Radio New Zealand - Monday, 9th February 2009

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

Afternoons

Eight Months to Mars - Gary McCormick
Our guest traveller today is primarily a poet in the minds of some. At least that what he started as. [more]

Bush Fires
Victoria is still attempting to come to terms with the worst wildfires in Australia's history. [more]

Jock Anderson
He joins us as a representative of the Hurinui Bummers, Liars and Cheats Club. [more]

He Rourou for 9 February
Ana Tapiata talks to Levi Bristowe about some of the major issues for gay, lesbian and transgender youth. [more]

Author Slot - Tony Trimingham
Tony has just authored"Not My Family, Never My Child"- What to do if someone you love is a drug user. [more]

This Way Up Feature - With the Backyard Bee team
Simon Morton from This Way Up joins us to see what happened to his Queen Bee. [more]

This Way Up Feature - With the Backyard Bee team
Simon Morton from This Way Up joins us to see what happened to his Queen Bee. [more]

Science Story - Kakapo
Alison Ballance finds out about the kakapo equivalent of viagra: a tiny fruit called Rimu. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Sarah-Kate Lynch and Jeremy Elwood. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Sarah-Kate Lynch and Jeremy Elwood. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 9 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Market update
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 February 2009
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Bush Fires
Australia's worst ever bush fires are this afternoon continuing their march threatening more lives and homes. [more]

Minimum Wage
Workers on the minimum wage can expect an extra fifty cents an hour from April. [more]

SIS Reveiw
The Prime Minister John Key has asked for a review of the way the Security Intelligence Services manages its files. [more]

Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter
Moves to use unpaid leave to stave off job cuts at the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter in Southland are being hailed. [more]

UK News
Where the government is under pressure to crackdown on bankers' bonuses. [more]

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

Bush Fires (Part 2)
Fire fighters in Australia are still battling bushfires in Victoria and New South Wales. [more]

Total Fire Ban
Northland has declared a total fire ban that kicks in from midnight tonight. [more]

Americas Cup Legal Battle
The bitter legal wrangle surrounding the real cup looks set to go into its final round in a New York Court on Wednesday. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tramper Rescued
An Australian-based New Zealander who fell 20 metres down the side of a mountain in Fiordland on the weekend. [more]

Grammys Announced
The British band Coldplay and musical odd couple Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have been the big winners at the Grammy Awards. [more]

Bush Fires (Part 3)
In the north east of the state hundreds of people are waiting in thick smoke for the fires to brought under control. [more]

Dunedin's New Stadium
The Dunedin City Council will go ahead with its plans to build a new stadium in the city. [more]

Minumum Wage (Part 2)
From April workers on the minimum wage will received $12.50 an hour. [more]

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

Dunedin's New Stadium (Part 2)
Opponents of Dunedin's proposed new stadium are furious the City Council is to continue with the project. [more]

Wellington Indoor Stadium
A Wellington city councillor has taken the unusual step of lodging an appeal with the Environment Court. [more]

Professional Misconduct Hearing
The hearing began today for an Auckland doctor who is charged with professional misconduct. [more]

Baftas Night UK
The movie Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards this morning. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Filipino Nursing Registration
The organisation that oversees the registration of nurses is being accused of unfairly targeting Filipino migrants. [more]

Shipwreck Dispute
The Peruvian government has ordered its ambassador to Washington to hire lawyers to contest a sunken treasure. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 February 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 09 February 2009
Killer fires in Australia, NZ heat wave, SIS spied on Green MP and Helen Clarke UN post candidate. [more]

Kokako - the Blue Wattled Crow
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

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

Australian fires
At least 93 people have perished in devastating fires sweeping through southeastern Australia. [more]

Property values fall again
Some commentators suggest there will be another 5% drop before the market bottoms out. [more]

Dengue outbreak in Queensland
The outbreak in the popular holiday destination of Cairns in north Queensland has infected close to 300 people. [more]

Pacific news for 09 February 2009
Ia ora. Kia orana. Malo ni. Fakalofa atu. Talofa lava. Malo e lelei. Bula vinaka. The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australian fires (part 2)
Thousands of firefighters are continuing to battle the deadliest bushfires ever seen in Australia. [more]

SIS spied on Green MP
A declassified file shows the agency monitored MP Keith Locke, even after he became an MP. [more]

Australian fires (part 3)
Hell on Earth is how the most devastating fires ever seen in Australia are being described as they continue to rage across the state Victoria. [more]

Australian fires (part 4)
Donna Demaio, our Australian correspondent gives us an update on the ground. [more]

NZ temperatures soar
Temperatures in some parts of the country soared into the high-thirties yesterday and more hot weather may be yet to come. [more]

NZ fire danger
The National Rural Fire Authority says hot conditions are the perfect recipe for extreme fire danger and is warning vigilance. [more]

SIS spied on Green MP (part 2)
Geoff speaks to PM John Key about the file on Keith Locke and help NZ can give to the state of Victoria. [more]

SIS spied on Green MP (part 3)
Keith Locke, the MP spied on by the SIS, joins us live. [more]

Helen Clarke strong candidate for UN role
Insiders say the former PM has a strong chance of becoming the Administrator of the UN's Development Programme. [more]

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

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
The America's Cup style regatta on Auckland harbour is beginning to reach the sharp end with two teams out of the running. [more]

Property values fall again (part 2)
State owned housing valuer Quotable Value's latest figures show purchase prices and property values have fallen against lowering mortgage rates, usually a stimulant to increases. [more]

PM's cast buyer
The successful bidder for the PM's National-blue coloured cast, Ganesh Cherian, paid $18-thousand and joins us now. [more]

The BAFTA's
Hollywood stars and the best of British join a cast of thousands for the British Film and TV awards. [more]

Australian fires (part 5)
There have been reports of people incinerated in their cars as they attempted to flea the flames. [more]

Australian fires (part 6)
Outside of Victoria, tens of thousands of firefighters have been trying to contain blazes in New South Wales and Sth Australia. [more]

Dunedin stadium debacle
Council meets today to decide whether to abandon plans for a new stadium or wait for the possibility of a government bailout. [more]

Australian fires (part 7)
The death toll has risen. One hundred and eight souls have perished in the Victorian blazes so far. [more]

Treasury Tiki tour
Economic officials have been briefing money managers in world financial centers on our wholesale funding guarantee scheme. [more]

Warning: hackers at work
Beware - the hackers and crackers of this world are working to infiltrate your computer - and it's all too easy to do. [more]

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

Waitangi Day wrap-up
Political reporter Julian Robins covers the PM's first Waitangi and sees how he faired. [more]

British banking investigation
British Treasury's investigating how banks are managed, as anger grows over bonuses being awarded to banking executives. [more]

Australian fires (part 8)
Joining us with the latest is former Radio New Zealand reporter, now ABC Melbourne journalist, Jean Edwards. [more]

Sensational Italian murder trial
An American exchange student and her Italian boyfriend are on trial for the murder of her British flatmate. [more]

Australian correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
And unfortunately there is only one story to talk about from Melbourne and that is the unfolding tragedy of the bush fires. [more]

Nights

Jesus: A Short Life
Dr John Dickson, has penned an accessible account of Jesus' teachings, miracles, death and resurrection. [more]

The Final Whistle (Sport: U.S.A.)
Helene Elliott, sports columnist for the L.A. Times with analysis of the state of play in U.S. sports. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Conundrum Clue 1. [more]

Bangladesh Report: Mahtab Haider
News and cultural insoghts from the People's Republic of Bangladesh in South East Asia. [more]

Conundrum Clue 2
Conundrum Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Victorian wild fires
Kathryn speaks to some very lucky Victorians who've escaped with their lives but have lost much as well. [more]

Foster care
Kathryn speaks with two young adults, brought up by foster parents about their experiences growing up. [more]

Europe correspondent - Seamus Kearney
Kathryn and Seamus talk about the latest goings on and intrigue gripping Europe. [more]

Feature guest - Christian Schwartz
Kathryn talk to this leading New York based typographer about the many projects he's worked on and the changing face of type. [more]

Victorian wild fires update
Kathryn speaks to Victorian Red Cross manager Adam Dent about aid efforts and recovery for the many displaced people. [more]

Book review - Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
Written by Alexander McCall Smith. Published by Little, Brown. Reviewed by Catriona Ferguson. [more]

Politics with Laila Harre and Matthew Hooton
We plot a chart across the current political landscape with turns to both the right and the left. [more]

Food and wine
Kate Fraser provides epicurean inspiration and challenge for John Hawkesby's oenological expertise in a match of food to wine. [more]

A modest proposal or two
David Slack ponders the best way to spend the $500-million awarded to infrastructure spending as economic stimulus. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 February 2009
Agrarian news from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Treaty Debates

Treaty Debate 2 (2009)
Professor Philip Joseph from the University of Canterbury and broadcaster and former local body politician Derek Fox square off about the origins, value, and future of the Maori electoral seats. [more]

Upbeat

Gary Brain
NZ born Paris-based condutor and organiser of the 'Real Art Roadshow' - visiting secondary schools around the country. [more]

Laura Preston
Adam Art Gallery Curator talks about Vivian Lynn exhibition and other events planned for the gallery this year. [more]

Margot Hannigan
Nelson-based violinist and participant in the Adam Chamber Music Festival's 'Pro-Am Orchestra' reviews this year's event. [more]

News stories:

Beekeepers told to destroy wasps nests now
Beekeepers are being advised to destroy wasps nests before the insects have a chance to attack their honey bees. [more]

Fertiliser company drops its prices
Ballance Agri-nutrients has lowered the price of all of its main products, effective from Monday. [more]

Many NZ temperatures hit mid-30's
Temperatures in many parts of the country reached the mid-30's on Sunday. [more]

Decision time on stadium project
Dunedin City Councillors meet on Monday to decide whether to abandon or continue with plans for a new stadium to replace Carisbrook. The $188 million project is already $7.7 million over budget. [more]

Rain expected to bring cooler temperatures
High temperatures are expected to ease on Monday with the onset of rain in some areas. [more]

Overseas investors briefed on NZ economy
Officials from the Reserve Bank and Treasury have returned from a trip to world financial centres aimed at encouraging overseas lenders to keep doing business with New Zealand. [more]

PM's arm cast sells for more than $18,000
The cast off Prime Minister John Key's broken arm has raised $18,500.10 for the Fred Hollows Foundation. [more]

Fitzsimmons to seek her SIS file
Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons says she will request a copy of her personal file from the Security Intelligence Service. [more]

Solomon Islands takes over ACP Presidency
The Solomon Islands has again been chosen to hold the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group Presidency, after last holding it in 1989. The Presidency of the ACP Group is a... [more]

Six in hospital after house fire
Six people were taken to hospital after a house fire in west Auckland just before 2.30am on Monday. Their condition is described as moderate. [more]

Aussies stay alive in Chappell-Hadlee series
The Australian cricketers have kept alive the Chappell Hadlee one day series after surviving an almighty scare from the Black Caps in last night's third game in Sydney. Century maker ... [more]

Hopkins on his way to Australia
The Auckland wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins will fly to Adelaide today as cover for the Black Caps vice captain Brendan McCullum who was injured in their 32-run loss to Australia in ... [more]

Women's one day cricket series all level
The women's Rose Bowl one-day cricket series between New Zealand and Australian is level at 2-all after the visitors won by 44 runs in the fourth game at Hamilton. New Zealand ... [more]

England cop it from their media
The British media have vented their full fury on the England cricket team following their humiliating defeat in the first test against the West Indies in Jamaica. After being ... [more]

Consolation win for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka avoided a whitewash in their one day cricket series against India with a commanding win in game 5 in Colombo. After losing the first four games, Sri ... [more]

Otago top Twenty20 competition
Otago are top of the State Twenty20 cricket competition after winning their third straight match, beating Central Districts by 23 runs in New Plymouth. Otago chose to bat first and made ... [more]

Tsonga wins in South Africa
Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won his third ATP tennis title with a straight sets victory over fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the South African Open final. The 23-year-old did not ... [more]

Top-10 finish for young Kiwi in Bangkok
A good result for the young Hamilton golf professional Mark Purser in his Asian tour debut in Bangkok. Purser's final round of 67 earned him a share of 7th ... [more]

Dragons seal minor premiership in ANBL
South Dragons completed their remarkable last to first Australian National Basketball League turnaround by clinching the minor premiership with a 93-83 win over closest challengers and defending champions Melbourne Tigers. ... [more]

Waitakere have to wait another week
Waitakere United will have to wait at least a week to wrap up the New Zealand Football Championship's minor premiership after Waikato FC snatched a dramatic 2-1 upset in Ngaruawahia ... [more]

NZ sevens team calls in replacements
The New Zealand rugby sevens team has called in two replacement players to the squad which will travel to San Diego today for the 4th round of the IRB World ... [more]

Wales beat Scotland in Six Nations
Wales have begun their defence of the Six Nations rugby title with a 26-13 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield. The Welsh, who led 26-6 early in the second half, ran ... [more]

Death toll from flooding predicted to rise in Solomons
It has been confirmed that ten people have been killed by the flooding in Solomon Islands. At least nine people are still missing, including a Belgian hiker who was tramping... [more]

Solomons main hospital without anaesthetist
Solomon Islands National Referral hospital is currently acting without a specialist anaesthetist, after the only practicing staff member resigned. The National Referral Hospital is the main hospital in the country,... [more]

United Nations and Commonwealth joint technical team in Fiji
The Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Fiji has confirmed that a UN and Commonwealth Joint Technical Team will be in the country from today until Saturday. The... [more]

US Consultants to conduct a waste composition study in American Samoa
The American Samoa Power Authority has contracted an environmental consulting company from Florida, to conduct a waste composition study. A three member team from the company, SCS Engineers, has been... [more]

Samoa Chamber of Commerce says there could be a need for a stimulus package
The Samoa Chamber of Commerce says the government will need a economic stimulus package if the financial recession overseas affects remittances from Samoans living in other countries. However, it warns... [more]

NZ government to subsidise Air New Zealand flight from Samoa and Tonga to L.A
Samoa's Prime Minister has confirmed that the New Zealand Government has agreed to subsidise losses for one year, on Air New Zealand's Apia to Los Angeles weekly flight. An agreement... [more]

United go top again in England
Veteran Ryan Giggs scored to seal a 1-nil win for Manchester United at West Ham United to send the champions back to the top of the English football Premier League. ... [more]

Company results season begins
New Zealand's largest listed companies start reporting their results this week, but the outlook is bleak. [more]

Airport bonds fully subscribed
Auckland International Airport Ltd says an offer of $50 million of retail bonds is completely subscribed. [more]

Business travel numbers down
Auckland International Airport Ltd says business travellers were down 10.3% in December, compared to the same month in 2007. Domestic passengers were also down by 5.2%. [more]

High take-up for bond offer by Fonterra
Fonterra is to issue $800 million of bonds to NZX participants and institutional investors. The offer is oversubscribed. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's papers describe the bushfires as the worst natural disaster in Australian history; a veil of smoke from Victoria is spreading across the South Island. [more]

Debate over Maori cemetery
A proposed Maori cemetery in Invercargill is opposed by some residents who say it will devalue neighbouring properties. However, the developer says it will enhance the area. [more]

Clark application backed by Moore
Former World Trade Organisation head Mike Moore supports an application by Helen Clark for one of the most senior jobs at the United Nations. [more]

Residential property market falls again
The property market is falling again, despite a short respite in December. Quotable Value says residential values fell by 8.3% in the year to January. [more]

Otago Rugby Union reduces losses
The Otago Rugby Union has reduced its financial losses in 2008 by $1 million. [more]

US Consular office in Tonga maybe close at hand
A Consular office for the United States of America may up and running in Tonga in Nuku'alofa before early March. The Acting Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Paula Ma'u,... [more]

CNMI House of Representatives adopts resolution urging delay in federalization
The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has adopted a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to delay the implementation of federalization for 180 days. But Representative Victor Hocog... [more]

Australians "cautious" about implementing Pacfic seasonal work scheme
The Australian Government says it's being cautious about implementing a seasonal work scheme for Pacific Islanders. The scheme, which will make visas available to two and a half thousand workers... [more]

Planned drop in Fiji bus fares revoked
A 10 per cent drop in bus fares in Fiji, to be implemented from today, has been revoked by the interim Prime Minister. Commodore Frank Bainimarama justified his decision by... [more]

A planned pay increase in Fiji delayed for five months
A planned pay increase in Fiji has been delayed for five months. The new wage order, setting the minimum wage for nine Fiji industries, was to be effective on February... [more]

French Polynesia missing journalist probe seeks de Villepin testimony
The investigation into the mysterious disappearance of French Polynesian journalist Jean-Pascal Couraud in 1997 has moved to Paris where a former French prime minister has been questioned. The investigating judge... [more]

Coastal sections going cheap at mortgagee sale
A liquidation sale of a coastal development project at Cable Bay in Northland has produced bargain buys. One section valued at $179,000, went for $89,000. [more]

Alinghi owner defends decision not to race Team NZ
The head of the America's Cup holder Alinghi has defended his team's decision to pull out of a yacht race in Auckland against Team New Zealand. [more]

Brothel robbery witnesses sought
Police in Wellington are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a central city brothel on Sunday night. [more]

Domestic holiday spending down
New Zealanders are travelling and spending less on domestic holidays. Overnight trips have dropped by 7% and day excursions by more than 11%. [more]

Salty water possible again at Whakatane
People in Whakatane are being warned they may have salty tap water again this summer. [more]

Swiss canton ends tax breaks for foreigners
Voters in Zurich have broken with long-standing policy by bringing tax breaks for wealthy foreigners to an end. It is the first canton to do so. [more]

Lion Nathan surprise at Coke refusal
Lion Nathan says it is surprised by a decision by The Coca-Cola Company to reject a takeover offer for a subsidiary company, Coca-Cola Amatil. [more]

Another court appearance after Murupara teen's death
A man is due to appear again in the Rotorua District Court on Monday, accused of the murder of a Murupara teenager last month. [more]

Dairy prices take a dive
Demand and prices for dairy cows have taken a dive. Falling milk prices and bank lending restrictions have put the brakes on further dairy farm conversions and established dairy farmers are reducing their herd numbers. [more]

Clover root weevil found in Otago
An invasive pasture pest, the clover root weevil, has been found in Otago - it's the furthest south the weevil has been found. [more]

American Samoa court puts stop on government vessels being serviced in Hawaii
The High Court in American Samoa has ordered the government not to remove its two vessels, MV SIli and MV Manuatele from the territory. The stop order involves a dispute... [more]

Female student in Fiji hospitalised after allegedly being beaten by teacher
The Ministry of Education in Fiji has conducted its own investigation into the alleged beating of a 13-year-old student in Labasa. A year eight student, Shaziana Nisha, was airlifted to... [more]

Two alleged car thieves shot dead in battle with PNG police
Papua New Guinea police have gunned down two alleged car thieves during a shootout in the capital Port Moresby. Police shot dead the pair in the city's Morata district early... [more]

Repairs to damaged water mains at Nagado Treatment plant in Fiji completed
Repairs to damaged water mains at Fiji's Nagado Treatment Plant have been completed following a landslide. Residents in Nadi and Lautoka have been experiencing water problems since Friday when the... [more]

UN/Commonwealth team begins dialogue process in Fiji
A joint United Nations and Commonwealth team will start its meetings with political parties in Fiji today. It is to mediate an inclusive, independent and time-bound political dialogue process. Fiji... [more]

Red Cross provide immediate relief to people worst affected
The Red Cross in Solomon Islands is surveying flooded areas of Guadalcanal and Savo Island so it can provide immediate relief for those most affected. It is working alongside the... [more]

Second Half Ironamn win for Warriner
New Zealand's world number one triathlete Sam Warriner has won her second Half Ironman -- breaking the course record in Geelong by more than 10 minutes, as she did in ... [more]

Blackcaps South African giving it to the Aussies
The South African cricketers have dominated in Australia this summer but not all of them have been doing it for their homeland. The New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott has ... [more]

Lakers end Cavaliers' perfect home record
The Los Angeles Lakers have stormed from behind to beat the Cavaliers 101-91, ending Cleveland's perfect home season in the National Basketball Association.. The Cavaliers led by 10 at the ... [more]

Hoffman extends time at Melbourne Storm
The Australian and NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman has signed a four-year contract extension with the Melbourne Storm that will keep him at the NRL club until the end of 2012. ... [more]

A cut in financial loss to ORFU
The Otago Rugby Union has managed to reduce a substantial loss in its financial performance for 2008. After depreciation, the Union lost 467 thousand dollars for the 12 months compared ... [more]

Occupants of Auckland house fire 'lucky to be alive'
The Fire Service says a mother and four children rescued from a burning house in west Auckland are incredibly lucky to be alive. Seven people were treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns. [more]

Security warning issued over home computers
A warning has been issued about a rising risk of hackers gaining control of home computers. There has been a sharp rise in security breaches in New Zealand. [more]

River boarding director remanded over tourist death
The director of a Queenstown river boarding company has been remanded again in court over the death of a British tourist. [more]

Meat imports into American Samoa can be uplifted from port from tomorrow
Three local supermarkets in American Samoa will finally be able to have their shipments of meat products from Australia and New Zealand released from the dock tomorrow. Their meat orders... [more]

Claims simmering religious tension behind assault on Solomon Islands priest
A church leader in Solomon Islands says an assault on an Anglican priest by a Muslim man is a result of simmering tensions between the two religious communities. But the... [more]

Network aims to fight the prevalence of malaria in the Pacific
Australia is hosting the launch of a new network to fight Malaria in the Asia-Pacific region. Among the ten countries attending the Brisbane launch are Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, that... [more]

National Council of Women in Solomon Islands call on women to help flood victims
The National Council of Women in Solomon Islands is calling on women to help victims in the flood affected areas of Guadalcanal and Savo Island. Weeks of rain has caused... [more]

Fiji workers called on to speak out about deferral of minimum wage increase
The chairman of Fiji's Wages Council says workers need to speak out against moves to defer a much needed minimum wage rise for nine industries. Father Kevin Barr says the... [more]

French Polynesian call for new electoral system as second government falls in 10 months
French Polynesia's president, Gaston Tong Sang, who resigned over the weekend, has written to Paris asking President Nicolas Sarkozy for the territory to be given a new electoral system to... [more]

Smelter offers unpaid leave to avoid job cuts
Invercargill City Council says changes at the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter show the recession has arrived in Southland. [more]

Literacy programme hailed as success
A New Zealand programme to improve literacy levels among Maori and Pacific Island children is being hailed as a significant international breakthough. [more]

Council concerns over Filipino nurses defended
The union for nurses is defending the New Zealand Nursing Council against allegations it is unfairly targeting migrants from the Philippines. [more]

Boatie believed to have drowned
Police in Taranaki fear a man has drowned after he apparently fell overboard from a small boat at the weekend. [more]

Kinloch tussock blaze under control
A scrub fire at Kinloch, north of Taupo, has been brought under control. [more]

Councillor criticised over sports centre appeal
Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says a city councillor who has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court against a proposed indoor sports centre has abused his position. [more]

Retrial begins into fatal beating of teenager
A retrial of a man accused of beating a South Auckland teenager to death has begun at the High Court in Auckland. [more]

Team NZ head into final; after loss
Team New Zealand will go into the final the Louis Vuitton Pacific series being sailed on Auckland's Waitemata harbour with confidence bruised by a decisive loss in the last race of ... [more]

State Twenty20 match moved from Oamaru to Dunedin
The State Twenty20 match between Otago and Auckland scheduled to be played at Oamaru on Friday has been moved to Dunedin's the University Oval. The late change has been jointly ... [more]

Stacey Jones poised for Warriors comeback
The Warriors halfback Stacey Jones is poised to play for the club for the first time in nearly 13 hundred days in Thursday night's opening National Rugby League trial match in ... [more]

Italy beat France in ill-tempered fed Cup tie
Italy has beaten a bitter French tennis team to set up a Fed Cup semi-final clash with defending champions Russia. Italy's Flavia Pennetta was given a verbal warning and ... [more]

Further change to New Zealand Sevens squad
Taranaki's Ben Souness has replaced the injured captain DJ Forbes in the New Zealand Sevens squad which leaves Wellington tonight for the next tournament in San Diego. Chad Tuoro of ... [more]

Baseball reeling over latest steroid scandal
A sense of shock and disappointment has been voiced across the United States in the wake of a report that Alex Rodriguez, baseball's highest paid player, tested positive for steroids ... [more]

Watney overhauls Rollins to win at Torrey Pines
The American golfer Nick Watney has clinched his second PGA Tour title, overhauling countryman John Rollins to win the Buick Invitational in San Diego by one shot. Watney was five strokes ... [more]

Leading Fiji lawyer sought over unpaid court costs
The Fiji Solicitor General is seeking the payment of court costs from the President of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu. In a statement Christopher Pryde says court costs of... [more]

Japan gives aid for Solomon Islands flood victims
Japan has given Solomon Islands 103 thousand US dollars in disaster relief following the flooding on Guadalcanal and Savo. At least ten people died in the flooding. The assistance, through... [more]

Guam increasingly concerned at delays in preparations for US troops move from Okinawa
A Guam senator says the territory is being left in an untenable position by Japanese and United States officials over the move of 8000 marines from Okinawa to Guam by... [more]

Solomons' reveals plan to try and rid the country of malaria
The Solomon Islands government welcomes a new network to help fight malaria in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia is hosting the launch of the new initiative this week, which aims to... [more]

No sign of oil after Nelson spill, say authorities
There is no sign of oil left after a spill in Nelson harbour early on Monday, according to authorities. [more]

Tramper still pinching himelf after mountain fall
A tramper who fell 20 metres down a mountain in the Fiordland National Park says he still cannot believe he is alive. [more]

Marlborough tinder-dry, warns fire boss
The Marlborough province is a tinderbox, with conditions similar to 2000 when a fire burned through the Wither Hills behind Blenheim, the rural fire chief warns. [more]

Council supports bid to extend mushroom operation
Waikato Regional Council is supporting a bid by New Zealand Mushrooms to extend the operation of its controversial composting plant near Morrinsville until the end of next year. [more]

Grim US data causes NZ dollar to rise
The New Zealand dollar is up again after grim economic figures were issued in the United States. [more]

Mixed start to week for markets
Markets in the Asia-Pacific region were mixed at the start of the trading week. [more]

Barclays reports good start to year
British bank Barclays reported a 2008 profit of Stg 6.1 billion, ahead of analysts' forecasts but was down 14% on the year after Stg 5 billion of writedowns. [more]