Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 11th December 2008

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

Afternoons

Jim's essay
Outdoor kindergartens. [more]

Best song ever written
Kaaren Cleary chooses The Rebel Jesus, by Jackson Browne. [more]

Your place
The Jewel of the Kapiti coast - Paekakariki. [more]

Black holes
There is new evidence that there is a giant black hole at the center of our galaxy. [more]

Bats for christmas
Purdue University, in Indiana has come up with a novel stocking stuffer. [more]

He Rourou for 11 December 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks with Selwyn Parata about the Maori language and Maori performing arts. [more]

Feature album
Paul Weller's 9th solo studio album, 22 Dreams. [more]

The arts report
This week Lynn Freeman calls on some experts to review the visual arts scene over the past year. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
This week we're at the Dread Shed - where an increasing number of the city's dreadlocks are being created. [more]

Environment story
Alison Ballance joins Massey University researcher Barbara Egli in the bush of Tiritiri Matangi Island. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Peter Elliott and Joanne Black. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Peter Elliott and Joanne Black. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 11 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 11 December 2008
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 11 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Checkpoint

National attacked in parliament
The government has come under fierce attack in Parliament today as it moved to pass legislation under urgency. [more]

Tax cuts
Will some low income workers will be worse off under National than they would have been under Labour. [more]

Arson my have caused Mitre 10 blaze
The blaze that gutted a Mitre 10 store in Auckland is now treated by police as a suspected arson. [more]

Warning in child care report
An expert in early childhood education says more parents are leaving babies in day care. [more]

Tagging trial in deliberation
The jury in the High Court trial of a man who stabbed a teenage tagger to death has begun its deliberations. [more]

Coroner report on unsolved crime
16-year old Wendy Mayes vanished in September 1961 after meeting a man to talk about modelling work. [more]

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

Political report
Our Political Editor Brent Edwards joins us to recap on today's financial face-off in the house. [more]

Food prices still climbing
Statistics NZ figures show grocery prices went up by about 1 per cent in November, meaning 10% in the last year. [more]

Waatea news
An update of news from the Waatea team. [more]

Greek officer charged
A police officer accused of shooting dead a teenage boy in Athens has been formally charged with his murder. [more]

Manufacturing slump
A survey out today shows the sector is struggling to shrug off the effects of worldwide economic slowdown. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme update
Interpretation of one of the terms looks set to disrupt the committee before even starting the job. [more]

Cholera in Zimbabwe
The United Nations says the number of deaths has risen to nearly eight hundred. [more]

Business New Zealand's economic perspective
The organisation's Chief Executive gives us his perspective on the economic slowdown and the likely ramifications. [more]

Govt. wholesale deposit guarantee
Finance Minister expects banks that take advantage of the scheme will do their part to keep the economy moving. [more]

Mitre 10 fire suspicious
Police are now investigating the massive Monday blaze that closed major roads in Auckland. [more]

Early childhood education deficiencies
An expert in the sector says Govt. needs to pay attention to an increasing negative trend in developed countries. [more]

Evening Business News for 11 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Jhia te Tua summary
The judge has begun his summing up at the trial of five men charged over the death of the Wanganui toddler in May last year. [more]

Job uncertainties at Tiwai Point
The Bluff smelter owner, mining giant Rio Tinto has announced it is cutting 14-thousand jobs world wide. [more]

Calls for Illinois governor to resign
US President elect Barack Obama has called for governor Rod Blagojevich to resign following his arrest yesterday. [more]

Waatea news
An update of news from the Waatea team. [more]

US on Pakistani terror group
US urges Pakistan to take tougher stance on militant group which India claims is responsible for last month's Mumbai attack. [more]

Euthanasia in Luxembourg
There's a big political and constitutional row brewing in Luxembourg over plans to decriminalise euthanasia. [more]

Assisted suicide documentary
The makers of a documentary on assisted suicide have defended their decision to film a man at the moment of his death. [more]

2008 Nobel Prize for Peace
A former Finnish president and diplomat, Martti Ahtisaari has been awarded this year's laureate. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 11 December 2008
Allan Bollard wants companies to drop prices for customers. [more]

Pipipi - Brown Creeper
This mornings bird. [more]

Pacific News for 11 December 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 11 December 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour advises National -"Take a deep breath"
National wants to achive its goal of boosting infrastructure development. [more]

National committed to provide more state houses
There are more than 2,200 families on the waiting list for state houses in South Auckland. [more]

Infrastructure sector welcomes Government idea
Government officials are suggesting extending those powers to electricity generators and other developers of major projects. [more]

Alan Bollard wants companies to drop prices
Dr Bollard says price inflation has been too high. [more]

National Government building more state houses
Housing Minister Phil Heatley said the plan was to spend 2 or 3 years upgrading the current stock. [more]

Rio Tinto - Cutting 14 thousand jobs worldwide
It's not yet clear whether the mining giant's New Zealand operations will be affected by the job losses. [more]

Rioting in Greece - Fifth Day
10,000 protesters gathered in the centre of Athens but while fighting was less widespread, the government remains unpopular. [more]

Labour and Maori party losing no love in the house
Hone Harawira says he's so annoyed he's jokingly suggested he'd like to kill Labour MP, Trevor Mallard. [more]

Sports News for 11 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Ministry for the Environment admitts mistake
The numerous failures of the Ministry at Mapua are highlighted in a newly released independent report. [more]

The new government - cleaning up defence force
The Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says an urgent review is needed. [more]

Black Caps looking to prove themselves worthy
New Zealand could be without Jacob Oram, who is suffering from a leg injury. [more]

Consumers might be forced to tighten belts
Shanna Crispin has some bad news if you've yet to buy your Christmas fare. [more]

Do more to cut prices and do it now - Allan Bollard
Alan Bollard in a speech said there is for example"plenty of room for retail price cuts". [more]

New Zealand Superannuation Fund
The NZ Institute is rubbishing advice to the government on the future of the NZ Superannuation Fund. [more]

Under new Kiwisaver - comfort at retirement threatened
Doctor Lisa Marriott has been studying the difference in retirement policy between New Zealand and Australia. [more]

Wanganui toddler trail in final stages
2-year-old Jhia Te Tua died in May last year after being struck by a bullet fired during a gang confrontation outside her home. [more]

German scientists find somthing after a 16 year search
A giant black hole sits at the centre of our galaxy. [more]

"Don't rush 90-day employment bill"- HRC to National
The Human Rights Commission says it's potentially risky legislation, and should be considered by a select committee. [more]

Accused Tagger Muderer case will end today
50 year old Bruce Emery fatally stabbed Pihema Cameron after catching him spray-painting his garage door in January this year. [more]

Waatea News for 11 December 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

40 Million dollars to upgrade domestic fires in Hawkes Bay
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council plans to reduce smoke pollution in both cities by 2013. [more]

Researchers advise Australians to put camels on the barbie
The feral animals are thought to inflict about 15-million dollars in economic damage each year. [more]

Nights

Snoring Boot Camp
Graham Carr Smith makes an anti-snoring remedy and recently ran a military style weekend to cure serious snorers of their ailment. [more]

Body Parts - Male Hormones
Jean Fleming is a reproductive biologist and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8 plus clues 1 - 7. [more]

Nine To Noon

Sylvia Burbery and Keith Tempest
RBNZ Governor Alan Bollard calling for drop in prices, [more]

Beverly Good
:US Department of Homeland Security ESTA spokeswoman. [more]

Kate Adie
UK correspondent. [more]

Feature Guest - Daniel Everett
Daniel Everett moved his family to the Brazillian jungle to live with a remote tribe, the Pirahas. [more]

Book Review - Somebody:
The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer, published by Faber and Faber. [more]

New Technology
With Colin Jackson. [more]

TV Review
With Simon Wilson. [more]

Our Changing World

Chatham Islands: Heritage and Conservation
Ecologist Colin Miskelly and marine biologist David Schiel discuss a newly revised landmark book about the Chatham Islands. [more]

Ernest Rutherford's Life and Science
This feature marks the centenary since Ernest Rutherford received New Zealand's first Nobel Prize. [more]

Robins on Tiritiri Matangi Island
Massey University scientist Barbara Egli tries to work out family connections between the island's robins. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 11 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

James Gardner
Director of 175 East ensemble talks about the 100th Birthday of living American composer Elliot Carter which is today. [more]

Michele Beevors
Head of Sculpture at Otago Polytechnic talks about her exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery 'Debbie Does Disney'. [more]

News stories:

Bain retrial delayed until March 2009
David Bain's retrial has been delayed in order to accommodate a hearing to decide whether the five murder charges against him will be dropped. [more]

Ministry briefing raises issues of climate, water
Climate change and water head the list of critical issues that the Ministry for the Environment has highlighted in its briefing paper for new ministers. [more]

Former internationals to turn out for Cambridge and Oxford
Two ex-All Blacks, a former Wallaby, a Canadian and an American, will play for Cambridge and Oxford in tomorrow night's annual Varsity rugby match at Twickenham. The former All Black ... [more]

NBL warning as Taipans near rescue
Basketball Australia has warned that the next National Basketball League club to hit troubled waters will most likely sink. Interim chief executive Scott Derwin is expected to push for ... [more]

Taipans coach says it'll be tough to take pay cut
The Cairns Taipans coach Alan Black says it will be tough for his players to accept a massive pay cut in order to keep the club alive. The ANBL club ... [more]

Vettori confident in Flynn's rise
The New Zealand cricket captain Dan Vettori says the promotion of Daniel Flynn from six in the batting to number three has come earlier than they wanted but believes his ... [more]

Waitakere want to bloody Adelaide nose
New Zealand part-timers Waitakere United are looking to give "big brother" Adelaide United a bloody nose in tonight's opening game of the Fifa Club World Cup. Waitakere will be huge ... [more]

Ronaldo set to sign with Brazilian club
The dual European footballer of the year Ronaldo is set to sign a one-year contract with the Brazilian club Corinthians. 32 year old Ronaldo injured his left knee last ... [more]

Taranaki likely destination for All Black prop
Taranaki is the likely destination for the former All Black prop Carl Hayman who's believed to be thinking about coming home less than halfway through his 30-month contract with the ... [more]

World Cup winning fullback retires
Josh Lewsey, the fullback in England's 2003 World Cup triumph, has announced his retirement from international rugby. 32 year old Lewsey made his decision after being told by the new ... [more]

New role for former national swimming coach
The former national swimming coach Jan Cameron will have a new "off the deck" role at the national summer championships, which start in Christchurch today. It'll be the first competition ... [more]

Waitakere United two games away from playing Manchester United
Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar is warning his players not to underestimate Waitakere United on the eve of a football tournament sees both sides eyeing a dream date with Manchester ... [more]

ING investors set to lose as funds wind up
Investors in two ING New Zealand funds may end up losing about half of their savings, as the company recommends the funds are wound up.Investors in two ING New Zealand funds may end up losing about half of their savings. [more]

Mohali confirmed as second England-India test venue
The southern city of Mohali has been confirmed as the venue for the second cricket test between England and India, starting on the 19th of this month, after passing ... [more]

Evans to ride Giro
Twice Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans of Australia will take part in next year's Giro d'Italia. Evans, who was second in the Tour de France behind Spaniards Alberto Contador ... [more]

Luna Rossa to compete in America's Cup again
The Italian sailing team Luna Rossa will take part in the 33rd Americas Cup race with the backing of Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli. Luna Rossa have not actually officialised their ... [more]

Sabathia agrees to go to Yankees
Left-hander CC Sabathia has agreed to join the New York Yankees for what is expected to be the richest Major League Baseball contract signed by a pitcher. The agreement came ... [more]

French President confirms support for Noumea Accord
The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has confirmed that France will accompany New Caledonia on its decolonisation path until the chosen process has been concluded. Mr Sarkozy made the statement in... [more]

Hawke's Bay woodburner changes could cost $40m
An upgrade to home fires or woodburners in a bid to improve air quality in Napier and Hastings could cost more than $40 million. [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Reserve Bank Governor takes a swipe at oil companies, power companies, local authorities and banks for not bringing down prices; New Zealand students are falling behind in science; Auckland city leaders are considering getting rid of the Whitcoulls Santa. [more]

New possum poison awaiting approval
The Animal Health Board is hoping to get clearance by the middle of next year to add another weapon to the armoury used to kill possums. [more]

Meat company investigates China expansion
A Southland meat company is investigating expanding the meat products it sends to China by exporting high-value cuts. [more]

Infrared technology used in animal pain assessment
An AgResearch scientist has developed a non-invasive pain-free way of assessing whether cattle are suffering from stress or pain. [more]

Air pacific prepared to deal with financial loss after intro of new service
Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific, says it expects some financial strain with the introduction of new services to Australia's Gold Coast but it is looking for longer term gain. The... [more]

Ministry admits errors in Mapua site cleanup
The Ministry for the Environment has admitted it made mistakes during the cleanup of a contaminated site at Mapua near Nelson. [more]

Oram out of first test
The New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has been ruled out of the first test against the West Indies starting in Dunedin at midday. Oram suffered a calf muscle injury at ... [more]

FIA and F1 teams agree cost-cutting package
Formula One's world governing body says it and and the Team Owners' Association have agreed significant cost cuts from next year. The proposals will be put to the FIA's World Motor ... [more]

Fiji footballer excluded from Tahiti matches after being denied New Zealand transit visa
Fiji's under-20 football team's key central defender, Jone Nailogo, is to miss next week's Oceania World Cup play-offs in Tahiti because New Zealand has refused him a transit visa. Nailogo... [more]

Representatives of a French petroleum supplier visit American Samoa
Two representatives of a French petroleum supplier were in American Samoa last month to look at location operations of BP Southwest Pacific in Pago Pago. BP Southwest Pacific announced in... [more]

PNG and China sign a business agreement
Papua New Guinea and China have signed a deal to promote agricultural exchanges and co-operation and boost investment and trade development between the two countries. The National newspaper reports the... [more]

Fiji's interim government allocates millions of dollars to Tourism Fiji's regional offices
Fiji's interim government has allocated $12-point-4 million US dollars all Tourism Fiji's regional offices next year. Tourism Fiji is embarking on a massive marketing campaign for next year in all... [more]

Russian airline responds to demand from travelers in eastern Russia to CNMI
The Russian airline Vladivostok Avia has responded to a growing demand from travelers in eastern Russia who want to go to Saipan, Tinian, and Rota by setting up charter flights... [more]

American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority asks FCC to reduce fine
The American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority has requested the Federal Communications Commission to cancel or reduce the fine levied against ASTCA for failure to file in November 2007 its hearing aid... [more]

Bougainville's presidential election sees a slow start
Bougainville's presidential election has seen a slow start with poor voter turn-out and heavily armed road blocks stopping some regions from voting. Bougainville last Saturday began choosing a new leader... [more]

Gunners misfire ,but Manchester United top group
Arsenal slipped up in their bid to top their Champions League group as they went down 2-0 at FC Porto while the Guynners' premiership rivals Manchester United fared better, drawing 2-2 ... [more]

Australian swimmer shines at start of Summer Nationals
Australian world record-holder Marieke Guehrer showed her class on the opening morning of the New Zealand summer championships in Christchurch. Guehrer, who won the overall honours at the recent FINA ... [more]

Solomon Islands passes 2009 budget
After a week of debate and three days of scrutiny by Parliament's Committee of Supply the Solomon Islands government's 2009 Appropriation Bill was passed in its third and final reading... [more]

Members of Tuna Commission meeting in Korea must take action says tuna rep
A tuna processing representative says that unless members of the Tuna Commission meeting in Korea take action, measures to preserve stocks are likely to be imposed from outside. Pacific nations... [more]

Samoa MP Hans Joachim Keil should be back in Samoa before Christmas
Samoa MP Hans Joachim Keil should be back in Samoa before Christmas, after a U.S. federal court judge reaffirmed a ruling last week to modify Mr Keil's bail conditions. Mr... [more]

Former adoption agency workers plead guilty to Samoan children adoption scandal
The former operators and employees of an adoption agency accused of fraud in connection with the adoptions of Samoan children are expected to enter guilty pleas in the case. In... [more]

First Marshall Islands soldier to die in Iraq named
The first Marshall Islands soldier to die in Iraq was killed in a suicide bombing attack late last week. The U.S. Defense Department says the truck Solomon Sam, 31, was... [more]

Fiji football says it's not fair its player could not play because of military connections
The Fiji Football Association says it's "grossly unfair" for one of its prime under-20 players to be dumped from its Oceania World Cup play-offs team because of his military connections. [more]

Niue joins United Nation's Climate Neutral Network
Niue has committed to a low-carbon future by joining the United Nation's Climate Neutral Network or CN Net. The CN Net, established by the United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP... [more]

Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association says industry must promote Fiji's adventure side
The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association says the industry must take new research to heart and promote the country's adventure side. The study commissioned by Tourism Fiji found many new... [more]

New Zealand is pushing for catch limits on Swordfish in international waters
New Zealand is pushing for catch limits on Swordfish in international waters near this country and further east that come under the jurisdiction of the region Tuna Commission. Members of... [more]

Study by Tourism Fiji says New Zealanders don't see Fiji as a dream destination
Many New Zealanders don't see Fiji as their dream travel destination. That's according to a new study commissioned by Tourism Fiji. Tourism is one of the country's most important industries,... [more]

Wall St ends higher on auto bailout optimism
US stocks ended higher on Wednesday following an agreement in principle between the White House and Democrat congressional leaders on a $US15 billion bailout plan for the troubled American vehicle industry. [more]

Blaze at Auckland Mitre 10 was arson - Fire Service
A major fire that gutted a Mitre 10 store in Onehunga on Monday was arson, the Fire Service says. The matter has been referred to police. [more]

Niue premier says excess fuel hurts finances
The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, says the purchase of too much jet fuel for the Pacific Islands Forum summit in August has left his Government out of pocket for... [more]

Woman senator chosen in American Samoa
A woman has been chosen as senator in American Samoa's Pago Pago village district, replacing a retired judge, who had served the district for the last eight years. While members... [more]

Mining giant with NZ interest to slash 14,000 jobs
Debt-laden mining giant Rio Tinto is axing 14,000 staff and contractor jobs worldwide due to the economic downturn. The company has a majority interest in New Zealand aluminium smelter Tiwai Point. [more]

Pacific push to accelerate climate treaty talks
Pacific representatives at the climate change conference in Poland will tomorrow formally call for faster progress over a new treaty on global warming. The two-week long conference is nearing its... [more]

Environmentalist critical of Solomons government over dolphin exports
A Solomon Islands environmental campaigner says the Government should be ashamed for allowing live dolphins to be exported. The comment comes as seven bottle-nose dolphins left the country this week,... [more]

More French Polynesian test veterans keen to join Paris talks on French compo law
Another French Polynesian nuclear test veterans group says it wants to join discussions on a French law to recognise a link between nuclear tests and illness. The Tamarii Mururoa's bid... [more]

Let dolphins rest, says conservation department
Commercial tourism operators and swimmers in the Bay of Islands are being warned to give dolphins "lunch breaks" during summer to stop them becoming stressed. [more]

Tuna Commission meeting struggles to agree on catch limits
Delegates of the Tuna Commission meeting in South Korea have still not reached agreement on any of the measures put forward to try to reduce the catch of Bigeye and... [more]

Senegal and Mexico win access to Pacific fishery
Members of the Tuna Commission, which has been meeting in South Korea, have agreed to links to the organisation for two new foreign fishing nations. Both Senegal and Mexico have... [more]

NZ announces funding for Tonga's democratic reform process
New Zealand's Foreign Minister has announced the government will commit more than 800,000 US dollars to support the democratic reform process in Tonga. Murray McCully says the money will support... [more]

Forum accepts Fiji canning of March poll, says Chaudhry
The Fiji Labour Party leader says it appears that the Pacific Islands Forum foreign ministers have accepted that Fiji won't hold elections by March. Mahendra Chaudhry made the comment to... [more]

Labour rejects criticism over state of defence force
Labour leader Phil Goff says the previous government left the defence force in far better shape than it inherited from National. [more]

Christmas dinner set to cost more this year
Christmas dinner is likely to be a more expensive this year because of an increase in the cost of turkey and other traditional meats. [more]

Lawyer says shooting wasn't meant to happen
The lawyer for a man accused of planning a driveby shooting in which a Wanganui toddler was killed says it was an unscripted addition to what was supposed to be a gang fight. [more]

CAA warns deficit may be higher than expected
The Civil Aviation Authority has warned the Government that it faces a number of fiscal risks which could see its operating deficit increase and the loss of staff. [more]

Commission warns against rushing employment bill
The Human Rights Commission is calling on the Government to reconsider its decision to not allow the 90-day bill to go to a select committee. [more]

Qian Xue family seek information on financial trust
The family of Qian Xue, whose father will stand trial next year accused of the murder of her mother, are trying to clarify whether they can access money from a trust set up in her name. [more]

More state houses for South Auckland
The Government has dropped plans to cap state house numbers, in a move to bolster the number available in the South Auckland area. [more]

Government rejects land acquisition proposals
Infrastructure Minister Bill English said the Government will not be acting on proposals in a briefing paper to make it easier for land to be compulsorily acquired. [more]

Retailers, local govt reject Bollard's call for price cuts
Industry and local government representatives have rejected Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard's call for major industries to pass on lower costs to consumers. [more]

Bougainville elections chief happy with progress in Presidential election
The chief electoral officer of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says he is satisfied with progress being made in the two week long election of a new... [more]

Food prices up more than 10% over year
The price of food has risen again, increasing 0.8% in November. The weekly shop now costs New Zealanders 10% more than it did this time last year. [more]

Case of missing Wellington typist officially closed
The case of a teenager who disappeared 47 years ago has been officially closed. [more]

Elderly woman has death wish tattooed on chest
An elderly Dunedin woman has taken euthanasia campaigning to a new level, with her death wish tattooed on her chest. [more]

House prices steady, despite drop in sales
New figures from the Real Estate Institute show median house prices for November have held steady, in spite of a drop in the number of sales from the previous month. [more]

Bad light brings play to early halt in first cricket test
Bad light has brought play to an early halt on the first day of the first cricket test against the West Indies with New Zealand 226 for four. Test history ... [more]

Brown and Smail in three way tie for second at Australian Golf Open
The New Zealand golfers Mark Brown and David Smail are in a three way tie for second in the first round of the Australian Open in Sydney. Brown and Smail ... [more]

Pin to mark 1000 days to kick off of Rugby world cup presented to PM
The official countdown to the 2011 rugby world cup in New Zealand is underway with prime minister John Key today presented with a commemorative gold pin marking "1000 Days to ... [more]

Football the top conversation among fans, says survey
More than 80 percent of 32,000 fans questioned in a worldwide survey say football is their most regular topic of conversation while 49 percent say it's more important to them ... [more]

England and India observe a minute's silence
The India and England cricket teams have observed a minute's silence before the start of the opening test in Chennai in memory of the victims of last month's Mumbai's terror ... [more]

Vagana to take up role with National Rugby League
The former Kiwis international Nigel Vagana will join the National Rugby League in Sydney as an education and welfare officer in January next year. Vagana, the former Warriors, ... [more]

Gavaskar says India can't tour Pakistan in current climate
It will be "impossible" for the India cricket team to tour Pakistan next month in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, says former skipper Sunil Gavaskar. India cricket authorities have ... [more]

Europe is closing gap says Welsh star Williams
The Welsh winger Shane Williams believes top European rugby nations are closing the gap on the southern hemisphere even though Wales was the only country to defeat one of the 'big ... [more]

Daly only enhances his reputation as bad boy of golf
The bad boy of golf American John Daly has only further enhanced his reputation, grabbing a spectator's camera and smashed it into a tree during the first round ... [more]

Auckland City in O-League action
Auckland City will have a new coach for their second match in their O-League campaign when they play Port Vila in Vanuatu on Saturday afternoon. Paul Posa has taken over ... [more]

Right to Die Bill clears American Samoa's House of Reps
American Samoa Residents can now make advanced directives for relatives and the hospital to follow in the event they become terminally ill and do not want to be kept alive... [more]

Australia rewards Tonga's economic and public sector reforms
Australia has given Tonga more than one million US dollars as a reward for achieving a set of economic and public sector reforms. Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr Fred Sevele, thanked... [more]

Australia reiterates commmitment to human rights work in Pacific
Seven Pacific countries are to receive funding under Australia's 2008-09 Human Rights Small Grants Scheme. The Pacific projects include strengthening the rights of people displaced by the April 2007 tsunami... [more]

Global recession makes human rights action more urgent, says Pacific Secretariat
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says the global financial crisis makes improving human rights in the region all the more urgent. The comment follows a call from the Cook... [more]

Samoa looks to set up solar power station with Chinese help
Samoa's Electric Power Corporation is looking to set up a five megawatt solar power station in Samoa within two years, with the support of China. EPC general manager Muaausa Joseph... [more]

NZ scores 7th in UN childcare report
New Zealand has failed to meet four of the basic minimum standards for the care and protection of the of the country's babies and young children, a United Nations report says. [more]

Arrest warrant crackdown in Christchurch
Police in Christchurch arrested nearly 200 people on Thursday in a blitz on outstanding warrants. [more]

English concedes some worse off despite tax cuts
Finance Minister Bill English says some low income workers will be worse off under the National-led Government's tax cut programme compared with Labour's policy. [more]

Unemployment predicted to reach 9%
An employers representative is predicting unemployment could hit 9% as manufacturers struggle to shrug off the world economic downturn. [more]

DOC catches illegal tour groups in Abel Tasman
The Department of Conservation has caught two overseas guiding groups conducting illegal walking tours in Abel Tasman National Park. [more]

Jury in toddler murder trial retires for night
The jury in the trial of five men charged over the death of a Wanganui toddler has retired for the night. [more]

Queenstown police launch Facebook site
Queenstown police are using social networking site Facebood to catch criminals. [more]

MPs at odds over ETS term of reference
MPs on a special select committee tasked with reviewing the Emissions Trading Scheme are at odds over one of its terms of reference. [more]

MP denies link with Exclusive Brethren church
The Minister of Labour has denied acting as a lawyer for the Exclusive Brethren church, but not for its members. [more]

China's economy slows in global downturn
China's exports and imports shrank unexpectedly in November as the world's fourth-largest economy slowed in a startlingly abrupt way in response to the global credit crunch.China's exports and imports shrank unexpectedly in November as the world's fourth- [more]

Asia-Pacific shares gain
Shares in Asia and the Pacific gained slightly on Thursday as aggressive rate cuts and government actions to revive economic growth improved confidence, but plenty of other worrisome signals remained. [more]

Tagger murder trial jury retires for night
The jury in the trial of a South Auckland man accused of fatally stabbing a teenage tagger has retired for the night. [more]

90-day employment bill passes first hurdle
The Government's controversial bill to introduce a 90-day trial probation period for workers has passed its first hurdle in Parliament by 63 votes to 55. [more]