Radio New Zealand - Monday, 9th March 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

Eight Months to Mars - Nick Willis
At last year's olympic games in Beijing he won the 1500 metre bronze medal. [more]

Cyclone Hamish
Queenslanders facing the wrath of Cyclone Hamish remain on high alert despite the cyclone showing signs of easing. [more]

History of the Golden Shears
Doug Laing's book traces the first fifty years of the Golder Shears competition. [more]

Auckland Festival Review
Paul Bushnell is one of our busy panel of reviewers. [more]

He Rourou for 9 March 2009
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks with Ngati Ranginui elder Hauata Palmer about his thoughts on Maori radio. [more]

Author Slot - Allison Tait
Her book is"Credit Card Stress Busters: Slash Your Credit Card Debt in 90 Days". [more]

This Way Up Feature - Photo Sharing
Imagine somewhere you could go and get photos from the worlds museums and libraries and then use them however you want. [more]

Environmental Story - Kakapo Part 4
Alison Ballance is out with the National Kakapo Team on Codfish Island again. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Janet Wilson and Jeremy Elwood. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Janet Wilson and Jeremy Elwood. [more]

Business News

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

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

Checkpoint

Corrections Report
Department of Corrections chief executive Barry Matthews has kept his job after a State Services investigation. [more]

David Bain Re-Trial
The High Court in Christchurch has been shown graphic images of the crime scene. [more]

ACC Sacking
The ACC Minister has sacked the chair of the ACC board, Ross Wilson, and says further changes are likely. [more]

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

Disciplinary Tribunal Hearing
Northland woman, Monique Kapua, is charged with professional misconduct after she let a pregnancy continue. [more]

Young Speeding Driver
A 13-year-old boy has been clocked doing nearly 140 kilometres an hour while his father was asleep in the car's passenger seat. [more]

Honours System Titles
There's a call to make the honours system more Kiwi, as the government turns back the clock to reprise the titles Sir and Dame. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rape Re-Trial
The retrial of a former Wellington taxi driver accused of raping a passenger has begun in the capital's District Court. [more]

Northern Ireland Attack
It's the first fatal attack on soldiers in Northern Ireland in more than a decade. [more]

Gene Therapy for Obesity Control
A New Zealand researcher says he is ready to start trialling gene therapy on humans in a bid to control obesity. [more]

Corrections Report (Part 2)
The Labour Party says the Government has egg on its face, following a report clearing the Corrections Department of wrongdoing. [more]

David Bain Re-Trial (Part 2)
In the first day of evidence in the David bain retrial the jury has heard that items in the crime scene had been moved. [more]

ACC Sacking (Part 2)
The Chair of the ACC board, Ross Wilson has lost his job after the ACC minister sacked him earlier today. [more]

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

Environmental Hearing
Plans to build a $300,000,000 Holcim cement plant at Weston near Oamaru, are under scrutiny. [more]

Taliban Talks
The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed a suggestion by US President Barack Obama that talks could be held. [more]

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

UK News
We're joined by our correspondent in London, Barney Burnham. [more]

Sri Lanka Conflict
As clashes continue in Sri Lanka between soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels there are conflicting accounts on casualties. [more]

Gaza News
A convoy of aid for the people of Gaza has arrived in the Egyptian town of Rafah. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Planes
Massey University is shelling out $8,000,000 on 14 new aircraft for its School of Aviation, [more]

Tibet Anniversary
Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against China. [more]

A Product Boom
The global economic downturn is supposed to mean that everyone's tightening their belts, not so with chocolate. [more]

Midday Report

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

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for 9 March 2009
Knighthoods, bridge death, Bain retrial, Queensland cyclone, NZ US trade deal, Irish shooting. [more]

Riroriro - The Grey Warbler
The riroriro. [more]

Pacific News for Monday 9 March 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Knighthoods and damehoods to be reinstated
The New Zealand Honours system will revert to that which was in place between 1996 and 2000. [more]

Govt urged to help small scale renewable energy schemes
The Government is being urged to break the deadlock that large power companies have on renewable energy. [more]

Knighthoods reinstatement
The reinstatement will be ready by June, for a new round of Queen's Birthday honours. [more]

Bridge swinging death in the Manawatu Gorge
An 18 year old from Christchurch, died in hospital after falling 22m onto rocks in the riverbed below the Ballance Bridge. [more]

David Bain Retrial
The latest from the Christchurch High Court. [more]

Queensland braces for Cyclone Hamish
Winds up to 250 kilometres per hour are generating huge tides as the category four storm moves south. [more]

NZ Politicians remain optimistic of a trade deal with US
They say a pause in multilateral negotiations by the Obama administration will not put them off pursuing their goal. [more]

British Soldiers shot in Northern Ireland
Police in Northern Ireland are still hunting for the gunmen who shot dead two British soliders at the weekend. [more]

QV figures show house prices falling
The valuation company says there are signs of increased interest from buyers. [more]

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

Paddle steamer, PS Rangiriri, to get new home
The plan is to give the remnants of the New Zealand Land Wars-era steamer a fitting resting place. [more]

Zimbabwe PM car crash
Lack of security provided by President Mugabe could be partly to blame for the death of Mr Tsvangirai's wife in a car crash. [more]

Auckland Arts festival
Paul Bushnell joins us to report on what he's been exposed to. [more]

Knighthood reinstatement - Margaret Sparrow and Peter Snell
Joining us now are Margaret Sparrow and Peter Snell. [more]

Manawatu Gorge bridge death
Paul Chaplow from The Mountain Safety Council comments. [more]

Cricket NZ v India
Cricket correspondent Richard Boock comments on the resent one day games. [more]

Federated Farmers unhappy at interest rates
Federated Farmers are unhappy that the interest rates businesses are paying are stubbornly high. [more]

Cyclone Hamish forces tourist evacuation
Tony Auden of the Australian Met Service comments. [more]

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

Residents upset at Ponsonby's stalled Soho Square
It's nearly four years since construction began on Soho Square. [more]

Golden Shears winner for 16th time
The legendary shearing champion David Fagan won his 16th Golden Shears open title in Masterton on Saturday night. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Barbie Doll turns 50
Her name is Barbara Millicent Roberts .... but we know her better as Barbie. [more]

Australian correspondent
To Melbourne now to join Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

Privately Run Prisons
The government wants to legislate soon so private companies can bid for prison management contracts. We hear from Corrections Minister Judith Collins. [more]

Nights

Leisureville
Author Andrew Blechman and America's reitirement utopias. [more]

The Final Whistle - Sport UK
With Richard Fleming, UK sports jounalist. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number one. [more]

South Africa report
Steven Lang, with news and cultural insights from South Africa. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number two. [more]

Nine To Noon

Judith Sleavin - Ten Degrees of Reckoning
Sleavin has established the Sleavin Family Foundation to promote maritime safety through educational programmes. [more]

Cadbury is trying to make chocolate Greener
Cadbury is researching a change to dairy cows diet to reduce carbon emmissions via cows belching. [more]

Europe Correspondent
Seamus Kearney reports from Lyon, France. [more]

Feature Guest - Thomas Buergenthal
Auschwitz survivor and author of"A Lucky Child". [more]

Book Review -"The Last Dickens"
Kate Blackhurst reviews"The Last Dickens"by Matthew Pearl. [more]

Politics
Talking politics with Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Guest Chef and Wine
Recipes from Jeremy Jones and wine choices from Stephen Morris. [more]

A Modest Proposal or Two
David Slack talks about a national bikeway. [more]

Rural News

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

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

Upbeat

Dhafer Youssef
Megan Collins reviews Youssef's Saturday night concert at the Wellington Jazz Festival. [more]

Auckland Festival
Raewyn White reviews: 'Gathering Clouds', 'The Kreutzer', 'Tempest without a Body' and 'The White Body'. [more]

News stories:

NZ whitewash Malaysia in Davis Cup tie
The New Zealand Davis Cup team has completed a 5-0 win over Malaysia in the first round Asia/Oceania Group Two Davis Cup tennis tie at Albany. IN the reverse singles ... [more]

Indians comfortably win third one dayer
New Zealand has slumped to a 58 run loss in the third one day cricket match against in India in Christchurch. The Blackcaps were bowled out for 334 in the 46th ... [more]

NZ womens cricketers beat Australia
The New Zealand women's cricketers have beaten defending champions Australia by 13 runs in a rain-affected game on the day of the ICC World Cup in Sydney. New Zealand were bowled ... [more]

Great day for New Zealand golf
New Zealand golf had a day to cherish at Clearwater yesterday when professionals Steve Alker, David Smail and Josh Geary completed a Kiwi trifecta in the New Zealand PGA Championship. ... [more]

Dragons win incident marred ANBL finals game over Tigers
The South Dragons have taken a 2-1 lead over the Melbourne Tigers in the best of five Australian National Basketball League grand final series, with a comprehensive 84-67 victory. But the ... [more]

Hughes breaks 79 year old record
Phillip Hughes has become the youngest cricketer to score twin centuries in a test, guiding Australia to a massive 506-run advantage after three days of the second Test against South Africa. ... [more]

Victories close in State Championship cricket
Outright victories are on the cards heading into the last day of the latest round of State Championship first class cricket matches. Wellington are 74 for 2 chasing 322 to ... [more]

Two traditional ocean-faring vessels to be delivered to Solomon Island communities
A German-led team is sailing to remote parts of Solomon Islands to deliver two traditional ocean-faring vessels to local communities. The boats embarked from the Philippines last November on a... [more]

Samoa's former broadcasting minister banished for life
Samoa's former Broadcasting and Telecommunication minister, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, has been banished for life from the village of Vaimoso following a village council decision. The village's authorities decision came after... [more]

World Bank team in Solomon Islands
A team from the World Bank Group is currently visiting Solomon Islands to discuss potential sources of economic growth for the country. These discussions are in response to a request... [more]

Shakeup in Marshall Islands government predicted
A shakeup in the Marshall Islands government is anticipated this week as the crisis in the ruling coalition over the President's sacking of his foreign minister deepened over the weekend. [more]

NGO bewildered at Pacific funding cut
The New Zealand Council for International Development says it can't understand why the government would cut funding to a Pacific organisation working for democracy. The organisation in question, the Foundation... [more]

Fiji looks to further austerity measures
Fiji's interim prime minister says his government is planning to put more austerity measures into place. In particular the government will look into operating expenditure. Commodore Frank Bainimara says over... [more]

Rangers into Cup semi-final
Holders Rangers have booked their place in the semi-finals of this season's Scottish football Cup with a 5-1 win over Hamilton at Ibrox. Rangers, who kicked-off knowing arch-rivals Celtic had ... [more]

Butt expects crciketers back in Pakistan by years end
The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt says they'll host an international team in the next six to nine months and will still co-host the 2011 World Cup. Butt was ... [more]

Psychologists help Sri lankan cricketers
Sri Lanka has hired psychologists to help its national cricket team overcome the trauma they suffered in the militant attacks in Pakistan. The four specialists will work to mentally boost ... [more]

Swifts win pre-season netball tournament
The New South Wales Swifts have maintained last year's premiership-winning form to claim netball's pre-season cup in Sydney. The Swifts stormed through the three-day round robin tournament undefeated and held ... [more]

Another world record for Pellegrini
The Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini has set a new world record in the 200 metres freestyle at a meet in Riccione. Pellegrini won the final in a time of 1 ... [more]

Beckham staying in Milan
David Beckham will stay on loan at AC Milan for the rest of the Italian football season before returning to Los Angeles Galaxy although his long-term future remains unresolved. A ... [more]

A-Rod to have surgery
The New York Yankees baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his torn right hip labrum to enable him to play this season with further surgery planned next off-season. ... [more]

Fiji rugby union referee beats Fij's best sportsman to take Personality of the Year Award
Fiji referee James Bolabiu has caused a stir in his home country by winning a public vote to scoop the Sports Personality of the Year Award. Bolabiu, a regular on... [more]

Commission seeks target to reduce gender pay gap
The Human Rights Commission is calling on the Government to set a target for reducing the country's gender pay gap. [more]

Job summit plans not bold enough - trade union boss
The chief suggestions to emerge from last week's job summit are unlikely to go far enough, warns the Council of Trade Unions. [more]

Home-business loan disparity upsets Federated Farmers
Federated Farmers is unhappy that the interest rates businesses are paying remain stubbornly high at the same time as home loan rates continue to tumble. [more]

Everton into Cup semi-finals
Everton have reached the English football FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since winning the competition in 1995 when they came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Goodison ... [more]

Chambers wins European Indoors title
The British sprinter Dwain Chambers coasted to victory in the 60 metres final at the European Indoors Athletics Championships in Turin but favourite Blanka Vlasic flopped in the women's high ... [more]

International Wire Story
World and Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan of China clinched his fourth All England title with a 21-19 21-12 victory over world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in ... [more]

Key rejects Labour call for Tsvangirai crash probe
The Government does not support calls by Labour for an investigation into the death of the Zimbabwean Prime Minister's wife, says Prime Minister John Key. [more]

Court challenge to GE plan
A plan to develop and commercialise genetically modified animals from nine species will be challenged in the High Court at Wellington on Monday. [more]

Devoy backs return of knighthoods
Former world squash champion Dame Susan Devoy says the reinstatement of the titles ''Sir'' and ''Dame'' to the New Zealand honours system is long overdue. [more]

Police raids lead to 53 arrests
Police have arrested 53 people and seized more than 1,500 cannabis plants after a two-day crackdown in the western Bay of Plenty. [more]

Eight arrests at Whangarei party
Police in Whangarei are blaming mass text messaging and social networking sites for the area's latest out-of-control parties. [more]

Consent problems delay Ponsonby project
Resource consent problems could further delay the stalled construction of a contentious development in the central Auckland suburb of Ponsonby. [more]

Call to break monopoly on renewable power
The Government has been urged to encourage small-scale energy production to break big power companies' monopoly on renewable energy. [more]

Training the key, says Golden Shears champion
Veteran shearing champion David Fagan attributes his 16th Golden Shears competition win on Saturday night to secret training. [more]

Papua New Guinea rugby union begins World Cup buildup
The Papua New Guinea rugby union side the Pukpuks begin their warmup for the 2011 World cup qualifiers next month. The side will travel to Queensland for three matches to... [more]

Police patrol the Fiji Rugby Union headquarters
Police are sill guarding the Fiji Rugby Union Headquarters in Suva after the FRU officials received threats following Fiji's disappointing loss in the world cup 7 quarterfinals. FRU Chairman -... [more]

Public Defender warns of growing drug problem in American Samoa
The American Samoa Public Defender, Ruth Risch, has urged the territory to pay attention to the growing drug problem. Ms Risch says methamphetamine is a human tragedy that is taking... [more]

Experts draw up water use plan for Kiribati
The Kiribati government has supported an international effort to ensure that water resources in the country are used in a more sustainable and efficient way. Professor Ian White led a... [more]

Fiji Sports Council working hard to ensure athletes go to Commonwealth Games in India
The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee - FASANOC, is now intensely lobbying, to see that Fiji is allowed to take part in the Commonwealth Games in India... [more]

Inter-School Sports competition to resume in Samoa this year after previous violence
The Samoa government has given the green light for the country's Inter-School Sports competition to be continued this year after it was stopped last year. The ban follows school violence... [more]

Push for reserved seats for women in PNG parliament
Papua New Guinea's National Council of Women says women will continue to push for reserved seats in parliament, after the approval of a plan to have nominated woman parlimentarians for... [more]

Calls for action against domesitc violence on International Women's Day
The Pacific Concerns Resource Centre in Fiji says various human rights groups are challenging police to enforce domestic violence laws against abusive men. This comes in recognition of International women's... [more]

Death prompts safety council look at bridge swinging
The Mountain Safety Council will investigate whether a safety standard is needed for bridge swinging after the death of a Massey University student on Saturday. [more]

Cement plant allowed under district plan, court told
Cement maker Holcim New Zealand says its plan to build a $300 million plant at Weston, near Oamaru, is permitted under the Waitaki District Plan. [more]

Police investigate death of baby from brain injuries
Police in Taupo are investigating the death of a five-week-old baby who died at the weekend in Auckland's Starship Hospital. [more]

Tests begin of battery recycling plant
A second attempt to measure lead in air levels near a battery recycling plant north of Wellington is under way. [more]

Rugby World Cup charge dismays community leaders
Community leaders in Auckland say ratepayers will not get a good deal from a one-off charge by the city council to help pay for hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Hopes high US free-trade talks will resume
National and Labour politicians remain hopeful that free-trade talks with the United States will resume despite a halt in Washington. [more]

MPs to consider legislation allowing private prisons
The Government says legislation to allow the private sector to run prisons will be introduced to Parliament on Monday. [more]

Thirteen-year-old stopped for speeding
A 13-year-old boy was stopped by police after the car he was driving was clocked doing nearly 140km/h while his father was asleep in the passenger's seat. [more]

Labour spent most on 2008 election campaign
The Labour Party was the biggest spender in last year's election, spending $2,263,841 on its campaign. [more]

Search called off after jetski owner contacts police
A damaged jet ski washed ashore near Peka Peka on the Kapiti coast sparked a police and Coastguard search for its rider. [more]

Court allows mother to continue dead son's appeal
The Court of Appeal has allowed a mother to continue with her dead son's appeal over a conviction for stealing Ngai Tahu greenstone. [more]

Midwife let pregnancy run to 43 weeks, tribunal told
The Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal has been told that a midwife went on holiday and let a pregnancy continue to 43 weeks, resulting in a stillbirth. [more]

Parties oppose $300m cement plant near Oamaru
Parties appealing resource consents allowing a $300 million cement plant to be built near Oamaru have outlined their concerns at an Environment Court hearing on Monday. [more]

Youths sought after disabled man stabbed
Police in Christchurch are seeking two youths who stabbed a disabled man in a daylight attack in the suburb of New Brighton. [more]

PM not ruling out allowance for nine-day fortnight
Prime Minister John Key says it is possible the Government will consider paying some sort of allowance to workers who move to a nine-day fortnight. [more]

Penney named ANBL's Most Valuable Player
The Breakers shooting guard Kirk Penney has become the first New Zealander to win the Australian Basketball League's Most Valuable Player trophy. Penney, who had brief stints in the ... [more]

Banning players from drinking over the top says Melbourne NRL skipper
A blanket alcohol ban on National Rugby League players would be "over the top" and individuals need to be responsible for their actionssays Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith. However former New ... [more]

Vettori set to return to Black Caps for fourth one dayer
Daniel Vettori will return to lead the New Zealand cricket side in the fourth one dayer against India in Hamilton on Wednesday. Vettori missed yesterday's loss in Christchurch with his ... [more]

Stewart set to play in Manly NRL opener despite sexual assault allegations
Star fullback Brett Stewart is set to play in Manly's national rugby league season opener on Saturday despite facing an allegation of sexual assault. Stewart returned to training with his ... [more]

Gayle says he will bat despite torn hamstring
He may need strapping, painkillers and a runner but West Indies captain Chris Gayle says he will bat again in the fifth and final cricket test against England in Trinidad ... [more]

Vettori gets most important delivery
The most important delivery of New Zealand cricket captain's Dan Vettori career arrived yesterday with his wife Mary giving birth to their first child, a baby boy. With his wife ... [more]

Fouhy to take on Hawaii Ironman in year off kayaking
The World champion and Olympic medal winning kayaker Ben Fouhy has qualified for October's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Fouhy finished ninth in the 30-34 year age group to earn ... [more]

NZ track cycling team named for world champs
An experienced New Zealand track cycling team has been named for the UCI World Championships in Poland this month. [March 25th] The 12 strong squad includes a number of Olympians ... [more]

Windies look steady in final test
The West Indies cricketers have avoided the follow-on and reached 349 for 4 in their first innings after 3 days of the 5th and final test against England in Trinidad. ... [more]

Dwight Howard's Magic hold off Celtics
The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard turned in a powerful all-round game to lift the Magic to an 86-79 victory over the Boston. Howard scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked ... [more]

Israel beat Sweden in Davis Cup
Israel have beaten seven-times champions Sweden 3-2 in their Davis Cup first round tennis tie in Malmo which was played behind closed doors. The three-day tie was overshadowed by security ... [more]

White Ferns have plenty to work on
The New Zealand women's cricket team are well aware of their shortcomings despite a 13 run victory over defending champions Australia in their opening match at the ICC World Cup ... [more]

Smail says he's happy for Alker
The New Zealand golfer David Smail says he's very happy for his former junior team-mate Steve Alker who won the New Zealand PGA Championship in Christchurch yesterday. Alker won by ... [more]

Crusaders already on the bubble
Four rounds down and some teams may soon be down and out in rugby's Super 14 following another series of mixed results over the weekend. As Clint Owens reports, one of ... [more]

Suspects in PNG's Constantinou murder case escape prison
Seven suspects in the murder of one of Papua New Guinea's most successful businessmen have escaped from their cell while a guard slept. The Post Courier newspaper reports that the... [more]

Former taxi driver accused of raping passenger
The retrial of a former taxi driver accused of raping a passenger has begun in Wellington District Court. [more]

Intelligence and security committee named
Prime Minister John Key has named the members of Parliament's intelligence and security committee. [more]

Low-polling Kiwi Party to contest next election
The low-polling Kiwi Party has declared it will continue and intends to contest the next election. [more]

US ambassador to Fiji urges locals to rally against regime
The United States Ambassador in Fiji, Steve McGann is calling for people in the country to challenge the interim government to hold elections. This comes after Fiji's interim Prime Minister,... [more]

Maternal and infant mortality rates in Papua dreadful
The Australia West Papua Association says dramatic statistics about infant and maternal mortality emerging from the Provincial Health Department in Indonesia's Papua are almost certainly wrong but highlight what is... [more]

PNG Government aiming to provide free schooling by 2012
The Government in Papua New Guinea is aiming to provide free schooling to primary school children by 2012. The Minister of Education James Marabe says about 47 percent of children... [more]

US Pacific territories given transportation funding
The United States Pacific territories have been allocated $2.3 million US dollars to improve public transport under a provision of the federal stimulus economic recovery package. The funding is provided... [more]

Marshall Islands hotel rep confident about Japanese market
A representative for Marshall Island's largest hotel says he's optimistic about visitor numbers to Majuro despite doubts over chartered flights from Japan. Tourism industry officials say there is uncertainty over... [more]

German-led team takes traditional voyaging back to Lapita
A German-led team is sailing to remote parts of Solomon Islands to deliver two traditional ocean-faring vessels to local communities. The boats embarked from the Phillipines last November on a... [more]

Cook Islands protestors over Aitutaki flights stand firm
A Cook Islands church reverend on Aitutaki says about 90 percent of locals are opposed to flights on Sundays to the popular tourist island. Reverend Tuvaine Glassie of the Cook... [more]

Samoa PM to be honoured by Auckland University
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is one of six eminent past graduates of the University of Auckland who will this week be recognised for their contribution to society. Mr... [more]

PNG AIDS Council needs strong leadership, says Transparency Int'l
The anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International, in Papua New Guinea is calling for greater investment into the fight against HIV/AIDS. The former health minister and chair of the National AIDS Council,... [more]

New Zealand govt to support Tonga and Samoa with Air NZ services
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key says it's important for his country to help Pacific islands countries like Samoa and Tonga by underwriting air services to these destinations. The Prime... [more]

Japanese market hits 26-year low
Japan's Nikkei stock index closed at the lowest level in more than 26 years on Monday as fears deepened about the health of Asia's biggest economy. [more]

Minister refuses to fully support Corrections boss
Corrections Minister Judith Collins is still refusing to express direct confidence in Department of Corrections chief executive Barry Matthews. [more]

Head of ACC board sacked
ACC Minister Nick Smith sacked the chairperson of the Accident Compensation Corporation's board on Monday, but says the move is not part of plans to privatise it [more]

Bain defence raises questions over crime scene photos
A jury in the retrial of murder accused David Bain has been told there is no accurate, chronological order of what happened at the scene of the crime after police arrived. [more]