Radio New Zealand - Monday, 16th February 2009

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Eight Months to Mars - Tim Spite
He has starred in more than seventy stage shows and has won 13 Awards, including Best Designer and Best New Director. [more]

Online Shopping
Studies in the United States show recession shoppers are helping online retailers and discounters ring in healthy earnings. [more]

Talking Cars
Cars that talk to each other and direct their drivers away from danger are set to be unleashed on the roads as early as 2012. [more]

He Rourou for 16 February 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Ministry advisor Wi Keelan about the Ngati Raukawa scholar, who's currently studying medicine. [more]

This Way Up Feature - The Yoyo
Simon Morton with a story about the yoyo toy, which as your about to find out, has an amazing history. [more]

Environment Story - Tuna Tagging
In an effort to find out where these huge fish travel to, Auckland University PhD student Tim Sippell has been out tagging. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Garry Moore and David Farrar. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Garry Moore and David Farrar. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 16 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Midday Business News for 16 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Meridian Energy and DoC's Secret Deal
The Department of Conservation says it totally rejects that its silence was bought by Meridian over the project. [more]

Overstayer Wins Appeal
An Iranian overstayer and hunger stiker has won his six and half year fight to stay in New Zealand. [more]

Fisher and Paykel Shares Plunge
Shares have plunged 35% after the company warned that the global recession has halved its full year profit. [more]

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

Boot Camps
The government has revealed more details of its plans to have some of the country's worst young offenders in Boot Camps. [more]

Pressure on the Services Sector
The services sector posted its worst-ever monthly result in January. [more]

Rugby League Report
The current NZRL board has agreed to step down in the wake of a report. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Whakapapa Ski Village Arson
It's been confirmed an arsonist caused the fire at Whakapapa ski village on Friday night, which destroyed two buildings. [more]

Victoria Arsonist Charged
A man who has been charged with starting one of Victoria's fatal fires remained in his cell during his court appearance today. [more]

Hugo Chavez Wins Referendum
The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, has won a referendum vote that scraps term limits. [more]

John Key Signals Potential Bail Outs
The Prime Minister, John Key, has signalled the Government could take an ownership stake in iconic New Zealand companies. [more]

Hawkes Bay Wind Farm Hearing
A $500,000,000 windfarm proposed for southern Hawkes Bay, has attracted almost 400 submissions. [more]

East Timor Medals Presented
Six peacekeeping medals have been awarded to members of the Defence Force and Police today at Premier House in Wellington. [more]

Government Leaders Talks
Mr Key and Jose Ramos-Horta met for talks at the Beehive this afternoon. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 February 2009
News from the business sector. [more]

Victorian Bush Fires Damage
Police in Austalia say they won't update Victoria's bushfire death toll until they're sure about the identities of new remains. [more]

New Crash Technique
An innovative new rescue technique for removing crash victims trapped in their cars is being trialed by fire crews. [more]

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

Japan's Economic Woes
Japan's economics minister has warned the country faces the worst economic crisis since the Second World War. [more]

Credit Card Review
A review is underway to decide whether credit card companies will get greater access to New Zealanders' financial details. [more]

Bush Fire Prevention
A scheme credited with cutting the number of deliberately lit fires in South Australia is being touted for Victoria. [more]

Fire Resistant Houses
In Australia questions are being raised about the conditions under which people should be allowed to rebuild their homes. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pacific News
The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs has called for business leaders to attend a Pacific economic summit this week. [more]

Sri Lanka's Elections
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition government has scored a victory in recent elections. [more]

Cancer Research
Researchers into cancer believe they are one step closer to making people's own immune systems fight the disease. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 February 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 16 February 2009
Top stories from Morning Report. [more]

Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Copyright act
The war of words over the Copyright Act is intensifying. [more]

Pacific News for 16 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Morning Rural News for 16 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Mortgagee sales are rising and property sales falling. [more]

Meridian Energy and DoC's secret deal
The deal promised money if the Department of Conservation didn't object to a controversial wind farm. [more]

Foreign firefighters
New Zealand firefighters begin work on the Victorian frontline this morning as Australia's bushfire crisis enters its ninth day. [more]

Melanoma trial
An international trial of a new melanoma fighting drug is to about to begin in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. [more]

Bain hearing
David Bain's attempt to have his retrial on murder charges thrown out starts this morning in the High Court in Christchurch. [more]

Housing 2
Eric Frykberg reports on mortgagee sales are rising and property sales falling. [more]

Ski field fire
Police are sifting through the ashes of a pair of buildings destroyed by fire at New Zealand's largest ski field. [more]

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

Afghanistan review
Afghanistan says it will take part in a major US review of the war on terrorism. [more]

League report
A report that's expected to be highly critical of the management of New Zealand Rugby League is due out later today. [more]

Marrow donor problems
A young man with a life threatening blood condition is appealing to the Chinese community for a compatible bone marrow donor. [more]

Conservation Minister Tim Groser and Jeannette Fitzsimons
Meridian Energy promised the Department of Conservation money, if it didn't object to the controversial Project Hayes wind farm. [more]

New Zealand fire fighters in Australia
The New Zealand fire fighters in Victoria begin work on the bushfire front line this morning. [more]

NZ First conference
The political future of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters remains unclear. [more]

Oyster breeding
Scientific work in Nelson is about to be accelerated with the construction of a large new oyster hatchery. [more]

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

Masterton air travel
For the residents of the Wairarapa commercial air travel out of the region via Masterton's airport is now a reality. [more]

Journalism jobs
Journalism graduates are among those having difficulty finding work. [more]

Godwits vs kite surfers
A Northland bird watcher's concerned godwits could die on their migratory flight to Alaska thanks to kite surfers. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

What the cat dragged in
Electronic tracking will test the theory that Britain's 9 million feline pets slay 150 million animals a year. [more]

Australian correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
The koala caught in the bush fire has found a partner also affected by the fires. [more]


The Weight of a Mustard Seed
Wendell Steavenson's book 'The Weight of a Mustard Seed' follows the rise and fall of Iraqi General Kamel Sachet. [more]

The Final Whistle - Sport
Joseph Romanos contrasts the days of amateur sports with what defines todays professional sports player. [more]

Clue 1. [more]

Romania Report
Andra Suciu is a freelance journalist based in Bucharest, Romania. [more]

Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Project Hayes windfarm DOC backdown
Dave Witherow, Morgan Williams and Cath Wallace join Kathryn. [more]

Dr Janis Birkeland
Professor Dr Birkeland says that retrofitting existing building is cheaper and more effective than 'carbon neutral' buildings. [more]

Middle East Correspondent - Anita McNaught
Anita McNaught discusses the political situation in Afghanistan from her London base. [more]

Feature Guest - President Jose Ramos Horta
President Jose Ramos Horta has spent most of his 59 years either campaigning for his country's freedom or running it. [more]

Book Review - The Vagrants
Paul Diamond reviews 'The Vagrants' by Yiyun Li. Published by Fourth Estate. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre
Discussion of DoC and Meridian's deal and the possibility of a Mayor of Greater Auckland. [more]

Food and wine
Ray McVinnie has the food, John Hawkesby the accompanying wine. [more]

Tommy Honey - sophist and provocateur
A look at the proposed extensions to the National Library and whether we are embarking on the right infrastructure projects. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 16 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Simon Toyne
Director of London-based Tiffin Boys Choir who are currently touring New Zealand. [more]

Derek Doddington
Director of Christchurch based Top Dog Theatre's outdoor production of Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost'. [more]

News stories:

Aussies win Twenty20- thriller in Sydney
The New Zealand cricketers have ended their Australian tour on a frustrating note, losing last night's Twenty20 match in Sydney by one run. In response to Australia's 150 for 7, ... [more]

Otago and Auckland top Twenty20 competition
Otago sit top of the State Twenty20 cricket championship after scoring a 21 run victory over Northern Districts in Dunedin. Otago made 191 for four after being put into bat... ... [more]

Antigua test restarts at different venue
The England cricketers have gone to lunch at 58 without loss on the first day of the re-started third test against the West Indies in Antigua. The original start two ... [more]

Australia beat NZ in womens cricket
Shelley Nitschke powered Australia to a nine-wicket victory in a rain-affected women's Twenty20 cricket international against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Nitschke and Lisa Sthalekar put on an ... [more]

Ireland beat Italy in Six Nations
Ireland have continued their good start to the Six Nations rugby championship with a flattering 38-9 win over Italy in Rome. Tries either side of halftime by winger Luke Fitzgerald ... [more]

Norwegian picks up 12th biathlon world title
Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen has become the world's most decorated biathlete after re-claiming the men's world pursuit title in South Korea three hours after winning the race, then being demoted ... [more]

NZ to play SA again in IRB quarter-finals
The New Zealand rugby sevens team will again have to overcome South Africa in a quarter-final if they're to succeed in the San Diego round of the IRB sevens series. ... [more]

British great wins second Australian Open
The British great Laura Davies defied tough windy conditions to fire a closing round of 68 to win her second Australian Womens Golf Open yesterday, at the Metropolitan club ... [more]

Zvonareva wins in Thailand
Russian top seed Vera Zvonareva overcame a tough challenge from a battling Sania Mirza to win the Pattaya Open tennis final in straight sets in Thailand. The world number five ... [more]

Hiddink to retire after 2010 World Cup
Russia and Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink says he plans to retire from football after the 2010 World Cup. The 62-year-old Dutchman will manage Premier League Chelsea until the end of ... [more]

Grant keen on Portsmouth job
The former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has told managerless Portsmouth that he would be willing to take over at the struggling English Premier League football club. Grant was sacked by ... [more]

Murray beats Nadal
The British tennis player Andy Murray has claimed his third successive victory over world number one Rafael Nadal to win the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. The 21-year-old Scot came through ... [more]

Old Firm Derby ends in a draw
Celtic and Rangers ground out a dull goalless draw in the Scottish Premier Football League at Parkhead to leave Celtic still two points clear at the top. In a game ... [more]

Loeb wins in Norway
The French Citroen Sebastien Loeb has won the Norwegian Rally, extending his world championship lead with his second victory in two races this season. Loeb finished 9.8 seconds ahead of ... [more]

waitakere win NZFC minor premiership
A dramatic late winner from Fijian striker Roy Krishna crowned Waitakere United as New Zealand Football Championship minor premiers for the third straight time after a 1-nil win over Hawke's ... [more]

Fertiliser prices continue to fall
Fertiliser prices continuue to tumble. Ravensdown has dropped the price of its main superphosphate product to $396 per tonne. [more]

Critical report on NZRL awaited
A report ordered by Sport & Recreation New Zealand that's expected to be highly critical of the management of New Zealand Rugby League is due to be issued on Monday. [more]

New melanoma drug trial to be held
Hospitals in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are to take part in an international trial of a new drug to fight melanoma. [more]

Air New Zealand alters flight schedule to Niue
Air New Zealand has announced changes to its weekly service from Auckland to Niue. From June 27 the airline will depart Auckland on Saturdays not Sundays. The change has been... [more]

American Samoa canneries cutback work days
Both canneries in American Samoa, StarKist Samoa and COS Samoa Packing have reduced working days without any reason being given for the cutbacks. StarKist Company's spokesperson, Mary Sestric, said the... [more]

US-affiliated islands demand recall of US health report
The American-affiliated Pacific Islands have demanded the recall of a scathing United States audit on health care. Local health officials in the six islands were not given a chance to... [more]

Fiji's interim administration says second political dialogue meeting to be held in March
Fiji's interim Attorney General says a second political dialogue meeting will be called for next month to sort out the agenda and terms of reference for the impending President's Dialogue... [more]

Death toll from flooding in Solomons rises to 13
The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands has confirmed that 13 people are now known to have died following the recent flooding on Guadalcanal. Disaster Management officer, Julian Maka'a,... [more]

Biodiesel company pushes ahead with expansion plans
Biodiesel New Zealand is to push ahead with plans to increase capacity fourfold at an existing facility in Christchurch, to four million litres a year. [more]

Police 'strongly suspect' arson behind skifield fires
Police suspect two fires on Mount Ruapehu that caused more than $5 million damage were deliberately lit. [more]

Cross cultural marriages explored
A documentary maker with a cross cultural background is looking at the pros and cons of marrying outside the Maori culture. She says a common theme was whanau boycotting weddings. [more]

Debt being repaid and savings boosted
People are repaying debt and boosting savings as the recession bites in New Zealand. Savings rose markedly during the past year, from $86 billion to $95 billion. [more]

Regulation of mobile termination rates mooted
The Commerce Commission is considering regulating mobile termination rates. It's the commission's third attempt to do so. [more]

Man U and Everton into FA Cup quarter-finals
Premiership front-runners Manchester United have beaten Derby County 4-1 at Pride Park, while Everton beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Goodison Park to reach the quarter-finals of English football's FA Cup. ... [more]

Vidmar given support by Adelaide
Adelaide United bosses have confirmed their full support for Aurelio Vidmar, leaving more questions than answers about the coach's sensational post-major semi-final outburst and the repercussions for the Reds' A-League ... [more]

Israel tennis player denied entry to UAE
The future of the Dubai Open women's tennis tournament may be at risk after Shahar Peer was prevented from competing in the event which started today. The world number 48 ... [more]

Isinbayeva breaks pole vault world record
Russian Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva has extended her own world indoor pole vault record to 5.00 metres at a meeting in Ukraine. Isinbayeva first cleared 4.97 metres to eclipse the ... [more]

DoC and Meridian have secret deal for silence over windfarm
DoC has a secret deal with Meridian Energy in return for its silence over the Project Hayes wind farm in Central Otago. [more]

Fuel prices rated top problem by families
A business lobby group says many families see rising fuel prices as the most serious problem they face as the recession takes hold. [more]

Germany to seek control of bank
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the state will have to take control of Hypo Real Estate. The cabinet is to debate plans this Wednesday to partly nationalise the mortgage lender. [more]

Suez Canal traffic at five-year low
Traffic in the Suez Canal traffic in January was the lowest in five years because of the global financial crisis. Ships are also taking other routes to avoid piracy in the Gulf of Aden. [more]

NZ sevens team beaten in San Diego
The New Zealand rugby sevens team has been beaten 19-7 by South Africa in the quarter-finals of the San Diego leg of the IRB sevens series. South Africa led 12-7 ... [more]

Mortgagee sale listings rising - Trade Me
The number of mortgagee sale listings is rising - according to the Trade Me real estate website. [more]

Draft Copyright Act code of conduct not liked by music industry
The Recording Industry Association says a proposed Code of Conduct for the Copyright Act is stacked in favour of music freeloaders. [more]

Bain team seeks dismissal of murder charges
A final attempt by David Bain to have five charges of murder against him dismissed will be heard in the High Court in Christchurch on Monday morning. [more]

Man hospitalised after robbery-beating
Police in Wellington are investigating an aggravated robbery at a flat on Saturday night when three masked men attacked a man with a baseball bat. [more]

"P" blamed for trail of car thefts
A man linked to the theft of at least 25 cars across the North Island blames a methamphetamine habit for his offending. [more]

Job market worst in 20 years for journalism graduates
Journalism graduates find it is increasingly difficult to find work and the job market is described as the most uncertain in 20 years. [more]

First round win for Erakovic in Memphis
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has won her opening round match at the Memphis WTA Championship in the United States. Erakovic, the 5th seed, beat American Julie Ditty 7-6, ... [more]

Maori edition of Koran out in April
An edition of the Koran in te reo will be launched in April. The translation has taken almost 20 years. [more]

Sweden denies break down in GM, Saab talks
Sweden on Sunday dismissed a TV television report that negotiations between General Motors and the government over the future of Saab have broken down. Saab is owned by GM. [more]

Service sector decline continues
The pace of decline in the services sector increased in January. Business New Zealand says the indications are that worse may lie ahead for the sector. [more]

American Samoans warned about new email scam
American Samoa's Department of Homeland Security has received information about more locals being the target of a new email scam using an address in London to receive money. The department... [more]

Low recognition of marine sanctuary regulations in American Samoa
A meeting in American Samoa on the Management Plan for Fagatele Marine Sanctuary has found that while the corals are in good health, large fish species numbers have dropped. The... [more]

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce rejects another study of wage rise implications
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce President, David Robinson, says it's time for action and not another study. Mr Robinson's comments are in response to news that the US Senate has... [more]

Marshall Island contractor wins infrastructure job in FSM
After a 5 year delay, a Marshall Islands contractor has won a 27.5 million US dollar bid to pave roads and install a sewer system in the Federated States of... [more]

Suva Gospel schools welcome reminder to sing Fiji's national anthem
The manager of three schools in Suva is welcoming a reminder from the Education Ministry of the importance of raising the flag and singing the national anthem every week. The... [more]

Fiji's total exports drop for November
Fiji's total exports decreased by more than 11 million dollars last November to more than 64 million Us dollars. The figures were released in the Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics'... [more]

Lower dividend to be paid by Freightways
Freightways will pay a lower dividend to shareholders despite posting a slight rise in its half year profit. The dividend will be 8 cents per share - 1.5c lower than previously. [more]

$500 million windfarm hearing begins
A hearing began in Dannevirke on Monday for a $500 million windfarm in southern Hawke's Bay. Contact Energy is applying for consent for 65 turbines. [more]

Invincible Resources not a priority for new Bougainville leader
Bougainville's newly elected President James Tanis has distanced himself from a controversial and divisive mining deal struck by his predecessor, the late Joseph Kabui. Mr Tanis says he doesn't see... [more]

Pre-trial hearing begins on execution-style killing
A pre-trial hearing has begun in Manukau District Court for a man accused of an execution-style killing last year. The victim was shot twice in the head and once in the chest. [more]

North Shore residents want council to buy slip properties
Three North Shore residents whose houses are under threat from further landslips want North Shore City Council to buy their properties. [more]

Confusion over census date in Solomon Islands
The government statistician for Solomon Islands says talks are needed to settle on the census date. Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua announced the national population census would take place on... [more]

Dutch academic critical of Indonesian military role in Papua
The author of a controversial report on Papua has criticised Indonesian military tactics in the province. The leading Dutch historian, Professor Pieter Drooglever, says it's not the civil authorities, but... [more]

Better pastoral support expected for Tongan workers under new Australian labour scheme
Tonga's Prime Minister says the new Australian Government seasonal work scheme will provide improved pastoral support for the workers. The first 50 Tongan workers taking part in the scheme left... [more]

Water borne disease the major concern for agencies in wake of destructive Solomons' floods
Aid workers in Solomons Islands are working hard to prevent an outbreak of water-borne illnesses in the flood affected areas of Guadalcanal. Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and seven... [more]

Rugby league must change to survive, review finds
A report into New Zealand Rugby League has found there must be change if the sport is to survive. The league has accumulated losses of $2.2 million and has no cash reserves. [more]

Bain hearing begins
A week of legal argument in the David Bain case began on Monday in the High Court in Christchurch. [more]

Credit privacy code may be changed
A review is under way to decide whether credit companies in New Zealand will get greater access to people's financial details. A group is considering whether the Credit Reporting Privacy Code should be changed. [more]

Prisoner to seek costs over cellphone charger in cell
Prisoner Arthur William Taylor says he will seek court costs if the Court of Appeal upholds a decision over a disciplinary charge involving a cellphone charger found in a briefcase in his cell. [more]

Japanese downturn worst since WWII - minister
Japan faces the worst economic crisis since World War II, says the country's economics minister. [more]

Port Moresby child shoots mother with policeman father's gun
A six-year-old boy has accidentally shot his mother dead with his father's gun at their home in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby. The Post Courier newspaper says the unnamed... [more]

CNMI eyes millions in federal funding through US stimulus package
The Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands could get as much as 96 million US dollars in new federal funds directly from the 787 billion dollar economic stimulus package that... [more]

Tonga Finance Minister defends new arrangement for Ministers' pension
Tonga's Finance Minister Afu'alo Matoto has defended the withdrawal of civil service retirement fund money by government ministers following criticism by the Public Service Association. The PSA says that as... [more]

Papua church leader encourages development of wambad mounds to combat flooding
A Catholic Archbishop in the Papua region of Indonesia, is encouraging people to return to traditional practices to avert natural disasters. Archbishop Nicolaus Adi Saputra of Merauke has suggested people... [more]

Vanuatu weather office warns of flooding and high winds from tropical depression
The Vanuatu meteorological office has advised that a tropical depression is located to the east of the main island, Efate. The system is expected to move to the west southwest... [more]

Agencies in Solomon Islands aim to help flood victims rebuild their gardens
Aid workers in flood-stricken Solomon Islands are planning to distribute fast growing seedlings to the more than 8000 people affected. Thirteen have now been confirmed dead and seven people are... [more]

Cricketers return home looking ahead to India
The New Zealand cricketers have arrived back home looking to put behind them a frustrating tour of Australia, that saw them go close to winning their first one day tournament ... [more]

Beckham says it would be difficult to return to Galaxy
The England footballer David Beckham admits it'll be difficult for him to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy if his permanent move to AC Milan doesn't go ahead. Beckham's on ... [more]

New Zealand win Plate final at San Diego sevens
The New Zealand rugby sevens side have exacted some revenge for their pool loss to Kenya at the San Diego round of the IRB series, beating Kenya 22-7 in the ... [more]

More Pakeha players tipped as a result of league's restructuring
The New Zealand Rugby League chairman Ray Haffenden says better structures and competitions as well as getting former greats involved will help increase participation among Pakeha children. The game's governing ... [more]

England cricketers start well in third test
The England cricket captain Andrew Strauss put the disastrous first test behind him as he struck 169 to lead England to an impressive 301 for three at stumps on the ... [more]

Inter beat Milan in Italian football
Inter Milan defeated bitter local rivals AC Milan 2-1 in a thrilling derby at the San Siro to close in on a fourth straight Italian football title. First half goals ... [more]

Pebble Beach Pro-Am postponed until tomorrow
The final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament has been postponed until tomorrow after no play was possible today because of strong winds and heavy rain. Weather ... [more]

Iranian overstayer allowed to stay
An Iranian overstayer who went on a hunger strike to highlight his quest for refugee status has been allowed to stay in New Zealand. [more]

Tonga leader says seasonal workers who behave and perform will have a great opportunity
Tongans given work under a new Australian Government seasonal labour scheme will have the opportunity to return in subsequent years as long as they meet the conditions of the scheme. [more]

New Zealand market down 70 points
The NZX 50 index shed 70 points on Monday to close at 2680 on turnover of $78 million. [more]

Tongan women lobby for 30% representation in Parliament
Tongan women lobbying for a greater voice in Parliament want a quota of 30 percent political representation. A group of more than 50 women has begun a concerted campaign to... [more]

Fiji's exports slump - business leader says pay cuts or layoffs are likely
Fiji's Chamber of Commerce says a decrease of more than 11 million US dollars in total exports last November is disappointing. New figures released in the Fiji Islands Bureau of... [more]

Tonga Government denies claims of extravagant salary increase for cabinet members
Tonga's Finance Minister has denied that government ministers have approved themselves new pay increases out of line with increases recently applied to civil servants' salaries. This follows criticism from Tonga's... [more]

New Zealand academic produces book looking back at 50 years observation of the Pacific
A new book tells the story of one scholar's over fifty years of studies of the Pacific region. Ray Watter's book "Journeys Towards Progress" is a compilation of essays drawing... [more]

Telecom credit rating under review by Moody's
Telecom is under review by international credit rating agency Moody's Investor Services for a possible downgrade. Telecom's half-year profit was down by 60%. [more]

Arson confirmed at skifield fires
Police have confirmed that arson caused the fires at Whakapapa skifield on Mount Ruapehu skifield that caused damage of $5 million. [more]