Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 11th 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, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written - 'Step into my world'
For Roman Travers the best song ever written is 'Step into my world' by English band 'Hurricane #1'. [more]

Link 3 music quiz
Our music quiz where you find the links between the songs we play. [more]

Dogs in cars
The SPCA is warning of the harm the heat can do to pets, in particular dogs, who are left locked in their owners' cars. [more]

Les Miserables
Les Miserables, also known as Les Miz is the musical based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. [more]

He Rourou
Ana Tapiata talks to Levi Bristowe who refers to the legend and its relevance to the recent Queer Youth Hui in Wellington. [more]

Feature Album - 'Pink Moon'
Pink Moon is the 3rd and final album from British singer songwriter Nick Drake. [more]

Mr I.T. Hamish MacEwan
Hamish is back with the latest techno stories, Google Latitude, Hitachi highlights gesture-controlled HD TV. [more]

Auckland Story -"Graffiti Busters"
Removing graffiti is a million dollar business these days, particularly on Auckland extensive motorway system. [more]

Science story - Charles Darwin
Veronika Meduna, discusses one of the more frequent criticisms of evolution - that it is just a theory. [more]

The panel (part 1)
Sue Wells and Julia Hartley Moore join Noelle on the panel today. [more]

The panel (part 2)
Sue Wells and Julia Hartley Moore join Noelle on the panel today. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 11 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 11 February 2009
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

Government reveals measures to stimulate economy
New schools and 69 state houses will be built and five large state-highway projects fast-tracked under the Government's package. [more]

Thousands of firefighters continue to fight bushfires
About three thousand Australian firefighters are continuing to fight several bushfires in the state of Victoria. [more]

Kinglake survivor Arwin Taylor
At least 39 people died when the fires ripped through Kinglake, a mountain town north east of Melbourne [more]

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

Exit polls suggest Israel's ruling party in lead
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and her rival Benjamin Netanyahu have both declared victory in Israel's election. [more]

Haka, Ka Mate intellectual property of Ngati Toa
Ngati Toa and seven other iwi in the bottom of the North Island and top of the South have received the settlement. [more]

Regional council confirms funding for Dunedin stadium
The Otago Regional Council has voted to confirm provisional funding of $37.5 million for the new stadium in Dunedin. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Education big winner in infrastructure package
Overall more than 216 million of the 500 million dollar infrastructure package has been tagged for education projects. [more]

Worldwide economic recession
Some newspapers have published top 10 lists of whom they say should step up and take the rap and banks often feature. [more]

NZ fire team prepares to fly to Victoria
NZ firefighters will head to Australia on Friday to help fight the bushfires in Victoria which have killed at least 181 people. [more]

Questions over advice given to Australia fire victims
Questions are being asked about whether the advice to stay and defend your property or make a run for it. [more]

Infrastructure package tinkering around the edges - Labour
Finance Minister Bill English says the Government knows it's beyond it's power to turn around the recession on its own. [more]

Human Rights Tribunal fine former caregiver
The Human Rights Tribunal has fined a former caregiver 40-thousand dollars for playing sex games with a disabled teenager. [more]

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

State housing to benefit from infrastructure package
More than a $100m will be spent upgrading 10 thousand state houses with 20 million dollars spent on 69 new houses. [more]

Southland windfarm opponents drop appeal
Graeme Purches from Trustpower says the appeal should never have been lodged in the first place. [more]

Exit polls suggest Israel's ruling party has won the most seats
According to exit polls Israel's Kadima party has won the most seats in the country's general election followed by Likud. [more]

Senate passes US economic stimulus bill
The United States Senate has voted to pass a $US838 billion economic rescue plan [more]

Massive rescue operation to save Dolphins
Volunteers and fishermen in the Philippines have been carrying out a massive rescue operation to save at least 200 dolphins. [more]

Navy diving cancelled after Sydney Harbour shark attack
In Australia an elite navy diver has had emergency surgery after fighting off a shark in Sydney Harbour. [more]

John Key's Cast
At the Beehive today the successful bidder, Wellington man Ganesh Cherian was thanked by John Key. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 11 February 2009
Victorian fires, US bailout, Gangs bill, MP wages freeze. [more]

Tieke - The Saddleback
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Victoria Fires
Authorities fear many victims of the bushfires will have been burnt beyond recognition. [more]

Climate change
Scientists meeting in Wellington say new research shows many coastal cities could be endangered by rising sea levels. [more]

Pacific News for 11 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Victoria Fires (part 2)
The death toll from the Victorian bush fires continues to climb as more bodies are found and identified. [more]

Victoria fires (part 3)
Causing most concern this morning is the Murrindindi fire near Alexandra, just 90 kilometres north-east of Melbourne. [more]

Fires investigation
A Royal Commission, announced earlier this week, is to investigate the tragedy. [more]

US bailout package
President Obama's 8-hundred billion dollar stimulus plan has passed the vote in the Senate. [more]

Gangs bill in Parliament
The Gangs and Organised Crime Bill passed its first reading by 108 votes to 14 under urgency in Parliament last night. [more]

MP wage freeze
The Governor General has joined MPs in pleading with the Remuneration Authority not to award him a pay rise. [more]

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

UK banks apologise
Four former bank executives have been forced to apologise for their role in Britain's financial crisis. [more]

Development plan
John Key will outline details this morning of a half billion dollar infrastructure development plan. [more]

Fire survivors
Evacuees from the weekend's devastating Victorian bush fires are returning home today. [more]

NZ cops to help in Victoria
A team of New Zealand police forensic experts leaves for Australia today to help with victim identification. [more]

Auckland's power problems
The Auckland City Council is gearing up to launch a lobbying offensive, and push for upgrades to the electricity network. [more]

DNA legislation
MPs have begun debating a bill which will give the authorities new powers to take DNA from anyone charged. [more]

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

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

Israeli elections
Voting is still underway in what's tipped to be a very tight election for Israel's parliament, the Knessett. [more]

Tax relief for small business
Last night a bill enacting tax changes for those businesses passed its first reading with unanimous support. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Water prices
Christchurch residents have told their council they don't want to pay more for water. [more]

Dolphin stranding
More than two hundred dolphins have beached themselves on Manila Bay in the Philippines. [more]

It's not OK
burly blokes on bikes have been attracting attention around the country as the bearers of an anti family violence message. [more]

Julie Jay
Julie Jay's husband has been made redundant as a result of the recession. They may have to sell assets to survive. [more]

Nights

African funk
Seun kuti comes to WOMAD with his father's,Fela Kuti's band Egypt '80. [more]

Gallery ( Art )
Emma Bugden discusses definitions in art [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Victoria fires
Jennifer Williams is the chief executive of the Royal Alfred Hospital and Phil Koperberg a former Fire Chief. [more]

Government infrastructure package
Parliament chief reporter Jane Patterson joins us to provide details of the stimulus package. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
The terrible cost of the Victoria bushfires. [more]

Feature guest - Daniel Tammet
Daniel is a high functioning austistic savant. His new book Embracing the Wide Sky - the enormous potential of your mind. [more]

Book Review - Land of Marvels
Written by Barry Unsworth. Reviewed by Graham Beattie. Published by Hutchinson. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
This week Marty looks at the solo work of David Byrne. [more]

Law
With Wellington Barrister and legal commentator Robert Lithgow. [more]

Film Review - Graeme Tuckett
Today Graeme reviews the new Tom Cruise film, The Map Reader and Milk. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 11 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Hans Georg Wimmer
German baritone currently in Auckland to perform two concerts with Bach Musica. [more]

Agathe Andre
French Film Festival manager talks about this year's programme which opens in Wellington tonight. [more]

News stories:

Chappell-Hadlee series goes to a decider
The Chappell-Hadlee one day cricket series will go to a decider in Brisbane on Friday after Australia drew level with a comfortable win in game four last night in Adelaide. ... [more]

Hiddink can talk to Chelsea
The English football club Chelsea have been granted permission by Russia to speak to national team coach Guus Hiddink about becoming their temporary manager. The position is vacant after Chelsea ... [more]

Hurricanes without 2 All Blacks for opener
The Hurricanes will be without 2 of their All Blacks for their opening Super 14 rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Wellington on Saturday night. Hooker Andrew ... [more]

Back on the water today weather permitting
It's back to the water today, weather permitting, as organisers try to complete the knockout stages of the Louis Vuitton Pacific sailing Series. Little progress was made yesterday in finding who ... [more]

Wins first up for NZ tennis players
The New Zealand tennis players Rubin Statham and Dan King-Turner have both won their first round matches at an Australian Futures Tournament in Mildura. Statham beat a played ranked 46 places ... [more]

Wednesday's newspaper headlines
Historic South Island treaty deal; Australia starts quest for answers over bushfire toll; Dunedin stadium work could start in June. [more]

Fiji team waiting on a visa application decision to visit New Zealand
Fiji's national under-21 netball team is waiting to learn whether their travel visa to New Zealand will be accepted in order to take part in the Pre-World Championship tournament in... [more]

Congressional delegation will visit Guam next week to discuss relocation of troops
A congressional delegation will visit Guam next week to discuss the proposed relocation of 8,000 Marines and 9,000 dependents from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. The delegation will also conduct a... [more]

UBS posts record loss, cuts jobs
Switzerland's biggest bank UBS said it lost about $US17 billion dollars in 2008, the largest full-year loss in Swiss corporate history, and announced it would cut another 2,000 jobs. [more]

GM to cut 10,000 jobs, reduce pay
General Motors Corp will slash its global salaried work force by 14%, this year and impose pay cuts on most remaining white-collar US workers. [more]

New appointment to Tonga's Rugby Union Board challenged in court
Tonga's national court has heard a challenge to the recent appointment of the board of the Tonga Rugby Union. Broadcaster Sangster Saulala was elected as chairman of the board at... [more]

Missing Belgian hiker in Solomon Islands found alive
A missing Belgian hiker has been found alive and well in Solomon Islands ending fears he had become the 11th person to die in widespread flooding. Solomon Islands police yesterday... [more]

Fiji Labour Party leader says technical team may not meet Forum's May deadline
The leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, says he doesn't think the United Nations/Commonwealth Secretariat team currently in the country will be able to help the interim government... [more]

Fiji metservice says last month's weather was wettest in over a century
The Fiji metservice says last month was the wettest January in over a century for parts of Fiji. The director of Meteorology, Rajendra Prasad, told the Fijilive website that some... [more]

Talks on refugees and asylum seekers held in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands is holding discussions about the country's future dealing with refugees and asylum seekers. The UNHCR and the Solomon Islands government are holding a seminar on the issue, as... [more]

American Samoa Government tries to reverse a High Court ruling
The American Samoa Government has made two efforts to try and reverse a High Court ruling last Friday which stopped the administration from sending MV Sili and MV Manuatele to... [more]

Fiji Bus Operators Association welcomes move to stop a decrease in bus fares
A lawyer representing the Fiji Bus Operators Association welcomes the interim government's move to stop a decrease in bus fares, and says an urgent review of bus fares is now... [more]

Tax changes bill passes first reading
A bill enacting tax changes to help small businesses has passed its first reading in Parliament unanimously. [more]

Sea level rise predicted
Scientists meeting in Wellington say new research shows hundreds of coastal cities could be in danger from rising sea levels. [more]

Third Kiwi qualifies for British Open
There'll be at least three New Zealand golfers in the field for this year's British Open championship. 24 year Josh Geary will join automatic qualifiers Michael Campbell and Mark Brown ... [more]

Testing again ahead of F1 season
Finland's Heikki Kovalainen had his first proper taste of McLaren's new MP4-24 formula one car at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain in a test which also highlighted Red Bull's ... [more]

President Obama comments on US sports latest drugs bust
The confession yesterday of the New York Yankees baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez that he'd taken performance-enhancing drugs early in his career has prompted President Barack Obama to comment on ... [more]

Terry shocked at Scolari's sacking
The Chelsea football captain John Terry says he was extremely surprised by the sacking of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Speaking at a news conference before England's friendly against Spain in ... [more]

New Zealand foreign minister to visit Samoa
The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, will fly to Samoa today for a two-day visit. He is due to meet the Head of State, the Prime Minister, and several... [more]

China's ambassador to Tonga walks out of regional conference in Tonga
The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's regional conference in Tonga has been marred by a diplomatic incident which saw China's ambassador to Tonga, Fan Quijing, walk out of... [more]

French newspaper says police wrote letter found in Flosse home in Paris
A French newspaper says a controversial and incriminating letter found by police last year in the possession of French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, was a fake which had been... [more]

Palau's export tax an obstacle to fishing joint ventures
Palau fishing officials have told Philippine companies about their hefty tax on tuna exports with many Filipino operators saying it will be hard to invest in the tuna rich nation. [more]

Honolulu taxpayers face more hefty taxes
Honolulu taxpayers can expect to shell out hundreds of dollars more each year in taxes and government fees as many in the state of Hawaii scramble to maintain revenues during... [more]

CNMI administration revises down revenue projections
The Fitial administration in the Northern Marianas has revised down its revenue projections after Northwest Airlines' decision to use smaller aircraft and cancel nighttime flights from Japan. The head of... [more]

Muggy conditions continue in Auckland, Northland
MetService says the humid conditions causing Auckland and Northland residents grief are likely to remain in place for two more days. [more]

Business group in Samoa says govt should spend millions on stimulus package
The President of the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters Papali'i Grant Percival estimates that the Samoa government should spend at least 93 million US dollars in a stimulus package... [more]

US stocks plunge after bank rescue plan unveiled
US stocks plunged on Tuesday as markets gave a thumbs-down to a plan unveiled by President Barack Obama's administration to stabilise the financial system. [more]

Cocoa, copra top earners again in Solomon Islands
Cocoa and copra producers have again made a record-breaking achievement last year, earning a combined 32 million US dollars in export earnings. Moses Pitakia Pelomo, general manager of Commodities Export... [more]

CNMI Governor says bill's passage will result in payless paydays
The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has vetoed the proposed Fiscal Year 2009 budget. Governor Benigno Fitial cited a number of concerns that had been overlooked by... [more]

Samoa pensioners get an increase
Samoa's National Provident Fund or NPF has implemented a 7-percent increase to the monthly pension of retirees bringing the total to 55 US dollars per pensioner. A statement from the... [more]

PNG mining company holds programme for women
In a bid to encourage more women to join its male-dominated workforce, the Tolukuma gold mine in Papua New Guinea has embarked on a programme to train women as heavy... [more]

FSM signs a deal to connect with Guam
The Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation has signed a deal with cable manufacturer Tyco Telecommunications to construct a submarine fibre-optic cable connecting Micronesia to Guam. The Marianas Variety newspaper... [more]

Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission attracts public interest
The director of Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission says there is a lot of public interest in its work as the country discusses how much reform should be enacted ahead... [more]

PNG tribal fight kills five in Eastern Highlands
Five Papua New Guinea villagers have been shot dead in a tribal fight, just days after government ministers visited the area urging an end to the fighting. The dawn raid... [more]

Fiji's Rabaka trial hears of torture and sex abuse by soldiers
A court in Fiji has heard about torture and abuse by soldiers standing trial over the killing of teenager, Sakiusa Rabaka, more than two years ago. The Fiji Times quotes... [more]

Conditions for GM field trials tightened
Biosecurity New Zealand has revoked Plant and Food Resarch's approval to carry out field trials of genetically modified brassicas near Lincoln and tightened conditions relating to the trials. [more]

Cattle semen exports to EU resume
New Zealand cattle semen exports to the European Union have resumed after being blocked two years ago over concerns about facilities and verification practices. [more]

Indonesian police detain five people over killing in Timika
Police in the Indonesian region of Papua have detained five people for allegedly beating to death the leader of the Beoga tribe in Timika on Friday. Papua Police Chief, Bagus... [more]

Missed Fiji bus fare drop regretted
Fiji's Consumer Council has criticised the interim government for stopping a 10-percent drop in bus fares. On Monday, many bus users were expecting the fare drop which had been approved... [more]

Solomon Islands government monitoring impact of global financial crisis
The Solomon Islands government is assuring the public it is managing the impact of the global financial crisis. The Finance Minister, Snyder Rini, says the government is monitoring the economic... [more]

Lobbying intense ahead of tomorrow's French Polynesian presidential election
There is intense lobbying in French Polynesia ahead of tomorrow's scheduled election of a new president - the third such election since last February when voters chose a new assembly... [more]

New Zealand/Samoa talks to focus in sustainable development
The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says his Government's emphasis on sustainable economic development will be a key matter discussed during this week's visit to Samoa. Mr McCully is... [more]

North Island shellfish warning lifted
A health warning about toxins in shellfish along a large section of the North Island's east coast has been lifted. [more]

Hot weather sparks increase in health problems
Sweltering temperatures are believed to be behind a rise in health problems in Auckland. [more]

Missing post being delivered
New Zealand Post expects to deliver by Wednesday all the mail that a Wellington postie is accused of failing to deliver. [more]

Charges for excess water use not favoured
Some Christchurch residents say they will not support a council suggestion that charges could be introduced for excess water use. [more]

Council warns of potential electriticity problems
A report prepared for the Auckland City Council says lessons from previous power cuts seem to have been ignored, and warns of disastrous consequences if there is a fault. [more]

MPs back salary-freeze proposal
Parliament on Tuesday unanimously backed a Green Party call for a one-year freeze on MPs' salaries. [more]

More pull out of Kiwisaver payments, say providers
Fund managers providing the savings scheme, Kiwisaver, say more and more people are pulling out of payments on grounds of economic hardship. [more]

Anti-gang bill passes first reading
Legislation giving police more power to act against criminal gangs passed its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday. [more]

Southland windfarm opponents drop appeal
An appeal to the Environment Court against Trustpower's proposed 240 megawatt Kaiwera Downs windfarm near Gore has been withdrawn. [more]

Flooding clean-up under way in Palmerston North
The clean-up from flooding in Palmerston North will cost ratepayers $100,000, according to a council official. The storm dumped almost 100mm of rain in five hours. [more]

Final search for fisherman amid shark warning
Police in New Plymouth will carry out a final search for a missing fisherman believed to have fallen overboard amid reports of a large white pointer shark in the area. [more]

Central Bank working with Solomons government to tackle global financial crisis
The Solomon Islands Central Bank Governor says it is working closely with the government to tackle the challenges created by the global financial crisis. Denton Rarawa's comments follow the government's... [more]

Pacific Aids Foundation welcomes police move to fight AIDS
The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation based in the Cook Islands is supporting a move by police officials in 21 Pacific countries who plan to help fight the spread of AIDS. [more]

Solomons summons labelled intimidation and threat to media freedom
A former Solomon Islands politician says moves by a Government agency to have journalists divulge their sources is intimidation and a threat to media freedom. Alfred Sasako, who has also... [more]

Niue premier survives no confidence vote
The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, has easily survived a vote of no confidence brought by MP, Terry Coe. Mr Coe says he wanted to raise concerns about the administration's... [more]

Solomons Red Cross says 7,000 still affected by flooding aftermath
The Solomon Islands Red Cross estimates 7,000 people in Guadalcanal are still affected after floods engulfed the province nearly two weeks ago. The floods claimed ten lives and most parts... [more]

Teen charged after accidental shooting in Hamilton
An 18-year-old has been arrested on a firearms charge following the accidental shooting of a teenager in the Hamilton suburb of Chartwell. [more]

Regional council confirms funding for Dunedin stadium
The Otago Regional Council has voted to confirm provisional funding of $37.5 million for the planned development of a new stadium for Dunedin. [more]

Toxic algae found in Canterbury river
Health officials are warning people not to go into a North Canterbury river because of harmful toxic algae. [more]

Wellington council says no to fare increase
Price rises on Wellington public transport look unlikely this year after a Wellington Regional Council committee decided against a fare increase. [more]

Black Caps need to adjust and skipper needs to step up
Coming to grips with a bouncier, faster Gabba pitch in Brisbane may well be the key to New Zealand winning Friday's Chappell Hadlee one day cricket decider against Australia. Batsman ... [more]

Alinghi pip BMW Oracle in opening race
America's Cup holders Alinghi have stolen a win in the opening Louis Vuitton Challenger series final race against arch rivals BMW Oracle, on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. The Russell Coutts skippered ... [more]

Campbell eyes N.Z. Open as comeback
Golf's former US Open winner Michael Campbell says he's targeting next months New Zealand Open as his comeback tournament after spending three months out of the game with a shoulder ... [more]

Blues coach says it's too soon to play Blackie
The Blues rugby coach Pat Lam says it wouldn't be fair bringing new flanker Josh Blackie straight into the starting line up for Friday's night's Super 14 opener against the ... [more]

Birmingham City managing director arrested over alleged football corruption in England
Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady has been arrested by London police investigating alleged corruption in English soccer. Brady, who was also arrested last April along with the club's ... [more]

Sacked Chelsea manager to recieve compensation
The English Premier League club Chelsea has confirmed they have agreed on a compensation package with sacked Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and his assistants. Although no details were given, ... [more]

Final arguments over America's Cup goes before New York State of
Backers of two-time defending America's Cup champion Alinghi and rival Oracle have made their final legal cases in New York in a complex yachting case now sailing into a ... [more]

Will Becham play for England against Spain?
England coach Fabio Capello has not decided whether David Beckham will play in tomorrow morning's friendly against Spain. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has been in good form during his ... [more]

Isinbayeva does deal with Chinese sportswear retailer
Russian Olympic champion and pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva has reportedly agreed a million-dollar contract with China's largest sportswear retailer. The agreement, worth 2.8 million dollars annually for ... [more]

Brazil tennis hires Sanchez Vicario
The former Spain Davis Cup captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario has been hired to reinvigorate Brazilian tennis. Sanchez Vicario, who last year led Spain to the Davis Cup title against Argentina, ... [more]

X-Games gold medalist dies
X Games gold medallist Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross racer, has died of head injuries after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. 24-year-old Lusk, was injured ... [more]

NZ fire team prepares to fly to Victoria
New Zealand firefighters will head to Australia on Friday to help fight the bushfires in Victoria which have killed at least 181 people. [more]

Iwi to receive $300m Treaty settlement
Three iwi groupings from the upper South Island and lower North Island will receive $300 million in a Treaty of Waitangi settlement. For the first time, an iwi has been given intellectual property rights to New Zealand's famous haka. [more]

Rare tuatara returned to island
The Department of Conservation is to release 14 tuatara of rare Cuvier Island descent back to their ancestral home on Wednesday. [more]

Money from PM's cast auction given to charity
Money raised from an auction of Prime Minister John Key's arm cast has been given to a charity which funds eye operations. [more]

Police taking a bigger role in promoting AIDS awareness in Pacific
The New Zealand Aids Foundation's Pacific branch says a new programme to be created by police in the Pacific will signficantly raise awareness about HIV and AIDS Twenty one Pacific... [more]

Solomons Red Cross says relief now reaching most victims of flooding
The Solomon Islands' Red Cross says aid workers have now been able to get through to about 7000 flood victims to distribute relief supplies. The floods claimed ten lives nearly... [more]

Former Solomons Cabinet Minister angry at Commission's summons for journalists
A former politician in Solomon Islands is accusing the country's leadership code commission of intimidation and violation of media freedom. The leadership code commission has summoned two journalists, who had... [more]

China strengthens ties with Fiji
China has strengthened its ties with Fiji finalising agreements to fund Fiji developments worth millions of dollars. During a brief stopover in Nadi this week China's Vice-President Xi Jinping was... [more]

Ahead of tomorrow's French Polynesian presidential election opposition pact in doubt
There is intense lobbying in French Polynesia ahead of tomorrow's scheduled election of a new president - the third such election since last February when voters chose a new assembly... [more]

More women getting tattoos than men, survey shows
A survey has revealed that one in every five adult New Zealanders is tattooed - and more women than men are going under the needle. [more]

Caregiver fined for inappropriate sex acts
The Human Rights Tribunal has fined a caregiver $40,000 for inappropriate sexual behaviour with a disabled teenager who was in his care. [more]

NZ, Australian markets lower
The New Zealand and Australian markets were down on Wednesday. [more]