Radio New Zealand - Monday, 15th December 2008

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

Afternoons

Eight Months to Mars - Jennifer Ward Lealand
She's and expert in her field, which is the field of entertainment. [more]

Dodgy Festive Season Deals.
Consumer New Zealand has come up with some top tips to help harried shoppers avoid rip-offs. [more]

A Kiwi Movie
The true story of a wartime marriage, racked by secrets, heartbreak and terrible adventures. [more]

He Rourou for 15 December 2008
An historical recording of a Te Awamutu man - Raureti Te Huia - who was born in 1885. [more]

Environmental Story - Fairy Tern
New Zealand's smallest tern and it's getting a well-deserved helping hand from a number of quarters. [more]

This Way Up feature - Bits and Bytes
Simon Morton of This Way Up visits an electronics store to check out the major technology hits of 2008. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Jane Clifton and Jon Bridges. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Jane Clifton and Jon Bridges. [more]

Business News

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

Markets Update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 15 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 15 December 2008
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Airline Cartel
The Commerce Commission says a global cartel of airlines has caused extensive damage to the New Zealand economy. [more]

Redundancy Payout Limits
Some workers laid off over the next two years will miss out on Government relief package assistance. [more]

Police Spies
The Prime Minister John Key says he believes Police exercised responsible judgement during investigations. [more]

Smelly Mushroom Factory Closes
More than 160 workers at one of New Zealand's largest mushroom producers are set to lose their jobs. [more]

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

Bankruptcies Rise
More evidence of the tough economic times with the country's largest credit agency reporting a sharp rise in bankruptcies. [more]

Climate Change
The Australian Government has announced it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 5% by 2020. [more]

Thailand Politics
The country's opposition leader has won a special parliamentary vote to become its new prime minister. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Worrell Depositions Hearing
Tony Worrell is charged with murder and attempted murder after the crashes in South Auckland. [more]

Peter Ellis Case
The new Minister of Justice says he will consider ordering an independent inquiry into the case of Peter Ellis. [more]

Hamas Celebrations
Hamas supporters have been attending a rally in Gaza city to mark the 21st anniversary of the creation of the movement. [more]

US Ice Storms
Around a million homes and businesses in the North Eastern United States are still without power after a major ice storm. [more]

Airline Cartel (Part 2)
The Importers Institute says its not surprised by allegations a global cartel of airlines has been fixing the price of freight. [more]

Smelly Mushroom Factory Closes (Part 2)
One of New Zealand's largest mushroom producers is to lay off more than 160 staff. [more]

World Trade Organisation Talks
Trade experts say the stalled Doha round of trade talks could drag on till 2010. [more]

Bush Visits Iraq and Afghanistan.
The US President George Bush has arrived in Afghanistan for a meeting with President Hamid Karzai. [more]

Fiji Makes Threats
Fiji has threatened to expel New Zealand's Acting High Commissioner in Suva. [more]

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

UK News
We are joined now by our correspondent in London, Barney Burnham. [more]

Endsulfan Ban
The chemical pesticide endsulfan will be banned from mid-January next year. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Theft in Japan
The weekend theft of more than a million dollars from a cash van in broad daylight. [more]

Taiwan and China
Taiwan and China are scheduled to launch daily direct flights and direct cargo shipping today. [more]

Greece Unrest
Greece is counting the cost of more than a week of violent protests following the police killing of a teenager. [more]

Nazi Seaside Resort Revamp
Fancy spending your holiday in a former Nazi seaside resort? [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 December 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 15 december 2008
Bush in Baghdad, Brown in Pakistan, climate change, Parliament, prison populations, mountain safety. [more]

Pakaha - The Fluttering Shearwater
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Dunedin stadium under threat
A shortfall of several million dollars in funding may scuttle the Dunedin stadium project. [more]

New exhibit at Te Papa
The colossal squid that's just taken up residence at Te Papa is already proving a very popular houseguest. [more]

Pacific news for 15 december 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Bush in Baghdad
The president's visit, his fourth to Iraq, follows the approval of a security pact between Washington and Baghdad. [more]

Gordon Brown in Pakistan
Britain's PM claimed 75% of the most serious terror plots investigated in the UK have links to Pakistan. [more]

Climate change summit
Environmentalists are calling the the United Nations summit on climate change a huge disappointment. [more]

Parliament sits again today
Parliament will again sit under urgency this week, after MPs held an unusual Saturday sitting over the weekend. [more]

Prison population rising
Severe staffing shortages are leading to extended cell lockdowns, according to the prison officers union. [more]

Bail for tagger killer
The man found guilty of the manslaughter of a teenage tagger is hopeful of being home for Christmas. [more]

Mountain safety
In the past fortnight two men, one Japanese and one Australian, have died while climbing Aoraki Mount Cook. [more]

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

Wanganui's image in the media
Wanganui's political leaders are being criticised for moves to crack down on organsied crime in the city. [more]

Kiwi biofuel first
A New Zealand-based says it has produced the world's first sample of synthetic kerosene. [more]

Lifesaving on Auckland beaches
A new scheme's being rolled out this week to make summer safer on some of Auckland's most dangerous beaches. [more]

Hui at Lake Taupo
The Prime Minister John Key was at the hui, along with the leaders of the Maori Party. [more]

Climate change summit (part 2)
New Zealand is coming under fire for its part in so called 'disappointing' UN climate change talks. [more]

Bullying in primary schools
An international survey has painted a poor picture of bullying in New Zealand primary schools. [more]

Police spy on activists
The Police will neither confirm nor deny whether they are using paid informants to spy on activist groups like Greenpeace. [more]

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

Draw in cricket test likely
New Zealand were 44 for two at stumps on the fourth day of the rain-affected test. [more]

Drunk soldiers diciplined
Six soldiers who were sent home in disgrace from in East Timor after going on a pub crawl are now back on duty. [more]

Tuna fishing agreement
A breakthrough has been claimed over an agreement to try to prevent overfishing of tuna in the Pacific. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Song written for dog
It's not every day a song gets written for a dog but then, George the Jack Russell was no ordinary dog. [more]

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

Nights

Galapagos Wildlife
Julian Fitter is a wildlife advocate who is passionately involved in looking after the rare species on the Galapagos Islands. [more]

Philosophy
Our resident philosopher Ann Kerwin talks about 'Spirituality for the Skeptic' a book by Robert Solomon. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number one. [more]

Sports
Joseph Romanos talks cricket. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number two. [more]

Nine To Noon

Police spying
New allegations that police are actively spying on political activists such as Greenpeace and animal rights groups. [more]

Drought for farmers
For farmers in Waikato, The Hawkes bay and Canterbury it is the third drought in as many years. [more]

Africa correspondent - Peter Greste
The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe and the collapse of the country. [more]

Henry van der Heyden
As part of our Big Year interview series, The Chairman of Fonterra talking about running the country's largest company. [more]

Police spying (part 2)
The police commissioner answering allegations about The Special Investigations Group spying on various protest groups. [more]

Book Review - Kipling Sahib
Written by Charles Allen. Reviewed by Harry Ricketts. Published by Abacus, $32.99 [more]

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

Food and wine
With our guest Chef Lauraine Jacobs and wine expert John Hawkesby. [more]

David Slack
A Modest Proposal or Two [more]

Feature Guest - Richard McCann
As son of the Yorkshire Ripper's first victim, how did Richard overcome his demons to become a successful motivational speaker? [more]

Peter Snell Olympic Champion
Peter Snell double gold medal Olympian at the Rome Olympics, and still one of this country's most famous athletes. [more]

Young @ Heart Chorus
Hot on the heels of the fantastically popular Film Festival doco of the same name, some of the cast joins the show. [more]

My Father's Shadow - Sam Mahon
Son of Justice Peter Mahon. Sam's written his father's biography, a memoir,"My Father's Shadow: A Portrait of Peter Mahon". [more]

Living on the Street
Wally Kupenga has been living on the streets of Auckland for 5 years. He talks about his life from childhood to living on the street. [more]

Feature Guest - Jill Price
Along with Dr James McGaugh. Instant memory recall. [more]

Feature Guest - Mick Moran
Irish police officer on secondment to Interpol as an liaison officer for the Virtual Global Taskforce on child abuse. [more]

Feature Guest - Dr Hugh Montgomery
UK intensive care specialist on why some people die and others don't. [more]

Feature Guest - Sandra Day O'Connor
Former US Supreme Court justice who in her 24 years on the bench sat on several landmark cases. [more]

Feature Guest - Joe Pantoliano
American character actor, known for his role as Ralph Ciffaretto in the tv series the Sopranos. [more]

Feature Guest - William Shatner
The Near 80 year old talks with Kathryn Ryan about his extrodinary career. [more]

Feature Guest - Aindrias de Staic
An Irish storyteller and Fiddler - His show Around the World on 80 Quid is part of the Wellington Fringe Festival. [more]

Does a Hard-Line to Imprisonment Make For a Safer Community?
Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Joe Arpaio is a law-and-order hardliner who nevertheless seems to get spectacular results. [more]

Feature Guest - Jon Plowman
BBC Producer, he's best known as the producer of Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders and The Vicar Of Dibley. [more]

Feature Guest - Graeme Revell
NZ film score composer. [more]

Feature Guest - Robert Fisk
32 years reflection on Middle East. [more]

Feature Guest - Ian McEwan
Much lauded and multi-award-winning writer in Wellington for the International Arts Festival Writer's Week. [more]

Feature Guest - Billy Bragg
Self-proclaimed 'progressive patriot' English guitarist-songwriter, Billy Bragg talks music and politics. [more]

Feature Guest - Dame Fiona Kidman
Renowned New Zealand author Dame Fiona Kidman speaks on life and her written memoirs 'At the end of Darwin Road'. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Donald Trott
Founder and Director of NZ Opera School talks about this January's 15th Anniversary. [more]

Dennis James
US silent movie organ specialist currently touring NZ. [more]

Cathie Harrop
Co-creator of 'Deck the Halls' Victorian Christmas music experience held at Alberton historic home in Auckland. [more]

News stories:

Opening test set for a draw
The New Zealand cricketers will start the final day of the opening test in Dunedin on 44 for 2, a lead of 69 over the West Indies. Jerome Taylor scored ... [more]

Central on top at Basin Reserve
Central Districts look set to extend their lead heading into the final day of their State Championship match at the Basin Reserve with second placed Wellington 261 for 5 in reply ... [more]

Sorenstam ends career with 7th place in Dubai
The glittering career of the Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam came to an end last night with a tie for 7th at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Sorenstam re-wrote the record book ... [more]

Fisichella and Sutil stay with Force India
Italian Giancarlo Fisichella and German Adrian Sutil will race for Force India in Formula One again next season. The pair had been confirmed for 2009 in October but a new ... [more]

Wellington miss chance to go top of NZFC
Wellington missed a chance to go top of the New Zealand Football Championship after drawing 1-all with Otago in Wellington. With the top 4 teams not playing because of Waitakere ... [more]

Hamilton Boys wins national cricket title
Hamilton Boys High School have been crowned National Secondary schools cricket champions after a two wicket win over Westlake Boys High School in the final in Palmerston North. The win ... [more]

NZ under 20's beat Fiji
New Zealand have shot to the top of the group at the Oceania Under 20 Football Championship in Tahiti after defeating Fiji 3-nil in sweltering hot conditions at Stade Paea. New ... [more]

Agricultural training centre buys another farm
Government approval has been given for the Taratahi agricultural training centre in Wairarapa to buy a 518 hectare sheep and beef farm north of Masteron. [more]

Prison lockdowns not extended - dept
The Corrections Department rejects suggestions that cell lockdown periods have been extended because of staffing shortages. [more]

Chennai test set for thrilling finish
The first cricket test between England and India in Chennai is set for a thrilling finish going into the final day after the homeside made an explosive start to their ... [more]

Carter kicks his new French club to victory on debut
The All Blacks first five Dan Carter played a vital role in his debut match for Perpignan, kicking 16 points as the French club kept alive their Heineken Cup ... [more]

Christchurch mail services back to normal
Postal services in Christchurch will return to normal on Monday. Dust at the Mail Centre in Hereford Street has been tested and confirmed as non-harmful. [more]

Chelsea held to a draw by West Ham
Chelsea have missed the chance to reclaim top spot in the English Premier football League when they were held to a 1-all home draw by West Ham United. Yesterday all ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's papers: Treaty of Waitangi settlements tipped to blow another $1 billion-plus in Government books; NZ soldiers sent home from East Timor after a drunken pub crawl while on duty. [more]

Climate change agreement must not affect NZ agriculture - minister
New Zealand's Minister of Trade says a climate change agreement that does not effect agricultural production is vital. [more]

Test flight planned on new aero fuel
A New Zealand-based company trying to turn algae into aeroplane fuel expects to perform its first test flight in several months. It says a test sample meets aviation industry standards. [more]

Shattered Smail comes up short at Royal Sydney
It was a shattered David Smail who walked off the 18th green at Royal Sydney last night after an inexplicable collapse which cost him the Australian Open golf championship. Smail, ... [more]

Rain likely to stop play in first cricket test in Dunedin
Rain looks likely to drown any chances of play starting on the last day of the first cricket test betweeen the Blackcaps and the West Indies in Dunedin. Overnight rain and ... [more]

Bradman cap goes under the hammer tonight
Don Bradman's 1948 baggy green cap goes under the hammer in Melbourne tonight with expectations it could fetch more than 700 thousand dollars. Auctioneer Charles Leski says although there has ... [more]

Former All Black Great to switch sports
The former All Blacks rugby great Jonah Lomu is training to enter bodybuilding competitions. He revealed this to the Tahitipresse news agency on his first visit to French Polynesia. Lomu ... [more]

Top Australian golfer slams Open organisation
The top Australian golfer Robert Allenby has savaged Golf Australia for it's promotion of alocohol and the local media for their treatment of the Ameriocan John Daly during the Australian ... [more]

Man vs Machine contest called off
The eagerly-awaited "man v machine" challenge between triple Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was cancelled because of fears over the safety of the ... [more]

Fij's former PM concerned politicians may be asked to approve charter
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, is concerned the interim government will try to use the political leaders' forum to rubber stamp the draft people's charter. The National Council for... [more]

Prisoners' accomodation better than Vanuatu locals' living conditions
A human rights advocate in Vanuatu says many local people live in far worse accomodation than that experienced by prisoners at the country's two main prisons. This comes after Transparency... [more]

Northern Marianas puts feelers out for technology investment
The United Micronesia Development Association is looking to the creation of a technology centre to rejuvenate the region's flagging economy. The company has entered an arrangement with the University of... [more]

Marshalls may lose 21 million dollars this week
There appears to be no movement to prevent nearly 21 million US dollars in an escrow account for landowners at a key American missile test facility being returned to the... [more]

Samoa MP Keil's lawyer says dropped charges vindicate client's claims
The lawyer of Samoa MP, Hans Joachim Keil, says the US government's decision to drop charges against his client vindicates Mr Keil's claims he is and has always has been... [more]

Samoa PM says associate minister's US citizenship restored
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has supported the dismissal of immigration criminal charges in the United States against one of his government's associate ministers, Hans Joachim Keil, and says... [more]

American Samoa census expected to boost local economy
American Samoa's Chief Statistician says the 2010 population census for the territory will create many job opportunities and give the local economy a much needed boost. Meleisea Vaitoelau Filiga says... [more]

Tinian to benefit from Guam expansion
The Northern Marianas island of Tinian will eventually have a military base as part of the military expansion on Guam. The Director of the Joint Guam Program Office, David Bice,... [more]

Damaging weed discovered in North Canterbury
Canterbury Regional Council is to spend almost $100,000 to eradicate Chilean needle grass discovered at a farm north of Cheviot. Previous outbreaks were confined to Marlborough and Hawke's Bay. [more]

American Samoa bans toys with lead based paint
American Samoa's governor has banned the importation and sale of all toys and products from China with excessive levels of lead. Togiola Tulafono says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission... [more]

CNMI to lose money over new fire arms regulations
The Northern Marianans Department of Public Safety says it stands to lose thousands of dollars in potential federal grants because of new fire arms regulations. CNMI Range Master, Ambrose Ogumoro,... [more]

Former police officer main suspect in Wallis and Futuna fraud case
The authorities in New Caledonia say the main suspect in the massive defrauding of French state funds in Wallis and Futuna is a former police officer. New Caledonia's daily newspaper... [more]

New Caledonia set to weather financial storm
A new survey says despite the global financial crisis, New Caledonia is set to continue on its path of economic growth which has been nearly five percent a year for... [more]

Meeting of top French Polynesia politicians expected this week
A top-level meeting of French Polynesia's politicians is expected by the end of the week in a bid to break a deadlock in the assembly which is yet to approve... [more]

French Polynesia Union considering more strike action
The head of French Polynesia's teachers union, Marc Ploton, has not ruled out a new strike in an effort to protect French pensions for those retiring overseas. Mr Ploton has... [more]

UN reportedly bans Fiji peacekeepers
The United Nations has put a ban on deploying Fiji troops in any new peacekeeping duties overseas particularly those that are being managed by the world body. The Fiji Times... [more]

Fiji draft People's Charter to be handed to President today
Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo will today receive the final draft of the People's Charter from the co-chairs of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji. The National Council... [more]

Tuna Commission heralds breakthrough over big eye and yellowfin
A breakthrough has been claimed over an agreement to try to prevent overfishing of Big Eye and Yellowfin tuna in the Central and Western Pacific. More than 30 nations gathered... [more]

Samoa state lawyers recommend criminal investigation over illegal gun imports
State lawyers assisting a commission of inquiry in Samoa into the illegal import of firearms has recommended a criminal investigation into the role of Police Commissioner, Papalii Lorenese Neru. The... [more]

Bankruptcy numbers up - credit agency
The number of people filing for bankruptcy or protection from bankruptcy is up by 25% compared with last year according to Veda Advantage (formerly known as Baycorp). [more]

Wool joint venture planned
Cavalier Carpets plans to form a joint venture with David Ferrier to cut capacity in the wool scouring industry. [more]

Justice Minister to consider inquiry into Peter Ellis case
Minister of Justice Simon Power says he will consider a request to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the Peter Ellis case and will approach the issue with an open mind. [more]

Fall in dairy prices tipped to continue
The head of Fonterra expects prices for dairy products on world markets to continue falling until the end of next year and says they might not recover till 2010. [more]

No need for inquiry into informants - Police Commissioner
Police Commissioner Howard Broad says there's no need to hold an inquiry into the use of police informants in some activist organisations. [more]

Fonterra considers options in China
Fonterra may consider setting up its own company in China as it deals with the aftermath of a toxic milk crisis. [more]

Big boost for women's football from SPARC
Women's football and men's hockey are to get big funding boosts as part of SPARC's High Performance Strategy. Encouraging performances at the 2007 World Cup, Beijing Olympics and the under-17 and ... [more]

Blackcaps captain Dan Vettori says he's not completely convinced with new third umpire review system
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says the experimental third umpire review system used in the Blackcaps first test against the West Indies still needs some fine tuning. There have ... [more]

Hoy takes top BBC sports award
Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy has been named the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The Scot, who won three gold medals in Beijing, beat Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington ... [more]

Cancer grant money for American Samoa village council
The Leone Village Council in American Samoa has been awarded a 50,000 US dollar grant for a cancer research project. The money is from the National Cancer Institute and is... [more]

Niue wants fish processor to produce higher value product
The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, says value added product has to be a key part of any re-opening of the island's mothballed fish plant. The operator, New Zealand based... [more]

Greenpeace says Pacific Tuna Commission meeting reached a failed compromise
The environmental group, Greenpeace, has described the final outcome from the Tuna Commission meeting in South Korea as a failed compromise. It says the measures, which include a ten per... [more]

Relief in Samoa after US drops immigration charges against Cabinet Minister Keil
Samoan supporters of MP Hans Joachim Keil have expressed relief over the dismissal of immigration fraud charges he was facing in the United States. A motion filed by the US... [more]

First test in Dunedin drawn after more rain
The first cricket test between New Zealand and the West Indies in Dunedin has ended in a draw after the last day's play was abandoned due to rain without a ball ... [more]

Tarpaulins, water containers being distributed to thousands of PNG king tide victims
About six to seven thousand people in Papua's New Guinea Morobe province are thought to have been affected by a series of destructive king tides. King tides, created by a... [more]

Brash renews call for Peter Ellis inquiry
Former National Party leader Don Brash is to continue to push for an independent inquiry into the Peter Ellis case, saying he believes the conviction was faulty. [more]

Fiji exports growth outstripped by imports
Fiji's trade deficit has continued to deteriorate to around 800 million US dollars for the September year. Fijilive reports this is an increase of 160 million over the same period... [more]

Strict new rules on beach weddings in Hawaii
Couples wanting to tie the knot on a beach in Hawaii will now need to apply for a permit and abide by strict new rules governing weddings. The industry has... [more]

Paias Wingti fails to overturn vote for Governor in PNG's Western Highlands
The governor of Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province, Tom Olga has narrowly beaten his rival and former governor Paias Wingti by just over a 1000 votes in the recount... [more]

Two sentenced for fire which destroyed historic Vanuatu Courthouse
Vanuatu's Supreme Court has sentenced the two young men accused of burning down the colonial-era Courthouse in Port Vila last year to over six years prison each. The Daily Post... [more]

Minor Fiji political parties speak out at Pacific Forum threats
Six political parties in Fiji have condemned the threat by the Pacific Islands Forum that Fiji might be suspended from the regional body. The parties involved are the Conservative Alliance... [more]

Coral island inhabitants removed after king tides cause destruction in PNG
The inhabitants of five coral islands in Papua New Guinea's New Ireland province have been evacuated after king tides engulfed their homes. The tides caused widespread coastal flooding last week... [more]

Buy NZ Made campaign to continue
The Buy New Zealand Made campaign has no intention of closing, despite the Government's withdrawal of a parallel promotional project. [more]

Fire service says NZ buildings lack sprinker systems
The Fire Service says only a fraction of commercial buildings in New Zealand are equipped with sprinkler systems. [more]

Man pleads guilty to rapes
A man has pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court to rape charges arising from 1996 and 1988. [more]

Murder accused committed for trial
A man charged with murder by driving his car into two other vehicles has been committed for trial in the High Court at Auckland after a depositions hearing in Manukau District Court on Monday. [more]

Mushroom plant faces closure
One of New Zealand's largest producers of mushrooms says it cannot comply with an Environment Court ruling over odours and will have to close. More than 160 jobs will be lost at Meadow Mushrooms in Morrinsville. [more]

Council withholds Beckham loss details
Auckland Regional Council has delayed revealing how much it has lost from an exhibition football match starring David Beckham on the advice of the Auditor-General's Office. [more]

Bullying survey result 'alarming'
The Principals Federation says it is alarmed at the results of a school bullying survey showing the country has one of the worst reputations in the world. [more]

Appeal withdrawn over prison sentence for threats to PM
A Taranaki farmer jailed for threatening former prime minister Helen Clark in a letter containing white powder has withdrawn an appeal against his sentence of nine months in prison. [more]

Canrterbury come up short in Hamilton
Canterbury and Northern Districts have drawn their State Championship cricket match in Hamilton after the visitors finished on 294 for eight, needi\ng 317 for the outright win. Otago will start the ... [more]

Micheal Glading NZ football CEO over the moon with SPARC funding
The New Zealand Football chief executive says it's fantastic SPARC has recognised women's football is a serious sport. Michael Glading says encouraging performances at the 2007 World Cup, Beijing Olympics and ... [more]

New Zealand market marks time
The New Zealand share market marked time on Monday, with the NZX 50 index down 1 point to close at 2676 on turnover of $57 million. [more]

Council promises to refund tenants before Christmas
Christchurch City Council is promising housing tenants that it will refund money they have overpaid in rent before Christmas, plus interest of 7.5%. [more]

Judge remands gang supporter over hand signal
A judge in Napier District Court says he will not have his courtroom turned into a stage by clowns. [more]

Fiji regime threatens to expel more New Zealand diplomats
The Fiji military regime has threatened to expel New Zealand's top diplomat there unless the New Zealand government agrees to relax the travel sanctions imposed following the coup two years... [more]

NGO says king tide victims in Papua New Guinea need urgent help
NGO Save the Children says the victims of the high tides in Papua New Guinea urgently need food, clean water and shelter. The tides engulfed many areas last week, affecting... [more]

Government books tipped to be in worse shape
The Government's books are expected to be significantly worse when Treasury issues the December economic and fiscal update on Thursday. [more]

Parliament to continue under urgency
Parliament will again sit under urgency this week as the Government pushes ahead in its first 100 days. Repeal of bio-fuel obligations for oil companies is expected to be a priority. [more]

Authority tells cooks to ignore chicken recipe
The Food Safety Authority says cooks should ignore a magazine recipe that offers unsafe advice for preparing chicken. [more]

Former All Black to take up alcohol message
The New Zealand Defence Force is using former All Black Norm Hewitt to educate soldiers about drinking responsibly. [more]

Key backs police judgment on activist investigations
Prime Minister John Key believes police have been exercising good judgment in investigating protest and activist organisations. [more]

Water warning in Blenheim
Blenheim householders are being warned to reduce their water use or face tougher restrictions. [more]

Woolworths intends to grow
Australian supermarket operator Woolworths says it is well placed to weather the economic downturn and expects to open more stores and create more jobs. [more]

$500,000 loss posted by finance company
Property Finance Group has posted a half-year loss of more than $500,000. Managing director Darryl Queen says the group is in a fragile state. [more]

Ruptured gas pipe repaired
A ruptured gas pipe that disrupted traffic and confined residents to their homes on Auckland's North Shore has been fixed. [more]

Department drops rebranding plan
The Department of Conservation has cancelled plans for a $1 million rebranding project. [more]

Tribal leaders back Key Treaty suggestion
Maori tribal leaders support a suggestion by Prime Minister John Key that the Office of Treaty Settlements could become part of the Prime Minister's Office. [more]

Commission takes aim at Air NZ over cargo cartel
The Commerce Commission is taking legal action over an air cargo cartel involving 13 airlines, including Air New Zealand and Qantas. [more]