Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th February 2009

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

Afternoons

Jim's Essay
More of Jim's thoughts about the battle for the apostrophe. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Lyall McFarlane chose Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin. [more]

Your Place
This week we visit a town designed with weekend holidays in mind, Pauanui. [more]

The best job in the world
More than 20,000 applicants have applied to be caretaker of Great Barrier's Hamilton Island. [more]

He Rourou for 19 February
Ana Tapiata talks to Ministry of Health spokesperson Wi Keelan. [more]

The Arts Report
Lynn Freeman looks at the intensely personal relationship that develops between a moko artist and the recipient. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
Ninety eight year old Jesse Rosier once worked in the kitchen of Michael Joseph Savage. [more]

Science Story with Veronika Meduna
Whitebaiters complain of decline in catch so ecologists are monitoring the recruitment of whitebait in rivers throughout NZ. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Graeme Bell and Michelle Boag. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Graeme Bell and Michelle Boag. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 19 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 19 February 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 19 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Changes to the Resource Management Act passed in Parliament
National promised before the election that it would reform the act as part of it's 100 day plan. [more]

Rex Haig denied compensation for ten years in prison
Mr Haig was convicted for the murder of a crewman in 1994 and that was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2006. [more]

Another Auckland power cut
Power cuts forced businesses in Newmarket to shut up shop this afternoon during the busiest time of day. [more]

Hospital denies wrongdoing over double hip replacement
The Health and Disability Commissioner has issued a report confirming John Gilbert's surgeon made mistakes. [more]

Labour accuses Corrections Minister of risking payout
Barry Matthews' role as head of corrections is in question following a damning report on the Department's operation. [more]

NZ Maori rugby team may play the Springboks
The Race Relations Commissioner has written to the South African Rugby Union urging it to allow the game to go ahead. [more]

Auckland doctor guilty of professional misconduct
She has been found guilty after her patient, who she was in a sexual relationship with, died of a morphine overdose in 2006. [more]

British Business Secretary says words against Starbucks
Lord Mandelson, has launched a foul-mouthed attack on the head of the American coffee chain, Starbucks. [more]

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

Toddler dies in Wellington hospital
A 3 year old girl with head injuries has died in Wellington Hospital but police still can't confirm whether she was attacked. [more]

Immigration agent stunned by actions of officers
He claims immigration took a passport photo of a young New Zealand boy they want to deport with his overstaying parents. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Beckham fails to bring in the bucks
The football match that brought superstar David Beckham to Auckland's being labelled a disaster. [more]

Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Holds Pacific fono
The meeting of about 30 Pacific community representatives and business leaders was held at the Ministry. [more]

Proposed new tenancy laws to be reviewed
Labour and the Greens claim the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill will even the playing field between landlords and tenants. [more]

Obama's initiatives to stop US families losing their ho
President Obama wants to prevent 9 million families from losing everything because they can't pay their mortgages. [more]

Jonathan Eaton, lawyer for Rex Haig
Rex Haig has been denied compensation for spending ten years behind bars, despite his conviction being quashed in 2006. [more]

Airport security review
The aviation industry is divided over the best way of improving security on domestic flights. [more]

More on Auckland power cuts
The Newmarket Business Association is demanding answers after the Auckland suburb suffered a 2nd power cut in only a fortnight. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Hillary Clinton praises Indonesia for its show of democracy
The US Secretary of State spoke in the capital, Jakarta on her Asian tour after talks with her counterpart Hassan Wirajuda. [more]

Diabetes to skyrocket says Minister of Health
Tony Ryall made the remarks at the opening in south Auckland today of the country's largest renal unit. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Negotiations halt after cricket financer fraud
The US authorities have accused Allan Stanford of being involved in a fraud of a massive magnitude. [more]

Recession sees fast food outlets prosper
The news that people's appetite for cheap food is growing has prompted concern among nutritionists. [more]

Radical cleric, Abu Qatada to be deported
He will be returned to Jordan where he has been found guilty of terrorism. [more]

Australian insurance companies raise their premiums
It's estimated that the bushfires alone could cost insurance companies around half a billon dollars. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Pipiwharauroa - The Shining Cuckoo
The pipiwharauroa birdcall [more]

Pacific News for 19 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 19 February 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

'Three strikes and you're out'
Critics said it would take 20 years before the bill had any effect on criminal behaviour. [more]

'Public safety, top priority' - Medical council
Detective Sergeant Andy King who's in charge of the investigation says the sexual assaults were a massive breach of trust. [more]

Paging system for far north firefighters - poor
Rural brigades rely heavily on pagers to call out their volunteers, when there's a fire. [more]

Bailout could come at high price
The Finance Minister Bill English says the Government can't rule out taking over the management of failing businesses. [more]

Pacific leaders meeting in Wellington today
At the centre of discussions will be the vulnerability of low skilled Pacific workers. [more]

Barack Obama has sent 17,000 troops to Afganistan
The US is increasing numbers in Afghanistan to 50 thousand at the same time as it is trying to decrease numbers in Iraq. [more]

Sports News for 19 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Lower Hutt gang members says a meeting won't help
Tomorrow's meeting between Housing New Zealand and the police is nothing more than a free lunch to them. [more]

Sports Broadcaster Tony Veitch makes TV appearance
He is facing seven charges relating to the alleged assault of Kristen Dunne-Powell between 2003 and 2006. [more]

A 5 million dollar a year study under way in Auckland
A new longitudinal study is underway in Auckland following 7-thousand-8-hundred children from pre-birth to adulthood. [more]

It's about partying on in the gathering gloom
Festival organisers around the country are thumbing their noses at the doom filled economic times and pushing ahead. [more]

Governments Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill
The bill would mean mandatory 25 year prison sentences for third time violent or sexual offenders. [more]

Attempts to refloat a cruise ship have failed
Lou Sanson says Antarctica poses unique problems for tourist ship operators. [more]

The American Motor industry demanding more money
It is in talks with European governments and Canada wanting loans. [more]

Follow up on from Monday's Mornign Report
Meridian Energy agreed to pay DOC 175,000 so they can build a huge wind farm in Otago. [more]

US President Barack Obama reveals his Housing Plan
The plan could cost as much as 275 billion US dollars will provide refinancing for 'responsible homeowners'. [more]

Waatea News for 19 February 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Richie Benaud - The king pin of cricket commentary
Will step down from Australia's channel nine commentary team next year after 50 years of TV cricket commentaries. [more]

New Zealand has claimed another international championship
This time in the cut throat world of debating. [more]

Crossword madness
If you're feeling hopelessly out of date take comfort, this is for you. [more]

Nights

Tongan Petroglyphs
Archaeologist Simon Fraser talks about ancient rock carvings found on Tonga's Foa island. [more]

Salty water
Marine Physicist from NIWA Craig Stevens gives an insight into tidal energy and Cooks Strait. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Helen Gatonyi and Andrew King
Government to shake up rental laws. [more]

Douglas Higgins
Fate of the children in Gaza. [more]

Book Review - The Beginner's Guide to Living
By Lia Hills, published by Text Publishing and reviewed by David Hill. [more]

Matthew Parris
UK correspondent. [more]

Feature guest - Tusiata Avia
Samoan New Zealand poet and actress, Tusiata Avia speaks to Kathryn about her new book, 'Bloodclot' among other things. [more]

New Technology
With Colin Jackson, live from Webstock. [more]

Clothes swaps
Inga Boyd and Emma Williams are the organizers of The Big Shwop in Wellington. [more]

Simon Wilson
With your television review. [more]

Our Changing World

Frozen Frogs
Introduced brown tree frogs can survive being frozen solid, and Kalinka Rexer-Huber and Phil Bishop are finding out how. [more]

Colour of Baby Bird Mouths
Rose Thorogood is investigating the idea that the colour inside a baby bird's mouth tells the parents how healthy the chick is [more]

Whitebait Recruitment in Rivers
Fish ecologist Andy Hicks studies whitebait life cycles and their recruitment in river systems [more]

Tagging Pacific Bluefin Tuna
Tim Sippel is attaching satellite tags to striped marlin and Pacific bluefin tuna to find out where they travel to [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Michael Stewart
Director of Tudor Consort - performing 'Songs of the Sun and Moon' concert this Friday evening. [more]

Dame Malvina Major
Legendary NZ Soprano joining forces with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for 'An Evening With The Dames' concert next Tuesday. [more]

News stories:

Seventy firefighters contain factory leak
More than 70 firefighters have managed to bring under control a big leak at an Auckland glass factory. [more]

Poll puts National far ahead of Labour
The first major poll since November's election shows 60% support for National, with Labour on barely half that at 27%. [more]

'Crime spree' pair named
Two people facing charges after an armed offenders squad call-out in Palmerston earlier this month can now be named. [more]

Winz letter to solo mum 'appalling', says minister
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has described a letter from Work and Income to a single mother seeking financial help as "appalling and ill-advised". [more]

English defends $15 billion correction
Finance Minister Bill English has told Parliament he is "not preoccupied with details" after having to file a correction to a select committee over a error involving $15 billion. [more]

Job slashing talk incomprehensible - Greens
The Green Party says it is incomprehensible that the Government is looking to slash state sector jobs in the face of rapidly rising unemployment. [more]

Ministry suspects paua poaching link
Three men caught on suspicion of paua poaching in Christchurch may be linked to an illegal fishing operation uncovered last month, say Ministry of Fisheries officers. [more]

Man lucky to survive assault, say police
A 34-year-old man who was assaulted at the side of a road before being struck by a taxi was lucky not to have been killed, say Napier police. [more]

Christchurch pool site may be sold
A Christchurch pool site may be sold if a council draft proposal goes ahead. [more]

Fisherman fined over needless search effort
A Kiribati man who was swept out to sea in a dinghy while fishing in a river near Napier has appeared in court on a charge of operating a vessel causing unnecessary danger. [more]

'Inferior' exports damage country's wine reputation
A Marlborough winemaker says large amounts of inferior wine have been sold to Australian supermarkets, degrading New Zealand's reputation. [more]

Chinese to team up with local film companies
New Zealand's film industry is to get a boost from multi-million-dollar partnerships with Chinese producers. [more]

Study focuses on Maori, Pacific, Asian population
A new long-term study is hoping to shed light on the issues facing children growing up in New Zealand, especially Maori, Pacific Islanders and Asians. [more]

Mill Creek windfarm gets go-ahead
Electricity generator Meridian Energy has gained approval for its Mill Creek wind project north of Wellington. [more]

Roads, houses in Ohope affected by rainstorm
The Fire Service says a severe rainstorm hit the town of Ohope near Whakatane in the early hours of Thursday morning, causing minor flooding. [more]

New manager doesn't curry favour with captain and coach
The appointment of the new Black Caps team manager Dave Currie appears to have polarised the players and NZ cricket bosses. New Zealand Cricket decided to restructure the manager's role ... [more]

Irony as Springboks-Maori game nixed due to racial selection
The South African Rugby Union has issued a statement that seems to end a proposed match between the Springboks and the New Zealand Maori later this year in Soweto. The Union ... [more]

Brown low key about Johnnie Walker defence
The New Zealand golfer Mark Brown has no great expectations going into the defence of his Johnnie Walker Classic title in Perth. Brown says he's been struggling with his form ... [more]

Crocs' road win no comfort for Breakers
The Townsville Crocodiles are through to the Australian National Basketball League semi finals after beating the Perth Wildcats 103-96 in a heated clash in Perth. The sudden death quarter final ... [more]

Liverpool acts to avoid Hillsborough clash
European football's governing body UEFA will try to prevent a potential Champions League quarter-final involving Liverpool being played on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster. If Rafa Benitez's ... [more]

NZFC Grand Final moved for TV
New Zealand Football has moved its domestic summer Championship Grand Final forward a week so it can be shown live on Sky TV. Originally scheduled for April 4th, football's domestic showpiece ... [more]

Adelaide coach let off lightly
Adelaide United's football coach Aurelio Vidmar has escaped serious penalty from A-League authorities for his now-infamous post-match rant in which he slammed his club after their semi-final trouncing from the ... [more]

Injury bites Chiefs ahead of Sydney clash
The Chiefs have named their team to play the Waratahs in their Super 14 rugby match in Sydney on Friday night. Both captain Mils Muliaina and loose forward Sione Lauaki ... [more]

Rillie unleashes from downtown to sink Cats
The Townsville Crocodiles are through to the Australian National Basketball League semi finals after beating the Perth Wildcats 103-96 in a heated clash in Perth. A stunning 34-point haul from ... [more]

No delay to Copyright Act despite concerns
The Government will not delay the implementation of the new Copyright Act despite concerns from internet service providers and internet users. [more]

Breakers counting on experience
The Breakers will have no shortage of experience in their line-up for tonight's Australian National Basketball League quarter-final against Adelaide at the North Shore Events centre. Forward Tony Ronaldson is ... [more]

Nonu accepts responsibility for dropping
The All Black second five Ma'a Nonu says he's not suprised he's been dropped for the Hurricanes second super 14 game against the Highlanders after battling to find form in ... [more]

Video session rules Muliaina out of Super 14 match
A piece of paper has managed to do what a match against defending Super 14 champions the Crusaders couldn't - rule All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina out of this week's ... [more]

FIFA hoping for 2010 World Cup sellout
FIFA is hopeful of bucking the global recession by selling out every match for next year's World Cup football finals in South Africa. From a total stock of around three ... [more]

Chiefs lose two key players
Two of the Chiefs' most experienced players captain Mils Muliaina and loose forward Sione Lauaki will miss their Super 14 rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney ... [more]

Minimum wage increase behind shorter cannery working days in American Samoa
The reduction in working hours at American Samoa's canneries will be hitting workers' salaries. The factories, StarKist Samoa and COS Samoa Packing, have cut back working days without giving any... [more]

Australia begins Pacific seasonal worker scheme
The first group of Pacific Islanders working in Australia's pilot seasonal workers scheme are set to arrive next week to pick fruit in orchards in Victoria. [more]

Fahey advises Armstrong to re-test '99 samples
The chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency has reminded cycling legend Lance Armstrong that he can still dispel rumours of past doping offences by accepting the re-testing of his 1999 ... [more]

Honda says several potential buyers for F1 team
Honda says it is talking to several potential buyers for its Formula One team, including British tycoon Richard Branson's Virgin Group. The Japanese carmaker, which announced its shock withdrawal from ... [more]

Samoa to speed up lands and titles cases
Moves are underway in Samoa to speed up the court process for lands and titles cases. The Ministry of Justice and Courts administration in Samoa says it plans to hear... [more]

Tourism Holdings takes profit hit
Tourism Holdings has reported a half-year loss of $300,000 and says the next six months will be tough as the global financial crisis restricts travellers' budgets. [more]

Ministry presses for news of detained NZ man in Pakistan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is still pressing authorities in Pakistan for an update on a New Zealand man detained there. [more]

Vector expects to exceed profit expectations
Electricity lines company Vector is cautiously confident it will make a full-year profit of more than $568 million. Excluding a one-off sale, its half-year profit rose 17%. [more]

A dozen men arrested in American Samoa for burglary
Police in American Samoa have arrested more than a dozen men in connection with the burglary of a Jewelry store in Nuuuli last month. The store's owner said at the... [more]

Samoa MP hopes Oceania University of Medicine can be an alternative to Fiji
A Samoa Cabinet Minister says the Apia based Oceania University of Medicine, may become an alternative to the Fiji School of Medicine for medical studies by Pacific students. The Samoa... [more]

Calls in CNMI for birds to be relocated
A lawmaker in the Northern Marianas is calling for a plan to relocate wild birds on Tinian Island in case the US pushes through with its plans to use the... [more]

Yazaki Samoa employees opt for redundancy packages
A number of employees at Samoa's biggest private sector employer, Yazaki, are opting for redundancy packages because they want to hold on to cash. The general manager for Research and... [more]

Solomon Islands educators to provide tourism training from next week
More than 800-thousand US-dollars is to be spent on establishing a School of Tourism and Hospitality in Solomon Islands in order to provide more skilled workers for the industry. The... [more]

Major investor in CNMI rethinks plan
A major investor on the Northern Mariana island of Tinian is rethinking its plans to build a hotel/casino worth between 200 million and 500 million US dollars, due to federalisation... [more]

Call centre managing director visits American Samoa
A key player in the call centre company, Information Technology American Samoa, is currently visiting the territory. Managing director, Tim Montgomery, and will be in charge of attracting clients to... [more]

Father of man injured during police chase arrives in NZ
The father of a South Korean student who was run down by a stolen car during a police chase has arrived in Auckland where his son is a serious condition in hospital. [more]

Cook Islands to get all weather running track for mini Pacific Games
The Cook Islands Government has this week approved funding the construction of a synthetic athletics track at the National Sports Stadium as part of preparations for the Mini Pacific Games... [more]

Wellington Fringe Festival play appeals to Pacific audiences
A new stage play in New Zealand reflecting the funny and the more serious sides of Samoan culture has been wowing audiences. Poly-Zygotic about a set of triplets under pressure... [more]

Big fall in tourist numbers in Marshall Islands last year
Visitor traffic to the Marshall Islands plummeted in 2008 as a result of Japan Airlines cutbacks and the folding of the country's flagship scuba dive attraction at Bikini Atoll. The... [more]

CNMI Government disappointed at delay in study into minimum wage effects
Under the stimulus package signed into law by the United States President Barack Obama yesterday, a report on the impact of the minimum wage increase in the CNMI and American... [more]

DoC feels strong quake off Kermadec Islands
A strong earthquake has struck near the Kermadec Islands. [more]

Fiji NGO says extreme poverty leading to forced marriages
The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says extreme poverty is forcing some people in rural areas to sell or marry-off their underage daughters. The centre's director, Shamima Ali says there is... [more]

Fiji police say Commissioner's comments about staff misunderstood
Investigations are being carried out into Fiji police officers who took their work grievances to the media, sparking a lecture by the Police Commissioner. Esala Teleni issued a stern warning... [more]

Too early for Monarchy to become purely ceremonial, says Tonga Prime Minister
Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, says it's too early for the monarchy to lose all of its executive powers and become a purely ceremonial institution. The role of the... [more]

Kidnapped toddler found safe
The police have found a toddler who was kidnapped when a vehicle was stolen in South Auckland. [more]

Tuvalu gets funding for football equipment
Tuvalu's Football Association will receive more than 70-thousand US-dollars over the next three-years from the Oceania Football Confederation to boost the country's top sport. The OFC and Tuvalu signed the... [more]

Backyard gun maker arrested in West New Britain in PNG
A disabled gunsmith has been arrested in Papua New Guinea for manufacturing guns and ammunition in his backyard shed. According to the National newspaper the 39-year-old wheelchair bound man known... [more]

Call for Fiji Police Commissioner to resign over abusive demeaning behaviour
A trade unionist in Fiji says language used by the Police Commissioner in a lecture to his officers was abusive and demeaning. There have been calls within the community for... [more]

Fiji political party warns island countries of the dangers if they impose travel bans
A political party that backs the interim government in Fiji, is warning the island countries in the Pacific they have a lot to lose if they impose travel bans on... [more]

Hospital denies wrongdoing over hip operation
A private hospital in Wellington says it is not responsible for a surgeon's mistakes made during a double hip operation. [more]

Tonga PM says change should take place gradually
Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, says reforming the constitutional and electoral system should take place incrementally rather than in a wholesale change. Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission is currently... [more]

Conservationist says fishing ground owners "worried" at extortion allegations
A conservationist liaising with traditional owners of fishing grounds in the Ba area of Fiji's main island says they're "very worried" about false allegations of extortion. It's alleged that villagers... [more]

New Zealand sharemarket down 4 points
The NZX 50 closed down 4 points to 2616 on turnover of $79 million. [more]

Auckland Airport profits plummet
Auckland International Airport's half year profit has dropped almost 80% due to falling property valuations. However, the underlying profit was up slightly. [more]

NZRU still working on maori game in South Africa
The New Zealand Rugby Union remains hopeful that a match between the New Zealand Maori and the Springboks will take place this year. The NZRU had made inquiries that a ... [more]

Highlanders winger fined and suspended for throwing drink over woman
The Highlanders rugby winger Fetu'u Vainikolo has been fined $1000 and suspended for one match after throwing a drink over a woman in a Dunedin bar. A complaint to the ... [more]

Drysdale dominates single sculsl semi-finals
Olympic bronze medalist Mahé Drysdale has scored an emphatic win in a time nearly six seconds faster than Rob Waddell in today's Premier Single Sculls semi finals at the National Rowing ... [more]

Rooney scores on his return from injury
English Premier League football leaders Manchester United have stretched their lead to five points after disposing of Fulham 3-nil at Old Trafford. Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov and wayne Rooney scored ... [more]

Armstrong finds his bike
The time trial bike of seven time tour de France winner Lance Armstrong which was taken from the Team Astana truck has been found. The bike which is worth $20,000 ... [more]

Four of the world's top ten women triathletes to line up in Takapuna
Four of the top ten female triathletes will compete in the latest in the national sprint series in Takapuna this weekend. New Zealand's orld number one Samantha Warriner is a ... [more]

Olympic hammer throw champ dies of heart attack
The Sydney 2000 Olympic women's hammer throw champion Kamila Skolimowska of Poland has died of a heart attack at the age 26. She died while at a training ... [more]

Cavendish takes stage win in Tour of California but Leipheimer keeps lead
Britain's Mark Cavendish has sprinted to victory in the fourth stage of the Tour of California while twice defending champion Levi Leipheimer of the United States maintained his ... [more]

Mealamu likely to start against the Bulls
The All Black hooker Keven Mealamu looks to have recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in the Blues win over the Western Force and is set to take his place ... [more]

Rooney nets on return for Manchester United
Wayne Rooney scored on his return from injury as English football champions Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 at Old Trafford to surge five points clear of Liverpool at the top ... [more]

Crusaders without key trio against Brumbies
The Crusaders will be without three experienced players - captain Richie McCaw, Brad Thorn and Leon MacDonald - for Saturday night's Super 14 rugby match against the ACT Brumbies in ... [more]

Air NZ Cup schedule released
The Wellington rugby team will have to defend the Ranfurly Shield on the opening weekend of the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup competition. The provincial schedule has been released and ... [more]

Return to winning ways key to hopes of pushing on
The defensive heart of the New Zealand Breakers says the fact that tonight's Australian National Basketball League quarter-final against Adelaide is at home in Auckland is as exciting for the players ... [more]

Williams admits to being nervous about Tiger's return
Tiger Woods's caddie, the New Zealander Steve Williams , says he's a little nervous ahead of the world number one's imminent return to golf after reconstructive knee surgery. Woods has ... [more]

FIFA world cup tickets go on sale this weekend
Applications for three million FIFA 2010 World Cup tickets will open this weekend with 120,000 reserved for locals at a reduced price to attend the world's top football event. Tickets ... [more]

Tahu says Marshall should try Super 14 rather than Japan
Australian rugby union covert Timana Tahu says Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall should forget about Japan and join a Super 14 franchise if he is serious about switching codes. Tahu, ... [more]

Golf legend says the course for Classic is average
The Australian golfing great Greg Norman says the course for the Johnnie Walker Classic starting today in Perth is average. The 54-year-old is making a rare home appearance for the ... [more]

King slams UAE decision to prevent Israeli from playing tennis
The former tennis champion and equal rights campaigner Billie Jean King has described the refusal to grant Israeli player Shahar Peer an entry visa to Dubai as shameful. The United ... [more]

England cricketers on target for test win
The England cricketers will head into the final day of the third test against the West Indies in Antigua seven wickets away from a victory that will tie the five-match ... [more]

Fiji Government tells police chief to watch his language when disciplining staff
The interim Defence Minister in Fiji says he is satisfied with the Police Commissioner's justification of his controversial use of words in a lecture to his staff. There have been... [more]

Cook Islands government requests tenders for a new interisland ship
The Cook Islands government has received a plan from a New Zealand company for the concept and design of a purpose built boat to meet the needs of the widely... [more]

Heavy flooding continues to affect Western Highlands Province
Heavy flooding is continuing to affect residents in Papaua New Guinea's Western Highlands Province, with no indication of when the rain will stop. More than 700 people in the Dei... [more]

Focus on Pacific jobs in New Zealand off to a good start - Minister
New Zealand's Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs says a Pacific jobs fono in Wellington today made a good start in considering the impact of the recession on Pacific people and... [more]

Former French Polynesian leader found guilty of misuse of public funds
A Court in French Polynesia's capital Pape'ete has found veteran politician and former President Gaston Flosse guilty of misuse of public funds. Oceania Flash reports that the court gave Mr... [more]

Agent says officers used 'underhand' tactics against boy
Immigration New Zealand is investigating allegations its officers took steps to illegally remove a five-year-old New Zealand citizen because his parents are overstayers. [more]

Doctor who had affair with patient suspended for misconduct
A doctor whose patient and lover died of a morphine overdose has been suspended for nine months and ordered to pay $120,000 in costs. [more]

Protesters want copyright provision scrapped
The Government has been presented with a petition signed online by more than 10,000 people against new copyright laws due to come into effect next week. [more]

Injuries after encounters with dangerous animals
Two fishermen are recovering from stab wounds after close encounters with marlin. [more]

Lack of spending hits jewellery giant
Michael Hill International's half-year earnings have tumbled by a third as consumers spend less on jewellery [more]

Global financial crisis will hit Maori economy hardest - Key
The Prime Minister says the Maori economy stands to be hit much harder than the general economy by adverse overseas conditions. [more]

PGG urges mediation to settle claim
PGG Wrightson is asking the Silver Fern Farms meat co-operative to take part in a formal mediation process to settle a compensation claim. [more]

MPs dump controversial electoral act
The contentious Electoral Finance Act has been repealed under urgency in Parliament. [more]

Man pleads guilty over school brawl
A 23-year-old man has admitted a charge laid after a brawl at Hutt Valley High School north of Wellington on Tuesday. [more]

NZX 50 closes down 51 points
The NZX 50 index closed down 51 points to 2621 on turnover of $89 million on Wednesday. [more]

Matthews' position in doubt after damning report
Labour Party leader Phil Goff believes it would be "almost automatic" for the head of a government department to lose his or her job if that person no longer had the confidence of the minister. [more]

More off field problems for the Highlanders
There are more off-field problems for the Highlanders, with winger Fetu'u Vainikolo being investigate by the New Zealand rugby union over an incident at a Dunedin bar. The rugby union's ... [more]

Two more footballers charged in Gerrard incident
Two footballers have been charged over the same incident in a Merseyside bar which saw Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard accused of assault. Accrington Stanley's goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin and midfielder Robert Grant ... [more]

Beckham's future could be resolved later this week
David Beckham's football future could be decided on Friday. That's the opinion of the chief executive of the Italian football club AC Milan where Beckham is on loan from his ... [more]

Kiwi Flutey and two teammates leave for France
New Zealand's England rugby international Rikki Flutey has become part of a growing exodus of players leaving England to join French clubs. Flutey will be joining Brive at the end ... [more]

Dubai organisers defend ban on Israeli tennis player
Organisers of the Dubai Open women's tennis tournament say security fears and a possible boycott by local fans were behind the decision to bar an Israeli player, Shahar Peer from ... [more]

WADA staunch on out-of-competition testing
The World Anti-Doping Agency's director general, New Zealander David Howman, insists nothing is about to change after meeting with sports bodies in London to discuss rules governing out-of-competition tests. A ... [more]

Erakovic wins second round match
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has won her second round match at the Memphis WTA tournament in the United States. Erakovic, the fifth seed, has beaten American ... [more]

NZ Cricket not too concerned by loss of possible Stanford money
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan says it appears unlikely that a Sir Allen Stanford-backed Twenty20 tournament involving the Black Caps scheduled for May will go ahead. New Zealand ... [more]

PNG kick off bid to make play in NRL
Papua New Guinea's kicked off its bid to enter a team into the Australian National Rugby League competition. The government has put $300,000 into developing an NRL proposal with Gold ... [more]

Roulston plays part in helping Hushovd to stage win
Norway's Thor Hushovd has sprinted to a stage three win in the cycle Tour of California, while hat-trick seeking American Levi Leipheimer retained the overall lead. Seven-times Tour de France ... [more]

Breakers adamant they've overcome late season yips
The Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis is adamant his side's overcome their late-season form slump and are bristling with confidence heading into the National Basketball League finals. The Breakers, for the ... [more]

England cricket gets what they deserved says former skipper
Fraud accusations levelled against cricket promoter Allen Stanford are a major embarrassment for the sport and raise serious questions about English cricket bosses' decision to go into business with him, ... [more]

Marshall's plan to play rugby union stymied by NRL
The planned move by Kiwi international Benji Marshall to rugby union has been stymied by the National Rugby League. Marshall, who's off contract with the Wests Tigers at the end ... [more]

Campbell pulls out of NZ PGA as shoulder injury flares up
An ongoing shoulder injury has forced Michael Campbell out of the New Zealand PGA Golf Championships at Christchurch's Clearwater course early next month. The injury flare up means the Titahi ... [more]

Hurricanes ring the changes but Weepu not at first five
The Hurricanes have opted against playing All Black Piri Weepu at first five for their Super 14 match against the Highlanders in Wellington on Friday night. Weepu's been bracketed at ... [more]

Favourites make sculling semis at nationals
All the favourites are through to the semi-finals of the mens single sculls at the National Rowing championships on Lake Ruataniwha. Peter Taylor and Storm Uru - competing in heavyweight ... [more]

England set West Indies stiff target in third Test
The England cricketers have declared for a second time setting the West Indies a target of 502 runs to win the third Test in Antigua. England declared in their second ... [more]

Oram back with the bat
The injury-plagued all rounder Jacob Oram looks like he may be ready for a return to the international cricket stage. Oram's return for Central Districts in a domestic Twenty20 match ... [more]

Board's accountability under fire
The editor of a community watchdog newspaper in Hawke's Bay has expressed concern about the public accountability of the district health board's new governance board. [more]

Bond stars, Oram back with a sharp 51
Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond was the difference as Canterbury beat Northern Districts in a crunch State Twenty20 match in Hamilton. Both sides made 171 in their time at ... [more]

Texan billionaire reported to have tried to flee US
The West Indies cricket benefactor Sir Allen Stanford has tried to flee the United States on a private plane but his credit card was turned down. The Texan billionaire is ... [more]