Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 17th December 2008

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

Afternoons

The best song ever written - 'Ten Storey Love Song'
For Darren Tatom the best song ever written is 'Ten Storey Love Song' by The Stone Roses. [more]

Link 3 for 17 December 2008
Link3, the music game where you find the link between the songs. [more]

Sir Ernest Shackleton
Of all the explorers who vied to be the first to reach the South Pole, Sir Ernest Shackleton was the most persistent. [more]

He Rourou for Wednesday 17 December 2008
Ngati Maniapoto elder talks about some of the different houses of learning in Maori culture. [more]

Feature album -"Rush Of Blood To The Head"
The Feature Album today is the second album made by the British Alternative Rock Band Cold Play -"Rush Of Blood To The Head". [more]

Virtual World
Hamish MacEwan joins the afternoons team in the Virtual World. [more]

Auckland Story -"Alberton Christmas"
A musical Christmas concert called"Deck the Halls"at one of Auckland's oldest grand homes"Alberton"in Mount Albert. [more]

Environment Story
In our environment segment, another story from Tiritiri Matangi Island. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Richard Griffin and Rosemary McLeod join Wayne on the panel today. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Richard Griffin and Rosemary McLeod join Wayne on the panel today. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 17 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 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

Dollar up after big US interest rate cut
The New Zealand dollar hit its highest point in a month today after a cut in the United States key interest rate to nearly zero. [more]

Minister disputes Corrections briefing paper
In a briefing to Judith Collins, the Department is forecasting more than 2-thousand extra prison beds will be needed. [more]

ABC early childhood centres up for sale
ABC NZ, is selling up in the wake of its parent company in Australian going into receivership last month. [more]

Wizard Home Loans to be shut down
The decision means 80 staff are out of work from the 25 branches across the country. [more]

Fiji travel bans criticised
The travel bans at the centre of the row are being criticised as doing nothing to help move Fiji towards democracy. [more]

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

US sharemarkets rally after interest rate cut
US sharemarkets have rallied on news the US central bank has cut its main interest rate to the lowest level on record. [more]

Taxpayers to pay for accommodation supplements
Taxpayers look likely to have to fork out hundreds of millions of dollars more for accommodation supplements in coming years. [more]

Housing Minister on accommodation supplements
Housing Minister Phil Heatley joins Check Point to discuss accommodation supplements. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tagger killer denied bail
The lawyer for Bruce Emery says he may appeal a bail decision that will keep his client in jail until he is sentenced. [more]

Two Dunedin surgeons giving free operations
Two Dunedin surgeons are making a dent in the public waiting list, by giving free operations to 36 children. [more]

Tasman Makos stay in the Air New Zealand Cup
The amalgamated Nelson Bays-Marlborough union has met today's deadline to satisfy the NZRU it had the finances to survive. [more]

Foreign Minister receives letter from Fiji PM
But the letter makes no mention of New Zealand's High Commissioner, who Fiji has threatened to expel. [more]

Exporters comfort torpedoed by US Federal Reserve
Any comfort exporters had been expecting from a weaker New Zealand dollar may have been torpedoed. [more]

Biofuel obligations repealed under urgency
Mandatory biofuel obligations have been repealed after Parliament passed legislation under urgency on Wednesday afternoon. [more]

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

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

Iraqi doctor convicted of failed attacks in Britain
An Iraqi doctor has been found guilty by a London court of trying to murder hundreds of people in failed attacks in London. [more]

Kiwibank ads 'unhelpful in trans-Tasman relations'
A former Bank of New Zealand Chairman has criticised Kiwibank for what he calls its overly aggressive advertising campaign. [more]

Parents protest at bilingual decision delay
The parents of five primary school children in Christchurch say they have nowhere to go next year. [more]

UN adopts resolution to fight Somali pirates
The UN has backed a US resolution that authorises countries to take their fight against Somali pirates onto Somali soil. [more]

Italian police arrest 100 suspected members of Mafia
Italian police have arrested about 100 suspected members of Mafia clans in Sicily and Tuscany. [more]

The Congress of the People launched in South Africa
African National Congress which has ruled the country since the end of apartheid has a rival. [more]

The seventieth anniversary of racist laws - Rome
The seventieth anniversary of racist laws that led to the deaths of thousands of Italian Jews has been marked in Rome. [more]

Drill team hit magma chamber - Hawaii
A drill team looking for geothermal energy in Hawaii has inadvertently put its wellhead right into a magma chamber. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 17 December 2008
US interest rates drop; Foreign talks with Fiji; Kiwi 6 years missing in London. [more]

Koekoea - Long Tailed Cuckoo
This morning's birdcall. [more]

Auckland DHB's desperate for staff
One the other hand it's intensifying their drives to curb the chronic workforce shortage. [more]

Pacific News for 17 December 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 17 December 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Japanese recession hurting NZ exporters
The world's second largest economy has entered its first recession in seven years. [more]

Defence Force finalising discipline changes
Several soldiers caught drinking on duty in East Timor had been sent home. [more]

Interest rates in US expected to take massive cut
The US Federal Reserve is also expected to outline more radical measures to provide more cash to the stagnant US economy. [more]

Foreign talks with Fiji don't go well
New Zealand indicated it would not grant a one-off exemption to the visa ban for the son of a senior Fiji Government official. [more]

Progress in search for missing New Zealander
Lee Sheppard went missing while working a nightshift at a northwest London recycling factory 6 years ago. [more]

Iraqi doctor convicted of conspiracy
Bilal Abdulla played his part in a car bomb attack at Glasgow International Airport in June 2007. [more]

Over priced Supreme Court
The Lambton Quay project will cost an additional 15 million dollars. [more]

ACC price hike
Officials want a hike of up to 32 dollars in the fee to register a car next year. [more]

Sports News for 17 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The spy with the Green connection
Christchurch man Rob Gilchrist visited the Parliamentary offices of the Green Party. [more]

Labour and Greens fighting over Biofuels Bill
The Government says the move will promote choice and says it is committed to a local biofuel industry. [more]

Police defend their DNA database
Police say they will only rarely use the method which some say could be a breach of people's privacy. [more]

Tiger Woods disappointed with caddie Steve Williams
Williams has been critical of golfer Phil Mickelson. [more]

State houses need 2 billion dollars of work
New housing minister Phil Heatley says it's a shameful legacy from the Labour government. [more]

Toy store in Paris in the middle of explosives scare
Five sticks of dynamite were found and made safe at Printemps which was evacuated. [more]

Diplomatic talks between Fiji and NZ
The Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand will be taking up the issue with the Fijian Government. [more]

More people shy away from gluten
That's seen a jump in the number of gluten free products in supermarkets by at least 20 percent and in many cases. [more]

US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates
Michael McKenzie explains. And Geoff Robinson gives you a market update. [more]

Police dismiss taser reports
Amnesty's report says between 2001 and August this year 334 people died after being tasered in the United States. [more]

Facebook
An Australian Supreme Court judge has just ruled lawyers can use the site to serve legal papers. [more]

Guantanamo Bay - America's War on Terror
Our reporter Nathan King has just returned from a week in Guantanamo Bay. [more]

Waatea News for 17 December 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

American Civil War veteran finally recognised by US Govt
Belinda McCammon was at the ceremony at Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland. [more]

Just what the doctor ordered
It seems a new Australian wine is, quite literally, just what the doctor ordered. [more]

Nights

Purple Tomatoes
UK biotechnologist Cathie Martin, talks about the possible benefits of an eggplant-look-alike tomato. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Competency of school boards
Phil Robinson, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Marlborough Boys College; David Kepes, Trustee; and Ray Newport, General Manager School Trustees Association. [more]

Zimbabwe - Jenni Williams
Women of Zimbabwe Arise, or WOZA, is one of the few support organisations still operating effectively within Zimbabwe. [more]

Ray Moynihan
In Australia. [more]

Feature guest - Mahe Drysdale
World Champion and recent bronze medalist. [more]

Book Review - The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole
By Sue Townsend, published by Michael Joseph and reviewed by Catriona Ferguson. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Artist Of The Week is Harry Nilsson. [more]

Andrew Scott-Howman
With the legal low-down. [more]

Graeme Tuckett
Brings you the movies. [more]

Scientology - former NZ scientologists speaks out
Lance Hoskins joined the church in the 1970s, and then worked for the Sea Org - the church's management body in the US. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Wayne Laird
Founder, engineer and producer of Atoll Records talks about the company's history and upcoming projects. [more]

Nigel Collins
NZ actor and member of the Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra, who are preparing for nationwide summer tour. [more]

Bradley Daley
Australian operatic tenor performing with the Christchurch SO this weekend for the ensemble's final concert for the year. [more]

News stories:

Plenty of concerns for NZ cricketers
A number of the New Zealand cricket squad will train in Napier today unsure if they'll be playing in the second test against the West Indies. All rounder Jacob Oram ... [more]

Proteas look to pace attack in series against Australia
The South African cricketers will look to their pace attack to take charge of the series when the first Test against Australia starts in Perth this afternoon. The tourists have ... [more]

Rovers sack Ince
Struggling English Premier League football side Blackburn Rovers have sacked manager Paul Ince. Ince was in charge at Ewood Park for six months. Rovers have suffered six consecutive league defeats ... [more]

NZ under 20 beaten by Tahiti
A ten-man Junior All Whites side was beaten 2-1 by hosts Tahiti at the Oceania under-20 football championship and now face an uphill battle to qualify for next year's FIFA ... [more]

Sir Alex keen for world title
Sir Alex Ferguson has called on his Manchester United players to leave a lasting legacy by becoming the first British side to win football's Club World Cup. The United ... [more]

Player cited for Carter tackle
The Leicester halfback Harry Ellis has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on Perpignan's Dan Carter during Monday's Heineken Cup rugby clash. The All Black star made his debut ... [more]

Subaru pull out of WRC
Fuji Heavy Industries is withdrawing its Subaru team from the world rally championship due to the global economic crisis. Subaru joins fellow Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corp, which announced its ... [more]

Wild Oats wins warmup event
History-chasing Wild Oats XI owner Bob Oatley has declared his boat had "never been better" after it warmed up for the Sydney to Hobart with a comfortable victory in the ... [more]

Wimbledon to host test event
Wimbledon will host a ticketed tennis event next year in order to test the new retractable roof on Centre Court. The All England Club announced the event will be held in ... [more]

Blowers returning home
The Bristol flanker Andrew Blowers will return home to New Zealand in January for personal reasons. He'll leave his English rugby club five-and-a-half months before his deal expires as one of ... [more]

Christchurch looking to buy Busker's festival
Christchurch City Council is looking to buy the World Buskers' Festival, an annual event the city has hosted for 15 years. Last year the council bought the Ellerslie Flower Show for an undisclosed amount. [more]

Parole Board asked to keep rapist in prison
A Parole Board hearing was held on Tuesday to decide whether the convicted sex offender dubbed the Beast of Blenheim can be kept in prison for another four years. [more]

Saudi Arabia backs OPEC output cut
The world's top exporter Saudi Arabia has given its full backing for OPEC to make the biggest supply cut ever in its fight against slumping demand and falling prices. [more]

Doubts over Electrolux NZ jobs
Fifty workers at Electrolux in New Zealand will have to wait until the new year to find out whether they will keep their jobs. The company plans to cut 3,000 jobs worldwide because of tough market conditions. [more]

Changes to military court system
The New Zealand Defence Force is finalising changes to the way those in the armed forces are disciplined, including the introduction of new military courts. [more]

Challenges continue for farmers - MAF report
Farmers recovering from this year's drought are being warned there will be more challenges next year, thanks to a combination of rising costs and global economic uncertainty. [more]

Power unhappy at court cost blow-out
Justice Minister Simon Power has expressed his displeasure at the cost blow-out in building the new Supreme Court. [more]

New association for ICT sector
More than 30 companies in the information and communication technology sector have agreed in principle to create an industry association. [more]

Campaign against wool industry joint venture
Wool industry interests opposed to a new joint venture have launched an all out bid to get farmers on their side. [more]

Proteas to finalise squad today
South Africa will make an early-morning inspection of the WACA Ground pitch in Perth before deciding whether to play spinner Paul Harris or uncapped paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe in the first ... [more]

White finsihes report on Toulon
Former Springbok coach Jake White has completed his analysis of the situation at French rugby club Toulon and his report doesn't contain anything startling. It took the World Cup-winning coach ... [more]

Emotional motorsport exit for Subaru
It's been an emotional exit from the World Rally Championship for Subaru, one of the great names in the sport, who have made it a trio of Japanese carmakers ... [more]

Third Japanese carmaker quits motorsport
Subaru have become the latest team to withdraw from next year's World Rally Championship as the economic downturn continues to hit motorsport hard. Subaru's announcement comes 24 hours after Susuki ... [more]

Harrington voted PGA tour Player of Year
The Irish golfer Padraig Harrington has been voted PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers, becoming the first European player to win the award since it began ... [more]

Te Papa attracts 15 million visitors in 10 years
A total of 15 million people have poured through the doors of Te Papa in the 10 years it has been open. The milestone was clocked up on Tuesday. [more]

ACC rise underlines need for stocktake - Smith
ACC Minister Nick Smith says projected increases in ACC costs give renewed urgency to the Government's stocktake of all the corporation's accounts. [more]

Increasing demand for gluten-free products
The amount of gluten-free food available has increased significantly with the number of people diagnosed with gluten allergy on the rise. [more]

American Samoa's Malama TV stops broadcasting
A private television company in American Samoa, Malama TV, has stopped broadcasting until further notice. Its Communications President says this is because Pacific Island Cable or PIC has decided to... [more]

US asks Federal court to dismiss CNMI's lawsuit against Federalisation
The United States government has asked a federal court to dismiss a Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas lawsuit against federalisation of its immigration system. The US also says the Governor... [more]

Papua to postpone HIV/AIDS microchip legislation
Papua's provincial legislative council has decided to postpone the endorsement of its HIV/AIDS Handling bylaw after the provincial administration deemed it would violate human rights. The Council wanted to introduce... [more]

Human Rights Council backs Tuvalu climate change campaign
A Working Group of the United Nation's Human Rights Council is supporting Tuvalu's call for greater international assistance in combating climate change and sea-level rise. Linking climate change to human... [more]

Solomon Islands govt announces Inquiry into land dealings on Guadalcanal
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has informed Parliament of the progress to establish a Commission of Inquiry into land dealings on Guadalcanal during and after the ethnic crisis. Speaking in... [more]

Samoa government set to purchase land for Consul Office in Auckland, NZ
The Samoa government is set to purchase nearly two hectares of land in South Auckland. Officials say the government has plans to relocate its Samoa Consul office in Auckland City... [more]

Fiji human rights commissioner says there is no media freedom in Fiji
A Fiji human rights commissioner says the expulsion of the TVNZ journalist, Barbara Dreaver, shows yet again that there's no media freedom in the country. After arriving in Fiji on... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's papers: Police warn of summer holiday crimewave; Corrections Department says four more prisons needed; Chris Kahui is a father again; incandescent light bulbs reprieved. [more]

Police murder-accused to stand trial
A man accused of murdering a Porirua police officer has been committed to trial in the High Court. [more]

Rights to natural resources a challenge, Govt told
The Maori Affairs Minister has been told natural resource claims, completing historical settlements and raising Maori achievement levels are among the challenges ahead. [more]

Royal Australian Air Force plane on an aid mission to PNG has been grounded
A Royal Australian Air Force plane on an aid mission to Papua New Guinea has been grounded after striking a bird during takeoff. The C-130 Hercules had been flying food... [more]

France accused of deception over Pacific nuclear weapons tests
Two of French Polynesia's members of the French legislature have accused France of deceiving French Polynesia over its nuclear weapons tests. Gaston Flosse and Bruno Sandras made the accusation after... [more]

Chief medical officer in American Samoa calls for mosquitoes clean up now
The chief medical officer at the LBJ Hospital in American Samoa, Taulapapa Dr Aloiamoa Anesi, says a community clean up to remove breeding grounds for mosquitoes should begin now. Hundreds... [more]

New Zealander in PNG says getting food to affected areas is a challenge
A New Zealander who is now in Papua New Guinea to help with flood relief says getting food to the affected areas will be a challenge. The floods, caused by... [more]

Chiefs in Fiji turn out in force to support a traditional chiefly meeting
Chiefs in Fiji have turned out in force to support a traditional chiefly meeting with the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. Fijian Affairs Board spokesman Kini Rarubi says that... [more]

Fiji media says NZ acting high commissioner will be expelled
A Fiji official says the acting New Zealand High Commissioner Caroline McDonald will be expelled over Wellington's visa restrictions following the 2006 military coup. The official has told the website... [more]

Stocks soar after Federal Reserve rate cut
US stocks rallied after the Federal Reserve slashed borrowing costs to a record low and pledged more unconventional steps to fight the deepest recession in generations. [more]

Axe attack leaves man injured
A man has been critically injured in an attack that involved a tomahawk-like weapon at Point England in Auckland. Police say up to three people may have been involved in the attack. [more]

Vodafone doubling mobile broadband speed
Upgrades to Vodaphone cell sites will double the speeds on its mobile broadband 3G network, the company says. [more]

PGG Wrightson downgrades earnings forecast
A drop in farm and lifestyle property sales has hit PGG Wrightson's real estate business and led to the group downgrading its full-year earnings forecast. [more]

Chance of major Wellington earthquake assessed
There is a 15% chance of a major earthquake hitting Wellington in the next 50 years, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency has told the Government in a briefing paper. [more]

Mangamaire farmers get fast broadband
Residents of a small North Island rural community have started hooking up to a super-speed broadband service as the result of a joint initiative between a local body and technology providers. [more]

Zespri lowers sales forecast
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri blames fruit losses for a drop in its sales forecast between October and December. [more]

Kiwibank ads 'unhelpful in trans-Tasman relations'
Former Bank of New Zealand chairman Kerry McDonald has criticised Kiwibank for what he calls its overly aggressive advertising campaign which takes a swipe at Australian-owned banks. [more]

Griffins factory in Lower Hutt closes
Biscuit maker Griffins is shutting its Lower Hutt factory on Wednesday after 70 years in production. [more]

Tagger killer denied bail
Auckland businessman Bruce Emery, convicted of the manslaughter of a teenage tagger, has been denied bail, though his lawyer says he may appeal. [more]

Rubbish sculpture in New Caledonia kicks of campaign
A huge sculpture has been set up in New Caledonia as part of a campaign to promote the treatment of garbage in a bid to eliminate hazardous waste in the... [more]

New French bid to pass overseas pension reform
The French government is relaunching its effort to curb pensions from next year for those retiring in France's overseas territories. The move has already been denounced by the French Polynesian... [more]

Samoa tightens rules for foreigners entering from American Samoa
Samoan Immigration officials say foreign residents of American Samoa who cross to Samoa for less than a day to show they have left the territory, may now not be allowed... [more]

Fiji military urged to release audit reports
A Fiji academic says the interim Government must make public the Auditor General's reports which detail extensive military overspending. An Economics Professor at the University of the South Pacific, Dr... [more]

Fiji president sees leadership crisis among Fijians
The President of Fiji, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has warned chiefs that indigenous Fijians are facing a leadership crisis. Speaking at a chiefly gathering organised by the military in Nabua, Ratu... [more]

PNG police stop retaliation bid for killing of prominent business leader
Papua New Guinea police say they have discouraged people in Port Moresby from retaliating for the killing of one of the country's most prominent business people, Sir George Constantinou. The... [more]

DNA matching of relatives will be used sparingly - police
Police say a technique enabling them to search their DNA database for relatives of offenders will be used sparingly. The technique resulted in the conviction of a Christchurch man on sexual assaults years earlier. [more]

Eden Park intervention would be outrage - Banks
Auckland Mayor John Banks is describing the possibility of the Government stepping in to accelerate the Eden Park redevelopment for the Rugby World Cup as a constitutional outrage. [more]

Mystery over missing NZ man investigated again
The disappearance of a New Zealander in London almost six years ago may be close to being solved with the possibility that he died in an industrial accident. [more]

NZ awaiting word as Fiji set to expel top NZ diplomat
The New Zealand government is awaiting word from Fiji whose interim regime is set to expel New Zealand's acting high commissioner, Caroline McDonald. Fijivillage says it has been told by... [more]

Fiji netball player set to be dropped from NZ trip over post-coup sanctions
The head coach of Netball Fiji, Melissa Walker, says she might have to drop her top Under-21 shooter because her father is a military officer in the Fiji Army. Cecilia... [more]

Cooks politician deplores Fiji deportation of NZ journalist
The Cook Islands deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate says he's very disappointed by the deportation of Television New Zealand journalist Barbara Dreaver from Fiji. Sir Terepai says her deportation... [more]

Fiji Media Council says self-censorship is decreasing
Fiji's Media Council says self-censorship among the country's media is becoming less frequent. This is in contrast to a statement by one of the Fiji's human rights commissioners, Shamima Ali,... [more]

Squatter settlement under threat after murder of prominent businessman in Port Moresby
There are calls for action to be taken over a notorious squatter settlement in the Papua New Guinea capital after it was linked to the murder of prominent businessman, Sir... [more]

US consumer prices tumble 1.7%
Consumer prices in the United States plummeted in November as the recession-hit economy lost further momentum. [more]

Health board struggles to attract mental health staff
Counties Manukau District Health Board says it is struggling to compete with relocation packages offered by other health boards in the fight to attract mental health staff. [more]

Property owners could face large drain repair bills
Wellington homeowners with leaky drains could soon face heavy repair bills as the city council investigates ways to stop stormwater entering the city's sewerage system. [more]

Huge bill for state housing maintenance
Officials have told the Government that state houses need an estimated $2 billion of maintenance work over the next decade. [more]

Officials to look into security measures for taxi drivers
Transport Minister Steven Joyce has asked officials to look into how many taxi drivers have installed safety screens or cameras in their vehicles. [more]

Police stymied in pensioner death probe
Police investigating the killing of an Opotiki pensioner say there is a group of people who seem to be holding out on information about the man's death. [more]

More prison beds needed, minister told
The Corrections Department says more than 2,000 extra prison beds will be needed in the next eight years if the rate of imprisonment continues to grow at its present rate. [more]

Hong Kong bid for NZ Steel Mining rejected
The Government has knocked back a bid by Hong Kong's Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings to buy New Zealand Steel Mining. [more]

NZ should reconsider travel restrictions on Fiji, says academic
An Australian academic is questioning the wisdom behind New Zealand's travel ban on members of the Fiji military, government and their families. The travel ban, imposed after the 2006 military... [more]

Tasman cleared to play in rugby's Air New Zealand cup competition
Tasman have been given the all clear to compete in the top tier Air New Zealand rugby competition next year. They needed to raise $300,000 to underwrite their debt and ... [more]

Umaga bucking up is ideas says club president
The Former All Blacks skipper now Toulon coach Tana Umaga is all the better for the input of South Africa's World Cup-winning coach Jake White according the president of the struggling ... [more]

Manning brothers set for NFL Pro Bowl matchup
Eli and Peyton Manning have become the first brothers to be voted as quarterbacks in the NFL Pro Bowl. The annual showdown between stars of the AFC and NFC takes place ... [more]

ICC chief orders slow over-rate and sledging crackdown
The International Cricket Council's chief executive Haroon Lorgat has ordered Test match referees and umpires to come down hard on slow over-rates and verbal abuse. Lorgat says he's written to all ... [more]

Basketball begins respond tp funding cut
Basketball New Zealand says SPARC's $300,000 snub to the women's game presents a huge challenge. They've been meeting in Wellington to hash out plans to improve the development programme and showcase ... [more]

Penney says it'd great if Marks comes home
The Breakers guard Kirk Penney says it'd be great if New Zealand's only current NBA basketballer Sean Marks could finish his career where it started, on Auckland's North Shore, but don't ... [more]

Blowers cuts short time at Bristol
The former All Blacks flanker Andrew Blowers is returning to Auckland, almost six months before his contract with English club Bristol expires. Blowers will leave early next year saying one ... [more]

Guadalcanal Land Inquiry nearly ready, says Solomons PM
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says requests have been sent to Fiji and Vanuatu to provide Commissioners to serve in the Inquiry into Land Dealings on Guadalcanal during and after... [more]

Two confirmed dead and houses burnt down at 4-Mile in Lae, PNG
Two men have been confirmed dead and several houses burned to the ground at 4-Mile in Lae City in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province. The Post Courier newspaper quotes local... [more]

Pacific image of leadership tarnished by Fiji, says NGO
The Pacific Freedom Forum, an online network of Pacific journalists aimed at promoting a free and independent media, says the image of leadership in the Pacific is being seriously damaged... [more]

ABC early childhood centres up for sale
Nearly 130 early childhood education centres in New Zealand are being put up for sale by the receiver for their Australian owner. [more]

New Zealand share market up slightly
The NZX 50 index finished up 1 point on Wednesday to close at 2696 on turnover of $70 million. [more]

Early Maori letters go online
Thousands of 19th-century Maori language letters have been put on the Alexander Turnbull Library's website. [more]