes what he saw. Warne's attended a preview of Shane Warne the Musical written by Australian comedian Eddie Perfect and feels ... [more]

Australia confirms bid to host 2018 football world cup
The Australian government will spend 50 million dollars on a bid to bring the football world cup to Australia in 2018. The money will be spent over three years with ... [more]

Rowing New Zealand names new High Performance Manager
Rowing New Zealand's new high performance manager is a former international coxswain and coach Alan Cotter. He replaces Andrew Matheson, who's now with Rowing Australia. Cotter, who's 52, is a former ... [more]

Phoenix sign up stand in keeper for the injured
The Golf Coast united goalkeeper Scott Higgins has joined Wellington Phoenix football club as a short-term injury replacement for Mark Paston. The 32-year-old Higgins will join the Phoenix for at ... [more]

Smith stays with Storm until 2012
Melbourne's captain Cameron Smith has agreed to remain with the Storm for the next four National Rugby League seasons. The test hooker had been considering a move home to Queensland and ... [more]

Australian shooter completes Steel lineup
The Australian netballer Leah Shoard has been named as the 12th member of the Southern Steel for next year's ANZ Championship. Shoard played for the championship-winning New South Wales Swifts last ... [more]

Ballesteros released from hospital after more than two months
More than two months after brain surgery to remove a malignant tumour Spanish golfing great Seve Ballesteros has been released from a Madrid hospital. A five time major winner ... [more]

Scott pulls out of Australian Open golf championship
Adam Scott has withdrawn from this week's Australian Open golf championship at Royal Sydney because of injury. Tournament officials say the world number 16 has pulled out citing a recent ... [more]

Paul Gallico to be inducted to the International Boxing hall of fame
The famed novelist Paul Gallico is to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the United States. Gallico was a sports writer for the New York Daily ... [more]

NFL to cut 150 jobs
The National Football League, will cut 150 jobs over the couple of months citing the global economic recession as the cause. The cuts, which will affect slightly more ... [more]

Australia to bid for Fifa World Cup 2018
The Australian federal government will spend 50 million dollars on a bid to take the Fifa World Cup to Australia in 2018. The commonwealth says the money will be spent ... [more]

NFL to cut jobs
The National Football League says it will lay off almost 14 percent of the league's staff as part of a cost-cutting plan in response to the recession. The move to ... [more]

Taipans could become 4th team this year to drop out of ANBL
The Cairns Taipans are on the verge of becoming the fourth team this year to drop out of the Australian National Mens Basketball league for financial reasons. In the latest ... [more]

Cricket bosses want harsher penalties for verbal abuse
The chief executives of the world's cricket boards are seeking harsher penalties for verbal abuse. In Cape Town a chief executives' committee meeting has concluded a stronger stance needed to be ... [more]

Cougars keen to play in NBL
The National Basketball League will meet with another Canterbury outfit tonight which is keen to play in the competition. At the weekend the NBL board confirmed nine teams for next ... [more]

ARL won't change rules to allow Mal to coach both State and Country
The Australian Rugby League says it will not change its guidelines to accommodate Queensland coach Mal Meninga, who has been widely tipped to fill the national coaching role following Ricky Stuart's ... [more]

Police to review new info on safety of tasers
The New Zealand Police will review medical data showing taser guns could deliver a potentially deadly charge. [more]

Elderly woman dies during new heart surgery
An elderly woman undergoing a new heart surgery technique in Waikato Hospital has died during the operation. [more]

Phone service regulations may be changed - minister
Communications Minister Steven Joyce will consider changing regulations which guarantee phone and internet coverage in hard-to-reach areas. [more]

Retired army major jailed for fraud
A retired army major has been jailed after he and his wife defrauded investors in companies they ran of nearly $1 million. [more]

Baby critically ill after fatal Northland crash
A person is dead and a baby has been taken to hospital with critical injuries after a trailer came loose and hit a vehicle in Northland. [more]

NZ students lagging behind in science - study
An international report on maths and science shows New Zealand 9-year-olds are lagging behind counterparts in countries such as England, Australia and the United States. [more]

Officers in schools a success, say police
A scheme that has put police in some south Auckland schools appears to be helping curb violence. [more]

'Granny dumping' a growing problem - doctor
An emergency medicine specialist says so-called granny dumping at hospitals over the Christmas holidays is a growing problem as the population ages. [more]

Home detention for doctor who made false claims
A Christchurch doctor who made false medical claims worth thousands of dollars has been sentenced to home detention. [more]

Families summit cancelled after Govt queries cost
The Families Commission has cancelled plans for a $200,000 summit after Social Development Minister Paula Bennet expressed concern about the cost. [more]

Ministers at odds over ETS review
The Government's promised review of the Emissions Trading Scheme looks set for trouble with two key politicians at odds over whether it will include a debate over the science of climate change. [more]

Fairfax appoints new chief executive
Fairfax Media Ltd has handed the reins of the publisher to Brian McCarthy, as it prepares to slash dividends and pay down debt to weather the global economic downturn. [more]

NZ defends stance on tuna conservation measures
New Zealand's delegation to negotiations in Korea to preserve tuna stocks in the Pacific has rejected suggestions it is not supporting conservation measures put forward by Pacific nations. The Greenparty's... [more]

Japan seeks more US money for troop relocation to Guam
"The Japanese Government is reported to be seeking $1 billion US (100 billion yen) in the 2009 fiscal year towards relocating U.S. troops off Okinawa island to Guam." Japan's Yomiuri... [more]

NZ names new Cook Islands High Commissioner
Career diplomat Tia Barrett has been named by New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully as the country's next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. Mr Barrett, who replaces the late... [more]

Police boss gives evidence at boating inquest
A police witness has told an inquest there are no plans to avoid a repeat of a situation in which a search and rescue controller had no trained staff to help him. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket falls
The NZX 50 index was down 11 points to 2713 at 12.30pm on Wednesday, on turnover of $12 million. [more]