Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 10th 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

Asian report
Daemang or Joshua Jang is one of a four Asian's artists in "People in your Neighbourhood". [more]

Best song ever written
Paula Hucklesby has chosen Middle Class White Boy Blues' by Andrew London. [more]

Reeling in the years - March 8th 1956
Today we take you back to the year Dunedin's Mary Hill cable car ended Its 71 year run. [more]

Big Clock
Scientists at the University of Queensland have found offspring of older men are more likely to have lower IQs. [more]

Water safety
Statistics show that eight people drowned last month, bringing the death toll for the 2008/2009 summer to 39. [more]

Festival review
Visual art, including exhibitions by Yinka Shonibare and Terry Urbahn. [more]

He Rourou for 10 March 2009
When it comes to supporters at the national haka competitions, there's no such thing as geographical boundaries. [more]

Tune your engine
Communication tips - how to be more memorable and persuasive. [more]

Asian Report for 10 March 2009
Daemang or Joshua Jang is one of a four Asian's artists in "People in your Neighbourhood". [more]

Enviroment story
Veronika Meduna talks to University of Auckland anthropologist Lisa Matisoo-Smith. [more]

The Panel
With Joanne Black and Linda Clark. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 10 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 10 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

David Bain re-trial
David Bain is being retried for the murder of his parents and three siblings in Dunedin in 1994. [more]

An Otago sawmill sheds more than half of its workers
About 60 of the company's 105 workers will be made redundant. [more]

Government to announce "nine day fortnight" details
The Labour Party says the Government is doing too little, too late. [more]

A volunteer firefighter and his pilot are dead
34 year old Andrew Michael Scotland from Waipu died, when his hang glider nose dived into the ground. [more]

Northern Ireland in political crisis
Northern Ireland is facing it's biggest political crisis in years after the fatal shooting of a police officer in the province. [more]

"Financial governance excellent" says ACC Board
However ACC Minister Dr Nick Smith has labelled ACC technically insolvent. [more]

Evening Sports News for 10 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The country's smallest university plans big merger
AgResearch and Lincoln University say their plan will create a world-class university. [more]

Prisoners to share cells?
The Corrections Department is currently talking with staff about the prospect of putting two beds in every cell. [more]

AIDS Council accused of massive corruption
PNG has one of the region's highest cases of HIV/AIDS, with some estimates saying up to 200 thousand people are infected. [more]

Waatea News for 10 March 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Car maintenance has gone up, again
The ACC Minister Nick Smith has announced that from July the levy for car registrations will increase by 32 dollars. [more]

Auckland City Council after a law change
They want to ban events such as the Boobs on Bikes parade. [more]

The Sudanese government releases Hasan Al Turabi
Mr al Turabi was imprisoned after expressing support for the International Criminal Court. [more]

More on the David Bain re-trial
A former detective senior sergeant, James Doyle, was second in command of the investigation into the deaths. [more]

Restructuring will shed nearly 90 jobs
The Ministry for the Environment - which employs around 300 staff, most of them policy advisers - announced it's restructuring plans today. [more]

Building and construction apprentices losing jobs
The Government is expected to announce more details of a nine-day fortnight tomorrow. [more]

Barack Obama overturns another Bush policy
The ban on government funding for research using embryonic stem cells has now been lifted. [more]

Woman with a bite for the law
A 26-year-old woman is facing a variety of disorder and assault charges after allegedly to trying bite a police officer. [more]

Tertiary students feeling the recession pinch
Student Job Search says the numbers signing up for their service are up 27 percent on the same time last year. [more]

"Knock knock.""Who's there?""Kangaroo."
A kangaroo crashed through the window of a couple in Canberra and started jumping on them. [more]

Evening Sports News (update) 10 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

World class university in New Zealand
Lincoln University and AgResearch, the largest Crown Research Institute, announced a proposed mega-merger today in Wellington. [more]

Rape Crisis wants sportsmen to shape up
It's the latest in a series of incidents involving alcohol and inappropriate behaviour. [more]

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation and their new drug
Researchers have conducted a year-long study, during which participants found the number of serious attacks were halved. [more]

United Nations in Lebanon hold ceremony
The Palestinian refugee camp was the scene of fierce clashes that have left the area in need of work. [more]

Controversial Song entry
Russia's entry to the Eurovision song contest has met with controversy. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 March 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 10 March 2009
New ACC Board Chair, Privately Run Prisons and the David Bain Retrial. [more]

Blackbird
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

SuperGold Card Use
SuperGold Cards growing popularity among pensioners may exceed its budget. [more]

Animal Welfare
A man who shot a cat with a crossbow received a $500 fine. Lawyer Catriona MacLennan says the sentence is inadequate. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

New ACC Board Chair
ACC Minister Nick Smith says his newly appointed board chair faces an immense task in bringing the corporation back to solvency. [more]

P and O Cruise Ship Under Repair
More than 1700 passengers are waiting for engineers to repair a P and O cruise ship which has broken down in Auckland. [more]

New ACC Board Chair (Part 2)
Julian Robins reports on the politics surrounding the fate of the ACC board, and we hear from the new ACC board chair John Judge. [more]

David Bain Retrial
Monique Devereux reports on how technology delayed the start of the retrial yesterday. [more]

SuperGold Card Use (Part 2)
The free public transport offered to SuperGold card holders could become a victim of its own success. [more]

Parole Management
The Labour Party says a report into failings in the management of parole has embarrassed the Corrections Minister. [more]

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

US Funding for Stem Cell Research
Barack Obama has reversed the ban on Federal funding of stem cell research that was put in place by his predecessor George Bush. [more]

Schools Science Competition
NZ secondary school students gathered at Te Papa last night for a science competition organised by the Royal Society. [more]

20th Hokitika Wild Foods Festival
The West Coast event is on this Saturday. [more]

New ACC Board Chair (Part 3)
We're joined now by Labour's ACC spokesperson David Parker. [more]

David Bain Retrial (Part 2)
The re-trial of David Bain resumes in Christchurch this morning, Matthew Peddie reports. [more]

Parole Management (Part 2)
Labour Party Corrections spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. [more]

Privately Run Prisons (Part 2)
A union for Prison Officers believes more of its workers could be assaulted by inmates if government plans to privatise the prison system go ahead. [more]

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangarai has ruled out foul play as a cause in the car crash that killed his wife Susan. [more]

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

Wall Street Journal Gives Thumbs Up
New Zealand is getting the thumbs up overseas for its handling of the global recession. [more]

Forestry Experts Meet
The Minister of Forestry, David Carter, met forestry experts for the first time at a public forum last night in Wellington. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

New Treatment for Extreme Asthma
British researchers say they've discovered a new treatment for people suffering from extreme asthma. [more]

Helg Sgarbi
Helg Sgarbi's exploits have transfixed Germany. But now he's off to jail. [more]

Portait of Shakespeare
Shakespeare scholars say they've found the only known portrait painted in his lifetime, dating from 1610. [more]

The Maori Party welcomes privatisation of Prisons
The Maori Party says private prisons could be a way for Maori to deal with their own and minimise reoffending. [more]

Nights

Nina Tonga
Guest co-curator of Koloa Et Al, an exhibition that explores the role of Tongan women in the community, on at Fresh Gallery. [more]

The Administration - Political Systems
Dr Brian Roper, political historian at the University of Otago discusses how the world's political institutions came to be. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 3 for the week. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 4 for the week. [more]

Nine To Noon

Underbelly - The Mr Asia Story
Veteran investigative journalist Pat Booth has taken a strong stance on the Television dramatisation of the Mr Asia story. [more]

Underbelly - The Mr Asia Story (Part 2)
Roger Beaumont Director of Marketing and Communications at TV3 responds to Pat Booth. [more]

Death of Parents
Basia Bonkowski has just written a book about the last days of her mother's life. [more]

Washington DC correspondent
Richard Adams from Washington DC. [more]

Feature Guest - Najib Lafreie
Najib Lafreie lectures in political studies at Otago University. [more]

Book Review - 'Valley of Grace'
Anne Buchanan reviews 'Valley of Grace' by Marion Halligan. Published by Allen and Unwin. [more]

Business
Business and economic commentator Rod Oram. [more]

Green Economics
Brian Clegg, British science writer and author of 'Eco-Logic: The Truth and Lies of Green Economics'. [more]

Media
Denis Welch discusses the changing climate for public broadcasting in New Zealand. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 March 2009
The latest from the farming and rural communities. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Mark Hadlow
Director of Southern Opera's English language production of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. [more]

Wellington Jazz Festival Reviews
Norman Meehan reviews last weekend's performances by the Mingus Big Band and Tomaz Stanko. [more]

Jan Preston
Australian boogie woogie and blues pianist touring NZ with her one woman show about pianist Winifred Atwell. [more]

News stories:

Figures point to stirring in housing market
Latest figures from state-owned housing valuer Quotable Value suggest the housing market in New Zealand is starting to pick up. [more]

Primary industries expected to lift NZ out of recession early
The Government says primary industries will lift New Zealand out of recession before other parts of the world. [more]

Maori Party in favour of private prisons
The Maori Party supports Government moves to allow private companies to again bid to run prisons in New Zealand. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: Government "allowance" tipped for struggling businesses; parents are baulking at extra school costs; anti-stadium group drops appeals against district plan in Dunedin. [more]

McCaw out for six weeks
The knee injury All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw suffered in the Crusaders loss to the Highlanders at the weekend will keep him out of the Super 14 for the next six ... [more]

NZ bowlers need to execute plan
The New Zealand cricket coach Andy Moles says his bowlers have to execute the plans during the game if they're to win the remaining two one day internationals against India and ... [more]

SA make good start to world record chase
Australia's bowlers have struggled to push home their advantage in the second cricket test in Durban as South Africa reached 244 for 2 at stumps on the fourth day, chasing a ... [more]

Blackadder admits questions should be asked about Crusaders performance
Coach Todd Blackadder says it's quite right there are questions over the Crusaders Super 14 performances this season but he's confident they're on the right track despite what the scoreboard ... [more]

4 more locals qualify for New Zealand Open
Local numbers in the New Zealand Golf Open at the Hills course near Queenstown this week have increased by four with a Kiwi quartet making the 156-strong field after the ... [more]

White Ferns need to rid errors
The New Zealand women's cricket team says they need to focus on ridding the errors from their own game in today's ICC World Cup match against the West Indies in Sydney. ... [more]

Manley looks at the drinking culture within the club
The Manly Rugby League club has described the level of drinking at it's season launch party as unacceptable. Fullback Brett Stewart is under investigation for the alleged sexual assault of ... [more]

NRL to let Stewart play
The National Rugby League will not stand in the way of Manly selecting fullback Brett Stewart for the reigning premiers' season opener this weekend despite sexual assault allegations against him. Manly ... [more]

Canterbury pick up first points of State Championship
Canterbury picked up their first points of the State Championship first class cricket competition, holding on for a draw against leaders Central Districts in Rangiora. With a lead of 188 ... [more]

Anstey cited for throwing elbow
The Australian National Basketball League has launched an investigation into Melbourne centre Chris Anstey's ill-tempered elbow on an opponent during the grand final series. Anstey was cited for striking South Dragons ... [more]

Haumonon eyes fight with Cameron
The emerging heavyweight star Solomon Haumono is targeting a trans-Tasman heavyweight showdown with Shane Cameron. The 33-year-old former rugby league star has won all 15 of his professional contests. Haumono, who ... [more]

New experience for cyclists
For two members of the New Zealand track cycling team, the world championships in Poland later this month, will be a very new experience. Kaytee Boyd and Jaime Neilsen have been ... [more]

Gallop says blanket alcohol ban wouldn't work
The National Rugby League boss David Gallop says a blanket alcohol ban on the league's players would be difficult to impose, and it would be individual clubs' responsibility. Calls for a ... [more]

Hair backs up umpires comments on Pakistan security
The outspoken Australian umpire Darrell Hair has labelled International Cricket Council Haroon Lorgat a bully for telling officials caught in the Lahore attack to be "more rational" about their experience. Australian ... [more]

Pakistani cricket officials fear sponsor withdrawals
The Pakistan Cricket Board fears major sponsors will desert them after last week's attack by gunmen on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. Seven people were killed and six Sri ... [more]

Vote of confidence for Broncos forward pack
The former Australian rugby league prop Greg Dowling has warned critics against writing off Brisbane's untested forward pack. Much has been made of whether the Broncos' 2009 pack will be able ... [more]

Mason takes over White Ferns captaincy
The New Zealand womens cricketers Vice Captain Aimee Mason will take the captaincy reigns for her side's second World Cup fixture against the West Indies in Sydney today. With skipper ... [more]

Contepomi to join Toulon
The star Argentine rugby player Felipe Contepomi will join Toulon from Leinster next season. The French club's chairman Mourad Boudjellal says the signing of the 31-year-old is done. ... [more]

Shephard being groomed as Giteau's kicking successor
The former Wallabies kicking coach Ben Perkins believes Cameron Shepherd will make the Western Force's huge loss of Matt Giteau easier to bear by taking his goalkicking to the next level. ... [more]

Key French player out for England match
The France rugby player Romain Millo-Chluski has been ruled out of Sunday's Six Nations game against England because of injury. The lock will be replaced for the Twickenham clash by number ... [more]

Grothe to return for Eels
The Parramatta winger Eric Grothe is set to make his comeback to first grade rugby league when the Eels take on the Warriors in round one of the National Rugby League ... [more]

Liverpool midfielder may be out for Real clash
The Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun is a serious doubt for their Champions League football tie with Real Madrid tomorrow after tearing a hamstring in training. Benayoun scored the only goal when ... [more]

China accused of badminton match fixing
Malaysia has accused China of match-fixing after the badminton powerhouse secured a clean sweep at the All England championships. The Malaysian singles chief coach Rashid Sidek says the Chinese team arranged ... [more]

South Korea upset Japan at WBC
The Olympic baseball champions South Korea have upset title holders Japan 1-0 in a cliffhanger to claim top spot in Pool A of the World Baseball Classic. Korea's win gave them ... [more]

HIV awareness among Maori seen as not high enough
An updated ethnicity report on HIV has raised concern that awareness among Maori is not high enough. [more]

Residential sector tightening for builders
Tougher times are seen for the residential construction sector, which recorded its sharpest fall in almost a decade in the last three months of 2008. Even renovation work has dried up. [more]

Restructuring approved in wool scouring industry
The Commerce Commission has approved a restructuring proposal that will merge the ownership of some wool scouring facilities and reduce the capacity by about a third. [more]

Facial eczema spore levels high
Levels of facial eczema spores are high in some parts of the North Island. [more]

Bollard may go for 1% cut
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard is expected to cut the Official Cash Rate by between 50 - 100 basis points this week as the bank continues its attempts to revive the economy. [more]

Drug firms in $US41 billion merger
Merck is to buy Schering-Plough in a $US41.1 billion deal, creating one of the world's biggest drug companies. [more]

Yarn technology recognised in Europe
A company which creates felted yarn has received an award for technical innovation at a major show in Germany. Radford Yarn Technologies exports to international carpet and rug manufacturers. [more]

Insolvency loophole to be closed
Commerce Minister Simon Power has introduced a bill to Parliament aimed at stopping fraudulently-obtained debts being written off. [more]

Drop in revenue expected at McDonald's
McDonald's warns that the stronger dollar and commodity costs will squeeze its first-quarter revenues. [more]

Maori being helped to retrace their roots
The National Library is focusing on Whakapapa as part of Family History Month to help Maori retrace their roots. [more]

European stocks close higher
Stock markets in Europe closed mostly higher on Monday, but Wall Street turned lower, despite an announcement that drug maker Merck & Co is to buy Schering-Plough for around $US41 billion. [more]

Pensioners take to public transport in droves
"Free" public transport for holders of SuperGold cards is booming: public transport operators received $5.5 million from the Government in payment for 2.5 million pensioners for the four months to the end of January. [more]

Hoax message forces extra promotion of food festival
Organisers of the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival say an extra $5000 has been spent on advertising this year after a hoax text message claimed the event this Saturday, was cancelled. [more]

School science entries hailed by judges
Judges say the standard of work displayed at an annual secondary school science competition was the best it has ever been. [more]

Building and carpentry course launched
An innovative joint venture Maori trade training initiative involving Tainui, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Wintec has been launched in Hamilton. The building and carpentry course will start on Wednesday with 16 students. [more]

GP accused of defrauding $1m from Government
An Auckland GP is alleged to have pretended he was still seeing patients who were dead in order to defraud the Government out of more than $1 million. [more]

Blood bank building hit by car after collision
A blood bank building in Hamilton was damaged when a car crashed into it after a collision on Tuesday morning. [more]

Wall St slips
Stocks in the United States fell in choppy trade on Monday with the Nasdaq at its lowest close since October 2002. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett describes the current environment as an "economic Pearl Harbor." [more]

Beckham intends to buy an MLS franchise at the end of his career
David Beckham plans to exercise a clause in his contract allowing him to buy an American Major League Soccer franchise at the end of his playing career. The England midfielder agreed ... [more]

Heidfeld fastest in F1 testing
Germany's Nick Heidfeld was quickest in Formula One testing in his BMW-Sauber at the Montmelo circuit in Spain, recording the fastest time from Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Jarno Trulli ... [more]

Barrichello edges Senna for F1 start
The Brazilian Rubens Barrichello has consoled compatriot Bruno Senna after beating him to the last remaining seat in Formula One with the Brawn GP team. Barrichello, the sport's most experienced driver ... [more]

Student Job Search numbers up
Enrolments at Student Job Search are up significantly. The agency says there are 20% fewer job vacancies than last year. [more]

Exports from Japan halved in January
Japan's current account recorded its largest deficit on record in January, reaching 172.8 billion yen ($US1.8 billion). It was its first deficit in 13 years. [more]

Labour wants clarity over SuperGold cards
Labour says the Government needs to be clear about whether holders of SuperGold cards will continue to get "free" public transport at off-peak times. [more]

Further asset sale by Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is selling a coal mine in Wyoming to Arch Coal, for $US761 million. Asset sales by Rio now total $US2.5 billion this year. [more]

Fall in demand stemmed by Air NZ
Air New Zealand says a drive to halt a decline in international visitors appears to be stemming a fall in demand. The airline is now confident it won't have to reduce international capacity further. [more]

Electronic spending boosted by retail petrol prices
Rising retail petrol prices boosted electronic card spending last month. [more]

Unison buys ETEL
Unison Networks has acquired ETEL, a designer and manufacturer of electricity distribution transformers. [more]

Lower prices expected when apartments hit market
An Auckland real estate agent says a glut of apartment buildings in the inner-city will hit the property market in the next few weeks, selling for a fraction of their cost. [more]

Profit drop at Port of Auckland
Port of Auckland has announced a fall in half year profit largely due to a sharp drop in imports of used vehicles. Container volumes were down by 5% - 6%. [more]

More funding to be discussed at industry board AGM
Meat & Wool New Zealand is to ask farmers at its annual general meeting on Wednesday to consider increasing funding for its activities. The composition of the meat board will also be considered. [more]

Call to tackle invasive species entering Pacific waters
There are calls for Pacific Island countries to tackle the spread of invasive species entering their waters. The International Maritime Organisation and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme are... [more]

Australian company to begin exploring Tonga's oceanfloor for mineral deposits
An Australian exploration company, Bluewater Metals South Pacific, will begin looking for high-grade copper, gold, zinc and silver deposits in Tonga's waters later this year. Tonga doesn't have many metal... [more]

Tanna by-election to be held in Vanuatu
The constituency of Tanna in Vanuatu is set to hold a by-election following a declaration of the Supreme Court on Friday that the elected MP, Judah Issac must vacate his... [more]

American Samoa's airline fights for greater landing rights in Samoa
American Samoa's airline, Inter Island Airways is urging its government to help lift restrictions on flights into Samoa. Samoa's government has imposed restrictions on the Pago Pago airline which sees... [more]

UN and Commonwealth to help with Fiji's President's Political Dialogue Forum
The United Nations and the Commonwealth have agreed to provide mediation support to Fiji's President's political dialogue forum as requested by Ratu Josefa Iloilo. In a joint statement, the UN... [more]

Two of Fiji's main political party leaders could be excluded from next political dialogue
Two of Fiji's main political party leaders are likely to be excluded from the Political Dialogue Forum taking place this Friday. The Interim Prime Minister says he is disappointed with... [more]

Subsidy for Air NZ flight to come from MFAT budget
Prime Minister John Key says funding to subsidise a weekly flight by Air New Zealand from Samoa to Los Angeles will come from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Pacific aid programme. [more]

NGOs against MFAT control of foreign aid
Non-Governmental Organisations say the New Zealand Government is trying wrestle control of $NZ600 million by merging NZAid with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [more]

Merger between Lincoln, AgResearch considered
Lincoln University and AgResearch are planning a merger to create a world-class university focussing on New Zealand's primary industries. [more]

Government to meet private operators of prisons
The Government is to meet private operators of prisons this week. [more]

Tenders called for new border management system
Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry are calling tenders for a new $120 million border management system for New Zealand. Customs wants a fully operational system by 2012. [more]

Otago timber mill to axe half of workforce
More than half the employees at a timber mill near Tapanui in Otago are to lose their jobs. About 65 of 110 jobs are expected to go. [more]

Nine-day fortnight help limited to union members - PM
Only union members are likely to get Government help under a proposed nine-day fortnight, according to Prime Minister John Key. [more]

ACC vehicle levies to increase
Registering and running a car is set to get more expensive after the Government on Tuesday announced increases to ACC levies. [more]

Missing woman may be in Northland
Police believe a Whangaparaoa woman who has been missing for five weeks may now be in Northland. [more]

Pair killed in hang glider crash near Queenstown
A Northland firefighter and his pilot have died following a hang glider crash at The Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown. [more]

Animal cruelty cases not taken seriously - lawyer
An Auckland lawyer says judges are not taking animal cruelty cases seriously, after a man who killed a cat with a crossbow was fined $500. [more]

Benefit urged for apprentices who lose jobs
Trade training groups are pushing the Government to put trainees who lose their apprenticeship on a benefit so they can finish it. [more]

Council seeks more control over public events
All parades in Auckland will be subject to tougher controls if the city council adopts a recommendation to change its bylaws. [more]

New ACC boss to focus on financial sustainability
The new head of the Accident Compensation Corporation says his focus will be on improving ACC's financial sustainability. Last week, the Government said ACC's liabilities were almost $22 billion - more than double its assets. [more]

Warning against sharing prison cells
There are warnings plans to force to force prisoners to share cells could endanger the lives of inmates, guards and the general public. [more]

Concerns over NZ govt moves to changes focus of NZAID
The United Nations Development Fund for Women has expressed concern over signals from the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs that he is looking to change the core policy of... [more]

Fiji's Indian population decreasing
Fiji's ethnic Indian population is decreasing as waves of people emigrate from the country. Data from last year's census show Indians make up 37.5 percent, or 314 000 people, of... [more]

Samoan school excluded from inter-school sports competition
The principal of Don Bosco Technical School in Samoa says its exclusion from this year's inter-school sports competition is unfair. The government has given the nod for the country's Inter-School... [more]

Pacific Islands warned about letting invasive species into their waters
There are calls for Pacific Island countries to tackle the introduction of invasive species into their waters. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme,... [more]

Samoa government reviews minimum wage
The minimum wage in Samoa is under review by the Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Labour. The general public and the private sector are being encouraged to submit their opinions... [more]

PNG Teachers Assoc questions govt's free schooling plans
A group representing teachers in Papua New Guinea is doubtful the Government can achieve its plan of providing free schooling to children in grades one to eight. The Minister of... [more]

Financial constraints hamper American Samoa hospital
Financial constraints at American Samoa's Hospital, the LBJ, are affecting overseas treatment, some supplies and staffing. The chairman of the American Samoa Hospital Authority Board says hospital finances are reaching... [more]

Dengue fever epidemic worsens in New Caledonia
The dengue epidemic in New Caledonia is worsening with a reported 2665 people now infected since the beginning of the year. Ten percent of the people affected have been hospitalised... [more]

Nikkei stock index drops to new low
Japan's benchmark index hit a new 26-low on Tuesday, following after another selloff on Wall Street. [more]

Power back on in Levin
Power has been restored in the Horowhenua town of Levin after freak winds brought trees down on electricity lines on Tuesday night. [more]

Environment Ministry staff 'unlikely' to lose jobs
Staff at the Environment Ministry are unlikely to lose their jobs as a result of restructuring plans, its chief executive says. [more]

Bain's father not investigated for motive - defence
Police did not investigate whether the father of murder-accused David Bain had a motive for killing his family, the High Court in Christchurch has been told. [more]

Dog owner bites police officer
An officer was bitten by a woman when police came to remove her three dogs in Hamilton on Monday. [more]

Stong wind warning for many parts of NZ
Gale force winds are forecast for eastern parts of the lower North Island, Banks Peninsula and Marlborough on Tuesday. [more]