Radio New Zealand - Monday, 2nd February 2009

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Eight Months to Mars - Te Radar
Today we welcome a reluctant comedian to this hour. He's made two recent TV shows that have attracted large audiences. [more]

Acne Clinics
The widening of prescription rights to a powerful acne treatment has drawn attention to the ongoing debate around it. [more]

Code Brown
Little people are peeing in our pools, and experts say its the fault of parents. [more]

He Rourou for 2 February 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Te Ripowai Higgins who decided to organise an inauguration day breakfast for Maori in Wellington. [more]

Author Slot - Diana Balham
She's put out a book called Undiscovered Auckland. [more]

Thjs Way Up Feature - Back Yard Bees
Simon Morton from This Way Up with the latest from the Backyard Bee Team. [more]

Science Report - Plants and Human Migration
A team at the University of Waikato in Hamilton working on population and conservation genetics of endemic Pacific plants. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Don Donovan and Brian Edwards. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Don Donovan and Brian Edwards. [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 2 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 2 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 2 February 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Shots Fired
The police are interviewing suspects after a patrol car was shot at south of Oamaru this afternoon. [more]

Mahia Scrub Fire
A scrub fire south of Gisborne has ripped through 140 hectares of land, and destroyed eight buildings. [more]

Feltex Charges
The directors of Feltex Carpets Limited have appeared in court facing charges of failing to make proper disclosures. [more]

Boy Racer Law Changes
The Prime Minister, John Key, says new legislation targetting boy racers should be drafted within the next six weeks. [more]

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

Hamilton International Flights
A call for Waikato people to boycott Air New Zealand when booking to fly overseas has been described as futile. [more]

Hit and Run Hearing
A preliminary hearing has begun for the men, who the Crown says were involved in the death of Joanne Wang. [more]

Kenya Fires
In Kenya, two fires have killed and injured scores of people in the last five day. [more]

Wages and Jobs
Economists are picking a big jump in the unemployment rate when official statistics are published later this week. [more]

Dive Memorial
The theft of a sea-floor memorial to a missing diver is upsetting the Tutukaka community, north of Whangarei. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Panasonic Company Losses
The Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is expected to announce a five billion dollar loss. [more]

Anti-Chinese Protests
Demonstrators protesting against China's actions in Tibet have scuffled with police outside the Chinese embassy in London. [more]

Rotorua Bats?
A swarm of winged creatures is causing confusion in Rotorua. [more]

US Superbowl
A last-minute touchdown has seen the Pittsburgh Steelers clinch victory in today's Superbowl final. [more]

Shots Fired (Part 2)
The police are interviewing suspects after a patrol car was shot at south of Oamaru this afternoon. [more]

Mahia Scrub Fire (Part 2)
The rural fire service says, by the end of today, it hopes to have contained the 140-hectare perimeter of a scrub fire. [more]

Auckland Funding
The mayor of Auckland says the Government must help fund crucial infrastructure projects in the city. [more]

Controversial Chemical Dispute
The Marlborough Port Company is being told it will have a fight on its hands if it allows a log exporter to use methyl bromide. [more]

Columbia Hostage Release
In Colombia, leftwing FARC rebels have released four hostages they had held captive since early 2007. [more]

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

Sri Lanka Hospital Shelling
The United Nations says many people have been killed in Sri Lanka by shells landing on a hospital. [more]

Dope Smoking Sumo Wrestler
The big story currently capturing the headlines in Japan is the tale of a dope smoking Sumo wrestler. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 February 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 2 February
Boyracer Crackdown in Chch, Mahia Fire, Cost of Australian Heatwave, Iceland Gay PM [more]

Taranui - The Caspian Tern
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Pacific News for 2 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Boyracer Crackdown in Christchurch
Today the Police Minister will meet with the Police Commissioner to discuss possible legislation to deal with the problem. [more]

Possible KKK Activity in New Zealand
Ku Klux Klan activity in New Zealand is not backed up with any hard evidence. [more]

Boyracer Crackdown in Christchurch (2)
The police in Christchurch say they'll target illegal activity by boy racers for the foreseeable future. [more]

Boyracer Crackdown Police
The Police explain why the current law isn't enough to fight the boy racer problem. [more]

Large Scrub Fire at Mahia
The large scrub fire has now damaged or destroyed 8 structures, including clubrooms, 2 chalets and a building at the YMCA. [more]

Australia Heatwave Costs Mount
Australia's worst heatwave in recent history has cost the state of Victoria more than a hundred million dollars. [more]

Iceland has a New Prime Minister
Iceland has the world's first openly gay prime minister. [more]

Anti-Cervical Cancer Vaccine Available This Week
The major roll out of the new anti-cervical cancer Gardasil vaccine is to get underway this week. [more]

Smart Electricity Meters to be Introduced
Genesis Energy will begin rolling out its advanced meters this month. [more]

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

Counties Manukau Crime Dropped Over Christmas
Serious crime in the Counties Manukau district has dropped over the Christmas-New Year period. [more]

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
The fortnight long Louis Vuitton Pacific Series seems to be living up to organisers hopes after the first 3 days. [more]

Spanish Scientists Clone an Extinct Pyrean Ibex
Spanish scientists have succeeded in cloning a Pyrean Ibex, a mountain goat declared extinct nine years ago. [more]

Boyracer Crackdown Police Minister Judith Collins
Police want new powers to deal with an escalating boy racer problem. [more]

Trade Minister has been at the World Economic Forum
Tim Groser is welcoming international support for his fight against what he's calling"trade distorting"subsidies by the EU. [more]

Black Caps Win Opening Match
NZ has beaten Australia by two wickets in a thrilling opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee cricket series in Perth. [more]

Back to School Speed Blitz
Drivers will get stung if they travel 5 km's over the limit. [more]

Pinot Noir Gathering in Queenstown
Some of the worlds top wine writers have gathered in Queenstown to sample Central Otago Pinot Noir. [more]

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

Tennis from Melbourne
Dave Worsley is at the Australian Open in Melbourne. [more]

Human Rights
Human Rights Unit is calling on all commonwealth states to ratify the 8 major treaties of human rights law. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

It is Superbowl Time in the USA
From noon NZ time, Americans will be tuned in for the climax to the National Football League season, the Super Bowl. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
Phil keeps us up-to-date with happenings in Australia. [more]

Reform of RMA
Details of the government's planned reform of the Resource Management Act will be revealed early this afternoon. [more]


Sink or swim
Shelley Hanna, author of Sink or Swim, the story of a survivor. [more]

The final whistle
With sports jounalist Joesph Romanos. [more]

Ali Campbell
Former lead singer of UB40 now fronts his new band The Dep Band. [more]

Nine To Noon

Job Layoffs
A look at job losses and staff retention in today's economic climate. [more]

Ambury Park Riding Centre
Horse riding is more than just fun. It can also be therapeutic. [more]

Middle East Correspondent - Irris Makler
Irris Makler talks about the latest events in Gaza. [more]

Feature Guest - Barbara Buchan
Barbara Buchan is a US paralympian gold medalist. [more]

Book Review - The Piano Teacher
Rae McGregor reviews The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee. Published by Fourth Estate. [more]

Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre talk about politics. [more]

Chef Scott Fraser and wine with Keith Stewart
Our chef today is Scott Fraser Executive Chef from Carrington Resort and Keith Stewart from True Wines. [more]

David Slack
A modest proposal or two. Why not go back to sailiing ships? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Mark Westerby
Director of the Wellington Fringe introduces us to the 2009 season which starts this week. [more]

Eugene Chadbourne
American avant-garde banjo player. [more]

News stories:

Criticism of decision in Samoa not to charge Police Commissionor
A decision to not charge Samoa's police commissioner and the captain of the local police patrol boat over the smuggling of firearms from American Samoa has drawn public criticism. Samoa's... [more]

Marshall Islands academy training to raise standards of policing
The Police Commissioner in the Marshall Islands wants a three-month academy training programme for his officers to be ongoing. The academy, to begin in June, is being organised with the... [more]

Fiji's canegrowers association says industry desperately needs reform
Fiji's canegrowers association says reforms of the industry are desperately needed, in the wake of last month's floods, and European Union funding remaining on hold. Last week, Fiji's Sugar Corporation... [more]

Reduction in works hours for government workers proposed in CNMI
The Northern Marianas Governor, Benigno Fitial, is proposing a reduction in work hours for government employees beginning next month. He's proposing to reduce hours from 80 to 64 per fortnight. [more]

Online reporting for tagged turtles aimed at boosting tag recovery
For the first time, tagged turtles found in the Pacific region can be reported to researchers through an online form. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme has been... [more]

PGG Wrightson still negotiating over default payment
Silver Fern Farms meat co-operative and PGG Wrightson are still negotiating the amount of compensation the rural servicing company will pay for defaulting on their proposed partnership. [more]

Treasury recommends big cuts for top tax bracket
The Treasury has recommended cutting the top personal tax rate to 30 cents in the dollar to help promote economic growth in New Zealand. [more]

Companies 'likely to retain skilled staff'
A business expert says New Zealand companies are likely to try to retain highly skilled staff as the recession takes hold, having earlier struggled with labour shortages. [more]

Marlborough seeks to control sauvignon harvest
Wineries in the Marlborough region have held a number of yield forecasting workshops with grape growers in an effort to control the tonnage of sauvignon blanc harvested this year. [more]

Calmer cows produce more milk, says scientist
Evidence shows that cows given a bit of extra love and attention produce more milk, says Dairy NZ scientist Gwyneth Verkerk. [more]

Brilliant youngster wins in Dubai
The Northern Ireland teenage golfer Rory McIlroy has broken through for his first win on the European tour, beating a world class field at the Dubai Desert Classic. 19 year old ... [more]

Loeb takes Rally Ireland
The world rally champion Sebastian Loeb has won the opening round of this year's World Rally Championship in Ireland. Loeb cruised home to win Rally Ireland by one minute 27 seconds ... [more]

Weekend parole put on hold in Samoa
The 40-year-old weekend parole programme for prisoners in Samoa has been put on hold until a review is carried out. The decision from the The Ministry of Police and Prisons... [more]

French Polynesia's opposition to consider no confidence motion
French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party will meet mid-week to decide whether to approve a deal for a no confidence motion to oust the government of Gaston Tong Sang. This... [more]

Bikini and Enewetak nuclear compensation claims dismissed
A panel of United States appeal judges has dismissed a claim that sought to enforce a more than one billion US dollar nuclear test compensation settlement for the people of... [more]

All eyes on the Pacific players in today's Superbowl 43
American Samoa fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals will stay glued to the television today to catch the Super Bowl 43 play by play in Tampa Florida... [more]

Motorway chase accused faces more charges
The lawyer for Stephen McDonald, accused of taking part in a high-speed chase and shoot-out with police, says his client is likely to have further charges laid against him. [more]

Meridian forges ahead with major power projects
State-owned power company Meridian Energy is shrugging off the recession, and forging ahead with its billion dollar development plans. [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Major Auckland projects under threat from global recession; failing schools being singled out by Government; support for beleaguered Otago District Health Board chairman. [more]

British PM condemns strikes over foreign workers
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has condemned nationwide wildcat strikes over the use of foreign workers at a time of soaring unemployment, as unions warned more staff may down tools this week. [more]

American Samoa opens women's jail
A prison in American Samoa for female inmates has opened. The Governor Togiola Tulafono said at the dedication ceremony that the facility serves was a place where offenders were taken... [more]

Flood damage in Fiji now estimated at US$43 million
Government departments in Fiji will be forced to re-prioritise their capital projects after flood damage estimates reached US$43 million yesterday. Initial estimates had placed damage at about $30 million but... [more]

All Black Dan Carter out for season
The All Blacks first five Dan Carter has been ruled out for the rest of the French season because of a partial tear of the Achilles tendon. Twenty six year ... [more]

Up to ten people could have died in floods in the Solomons last week
The flooding of Sasa river in Solomon Island's Northwest Guadalcanal last week is thought to have resulted in death and widespread damage to villages and homes. The National Disaster management... [more]

Fiji's interim administration dumps local councils
The outgoing mayor of Fiji's capital, Suva, Ratu Peni Volavola says dissolving municipal councils was an illegal move by the interim Government. Ratu Peni has been Suva's mayor for six... [more]

American Samoa's Congressman seeks minimum wage hike delay
American Samoa's member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has asked for further increases to the territory's minimum wage to be postponed. The Congressman to the Chairman of the... [more]

Infratil revises agreement on German airport
Infratil has reached an agreement with the City of Luebeck to delay an arrangement that allows the utilities investor to force the German city to buy its 90% stake in Luebeck Airport. [more]

Online livestock auction system set up
Rural service firm, PGG Wrightson has set up an online system to allow farmers to buy and sell livestock nationwide. [more]

CNMI governor extends power emergency
For the seventh month in a row, the Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, has signed an order placing the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation under a state... [more]

Manihiki in the Cooks faces population loss as ecomony wanes
The global economic crisis is having a huge impact on Manihiki in the northern Cook Islands, with many people choosing to migrate to New Zealand or Australia. The mayor of... [more]

Chirac refuses questioning over 1997 French Polynesian affair
A French newspaper says the former French President, Jacques Chirac, will refuse to be questioned by a judge who is investigating the 1997 disappearance of a French Polynesian journalist, Jean-Pascal... [more]

MSG Secretariat ready to facilitate further dialogue on Fiji situation
The Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat says it expects to facilitate further dialogue with Fiji's interim government over the country's return to democracy. The Director General for the MSG Secretariat, Rima... [more]

CAA in PNG says US$500m needed for airport upgrading
Papua New Guinea's Civil Aviation Authority says it needs to spend about 500 million US dollars on upgrades to airports or the aviation industry will be adversely affected. The Authority's... [more]

Ba ex-mayor says Fiji municipal reform was expected
The former mayor of Ba in Fjii says people were advised of the municipal council restructuring last October. Praveen Bala says the interim government then granted a three-month extension to... [more]

Put resources in to help schools, urge principals
The Principals Federation says the Education Review Office must learn to support schools that have problems, if it is going to keep a closer eye on them. [more]

Tasers for Waitemata, Counties Manukau police
Taser stun guns are now available for use by general police officers in areas where they were trialled for a year. They had previously been reintroduced for use by some armed offenders squad officers. [more]

Batty tale met with scepticism
Two Rotorua men say they have been attacked by bats, but their story is being met with scepticism by the Department of Conservation. [more]

Recession could threaten key Auckland projects
Funding for key Auckland projects could be under threat as income from the regional council's business arm tumbles in the face of the global recession. [more]

KKK recruitment 'no cause for concern'
Race Relations Commissioner Joris De Bres says claims of Ku Klux Klan recruitment in New Zealand are as yet no cause for concern. He says similar claims were made in the past and Klan activity did not eventuate. [more]

Concern over smart meters' impact on power prices
Consumer New Zealand has raised concerns about the effects of smart metering technology being introduced by electricity companies. [more]

Waitangi organisers prepare for record crowds
Organisers of Waitangi Day events in the Bay of Islands are predicting crowd numbers could top 50,000 this year. [more]

Speed limit of 40 km/h near schools urged
As the new school year begins, there are renewed calls for a speed limit around schools of 40 kilometres an hour. [more]

Next phase of Gardasil vaccination begins
The major roll-out of an anti-cervical cancer vaccination programme begins this week for girls aged 12 to 18, and where people live will dictate how they can access the vaccine Gardasil. [more]

NZ win controversial Chappell-Hadlee clash
New Zealand has overcome two controversial dismissals to grab a thrilling two-wicket victory over Australia in the opening game of the Chappell-Hadlee series in Perth. [more]

Hit-and-run victim suffered head injuries - witness
An eyewitness to a fatal hit-and-run in South Auckland says the victim had blood coming from her ears and head after she was hit. [more]

Diver dies off Marlborough coast
A 70-year-old diver has died in the sea off Ward Beach, south of Blenheim, where he was gathering paua. [more]

Man in court after attempted supermarket hold-up
A man will appear in Manukau District Court on Monday after he was stopped by members of the public while allegedly trying to hold up a South Auckland supermarket. [more]

Plaque in diver's memory disappears
A plaque in memory of a missing diver has vanished from the sea floor at the popular Poor Knights diving spot north of Whangarei. [more]

Hamilton woman charged with shooting man
Police in Hamilton have charged a woman with shooting a man last week. [more]

Wage growth slows, fewer hours worked
The number of hours worked fell in 2008 for the first time in 10 years, putting downward pressure on wages, which slowed to 3.3% growth during the year. [more]

Feltex directors charged over financial statements
The directors of Feltex Carpets Limited have appeared in court on charges regarding the New Zealand company's financial statements. The five men face penalties of up to $100,000 if convicted. [more]

PNG minimum wage triples
Papua new Guinea's Minimum Wage Board has announced the first pay rise for minimum-wage workers since 1993, meaning unskilled workers will nearly triple their weekly take-home pay. Workers on the... [more]

Manihiki black pearl industry alright despite dwindling population
The black pearl industry in Manihiki in the Cook Islands northern group is expected to recover despite the local population plummetting to just 280. The mayor Kora Kora, says over... [more]

Former Suva mayor questions Fiji municipal councils' dissolution
The forner mayor of Fiji's capital Suva Ratu Peni Volavola has expressed disappointment at the interim government's move to dissolve municipal councils in their claim to clean up corruption. The... [more]

All Fiji disaster development funds diverted to flood relief
Persistent rain is hampering relief efforts in flood-hit areas of Fiji, forcing the diversion of all disaster development funds into the ongoing emergency. The principal disaster management officer, Bajiliai Dobui,... [more]

Three reportedly killed in Solomons flooding
The Solomon Island Disaster management office says three people have reportedly died and eight others are missing as a result of flooding. Julian Makaa of the Disaster management office says... [more]

MSG Secretariat keen to discuss Fiji from Melanesian point of view
The Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat says the regional grouping wants to see more discussion with Fiji's interim regime over the country's return to democracy. Rima Ravusiro... [more]

French Polynesian opposition deal at risk over Temaru's candidacy
French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party says Oscar Temaru's candidacy for the presidency may end its arrangement with his Union For Democracy. The party issued a statement a day after... [more]

Dissolution of municipal copuncils is illegal, says Fiji Law Society head
The president of Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, says the move by the military led administration to dissolve local municipal councils is illegal. The interim government has decided in a... [more]

Australia fined for slow over rate
The International Cricket Council has fined Australia for its slow over-rate in its two-wicket one-day cricket defeat to New Zealand in Perth last night. Ricky Ponting's side was ruled to ... [more]

White Ferns fight for Rose Bowl win
The New Zealand women's cricket side has won the opening match of the Rose Bowl series against Australia by two wickets. Amy Satterwaite scored 49 not out as the White ... [more]

Result of forfeited test restored
Cricket's ruling body has restored the initial result of an England win in the controversial 2006 Oval test forfeited by Pakistan. The International Cricket Council (ICC) says it made the ... [more]

NZ win opening Chappell-Hadlee match
New Zealand has beaten Australia by two wickets in a thrilling opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee cricket series in Perth. Captain Daniel Vettori hit the winning runs off the final ... [more]

Fears Dan Carter may be sidelined for the season
The New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter could miss the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury. Carter's Perpignan club haven't commented on the injury, which came ... [more]

Drysdale beaten at North island champs
The two time under-23 rowing champion Joseph Sullivan has won the North Island championship at Lake Karapiro. The Picton rower held off triple world champion Mahe Drysdale and former Under-23 ... [more]

Liverpool close gap on Man U
Liverpool has closed the gap on Manchester United in the English Premier League football competition to two points a 2-nil win over Chelsea on Monday. Fernando Torres struck two late ... [more]

Blacksticks draw with Germany
The New Zealand men's hockey team has draw two all with Germany in their second match of the Punjab Gold Cup in India. The Blacksticks team manager Tony Edwards says ... [more]

Team NZ to face China on day four of LVPS
The Louis Vuitton sailing regatta goes into day four in Auckland today with Team New Zealand and Alinghi leading their respective pools. Team New Zealand is tied with Damiani Italia, ... [more]

Nadal denies Federer slice of history
Roger Federer's dream of a record-equalling 14th grand slam tennis title was shattered last night by Rafael Nadal who came out on top in a pulsating 5-set final at the ... [more]

Kelleher out for six weeks
The former All Black halfback Byron Kelleher will be sidelined for six weeks because of a knee injury. Kelleher was injured in the final minutes of his Toulouse side's French ... [more]

Arizona Cardinals looking to break National Football League drought
It could be a David and Goliath battle when the Superbowl gets underway in Tampa Florida at lunchtime New Zealand time. The Arizona Cardinals will be looking to break the ... [more]

Prediction Umaga will get bashed around
The Western Force's New Zealand recruit Ben Castle predicts his former Toulon coach Tana Umaga will "go good" but get bashed around upon his return to top-level rugby. Umaga, the ... [more]

Champions trophy moved out of Pakistan
The International Cricket Council has decided to move the Champions Trophy one-day tournament out of Pakistan for security reasons. Cricket's premier one-day event was postponed from September/October last year after ... [more]

Kyle Mills hoping to repeat bowling performance in Melbourne
The New Zealander cricketer Kyle Mills is hoping he and his fellow bowlers can maintain their standards when they meet Australia in the second Chappell-Hadlee one day match in Melbourne. ... [more]

Phelps apologises over drug use
The record-breaking Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has apologised after a British newspaper published a photograph allegedly showing him smoking marijuana. Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, ... [more]

Ryder out of one day series
The New Zealand opener Jesse Ryder will take no part in the Chappell-Hadlee one-day cricket series against Australia. He is returning home from Perth today for treatment on a shoulder ... [more]

Wicketkeeper not happy with Vettori's comments
The Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has branded New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori "low" for questioning his integrity in a bitter aftermath to the Chappell-Hadlee cricket series opener. Haddin declared his ... [more]

Steelers edge Arizona for sixth Super Bowl title
A last-minute do-or-die touch-down gave the Pittsburgh Steelers an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl crown but not before they squandered a 13-point lead over Arizona in the American Football premier final. ... [more]

All Blacks manager not dwelling on decision to let Carter go
The All Blacks manager is not dwelling on the wisdom of allowing Dan Carter to play six months of rugby in the Northern Hemisphere, despite a serious injury to the ... [more]

Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown in dying moments to win the 43rd Superbowl
The biggest sporting spectacle in North America, the Superbowl, has lived up to its billing. The Pittsburgh Steelers carried a 20 to 7 lead going into the final quarter of ... [more]

Racing starting late in Louis Vuitton Regatta after light winds
Racing began a short time ago in the Louis Vuitton regatta being sailed in Auckland after delays due to a lack of wind. The four races from the fourth day ... [more]

NZ sevens squad for Wellington announced
The New Zealand Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens has chosen experience over youth in naming his 12-man squad for the NZI Sevens tournament in Wellington this weekend. Tietjens has stuck with ... [more]

USA Swimming and US Olympic Committee disappointed in Phelps
USA Swimming says it's disappointed by Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps' admission that he smoked cannabis at a party at the University of South Carolina. Phelps confessed he had engaged ... [more]

Australian captain Ricky Ponting says loss doesn't mean they're not trying
The Australian cricketing woes continue, this time losing to New Zealand in the first of the five one day matches in the Chappell-Hadlee series at the WACA in Perth last ... [more]

New Zealand captain says the win good for the young players
The Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori who led by example by hitting the winning runs of the final ball to beat Australia in the opening Chappell Hadlee series at the ... [more]

Former McLaren boss dies
The American Teddy Mayer, the former McLaren Formula One boss who won titles with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt in the 1970s, has died at aged 73. McLaren team principal ... [more]

Yuvraj not guilty of dissent
The Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been found not guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct following a hearing in Colombo. Yuvraj had been charged under ... [more]

Former England football manager appeals for Beckham to show some sense
The former England football manager Bobby Robson has called on David Beckham to quit the LA Galaxy to guarantee a place in England's squad at the 2010 World Cup. He ... [more]

Beckham named in AC Milan squad
The in-form David Beckham has been included in AC Milan's UEFA Cup squad even though his current loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy ends in March. Milan are desperate to ... [more]

Nadal matches Agassi feat
The world tennis number one Rafael Nadal has won his first Australian Open tennis tournament, and in doing so becomes the first player since Andre Agassi to win grand slam ... [more]

Ponting defends Haddin over Broom controversy
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has defended his wicketkeeper after criticism from the New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori over a controversial dismissal. Vettori was disappointed that Haddin remained silent ... [more]

Real Madrid's honourary president not happy
Real Madrid's honorary president Alfredo di Stefano has criticised the football team for lacking sparkle despite six consecutive victories in Spain's Primera Liga. Di Stefano has been unimpressed with Real's ... [more]

Carter out for six months with Achilles injury
All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter will not be rushed back into action upon his return from a serious Achilles tendon injury suffered while playing for Perpignan, the New Zealand Rugby Union said on Monday. [more]

Police check proposed for using explosives at work
A police check will be required in order for people to use explosives in the workplace under a new rule proposed by the Environmental Risk Management Authority. [more]

Call to halt wind farms until national guidelines set
A Palmerston North woman is calling for national guidelines to be set to protect land owners from the noise, vibrations and view distruptions caused by wind farms. [more]

Kerikeri scorcher tops temperature stakes
The Northland town of Kerikeri topped the heat stakes for the country on Sunday with a temperature of nearly 38 degrees Celcius. [more]

Asia stocks slide as company outlooks darken
Stocks in Asia fell on Monday, with forecasts of corporate earnings slashed as the global economy rapidly deteriorates. [more]