Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 16th December 2008

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written
For Jeannette Glynn of Hamilton it is Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue'. [more]

Reeling In The Years - 1967
Reeling in the Hits of 1967 this week with Erin Sinclair. [more]

Scrabble Birthday
When the Great Depression left Alfred Butts out of work, he came up with a game that 60 years later is still a winner. [more]

Dance the Hokey Tokey
During 25 years at Havelock North Intermediate John Fullwood has made dance an important part of his students' physical education. [more]

He Rourou for 16 December 2008
In 1912, a very significant gathering of Maori chiefs was held to record important historical information. Today we hear the secretary of that hui, Raureti Te Huia as he talks about being part of the organising committee. [more]

Science Story - Mice
The humble house mouse and how it arrived in New Zealand. [more]

Feature Album - 'Road Food'
The Guess Who were the first Canadian band to have a No. 1 hit on the US charts. Road Food was released in 1974. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Triple P Parenting
Matthew Sanders is the director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. [more]

Asian Report for 16 December 2008
Burmese couple Khon Aungr Lanan and Na La-Mon are actively involved in the local Burmese community, Khon Aungr's been busy organising the performance for a special Christmas function and Na La-Mon helps with the catering. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Gary McCormick and David Farrar. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Gary McCormick and David Farrar. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 16 December 2008
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 16 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

Diplomatic stand-off with Fiji
The Foreign Minister Murray McCully has spoken with Fiji's interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama. [more]

TVNZ correspondent deported from Fiji
TVNZ's Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver has arrived back in New Zealand after being deported from Fiji this morning. [more]

ACC levies increase
With ACC Minister Nick Smith. [more]

Legal services in jeopardy
The lawyer for the man accused of murdering his wife and abandoning their daughter at an Australian railway station claims legal services has it in for his client. [more]

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

Overcrowded hospital emergency departments
The Health and Disability Commissioner says overcrowded hospital emergency departments are putting patient safety at risk. [more]

Parliamentary question time
In the first parliamentary question time since the election the Labour Party criticised the National-led Government for the legislation it has pushed through under urgency. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Diplomatic stand-off with Fiji (Part 2)
The NZ Pacific Business Council says the National-led government must work to put this country's relationship with Fiji onto a better footing. [more]

Japanese business confidence suffers
Our correspondent in Tokyo, Mark Willacy, says even wealthy Japanese consumers are feeling the pinch. [more]

Treasury warning after China slowdown
Treasury is warning the economy faces another shock from global markets after new figures show China's economy is facing a sharp slowdown. [more]

Diplomatic stand-off with Fiji (Part 3)
With Labour's foreign affairs spokesperson and former Prime Minister, Helen Clark. [more]

Offender seeks Writ of Habeas Corpus
Stewart Wilson has served 14 years of the 21 year sentence he was given for sexual offending over a 23 year time frame. [more]

Cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe
The UN security council has been holding a meeting to discuss Zimbabwe and the worsening cholera epidemic. [more]

Gough Gough and Hamer plead guilty
A company which services heavy industrial machinery could be fined a quarter of million dollars. [more]

Amnesty International speaks out over Taser use
Amnesty International has just released its report on the use of electric stun guns by the United States police. [more]

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

Cost of last summer's drought
The estimated cost of last summer's drought has been revised. MAF's Deputy Director General of Policy, Paul Stocks joins us. [more]

Overcrowded hospital emergency departments (Part 2)
The Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has released five reports today on the problems posed both by stretched hospital EDs and by the lack at some hospitals of systems for sharing vital information about patients. [more]

Energy industry repeal
The new government plans this week to repeal a ban on coal or gas-fired power stations. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

George Bush visits Afghanistan
George Bush is heading home after visiting Afghanistan as part of a whirlwind farewell visit to the region. [more]

Iraqi journalist hailed as hero
After he hurled a pair of shoes at George Bush, Muntazer al-Zaidi remains in custody and could be charged. [more]

Careful Kiwis
While many of us will never see a kiwi in the wild but near Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands you're in danger of running one over. [more]

Caroline Kennedy wants Senate
The only surviving child of assassinated United States president John F Kennedy has confirmed she wants to enter the Senate. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 December 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 16 December 2008
Fiji and NZ tension; Restart package released; banking fraud; thermal power ban lifted. [more]

The black robin
Listen to todays bird. [more]

Moratorium on new power station likely to be overturned
A moratorium on building new power stations is likely to be overturned by the end of the week. [more]

Pacific News for 16 December 2008
The latest news from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Diplomatic relations between NZ and Fiji sore
A diplomatic stoush with Fiji looks set to intensify. [more]

Government unveils it's Restart package
The Government yesterday unveiled its"Restart"package for people made redundant over the next two years. [more]

Fiji interim Govt likely to expel NZ High Commissioner
NZ and Fiji appear on a collision course that could lead to this country's Acting High Commissioner to Suva being expelled. [more]

'Restart' package for laid off workers
The Restart package includes a payment to replace any lost Working For Families in-work tax credits. [more]

Labour party view of the 'Restart' package
Labour Party's deputy leader, and spokesperson on Social Development, Annette King comments. [more]

Banking swindle reveals banks exposure to fraud
An alleged banking scam involving the equivalent of 89 billion NZ dollars is being described as one of the biggest. [more]

Ban on new thermal plans to be lifted under urgency
Labour's ban on carbon emitting power plants could be gone by the end of the week. [more]

TV reporter held in custody for throwing shoes at Bush
Iraqis have demanded the release of a local TV reporter who threw his shoes at the US President George Bush in Baghdad. [more]

Exporters shocked at airfreight price fixing allegations
NZ exporters react to the possibility they've been ripped off by airlines overcharging for transporting their goods. [more]

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

ING rescue plan seen as 'insulting' by financial advisers
Paul Markham runs the firm Independent Investment Brokers, he comments on the issue. [more]

Police seek information over killing in Opotiki
Police investigating the killing of an Opotiki pensioner say they are certain someone in the community is holding vital clues. [more]

Morrinsville mushroom farm in trouble over odour
The owners of the farm are hoping the Environment Court will allow its closure to be postponed, to save jobs. [more]

Govts new relief package
The Minister for Social Development and Employment, Paula Bennett comments on the new scheme. [more]

The country is coming out of a recession - Treasury
The Secretary to the Treasury John Whitehead comments. [more]

Australian govt climate change commitments
Kevin Rudd's pledge has been labelled"a global embarrassment"by Australia's Green Party leader Bob Brown. [more]

Banning of the controversial insecticide Endosulfan
The horticulture industry is expressing dismay at the Environmental Risk Management Authority's decision to ban the insecticide. [more]

Air NZ accused of price fixing over airfreight costs
Air New Zealand is strenuously denying claims it's been involved in a price-fixing cartel. [more]

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

Fiji and NZ diplomatic stand off
Fiji's interim government has accused New Zealand of bullying. [more]

Tasman Rugby Union budget shortfall
The Union has just 24 hours to come up with the quarter of a million dollars it needs to keep its place in top level rugby. [more]

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

Cats with contact lenses
And a cat in the UK now has purr-fect vision thanks to a new set of contact lenses. [more]

Nights

Richard Farrell - NZ Pianist
Chris talks to music historian Peter Mechen about the player's sometimes illustrious, but tragically short career. [more]

China correspondent - Emma Moore
Chris speaks with Emma Moore in Beijing about the impact of the global economic crisis and more. [more]

Conundrum - clue 3
Conundrum - clue 3. [more]

Conundrum - clue 4
Conundrum - clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

Fiji expulsions
Editor of the Fiji Times, Netani Rika comments on the Fiji and NZ tensions. [more]

Bill Ayers - educationalist and former radical
Gained international attention after his connections with Barack Obama formed the main focus of attacks by Republicans. [more]

Caterpillar Plague
Karon Carr set up the Itty Bitty Grub Committee - in response to an unknown breed of caterpillar invading her Queensland town. [more]

US Correspondent
Washington editor of The Guardian, Richard Adams, brings us the latest news. [more]

Feature Guest - Len Brown
The second in our Big Year interview series features Manukau City Major, Len Brown. [more]

Book Review - 'The Gargoyles'
Sonja de Freiz reviews 'The Gargoyles' by Andrew Davidson. Published by Text publishing. [more]

Business
Today with Bernard Hickey. [more]

the Learning Revolution - Gordon Dryden
Co-writer of the Learning Revolution - how technology should be forcing a re-think of how we approach the entire school system. [more]

Media commentator
Denis Welch joins Kathryn to discuss events in the media. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 16 December 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Tuesday, 16 December 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers, if so, why? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: Has the Minister seen any reports of government spending commitments which have no funding set aside to pay for them? 3. Hon CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Education: What representations did the Minister make to her Cabinet colleagues in the light of her commitment that teachers would not be included in provisions of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill? 4. AMY ADAMS to the Minister for ACC: What advice has he received on increased costs for ACC over the term of this Parliament and when was he first advised of these? 5. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does his Confidence and Supply Agreement with the ACT party imply that he is suspicious of climate change and not even sure it is a problem, or that he is a firm believer in climate change and always has been? 6. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: When does his Government expect to pass "an amendment to the ETS legislation delaying its implementation" as agreed to in the National - ACT confidence and supply agreement? 7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Housing: What reports has he seen on the status of New Zealand's housing stock? 8. Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN to the Leader of the House: Is it Government policy that no bill will be referred to a select committee if it was National Party policy for the General Election 2008? 9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: On what date is the Government planning to repeal the Electoral Finance Act and introduce new electoral law? 10. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Agriculture: Is he aware of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Briefing For Incoming Ministers that states, "The agriculture, food and forestry industries are the core of our economy, major determinants of our employment and social well being and key drivers of our land, water and biological resource use"; and if so, how many times was the word "agriculture" used in the Speech from The Throne? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Kua tau ngā whakaaro o te Minita ki te arotahi o Te Puni Kōkiri mō te pūmanawa nohopuku Māori? * Translation: Is the Minister satisfied with the focus of Te Puni Kōkiri on Māori Potential? 12. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will the Government be moving to ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Sarah Watkins and Hamish McKeich
Pianist from the NZ trio and conductor of Stroma talk about their musical highlights of 2008. [more]

Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Christchurch City Chorus Music Director and singing teacher is conducting a singing workshop in early January. [more]

News stories:

Tendulkar leads India to victory in Chennai
The great Sachin Tendulkar brought up his 41st test century off the last ball of the match to guide the Indian cricketers to a remarkable win in their first test ... [more]

Concerns for 2 Black Caps
Question marks remain over two New Zealand cricketers heading to Napier for the second test against the West Indies starting on Friday. Batsman Ross Taylor is in doubt after dislocating ... [more]

Crowe says time for Rabbits to fend for themselves
Actor Russell Crowe has told the South Sydney league club he owns it's time they stood on their own feet. In a video Christmas message to Rabbitohs members and ... [more]

CD fail to get first innings points
Rain prevented Central Districts from extending their lead in the State Championship cricket competition. After posting 523 in their first innings, Central could only watch from the stands as rain ... [more]

Teenager racer returns home to Melbourne
The teenage Australian racing driver Lucas Dumbrell has been airlifted home to Melbourne following the crash in Sydney 10 days ago which left him a quadriplegic. Dumbrell's family say ... [more]

Smail ends 2008 top ranked Kiwi
Despite his disastrous finish at the Australian Open golf championship on Sunday, David Smail will end the year New Zealand's top-ranked golfer. Smail's last two events resulted in a ... [more]

Portsmouth fined over transfer of player
English Premier League football club Portsmouth and a players' agent have both been found guilty of breaking FA rules in connection with the transfer of Benjani Mwaruwari to and from ... [more]

No action against Rooney
The Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney will not face disciplinary action over an alleged "stamping" in last week's European Champions League match against Danish side Aalborg. Rooney tangled with Kasper ... [more]

Penney and Lemanis win ANBL awards
The New Zealand Breakers guard Kirk Penney has won his second consecutive Australian National Basketball League Player of the Month award, while Breakers mentor Andrej Lemanis has taken out the Coach ... [more]

Fiji netball to tour New Zealand early next year
Netball Fiji has confirmed a ten day tour to New Zealand with possibly three top class international games for the Under-21 team building up to next year's World Youth Championships ... [more]

Rooney won't be charged over Champions league incident
The Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has escaped disciplinary action over an alleged "stamping" in their Champions League football match earlier this month against AaB Aalborg. Rooney faced a three-match ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: Fiji expected to expel acting NZ High Commissioner; Government announces $52 million redundancy plan; Kiwi motor driver faces up to 20 years in prison in Thailand after allegedly selling drugs. [more]

Grim outlook for manufacturing and services sector
Latest figures suggest the immediate future for the manufacturing and service sectors is grim. [more]

Challenges for health system, minister told
Health ministry officials say major changes are needed in the health system to meet challenges ranging from funding to staff recruitment and upgrading information technology. [more]

Employers expected to fire not hire in 2009
The staffing firm Manpower says times may be tough for job seekers for a while yet, as employers expect an increase in firing and not much hiring. [more]

Package for laid-off workers revealed
People made redundant will be able to claim extra welfare payments for up to 16 weeks under a scheme announced by the Government in Parliament on Monday. [more]

Lengthy investigation over death of Opotiki pensioner
Police investigating the killing of an Opotiki pensioner are preparing for what they say could be a lengthy investigation. [more]

Electrolux cuts 3,000 jobs
Electrolux, the world's leading electric appliance maker, plans to cut 3,000 jobs worldwide because of declining demand. [more]

Tendulkar dedicates ton to victims of Mumbai
The Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar has dedicated one of his finest centuries to the families of victims of last month's Mumbai attacks. Tendulkar hit 103 not out in an ... [more]

McCutcheon to switch roles with US volleyball
The New Zealander Hugh McCutcheon, coach of the Olympic gold medal winning men's volleyball team, has switched to the same role with the women's side. The women's team, who won ... [more]

Holyfield says he's in great shape for title fight
The former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield says he's in great shape and could well become the oldest ever heavyweight world champion when he takes on Russian giant Nikolai ... [more]

Suzuki pull out of WRC
Car manufacturer Suzuki have pulled out of the world rally championship due to the global economic crisis. The Japanese manufacturer says its decision is in response "to the contraction of ... [more]

Financial advisors say ING must stand behind funds
A group of financial advisers is calling for the major financial group ING to restore its tarnished brand, and offer more than what is being described as an insulting rescue plan. [more]

Exporters shocked at air freight fixing allegations
New Zealand exporters are expressing surprise and shock over allegations of airfreight price fixing. The Commerce Commission is taking legal action against airlines it claims colluded to raise the price of freight. [more]

Young Taipan charged with drink driving
A horror week for embattled Australian National Basketball League club the Cairns Taipans has only got worse after young foward Dwayne Vale was arrested for drink driving. Last week the Taipan ... [more]

Betting scandal in snooker
Snooker has found itself in the middle of a betting scandal in Britain after bookmakers called in the governing body during a UK Championship match between Stephen Maguire and Jamie ... [more]

First attempt on world shearing record fails
The first of two attempts this week to break a New Zealand-held lamb shearing record has failed. [more]

ERMA bans use of toxic chemical
Use of the chemical pesticide endsolfan will be banned from 16 January 2009 by the Environmental Risk Management Authority. [more]

Oil price falls on economic worries
Oil prices fell nearly 4% on Monday as deepening economic worries countered expectations that OPEC would agree to its biggest supply cut ever when the group meets in Algeria this week. [more]

IMF warns China growth may halve
Economic growth in China could be cut almost in half next year, warns the International Monetary Fund. China has already said its industrial output grew at the slowest pace since 1999. [more]

Board appointed to draft RMA reform bill
The Government has appointed a technical advisory board to help it draft legislation to reform the Resource Management Act. [more]

US stocks tumble
US stocks tumbled on Monday on worries about how big a bite the global financial crisis has taken from banks' profits and fallout from an alleged hedge fund fraud scheme. [more]

NZ journalist deported from Fiji
New Zealand television journalist Barbara Dreaver has been detained in Fiji and deported. [more]

Genesis Energy power station earthworks can start
Genesis Energy is one step closer towards its proposed power station north of Auckland, with permission granted to carry out earthworks at the site. [more]

Three year fishing ban for taking excess paua
The Ministry of Fisheries is applauding a fishing ban placed on a man it describes as a serial paua poacher. [more]

New Zealand Government to call Fiji's bluff today following reports of expulsion
The New Zealand Government will today call Fiji's bluff over the threatened expulsion of New Zealand's acting High Commissioner in Suva. Radio New Zealand understands Fiji has told the Government... [more]

Two young people killed in car accident on Niue
Two Tuvaluan youths are dead on Niue after a car they were driving ran off the road at the south-west end of the island making it the worst road accident... [more]

Tongan troops return home from Iraq
Tonga's last 55 soldiers to be deployed in Iraq'a capital Baghdad for the Operation Iraq Freedom II Peacekeeping Mission will arrive home today. Lieutenant Colonel Siamelie Latu of the Tonga... [more]

Vanuatu man convicted of murdering Australian woman gets 19 years in prison
The Vanuatu man convicted of murdering elderly Australian woman, Lindall Jacques, on Efate at the beginning of the year, has been sentenced to 19 years imprisonment. The Daily Post report... [more]

French Polynesian Assembly votes to help Air Tahiti Nui
The French Polynesian Assembly has voted to come to Air Tahiti Nui's rescue with a 17 million US dollar financial package. The airline anticipated a year-end deficit of 54 million... [more]

Solomon Airlines is bringing in a 36 seat aircraft
Solomon Airlines is bringing in a 36 seat Dash-8 aircraft. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that the place give the airline the required capacity to cope with a jump... [more]

CNMI Visitors Authority says more flight seats will help CNMI
Although 2009 is full of uncertainty for the CNMI tourism industry, the Marianas Visitors Authority board of directors chair Jerry Tan believes increased airline seat capacity could help the CNMI. [more]

Kiwi killed on Kerikeri roads
The Department of Conservation is warning summer visitors to Kerikeri to watch out for kiwi on roads after four were killed in the last week - most hit by cars. [more]

Pesticide ban 'could hurt exports'
The horticulture industry fears a decision to ban the controversial pesticide endosulfan could hurt exports. The Environmental Risk Management Authority has banned the chemical from January. [more]

World economic crisis effect still uncertain - Treasury
Treasury has lined up with the Reserve Bank and said the country is coming out of recession, but uncertainty surrounding the outlook for the world economy means it cannot be sure if this will last. [more]

Earth bank collapse injures worker
A Waikato worker has suffered a broken arm and dislocated shoulder after an earth bank collapsed on him. [more]

Michael Hill sales rise
Sales at Michael Hill International have risen, as increases overseas offset a sharp fall in spending at its jewellery stores in New Zealand. [more]

Compensation call for growers following ban
A tomato growers' representative is calling on the Environmental Risk Management Authority to compensate growers following the decision to ban the insecticide endosolfan from 16 January. [more]

Zespri gets new CEO
The kiwifruit marketer Zespri has appointed its former supply chain general manager Lain Jager as its new chief executive. [more]

Usian Bolt keen for crack at 400 metre record
World 100 and 200 metre record holder Usain Bolt says he is tempted to have a crack at the nine year-old 400 metres record held by Michael Johnson. The 22 ... [more]

Hartley gets F1 laps under his belt
The New Zealand motor racing driver Brendan Hartley says he's lived a dream to get control of a Formula One car. 19-year-old Hartley, who drives F3 in Britain for the Red ... [more]

Black sacked as Taipans tighten belt
The financially embattled Cairns Taipans have suffered another blow the Australian National Basketball League club's administrators sacked head coach Alan Black. Taipans chief executive Denis Keeffe has confirmed the administrators KPMG ... [more]

Disappointment for Tiger over caddie's comments
Tiger Woods has expressed disappointment over derogatory comments made by his long-time New Zealand caddie Steve Williams about fellow American golfer Phil Mickelson. The world number one Woods says he'd dealt ... [more]

Tasman CEO says they only have themselves to blame for financial strife
The Tasman Rugby Union has less than 24 hours to raise the quarter of a million dollars it needs to stay in the Air New Zeland Cup. Tasman and Northland were ... [more]

Ponting confident Aussies are near top form to face South Africa in first cricket test
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is confident his side is nearing top form ahead of the first Test against South Africa starting in Perth on Wednesday. Ponting says Australia's 2-nil series ... [more]

Hong Kong police find stolen PNG passports
Detectives in Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong have secured stolen PNG passports after the alleged thieves failed to pay bank safe rental fees. The PNG police crime director Raphael... [more]

PNG clean-up after king tides on track
Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea expect to be able to give the all-clear for people to return home within a couple of days, following last week's destructive high tides. [more]

Fiji academic critical of military-sponsored chiefly gathering
A Fiji academic says a sub-meeting of chiefs is simply an attempt to drum up more support for Commodore Frank Bainimarama's agenda. Nearly half of Fiji's chiefs have signed up... [more]

Speculation continues that Fiji is to expel NZ diplomat
There is continued speculation that the Fiji interim regime is about to expel New Zealand's top diplomat in Suva over Wellington's visa policies and travel bans. However, Fiji's attorney-general, Aiyaz... [more]

Alleged drug dealer an 'idiot' - Key
A New Zealander arrested in Thailand for allegedly selling drugs is an "idiot", says Prime Minister John Key. [more]

Hotel prosecuted over smoking by patrons
The Ministry of Health has been put in the rare position of having to prosecute licensed premises for flouting anti-smoking laws, but it says such action is usually successful. [more]

300 people evacuated in Marshalls high tides
More than 300 people were forced from their homes in the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro, after high waves flooded low-lying areas on Monday evening. They were put up in local... [more]

American Samoa cancer study at village level
A cancer research project in American Samoa is being described as one that goes into the village setting more than any other research study. The research is centred on a... [more]

Uncertainty over Fiji threat to expel NZ top diplomat
The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, has today spoken with Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama amid speculation that the Fiji interim regime is about to expel New... [more]

French Polynesian senator lashes out at Paris nuke compo talks
French Polynesia's new member of the French senate, Richard Tuheiava, has lashed out at this week's planned Paris talks aimed at drawing up a French law to compensate some of... [more]

State housing maintenance systems 'effective'
The systems for maintaining state houses are effective, according to Auditor-General Kevin Brady. [more]

Company pleads guilty over truck crash
A company that failed adequately to inspect a heavy haulage truck that crashed near Wellington has admitted a charge laid after the incident. [more]

Tasman CEO hopeful Tasman can raise the money needed to stay in Air NZ Cup
The Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Peter Barr says he's hopeful the union can come up with the quarter of a million dollars it needs by tomorrow to stay in the ... [more]

Meningitis Forces Petrova out Of ASB Classic
The world number 11 Nadia Petrova has been forced to withdraw from next month's ASB tennis classic in Auckland as she's in hospital with viral meningitis. The 26-year-old Russian is also ... [more]

Otago deny Auckland a chance of outright
Otago has denied Auckland a chance of an outright win at Eden Park after batting through most of the final day of their drawn State Championship match to reach 343 for ... [more]

Black Caps manager to stay on for West Indies series
New Zealand Cricket has confirmed Lindsay Crocker will remain as team manager for the test series against the West Indies. Chief executive Justin Vaughan says it's important to provide continuity through ... [more]

Health board to issue written apology
Canterbury District Health Board is to apologise again to the family of a man who died after being sent home from Christchurch Hospital in April last year. [more]

Fulton and Martin in as injury cover for second test
The Canterbury batsman and Peter Fulton and Auckland pace bowler Chris Martin are to join the New zealand crickleters in Napier as injury cover for Ross Taylor and James Franklin,. Franklin ... [more]

South Africans dominate Merit Panel of refs
Just two New Zealand rugby referees have been named on the inaugural Merit Panel of officials for next season's Super 14. South Africans account for four of the nine referees, ... [more]

Pereiro to ride Tour Down Under
The former Tour de France cycle champion Oscar Pereiro has been added to the impressive field being assembled for the 2009 Tour Down Under in Australia. The Spaniard will join ... [more]

Chris Martin back as injury cover
The New Zealand Cricket selectors have brought in the discarded pace bowler Chris Martin as injury cover for James Franklin before the second test against the West Indies. Martin wasn't wanted ... [more]

World sharemarket turmoil hits community trust
A Northland Regional Council community trust has shrunk by nearly $2 million in the past year, which Enterprise Northland says is due to the dramatic drop in world equity markets. [more]

Paper mill explosion rattles staff
Staff at the Norske Skog Tasman paper mill in Kawerau have described an explosion at the plant as one of the most serious incidents there in years. [more]

TI Vanuatu urges Ombudsman to examine report by inmates
The Vanuatu chapter of Transparency International says the Ombudsman must investigate claims about poor conditions at Port Vila prison. The Ombudsman office has received a document, thought to be sent... [more]

American Samoans elect second female senator
A second female senator has been chosen to serve for the next four years in American Samoa. High Chief Fonoti Tafaifa Aufata was chosen over the weekend as one of... [more]

NZ must persevere with Fiji, says NZ Pac Business Council
The Chairman of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council says the government must persevere and get the country's relationship with Fiji onto a much better footing. Gilbert Ullrich says trade... [more]

Fiji economy won't suffer in short term over UN ban, says academic
A Fiji academic says the Fiji economy will suffer as a result of the United Nations decision to ban its soldiers from involvement in any new peacekeeping operations. For many... [more]

New Zealand share market rises
The benchmark NZX 50 index rose 19 points to close at 2695 on Tuesday on turnover of $66 million. [more]

Import figures delight pork industry
The pork industry is starting to claw back some of the local trade it has lost to imports. [more]

Tax cuts no help to Maori, admits Sharples
The Maori Party has admitted that it does not believe the tax cut legislation passed last week will help Maori, despite supporting the bill. [more]